Friday, 20 January

23:59

SHOT Show Day 4 … In Case you missed them (LAST DAY OF THE SHOW) [The Firearm Blog]

Here are all our posts published on 20 January 2017 during the final day of SHOT Show. If you missed any here they are chronological order from earliest to latest …

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22:13

Concealed Carrie Handbags For Your Favorite Handgun | SHOT 2017 [The Firearm Blog]

Concealed Carrie, makers of handbags, computer bags, briefcases, and other accessories offer stylish options for those times when you either don’t (or can’t) body carry or perhaps wish to carry an additional weapon. The bags are designed to combine concealed carry with fashion and quality.These bags range from small to roomy.  The bags offer ambidextrous […]

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21:27

Explorer Cases | SHOT 2017 [The Firearm Blog]

Ever since hooking up with Explorer cases last year, I have been a super fan of their products. I know, I know, it is just a plastic box. A special talent I have is breaking things, or causing proximity failures. When I deployed, my pelican case failed; my stuff was coated with sand and dust […]

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20:40

TFBTV: Hands On With DRD Aptus | SHOT 17 [The Firearm Blog]

In this episode of TFBTV Edward O takes a quick look at the Aptus rifle from DRD Tactical. The take down 5.56 rifle is the offpsring of the Paratus .308 take-down rifle. We managed to get our hands on one of the rifles on the floor at Shot Show 2017 and look at the basic […]

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20:12

FAXON Glock Barrels And AR Upper | SHOT 2017 [The Firearm Blog]

While Adam S. covered the BCGs and AR barrels made by Faxon, he did not mention the Glock barrel nor Faxon’s AR upper receiver. Faxon will be making drop in Glock barrels for the 19, 17, and 34. They are skipping non-threaded and jumping right into making them threaded. They will be making a plain […]

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19:59

How to Get Along in a Prepping Group [AllOutdoor.com]

Let’s say you’ve found a prepping group you want to join. The group has a meeting, talks about a few things, and tensions start to flare. Why? Because in most groups, there will be one member that disrupts everything.

How do you avoid being “that guy?”

Preppers are a unique bunch.  Here are some things to consider when dealing with them.

OPSEC

OPSEC stands for Operations Security.  Respect the privacy of other members.  Do not go into the group asking a lot of personal or detailed questions.  As far as the group is concerned, you could be a government plant.

Paranoia runs deep in the prepping community. Some of us remember all too well Ruby Ridge and the standoff at Waco. The one thing a prepping group does not want is a government mole poking around.

Law Abiding Members

One sure way to get yourself kicked out of a prepping group is to ask about something that is against the law.  So never, ever, ask about illegal activities.

The vast majority of preppers are law abiding citizens. We have families, children, homes, jobs, and responsibilities. There is nothing worth being arrested or going to prison over.

You Don’t Know It All

One of the worst things a new member can do is act like a know-it-all. This applies to any group, not just preppers.

Make an effort to let members speak their opinions without telling them they are wrong or correcting them. Be humble, and listen more than you speak. People feel important when others listen, so make an effort to listen.

The Topper

A topper someone who tries to top what someone else says. For example:

Bill: “I bought a new Remington model 700 in 308 Winchester for $600.”

George “You got ripped off.  I know a guy who could order it for $550.”

George is being a topper and is causing bad feelings.  Instead of saying “that is a nice rifle, let’s go shoot it sometime,”  George tries to top Bill.

Toppers try to make themselves look smarter than everyone else. Toppers are jerks. Don’t be a topper.

Don’t be Overbearing

One thing that will really upset your prepper buddies is being overbearing. Such as if you tell them they have to buy a firearm because you think it’s the best.

Just because one member likes the Springfield M1A does not mean everyone else has to buy one.

Don’t go into the group telling others that this firearm is better than that one, or this one is junk.  All you are going to do is upset the other members of the prepping group.

Be A Good Member Of The Prepping Group

I guess the bottom line is this: Don’t be a jerk. Mind your own business. Listen more than you talk. Value others’ opinions. Don’t break the law. And make sure you have something of value to offer… after all, you want them to smile when they see you coming.

 

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19:51

Shield Sights RMS Can Co-Witness Glock MOS | SHOT 2017 [The Firearm Blog]

Most pistol red dots that mount to the Glock MOS line do not co-witness the factory irons. In fact I do not know of any red dot that can co-witness with the Glock sights without upgrading to tall suppressor sight. That is, until now. Shield Sights have been making a micro red dot for JP […]

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18:45

Boyds At-One Stock | SHOT 2017 [The Firearm Blog]

The one time I tried stopping by the Boyds Gunstock booth at this year’s SHOT Show it was slammed with wall to wall people. If you aren’t familiar, Boyds is a supplier of laminate and hardwood gunstocks for nearly any rifle or shotgun imaginable. I used a Boyds stock on my 77/357 ‘Grey Ghost’ build […]

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18:00

Kalashnikov USA Update: What Went Wrong, What’s Going Right [The Firearm Blog]

Anything that can go wrong will go wrong. -Murphy’s Law, wording attributed to Major John Paul Stapp Yesterday at TFB, we published an article that I wrote about some of the displays at the Kalashnikov USA booth, specifically criticizing the worryingly poor quality of the firearms contained in those cases. Soon after, TFB was contacted by […]

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17:50

Savage Arms uses Norwegian Stock for Model 10 GRS | SHOT 2017 [The Firearm Blog]

GSRSavage Arms has been buzzing with news surrounding their new MSR rifles. One firearm that was almost tucked away in the corner at SHOT Show was a new Model 10. It was sitting on a gun rack unassumingly next to some rimfire guns. Nobody seemed to notice it or be handling it so we checked it […]

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17:09

Web Scraping: A Means to Push the Anti-Gun Agenda [NRA-ILA News]

You may have read recently about a “breaking analysis” that includes numbers derived from a “mass shooting tracker,” which purports to present to the world, real world cases in which mass shootings have occurred.  One problem, this is not actual data nor does it rely upon trusted sources like the FBI Uniform Crime Reporting Program (UCR) to report incidents.

16:58

Kahr Pistols – New 9mms and .380s | SHOT 2017 [The Firearm Blog]

In this episode of TFBTV’s SHOT Show coverage, James covers one of his favorite manufacturers, Kahr, who are promoting improvements and various additions to their 9mm and .380 ACP single stack pistols. New finishes, night sight options, and factory options for grip sleeves are in the cards for Kahr. Many THANKS to: Ventura Munitions: http://bit.ly/1LKxNRP […]

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16:39

Colt’s Repro M16A1 | SHOT 2017 [The Firearm Blog]

In this episode of TFBTV, James discusses the 100% faithful reproduction of the Colt M16A1 now being offered by Colt. It’s spot-on, and pretty sweet, but is it $2,500 sweet? You be the judge. Many THANKS to: Ventura Munitions: http://bit.ly/1LKxNRP Please Support Them! They help make our videos possible. Proxibid: http://goo.gl/vNQqj5 Bid On Thousands Of […]

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16:07

Janz Quick Change Revolver | SHOT 2017 [The Firearm Blog]

Walking the SHOT Show floor I saw an awesome looking revolver on display that had a bunch of extra barrels and cylinders in a nice display case. It was a kit from JANZ-Präzisionstechnik GmbH of Germany. I thought the extra barrels where just different length barrels of the same caliber like with the old Dan […]

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16:05

Gerber Downrange Tomahawk | SHOT 2017 [The Firearm Blog]

Gerber Downrange TomahawkThe new Downrange Tomahawk from Gerber is definitely more of a utility tool and less of a weapon. Though I would not want to be on the receiving end of a chopping attack made with this tomahawk, it appears more suited for breaching work than close quarters combat. The Downrange Tomahawk has three primary functions. […]

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15:42

Cole-TAC High Temp Suppressor Pouch | SHOT 2017 [The Firearm Blog]

Earlier this week I met up with Dustin Coleman, owner of Cole-TAC, maker of a variety of high quality suppressor covers. During this year’s SHOT Show, Coleman and crew released a new high-temp resistant pouch. Designed to withstand the heat of a scalding hot can, the Vulcan can be used on its own or in […]

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15:24

Great News For Sig Sauer [No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money]


Just a day before a new administration takes office the US Army has finally decided who will be making their Modular Handgun System. It will be Sig Sauer.

From a DoD contract announcement released today:

Sig Sauer Inc., Newington, New Hampshire, was awarded a $580,217,000 firm-fixed-price contract for the Modular Handgun System including handgun, accessories and ammunition to replace the current M9 handgun. Bids were solicited via the Internet with nine received. Work locations and funding will be determined with each order, with an estimated completion date of Jan. 19, 2027. Army Contracting Command, Picatinny Arsenal, New Jersey, is the contracting activity (W15QKN-17-D-0016).
 More on the contract win from Military.com:
Sig Sauer beat out Glock Inc., FN America and Beretta USA, the maker of the current M9 9mm service pistol, in the competition for the Modular Handgun System, or MHS, program.

"By maximizing full and open competition across our industry partners, we have optimized private sector advancements in handguns, ammunition and magazines, and the end result will ensure a decidedly superior weapon system for our warfighters," Army Acquisition Executive Steffanie Easter said said in a press release.

The Army launched its long-awaited XM17 MHS competition in late August 2015 to replace its Cold War-era M9 9mm pistol. One of the major goals of the effort is to adopt a pistol chambered for a more potent round than the current 9mm. The U.S. military replaced the .45 caliber 1911 pistol with the M9 in 1985 and began using the 9mm NATO round at that time.

In the press release, the service didn't offer any details about what caliber the new Sig Sauer pistol will be.
 The MHS pistol is reportedly based upon the Sig P320 and both .40 S&W and 9mm were submitted for consideration by the Army. ArmyTimes reports that the first pistols could be fielded by the Army sometime later this year.

The procurement of these new handguns has been plagued by some controversy for taking so long.

The Wall Street Journal notes:
Gen. Mark Milley, the Army chief of staff, last year criticized the protracted buying process and said he would prefer to take a check to an outdoor retailer to expedite the process of replacing the pistols used for more than 30 years.

“We’re not figuring out the next lunar landing,”” Gen. Milley said at a defense conference last year. “You give me $17 million on a credit card, and I’ll call Cabela’s tonight, and I’ll outfit every soldier, sailor, airman and Marine with a pistol for $17 million. And I’ll get a discount on a bulk buy.”

The contest included the elimination last year of Smith & Wesson owner American Outdoor Brands Corp. and partner General Dynamics Corp., and the hundreds of pages of requirements for the contract became a focus for critics of the Pentagon’s acquisition system.
The big loser in this is obviously Beretta which held the Army contract for 30 years. Now that they don't have the Army contract any longer, you have to wonder how soon they will be closing up things in Maryland and finishing the move of operations to Gallatin, TN.

The other loser is Glock but they will have their large law enforcement market to fall back upon. It was reported that the decision came down to Glock and Sig.

UPDATE: Sig released these pictures of the XM17 - the military's version of the P320 - on Facebook today.



The release from Sig Sauer that accompanied the photo:
SIG SAUER, Inc. announced today that the U.S. Army has selected the SIG SAUER Model P320 to replace the M9 service pistol currently in use since the mid-1980’s. Released in 2014, the P320 is a polymer striker-fired pistol that has proven itself in both the United States and worldwide markets. The P320 is the first modular pistol with interchangeable grip modules that can also be adjusted in frame size and caliber by the operator. All pistols will be produced at the SIG SAUER facilities in New Hampshire.

The MHS Program provides for the delivery of both full size and compact P320’s, over a period of ten (10) years. All pistols will be configurable to receive silencers and will also include both standard and extended capacity magazines.

“I am tremendously proud of the Modular Handgun System Team,” said Army Acquisition Executive, Steffanie Easter in the release. “By maximizing full and open competition across our industry partners, we truly have optimized the private sector advancements in handguns, ammunition and magazines and the end result will ensure a decidedly superior weapon system for our warfighters.”

Ron Cohen, President and CEO of SIG SAUER, said “We are both humbled and proud that the P320 was selected by the U.S. Army as its weapon of choice. Securing this contract is a testimony to SIG SAUER employees and their commitment to innovation, quality and manufacturing the most reliable firearms in the world.”

14:50

New Leupold VX-3i LRP Rifle Scopes | SHOT 2017 [The Firearm Blog]

Leupold has brought several new rifle scopes to the market in 2017, including their new VX-3i LRP scopes. As someone who loves to look through good glass, I have really been impressed with the optical enhancements manufactures like Leupold have been developing and implementing on their scopes in recent years. This year is no different, […]

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14:28

5.11 Tactical for Women | SHOT 2017 [The Firearm Blog]

Ladies Fashion at 5.115.11 Tactical has never shied away from the women’s market, and to their credit they have done an awful lot more than add a few “girl colors” to their lineup and call it good. The new Wyldcat Pant is designed for everyday wear and everyday carry. Like many of the latest offerings from 5.11, the […]

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14:22

Gun Owners Welcome Donald J. Trump as President of the United States [NRA-ILA News]

Gun owners across the nation breathed a sigh of relief as Donald J. Trump was sworn in Friday morning as the 45th president of the United States.

14:05

Obama Says Goodbye to America’s Gun Owners with (a Likely Short-lived) Lead Ammo Ban [NRA-ILA News]

Gun owners knew that Barack Obama would not leave quietly. The only question was what else was coming.

13:52

New York Times Relies on Gun Prohibitionist Propaganda, Stigmatizes Suicide [NRA-ILA News]

In a December 5, 2015, front page editorial, the New York Times finally admitted what discerning readers had long understood – that the paper advocates the prohibition and confiscation of certain types of now-lawfully possessed firearms. Fittingly, the Old Grey Lady has come to rely on the work of one the few remaining gun control organizations willing to match its candor, the Violence Policy Center.

13:41

Glock Gen 4 MOS | SHOT 2017 [The Firearm Blog]

Glock 19 Gen 4 MOS with TrijiconAs the capabilities and prices of advanced optics continue to improve, more and more shooters are using them as a matter of course. It was only a matter of time before Glock had to shift gears slightly to make an optics-ready pistol. The new Gen 4 MOS (Modular Optics System) series of handguns comes with […]

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13:02

OPINION: The DOD Should Have Picked GLOCK [The Firearm Blog]

Forget about modularity and the other Army requirements for the newly announced M17 sidearm for a moment.  Do you mean to tell me that the DOD just spent $580M on a pistol that has barely been on the market for three years? A gun that will be carried by US soldiers for at least a decade, […]

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12:27

Illinois: Senate Committee to Hear Suppressor Legalization Bill Next Week [NRA-ILA News]

On Wednesday, January 25, the Senate Criminal Law Committee is scheduled to consider Senate Bill 50.

10:58

New Hampshire: House Committee to Hear Outrageous Anti-Gun Bill Next Week [NRA-ILA News]

On Tuesday, January 24 at 10:00am, the House Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee is scheduled to hear House Bill 350, anti-self-defense legislation containing unwarranted pitfalls for law-abiding gun owners.

10:54

TFBTV News: MHS Contract Awarded To The SIG Sauer P320! [The Firearm Blog]

The Sig Sauer P320 was selected as the winner of the Modular Handgun System contract on January 19th, 2017. This was the largest weapons contract that the Department of Defense has awarded in the last 32 years for a small arms replacement program. You can read the full details over at The Firearm Blog at […]

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10:51

SB 48 & HB 50 Update: Gun Control Bills Receive Committee Referrals in New Mexico House & Senate [NRA-ILA News]

Ex-NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s national gun control group Everytown continues to mislead lawmakers that these two bills simply close the non-existent “gun show loophole” and regulate online firearms sales.  In fact, these measures are far more expansive.

10:50

5.11 Wyldcat Womens Pants | SHOT 2017 [The Firearm Blog]

Useful at the range, casual office, or for day-to-day concealed carry, Wyldcat pants by 5.11 Tactical offer women more choices for comfort, convenience, and style than other so called “tactical pants”.  These pants are constructed with double thickness at the knees, lots of pockets, and a zippered gusset at the calf allowing them to fit […]

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10:43

5.11 Dart Backpack | SHOT 2017 [The Firearm Blog]

It is great to see more historically “tactical” companies embracing “covert” style gear. Hopefully the day of the MOLLE clad contractor, with cargo tactical pants, ball caps with cool guy patches, and backpacks that scream “I’m going to war, or maybe have lunch at a park in downtown Somalia” look is nearing it’s end… (Yeah, […]

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10:27

ERGO Grips | SHOT 2017 [The Firearm Blog]

This year at SHOT ERGO Grips showcased their new, even shorter, Superlite Modular M-LOK Rail, coming in at 9 inches. It has the exact same other dimensions: 1.5″ outside diameter/ 1.35″ inside diameter. Like the others is manufactured of 6061 T6 with a Type 3 Class 2 Black hard coat finish. The M-LOK slots are […]

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10:05

AAC Ti-Rant 9M: A New Modular 9mm Suppressor | SHOT 2017 [The Firearm Blog]

In this episode of TFBTV, James visits with AAC engineer, Mike Smith, to discuss the new AAC Ti-Rant 9M in 9mm: a modular suppressor that can be lengthened or shortened and disassembled without any tools. Titanium construction and a number of mounting options make this a great choice for 9mm pistols and carbines. Many THANKS […]

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10:01

Max Michel sets a Guinness World Record with SIG Sauer P320RX [The Firearm Blog]

Six 8″ plate targets, from draw and 7 meters, in less then 10 seconds with a 9 mm handgun was the mission. Doesn’t sound too hard, even for me! But Max Michel – IPSC Handgun World Champion – had a much lower time in mind. His target was below 2.5 seconds, using a SIG P320RX. […]

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08:52

7th Circuit strikes ban on target practice by minors, and near-ban on firing ranges [NRA-ILA News]

People younger than 18 have a Second Amendment right to target practice, with adult supervision. Broad bans on the location of firing ranges are unconstitutional. On these points, all three judges of a 7th Circuit panel agree, in the newly decided Ezell II.

08:51

Anti-gun Researchers: Trump win alters conversation on gun control research agenda [NRA-ILA News]

The researchers, from dozens of universities, met at a conference on gun violence just days after the November election. They had fully anticipated discussing a very different outcome and opportunities for policy changes during a presidency of Democrat Hillary Clinton, said Dr. Sandro Galea, dean of the Boston University School of Public Health and organizer of the Nov. 14 event.

08:50

Washington: House proposal would require semi-automatic owners obtain annual licenses, complete gun safety course [NRA-ILA News]

Washington residents who want to own, buy or sell a semi-automatic assault rifle would have to obtain an annual license from a local law enforcement agency under a proposal introduced this week in the House.

08:50

Vermont: Guns Again? [NRA-ILA News]

Recently a constituent said she couldn’t understand why I was against universal background checks for gun transfers. It seemed like an ideal opening to demonstrate how I respond to proposed legislation.

08:49

For first time in history, California dealers sell more than a million guns in a single year [NRA-ILA News]

Pass a new gun control law, watch gun sales explode until the law takes effect.That pattern has played out several times over the years in California, but never so much as in 2016, related largely to a spike in sales as buyers rushed to beat a ban on certain rifles, new figures from the state Department of Justice show.

08:48

New Mexico: NRA takes issue with proposed gun legislation [NRA-ILA News]

The National Rifle Association has its sights set on two bills before the New Mexico Legislature that it believes will make transfers of private gun ownership and even temporary possession transfers impractically complicated.

08:47

West Virginia: Proposed gun ban on Huntington property stays in committee [NRA-ILA News]

Huntington City Council's Public Safety Committee opted to take no immediate action on a proposed ordinance that could potentially restrict firearms in all city-owned and -operated buildings.

08:47

Pennsylvania: Proposed Ramsey gun range draws opposition [NRA-ILA News]

A Pennsylvania gun range safety officer has proposed building a 60,620-square-foot indoor firing range in the borough, a facility he said would be unique to the state for its size and scope.

08:46

Firearms and firearms accessory makers increasingly consider women buyers [NRA-ILA News]

The PK380 handgun by Walther Arms Inc. has a single stack, making it smaller, lighter and easier to conceal than other models. It has the kind of characteristics that women buyers seek.

08:34

Franklin Armory .17hmr AR and New Binary Triggers | SHOT 2017 [The Firearm Blog]

Franklin Armory has been making an AR chambered in .17WSM called the F17 series. The beauty of this is that they are exempt from California’s assault weapon bans as those statutes only apply to center fire weapons. The basic F17-M4 starts at $1,499. There are a few other models with different sights and furniture.   […]

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08:30

Baker Ballistics MRAPS-IV (Mobile Rifle Armor Protective Shield) | SHOT 2017 [The Firearm Blog]

In this episode of TFBTV, James gets a look at the MRAPS-IV (Mobile Rifle Armor Protective Shield) from Baker Ballistics – a shield system that can defeat 7.62 ammo but is relatively mobile. Many THANKS to: Ventura Munitions: http://bit.ly/1LKxNRP Please Support Them! They help make our videos possible. Proxibid: http://goo.gl/vNQqj5 Bid On Thousands Of Firearms […]

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06:11

Steyr AUG 40:th Anniversary Limited Edition STG77 | SHOT 17 [The Firearm Blog]

The AUG, short for “Armee-Universal-Gewehr” (universal army rifle), was designed in 1977 and was adopted by the Austrian Army as the StG 77 (Sturmgewehr 77) in 1978. Time flies and to honor the 40:th Anniversary, Steyr Arms Inc. are releasing the STG77 for 2017. Only 400 rifles of this exact will be produced. The barrel, […]

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05:27

Bergman 1920s Trials Prototype Pistol [Forgotten Weapons]

This was, as far as I can tell, the final iteration of the Bergmann pistols, developed by AEP in Liege for potential military contracts. It retains the locking system of the 1910 pattern pistol, but with a simplified disassembly method reminiscent of the C96 Mauser. The barrel was lengthened, the rear sight replaced with an adjustable leaf type, and the magazine capacity increased to 15.

This model appears to have been tested by the French in 1923, and probably by other nations as well. However, by this time the magazine-forward configuration was decidedly obsolete for a military sidearm, and no contracts were to be found.

04:55

Parting Shot At Shooters And Hunters From The Obama Administration [No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money]


Yesterday was the last full day of the Obama Administration. It did not pass without a last parting shot by the anti-hunting, anti-shooting so-called environmentalists. US Fish and Wildlife Director Dan Ashe issued a Director's Order that will ban the use of traditional, lead-based ammunition on Federal lands within five years. Thus it gives groups like the Center for Biological Diversity and Project Gutpile a win that they could not achieve in the courts.

Here in western North Carolina, the few public outdoor ranges that we have are on National Forest land. Checking the prices of copper based .223 ammo versus traditional ammo, the cheapest I can find a box of 20 rounds is for about $17 for copper versus about $6 for Tula or $8,.50 for American Eagle. Forcing shooters to use non-lead ammunition will drive up the cost exponentially and drive people from the shooting sports for economic reasons.

The NSSF is crying foul on this move.

NEWTOWN, Conn. — The National Shooting Sports Foundation® (NSSF®), the trade association for the firearms, ammunition, hunting and shooting sports industries, condemned the decision by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe banning the use of traditional ammunition on Service lands in just five years.

The parting shot, Director’s Order 219 , was issued on the final full day of President Obama’s administration. The last-minute action revives an effort the administration undertook eight years ago to ban the use of traditional ammunition.

“This directive is irresponsible and driven not out of sound science but unchecked politics,” said Lawrence Keane, NSSF senior vice president and general counsel. “The timing alone is suspect. This directive was published without dialogue with industry, sportsmen and conservationists. The next director should immediately rescind this, and instead create policy based upon scientific evidence of population impacts with regard to the use of traditional ammunition.”

The order requires several initiatives to go into effect immediately. Regional Directors are to work with state agencies to ban the use of traditional ammunition. It also ends the use of traditional ammunition on Federal land, including National Parks, tribal lands and national wildlife refuges in order to mirror policies in states where traditional ammunition is already restricted. The order “expeditiously” bans traditional ammunition “when available information indicates” that lead is harmful to wildlife, without requirement of a scientific threshold on which to base that action.

It also requires creation of a timeline to restrict traditional ammunition for dove and upland bird hunting.
Notice that last bit. They want to ban traditional ammo for dove hunting as well.

I hope this is one order that is rescinded after noon today when the Trump Administration takes office. I certainly hope so.

04:44

Federal Appeals Court: Chicago Violates Second Amendment … Again [NRA-ILA News]

On Wednesday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit found that Chicago had once again violated the Second Amendment, this time with its regulations for gun ranges.

03:39

Agency Arms M&P, Latest Glock Packages | SHOT 2017 [The Firearm Blog]

Agency Arms is very well known for the custom Glock jobs that the company offers, both as a product in and of itself and as a service for customers sending their handguns in. At SHOT 2017 Agency Arms displayed some of their work on M&P full size handguns at the Brownells booth. Currently the company […]

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03:25

Brownells Offering Firearms Sales, Own Offerings | SHOT 2017 [The Firearm Blog]

Brownells has traditionally been a gun smithing and parts destination for a number of decades but at SHOT 2017 the company has come out with offering full firearms for sale through their dealer network. We reported on this back in November and the company is in full swing of offering all manner of firearms to […]

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02:49

James River Historical Reproduction Rifles | SHOT 2017 [The Firearm Blog]

James River Armory is a North Carolina based company that specializes in reproduction rifles for the collector market. Something we are seeing a lot of today is that collectors will have a number of specimens of historical rifles that are very rare, but they still want to be able to enjoy the rifles as much […]

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02:25

Velocity Systems SCARAB DLX Plate Carrier | SHOT 2017 [The Firearm Blog]

Velocity Systems has a couple new products this year at SHOT, but what really caught my eye was the Multi Cam SCARAB DLX plate carrier the company had on display. The design is an improvement on the SCARAB Light. One of the largest differences is the lack of MOLLE, and the incorporation of an integrated Cordura […]

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01:18

Kalashnikov USA Shows Off AK-Alfa, US-Made PP-19-01 Vityaz | SHOT 17 [The Firearm Blog]

Kalashnikov USA had two potentially very exciting rifles at SHOT 2017. Unfortunately, the guns that I got to handle were not so great. I don’t like writing things like this when companies are releasing new products, but on the other hand, what’s my reason for going to SHOT if I am not going to tell […]

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00:58

Rifle Dynamics | SHOT 2017 [The Firearm Blog]

Rifle Dynamics hosted a party/show for the companies products after the events of SHOT were over, and thus don’t have a booth on the actual floor. The company is a top notch customized Kalashnikov builder that puts together SBRs to the newest offering of a designated marksman’s rifle in 7.62x39mm. Most recently Rifle Dynamics improved […]

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00:51

Sig P320: Perfection Improved (US Army MHS Modular Handgun System) [The Firearm Blog]

This episode of TFBTV Patrick takes the Sig Sauer P320 out to the range. Previous to the P320, if you wanted a striker fired Sig, you were out of luck. Since it’s introduction the P320 has become a serious contender in the striker fired handgun market and has taken a large bite out of sales […]

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00:44

Fostech Origin 12 “Firearm”, new finishes | SHOT 2017 [The Firearm Blog]

Fostech is bringing an interesting variant of their 12 gauge Origin 12 shotgun to market. The Origin 12 SBV is along the lines of their NFA Short Barrel Shotguns with a 10 inch barrel, but it isn’t an NFA item at all. Because it has a smooth bore, it isn’t a handgun either. It is […]

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Thursday, 19 January

23:59

SHOT Show Day 3: In Case you missed them… [The Firearm Blog]

Here are all our posts published on 19 January 2017 during Day 3 of SHOT Show. If you missed any here they are chronological order from earliest to latest …

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23:59

Airsoft Alternative Training | SHOT 2017 [The Firearm Blog]

Gunpower Inc, is a South Korean company that has introduced training equipment very similar to the currently issued MILES used by a number of militaries around the world. The equipment is called the GPR System and comes with a full suite of products. The catch is that the system is purely Airsoft based. It uses […]

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23:51

Arsenal Firearms USA Shows Us The Final Stryk B Design | SHOT 2017 [The Firearm Blog]

Patrick gets an update about the state of Arsenal Firearm’s Stryk B pistol. As an evolution of the original the Stryk B builds on the success of the original design and takes it to the next level and beyond.   Thanks to our sponsors: Proxibid – Track Down Your Perfect Rifle On Proxibid.com  Ventura Munitions – […]

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23:40

New SOG Knives And Tools For 2017! | SHOT 2017 [The Firearm Blog]

Patrick visits with SOG to talk about the new baton style of multi-tools that they will be offering in 2017 as well as taking a close look at some of the new knives this year. SOG has become well established as a manufacturer of multi-tools and knives and is a personal favorite of Patrick. Thanks […]

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23:15

BREAKING: US Army Selects Sig To Replace M9 Original Post Updated at 11pm With SIG Press Release and Photos of the Pistol [The Firearm Blog]

In a move that will define Army small arm procurement for decades, the Department of Defense has just announced that they have selected Sig Sauer to produce a “Modular Handgun System” for Army warfighters. The new handgun will replace the current M9 sidearm and is the culmination of over five years of testing and trials […]

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21:07

Janz 500 S&W Magnum Revolver | SHOT 2017 [The Firearm Blog]

JANZ-Präzisionstechnik GmbH builds high end revolvers and exports them to the United States through Texas-based Janz Revolver USA. I had a chance to spend some time with Till Hezel of Janz Revolver and learn more about one of the company’s guns: the .500 S&W Magnum. Janz revolvers are built on one of three different frame […]

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20:52

Industry Range Day: LMT MARS-L and PDW | SHOT 2017 [The Firearm Blog]

LMT introduced the MARS-L for the civilian market in the United States this year. The MARS-L is essentially the same model that has recently been adopted by the Armed Forces of New Zealand, but without the selector switch capability. LMT also showed off their PDW carbine as well. The PDW was introduced last year at […]

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20:49

Industry Range Day: Daniel Defense SBR and DD Magazine | SHOT 2017 [The Firearm Blog]

Daniel Defense is introducing their NFA, civilian legal SBR at SHOT 2017 this year, in addition to their DD Magazine that can be loaded to 32 rounds instead of a standard 30. The DDM7 SBR is building off of both previous success with the M7 series, and their Mk18, in use by SOCOM.   Many […]

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18:06

Heidi Washington, candidate for NRA Board [Of Arms and the Law]

Just got word that Heidi Washington, daughter of the late Tom Washington, who died in 1995 while serving as NRA President (he died after suffering a heart attack while deer hunting). It's worth mentioning that, when George H. W. Bush resigned from NRA after a "jack-booted thug" reference, Washington released very effective response. Heidi is an endowment member, endorsed by the nominating committee, head of the Michigan Department of Corrections and supporter of the Warden's Cup competition.
Looks as if as head of the Dept of Corrections she has received some praise as a reformer.

17:46

Aimcam POV Camera | SHOT 2017 [The Firearm Blog]

Aimcam is a POV camera built into a pair of glasses. These caught my eye because I have dabbled in using cameras to record POV. Typical POV glasses are ok but are terrible when used with a long gun. Those types of cameras have the lens in the bridge of the of the glasses. The […]

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17:35

MAXIM 9 Holsters | SHOT 2017 [The Firearm Blog]

At the SilencerCo booth, they have two holsters for the MAXIM 9. One looks and functions like a Blackhawk Serpa and they have a custom molded Kydex holster. These were made to dispel ideas that the Maxim 9 is too big to be holstered. AIWB holsters on the other hand might not work.   Also […]

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17:29

Quarter Circle 10 MP5 AR PCC | SHOT 2017 [The Firearm Blog]

Quarter Circle 10, the Pistol Caliber AR company has made a name for themselves with their Glock mag fed ARs. Now they have made a lower that can use MP5 magazines. With ETS making MP5 magazines, I think these will be a hit. They also have a different side charger on the upper receiver.

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17:21

Spuhr Stock And Rails | SHOT 2017 [The Firearm Blog]

Spuhr is bringing in their HK collapsing stock. It has been used by Swedish Home Guard. As you can see above, there is one for a G3 and below is one for an MP5K. The stock rides on a short custom buffer tube. The stock has a non sliding cheek rest that they are going […]

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17:10

The US Army’s Next Gun: SIG’s P320 Compact MHS | SHOT 17 [The Firearm Blog]

Today, the news broke that SIG USA has become the winner of the United States Army’s Modular Handgun System contract, making its P320 handgun the next standard issue sidearm for the United States armed forces. The new pistol, to be designated “M17”, is a smaller, lighter, more adaptable handgun than the US Army’s aging M9, […]

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17:09

Magneto Speed M-Series Grip 3rd Magazine | SHOT 2017 [The Firearm Blog]

The Magnetospeed M-Series Grip, is a new AR15 grip with modular storage. The grip has a springloaded plate so your stored accessory shoots out with force. The module is held in by a toe catch. Similar to a heel mag catch but this one is in the front of the grip. The 3rd magazine will […]

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16:48

FLIR Micro Thermal Sight Q14B | SHOT 2017 [The Firearm Blog]

Flir is making a mini thermal sight. It is a triple thread. It can be used simply as a handheld and since it is so small and light, it is easy to put in a pocket for hiking or outdoor activities. It can be clipped onto an optic or worn on a helmet like a […]

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16:35

Glock Hexmag | SHOT 2017 [The Firearm Blog]

Hexmag is expanding now into a polymer Glock magazine. No word just yet on price. But it will be competitive with what is out there now. So I suspect it will be close to the Magpul PMAG and ETS magazine. One feature the Hexmag has over the PMAG is the witness holes for how much […]

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16:25

Industry Range Day: TFBTV Gets the First Test Drive of the 2017 RAM Power Wagon | SHOT 2017 [The Firearm Blog]

This is what happens when TFB’s sister publication, autoguide.com, sends a professional camera crew to record James – a gun reviewer – driving the brand new Ram Power Wagon. In a collaboration with the autoguide.com crew, TFBTV continues its Industry Day at the Range coverage: RAM Trucks asked TFBTV to run a test drive video […]

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16:05

Bushmaster ACR: New DMR, PDW, and New Barrels | SHOT 2017 [The Firearm Blog]

In this episode of TFBTV, James’ visits Bushmaster at SHOT to get the scoop on long-awaited modifications to the ACR, including a designated marksman rifle version, a PDW variant, and (finally) available swappable barrels for the ACR.

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16:02

Is Ulticlip Going to Change the Holster Market? | SHOT 2017 [The Firearm Blog]

To be honest the SHOT Show is full of a lot of the same stuff, cough AR-15s cough, but there are a few gems to be found. I stumbled upon a product from a company I think is going places. They’re called Ulticlip and they make a pretty ingenious way to secure your holster to […]

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15:42

MagnetoSpeed Shot Indicator | SHOT 2017 [The Firearm Blog]

Now that I have got involved in the deep, deep rabbit hole of precision long range shooting, I have adjusted my expectation for what the rifle and rounds can do. Because I now know that .308 Win is NOT limited to sub two thousand yards, I have a new problem… How do I see impact […]

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14:56

Browning Expands Black Label 1911-380 Line | SHOT 2017 [The Firearm Blog]

Browning has expanded their Black Label 1911-380 line this year. The standard Black Label and Black Label Pro pistols (with G10 handles and enhanced sights) will now come in a Compact version. The new Compact barrel will measure 3.625 inches, as opposed to the full size 4.25 inches. By reducing barrel length Browning has provided […]

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14:46

Real Avid’s Bore Boss Pull-Through Bore Cleaner [AllOutdoor.com]

The SHOT Show is a marathon of madness, highlighted by the occasional discovery of something really great. That’s what happened yesterday in a media brunch. After downing a breakfast burrito, I made the rounds of the product tables… and one thing jumped out at me: The Bore Boss.

This thing is so new that it’s not even on the Real Avid website yet (that’s who makes it). Bore Boss is a pull-through bore cleaner that’s designed to be better than the ones we’ve grown used to.

Let’s start at the beginning. Here’s what the Bore Boss looks like when it’s stored away (left) and after you fold back the flexible rubber cover.

(Photo: Russ Chastain)

(Photo: Russ Chastain)

This next photo shows how you can pull the flexible cover to access the bore cleaner. The red rubbery TPR is bonded to the transparent polycarbonate that forms the storage case, which doubles as a handle for pulling the cleaner through the bore.

(Photo: Revo)

(Photo: Revo)

Here’s the bore cleaner. This is a 12 gauge model, which is the largest one they currently make.

(Photo: Russ Chastain)

(Photo: Russ Chastain)

Instead of a weighted string, there’s a coated steel cable with a metal ball formed on its end. You feed that into your gun’s bore… and since it’s cable, you can feed it in rather than relying on gravity to pull the string through.

(Photo: Revo)

(Photo: Revo)

Once the cable is through the bore, you can attach it to the handle/case and pull it through the bore. A phosphor bronze bore brush leads the way through the bore to loosen fouling, and a braided mop follows to pull the crud out.

(Photo: Revo)

(Photo: Revo)

When you’re done cleaning, you store it by feeding the bore cleaner through the handle until the brush is in the tube, then wrap the cable & mop around the case. Fold the overmolded red flexible cover into place, and that’s it.

Best of all, it’s priced lower than its competition, with a suggested retail of $9.99 regardless of caliber/gauge. I’m really looking forward to trying this thing out.

Keep an eye on the Real Avid site; I’m sure they will be adding the Bore Boss soon.

Available sizes

  • .22 Cal.
  • .223/5.56mm
  • .243/.260/6.5mm
  • .270/.280/7mm
  • .30/.308/7.62mm
  • .357/.38/9mm
  • .40/.41 Cal.
  • .44/.45 Cal.
  • 20 Gauge
  • 12 Gauge

Manufacturer Specs

  • Polycarbonate outside with TPR over molding
  • Dual Action Cable loosens and removes carbon
  • Flex-Case Handle stores and protects Dual Action Cable
  • Clean storing system keeps carbon, cleaners, lubricants from causing a mess
  • Ergonomic Handle easily pulls Dual Action Cable
  • Patent-Pending Design
  • MSRP $9.99 on all 10 sizes

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14:38

Expanded Vortex Optics Lineup | SHOT 2017 [The Firearm Blog]

Vortex released a whole host of new products this Shot Show, rounding out their tactical lineup and taking an interesting step into the world of rangefinding binoculars. One of their star attractions was the Razor AMG UH-1 Huey, which we saw teased back in November and that Aaron tried out at range day earlier this […]

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12:49

SHOT Show Hunt| Find Patrick On The Main Floor And Get a Prize! [The Firearm Blog]

CaracalOk readers here is a chance to get yourself a TFB cap by 5.11. Patrick will be walking around the main floor at SHOT for the next hour. He has ten TFB caps so start searching! Yep I made it a bit easier by telling you which floor he’s on. For our readers at SHOT […]

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12:43

United Cutlery Colombian Field Shovel | SHOT 2017 [The Firearm Blog]

United Cutlery Colombian Field ShovelIs it a machete? Is it an axe? A throwing knife? A saw? A shovel? Yes. The answer is “yes.” The new Colombian Field Shovel from United Cutlery does all of the above. Based on tools and weapons used in “the darkest, wildest, remotest parts of the world,” this field shovel is fashioned from 1065 […]

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12:14

Taylor’s & Co. 1892 Alaskan Take Down Rifle | SHOT 2017 [The Firearm Blog]

Taylor's & Company 1892 Alaskan Take DownI’ve had a bit of a thing for lever-actions lately and the new 1892 Alaskan Take Down Rifle from Taylor’s & Company is exactly the sort of gun that has been fuelling my interest. It’s a modern version of the classic 1892 Rifle with an octagonal barrel. Barrel length is either 16 inches with a […]

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11:36

New Hampshire: Constitutional/Permitless Carry Bill Passes Senate! [NRA-ILA News]

Today, Senate Bill 12, legislation eliminating the requirement to obtain a permit in order to lawfully carry, passed the Senate without amendment, by a 13-10 vote.  SB 12 will now go to the House of Representatives for consideration.  Please begin contacting your state Representative and politely urge them to support SB 12!

11:07

Oregon: State Employees Left Defenseless by New “No Firearms” Policy [NRA-ILA News]

Earlier this month, Oregon Governor Kate Brown’s Department of Administrative Services released a memorandum announcing a new policy prohibiting state employees from possessing a personal firearm in the workplace, even if they have a concealed handgun license.  This policy strips the right to self-defense from many law-abiding state employees, board and commission members, volunteers, and other public servants working in state agencies, infringing upon their Second Amendment rights and leaving them defenseless.

09:32

Ezell II -- another victory over Chicago! [Of Arms and the Law]

7th Circuit US Court of Appeals' ruling here. Chicago of course banned handguns -- that got struck down in McDonald. Then it went to strict licensing, with a requirement of training on a range, while banning all firing ranges. That got stuck down in Ezell I. Then it tried restrictively regulating ranges, which gets struck down here. Of the city's three requirements, two are stricken 3-0 and the remainder was struck 2-1.

Hat tip to Alice Beard, who points out that the opinion is written by judge Diane Sykes (who I think wrote Ezell I also), who is on Trump's list of 21 judges he'd be willing to appoint to the Supreme Court.

08:22

MantisX Firearms Training System | SHOT 2017 [The Firearm Blog]

Stuck in the middle of what seems like a thousand media emails I received from SHOT vendors was one from Adam Ratigan of MantisX. Like any good intelligence collection specialist (a fancy term for Google dork), it is wise to take a quick 5,000 foot pass on any information that comes your way to see […]

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07:51

The Supreme Court’s Next Gun Battle [NRA-ILA News]

An appeal filed at the court last week could change that. It asks the justices to decide the major question left open by the Heller decision: whether the Second Amendment protects the right to carry a gun outside the home. If the court decides to hear the case, the argument would take place in the fall — by which time, presumably, a Trump administration justice will have taken Justice Scalia’s place.

07:50

Appeals court rules restrictions to gun-ranges in Chicago are unconstitutional [NRA-ILA News]

The appeals court on Wednesday ruled that city ordinances restricting gun ranges to manufacturing areas in Chicago are unconstitutional. The ordinances also placed limits on the distances they can be located in relation to other gun ranges and to residential areas, schools, parks and places of worship.

07:49

Congress moves to alter D.C. gun laws [NRA-ILA News]

On Tuesday, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), reintroduced a bill to repeal the District’s gun-control laws, which are among the most restrictive in the nation. Under one provision in Rubio’s bill, police in the nation’s capital would have to drop tight controls on who is allowed to carry a gun outside a home. Instead, the city would be compelled to issue concealed-carry permits to any resident or visitor who meets the most basic criteria.

07:48

California snafu releases personal info of nearly 4,000 gun safety instructors [NRA-ILA News]

The private information of thousands of California firearms instructors was accidentally released by the state late last year in response to a journalist’s Freedom of Information request.

07:47

Arizona high court sets hearing in Tucson gun case [NRA-ILA News]

The Arizona Supreme Court has decided to hold a full hearing on a complaint filed by Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich that contends Tucson is illegally destroying seized guns instead of selling them.

07:38

New BTI Shooting Gear for 2017 [AllOutdoor.com]

While walking the floor at SHOT Show 2017, I stopped by Battenfeld‘s booth. The company owns quite a few shooting-related and outdoor brands, and they’re always coming out with something new. Here are a few of the new items for 2017:

Tipton Ultra Gun Vise

The Tipton Ultra Gun Vise looks pretty useful. It has all kinds of adjustments, and has front and rear clamps. The knobs for clamping open and close quickly, so you don’t have to sit there turning them forever to get something done.

tipton-vise

The clamps slide on the steel frame and can be fixed in place, and that funky thing sticking up in the middle is an adapter that fits into an AR’s mag well, so this will hold an AR securely for cleaning.

Some manufacturer specs:

  • Rigid Steel Frame
  • Modular chassis design
  • Different modules can be quickly moved, rearranged or removed anywhere along the rail
  • Over molded rubber contact pads throughout the device prevent damage to firearm
  • Ball and socket articulating clamp pads allow for the pads to adapt to any surface
  • Leveling feet on all corners makes scope leveling easier
  • Dual Clamp Technology rigidly holds any gun shape in place
  • Tube frame structure allows for complete access to your rifle
  • Fast-Turn knobs, for quick clamping
  • AR Vise Block module included for working on and cleaning AR-15s
  • Front and Rear clamps are both height and length adjustable
  • Modular system allows you to clamp components like AR Upper assemblies without needing to have them attached to the lowers.
  • Works with break action firearms. You can clamp the forward/barrel while leaving the rear to swing open
  • Works with handguns allowing you to mount optics or clean efficiently
  • 2 re-arrangeable or removable accessory trays
  • Engineered Glass Filled Nylon construction
  • Stainless Steel reinforcing plates
  • Solvent-resistant materials
  • MSRP: $179.99

Tipton Power Clean Electric Gun Cleaning Brush Kit

This looks pretty cool. The Power Clean Brush is a battery-powered unit that takes interchangeable brushes, and comes with an adapter so you can use any threaded bore brush in it.

tipton-power-clean-brush

It looks like this could really help knock some stubborn crud loose from hard-to-reach areas.

Specs:

  • Power handle is sealed and resistant to solvents and oils
  • Bristle heads are 3/4” diameter
  • 22 caliber nylon bore brush included
  • Interchangeable bristle brush heads: plastic, stainless steel, and bronze Adapter head that accepts 8-32 threaded cleaning brush tips
  • Powered by 4 AA batteries (not included)
  • Soft touch rubberized handle and power switch
  • Pulse or continuous modes
  • Scrubs at 3600 oscillations per minute
  • MSRP: $47.99

Caldwell Mag Charger Universal Pistol Loader

This thing works pretty slick; I got to try it for myself.

caldwell-mag-charger

The Mag Charger adjusts for magazine width (it works on single- and double-stack magazines), then you insert the magazine and clamp it in place. Then you just stick a round into the Charger and squeeze the handle. Some mechanical magic occurs, and that round gets loaded into the pistol mag.

It’s larger and bulkier than other magazine loaders, but it worked quite well when I tried it.

Specs:

  • Universal magazine design
  • Works with both single-stack and double-stack magazines
  • Loads 9mm, 10mm, 357, 40 and 45 cal ammo
  • Simple to use –- Just drop in a round and squeeze the lever
  • Polycarbonate construction
  • MSRP: $47.99

Caldwell Stinger Shooting Rest

The Stinger is a new rest, and it’s clearly named for its resemblance to a scorpion. This rest is adjustable for length by moving the front rest back and forth on the rails. Height adjustment can be done quickly and with one hand, which is nice.

caldwell-stinger

Specs:

  • New spring loaded elevation system allows for fast one handed, no wobble adjustment
  • Extremely fine elevation adjustments with fingertip control
  • MSRP: $129.99

Caldwell Lead Sled 3

The Lead Sled has been popular for a while, and it’s just been improved upon. The Lead Sled 3 replaces the front bag with a durable rest of a rubbery material — and adds a recoil-absorbing insert into the molded plastic butt cradle.

caldwell-lead-sled-3

Specs:

  • Holds up to two 25 lb. bar bell weights
  • Holds up to 100 lbs. of lead shot
  • Fingertip elevation adjustment
  • Non-marring rubber feet
  • Rear adjustable elevation
  • MSRP: $159.99

Caldwell Lead Sled DFT 2

The dual-rail version of the Lead Sled has been updated and dubbed the Lead Sled DFT 2. Unlike the single-rail version, the DFT is adjustable for length. It also allows use with extended magazines (ARs, etc).

caldwell-lead-sled-dft-2

Updates include the replacement of the front bag with a ventilated rubbery rest that ought to be more durable and an insert of shock-absorbing material in the butt cradle.

This rest is heavy! Trust me; I own the original DFT. Check the specs for details… it’s not light to tote around, but that helps it control recoil.

Specs:

  • Dual frame design disperses a maximum amount of recoil energy
  • 18” of adjustment to fit rifles and shotguns of virtually any size
  • Holds up to 100 pounds of lead shot
  • The Lead Sled DFT 2 weighs approx. 24 pounds and is 30” long by 12” wide
  • MSRP: $259.99

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07:32

Liberals buying guns, prepping for Trump years [Of Arms and the Law]

Story here.

"In fact, Mr. Waugh has "made 'bug-out bags' stuffed with ammo, energy bars, and assorted survival gear for his wife and their three cats. He's begun stowing water and browsing real estate listings in Gunnison County, Colorado, which he's determined to be a 'liberal safe-haven.' Last month, Waugh added a 9mm handgun to his arsenal."

07:31

Florida Urgent Alert! Self-defense Bill up in Senate Judiciary on Tuesday 1/24/2017 [NRA-ILA News]

A critical self-defense bill will be heard by the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday, January 24, 2017, between 2:00-4:00pm.  SB-128 Burden of Proof by Senator Rob Bradley restores the presumption of innocence in self-defense cases by putting the burden of proof BACK ON THE STATE where it belongs.

06:16

Triumph Systems: Targets that Splat, Ooze, and Bleed [AllOutdoor.com]

SHOT Show Range Day always has new stuff for shooters, and I keep my eyes peeled for products I’ve never seen. When some unique targets caught my eye, I knew it was time to learn more.

Triumph Systems makes targets that do something when you hit them. No, they don’t explode (that was my first thought, too), but they do contain colored liquids that indicate where your bullet landed. They say the colored gel is water soluble and won’t stain clothing.

triumph-systems-bleed

Aside from zombies and terrorists, they also have an “Ethical Harvest” series of targets that emphasize shot placement on game such as deer and prairie dogs.

triumph-systems-pdog

The Pivotal Trainer is a remote-control target hanger that turns the target sideways for speed drills or threat/no threat training.

triumph-pivotal

They also have Pop Packs, which are plastic pouches that contain several (I’m going to guess about 10) ounces of “environmentally safe gel that is water soluble and will not stain your clothes.”

triumph-pop-packs

These come in different colors and have different shapes & numbers. The idea is to create an array of them hanging on a board and then make a game of shooting the correct Pop Pack (green triangle, pink 4, etc).

Other items are available on their website; check them out.

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06:07

Suppressed Hudson H9 | SHOT 2017 [The Firearm Blog]

This photo was posted on Facebook yesterday. When TFB was at the Shot Show Industry Range Day I had asked Hudson MFG about suppressing the H9. They laughed and said they can’t speak about it just yet. And yet there is a threaded barrel for one now with an osprey45. I feel cheated and demand […]

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05:49

Telor Tactical: Comfortable Carry & Recoil Management [AllOutdoor.com]

At the 2017 SHOT Show Range Day, I stopped by Telor Tactical’s display, and learned something about the man and wife who own the company, and about their products.

After many years working with medical products, largely including wheelchair cushions, the company’s founder began to apply his know-how to products for the shooting world.

What makes their products unique are the materials and the way they’re used. It’s easy to understand why wheelchair cushions must be breathable and comfortable, and that same concept is employed in designing their concealed carry products.

They offer a number of ankle holsters on their website, along with several other items.

The Body Band was created to allow folks to carry a concealed handgun while wearing pants that might not support it.

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They also developed the Stock Sock shotgun recoil pad. It’s a slip-on model, available in rifle and shotgun models with or without shell loops.

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They claim it’s the best recoil pad ever made, and I’m looking forward to trying it for myself. I became a believer in Limb Saver years ago, but I’m told that Telor’s unique foam came out on top in a blind comparison test, so I’m eager to give it a try and let y’all know what I think of it.

Telor Tactical’s products are designed and made in the USA. Check them out.

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05:27

Carl Ehbet’s Gas Operated Bergmann? [Forgotten Weapons]

I got a really interesting patent in my mail recently, from Othais at C&Rsenal. It’s and idea clearly based on a Bergmann 1894 or 1896 pattern pistol, but instead of being blowback it uses a gas piston. And it’s not patented by Schmeisser or Bergmann, but instead by Carl Ehbets. If you recognize that name, it’s because he was an engineer for Colt in the late 1800s, largely responsible (in collaboration with William Mason) for Colt’s first swing-out cylinder double action revolver.

Now, this gas operated early Bergmann was not ever actually manufactured, so far as I can tell. At best, only experimental prototypes were made, and I have no actual evidence of that. Was this Ehbets trying to use someone else’s gun as a basis for his own improvements? Or was he perhaps acting as Bergmann’s agent in the United States, since he had plenty of experience with the US patent system?

Have a look at the patent for yourself

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Carl Ehbets gas operated Bergmann patent

05:16

MagLULA’s New Items for 2017 [AllOutdoor.com]

Several years ago, I watched a guy at the SHOT Show demonstrating a magazine loader. I stopped briefly, then walked away in that jaded SHOT-induced daze that many show-goers experience.

But it stuck with me, and I later got in touch with Guy Tal, the inventor of the MagLULA (Magazine Loader and UnLoader). I’ve always been glad that I sent that email, because it allowed me to experience the ease of loading handgun magazines with the original Universal Pistol Loader (UpLULA).

So these days, I make a point of swinging by the MagLULA booth to see what’s new. Here’s a quick look at the 2017 highlights:

LULA for the SIG MPX 9mm

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SIG MPX 9mm LULA

All-in-one magazine speed loader and unloader; fits SIG MPX 9mm-type polymer magazines Ver #1 & Ver #2.

AR15 StripLULA

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The AR15 StripLULA has been revised and the Universal 5.56/223 AR15/M4 model now handles all metal and polymer stripper clips.

It will also handle ten loose rounds, and their site says it will unload an M16 mag in 5 seconds.

HK G36 BenchLoader – 5.56/223

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The BenchLoader is an amazingly effective loading tool, and has been imitated by others since its introduction. The HK G36 model has been revised; their older version would only load HK factory translucent magazines, but the new model loads both HK factory G36 mags and PMAG G36 mags.

They’ve got a lot more stuff, but these are the 2017 highlights. I have used many MagLULA products over the years and they’re always thoughtfully designed and well made.

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05:02

SHOT Show Day Two - Gunblast.com [No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money]


On the second day of the SHOT Show, Jeff Quinn of Gunblast.com interviews folks from Smith & Wesson, KelTec, Ruger, and a number of purveyors of cowboy action revolvers.


04:23

SHOT SHOT Day One - Gunblast.Com [No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money]


Jeff Quinn in this report on Day One of the SHOT Show starts off with a great interview of Ruger CEO Mike Fifer. The other highlights were a Colt representative talking about the reintroduced Colt Cobra and a discussion by Linda Powell of Mossberg's new 590 Shockwave shotgun. This latter product is quite interesting in that it is a pistol-gripped 14" shotgun that does not require a NFA tax stamp.




To read more about the Mossberg 590 Shockwave, go here.  Ammoland.com does report that the shotgun is sold with this disclaimer:

Disclaimer: Although the Mossberg 590 Shockwave is classified as a “firearm” under the Gun Control Act of 1968 (GCA), and is not subject to the provisions of the National Firearms Act (NFA), state and local laws may be more restrictive. Even though, it is legal federally, the 590 Shockwave may be considered a “short-barreled” shotgun or “assault weapon” by certain state and local laws; and therefore illegal to possess. Please check with your local authorities concerning the legality of possessing a firearm of this configuration.
Checking North Carolina law, 14 NCGS § 14-288.8.(c)(3) classifies a shotgun as a "weapon of mass death and destruction" if it has "a barrel or barrels of less than 18 inches in length or an overall length of less than 26 inches." If you have a Federal tax stamp then possession of such a shotgun is permitted. As I read this - and I'm not a lawyer - the shotgun must be both greater than 26 inches overall in length and must have a barrel of 18 inches in length or greater. By using "or" instead of "and" in the description of such a prohibited shotgun the legislative intent is that both conditions must be met. This leads me to say that this is a law that needs changing as I'd like one of those shotguns!

UPDATE: Regarding North Carolina law and the legality of possessing the Mossberg Shockwave, I received this message on Facebook from fellow blogger Chris Maynard.
It is not a shotgun because it never had a stock, rather a pistol grip from the factory... If it was under 26" in length, it would be an AOW... But over 26" makes it a "firearm"... Per federal law...

So that should mean that it is not restricted by NC law supposing they follow the federal definition of "shotgun"

But the same statute also restricts " Any type of weapon (other than a shotgun or a shotgun shell of a type particularly suitable for sporting purposes) which will, or which may be readily converted to, expel a projectile by the action of an explosive or other propellant, and which has any barrel with a bore of more than one-half inch in diameter" so this gun should qualify under that.

01:32

Iron Claw Tactical AK Magazine Drop-Free, Non-Rocking Insert | SHOT 2017 [The Firearm Blog]

Iron Claw Tactical is a Wisconsin based custom firearms company that is coming out with several innovative upgrades for the Kalashnikov platform. Most importantly being their non-rocking magazine well. Kalashnikovs are notorious for the particular method of “rocking” a magazine into place. Iran Claw came up with a magazine well that is bolted to the […]

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01:17

Strike Industries AR Quick Change Upper | SHOT 2017 [The Firearm Blog]

Hot on the heels of Strike’s MP5 receiver replacement is their AR quick change barrel upper receiver. This model is an injection molded prototype, with actual production versions being made out of aluminum. Strike’s interest in a quick-change barrel comes from the need to switch out shoot out barrels, or to simply switch barrels out for […]

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01:00

Strike Industries MP5 Upgrades | SHOT 2017 [The Firearm Blog]

Strike Industries is in the works with a design to replace existing MP5 receivers, with a design that essentially revamps the existing H&K MP5 in Military and Law Enforcement armories all over the world. For right now it is in the prototype stages, but Strike is very keen on sharing their progress with the world, […]

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00:47

REMINDER: Are you at SHOT Show? We are live streaming at 11am Thursday come join us! [The Firearm Blog]

Come watch Patrick do a live stream from the KRISS USA booth  on Thursday the 19th at 11am PST (local SHOT time). The first 5 people that want to talk to us on our livestream will get a super special TFBer only hat and patch. We want to hear what you think was the best […]

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00:29

Jesse James Brings Out The Stalin 12 | SHOT 2017 [The Firearm Blog]

Never lacking in flair and creativity, Jesse James Firearms Unlimited (JJFU) released two new guns at this year’s SHOT Show. Reviewers, including myself, have been critical of some of his past designs, including the Aerosonic line of suppressors. However, I’m turning over a new leaf. James employs some very talented artists and machinists who turn […]

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00:00

Aeroscraft to produce M4 carbines in Ukraine named WAC-47 in 7,62×39 [The Firearm Blog]

The American company Aeroscraft, founded by an immigrant from Ukraine, and the State owned company Ukroboronservis will co-operate to produce M4 carbines to NATO standard. The production will take place in Ukraine, and is a start to NATO-ify the Ukranian Army. The M4 rifle is named WAC-47 and will be made with a 14.5″ barrel in […]

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Wednesday, 18 January

23:59

SHOT Show Day 2: In Case you missed them … [The Firearm Blog]

Here are all our posts published on 18 January 2017 during Day 2 of SHOT Show. If you missed any here they are chronological order from earliest to latest …

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23:11

Yes! More B&T Inbound | SHOT 2017 [The Firearm Blog]

At the top of my SHOT Show schedule was the B&T booth to find out more about their growing offerings available to U.S. consumers. And they didn’t disappoint. We’ve talked recently here at TFB about the APC line of firearms chambered in pistol calibers like 9mm and .45ACP as will as rifle cartridges like 5.56 and .308. […]

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22:32

ATEi Roland Special Package for your GLOCK 19 | SHOT 2017 [The Firearm Blog]

Roland Special GLOCK 19 from AETiIf you know what the Roland Special is than you know that it is considered the ultimate handgun for gunfighters in some circles. No one offers a Roland Special to the general public, if you really want one you must put together a package on your own, sourcing the various components and then sending parts and/or […]

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22:29

New Ear Pro from Howard Leight | SHOT 2017 [The Firearm Blog]

Howard LeightHoward Leight had several new models of hearing protection at the SHOT Show for people to try out. One is called the Synch while the other is an updated version of the Impact Sport. SYNCH The Synch is an over the ear muff that provides 25 dB of noise attenuation. The real key with this […]

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22:14

Ten-X Tactical Frangible Ammo | SHOT 2017 [The Firearm Blog]

PolyFrang Ammunition Ten-X ammunition has introduced a line of frangible ammunition under the PolyFrang product name. Ten-X is most famous for their Cowboy Action loads, but in recent years they have been aggressively expanding into more “specialty” lines of ammunition as well. Frangible ammunition typically consists of high-pressure bonded polymer or metallic powders formed into […]

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22:09

FLIR’s Newest Products Revealed | SHOT 2017 [The Firearm Blog]

At the FLIR party, they brought along some of their latest products. One of them was a quad copter drone fitted with a FLIR thermal camera about the size of a GoPro.   The coolest thing was the Thermo-Sight RL rifle scope. it features USB-C compatiblity as well as blue tooth to pair with their […]

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21:31

Diamondhead Hole Shot BUIS | SHOT 2017 [The Firearm Blog]

New for Shot Show 2017 is the Diamondhead USA Hole Shot. It is a new rear sight design. They eliminated the lock out button so you just flip them up to deploy them. Just like their diamond shaped rear sights, the aperture can be folded down for quick CQC sight alignment. The small change in […]

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21:22

Battle Arms Development Cali-legal AR-15 Mag Catch | SHOT 2017 [The Firearm Blog]

Takedown Pin of the BAD Fixed Magazine CatchThe mad geniuses at Battle Arms Development are hard at it again this year with a product for SHOT Show 2017 that is entirely relevant to the AR-15 shooter stuck with California’s new firearms laws. Battle Arms Development have designed a rather clever new way for AR-15 owners to deal with California’s new guns laws. Many […]

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21:08

Geissele’s New Abraham & Moses Knife | SHOT 2017 [The Firearm Blog]

Bill Geissele has started a new company called Abraham & Moses. You can see the company name engraved into the side of the billet aluminum CNC sheath.   Here is the Sheath as it starts off as a block of aluminum then gets machined and finally coated and assembled. The sheath will have a nylon […]

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20:57

Breaking: Mossberg Patent Lawsuit Over| Patent Declared Invalidated [The Firearm Blog]

For many months TFB has been following and covering the lawsuit Mossberg filed against numerous trigger manufacturers for allegedly violating the trigger patent Mossberg holds. For those not familiar with the past months proceedings Mossberg acquired a patent from Mc Cormick for the single unit AR trigger secured with two pins. The lawsuit spread to […]

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20:53

The Estwing Hunter’s Axe: For Dressing Game and More [AllOutdoor.com]

Estwing. Perhaps the name resonates with you the way it does for me.

For me, a carpenter’s grandson, Estwing means hammers… and good ones. Claw hammers, mainly… but also specialized hammers as well as axes and hatchets.

And above all else, quality. I have never, ever, seen an Estwing product that sucked.

So today, when I passed by Estwing’s modest booth at SHOT Show 2017, I hesitated. And in that moment, I spotted something that appealed to me.

It was the Estwing Hunter’s Axe. This magnificent creation is essentially a hatchet with a huge gut hook on the back end, and a skeletonized axe head to lighten things up… as much as any steel-frame hatchet can (or should) be lightened up. And let’s not forget the signature Estwing shock-absorbing grip that’s molded onto the handle.

After we extracted the Axe from its rugged packaging, I was even more impressed. The gut hook is huge, and would be right at home dressing an elk or a moose, much less a whitetail. A sharpening stone is included, which has a rounded side for maintaining the gut hook and has its own compartment in the tough scabbard that encloses and protects the axe head when it’s not in use.

A good, sharp axe blade — and I can attest that this one is very sharp right out of the package, since we used my pocket knife to open the package right there in the booth — can be very useful in quartering a big game animal for packing it out of the boonies. And I don’t have to tell anyone reading this just how useful a hatchet or small axe can be around the camp or homestead.

Originally made in all black, testers reported having trouble finding it after laying it down in the woods… so they changed the handle color to orange and added white lettering on the logo. Both color schemes are currently available.

The Hunter’s Axe has an overall length of 14.25 inches and a 3″ cutting edge on the axe head. Their website doesn’t list any more specifics, but rest assured I will provide more info in a review at a later date.

For hunters, this small axe should be a real boon. I hope to test that theory in the hunting woods before too long, and I will happily report on it right here at AllOutdoor once I’ve had the chance to put it through its paces.

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20:49

9mm Battle Comp And Comp For California Glocks | SHOT 2017 [The Firearm Blog]

Due to the surging popularity of pistol caliber carbines, Alan Normandy of Battle Comp is coming with a 9mm version of his Battle Comp. They will be available in 1/2×28, 1/2×36 and 13.5LH. They will retail for $165 like his other comps. No info just yet as to when they will be available. He is […]

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20:00

Kel-Tec Has the Coolest Gun at SHOT?: The RDB Survival Model and the KSG-25 | SHOT 2017 [The Firearm Blog]

In this SHOT coverage piece, James discusses two of Kel-Tec’s newest guns. First, the RDB Survival Rifle – perhaps James’ favorite gun from SHOT this year – is a new and extremely compact, NON-NFA 5.56mm/.223 survival-style rifle, designed to be stowed away in a pack or small carrying case. It accepts AR15 magazines and has […]

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19:32

Watch: Fishermen Thrown From Boat at 55 MPH [AllOutdoor.com]

This one hits close to home for me. I live with an hour’s drive of the University of Florida and less than a mile from prime bass fishing territory… and believe me when I tell you that the current can be swift (and the real-life gators can get hungry) on the rivers and other waterways in Florida and Georgia.

This video shows some members of UF’s bass fishing team being thrown into the water from from their bass boat at 50-55 MPH… and it helps demonstrate the value of a good, reliable MOB kill switch.

Here’s hoping this never happens to you or me!

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19:19

Desert Tech MDR: For Reals This Year? [AllOutdoor.com]

I stopped by the Desert Tech booth for my annual look at everyone’s favorite missing bullpup rifle, and I asked the rep, “So the MDR, man, is this actually going to ship?”

“Yes,” replied the rep, “it’s really gonna ship this year.”

He went on to explain that they’ll be doing small shipments in March, and then ramping up to full production by June.

Depending on the caliber, the MDR will come in around the $2500 price point, so it won’t be cheap.

The caliber options at launch will be .308 and .223, and later on they’re adding a .300 blackout barrel. You can buy one gun and three different barrels and some extra hardware, and change calibers in about a minute with just one tool.

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There was a over-the-barrel suppressor version on display, with an expanded handguard. The suppressor is made by AMTAC, and believe it or not the rifle in the photo is not an SBR. The barrel is a full 16 inches. By the time you factor in the bullpup nature and the over-the-barrel suppressor design, you get a very compact package.

Of course, the over-the-barrel suppressors typically aren’t nearly as effective as their normal counterparts, but you can’t beat them for length savings if that’s what’s of primary importance to you.

There has been a lot of hype and a lot of disappointment and sniping around this gun. It was originally supposed to ship in late 2015 — here’s a group buy thread on a forum that has been active since 2014, with a bunch of bullpup fans planning their purchase. Then after delays Desert Tech announced a “firm” commitment to shipping it in the third quarter of 2016. Here’s the company’s CEO in a statement:

“We’re really excited that we can commit third quarter of this year — that’s our firm time and we’re excited to have that commitment. … We’re going to take the time to make sure out of the box that this is the product that you guys have been waiting for.”

So that didn’t happen, and now the rep is swearing that it will be shipping in volume this coming July.

I, for one, am not going to hold my breath. As I said above, there has been a ton of disappointment out there, because folks have been so excited about this thing for so long.

I want to note that I did not see this gun at Range Day, and I take that to be a bad sign. If you’re shipping a new, hot gun this year, it’s going to be at Range Day. The fact that the MDR wasn’t there suggests to me that it’s still vapor.

At any rate, when the gun eventually ships, our colleagues at TFB will be all over it, and then we’ll see if it can actually deliver more than just broken dreams.

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19:02

The Six12 Shotgun: Another Year, Another Show [AllOutdoor.com]

Another year, another SHOT Show, another look at the Six12 shotgun. If you’re not familiar with the Six12, it’s a 12 gauge shotgun that’s fed by a six-shot, revolver-like cylinder.

There’s an integrally suppressed version, which looks like something from the SyFy channel, and that’s probably how most folks know about it — through the maker’s association with SilencerCo (who makes the shotgun suppressor).

The same gun can actually be configured three different ways. First, there’s the full-sized version, which is actually pretty compact.

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Next up is a stripped down, even more compact config, for when you just have to hide a six-round shotty in your pants.

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Finally, there’s the configuration that can be rail mounted under an AR. This is actually really cool, and not just because it’s crying out for a Xzibit “Yo Dawg” along the lines of: “Yo dawg, we heard you like to shoot, so we put a gun on your gun so you can shoot while you shoot.” You can see what it looks like mounted to an AR-15 in the main image on the top of this post.

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As cool as this gun is, it has basically been vaporware for a while now. But the rep assured me that the ship date is a year out. So we’ll see.

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18:57

Remington Pops 2017 SHOT Show [AllOutdoor.com]

While Remington is celebrating its 200th Anniversary, it certainly is not exactly sitting on its proverbial laurels. With the annual Las Vegas SHOT Show underway this week, Remington has made a bevy of announcements of new guns, rifles, a shotgun series, and several handguns. Also included are 150 year celebrations over their UMC ammo line and many other shooting products.

On the list of “new” guns are several we have seen for several months, but they are just now getting to dealers in quantity. Top on this list is their RM380 concealment pistol followed by the revised R51. Both are now available and should prove very popular given the buying frenzy for personal protection handguns these days. There is also a 1911R1 in 9mm.

Next on the list is their brand new RP9 previously written up here at Alloutdoor. I have not yet seen one to handle or inspect, but reports suggest the pistol is one fine piece of work. It is quite interesting that a company known best these past one hundred years or so for shotguns and rifles should once again be getting heavily into the handgun world. This is a good thing.

In the long gun department is the new Remington V3 shotgun in several versions including one I have seen via press photos shaped with fine walnut wood. Also available are tough working models stocked in synthetic, black, or two patterns of Mossy Oak Camo. The V3 is a soft shooting, soft recoiling shotgun handling all 2 ¾ to 3-inch shells. The gun only weighs 7.2 pounds so its use in the field should be ideal for all smoothbore sought game.

For rifles, Remington is introducing their new Magpul Model 700 which is decked out in the new tactical Magpul stock. The Magpul stock system is adjustable to fit most any shooter. The Magpul 700 will be chambered in the .308 Winchester as well as the .260 Remington, the latter being an interesting choice. Should be terrific for varmints as well as deer.

Of real interest to hard core and hard terrain hunters will be the new 700 AWR, American Wilderness Rifle. Sporting a 24-inch 416 stainless barrel complete with 5R rifling, the barreled action is stock mounted free floating in a Grayboe stock. The metal is a black Cerakote finish for great durability in the field, flat land or mountains. Chambers include the .270, 30-06, 7mm Magnum, and .300 Winchester Magnum. The AWR should be a real piece for working. I’d say Remington is set for yet another long haul.

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18:49

Ruger GP-100 In .44 Special [No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money]


One of the firearms that I had hoped to shoot at Industry Day at the Range was the new Ruger GP-100 in .44 Special. As events conspired to keep me from the SHOT Show, I am relying on my friend Rob Reed's post about it at AllOutdoor.com.

His impression:

I was able to put a few rounds through the gun and my initial impressions were favorable. The trigger was good in double-action and very good in single-action and the rubber grips absorbed the recoil of the standard pressure .44 Special rounds very well. Since it is based on the tank-like GP 100 I’m sure it will handle the hotter .44 Special loads that approach Magnum territory as well.
He also included this video of the Ruger representative going over the specs of the revolver.




You can read more about the specifications of this new revolver at Ruger's website here.

If you subscribe to Guns Magazine, Massad Ayoob has a very complimentary review of this new revolver in this month's issue (March 2017).

18:39

Ezell II Is Another Win For The Second Amendment [No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money]


The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals decided in favor of the Second Amendment again today. In a majority decision written by Judge Diane Sykes, the court found that the new zoning restrictions imposed by the City of Chicago on shooting ranges were unconstitutional. It also found that the city's restriction that limited range use to those 18 years of age or older was unconstitutional.

Judge Ilana Rovner concurred on one of the zoning restrictions and dissented on another one of these restrictions and on the age restriction.

I am in the midst of reading the decision now. In the meantime, here is the response of the Second Amendment Foundation which brought the original and subsequent lawsuit on behalf of Rhonda Ezell and the other plaintiffs.

BELLEVUE, WA — A three-judge panel of the Seventh U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals today handed the Second Amendment Foundation a victory in its challenge of firearms regulations in the City of Chicago, striking down a zoning provision, reversing an earlier ruling that upheld “distancing” restrictions for gun ranges, and reversing an earlier ruling that upheld certain age restrictions.

Writing for the court, Judge Diane S. Sykes noted, “To justify these barriers, the City raised only speculative claims of harm to public health and safety. That’s not nearly enough to survive the heightened scrutiny that applies to burdens on Second Amendment rights.”

“We are delighted with the outcome of this lengthy case,” said SAF founder and Executive Vice President Alan M. Gottlieb. “The extremes to which the city has gone in an attempt to narrow its compliance with the Supreme Court ruling in McDonald v. City of Chicago can only be described as incredible stubbornness. In the 6½ years since the high court ruling in our McDonald case, the city has had ample opportunity to modify its regulations. Instead, Chicago has resisted reasonableness.

“We had already sued Chicago successfully to knock down its outright ban on gun ranges within the city,” he recalled. “Then they adopted new regulations that included the zoning, distancing and age restrictions that we contested in this legal action, known as ‘Ezell II.’

“The city tried to severely limit where shooting ranges could be located, and they failed,” he continued. “The city put up arguments about the potential for gun theft, fire hazards and airborne lead contamination, and they failed. Even the judge’s opinion today noted that the city had ‘produced no evidentiary support for these claims beyond the speculative testimony of three city officials.’ This nonsense has got to stop.

“Today’s ruling is a victory for citizens of Chicago who want to exercise their rights,” Gottlieb said, “and particularly for Rhonda Ezell, who has been steadfast in her resolve.”

Also on the panel with Judge Sykes were Judges Michael S. Kanne and Ilana D. Rovner.
As a side note, Judge Sykes is one of the jurists mentioned as a possible successor to Justice Antonin Scalia by President-elect Donald Trump. Given this decision and the earlier Ezell I decision, it is my hope that she be given the strongest consideration for this nomination.

18:03

Faxon Firearms Releases NEW BCGs | SHOT 2017 [The Firearm Blog]

Faxon FirearmsFaxon Firearms has been busy getting ready for SHOT Show like all of us. They introduced new SLIMLINE barrels and muzzle attachments as well as new bolt-carrier groups (BCG). The two newest ones are for .308 Win/7.62 NATO and 9mm. The new .308 Win/7.62 NATO BCG has a couple nice upgrades to it in comparison to […]

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18:02

Jotto Gear Home Defense Cabinet | SHOT 2017 [The Firearm Blog]

Jotto Gear Home Defense CabinetJotto Gear has a clever gun cabinet that combines concealment and security. The NRA Home Defense Cabinet conceals a two-gun (one pistol and one rifle or shotgun) storage cabinet within a home wall behind a sliding mirror. This keeps casual observers from even being aware of the presence of the guns while keeping them conveniently […]

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17:45

ArmaLaser | SHOT 2017 [The Firearm Blog]

ArmaLaserArmaLaser laser units deliver the targeting aid that shooters have grown to expect, but the activation will surprise. A simple touch, automatic when drawing and holding the gun, activates the laser. All Armalaser models turn on by human touch, not by a mechanical switch or button. As soon as the shooter grasps the pistol, the […]

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17:38

Kalashnikov’s New 9mm and 12 Gauge AK-47s | SHOT 2017 [The Firearm Blog]

Obviously keying in on the newest trends in tactical sporting rifles and carbines, Kalashnikov is releasing 9mm AK47s that will use proprietary magazines (inexpensive at $30), obviously to compete with the MPX, CZ Scorpion, and the host of 9mm AR15s that have sprung up over the past few years. Similarly, to wrest control of the […]

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17:30

UTAS 15 Shotgun Overview | SHOT 2017 [The Firearm Blog]

While the UTAS shotgun is not a brand new product, the UTAS booth is always popular at SHOT because the bullpup pump shotguns are literal show-stoppers. With that in mind, James pays his friends at UTAS a visit to get a rundown of this innovative platform for the viewers who couldn’t make it to Vegas […]

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17:28

Leupold LTO Tracker Hand Held Thermal Monocular | SHOT 2017 [The Firearm Blog]

After seeing the article by Adam on the Leupold LTO, I was immediately thinking it would be great on a gun. I have read some people say it is not rated for firearm recoil. On the Press sheet it says “NOT INTENDED FOR MOUNTING ON A FIREARM”. Well, after fiddling with the settings I some […]

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17:21

Little Sure Shot Gun Rests | SHOT 2017 [The Firearm Blog]

Little Sure ShotEveryone knows that shooting from a gun rest improves accuracy, but no one really likes lugging around shooting sticks. The Little Sure Shot Gun Rests solve this problem by allowing shooters to carry the gun rest in their pocket and clamp it to a stick or branch at their shooting site. If the shooter uses […]

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17:17

Aliens Meets Cobalt Kinetics | SHOT 2017 [The Firearm Blog]

Who has watched Aliens (you know, the movie where Ripley shows up and brings it with the Colonial Marines to the xenomorphs) and wondered why no one has done a round counter like the one on the pulse rifles the good guys used? Well, wonder no more. Cobalt Kinetics has done it again, by engineering […]

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17:17

Lithgow Atrax F90 Update | SHOT 2017 [The Firearm Blog]

I met up with Josh Whi of Lithgow Arms. They just got ATF approval and the big question last October, at Big 3 East, was “what part will be the firearm?” ATF has approved the barrel housing to be the registered part. At SHOT 2017 they showed off a CQB model with a 360mm (14.17″) […]

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17:05

Tritech Tactical AR Pistol Grip Mag Holder | SHOT 2017 [The Firearm Blog]

At last years SHOT Show it seemed like everyone was making pistol caliber ARs that used Glock mags. At SHOT Show this year I stumbled upon a company that’s making a new product to cater to all those pistol caliber AR owners. Tritech Tactical debuted their new AR pistol grip that’s also a mag holder […]

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16:57

Dedicated Beretta 1301 Tactical Co-Witnessing Aimpoint Mount | SHOT 2017 [The Firearm Blog]

At the Beretta booth, I saw a Beretta Tactical 1301 with a distinct optic mount. It is something new by Aridus Industries. The mount is a dedicated Aimpoint mount. It lowers the Aimpoint so that the iron sights co-witness thru the Aimpoint. It looks like the mount replaces the factory rear sight and has an […]

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16:53

Leupold Mark 4 Replacement is Coming Soon | SHOT 2017 [The Firearm Blog]

Leupold Mark 4TFB first broke the news that Leupold would no longer be selling their Mark 4 to civilians back in June 2016. Since it is SHOT Show season we decided to try and catch up with Leupold and see if things have changed. While at Industry Day, the great show-and-tell shooting extravaganza of SHOT Show, we […]

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16:48

New ETS Mags And Loader | SHOT 2017 [The Firearm Blog]

ETS has made quite a splash with their transparent polmer Glock magazines. Now they are going to make magazines for the Glock 43 and Glock 42. They will be available in 12rd, 8rd and 6 rd mags. For both the .380 G42 and 9mm G43. The prototypes below are clear but when production comes they […]

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16:45

See All Nite Sights | SHOT 2017 [The Firearm Blog]

See All Nite SightThe tritium-lit See All Nite sight provides fast and intuitive targeting. Using a single element design that dispenses with the front post, the See All allows accurate shooting even without precise eye positioning. The shooter simply puts the arrow on the target and the bullet will arrive where the arrow points. It’s not necessary to […]

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16:33

PWS Ratcheting Locking Castle Nut | SHOT 2017 [The Firearm Blog]

PWS has a ratchet lock castle nut. It eliminates the need to stake the castle nut to the end plate.   Right above the QD hole in the endplate is a small piece of wire spring. This interfaces with the ratcheting teeth on the castle nut.   The ratchet locking castle nut and end plate […]

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16:21

The Future Of Destructive Devices Industries | SHOT 2017 [The Firearm Blog]

I caught up with Dave Fillers of DDI. Recently he sold DDI to Palmetto State Armory. And yet there are some things coming down the line. PSA seems only concerned with the AK side of DDI. But just prior to the buy out, Dave had imported a Chinese bullpup shotgun that looks like a QBZ-95. […]

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16:18

Wilkinson Tactical CR-12 Shotgun | SHOT 2017 [The Firearm Blog]

Wilkinson Tactical CR-12Wilkinson Tactical is showing its new 12 gauge AR-style shotgun. It is built on a slightly modified AR-10 lower receiver. It has nickel-boron coated internal components that don’t require lubrication for reliable operation. It comes with a free-floating handguard and adjustable stock. The controls are fully ambidextrous. The CR-12 upper can be switched out with […]

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15:27

Inland Mfg’s T30 .30 Cal Carbine Sniper | SHOT 2017 [The Firearm Blog]

Inland Manufacturing showed off their new T30 .30 Caliber Carbine Sniper at the 2017 SHOT Show. It’s based on the T3 sniper rifle that was developed back in 1944 by Inland. Inland Manufacturing has come out with a few other WWII era reproductions including their Jungle M1 Carbine, M37 Trench Shotgun and the Advisor M1 Pistol. The […]

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15:22

Phone Skope Optics Cases and Adapters | SHOT 2017 [The Firearm Blog]

Last fall Cheston at Phone Skope seriously hooked me up with help for the review I did of the Vortex Razor HD Spotting Scope. Optics are one of those really challenging things to review visually unless you are just going to nerd out on specs. “M’kay, great, those binoculars looks like binoculars” or “M’kay another […]

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15:21

Hands On with CZ’s P10C, 527 Suppressor Ready | SHOT 17 [The Firearm Blog]

After my article on the Remington RP9, many of my readers contacted me asking how it compared to the new CZ P10C, which was announced around Thanksgiving, but which so far does not yet seem to have reached the market. This means, yes, I am going to write about another striker-fired gun at the 2017 SHOT Show. […]

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15:01

CAA Micro-RONI Pistol Chassis | SHOT 2017 [The Firearm Blog]

In this piece of SHOT coverage from James, James visits with Hayim at CAA to get the news on the RONI expansion and modifications for this year. MSRP on the new models starts at $250. From CAA’s press release: The Micro RONI® is the newest compact addition for a pistol carbine conversion kit. The light […]

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14:52

NRA elections: Todd Rather's candidacy [Of Arms and the Law]

Todd has established a Facebook page to document his candidacy.

14:42

HK Shows Off the US Army’s M110A1 CSASS Compact Sniper Rifle | SHOT 17 [The Firearm Blog]

At the 2017 SHOT Show, Heckler & Koch was proudly displaying their victorious CSASS entrant, now designated the M110A1 by the US Army. The Compact Semi-Automatic Sniper System competition was created to find a lighter weight, more compact sniper weapon system to replace the Knight’s Armament M110 SASS. The H&K rifle that reportedly won the […]

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14:27

RISE Armament v2 | SHOT 2017 [The Firearm Blog]

Yes, yes, I know I covered RISE at Industry Day at the Range (technically it was pre-coverage since we were out there on Sunday), but that article was only about the full rifles they had out there, not the other offerings they are also highlighting this year at SHOT. And I do want to plug […]

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14:15

ATI Omni Hybrid .410 Shotgun | SHOT 2017 [The Firearm Blog]

American Tactical Imports (ATI) showed off their AR-15 shotgun chambered in .410 gauge a few years back, well they’re finally coming out. I was walking through ATI’s booth to go fondle their MP-40 replica chambered in 9mm when I stumbled on the Omni Hybrid .410 shotgun. The new shotgun uses ATI’s OMNI Hybrid Mil-Spec, multi-caliber, […]

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14:03

CMC Drop-in GLOCK Trigger | SHOT 2017 [The Firearm Blog]

CMC GLOCK TriggerAfter teasing us on Facebook about their new product a week or so ago, it was nice to get a grubby trigger finger on the new GLOCK trigger from CMC Triggers at SHOT show Industry Day at the Range. The trigger is a very nice blend of what we have come to expect from CMC […]

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14:00

Kimber Micro Amethyst | SHOT 2017 [The Firearm Blog]

Kimber Micro AmethystThe Micro line of pistols from Kimber combines simple straightforward operation with the mild recoil and small size of a carry .380. Meant as a sort of miniature 1911 for everyday carry and dependable reliability, the Micro series and the Micro 9 series in 9mm are small and lightweight without sacrificing function or elegance. Standard […]

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13:43

GEMTECH Adds Lunar-45 Suppressor | Shot 2017 [The Firearm Blog]

GEMTECH Lunar-45 GEMTECH has added the Lunar-45 to their impressive line of suppressors. The Lunar-45 is a .45 ACP suppressor that will screw on to suppressor-ready pistols and carbines alike. GEMTECH has been in the suppressor business for over 40 years, and their ingenuity, creativity and craftsmanship are evident in their products. The Lunar-45 incorporates […]

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13:42

How researchers attributed authorship of the Federalist Papers [Of Arms and the Law]

Article here. The main contenders were James Madison and Alexander Hamilton, and at the end there were a dozen papers with unsettled authorship. Comparing other, known, writings of the two men, they found both used sentences of the same average length, but there were other clues, as as Hamilton used "while" but Madison used "whilst."

13:40

New Hampshire: “Universal” Background Check Bill Scheduled for Committee Hearing Tomorrow [NRA-ILA News]

Tomorrow, House Bill 201, a bill which would require expanded background checks for all firearm sales and transfers, is scheduled for a hearing in the House Criminal Justice Committee at 1:00 p.m. in LOB Room 204.  If enacted, HB 201 would require individuals to appear before a licensed firearm dealer to request a criminal background check prior to transferring a firearm, absent limited and vague exceptions.  The firearm dealer would also be required to create a record of each sale.  This flawed legislation is being pushed by an out-of-state anti-gun group who is trying to impose their misguided policies on the law-abiding gun owners of New Hampshire.

13:36

5.11 Tactical Pants Go Casual | SHOT 2017 [The Firearm Blog]

5.11 Defender-Flex Jean5.11 Tactical really has a knack for taking apparel and gear that looks like what everyone uses on a daily basis and giving it the tactical treatment, creating stylish products that look sharp while delivering top-shelf functionality for professionals and private citizens alike. New this year are some pants that take “nope, I’m totally not […]

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13:05

FN M249S Para | SHOT 2017 [The Firearm Blog]

FN M249S Para FDELast year some of the most-talked-about guns were the three in FN’s new Military Collector Series, and the darling of the trio was the M249S civilian SAW. For 2017, FN is expanding the line to include the FN M249S Para, the SAW designed for paratroopers. In military use, the Para model SAW has become increasingly […]

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13:05

First MPT-76 rifles delivered to the Turkish Military [The Firearm Blog]

Last year TFB reported about the MPT-76 rifle with some unique pictures from the MKE stand at IWA. As you may recall, this project first started as a 5,56×45, but has since developed to a 7,62×51 mm after feedback and new research and development. I guess if you’re used with a HK G3, you might […]

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13:00

Zenith/MKE MP5 and HK93 Clones | SHOT 2017 [The Firearm Blog]

In this episode of TFBTV, Paul with Zenith Firearms discusses the new and existing line of the MKE roller-locking rifles, including the MP5 and HK93 clones in 9mm and 5.56mm/.223 respectively. As many viewers may know, Zenith imports the MKE roller-locking rifles from Turkey, which is where they were originally made under license from H&K […]

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12:00

New Colt Handguns: Cobra Revolver, Delta Elite, Gold Cup 1911 | SHOT 2017 [The Firearm Blog]

In this episode of TFBTV, James visits Colt in Day 1 of the SHOT Show Expo.  Colt is re-launching their revolver line with the 6-round, small-frame, all-steel Cobra revolver.  Also, Colt is re-invigorating the 10mm legend, the Delta Elite, with a formal re-launch and an additional model with a picatinny rail dust cover. Finally, Colt […]

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11:33

Trijicon Announces the New HD XR Pistol Sights |SHOT 2017 [The Firearm Blog]

Trijicon has introduced a number of new products at SHOT this year. In fact some of these new optics have already been posted for you to check out. I was lucky enough to receive a set of the XD HR sights prior to SHOT for evaluation. These pistol sights will be available for many popular […]

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11:19

Rick Hinderer: New Folders and a Dagger Prototype [AllOutdoor.com]

Regular AllOutdoor readers know the name Hinderer — his folding knife designs are some of the most sought-after, expensive, and hard-to-find in the knife knut world. He had a small booth set up at SHOT, and was showing off a few new designs and one prototype, a folding dagger.

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The knives in the above shot are supposedly new this year. I don’t follow the EDC folder scene, so I leave it to better informed knife aficionados to ferret out the what’s and why’s of what’s in that picture.

I can, however, talk a bit about the prototype dagger. It’s still having the kinks worked out at the shop, and is about two months away from a production run. I have zero use for a dagger of any kind, folding or otherwise, but I liked the way this one felt. Deployment was smooth, lockup was solid, the grip was comfortable, and it looks great. So, Hinderer fans, you have something new to look forward to later this year.

Also pictured in the gallery below is a tactical pen. I don’t go for those, but if you do then this seems solid.

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11:12

New From Lionsteel: Fixed-blade D5, SR-11, Big Daghetta [AllOutdoor.com]

Lionsteel has emerged in recent years as one of the top knifemakers in the world, taking numerous well-deserved industry awards for design, quality, and innovation. These guys are small, though, and I always stop by their booth at SHOT to check out what’s new for the year. It’s never more than two or three new designs, but they’re always top-notch. Quality > quantity and all that.

The D5 is fixed-blade awesomeness

This year brings three knives, first up is a gorgeous fixed blade, the D5. The D5 boasts a solid micarta handle milled from a single block of micarta. You can’t see it in the pictures, but it wraps seamlessly around the front of the grip.

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The blade is German NIOLX hardened to 59 Rockwell, and it comes in a satin or black finish.

The knife comes with a beautiful handmade leather sheath that has a MOLLE attachment. (Everyone is doing MOLLE on their sheaths this year, apparently.)

Now, if you caught my Lionsteel visit last year, you know that I really wanted to like the fixed blades that were released, but I had some quibbles about blade shape and so forth. In the end I wasn’t really sold on any of them. Not so with the D5. I love this knife.

The D5 is the Lionsteel fixed blade I’ve been waiting for. The heft, the feel, the steel, the handle — everything about this blade tweaks all my knobs, and now that I’ve discovered a love of boar hunting with just a knife (long story, but I’ll write about it soon… although the pix are gruesome so I can’t really share them), this looks like a fantastic boar blade.

This knife retails for $180, and in my opinion it’s a steal at that price (assuming it’s made to Lionsteel’s usual quality standards).

The tragedy for me is that I really really really don’t need yet another fixed blade in this size range. But if I were going to pick up a new one for knife hunting, it would be between the D5 and the similarly-size and -priced Viper Fate.

The SR-11 and Big Daghetta

Lionsteel’s new SR-11 folder is basically a rebuild of the SR-1, which was the knife that really put Lionsteel on the map in a major way. The company has redesigned the handle a bit, and has added a glass breaker on the end.

Above: SR-1, Below, SR-11

Above: SR-1, Below, SR-11

The available handle materials are titanium ($350 retail) and aluminum ($200 retail).

There’s also a small dial on the handle near the lock. You can rotate this dial and lock the blade lock down, so that it’s effectively a fixed blade.

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Like the original SR-1, the SR-11 runs a Sleipner steel from Germany.

It looks like a great folder, but, in contrast to my obsession with high-end fixed blades, I’m a guy who’s happy with a big box retail folder, so what do I know. Maybe we can talk AllOutdoor EDC guru Tony Sculimbrene into reviewing it for us.

The Big Daghetta is also new, and is available in G10 or titanium. The steel is D2.

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11:00

Anti-terror package to the German Police, with more Haenel CR223 (AR15) and HK SFP9 [The Firearm Blog]

The Saxony Police in Germany gets an Anit-Terror package from the Minister of Interior. The package is worth 15 million Euro according to Sachsen.de. and contains 7 armored Toyota Land Cruiser V8s, ballistic helmets, plate carriers, Haenel CR223 (AR-15) in 5,56 mm and 9 mm Heckler & Koch SFP9s.  To the best of my knowledge, […]

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09:30

EMG: Kings of Tacticool & Incredibly Realistic Training Firearms | SHOT 2017 [The Firearm Blog]

EMGIf you are at SHOT Show and ventured into the law enforcement section of the first floor, you likely came across Evike Manufacturing Group, EMG. They have amassed in one area probably the coolest collection of arms in all of SHOT Show. The only kicker is that they are all airsoft guns. So you cannot […]

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09:21

Century Arms C39v2 Red Army Standard | SHOT 2017 [The Firearm Blog]

Century Arms C39v2 Red Army StandardThe Century Arms C39v2 Red Army Standard is a 100% American-made AK. It has a standard 16.5-inch metric-threadded barrel with a prorietary Chevron compensator which directs gasses upwards to reduce recoil-induce barrel rise and help the shooter keep the sights on the target. The receiver is milled 4140 ordnance-quality steel and has standard AKM-style sights. […]

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09:20

Ruger Mark IV Pistols | SHOT 2017 [The Firearm Blog]

Ruger Mark IV 22/45 LiteThe Ruger Mark I, Mark II, and Mark III pistols are probably THE iconic rimfire handguns. Countless shooters have fired them over the years, and more take their first cracks with one of them every single day. The new Mark IV line, while looking very much like the Mark III line that came before it, […]

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08:27

DSG Arms Kydex Holsters | SHOT 2017 [The Firearm Blog]

Although this is the first year that DSG Arms has a booth at SHOT, they are no strangers to the show. If you don’t already know. DSG is a large supplier, distributor and retailer based in Fort Worth, Texas. Priding themselves in comprehensive support to the law enforcement, military and civilian shooting community, a fact […]

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08:10

Obama scores the worst legislative record in history [NRA-ILA News]

Despite his most fervent pleas, Mr. Obama failed to make any headway on gun control, Mr. Huder said.“That’s something that he really, really pushed. He put in a lot of effort,” he said.Stymied in Congress, Mr. Obama took steps on his own instead.

08:09

Blumenthal, Murphy gearing up for possible fight with Trump [NRA-ILA News]

Despite his plans to attend the inauguration, Blumenthal said he still will join his wife and children Saturday at the Women's March on Washington, where rally-goers are expected to support a variety of issues, including reproductive rights, equal pay, gun control and gay rights.

08:08

Florida Alert! Please Read the Excellent Op-Ed by Congressman Matt Gaetz! [NRA-ILA News]

Congressman Matt Gaetz has written an excellent op-ed demonstrating his strong support for our Second Amendment freedoms.  He is a true supporter of our Right to Keep and Bear Arms.

08:08

Bill to block guns on campus introduced in Kansas Legislature [NRA-ILA News]

A bill that would enable Kansas community colleges and public universities to continue to bar guns from their campuses has been introduced by a Johnson County lawmaker.Under current law, public colleges will have to open their campuses to concealed firearms starting in July.

07:40

Strike Industries MP5 Upper Kit | SHOT 2017 [The Firearm Blog]

You know that MP5 sub gun upper that has been floating around the internet? We got a chance to handle those 3d printed prototypes and get more information about what they are and what the future holds for them. Thanks to our sponsors: Proxibid – Track Down Your Perfect Rifle On Proxibid.com  Ventura Munitions – Retailer […]

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07:36

Ruger Precision Rifle In 6mm Creedmoor and New 22/45 LITE | TFBTV | SHOT 17 [The Firearm Blog]

How do you make the excellent Ruger Precision Rifle better than it already is? Easy. Chamber it in a flat shooting, wind resistant cartridge like 6mm Creedmoor. Patrick also take a look at the new Mark 4 22/45  LITE to see how Ruger updated his favorite rimfire handgun. Thanks to our sponsors: Proxibid – Track […]

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07:29

Walther Q5 Match & Creed | TFBTV | SHOT 17 [The Firearm Blog]

Patrick takes a closer look at the new Creed and the hugely popular Q5 Match from Walther. The Creed is a bargan with an MSRP of only $399 and is ideal for new shooters, the Q5 Match on the other hand is perfect for all skill levels. Thanks to our sponsors: Proxibid – Track Down […]

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07:19

Colt Cobra & Gold Cup 1911 First Shots | TFBTV | SHOT 2017 [The Firearm Blog]

Patrick takes the first shots with the brand new, highly anticipated Colt Cobra Revolver and the brand new Colt Gold Cup 1911 chambered in 9mm. Check out of coverage of SHOT Show 2017 for more of this years hottest guns! Thanks to our sponsors: Proxibid – Track Down Your Perfect Rifle On Proxibid.com  Ventura Munitions – […]

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07:16

Caracal Enhanced Model F and AR-15 | TFBTV | SHOT 17 [The Firearm Blog]

This episode Patrick gets a chance to shoot the brand new to market Caracal Model F as well as their outstanding, military grade AR-15 rifles. Check out continuing coverage of SHOT Shot 2017! Thanks to our sponsors: Proxibid – Track Down Your Perfect Rifle On Proxibid.com  Ventura Munitions – Retailer of quality ammunition.

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07:10

NEW Surefire Releases | SHOT 2017 [The Firearm Blog]

In the midst of a sea of 2017 SHOT Show attendees, I was lucky enough to get a personal tour of the Surefire booth and their new products from none other than Andrew Wright, Surefire Public Relations. Quick side note: it is a pretty surreal experience to talk with/interview someone when you are surrounded by […]

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07:09

KRISS Defiance DMK22 .22LR AR-15 to hit stores in Q2 | SHOT ´17 [The Firearm Blog]

KRISS USA out of Chesapeake, Virginia are rolling out last year’s biggest “secret“, their DEFIANCE DMK22 series. Perhaps most know for the characteristic KRISS Vector carbines, it’s now time for Kriss to get their AR-15 .22LR onto the market. This is an AR-15 style sporting rifle in .22LR. The DMK22 series comes with various models […]

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07:05

Closer Look At The Magpul X-22 Backpacker | SHOT 2017 [The Firearm Blog]

Just last week, Magpul announced the X-22 Backpacker. It is a new variant of their X-22 Hunter Takedown stock but it is designed for backpacking out into the woods. Almost like a survival rifle. The handguard has been shortened and the stock has been altered so that you can store the barrel under the stock. […]

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06:50

Kel-Tec CMR-30 Handguard Extension | SHOT 2017 [The Firearm Blog]

While visiting the booth at Kel-Tec to check out the new Survival RDB and KSG-25, something caught my eye along the display wall of guns. It was a CMR-30 with a long handguard. I was surprised because I had made something very similar back in December 2015 and posted it just prior to Shot Show […]

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05:27

Bergmann 1908, 1910, and 1910/21 Pistols [Forgotten Weapons]

By the time Bergmann found a production subcontractor in AEP for the Spanish order of 1903 Bergmann pistol, the Spanish had added a few new changes to their order, which became known as the Model 1908. In addition to filling the Spanish production, AEP also sold the guns on the commercial market fairly successfully, under their Bayard trademark.

In 1910 an order was placed by the Danish government, with a few additional changes to the design (improved mainspring, magazine well cutouts to better grip the magazines, larger grips, etc) which became the Model 1910. AEP would institute these changes into their commercial guns as well as producing 4800 for Denmark. Production continued for civilian sales during German occupation in World War One, but ended after the war due to a lack of demand.

When Denmark began to run low of spare parts and wanted more pistols in 1921, they made yet more changes (primarily a much better set of grips and a non-reversible locking block to simplify reassembly) and put the new Model 1910/21 into production domestically. These would be the highest production evolution of the design, and are very nice sidearms, despite being bulky, heavy, poorly balanced, and low capacity in comparison to the other handguns then available on the market.

01:46

Billet Rifle Systems and Nevada Cerakote | SHOT 2017 [The Firearm Blog]

One thing I enjoy during SHOT Show is the plethora of custom “boutique” Ar-15 patterned rifles. One company that never fails to show off some very custom rifles is Billet Rifle Systems. Billet Rifle Systems is famous for their Independence Rifle, and the BRS-47. The Independence rifle features a matched, billet upper and lower receiver. […]

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01:31

Does Remington Have the Best Striker Fired Trigger at SHOT Show? | SHOT 17 [The Firearm Blog]

Recently, it has become a priority for manufacturers of new striker-fired pistols to furnish their offerings with triggers they perceive as “better” than the competition (generally meaning Glock, the still-reigning heavyweight champion of the striker-fired world). The problem with many of these efforts, in the eyes of this humble blogger, is that they prioritize only […]

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01:21

Ten years of the MAGPUL PMAG | SHOT 2017 [The Firearm Blog]

Since I have been attending SHOT, one booth I always look forward to is the Magpul booth. This year, Magpul celebrated the 10th anniversary of the Magpul PMAG. To celebrate the anniversary, Magpul had an exhibit that showed the evolution of the PMAG. The wall included prototypes as well as actual magazines that were taken […]

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01:12

Hollywood Guns | SHOT 2017 [The Firearm Blog]

Not everything at shot is some new sexy product (or some new variant of something common). This year Brownells hosted a very under-attended event at their booth that showcased a number of guns that were used in movies and TV shows. Larry Zanoff, of Independent Studio Services (the largest and most flexible prop house in […]

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00:41

Salted Earth Atlas Dry Fire Training | SHOT 2017 [The Firearm Blog]

Earlier last year, during the dry fire training series I did, I was able to run the Salted Earth Atlas 8 training units for a short couple of weeks (Salted Earth needed the test units back early). I was sad because they ended up being a pretty useful component and I was just starting to […]

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00:39

SHOT Day 1 round up! | SHOT 2017 [The Firearm Blog]

SHOT 2107 Day 1 has come to an end. Below are some pictures of Day 1 of SHOT show.  

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Tuesday, 17 January

23:39

Soldier Fuel Energy Bars: Developed for the Military, but Tasty Enough for Civilians | SHOT 2017 [The Firearm Blog]

Soldier Fuel Energy BarsYou maybe have not heard of Soldier Fuel Energy Bars, but you soon will be. They had a booth setup at SHOT Show with some sweet looking rifles on hand as well as their energy bars. These bars were developed by a marathon runner who had a fond support of our troops.  After being informed […]

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23:39

In Case you missed them: SHOT Show Day 1 [The Firearm Blog]

Here are all our posts published on 17 January 2015 during Day 1 of SHOT Show. If you missed any here they are chronological order from earliest to latest …

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23:35

More pictures – GMR-15 9 mm Carbine from JP Enterprises |Shot 2017 [The Firearm Blog]

TFB just only got hold of these brand new pictures from JP Enterprises and their new GMR-15 9 mm Carbine just being launched at SHOT Show. I just love the look of the JP CTR-02 upper, so to see it on a 9 mm is appreciated. The GMR-15 is an updated version of their GMR-13 […]

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23:34

ZMT Seeks to Import HS “Bor” Bullpup Sniper Rifles from Poland | SHOT 17 [The Firearm Blog]

Nestled in the back of the first floor of the 2017 SHOT Show, in a 1900-series booth shared with another company, was a solitary representative sitting behind two very interesting looking precision rifles, both bolt-action bullpups. This was the booth – half booth, really – of Polish arms manufacturer Zakłady Mechaniczne Tarnów (ZMT for short). The […]

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23:32

New M&P Branded AR Parts from Battenfeld Technologies [The Firearm Blog]

Smith Wesson LPKBattenfeld Technologies was acquired by the American Outdoor Brands Company back when AOBC was still Smith & Wesson Holdings Company. AOBC owns Smith & Wesson, the firearms maker, so it is no surprise that Battenfeld would take advantage of the name recognition of the Smith & Wesson and M&P brands to market new gear. At […]

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23:18

TNW Firearms Offers California Compliant Carbine [The Firearm Blog]

ASRTNW Firearms, the makers of the Aero Survival Rifle (ASR), announced the company was now making a pistol caliber carbine for the California market. Using the Thordsen Stock to side step features like a pistol grip and adjustable length stock, coupled with a lack of muzzle device and threading allows the company to meet California’s […]

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23:16

More on the Spectrum | SHOT 2017 [The Firearm Blog]

Taurus SpectrumEver since the gun leaked onto the internet a few weeks ago, the Taurus Spectrum has been a topic of conversation in many online gun forums. People have speculated about the new pistols and weighed in on what they thought of Taurus in general. Now that the SHOT Show is here, I took some time […]

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22:01

Princeton Tec’s All-American Helix Lanterns [AllOutdoor.com]

While doing my normal thing at the 2017 SHOT Show, which is to walk every aisle at least once, my tired feet took me by the Princeton Tec booth, where I spied some really interesting little lantern lights. So I stopped to check them out and had a nice chat with Princeton Tec marketing manager Caitie Caroleo.

The Helix lantern is an interesting creation from this all-American company. You essentially have a short, squat disk that composes the body of the thing. Four rugged-looking hook thingamabobs serve as easily-adjustable feet for leveling it to use as a lantern or for hanging it for use as an area light.

For brighter light, such as when hung overhead to serve as a room light in a tent, you can remove the “globe,” which is a nifty flexible rubbery white thing. It serves to soften and distribute the light, and it can be collapsed for transporting the Helix.

They come in two sizes, the 4.7-inch-tall Backcountry and the 6.4-inch-tall Basecamp.

The Backcountry has a swipe control, so there are no buttons or knobs on the smaller model. The Basecamp features a knob for control, reminiscent of an old Coleman gasoline lantern.

Princeton Tec Helix Basecamp Lantern (Photo: Princeton Tec)

Princeton Tec Helix Basecamp Lantern (Photo: Princeton Tec)

For 2017, Helix lanterns will be available in five models:

Backcountry

Power: 150 Lumens
Lamp: Maxbright White, Ultrabright Red
Max Burn Time (white, low): 24 Hours
Batteries: 3 AAA Alkaline (included)
Weight: 155 Grams
Water Resistant: IPX6

Backcountry Rechargeable

Power: 150 Lumens
Lamp: Maxbright White, Ultrabright Red
Max Burn Time (white, low): 18 Hours
Battery: Lithium rechargeable (built in)
Weight: 155 Grams
Water Resistant: IPX6

Basecamp Rechargeable

Power: 250 Lumens
Lamp: Maxbright White, Ultrabright Red
Max Burn Time (white, low): 30 Hours
Battery: 3 AA Alkaline (included)
Weight: 358 Grams
Water Resistant: IPX6

Backcountry Rechargeable

Power: 250 Lumens
Lamp: Maxbright White, Ultrabright Red
Max Burn Time (white, low): 18 Hours litium, 30 hours AA
Battery: Lithium rechargeable or 3 AA Alkaline for backup
Weight: 313 Grams
Water Resistant: IPX4

Basecamp Bluetooth

Power: 250 Lumens
Lamp: Maxbright White, Ultrabright Red
Max Burn Time (white, low): 18 Hours litium, 30 hours AA
Battery: Lithium rechargeable or 3 AA Alkaline for backup
Weight: 313 Grams
Water Resistant: IPX4
Bluetooth controlled from smart phone or tablet

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21:06

Faxon Firearms Rolls Out Feathery Barrels, Flash Hiders, & Muzzle Brakes | SHOT 2017 [The Firearm Blog]

Faxon FirearmsFaxon Firearms is making some of the lightest barrel setups in the industry with their newest offerings for 2017. Both their barrels and muzzle attachments have tremendously shaved down on weight in comparison to their competitors. The SLIMLINE barrels are a pencil thin 14.5″ chambered for 5.56 NATO with a 1:8″ twist rate. The flash […]

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21:00

Industry Range Day: New Beretta Semi-Auto Shotguns | SHOT 2017 [The Firearm Blog]

In this episode of TFBTV, James gets to try some of Beretta’s high end sporting and hunting shotguns, including a model equipped with Aimpoint’s new S1 reflex optic, specifically designed to mount on the vented rib of most high end sporting shotguns. Many THANKS to: Ventura Munitions: http://bit.ly/1LKxNRP Please Support Them! They help make our […]

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20:51

Range Vendor Vending Machine for Gun Stuff [AllOutdoor.com]

Picture your favorite shooting range.

Now picture your favorite shooting range on a day when you forgot something important at home, such as ear plugs, targets, or thumb tacks.

Or maybe you just need something you didn’t expect to need: Batteries, screwdrivers, band-aids, super glue, tape, or a Sharpie.

Whatever the need, the Range Vendor will have it. Or at least, there’s a chance that it will.

On the first day of the 2017 SHOT Show, the folks at Noreen Firearms unveiled the Range Vendor, a vending machine with all of the aforementioned products and more.

I spoke with national sales manager Nathan Pitcher, who said the system for replenishing items in the machine would be fully automated, and that range operators or gun shop owners could stock it with a wide variety of items.

So on those range days when you just need a little something, you can grab what you need without having to pack your gear, give up your spot, and journey to range HQ or a distant store.

A pretty good idea, if you ask me. I almost wish I owned a commercial range, so I could get one of these.

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20:30

Winchester Long Beard XR Turkey Ammo Now Available in 20 Gauge [AllOutdoor.com]

A couple years ago, I reported here about Winchester’s then-new 12 gauge Long Beard XR shotgun ammo for turkey hunting. It provided excellent results when I fired it at the 2015 SHOT Show range day.

A few months later later, I posted a range report about the extensive testing I’d done of the ammo, which made even my old 1930s over/under shotgun with full and modified chokes into a reliable 60-yard turkey-slayer.

During spring turkey season the following year, I finally managed to connect with a gobbler using that ammo, and it did a fine job.

Well, Winchester has now come out with Long Beard XR ammo in 20 gauge. I fired some at the 2017 SHOT Show Range Day, and put five pellets in the kill zone at 40 yards. That, my friends, is pretty good with a 20 gauge.

The new 20 gauge ammo comes in either 5 or 6 shot, both of which are rated at 1,000 fps with 1-1/4 ounces of shot, and they come in boxes of 10.

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20:00

Industry Range Day: Aguila Mini 12 Gauge Shells – A Surprise Hit | SHOT 2017 [The Firearm Blog]

In this episode of TFBTV, James talks to Aguila’s people about their mini-shells. Although the mini-shells are not brand new, Aguila was pushing them hard (they had distributed several boxes to range day vendors and manufacturers) and they were one of the more talked about products this year. James discusses and shoots what is probably one […]

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19:34

Aimpoint Announces New Shotgun Sight: The Aimpoint Micro S-1 [AllOutdoor.com]

Today at the 2017 SHOT Show, I was surprised by something I saw at an Aimpoint press conference. Or at least, I was impressed by it.

My history with Aimpoint goes way back. I was a mere teen in the 1980s when my father got himself an Aimpoint sight and mounted it on his Ruger 44 magnum carbine, which was his all-time favorite hunting rifle.

The sight was great, and he loved it… except that, when the batteries ran low, the point of impact would not necessarily coincide with the red dot. So he eventually had to move on to a low-powered scope.

That was more than thirty years ago, and Aimpoint has come a long way since those early days. What hasn’t changed is the company’s roots. The company that developed the original red dot scope for hunters is still operated by hunters today… so it should come as no surprise that they’ve just announced the Aimpoint Micro S1, specifically designed for shotguns.

The new Aimpoint® Micro S-1 was designed specifically for use on shotguns.  The innovative carbon fiber reinforced mounting system positions the optic on the lowest possible optical axis – without adding unnecessary weight. The Micro S-1 sight attaches directly to the shotgun at any point along the ventilated rib, and interchangeable adapter plates are included to accommodate most popular shotgun rib sizes.

When I hunt with a rifle these days, I almost always use a non-electronic magnifying optical scope. But there’s something about a red dot scope that entices and attracts me… especially when it comes to shotgunning for turkeys.

But they say this scope isn’t just for turkey hunting, and they aim to prove that it will help improve shotgun shooters’ skills on the clay range or in the field shooting birds or hunting deer.

As the name suggests, the Micro S-1 is small and lightweight. It will reportedly attach to the rib of a shotgun via a clamp and shim system that isn’t quite fine-tuned yet.

The Micro S-1 greatly enhances hit percentage for waterfowl and upland bird hunters, as well as on the sporting clays course, and provides a compact, low-profile optic for turkey and deer shotgun hunters.  The big, bright 6 MOA red dot provides an optimal combination of target acquisition speed and visibility.  This sight incorporates many of the design advances Aimpoint has learned over 20 years of service with the U.S. military, so reliability in the field is unmatched.

Here are the specs:

  • Art.No: 200369
  • Operating principle: Reflex collimator sight with LED
  • Optical magnification: 1x
  • Aiming dot size: 6 MOA
  • NVD compatible: No
  • Optical coating: Anti-reflex
  • Clear aperture: 18 mm
  • Eye relief: Unlimited
  • Battery type: 3V Lithium battery, type CR2032
  • Power intensity: 12 pos. 1 Off, 12 daylight of which 1 Extra Bright
  • Length sight only: 63 mm (2 15/32”)
  • Height sight only: 41 mm (1 5/8”)
  • Weight sight only (incl battery): Approximately 100 g* (3.53 oz)
  • Housing material: High strength aluminum; integrated mount: Carbon fiber reinforced polymer
  • Surface treatment: Anodized, semi matte
  • Height of optical axis – sight and mount: 39 mm (1 9/16″) over top surface of Picatinny Rail
  • Height of optical axis – sight, mount and standard spacer: 14 mm (9/16”)
  • Adjustment: Range ±1 m at 100 meters (±1 yds at 100 yds) in windage and elevation, 1 click = 13 mm at 100 meters = 10 mm at 80 meters = 7/16″ at 100 yds
  • Immersion, static: Submersible to 5 m (15 ft.)

Pretty cool! I’ll try to get my hands on one to try out and report back to y’all on it.

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19:27

Is This The Best They Can Do? [No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money]


Now that the Hearing Protection Act has been introduced in both the House and the Senate the wailing and gnashing of teeth is beginning to be heard from the gun prohibitionists. Just today I received the following in my email from the Space Cowboy aka Mr. Gabby Giffords aka Mark Kelly of the Americans for Responsible Solutions.


John -
With Donald Trump set to take office in just three days, the gun lobby and their allies in Congress have set their sights on a pair of bills that will make our communities far less safe from gun violence.
One of those bills would lift restrictions on the sale of firearm silencers.
Now, I don’t want to give the impression that firearm silencers work like you see them in the movies — where someone fires a gun and it wouldn’t wake a person sleeping in the same room.
But silencers do suppress sound and light when a weapon is discharged, and that makes them attractive accessories for criminals who want to conceal their crimes.
Before Trump takes office, it’s important we lay down a marker on this issue.
The gun lobby will tell you that this legislation is designed to protect people’s hearing, but the truth is that it’s a massive financial giveaway to the corporations who manufacture and sell firearm silencers. The safety of our communities is more important than the manufacturers' bottom lines.
Thank you for adding your name.
Mark Kelly
Americans for Responsible Solutions PAC


You want to say, "Really, Mark? Is this the best you can come up with?" A suppressor suppresses sound and light and thus make them attractive accessories for criminals. Flash suppressors for rifles are legal in most states and do not require any license, permit, fee, or registration.

The same could be said for common items like bed pillows, oil filters, 2-liter Coke bottles, and potatoes. All of these common items could be used by thugs, murderers, and criminals to muffle the sound of the firearm and possibly reduce its flash.

Having reported on hundreds of defensive gun uses on the Polite Society Podcast I have yet to come across mention of a criminal having a suppressor in his or her possession while committing an assault, robbery, home invasion, or murder. Indeed, more often than not, these miscreants use the loud sound of a firearm discharge to attempt to cow their victims. They aren't worried about the police because most times they anticipate being gone by the time the police arrive.

What Kelly is not saying is that treating silencers and suppressors like ordinary firearms still requires a NICS check as they are going to be transferred by FFLs. You would still have to fill out a Form 4473 and felons, drug abusers, those convicted of domestic violence, etc. would still be prohibited from purchasing and possessing a suppressor. While I might want a suppressor to be sold like replacement mufflers for a lawnmower at Ace Hardware, these bills are a good first step in an effort to reduce noise pollution and protect the hearing of hunters and shooters.

19:16

Moses and Abraham: Geissele Gets Into Knives, Survival Gear [AllOutdoor.com]

Famous trigger maker Bill Geissele has a new gig: making survival gear, starting with a brand new line of knives. The new spinoff company is called Abraham and Moses, and in talking to a rep it was described to me as a “survival gear” company.

Their first big product is a knife, called “The Goodman” after its designer, one Louis Goodman, a retired SOCOM operator

I handled The Goodman and got the lowdown on it. As a design, I wasn’t totally blown away — the basic blade and handle shape seemed pretty straightforward. But there’s apparently a lot of Geissele engineering that went into this blade.

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The steel is a powdered tool steel that I didn’t quite catch the name of, but I hadn’t heard of it before (and I’ve heard of nearly everything). It’s supposed to be comparable to CPM 3V, which is currently my favorite blade steel. It’s differentially hardened, which means that the edge is harder than the spine, so the blade can bend instead of cracking if it’s used as a prybar.

The coating is similar to a DLC, but it was developed by Geissele for use on some of their trigger group products. It seemed very nice, but I’d have to see how it held up in testing before passing judgment.

Quite a bit of engineering went into the MOLLE-compatible sheath. It has a dual locking mechanism, and you can set up the sheath to use one or the other: either friction lock, a lock with a detent. It’s machined out of a solid block of aluminum, so it should be pretty tough. The rep spent some time walking through the other features but I didn’t have my recorder on at that point so I didn’t catch them all.

The company is so new that they didn’t have a website up, nor did they have anything in the way of literature to give me. There was just a knife, and two guys talking about it.

The company has one other knife, the AM-1, which looks like a basic field/bushcraft knife. Again, details are lacking.

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Normally with the introduction of two new knives like this from a totally new maker, I wouldn’t pay much attention. But Geissele has made a great name with top-notch engineering and machining, so I’m going to keep an eye on these knives and this company. My guess is that the list price for either of these knives will be up there in custom territory, so they had better be able to deliver. We’ll know more as the company gets ramped up and gets its site together.

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19:09

Smart Move On The Part Of NSSF Regarding Suicide [No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money]


30 to 33,000 deaths a year by firearms is the number that the gun prohibitionists love to throw around. This is intentionally misleading as the uneducated presume that all of these deaths are the result of criminal homicides. In reality, the large majority of these deaths are the result of a person taking his or her own life and using a firearm as the tool of their demise. Any check of CDC reports of vital statistics makes this clear.

This being said, regardless of what instrument someone chooses to use to take their own life, suicide is a serious issue and finding common ground on ways to reduce the numbers of deaths by suicide is important. The Second Amendment Foundation (and the NRA) found this to be true in Washington State where they joined with health professionals on a bill aimed at suicide prevention. Now the National Shooting Sports Foundation is joining with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention to go nationwide with suicide prevention efforts.

This is a very smart move by the gun industry and one that should be applauded. A reduction in the number of suicides and treatment of the depression that might have engendered the suicide is good for all of society. Moreover, it helps to remove the focus from the instrument used to commit suicide and put it where it belongs:  on the root causes of the suicide itself. Finally, it shows that the gun culture is serious about working to alleviate this mental health issue unlike the gun prohibitionists who are content to clamor "guns, guns, guns, it's the gun".

A quick Google search indicates that news of the partnership is being picked up by the AP and a number of local news outlets. However, sad to say, I can't find any mention of it by ABC, NBC, CNN, FoxNews, or CBS. The only suicide related news I can find there relates to Chelsea/Bradley Manning.

Here is the joint press release put out by NSSF and AFSP:

LAS VEGAS -- Of all firearms-related deaths in the U.S. in 2015, almost two-thirds were suicide deaths, according to the 2015 Fatal Injury Report, Center for Disease Control and Prevention. To help stem this tragic loss of life, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) and the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) today announced at the Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade (SHOT) Show in Las Vegas a partnership to launch a new firearms and suicide prevention education program nationwide in 2017.

The program brings together AFSP community-based Chapters and NSSF-member organizations, including firearms retailers and range owners across the country, to educate the gun-owning community about suicide, warning signs, risk factors and the importance of securely storing firearms to help prevent access in times of distress. A pilot of this program has been ongoing in four states since August 2016.

"Of all suicide deaths in our nation, nearly 50 percent are by firearm. By increasing public education of firearms and suicide prevention, and by encouraging the use of safe storage options and thus reducing access to lethal means, we give suicidal individuals something they desperately need: time. Time for the intense suicidal risk to diminish and time for someone to intervene with mental health support and resources," said Dr. Christine Moutier, AFSP's Chief Medical Officer at a press conference today at the SHOT Show in Las Vegas, the largest trade show in the world for professionals involved with the shooting sports, hunting and law enforcement industries. "Research has shown that separating suicidal individuals from a variety of lethal means can prevent suicide."

Firearms retailers and range owners are in a unique position to help disseminate mental health and suicide prevention education materials, and safe storage options to those who frequent their stores. With these public education resources, the firearms-owning community can help spread the word to those who may be concerned about a friend or family member who may be at risk, and who may have access to a firearm.

"Our partnership with AFSP allows us to expand our decades-long firearms safety efforts to include suicide prevention education," said Steve Sanetti, NSSF's President and CEO. "As the industry's trade association with more than 12,000 members, we want to help. By making gun owners and the public more aware of suicide and responsible firearm storage, we are confident that we will help save lives."

The firearms and suicide prevention program is an expansion of a pilot that began last August, in four states including Alabama, Kentucky, Missouri, and New Mexico. In these four states, relationships between AFSP Chapter volunteers and local shooting range owners, firearms retail stores and gun show vendors shared resources on recognizing the risks and warning signs of suicide and ways of reaching out to those who may be struggling, including:
  • Talk Saves Lives: Firearms and Suicide Prevention, a community-based presentation that provides an overview and understanding of mental health and suicide, and the benefits of connecting with those who may be struggling.
  • Firearms and Suicide Prevention, a new brochure which includes sections on safe storage options, statistics about suicide, how to recognize the risks and warning signs of suicide, how to reach out to someone when you're worried about them, and where to go for further resources.
  • Firearms and Suicide Prevention: Facilitator's Guide for AFSP volunteers involved in the program who need instructional information on leading community-based programs.
  • A new webpage which will showcase an overview of the firearms and suicide prevention program and the latest news. The organizations are currently creating a short training video on how to have a caring conversation with someone who may be suicidal, which will be featured on the webpage, and is due to be released in spring 2017.
"When I first heard about this partnership I was really encouraged. Working with experts in the field, we have been trying to teach gun owners about suicide prevention on a local level for a while - and so far it's been a bootstrap effort, recruiting one firearms retailer at a time. But by expanding the education and suicide prevention program nationally, we will have a much easier time convincing retailers to get involved because NSSF is a name they trust," said Dick Abramson, President and CEO of the Centennial Gun Club in Colorado. "At a weekly ladies' night we hold at the Centennial Gun Club, we have already brought in a suicide prevention expert to speak on this topic. The questions asked were insightful and the audience was extremely interested. So we know there is a real thirst in the community for this kind of education."

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About Project 2025
Launched in October 2015, Project 2025 is a high-impact, collaborative initiative developed by AFSP, aimed at achieving the organization's bold goal of reducing the annual suicide rate 20 percent by 2025. Using a dynamic systems model approach based on what the evidence tells us about suicide, AFSP has determined a series of actions and critical areas to help us reach our goal. With this approach we reach across all demographic and sociological groups to have the greatest impact for suicide prevention and the potential to save thousands of lives within the next 10 years. If we work collectively to expand the above interventions in key area (Firearms, Emergency Departments, and in Large Healthcare Systems) - cumulatively, we can expect to save nearly 20,000 lives through 2025.

About NSSF
The National Shooting Sports Foundation is the trade association for the firearms industry. Its mission is to promote, protect and preserve hunting and the shooting sports. Formed in 1961, NSSF has a membership of more than 12,000 manufacturers, distributors, firearms retailers, shooting ranges, sportsmen's organizations and publishers. Through its Project ChildSafe program, "Own It? Respect It. Secure It." campaign and other initiatives, NSSF promotes the safe and responsible use and storage of firearms and makes available many firearm safety resources at ProjectChildSafe.org.

About AFSP
The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention is dedicated to saving lives and bringing hope to those affected by suicide. AFSP creates a culture that's smart about mental health through education and community programs, develops suicide prevention through research and advocacy, and provides support for those affected by suicide. Led by CEO Robert Gebbia and headquartered in New York, and with a public policy office in Washington, D.C., AFSP has local chapters in all 50 states with programs and events nationwide. AFSP celebrates 30 years of service to the suicide prevention movement. Learn more about AFSP in its latest Annual Report, and join the conversation on suicide prevention by following AFSP on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube

19:08

New Kel-Tec RDB Survival and KSG-25 [The Firearm Blog]

With the Kel-Tec RDB’s arriving on store shelves and a healthy supply of RFB’s across the market, Kel-Tec has expanded the RDB-C line to include their new survival model. Built with a 16″ barrel, and 26.1 inch over-all length, it’s designed an ultra-compact backpackers .223 bullpup. They’re using the same pistol-grip-less stock from the RDB-C […]

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19:02

Industry Range Day: Taurus Curve Viridian and Rossi R92 Lever Action Rifle | SHOT 2017 [The Firearm Blog]

In continuing SHOT 2017 coverage at industry range day, James visits the Taurus/Rossi range to discuss expansions to the Curve line of pistols and the Rossi R92 lever gun line. James tries out the new Curve Viridian in .380, the Rossi R92 lever action in .38spl, and briefly discusses Taurus’ staple 1911. Many THANKS to: […]

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18:50

Husqvarna 440 Chainsaw Review [AllOutdoor.com]

Husqvarna is known world-wide for their high quality chainsaws. I had always used a Stihl, so in December 2013 I added a Husqvarna 440 to my collection.

I was looking for a chainsaw that could be used to take down small trees and for taking the limbs off large trees.  Just something that was easier to handle than a Stihl with a 20 inch bar.

With a price point of $299 (as of January 2017), the 440 is at the bottom of the Husqvarna price range.

Bigger Is Not Always Better

When it comes to chainsaws, bigger is not always better. Using the wrong saw for a given job can be dangerous.

Use an appropriate sized saw to cut down a tree.  Then use a  smaller saw to get between the branches and cut them off the tree trunk.  Using a large saw in a confined space is a recipe for disaster.

Husqvarna 440 chainsaw unboxing

Husqvarna 440 Specs

  • Horsepower: 2.4
  • Fuel Mix Ratio: 50:1
  • Bar Length: 18 inches
  • Engine Displacement: 40.9 Cubic Centimeters

Experience

My Husqvarna 440 is a little over two years old.  In that time I have cut sweet gum, hickory, pine and oak with it.

While the saw has a bar length of 18 inches, from my experience you will not be able to cut anywhere near the full length of the bar.  A few days ago I had to cut down a pen oak that was around ten inches in diameter.  The 440 was probably at its maximum cut diameter with that oak tree.

I have cut hickory limbs that were around 10 inches diameter, and the 440 had problems with it.

Likes

I like that the chainsaw is easy to crank.  Push the primer bulb around six times, postition the on/off/choke switch to the choke position or half-choke, pull a few times and the saw cranks.

The first Husqvarna 440 I bought stopped working within three weeks.  I took it back to where I bought it and they replaced it.  The replacement saw has worked perfectly for two years.

I like that you push the off switch down with your thumb. This is a natural movement, as compared to some chainsaws that the switch has to be moved upwards to turn off.

Dislikes

I dislike that the fuel and oil caps are made out of plastic.  If they get too tight and you use a screwdriver to help open the cap, the plastic can crack.

Husqvarna 440 chainsaw side view

The hole to reach the chain adjustment screw needs to be a little larger.

Besides those two items, I have no other issues with this saw.

Overall

Sometimes you get what you pay for, and this is exactly the case with the Husqvarna 440 chainsaw.  The 440 only has  2.4 horsepower, which is not very much.  With a price of $299, 2.4 horsepower is nothing to complain about.

This is an excellent chainsaw for small projects around the house or farm.

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18:31

2017 Preview: Spyderco [AllOutdoor.com]

2016 was a good, but not great year for Spyderco. They pushed their Taiwan OEM to produce make more and ever increasingly complex knives and they did resulting in things like the Nirvana, Spyderco’s first integral. But they also did three things across their product line that were difficult on consumers.

First, they continued to price VG-10 knives as if they were blades with premium steel. While Kizer’s Vanguard line of VG-10 knives was selling for $70-$90, Spyderco’s VG-10 blades were selling for between $150 and $200. Both were overseas made blades so the difference in cost is a mystery to me.

Second, they seemed to forget how to do liner locks as both the Carey Rubicon and the Southard Positron, among many others, had very little clearance to disengage the lock. Finally, they added almost zero new American made blades. In all, it was something that made most production knife fans scratch their heads. Where was all of this going?

Now we know.

Spyderco has been working to expand their manufacturing capacity in the US for a while and 2017 is the year that work reaps rewards, and what rewards they are. Though Spyderco doesn’t bother with SHOT Show really, showing things but holding their new stuff for IWA in Europe (usually around March), this year they let loose a volley of awesome in December when their 2017 catalog came out. If you want to hear more on this, take a listen to GGL 78 (found here where Dan of Blade Reviews and I gush about the 2017 line up). Suffice to say, this is one of the best years from a production company I have ever seen. And better yet, a lot of this stuff is already on sale–the Manix 2 LW in Maxamet and the Efficient are something you can order TODAY. Get ready, because the new Spyderco stuff is awesome.

Let’s start at the bottom of the pricing structure with the Efficient (no, I am not bothering with Byrd knives–they are generally too expensive for what you get and with the release of the Efficient and the full “Tenacious” line, I have no idea why you’d bother).

Image courtesy of Blade HQ

Image courtesy of Blade HQ

If the Tenacious was Spyderco’s paint-by-numbers budget model, something that touched all of Spyderco’s design hallmarks without being inspiring, then the Efficient is the inspired budget blade. For around $38 shipped, you get a 3 inch blade of 8Cr13MoV (yawn) in a knife with a ton of features. There is a real finger choil here, and a great blade and handle shape. Its as if the Tenacious and the Native had a baby, and that baby looks like the Native but is priced like the Tenacious. This is a sure thing instabuy. Only the steel is something that doesn’t have me stoked. In fact, I bought it the morning I got the email saying it was available. Nothing like a 5:30 AM knife purchase.

Two knives that are especially tantalizing for the steel junkies: the Manix 2 LW and the Native 5 in Maxamet.

Image courtesy of Blade HQ

Image courtesy of Blade HQ

These are blades that really make me question the pricing of just about every knife on the market. Maxamet is notoriously tough to grind, so tough, in fact, that KAI abandoned it as the blade steel of choice for the ZT0888 in the middle of production. Add to that the fact that labor, not materials, is always the most expensive part of a production knife, and I am stunned that both blades will retail for less than $180. I love that Spyderco continuously updates their evergreen models with new steels and when its something this hard, exotic and complex I am thrilled. The Manix is already out there (and the Manix 2 LW is probably one of my three favorite large EDC knives) and the Native 5 will be out there soon.

Many knife knuts were driven a bit crazy after Blade last year when rumors indicated that there was a Para 3 in the works. Spyderco was careful about no pictures being released, but confirmed the rumors shortly after the show. And now we get the knife. This is basically a 3 inch Paramilitary 2. There is a slight redesign of the handle, but everything else is still there–the nested liners, half and half finger choil, the highly tapered blade, the compression lock, and (unfortunately) S30V steel. If there is a successor to the long in the tooth Endura/Delica combination its the Paramilitary 2 and Para 3. This blade is also out in the wild and the initial feedback looks great. Blade HQ has run a knife popularity bracket two years in ago and I believe the Paramilitary 2 won both times. This is a smaller version of a superstar seller and great blade.

Spyderco also went back and updated one of their most unusual models–the ATR (standing for At the Ready). The new ATR, the ATR 2,  is designed as a hard use blade and runs not just the Spyderhole, but also the Cobra Hood, an experimental feature that has all but fallen out of the current line up.

Image courtesy of Blade HQ

Image courtesy of Blade HQ

The idea is to make opening the knife that much easier with a plate above the hole. This knife also has a very robust grind and a compression lock. You can stop chasing the originals on forum boards, this new one will be readily available (and probably cheaper). It runs a 3.5 inch blade of S30V.

The last knife that caught my eye was the Rhino–a small, 2.5 inch Persian blade made of BD-1. The knife runs a compression lock. This tells me that the overall price will be very reasonable, making the Rhino one of the smallest and cheapest compression locks ever. The blade is a full flat grind and looks to be relatively thin making this a very good slicer.

There are a host of new updates and iterative new models. The Delica 4 now has two new variants–a wharncliffe and a Zome Green handle (the Endura also gets the special random dye Zome treatment as well). There is a new Police model, a left handed Military and Paramilitary 2 both in G10, the Stretch 2, another new value knife, the Polestar, and a new, cheaper Rubicon (with the same access to the liner lock issue as the original). There is a new Chaparral, this time with a randomized swirl pattern in the handle (the big deal is that it is lighter than the Ti models). Finally there are sprint runs of the Meerkat, the Lil’ Lum in Blue Nishijin, a HAP40 Caly3, and a “flash run” of a miniature Nilakka.

The Spyderco 2017 line up is chock full of awesome. There are a dozen blades I’d love to review and probably that many that I will eventually buy with my own money. I am particularly excited for the Efficient, the Paramiltary 3, and the ATR 2. The steel addict in me is stoked for the Maxamet blades. Simply put Spyderco’s 2017 line up is one of the best I have ever seen, one of the best ever from Spyderco, and puts them right back in the mix for best production company alongside KAI. I couldn’t be more excited to watch them try to outdo each other. We are truly in a Golden Age of Gear.

Overall Grade: A

Instabuys: 5 (Efficient, already purchased, PM3, Native 5, ATR2, and Rhino)

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18:29

Basic Survival Skills Lacking For Young Millenials [AllOutdoor.com]

According to a recent poll prior to the London Boat Show, the average new-age Millenial is so inept at survival skills, they can’t tie a simple knot, have never been camping, and can’t even start a fire from scratch to stay warm if they needed to.

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More than 50 percent could not tie a knot in rope, and 40 percent had never taken a swim in an open lake or river, with a “pool” the only wet spot they’d ever been in.

Basic life skills have been left behind by Millenials, with most under age 44 preferring to use Google to navigate, while most persons over age 55 prefer to use paper maps.

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Of the roughly 2,000 people surveyed in the poll, only one-third could start a fire in the wild with natural materials, and less than one-third had ever caught their own fish or seafood for personal consumption. Only 44 percent had ever been camping.

 

 

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18:29

2017 Preview–Cold Steel [AllOutdoor.com]

Cold Steel, oh Cold Steel–ever the source of LARP-made-real weapons, Lynn Thompson killing people with his Force ability (Boop! Your Dead), and quality cutlery hidden in a massive mountain of machismo and controversy. It seems like a full 90% of what they do is antagonizing the rest of the Gear World. Which is unfortunate because that other 10%, which is focused on making good knives, does, in fact, produce some truly great blades (Espada XL not included).

Image courtesy of Cold Steel

Image courtesy of Cold Steel

2016 was the fourth year of the new wave of Cold Steel products–they imported Andrew Demko’s brilliant lock the Tri-Ad lock, then they upgraded the steel across their entire line, and finally, last year, they re-entered the high end production market with the 4Max that has come out in dribs and drabs. Overall, it was a good showing. 2017 has more stuff than the previous year, but nothing as eye catching as the 4Max.

First up is the Golden Eye series of knives. The innovation, if it can be called that, is the brass ring around the opening hole Cold Steel is calling the HTR system. The ring has a series of steps, kind of like the thumb studs on the Kershaw Blur, and in theory they give you more purchase. It is an idea that is hard to judge from pictures alone, but it strikes me as a solution looking for a problem. Fortunately the rest of the knife is solid–a 3.5 inch blade of XHP in a few blade shapes (drop point and tanto have been shown, though it seems like a foregone conclusion that more will come if the knife is a good seller). The Golden Eyes will MSPR for $189.95 and probably street around $100-120

Image courtesy of KnifeCenter

Image courtesy of KnifeCenter

The Khan and the Grik are two other knives with the stepped ring opener. The Khan looks quite promising with a 3 inch blade and blue G10 handles. It runs MSRP $69.95 and will likely street at or under $50. There is an Elite Golden Eye with G10/carbon fiber handles and S35VN steel. It will MSRP for $359.95. I expect a street price of around $250-$280.

They have a new knife in the ProLite series, their budget offering, and it looks good. Of course it runs the Tri-Ad lock, which is, unlike Benchmade’s proprietary lock, is actually good. It has a 3.5 inch blade of 1.4116 steel, which is a high corrosion resistant steel found in Victorinox Swiss army designs. The change here is the deployment method–instead of thumb studs the new ProLite runs a thumb hole. The neat trick here is that the whole folder comes in at 3 ounces exactly, very good number given the knife’s size. The ProLite will MSRP for $49.95. The current ProLite with the same MSRP streets for around $30.

In a bit of product line overlap, they are releasing the Workingman, a knife in the Steve Austin series of knives (how appropriate that Steve Austin would pair with Cold Steel, the most celebrity obsessed brand in the knife world).  This follows last year’s offering and is a 3.5 inch blade of 1.4116 steel that weighs 3.1 ounces. It is a thumb stud clip point knife, but the similarities between it and the ProLite are too great for me. This knife, like the ProLite has thermoplastic handles. They handles are three different loud colors. The Workman runs $59.95 MSRP. I imagine you will find them at retailers for $40.

The Charm is a crazy blade for Cold Steel to produce–it is a small (wha?), traditional knife that runs a 1.5 inch blade of S35VN.

Image courtesy of Cold Steel

Image courtesy of Cold Steel

The knife is a slip joint (what was the point of the CRKT litigation, if, less than two years later, you release a slipjoint?), which I think is a great addition to their line up. The entire knife weighs two feathers–.6 ounces. The handle had double bolsters, a bail, and polished micarta. This is a knife I’d expect to see in the Al Mar line up, but it is exciting to see Cold Steel to move out of their comfort zone of ginormous blades. The Charm’s MSRP is $77.95, which means you’ll pay around $50.

Adding to their Compensation Series (which includes the Espada XL, the Hold Out XL, and a variety of other 5 plus inch blades) they have the Frenzy II (and Frenzy I, which is too small to qualify for the Compensation Series). This is an aggressive wharncliffe blade of 5.5 inches XHP steel. It, like all of the Compensation Series, runs the Tri-Ad lock. Nothing worse than a limp blade lock, right? Especially when the blade is so…um…huge. The Frenzy II’s MSRP is $239.95 and that means a retail price around $175.

Finally, there is the Night Force, another stepped ring deployment knife, but this time with a host of high end features.

Image courtesy of Cold Steel

Image courtesy of Cold Steel

This is their second high end production knife after the 4Max. This knife has a G10/carbon fiber laminate handle and Damascus steel for a blade (which I think is a first for Cold Steel). Unlike the 4Max, this is not a USA Made blade, coming to Cold Steel from an Italian OEM (all Cold Steel products are made by OEMs by the way, they, like a few companies, make nothing). The Night Force will MSRP for $429.95. Retailers have held the line on the 4Max, pricing it right at or no more than 10% below MSRP, so I imagine they will try the same thing here.

There are new arrowheads, which I know nothing about, a line of commercial knives (for restaurant kitchens), and a wide variety of old knives in new colors (oranges, blues, forest greens and dark earth browns).

Overall, the line up has a ton of new and interesting stuff. I am not sure how many will be classics, a lot is riding on the success of the HTR system. If it is good, there are some gems here. If not, they will be relegated to that bin of knife oddities that include things like the Edgie from CRKT and the T-Mag from Spyderco. For me there are two blades that stand out–the new ProLite and the Khan. If you like bigger knives, there are probably more eye catchers. And if you need to pair your red sports car with another compensation device the Frenzy II is just for you.

 

Overall Grade: Incomplete (if the HTR system rocks–A; if it stinks–C)

Instabuys: 2 or 3 (Khan, new ProLite, and maybe the Charm…my wallet is going to die this year)

 

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17:59

DSA: Modernized FALs and a new SCAR-type FAL Folding Stock | SHOT 2017 [The Firearm Blog]

James checks in with DSA on the SHOT Show floor, Day One of SHOT. DSA has exciting new offerings on the complete rifle and accessory side. First, DSA is modernizing their FAL line – “bringing them into the 21st century” – with front-to-back upgrades including titanium materials, sophisticated handguards, and upgrades to the mag release, […]

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17:23

Kel-Tec RDB Survival Bullpup | SHOT 2017 [The Firearm Blog]

At the 2017 SHOT Show Kel-Tec showed off their new RDB Survival bullpup rifle. The RDB Survival is based off the RDB C which is a pistol gripless California compliant (hence the C) version of the Kel-Tec RDB bullpup rifle which does have a pistol grip. We posted about the RDB C model last year […]

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16:57

Daniel Defense Factory SBR and .308 18″ DMR | SHOT 2017 [The Firearm Blog]

In this episode of TFBTV, James checks in with Daniel Defense to see what new ARs DD is dropping this year. First up is the V7s, a factory short barrel rifle with an 11.5″ barrel using an M-Lok variant of DD’s successful slim handguard system Next, DD shows us the new DD5 V2 18″ .308 […]

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16:31

FULL CONCEAL Redux | SHOT 2017 [The Firearm Blog]

Just about two months ago I wrote about FULL CONCEAL, a Las Vegas-based company designing 80% GLOCK lowers – with a slight twist. In that that post, I took an admittedly “harsh but fair” stance on their ideas concerning spare magazine placement on the light rail of a pistol. As it turns out, the FULL […]

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15:58

Yankee Hill Machine Adaptable Muzzle Brake | SHOT 2017 [The Firearm Blog]

Along with a few new suppressors Yankee Hill Machine also debuted a new customizable muzzle brake they’re calling the ‘Adaptable Brake Assembly’ at the 2017 SHOT Show. While adjustable and tunable muzzle brakes are nothing new, the new Yankee Hill Machine muzzle brake is a bit different in that it allows the user to change what […]

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15:02

NEW Vortex Viper PST Gen II is Big, Black & Sexy | SHOT 2017 [The Firearm Blog]

Vortex Viper PSTVortex Optics was out at SHOT Show’s Industry Day showing off their wares and new optics for 2017. One optic that was very intriguing and part of a larger line-up was their Vortex Viper PST Gen II. The one that we specifically were able to fondle and shoot was the Viper PST Gen II 1-6x24mm. […]

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14:43

First-Light TORQ | SHOT 2017 [The Firearm Blog]

First-Light TORQThe TORQ from First-Light USA is a small hand-held anglehead flashlight that just might be one of the most versatile small lights you’ll find. It features a bright 155 lumen lamp powered by two standard AA batteries. It has a 320-degree rotating head and, when combined with the rotating finger loop allows the TORQ to […]

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14:15

IWI Dan .338 LAPUA Sniper Rifle | SHOT 2017 [The Firearm Blog]

IWI DAN .338 LAPUA Sniper Rifle IWI or Israel Weapons Industry has introduced their DAN sniper rifle in .338 LAPUA to the civilian market. Originally designed several years ago for the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) special forces, the DAN has also seen combat with British SAS and Special Forces troops. This is the first foray […]

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14:10

Virginia: Senate Committee to Hear Numerous Gun Bills Tomorrow [NRA-ILA News]

Tomorrow, January 18, the Senate Courts of Justice is expected to hear and possibly vote on several firearm-related bills.

14:05

4×32 Browe Sport Optic [The Firearm Blog]

4x32 Browe Sport OpticThe 4×32 Browe Sport Optic (BSO) was designed with AR-style rifles in mind for sports shooters who want top-shelf optics without top-shelf prices. The housing is constructed of 6061-T6 aluminum billet and is designed to accept accessories. It is hard anodized and provides a solid, lightweight durability. Unlike other Browe optics, the BSO is not […]

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13:54

Kansas: Bill Introduced Attempting to Repeal Pro-Self-Defense Law [NRA-ILA News]

In 2013, the Kansas Legislature passed the Public Building Security Act, pro-gun legislation that amended the Personal and Family Protection Act.

13:52

NEW SOG Batons for Everyday Utility | SHOT 2017 [The Firearm Blog]

SOGSOG, maker of specialty knives and innovative multi-tools, was out at this year’s Industry Day for SHOT Show. They had multiple new items to showcase including some new multi-tools and unique batons. To start off, they are introducing 4 new batons that are about the size of a decent pen. They range anywhere from the […]

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13:06

Defiance DMK22 | SHOT 2017 [The Firearm Blog]

KRISS ARMS sister company, Defiance is bringing out a .22LR AR15. One very interesting feature is that it uses 10-22 barrels. There is a small catch. It is not compatible with Bentz chambered barrels. It has to do with how the DMK chambers its rounds. The DMK22 line of rifles are designed with Mil Spec […]

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12:50

ALG Defense AGT-UL Galil Trigger | SHOT 2017 [The Firearm Blog]

The other day ALG Defense gave us a sneak peak of their new trigger for the Galil Ace, well they just debuted it today at the 2017 SHOT Show. ALG Defense which is the sister company of Geissele Automatics started out making affordable aftermarket triggers for the AR-15. They’ve since released a few triggers for the […]

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12:39

Alpha Dog Silencer “Buy Suppressors Now, Don’t Wait For HPA” | SHOT 2017 [The Firearm Blog]

I spoke with Alpha Dog Silencers and while they do not have anything particular new for SHOT Show 2017, we talked about HPA. The discussion was eye opening for me and may be for you as well. Alpha Dog Silencers is saying to buy suppressors now. Do not wait for HPA to pass. Why? You […]

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12:35

The Ruger GP 100 .44 Special Revolver at the 2017 SHOT Show Range Day [AllOutdoor.com]

Fans of big-bore revolvers should be happy with Ruger’s new .44 Special version of their GP 100 revolver. The gun sports a 3″ barrel, fiber optic front sight and adjustable rear sight, Houge grips, and a five-round capacity.

In the video a Ruger rep goes over the feature set of the gun and demonstrates it in both single and double-action mode.

I was able to put a few rounds through the gun and my initial impressions were favorable. The trigger was good in double-action and very good in single-action and the rubber grips absorbed the recoil of the standard pressure .44 Special rounds very well. Since it is based on the tank-like GP 100 I’m sure it will handle the hotter .44 Special loads that approach Magnum territory as well.

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12:30

Industry Range Day: AimPoint’s New Shotgun-Oriented Micro S-1 | SHOT 2017 [The Firearm Blog]

In this episode of TFBTV, James has a look at AimPoint’s Micro S-1, a model very similar to previous versions of the Micro, but made especially for high-end shotguns using over-barrel vented ribs. This results in an extremely low-profile optic that nearly co-witnesses with iron/bead sights. As usual, it features AimPoint’s notorious reliability and battery […]

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12:11

Standard Manufacturing Volley Fire Pistol | SHOT 2017 [The Firearm Blog]

At the Industry Day Range, Standard Manufacturing has a giant Semi Truck RV and a tent with some new products. They are coming out with a small pocket pistol called the VolleyFire. It is reminiscent of the old Mossberg Brownie. The breech-loading style of the VolleyFire is almost identical down to the top latch mechanism. […]

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11:37

Accuracy International AX50 | SHOT 2017 [The Firearm Blog]

Accuracy International AX50The .50 cal AX50 is an evolution of the battle-proven AW50 from Accuracy International. It updates the tough, reliable design for service in the years to come. It features a 27-inch match-grade free floating barrel that is screwed into the action with a large-diameter 39mm thread. It is capped by a triple-chambered muzzle brake to […]

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11:33

Crye SIX12 Update | SHOT 2017 [The Firearm Blog]

Crye has the SIX12 at SHOT Show again. This time they have a separate booth from all the Multicam gear. The booth was being stationed by two guys from Vantage Arms. Vantage Arms is the company manufacturing the SIX12. According to Eric D’Ambrosio-Correll and Yruy Karfiol, they are shooting for Q3 to begin accepting orders […]

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11:00

Industry Range Day: NEW Benelli Super Black Eagle III | SHOT 2017 [The Firearm Blog]

In this episode of TFBTV’s SHOT Range Day coverage, James pays a visit to his friends at Benelli to get the first scoop on the Benelli Super Black Eagle III and a full rundown of all of its features. The SBEIII includes a bevy of recoil reducing features and improvements over its predecessors. Many THANKS to: […]

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10:55

Geco Hexagon Ammo | SHOT 2017 [The Firearm Blog]

Geco Hexagon .357 MagnumCombining German engineering and Swiss precision, the new Hexagon ammunition from Geco is high-performance match grade for the highest levels of sport shooting. The improved aerodynamic shape delivers a straight trajectory while reducing velocity loss on the way to the target, and the six stabilization grooves create a vortex for a “gold ball effect” for […]

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10:40

New Hampshire: Senate Expected to Vote on Constitutional/Permitless Carry Legislation This Week! [NRA-ILA News]

On Thursday, January 19, the Senate is scheduled to vote on Senate Bill 12, legislation eliminating the requirement to obtain a permit in order to lawfully carry.  Please contact your state Senator and urge them to vote in favor of Senate Bill 12.

10:40

Wrath CrashHawk | SHOT 2017 [The Firearm Blog]

Wrath CrashHawkNot every problem can be solved by a bullet. Right tool for the job, and all. So when you need to chop something, the Wrath CrashHawk combines the best features of a tomahawk and a crash axe in a solid tool that is sure to be as useful as it is fun. The Wrath, by […]

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10:00

BREAKING: A common $2,000 airgun might suddenly be illegal in the UK! [The Firearm Blog]

Legal arguments from the ATF about the definition of a pistol arm brace might seem sometimes to be rather pointless, but this news from England might just take the cake for wasting everybody’s time. The British National Smallbore Rifle Association (NSRA) reports that, in late October 2016, North Yorkshire police seized 5 Steyr LP50 5-shot air […]

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10:00

Industry Range Day: Honor Guard CCW Pistols | SHOT 2017 [The Firearm Blog]

In this episode of TFBTV’s SHOT Show Industry Range Day coverage, James visits with Honor Guard to discuss their single stack 9mm handgun offerings and take them out for a spin. The Honor Guard compact 9mms feature aggressive stippling, generous slide serrations, and well thought out features for the concealed carrier crowd. Check out this […]

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09:57

Industry Day at the Range | SHOT 2017 [The Firearm Blog]

The Firearm Blog was very productive day at the SHOT 2017 Industry Range Day. Below are some photo highlights of the day, as well as some interesting and innovative products!

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09:30

Hands On: Howa MiniAction Rifle in 7.62×39, and Lithgow Crossover Rimfire in .17HMR [AllOutdoor.com]

I recently came into a over 1,000 rounds of Fiocchi 7.62×39, but I don’t own a gun in that caliber. (It’s a long story.) I was telling this to Thomas Gomez of The Firearm Blog, and he mentioned that he had reviewed the Howa MiniAction Rifle in this caliber and that it was a tack driver.

Howa MiniAction, Image courtesy of TFB

Howa MiniAction, Image courtesy of TFB

So at Range Day I stopped by the Legacy Sports station and gave the gun a go for myself. This is a great, handy little bolt action that can really get the best out of the cheap-to-shoot 7.62×39 round, and I had a lot of fun ringing the steel with it on the range.

At $650 retail, it won’t break the bank, and it even comes with a Nikko Stirling® Panamax 3-9×40 scope. This little gun is definitely on my list of guns to review this year. I’m not a long range shooter like Gomez, so I’m not going to putting rounds on a target with it at 1,000 yards like he did, but I’ll be looking at it more as a farm and ranch gun.

Also at the Legacy Sports station was a gentleman from Lithgow Arms, an Australian gun company that makes some really nice bolt actions. I shot the company’s Crossover Rimfire LA101 in .17HMR, and wow was it a flat-shooting tack driver.

.17HMR is apparently a very popular varmint round in Australia, and I’ve been seeing it in stock on the shelves at times with .22LR is sold out, so I’ve been thinking about getting into it. This gun might just get me there.

Lithgown Crossovers

Lithgown Crossovers

I put my first few shots on some distant steel, and it was too easy, so I kept moving further out with it and I kept hitting. Finally, with my last shot, I took aim at an orange trap that was sitting on the back berm horizontally across the range, about 200 yards out from my location. Thinking that the bullet might drop a little bit, I put the crosshairs just barely above the clay, and squeezed the trigger… and the bullet hit just barely above the clay, exactly where the reticle was. Yeah, sign me up.

I chatted with some TFB colleagues who had also shot the Crossover, and had the exact same experience: popping traps off a far berm, and finding that you didn’t need any holdover because the bullet went exactly where the crosshairs were.

This gun retails for a little over $1,000, so it’s not cheap. But it shoots like a laser beam. It’s apparently new in the US, so I’ll keep an eye out for reviews and may even try to do one myself. I had been thinking of picking up a 10/22 and then doing a bunch of mods, but after shooting the Crossover I’m rethinking my rimfire plans.

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09:16

Long Slide Honor Guard from Honor Defense [AllOutdoor.com]

Last year at Range Day I shot the Honor Guard, a new, American-made single-stack 9mm from Honor Defense. I loved the gun so much that when my birthday rolled around this past September, I bought one.

Today I stopped by Honor Defense station again and shot the company’s new “long slide” version of the Honor Guard — they’ve upped the barrel length from 3.2″ to 3.8″. So how is the new pistol? Exactly like the old one, but longer, and that’s a great thing.

Specifically, what I mean is that the Honor Guard is designed so that the action pops out and contain a serial number — thereby making them the “firearm” from a federal standpoint — so I don’t actually have to buy a new gun from Honor Defense and get it FFLed and so on. All I do is just order a new slide and a new frame from Honor Defense, and pop the internals of my existing Honor Guard into them and voila, a “new” pistol.

This is super cool, because the action of my Honor Guard has been coated with NP3 from Robar Guns (pic below, review soonish), so the gun needs very little lubrication and shoots like a dream.

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So yeah, I’m going to pick up another frame and slide combo from the folks at Honor Defense, and do a little “upgrade”. Hopefully I’ll have this done by the time I do a full review of the pistol, so stay tuned.

At any rate, I should quickly mention a few other things I learned about the Honor Guard.

First, in addition to the long slide version being new for this year, also new are versions of the regular Honor Guard and the long slide gun with manual safeties, for people who like that sort of thing.

Second, the sights on the Honor Guard are basically Glock 43 sights, so any aftermarket sights that fit the Glock 43 will fit the Honor Guard. This is great news, because I really wanted to put some Truglos on there but wasn’t aware that it could be done.

In all this is a great, accurate, fun-to-shoot little gun that makes a great carry pistol, all for not much over $400 street.

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09:07

SHOT Show 2017 Range Day Recap [AllOutdoor.com]

While it’s not possible to cover ever new product, here’s what jumped out at me.

Hailey Ordnance made an integrally suppressed variation of Savage mk.II bolt action to shoot 60gr Aguila SSS .22 ammo.

Hailey Ordnance made an integrally suppressed variation of Savage mk.II bolt action to shoot 60gr Aguila SSS .22 ammo.

The resulting system is QUIET: 1db above the noise of the firing pin! It's also decently accurate at about 2MOA, meaning I could reliably hit clays off a berm 180 yards away.

The resulting system is QUIET: 1db above the noise of the firing pin! It’s also decently accurate at about 2MOA, meaning I could reliably hit clays off a berm 180 yards away.

Naturally subsonic, SSS doesn't require the use of Hailey's patented gas flow adjustment sleeve that can be used to quiet down supersonic loads.

Naturally subsonic, SSS doesn’t require the use of Hailey’s patented gas flow adjustment sleeve that can be used to quiet down supersonic loads.

SSS in gel at 25 yards.

SSS in gel at 25 yards.

Inland Mfg. has a series of new sound suppressors, very quiet, very light at around 3oz and inexpensive at around $150.

Inland Mfg. has a series of new sound suppressors, very quiet, very light at around 3oz and inexpensive at around $150.

Cleverly designed monocore makes them easy to maintain.

Cleverly designed monocore makes them easy to maintain.

Inland T30 makes it possible to realize more of M1 carbine's accuracy.

Inland T30 makes it possible to realize more of M1 carbine’s accuracy.

T30 and the modular, modernized chassis, very light and comfortable, make hitting 200+ yard targets a snap.

T30 and the modular, modernized chassis, very light and comfortable, make hitting 200+ yard targets a snap.

Standard Manufacturing makes six-barreled pepperboxes in 25ACP, an efficient caliber for short barrels.

Standard Manufacturing makes six-barreled pepperboxes in 25ACP, an efficient caliber for short barrels.

Available in various colors, these heavy but simple and streamlined pistols fire two barrels with each trigger pull. At $214 list, they are affordable and may be fired from a pocket without any external moving parts getting caught.

Available in various colors, these heavy but simple and streamlined pistols fire two barrels with each trigger pull. At $214 list, they are affordable and may be fired from a pocket without any external moving parts getting caught.

Integrally suppressed SilencerCo Maxim 9mm pistol uses delayed blowback with fixed barrel. Light, accurate, with low recoil, Maxim uses Glock magazines.

Integrally suppressed SilencerCo Maxim 9mm pistol uses delayed blowback with fixed barrel. Light, accurate, with low recoil, Maxim uses Glock magazines.

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Keymod accessory slots under the asymmetric suppressor.

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Bulky but streamlined, the pistol handles very well and shoots reliably. Take-down is nearly instant.

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Avidity Arms PD10 did not disappoint, shooting even steel cased ball very accurately and with minimal recoil.

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Thin, comfortable, with excellent trigger, PD10 is a competently designed defensive pistol that will cost much less that I expected. It uses 1911 9mm magazines.

Greatly refined Browning 1911-380 was a joy to shoot. It is a serious competitor to Sig P238 now.

Greatly refined Browning 1911-380 was a joy to shoot. It is a serious competitor to Sig P238 now.

Launched with great fanfare, Hudson H9 (shown here with three prototypes) lived up to the advertising. It was supremely accurate, very comfortable to shoot. Very impressive.

Launched with great fanfare, Hudson H9 (shown here with three prototypes) lived up to the advertising. It was supremely accurate, very comfortable to shoot. Very impressive.

A newly available piece converts Mossberg pump shotguns to feed Aguila mini shells reliably. Shooting clays with almost zero recoil and 60% more capacity is fun.

A newly available piece converts Mossberg pump shotguns to feed Aguila mini shells reliably. Shooting clays with almost zero recoil and 60% more capacity is fun.

This article will be updated Tuesday evening, as the show is about to start.

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08:56

Roadkill - It's Not Just For Tacky Cookbooks Anymore [No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money]


Normally when you think of roadkill (if you do at all), you might think of those tacky cookbooks found in some outdoor stores or gift shops with recipes for "found critters". They have names like Gourmet Style Road Kill Cooking and Other Fine Recipes, Road Kill Cooking Redneck Style and More Tails From the Fast Lane (Vol II), or Quick-Fix Cooking with Roadkill. You may even live in a state where it is totally legal to collect roadkill for these dining adventures.

However, roadkill and collecting it does have some serious scientific purposes. An article in today's Wall Street Journal discussed roadkill and how wildlife and conservation biologists use it for a variety of purposes from deciding where to put warning signs to avoid car-deer collisions to using it as bait to attract scavengers so as to test their DNA.

From the Wall Street Journal:

If “it’s not road pizza…it has lots of potential future use,” said Greg Pauly, assistant curator of herpetology at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, who often carries ethanol-filled test tubes to preserve tissue samples, Ziploc bags and a cooler in case he comes across a meaty roadside specimen. A rattlesnake he found is now part of a Los Angeles biodiversity exhibit at the museum, and some finds are powering his research on how gopher-snake diets have changed thanks to urbanization.

At the Field Museum in Chicago, scientists are using tissues from car-trodden barred owls to study genetics and evolution. These birds have expanded rapidly across the Great Plains and into the Pacific Northwest. They can’t always beat traffic, but they’re out-competing the spotted owl, which is endangered in the region.

“It’s a major conservation issue,” said John Bates, the Field Museum’s associate curator of birds. “What makes barred owls so successful? We’re still looking…15, 20 years ago when salvage work started going, nobody was thinking about the fact we might get genetic data from these samples.”
Dr. Pete Bloom, a biologist in Santa Ana, California, uses it to study turkey vultures. The video below shows his set-up to trap these vultures so he can take blood samples.


08:39

Jeff Sessions will restore justice to the Justice Department [NRA-ILA News]

Eric Holder and Loretta E. Lynch have been perhaps the most flagrant partisans ever to hold the office of attorney general.Year after year, they rubber stamped whatever the Obama administration wanted to do, legally or otherwise.

08:38

Gun suppressors are nothing to fear [NRA-ILA News]

Some perspective is in order. Right now, getting a federal firearm permit requires a $200 fee, an extensive background check and a wait of several months. Possession of a silencer without a permit is a felony that carries a 10-year prison sentence. Under the proposed change, silencers would be treated like ordinary guns. Criminals would be ineligible, since they can't pass the required federal background check for purchases. Only law-abiding adults would have legal access.

08:37

As Violence Rages, Chicago Pols Play Politics [NRA-ILA News]

Obviously, the City has a serious problem. But it is not a gun violence problem, or a gun control problem. Chicago is dealing with a complex and multi-faceted cultural problem of violence; the resolution of which requires throwing out the Left’s usual playbook -- blame it on the Second Amendment – and replacing it with a “pro-police, tough-on-crime” strategy.

08:36

New Hampshire: Right-to-Carry bill coming up for full Senate vote [NRA-ILA News]

The New Hampshire Senate is preparing to take its first round of action on key legislation.The 24-member body meets Thursday for its first regular voting day of the session. They'll take up just 11 bills, but several will spark heated debate.

08:35

Mike Rowe shoots down ‘gun nuts’ email with personal story on SEAL Family Foundation [NRA-ILA News]

Mike Rowe of CNN’s “Somebody’s Gotta Do It” thrilled fans over the weekend by defending the Second Amendment with the delivery that made him famous.

07:43

Heckler & Koch expands in Columbus, Georgia [The Firearm Blog]

The “No Compromise” company Heckler & Koch is expanding into a new 50,000 square foot building in columbus. HK will invest $28.5 million to dig deeper into the US market. The building will be ready by the summer and about 85 jobs will be created over the next two years. The HK factory will be […]

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Vortex Optics – Flare Illuminated Bubble Level | SHOT ´17 [The Firearm Blog]

Vortex are busy at the moment with a lot of new products. The Flare Illuminated Bubble Level – let’s call that FIBL for short – is their latest release and it’s not an optic. I would probably call it a premium bubble level, perfect for any long range shooter with some spare Picatinny rail left. […]

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Metal Reinforced Feedlip Magazine For CZ Scorpion Evo 3 [The Firearm Blog]

Prepper Gunner and Manticore Arms collaborated together and are giving what the masses have been demanding for over a year. Metal reinforced feedlip magazine similar to a Lancer magazine like you see for the 5.56 AR mag and MPX magazines. It got leaked a few days early, so we might as well spill the beans: […]

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Nifty Upcoming ATB (Ammo Transfer Bag) from Could Defensive [The Firearm Blog]

Having been working on creating what is to me the “ultimate general purpose carbine,” I stumbled across a small company named Cloud Defensive as I was looking for the best method to mount and employ a Surefire flashlight. Their LCS is a nifty little solution to the infamous wire management problem that plagues weapons when mounting […]

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07:42

Industry Day At The Range - Gunblast.com [No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money]


The SHOT Show Industry Day at the Range (former Media Day) was held yesterday. It is the opportunity for the media and dealers to actually try out the new guns that are being introduced at the SHOT Show.

Jeff Quinn of Gunblast.com always does a great job of covering a wide range of guns. I've used his videos over the year's to show the new firearms. Jeff doesn't just cover the big names but also devotes some time to smaller manufacturers. This year he seemed to give a good deal of time to Standard Manufacturing of Connecticut. They introduced a number of firearms including an engraved, color case-hardened Single Action Army as well as a 1911 with similar engraving and a charcoal and bone case color-hardening.

Among the other firearms covered include the Ruger Precision Rifle in 6mm Creedmoor, the Cobalt Kinetics AR-15, the Mossberg 500 short-barreled any other weapon, and, of course, the Colt Cobra. The Cobalt Kinetics, by the way, uses their double forward assist to also drop the bolt. That is innovative.


07:39

Cool Project Gun – The “Custom Pimp-Gun” by The Yankee Marshall [The Firearm Blog]

I have a working theory: the longer one owns firearms, the more likely they are to have a “project gun” (there is also a corollary to this, the longer one has a project gun, the more likely it is to not be completed). It seems that the Yankee Marshall has pretty much confirmed this theory (I only […]

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Go Tacticool with Garand Molle Pouches [The Firearm Blog]

Back in 2012, we mentioned a small outfit, Olongapo Outfitters, which was offering some unique wares for the day, molle compatible Garand clip pouches. Since then, they’ve done a bit of expansion, building up their retro-focused nylon empire to ensure that they are ready for when California inevitably bans any magazine-fed firearm. Per Olongapo: “I have always […]

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07:38

Twinkie As A Suppressor? [The Firearm Blog]

Natezoinks posted this video on Jan 4. They shoot a 10/22 with sub sonic .22LR ammo by Normatac into a Twinkie. They jokingly say “I think we have a Twinkie Silencer folks!”. Did they make a silencer though? I would argue that they did not. First of all the Twinkie is not attached to the […]

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ETS New Pistol Magazine Loader [The Firearm Blog]

Tim Harmsen of Military Arms Channel posted a brief sneak peek of a prototype magazine loader coming out by ETS Group. It functions similar to the B&T MP5 loader we saw last year. Those types of loaders work just fine for double stack magazines like the MP5. Even the Scorpion Evo has a mag loader. […]

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Monarch X: New Hunting Pack Designed for Women [The Firearm Blog]

Alps-OutdoorZ-Monarch-XAlps OutdoorZ introduced a new hunting pack that is specifically designed to match the frame of a woman’s body. Called the Monarch X, the new backpack is a serious hunting bag with a host of features including: a built in, stowable meat shelf for packing out your harvest a drop down pocket for your rifle […]

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07:26

STI Brings New Double Stack Guns Out For 2017 | SHOT 2017 [The Firearm Blog]

STI makes some of the coolest double stack 1911s on the market. For 2017 they have introduced more guns for competitors, tactical shooters, and even concealed carriers. Thanks to our sponsors: Proxibid – Track Down Your Perfect Rifle On Proxibid.com  Ventura Munitions – Retailer of quality ammunition.

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07:22

Ballistic Advantage Barrels | TFBTV | SHOT 2017 [The Firearm Blog]

Ballistic Advantage produces some rather high-quality barrels at a price that you can afford. With QPQ coated barrels starting at around $140 that still have a MOA guarantee, it is hard not to like what Ballistic Advantage is doing with their barrels. Thanks to our sponsors: Proxibid – Track Down Your Perfect Rifle On Proxibid.com […]

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06:56

SIG Range Day 2017 | SHOT 2017 [The Firearm Blog]

This was my first year attending SIG’s Range Day. It was held at the Clark County Shooting Complex which is located in the northern outskirts of Las Vegas. It is a good hour drive from the Shot Show Range in Boulder City. The entire range is setup for SIG Sauer. They have bays with almost […]

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06:30

Industry Range Day: Dark Storm Industries Current Cali Legal AR | SHOT 2017 [The Firearm Blog]

Dark Storm Industries is a New York based AR15 manufacturer that has come up with some very innovative ways to provide AR15s to gun owners in such restricted states as California, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and New York. Among their standard restricted products they have a new offering aimed specifically at California’s new legislation regarding the Bullet Button. […]

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05:56

SilencerCo Maxim 9 | SHOT 2017 [The Firearm Blog]

At Industry Range Day I got a chance, like many others, to get some trigger time and check out the production version of the Maxim 9. For those who have not heard of this and have been living with out internet for the past couple years or perhaps you woke up from a coma, the […]

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05:28

Warsport Updates The LVOA | SHOT 2017 [The Firearm Blog]

Not everyone at Industry Range Day has booths for shooting. Off to the side of the main entrance is a cluster of tents with booths. Sort of a tactical winter market. Here companies can showcase some products that are either gun related and not necessarily a gun, or some manufacturers use it as a mini […]

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05:27

Woodhull Export Model 35 Carbine [Forgotten Weapons]

Does anyone recognize this rifle? It was designed by Fred Woodhall in 1945 (after his unsuccessful entry in the M1 Carbine trials), and now his son Tad Woodhull is trying to track it down. If you know anything about its current whereabouts, please email me!

Woodhull Export Model 35 Carbine
Woodhull Export Model 35 Carbine (click to enlarge)

01:30

Faxon Introduces Carbon Fiber Handguard, Low Profile Brakes and Flash Hiders | SHOT 17 [The Firearm Blog]

Barrel and rifle manufacturer Faxon Firearms shared a partition with magazine manufacturer Lancer Systems, with whom they are partnered. One of their first shared projects was on display: An M-LOK compatible carbon fiber handguard for AR-15 rifles, which are significantly lighter than traditional handguards, and which have a much lower heat transfer coefficient (they stay cool […]

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01:05

Q Suppressors Brings Modular Erector and Durable El Camino Silencers to the Range | SHOT 17 [The Firearm Blog]

Brand new and enigmatically named suppressor company “Q” had a booth at the SHOT Show 2017 Industry Day at the Range, where they showed off their first two suppressor offerings. The first – announced earlier this year – is the El Camino, a tubular .22 rimfire suppressor made from titanium, intended to provide better accuracy than […]

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00:11

Industry Range Day: New from Aero Precision! | SHOT 2017 [The Firearm Blog]

This year Aero Precision is refocusing the company back on the R&D track, specifically with some new handguard sections and upper receiver combinations. The new handguards have picatinny sections that are only at the forward end of the 3 and 9 o’clock rail positions, allowing a decrease in weight and space. QD attachment points are […]

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Monday, 16 January

23:38

THE FIX | SHOT 2017 [The Firearm Blog]

When Kevin Brittingham, former owner of Advanced Armament Corporation, started a new company called “Q”, it created a lot of buzz in the Industry. Several weeks ago, a friend of mine forwarded me a picture of a rifle that the Company was working on. THE FIX, is a bolt action rifle that weighs 5lbs 9 […]

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23:29

POTD: Tikka TAC T3x A1 with 20″ barrel [The Firearm Blog]

Photo of the day is a Tikka T3x TAC A1 with a 20″ barrel and a folding stock. Optics from Steiner Germany, that rides a bit high but most likely setup for Night Vision testing previously. This is a pre-production rifle, but very close to what the final product will look like. The bipod sits […]

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23:11

MantisX | SHOT 2017 [The Firearm Blog]

I first found MantisX at the NEXT pavilion last year at SHOT, and was actually given one to play with immediately. Since then it has become a part of my dry fire training regimen. One of the challenging things to do with dry fire is to collect actual data about what you are doing during […]

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22:33

New YHM Suppressors | SHOT 2017 [The Firearm Blog]

In this episode of TFBTV, Edward O visits the range day booth of Yankee Hill Machine to see their newest suppressor offerings. We try the Nitro 30 cal suppressor on a Savage bolt gun, and the new YHM Turbo 5.56 suppressor on their Model 57 rifle. The Nitro features a remove-able end cap, which can […]

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22:30

Caldwell Mag Charger Universal Pistol Loader | SHOT 2017 [The Firearm Blog]

Caldwell Universal Pistol Mag LoaderCaldwell released a new universal pistol magazine loader as part of the Mag Charger line. Magazine loaders are a popular accessory. Speed loaders sell well to the new shooter that has trouble stuffing rounds into high cap mags and also the seasoned shooter that has many magazines to load and needs to give the thumbs […]

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22:08

Mag Pump Easy Loaders | SHOT 2017 [The Firearm Blog]

Mag Pump AR-15 Loader One of the coolest gadgets I saw at the Industry Day at the Range was the Mag Pump AR-15 ammunition loader. This well designed ammunition loader was actually at several vendor’s booths, and everyone I talked to had very positive comments about its performance. The Mag Pump is designed to load […]

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20:30

Industry Range Day: FN USA AR15 New DMR and Tactical Models | SHOT 2017 [The Firearm Blog]

In continuing the TFBTV SHOT 2017 Industry Range Day coverage, James gets the rundown from FN USA about FN’s new AR configurations for 2017, including a new tactical model featuring a 16″ cold hammer forged barrel and a DMR (designated marksman model) featuring an 18″ cold hammer forged barrel and muzzle brake.  Both include FN’s […]

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19:58

Industry Range Day: Mossberg Shotguns | SHOT 2017 [The Firearm Blog]

James interviews Mossberg at Industry Day 2017 to get a look at their new offerings. Mossberg is doubling down on short barrel shotguns this year, with short barrel versions of the 500 and 590 in non-NFA variants that meet the overall length requirements and do not need a tax stamp and extremely short barrel pistol […]

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19:43

SHOT Show Begins [No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money]


SHOT Show begins! While for reasons covered elsewhere we had to cancel our trip to Las Vegas, I hope to bring you a daily compilation of reports from the show. Keep checking back as I will be adding new stories throughout the day.

Starting off is Jeff Quinn's pre-SHOT Show video.




Soldier Systems Daily has three reports on SIG Media Range Day:

On new SIG pistols.

On a new SIG suppressor for .22 LR.

On camo from TYR.

Michael Bane has his SHOT Show preview in his latest podcast. You can listen to it here.

Mas Ayoob has his report from the SIG Media Range Day here. He discusses the new SIG pistols and the Razor XV BT active hearing protection from Walker.

Mike Rowe responds to a critic who is aghast that he will be at the SHOT Show. Priceless!

The Shooting Illustrated staff reports on the SIG Media Range Day and includes info on SIG's new thermal sight.

Mark Keefe of the American Rifleman has a look at the SIG Sauer P320 X-Five from SIG Media Range Day.




Meanwhile, also from SIG Media Range Day, Tam gives her impression of the US-made SIG P210 in this report.

Richard Johnson of the Gun Holsters and Gear blog has his report on SHOT and the Industry Day at the range here. He is impressed by the crispness of the trigger of the Hudson H9 which is the striker-fired 1911 clone.

Courtesy of GunHolstersandGear.com
More detail on the Hudson H9 in this video from Patrick R. at The Firearm Blog.




Just a little bit more on the Hudson H9 including its designer talking about the differences between the prototype and the production models. My friend Rob Reed has the story here and in the video below:

18:23

Tracking Point’s New 300BLK and Para-rescue DMR SR-25 Rifles | SHOT 2017 [The Firearm Blog]

At Media Day on the Range we visited Tracking Point and shot their latest precision-guided rifles. New this year they’ve got a 300BLK model, and were demoing a set of Knights Armament SR25 rifles that have been outfitted with Tracking Point technology for use with Air Force para-rescue units. Thanks to our sponsors: Proxibid – […]

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18:16

Nordic Components NCPCC | SHOT 2017 [The Firearm Blog]

I had the pleasure of being introduced to the Nordic Components peeps at Range Day by “Lefty” (of Talking Lead). They had a pretty interesting innovation–their NCPCC (Nordic Components Pistol Caliber Carbine) which is modular lower receiver. How it works, if you are not familiar with their setup, is by changing out the magwell. Basically […]

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18:05

IWI Now Shipping 5.56mm Galil ACE Rifles | SHOT 17 [The Firearm Blog]

During SHOT Show 2017 Industry Day at the Range, I dropped by the IWI USA booth to see what they had for attendees to shoot. Besides their highly competitive Galil ACE 308, they had also brought the 5.56mm variant of the ACE, which is just now making it into the country. I got a chance to […]

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18:02

Smith & Wesson’s M&P M2.0 – Third Generation Smithplastic | SHOT 2017 [The Firearm Blog]

The latest wave in polymer-framed, striker-fired wunderpistols has reached SHOT Show 2017 Industry Day at the Range, in the form of the Smith & Wesson M&P M2.0. In truth, the M2.0 is a very modest update to the M&P, introducing modest improvements to the controls and grip texture of the original M&P, as well as […]

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17:57

New Browning BXS Polymer-Tipped Copper Shotgun Slugs [AllOutdoor.com]

At the 2017 SHOT Show Range Day, I got to fire a few rounds of Browning’s new ammo. Most impressive was the BXS 12 gauge shotgun slug — because I hit a fairly small steel target with it at 200 yards!

The target was roughly the size of a whitetail deer’s kill zone, and I had no trouble clobbering it. The firearm was a Browning Maxus semi-automatic 12 gauge shotgun with a 22″ rifled barrel. And the target, stand and all, rocked back and forth a time or two when hit.

This is great accuracy from a shotgun slug, no matter how you slice it.

The ammo is brand-new and features a polymer-tipped one-ounce (12 gauge) or 3/4-ounce (20 gauge) solid copper slug in a sabot. The advertised muzzle velocity is 1600 fps, and both gauges come in 2-3/4″ shells.

If you’re a slug hunter who wants to reach out and touch a deer, you owe it to yourself to try this ammo, which should be available at retailers this summer.

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17:47

Taser Pulse: The Civilian Taser | SHOT 2017 [The Firearm Blog]

In this episode of TFBTV Edward O tries the Pulse on the range at Shot Show 2017. A wide range of taser models are actually available for the civilian purchase, but the Pulse was created specifically for the civilian as an additional use of force tool. It’s sized and styled like a concealed carry handgun, […]

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17:44

A Look at the Hudson H9 From Prototype to Production [AllOutdoor.com]

The Hudson H9 pistol has garnered a lot of attention since the first teaser images and hints were released a few months ago. The pistol is an amalgamation of many design elements including a 1911 style sliding trigger, a Glock-like striker fire assembly, and a modular chassis like that used in the Sig 320.

The prototype Hudson H9 was known as "The Brick" inside the company.

The prototype Hudson H9 was known as “The Brick” inside the company.

Hudson Manufacturing Cy Hudson was on hand with prototype and pre-production examples of his new 9mm pistols at today’s 2017 SHOT Show Industry Day at the Range event. In this video Cy Hudson describes the thinking behind the pistol and explains the “why” behind the more unusual design elements.

Since only a single firing Hudson H9 was available on the firing line shooters were limited to an average of five rounds each. With such minimal exposure to the pistol I wasn’t personally able to draw any conclusions other than the fact I look forward to trying it more extensively as soon as possible.

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17:39

CapArms $500 Titanium Magnum Rifle Suppressor [The Firearm Blog]

CapArms 10" Magnum SupressorCapital Armament or CapArms is a fairly new company that is mostly known for new and remanufactured ammunition marketed toward the competitive action shooter, but even more recently the veteran-owned, Iowa-based company is quickly becoming known as an Class III manufacturer offering the ever-growing suppressor market an 18 ounce, 300 Winchester Magnum-rated, $500 silencer. Yes, $500. The CapArms 10″ […]

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KRISS Vector New Folding Stock [The Firearm Blog]

This was posted in a KRISS Vector Owners Group on Facebook. Looks like the KRISS Vector upper receiver will get a new remold. The rear of the upper receiver is longer than the current version. You can see the curve above and behind the grip is rather pronounced and there is still a considerable amount […]

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Cameras Mounted On Police Guns [The Firearm Blog]

Centinel Systems is developing a camera system that mounts under a handgun like a weapon mounted light. The idea stemmed from the issues of Police body worn cameras. From my own experimentation of wearing a GoPro while shooting, body worn cameras are not that great. Often the chest does not point in the direction you […]

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Firearm Coloring Book For Big Kids [The Firearm Blog]

Sara Westman of @kitfoxdesigngroup has been making firearm illustrations for a bunch of companies. Recently she drew a design for Tactical Solutions which has turned into a vinyl patch. Her latest project is a coloring book full of firearm illustrations. Thanks to industry sponsors, she has over thirty illustrations for this coloring book. Below are […]

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FOR SALE: Colt M16A1 Full Auto Lowers $499ea [The Firearm Blog]

In an American gun-lover’s dream world, the National Firearms Act (NFA) of 1934 and the Firearms Owners Protection Act (FOPA) of 1986 would be repealed. Among other regulations, both laws control and restrict the transfer and making of fully automatic firearms. As such, ordering a M16A1 lower to an FFL in the United States by an […]

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CMC Triggers Corp Teases a GLOCK Trigger [The Firearm Blog]

CMC GLOCK Trigger InstalledCMC Triggers has teased a brand new GLOCK trigger product on their Facebook social media page. The teaser pics of the trigger indicate a flat trigger design with the standard GLOCK-style, inside-the-trigger safety tab. The CMC trigger has a unique 90 degree kick out at the bottom of the trigger designed for “speed and leverage”, according […]

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17:31

Trying the Ravin R15 Compact Crossbow for the First Time [AllOutdoor.com]

Just a few days ago, I posted a video about the brand-spanking-new Ravin R15 compact crossbow. I observed that this xbow was on my list of stuff to definitely try — and it was actually on that list before I watched the video. But after learning about all the new stuff, I knew I had to check out this crossbow. So today, I did just that.

Ravin Executive Vice President Mike Weinkauf expounded on the Helicoil technology, but I didn’t quite catch it all. It has something to do with spiral grooves allowing the cams to rotate something like 240 degrees with just two inches of limb travel — and in that short space of travel, it imparts an amazing amount of force to the arrow.

How amazing? Well, I fired one arrow in a strong crosswind and hit a bullseye 100 yards away. The target dots were not huge; I’m guessing about 4″ diameter or so.

With no rail to torque the cams and increase friction, and with an easy crank-to-cock system (which can be operated quietly for hunters), this super-narrow crossbow is bound to appeal to deer hunters. After all, there’s only six inches between the axles when it’s cocked!

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The way the Ravin R15 cocks and operates is demonstrated in the video, and I should be getting some firsthand experience with it before long, when I get one to test and review. Sweet!

The trigger on the R15 was pretty magnificent, which is almost always NOT the case in my crossbow experience. Mike described it as an “2.5-pound trigger with zero creep.” And he was not lying.

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The safety is pretty easy to operate, doesn’t require a lot of travel, and didn’t seem to be noisy (some are). It did not appear that you could easily disengage the safety while maintaining a shooting grip on the crossbow, though.

This is one impressive crossbow. Stay tuned to AllOutdoor for more on the R15.

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17:22

Civilian Force Arms | SHOT 2017 [The Firearm Blog]

Walking around Range Day, I got to take a close look at Civilian Force Arms. Civilian Force Arms was started several years ago, by Yonas Hagos, a Sudanese born American, who served during the Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom campaigns. Being an Ar-15 armorer, I am an absolute snob when it comes to […]

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17:20

Industry Range Day: Legacy Sports International’s Accurized Rifles |SHOT 2017 [The Firearm Blog]

In TFBTV’s continuing SHOT 2017 Industry Range Day coverage, James interviews Legacy Sports International’s Matt Hornback to get details on exciting new offerings from Legacy, including bolt action 7.62x39mm rifles, Howa’s newest bolt guns, and the Australian company, Lithgow Arms’, newest imports. Of note is the Howa HCE Chassis rifle in Multicam, available in .223 Rem, […]

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17:09

Triumph Systems Pivotal Trainer | SHOT 2017 [The Firearm Blog]

I had the pleasure of first encountering Triumph System’s Pivotal Trainer and Threat/No-Threat targets at the CAA/Hartman Event last month. They provided a very different experience that just shooting on a flat paper target. At the course we did not really get a lot of time with the Pivotal Targets as they were only used […]

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16:51

First Impressions of the New Hudson H9 Pistol [AllOutdoor.com]

The Hudson H9 pistol; it’s the hottest thing going right now.

I guess.

The whirlwind of press coverage and excitement over this new pistol design has been fast, furious, and a tad puzzling. I mean, what’s the big deal? New pistols come along on a fairly regular basis. But the Hudsons have obviously done a great job in creating buzz about this gun. Therefore, it was only right that I hunt it down and fire it as soon as I got the chance.

Perhaps the appeal is that it’s a sort of morph between a 1911 and a Glock, therefore it offers something to both camps. Hmmm.

Hudson's booth was the very last one, but folks still flocked to it. (Photo: Russ Chastain)

Hudson’s booth was the very last one, but folks still flocked to it. (Photo: Russ Chastain)

At the 2017 SHOT Show Industry Day at the Range, folks were lined up to shoot the new popper. While we waited, Cy Hudson answered questions and talked about the development process of morphing a 1911 into the low-bore-axis creation that it is.

It’s a good-looking gun. It has nice fit and finish and it looks pretty cool, and I cannot dislike a 1911 grip; they have always felt right to me.

The beavertail at the top rear of the Hudson H9‘s grip allows you safely fire this pistol without fear of the slide knocking a plug out of your hand… and the slide does travel very close to your hand.

Hudson crammed the recoil spring into the area of the frame below the barrel and forward of the trigger guard. This allows for a lower bore axis, which ought to reduce muzzle flip.

While waiting to get on the firing line, I dry-fired one of the H9s at Mr. Hudson’s request. I was immediately underwhelmed.

The trigger safety means you have to take up a bit of slack before it feels like you’re into the sure-nuff trigger pull… and after that there’s a fairly long pull that was far from smooth. In my notes I called it a “long creepy trigger pull.”

When it came time to shoot the H9, the long line meant I got very little time with the gun. It functioned well and went bang every time, as it did for everyone I watched fire it before I reached the firing line. But each of us only got to fire 4 or 5 rounds before we had to relinquish the popper and step aside.

The only targets available were well-perforated silhouette targets that provided no feedback as far as accuracy. Trigger pull was the same as I’d experienced with the non-firing demo gun: unimpressive.

(Photo: Russ Chastain)

(Photo: Russ Chastain)

Do I like the Hudson H9? Sure I do. I long ago adopted my late father’s motto: If it shoots, I like it.

But do I love it? Sadly, I must answer, “No.” In spite of its good-looking lines and nice fit & finish, I couldn’t bring myself to love the H9.

Sorry, guys.

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16:47

Magpul’s New PMAG 30 AR 300 B Gen M3 Mags for 300BLK [The Firearm Blog]

Just in time for SHOT Show 2017 Magpul just announced another new product right after their debut of their new X-22 Backpacker Stock, this time they unveiled their new PMAG 30 AR 300 B Gen M3 Mags for the 300 BLK cartridge. Why would Magpul release a 300 BLK specific mag when you can use […]

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16:46

New GMR-15 9 mm Carbine from JP Enterprises |Shot 2017 [The Firearm Blog]

Let’s face it, shooting 9 mm pistol rounds out of a rifle or carbine is a lot of fun. Competition wise, the PPC (Pistol Caliber Carbine) division seem to grow momentum, and it’s easy to understand why. The ammunition is almost half the price versus a “real” rifle in .223 / 5,56 caliber, and there’s […]

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16:45

L.A.G Tactical Kydex holsters | SHOT 2017 [The Firearm Blog]

There are a lot of companies making Kydex holster and products, but none seem as eager to rapidly meet the needs of the industry as L.A.G Tactical. Walking around during Range Day, I had the pleasure of visiting the L.A.G Tactical booth and getting a look at their products. The flagship product of L.A.G Tactical […]

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Legacy Sports International | SHOT 2017 [The Firearm Blog]

Legacy Sports International had several new interesting rifles they debuted at the SHOT 2017 Range Day. Present were the new Howa Chassis Rife, as well as the Howa Mini Action Rifle, chambered in 7.62×39. The Firearm Blog got an early look at both the Howa Chassis Rifle, and the Howa Mini Action this past year. […]

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16:44

Caracal’s MSRs | SHOT 2017 [The Firearm Blog]

CaracalCaracal USA was at the Industry Day at the Range Event in Boulder City, NV. The company had a pair of its modern sporting rifles on hand for demonstrations. The two guns are AR-style rifles and are called the CAR814 A2 and CAR816 A2 respectively. Both are made in the United States. CAR814 A2 The […]

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Industry Day at the Range: Lancer MPX couplers, MCX Handguard | SHOT 2017 [The Firearm Blog]

Lancer Systems brought out some particularly relevant products for the Industry Range Day this year, most notably components for the Sig Sauer MPX and MCX. Since Lancer already manufactures MPX magazines, the company answered an RFI from a European Law Enforcement agency to produce magazine couplers that lock into the rear portion of the MPX […]

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CMMG MkW ANVIL .458 SOCOM | SHOT 2017 [The Firearm Blog]

Leveraging their proprietary POWERBOLT technology found on the CMMG MUTANT, CMMG is now offering a rifle chambered in 458 SOCOM. The CMMG MkW ANVIL, is an Ar-15 patterned rifle that features an adjustable gas system, and a mid sized receiver that falls in between the Ar-15 and the Ar-10 in regards to size. The POWERBOLT […]

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Ballistic Advantage QPQ FSB Complete Uppers | SHOT 2017 [The Firearm Blog]

Ballistic Advantage QPQ FSB Complete UppersBallistic Advantage is known for AR-15 barrels. The Ballistic Advantage BA Hanson Series of barrels has made quite the splash in the AR market with the unique proprietary profile it offers to shooters. Now Ballistic Advantage is expanding its offering in AR-15 upper receiver groups. The new-for-2017 uppers from Ballistic Advantage are aimed squarely at […]

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Rheinmetall and Steyr Mannlicher offer new RS556 assault rifle system [The Firearm Blog]

Just before the New Year, TFB reported about the rumor that Steyr and Rheinmetall were partnering to offer a new modular assault rifle. There is now an official Press Release from Rheinmetall to fill in some of the details that were unknown and unconfirmed. There is definitely some Steyr AUG look (and technology) left in […]

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More details of the Heckler & Koch HK416F for France [The Firearm Blog]

As TFB has reported before France will phase out the FAMAS rifle, of which they have about 400,000 pieces of in the F1 and upgraded G1 variant. The FAMAS has been in service for over 30 years. For a period of over 10 years France will phase in the Heckler & Koch HK416F, in two […]

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15:00

Industry Range Day: Polycase Ammunition | SHOT 2017 [The Firearm Blog]

James visits the folks at Polycase during the SHOT 2017 Industry Range Day to get the scoop on Polycase’s newest poly-copper blend rounds, including new frangible ammunition, .300 Blackout, and Polycase’s new “sport utility” ammo, which is ammo geared specifically towards range shooters. Many THANKS to: Ventura Munitions: http://bit.ly/1LKxNRP Please Support Them! They help make […]

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14:31

Industry Range Day: Early and Modern Firearms (EMF) | SHOT 2017 [The Firearm Blog]

Early and Modern Firearms (EMF) is a successful reproduction firearm company that specializes in guns common among Wild West historical lore. Specifically the company provides a number of firearms for the reproduction market used within the Single Action Shooting Society, or other Cowboy Action Shooting sports. New for 2017 is the El Camisa Three, filmed with […]

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14:30

Industry Range Day: American Tactical Imports | SHOT 2017 [The Firearm Blog]

In TFBTV’s continuing SHOT Show Industry Range Day coverage, James interviews ATI to get the news on the most recent ATI rifles and pistols, including an all-American made 1911 with an aluminum reinforced and railed polymer frame, an upgraded Omni Polymer Hybrid AR15, and a new, all-aluminum sub $1,000 entry-level three gun model. Many THANKS […]

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13:46

The New Colt Cobra, Shooting and First Impressions | SHOT 17 [The Firearm Blog]

Colt’s Manufacturing was on the firing line at the SHOT Show 2017 Industry Day at the Range, showing off their new handguns and rifles. Center stage was Colt’s re-entry to the double action wheelgun market, the reinvented Cobra. Unlike the previous Cobra, the new gun is all-steel, doing away with its nominal predecessor’s aluminum frame. […]

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12:05

Silencerco Maxim 9 – The FINAL Version! | TFBTV | SHOT 2017 [The Firearm Blog]

We have been dying to see it come to market, and the time is coming closer to seeing the coolest integrally suppressed handguns on the market today. We understand this to be the final version with a retail ready release in the near future. Thanks to our sponsors: Proxibid – Track Down Your Perfect Rifle […]

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10:35

New Products From KRISS USA | TFBTV | Shot 2017 [The Firearm Blog]

Who doesn’t love a sub gun? How about a sub gun in 10mm? Patrick takes several calibers of the KRISS sub gun on a test drive along with the brand new DMK-22 AR-15 styled .22 lr gun. Tons of new products for KRISS and even a night sight solution for Sphinx SDP owners! Thanks to […]

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10:20

Industry Range Day: FN M249S SAW Para Military Collector Edition | SHOT 2017 [The Firearm Blog]

With more TFBTV coverage of SHOT Show’s Industry Range Day, James checks out the FN USA tent for the scoop on FN’s newest addition to its “Military Collector” line – the FN M249S “Para” version. The Para is similar to the civilian version of the M249S released in 1Q 2016, but varies in that it […]

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10:20

Lasermax GripSense Capacitive Tech | SHOT 2017 [The Firearm Blog]

Buttons, switches and pressure pads – technologies that are constantly being improved upon within the weapon light and laser market. And so far no manufacturer has truly perfected the ergonomic, functional and reliable light switch. LaserMax is hoping to change that with the introduction of capacitative activation they are calling GripSense. The system works similarly […]

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10:05

The 700 Magpul Rifle from Remington |SHOT 2017 [The Firearm Blog]

It’s quite an achievement for Magpul to become the chosen supplier for the Remington 700 and get a model named after the company. The 700 model is one of the most sold bolt-action rifles. Magpul actually already supplies a stock to a Remington 700 model, the almost three times more expensive Model 700 Tactical Chassis. […]

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10:01

New Arm Braces from SB Tactical |SHOT 2017 [The Firearm Blog]

SB Tactical, the inventor and manufacturer of the original “Sig Arm Brace” has debuted their latest arm brace for the H&K MP5 platform. The new SBT5K is a side-folding brace for the MP5 platform modeled after the original side-folding real-steel stocks. The new brace is stated to fit all MP5K clones. (For those curious, SB […]

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09:36

Caracal Close to Shipping US Made Pistols | SHOT 2017 [The Firearm Blog]

Caracal Enhanced F 2Caracal USA was at the Industry Day at the Range event in Boulder City, NV. The event is a good chance for members of the media and other invited guests to see – and shoot – many of the guns that will be introduced at the SHOT Show later in the week. The company had […]

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09:36

Triumph Systems Pop Packs | SHOT 2017 [The Firearm Blog]

Honestly, who doesn’t like shooting targets that react? I suppose there are some luddite purists among us that are fine shooting on paper. I, however, have a little bit of additional glee when shooting something that explodes (fire, paint, water, etc). Triumph Systems has a fun product that can not only used to engage that […]

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09:35

New 6.5 Creedmoor Rifle from Ballistic Advantage, Aero Precision | SHOT 2017 [The Firearm Blog]

Ballistic AdvantageBallistic Advantage and Aero Precision teamed up on a number of projects recently, and had the fruits of their labors on display at the Industry Day at the Range event just ahead of the 2017 SHOT Show. One of these projects is a short barrel 6.5 Creedmoor carbine. The Creedmoor rifle is a gun designed for […]

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09:05

Cobalt Kinetics | SHOT 2017 [The Firearm Blog]

Oh, Cobalt Kinetics… Always pushing the envelope; sometimes just wadding up the envelope and inventing email. The past three years I have been following them, Cobalt Kinetics has come out with pretty clever engineering tricks to manage common functions that we take for granted when running a normal AR patterned rifle. This year they made an […]

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09:05

RISE Armaments | SHOT 2017 [The Firearm Blog]

RISE Armaments (out of Broken Arrow, OK) is the manufacturer of my favorite triggers and muzzle devices (when not running suppressed). That is not all they do–they also produce full .223 builds which are competition ready (meaning they already possess the features that most shooters end up adding, and out of the box are sub-MOA). […]

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09:01

Mossy Oak Announces New Packs, Bags for 2017 |SHOT 2017 [The Firearm Blog]

Mossy-Oak-PacksMossy Oak Hunting Accessories announced a number of new bags and packs that will debut at the SHOT Show in Las Vegas. In total, there are 18 bags and packs in the revamped line. Here are a few of the models that might be of interest to the hunters and shooters. Knuckleboom The Knucleboom is […]

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08:55

HK Expands the VP9 with Suppressor-Ready Model |SHOT 2017 [The Firearm Blog]

In this episode of TFBTV we take a look at the new VP9 tactical model from HK, setup with suppressor height sights and a threaded barrel. Heckler and Koch USA are also adding a new grey and tan version of the VP9. Thanks to our sponsors: Proxibid – Track Down Your Perfect Rifle On Proxibid.com […]

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08:50

Vortex Razor AMG UH-1 Red Dot on the Range | SHOT 2017 [The Firearm Blog]

Vortex Razor AMG UH-1 The new Vortex Razor® AMG™ UH-1™ was on the range at Industry Day. Pete provided a good introduction to this new Vortex optic here. The AMG UH-1 comes in a slender but tall box configuration with square optical lenses. The lenses have Armor-Tek coatings for scratch resistance and are multi-coated to block sunlight while […]

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08:40

NEW Bergara B14 BMP Rifle | SHOT 2017 [The Firearm Blog]

Bergara has just announced a new chassis rifle – the B14 BMP. Chambered in either .308Win of 6.5 Creedmoor, the entities chassis is built from 7075 T6 Aluminum that is hard coat anodized. The forend features several M-LOK attachment slots whereas the stock incorporates several adjustment points to fine tune a proper fit for each shooter. […]

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08:34

Beretta’s Newest Shotguns At Range Day | SHOT 2017 [The Firearm Blog]

Beretta brought out their latest shotguns to SHOT Show Range Day. The first shotgun that caught my eye was the new XCEL400 Black. Due to customer feedback, they are now offering the XCEL400 in black anodizing rather than blue anodizing. It comes with a 30″ barrel with extended black edition Optima HP chokes. On top, […]

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08:33

Blackhawk! Suppressors | SHOT 2017 [The Firearm Blog]

Blackhawk was at Range Day showing off their entire suppressor line. They pretty much have a can for .22lr – .338 Lapua and everything in between. Their .22LR Pulse is rated at 113DB in a rifle and 117DB in a handgun using standard velocity rounds. It is the narrow can at the top of the […]

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08:30

First Shots With Hudson H9 Pistol | TFBTV | SHOT 2017 [The Firearm Blog]

The teaser photos have had us going for the last several months, and now Patrick with TFBTV gets a chance to put the bold claims of Texas-based Hudson to the test at Industry Day at the Range. With some innovative features there a pretty strong chance that the brand new Hudson H9 will be a […]

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08:01

New Trijicon 1-8×28 AccuPower riflescope |SHOT 2017 [The Firearm Blog]

Trijicon will be showing the new 1-8×28 AccuPower LED Riflescope at SHOT Show. The new sight offers true 1-8 magnification with a First Focal Plane reticle. The tube is 34 mm with a 28 mm objective lens. It comes with MIL and MOA reticles in green or red illumination, with 11 settings.  The size of […]

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New Handgun: Canik TP9SF Elite Compact |SHOT 2017 [The Firearm Blog]

CanikCentury Arms officially announced the introduction of the Canik TP9SF Elite Compact pistol to the US market. This new handgun is similar to the original Turkish pistol, but in smaller package that may be more suitable for concealed carry. For a size comparison, the new gun is the same length as a Glock 19 Gen4, though […]

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08:00

Nosler Releases The Brand New 22 Nosler | Fastest .22 Cartridge For The AR-15 Platform |SHOT 2017 [The Firearm Blog]

  Early this morning I woke to a brand new press release detailing the latest factory produced wildcat-style cartridge offered by our friends over at Nosler. They claim that the new cartridge will boast velocities that rival the 22-250 cartridge while fitting into an AR-15 platform. The only thing required to swap to the new 22 […]

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07:07

Viridian FACT Weapon Mounted Camera | SHOT 2017 [The Firearm Blog]

IMG_5578Body cameras on law enforcement personnel are a hot topic these days, albeit a very controversial topic. Viridian Weapon Technologies just introduced an on-weapon camera system that can supplement body cameras worn by law enforcement or be used for recording action by sport shooters or concealed weapons carriers. Labeled as the Fast Access Camera Technology […]

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05:27

Magnificent Engraved Bergmann Pistols [Forgotten Weapons]

Today we are taking a brief side trip in Bergmann development to look at a couple of magnificent engraved Bergmann pistols – specifically, a pair of model 1896 No.3s, a Bergmann Mars 1903, and a model 1910. One of these (the 1910) was done by an outside engraver, and the others are examples of Bergmann factory engraving work. The Bergmann style is one of very fine banknote style scrollwork with gold accents – I think it is beautiful, and really highlights the skill of the engraver.

The 1910 is an interesting piece both for its style and for the gold Arabic phrase on the side of the slide, which is an excerpt from the Hadith and translates to “Verily, strength lies in shooting”. A pretty apt martial exhortation for a pistol! Examples of several of contemporary examples with the same engraving pattern do exist in museum collections to this day, which hopefully I will be able to examine in the future.

The best of these guns, of course, is the immaculate 1896 in its presentation case. Like a true time capsule, it shows the full quality one would have received from Bergmann in the late 1890s.

Sunday, 15 January

23:24

Umarex ARX Ammo for Air Rifles and Muzzleloaders [The Firearm Blog]

Umarex ARX Airgun AmmoUmarex announced new ammunition for airguns and muzzleloading. Utilizing PolyCase ARX technology the Umarex  ARX SpeedBand and SpeedBelt bullets are to bring a new era of terminal performance to the air rifle and black powder hunter according to Umarex. Manufactured using an advanced polymer-copper matrix, the ARX bullet has been available in pistol caliber ammunition from PolyCase with it’s […]

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22:25

In Defense of Cold Winds [AllOutdoor.com]

Summer’s revenge has started or is about to even in the Deep South. Cold weather trends, one after the other are coming across the Great Plains and now dipping into the Southern states. This means rain, sleet, and maybe snow, but assuredly wind, cold wind.

Withstanding cold temperatures is one thing, but add even a slight breeze and the chilling factor goes down further. Then imagine a day temp or night near or below freezing with a 10-20 mph wind on top of that, a Northerner wind. Buddy, that spells C-O-L-D!

Here in the south another atmospheric element adds to the cold wind and that is humidity. I laugh all the time at people that come from Michigan or Minnesota in the winter and can’t believe how cold it can get. Usually it is temperature, humidity and wind. The triple threat. So, how to battle back if you have to be outdoors like hunting on a deer stand or duck blind?

The majority of body heat loss comes from the head. It has to be protected first. A cotton baseball cap will not get the job done. Start with something wool, a bomber hat, trapper hat, stocking cap, watch cap, a Balaclava or hat that completely covers the head and maybe the ears, too. Adding a facemask can also deter the sharp cutting edge of a stiff wind.

Outer garments should be designed specifically to shed wind. There are lots of new fabric combinations and insulations today to get this job done. Buy one that also adds waterproof protection for the total package. A zippered coat is best if it also has exterior buttons or snaps to close the zipper flap. Knit cuff liners are best, too to keep out the breeze. Layer a goose down vest over an appropriate warm shirt and thermal underwear.

Next, wear wind pants. The best I have found so far are the 1856 Models from Bass Pro Shops that have a fleece type outside layer and an insulated liner inside. These saved a deer hunt in windy Oklahoma a couple winters ago. Buy pants with leg zippers so they can be put on or taken off over boots.

Hands and feet come next. Have wool gloves with a wind barrier or insulated-waterproof gloves with a warm liner. Slip in a chemical hand warmer packet, too. Boots should be made for cold, wet, windy weather. In the bad stuff, I wear Schnee’s or Kenetrek with the wool liners.
I also use chemical stick on foot warmers and the ThermaCell boot warmers. Combinations of garments like these should fend off the cold and wind.

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22:24

Wearing Open Toed Shoes [AllOutdoor.com]

Why do people wear open toed shoes, such as sandals, during outdoor activities?  Especially if they are hiking, camping or doing anything else off the beaten path?

The people wearing sandals, have they never heard of copperhead or coral snakes?  Do the people who wear open toed sandals have any idea how deadly the coral snake is?

Copperhead Snakes

On January 14, 2017 my fiancee and I were metal detecting where a country store used to be from the  1920s to the 1960s.  The store was moved in the 1960s and all that remains is an open field.  I ran a brush hog through the area right before winter, so the grass was not very tall.

We were walking through the field with our metal detectors when my fiancee said, “Look at this big worm!”  It was not a worm, it was, however, a foot long copperhead snake.  Thankfully, she saw the snake before either of us stepped on it.

Your toes and spaces between the toes are perfect for copperheads to bite.  This is why we always wear boots and jeans when doing outdoor activities.  Boots may not stop a full grown copperhead bite, but some protection is better than none.

Copperheads are named after their copper color and they blend in very well to their surroundings.

This is the second time my fiancee has almost stepped on a copperhead.

Coral Snakes

Several months ago, I was walking to a shed behind the house when I almost stepped on a coral snake.  I was not wearing shoes at the time.  It was going to be a quick trip, there and back.  No big deal as I have walked the path dozens of times before.

I never expected to see a coral snake in the field right in front of the shed.  It was a total surprise and I was caught off guard.

Coral snakes have small teeth.  So chances are, wearing boots or shoes could have provided protection.

Coral snakes have some of the most potent venom of any snake in North America. Living in a rural area like I do, chances are I may not have been able to get medical attention fast enough to save my life.

If a hiker, camper or backpacker were bitten by a coral snake, they may not make it out of the woods alive.

Why Wear Open Toed Shoes?

I ask myself over and over, why do so many outdoor enthusiasts wear open toed shoes?  Do they not know, or just do not care about their personal safety?

A regular shoe may not stop a snake bite, some protection is better than none, especially with a coral snake.  Their mouth is so small they usually bite between the toes or fingers.  How is a coral snake supposed to bite between your toes?  When you wear open toed shoes and step on a coral snake, that’s how.

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22:23

Backpacks: Medium ALICE Pack Overview [AllOutdoor.com]

The medium ALICE pack is perfect for either a first backpack or for experienced campers and backpackers.

ALICE is an acronym for “All-Purpose Lightweight Individual Carrying Equipment” and was adopted by the United States Army in 1973. ALICE was slowly phased out in the early 2000’s in favor of MOLLE.

I bought my medium ALICE pack around 1993. To this day it is one of my favorite backpacks.

Versatility

One of the nice things about the medium ALICE pack, it can be used with or without a frame. The frame is made out of aluminum and does not weigh very much. If you want to shed some weight, take the frame off and attach the shoulder straps straight to the pack.

The large ALICE requires a frame, while the medium ALICE does not.

There is webbing on the sides and bottom of the pack.  I usually strap canteens on the sides and use the bottom webbing to secure either a tent or sleeping bag.

On the outside top, there is webbing that wraps around the pack.  Any number of extra pouches can be attached to the webbing.

Medium ALICE Pack

Size

The medium ALICE pack has a large main compartment, small internal pouch, and three external pockets.

Small internal pouch – is where I keep small items, such as a camp stove, hygiene kit, Bible and a few other odds and ends.

Large main compartment – extra clothing, poncho liner, maybe small sleeping bag or one person tent. A lot of times I strap the sleeping bag or tent to the outside of the pack. On the bottom of the main compartment, there is webbing for strapping extra gear to the bottom of the pack.

Exterior pockets – there are three exterior pockets that measure around nine inches deep and five inches in diameter.  This is where I keep a fuel bottle for the stove and rain poncho.

Main compartment – 2,075 cubic inches.

Total estimated capacity – 2,412 cubic inches.

Cost And Availability

From what I understand, the U.S. government is not auctioning used ALICE packs. Supplies have been slowly drying up and prices have been increasing.

A search of Ebay for medium ALICE pack used to return hundreds of results from dozens of sellers. A search of Ebay on January 15, 2017 resulted in 61 results and prices from $40 – $60. Medium ALICE packs used to sell on Ebay for $25.

Medium ALICE Pack Final Thoughts

I have a lot of good memories with my medium ALICE.  It is just right for a warm and cool weather camping trip.  If it is a cold weather trip, I use either the large ALICE or large MOLLE.

Some people may say the pack is rather small at only 2,412 cubic inches.  Having a limited size forces you to only bring the required gear.

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22:23

Tailhook [AllOutdoor.com]

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It seems that most pistol brace designs work passably as ATF-cursed stocks but poorly as actual legal braces. Tailhook, the design just released by Gear Head Works, works very well as intended and takes very little time to bring into action.

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Tailhook is designed to run open, with the brace either supporting the wrist or, time permitting, to support the forearm. Extended configuration is steadier and makes leveraged gun take-away less likely.

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Tailhook 2 adds telescoping to the mix. As the photo below shows, it’s possible to rest the entire weapon on just the braced forearm. If the firearm supports folding stock, the brace works with that.

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Extended, both brace models may be used as cheek rests.

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Tailhook may be adapted to a wide variety of stocks without blocking access to either the trigger or the magazine release.

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In addition to the two production versions, Paul Reavis is making numerous 3D printed prototypes to see which gets the most interest from customers.

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For example, Micro Galil works very well with the brace.

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While the design is necessarily steampunk at its core, it functions well and allows bracing or standing down equally quickly. Unbracing from some of the older designs when police shows up is a much longer, possibly fatally slow process. Tailhook seems like a very practical and well made design.

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22:23

Inland Mfg. M1911A1 range report [AllOutdoor.com]

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Last year, Inland produced a faithful creation of the World War Two M1911A1. I took photos of it but it never occurred to me to wonder why Ron Norton of Inland was grinning so much after shooting the pre-production sample.

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Everyone else who got to try it had the same reaction — mirth.

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I finally dragged it to the range along with other 1911s, reasoning it can always get by on style if performance doesn’t live up to the modern standards.

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This humble WW2 recreation was to compete with an Iver Johnson target longlide and a handsome Sig.

The Inland pistol stood its ground quite well. Twelve yards, seven shots, one hole.

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The rest is predictable: an M1911A1 is an M1911A1, milspec. Compared to the rattling issue pistols and even to modern target pistols, this one is quite accurate. A definite keeper.

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08:29

The HK G36 is dead. Long live the G36! German Police buys it. [The Firearm Blog]

G36CGermanPoliceFollowing the terror attacks in Frankfurt, Hanover, Würzburg, Ansbach and Berlin it is clear that more and more of the regional German Police Forces are getting reinforcements in terms of 5,56×45 mm carbines. Obviously, they’re getting other passive and active training and equipment, but we focus on the firearm. TFB has already reported about several German […]

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07:39

[SHOT ’17] Nordic Components Announces Modular Pistol Caliber Carbine [The Firearm Blog]

Nordic Components Modular Pistol Caliber CarbineNordic Components has joined the legion of manufacturers of AR-15-based pistol caliber carbines but with a neat little twist. The Nordic Pistol Caliber Carbine will feature a removable, interchangeable, modular magazine well system that will allow for the use of different makes and models of pistol magazines. Shooters who have been paying attention to the worlds […]

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07:38

BREAKING: Cali DOJ Releases Personal Information Of ALL Firearms Trainers To Unknown Party [The Firearm Blog]

20151021-S3_Best-Practices-for-Handling-a-Data-BreachOur reader Tom emailed me after he had been notified by the state of California that his personal information had been compromised as a result of a California Public Records Act. Based on the limited information that we have at this time, it appears that names, the instructor’s date of birth, the instructor California driver’s license […]

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07:16

[SHOT ’17] Avidity Arms PD10 Pistol Debut [The Firearm Blog]

IMG_5562In the never ending journey to unseat the king of polymer pistols (be that from Austrian or Massachusetts lineage depending on your allegiance), up and coming manufacturers are rolling out guns that promise all of the features we like, and none of the ones we don’t. Avidity Arms is entering the race with a hopeful […]

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05:27

Bergmann Mars 1903 [Forgotten Weapons]

The military breakthrough for Bergmann finally came in 1903 with a new locking system for the pistol, designed by Louis Schmeisser (who had also designed the previous Bergmann handguns). In 1901, Schmeisser developed the new lock, and it was patented by Bergmann (his employer) primarily for use on heavy machine guns. It was used in these (and Bergmann HMGs saw some use in WWI), but it was also scaled down for use in the 1903 pistol. The new system used a square block that encircled the bolt and could travel a few millimeters up and down. This system externally looks very similar to the C96 Broomhandle Mauser, but is mechanically reasonably different.

This new locking system was more cost effective to manufacture and more reliable than the side-tilting bolt of the 1897 Bergmann, and it was also quite strong. Bergmann exploited this strength by introducing a new cartridge for the 1903 model – the 9mm Bergmann (clever name, eh?). Thanks to the Spanish, we know this round today as the 9mm Largo. It was a 9x23mm case, firing a 135 grain FMJ bullet at 1060-1115 fps (325-340 m/s) depending on the loading. This was the most powerful production pistol cartridge designed in continental Europe at the time, and had performance very similar to Browning’s .38 ACP.

Bergmann’s first major break came in 1905 when a Spanish testing board officially recommended the 1903 for military purchase and use. On September 5th of that year Spain placed and order for 3,000 Model 1903 pistols, chambered for the 9x23mm cartridge. This brought along a new problem for Bergmann – how to actually make them. Since 1896, Bergmann pistol production had been subcontracted out to V.C Schilling in Suhl, and Bergmann’s own industrial works were not tooled up for pistol production. In 1904 Schilling was taken over by the Krieghoff company, which decided to end the factory’s relationship with Bergmann.

The cost of setting up a pistol production line is quite significant, and Bergmann knew that his previous pistols had never managed to bring really significant sales numbers. Being the intelligent businessman, he was hesitant to make the investment in tooling and jigs for the 1903 without having more than the relatively small Spanish order. His solution was to use the facilities he had already set up for making the various prototype 1903 pistols. This allowed some production, but not at a very fast pace. In addition to the Spanish order, this production had to include commercial sale guns and samples for other testing (like the US trials). Bergmann’s own plant produced less than a thousand model 1903 pistols in total, and only a small number of these were sent to Spain by 1908.

05:09

[SHOT ’17] Beretta Acquires Victrix Armaments [The Firearm Blog]

IMG_5506Italian rifle maker Victrix Armaments has announced that they have been acquired by Beretta Fabbrica D’Armi in a move to bring precision rifles to the Beretta line up. Honestly, I can’t remember researching Victrix Armaments in the past, so I’m going to call on our Eurozone readers to chime in down in the comments section with some […]

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04:22

[SHOT ’17] New Multicaliber FIGHTLITE MXR Subguns [The Firearm Blog]

IMG_5550For one reason or another, the pistol caliber carbine (PCC) and subgun product development market has seen a resurgence in the last few years. Just when everyone thought that 5.56mm short barreled rifles did everything a 9mm carbine could do – and better – consumers have built and bought massive amount of PCC’s. FIGHTLITE, a […]

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Saturday, 14 January

19:29

[SHOT 17] B&T To Attend Range Day With The New Aimpoint Nano And Their USW [The Firearm Blog]

image004  Last year we broke the brand new B&T Universal Service Weapon and the corresponding Aimpoint mini red dot sight that is being made just for the new USW. I am excited to see what the shooting experience is like as well as ask them if they have any plans to introduce the USW to […]

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19:13

[SHOT 17] Defiance DMK-22 Got A Release Date And A New Look! [The Firearm Blog]

DMK22 copyAt last year’s SHOT Show, we gave you a peek at the upcoming Defiance DMK-22 rifle and hinted at a release date as well as a pretty interesting feature. Well now that they have come out and said it in the below press release, the DMK-22 will accept MOST Ruger 10/22 barrels as well as […]

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18:52

[SHOT 17] US Optics Launches The New B-Series Of Scopes [The Firearm Blog]

B-10 1.8-10xYet another new product being launched, this time by US Optics. They are going to be introducing the brand new B-Series of scopes at this year’s SHOT Show. With prices starting at $1699 it looks like they are gong to be competitively priced against other high-end scopes like you might expect. The new B-Series was […]

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18:30

[SHOT 2017]Smith & Wesson Performance Center To Introduce New M&P Pistols as well as Performance Center Slide Kits [The Firearm Blog]

15625614_10154850683616983_2368685604061305361_oSo I am always enthused to hear about new guns coming to market, after all, more guns on the market means more variety and more things for me to shoot. I like excuses to go shoot. In a rather long press release, the Performance Center released their plans for 2017, among them was the new […]

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14:56

JUST ANNOUNCED: The Lunar-45 From Gemtech [The Firearm Blog]

IMG_5547In the middle of their busiest time of year, my friends at Gemtech were nice enough to forward me some images and specifications on their latest creation. Making its first appearance at SHOT, the Lunar-45 is a brand new modular silencer capable of transforming into two different lengths depending on the task of the day. […]

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13:42

Jerry Miculek To Attempt New World Record At SHOT Range Day [The Firearm Blog]

maxresdefaultWith SHOT getting closer and closer the amount of excitement grows as well as the size of my e-mail inbox. Press releases are plentiful, I assure you. That is OK though because this particular press release caught my attention. It appears that good ol’ Jerry is going to be attempting a new world record with a […]

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08:58

DAN .338 Tactical Precision Rifle from IWI US [The Firearm Blog]

IWI-DANIWI, or Israel Weapon Industries Ltd., from Israel are perhaps most known for their bullpup Tavor models, UZIs and Galil rifles. But they also produce a rifle designed by Dr. Nehemia Sirkis in co-operation with Israel’s Defense Forces. It’s a sniper rifle called DAN, from the ancient city of Dan, chambered in .338 Lapua Magnum. […]

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08:32

Faxon Firearms – New Streamline Carbon Handguards [The Firearm Blog]

3c4de0d9-07b8-4d17-b1e3-9d4d16a1c9d6Faxon Firearms are more than the ARAK platform. This time they have teamed up with Lancer Systems to produce handguards in one of my absolute favorite materials: Carbon Fiber. The new CF handguards will be available with Rainier Arms from 10.2″ to 13.3″ and 15″ in length. They are expected to show up during Q1-Q2 […]

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06:39

Geissele 2017 – New Triggers, Rails And Companies [The Firearm Blog]

IMG_5496Bill Geissle of Geissele Automatics is well known in the firearms community for innovation, value and his overall support of the shooting, military and law enforcement communities. With products ranging from match-grade triggers to AR rail systems, the Geissele team builds style into products that deliver lasting performance. With the arrival of the 2017 SHOT Show, […]

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05:27

Vintage Saturday: Machine Tools [Forgotten Weapons]

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Heavy machine gun: just another sort of machine tool.

Schwarzlose machine gun in the Danish Schutz & Larsen factory, 1941. Known for sporting rifles, S&L also subcontracted for Bergmann making submachine gun and light machine gun parts. This photo suggests that they repaired other miscellaneous weapons for the German occupying forces.

04:58

AAC Ti-Rant 9 Reborn: The 9M Modular Silencer [The Firearm Blog]

IMG_5521Advanced Armament Corporation (AAC), a division of Remington Arms, is announcing the re-release of the Ti-Rant 9 pistol-caliber suppressor. Dubbed the 9M, the Ti-Rant is capable of running in two configurations: a full-length eight inch suppressor for maximum suppression or a sub-six inch suppressor for a more compact package. For those asking “isn’t the AAC […]

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Friday, 13 January

15:51

California: Confirmation of Xavier Becerra Heads to the State Senate [NRA-ILA News]

Today, January 13, the state Assembly approved the confirmation of U. S. Representative Xavier Becerra as California’s next Attorney General by a party line vote of 56 to 23.    The state Senate will now take up this request.  A hearing by the Senate Rules committee is scheduled for Wednesday, January 18 at 10:00 a.m. at the Capitol in room 113.

15:43

National Concealed Carry Reciprocity Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them [NRA-ILA News]

On January 3rd, Congressman Richard Hudson (R-N.C.8th) introduced H.R. 38, the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017, which simply allows lawful firearm carriers from any state to carry a concealed firearm in any other state. The bill addresses our nation’s patchwork of concealed carry reciprocity laws, where each state determines which states’ permits, if any, they will recognize.

15:38

Increase in Violent Crime: National Trend Driven by Local Politics? [NRA-ILA News]

The FBI released its Preliminary Semiannual Uniform Crime Report earlier this week and the bad news is that violent crime increased for the second consecutive year.

15:31

Supreme Court Asked to Review California’s Restrictive Carry Regime [NRA-ILA News]

On Thursday, the NRA-supported case Peruta v. California took an important step towards restoring the right to bear arms in California.  The plaintiffs in the case, California gun owners and the California Rifle and Pistol Association, filed a petition for writ of certiorari asking the United States Supreme Court to hear the case.

15:23

Alert: WA State Proposes Draconian Gun Ban Bills [NRA-ILA News]

Inspired, perhaps, by Oscar Wilde (“Moderation is a fatal thing. Nothing succeeds like excess”), Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson has announced two new sweeping gun control bills, with Sen. David Frockt (D-Seattle) and Rep. Strom Peterson (D-Edmonds) as the bill’s prime sponsors. Despite being described as “assault weapon reform,” the proposed legislation is nothing short of a ban of many common, legal firearms and “large-capacity magazines” currently possessed by millions of law-abiding Americans for self-defense, hunting, and recreational shooting.

15:14

Jeff Sessions’ Devotion to the Constitution Shines Through in Contentious Confirmation Hearing [NRA-ILA News]

On January 10 and 11, the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee held the confirmation hearing for President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee for United States Attorney General, Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.). Throughout his distinguished career in public service, which includes 12 years as U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Alabama, Sessions has exhibited the utmost respect for our Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms and has worked tirelessly to prosecute those who use guns in the commission of a crime. Despite the best efforts of some to disrupt the hearing and promote scurrilous allegations, an image of the real Sessions came through during the hearing - that of a principled statesman devoted to our Constitution.

15:12

Second Amendment Returns to Supreme Court in Peruta and Binderup [NRA-ILA News]

The Second Amendment is virtually certain to be argued before the Supreme Court this fall, as the justices receive two petitions only days apart asking them to apply the right to keep and bear arms. On Jan. 12, former U.S. Solicitor General Paul Clement—one of the finest Supreme Court litigators of this generation—filed a petition for certiorari in Peruta v. California, backed by the full support of the National Rifle Association of America.

15:10

Your Members of Congress Need to Hear from You on the Hearing Protection Act of 2017 [NRA-ILA News]

On Monday, Sen. Mike Crapo (R-ID) – joined by co-sponsors Sens. Jerry Moran (R-KS) and Rand Paul (R-KY) – introduced S. 59, the Hearing Protection Act of 2017 (HPA). Similar legislation was introduced in the House by Reps. Jeff Duncan (R-SC) and John Carter (R-TX) – along with 42 co-sponsors – as H.R. 367.

14:59

The NRA Bids Farewell to Roy Innis, Civil Rights Champion: June 6, 1934 – Jan. 8, 2017 [NRA-ILA News]

America lost a civil rights icon and a true free thinker with the death of Roy Innis on Jan. 8. For the NRA, his departure was personal. Mr. Innis served on the NRA’s Board of Directors for nearly 25 years and was a friend to many within the organization. For the nation at large, he was a champion of freedom who exemplified the courage of a man who follows his own convictions.

14:02

Minnesota: Constitutional/Permitless Carry Legislation Introduced [NRA-ILA News]

This week, House File 188, permitless/constitutional carry legislation, and House File 238, stand your ground legislation, were both introduced in the Minnesota Legislature.  Your NRA-ILA will work to see that these bills are given full consideration by the Minnesota House and Senate.  A special thanks is given to state Representative Nash for introducing these pieces of legislation so early in the legislative session.

13:42

Indiana: Legislative Session Begins with Numerous Pro-Gun Bills Filed [NRA-ILA News]

With the 2017 Indiana legislative session underway, we are happy to report that a number of pro-gun bills have been filed.

13:34

South Dakota: Legislature Convenes, Important Legislation Coming Soon [NRA-ILA News]

Earlier this week, the South Dakota Legislature began its 2017 Legislative Session.

13:30

Wyoming: Important Self-Defense Legislation Introduced in the House [NRA-ILA News]

This week, state Representative Bo Biteman (R-51) introduced two pieces of legislation that seeks to remove certain “Gun Free Zones” in Wyoming that have long left law-abiding citizens unnecessarily defenseless.

13:20

Gear Review: Kinetic Research Group Whiskey-3 Chassis [The Firearm Blog]

IMGP6558I officially started writing for The Firearm Blog in January of 2013, although the first article I wrote was a guest post published on May 2nd of 2011. One of the first items that I requested to test was a chassis stock from Kinetic Research Group. My editor Phil said he would “look into it.” […]

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13:19

Colorado: 2017 Begins with a Renewed Push to Repeal Magazine Limits [NRA-ILA News]

In 2013, the Colorado Legislature restricted the ability of law-abiding gun owners to protect themselves by limiting the amount of ammunition a firearm magazine can hold.

13:09

Missouri: Gun Bills Introduced - Your Action is Needed This Year! [NRA-ILA News]

The second week of the 2017 legislative session kicks off with the introduction of important pro-gun legislation in the Missouri Legislature

13:05

Suppressors From Freedom Armory Machine Works [The Firearm Blog]

IMG_5442In less than a week, Freedom Armory Machine Works will be debuting the Dragoon 5.56 and 7.62 at this year’s SHOT Show. Including features of being fully disassembled for cleaning, machined from solid titanium bar stock with no welds and being rated up to .300 Weatherby Magnum (7.62 version), the Dragoon brings a lot to […]

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12:57

Vermont: Plan to Attend Annual Legislative Mixer on January 24! [NRA-ILA News]

Your official NRA state association, the Vermont Federation of Sportsmen's Clubs will once again be hosting its annual mixer in the cafeteria of the Vermont Statehouse starting at 5:00pm and ending at 7:30pm on Tuesday, January 24.  Snacks and beverages will be provided by the VTFSC, and there will be a cash bar.

12:26

Watch: New Muck and Irish Setter Boots at 2017 ATA Show [AllOutdoor.com]

Some folks from our sister site ArcheryTalk.com have been checking out new hunting gear at the 2017 ATA Show. Here are a couple videos highlighting some new hunting boots from two well-known companies, Muck and Irish Setter.

This one features the Woody Arctic Ice, which is being introduced for fall 2017. The funky sole material feels smooth to the touch, but they say when you wear it on wet slippery ice it “feels like you’re wearing spikes.”

The tall version of these boots are temperature rated for -60 degrees! Yep, 60 below. Wow.

Next, Irish Setter talks about its new Ravine model boot. This is yet another boot that uses “new sole technology.” These waterproof boots sound pretty good for tough terrain, and come in both insulated and uninsulated versions.

The insulated model uses Primaloft insulation, and though I’ve never tried it in boots, I am a true believer in Primaloft insulation. I have a set of Russell brand jacket and pants with Primaloft, and wearing them feels like I’m wearing a nice snug sleeping bag.

Irish Setter Ravine models are slated to be available in July, 2017.

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12:26

Watch: Browning Speed Load Replaceable-Blade Knives at 2017 ATA Show [AllOutdoor.com]

Our sister site ArcheryTalk.com has been checking out new hunting gear at the 2017 ATA Show. This video highlights two models of Browning Speed Load replaceable-blade knives, which are impressive.

I have had a Sheffield Rhino knife for years, and what I like best about it is its ability to solidly hold a standard utility blade. The Browning Speed Load can do that, plus it has plenty of other blades available as well, including standard and serrated drop point blades, sheep’s foot, Tanto, gut hook, and a nice slim caping blade. And changing the blade looks pretty easy, too.

No wonder Browning’s rep calls it “the only knife you’re ever gonna need.”

The ceramic version is new, and comes with three ceramic blades: drop point, gut hook, and caping blade. Ceramic is known to hold an edge well, so why a replaceable-blade ceramic knife? Because ceramic blades are more brittle than steel blades and are more prone to break. Might as well just replace a blade instead of the whole knife when it breaks, right?

With MSRPs of $39.99, I’d say these knives might be pretty popular with hunters who can’t, won’t, or just don’t like to sharpen a knife. Check ’em out. I certainly plan to get my hands on one.

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12:25

Marine Corps Picks Magpul Gen 3’s [AllOutdoor.com]

As reported via Fox News “Tech Talk” segment this week, the United States Marine Corps just before Christmas announced it will begin using the Magpul Gen 3 magazines exclusively for their combat AR-15 rifles. It has been known for years that soldiers in the field have been using their own Magpul magazines because of their reliability.

Magpul Industries headquartered in Austin, Texas with production facilities in Cheyenne, Wyoming are well known to AR-15 rifle shooters and in fact by all shooters in the know. Magpul began business back in 1999 by producing the first series of Magpul AR magazines in 20 and 30 round configurations.

After years of research and functional trials in the field, the Marine Corps has chosen the new Magpul Generation 3 magazines for a variety of reasons. The number one reason being the sheer day in and day out reliability. Naturally, the avoidance of stoppages in the function of a combat rifle is paramount for our troops under harm’s way.

The new(er) Gen 3 magazines have a long list of features and specifications that have contributed to their stellar reputation for function and reliability. These features include the crush resistant construction of a proprietary polymer material for strength in the body of the magazine. Built into the side panel is a transparent window allowing the shooter to have a rapid visual on the remaining rounds in the magazine.

The magazine top comes with an easy to pop off dust cover. Though troops usually retain extra mags in chest rigs or other magazine pouches, these dust covers provide extra protection against contaminants in the field. The curve geometry of the magazine body is engineered into the magazine to facilitate smooth feeding. This along with the anti-tilt and self-lubricating follower insures reliable function. The flared floorplate enhances handling characteristics.

Magpul Industries manufactures a wide variety of accessories for rifles, shotguns, and handguns. These include add-on backup iron sights, numerous rail mounted accessories for ARs, stock configurations, handguards, slings and attachment accessories as well as other shooting aids like hand stops and grips.

Of course, law enforcement and civilians alike can purchase the new Magpul Gen 3 magazines on the open market. They are widely available and retail for less than $20. They are made in three colors when available, these include black, tan, and coyote brown. Check out all the Magpul accessories at www.magpul.com.

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12:25

MSR Alpine Stowaway Pot Review [AllOutdoor.com]

Several years ago I was walking through Academy Sports and Outdoors in Beaumont Texas when I noticed a MSR alpine stowaway pot. I picked it up, looked it over then put it back on the shelf. A few weeks later I went back and bought the cook pot.

MSR (Mountain Safety Research) is know for its wide range of outdoor products. These include tents, stoves, water filter and cook pots. One of the reasons why I bought the cook pot is because it had the MSR name on it, so I was expecting a certain level of design and quality.

First Impressions

My very first impressions were good. The MSR alpine stowaway It is made out of stainless steel, which I liked at the time.

The stowaway has a long handle that is secured with a latch to keep it closed.  When in the closed position the handle latches to keep the lid in place.

When in the open position, the handle is held in place with clip that has two ears on it.

Specifications:

  • 3 1/2 inches tall
  • 5 1/2 inches in diameter
  • 12.3 ounces
  • 775 ml

Packing The Alpine Stowaway

The first problem came up while packing for a first camping trip.  The single burner propane stove I was using did not fit inside the pot.  It is not that big of a deal.  I have since bought a smaller stove that does fit.

While handling my cookware I noticed how heavy the MSR alpine stowaway is.  I had been using a Vargo sierra 750, which is made out of titanium.

Weight

  • Vargo sierra 750 – 4.6 ounces
  • MSR alpine stowaway – 12.3 ounces

The alpine stowaway weighs 2.67 times more than the Vargo sierra and all I gained was 25 ml of capacity.  It seemed that I was gaining no benefit from carrying a cook pot that weighed twice as much as my current pot.

Camping Trip

The camping trip was on the Angelina River near Jasper Texas with my son and nephew.  We loaded our gear into the boat and made our way to the camping site.  It was a beautiful June day with clear skies and perfect weather.  The day was spent fishing for perch off the bank and walking through the woods around the campsite.

When it came time to cook I used the MSR alpine stowaway to boil water for noodles.

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I felt the pot was too large for what I needed. Cooking a package of noodles only filled the pot about half way.

MSR Alpine Stowaway Final Thoughts

Why was I using a stainless steel pot that was twice the weight of my titanium pot?

With so many other lightweight options on the market, why was this pot made out of stainless steel?  If nothing else, why not make it out of aluminum?

My MSR alpine stowaway has been retired to either river camping where I use a boat to reach the site or park camping.

With so many other lightweight options on the market, I can not justify taking this hiking or on a backpacking camping trip.

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12:25

Watch: Muddy Box Blinds and XOP Ambush Climber at 2017 ATA Show [AllOutdoor.com]

Our sister site ArcheryTalk.com has been checking out new hunting gear at the 2017 ATA Show. These videos take a look at a new Muddy Outdoors hunting stand/blind and a new climbing stand from XOP (Xtreme Outdoor Products).

The first video shows Muddy’s new Gunner and Bull models.

The Gunner is an elevated model that would work well for hunting with a gun or crossbow – and it’s insulated! And I gotta say, that would be welcome to this hunter, whether it’s hot or cold weather. They say it has two inches of insulation, and that sounds sweet… and along with the marine-grade carpet lining it should also help dampen noise. There’s not much worse than moving your foot to stretch or dropping something and making a loud noise that tells every deer around that someone is definitely in that permanent stand.

It has a sure-nuff entry door; this is more like a nice little shed than a hunting blind.

They say they have a silent window system, with glass windows that you can open with one hand without making any noise. Glass is nice because if it fogs, you can wipe it off without scratching it up.

The Bull is a larger model, which can handle two people. It has five vertical windows for bow hunters and three horizontal windows for guns or crossbows.

For the hunter who likes to move around and prefers not to hunt in a tiny house, it’s tough to beat the portability of a good climbing stand. The XOP Ambush is a “sit and stand” type of climber, which is “essentially a redesign of [their] standard sit-and-climb, the Enforcer.”

These climbers use a cam and band system to wrap around the tree, and they say they’ve redesigned that aspect of this stand. Having a band of steel wrapped around the tree sounds pretty good.

This model weighs in at a mere 17.5 pounds and will retail for $299.

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12:25

IWI to Unveil DAN® 338 Tactical Precision Rifle at the 2017 SHOT Show [AllOutdoor.com]

IWI is planning introduce their first bolt-action rifle at the SHOT Show in a few days. Naturally, it’s a full-blown tactical rifle, with a pistol grip remeniscent of an AR, folding skeletonized butt stock, picatinny rails galore, and a whole lot more.

The DAN 338 is chambered for 338 Lapua Magnum, and promises “the highest standards of performance in reliability, ruggedness and sub-MOA accuracy.”

‘Having the extraordinary DAN 338 in the IWI US catalog is a complement to our current product line-up,’ Michael Kassnar, vice president of sales & marketing for IWI US explained. ‘Until now, we did not have a bolt-action rifle, but then IWI does not believe in filling in its product line-up with just any firearm. Every product that comes out of IWI is meticulously designed, seriously engineered and manufactured and put right into action on the battlefield as its final test. Only those firearm systems that exceed their expectations become an IWI firearm. For serious shooters and long-range competitors, the DAN is the ultimate rifle.’

Who needs a stock, when you can use a chassis instead? To wit:

Built on a one-piece, lightweight aluminum alloy chassis with a full-length, one-piece Picatinny top rail with 20 MOA built-in canted drop, plus a full-length bottom Pic rail. For additional accessory mounting, there are also two moveable, short Picatinny rails at 3 and 6 o’clock.  The side-folding aluminum buttstock is skeletonized for less weight and has an adjustable length-of-pull, adjustable drop-of-heel and adjustable comb.

Here’s the list of specs:

  • 28″ heavy fluted, free-floating, cold-hammer forged interchangeable barrel
  • 1:10 twist with 5/8 x 24 TPI threaded muzzle
  • Two-stage adjustable trigger
  • Ambidextrous mag release and trigger block safety
  • Two 10-round steel magazines
  • Atlas BT46-LW17 PSR bipod
  • ACCU-SHOT BT13-QK-PRM adjustable folding monopod
  • Borka PTL precision torque limiter wrench
  • Dewey BRCCK-338L cleaning kit with 338 Lapua Magnum custom DAN bore guide and 44” one-piece rod
  • Heavy duty lockable case with custom foam insert
  • (Riflescope not included)

I’m not sure whether DAN is an acronym or what it might stand for if it is, but who cares? This thing looks sweet and I might just have to burn up some of IWI’s ammo in it…

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12:25

Watch: Ravin R15 Compact Crossbow at ATA 2017 [AllOutdoor.com]

Our sister site ArcheryTalk.com has been checking out new hunting gear at the 2017 ATA Show. They got to look at something that is definitely on my list to try at the SHOT Show, and that’s the new Ravin R15 crossbow.

This crossbow has some definite buzz going on right now, and it looks pretty sweet. They’re touting something called “Helicoil technology,” which is also a name for those handy-dandy little thread repair inserts that folks use when they strip out a threaded hole.

I’m not sure I understand what he’s saying when he says “the technology is that the strings wrap around the center of the cam and keep everything level.” Hmmm… seems like my old Barnett does that too, as well as the Mission MXB Dagger that I’ve been hunting with for the past few years.

What is easy to understand is Ravin’s lack of a full rail for the arrow to ride on. Instead of lying in a channel between rails, the arrow touches only at the nock and on a roller-style arrow rest up front. This should help reduce friction quite a bit… and this is probably what he was trying to say when he talked about the string being level. There’s no upward pressure on the string, which is usually the case on crossbows with full rails.

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Something else cool is the Versadraw cocking system… instead of pulling the string back to the trigger to cock this crossbow, you move the trigger assembly up to the string, attach it, and then crank it back into place to cock the xbow.

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The R15 is one of the narrowest crossbows around, with a cocked axle-to-axle width of only six inches! When it’s uncocked there’s only ten inches between the axles.

Arrow speed is claimed to be 425 fps. The R15 weighs 6.9 pounds and comes with a scope that has graduated reticles from 20 to 100 yards.

One. Hundred. Yards.

Now brace yourself: MSRP is $2049.99.

I’ll be trying to put my hands on one so I can give it a thorough test. In the meantime, check out the video:

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12:00

POTD: Weird Franken-Gun In Pickup Truck Gun Rack [The Firearm Blog]

GUN IDSteve shared this odd gun sitting in the back window of this pick up truck. Can you identify what this gun is made of? I see a Browning A5 inverted but the handguard is relocated. You can see the ejection port and receiver below.  I do not recognize the pistol grip.   The barrel is […]

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11:21

Constitutional/Permitless Carry Legislation Introduced in North Dakota [NRA-ILA News]

With the 2017 North Dakota legislative session underway, we are happy to report these important pro-gun bills have been filed. House Bill 1169, introduced by state Representative Rick Becker (R-7), would eliminate the requirement to obtain a permit in order to lawfully carry.  This bill recognizes a law-abiding adult’s unconditional Right to Keep and Bear Arms for self-defense in the manner he or she chooses.  HB 1169 will make the current permitting system optional to allow citizens to obtain permits and take advantage of reciprocity agreements with other states.

11:00

SIG Releases New Air Gun Modeled After 1911 Spartan [The Firearm Blog]

Spartan 1911SIG SAUER‘s Spartan models of handguns have been popular since their introduction a few years ago. While the guns are well built, I imagine most people appreciate the styling as much as anything. To match the centerfire handguns, the company is now offering an air gun based on the 1911 Spartan. SIG’s new 1911 Spartan […]

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10:53

Armed robber shot by clerk, "They're supposed to just hand over the money." [NRA-ILA News]

A 17-year-old is recovering from a gunshot wound after reportedly committing two armed robberies. Court records show that a male teen robbed one store and tried to rob another when he was confronted by an armed clerk who shot him in the arm. Police report that on December 28, the 17-year-old suspect entered a QT store near 35th Avenue and Baseline Road with a handgun and demanded money, along with Swisher Sweet Cigars and a pack of Marlboro Reds. The clerk reported to police that the suspect fired three shots, from what sounded like a pellet gun, into the ceiling as he left. Other witnesses told police that he left the store on a 'cruiser bicycle with white walled tires.' Police say two days later the suspect struck again, this time at a Chevron store near 51st and Southern avenues. This time he demanded money from the cash registers and when he motioned toward them with the gun a store clerk pulled his gun and fired at the suspect. The suspect ran and tried to get on his bike but realized, "his arm didn't work." He went to a nearby restaurant to ask for help. Police contacted him there and the suspect was taken to the hospital for a gunshot wound to his arm. It was there, police say, that he admitted to the robberies. He allegedly told police that he targeted gas stations because "they are supposed to just hand over the money and not try to stop anyone." He's been charged with armed robbery and attempted armed robbery.

10:48

Pleasant Grove homeowner fights back against home invader [NRA-ILA News]

A Pleasant Grove family fought back against home intruders early Friday morning. Investigators said a masked suspect kicked in the door of a home around 3 a.m. in the 9500 block of Eloise St. near June Rd. in Pleasant Grove. The homeowner, his wife and a grown child were inside the home at the time of the invasion. Police said the homeowner told the suspect to get out when there was an exchange of gunfire. The homeowner shot at least one suspect. Investigators said there could be more suspects involved in the home invasion. The suspects got away, but investigators were checking local hospitals for any sign of gunshot victims. The homeowner and his family were not injured in the incident and nothing was taken from the home.

10:29

NY Taxi Driver Brandishes Gun To Defend Himself Against Ice Pick Attack [NRA-ILA News]

A taxi driver in upstate New York used his legally concealed weapon to keep an ice-pick armed woman at bay. A Rochester taxi driver says he was forced to pull a gun to protect him from a passenger who tried to attack him with an ice pick. “I believe she would have killed me had if i had been close enough to her,” said Collin Green, the man who drove the taxi. According to Gates Police, 39-year-old Katrina Green has was charged with menacing and other violations Monday night.

10:01

Colt Now Selling Lights [The Firearm Blog]

Colt flashlightColt announced the company is now selling its own line of tactical flashlights and weapon lights. Initially, the company is launching eight lights: four weapon mount and four handheld lights. Handheld Lights As mentioned, the company is selling four handheld flashlights. These range in price from $59.50 – $219.50. At the low end, the AMRAM […]

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08:13

Tonopah, AZ [Civilian Gun Self-Defense Blog]

1/12/17 Arizona Republic:

A man traveling to California came to the rescue of a wounded state trooper who was struggling with the gunman who had shot him on an isolated stretch of Interstate 10, authorities said.
The man, who was with his wife, stopped his car when he came upon a rollover accident and saw the struggle, according to Col. Frank Milstead, Arizona Department of Public Safety director.
The trooper told the man he needed help, and the man returned to his car, got his gun and fired at the assailant when he refused to listen to orders to stop and back away, Milstead said.
The man who shot the trooper was dead, as was a woman who had been ejected from the vehicle, Milstead said.

07:09

Thompson/Center Compass Now in 6.5 Creedmoor [The Firearm Blog]

Thompson Center Compass 6.5 CreedmoorIt seems that 2017 may be the real breakout year for the 6.5 Creedmoor. I don’t think I’ve seen as many new ammo loads and rifles being introduced in this caliber before now. Thompson/Center just happens to be the latest company to throw in with its Compass rifle. The Compass is designed as a value […]

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06:18

Conservationists look to Donald Trump Jr. as their champion in new White House [NRA-ILA News]

During the campaign, Trump Jr. served as a powerful surrogate for his father with hunters and anglers, visiting shooting ranges, gun shops and outdoors outfitters in states such as Ohio, Maine and North Carolina. Last January, when he and his brother Eric took reporters along as they shot pheasant in the Iowa countryside, Trump Jr. compared their father’s support for conservation to that of President Theodore Roosevelt’s.

06:17

U.S. Rep. Duncan seeks to ease federal restrictions on suppressors [NRA-ILA News]

U.S. Rep. Jeff Duncan and a Texas congressman introduced legislation this week that would ease federal restrictions on obtaining firearm suppressors.

06:17

College safety 101: Allow Floridians to exercise Right-to-Carry on campus [NRA-ILA News]

I've now heard countless hours of House testimony, questions and floor debate. Each time I hear both sides, I become increasingly convinced that restoring these rights to administrators, faculty professors, graduate students and undergraduate students 21 and older (mainly seniors) is the right thing to do.

06:15

Florida: More guns could mean safer citizens, advocates argue [NRA-ILA News]

Proponents of Second Amendment rights say both the Fort Lauderdale shooting and the Pulse nightclub massacre last summer in Orlando are examples of why restrictions on permitted gun owners don’t help prevent tragedy — and why Florida’s gun laws should be opened up to afford more freedom for people to defend themselves.

06:14

Armed civilian kills suspect, saving life of Ariz. trooper ‘ambushed’ on highway, police say [NRA-ILA News]

An Arizona state trooper owes his life to an armed citizen who shot a man along a remote stretch of highway just east of California. The now-deceased man had, a few minutes earlier, opened fire and wounded the officer, police said Thursday.

05:27

Bergmann Transitional No 4/5 Pistols [Forgotten Weapons]

Another pair of transitional Bergmann transitional prototypes today, this time ones that sit between the 1896 and 1897 designs (No2/3/4 and No5). One of these is basically an 1896 frame with an 1897 upper assembly and locking system, while the other is basically an 1896 action with an 1897 grip frame and stock attachment socket. Their serial numbers indicate that they were actually part of standard production, although they do not conform to the standards of the 1896 and 1897 models.

04:08

NEW: Hudson H9 Pistol Released [The Firearm Blog]

Hudson H9 660x380Hudson Manufacturing has just released their new H9 pistol, which they announced earlier. It is a striker fired double stack pistol chambered in 9x19mm. Hudson H9 has a steel frame with interchangeable G10 made grips. The unusually large dust cover of the slide allows positioning the recoil spring assembly and the barrel lower than it […]

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03:00

Go / No-Go Gauges for USGI Magazines [The Firearm Blog]

CaptureMany of the weapon designers I have come to know well have very strong opinions on magazines. Outside of the suitability of one type (straight drop vs rocker) or staggered vs. single feed, they all universally agree that the weapon system is only as good as its magazines. It does not matter how well toleranced, […]

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02:00

Imperial War Museum London – Part II [The Firearm Blog]

Imperial-War-Museum-TFB-6This is Part II from TFB’s visit to the Imperial War Museum in London. The Imperial Museum is not complete without a part with The Falklands War in 1982, when Argentina invaded the Falkland Islands. Both British SAS and SBS special forces took important parts in this conflict. The Era of more modern firearms begins, […]

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00:11

Cross Machine Tool’s New ZCOMP-L Linear Muzzle Device [The Firearm Blog]

Cross-Machine-Tool-ZCOMP-L-Linear-comp-1Cross Machine Tool recently debuted their new ZCOMP-L Linear Muzzle Device. The ZCOMP-L was designed for use with short barreled rifles and pistols, like with a bunch of other muzzle devices on the market it was designed to help direct the muzzle blast forward and away from the shooter. If you’ve ever shot an AR-15 […]

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00:00

The .45-70 Whisper Cartridge [The Firearm Blog]

45-70 Whisper (2)The .45-70 cartridge is created by SSK Industries. The company was founded and is run by famous cartridge designer J.D. Jones. Mr. Jones is the inventor of JDJ and Whisper families of cartridges. The .45-70 Whisper is made of .45-70 Government brass cut down to 1.6″ case length and loaded with long bullets fitting .45-70 Government’s […]

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Thursday, 12 January

16:00

Story with a happy ending [Of Arms and the Law]

Here in AZ, a perp shot and wounded a highway patrolman. A driver then stopped and fatally shot the perp, the used the patrolman's radio to call for help. Story here.

15:37

California: State Assembly Scheduled to Vote on Confirmation of U. S. Representative Xavier Becerra [NRA-ILA News]

Tomorrow, January 13, the state Assembly is scheduled to vote on the confirmation of U. S. Representative Xavier Becerra as California’s next Attorney General.

15:25

Arizona Trooper Shot in Ambush Attack; Good Samaritan Kills Gunman [NRA-ILA News]

An Arizona trooper trying to help a motorist in a rollover crash was shot in an ambush-style attack by a random suspect, who was then fatally shot by a Good Samaritan driving by. DPS Col. Frank Milstead said he has yet to speak to the passerby, but he had this message for him:"Thank you because I don't know if my trooper would be alive today without your assistance."

15:22

Good Samaritan shoots, kills suspect beating wounded DPS trooper on I-10 [NRA-ILA News]

A suspect is dead and an Arizona Department of Public Safety trooper is recovering after he was ambushed and shot early Thursday on Interstate 10, according to DPS officials. DPS director Col. Frank Milstead said the suspect was shot and killed near Tonopah by a good Samaritan who pulled off the interstate to help the trooper. "I don't know if my trooper would be alive today without his assistance," Milstead said.

14:08

Iowa: Right to Keep and Bear Arms Constitutional Amendment Introduced [NRA-ILA News]

This week, state Senator Brad Zaun (R-20) offered Senate Joint Resolution 2, a bill that offers the first consideration of a Right to Keep and Bear Arms constitutional amendment.  SJR 2 was co-authored by all members of the majority Senate caucus.  Forty-four states currently have Right to Keep and Bear Arms constitutional amendments.  It’s time for Iowa to join these states by protecting the Second Amendment rights of Iowans in their own constitution!

13:59

New Mexico Legislature Convenes Next Week - Make Your Opposition Known to Pre-Filed Gun Control Bills SB 48 and HB 50 [NRA-ILA News]

The New Mexico Legislature convenes for its 2017 Regular Session on Tuesday, January 17.

13:35

Don’t Miss Out On Our Friday Night Live Q&A! [The Firearm Blog]

Patrick wants to let you know that there will be a live Q&A on the TFBTV Youtube channel this coming Friday (1/13/17) from 9pm to 11 pm CST. Come hang out and talk guns, it is gonna be fun!!! Thanks to our sponsors: Proxibid – Track Down Your Perfect Rifle On Proxibid.com  Ventura Munitions – Retailer […]

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13:20

Flower Power! US DoD Calling For Environmentally Friendly Training [The Firearm Blog]

hqdefaultAfter the push for the M855A1, an environmentally friendly round, it comes as no surprise at the US Department of Defense is continuing the theme with one of their latest Request for Proposals from the SBIR (Small Business Innovation Research) agency. In short, the DoD is looking for ways to reduce its impact on the […]

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13:05

Stupid Games – Stupid Prizes Winner – David Blaine [The Firearm Blog]

CaptureIn a no-so-stunning “its about time” moment, “Magician” David Blaine managed to injure / shoot himself while attempting his famous “bullet catch trick.” The “trick” is one of Blaine’s latest acts in which he lines up and shoots a .22 bullet into a specially designed receptacle in his mouth. It was debuted in 2010 as […]

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12:00

POTD: These Are Not The AKs You Are Looking For [The Firearm Blog]

51mJgOAyCBLFellow TFB Contributor Tim Yan pointed this out on Facebook. The cover of Guns & Ammo’s Guide To AK-47s has two rifles on it but they are not AK47s. It is a Rock River LAR-47. Why does it not have a rear sight? I can’t believe the editors would make such a mistake. Although perhaps […]

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11:36

Stranger saves Arizona state trooper shot after traffic accident on I-10 near Phoenix [NRA-ILA News]

A good Samaritan driving an isolated stretch of Interstate 10 near Phoenix probably saved the life of an Arizona state trooper who was being attacked early Thursday morning. The man shot and killed a suspect he said was beating a highway patrol officer, who had already been shot, near Tonopah, about 50 miles west of downtown Phoenix. The officer was shot in the shoulder. His injuries were serious but not life threatening. He had been investigating a rollover accident just before shots were fired at him around 4:30 a.m., he told fellow officers. “I don’t know that my trooper would be alive without his assistance,” Department of Public Safety Director Col. Frank Milstead said of driver’s intervention. The driver, whose name has not been released, was in the car with his family. He pulled over after seeing the fight. He asked the officer if he needed help and when the officer said yes, ran back to his car and retrieved a weapon. The family man drew his weapon and demanded the attacker stop. When that didn’t happen, he fired and hit the man multiple times. The stranger used the police car radio to call for help. “I would just say thank you,” Milstead said of the intervention.

11:34

Phoenix woman shoots at burglar coming through window [NRA-ILA News]

A woman and child are okay after a suspect attempted to break into their South Phoenix home overnight. The incident happened just before 2 a.m. on Wednesday in the area of 35th Avenue and Baseline Road. Police say a woman woke up to the sound of a man breaking into the back window of her home. The woman grabbed a gun and fired in the direction of the man attempting to gain entry. It does not appear the suspect was hit by the gunfire, and the suspect fled the scene. It was not immediately known if the suspect left the area on foot or in a vehicle. The female homeowner and child in the home were shaken up but physically unharmed.

11:31

Armed man shoots attacker in Olney [NRA-ILA News]

A man who was assaulted leaving a Chinese take-out restaurant turned the tables and shot his attacker in Philadelphia's Olney neighborhood, police say. The shots rang out just before 11:30 p.m. Tuesday near Fifth and West Rockland streets in Olney. A customer leaving a take-out restaurant was punched in the face by a would-be robber. "The complainant drops his food and runs," said Philadelphia Police Lt. John Stanford. "And as he's running, he's screaming for help, actually trying to avoid any confrontation." But the 18-year-old suspect chased him across the street, and the 31-year-old victim fought back. "The complainant is actually armed, and he has a valid permit to carry," said Stanford. "At some point he pulls out that firearm. And he fired several shots, striking the male." The suspect was hit once in the leg.

11:00

Strike Industries Releases Updated Flag Ultimate Dust Cover [The Firearm Blog]

dsc_0360_1Like the 1911 before it, its amazing the AR-15 continues to endure as it has. More specifically, its amazing that even certain parts have endured without the aftermarket coming in to update them. Yes, the AR has seen various barrels, handguards, receivers, stocks, and magazines, but only recently has the much lamented but entirely useful […]

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10:01

What Do You Want To See From SHOT 2017? [The Firearm Blog]

SHOT-logoDear Readers, Once again, the time is upon us to head out to the Sands Expo in Las Vegas so that we can slog through the endless lanes filled with guns, gear, and schwag. We do this for you the readers, to bring you news of the upcoming highlights for the next year from the […]

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07:18

Trump Promises Fast Action on Supreme Court Nomination [NRA-ILA News]

Pledging to move quickly to fulfill what he has called the most important promise of his campaign, President-elect Donald J. Trump said on Wednesday that he would name a nominee to the Supreme Court “within about two weeks” of his inauguration on Jan. 20.

07:17

Vermont: Gun background check debate returns to Montpelier [NRA-ILA News]

For the third year in a row, activists and some legislators are pushing Vermont to require background checks each time a firearm changes hands, whether the transaction happens in a gun shop or in private.

07:16

New Hampshire: Senate committee recommends legislation respecting Right-to-Carry without a permit [NRA-ILA News]

A state Senate committee has recommended for approval a bill that would remove the licensing requirement for carrying concealed guns in New Hampshire.Former Gov. Maggie Hassan, a Democrat, vetoed a similar bill the last two years, saying the existing law works well and preserves public safety. Gov. Chris Sununu, a Republican, is likely to sign the bill, which now heads to the Senate in the Republican-controlled Legislature.

07:14

Bill would allow gun owners to exercise Right-to-Carry without a permit in North Dakota [NRA-ILA News]

North Dakota gun owners would be able to carry a concealed firearm without a permit under legislation introduced by a group of Republican lawmakers.

07:14

Iowa gun bills filed mark start of wide-ranging debate [NRA-ILA News]

A trio of firearms bills have been filed in the Iowa Legislature, igniting what Republicans hope will be wide-ranging debate over expanding Second Amendment rights in the state.

07:13

Arizona: Mayor declares Tombstone ‘Second Amendment City’ [NRA-ILA News]

City officials have declared Tombstone a gun-friendly city saying guns are an integral part of the Old West.Tombstone Mayor Dusty Escapule on Tuesday signed a proclamation naming Tombstone “America’s Second Amendment City.”

07:09

SmartRounds: Non-lethal Smart Projectiles [The Firearm Blog]

SmartRounds Technology 660x350Smart Rounds Technologies has designed non-lethal, non-impact smart shotgun projectiles called SmartRounds. These rounds are capable of detecting the proximity to the target and deploy the non-lethal payload right before the impact. The SmartRounds projectiles have two microchip sensors controlling their performance. One of the sensors is an acceleration sensor and is located at the tail […]

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05:27

Bergmann No.5 / 1897 (Video) [Forgotten Weapons]

The Bergmann #5 was the first pistol in the Bergmann line to have a locked breech action, taken from one of Schmeisser’s machine gun patents. This model was introduced in 1897 using a more powerful cartridge than any of the previous Bergmanns, with the intention of finding military contracts. The new 7.8mm cartridge (actually .30 caliber, same as the 7.63mm Mauser) fired an 85gr bullet at 1300fps, which made it the equal of any other pistol cartridge at the time.

In addition to the more potent round, the 1897 design also replaced the Mannlicher-style clips with detachable box magazines holding 10 rounds. The detachable shoulder stock/holster also became a standard accessory, made for every pistol (instead of an option as on the 1896 models).

The No.5 was tested by Switzerland and England (and possibly other nations) but rejected by both. The English were not satisfied with the caliber (they wanted .45) and the Swiss found it too fragile and unreliable. In total only about a thousand were made.

04:08

Multi Caliber Goes Big Bore Handguns in New Desert Eagle Package [The Firearm Blog]

Desert-Eagle-Mark-XIX-6-inch-Component-SystemFirearms with quick-swap caliber conversions are a simultaneous love and illicit affair within the market. Customers love multi-caliber systems, finding them a great selling point, but few pick up the caliber conversion kits or speaking from experience, those that do pick up a second firearm. However, the more expensive the firearm gets, the more likely the kits […]

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03:00

Black Rifle Coffee Company- SHOT Show Do’s & Dont’s [The Firearm Blog]

SHOTShowIWASHOT Show is soon upon us. The yearly NSSF industry gathering in none other than sunny (but often cold this time of year) Las Vegas, Nevada. Its an absolutely massive, crazy, fun, exciting, nerve-wracking, work-heavy, play-heavier week of near out of body experiences. For those who love guns, its The Promised Land and for those […]

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02:00

Sirearms Concealment Furniture, A New Twist [The Firearm Blog]

sirearms drawerSirearms posted up a teaser video of their new concealment furniture. We have seen other manner of concealment dressers before but Sirearms has a slight twist on the idea. They are using some sort of camming magnet. You can pull the drawer out using the knobs on the front of the drawer. Put the drawer […]

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00:11

Imperial War Museum London – Part I [The Firearm Blog]

MUNITIONS PRODUCTION ON THE HOME FRONT  1914 1918  Q 30017If you’re in London please take time to visit one of the Imperial War Museums. It’s a great place to see British Military History (and hide from the terrible weather). The pictures below are from TFB’s recent visit to Imperial War Museum London, on Lambeth Road.     Imperial War Museums (IWM) is a British […]

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00:00

Lightning Look: Shark Precision Suppressors [The Firearm Blog]

IMG_5171One of the main reasons the American firearms industry is so successful is that, with the current market energy, smaller businesses have a shot at the big time. With an influx of sales, revenue and customers, the accessory markets are allowed to innovate and bring products to market that may not be possible in more […]

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Wednesday, 11 January

14:26

Illinois: Suppressor Legalization Bill Reintroduced as Senate Bill 50 for 2017 [NRA-ILA News]

Today, the Illinois General Assembly convened for its 2017 Legislative Session.  Following where it left off in 2016, legislation that would legalize the possession and use of suppressors in Illinois was introduced today as Senate Bill 50.

14:15

Bystander shoots suspected carjacker in Philadelphia [NRA-ILA News]

A carjacking suspect crashed a truck and tried to escape before getting into a fight with a witness who shot him in the leg Wednesday, Philadelphia police said. The 32-year-old suspect was involved in a crash nearby in the Overbrook neighborhood and then tried to carjack a utility truck belonging to the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority, according to police.

13:37

NRA Applauds Senator Crapo on Introduction of Hearing Protection Act [NRA-ILA News]

The National Rifle Association Institute for Legislative Action (NRA-ILA) applauded Idaho Sen. Mike Crapo on Wednesday for introducing the Hearing Protection Act, an important bill that eases restrictions on tools that help gun owners and sportsmen protect their hearing. Similar legislation has been introduced in the U.S. House (H.R. 367).

13:30

Paratroopers Sidekick: The M1A1 Carbine [The Firearm Blog]

The M1A1 carbine is perhaps one of the more iconic rifles from American forces in World War Two. It was specifically designed for the Paratroopers, and was used extensively in numerous campaigns of the War. With a folding stock, it allowed Paratroopers to carry less weight, and squeeze the carbine into their gear for their […]

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13:20

Gun Review: Howas New Chassis Rifle in 6.5 Creedmoor [The Firearm Blog]

IMGP6376I recently had the pleasure of testing out Howa’s new HCR, or Howa Chassis Rifle. The Howa HCR is built using a Howa 1500 Heavy Barreled action and an Accurate Mag aluminum rifle chassis. For testing I received a model chambered in 6.5 Creedmoor. Testing the Howa Chassis Rifle consisted of several hours of dry […]

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13:05

TFB REVIEW: Delta P Design Brevis II Ultra Silencer [The Firearm Blog]

IMG_1695Would you like to know what the future of silencer design looks like? Take a long look at the Brevis II Ultra, a six ounce 5.56mm centerfire rifle suppressor. It represents what we may later regard as one of the biggest breakthroughs firearms development in recent history. Sounds pretty dramatic, doesn’t it? What if I told […]

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12:00

POTD: Playing In The Dark [The Firearm Blog]

15538254_185188765284124_5486080723544702976_nJW Ramp took this photo of his friend who wanted a new Tinder picture. This is what they came up with. BCM AR with DBAL, Surefire Scoutlight, Aimpoint T1 and what looks like Ramp’s bino MOD3 NODS. Who here uses NODS and Tinder? Perhaps not both at the same time.  

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11:00

The More You Know: Cosmoline Chemistry [The Firearm Blog]

IMG_5466Signaling the arrival of a surplus firearm from a time and world nearly forgotten, the sweet smell of the Cosmoline protective coating invokes a Pavlov-like reaction in even the most novice collector. Sure, the moment can be short lived as you decide on a removal method to get to the gun underneath. But as sticky and […]

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10:10

Watch: Puckle Gun, Large Repeating Military Firepower From 1718 [AllOutdoor.com]

Patented in 1718, the Puckle gun was capable of firing 63 rounds in 7 minutes. That was previously unheard of, and all the more impressive because it is a large-bore tripod-mounted gun.

Caliber of Puckle guns varied, but Ian says that for the most part they seems to be one inch or larger, sometimes as large as 1-1/4″. It was reportedly developed to help defend ships against priacy, but their advertising also said it was “for bridges, beaches, lines, and passes; ships, boats, houses, and other places.”

The British Navy rejected it in 1717, so Puckle got himself a patent and took his gun to market. After a 1722 demo in which the gun fired the aforementioned 9 rounds per minute, he managed to make a sale.

But yeah, there was just the one customer.  He did buy two guns, though.

I like how the tapered mouth of each chamber fits snugly into the rear of the barrel.

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The key to its rapid firing is the removable cylinder, spares of which you could have pre-loaded… and during a fight you could have a helper or crew loading and priming empty cylinders while the gun is being fired.

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It was the early 1700s, so of course it was a flintlock. The mechanism is interesting and clever, and the video shows clearly how it works.

I want one!

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10:01

NEW PEW PEW: The Yankee Hill Machine Turbo [The Firearm Blog]

IMG_5488I am not normally a fan of posting press release-type news, but I am a fan of both silencers and value. Yesterday, the team over at Silencer Shop forwarded me the specs on a new rifle suppressor from Yankee Hill Machine. Branded the ‘Turbo’, YHM has created a quiet, lightweight and robust silencer that includes […]

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09:33

Watch: Build a DIY Small Alcohol Burner [AllOutdoor.com]

This is a cool way to get a little heat, and looks to be a lot better than a Sterno can. Heck, it can even be used for cooking or boiling water in the field.

There are plenty of alcohol burner videos out there, but this one looks like pretty simple and easy to make, as well as effective. And with some modification suggested by his commenters, it might be perfect to pack in an emergency kit or bugout bag to keep in your vehicle.

You start with a small mason jar and end up with a handy-dandy little burner. The video walks you through the steps.

Some folks suggest filling the copper tubing with water and freezing it before bending it, rather than filling it with sand. The advantage there would be no chance of any sand or grit remaining in the tubing.

Perhaps the best suggestion is to glue a separate metal threaded lid ring to this one, with the opening facing upward. Then when the burner is not in use, you can screw another jar into it. This jar will serve as a cover to prevent the alcohol from evaporating, and to help protect the copper tubing from getting bent or otherwise mangled.

All in all, I think it’s good info that any DIYer can adapt to his or her own purposes. Check it out and see what you think.

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09:12

Deer Hunting With an Atlatl? [AllOutdoor.com]

Hunting with an atlatl. Impressive when successful? Of course. Smart? Not so much.

The atlatl is a hand-held spear thrower, launching long flexible darts from its spur. It’s deceptively complex, and in trained hands can be a most lethal weapon.

So says the narrator of the Weapon Masters video below, in which the physics of the atlatl is explored and described. It also shows the making of an atlatl and a dart. It’s almost unbelievable that he was able to take such a crooked little sapling and straighten it into an effective atlatl dart.

This all caught my attention when I recently learned that it’s reportedly legal to use this primitive stick-slinging contraption for deer hunting in two states in the USA: Missouri and Alabama.

And when I saw the above photo of a hunter who used an atlatl to slay this large 15-point whitetail buck, it really got my attention.

It’s also reported that the first atlatl-killed Missouri deer in recent history (as opposed to caveman days) was a 4-point buck taken in 2011.

I personally can’t support this kind of hunting for the simple reason that it is far more likely to produce wounded deer that cannot be recovered.

What do you think?

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08:45

Tigger Welding’s Animated Storm Trooper “With Aiming Action” [AllOutdoor.com]

I’ve written here before about Tigger Welding and his excellent metal sculpture work featuring guns, ammo, and more. It is great work and you owe it to yourself to check it out.

I couldn’t resist sharing a video he posted on Facebook yesterday, showing a Star Wars Storm Trooper he built from scratch — which pivots at the waist and has movable shoulders to allow him to shoulder his weapon! As the artist says:

Storm Trooper’s aiming action almost dialed. Lots of planning went to this simple movement.

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It’s pretty impressive, especially considering that he builds everything from scratch.

Tigger’s short video doesn’t offer me the option to embed it here, so you’ll want to click here if you’d like to view it.

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08:13

Review: CroMagnon Humanoid “Self-Healing” 3D Targets [AllOutdoor.com]

CroMagnon Targets are modular polymer facsimiles of real humans, solid and 3-dimensional. They can absorb thousands of rounds of non-expanding bullets or buckshot. High wear items (i.e. heads) may be replaced separately. Available in green and yellow, they are meant to represent generic human male and female targets for use as either foe, hostage, or bystander.

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A variety of t-shirts are offered along with them, and of course the targets can be dressed in any old clothes or rags, including camouflage to make them more difficult to spot. The realistic nature of the faces helps condition defenders who may be unused to firing at anything other than stylized paper or featureless steel.

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Since the polymer doesn’t cause ricochets, firing may be done safely even at contact distance. Currently, the targets are moved around on a two-wheel cart with a trail, but an armored motorized remote controlled base is in the final development stages.

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Once animated, these targets add considerably to realism. Without it, hits on target are not obvious, the “opponent” might not fall after one or two hits, and it moves unpredictably.

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Various personas and scenarios are possible, and shoot/no shoot markers in the form of cell phones, guns, knives and other objects may be attached. While they’re not inexpensive, these targets are extremely durable and should be long-lasting. Unlike steel, they may be safely shot up close without requiring frangible bullets. Unlike paper, they are three-dimensional and give a better understanding of how targeting of vitals works.

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We “know” from movies that shotgun blasts knock targets off their feet and make them fly back three to five yards. Physics class memories argue that it’s unlikely. Taking a 120-pound 3D polymer target and whacking it with several swarms of buckshot makes liars of Hollywood special effects teams. We tried the same shots with rifles and found even less movement of the target.

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The back of the 3D mannequin looked pockmarked, but it didn’t even think of falling over. It appears that the movies may have exaggerated the amount of push imparted by small arms projectiles.

 

 

 

 

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07:39

Vermont: Path not clear for new gun control effort [NRA-ILA News]

Scott reiterated his position to a group of reporters Tuesday but stopped short of issuing a veto threat.“As I said during the campaign, I’m not advocating for any changes to our gun laws. I have not had the opportunity to look at the bill, but my position has been clear,” he said. “I think you can count on me to continue to advocate that we do not need to change our gun laws. I’ve been clear, concise. We’ll let the House and Senate do what they want, but I have no appetite for changing our gun laws.”

07:38

New Hampshire: Right-to-Carry bill moves on [NRA-ILA News]

A state Senate committee on Tuesday recommended a bill pass that would allow people who can legally own a gun in New Hampshire to carry a concealed handgun without a permit.A similar bill died last year when the Senate failed to override the Democratic governor’s veto. But the new Republican governor, Chris Sununu, has said he supports the so-called constitutional carry legislation.

07:35

Florida: Lawmakers to push gun background check bill [NRA-ILA News]

Democratic legislators continue to press for more gun control measures in the wake of last week’s shooting at the Fort Lauderdale airport.

07:35

Arizona: High court needs more info on Tucson gun law [NRA-ILA News]

The Arizona Supreme Court needs more information from lawyers before it can decide whether a Tucson law requiring seized guns to be destroyed violates state law.

07:09

Blackhawk Expands AR Parts & Accessories Business [The Firearm Blog]

blackhawk-charging-handleWithout any doubt in my mind, the AR-15 is the rifle of both today and the future for American shooters. The guns are reliable, easy to shoot, easy to maintain and are very easy to modify for even novices. Quite literally, you can build one of these guns from a block of aluminum that has […]

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05:27

Book Review: Vickers Guide AR-15 [Forgotten Weapons]

I don’t normally have much interest in coffee-table books, and the Vickers Guide: AR-15 would definitely be considered a coffee-table book. That said, it is substantially different than most such books, and much more worthy of a place in a firearms reference library.

A coffee-table book, as I see it, is one which is based more on photographs than on text, and which is really suited for opening to a random page and browsing for a few seconds or a few minutes, without needing to be read in sequence – or really “read” at all. The problem with most of these is that they are thrown together by editors with no real understanding of firearms or history, and at least half populated by uninteresting pictures (usually accompanied by some bits of text originally written by Ian Hogg but washed through so many editors as to be meaningless). The Vickers Guide here is different because it was done with a very thorough knowledge of the history and a clear purpose.

The book begins with Eugene Stoner’s first prototype rifles, through the Hollywood AR10s to the different AI contract AR10s (Cuba, Guatemala, Sudan, Portugal), then to the prototype Armalite AR-15s, a variety of Colt prototypes (grenade launchers, belt fed guns, SMGs, LMGs, different sights, fire control groups, etc), and through the modern variants used by the US military. The progression makes sense, and the photographs do an excellent job showing the details of each different rifle. This book provides an excellent photographic companion to a technical reference history of AR pattern rifle development, as well as fulfilling the coffee-table role of being a pleasure to just page through.

It is only available directly from the publisher, and many people will find the price a bit steep at $95 for the basic book (more for an autographed copy or special edition). While some of that price comes from the Vickers brand being on it, it also comes from being an excellent-looking large-format book of glossy photographs. If you’ve been looking for a way to enjoy the process of memorizing the differences between the different AR10 contracts or the Colt 605, 606, 607, and 608, this is the book for you.

04:08

New Federal Ammunition Offerings [The Firearm Blog]

Federal HSTFederal Premium announced a number of new ammunition offerings for 2017. These cover rimfire, centerfire handgun, centerfire rifle and shotshells. Here’s a quick preview of three of the new things coming. Federal .38 Special HST Micro Optimizing handgun ammunition for short barreled handguns has become more popular with several manufacturers offering at least one load tailored […]

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04:00

Is Politifact really the organization that should be fact checking Facebook on gun related facts? [John Lott's Website]

If gun control advocates were more confident with their arguments, presumably they wouldn't have to so grossly exaggerate their numbers.  On December 27th, 2016 Politifact evaluated this claim that there are 7 children a day who die from guns, and Politifact's Chris Nichols concluded that this claim by Congresswoman Jackie Speier that "more than seven children PER DAY have died from gun violence" was "mostly true."

Politifact relies on a quote from the Brady Campaign’s website: "Every day, 7 children and teens die from gun violence." The website notes that it crunched CDC data for children and young people through age 19.

Are 18 and 19 year olds "children"?

For 2013 through 2015 for ages 0 through 19 there were 7,838 firearm deaths.  If you exclude 18 and 19 year olds, the number firearm deaths for 2013 through 2015 is reduced by almost half to 4,047 firearm deaths.  Including people who are clearly adults drives the total number of deaths.

Even the Brady Campaign differentiates children from teenagers.  If you just look at those who aren't teenagers, the number of firearm deaths declines to 692, which comes to 0.63 deaths per day.

Even just excluding 18 and 19 year olds reduces the number of firearm deaths by almost half to 4,047 firearm deaths, 3.7 per day.  Defining children as those under 15 reduces the number to 1,312, about 1.2 per day.  It isn't that 18 and 19 year olds aren't important, but Speier was obviously focusing on "children" for a reason.

Homicides are not Murders

Most people, apparently including the Brady Campaign, just assume that homicides and murders are the same, but the difference between them is that homicides include justifiable homicides.  Do you really want to lump in murders with cases where someone uses a gun to stop a murder or other crime from occurring?  For murders for those under 18 for 2013 to 2015, the total for those three years is 573 fewer deaths than homicides (1,551 firearm murders (2013 479, 2014 519, and 2015 553) versus 2,124 firearm homicides).
So for those under 18, if you add up murders 1,551, accidents 245, and suicides 1,589, you get a total of 3,385, not 4,047.

So for those under 13, if you add up firearm murders 338 (=92+124+122) , accidents 145, and suicides 77, you get a total of 560, not 4,047.  That comes to 0.51 deaths per day.
The CDC numbers that Politifact relies on is making comparisons include mistakes that the CDC still has not corrected.

Mixing in gang murders and other deaths.

The vast majority of these deaths for 15 to 19 year olds involve murders involving gangs, primarily drug gangs.   Linking children and guns is done to connote guns in the home for law-abiding households, but the causes and cures for drug gang violence are dramatically different children getting a hold of gun in law-abiding homes.  The notion that you are going to be able to pass laws to stop drug gangs from getting guns is about as easy as stopping those drug gangs from getting drugs to sell.  For a related discussion see here.  This is an additional reason to not include 15 to 19 year olds.

As an aside, during the three years that they studied the number of accidental gun deaths have declined from 59 in 2013 to 44 in 2014 to 42 in 2015.

Importantly disarming law-abiding citizens or locking up people's guns makes them more vulnerable to criminals

The laws that Congresswoman Speier and the Brady Campaign are pushing lead to more deaths.  Regulations, such as "Safe Storage Laws," disarm law-abiding citizens, thus encouraging criminals to attack and making them more likely to succeed in committing their crimes.

Do we really want Politifact serving as the fact checker for Facebook?

As the CPRC has previously written, fact checkers, such Politifact, have their own biases — usually the same liberal biases that we see in the rest of the mainstream media.  This latest example from Politifact just provides additional evidence for those concerns.

03:00

Leather Textures for Kydex Holsters [The Firearm Blog]

Dara HolstersDara Holsters & Gear announced the company is now offering a leather texture appearance for its catalog of Kydex holsters. These textures are available with your choice of three colors: natural, black and cordovan. (Cordovan is typically a rich wine or burgundy color.) These texture and color options are available throughout the company’s entire line […]

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02:00

SAI CSR-50: Compact .50 BMG Rifle made in Denmark [The Firearm Blog]

CSR-50 (1) 660x350CSR-50 is a very compact single-shot bolt action anti-materiel rifle chambered in .50 BMG. It is manufactured by a Danish company called SAI (Small Arms Industries). It is actually a bullpup rifle, which manages to fit a 28.4″ (720 mm) barrel in an overall length of 38.6″ (980 mm). The rifle is also very lightweight weighing […]

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00:11

The New Ruger American Rimfire Target [The Firearm Blog]

IMG_5424A few months ago, Ruger announced that they were discontinuing the 77/22, 77/357 and 77/44 line of bolt action rifles, leaving me a bit disheartened. My spirits have been buoyed a bit with the introduction of a present model upgrade. The Newport New Hampshire-based gunmaker just announced the newest version of the American Rimfire rifle […]

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00:00

Review: Laserlyte V-Mini Laser Grips For NAA Revolvers [The Firearm Blog]

1If you have tried to shoot one of NAA’s cool little single action revolvers, you know exactly how hard it is to hit anything past a few yards with one. When Laserlyte contacted us about reviewing their laser grips for the micro sized pocket gun, I was intrigued to see if it allowed me to get […]

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Tuesday, 10 January

17:13

BREAKING: Magpul Announces the X-22 Backpacker Stock for Ruger 10/22 Takedown [The Firearm Blog]

Magpul X-22 Backpacker StockMagpul Announced the X-22 Backpacker Stock for the Ruger 10/22 Takedown today with this very well done video. My initial reaction was that Magpul made a Ruger 10/22 version of the AR-7 Survival Rifle. The Magpul X-22 Backpacker Stock, like almost all Magpul products appears to be very well thought out. Magpul has made what they […]

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13:47

Illinois: Suppressor Legislation Fight will Continue into 2017 Legislative Session [NRA-ILA News]

Today, the Illinois General Assembly was expected to consider Senate Bill 206, legislation that sought to legalize the possession and use of suppressors in Illinois.

13:20

Man shoots home intruder [NRA-ILA News]

A man fatally shot a home intruder when he was attacked by the burglar inside his own home after returning from out of town. The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office says they were called the 2300 block of Constitution Blvd around 1:30 p.m. on reports of a shooting. After investigating, police say a man, identified as Glenn Edward Oliver, 30, forced his way in through a window while the family was out of town. When the homeowner and family returned, he noticed things were out of place and was then attacked by the suspect who then ran into a bedroom and grabbed a baseball bat. The homeowner used a firearm to shoot and kill the suspect. Detectives believe the homeowner shot in self-defense and will not be facing charges at this time. Authorities say Oliver has an extensive criminal history and was recently released from prison after a 10-year sentence for robber with a firearm and carjacking. "

13:20

Review: Strike Industries Viper MOD1 Buttpad [The Firearm Blog]

P1080768Last May I reviewed the Viper butt stock from Strike Industries and found it to be a rather solid option for those looking for a low-cost stock that wasn’t the overly common Magpul MOE stock. One of the complaints that surfaced in the comments is the lack of a rubber butt pad to help absorb shock […]

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13:08

78-year-old shoots alleged robber outside N. Houston home [NRA-ILA News]

The family of a 78-year-old homeowner in north Houston says their dad was just trying to protect himself and them when he opened fire on a would-be robber in the family’s yard around 5:30 a.m. Monday. The suspect died at the hospital. The homeowner’s son, who was there at the time, told KHOU his dad was not hurt and is doing OK, and that he never wanted to take someone’s life but felt he had no choice with a gun to his head. “When I laid down, I hear go, ‘Pow, pow, pow, pow’ real loud, and then I heard commotion, like voices,” one neighbor said. The shooting jolted neighbors awake. They’re still so scared, they don’t want to be identified. Police say the homeowner fired several shots at the suspect and into his pickup as he escaped. Investigators say he drove to a nearby car wash on Collingsworth and Hardy where he was found in the truck with gunshot wounds. Medics took him to Ben Taub Hospital where he was pronounced dead. Neighbors say the homeowner owns several properties and is well-liked throughout the neighborhood. “I’m glad that our landlord is OK, 'cause we depend on him a lot,” said one of his tenants. “He looks out for us, he makes a lot of repairs around here, and he works very hard.” No charges have been filed at this point, but a grand jury will take a look at the case. The homeowner and his family are now asking for privacy. Police still haven’t identified the suspect. A spokesperson with the medical examiner’s office told KHOU on Monday afternoon the suspect’s fingerprints did not turn up a positive match, and they’re still working to positively identify him."

13:05

Brown Safe “Tactical” Series Luxury Safes [The Firearm Blog]

CaptureBrown Safe, a “luxury” safe company, has within the last year started to get into the tactical firearms market. Rather than dipping their toes into the market with a single offering, Brown has gone whole-hog with the option of no less than 5 safes, including a rather interesting double-doors model, ranging from 10 guns to […]

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12:00

Some recent radio interviews that I have done [John Lott's Website]

with John Carlson and Kirby Wilbur on Seattle's big KVI about the Social Security rules banning gun ownership for some -- available here.

on the Vicki McKenna Show to discuss Obama's new rules banning some Social Security Recipients from having guns -- available here.

on the Larry Elder Show: On Politifact's Claim that it is "Mostly True" that 7 "children" die a day from gun violence --  available here.

12:00

POTD: DBAL LAM For Your Pistol [The Firearm Blog]

13167384_1801815510038617_1333497931_nSteiner Laser Devices makes the infamous line of DBAL laser designators. DBAL stands for Dual Beam Aiming Laser. They have both visible and infrared lasers. They also make a DBAL-PL for hand guns. It is a bit bigger than your typical pistol light but it is packed with lights and lasers. The right side, from […]

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11:16

Misconceptions Of Prepping By Non-Preppers [AllOutdoor.com]

When someone talks about prepping, the first thing that may come to mind is someone sitting in a bomb shelter with their head wrapped in tin foil. While there are some preppers out in left field, for the most part, we are normal everyday people.

Awhile back there was a comment posted on one of my Youtube videos that said prepping would fade away. There has not been a major world conflict in over a half century, science and public health has helped curb infectious diseases.

If we have world peace, food supplies are stable and reliable, we have science, vaccines and public health, what purpose does prepping serve?

Instincts

Prepping is not based on fear, it is an instinct. People are very narrow minded. We think about the here and now and quickly forget lessons from the past.

Humans have been prepping for hundreds of thousands of years. We watched the herds and learned their movements, learned the changing of the seasons, and we preserved food anyway we could.

As our ancestors watched the migration of herds and changing of the seasons, preppers today watch current events.

Food

We can not spend several hundred thousand years worrying when our next meal will be, to not worrying about food in a few generations. Our genetics are programmed to think about food all the time.

Just the smell of cooking food makes us feel good. Who doesn’t love the smell of steaks cooking on a grill? Do we “really” think that is by accident? It is a left over instinct from our ancestors that cooked mammoth and other ice age animals over fire.

Stockpiling food provides preppers with a sense of security. Whether it is freeze dried food, dried foods in mylar bags, or fresh eggs, we know where our next meal will come from.

Our ancestors tried to store food to prevent famine.  Today, we store food for natural disasters, war and other events.

Relationship With Nature

Non-preppers may ask , “What is the end goal of prepping?”

To me, the goal is a back to basics approach.

Humans are not designed to live in cities or neighborhoods. We spent hundreds of thousands of years living side-by-side with nature. Rather than living in caves, we build homes. Rather than following herds, we go to the grocery store.

Why do you think we get so much enjoyment from a bonfire and having friends over?  This is how our ancestors lived for thousands of years.

We are just a few generations from a people who migrated with the herds and roamed free.

Prepping Instinct

Prepping is a basic instinct.  It is something that people are drawn to do.  We are drawn to store food, we are drawn to think about the tough times and prepare for them.

If our ancestors did not prep in some form or another, we would not be here today.

You owe your existence to an ancestor, who was a prepper.

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11:00

Kinetic Development Groups Newest Q/D Modular Optics Mounts [The Firearm Blog]

CaptureKinetic Development Group, known for their excellent assortment of innovative Q/D accessories and pushing the envelope on SCAR weapons manipulation, has updated their Sidelok system to now be compatible with standard scoped rifles. Named the Modular Optic Mount, the new system is exactly that, modular, compatible with 1″, 30mm, and 34mm optics. Sidelok is a fantastic […]

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10:26

New Hampshire: Critical Constitutional/Permitless Carry Legislation Passes Out of Committee! [NRA-ILA News]

On Tuesday, January 10, the Senate Judiciary Committee successfully voted Senate Bill 12 out of committee.  SB 12, legislation eliminating the requirement to obtain a permit in order to lawfully carry, will now go to the Senate floor for consideration.  Please contact your state Senator and urge them to vote in favor of Senate Bill 12.

10:07

Life Causes A Change In Plans [No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money]


The Complementary Spouse and I had plans to attend the SHOT Show and the Media Day at the Range. We had our plane tickets and our hotel reservation. We had received our badges that would allow us into the SHOT Show and to Media Day. We have been getting dozens of press releases by email daily. I was excited to get my hands on the Colt Cobra and see how it differed from the older Colt revolvers. We had started to map out who we planned to visit and on what day.

Then real life interrupted.

Sunday a week ago the nursing home where my mother-in-law Grace resided called to let us know she had what they suspected was a stroke of some sort. She wasn't able to hold her head up and had some weakness on one side. From there, her health started to rapidly decline. After a consultation with her care team, it was decided that she should be transferred into hospice care. Hospice care doesn't mean that death is imminent but rather that the person's life expectancy is six months or less. That said, there are many elderly in hospice care who live over a year. This was not to be our case.

On Wednesday we were told that she was declining even more rapidly than we expected. My sister-in-law Cindy who was with her said we needed to get there sooner than later. We used Thursday to make work arrangements for being gone and left for St. Louis on Friday. Though we tried to get ahead of the snow storm that swept across the Southeast, we still had to slog our way through slick roads and snowy conditions a good part of the way there. Fortunately, we missed some of the big wrecks that virtually closed down Interstate 40 in places.

We arrived in the late afternoon. It was obvious to all that Grace was in the end stage of her life and that it was good that we arrived when we did. Soon after we arrived, we were joined by some of Grace's grandkids who had driven over from Kentucky to say their goodbyes. We spent the evening in the room reminiscing about Grace's life and how she enjoyed her children and grandchildren. Eventually, all of us except Cindy and the Complementary Spouse went to where we were staying. The two daughters had decided that they would keep watch over Grace throughout the night.

Grace died on Saturday just after noon. She was surrounded by many of her family as she took her last breath. It was a quiet, peaceful, and dignified passing.

I am one of those lucky people in that I got as good a mother-in-law as one could ever hope to have. Grace treated me as much like a son as a son-in-law. I remember her saying to the Complementary Spouse that if we didn't hurry up and get married, she would just have to adopt me. She loved me and I loved her.

As to the SHOT Show, it will be there next year. Family will always come first.

The obituary for Grace is here. She was a wonderful and kind woman and I will miss her terribly.


May her soul and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

10:01

You Never go Full Mag Load… [The Firearm Blog]

15781221_593995930785800_2696414107448075190_nWe posted a video a long time ago on TFB, wherein some Airsofters were lamenting and poking fun at the MOLLE wave, stacking magazine pouches upon magazine pouches on a guy with a plate carrier. It was really funny then. But actually using the idea downrange, is for the most part, really stupid. Until I […]

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08:27

Texas Legislative Session Begins this Week - Dozens of Pro- & Anti-Second Amendment Measures Already Filed [NRA-ILA News]

On Tuesday, January 10, the Texas Legislature will convene in Austin for its 85th Regular Session.

08:16

Gulf Restoration- The Aftermath of Deepwater Horizon [AllOutdoor.com]

Some years after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill accident, the research continues as to just how much damage was done. It seems like the spring of 2010 was eons ago, but now seven years later we are still learning more about the impact this oil rig blow out had on the ocean, the gulf coasts from Texas to Florida and all the resources across that region.

Litigations have just about wrapped up and B-P Oil is having to pay up roughly $16 billion (with a B) dollars for restoration works to start taking place quite soon. The five impacted states, copious wildlife and fisheries agencies both federal and state levels along with numerous conservation organizations and “consultants” have jumped on the wagon (read money train) to present solutions to initiate measures for the cleanup. I’ve never seen so many and varied opinions outside of a BBQ cook off.

If you are interested in such recovery efforts, please make certain in your state that these recovery funds are spent on their intended purposes and not diverted to other issues. Politicians have a way of salivating over the mere thought of additional available funds to share with their cronies.

One of the damage summaries has been presented by the National Wildlife Federation and the report appears quite objective. Their comments come from the massive Programmatic Damage Assessment and Restoration Plan. It is at least a starting place for assessing what resources were harmed the most. Those nine impacts are summarized here in no specific order of priority.

The Kemp’s ridley sea turtle was making a good comeback until the oil spill reversed this. Nearly 20% of the adult female turtles were killed. Critical wetlands and estuaries need restoration.

Some 93 species of birds were affected by the BP oil spill. The full spectrum of habitats must be restored including barrier islands, beaches, dunes, marshes, forested wetlands, and prairies. New science based tools are being launched to help identify high priority coastal areas for protection.

Numerous species of Gulf fish spawn were lost. Coastal estuaries where fresh water meets the salt waters serve as nurseries for these fish larvae and thus must be restored.

Dolphin and whale species were harmed. Birth rates in these species are down. Efforts continue to restore estuaries and wetlands to benefit fish populations to revitalize these species.

The Bryde’s Whales were exposed to the oil spill and many deaths have resulted to the tiny group of some 26 whales. Federal efforts are afoot to reduce further negative impacts on this unique species of whales.

Gulf sturgeon like salmon are born in fresh water but spend their lives in the sea to return to fresh waters to spawn. These fish use six river systems to spawn that were damaged by the oil spill. Restoration efforts will focus on rebuilding these spawning grounds with habitat improvements.

Some 8.3 billion Gulf oysters were lost from the spill and disaster response efforts. Roughly two-thirds of American commercially harvested oysters come from this coastal region. Oil funds will be spent to rebuild oyster reefs and related estuaries. Rebuilding these oyster producing reefs should be a high priority.

A National Academy of Sciences study has found that the chemicals used to disperse the oil did not aid in oil biodegradation after all. These chemicals may have actually suppressed it. The toxicity of the oil often increased when mixed with these chemical dispersants. Other oil dispersing methods using natural microbes are being researched as a safer alternative. More research in this area is needed.

Where did all the oil go? Around the wellhead, an area of 770 square miles was damaged by the oil spill. Fragile reef ecosystems and corals were damaged. There is no known way to restore these. Additionally, the fate of roughly 30 percent of the oil is still unknown to date.

Work is being conducted to further insure such accidents can be avoided in the future. The industry needs better blowout preventers and monitoring procedures to judge the conduct of deep-water drilling operations. The U.S. Department of the Interior has a pending rule focusing on these issues.

Such incidents as the BP Oil spill tend to be out of sight and out of mind. However, the devastating impacts of such disasters are long range and long-term. With the huge financial amounts of restoration funds becoming available all sportsmen and serious organizations need to keep an eye on what work is actually be accomplished. For more information check out the web site www.RestoringtheGulf.nwf.org.

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07:16

Basic Essentials Series – Tape [AllOutdoor.com]

How could any prepper get along without a supply of tape? Tape? For sure, as you know you can just about repair anything albeit perhaps only temporarily with a roll of tape. If you visit your favorite hardware or building supply outlet, you will find a dizzyingly assortment of tapes for about as many tasks as you can imagine. So, plan now to stock up on a variety for many different applications.

For a lot of general purpose jobs from taping off a section of anything you want to paint from a custom camouflage coating applied to your favorite AR rifle to a fender on the old garden tractor, masking tape is a must have. There are endless uses.

For example, I have gone through a whole stock of various types of rifle and pistol magazines and put small masking tape labels on them. So many magazines look alike, but their capacities may vary. So, I cleanly cut small pieces of tape to stick on the mags then add 10-20-30 with a permanent marker on them placed below where they would show from the weapon’s magazine well and are easily seen in the mag pouch or carrier. I also mark some by caliber for the same reason.

Black electrical tape is just a basic essential product for the tool box and workshop peg board. This tape is useful for wrapping up electrical wire and connections, wrapping around a radiator hose that springs a leak until it can be replaced, and fixing hundreds of other things. I also use it for tool handle wraps.

Duct tape is another universal taping material. You can wrap garden hoses, patch holes in tarps or plastic equipment covers, seat covers, or even for temporary clamping two things together. The downside to this tough tape is the adhesive goo often left behind once you peel the tape off.

You can get this tape in a wide variety of colors. I use a lot of it in camouflage patterns for use around hunting camp. I also use hunter orange tape to wrap around hunting stands in the woods to help locate them, but also to warn other hunters of the stand’s presence. I keep it in black, white, and regular silver for all kinds of jobs.

Other tapes with many uses includes shipping tapes, narrow and wide poly tapes, and all kinds of office supply tapes. Preppers are going to want a good supply of tape for quick fixes and universal uses.

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07:09

Olympic Shooting Gaming App Realistic? [The Firearm Blog]

Screen Shot 2017-01-05 at 1.10.07 AMA tech company by the name of Sight In Games SRL has come out with an app on the Android platform (iOS as well I presume but can’t find a link) that tries to simulate as much as possible shooting an air rifle at a 10 meter Olympic competition setting. It does this by mimicking the […]

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06:52

Washington: AG Ferguson presses Legislature to ban assault weapons, high capacity magazines [NRA-ILA News]

Attorney General Bob Ferguson is taking aim at assault weapons, and the Gun Lobby, with introduction of two bills that may not pass the Legislature but could find their way onto the Washington ballot.

06:52

Oklahoma: Lawmakers file bills covering carrying of guns [NRA-ILA News]

Lawmakers have filed a variety of bills for the upcoming session on topics ranging from the carrying of firearms to the removal of vaccination exemptions.Lawmakers return to the Capitol on Feb. 6.

06:51

Massachusetts: Gun group seeks more records from attorney general [NRA-ILA News]

The gun rights group that has spent months fighting Attorney General Maura Healey's enforcement actions around the state's assault weapons ban is now appealing her refusal to release certain public records.

06:49

Florida: Mayor Gillum’s attack on the NRA unwise [NRA-ILA News]

Mayor Andrew Gillum’s attack on NRA is like stomping his feet for attention. He wants you to believe the NRA is bullying him. That makes big news, but Mayor Gillum is not being honest with you.Mayor Gillum is not being sued by NRA. The city of Tallahassee is not being sued by NRA.

06:49

Florida: Gun bill still necessary [NRA-ILA News]

Florida lawmaker who is sponsoring a bill to allow licensed gun owners to carry guns in airport terminals isn't backing away in the wake of the Fort Lauderdale airport shooting last week that left five dead and eight wounded.In fact, Sen. Greg Steube, R-Sarasota, says the shooting bolsters his case. If it were legal to carry in the airport, gun owners could have prevented the airport gunman from killing as many people as he did, Steube said.

06:45

Refinishing Handgun Grips [AllOutdoor.com]

Gun shows are a great venue for perusing the tables for goodies, rarities, and deals. Well, not so much the deals anymore, because dickering back and forth with a gun dealer has virtually become a lost art. But, just occasionally you run into something special.

That was the case recently when inspecting a table of vintage Smith and Wesson’s I found something to fit my collection. It was a mint Smith Model 57 (no hyphened frame number), .41 magnum, 6-inch barrel, blued, pinned barrel and recessed cylinder. There was no box or original papers so the dealer had it priced at $1225. That was a little rich for my blood.

At least a half dozen times I visited that table and worked on the dealer. With the show closing at 5PM, I was standing as his table again at 4:30. He finally gave in to my deal. That was not the end. He had another N-Frame Smith with smooth factory Goncalo Alves wood grips. I have several N-Frames with the zebrawood/tigerwood. New, they retail for around $150 if you can find them with the metal S&W medallion insert.

The handgun I bought had the standard checkered magna grips. Ironically, the dealer had no fond attraction to the Goncalo Alves, so he was willing to swap them out, even. Done deal.

These grips had the usual glossy, thick lacquer finish. I preferred a smooth, matte, oiled wood, so as I have done before, I refinished them.

The process is not rocket science. Remove the grips via the grip screw. Examine them. Buy a can of furniture finish stripper, a small paint brush, and some fine steel wool. Have a clean, dry cotton rag, an old toothbrush, and protective gloves.

Read the directions on the stripper chemical, then paint a heavy coat of it on each grip front side. Allow the chemical to work for 15 minutes. Then use the cotton cloth to wipe each panel down removing all the old finish. Repeat as necessary. Then do the back sides. Use the toothbrush to get into all the edges. Rub down each panel with fine steel wool. Allow them to dry overnight.

Examine to be sure all the old lacquer was removed. Polish again if necessary. Apply a hand-rubbed coat of a good wood oil. Let that dry. Repeat again if desired. Re-install and let that wood grain show off.

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06:16

Better Armed Than Farmed [AllOutdoor.com]

One of the worst case scenarios of a full blown situational awareness scenario turned SHTF is to actually be attacked by some roving crowd, out of control protestors, or other circumstance where your life is actively threatened. For these situations, it is much better to be armed and ready to defend yourself rather than having the mentality that “Oh, it will never happen to me.”

The title here comes from a recent television show where the perps killed another unsuspecting victim. Their collective decision to dispose of the body was to carry it out into the desert and simply bury it. Hence, the better armed, than farmed idea.

If it is indeed a last ditch effort at survival, then we see it as a much better outcome to defend one’s self than have someone find out later we’re pushing up daisies or watermelons somewhere. We need to have the mindset to fight back.

This also implies a constant awareness of our surroundings regardless of where we are or what we are doing. We might be mowing the grass, going to the mailbox in the front yard, pulling up the driveway to the garage, answering the door at night, going/coming to or from work or other tasks including just running to the local grocery store for a gallon of milk. Bad luck can strike at any time and usually does.

So for such instantaneous situations how do we prepare ourselves? How do we equip ourselves and how do we deploy?

The prep comes from learning basic but essential modes to defend ourselves. The prime operative of course being proficient in the use of firearms. You could learn or add martial arts, knife ware, or the use of other weaponry, but most often we’re talking learning to use, handle, and put into action one or several types of firearms.

Acquire the tools of the trade and become comfortable in their use. Practice with the most effective ways to carry either concealed, bagged, holstered, or in other ways to have immediate access to your defensive weapons. Be ready to use them if you have to.

Universal concurrence now is to avoid conflict or confrontation at all costs if possible. Escape and evade is the smartest strategy. Why invite a fight if it can be avoided? However, if backed into an unavoidable corner, then be confident in the deployment of an active self-defense.

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05:27

Bergmann No. 3 & No.4 1896 Pistols [Forgotten Weapons]

Of the three calibers available in the 1896 model Bergmann pistol, the 6.5mm No.3 was the most popular. Approximately 4,000 of these guns were produced, and they found a worldwide following. The No.3 pistol was pretty much identical in concept to the 5mm No.2 Bergmann, but scaled up for the slightly larger 6.5mm cartridge. The No.4 was on the same frame as the No.3, but chambered for a larger still 8mm cartridge, and only a few hundred of these were made.

R.K. Wilson grants the 6.5mm Bergmann with “appreciable stopping power” (particularly with the lead bullets), and rates it much superior to the .25 ACP (which was not introduced until 1905). That may be setting the bar pretty low today, but it was a respectable achievement for a safe and reliable pocket pistol in 1896. In terms of design, the No.3 Bergmann did use a dust cover over the ejection port, which reciprocated automatically with the bolt. The smaller No.2 did not include this feature. In addition, shortly after the beginning of No.3 production the method of retaining the barrel was changed. Early examples use a retaining screw and a lug on the barrel, but the lug was changed for a fully threaded barrel fairly quickly. In these models, removing the barrel requires removing the retaining screw and then unscrewing the barrel. Since the retaining screw holds it in place and maintains headspace, the barrel does not have to be torqued down when installed – thus making is still easy to remove for cleaning.

Bergmann was willing to accommodate quite a few design alterations, including different barrel lengths, different grips, shoulder stocks and even things like set triggers for target shooting. We will look at examples of all these features…

04:08

Knives made of Mosin-Nagant Barrels [The Firearm Blog]

Knives Dmitry Shevchenko 660x360Dmitry Shevchenko is a Ukrainian knife maker, who among conventional knives makes ones from all kind of unusual sources. For example, ha has knives made of motorcycle engine piston connecting rods, cables, bicycle chains etc. However especially interesting are his knives made of Mosin-Nagant rifle barrels. Dmitry used a Mosin-Nagant barrel found in places where WW2 […]

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04:00

Michael Bloomberg wasted $20 million on Nevada's Background Checks on Private Transfers [John Lott's Website]

This year, Bloomberg got a background check initiative onto the ballots of Maine and Nevada. He lost in Maine by 4 percent, and won in Nevada by just 0.8 percent. Bloomberg’s initiative only eked out the win in Nevada because of the $20 million spent to support it, amounting to an incredible $35.30 per vote. He outspent his opponents by a factor of three – in Maine, by a factor of six. Bloomberg was responsible for more than 90 percent of the money going to support these ballot measures.

Now it turns out that an error in how the initiative was written will prevent it from taking effect.  This error was just one example of how poorly word this complicated initiative was.   From the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
A new Nevada law requiring background checks for private party gun sales was deemed unenforceable Wednesday, days before it was to take effect because the FBI refuses to conduct them and the state lacks authority to do so. 
The opinion issued by the office of Republican Attorney General Adam Laxalt left gun enthusiasts elated and proponents of background checks reeling from the blow of another setback — the second since 2013 when a bill requiring universal screenings was passed by the Legislature but vetoed by Gov. Brian Sandoval. 
Backers are now turning their sights to the 2017 Legislature, while others expressed hope that the state and FBI can work out a compromise. 
Senate Majority Leader Aaron Ford, D-Las Vegas, said the Senate “will consider legislative solutions this session to ensure that Nevada law is enforced.” The Legislature convenes Feb. 6. . . .
Thus $28 million was spent by Bloomberg on two initiatives this year and neither gets enacted.

03:00

VSO Gun Channel Gets Serious About Gun Safety And Training [The Firearm Blog]

VSO 2In a bold move Curtis Hallstrom, of VSO Gun Channel, puts himself down range while pontificating on the 4 rules of Gun Safety. Treat All Guns As If They Are Loaded Never Let You Muzzle Cover Anything You Do Not Wish To Destroy Keep Your Finger Off The Trigger Until Your Sights Are On Target […]

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02:00

FBI Statistics: Record 27.5 million background checks (NICS) [The Firearm Blog]

DSC09129FBI have released the statistics from the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS). Interestingly, the FBI statistics go all the way back to 1998 when they started keeping a record as part of the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act of 1993. During all these years the FBI have processed more than 253 million background […]

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Chambermax TA-1 Glock Slide Racking Accessory [The Firearm Blog]

Chambermax 660x365Chambermax TA-1 is a Glock pistol accessory which adds more gripping surface to the pistol. It improves the grip when racking the slide. The wedge-shaped angled edges also leave less chances for your fingers to slip off of the slide. Chambermax TA-1 is made of high strength polymer, aluminum and stainless steel. It is a drop-in accessory. In […]

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00:11

Burst Review: CZ Scorpion Carbine [The Firearm Blog]

CZ CarbineJames Grant of Burst Review gets his hands on a CZ Scorpion Carbine. As a fan of the Scorpion Evo3 platform, his review shares the same thoughts I have about the rifle version of the Scorpion. One aspect James did not mention is that there are different versions of the CZ Scorpion Carbine. For those […]

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00:00

Palmetto State Armory Buys Destructive Devices Industries [The Firearm Blog]

PSA DDII recently received an email from Adam of PSA. JJE Capital Acquires DDI under same umbrella as PSA Columbia, S.C. (January 2,2017)- In an acquisition that strengthens the USA made AK market JJE Capital (PSA’s parent company) announced the purchasing of a majority equity interest in the boutique firearms manufacturer and importer Destructive Devices Industries. […]

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Monday, 09 January

21:56

Are public libraries obsolete? [John Lott's Website]

Philadelphia spends about $50 million per year on public libraries (much more if you count the rental value of the land that they are on).  Lake County Florida (discussed below) apparently spends about $1.1 million on their public library system.  From the Orlando Sentinel:
Chuck Finley appears to be a voracious reader, having checked out 2,361 books at the East Lake County Library in a nine-month period this year. 
But Finley didn't read a single one of the books, ranging from "Cannery Row" by John Steinbeck to a kids book called "Why Do My Ears Pop?" by Ann Fullick. That's because Finley isn't real. 
The fictional character was concocted by two employees at the library, complete with a false address and drivers license number. . . . 
The goal behind the creation of "Chuck Finley" was to make sure certain books stayed on the shelves — books that aren't used for a long period can be discarded and removed from the library system. 
 George Dore, the library's branch supervisor who was put on administrative leave for his part in the episode, said he wanted to avoid having to later repurchase books purged from the shelf. He said the same thing is being done at other libraries, too. . . . 
the Lake County library system receive a percentage of their funding based on circulation levels. . . .
It will be interesting to see what the true usage rate is for books at public libraries.  Only then could we determine if public libraries in their current form make sense.  Possibly public libraries might just end up being some computers set up for people to look at.

18:35

RIP Roy Innis [Of Arms and the Law]

Roy Innis, NRA director and head of the Congress on Racial Equality, died on yesterday at age 82. Here's his obit story in the Washington Times. I'd spoken with his son Niger at the NRA meeting a few days before that, and he mentioned that Roy was in serious decline. A very good man.

18:15

California: Pre-Litigation Demand Letter sent to DOJ opposing “Bullet Button Assault Weapon” Regulations [NRA-ILA News]

Today, NRA and CRPA’s legal team submitted a joint-letter to DOJ demanding that DOJ withdraw their regulations as a violation of the authority granted under the law.  NRA and CRPA’s legal team also submitted a joint-letter to OAL requesting OAL to reject and not officially publish DOJ’s regulations.  In the event that DOJ does not adhere to this demand letter, a lawsuit will be promptly filed.

16:48

Springfield Armory Announces New Year, New Gear Giveaway [The Firearm Blog]

15941188_10154563584259425_2741812853094849027_nOur good friends at Springfield Armory a Springfield XD MOD.2 3″ Sub Compact pistol, along with almost $1,000 worth of accessories and training tools. Enter here. GENESEO, IL, January 7, 2017 – Springfield Armory® is pleased to announce its participation in the New Year, New Gear Giveaway. The promotion will give one lucky winner over $1,400 […]

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16:10

NRA Applauds the Introduction of the Hearing Protection Act, H.R. 367 [NRA-ILA News]

FAIRFAX, Va. – The National Rifle Association Institute for Legislative Action (NRA-ILA) applauded Congressmen Jeff Duncan (SC) and John Carter (TX-31) on Monday for introducing the Hearing Protection Act, an important bill that gives gun owners and sportsmen the opportunity to better protect their ears and hearing.

15:54

NRATV| Chris W. Cox on National Right to Carry Reciprocity [NRA-ILA News]

National Reciprocity and other NRA goals aren’t a given – even with the incoming president and congress. NRA-ILA Executive Director Chris Cox and Grant discuss some of the challenges ahead. Stinchfield airs live on NRATV weekdays at the top of the hour from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. ET.

15:21

Gun control advocates using “disturbing” methods to achieve their goals [NRA-ILA News]

You don’t have to take my word for this. A former employee of Everytown for Gun Safety, the lead group in the recent ballot gun control measure, used that very word, “disturbing” to describe the ways that Everytown uses to achieve their goals.

15:17

Contest: Springfield Armory’s New Year, New Gear Giveaway [AllOutdoor.com]

GENESEO, IL, January 7, 2017 – Springfield Armory® is pleased to announce its participation in the New Year, New Gear Giveaway. The promotion will give one lucky winner over $1,400 of concealed carry gear including gun, holster, and training tools.

The New Year, New Gear promotion aims to outfit the winner with everything they need to go from zero to fully-equipped lawfully armed citizen. The promotion not only includes the gun and gear but practice and training materials. In short, the contest provides everything except ammunition and the carry permit, assuming one is needed in the winner’s home state.

“To kick off 2017, we wanted to do something above and beyond a standard product giveaway,” stated Chad Dyer, Springfield Armory® Creative Director. “We’re committed to empowering Americans to protect themselves and their loved ones, so we were excited to partner with all of these other companies to provide not only all the concealed carry gear that someone will need but training and practice resources too.”

Springfield Armory® is pleased to give the winner a brand new XD® MOD.2® 3” Sub-Compact 9mm pistol, valued at $565. The XD® Mod.2® Sub-Compact represents the ultimate in Point & Shoot Ergonomics™ for those who carry concealed. It’s compact and easy to conceal, but sacrifices nothing when it comes to handling. The GripZone® surface design applies contour and texture to facilitate control. While the XD® Mod.2® Sub-Compact is compact, there’s no shortage of capacity. The pistol includes a 13-round magazine and a 16-round X-Tension™ backup.

To carry the XD® Mod.2®, CrossBreed Holsters is providing the winner with a Concealed Carry Pack, valued at $174.95. The package includes the time-tested CrossBreed Supertuck® Holster, a TKB Magazine Carrier, and an Executive Black Gun Belt on which to mount the rig.

The right equipment is the first step, but training and follow-up practice save lives, so the New Year, New Gear Giveaway also includes training and practice resources. I.C.E. Training is giving the lucky winner the comprehensive Firearms Training DVD Bundle, valued at $115.80. This five-DVD set includes detailed training lessons on Combat Focus® Shooting, Advanced Pistol Handling, Combat Focus® Carbine, Advanced Skill Development Drills, and Defensive Carbine Training Tips.

To reinforce new skills learned, partner companies are providing the gear for ongoing practice. The Action Target PT IDPA Practice Torso Target, valued at $339, is one of the most effective training tools for competitive and defensive shooting. The steel regulation torso shape mounted on a study stand includes reactive swinging plates in the head and center mass areas to encourage more accurate shooting.

For safe and efficient practice at home, Laserlyte is including the Gun Sight Trainer ($120.95) and Rumble Tyme Target 2 Pack ($109.95). The Gun Sight Trainer mounts to the XD® Mod.2® rail and pulses a laser each time the pistol is dry fired, offering immediate aiming feedback to the shooter. The two Rumble Tyme targets react to laser “hits” with light, noise, and movement, just like plinking with real tin cans on the range. The result of this indoor-safe combination is fun, skill-building practice at home.

To enter the New Year, New Gear Giveaway, contestants can visit the promotion page at CrossBreed Holsters.

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14:23

Washington: 2017 Legislative Session Convenes [NRA-ILA News]

Today, the Washington Legislature began its 2017 Legislative Session.

13:34

South Carolina: 2017 Session Convenes This Week [NRA-ILA News]

The 1st Regular Session of the 122nd South Carolina General Assembly will convene on Tuesday, January 10.  Your NRA-ILA anticipates a busy legislative schedule over the next two years, and we will work to ensure that our rights protected under the Second Amendment will continue to flourish in The Palmetto State.

13:30

TFBTV: The Top 5 Calibers [The Firearm Blog]

I this episode of TFBTV, James tries to tackle a very big and surely disputable issue, ranking the Top 5 gun calibers.  In this list, we have (5) a childhood favorite of all shooters (4) a controversial new tactical caliber that is making waves (3) a caliber that was invented for use in one particular […]

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13:20

7.92mm Kurz lives on in Pakistan! [The Firearm Blog]

15870793_10154099448317761_55163733_nA TFB reader recently sent me these photos of the “44 Bore” cartridge from Pakistan. Despite much of the Federally Administered Tribal Area’s (FATA) lawlessness, there is a significant legal firearms community in Pakistan. Pakistani law stipulates that military calibers such as 9x19mm, 5.56x45mm, or 7.62x51mm are illegal to own. Thus the Pakistani legal firearms […]

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13:05

New 10/22 Takedown and Charger Takedown Stocks [The Firearm Blog]

Advanced Tactical TK22Adaptive Tactical announced a pair of new stocks for Ruger’s popular rimfire guns. The first is for the Ruger 10/22 Takedown and the second is for the 10/22 Charger Takedown. Tac-Hammer TK22 for 10/22 Takedown Adaptive Tactical makes a lot of top-notch accessories for the 10/22 line, and this new stock looks to be a […]

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12:00

At Real Clear Policy: "Chicago's Bloody Mess" [John Lott's Website]

My  new piece on Chicago disastrous policing policies at Real Clear Policy starts this way:
Chicago is a bloody mess. Last year, Chicago had 762 homicides — more than New York and Los Angeles combined. This represents an astounding 57 percent increase from the 2015 murder rate. 
On Sunday night, CBS’s 60 Minutes rightfully expressed concern about the fall in stops and arrests by police over the last year. Criminals have seemingly become emboldened as a result of the decrease in arrests. The 60 Minutes piece quotes Garry McCarthy — Chicago’s Police Superintendent up until a year ago — as saying that “officers are under attack, that is how they feel.” 
This isn’t a new trend. The quality of Chicago’s policing has been deteriorating for decades. Back in 1991, 67 percent of murderers were arrested. When Mayor Richard M. Daley left office twenty years later, in 2011, the arrest rate was down to 30 percent. This troubling drop only continued after Rahm Emanuel became mayor, hitting a new low of 20 percent in 2016. (See graph below.) 
Unfortunately, the true number is even worse, because Chicago has been intentionally misclassifying murders, instead labeling them as subject to non-criminal “death investigations.” 
Nationally, police solve 61.5 percent of murders — almost two out of every three. And, unlike Chicago’s arrest rate, the national rate has been fairly constant over the decades. 
Donald Trump’s tweeted hope to Chicago on Monday: “If Mayor can’t do it he must ask for Federal help!” But for politicians who can’t help making decisions based on politics, what really matters is what they can’t do, not what they won’t do. 
Chicago’s problem is the result of bad political decisions. For example, after his election, Emanuel did three unfortunate things that hampered the Chicago police force. The mayor: closed down detective bureaus in Chicago's highest crime districts, relocating them to often distant locations; disbanded many gang task forces; and, in cooperation with the ACLU, instituted new, voluminous forms that have to be filled out by police each time they stop someone to investigate a crime. All this time filling out forms is time that can’t be spent policing neighborhoods. When you don’t catch criminals, the obvious result is more crime. . . .
The rest of the piece and the graph are available here.

12:00

POTD: Charter Arms Explorer II [The Firearm Blog]

ef3723230e87cc3a69e59e1cf4798374Charter Arms used to make a pistol version of the Armalite AR7. They are being made by Henry Repeating Arms as the U.S. Survival AR7. Unfortunately they are only made as rifles and not pistols like this one. It sort looks like the DL44 Blaster used by Han Solo. With a little bit of dressing, […]

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11:13

Watch: Canadian-Style Skeet Shooting [AllOutdoor.com]

I like this. These folks get out in the cold to do some shotgun practice on clay pigeons. But instead of using a clay-throwing contraption, they simply set up a wooden ramp and use a hockey stick to fling the clays up into the air.

Pretty neat! The course of each target changes according to how the “stick man” flings it. No springs to fight, and no worries that the arm of a mechanical thrower will slip out of your hands and chop into your shin. (Don’t ask me how I know about that one.)

Check it out, it’s pretty cool.

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11:00

SIG’s New P320 Air Pistol [The Firearm Blog]

SIG P320 Air PistolOne of the more popular guns of recent introduction is the SIG P320. A lot of people have been raving about these guns since their introduction, and the company has been successful at getting these into the holsters of police officers at numerous law enforcement agencies. In fact, the sheriff’s office in a county next to […]

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10:39

Watch: How Does the Wind Affect 17 HMR vs. 22 WMR? [AllOutdoor.com]

In this newly-uploaded video, we see a test to see which speedy rimfire round is more or less susceptible to wind drift, the 17 Hornady Magnum Rimfire (HMR) or the venerable 22 Winchester Magnum Rimfire (WMR), a.k.a. 22 magnum.

Adherents of the 22 mag sometimes claim that their heavier bullets are less affected by wind, even though they are moving more slowly than 17 HMR bullets. This guy’s theory was that the faster the bullet, the less it would be affected by a crosswind, so he put it to the test.

On a windy day, he set up targets at a range of 100 yards with a crosswind that averaged 10-15 MPH with faster gusts.

For the 22 WMR, he used a Marlin rifle with Winchester 45-grain Power Point hollow point ammo with a factory-claimed velocity of 1760 fps, and Hornady V-Max 30-grain ballistic tip bullets with a claimed velocity of 2200 fps.

For the 17 HMR, he chose Hornady 17-grain V-Max ballistic tip ammo with a claimed velocity of 2550 fps, fired from a suppressed Savage bolt action.

Ten rounds of each type of ammo were fired at a total of three targets.

The first ten were 22 mag 45-grain, and were scattered in a sad, sad group that landed far to the left of the aiming point. Surprisingly this same ammo produced a tight 2″ group at 100 yards on a calm day. Looks like the wind really played havoc with those heavier bullets, as they averaged about 9″ to the left.

Next came ten rounds of 22 mag 30-grain V-Max, which struck well to the left of the aiming point — but not nearly as far off as the previous load. The center of the group was between 4 and 5 inches to the left, and this group was much tighter than the first.

Finally, the 17 HMR was fired. This group was not as tight as the previous one, but it wasn’t terrible for the conditions (he said he was getting cold and shivering) — and the center of the group was only about 3 inches to the left.

His theory appears to have been confirmed, because in his test, the lighter, faster ballistic-tip V-Max bullets drifted much less — and they grouped much better to boot.

This is a good demo which shows that the wind-drift criticism of the 17 HMR doesn’t hold water… but it still doesn’t make me a fan of the 17. I simply can’t bring myself to love a tiny BB-caliber cartridge.

What do you think?

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10:28

Two Shot In Home Invasion [NRA-ILA News]

One man is dead and another with life-threatening injuries after police say they tried to break into a Reidland home. Police say they responded to a 911 call Saturday night, January 07, 2017 at 11:11pm concerning a shooting at a home on Stiles Road near the intersection of Babbland Drive. Deputies say after they arrived, they found one man lying in the driveway with gunshot wounds, and another man inside with a gunshot wound deceased. Deputies say it appears the men burglarized the home, kicking in the door. Neither of the two men shot lived in the home. Deputies say the homeowner was home when the two men kicked in the door, and fired shots that hit the two men. The injured man was transported by Mercy Regional EMS to a local hospital and airlifted to a hospital in Nashville, Tennessee with life-threatening injuries. The identities of the men have not been released.

10:24

New Orleans woman scares off burglar by picking up knife first, then gun [NRA-ILA News]

A woman twice scared off a burglar by pulling out a knife and then a gun, but New Orleans police say eventually the suspect, Deangelo Adams, came back with his own gun. Investigators say Adams forced his way into the woman's home on Eads Street around 5:20 a.m. Police say he and the victim got into a fight.

10:15

Former NRA Board Member and Civil rights leader Innis, who moved from liberalism to libertarianism, dies at 82 [NRA-ILA News]

Civil rights icon Roy Innis, who for over 50 years in public life confounded stereotypes and the conventional wisdom of politics, died Sunday morning in New York City after a long illness. He was 82. “Roy got up every day and followed his conscience on what he thought was right, and if that led him to collide with political correctness, he was willing to take the heat,” said Wayne LaPierre, a longtime Innis friend and CEO of the National Rifle Association.

10:01

2A Armament’s XLR-20 in 6.5 Creedmoor [The Firearm Blog]

2A ArmamentThe 6.5 Creedmoor seems to be getting a lot of love going into 2017 with a variety of guns and ammunition products being introduced for the caliber (such as this and this.) One of the latest is the XLR-20 rifle from 2A Armament. Not much information has been released about the XLR-20, but it appears […]

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09:47

Watch: “Amazing Chainsaw Hack” for Sharpening a Chain in the Field [AllOutdoor.com]

Have you ever been out in the boonies using a chainsaw, and needed a good way to hold the saw while you sharpen the chain? Well, these folks think they have the answer for ya.

So you’ve slipped up and let your chain get into the dirt or hit a rock or something. What to do?

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As you watch this field-expedient solution being built, you may wonder, as I did, just what the heck he is building. But it all comes clear in the end, when the little light bulb comes on above your head.

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It’s a nifty idea, and the tree they cut will be used for firewood.

The sad thing is, you need a chainsaw — preferably a sharp one — to build this contraption for sharpening your dull chain. Hmmmm.

What do you think of this idea? Personally, I just keep a few spare chains in my chainsaw case, swap them when dull, and sharpen them at home with an electric sharpener.

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09:18

Watch: This Massive Revolver Set a New World Record [AllOutdoor.com]

Cap & ball revolvers have a certain mystique to them… maybe because they were widely used in some of the bloodiest and most-romanticized times in American history, such as the War Between the States and in the old west. Whatever the reason, they are cool, they are useful (great for a fast finishing shot when deer hunting with a muzzleloader), and they are still being manufactured today — more than 140 years after they were rendered obsolete by the introduction of the metallic cartridge.

This fellow wasn’t satisfied with the size of those available, though, so he made his own.

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The caliber? Oh, just 28mm. That’s roughly 110 caliber! As in, 1.10 inches.

This tremendous black powder cap & ball revolver is apparently made to scale, and it works in the same way as the original. Except that you need a couple of people to load the thing!

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It also helps to have some friends to help you tote it around. And they said the Colt Paterson revolver was too big to carry!

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This Polish-built gun earned a Guinness World Record in 2002. At a length of 49.6 inches and a height of 15.7 inches, this whopping “handgun” weighs in at 99.2 pounds. No wonder the recoil ain’t bad!

And it even hit the target.

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08:38

Watch: Micro-Size Double Barrel Shotgun — That Fires! [AllOutdoor.com]

I love me some guns. As my late father used to say, “If it shoots, I like it!” But of course, I like some guns more than others.

Practicality is one concern. If a gun isn’t useful, then its value is debatable. Some folks love guns as wall-hangers or play-pretties, but others want them to be “shooters.”

Well, here’s one that does both. Sort of.

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It’s a teeny double-barrel side-by-side break-action gun with exposed hammers, like old “rabbit-ear” muzzleloading and breech loading shotguns from way back when. It goes together just like those old guns, it opens via the same top-mounted lever, it is cocked in the same way, and it even has dual triggers. When the triggers are pulled, the hammers fall and fire the ammo inside.

The difference is, this one is no more than 6 or 7 inches long!

Watch as this shotgun is assembled, loaded, and fired. Turn down the sound (there’s some obnoxious radio playing nearby) and enjoy. But try not to be too distracted by his looong pinkie fingernails.

I wish I could tell you where to buy one of these little jewels, but alas, I cannot. If anyone knows, please post in the comments below.

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08:25

Editorial: Bloomberg group misfires in Nevada [NRA-ILA News]

Have you ever tried to tell your boss what to do?The chain of command in the workplace also applies to the levels of government, as Nevada voters recently learned when the gun background check initiative did not take effect Jan. 1 as planned.

08:24

Utah lawmaker proposes permitless carry legislation [NRA-ILA News]

The Legislature and Gov. Gary Herbert may be headed for another shootout over whether to allow Utah gun owners to carry concealed weapons without a permit.

08:24

Florida again debates guns on college campuses, sees Texas as real-time example [NRA-ILA News]

As Florida lawmakers prepare to grapple again — for the third year in a row — with whether to allow concealed guns on public college and university campuses, another state has recent experience with this polarizing debate.

08:23

Open carry debate focuses on the Okla. State Capitol, itself [NRA-ILA News]

Sen. Nathan Dahm, R-Broken Arrow, wants any Oklahoman with a valid handgun license to be able to carry at the Capitol. A gun owner would be required to show a valid license to security, but officers then could not confiscate or inspect a weapon unless the visitor commits a crime.

08:22

South Carolina: Legislators debate removing safety-valve for background checks [NRA-ILA News]

Several bills proposed in the past legislative session and again this year would increase the amount of time allowed the FBI to complete background checks before weapons could be sold. Currently if such checks are not finished after three days, stores can complete the sale, though if the FBI later determines the purchaser was ineligible for a gun, authorities will attempt to retrieve it.

07:30

“Ice King” Presentation Tactics [AllOutdoor.com]

Ice fishing impresario Brian “Bro” Brosdahl is a dedicated light-line jig fisherman.

He believes the lighter the line the better the jig action, and that means more fish. Most often Brian uses 3-pound test fluorocarbon or monofilament. Never braid, which freezes when wet.

Sometimes in ultra-clear, shallow water he’ll use 2-pound test line, but that requires special care, as ice can cut it, and fish must be grabbed, never pulled out of a hole by the line.

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When fishing coontail or cabbage weeds he’ll employ 4 or 5 pound test line to avoid cut offs in vegetation.

Brian says that when a lure spins, or turns, it’s less effective at duping fish under the ice. By keeping a lure constantly moving, it is less likely to spin, and is more appealing to cold-water fish. Fly reel style mini-ice reels also are effective at reducing lure spin.

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“Always keep an ice rod tip moving, just kind of a nervous shake or tiny lift that makes a lure wiggle and hop,” he explains. “A slow flutter often is best, but sometimes when fish are aggressive you have to jig it much more to draw strikes.”

 

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07:13

Slip-Bobber Jigging For Deep Ice Crappies [AllOutdoor.com]

Crappies are found in different areas during winter than other panfish, requiring different tactics and rigging for ice fishermen, according to Minnesota angler Eric Naig. These good-eating panfish suspend a great deal in large, deep bays near a lake’s main deep basin. The deepest water in a bay or lake is prime, sometimes requiring fishing water 40 feet deep.

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“A lot of the very best fishing is during low-light conditions, or after dark,” says the Northland Tackle company marketing manager. “There are two schools of thought for ice crappie jigging. One is to find a good looking spot, punch a hole or two, and wait out the fish, which seem to wander around a bit. The second school of thought is to keep moving, keep drilling holes, and locate crappies, and that’s what I prefer to do.”

Naig drills several holes in a likely deep-water basin area, then begins jigging the hole, while he lowers a sonar transducer into the hole to “scan” for fish while lowering his jig to the bottom. Pinpointing the depth crappies are holding is important to Naig’s jigging, which is why the sonar is so important. Once fish are found, Naig works his jig to that depth quickly, then stops the jig, or slightly raises it, as crappies (like most panfish) prefer to take a lure or bait hovering above them.

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His current favorite crappie ice jigging set up employs 4-pound test line, using a number 6 or 8 Northland “Hexi-Fly” jig in “Fire Ant” color. A pair of 1/8-ounce split shot are fitted to the line 18 inches above the lure to get it down to the fish zone fast. A 2-inch fathead minnow is hooked to the jig hook by impaling it in the back just behind the dorsal.

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“This presentation makes the jig and minnow act like it’s trying to swim away from a crappie as it gets close, and the fish can’t stand that so it strikes,” Naig explains.”

Fishing the jig-and-minnow below a small 5/8-inch Northland “Lite Bite” slip-bobber float enables Naig to delicately tempt suspended crappies into striking.

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07:09

F-1 Firearms and Zac Brown goes leather at SHOT Show 2017 [The Firearm Blog]

FUR2So new it’s not even on the homepage yet, so new you have to go to Vegas and SHOT Show2017 to see, feel and experience it. I guess it’s hard to resist releasing pictures of new products as soon as they are taken, and F-1 Firearms is no exception. These “leather love” options are being […]

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07:03

Illinois: Suppressor Legalization Bill could be Considered at Any Time [NRA-ILA News]

Senate Bill 206, legislation which would legalize the possession and use of suppressors in Illinois is pending consideration in the Senate this week.

06:45

Developing Sustainable Wildlife Habitat [AllOutdoor.com]

So you want to set aside part of the farm for wildlife habitat?

Before we begin, I feel it is important to understand how forest and wildlife habitat have changed since the late 1800s and early 1900s.  During that time, large areas of the southern United States were clearcut.  This means just about all of the timber was cut down and sent to lumber mills.

The areas were replanted in pine trees.  Then around 20 years later, the areas that had been replanted were clearcut again.  Old growth forest that were a mix of oak and pine gave way to pine plantations, which are nothing but pine trees.  Large areas of timber were also clear cut to make room for livestock.

So many long leaf pine trees were cut down, they are on the endangered list.  In large areas across the southern part of the United States, there are no trees older than around 100 years.

What does all this mean?

If you buy land in a rural area, chances are timber on the land will be different than it was over 100 years ago.

Where To Get Started

  • Local Cooperative Extension— also known as the county co-op. They are part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Their mission statement is, “advance agriculture, the environment, human health and well-being, and communities.” They should be able to point you in the right direction.
  • Local College or University– they may have a division that deals with botany or forest ecology.
  • Local timber company– they employee foresters who study forest ecology.
  • Naturalists programs– sometimes sponsored by the county co-op office. For example, Texas has a Master Naturalist program.

Develop an understanding of what forests were like before being clear cut.

Big Picture

Different timber means different eco-systems.  There may be too many of one type of tree, then not enough of another type.

If you wanted to attract wild turkeys to your land, what kind of pine tree would you plant?

Fox squirrels, cat squirrels and wild turkeys are at home in stands of old growth pine trees.  The large seed of the long leaf pine is a food source for wild turkeys.  When large areas of long leaf pines were clear cut, turkey populations took a nose dive.

Deer eat a wide range of food, such as weeds, acorns, berries and wild flowers.  All of which can be planted in a wildlife habitat.

Plan For The Long Term

If you plant an oak tree today, depending on various conditions, it may take that oak tree 100 years to reach maximum acorn production.

Loblolly pine trees can grow up to two feet a year. Long leaf pines grow slow for the first decade, then they grow faster.

These are slow growing trees that will take decades to mature.

Where To Get Seeds

Towards the end of the year, oak trees drop their acorns and pine trees drop their seeds.

I drive around rural areas and look at the pine trees.  For my restoration project I want pine trees that have a lot of limbs on them.  Some pine trees drop their lower limbs, while some are full of limbs.

When I see a pine tree I like, I look around the base and collect the seeds.  When pine cones open, the seeds will fall out and float on the wind with a little wing.  Whatever direction the wind blows, look there for pine tree seeds.

Or, there are various websites that sell pine tree seeds and acorns.

Wildlife Habitat Is A Labor Of Love

While planting pine tree saplings on the property, I started thinking about how long they were going to take to grow.  At 48 years old, I may not see the trees reach maturity, but maybe my kids and grandkids will.

What we do today sets the example for future generations.  Maybe when I am gone, the kids will see the tress and think about how much their dad and grand-pa loved nature.  Hopefully, I will set an example that will be passed down through the generations.

 

 

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06:13

Backpacks: Large ALICE Versus MOLLE II [AllOutdoor.com]

Military surplus backpacks are some of the better values on the market.  Even with prices inching up over the past few years, surplus gear is still a good buy.

ALICE is an acronym for: All-Purpose Lightweight Individual Carrying Equipment. It was adopted by the United States military in 1973.

MOLLE is an acronym for: Modular Lightweight Load-carrying Equipment. It was introduced in 1997 and has slowly gained traction with the military and civilian market.

Around 1992 I bought a medium ALICE pack. This was my primary camping backpack for several years. Sometime close to 1995 I bought a large ALICE pack. I switched between the medium and large ALICE depending on the situation and trip length. In 2010 I bought a large MOLLE II pack, which I have taken on numerous camping trips.

In this article, we will be comparing the large ALICE to the large MOLLE II backpacks from a recreational point of view. Which one has the more favorable features, easier to use and perhaps the better value?

Frame

Both of the large ALICE and MOLLE backpacks use an external frame.  Neither pack can be used without the frame.

Large ALICE:  Has an aluminum frame.  To attach the pack to the frame, slip the straps through the frame, back through the buckle and you are ready to go.

The frame is made out of aluminum tubing and flat bar held together by rivets.  Sometimes a rivet on the frame will break.  This is usually caused by dropping a heavy loaded pack on the ground.  If a rivet breaks, simply replace it.

Instead of waiting for the rivets to break, I have heard of people drilling out the aluminum rivets and replacing them with stainless steel.

MOLLE II:  Has a polymer frame.  Attaching the MOLLE backpack to its frame is an act of frustration.  Small buckles attached to the pack have to slip through notches in the frame.  Have a multi-tool and a prayer book handy, because you are going to need both.

If the frame breaks, throw the frame away and buy a new one.

MOLLE and ALICE backpack

MOLLE and ALICE backpacks on table while on a river camping trip.

External Pouches

Whether is it hiking or camping I like to keep certain gear in exterior pouches. This is usually a flashlight, head light, mosquito repellent, small knife, multi-tool, hand sanitizer… small stuff that I want close at hand.

Large ALICE:  Has six permanently attached external pouches, three small and three larger.  They are sewn into the pack and can not be removed.

The small pouches measure 3 1/2″ wide X 2 1/2″ deep and 7 inches long.  This is where I keep mosquito repellent, hand sanitizer, flashlight, head lamp, multi-tool and other small items.

The large pouches:

One pouch measures 7 1/2″ wide X 2 1/2″ deep by 9 inches long.

Two pouches measure 5″ wide x 3″ deep and 9″ inches long.  The larger pouch is where I keep a rain poncho.  The slightly smaller pouches are where I keep a fuel bottle for my stove, water filter, couple of AR-15 magazines, canteen and other odds and ends.

There is an ALICE webbing to attach other pouches if you want.

MOLLE II:  Has no permanently attached external pouches.  If you want an external pouch, you have to buy one.  The good news is that there’s a wide range of pouches on the market that are available in numerous sizes.

If you want something specially designed for the large MOLLE II backpack, there is the sustainment pouch.  They measure an estimated 8 1/2″ wide X 4″ deep and 12 1/2″ long and are designed to go on the side of the MOLLE pack.  As such, adding sustainment pouches increases the width of the pack.  This moves the weight of the sustainment pouches closer to the body and puts less strain on the back.

Each sustainment pouch has an estimated capacity of around 432 cubic inches.

Internal Pouch

Large ALICE:  Has a large internal pouch at the top of the pack, which is permanently attached.  The pouch measures around 10″ wide X 5″ deep and 8″ long.  This is where I keep my personal hygiene kit and stuff I use a couple of times a day while camping.

When I used a single burner propane stove, the stove top would go in the ALICE internal pouch and the propane bottle would go in one of the large external pouches.

MOLLE II:  Does not have an internal pouch.  From what I understand, there is a radio pouch that can be purchased that fits inside the MOLLE II pack.

Capacity

Large ALICE:  Main compartment 2,075 cubic inches.  Total of 2,412 cubic inches counting all of the external pouches.

MOLLE II:  Main compartment is around 4,000 cubic inches.  Add two sustainment pouches with a capacity of 432 cubic inches each, for a total of around 4,864 cubic inches.

Modular

ALICE:  The only place you are going to find extra pouches that fit ALICE packs are military surplus.

For the most part, ALICE gear is on its way out.

MOLLE:  The civilian market is flooded with pouches for MOLLE packs. First aid kits, canteen pouches, small and large accessory pouches can all be easily moved from one pack to another.

If you have a gearsling pack and want a canteen on it, take the canteen pouch off your large MOLLE II and put it on your gearsling pack.

MOLLE gear is the here and now, and looks to stay that way for a long time.

Two Quality Backpacks

The large ALICE and MOLLE II are two quality packs. However, the ALICE was designed in an era when little thought was given to ergonomics. Due to this, it is not a comfortable backpack.

The MOLLE II has a good sized waist belt and wide shoulder pads. This is a modern design where ergonomics and comfort were considered.

In my opinion, it boils down to what you want. Both are good backpacks that should provide years (if not decades) of use.

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05:27

What Makes A Magazine Work? By John Cross [Forgotten Weapons]

Today we have a guest article by a very talented gunsmith and friend of the site, John Cross. This article was rejected by other publications as being too technical, so it should be right at home here. Thanks, John!

What Makes a Magazine Work?

By John Cross

In the world of self-loading magazine-fed firearms, two main factors govern reliability of operation; ammunition and magazines. In reality, 90% of all stoppages in such arms are magazine related. The particular case in point here is a World War II German MP44 rifle in 7.92x33mm that seemed to be “jamming” to an unsatisfactory level, so I decided to try to find the cause and to remedy it. The problem was the MP44’s continually having two live rounds in the feed way, one being pushed forward by the bolt and the other round resting above it, causing the stoppage. There seemed to be no rational reason for this, as it happens rarely or never with other such guns.

Crease in mag where the magazine well ends

My experience led me to believe that the problem resulted from variations in magazine size and the magazine housing, as the MP44 was made near the end of the war when relative quality control was suffering. The result was a more than usual sloppy fit of the magazines the magazines in the guns. I have seen some that are so loose that they will not function at all and some so tight that they will not go into the magazine well, but by force. Another major fault of the magazine is due to its length and the weight of the thirty rounds of ammunition it holds. During full automatic firing the magazine oscillates back and forth with enough violence that a dent eventually appears in the front of the magazine where the magazine well ends.

Such oscillation and denting is noticeably increased when firing more violent actions such as that of the 7.92x33mm Gustloffwerke carbine (more commonly known as the VG 15), the “last ditch” Volks Gewehr. For this rifle a ten round magazine was recommended. In fact, I believe this was mentioned during the November 1944 monthly meeting between Hitler and Speer.

The large number of sub-contractors making magazines during this time resulted in front-to-rear dimensions of from 2.033in to 2.055in being recorded. The problem could have been mitigated by having a longer magazine housing, such as was tried in the Horn delayed blowback prototype.

 

Drawing #1 shows the magazine housing in a wartime illustration of the short stroke gas piston initiated, delayed blowback Gerät 06 probably taken from an industry standard. We see from this illustration that the front of the magazine housing has a 458mm radius, and that the width of the housing tapers from 1.212in at the rear to 1.122in at the front, and that it measures 2.063in front to back. The tangent angle is 2.5 degrees over the length of the magazine housing top to bottom.

Drawing 1
Drawing 1: Gerät 06 Magazine Well (click to enlarge)
Drawing 2
Drawing 2: Gerät 06 Receiver (click to enlarge)
Drawing 3
Drawing 3: MP-44 Receiver (click to enlarge)

As we can see from Drawings 2 and 3, there is a small difference between the drawings of the magazine housings of the MP44 and the Gerät 06 . That for the MP44 gives a front radius of 460mm, as compared with the Gerät 06 drawing of 458mm, so how was the MP44 magazine designed?

The upper section of the MP44 housing consists of a machined trunnion (drawing #4) that is at the heart of reliability for the rifle. There is no radius of angle in this section; it is perpendicular to the center line of the weapon. Additionally, the fit is longer than that in the drawing of the standard magazine housing, i.e., the width at the rear is 0.008in bigger, the width at the front is standard and the overall length is 0.024in longer than standard. All of this was evidently done to enable the curved magazine to fit into a rectangular shaped housing. The lower part of the housing consists of the correctly radiused receiver pressing at the front and a pressed steel insert at the rear (drawing #5). However, the insert is perpendicular and is not radiused or angled forward by 2.5 degrees. It is spot welded into the magazine well presumably against a machined and radiused solid steel gauge, which represents the maximum magazine dimension. This assembly gives an approximation of a continuous curve through a series of straight lines, as opposed to the front of the body pressing that is curved.

Drawing 4
Drawing 4: MP44 Trunnion (click to enlarge)
Drawing 5
Drawing 5: Rear Magazine Spacer (click to enlarge)

To test this theory I built a device having a facsimile bolt of the 06 type and a magazine housing of standard length wherein the angle of the housing relative to the bore centre line could be changed, as well as the height of the magazine relative to the centre line of the action (photo 1).

Photo 1: Alignment Test Jig
Photo 1: Alignment Test Jig (click to enlarge)

The device enabled me to replicate the stoppage which was caused by the front of the top cartridge in the magazine being turned in when the feed horn of the bolt passed over the cartridge’s rim during the rearward movement of the bolt. This round did not jump out, but remained in the position shown (photo 2).

Photo 2: Feed failure
Photo 2: Feed failure (click to enlarge)

Normally this would not matter, as the cartridge would be fed into the chamber when the bolt moved forward. However, if the firearm was excessively jarred by the bolt carrier violently hitting the rear of the receiver, the skewed cartridge would more likely jump out of the magazine and cause a stoppage. Such an excessive jarring could be caused when the magazine was nearly empty and thus providing less friction against the bottom of the bolt, or by other causes. Such a more violent jarring occurs constantly in actions like that of the VG15, but not so much in the MP44 because of the generous 3.5in rear over-travel of the bolt past the rear of the magazine¹. However, I felt that I still did not have the whole answer as to why some MP44’s suffer from the feed problem and some to not.

A steel sheet measuring 2.056in x 13.5in was prepared, which fits in any MP44 magazine housing, and becomes in effect the tangent angle of the housing. This was used with a pressed sheet with an edge to sit on the MP44’s cocking handle slot (which is parallel to the barrel). In this way the angle of the MP44 magazine housing could be measured by the angle between the two sheets. A difference of 0.186in at the end is equal to one degree. If the housing is manufactured correctly the tangent angle should be 2.5 degrees.

The following results were obtained:

MkB42(W): 2 degrees
MP43/1 a series: 1 degree
MP43/1 c series: 2 degrees
MP43 cos/fxo: 1 degree
MP44XE: 1 degree
StG44byf: 0 degrees
MP44 cos/ce: 1 degree
VG15: 2 degrees
Gerät 06(H): 2.25 degrees

Magazine at 90 degrees
Magazine fitted in a gun with a housing at 0 degrees – note how the front mag stop does not align with the magazine well (click to enlarge)

Using the facsimile action the housing was changed from 3 degrees to 0 degrees and the bolt was pulled backwards. The nearer to 0 degrees the more often the top round in the magazine was skewed sideways. The magazine worked best at 2 to 2.5 degrees. Next I tried changing the height of the housing relative to the centerline of the action.

To work properly and have an adequate feed horn to top round overlap the feed horn had to protrude into the magazine 0.220in, but 0.240in was better (see drawing #7). Secondly, when the magazine housing was set at 0 degrees the skewing of the top cartridge was lessened by lowering the housing to obtain a smaller overlap between the feed horn and the top of the cartridge rim. I believe this is why the Gustloffwerk carbine has a very small overlap of about 0.050in.

Drawing 7
Drawing 7: MP44 Bolt (click to enlarge)

So, the question is, were the wartime designers aware of all this? I believe that they were for two reasons; firstly because the gap between the magazine feed lips was decreased on an average of from 0.530in on early magazines to 0.49in on later ones (although there are exceptions). Decreasing the gap improved the problem of cartridge skewing, but the front to back measurement of the magazine tended to increase as the war progressed, and most post war manufactured magazines follow this trend. The real answer to the problem of magazine fitting is not to use a magazine housing, but to have machined steel front and rear attachments, such as in the AK. This also solves the problem of the magazine oscillating during firing.

After the war Schmeisser, Horn, Barnitzke and other small arms designers went to work in Russia, to presumably work on the AK. I suspect that the AK magazine was their work reflecting the problems encountered with the tolerance difficulties of the MP44 and its magazine. I hope that from this study we have achieved verisimilitude on some aspects of magazine design, as well as subtle difficulties that can be associated with it. I encourage you to investigate for yourselves.

¹ While this generous over-travel distance is intended to give the magazine sufficient time to lift the stack of cartridges for feeding, it also results in very smooth and controllable full automatic fire. Many other designs including the FN, M16 and AK have significantly shorter over-travel distances, which cause more disruptive recoil impulse to be transmitted to the firer’s shoulder when the bolt decelerates abruptly at the end of its travel.

05:20

On the One America News Network to discuss racial discrimination problems caused by the gun background check system [John Lott's Website]

The One America News Network, which is the fourth largest cable news network and has greater viewership than Fox Business News and Bloomberg TV, interviewed me about the problems with the gun background check system.
To many Americans, gun background checks may sound like a good idea, but some conservatives are raising new criticisms of them because they don’t always work as they are supposed to. 
“The background check system we have is a mess in many ways. But one of the big problems is that it is racist in terms of who is stopped. Has a disproportionate impact on blacks and Hispanics from being able to own and buy guns,” states John Lott, President, Crime Prevention Research Center. 
Lott points out that the impact of background checks results because of mistakes based on similar names within racial groups. 
“About thirty percent of black males in the United States are legally forbidden from owning a gun, because of past criminal behavior. Well, what that means is a lot of good, black males who may want to buy a gun to protect him and his family may be more likely to have a name similar to the 30 percent of black males who are legally prohibited from buying a gun,” Lott explains. 
Of course being prohibited from buying a gun can be corrected through an appeals process, but that’s become more difficult in the Obama Administration, says Lott. 
“But what’s happened under President Obama is that they have removed the government employees who used to check to see where the mistakes were made. Nobody’s doing that now. Now you can appeal, but most people are gonna find it’s necessary to hire a lawyer for the appeals process…. Middle income and poor blacks and Hispanics are unlikely to spend the thousands of dollars necessary to fix the mistakes that the government has made,” Lott notes. . . .
The entire article is available here.

04:08

James Bond in Motion – London Film Museum [The Firearm Blog]

bondThe largest collection of original James Bond Vehicles is now displayed at the London Film Museum at Covent Garden. TFB had a look – with the focus on the firearms, rockets and other similar things used in the James Bond movies. “Bond in Motion” is the official exhibition of James Bond vehicles and it’s the […]

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03:00

Salient Arms Aerial Shooting Shenanigans! [The Firearm Blog]

Screen Shot 2017-01-04 at 1.42.21 AMSalient Arms International has been posting trick shot videos on their Facebook page for some time now. The videos mostly seem to be of one individual associated with the company, who is awfully good at engaging moving targets, very small ones at that! I personally think the most impressive one is where he shots a […]

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02:00

Drag Queens… Star Wars Blasters & Their Real Firearms Equivalent [The Firearm Blog]

jyns-blaster-right (1)Got to hand it to the various propmasters. They have quite the challenge to create a myriad of future fake firearms to satisfy the yearning and eager audiences. The latest Star Wars is no slouch, with a plethora of new models of hand blasters, carbines, and full-size support weapons equipping no less than hundreds of […]

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00:11

Long Gun vs. Handgun in Home Defense – Maneuverability Differences Overblown [The Firearm Blog]

CaptureIt used to be conventional wisdom to have a 12 gauge at the ready for self defense. Then, slowly, the tactical world fell back in love with the handgun under the guides of manoeuvrability within the home. The thinking was that the handgun, being a smaller package, was better for one to clear their home. Combined with […]

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00:00

New Colt Delta Elite Rail 10mm 1911 [The Firearm Blog]

Colt Delta Elite Rail 10mm 1911In addition to bringing back the exciting Cobra revolver, Colt also has added a few more semi-auto pistols to the line-up in the form of 1911s. In this day and age of many and varied 1911 manufacturers It only make good sense that Colt should expand the 1911 line. The hot news is the Colt Delta […]

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Sunday, 08 January

21:00

Chris W. Cox on National Reciprocity [NRA-ILA News]

Even with a Republican president and Congress, achieving some of NRA's missions could be a challenge.

17:00

On the Dave Elswick Show to talk about the shooting at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport [John Lott's Website]

Dr. John Lott talked to Dave Elswick on the giant 50,000 Watt KARN-FM about the shooting at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport and the fact that the airport was yet another mass public shooting at another gun-free zone.
(January 6, 2016 from 4:06 to 4:21 PM)

16:19

Yet more mass public killings using cars [John Lott's Website]

Jerusalem, January 8th, 2016: 
A Palestinian has rammed a truck into a group of Israeli soldiers visiting a popular tourist spot in Jerusalem, killing four and wounding at least 15 people, in a shocking copycat of the Berlin and Nice terror massacres. 
Shocking video from the scene shows the driver reversing back over the soldiers, trapping ten under his wheels, during the sickening attack on Sunday.  
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu alleged the attacker 'supported' the Islamic State group, though he provided no details on what led to the finding. . . .
Nice, France, July 14, 2016
Dozens of people were killed, including children, when a lorry ploughed into a large crowd watching a fireworks display in Nice to mark the Bastille Day holiday. . . . 
Eighty-six people were killed, all but three of them at the time of the attack. The dead included 10 children and teenagers. 
A total of 303 people were taken to hospital for medical treatment. A man who was badly injured in the assault died on 4 August, taking the total number of those killed to 85.  . . .
Berlin, Germany, December 19, 2016 
12 dead and 48 injured, some severely, at Berlin market . . . 
Anis Amri has been identified by Tunisian officials as the man being sought by German police across the country and the wider border-free area of the European Union, and a 100,000 euro (£84,000) reward is being offered for information leading to his arrest. 
It emerged the 24-year-old was put under covert surveillance by German authorities for more than six months after they received a tip in March that he may have been planning a break-in to finance buying automatic weapons for an attack. . . .

    08:18

    Newest piece in the Daily Caller: "Another Gun-Free Zone, Another Mass Shooting" [John Lott's Website]

    I have a new piece at the Daily Caller on today's shooting at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.
    Yet another shooting at yet another gun-free zone occurred today.  At this moment 5 people were murdered and another 8 injured. The tragedy today at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport is all the more disappointing because just this last year legislators tried to change Florida’s ban on concealed carry at airports to avoid today’s type of event. 
    Florida Sen. Wilton Simpson, R-Trilby warned last year the legislation was needed because airport terminals “could become more of a target” for terrorists and criminals. 
    Florida is one of only six states that ban people being able to carry guns at airports.  While the Federal government bans guns at airports past security, Florida has gone much farther and bans licensed carry inside the entire terminal.  Airports are often crowded places and have frequently been attractive targets to terrorists around the world. . . .
    The rest of the piece is available here.

    06:13

    YHM-8900: a discreet rimfire performer [AllOutdoor.com]

    To a casual glance, YHM-8900 looks like the proverbial “gray rifle”, a 10-22 clone of no special note. On the inside, it’s quite a different beast. Besides an improved trigger and visibly recessed muzzle crown, it features an integrally suppressed barrel with considerable internal volume. The baffle stack is vented from the blast chamber, allowing ear safe firing even with supersonic ammunition.

    The stainless baffle stack comes out easily with the included tool for detailed cleaning. Since unjacketed rimfire ammunition tends to run dirty, that’s a very helpful features.

    yhm_suppressorstack_d6a0868web

    After about 500 rounds, it might not look terribly cruddy, but a closer look suggests regular cleaning.

    yhm_suppressorstack_dirty_d6a0872webEventually, all that crud will affect accuracy, for now the dirty chamber merely makes extracting unfired cartridges problematic. When fired, casings extract reliably with the residual gas pressure, but administrative handling is diminished.

    The rifle is light, perfectly balanced, fairly resistant of the elements thanks to the Hogue Overmolded stock. It proved just about the ideal tool for introducing riflecraft to new shooters without the distraction of loud report. In experienced hands, it is quite accurate. In a windless valley, carefully fired 70 yard groups with CCI 45 grain Suppressor ammunition are around 3/4″, and 1 1/4″ with Gemtech 42gr bullets. In the wind, groups open up due to long flight time, but hitting a playing card at 100 yards with all ten shots is easy, and a paper plate at 180 yards isn’t safe even off-hand.

    The generic look of this rifle is a great plus when dealing with potentially unfriendly jurisdictions. Even with all excise tax paperwork in order, some officious thugs would latch into the fact of a suppressor in private possession…what they don’t recognize doesn’t become a problem.

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    05:27

    Bergmann Transitional No 1/2 Pistols [Forgotten Weapons]

    Today we have a pair of interesting transitional Bergman factory prototypes which fall between the early No.1 / 1894 design and the 1896 No2/3/4 commercial production guns. These are both in the white, and show features from the designs both before and after. An interesting look inside the developmental process!

    Saturday, 07 January

    22:16

    Newest piece in Investor's Business Daily: "Gun Control Advocates Really Just Want To Ban Guns" [John Lott's Website]

    I have a new piece at Investor's Business Daily.  The piece starts this way:
    Gun control advocates keep claiming that they don't want to ban guns — they only want reasonable regulations.  But their actions keep saying otherwise.
    • Gun control advocates expressed "concern" after Philadelphia Eagles rookie quarterback Carson Wentz bought each of his offensive linemen a very expensive personalized Beretta shotgun for Christmas this year.  If they believe in gun ownership, why should it bother them that law-abiding adults have shotguns?
    • Right before Christmas, President Obama finalized new rules requiring 4.2 million Social Security recipients who have trouble managing their finances to undergo background checks before buying guns.  But just because someone can't manage their finances doesn't mean that he's a danger to others.
    • An article in December in the New Republic was clear: "Ban guns. All guns. Get rid of guns in homes, and on the streets, and, as much as possible, on police."
    Of course, during the presidential campaign Hillary Clinton repeatedly called for appointing Supreme Court Justices who would overturn the 2008 Heller decision, which struck down Washington, D.C.'s complete ban on handguns.  
    Such a change would have again made it possible for governments to ban guns.
    It is hard to find any gun control rule that gets proposed that gun control advocates don't support. 
    To gun control advocates it seems obvious: Restrict gun access and people will be safer.  But theory and practice don't always match. Too often, gun bans or background checks don't stop criminals and disarm law-abiding citizens, particularly poor minorities. This only makes life easier for criminals. 
    To start, it would be almost impossible at this point to ban all guns in the U.S., where there are already 300 million guns in circulation, and more than 12 million enter the market each year. With 3D metal printers, more people will be able to make weapons that are indistinguishable from those purchased in stores. Getting rid of these weapons would require a door-to-door campaign by law enforcement officials, and even that would be of only limited effectiveness. 
    But their goal is ultimately a fool's errand.  Every country in the world (that we have crime data for) that has banned all guns or all handguns has seen a subsequent increase in murder rates.  Even island nations such as Ireland and Jamaica — which have easily monitored and defendable borders, relatively speaking — have faced five- or six-fold increases in murder rates after guns were banned.  Some of the biggest spikes in murder rates corresponded with increases in drug gang violence. 
    Another example of gun bans is the continual push for gun-free zones, where general citizens are banned from being able to defend themselves.  But these bans only create defenseless targets for mass shooters. One need only listen to the wiretapped recording of an Islamic State supporter who was planning an attack last year. His target was one of the biggest churches in Detroit.  . . .
    The rest of the piece is available here

    07:37

    Enemy of the Second Amendment Nominated to be California’s Next Attorney General [NRA-ILA News]

    On January 10, the state Assembly is scheduled to start confirmation hearings on U. S. Representative Xavier Becerra, who was nominated by Governor Brown on January 1 to be California’s next Attorney General.  In his 23 years as a U. S. Representative, Xavier Becerra has consistently voted against your rights when it comes to hunting and Second Amendment-related issues.

    05:27

    Vintage Saturday: Turret Gunner Training [Forgotten Weapons]

    Turret gunner training
    Great for ducks!

    US gunner with a training weapon, a Browning Auto-5 or Remington Model 11 set up to emulate flexible-mount .50 caliber M2 Browning. The rear sight is not visible, but note the elevated front sight, the Cutts compensator, the M2 spade grips, and the pintle-monuted chassis that the gun is set into.  Shotguns and thrown targets were used to train aerial gunners on things like leading that were not relevant to the infantry – and presumably to allow the use of training ranges where bullets are high angles would not be safe. Thanks to Jeff H. for the photo!

    05:27

    Vintage Saturday: Anti-Aircraft Lewis [Forgotten Weapons]

    Lewis LMG used in an anti-aircraft role
    Lewis LMG used in an anti-aircraft role

    The wheel is for fast and easy traverse. The Lewis gun adapter allows it to be mounted on a Vickers tripod, and it’s mounted backwards to allow flexible elevation (you could do that with the Vickers too). The rear handle in place of the buttstock allows the gun to swing faster than the gunner can move behind it.

    Friday, 06 January

    19:10

    Sea Foam Combats Ethanol Fuel Negatives [AllOutdoor.com]

    Say what you want about ethanol fuels, but they can ruin gasoline engines. This is particularly true with small engines like outboard motors, lawn equipment, and ATVs. What happens over time is that the ethanol gums up the carburetors, fuel lines, filters, and other components. Time to fight back.

    A couple of years ago my aging 2000 Honda 450ES ATV began to become hard to start and stay running. Even choking the engine did not start it up immediately. Letting it run a few minutes to “warm up” was no guarantee either. Putting it in gear would often simply kill the engine.

    Somebody in camp asked if I was running ethanol. Well, of course, non-ethanol fuel was nearly impossible to find. They told me about a fuel additive called Sea Foam, so I tried it out. They warned me it would take a few tanks of fuel to get things straightened out.

    So, got a can of the Sea Foam at the local auto parts store and added the recommended amount to the ATV fuel tank several times over the hunting season. Slowly but surely, I could tell this additive was making a difference. When the season ended, I added more when I basically put the ATV in garage storage. Even then, I would crank it up at least once a month.

    The following season, the Honda roared right into full power. Admittedly, by this time I found a gas station locally that offered non-ethanol fuel, so I got a 5-gallon can and am using that now along with Sea Foam. In all respects the Honda is back. It starts with one pull of the choke, and stays running, smoothly.

    Sea Foam is a petroleum product so it is safe for all 2-4 cycle engines, seals, O-rings, fuel lines, gas system sensors, and other fuel system components in gasoline and diesel engines. So, if you have a rough running or starting gas or diesel engine that has been using ethanol fuel, then try some Sea Foam.

    And just to be politically incorrect, not only does ethanol fuel cause problems in gas engines, this corn origin additive also takes this vital resource out of the food cycle. Less corn for cattle feed, and other food sources, causes your beef and other food costs to rise. It’s a double whammy of negative impacts to our economy.

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    19:10

    Hunting Accidents and Safety [AllOutdoor.com]

    It was a not good month for hunting accidents in Mississippi. Since the first of last January there had been two fatal hunting accidents within the Delta National Forest north of Vicksburg. One accident was during a deer hunt and the second was during a waterfowl hunt, obviously not related. Both accidents are still under investigation by the state wildlife officials.

    The first tragic hunting accident occurred during a father-son deer hunt in the national forest. Both hunters were out-of-state residents of Louisiana. The Delta National Forest is a popular hunting location for all kinds of hunting including deer hunting and excellent duck hunting, so lots of hunters can be found within the area during open seasons.

    Specific details have not been released on the deer hunting incident, but the father allegedly accidentally shot his son during the deer hunt. As taught during all hunter education classes, one of the primary rules of gun hunting is to positively identify the target before releasing the safety to shoot. Never shoot at movements, shadows or other targets that have not been identified.

    Also when hunting with high powered deer rifles, make certain of what lies beyond the target you are shooting at. Never knowingly shoot if there could be a farmhouse, vehicles, or other hunters in an area downrange of your position. Don’t climb into a tree stand with a loaded weapon and keep your finger off the trigger until you are absolutely ready to shoot.

    Many deer hunting accidents occur when a hunter mistakes a movement or bush shaking or a sound in the woods for a game animal when it could be another hunter. This is another reason to always wear required hunter orange hunting garments to alert others of your presence in the woods. In most states at least 500 square inches of uninterrupted orange is to be worn. This most often means an orange jacket or vest and an orange hunting hat or cap.

    In another hunting accident duck hunters were overturned in their duck hunting boat when striking a stump in a flooded lake before daylight. Initial reports indicated that the hunters did not have any lights or PFD life jackets on at the time of the incident.

    One of the young duck hunters falling out of the boat apparently had his wader boots fill with water causing him to sink in the deep lake water resulting in a drowning. Again, duck hunters need to wear life vests and use other safety procedures to move safely in the dark in a duck boat.

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    19:09

    Prepper Use of I-Phones [AllOutdoor.com]

    So long as the power grid holds out and the communication towers continue to function, the technologies behind today’s cell phones are amazing. To have such power and access to real time data, information, and other critical features makes these handheld virtual computers an essential piece of prepper gear.

    Admittedly, I am way late coming into the 22nd Century, but I have finally arrived if not cautiously and slowly. My new Samsung s7 arrived two weeks ago and I am still climbing that steep learning curve for an old guy. It is coming along. I can already appreciate the vast array of “apps” and information that can be gleaned from one of these units.

    So, forgive me if I happen to mention that these state-of-the-art iPhones and all their variations are still telephones, albeit cell phones. I mean you can if you choose actually place a phone call on one of these and talk to somebody. They are not just intended for posting Facebook entries, Twitters, and “Goo-Boos” or whatever else or for taking selfies of yourself brushing your teeth or shopping for new shoes or other mundane junk.

    Most of you reading this are far more likely to be way ahead of the curve on all this technology than me, so forgive the redundancy of this report. Your handheld iPhone is probably loaded with a lot more apps than I have even found yet, but give me some time.

    First, of course, I had to transfer all my contacts to the new unit adding both phone numbers as well as email addresses. This hands-on computer allows both calling, emailing and thus texting as well from the palm of the hand. As a friend told me recently, he has 64 gig of memory because his phone is now in effect his computer. These gadgets are that powerful.

    I have already practiced sending texts and am slowly learning the shortened versions of words and phrases. How cool. I have been surprised though in thinking that people were right on top of getting texts and would not only answer immediately, but continue the word version of conversations. Not true so far.

    In terms of apps for preppers there are no ends to the sources of national and local news, warnings, weather, radar, maps, internet access to anything, driving directions, inventories of lists, and such. Dependency is easy to recognize. Let’s just keep our fingers crossed the power holds out.

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    19:08

    Supply a Personal Prep Kit [AllOutdoor.com]

    Trending these days is the prep of a wider variety of kit bags, not really a or another comprehensive bug out bag, EDC (every day carry), or get home bags. These are smaller, lighter bags, but cover all the basic essentials to survive for a day or two or perhaps longer if necessary.

    This bag is for a stopover or an abrupt left turn in your plans to get from the office to home for the night or some other unforeseen circumstance. You may be spending the night in a parking lot, highway rest zone, Public Park, or some other place to squat during the unexpected. So, pack accordingly.

    Preppers are inundated with bag supply lists. The deal here though is not to pack somebody else’s bag, but one customized just for you. This means putting supplies and gear into one bag made up of stuff that you have, know how to use, and are experienced using. Nothing goes in this bag that has not been thoroughly field tested by you, not by some survival guru a thousand miles away.

    That is not to say other’s suggestions and opinions are not valued. It is just that this kit has to have been proven under fire as it were, so it can carry you through again.
    First, you may have to carry this bag for the endurance, so this is it. There is no chance maybe to go back to the vehicle for that forgotten item. You may be able to bivouac right out of the hatch of your SUV, or you may be stuck ten miles from nowhere. Prepare for both concepts.

    Think in terms of categories of gear or sustainment elements like fire, shelter, water, food, signaling, etc. Redundancy is good if it does not weigh too much. Lighter items can be doubled up like butane lighters, storm matches, and such. One shelter cover, and a light tube blanket or sleeping bag would work. One sizable canteen, and a water filter straw is needed. Pack energy bars or the like. Have a small, but complete first aid kit and common meds.

    Hard gear wise, you will need a primo knife, cell phone and one storage charger, a compass, and a headlamp flashlight. I assume you’ll have a gun, too. See, I’m already telling you what to pack. This kit stays with you like a lunch box or brief case. It stays in your work vehicle or work desk just in case.

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    19:08

    Rounds Downrange [AllOutdoor.com]

    It is the favored gun magazine moniker these days to wrap up a firearms review with the ubiquitous “Rounds Downrange” section. All that means is that the writer checking out the new gun takes it to an available shooting range and pumps a couple hundred rounds through it to justify the examination of the firearm for the article.

    In the process, of course, the function, performance and accuracy of the firearm is verified. It’s a practical issue for sure and pretty standard fare for weapons reviews. I mean, after all, if you as a consumer are reading such a review you certainly are interested if the gun performed at the range as expected.

    Rounds downrange is also a performance function every gun buyer should perform with any gun they buy. That would be standard procedure, too. Why would you buy a new kitchen knife then hide it away in a drawer and never use it? Any gun, concealed weapon, hunting firearm, home protection shotgun, or ranch rifle demands to be function fired, appropriately sighted in, and then practice fired on a regular basis.

    Too often preppers and some avid survivalists alike tend to buy gear, equipment, or especially guns, then pack them away in wait for a real SHTF to arise. Then, it is too late to bring a firearm into action, if you are busy then reading the owner’s manual to see how the darn thing works.

    At gun shows we are often asked what weapon to buy for this purpose or that. Very often when the final selection is made, we proceed with a discussion about types of appropriate ammunition to purchase. It is then, when the strange look comes back like “Ammo, what do I need that for?” I mean if you buy a new car, are you going to put gasoline in it?

    The only way to become proficient with shooting a firearm is to shoot it, and often. This not only builds confidence in using the gun, but creates a skill base in knowing how the gun functions, cycles, loads, unloads, and all of its mechanical aspects. Further this with trials of disassembly, full cleaning and then putting everything back together correctly.

    Rounds downrange instills not only a knowledge of the firearm(s) being used, its accuracy and handling, but your own ability to put the firearm into effective action. During a SHTF that could be a lifesaving skill.

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    19:01

    Nebraska: Important Firearms Preemption Legislation Introduced [NRA-ILA News]

    Yesterday, Legislative Bill 68 was introduced in the Nebraska Legislature.  LB 68 is an important bill that will help protect the Second Amendment rights of all Nebraskans by creating a preemption statute to ensure that firearm and ammunition laws are consistent throughout The Cornhusker State.

    14:44

    New Aptus Weapon System from DRD Tactical [The Firearm Blog]

    Aptus 5.56DRD Tactical announced a new weapon system called the Aptus. Aptus, meaning “suitable” or “fit for a particular function” in Latin, is a rifle platform that uses the company’s recoil and quick barrel change systems. With this system, you can swap from any of the configurations to any of the others in less than a […]

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    13:53

    40 Percent Myth Further Debunked by Suspiciously-timed Harvard Report [NRA-ILA News]

    This week saw the publication of survey data compiled by Harvard Injury Control Research Center’s Deborah Azrael, Matthew Miller, and Lisa Hepburn, that should finally lay to rest the long-debunked factoid that 40 percent of firearms sales occur without a background check. The report, titled, “Firearm Acquisition Without Background Checks: Results of a National Survey,” and published in Annals of Internal Medicine, found that only 22 percent “of gun owners who reported obtaining their most recent firearm within the previous 2 years reported doing so without a background check.” However, rather than celebrate these new findings, gun rights supporters should remain skeptical of this data and even more so of the way its release was handled.

    13:20

    SilencerCo 2017 – Saker ASR And Omega 45K [The Firearm Blog]

    IMG_5400We are now just a week and a half away from SHOT 2017 and there is a steady stream of new product releases hitting the wire. Not to be left behind, SilencerCo has just offered up two new suppressors that might look slightly familiar to you. The pistol caliber Omega 45K and the Saker ASR […]

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    13:05

    A Closer Look At The GHW Tailhook [The Firearm Blog]

    15741231_10210427964029666_4506488355542390975_nDarrel Keathley has been teasing a few gun groups on Facebook with some sweet pictures of the Tailhook on some popular pistol caliber carbines. Richard Johnson had posted an article about the Tailhook just the other day. Click here if you missed it. The photos Darrel put up show the Tailhook being used on modified […]

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    13:02

    State Department Snubs Congressional Concerns [NRA-ILA News]

    President Obama is working hard to make his last days in office count. Unfortunately for the nation, his concern as usual is partisan politics, not good governance.

    12:39

    Boston University Continues to Tout Flawed Gun Research [NRA-ILA News]

    At times the obstinance of some gun control supporters marvels even their most seasoned observers. Such is the case with Boston University School of Public Health Dean Sandro Galea, whose continued promotion of his own deeply flawed research in the face of criticism from gun rights supporters and condemnation from more established anti-gun researchers brings to mind the enduring work of Muhammad Saeed al-Sahhaf, or the behavior of a mule.

    12:14

    Gun Shy Professor Claims Need to Counter Campus Carry [NRA-ILA News]

    Do you look back on your college years and remember the impassioned debates, when disagreements over the Periodic Table of Elements, theories of supply and demand, or the status of Pluto as a planet could sever friendships and result in otherwise well-adjusted academics coming to blows?

    12:08

    The Battle to Confirm Jeff Sessions as Attorney General is Underway! NRA Member Action Needed Now! [NRA-ILA News]

    President-elect Trump has nominated Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL) as Attorney General of the United States! That's great news for all of us who cherish our right to keep and bear arms. But Sessions is being attacked for his support of the Second Amendment and law enforcement. On Tuesday, January 10, the battle over the confirmation of Jeff Sessions as Attorney General begins when the Senate Judiciary Committee holds its first hearing.

    12:06

    Tanglewood homeowner shoots burglar breaking into his house [NRA-ILA News]

    Tuesday morning around 4:30 a.m., Colgin was asleep inside his Tanglewood home when he heard the sound of glass breaking. That's when he grabbed the gun and began walking down the hall toward the living room. "So I come up to the corner, and I look through the glass in the grandfather clock," Colgin demonstrated to Eyewitness News. "That's how I can make out who it was." Colgin says the man's head and shoulders were already inside his home through the broken glass window. As soon as Colgin made sure it wasn't a neighbor who needed help, he made a move. "So, I took two steps out, aimed, and boom! He went straight out window."

    12:00

    POTD: S&W Model 76 Integrally Suppressed [The Firearm Blog]

    IMG_0751VSO Gun Channel posted this on their Instagram page. It is a rare integrally suppressed Smith & Wesson M76. It is a clone of the Carl Gustav M/45 SMG but this one is chambered in 9mm. I am curious to see how quiet this is. Does anyone know if the barrel is vented like an […]

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    11:00

    Sneak Peek: Advantage Arms AR-15 Forward Charging Handle [The Firearm Blog]

    Advantage Arms 660x367Advantage Arms has shown on their website a new AR-15 forward charging handle. It is ambidextrous with actual handles folding forward for a slimmer profile. The large handles allow easy access and must be good in a firefight when fine motor skills vanish under stress. Advantage Arms points out the ease of clearing various malfunctions with this […]

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    10:25

    California: California Department of Justice Inadvertently Discloses Personal Information of Firearm Safety Instructors [NRA-ILA News]

    Last week, the California Department of Justice (DOJ) Privacy Office began mailing letters like this one to certified Firearm Safety Instructors.  The letter states that on October 14, 2016, DOJ inadvertently disclosed the name, date of birth, and California Driver’s License and/or Identification Card numbers of potentially every single DOJ certified Firearm Safety Instructor in California to an unknown requestor. DOJ allegedly discovered the breach on October 27—well over two months ago—but is just now notifying individuals.

    10:01

    New Rifle: Bergara B14 HMR [The Firearm Blog]

    Bergara rifleBergara Rifles is rolling out a new bolt gun ahead of the SHOT Show. Called the B14 HMR, this new rifle is designed for precision shooting and comes with a sub MOA guarantee (with factory match ammo.) Bergara positions this new gun for “hardcore hunters, precision rifle shooters and those desiring absolute quality and accuracy.” […]

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