Thursday, 19 October


Man facing kidnapping and robbery charges in Windsor [NRA-ILA News]

A man is facing charges in Windsor after police say he robbed a woman at gunpoint — then forced her into her car and started driving.


Vancouver homeowner, former mayoral candidate, shoots prowler [NRA-ILA News]

The Vancouver Major Crime Unit is investigating after police said a homeowner shot a suspected prowler in his backyard Wednesday morning.


Middletown woman fires gun into air as home break-in suspects flee [NRA-ILA News]

After seeing two people trying to break into her home Saturday morning, a Middletown woman fired her gun into the air as the suspects ran away.


Airborne Arms HERJA – 1300 yard supersonic AR-15 cartridge .224 Valkyrie [The Firearm Blog]

If I had a Dollar every time someone asked how far you can “reach out” with a .223 Remington… With the Airborn Arms HERJA AR-15 in .223 Valkyrie there’s no need to ask that question. According to the manufacturer it’s the the worlds first 1300 yard supersonic AR-15 cartridge. If you like you can read […]

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What is “The Right Thing” on Gun Control? []

After every shooting, gun-grabbers start using buzzwords such as “Do the right thing,” or “Common sense gun control.”  Most anti-gun articles leave out the exact details of what is being suggested.

However, from time to time a gun control article gets posted with some suggestions.  This is when their ignorance on the topic starts to show.

You see, we already have laws for many of the suggestions anti-gunners make. How can this be?  The obvious answer is, the author does not know much about gun laws.  They are slinging buzzwords around so their readers will nod their heads and say, “Yeah.”

For example, let’s take an article from My San Antonio: Shut out the noise and do the right thing.

Some suggestions to consider:

Impose universal background checks and a reasonable waiting period for every gun purchase.

Ban sales of large-capacity magazines and commercially available devices that increase a weapon’s rate of fire.

Impose the same age limit for gun purchases as exist for alcohol purchases.

Ban gun purchases by anyone subject to a court order arising from domestic violence.

Impose restrictions on gun purchases by people with judicially or medically certified mental health conditions.

Now For The Reality

  • Background checks — These were part of the Brady Bill signed into law by Bill Clinton in 1993.  Does “universal” mean all private sales?  How would we handle giving firearms as gifts?  Or when firearms are part of a will or estate?
  • Large capacity magazines — Every few murders involving firearms include so-called high-capacity magazines.
  • Age limits — In most places these already exist as 18 years old for long guns, and 21 for handguns.  How is this going to stop a 14-year-old gang banger from buying a gun on the street? (It won’t.)  Are the drug dealers who sell guns to children being prosecuted?  So, yes, we already have laws on the books that require someone to be 21 to buy a handgun.
  • Ban people from buying guns if they are subject to a court order arising from domestic violence — Already in place.  ATF Form 4473 Firearms Transaction Record, 11:h – “Are you subject to a court order restraining you from harassing, stalking, or threatening your child or an intimate partner or child of such partner?”
  • Impose restrictions on gun purchases by people with judicially- or medically-certified mental health conditions — Already in place. ATF Form 4473 Firearms Transaction Record, 11:f – “Have you ever been adjudicated as a mental defective OR have you ever been committed to a mental institution?”

The only real suggestion that is not already in place is a ban on “high-capacity” magazines.  The next question is, “How would such a ban affect crime?”  Not very much, if at all, because very few gun crimes are committed with rifles that use a 30-round magazine.

To the uneducated reader, these anti-gun suggestions seem like decent ideas.

For the educated reader, such as those who read AllOutdoor, we know none of the suggestions will deter crime, and most of the suggestions we already have laws for.

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Aresenal Releases The ARS30-1 Silencer From Gemtech [The Firearm Blog]

The Arsenal ARS30-1 made it’s public/dealer debut this week at the NASGW Wholesaler Expo in San Antonio, Texas. Made by Gemtech, the ARS30 is obviously purpose-built for the AK47/AK74 platform but is capable of withstanding a variety of calibers and barrel lengths. Constructed of titanium it weighs in at 19.5 ounces and features a quick […]

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The Plague Rears Its Ugly Head in Madagascar []

Our old nemesis the plague (Yersinia pestis) has reared its head in Madagascar. As of October 19, 2017, at least 74 people have died and more than 800 are sick.

While the bubonic plague is known to be spread by fleas, an estimated 70% of these recent cases have been reported as pneumonic plague.  The pneumonic form of the plague is spread through cough droplets, which makes it easy to spread from person to person, which makes it more of a problem in urban areas.

The World Health Organization (WHO) is providing aid: WHO provides 1.2 million antibiotics to fight plague in Madagascar.

WHO has delivered nearly 1.2 million doses of antibiotics and released US$1.5 million dollars in emergency funds to fight plague in Madagascar.

“Plague is curable if detected in time. Our teams are working to ensure that everyone at risk has access to protection and treatment. The faster we move, the more lives we save,” said Dr. Charlotte Ndiaye, WHO Representative in Madagascar.

WHO has delivered 1,190,000 doses of antibiotics to the Ministry of Health and partners this week, and a further supply of 244,000 doses is expected in the days ahead.

On October 1st, 2017, WHO reported the plague has spread to the capital and the port towns.

WHO is rapidly scaling up its response to an outbreak of plague in Madagascar that has spread to the capital and port towns, infecting more than 100 people in just a few weeks.

During outbreaks in the middle ages, one of the primary ways the plague spread from town to town was by ship. Upon arriving at a port, crew members were often dead, sick, or dying. People who boarded the ships would be infected. From there, the infection would be brought into the port towns.

During an outbreak between 1348-1350, pneumonic and bubonic plagues killed an estimated 1/3 of Europe.

The Great Plague of London between 1665-1666 killed an estimated 100,000 people.

The Plague of Justinian (541-542) killed an estimated 25 million people.

Hopefully, this latest outbreak will be contained.

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Murphy Disputes Washington Post Fact Checker On Gun Control Laws [NRA-ILA News]

In a string of tweets late Tuesday, Sen. Chris Murphy disputed a Washington Post analysis that gave him “three Pinocchios” for his claim that stricter gun control laws reduce gun violence.


California: New state anti-gun laws include a real puzzler [NRA-ILA News]

Last year, California’s Legislature and voters enacted a veritable blizzard of legislation making private gun ownership more difficult and expensive, including new restrictions on magazine capacity and ammunition sales.


California’s gun safety sham [NRA-ILA News]

California lawmakers love gun control. Gov. Jerry Brown signed no less than six different bills designed to restrict gun and ammunition sales in the Golden State last year alone, and a number of the leading candidates to replace him as governor are running on a platform of even more regulation.


Officials discuss Richmond’s proposed requests for 2018 Virginia General Assembly session [NRA-ILA News]

In brief remarks at the beginning of Wednesday’s event, Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney named two priorities for the upcoming session: funding for city schools and tighter gun restrictions.


6.5 Creedmoor and Aussie Precision: Lithgow Introduces LA105 Woomera Long Range Rifle [The Firearm Blog]

Australian rifle company Lithgow Arms has introduced a new rifle for the precision rifle shooting (PRS) market. Called the LA-105 Woomera (after an Australian aboriginal type of general purpose atlatl or spear thrower), it is based on the Lithgow Arms LA102 centerfire bolt action rifle, but further accurized and fitted with a Kinetic Research Group […]

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[IPAS 2017] Iranian Handguns and Rifle Development [The Firearm Blog]

What was most telling about Iran’s Defense Industries Organization’s display at this years IPAS 2017 was what was not present at the show. Previously we’ve reported on Iran’s attempt at an AR15 copy (currently in service with some units, in a digital finish), Iran’s try at a modular service rifle the ‘Fatah’, even an interesting […]

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The St Etienne Mle 1907: France’s Domestic Heavy Machine Gun [Forgotten Weapons]

When the French first began testing machine guns in the late 1890s, they were one of the few countries that did not purchase quantities of Maxim guns. One of the reasons was that in France’s North African colonies, transporting water for guns was considered an unnecessary liability. Instead, France purchased a number of air-cooled Hotchkiss machine guns for its colonial forces. For the French Metropolitan Army, it wanted a gun designed and produced by its own arsenal system. And so, the Puteaux Arsenal developed the Modele 1905 gun.

This was a gas trap style of action , pulling an operating forward with each shot. The gun was adopted and put into service, and as with every other military user of gas trap guns, the French quickly found the system to be seriously flawed. The St Etienne Arsenal set about improving it, and came up with the Modele 1907, which retained the forward-moving operating rod but used a gas piston instead of a gas trap. This would be the machine gun which France would enter World War One with, and more than 40,000 would be manufactured by 1917.

The Modele 1907 St Etienne gun is a magnificently Victorian machine gun, with a downright Swiss-like rack and pinion system running its action. It would have been truly at home on a Napoleonic battlefield – but not a World War One battlefield. The gun was not well suited to the muddy hell of trench warfare, despite its beautiful machining and quality. Looking for both a lot more guns and also a more field-reliable system, the French began buying a great many Modele 1914 Hotchkiss machine guns, and they would replace the Modele 1907 by the end of the war.

One cannot fault the French for this change, and yet it still seems sad to see such a gorgeous piece of metal fabrication be sidelined – complete with its hydraulically adjustable rate of fire, its fine toothed feed spool, its sights with the spring and lever system to accommodate heat-induced change of aim and its magnificently extravagant flash hider.



[IPAS 2017] Iranian Grenade Launchers and Anti-Material Rifles [The Firearm Blog]

At IPAS 2017, Iran’s Defense Industries Organization showcased various grenade launchers and anti-material rifles the state owned company is bringing to the Iranian (and possibly Iran’s allied customers) market. Displayed first is almost an exact copy of the South African Milkor M32 six cartridge semi-automatic 40x46mm grenade launcher. In Iran’s case, this is simply a […]

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[IPAS 2017] Iranian Machine Gun Development, Shortened PKM [The Firearm Blog]

This year’s IPAS 2017 held in Tehran featured a number of designs seen previously such as Iran’s 7.62x54mm PKM GPMG, and 12.7x108mm Dshk Heavy Machine Gun copies. But of particular interest was what appears to be a shortened PKM with a barrel cut to around 14 inches, a telescoping butt stock based on the AR15, polymer pistol […]

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Indian Army Brass Call for Small Arms Program Reform (Again) [The Firearm Blog]

In an ongoing national conference where the top Indian Army generals are convening to discuss issues and ways to improve the military, one of the top issues is small arms program reform, especially in regards to the 5.56x45mm INSAS infantry rifle currently in use by most Indian Infantrymen. Secondarily, leaders are looking towards ways to […]

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Lyman Introduces the GuardianGrip for Small Frame Revolvers [The Firearm Blog]

Guardian GripOne of the most popular concealed carry handguns remains the small frame revolver. Diminutive wheelguns have been a top choice for decades, with the J-frame Smith & Wesson guns being some of the most popular. One of the problems with a gun small enough to slip into a pocket is that the grip is frequently too small […]

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Mid-Evil Industries 360º VFG And Drop Stop | Big 3 East [The Firearm Blog]

Mid-Evil Industries came out to Big 3 East. They showed off their flag ship product, the 360º rotating foregrip. aka 360RFG. It comes in three variations: Picatinny, MLOK, and Keymod.   The 360RFG is very simple to use. You just untwist the bottom half of the grip about a quarter turn and it loosens the […]

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Stereotypical Shooting Styles by Knockout Lights [The Firearm Blog]

Knockout Lights posted a video showing off some stereotypical shooting styles. They are: The Instructor The Bowler Fishing The Chicken Wing Draw Gansta Isosceles Armor Facing Foward Six Position Draw The Cross Eye Dominant The Lean Forward Speed Shooter Fanny Pack “Mossad” Condition 3 C.A.R. Minus the ceiling tiles The Speed Shooter Gross Motor Skills […]

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Flip Dot – A Folding Mini Red Dot [The Firearm Blog]

NcStar’s division Vism has released it’s folding red dot sight. The Flip Dot is a mini red dot that fits RMR pattern pistols.   Other than the neat gimmicky feature I do not see the point of this. The optic sits rather high and it has non adjustable rear sights molded into the housing. However […]

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Wednesday, 18 October


Which Red Dot Does Your Handgun Need? []

Okay, so you have finally decided you need to put a red dot scope on your pistol, but you are not sure which one. Here’s where all the time and fun begins! I can tell you a few things that may help you get through this and maybe even save you a little money along the way.


This is another time that if you go cheap, you get cheap. And if this is for your carry gun, I ask you this: “How much is your life worth? Is this where you want to try to save a few dollars?”


I have tried most of these over the past few years and I decided on C-More RTS2 models, which are in the mid/high price range. Interestingly, I’ve found that red dots in this price range are pretty much on par with each other.


Be sure to consider battery changing. On many of these you have to remove the optic from the gun in order to change the battery, which means you’ll need to re-zero the scope every time you change the battery.


Some red dot scopes are dual type; they offer some form of a night-sight dot with a fiber optic type. These “red dot types” are nice as long as you are in somewhat bright light. And there is one brand that costs a few hundred more than the C More red dots, yet they don’t work as well as the C More in low light.

“Camera does not show this as bright as it really is” img_4361

I have gone through the many brands and types in my competition guns, which get fired hundreds of times more than most carry guns. With the C More RTS2 red dot you never have to re-zero the dot after changing the battery. It has a tray that slides out the bottom of the unit so you don’t have to remove it from the gun.


C More RTS2 red dots come with a 3, 6, or 8 MOA dot and sell for around the $419.00 price mark. And I can tell you I have only had ONE issue with one of the first RTS2’s, and even though it was long out of warranty, they still repaired it free for me. It was slide-mounted in the rear dovetail and had seen THOUSANDS of rounds (more than 50,000) before I had any issue. It was 4 years past the warranty if I remember correctly.


I have 4 different RTS2’s now and they have been the workhorse of my red dot world. Look at the competitive shooting community and you will see more C More red dots out there than any other brand. There has to be a reason, right? The reason is simple: they work and they last — and for the price, you can’t find any better!


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Swiss Sparker: The Firefly Ferro Rod []

Quick – what’s the least-used tool on your Swiss Army Knife? For most of us, I’d guess it’s the toothpick. But thanks to a new project on Kickstarter, folks will soon be able to ditch that plastic pick in favor of a little spark. Meet the Firefly – a miniature firesteel designed to occupy the top slot in these popular multi-tools.

The Hype

Credit: Firefly Kickstarter page.

Credit: Firefly Kickstarter page.

Designed by a husband-and-wife team of outdoors enthusiasts, the Firefly project has already raised more than $50,000. This almost doubles their initial goal of $28,000, with several weeks to go until their November 7, 2017 deadline.

What is the Firefly? According to the project, it’s an ultra-portable ferro rod made of “soft sparking steel, so it can be easily used with any sharp-edged tool on the Swiss Army Knife.” Sounds too good to be true, right? I know I was skeptical. But take a look at this little guy in action.

Credit: Firefly Kickstarter page.

Okay. I’m interested.

Doubling Down

Credit: Firefly Kickstarter page.

Credit: Firefly Kickstarter page.

The operative words in the Firefly Kickstarter appear to be “double” and “twice.” This begins with their product’s ease of use, which they describe as “about twice as easy to spark as a typical firesteel / ferrocerium rod.”

That’s all well and good, but what about the durability? I was concerned due to the thin nature of the Firefly. Well, they have an answer for this, too: “We’ve been able to carefully tailor the sparking material mix to double the break strength of a typical ferrocerrium/firesteel mix…  On our testing rig, the custom firefly sparking material measured twice as strong as conventional firesteel sparking material mixes, which means less breaking and more sparking.”

Kicking In

Credit: Firefly Kickstarter page.

Credit: Firefly Kickstarter page.

So, what’s the cost of supporting this venture? A sensible $14. For that price, you get three Firefly steels in either the compact or full-size versions. There are several higher tiers as well, with a bevy of reward options — just be sure to read their compatibility description before making your choice. I ponied up for the miniature trio, which I’ll be testing in my Victorinox Rambler. I look forward to striking sparks once the Firefly ships in January 2018.

Photo Credit: All photos come from the Firefly Kickstarter page.

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Gun Control Advocates Turn To Ballot Initiatives []

From 2008 – 2016, democrats lost over 1,000 state seats, lost both houses of congress, and lost the presidency.

When the Assault Weapon Ban expired in 2004, gun control advocates and democrats had no luck in extending the ban.

In fact, there has not been a meaningful piece of gun control legislation passed on the federal level since the Brady Bill, which was passed in in 1993.

Tired of spinning their wheels, gun grabbers are trying a new tactic.  This time they are pushing ballot initiatives at the state level.

In other words, the people will be voting on gun control.  Some people call this kind of action a Democracy.  However, Thomas Jefferson once said, “Democracy is nothing more than mob rule.”

My personal opinion, if people were gullible enough to pass an income tax constitutional amendment, they will pass anything.

Vice News posted an interesting video about one of the ballot initiatives.

On one hand, yes, firearms should be kept out of the hands of mentally ill people.

On the other hand, we have to preserve the individuals right to due process. Just because “someone said” is not good enough reason to strip someone of their civil rights.

If “someone said” was good enough, let’s call gun banning liberals mentally ill and stop them from voting.

The issue is not just guns, or gun rights, it is all rights.  Once we take that first step of stripping individuals of civil rights, where does the road end?

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Brady Campaign Sues BATFE And DOJ [No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money]

With the departure of Dan Gross as President of the Brady Campaign, the new leadership seems to have shifted some of organization's strategy to the courts. First there was the lawsuit against Slide Fire Solutions filed in conjunction with an class-action, personal injury firm in Las Vegas. That suit was filed less the same week as the Las Vegas mass casualty event. There is significant question whether that suit can even proceed given the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act.

On Monday, the Brady Campaign filed suit in US District Court for the District of Columbia against the Department of Justice and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives. They are accusing the BATFE of ignoring two Freedom of Information Act requests for documents related to Associate Deputy Director Ron Turk's white paper and for documents related to warning letters or license revocations sent to Federal Firearm Licensees. By ignoring the FOIA requests after acknowledging receipt of them, BATFE provided the Brady Campaign with an opportunity to sue to get the info they seek.

From their press release, in part, on the lawsuit:

"The ATF has a critical role in monitoring the gun industry and keeping America safe from gun violence. We sought information about its work, and it did not respond, even though it is required to do so under federal law. We certainly hope that ATF is doing its job and the public deserves these documents so we can make sure that the ATF is doing everything it can to stop gun trafficking and other crimes," said Avery Gardiner, Co-President of the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence.

Brady lawyer Mariel Goetz added, "The Brady Center has worked diligently to follow all procedures to obtain this information. Last week, our organization filed a class action suit on behalf of the attendees of the Las Vegas music festival who suffered through the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history. Today, we file suit on behalf of all Americans. We all deserve information about our government's efforts to regulate firearms and stop illegal gun trafficking. We need transparency to make sure that the federal government is doing what it should to stop gun violence."
The complaint gives more detail on what they are seeking in their FOIA requests.

On the white paper:
(1) All communications between ATF employees related to the January 20, 2017 White Paper titled “Federal Firearm Regulations - Options to Reduce or Modify Firearms Regulations”;

(2) All communications between ATF employees and members of the Presidential Transition Team related to the January 20, 2017 White Paper titled “Federal Firearm Regulations - Options to Reduce or Modify Firearms Regulations”;

(3) All communications between ATF employees and nongovernment employees, including but not limited to representatives from gun manufacturers or the National Rifle Association, related to the January 20, 2017 White Paper titled “Federal Firearm Regulations - Options to Reduce or Modify Firearms Regulations”; and

(4) All other documents, including drafts, related to the January 20, 2017 White Paper titled “Federal Firearm Regulations - Options to Reduce or Modify Firearms Regulations.”
And on the warning letters and revocation notices:
(1) All warning letters, warning conference notices, and the underlying reports of violations and firearms inspection narrative reports, issued to federal firearms licensees from July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2017;

(2) All notices of revocation of license and the accompanying ATF Form 4500s issued to federal firearms licensees from July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2017.
As I see it, the FOIA request for any communications between ATF and then President-elect Trump's transitional team as well as any communication related to the White Paper with the NRA and firearms manufacturers is to dig up anything that they or their allies can use for political purposes against Trump, the NRA, and the firearms industry.

Conversely, the second FOIA request is an attempt to have the BATFE give them information that they can use for lawsuits against dealers and distributors. This would be part of their attempt to pierce the PLCAA through their "Bad Apples" project. While FOIA was never meant to substitute for the discovery process in litigation, the courts have ruled that there is no prohibition against it either.

Bearing in mind that I am not an expert on FOIA in the least and that I find it somewhat humorous that I am defending BATFE of all agencies, I think BATFE was correct in not releasing this information to the Brady Campaign. I think BATFE can make a very strong case that releasing warning notices/letters and revocation notices would interfere with potential law enforcement legal proceedings which is an exemption under FOIA. I think a strong argument could also be made that this should be considered commercial information which is a specific exemption as well. Likewise with the FOIA request for info on the white paper, since it was not a final statement of policy and could be considered part of the deliberative process, I think BATFE has grounds for not releasing this information as well.

Where the BATFE screwed up was in not informing the Brady Campaign within 20 days of their request that they could go pound sand. This could be due to bureaucratic laziness on the part of BATFE's FOIA officer. Whatever the reason was it did provide the Brady Campaign the legal go-ahead to file suit. How a judge on the US District Court for DC might rule on this is anybody's guess. I will note that in addition to the Brady Campaign's own lawyers, they have pro bono lawyers from the mega-law firm of Covington and Burling. The marriage of gun controllers with big law is shameful in my opinion but progressives gotta do what progressives do.


Bringing the Czech Uk.59 into the 21st Century: Marcolmar’s Beltfed UKM [The Firearm Blog]

Marcolmar makes semi-automatic, legal copies of the Czech Uk.59, and similar copies of the Soviet PKM General Purpose Machine Gun. So why not clone the two together and bring the resulting creation into the 21st Century, with polymer furniture, an updated design, and Picatinny rails? Meet the UKM, Marcolmar’s attempt to bring civilians a legal […]

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NSSF/SAAMI Issue Joint Statement on the Las Vegas Incident [The Firearm Blog]

NSSFThe National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) has always been a catalyst for positive growth within the firearms industry in regards to protecting our 2nd Amendment rights and ensuring the future of the shooting sports. Typically, when our rights come under scrutiny, they are at the front lines for us with multiple other stalwart organizations. The […]

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Interesting research on the Constitutional Convention [Of Arms and the Law]

The "received wisdom" is that the US Constitution resulted from the decision of the delegates to the Constitutional Convention to exceed their authority, which only extended to proposing amendments to the Articles of Confederation, and instead draft an entirely new charter.

Michael' Farris challenges this with his DEFYING CONVENTIONAL WISDOM: THE CONSTITUTION WAS NOT THE PRODUCT OF A RUNAWAY CONVENTION, in the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy.

He demonstrates that the Framers saw the state calls for a convention as the critical events, and not the Continental Congress' subsequent resolution calling for it. Only a few of the state calls limited delegates to proposing amendments, and even those states ratified the ultimate result. Claims that the delegates had exceeded their authority were only rarely made, when such claims would have been useful to antifederalist writers. The antifederalists would have been the first to assert that the relevant calls for a convention would have been the ones made by the states (which antifederalists felt had the ultimate power) and not that made by the Continental Congress.


POTD: DPMS .22LR Mystery Magazine [The Firearm Blog]

My friend Keith has a dedicated DPMS AR15 in .22LR. The magazine is an AR15 magazine-shaped polymer housing that encompasses a small metal magazine. You can see the metal magazine below.   The magazine has a built in ejector and a small tab that sticks out of the back. The tab indexes into the polymer […]

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3 Videos of Making a Revolving Shotgun From Scratch []

If you like guns and/or mechanical stuff and DIY, I think you’re going to enjoy this. It shows one old gunsmith creating a six-shot revolving 12 gauge shotgun — from scratch!

I wish the quality of these videos was better, but it’s hard to beat the actual content of them. The first video opens with the aged gunsmith, Robert H McCrory, holding his homemade creation and telling us a little about it. Then we move on to where it all began.


He started by hacking the chambers off of a half-dozen old “scrap shotgun barrels,” and went on from there.


Here’s the first video: enjoy.

Video number two follows:

And finally, video 3. This one even shows him firing the gun after doing more “together-putting” and taking care of some finishing touches.

What do you think of his project? I like it… a lot!

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Five Reasons to Prep []

At first, this article was going to ask the question, “What would it take for you to stop prepping?”  After thinking about it for a little while, the reasons I thought of were so unrealistic that I changed the topic to reasons to prep.

Let’s be honest, there are many reasons to prep that are realistic and based on current and historical events.  Examples include the Black Death of 1348-1350, HIV, and the Spanish Flu of 1918.

In my opinion, any reasons not to prep would be based on unrealistic (thus unobtainable) expectations.  Could we honestly expect there to never be another natural disaster or global conflict?


Even with all of our technology we still do not have a cure for the simple virus.  What about vaccines?  Where is the HIV vaccine?

When HIV first came on the scene, scientists did not understand how it was transmitted.  The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) had not identified or isolated the virus.  All they knew was that gay men were getting sick and dying. The U.S. Government under Ronald Reagan ignored the issue because HIV was affecting gay men.

Then there is Ebola and other members of the viral hemorrhagic disease family.

Have we learned a lot since the 1980s?  Sure we have.  Have we developed a vaccine or cure for HIV, Ebola, and all the other viruses out there?  Nope.

History has a way of repeating itself. As such, we will have another pandemic. It is just a matter of when, and not if.

Natural Disasters

This was one of the big factors that changed my mind about the article topic.  Natural disasters are impossible to prevent.

In 2017 we have seen:

  • Northern California fires
  • Hurricane Harvey
  • Hurricane Irma
  • Hurricane Maria
  • Mexico Earthquake

We can not prevent natural disasters, but we sure can plan for them.

Global Conflict

Someone out there promise me there will never be another global conflict, a.k.a. world war.

Next, make a promise the next conflict will not include the use of nuclear weapons.

We are not taking about Iraq- or Vietnam-sized conflicts… this would be along the lines of another World War.

For those who do not know, during global conflicts food and other resources are rationed.  Somewhere around here I have a food ration book that was given to my great-grandmother during World War II.  How do you supplement food during times of rationing?  You grow your own.  This is one reason I stockpile seeds.

With conflicts comes the breakdown of utility services, such as water, sewage, and electricity.

Economic Collapse

While someone is making promises about global conflicts, promise me there will never be another economic collapse.  We are not talking about the crash of 2008, we are talking about a Great Depression type of collapse.

Promise me people will not have to kill and eat armadillos because they cannot afford to buy food.  During the Great Depression, armadillos were called Hoover Hogs.

Nothing lasts forever, and neither will the economy.


One of the most important reasons to prep, for me anyway, is to become self-reliant.

People should learn how to:

  • Fish
  • Garden
  • Hunt
  • Save seeds
  • Compost
  • Preserve food

By doing those things, we become less dependent on society.

While no man is an island, hopefully we can prepare ourselves and our families so we can weather the next storm.


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5 Photos of ‘Deer Warts’ or Cutaneous Fibromas []

Cutaneous fibromas, also known as “deer warts,” are kinda gross and scary-looking, but they don’t taint the deer’s meat, nor do they cause the deer harm unless they grow in such a way as to interfere with vital functions such as eating, drinking, breathing, etc. This condition is apparently caused by a virus introduced by insect bites and is said to be temporary, lasting only a couple of months. But man, are they ugly.

Beka’s Doe


Huntress, bowfisher, and all-around “good ol’ girl” personality Beka Garris brought deer warts to the attention of her audience when she posted this photo of a doe she killed using traditional archery equipment. This deer also had some of the gross spots on its legs.

Concerned Hunter


The hunter who shot this whitetail doe was concerned to find his deer covered with the repulsive bumps, so he made a video.

Pennsylvania Doe


This photo was on a Pennsylvania Game Commission page, explaining what deer warts are. Yuck!

Not Too Bad


This one isn’t too disturbing… thank goodness.

I Think We’ll Just Stop Here


This buck is probably suffering, because the “warts” appear to be interfering with its vision… and probably with its breathing and ability to eat. It seems much more humane to kill that deer swiftly than to take its photo…

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The Newest Canik Pistol: the TP9SFL [The Firearm Blog]

Canik TP9SFLThere’s a new gun in town, and its name is the TP9SFL. Recently announced is the new long slide version of the Canik TP9SF. Called the TP9SFL, the new pistol has a 5.2″ match grade barrel and an overall length of 8.27″. Also setting it apart from the standard TP9SF model is that the new […]

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NEW: Christensen Arms Modern Precision Rifle [The Firearm Blog]

As a professional (fine, amateur) It is important to realize and understand your limitations. For example, as someone who is inexperienced in long range shooting, I can explain minute of angle (MOA) to the uninitiated using a ruler and a crayon, but that’s the extent of my abilities. As such, I will announce the newest […]

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Gun statistics — should they be tortured or gently cross-examined? [NRA-ILA News]

Statistics are not like pictures that tell a thousand words. They must be analyzed. Unfortunately, they can also be tortured and made to confess to almost anything. Instead, they should be carefully cross-examined.


Mass. bump stock ban proposals to get public hearing [NRA-ILA News]

A public hearing on legislation to ban “bump stocks" in Massachusetts will be held Wednesday morning at the State House.


California: New gun control measure could require locking up firearms at home [NRA-ILA News]

Two weeks after a man gunned down 58 people at an outdoor Las Vegas concert, the Bay Area’s largest city could pass a law requiring gun owners to lock up their firearms when they leave the house — a new gun control measure far stricter than state legislation.


Evolution of the Sturmgewehr []

Sturmgewehr (assault rifle) is the grandfather of all modern selective fire rifles that use a intermediate sized cartridge. During World War II, German engineers realized the military needed a rifle chambered in a cartridge that was smaller than the full sized 8mm, but larger than a handgun cartridge.

While the 8mm was powerful enough to engage targets out to several hundred meters, fully automatic fire from a shoulder mounted rifle was almost impossible to control.  On the flip side, handgun cartridges lacked the energy to engage targets out to several hundred meters.

The proposed solution was a rifle that fired a cartridge that was mid-way between the full sized 8mm and a handgun. Thus, the Sturmgewehr was cambered in 7.92×33mm Kurz.

During the course of the war, Adolf Hitler was opposed to the Sturmgewehr. His idea of a battlefield rifle was that it used a full sized rifle cartridge, such as the 8mm.  His generals on the other hand, realized how valuable the Sturmgewehr was, and they used various deceptions to get around Hitlers objection to the rifle.

Ian, over at Forgotten Weapons put together an excellent video talking about the various Sturmgewehr models.

The video covers:

  • MP43/1
  • MP44
  • StG44

Why should we care about the Sturmgewehr? Because just about every modern military rifle (in some way) was influenced by it.

The Sturmgewehr was experimented with in various ways, such as adding a grenade launcher, silencer, scope mount… etc. Most of the additions never materialized.

Special thank you to Ian and everyone else who helped make the video possible.  Keep up the excellent work.

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Russia to Donate Thousands of AKs to the Philippines [The Firearm Blog]

The Philippines’ President Rodrigo Duterte announced on 11 October that Russia would donate a substantial amount of defence hardware in support of the Philippine military’s fight against pro-Islamic State militants that have occupied city of Marawi since May. While exactly what equipment will be donated has not yet been confirmed the donation is said to […]

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Evolution of the Sturmgewehr: MP43/1, MP43, MP44, and StG44 [Forgotten Weapons]


Today we are going to look at the evolution of the Sturmgewehr – from the MP43/I and MP43 to the MP44 and StG44, what actually changed and why?



NEW: FightLite Industries RAIDER 5.56/.300BLK Pistol [The Firearm Blog]

Every gun must serve a purpose. Said the most boring person in the world. The truth is, the new RAIDER pistol from FightLite Industries looks nearly useless in every defensive scenario I can think of in today’s world. However, for some strange reason (maybe it’s my new found love in the 870 with the short […]

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Rimfire Challenge To Transition From NSSF To RCSA [No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money]

Despite what Asheville's Thomas Wolfe once wrote, you can go home again.

The Ruger Rimfire Challenge was originally developed by Ken Jorgenson of Ruger, Michael Bane, and the late Nelson Dymond. In 2014, the responsibility for running the Ruger Rimfire Challenge passed to the National Shooting Sports Foundation and it became known as the NSSF Rimfire Challenge. On January 1, 2018, the Rimfire Challenge will pass to a new non-profit organization run by Jorgenson and Bane called the Rimfire Challenge Shooting Association. Thus, it will have closed the circle and returned home to its founders.

Below is the NSSF's press release, in part, on the transition:

NEWTOWN, Conn. — The National Shooting Sports Foundation® (NSSF®), the trade association for the firearms industry, is proud to announce that the NSSF Rimfire Challenge will be transitioned to a new organization: the Rimfire Challenge Shooting Association. The transition takes place Jan. 1, 2018.

Originally developed by Sturm, Ruger & Co.’s Ken Jorgenson, along with author and TV personality Michael Bane and the late Nelson Dymond, a long-time and well-known shooting match director who held a strong passion for rimfire firearms, the program was first known as the Ruger Rimfire Challenge. NSSF took over the administration of the program in 2014, changing its name to the NSSF Rimfire Challenge. The new organization will be led once again by Ken Jorgensen and Michael Bane.

Designed to introduce new shooters to the shooting sports in an exciting, family-friendly format, Rimfire Challenge matches focus on competition with .22-caliber rifles and pistols. Matches are open to shooters of all ages and shooting experience levels, with events conducted at ranges nationwide and an annual World Championship taking place each October.

“It’s truly a great thing to see this program return home to the people who had this wonderful idea to begin with,” said Tisma Juett, NSSF Manager, Recruitment and Retention. “The NSSF is proud to have been a part of growing a shooting sport that has proven to be such a wonderful activity for mothers and fathers, sisters and brothers, neighbors and friends in which to participate. We wish Ken and Michael much success and look forward to many more firearms owners joining the shooting sports with them.”

“I am excited to once again be involved in the day to day operation of the Rimfire Challenge events,” said Jorgenson. “The concept originally created by Nelson and implemented as part of the Ruger Rimfire Challenge is as valid today as it was in the beginning. We will work to continue that vision and grow the rimfire competition opportunities for shooters of all skill levels.”

“I could not be happier to once again be a part of the Rimfire Challenge!” Bane added. “It is a wonderful sport, a way to bring whole families into the competition. Ken and I are committed to bringing the Rimfire Challenge to the next level. It’s going to be fun!”

Michael Bane makes the announcement of the change on the video portion of his weekly podcast. You can see it at this link. As he notes, the first year will be about stability and communication. He doesn't see any major rule changes coming immediately. The existing rulebook along with examples of courses of fire can be found here.

All shooting competitions go through life cycles and I think change like this is important. New management and new ideas along with a fairly low cost of entry should help the Rimfire Challenge continue growing and bringing in new shooters. The more that we can show that the shooting sports are fun, the less likely that the gun prohibitionists will be to convince the general public that guns are "icky".


Omega Gideon Shadow – UMP Pistol – Atlantic Firearms [The Firearm Blog]

There have been three things that have kept me from considering a Heckler & Koch UMP clone build. First, rather than a more typical three-lug muzzle attachment system, the UMP’s barrel comes standard with the mushroom-esque flange that only a few silencer manufacturers have been able to master. Second, the UMP operates on a direct […]

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The WASHBEAR 3D Printed .22LR Revolver [The Firearm Blog]

Without taking a political stance, recent events have once again brought “gun control” back into the national (and world) spotlight. My personal belief remains that the regulation and restriction of inanimate objects is useless as a means to controlling criminal actions. Not only are we less safe, but the divide between social and economic groups […]

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Enter to win a Canik TP9SFL Pistol, Cal. 9mm Luger! [The Firearm Blog]

Canik USA has partnered with to give you the opportunity to win their new Canik TP9SFL Pistol, Cal. 9mm Luger! Make sure to share this giveaway with your friends to increase your chances! Prize: Canik TP9SFL Pistol, Cal. 9mm Luger How to Enter: 1. Enter your email For Additional Entries: 1. LIKE both company Facebook […]

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Kalashnikov Group has launched Worldwide online ordering [The Firearm Blog]

Before we all go crazy let us make this clear, the online ordering does NOT include any real, working firearms. According to Kalashnikov it is not possible to convert any of these mock-ups to fire live ammunition. Still it’s interesting to see Kalashnikov opening up this possibility for worldwide ordering. When I visited the Kalashnikov […]

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New Photos of The New HK416A7 [The Firearm Blog]

On the 11 October the Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support (BAAINBw) announced the selection of Heckler & Koch’s KH416A7 for Germany’s Special Forces. The new rifle will be adopted as the G95 and will replace the older G36Ks currently in service with the Kommando Spezialkräfte (KSK) and the Kommando Spezialkräfte Marine (KSM). Some […]

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TsKIB SOO MTs-343 Rifle Chambered in .300 Lapua Magnum [Arms & Hunting 2017] [The Firearm Blog]

Earlier we had reported about the introduction of this rifle (MTs-343). TsKIB SOO has shown it again in the Arms & Hunting 2017 exhibition. We had a chance to talk to the designer and take some detailed pictures. The MTs-343 is a competition rifle design for F-Class Open division. It is a single shot rifle […]

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MOLOT Introduces Four New Rifles Chambered in 9.6x53mm Lancaster [Arms & Hunting 2017] [The Firearm Blog]

Molot has introduced four new rifles during the Arms & Hunting 2017 exhibition. All the new rifles are chambered in recently introduced 9.6x53mm Lancaster caliber and have oval bore rifling. According to Molot officials, these rifles are neither concept guns nor ones being developed but finished models which are already in production and will become […]

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Tuesday, 17 October


Kalashnikov Concern News – Pistols [Arms & Hunting 2017] [The Firearm Blog]

During the Arms & Hunting 2017, Kalashnikov Concern has shown several interesting handguns. The Kalashnikov officials also explained some of the key features and design solutions of the earlier introduced pistols. One of these pistols is a subcompact handgun called MP-443. It was earlier introduced in ARMY 2017 exhibition. It is a simple blowback operated, […]

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Making Gun Control A Cult Of Personality [No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money]

First there was the National Council to Control Handguns which became Handgun Control, Inc. for the next 20 years. Eventually this morphed into the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. In making this name change in 2000, Handgun Control, Inc. did two things. This helped to soften their image from control to merely prevention. Just as importantly, by deciding to rename the organization after Jim and Sarah Brady, HCI was aiming to make sympathetic figures the face of gun control.

Now that the Bradys have passed away, gun control needs to regain its cult of personality. Mike Bloomberg is not sympathetic nor is home-wrecking, socially and politically ambitious Shannon Watts. However, Gabby Giffords does make a sympathetic figure.

Playing up this cult of personality was the announcement today that Americans for Responsible Solutions will now just be called Giffords. The Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence (sic) which used to be known as the Legal Center Against Violence will now be the Giffords Law Center. Finally, their PAC will be known as Giffords PAC. Giffords is also now subtitled, "Courage to fight gun violence."(sic)

From their press release:

“Addressing a problem that almost took my life will be the cause of my life,” said Congresswoman Gabby Giffords upon the announcement of her namesake gun violence prevention organization. “I’ve seen great courage when my life was on the line. But I’ve also seen great courage as we’ve fought to save lives from gun violence. Every day I meet brave Americans who are standing with me in the fight for a safer future—from law enforcement officers and military veterans, to parents, community leaders, and concerned voters. When we stand together, stand up for our children, and use the full power of our voices and votes, I know that we can make change happen.”

When people think of Gabby, they think of courage, determination, and grit—and it’s exactly those characteristics Americans need to channel in order for us to save lives from gun violence and make our communities safer,” said Captain Mark Kelly, co-founder of Giffords. “When Gabby and I began this journey, we knew this wouldn’t be an easy fight. The gun lobby has been selling a message of fear to the American public for years. It’s used its money to scare lawmakers into following its extreme ideology—and it’s made talking about guns culturally divisive, despite the fact that the majority of gun owners support stronger gun laws. A safer America requires changing that dynamic. We need more people to show the courage to stand up for what’s right and we need more elected officials to show the courage to take action.”
It is probably a smart move on the part of these gun prohibitionists to reemphasize Gabby Giffords as the face of their organization. She is a sympathetic (and pathetic) figure who survived an assassination attempt in the prime of her life and seems to have regained some of what she lost from her injuries.

With the renaming of the organization, the image of Gabby Giffords will always be more important than the reality. The image is that of the courageous survivor who fought back and is now leading the fight against "gun violence" (sic). The reality is that we don't really know what level of mental capacity she retains given her servere brain injuries and that she very well could be more of a puppet than an actual leader. As for her husband Mark Kelly, the image he wants the world to see is that of a devoted husband caring for his grievously wounded spouse and seeking to protect others from what happened to her. However, when I look at the reality of today's Mark Kelly, words like "puppet master", "leech", and the male equivalent of "gold digger" come to mind. Obviously, I don't think much of him as he seems to have abandoned the oath he took as an officer to support and defend the Constitution in favor of political and monetary gains.

It will be interesting to how well gun control uses the cult of personality to make political gains. Time will tell.


Massachusetts: Senate Holding Informational Hearing on Bump Fire Stocks [NRA-ILA News]

Tomorrow, state Sen. Michael Moore (D-2nd Worcester) and other members of the Senate will be holding an informational hearing on bump fire stocks in order to gather public input.  The state House has declined to participate. Both chambers have previously passed a budget bill with amendments to restrict bump fire stocks.  The House bill has overreaching language that would potentially ban many firearm modifications commonly done by law-abiding citizens while the Senate version has less infringements and narrowly targets bump fire stocks and trigger cranks.


Illinois: Urgent Action Needed – Numerous Anti-Gun Bills Readied for Consideration Next Week [NRA-ILA News]

Today, multiple gun control bills were released by the House Rules Committee and have been referred to the House Judiciary Committee for a hearing.


The One That Almost Got Away []

It’s been more than five years ago now, but in some ways it seems like only yesterday that I spent most of a day scouring the Georgia woods in search of a whitetail doe which I’d shot with a crossbow… and finally found using nothing less than pure mule-headed stubbornness combined with hands-and-knees blood trailing and a feel for which way the deer “should have” gone.

A cold front had finally shown itself in the Georgia woods, so I’d high-tailed it to camp to enjoy the coolness in hopes that the deer would begin to change their nocturnal summer ways. I headed to a tripod stand overlooking a small food plot. It was actually the same place I’d gotten my Made to Order Buck the previous year, but instead of a popup ground blind, I was perched up high.

After more than two hours in the stand, punctuated by the dropping of my quiver, a long (but missed) shot at a coyote, and retrieving my quiver, two deer stepped into the food plot. I needed a mature doe for my freezer, and the larger of these was definitely a candidate.

She was cautious and alert, staring up at the stand. I moved sloooowly and ranged her at 35 yards, then managed to get the crossbow into position by osmosis; shouldered it and scoped the deer. She faced me… but not quite head-on. I could see part of her left side, and aimed to my right of her chest. My intent was to drive the arrow just inboard of the left shoulder and on through the vitals, and the crossbow & broadhead were both capable of the job.

I never should have loosed that arrow; she was too alert and deer can move faster than arrows… or at least, fast enough to get out of the way of one. But at 9:13 I did take that shot.

At the release, the deer began turning to its left/my right, intent on getting out of there. Consequently, the arrow made contact near the rear of its right shoulder, drove through and ruined the rear of the right lung, and exited the center of the doe’s belly about a foot behind the ribs.

Of course, I didn’t know that… all I knew was that I had hit the deer somewhere towards the front end and that it had run away. The deer left the plot the way they’d come, and I heard crashing in the brush back there.

I tried to memorize the spot where she had left the food plot and busied my now-trembling hands by taking a compass bearing on the last crash I heard. I cocked the crossbow and gathered my gear, and slipped down out of the stand at 9:20. After some tedious work, I found a large tuft of hair where she had been at the time of the shot and tracked her to the edge of the woods, where I spotted another bunch of hair.

I hadn’t found any blood, but I got down on my hands and knees and crawled through the tiny opening in the thorny brush through which she had run. I hadn’t gone far when I found my arrow. The sign on it wasn’t comforting; some blood but plenty of gut juice as well. It was clear the arrow had passed completely through the deer.

Bit-o-gut-juice.  (Photo © Russ Chastain)

Bit-o-gut-juice. (Photo © Russ Chastain)

Not far away, I spotted more of the brownish-gray liquid that indicated a gut shot. This was not good news.

I was moving painfully slowly on purpose, stopping to take photos with my camera (I had no smart phone at the time; imagine that) along the way. I didn’t want to jump the deer if it was lying somewhere bleeding out.

Specks of blood.  (Photo © Russ Chastain)

Specks of blood. (Photo © Russ Chastain)

Then I found the blood in the photo above — an encouraging sign. The game trail had disappeared and I was now trailing through the woods. I slowly followed the blood trail, marking it with small bits of paper towel so I could backtrack as needed.

I prayed often, and the blood was not plentiful. At times I relied on scuffs in the leafy forest floor where there was no blood to guide me.

The trail led me generally downhill, which was a good sign; a gravely-wounded deer will tend to take the path of least resistance. The trail angled down the side of a hill, and as the minutes turned to hours, I walked to the bottom of the wooded hillside to gaze into the deeply-eroded seasonal creek at its base. I walked up and down that deep ditch, confident that my deer wouldn’t have been able to get out of there if it had gone in… but I turned up nothing.

Then the sparse blood trail took a discouraging turn… up the hill.

Blood specks at the first dead end. (Photo © Russ Chastain)

Blood specks at the first dead end. (Photo © Russ Chastain)

Cold Trail

After I found the blood in the photo above, I could find no more. I scoured the ground on hands and knees; nothing. So at 11:45, I started heading back to camp to resupply… and to get a secret weapon in hopes of reviving the trail.

I later determined that the dead end was 168 yards from where the deer had been hit.

I didn’t linger at camp. I inhaled a peanut bar and a soda, loaded some gear on a borrowed ATV, and headed back to the woods at 12:31. I set my mind to keep searching until I found the deer or lost daylight.

My “secret weapon” was a small spray bottle of hydrogen peroxide. A friend had recommended it to help in blood-trailing, and this was my first opportunity to try it out. The idea was that it would make blood foam up so you could see it more easily.

I went back to the trail’s end and began looking ever-so-closely. Was that speck a bit of blood or just a spot on a leaf? A little spritz of hydrogen peroxide told the tale, because spots on leaves don’t foam, but blood or “gut juice” does.

There’s no way I could have confirmed that the pin-point spots I was finding were bodily fluid, if I hadn’t had the hydrogen peroxide.

One concern when trailing this way is that you’d better mark any spot that you confirm as blood, because it will foam away to nothing after contact. And you shouldn’t just hose down an area in hopes of spotting some foaming bits… because if you happen to miss seeing any foamy bits, they will soon be gone forever.

The Last Dead End

After making another 80 yards’ progress, I hit another dead end at 2:00. There just wasn’t any more sign that I could find. The trail had finally led me down the hill and along a trail that abuts the deep ditch I mentioned eariler… and then it petered out.

My hope began to wane.

I marked the end of the trail, went and found the 4-wheeler and brought it to that spot. Drank some water to stay hydrated. Said a ten-thousandth prayer. Then went for a walk.

Now that I’d confirmed the wounded deer had walked along the deep wash, I walked on down the old trail while scanning the woods for a dead deer. After a long walk all the way down the creek bottom to the lake, I crossed the ditch and began working my way back up, scanning the woods on that side and looking down into the creek as well.

After a long, slow search, I rounded a bend at 2:53 and looked ahead into the wash, and spotted my deer lying there!

Finally found my deer! (Photo © Russ Chastain)

Finally found my deer! (Photo © Russ Chastain)

As you can imagine, the first thing I said was “Praise the Lord!” as I felt a great weight lift off of me at the sight. There are no words to express how good I felt to have finally found the animal I’d pursued for so long.

The deer lay 175 yards beyond the last bit of blood. It had been 5 hours, 40 minutes since I had fired the fateful arrow.

And now for the real work.

The ditch was deeper than I am tall, but I got my deer out of there and back to camp to shuck it out. I was all grins by then, but in my heart there was a sobering bit of darkness which I hope will color my hunting from now on…

In examining the wounds, I realized how close this had come to being a pure gut shot, and how much the deer had moved before the arrow had gotten there.

35 yards is simply way too far to sling an arrow at an alert deer… especially one that’s on full alert.

Some lessons from this hunt:

  • I will not fling an arrow at a deer that’s on high alert.
  • Don’t let deer “rules” get into your head. Things like “Hit deer never run with their flag up” or “critically wounded beer never go uphill” are generalizations and have many exceptions; don’t let campfire BS destroy your confidence.
  • Consider moving ahead to scan the woods once you determine the general direction of the trail, rather than finding every speck of blood that’s there. If I had made a more-determined search of the ditch right away, I would have found my deer hours earlier.
  • Always mark a blood trail. Wind or rain my ruin blood sign, but the bits of paper towel I dropped along the way allowed me to find the trail again whenever I lost my way or just needed to backtrack.
  • Keep a sprayer of hydrogen peroxide handy; it can be a big help.
  • Do what Winston Churchill advised: Never, never, never, never give up.

Have you ever had a similar experience? Feel free to share it in the comments below.

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ORSIS F17 Multi-Caliber Bolt Action Rifle [Arms & Hunting 2017] [The Firearm Blog]

ORSIS has introduced a new modular sniper rifle with the possibility of quick changing the calibers. The model designation is F17 and it was first shown during the Arms & Hunting 2017 exhibition held in Moscow, Russia. In order to change between the .338 Lapua Magnum, .300 Winchester Magnum and .308 Winchester, one needs to unscrew the […]

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Paxton Quigley [Of Arms and the Law]

Most of us are familiar with Paxton Quigley, who's done such an outstanding job of promotion gun ownership and self-defense among women. (Check out that webpage for her books on the subject). She's now written a two-part article on her earlier career with the recently deceased Hugh Hefner.


Inland Introduces New .30-Cal Pistol []

Add this to the list of things you didn’t know you needed: A semi-automatic pistol with a 12″ barrel, chambered for the venerable 30 Carbine round. That’s right… Inland Manufacturing, a modern-day producer of M1 Carbine replicas without any relationship to the Inland Division of General Motors, has just announced a new play-purty slated for a 2018 debut: the M30-P pistol with Gear Head Mod II Tail Hook Arm Brace.

Firearms marketer/wholesaler MKS Supply, which represents Inland, recently issued a press release; here are some high points:

Inland’s new M30-P pistol with Gear Head Mod II Tail Hook Arm Brace is a highly modified version of Inland’s popular full size 30 caliber carbine. It is fitted into a special Sage Enhanced Battle Rifle tactical carbine stock, and comes with a Gear Head Works Mod II Arm Brace, Ergo Sure Grip pistol grip, and handy (1/2×28 tpi threaded) 12-inch barrel.

The Sage EBR M30-P chassis(*1) is specially designed for this Inland pistol and when combined with the Mod II Tail Hook Arm Brace (fits the forearm, it is not a shoulder stock) makes effective one-hand shooting a breeze. The easily-removable arm brace is incredibly quick to employ for a firm, positive fit for either right or left hand use.

Inland’s 12-inch barrel delivers excellent ballistics, especially with today’s modern ammunition. Each M30-P is shipped with one 10-round magazine and, like all Inland .30 caliber carbines and pistols, the magazine catch fits higher-capacity military and civilian magazines.(*2)

These features combine to make the Inland M30-P pistol a highly efficient, compact, robust, and accurate system.

*1. The Sage Enhanced Battle Rifle stock is a MIL-SPEC black hard anodized aluminum chassis with an integral Picatinny rail made specifically for this pistol. The U.S. Military has been using a special Sage EBR M-14 chassis for select military units and operations for the last few years.

*2. Owners should check with local and state laws regarding legality of handgun magazine capacity larger than 10 rounds.

This company uses the Inland name because of its history associated with the 30 Carbine, but is an entirely different company. So far, they seem to be turning out good quality firearms.

Manufacturer Specs

  • Barrel: 12-inch threaded muzzle (½-inch x 28 tpi) with protector
  • Stock: Sage EBR Aluminum Chassis, MIL-SPEC black anodized and Gear Head Works Mod II Tail Hook Arm Brace
  • Caliber: 30 caliber carbine
  • Sight: M1 style, with adjustable peep aperture rear sight
  • Overall length with arm brace: 29 3/8 inches
  • Overall length without arm brace: 20 1/4 inches
  • Weight with arm brace: 5.5 pounds
  • Weight without arm brace: 4.5 pounds
  • Magazine: One 10-round magazine included
  • MSRP: $1699

We don’t have any specifics on availability just yet… but we will be looking for it because this thing looks like a ton of fun.

I’ve always enjoyed shooting the old original M1 Carbines, and other handguns have been chambered for it as well — including previous models in 30 Carbine guise. Too bad it’s underpowered for hunting.

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POTD: Spike’s Snowflake Surprise [The Firearm Blog]

At Big 3 East, Spike’s Tactical showed up with a litany of firearms. This one in particular is relatively new. We posted up photos of the color filled lower before. And Adam posted about it first.  Well here it is as a complete gun. However this Snowflake has a surprise. It identifies as a pistol […]

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Johann Fanzoj “The Great Migration” Double Rifle [The Firearm Blog]

Incredible, masterpiece, work of art, gorgeous, magnificent … these are the words that come to my mind when I look at the newest special project rifle by Johann Fanzoj. This family-owned company from Ferlach, Austria, has recently released another luxury double rifle called “The Great Migration”. The engravings on the rifle depict the annual 1,500-kilometer long migration of African animals […]

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Preppers: Having a Well-Rounded Seed Stockpile []

While doing a video for the Seed Stockpile Genetic Diversity article, I decided to take my entire seed inventory and lay it out on a table.  The seeds were organized by type, such as beans, peas, corn, okra, melons, winter crops, etc.

I quickly realized there are more pea and snap bean seeds than anything else.  Next was greens, such as turnip and mustard greens.  Then came corn, squash, and other types of summer crops.  By laying out my seed stockpile and organizing each group, I was able to see the gaps.

It became evident certain seed types were missing, such as peppers and spices.  There were some cilantro, onion, and bell pepper seeds, but stuff like Jalapeno peppers were lacking.  Besides being a source of nutrients such as vitamin C, peppers help spice things up.

When stockpiling seeds, it is easy to keep everything in a box, take the box out a few times a year, look through it, pull out what you want, then put the box back in the freezer.  However, until all the seed bags are laid out and counted, do you really know what you have?

Let’s take cucumbers for example.  They are nutrient-poor and many people remove the skin before eating — and the skin contains its few nutrients.  Why waste time, water, fertilizer, and compost on growing cucumbers, when those resources would be better-spent on something else, such as onions or leafy greens?  So, why stockpile cucumber seeds?

Various stores, such as Dollar Store, mark down their summer products for clearance at the end of summer.  The seed packets I bought on October 16, 2017 cost just $0.08 or $0.15 each.

Those seeds packets included:

  • Carrot, Danvers half long.
  • Cilantro.
  • Bean, Kentucky wonder.
  • Beets, Detroit dark red.
  • Onion, White lisbon bunching.
  • Parsley, Plain Italian.
  • Pea, Sugar snap.
  • Pepper, Habanero.
  • Pepper, Sweet banana.
  • Pepper (Bell), California wonder.
  • Pumpkin, Connecticut field.
  • Squash, Table queen acorn.
  • Squash, Waltham butternut.
  • Sunflower, Lemon queen.
  • Tomato, Delicious.
  • Tomato, Beefsteak.
  • Tomato, Homestead.

In all, I bought 30 packets at one time.  Even if all the packets cost $0.15, that was $4.50 invested into my family’s future.

Next thing is to check other local stores, and to check online.

So, how often do you go through your seed stockpile?  At the end of the year, do you check local stores for seed packets on sale?




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Hunter Falls 22 Feet From Tree Stand []

Deer hunters typically spend a lot of time in tree stands. They help us get a better view, stay above animals’ normal line of sight, and elevate our scent to help us avoid detection. But that can all come at a price. Heck, my uncle took a tumble off a ladder to a permanent box stand and ended up having a couple holes drilled through his skull to relieve the resulting subdural hematoma… and he was just 5 or 6 feet off the ground.

But Dwight Jones of Macon, GA recently fell 22 feet from a deer stand… and not only did he live to tell about it, he doesn’t even have any serious injuries.

I stepped from the top climbing step onto a lock-on stand. Something gave way, and in an instant I was falling. As I began my fall, my body rotated 180 degrees with my head down and my boots skyward. I was very aware of what was happening and confident that my coming ground contact would not end up very well — as in death or permanent disability. I hit the ground hard and was surprised that I didn’t get the breath knocked out of me or even lose consciousness. My upper back felt like it was on fire, but I didn’t have any pain.

How could this happen? Turns out, he was saved by a boot and a backpack:

By the grace of God, my left snake boot had contacted a step (to the point that it punctured a hole in the side), which appears to have rotated my body from 90 degrees to about 70 degrees. My backpack broke the fall and kept my head and neck from making contact with the ground. Some say I was lucky, but I know it was a pure miracle.

The hole torn into his boot by a tree step. (Image: Dwight Jones)

The hole torn into his boot by a tree step. (Image: Dwight Jones)

He attributes the failure of the lock-on stand to neglect, saying he forgot to loosen the strap after the bracket had been on the tree for years. But anyone who relies solely on a fabric strap to hold up a tree stand is gambling with his or her life, in my opinion. I do not like lock-on or hang-on stands, largely for this reason.

But regardless of the cause, his fall could have been prevented by using a safety harness with a lifeline.

Of all the stands I put out this year, I didn’t put a lifeline on this one stand… [it was] pure complacency. Had I installed the lifeline, the episode would have been scary for sure, but I could have easily swung back to the stick and climbed back down, all for about $20.

To say it was a wake-up call for Jones would be an understatement. As an airplane pilot and hunter safety instructor, he is usually safety-minded… but he let down his guard and things went bad.

All hunters should draw a lesson from this. You can see what’s available in the way of lifelines at the Hunter Safety Systems website… and who knows, it might just save your life.

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FAB Defense AK Handguard and SKS Stock Prototypes [Arms & Hunting 2017] [The Firearm Blog]

FAB Defense has introduced a couple of new product prototypes during Arms & Hunting 2017 exhibition held in Moscow, Russia. One of them is a new handguard for the AK-47 type rifles and the second one is an SKS chassis. Both products are still in development and only the 3D printed prototypes were shown during the […]

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What Do Guns Mean to You? []

What emotions do you attach to firearms?  Your emotions help determine what an object means to you.

What brought this topic up?  Someone decided to talk about firearms on a flashlight review I posted on YouTube: Flashlight Review: Wowtac A3.

The comment was,

I think that we can all agree that guns represent violence and death , and crime, hate, racism , guns oppress and plague our country and world.

My reply was,

Laura, I understand your viewpoints, honestly I do. It would be a wonderful if humanity could move past violence. But guns are just objects and represent nothing more than what a person thinks of them. Objects have different meanings, depending who you ask. While you think “guns represent violence and death, and crime, hate , racism,” I see guns as representing freedom and protection.

Even some minorities see firearms as a necessity for self-protection. There is an article on Vice about a subject leftist gun-grabbers ignore, which is gun ownership among minorities.

From Vice: The Leftist Argument Against Gun Control.

“As a black leftist male from and in the south who’s a gun owner, I find the conversations on gun control in liberal and left circles oftentimes deeply ill-informed,”

Jones explained. “I’ll be frank, I’m not comfortable with giving the state (the US proper)—which was founded on, by, and sustained through genocide, slavery, and theft—a total monopoly on violence.

I feel the statement from vice reflects deeply upon the statements posted on my YouTube video.

On one hand, you have someone saying firearms “represent violence and death, and crime, hate, racism.”

On the other hand, you have groups of people who have historically been victims of racism and hate saying they want to keep their guns.


Firearms do not represent crime, hate, nor racism.  They represent individual liberties and freedom.

I live in a rural area where it could take the Sheriff department at least  20 to 30 minutes to respond to a call.  What are my family and I supposed to do during that long wait?

What am I supposed to do when something is in the chicken house killing my chickens?

When a coyote is standing at the edge of my brother’s field looking at his goats, does he call animal control?  No, he grabs his rifle and shoots the coyote.

So, the question is, what do firearms mean to you?

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Not the time to politicize gun deaths [NRA-ILA News]

Tragedies should never be politicized by our leaders. That only increases the pain and hinders the healing.


TV networks exploited Las Vegas shooting to further gun-control agenda: Study [NRA-ILA News]

In the aftermath of the Las Vegas mass shooting, ABC, CBS and NBC “wasted little time in exploiting the tragedy to advance their anti-gun rights agenda,” writes Geoffrey Dickens, deputy research director for the Media Research Center, who released a study on Monday reviewing the coverage.


California: It was OK for teachers, school staff to have guns at campus. Now they can’t carry [NRA-ILA News]

Kingsburg Joint Union High School District teachers and administrators who have been carrying guns to class will not be allowed to do so starting Jan. 1.


The Vickers Heavy Machine Gun: Queen of the Battlefield [Forgotten Weapons]

For the record, I never have any financial interest in any of the guns that I film at auction houses – with the exception of this one. This is actually my Vickers HMG, being sold at the James D Julia auction house at the end of this month. It is a magnificent gun, but it is time for me to find it a new home so I can pursue some other projects instead. I hope you will indulge me for a moment today while I point out just how awesome it is!


Kalashnikov Concern News – Rifles [Arms & Hunting 2017] [The Firearm Blog]

TFB is attending the Arms & Hunting 2017 exhibition held in Moscow, Russia. We’ll be publishing the most interesting news seen during that event. In this article, we’ll take a look at Kalashnikov Concern’s rifle and PCC news and talk about some details of earlier released firearms. The top rifle in the above image is called SR1. […]

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CrossBreed Supporting New S&W M&P 2.0 Compact [The Firearm Blog]

CrossBreed Holster for M&P 2.0CrossBreed Holsters announced it was now offering rigs that fit the new Smith & Wesson M&P 2.0 Compact pistol. As CrossBreed is one of the more popular carry holster companies, this should make a lot of shooters happy that want to get one of the new guns for concealed carry. The rigs supporting this gun are: […]

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Exclusive Polymer80 Handgun Frames Available at Brownells [The Firearm Blog]

Polymer80 FDEBrownells announced that it partnered with Polymer80 to offer a number of exclusive pistol frames. The frames are unfinished (aka 80% frames) meaning the buyer would need to finish them prior to building a pistol. Once completed, the buyer can finish the build with either Glock 17-size parts (for the larger frame) or Glock 19-size […]

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Thrym Releases Updated Switchback [The Firearm Blog]

Thrym Switchback 2.0Thrym announced the company was now making a new version of the Switchback ring for tactical flashlights. The new Switchback 2.0 is an evolution of the original ring taking into account feedback from users received since 2014. You can see information on the original Switchback in this article here. Modifications to the design include the […]

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A bunch of DIY weapons seized in Brazil – Part 1 [The Firearm Blog]

Like everywhere else where legal gun ownership is strongly complicated by basic laws and unbelievable bureaucratic procedures, it’s expected that illegal, homemade DIY weaponry abound in Brazil. The final products range from finely tuned, decent-looking guns to scary-looking examples that would seem not to go past a first-and-only shot! There are also those that are […]

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Go from a Single-Stack 1911 to a Double-Stack?… Nighthawk Custom will CONVERT your 9mm [The Firearm Blog]

Nighthawk CustomIf you love your Nighthawk Custom 9mm 1911, but loathe the fact that it has such little capacity… they have a remedy for you! You can now send in your 1911 to their Custom Shop and they can convert your Single-Stack 1911 to a Double-Stack as an upgrade option. The price for this overhaul no […]

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Review: Mossberg 590 Shockwave [The Firearm Blog]

After playing with the Mossberg Shockwave for the first time at the last SHOT Show Range Day, I wanted one. Thanks to some enabling from my friend Brian M. I picked up a Mossberg Shockwave at a local gun store for $380 out the door. Not terrible. I went with the Mossberg Shockwave because it […]

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Monday, 16 October


Army to Procure Weapons Like SOCOM: Chief of Staff Announces New Futures & Modernization Command at [AUSA 2017] [The Firearm Blog]

The US Army’s new centralized procurement organization has been named: In his address at the Eisenhower Luncheon at the 2017 Association of the United States Army, US Army Chief of Staff General Mark Milley announced the creation of a Futures and Modernization Command (FMC), which would oversee the process of research, development, testing, evaluation, and […]

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Why Bump Fire Stocks Were Approved [No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money]

Rick Vasquez was the Assistant Branch Chief of the Technology Branch of BATFE. He has now retired and owns a firearms firm in Virginia. Before he retired from the BATFE, analysts under his management did the research and technical evaluation of the bump fire stocks submitted for approval. Rick reviewed their results and approved their evaluation. Moreover, he makes no apologies for it as it follows the law as written by Congress.

In the video below, Rick is interviewed for a Vice News/HBO report. While Vice TV often has a leftist slant, they played it straight on this one and let Rick explain things. He also shows the reporter how you can bump fire without a device or special stock.


One to Watch: Jesse James Nomad []

You know the knife business has made it when celebrities with no knife making experience are lending their visages to help sell knives.  Some of these knife newbies have been quite successful.

Robert Young Pelton’s DPx Gear makes outstanding, high end, performance oriented blades that knife knuts have embraced.  This is probably due to Pelton’s extensive experience in survival situations and his collaborations with Lionsteel.  Similarly, Zac Brown, who, I am told, makes music (I have no notion of country music; my most recent brush with country music is the original Hank Williams’ “Angel of Death”), also has a knife company, Southern Grind.  They too have been embraced by the knife community.  The dear editor has a particular fondness for the Southern Grind Jackal.

But some of these co-branding efforts have not gone quite as well.  Bear Grylls was kind enough to attach his name to a series of knives, as a waymarker for us knife knuts to know what to avoid.  Then there was the ill-fated Duck Commander blades.  Anyone craving a Duck Commander knife?  So the celebrity endorsement is not a guarantee of success.

It is in this space that Jesse James, who apparently is famous for, according to Wikipedia, being “an outlaw, bank and train robber, and guerilla leader…” Oh wait, sorry, WRONG Jesse James (my knowledge of cable TV is even more limited than my knowledge of country music–I have never lived in a house with cable TV).  This Jesse James is an “American television personality” and maker of customized vehicles.  With the boom in the knife business, James has decided to throw his hat in the ring with an admitted interesting design.

The Nomad is based on a knife design that was originally called the “flip flop folder” or a “swing knife.”  Here is a video of the AG Russell take on this old and odd design that shows its deployment.  The knife requires two hands to open and it is a comparatively complex process.  But there are a few advantages to the flip flop design.  First, and most importantly, it is not yet another titanium framelock flipper.  That alone merits interest.  Second, the design allows for better blade to handle ratios than traditional folders.  The Nomad, for instance, sports a 4″ handle with a 3.25″ blade.  Only the best folder designers are capable of squeezing that much blade into that small a handle.

The Nomad itself is interest for other reasons.  First, it is one of the few production knives that runs AEB-L, a steel I really like.  In my interview with the great Michael Walker he too likes the steel.  I have found it easy to sharpen and hard to dull, an excellent combination.  Second, unlike a lot of the flip flop folders throughout history, the Nomad takes advantage of the clean and wide open real estate and puts some decoration on the knife in the form of carbon fiber components and geared edges.  Finally, unlike any flip flop I have ever seen, the Nomad runs a Tanto blade.  The design is a bit pricey at $300, but its unlike anything currently clogging the Internet Knife Community’s collective Instagram pages.  And its perfectly on-brand for Jesse James–unique, high end, and oddly functional.

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20 Photos of a Winchester Model 94 Refinish []

Years ago, I became the owner of an old pre-1964 Winchester Model 94 30-30 carbine. Someone had stripped off most of its bluing, so although it was perfectly functional, it looked like hell. The first time I tried to refinish this sweet old lever gun (with Blue Wonder), the result was a brown magazine tube (see the bottom gun in the photo above). Un-good. So I decided to try again a few years later.

Don't you hate it when your link pin stop screw breaks? (Photo © Russ Chastain)

Don’t you hate it when your link pin stop screw breaks? (Photo © Russ Chastain)

So I start taking the gun apart for the refinish, and the link pin stop screw is stubborn. I gave it a little more elbow grease than was good for it, and the head broke off. Argh!

Broken link pin stop screw. (Photo © Russ Chastain)

Broken link pin stop screw. (Photo © Russ Chastain)

The part of the screw beyond the threads should just be straight, but this one has a groove worn on it where the link pin rode against it for all those years. The screw couldn’t turn because the pin was engaging with that groove when I tried to turn it.

A replacement for this tiny part ended up costing me almost $8 — 8 years ago.

The broken part of the screw was uneven, so I used a Dremel to flatten it before I drilled the hole for the easy-out. Once I got the link pin centered, the screw turned out easily… I could have avoided quite a hassle if I had just taken my time. That’s usually how it goes.

Some Winchester 94 parts ready for a new finish. (Photo © Russ Chastain)

Some Winchester 94 parts ready for a new finish. (Photo © Russ Chastain)

I prepped the parts with Birchwood Casey (BC) Blue & Rust Remover; along with steel wool, this quickly removed old rust and bluing — and the brown finish on the magazine tube. This stuff has string fumes, so have plenty of ventilation. I did it at a sink in the workshop.

I followed BC’s directions with the remover, then I rinsed each part in tap water to get rid of the chemicals. After they were dry, I degreased them so I could apply Birchwood Casey Perma Fin (since discontinued) with an airbrush.

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Ventura 10mm Lehigh 115gr Extreme Defense gel test and review [The Firearm Blog]

We shoot Ventura 10mm Lehigh 115gr Extreme Defense ammunition from an EAA Witness with a 4.5″ barrel into Clearballistics ballistic gel to measure velocity, penetration, expansion/fragmentation, and retained weight. Buy it at Ventura Munitions. Guns in this video: EAA Witness Thanks to our sponsors: Proxibid – Shop For Home Defense Pistols Online Here Ventura Munitions – Retailer […]

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The IMI Magal .30M1 carbine reloaded [The Firearm Blog]

Although having never been an official issue item of the Israel Defense Forces, U.S.-made M1 carbines were a very common view everywhere in that country for decades. Widely distributed to police forces and Border Guard/Civil Guard units, those WWII-era guns also found their way to carry out security duties at kibbutzin and other settlements, even […]

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Watch: Winchester Thumb Trigger Rifle []

At first glance, this little old popper just looks like one of many cheap old bolt-action 22 rimfire rifles, which used to be so common (but which have been sadly replaced by overpriced “target rifles” and semi-autos). But it doesn’t take the savvy shooter long to see what’s missing: The trigger and trigger guard!

What we have is a cute little youth-sized popper that was purposely made without a traditional trigger. Instead of pulling a trigger with your finger, you’d simply push down on the thumb trigger… and since the trigger is also the sear, this eliminates at least one part/process from the mechanism.


From Rock Island’s site:

This rifle was a modification of the Model 1902 without a traditional trigger. The rifle is fired by depressing the trigger with the thumb which is part of the sear and extractor located behind the bolt. Standard markings and features including “THUMB TRIGGER MODEL” and 1899 and 1905 patent dates marked on top of the barrel. Fixed sights and one-piece straight grip gumwood stained stock with a black hard rubber Winchester buttplate. Winchester sold approx. 76,000 of these rifles between 1904 and 1923.

For years, this version was known simply as “the Thumb Trigger Model” until being dubbed the Model 99 in 1920.


FYI, the 22 Extra Long is obsolete and has been since the 1930s. It had a longer case than the 22 Long Rifle, so the LR can be safely fired in this rifle.

The auction description refers to the sights as “fixed,” but they do have windage adjustment; you could drift each sight right or left in its dovetail notch.

Unlike most bolt-action rifles, the extractor is not built onto the bolt. Instead, you open the bolt and when it gets more difficult to move, you pull more firmly and an extractor moves abruptly rearward. I’m assuming the quick rearward movement will aid in ejection as well as extraction.

Originally, these were quite cheap… but this one sold for $1265! Amazing.

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POTD: The Redeeming – Sci-Fi Revolver [The Firearm Blog]

I found this photo posted in a Facebook group. It was designed by Les Forges MDK Concept Design. An entertainment design project for a video game. Equipped with a double shot .50 barrel plus an automatic 9mm. 2013   It looks cool but could it work? Sure I could see a double barreled .50 S&W […]

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Italy to Transfer Beretta AR70/90s to Albania [The Firearm Blog]

The Italian Army are to transfer as many as 5,000 Beretta AR70/90 5.56x45mm Rifles to Albania by the end of 2017. Albania is one of Italy’s regional strategic allies and the donation of AR70/90s, along with two Iveco VTLM light multirole vehicles, is in an effort to aid the Albanian Army’s modernisation programme. The Beretta […]

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Burn Barrel Benefits []

I grew up in the country, and part of that meant we had trees, palmettos, and such — all of which produced stuff that needed to be burned. I helped Dad burn loads of limbs and leaves, and even wrapping paper after we opened our gifts on Christmas day. For much of the time, we just burned on the ground, but later on he got a nice barrel made of stainless steel, which lasted him for years and which I’m still using today.

Whether you’re burning trash or yard debris, a barrel can make your life a lot easier… and in some areas it’s the only way to burn legally.

I have numerous trees on my small country property, and between thunderstorms, bark beetles, gravity, and hurricanes that means I have a lot of burnable stuff to dispose of. Burning is one of the best ways to do that, but burning on the ground is not nearly as efficient as using a barrel. The barrel helps contain the material AND the fire, which helps concentrate the heat and accelerate the burn. The natural movement of air through one or more holes low in the side of the barrel also helps things to burn more quickly.

Unlike when you burn on the ground, there’s a bit more need to trim limbs into smaller hunks. This is a little more work, but it beats walking around a fire pit feeding in the ends of burnt-off limbs… once you cut it and toss it in the barrel, you’re done with it.

Like everything else, burn barrels have limitations. I can’t feed mine a lot of leaves without mixing in sticks to keep a hot bed of coals in the drum and prevent the leaves from building up and smoldering. This can be a problem without a barrel, too. I usually don’t burn leaves; instead I spread them on our dirt road to help prevent dust and erosion.

You don’t want your burn barrel to sit right on the ground; some air space is helpful below it — and this helps prevent the bottom from rusting out of steel barrels. I just use three bricks on mine. Some folks use concrete blocks.

You want at least one (preferably two or three) good-size air holes near the bottom of the barrel. Keep them clear while you burn; you want air flowing in through those holes during the burn.

Some folks put holes in the bottom of the barrel, but I do not and I don’t recommend it. This will accelerate rust-through and doesn’t help much for drainage when you have a bed of ashes in the barrel. The air holes should be low on the barrel anyhow, and this will let out rain water in the event that you forget to cover the top.

The flames can be impressive at night. Notice the glow on the ground from the vent hole on the far side of the barrel. (Photo © Russ Chastain)

The flames can be impressive at night. Notice the glow on the ground from the vent hole on the far side of the barrel. (Photo © Russ Chastain)

Yep — it’s a good idea to keep the barrel covered when it’s not hot. This keeps rain out, which means your drum will be dry when it’s time to burn something and also helps prevent rusting. Our cover is just a hunk of old corrugated aluminum roofing which Dad bent and tossed on his barrel decades ago; it’s still working fine.

Something that can help — and which is required in some areas — is a metal grate that you can cover the barrel with during the burn, to help contain hot embers. When the fire is burning strongly, it’s drawing air through the vent holes and the barrel is acting like a chimney of sorts; this means the rising heat can carry lightweight burning materials (leaves, paper, etc) up and out of the barrel. The grate helps contain that so your fire doesn’t spread.

And that’s another thing I like about a burn barrel: it helps keep the fire contained so it’s less likely that the fire will get away from you, especially if you leave it unattended. That said, you do want to keep dry leaves and other flammables away from your barrel so hot embers — including those which may dribble out of the vent holes — don’t start a fire outside of the drum.

Ashes do build up inside and must be removed after they fully cool… but it’s amazing how much you can burn in a barrel before the ashes get too high. If all you burn is wood and paper products, these ashes can be used to enrich garden soil — or even to make soap if you are truly old-school.

Dad and I have burned truckloads of stuff in the old burn barrel, and it doesn’t show any signs of wearing out. Most burn barrels are made of steel 55-gallon drums, and rust eventually will get to them. Thankfully, they’re still making steel drums and they can usually be obtained pretty cheaply.

Get yourself a burn barrel; you won’t be sorry.

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Attempted burglary leads to shots fired [NRA-ILA News]

San Benito man was arrested this past Monday, after the Cameron County Sherriff’s office say he attempted to break into a home on the outskirts of San Benito. Authorities arrived on the scene after reports of shots fired. According to Sherriff Omar Lucio, the shots originated from the home owners.


California: San Jose City Council to Consider Mandatory Locked Storage Ordinance [NRA-ILA News]

On Tuesday, October 17, the San Jose City Council will be discussing a proposed firearms ordinance that will require any person who possesses a firearm in their residence to store the firearm in a locked container or disabled with a trigger lock when leaving their residence.


Attacker with knife flees after woman reveals her concealed carry gun [NRA-ILA News]

A woman in Illinois was reportedly able to protect herself with her concealed carry firearm after a stranger with a knife jumped into her car.


I got a gun:' A 78-year-old woman's 911 call lands Pitt student homicide suspect Matthew Darby in jail [NRA-ILA News]

A 78-year-old woman looking out her window called police to report a suspicious man. Police said that man turned out to be Matthew Darby -- a suspect in the death of Pitt student Alina Sheykhet. The elderly woman in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, told the 911 call taker that she planned to defend herself.


Man shoots attempted robber on east side [NRA-ILA News]

According to police, when officers arrived, they found a 20-year-old man with gunshot wounds. They say the shooter was also on scene, and told police he shot the man after he attempted to rob him. “I guess it was a good idea for them to have protection, because the gates around here are always open,” said Chan Brown, a resident of the Bavarian Village Apartments.


McMinnville homeowner shoots, wounds intruder [NRA-ILA News]

A McMinnville homeowner called police early Sunday morning and said they shot an intruder who was attempting to break in. The person shot was airlifted to an area hospital for treatment of his injuries, according to the McMinnville Police Department.


The 2018 California Senate Race Will Be Interesting [No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money]

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), age 84 and the oldest person currently in the US Senate, has announced she plans to run for re-election in 2018. Despite her pro-Obamacare, pro-abortion, pro-climate change, gun-grabbiness nature, she is considered a moderate and "too bipartisan" for California. A number of potential candidates who might have run for the seat if she had announced her retirement have opted out of the race which may cost $50-100 million.

State Senate President Kevin "Ghost Gun" de Leon (D-LA) has announced he plans to challenge her from the Left.

Kevin de León announced Sunday morning that he would challenge veteran US Sen. Dianne Feinstein, saying he'll stand for a wing of the party that feels she no longer represents the progressive makeup of the state's Democratic Party and has not aggressively challenged the policies of President Donald Trump.

The bold move by de León, the State Senate president pro tempore who is termed out next year, set up an internecine battle within the Democratic Party that some fear could draw attention and resources away from the seven competitive House races that could flip control of the US House of Representatives to the Democrats.

But de León represents the younger generation of California Democrats who have been frustrated by Feinstein's mild criticism of Trump and the lack of opportunity for higher office because of the lengthy tenure of figures like Feinstein, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Gov. Jerry Brown and former Sen. Barbara Boxer (who retired and was replaced by Sen. Kamala Harris last year). Feinstein will be 85 at the time of next year's election.

In a video statement released Sunday morning, de León said that in his three years as the State Senate leader he had worked to infuse "progressive California values in important policy efforts like immigration, women's rights, quality education, civil rights, job creation and fighting climate change."

"We now stand at the front lines of a historic struggle for the very soul of America, against a President without one," de León, who is 50, said in his video statement, taking aim at Trump. "Every day, his administration wages war on our people and our progress. He disregards our voices. Demonizes our diversity. Attacks our civil rights, our clean air, our health access and our public safety. We can lead the fight against his administration, but only if we jump into the arena together.
Given that California has a modified open primary system, the top two candidates regardless of party will move on to the general election. Thus, it is quite probable that the top two will end up being Feinstein and de Leon. I can imagine the anti-gun rhetoric along with misinformation coming out of their mouths. There will be a lot of eye-rolling going on.

Thus, gun prohibitionists can rejoice. No matter who wins, the rest of free America loses.


Secret Service Seeking New Rifle [The Firearm Blog]

The Department of Homeland Security’s United States Secret Service Has released a Request for Proposals solicitation for a new 5.56x45mm carbine. The Secret Service are offering a five year Indefinite Quantity/Indefinite Delivery (IQ/ID) contract, this however, has a lifetime quantity ceiling of 3,900 rifles with a guarantee of a minimum order of 500 rifles. The individual order quantity during the […]

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Spokane Police To Use Suppressors To Protect Hearing [NRA-ILA News]

The Spokane PD has 181 service rifles in its inventory; using suppressors on them has the potential to reduce workers compensation claims and lawsuits from bystanders.


Would You Settle for Only Two Guns? []

The liberal media is at it again.  This time, their bight idea is to limit people to only two guns.

Before we get too far along, let’s back up and look at the big picture.

Historically, gun-grabbers believed the Second Amendment did not protect the individual’s right to keep and bear arms.  Their mindset was that only people in the National Guard or some other government-controlled group had the right to have guns.  They based their opinion on the “well regulated militia” part of the 2nd Amendment.

Then came District of Columbia v. Heller, which affirmed the individual right to own a firearm.  This was a blow to the anti-gun agenda.

Another blow was their inability to pass gun control while Democrats had two years in power, 2008 – 2010, and eight years with a Democrat President, 2008 – 2016

Yet another blow came when when congress refused to pass new gun control measures after the Sandy Hook shooting.  Several gun control proponents stated, “If nothing was done after Sandy Hook, nothing will ever be done.”

Gun-grabbers have been punched in the gut so many times, they are on their knees gasping for air.  As people tend to do in desperate situations, they are grasping at straws.

Their latest idea? Limit how many guns someone can own.

From the Slate: Two Guns Per Person.

The Constitution doesn’t mandate that Americans be allowed to own an unlimited number of guns. […]

The Constitution certainly doesn’t mandate that Americans be allowed to own an unlimited number of guns. In the Second Amendment, a gun enthusiast might latch onto the words “shall not be infringed” and (ironically) “militia,” and argue that any restriction on his ability to possess any gun he wants violates his constitutional rights, while also making it harder to wage war against the government if it becomes tyrannical.

Would you like to know what is comical about the article? It shows that anti-gunners have just about given up banning certain types of firearms and accessories such as magazines.  They are backed into a corner, gasping for air and grasping at straws.

Let’s compare this two-gun stupidity to other civil rights:

  • You only get to vote twice, in your whole life.  You have the right to vote, but you can only vote twice.
  • You only get a trial by jury twice.  If someone is arrested a third time, they do not have a right to trial by jury.
  • Freedom of religion?  You only get to go to church… you guessed it, twice.
  • Arrested a third time?  Police can beat and torture you; because you guessed it, you used your right of protection from cruel punishment twice.
  • Right to a speedy trial?  Just do not get arrested a third time.  In that case, you could stay in prison forever waiting on a trial.  Because guess what, you used your right to a speedy trial twice already.
  • Bail?  Forget it, you used that right already.  You can sit in jail until the trial, which could be decades later.
  • Right to life, liberty, or property, without due process of law?  Forget it.  Got a third speeding ticket?  Police can execute you on the spot.

Sounds ridiculous, right?  Well, that is what gun grabbers sound like.  Nobody in his or her right mind would consider limiting rights in this way.  Then again, nobody said gun grabbers were logical people.

I tell y’all what — I will settle for two guns when gun-grabbers can only vote twice in their entire lives.  If anti-gunners could not vote, we would not be having this conversation.

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Lawmakers propose magazine ban [NRA-ILA News]

Esty is leading an effort to prohibit the transfer or possession of gun magazines capable of holding more than ten rounds of ammunition.


California school employees won’t be allowed to exercise Right-to-Carry at work anymore [NRA-ILA News]

Gov. Jerry Brown signed a law Saturday that will remove the rights of school administrators to decide whether employees with concealed weapon permits can bring guns on campus.


New Mexico: Roswell Allows City Employees to Exercise Right-to-Carry at Workplace [NRA-ILA News]

Roswell city employees who have concealed-carry permits may now carry concealed weapons in the workplace.The Roswell Daily Record reports that the City Council voted 9-1 Thursday night to approve a resolution allowing the city manager to permit workers with concealed-carry permits to carry a concealed weapon on city property.


California Senate leader Kevin de León announces he will challenge Sen. Dianne Feinstein [NRA-ILA News]

California Senate leader Kevin de León on Sunday launched a bid to challenge fellow Democrat Dianne Feinstein for her U.S. Senate seat, saying he is ready to wage a more aggressive fight against President Trump’s conservative agenda.


Gear to Take on a Day Hike []

Whether it is day hiking, or scouting for that ideal hunting spot, what gear do you take?  Some people may say, “Why would you take anything?”  Those are the types people found a couple of days later by search and rescue.

When going on a hiking, ATV, boating, or hunting scouting trip, take a few minutes to pack some basic survival gear.

Where do you start?

Darwin onthetrail put together an excellent video talking about what gear he takes on a day hike:

Some of the gear I bring:

  • Military-style rain poncho – This can be made into a shelter or worn.
  • Water – Water bottle or canteens, and a water filter.
  • Snacks – Depending on the trip length, I will bring either snack bars, a Mountain House freeze dried pouch, or an MRE.
  • Navigation – Rather than using a phone for navigation, I like to have TOPO maps, GPS and two compasses. One compass stays in the navigation bag, the other I use when on the trail.
  • Flashlight.
  • Matches or lighter.
  • Hat.
  • Cell phone.
  • Camera.
  • Bandanna.
  • Insect repellent.
  • Cord – Trotline string or 550 cord.
  • Toilet paper.

What about a first aid kit?  The bandanna can double as a bandage.  Wear tube socks, and if you need a bandage, cut the top of the tube sock off and use it along with the bandanna.

The above list should cover basic gear needed to get you home after dark, or to spend an unexpected night in the woods.

For those who wonder whether I have ever gone camping with gear like that, the answer is yes.  I have camped with little more than a sleeping bag and rain poncho.

So, what is your typical gear list?

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Quarter Circle 10 – QC5 Receiver set for MP5 9 mm magazines [The Firearm Blog]

I’m not new to 9×19 mm carbine shooting, but I only shot my first match with a 9 mm “rifle” recently. If you can, you should try Pistol Caliber Carbine (PCC) competition because it’s great fun. In terms of choosing a Pistol Carbine there are a few roads to go. AR9 is one, but I […]

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Preppers: Seed Stockpile Genetic Diversity []

Preppers, let’s take a few minutes and talk about your seed stockpile.  Specifically, the genetic diversity of the seeds.  When and where do you buy your seeds?

Late winter and early spring, the local farm supply stores get their seed shipments.  Also, big box stores get their seed packets around that same time.

  • If you want to buy in bulk, go to the local farm supply store.
  • If you just want a few packets, go to a big box mart, or buy online.

Personally, I do both.

Seeds bought at the big box mart cost much more than buying bulk at the farm supply store.  However, hopefully the farm supply stores and the big box marts get their seeds from different sources.

The overall goal:: Do not to buy all your seeds from the same place.

Take some of the seeds bought from the farm supply store, and plant them next to some of the seeds bought from the big box mart.  The two plants will cross pollinate, then save the seeds.  Hopefully, the saved seeds will be more genetically diverse than the parents.  Why would that be?  Because the seeds are not from the same location.

For example, let’s take a small town.  If the people from that town only have children with each other, after a few generations a lot of the people in the town would be related.  Go to a small rural community, and a lot of the people are related to each other, either through blood or marriage.

Buying seeds from different sources is like new people moving to the community.  They bring genetics that are not related to anyone else.

If you want to buy seeds on the Internet, there are numerous seed companies and seed exchanges to look through.

Some examples:

Clear Creek Seeds.

Seeds of Change.

Territorial Seed Company.

Burpee Seeds.

My Personal Stockpile

Early in the article I mentioned buying in bulk.  That meant buying seeds buy the pound, 1/4 pound, 1/2 pound… etc.

Then, I buy seed packets in early fall when they go on sale.  A few days ago I went to a local Dollar Store.  The store had their seed packets marked down to 30 cents each.  So, I bought three dollars worth.

The seed packets bought at the Dollar Store will be sealed in a zip-lock baggy and stored in the freezer along with the rest of the seeds.

When stored in a freezer, how long will seeds stay viable?  See this forum thread about germinating decade old seeds.

So, where do you get your seeds from?  Is genetic diversity a concern?


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Wisconsin: Ask your Senator to Support Constitutional Carry [NRA-ILA News]

Critical legislation that will improve your ability to defend yourself may be voted on in the Wisconsin state Senate this month. Senate Bill 169 will allow for the concealed carry of a firearm without a concealed carry license anywhere in the state where an individual is legally allowed to be.  Please contact your senator and urge them to SUPPORT this important Right to Carry legislation.  Click the “Take Action” button below to contact your senator.


Oversized 8-Barrel British Pepperbox Revolver [Forgotten Weapons]

The typical pepperbox revolver is a sleek and small .31 caliber double action pocket gun, like the Allen & Thurber standard type. This one, however, is anything but typical. This London-made gun is a far larger than normal, and sports 8 barrels, with a center square of four and an addition four outside of those. Those barrels are .36 caliber, and the firing mechanism is single action only. In addition, it is unusual in requiring manual indexing of the barrel cluster between shots – most pepperboxes index automatically when the trigger is pulled. I have no further information on the date or original of this piece beyond its “London” marking, and bring it to you as just one example of the wide variety of this sort of firearm that exists.


Uronen Precision Secondary Sight Mount for the C-More RTS2 [The Firearm Blog]

For practical competition shooting I now use a Zeiss V8 1.1-8x in a Spuhr mount, with an Aimpoint Micro (H1 or H2 doesn’t matter) mounted on the side on the Spuhr mount. It’s not the cheapest solution, but the best I’ve seen and it works well for me. Before I used a Swarovski Z6i 1-6x, […]

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Australian Glock 17A Imported to the United States [The Firearm Blog]

Texas Machine Gun & Ordnance, a firearms and explosives manufacturer, importer, and exporter in Dickinson, TX, announced last Saturday that they have imported from Australia what they believe to be the only Glock 17A in the United States. According to the company’s Facebook post: After much delay due to military obligations, we finally got a […]

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Magpul’s New MLOK Extended Cantilever Scout Mount [The Firearm Blog]

Magpul has offered a few different options for mounting a Surefire Scoutlight. Their offset mounts positions the light forward saving handguard space. However there has always been a slight issue with spacing. Due to the Scoutlight design, even if you directly mount the body to the mount, it still sticks out like a sore thumb. […]

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Shooting Sports will be part of Paris 2024 Olympic Games [The Firearm Blog]

The 131:st IOC Session in Lima has decided that Shooting is confirmed on the sports program of the Olympic Games 2024 in Paris, France. For Olympic Shooting Sports we need gun powder, not lasers! Shooting has been parts of the Olympic Games since the beginning, and there’s no reason to stop it now. Make it […]

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Heckler & Koch successfully completes the capital increase for H&K AG [The Firearm Blog]

Concerns about Heckler & Koch’s finances have lingered for years, but late in 2016 Moody’s changed the company’s outlook from negative to positive. This was reflected by factors like improvements in operating performance, internal cash generation and strategy. HK’s product portfolio is certainly one of the strongest in the market. There are some very interesting […]

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Spokane Police Adopt Rifle Suppressors to Curb Hearing Damage [The Firearm Blog]

Officers of the Spokane Police Department are set to be issued suppressors for their patrol rifles. The Department says the move is an effort to protect officers and civilian bystanders’ hearing. Spokane PD will equip all 181 of their patrol rifles with Gemtech suppressors in a contract worth $115,202 recently signed off by Spokane’s City […]

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American Suppressor Association (ASA) Public Statement on the Las Vegas Incident [The Firearm Blog]

ASAWith the recent appalling and horrific event that occurred in Las Vegas many aspects of the firearms industry have come under fire. Whether it is bump stocks or items that were never even utilized during the Las Vegas event, much of our industry has received an unnecessary, negative limelight. This includes silencers. Unfortunately, certain factions […]

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Sunday, 15 October


Chief of Staff General Milley Promises “10x Improvement” in Individual Small Arms at [AUSA 2017] [The Firearm Blog]

US Army, what on earth are you doing? The US Army Chief of Staff General Mark Milley promised that the new Next Generation Individual/Squad Weapon (NGSW/NGIW) program will give a “10 times improvement” in individual small arms capability “over any other system in the world”, in his speech at the Eisenhower Luncheon as part of […]

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Twin Peaks: Manly USA Knives Debuts a Pocket Pair []

Manly Knives, a popular European manufacturer, is preparing to enter the North American market. First on tap for the Bulgaria-based maker are a pair of near-nine inch folders, the Peak and Peak 2. Offering a “Manly Lifetime Guarantee,” this debut duo will be the first of four offerings headed to the States.

Taking a Peak

Peak (Credit: ManlyUSA.COM) Peak 2 (Credit: ManlyUSA.COM)

Both knives feature 3.7-inch blades and G-10 handle scales, along with solid steel liners and reversible deep-carry pocket clips. The overall open length for each is set at 8.66-inches. Despite this rather substantial size, Manly USA advertises an in-pocket weight of just four ounces. Consider the slim profile and low ride shown in the promotional pictures. If the hype is to be believed, these may be some of the easiest-carrying knives on market.

The main difference between the two models lies in their opening mechanisms. While the standard Peak offers a slightly egg-shaped thumb hole, the Peak 2 requires a more traditional two-hand approach. Grinds are set at 15-degrees per side, with a blade thickness of just 0.118-inches. On paper, this hints at strong slicing performance. Both blade styles will be secured through a standard lockback design.

The pair will be offered with a choice of three steels. Here they are, in order of ascending quality and cost: D2 ($70), CPM154 ($110), and CPM S90V ($120). Pricing will be identical for both models. Customers will also have their pick of a trio of colors – Black, Orange, and Desert Camo.

Other Models

Patriot (Credit: ManlyUSA.COM) Comrade (Credit: ManlyUSA.COM)

There are two other models shown on Manly USA’s Collections page: The Patriot fixed blade and another folder dubbed the Comrade. Both of these appear to be available only in D2 and CPM154, without the option of S90V. There are, however several additional handle materials not found on the Peak lineup.

Future Plans

According to KnifeNews, “The company plans to explore premium handle materials like titanium and wood, but also bolster its budget-friendly offerings with more basic materials.” Per the Manly USA website, average lead time on these knives is between two and three weeks. Both models are currently sold out in all configurations, showing a strong initial demand for this new product.

Manly USA’s Lubo Trayanov can be found on Twitter at @ManlyUSA_Knives.

Photo Credit: All photos are from the Manly USA website.

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Muzzle Crown Protection []

A firearm’s muzzle crown is one of the most critical components. Why? Because it is the final exit point of the bullet from the barrel. At that point, everything has to be as near perfect as possible. Any deformity, chip, notch, scratch, or abrasion can cause the bullet’s flight to be less than ideal. The muzzle crown must be protected at all costs for the life of the gun.

It seems ironic it seems that most muzzle crown damage comes from the owner not using proper care when cleaning the barrel. Ideally, every gun should be cleaned from the breech or action end, pushing the cleaning rod down the barrel and out the muzzle end. Then not dragging the jag or patch back through the barrel. Just remove the dirty patch and ease the rod back out the action.

What often happens is especially when using a cheap rod, the cleaning patch tip does not fit precisely in the end of the cleaning rod. This leaves a bit of a sharp edge exposed at the tip of the rod. When the rod is then inserted into the barrel, that exposed edge can ever so slightly mar the end of the rifling right at the crown. That’s all it takes.

Likewise a 2 or 3 piece segmented cleaning rod can also scratch or mar the muzzle rifling at the crown as the segment joints pass through. This is a clear argument for the use of one piece gun cleaning rods. Good ones are expensive, but ruining a barrel is too.

Now, clearly some guns cannot be cleaned with a cleaning rod insertion from the breech end. Take a semi-auto hunting rifle like an old popular Remington 742. Just put one cleaning patch on the rod tip patch holder. Using your thumb and forefinger, ease the rod tip into the barrel slowing guiding the patch in. Then slowly pass the patch through removing the dirty patch in the open action before carefully drawing the rod back out.

Today, there are also flexible cleaning rods made of plastic coated heavy wire that can be fed through the open action of a semi-auto rifle. Handguns can be cleaned this way, too.

One other tip for in the field hunting is to stick a piece of black electrical tape over the gun’s muzzle to keep moisture and debris out of the barrel.

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Trail Timepiece: Casio Tough Solar Sport Watch []

When you’re out in the wild, sometimes it’s nice to let the hours slide by with the rising and setting of the sun. But if you’re cooking supper, timing your hike, or making a rendezvous, that big clock in the sky isn’t quite as efficient as a little one on your wrist. Here’s one of the best budget trail watches I’ve found, the Casio AQS810W-1AVCF.

The Features


This medium-sized watch offers all I need for the outdoors. It’s got all the standard features you’d expect from a modern timepiece, including five alarms, a world time option, a stopwatch, and two countdown timers.

The AQS81W… you know what? Let’s just call it the Solar Sport for now, since that’s what they’re generally sold as. Anyway, water resistance is strong, with a rating of 100 meters (or 330 feet). One of the first tests I put the watch through was a submersion in a mountain creek.


As you can see from the cover photo, there were no ill effects.

One of my favorite aspects of this watch is its legibility. Unlike many of Casio’s popular G-Shocks, the Solar Sport is easily readable with either the analog hands (my preferred method) or the small digital window. This latter method offers a variety of options. You can display the day, date, or time, cycling through by pressing the Search button. Accuracy is good, running about four seconds fast per week.


Let’s talk lume. While the Sport’s hands and indices do have a glow-in-the-dark compound applied to them, the light doesn’t stick around for long. They’re still visible in the midnight dark of my tent, but just barely. Thankfully, you don’t need to rely on the lume. See that other bit of branding below the 6 o’clock position? It shows that this watch is equipped with Casio’s Illuminator option. Press the Light button above 2 o’clock and an orange glow spreads across the digital screen.

These are all pretty standard features on digital watches at this price point. What sets the Sport ahead of the pack is its solar charging. When I’m spending time in the outdoor sun, I find it strangely enjoyable to know that my watch is living the experience with me. I feel recharged whenever I head into the wilderness, and it’s cool to know that my timepiece feels the same.

Where to Buy


So, where can you get one? Pretty much anywhere, it seems. They’re available at Target, Wal-mart, and several other big-box retailers I’ve visited. If you do decide to pick one up in person, though, make sure to check the store’s online price first. Sometimes they’re marked up in the brick and mortar shop, but you can usually show them the internet price and they’ll let you pay accordingly.

Two more notes on the budget-nature of this watch: First, the window material. It’s made of mineral crystal, and will accumulate scratches over time. But I’ve put this watch through pretty heavy abuse, and the dial is still clearly readable. Second, there’s the plastic band and buckle. If there’s a weak point in the construction, it’s probably the lack of metal in this area. I’ve had no trouble with them so far but, if something on this watch is going to fail, it’ll probably be the band. And because of Casio’s unique attachment method, you probably won’t be able to find a replacement — and even if you do, it’ll likely be cheaper to just get a new watch.

Final Thoughts


In closing, I’d like to discuss the elephant on the wrist. Yes, I know there are plenty of purpose-built, high-end ABC (Altitude/Barometer/Compass) watches out there. Problem is, they’re usually four to five times the cost of the Solar Sport. Unless you’re in desperate need of these features (and I’m not), I’d rather spend my cash on other pieces of outdoor gear. This Casio ticks all the boxes for me, especially at its below-$40 price point.

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California: Governor Brown Signs Remaining Anti-Gun Bill [NRA-ILA News]

Yesterday, Governor Brown signed Assembly Bill 424, the remaining anti-gun bill on his desk.


Kerr Revolvers: An English Source for Confederate Arms [Forgotten Weapons]

James Kerr formed the London Armoury Company in 1856, manufacturing Adams patent revolvers (Adams was one of the founding investors) and 1853 pattern Enfield rifles. The rifles were the better business and the company rather quickly decided to focus on them, which led Adams to leave with his patents. In order to keep a revolver in the LAC’s catalog, Kerr patented his own design, which proved to be a quite effective handgun.

When the US Civil War broke out, both the Union and the CSA sent procurement agents to Europe to purchase foreign arms, and the Confederate’s Captain Caleb Huse struck a substantial deal with the London Armoury Company. The Confederacy would ultimately purchase more than 70,000 Enfield pattern rifles from LAC, as well as Kerr’s patent sharpshooting rifles and 7,000-9,000 Kerr revolvers – the vast majority of LAC’s production during the war. So much of their production, that the LAC would actually fail and dissolver in 1866 when their best customer ceased to exist.

The revolver design was made in single and double action versions and in both .36 and .44 calibers, although the CSA purchased guns were all single action .44s. The action is basically a simple rifle style lockplate mounted on the grip and frame, isolated form the soot and fouling of the black powder very well. The cylinder is easily removed via an axis pin entering the rear of the frame, and the guns could be easily serviced by any competent gunsmith without need for any special knowledge or parts.

The two we have in today’s video are actually consecutive serial numbers (10,110 and 10,111) right at the very end of the Confederate acquisition period.


Saturday, 14 October


California: Governor Vetoes Dealer Storage Bill and Signs Open Carry Ban [NRA-ILA News]

Yesterday, Governor Brown took action on two of the remaining three anti-gun bills by vetoing Senate Bill 464 and signing Assembly Bill 7.


Bob Weinstein speaks out about his brother [Of Arms and the Law]

Right here. Sounds like his brother has his head screwed on straight:

"This hurts, but I don't feel an ounce of remorse coming from him, and that kills me too. When I heard his written, lame excuse... Not an excuse. When I heard his admission of feeling remorse for the victims and then him cavalierly, almost crazily saying he was going to go out and take on the NRA, it was so disturbing to me. It was utter insanity."

Quite the narcissist... the response to "you've hurt people" is not remorse (why would a god-like creature feel remorse at hurting ordinary humans) but rather "I'll make up for it by hurting someone else."


M1918 BAR: America’s Walking Fire Assault Rifle [Forgotten Weapons]

John Browning developed the Browning Automatic Rifle for use by American troops in World War One, taking inspiration from the other light automatic weapons in service including the Chauchat, Lewis, and MG08/15. Rather than being used as a light machine gun as we would understand it today, the BAR was an “automatic rifle”, intended to be used in much the same way as the Germans would use the Sturmgewehr in WWII. It would be fired in semiautomatic mode from the shoulder or hip while advancing on the enemy, using steady fire to keep them pinned down. Once troops broke into close contact, the gun could be switched to fully automatic to provide overwhelming firepower for the final assault on a position. While the walking fire from the hip was not particularly realistic in practice, the fully automatic firepower was a huge boon to the infantry. While it filled the game role as the Chauchat, the BAR was a much more refined weapon and much easier to use effectively.

The BAR was showed tot he US Ordnance Department in 1917, and the first order for them was placed with Colt in July of 1917. In short order further contracts would be placed with Winchester and Marlin-Rockwell, although it would take many months to fabricate the production tooling and perfect the design for mass production. A few hand-fitted guns were ready in February 1918 for a public demonstration, but significant quantities were not being built until July of 1918.

These guns would be shipped to France for use by the AEF, but not actually put into combat service until the Meuse-Argonne offensive in late September of 1918, due to General Pershing’s desire to keep them secret from the Germans until a large number could be used at once. As a result, the guns saw only very limited use before the war ended on November 11th. In total 102,173 BARs would be built, about half of them being finished into 1919, after the armistice. They would go on the be changed and updated for use in World War Two, but that is a discussion for another day. This particular gun is an excellent example of an M1918 BAR in correct World War One configuration, which is a rare find today.

Friday, 13 October


First Impressions: ALPS Mountaineering Lynx-2 Tent []

Let’s be honest – pitching the tent is one of the most tedious parts of camping. This is especially true if, like me, you’ve been setting up a six-person Coleman behemoth all by yourself. To solve this problem, I recently invested in a backpacking tent – The ALPS Mountaineering Lynx-2. Here’s how it fared on an overnight trip to Colorado.

The Stats


With a cost of around $100 on Amazon, this compact camper measures just 6” x 20.5” stowed and weighs in at just under six pounds. Its assembled 5′ x 7′ 6” footprint features 37 square feet of interior space and a center height of 3’ 10”. It comes with aluminum poles, steel stakes, and a polyester rain fly offering an additional 20 square feet of vestibule space. I won’t list all the other dimensions and features here, but you can read about them over at ALPS Mountaineering’s website.

Pitching Camp


Setup was a simple process, especially if you’re used to the labor of larger tents. The compact size and high-quality poles made it easy for me. Even after discovering I needed to unstake the tent and move it forward a few feet, the entire process took less than ten minutes.


The move-in process was equally pleasurable. The double doors allow for convenient access, with secure tie-back points for the rain fly and entry ways. I was able to fit a KLYMIT Static V sleeping pad, a sleeping bag, a dog bed, extra blankets, a backpack, and my NutSac Mag-Satch bag inside, with enough room left over for a towel to set my boots on. It was a cozy setup, roomier than I expected.

Overnight Experience


The rest of the day was a blur of wood-gathering, firecraft, and cooking. The sky had cleared, though the threat of rain remained. By the time I was ready for bed, the temperature had fallen into the 40’s. I crawled into the tent, sealed the vestibule and door, and settled in for the night.

What followed was seven hours of tossing and turning. This was also my first outing with the new sleeping pad, so it took me a while to get comfortable. Even then, I found myself restlessly shifting blankets and adjusting my pillow. If you think this is a reflection on the quality of the tent, however, you’d be wrong.


The Lynx-2 was an excellent place to spend the night. It retained heat much better than anticipated, probably due to the sheltering nature of its rain fly. At no point was my discomfort related to the tent itself. And when I emerged in the morning, I was shocked at the difference between the interior temperature and the outside chill. I’d estimate that the tent remained somewhere in the mid-40’s, while the wilderness dropped near to freezing.


Taking down the Lynx-2 was quick and painless. The biggest worry always seems to be everything back into the bag, but I had no trouble folding and rolling it into an easily stowable shape. This can be a problem on cheap tents from big-box stores, so this camp teardown was a truly refreshing experience.

I’ll have more to say on the ALPS Lynx-2 after spending a few more nights in the wild. If first impressions hold, the overall review is likely to be a positive one. Oh, and the dog liked it, too.

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Spuhr Trijicon MRO Mount Review []

It has been interesting to see the growing aftermarket support for Trijicon’s latest red dot sight – the MRO (Miniature Rifle Optic). Since its release just 2 years ago, there has been various aftermarket mount offerings from American manufacturers such as Larue, ADM, Scalarworks, KDG and Geissele. Most of these offerings are quick detach (QD) design with the exception of the Geissele. Spuhr from Sweden have recently released their version of MRO Mount – Model # SM-3002. According to Spuhr’s literature, this is “The worlds most rugged Trijicon MRO mount”. Is this true? Let’s take a closer look.


The mount comes in a no-frill, white cardboard box packaging with everything packed in little sealed plastic baggies. It does not include a hex or torx driver however it does give you an additional 5th hex screw in case one is lost. It also does not come with an instruction manual but it can be downloaded from Spuhr’s website. However it is fairly self explanatory. The only information I needed to find was the torque value for the clamping screws which is 45 in/lbs.


The mount in this review is anodized black but they do offer it in limited run Cerakote Gen II in Flat Dark Earth. Like all Spuhr products, it is made using 7075 aluminum which is stronger than 6061 and also more expensive. The mount has zero sharp edges and all edges are rounded off. It offers absolute co-witness at the height of 1.5 inches designed to be used on AR-style rifles. Unfortunately, as of this time they do not offer a lower 1/3rd co-witness version which some people prefer to run with iron sights.


One unique feature is it incorporates recoil lug which the factory mounts do not have. This means the sight is secured by the mount itself against recoil not by the 4 screws alone. As of this time, no other MRO mounts have this feature.

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The mount can be installed with the clamping screws facing either left or right. One great thing about this mount is it is fairly slick with no large protruding parts. It weights only at 1.83 oz. Notice the lightening cuts to further reduces its weight.


Unfortunately, I don’t have access to a tank to run this over with or have a helicopter for me to do a realistic drop test. But looking at the mount it is very solid build and with 2 fairly large clamping screws I am certain it will retain zero under the most extreme conditions.

The Spuhr Trijicon MRO mount is available in the US through their authorized dealers: Mile High Shooting and Quantico Tactical.


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Review: Bowtech Reign 6 []

The Bowtech Reign 6 is one of six bows I’ve been testing for‘s 2017 Hunting Bow Project.

I have outfitted the Bowtech Reign  with a QAD Ultra Hunter Rest, Bee Stinger Counterslide stabilizer, Trophy Ridge React H5 five-pin sight and a ¼-inch peep sight.

The Bowtech Reign 6 has an axle-to-axle length of 32 5/8 inches, brace height of six inches, IBO rated speed of 350 feet per second and mass weight of 4.3 pounds. The bow carries an MSRP of $999.

I set this bow up with a draw length of 29.5 inches and draw weight of 60 pounds. My test bow came dressed in Kryptek Raid Camo that is flat out stunning in person. Fit and finish excellent, though I am seeing some minor serving separation on one of the cables.

In typical Bowtech fashion, the Reign 6 is a bow tuner’s dream. Top and bottom yokes make adjusting arrow flight incredibly easy. I am also impressed with Bowtech’s Micro Sync dial, which is a brilliant innovation that allows you to dial in the cam timing without the need of a bow press. So as long as you’ve got a draw board, you can get your top and bottom cans synched up easily by adding or removing clicks as you rotate the dial on the top or bottom cam. If you don’t own a bow press, this can save you a potentially costly trip to a dealer.

You can also drastically change the feel of this bow by using either the Performance or Comfort settings. Changing this is as simple as flipping a disc on each cam.

I started out using the Performance setting. This offers up a fairly stiff draw with a bigger dump into the valley than I prefer.  However, the valley is quite generous and you can relax at full draw without worrying about the bow wanting to jump on you. And though this bow uses cable stops, the back wall is nice and firm. The big benefit of the Performance setting is speed. I saw an average speed of 302 feet per second with a 398-grain Gold Tip Valkyrie arrow when I ran it through a chronograph, which is really impressive for a 60-pound bow.

Flip the discs to the Comfort setting and the bow has a change in personality. The draw itself feels much easier, though there is still a hump going into the valley. Let down is also much less aggressive. As for speed, I saw an 8-10 foot per second drop compared to the Performance setting, which still makes for a quick bow.

My biggest gripe with the Reign 6 is the grip, which was my least favorite of the six hunting bows I tested. It’s much more rounded than I prefer, but that’s a personal preference.

As for accuracy, the Bowtech Reign 6 is a winner. If I am on point with my form and execution, I get very nice groups out to 60 yards. However, this bow does not suffer any errors on my part. It can be crazy accurate, but isn’t as forgiving as some other bows I’ve been testing.

After you release the arrow, the Reign 6 is wonderfully quiet. I didn’t have a decibel meter on hand, but I think it’s the quietest bow I’ve tested this year.

If you are somebody that really likes to tinker and work on your bows, the Bowtech Reign 6 should be high on your list.

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Shades Of Henry Bowman [No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money]

If you have read the novel Unintended Consequences by John Ross, you are familiar with his protagonist Henry Bowman. The book is something of a cult classic in the gun culture. Indeed, the very term gun culture has many of its origins in this book. I believe you can still obtain copies from the Accurate Press.

One of the firearms that Henry and his father bought before the onset of the Gun Control Act of 1968 was a 20mm Solothurn S18-1000. While it is now considered a destructive device, back then you could get it through the mail. Imagine that!

Ian from Forgotten Weapons recently had the change to fire one of these anti-tank rifles at the James Julia auction house in Maine. I'll let him continue the story of the Solothurn.

If anyone knows what has become of John Ross, I'd love to know. His old website is long gone. I do know that he left the securities industry in the late 2000s.


Study Finds Background-Check Laws in Wa. and Colo. Did Nothing [NRA-ILA News]

In the Guardian, Lois Beckett highlights a new study that has found that background-check laws in Washington and Colorado have “had little measurable effect”.


Oregon: Gov. Brown Announces New Anti-Gun Push for 2018 [NRA-ILA News]

Last Friday, Oregon Governor Kate Brown announced that she will renew her effort toward passing future gun control legislation in 2018.  Failing this last legislative session to pass her anti-gun agenda, Gov. Brown urged legislators in the upcoming session to pass legislation that would allow for an indefinite delay of firearm purchases.


TFB Field Review: AMTAC Fire Ant Suppressor [The Firearm Blog]

I recently had the pleasure of getting to attend a media event hosted by AMTAC Suppressors. AMTAC Suppressors are based out of Salt Lake City, Utah and are a relatively new company in the suppressor Industry, getting their start four years ago. AMTAC Suppressors started out as a division of Advance Manufacturing Technology, which has […]

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Alleged Sexual Predator and Hollywood Mogul Harvey Weinstein Threatens NRA (Again) [NRA-ILA News]

On October 5, the New York Times published an article titled, “Harvey Weinstein Paid Off Sexual Harassment Accusers for Decades.” The piece detailed allegations that the mogul used his position of influence to make unwanted sexual advances towards young women in the movie industry, including movie star Ashley Judd.


“Death by a Thousand Cuts” – Latest Ninth Circuit decision proclaims “selling firearms is not part or parcel of the right to keep and bear arms” [NRA-ILA News]

Since the U.S. Supreme Court handed down its landmark rulings in District of Columbia v. Heller and McDonald v. Chicago, lower courts across the country have expressed their disagreement with – or downright hostility to – the Second Amendment by distorting or disregarding these rulings to the detriment of gun owners.


POTD: Walther P22 Self Destructs [The Firearm Blog]

Brian B. experienced an unfortunate happenstance while shooting his Walther P22. Well that’s not supposed to happen… (Silencerco Warlock II with Gemtech orange box subsonic. One round in the backyard… the damn gopher got away. According to Brian he fired one shot, the slide went rearward and kept going. No one was hurt. And according […]

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Media Consumers Beware: Watchdogs Warn of Bias, Politics, and Influence Tainting the “News” [NRA-ILA News]

Project Veritas’s “American Pravda” series has focused on the media itself, with prior releases including segments on CNN producers and personalities casting doubt on the network’s own narrative about Russian influence in the U.S. presidential election and demeaning the American electorate as “stupid.”


Shall-Issue Concealed Carry Coming Soon to the Nation’s Capital! [NRA-ILA News]

It’s important to celebrate that law-abiding Americans are now closer than they have been in nearly half a century to being able to exercise their firearms freedom in our nation’s capital. That is real progress.


Gun Banners Unmasked: The Vengeful Face of the Anti-gun Agenda Emerges Once Again [NRA-ILA News]

What happens to the 400 million or so firearms already in private hands? How does society actually benefit from his plan? Stephens doesn’t say. He apparently just trusts that things would eventually work themselves out if the government had carte blanche over yet another aspect of Americans’ lives.


Cyprus National Guard to get X95s, AI Rifles, SF to receive SCARs [The Firearm Blog]

The defense forces of Cyprus will soon be turning in their H&K 7.62x51mm G3 rifles for 5.56x45mm X95s in a recent deal between the government of Cyprus and Israeli Military Industries. The X95 is already seeing limited issue, most recently at an annual independence day parade held on the first of October. In addition to […]

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MKEK’s 7.62mm PKM and MAG designs, Production Ready? [The Firearm Blog]

While the majority of the defense industry is fixated on the adoption of the 7.62x51mm NATO MPT-76 select fire rifle by the Turkish Land Forces (which is still not complete in the least), or the more recent release of a 5.56x45mm version, MKEK has quietly been rolling out plans for two locally produced versions of […]

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How to Zero With Iron Sights []

In an age dominated by optics, it is nice to see someone talking about iron sights.  Not too long ago more people used open sights than optics.  Then, slowly over time, it seemed everything got an optic put on it, even handguns.

Call me old fashioned, but I feel people should learn how to shoot with open sights before an optic is put on their rifle.  Notice I said rifle, and not firearms.  Once a person is proficient with open sights, only then should they have an optic.

A lot of people will disagree with that statement.  Awhile back I was watching a YouTube video where the guy was talking about how reliable modern optics are.  With optics that almost never fail, who needs iron sights?

In September 2017, I bought a Marlin 336 that was made in 1976.  The rifle never had an optic mounted on it.  How do I know this?  The screws were still in the receiver, and the screws showed no signs of ever being removed.

Couple of things about iron sights:

  • The batteries never go dead.
  • They rarely, if ever, break.

It was nice to scroll through my YouTube video subscriptions and see a video posted by Tactical Rifleman talking about how to zero iron sights with an AR-15.

To me, it is nice to see someone who knows how to use a rifle.

Personally, I get tired of watching videos of people with optics so expensive I would never be able to afford one.  Well, maybe if I took out a loan on my house then I could afford one.

Just about anyone can put a red dot on a rifle and hit paper at 100 yards.  But, it takes a marksman to group at one hundred yards with open sights.  Which is rather sad, because shooting like that use to be common.

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Panic Buying After Vegas Shooting []

After the mass shooting in Las Vegas, why didn’t gun owners go into panic buying mode?  Maybe it was because Republicans control both houses of congress, and President Trump declared himself a friend of the NRA?

Or, could the lack of panic buying been caused by something else?

In the days following the Sandy Hook shooting, everywhere was sold out.;  Some people may say, “You just had to know where to look.”  No, it was just a matter of being lucky.  Online stores who had hundreds of magazines in stock, were sold out in seconds after the Sandy Hook shooting.

Besides being sold out, various online gun stores pulled their stock of AR-15 rifles.  Cheaper Than Dirt pulled their online inventory, and edited their gun pages to say, “Cheaptherthandirt does not sell firearms.”

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Screenshot of shortly after the Sandy Hook shooting. Screenshot taken by Kevin Felts.


It was as if numerous gun stores attempted to separate themselves from the AR-15.

After Vegas Shooting

Bump stocks are sold out, and there was rumors saying high capacity Pmags were sold out.  However, as of October 13, 2017, there are numerous 60 round magazines and drums available.  There are even some of the old 90 round drums available.

Before the Vegas shooting, numerous online stores were running sales on AR-15 magazines.

After the Vegas shooting, prices remained the same and sales were continuing,

One Republican introduced a ban on bump stocks.  Upon first glimpse, the bill does not seem to have widespread support.

Something else I noticed, there is none of this “Get them while you can” nonsense on magazines.

Final Thoughts

So, why wasn’t there widespread panic buying after the Vegas shooting?  I am sure there was some panic buying, but not enough to make a dent in current inventories.

Is it because we have a Republican President?

Is it because the GOP controls both houses of congress?

Maybe the market is saturated from eight years of Obama?

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Supporters of stricter gun laws are less likely to contact elected officials [NRA-ILA News]

Large majorities of Americans support several specific policies intended to limit access to guns, including expanded background checks and restrictions on sales to the mentally ill. But relatively few Americans actually contact public officials to express their views, according to a Pew Research Center survey conducted in the spring.


Are Millennials Moving Right on Guns? [NRA-ILA News]

Are younger Americans more progressive? One would be hard pressed to disagree. The under-30 crowd has led a fight on transgender rights and new forms of racism. In the culture wars, conservatives have met defeat at the hands of much younger activists for gay marriage, drug legalization and Barack Obama—a politician whose rock-star nimbus was then, improbably, taken up by a senescent Vermonter and card-carrying socialist. According to surveys last year, 43 percent of 18-29-year-olds now hold a favorable view of socialism. These are the millennials. Alex P. Keaton they are not. But gun politics is where the easy caricature of America’s radicalized youth marching toward socialism ends.


If 'No One Wants to Take Our Guns,' Stop Saying the Opposite [NRA-ILA News]

Almost immediately after the Las Vegas shooting came the calls for "common sense" gun control. The quest almost always begins with a reassurance that "no one wants to take away your guns." Not everyone read the memo.


SIG 516PDWs in service with Pakistani Naval Commandos [The Firearm Blog]

Recent images have emerged of the Pakistani Special Service Group (SSG), the countries Naval Special Operations component, with New Hampshire based Sig Sauer, Inc. 5.56x45mm NATO SIG 516PDW carbines with 7.5 inch barrels, along with Steiner DBAL I2 ATPIALs mounted on the handrails. SSG operators have been seen with both Magpul and STANAG magazines inserted. The images appeared on two […]

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Solothurn S18-1000: The Pinnacle of Anti-Tank Rifles [Forgotten Weapons]

Among all the antitank rifles developed between the World Wars, the highest quality and most sophisticated was the Solothurn S18-1000. It fires the 20x138B cartridge which was also used in the Finnish Lahti L-39 and the German 20mm Flak guns, and it does so using a semiautomatic action and an 8-round box magazine. It is a short-recoil system, with a rotating bolt rather similar to that of the MG-34 machine gun.

The recoil-operated action of the Solothurn helps dampen its recoil more than the Lahti, and is definitely a more comfortable gun to shoot. The Solothurn is equipped with both iron sights and an optical sight (we used the irons in this shooting, because the rubber eye cup on the scope is fairly hard and brittle on this example). Remarkably for its 100+ pound weight, the gun definitely jumps back a few inches when fired unless one has firmly sunk the bipod feet into the earth. However, the recoil force is really more of a push than a sharp impact, and combined with the large surface area of the shoulder pad it is not at all a bad experience.

A number of different countries bought the S18-1000 (and many others bought the smaller S18-100), including the Italians and Hungarians. The only combat account I was able to find was from a Dutch antitank gun team that used one to successfully engage several German armored cars during the invasion of the Netherlands in 1940.


BREAKING: Federal Premium Lays Off 200 More Employees; 2017 Total Grows to 310 [The Firearm Blog]

Federal PremiumExactly one week ago, on October 6th, Federal Premium laid off 200 more employees. Employees were notified of this through group meetings that were held on Thursday, October 5th and Friday, October 6th. The layoffs affect 190 hourly workers from the factory floor and 10 jobs from Federal Premium’s human resources, IT and legal departments […]

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Iraq Loses Two Valued Snipers in the fight against IS [The Firearm Blog]

In the recent battle of Hawija, in northern Iraq, Iraqi security forces and Paramilitary forces lost two marksmen in the fight against the so-called Islamic State. Both of these snipers were very effective in the counter insurgency war that Iraq has been waging for the previous several years, and their loss is being expressed all over Iraqi social media. […]

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Ruger’s New AR-556 with Magpul Furniture [The Firearm Blog]

Ruger AR-556 with MagpulIt might be a slow sales time for the AR platform, but Sturm, Ruger & Co. appears to be making use of the excess time on the production line to introduce a range of variants that may appeal to its customers. Recently, the company announced the AR-556 MPR. Now, it introduces the AR-556 with Magpul […]

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Ruger Introduces Four New LCRx Revolvers [The Firearm Blog]

Ruger LCRx in 327 MagnumSturm, Ruger & Co. recently announced an expansion of its LCRx line of revolvers. There are now four more options to pick from if you are in the market for one of these lightweight wheelguns. 22 WMR Ruger expanded the LCRx line with a pair of handguns chambered for the .22 WMR cartridge. One has […]

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Browning’s New Bush Craft Knives [The Firearm Blog]

Bush Craft Ultra knifeIn time for fall hunting and camping, Browning released a number of fixed blade knives designed for the outdoorsman. Bush Craft Ultra This fixed blade knife has a 4.06″ long blade made of 7Cr17MoV stainless steel with a flat grind. The full tang knife has jimping on the spine and G-10 laminate handles. A full […]

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BCM Introduces MCMR M-LOK Handguards [The Firearm Blog]

After the M-LOK attachment system got the official nod from the U.S Military earlier this year, the writing was on the wall for Key-Mod. Sure, some users held fast to a system that was effectively at end-of-life, but discounts, sales and discontinued products popped up overnight. One of the longest holdouts of adding M-LOK to […]

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Guns for Great Causes: Henry Repeating Arms and Tri-County Sporting Goods team up for charity [The Firearm Blog]

While many “special edition” firearms are nothing more than a marketing gimmick, on occasion certain manufacturers step up to the plate and ply their craft for worthy charity causes.  One such manufacturer is Henry Repeating Arms.  Recently, they have donated 54 rifles to benefit a medical fund for a junior volunteer firefighter who needs a […]

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AX50s now in Service with Turkish Law Enforcement [The Firearm Blog]

The Turkish national law enforcement special response teams (Police Special Operations Department, Polis Özel Harekât Dairesi) have recently adopted Accuracy International’s .50 BMG AX50 anti-material rifle according to Aybars, a Turkish defense analyst on Twitter. Mentions of this upcoming sale were made in the early part of June, but recently he posted photos and videos confirming the presence […]

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Thursday, 12 October


Massachusetts: Gun Control Bill Passes Senate [NRA-ILA News]

Today, with a vote of 38-0, the Massachusetts state Senate passed a version of the Amendment 1 legislation with less infringements than what was passed yesterday in the House.  The original Amendment 1 attached to House Bill 3951 would ban “any device which attaches to a [firearm]…that is designed to increase the rate of discharge” of a firearm with a very broad and overreaching definition.  For example, it would have banned firearm modifications such as match grade triggers, muzzle brakes, and ergonomic changes that are commonly done by law-abiding gun owners to make their firearms more suitable for self-defense, competition, hunting, or even overcoming disability.  The version of this Amendment passed by the senate has a much narrower definition of these devices to only include “bump stocks” and “trigger cranks.  In addition, it does not ban these devices, but puts them under Section 121, Chapter 140 of the Commonwealth general laws by amending the definition of “machine gun.”


NRA opposes legislation banning bump stocks [NRA-ILA News]

The National Rifle Association (NRA) on Thursday said it opposes legislation in both the House and the Senate that would ban the use of bump stocks, a device that can be used to increase a semi-automatic rifle’s rate of fire and was found in the hotel room of the Las Vegas shooter. “The NRA opposes the Feinstein and Curbelo legislation,” Jennifer Baker, the director of public affairs for the NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action, told The Hill, referencing legislation in both chambers. The NRA’s opposition to the bill comes as Democrats and some Republican lawmakers have called for legislation banning bump stocks in the wake of the country’s deadliest mass shooting.


LEAKING: More S&W Shield 2.0 Details – Now With Laser Beams [The Firearm Blog]

Supposedly debuting mid next week, additional details about the Smith & Wesson M&P 2.0 is leaking from every social media crack and crevasse. Prices are set (estimated) at just under $500 MSRP with night sights adding another $100. New features include a rough textured finish and a lighter, crisper trigger pull with a better reset. […]

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Democrats propose ban on "high-capacity" magazines in wake of Las Vegas attack [NRA-ILA News]

Anti-gun Democrat lawmakers are planning to introduce legislation to ban high-capacity ammunition magazines in the wake of the Las Vegas attack that left at least 59 people dead and nearly 500 more injured. The proposed ban on the transfer, importation, or possession of magazines that hold more than 10 rounds of ammunition follows separate legislation to ban “bump stocks”, the novelty device that Stephen Paddock appears to have used to make semi-automatic rifles mimic the rapid fire of a fully automatic weapon.


NRA Opposes New Bump Fire Stock Ban Bill [NRA-ILA News]

The National Rifle Association announced on Wednesday its opposition to a new bill that would ban any firearm part that effectively increases the rate of fire of a semi-automatic rifle. "We are opposed to the Feinstein and Curbelo legislation," Jennifer Baker, a spokesperson for the NRA's Institute for Legislative Action, told the Washington Free Beacon.


Fmr. Obama Senior Adviser Calls for Gun Confiscation ‘Similar to the One Australia Instituted’ [NRA-ILA News]

Dan Pfeiffer, a former senior adviser to President Barack Obama, called for the United States to implement an Australian-style gun confiscation program in an article published Wednesday. Obama previously said in 2016 that the United States should consider following the example of Australia, which enacted a "mandatory buy-back" of guns and created a gun registry. Pfeiffer echoed that view in Wednesday's article, published on Crooked, a media site founded by three former Obama staffers. Pfeiffer argued Democrats should propose such a program and outlined an extensive regimen of gun restrictions that Democrats could support, advising they stop "insincere pandering" to gun owners. "We are nibbling around the edges instead of proposing bold, meaningful solutions," Pfeiffer wrote. His suggestions included implementing a national gun registry, mandating "smart-gun technology," and rolling-out a buy-back program similar to Australia’s.


HK416 A7 to be called G95 by the German Special Forces [The Firearm Blog]

There are a lot of news about Heckler & Koch right now. It’s now official, the Special Forces of the German Army (Bundeswehr) will receive the Heckler & Koch HK416 as a new standard firearm. The model is the HK 416 A7 and it will be called the G95. This designation is a bit surprising […]

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Watch: Joey the Guard Squirrel Foils Burglary []

Squirrels are little critters, but they have sharp claws for climbing, and strong teeth for gnawing and biting… and a crazy ball of squirrel fury is something nobody wants to face. But that’s exactly what a burglar found when he tried to steal some guns from Adam Pearl’s home in Meridian, Idaho.

The homeowner returned from errands to find some signs of mischief in his home, some scratches around the lock of his steel gun cabinet, and a few things missing. His pet squirrel Joey was present but agitated.

Pearl called the police, and the female officer who responded was startled by Joey’s antics as he ran between her legs frolicking about. She left, but returned a few hours later with some of Pearl’s stolen possessions, having caught the crook. She said she had noticed scratches on the bad guy’s hands.

She asked him, ‘So did ya get that from the squirrel?’ and he said, ‘Yeah — damn thing kept attacking me and wouldn’t stop until I left!’


If it wasn’t for all the chewed-up stuff that would surely result from having an uncaged rodent as a pet, I might consider a guard squirrel… Joey sure did a good job. As his owner said, “He’s a pain in the butt, but… he’s great.”

Joey was rewarded with his favorite treat: Whoppers brand malt ball candy.

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Tactical Apparel from Slovenia: UF Pro [The Firearm Blog]

*Sorry for the poor audio – this was an impromptu video and James had no spare mics.* Also, huge thanks to Ziga of Polenar Tactical for being a Johnny-on-the-spot cameraman. In this episode of TFBTV, James visits UF Pro, a Slovenian tactical apparel and gear company that offers top notch BDU (battle dress uniform) and […]

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Watch: British Boys Anti-Tank Rifle []

This tank-killer went into production in 1938 and after a run of more than 50,000 was replaced in late 1943 by the PIAT, which was pretty much a grenade launcher meant for tank slaying. And although it sounds cool for us gun guys to think of a boy having his very own shoulder-fired anti-tank rifle (cue the angelic choir), the “Boys” name is just that — the name of the gun’s designer, Captain H.C. Boys.

Design work began in 1934, but didn’t set any speed records. They started out with a .50-caliber cartridge, but later increased it to .55. The receiver and barrel lie in a chassis which allows them to slide rearward to theoretically absorb some recoil… but it apparently doesn’t work too well. Those who fire this gun liken the experience to being hit in the face with a 2×4… which makes sense when you consider the wooden cheek rest built onto the side of the stock.

(Image: Rock Island Auction Company)

(Image: Rock Island Auction Company)

The butt has an oil tank built in… and I think I would want that sucker full all the time, just to add a little more weight to this behemoth.

The sights are offset to the left of center, and the rear peep sight (which I don’t consider a “ghost ring” as Ian called it) surely made aiming fast and easy. This one was sold at auction along with a scope (sans mounting hardware) and some extra magazines for $4312.50.

He says the weirdly-angled pistol grip actually works fairly well.

That is one big bolt.

That is one big bolt.

All in all, it sounds like a rather terrible thing to fire. Who wants to join me in burning some ammo in this big old bolt-action?

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The Gun Control Debate is Not About Guns [NRA-ILA News]

Those who would like to see guns strongly regulated or banned may think they are just seeking to lessen the potential harm or violence in society. But, they are also suggesting that only government officials or those authorized by the government can have a gun. For people to be comfortable with giving government a monopoly on deadly weapons requires a great deal of trust in government. But, in 21 century America, that's pretty hard to find. In fact, it's been more than 45 years since a majority of Americans trusted the federal government to do the right thing most of the time. And the distrust is growing decade-by-decade. Today only 20 percent trust the federal government most of the time. Only 4 percent "just about always" trust the feds.


POTD: More Pakistani Custom AK Goodness [The Firearm Blog]

Thanks to d_grey for sharing these pics of some custom guns he came across in Pakistan. d_grey here (again) with more local AK variant pics. I took these recently in Gujranwala (a city in Punjab, Pakistan) while on routine inspection work. The first three gun pics are a semi-automatic shotgun made by some Italian company […]

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NRA Opposes Both Feinstein's S.1916 And Curbelo's HR 3999 [No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money]

The NRA announced yesterday that it opposed both Sen. Dianne Feinstein's S.1916 and Rep. Carlos Curbelo's HR 3999. These bills would ban any part that could increase the rate of fire of a semi-automatic fire.

The opposition was announced via an interview with the Washington Free Beacon's Stephen Gutowski.

"We are opposed to the Feinstein and Curbelo legislation," Jennifer Baker, a spokesperson for the NRA's Institute for Legislative Action, told the Washington Free Beacon.
The text for Sen. Feinstein's S.1916 can be found here while the text of  Rep. Curbelo's HR 3999 can be found here. The Trojan Horse in both bills is this language.
any part, combination of parts, component, device, attachment, or accessory that is designed or functions to accelerate the rate of fire of a semi- automatic rifle but not convert the semiautomatic rifle into a machinegun.
As I noted in earlier blog posts on the issue, this could be anything from a replacement trigger reset spring to a Geissele trigger to a lightweight AR bolt carrier to a heavier AR buffer. In other words, the BATFE Technology Division could use this to ban anything and everything related to a semi-automatic rifle short of the gritty mil-spec trigger.


Wilson Combat’s 40th Anniversary CQB Elite 1911 [The Firearm Blog]

Wilson Combat 40thWilson Combat announced a 40th Anniversary edition pistol to celebrate the company’s many decades of gun making. The new 40th Anniversary CQB Elite is a 1911 style pistol that appears to be a true presentation grade piece. It has many of the classic features of a top Wilson Combat pistol, but with some nice details to […]

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Watch: Orange Screw Ground Anchors []

We all need to tie something down sometime. Whether it’s a tent, a pet, a tarp, or a canoe, there are always times when a decent tie-down can come in handy. Depending on soil conditions, this can be tricky. The American-made, family-owned Orange Screw might be just the thing… especially in loose or soft soil.


It’s a simple-but-thoughtful product, which screws into the ground to provide an secure but easily-removable place to anchor a shelter or whatever. Made of recycled plastic, it’s pretty tough, as you will see in the video below when they bend it in a bench vise.


A transparent tube slips over the screw portion of the Orange Screw, which will help keep it from poking holes in your storage bag… and the tube doubles as a T-handle for screwing the anchor into the ground.

A recent trip to the beach reminded me of how lame wire tent stakes are… but some of these might have helped the folks whose shelter tried to go sailing away. And Florida has a lot of sand in the ground throughout the state, which means tent & tarp stakes are prone to come loose.

  • American-made
  • Family-owned business
  • Made of recycled materials
  • Available in two sizes
  • Website claims same-day shipping on all orders

They look pretty useful; hopefully I’ll be able to put my hands on some to try out and see how well they hold up.

Right now, they are more expensive on Amazon, but if you have Prime the shipping is free. (Example: One Small Orange Screw is $9.95 including Prime shipping on Amazon, or $6.95+shipping on the OS site.)

Check ’em out and see what you think.

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Join NRA-ILA at the 2017 "Firearms Law & The Second Amendment Symposium" [NRA-ILA News]

The 2017 NRA-ILA “Firearms Law & The Second Amendment Symposium” will be held Saturday, November 11th, at the San Diego Marriott Marquis in San Diego, California.


Germany’s next Army Rifle cannot be American due to ITAR [The Firearm Blog]

Die Welt (“The World”) is a German National daily newspaper, and according to their information the tender to replace the current Bundeswehr (Germany Army) HK G36 contains a peculiar detail that the replacement rifle must not contain any ITAR regulated parts. Of course I could be doing it wrong, but I can’t find any information […]

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CNN Thinks the NRA Blockade Can be Broken []

While looking through the morning news for anything firearms related, an article from CNN came up.  The author of the article did an excellent job talking about the Brady Bill, and the 1994 assault weapons ban.

However, the author then makes a rather telling error.  He thinks Republicans from urban areas can be swayed to pass more gun control laws.

What he does not mention, is how Democrats lost over 1,000 state seats while President Obama was in office.  When Democrats held both houses and the presidency, from 2008 – 2010, they were unable to pass any new gun control laws.

Article from CNN – How gun control advocates could break the NRA’s blockade.

Since early in Bill Clinton’s first term as president, the National Rifle Association and its legislative allies have effectively stymied meaningful federal gun control legislation.

That blockade has held for two decades despite a succession of mass shootings over so horrific they have become known simply by their location: Columbine, Aurora, Newtown, San Bernardino, Orlando and now Las Vegas.

What exactly is “meaningful federal gun control legislation”?  Gun control advocates have taken and taken until there is nothing more to give.

While it is true some Republicans may be swayed, gun control advocates should be concerned about the foundation of the Democrat party.


If Democrats were unable to make progress between 2008 – 2010, when they controlled the federal government, what makes them think they can pass anything at all?  This is especially true after the electoral college landslide defeat of Hillary in the 2016 presidential election.

After the scandal of the Democratic National Convention (DNC) favoring Hillary, and the DNC email leaks, the party should be worried about their survival, and less worried about gun control.

The honest truth is, there has been an open rebellion against the aging Democrat leadership.  Nancy Pelosi has been asked to resign several times.

Sen. Feinstein said there was no law that could have stopped the Las Vegas shooter.  In a video interview, she could not list any new laws that could prevent a repeat shooting.

Democrats wish Hillary would just go away.

Yet, while the Democrat party is falling apart, CNN thinks the NRA blockade can be broken?

No wonder President Trump calls CNN fake news.

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Four 7.62 Calibers For Everything []

Title is a little misleading, right?  Exactly which 7.62 mm are we referring to?  For those of you who do not know, 7.62 translates to 308, which is the bullet diameter.

The title of the article was going to be “All you need is a 308.”  However, when we discuss the 7.62×39, some basement baby couch commando will start babbling about how the 7.62×39 will sometimes measure .310.

Let’s go ahead and throw this out there, whether you are prepping for the end of the world, or deer hunting, one of these four calibers will probably be all you need.

7.62 x 39

Developed in 1944, this popular cartridge shows no signs of fading into the shadows anytime soon.

Maybe its popularity is due to the shiploads of SKS rifles imported into the U.S.A.?  Maybe the popularity of the 7.62×39 is because the AK-47 is chambered in it?

One thing is for sure, the SKS and the AK-47 are some of the most reliable rifles on the planet.  Even the WASR-10 has a reputation for being reliable. The Ak Operators Union, Local 47-74 put over 10,000 rounds through though a WASR-10, and had only a handful of malfunctions.

Over the decades, I have owned a Ruger Mini-30, SKS and two AK-47 rifles.  When it comes to a rifle that needs to get dirty or banged up, I reach for the AK.

Ammunition is cheap and plentiful.  With ballistics slightly less than the 30-30 Winchester, the 7.62×39 can be used for deer sized game.

30-30 Winchester

Marlin 336 30-30 Winchester

Besides muzzle-loaders, which had a head start by several hundred years, the 30-30 Winchester has probably killed more deer than any other caliber.

Developed in 1895, the 30-30 Winchester shows no signs over ever losing popularity.

Why is the 30-30 so popular?  Probably because it is very effective on whitetail deer sized game.  In the southern piney woods of the united States, one would be hard pressed to find a better deer cartridge than the 30-30 Winchester.

My personal 30-30 is a Marlin 336 that was made in 1976.

308 Winchester



Developed in 1951, the 308 is used by the military, law enforcement, target shooters, and hunters.

Whether you want a military grade semi-automatic rifle for the end of the world (e.g. FN/FAL, PTR-91, M1A), are a target shooter or deer hunter, the 308 offers well rounded performance and accuracy.

One of the nice things about the 308 is the wide range of ammunition.  Whether you are stockpiling ammo for a collapse, deer hunter, or target shooter, there is something on the market to suit your needs.

My daughter took her first whitetail deer with my DS Arms FN/FAL.  Who says military style firearms have no sporting purpose?

30-06 Springfield

Whitetail deer taken with 30-06 Springfield

Whitetail deer taken with 30-06 Springfield.

Last, but certainly not least, is the 30-06 Springfield.  I would speculate the ’06 has killed almost as many deer as the 30-30 Winchester, but not quit.  However, the ’06 has certainly killed more people than the 30-30.

The ’06 has served the United States military for over 100 years, and is still in use today.

Why do so many sportsmen reach for the 30-06?  Maybe because of the history behind the cartridge?  Maybe is is because of accuracy and ammo selection?  While those may play a factor, the honest truth is, the 30-06 is an excellent all around caliber.

Hornady 7th edition reloading manual list reloading information for 110 – 220 grain bullets.

Speer reloading manual number 11, bought in 1989, list reloading information for 100 – 200 grain bullets.

With a range of bullet weights, accurate and hard hitting, the ’06 is a well rounded rifle cartridge.

Final Thoughts

Hopefully, this list will get some feedback, both positive and negative.  Some people may say, “Kevin, what about the 270, 7mm-08, 280, 300 Win. Mag… etc.”

We all know dozens of calibers that are well suited for target shooting and hunting.  However, the 7.62 (.308) caliber family does it all.  Whether it is prepping for the end of the world, military applications, or sitting in a stand on opening morning, something from this family will fit the bill.



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Quote Of The Day [No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money]

The quote of the day comes from Mike Kim, RPh., who owns a Washington, DC community pharmacy named Grubb's. His pharmacy has the contract to fill all the prescriptions for members of Congress. Grubb's delivers upwards of 100 prescriptions a day to the Office of Attending Physician which serves Congress.

Mike Kim, the reserved pharmacist-turned-owner of the pharmacy, said he has gotten used to knowing the most sensitive details about some of the most famous people in Washington.

“At first it’s cool, and then you realize, I’m filling some drugs that are for some pretty serious health problems as well. And these are the people that are running the country,” Kim said, listing treatments for conditions like diabetes and Alzheimer’s.

“It makes you kind of sit back and say, ‘Wow, they’re making the highest laws of the land and they might not even remember what happened yesterday.'”

 Not only is it scary that you have politicians with Alzheimer's that are still in office but a hack of their patient database would be quite the blackmail tool.


The German Police orders hundreds of SIG Sauer MCX Rifles [The Firearm Blog]

Good news for SIG SAUER GmbH & Co. in Eckernförde, Germany. According to the a large German State Police Force has ordered several hundred MCX rifles. The HK MP5 is getting old(er) and need replacing. 9 millimeters are also out, the 5,56 is in. Competition from Heckler & Koch and potentially other supplier must […]

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Confederate Whitworth Sniper: Sub-MOA Hexagonal Bullets in 1860 [Forgotten Weapons]

Sir Joseph Whitworth is quite the famous name in engineering circles, credited with the development of such things as Whitworth threading (the first standardized thread pattern) and engineer’s blue. When he decided to make a rifle, he decided that he could make flat surfaces more precisely than round ones, and chose to design a rifle with a hexagonal bore and mechanically fitted bullets.

The Whitworth rifles proved to be magnificently accurate, with a British military test showing a group of 0.85 MOA at 500 yards, and under 8MOA even at 1800 yards. However, the rifles were equally expensive, and were not given further consideration for military use. Whitworth made a total of about 13,700, selling them to high level competitive marksmen and wealthy shooting enthusiasts. A small number were purchased by Confederate agents during the Civil War, and between 50 and 125 were able to evade the Union blockades to be delivered into Confederate hands. These rifles were equipped with Davidson 4-power telescopic sights, and they were put to extremely good effect by Confederate sharpshooting units. In particular, they were used to shoot at Union artillery crews, and Whitworth bullets have been found on a great many Civil War battlefields. They were not available in large numbers, but they were excellent rifles and put to use as much as possible.

Given the small number originally brought into the CSA, the number of known surviving examples is extremely low. This one, like many, was found without its scope and mount, and those parts have been replaced with period examples. As a true Confederate Whitworth, however, this is an extremely rare and historically relevant rifle!


NSSF/SAAMI Call for ATF Review of Bump Fire Stocks [The Firearm Blog]

In the wake of the tragic shooting in Las Vegas two important shooting organisations have released a joint statement calling for a review of bump fire-type stocks. The statement below comes from the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) and the Sporting Arms and Ammunition Manufacturers’ Institute (SAAMI): Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with the […]

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Magpul – Tactile Lock-Plates now shipping [The Firearm Blog]

Magpul are now shipping what they are calling “TACTILE LOCK-PLATES”. According to Magpul they “have some professional customers that work nights who need a way to identify and differentiate magazines in the dark.” The Tactile Lock-Plates helps those night owls to quickly identify three separate loadouts by tactile feel. As some, and I might as […]

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Istanbul Military Museum: Small Arms of the Ottoman Empire [The Firearm Blog]

This guest post has been submitted to TFB on behalf of Marawan​ M, an Egyptian firearms designer currently working in Turkey for a civilian Turkish firearms company. Recently he visited the Istanbul Military Museum and wrote up a summary of his visit along with accompanying photographs. This is Marawan​ M’s first guest post for TFB. […]

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Diamondback Firearms’ Latest: 6.5 Creedmoor AR Rifle [The Firearm Blog]

Diamondback DB10 6.5 CreedmoorRecently, Diamondback Firearms announced another edition to its growing line of weapons: the DB1065CB rifle. While the name isn’t terribly memorable, the gun is chambered for the very popular 6.5 Creedmoor cartridge. In fact, the round has become a bit of a darling in the shooting market during the past few years. The new gun is […]

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SWIR MAWL-CLAD – Now Even More Invisible IR Laser [The Firearm Blog]

Got IR Lasers and Night Vision? Well now there is something even more invisible than that. SWIR is a higher wavelength on the infrared spectrum. NIR (Near Infrared) is what most night vision sees and IR lasers are set to. NIR is 0.75–1.4 µm. SWIR is 1.4–3 µm. What does this mean? You cannot see it […]

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Army’s M17 Modular Handgun System to Reach First Units in November [The Firearm Blog]

It has been announced that the US Army’s Modular Handgun System, the XM17,  will officially become the M17 and begin issue to units near the end of the year. The Army anticipates that the XM17 will complete the materiel release process, which ensures equipment is safe for issue, in November. The ‘XM’ prefix has been used […]

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First Focal Plane spotters – The Black dot test strikes back! [The Firearm Blog]

In Finnaccuracy’s previous test, the mirage limited the dot visibility significantly. In case you missed the previous extensive review of reasonably priced FFP (First Focal Plane) spotters you can read it here. In this test, the weather seemed to be very good for spotting, so we thought we would give it another try. The temperature […]

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Wednesday, 11 October


BOTH HK416 and HK433 Submitted to Bundeswehr Rifle Trials, H&K Confirms [AUSA 2017] [The Firearm Blog]

Representatives of the German gun manufacturing company Heckler & Koch confirmed today that the company has submitted both the HK416 assault rifle and the new HK433 modular assault rifle to the Bundeswehr’s System Sturmgewehr Bundeswehr (SSB) rifle trials, which are scheduled to be completed by the end of 2018. The decision to submit both rifles to the trials […]

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Knife Review: Shirogorov Neon []

In the world of tactical knives, the new hottest changes about every 6-12 months. For a long time it was the Sebenza, and while the knife is as great as ever, the fickle market has moved on in search of something even cooler and more exotic.

After that there were a few challengers–Striders, Emersons, and others. Then Rick Hinderer released the XM-18 and folks went bonkers. The titanium framelock flipper design and the overbuilt look were entrancing to the tactical knife market. When you add to that the polished/stonewashed finish you get a knife that held the market’s attention for more than a year. Prices on the XM-18, which used to be limited for sale only to LEO/Mil/EMS folks, rose past the four figure threshold. A $1,000 XM-18 was not uncommon. But like with all things, the market continued to search.

After the XM-18 the next knife to capture everyone’s attention was the Russian-made Shirogorov. Produced by two knifemaking brothers, Shirogorovs were known for their minimalist designs, classic blade shapes, and above all else, flipping action unlike anything else on the market. Prices, even for production versions, still hover well over $500. And the knives are pretty big. There are a lot of Shiros that have 4″ blades. For me, I find those knives too big, and so, despite the siren’s call, I avoided the Shiro Madness that afflicted the knife world.

Then they released the 3.25 inch Shirogorov Neon. And I was infected. Fortunately, I was able to borrow one and carried it for review. The end result of that review period is a steadfast belief that Shiros are among the best blades out there. The Neon is a treat.



The Neon is a titanium framelock flipper. It uses a bearing pivot. The steel on my particular sample was S90V and the blade was a nice drop point shape. The entire knife handle is stonewashed and the blade on my sample was bead blasted. There is some decorative machining on the handle and there is jimping at strategic places, including the Goldilocks’ sized flipper tab. The knife uses a sculpted titanium pocket clip.


As this was a loaner I did not test the knife as hard I as would with a knife I owned or one I was given for review by the company or a retailer. That said, the normal EDC tasks–food prep, package opening, recycling processing, isn’t torturous and so I felt comfortable using the Neon for those tasks. As a father to a two-year old I do lot of daily food prep (the regulations at daycare are crazy), so the Neon cut a metric ton of grapes and sliced a tree full of apples. It also did some cardboard cutting given the itty-bitty size of our now mandatory recycling bin.


The titanium framelock flipper is a great platform for variation and embellishment.The Neon approached those two things with hesitancy and the result is a clean and restrained design, shorn of excess and baubles. The line art machining fit perfectly with the quiet design.


The drop point was excellent, as drop points usually are. My only small gripe was a thin and pointy pocket clip that sometimes made stalling the knife in your pocket a hassle. I would like standardized hardware, but this is a complaint that seems to be in vain as more and more makers opt for strange and proprietary hardware. Why Whitworth bolts work in the knife business, but are despised in the car business, I have no idea.

One important note: this is the right size for a knife.  I love the Neon at 3.25 inches and the larger Shiros, while I am sure are equally fluid when opening, are a little impractical for EDC.  This knife though, is just the right size.


The Neon doesn’t look all that special at first.  It is actually kind of plain.


To a novice or in photographic form, its splendor is hard to appreciate, but in person, in hand, and especially when deployed, the knife is sublime. There is simply no other blade, custom or production, that I have handled that flips with the kinetic grace that the Neon does.

This is a knife of ethereal finish and that pivot, oh that pivot, it is the knife equivalent of the growl of a normally-aspirated Ferrari V12–a thing of rare pleasure. The blade, of course, was immaculate and the lock up was swift and satisfying. It is easy to understand, especially after handling the knife, why people fawn over Shiros the way they do.

This is simply put one of the finest production knives ever made and even with all of the competition and focus on the flipper portion of the market, the Shiro flipper/detent/pivot combo is without peer.  Having seen them taken apart I have no idea what the magic is, but there is no doubt that the magic is real, here.


As one of the more current new hotnesses, the Shiro brand earns its attention. Its knives are fine examples of the production cutlery world and a high water mark of what companies can do in terms of high end precision and repeatability. The Russian brothers are killing it. But all of these blades are big giant knives. The Neon retains all of the Russian splendor, but puts it in a smaller, more convenient and imminently carryable package. The problem with the Neon is not the knife, its the price and availability.

Even now, a year or so after it’s release, the Neon is hard to find and rarely in stock. When it is in stock, it vanishes in a heartbeat. And that’s insane given that this is a knife that is never cheaper than $600.

There is no question that the Neon is great and that it is a truly superior blade. It is also offering things that other uber premium production knives don’t, that flipping action, for example. But is that alone worth the $200 or so premium over a Sebenza or the $150 premium over a Hinderer? That’s something I can’t answer. I know some people think it is, and there is some support for that belief. There is simply no question, however, that the knife is amazing.

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The HK433: Up Close and Personal at [AUSA 2017] [The Firearm Blog]

At the 2017 Association of the United States Army annual meeting, Heckler & Koch brought out a weapon much talked-about but not seen on a US show floor until now: The HK433 rifle. Designed on the heels of the G36 controversy and intended to add a modern, inexpensive modular rifle to the Heckler & Koch […]

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Massachusetts: Gun Control Bill on the Move [NRA-ILA News]

Today, without considering the unintended effects of such poorly thought out legislation, the Massachusetts state House of Representatives passed Amendment 1 attached to House Bill 3951 with overreaching language that would ban modifications commonly made to firearms by law-abiding citizens.  The state Senate could be considering this bill as early as tomorrow.  Please contact your senator and urge them to OPPOSE this legislation!  Click the “Take Action” button below to contact your senator.


Watch: Make a Parabolic Mirror From a Space Blanket []

You probably want a parabolic mirror, although you didn’t know it until now. Turns out, they are pretty cool, and they make pretty good fire-starters when the sun is shining.

This guy makes his using a cheap space blanket, some PVC board material, and a few other odds & ends. The coolest thing was that he used nothing but compressed air to form the curve in the shiny Mylar surface.

He first tried Great Stuff expanding foam; results weren’t great.


Fiberglass followed, with more success… but you can be sure that when he talks about how he made it using just a $1 space blanket, he spent a heck of a lot more on materials… especially the fiberglass. But hey, who’s counting?


In the end, he can use his creation to set stuff on fire, plus make money from people like us watching him do it. Now that sounds like a win-win.

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This is not from the Onion... [Of Arms and the Law]

It's a real headline, albeit from a Tinseltown publication.

Hat tip to Instapundit...


Spokane Police will add suppressors to rifles, citing concerns about hearing damage [NRA-ILA News]

Rifles carried by Spokane police on patrol will soon be equipped with suppressors, a move the department says will protect officers and civilians from hearing damage. “It’s nothing more than like the muffler you put on your car,” said Lt. Rob Boothe, the range master and lead firearms instructor for the department.


Review: Browning Model 231 Camp Axe []

In the wake of Hurricane Irma, I had some trees come down. When I recently went to work removing a cherry laurel tree stump, I grabbed a couple hatchets and a small Browning camp axe. Both hatchets did more bouncing than chopping on the rubbery roots, but the light axe performed well. I reviewed it a while back on a now-defunct website, and decided that AO’s readers should know about this handy little chopper.

I’ve had this Browning Model 231 camp axe for about 5 years, and I’ll say right now that I’m not a daily user of any axe, but when I’ve needed a light chopper, this one has served me well. Although the handle is longer than that of a hatchet, the head itself is not much (if any) lighter — and using it one-handed is a breeze. This is NOT a full-size axe, and it should be a no-brainer that it shouldn’t be asked to do a full-size job.

First Impressions

When I was just a young ‘un, Dad had a small wood-handled camp axe, which he dearly loved for small chopping chores. The first time I saw this axe, I thought of Dad’s old axe and knew I needed to get my hands on one of these to try it out.

Once it arrived (“made in Taiwan” and clamshell packaging, bummer), I noticed the cutting edge was decidedly not sharp, especially towards the heel (lower end). I used it to clear some brush to erect a ladder stand, and it did okay but not great. In chopping tree limbs it was usable, but when I tried it out on a wild hog I found it to be much too dull for dressing or butchering game.

After spending some time with a file to give it a nice sharp edge, I used it to remove the shoulder from a whitetail carcass I was quartering. The broad curved blade works well for such tasks, and although the long handle can be awkward for quartering smaller big game like whitetails, I think it could really be handy for shucking out big animals like caribou, elk, and moose.

After I sharpened it, it cuts quite well. In fact, when I went to get it from my workshop to write this review, I stopped on the way back to get rid of some small roots in the trail. This slim chopper cut them easily, and the long handle allows a lot more leverage than a hatchet handle would.


  • One-piece hot-forged, hollow ground, high carbon 1055 tool steel tomahawk-style head
  • Length: 24″ per manufacturer (mine is a touch shorter)
  • Head Length: 6.75″ (edge to poll)
  • Cutting Blade Length: 4.25″
  • Weight: 2.3 pounds (37 ounces) (measured without sheath)
  • Handle is injection-molded polypropylene and fiberglass
  • Says an “integrated tang extends from axe head down into the handle for increased strength and rigidity”
  • Includes nylon sheath with embroidered buckhead logo (only covers the cutting edge)
  • Currently priced at $44.99 with free shipping at Amazon
  • Designed by Russ Kommer

Good Stuff

  • The cutting edge is fairly long, and the hook at the heel (bottom) is nice for hooking onto a log to move it around.
  • Once I sharpened it, it holds an edge well.
  • I like the light weight and the size is right.
  • The handle seems tough and has a light texture that provides grip without being real rough (that said, my handle looks different than new models of this axe).
  • Easy to use and control, no matter where I grab the handle.
  • The sheath protects the cutting edge from damage, and protects you from the cutting edge.

Not-So-Good Stuff

  • Arrived dull, so I had to sharpen it.
  • Sheath only covers cutting edge (doesn’t provide for carry of any kind).
  • The rounded poll makes a poor hammer.
  • The handle is flexible (this hasn’t caused me any trouble, but the handle seems to have changed since mine was made).


When I first reviewed this axe, it hadn’t been around for long. Four years later, a full one-third of Amazon reviewers give this axe only one star — and several have experienced severe bending and/or breakage of the handle. This is a serious issue which prevents me from really endorsing this axe — along with the fact that the weirdly-rounded poll isn’t worth a damn for driving tent stakes or tree-felling wedges, and that mine arrived so dull I had to sharpen it myself.

This seems to be the current version of the handle. (Image: Browning)

This seems to be the current version of the handle. (Image: Browning)

For carrying, you will need to figure it out for yourself because Browning hasn’t done anything for you there. The “sheath” merely covers the cutting edge without providing a way to attach it to belt or pack.

That said, I do like mine and I’m happy to have it. After reading others’ complaints of handle flexing and breaking, I did try the flex on mine and it does bend more than I expected, but nothing like what the nay-sayers have seen — and the flex that I have doesn’t bother me. So for my part, this axe does a pretty good job and its light weight makes it easy to tote… but there are probably tougher ones out there.


A review sample was provided by the manufacturer. (This doesn’t affect my review, which contains my honest opinion of the product.)

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Marcolmar: Bringing Czech and Russian Beltfeds to the Civilian Market [The Firearm Blog]

Marcolmar is a small but very dedicated company in northern Indiana that produces semi-automatic beltfed versions of historically significant small arms from the Soviet era. Tackling a very difficult task such as taking the Czech Uk.59 GPMG and turning it into a legal, semi-automatic, ATF approved firearm that you could purchase through an FFL isn’t […]

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Sierra Bullets Publishes 6mm Creedmoor Reloading Data [The Firearm Blog]

6mm CreedmoorThe 6.5mm Creedmoor finally has some more published data behind it for prospective reloaders of the caliber. Sierra Bullets, the company known for good bullets in green boxes, finally has some published data on the hot little Creedmoor. It is interesting if you notice in the cover photo of this article that Sierra Bullets designates 6mm […]

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That could explain much.... [Of Arms and the Law]

From Congress's pharmacist:

"At first it's cool, and then you realize, I'm filling some drugs that are for some pretty serious health problems as well. And these are the people that are running the country," Kim said, listing treatments for conditions like diabetes and Alzheimer's.

"It makes you kind of sit back and say, 'Wow, they're making the highest laws of the land and they might not even remember what happened yesterday.'"


HR 3999 - The "Bipartisan" Answer To S.1916 Is A Trojan Horse [No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money]

You knew it was only a matter of time before some spineless Republican - but I repeat myself - introduced a bill that mimicked Sen. Dianne Feinstein's S. 1916 - Automatic Gunfire Prevention Act. Rep. Carlos Curbelo (R-FL) and Rep. Seth Moulton (R-MA) introduced the bill yesterday and it has 11 Democrats and 10 Republicans as co-sponsors.

Reading the wording of the bill, it is actually worse for the firearms community than avowedly anti-gun Feinstein's bill. Her bill at least makes mention of bump fire stocks and trigger cranks. The operative wording on this bill says:

(a) PROHIBITION.—Section 922 of title 18, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following:
‘‘(aa) It shall be unlawful for any person—
‘‘(1) in or affecting interstate or foreign commerce, to manufacture, possess, or transfer any part or combination of parts that is designed and functions to increase the rate of fire of a semiautomatic rifle but does not convert the semiautomatic rifle into a machinegun; or
‘‘(2) to manufacture, possess, or transfer any such part or combination of parts that have been shipped or transported in interstate or foreign commerce.’’.
I call this bill a Trojan Horse because it can mean anything and everything that the regulators at the BATFE and DOJ want it to mean. Improved triggers, springs, and heavier buffers than stock could all be included under the wording of this bill.

Here are the Republicans that have signed on as co-sponsors. Some are the usual suspects like Peter King; some should know better. I have put their NRA-PVF grade for 2016 after their names. Rep. Curbelo, the bill's sponsor, was rated a B+ by the NRA_PVF.
Rep. King, Peter T. [R-NY-2]* F
Rep. Lance, Leonard [R-NJ-7]* A Endorsed
Rep. Meehan, Patrick [R-PA-7]* B-
Rep. Royce, Edward R. [R-CA-39]* A Endorsed
Rep. Smith, Christopher H. [R-NJ-4]* C+
Rep. Paulsen, Erik [R-MN-3]* A Endorsed
Rep. Costello, Ryan A. [R-PA-6]* A Endorsed
Rep. Ros-Lehtinen, Ileana [R-FL-27]* A Endorsed
Rep. Dent, Charles W. [R-PA-15]* A Endorsed
Rep. Stefanik, Elise M. [R-NY-21]* A Endorsed
It disgusts me to see that seven out of the 10 Republican co-sponsors were "A Endorsed" candidates in 2016. While the NRA meant for their statement of bump fire stocks to be a delaying device, it has also become cover for these Republicans. The average voter isn't going to go into the exact wording of the NRA's statement. They are just going to say, "The NRA says bump fire stocks should be banned and this is what these Republicans are doing." You know and I know that the NRA called for greater regulation which is much different than a ban.

With regard to the Democrat co-sponsors, they are all rated F with the exception of Rep. Gene Green (D-TX) who got a B-.

This bill needs to be stopped and stopped now. The Republicans supporting this bill need calls from their constituents and donors.


Tactical Solutions Holster For The Ruger MK IV and 22/45 [The Firearm Blog]

There are few things that I want these days that I actually need. MP5K? Sure I want it, but only in my twisted brain could I actually find a need for a compact roller locker. However the Tactical Solutions holster for the Ruger MKI, II, II, IV, 22/45 and PAC-LITE pistols is probably a piece […]

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Former Gun Control Advocate Learns it Doesn’t Work []

Sometimes, all it takes to learn truth is a little research and an honest mind. If someone goes looking for factual data, it’s there to be found. That’s how Leah Libresco, author of a recent Washington Post article who was once a strong supporter of gun control, came to realize it’s not the answer. But her final conclusion may surprise you.

Before I started researching gun deaths, gun-control policy used to frustrate me. I wished the National Rifle Association would stop blocking common-sense gun-control reforms such as banning assault weapons, restricting silencers, shrinking magazine sizes and all the other measures that could make guns less deadly.

Then [after three months of research on firearm-caused deaths] in the United States, …I wound up frustrated in a whole new way… [T]he case for the policies I’d lobbied for crumbled when I examined the evidence.

After delving into the tight gun restrictions in Australia and Britain, she found no evidence that their overbearing laws had helped:

Neither nation experienced drops in mass shootings or other gun related-crime that could be attributed to their buybacks and bans.

She kept asking questions and learning.

  • Should we ban ‘assault weapons?’ “[The term ‘assault weapon’ is] an invented classification that includes any semi-automatic that has two or more features, such as a bayonet mount, a rocket-propelled grenade-launcher mount, a folding stock or a pistol grip. But guns are modular, and any hobbyist can easily add these features at home…”
  • Are silencers bad? “[T]hey deserve that name only in movies, where they reduce gunfire to a soft puick puick. In real life, silencers limit hearing damage for shooters but don’t make gunfire dangerously quiet.”
  • Limit magazine capacity? “[A] practiced shooter could still change magazines so fast as to make the limit meaningless.”

At the end of her three-month research project, Libresco says she had begun to change her thinking: “I didn’t believe in many of the interventions I’d heard politicians tout.”

Has she come full circle? Not quite; she still calls herself “anti-gun” and she doesn’t want any firearms in her home… but she’s also learned not to jump on that broad-sweeping, emotionally-charged bandwagon called ‘gun control.’

The three groups of people most often killed by guns, she says, are 1) suicides, 2) males aged 15 to 34, most often killed by other males in gang-related and/or street violence, and 3) women murdered as a result of domestic violence. No “gun control” measures could help with this; so what possibly could?

…I found the most hope in more narrowly tailored interventions. Potential suicide victims, women menaced by their abusive partners, and kids swept up in street vendettas are all in danger from guns, but they each require different protections.

Older men, who make up the largest share of gun suicides, need better access to people who could care for them and get them help. Women endangered by specific men need to be prioritized by police, who can enforce restraining orders prohibiting these men from buying and owning guns. Younger men at risk of violence need to be identified before they take a life or lose theirs and to be connected to mentors who can help them de-escalate conflicts.

Libresco still believes in disarming citizens, but in a more targeted way (pun intended). Not only by removing the gun rights of anyone accused of domestic violence as mentioned above, but by also going after young male gang members and taking away their guns one at a time:

The young men at risk can be identified by an algorithm, but they have to be disarmed one by one, personally — not en masse as though they were all interchangeable.

At least Libresco has realized that the problem lies in criminals, and not the tools which they use:

A reduction in gun deaths is most likely to come from finding smaller chances for victories and expanding those solutions as much as possible. We save lives by focusing on a range of tactics to protect the different kinds of potential victims and reforming potential killers, not from sweeping bans focused on the guns themselves.

I’m hesitant to embrace her proposed measures, mainly because I find it difficult to trust the government to exert power well and fairly. But what do you think?

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Garrow Firearms Development .17 HMR AR15 [The Firearm Blog]

A roller-locked gas operated .17 HMR AR15 upper? You have my attention. Garrow Firearms Development is announcing the availability of a complete upper receiver group for the AR platform that allows for the use of all milspec triggers. At a reasonable $599 price point, semi auto .17 HMR is within reach. I recently had the […]

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Texas Democratic Party apologizes for tweet blaming campus carry law for Texas Tech shooting [NRA-ILA News]

The Texas Democratic Party apologized on Tuesday for a tweet it had posted after a fatal shooting at Texas Tech University.As news broke Monday night that a 19-year-old student had allegedly shot and killed a Texas Tech University police officer, the Austin-based organization posted the following tweet on its official account:The Texas Democrats' tweet quickly came under sharp criticism.


Florida Republican Introduces Bump Stock Ban Bill []

Turncoat Republicans have introduced a bill that would outlaw devices that change the rate of fire for semi-automatic weapons (translation: bump stocks and ????).

The bill was introduced by U.S. Representative Carlos Curbelo, a Republican from Florida. Currently, the bill has bipartisan support from both Democrats and Republicans.

Bill can be found here: Bump Stock Ban.

To amend title 18, United States Code, to prohibit the manufacture, possession, or transfer of any part or combination of parts that is designed and functions to increase the rate of fire of a semiautomatic rifle but does not convert the semiautomatic rifle into a machine gun, and for other purposes.

The exact definition of a  “rate increasing device” is not provided.  This leaves the law open to interpretation by the ATF, which is never good; ATF should not have the power to make law, because this power is reserved for Congress.  This creates the same sort of open-ended loophole the ATF uses to block numerous firearms from being imported.

I was first notified of the law by a video posted by the Military Arms Channel.

Thank you to the Military Arms Channel for posting a video video about this important topic.

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Humane Aspect of Deer Feeders []

When the topic of deer feeders comes up, there is usually several discussions that follow.  Some people say feeders are no different than baiting.  Others say it is not really hunting; you just throw some corn out and wait for the deer to show up.

Regardless of whether using a deer feeder is actually hunting, or if it is the same as baiting, feeders facilitate the humane harvesting of deer.

Hunters will usually look for wildlife trails, scraps, rubs, tracks… etc., to help determine if deer are in the area.  Once a hunter finds an area where deer are passing though, the feeder is set up.

At this point, all the feeder does is get the deer to stop and stand still.  The deer are already in the area, so, it is not baiting.

Which is more humane:

  • Determine the age, antler spread, and get a shot off in a split second.
  • Use corn to help the deer stand still.  Then, the hunter can determine age, antler spread, and take a humane shot.

Is the Deer Legal?

Most hunting leases have their own rules on deer that could be harvested.  For example, the lease my family and I were on, the lease rules said the deer had to be at least a six point.  Then the state stepped in and put antler restrictions in place for numerous counties.  So, not only did the deer have to be at least a six point by lease rules, the inside spread had to be at least 13 inches by state regulation.

Using a feeder assists hunters in harvesting legal deer.  The hunter has time to count the points, estimate the antler spread and age.  Then, only when the hunter is sure the deer is legal, the shot is taken.

Then there are the stories, such as a hunter who shot a deer with an antler spread 1/2 inch under legal size.  A Game Warden checked the deer, and wrote the hunter a ticket.  That 1/2 inch mistake cost the hunter several hundred dollars.

So yea, if it means staying legal, I will set up a feeder.

What about the readers?  Are feeders legal in your state?  Also, has your state put antler restrictions in place?

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China Donates 3,000 Rifles to Philippines [The Firearm Blog]

On the 5th of October, China and the Philippines held a handover ceremony for 3,000 rifles in Manilla. China has donated another 3,000 rifles to President Rodrigo Duterte’s Philippines in an effort to aid the countries war on drugs and terrorism. The Norinco CQ-A5b rifles are M4 clones introduced by the Chinese company in 2006, the […]

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California Democrat Dianne Feinstein offers wise words on Las Vegas Strip shooting [NRA-ILA News]

“Could there have been any law passed that could have stopped it?” Dickerson asked about the shooting.“No, he passed background checks registering for handguns and other weapons on multiple occasions,” Feinstein replied.Feinstein’s exactly right, and it’s a point gun-rights advocates have been making for decades. Passing another law won’t stop people who’ve already decided to break existing ones.


Counties may regulate the location of gun shops, 9th Circuit Court rules [NRA-ILA News]

Counties may restrict the location of gun stores as long as residents have the ability to purchase firearms, a federal appeals court decided Tuesday.


What You Didn’t Know About the 1968 Machine Gun Amnesty [Forgotten Weapons]

When the 1968 machine gun amnesty was announced in the US, it was treated with widespread suspicion among gun collectors. Some thought it would merely a pretense to find and arrest owners of unregistered machine guns. Others though it was just the first step in a prohibition and confiscation of machine guns. Both of these groups would prove to be wrong, however,r and the amnesty was in fact a true amnesty.

In fact, the amnesty was even more substantial than people recognize even today. It was not just an amnesty for possession of an unregistered machine gun, but also pretty much any crime associated with the gun. For example, it would legalize guns that had been stolen from military property rooms, and guns with defaced serial numbers. In fact, it even allowed felons to register machine guns, and retain the legal right to own them to this very day.


Loaded Kimber Pro Carry II Found in a River [The Firearm Blog]

Remember that StG-44 found in an attic in Poland we posted about last week? Well here’s another post about a gun that was stumbled upon, this time by some guys on YouTube who search for treasure in rivers. Finding firearms in rivers is surprisingly common. Earlier this year I posted about a possible murder weapon that […]

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Steyr AUG Enhancement Kit by CORVUS Defensio of Austria [The Firearm Blog]

Non-mainstream firearms like the Steyr AUG normally have a little aftermarket support. The development of new products with a small potential customer base is not always justified or results in an overly expensive product. Nevertheless, even if there is a very small demand, you’ll still find one or two companies offering upgrade parts for the […]

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Indonesian PINDAD 7.62x45mm Cartridge [The Firearm Blog]

While doing a research for another article and looking for different information, I visited Indonesian Pindad’s website. Their small arms page shows the different models of their SS-1 and SS-2 rifles chambered in 5.56x45mm. But then I noticed a couple of rifles designated as 7.62mm ones. Just by looking at the magazine size in relation to […]

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Panic Buying Bump Fire Stocks is Stupid [The Firearm Blog]

Slidefire stockDon’t get me wrong. You have the right to pay whatever you want and vendors have the right to charge whatever the traffic will bear. Capitalism is awesome and there is no such thing as price gouging. But it’s beyond foolish to pay inflated prices in anticipation of a ban. There isn’t any likely scenario […]

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Gun Trivia: Why Is A Tire Called A Tire? [The Firearm Blog]

Here’s a bit of trivia fun for you. Question: Why is a “tire” (as in a car or bicycle) called a “tire”? Answer: If we look at old wagon wheels or a Gatling gun carriage, we see the central wood hub, the spokes, and a metal band around the outside. In fact, that metal band […]

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New TriggerTech DIAMOND Triggers for Remington 700 Rifles [The Firearm Blog]

TriggerTech has introduced a new trigger for Remington 700 rifles. It is called “Diamond” and features their Variable Rate Adjustment Technology and Pro Curved trigger lever. The new trigger is designed for competition shooters. It can be adjusted from 4 oz to 32 oz. When developing the Diamond trigger their R&D team faced a number of challenges. […]

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Browning Expands Hearing Protection Line [The Firearm Blog]

Behind the Head Hearing Protector resizedBrowning offers a wide range of shooting accessories to make the sport more enjoyable. From hunting gear to flashlights, the company seems to offer a little bit of everything for many shooters. One of the areas the company dabbles in is hearing protection. The company already offered a number of products to reduce the harmful […]

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Tuesday, 10 October


7.62 TAVOR 7 from IWI USA on Display at [AUSA 2017] [The Firearm Blog]

The 2017 Association of the US Army annual meeting was the public debut of Israel’s new full caliber bullpup rifle, the Tavor 7. Announced in late June via IWI’s Facebook page, the Tavor 7 is a 7.62mm / .308 Winchester caliber semiautomatic bullpup rifle patterned after the Tavor family of 5.56mm (etc.) caliber bullpups.   The Tavor […]

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Review: Xpedition Xplorer SS []

The Xpedition Xplorer is one of six flagship hunting bows I’ve been testing for our sister site, Xpedition Archery is a smaller bow manufacturer and this was the first time I’ve been able to spend a lot of time with one of its bows.

The bow is set up with a QAD Ultra Rest, Bee Stinger Counterslide stabilizer, Trophy Ridge React H5 five-pin sight and a quarter-inch peep sight.

This is a fairly compact bow with an axle-to-axle length of 30 inches, brace height of 6 1/8 inches, IBO rated speed of 355 feet per second and mass weight of 3.9 pounds. It has an MSRP of $1,049.

Take one look at the Xplorer SS and you can see that fit and finish is on par with any of the big manufacturers. The RealTree AP Black camo finish looks great in among the trees in the thick woods where I typically hunt. One of the wood inlays on the side of the grip was a bit loose when I received the bow, but it tightened down easily.

Pick up the Xplorer SS and you’ll notice right away how light and compact it is. If you hunt from a small blind or in really tight quarters, this bow would fit the bill.

I love the grip on this bow – probably my second favorite of any hunting bow I’ve tested this year. It’s nice and flat in the front and fits my hand really well.

Though I don’t normally love shooting short speed bows, I came to really enjoy the Xplorer SS. While the draw cycle is on the stiff side, it is very smooth and linear, pulling smoothly into the valley without a big dump. Of the three speed bows I shot this year, this one easily has my favorite draw cycle.

The valley is fairly generous, so you can relax a bit at full draw without worrying about the bow getting jumpy. Since this is a limb stop bow, the back wall is incredibly firm.

Letting the bow down can be a bit rough, as you’d expect from a speed bow. After the shot vibration is minimal. Though there is a noticeable “pop” after the shot, I wouldn’t characterize it as loud.

As for accuracy, I found the Xplorer SS to be a sweet shooting bow at 20-30 yards, but that was about it for my hunting comfort level. I struggled to stay consistently accurate at 40 yards and beyond, but it should be noted that this was just one of six bows I was getting used to at the same time.

To check the speed of the Xplorer SS, I ran it through a chrono while shooting a 398-grain Gold Tip Valkyrie arrow. I saw an average speed of 295 feet per second. For a 60-pound bow at my draw length with an arrow that heavy, that is really nice speed.

Tuning the bow was a breeze. In no time I was shooting bullet holes through paper and grouping broadheads with field points.

Xpedition is a fairly small brand and not everybody knows a lot about them, but the end product is on par with what any of the big manufacturers produce. I let several people at my club shoot the Xplorer SS and they all came away impressed. In fact, one guy even bought this bow from Xpedition after shooting it.


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The Blade Runner Blaster: One Handgun Everybody Wants []

Maybe there are some movie guns that ought to actually be developed as a real weapon. I vote for the LAPD 2019 Blaster created for the 1982 movie Blade Runner starring none other than Harrison Ford as Rick Deckard, the ex-cop detective hired to retire Replicants.

In this Sci-Fi film the Replicants were quasi organic creations of the mega-business bio technology Tyrell Corporation a firm developing genetically modified “humanoids” by genetic engineer Dr. Eldon Tyrell. These “Replicants” nicknamed “skinjobs” by the local police were banned from the home planet, presumably Earth, but some were escaping their interplanetary work assignments as laborers, soldiers, and prostitutes to return home seeking out an extension of their “life clocks.”

Rick Deckard’s job was to put these Replicants into “retirement”, permanently. Ironically he was hired by the local police administrator as a specialist in this type of work, since the regular police were unable or more likely incapable of dealing with them. After all this was a science fiction movie. Deckard held both the experience, intuition, and attitude to handle the retirement paperwork processing for the Replicants.

Deckard’s primary weapon of use was a very unique sidearm that he carried in a crossdraw holster. That alone met with my immediate approval. The crossdraw format is a favorite carry mode because it is easy to reach, and more comfortable in a sitting position in his land/air DeLorean type modernistic vehicle. Deckard was able to wield his firearm quickly from this non-traditional mode of carry for a law enforcement type. This carry also set him apart from the other law enforcement officers depicted in the movie. In this way his role was certainly even more unique.

The Blade Runner Blaster or as specified in the reference research officially was the LAPD 2019 Blaster. Remember this movie was released in 1982, so the gun’s 2019 reference adds to the futuristic designation of this Sci-Fi flick. Its origin is indeed purely a Hollywood gun fab shop creation. How they dream these things up is always a wonderment to movie lovers also fascinated with weaponry. The Blade Runner Blaster is one genuine piece of work for sure.

The Blade Runner Blaster or LAPD 2019 Blaster is based on two real firearms oddly combined together in a quite unrealistic format. The main configuration is the bolt action rifle action from a Steyr-Mannlicher Model SL in .222 Remington including their famous identity butter knife bolt handle. The second part of the contrived handgun is a Charter Arms Bulldog revolver. A side cover and a barrel shroud was added to hide the cylinder and hammer of the Charter Arms Bulldog handgun model. Other stranger modifications were added as well.

The LAPD Blaster had a set of double set triggers quite visible in the movie. This feature held no particular utilitarian function for the operation of the movie handgun. As it turned out, the movie’s director, Ridley Scott just liked the look of the Steyr-Mannlicher’s double trigger system so he kept the design. Also added were multiple bolt heads and screws to appear as knobs and controls for the Blade Runner gun. It also had 6-LED lights and two green LED lighted sights, so some electronics and a type of battery power had to be included. The grip was a custom target type checkered wood stock with a heavy metal end plate.

There is no mention whatsoever in the research material on this movie gun of its cartridge or chambering. The Charter Arms Bulldog was chambered for the .44 Special. Also, in its use by Deckard for retiring the Replicants, he never once cycled the rifle bolt action or reloaded the Bulldog cylinder. It seemed to clearly function as a semi-auto pistol. Hmmm. Go figure.

Consider though the one scene where Deckard’s unofficial replicant girl interest Rachael played by Sean Young, saved his life by planting a Blaster bullet though the head of another replicant Leon. The complete back to front head shot with resultant exit wound even from the close range shot might yield consideration for the .44 Special round of the Charter Arms Bulldog or a similar type cartridge in the Blaster. Hey, work with me here. Whatever the chambering of the LAPD Blaster, it was pretty darn powerful and effective. It retired a number of replicants.

Anyway, I think it would make a super neat great sidearm. Just its appearance to a threat would certainly be an attention getter. Add a laser sight activated by the front double trigger and you’d be good to go. The only issue I see is how to work out the cocking of the double action cylinder along with the long bolt and butter bolt handle from the Steyr rifle. Well, anyway, it was just a Hollywood movie, so we’re allowed to dream aren’t we?

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How Many Magazines Are Enough? []

For some people this is like asking how many pieces of pizza is enough. It’s different for everyone. Some could probably eat an entire pepperoni thin crust, but others could not stand more than a slice with anchovies. It’s a matter of personal taste at least when it comes to pizza.

For preppers, the question often comes up about how many loaded or backup survival rifle and pistol magazines should they keep in stock at all times? Again, the answer is very different for everyone, because of the situations, circumstances, or individualistic factors that impact their decision-making on this issue. Some would say enough magazines is never really enough.

You have to assess your own situation by asking a few questions to qualify your own set of circumstances. Are you likely to bug in or try to get away from a SHTF event. Of course this depends on the type of SHTF, the severity, and the immediate threat to your safety and long term survival either temporary or sustained.

Will you be alone in defending your residence, or bug out hide or will others be available to assist with guarding, patrolling, or resisting a threat? On a practical level, will you be reloading your own magazines or can others help out should there develop a need for a ready resupply of fresh loaded magazines? These are conditions you have to factor in and prepare for now.

Then, of course, the number of magazines to house per weapon depends on how many of what kinds of weapons you have and intend to deploy. Herein lies a strong case for the standardization of survival weaponry across the board. For example, if all of your defense rifles are of the AR-15 type, all 5.56/.223 thereby using the same exact magazines, then your stock automatically becomes interchangeable among all those rifles. Very efficient indeed.

It’s the same for handguns, if your arsenal is made up of all Glocks or a Beretta model, all in 9mm, then be certain every pistol uses the same magazines. This reduces confusion and complexity of training issues. Everybody on board knows that every rifle and every pistol handles their own proprietary magazines, hence the standardization of task and mission.

If you bug in, then have at least 20, 20-30 round AR magazines for 400-600 rounds loaded. Certainly more if you want or if you have several rifles. Same for pistols. If you bug out, then carry half the load, ideally with an extra cached stock at the bug out site. Of course, there are many other options to consider especially if you add shotguns to the mix. Just be well prepared.

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Attorney Adam Kraut On Slide Fire Stocks And The PLCAA [No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money]

I spoke with attorney Adam Kraut of the Prince Law Firm earlier today. I had asked him a question about the Protection of Legal Commerce in Arms Act and whether Slide Fire Solutions would be protected by it. He went over the requirements of the law and said he'd be posting on the case this afternoon.

He published The Protection in Lawful Commerce of Arms Act and the Fate of Slide Fire in the Aftermath of Las Vegas this afternoon and it is well worth a read if you want a better understanding of just who is protected by the law.

His conclusion?

Had Slide Fire not been a licensed manufacturer (or dealer or importer) it is likely that they would be an open target to be sued without the PLCAA coming into play.

UPDATE: Adam has a second post on the issue up at that goes into more depth about the lawsuit itself.


Proud Gabby - With Apologies To John Fogarty [No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money]

I'm reading yet another email asking for money from Americans for Responsible Solutions. They are criticizing the NRA for being respectfully quiet following the Las Vegas mass casualty event. As I continued to read, a jingle started playing in my head to the tune of Creedence Clearwater Revival's Proud Mary. All I could hear was "rollin' in the blood".

This led me to rewrite a bit of the first few stanzas of Proud Mary.

Left a good job in the Congress
Workin' for the Left ev'ry night and day
And I never lost one minute of sleepin'
Worryin' 'bout the way things should have been

Big money keep on commin'
Proud Gabby keep on beggin'
Rollin', rollin', rollin' in the blood

Cleared a lot of checks in the District
Pumped a lot of hands down in Tucson
But I never saw the good side of the city
'Til I hitched a ride as the anti-gun queen

Big money keep on commin'
Proud Gabby keep on beggin'
Rollin', rollin', rollin' in the blood

 This is probably not the most respectful thing to say about a former member of Congress and I am truly sorry that she got shot by a mentally disturbed young man who had passed all background checks. Nonetheless, I get sick and tired of how the gun prohibitionists roll in the blood of the victims before the blood is even dry.


✉ TFBTV Mail Room Episode 7: OktoberSquirrelfest [The Firearm Blog]

This episode of TFBTV is dedicated to Lake Fork Guy. Justin Rackley (Lake Fork Guy on YouTube) has been diagnosed with a brain tumor and doesn’t have the insurance to cover treatment. He and his wife have set up a webshop set up at; proceeds go to his treatment fund. Pick up a hat […]

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European Defence Agency’s Mission Abort System for Guided Ammunition [The Firearm Blog]

European Defence Agency (EDA) reports that they’ve successfully tested their Mission Abort System for large caliber guided ammunition. The new system incorporates a built-in self-destruction mechanism. Once its electronic system determines that the projectile leaves the safe range or flies at a different trajectory, it destroys the shell by breaking it into two pieces. This system is supposed to make training possible in […]

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The Spiny Orb-Weaver Spider []

If you have walked though the woods in late spring / early fall, chances are you walked into, or at least saw, a spider web.  The spider which spun that web was probably a member of the orb-weaver family.  One well-known orb-weaver is the Banana Spider.  A lesser-known member is the Spiny Orb-Weaver.

The Spiny Orb-Weaver is rather small, measuring about the size of a dime.  Though small, they have an ominous look with spikes along the back and a crab-like appearance. The spider may have bright colors, such as white or red.  Since we often associate color with danger, it is easy to think the Spiny Orb-Weaver is dangerous.

Unlike the famous Brown Recluse and Black Widow, the Spiny Orb-Weaver is relatively harmless. On the rare occasions when a Spiny Orb-Weaver does bite, the venom is not usually considered dangerous.

From Texas A&M: Spiny orb weaver.

Orbweavers are generally harmless and can be a nuisance when they build large webs in places inconvenient for humans.

Despite their formidable appearance, orb weaver spiders are not considered dangerous.

So the next time you are walking through the woods and run into a spider web with a horned or crabby-looking spider in it, don’t freak out. Chances are it is a Spiny Orb-Weaver, and it wants to get away from you as badly as you want to get away from it.

When they come into contact with people, the Spiny Orb-Weaver will usually attempt to get away.

Its diet consists of bugs which get caught in the web — including as mosquitoes and biting flies.  For this reason, orb-weavers are beneficial, so you should definitely think twice before you kill one.

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POTD: PK Design Lab Is Working On A Suppressor [The Firearm Blog]

Paul Kim of PK Designlab is working on a suppressor design. You may recognize the name. He was Senior VP of Engineering at SureFire. A couple years back he separated from SureFire to start up his own company, PK Designlab, He is most well known for his work on flashlights although he has worked on […]

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Tactical Walls Furniture And ModWall – Big 3 East [The Firearm Blog]

Tactical Walls has been a regular at Big 3 East and this year they showed off their latest in concealed storage. Their wall insert and shelves have been insanely popular and now they are getting into furniture with RFID locks. Below is their table lamp and night stand/side table. The night stand and end table […]

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Sharks And Bottom Feeders - Brady Center And Las Vegas Law Firm File Class Action Suit [No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money]

Sharks are always attracted to blood and bottom feeders exist to scavenge the remains.

Today, little more Friday, less than a week after the Las Vegas mass casualty event, the Brady Center's Legal Action Project in conjunction with Las Vegas class action law firm Eglet Prince plan to file suit in Clark County District Court against Slide Fire Solutions, LP, and other manufacturers and sellers of bump fire stocks. The case is being filed on behalf of everyone who attended the Route 91 Harvest Festival concert on October 1st. The suit will ask for both compensatory damages for the cost of counseling for emotional distress and for punitive damages.

From the joint press release, in part:

LAS VEGAS – October 10, 2017. A class action lawsuit was filed in the District Court of Clark County Nevada on behalf of victims of the deadliest mass shooting in American history that took place on October 1, at the Route 91 Harvest Festival. The suit, filed by Las Vegas law firm Eglet Prince and the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence, is against Slide Fire Solutions, LP and the sellers, manufacturers and marketers of "bump stock" devices which convert semi-automatic weapons to the functional equivalent of a machine gun.

This case is on behalf of all the festival goers who suffered emotional distress as a result of the shooting. The lawsuit asks the defendants to pay for the costs associated with counseling and other treatment for emotional distress. The lawsuit also asks the court to award punitive damages. The lawsuit alleges that such damages are appropriate for defendants who provided a product that turned a semi-automatic gun into the functional equivalent of a machine gun, thereby evading longstanding federal law.

The lawsuit asserts that Slide Fire Solutions, LP was negligent in developing and marketing "bump stocks" to the general public without any reasonable restrictions, thereby subverting federal law that has highly regulated machine guns for over 80 years. According to the Complaint, "this horrific assault would not and could not have occurred, with a conventional handgun, rifle, or shotgun, of the sort used by law-abiding responsible gun owners for hunting or self-defense." The complaint goes on to allege that the damage caused to the plaintiffs, "resulted from the military-style arsenal that the defendants manufactured, marketed, and sold to the public, without any reasonable measures or safeguards."

Representing the Plaintiffs are Robert Eglet, Robert Adams, Aaron Ford, and Erica Entsminger of the Eglet Prince law firm, and Jonathan Lowy, of the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence. Brady Campaign & Center Co-Presidents, Kristin Brown and Avery Gardiner, released a statement regarding the impact of this case:

The people who attended the concert have suffered so much already. The physical injuries are staggering, and we know the emotional injuries can be equally severe and long term. Brady has decades of experience supporting the victims of gun violence and has been the only organization in the nation focused on seeking justice for them in the courts.

The announcement was made at a press conference on Tuesday, October 10th at 10:30 am PST by Robert T. Eglet of Eglet Prince and Jonathan Lowy, Vice President, Litigation of the Brady Center. The event was held at the law offices of Eglet Prince 400 South Seventh Street, Suite 400 in Las Vegas.
Beyond the obvious gun control political overtones of this case, Eglet Prince attorney Aaron Ford is also the Majority Leader of the Nevada State Senate. His campaign finance reports don't indicate any direct contribution from either Michael Bloomberg or Everytown. However, Everytown and their PAC did contribute over $600,000 to the Nevada Democratic Party. The Eglet Prince law firm itself is a big donor to both Democrats and to the trial lawyers' PAC "Citizens for Justice".

The question is whether this case can go forward given the Protection of Legal Commerce in Arms Act. The Firearm Blog covered this in relationship to's decision to not allow any further sales of bump fire stocks on their website. asserts that the PLCAA doesn't cover the stocks. However, James Reeves who is an attorney and who writes for The Firearm Blog asserts the PLCAA does cover bump fire stocks but it is very questionable whether private sellers would be protected.

Is a bump fire stock a firearm product? While the courts will have to make the final determination, I'm going to side with those who hold that it is covered by the PLCAA.

If bump fire stocks are found to be covered by the PLCAA, then this case should either be moved immediately to US District Court or dismissed immediately. One would hope that the US Justice Department would file a motion in Clark County District Court asking that the case be moved to US District Court. Given the infestation of DOJ by the "deep state", I'm taking a wait and see attitude on that. In the meantime, we need to keep a watch on this and similar lawsuits.

The full 30-page complaint can be found here.

UPDATE: According to stories in both the Las Vegas Sun and the Las Vegas Review-Journal, the class action lawsuit was actually filed on Friday, October 7th.

Avery Gardiner, co-president of the Brady Campaign, was quoted saying she does not think the PLCAA applies.
Avery W. Gardiner, co-president of the Brady center and the gun control group’s former chief legal officer, said she doesn’t believe PLCAA will protect bump stock manufacturers. “PLCAA covers firearms and ammunition,” she said. “A bump stock is not a firearm and it is not ammunition. It does not qualify for immunity. I would be surprised if the defendants didn’t try to make a PLCAA argument, but they will not win.” Gardiner cited the 2010 letter sent by the ATF, which specifically states that the bump stock “is a firearm part and is not regulated as a firearm.”
That is an argument that is being made in the press who don't know the law but I doubt will be made in court. Under 15 U.S. Code § 7903 (4), a qualified product under the PLCAA includes "a component part of a firearm or ammunition." It can be reasonably argued that a stock - even a bump fire stock - is a component part of a rifle or carbine. Furthermore, Slide Fire Solutions LP and its founder, Jim Cottle, would qualify as a manufacturer and dealer respectively. Slide Fire Solutions LP holds a 07 manufacturer's FFL and Mr. Cottle a 01 dealer FFL. Both are protected classes under the PLCAA.


MAXIM Defense Universal PCC BCG & PDW Stocks- Big 3 East [The Firearm Blog]

You may know of Maxim Defense and their PDW stocks/braces. Well they are getting into the PCC bandwagon. Maxim Defense joined up with Tresna. Jose Jaureguizar of Tresna is now working for Maxim Defense. The Universal BCG is his brainchild. The undercut rail makes it compatible with Glock, Colt, Walther, Beretta, S&W, and MP5 magazines. […]

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Phase 5 Gets Colorful with AR Parts [The Firearm Blog]

Phase 5 red latchPhase 5 Weapon Systems introduced a variety of new color options for the most popular items in its broad line of AR parts. New color options include anodized red, gray and black. Among the parts offered in these colors are: the ambidextrous Battle Latch charging handle, the HexOne buffer tube, the Hex-2 buffer tube, the M-LOK attachments, the Picatinny rail sections, […]

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Suspect shot while trying to rob armored car driver [NRA-ILA News]

A 33-year-old man was shot Saturday morning while attacking an armored car guard in Chicago’s Little Village neighborhood during an attempted robbery, according to reports. As of Tuesday, the suspect, identified as Jerry Adams, remained hospitalized, although his current condition is not known. Police charged Adams with attempted robbery, and committing and threatening physical violence to a person and property.


Home invader shot multiple times in Bronzeville [NRA-ILA News]

A homeowner opened fire on a man who was trying to break into a residence late Saturday in the Bronzeville neighborhood on the South Side, police said.


34-Year-Old Wrestles Gun Away From Would-Be Thief, Shot in Leg [NRA-ILA News]

A 34-year-old man was shot in the leg during an attempted robbery near Temple University early this morning.


81-year-old New Smyrna-area homeowner shoots at burglar [NRA-ILA News]

A would-be burglar changed his mind about breaking into a home near New Smyrna Beach when the 81-year-old homeowner shot at him several times on Monday, sheriff’s deputies said.


RS Regulate Updates IWI Galil With Handguard – Big 3 East [The Firearm Blog]

Scott of RS Regulate has been working closely with IWI to develop an upgraded handguard for the Galil. The handguard is machined aluminum. It has three supports along the top to prevent crushing the U shaped handguard. The scalloped indentations allow for positive thumb control and the fence allows heat to dissipate while protecting you […]

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Why The AR-15 Can Not Be Banned []

Envision a scene from the movie Frankenstein where the villagers are standing outside Frankenstein’s castle calling for the beast to be destroyed.  It is late at night, everyone has a torch, the weather is cold and misting rain.

The same thing is happening today.  Rather than villagers wanting Frankenstein’s monster, anti-gun liberals are calling for the AR-15 to be banned.

Frankenstein pleads with the villagers, but they will not listen.  The castle is sacked, and the monster is destroyed.  The villagers will not stop there.  Some liberals are demanding even the police be disarmed.  Nobody, except the military is allowed to have a version of the monster.

Gun companies all across the nation close their doors.  Companies that specialized in producing quality AR-15s are put out of business.  Only two companies remain: Colt and FN.  Colt has been back and forth with bankruptcy court.  Banning the monster, would with great certainty, drive a stake through the heart of Colt.

Villages all over the nation rejoice that the monster has finally been destroyed.

Then, as history has a way of repeating itself, another great monster rises from the depths.  This could be a war with China, war with Russia… or some rogue nation rises to power.  This new enemy wages war on villages far and wide.

With a single producer of AR-15s and M4 rifles, it would be impossible to fulfill contracts.  The new monster knows this.  So, one of his first acts is to destroy the FN factory.

The villagers sowed the seeds of their own destruction.  With their last breath, they call the name of Eugene Stoner.

It is simple math, the military does not buy enough rifles to keep the factories open.  Those factories are a matter of national security.  In World War II, various nations came to the United States for weapons.  In response, congress passed the Lend Lease Act.  It was through our great factories that the world was able to defeat the Axis powers.

With one or even two factories, we would not be able to produce enough AR-15s, M16s, or M4s to protect ourselves, much less help our allies.

World leaders know the United States can supply her allies with unlimited small arms.  Who makes sure factories remain open during times of peace?

While other nations depend on government contracts to keep their small arms factories open, it is the civilian consumer that allows the United States to maintain a constant state of readiness during times of peace.

Unlike World War II, we would not have to retool factories to make small arms.  Those factories are already in place and are supported by the civilian market.

Next time you hear an anit-gun liberal talking about gun control, tell them no, it is a matter of national security that those factories say open.

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Saber 5 Systems CLUB Glock Magazine Floor Plate System [The Firearm Blog]

Saber 5 Systems CLUB (Configurable Locking Utility Baseplate) system is a Glock magazine floor plate replacement with multiple attachment options. The mounting system simply replaces the factory floor plate and allows attaching a finger extension, finger loop, glass breaker or enlarged baseplates. It is designed to make the same magazines configurable for multiple roles – competition, […]

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Congress debates gun control again [NRA-ILA News]

A debate over bump stocks — devices that allowed semi-automatic rifles to fire at rapid speed during the Las Vegas shooting — will continue this week on Capitol Hill as lawmakers grapple with the politically stinging issue of gun control.


The simple truth is that guns help, not hurt, millions of Americans [NRA-ILA News]

Anyone seriously concerned about violence knows that none of the usual panaceas would do much to reduce gun deaths. Gun restrictions in countries such as Australia and Great Britain didn’t end gun-related crimes.


Dianne Feinstein, oldest U.S. senator, announces reelection bid [NRA-ILA News]

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) officially declared her intention to run for reelection Monday, ending months of speculation about her future and probably avoiding what would have been an intense scramble of Golden State politics to succeed her.“I am running for reelection to the Senate. Lots more to do: ending gun violence, combating climate change, access to healthcare. I’m all in!” Feinstein tweeted.


Preppers: Farm Equipment The Bush Hog []

Preppers, let’s put together a series of articles talking about turning a piece of land into a working farm.  This could be after a world-changing event, such as nuclear war, or viral plague, or maybe you are just ready to get out there and work the land.

The most efficient way to work land is with a tractor.  But, where do you start?

A bush hog (a.k.a. brush hog) can be used to clear overgrown fields. Let’s talk about some of the safety issues and just how a bush hog works.


Today, most tractors use diesel fuel, but some gasoline… so be sure what type of fuel your tractor needs, and NEVER put in the wrong type.

For the most part, tractors are just like any other manual-transmission vehicle.  They will have:

  • Clutch.
  • Gear shift.
  • Gas pedal.
  • Brakes.
  • Fuel tank.
  • Oil.

Then there are things not found on a vehicle:

  • Three point hitch. This is where equipment attaches to the tractor.
  • Lever to raise / lower the three point hitch.
  • Hydraulic fluid.
  • Power Take Off (PTO).
  • PTO engage / disengage lever.
  • High and low gear.

There is a common misconception that tractors can pull anything, but that’s a dangerous notion. While they are designed to pull heavy equipment, tractors can flip if they are attached incorrectly to something like a stump. In a case like that, the front of the tractor will rise up and the tractor will flip over, which can easily kill or injure the tractor’s operator as well as bystanders.

Most tractors do not do well on slopes and hillsides and may well turn over. It is no different than using a lawnmower in a ditch, just on a larger scale.

Bush Hog

This is basically a large tractor-mounted lawn mower, but designed to work with heavy brush.

The bush hog attaches to the tractor via the three point hitch.  Power is supplied to the bush hog through a drive shaft which slides over the PTO.

The drive shaft of the bush hog is a danger zone.  Any hand or arm caught in it will be ripped off.

Bush hogs have ratings to what size brush or trees they can cut. Try it on too large a tree and you may break something. Fortunately, there are parts in the bush hog that are designed to break, so they will give before the expensive gear box or drive shaft are damaged.

To engage the PTO, there should be a lever near the tractor seat.  Push in the clutch when engaging the PTO.

When bush hogging, set the engine RPMs to about 2,000 and select a gear that moves the tractor along about as fast as a fast walk.

Always disengage the PTO before you turn off the engine.

Final Thoughts

Sounds simple enough, right?

The honest truth is that farm equipment must be respected.  Just a split second of not paying attention could cost someone’s hands, arms, legs, or even life.

NEVER let a child ride on a tractor while bush hogging.

On a personal note, my jr. high school coach had one arm severed at the elbow.  As a child, he was riding on a tractor, fell off, and the bush hog ran over his arm.  Doctors were able to save his life, but he lost most of his arm.

I am sure I’ve missed some important points.  Surely the readers are willing to offer up some suggestions?

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Update: Russian 9.6x53mm LANCASTER Cartridge [The Firearm Blog]

Earlier we reported about the first leaked images of the new Russian 9.6x53mm Lancaster cartridge. Recently, Molot published a video explaining the features and showing the details concerning this new cartridge. The 9.6x53mm Lancaster cartridge was developed by Russian Molot and Techcrim companies. It is based on the 7.62x54R case which was trimmed and necked up to […]

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Klienen Waffenwerkzeugatz – A German Armorer’s Tool Kit [Forgotten Weapons]

This is a “Klienen Waffenwerkzeugatz” – a small armorer’s tool kit used by a German Waffenmeister. It is a really neat little set of handy and essential tools for working on small arms, which folds up and fits neatly into a standard German WWII ammunition can. The use of standard ammo cans for several other types of storage was common for the German military, as there were a bunch of vehicular mounts designed to fit ammo cans and it was a simple and universal type of storage. Anyway, this kit is in fantastic shape, and includes pliers, files, handles, calipers, wrenches, scrapers, and a portable vise for holding small parts. Everything you need to fix that shrapnel damage to your MG34!


Brownells Offering Custom Glock Pistol Slides [The Firearm Blog]

brownells slidesBrownells, the go-to shop for gunsmithing supplies, recently began to sell its own third generation Glock pistol slides (not compatible with Gen4 or newer guns.) The first offering from the company was a slide with a cut for a Trijicon RMR sight. Additional slides have been added that do not have that cut and are […]

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Indiana Cop Fires on Actor Filming A Movie [The Firearm Blog]

In a scene reminiscent of Riggs’s unwitting intervention on a movie set in Lethal Weapon 3 Indiana police mistook an actor playing a bank robber for the real thing. The incident is currently being investigated by Indiana State Police. Bodycam footage of a cop from Crawfordsville, Indiana firing on what he thought to be an armed assailant  has […]

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Another New Semi-Auto Air Pistol from HatsanUSA: The Sortie [The Firearm Blog]

HatsanUSA SortieIf you are looking for a high quality airgun in pistol form, HatsanUSA has a new offering that might be of interest. The new Sortie is a semi-automatic air pistol that is available in .177, .22 and .25 caliber. The guns use 14-round rotary magazines for the .177 caliber guns. For the .22 and .25 […]

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How NOT to mount your Aimpoint [The Firearm Blog]

The advert from a chain of firearms dealer started with the words: “A new Drilling package will be launched tomorrow” (translated). You can see a picture of an Antonio Zoli Drilling combination gun and an Aimpoint H-1 Micro red dot. Unfortunately whoever mounted the Aimpoint Micro got it all wrong, and reversed the direction of […]

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New HM Defense HMB AR-15 Bolt with Cam Pin Socket [The Firearm Blog]

HM Defense has announced that their new HMB AR-15 bolt is now available for purchase. What makes it different is that instead of having a cam pin hole it has a cam pin socket. In other words, the cam pin hole in this bolts is not machined all the way which increases the amount of material in […]

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Vista Outdoor Appoints NEW CEO with Christopher T. Metz [The Firearm Blog]

Christopher T. MetzThe Board of Directors for Vista Outdoor has formally announced that Christopher T. Metz will become their new Chief Executive Officer. This will take affect on October 9th, 2017. As expected, he will manage the company’s entire portfolio and be charged with handling the day-to-day operations of Vista Outdoor. The Interim Chairman, Michael Callahan, had some […]

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Saudi Arabia to Start Licensed Manufacturing of AK-103 Rifles [The Firearm Blog]

According to Russian news agency TASS, as a result of the official visit of King Salman of Saudi Arabia to Russia, a memorandum was signed between Saudi Arabian Military Industries and Russian Rosoboronexport State Corporation. The memorandum is about the purchasing of Russian arms and arranging licensed manufacturing of AK-103 rifles and various types of […]

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Monday, 09 October


The Modular Handgun Has Arrived: SIG’s M17 at [AUSA 2017] [The Firearm Blog]

SIG Sauer certainly didn’t waste its opportunity to show off its win of the Modular Handgun System contract at the 2017 Association of the United States Army annual meeting, bringing not XM17 MHS prototypes, but full-fledged M17 and M18 MHS production (or possibly pre-production) pistols to the show.   Rounding the corner to the SIG Sauer booth, AUSA […]

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The Pocket Pistol Carry Mode []

Pocket carrying of a concealed weapon is a very popular mode. What is any simpler than taking your favorite primary concealment pocket pistol, slipping it into a soft pocket holster, and dropping it into your pants pocket? Nothing, that’s what, but there are some tricks to this carry option to make it efficient and safe.

First off, any pistol carried in the pocket has to be small and compact. I have seen guys try to tote a full scale 1911 or a heavy revolver in their pants pocket and it just does not work. It is easy to slip such a pistol into a pocket, but try to get it back out in a hurry. Oops.

So, pick an easy to carry concealment pistol like a Glock 42 or 43, a Ruger compact auto, or something similar or a small revolver like a Smith 36 or like handgun. Hammerless would be better, but inside a soft holster will work. Just make sure your handgun choice fits easily into the soft holster and is not too tight or hangs up on the shape of the holster.

Now, insert the holstered pistol into your strong side pants pocket, right or left. See how far down into the pocket the rig slides. You certainly want the gun completely concealed and out of sight especially the butt, but you also want to be able to grab the pistol or the entire holster to draw it out. This takes practice and it is something you should do often.

Try carrying the pocketed rig around the house doing everyday activities or chores. Pay attention to how the holstered gun rides in your pants pocket. Even try wearing different types of pants from shorts, jeans, and dress pants. Work to find what pants are the most comfortable and which pockets hold your soft holstered pistol in the best position.

Now, try drawing your pistol as if intending to point it in a defensive mode. It is not unusual for many soft “gripping” holsters to hang up or to be somewhat difficult to pull from the pocket. Also try this wearing different kinds of cover shirts. This garment will have to be lifted up to draw the pistol which also demands practice. You might also find that using the offhand to hold the soft holster from the outside helps to facilitate the draw. Practice this carry mode often.

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Getting Ready for Bow Hunting Season []

The anticipation is great. Just seeing the bow hunters lined up at the counter in the bow tuning area of hunting shops lets you know something is about to happen. What is about to happen is the opening of many deer hunting seasons across the country. Some may already be open.

So, if your bow is still in the case hidden somewhere in the closet or garage, you are definitely already behind the 8 ball in getting ready for the coming bow season. Many really dedicated bow hunters have been shooting their rigs off and on all summer long. The more practice you have with your bow, release, sights, and arrows, the more successful a shot you are likely to make in the field.

Is it too late to get up to speed now? Certainly not, but the clock is definitely ticking. Get that bow out now, dust it off, tighten everything down, wax the string, and oil the cams. Check your arrows and broadheads. Anything that needs tuning, repair or replacement now, get it done. If in doubt, then get your bow to a professional bow shop and get it tuned up right.

As soon as your rig is ready to go, get outside for shooting practice. Bow shooting is really as much about getting your own arm, shoulder, and muscles in tune as it is to get the bow in tune.

Take a few short range function test shots first to make sure everything is working according to the owner’s manual. Check the sights, arrow rest, and all else.
Ramp up the number of shots each day on your impromptu outdoor range. Start with 10 yards and ten shots or whatever you can handle. Don’t push it, but sort of push it. Eventually move out to 20-30-40 yards or whatever your set limit range is. Personally, I am skeptical of some of the 60-80 yard bow shots I see on hunting TV shows. They never show the misses or the wounded deer. Stick to what you are fully capable of doing with your bow.

After you get up to 50 or so shots a session, then start on elevated shots. These might be off the top deck, a balcony, or a tree stand in the backyard. Try to practice in as many realistic shooting situations as possible. Don’t forget just before you go hunting to do some shooting with the actual broadheads you will be hunting with. This regimen ought to get you ready.

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Blow-Hard Micro Food Plots []

A few deer hunting seasons ago I got the bright idea to plant some very small, isolated micro food plots close to a hidden hunting stand. I had a Millennium 10-foot 360 swivel seat tripod stand set up in a woods crossroads over three trails. I always saw deer moving in the heavy woods there and I wanted to slow them down when they crossed the trail from timber to timber.

The whole process worked pretty well for the most part, but during the off season I thought through the idea some more to make it easier and quicker to create such a food plot. Before, all I used was a rake, two bags of Throw and Grow food plot seed mix and some fertilizer. The raking in late summer heat just about wore me out.

How could I clear all this trail debris cover left over from last winter and the summer trash carried over the trails by winds and heavy rains draining across the area? All it took was a day in the yard at home to discover the secret. After just a few minutes of running my battery powered, rechargeable Ryobi leaf blower, the light bulb went off.

Next time around, the fully charged blower was on the ATV along with a strong tined rake, a fast growing seed mix for tough ground, and a canister of Triple-13 fertilizer. I used the high speed blower to clean off the food plot spot like sand off plate glass. The ground was blown slick and clean in just a few minutes.

Next, I used the heavy iron rake to break up the soil surface into a finer soil seed bed. Then I tossed the seed over the 10×12 micro plot for a fair coverage. Same with the fertilizer. I got a good coating, but not overdone. There is more guess to this than science for such little plots in hidden spots. Finally, I used the back side of the rake tines to lightly cover the seed and fertilizer.

The final touch was to crank the blower again to give the food plot a light cover of leaf material trying to keep the sticks and bigger trash off the seeded ground. That was it. All I needed was a good pre-season rain or two to make everything green up. It did. I hung cameras nearby and got plenty of photos of deer crossing the trails headed to my little hidden blow hard food plot.

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Why Do Gun Owners Fear Registration? Ask a DREAMer []

When the Obama administration announced its plan to offer a limited amnesty for undocumented immigrants who met certain conditions, immigrant rights advocates were ecstatic. Or, at least, many of them were.

In exchange for registering themselves with the federal government under the auspices of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, the so-called DREAMers could get a work permit and remain in the country without fear of deportation. They could pay their taxes, and do many of the types of things that citizens do, all in exchange for letting the government know that they’re in the country illegally.

Some advocacy groups who work with immigrant populations had reservations about the program, though, and they warned that by alerting the government to their presence in the US, the DREAMers were opening themselves up to easy identification and deportation should the political winds change and a sufficiently immigration-hostile administration take power. But such mass deportation was considered unlikely, and maybe even a little crazy… up until it wasn’t.

Regardless of where gun rights supporters stand on the issue of illegal immigration and DACA, they should get a sympathetic chill down their spines when contemplating what registration with the feds is costing the DREAMers. What is happening to this population is an analog of what gun owners fear will come of a national gun registry.

If all firearms are registered in a centralized federal database, then American gun ownership is suddenly at the mercy of shifting political winds in a way that it just isn’t if nobody knows who has what.

Sure, on most days the idea of a national gun confiscation effort seems a little out there. “Nobody is coming for your guns,” we’re told again and again (even while we’re also told that certain types of guns should be banned).

But think about the following scenario: Hillary Clinton has just been elected to a second term in 2020, having run once again with gun control as a major plank in her platform; the national long gun registry that she passed during her first term in the wake of the Las Vegas shooting has been supplemented with data purchased from the same commercial data brokers who sell our every online move to social media platforms and online retailers, so that it has a nearly complete catalog of every lawfully owned American long gun, whether the owner voluntarily registered it or not. Then another mass shooter takes to the streets with an AR-15 and sets a new body count record.

Can you really imagine that an AR-15 ban and confiscation wouldn’t follow under such circumstances? I don’t think this is at all a stretch.

Obviously, we don’t live in the timeline where Clinton won even a first term, much less a second. I offer this hypothetical, though, as a way of thinking about how close we came to a world in which a registration-backed confiscation effort is a real possibility, and how close we still may be should the tide turn dramatically in 2020.

I think the warning that gun registration will lead to confiscation is just like the warning to the DREAMers that registration would lead to deportation — ridiculous until it suddenly isn’t. And on the day that it isn’t, there’s no way to go back in time and unregister. The door is closed, and you’re stuck with the consequences.

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Bannock Basics: The Do’s and Don’ts of Cooking a Popular Trail Food []

I’ve always been into cooking and camping, but mixing the two interests can sometimes be challenging. This is especially true when you’re packing light for a solo trip. But looking through my various outdoor guides, one recipe kept popping up: Bannock.

This simple baking-powder and flour concoction resembles a pancake or flatbread, fried in some form of fat or oil. It’s easy to pack, simple to mix, and full of delicious calories. Is it the most nutritional food option? Heck, no! You’re eating fried flour. But it’s a tasty treat for the trail.

The Recipe


For one person, I recommend one cup of flour, ½ teaspoon of salt, and one teaspoon of baking powder. This won’t have a lot of flavor on its own, so feel free to throw in some cinnamon and brown sugar for a sweet version, or some garlic and onion powder for a more savory option. You can even add berries, cheese, and small chunks of meat if you’re feeling adventurous.

This mix can be stored in a bag or container until it’s ready to be cooked. Simply pour in some fresh water and mix until it’s about the consistency of thick pancake batter. Heat your pan (preferably cast iron) with enough oil to thoroughly coat the cooking surface. I like olive oil, but your choice may vary. Once the oil is shimmering, flick a drop or two of water at it – If it pops, you’re ready to go.


Pour in your mixture and make sure it’s evenly distributed. Let it sit for a few minutes, give it a flip, and cook the other side.

Sounds simple, right? Well, I managed to screw it up the first time I tried in the wild. So here are some tips I put together after my second successful attempt.

Do’s and Dont’s


DO make sure your coals are hot enough for the job. Eating half-cooked bannock batter is an unpleasant experience.

DO be sure your mix is stored in a tightly sealed container. Its fine dust will get through flimsy containers and into your pack if you’re not careful.


DO have a damp rag or other cleaning surface nearby. This batter will stick to your hands like glue during the mixing process, and you probably don’t want to wipe it on your pants.

DO add different ingredients. Bannock is a versatile medium, so take advantage of your creativity.


DON’T add too much water right away. You can always put more in if the batter needs to be thinned, but you’ll never get the extra back out.

DON’T constantly check the underside. Doing so will lengthen your cooking time and allow the pan to cool prematurely.


DON’T panic if the second side doesn’t get as golden brown as the first. This is a natural occurrence as the oil gets sucked up.

DON’T cut the bannock with a knife, as this is considered to be bad luck. Tear away with your hands for the most satisfying results.


If you’d like a more visual demonstration, check out these How-To videos from the folks at Black Owl Outdoors and Dutch Bushcraft Knives. Everyone’s method differs slightly, making this a fun dish to experiment with.

Happy cooking!

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First Impressions: CRKT Batum []

If you’ve spent any time at all in the world of folding knives, you’ve probably heard of Jesper Voxnaes. This Danish designer is responsible for such hits as the Amicus and Pilar, both of which were produced by budget-mogul Columbia River Knife and Tool. CRKT recently sent one over one of his full sized Batum models for review, so I’ll be wielding it in the hills of Colorado and New Mexico. But before hitting the trails out west, I had a chance to take it on a stroll through the fall colors of Wisconsin. Here are my initial impressions of the CRKT Batum.

Out of the Box


This may be the largest pocket knife I’ve ever owned. While the blade itself is only 3.16-inches long, its thickness is a girthy 0.19. The handle stretches to just under 4.8-inches, bringing the overall package into 8-inch territory. Blade steel is the standard CRKT 8Cr13MoV, with the same satin finish found on contemporaries such as the Pilar. This knife also features a framelock, reversible pocket clip, and integrated over-travel stop.

In the Hand


For such a large knife, the Batom’s ergonomics are surprisingly good. While we can debate about the practicality of Voxnaes’ design at a later point, he certainly knows how to make a comfortable knife. The forward finger choil is generous, and the beefy handle and blade spine provide substantial contact points.

Unfortunately, the sharp surfaces on this knife aren’t confined to the cutting steel. The thumb cutout, G-10 scale, and blade spine are all rather aggressively edged. This is to be expected on a budget knife, but it’s definitely something I’ll be monitoring as the review progresses.

In the Pocket


You’ll notice one dimension not listed on CRKT’s site – the height of this chunky monster. According to my rough measurement, it’s about 1.8-inches from the back of the handle to the top of the blade. That makes for a significant presence in the pocket, butting up against my wallet and other gear. Its weight of 6.9-ounces is also quite noticeable, though the short pocket clip does provide a fairly comfortable ride.

On the Trail


The Batum performed well on its brief hike through the woods. Its blade shaved damp sticks better than expected, and its grippy G-10 kept the moisture from overcoming my grip. Lockup was solid and satisfying, and the 8Cr13MoV still cut paper upon my return to the hotel. Softer steels have their place in outdoor tools, so maybe I’ll dislike it less here than I do in most low-end folders.

I know you’re generally not supposed to baton with a folding knife. But due to the robustness of the design, I gave it a shot at some twigs. It did the job, but immediately developed some side-to-side blade play. I torqued the pivot back down for now, but I’ll investigate further once I’ve had a chance to take the knife apart.


This is just the beginning of my testing with the CRKT Batum. Overall, my first impressions are fairly positive. It’s a budget production from the mind of a great custom designer, so we’ll see how much of the quality gets lost in translation. The full review will be posted here once I’ve put the knife through its paces. Wish me luck.

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One to Watch: David Yurman Wave []

Over the years, production and custom knives have gotten more and more embellished. And then the EDC crowd started turning to flashlights, and they too got bedecked with ornamentation. After that, the EDC crowd started getting obsessed with pocket tchotchkes–fidget spinners, one-piece multitools, bottle openers. And the further the trend went the more ornate these things got. A MokuTi bottle opener from a well known custom knife maker could sell for more than $500. In short, we have reached a new zenith of crazy. People teasingly call these items pocket frosting or man jewelry.

Now we have a new level of man jewelry–a folder costing nearly $2,000 from jewelry maker David Yurman. Yes, you read that correctly–maker of all sorts of trinkets for ladies, and dabbler in twisted metal wrist bands for dudes–is getting into the folder business. They have made decked out version of Swiss Army Knives for a while (What? You haven’t followed the market for $600 Ramblers), but recently they have released a pair of modern folders. These folders appear to be very similar to the William Henry Lancet.

The “Wave” appears to be the more accessible version of these knives, opting for carved sterling silver instead of the more exotic and more expensive meteorite. The knife comes with a lanyard already attached. It opens with a thumb stud and locks open with a button lock. But those are the “boring” parts of the blade.

The real pocket frosting parts are the blade, a 45 layer Damascus number, and the handle, which is titanium adorned with carved sterling silver. These two items aren’t just expensive items, they have a theme–the Damascus pattern has a distinctive black and silver wave pattern to it and that aesthetic is carried over to the handle where the metal is carved in, yes, a wave pattern.

In all, a knife from David Yurman is probably more interesting as a sign of how large the knife market has gotten than any set of features or designs. The Waves knife appears to have all of the design hallmarks of a William Henry–nice ergos, lots of embellishment, and more exotic materials. The 3.25 inch blade is a good size and the button lock, if this is a William Henry build for David Yurman, is very functional and easy to operate. Still, whatever the practicalities are, this knife is interesting because it is the the latest evolution in the man jewelry trend–tools made by jewelry companies.

The real question is if this is more jewelry than knife. Given the price, its unlikely that review samples will be out there, but the bones seem fine. I am always skeptical when non-knife brands sell knives, but if done right and paired with the right OEM, these blades can turn out quite nice (see, for example the Shinola/Benchmade collabs like the wood-scaled Valet). The real issue here is the price–for $1,895 you can get a LOT of blade from a custom maker.

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7.62mm Lightweight Machine Gun Unveiled by Knight’s Armament Company [The Firearm Blog]

On the heels of the re-naming of their Stoner LMG as the Lightweight Assault Machine Gun (LAMG), Knight’s Armament company has introduced a scaled-up version of the same weapon in the 7.62x51mm caliber, with provision for other calibers should they be requested. The new machine gun is patterned after the Stoner LMG/LAMG, and features the […]

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NSSF/SAAMI Joint Statement On Las Vegas Tragedy (And Bump Fire Stocks) [No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money]

The National Shooting Sports Federation and the Sporting Arms and Ammunition Manufacturers' Institute seem to be taking the same approach as the NRA on bump fire stocks: have the BATFE evaluate them under the existing law. All three groups are intent on keeping Congress out of this fight for the time being. They would prefer to have an agency regulation on the stocks than to have new legislation which would most likely go much further. Feinstein's S.1916 would certainly do that.

The joint statement is below:

Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with the families and loved ones of all those killed and injured in the criminal attack in Las Vegas. The manufacture, distribution and sale of automatic firearms and their components has been stringently regulated by federal laws since 1934. We believe the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) should interpret and enforce existing laws and regulations. We call upon ATF to conduct a prompt review and evaluation of aftermarket trigger activation devices such as bump stocks to determine whether they are lawful to install and use on a firearm under the National Firearms Act of 1934 (NFA), or whether, if they have no function or purpose other than to convert a conventional firearm into an automatic firearm, they are regulated items under the NFA. We urge Congress to allow ATF to complete its review before considering any legislation so that any policy decisions can be informed by the facts and ATF’s analysis.


GRNC Urges NC Gun Owners To Contact Burr, Tillis, and McConnell [No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money]

I spent part of Saturday morning working the Grass Roots North Carolina booth at the Asheville Gun and Knife Show. Paul Valone, President of GRNC, was also helping out at the booth and we had a chance to chat. He told me we needed to put pressure on Senators Richard Burr (R-NC) and Thom Tillis (R-NC) over Sen. Dianne Feinstein's moves to outlaw bump fire stocks. Paul said it was only a first step for Feinstein and having read her bill I agree. The bill itself contains what I consider a Trojan Horse as it would outlaw anything that accelerated a semi-automatic rifle.

The alert that Paul alluded to in our conversation was released late this afternoon. It asks gun rights supporters to call and email Senators Burr and Tillis as well as Majority Leader Mitch McConnell regarding Feinstein's ban bill.

The alert is below:

Do you want Washington deciding what should or shouldn't be your next gun accessory?

While our nation continues to mourn the senseless tragedy in Las Vegas, lawmakers in Washington are rushing to fix (i.e. exploit) an issue they barely understand. Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-California) is reportedly proposing legislation that will eliminate all after-market devices which increase the firing rate of legal guns. Of course, this would ban the now infamous "bump stocks". But, it would also make illegal many other accessories, such as systems that enthusiasts use to make semi-automatic versions of belt-fed machine guns.

Even more troubling, this proposal would NOT grandfather any of these devices. This would potentially have the chilling effect of making tens of thousands of otherwise law-abiding citizens, criminals overnight -- just for owning the "wrong" accessory.

If this dangerous proposal were to become law, nobody knows how far the government would go to make sure millions of gun owners have only the “politically correct” accessories. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has even said that she "certainly hopes" this is will be a slippery slope to more gun control. This is so much more than a Second Amendment issue -- this is an attack on our right to own private property, a freedom enshrined in the Fifth Amendment.


  • Call AND email North Carolina Senators Tillis and Burr, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's office: Let them know that as a well-informed voting citizen you refuse to stand idly by while Congress debates how to strip millions of law-abiding Americans of their private property rights.
  • Contact the NRA: Call them (at 800-672-3888) and email them and tell them to grow a spine. Make it clear you will not hesitate to resign your membership unless they ramp up the fight to protect our fundamental freedoms.
  • Donate to GRNC: As an all-volunteer grassroots organization, we work hard to protect our American liberties. It takes a lot of resources to fight this rising tide of hysteria and disinformation, and every little bit helps to keep the torch of liberty burning. Please click here or go to


Senator Richard Burr: email link, 202-224-3154
Senator Thom Tillis: email link, 202-224-6342
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell: 202-224-2541


Suggested Subject: "Oppose the Feinstein Gun Ban"  

Dear Senator:

I understand that California Senator Dianne Feinstein is currently proposing legislation that would ban all devices that increase the firing rate of legally owned firearms. This would have the chilling effect of turning tens of thousands of otherwise law-abiding citizens into criminals. It would also strip them of their private property rights, a right enshrined in the Fifth Amendment.

Have the courage to stand up to Senator Feinstein and anyone else in Congress who believes it is their place to decide for millions of Americans the “correct” type of accessories they can own.

Please advise me of your position on this proposal. I will be monitoring your actions via Grass Roots North Carolina legislative alerts.



The Legality of Selling Your SlideFire/BumpFire Stock According to Gunbroker & the PLCAA [The Firearm Blog]

PLCAAWhen Gunbroker changed their stance on whether or not to allow the sale of SlideFire, BumpFire and similarly related stocks this weekend, it caught many people by surprise. They sent out an e-mail detailing this new position. If you have not read our previous article covering this surprising move, here is the exact message Gunbroker […]

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Remington 9mm 124gr Golden Saber gel test and review [The Firearm Blog]

We shoot Remington 9mm 124gr Golden Saber brass jacketed hollow point ammunition from a Smith & Wesson Shield with a 3″ barrel into Clearballistics ballistic gel to measure velocity, penetration, expansion/fragmentation, and retained weight. Buy it at Ventura Munitions. Guns in this video: Smith & Wesson Shield Thanks to our sponsors: Proxibid – Shop For Home […]

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Ukraine Starts Testing the WAC-47 Assault Rifle [The Firearm Blog]

Ukrainian state-owned defense corporation Ukroboronprom has announced that Ukraine starts testing the new modular AR-15 style rifles called WAC-47. Earlier we have reported about this intention and now the testing of this firearm has started. By changing the upper receiver assemblies, it will be possible to change the caliber from 7.62x39mm to 5.56×45 NATO and […]

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.338 FIREPOWER: Hands on with GDLS’s Lightweight Medium Machine Gun at [AUSA 2017] [The Firearm Blog]

General Dynamics Land Systems (GDLS) brought their .338 Norma Magnum caliber Lightweight Medium Machine Gun (LWMMG) to the 2017 Association of the United States Army (AUSA) annual meeting, giving TFB the chance at a closer look at this much-anticipated long range weapon. The LWMMG present at the show is one of the five original weapons […]

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If You Had Advance Notice Of An Event []

Let’s say there is going to be some type of event in the next few days, what would you do?  Not an end of the world event, such as a meteor hitting earth.  More like a hurricane making landfall, tensions between the United States and Korea reaching a head, or some kind of new viral disease.

For the sake of realistic discussion, let’s use Hurricanes Harvey, Maria, and Irma as examples.

  • Harvey was a worse case situation with a hurricane being blocked by two ridges of high pressure.  This was probably a once in a thousand year storm, but, it still happened.
  • Maria was a worse case situation. The infrastructure of Puerto Rico was destroyed, which made relief efforts difficult.
  • Irma could have been much worse, but shifted course just before landfall.

Those are real events that people needed to prepare for.  Between those three storms, millions of people were affected.

If you want to use historical events, there was:

  • The Black Death 1348 – 1350; an estimated 1/3 of Europe died.
  • The Plague of Justinian 541–542; an estimated 25 million people died.

If you were faced with a situation like one of those listed above, what would you do to prepare?

Everyone will have a different answer.  To get the discussion started, here are my answers.

Friends and Family

The most important issue would be talking to my parents to get an idea of their plans.  When would they evacuate, and what route would they take to reach my home?

Most of my buddies have a prepping mindset, so they would have their own plans.

Pets and Animals

Dog food and chicken feed would be an issue.  300 pounds of chicken feed would keep my flock laying at maximum production for around two months.  Currently, my hens are laying between 10 – 12 eggs a day.  There are several chicks who should start laying within the next month or so.

For hen scratch, I have a deer feeder set up that holds 150 pounds.  It is set to go off twice a day. which gives the chickens a little extra to dig around for.

The chicken yard is 1/2 acre, and they free range on several acres.

On the back of the property there is a deer feeder that holds close to 300 pounds of deer corn.  There are several deer going to the feeder almost daily.


Running through the farm is a clear stream with a sandy bottom.  After Hurricane Harvey, a Sawyer Pointone was used to filter the water.  See my Hurricane Harvey After Action Review for all the details.

I would like to get another Pointone, which has an estimated lifespan of one million gallons.  Along with the Sawyer Mini, this would provide an estimated 2.1 million gallons of safe drinking water.

Of course I would get some cases of bottled water.

As for septic, my house uses a traditional septic tank.  When the power goes out, water from the creek is used to flush the toilets.

Farming Supplies

If this event were going to last several months, the tractor would be fueled up and at least another 10 gallons of diesel bought.  Estimated run time with a full tank is eight hours.  That is plenty of time to disk or plow a couple of acres.

What about seeds?  I have been stockpiling seeds for years.  Without buying another seed, I have enough to plant at least two – three years.

Fertilizer, I would probably get 300 – 400 pounds.  What will happen when it runs out?  Chicken manure, composting, and hopefully barter with my neighbor for cow manure.


  • Bar soap.
  • Toilet paper.
  • Bleach.
  • Windex, for cleaning.
  • Dish washing liquid.

Everything needed to wash the dishes, keep the table clean, wash your hands, and take a solar shower.

Final Thoughts

If I could get a few acres fenced in and get some goats, or sheep, things would be going great.  Then I could have goat milk, cheese, and churn my own butter.

What about guns and ammunition?  I have plenty.

Fuel my truck up?  Sure I would, but that should go without saying.

So, what are five things the reader would do if they had advance notice?

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FIRST LOOK: Textron’s 6.5mm Cased Telescoped Carbine at [AUSA 2017] [The Firearm Blog]

At the 2017 Association of the US Army (AUSA) Annual Meeting, Textron System displayed for the very first time their firing 6.5mm CT Carbine prototype. Previously, only non-firing mockups had been shown to the public, but after successful tests this summer the real thing was brought out to show at the conference, where TFB got its […]

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POTD: There’s Your Problem! AK Edition [The Firearm Blog]

Malfunctions are a given when using semi automatic firearms. Some guns run better than others and there are a variety of reasons why they stop working. In many cases it comes down to maintenance, ammo and or magazine. Often those malfunctions are usually fail to feed and fail to eject. Sure there are other odd […]

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Black Aces Tactical Quad Rail and Side Shell Holder for Mossberg Shockwave [The Firearm Blog]

Black Aces Tactical makes an upgrade kit for the Mossberg 590 Shockwave shotgun … I mean “firearm”. It consists of a quad rail with a full-length top Picatinny rail and short front rail sections on 3, 6 and 9 o’clock positions. The second part of this set is the side shell holder. It also comes with a magazine spike […]

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London Police Call For new £50 Million Base [The Firearm Blog]

The armed wing of London’s Metropolitan Police have submitted plans for a new £50 million base in Limehouse in the east of the capital. The Specialist Firearms Command (SCO19) already has a training establishment at Hendon in the north of London but deputy commissioner Craig Mackey argues that SCO19 need a base at Limehouse to enable […]

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Sessions Brings Back Project Safe Neighborhoods []

Something gun grabbing liberals like to ignore are the thousands of gun laws already on the books.  Reading through numerous left leaning websites, it would be easy for the uneducated to believe anyone can use the “gun show loophole” to buy a fully automatic assault weapon.

Something else gun grabbers like to ignore, is when gun laws are enforced.  When the laws are enforced however, the bleeding heart gun grabbers proclaim it is not the persons fault for committing a crime with a gun.  Rather than forcing the criminal to take responsibility, liberals proclaim the person is a result of the society.

In either case, Attorney General Jeff Sessions about to make sure gun laws are enforced.

From the Star Tribune – Federal gun traces hit record high in Minnesota amid aggressive prosecutorial push.

The U.S. attorney’s office charged 125 people with violent crimes in its most recent fiscal year — Oct. 1, 2016 through Sept. 30, 2017 — up more than 13 percent from the previous year. A spokeswoman described the numbers as conservative because they don’t include drug cases, which can also involve firearms charges.

On Thursday, Sessions announced that he would be reigniting a George W. Bush-era strategy to further crack down on gun and gang crimes, dubbed Project Safe Neighborhoods. U.S. attorney’s offices are being tapped to take the lead on working with other law enforcement and community groups while ramping up cases that carry longer possible prison sentences.

The real problem with gun crime, the people who use guns to commit crime are in a revolving door justice system.  Rather than passing more gun laws, enforce the laws already on the books.  Take the “three strikes and you’re out” laws, use them against drug dealers and gang bangers, and lock them up forever.

We have laws in place to protect the public from criminals.  However, if the criminals were taken off the streets forever, gun grabbing liberals would have nothing to complain about.

It is as if gun grabbers want criminals to commit crime?

Enforce the laws already on the books, take criminals off the streets, and gun grabbers will have no platform.

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Homemade Assault Rifles Found in Traffic Stop in Tennessee [The Firearm Blog]

During a routine traffic stop, a man from Tennessee was caught transporting two illegal homemade fully automatic assault rifles. While that sounds like the leader for a poorly written article about perfectly boring semiautomatic assault rifles, in this case it is accurate! Among other (apparently legal) weapons, two rifles, complete with three-position selectors and auto […]

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New NovX Ammunition Using Shell Shock Cases [The Firearm Blog]

NovX 9mm ammoTimberghost Tactical recently announced it was launching a new line of handgun ammunition called NovX. According to the company, the ammo is designed to be a “new class” of ammunition that “is ballistically superior; reduced recoil, match-grade accuracy, devastating wound channels.” (their words, not mine) This, again in the company’s words, makes the ammunition “the […]

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Feinstein: No law would have stopped Las Vegas gunman [NRA-ILA News]

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) said in an interview broadcast Sunday that no law could have stopped the suspected shooter, Stephen Paddock, who was behind last week's mass shooting in Las Vegas.


Scalise criticizes 'rush to judgment' on guns, bump stocks [NRA-ILA News]

In an interview on "Meet the Press," the Louisiana Republican, who was seriously injured in a shooting targeting a GOP congressional baseball practice in June, expressed skepticism about Democratic calls for a ban on bump stocks, a modification that allows semi-automatic rifles to fire like fully automatic weapons.


Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein: I'll fight the NRA to 'channel' my anger at myself for sexually harassing women [NRA-ILA News]

Legendary Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein will channel his anger at himself for allegedly sexually harassing women for the last 40 years into trying to take down the NRA and President Trump.


Military Arms Channel Withdraws NRA Support []

Anyone who watches the Military Arms Channel on YouTube knows they are a promoter and sponsor of the National Rifle Association.  Over the years, Tim has asked time and time again for people to join the NRA.  There were even links to the NRA in the description of the videos.

However, all of that has changed.  Until further notice, MAC has withdrawn all support for the NRA.

From a statement published on the Military Arms Channel Facebook page:

Effective Immediately: I withdraw my support for the NRA until further notice. I have suspended all support and recruiting efforts. The next couple of videos I have are already edited and have a request for you to join. Please ignore that request. I am currently traveling but will remove the link in my future videos to the NRA website. I will be speaking with NRA leadership soon (hopefully) and if their position is to negotiate in any way whatsoever with anti-gun forces my future support will end and I will resign my membership.

Why the uproar?

Probably because the NRA is throwing bump fire stocks under the bus.


Since 1934, gun owners have given up their right to keep and bear arms a piece at a time.  A line in the sand has to be drawn somewhere, and that line is long overdue.

We will no longer compromise, or negotiate, our right to keep and bear arms.

The next step is to start rolling back various gun laws across the nation.  Any organization who is willing to compromise our right to keep and bear arms does not deserve our support.

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James Alan Fox: No, the Las Vegas attack wasn't a 'new normal' [NRA-ILA News]

The number of mass shootings has not increased, as evidenced by the USA TODAY database on mass killings as well as other analyses.


No, gun silencers wouldn't have worsened the Las Vegas shooting [NRA-ILA News]

Our research shows that a suppressor would not have made a difference in the Las Vegas case, because of the positioning of the weapons and because of the distance of the shooter from the crowd. Clinton’s staff provided no evidence to suggest a different outcome.


Two Pinocchios: Tim Kaine’s claim the Las Vegas shooter ‘was only stopped’ because he lacked a ‘silencer’ [NRA-ILA News]

Kaine should be more careful when talking about weapons, especially during a national tragedy. We will accept his staff’s explanation that he meant that silencers muffle a gunshot’s source, even though his phrasing certainly sounded like he meant that silencers actually made firearms quiet. Regular readers know we don’t try to play gotcha here at The Fact Checker.But in any case, the evidence does not support Kaine’s claim that the shooter was “only stopped” because he did not have suppressors on his weapons. That’s exaggerated and could leave a misleading impression on people only familiar with silencers in the movies.


Bret Stephens Indeed Does Not Understand the Second Amendment [NRA-ILA News]

His column is not a rigorous one. Indeed, it is barely a column so much as it is a brusque list of ill-considered assertions that do nothing to grapple with the many arguments to their contrary. Stephens asserts confidently that “more guns mean more murder,” a claim he bases on a single flawed study that is contradicted both by numerous others and by the recent experience of similar nations.


Against the Misguided Moral Superiority of Gun Controllers [NRA-ILA News]

By now you’ve seen it a thousand times. On Twitter, in print, and on the air, Democratic politicians and progressive activists try to name and shame conservatives — especially conservative politicians — who offer “thoughts and prayers” in the aftermath of a mass shooting. “Your job isn’t to pray,” they argue. “Your job is to legislate. Your job is to fix the problem.”


The Keen-Walker Carbine – A Simple Confederate Breechloader [Forgotten Weapons]

Little is known about the Keen-Walker Gun Company, except for a few Confederate arsenal records that have survived. From those we know that the company delivered a total of 282 of these single-shot .54 caliber carbines to the Danville Arsenal in 1862, receiving $50 each for the first 101 and $40 each for the remainder. The company also subcontracted work from the Read & Watson company in Danville, converting Hall rifles.

The carbine made by Keen & Walker bears a substantial resemblance to the Maynard and Perry carbines, although it is not a copy of either one. It is a breechloading design, in which swinging down the trigger guard lever pivots the breechblock upwards for loading with ball and powder or a paper cartridge. A percussion cap is fitted to the nipple on the back of the breechblock for firing. There are no markings on the exterior of the guns save a single-letter proof mark applied when they were accepted by the Confederacy.


Flashlight Review: Wowtac A3 []

The Wowtac A3 is a handheld flashlight that uses a single 18650 battery.  This is the third Wowtac flashlight to be reviewed here on All Outdoor.  The other two were the Wowtac A2S, and the A2.  Both of which are headlamps, but the light can be removed from the headgear and handheld.

The A3 is different from the A2S and the A2, in that the A3 is zoomable.  The head of the flashlight slides back and forth to change the beam from a spot to a flood.

Package Includes

  • Flashlight
  • Rechargeable 2600 mAh battery
  • Micro-UBS cable.
  • Belt clip.
  • Spare o-rings.

No lanyard or carry pouch was included with my tests sample.


  • Low: 16 lumens
  • Medium: 65 lumens
  • High: 220 lumens
  • Turbo: 600 lumens.
  • Reading: 10 lumens
  • Weight: 4.60 ounces, with battery
  • Length: 4 7/8 inches with head compressed, 5 5/16 inches with head extended.
  • Price:  As of October 8, 2017, $19.99 on Amazon, with Prime shipping.

The A3 is not waterproof, but can be exposed to rain.


Opens up to a nice floodlight.

One button for on/off and to change brightness settings.  Some lights have an on/off button, then a separate button to change the settings.

Rechargeable 18650 battery.


Wowtac A3


Lanyard hole is too small; it is only about 1/16 inch in diameter.

On/off button does not have an LED.  The on/off button blends in almost perfectly with the flashlight body.  Having an LED would help the user find the button.

The flashlight does not cast a clear light.  Even though the box is marked as cool white, just like the A2 and A2S, the beam is a different color than the other lights.

Wowtac A3 Final Thoughts

After using the A3 for close to two weeks around the farm, I prefer the A2 or the A2S over the A3.

Why is there even a lanyard hole?  1/16 is too small to do anything with.

Get rid of the lanyard hole, add a battery health LED on the on/off button, and change the LED so it cast a clearer light.

Overall, I like the A3.  However, in its current state it leaves a lot to be desired.  The flashlight will probably be sent to the hunting camp.

Is the A3 a bad flashlight?  No, not at all.  Is it worth $19.99?  Yes, I think so.

I give it a final score of 8.5 out of 10.

Full Disclosure

I received the Wowtac A3 at no cost to myself.  Even though the A3 was sent as a free sample, this does not affect my opinion.

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Ghost Gunner 2 – Pistol Making Update [The Firearm Blog]

Defense Distributed is a small company located in Texas that makes a specialized CNC machine called a Ghost Gunner that allows individuals to mill an AR lower. While anyone can complete an 80% AR lower with a few hand held power tools, the Ghost Gunner allows, in theory, a more elegant solution. Simply position your […]

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AzCDL Makes It Easy To Write Congress About Gun Control [No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money]

The Arizona Citizens Defense League has set up a letter generator that makes it easy to send a letter opposing new Federal gun control measures to both your senators and to your congressional representative. The beauty of their letter generator is that it works no matter where you live in the United States.

From AzCDL:

A madman opened fire on a crowded Las Vegas concert. Politicians are blaming you and the guns you own for his actions. It's far past time to stop giving up ground.

Senator Feinstein has filed a bill to ban "bump fire stocks" simply because the shooter installed them on some of his firearms. Don't fall for this misdirection.

Complete the information below and click the "Submit" button to be taken to the pre-written letter to your Senators and Representative telling them to stand up for your Second Amendment rights. You may send it as is or edit as you see fit. It only takes a few mouse clicks to make a difference. Don't wait, contact them right away! Those that want to disarm you are not hesitating.
It takes time to compose a letter - or at least it does for me. It is much easier to edit a pre-written letter than to write one yourself. The key thing here is volume. Congress needs to be inundated with letters, faxes, and emails from our side. If you don't think the gun prohibitionists aren't doing it, then it is time for you to emerge from under that rock.

Here is the link:  AzCDL Letter Generator

I don't care if you've already sent letters or called your Senator's office. I've done that and I've also used the AzCDL letter generator. Now just do it.


Ruger Oozes Halloween Spirit with New TOXIC & HARVEST MOON Camo Finishes [The Firearm Blog]

Harvest MoonRuger has always been known for making limited run and special edition offerings of their staple firearm models. Whether it is a Davidson’s Exclusive, a TALO Special Run Make-Up or an original offering that Ruger produces in house, they definitely like to try different things from time to time. In line with that train of […]

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UK MoD Armed Police Failed to Meet Training Standards [The Firearm Blog]

It has emerged that the UK’s Ministry of Defence Police have failed to meet firearms training standards. The specialist non-military police force is tasked with protecting sites of national importance such as the Royal Navy’s base at Faslane, Scotland – the home of Britain’s Trident nuclear arsenal. The College of Policing has temporarily suspended its endorsement of the MoD Police’s […]

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Gungner GR22 Chassis for Ruger 10/22 Rimfire Rifles [The Firearm Blog]

A company called Gungner makes a Ruger 10/22 chassis which transforms the good old plinker into a tactical looking AR15 style rig. The chassis utilizes Ruger 10/22 controls. You can see what look to be AR-15 controls, but these are “fake” ones just to make it look like an AR-15 for the sake of coolness. However, […]

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Lobaev Arms Sets a New Long Range Shooting World Record (4,210 Meters)! [The Firearm Blog]

According to Lobaev Arms, they have set a new world record of sniper rifle shooting. They managed to hit a 1×1 meter square target at a distance of 4,210 meters (4,604 yards). They used a Lobaev SVLK-14 Sumrak (Twilight) bolt action rifle shown in the top image. The Lobaev Arms news release also says that […]

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Canada May Help to Build a New Ammunition Plant in Ukraine [The Firearm Blog]

Ottawa Citizen reports that Ukrainian Defence Minister Stepan Poltorak has announced that he has been negotiating with Canadian Minister of National Defense Harjit Sajjan concerning the possibility of building a new ammunition plant in Ukraine with the help of Canada. The Ukrainian side wants Canada to get involved in the construction of the plant and later joint […]

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What’s the Difference Between the Mk I Lee-Metford & the Mk I Lee-Enfield – Britishmuzzleloaders Explains [The Firearm Blog]

Britishmuzzleloaders is one of my favourite historical shooting youtube channels so I am always pleased to see a new video from Rob. In his latest he explains some of the differences between the MkI Lee-Enfield and the earlier MkI Lee-Metford. The Lee family of rifles would eventually evolve into the iconic ‘Short, Magazine, Lee-Enfield’ or […]

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Sunday, 08 October


Thought about the Vegas murderer [Of Arms and the Law]

From a Briton who contacted Mark Steyne. Remarkable, but it passes my version of Occam's Razor: it is consistent with all known facts and inconsistent with none.


Feinstein's S.1916 - Automatic Gunfire Prevention Act [No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money]

This past Wednesday, October 4th, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) introduced S.1916 - Automatic Gunfire Prevention Act - in response to the Las Vegas mass casualty event. As of today, the bill has 38 co-sponsors. All the co-sponsors are Democrats with the exception of Bernie Sanders who is still listed as an Independent.

The operative part of the bill reads:

(v)(1) Except as provided in paragraph (2), on and after the date that is 180 days after the date of enactment of this subsection, it shall be unlawful for any person to import, sell, manufacture, transfer, or possess, in or affecting interstate or foreign commerce, a trigger crank, a bump-fire device, or any part, combination of parts, component, device, attachment, or accessory that is designed or functions to accelerate the rate of fire of a semi- automatic rifle but not convert the semiautomatic rifle into a machinegun.
The prohibition would not apply to any agency or department of the United States or to those of any state or local government. The full text of the bill is here.

As I've said many a time when it comes to legislation, the devil is in the details. More importantly, it will be in how the courts and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives choose to interpret any part, etc. that is designed or functions to accelerate the rate of fire of a semi-auto rifle.

I foresee that items like the Franklin Armory binary trigger systems would be banned under this bill even though not explicitly named. Where I think it will get dicey is with springs and drop-in triggers. Will a stronger trigger return spring or a lighter hammer spring be considered items that function to accelerate the rate of fire? Would anything that makes for a smoother and/or lighter trigger pull fall under the rubric of this bill?

Indeed, would using a rubber band from an office supply store (or that your mail is banded with by the USPS) be prohibited by this bill? SayUncle has a number of examples of bump firing without using any of the explicitly banned items.

I attended the local gun show yesterday. In my 3 hours there, I saw only one person with a Slide-Fire stock. I don't know if he had just bought it or had it with him to sell.

Bump fire stocks are novelty items in my opinion. I don't have a need for one nor do I intend to buy one. That said, I think this bill needs to be killed. No bill introduced within days of a serious tragedy is meant to address the problems behind the tragedy. They are strictly to make political hay. This bill in particular is meant to stick it to the gun culture. The all encompassing weasel words after trigger crank and bump-fire device are so open for interpretation that you won't know what is legal and what is not. That is just not good legislation.

H/T Tiffany Johnson for the link to the bill's text.


Steve Wynn says that Las Vegas gunman seemed like 'a rational man' [John Lott's Website]

From Fox News:
A week after a gunman used the 32nd floor of a Las Vegas hotel as a hunting perch to kill 58 people in what is the deadliest shooting rampage in modern U.S. history, casino magnate Steve Wynn says the gunman was known to staff, seemed like “a rational man,” and that beefing up security, re-training staff and implementing strict “do not disturb” rules are key to keeping visitors safe. 
Wynn, the billionaire CEO of Wynn Resorts, in an exclusive interview with “Fox News Sunday,” said he reassessed his casino’s security in 2015, when he developed a high-level counterterrorism program. 
“I got every consultant and adviser I can think of to come through from Ray Kelly to the people from Seal Team 6.  It took us from Thanksgiving until May to develop and institute and recruit a program of counterterrorism and it will be two years this May,” Wynn told "Fox News Sunday" anchor Chris Wallace. 
“Basically we had to recruit and expand security by tens of millions of dollars to cover every entrance, to retrain the entire workforce -- from housekeeping and room service -- and people are in the tower and observing people.  We had to cover every exit and every aspect of the building to see if we could identify and preempt any kind of terroristic or violent action. It is never perfect, of course, but what you can do, to use local vernacular: you can change the odds,” Wynn said. . . .


At National Review: "The Gun-Ban Fetish: Banning guns invariably leads to an increase in the murder rate" [John Lott's Website]

I have a new op-ed at National Review responding to Bret Stephen column in the New York Times that calls for repealing the Second Amendment.  His piece starts this way:
Is support for gun ownership and the Second Amendment a “fetish”? Bret Stephens, a New York Times columnist, sure thinks so. 
Stephens acknowledges the “feckless” gun-control laws that keep being trotted out before we even know the facts of each case. (Indeed, as with universal background checks on private gun transfers, we keep finding out that they would not have stopped any of these attacks.) So his solution is to “repeal the Second Amendment,” because gun ownership doesn’t “need a blanket Constitutional protection.” 
He says he doesn’t want to ban guns, but according to the Supreme Court, the only protection that is so far given by the Second Amendment is that the government can’t completely ban all guns, or all handguns. So whatever Stephens’s intentions may be, cities such as Washington and Chicago would again try to ban guns. And California’s handgun-safety regulations, which currently allow only a dozen models to be sold, will continue on their path to banning handguns completely. 
Here’s one problem with this argument: A ban on guns, even in cities like Washington and Chicago, will make things much worse. While gun bans (either a ban on all guns or on all handguns) have been imposed in many places, every time guns have been banned, murder rates have gone up. 
One would think that one time, just out of simple randomness, murder rates would have gone down or at least stayed the same. Yet in every single case for which we have crime data both before and after the ban, murder rates have gone up, often by huge amounts.
Americans, including Stephens, should be familiar with the disasters that befell Washington and Chicago after their gun bans. After Washington’s ban, the city ranked No. 1 or 2 in murder rate among the 50 largest cities for half of the next 30 years, and in the top four for two-thirds of that time. Before the ban, Washington had never been near that high. Chicago’s murder rate relative to other cities also soared after its ban. 
Gun-control advocates will tell you that Washington and Chicago weren’t fair tests. They will point out that criminals could still get guns in Virginia or Maryland, or in Illinois or Indiana. That is true, but while it might explain why murder rates didn’t fall as promised, it doesn’t explain why murder and violent crime rates went up. After all, criminals could get these same guns before the ban. If it was so obvious to these advocates that the Washington and Chicago experiments were going to be failures, they should have let others in on this secret. 
But even island nations have fared no better. One would think that these would be the ideal experiments. After the U.K. banned handguns in January 1997, their homicide rate rose by 50 percent over the next eight years. It came back down to around its earlier levels only after a 14 percent increase in the number of police. Even more dramatic increases in homicide rates occurred in Jamaica and the Republic of Ireland after their gun bans, with sixfold or sevenfold increases. 
Many will blame drug gangs for the increased violence in all these countries, and that is certainly correct, but the point is that gun bans didn’t stop these gangs from getting guns, any more than we have succeeded in stopping them from getting drugs. Why have murder rates so consistently gone up after bans? While the bans may reduce the supply of guns to criminals to some degree, they most particularly disarm law-abiding citizens, thus making it easier for criminals to commit crimes. 
Stephens cites a 2013 study in the American Journal of Public Health as evidence that states with more guns have higher homicide rates. The study he cites is filled with the kind of embarrassing errors that we keep finding in public-health research. Even basic controls that account for differences in crime rates across states are left out. 
The study claims: “States with higher rates of gun ownership had disproportionately large numbers of deaths from firearm-related homicides.” But it doesn’t actually look at “gun ownership.” The authors just assume that states with a higher percentage of suicides committed with firearms have more guns. But there are some real problems with that assumption. Whether people use firearm or other methods to commit suicides has a lot to do with factors such as gender, age, and race. For example, there has been a big increase in gun ownership among women, but there has been little increase in guns used in suicides by women. 
Stephens also raises the specter of mass public shootings. But this problem is hardly unique to the U.S. Indeed, despite much stricter gun-control laws around the world, the U.S. is a relatively safe oasis in terms of such attacks compared to the European Union and the rest of the world. If gun bans work, why do we see so many machine-gun attacks in Europe? We have also not had as many bombings and vehicle attacks as the rest of the world. . . .
The rest of the piece is available here.


Astra 902: Because More Rounds Are Better [Forgotten Weapons]

The Spanish Astra firm introduced its C96 Mauser lookalike, the Model 900, in 1927 to take advantage of the strong Chinese demand for that type of handgun. When Bestigui Hermanos introduced a select-fire machine pistol to the Chinese market, Astra quickly followed suit with their Model 910 and 902 in 1928. The 901 was really just a select-fire adaptation of the Model 900, while the 902 made an effort to compensate for the quite fast rate of fire (900 rounds/minute) by using a fixed 20-round magazine instead of the 901’s 10-round magazine.

A total of 7075 Model 902 Astra pistols were made, with the design followed in 1932 by the Model 903 and its detachable box magazines. In order to accommodate the extra-long magazine, the shoulder stocks of the 902s (all Astra 900-series guns were shipped with should stock holsters) had a deep opening cut out, which was then covered by a detachable leather boot to protect the magazine of the gun and close off dirt from the opening in the stock.

One very rare variant of the 902 is the semiautomatic-only type, of which only 50-75 were made (about half the number of 20-round Mauser C96 pistols). We have one of those to look at today, along with its intact original shipping box.



And They'll Respect Us In The Morning [No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money]

There are those great lies we all know. Things like "the check is in the mail", "I'm from the government and I'm here to help you", and "I'll respect you in the morning." I'd to add another that is quickly becoming all too obvious in the post-Las Vegas mass casualty event hysteria: "I'm a Republican, I respect the Second Amendment, and if you vote for me, you can be assured I'll never vote for a gun control bill."

Consider these comments from North Carolina Republican congressmen. All of these comments were published in the Raleigh News and Observer yesterday.

Rep. George Holding (R-NC-2)

“This is a way to circumvent the law, existing law, by sloppily converting a semi-automatic weapon into an automatic weapon. I think we ought to look at getting rid of those,” Holding said Thursday. “You’re purposely trying to circumvent the law.”
Rep. Mark Walker (R-NC-6).
If somebody, just like any other avenue, is circumventing that law, then I think it’s something we should take a look at it. My first impulse is that could be a problem,” said Rep. Mark Walker of Greensboro, who is chairman of the conservative Republican Study Committee.

“At the same time, we don’t want to get to a place where any law we pass out of this House ... targets more the law-abiding citizen then the criminal. We want to make sure that we’re protecting our society.”
Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC-11). Meadows is also chair of the House Freedom Caucus which makes this doubly disturbing. (I met Mark for the first time at a gun show. He needed gun owners then to win in the primary runoff.)
Meadows said ATF may be able to change a rule or regulation that could solve the problem. The federal government allowed the sale of “bump stocks” in 2010.

“What enforcement capabilities are already in statute as it would relate to this? Is there a need for additional legislation?” he said.
Rep. Walter Jones, Jr. (R-NC-3)
Rep. Walter Jones, a Republican who represents much of eastern North Carolina, said he hasn’t had much time to study the “bump stock” issue. He planned to look into it this weekend.

“I have a very great concern about all the shootings and the killings of the American people,” Jones said. “I am concerned, deeply concerned, but I don’t know what the next step should be.”
The statement by the NRA on bump fire stocks will be used by Republicans to give themselves cover. My problem with their statement is that it looks like pre-emptive surrender on a firearm accessory that has been already approved by the BATFE.

While that statement may just be a delaying tactic as Sebastian contends, I still think the optics of it are bad. Few people will actually parse the statement to see what the NRA actually said and will assume incorrectly that they are for a ban on bump fire stocks. As I wrote on Thursday, "However, if bump fire stocks are banned now what is to say that other gun parts such as adjustable stocks or standard capacity magazines won't be banned later. If you open the door to the ban on one thing, don't you open the door to the ban of anything firearm related?"

It is a slippery slope. Our opponents recognize this and it is a feature to them. As House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) told a reporter, ""They’re going to say, 'You give them bump stock, it's going to be a slippery slope.' I certainly hope so."

In the meantime, call, write, and fax your senators and representatives. They need to hear from you now in very clear and unambiguous terms. Links for the four Republicans quoted are above. You can find your representative by putting in your zip code here.

Saturday, 07 October


BREAKING: Gunbroker REVERSES Their Stance on SlideFire & BumpFire Stocks [The Firearm Blog]

GunbrokerWe reported just 2 days ago that had decided to delete and effectively ban all auctions of SlideFire, BumpFire and similarly related stocks from their website. Now, in an attempt to follow suit with their industry comrades, the NRA (National Rifle Association) and NSSF (National Shooting Sports Foundation), they have reversed their decision and will […]

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ON THE BOUNCE? US Army Seeks to Field Soldier Exoskeletons [The Firearm Blog]

In a recent letter released to Army general officers, Chief of Staff of the Army Mark Milley outlined a plan for reform of the Army’s development and procurement arms. In it, he also made mention of the Army’s plans for future individual weapons and equipment. Among those, the General mentioned a new piece of kit for […]

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In the Wake of ICSR, US Army to Reform Weapons Procurement Process [The Firearm Blog]

US Army Chief of Staff General Mark Milley has released a letter outlining a major reform and restructuring effort for US Army weapons development, testing, and procurement. In the letter, CSA General Milley spoke of the need for a new procurement command structure: Today, our Army is not institutionally organized to deliver modern, critical capabilities […]

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MG-34: The Universal Machine Gun Concept [Forgotten Weapons]

The MG34 was the first German implementation of the universal machine gun concept – and really the first such fielded by any army. The idea was to have a single weapon which could be used as a light machine gun, heavy machine gun, vehicle gun, fortification gun, and antiaircraft gun. The MG34 was designed to be light enough for use as an LMG, to have a high enough rate of fire to serve as an antiaircraft gun, to be compact and flexible enough for use in vehicles and fortifications, and to be mounted on a complex and advanced tripod for use as a heavy machine gun.

Mechanically, the MG34 is a recoil operated gun using a rotating bolt for locking. It is chambered for 8mm Mauser, and feeds from 50-round belt segments with a clever and unique quick-change barrel mechanism. The early versions were fitted with adjustable rate reducers in the grips allowing firing from 400 to 900 rounds per minute, and also had an option for a top cover which would fit a 75-round double drum magazine. Both of these features were rather quickly discarded, however,r in the interest of more efficient production. However, the gun fulfilled its universal role remarkably well.

The MG34 was considered a state secret when first developed, and despite entering production in 1936 it would not be formally adopted until 1939 – by which time 50,000 or so had already been manufactured. It would comprise about 47% of the machine guns in German service when the Wehrmacht invaded Poland, but would be fully standardized by March of 1941. It was replaced by the MG42 later in the war, as that weapon was both faster and cheaper to produce and also required substantially less of the high-grade steel alloys that Germany had limited supplies of. However, it would continue to be produced through the war, particularly for vehicle mounts.


LEAKED: Smith & Wesson Ready To Release The Shield 2 Point 0 [The Firearm Blog]

I am going to do something that may frustrate and annoy the majority of our readers. By giving you just a small tidbit of information with no images, specifications or associated details as supporting documentation, I will leave you all hanging on the edge of a 9mm-wide cliff. Sourced from a major (and trusted) friend, we just […]

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Friday, 06 October


Harvey Weinstein blames NRA and others for his woes [Of Arms and the Law]

Hilarious and pitiful at the same time. How about the horn-dog blaming himself? No, that'd be too much to expect.

"The source said: 'Harvey feels is being set up by a team of people who are out to get him. 'Nobody is claiming that the New York Times spent any money to get this story done but other organisations may have done 'There are are conservative organisations who know he is long-time foe of the NRA, of Donald Trump, and a longtime supporter of Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama and the Democrats. 'He believes they are financing a team of lawyers who are digging up these stories."

I must see if the team is hiring....

Why anyone thinks you hire a lawyer to do an investigation is beyond me. You ask the lawyer whom he hires to investigate, and you hire that investigator and save the overhead.


FPC Repudiates Proposed Bans Semi-Auto Firearms And Accessories [No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money]

The Firearms Policy Coalition, unlike the NRA, is refusing the cave to those who call for a ban on bump fire stocks. The FPC is a coalition of state level gun rights groups that is a 501(c)4 grassroots, non-partisan, public benefit organization. Being as they are based in California, they have seen first hand the various incremental attacks by the gun prohibitionists.

From the FPC:

Firearms Policy Coalition Statement Repudiating Proposed Bans on Semi-Automatic Firearms and Accessories, Including “Bump Fire” Stocks

SACRAMENTO, CA (October 6, 2017) — Firearms Policy Coalition (FPC) has issued the following statement concerning calls for new bans and regulations on firearms and firearm accessories:

In depraved acts of self-centered posturing, politicians who do not respect our Constitution are leveraging the recent tragedy in Las Vegas to push for more unconstitutional bans and restrictions on common, semi-automatic firearms and their accessories. These important Second Amendment-protected instruments are purchased, possessed, and responsibly used for lawful purposes by millions of Americans across our great nation.

Just as blogs and websites are protected by the First Amendment, and the Fourth Amendment’s shield against unreasonable searches and seizures applies to advanced devices like an iPhone, so too are modern semi-automatic firearms like AR-15s and their appurtenances protected by the Second Amendment.

History shows that gun control is a one-way ratchet, with so-called “compromises” resulting only in more laws that affect law-abiding people and fewer ways to exercise Second Amendment rights. And there is no textual, circumstantial, or emotional exception to the Constitution’s guarantee that “the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”

Law-abiding gun owners will not be bullied by killers or politicians, nor will we give up fundamental individual liberties at the shrill cries of Marxist Democrats or unprincipled Republicans, wealthy Hollywood elitists, the alt-left news media, or billionaire-backed Astroturf groups.

All unconstitutional laws are unjust, illegitimate, and offensive to the rule of law—even if they are enacted in response to a very real tragedy. FPC opposes all restrictions on the acquisition, possession, carry, and use of common, semi-automatic firearms, ammunition, and accessories by law-abiding people.

Whatever the conversation our country might wish to have about the evils found in human nature, and whatever questions we as a society might have about how to better address those moral and cultural deficiencies, no legitimate answers will be found in additional emotion-driven gun control laws that undermine our American system of ordered liberty.

FPC calls on House Speaker Paul Ryan, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, and every member of Congress to pass important legislation to protect and advance the Second Amendment rights of law abiding people without further obstruction or delay. That is the job they were elected to do. /i>


Keychain Suppressor | Beretta 21A ‘Hush Puppy’ & Armatac’s Covert Suppressor [The Firearm Blog]

Sometimes we buy something just because it is an ultra cool range toy that really serves no practical purpose other than putting a smile on your face. With the Armatac Covert suppressor and the Beretta 21a converted to lock the slide closed, this mini hush puppy isn’t short on doling out smiles. While we ran […]

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A third IMBEL .40 S&W subgun prototype [The Firearm Blog]

Following two earlier exploratory attempts to create a .40 S&W submachine gun ( and ) the research department of IMBEL’s Fábrica de Itajubá (Itajubá Factory, in Minas Gerais State) pushed their efforts one step further in the shape of a third prototype model, still under the general designation SMTR .40 IMBEL MD1. Captain Paulo […]

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Illinois: Anti-Gun Legislators Introduce Gun Control Legislation [NRA-ILA News]

Yesterday, omnibus gun control legislation, House Bill 4107, was introduced in the Illinois House of Representatives.


Watch: H&K USP 45 Meets the Gauntlet []

The Military Arms Channel on YouTube has a series of gauntlet tests where handguns are put through water, sand, dirt and finally mud.  In this video, MAC runs an H&K USP 45 through the gauntlet.

The tests are divided into two sections:

Handgun is washed off in dirty water between each phase. This is called the environmental tests.

Handgun is not washed off between each phase.

The H&K Universal Self-Loading Pistol (USP) was introduced in 1993. As with a lot of handguns from that era, the USP has either a safety or decocker, and is hammer fired.

Now for the video.

Overall, I am impressed with how well the handgun performed.  There was one hiccup were the slide did not go all the way into battery.  This was resolved by tapping the rear of the slide by hand.

One of the big questions that should be addressed, “How much did the recoil of the 45 play in reliability?”  The 45 has more recoil that the 9mm.  As such, did the recoil help force trash out of the handgun?  Or rather, did the recoil force the handgun to function better than 9mm?

Is it possible the 45 acp is more reliable than the 9mm when it comes to dirt, sand, and mud?

The other question, if a handgun that was designed in 1992, and produced started in 1993 can do so well in the gauntlet tests, why do so many other handguns have problems?  For example, the Beretta 92f was an under-performer in these same tests.  Then there was the FN 509, which failed miserably.

Some may chalk it up to H&K reliability.  However, all those other handguns were 9mm, while the H&K USP is 45acp.

Special thank you to the Military Arms Channel for another excellent video.

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StG-44 Found While Repairing a Roof in Poland [The Firearm Blog]

Remember a few years back when an StG-44 was turned in at a gun buy back in Los Angeles, CA? The person got a whopping $200 gift card for it. An StG-44 was also turned in at a gun buy back in Hartford, Connecticut too. That story had a happy ending however, the officers in […]

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Czech Man Sentenced to 5 Years For Firearms Possession in UK [The Firearm Blog]

A Czech man has been sentenced to five years in prison for bringing several illegal firearms into the UK. 59 year old Jaromir Hrbek, from he Czech Republic, was stopped by the UK Border Force in August as he drove through the port of Dover to board a ferry back to Europe. A member of the […]

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Watch: Emelie Makes Fire in the Rain []

This Swedish gal ventures out into the rain to make a fire in the great outdoors. Why does she do it? To survive? Nah… just to (hopefully) entertain folks. Hmmmm.

Emelie of Emelie’s Outdoor Adventures does a nice job of seeming mostly clueless while gathering material to make a fire in the wet woods. Some fuzzy birch back and some dried rosin (tree sap), she goes to a lot of trouble preparing the stuff.

A patch on her backpack declares that our host is “cute but psycho.” No comment…

Aha! Useful information; she uses a pencil sharpener to shave twigs into, well, shavings. Cool.


Her first attempt didn’t really pan out… perhaps because she forgot about all that rosin. Doh!

All in all, this might be more of a “what not to do” video… but in the end, she did get it done.

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California: There is Still Time to Contact the Governor on Anti-Gun Bills [NRA-ILA News]

The California Legislature sent three anti-gun bills to Governor Brown for his consideration, AB 7, AB 424, and SB 464. The Governor has until October 15th to either veto, sign or allow the bills to go into law without his signature. Please email Governor Brown and urge him to VETO AB 7, AB 424, and SB 464.   Also, please take a moment to CALL and FAX the Governor requesting he VETO these anti-gun bills. His office phone number is 916-445-2841 and fax number is 916-558-3160.


Watch: Shooting Arrows From a Shotgun []

There’s nothing more fun than launching an arrow out of a 410 shotgun.

Well then, let’s get to it!

He uses a 410 shotgun and a crossbow arrow, but then goes all “normal” and also uses a 50-cal smoothbore air gun with arrows designed specifically for that purpose. What’s the fun in that?

He begins by shooting watermelons, then moves on to canned hams, bottles of soda, and then tries some longer-range accuracy stuff.

For reasons unknown, he doesn’t bother to tell us about the shells he’s using… but he sure does talk a lot about everything else!

Later on he does mention casually that they simply cut the crimp off the end of each shell and dumped out the shot load. And I have to agree with the commenter who said the reason his arrows were being shredded by the shotgun is that the arrow isn’t lying directly against the wad, but is instead somewhere forward of the shell in the barrel.

He later reduced the charge and got better results from the scattergun.

For the record, this whole thing is a terrible idea, as he is creating an obstructed barrel — and that is never good.


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Watch: Is a Harbor Freight Wire Welder Worth it? []

A welder is a good thing to have. After having owned one for several years, I wondered how I’d ever gotten along without it. There’s always something breaking around my place in the country, whether it’s a trailer, tractor, mower, or whatever. And when I take a notion to build something, I can get it done without relying on nuts & bolts to hold stuff together. Heck, I’ve even used it to weld a bolt handle on an old Mauser rifle that I overhauled.

I saved up and sold some stuff to help pay for my welder, which is a 110 volt 90 amp Lincoln wire welder which can handle flux-core or MIG. I could have saved a bunch of money at the get-go by buying a cheap machine, but in the past I had worked with a couple ‘El Cheapo Grande’ welders, so I decided to stick with a well-known quality brand… and I’m glad I did, even though it cost about 4 times what this Harbor Freight (HF) welder does.

This YouTuber also uses a Lincoln, but after being asked about it many times, he decided to try a Harbor Freight welder for himself. And what better project than welding some broken parts of a utility trailer, just like the average Joe would do if he bought a welder?

He begins by comparing the length of the leads, which is kinda moot, since the lead on my 2004 Lincoln welder is roughly the same length as his HF model.

No reason for me to do a blow-by-blow of the video, but suffice it to say the HF welder can weld okay, especially if you already know what you’re doing… and it might be all you need. Chances are, though, that a name-brand welder would serve you better.

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The AR-15’s Creedmoor? .224 Valkyrie vs. .22 Nosler and 6.5 Grendel (Modern Intermediate Calibers 025) [The Firearm Blog]

Let’s start off with a question: What is the best round for the AR-15? At the Big 3 East conference this week, a new caliber was unveiled for the AR-15. Called the “.224 Valkyrie”, it is based on the .30 Remington/6.8 SPC case, necked down to .22 caliber, giving it similar internal and external geometry to […]

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Get in the Stand Before Hunting Season []

Hunting season is opening all over the United States.  During this time-honored tradition, hunters will be scouting their favorite hunting areas and setting up stands.  To the observer, going into the woods to kill an animal may seem rather barbaric.  What non-hunters do not know is that hunting blinds offer a wonderful opportunity for wildlife observation and nature photography.

There is more to hunting is more than just killing.  It is a hunter’s opportunity to become part of nature.

People were not designed to live in cities.  For hundreds of thousands of years we were hunter-gatherers.  Our ancestors roamed from the tip of Africa to Europe and all the way to South America.  In our hearts is a desire to get away from the cities and back where we belong.

Cities are a fairly new invention that are only a few thousand years old.  Where we truly belong is where we can hear the wind blowing through the trees and hear the squirrels barking.  This is where we find our peace and quiet.

Now that your hunting spots are picked out, get in your stand and enjoy some peace and quiet.  After opening weekend, there will be sounds of gunfire in the distance, ATVs, and the sounds of trucks and trailers going down rural roads.

Before opening weekend is a perfect opportunity to get in the stand to listen and watch.  I usually bring a rifle in case I see a wild pig. (Here in Texas, there is no season on wild pigs and they can be hunted year-round.)

I’m suggesting you get in the stand before regular season starts just so you can hunt pigs. The real reason is to get away from everyday life.  There is a certain peace that comes with listening to the birds, watching the squirrels, and hopefully getting some pictures of deer so you can brag to your buddies.

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Review: Ready Aim Rifle & Shotgun Carrier []

A while back, I ran across a cool item for carrying a rifle or shotgun and told y’all about it. Called the “Ready Aim Rifle Carrier,” it’s a sort of cradle for holding your gun horizontally at waist height. Whether you tote your gun on your hip or crosswise in front of your stomach, it can be a nice, hands-free way to transport your popper — while keeping it at the ready.


Here’s some info (from the manufacturer):

  • Quiet, soft fleece rifle pocket won’t harm rifle
  • 2″ polyester belt and straps adjust from youth to 53″
  • Large, durable, quick-release clips
  • Durable Lexan brackets for lightweight construction
  • Internal core for form fit
  • Quiet tricot camo fabric
  • Foam back with mesh for increased breathability

To clarify (from me):

  • I wouldn’t really call it a “pocket,” because the sides are not closed. It’s really more of a holster for a long gun.
  • The shoulder strap is 2″ wide, but the belt is 1.5″ wide. This is perfectly sufficient, but it’s not what the specs say.
  • The “quick-release clips” apparently mean the QD belt buckle, which works easily and is plenty tough.
  • The Lexan brackets are inside of the padded cradle part, and they hold the U shape of the thing. To be clear: the Lexan never touches your gun.
  • The outer fabric is indeed a tricot knit, but be aware that limbs or other objects brushing against the Ready Aim Rifle Carrier can make a little noise at times (but not to an unreasonable extent).

Check out this video to get a better idea of how it works (but remember that the 2″ wide belt is actually 1.5″):

Okay, let’s get down to brass tacks here. This carrier is really pretty useful, and makes it much easier to tote your rifle or shotgun in the field. In the turkey woods, it was nice to put my shotgun in this while walking in to set up on a gobbler, and even nicer when I didn’t have to lean my gun against a tree or lay it on the ground to set up my turkey hunting seat.

For walking through the woods, this can be a great way to carry your long gun. When things get tight, you can slide it to your strong-side hip with the gun’s muzzle forward, and shoulder the rifle pretty quickly if the need arises.


The cushioned part surrounding the gun’s receiver helps protect it when you push through brush etc, but of course twigs and leaves will also get captured in it. So there’s a trade-off — but this beats a sling in many cases, and it’s really nice for guns without slings like old muzzleloaders or shotguns.

When you need your gun, simply pick it up out of the padded cradle. The fuzzy lining makes this nice and quiet. And having the gun in a horizontal orientation means it will probably be faster for you to get on target.

While stalking, you can stop to glass with binoculars without having to hold onto your gun or having its sling slide off of your shoulder as you scan the landscape for critters.



All in all, this is a great way to carry your gun afield, and I like mine a lot. In the future I’ll use it for both shotgun and rifle hunting, and I foresee much less frustration looking for a place to lay or lean up my gun, or having a sling sliding off my shoulder at inopportune times. And perhaps best of all, my gun will be handy for a quick shot when I need to make one — and all hunters know that being ready to make the shot is everything.

Check out their website and order one up if you’d like. You’ll be supporting a small American-owned company if you do.


A review sample was provided by the manufacturer. (This doesn’t affect my review, which contains my honest opinion of the product.)

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[Videos] SilencerCo Gives the Low-Down on the New Maxim 50 [The Firearm Blog]

SilencerCo Maxim50Last month SilencerCo unveiled their latest innovative product, a suppressed firearm that is completely legal in all 50 US states. The Maxim 50 ingeniously sidesteps the NFA’s suppressor restrictions, although some individual states including New Jersey, Massachusetts and California are challenging this. The Maxim 50 is a suppressed .50 calibre muzzleloader based on the Traditions […]

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Really Not an M16 at All: Colt’s M231 Port Firing Weapon [Forgotten Weapons]

The M231 Port Firing Weapon was developed in the 1970s as a part of the M2 Bradley Fighting Vehicle Project. A modern relative of the WW2 Krummlauf, the weapon was intended to provide close-in firepower against infantry that might attempt to overrun the M2. It has no sights or buttstock, and fires from an open bolt only as 1100-1200 rounds/minute. It is intended to be used with M196 tracer ammunition to aim. Early versions were issued with rudimentary sights and a wire collapsing stock (akin to that of an M3A1 Grease Gun), but the weapon proved so difficult to control from the shoulder that the stocks were discarded and policy changed to dictate that the guns never be removed form the Bradleys.

The unique fitting on the front of the hand guard is a coarse thread to screw the gun into the Bradley’s firing port sockets. The fire control system is entirely different form a standard M16, with the hammer being removed entirely in favor of a submachine gun like dropping sear. The recoil system was also completely changed, and in the M231 consists of simply three separate recoil springs nested inside one another.



He Had Me At Mil-Spec Butter Knife [No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money]

This is something to share with all your gun-hating friends who know nothing about firearms. Tell them they need to share far and wide to show the world just how easy it is to make any firearm full auto. In this case, the guy shows how to make a Sig run at 2,000 rounds a minute and an AR run at 70,000 rounds a minute.

Of course this is a satirical video but do Shannon Watts and her coterie of "I support the Second Amendment but..." friends know this? Probably not which makes it even more imperative that we encourage them to share it. As that great Southern philosopher Forrest Gump once said, "Stupid is as stupid does."


Energetic Armament Nyx Rimfire Suppressor [The Firearm Blog]

It is worth repeating – suppressed rimfire guns are one of the most enjoyable subsets of the shooting sports world. If you have yet to join the experience, I urge you to find a friend, dealer or range willing to help you on your journey to 40gr subsonic bliss. For a variety of reasons, small […]

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Finnaccuracy: Review of reasonably priced FFP spotters [The Firearm Blog]

This article is published with permission from Finnaccuracy in Finland. You can find the original here. There is a lot to read, over 2000 words, but it’s well worth it if you’re looking to buy one now or later, or just learn more about these First Focal Planer spotters. Note that the writer’s first language […]

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New Security Console Insert for Ford Super Duty Trucks [The Firearm Blog]

Tuffy InsertTuffy Security Products recently announced it was offering a new security console insert for the 2011 through 2016 Ford Super Duty trucks with a flow through console. This console insert is similar to the others made by the company but custom designed for the specific needs of a Ford owner. When installed, the locking insert […]

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Thief Steals Ruger Mini-14 by Shoving it Down His Pants [The Firearm Blog]

On 6 September a man calmly walked into the West Des Moines, Iowa, branch of Scheels sporting goods store and moments later waddled out with a stolen rifle stuffed down his pants leg. The Des Moines Register reported that the thief managed to slip a full stocked Ruger Mini-14 Tactical into his pants and make a, […]

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Prices for Bump-fire Stocks Soar as Speculation Drives Demand [The Firearm Blog]

SlidefireAt this point, there’s little need for us to explain what a bump-fire stock is (but if you need a refresher, feel free to click here). TFB has been covering the industry standard bump-fire stock, the Slidefire SSAR-15, since at least 2010 which you’ll note at that time retailed for $319. The price came down on Slidefire […]

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Italian “Bullpup” Submachine Gun Concept Unveiled, Futuristic Electronic PDW? [The Firearm Blog]

An online Italian firearms news website Guns Week has published an article on a digital design concept put out by Italian firm Tecnostudio Engineering that consists of an interesting “Bullpup” submachine gun/PDW. The design incorporates a 15 (appears to be single stacked) or 25 round (appears to be double stacked) magazine that clips to the top […]

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Mogadishu Replica AR by TROY – Big 3 East [The Firearm Blog]

Troy came out to Big 3 East for their first time and brought out their latest and greatest. Lately Troy has been following the nostalgia trend. They came out with a replica of the XM177E and GAU-5/A/A. Well now they are making a replica of the rifle used in Mogadishu. You may have seen it […]

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[DSEi 2017] Vehicle Mounted Remote Control Weapon Station Round Up [The Firearm Blog]

This year at DSEi 2017 a number of countries had their lesser known and newly developed vehicle mounted Remote Control Weapon Stations (RCWS) on display for the defense industry exposition in London. Rather than list each entry individually, it is fitting that we include them all here for readers to examine and compare. Although the United States […]

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Thursday, 05 October


BREAKING: Gunbroker BANS Sale of Slidefire & Bumpfire Stocks [The Firearm Blog]

SlidefireIf you have been wanting to purchase a Slidefire, Bumpfire or similarly related stock because of recent events in the US you may have tried searching online. One of the most popular sites where people buy, sell and research pricing for products related to the firearm’s industry is among others. If you have been […]

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Watch: Make a PVC Atlatl & Flaming Spears []

We can thank the erstwhile TV show Top Shot for a number of things; Chris Cheng, splitting bullets with an axe, and the resurgence of the atlatl.

As you probably know, an atlatl is a device for flinging long darts — essentially oversized, flexible arrows — in ways that most of us previously imagined spears being propelled. It’s a simple device that adds length to your arm, thus allowing you to throw a long arrow much “more better” than you could do with just your arm.

This guy makes one by shamelessly copying another YouTuber (with credit, of course) and then adds some awesome sauce in the way of nice steel heads and wire hooks to contain the flammable steel wool he adds to make them into fiery darts.

some decent tips here, like forming the sharp arrowheads and getting them to fit snugly on the darts.

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One to Watch: Manker Timeback II []

You’d be forgiven if you failed to keep up with the latest hot brand in the flashlight world. It used to be that a new brand would come out, issue a few stellar lights, and then six months or a year later another brand would rise up to kick them off the throne. The cycle of innovation was relatively slow and the brand names and flashlights were manageable.

Surefire was dethroned by Fenix lights touting high output LEDs, then Fenix was relieved of its crown by Nitecore and their innovative UI. Next, 47s came in and reached the mountaintop with a series of lights all crammed with features beloved by the enthusiast crowd. Then the market picked up speed and all of a sudden it became impossible to determine who had the best reasonably-priced light on the market. New lights and iterations on existing lights came out two or three times a year and emitter upgrades seemed to drop monthly. Even for someone who harbors an unhealthy obsession with flashlights, the deluge was stunning.

In 2016, things settled down as Surefire’s Titan Plus set the output bar very high for 1xAAA and oLight seemed to have hit the bullseye in terms of output and UI with its S-series. We had probably eight to ten months where things seemed to have calmed down. Then the dam broke and 2017 has been a year of fast and furious releases.

As just one example, the UltraTac K18 outshines the Titan Plus for 1/5th the price. The Manker Timeback II seems to up the ante as well. That calm period for a few months looks like it is a thing of the past.

The Timeback II is a 1×18350 light (an 18350 is a rechargeable battery roughly the size of a CR123a). It has an output on high of 2200 lumens. And, surprisingly, it includes a fidget feature. Yep, you read that correctly. This is a light and fidget spinner combined. Personally, I have no desire for such a feature, but in a marketplace where 2200 lumens will only keep you on top for a few weeks, you need something else to distinguish yourself from other lights. The 1-lumen low is good to see, an indication that Manker is paying attention to the full range of outputs and not just the high. The Timeback II also has a ring that spins freely; essentially a built-in fidget spinner.

Visually striking, the light comes in four interesting finishes, featuring a sculpted titanium pocket clip and copper accents. It also has a heavily crenellated head.

In the end, the Timeback II is probably more a sign of the times than a true, high utility light. This is not the most practical torch on the planet for a dozen or so reasons. But even with a bunch of low utility features, the core of the light–the outputs and the UI–looks very good. At $149.95 its a bit expensive as the light is mostly a novelty.

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Watch: Boston News Freaks Out at “Terrifying Cache” of Antique Weapons []

In the terrorism pants-wetting, pearl-clutching capital of the nation, where the founders spin in their graves nightly at how far into the post-9/11 security state abyss the erstwhile “cradle of liberty” has fallen, a super-scary collection, er, I mean “cache”, of a handful of antique weapons has been uncovered and is sending the city into a panic:

This video is so, so sad. It’s almost as sad as that time they put the city on lockdown over some Lite Brites under a bridge. Back in my grad school days I used to live there and I loved every minute of it, but that was before “shelter in place” replaced “Yankees Suck!” as the town motto. I don’t know if I could deal, now.

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Is The NRA Making A Grand Trade Or Merely Punting? [No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money]

Bump fire stocks have come under increased scrutiny since the mass casualty even in Las Vegas where it appears the killer used them in his violent rampage. There have been bills introduced as well as increasing calls for them to be banned. They were originally approved by BATFE during the Obama Administration when it was concluded that they did not convert a semi-auto firearm into a full-auto firearm.

This afternoon the NRA released a joint statement from Wayne LaPierre and Chris Cox which called upon BATFE to re-review bump fire stocks and to subject them to additional regulations.

(FAIRFAX, VA) - The National Rifle Association today issued the following statement:

"In the aftermath of the evil and senseless attack in Las Vegas, the American people are looking for answers as to how future tragedies can be prevented. Unfortunately, the first response from some politicians has been to call for more gun control. Banning guns from law-abiding Americans based on the criminal act of a madman will do nothing to prevent future attacks. This is a fact that has been proven time and again in countries across the world. In Las Vegas, reports indicate that certain devices were used to modify the firearms involved. Despite the fact that the Obama administration approved the sale of bump fire stocks on at least two occasions, the National Rifle Association is calling on the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE) to immediately review whether these devices comply with federal law. The NRA believes that devices designed to allow semi-automatic rifles to function like fully-automatic rifles should be subject to additional regulations. In an increasingly dangerous world, the NRA remains focused on our mission: strengthening Americans' Second Amendment freedom to defend themselves, their families and their communities. To that end, on behalf of our five million members across the country, we urge Congress to pass National Right-to-Carry reciprocity, which will allow law-abiding Americans to defend themselves and their families from acts of violence."
This statement leads to the question of the day: is the NRA trading a bump fire stock ban for national right-to-carry reciprocity or are they merely punting in the face of opposition to them from even some in the GOP who had been supportive of gun rights?

The NRA has always engaged in realpolitik in recent years. This may be a case of appearing to be willing to deal on the regulation of one gun-related item in exchange for loosening another. If so, they are trading a novelty item for something rather substantial. My only fear is that they could get out-maneuvered by trying to placate the gun prohibitionists on this one item.

I don't care about bump fire stocks. I'm never going to buy one or put one on my AR.  However, if bump fire stocks are banned now what is to say that other gun parts such as adjustable stocks or standard capacity magazines won't be banned later. If you open the door to the ban on one thing, don't you open the door to the ban of anything firearm related?

UPDATE: Chris Cox of the NRA-ILA went on Fox's Tucker Carlson Tonight to explain the NRA's position and to call for national carry reciprocity. I'll let you make the call whether it is a good idea or not.


NRA Throws Bump Fire Under the Bus []

In a statement on the recent Las Vegas shooting, the NRA has given the finger to bump-fire stock makers, asking the ATF to take another look at whether these devices comply with federal law, and talking vaguely of “additional regulations.”

“In the aftermath of the evil and senseless attack in Las Vegas, the American people are looking for answers as to how future tragedies can be prevented. Unfortunately, the first response from some politicians has been to call for more gun control. Banning guns from law-abiding Americans based on the criminal act of a madman will do nothing to prevent future attacks. This is a fact that has been proven time and again in countries across the world. In Las Vegas, reports indicate that certain devices were used to modify the firearms involved. Despite the fact that the Obama administration approved the sale of bump fire stocks on at least two occasions, the National Rifle Association is calling on the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE) to immediately review whether these devices comply with federal law. The NRA believes that devices designed to allow semi-automatic rifles to function like fully-automatic rifles should be subject to additional regulations. In an increasingly dangerous world, the NRA remains focused on our mission: strengthening Americans’ Second Amendment freedom to defend themselves, their families and their communities. To that end, on behalf of our five million members across the country, we urge Congress to pass National Right-to-Carry reciprocity, which will allow law-abiding Americans to defend themselves and their families from acts of violence.”

Here are my thoughts on this, in no particular order:

As readers of this site likely know, bum- fire stocks are widely despised as a range toys for YouTube yahoos and wannabe operators. If you have one of these things on your AR, it’s best not to tell anyone if you don’t want to get laughed off the range. In short, bump fire is widely considered a terrible fad that will hopefully pass soon.

So the NRA figured they could throw these guys under the bus because there’s no real hardcore gun owner constituency for them. We gun owners were all just hoping they’d go away on their own, anyway.

There are two things the gun guys on my feed seem to be worried about with the NRA’s latest move, though.

First, there’s a concern that the NRA may be backsliding to the bad old days of the 90’s, when the org was still populated with FUDDs who had yet to be dragged kicking and screaming into Gun Culture 2.0. That version of the NRA supported the Clinton Assault Weapon Ban, albeit with the sunset provisions thankfully inserted.

Second, there is a very real fear that any legislation banning bump fire will also ban competition triggers and possibly even all semi autos. This was the major concern with Dianne Feinstein’s poorly-worded attempt at a bump-fire ban, which was released just hours after the massacre in Vegas.

Finally, there’s a reluctance to give even on inch to the gun-grabbers, even if that involves giving up devices that most if us don’t care for anyway.

I’m taking a wait-and-see attitude towards pretty much all of these. I think the NRA was strategically vague about the source of the “additional regulations” they referenced. I took it that they’re calling for some new ATF rule-making, which has gone their way lately, and not asking for congress to step in and pass new laws. So I feel like they’re probably going to handle the concerns above pretty well.

It’s also the case that we had real forward momentum on the SHARE Act, momentum that the Las Vegas shooting is widely understood to have halted. The NRA is hoping to start that back up by offering up bump fire as a way to get the SHARE Act back on the table. I have to admit I don’t think it’s a bad trade. I’m a huge supporter of the SHARE Act, and as I said above I have no use for bump fire, so I’d take that trade assuming that we’re not subject to new rules that act as a backdoor ban on things like lighter triggers and/or semi-autos.

Update: The Firearms Policy Center says I’m wrong about the rule-making, and that it’s pretty clear they’re asking for new legislation:

Also, Sebastian over at Shall Not Be Questioned has a post on this topic that comes down pretty close to where I’ve come down, above, but with a few additional wrinkles and considerations laid out. Go read it.

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$800 Larue Rifle? Ultimate AR-15 Upper Kit – Big 3 East [The Firearm Blog]

One of the items Mark Larue brought to show at the Big 3 East Media Event was his Ultimate AR-15 Upper Kit. The kit is basically like IKEA furniture. You buy it and assemble it. The only thing you need are the tools and a stripped lower receiver. The Ultimate AR-15 Upper Kit provides everything […]

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NRA to Congress: Let ATF Re-Evaluate Bump Stocks; Do Your Job, and Pass National Reciprocity [NRA-ILA News]

The National Rifle Association (NRA) released a statement on October 5 calling on Congress to allow the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) re-evaluate bump stocks while Congress gets on with the work people have been waiting for since January 3: national reciprocity.


40+ Old Cartridges in a Cool Collection []

It’s not all that often that you see old or obsolete ammunition, much less a wide array of it, but that’s what we have here.

(Photo © Russ Chastain)

(Photo © Russ Chastain)

This ammo was found in an old wooden box which belonged to a late police officer, competitive shooter, and reloader. I figured I would find a number of odd rounds, but I had no idea the range would be so wide. There are roughly 42 different cartridges represented here, ranging from 218 Bee to 50 BMG! Not all of them are completely obsolete; I’m guessing this was the box where he tossed any oddities that he came across… along with a smattering of such commonplace rounds as 38 Special and 45 ACP.

(Photo © Russ Chastain)

(Photo © Russ Chastain)

Even some of the rounds that are still in production show their age here, with 30-40 Krags marked “30 Army” and 30-30 Win marked “30 WCF.”

(Photo © Russ Chastain)

(Photo © Russ Chastain)

Here are some of the cartridges/calibers:

  • 218 Bee
  • 22 Short
  • 22 Long
  • 22 Long Rifle
  • 22 WMR (22 magnum)
  • 22 Savage High Power (22 H.P.)
  • 25 Auto
  • 25-20
  • 30 Mauser
  • 30 Luger
  • 30 Carbine
  • 30 Remington
  • 30-30 Winchester (30 WCF / Winchester Center Fire)
  • 30-40 Krag (30 Army)
  • 30-06 Springfield
  • 32 rimfire (blank)
  • 32 Auto (ACP)
  • 32 S&W
  • 32 S&W (blank)
  • 32 S&W Long
  • 32 Long Colt
  • 32-20 Win
  • 32 S.L. (32 WSL / Winchester Self Loading)
  • 32 Win Spl (32 Winchester Special)
  • 33 CF (Center Fire)
  • 35 Remington
  • 380 Auto (ACP)
  • 38 S&W
  • 38 S&W (blank)
  • 38 Long Colt
  • 38 Special
  • 357 Magnum
  • 41 Short (rimfire)
  • 45 Auto (ACP)
  • 45 Auto Rim
  • 45 S&W
  • 45 Colt
  • 45-70 Government
  • 20 gauge shotgun
  • 12 gauge shotgun
  • 50 BMG (Browning Machine Gun)
  • A few misc bullets (bullets are projectiles, not loaded rounds)
  • And various others either unmarked or unidentified

Pretty cool, if you ask me. Anyone else interested in learning more about some of these old rounds?

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Five Reasons the SIG MPX is Better Than the H&K MP5 [The Firearm Blog]

In episode one of a three part series for TFBTV, James shows TFB readers and viewers his H&K MP5 and SIG MPX and compares each to the other. Both of these pistol caliber carbines are configured in short-barrel-rifle format. Both of them are 9mm. Both of them have roots with respected manufacturers. But each of them […]

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Glock Secures Filipino Law Enforcement and Armed Forces Contracts [The Firearm Blog]

This summer Glock has emerged as the winner of not only one, but two very substantial contract victories to supply the Philippines National Police and the Armed Forces. The first contract was awarded in June of this year to supply the Filipino National Police Forces with Model 17 Gen 4 9x19mm NATO handguns. The second contract was […]

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Official Statement On Decision Not To Appeal Wrenn Case [No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money]

As reported earlier today, Karl Racine, District of Columbia Attorney General, has decided not to appeal the Court of Appeals decision in Wrenn v. DC. His official statement is below:

WASHINGTON, D. C. – Below is a statement from Attorney General Karl A. Racine regarding his decision, in consultation with other District leaders, not to petition the Supreme Court of the United States for a writ of certiorari to review the decision in Wrenn v. District of Columbia and Grace v. District of Columbia by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit:

“Public safety is, and has always been, my paramount concern. I continue to believe the District’s ‘good reason’ requirement is a common-sense, and constitutional, gun regulation. However, we must reckon with the fact that an adverse decision by the Supreme Court could have wide-ranging negative effects not just on District residents, but on the country as a whole.

“In consultation with Mayor Bowser, Chairman Mendelson, Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles Allen and multiple stakeholders, and after careful consideration, we reached consensus that abiding by the D.C. Circuit’s ruling was the wisest course of action to protect public safety in the District and nationwide. Therefore, I have decided not to appeal to the Supreme Court.”

A loss in the Supreme Court could affect similar gun regulations in other jurisdictions – including in nearby states like Maryland, New Jersey, and New York. The proliferation of guns in those places can have spillover effects for the safety of District residents.

While the good-reason requirement will sunset upon the D.C. Circuit’s issuance of its mandate effectuating its ruling, the rest of the District’s reasonable regulations on who may obtain a permit to carry a concealed firearm and the circumstances in which one may carry in public remain in place.

The Office of Attorney General has issued a FAQ regarding eligibility for obtaining a DC concealed carry permit. They are still going to make it as hard as possible to obtain but if you have a clean record and no mental health issues then you should qualify.


NRA's Wayne LaPierre and Chris Cox Issue Joint Statement [NRA-ILA News]

The National Rifle Association today issued the following statement:


D.C. will not appeal concealed carry gun ruling to Supreme Court [NRA-ILA News]

District officials will not appeal a court order blocking enforcement of the city’s restrictions on the carrying of concealed guns in public, setting the stage for what could be a marked increase in firearms on the streets of the nation’s capital.


NY Times Columnist Calls For Repealing 2nd Amendment [NRA-ILA News]

“I have never understood the conservative fetish for the Second Amendment,” New York Times columnist Bret Stephens opens his latest op-ed, titled “Repeal the Second Amendment.”


Michael Moore Calls for Repeal of 'Ancient & Outdated' 2nd Amendment [NRA-ILA News]

Michael Moore thinks it's time to repeal the 2nd Amendment and replace it with a 28th Amendment that puts the public’s safety ahead of an individual’s right to own and fire a gun.


I used to think gun control was the answer. My research told me otherwise. [NRA-ILA News]

Before I started researching gun deaths, gun-control policy used to frustrate me. I wished the National Rifle Association would stop blocking common-sense gun-control reforms such as banning assault weapons, restricting silencers, shrinking magazine sizes and all the other measures that could make guns less deadly.


Russian FSO, FSB, National Guard Adopt TSNII “Tochnost” Precision Rifle [The Firearm Blog]

The Russian Federal Protective Service ( FSO, a rough equivalent of the U.S. Secret Service), Federal Security Service (FSB, a rough equivalent of the U.S. FBI) and the National Guard have adopted a rifle from the Russian company TsNIITochMash, which produces a bolt action precision rifle by the name of Tochnost/Точность, or Precision/accuracy. All three of […]

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Apex Trigger For Gen 5 Glock To Be Released [The Firearm Blog]

Unlike previous Glock models where triggers and trigger bars can be more or less switched between models of the same caliber and frame, Glock changed some of the design features, most prominently being the ambidextrous slide lock which therefore changes the shape of the trigger bar in the Gen 5, in addition changing the trigger […]

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DC Won't Appeal In Wrenn Case [No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money]

It is being reported by District of Columbia new station WTOP that the Attorney General of DC has decided not to appeal the Court of Appeal's decision in Wrenn v. DC. The decision overturned the District's "good reason" requirement to obtain a carry permit. The last time the District of Columbia lost in a major Second Amendment case they appealed. That case was DC v. Heller.

From WTOP:

After days of consulting with the mayor’s office and city council members, D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine has reportedly decided not to fight a ruling that effectively strikes down the District’s strict law that makes it difficult for gun owners to get concealed carry permits.

Sources told WTOP’s broadcast news partner NBC Washington that Racine made the decision not to appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court and will formally make an announcement later on Thursday.
This cements the win for carry in DC. Conversely, an appeal to the Supreme Court might have provided the opportunity to overturn negative decisions on carry such Peruta in the 9th Circuit and Kalchalsky in the 2nd Circuit. Whether or not the Supreme Court will ever take up a carry case still remains to be seen.

H/T Sebastian


What Would Make You Rethink Gun Control? []

Gun grabbing liberals never let a tragedy go to waste.  They know the best time to ram gun control bills through congress is when emotions are high.  There is an old saying, “Logic is the true enemy of emotion.”  Rather than taking time to gather information, and look at the situation in a logical manner, gun grabbers prey on the emotions of the unknowing.

In the wake of the Las Vegas shootings, various news organizations are using assertive wording in their articles.  Such as, “We have to address gun control.”  Or, “The time for gun control is long overdue.”  The people who write the gun control articles are attempting to convince readers we, as a nation, need to address gun control.

Let’s play a game of Advocatus Diaboli (Devil’s Advocate).

What would it take for you, the reader, to talk about passing more gun control laws?

As gun owners, we all know the restrictions already put on us. No other rights are as restricted as the right to keep and bear arms.

The Second Amendment states:

A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.

Even though the right to keep and bear arms is not to be infringed, the government has taken it upon themselves to infringe upon our rights at every turn.

My apologies for the rant.  Let’s get back to playing Advocatus Diaboli.

What would it take for you, the reader, to consider allowing congress to pass more gun control?

Gun control advocates are using the buzz words, “Common sense solutions to gun control.”  The problem is, nobody is describing “exactly” what that term means.  The honest truth is, do gun control advocates know what they want, or they just repeating what others say?


As for myself, there is nothing that would make me consider more gun control.

The right to keep and bear arms should be treated as important as:

  • The right to trial by jury.
  • Right to vote.
  • Right to remain silent.
  • Freedom of religion.
  • Protected against involuntary servitude, no forced slavery.


Do you have to go through a background check to attend church?  No.

Request permission to have a trial by jury?  No.

Pay a fee to vote or have a trial by jury (you have to pay a fee for concealed carry permit)?  No.

My answer is:  There is nothing that will cause me to accept more gun control.  We already have enough gun laws on the books, enough is enough.

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DC reportedly caves, will not go to the Supreme Court [Of Arms and the Law]

Story here. I guess they learned from the last time.

Hat tip to Alice Beard....


Strike Industries Ring Sights For PS/P90 Are Now Available! [The Firearm Blog]

Strike Industries has just released a series of integrated Ring Sights for the FN Herstal PS90 civilian rifle, and P90 submachine gun. There are four different versions, each one different from another in terms of power options, reticles, and back up power configurations. Strike claims that the largest advantage over going with a proprietary integrated […]

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Preppers: Rethink Your Match Stockpile []

What kind of matches are you stockpiling?  Let’s take a few minutes and talk about kitchen matches, such as strike on box and strike anywhere matches.

It has been my experience books of matches are pretty much useless.  However, when I stay at a hotel that has a casino, I will sometimes pick up match books and throw them into a glass vase.  The vase makes for a decorative corner piece, and maybe as a last resort the matches can be used.  However, a few years ago the vase was cleaned out and all the match books were thrown away.  So, I am having to rebuild that collection.

A portion of matches in my stockpile are well over a decade old, maybe even close to 20 years old.  Something I noticed over the years, the older the match, the more likely the phosphorus tip is to break off. Once the tip is gone, the match will need a strike on box striking pad to light.

Strike on box matches: The phosphorus is made into the striking pad.

Strike anywhere matches: The phosphorus is on the tip of the match.

When writing an article about a waterproof fire starter kit, several of the strike anywhere matches did not work.  The phosphorus tip broke off and the matches failed to light.  Strike on box matches did not have this problem because the phosphorus is in the striking pad.  This is not the first time this has happened.

Several years ago I noticed the phosphorus tip would break off older matches.  At first I thought it was a bad batch of matches.

Due to how strike anywhere matches perform as they age, I will not be buying many more of them.  From this point forward, the majority of new matches will be strike on box.

Will I continue to buy strike anywhere matches?  Sure I will, but not in the quantities as I have in the past.

So, with all of that in mind, what kind of matches are you stockpiling?

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Colt Monitor: The First Official FBI Fighting Rifle [Forgotten Weapons]

The Colt Monitor was Colt’s improved version os the Browning Automatic Rifle intended for the law enforcement market. Colt had the sales rights to the BAR in North and South American (as well as a few other specific countries), and they worked on improving the design after World War One. In 1925 they introduced the R75, which was a military version of the gun with a bipod, pistol grip, dust covers, and a few other improvements. This was joined in 1931 by the R80, a law enforcement version also called the Monitor.

The Monitor featured a shortened (18”) and lightened barrel, no dust covers, a pistol grip, and a large Cutts Compensator muzzle brake. It was targeted at police agencies which had experienced problems with Thompson submachine guns failing to penetrate the heavy steel panels of large automobiles – the .30-06 cartridge had no problem at all dealing with cars in the 1930s.

In 1933 the gun was formally designated the FBI’s official Fighting Rifle, but the agency only purchased about 90 of the guns in total. Another 20 or so were sold to other police agencies, but at $300 (roughly $5500 in 2017 dollars) the Monitor was simply too expensive for most depression-era agencies to justify or afford. Less than 125 were made in total.

This particular example was owned by the late Jim Ballou, author of the Collector Grade book “Rock in a Hard Place” about the BAR, and has a couple non-original markings added by him. It is, however, one of very few fully transferrable Colt Monitors on the NFA registry.


Zenith Drops Everything In Favor Of Roller-Delayed Guns [The Firearm Blog]

Decades after the first roller lock/delayed action firearm rolled off the assembly line, the platform is still in use around the world by militaries, law enforcement and civilians alike. In the United States, HK-style rifles, carbines and pistol caliber carbines have enjoyed increasing popularity in the past few years. With parts becoming more available and skilled […]

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Browning Expands the Flexible Gun Case Line [The Firearm Blog]

Browning flexible gun caseBrowning offers a wide range of firearms and shooting accessories. Some of the soft goods the company manufactures are highly respected by shooters. One of the company’s successful lines of long gun accessories is the Flexible Gun Case series. As the name suggests, this is a line of soft sided gun cases with ample padding […]

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American Tactical’s New Road Agent [The Firearm Blog]

American Tactical Road AgentAmerican Tactical recenty introduced a new side by side shotgun called the Road Agent. Part of the company’s Cavalry line of scatterguns, this shotgun is a coach style firearm with external hammers. The shotgun is designed to cock both of the external hammers when the gun breaks open for loading. At the same time, the […]

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MOD*X™ Side Folder Mechanism for the KRISS Vector [The Firearm Blog]

American Built Arms Company has recently released a version of their MOD*X™ Side Folder Mechanism for the KRISS Vector series of pistols to allow a user to mount an ATF approved pistol brace on. The side folding mechanism simply threads directly onto the rear of a Vector pistol, and folds to the left of the firearm. […]

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Best Millimeter [The Firearm Blog]

10mm Hornady 175gr Critical Duty10mm is the very best handgun cartridge ever made. There. I said it. If you’ve been following my series of ballistic gel tests on the TFB YouTube channel, TFB TV, you’ve noticed I try to work in some 10mm as often as I can. And I’ve done dozens of 10mm gel tests for my own […]

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One Off Grizzinator from Alaska Magnum ARs [The Firearm Blog]

Alaska Magnum ARs is offering a one of a kind Grizzinator rifle based on the AR platform and chambered in .338 Federal. The company states that this is a presentation grade rifle with a number of top notch features. The furniture is hand rubbed AAA fancy grade walnut. Alaska Magnum ARs opted to use an […]

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[DSEi 2017] Mobile Ballistic Shields on Trolleys [The Firearm Blog]

Morgan Advanced Materials has come out with a Mobile Shield, mounted on a trolley. The company calls it the LASA Ballistic Shield Mobile Variant, and has recently showcased it at DSEi 2017 in London. Essentially a modification of various ballistic panels out there on the market today, this product is attempting to provide Military/LE forces […]

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Wednesday, 04 October


Wayne LaPierre Fights for Freedom on Hannity [NRA-ILA News]

NRA Executive Vice President and CEO Wayne LaPierre takes on Feinstein and Schumer.

Chris W. Cox Calls for National Reciprocity on Tucker Carlson Tonight [NRA-ILA News]

NRA-ILA Executive Director Chris W. Cox discusses National Reciprocity on Tucker Carlson Tonight.


Train Yourself To Make That Sweet Shot When It Counts []

If a 10-inch pie plate were hung at the 100 yard range, could you put ten shots into the plate with your hunting rifle tasked to survival work? What about that custom accessorized AR-15 project you have been toying with for months? What about away from the seated bench standing up freehand, or even prone?

Then, if the plates were moved back to say 10 or even twenty yards, could you do the same thing with your selection of personal defense handguns? Now, move the plates back to combat ranges of 7 to 10 feet and try IWB or OWB draws to see how many holes you can put in the paper plates emptying a full magazine all at once. Now, do it as fast as you can and see the results. Do a mag change and see what happens. This is the only way you can know.

These are tough shooting drills for the majority of preppers or survivalists. Most of us are not professional shooters, 3-gun game shooters, law enforcement, security or military. We’re just everyday people going to work, raising kids, and trying to think about making some prepper plans just in case. Part of that plan includes being able to defend ourselves and family against unwarranted threats. That means hitting what you shoot at, all the time.

Being able to handle our guns, whatever choices we made, is paramount. We have to know how to handle them safely, load them, carry them, shoot them, reload them, and also to clean and maintain them. A gun is like a hammer. Know what it is for and how to use it well.

Hitting targets regularly until you are comfortable doing so, is your sweet shot. It’s training and shooting enough to punch holes in the bullseye with enough regularity to be able to do so without really having to think about it. That means shooting becomes second nature to you. This takes lots of practice and burning lots of powder.

Sweet shot shooting can be achieved quicker by signing up for some basic shooting courses if you are a neophyte. No curse in that, unless you do nothing about it. Shooting includes all your guns, too. If you have a bolt action rifle, AR-15, AK-47 or an FN-FAL, it does not matter. It is the same if you use a revolver plus a couple of different pistols. Shoot them all until it’s sweet.

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One to Watch: Protech Cambria Flipper []

Protech is a name that is often associated with automatic knives and not just any automatics, but incredibly expensive autos.  If one of your knives is called the Godfather, you’re not about to release an $8 knife at Wal-Mart.  For years, this is the part of the market Protech has played in: the uber-expensive stuff.  Some of the Custom Protech stuff sells for close to $5,000 and any blade is north of $2,000.  There are Protechs with gems and others with engraved ivory.  Bling is not foreign to Protech.

Their mid-tier stuff is largely dominated by automatic knives, some out the front like Arcangel, but the majority are side-opening autos like the aforementioned Godfather.  Protech has also collaborated with a number of well-known custom makers including Ernest Emerson, Mick Strider, and Les George.  All helped design automatic versions of their classic blades… there is an auto CQC-7, an auto SNG, and an auto Rockeye.  Protech also has a large number of collaborations with Walter Brend.

Protech makes a few non-autos, a pair of fixed blades, a balisong, and two manual folders.  But for a company with all the technical know-how that Protech has, they didn’t have a flipper… until the Cambria.  The Cambria is a midsized knife with aluminum handles, a 3.5 inch blade of 154CM, and a button lock.  The flipper is a traditional design with an ultra-smooth bearing pivot.  The production version of the knife (not pictured above) has two inlays, one on the lower portion of the handle and one on the button for the button lock. The clip on the Cambria is an excellent, deep carry, over-the-top pocket clip.  The entire package is full of good, smart design choices.

Reports on the Cambria have focused on a pair of things: the pronounced pistol grip and the incredibly smooth bearing pivot.  This knife has one of the most aggressively-angled handles I have ever seen, dropping down from the spine of the blade by about a full inch.  When closed, it’s not that noticeable, but when open the Cambria has a distinctive curve to it, giving the knife an unusual look and feel.

The pivot smoothness is undoubtedly the result of Protech’s machining excellence and the natural advantages of button-lock flippers.  Unlike other lockblade styles, a button lock has very little contact and almost no pressure placed on the blade during the opening arc, giving button-lock flippers incredibly smooth, speedy opening.  The Freeman Flipper, my only experience with a button-lock flipper, confirms what the consensus seems to be with the Cambria–this buttery smooth action.

A few things concern me about the knife.  First, for the price, $175, you can get decidedly better steel.  154CM isn’t bad, but it is just barely an average steel these days (check out Cedric and Ada’s work on steel, a good summary of which you can find here).

Second, I am not thrilled with aluminum handles.  I don’t think the strength difference between titanium and aluminum is relevant for most people, but in a button lock, the area around the lock needs to be dead-on perfect for the lock to work at all.  Unlike with, say, a liner lock or a lockback, the tolerances need to be (and remain) perfect.  Regardless of the potential issues though, the Cambria is certainly an interesting design coming from an unexpected source.

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The Big Night: Why Halloween is Actually a Flashlight National Holiday []

As the trees slip into their autumnal coats and the New England skies turn deep blue, we pass into October.  There is all sorts of outdoor stuff to look forward to: splitting wood, bug-free hikes, camp fires.  October is a great month if you like to be outside and you like gear.  But the end of October represents perhaps the closest thing we flashoholics get to an official holiday: Halloween.  In many ways it is the perfect test of an EDC flashlight and the one night of the year when folks marvel at our toys instead of sniggering.

For the past few years my light has been the same: the HDS Rotary 250.


It’s hard to beat in terms of durability and ease of use.  If I drop it on the road or it rolls into a puddle I am 100% unconcerned.  I also like the clip, as it lets me stow the light in case I need to switch to pack-mule mode and either carry candy or a boy or both.  To quote the great Ferris Bueller, “If you have the means, I recommend you pick one up.”  If you don’t, fret not–there are many good lights for Halloween night.  Surprisingly enough, Halloween has numerous tasks to test your torch.

Why You Need Hi CRI: Zombies and Those Skittles that Taste Like Vomit


Hi CRI is a reference to a light’s ability to generate sunlight-like illumination. CRI (color rendering index) is measured on a scale of 0-100, with sunlight scoring a perfect 100.  High-end art galleries and museums pay tons of money for light setups that get them close to 100, in the 98-99 range. The best flashlights run in the 93 to 95 range.

In the picture above, the leftmost light is an incandescent bulb (which has an excellent CRI, but looks terrible for other reasons), while the two in the middle are tint-heavy LEDs. The rightmost is a Hi CRI emitter — producing the “best” whites on a white fence.  If you dislike the green or blue tint to your LED light, it’s time to invest in a Hi CRI emitter (note that better color rendering usually comes at the cost of a few lumens, usually an imperceptible amount because our eyes see lumens logarithmically).  In short, reds look redder, blues look bluer, and human flesh can be easily distinguished from zombie flesh–an important thing on this most zombie-friendly of nights.

But in case you avoid the walking dead, there are other real-world applications for a Hi CRI emitter on Halloween.  Suppose you are like me and tasked with running the kiddos around the neighborhood.  And also, suppose like me you occasionally (very occasionally) sneak a candy bar or two.  If you do, a Hi CRI emitter can help you avoid the dreaded pack of purple Skittles, which, with a regular LED look perilously similar to the classic (and far more delicious) red pack of Skittles.  After you accidentally rip open the purple pack and eat a few Skittles that taste like feet or barf, you will never go Hi CRI-free again.

Why You Need Good Runtimes–it’s All About the Haul


If you go solely by the numbers that get the “WAR” font on flashlight boxes or product pages, all that matters is lumens.  If you have used a flashlight at all, you know that lumens very rarely are a make-or-break issue… but runtime is.  And so for most tasks I prioritize how long the light can go before needing a fresh set of cells.  My favorite light of all time, the Muyshondt Aeon Mk. III, has received new batteries around the time a new generation of emitters comes on the market.

Let’s be candid–the sole purpose of Halloween, as a parent, is to make sure your kids get enough candy so you can bribe them with it, one piece at a time, from Halloween to Easter (when you can stock up again on bribe currency).  The longer your light runs, the farther you can go — and the farther you can go, the more sugar-filled-kid-cash you can acquire.  Every year we venture forth a bit more.  Last year, my step counter showed that we made 7,000 steps during trick or treat.  That seems like an awfully pedestrian (see how I did that?) number to me.  With some serious stamina from my light I am hoping to double that.  That way we can definitely make it to the Easter Bunny’s spring visit.

Why You Need a Bit of Throw: “Werewolf” or WEREWOLF!

Lots and lots of EDC lights put a heavy emphasis on lumens and a bright splash of light.  But in the end, you probably need more than the all-flood beams that are popular on a lot of production lights.  Just a bit of throw really goes a long way.  Here is a little bit of throw:


Here is substantially more from the exact same spot:


The trees in both pictures are about 100 feet away.  Last year I was blown away by the fact that the HDS Rotary’s “perceived” output crushed the oLight S1R’s perceived output despite the fact that the S1R is rated as being more than twice as bright.  A bit of throw was what made the difference.  If I can hit a street sign 100 feet away with just a few lumens, that makes the light look brighter than a light that can’t reach it at all.

Halloween always seems to be the time of year when stupid people feel like they have a license to exercise their talent (the same can be said with slutty people at Halloween).  And so, while out gathering candy, it’s helpful if you can spot trouble at a distance and go the other way.  With a bit of throw you can do just that, steering clear of those that treat Halloween as the Equinox of Imbecility.

This year I am going to leave the Rotary at home for the first time since I bought it.  Instead, I am going to be carrying the incredible Torchlab BOSS 35.


With a 1200 lumen high, a great set of TIR optics, and runtimes on low or medium that could let you wait for the Great Pumpkin until December, I have to try it out.  And to be honest, I lied; I am still taking the HDS Rotary.  After all, I am a Gear Geek and if that means anything it means excessive preparation, such as having a $250 backup flashlight.

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Larue SURG In .224 Valkyrie – Big 3 East [The Firearm Blog]

Larue came out for the first time at Big 3 East Media Event. Mark Larue was here presenting something brand spanking new. He was showing off his 11.5″ SURG rifle chambered in a new round developed by Federal. The .225 Valkyrie is a 90 gr projectile. The cartridge is a 6.8 necked down to 5.56 […]

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Firearms Policy Coalition Statement On Las Vegas Shooting [No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money]

The Firearms Policy Coalition released the statement below yesterday. I think it makes some very pertinent points about civil liberties, civic virtue, trust in government, and opportunistic politicians.

It is not a short statement meant to be a sound bite. It is a serious response that needs to be read and digested and then read again.


Our hearts break for the victims of the heinous mass murder in Las Vegas and our prayers are with them, their families, and everyone affected by this incomprehensible act of evil. While it is impossible to measure the loss suffered in Sunday’s tragedy, the sting from this senseless violence will doubtless be felt for years to come. 
We are deeply grateful for the law enforcement officers, firefighters, paramedics, nurses, doctors, blood donors, and countless volunteers who stood tall and delivered aid to the innocent in a time of great need, as Americans do. 
Sadly, opportunistic politicians who prey on tragedies like this one have already begun to suggest that our response should be to abandon our constitutional principles in favor of policies that would ban more guns, disarm more victims, and further expand “gun free zones” — spaces shielded by nothing more than invisible lines and wishful thinking. 
Such policies are not only irrational, but outright dangerous. As every attack in what was purported to be a ‘gun-free’, ‘bomb-free’, or ‘vehicle-free’ zone proves, there is no set of laws that will prevent evil people from monstrously plotting an effective means to harm others. 
In a cruel and potentially dangerous irony, many—if not most—of the same people who assert that we cannot possibly trust the government under someone like President Donald Trump also claim that it is only the government that we should trust to safely and responsibly possess weapons like the most common semi-automatic rifle in America, the AR-15. 
We know that the privileged and wealthy elite will purchase paramilitary protective teams armed with the very firearms they so desperately wish to put out of the reach of the common man, but the rest of us would be left to hope and pray. 
That is why the Second Amendment’s guarantees are not a matter of convenience, nor of need, nor even of want. The basic human right to armed self-defense against unjust force is precisely why our Founders enshrined it into our Constitution—to protect it against the capricious nature of popular opinion, the momentum of the mob, and those who would seek to limit it to a watered-down, second-class privilege for some. 
Thankfully, as the Supreme Court correctly noted in the landmark Heller decision, the “very enumeration of the right takes out of the hands of government—even the Third Branch of Government—the power to decide on a case-by-case basis whether the right is really worthinsisting upon.” 
Nearly 15 years ago, the Ninth Circuit’s then-Chief Judge Alex Kozinski aptly wrote that the “prospect of tyranny may not grab the headlines the way vivid stories of gun crime routinely do. But few saw the Third Reich coming until it was too late. The Second Amendment is a doomsday provision, one designed for those exceptionally rare circumstances where all other rights have failed — where the government refuses to stand for reelection and silences those who protest; where courts have lost the courage to oppose, or can find no one to enforce their decrees. However improbable these contingencies may seem today, facing them unprepared is a mistake a free people get to make only once.” 
Every day, evil people and governments around the world employ tools ranging from clenched fists to combat aircraft to perpetrate unspeakable and unjustified crimes upon others. But objectivity and reason compels us to recognize that those instruments are but the means to the end, and not the end itself. Indeed, the span of human history shows that such arms are also used to liberate the oppressed, establish order and justice from anarchy, and defend innocent life from cruel despots. 
The American people will not be bullied by killers or politicians and neither will we cower against attacks on our most important civil rights. We reject the notion that good, peaceable people and our basic rights must suffer for the crimes of the wicked.
There is no more pure a victory for evil than for our society to assault or eliminate the rights of good people in response to things we did not do. And so a just world must hold accountable the writers of history for their deeds, not the mere quills through which it is written. 
We law-abiding people of America do not accept responsibility for the evil, cowardly acts of the deranged and hateful among us, nor do we accept blame for their unconscionable and cowardly uses of instruments that can and do serve as instruments of self-defense and justice. 
A great champion of individual liberties once said that if civic virtue does not reside in the people, no constitution, no bill of rights, no legislative body, and no court will be able to preserve our liberties. 
That is why, in troubled and troubling times like these, we are honor-bound to stand united in defense of fundamental, individual liberties, in all cases, and in spite of the incalculable grief we feel for the victims of Las Vegas as fellow human beings. 
Firearms Policy Coalition takes seriously our chartered duty to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States, especially the fundamental, individual Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms 
FPC and our allies will continue fighting to defend and advance our Constitution’s protection of fundamental human rights.

Firearms Policy Coalition ( is a 501(c)4 grassroots nonprofit organization. FPC’s mission is to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States, especially the fundamental, individual Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms.


Picture Meme Of The Day [No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money]

I found this on the Arms Room Radio Instagram feed. It epitomizes the efficacy of gun control in a picture.

From Instagram by Arms Room Radio


PPS43 Coming To America – Big 3 East [The Firearm Blog]

Pioneer Arms Corps USA will be bringing in PPS43 pistol into the US. It will be chambered in 7.62×25. According to Vice President CJ Johnson, the PPS43 will come with a permanently affixed stock. It is welded shut however they have plans down the road for a brace. The best ammo to use is Wolf […]

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24 Photos of Ruger 44 Carbine Disassembly, Cleaning, and Assembly []

The Ruger Model 44 Carbine was the first long gun Bill Ruger ever put into production (yes, it came before the 10/22), and it was a great gun. Drawing on traits of previous designers’ creations, it was the epitome of a handy, useful medium-range (up to about 100 yards) gun for game including deer and hogs, and some would even say black bears. Initially called the Deerstalker, that moniker was removed after Ithaca sued Ruger. The 44 carbine was made until the early 1980s.

Officially known as the Model 44, I have never seen one with that name marked on it.

Oh, and these are NOT the same as Ruger’s later concoction which he named the Model 99/44 Deerfield Carbine, which is not nearly as good a gun in my opinion.

For the first two decades of my big game hunting, I hunted exclusively with the carbine on top in the above photo; between my father and me, we took 20+ deer and at least 7 hogs with 44 carbines over the years — and never lost a one.

While they are great little guns and are usually reliable, they do need the gas system cleaned out every few decades. This will tell you how to thoroughly clean your carbine in as simple language as I can manage.

As we walk through the process, we will look at two rifles; one was made very early and the other, much later. There are some differences, and you do NOT want to mix-and-match parts between guns of different vintages if you can help it.

Removing a Ruger 44 carbine barrel band. (Photo © Russ Chastain)

Removing a Ruger 44 carbine barrel band. (Photo © Russ Chastain)

After making sure your carbine is unloaded, you’ll need to remove the barrel band. These were made using screws with coin-slotted screws; the screwdriver slot is curved and thick so you can supposedly remove it using a coin. Good idea on paper; not great in practice. You’ll do well to find an old cheap screwdriver and grind it to fit, as I’ve done above. Otherwise the screwdriver WILL slip and gouge your stock, the band, yourself, or all of the above.

Anyhow, loosen the screw and slide the band forward and off… but don’t remove the barrel & action from the stock until you read the next step.

Removing 44 carbine from its stock. (Photo © Russ Chastain)

Removing 44 carbine from its stock. (Photo © Russ Chastain)

To remove the barreled action from the stock safely, pull the bolt to the rear and allow it to lock open. Next, lift the front of the barrel upward and allow the lug at rear of receiver to hinge up and out of the recoil block, which is a metal piece that stays attached to the stock.

There are some pins in the receiver which may now try to fall out, because they fit loosely… so watch out for that.

Normally, this is as far as you need to go for cleaning. But if you want to clean the gas system, keep reading.

Two Ruger 44 carbines with the actions locked open. (Photo © Russ Chastain)

Two Ruger 44 carbines with the actions locked open. (Photo © Russ Chastain)

Both carbines in the photo above have their actions locked open; the one on top is the newer one.

Removing the trigger assembly from a Ruger 44 carbine. (Photo © Russ Chastain)

Removing the trigger assembly from a Ruger 44 carbine. (Photo © Russ Chastain)

If you need to dig deeper — and if you are truly capable of it — proceed by removing the trigger assembly. Close the action SLOWLY (never let it slam except when chambering a round).

Ruger calls the bolt release a “lifter latch,” and it’s on the bottom of the receiver just in front of the trigger guard. Press it upward to release the bolt.

Place the safety in the “safe” position.

Push out the rear pin, as shown above, and move the assembly towards the back of the gun about 1/8″, then bring it down out of the receiver. Handle the action & barrel assembly carefully, so it doesn’t accidentally come apart.


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Arming the Flying Fortress [The Firearm Blog]

Every day we literally lose hundreds of veterans around the world from the Second World War. This makes sitting down and discussing an in-depth subject such as what B17 Flying Fortress’s were armed with against the German fighters that tried to shoot them down so much more valuable when we actually get to talk to […]

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[DSEi 2017] Rheinmetall Introduces “Sensing Armour” System [The Firearm Blog]

Rheinmetall has introduced a new take on the ability to check ceramic or metal plates used in plate carriers and vests by Military/LE/Security forces across the world. The idea is to have an extremely lightweight system of electrical wires hooked up to a users plates. These wires (which weigh 60 grams) are designed to sense […]

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Watch: Maxim Silverman Model 1896 Automatic Pistol []

Ian of Forgotten Weapons is at it again, this time showing us a mostly-unknown pistol with a famous name. It bears the name of Hiram Maxim of machinegun fame, although most of the work on this pistol was apparently done by his assistant Louis Silverman.

The grip angle on this old popper might cause some folks to think of Ruger’s line of 22 rimfire semi-auto handguns, but those are really recent adaptations of an old theme. As you can see here, the grip of the High Standard H-D Military looks a lot like the one in this video. Then of course there’s the old Colt Woodsman… but I digress. (But before I move on — this predates the Luger, so it was not inspired by it.)

The pistol in the video is a blowback design for a cartridge that’s really too much for simple blowback (7.63mm Borchardt). But it’s a pretty good design for being 121 years old.

Only three of these guns are known to exist today — all in different calibers. The others are chambered for 1) an undetermined, possibly wildcat, 8.45mm cartridge and 2) 455 Webley(!).

And all y’all who fawn over striker-fired pistols as if they are something new, well I guess you’re about to learn something.

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POTD: Wheelgun Wednesday! 9mm .357 Magnum .357 Maximum .41 Magnum .44 Magnum .454 Casull [The Firearm Blog]

It’s Wednesday so time for some Wheelguns! From top to bottom we find S&W 929 in 9×19 mm, S&W 627 in .357 Magnum, Ruger Super Redhawk in .357 Maximum, Dan Wesson 741VH in .41 Magnum, S&W 629 in .44 Magnum and finally a Ruger Super Redhawk in .454 Casull. The photo was taken by Mr. […]

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Recent images of Rio’s drug war [The Firearm Blog]

The non-stop drug war taking place in Brazil’s most famous city during the last years has usually brought firearms to the attention of the general public and, much more so, to that of the TFB-type readership.  As it happens when the going gets tougher than it usually is, the Armed Forces are often called in […]

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[DSEi 2017] Rheinmetall Vario-Ray LowProfile LAM Introduced [The Firearm Blog]

Rheinmetall has introduced a new Laser Aiming Module (LAM) unit at DSEi 2017. The picatinny mounted LAM unit is extremely compact, measuring in at 83 mm in length, 63 mm in width and 34 mm in height, also weighing in at 155 grams. It runs off of a single 3V CR123 battery that lasts for approximately […]

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Watch: Improved Method for Making DIY Grass Rope []

A couple years ago, we shared a video about how to make grass rope. Well, now the guy who made that video has created a new one using an improved method — and this time, he does recommend that you use dry grass (to prevent rope shrinkage, which weakens the rope).

The video begins with him cutting some grass… then cuts to him using grass rope to climb a tree. It easily supports his weight, and he gives it a more thorough test later in the video.

He says it takes him about five minutes per foot to make the stuff, which is made by simply twisting bundles of grass and allowing them to twist together, while keeping each bundle the same diameter.

Seems like a great skill to have, don’t ya think?

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Watch: The Ruger American Ranch Rifle 7.62×39 for Preppers []

What’s not to like about Ruger?  It seems the company is offering everything a shooting enthusiast could want.  In this case, it is a bolt-action rifle chambered in 7.62×39.  On top of that, the rifle accepts Mini-30 magazines.

Some people may say, “So what?”

Let’s look at the big picture.

A lot of preppers stockpile 7.62×39.  The cartridge can be used in:

  • SKS
  • AK-47
  • Ruger Mini-30
  • Ruger American Ranch Rifle

A single cartridge that can be used in four different rifles, with each rifle fitting a certain niche, is wonderful.

Personally, I have been stockpiling 7.62×39 since the early 1990s.  Sometime around 1992 or 1993 I bought a Chinese SKS for $99.  A few years later an AK-47 was purchased.  A bolt action rifle chambered in the same cartridge that can be used for deer or hog hunting is another reason to stockpile 7.62×39.

Manufacturer Specifications

  • Barrel Length: 16.12″
  • Capacity: 5
  • Overall Length: 36″
  • Adjustable trigger
  • Cold-hammer-forged barrel


Hickok45 put together an excellent video on the Ruger American Ranch Rifle in 7.62×39.

Looking at different places, it appears the rifle is selling for around $420 – $450, which is a competitive price.

Final Thoughts

In a previous article we asked if preppers are stockpiling too many calibers. A lot of hunters have a variety of calibers, such as 270, 308, 30-30, 30-06… etc.  The drawback is, they have to stockpile ammunition for each caliber.

When looking at a new rifle, should you:

  • Buy a different caliber than you are stockpiling?
  • Buy a rifle in a caliber you are already stockpiling?

It makes economic sense to have one type of ammunition that several rifles can use.  For that reason, the Ruger Ranch Rifle in 7.62×39 may be a perfect addition.


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Time For Letters And Faxes To Congress [No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money]

I wasn't sure if I should post this to the blog or not. It is a copy of a letter that I wrote yesterday to Rep. Patrick McHenry (R-NC) who is my congressman. McHenry is also the Chief Deputy Majority Whip so he is also part of the Republican leadership in the House.

My friend Rob Morse also wrote his congressman along with Paul Ryan and posted his letter on his SlowFacts blog. His is a little shorter and more to the point.

I am putting a link to my letter in Google Docs as well so that anyone can use it as the basis for their own letter or fax. McHenry has three offices in the district in addition to his one in DC. I faxed each and every one that had a published fax number.

Hon. Patrick McHenry
Member of Congress
By Fax

Dear Rep. McHenry:

I have written to you in the past urging passage of the Hearing Protection Act. It has now been incorporated into HR 3668 – the Sportsmen’s Heritage and Recreational Enhancement Act of 2017 – as Title XV of the SHARE Act.

Hearing is one sense that once lost can never be regained. I know as I suffer from both hearing loss and tinnitus. To those who say just use ear plugs or shooting muffs, neither deals adequately with the concussive wave of the exploding gases of the gun shot. I have attached the executive summary from a position paper in favor of suppressors by Doctors for Responsible Gun Ownership. As they note, restricting suppressors is an obstacle to hearing safety.

A suppressor on a firearm is like a muffler on a lawn mower. It doesn’t make it silent; it merely reduces the noise level to a safer decibel level. To say as Hillary Clinton did the other day that it would have made the tragedy in Las Vegas even worse is to merely to show ignorance. Police, the average citizen, and “shot spotter” software could all have detected the gunfire by sound as well as its location.

HR 3668 has passed out of all committees and is now on the Union Calendar of the House as number 224. There are reports that Speaker Ryan is now determined to sit on the bill and not let it come up for a vote. As you are a member of House leadership in your role as Chief Deputy Majority Whip, let me make one thing perfectly clear to you and to the rest of the GOP.


Republicans would not hold a majority of both houses of Congress, Donald Trump would not be President, and there would not be a Republican supermajority of the North Carolina General Assembly if it were not for us in the firearms community. We have been given too many promises over too many years that Republicans are our allies in the fight for gun rights. We have given our votes and we have been continually disappointed. It is always there are more important things to handle and we’ll get to it “next year”. We are treated like Lucy treats Charlie Brown.

No more! While I can’t speak for everyone in the gun rights community, my vote will not be forthcoming unless I see good bills like HR 3668 and Rep. Hudson’s HR 38 brought up for recorded votes and passed in the House.

I attended and spoke at the 2017 Gun Rights Policy Conference held this past weekend in Dallas, Texas. Both the SHARE Act and HR 38 were discussed. A resolution was adopted on Sunday that demanded a recorded vote on both of these bills. Collectively, we have made the decision to stop playing “Charlie Brown” to the GOP’s “Lucy”.

I remain,

Sincerely yours,

John P. Richardson

Attachment: Executive Summary: Doctors for Responsible Gun Ownership Position Paper in Favor of Firearm Suppressors to Prevent Hearing Loss

You can get the executive summary of DRGO's position paper here. I would suggest including it with your fax or letter.


Watch: How to Clear a Double Feed in an AR (er, I mean MSR) []

This video from NSSF features an instructor from Gunsite and in less than three minutes he talks about what causes multiple feeds in an AR and demonstrates how to fix it.

It’s a mess, but it can be cleared — and it can be cleared quickly if you know how.

The procedure is well-taught — clearly, Mr. Whaley knows his ARs — and although running the bolt three times after verifying clearance seems excessive, I readily concede that he knows a lot more about modern sporting rifles than I do.

Watch and learn.

Naturally, some YouTube commenters think they know more than he does… but one comment featured more common sense than most:

Many commenters here speaking of the dangers of placing fingers in front of the open bolt. Yes, there is a risk involved. However, Gunsite doesn’t teach target shooting; with a few exceptions, Gunsite teaches techniques, tactics, and strategies involved in using a firearm to fight for your life; as they themselves state during classes, they teach gunfighting, not shooting. When time is of the essence and your life is on the line, risk the finger chomp and perform the task as described here. I’d rather a finger pinch (or crush) than a bullet finding me. For target shooting and other recreational firearm usage, by all means protect those fingers!

What’s your opinion? Did he do it right?

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Fire Starter Kit with Waterproof Matches []

There are a lot of gimmicks whose sole purpose is to separate the customer from their money.  One such example is the market of fire starters.  Looking through places like Amazon, one would draw the conclusion the only way to build a fire is with store bought items.

Rather than buying various items, what if I told you there is a better way?  This activity allows someone to learn, and build their own fire starter kit at the same time.

In the 1980s, (1983, 1984, 1985) one of my favorite activities before a camping trip was to make a fire starter kit and waterproof matches.  I would also experiment with different ways of lighting matches.  This was usually done in the garage, or backyard, somewhere that posed no fire hazard.

So, let’s put together some stuff to play around with.

Fire Starter Items

  • Various types of matches
  • Match box or match book.
  • Sandpaper.
  • Pill bottle.
  • Dryer lint.
  • Finger nail polish.
  • Candle.

The sandpaper is for experimentation of grit needed to strike a match.  Rough sandpaper will likely tear the head off a match before it lights.  While in high School I took a wood working shop class.  So, I would get used sandpaper from the shop class to play around with.

Strike on box matches require a specially treated striking pad, like the one on the side of the match box.  The striking pad is treated with red phosphorus, while sandpaper is not.

Strike anywhere matches have a phosphorus tip.  Which allows them to be struck on a variety of rough surfaces.

Playing around with various types of sandpaper gives an idea of the texture needed for a strike anywhere match.  Once you learn the texture needed, then you will be able to feel an item and determine if a match will light off of it.

Waterproof Matches

Between fingernail polish and wax, my best results have been with fingernail polish.  When striking the match, the wax is so thick, the match head will break off the stick.

Whatever the match head is dipped in, it has to be removed by the striker before the match will light.  The thicker the coating, the more strikes will be needed to light the match.

You will need something to set the matches on while they dry.  Sometimes I use the handle of a crescent wrench, or the handle of pliers.

  • Light the candle, and let a pool of wax build up.
  • Dip the head of the match in the wax,
  • Lay the match on the pliers, with the head in open air.
  • Or, open a bottle of fingernail polish and dip the heads into the bottle.
  • Lay the matches on the pliers to dry.

For a striker, cut the striker off a book of matches.

Dryer Lint

Dryer lint makes a great fire starter.  However, man made synthetics melt more than they burn.  One example is nylon.  It melts rather than burns.  Of this reason, I recommend drying towels, jeans… stuff that is mostly cotton, and using the dryer lint from them.

One thing that I sometimes recommend, but is not required, is a small plastic bag.  These can be found in the hobby section of various stores.  Look where beads are sold.  The plastic bags are used to separate beads used in making a necklace of bracelet.  The bags are very small, and are no more than two inches wide and long.

Store the dryer lint in the baggie.  This helps keep the dryer lint dry.  We are building a waterproof fire starter kit, right?  That also means keeping the lint dry.


Put everything together in the pill bottle.  Personally, I prefer pill bottles about one inch in diameter.

Before heading out on a trip, spend time striking the coated matches.  Get a feel for which coating works best.

Play around with different striking pads, some work better than others.  Keep in mind, strike on box matches require a specially treated striking pad, while strike anywhere matches do not.

Experiment with strike on box, and strike anywhere matches.  As strike anywhere matches age, the phosphorus tip is likely to break off before the match lights.

It has been my experience, as matches age, strike on box matches are more reliable than strike anywhere.

The goal is to play around with different types of matches, gain some experience, and have fun.

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Columbian Cordorva Handguns Might Come to US, Canadian Markets [The Firearm Blog]

Representatives from the Columbian state arsenal Indumil recently talked to Jane’s Defense about the companies direction in trying to market their 9x19mm NATO Cordorva handguns for civilian sale in the United States. Indumil is reaching out to various dealers within the United States, Canada, and even Mexico in an attempt to broaden the companies international customer […]

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Kurdish Zagros and Şer Anti-Materiel Rifles [Forgotten Weapons]

Thanks to correspondent Ed Nash (he gave me permission to use his name after I had recorded the video), I have a number of really interesting photos and video clips of YPG (Kurdish) locally-produced anti-materiel rifles. Specifically, the Zagros 12.7mm rifle and the Şer Portative 14.5mm rifle. Both are made on a small serial production scale by the YPG using barrels from DShK and KPV machine guns. Tubular receivers and bolts are fitted to them, making effective single-shot rifles.

These photos are from the fall of 2015 and the summer of 2016. I am told that both types of gun were reliable and effective, and used substantially in combat against ISIS/Daesh, with their necessity decreasing after the YPG began receiving more air support from United States forces. These were not sniping rifles so much as anti-materiel rifles, used against walls, light armored vehicles (including VBIEDs), and other sorts of cover.

For more information on craft-built anti-materiel rifles, check these two posts:

Craft-produced anti-materiel rifles and light cannon in Yemen

Syrian Rebels Produce Homemade Anti-Materiel Rifles



Swiss Shooters: B&T APC308 PDW – APC556 PDW – APC9-SD [The Firearm Blog]

Welcome back to this week’s edition of ‘B&T Spotlight’. My name is Pete and I will be your host for the next three to four minutes. Seriously though, if it seems like we spend an uneven amount of time talking about this Swiss firearms manufacture here at TFB, it is for a few pretty good reasons. […]

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Angstadt Arms Announces .45 ACP Lower for Glock Magazines [The Firearm Blog]

Angstadt Arms 45 ACP lowerPistol caliber carbines seem to be all the rage currently. While there are exceptions like the Kel-Tec Sub-2000, many of the guns are built on the AR platform. Most of those guns are chambered for the 9mm cartridge, though some are available in other calibers. Colt pattern magazines have been the standard for 9mm AR […]

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CSASS Program to offer possible 7.62 DMR at Squad Level [The Firearm Blog]

Recent updates to the Compact Semi Automatic Sniper System (CSASS) offer some insight that the Army might be looking to issue a 7.62x51mm NATO M110A2 at the squad level within Infantry companies across the board. Heckler & Koch already won the $44.5 Million contract for 6,069 G28s with accompanying OSS suppressors, now under the nomenclature of […]

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Wilson Combat Announces New Series of Hunting Rifles [The Firearm Blog]

Wilson Ultimate Hunter LeadWilson Combat recently introduced three models in the new AR Hunter line of semi-automatic rifles. The new guns are the Ultimate Hunter, the Tactical Hunter and the Ultralight Hunter. According to the company, these guns are “lightweight, large bore AR perfection.” Wilson Combat states that this series of rifles was designed with the intent to provide shooters […]

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Congress Halts Sig Sales to Ergodan’s Security Detail After DC Incident [The Firearm Blog]

In an interesting twist of events, the State Department has refused an export license from Sig Sauer valued at $1.2 Million to sell firearms to the personal security detachment that protects Turkish President Recep Tiap Erdogan on a daily basis. The move has come after the extremely controversial and embarrassing brawl that occurred outside the Turkish […]

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USMC Eyeing XM17, Glocks for Deployed Marines in Afghanistan [The Firearm Blog]

A recent article in the Marine Corps Times highlighted Marine Corps Systems Command’s interest in the XM18, the compact version of the recently adopted XM17 that the U.S. Army will begin fielding en-masse in the oncoming months. Gunner Wade, known popularly through his Gunner Fact or Fiction Youtube videos, commented that the service would probably […]

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Russian PATRIOT Park to Host a Year-Round Military Exhibition [The Firearm Blog]

One of the most significant military events in the Russian Patriot Park is ARMY exhibition held annually in August. This year it was especially successful for the Russian companies. Particularly, Rostec State Corporation has signed sales contracts of a total sum of 40 billion rubles (about $692,240,000). As a result of evaluation of the ARMY-2017, […]

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Tuesday, 03 October


"Be Like Kim Kardashian" - My Presentation At 2017 Gun Rights Policy Conference [No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money]

I teased people before my presentation on the Using New Media To Advance Gun Rights panel at the 2017 GRPC that I would be talking about Kim Kardashian.

And I did.

You can read and see my whole presentation below. I do think it is important that we adopt all forms of social media to inform and persuade the Millennials and iGeneration about freedom and the Second Amendment.

Hi. I'm John Richardson.

I have the gun blog No Lawyers – Only Guns and Money and I’m a co-host of the Polite Society Podcast.

In past years I’ve spoken about how bloggers have worked to advance gun rights, how they’ve exposed gun walking in the Obama Administration, and also how we can use new media as a tool to fight the enemies of freedom ranging from the Mainstream Media to the well-funded gun control lobby.

This year when I was putting together my notes for this talk I thought about things like fake news, the bias of the mainstream media, how balanced in their lexicon means always quoting a gun banner in reference to crime, and how ridiculous it is that the media takes anything Gabby Giffords says seriously.

However, last Saturday morning while I was sitting in bed drinking my coffee I watched a report on CBS Saturday which encapsulated what we in the gun rights community need to do: we need to become Social Media Influencers.

Put another way, we need to become like Donald Trump and Kim Kardashian. I know you are probably saying right now that you can maybe understand Trump but a Kardashian? Really?

Think about this – you have a young woman with virtually no discernible talents, with no education past high school, and no employment history to speak of who got upwards of $1 million for merely attending a party due to the attention she draws.

That is social media influence. We may think it is absurd but it is the new reality.

Big business understands this. They have made it a $1 billion annual industry because it conveys authenticity and because it goes around the gatekeepers to put their message directly into the pockets of Millennials and Gen. Z aka the iGeneration.

The reason I care and you should care about reaching the Millennials and the iGeneration is that we are in the long war. If we don’t reach them with the message that gun rights are important, that the shooting sports are fun, and that our opponents are the enemies of freedom, then the Second Amendment will be effectively dead within our lifetimes.

The Millennials and the iGeneration don’t read newspapers. They don’t watch network news. Half the time they’ve replaced cable with Netflix and Amazon Prime. They don’t have landlines and their cell phones are more often used to text than to talk to friends. More importantly, they don’t trust traditional media and they value authenticity. This means they give greater weight to user-generated social media than virtually anything else.

The other thing to understand is that there is New Social Media and Old Social Media. The latter would include things like blogs, podcasts, Facebook, and, to some extent, Twitter. New Social Media is centered on things like Instagram, SnapChat, and Periscope with YouTube somewhere in between the two. To give you an idea of the reach of Instagram as a means of social influence, the Kardashian-Jenner daughters have 410 MILLION followers combined.

So how do you use it?

Number one – download the app to your smart phone and register an account.

Number two – start posting pictures when you take a new shooter to the range. Or alternatively, post pictures from GRPC. Just make sure to put hashtags with them. You know – those little cross-hatched number signs with a word or two after them. Stuff like “#newshooter” or “#grpc2017”.

Number three – if you feel this is beyond what you can do, enlist your kids and grandkids. Take them shooting and have THEM post the pictures to their accounts.

Finally, keep it fun and keep it light. If we need serious, we have people like Alan Gura for the legal stuff, Dr. John Lott to challenge the anti’s statistics, and my friend sociologist David Yamane for studies on GunCulture 2.0.

We can win at this because we are the real grassroots. Social media influence comes from below and not from above. But we need to start doing it NOW.

I will be posting my notes and associated video from the 2017 Gun Rights Policy Conference throughout the week.


Hunters, Sound Off: Log Tongs to Drag a Deer? []

The image above was posted on a hunting group by a curious hunter, wondering whether anyone in the group had used this tool — which looks like a log tong to me — to drag out a deer. Here’s what he said:

Anybody use this ? I feel like it’s a little disrespectful. I sound dumb, I know. But that’s just me. What’s yall’s opinions?

I know what he means… stabbing a deer’s eyes with a pair of tongs to drag it seems wrong somehow.

I have used a number of methods for dragging deer over the years, from rope to simply grabbing it, to the specialized Deer Dragger harness, which I reviewed here.

I don’t think I would want to drag a deer using these tongs, even if if didn’t seem sort of “off” to gouge out the eyes to drag it out. Doing it one-handed on a skinny handle doesn’t seem too comfortable — especially for folks with shoulder troubles.

What do you think? Reasonable? Ethical? Weird? Practical?

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Watch: 4 Videos of Raccoons vs. the World []

Raccoons are mighty tough animals — and they’re bold as well. These videos show that quite well… sometimes in surprising ways.

1) Tasmanian Raccoons Attack Coyote

So you’re a coyote, you’ve found a nice dead thing staked to the ground in front of an infrared game camera, and you’re munching out. And then you see something — make that TWO somethings — out of the corner of your squinty little eye, charging at you full speed like the Tasmanian Devil!

At first, it’s tough to tell what kind of animals are fighting it out with the coyote, but after one does a coyote-assisted backflip near the camera, there’s no doubt they are ‘coons.

Impressive. Let’s watch:

2) Spring-Loaded

This one is funny… the coyote creeps up on a critter, coming up behind it in hope of an easy meal. He crouches and pounces — and immediately hops right back off of the fanged raccoon.

3) Oh Deer

It’s no secret that deer like to eat corn… and so do raccoons. In this video, we see a nice whitetail buck trying to secure his share of the corn some human has poured out, conveniently in front of a camera. When he shows up, there are FIVE ‘coons munching out… but he muscles his way right on in.

The raccoons aren’t particularly bothered, and hang around longer than the buck. Why am I not surprised?

Since the area is flooded with light at night, I’d say this isn’t exactly out in the wild… but it’s still fun to watch.

4) Om Nom Squirrel!

Then there’s the time some raccoons caught & killed a squirrel in a tree, then proceeded to munch out on it.

The first minute of the video leaves you wondering whether you will ever actually see any action… but oh my, then it picks up.

Kinda gross. Enjoy!

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Molot Vepr:s – 223, 308 and with new handguard. Plus Shotguns [The Firearm Blog]

This is a Molot Vepr 1V Semi Auto Hunting Rifle in .223 Remington, from IWA 2017. There’s a Falke II red dot on top. If you look at the butt stock and the handguard you notice it looks much more modern than usual. The butt stock is probably from FAB Defense, or a similar supplier, […]

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POTD: Longslide H&K P7 [The Firearm Blog]

Bruce Gray of is known as an expert in SIG P320s. His trigger kits are the best around for the P320. What you may not know is that he has done some custom work on H&K P7s. He welds on an extension to the slide and then mills it into a compensator. He blends […]

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Interesting thoughts on the development of conservative legal thought [Of Arms and the Law]

Over at Law and Liberty. The Heller case (and the advocates who drove it) fit nicely into the concepts expressed, as does Judge Posner's opposition to Heller.


Experimental Tripod Mounted BAR [The Firearm Blog]

While exploring the Springfield Armory Museum’s online archive I stumbled across an interesting experimental modification made to an M1918A2 BAR. The archival entries don’t offer much information but the photographs show an experimental kit developed to enable the BAR to be mounted on a tripod. The photographs feature a BAR mounted on a modified M2 tripod, […]

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Stop the Slaughter of Non-Venomous Snakes! []

There is an old saying which says, “The only good snake is a dead snake.”  That statement is wrong on many levels.  In the United States there are only a handful of venomous snake species, yet all snakes are often branded as bad.

As hunting season approaches, millions of sportsmen will head into the wilderness to hunt their favorite game animals.  Inevitably, many of their paths will lead to snakes.  Whether is it walking along a creek or moving a log from across an ATV trail, sooner or later, hunters will see a snake.

The first reaction for many people is to kill the snake. That’s often a bad idea, though. Take for example the King Snake.

From Herps of Texas: Common King Snake.

Lampropeltis getula is a non-venomous constrictor, feeding primarily on other snakes, lizards, and rodents. Common kingsnakes have also been known to feed on reptile eggs, relying on their sense of smell to find most of its prey, including prey buried underground.

These kingsnakes are famous for their [immunity] to rattlesnake venom and they commonly feed on rattlesnakes as part of their diet.

While driving down a rural back road I came across a dead King Snake. Someone had stopped their vehicle and chopped the head of the snake.  It was sad to see a non-venomous snake, which kills venomous snakes, dead.  Why was it killed?  Probably because someone had been taught that the only good snake is a dead snake.

There are plenty of other good snakes, such as:

  • Rat snake (chicken snake).
  • Hognose (spreading adder).
  • Coachwhip.
  • Glossy Snake.
  • Water snake, not to be confused with the Cotton Mouth.

Chances are, thousands of those snakes will be killed for no other other reason than being at the wrong place at the wrong time.

The rat snake serves an important role in controlling the rodent population. Want to keep rats and mice out of the deer camp? Leave rat snakes alone.

Then there is the matter of location; the hunter or hiker is in the snakes home. It is not like the snake was found in a playground full of kids.

When you are in the woods and see a snake, please take time to think before you act.

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Outside His Area Of Expertise [No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money]

Former FBI Assistant Director Chris Swecker was interviewed on CNBC on Monday regarding the mass casualty event in Las Vegas. Swecker was the former number three person in the FBI and was probably called upon by CNBC's John Harwood because of that.

Listen to what he has to say about suppressors and semiautomatic rifles with ugly cosmetics.

Swecker said that civilians - that's you and me in his LEO-speak - have no need to own suppressors. He also said fully automatic weapons are illegal and that AR-15s are way too easy to convert to full auto. He wondered "what rational purpose is there for 10 different 'assault weapons' (sic) in the hands of one person."

One must wonder how someone with this level of ignorance rises to the level he did at the FBI. Fully automatic weapons are legal if made before the May 19, 1986 (Hughes Amendment) so long as they are registered under the NFA and the owner paid the tax and underwent the requisite background checks. Furthermore, ARs are not easy to convert to full auto unless you have a machine shop and the proper parts. Bumpfire is still not full auto no matter how fast you can dump a mag.

You also have to wonder where his law enforcement expertise lies. Was he a street guy infiltrating motorcycle gangs and fighting violent crime on the streets?

If his LinkedIn page is any indication, his law enforcement expertise lay in white collar crimes and especially financial and cyber crime. From his LinkedIn page where he lays out his expertise both in the FBI and in his subsequent career.


 In my field it is unethical to practice outside the area of your competence. Given his entire career is and was devoted to white collar crime, financial irregularities, fraud, and the like, Swecker is outside the area of his competence when talking about firearms and violent crime. If he dealt with terrorism, it was regarding the funding of terrorism and not how to rescue someone being held hostage.

If I were to guess why CNBC called upon Chris Swecker to talk about the events in Las Vegas, it is because they knew of him from his role in investigating and prosecuting financial irregularities and thought they could parlay his old position as No. 3 at the FBI into something newsworthy.  In my opinion, they failed.


[MSPO 2017] The 9x18mm Makarov Soldiers on among Polish Cops [The Firearm Blog]

Among the news from this years MSPO 2017 in Poland, is the interesting announcement of the procurement of 9x18mm Makarov by the Polish National Police forces. The Polish arms company Cenzin will supply 500,000 cartridges for small arms that are chambered in the caliber that is becoming less used in coming years. The contract is valued at 492,000 […]

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Can You Still Hear A Suppressed Rifle From 500 Yards Away? [No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money]

The answer to the title question is yes.

Rebel Silencers made an ad hoc video on the level of sound suppression on a suppressed rifle. It was done quickly and the production values are not pristine. The microphone picks up wind like nobody's business. That said, it does a good job of illustrating that a suppressor only lowers the db level and doesn't eliminate it.

Here was their setup. One guy shot an AR, both unsuppressed and suppressed, from a ridge about 500 yards away from the person listening. The guy listening was a shop machinist who probably didn't have the world's best hearing. He stood in the bed of a pickup, closed his eyes, and turned around many times so he didn't know if was facing or not facing the shooter. He was asked to in the direction of the heard shot. He did it both times with reasonable accuracy.

Is this a perfect test under controlled laboratory conditions? Absolutely not. Does it illustrate that you can both detect the sound and the direction of the suppressed gunfire? Absolutely yes.

Those who have an axe to grind against guns and/or the Hearing Protection Act will say this video proves nothing. I would disagree and say that it shows that the average untrained person can indeed detect suppressed gunfire and that any "shot detectors" would also be able to detect the direction of the gunfire.

You know your member of Congress is under pressure from the anti-gun, anti-suppressor forces to kill the SHARE Act in the wake the mass casualty event in Las Vegas. Now is the time to make your voice heard again and again in favor of passage of these bills.


Liberal Agenda: Divide and Conquer the NRA []

Looking through the news on the Las Vegas Shooting, there seems to be a growing trend, and that trend is to divide gun owners on the National Rifle Association.  While the NRA has always been a target, propaganda has kicked up a notch since the Las Vegas shooting.

Whether gun owners approve or disapprove of the NRA, is not the issue.

The history of the NRA on gun control, is not the issue.

The real issue is, united behind a single front, gun owners will not be defeated.  Gun grabbers know this, and as such, they know the only chance they have is to divide gun owners.

How are gun grabbers going to divide gun owners?  By making us question the NRA.  Gun grabbers say it is time for “common sense gun control“, which sounds reasonable, right?

We already have:

  • Automatic weapons are heavily regulated.
  • Background checks.
  • Felons can not own a firearm.
  • Felons can not be in possession of a firearm.
  • People convicted of family violence can not own a firearm.

So, what more do the gun grabber want?


Jimmy Kimmel, while talking about the Las Vegas shooting, says automatic and semi-automatic weapons are not something people use for self-defense.  Which we all know is incorrect.  Semi-automatic rifles are used on a regular basis to protect property.  Anyone remember pictures of the LA riots where store owners were using Mini-14s to protect their property?

Referring to semi-automatic weapons, Jimmy goes on to ask, “Why do our leaders allow this to happen?”  What “exactly” is the government supposed to do, ban the AR-15?  That simply can not happen, and not for the reasons people may think.  We will discuss why the AR-15 can not be banned in another article.

At 4:35 of the video, Jimmy mentions President Trump signed a bill making it easier for people with mental illness to buy firearms. I am going to guess Jimmy is referring to Social Security denying people with mental illnesses from buying firearms. The issue was not mentally ill people buying firearms.  The real issue was denying people due process of law.  Of course gun grabbers are not going to talk about civil rights.

Another example from Market Watch – After Las Vegas, time for normal gun owners to decide where their loyalties lie: with the NRA, or with the USA.

If you’re a normal NRA member and you’ve been listening to their propaganda, I have some shocking news for you: You’re being lied to. Lied to, lied to and lied to again.

Hardly anyone wants to take away your family shotgun. Almost no one cares about it. If you turned up in a liberal enclave and offered to “hand in” your family shotgun, people would look at you like you were a nut and tell you to go home.

And almost no one wants to take away your hunting rifle, either. Most don’t care about it at all.

If gun owners are being lied to, explain the ludicrous California gun laws.

Please explain why Washington D.C. placed so many restrictions on firearms, the district was brought to the U.S. Supreme Court?


A large portion of comments made by gun grabbers are incorrect.  But, that does not stop people from gobbling up the anti-gun propaganda like children eating candy on Halloween.

The speech by Kimmel is typical anti-gun propaganda.  The underlying topic of his speech, give up civil rights for a hint of safety.  The NRA does this, the NRA does that… and the result makes our society more prone to gun violence, which is not true.

Notice how the gun grabbers ignore cities like Chicago, where 765 people were murdered in 2016.

Whether someone agrees or disagrees with the NRA is not the issue.

The real issue is, strength through unification.  The only way gun owners are going to defeat the gun grabbers, is by unification through the NRA, and organizations like it.

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Australian Cops Mistake Lewis Hythe Mk III Gun Camera For A Firearm [The Firearm Blog]

At a recent firearms amnesty in Australia, a Lewis Hythe Mk III Gun Camera was recently turned in, and appeared to be mistaken for an actual firearm. Although the Hythe MkIII does share the receiver, grip and drum magazine attachment point, it is very far from ever being an actual functioning magazine fed machine gun, […]

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Stephen Paddock, The Perfect Gray Man []

In the survivalist community there is a concept called, “The Gray Man.”  The idea is to blend in with those around you.  Even though the survivalist may have stockpiled food, have an arsenal of firearms for surviving various situations… nobody around him (or her) knows it.

The goal of the Gray Man is the blend in, and Stephen Paddock did just that. Somehow, he planned, implemented, and executed a mass shooting, and never raised a red flag.

As information is coming out about the Las Vegas Mandalay Bay shooting, it seems Stephen Paddock was the perfect gray man.

What we know so far:

  • No criminal record.
  • No political ties.
  • No religious affiliation.
  • No mention of him being a firearms enthusiast.
  • No history of mental illness.
  • No history of violence

The only thing odd mentioned by the media, is how his neighbors described him as “aggressively unfriendly.”

From FoxNews – Stephen Paddock: What we know about Vegas shooter, ‘high stakes gambler’.

Some of their neighbors described Paddock as “extremely standoffish” and “aggressively unfriendly,” the report said.

One reportedly described him as “weird,” and said he “kept to himself.”

Somehow, in living his daily life, Stephen Paddock was able to plan a mass shooting, implement, and execute, and flew under the radar the whole time.

When Stephen Paddock bought his firearms, he passed the background checks – Two Nevada Gun Shops Say Stephen Paddock Passed Background Checks.

Two Nevada gun shops confirmed Monday that they sold firearms to Mandalay Bay shooter Stephen Paddock in the last year and said he passed all required background checks.

By all accounts (released so far), Stephen Paddock, was a model citizen.  The only thing on his criminal record was a traffic ticket from several years ago.

No amount of gun laws would have stopped this shooting.  Stephen Paddock, by all accounts, seemed like an everyday person, who bought guns and went on a shooting rampage.

The next question is, why?  What drove someone who had no history, or affiliation, to go on a shooting spree?

Or, maybe that was all part of his Gray Man, and he convinced those around him he had no affiliations?

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British “Life Buoy” WWII Flamethrower [Forgotten Weapons]

One of the the flamethrower design styles to come out of experimentation late in World War One was the toroid type, with a donut-shaped fuel tank and a central spherical pressure bottle. The British continued development on this type of weapon between the wars, and used it in World War Two. While the early models used a hydrogen spark ignition system, this was replaced in 1942 by a cartridge flare system like the US and Japanese models.

The tank on this example is a fiberglass one, and very lightweight. This was introduced after World War Two, and this one is an experimental model.

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


CGS Kraken Now At Zev Technologies [The Firearm Blog]

CGS Suppressors and Zev Technologies have joined forces to bring the “lightest, quietest and most versatile” 9mm silencer on the market – a bold statement. The Kraken, constructed of stainless steel and aluminum, is reported as being metered at 114 dB using milspec testing standards. For those not familiar with decibel metering, suppressed subsonic rimfire rifle […]

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INFORCE APLc and APLc Glock Pistol Lights [The Firearm Blog]

INFORCE has introduced two compact pistol lights called APLc and APLc Glock. The former fits standard Picatinny rails and the latter is designed to fit Glock rails. The APLc comes in black or FDE colors whereas APLc Glock is available only in black color. The mounting systems and the color options are the only differences between the two models. […]

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DRD Tactical Announces Aptus Weapon System Now Shipping [The Firearm Blog]

Aptus rifleDRD Tactical announced the company was now shipping the Aptus Multi-Caliber Weapon System. Both pistol and rifle versions of the gun will now be available. Both the rifle and pistol versions of the Aptus will be available in chamberings for the 5.56 NATO and 300 BLK cartridges. The company anticipates offering additional calibers in October […]

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Video: Kalashnikov Concern Knows How To Put on A Demo [The Firearm Blog]

Kalashnikov Media, Kalashnikov Concern’s dedicated media website, has been ramping up its releases recently. Its latest video features a hair-raising demo by Kalashnikov’s demonstration team. The Kalashnikov Group held the demo on Armourers’ Day, a Russian professional holiday for workers and veterans of defence industry. Kalashnikov Media reported that the demonstration’s audience included general director of […]

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New from Howa: Australian Precision Chassis Rifle [The Firearm Blog]

Howa APC RifleLegacy Sports International (aka Legacy Sports) announced it was now selling a new rifle package from Howa called the Australian Precision Chassis Rifle. According to Legacy Sports, Howa developed this chassis and rifle specifically for long range shooting. Several variations of this gun are available. Three guns are chambered for the following cartridges: .223 Rem, […]

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BCB International FRAMM Rifle Stock [The Firearm Blog]

BCB International is a British company manufacturing a huge variety of military and police products. One of their latest products is a rifle stock called FRAMM which was first introduced during the DSEI 2017 arms exhibition. The stock allows shouldering and aiming the rifles with virtually all kind of helmets on including the police ones showed in […]

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American Legacy Firearms GAMBLER Revolver and Poker Set [The Firearm Blog]

If you are a fan of the American Old West history and firearms, then you must like this incredible Gambler set by American Legacy Firearms. It consists of an engraved stainless steel Ruger Vaquero chambered in .45 Long Colt, dice, playing cards, poker chips and a 5oz flask. This kind of travel boxes were used […]

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Monday, 02 October


Review: Prime Centergy Hybrid []

The Prime Centergy Hybrid is the third of six hunting bows I’ve been testing for‘s sister site,

The Centergy Hybrid is longest hunting bow I tested this year with an axle to axle length of 35 ¼ inches. Other specs include a brace height of 6.0 inches, a mass weight of 4.5 pounds and an IBO rated speed of 338 feet per second. The bow carries a sticker price of $1,099. And if you’re not familiar with Prime bows, they feature a unique parallel cam design, which helps eliminate cam lean.

I am shooting this bow with the draw length set at 29.5 inches and draw weight at 60 pounds.

The Centergy Hybrid comes from the factory with both limb stop and cable stop options. I chose to go with the limb stops on this setup. As you would expect with limb stops, the back wall is completely solid. An added bonus for me is that unlike limb stops on other bows, you don’t have to remove them when you put the Centergy in a bow press. Removing limb stops every time I press a bow has long been a pet peeve of mine and Prime solved that issue.

Fit and finish on the Centergy Hybrid is quite good. The First Lite camo looks really sharp and I can’t find any noticeable flaws in the riser finish. Both of the side plates on the grip is coming a bit loose, but that could easily be fixed with a bit of glue. Strings and cables are holding up quite well with no serving separation that I can see. As an added bonus, Prime will send  the original owner a new set of threads every two years.

When it comes to shooting the Prime Centergy Hybrid, the first thing that stands out to me is the grip. It’s my favorite grip of any of the six hunting bows I’ve tested. It’s flat and narrow and for whatever reason just feels the best to me personally.

The bow is very easy to draw, though there is a bit of a dump into the valley. It’s not outrageous, but is noticeable. Once at full draw, the valley is quite generous and you can relax without the bow wanting to jump on you – even if you creep off the wall a little bit. Letting the bow down is also fairly easy going – no worries about ripping up your shoulder here.

Once you release the arrow, the bow is a bit on the loud side. It’s not obnoxious, but there is a clear “thunk” after the shot.

I’ll forgive a little noise for accuracy and here the Prime Centergy Hybrid does not disappoint. This thing is a tack driver. I give some credit here to the length of the bow, with adds some stability and has me feeling comfortable shooting at longer distances.

Tuning this bow was also a snap. This was the easiest bow for me to get my QAD Exodus broadheads flying right.

If you are a one-bow does everything shooter, the Centergy Hybrid stands out. This would make a great 3D or spots bow when you’re not in the woods looking for a deer.

Of course, that length can be an issue depending where you hunt – especially if you use a small blind or are in a tree stand with really tight cover.

As for real world speed, I shot a 398-grain Gold Tip Valkyrie through the chrono and saw an average of 284.6 feet per second. It’s not the fastest bow out there, but considering how easy the draw is, that’s pretty good speed from a 60-pound bow.

If you like a longer bow and are willing to give up a little speed for an easy draw and great accuracy, the Prime Centergy Hybrid is worth checking out.

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Managing Handgun Recoil []

A big factor that scares a lot of first time handgun shooters away from shooting more is the recoil. Truthfully learning to manage handgun recoil only comes by more shooting practice. Certainly proper instruction can help especially for newcomers such as preppers, and survivalists just joining the game, but even training does not negate the physics of how and why a handgun recoils. Or how fiercely it recoils.

I guess I am one of the lucky ones. Handgun recoil has never particularly bothered me even biggies like the .44 Magnum and even the .460 Smith and Wesson. However, I will readily admit that I will never again shoot a Smith and Wesson 500 in their 4-inch barreled revolver. My wrist hurt for a week and so did my ears even with double ear protection. Massive recoil. Massive muzzle blast.

Speaking of which, the muzzle blast is often the second biggest factor in keeping new shooters from repeated trips to the range. And at the range the noise level of shooting handguns is only negated by double ear protection. This is best achieved by custom ear inserts with the use of electronic earmuffs that controls the noise level. Do this.

Recoil then becomes manageable by proper grip, stance, and learning to allow the recoiling action to flow naturally rather than trying to strong arm it. As the muzzle flips up with recoil then let the handgun rise with it. Over time your ability to bring the muzzle back on target quickly will happen as a natural reflex. If you try to inhibit that motion, you are only making things worse in the long run.

Naturally there is more felt recoil with a big magnum such as the .44 as opposed to a .32 ACP, a .380 ACP or even the 9mm, which has a rather unique snappy recoil that requires further adjustment. Recoil also differs greatly between handgun types. A big single action revolver like a Ruger Super Blackhawk just rises up upon recoil. A double action magnum like a Smith Model 29, .44 Magnum both rides upward and recoils back into the palm grip. In contrast most semi-auto pistol’s recoil is more direct into the grip. They all “feel” different.

Also recoil feel can be absorbed more with different handgun grip types and materials. Switch from a hard wood grip to a soft rubber grip. It can make a difference. Just keep shooting. The recoil management will come.

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Mapping a SHTF Escape Route []

There are automatic posts on Facebook pages showing photos of old items that usually only people my age would remember seeing as a child. I laugh because nearly all of them were common place items when I was a kid in the 50s and 60s. The millennials today have no idea.

So, don’t laugh if I ask if you have a state highway map for where you live or even one of those big road atlas books showing major roadways in all the states and Canada. If you don’t have these, then get them. Your state tourism office should have copies of a fold out state highway map. Bookstores will have the road atlases. These are vital tools for mapping SHTF escape routes.

In a return favor I will not laugh at you when you say “Dude we have a GPS on the iPhone, one in the car, and another handheld Garmin or whatever. That is fine. I hope they continue to work during a variety of SHTF disturbances including the dreaded EMP or electromagnetic pulse, which generally wipes out all electronics and electrical controls. Then what? Have a paper map to read.

Sit down at the kitchen table with your state map. Take a simple drafting compass and draw circles around the place where you live. By the scale of the map, draw the circle so it goes out 100 miles, then 200, and 300 from your town. Go further if you think it realistic to escape that far especially if you leave early with any advanced notice.

Now within those circles note what cities, towns, national forests, state parks, and other venues that could be identified as a terminal escape point which are realistically available. Generally, I would steer clear of big cities or municipalities with populations over 20,000. That’s arbitrary, but those people may be escaping for the same reasons you are. Don’t jump from the pot into the fire.

Pick 3-4 potential likely destinations. Then research them. Google the town, parks, or other choices to see what is there, infrastructure, culture, populous, all you can find out. What are the housing possibilities even motels and such, supply stores, groceries, medical community, economic support in terms of businesses, factories, etc. Learn all you can.

Then, one by one, take a weekend trip to each location. Learn the roads, gas stations, garages, and other support services along the routes. Take copious notes and photos. Glean all you can to decide which locations might offer the best escape routes in the event of a real SHTF.

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Are Gun Consumers Sick of the Semi-Autos? []

Have sales of the ubiquitous concealed weapon semi-auto pistols just about peaked? There have been a number of new dynamics within the past six months in terms of dealer gun sales and the gun business in general. Sales have definitely slowed down.

“I have sold one personal protection semi-auto since January in my small shop,” says Vernon Graves of Renegade Sporting Goods in Seminary, Mississippi. “Sales of small, pocket pistols and concealed carry pistols have really slowed down. I am just not selling those guns right now.”

First, frankly, since the political landscape has changed so dramatically gun buyers no longer feel stressed to load up on extra guns and ammo. As we know now, Obama was the best gun sales person in American history with the last quarter of last year demonstrating record background checks for gun purchases by the BATF.

That fury has ground to a virtual halt since Trump was elected. Gun owners feel confident that our 2nd Amendment rights are now safe, though that fight in the congressional trenches will continue. Make no mistake that the anti-gun forces continue to work against gun owner rights.

Second, as a casual observer that works every gun show here on a near monthly basis with a federally licensed gun dealer, I get to see the inventory of 200-300 dealers over a single weekend. Tables are full of this classification of CCW type pistols. Every gun maker has virtually maxed out the number of different models of .380 ACP and 9mm pocket pistols and the marketplace is jam packed saturated.

Part of the confusion on behalf of the gun buying consumer is the sheer number of pistol models available for purchase consideration. At gun shows our job is to help buyers pick the best pistol for their needs, and personal grip fit. Women in particular will pick up nearly every pistol on the table, as they should. They often just walk away totally baffled about what to buy.

As noted, every manufacturer of pistols of this genre have multiple models of different sizes, calibers and features. These include Smith and Wesson, SIG, Ruger, Walther, Glock, Beretta, Browning, Colt, CZ, Kahr, Kel-Tec, Kimber, Remington, Springfield Armory, Taurus and more.

For gun buyers it is a great time to shop and buy a new personal protection handgun. Sales may be down, the market may be saturated now, but hopefully the gun economy will level out and stabilize in the near future.

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ETS speedloader for Glock magazines []

Large capacity magazines are useful and fun. Loading them, less so. Loading double-stack, single-feed magazines is even less fun that working with double-feed patterns like the Uzi or the MPX. Guess which pattern the most common 9mm magazine is? That’s right, Glock uses that functional design that is so annoying to load. Can a mechanized loader be devised? ETS, the maker of excellent transparent polymer pistol and rifle magazines, thought they could.


The loader fits ten rounds at a time. The simplest way to load it is to scoop up a row of cartridges from the box into the U-shaped notch of the loading guide. From there, the process is simple if a little awkward. Place the opening over the magazine, slide it until it locks in. There’s no click, you have to do it by feel. Place the pusher on top of the ammo guide and push down.

The loader depresses the follower and then pushes the cartridges into the magazine for you. There’s only one catch: it takes a lot of force to push the ammo in, especially on magazines over 17 rounds. Loading a 33-rounder takes considerable hand strength. Loading several of them takes endurance. The effort required was so considerable that I ended up having to watch reviews posted by others to verify that I understood the slightly vague instructions correctly. I didn’t want to break the loader by accident. The problem with the design is that the surfaces on which the user acts are relatively narrow, and also the push is linear against the spring. There’s no mechanical advantage created. So the loader works, but it doesn’t work well enough to warrant using it.

By contrast, the newer loader for the AR15 magazines works well — it’s an improved, more convenient iteration of the old stamped metal stripper clip and guide. Being able to scoop up ten rounds from a box and push them into a rifle magazines does speed up the loading process and saves some wear on the fingers.


Once the extended magazines are loaded — by whichever means you pick — your friends would be more than happy to help you empty them. Ah, the smiles that produces are well worth the effort.

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The Need To "Act" [No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money]

I received a text this afternoon from the Brady Campaign regarding the mass casualty event in Las Vegas. They are urging people to contact Congress and ask for more gun control. You can see the screenshot of it below.

Let's look at what we know and what we don't know.

Do we know the name, age, and race of the murderer?

Yes. However, I make it a policy of this blog never to grant mass murderers the pleasure of having their name become infamous. He was a white male aged 64.

Do we know the number of victims?

Yes. According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, the latest count is 58 killed and at least 515 wounded.

Do we know why the murderer did this?

No. As far as it has been reported, there has been no manifesto, no suicide note, and no indications as to why the murderer decided to commit this evil act.

Is it terrorism related?

While ISIS has claimed responsibility for this calling it a lone wolf attack by someone who had recently converted to Islam, the FBI has discounted this. However, as Andrew McCarthy at the National Review noted, the murderer did terrorize the community.

Do we know what type of firearm or firearms he used?

No. They have been variously reported as .223 and .308 caliber rifles along with the AK-47.

How many firearms did he have?

Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo told the press officers found 10 rifles in the murderer's room. The Wall Street Journal reports, however, the number at 18-20.

Did he have fully automatic rifles?

The best answer is maybe. He may have had a full-auto rifle or he may have had a bumpstock or GAT crank. There is debate on this and no one has reported conclusively on this issue. He was reported to have been a multi-millionaire with multiple homes and two airplanes. He could have afforded to buy legal NFA machine guns but we don't know.

Do we know how the murderer obtained his firearms?

No. Update: ABC News reported on their evening news that at least some of the firearms were purchased from a gun store in Mesquite, NV after the requisite NICS check. They are not a Class 3 dealer.

Do we know how the murderer died?

Yes. He committed suicide as the police were breaching the door to his room.

Did the murderer have a criminal record?

No. His late father, however, was a convicted bank robber and had been on the FBI's Most Wanted List. The father had escaped from Federal prison and did try to run down FBI agents with a car. He died in 1998.

What firearms law would have prevented this?

Put bluntly, none. The killer had a clean record and had no reported history of mental illness. He would have passed even the strictest of background checks including those required to purchase NFA items. Moreover, given his financial resources, he could have obtained any sort of weapon on the black market. A determined lone wolf with his resources will always be able to cause death and destruction. In this case it seems the killer put a good deal of planning and money into getting the right location at the right time.

Policy made in haste rarely is good policy. We should resist any and all efforts to use this tragedy as the basis for new gun control laws. The Rahm Emanuel "never let a tragedy go to waste" days should be over and they should stay over.

Ben Shapiro at the Daily Wire puts it very well in this post from earlier in the day.


Federal 9mm 150gr HST gel test and review [The Firearm Blog]

We shoot Federal 9mm 150gr HST jacketed hollow point ammunition from a Smith & Wesson Shield with a 3″ barrel into Clearballistics ballistic gel to measure velocity, penetration, expansion/fragmentation, and retained weight. Buy it at Ventura Munitions. Guns in this video: Smith & Wesson Shield Thanks to our sponsors: Proxibid – Shop For Home Defense […]

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Information on Vegas shooter's father [Of Arms and the Law]

Story here, in the Tucson Sentinel, a local alternative paper (which is the best source of news around here).

Information on Vegas shooter's father [Of Arms and the Law]

Story here, in the Tucson Sentinel, a local alternative paper (which is the best source of news around here).


The new Ryker FIST Grip [The Firearm Blog]

Ryker USA have launched a new product called the FIST Grip. I think this is their first product and it’s a side-mounted, forward grip to give the shooter more efficient target transitions. In Ryker USA’s own words: FIST Grip™ is the first in a new class of side mounted, forward grips. FIST Grip is an […]

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Guts [Of Arms and the Law]

RIP, Sonny Melton. The Valkyries were dispatched immediately.

Via Instapundit.

Guts [Of Arms and the Law]

RIP, Sonny Melton. The Valkyries were dispatched immediately.

Via Instapundit.


POTD: X Light Zero -Low Light Stance By Instructor Zero [The Firearm Blog]

Instructor Zero posted up this photo of a new low light stance that he has developed. I dabble in flashlight/firearm manipulation and question the validity of this new stance. I tried to keep an open mind and asked him what problem does this stance solve where other stances failed. He did not reply but posted […]

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Magnetospeed M-Series – Finally a Monopod pistol grip [The Firearm Blog]

I have once or twice thought wouldn’t it be a great idea to have a monopod built into the pistol grip of my long range rifle? Well, apparently great minds think alike and thanks to Magnetospeed this product is now available. I haven’t tried it, but by the looks of it it should work just […]

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Kel-Tec KSG Padded Cheek Rest by SMT Tactical [The Firearm Blog]

SMT Tactical makes a padded cheek rest for Kel-Tec KSG shotguns. It is designed to make the cheek weld more comfortable and to eliminate the pain in the cheek area that many shooters experience after an extensive shooting session with this shotgun. The new cheek rest is made of Kydex with an addition of a 1/4″ […]

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Democrats Demand Gun Control After Vegas Shooting []

The blood is barely dry on the streets of Las Vegas, and the gun grabbers are wasting no time in calling for more gun control.  This time will be different.  Republicans control both houses of government, and President Trump is a friend of the NRA.

Every time there is a mass shooting, gun owners, spurred by the thought of more gun control, go into panic buying mode.  For example, after Sandy Hook, stores were cleared out of everything.  There was not a Pmag to be found for months.

Let’s look at the big picture:

50 people die in a mass shooting, gun grabbers demand new gun control.

In 2016, 765 people were murdered in Chicago, gun grabbers are silent.  They are silent because they know guns are not the problem.  But, that does not stop them from yelling in an echo chamber.

From NBC News – Angry Democrats Demand Action on Gun Control After Las Vegas Shooting.

WASHINGTON — The worst mass shooting in modern American history was met with immediate calls for action on gun control Monday from some Democratic lawmakers. […]

“Nowhere but America do horrific large-scale mass shootings happen with this degree of regularity,” Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., said in a statement.

“This must stop,” Murphy continued. “It is positively infuriating that my colleagues in Congress are so afraid of the gun industry that they pretend there aren’t public policy responses to this epidemic. There are, and the thoughts and prayers of politicians are cruelly hollow if they are paired with continued legislative indifference. It’s time for Congress to get off its ass and do something.”

Even Hillary Clinton weighed in on the topic.

On a personal note, maybe Hillary should include her stance on gun control for one of the reasons why she lost the 2016 presidential election?

Gun grabbing Democrats know there is no chance of any new gun control laws being passed while Trump is in office. But, they have to say something to keep the liberals happy.

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Watch: Explanation on Las Vegas Shooting []

As the sun rises on blood stained streets of Sin City, the shooting is over, and the investigation begins. As with any other crime, there are more questions than answers.  One of the questions, where was the shooter in relation to the concert?

KTNV Channel 13 Las Vegas put together an excellent video describing where the shooter was in relation to the concert.

The shooter positioned himself on the 32nd floor of Mandalay Bay, and was shooting across a street and into the concert.

What do we know so far?

As of Monday morning, at least 50 are dead and at least 400 wounded.

The alleged shooter, Stephen Paddock, is reported to have died from a self-inflicted gunshot.

Concert tickets were sold out and it was a packed house.

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Elevated Technology Height Adjustable MRO Optic Mount [The Firearm Blog]

This is one of those items that you think to yourself “why didn’t I think of that?”. Elevated Technology is making an optic mount for the Trijicon MRO called The Slide. What sets The Slide apart from the rest is its ability to change height. The optic mount is basically two pieces that are ramped. […]

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America Wakes Up To Horror []

October 2, 2017, Monday morning, America woke up to the worst shooting in modern history; at least 50 dead and over 400 hospitalized.

The suspect, Stephen Paddock, is reported to have died from a self-inflicted gunshot.

From FoxNews – Las Vegas shooting: At least 50 dead, more than 400 sent to hospitals in massacre.

A gunman turned a Las Vegas concert into a killing field Sunday night, murdering at least 50 people and sending more than 400 others to hospitals in the deadliest mass shooting in modern United States history.

From the Daily Mail – More than FIFTY dead and 406 injured as gunman with terrifying arsenal of weapons opens fire.

America is reeling from the worst mass shooting in its history after at least 50 people were killed and more than 406 wounded at a country music festival in Las Vegas on Sunday night.

The shooting broke out on the final night of the three-day Route 91 Harvest festival, a sold-out event attended by 22,000 and featuring top acts such as Eric Church, Sam Hunt and Jason Aldean.

Police say the shooter was 64-year-old Stephen Craig Paddock, a resident of nearby Mesquite, Nevada, who opened fire on the festival taking place at Las Vegas Village from a room across the street in the Mandalay Bay Hotel at 10:08pm.

Videos are being posted on Twitter of the shooting.

Maybe the readers can provide suggestions why the rate of fire changes in the above video?

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Phillips & Rodgers M47 Medusa: Multicaliber Revolver for a Nonexistent Apocalypse [Forgotten Weapons]

The Phillips & Rodgers M47 Medusa is a mechanically very interesting firearm; a revolver that can chamber basically any cartridge with a 9mm bullet diameter and an overall length no longer than a .357 Magnum. This is made possible because a revolver does not have the headspace requirements of a semiautomatic handgun, and the barrel doesn’t know one type of bullet form another, so long as they are not larger than the bore diameter.

What makes it difficult, is finding a way to hold a variety of different cartridges properly in position for reliable firing and extraction. Jonathan Phillips solved this problem with his 1995 patent for the extractor mechanism that is the fundamental heart of the Medusa revolver. It uses long flexible fingers which snap into the extractor grooves on rimless cartridges or can be depressed down away from the cases of rimmed cartridges. These fingers allow proper indexing of virtually any cartridge that will physically fit. They are, however, also the weak point of the gun, as they are pretty much the only fragile component, and since the company quickly went out of business, replacements are completely unavailable.

In my shooting, I used .357 Magnum, .38 S&W, .380 Automatic, 9x20mm Browning Long, 9×19 Parabellum, 9mm Largo, 7.62mm Tokarev , and .32ACP. The last two obviously did not engage the rifleing as they are substantially smaller than the bore, but the fire safely regardless. The most significant question, of course, is how many people would actually have a need for such a system, beyond simply thinking it is cool (and if the multicaliber capability makes up for the finicky loading, extraction, and accuracy).

For a more detailed look at the history of the Medusa, I recommend this article by AirborneCombatEngineer.



Chinese Army’s – William Tell Trust Exercise [The Firearm Blog]

We have seen many examples of other countries’ firearm training that involved firing a live gun at a fellow officer or soldier. Here is another one from China. Chinese special forces officers are practicing their handgun marksmanship by shooting an apple off their comrade’s head. They are using the QSZ-92 pistol. Do you think you […]

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[MSPO 2017] Civilian Variant of MSBS/Grot Scheduled for Early 2018 [The Firearm Blog]

According to a recent announcement by Mil Mag on the Polish defense magazine’s Facebook page, the semi-automatic version of the recently adopted (and recently renamed Grot) MSBS rifle by the Polish Land Forces (53,000 rifles for the Territorial Reserves) was announced by president of Fabryki Broni to be available by early 2018 for the commercial market […]

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New Revolutionary Designed Revol Arms DL45 Handgun [The Firearm Blog]

Oleg Volk got to test out Revol Arms prototype DL45 pistol. The DL45 is the only firearm of its kind, specifically engineered to increase accuracy and diminish recoil. The short recoil, locked breech, centerfire pistol was designed on a completely new platform. The close proximity of the hammer, sear, and trigger facilitates a change in […]

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Great Balls Of Fire! – Plasma Popper [The Firearm Blog]

Al Stahler creates these fireball throwing devices. I guess you could call it a gun. He uses propane and MAP gas as ammo. There are no actual projectiles other than the ball of fire and the movement of air. It looks really cool though seeing the small ball of fire spiral around inside the clear […]

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POTD: Spike’s Tactical Snowflake Unicorn lower – in color! [The Firearm Blog]

TFB’s Adam S recently did an article on Spike’s Tacticals Snowflake Unicorn lower. Someone asked for a colorfill version so of course they had to make one. And it’s not an one off, for 25 dollars extra they will paint if for you.   Spike’s Tactical posted this on their Facebook: Let’s break the internet […]

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[MSPO 2017] Polish WBP Rogów Releases Short Barrel “Mini Jack” Kalashnikov [The Firearm Blog]

Polish small arms company Wytwornia Broni Popinski (Popinski’s Weapon Manufacturing), has brought to market a short barrel (10.2 inch barrel, compared to the 16.3 inch full length Jack from WBP) Kalashnikov chambered in 7.62x39mm, called the “Mini Jack”. Apart from the barrel length, the rifle differs from the companies Jack rifle with a non standard Kalashnikov […]

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POF USA Relocation is Nearly Complete [The Firearm Blog]

POF USAPatriot Ordnance Factory (POF USA) has been in the process of transitioning into a new facility for quite some time now. The end of that relocation is finally coming to an end. An e-mail was circulated to dealers and distributors of POF products roughly 2 weeks ago and a message can be seen on their […]

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Sunday, 01 October


TFB Wants You 👉 We are Looking for News Writers (APPLICATIONS CLOSE IN 3 DAYS) [The Firearm Blog]

UPDATE: APPLICATIONS CLOSE IN 3 DAYS.  Are you a gun news addict?  Do you compulsively refresh Reddit, Gun Forums, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram feeds hoping to catch the latest news before your friends? If so, TFB wants you! TFB is looking for new writers. We have a close-knit team and only rarely open up job […]

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Back from SAF's Gun Rights Policy Conference [Of Arms and the Law]

I've been too dang busy to blog it, but it was a nice and informative conference. I'll link to it as a podcast as soon as I can get in touch with Charles Heller.

One very interesting note: Sidney Powell gave a presentation on her book, "Licensed to Lie: Exposing Corruption in the Department of Justice." She's a onetime DoJ attorney who became a very top notch defense attorney. Among her cases were a defendant in the Enron prosecution, and the late Sen. Ted Stevens. In both cases, DoJ was caught concealing evidence that clearly proved both men were 100% innocent, but before the convictions were set aside the first man served a year in prison, was made unemployable, and the other narrowly lost his re-election. In the Enron case, the question was who had modified a document (whose drafting involved compromises by a number of drafters) in a subtle way that made it fraudulent. What was discovered was that DoJ had concealed written evidence clearly proving that her client had not made the modification, it was another (named) drafter. The DoJ team had had actual knowledge that the defendant was innocent, and had jailed him anyway, and hidden the evidence until it disclosed it by accident.

She mentioned that the lead attorney in the Enron prosecutions was Andrew Weissman, and that when Mueller was recently named an Independent Counsel, his first pick for his subordinate attorney was ... Andrew Weissman. She added that Main Justice should be "cleaned out with Chlorox and firehoses." I would agree.

Back from SAF's Gun Rights Policy Conference [Of Arms and the Law]

I've been too dang busy to blog it, but it was a nice and informative conference. I'll link to it as a podcast as soon as I can get in touch with Charles Heller.

One very interesting note: Sidney Powell gave a presentation on her book, "Licensed to Lie: Exposing Corruption in the Department of Justice." She's a onetime DoJ attorney who became a very top notch defense attorney. Among her cases were a defendant in the Enron prosecution, and the late Sen. Ted Stevens. In both cases, DoJ was caught concealing evidence that clearly proved both men were 100% innocent, but before the convictions were set aside the first man served a year in prison, was made unemployable, and the other narrowly lost his re-election. In the Enron case, the question was who had modified a document (whose drafting involved compromises by a number of drafters) in a subtle way that made it fraudulent. What was discovered was that DoJ had concealed written evidence clearly proving that her client had not made the modification, it was another (named) drafter. The DoJ team had had actual knowledge that the defendant was innocent, and had jailed him anyway, and hidden the evidence until it disclosed it by accident.

She mentioned that the lead attorney in the Enron prosecutions was Andrew Weissman, and that when Mueller was recently named an Independent Counsel, his first pick for his subordinate attorney was ... Andrew Weissman. She added that Main Justice should be "cleaned out with Chlorox and firehoses." I would agree.


Book Review: Pistolas y Subfusiles de la República Producción de Guerra [Forgotten Weapons]

“Pistolas y Subfusiles de la República Producción de Guerra” is a new 580-page reference book about the pistols and submachine guns made in the Republican zone during the Spanish Civil War. It is written by three authors – Josep Mª Abad, Manuel Estirado, and Francisco Fuentes – and printed exclusively in Spanish. Unfortunately, my Spanish is not sufficient to read the text well enough to provide a real review, but I figure there are some folks who follow Forgotten Weapons who will be interested in it. So, I will show you what I can…

The book is split into half pistols and half submachine guns, plus short chapters on the general context of Spanish arms manufacturing and the production of ammunition during the war. For pistols, the chapters cover the Astra 400, CNT/FAI Ascaso, RE, Astra 400 copies without safeties, the Isard, and a brief section on “artisanal” handguns. The submachine gun section includes chapters on the Olot-Fontbernat, Labora,David Schmeisser, another MP28 copy, and the Erma EMP. The book includes a great number of photographs, including excellent details shots showing differences between features, the present condition of building which once housed manufacturing facilities, and period photographs and propaganda posters.

Get a copy for yourself here or email the authors directly to order a copy:


Video Of The 2017 Gun Rights Policy Conference By Panel [No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money]

Matt of LFD Research has been doing really great work of putting together videos of each individual panel at this year's Gun Rights Policy Conference.

Given their large size and the slow and costly internet at the Westin, they are going up bit by bit (no pun intended). So far he has most of the Saturday morning panels uploaded and more should be coming soon.

You can find all the videos on his LFD Research YouTube page. The link to it is here.

I am embedding the one featuring Dr. Jennifer Stuber of the University of Washington School of Public Health. Her organization, ForeFront, has partnered with SAF, the NRA, mental health professionals, gun dealers, and more on ways to prevent suicide. She, herself, became a widow at age 38 when her husband committed suicide with a firearm.


Industry News: Additional Layoffs At SilencerCo [The Firearm Blog]

Two weeks after a major product announcement and release, Salt Lake City based firearms manufacturer SilencerCo is reported to have implemented another round of employee layoffs. Although the official number of effected personnel is not immediately available, as many as 20 people from the customer service, marketing and public relations departments may have been effected […]

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Saturday, 30 September


First Look at the Smith & Wesson M&P Compact 2.0 (versus the Gen 5 Glock 19) [The Firearm Blog]

Tonight on TFBTV: A Saturday Night Special (feature) as we take a look at the brand new Smith & Wesson M&P Compact 2.0. This gun is an upgrade to the S&W M&P Compact 1.0 and it’s gunning for the Glock 19’s sport as the most revered 15+1 9mm compact pistol on the market. Fortunately, James […]

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The Vaunted PKM Machine Gun – A Closer Look, from Forgotten Weapons [The Firearm Blog]

The Russian PKM: Arguably the best general purpose machine gun in the world, it combines a robust reliability with best-in-class light weight. Ian McCollum of Forgotten Weapons recently released two video overviews of the weapon, giving us a good enough excuse as any to spend some time with the Soviet showstopper: As supplementary material, I […]

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Shooting the Yugoslav M84 PKM: Arguably the Best GPMG [Forgotten Weapons]


If I could have any one machine gun (but only one), it would be a PKM – in my experience thus far, this is the best universal machine gun that has been designed. Kalashnikov’s design team took the lessons of the MG42 and created a machine gun that does an excellent job of balancing the capabilities and costs of the concept.

The PKM is easily controllable despite being relatively light weight. It can fit optical sights, but has rugged and quite adequate iron sights. It uses a rugged and dependable belt design (although it might be nice to have the belt made in detachable segments). It is quick and easy to strip and clean, and it rugged and durable. It is pretty well sealed against ingress of dirt and grit. It has a sufficiently solid and dependable bipod. Designing a combat weapon is not a search for perfection in any single element, it is a search for balance among competing and mutually opposing characteristics, and the PKM is and excellent example of this.

One interesting thing to watch in the high speed footage is the sheer volume or flapping and wobbling bits – between the tangent leaf sight, the barrel, and three separate sheet metal dust covers, the gun looks like it is made of jello!

Thanks to Marstar for letting me examine and shoot their M84!



Are Long Range Infantry Calibers Just Marketing Smoke and Mirrors? [The Firearm Blog]

With the recent push for small arms ammunition with increased range, power and capability, are military customers in danger of being taken for a ride by industry marketeers working to sell rifles in new calibers? Is the primary driving force behind new infantry calibers not in fact a need to be addressed, but a desire to sell weapons […]

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Live Feed From 2017 Gun Rights Policy Conference [No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money]

The Polite Society Podcast will again be broadcasting a live feed of both days of the Gun Rights Policy Conference. This year the live feed will go out over Facebook Live from the Polite Society Podcast page.

The page is here.

A complete compilation of the day's events will be re-broadcast by Matt of Geeks, Gadgets, and Guns. I will post the link to that when it is available.

As a reminder, you can find the full agenda here.


US Army Wants 13,000 Magpul PMag Gen M3 Magazines [The Firearm Blog]

The US Army is seeking 12,600 Magpul PMag Gen M3 magazines, or equivalents, from commercial vendors, according to a recently updated listing on FedBizOpps, posted in early August. This announcement was updated soon after the news that Army TACOM had authorized the requisition of Gen M3 PMags with unit funds, by unit commanders Having said that, […]

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Friday, 29 September


One to Watch: SOG Pillar []

SOG has been chugging along, doing well in Big Box stores for a while. Their Flash, Aegis, and Twitch series of knives are among the better blades found locally. Their Japanese stuff, blades like the Visionaries and Vulcan series, have always been well made. But their recent new offerings over the last four or five years have been less than exciting for knife knuts. The combination of weird handles, unusual blade shapes, and low end steel (dabbling below the 8Cr line is always a recipe for problems) all meant that folks that love blades took a pass. For a few years, it was just a matter of checking in at SHOT Show to make sure nothing interesting was released and then skipping SOG’s offerings outside their evergreen stuff until the following January.

SOG has long been a company based on the vision of one man–Spencer Frazer. He is the company’s founder and chief designer. There have been some collaborations, like those with Japanese blademaster Kiku Matsuda and American knife maker Jason Brous, but by in large it has been Frazer’s show. Recently, SOG added new blood to management, folks to help supplement Frazer’s keen insights. And so the company has evolved in the last year or two. The most exciting SOG release two years ago was the SOG packs. The Toc, the pack I reviewed, was a good first effort. It had lots of nice ideas with a few things that were more complicated than they needed to be.

But the effect of the new blood didn’t really hit home until 2017. For the first time in a long time there were reasons for knife knuts to pay attention to SOG’s blades. At SHOT SOG released a few blades included among them was the SOG Pillar. This knife, like a handful of other releases, was American made and ran S35VN steel, a huge improvement from some of the lesser steels that SOG has used in the past. The Pillar looks amazing on paper–a 5 inch blade, a low profile kydex sheath, and wonderful Micarta handles. If this is a sign of a new SOG, the future looks exciting.

The Pillar is right in that “jack of all trades” size for fixed blades. It is small enough, at 5 inches, to tackle food prep and the like. But its full tang construction also means that it can take a pounding when necessary. From slicing up steak for the camp fire to chopping up kindling, the Pillar looks like a very good option. But this part of the fixed blade market is crowded. Between KaBar at the entry level and Bark River near the top, the Pillar has some serious competition. There are few reasons why I think, based on specs alone, the Pillar could compete.

SOG wisely included a forward finger choil here, giving you a surprising amount of control over a big blade. Second, SOG chose a steel thickness that is ideal for real world use–coming in at between 5/32” and 3/16,” you get real slicing capacity without sacrificing much in the way of strength thanks to the high end steel. Finally, the sheath design, long the bane of fixed blade makers, is versatile and promising. At around $190 street, the Pillar looks to be a legitimate contender in one of the most competitive segments in the fixed blade market. Its nice to see SOG with entries across the entire spectrum.

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Building a Custom Rifle in 43 Photos []

There are few things more satisfying than breathing life into an old machine… especially when that machine is a firearm. Here’s a photo tour of a Spanish ’93 Mauser rifle which I received in terrible shape and then proceeded to rebuild.

Top view of the old dog. (Photo © Russ Chastain)

Top view of the old dog. (Photo © Russ Chastain)

Rear sight. The base has been derusted with Evapo-Rust (Photo © Russ Chastain)

Rear sight. The base has been derusted with Evapo-Rust (Photo © Russ Chastain)

Like everything else, the front sight had been abused. (Photo © Russ Chastain)

Like everything else, the front sight had been abused. (Photo © Russ Chastain)

Like everything else, the front sight had been abused. (Photo © Russ Chastain)

Like everything else, the front sight had been abused. (Photo © Russ Chastain)

The barrel was shot out and ruined; I had to mill flats on it so I could unscrew it from the receiver. (Photo © Russ Chastain)

The barrel was shot out and ruined; I had to mill flats on it so I could unscrew it from the receiver. (Photo © Russ Chastain)

Facing the front of the receiver to ensure proper mating with the new Adams & Bennett Series 2, F14 contour, 21" chrome moly barrel with 1 in 9.5" twist. (Photo © Russ Chastain)

Facing the front of the receiver to ensure proper mating with the new Adams & Bennett Series 2, F14 contour, 21″ chrome moly barrel with 1 in 9.5″ twist. (Photo © Russ Chastain)

Evapo-Rust cleaned up the receiver, and I drilled & tapped the top for scope mounts. (Photo © Russ Chastain)

Evapo-Rust cleaned up the receiver, and I drilled & tapped the top for scope mounts. (Photo © Russ Chastain)

Polished the feed ramp. (Photo © Russ Chastain)

Polished the feed ramp. (Photo © Russ Chastain)

I used a new Timney trigger, and had to re-use that original trigger pin. (Photo © Russ Chastain)

I used a new Timney trigger, and had to re-use that original trigger pin. (Photo © Russ Chastain)

I had to elongate the hole in the receiver tang, so the sear had room to move. (Photo © Russ Chastain)

I had to elongate the hole in the receiver tang, so the sear had room to move. (Photo © Russ Chastain)

The trigger guard fit fairly well, but I did have to elongate the trigger slot towards the rear. (Photo © Russ Chastain)

The trigger guard fit fairly well, but I did have to elongate the trigger slot towards the rear. (Photo © Russ Chastain)

I cut an angle on the magazine follower so I can more easily close the bolt when the magazine is empty. (Photo © Russ Chastain)

I cut an angle on the magazine follower so I can more easily close the bolt when the magazine is empty. (Photo © Russ Chastain)

New Oberndorf extended mag release installed (arrow). Inset shows original (left) and new. (Photo © Russ Chastain)

New Oberndorf extended mag release installed (arrow). Inset shows original (left) and new. (Photo © Russ Chastain)

The original straight bolt handle would have interfered with scope mounting... plus it requires more hand movement to cycle the bolt. (Photo © Russ Chastain)

The original straight bolt handle would have interfered with scope mounting… plus it requires more hand movement to cycle the bolt. (Photo © Russ Chastain)

I cut off the bolt handle and welded it on at an angle. I gave it some rearward lean as well as making it lower. (Photo © Russ Chastain)

I cut off the bolt handle and welded it on at an angle. I gave it some rearward lean as well as making it lower. (Photo © Russ Chastain)

I ended up bending the handle in and bending the grasping ball outward a few times before I was satisfied. After a lot of filing & other fine-tuning, here's the result. (Photo © Russ Chastain)

I ended up bending the handle in and bending the grasping ball outward a few times before I was satisfied. After a lot of filing & other fine-tuning, here’s the result. (Photo © Russ Chastain)

I know it's kinda crude, but I'm still proud of it. (Photo © Russ Chastain)

I know it’s kinda crude, but I’m still proud of it. (Photo © Russ Chastain)

After inletting the stock for the bolt handle, the ball is the only thing that protrudes when the bolt is closed -- and when opened, the handle clears the scope. (Photo © Russ Chastain)

After inletting the stock for the bolt handle, the ball is the only thing that protrudes when the bolt is closed — and when opened, the handle clears the scope. (Photo © Russ Chastain)

The bolt was ugly and rust-pitted, so I jeweled it to conceal some of its flaws. (Photo © Russ Chastain)

The bolt was ugly and rust-pitted, so I jeweled it to conceal some of its flaws. (Photo © Russ Chastain)

My Timney trigger has its own safety, so I decided to get rid of the bolt safety. I could have bought a new bolt shroud, but what fun is that? (Photo © Russ Chastain)

My Timney trigger has its own safety, so I decided to get rid of the bolt safety. I could have bought a new bolt shroud, but what fun is that? (Photo © Russ Chastain)

I used a welder to fill up the hole for the old safety. (Photo © Russ Chastain)

I used a welder to fill up the hole for the old safety. (Photo © Russ Chastain)

After working the weld down and removing the old flange. (Photo © Russ Chastain)

After working the weld down and removing the old flange. (Photo © Russ Chastain)

Some "before" pics of the trigger guard. (Photo © Russ Chastain)

Some “before” pics of the trigger guard. (Photo © Russ Chastain)

After some file work, the trigger guard has some contours and looked a lot nicer. (Photo © Russ Chastain)

After some file work, the trigger guard has some contours and looked a lot nicer. (Photo © Russ Chastain)

Stock time! I used a Boyds laminated stock, and needed to remove wood between those arrows. (Photo © Russ Chastain)

Stock time! I used a Boyds laminated stock, and needed to remove wood between those arrows. (Photo © Russ Chastain)

Initial fit of receiver and trigger guard. Some bedding was definitely needed. (Photo © Russ Chastain)

Initial fit of receiver and trigger guard. Some bedding was definitely needed. (Photo © Russ Chastain)

I had to remove some wood to make room for the trigger-mounted thumb safety. (Photo © Russ Chastain)

I had to remove some wood to make room for the trigger-mounted thumb safety. (Photo © Russ Chastain)

Bedding for the recoil lug. (Photo © Russ Chastain)

Bedding for the recoil lug. (Photo © Russ Chastain)

After bedding the receiver in the stock. Inletting the stock for the bolt handle was all me; it was a blank slate. (Photo © Russ Chastain)

After bedding the receiver in the stock. Inletting the stock for the bolt handle was all me; it was a blank slate. (Photo © Russ Chastain)

After. I love how the bolt ball is the only thing that sticks out. I later filled that gap (top) with bedding compound. (Photo © Russ Chastain)

After. I love how the bolt ball is the only thing that sticks out. I later filled that gap (top) with bedding compound. (Photo © Russ Chastain)

I decided I didn't like this cheekpiece, so I removed it. (Photo © Russ Chastain)

I decided I didn’t like this cheekpiece, so I removed it. (Photo © Russ Chastain)

I had to cut a fairly deep notch into the stock so the safety has a place to live. (Photo © Russ Chastain)

I had to cut a fairly deep notch into the stock so the safety has a place to live. (Photo © Russ Chastain)

I used Cerama-Coat spray-and-bake finish on this gun. It's fair, but not very rugged. (Photo © Russ Chastain)

I used Cerama-Coat spray-and-bake finish on this gun. It’s fair, but not very rugged. (Photo © Russ Chastain)

Starting to actually look like a gun again. (Photo © Russ Chastain)

Starting to actually look like a gun again. (Photo © Russ Chastain)

She's a beauty. Next, I finished the stock with Tru-Oil. (Photo © Russ Chastain)

She’s a beauty. Next, I finished the stock with Tru-Oil. (Photo © Russ Chastain)

The Cerama-Coat didn't fill scratches or rust pits. (Photo © Russ Chastain)

The Cerama-Coat didn’t fill scratches or rust pits. (Photo © Russ Chastain)

The jeweled bolt is a nice touch and the bolt handle is just about perfect. Note the finish already wearing off the rear of the receiver cutout. (Photo © Russ Chastain)

The jeweled bolt is a nice touch and the bolt handle is just about perfect. Note the finish already wearing off the rear of the receiver cutout. (Photo © Russ Chastain)

Warne Maxima steel scope bases and rings are plenty stout. (Photo © Russ Chastain)

Warne Maxima steel scope bases and rings are plenty stout. (Photo © Russ Chastain)

The Boyds stock is nicely designed. The Tru-Oil turned it green! Nice effect, but unexpected. (Photo © Russ Chastain)

The Boyds stock is nicely designed. The Tru-Oil turned it green! Nice effect, but unexpected. (Photo © Russ Chastain)

Plenty of old rust pits are visible, bearing witness to this rifle's legacy. You can see where bedding compound has filled the area just behind the bolt release, which was a big gap. (Photo © Russ Chastain)

Plenty of old rust pits are visible, bearing witness to this rifle’s legacy. You can see where bedding compound has filled the area just behind the bolt release, which was a big gap. (Photo © Russ Chastain)

Black bedding compound was used to fill gaps around the trigger guard/floor plate assembly. It blends in nicely. (Photo © Russ Chastain)

Black bedding compound was used to fill gaps around the trigger guard/floor plate assembly. It blends in nicely. (Photo © Russ Chastain)

A few hours into this rifle's first deer hunt, one shot dropped this fine buck in its tracks. (Photo © Russ Chastain)

A few hours into this rifle’s first deer hunt, one shot dropped this fine buck in its tracks. (Photo © Russ Chastain)

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NRA, Others Urge Supreme Court to Review “Assault Weapon,” Magazine Ban [NRA-ILA News]

This month, the United States Supreme Court commenced its October sitting. Among the cases that the Court may decide to review is Kolbe v. Hogan, No. 17-127.


Your Help Is Urgently Needed to Ensure Congress Acts on Pro-gun Legislation! [NRA-ILA News]

Two of the NRA’s highest priority bills could be before Congress any day now. Your help is needed to ensure they go the distance.


Hysteria Subsides as Campus Carry is Implemented in Georgia, Kansas, and Texas [NRA-ILA News]

As sure as day follows night, when it comes to the liberalization of Right-to-Carry laws, the initial anti-gun hysteria recedes and is eventually replaced by most people wondering what all of the fuss was about.


Unicorn Guns: KAC Snap On Suppressor Beretta [The Firearm Blog]

There are only a couple of times that I have been truly in awe when looking at a firearm, this was one of those times. The KAC Snap On Suppressor Beretta is about as rare as pistols come and to find an unfired one is like finding the Tooth Fairy’s house then having tea with […]

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Carbon Fiber Reinforced Multi-Wood Rifle Stocks by CERUS Rifleworks [The Firearm Blog]

A company called Cerus Riflestocks makes very unique bolt-action rifle stocks. What sets them apart is that they use different types of woods and carbon fiber layers epoxied together to make sort of custom laminate stocks. The company is mostly specialized in competition rifle (F-Class) stock making. They claim to be able to make them with […]

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Massachusetts: Committee to Hear Ivory Ban Bills [NRA-ILA News]

On Tuesday October 3, the Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture will have a hearing on bills to enact a New York-style ivory ban that is more severe than the federal ivory ban.  Please consider attending the hearing to voice opposition to SB 450 and HB 419.  In addition, please contact members of the Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture and urge them to oppose these bills!  Click the “Take Action” button below to contact committee members.


POTD: Canadian Norinco Type 97 [The Firearm Blog]

Last week I was in Vancouver, Canada due to a family emergency. I was only there for one day. While my wife was getting some special Chinese jerky, at my parents’ request, I saw this gun store next door. I was curious to see what a Canadian firearm store would look like. And sure enough […]

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Appeals court order blocks enforcement of D.C.’s strict concealed carry law [NRA-ILA News]

D.C. officials will not be able to enforce the city’s strict limits on carrying concealed firearms on the streets of the nation’s capital under a court order issued Thursday.


Pelosi Evokes Scalise Shooting in Opposition to SHARE Act [NRA-ILA News]

On the day House Majority Whip Steve Scalise returned to the Capitol, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi evoked his shooting in explaining her opposition to GOP legislation to relax restrictions on gun silencers.


Georgia: VSU professors sue over campus carry [NRA-ILA News]

Two Valdosta State University professors are among the plaintiffs suing to stop enforcement of a law allowing people to bring concealed firearms onto college campuses, according to court documents.


New Texas law lowers fees for handgun licenses [NRA-ILA News]

A license to carry a handgun in Texas used to be unaffordable for many Texans, including Cole Parker of Deer Park.That changed Sept. 1, he said, when a new state law went into effect, significantly reducing the cost to get a license to carry a handgun. The law, Senate Bill 16, lowers the first-time fee for a five-year license to carry from $140 to $40 and the renewal fee from $70 to $40.


Rainier Arms Country Rifles at IWA 2017 (Lots of pictures) [The Firearm Blog]

Country rifles, one of my favorite subjects. Well built AR-15s with sought-after parts combined with wonderful artwork. At IWA in Germany Rainier Arms brought a lot of interesting firearms, you can see their booth in one of the few instances it was empty – the show was probably closed! The Vive La France by Rainier […]

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Child Abuse During a Disaster []

People are creatures of habit.  We like to go to bed around the same time, get up around the same time, drive to work the same route… etc.

When things we are use to doing are upended, we feel a certain amount of stress.  We want everything to go back to normal as soon as possible.  The problem being, we may not know when things will return to normal.

This stress can sometimes manifest itself in the form of abuse.  Various studies show child abuse rates go up during a disaster, such as after a hurricane.

Here is an example from Orlando – Father admits to fatally punching 5-month-old daughter, police say.

The father of a 5-month-old girl has been charged in her death after police said the infant’s mother discovered her unconscious inside an abandoned home in the Carver Shores neighborhood of Orlando on Thursday […]

The baby was placed on life support, but a brain scan revealed bleeding in the brain and several skull fractures, according to hospital records. Doctors later told police that they discovered a depression on the baby’s skull, which led them to believe she had been hit, not dropped.

Personally, I do not know what to say.  A five month old girl is dead, and the father is in jail.

As unpleasant as it sounds, bad things still happen.  This was during a hurricane.  What would happen after a nuclear strike, outbreak of a new disease… and services would be down for months, maybe even years?

Even though we claim to be a civilized society, it seems all it would take to push some people over the edge, is no electricity, and a crying baby.

Sometimes, I wonder if our own worst enemy, is ourselves.

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New York Times on Surviving the Apocalypse: Firearms are Out [NRA-ILA News]

If there are any ironclad rules for those hoping to survive the collapse of society, one would surely be to avoid densely populated cities, especially if they’re easily cut-off from the mainland via a handful of bridges or tunnels. The second, after this week, would be to avoid the survival advice of the New York Times, a newspaper published in just such a city, and one easily cut-off from the common sense of the more down-to-earth parts of America.


Kalashnikov Group’s new forging production facility [The Firearm Blog]

Kalashnikov has implemented a development and investment strategy until 2020 with a target to broaden the range of competitive products as well as increasing the overall production process efficiency. Kalashnikov started already in 2014 and aim at providing updates on the buildings, machinery equipment and reducing the production space and costs, and increasing productivity. As […]

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Watch: A Fireball-Shooting “Rifle” You Can Own []

So you love fire, you love guns, and if the two were merged together you’d feel like you’ve died and gone to Heaven, right? Well my friends, that is exactly what inventor Al Stahler has done for us in creating his Plasma Popper, a magnificently useless must-have device which uses MAP gas to create fireballs which “shoot” out the end, after providing a cool light show as it travels through a transparent coil.




And even with prices of $395 and $450 (higher for custom versions), they are sold out and there’s a waiting list. See, each one is handmade and a little different. They say, “You always get a one-of-a-kind popper.”

Here’s a quick demo of one of his helical models:

And here’s a longer video with the inventor using one and sharing some details. (This is a Facebook video; hopefully everyone can see it.) Note: You may have to un-mute the sound on this video.

They even have a Fireball Shooting Gallery which travels around to events. I know plenty of folks who would stand in line to use one of these sweet fire-flingers… including me.

This isn’t the only thing of this kind out there, but it’s surely one of the coolest… and if you’re looking for a gift idea for me, look no further… I love me some big boy toys.

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Australian Farmer Defends Family from Knife-Wielding Trespasser, Government Confiscates Firearms [NRA-ILA News]

In 1992, the government of New South Wales (the most populous Australian state) enacted the “Firearms Legislation (Amendment) Act 1992.” Under the law, gun owners were required to express a “genuine reason” for possessing a firearm.


How to Stop Chickens from Eating Eggs []

One of the issues facing people who have chickens, sooner or later, chickens will figure out there is some yummy stuff in the egg.  This usually happens when an egg cracks.  The chicken sees the juice coming out of the egg, and from there the game is on.

I use to have a young rooster than would stay near the laying boxes.  When a hen would get ready to lay, the rooster would stand next to her.  As soon as she got off the nest, the young rooster would break the egg open, and eat it.

The final straw, was when that rooster destroyed the nest a broody hen.  She got up to get some feed, he walked over, broke the eggs open, and ate the half developed embryos.  I just happened to be near the chicken house when it happened.  I heard her throwing a fit, walked over to the house, and looked in.  That rooster met an untimely death at the end of a 1911 a few minutes later.

Some chickens are good, while some are bad.  That rooster was a bad one.

So, once the eggs eating habit starts, it can be difficult to stop.

One solution is to collect the eggs as often as possible.  However, it is impossible for someone to stand at the laying boxes all day waiting for a hen to lay.

Another solution is to get some ceramic eggs. These are sold at local farm supply stores, Amazon, Ebay… other places online.

Ceramic eggs look and feel just like real eggs.  The only way I can tell real eggs from the ceramic, is to hold a flashlight to the back of the egg. The real egg will allow some light through, while the ceramic egg will block the light.

  • Buy three ceramic eggs for each laying box.
  • Mark the ceramic eggs with a magic marker.  Maybe put an X on one side.  Some people say mark the end of the egg.  However, I do not want the chickens to see the marks.  As dumb as chickens may be, they learn.
  • If they see a mark on the end of the egg, the chicken may learn they can not break them.  Thus, they will figure out which eggs are real, and which are artificial.
  • Arrange the eggs so they are in a natural looking position.  This means they are touching each other and would resemble a nest of laid eggs.  Make sure the marks on the eggs are facing down.
  • Collect the real eggs as often as possible.

A chicken will go into the laying box, see the ceramic eggs, think it is about to have a meal, pecks the eggs and nothing happens.  From there, the chicken will roll the egg around trying to break it.  Eventually, the chicken will give up, and go on its merry way.

When I first started using ceramic eggs, the nests would be destroyed.  Sometimes the eggs would be several inches apart.  It was clear the chickens had tried to break the ceramic eggs.  Sometimes it is not just a single chicken.  I have seen three in one nest feasting on eggs.  They eat the yoke and shell.  The only way I knew there was an egg, is because the nesting material was wet. I left my ceramic eggs unmarked until after the chickens stopped destroying the nest.

A few weeks later, the nests are staying intact, and I am getting more eggs.

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