Monday, 20 February


TPM MP5SD: Barreled Upper Receivers Available [The Firearm Blog]

Agonizing over the extended wait time of the transfer of an MP5SD from TPM Outfitters has been a test of patience. Although I am excited to write the review, the yearlong wait is painful. I know, I know – First World problems. For those customers in the US who already own other HK-patterned guns, TPM is […]

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SilencerCo Offers $200 Tax Rebate Program [The Firearm Blog]

I had the unfortunate responsibility of reporting SilencerCo’s workforce layoffs a few weeks ago. The firearms industry as a whole is in rapid transition – eight years of panic buy cycles and stockpiling for an alternate election result has a way of throwing companies into turmoil. In an effort to quell stagnation, SiCo is offering […]

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Sunday, 19 February


"The Kardashians Of Politics" [No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money]

The headline comes from an analogy made by Erin Palette on Episode 130 of the GunBlog Varietycast regarding nominations to the Supreme Court. Sean Sorrentino and Erin were discussing the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court to fill the seat vacated with the death of Justice Antonin Scalia. They also noted that there are currently 117 district and appeals court judgeships waiting to be filled.

Erin said, "Supreme Court nomination are the Kardashians of politics." As with the Kardashian of the day, they get virtually all the attention unlike your neighbor down the street. However, that neighbor down the street will have a far stronger impact on your life than the Kardashians. Likewise, the judges that will fill those empty District Court and Appeals Court slots will probably have a stronger impact on your constitutional rights - and especially your Second Amendment rights - than the justices on the Supreme Court. The reason, of course, is that very few cases ever are accepted for certiorari by the Supreme Court.

You can listen to the discussion between Sean and Erin here starting at the 22:20 mark.

I was struck by Erin's analogy and how apt it was with regard to not only judicial nominations but also politics at the local, state, and national levels. With even local newscasts discussing Trump said this and the Democrats said that, it is hard sometimes to remember that County Commissioner Billy Bob Jones will have a bigger impact on your day to day exercise of your Second Amendment rights. How Commissioner Jones and his colleagues grant variances or pass zoning ordinances will determine where you can buy a firearm and if there is a range where you can practice with it. Moreover, unless you live in a state with statewide firearms law pre-emption, Commissioner Billy Bob and his good friend Councilwoman Maura McGillicuddy will determine where you can carry, the penalties for a firearms discharge in the city even if it is in self-defense, and even what firearms and accessories you are allowed to possess.

I'm not saying either national politics or Supreme Court nominations are irrelevant like the Kardashians. Rather that for every 10 minutes we spend on those, we need to be spending the other 50 minutes of the hour on stuff closer to home.


Savage .25 ACP Prototype Pocket Pistols (Video) [Forgotten Weapons]

Savage was very successful with their .32 ACP and .380 ACP pocket pistols, and in the 1910s was interested in also breaking into the .25 ACP market, to compete with the Colt 1908 “Baby Browning”. Savage invested in all the tooling to make a new blowback .25, but never put them into serial production. Only a few dozen were ever made, in two separate runs. Why so few? The exact reason is lost to history, but most likely the company determined that they would not be able to produce the guns at a price that would be competitive.

Today’s video is a re-make of a previous one, because I was able to get examples of both production runs to show, and also learned (thanks to master gunsmith Bill Chase) how to disassemble them! It’s quite the non-intuitive process…

Saturday, 18 February


The Guns of Ghost and the Darkness []

It is always intriguing to see the firearms used in various movies, especially the very few that depict stories of hunting adventures. The 1996 movie The Ghost and the Darkness is based on the book The Man-eaters of Tsavo, by John Patterson. The book and the movie give a true account of lion attacks in Tsavo, Kenya during the 1898 construction of a railroad bridge over the Tsavo River.

The main actor playing the part of John Henry Patterson is Val Kilmer as the military construction engineer sent to design and supervise the bridge construction. Michael Douglas (the anti-gunner) depicts a PH, professional hunter, also contracted to dispatch the lions that were attacking the construction workers, killing over 100 workers during the siege.

The firearms used by actors Kilmer and Douglas among others was a curious collection of rifles and other guns of the times. Primary on the list of two rifles used by the lion hunters was a bolt action Birmingham Lee-Speed Sporter used by Kilmer likely chambered for the .303 British round. He also used without success a loaned Farguharson rifle (a foundation design for the Ruger No. 1 much later on) perhaps chambered for the .400 Nitro Express, a favored African big game cartridge.

The PH Douglas ironically going by the name of Remington used a classic double rifle which was probably a Holland and Holland double, using either the .450 or .500 Nitro Express. The double rifle is well known as a very traditional African big game gun capable of taking any game animal on the Dark Continent.

Usually manufactured nearly by hand, the double rifles by the likes of H&H, Wesley-Richards, Purdey and other British rifle houses, are among the most finely made guns in the world with prices to reflect this refinement. Today, some of these classic doubles can fetch six figures new, or as collectable auction house guns.

Another most interesting gun used by Remington was the Howdah double-barreled pistol with external hammers garnered its name from the basket riding atop elephants in India. Hunters would ride in these baskets and were often attacked by tigers, thus the need for a powerful close range gun.

Other guns used in this movie included the Martini-Henry rifle, the Snider Enfield Carbines, and a 12 gauge shotgun often wielded by Samuel, the native project overseer. If you have never seen this movie, I encourage you to view this classic hunting story using classic firearms.

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Targeting One Shot Kills on Deer []

The theory of one shot kills may be a huge misnomer, but certainly remains in the practical realm of reality. Many deer are taken with just one shot, but were they cleanly harvested?

As a hunter, it is certainly our responsibility to place our bullets on target in a precise manner to cleanly take any game animal we hunt. We should not relish a wounded animal under any circumstances.

Before going deer hunting this season, all hunters should review the anatomical drawings of deer or other big game to understand where to shoot it to kill it. I am amazed at how many hunters in my hunter education classes or elsewhere have little idea where a bullet should be placed in order to dispatch a deer as quickly as possible.

The textbook targeting spot on white-tailed deer sized game is just behind the front shoulder in a broadside position, so that the bullet has the best chance of taking out the heart and lungs. This shot placement ideally should be roughly 2/3 of the way down from the back. If you study the drawings mentioned, you get a better idea of the position of these vital organs on a deer.

I know several deer hunters that swear by a neck shot, but it is never a sure thing. The neck portion of a deer is of course a much smaller target and a lot thinner. This translates to me for more opportunity for a bullet to sail through without expanding in this small area of tissue, and therefore not give a clean kill. To me, a neck shot on a whitetail is “iffy.”

The worst possible shot is far back from the heart and lungs, which usually results in what is called in deer camp language as a “gut shot.” Few hits in the stomach will produce a quick kill. Sometimes gut shot deer are never recovered, because the animal runs off into the thickets leaving little or no blood trail to follow. They die a horrible death by our descriptions.

I have seen successful “Texas Heart Shots” a term meaning the placement of a bullet up the proverbial rear end or anus. This can impact the spinal cord and a rather instantaneous kill, though not highly recommended as an ideal shot.

Again, as hunters, we must make a clean shot. Know what area on a deer to target and practice enough with your gun to hit it at reasonable ranges.

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Hunkering Down []

It is a common theme in the SHTF bug out or bug in strategy scenarios to plan for a long term hide out. The trick is how long that is, and the answer is always, nobody knows, nor could they know. That is just part of the prepper planning gig.

Two SHTF’s that we have survived included Hurricane Katrina and a 48-hour storm blast taking out the power utilities. Though it was short term, it was harrowing and frustrating none the less. Perseverance is the name of the game. It is made even tougher with a young child in the mix, so plan accordingly.

Katrina knocked our power down for six days in August temperatures of 100 degrees give or take a few. Humidity was horrendous. The city where we live had emergency power, so water pumps continued. That was a lifesaver, but something never to count on.

So, plan for as long term as feasible, likely at least a 30-day stint. Have water stored, and plenty of food sources of a variety. Stock up on everything else needed. Consult multiple prepper lists and then customize your own plan.

The hunker down part is how to behave while the SHTF is going on. A low profile is the best posture with a careful plan of observation of everything going on around your primary house or bug out site. During a SHTF is a perfect time for prowlers, trespassers, and thieves to come around looking for easy pickings.

It may not be necessary to board up windows during most SHTF events, but it is common during hurricanes to protect the property and contents. If you decide to remain in your dwelling, then lock down tight, close blinds or cover windows, and keep to yourself as much as possible. It is a debate whether to show a presence or not. If you do, then show it in strength, even carrying a firearm to be seen if appropriate.

This will be even more important if all communications are down, too. All kinds of natural and unnatural disruptions can bring down cell towers, as well as hard lines. You may find yourself isolated. If there are any police patrols in your area, stop them to let them know who you are and where you are. Just offer basic information, nothing about defensive capabilities.

Hunkering down is to survive as long as it takes for normalcy to return. Plan like it might never come back to normal.

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Using Panthers to Control White-Tailed Deer []

Believe it or not, there is actually a proposal out there circulating around the internet suggesting that wild panthers could be introduced in over-populated deer areas. Without a doubt there are areas in the American range of the white-tailed deer that are over populated. However the mere idea that panthers could be used to control these excess numbers of deer is pretty farfetched as a game management plan.

Many states have a lot of deer. Current estimates put deer populations in Texas at 5 million, Alabama and Mississippi at 2 million each. Several other states have deer populations over one million including probably Louisiana, and Georgia. These over populations of deer in these areas are causing some concern. Deer are over grazing on agricultural crops, moving into residential areas eating gardens and yard shrubs, and causing increases in car accidents.

State wildlife managers have for years struggled with many different plans and strategies to keep deer populations mediated with some degree of control. This is much easier to talk about than to achieve. Some of the strategies include increase bag limits, increasing doe harvests, lengthening deer hunting seasons, offering special deer seasons, presenting opportunities for special deer permits on public lands or additional considerations for hunters on private lands.

Other options have been increased opportunities for youth hunters during both archery and traditional firearms seasons. In some states youth hunters can harvest spikes for their first buck to encourage additional participation in the hunting sports. Other states may offer an open license day when hunters of all ages can take a deer without securing a hunting license. The creativity of ideas to achieve a better balance in deer populations is gratifying.

On the opposite end of deer “management” strategies are concepts of deer birth control tactics that rarely seem to have much success. Deer have been captured with the idea of relocating them to less populated areas. This idea has generally resulted in dismal results, most of the deer dying in the process.

Then comes the idea of introducing a deer predator like a prowling panther to reduce deer numbers. Most professional whitetail biologists and deer managers have really scratched their heads on this one. First of all is the whole issue of finding, trapping, and relocating panthers into whitetail habitats, a logistical nightmare for sure. Then as one biologist suggested, “What happens after the panthers eat all the deer.” Let’s be careful what we ask for, and not be stupid about it.

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Colt Detective Special | Cops & Robber’s Best Friend [The Firearm Blog]

The Colt Detective Special is a revolver that was a constant companion to cops as well as robbers for over 60 years. This episode of TFBTV Patrick takes a look at his 1951 production Dick Special that is chambered in .38 Special. With a one round advantage over the Smith & Wesson Chief’s Special, the Colt […]

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Montana: House Committee to Hear Restaurant Carry Legislation on Monday [NRA-ILA News]

On Monday, February 20 at 8:00am, the House Judiciary Committee is scheduled to hear House Bill 494.


Q&A #9: Gas Impingement, Reading List, Squeeze-Bores, and More (Video) [Forgotten Weapons]

And if you would like to help support Belt & Holster, you can find his site at . I have no financial involvement in this project; I just like the idea.

Today’s questions:

1:06 – Forgotten Weapons reading list?
3:17 – Do old milsurp rifles normally have terrible triggers?
4:38 – Underappreciated and/or undervalued firearms for a beginning collector?
8:15 – Myriad of early semiauto designs because of experimentation or patent avoidance?
10:10 – Belt & Holster western shooting experience fundraiser
12:00 – Direct gas impingement
14:52 – Offset suppressors, like the Osprey and Salvo-12
18:43 – Why single shot .22LR training rifles?
22:05 – Why 30 rounds as standard mag capacity?
26:46 – Why not more straight-pull bolt actions?
29:28 – Will other manufacturing methods allow for more reproductions?
35:34 – Top 5 requirements for a rifle trial?
41:20 – If I could only have 3 guns, what would they be?
44:27 – My match shooting history and how FW began.
49:22 – Successful gas operated pistol?
51:31 – What guns will be remembered as defining this era?
53:46 – Are integrally suppressed guns the next fad and are they worthwhile?
57:38 – Squeeze-bore firearms like the sPzB-41
1:03:28 – Would the Jager pistol make a good home project?
1:05:45 – What was the purpose of rimmed ammunition?
1:07:43 – Have I had an “oh crap” moment when something went wrong with a gun as an auction house?

Forgotten Weapons (and InRange TV!) merchandise available through the FW Shop.

Gun display racking provided by Matrix Armory.


P-47s, Tiger Tanks, and Bouncing Bullets: The Limitations of Eyewitness Accounts [The Firearm Blog]

As a researcher and history enthusiast, one of the issues I often have to wrestle with is that of eyewitness accounts, specifically when to trust them and when not to. That subject itself is one for another time, but today I want to look at a specific example of an eyewitness account as an illustration […]

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Friday, 17 February


Billfish Conservation Act Re-Energized By U.S. []

Many of America’s 11 million saltwater anglers are praising a bill filed recently by U.S. Senators Bill Nelson (D-Fla.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) that seeks to clear the way for full implementation of a landmark law to raise protections for billfish.


The Billfish Conservation Act (BCA) was lauded when it was signed into law in 2012, but a slight ambiguity in the wording of the original legislation prevented it from being implemented as intended by the federal government.

“IGFA has been devoted to the success of the Billfish Conservation Act from the beginning, and we are hopeful that the action of Senators Nelson, Rubio, Manchin and Moran will close the continental U.S market for billfish once and for all,” said Rob Kramer, president of the International Game Fish Association. “On behalf of the millions of saltwater recreational anglers, thank you for working to ensure the United States is the leader in billfish conservation.”


The Billfish Conservation Act banned the importation of all billfish caught by foreign fleets into the continental United States and, perhaps most importantly, set an example for other countries to pursue similar conservation efforts.


However, questions arose over whether the same prohibitions on foreign-caught billfish also applied to billfish caught commercially in Hawaii. If commercially-caught billfish could be transported from Hawaii to the U.S. mainland, it would circumvent the intent of the conservation measure. The legislation introduced today simply clarifies that billfish landed in Hawaii must be retained there.


Prior to the passage of the Billfish Conservation Act, the U.S. was the number one importer of billfish in the world. U.S. calls for greater billfish conservation in international fishery management circles in the past were often met with skepticism, and disregarded. Implemented as originally intended, the law should make it easier for the U.S. to establish a greater leadership role for the international protection of billfish.

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Whack Some Coyotes, Get Free Lifetime Georgia Hunting, Fishing License []

To encourage the taking of coyotes from March to August, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division is introducing the Georgia Coyote Challenge.  Each coyote killed, up to five (5) a month per hunter/trapper, will earn an entry into a monthly drawing for a lifetime hunting and fishing  license.


“Scientific research suggests that removal of coyotes during spring and summer is the most advantageous time to impact of predation on native wildlife,” says Georgia DNR Commissioner Mark Williams. “We want to encourage coyote removal efforts during this critical period.”

The coyote (Canis latrans) is a non-native predator that can be found in every Georgia county. Trapping and/or hunting are legal and recommended methods for managing coyotes.  Because they did not historically live in Georgia, there is no closed season for their harvest.


Participants may bring coyote carcasses to select Wildlife Resources Division offices. For more information, click here.

Sponsor of the first lifetime license giveaway is the Georgia Hunting and Fishing Federation (

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Montana: Restaurant Carry Legislation Introduced [NRA-ILA News]

This week, House Bill 494 was introduced in the Montana House of Representatives.


Basics Of Growing Potatoes []

Potatoes are some of the easiest crops to grow and have been cultivated for hundreds of years by people all over the world.

In the southern part of the United States, from the middle of February to the first of March is when potatoes are usually planted.

Let’s talk about some of the basics.  Such as buying seed potatoes, fertilizer, planting, growing and finally harvesting.  This may sound like a lot of work, but it’s not.  As with anything else grown in a home garden, this is a labor of love.

Buying Seed Potatoes

Read that carefully, you buy “seed potatoes” and not “potato seeds.”  There is a big difference.  Potatoes are not planted from seed, they are grown from other spuds.

Call a local family owned farm supply store and ask them if they have any seed potatoes.  If they do, buy them a couple of weeks before you are going to plant.  Store the spuds in a cool dry place.  An old wives tale said to store them under your bed.

You want the potatoes to start sprouting “eyes.”  No, the potatoes do not use the eyes to look around.  Nor are they going to sprout a head, arms or legs, just eyes.  The “eyes” are sprouts and do not look like eyes.  No, I do not know why they are called eyes.

Since you seem to have an issue with the word “eye”, let’s just call them spouts.

Cutting The Potatoes

We want to take the potato and section it up so that each sprout has a chunk of spud under it.  Cut the potatoes into chunks a few days, maybe a week or so, before they are to be planted.

Some people dip the cut part in lime powder or fireplace ashes after they are cut.  Personally, I do not dip my cuttings in anything.

Be careful not to cut yourself.

If you want to have something to show the kids, put some water on a cookie sheet, then set a couple of cuttings in the water.  In a few days the cuttings should sprout roots.

Preparing And Planting

There are some methods for growing potatoes in straw, or in buckets, or in tires…etc.  I grow my potatoes in the ground, where they are supposed to be.  Use a tiller, hoe, tractor, children, grandkids, whatever you have on hand to work the soil.  Break up clumps and remove any rocks.

For fertilizer I use 13-13-13 or 10-20-10.  Compost can be used also.  For small garden plots I may add some organic potting soil and till it in.  Spread the fertilizer, compost or whatever you are using and mix it into the soil.

I do not make raised rows, that comes later.  I plant the potato around an inch to an inch and a half deep. Plant the cutting with the eye looking up.  Remember the old saying, eye to the sky.

The chunk of potato will grow roots and will provide the sprout nutrients as it starts to grow.

The Sprout

When the sprout breaks through the soil, wait until it is several inches tall, then use a hoe, rake, child, grandchild, whatever you have on hand and work soil up around the sprout.  As the sprout grows you will slowly make rows or mounds up around the plant.

The potatoes will grow in the mounds you made.  This is why you did not make raised rows when the potato was planted.

Potatoes can take four or five months to mature.  After around three months, I spread fertilizer around the plant and rake it up into the mound.  Do this right before a good rain.  The water will help wash the fertilizer into the soil.

Harvesting Potatoes

Harvesting Potatoes

The harvest is a combination of things most kids love to do.  Kids love digging in the dirt and they love finding stuff.

Bring the kids or grandkids up to the plants.  Tell them it is time to harvest the potatoes.  If this is their first time, the kids may look at you and ask “where are they at?”

Get down on the ground with the kids, show them how to dig, and watch the excitement when that first potato rolls out of the soil.

Mission accomplished.  Not only have you grown your own food, you have taught your children and grandchildren where food comes from.


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South Dakota: Bill Introduced to Silence NRA Communications [NRA-ILA News]

Recently introduced in the House of Representatives is House Bill 1200, legislation that would severely limit your NRA-ILA’s ability to communicate with its membership in South Dakota.


Utah: Provisional Carry Legislation to be Heard on House Floor [NRA-ILA News]

As early as next Tuesday, the Utah House of Representatives could vote on House Bill 198.


Georgia: Multiple Firearm-Related Bills to be Considered in Committee Next Week [NRA-ILA News]

On Monday, February 20, the Georgia House Public Safety and Homeland Security Committee is scheduled to hear multiple important pro-gun bills:


Hawaii: Hearing Protection Legislation Passes Out of Committee; Anti-Gun Bill Scheduled for Committee Hearing Next Week [NRA-ILA News]

On Thursday February 23, at 9:15am the Senate Committee on Judiciary and Labor will hear Senate Bill 898.  SB 898 is a misguided gun control bill that would permanently strip an individual of their Second Amendment rights, not based on a criminal conviction or mental adjudication, but based on a quasi-criminal proceeding.


NRA-Backed Resolution to Stop Obama Attack on State Wildlife Management Passes House [NRA-ILA News]

On Friday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.J. Res. 69, a measure that would use the Congressional Review Act to repeal an Obama-era rule passed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) to preempt Alaskan management of wildlife on National Wildlife Refuges within the state.


AR Style Safety Selectors For Shotguns [The Firearm Blog]

Last year we posted about an improved safety for the Mossberg shotgun from CDM Gear. Well here’s something for the Remington and Benelli shotgun owners, the folks over at S2-USA just released their AR-15 style safety switches. The new S2-USA safety switch replaces the factory cross bolt safety on Remington and Benelli shotguns and allows […]

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Media Smears the Disabled, Misinforms on Social Security Gun Ban [NRA-ILA News]

Last week, the Richmond Times-Dispatch issued an editorial titled, “Time to license guns - for journalists,” which cited an embarrassing string of journalistic blunders to illustrate the media’s dearth of firearms knowledge. The piece concluded, “The ignorance is embarrassing, but it does make the media’s support for gun control a tad more explicable: People fear what they don’t understand.” The Richmond Times-Dispatch is right to point out that ignorance plays a role in the media’s biased coverage of firearms issues. However, given the legacy media’s loathsome reporting of recent legislative efforts to block an 11th-hour Obama-era Social Security Administration (SSA) gun ban, it is difficult to consider the media’s inaccurate firearms coverage as anything but willful.


Urge Your Senators to Confirm Ryan Zinke! [NRA-ILA News]

Two weeks ago, the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources approved President Donald Trump’s nominee for Secretary of the Interior, Rep. Ryan Zinke (R-Mont.). A confirmation vote on Zinke’s nomination is expected soon in the full Senate.


New Tubb Gun by David Tubb [The Firearm Blog]

David Tubb has released the new version of his famous precision bolt action rifle. The rifle is called “Dynamic Target Rifle”, but I bet the name Tubb Gun will stick to it, too. It’s been seventeen years since the introduction of the first Tubb Gun (TUBB 2000) back in 2000, and the new one has […]

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Connecticut Governor Covers for Failed Policies by Increasing Fees on Gun Owners [NRA-ILA News]

Times are tough in the Constitution State, where Democrat governor Dannel Malloy of Connecticut, despite governing the fifth wealthiest state in the nation, where 25% of households earn more than $100,000 and 10% earn more than $200,000 a year, the state is facing a two-year, $3.6 billion deficit. The budget crunch is no surprise, given that his economic and tax policies have caused General Electric to relocate its headquarters to Boston, with Aetna and Duracell contemplating similar moves.


Virginia: Pro-Gun Bill Moves to House Floor - Urge Your Delegate to Support! [NRA-ILA News]

Today, the House Militia, Police and Public Safety Committee passed Senate Bill 1023 by a 16-6 vote and will now head to the House floor for consideration.


POTD: Gotta Catch’em All [The Firearm Blog]

@Silencers_1909 of Capitol Armory posted his personal collection of suppressors. It is vast and impressive, to say the least. Can you identify all the suppressors? I see Salvo 12s ,Ospreys, Alpha Dog, Dead Air and others. Can you imagine the book of stamps he has collected? LOL

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Jesus Needs A Rear Sight [No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money]

The Houston Chronicle has published a series of photos of members of the Sinaloa Cartel. They come from the blog El Blog Del Narco. It shows these Mexican drug cartel soldiers getting ready for what is presumably a leadership war now that "El Chapo" is in a US prison.

The one that caught my eye was of a cartel member named Jesus Mendoza. He has a cigarette dangling from his sneering lips, a black chest rig, and an AR15. He's a bad-ass and he wants you to know it.

Photo courtesy of El Blog Del Narco

Jesus would be a more effective bad-ass if he had a rear sight on that AR15 carbine.

Just sayin'.


Hilarious Drill Sergeant Range Behavior Video [The Firearm Blog]

Amused31 is a Facebook Page ran by a currently serving U.S. Army Sergeant First Class. Unlike many videos being posted these days, making fun of Army Drill Sergeants or Marine Corps Drill Instructors, SFC Muse is a former Drill Sergeant herself as seen from the oval Drill Sergeant Identification Badge on the left side of […]

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Florida Urgent Alert! YOUR HELP NEEDED! Self-Defense Bill Up in House Criminal Justice 2/22/2017 [NRA-ILA News]

We urgently need your help.  Our critically important self-defense bill will be heard by the House Criminal Justice Committee on Wednesday, February 22, 2017, between 8:30-10:30am.  HB-245 by Rep. Bobby Payne restores the presumption of innocence in self-defense cases by putting the burden of proof BACK ON THE STATE where it belongs.


Senate Votes to Block Obama Social Security Administration Gun Ban; Legislation Heads to President Trump [NRA-ILA News]

On Wednesday morning, the U.S. Senate voted 57-43 in favor of H.J.Res.40, which would block the implementation of an Obama-era rule under which the Social Security Administration (SSA) would report the names of tens of thousands of beneficiaries annually to the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) in order to prohibit them from purchasing firearms. Under the Congressional Review Act, Congress is permitted to overrule a federal regulation, within a 60 day window, using an expedited legislative procedure that is not subject to the Senate’s filibuster rule. Earlier this month, the House of Representatives passed this measure by a vote of 235-180. This important legislation now heads to President Donald Trump.


Rare Colt Combat Commander in the Wild [The Firearm Blog]

A curious reader sent these photographs in, of what appears to be a very limited edition Colt Combat Commander. Limited edition due to the suppressor sights, threaded barrel, and front picatinny rail section. The current and original version of the Combat Commander does not come with these three features and more or less represents a […]

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Store manager shoots robber [NRA-ILA News]

A package store owner shot and killed a masked man allegedly trying to rob the store, police said. According to DeKalb County police, the manager of Happy's Package store on Rockbridge Road said a hooded suspect came into the store around 8 p.m. Tuesday and demanded money. The manager pulled out his gun and began firing at the suspect, who fired back. The suspect fled the store and was later found lying face down in nearby grass. He had been shot several times, police said. He was transported to Grady Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Police have not released the suspect's identity.


St. Pete woman shoots intruder [NRA-ILA News]

A burglar apparently picked the wrong house to break into Thursday morning. St. Petersburg police say Mary Starling Shirley was working on her computer inside her 24th Street South home just after 6 a.m. when she noticed one of her windows begin to open -- from the outside. She told police that she witnessed a middle-aged man she did not know coming into her home through the window. She warned the suspect that she had a gun, but he did not retreat.


Review: Meprolight R4E Optimized Duty Night Sight for Glock []

Night sights are not only cool, they can also be extremely useful when the lights go out. And Meprolight’s R4E ODS (Optimized Duty Sight) combines two unique features into one heck of a sighting system.


Mepro was approached by two U.S. Special Forces veterans with an idea for multi-use night sight, which would improve one-handed charging/clearing of a Glock while allowing for more-precise aiming.

During any serious defensive handgun training, shooters are required to work a pistol’s slide one-handed. The typical method taught is to push against a belt, pocket, or some other “snaggy” or fixed object to charge the gun. But with a smooth or de-horned gun, it can be tough to get the slide to “grab” against something, especially since most sights are designed not to snag.


Both front and rear sights are angled forward in the Meprolight R4E ODS (Optimized Duty Sight), which makes them great for one-handed slide-racking. These sights can be easily and reliably used to catch on just about anything to charge your full sized Glock. The design works incredibly well.


The veterans also wanted better accuracy than most night sights provide. The R4E ODS has five sighting elements, which form a precision reticle-style sight picture. The three vertical features and two horizontal lines produce a crosshair-type sight picture that improves target acquisition time.


All sighting elements/lines on the rear sight are tritium illuminated. Only the dot is illuminated on the front sight. The result of this sighting system is that even at night the shooter can deliver tremendous precision. 


A side benefit of the sight is that in a high stress situation at night the shooter cannot mistakenly mis-order the illuminated dots – a situation where the front sight is aligned to the left or right of the rear sight and is grossly off target.

My Perspective

Simply put, I believe these are the best combat/defensive sights made. After receiving basic and advanced pistol training from some pretty badass Israeli Special Operations folks, I fully understand the value of these sights.

As I ran through all my methods of executing single-handed pistol manipulation, these sights performed perfectly. They worked so well that I am a little concerned they’re going to make me a bit lazy and sloppy when I handle a Glock that doesn’t have these sights.


The sighting is extremely precise and it’s far easier to shoot smaller groups more quickly than with standard dots. I have always felt the plastic Glock “U” rear sight and front dot are faster for me than three-dot sights, but this is right up there with the speed of the stock Glock sight for me.

Here is the downside. All those forward angles and sharp points which allow the sights to do their job of catching on stuff also make it the single most uncomfortable CCW IWB (inside the waistband) sight I have ever used.


The rear sight can work a hole in your bare fleshy side faster than a Cuisinart. To carry with this sight, you will need a full-coverage holster that provides leather between your carcass and the gun —  otherwise there will be pain and blood.

During testing I actually broke out the Dremel to take off some of the points on the rear sight so I could carry the G19 on which the sights were mounted. I had no issues when testing this pistol with an outside the waistband holster.

Final Thoughts

I am not super-hard-core, nor am I some badass army SOPMOD military dude, but I do carry a firearm every day and I have some opinions on what I like. If Meprolight knocked off the exterior (flesh eating) corners on this sight and left all the other corners, this sight would be the most perfect set of combat sights I have ever tested.

In the current version, I would not install these sights on my CCW IWB Glocks, unless I were using a Crossbreed SuperTuck Deluxe which would place leather between the entire gun and my skin. Now for OWB (outside the waistband) carry, this sight should work just fine.

These sights are fast and offer more precision than typical sights. Other than the sharp corners, the other downside is that at $174, it is THE most expensive night sight set on the market. (At press time they’re available here for $158.85.)

This is a hardcore sight designed by hardcore folks… and although it’s sharp and expensive, it’s also the best sight set I have tested.

The design does what it is intended to do which is to improve sighting and single-handed charging and gun manipulation for clearing and reloading.

Manufacturer Specs

  • Fits Glock Large/Full-Sized Format Pistols only – such as Glock 19, G17…etc.
  • Available in single-color or dual-color configurations (available colors are green and orange).
  • MSRP $174.99

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NH adopts "constitutional carry" [Of Arms and the Law]

...thus becoming the 13th state to do so. I can remember when Vermont was the only state that allowed concealed carry without a permit, and when my own Arizona didn't allow civilian concealed carry, period (there was no provision for issuing permits). Who would have thought that a quarter of the Union would allow concealed carry sans permit?


GUNBLX – 3D Building Blocks For Gun Lovers [The Firearm Blog]

This. Is. Awesome. I just had flashbacks to when I was 10 years old, trying to make pistols and rifles from the remnants of dozens of Lego sets. The end result was usually a rainbow colored brick with a straight grip. LEGOs, or more generically 3D block sets, are still going strong 30 years later. […]

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Emergency Essentials Presidents Day Sale []

Emergency Essentials is having a Presidents Day sale on a wide range of their products. If you have been waiting or wanting to stock up on emergency food, now is your chance.  Depending on storage conditions, the cans have up to a 25 year shelf life and the pouches have up to a 30 years shelf life.

Freeze dried food has been cooked, put it in a special chamber, flash froze, theN a vacuum was applied to the chamber.  The vacuum removes much more moisture than regular dehydration is possible of.

To prepare freeze dried meals, simply add hot or boiling water.

Here is a sample of items on sale.

Regular price: $42.79, sale price: $24.99 – Country Chili Large Can.  Mildly spiced chili with beans

Regular price: $62.99, sale Price: $39.99 – Ground Beef Large Can. 18 servings of fully cooked ground beef. Just add hot water to prepare.

Regular price: $55.49, sale price: $41.95 – Freeze-Dried White Chicken Cooked and Seasoned.

Regular price: $105.82, sale price $69.99 – Freeze-Dried Green Vegetables Combo.
(1) – Freeze-Dried Green Beans Large Can
(1) – Freeze-Dried Green Bell Pepper Dices Large Can
(1) – Freeze-Dried Broccoli Large Can
(1) – Freeze-Dried Green Peas Large Can
(1) – Freeze-Dried Chopped Spinach Large Can
(1) – Freeze-Dried Zucchini Slices Large Can

Regular price: $11.06, sale price: $7.99 – Hash Brown Potatoes Large Can.

These prices will not last long.  If you have been thinking about trying freeze dried food, now is your chance.

If you have never seen freeze dried food, here is a video about it.

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Connecticut: Gun rights groups taking case to Hartford over permit fee hikes [NRA-ILA News]

The trade association for the firearms industry will join the NRA and Connecticut’s largest gun rights group in Hartford on Friday to condemn the governor’s plans to quadruple pistol permit fees.


Appeals court strikes down Florida law that barred physicians from asking about gun ownership [NRA-ILA News]

In 2011, the Florida state legislature passed a law called the Firearms Owners’ Privacy Act. The act prohibited Florida doctors from asking routine questions about their patients’ gun ownership, unless that information was deemed relevant to patient care or the safety of others.


Book Review: The Schmeisser Myth by Martin Helebrant [Forgotten Weapons]

“The Schmeisser Myth: German Submachine Guns Through Two World Wars” is a newly published history of SMG development from the Villar Perosa and MP18 through the MP38 and MP40, written by Martin Helebrant. Given that it is published by Collector Grade, it should be no surprise that it is an excellent volume, which includes both historical and developmental context as well as detailed collectors’ information on markings, variations, and production numbers.

“The Schmeisser Myth” is available through Collector Grade directly, or at Amazon.


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

President Trump held a news conference yesterday and, from what I'm reading, it was pure Trump.
The heads of the media personalities are still exploding and they don't know why.

The best comment came in response to a post by Professor William Jacobson regarding the news conference. VaGentleman had this to say:

I’m reminded of the scene in ‘Patton’ where he is standing on the hill overlooking the battlefield and shouts, “Rommel, you bloody bastard, I read your book!”. Alinskyites, take note.

Charles Heller of Liberty Watch Radio, JPFO, and AzCDL made the nearly the same point when we recorded him for an interview with The Polite Society Podcast. He urged gun rights activists to read the Rules for Radicals and use them.


Firearm Showcase: The British EM-2 Bullpup at the Cody Firearms Museum – HIGH RES PICS! [The Firearm Blog]

In January, just before the 2017 SHOT Show, I got the opportunity to travel to Cody Wyoming to visit the Cody Firearms Museum at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West, to see some of their rare firearms and bring photos of them to our readers. Today we’re taking a look at a rifle I’ve […]

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Patriot Ballistics FLAK .45 Ammunition [The Firearm Blog]

Patriot Ballistics is a new company (established in 2016) located in Analomink, PA. They load pretty unique ammunition called FLAK .45. That cartridge (or rather load) is essentially a .45ACP with a special projectile. The projectile consists of a Sierra hollow point bullet (185 gr) sitting on a sort of fine birdshot. That shot is […]

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New American Eagle C.O.P.S. Edition of Handgun Ammunition [The Firearm Blog]

Federal Premium has launched a new special edition line of American Eagle handgun training ammunition called C.O.P.S. Some amount of profit from each box sold will go to Concerns Of Police Survivors organization and will be used to support the families of fallen police officers. Hence the name C.O.P.S. The C.O.P.S. line of ammunition will be […]

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Unity Tactical and TNVC Release the TAPS Dual Pressure Switch System [The Firearm Blog]

For me, one of the most annoying things in building a new rifle was the choice of where to mount my tape switch for a light. Top dead center is ambidextrous, but is usually set farther back than I like. Mounting on a vertical grip is less than ideal, on one side, difficult to actuate […]

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Removing a Castle Nut is Easy with MrGunsNGear [The Firearm Blog]

Much todo is made of the “quality” of staking jobs on the AR-15. Why this is so is absolutely beyond my comprehension… (other than shooter being particularly picky about aesthetics of their rifle). Don’t get me wrong, I completely support the deformation of material for when pins and springs are not holding it in place, […]

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Beautiful UK DeLisle Carbines [The Firearm Blog] member ‘Bradders’ posted details about a Scottish company producing stunning replicas of the WWII speciality weapon the DeLisle Carbine. Even though I am not a .45ACP user, I have always been a big fan of the ‘love-it-or-hate-it’ styling of the DeLisle. So I ask him if he wouldn’t mind if I posted his pictures […]

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Thursday, 16 February


Nikon Introduces The Black Riflescope []

Nikon has introduced a new line of rifle scopes intended for the black rifle and precision target shooting market.  The new optics feature options such as choice of X-MOA, Illuminated X-MOA or Illuminated X-MRAD reticle and 6-24 magnification.

The Black optics are designed to be shockproof, waterproof, fogproof and are O-ring sealed with a nitrogen purge. In short, the new Black optics are designed to be totally reliable.

Whether you are target shooting, hunting or in an AR-15 competition, there is probably an optic here to fit your needs.

Nikon Black X1000

Picture courtesy of Nikon

Black X1000 – 4-16x50SF with a choice of X-MOA, Illuminated X-MOA or Illuminated X-MRAD reticle.  Estimated retail $499.95.

Nikon Black X1000

Picture courtesy of Nikon

Black X1000 – 6-24x50SF, turret-mounted side focus parallax adjustment and With an Illuminated X-MRAD reticle.  Estimated retail $649.95.

With 6-24, I envision someone hunting antelope with this new Nikon black optic.

Nikon Black X1000

Picture courtesy of Nikon

BLACK X1000 – 4-16x50SF, choice of X-MOA, Illuminated X-MOA or Illuminated X-MRAD reticle and turret-mounted side focus parallax adjustment. Estimated retail of around $599.95.

Nikon Black Force 1000

Picture courtesy of Nikon

BLACK FORCE1000 – 1x magnification and 4x zoom, 30mm tube, capped windage and elevation turrets and estimated retail of $399.95.  This optic was designed with the AR shooter in mind and offers enhanced target acquisition capability and repeatable precision shooting.

Besides action shooting or competition, this looks like it would be an all around good hunting optic for the AR-15.  I could see this on an AR hunting hogs in a river bottom.

Special thanks to for being one of the first to write about the new Nikon Black optics.

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Let’s Talk Strategy: Prepping with Layers and Locations instead of Lists []

I’ve recently been on a kick of organizing my preps. Organizing starts with lists, of course, but it doesn’t end there. In fact, if you keep a few lists handy and assume that you’ll be able to go down the checklist and quickly gather up all the items when disaster strikes, you may be kidding yourself.

Instead of counting on a list when the time comes, my approach is to put preps in a few specific locations, in order of priority.

There’s my “oh crap, I have to get out IMMEDIATELY and have no time to gather anything, so I just grab this box and run” spot.

Then right next to it is, “I can make one or two more trips to the car, so I take this next” spot.

Then there are two other “ok, I have a good 20 minutes and can really load up the car” spots that I’m still working on.

This way, when the time comes, I can just skip the step of looking over a list and mentally checking things off, and just go down a circuit of a few locations grabbing what’s there and loading it up.

In conjunction with the above, I’ve also adopted a layered approach to organizing the preps in each location.

In the “oh crap, I have to get out NOW” spot, I keep a small “possible’s pouch” handy that has the basics in it — tools for fire starting, a water filter, some space blankets, cordage, a compass, a fixed blade, first aid kit, and a few other items that I wouldn’t want to be without in an emergency. If I had to bug out and this was the only thing I could grab, I’d have the basics covered.

This is also the kit I’d wear on my person at all times in a SHTF situation, just in case I’m separated from the rest of my preps.

All of the items in this smaller kit are duplicated in both of my much larger bug-out kits, which I keep handy and organized and which contains a lot more stuff. These larger kits go in my “return trip to the house” spots, as mentioned above.

My larger kits are kept in medium-sized Rigid boxes from Home Depot, and they’re specialized for different types of preps. One will be mostly medical supplies, batteries, toiletries, and the like, along with some preps for NBC attacks, while another will be more traditional camping type preps.

My point is that if I’m bugging out, I’d want to have access to all of my kits, ideally. But if the worst happens and I only have time to grab one or two, then there’s at least enough overlap that I’m not totally screwed because I have a few basics in each one.

So, ultimately, I take a location-based, layered approach with some overlap, because I can’t count on having access to all of my preps in every scenario, and I also can’t count on having the time or presence of mind to go down a checklist.

What’s your approach? Cram it all in an INCH bag? Keep lists and lists of lists? Sound off in the comments.

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11th Circuit Rules Against Florida In "Docs V. Glocks" Case [No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money]

The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling en banc found that parts of  the State of Florida's Firearms Owners Privacy Act were unconstitutional restrictions on the freedom of speech. This 10-1 overturned an earlier ruling by a 3-judge panel of the 11th Circuit that had ruled in favor of the act. The case, Wollschlager v. Florida, had been euphemistically called  the "Docs v. Glocks case". The State of Florida had brought this case to the 11th Circuit on appeal from the US District Court for the District of South Florida.

In reaction to anecdotal evidence that some doctors, particularly pediatricians, were refusing treatment to children whose parents refused to answer questions regarding firearms as well as "interrogating" children regarding firearms outside the presence of their parents, the Florida Legislature passed the act in 2011. The Firearms Owners Privacy Act added provisions to medical privacy concerning firearms ownership and included disciplinary measures for violating this privacy. The provisions at issue were the ones dealing with record keeping, inquiry, anti-discrimination, and anti-harassment.

There were two majority opinions on this case from the court. The first by Judge Adalberto Jose Jordan, an Obama appointee, found that:

Exercising plenary review, see ACLU of Fla., Inc. v. Miami-Dade County Sch. Bd., 557 F.3d 1177, 1206 (11th Cir. 2009), and applying heightened scrutiny as articulated in Sorrell v. IMS Health, Inc., 564 U.S. 552, 563–67, 571–72 (2011), we agree with the district court that FOPA’s content-based restrictions—the record-keeping, inquiry, and anti-harassment provisions—violate the First Amendment as it applies to the states. See U.S. Const. amend. I (“Congress shall make no law . . . abridging the freedom of speech[.]”); Stromberg v. California, 283 U.S. 359, 368 (1931) (“[T]he conception of liberty under the due process clause of the Fourteenth Amendment embraces the right of free speech.”). And because these three provisions do not survive heightened scrutiny under Sorrell, we need not address whether strict scrutiny should apply to them. We also conclude, this time contrary to the district court, that FOPA’s anti-discrimination provision—as construed to apply to certain conduct by doctors and medical professionals—is not unconstitutional. Finally, we concur with the district court’s assessment that the unconstitutional provisions of FOPA can be severed from the rest of the Act.
He concluded by remanding the case back to District Court so that their permanent injunction could be amended to reflect the findings of the Court of Appeals.

Judge Stanley Marcus, a Clinton appointee, agreed with the other majority opinion but was rather skeptical that the anti-discrimination section of the law wouldn't be used to also regulate speech.
I also worry that the discrimination provision appears to be a variant of the harassment provision. Because the majority opinion strikes down the harassment provision, my concern is that the state will now use the discrimination provision to punish harassing conduct. The Act defines neither harassment nor discrimination. It seems to me that the same speech that constituted harassment could now constitute “discriminatory harassment”3 and thus be prohibited.

However, I also recognize that the Supreme Court has stated that anti-discrimination provisions prohibiting discriminatory conduct “do not, as a general matter, violate the First or Fourteenth Amendments.” See Hurley v. IrishAm. Gay, Lesbian & Bisexual Grp. of Boston, 515 U.S. 557, 571–72, 115 S. Ct. 2338, 2346 (1995). Based on this guiding principle, and on a narrow reading of the provision, I would not strike down the discrimination provision. But I remain skeptical of the government’s motivation behind this Act. And I urge that in all future cases reviewing content- and viewpoint-based speech regulations we remain steadfast in our resolve to protect speech and be wary of any law that muzzles entire categories of speech.
Judge William Pryor, a Bush appointee and presumed finalist for the recent Supreme Court vacancy, also wrote a concurring opinion. He argued that both the First and Second Amendments were important. However, in the course of protecting one right, another right should not be slighted.
We should not be swayed by the argument that the First Amendment may be curtailed when other constitutional rights need “protection.” In this context, “protection” is a misnomer. The Constitution protects individual rights from government infringement, but freedom thrives on private persuasion. That the government may not establish a religion, U.S. Const. Amend. I., or ban handguns, U.S. Const. Amend. II, does not suggest that private individuals may not start a church or give away their guns. The Second Amendment is not infringed when private actors argue that guns are dangerous any more than when private actors support the positions of the National Rifle Association. The “theory of our Constitution” is that “the best test of truth is the power of the thought to get itself accepted in the competition of the market.” Abrams v. United States, 250 U.S. 616, 630 (1919) (Holmes, J., dissenting). The Florida Legislature overstepped the boundaries of the First Amendment when it determined that the proper remedy for speech it considered “evil” was “enforced silence,” as opposed to “more speech.” Whitney v. California, 274 U.S. 357, 377 (1927) (Brandeis, J., concurring).
Finally, Judge  Gerald Tjoflat, a Ford appointee, wrote a blistering dissent which called into question the appropriate level of scrutiny applied by the majority opinions. Unlike the rest of his colleagues, he found that FOPA was narrowly tailored and would have passed even strict scrutiny. He concluded:
The majority and I agree that Florida possesses a substantial interest in protecting both Floridians’ reasonable expectation of privacy during medical treatment and the full exercise of their Second Amendment rights. If that is so, then it is hard to imagine a law more precisely tailored to advance those substantial state interests than the one presently before us. The Act does not categorically restrict the speech of medical professionals on the subject of firearms. Instead, it simply requires an individualized, good faith judgment of the necessity of speech related to firearm ownership to provide competent medical care to a patient. The individualized assessment of medical appropriateness required under the Act does not foreclose the ability of a physician to question a patient, but instead carefully weighs that right against Florida’s undoubtedly substantial interest in regulating the medical profession to protect the constitutional rights of all Floridians. In my judgment, the Act “narrowly protects patients in a focused manner in order to advance the State’s compelling interest in protecting the Second Amendment’s guarantee to keep and bear arms and patients’ privacy rights in their medical records, exactly the sort of tailoring [even] strict scrutiny requires.” Id. at 1201.

Therefore, I respectfully dissent from my colleagues’ judgment that the First Amendment requires us to declare Florida’s well-considered legislative judgment unconstitutional.


Court Lynx Trapping Ruling Is Victory for All Hunters, Fishermen []

On Feb. 15, U.S. District Judge Jon Levy issued his ruling in a lawsuit that sought to revoke the state of Maine’s Incidental Take Permit (ITP), which would open individual trappers to Endangered Species Act (ESA) violations. Judge Levy ruled the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s use and application of ITPs were lawful and in keeping with the requirements of the ESA.


The ruling is a clear victory for the Sportsmen’s Alliance Foundation, trappers in Maine and the Maine Department of Inland Fish and Wildlife. In his ruling, Judge Levy found that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s “actions were in keeping with the requirements of the Endangered Species Act…the National Environmental Policy Act…and the Administrative Procedure Act…”


“We are extremely pleased that District Court Judge Levy has sided with reasonable and responsible management,” said Evan Heusinkveld, Sportsmen’s Alliance president and CEO. “Today’s clear ruling is nothing short of a full victory for trappers, but also hunters and anglers, too. This case had far-reaching implications for how Endangered Species Act policies would be implemented. If anti-hunting organizations can ban all trapping in the areas where protected lynx are found, what’s would stop them from banning fishing in streams or rivers that contains endangered fish species?”

The case, filed by the anti-hunting and anti-trapping groups Center for Biological Diversity, the Wildlife Alliance of Maine, the Animal Welfare Institute and Friends of Animals, was essentially a backdoor attempt to use the Endangered Species Act to stop trapping in the state. At the heart of the legal battle were Incidental Take Permits, which are granted under the ESA and provide for limited, incidental taking of federally protected species. Without such protection, individual trappers and state wildlife agencies could be held liable for ESA violations every time a lynx was accidentally caught in a legal trap.


Canada lynx, which are listed as a threatened species in the U.S. due to fragmented populations at the southernmost range of their habitat, are abundant north of the border in Canada. In fact, there are many who believe that the lynx populations should be removed from the ESA altogether.

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Washington: One Anti-Gun Substitute Dies in Committee, Another is Headed to the House Floor [NRA-ILA News]

Today, the House Judiciary Committee considered substitute bills for House Bill 1387 and House Bill 1122.


AR-15 Bolt Carrier Groups On Sale []

The bolt carrier group (BCG) is what holds the bolt, firing pin and is basically the heart of the rifle.

Some of the BCGs are marked auto, full auto or semi.  Buying a full auto BCG will not make the AR-15 full auto.  The only difference between a auto/full auto and a semi BCG, is the auto/full auto has more metal on the back end of the BCG.

Please note that these BCGs are assorted 223/5.56mm, 7.62 and 6.5mm. If you have any questions, please contact the manufacturer of the BCG.

Regular price: $99.99, sale price: $69.90 – Bear Creek Arsenal bolt carrier group 7.62. BCA’s Bolt carrier groups come MPI & HPT inspected. Perfect for your next 5.56/.223/.300BLK AR-15/ M16 build.

Regular price: $99.99, sale price: $69.90 – Bear Creek Arsenal bolt carrier group .223/5.56.

Regular price: $149.99, sale price: $99.99 – Palmetto State Armory 5.56 PREMIUM HPT/MPI FULL AUTO BOLT CARRIER GROUP – NO LOGO.

Regular price: $199.95, sale price: $89.99 – Palmetto State Armory 6.8 full auto bolt carrier group.

Regular price: $149.99, sale price: $79.99 – Palmetto State Armory 5.56 NATO FULL-AUTO PROFILE BOLT CARRIER GROUP.

Regular price: $139.99, sale price: $69.99 – Palmetto State Armory BCG AUTO 5.56 PREMIUM WITH PSA LOGO.

These prices are not going to last long, so grab them while you can.

Personally, I keep several bolt carrier groups on hand for spares.  I have at least one, sometimes two extra BCGs per rifle.

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Massachusetts: Legislation Introduced to Challenge AG Healey’s Gun Ban [NRA-ILA News]

The Massachusetts General Court’s 2017 legislative session is in full swing with the introduction of numerous pro- and anti-gun bills.  Among the pro-gun bills are Senate Docket 1157 and Senate Docket 1889.  Both SD 1157 and SD 1889 seek to challenge the gun ban set forth last summer by Attorney General Healey’s “enforcement notice,” which greatly expands the Commonwealth’s definition of “assault weapon.”  AG Healey alleges that the ban’s definition of “copy” or “duplicate” “assault weapons” have been misinterpreted for the last 18 years and she is simply the first law enforcement official to discover this incorrect interpretation.  In response, several legislators wrote a letter to AG Healey voicing their strong opposition.  SD 1157 and SD 1889 take their opposition a step further by challenging AG Healey’s unilateral decision making through legislation.


Alabama: Constitutional/Permitless Carry Bill Scheduled for Committee Hearing [NRA-ILA News]

Senate Bill 24, the constitutional/permitless carry bill, is scheduled for a hearing in the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday, March 1.  Please contact members of the Senate Judiciary Committee and urge them to SUPPORT this important pro-gun bill!  Sponsored by state Senator Gerald Allen (R-21), SB 24 would enable a law-abiding adult to carry a concealed firearm for self-defense without a government-issued permit.  This bill recognizes an individual’s unconditional Right to Keep and Bear Arms for self-defense in the manner he or she chooses.  Self-defense situations are difficult, if not impossible, to anticipate.  Accordingly, a law-abiding adult’s right to defend himself or herself in such situations should not be conditioned by government-mandated time delays and taxes.


Chris W. Cox: No one should be stripped of their rights without due process [NRA-ILA News]

When the House voted to overturn a last-minute Obama-era gun grab in early February, the mainstream media ran stories so incorrect that it could be considered "fake news.” The reporting was based on mischaracterizations that would lead anyone who follows current events to believe the House voted to exempt mentally ill people from undergoing background checks for firearm purchases. Nothing could be further from the truth.


North American Arms .22 LR Revolver [The Firearm Blog]

The North American Arms Revolver is a modern classic that never fails to put a smile on the face of both new and old shooters. This episode of TFB TV, Patrick takes his NAA (or North American Arms) revolver out to the range for some fun. Chambered in .22 long rifle and holds only 5 […]

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Vermont: Law-Abiding Gun Owners and Hunters are Being Targeted Once Again [NRA-ILA News]

The Green Mountain State is once again firmly in the crosshairs of gun control extremists.


Curtis Tactical Integrally Suppressed Savage [The Firearm Blog]

Recently I had the chance to catch up with friend and silencer master craftsman Joe Jones, owner of Curtis Tactical. Last year we took a brief look at some of Curtis’ projects and it’s nice to know that they are still pushing forward with beautiful and functional projects. Jones just finished converting a .30-06 Savage […]

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Museum of the Great Patriotic War (Moscow) [The Firearm Blog]

The Museum of the Great Patriotic War in Moscow contains a large amount of information, vehicles and firearms from the time around 1941-1945. It opened to the public in 1995 and is a museum and memorial for the World War II, in Russia known as “The Great Patriotic War”. Overview of the museum. The museum […]

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Resolution to Overturn Obama Attack on Wildlife Management Passes House [NRA-ILA News]

An NRA-backed joint resolution to revoke a last minute Obama administration regulation issued by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) passes the House.


POTD: LEGO Heads Are .40 Caliber [The Firearm Blog]

This photo has been circulating online recently and it gave me the inspiration to try it. I grabbed some .40 S&W brass and some spare LEGO heads. Sure enough they seat into the casing. I even loaded them in my Glock 22 magazine and fed the mag into my Glock 35. Just to see what […]

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New Hampshire: Anti-Gun Bills Voted Down in House of Representatives! [NRA-ILA News]

This week, the House of Representatives voted down two critical anti-gun bills, House Bill 201 and House Bill 350.  HB 201, which would have expanded background checks for all firearm sales and transfers, was voted down by a 221-151 vote.  HB 350, which would have removed one constitutional right while exercising another by prohibiting individuals from carrying a firearm for self-defense while voting, was voted down by a 204-144.  Thank you to those who contacted their legislators in opposition to these anti-gun bills.


Stockpiling 223 Remington Ammunition []

If you are looking to stockpile ammunition, this is a buyers market.  The political atmosphere of early to mid-2016 caused a lot of gun owners to start buying.  The more Hillary Clinton looked like she was going to win the election, the more gear gun owners bought.

Then November 8, 2016 came along and the rug was pulled out from under the Democrats.  Republicans won control of the House, the Senate and the President.  As I write this I can not remember a time when the gun market was flush with so much ammunition or parts.

If you own an AR-15, Mini-14 or some other rifle chambered in 223 Remington, take a long through these forum thread about buying 223 / 5.56mm.

223 / 5.56mm Best Quality To Price Ratio.

Stockpiling .223 or 5.56 for your AR?

Steel case ammo for Mini-14.

Whats in your ammo stash.

A few thoughts on ammo stockpiles.

This is truly a buyers market. If you want to stockpile 223 ammunition, now is the time.

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Simunitions at Las Vegas Gunfights [The Firearm Blog]

Having gone through the Simunitions instructor program, I can attest to the fact that it Is some of the most realistic force on force training available to law enforcement and the military. Although at first glance the program may look like a more realistic version of paintball, the use of converted firearms and following  use […]

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Free up Wall Space With Trophy Tree From Skull Hooker []

A couple years ago, I discovered a cool thing called the Skull Hooker, which is a bracket designed to display the skulls of hunters’ quarry. After telling y’all about it here, I tried one for myself. It does a nice job of displaying my buck skulls. Skulls don’t wobble or tend to fall off, I can easily rotate it from side to side to change the display angle, and I can also adjust the vertical angle.

The downside? It takes up wall space… and really ought to be screwed to a stud. So if you have multiple European trophies to display, you can run out of room pretty quickly. Enter the Trophy Tree, which I spotted at SHOT Show 2017.

(Photo: Skull Hooker)

(Photo: Skull Hooker)

The Trophy Tree — slated to become available in summer 2017 — uses the same sort of method of hanging your skulls, but it puts the hangers on a pole instead of on the wall.

It will look pretty much like the photos above, but with fewer hangers than the one on the right. Each kit will include a heavy base, five 14-inch pole sections, and five “Little Hooker” size hangers (or “trophy tree arms”). Each section of pole will have numerous holes, to allow you to move the hangers up and down or side to side, to achieve just the right spacing between the heads.

(Photo: Skull Hooker)

(Photo: Skull Hooker)

When assembled, the overall height of the Trophy Tree is about six feet.

Per the manufacturer:

Trophy Tree is a versatile and adaptable trophy mounting system that maximizes corner space by allowing multiple sizes and species to be displayed vertically. Pole sections are constructed of sturdy powder coated steel with an attractive weighted base. The Trophy Tree is strong enough to handle small to mid sized trophy game. Standing almost 6 feet high, each of its 5 pole sections offer 360 degree versatility when hanging trophies. Five mounting brackets and five pole sections are included, with additional brackets and pole sections sold separately.

The base will be decorated with inlaid antler and deer-track designs, and you’ll be able to buy additional pole sections and/or hangers. For larger heads, there will be Big Hooker arms available… and skull plate adapters for displaying trophies that don’t include the entire skull.

I really like this idea… I just wish the price point could be lower. At roughly $150 retail, this is on the steep side for an imported steel product. My Little Hooker hanger is of good quality, though, and powder coating is nice.

What’s your opinion? Would you buy it?

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FREEDOM – In Rifle Form [The Firearm Blog]

Unique AR’s is a fantastic company. They have found a niche in the market creating various custom handguards on a small-batch basis which is a real challenge in a market that enjoys running large lots. Their designs are striking, with some of their initial releases like the flame and skeleton designs enjoying stable follows. Having […]

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Senate Will Vote On Overturning Social Security Administration's NICS Ban Tuesday [No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money]

Last year, in response to a Executive Memorandum signed by then President Obama, the Social Security Administration engaged in a rule-making that would impact those retirement and disability recipients who needed help with the management of the finances. A final rule was released late in 2016 that would add these people to the NICS prohibited list. The number of people impacted is estimated at about four million recipients.

It should be noted that these individuals need help managing their finances. They have never been adjudicated mentally deficient. I come across people on a daily basis who could use a trustee to manage their finances even though they are otherwise smart, capable individuals.

The House of Representatives passed House Joint Resolution 40 on February 2nd that disapproved this rule issued by the Social Security Administration.

The resolution reads:

Providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the rule submitted by the Social Security Administration relating to Implementation of the NICS Improvement Amendments Act of 2007.
Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That Congress disapproves the rule submitted by the Social Security Administration relating to Implementation of the NICS Improvement Amendments Act of 2007 (published at 81 Fed. Reg. 91702 (December 19, 2016)), and such rule shall have no force or effect.
The Brady Campaign sent out a text alert this morning saying that the Senate will vote on Senate Joint Resolution 14 on Tuesday. This is the Senate's portion of the disapproval of the SSA rulemaking. They were urging their supporters to contact their Senators to "protect Brady background checks."

S.J.Res. 14 is sponsored by Sen. Chuck Grassley and has 29 co-sponsors. I was disappointed to see that neither of North Carolina's senators was on the list. Nonetheless, we have the votes to overturn this rule if all the Republicans stick together.

I would urge you to call or email your senator to express your approval for this measure. The Capitol Switchboard is at 202-224-3121. You can also go to this page to get the direct number and/or email for your Senator.

There is a lot of "fake news" and misinformation being put out in opposition to this resolution so it is vital that you call.


Two-Tone Your AR With Talon Grips []

After discovering Talon Grips at the SHOT Show in 2016, I got some of my own. I’ve been using one of their rubber grips on a small carry pistol for a year or so. It’s stood up well, which is an accomplishment since I often carry in the Florida heat and humidity, and sometimes the gun will be thoroughly drenched in sweat.

Talon grips are made in the USA and use a peel-and-stick adhesive, which I applied using a heat gun to “help” it conform to my pistol’s grip. I haven’t removed a Talon Grip, but they say they won’t leave adhesive residue behind if you ever need to remove it.

(Photo: TALON Grips)

(Photo: TALON Grips)

At the 2017 SHOT Show, I stopped by Talon‘s booth to say howdy and to see what kind of new stuff they had. They have a lot, but what stood out most was their new “moss” colored products designed for ARs. When applied to a black gun, this can provide a nice two-tone effect that looks good  — while enhancing your grip. What’s not to like about that?

(Photo: TALON Grips)

(Photo: TALON Grips)

The gun in these photos is a Ruger AR-556, wearing two Talon Products: The “Ruger AR-556 and Precision Rifle Pistol Grip” and the “Ruger AR-556 Forend Grip.”

(Photo: TALON Grips)

(Photo: TALON Grips)

I’m not playing favorites with Ruger; that’s just the best photo I could find of the two-tone look. These grip products are Talon’s “moss” color, but they also come in black — and you can get one in either color for a standard AR pistol grip, and for a variety of aftermarket grips. They even make a grip product that you can apply to your AR’s mag well.

Check out their page of AR and AK grip products for more info.

Talon products are available in two textures: rubber or granulate. The rubber is great, and increases grip by a large margin without making the gun too “grabby” when I try to draw it. Granulate is just about like sand paper, so you probably only want that for extreme conditions, like when your stuff gets muddy, bloody, or otherwise quite difficult to hold.

Talon also offers grip material for smart phones, extended magazines, and more. Heck, you can even buy sheets of the material to cut your own shape if you want to… but for specific applications, you’re better off to buy their precut versions whenever you can.

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Wisconsin: CCW Renewal Legislation Passes Committee with Unanimous Vote [NRA-ILA News]

Yesterday, the Assembly Committee on State Affairs unanimously passed Assembly Bill 28 with a 14-0 vote.  AB 28 would revise current CCW statutes to ensure that when a law-abiding CCW holder renews their license before it expires, the license is valid for five years from the expiration date of the license being renewed.  Currently, when a CCW holder renews their license before it expires, it becomes valid for five years from the date of issuance, rather than the expiration date of the license being renewed.


Senate Approves Grassley Resolution Protecting Second Amendment Rights for Disabled Americans [NRA-ILA News]

The U.S. Senate today approved a measure to roll back a misguided Obama-era regulation that would jeopardize the Second Amendment rights of Social Security beneficiaries. The bipartisan resolution of disapproval, authored by Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, passed in the Senate by a vote of 57-43. The resolution of disapproval has 32 bipartisan Senate cosponsors and is supported by more than 20 disability and civil rights organizations.


Mass. one of only two states without 4-H firearm programs [NRA-ILA News]

Children in 48 other states can learn riflery and firearm safety through their local 4-H club.But the University of Massachusetts Amherst, which oversees the 4-H program in this state, has rejected a proposal to teach shooting sports to children here, angering backers who have accused the university of bias against gun owners and their families.


Assault Victim Calls Armed Iraq War Vet That Saved Her Life “An Angel” Sent From God [NRA-ILA News]

The veteran walked into a liquor store in Michigan on Thursday night and found 29-year-old Tramell Jackson beating a woman who was working there. Fortunately, the veteran was legally carrying a handgun because when he ordered Jackson to leave the woman alone, Jackson reached for his own weapon. It was then that the veteran pulled his gun and fired two shots into Jackson. The 41-year-old victim says that Jackson was her ex-boyfriend that she had been in an abusive on-again, off-again relationship with. “Any time I tried to break up with him and tell him I didn’t want to be with him anymore, that’s when he became physical and would attack me,” she said. “As long as he was happy, when we were together, I was safer.” She says if it wasn’t for the aid of the veteran, she is certain she would have died. “God sent me an angel, because I know he would have killed me,” she said.


Arizona: March 15th Deadline for Public Comments on the Draft Target Shooting Plan for Sonoran Desert National Monument [NRA-ILA News]

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) released for public comment a plan that will determine what lands within the Sonoran Desert National Monument (SDNM) will be closed to target shooting.  The court order also requires the BLM to complete the management plan by September 2017.


Reloading at Home Revolutionized? The Mark 7 Revolution Motorized Reloading Machine [The Firearm Blog]

Named as “A dramatic and wide-reaching change in conditions, attitudes, or operation”, Mark 7 Reloading has started showing their forthcoming Mark 7 Revolution reloading stand. Known for their Dillon 1050 and 650 electronic drives, the Revolution is Mark 7’s first foray into their own reloading machine, and it’s not a small jump. Mark 7 touts the […]

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Czech CZ-50 Pistol: CIA Assessment [Forgotten Weapons]

So those CZ50 little semiauto pistols that came into the US as surplus a few years ago? Well, those weren’t always cheap and easy to get – when first introduced, of course, the were novel and unknown. We may not think about it much today, but a new pistol like that was a development of interest to the US intelligence community. Don’t believe me? Check out this declassified report on the CZ50, which the CIA produced in 1952:

CIA Information Report: Czech 7.65mm Automatic Pistol (December 10, 1952 – PDF format)


Lessons Learned from Our WW II Squad Live Fire [The Firearm Blog]

The overall point of the WW II Live Fire, apart from creating an episode for our Youtube Channel, was to gain information and knowledge about these small arms that were used in World War II in ways that we couldn’t have gathered from shooting them on a square range or individually. Something that I think […]

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Firearm Showcase: The Burton Machine Rifle at the Cody Firearms Museum – HIGH RES PICS! [The Firearm Blog]

In January, just before the 2017 SHOT Show, I got the opportunity to travel to Cody Wyoming to visit the Cody Firearms Museum at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West, to see some of their rare firearms and bring photos of them to our readers. Today our subject is one of my all-time favorite […]

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SIG Classic P226 and Sig Ammunition Review [The Firearm Blog]

Can the P226 really be improved upon? With the P320 winning the MHS contract, and the ever encroaching polymer framed, striker fired only handguns slowing taking over the market, is there really a lot left to compete against with the venerable P226 design? Sig Sauer thinks so, and definitively makes it a point with the […]

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Interview with Nightforce Optics Founder Ray Dennis [The Firearm Blog]

While at the Nightforce industry event back in November 2016, TFB received the privilege of talking one on one with Ray Dennis, the Australian dentist who founded one of the premier optics companies of our time. The Firearm Blog- Before we get into the history of Nightforce Optics, could you talk about your background beforehand? […]

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Review: TXT Custom Gun Works Glock Stippling [The Firearm Blog]

You might be asking “Patrick, if the Glock is ‘perfect’ why did you feel the need to alter the frame?” An easy answer, because it isn’t perfect. The truth is the Gen4 Glock 19 is about as close to perfect as I have found for a handgun but there are some changes that I wanted […]

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Weapons Armament Research CA Legal Glock Comp [The Firearm Blog]

Sometimes ridiculous laws and regulations will drive innovation. Weapons Armament Research (WAR) has designed a compensator for Glock pistols that uses a system without barrel threads, which for some reason is illegal in places like California. Named the Lock On Compensator (L.O.C.), WAR developed the muzzle device to use a near tool less design to […]

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Rugged Suppressors ‘Join Or Die’ Kit [The Firearm Blog]

Rugged Suppressors has just announced a limited edition package containing three of their best performing silencers. Known as the ‘Join, Or Die’ kit, the Obsidian 45, Surge 7.62 and Razor 7.62 all come custom finished in Cerakote with detailed laser engraving depicting the original colonies in the form of a segmented snake. The kit itself is […]

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Wednesday, 15 February


NM House Judiciary Committee approves worse version of gun bill [NRA-ILA News]

Late Friday evening, the New Mexico House Judiciary Committee approved Bloomberg-backed House Bill 50, sponsored by state Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard, D-Los Alamos, along a 7-6 party line vote. Thank you to the members of the committee who opposed this intrusive, ineffective and unenforceable gun control measure: House Minority Leader Nate Gentry, R-Albuquerque, Rep. Cathrynn Brown, R-Carlsbad, Rep. Zach Cook, R-Ruidoso, Rep. Jim Dines, R-Albuquerque, Rep. Greg Nibert, R-Roswell, and Rep. Bill Rehm, R-Albuquerque.


Montana: Constitutional/Permitless Carry Legislation Headed to the Governor’s Desk [NRA-ILA News]

Today, the Montana Senate approved House Bill 262 by a 31-18 vote.


Washington: Gun Ban Substitute to be Considered Tomorrow! [NRA-ILA News]

As we alerted earlier today, anti-gun legislators were planning to amend House Bill 1387 into something that would help them garner more support.


Evacuating? Check Your Homeowners’ Policy for Pleasant and Unpleasant Surprises, First []

Though it’s not really in the news here in the States, Christchurch, NZ is currently being evacuated as wildfires ravage the area. You can follow the updates live, and of course our prayers go out to those affected.

Here in the US, it’s not fire but water that is driving folks from their homes, with the Oroville Dam in CA still under threat.

And then there’s always the possibility of civil unrest and war, necessitating a bug-out to an alternate location.

Regardless of the reason, everyone should be prepared to evacuate if they have to. I am definitely, absolutely setting aside a little time each day to work on evacuation preps. As I mentioned a few days ago, my prepping this year is all around organization, training, and mental preparedness, vs. just buying yet more stuff. I’m “shopping” in my own closet and garage in order to put together an evacuation kit for the family. I recommend to anyone that you do the same, regardless of where you live.

Another thing you should do is check your homeowner’s insurance to see if hotel bills from mandatory evacuation are covered. According to FEMA, some policies do cover living expenses for mandatory evacuation, so you’ll want to know if you’re covered beforehand. You’ll also need to have all your insurance info on-hand with you in case of an evacuation.

You can buy waterproof and fireproof document containers online, and you should also have scans of all your insurance info and important docs on both your smartphone and a cloud backup service. (If you use something like Apple’s Photos app, or Dropbox, you can do both at the same time.)

Finally, it’s important to know that most (all?) home insurance policies do not cover firearms by default. You typically have to add a rider to them that covers your gun collection explicitly. I’m always surprised at how few gun owners know this. Most only find out when they’ve lost their guns and file a claim, only to be told that the guns weren’t covered.

You never know when you’re gonna have to bail. It pays to be ready and know what kind of benefits your homeowners’ policy entitles you to.

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More Federal Overreach By Obama Administration Impacting Hunting & Game Management []

The Sportsmen’s Alliance Foundation, the Alaska Professional Hunters Association and two rural Alaskans recently filed suit against the federal government seeking to overturn two Obama-era restrictions governing the management of National Wildlife Refuge and National Preserve lands within Alaska’s borders.

The Sportsmen’s Alliance Foundation and APHA believe the rules are an overreach of the federal government into the traditional state role of game management, and this action in Alaska sets a dangerous precedent that puts hunting at risk on hundreds of millions of acres of public land nationwide.

Autumnal Denali Nt Park Scenery with mountain range

Autumnal Denali Nt Park Scenery with mountain range

The Sportsmen’s Alliance Foundation and APHA believe the rules are an overreach of the federal government into the traditional state role of game management, and this action in Alaska sets a dangerous precedent that puts hunting at risk on hundreds of millions of acres of public land nationwide.

The 96 million acres of National Wildlife Refuge and Park Service lands at stake in this lawsuit cover an area slightly larger than Montana, the fourth-largest state in the union.

“Game management belongs in the hands of boots-on-the-ground state biologists who understand the traditions, goals, game animals and ecosystems better than anyone, certainly better than a federal bureaucrat simply reading a report in a Washington, D.C. office,” said Evan Heusinkveld, president and CEO of the Sportsmen’s Alliance and Foundation. “These two rules represent yet another act of the Obama Administration that sets a bad precedent for states across the country that, if not stopped, would allow federal bureaucrats or a future administration more in line with anti-hunting activists to continue seizing control of traditional state decisions.”


The enacted rule changes banned commonly accepted hunting methods, including the extension of wolf and coyote seasons to summer months suitable for hunting in the colder Alaska climate, and use of bait while hunting bears.

“These changes even go so far as to completely outlaw normal wildlife management practices involving seasons, bag limits, and methods and means, even when that is the only feasible way to restore other wildlife species such as moose, caribou or deer,” continued Heusinkveld.

Brown bear (Ursus arctos) growling, close-up, Washington, USA

Alaskans and sportsmen around the country have shown broad support for the position of the Sportsmen’s Alliance Foundation and APHA. The State of Alaska has filed suit to overturn the rule changes, as has Safari Club International. All of Alaska’s senators and representatives oppose the changes, as does the Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies (AFWA), along with numerous other national organizations. AFWA, which is a partnership made up of state wildlife management professionals across the country, has stated that the rules compromise state authority to manage fish and wildlife.


“This is nothing but blatant federal overreach that will destroy Alaska’s predator-prey balance, impact and set precedent for sportsmen and public-land users nationwide and, moreover, decimate residents both economically and in their ability to provide for their families from a subsistence perspective,” said Heusinkveld.

Alaska has specific protections that have been set out in law. On three occasions Congress has directed that the state–not the federal government–has the primary authority to set hunting and fishing rules in Alaska: 1959 in the Alaska Statehood Act, 1980 in the Alaska Lands Act (that created most of theAlaska refuges) and 1997 in Refuge Improvement Act (which also made hunting and fishing priority public uses on all refuge lands).


“It is clear that the federal government has overstepped its authority in this issue, and we’re confident that our lawsuit, coupled with Congressional action and the formal review promised by Interior Secretary-nominee Representative Zinke, will ultimately restore proper and common sense authority to game management in Alaska,” said Heusinkveld.

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Golfer Attacked By Gator Wins With Swinging Putter []

A quick-thinking golfer in the US hit life-saving ‘shots’ with his putter when he used the club to save himself from the clutches of a 10-foot alligator.

Tony Aarts, a resident of North Fort Myers, Florida, used his Cleveland Golf putter to subdue the alligator that attacked him and caught him by the ankle as he was approaching the fourth hole at Magnolia Landing Golf and Country Club.


“As I was walking about 5 to 6 feet away from the water I heard a splash, and as soon as I heard that splash I knew it was an alligator, and he got me,” Aarts was quoted.

The alligator had grabbed Aarts by his right ankle and he rolled into the nearby water hazard as they struggled.

“I remember having a club in my hand, and as soon as he had me in the water up to my waist, I started hitting him over the head,” Aarts said.


The alligator did not give up easily and soon the water was up to Aarts’ chest.

“He was looking at me with his big eyes, and I kept hitting him. And I’m thinking I’m getting deeper and deeper, and I thought you’re not gonna get me,” he said.

Aarts then went for the reptile’s eye socket with his club which finally saved him.


“I started hitting him in the eye. I hit him three times and he let go of my foot, so I crawled back out and by that time the guys were there,” he said.

The people who came to his rescue were officers from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. They captured the alligator and put it down.


“It’s a good thing I had that putter. It’s a good, solid, heavy putter,” he said. “I guess a golfer should always keep a club in his hand.”

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Minnesota: Bill to Prevent the Prohibition of Lead Shot Needs to be Scheduled for Committee Action [NRA-ILA News]

Recently, Senate File 263 was offered by state Senator Justin Eichorn (R-05) and co-sponsored by state Senators Bill Ingebrigtsen (R-08), Mark Johnson (R-01), Andrew Lang (R-17) and Thomas Bakk (DFL-03).  This bi-partisan bill would prohibit the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources from limiting the use of lead shot in Minnesota.  Last year, your NRA-ILA fought on every level to prevent the DNR from imposing a ban in certain wildlife and wetland areas. SF 263 is exactly what your NRA-ILA was urging the legislature to do before they adjourned.


Five New Scandinavian Fixed-Blade Knives from Hultafors []

Hultafors — which some of you may recognize as a lesser-known alternative to Morakniv — recently announced a number of new outdoor and survival knives. They look pretty good at first glance, and the prices don’t seem bad.

First, a little about the company and their designs:

Hultafors knives are based on classic Nordic fixed blade designs known for functional style and supreme utility. The blades feature a Scandinavian flat grind for superior sharpness, versatility and easy maintenance. Each knife blade is hardened to 58–60 HRC and sharpened in several steps with attention paid to the grinding, honing and stropping. Both handle and holster are made from super-durable polypropylene (PP) plastic, and the handle is designed to provide a safe and comfortable grip.

And here are the knives, each complete with a summary of the manufacturer’s description:

Expedition Knife

(Photo: Hultafors)

(Photo: Hultafors)

A dependable Swedish-designed survival knife made to dispatch any tough task. The steep front curve on the blade tip provides additional strength for puncturing and makes it easy to perform push and pull cuts for carving. The spine of the blade can be used with a fire starter.

The handle is designed to fill the hand, with a large finger guard to prevent slipping. Constructed from modified Polypropylene plastic (PP), and a Santoprene grip for long-term performance (friction actually gets better with each use). Includes a durable PP plastic sheath with a hard-wearing textile belt loop that accommodates belts up to 3 inches wide and a pocket to add a fire starter.


  • Item: 383270 Expedition Knife
  • Blade Material: Japanese Carbon Steel
  • Blade Length: 3.6 inch/93 mm
  • Blade Thickness: 0.12 inch/3.0 mm
  • Handle Material: Polypropylene plastic (PP) with Santoprene grip
  • Handle Length: 4.52 inch/115 mm
  • Weight: 4.2 oz/120 g
  • MSRP $32

Mountain Knife

(Photo: Hultafors)

(Photo: Hultafors)

A Swedish designed heavy-duty survival knife for performing demanding tasks in cold conditions or while wearing gloves, the Mountain boasts a large handle for a firm grip. The 0.12-inch thick blade stands up to bending and striking for everyday use, without being unwieldy.

The handle is designed to fill the hand, with a large finger guard to prevent slipping. Constructed from modified Polypropylene plastic (PP). Includes a durable PP plastic sheath with a hard-wearing textile belt loop that accommodates belts up to 3 inches wide and a pocket to add a fire starter.


  • Item: 383110 Mountain Knife
  • Blade Material: Japanese Carbon Steel
  • Blade Length: 3.6 inch/93 mm
  • Blade Thickness: 0.12 inch/3.0 mm
  • Handle Material: Polypropylene plastic (PP)
  • Handle Length: 4.52 inch/115 mm
  • Weight: 4.2 oz/120 g
  • MSRP $28

Serrated Outdoor Knife

(Photo: Hultafors)

(Photo: Hultafors)

Make light work of cutting tough rope, fiber, fabric, and other textured materials. Or put the serrated blade to work as a camping knife for bread, cooked meats, fruits and vegetables. The handle is food safe, heat resistant and features an extended guard to keep fingers from sliding towards the blade.

2.36 inches of the blade is serrated, and a flat ground blade tip provides additional strength for puncturing. Razor sharp German stainless steel hardened to 57–59 HRC is sharpened in several stages to ensure a lasting edge. Includes a sheath made of PP plastic providing convenient belt carry and storage.


  • Item: 383230 Serrated Outdoor Knife
  • Blade Material: German stainless steel
  • Blade Length: 3.6 inch/93 mm
  • Blade Thickness: 0.08 inch/2.0 mm
  • Handle Material: Polypropylene plastic (PP) with Santoprene grip
  • Handle Length: 4.52 inch/115 mm
  • Weight: 4.1 oz/115 g
  • MSRP $23

All Purpose Knife

(Photo: Hultafors)

(Photo: Hultafors)

Indispensable, razor sharp out of the box and affordable enough to never be afraid of putting it to use or losing it in the field. A quintessential everyday knife suitable for a variety of tasks, from camping and outdoor use to chores around the house.

Featuring a Japanese carbon steel blade hardened to 58–60 HRC and sharpened in several steps with attention paid to the grinding, honing, stropping, and a Scandinavian flat grind for superior sharpness. Includes a durable PP plastic protective sheath with belt attachment.


  • Item: 383210 All Purpose Knife
  • Blade Material: Japanese Carbon Steel
  • Blade Length: 3.76 inch/93 mm
  • Blade Thickness: 0.10 inch/2.5 mm
  • Handle Material: Polypropylene plastic (PP) with Santoprene grip
  • Handle Length:
  • 4.68 inch/116 mm
  • Weight: 3.9 oz/110 g
  • MSRP $14

Fine Detail Knife

(Photo: Hultafors)

(Photo: Hultafors)

The razor sharp, low profile blade makes it easy to control precision cuts even when making very tight turns. The handle has been developed and adapted for precise hand movements found in precision wood carving work, allowing the blade to respond to every movement as intended.

The cutting edge has been sharpened in several stages, with a final honing on a leather strop. Featuring a Scandinavian flat grind. Includes a durable PP plastic sheath.


  • Item: 383210 Fine Detail Knife
  • Blade Material: Japanese Carbon Steel
  • Blade Length: 3.07 inches/76 mm
  • Blade Thickness: 0.08 inch/2.0 mm
  • Handle Material: Polypropylene plastic (PP) with Santoprene grip
  • Handle Length: 4.52 inches/115 mm
  • Weight: 3.4 oz/98 g
  • MSRP $35

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9mm D3-9SD: Integrally Suppressed AR [The Firearm Blog]

Once again, in the “if it’s new to me, it has to be new to someone else” catagory, Desert Design and Development offers an integrally suppressed 9mm AR carbine called the D3-9SD for sale in a variety of configurations. Similar to the iconic MP5-SD made by Heckler & Koch, the D3 features a ported barrel […]

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Measure your RPM with MyRPM from Tactical Measurements [The Firearm Blog]

While various applications have arisen to replace the boxy times used in competition shooting, they offer no ability to analyze the shooting, specifically, the average cadence of the rounds shot. While timers can show specific splits, looking at it longitudinally can be difficult so one is only seeing a small window of the bigger results […]

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House And Senate Have Both Approved Overturning Social Security Rule [No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money]

The House approved House Joint Resolution 40 on February 2nd and the Senate approved it today by a vote of 57 yea to 43 nay. This overturns the Social Security Administration rulemaking approved on December 19, 2017 which would have made certain recipients who require help with their finances as prohibited persons. The rule would have deemed them mentally deficient and reported up to four million recipients to the FBI for inclusion in the NICS database. The Joint Resolution now goes to the desk of President Donald Trump for his signature.

It should be noted that it wasn't just the gun community that opposed this rule. Many in the civil rights and mental health community opposed it as well including the ACLU.

The 57 Senators in favor of overturning the rule included every Republican, Democrats Donnelly (IN), Heitkamp (ND), Manchin (WV), and Tester (MT), and Independent Angus King of Maine. In a sign that elections have consequences and that the gun prohibitionists' money applied in tight races can have an impact, both Sen. Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Sen. Catherine Cortez Mastro (D-NV) voted to deny the rights of senior citizens. It also goes to show that some of the Democrats in states which President Trump carried are starting to feel the heat.

Just so there is no confusion as to who voted for the rights of senior citizens and who did not, the yeas and nays are below:

Grouped By Vote Position
YEAs ---57
Alexander (R-TN)
Barrasso (R-WY)
Blunt (R-MO)
Boozman (R-AR)
Burr (R-NC)
Capito (R-WV)
Cassidy (R-LA)
Cochran (R-MS)
Collins (R-ME)
Corker (R-TN)
Cornyn (R-TX)
Cotton (R-AR)
Crapo (R-ID)
Cruz (R-TX)
Daines (R-MT)
Donnelly (D-IN)
Enzi (R-WY)
Ernst (R-IA)
Fischer (R-NE)
Flake (R-AZ)
Gardner (R-CO)
Graham (R-SC)
Grassley (R-IA)
Hatch (R-UT)
Heitkamp (D-ND)
Heller (R-NV)
Hoeven (R-ND)
Inhofe (R-OK)
Isakson (R-GA)
Johnson (R-WI)
Kennedy (R-LA)
King (I-ME)
Lankford (R-OK)
Lee (R-UT)
Manchin (D-WV)
McCain (R-AZ)
McConnell (R-KY)
Moran (R-KS)
Murkowski (R-AK)
Paul (R-KY)
Perdue (R-GA)
Portman (R-OH)
Risch (R-ID)
Roberts (R-KS)
Rounds (R-SD)
Rubio (R-FL)
Sasse (R-NE)
Scott (R-SC)
Shelby (R-AL)
Strange (R-AL)
Sullivan (R-AK)
Tester (D-MT)
Thune (R-SD)
Tillis (R-NC)
Toomey (R-PA)
Wicker (R-MS)
Young (R-IN)
NAYs ---43
Baldwin (D-WI)
Bennet (D-CO)
Blumenthal (D-CT)
Booker (D-NJ)
Brown (D-OH)
Cantwell (D-WA)
Cardin (D-MD)
Carper (D-DE)
Casey (D-PA)
Coons (D-DE)
Cortez Masto (D-NV)
Duckworth (D-IL)
Durbin (D-IL)
Feinstein (D-CA)
Franken (D-MN)
Gillibrand (D-NY)
Harris (D-CA)
Hassan (D-NH)
Heinrich (D-NM)
Hirono (D-HI)
Kaine (D-VA)
Klobuchar (D-MN)
Leahy (D-VT)
Markey (D-MA)
McCaskill (D-MO)
Menendez (D-NJ)
Merkley (D-OR)
Murphy (D-CT)
Murray (D-WA)
Nelson (D-FL)
Peters (D-MI)
Reed (D-RI)
Sanders (I-VT)
Schatz (D-HI)
Schumer (D-NY)
Shaheen (D-NH)
Stabenow (D-MI)
Udall (D-NM)
Van Hollen (D-MD)
Warner (D-VA)
Warren (D-MA)
Whitehouse (D-RI)
Wyden (D-OR)

The NRA issued a statement this morning soon after the vote was taken applauding the move by the Senate.
NRA Applauds Senate's Bipartisan Vote to Respect Due Process for Gun Owners

Fairfax, Va.— The National Rifle Association Institute for Legislative Action (NRA-ILA) today applauded the U.S. Senate's passage of H.J. Res. 40, a joint resolution to revoke a final rule made by the Obama administration that would strip law-abiding Americans of their Second Amendment rights. The resolution passed by a bipartisan vote of 57-43.

“Today’s Senate vote was the next step in rolling back some of the egregious government overreach that characterized the Obama era,” said Chris W. Cox, executive director, NRA-ILA. “Congress is reversing a last-minute, back-door gun grab that stripped law-abiding Americans of their rights without due process.”

Late last year, the Social Security Administration (SSA) finalized a proposed rule to ban certain recipients who use a representative payee from owning firearms. This ill-conceived action stripped some of the most vulnerable Americans of their right to keep and bear arms without due process.

The NRA immediately opposed the Obama administration's efforts when the proposal was first announced in summer of 2015. The NRA has fought every step of the way to ensure that social security recipients are not stripped of their rights without due process of law.

Under the Congressional Review Act, Congress is allowed to dispose of any actions an outgoing administration initiates in its final six months. This rule was implemented during that time frame. The bill received bipartisan support, passing the House last week House by a 235-180 vote. Today's bipartisan Senate vote of 57-43 is the next step in reversing Obama’s unconstitutional gun grab. The bill now moves to President Donald Trump’s desk.

“We look forward to President Trump signing this important legislation into law,” concluded Cox.

The NRA thanks Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Majority Whip John Cornyn (R-TX) and Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) for their work on this important legislation.

UPDATE: I received a press release from Sen. Mike Crapo (R-WY) which applauded the overturning of the SSA rule. I think his comments hit to the heart of the matter.
“Today’s resolution of disapproval will stop the Social Security Administration from stigmatizing people with disabilities and stripping beneficiaries of their Second Amendment rights,” said Crapo, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee. “The Social Security Administration is not a court of law and it is unacceptable that it take any action against a beneficiary without due process. Congress has done the right thing to stop this overreach and repeal this rule.”
The gun prohibitionists at the Brady Campaign are gnashing their teeth over this vote and are, of course, pleading for money.
Dear (my deceased mom),

The gun lobby lap dogs in Congress have done it again. This week, thousands of Americans jammed Senate phone lines with calls. America’s mayors, prosecutors, and law enforcement officials spoke out. And Brady supporters like you flooded their Senators’ inboxes with emails.

But the gun lobby lap dogs in the Senate ignored these warnings. They listened to the corporate gun lobby instead, and voted to roll back critical protections that kept guns out of the hands of people with mental illnesses that make them a danger to themselves or others.

Still, our collective voices made a huge difference in this fight. Your calls and emails swayed several Senators who might have otherwise voted the wrong way, and came within just a few votes of victory.

You got us close, but today made it clear that the fight isn’t over. Gun lobby lap dogs in Congress may be listening to the corporate gun lobby instead of the voices that matter most - yours - but we’re going to hold them accountable.

We won’t back down, we won’t be silenced, and we will continue to fight.

You can join the effort to keep pressure on these lap dogs. Your contribution now will keep us one step ahead of the gun lobby’s plan to make America less safe.

Thank you for all you do,

Kristin Brown
Chief Strategy Officer
Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence
You will never sway politicians by calling them "gun lobby lap dogs". Remember what Jeff Knox always reminds us, we are the gun lobby. It isn't just Chris and Wayne in Fairfax. It is you and me and everyone else who believes in freedom. As to those senators whose votes were swayed, I wish the Brady Campaign would name names. I'd like to know who is against due process and civil rights for senior citizens.


New Hampshire: Your Urgent Action Needed to Ensure Constitutional/Permitless Carry Bill Becomes Law! [NRA-ILA News]

Last week, Senate Bill 12 passed its final vote by the House of Representatives and is currently waiting to be sent to Governor Sununu’s desk for his consideration.  Sponsored by Senator Jeb Bradley (R-3), SB 12 would repeal the license requirement to carry a concealed pistol or revolver, unless a person is otherwise prohibited.  For those who choose to obtain licenses, SB 12 would also increase the length of time in which a license is valid from four years to five years.  Unfortunately, this legislation is under attack by some gun control groups in New Hampshire who oppose the bill and have been spreading misinformation about the bill’s intent.  It is imperative that you contact Governor Sununu to urge him to sign SB 12 into law, and also to set the record straight on constitutional/permitless carry.


Wyoming: Pro-Gun legislation Passes out of Committee [NRA-ILA News]

Today, the Senate Judiciary Committee passed both House Bill 136 and House Bill 137 by a 4-1 vote.


Rhode Island: Anti-Gun Bills Stacking up at the Statehouse [NRA-ILA News]

Lawmakers are several weeks into their 2017 session, and it didn’t take long for anti-gun politicians to recycle their same old failed gun bills from previous years.


POTD: How To Pack A 1919A4 [The Firearm Blog]

Miles V. friend Corey V. posted a photo of hos he packed his 1919A4 on a US ARMY Packboard. For fellow nerds, this is how the packboard instructions say to carry the M1919a4. I also managed to squeeze in a machette, 3 section cleaning rod, good chunk of cord, axe and hatchet.  ….this thing still […]

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South Carolina: Pro-Gun Bills Continue to Move through Legislature [NRA-ILA News]

One of NRA-ILA’s top priorities this session, H. 3240, was given a Favorable Report by the full House Judiciary Committee yesterday, and will soon be considered by the full House of Representatives.  Introduced by state Representative Alan Clemmons (R-107), H. 3240 would establish that South Carolina recognizes all valid Right-to-Carry (RTC) permits issued by other states.  The bill was amended in Judiciary to clarify that the recognition of permits issued by other states applies only to those permitees who are at least 21 years old, unless they are members of the United States Armed Forces.  Please contact your state Representative and urge them to SUPPORT H. 3240 without any amendments that would weaken its goal of establishing true RTC recognition in South Carolina.


Washington: Gun Control Proponents Attempting to Amend Gun Ban Bill [NRA-ILA News]

Your NRA-ILA has learned that anti-gun legislators are planning to make amendments to House Bill 1387 in order to make it seem less outrageous.


The Beauty of Verdun – A Century Later by Drone [The Firearm Blog]

Drones are a huge boon to the filmmaking world. Coupled with high-quality small cameras, drones can and do capture breathtaking footage of the world’s modern-day events. I would say there has not been a writer’s event that I have been to where there has not been a drone. The steady hum reassures us that all […]

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Review: OKAY Industries SureFeed Genuine Mil-Spec Mags []

While doing some research into the origins of the AR15, I stumbled upon OKAY Industries SureFeed AR15/M16 magazines and was surprised to learn that the SureFeed mag was the first 30-round AR magazine ever developed.

OKAY developed the first 30-round M16/AR15 magazine in 1973, when the military wanted to bump up capacity from 20 to 30 — and the result was so good that it remains THE preferred U.S. Government M16/AR15 magazine today.


OKAY’s military magazine manufacturing history dates much further back than the company’s 1973 development of the 30-round AR mag we now know and love. The company, previously called B Jahn, was one of the manufacturers of WWII M1 Carbine magazines, which they made in the millions.

What Makes Surefeed Magazines Special

OKAY has a long-standing and well-earned reputation for reliability. All SureFeed magazines are 100% USA made with components that meet or exceed MilSpec requirements. All SureFeed magazine bodies and floorplates are made of lightweight aluminum that’s been heat-treated for strength and durability. OKAY then hard-anodize the mags and finish them in either Mil-Spec dry film lube grey or Tactical Black PTFE.


A four-way, anti-tilt, self-lubricating, non-hygroscopic resin follower and high performance Mil-Spec stainless steel spring keep rounds properly aligned and tensioned. After running these mags for about a month through all manner of AR15 rifles and pistols, I am satisfied that they deliver total reliability.

“But My Mags Sucked In The Military!”

Of much debate within the military ranks have been the reliability of issued mags and some of those mags may have been OKAY SureFeed mags. With millions of SureFeed mags issued and re-issued over and over in military service since the mid-1970s, you can bet that many of them have been abused to the point of affecting reliability.

It should be noted that although a process is in place to remove damaged mags from service, many damaged mags end up back in service.

Also, keep in mind that SureFeed has updated its follower design several times over the years, and older followers might not do as well as newer ones.

The point of this background is that you should not judge the reliability of a magazine that may have been used and abused for twenty years. Factory-fresh SureFeed mags are regarded as the gold standard of reliability of M16/AR15 metal mags.

Metal vs. Polymer

Polymer magazines have come a long way in terms of reliability over the last couple decades, but metal mags still have a lot to offer. Aluminum magazines hold the advantages of avoiding the potential for shattering or swelling in extreme temperature conditions, and they retain compatibility on all US Military STANAG magazine based firearms.

For these reasons and more, the military as a whole still uses metal magazines instead of polymer magazines. Aluminum mags are similar in weight to polymer mags, and in some cases they’re even lighter.

If damaged, aluminum magazines can possibly be bent back into usable shape; not so with polymer magazines.

Surefeed Quality

All OKAY SureFeed magazines are made under strict ISO quality manufacturing standards. Each SureFeed mag, weld, and spec is inspected and function-tested before shipment. OKAY calls this non-destructive testing the ”magazine scuffing process,” because the testing process does scuff the mags and cosmetically mars the finish.


No other manufacturer tests every magazines this thoroughly. SureFeed has a well-earned reputation for being the most reliable USGI magazine available — but this quality does not mean unobtainium prices… most retailers are selling SureFeed 30-round magazines for $12.99, which is about the same as most polymer mags.

Final Thoughts

My perspective on AR magazines is that they must be reliable, and I have personally tested many polymer and metal magazines which fit that criterion. I have also tested some metal and polymer mags that do not. Thankfully, most magazines do offer very good reliability.

My only challenge with a polymer magazine was when a very old hard-used polymer magazine failed during a freezing cold day — and I have had many more problems with metal magazines over the years.

I’m not going to be the guy who says metal mags are better than polymer, because I do not believe that to be true in all cases. Both have their place.

The bottom line is that SureFeed mags are arguably one of the highest-quality metal magazines available, and for only $12.99, why choose anything other than the original SureFeed if you’re buying a metal magazine?

Manufacturer Specs

  • 30-round, 20-round, & 10-round – $12.99 MSRP each
  • 100% USA made with all American MilSpec level components
  • Bodies and floorplates are made from heat treated lightweight aluminum
  • Hard-coat anodize
  • Finished in either Mil-Spec dry film lube grey or Tactical Black PTFE
  • Four-way, anti-tilt, self-lubricating, non-hygroscopic resin follower
  • High performance Mil-Spec stainless steel spring keep rounds properly aligned and tensioned for flawless performance


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Easy Way to Dimple AR Barrels- EZ Accuracy’s Simple Dimple Tool [The Firearm Blog]

While I will contend that one never needs to dimple for a gas block, I will respect those who choose to do so. I believe in freedom and if you want an unneeded, unnecessary step added to the construction of your boomstick, who am I to judge? For those looking to dimple their barrels, EZ […]

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Senate nixes Obama-era gun rule [NRA-ILA News]

The Senate nixed an Obama-era rule that could block some people receiving Social Security disability benefits from being able to buy a gun.  Senators voted 57-43 to strike down a regulation that requires the Social Security Administration to report people who receive disability benefits and have a mental health condition to the FBI's background check system.  The database is used to determine eligibility for buying a firearm.  The Senate's move will send the resolution of disapproval — which passed the House last week — to President Trump's desk, where he is expected to sign it.


South Dakota: Constitutional/Permitless Carry Legislation Passes Committee [NRA-ILA News]

Today, the House State Affairs Committee heard and passed House Bill 1072 on a 7-6 vote.


Congress Votes To Repeal Social Security Gun Ban []

In a previous article we talked about how Congress is to review the Social Security gun ban. It is official, the ban has been reviewed and the repeal on its way to the desk of President Donald Trump to be signed.

Back story – On January 4th, 2016, the Obama administration posted a New Executive Actions to Reduce Gun Violence and Make Our Communities Safer.  The order allowed the Social Security administration to decide who and who could not make a firearm purchase.  The order only applied to people who were drawing Social Security.

Our right to due process is protected under the Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments to the United States Constitution.  The order bypassed due process, which allows someone to present their own evidence in a court of law.

What is bothersome, 43 senators voted against upholding our right to due process.

Fairfax, Va.— The National Rifle Association Institute for Legislative Action (NRA-ILA) today applauded the U.S. Senate’s passage of H.J. Res. 40, a joint resolution to revoke a final rule made by the Obama administration that would strip law-abiding Americans of their Second Amendment rights. The resolution passed by a bipartisan vote of 57-43.

“Today’s Senate vote was the next step in rolling back some of the egregious government overreach that characterized the Obama era,” said Chris W. Cox, executive director, NRA-ILA. “Congress is reversing a last-minute, back-door gun grab that stripped law-abiding Americans of their rights without due process.”

Late last year, the Social Security Administration (SSA) finalized a proposed rule to ban certain recipients who use a representative payee from owning firearms. This ill-conceived action stripped some of the most vulnerable Americans of their right to keep and bear arms without due process.

The NRA immediately opposed the Obama administration’s efforts when the proposal was first announced in summer of 2015. The NRA has fought every step of the way to ensure that social security recipients are not stripped of their rights without due process of law.

Under the Congressional Review Act, Congress is allowed to dispose of any actions an outgoing administration initiates in its final six months. This rule was implemented during that time frame. The bill received bipartisan support, passing the House last week House by a 235-180 vote. Today’s bipartisan Senate vote of 57-43 is the next step in reversing Obama’s unconstitutional gun grab. The bill now moves to President Donald Trump’s desk.

“We look forward to President Trump signing this important legislation into law,” concluded Cox.

The NRA thanks Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Majority Whip John Cornyn (R-TX) and Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) for their work on this important legislation.

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Kansas: House Committee Defeats Anti-Gun Legislation [NRA-ILA News]

Today, the Kansas House Committee on Federal and State Affairs voted down House Bill 2150 by an 11-11 vote, with the Chairman abstaining from breaking the tie.


Victim, alleged robber identified in second shooting in Glen Oaks in less than 12 hours [NRA-ILA News]

Deputies responded to the scene of a fatal shooting in the Glen Oaks area. This is the second shooting in that area in less than 12 hours. Deputies with the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office were called to 7700 block of Glenlea Ave. shortly after noon. The initial report indicates that the shooting was the result of an attempted robbery. The suspected robber, and the victim of the shooting, has been identified as Terione Dominique Williams, 19. "According to reports, the suspect pushed his way inside a residence and robbed the occupants at gunpoint," states Casey Rayborn Hicks, Public Information Officer for EBRSO." The adult male victim allegedly retrieved his gun and fired shots at the suspect. Once hit, the suspect fled on foot and died a short distance from the residence as a result of his injuries." This latest shooting happened roughly two blocks from the location of another fatal shooting that happened at roughly 2:30 a.m. The first shooting happened at roughly 2:30 a.m. Tuesday morning. The victim was found shot to death near the corner of Matthews St. and Maplewood Dr. At this time deputies do not believe the shootings are connected.



NRA Applauds Senate's Bipartisan Vote to Respect Due Process for Gun Owners [NRA-ILA News]

The National Rifle Association Institute for Legislative Action (NRA-ILA) today applauded the U.S. Senate's passage of H.J. Res. 40, a joint resolution to revoke a final rule made by the Obama administration that would strip law-abiding Americans of their Second Amendment rights. The resolution passed by a bipartisan vote of 57-43.


HydraPak’s Full Force: Pressurized Water on Demand []

We all need water, right? I mean, it’s the most important thing keeping us alive and kicking (and clean). Taking water into the great outdoors is important — but it can also be a hassle. And using it while you’re there can be plumb aggravating.

So when I stopped by the HydraPak booth at the SHOT Show, I was impressed with the quality and practicality of their stuff, but what I liked best was the pressure-activated nozzle on the Full Force water bladder’s Hydrant Tube. Need some water? Just grab the nozzle with one hand and squeeze. You can dispense water in a strong stream or a slow dribble, depending on your needs.

The Hydrant Tube kit comes with a squeeze bulb and pressure-activated valve for one-handed dispensing — spray to cool, clean, share, fill, or drink. Squeezing the rubber bulb opens the valve and depending on how much pressure you apply, can provide you with a powerful blast to clean items or a slow stream of hydration for a child or even a pet needing a drink.

(Photo: HydraPak)

(Photo: HydraPak)

Field-dressing or skinning a deer in a remote place with no running water? This nozzle makes it possible to hose it down to wash out blood, bile, and other ick. Kids have sandy feet at the beach? Hose ’em off right before they hop in the minivan. Dog and boots get muddy while hiking? Rinse away the mud & crud at the end of a hard day. Use it to clean cuts and scrapes. Or just rinse your mess kit after you wash it.

Because the valve is pressure-sensitive, you can dispense water slowly or quickly.

This setup comes in two versions: Full Force 2L and Full Force 3L, which hold 2 or 3 liters respectively. (The same Hydrant Tube is also available with the Trek Kit 3L.)

They apparently make their stuff tough; their website says it “meets US military standards for extreme durability and reliability.” And they have a “Beyond Lifetime Guarantee,” too:

If you experience any issue with the product’s manufacturing or materials, we’ll repair or replace the item for free. No questions asked. Whatever it takes for you to keep the adventure going.

The bladders that come with these kits are full reversible for cleaning and drying, top-shelf dishwasher safe, and can be frozen or filled with hot water (max 60C/140F). The hose can be quickly removed, and an auto shutoff prevents the bladder from leaking with the hose removed.

HydraPak Full Force 3L (Photo: HydraPak)

HydraPak Full Force 3L (Photo: HydraPak)

The top opens wide, which ought to make it easy to clean and fill.

Manufacturer Specs

  • Dust cover protects silicone bite valve from collecting dirt
  • Pack clip easily attaches to backpack straps for quick access and ideal routing
  • Wide Slide-Seal™ top makes it easy to fill and creates a leak-proof seal
  • Plug-N-Play™ connect system lets you easily disconnect the drink tube (an auto shutoff valve prevents leaking) and remove the reservoir from your pack for convenient refilling
  • Fully reversible for easy cleaning and drying, top-shelf dishwasher safe
  • Made of abrasion resistant TPU & RF welded seams for superior durability and elasticity
  • Can be frozen or filled with hot water (max temp 60° C / 140° F
  • 100% BPA & PVC free
  • Material: Thermoplastic Polyurethane; HDPE; Silicone

Full Force 2L

  • Capacity: 2L / 70 fl oz
  • Weight: 204 g / 7.1 oz
  • Dimensions: 330 mm / 13 in x 165 mm / 6.5 in

Full Force 3L

  • Capacity: 3L / 100 fl oz
  • Weight: 250 g / 8.8 oz
  • Dimensions: 440 mm / 17 in x 165 mm / 6.5 in

What do you think? Worthwhile, or not?

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Primary Arms Lancer Magazine Sale []

Lancer magazines are supposed to be some of the better AR-15 magazines on the market.  One of the main reasons I have not bought any, is because they are priced higher than Pmags, Troy Battlemags or some of the other quality brandnames.

Good news for those who have been avoiding Lancers because of their price, Primary Arms is having a sale.

This is truly a buyers market.  If you want to stockpile magazines, ammunition or buy an AR-15, now is the time.  Prices across the board have been inching down for the past couple of months.  As a shooting sports enthusiast, I have not seen prices like this in a very long time.

Regular price: $20.99, sale price: $13.99 – Lancer Systems L5AWM – 5.56NATO – 20 Round – Translucent Dark Earth.

Regular price: $21.99, sale price: $13.99 – Lancer Systems L5AWM – 5.56NATO – 30 Round – Translucent Dark Earth.

Regular price: $21.99, sale price: $13.99 – Lancer Systems L5AWM – 5.56NATO – 30 Round – Clear.

Regular price: $20.99, sale price:$13.99 – Lancer Systems L5AWM – 5.56NATO – 20 Round – Translucent Clear.

Regular price: $20.99, sale price: $13.99 – Lancer Systems L5AWM – 5.56NATO – 20 Round – Translucent Smoke.

Regular price: $21.99, sale price: $13.99 – Lancer Systems L5AWM – 5.56NATO – 30 Round – Translucent Smoke.

You may ask yourself why would anyone want a 20 round magazine?  They are popular with predator hunters, target shooters or anyone who shoots from a bench or bi-pod.  I have several 20 round Pmags for my predator hunting rifle.

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What?!?!? AR-15s Eligible for C&R FFL Transfers [The Firearm Blog]

I think its safe to say that many of our readers view the AR-15 as a thoroughly modern weapon system. Admittedly, it’s hard not to with various companies and innovations popping up all the time. Various improvements to the base design, newer materials, and modern CNC milling have given this actually antique platform a long […]

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Hickok45 On The GP-100 In .44 Special [No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money]

Ruger recently released the GP-100 in a five-shot, .44 Special version. It was one of the firearms I had wanted to shoot at the SHOT Show before life intruded. The cartridge itself seems interesting and I had hoped to try out the world's greatest dentist's Ruger Redhawk with that cartridge today but it is raining.

Hickok45 just released a video today reviewing this fine revolver. Given the way it shoots, I'd love to have one and have been seriously considering buying one. It won't be this month as my everyday driver needed new brakes plus new tie rod joints which just shot my gun buying budget. The kid in me objects but the adult in me realizes that being able to stop and steer the car is more important than a new shiny GP-100 in .44 Special.


Senate will consider blocking rule on guns and mentally ill [NRA-ILA News]

With a Republican ally in the White House, the GOP is moving aggressively on gun rights measures. The House earlier this month voted for the resolution blocking the rule. The Senate has scheduled a vote for Wednesday morning that would send the measure to President Donald Trump, who is expected to sign it.


Sen. Grassley: Social Security's Gun Ban Regulation is Flawed Beyond Repair [NRA-ILA News]

Today I want to speak about the bipartisan resolution of disapproval that I introduced on January 30th along with Sen. Crapo and 24 other cosponsors. This resolution now has 32 cosponsors.It is absolutely necessary.


NRA: Confirmation of Ryan Zinke a Sound Move [NRA-ILA News]

The five million men and women of the National Rifle Association are eager to see Rep. Ryan Zinke confirmed as the 52nd secretary of the Interior. His confirmation will mark the end of an era of hostility toward hunters and sportsmen at the Interior Department.


Congress takes on Washington, D.C. [NRA-ILA News]

U.S. Senator Marco Rubio of Florida last month introduced legislation that would bar city lawmakers from passing gun control laws and repeal local firearm registration requirements.


Connecticut: Lawmakers Consider Gun Permit Fee Increase [NRA-ILA News]

Gun owners and legislators lodged sharp criticisms Tuesday against Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's proposal to hike gun fees to help balance the $20 billion state budget.


Indiana House lawmakers wants to study permitless carry [NRA-ILA News]

Gun rights supporters want to study the possibility of repealing an Indiana law requiring people to get a license before carrying a handgun.An Indiana House committee voted Tuesday to create a special summer committee to study the issue.


John Farnam's Observations On Coatings And Acidic Sweat [No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money]

If you don't subscribe to Farnam's Quips then you are missing out on a lot of good information and astute observations.

Today's edition is no exception. In it John talks about the second day of the gun writer's conference being held at Gunsite. The day, from what I can tell, was devoted to coatings and metal treatments for firearms among other things.

I'll let John tell what he learned about coatings and metal treatments:


All metal treatments, even high-tech ones, have “side-effects.” Nothing is perfect!

For external guns surfaces, polymer is a good choice. Robar’s version is Roguard or Poly-T-Two. Both are very acceptable, and can be an any color.

Also suitable for external surfaces is QPQ, otherwise known as Tennifer or Melonite. Very hard. Also very suitable for rifle bores. However, it is so hard that subsequent machining is nearly impossible!

For internal parts, NP3 is the way to go. NP3 has integral teflon, which gives it natural lubricity. However, it is slick and thus not the best choice for slides. And, it has a silver/grey color. Other colors are not possible.

“Hard chrome” plating is obsolete. There are superior choices for surface treatment today. Hard-chrome barrels are notoriously inaccurate, because of inherent unevenness of the plating.

Nickel plating is also mostly obsolete. It is of interest only by those who want “shiny” guns.

Ceramic coating (Cerakoat) has excellent high-heat tolerance and are thus suitable for some parts of full-auto guns. However, ceramic has no inherent lubricity.

Smoking and coffee-drinking lowers blood PH, making bodily fluids, particularly sweat, acidic and thus corrosive to pistols worn close to the skin. Smokers and coffee-drinkers typically have to deal with rusty guns, even in dry climates! They will particularly benefit from modern, high-tech metal treatments.
While I don't smoke and never have I do drink coffee. I didn't realize that coffee drinking would make sweat acidic. Actually, I never thought about it one way or another but it make sense that acidic sweat is more corrosive to handguns.

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Kansas lawmakers seeking to revive limits on Right-to-Carry [NRA-ILA News]

Kansas lawmakers who oppose concealed guns in hospitals and on university campuses are trying to revive legislation that would keep such weapons out after June.


Md. bill could trap innocent firearms users, delegate says [NRA-ILA News]

A Maryland General Assembly bill that passed the House on Friday could send an innocent person to jail for three years if it becomes law, according to Del. Wendell Beitzel.House Bill 159 would make it illegal to have a firearm on a college campus, including one for which the owner has a concealed-carry permit. The legislation advanced to the Senate by way of a 84-49 vote.


Gun owners angry after UMass rejects youth shooting program [NRA-ILA News]

A group representing gun owners says a "social bias" against firearms was behind a decision by the University of Massachusetts to nix a 4-H youth program that teaches competitive shooting sports.


Whitney-Beals Walking Beam Pocket Revolver [Forgotten Weapons]

This revolver, designed by Fordyce Beals (how cool of a name is that?), was developed while Colt’s patent on using the hammer to index the cylinder was still in effect. To avoid that patent, this Beals design uses the trigger to rotate and index the cylinder, with the hammer being cocked separately. The gun was manufactured by Eli Whitney, who ran an industrial factory specializing in working with independent inventors who did not have the capital or resources to do their own manufacturing.

This model of revolver is commonly known as a walking beam or walking lever type, after the mechanism of the trigger moving the cylinder. This was a mechanism commonly used in other application to convert linear motion to rotational motion.

Beals would go on to work with the Remington company on his later pocket pistol design, and would have a major part in designing Remington’s 1858 Army revolver.



New Women’s Shotgun And Rifle Models From Blaser [The Firearm Blog]

One of the things missing in the industry are guns built for women. Most rifles and shotguns have long pulls, and uncomfortable angles, or are too heavy. Blaser Shotguns Blaser announces a shotgun built for a woman’s size. With the lowest profile receiver on the market, the F16 Intuition is designed to meet the needs […]

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Firearm Showcase: The Winchester Lightweight Military Rifle at the Cody Firearms Museum – HIGH RES PICS! [The Firearm Blog]

In January, just before the 2017 SHOT Show, I got the opportunity to travel to Cody Wyoming to visit the Cody Firearms Museum at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West, to see some of their rare firearms and bring photos of them to our readers. Today’s firearm is a “might-have-been” that really is impressive. […]

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The “Nameless”: Guns of Nelmo Suzano [The Firearm Blog]

It has often been said, written, and posted that for each firearm that reaches full production, fielding, and general fame, countless models just happen not to go past the prototype/experimental stage, and maybe an even larger number never even left the drawing board. This, of course, is a worldwide phenomenon,  but seems even more interesting […]

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CoolTubz 3D AR Handguards [The Firearm Blog]

Before you start roasting me for posting yet another AR-15 handguard option on the market, hear me out. Most of the options made by Cooltubz may not be my style, but they certainly are unique. I’ve aways been a fan of the MP5SD look, and on an SBR AR the “Operator” model may work quite nicely. […]

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NEW: 2A Armament Aethon Receivers And Rails [The Firearm Blog]

Adding to my growing list of “companies I wish I had the time to visit at SHOT 2017”, 2A Armament is a maker of ultralight AR parts that are both stylish and functional. Sporting a redesigned grip on the flared magazine well and integrated QD sling attachment points, the new Atheon receivers will mate up […]

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Making HISTORY Come ALIVE WWII Squad Tactics LIVE FIRE [The Firearm Blog]

On January 28th, TFB TV undertook a daunting task. We wanted to try and recreate an organizationally correct U.S. Army Paratrooper squad, with the same small arms and live ammunition that squad would have used in 1944. Recreating World War II small arms has been done through reenactments and in the film industry, but these […]

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Union Switch And Signal 1911 Manufacturing Video [The Firearm Blog]

Wartime arms production is an amazing feat combining patriotism, teamwork, resource management and industrial engineering to mass produce functional art. The 10 minute Union Switch and Signal manufacturing video posted below is an awesome look back at a time when Americans joined together to fight evil on all fronts. Simpler times? Not so much – food rationing, […]

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Iranian Striker Fired Polymer Handgun Introduced [The Firearm Blog]

At a recent display of small arms and light weapons in Tehran, the Iranian defense industry showcased a number of new products, as reported by Fars News. Among the products on display, a certain handgun was shown that hasn’t been reported on previously. From the very little mention of it in the Farsi text, there […]

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Tuesday, 14 February


The 1980s Was A Handgun Revolution []

While reading an excellent writeup on, A brief history of FBI semiauto pistols, I remembered how much the handgun industry changed in the 1980s.

In 1988 I was 20 years old and was looking forward to making my first handgun purchase.  To make sure I made an informed decision, I ordered subscriptions to various gun magazines, such as Shooting Times.  I read everything I could get my hands on about handguns.

The article at LooseRounds reminded me of how the 1980s was a revolutionary time in handgun development.

Handgun Revolution

  • Going into the 1980s the vast majority of law enforcement still carried revolvers.
  • Then there was the 1980 Norco shootout.
  • Adoption of the Beretta M9 in 1985, which entered service in 1990.
  • 1982 Glock introduced the Glock 17.
  • 1984 SIG Sauer started production of the P226.
  • 1985 Ruger P-Series started production.
  • 1986 FBI Miami shootout.
  • 1987 FBI started looking for a new handgun., resulting in the 40 S&W.
  • 1988 Glock 19 started production.
  • 1990 40 S&W started production.

After the military test and the FBI studies, police departments all over the nation started adopting semi-automatic handguns.  The military and FBI were a guiding light for police departments who were looking to make the transition.

Test Of Time

Here we are 30 years later and the handguns from the 1980s have stood the test of time.

Police departments all over the United States have adopted some version of the Glock.

SIG Sauer P226 is still used by various military and police groups.

Beretta M9 has just now been replaced by the U.S. military.

40 S&W used by police and federal agencies all over the United States.

The Ruger P-series is still admired and sought after.

Even though other cartridges have been developed, such as the .357 Sig,, no other caliber has caught on like 40 S&W.

1980s Lasting Mark

During the late 1980s and early 1990s I bought three handguns.  They were a Beretta 92F, Ruger P90 and Ruger P91.  I would put any of the three up against any handgun made in 2017.

The 1980s left a lasting mark on handgun development and engineering.  Companies like Sig, Beretta and Glock set the bar so high, that here we are 30 years later and companies are still playing catch up.


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Flannel is Final []

I am a wool kinda guy when the thermometer really starts a dive south. But in between weather and moderate temperatures for hunting, cool fall fishing or outside work projects, there is nothing better than a good flannel shirt.

Hunters are the experts on the casual wear scene even better than cowboys without the pointed boots. Hunters need to stay warm, but comfortable. They have to move, quietly, quickly and without clothes binding or pulling. For shirts, nothing beats flannel.

Now, not just any flannel. There are all kinds of flannels on the market often marketed by the relative weight of the fabric in ounces. Do not buy the cheap stuff from the one dollar store. Heavy weight flannel is best overall for really chilly weather, but there are mid-weights, too, that work when it is not freezing, but breezy.

Flannel of course, is a man’s man fabric. Primarily flannel is a cotton fabric that has traditionally been brushed to a soft surface feel. It has some natural flex to it, so it does not bind like canvas, or some of the stiffer materials. It has a great feel against the skin which is one of its best features and attractions to hunters, and outdoors people.
Flannel shirts come in all kinds of patterns and colors. The main casual appeal are the plaids that square up a number of colors and sizes. Flannels also come in many shades of colors in one color shirts. Heck you can find a good flannel shirt to go with just about any outfit, but they really combine with modern camouflage patterns too for hunting or life around camp.

A high quality flannel shirt comes in the usual man sizes, but will not be skimpy in the sizing. Shirts come in button down or plain collars. One sign of a good flannel shirt is a full seven button front. Don’t skimp here, because that seventh button helps keep the shirt tucked in and in place regardless of the activity.

Where to get the best flannel shirts? The very best and time tested by yours truly comes from Duluth Trading, and L.L. Bean. If you shop for features, you can find some good flannels at Bass Pro and Cabela’s. Flannel shirts are great for hunting, fishing, chopping wood, riding ATVs, shooting at the range, joking around the campfire or lounging at camp.

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Smith & Wesson Model 57: A Diamond in the Rough []

Older model handguns in really good condition are getting increasingly difficult to locate for collectors. This is especially true for fine collectable guns by Browning, Colt, Remington, Winchester, Savage, Smith and Wesson, and many others.

There are many avenues to locate specific firearms to add to a collection, to start one, or just to own some examples of the best of the best. Auctions are held all over the country that sell some of the most premium guns to be found for sale. On a local level, gun shows are a good way to search for prospects. One never knows what one will find at a gun show.

Recently I lucked upon a solo dealer with a table full of pretty collectable handguns, a few shotguns and some nice old Winchesters. Of particular interest was a selection of Smith and Wesson’s. In particular he had several of the more hard to locate N-Frame revolvers.

As I scanned the collection, one stuck out above the rest. It was a pristine Model 57, .41 Magnum, 6-inch barrel in blued finish. These are exceedingly difficult to find in any condition and the 6-inch is especially hard to find. This one was in mint condition though it had no original box, papers or tools as they came from the factory.

This Model 57 was an older version because it had the original pinned barrel and the cylinder was recessed or milled back from the star brass ejector. Also when opening and swinging out the cylinder the serial number stamped on the frame under the cylinder yoke had no “N” prefix, just the serial number. This gun needs further research.

The dealer’s table price on the handgun was $1200. That is fairly high by Gun Value book price, but like I said, these guns are getting more difficult to find all the time. Many of these models of Smith’s are priced high, because the market can bear it. That is the reality of gun collecting these days. You play, or you get left sitting on the sidelines.

After a daylong negotiation, I finally badgered the dealer into a price range I could live with. We both laughed at how tough we were trading. Those days are just about gone, too. Gun dealers are like car dealers, take what I have or leave it. For once, I found a diamond in the rough at a gun show. But then, that’s the fun of gun collecting.

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Basic Essentials Series: Shooting Safety Equipment []

You just bought your first big game rifle, a new handgun, or a shotgun for turkey hunting or self-defense and you’re headed off to the local range. You show up in your new pearly white tennis shoes with a bag full of ammo. When you check in the Range Master asks to see your shooting safety gear and you look dumbfounded. My what?

I know the routine because I work at gun shows selling new firearms buyers their first ever gun. When I ask about their ear muffs or shooting glasses, they ask what that is for, so they get the first lesson in firearms shooting safety and a pretty nifty sales pitch, free of charge.

Shooting glasses are necessary because firearms have a history of spitting out small bits of stuff that can lodge in the eyes. It’s painful and heck on vision. Revolvers are famous for shaving off lead from bullets and shedding it out of the chamber gaps as hot, molten metal. Pistols can do likewise when ejecting spent brass casings out of the chamber sending them flying back in your face. The same goes for rifles, too.

Thus, the eyes need protection from overt flying objects that result from shooting guns. Also, while it is not often, a gun can let go (blow up) entirely and this is dangerous, too. Shooting glasses need to be of an approved type covering the eyes completely, even around the sides of the eyes. The lenses can be of optical glass or special plastics, clear or different colors applied to enhance shooting vision such as bright yellow to highlight the vision. Check your local gun shop.

Similarly the ears need good protection from the loud blasts of firearms firing. Guns make a lot of noise. The peak pressure of a round going off creates enormous high pitch levels of high frequencies that can severely damage hearing over time. Foam inserts are not enough. In fact many experienced or competitive shooters wear both inserts with a heavy duty set of ear muffs over the top. They also make electronic ear muffs to control hearing acuity.

A good pair of shooting gloves is not a bad idea either. This permits a better grip on any gun which increases overall recoil control. Shooting guns for recreation is great gun. Your eyes and ears demand protection. You only get one set of them after all.

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Let’s Talk Strategy: Why I Quit Buying Preps (For Now) []

I recently did something that might seem to be the opposite of what most preppers consider “prepping” — I’ve paused all purchases of anything prepping-related for the entirety of 2017.

Survivalists and preppers too often equate prepping with buying stuff, and I had definitely fallen all the way into that trap. I realized that my entire prepping mindset had slowly but surely become centered around acquiring more stuff, despite the fact that I routinely give lip service to the primacy of skills and mental preparedness over gear.

Indeed, in my personal and professional life, I rely on my skills and brains quite a bit. I pride myself on my ability to improvise, but as I’ve gotten older I’ve quit flexing those mental muscles and instead have just resorted to buying my way out of problems.

Don’t get me wrong — I’m not complacent about the precariousness of the world situation. 2017 is shaping up to be a crazy year, and I think it’s entirely possible that we’ll be involved in a major war before the year’s out, one that could possibly go nuclear.

I’m also not your typical prepper, in the sense that I have a lot of disposable income and therefore have had the luxury of buying quite a bit. At this point, I have a ton of preps — a full complement of SHTF firearms and ammo, about four months’ worth of MREs and freeze-dried food for myself and my family, and countless other preps big and small. I also live on some acreage, with access to fish and game.

Of course, you can never have enough ammo, and 4 months of food is a good start but I’d like to have way more. Nonetheless, I realized near the end of last year that what I need most isn’t yet more stuff. Rather, what I need is to take time to organize my preps and train with the tools I have.

So, that’s what 2017 is about. It’s about discipline, training, and organizing. Getting in better shape, training with my chosen weapons platforms, and organizing the preps that I already have so that I can round up what I need on short notice.

Most of all, it’s about retraining the way I think about preparedness, from “what do I need to buy next?”, to “so if I ran into this situation, how could I use what I already have on-hand to address it?” Because in the SHTF, that’s what I’ll have to do — improvise with what I have, instead of just going shopping, and rely on my training and physical fitness.

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Pythons Captured In Missile Silos []

Two long-abandoned military buildings in the Florida Keys have recently been harboring something other than the missiles they used to house.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said four pythons, including a nearly 16-foot-long female, were found within the last month at an old missile base at Crocodile Lake National Wildlife Refuge.


The slithering reptiles turned up in a couple of old bunkers where the U.S. military once housed a Nike Hercules missile firing range. The site, which closed 30 years ago, is now part of the 6,500-acre Crocodile Lake refuge.


“Snakes like deep, dark places,” Crocodile Lake manager Jeremy Dixon said.
Dixon said snakes also like black rats, which likely attracted them to the site. He said searchers using trackers and specially trained dogs sniffed out the snakes.

Scientists believe the snakes migrated from the Everglades and may be headed south, “where several Keys species are defenseless against the large, invasive reptiles,” Dixon said the availability of food means the pythons could thrive in the Keys just as easily as they’ve multiplied in the Everglades.

For more than two decades, an array of big snakes have spread and bred in the Everglades. Their presence has had a devastating effect on native birds, deer and other species in the park. Some snakes have even managed to devour alligators and deer.


The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is working with the University of Florida to detect and remove the snakes in the Keys. Irula tribesmen from India, renowned for their ability to catch snakes, also have been helping state and federal wildlife officials.

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Self-defense followed by conviction [Of Arms and the Law]

It involves Mike Strickland, of Oregon, who drew his handgun after being menaced by a Black Lives Matter crowd. Project Veritas has some video of the incident, and James O'Keefe vouching for him.


Indiana: Victim Defense Bill Headed to House Floor [NRA-ILA News]

We are pleased to report that House Bill 1071, a bill which would allow the petitioner of a civil protective order to temporarily carry a handgun without a permit, has passed through the House Committee on Public Policy and will be headed to the House floor for a vote in the upcoming weeks.


Tennessee: Busy Year Ahead as Important Pro-Gun and Anti-Gun Bills Get Filed [NRA-ILA News]

As the Tennessee General Assembly reconvenes, many pro-gun and anti-gun bills have been filed.


Maryland: General Assembly Schedules Annual Gun Day – Numerous Firearm Bills to be Heard [NRA-ILA News]

March just got a lot busier as the Maryland House and Senate committees are scheduling their respective “Gun Days.”


Juggernaut Tactical CA Compliant Stock [The Firearm Blog]

Juggernaut Tactical showed off their new California Compliant stock at the 2017 SHOT Show. California passed laws requiring their residents to either register their “assault rifles” or take off evil features to bring them into compliance. The evil features being the adjustable stock, flash hider and pistol grip. This has caused companies to develop new […]

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Georgia: NRA-Supported Omnibus Bill Introduced [NRA-ILA News]

Recently, House Bill 292 was introduced in the Georgia House of Representatives. Sponsored by state Representative Rick Jasperse (R-11), HB 292 makes several positive and important changes to Georgia gun laws.


Never SAW It Coming – Full Auto Failure [The Firearm Blog]

My experience with firing a SAW from the standing position is very limited – like one time limited. And even when everything goes completely right, the adrenaline rush of squeezing off bursts from a light machine gun while compensating for gravity and inertia can be hair-raising. The video below shows what can happen when normal […]

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Love Letter To 6.5 Creedmoor – Happy Valentine’s Day From Vortex Optics [The Firearm Blog]

Vortex Optics posted this hilarious video of a shooter writing a love letter to his new passion, 6.5 Creedmoor.

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Maybe Punching That Armed Clerk Was A Bad Idea [NRA-ILA News]

A convenience store clerk shot a robbery suspect at a gas station in south Houston on Monday afternoon, police said. According to the Houston Police Department, the shooting happened around 3:50 p.m. at a gas station on Cullen at Yellowstone. The clerk said the suspect walked into the store and demanded money before punching him in the face. The clerk then pulled out his gun and fired three shots at the man. The suspect was transported to a hospital; police haven’t confirmed how many times the suspect was hit. The suspect has undergone surgery at the hospital.


Kentucky: House Introduces Constitutional/Permitless Carry Legislation [NRA-ILA News]

The Kentucky House of Representatives introduced their own constitutional/permitless carry bill. House Bill 316, sponsored by Representative C. Wesley Morgan (R-81), recognizes Kentuckians’ freedom to legally carry a concealed firearm without the burdensome requirement of acquiring a Kentucky concealed deadly weapons license.


POTD: Glock 43 Exposed [The Firearm Blog]

This photo was reposted by @ArmoryBlog and was originally posted by @theglockchannel. It looks like a Glock 43 stripped down and suspended. Possibly hung with fishing string and photoshopped out the lines. It does not look like a CG rendering, however if it is a CG model then the subtle attention to detail is amazing […]

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Kansas: Gun Control Legislation to be Voted on in House Committee [NRA-ILA News]

House Bill 2150 is currently being worked on by the House Committee on Federal and State Affairs.


Chris W. Cox: Confirmation of Ryan Zinke a Sound move [NRA-ILA News]

The five million men and women of the National Rifle Association are eager to see Rep. Ryan Zinke confirmed as the 52nd secretary of the Interior. His confirmation will mark the end of an era of hostility toward hunters and sportsmen at the Interior Department.


Wyoming: Pro-Gun Bills to be Heard in Committee [NRA-ILA News]

Tomorrow, February 15, at 9:00am, the Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled to hear House Bill 136 and House Bill 137.


Have Cities Become Too Big To Rebuild []

The early estimates for the Lake Oroville spillway put the damage somewhere around $100 million. If the dam or spillway had failed, the communities downriver would have been washed away.

According to Wikipedia, the first post office in Oroville opened in 1854. The city was incorporated in 1906.

The question is, how do we as a nation rebuild communities that took decades, if not centuries to construct?  How do we rebuild a century of schools, homes, businesses and infrastructure in just a few years?


Where is the money supposed to come from to rebuild?

Let’s take Hurricane Andrew for example. Andrew caused $10 billion in insured damages, which led to the bankruptcy of nine small insurance companies.  That cost is just for the people who had insurance coverage.

There a great number of people who never expect to be flooded, so they do not have flood insurance.  With homes leveled, how are the uninsured supposed to rebuild?

Construction Materials

Where are the construction materials supposed to come from to rebuild?  Where are the workers supposed to come from?

Homes, schools and businesses are being constructed all over the nation.  The manufacturing of construction materials such as boards, plywood, sheetrock, nails and screws are balanced with current demand.  When demand spikes, prices will go up.

Rebuilding communities that were be washed away by a wall of water would affect prices all over the nation.


As of February 14, 2017 an estimated 100,000 people have been ordered to evacuate.

On January 4, 2017 the Pasadena Star News published an article detailing the housing shortage in California – California needs to build a staggering number of homes and we are way behind.  The article states that under current demand 180,000 new homes are needed each year, while only 80,000 are being constructed.

California already has a 100,000 home per year deficit, so how is the state supposed to rebuild entire communities and keep up with population growth?  Exactly “where” are the people evacuating from Lake Oroville supposed to go?

Lake Oroville Example Of Things To Come

Whether it is a city on the east coast, gulf coast, west coast or somewhere in between, as populations grow and cities expand, how do we rebuild and/or relocate?

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The Golden Tommy from Auto-Ordance []

Speaking from experience, when your wife asks for something gold for her anniversary, a violin case with a golden Tommy Gun is probably not what she was expecting and it will be off to spare bedroom or couch with you. Never fear, just the initial excitement phase of owning this gun lasts for months — and chances are good that you’ll gleefully sleep on the couch as you lovingly embrace this stunning $2900+T150TDG Thompson 1927A-1 “Deluxe Semi-Auto” Titanium Gold Plated Tommy Gun.


Fit, Finish, Feel, Features, & Functions

Auto-Ordnance was the original manufacturer of the Tommy Gun, A.K.A. the Chicago Typewriter. The current version of AO is now owned by the same folks who own Magnum Research and Kahr Arms. The current Auto-Ordnance Thompson Guns are actually of higher quality and tighter tolerance than the 1927A-1 originals, but the new ones fire from a closed bolt and in semi-auto only.

If you want a full-auto Tommy Gun, you have to look into the extremely expensive old pre-ban guns… but Auto Ordnance does offer NFA registerable factory-made short barreled rifle models as well as non-functioning display models.


The Tommy Gun represents a timeless style which hearkens back to the roaring 20s, mobsters, and WWII. The Thompson design ran a long hard course through history as one of the most heavily-used machine guns in history by civilians, law enforcement, and military. It was a gun that helped empower the big New York and Chicago mobs, provided police and military with reliable firepower, and was a favorite ranch/truck gun as well. It was pretty accurate, fired the effective 45 ACP cartridge, and produced insignificant recoil even with the heaviest loads. If a shooter could lift and carry the gun, recoil would not be a factor.

Shouldering any Tommy gun makes you want to slip on a fedora and pinstripe suit or WWII military uniform. This titanium gold nitride plated version with violin case makes you want to upgrade to a Borsalino Fedora and Tom Ford couture suit. After all, the mobster carrying this gun would not be wearing anything cheap.

What it is

Essentially the T150TDG Thompson 1927A-1 “Deluxe Semi-Auto”, Titanium Gold Nitride Plated Tommy Gun is the same version Auto-Ordnance sells in a variety of configurations. The differences are mainly seen in finish quality and the slight production variations over the years.

The 1927A-1 version is the most popular model, so Auto Ordnance decided to offer this special Deluxe edition, which features a mirror-polished finish which is then coated with a Titanium Gold Nitride (chrome also available). Both of these models are fully functional and can be fired, and the beautiful Ti-Nitride-Gold finish is the same coating used on top end drill bits so it can take a beating and still look beautiful. 

Once your friends find out you own one, it is hard to keep the Gold Tommy in the safe. With the super-durable Ti-Nitride-Gold finish, I will never be worried about keeping it looking factory fresh even after a lot of use.


The T150TG includes both a titanium gold colored 20-round stick and 50-round drum magazines. And if you are going to drop $2900 on this limited edition gun, you really should go all the way and order the custom $180 “Violin Case” available in either cello or guitar profiles. Believe me, there is a huge difference in presentation between pulling this out of a Pelican case or a violin case.

The case has a luxurious foam interior which can accommodate your Chicago Typewriter, a stick mag, and round drum magazine. With the case, this kit pushes past a retail of $3000.

When Men Were Men

As I hoisted the muzzle-heavy 13-pound 1927A-1 Tommy Gun to my shoulder, I was reminded that in the old days, men were not wimps. If you load and attach the 50-round drum, the Tommy Gun can easily tip the 20-pound mark when it is ready to rumble. This is a beast of a gun that weighs as much as or more than a fully loaded heavy-barreled sniper rifle. 

Charging the Thompson is difficult, due to the smallish charging knob finished in slick gold titanium nitride and a wicked strong recoil spring. As I was charging (attempting to charge, holy cow that bolt spring is heavy, wow this is child safe), I finally found the appropriate leverage point to get the factory new bolt moving backward.

Some ancient WWII dude at the range suggested a loop of paracord be used to charge the gun “that’s what we used to use.”  If your brain is thinking AR15 charging, the Thompson is not going to be an easy slap-to-charge at all, but once it’s charged the glorious fun begins.

Functional Fun With Good Accuracy

Though this Thompson 1927A-1 is equipped with a rear ladder sight which is theoretically calibrated to 600 yards, it is not a tack-driving gun. The Tommy delivers practical accuracy of around 1.5” at 25 yards, which equates to 5”-7” groups at 100 yards in my testing. At 200 yards I was still able to ring a standard steel silhouette and eight out of ten times at 300 yards.


Defensive accuracy? Absolutely, and a whole bucket of fun in the process, but 500-600 yards would have some luck involved. While firing hundred of rounds I had zero issues with feeding and functioning; reliability is definitely not an issue.

$400 in Ammo Gone In No Time

Well, the T150TDG Thompson 1927A-1 “Deluxe Semi-Auto”, Titanium Gold Plated Tommy Gun may not shoot rounds quite as fast as an AR15, but the case of 45 ACP ammo seemed to evaporate stunningly fast. There were sad faces all around after a little more than 1000 rounds moved through the Thompson. This is a blast to shoot, it delivers zero recoil to the shooter, and is way more accurate than it should be for a 1927 design that has been polished and plated. Honestly, I want to take it rabbit and squirrel hunting — that would be a blast.

Final Thoughts

With all this discussion about outlawing deadly AR15s, I have not heard anyone say a peep about Tommy Guns… at least that was my justification to my wife. The Tommy Gun was the defensive carbine of the 1920s, 1940s, and all the way to the 1970s when the AR15 started to get into civilian hands.


The T150TDG Thompson 1927A-1 “Deluxe Semi-Auto” Titanium Gold Plated Tommy Gun is a limited edition and will not be around forever. If you want something special and unique which brings a wow factor to any range session, you’d better get one on order. This is not only a unique collector piece, but it has a huge fun factor. I cannot recommend this wonderful gun enough. Suck it up and whip out the credit card, it is worth it.

Manufacturer Specs

  • Auto Ordnance Deluxe Titanium Gold Tommy Gun
  • Model: T150DTG
  • Caliber: 45 ACP
  • Barrel: 16.5″, Finned (with compensator 18″)
  • Weight: 13 pounds
  • Length: 41″ overall
  • Sight: Blade front, open rear adjustable
  • Finish: Titanium Gold
  • Stock: Walnut fixed stock and vertical foregrip
  • Magazines: One each 50 Round Drum and 20 Round Stick Magazines
  • Warranty: 1 year
  • * Specifications subject to change without notice
  • MSRP: $2,963.00


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Business owner shoots suspected burglar during break-in [NRA-ILA News]

A suspected thief broke into Alderson's Automotive in Northeast Albuquerque on Saturday. Because the shop has been broken into so many times, the owner was inside and caught him red-handed. The sign on the businesses front door says it all, that Alderson's Automotive is protected by a gun. One suspected burglar, James Jake, learned that the hard way Saturday when he allegedly broke through a window and then the store cash register. “He wants to keep his business running, and he's not willing to give it away to the criminals,” said John Pricer with Disciple Tattoo. Disciple Tattoo is just a few businesses away from Alderson's, and Pricer said the crime has gotten out of hand. “It's kind of our job to watch each other’s backs to watch our neighborhoods,” he said. Sometimes that's hard, especially at night. So the owner of the auto shop had actually been sleeping inside his business. When he heard loud bangs and crashing noises on Saturday, he discovered someone had broken in. A criminal complaint said the owner feared for his safety, grabbed an AK-47 and fired one shot. “It's a matter of time. How many times can you let someone come into your yard, you know, if it was your backyard, after a few times, you're going to want to protect your property too,” he said. The suspect, Jake, was later arrested and taken to the hospital with a gunshot wound to the thigh. He told police he broke into the business to buy diapers for his kids. The business was closed Monday. Jake allegedly caused more than $3,000 in damage. He faces charges of burglary and criminal damage to property. KOB reached out to the owner of the auto shop but was told he is still pretty shaken up.


CalGuns, SAF Seek En Banc Hearing In Waiting Period Case [No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money]

The CalGuns Foundation, the Second Amendment Foundation, and the other individual plaintiffs in Silvester v. Harris - now Silvester v. Becerra - have filed for an en banc hearing in the 9th Circuit. The original suit sought to overturn the 10-day waiting period California imposes on firearms purchasers who hold either a California carry license or a Certificate of Eligibility.

Judge Anthony Ishii of the US District Court for the Eastern District of California had found that the waiting period violated the Second Amendment. His ruling was reversed by a 3 judge panel of the 9th Circuit in mid December 2016. That opinion in that ruling caused me and others to just shake our heads at some of its assertions.

More on the decision to seek an en banc hearing in this release from CalGuns:

CGF, Others Seek Review by Full 9th Circuit Court in Major Second Amendment Lawsuit Challenging California Gun Waiting Period Laws

SAN FRANCISCO (February 13, 2017)¬¬¬¬¬¬ – Today, attorneys for The Calguns Foundation (CGF), Second Amendment Foundation, and two individual plaintiffs filed a petition with the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals seeking en banc (full-court) review of a wrongly-decided opinion that overturned the trial court’s judgment that California’s Waiting Period Laws violate the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution.

CGF Executive Director Brandon Combs, who is also an individual plaintiff in the case, issued the following statement:

In December, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals bizarrely ruled that even a person legally carrying a concealed handgun as he buys another gun at retail needs to be 'cooled off' for another 10 days before exercising his Second Amendment rights and taking possession of a constitutionally-protected firearm.

We believe that the Ninth Circuit’s panel opinion was wrong as a matter of law. Not only did the panel incorrectly decide the Second Amendment issues in favor of the State of California, but in doing so it ignored important legal rules that govern the review of a lower court’s judgment after a trial.

After undertaking significant discovery, depositions, and a three-day bench trial, Federal District Court Judge Anthony W. Ishii issued his Findings of Fact and Conclusions of Law, which held the State of California’s 10-day waiting period laws to be irrational and unconstitutional as applied to three categories of gun purchasers.

As our attorneys noted in the petition they filed for us today, “maintaining the proper standard of review for fact-finding in constitutional litigation is a matter of exceptional importance that is worthy of en banc review.”

We hope that the full Ninth Circuit will correct the panel opinion’s numerous injustices and affirm the judgment of the trial court. However, we are prepared to take this case to the Supreme Court should that extraordinary action be necessary to restore the fundamental, individual Second Amendment rights of law-abiding people.

The petition for rehearing or rehearing en banc can be viewed or downloaded at

Jeff Silvester, et al. v. Attorney General Xavier Becerra (formerly titled Silvester v. Kamala Harris) is supported by civil rights organizations The Calguns Foundation (Sacramento, CA) and Second Amendment Foundation (Bellevue, WA).

The Calguns Foundation ( is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that serves its members, supporters, and the public through educational, cultural, and judicial efforts to advance Second Amendment and related civil rights.


Klarus Releases New Flashlights [The Firearm Blog]

Klarus Lighting Technology announced a number of new handheld flashlights at the recent SHOT Show in Las Vegas. Here is a quick look at three of them. XT11GT This is a tactical style flashlight in the company’s Military/LE line. It features a top output of 2,000 lumens with a 50 minute run time. The light […]

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Review: Vickers Tactical Mag Catch And Slide Stop For the Glock 43 [The Firearm Blog]

When I first heard about the Vickers Tactical Mag Catch and Slide Stop I thought to myself, this is a solution looking for a problem. Many months later I gave in and bought both of them for my Glock 43 to see what all the fuss was about. Like several other products I have reviewed […]

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Using Brady Campaign's Tool To Urge Passage Of S.J.Res. 14 [No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money]

The Brady Campaign is going all out to make sure senior citizens who have trouble managing their finances remain as prohibited persons. It is not merely that they will be prevented from purchasing a firearm but that they will be considered a prohibited person under the Gun Control Act of 1968. While those affected have not been adjudicated as mentally defective as provided by GCA '68, the Social Security Administration still would report them as such to the FBI for inclusion in the NICS Database.

The Brady Campaign is saying that there are 11 undecided senators. They don't name them. If your home state senator is one of these undecideds, the Brady telephone tool connects you to their office. If not, then you are connected at random to one of the other senators. I just tried it and I wasn't connected to either of the senators from North Carolina who, by the way, I had already called urging passage of S.J.Res. 14.

I love using the resources of the anti-rights gun prohibitionists to advance a pro-rights agenda!

Breaking news: We're within just a few votes of victory and we need you!Dear ,
The time to act is now!
Yesterday, we asked you to email your Senator and demand that they vote no on a bill to roll back protections that keep guns out of the hands of people who are a danger to themselves or others.
TODAY the Senate is expected to vote on whether to erase a critical part of the Brady background check law that prevents people most at risk from accessing guns.
Please take one more action now to let key, undecided senators know we need them to vote against rolling back the protections of the Brady background checks.
Call one of the key senators today and tell them to vote NO on Senate Joint Resolution 14! Thank you.
Kristin Brown
Chief Strategy Officer
Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence


Maine: Committee Hearing on Ballot Initiative Reform Legislation Rescheduled for Tomorrow! [NRA-ILA News]

Due to inclement weather, the Veteran and Legal Affairs Committee hearing has been postponed until tomorrow, February 15, at 1:00pm.


Overlooked Quality AR-15 Magazines []

When someone mentions AR-15 magazines, what brands usually come to mind?  The answer usually depends on the price range that consumers look at.  For the most part, the Pmag and D&H are usually the first magazines that come to mind.

Besides Pmag and D&H, what are some other quality magazines?

With AR-15 magazines there are three different groups.  The ones who are willing to spend the money to get top quality, the middle group and then the ones who only buy the cheapest of the cheap.  For the sake of discussion, let’s stay away from the cheapest lowest priced magazines.

NHMTG / Okay Industries

As of the writing of this article, NHMTG AR-15 magazines are going away. Which is too bad because they are probably the highest rated magazines on the market. Due to their quality, NHMTG magazines demand a premium price.

NHMTG also manufactures magazines for various brand names.

Okay Industries’ SureFeed magazines are also top quality. These are going to cost just slightly less than the NHMTG. Prices I have seen are anywhere from $9.99 – $13.99.

Okay and NHMTG are both aluminum construction.

Troy Battlemag

The Battlemag is the Pmags red headed polymer cousin.  I have seen Troy Battlemag prices anywhere from $5.99 – $9.99.

There seems to be mixed emotions about the Troy Battlemag AR-15 magazines.  Some people swear by them, others curse them.

Maybe people do not trust the Troy because they cost less than the Pmag?  Prices I usually see on the Pmag are $9.99 – $13.99.  Depending on which magazines people are comparing, the Troy might cost half that of the Pmag.

I can understand the caution. However, I have never had an issue with them.


New player in the AR-15 market that seems to be making good impressions.  Prices range around $7.99 or so.  Which makes them priced right next to the Troy Battlemag.

I have not seen any bad reviews of the Hexmag.  Next time I order some AR-15 magazines, I will have to get some of them.


An often overlooked brand name in the AR-15 market. What puts me off the Lancer, is they are priced slightly more than a Pmag.

Lancers are supposed to have a good reputation.  However, I can not bring myself to justify the price when there are so many lower priced quality magazines on the market.

Buyers Market For AR-15 Magazines

As I write this article, I am 49 years old and have been keeping up with the gun market since the 1980s.  I have never seen the market flush with so many quality AR-15 products and at such great prices.

If you are sitting on the fence debating on whether to buy AR-15 magazines, I say buy as many as you want now.

This is truly a buyers’ market.

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Canadians Looking For New Service Handgun [The Firearm Blog]

Possibly one of the last of the Five Eyes countries to retain a Second World War era handgun, the Canadian Forces announced plans to begin the solicitation and testing process of finding a handgun to replace the currently issued 9x19mm Browning Hi-Powers. According to the National Post, current Hi Power numbers are hovering around 13,000 and […]

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Gun industry seeks to ease gov't restrictions on suppressors [NRA-ILA News]

Emboldened by the election of Donald Trump as president, the gun industry is renewing a push in Congress to ease restrictions on silencers, arguing that they help preserve the hearing of gun users.


2020 Challengers; Murphy For President? [NRA-ILA News]

Murphy's political star has risen as he's battled Congressional Republicans and Trump. At the Democratic National Convention in July, Murphy spoke about the Sandy Hook school shooting, which happened a month after he was elected, and blamed Republicans for their inaction on gun control.


Gun rights advocates in California brace for long battle over restrictions [NRA-ILA News]

Gun rights advocates in California are preparing to file a series of lawsuits challenging voter- and legislature-approved gun control measures in what could be the opening salvo in a prolonged legal battle over the state’s latest firearms restrictions.


Legislation would block guns from California schools [NRA-ILA News]

Newly proposed legislation would ban guns entirely from California schools, putting an end to policies at a handful of campuses across the state that allow certain teachers to carry weapons – including Kingsburg Joint Union High School District.


Connecticut: Gun Owners Oppose Pistol-Permit Fee Hikes [NRA-ILA News]

Gun owners are highly upset that Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is proposing to more than double pistol-permit fees – saying that only the wealthy will eventually have Second Amendment rights.


Connecticut: Furor over Malloy’s plan to jack up pistol permit fees [NRA-ILA News]

Connecticut — a cradle of the firearms industry and focal point of the national gun-control debate since the 2012 school shooting in Newtown — could soon rival New York City for the highest gun permit fees in the nation.


Massachusetts: Licenses surge in Brockton region [NRA-ILA News]

Although Massachusetts tends to sit on the lower end of the gun ownership scale nationally, the number of people getting licensed to carry them here has still increased over the last seven years. The South Shore and Brockton areas are no exception.


Frank Wesson’s Rimfire Carbine (Video) [Forgotten Weapons]

First patented in 1859 and sold as a sporting rifle before the Civil War (in calibers 32, 38, and 41 rimfire), Frank Wesson added a military model with a 24 inch barrel and chambered for .44 Rimfire. His carbine was simple and efficient – although too simple and efficient for most troops to like. Distinctive for its dual triggers, the Frank Wesson carbine was a single shot rifle with a barrel that tipped up for loading when the front trigger was pressed (the rear trigger fired the weapon).

The carbine’s major shortcoming was its lack of an extractor – meaning that removing a fired case required prying with fingernail or a knife in the best case, and using a cleaning rod down the bore in the worst case. Despite this, Wesson did succeed in selling 4-5000 of his military pattern carbines to state militias including Kansas, Indiana, Missouri, and Kentucky (and a paltry 150  to the Federal government). They did see use through the Civil War, and Wesson continued to improve the design (by adding an extractor, among other changes) and selling it commercially until 1888. The carbines found their way out West, and were used by Indians and settlers alike, thanks to their rugged simplicity.


Firearm Showcase: The Winchester SPIW Flechette Rifles at the Cody Firearms Museum – HIGH RES PICS! [The Firearm Blog]

In January, just before the 2017 SHOT Show, I got the opportunity to travel to Cody Wyoming to visit the Cody Firearms Museum at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West, to see some of their rare firearms and bring photos of them to our readers. Today we’ll be looking at not one, but two […]

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The Taurus way to a 5.56x45mm rifle [The Firearm Blog]

As you may (or not) have seen among  the myriad of AR platforms in different calibers fighting for the attendees’ attention during this year’s SHOT Show,  Brazil’s Forjas Taurus is another entrant in this apparently crowded market segment with its T4 (or FAT 556, in some earlier fact sheets), an M4 clone fully manufactured in […]

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Laser Range Finders at the USMC Squad Level [The Firearm Blog]

Marine Corps Times has reported that Marine Corps Systems Command (MARCORSYSCOM) is in the process of evaluating a number of either picatinny mounted or scope integrated laser range finders to issue at the squad leader level in the infantry. The budget for the system is around $16 Million, with the overall goal to get 1,800 […]

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RIA BLOG: The Electric Walther FP Pistol [The Firearm Blog]

I am not afraid to admit it, one of the nicest triggers I’ve pulled has been attached to a high end air gun. The Daystate Airwolf has an electronic trigger that is silky smooth, producing repeatable sub-MOA targets. Our friends at the Rock Island Auction Company recently wrote about a very unique rimfire pistol with an […]

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3-D Printed .22LR Form 1 Suppressor [The Firearm Blog]

I am willing to bet that when the National Firearms Act of 1934 was enacted, no one in the the government, firearms industry or the general public envisioned technologies like 3-D printers being used to create gun parts. Let alone being used to make silencers. Eighty years later, a machine simple enough to be run […]

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NEW: TangoDown iO MRO Protective Cover [The Firearm Blog]

TangoDown has developed a slim fit protective cover for the Trijicon Miniature Rifle Optic (MRO). Designed to take the impact of bumps and abrasions, the lightweight polyurethane cover comes in black or FDE but can be dipped or painted with most coverings. For $35, the iO cover is cheap insurance for your pricey optic. TangoDown iO […]

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Uberti’s 1858 Buffalo Bill Centennial [The Firearm Blog]

Buffalo Bill revolverOn January 10, 1917, William “Buffalo Bill” Cody died. A larger than life figure of the time, Buffalo Bill’s life was tied to the firearm. First as scout for the US Army in the Utah War and then as a private in the 7th Kansas Cavalry during the Civil War. After the Civil War, he […]

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OKC Dozier Strike Knife [The Firearm Blog]

Dozier StrikeOntario Knife Company (aka: OKC) announced a new Bob Dozier designed knife for 2017. Called the Dozier Strike Knife, this is a lock back folder designed for every day carry. According to the company, the ideal EDC knife should be “slim, durable and just the right size to handle any task.” The knife has a […]

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Monday, 13 February


PMC Reintroduces Starfire Line [The Firearm Blog]

PMC Ammunition announced that the company was reintroducing the Starfire line of ammunition in 2017. The new loads are said to improve both expansion and penetration. Additionally, the company specially worked the load of the 9mm to make it “completely reliable” in full auto firearms in addition to semi-automatic handguns. The new ammo will be […]

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So What Happens if the Hearing Protection Act Passes? – My Opinion [The Firearm Blog]

While TFB endeavors to avoid the politics itself, we do deal with the fallout of various political decisions. California’s new “gun control” laws being a perfect example of it, prompting innovation for “features” that previously that did not exist. Another is the Hearing Protection Act, which is having ramifications within the market today, intentional or […]

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Oklahoma: Pro-Gun Legislation to be Heard in Senate Committee Tomorrow [NRA-ILA News]

Tomorrow, February 14, the Oklahoma Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled to consider Senate Bill 275.


The Oroville Dam And Prepping Plans []

The Oroville Dam is a good example of having to get out and get out in a hurry.  It is also an example of how prepping should be more than just stockpiling.

On Reddit, there is a thread asking, “I’m near the Oroville dam….. What do I need to get right now?”  A lot of preppers are so focused on stockpiling beans, bullets and band-aids, they do not have evacuation plans.

Bug Out Bag

Keep a bag ready with stuff like clothing, copies of titles, deeds, insurance papers, phone numbers, maps, birth certificates, freeze dried meals, bottles of water… etc.

Shortly after Hurricane Katrina, my employer was coordinating relief efforts for families who had evacuated to a rural community in Southeast Texas.  The people arriving to the community had been put on a bus and shipped out of New Orleans with no idea where they were going.

A good number of families only had the clothes on their backs.  Others may have had a suitcase, but no important paperwork.  A lot of the families who evacuated for Katrina did not have documents for their children to enroll in the local school.  However, the schools made an exception to the required paperwork.

Worse case situation, the people below the Oroville Dam may be away from home for awhile.  When evacuating it is important to bring spare clothes, medicine, pets and paperwork.

Have A Place To Go

One of the big issues with a natural disaster is having a place to go.  Hotels and motels will be full.  Roads will be jammed, gas will be sold out.

Rather than driving and hoping to find a place to stay, have a friend or family member out of the affected zone.  When Southeast Texas evacuated for Hurricane Rita, a buddy of mine ended up 400 miles away in a hotel.

In a lot of cases, people stay in hotels until their credit cards are maxed out, then they have no other option but to look for a community shelter.  Maybe a church, school, somewhere the family can stay and get a hot meal.

Heed The Warnings

If the authorities say to get out, get your stuff and leave.

When Hurricane Ike made landfall in Galveston Texas, a lot of people did not heed the evacuation warnings.  Communities of beach front homes along the Gulf Coast were leveled.  The people who decided to stay payed the ultimate price.

There is nothing worth your life.  When the flood waters get high enough that you realize you made a mistake, emergency crews will not be able to help you.

Oroville Dam

As of February 13, 2017 the Oroville Dam situation is still developing.  The water level of the lake is supposed to be receding but more rain is expected.

Regardless of what happens, use the Oroville Dam situation to review your personal emergency plans.


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I Thought We Were Partners In The Fight For The Second Amendment (Updated) [No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money]

The Second Amendment does not say "the right of the people to keep and bear firearms shall not be infringed". Rather, it says "the right of the people to keep and bear ARMS shall not be infringed." Various courts have found that the term "arms" includes not only firearms but also knives and non-lethal weapons such as stun guns.

Doug Ritter, founder and chairman of Knife Rights, calls their fight "the second front in the defense of the Second Amendment." Todd Rathner, Director of Legislative Affairs for Knife Rights, is also a member of the Board of Directors of the NRA and has fought for the liberalization of laws against suppressors and those against switchblades and other knives. I would wager that over 99% of gun owners support their efforts to change laws against switchblades, dirks, daggers, and other knives.

It is against this background that I was incredibly saddened to see a sign in the window of Microtech Knives posting the premises against concealed carry of firearms. You can see the sign circled to the left of the front door in the picture below.

The Complementary Spouse and I were driving to dinner when we came across the industrial park where Microtech South is located. We took a short detour through the park because I had always wondered about their location. That was when I saw the sign.

Microtech has a well deserved reputation for producing high end knives and especially automatic knives aka switchblades. Their knives sell in the hundreds of dollars. They even had a firearms division called MSAR at one time. Their founder, Anthony Marfione, has even been on the Board of Regents of the American Knife and Tool Institute which fights for knife owner's rights.

I should point out that I explicitly recognize the right of the owners of private property to either post or not post their premises at their own discretion.

However, is it too much to expect a knife company to recognize gun rights in the same manner we in the gun culture recognize knife rights? I thought we were all in this fight together.

UPDATE: One of the comments below is from Dan Lawson who is general counsel to Microtech. In the interest of fairness, I am reprinting it here so that his comments will not be overlooked.
Microtech is very supportive of the individual right to keep and bear arms. To us, this means that individuals have the right to possess and carry weapons in case of a confrontation.

We view this as a fundamental and inalienable right with which all are created. We also recognize that “arms” within the scope and meaning of the right encompasses anything an individual wears for his or her “ defence, or takes into his hands, or useth in wrath to cast at or strike another” ; within the words of Heller.

Essentially everyone at Microtech is armed all the time. Everybody has a knife. We make the best edged arms in the class. We also have a “Proprietary Armed Security Force” on premises. Our employees and friends know us as avid owners and users of firearms.

The Microtech facility is not a place open to the public. We do, as a part of our security program, reserve the right to ask that visitors with whom we have no experience or familiarity not bring firearms into the secured spaces. We do not “post against carry” and certainly do not discourage people from exercising their rights.

Dan Lawson, General Counsel, Microtech Knives, Inc.
I'm happy to see a response from Microtech and glad to see their reaffirmation of a commitment to the Second Amendment. I do take issue with Mr. Lawson's assertion that they don't post against carry. The sign by the door indicates, in my opinion, that they do post against carry and it would carry the force of law in the state of North Carolina. 

§ 14-415.11(c)(8) of the NC General Statutes states you cannot carry even with a permit on "On any private premises where notice that carrying a concealed handgun is prohibited by the posting of a conspicuous notice or statement by the person in legal possession or control of the premises."

UPDATE II: Microtech Knives posted on their Facebook page that they've taken down the no CCW post sign. I can confirm this is correct as I drove by their facility within the last hour and checked.

One of the comments earlier asked if all the others in their industrial park were posted against carry. The answer is no. While I didn't go door to door to look for little, tiny posted post against carry decals, I didn't see any other facility in the area including their next door neighbor, a pottery store, that were posted as I drove slowly by each building.

I would like to point people to Oleg Volk's share of my original post as it has a lot of interesting comments including ones from Dan Lawson and Anthony Marfione. Jonathan Sullivan aka Linoge also has generated some good comments in response to his share of my post.

I was amused by a post by Todd Underwood of United Gun Group who characterized my post as "a poorly written article". That is his opinion with which I, unsurprisingly, disagree. He bases much of his response on a comment by Microtech's general counsel Dan Lawson. You can see my response to that above.

Private property is private property and the owners or those in control of the premises are free to do what they will including posting it against carry. Signs, however, do not and will not stop a person or persons intent on causing those in the building harm. Concealed carry permit holders are the good guys and have had their bonafides attested to by a criminal background check. A more reasonable sign and one I've seen on the doors of a number of gun shops might say, "We respect the right to carry concealed. We ask that you keep your firearm holstered while on our premises." If I had seen such a sign, I would have publicized it just as quickly as the sign that has caused this controversy.


Bug Out Power Grid []

As I stood on the front porch of my urban house last month, I watched as an approaching thunderstorm was closing fast. The wind picked up, trees bent over, and stuff started sailing down the street. Then things really got nasty.

Rain was blowing horizontal. Lightning strikes were too close to the neighborhood to be comfortable yet the storm sirens in town never went off. I never heard thunder like that. It was a terrible storm. Then the power went out.

The next morning a huge tree limb was down in my yard and a neighbor across the street lost an entire tree. Several other huge oaks were down in the area one nearly missing a house. The power was still out.

The outside temperatures were running into the high 90s with a southern humidity to match. The inside house temperature reached 80+ degrees during the day. We were without power for 42 hours due to a series of power lines being down and it seemed to take the power company an inordinate amount of time to fix everything. This was in effect a mini-SHTF.

Now, think down the road about selecting a potential site for a temporary or even a permanent bug out relocation site. Maybe it would be just a campsite in the woods on a small tract of private property, or a hook up location for an RV, camping trailer, or a mobile home. It could even be the permanent site for a secondary fixed structure home. What is the long-term reliability of the utility power source in that area? Some locations are more prone to power outages than others.

As you research potential areas for a bug out site selection, conduct some inquiries with the local power utility company as to outages in the area. If there are other residents nearby, ask them. Use your own discretion about what to reveal about your own personal relocation plans.

When you pick a site and arrange for an electrical power connection, see if that can be done underground. If poles are needed to run the power, pick routes away from trees or other obstructions that might interfere with power delivery.

If you are not that familiar with the general area, do some research on prevailing weather trends. Certainly avoid “tornado alleys” and such. Plan on buying your own gasoline power generator as a backup, too just in case.

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First Look: the Galil ACE Pistol []

I was fortunate to be one of the first writers to get my hands on the newly introduced Galil ACE GAP39SB. For those not familiar with the original Galil line, it was developed in the 1960s and has been tuned and tweaked over the years by IWI. The original design was an adaptation of the AK platform.

In this case, IWI’s Galil ACE GAP39 pistol has been fitted with a new style Sig Brace with folding adapter and now has the GAP30SB model name.

The ACE GAP39 pistols are all fed via AK compatible magazines – -in this case IWI includes a magpul AK PMag with the pistol.

If you want to mess some stuff up and need a small package to do it, this thing is freaking awesome. At this point we only have around 300 rounds through it, but it was fast targeting, 100% reliable, quick handling and impressively accurate for an AK 47 style pistol with a tiny 8.3” barrel.

Loud? Hell yes, but not as bad as I have experienced with my Century Arms AK pistols.

Notably the recoil was much more controllable than the AK pistols I have shot. Actually I love this pistol and format. I immediately started thinking of my friends at S.W.H.A.T — Special Weapons Hogs and Tactics, because this would be a great option for the backup guy responsible for managing charging boars.

A simple and inexpensive Bushnell TRS-25 was mounted to the integrated picatinny rail on the bolt cover. Generally this never works, but IWI has managed to engineer the top cover in a way that it is rigid and will still hold zeros shot after shot. I had no issues painting a 1” ragged hole at 25-yards with the little pistol off of sand bags or hammering the 300 yard 12” gong shot after shot.

Beyond less recoil and improved accuracy over typical AK variants, other refinements include really nice adjustable tritium sights with a 0-300 and 300-600 yard AR style aperture flip sights, integrated picatinny handguard rails and covers, integrated light switch hole on the covers, ambi-safety selector, and standard muzzle RH threads with a lock nut.

Look for a full review soon, but barring any issues I will have a few of my other AK pistols up for sale. So far the Galil GAP39SP is lighter, softer recoiling, more accurate, and much more ergonomic than AK pistols I own and have tested in the past, but it should be at twice the price with an $1850 MSRP.

IWI Marketing Info on the GAP39SB

The Galil ACE SB features a side-folding Stabilizing Brace, produced for IWI US by SB Tactical LLC, designers and manufacturers of the original SB15 and SB47 Pistol Stabilizing Braces. Originally designed as a means for persons with limited mobility to operate and fire the AR-15 pistol, the custom adaptation of the Stabilizing Brace to the Galil ACE pistol takes the application of large frame pistol control and stabilization to a new level. With the IWI brace’s unique sidefolding feature, the Galil ACE SB can be fired with or without the brace extended depending on the shooters need. With the brace in the folded position, storage space required in your safe or range/rifle bag is minimized.

In all other respects, the Galil ACE GAP39SB is identical to the GAP39.

The modernized Galil ACE is based upon the reliable mechanism of the original Galil assault rifle first developed by IMI in the late 1960’s. Drawing inspiration from the legendary Russian AK-47 and the Finnish Valmet RK 62, the IWI Galil ACE has been continuously improved over the last 40+ years, resulting in today’s extremely reliable and highly accurate Galil ACE.

Improvements made since the original Galil was first developed include:

  • Charging handle (reciprocating) moved to the left side of the milled steel receiver allowing for weak hand operation
  • Weight reduction with the use of modern polymers
  • AKM/AK-47 magazine compatibility
  • Full length 2-piece Picatinny top rail
  • Picatinny tri-rail forearm with built in, slide on/ off rail covers with pressure switch access
  • Fully adjustable iron sights with Tritium front post


  • Caliber: 7.62x39mm
  • Action Semi-auto
  • Operating System Closed rotating bolt, long stroke gas piston
  • Magazine Type MAGPUL MOE AK/AKM PMAG
  • Magazine Capacity 30 rounds
  • Barrel Material Cold hammer forged, CrMoV, chrome lined
  • Barrel Length           8.3″
  • Overall Length 26.75″
  • Weight 6.5 lbs w/out Magazine
  • Rifling Right Hand, 1:9.45 inch twist
  • Brace Color Black
  • Sights Adjustable with Tritium front post and 2-dot Tritium rear aperture.
  • MSRP $1,849
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Montana: Pro-Gun Legislation on the Move [NRA-ILA News]

Currently awaiting a vote on the Senate floor is constitutional/permitless carry legislation, House Bill 262.


Integrally Suppressed Rugers From Witt Machine []

Once you have gone down the path of shooting suppressed, you simply want everything you shoot to be suppressed. Or so has been my experience. Currently, all of my cans are external components. Don’t get me wrong, they work great, and are a great choice for pistols and “modern sporting” style rifles. That said I’ve been eyeballing different options for my precision rifles.

Witt Machine & Tool definitely does great work, last year even showcasing a suppressed M1919 at SHOT 2016:. They are now building an integrally suppressed Ruger Precision Rifle in .308 (supplied by MachineGun Tours out of Colorado). The initial run will be 7 units

Technical Specifications

  • 8″ Stainless Steel monocore pinned to the factory Ruger barrel.
  • 24″+ Titanium oversleeve, Titanium front and rear sealing rings.
  • secured by 6 socket head screws that lock the entire system into place
  • No need for re-zero after servicing.
  • 15″ PHNX HexGuard fitted to allow room over the suppressor sleeve (includes 1x 4” Rail) – No Other Handguard Options available currently.
  • OVERALL Integrally Suppressed Barrel Length 28”
  • ONLY 20.5 ounces additional (NIB Weight: 10lbs 9.3 ounces; Integrally Suppressed Ruger Weight: 11lbs 13.8 ounces)
  • Titanium Sleeve Color Options: Polished Ti, Graphite Black, Flat Dark Earth
  • Bipod and Scope not included in the price.

Obviously, all NFA Rules apply (until hopefully the ATF removes suppressors from the clutches of the GCA or the Hearing Protection Act gets passed). Until then you can pre-order one for $2900 here.

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New Para-Claw Offers An “Edge” To Survival Paracord Bracelets []

 Survivalists, campers, hunters and other outdoorsmen have long used essential life-saving paracord bracelets for those possible times when the SHTF. But the new “Para-Claw by the Denver-based Outdoor Edge company may be the best new wrinkle on the product to date.
Wear the Para-Claw anywhere and have an inconspicuous utility/personal defense knife always at the ready. Developed by retired bounty hunter Fugi Escobido and Outdoor Edge’s David Bloch, this innovative new knife is an essential tool for any adventurer or survivalist.
The Para-Claw features a 1.5-inch razor sharp grounded hawkbill blade with a stealthy BlackStone finish. The blade is integrally molded to a glass/nylon guard that ties into the bracelet. Handle grooves and a series of notches on the thumb ramp ensure a positive grip. The patent-pending sheath system locks the knife securely for immediate deployment in any situation. Once deployed, the paracord bracelet forms the knife handle.
Each bracelet is hand-tied from 550 paracord and is available in three sizes and colors. The bracelet has an adjustable loop to fine-tune the fit and a steel T-post for easy attachment. The medium and large Para-Claw are offered in both black and woodland camo, and the small is available in a purple-black two-tone.
It soon will be available at retailers nationwide and online in May at for  $29.95.

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New Chili Seasoning May Be The Best Thing Ever For Venison []

 What to do with that freezer full of venison?
Chili is an obvious and delicious answer, and a new chili seasoning from one of the best wild game seasoning sources in America is sure to make hunters lick their chops.
Hi Mountain Seasonings (world renowned for its jerky making kits and high quality seasonings) has introduced a new Chili Seasoning—a zesty blend of authentic flavors including chili pepper, cumin, garlic, salt, black pepper, paprika, turmeric and onion — perfect for deer and other wild red meat big game (elk, caribou, moose, antelope, etc.).
Whether you are preparing a feast for the family or impressing the judges, the new Hi Mountain Seasonings Chili Seasoning will make your chili a winner. The 7.4 oz. shaker bottle will flavor approximately 9 lbs. of meat.
The bottle also has an easy-to-follow Hi Mountain Seasonings recipe for preparing a hearty, flavorful chili with beef, venison or any game fare you prefer. Preparing a hearty batch of chili has never been easier or better.
It’s available for $9 at retailers and online at, along with Hi Mountain’s entire line of products, cooking tips, instructional videos, and recipes are also available at

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Wisconsin: Assembly Committee Scheduled to Vote on CCW Renewal Legislation [NRA-ILA News]

On Wednesday, February 15, at 10:00am, the Assembly Committee on State Affairs is holding an Executive Session on Assembly Bill 28.


Kentucky: Urge Your Legislators to Support Constitutional/Permitless Carry Legislation [NRA-ILA News]

It is critical you contact your State Senator and State Representative and urge them to support constitutional/permitless carry legislation.


CT: Pistol permit fee hikes prompt a sharp rebuke of Governor Malloy [NRA-ILA News]

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s proposal to bolster state pistol permitting fees drew a sharp response from the National Rifle Association, a Connecticut-based advocacy group and top Republican officials. The Democratic governor’s new two-year budget, released last Wednesday, would increase the state portion of the pistol permit fee from $70 to $300, and of the initial five-year permit from $140 to $370. A separate background check fee would rise from $50 to $75.


Magtech 9mm 147 gr Bonded JHP (Ammo & Gel Test Review) [The Firearm Blog]

Introduced in 2016, the Magtech 9mm 147 gr Bonded JHP has a chemically bonded jacket which prevents fragmentation. In TFBTV’s first ammunition review, Andrew discusses the round, its construction and performance in ballistic gel and though water. Thanks to our sponsors:  Ventura Munitions – Retailer of quality ammunition.  Proxibid – Shop For Home Defense Pistols Online Here

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Surprising Rifle Accuracy Commercial [The Firearm Blog]

Saw this posted on Facebook. It is a commercial with a surprise ending. Watch the video below first. Ok, did you watch the video? You weren’t expecting that were you? I sure did not. Kudos to Doppelherz for a cool commercial. Does anyone recognize the make and model? It sort of looks like a Savage […]

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Some Tips On Buying A Mini-14 []

The Ruger Mini-14 was introduced in 1973 and has gained a loyal following over the decades.  The first time I saw a Mini-14 was while watching the TV series A-team.  It seemed like every episode the A-team would have a gun fight, and not a single person ever got hurt.

The Mini looks like a small M-14, thus the name, Mini-14.  The M-14 is chambered in 308 Winchester / 7.62 NATO while the Mini-14 is chambered in 223 Remington.

I got my first Mini-14 around 1984 or so.  The rifle was accurate, fun to shoot and reliable.  One thing that I like about the Mini, it looks like a regular hunting rifle.  So many shooters are leaning towards the AR-15 and military style firearms.  It is nice see a rifle that looks like it belongs on a farm and not in the military.

If you are thinking about getting a new rifle, but unsure of what to look at, here is some information to help you on your journey.

Thinking of Buying a Mini-14.

Looking for advice on purchasing a used mini 14.

Buying my first Mini-14.

What to look for when buying a mini.

First Time Out With My Latest Mini.

Several months after I got my mini I put a folding stock on it. It just did not look right. The rifle looks so much better with the classic wood stock and maybe a scope.

I have owned both the Mini-14 and the Mini-30.  Between the two, the 14 is my favorite.  The 30 is just like the 14, but chambered in 7.62X39.

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South Dakota House Committee to Hear Constitutional Permitless Carry Legislation on Wednesday [NRA-ILA News]

This Wednesday, February 15, the House State Affairs Committee is scheduled to hear constitutional/permitless carry legislation, House Bill 1072.


Six Towing Products That Are Maybe Less-Than-Great []

We outdoor lovers do lots of towing, whether we’re hauling the boat to the lake, pulling a travel trailer to a hunt camp, or hauling UTVs, tractors, or other power equipment. Towing products are big business, and there are many great products out there. Unfortunately, it seems like there are two or more not-so-great ideas for every good one. Here are a few towing products that made us shake our heads and wonder why (although some seem okay at first glance).

Give them a look and see if you agree.

Reel Quik Hitch

Hitching up a trailer can be a chore, especially when the trailer is heavy and the tongue can’t be moved by hand. In those cases, you have to get the hitch ball right under the trailer coupler. But the Reel Quik Hitch can be extended to the rear and off to one side… then you can hook up the trailer to the ball and crrrrraaank on a reel to get the hitch folded up again. Replace some pins and go happily on your way. Right? It’s Hitchrific!!

Except that it costs $350-$400, is more complex and less rugged than a standard hitch drawbar, and might just herniate you if you have to “reel in” a heavy trailer.

The good news is, Reel Quik Hitch can swing a hitch-haul out of your way so you can open the back of your truck… but something tells me that problem can be solved more easily for a lot less money.

Hitch Loadmate

The Hitch Loadmate was apparently such a flop that the website has disappeared… and with good reason, if you ask me. It’s essentially a trailer tongue dolly — that you haul between your tow vehicle and trailer.

The “advantage” would appear to be that the Hitch Loadmate supports the tongue weight of your trailer, so your tow vehicle doesn’t squat in the rear. But that puts the tongue weight on the Hitch Loadmate’s two tires.

So you’ll have two more tires to maintain and replace, two more sets of wheel bearings to take care of, and all the motorized mechanical stuff to worry about (it slides to the rear when you shift into reverse). Plus you will need someplace to store it, preferably under a roof.

No thanks.

Lock ‘N’ Roll Trailer Hitch

Lock ‘N’ Roll is a trailer coupling system that replaces the hitch ball & coupler with a more complex mechanism. The good news is that it allows a wide range of motion, arguably making it better than a ball hitch for off-road towing on uneven terrain… but each of those pivot points seems like it’d be more prone to wear than a ball & coupler.

I had to snicker at the end of the video, where they showed some boat towing on some pretty mild terrain, presumably to demonstrate how good this is on uneven ground.

The hardest sell of all is that this system will never become standard, and you have to change out the coupler on every trailer before you can tow with this system. Un-good.

Max Coupler

The Max Coupler is another system to replace the old ball system of trailer hitch, but like others, it seems to have too many moving parts. Full articulation is nice, but more than one YouTube video shows a Max Coupler with what seems to be excess “slop” — which may or may not indicate accelerated wear.

Personally, I don’t like that the cross pin — the same style pin used to hold a drawbar into a hitch receiver — is used as a pivot point. Holding a hitch into a receiver puts a lot less stress on that skinny pin than this hitch system does.

Smart Trailer

The so-called Smart Trailer doesn’t seem very smart to this guy. To use it, you have to install an elaborate hitch on your tow vehicle. The trailer attaches to that hitch via two — yes, two — traditional hitch ball couplers.

The weight of the trailer and its cargo is supported by a pair of swiveling wheels, which make backing up a breeze — but which don’t look particularly robust for highway use. It also appears that the loaded trailer would be fairly “tippy” when unhitched, so it might be tough to unhitch and store the trailer while it’s still loaded.


Never Miss Hitch

The Never Miss Hitch is another thing that started as a good idea, then became too elaborate and costly — and with too many loose pieces to keep track of and store. Who’s gonna shell out $150 for this thing? (But if you want to, here’s the link.)

Even if it wasn’t obscenely overpriced, I couldn’t NOT include this video… because it is one of the cheesiest of all. It’s riddled with misspellings and looks pretty dumb to boot. Enjoy!

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Washington: Gun Control Bills to be Voted on in House Committee [NRA-ILA News]

This Thursday, February 16th, the Washington House Judiciary Committee is scheduled to vote on House Bill 1387 and House Bill 1122.


California DOJ Withdraws “Assault Weapon” Regulations [NRA-ILA News]

As previously reported, after the California Department of Justice submitted regulations regarding newly classified “assault weapons” to the Office of Administrative Law (“OAL”) for publication in the California Code of Regulations (CCR), NRA and California Rifle & Pistol Association submitted a joint-letter to the DOJ explaining the flaws in the regulations and demanding that the regulations be withdrawn or we would be forced to pursue legal action.


POTD: H&K MP7 Briefcase [The Firearm Blog]

Independant Studio Services aka ISS Weapons posted a picture of a rare MP7 Deployment briefcase. I have not found any information on this if it is an actual H&K product like the original MP5K briefcase which you can see Rusty’s lightning review here. The MP5K briefcase was designed to fire the MP5K while it was […]

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New Mexico Sheriffs’ Association Opposes Bloomberg Gun Control Bills [NRA-ILA News]

Fairfax, Va.— Today the New Mexico Sheriffs’ Association issued a statement opposing two gun control bills in the New Mexico legislature.  All 33 of the state's sheriffs now statement oppose House Bill 50 and Senate Bill 48 calling the bills "part of a national gun control agenda funded by New York billionaire Michael Bloomberg… [that] would criminalize virtually every private firearms transfer in the state.”


Woman shoots man trying to rob her [NRA-ILA News]

A woman shot and killed an attempted robber Thursday afternoon after he and one other man tried to rob three people in her apartment. According St. Louis Metropolitan police, Jarrett Richardson and one other man entered the apartment on the 1800 block of Cass Avenue through the unlocked door and demanded money from the two women and one man inside. During the incident, one of the women pulled out a gun and shot at Richardson, killing him. The second suspect ran off and is still at large. Richardson, 20, was a Cahokia, Ill., resident.


Gun-toting Walmart customer stops parking lot fight involving knife, baseball bat [NRA-ILA News]

Police say a fight involving a knife and a baseball bat at an east Topeka Walmart ended when a man carrying a gun intervened. One person was stabbed in the incident, which occurred around 4 p.m. at the Walmart located at 2630 SE California. Topeka Police Sgt. Josh Klamm says a disturbance between two men – one of armed with a knife, the other with a bat – started inside the store. The altercation then spilled outside into the parking lot. A witness told WIBW News Now one of the men had gone outside to get a bat from his car when he was stabbed. The witness, who requested their name be withheld, says the stabbing victim chased the other man through the parking lot and hit him with the bat.


Accused burglar caught after homeowner pulls a gun on him [NRA-ILA News]

A burglar working on entering a rear slider door found himself face to face with the armed resident and took flight into the waiting clutches of police. According to Cape Coral Police, around 1:30am Friday, officers responded to a burglary in progress in the 100 block of SW 22nd Court. The resident at the home told police he had scared away a burglar from his rear lanai with a revolver as the burglar attempted to enter the rear slider door. The resident provided a description of the suspect, and a perimeter was quickly established. When an officer on the perimeter investigated a nearby dog barking, he located 20-year-old Jacob Cintra. Police say further investigation revealed Cintra to have been the one attempting to break into the house, and also that he had burglarized the resident's car before trying the house.


New Hampshire: Anti-Gun Bills to be Voted On This Week! [NRA-ILA News]

This week, the House of Representatives have scheduled possible votes on two anti-gun bills.  It is important that you email and call your state Representative and urge them to OPPOSE House Bill 201 and House Bill 350.


The MAKO Group and Meprolight Release of the MX3 Flip Magnifier [The Firearm Blog]

Meprolight, manufacturers of various sighting systems including the innovative Bullseye handgun sighting system, have announced the release of their own flip-to-side magnifier for red-dot and similar 1x optics. The new MX3-F includes a flip to side mount with the magnifier that includes a Q/D rail interface for quick donning and doffing of the magnifier when […]

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Georgia: Anti-Gun Legislation Introduced in the House [NRA-ILA News]

House Bill 232 was recently introduced in the Georgia House of Representatives.


Time to license guns - for journalists [NRA-ILA News]

As big supporters of the Second Amendment, we have long opposed any suggestion that a license should be required to own a gun.On reflection, maybe licensing is a good idea — at least for journalists. Or at least for journalists at The Washington Post.


Arizona varmint bill goes to heart of how we view liberty [NRA-ILA News]

Snakes and rats beware! The Arizona state Legislature just voted to pass an amendment to state law making it legal to discharge firearms within city limits, and, by the wording of the bill, it is for specified sized pellets described as rat shot or snake shot. Though the language of the measure, and the messaging surrounding it, is somewhat humorous, the core issue it addresses is at the heart of American conceptions of liberty.


San Francisco city attorney takes aim at five gun companies over alleged sale of standard-capacity magazines [NRA-ILA News]

San Francisco City Atty. Dennis Herrera filed a lawsuit Thursday against five gun suppliers, alleging they violated a state law banning the sale of high-capacity magazines by selling them in pieces and marketing them as “repair kits.”


What they're saying about the Bloomberg gun control bills [NRA-ILA News]

New Mexico Sheriffs Speak Out Against Bills to Criminalize Virtually Every Private Firearms Transfer in New Mexico  “…bill does nothing to protect our citizens.” All 33 of New Mexico’s sheriffs oppose legislation in the Roundhouse that would criminalize virtually all private firearms transfers in the state.  They join a growing number of New Mexicans who are opposing Senate Bill 48 and House Bill 50.


Utah’s “Constitutional Carry” Bill Is MAJORLY Screwed Up [NRA-ILA News]

What if I told you that the Utah House is advancing a so-called “constitutional carry” bill that won’t allow citizens to carry a loaded gun. You’d call that nuts, right? Sadly, that’s exactly what we’re seeing with House Bill 112, which should be mocked as the “Israeli Constitutional Carry” bill, because it does not allow citizens to carry a firearm with a round in the chamber.


Hexmag’s Formal Release of Glock Magazines Set for Spring 2017 [The Firearm Blog]

Hexmag, known for their hexagonal shaped theme, MSR magazines, colored magazine identification system, and a fantastic website, has formally announced post SHOT Show details on their forthcoming Glock compatible magazines. The first model will be a 17 round offering compatible with all full-size and smaller Glock handguns. Unlike the Glock OEM magazines, the Hexmag offering will […]

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Virginia: Your Action Needed - Important Self-Defense Bills Need Your Help [NRA-ILA News]

Several pro-gun bills continue to move through both chambers of the Virginia General Assembly and will be voted on the floor this week.


Senator Ernst Calls for Accelerated US Army Rifle Upgrade Program [The Firearm Blog]

History certainly does repeat itself, at least where Army procurement is concerned. US Senator from Iowa Joni Ernst has, in an address to Vice Chief of Staff Daniel Allyn on Capitol Hill earlier last week, called for a new upgrade program for the US Army’s standard issue rifle. According to, she said: I do […]

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Thrunite TN12 Flashlight Review []

The Thrunite TN12 is not only well rounded, it is one tough flashlight.  I subjected the TN12 to a range of tests and it passed with flying colors.

Thrunite contacted me through my youtube channel and asked if I would like to review one of their flashlights.  I am always in the market for a new flashlight, so I said “sure.”  I had never heard of Thrunite, so I went to Amazon and looked through their line of products.  Overall, I was rather impressed by the number of products the company offers.


  • Uses one 18650 rechargeable battery or two CR123A batteries (not included)
  • Max output: 1100 lumens with XP-L V6
  • Working voltage: 2.7V – 9V
  • Turbo (1100 lumens /estimated run time 95 minutes)
  • Strobe (1100 lumens / estimated run time 3.8 hours)
  • High (435 lumens / estimated run time 4.2 hours)
  • Medium (175 lumens / estimated run time 11.8 hours)
  • Low (18 lumens / estimated run time 5.5 days)
  • Firefly (0.4 lumens / estimated run time 74 days)
  • 5 1/2 inches long
  • 1 inch diameter
  • Weight 4.7 ounces with battery
  • Comes with carry pouch and lanyard


The Thrunite TN12 was subjected to the standard battery of tests – it was frozen, used to drive nails and then ran over with a tractor.

Frozen – The flashlight was put in a jug of water, then put in a deep freezer overnight.  The next day the frozen block of ice was taken outside and thawed.  There was no water inside the flashlight.

Nails – It was then used to drive three 12 penny nails through a 2×4.  I hope the impact test would break something loose, but the TN12 passed the hammer test with flying colors.

Tractor – The TN12 was placed on a road and ran over with a Massey Ferguson 231 tractor. The flashlight did not deform or break.


I live in a rural area and always keep a flashlight handy.  You never know when the dogs will start barking, or when I need to check on the chickens.

The turbo and high modes provide more than enough brightness to light up a field.  Standing maybe 200 – 300 feet from a large red oak tree, I could see the top with no problem.

The turbo setting is 1,100 lumens with an estimated run time of 95 minutes. For what I do around the farm, which is looking for pests around the fields and chicken house, 1,100 lumens is more than enough. Even just the high mode with 435 lumens is plenty.

Thrunite TN12 Final Thoughts

Thrunite TN12 Review

As I write this article, I have been using the Thrunite TN12 for six months.  It has performed exceptionally well and exceeded my expectations.

The lanyard is your standard factory lanyard.  A piece of trot line string or 550 cord would probably be better.  The only reason why I put the factory lanyard on the light, was to give the flashlight an “out of the box” review.

The carry pouch is ok and Is not designed for MOLLE webbing, There is however a D-ring at the top of the pouch.

As of February 11, 2017, the going price is $45.95. For the quality, I feel that the price is right.


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Remington EtronX: Electrically Primed Ammunition (Video) [Forgotten Weapons]

One of the more mainstream attempts at incorporating electronic into firearms technology on the civilian market was the Remington EtronX, introduced in 2000. It consisted of a standard Remington 700 bolt action rifle, with the trigger and firing mechanisms replaced by electric versions. The firing pin itself became an insulated electrode, the trigger operated an electronic switch instead of a mechanical sear, and a 9V battery feeding a capacitor provided the energy to ignite the new type of primer – basically a resistor that would generate heat to ignite a charge of smokeless powder.

Remington made a valiant effort with the EtronX, but came up short. Unfortunately, the only practical advantage to the electronic workings was a reduction in lock time of the action (the delay from trigger press to cartridge ignition). They did in fact achieve a virtual elimination of lock time, but this was not a problem that needed to be addressed for the general sporting rifle market. Between questions about ammunition availability and a general market rejection of electronic component in firearms, the rifle failed to sell, and was dropped from Remington’s catalog in 2003.


Firearm Showcase: The Williams Sporter Carbine at the Cody Firearms Museum – HIGH RES PICS! [The Firearm Blog]

In January, just before the 2017 SHOT Show, I got the opportunity to travel to Cody Wyoming to visit the Cody Firearms Museum at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West, to see some of their rare firearms and bring photos of them to our readers. The folks at the Cody Museum were tremendously helpful […]

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The Fallacy of Reviews – Sample Size of One [The Firearm Blog]

TFB’s reviews are typically the most popular articles and videos that TFB produces. I can say, definitively, that we take great care and pride in testing firearms for our readers. We always work to be as thorough as possible, covering the highs and lows of the latest firearms. We’ve done positive and negative reviews of […]

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Kalashnikov to make a Pump-Action AK Rifle [The Firearm Blog]

Vitaly Kryuchin, the president of Practical Shooting Federation of Russia (the Russian branch of IPSC), has announced, that Kalashnikov Concern is planning to make an AK-based pump-action rifle for the competition shooters. The new rifle will be called KSZ-223 (IZh-1618). Kalashnikov will release the new rifle by the end of February 2017. The drawing above is the […]

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Pimpin’ Ain’t Easy: Gold DP-12 Pump Gun [The Firearm Blog]

gold dp-12If you find yourself itching for something a bit more flashy the next time you are at the range, check out the “EXTREMELY LIMITED EDITION” DP-12 shotgun with a gold colored finish. It can make you the real Man with the Golden Gun (diminutive sidekick sold separately.) Functionally, the gun is the same as the […]

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Mountain Infantry Assaults with Small Arms [The Firearm Blog]

The Bundeswehr social media outlets recently released this training video of a Bavarian mountain battalion executing a vertical ascent and subsequent assault on an enemy position. The video is very interesting to watch when to comes to observing how the Germans perfect their mountain warfare tactics. Notice how the assault team uses a scout to […]

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Caldwell Mag Charger Universal Pistol Loader [The Firearm Blog]

Caldwell Shooting Supplies is releasing a universal handgun magazine loader that can take both double and single stack designs. It works via inserting a magazine into the holder, tightening a knob down, then inserting a round at a time into an opening, and squeezing a sort of trigger that presses the round into place while […]

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Sunday, 12 February


Massachusetts: New Updates on the AG Gun Ban Lawsuit [NRA-ILA News]

Earlier this week, the Attorney General’s office sought an extension on responding to the plaintiff’s complaint after NRA-ILA proudly announced its financial and legal support of a lawsuit challenging Massachusetts's unconstitutional ban on many of the most popular semi-automatic rifles sold and possessed.


Astra 700 Special: Failed Copy of the FN 1910 [Forgotten Weapons]

The Model 700 Special was an attempt by Astra to piggyback on the popularity of the FN Model 1910 automatic pistol. Astra took their Model 100 (a renamed Ruby pistol of WWI lineage) and changed the styling to resemble the FN gun, including adding a rotating mainspring cap around the barrel, as the 1910 used. The other internal parts, however, remained pure Ruby – including the barrel installation method, the shrouded hammer, the trigger mechanism, and the mid-frame safety.

These pistols were made for sale primarily in China, although they did not prove to be very popular items. A total of 4,000 were made in 1927 and 1927, and they remained in Astra’s catalog into the early 1930s. Seeing the failure to get initial success, Astra cut off production when they introduced the Model 900 – a visual copy of the Mauser C96 Broomhandle, which would prove to be far more popular and successful.

Saturday, 11 February


New Mexico Senate Bill 48 and House Bill 50 Will Criminalize Private Firearms Sales and Transfers [NRA-ILA News]

The National Rifle Association's Institute for Legislative Action opposes both New Mexico's Senate Bill 48 and House Bill 50.  Senate Bill 48 by Sen. Richard Martinez (D-Espanola) and House Bill 50 by Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard (D-Los Alamos) would criminalize private firearms transfer in New Mexico, while doing nothing to make the state a safer place. Everywhere these so-called universal background check laws have been imposed, they cost law-abiding citizens time, money, and freedom.

New Mexico Senate Bill 48 and House Bill 50 Will Criminalize Private Firearms Sales and Transfers [NRA-ILA News]

The National Rifle Association's Institute for Legislative Action opposes both New Mexico's Senate Bill 48 and House Bill 50.  Senate Bill 48 by Sen. Richard Martinez (D-Espanola) and House Bill 50 by Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard (D-Los Alamos) would criminalize private firearms transfer in New Mexico, while doing nothing to make the state a safer place. Everywhere these so-called universal background check laws have been imposed, they cost law-abiding citizens time, money, and freedom.


Mexican citizen living in Texas illegally voted in five elections, registered to vote multiple times [John Lott's Website]

This woman claims that it didn't know that it was a crime for a Mexican to vote in US elections, but that is somewhat undercut by her registering in multiple Texas counties and saying that she was a citizen when she registered to vote.  From Fox News:
A Mexican citizen living in Texas was sentenced this week to eight years in prison for voting illegally in elections in 2012 and 2014. 
Rosa Maria Ortega, 37, was found guilty Wednesday on two counts of illegal voting after she falsely claimed to be a United States citizen and voted at least five times between 2012 and 2014. . . . 
The Dallas News reported Ortega voted in the November 2012 election and May 2014 GOP primary runoff in Dallas County. 
According to Fox 4 News, Ortega’s identity came into question after she tried to register to vote twice in Tarrant County. Both applications were denied. . . .  
In her defense, Ortega testified that she didn’t understand the differences between the rights granted to citizens and the rights granted to legal residents. . . . 
The Dallas News reported that prosecutors showed that Ortega has checked a box on her driver’s license form indicating she was not a citizen. 
However, the Dallas County election administrator said Ortega had filled out a voter application and checked that she was a citizen in 2015. . . .
More examples of vote fraud are herehere, and here.  


House Judiciary Committee Approves Even More Restrictive Version of HB 50 – Critical Vote Coming up this Week in New Mexico House [NRA-ILA News]

Late Friday evening, the New Mexico House Judiciary Committee approved Bloomberg-backed House Bill 50, sponsored by state Representative Stephanie Garcia Richard (D-Los Alamos), along a 7-6 party line vote.

House Judiciary Committee Approves Even More Restrictive Version of HB 50 – Critical Vote Coming up this Week in New Mexico House [NRA-ILA News]

Late Friday evening, the New Mexico House Judiciary Committee approved Bloomberg-backed House Bill 50, sponsored by state Representative Stephanie Garcia Richard (D-Los Alamos), along a 7-6 party line vote.


BREAKING: LTG Hal Moore Passed Away At The Age Of 94 [The Firearm Blog]

We are saddened to report that the veteran apparel company Grunt Style has announced that Lieutenant General Hal Moore has passed away at the age of 94 in Auburn, Alabama. LTG Moore was the first American commander to engage in a large-scale battle with the M16 family of rifles during the Battle of Ia Drang. Moore […]

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Montana: Constitutional/Permitless Carry Legislation Heads to Senate Floor for a Vote [NRA-ILA News]

On Friday, February 10, the Senate Judiciary Committee passed constitutional/permitless carry legislation, House Bill 262.

Montana: Constitutional/Permitless Carry Legislation Heads to Senate Floor for a Vote [NRA-ILA News]

On Friday, February 10, the Senate Judiciary Committee passed constitutional/permitless carry legislation, House Bill 262.


On Becoming Self Reliant []

Reading and studying new information and thoughts on prepping and survival preparedness recently, I came across an old term re-interjected into the discussion. If you stop to think about it, isn’t being self-reliant really what all this boils down to? It simply means being able and willing to take care of your own business essentially without outside assistance.

That proclamation, of course, naturally way over simplifies the whole concept. We all like to have help with all sort of tasks from planning stages to full bore execution, but at the very most rudimentary foundation, we have to be able to depend solely on ourselves. Don’t we?

Self-reliance can imply a whole host of mindset issues, physical abilities, and performance skills to accomplish a lot of tasks across a wide spectrum of issues. This can include getting your mind around the survival attitude and what it might mean to be left alone to fend for yourself. This by itself can be a tough issue for many to deal with. Most of us are simply not accustomed to the potential of having our entire world flipped upside down or lifestyle altered forever.

Once you get past that series of mental barriers, then you have to actually start working to sustain yourself. Being self-reliant even now before a SHTF event, means learning how to achieve this, but also to actually doing it. For many people that mean learning, and practicing a whole dimension of new skills in order to achieve self-reliance.

Look around your world to decide what skills you need to master to become as fully self-reliant as possible. This may mean growing your own food, installing a water well, or building an outhouse for waste handling at a bug out location. This will require obtaining various tools and learning how to use them.

You might end up having to use wood heat. Then this requires the likely use of a chainsaw, saws, axes, and the physical strength to perform the tasks. In a household it might mean learning how plumbing works and how to fix it. You might need a homeowner’s course in electricity, carpentry, or other home maintenance skills.

Being self-reliant means defending yourself. This whole realm goes from hand-to-hand, knife handling, firearms use, shooting proficiency, and everything else that goes with gun ownership, use, and maintenance.

Think of becoming self-reliant in this way. Your cell phone no longer works and the yellow pages no longer exist.

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Academy Sports Registering Ammo Purchases? []

Sometimes it is difficult to separate rumors from facts, but a rumor started circulating in the Jackson, MS. area that Academy Sports stores had sent out a new policy requiring the registration of certain ammo sales. There are several news report stories to be found in a Google search to this effect.

The supposed “policy” states that Academy management hosted a conference call to store managers with a new policy on ammo sales. The policy reportedly states “Any sale of 10 boxes of assault rifle caliber ammunition (not defined) will require the buyer to furnish personal information that Academy will keep in a database. The reports have indicated that these databases could be supplied to the Feds upon request. Who knows?

To test out this supposed policy I visited a local Academy store with the intent see if such a policy was in effect. I bought the ammo and during the sale I asked the clerk what was up with the policy requiring ammo registration. He nearly looked at me cross-eyed and said he never heard of any such policy. He called over the gun department manager who also said there was no such policy he knew anything about.

I did continue by asking if they still sold AR-15 rifles and was told “Yes.” I asked why they were not on display. He said the company policy on that was not to display those types of rifles, but they were in stock in the storage area. I asked how a consumer would know what was in stock. He said the buyer would have to inquire about a specific model to be told if it was in stock. At that, we both laughed. The sales counter man told me he thought it was a hypocritical policy. On that we both agreed.

Surveying the store’s ammo stocks, I found plenty of so-called assault rifle caliber ammunition on the shelves. That included many boxes of 1000 rounds of 5.56 ammo as well as other quantities of 5.56, 7.62×39, and .308 Winchester. There is no shortage of ammo for sale at that Academy store.

So, at least at this Mississippi Academy store location there is no registration of ammo taking place. I do wonder if it is centralized to other states like Texas where Academy is based. Academy sales peaked over $4 billion last year.

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What I learned About Chainsaw Safety []

January 2014 I learned a couple of things about chainsaw safety.  While using a chainsaw to cut down small trees, I had a temporary lapse of attention that resulted in a trip to the emergency room.  The gash in my pants leg was 5 inches long.  Thankfully, the cut in my leg was only 3 inches long.

I got in the vehicle, drove home (which was only a quarter mile away) and applied first aid.  At first, I did not want to go to the hospital.  However, chainsaws leave a jagged cut with pieces of loose flesh.  I knew that if I did not get medical attention, infection was sure to set in.

Trip To The Emergency Room

The people at Christus in Jasper Texas were quick to get me into a room.  A nurse walks in, evaluates injury, took my vitals and asked a few questions.

It had been about 15 years since my last tetanus shot.  You can guess what happened next.  The nurse left the room and came back a few minutes later with a tetanus shot.  I do not know which one hurt worse, the shot or the thee inch long gash in my leg.

A little while later another nurse came into the room with a needle full of lidocaine, scissors and a staple gun.

The absolute worst part were the injections of lidocaine.  Once numb the pieces of jagged flesh were cut away, the wound pulled closed and stapled.

Common Chainsaw Injury

While the nurse was doing her part to fix my leg, we talked about chainsaw injuries.  She told me leg injuries were the most common type of injury the emergency room sees with chainsaws.

Chainsaw accident

What happens?  As people finish the cut, they swing the chainsaw to the side of their body and then reach to move something.  As the person bends over, the chain is pushed into the persons leg.

The nurses description is exactly what happened to my leg.

Chainsaws And Small Brush

I was using the chainsaw to cut small trees about an inch in diameter.  I reached down to grab one of the small trees, and the saw went into my leg.

Chainsaws are not intended for small brush.  They are intended to cut trees, and for the bar to be held straight out away from the body.

When we use chainsaws for brush, the chain moves close to body parts, which is a recipe for disaster.

The honest truth is, I was over confident.  At the time, I was 46 years old and had been using a chainsaw for decades.  All it took for an injury to happen was that split-second of not paying attention.

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Smith N-Frames Set the Benchmark []

As early as 1905, Smith and Wesson began development of a large framed, side-swing cylinder handgun. It was intended to handle the .44 caliber. This led to a series of handgun models that came to be officially known as the N-Frame.

The first installment in this series of big revolvers was the .44 Hand Ejector First Model. This initial model was succeeded by the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th models of the Hand Ejector. Other models in the entire series included target versions, military models including the .45 Hand Ejector U.S. Service Model of 1917.

Later came the .38/44 Heavy Duty and the .38/44 Outdoorsman then a .357 Magnum version which became the Model 27. Next around 1954 was a flat, brush blue utility version of the 27 for police called the .357 Highway Patrolman or Model 28. Other models, designations, and features came along.

Fast forward to the N-Frames more shooters are familiar with today. After development of the .44 Magnum round by Remington, Smith and Wesson created a new revolver to handle the magnum case and power. In 1956 that became the Model 29, .44 Magnum.

The Model 29 was immortalized when it became the chosen movie handgun by one Harry Callahan known as Dirty Harry. Actually the Model 29 was becoming a star long before that due to the writings of Elmer Keith, a noted big bore handgunner of the day. The 29 was first offered in barrel lengths of 4 and 6 ½ inch. Later the 8 3/8-inch barrel was added. As is normal, the 29 underwent a number of changes, enhancements, finishes, and such.

Sometime after 1963, Smith added the Model 57 to handle the newly developed .41 Magnum, a round between the .357 and .44 Magnums. The 57 was designed just like the 29, same features, barrels, and finishes. The Model 57 never achieved the status of the 29, but it has quite a following with collectors and hunters.

Finally, on the footsteps of the Model 57 came a police version for the .41 Magnum, the Model 58. It was a 4-inch blued or nickel model with plain open sights created as a police revolver. Production ceased in 1977 through a limited run came in 2009-2011. This was the last of the N-Frame Smiths.

The N-Frame Smiths created the benchmark for big bore magnum handguns. The fit, finish, accuracy and collectability surpasses all other revolvers in this class with few exceptions.

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Different Types Of Chicken Feed []

When people talk about getting chickens, one of their first questions is about chicken feed.  The dietary requirements for chickens is complicated. Chickens are omnivores, meaning they can eat fruits, vegetables and meat.

Modern chickens are decedents from a junglefowl from southeast Asia. In their native habitat, chickens would be able to forage for a wide range of seeds, grass and bugs.  Factory raised chickens for egg and meat production can not forage, so their feed has to be specialized to meet their nutritional needs.

Chicken Feed History

In the twentieth century, there were great advances in poultry and poultry nutrition.  Families moved to cities from rural areas and could no longer raised their own chickens.   In response to a swelling urban population, chicken farming became specialized.

As demand for grocery store supplied eggs and chickens increased, companies looked for ways to improve production. As a result, different blends of chicken feed were developed to maximize growth and egg production.  Unlike their rural cousins, chickens kept in hatcheries can not forage for incests or seeds, so their feed has to contain all of the nutrients they need.

Let’s take a look at the various types of feed and discuss how they play a role in growth and egg production.  There are four main types of chicken feed on the market.

Chick Starter

After a chick hatches, this is the first type of feed it is given.

Chick starter chicken feed

Starter contains around 20% protein and has a medicine that helps fight an intestinal parasite called coccidiosis, which is spread fecal-to-oral route.  Medicated chick starter is not the same as giving them antibiotics.  The medicine included with the starter protects against one type of intestinal parasite.

Chick starter has the highest protein content of the different types of feed.

I usually feed my chicks starter until they are around six weeks old.  A lot of people give their chicks starter until they reach eight weeks old

After chick starter comes chick grower.

Chick Grower

Grower contains around 17% protein and is not medicated.  This is usually given until the chicks are around 5 months old or until the hens start laying.

When I introduce new chicks to the flock, the whole flock gets chick grower for about a month.  After that month, everyone gets moved to layer feed.  It is impossible to have a chicken flock of mixed ages, and have different feed for each age group.  If you put feed out, they are going to eat it.

When a hen starts laying eggs their nutritional needs change.


Chicken layer is specially formulated to meet the nutritional needs for hens who are laying eggs.  Nutrients include vitamin A, vitamin E, riboflavin, vitamin D3, calcium and protein, just to name a few.

This is available in either crumbles or pellets.  Crumbles are feed that has been processed to about the size of a small seed.  Pellets are elongated and are around 1/8 inch in diameter and around 1/4 inch long.

My chickens have always preferred crumbles over pellets.  Put crumbles in one feeder and pellets in the other, my chickens will not touch the pellets until all the crumbles are gone.

Chicken layer is specially formulated to meet all of the nutritional needs of chickens.  It has just the right amount of protein, calcium and other trace nutrients for a chicken to lead a healthy life.

Chicken starter, grower and laying crumbles all look alike.

Hen Scratch

When someone says chicken feed, this is usually the first thing that comes to mind.  This is processed corn mixed with various grains.

Chicken feeder with hen scratch

Scratch is not a balanced feed and does not meet all the nutritional requirements for chickens.  The main purpose of scratch is to keep weight on laying hens.

I have a deer feeder filled with hen scratch.  It is set to go off twice a day year round.  As the foliage dies back during the winter months, I give the flock more hen scratch than in the summer months.  This helps add weight to the chickens for the winter months.

Young chicks can not digest hen scratch.  Do not give this to your chicks until they are several months old.

Do not Sweat The Small Stuff

When I first got chicks, I would worry about if I was keeping them on chick starter for too long, or not long enough, or did I switch them to laying crumbles too early?

There is no need to worry.  Some of my young chicks were on chick grower for only a few weeks, then the whole flock was switched to laying crumbles.  All of the chicks turned out to be average size and good layers.





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Hunters: How Many Kills is Enough? []

The way it works is the older you get the more mature you are supposed to get. That works with a lot of people. I note too among my aging hunter friends that perceptions of hunting accomplishments change too over time. We have actually begun having discussions about how many game animals is enough to kill in a lifetime of hunting.

Even the hunter education manual I used to use in my safety courses mentions the hunter maturity factor that comes with time. Quoting the manual the maturity stage is called the Sportsman Stage, “After years of hunting, these hunters enjoy being with friends in the outdoors more than taking game. They enjoy the total hunting experience including honing their hunting skills, training dogs, studying animal habits and purchasing equipment.”

In contrast, early on, young hunters are highly interested and focused on shooting a lot and harvesting a lot. Not so much later in life. Past 50 or 60 years or so some of us begin to think in terms of quality, not quantity. For some though this realization never arrives.

Reminders of this came again in a recent article in Outdoor Life by Tyler Freel. The article was 10 Rams in 12 Years. He lives in Alaska and began sheep hunting at a young age. I have been to Alaska many times but have never hunted, particularly sheep. The needed effort for that bypassed me years ago. I have always thought and read that a sheep hunt was a once in a lifetime event for most people. Taking 10 rams in a dozen years is an amazing feat? But, it is too many? What do you say?

To be fair, in my 46 years of deer hunting, I have killed many whitetails, a couple mule deer, an antelope, and some elk. I lost count of the wild turkeys I have lured to the muzzle. Many small game and game birds have fallen to my guns as well in my life. I have killed my share.

Though I still participate in deer management on my private property by taking does each season to supply meat to friends and neighbors, it has been years since I have pulled a trigger on a mature white-tailed buck. I would though, in a flash.

So, I am not criticizing the young ram hunter, but I just pose the question. How many is enough? It’s a personal and ethical decision every hunter will have to make at some point. What say you?

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Florida Action Report! Self-defense Bill/Senate Rules last Thursday 2/9/2017 [NRA-ILA News]

The critically important self-defense bill, SB-128, was heard by the Senate Rules Committee on Tuesday, February 9, 2017, and PASSED 8-2.  Once again State Attorney Phil Archer, representing the Florida Prosecuting Attorneys Association (FPAA), testified against your self-defense rights and had the gall to announce that he is an NRA Life Member who teaches stand your ground in a self-defense/concealed weapons course every month.

Florida Action Report! Self-defense Bill/Senate Rules last Thursday 2/9/2017 [NRA-ILA News]

The critically important self-defense bill, SB-128, was heard by the Senate Rules Committee on Tuesday, February 9, 2017, and PASSED 8-2.  Once again State Attorney Phil Archer, representing the Florida Prosecuting Attorneys Association (FPAA), testified against your self-defense rights and had the gall to announce that he is an NRA Life Member who teaches stand your ground in a self-defense/concealed weapons course every month.


Schultz & Larsen RPLT-42: Danish Occupation Rifle [Forgotten Weapons]

When the Danish Coastal Police was formed under German occupation to patrol the Danish shores, they needed rifles. Rather than use valuable military arms, the government turned to the noted sporting and target rifle manufacturer Schultz & Larsen to make a military version of the Model 36 target rifle. The new weapon was a bolt action chambered in the Danish 8x58R cartridge, with a 4-round magazine capacity.

Only about a thousand of these RPLT (State Police) rifles were made, making them a pretty scarce find today, especially in the original military configuration like this one.


How I Feel About the Colt M1911 Handgun [The Firearm Blog]

Is the Steyr 1907 Still Relevant? by Bob McGunwriter   After 110 years of service, does the venerable Roth-Steyr, better known as simply “the 1907”, still have a place in the modern battlefield? In a world of American plastic handguns like the Colt AA2K, does Krnka’s all-steel masterpiece remain a viable option for defense, even […]

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Friday, 10 February


Urge Your Senators to Confirm Ryan Zinke! [NRA-ILA News]

Last week, the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources approved President Donald Trump’s nominee for Secretary of the Interior, Rep. Ryan Zinke (R-Mont.). Zinke’s nomination now moves to the full Senate, where a confirmation vote could happen imminently.


Action Needed on Imminent Senate Vote to Repeal Obama’s Social Security Administration Gun Grab! [NRA-ILA News]

Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives issued a strong statement in support of the Second Amendment by passing H.J. Res. 40, which would repeal Barack Obama’s scandalous attempt to grab guns from thousands of law-abiding Social Security Administration (SSA) beneficiaries.


Massachusetts: Newly Introduced Anti-Gun Legislation Threatens All Gun Owners and Sportsmen Statewide! [NRA-ILA News]

Senate Docket 1884, legislation combining several egregious anti-gun measures, was recently introduced in the General Court.  Sponsored by state Senator Cynthia Creem (D-First Middlesex and Norfolk), SD 1884 would not only impose a higher tax on firearms and ammunition sales but also ban .50 caliber firearms and make restrictions on personal firearm sales.  Please contact your state legislators and urge them to oppose SD 1884!


Daugaard threatens veto of concealed gun legislation [NRA-ILA News]

Gov. Dennis Daugaard on Thursday threatened to veto bills that would allow guns in the state Capitol and let people carry concealed handguns without a permit if the proposals are approved by the Legislature.


USMC Releases RFI for 11,000 More IARs, Rumors Abound of Pure-Fleeted M27 Standard Rifle [The Firearm Blog]

Earlier today, the United States Marine Corps Systems Command released a request for information (RFI) to manufacturers regarding the industry’s capability to fill an order for 11,000 new IAR-type rifles. You can read the RFI over at this link at FedBizOpps. There has already been speculation that this RFI is an indication that the USMC plans […]

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Jeff Sessions Confirmed as U.S. Attorney General with Strong NRA Support [NRA-ILA News]

Jeff Sessions, the former U.S. senator from Alabama, was confirmed on Wednesday as the new U.S. attorney general.


Now Hear This: Shooting Sports Are Good for Your Health, But Loud Noise is Not! [NRA-ILA News]

We hear it all the time from the anti-gun folks: firearms are a “public health” crisis. The proponents of this theory, of course, ignore the main reason Americans own guns … one that is demonstrated thousands, if not millions, of times a year: they can save the lives of their owners and the owner’s loved ones.


ATF Associate Deputy Director Pens “White Paper” on Reducing Needless Firearms Regulations [NRA-ILA News]

On Monday, the Washington Post reported on a “white paper” written by Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Associate Deputy Director and Chief Operating Officer Ronald Turk that outlines several changes that ATF could make to decrease the burdens placed on gun owners and the firearms industry while maintaining public safety. Titled “Options to Reduce or Modify Firearms Regulations” and dated January 20, 2017, the document covers a raft of issues that NRA has previously worked to address, and vindicates NRA’s long-held contentions about the dubious efficacy of many firearms regulations. While the white paper does fail to address some of the legitimate concerns of gun owners in certain areas, the majority of document should serve to inform ATF regulatory reform efforts moving forward.


Battlefield Vegas, Three Gun Virgins, An MP7, And An Awesome Machine Gun Collection (Article + Video) [The Firearm Blog]

Battlefield Vegas is nothing short of gun nirvana. While we were at SHOT James, Steve, and I felt it was a good idea to take our camera crew to Battlefield Vegas. After all, this is the only place in town that can really excite the discerning gun nerd after a week at the world’s largest gun expo. […]

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Polish Reservists to receive 57,200 Beryl Rifles [The Firearm Blog]

Previously on TFB we covered the 26,000 Beryl rifle order by the active component of the Polish Land Forces. That May 2016 contract was at the time the largest acquisitions order in recent Łucznik-Radom history, but this confirmed order of 53,400 5.56x45mm NATO 96C Beryl rifles and 3,800 wz. 96C Mini-Beryl carbines doubles the contract size […]

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Kazakh made Thermal Sights adopted by Turkey [The Firearm Blog]

Jane’s has reported that the joint Kazakh and Turkish defense company Kazakhstan Aselsan Engineering has begun export of the Python thermal weapons sight to Turkey. The company is jointed owned by both Turkish and Kazakh partners, with a manufacturing base in Kazakhstan. The factory was opened up in 2014 and also focuses on heavier armament such as […]

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Utah: Urge your Legislators to Amend Flawed Carry Bill [NRA-ILA News]

Currently pending a hearing in the House Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Committee is House Bill 112 and House Bill 237.


Maryland: House Passes Anti-Self Defense Legislation [NRA-ILA News]

Today, the Maryland House of Representatives passed House Bill 159 on third reading by an 84-49 vote.


States Introduce Tax-Free Gun Sale Holidays []

The exercising of rights should exempt from any government fee or tax. An example of this is the twenty-fourth amendment to the United States Constitution which prohibited the poll tax.  Another example is Texas offering free voter identification cards so people can vote.

The purchase of firearms is a protected right. If rights should not be taxed, why are the sale of firearms and ammunition taxed?

Several states are taking the first step in ensuring rights are not taxed by creating a tax-free holiday on the sale of firearms.

Arkansas – Sen. Bart Hester, R-Cave Springs introduced Senate Bill 126.

Louisiana – Law was signed in 2009 that establishes a tax free weekend.

Mississippi – Has a tax free weekend in August.

Tennessee – Republican Rep. Dennis Powers, calls for a “Second Amendment sales tax holiday” on the first weekend of September each year.

Texas – State Senator Brandon Creighton from Conroe introduced a Senate Bill 133 which would create a tax free weekend.

Special thanks to for posting an article on the tax free topic.

Not Just Gun Rights

The tax free topic is not just about gun rights, it is about all rights.  Taxes and fees are an obstruction to the free exercising of rights.

Whether it is buying a firearm, buying ammunition, going to church, making a political statement or voting, every right should be protected from taxation or any other fee.

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Pennsylvania: Re-Introduced Ivory Ban Proposal Targets Gun Owners and Sportsmen [NRA-ILA News]

State Representative Madeleine Dean (D-153) recently circulated a memo to all members of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives asking for co-sponsorship on legislation that would prohibit the trade of legal ivory and ivory products in the state of Pennsylvania.  Similar to a memo sent out two years ago, this proposal would prohibit the sale, importation, purchase, barter or possession with intent to sell legal, antique ivory and ivory products in the Commonwealth, making any lawfully-owned product that contains ivory worthless.  Please contact your state Representative and urge them to NOT co-sponsor this legislation!


Colorado Repeal of Magazine Ban Passes Senate with Bipartisan Support [NRA-ILA News]

Today, the Colorado Senate passed Senate Bill 7 with a bipartisan vote of 21-13.


.22 LR AK-22s used in Holey Artisan Bakery Attack [The Firearm Blog]

The ARES Hoplite blog has researched and reported on a growing trend within terrorist groups in Bangladesh using .22 LR cosmetically similar Kalashnikov blowback rifles to carry out violent attacks. This particular attack was carried out on the Holey Artisan Bakery on July 17 2016 and was the most violent terrorist operation to have taken […]

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Natchez Shooters Supply Bulk Ammo Sale []

Natchez Shooters Supply has wide assortment of ammunition on sale.  If you want to stock up, time to do it while the getting is good.

Ammunition prices across the board look like they are inching down.  During late 2016 it appeared gun owners were stocking.  Here we are in early 2017 and prices are looking good.  As a shooting sports enthusiast, I am glad to see ammunition going on sale.

These deals will not last long, so get them while you can.

Regular price: $437.99, Sale price: $339.99 – Federal XM193 NATO Ammunition – 5.56mm 55gr FMJ – 1000/ct.

Regular price: $431.49, Sale price: $339.99 – Federal American Eagle .223 Rem 55 gr Rifle Ammunition-FMJ 3240 fps – 1000/box.  This is the stuff I stockpile for range ammunition and for plinking.

Regular Price: $359.99, Sale price: $259.99 – Federal XM855 Green Tip Ammunition 5.56mm NATO 62 gr FMJ Green Tip 600/ct.  I keep a couple of AR-15 magazines of this loaded for predator control here on the farm.

Regular price: $219.98, Sale price: $159.99 – Remington .45 ACP UMC Handgun Ammunition (Bulk) 230 gr MC 500/box.  As much as I enjoy shooting my 45, it can get rather expensive.  I for one am glad to see 45acp on sale.

Regular price: $239.98, Sale price: $179.99 – Remington UMC .40 S&W 180 gr MC 650/box Handgun Ammunition (Bulk).

Regular price: $287.99, Sale price: $219.99 – CCI Blazer Brass Handgun Ammunition 9mm Luger 115gr FMJ 1000/ct.  Basic range ammunition.

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ATF Associate Deputy Director: Time To Reconsider Regulations On Suppressors, “Assault Weapons” [NRA-ILA News]

A recently published “white paper” from ATF Associate Deputy Director Ronald Turk suggests National Firearms Act (NFA) regulation of suppressors is “archaic” and import bans on “assault weapons” no longer make sense.


Drone Defenders in use with U.S. Army [The Firearm Blog]

This image was captured by U.S. Army soldiers on post outside Mosul, Iraq and ran in Stripes. A seemingly very uninteresting image apart from the Drone Defender propped up against the concrete wall. Due to Daesh’s increasingly lethal use of drones not just for surveillance/forward observation capabilities but also dropping lethal payloads on Iraqi forces, […]

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Mason County deputies say homeowner shoots, wounds intruder [NRA-ILA News]

Mason County deputies said a homeowner shot and wounded a man who forced his way into his residence. Deputies said Dale William Light of Culloden was shot early Thursday morning by a homeowner after making entry into a residence on Ashton Upland Road near the Mason-Cabell county line, according to a news release from the Mason County Sheriff’s Department. Light was found by deputies when they responded to the scene to investigate the report of a home invasion and attempted robbery, the release said. He was taken by ambulance to St. Mary’s Medical Center in Huntington where he was listed in critical condition. Deputies said a second person fled the scene on foot.


Man arrested after Fort Thomas home invasion [NRA-ILA News]

Fort Thomas Police have arrested 57-year-old Ricky Lovins of Alexandria, KY after they say he broke into a Churchill apartment building early Thursday morning. Lovins faces a burglary charge after using a screwdriver to enter the building, disabling the alarm system, raiding an elderly couples apartment and then fleeing after the 89-year-old man living there threatened to get his gun. "He was in the bedroom and we were in bed," the victim Calvin Hutchens said. "When I woke up I said 'I'll get my gun' and he took off." The retired postal workers message was received loud and clear as Lovins ran out the door and left several items behind. "Thank God nothing happened to this elderly couple that could have been injured or killed during this process," Lt. Rich Whitford of the Fort Thomas Police Department said. Police said Lovins created a disturbance at a local Applebee's before a medical issue required his transport to a nearby hospital. There police say he ripped out his IV and left after not being given certain drugs. From there, Lovins entered Hutchens' apartment and eventually ended up at the Starbucks down the street before police arrested him. Fort Thomas police said that there are still more than two hours Lovins was unaccounted for and encourage residents in the area to check their property. Residents are asked to report anything out of the ordinary to police.


Armed homeowner confronts suspicious man, van [NRA-ILA News]

An armed Port St. Lucie homeowner chased away several would-be burglars Wednesday morning, according to police. The homeowner said the incident began when 4 men wearing fluorescent traffic vests pulled into his driveway on SW Abel Street. He said one got out with a screwdriver, rang the doorbell, and then walked around the side of the home. Not recognizing the group, the homeowner armed himself with a gun he kept in his bedroom and then went outside to investigate. When confronted, the person with the screwdriver ran back toward the van. But before he got in he tripped and lost his screwdriver and a hat he was wearing. The homeowner said the van’s driver backed up to make a hasty getaway but smashed into a neighbor’s mailbox on SW Babcock Avenue. The collision knocked off the vehicle’s sliding van door.


Mass: Gun tax, large weapons ban included in new bill [NRA-ILA News]

A new proposal on Beacon Hill would increase taxes on gun sales, ban .50 caliber weapons, restrict personal sales and enact additional regulations on firearms and ammunition.


Loss Of Respect For Nature []

There was once a time when families had respect for nature and what it had to teach. Our ancestors worked the soil, planted the seeds, tended the crops and then reaped the bounty. They understood that life came from the soil.

That way of life is mostly gone.

There are people who have love and respect for nature. For the most part however, people have lost their love for the land.

Disconnection From Our Food

During the early 20th century, we saw the majority of people leave rural America and move to urban areas.

As a nation, we shifted from small family farms to large commercialized farms that grow most of the nation’s food. With the disconnection from our food came a loss of love for the soil.

We no longer work the soil to plant food, we let someone else do that for us. Rather than planting a seed and understanding it will take months for the plant to grow, we became a society of instant gratification. If you want a can of peas, go to the store and buy it.

The vast number of people in our society will never work the soil or plant a seed. They will never run soil through their fingers and understand how our society is wedded to it. They may never understand that the foundation of human society is dependent upon the soil.

Industrial Population

The development of urban areas came with a high price, and that price was love and respect for nature. Rather than planting gardens and being in tune with nature, we cover the ground with cement to build homes and asphalt to pave roads.

Awhile back I was browsing through the sideshows at when I came across an article – War on Poverty: Portraits From an Appalachian Battleground, 1964

The caption on one of the pictures caught my attention. It read, “The people are not country folk but an industrial population who happen to live in the country and have little feeling for the soil. “

The majority of people who live in rural areas are an industrialized population, just as the author in the article at Time stated, we just happen to live in a rural area.  Most of us go to the store to buy our food, milk, cheese and butter.

We rarely take time to work the soil and get our hands dirty. We go to work, go home and go to the grocery store to buy our food. There is no desire to work the soil and reap its rewards.

Trash In Rural Areas

Spread out all over the United States are small rural back roads where everyday trash is dumped.

Loss Of Respect For Nature

Maybe you expect people who live in rural areas to care about nature? That somehow people who live in rural areas want to keep the land, streams, creeks and lakes clean. For the most part there is little love for the soil or the land.

Respect For Nature

I have no explanation for the dumping.

Is it laziness? Maybe the people who throw the trash out did not want to spend the time to take it to a landfill?

Is proper disposal too expensive? Rather than paying to bring the trash to a landfill or recycler, just dump it on a back road?

Regardless of the reason, there seems to be little thought of what they are leaving to future generations.

One thing is for sure, there has been a loss of respect for nature.


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Deli Owner Shoots Armed Robbery Suspect [NRA-ILA News]

A Philadelphia deli owner shot an armed man who was attempting to rob him, police say. It happened around 8 p.m. Thursday at the 65th and Lebanon Avenue Deli in Overbrook. Police say a gun-toting man walked into the deli and declared a holdup. That's when, police say, the owner pulled out his gun and shot the suspect in the groin. Police say the owner is licensed to carry. The attempted robbery suspect was taken to Lankenau Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries. Police are working to determine if this suspect is responsible for a string of robberies in the area.


Customer armed with handgun shoots assault suspect in local party store [NRA-ILA News]

A man who walked into a party store on the lake shore ended up breaking up an assault late Thursday night by shooting the suspect. Police say he was legally carrying his firearm, and acted in self defense. It happened at around 10:20 p.m. at the Columbia Ave One Stop in Holland. Police say a 29-year-old male suspect was assaulting a woman in the store when another customer entered the building. The 43-year-old man attempted to break up the assault when the suspect turned his attention on the new customer and began attacking him instead. Little did the suspect know that the customer was armed with a handgun. The man drew his weapon and shot the attacker twice. The suspect was last listed in critical condition. Police say the armed customer acted in self defense, and was legally carrying his firearm with a valid Concealed Pistol License. He is cooperating with the investigation and will not be arrested.


Indonesian Pindad SSx 7.62×51 Battle Rifle [The Firearm Blog]

Indonesia’s state owned defense company Pindad has been perfecting a battle rifle since the platform was first introduced in 2014. The rifle is called the SSx, short for Senapan Serbu, Indonesian for Assault Rifle. The SS series of rifles has been around for some time, comprised of modifications on a licensed version of the FNC that […]

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Psychiatry Professor: No data backs up Democrats' efforts to keep firearms away from such a large and vulnerable group [NRA-ILA News]

Republicans are moving to eliminate a rule instituted by the Obama administration that prevented certain people with mental illnesses from buying guns. As a researcher on firearms policy and mental health, I opposed the rule when it was first established. It wasn’t supported by evidence, and it was far too broad.


These States Are Pushing Tax-Free Shopping Holidays for Guns [NRA-ILA News]

In mid-January, Arkansas State Sen. Bart Hester introduced a bill creating a "Second Amendment Appreciation Weekend" every September, when the 6.5% sales tax would be waived from firearm and ammo purchases. A similar bill was introduced about the same time in Texas, which if approved would make gun and hunting supply sales tax-free one weekend every August. Yet another bill put on the table this week in Tennessee would exempt guns and ammunition from sales tax on the first weekend of every September.


Massachusetts: Attorney general cracks down on Sutton gun dealer [NRA-ILA News]

A gun dealer who was illegally operating from his home has agreed to surrender his license to sell firearms in Massachusetts, Attorney General Maura Healey announced Wednesday.He is to pay $10,000 to the state for costs and fees.Anthony Martinello, who runs Martinello Quality Firearms, sold Glock handguns without load indicators or magazine safety disconnects - as required by state handgun safety regulations.


New Hampshire: Permitless carry bill on way to governor [NRA-ILA News]

A bill that would remove the licensing requirement for carrying concealed guns is on its way to the governor after the New Hampshire House passed it Thursday.


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

My friend Bob Mayne of the Handgun World podcast posted this comment  on Facebook from his son regarding Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and it has me ROFLMAO!

"I support Sen. Elizabeth Warren's 2nd Amendment right to carry a Tomahawk."

I think Bob's son wins the Internet today!


Guns in the Movies (Video) [Forgotten Weapons]

Today we have not so much an examination of a specific firearms, but rather a look at how Clint Eastwood’s film portrayal of Dirty Harry Callahan drove a huge wave of popularity of the Smith & Wesson Model 29 – “the most powerful handgun in the world.”


Lehigh Ammunition Can a Gimmick Company Make Dependable Ammunition? [The Firearm Blog]

Lehigh has a well-deserved reputation for making gimmick ammunition. Their Controlled Fracturing Hollow Point pistol ammunition does perform as advertised insofar as it fractures, but fragmentation in a pistol round is not a desirable feature. Fragmentation can be useful in rifle rounds because the impact velocity is fast enough that it pushes tissue apart so […]

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Lockdown’s New Home Holsters [The Firearm Blog]

Lockdown Vault Accessories introduced two new non-standard holsters for use around the home or office. The first is the Night Guardian Low Profile Holster and the second is the Under Desk Holster. Night Guardian The Night Guardian Low Profile Holster is designed to keep a gun and other tools handy while you sleep. This nylon […]

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TroubleshooterBerlin Fires His Upside-Down Auto-5 FrankenGun! [The Firearm Blog]

Long-time TFB friend Axel, AKA TroubleshooterBerlin is the man behind the mysterious upside-down shotgun we blogged about a couple of weeks ago, just before the 2017 SHOT Show. Miles Vining spoke with Axel about his creation (and I mean creation in the “it’s aliiiiive!” sense) at Ventura Munitions during the show, and now Axel has released his own […]

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Innovation | SHOT 2017 [The Firearm Blog]

The 2017 SHOT Show has come and gone. This photo set will highlight some innovative products that I personally saw at the SHOT Show. This is my last SHOT related article for 2017. SHOT Show this year was a blast. A big thanks to my TFB colleagues, our Editors and most importantly our Readers.  

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Immature Arab Bravado, or the Norm? [The Firearm Blog]

This video of a Saudi backed rebel fighting Houthi rebels in Yemen demonstrates a degree of unsafe machine gun operation, lack of fire control, and complete disregard of life that I can honestly say I don’t think I’ve ever seen before. What you see is a rebel picking up a Saudi supplied 7.62x51mm NATO MG3, […]

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Senators Mistakenly Question Why US Army Won’t Authorize PMags Following USMC Adoption [The Firearm Blog]

Four US Senators sent a letter to US Army Chief of Staff Mark Milley on Friday, requesting to know why the US Army does not authorize polymer magazines “for use in training or combat”, given that the USMC recently picked the Magpul PMag Gen M3 as their combat magazine. The odd thing about this request is that […]

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Thursday, 09 February


ATF White Paper PDF [NRA-ILA News]

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HOPPE’S BLACK: Take your AR Cleaning to the Dark Side [The Firearm Blog]

Hoppe’s #9 has been a benchmark gun cleaning formula for decades. Now they are attempting to garner attention from the exploding AR-15 market. Their new Hoppe’s Black is formulated to lubricate, protect, and clean your modern sporting rifles in the most extreme conditions imaginable. There is probably no American firearm that is more abused than the […]

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Second Amendment Rally, No. 2 [No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money]

My friend and co-host of The Polite Society Podcast Rachel Malone founded and heads Texas Firearms Freedom. Rachel is a professional musician, a music teacher, and a certified firearms instructor. She has been a stalwart in the battle for both open carry and constitutional carry in Texas. Rachel has lobbied both the Texas Legislature and the Texas Republican Party on behalf of gun rights. She has had to battle not only the traditional enemies of freedom like Moms Demand Action but some of the older, hide-bound, gun groups in Texas in her quest for carry rights. Lest I forget to mention it, Rachel is only 30 years old.

To advance the cause of gun rights in Texas and especially constitutional carry, Texas Firearms Freedom is holding Texas G.O.L.D. on March 2nd in Austin. It will be held in conjunction with the Republican Party of Texas Legislative Day which has constitutional carry as one of its legislative priorities.

Texas G.O.L.D.
Our schedule is designed to complement the RPT lobby day and give you maximum flexibility in planning your schedule. Feel free to join us for a half-day or full day. You can also stop in at any time just to collect handouts & get a t-shirt. We also encourage you to participate in at least some of the RPT lobby day for constitutional carry. Please be sure to register with them AND with us if you plan to participate in some of each.
8am-4pm – room open for activists to network, get information & t-shirts, collect literature to hand out, etc.
10am – refresher training & gun bill update
10:30am – divide into groups and visit legislators’ offices in the Capitol
12pm – PRESS EVENT & group photo
1pm – refresher training & gun bill update
1:30pm – divide into groups and visit legislators’ offices in the Capitol
The Texas G.O.L.D. training and HQ will be at Rm. 130 in the John H. Reagan Building on the Capital Complex. Registration is free but you will need to do so if you want the T-shirt.

Go here to register for Texas G.O.L.D. If you want to participate in the RPT event, links are on the Texas G.O.L.D. page. More info on Texas G.O.L.D. can be found on their Facebook page.

As an aside, this was the first time that I've visited the Texas Firearms Freedom webpage even though I've known Rachel for a couple of years now. The layout and graphics would put many commercial websites to shame.


Second Amendment Rally, No. 1 [No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money]

Riders USA will sponsor a Second Amendment ride and rally in Phoenix on February 18th. The ride  called Celebrate and Protect the 2nd will begin at Encanto Park and conclude at the Arizona State Capitol. The rally itself will be from 12 noon until 2pm.

Dave Kopp of the AZ Citizens Defense League is one of the featured speakers and AZCDL will have a booth at the event.

If you plan to ride in the procession to the State Capitol, you will need to register. Staging for the ride begins at 11am and the ride itself will begin at 11:45am.

More info can be found on the Riders USA webpage and their Facebook page.


David Blanton on Deer Hunting Tips []

Sometime around 1991 a young guy named David Blanton left his job and joined a new company. That new outfit was Realtree owned by one Bill Jordan who was fresh out of playing football at the University of Mississippi in Oxford. And they are still making history.

Fast forward at light speed and David today is known internationally as a white-tailed deer hunting expert among other species of wild game. He has been featured for years on Realtree’s various outdoor hunting television shows and is a nationally recognized seminar speaker.

Accordingly he just presented at the Mississippi Wildlife Federation’s annual Wildlife Extravaganza. He held the crowd in suspension with helpful deer hunting tips, stories from his many exciting hunting trips, and a number of humorous stories that kept the audience in stitches.

Blandon opened up his seminar by confirming for me a long time theory of mine about peeing off your deer hunting stand. I have been doing that for years with no apparent detrimental impact. Blanton says over years of deer hunting, filming hunts and consulting with science officials related to hunting that urinating off your hunting stand does not disturb deer in the slightest. So, you can leave your pee cups, bottles, bladders, and such back in camp.

According to Blanton after discussing the issue with a medical doctor he was told that urine has no particular scent quality or definition that offends other animals. Scents like gasoline, tobacco, or such are foreign in the wildlife environment and do spook deer, but urine does not.

As I have noticed, too, human pee actually seems to have a curiosity factor that deer seem to be attracted to just to check it out. I have had does walk right up to my hunting stand and stick their nose right on the plants I just peed on. Blanton stated it did not seem to have any negative impact on bucks either. So, if the urge hits, relieve yourself and the pain of waiting.

Blanton talked at length about the primary tactics to use in deer hunting. He spent considerable time discussing the impact of wind. He will not hunt any stand where the wind is not in his favor. If it changes during a hunt, he will move. If the trend continues, he will relocate his stand altogether.

It is nice to experience the knowledge of another deer hunter. And David Blanton of Realtree is one of the best.

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The Impromptu Militia []

Thanks to the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, we are the impromptu militia. Why is this so? Simple, because we are armed and ready. We can only hope it stays that way.

America is the most armed country in the world with gun ownership at an estimated 88 guns per 100 residents. I have no idea how accurate that number is. The report was really about the armed citizenry of the country of Switzerland. Their gun ownership rate is 45 per 100 residents.

In Switzerland everyone is required to own a gun. Currently gun sales there particularly for handguns, being mostly pistols, is at an all-time high. This is due to the constant threat of the activities going on in Europe, specifically in Germany, Turkey, and England. Historically, so many citizens were armed in Switzerland during WWII that the Germans decided not to invade their country knowing they would be facing a citizen armed militia.

If you recall the ironically fictional movie Red Dawn when the Russian’s invaded America shown in Colorado, the Soviet commanders were going through BATF 4473 files to find out who owned guns. They knew that Americans were armed to the hilt. Basically, we still are.

Americans own guns for a variety of reasons. These include recreational shooting, competitive shooting, shotgun matches of all sorts, hunting for small game, and large game animals with the white-tailed deer leading the popularity list. People own guns as collectors simply viewing them as engineering works of art or pure investments or to simply own something of fine workmanship.

Though always prevalent, there has been a real push on for owning guns for personal defense, property security, concealed carry, travel safety and other reasons. To say the least the per capita ownership of guns in America has been on a steady increase for years. As the gun rights pundits have said many times, “President Obama has been the best gun salesman America has ever had.”

Working the gun shows on a regular basis, I have always retorted that all it takes for good gun show sales is another crisis. We have unfortunately had our share of those with terrorist attacks, gang protests, minority discontent, and the like. People are scared thus people are buying guns.

Accordingly, America is a highly armed country. I hope others realize that when they threaten our ways of life, and that includes politicians. We are the impromptu militia!

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New Rifles From Mossberg []

Mossberg introduced two new rifles in their MMR line of semi-auto rifles. The two AR variants are the MMR Pro, designed for competition, and the MMR Tactical, designed for defensive use.

The MMR Pro:

Mossberg MMR Pro. Photo from

Mossberg MMR Pro. Photo from

The MMR Tactical:

The Mossberg MMR Tactical rifle. Photo from

The Mossberg MMR Tactical rifle. Photo from

In this video a Mossberg rep goes over the features of the two rifles.

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New 1894 Rifles From Marlin []

Marlin introduced variants of its lever-action 1894 rifle at the 2017 SHOT Show. The new variants are in a new chambering and have both structural and cosmetic differences from the currently available models.

In this video a Marlin rep goes over the features of these new Marlin Model 1894 variants.

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10 Best Archery Products From The 2017 ATA Show []

Let an archer loose at the ATA Show and he’s like a kid in a toy store. There are so many new and cool products to see that it can be overwhelming.

While I didn’t get to see everything single thing at the show, I put together a list of 10 of best archery products I was able to check out.

It should be noted that I haven’t tested any of these products yet, so consider these first impressions.

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Connecticut: Governor Malloy Seeks to Increase Pistol Permit Fees to Outrageous Level [NRA-ILA News]

In an effort to close a multi-billion dollar budget deficit, Governor Malloy is attempting to place the consequences of his bad governance onto the law-abiding gun owners of Connecticut by nearly tripling the cost of pistol permit fees.  Currently, the $70 local fee and the $70 state fee make the cost of an initial permit $140, with renewals being $70 every five years.  Under Governor Malloy’s proposal, the state fee would be increased to $300.  With this $300 state fee and the existing $70 local fee, the total for an initial permit would be increased to $370 with $300 every five years for renewals.  Additionally, the proposed budget would increase background check fees from $50 to $75.


BREAKING: Orbital ATK Sues Heckler & Koch Over XM25 “Punisher” Airburst Weapon [The Firearm Blog]

In a new twist to the ongoing story of the US Army’s XM25 CTDE “Punisher” airburst infantry grenade launcher, Orbital ATK, a technology partner on the program, has sued fellow partner Heckler & Koch for failure to deliver 20 units of the new weapon. Orbital ATK is seeking more than $27 million in damages from […]

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Fab-Defense KPOS Pistol SBR Chassis [The Firearm Blog]

While en route to Shot Show, Edward O stopped to shoot this run down of the Fab Defense KPOS pistol chassis. The KPOS is available for a wide range of handguns including Glock, Jericho. M&P,  FN 5-7, Sig P226, Cz Duty, Beretta Px4 Storm, Springfield XD, etc. The most common version does make the rifle […]

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P3 Semi-Automatic Handgun Racker [The Firearm Blog]

The P3 Racker is a new product that was specifically designed for those with disabilities or the elderly, persons who might otherwise not have sufficient hand strength to functionally rack the slide on a semi-automatic handgun. Although I cannot see this tool being used in a self-defense situation, this allows for those who still want […]

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West Virginia: Session Convenes, Important Legislation on the Horizon [NRA-ILA News]

Yesterday, the West Virginia Legislature convened for its 2017 Legislative Session. Your NRA-ILA anticipates that 2017 will be very busy, and we will work to ensure that our rights protected under the Second Amendment will continue to flourish in The Mountain State.


TSAR-223: Rifle and Uppers Designed for Shorter Suppression [The Firearm Blog]

TSAR-223Tactical Solutions introduced a new AR upper and complete AR rifle called the TSAR-223. Similar to the original TSAR-300 upper and rifle, the TSAR-223 is designed to reduce the overall length of your suppressed gun while still keeping a 16.1″ barrel length. This allows you to avoid paying a second tax stamp for the SBR, […]

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Kentucky: House to Introduce Constitutional/Permitless Carry Legislation [NRA-ILA News]

Your NRA-ILA has learned that the leaders of the Kentucky House of Representatives will introduce their own constitutional/permitless carry bill.


AR-15 Freedom Uppers On Sale []

Interested in building an economy AR-15?  Something that you can take to the range, go plinking and will not cost a lot of money? Look no further than the Palmetto State Armory (PSA) Freedom line of upper receivers.

The standard military grade M4 has a chrome lined barrel.  Freedom uppers have a Nitride finish rather than being chrome lined.  Production cost of a chrome line barrel are greater than that of Nitride, so the savings are passed down to the consumer.

I have dealt with Palmetto State Armory on a number of occasions and have always been happy with their quality.

Be sure to check local laws before ordering.

Regular price: $369.99, sale price: $249.99 – PSA 16″ M4 CARBINE 5.56 NATO 1:7 NITRIDE 13.5″ M-LOK FREEDOM UPPER – NO BCG OR CH.  Basic M4 carbine that is not chrome lined.

Regular price: $589.99, sale price: $399.99 – PSA 20″ RIFLE LENGTH 5.56 NATO 1/7 NITRIDE A2 FREEDOM RIFLE KIT.  If you want a smooth shooting AR-15, the 20 inch barrel with rifle length gas system is the best of the bunch.

Regular price: $469.99, sale price: $299.99 – PSA 16″ MIDLENGTH 5.56 NATO 1/7 NITRIDE 12″ KEYMOD SLANT FREEDOM UPPER W/ MBUS SIGHT SET- NO BCG OR CH. The midlength gas system has a smoother recoil than the carbine gas system. When I built my predator hunting rifle I went with a midlength.  This does not include the charging handle or bolt carrier group.

Regular price: $139.99, sale price: $89.99 – PSA AR15 MOE LOWER BUILD KIT – WITHOUT FCG – BLACK. This comes with a Magpul grip and stock but does NOT contain a fire control group. The fire control group is the trigger assembly.

Regular price: $549.99, sale price: $339.99 – PTAC 16″ CARBINE 1/7 PHOSPHATE RIFLE KIT. Except for the lower receiver, this is everything you need to build an entry level AR-15.  Add a $50 lower receiver and you have a $400 AR-15.  The barrel is not Nitride or chrome lined.  This is a very basic entry level AR-15.

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Georgia: Important Campus Carry Legislation Introduced [NRA-ILA News]

This week, important campus carry legislation, House Bill 280, was introduced in the Georgia General Assembly. Sponsored by state Representative Mandi Ballinger (R-23), HB 280 seeks to amend restrictions in state law that prohibit law-abiding Georgia Weapons License (GWL) holders from being able to protect themselves on college and university campuses.


Colorado: Legislation to Repeal Magazine Limit Dies in House Committee [NRA-ILA News]

Yesterday, the House State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Committee considered House Bill 1097, legislation to repeal the 2013 anti-self-defense law that limits the amount of ammunition a firearm magazine can hold.


Maine: Important Ballot Initiative Reform Legislation to be Heard in Committee Next Week [NRA-ILA News]

On Monday, February 13, the Committee on Veteran and Legal Affairs will hold a hearing on Legislative Document 31, sponsored by state Representative Eleanor Espling (R-65).  This is one of several proposals before the committee this legislative session that addresses problems and concerns involving the current “Citizen Initiative” process.  LD 31 would amend the Constitution of Maine to require that the signatures on a petition consist of voters from each of the State's two congressional districts, and the number of signatures from each congressional district be not less than 10% of the total vote for Governor cast in that congressional district in the previous gubernatorial election.  Please contact members of the committee and urge them to vote in favor of this important legislation!


Pennsylvania: Continue Requesting the Game Commission to Keep the Approved Semi-Automatic Rifle Hunting Proposed Rules! [NRA-ILA News]

Last week, the Pennsylvania Game Commission unanimously passed the proposed rulemaking for the semi-auto rifle hunting law at the quarterly meeting.  The Commission is still receiving comments before the final approval of the regulations will be made at the March 27-28 meeting.


Bushnell Rounds Out Its AR OPTICS Line with Red Dots, Magnifiers & Reflex Sights [The Firearm Blog]

Bushnell AR OpticsBushnell, like all optic companies, released quite a few new products to roll into 2017. Much of it was through their AR Optics line. While Bushnell has many options in rifle scopes they are lacking red dots or tactical optics. With 4 new additions they sought to round out their AR Optics line of products. […]

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New Hampshire: Constitutional/Permitless Carry Legislation Heads to the Governor! [NRA-ILA News]

Today, February 9, the full House of Representatives passed Senate Bill 12 by a vote of 200-97.  SB 12 will now go to Governor Chris Sununu for final consideration.  Please contact Governor Sununu and urge him to sign SB 12 into law.


House Passes Permitless Carry in New Hampshire [NRA-ILA News]

Law-abiding gun owners in New Hampshire are one step closer to enjoying the same rights as their New England neighbors today after the state House of Representatives passed SB 12, a NRA-backed bill that allows for permitless carry.


Maxpedition Pygmy Falcon II Review []

The Maxpedition Pygmy Falcon II is one of my favorite backpacks. Using the Pygmy is like putting on an old pair of hiking boots, it just feels right.

Over the years I have taken this backpack on several six – ten mile hiking trips. If I were going on a warm weather camping trip with a hammock, the Maxpedition Pygmy Falcon II would be one of the first packs I would consider taking.


  • Overall size: 9.5″(L) x 8″(W) x 17.5″(H)
  • Main compartment: 9″(L) x 4.5″(W) x 17″(H) View Product Dimensions Diagram
  • Volume: 1100 cu. in. / 18L
  • Y-compression strap made from 1″ webbing
  • 2 rows, 5 channels of PALS webbing
  • 3 channels of 2″ webbing loops
  • Bungee cord retention
  • One (1) 7″(L) x 12″(H) zippered pocket
  • One (1) 7″(L) x 12″(H) x 2.5″(W) zippered pouch
  • One 6.5″(L) x 6.55″(H) internal slip pocket
  • Three (3) 1″(L) x 5″(H) internal slip pockets
  • One (1) 3″(L) x 5″(H) internal slip pocket
  • 1000-Denier water and abrasion resistant light-weight ballistic nylon fabric
  • YKK zippers

Maxpedition Pygmy Falcon II review

My Personal Experiences

One of the issues I have with my backpacks, is I mix and match canteens and canteen pouches. I do not want to buy enough canteens to outfit all of my packs, so I take the canteens and move them between packs. I know this is the cheap way out and I could save a lot of time if I just bought some canteens off ebay.

The Maxpedition Pygmy Falcon II has external water bottle pockets built in. If they were not permanently attached, I would probably take them off and move them to other packs. It gets better, rather than digging through my gear looking for 32 ounce water bottles, I grab a 16 ounce bottle of water I keep in stock and put them in the water bottle pockets. Why do I know where my water filter is at, but not everything else? If I am going on a hiking trip, two bottles of water go in the external pouches and the water filter goes inside.

Inside the main compartment is a small zipper pouch at the top.  When on a hiking trip, this is where I put my wallet, truck keys, cell phone and other important items.

Zippers have paracord pull ties.  Some of you may say “so what?”  To keep the pack closed, put a snap ring / carabiner through the pull ties, then connect the snap ring to the webbing.  This makes sure the zipper does not work its way open.

The shoulder straps are easy to adjust and have a chest strap

Maxpedition Pygmy Falcon II review

Panel Loader

The Maxpedition Pygmy Falcon II is a panel loader, which means it opens like a suitcase.  Lay the backpack on the ground with shoulder straps down, unzip the main compartment, then open the pack.  This fully exposes the main compartment.

The pack can also be opened just slightly to gain partial access to the main compartment.

With a volume of only 1,100 cubic inches, being a panel loader means you can organize and use every last square inch.

I find organizing the pack very easy.

Maxpedition Pygmy Falcon II Final Thoughts

The Maxpedition Pygmy Falcon II is supposed to able to carry water bladder. However, I have never used a water bladder with the pack. With two pouches for 32 ounce water bottles and then a bladder, this is a water hauling camel of a backpack.

I usually keep my topo maps, GPS and compass in the small exterior pockets, and larger bulkier items in the main compartment.

My personal opinion, I feel this is a wonderful backpack.

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Connecticut: Malloy's Budget Substantially Hikes Pistol Permit Fee [NRA-ILA News]

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has proposed more than quadrupling state pistol permit fees in his budget, a move that drew sharp criticism from the state's largest gun rights group.The $70 fee paid to the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection for a five-year permit renewal would rise to $300. New permit applicants would see their costs increase from $140 to $370.


9 Great “Forgotten Weapons” Videos []

Some of our favorite “Forgotten Weapons” videos… we think you’ll love them too.

Nomar M1911 Magazine-Stock

A huge, heavy, high-cap 1911 magazine that acts as a stabilizing brace? Yes, please.

A Most Unusual Over/Under Shotgun

This French scattergun loads from the side, has a two-piece forend that doesn’t cover the bottom of the bottom barrel, and a butt stock that comes right off.

A 6-Chamber Revolver That Fires 12 Times

You can stoke this wheel gun once, then fire it a dozen times before you have to start over. But be careful…

1908 Italian Bolt-to-Semi-Auto Conversion on M91 Carcano

Oh, just an experimental conversion that turned a bolt-action rifle into a semi-auto. Sweet!

Semi-Auto “Mystery Pistol”

A 32 ACP “rocking block” pistol that’s like nothing else you’ve ever seen.

It’s a Pistol, it’s a Key

For opening a lock or trying to stop a belligerent prisoner… I guess.

Norwegian 1846 Postførerverge Knife-Pistol?

A double-barreled muzzleloading pistol with one hell of a knife blade between the barrels.

44 Caliber Hump-Back Zig-Zag Revolver

Exceedingly funky and completely unmarked, as if its inventor was embarrassed to have made it.

Super-Powerful Mars Pistols From the Early 1900s

“A phenomenally powerful and ridiculously complex handgun.”

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Rifle Shooter Looks at the 6mm Creedmoor Inch by Barrel Inch [The Firearm Blog]

While 6.5 Creedmoor is all the rage in the OEM world, quite a few in the reloading world have been looking at .260 Remington and its slightly hotter, smaller cousin, the 6mm Creedmoor for their precision long-range builds. Like the 6.5, the 6mm Creedmoor eeks out just a hair more case capacity (though some would […]

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Oklahoma: Legislation introduced to Prevent the Use of Taxpayer Money to Lobby for Gun Control [NRA-ILA News]

On Monday, February 6, the Oklahoma Legislature convened for its 2017 Legislative Session and a pro-gun bill has been introduced right off the bat.


Alabama AG picked to take Sessions' seat in the Senate [NRA-ILA News]

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley has appointed state Attorney General Luther Strange to replace Jeff Sessions in the Senate, after Sessions was confirmed to be President Trump's attorney general. "I am greatly honored and humbled to accept the appointment to Alabama's Senate seat vacated by Senator Jeff Sessions," Strange said. "Senator Sessions' commitment to public service is nearly unparalleled in Alabama history and his departure from the Senate leaves tremendous shoes to fill."


Senate confirms Jeff Sessions for attorney general [NRA-ILA News]

The 52-47 nearly party-line vote capped weeks of divisive battles over Sessions, an early supporter of President Donald Trump and one of the Senate's most conservative lawmakers. After the vote was announced, Sessions' Republican colleagues applauded the outcome while barely a handful of Democrats did the same.


CDC says 24% of adults have hearing loss due to noise [NRA-ILA News]

A quarter of people ages 20 to 69 were suffering some hearing deficits, the CDC reported in its Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, even though the vast majority of the people in the study claimed to have good or excellent hearing.


Hearing safety is a real, not imagined safety need [NRA-ILA News]

Those who think that a suppression device on a firearm makes it in some way more deadly, more covert, or simply more evil, have enjoyed a firearms education via "The Late Late Show." In those movies, villains and gangsters snarl wickedly as they attach the device to their gun, and the audience is horrified that the sound of the bullet striking a feather pillow is louder than the shot itself. Such flights of fancy make for fun entertainment, but do not accurately describe reality.


Gun-free zones easy targets for would-be killers [NRA-ILA News]

Would you post a sign in front of your home announcing that you live in a gun-free zone? Would this make you feel safer?To criminals, gun-free zones just look like easy targets.


Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey shuts down dealer for allegedly selling Glocks [NRA-ILA News]

Anthony Martinello, who owns Martinello Quality Firearms in Sutton, is surrendering his license to sell firearms after allegedly selling illegal Glock handguns out of his residence, Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey said Wednesday.Martinello sold Glocks without load indicators or magazine safety disconnects, which Healey's office said is required by state handgun safety regulations.


Australia: Debate over gun control is primed to go off again [NRA-ILA News]

The issue of gun control has sneaked into the headlines in the past few weeks. But, in reality, it has been simmering for more than 20 years, since the Port Arthur shooting tragedy thrust the issue of who should possess guns into the spotlight.


NRA Applauds Appointment of Luther Strange [NRA-ILA News]

The National Rifle Association today issued the following statement from Chris W. Cox, executive director of the National Rifle Association Institute for Legislative Action (NRA-ILA), applauding the appointment of Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange to the U.S. Senate:


Sharps & Hankins Navy Model Carbine [Forgotten Weapons]

Designed by Christian Sharps (or Sharps rifle fame), the Sharps & Hankins carbine was a light and handy rimfire carbine intended for military use. It was a single-shot weapon with an unusual action to lever the barrel forward off the frame, and several interesting technical feature. Most significantly, it used a floating firing pin in the frame, instead of one directly connected to the hammer – a common practice today but novel in the 1850s and 60s.

This example is one of the carbines purchased by the US Navy, which included a distinctive leather sheath on the barrel. This was to protect against salt spray, although these days they are more of a liability for trapping moisture against the barrels, since few owners today expose the guns to ocean spray.


The Return of the 8M3 Effect Bullet [The Firearm Blog]

The AK has a problem as a defensive rifle. Rifle projectiles that do not yaw, fragment, or expand tend to produce wounds that are little more severe than those produced by pistol bullets. In 7.62x39mm, this problem is compounded by its relatively low velocity, when compared to 5.56mm, 5.45mm, or full power rifle cartridges like […]

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Stuff You Just Can't Make Up [No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money]

I get all sorts of press releases in my email. Lately, in addition to what I get from the gun industry and publishers, I have been getting releases from all sorts of progressive groups. I'm guessing that their thought process is to shoot them out and some might hit the target audience.

Well, the following one is going to be published but not for the reasons that the sender intended. It is from the Satanic Temple and it is announcing a Valentine's Day fundraiser (Hugs and Kisses from Satan) to fund its pro-abortion lawsuits in Missouri.

Literally. Really.

Even with the most fertile imagination, the communications director for National Right To Life could not make this up. Think about it: Devil worshipers holding a fundraiser on a day named for a Christian saint to promote the killing of an unborn child. It just boggles the mind. I don't care where you stand on the position of abortion it doesn't get more ludicrous than this.

The release in its entirety so I can't be accused of selective editing:

The Satanic Temple Celebrates Valentine’s Day with Fundraising Drive to Support Reproductive Rights Lawsuits Against State of Missouri
“Hugs and Kisses for Satan” fundraiser drive seeking sponsors across the United States to engage in constructive and pro-social activities that benefit and build communities.
(National) February 9, 2017 - The Satanic Temple is seeking sponsors for its Valentine’s Day fundraising drive, "Hugs and Kisses for Satan," which is aimed to support the Temple’s reproductive rights lawsuits against the state of Missouri’s mandatory abortion waiting periods and reading materials that claim life begins at conception. The Temple objects to these State requirements on religious grounds.
The Satanic Temple has filed both State and Federal lawsuits against the State of Missouri on behalf of Mary Doe, a pregnant woman seeking an abortion. Missouri law requires that all women seeking to lawfully terminate their pregnancy must be given reading material claiming that life begins at conception, and they must endure a 72-hour waiting period between their initial appointment and their actual abortion procedure. The Temple objects to these restrictions on religious grounds because they violate the Temple’s belief in the inviolability of one’s body.
How to participate:
  • Download Pledge Sheet here;
  • Download Contact Sheet here;
  • Download XO Card here;
  • Find sponsors who will contribute for every hug or kiss you receive on Valentine’s Day;
  • Fill-out each sponsor’s information on the Pledge Sheet;
  • On Valentine’s Day, solicit hugs and kisses using the XO Card and ask the people who hug or kiss you to write their initials on the Contact Sheet;
  • After Valentine’s Day, collect contributions from your sponsors based on the number of hugs and kisses you received. Contributions and Contact Sheet should be forwarded to The Satanic Temple by either PayPal or mail (as a check or money order) by Feb. 28.
Mailing address:
The Satanic Temple, 64 Bridge Street, Salem, MA 01970

PayPal address:
Prizes will be awarded to the individual who raises the most money, hugs, and kisses.
Questions regarding the event can be emailed to
"Hugs and Kisses for Satan" is the first in a series of campaigns the Temple is promoting as a means by which people can engage in constructive and pro-social activities that benefit and build communities. Next year, the Temple hopes to launch a "My Blood Valentine" blood drive.
About The Satanic Temple
The mission of The Satanic Temple is to encourage benevolence and empathy among all people, reject tyrannical authority, advocate practical common sense and justice, and be directed by the human conscience to undertake noble pursuits guided by the individual will. Civic-minded, The Satanic Temple has been involved in a number of good works including taking a stand against the controversial and extremist Westboro Baptist Church. For more information about The Satanic Temple, please visit

PS: Their media relations are handled by this company.


NRA On Sessions Confirmation As Attorney General [No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money]

The NRA-ILA went all in on the nomination of Sen. Jeff Sessions for Attorney General. It was made a graded vote and I think it will come back to haunt certain Democrats who are running for re-election in 2018. The only Democrat who voted for Sessions was Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) who must have been reading the political tea leaves in his home state.

Last night, by a vote of 52 to 47, Sessions was confirmed as Attorney General.

The NRA-ILA released this statement:

NRA Statement on Confirmation of Jeff Sessions as Attorney General

Fairfax, Va.— The National Rifle Association today issued the following statement from Chris W. Cox, executive director of the National Rifle Association Institute for Legislative Action (NRA-ILA), applauding the U.S. Senate’s confirmation of Sen. Jeff Sessions as the 84th attorney general of the United States:

“The NRA and our five million members would like to congratulate Jeff Sessions on his confirmation as attorney general. He will make America a safer place by prosecuting violent criminals while protecting the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding gun owners."

The U.S. Senate confirmed Attorney General Sessions by a bi-partisan 52 to 47 vote.
I, for one, am happy to have an Attorney General who respects the Second Amendment and who I know in my heart of hearts won't be authorizing another Operation Gun Walker aka Fast and Furious.


Trijicon Knock-Offs Getting “Better” (Or Worse, Depends on Perspective…) [The Firearm Blog]

Compared to most industries, the firearms world has been relatively free from the bane and scourge of fake products. Sure, there are a fair amount of knock-offs, but those are typically re-branded and sold for a lot less while looking similar. However, in the last year, direct copies have been trickling into the market. Typically, […]

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Anti-Orwellian Device from Bastiani Arms for CA MSR Shooters [The Firearm Blog]

California-based firearms owners are now in the midst of their legislative squeeze. While the politics are indeed outside our scope here at TFB, it can be hard to untangle the pacing of legislative restrictions and new inventions that show the true “letter of the law”. Small California gun shop Bastiani Arms is yet another company […]

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Jagemann Launches New Glock Magazines [The Firearm Blog]

The Glock has quickly become the “AR-15” of the handgun world. Over the last few years, and especially this last year, companies have been flocking to offer products for the platform including slides, barrels, triggers, frames, and magazines. Perhaps most pronounced this year from SHOT is the additional companies getting into the Glock magazine game, […]

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PMAG Style Phone Charger [The Firearm Blog]

Emerson, a Chinese airsoft gear company are converting a battery pack for a Kickstarter toy gun and re-shelling it as a PMAG. Click here to check out the kickstarter on the PP Gun. Below is a photo of the battery pack for the PP Gun. Below are pictures of the Emerson PMAG charger. It uses […]

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Britain’s Civilian Service Rifle Matches [The Firearm Blog]

Civilian Service Rifle (CSR) matches are to the United Kingdom what CMP Service High Power matches are to the United States. Matches are held from 500 meters to 100 meters and consist of what the British shooting community calls “Full Bore”, designating anything larger than .22 LR rimfire. There are numerous divisions within the matches, […]

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Wednesday, 08 February


U.S. Army’s Individual Reality Trainer [The Firearm Blog]

The U.S. Army has been fielding a vehicle gunnery simulations trainer since 2014 in the active component, and has now been pushing the system out to National Guard units specifically in Fort Indiantown Gap, an extremely large National Guard training and mobilization base. The simulation system consists of a suite based around the Army’s M240, […]

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South Dakota: Permit Renewal Clarification Bill Passes House [NRA-ILA News]

On Tuesday, February 7, House Bill 1091 passed the South Dakota House of Representatives on a 66-1 vote.  HB 1091 now moves onto the South Dakota State Senate for consideration.    HB 1091 provides clarity over the renewal process of regular South Dakota pistol permits.  As of now, current code is silent on how a regular pistol permit holder in South Dakota can renew his permit.  HB 1091 will allow the holder of the regular permit to carry a concealed pistol to renew the permit for a period beginning 90 days before the permit expires.  HB 1091 will make the renewal process of a regular permit similar to that of the South Dakota enhanced permit.


A Round-Up Of NRA Board Endorsements [No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money]

I have compiled endorsements for the NRA Board of Directors for the past several years and I don't intend to break with tradition this year.

This year there are 26 director slots open as well as a significant change in the NRA's bylaws. If you are a Life Member or an annual member of five years with no breaks in membership you are eligible to vote in this election. You should have received your ballot bound in your magazine within the last two weeks. Ballots must be received by the accounting firm of Deloitte and Touche by April 9th in order to be counted.

With a membership of around five million and an estimated 500,000 Life Members, the average number of votes cast annually is in the 75-80,000 range. This is disappointing. While I think the Board of Directors is about 50 members or more too large to be effective, not voting will only cede more power to the paid staff. If we want to have any impact on the direction of the NRA, we who are eligible MUST vote. Moreover, while you may vote for up to 26 candidates, this works to the advantage of the celebrities and the old guard hanger's on endorsed by the nominating committee. As Jeff Knox explains, if you want your vote to have some impact vote for one or two but no more than five candidates.

David Codrea has endorsed Stephen Stamboulieh and only him for the Board. David considers Stamboulieh to be a no-compromise candidate based upon his positions regarding the NFA, the Hughes Amendment, and other issues. Stamboulieh has also garnered the endorsement of the New Jersey Second Amendment Society for his legal work in 2A battles there even though he is based in Mississippi. In an earlier column, David has also come out against the bylaw changes as it makes it even harder for a petition candidate to get on the ballot.

Dave Hardy has this to say about these three candidates.
Curtis Jenkins. A very good fellow. He spent 16 years in the Georgia House of Reps, with a continuous A+ rating from NRA, and authored the nation's first bill protecting firearm manufacturers against harassing lawsuits. He is an incumbent, and serves on the Legislative Policy, Legal Affairs, and Finance Committees, plus the NRA Civil Rights Defense Fund. He's also an NRA Certified Rifle and Shotgun Instructor.

Charles Cotton. Incumbent, and serves on the Legal Affairs and Bylaws and Resolutions Committees, plus the Civil Rights Defense Fund. Operates several pro-gun websites, and active in the Texas State Rifle Association.

Patricia Clark. Incumbent, serves on the NRA Airgun, Youth Programs, Finance, Smallbore Rifle, Competitions Rules and Programs, and Silhouette Committees. Received the Sybil Ludington Freedom Award for promotion youth shooting. She's pretty much indispensable to the competitions and youth aspects of the organization.
He also mentioned Heidi Washington who is the daughter of the late NRA President Tom Washington and is head of the Michigan Department of Corrections. Dave does endorse the bylaw changes in a separate post but I would encourage you to read the comments on this post.

Lt. Col. Robert Brown and Soldier of Fortune have their annual endorsements up. Their number one endorsement is for Steve Schreiner of Englewood, Colorado. Soldier of Fortune also endorses the following:
1. Thomas P. Arvas   Albuquerque, New Mexico
2. John Cushman    Patchogue, New York
3. Curtis S. Jenkins   Forsyth, Georgia
4. Sean Maloney   Liberty Township, Ohio
5. Linda Walker   Newark, Ohio
6. Heidi Washington    East Lansing, Michigan
Knife Rights does not usually make endorsements for the NRA Board but they have made an exception this year due to three of the candidates either being on their own Board of Directors, Advisory Board, or a celebrity supporter.
Todd J. Rathner is Knife Rights’ Director of Legislative Affairs–our lobbyist. He has been instrumental in our outstanding legislative success to date, totaling 22 pro-knife laws enacted in 15 states and 6 anti-knife bills defeated.

Todd’s efforts in bringing Knife Rights’ issues to the attention of the NRA Board and staff has been invaluable and it is certainly in our best interests to see him continue in this role. Beyond that, he works tirelessly in support of the Second Amendment.

Graham Hill is the Chairman of the NRA Legislative Policy and Federal Affairs Committees and is an advisor to Knife Rights on legislative issues in Congress.

His comprehensive understanding of, and insights into, what makes Congress tick and how to get things done on The Hill are extremely helpful to the NRA and to Knife Rights, particularly as we work to pass the Knife Owners’ Protection Act including repeal of the Federal Switchblade Act (H.R. 84).

Graham’s dedication to the Second Amendment is second to none and he deserves your vote.

R. Lee (The Gunny) Ermey has been a very vocal supporter of Knife Rights and takes every opportunity to promote Knife Rights as he travels the country making celebrity appearances. We very much appreciate The Gunny’s active support for Knife Rights and a Sharper Future for all Americans as well as his unwavering commitment to defending the Second Amendment.

Knife Rights encourages our members who are also NRA voting members to vote for Todd, Graham and The Gunny and reminds you that NRA Board Election ballots must be received by the NRA no later than April 9, 2017.
SilencerCo on their blog endorsed Todd Rathner, Melanie Pepper, and Graham Hill. They recognized Rathner for the role he played in getting Arizona's constitutional carry law passed and the role he continues to play in getting suppressors legal for hunting in numerous state. Pepper was endorsed for the recognition she has received for her work in hunting, conservation, and on the NRA's Women's Leadership Forum. Finally, Hill was endorsed due to his work on both the Legislative Policy and Federal Affairs Committees which he chairs. Additionally, Hill is a member of the Board of Directors of the American Suppressor Association and is President and CEO of the Fifty Caliber Institute.

The Hawaii Rifle Association not surprisingly has endorsed Lt. Col. Willes Lee for the Board. He is a resident of Hawaii and is the former Chairman of the Hawaii Republican Party. Lee was recently appointed to the Board of Directors to fill a vacant spot.
The Hawaii Rifle Association is delighted to fully endorse Mr. Willes K. Lee for a position on the Board of Directors in the upcoming election cycle.

We have worked with Willes for many years now to protect our precious Second Amendment. He has assisted us with fighting anti-gun bills as well as helping to win pro-gun legislation and to elect pro-gun legislators to pursue those goals.

Mr. Lee has also worked with us to promote the shooting sports in Hawaii and to strengthen the youth shooting opportunities here, such as our high school shooting teams and the FNRA Banquets that support those teams each year. Willes has been fully responsible for bringing in NRA presidents David Keane, Jim Porter, and Allan Cors to our Hawaii events.
I consider the endorsements by Jeff Knox and the Firearms Coalition to be probably the most important here and the ones that I take most seriously. Jeff's father Neal was one of the architects of the Cincinnati Revolt and was the first head of the NRA-ILA. The Knox family involvement in NRA affairs dates back well over 40 years. Jeff's take on the bylaw changes is that it solidifies the status quo of staff dominance over the Board and makes it harder for changes to come from the grassroots.

On the changes and his endorsements of Sean Maloney, Graham Hill, and Adam Kraut, Jeff writes:
In 1977 a group of members and renegade Board members, upset by the NRA’s reluctance to fulfill its duties in the political arena, and the closed electoral system that made change all but impossible, staged a member revolt at the Annual Meeting of Members in Cincinnati. Operating under the bylaws and not-for-profit law, a dedicated group of members, including Neal Knox, moved a slate of bylaw changes that reorganized the organization’s structure and created a petition process to get access to the ballot. The members, angry over a proposal by NRA brass to move the headquarters out of Washington, were primed to join the rebellion. The meeting lasted from 10 in the morning Saturday to 4 a.m. Sunday morning, and culminated with my father nominating and the members electing Harlon Carter as the new executive vice president.

In subsequent years, those member-empowering bylaw amendments have been chipped away. Each strike of the chisel was made with assurances that the latest change would “protect the Cincinnati reforms.” The current proposal pretty much completes the job of protecting the Cincinnati reforms right out of existence.

When Dad wrote the current standard, he set the petition threshold at 250 voting members. That number was deemed achievable for someone like a local club president who wanted to take a hand in NRA affairs as a Board member. In this Internet age, gathering 250 qualified signatures has become somewhat easier, but setting the bar at anything higher than about 500 would take the process out of reach of but the most prominent members.

The Board proposes setting a threshold at 0.5 percent of the voters in the past year’s election. The new threshold will be around that acceptable 500 number, but that’s only true as long as less than 6 percent of eligible members cast ballots. If turnout were to go up to just 8 percent, the number of signatures required to qualify for the ballot would go up to close to 900 – beyond the reach of an average member.

As an Endowment Life Member of the NRA who has been very active in NRA politics for almost four decades, I’m very troubled by the key provisions of this bylaw change proposal, and I am urging all voting members to vote “No” on this proposal. While some of the proposed changes are mostly cosmetic, and others seem logical, the overall effect of the proposed changes is to take power away from the members, and this is an all-or-nothing proposition. You can’t get the good without also accepting the bad – and that’s unacceptable.

If you are an NRA member, I urge you to take a look in your February 2017 issue of your NRA magazine to see if there is a voting package bound into the middle of it. If there is, go to the back of the package where you will find two ballots and an envelope. One ballot is for voting on the Board of Directors, the other is for voting on the proposed bylaw amendments.

For the Board of Directors election, I am recommending people vote only for the following three candidates, and no others: Sean Maloney, Adam Kraut and Graham Hill. There are others on the ballot who are good, but they don’t need our help.

Whether you vote in the Director election or not, be sure to completely fill in the circle next to the word “No” on the bylaw ballot, put it in the envelope, sign it, and drop it in the mail.

“As the NRA goes, so go our gun rights.” My dad first penned those words more than 30 years ago when the NRA was embroiled in another of its internal struggles. The NRA management likes to think that a placid, compliant NRA is good for gun rights. That is not true. The organization was born out of strife and is at its best when there is tension. For its leaders to relax into complacent incumbency will not yield an NRA that is willing to press the strategic advantage we have now, nor dig in and fight the hard battles that will come when the political pendulum moves the other way.
Finally, I am not going to tell you who to vote for in this Board election. However, I would say to vote for workhorses over celebrity show horses. There are two people for whom I won't be voting and here is my rationale. First, there is Howard J. "Walt" Walter of Flat Rock, North Carolina. Mr. Walter lives in an adjacent county to me and is a long-time member of the Board who is supported by the Nominating Committee for re-election. In years gone by, I would run into him at the Asheville Rifle and Pistol Club meetings when I still belonged. His blurb says in part:
Media spokesman/debater on Second Amendment issues. Supported lawsuit protection for gun manufacturers, opposed reauthorization of Clinton gun ban. Political strategist/consultant for pro-gun candidates. Worked with senatorial/congressional candidates. Experienced lobbyist, helped pass concealed carry and shooting range protection legislation.
If Mr. Walter has done all that he says he has done for the Second Amendment, he sure has been quiet about it. He certainly hasn't been in the fight to repeal the pistol purchase permit, he wasn't in the fight for passage of the Castle Doctrine, and about the only thing I've seen with his name on it in the last 15 or more years is one letter to the editor. Resting on your past laurels is not what we need on the Board of Directors.

The other person for whom I won't be voting is N. Stephanie Spika. We interviewed her last spring on the Polite Society Podcast and all of us came away singularly unimpressed. All we heard were platitudes of how she would work with staff to bring in younger activists. We had the feeling that her aim on being elected to the Board was more about padding her resume than anything else. Make of that what you will.

With that, I'm going to close. I'm sure that there are many more endorsements out there. I would urge you to study them as well as the ones above closely. If you are eligible to vote, then do so.

UPDATE: I filled out my ballot and bylaw vote today. It will go in the mail tomorrow with a Charlton Heston forever stamp on it.


Nebraska: Important Firearms Preemption Legislation to Be Heard in Committee [NRA-ILA News]

On February 10 at 1:00 p.m, the Government, Military, and Veteran Affairs Committee is scheduled to hear Legislative Bill 68.  Currently, Nebraskans may inadvertently violate the law as they travel through the state due to the problem of local gun ordinances that are more restrictive than state laws and those of neighboring communities.  LB 68 is an important bill that will help protect the Second Amendment rights of all Nebraskans by creating a preemption statute to eliminate this confusing patchwork of laws and ensure that firearm and ammunition laws are consistent throughout The Cornhusker State.


Review: LaRue Tactical Dillo Dust Pork Shoulder []

I recently bought some mounts from LaRue Tactical, a company that needs no introduction to AR fanatics. These guys make some of the best precision detachable mounts on the market, and they also make high-quality rifles.

Anyway, this being my first run of LaRue orders, it was my introduction to the world of LaRue Dillo Dust.

Dillo Dust is the “tactical” dry rub that ships for free with LaRue products; you get a little 7 oz jar. It’s not available for sale separately, which is a shame because it is excellent. Not really being aware of how great it was, I blew most of my jar on a large pork shoulder that I smoked in my Big Green Egg.


At the top of this article is a shot of the results. It was excellent, and the guests raved about it. It didn’t last long.

Now I need to order more LaRue products so I can get more Dillo Dust. I mean, there are worse problems to have.

Bonus: Jon’s Dry Rub and Chicken Tenders

I actually make a rub that’s very similar, but that has more stuff in it. My friends are into it so I’ve been passing it around via email for a few years. I might as well post the ingredients here, in case anyone wants to try it:

  • 1 cup evaporated cane sugar
  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup paprkika (smoked paprika if you can find it)
  • 1/4 cup Lowry’s seasoning salt
  • 1/4 cup garlic salt
  • 1/4 cup celery salt
  • 1/4 cup onion salt
  • 3 TB chili powder, dark
  • 2 TB black pepper, table grind
  • 1 TB lemon pepper
  • 2 tsp sage, ground
  • 1 tsp dry mustard
  • 1 tsp Tony Chachere’s Cajun Seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp thyme, ground
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper

And here’s a recipe for chicken tenders that uses the rub as the main ingredient. It’s always a hit when I serve it, and I get requests for the recipe:

After creating the rub, put some raw chicken tenders into a large bowl and sprinkle rub over them, mixing them around so that they’re coated in rub. Don’t wash the tenders — just pull them from the package and put them directly into the bowl. They’re nice and sticky when you open them, and this helps the rub stick to them.

I typically scoop the rub out with a 1/4 cup measuring cup and sprinkle it, then mix it around. Keep applying the seasoning and mixing it until you can no longer make the rub stick to the tenders and it falls loose in the bowl. You can’t add too much rub — just apply as much as will stick to the tenders.

Let the tenders sit in the rub for about 30 minutes. I leave them out on the counter, but if you’re paranoid you can put them in the fridge.

Put virgin coconut oil in a (preferably cast iron) skillet and melt it until you have about a half inch of oil in there. Heat the coconut oil on medium high heat, and start dropping the tenders into the skillet. Fry them on each side until they’re done.

Once all of the tenders are done and you’ve put them on a plate or in a bowl, you can pour most or all of the oil that’s left in the skillet over the tenders.

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Georgia: Constitutional/Permitless Carry Legislation Introduced [NRA-ILA News]

House Bill 156, important constitutional/permitless carry legislation, was recently introduced to the Georgia House of Representatives.  This critical legislation would allow any law-abiding individual who can legally possess a firearm to carry a handgun for self-defense in Georgia without having to obtain a permit to do so.


Minnesota: Second Constitutional/Permitless Carry Bill Introduced [NRA-ILA News]

Recently, state Senator Paul Utke (R-2) introduced Senate File 650 as a companion bill to state Representative Jim Nash’s (R-47A) constitutional/permitless carry bill, House File 188.  Your NRA-ILA fully supports these two outstanding bills and looks forward to working with the Minnesota Legislature to advance the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding gun owners across the North Star State.


Alabama: 2017 Legislative Session Convenes with a Pro-Gun Bill Introduced [NRA-ILA News]

Yesterday, February 7, the Alabama Legislature convened for its 2017 legislative session with the introduction of a bill which aims to protect and enhance your Second Amendment rights.   Senate Bill 2, introduced by state Senator Phil Williams (R-10), would amend and expand Alabama’s existing state firearms preemption statutes to clarify that the state Legislature has the sole responsibility and authority to create regulations related to taxation and use of firearms, ammunition, and firearm accessories.  Further, this bill prohibits counties and municipalities from imposing user fees or other special fees related solely to the ownership or use of a firearm, ammunition, or firearm accessory or from imposing additional restrictions on the issuance of pistol permits.


NRA Applauds Confirmation of Jeff Sessions as Attorney General [NRA-ILA News]

The National Rifle Association today issued the following statement from Chris W. Cox, executive director of the National Rifle Association Institute for Legislative Action (NRA-ILA), applauding the U.S. Senate’s confirmation of Sen. Jeff Sessions as the 84th attorney general of the United States:


SHOT 2017: New Colt Gold Cup Target Pistol []

The Colt Gold Cup is the target variant of the company’s 1911 pistol. While the Gold Cup has traditionally been associated with NRA Bullseye Competition it is suitable for other types of competion as well. For 2017 Colt has upgraded the Gold Cup to make a great pistol even better.

In this video a Colt rep goes over the features of the newest version of the Colt Gold Cup.

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SHOT 2017: S&W Performance Center Ported .45 Shield []

The S&W Shield series of pistols have proven to be a popular choice for those seeking a single-stack striker-fire gun for concealed carry. At the 2017 SHOT Show the company showed off the newest model from the S&W Performance Center. The Performance Center version of the .45 ACP Shield includes fiber optic sights, an improved trigger, and a ported slide and barrel.

A S&W rep goes over the features in this short video from the 2017 SHOT Show.

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SHOT 2017: Mossberg 590 Shockwave []

The Mossberg 590 Shockwave is that company’s version of the legendary “witness protection” shotguns originally developed for the U.S. Marshall’s Service. These cut-down shotguns were prized for how easy they could be concealed under a coat or windbreaker and for their quick handling.

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One advantage of the Mossberg product is that since they are factory built on virgin receivers they are classified as “firearms” and not “Short Barreled Shotguns” or even “Any Other Weapons.” This means they are transferred as regular Title 1 firearms and do not require any additional taxes or special permits under Federal law. (State laws may vary)

In the video a Mossberg rep goes over the feature set of the Mossberg Shockwave.

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SHOT 2017: New Colt Combat Commander 1911 Pistol []

The Colt Combat Commander is a version of the famous 1911 pistol with a shortened slide designed specifically for concealed carry. The “Combat” designation indicates that this is the steel frame version of the compact pistol while the regular “Commander” versions are built on an aluminum frame. Although the gun has been in the catalog for years it has had some changes over time. The current version is available in both an 8-round .45 ACP variant and a 9-round 9mm model.

In this video a Colt rep goes over the feature set of the current iteration of the Colt Combat Commander.

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SHOT 2017: Sig Sauer 320 X5 Pistol []

The modular Sig Sauer 320 has become a successful pistol for both competition and self-defense. For 2017 Sig extended the line by introducing three new variants of the polymer gun.

In this video a Sig Sauer rep goes over the features of the Sig Sauer 320 X5. This pistol is optimized for USPSA and similar competition.

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Picking A Reloading Starter Kit []

One of the easiest ways to get into reloading is to buy a reloading starter kit.  When I wanted to get into reloading back in 1989, one of my supervisors put together a box of spare parts.  The kit included a Lyman turret press, lube pad and a few other things.

Rather than buying a hodgepodge of thrown together parts, various companies have starter kits ready to go.  This will help kick start your reloading project.

Let’s take a few minutes and discuss what to look for in a reloading starter kit.

Lifetime Warranty

There a number of companies who place a lifetime warranty on their reloading tools.  Some have a lifetime warranty to the original owner and some have a warranty of just a couple of years.  Before you buy anything, make sure there is a no hassle lifetime warranty.

Here are a few examples, as of February 4, 2017:

RCBS – Some tools have a lifetime to the original owner.  Some products are excluded from the lifetime waranty.

Lee – Has a two year replace / repair warranty.

Hornady – From the Hornady website: “if it breaks, we’ll repair it or replace it at no charge.” Electronics have a one year warranty.

Lyman – I was not able to find warranty information on the Lyman website.

Dillon Precision – Is supposed to have a no B.S. warranty. I was unable to find details of the warranty on their website.

Redding – Lifetime warranty.

Reloading Starter Kit Basics

A lot of it depends on how much money you want to spend.  Current prices range anywhere from around $150 all the way to $500.

Sometimes, you get what you pay for, and that applies to reloading starter kits as well.  Look to spend somewhere around $300, plus or minus a little bit, to get started.

Basic kit should include:

  • Press
  • Reloading manual
  • Scale
  • Power trickler
  • Funnel

Some kits come with a case trimmer, bullet puller, deburring tool and other goodies.

Calipers are usually sold separately and so are the dies.  Do not max out your budget on just the starter kit.  So you have spare change to buy extras toys, I mean tools.



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Kentucky: Your Help Needed, Constitutional/Permitless Carry Pulled from Consideration [NRA-ILA News]

Unfortunately, the constitutional/permitless carry legislation, Senate Bill 7, has been pulled from consideration in the Kentucky Senate. With a short 2017 legislative session, SB 7 must not be delayed through the legislative process. It is of the utmost importance that this bill be scheduled for a hearing! Senate Bill 7 would allow any law-abiding individual who can legally possess a firearm to carry a handgun for self-defense in Kentucky without having to obtain a permit to do so. This bill recognizes a law-abiding adult’s unconditional Right to Keep and Bear Arms for self-defense in the manner he or she chooses. Self-defense situations are difficult, if not impossible, to anticipate. Accordingly, a law-abiding adult’s right to defend himself or herself in such situations should not be conditioned by government-mandated time delays and taxes. Additionally, Senate Bill 7 would keep the current permitting system in place so individuals who obtain a permit could still enjoy the reciprocity agreements that Kentucky has with other states.


California: Cupertino Public Safety Commission Holding Second Discussion on Anti-Gun Ordinance [NRA-ILA News]

Tomorrow, Thursday, February 9, the Cupertino Public Safety Commission will be holding a public meeting to discuss a proposed anti-gun ordinance. NRA and CRPA submitted a letter of opposition, warning the City of the serious preemption issues facing the ordinance.


Virginia: Important Pro-Gun and Self-Defense Legislation Continues to Move Through the General Assembly [NRA-ILA News]

Several pro-gun bills have crossed over and are moving through the legislative process in both chambers of the General Assembly.  Last week, House Bills 1852 and 1853 passed through House of Delegates and are moving through the Senate.  Additionally, Senate Bills 1299, 1300 and 1023 all passed the Senate and were sent to the House of Delegates for consideration.  SB 1023 has been assigned to the House Militia Policing and Public Safety Committee.  Please contact members of the House committee in support of SB 1023!


Malloy budget sets huge increases for gun permit fees [NRA-ILA News]

Gun owners will see huge increases in permit fees if a budget proposed by Governor Malloy is approved.  As part of his budget, Malloy is proposing to increase the state portion of the pistol permit fee from $70 to $300. He also is proposing the cost of the initial 5-year pistol permit fee from $140 to $370. The increase in fees for gun owners will bring in another $9 million to the state annually, according to the governor’s budget estimates.


South Carolina: Pro-Gun Bills on the Move in Columbia [NRA-ILA News]

One of NRA-ILA’s top priorities this session, H. 3240, passed the Constitutional Laws Subcommittee by a 3-2 vote, and now will be considered by the full House Judiciary Committee.  Introduced by state Representative Alan Clemmons (R-107), H. 3240 would establish that South Carolina recognizes all valid Right-to-Carry (RTC) permits issued by other states.  Please contact members of the House Judiciary Committee and urge them to SUPPORT H. 3240 without any amendments that would weaken its goal of establishing true RTC recognition in South Carolina.


Hawaii: Important Hearing Protection Legislation to be Heard Friday [NRA-ILA News]

On Friday, February 10, the House Water and Land Committee will hear House Bill 1589, sponsored by Representative Ryan Yamane (D-37).  This legislation would allow the use of sound suppressors while hunting in the state of Hawaii. Currently, 40 states allow the use of suppressors while hunting.  Sound suppressors attached to firearms (less accurately called "silencers") are an additional tool available to help protect hearing, increase accuracy and safety, and reduce noise complaints by surrounding residents.  While suppressors do not eliminate the sound of a firearm, they do reduce the muzzle report of a firearm, reducing the risk hearing damage.  Additionally, suppressors help increase accuracy by reducing felt recoil and shot “flinch.”  Suppressors also help reduce noise complaints from neighbors, which are frequently used as an excuse to close hunting lands throughout the country.


Sneak Peek: The Vortex Diamondback Tactical 4-12x Scope Pre-Production Review [The Firearm Blog]

In this episode of TFBTV, James gets a look at a pre-production version of the Vortex Diamondback Tactical. The DBT is going to be released in March 2017 with an MSRP of around $400 and a street price around $300. This is a very reasonably priced 4-12x magnification optic and features exposed turrets with marked […]

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Opinion: SHOT Synopsis, Future Trends [The Firearm Blog]

SHOT 2017 has come and gone. Hopefully we did our duty in providing the best coverage we could put together to you, our readership. I certainly had an exhausting show, staying up many late nights, even unto first light, hustling USBs over to fellow writers to get material online, flying through Vegas traffic trying to […]

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Strike Industries SARS Weapon Retention System [The Firearm Blog]

Strike Industries has released a sneak peak of a product on the companies social media page, detailing the unveiling of the companies latest product, a picatinny mounted weapon retention system. Essentially the system mounts to the picatinny rail of a carbine, rifle, or ever submachine gun, and is ‘fed’ into a sort of “V”-shaped wedge. […]

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New Mexico: Second House Committee to Hear HB 50 THIS Friday! [NRA-ILA News]

In an effort to fast-track this Bloomberg-backed legislation through the House, anti-gun lawmakers have scheduled House Bill 50 for a hearing THIS Friday, February 10, before the House Judiciary Committee in Room 309 at 1:30pm or upon adjournment.  Please plan to attend and speak in opposition to this intrusive, ineffective and unenforceable proposal -- and make sure you spread the word about Friday's hearing to family, friends and fellow gun owners!


POTD: I Can See Clearly Now . . . [The Firearm Blog]

With a little bit of ridiculousness thrown in, Strike Industries put a SureFire 60rd magazine on to this SBR. They should have gone for gold and put a drum or 100rd SureFire mag on it. Oh and they added a DI Optical DCL-120 optic onto it. If its good enough for a 50 cal machine […]

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AR-15 Lower Receivers On Sale Palmetto State Armory []

Palmetto State Armory (PSA) is having another great sale on their AR-15 lower receivers.

PSA has made a name for itself by selling straight to the public.  Since there is no middle man, they can offer great deals directly to the consumer.

Before you buy, note that all lower receivers must be shipped to someone who has a Federal Firearms License (FFL). If you do not have an FFL, the lowers can not be shipped to you. The lower receiver has to go to someone with an FFL.  Then the person with the FFL does the background check and completes the purchase.

Regular price: $99.99, sale price: $49.99 – PSA Blemished Safe/Fire Lower. This is a stripped lower. This is for people interested in building an AR-15 from the ground up. When I build an AR-15, this is where I start.

Regular price: $299.99, sale price: $159.99 – PSA AR15 Complete Ambi Defender MOE Lower. This is a complete lower receiver with all the parts, stock and grip already installed.  If you want to buy a lower that is ready to go, this is the one for you.

Regular price: $399.99, sale price: $219.99 – PSA GEN2 PA10 BLEM .308 Complete Classic Lower Receiver. If you have been thinking about building an AR-10 in 308 Winchester, now is your chance.  This lower comes with all the parts already installed and with a standard grip and stock.

Regular price: $199.99, sale price: $129.99 – Palmetto State Armory Magpul CTR Lower Build Kit, If you buy a stripped lower, then you will need a parts kit. This kit offers Magpul stock and grip along with a mil-spec diameter receiver extension.

Regular price: $129.99, sale price: $99.99 – Blem PSA 9mm Forged Dedicated Glock®-style Lower Receiver LRBHO. If you have an interest in building an AR-15 chambered in 9mm, here is your chance. Please note: This lower requires a Palmetto State Armory Hybrid 9mm Bolt. This lower will not work with Colt style bolts.

Looking for something besides lower receivers?

Regular price: $259.40, sale price: $139.99 – Ten D&H 5.56 30rd Aluminum Magazines & Ten Magpul PMAG 5.56 30rd Magazines. That is 20 AR-15 magazines for the amazing low price of $139.99.

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Homeowner shoots attempted burglar [NRA-ILA News]

A 19-year-old San Antonio man was shot Saturday night as he attempted to enter a residence on the 1100 block of Dewey Street. Officer Brandon Reynolds had responded to a disturbance call on Lucero Street when he observed a stolen vehicle out of San Antonio. According to a witness, a man, later identified as Tywon Scates, was in possession of the vehicle but left walking. As Reynolds was investigating the stolen truck he discovered Scates was involved in a foot pursuit with other officers. Reynolds arrived at Dewey and Texas Boulevard and made contact with the homeowner who stated he opened his door just as Scates was trying to get into his home. According to Reynolds' police report, the victim had a firearm in his hand and shot at Scates. The victim explained to the officer how he feared for the safety of his wife and two children inside the home. Officers located Scates who had been shot in the right ankle. As Scates fled the victim's property he threw an unknown object at the victim causing the victim to shot towards Scates once more. Scates was taken to the hospital and medically cleared. He was than taken to the Jim Wells County jail. Scates was charged with burglary of a habitation with intent to commit other felony, evading arrest and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. As of Tuesday, he remained in custody with a total bond of $40,000.


Springfield Armory SAINT AR-15 Receives Golden Bullseye Award []

Even though Springfield Armory, Inc. produces the M1A rifle, the 1911 and imports the XD line of handguns, The Saint is Springfield Armory’s first AR-15. So far the Saint is making some good impressions.

GENESEO, IL, Springfield Armory is pleased to receive the 2017 American Rifleman Tactical Gun of the Year Golden Bullseye Award for the company’s newest rifle, the SAINT. Designed and built for those who unapologetically assume the responsibility to protect themselves and those they love, the SAINT redefines what an AR-15 rifle should be.

“We’ve worked very hard to create an AR-15 rifle that stands out in a crowded field,” stated Springfield Armory CEO Dennis Reese. “We’re honored to accept the 2017 Tactical Gun of the Year Golden Bullseye Award from American Rifleman magazine. The award validates all the hard work we’ve done to design a rifle that brings all the right advanced features to law-abiding citizens at a very reasonable price point.”

The SAINT is Springfield Armory’s first entry into the Modern Sporting Rifle market. It’s an optics ready flat-top design that includes an A2-style front sight and gas block. A standout feature of the SAINT is its exceptionally tight and shake-free feel, a result from Springfield Armory’s Accu-Tite receiver locking system and the precisely engineered fit between the Bravo Company BCM Gunfighter stock and receiver extension tube.

The SAINT features a 16-inch Chrome Moly Vanadium barrel with a 5.56mm NATO chamber and 1:8 twist rate rifling to properly stabilize the widest range of bullet types. For longevity and corrosion resistance, the chamber, bore, and barrel are treated with Melonite.

Customers will also appreciate the outstanding trigger on the SAINT. Micro-polished components and Nickel Boron treatment yield a trigger press with mil-spec weight, but the smooth and crisp feel of a competition upgrade. Rounding out the SAINT is a set of high-end furniture from Bravo Company including the Bravo Company PKMT two-piece handguard with KeyMod-compatible attachment points. The Bravo Company Mod 0 Pistol grip provides grip-enhancing texture and a vertical orientation designed to complement the modern combat stance.

The Golden Bullseye Awards will be presented at a special breakfast event on Friday, April 28, 2017, at the National Rifle Association Annual Meetings & Exhibits in Atlanta, Georgia.

“We are pleased to announce the winners of the 2017 Golden Bullseye Awards,” said Doug Hamlin, Executive Director of NRA Publications. “This year’s winners exemplify what NRA members want in their shooting and hunting equipment—outstanding performance, innovative design, and value. We congratulate those who have created the industry’s best new products and look forward to recognizing them in Atlanta.”

The criteria for earning a Golden Bullseye Award is rigorous, with product required to be tested by staff members or contributors to American Rifleman magazine, demonstrating reliability during field use, and showing innovation and value to the customer. Most importantly, award winning products must show overall benefit to the shooting industry and its enthusiasts. For 15 years, award winners have been selected by a seven-member committee representing more than a century of collective experience in the shooting and hunting industry.

Created for the free and independent, Springfield Armory’s SAINT represents the next generation of America’s personal defense rifle. Built with relentless dedication to reliability, it’s made to support the awesome responsibility that comes with defending one’s legacy. For more information on the Springfield Armory SAINT please visit

About Springfield Armory

“The First Name in American Firearms,” Springfield Armory was founded in 1777, when George Washington ordered the creation of an armory to store ammunition and gun carriages during the American Revolution. In 1794, the armory began to manufacture muskets and spent the next 150 years supplying firearms for every major American conflict. The original armory closed in 1968. In 1974, the Reese family took ownership of the Springfield Armory name and began making the M1A rifle. Today, Springfield Armory develops many products loyal to the company’s heritage, like the 1911 pistol, while ensuring its future with innovative products, including the XD, XD Mod.2, XD(M) and XD-S polymer pistols and now the new SAINT AR-15 rifle.

Special thank you to Ammoland for letting everyone know about the award.

Saint Specs

  • CALIBER: 5.56x45mm NATO (.223REM)
  • LENGTH: 35.5″ Fully Extended / 32.25″ Collapsed
  • WEIGHT: 6lbs 11oz
  • UPPER RECEIVER: Type III Hard Coat Anodized Aircraft Grade 7075 T6
  • BARREL: 16″ Chrome Moly Vanadium, 1:8 RH Twist, Melonite
  • GAS SYSTEM: Direct Impingement Mid-Length Gas System, .750 Diameter Gas Block
  • TRIGGER GUARD: Bravo Company
  • PISTOL GRIP: Bravo Company Mod 3
  • BUTT STOCK: Bravo Company 6 Position
  • BOLT CARRIER GROUP: M16 BCG w/ Carpenter 158 Steel Bolt, Shot Peened & Magnetic Particle Inspected

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Engel “Original High-Performance Coolers” []

When it comes to heavy-duty roto-molded ice chests, one name rules them all in terms of brand recognition. I think it’s safe to say that name begins with “Y” and ends with “eti” — but Yeti was not the first to make heavy-duty roto-molded coolers… from what I can tell, that honor belongs to Engel. They call their products “The ultimate and the orginal Roto Molded High Performance Coolers,” and add that they are “rugged, durable, and bear proof.”

Aside from their history, I liked what I saw when I stopped by the Engel booth at the 2017 SHOT Show. Their latches looked tough and were easy to use — and they double as bottle openers, which is a nice bonus. They didn’t seem to be ridiculously heavy, as are some other brands of premium coolers.


The latches are draw-type, which are usually quite easy to operate and actually pull the lid shut. When closed, the latches are protected by the recesses in which they lie.

Finger-grip handles are molded in, and there are also rope handles.

I now wish I had taken some photos, but at the time I was on my way to an appointment and couldn’t linger. Specifically, I wish I had taken photos of the hinge and the drain, because detailed photos of those features seem to be lacking on their Coolers page and pages describing the individual coolers.

The hinge is described as “Anvil Hinge: Integrated full-length self-stopping rear hinge.” The drain is described as “Flick Drain Plug: Unique recessed ‘one-twist’ opening drain plug with lanyard hole.”

In fact, here’s a photo from their site highlighting some of the selling points:

(Photo: Engel)

(Photo: Engel)

Most, if not all, models are available in white. Color options vary by model, with tan, light gray, and camouflage being offered on some variants. Be aware, though, that the camo is only on the lid…

(Photo: Engel)

(Photo: Engel)

Some info from Engel:

Engel, the original high-performance cooler, is roto-molded for toughness and durability. It’s filled with a full 2 inches of insulation in the lid, on the sides, and on the bottom, helping to retain cold and ice for up to 10 days. The all silicon gaskets create an airtight seal that is durable and will never lose it’s shape.

  • “IGBC Certified Bear Resistant Container” – molded on rear lid of cooler
  • Up to 10 days Ice Retention
  • Dry ice compatible
  • 2″ thick walls with polyurethane insulation
  • Food grade plastic resists stains and is easy to clean
  • Durable seamless rotationally-molded construction
  • UV-resistant polyethylene
  • 3 Year Warranty

I’m torn on the subject of the non-skid feet affixed to each bottom corner of these coolers. That should be great for boating, but not so great for sliding a heavy cooler in and out of a pickup truck or UTV bed. But it IS a nice touch that the cooler sit up off the surface, allowing you to hose out the area below it without moving the cooler — and preventing the bottom from wearing then by being dragged around.

At any rate, it’s nice to know there are other choices out there.

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Uniquely British, the “Pistol Rifle” [The Firearm Blog]

Within the United Kingdom, handguns are effectively banned, with the exception of Section 5 owners (armed security), Section 73 (Historically significant pieces), and Black Powder handguns. Thus, due to working around the obscure wording of the law, UK shooters have found a niche “Pistol Rifle” that actually fits within the parameters of both being a […]

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New Hampshire: Your Urgent Action Needed – Contact your State Representative in Support of Constitutional/Permitless Carry Legislation! [NRA-ILA News]

Tomorrow, February 9, Senate Bill 12 will be going before the full House of Representatives for a vote.  If passed, SB 12 will eliminate the requirement to obtain a permit in order to lawfully carry.  Unfortunately, out-of-state billionaire and gun control advocate Michael Bloomberg has launched a misinformation campaign aimed at undermining the rights of law-abiding New Hampshirites.  Bloomberg-funded gun control groups are organizing attacks against Governor Chris Sununu for his expressed support of SB 12 and misrepresenting facts in an attempt to persuade your elected officials to oppose SB 12.


GunAlert Bluetooth Device Can Spoil a Thief’s Day []

At the 2017 SHOT Show, I was stopped by a nice young lady who then told me about GunAlert, a handy little device you can attach to most any item — in her example, a handgun on display at a gun show — which will alert you if someone takes the item away.

GunAlert is a small device that you attach to your gun (or whatever) using a zip-tie or other similar method. The device uses Bluetooth to communicate with an app on your smart phone (or other Bluetooth-capable smart device). If the device moves more than about 20 feet from your phone, it begins to blink and beep and your phone also sounds an alarm. So much for the five-finger discount a thief thought he was about to receive.

Here’s what the company says about it:

The latest in anti-theft devices especially effective for gun show exhibitors!

GunAlert uses Bluetooth technology to reduce theft when your valuables are on display at trade shows.

The purchase of GunAlert comes with full, simple instructions and a 4-inch connector tie.

After receiving your GunAlert, download the free app (iTracing), follow the simple directions, attach GunAlert to your gun/display item and within seconds your item and your phone are tethered. If the item wanders approximately 20 feet from your phone, both the GunAlert and your phone sound an alarm -– alerting you that your gun has been removed from your display and exposing the thief with a blinking, beeping device in his hand.

You can “tether” an unlimited number of GunAlerts to your Bluetooth device/phone. You can identify or name each GunAlert and assign a unique alarm sound to each of them.

The product includes a mapping feature. In the event your gun is removed from your display, the Bluetooth mapping will record the coordinates of the GunAlert’s last location.

Despite the GunAlert name, this can of course be used on anything you want to keep track of, and don’t want to “walk away” from you.

Pretty cool. Heck, I’ve seen the time when it would’ve been nice to have something like this attached to my car keys — or a GPS unit or prized hunting knife when I’m out hunting.

GunAlert sells on their website for $20 shipped.

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Lawmakers continue to push gun-control lie [NRA-ILA News]

Looking to gin up gun-control activists, Democrats on the House Ways and Means Committee tried to use a Tuesday hearing on Social Security to lament a noncontroversial vote last week to do away with an Obama-era rule designed to get certain beneficiaries’ information into the national gun-purchase background check system.Their complaints were all fear-mongering and separated from reality — undoubtedly designed to catch the ear of a sympathetic, and naive media looking to advance its gun-control narrative.


How I changed my mind on guns [NRA-ILA News]

My bold prediction: Regardless of what happens, it won't move the public opinion needle. Opinions are entrenched; not many people change their minds about guns.Not many. But some.Including your humble host.Once upon a time I was anti-gun.


New Hampshire: Permitless carry bill is good legislation [NRA-ILA News]

A lot of misinformation has been spread about the permitless carry bill under debate in New Hampshire, and it’s time to set the record straight. Most importantly, Senate Bill 12 enhances New Hampshirites’ ability to defend themselves while maintaining penalties for those who break the law.


Colorado: House Version of Magazine Limit Repeal Legislation to be Heard Today [NRA-ILA News]

Today, at 1:30pm, the House State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Committee is scheduled to hear House Bill 1097.


U.S. Army Eyeing Ballistic Computer Scope Tech [The Firearm Blog]

Picatinny Arsenal is currently conducting trials and experiments on a prototype system named the “Ballistically Optimized Sniper Scope” (BOSS). Essentially it is the Army’s entry into what Barrett has been accomplishing with the BORS for a number of years, or a number of similar digitally optimized and guided scopes that many precision rifle/scope companies in […]

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California: 2017 February Litigation Report [NRA-ILA News]

The NRA and its state affiliate, the California Rifle and Pistol Association (CRPA), are heavily involved in a number of important legal battles in California that are aimed at protecting, restoring, and expanding the gun rights of Californians.


Maryland: Senate Committee to Hear Legislation to Criminalize the Private Transfer of Long Guns [NRA-ILA News]

Introduced by state Senator William Smith, Jr., Senate Bill 948 seeks to criminalize the private transfer of long guns in Maryland.


Gahendra: the Nepalese Martini (or not) [Forgotten Weapons]

Long a mysterious unknown member of the Martini family, the Nepalese Gahendra rifles finally became available in the US and Europe after IMA purchased Nepal’s cache of historic arms. The Gahendra is a uniquely Nepalese design built to sidestep British reluctance to supply military arms to the colony. Developed by a General Gahendra (who is also responsible for the Bira copy of the Gardner Gun), the rifle is not actually a Martini at all. Instead, it shares its mechanical features mostly with the earlier Peabody falling block rifles, using a hammer and flat mainspring (the Martini improvement replaces there with a striker and coil spring).

Gahendras are chambered for the standard British .577/.450 Martini cartridge, although their bore diameters vary substantially, and one should absolutely slug a specific rifle before loading ammunition for it. In fact, unless you are capable of proficiently assessing the safety of the Gahendra, it is wiser not to shoot them at all. These rifles were individually handmade well over a hundred years ago using steels of questionable metallurgy and hardening.

That said, the guns were actually much better made than most people assume, considering their non-interchangeable parts. Craftsmen built each rifle part by part, giving the factory an output of just 4 rifles per day. Production began in the 1880s, and according to the Nepalese government ended prior to 1899. Dates on the rifles, however, are commonly found as late as 1911. These dates are generally assumed to be inventory or refurbishment dates.


Iran to Double Ammunition Production [The Firearm Blog]

Iran has announced the addition of a new small arms manufacturing facility, with the capacity to double that of current ammunition facilities. From Fars News Agency– By inauguration and launching the production line, all Armed Forces’ needs to small-caliber ammunition will be met, the capacity for the production of such ammunition will double and the […]

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HK416 Lower and full auto parts for sale in Europe [The Firearm Blog]

Heckler & Koch 416 “assault rifle lower receivers” are for sale in Germany. Just beware, as so called “free parts” might not be so free in your country or state. In fact they might be highly illegal. Where I live at the moment, lowers are “free”. It’s the upper, barrel and bolt which requires a […]

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Daniel Defense in NASCAR Racing for 2017 [The Firearm Blog]

What a great way to combine two interests – racing and firearms – which I’m sure I share with a lot of readers here. Racing V8:s and the interest in firearms and shooting sports, Daniel Defense and a Chevy Camaro in NASCAR. Personally I’m more into other racing styles than NASCAR, but sure wouldn’t mind […]

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H&K MP5: What Does S/E/F Mean? [The Firearm Blog]

Have you ever looked at the older MP5 lowers and look at the selector markings? It has the letters S/E/F. Here is an explanation from H&K. Sicher – SAFE Einzelfeuer – Single Fire Feuerstoss – Fire Although this photo explains it rather well.

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HK416 Magazines Gen. 2 .223 STANAG for sale in Germany [The Firearm Blog]

If you want to run your Heckler & Koch rifle with original accessories only here’s your chance. There are now Generation 2 HK416 Magazines 223 STANAG for sale in Germany. They are €49 each which equates to about 52 USD. Yes, it costs a lot not not to compromise. Very cool magazine if you ask […]

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Tuesday, 07 February


New Hampshire: Anti-Gun Bills Voted Down in Committee - Possible Floor Fight in the Near Future [NRA-ILA News]

Today, February 7, the Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee voted to kill two anti-gun bills.  The committee voted down House Bill 201 by a 12-4 vote and House Bill 350 by a 9-7 vote.  However, the bills will not be on the uncontested calendar; therefore, there may be a potential floor fight on both measures.  It is important that you email and call your state Representative and urge them to OPPOSE the bills when they go before the House floor for consideration.


SHOT 2017: New Products From Tetra Gun Care []

Tetra Gun Care unveiled some new products for gun care and cleaning at the 2017 SHOT Show. These include products for both handguns and long guns.

In the video a Tetra Gun Care rep goes over the new products for gun cleaning and maintenance at the 2017 SHOT Show.

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SHOT 2017: Firearms Cleaning Products From Gungenics []

One of the more interesting firearms accessories I saw at the 2017 SHOT Show was the line of firearms cleaning kits by Gungenics. These cleaning rods incorporate several innovate features designed to make gun cleaning easier including color coded rods made of glass-reinforced nylon. I was especially impressed by their .22 rimfire cleaning rod and brush that was noticeably easier to push through the bore than a traditional cleaning kit.

In this video a Gungenics rep goes over the features of the Gungenics cleaning kit system.

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SHOT 2017: New Winchester Super X4 Shotgun []

Winchester Repeating Arms released their newest generation of auto-loading shotguns at the 2017 SHOT Show. The Super X4 comes with a variety of finishes and furniture suitable for different types of hunting.

Winchester SX4 Mossy Oak. Image from

Winchester SX4 Mossy Oak. Image from

In this video a Winchester rep goes over the features and pricing of the new SX4 series.

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SHOT 2017: New Products From Vortex Optics []

I got a look at a couple new products from Vortex Optics at the 2017 SHOT Show. The Fury HD is a 10×42 roof prism range-finder binocular.


The Razor AMG UH-1 is a holographic site with a 1 MOA dot.


In the video a Vortex Optic rep describes the features and prices of both of these new products.

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SHOT 2017: New Products From Howard Leight []

Howard Leight introduced new safety products at the 2017 SHOT Show. These include products both for eye protection and hearing protection.

The new products are the Hydra Shield Anti Fog Coating, Trust Fit Pod push-in earplugs, and an improved version of their Electronic Impact Sport ear electronic ear muffs.

In this video a Howard Leight rep goes over the features and prices of the new products.

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Atactical A1 Flashlight Review []

Atactical is a new player in the flashlight market.  Their first offering, the Atactical A1, makes a wonderful first impression.

My flashlight reviews usually consist of freezing the flashlight in a block of ice, driving nails with it, running it over with tractor and dropping it.  Sometimes I try something new, such as throwing it behind a moving truck with a string attached.

The purpose is to subject the flashlight to a range of tests, but just short of abusing it.  If something is abused, it will break.  I do not want to break the flashlight, just subject it to a harsh real world test.


  • Strobe 550 lumens / estimated run time 4 hrs.
  • Turbo 550 lumens / estimated run time 3.3 hrs.
  • High 200 lumens / estimated run time 5.5 hrs.
  • Medium 63 lumens / estimated run time 19 hrs.
  • Low 10 lumens / estimated run time 5.5 days.
  • Impact resistant: 1.5 meters.
  • 5 3/3 inches long.
  • 1 inch in diameter.
  • Aircraft-grade aluminum body.
  • Belt clip.
  • Micro-usb cable is included.

Lanyard – The A1 does not come with a lanyard, which is fine with me. The vast majority of factory provided lanyards are cheaply made. I would rather take a piece of trot-line string or 550 cord and make my own lanyard. The lanyard holes are around 1/4 long and 1/8 inch tall.

Rechargeable – The battery of the Atactical A1 is rechargeable.  Unlike other rechargeable flashlights, the battery is fitted with a micro-usb plug.  Insert micro-usb cord, plug the other end into a computer, wall outlet, anything designed to charge usb devices and the battery starts to charge.  There is a very small LED in the end of the battery that indicates that it is charging.

Atactical A1 Review

Freeze Test

The Atactical A1 was turned on and set to its lowest brightness setting.  It was then placed in a jug, covered with an inch of water and put in a deep freezer set to -12 degrees Fahrenheit for 17 hours.

The flashlight is frozen to see if the electronics will work in sub-zero conditions, and they did.  As the water froze, the o-rings held tight and there was no water inside the flashlight.

Water Test

After the flashlight and jug were removed from the deep freezer, they were set out in the sunlight to thaw.

Once thawed, the Atactical A1 was left in the water for another full 24 hours.  So the flashlight was frozen for 17 hours, then left in the water for another full 24 hours, for a total of 41 hours either frozen or submerged in water.

Atactical A1 tail cap

Hammer Test

This is one of my favorite flashlight tests.  The Atactical A1 was taped to a framing hammer, then used to drive three 12 penny nails through a 2×4.

The purpose of the hammer test is to see if anything will break loose inside the flashlight.  Will the sudden stop of the swing cause anything to break?

The A1 passed the hammer test with flying colors.

Tractor Test

Rather than running over the flashlight with a truck or car, I use a Massey Ferguson 231 tractor.

Here on the farm, there is a dirt road going to the back field.  The road is a mix of dirt and rocks.  The bezel was placed on a rock, then the flashlight was run over several times.  After each pass, the flashlight was repositioned so the bezel was on top of a small rock.

For the last test, the tail cap was placed on the rock.  In this position, the bezel was driven into the dirt from the weight of the tractor.

What I am looking for is if the bezel bends and the glass beaks, or if the flashlight bends.  For a split second, the entire weight of the tractor is placed on the middle of the flashlight while only being supported on each end.

Besides some scratches, the Atactical A1 worked perfectly.

Atactical A1 Flashlight

Drop Test

The last and final test is a drop test from around 4 feet to a solid surface.  In this case, we used a rail road cross tie as the hard surface.

During the drop test, the A1 performed perfectly.

Atactical A1 Final Thoughts

Overall, I was impressed with the quality, workmanship and durability of the Atactical A1.

The current price, as of January 30th 2017, is $19.99 at Amazon.  To me, that is a great value.  Even if this flashlight was in the $30 – $40 price range, it would still be a great buy.

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A Deer Hunting Post-Script Plan []

Just when you think deer hunting season is over, it is actually just starting for the next year. There are a number of strategies to undertake right now even though the hunting part of the season over, at least in terms of harvesting more deer is concerned.

I often hear deer hunters saying now that they have to get back into the woods to retrieve their trial cameras for the year now that the hunting season is over. First and foremost, do yourself a favor and leave those cameras out for at least another month. Refresh the data cards and put in new batteries as needed.

The next month or so of recording photos of deer in your hunting areas can be most critical and important to pre-planning for next season. First of all, what bucks made it through the season unharmed, or what new bucks came walking through after the shooting was over and the orange vests are gone. Wouldn’t it be nice to see those bucks you did not see during the season? Or the ones you got on cameras early but never saw again and you wondered about?

Next, walk the food plots for the entire circumference of the areas. Take your camera. Record all the trails and entry points into the plots that are well worn now. This will be helpful in knowing the routes deer may again take next season. They usually follow and use the same trails year after year. Photograph any new buck sign like fresh rubs and scrapes that might have popped up during the end of a season with secondary and tertiary ruts. They happen.

Look for signs of browsing, too. Are the native bushes whittled down in some areas? Did certain food sources really get hammered? If so, be sure to note those and once the spring green up starts, hit those areas with extra fertilizer as a summer food source, too.

All the while during your inspections keep an eye out for sheds. Some deer start losing their antlers at the end of winter so start looking in all the right places. Follow used trails back into bedding areas. It matters little if you stink up those places now, as all that evidence will soon disappear.

So, while you may have the mindset that the deer hunting season is over, think of it instead as a new beginning to help you set plans now for next season.

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Has the Bow Bubble Burst? []

Economic events in the outdoors industry rarely happen overnight. But when some trends finally develop, the results often seem to hit hard. It becomes like a slow fall of dominos with one factor causing the others to fall over until there is a virtual collapse. Maybe it is not all that dramatic, but archery hunters fully understand this bubble when it comes to bow hunting gear.

The first volley came several years ago as crossbows gained wildly in popularity. All of a sudden there were premium models coming on the market retailing for $1000 or more. A lot of grumbles came from the ranks of archery hunters, but I assume the products sold well, for a while anyway. Then sales began to decline as the general US economy slowed, too.

The next incremental spiral started with conventional bows. Manufacturers fought for front ground. Hunting television was dominated by bow hunting, as if it were the only acceptable mode of whitetail pursuit. To pay for all the advertising, hype, and logo-ization that is so rampant in their product lines, prices started edging up. Has it now reached a glass ceiling?

For the average bow hunter to shop retail for one of the top tier bows these days he would have to part with $900 to $1500. That is to be able to shoot the same bow as that pro on TV killing booners every week on cable. We know how that works. Then, by the time he buys arrows, broadheads, sights, and other accessories, he would be out another $500 or so.

What is happening now is that the trend of every year or two of buying the latest and greatest in bow equipment has priced itself out of the market. Hunters are using their old models longer, tuning them up again, replacing strings, or adding new sights. They aren’t buying new ones, simply because they cannot afford it. The upper tier is now out of reach for many bow hunters. So what next?

Hunters may recall that virtually the same thing happened to the hunting gun market the past few years. Basic hunting bolt actions crept up to the $1000 level, and most hunters rejected them. Suddenly, all of the major quantity manufacturers began to produce quality hunting rifles under $500 again. This has turned the market around for them. Perhaps the bow manufacturers will learn something from their lesson.

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Connecticut: Anti-Gun Bill which Violates Fourth Amendment Heads to Committee [NRA-ILA News]

Tomorrow at 9:00 a.m., the Joint Committee on the Judiciary will hold a meeting to decide whether the committee is going to hear House Bill 6200.  Introduced by state Representatives Caroline Simmons (D-144), William Tong (D-147), and Daniel J. Fox (D-148), HB 6200 would require a person openly carrying a firearm to display their permit immediately upon demand by law enforcement.  Please contact the members of the Joint Committee on Judiciary and urge them not to hear this bill!


Walther PPS M1: The First Single Stack 9mm Glock? [The Firearm Blog]

The Walther PPS M1 was introduced in 2005, well before the Glock 43 or the Smith & Wesson Shield. For many years The PPS was one of the go to single stack 9mm pistols for concealed carriers with the Kahr PM series being the other option for those looking at polymer framed guns. In recent […]

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Smooth And Refreshing AK Reload [The Firearm Blog]

We have seen some rather impressive AK magazine reloads but this one is not only smooth it looks refreshing.   Disclaimer: TFB does not condone the consumption of alcohol with the use of firearms. Shoot and drink responsibly. Just don’t do them at the same time.

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Running Up Range With PCC [The Firearm Blog]

One aspect of USPSA stages may involve a shooter to move up range. With all shooting games there is a strict 180 degree rule. For those not familiar with the 180 degree rule, the muzzle of your gun must not pass 180 degrees from the shooting bay. This is to prevent any possibility of shooting […]

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The Aguila 12 Gauge Minishell Tiny Shotgun Shell []

One item that had folks talking at the 2017 SHOT Show was Aguila Ammunition‘s little bitty 12 gauge shotgun shells. These Minishells are not new, but they sure are fun.

At a diminutive 1-3/4″ in length (one inch shorter than the average 12 gauge shotshell), you get some of what you’d expect: lower recoil and less noise. What I didn’t expect was that I busted more clays than I missed with them!

Yes, you heard that right… I fired several rounds of these little jewels, and broke flying clay targets with most of them. Admittedly, the targets were flying pretty much straight away, which is an easy shot… but still, it was impressive.

The Minishells I fired were No. 7-1/2 bird shot. Two other loads are also available: 00 (double-ought) buckshot and a 7/8-ounce slug. The grapevine tells me these Minishells ought to become more common than they have been in the past.

(Photo: Aguila)

(Photo: Aguila)


  • 12 gauge
  • 1-3/4″
  • 5/8 ounces of 7-1/2 lead birdshot
  • Velocity: 1175 fps
  • 20 rounds per box; 500 rounds per case
(Photo: Aguila)

(Photo: Aguila)


  • 12 gauge
  • 1-3/4″
  • 5/8 ounces of 00 lead buckshot
  • Velocity: 1200 fps
  • 20 rounds per box; 500 rounds per case
(Photo: Aguila)

(Photo: Aguila)


  • 12 gauge
  • 1-3/4″
  • 7/8-ounce lead slug
  • Velocity: 1250 fps
  • 20 rounds per box; 500 rounds per case

Using shells this short can allow you to cram a lot more rounds into your shotgun’s tubular magazine. I would recommend testing your gun to make sure the short shells will feed okay in them; Mossberg was demonstrating it in at least one of their shotguns at the 2017 SHOT Range Day, but most guns require modification to reliably feed these little boogers.

Have you tried them? If so, let us know how it worked for you.

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POTD: The Importance Of Having Hi-Standards In Your Life [The Firearm Blog]

Derek Smith aka @ikickhippies recently acquired a Hi-Standard HDM. It is uses the same magazine as the Colt Woodsman. It has an integral suppressor and designed to reduce gun shots by more than  20 dB. The gun was developed during WWII and was adopted by the OSS.

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ATF Associate Deputy Director: ‘Assault Weapons’ Import Ban Nonsensical [NRA-ILA News]

In a “white paper” published by the Washington Post, ATF Associate Deputy Director Ronald Turk shows that a continued ban on the importation of numerous “assault weapons” is nonsensical. The reasons behind his assessment include the growing use of AR-15s and similar rifles for hunting and shooting sports. Turk wrote, “Since the sunset of the Assault Weapons ban in 2004, the use of AR-15s, AK-style, and similar rifles now commonly referred to as ‘modern sporting rifles’  has increased exponentially in sport shooting. These firearm types are now standard for hunting activities.” Because of his paradigm shift regarding the view and usage of “assault weapons,” Turk suggests the ATF review and update its “almost 20-year-old study” on such firearms.


New Mexico Sheriffs’ Association Opposes Bloomberg Gun Control Bills [NRA-ILA News]

Fairfax, Va.— Today the New Mexico Sheriffs’ Association issued a statement opposing two gun control bills in the New Mexico legislature.  Thirty-two of the state's 33 sheriffs signed the statement opposing House Bill 50 and Senate Bill 48 calling the bills "part of a national gun control agenda funded by New York billionaire Michael Bloomberg… [that] would criminalize virtually every private firearms transfer in the state.”


South Dakota: House Committee to Hear Constitutional/Permitless Carry Legislation Next Week [NRA-ILA News]

On Wednesday, February 15, the House State Affairs Committee is scheduled to hear constitutional/permitless carry legislation, House Bill 1072.


Kentucky: Constitutional/Permitless Carry to be Heard by Senate Committee on Thursday [NRA-ILA News]

On Thursday, February 9 at 9:00am, the Senate Veterans, Military Affairs, & Public Protection Committee is scheduled to hear constitutional/permitless carry legislation, Senate Bill 7.


Gladius Crossdraw Vest Holster [The Firearm Blog]

Gladius makes custom kydex holsters. One of their latest holster designs is for use with a bullet proof vest. It has a unique open top design to allow the pistol to be rotated out to ease drawing it out of the holster. They are made for only a select line of pistols. At the moment […]

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New Otis “Smart Chemicals” for Gun Cleaning []

Otis is a popular brand of gun cleaning stuff, and they’ve built a strong reputation for innovation. At the 2017 SHOT Show, Otis was showing off something new for them — chemicals for gun cleaning and maintenance. They’ve got quite a few offerings in this new line; here’s a rundown. (Be aware that we haven’t tested any of these products or their claims; this is not a product review.)

MSR/AR Cleaner

(Photo: Otis)

(Photo: Otis)

This bio-based formula quickly and effectively removes carbon, copper and lead fouling, and is recommended for use on bores, bolt carrier groups, locking lugs and any other areas with fouling buildup.

  • Designed for use on MSR/AR-style rifles
  • Removes stubborn carbon, copper and lead fouling with ease
  • Safe on all gun metals
  • Available in 2 oz. and 4 oz. bottles

Complete Gun Cleaner

(Photo: Otis)

(Photo: Otis)

Otis Complete Cleaner removes carbon, copper and lead, taking care of all basic firearm-cleaning needs. This bio-based cleaner also acts as a rust preventative.

  • Removes stubborn carbon, copper and lead fouling with ease
  • Prevents rust and corrosion
  • Safe on all gun metals
  • Available in 2 oz. and 4 oz. bottles

Copper Remover

(Photo: Otis)

(Photo: Otis)

Otis Copper Remover quickly and effectively removes copper fouling. This unique formula is biodegradable, has no harsh odor and also acts as a rust preventative.

  • Removes copper fouling with ease
  • Prevents rust and corrosion
  • Safe on all gun metals
  • Available in 2 oz. and 4 oz. bottles

Firearm Surface Prep

(Photo: Otis)

(Photo: Otis)

Carbon, grease and grit can hide in the most hard-to-reach places. Use Firearm Surface Prep to safely clear these contaminants without disassembling your firearm. This bio-based formula cleans fast with no rinsing required.

  • Blasts away hard-to-reach contaminants so you can clean your gun without disassembly
  • Removes carbon, debris, grease and hardened oils
  • No rinsing required — just wipe away
  • Available in 10 oz. aerosol can

Dry Lube

(Photo: Otis)

(Photo: Otis)

Designed for desert use, it lets you quickly and effectively lubricate your firearm in the most unforgiving environments. Dries to the touch in less than 20 seconds.

  • One drop penetrates to immediately cover over an inch of surface area
  • Dries to the touch in less than 20 seconds
  • Seals out moisture with a thin film of lubricant
  • Penetrates into tight fitting areas for easy disassembly of parts
  • Available in 2 oz. & 4 oz. aerosol can

Firearm Lubricant

(Photo: Otis)

(Photo: Otis)

High performance, bio-based formula migrates into the tight spaces of your action or barrel. With anti-wear and corrosion protection additives, this formula is designed to stand up to extreme use.

  • Protects actions, barrels and other surfaces that are subject to friction
  • Defends internal and external metal parts from wear and corrosion/li>
  • Provides excellent lubrication in all environments
  • Migrates into tight spaces
  • Available in 2 oz. bottle, 4 oz. & 10 oz. aerosol

Firearm Grease

(Photo: Otis)

(Photo: Otis)

Otis Grease is a high performance, bio-based formula with anti-wear and corrosion protection additives. The outcome is a formula that stands up to friction in high- and low- temperatures.

  • Aluminum complex thickener with anti-wear and corrosion protection additives delivers advanced protection against friction
  • Non-toxic
  • Available in 0.5 oz. tube and features AP brush and end brush for precision application

Firearm Protectant

(Photo: Otis)

(Photo: Otis)

Otis Firearm Protectant is a bio-based formula that uses water displacement to protect your gun from oxidation, rust, and corrosion in inclement weather conditions. Great also as a short term storage solution -– with protection lasting 3-6 months if used indoors.

  • Protects firearms from oxidation, rust and corrosion
  • Ideal for use prior to inclement weather
  • Displaces water and leaves a thin protective film
  • Protects firearms indoors 3-6 months
  • Available in 2 oz. bottle and 4 oz. aerosol

Long Term Firearm Protectant

(Photo: Otis)

(Photo: Otis)

This bio-based formula uses water displacement and leaves a thin waxy film to protect against corrosion for long-lasting protection. Protects firearms up to 12 months if used indoors.

  • Protects firearms from oxidation, rust and corrosion
  • Ideal for use for end-of-season storage
  • Displaces water and leaves a thin waxy film
  • Protects firearms indoors 12 months
  • Available in 4 oz. aerosol

O85® CLP

(Photo: Otis)

(Photo: Otis)

O85® CLP is our most time-tested formula, but don’t let old age fool you. O85® CLP uses advanced engineering to penetrate tight spaces and create a thin film that stops rust and corrosion for long-lasting protection.

  • Cleans, lubricates and protects in one advanced formula
  • Removes carbon, powder residue and fouling from metal surfaces
  • Penetrates into tight areas to reduce surface friction
  • A thin film seals out moisture to prevent rust and corrosion
  • Available in a 2 oz. and 4 oz. bottle, 4 oz. aerosol can, dual pack of wipes, or a canister of 40 wipes


(Photo: Otis)

(Photo: Otis)

This all-in-one cleaner, lubricant and protectant is biodegradable with no harsh odor.

  • Cleans, lubricates and protects in one advanced formula
  • Removes carbon, powder residue and fouling from metal surfaces
  • Penetrates into tight areas to reduce surface friction
  • A thin film seals out moisture to prevent rust and corrosion
  • Available in 2 oz. and 4 oz. bottles

Bio Mix Starter Pack

(Photo: Otis)

(Photo: Otis)

Includes three biodegradable formulas: 0.5 fl. oz. tubes of Complete Cleaner, Firearm Lubricant, and Firearm Protectant — and an All Purpose Receiver Brush.

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Scorpions Can Bump Fire [The Firearm Blog]

This video was posted in the CZ Scorpion Evo III Enthusiasts group on Facebook. This Walter White look-alike takes his CZ Scorpion Evo III Carbine out into the woods and shows that he can bump fire the rifle.   Here is another video of someone else bump firing the pistol version. The rate of fire […]

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NY’s Everytown hires 11 lobbyists, including NH lobbying firm [NRA-ILA News]

Yesterday, New York gun control organization Everytown for Gun Safety, another failed organization run by billionaire gun control addict Michael Bloomberg, ran a full page ad in the Union Leader. The deception in the ad is par for the course for this organization but what’s even more disturbing is that they’ve actually hired 11 lobbyists in the state of New Hampshire to fight against grassroots organizations and the citizens of the state.


The Ultrec Gutting Guide []

Hunters have been pursing big game for millennia, and we all have one thing in common: Once we kill a critter, that’s when the real work begins. And most of the time,. that work begins with field dressing (or gutting) the animal.

In these modern times, gut hooks are often used to “unzip” the paunch of a deer or other large animal. The main benefit of a gut hook is that — in most cases — it won’t cut the guts. And after a lifetime in which I have shucked more than 60 deer, let me tell ya – you do NOT want to cut open a stomach if you can help it… especially if you don’t have a water hose handy.

But gut hooks aren’t perfect. Some are too small, and get clogged up with hair and hide. And none of my favorite hunting knives have gut hooks… so when I saw a gadget that allows you to use your favorite hunting knife for gutting, I stopped to check it out.

It’s called the Gutting Guide, and it’s a simple plastic do-hickey that covers your knife’s point to prevent it from cutting into an animal’s innards. The finger loop allows you to put a little bit of pressure on the guide to keep it on your blade, and provides a surprisingly natural-feeling grip with plenty of control.

The idea is this: Make a small incision with your knife, then put this on your knife, poke it into the opening you just created, and get busy opening up the critter. This should be much easier than using the old method of using a pair of fingers of your other hand to keep the guts away from the knife tip. Using one hand to do the job also leaves your other hand free to hold legs out of the way, steady yourself on even terrain, etc. And for those who only have one hand, the Gutting Guide could be an even bigger boon.

(Image: Ultrec)

(Image: Ultrec)

I just got mine, so I haven’t had a chance to try it yet… but one doubtful fellow tried it on a deer and liked it — then used it on rabbits to see if it would work as well on small game. It did. You can read his review here.

I’m not expecting miracles, but I’m looking forward to trying it… and I expect it to work better than the old finger approach. I’ll be sure to let y’all know how it works. In the meantime, you can buy one here for $5.99.

Opinions? Please comment below.


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South Carolina: Right-to-Carry Recognition Bill to be Heard in Subcommittee [NRA-ILA News]

One of NRA-ILA’s top priorities this session is the passage of H. 3240, introduced by state Representative Alan Clemmons (R-107).  This legislation would establish that South Carolina recognizes all valid Right-to-Carry (RTC) permits issued by other states.  The bill is currently in the Constitutional Laws Subcommittee of the House Judiciary Committee​, and should be heard on Wednesday, February 8.  While most of those subcommittee members are supporters of the Second Amendment, contacting them to politely encourage that they support H. 3240 WITHOUT any weakening amendments would help to ensure the bill is sent to the full Judiciary Committee in its current form.


Resident, suspected intruder shot during attempted home invasion on Indianapolis' south side [NRA-ILA News]

A resident and a suspected home intruder were both shot during an attempted home invasion on Indianapolis' south side. Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department Officers were called to the area of East Hanna Avenue just before 5 p.m. Monday. Police say two people were rushed to the hospital with apparent gunshot wounds. They believe one of those was the suspected intruder, and the other was the person living in the home. "The resident and the suspect exchanged gunfire. One of the residents was shot, and one of the suspects we believe was shot," said IMPD Officer Jim Gillespie. Both men were taken to the hospital. Their conditions and identity have not been released. People who live in the neighborhood say the shooting isn't necessarily a surprise. "My first thought was, I'm not surprised," said Mary Pierce who lives in the apartment complex. "It's a tough neighborhood." Daija Williams said her boyfriend was inside when the shots were fired and may have returned fire. She believes the break-in was random. "I'm still shaken up because I don't know what to think, and I don't know how safe we're going to be from now on," said Daija.


Taccom’s Ultra Lightweight 16″ 9mm Carbine Barrel [The Firearm Blog]

So Taccom posted up a picture of their Ultra Light Weight 9mm carbine barrel. If you haven’t been paying attention to competitive shooting, Pistol Caliber Carbine (PCC) is the new hotness in USPSA. Interest in PCC has skyrocketed. Everyone is making PCCs and parts of PCCs. Taccom’s new ULW barrel is a short 7″ pistol […]

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Senior ATF official proposes loosening gun regulations [NRA-ILA News]

The second-highest-ranking official at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives has written a proposal to reduce gun regulations.


Ending Obama's Ban On Some Social Security Beneficiaries From Owning Guns [NRA-ILA News]

Do you know anyone who has decided to let someone else manage their finances? Just before Christmas, Obama finalized new rules banning Social Security recipients from buying a gun if they have trouble managing their finances.


Obama Donated Over $1 Million To Charity As President. Here's Where The Money Went [NRA-ILA News]

President Obama handed out his own money after national tragedies. He gave $2,000 to a fund for families affected by the Boston bombing in 2013 and another $2,000 to the Sandy Hook Promise Foundation, which promotes gun control, three years after a shooter terrorized Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012.


2 Kansas Men Spared Prison in Prosecution Over State Gun Law [NRA-ILA News]

A federal judge spared from prison two Kansas men convicted of federal firearms violations after taking into account Monday their mistaken belief that a Kansas law can shield from federal prosecution anyone owning firearms made, sold and kept in the state.


Yeah, the AR15 is Now Becoming C&R Eligible [Forgotten Weapons]

Given the status of the AR15 as the preeminent military rifle still today, it comes as a surprise to many people to learn just how old the gun really is. Civilian production of the SP-1 model by Colt actually began in 1964, which means that early SP-1 rifles started becoming Curio & Relic qualified back in 2014. Right now in 2017, more than 10,000 C&R AR15s exist – and this is one of them.


Olight H1R NOVA Headlamp [The Firearm Blog]

Olight has their game on lately. I’ve been a fan of the brand since purchasing my first Olight back in 2009 – since that time the company has regularly introduced modern lights, well-made, at reasonable prices. The H1R NOVA is the latest introduction from Olight and it combines several desirable features: built-in charging of the […]

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Russian Arctic Forces Learn to Drive … Reindeer Sleighs ! [The Firearm Blog]

Russian Northern fleet mechanized infantry units (also referred to as Arctic forces) have recently held training maneuvers in Murmansk, Russia. Among expected equipment such as skis and snowmobiles, they were also practicing to ride reindeer and dog sleds. The idea behind those drills is to get familiar with using the sleighs, which are still one of […]

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A YouTuber Builds a 18.9 oz Repeating Rimfire Rifle [The Firearm Blog]

The host of YouTube channel called ECCO Machine has designed a bolt action magazine fed rifle chambered in .22LR, which weighs only 18.9 oz (unloaded). There are a couple of such lightweight survival .22LR rifles on the market, namely the Pack-Rifle and a Cricket rifle conversion by a company called Ruta Locura. These two weigh […]

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SVD Rifle Factory Torture Testing [The Firearm Blog]

The reliability requirements for military firearms are perhaps the highest. Ideally, they must be able to perform flawlessly in any climatic condition found on the planet. And that’s why military torture tests are conducted – to ensure particular weapon system’s capabilities and find out the weaknesses. The SVD rifle is one of those military weapons with legendary […]

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Monday, 06 February


Summary of LEAKED ATF White Paper & Analysis: NFA-Free Suppressors, Shouldered Braces, and Armor Piercing Ammo, Oh My! [The Firearm Blog]

In what appears to fly in the face of the Bureau’s prior attitudes towards enforcement of gun laws, a white paper by BATFE Associate  Deputy Director Ronald Turk was recently leaked which proposed loosening or modifying gun regulations in sixteen ways, to be discussed below. If you have not yet read Nicholas’ post on the leak, […]

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Sphinx 3000 To Return To The Market | SHOT 2017 [The Firearm Blog]

Like many CZ-75 fans I have been eagerly awaiting the release of the Sphinx SDP Standard, that was announced at SHOT 2016. Sadly it appears that Sphinx is not going to be releasing the Standard. All is not lost though! They announced at SHOT that they will be re-releasing the Sphinx 3000 series of pistols. […]

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32 of 33 Sheriffs from the New Mexico Sheriffs Association oppose Senate Bill 48 and House Bill 50 [NRA-ILA News]

The New Mexico Sheriffs Association 32 of 33 Sheriffs opposes Senate Bill 48 and House Bill 50. These measures would make it harder for law-abiding New Mexicans to exercise their Second Amendment rights, waste scarce law enforcement resources, and do nothing to keep guns out of the hands of criminals. These bills are part of a national gun control agenda funded by New York billionaire Michael Bloomberg.


Indiana: Victim Defense Bill Scheduled for Hearing [NRA-ILA News]

Tomorrow, House Bill 1071, a bill which would allow the petitioner of a civil protective order to temporarily carry a handgun without a permit, is scheduled for a hearing in the House Committee on Public Policy.


Nevada: 2017 Legislative Session Convenes [NRA-ILA News]

Today, February 6, the Nevada Legislature convened for the 2017 session.  This session, a mixture of pro-gun and anti-gun bills are expected to be introduced in the coming days along with possible legislative efforts to “fix” Question 1, the flawed initiative that was narrowly passed last November.


BREAKING: BATFE White Paper Proposes Changes To Regulations []

In a very interesting read that appears to be a “leaked” white paper composed by Ronald Turk (the Chief Operating Officer of the ATF), numerous beneficial changes are proposed.

The biggest and most exciting one appears to be one centering around the classification of suppressors in the NFA:

ATF’s experience with the criminal use of silencers also supports reassessing their inclusion in the NFA. On average in the past 10 years, ATF has only recommended 44 defendants a year for prosecution on silencer-related violations; of those, only approximately 6 of the defendants had prior felony convictions. Moreover, consistent with this low number of prosecution referrals, silencers are very rarely used in criminal shootings. Given the lack of criminality associated with silencers, it is reasonable to conclude that they should not 7 be viewed as a threat to public safety necessitating NFA classification, and should be considered for reclassification under the GCA.

The next helpful proposal is regarding questions around “stabilizing braces” that have been repeatedly sent to the ATF. As you will recall there came out with a clarification discussing “use” and it became a much ridiculed meme. This white paper suggests an amendment to the clarification determination around the brace. Basically redacting that language about it’s use:

ATF has not made another NFA determination where a shooter’s use alone was deemed be a “redesign” of the product/firearm resulting in an NFA classification. This ruling has caused confusion and concern among firearm manufacturers, dealers, and consumers about the extent to which unintended use of a product may be a basis for NFA classification. To mitigate this confusion and concern, ATF could amend the determination letter to remove the language indicating that simple use of a product for a purpose other than intended by the manufacturer – without additional proof or redesign

The final point I found interesting (though really it would behoove you to read the whole thing–most points are informative), is around the idea of conducting a new “sporting purpose study”. The benefit from this that right now a number of states use the concept of what is a modern sporting rifle when drafting restrictive legislation. What I read from this is that by updating the lists and reviewing classifications we would potentially have more foreign imports available, that otherwise were unreasonably restricted.

ATF could re-examine its almost 20-year old study to bring it up to date with the sport shooting landscape of today, which is vastly different than what it was years ago. Action shooting sports and organizations such as 3 Gun and the United States Practical Shooting Association (USPSA) have also drastically expanded in recent years. Restriction on imports serves questionable public safety interests, as these rifles are already generally legally available for manufacture and ownership in the United States. Low cost foreign made firearms are also still imported and converted into “non-sporting” configurations. These restrictions have placed many limitations on importers

In any case, it is good to see the BATFE taking measures to become more efficient and also that appear to support gun ownership–something most people, I would argue, do not associate with the agency (no matter how inaccurate that view may be).

You can read the whole document here:

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Obsolete Prepping Gear []

Technology seems to be advancing so fast these days that many of the pieces of equipment and gear preppers used to take for granted either are or will be obsolete soon. That does not automatically imply some of these items no longer have any usefulness whatsoever. It is just that there are some more modern, cutting edge, efficient and effective pieces of gear available now. That does not always been better.

Think of electronic gear for example. As soon as you buy a computer it is virtually obsolete within a month. Software is being phased out routinely as it is constantly being replaced by upgrades and new operating systems. When is the last time you saw anybody toting a full sized laptop to work or on travel? Those are already replaced by downsized tablets, folding screens and all kinds of handheld devices.

Soon, GPSs and related tracking units will be replaced by “Fitsnips” or some device worn on the wrist. In a few years all the sonars and depth finders on boats will be upgraded to tiny units running on solar power. Private aircraft will be able to navigate on new forms of automatic pilots capable of take offs and landings without pilot control.

Think of all the other things lost to obsolesce. When is the last time you saw a typewriter…a what? What about a mechanical, magnetic compass? Knives are sharpened by electric motors rotating a sharpening belt not by running a blade across a stone. Extension cords are virtually obsolete for all kinds of saws, lawn equipment, blowers, trimmers, grinders, and drills and such. These now use rechargeable batteries so they can be cordless. Convenient yes, but not always the most durable or long lasting on the task at hand.

A great many of the old, fully serviceable lever action rifles such as the first Winchester Model 94, 30-30 I bought in college in 1970 have now been basically put back in the gun cabinet by an AR, AK, FN, or some other semi-auto, multi-round magazine fed rifle. Sure the 30-30 still has use, but it is no longer considered a prime choice as a survivalist firearm.

And I’d be the last to want to admit it, too, but the same is happening with a lot of the surefire revolvers in .38 Special, .357 Magnum, .41 and .44 Magnum and the old .45 Colt. These have been sidelined by striker fired, semi-auto pistols in 9mm, 40 Cal, and the .45 ACP. The 1911 has had a comeback that nobody can remember since they brought back the real Coke.

Concealed carry just does not seem to work as well with a Colt SAA or a Ruger Super Redhawk. The Colt Python is a collector’s item as is the “Dirty Harry” Smith Model 29 in .44 Magnum. Working gun shows, I can’t give away a good Charter Arms pocket revolver in .38 Special though its utility is still viable.

Even new women shooters looking for a first handgun for personal defense and home security only look seriously at a mag fed pistol. They pass on the reality that the semi-auto pistols are more complicated to learn to shoot well, and to operate simply. I wonder how many end up in night stand drawers by the bed, unloaded and unfired.

Speaking of obsolete, look at how we communicate these days, or don’t in fact. People laugh when they see me with my old flip phone, mainly because I cannot text on it. However, it dials the phone numbers in the directory just fine and I can actually talk to someone. For me that is better than having to carry around a pocket dictionary of texting abbreviations. No, seriously, what will we do when the cell tower grid goes down?

I have a set of perfectly good Midland communication radios, or walkie-talkies that I used for years at our bug out camp. My cabin mate had another set, so four of us could talk on the same com channel. Now the other three all text on their I-thingies, and I don’t. I don’t even put fresh batteries in the Midland’s anymore. I’ll eventually have to go the I-thingie route, too.

Even the most modern cutting edge phones are hardly even phones anymore. They are databases, information retrieval systems, text communicators, catalog sites, weather stations, news reports, weather radar, and music devices. When the “bullhorn” tone goes off, it is not someone calling but another text, calendar date notice, appointment reminder and such.

Really there is nothing wrong with these technologies replacing old telephones except that we have become far too dependent upon them. Once SHTF hits the vortex blower, immediately everyone shifts into a daze as if their world is over. Real communication skills have become increasingly obsolete as a result. This can impact your prep team.

You can’t even have a meeting at work, a bible lesson, watch a sports event (see the people in the crowd on a televised game or car race) or sit around the campfire at deer camp without phones, pads, pods, or something going off consuming everyone’s every second. And let’s not even go there about the guys driving into camp on their ATVs and before the engine is off, they are doing a selfie and posting it on Facebook. Like the world really cares.

Look at clothing technology. Hundreds of years old tried, true and tested wool has been virtually replaced by a synthetic fabric spun in a chemical lab. Some work, some are worthless. Those “magic” waterproofing liners only tend to leak at the seams or make you feel clammy inside as you create inside humidity, getting colder by the minute.

What happened to tennis shoes? Yeah, those foot coverings you wore back in gym class in high school. That is if you are over the age of 60 and had a gym class. Now, you have to have “hikers” or mountain boots, Yeti boots, Big Foot sandals, or this or that. Sure they probably offer better ankle and foot support for the long haul even at ten times the cost. Just make sure the seams and soles are sewn on and not glued.

Just keep in perspective though that obsolete does not always mean useless. Again, fully evaluate any piece of gear or equipment you add for your prepping. Don’t throw out that old item just for the newfangled one. That obsolete thing just might save your arse one day.

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Mountain House Breakfast Skillet Review []

Long story short, the Mountain House Breakfast Skillet is possibly the worst meal from Mountain House I have ever tasted.

If you want the rest of the story, keep reading.

Portable Meals

Here on the farm, I am fencing in a several acres for goats, short haired sheep and maybe a few cattle.  Mountain House pouches are possibly the best portable meals on the market.  They are a lot less sensitive to heat than Meals Ready to Eat (MRE).

Unlike a sandwich, I can leave the Mountain House pouch in my truck for several days and it will be fine.  I find the meals easy to use wherever I am at.

They are also excellent for hiking, camping and emergency situations.  Power goes out in a storm?  Break out the camp stove, boil water and have a hot meal. To prepare the meal, just add boiling water.

Shelf Life

Mountain House pouches used to have a shelf life of seven years.  However, Mountain House recently extended the shelf life to 30 years.

When the pouches had a seven year rating, I did not buy too many of them.  Now that they have a 30 year rating, I am going to start stockpiling them.

Mountain House Breakfast Skillet before adding water

Mountain House Breakfast Skillet before adding water.


The Mountain House Breakfast Skillet contains:

  • Calories: 350
  • Calories from fat: 190
  • Cholesterol: 240mg
  • Sodium: 980mg
  • Total carbohydrates: 25g
  • Sugars: 4g
  • Protein: 13g
  • Vitamin A: 10% Daily Value
  • Calcium: 15% Daily Value
  • Vitamin C: 6% Daily Value
  • Iron: 8% Daily Value

Breakfast Skillet Taste

The first and main thing I tasted was potatoes. The eggs were very bland, the pork sausage patty tasted like it was non-existent.  The pieces of pork sausage were very small.  I could taste the salt, which I can not taste in most Mountain House meals.  With 980mg of sodium, I somewhat expected it to have a salt taste.

Even though there were supposed to be red and green bell peppers along with onions, I could not distinguish their taste.

The instructions said to add 3/4 cup boiling water, which is six ounces.  I added eight ounces and the food tasted like it needed more water.  It was as if the pieces of potatoes soaked up the water and made a mass of potatoes and eggs that all stuck together.

Overall, the breakfast skillet was probably the worst tasting Mountain House meal I have had so far.  The potatoes overpowered everything else.  This meal needs some kind of spice added to it.  Maybe Tabasco sauce and larger pieces of pork sausage.

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A Dogs Life On A Family Farm []

Dogs are called mans best friend for a reason.  Mankind and our best friend have hunted and traveled together for at least 45,000 years.  DNA tells us that the modern pooch has a common wolf ancestor.  Regardless of how “cute” Fido is, embedded in his DNA are remnants from a prehistoric wolf.

Here on the farm, I see my dogs exhibit a wide range of behaviors.  They are not kept in a fence and are allowed to roam free.  I do not have any neighbors, so they are a allowed to have a dogs life.

Hunting Dogs

Couple of days ago my dogs and I were walking close to a tree line.  They saw something and took off running.  It took me a second to see what they were after, but it was a squirrel.  The dogs had spotted the squirrel running around on the ground and took off after it.

In rural areas, wild hogs are hunted with dogs.  The dogs are outfitted with a vest and collars to protect the dog from the hog tusks.

Besides treeing a squirrel, my dogs will sometimes tree a raccoon.  They will sit at the bottom of the tree and bark for hours.

Then there are the rabbits my dogs love to chase and eat.


Dogs do not have to be trained to attack, barking at a stranger is enough to sound the alarm.

On January 31, 2017 my son, cousin and a couple of buddies were cutting and splitting firewood.  We were preoccupied with the chainsaw, log splitter and stacking wood.  While we were busy, the dogs were keeping a watchful eye out for anything that moved.

Splitting Firewood while dogs stand guard

My son walked to where we were working, and one of my dogs was barking at him when he was 100 yards away.  Anything that moves or makes a sound will get the attention of a dog.

Man’s Best Friend

There is a reason why they are called mans best friend.  They are lovable, loyal, can be trained and serve a wide range of purposes.

They have been part of our families for at least 45,000 years, and there is nothing that says that is going to change anytime soon.

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Natchez Shooters Supply Has Ammo On Sale []

Natchez Shooters Supply is located in Chattanooga, TN and as of February 2, 2017 has an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau. They are family owned and operated since 1979.

5.56mm is military grade ammunition that is a slightly hotter load than 223 Remington.  Personally, I buy 55 grain for target shooting and personal defense and 62 grain green tip for predator hunting.

Living in a rural area like I do, I keep an AR-15 magazine loaded with 55 grain and a spare magazine handy loaded with 62 grain.  The magazines are windowed 30 round pmags loaded with 20 rounds each.

Regular price: $8.99, sale price: $7.39 – Federal American Eagle Ammunition – 5.56mm 55 gr FMJ – 20/ct.

Regular price: $359.99, sale price: $239.99 – Federal XM855 Green Tip Ammunition 5.56mm NATO 62 gr FMJ Green Tip 600/ct.

Regular price: $437.99, sale price: $354.99 – Federal XM193 NATO Ammunition – 5.56mm 55gr FMJ – 1000/ct.

Regular price: $431.49, sale price: $354.99 – Federal American Eagle .223 Rem 55 gr Rifle Ammunition-FMJ 3240 fps – 1000/box.

Regular price: $15.79, sale price: $10.49 – PPU Handgun Ammunition 9mm Luger 124 gr FMJ 50/box.

Regular price: $22.98, sale price: $15.99 – Remington UMC Handgun Ammunition .45 ACP 230 gr FMJ 50/box.

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New Study Predicts Spread Of Wild Pigs []

A new study on invasive wild pigs (IWP) conducted by Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute, Texas A&M University Kingsville, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Yale University and the National Wildlife Research Center shows the expansion of wild hogs has increased from 2.17 miles (6.5km) to 7.82 miles (12.6km) per year.

The study suggest that in just another 30 – 50 more years, wild hogs will invade most of the continental U.S.A.

The article states:

The average rate of northward expansion increased from 6.5 to 12.6 km per year, suggesting most counties in the continental USA could be inhabited within the next 3–5 decades.

Northern movement of wild pigs has hampered by cold weather.  The article notes that with climate change, the pigs will likely move north in coming years.

We identified that climate change may assist spread into northern regions by generating milder winters with less snow.

Why are feral pigs called invasive? Because pigs are not native to the Americas.

The first documented pigs brought to the United States were by Hernando de Soto in 1539. When de Soto landed in Florida his ship manifest included 200 pigs.  They were to be used as food for the four-year expedition into the United States.

Furthermore, domesticated pigs that either escaped from their pens or were released to be hunted later became feral.

Why is this a problem?

In Texas alone there are an estimated two million – six million wild pigs that do an estimated $400 million in damages annually.  As invasive wild pigs spread west and north, their economic toll will greatly increase.

Special thanks to for letting everyone know about the study.

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Coleman Max Stove Review []

Let’s get straight to the point, the Coleman Max stove has met all of my expectations.  After using this stove for close to eight years, I feel that it is reliable, compact and priced right.

For close to 15 years, I carried a single burner propane stove as my primary hiking, camping and backpacking stove.  There came a point where I asked myself, “Why am I carrying all this weight when there are better options on the market?”

After looking through various blended fuel stoves on the market, I picked up the Coleman Max stove when I saw it on a store shelf.  It was one of those on a whim purchases.  It has the Coleman brand name, so I expected a certain level of quality.


Taken from my personal Coleman Max Stove:

  • 6.50 ounces without fuel bottle
  • 3 1/2 inches tall
  • Three support wings pivot around the center of the stove
  • Opened: about 4 inches across
  • Closed: about 3 1/2 inches across
  • Heat shield between the flame and the adjustment knob
  • Runs on a can of butane / propane blended fuel

Camping And Hiking Trips

Over the past eight years, I do not know how many times this stove has been used.  I use it for everything from cooking lunch here on the farm, to three day camping trips on a local river.

One thing that I really like about the Coleman Max stove is that it fits in my Optimus Terra Solo cook set. The wings swivel around to make the stove compact, I wrap it in a bandanna then place it along with a lighter into the Terra Solo pot. Put the lid on, then place the unit into the carry pouch.

The cook set, Coleman Max stove, bandanna and lighter, all together weighs 15.7 ounces.

Coleman Max stove review

Coleman Max Stove Final Thoughts

In the past eight years that I have owned this stove, I have cooked noodles and boiled water to fix Mountain House freeze dried meals.  Boiling water takes just a couple of minutes.  The flame can be adjusted from a simmer to a roar.

As of February 2017, the going price is around $12.  For the price and quality, this little stove is tough to beat.

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Giant 17-Foot Python Killed By Anglers In Glades From 17-Foot Boat []

Winter is prime time for South Florida fishing in Everglades National Park, and many state residents tap the fishing at that time because snook and redfish are abundant, and mosquitoes and other bugs are at a minimum.

Capt. Peter Lopez and Capt. Bryan Limsang set out on a trek to the Glades, spending nights camped out on dock-like structures call “chickees” which offer Spartan camping comfort, but are ideal in open-water areas where wind keeps bugs at bay.


The anglers worked the Glades about 60 miles away from civilization, camped out and fishing from their 17-foot flats skiff.


Fishing was good, with reds and snook caught and all seemed well until they noted a very large snake stalking their skiff, apparently wanting out of the water and into the boat. The anglers quickly make a make-shift spear out of a knife fastened onto their boat’s push pull, and commenced to do battle with the invasive Burmese python that was as long as their boat.

everglades-camping-9-e1485519560864Pythons have thrived in the Glades and South Florida in recent years, and the anglers knew what they were up against. But they prevailed, and posted a few photos of their unusual prize, collected far from civilization.

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Kill Carp, Make A Million Bucks []

You’ve surely seen those videos from the upper Midwest of high-leaping fish slamming into boaters and water-skiers, as the folks swat them, catch them in nets or arrow them as they arch across the sky.


The high-leaping silvery fish are Asian silver or bighead carp, which have taken over huge expanses of waterways and are a major threat to devastating the Great Lakes and it’s $40 billion annual recreational fishing budget. The carp grow to 50 pounds, are prolific breeders, and devastate natural forage and fish such as walleyes and perch, plus upset the natural food chain.


With no effective predators, Asian carp are poised to take over the Great Lakes, so Michigan’s DNR has ponied up a cool $1 million reward to the person who can figure out a way to keep the invasive fish from spreading over the most important part of the freshwater lakes region in the Upper Midwest.


Only an electronic barrier near Chicago is preventing the carp from entering the Great Lakes and destroying the largest freshwater lake eco-system in the world. But if you can figure a way to halt the threat of this carp invasion, the Michigan DNR wants to hear from you ASAP.


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Colorado: Senate Could Soon Vote on Legislation to Repeal Magazine Capacity Limit [NRA-ILA News]

In the next few days, the Colorado Senate could consider and vote on Senate Bill 7, legislation to repeal the misguided 2013 law that limited the amount of ammunition a firearm magazine can hold.


Utah: House Committee to Hear Legislation Lowering the Age to Conceal Carry [NRA-ILA News]

Tomorrow, February 7, the House Judiciary Committee is scheduled to hear House Bill 198.


Dark Storm Industries | SHOT 2017 [The Firearm Blog]

My super hot girlfriend hails from Western New York. (I refuse to say “Upstate New York”) Every time we visit I am reminded that Andrew Cuomo and the “Safe Act” have restricted the gun rights of the citizens of New York State. Rifles with “evil features” such as flash hiders, pistol grips and “high capacity […]

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Bushnell Tactical | SHOT 2017 [The Firearm Blog]

At the 2017 SHOT Show, Bushnell premiered their new DMR II and DMR II-i rifle scopes. These riflescopes feature a 34mm tube and come in both illuminated and non-illuminated options. These scopes have 10 mils of adjustment per revolution and have Bushnell’s new ThrowHammer Lever, that makes dialing magnification easier. These scopes have zero stop […]

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Washington: Numerous Bills Moving Through Washington House Committee [NRA-ILA News]

On Thursday, February 9, the House Judiciary Committee is scheduled to consider and vote on House Bill 1483.


BREAKING: ATF White Paper Leaked [The Firearm Blog]

Just in the last hour someone leaked an ATF White Paper regarding changes to be potentially made in the ATF. Washington Post posted the file. Read-the-white-paper-on-firearms-regulations <—– Click that to open the document. For those not familiar with a White Paper, click here for the Wikipedia definition. To sum up it is a summary of […]

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Senior ATF official proposes loosening gun regulations [NRA-ILA News]

The second-highest-ranking official at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives has written a proposal to reduce gun regulations, including examining a possible end to the ban on importing assault weapons into the United States. The 11-page “white paper” by Ronald B. Turk, associate deputy director and chief operating officer of the ATF, calls for removing restrictions on the sale of gun silencers; allowing gun dealers to have more guns used in crimes traced to their stores before the federal government requires additional information from the dealer; and initiating a study on lifting the ban on imported assault weapons.


New Hampshire: Constitutional/Permitless Carry Legislation Scheduled for House Floor Vote This Week as Bloomberg Meddles in the Process [NRA-ILA News]

On Thursday, February 9, Senate Bill 12 will be going before the full House of Representatives for a vote.  If passed, SB 12 will eliminate the requirement to obtain a permit in order to lawfully carry.  Gun-control advocate Michael Bloomberg has been organizing attacks against Governor Chris Sununu for his support of SB 12.  Please contact Governor Sununu and thank him for supporting this critical legislation!  Also, please continue contacting your state Representative and urging them to vote in favor of SB 12.


Mother Shoots At Woman Trying To Break Into Tulsa Home [NRA-ILA News]

A Tulsa mother is urging others to teach their kids to never answer the door if a stranger knocks. That training paid off Friday when police say an intoxicated woman tried breaking into several homes after being shot at by another homeowner. Police said Heather Ward tried to break into a home near 8th and Saint Louis through a kid's bedroom window; in return, the mother shot at her. Neighbor Luz Vargas and her family live down the street where police said Ward tried to bust into the window of home near 8th and Saint Louis. Police said Ward didn't make it far into a child's bedroom because the mother, with her two kids inside, shot at Ward in self-defense. Covered in blood from shattering the bedroom window, police said Ward tried to break into several other homes in the neighborhood. Vargas said Ward tried to break into her home too. "My daughter is going, 'Mommy, somebody is knocking on the door.’ So I went up to the front and looked out the window, there was no one, so, then I was like 'Okay,' then I heard the dog barking in the backyard so I went to the back and saw this lady jumping off my fence and I screamed at her and said, 'Hey, what are you doing,'” she said. Police arrested Ward, but said while she tried to break into other homes, she tried to open the door of a locked patrol car. "When they [police] first arrived, the officer went one way and she came out the other side. She did attempt to get into the officer's car, it was locked, she didn't get in, she attempted to get into several other residences but never actually gained entry because the residents were smart enough to keep their doors locked," Corporal Wyett Poth said. Vargas said she trained her two children for situations just like these. "Nothing like this has ever happened before, but it is really scary, and I encourage parents to tell their kids to never open their front doors - that's what I always do; and, at this point, I'm very proud of my daughters that they didn't open the door," she said. Police said paramedics took Ward to the hospital to be checked out before she was booked into jail.


Elwood homeowner shoots intruder [NRA-ILA News]

An intruder picked the wrong home to hit. On Thursday around 9:30 p.m., Elwood police responded to a home on South K Street. Detectives learned a man caught an intruder breaking into his home and shot him. “It’s kind of scary,” said Tim Huntington, a neighbor. Shortly after the shooting, police received a 911 call from a few blocks away. The caller reported that a man with a gunshot wound showed up to a home on South I Street. “He was covered with blood and he said he had been shot. I couldn’t tell where so we took his shirt off and he had been shot in the chest,” said witness Scott Hunter. Police identified the wounded intruder as Patrick Hughes, who was rushed to the hospital. The homeowner involved in the shooting did not want to talk to FOX59 about what happened. “He’s always friendly to everybody. He’s not going to do anything bad to you if you don’t start it with him,” said neighbor Brian Parker. Police aren’t releasing many details about the case. They aren’t saying if Hughes and the homeowner knew each other or even how Hughes got inside the home. In Indiana, the law clearly states you have the right to protect yourself, your family and your property. “I own my home and everything I have in my home. I worked hard for and I can see if that were the situation I could see having to protect myself and my things,” said Hunter. Armed neighbors have a bold warning for other burglars. “This is a little bit of a redneck town you might get yourself shot,” said Huntington. At last check, Hughes is stable at St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis. Elwood Police tell us this is an ongoing investigation.


Vietnam veteran justified in shooting robber [NRA-ILA News]

An armed veteran from St. Louis killed one man and injured another during an armed robbery attempt in the metro east. But, on Friday, prosecutors said the veteran's actions are justified, and could help solve dozens of other violent crimes in Illinois and Missouri. Madison County State's Attorney Tom Gibbons said this case should serve as a warning to criminals. If you're coming to the Metro East to break the law, you could end up staring down the barrel of a gun. Thursday morning, Venice police were called to the 200-block of Abbott Street for reports of a shooting. Madison County State's Attorney Tom Gibbons said it happened as a 70-year-old Vietnam Veteran from St. Louis was dropping off his friend. "Two individuals rolled up next to them in a vehicle, asked for directions, and when they had their attention, took out a firearm," Gibbons said. Gibbons said the veteran responded by opening fire with a concealed weapon, killing one suspect — 19-year-old Billy Dickerson — and injuring the other — 23-year-old Perry Richardson. "He feared for his own life,” Gibbons said. “He feared for the life of his friend and just took decisive action in that moment." Gibbons said both suspects were wanted for other violent crimes across the bi-state that could now see some closure. "We're able to probably, I believe, able to solve possibly dozens of other armed robberies in the area." As for the veteran, Gibbons said he was well within his rights. “This is an example of a law-abiding citizen protecting himself, exercising his right to self-defense." 33:35 But as for Richardson, he's now charged in the death of the other would be robber. "If you're engaged in a forceable felony and someone — no matter who — dies during the course of your crime, you are accountable for murder."


Restaurant owner shoots two would-be robbers, police say [NRA-ILA News]

A restaurant owner shot two would-be robbers that jumped out at him as he was leaving the restaurant for the night, police said. According to officials, the owner of J&S Bar B Que at 8312 Mesa Drive was closing around 10:50 p.m. Saturday. Two males jumped out from behind a large garbage bin and attempted to rob him, police said. According to investigators, the owner pulled a gun and shot a couple times at the would-be robbers. One of the men was shot in the throat and chest and was taken to Memorial Hermann Hospital where he died, police said. The other man fled the scene and is still on the run.


St. Joseph Woman Shoots at Burglar in Attempted Home Invasion [NRA-ILA News]

A homeowner reportedly shot at a burglar during an attempted home invasion on Cudmore Avenue Saturday morning. Sgt. Byrom with the St. Joseph Police Department said a woman called shortly after 7 a.m. Saturday to report the attempted burglary. She told police that she shot her personal firearm at an individual she believed was trying to break into her home.  The woman was unsure if the bullet struck the individual, but said the person fled immediately after the shot was fired. Sgt. Byrom said there are no details about the suspect but the investigation is ongoing.


Hornady Grows the ELD-X & ELD Match while Trimming the A-MAX [The Firearm Blog]

ELDAs Hornady continues to slowly grow their offerings of the ELD-X and ELD Match they are trimming down the A-MAX. The A-MAX for many years proved to be a great bullet for reloaders. Where the A-MAX may have fell short over time is in its polymer tip. Both the ELD-X (Extremely Low Drag – eXpanding) […]

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Capsule Lifetime Feeders: A New Approach to Feeders []

While walking the SHOT Show aisles, I saw Capsule Lifetime Feeders, and was immediately interested so I stopped to take a gander. I only had a minute or so to stop, but I made the most of it.

Capsule feeders are tough-looking plastic feeders that sit on the ground instead of hanging up above. This makes them infinitely easier to fill with feed, allows for easy placement and setup (no tripods to set up or fall over), and don’t leak feed that attracts raccoons and bears to tear up your feeder.

These feeders are pretty light, so they’re designed to be attached to an old tire to add weight. They come with all the necessary parts, other than the tire.

Instead of relying on gravity to supply a flow of feed to the spinner, Capsule feeders use a plastic auger that lifts the feed out of the feed bin. A spinner on top slings the stuff once it gets up to the top — and when the feeder turns off, the feed that was on the auger can fall back down into the feeder. No more corn sitting on the spinner, attracting squirrels, coons, and bears to tear their way into your feeder.

This 30-second video shows how it works:

A large hole off to one side is simply and easily covered by a steel cap. Remove the cap to pour in feed, which you can do from about tailgate-high. No more ladder-climbing with big awkward bags, or using winches to raise and lower your feeder. Just get there, dump in the feed, and depart.

(Photo: Outdoor Product Innovations)

(Photo: Outdoor Product Innovations)

A solar panel is included to keep the (included) battery charged to run the included digital timer. Batteries are rechargeable, 12 volt, 7 Amp hour rated.

This feeder will come with a heavy duty solar panel, metal spinner plate, steel fill cap, timer & battery kit, and lifetime limited warranty.

The lifetime warranty covers the plastic base, cone, and powerhead cover against manufacturing defects. Other parts are covered for one year from date of purchase.

All of this wonderfulness comes at a price, of course… the 250-pound-capacity model is currently selling for $699.99 shipped, and the 800-pound model will set you back $999.99. Wow! And they do note below the “free shipping” note that “residential, farm, and liftgate fees may apply.”

But if you feed — especially if you feed a lot — these things might save you enough money on lost feed and feeder repairs to make up for the high price. And they sure are a lot safer & easier to fill.

This video shows the assembly of the 800-pound model.

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What They’re Saying about House Action to Protect Rights of All Social Security Beneficiaries [NRA-ILA News]

Yesterday, the House voted on a bipartisan basis to pass H.J. Res. 40, a resolution that would protect the 2nd Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens. This resolution stops a rule that doesn’t provide adequate due process, enforces the harmful stereotype that the mentally ill are inherently violent, and discourages individuals with disabilities from pursuing the benefits they deserve. This resolution aims to stop the SSA from discriminating against citizens who need help managing their benefits.More than 20 organizations, coalitions, and an independent federal agency have voiced their support for H.J. Res. 40, saying:


Does Neil Gorsuch side with 'felons over gun safety,' as Pelosi says? [NRA-ILA News]

Pelosi said Gorsuch "comes down on the side of felons over gun safety."There’s one case, Games-Perez, where Gorsuch wouldn’t immediately send the defendant, a felon, to prison for having a gun, despite the federal ban on felons possessing guns. But Gorsuch’s reasoning wasn’t about whether the law infringed on the defendant’s Second Amendment rights. Instead, he thought the law allowed the defendant an opportunity to make the case in court that the he didn’t know he was a felon.Two other cases that came up in our research, Pope and Reese, turned out to be irrelevant.Pelosi’s statement contains an element of truth but ignores critical facts that would give a different impression. We rate it Mostly False.


ATF Plans to Send More Agents to Chicago to Curb Violence [NRA-ILA News]

The federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives plans to send more agents to Chicago to help curb a surge in violence that claimed more than 750 lives there last year, a spokesman for the bureau’s Chicago field division said on Friday night.


Maryland: Anti-Self-Defense Legislation Passed out of House Committee [NRA-ILA News]

Friday afternoon, the House Appropriations Committee considered and reported out House Bill 159.


Protect our gun rights [NRA-ILA News]

The current legislative session in Des Moines has included some common-sense gun legislation that would shore up the Second Amendment in Iowa. SJR 2 highlights the agenda by allowing Iowans to catch up to the other 44 states that already have a constitutional right to keep and bear arms by cementing our basic right to firearms in the Iowa Constitution. This is significant because constitutional protection adds a barrier between judges and our fundamental right to self-defense and firearm ownership.


34 Items For Survival: ITS Mini Survival Kit []

We’ve all heard of the “Altoids” tin survival/medical/whatever kits, or perhaps even built one ourselves. I’ll admit that I’ve even built a few, and they just never came out with all the stuff I wanted to carry. I tried a couple commercial ones and, again, was never pleased with the results. One of the problems I always ran into was smashing the case, or bending the lid.

The crew at ITS Tactical has had one for a little bit, and I had honestly forgotten about it, until they sent out a notification of an update to their “Mini Survival Kit” in a new crush proof case. ITS has always done a pretty good job of vetting gear and not sticking in useless crap, nor low quality products.

ITS Mini Survival Kit Contents:

Fire & Light

  • (1) Ferrocerium (Ferro) Rod w/ GripCap™
  • (5) Tinder-Quik Fire Tabs
  • (6) Lifeboat Matches w/ Striker
  • (1) Fresnel Lens


  • (1) Mini Signal Mirror


  • (1) Glow-in-the-Dark Button Compass – Grade AA

Water & Food

  • (6) Feet of Brass Snare Wire
  • (6) Feet of 188 lb. Test Kevlar Cordage
  • (10) Water Purification Tabs
  • (1) Emergency Water Bag (5” wide x 14” tall)

Knives & Tools

  • FRS (Folding Razor Saw)


  • (1) Steri-Strip R1541 (1/4″ x 3″ – 3 strips)
    • (1) Triple Antibiotic Packet

Multi-Purpose & Other

  • (1) ITS Smoke Grey Crush-Proof Logo Case (3 7/8″ x 3″ x 1″)
  • (1) Dri-Card Desiccant
  • (6) Inch Strip of Duct Tape
  • Total Kit Weight with Contents: 4 oz.

What do you carry? It is much different than the above list? Would you swap out any items and for what?

The ITS Mini Survival Kit comes in at $35 (which honestly, after ordering individual components from Amazon comes out pretty close–and a number of the items are sealed for added protection). You can pick one up at:

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Morakniv | SHOT 2017 [The Firearm Blog]

Visiting the Morakniv booth is something I always look forward to at SHOT show. These tough little Swedish made knives have been a mainstay in my outdoor kit for a longtime. This year at the 2017 SHOT Show, Morakniv released the Garberg knife. The Garberg knife, is stainless steel and has a full tang blade. […]

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Ishapore SMLE MkI** India Pattern (Video) [Forgotten Weapons]

While many people are familiar with the Ishapore 2A1 rifles chambered in 7.62mm NATO (largely thanks to their importation and sale in the US in large numbers), production of Indian Enfield rifles actually dates back to 1905, when the Ishapore arsenal was opened. The first rifles produced there were a batch of 3,000 MkI Enfield rifles in 1908/9. These were of course early pattern SMLEs, with features like split charger bridges, volley sights, and magazine cutoffs. Production quickly changed to the No1 Mk III pattern of rifle, which had been formally adopted in Britain in 1907.

During World War One, the need for arms led to those first early rifles being rebuilt in the MkIII configuration, but they retain their original markings, showing their origin. Today we have one of those first 3,000 to look at.


Illinois Gun Issues And A Call For Witness Slips [No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money]

The Illinois General Assembly uses an interesting means to state your support for or opposition to a bill called Witness Slips. While probably not quite as effective as testifying in person at a hearing, it still allows the citizens of the state to comment on bills.

Illinois Carry sent out an email this weekend regarding gun bills, both good and bad, that need witness slips. So if you live in Illinois, please avail yourself of this opportunity to make your voice heard in Springfield.

Call to Action

Witness Slips Needed

With the 100th General Assembly almost in full swing, the coming week brings several threats to our Second Amendment rights and the hope of advancing those rights, with your help.

Brush off the dust from your keyboards, find those old passwords, and let our legislators know that we remain unified in our support of the Second Amendment!
File Witness Slips Now!

Log On to the ILGA Dashboard, Create a New Account, or complete the required fields manually:

I,  IDENTIFICATION: Enter your personal information. Enter "NA" for the Firm/Business or Agency and Title fields unless you are officially representing an organization.
II. REPRESENTATION: Enter "Myself" unless representing an organization.
III. POSITION: Unless instructed otherwise for a particular bill leave the description field at its default value "Original Bill". Indicate your position by selecting the "Proponent" or "Opponent" radio button.
IV. TESTIMONY: Select the "Record of Appearance Only" radio button.
If filing manually, complete the Captcha challenge and agree to the ILGA Terms of Agreement.
Then click Create Slip.



Witness slips can be tracked here:

HB271 Handgun Ammo Serialize – OPPONENT

HB308 Firearm Transport – PROPONENT

HB329 Concealed Carry Prohibit Place – OPPONENT

HB365 Firearms Military Non-Resident – PROPONENT

HB377 Concealed Carry Business License - PROPONENT

HB413 2nd Amendment Preservation – PROPONENT

HB504 FOID Card Terrorist Watchlist - OPPONENT


California Ammunition Sales UP FIFTY PERCENT [The Firearm Blog]

Widener’s Reloading and Shooting Supply is a Johnson City, TN based online ammunition company that has pushed a press release out citing a number of alarming panic/bulk buy figures from customers in California. According to the company overall ammunition sales are up 50% from California alone, whereas national sales from other states have remained relatively […]

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SureFire’s New Lights | SHOT 2017 [The Firearm Blog]

SureFire had some new lights at Shot Show 2017.  The Firepak has been shelved for this new light. with intellibeam. So the light reflected off the surface will cause the light to auto switch to the flood beam so you are not blinded by the backsplash of light.   SureFire has taken their popular XC1 […]

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Horus Vision | SHOT 2017 [The Firearm Blog]

Stopping by the Horus Vision booth, I got a chance to look at the new Tremor 4 Reticle, designed by Todd Hodnett. The Tremor 4 is currently available for spotting scopes and blends the elements of the Tremor 3 wind dots and the Horus H59 reticle. This last year, I attended Todd Hodnett’s/Accuracy 1st Long […]

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4Sevens’ New WS1 Pistol Light | SHOT 2017 [The Firearm Blog]

4Sevens is starting to get into the weapon light market. They have been quietly making some great handheld lights for over the past 10 years. Their Quark series is rather popular as it is modular so you can choose different heads for different modes of light as well as different body lengths for your choice […]

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Sabatti’s Multi-Radial Rifling [The Firearm Blog]

Multi-Radial Rifling (MRR) is a special rifling type, which unlike conventional rifling doesn’t have sharp edges. This rifling is described as being made of two different alternating radiuses. Although it is not the polygonal rifling (most notably seen in Glock pistols), it is still very similar in appearance and performance. The multi-radial rifling is pioneered by […]

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Kimber Super Jägare 10MM [The Firearm Blog]

Super JagareKimber recently introduced a new hunting pistol called the Super Jägare. The new 1911 style pistol is chambered in 10mm making it useful for many small to medium sized game animals. The company equipped the pistol with a number of nice features including a factory mounted Leupold DeltaPoint Pro red dot sight. There are no other […]

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Sunday, 05 February


New Mexico: House Committee Approves HB 50, NRA-Opposed Legislation Criminalizing Private Firearm Transfers [NRA-ILA News]

In spite of opponents clearly outnumbering supporters at Saturday's public hearing, the New Mexico House Consumer & Public Affairs Committee voted 3-1 to approve House Bill 50, NRA-opposed legislation banning private firearms sales and transfers sponsored by state Representative Stephanie Garcia Richard (D-Los Alamos) and being pushed by billionaire Michael Bloomberg’s national gun control group Everytown for Gun Safety.


Celebrities who gave up US citizenship [Of Arms and the Law]

Hmmm... Here's a list of twenty of them. Hope they realize two things.

First, that they have become prohibited persons under the Gun Control Act (18 USC 922(d) and (g)(7) prohibit a person "who, having been a citizen of the United States, has renounced his citizenship" from receiving or possessing a firearm).

Second, they are forbidden to hire armed bodyguards. §922(h) makes it illegal for a person to possess firearms or ammunition "while being employed for any person described in any paragraph of subsection (g) of this section...."


Swift Model B: For Training and Pranks (Video) [Forgotten Weapons]

As World War 2 exploded in Europe, rifle training suddenly because a very important topic in Great Britain. Typical solutions are small bore rimfire training variants of service rifles, but the British also wanted an option that could be used indoors and without any actual ammunition expenditure – and the Swift training rifle was the answer.

The Swift is a trainer the same size, weight, and balance as a Pattern 1914 Enfield rifle (and close enough to the No4 Enfield as to be quite usable). When “fired”, it projects a captive spring-loaded needle about an inch forward of the muzzle. It was coupled with a target from and paper targets depicting either plain silhouette targets or sketches of battlefields with enemy soldiers in various locations. The trainee would aim and fire, and the needle would prick a hole in the paper target at the simulated point of impact. In theory, this allowed for basic marksmanship training without noise, cost, or recoil.

The Swift trainers were well thought out, incorporating features like a spring loaded buttplate which would only allow the trigger to function if the rifle was pulled firmly into the shoulder. The mechanism was cocked by cycling the bolt, of course, but it specifically had to the cycled all the way back, to train shooters against short-stoking the mechanism. The force required to cycle the bolt forward was the same as that of a real rifle’s action, and the sight picture was also the same. In theory, it was an very good tool.

In practice, it was considered a joke by British soldiers and officers – much more useful for pranks played on companions bending over than for any sort of marksmanship training. The true potential of the device is probably somewhere in between the views of those officers and the Swift company designers.

Saturday, 04 February


Custom Cut-Down Walch 10-Shot Pepperbox Revolver (Video) [Forgotten Weapons]

The Walch revolver was a Civil War era design with the unique feature of having superimposed loads – each chamber in the cylinder held not one shot, but two, stacked one on top of the other. The revolver had two hammers and a progressive trigger, and 10 percussions caps (for the 5-chamber model). This led to a 10-shot revolver in the size of a typical 5-shot one. Of course, since the chambers were split between two powder charges, the muzzle velocity was relatively low in comparison to other revolvers of the period.

This Walch 10-shot .31 caliber example has been modified by someone into a pepperbox style of pistol, with the barrel completely removed. This makes it substantially more compact, but also amplifies the problem of low muzzle velocity, and without any rifled bore at all, I’m sure accuracy suffers as well. Not that this was intended for use at any significant distance, of course…

Friday, 03 February


How the Hearing Protection Act is Hurting the Silencer Industry []

Wait, what’s that, you say? Isn’t the Hearing Protection Act (HPA), which aims to remove suppressors entirely from the purview of the NFA and make them freely and easily available to all, a goldmine for suppressor makers?

Well, it will be a gold mine one day, but right now it’s causing a world of hurt, at least according to this really great, in-depth Recoil piece.

Basically, users are waiting on the HPA’s passage to buy silencers, and given that the bill hasn’t even passed out of committee, yet, they may be waiting a longtime. Meanwhile, while they’re waiting and sitting on their money, suppressor makers have bills to pay and inventory that won’t move.

The piece reports that Silencerco is rumored to be laying off a number of employees, soon. This is sad, but in many ways the company has shot itself self in the foot, so to speak. Silencerco has been the main force behind raising consumer awareness of the HPA and making everyone think it’s a done deal, and that now backfiring on them.

What is most certainly too soon is the unfortunate assumption by tens of thousands of potential customers that HPA is as good as done. Kraut points out “the ASA and Silencerco may have broadcasted too loudly that ‘the chances of the bill passing have increased because the President is on our side’. But even if Congress was overwhelmingly Republican, there are far wider impacting issues to the majority of public gun owners than gun suppressors. I would think more people would be affected by National Carry Reciprocity than silencers.”

“Instead of presenting it as ‘we have an opportunity to make this law, and we need your help in the process,’ Silencerco came across as ‘it’s a done deal,’ Kraut said.

“It’s still going to take work to get it to the floor for a vote,” continues Kraut. “The way the Senate is made up there’s 52 Republicans and 2 independents, so there’s not a 60 vote or supermajority, and political goodwill might not be expended to push something niche like silencers across. The bill still needs to get out of committee, and that’s where people’s help is needed – calling specific members asking to get it out of committee and on the floor for a vote. Because if it’s stuck in committee it’ll die again – the most common death of a bill.”

The conventional wisdom coming from those that know how laws are made, especially gun laws, is that counting on HPA to pass before buying what they want is a recipe for a very long wait. “Anybody who is waiting for the HPA to pass to buy a suppressor is going to be waiting a very long time,” says Todd Rathner, Chairman of the NFA Freedom Alliance and NRA Board Member. “The reality is that we still need 60 votes in the US Senate to pass a bill, and it’s a big question as to whether those votes are there or not. People should take a deep breath, and if you want a silencer BUY ONE! Waiting on the HPA makes no sense.”

So there you have it. If you want to buy a suppressor, now is a great time. Inventories are high, and prices are low, and sellers are hurting. It’s a buyer’s market, for sure.

If you wait on the HPA, you may actually end up waiting longer than if you had just sucked it up and gotten the stamp. And when the HPA does finally pass, there will be a massive run on these devices, so good luck getting one. I also expect inventories to be super tight, because of the aforementioned layoffs and cuts in production capacity that suppressor makers are implementing right now to help them survive until the HPA passes.

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Cerakote Elite Series: A Favorite Finish, Improved []

Cerakote is definitely the hotness when it comes to coating and finishing your firearms. Just like every business worth its salt, they improve their products from time to time.

Cerakote’s new Elite Series is a more advanced product, especially when compared to their H-Series. The improvements are to the hardness, resistance to abrasion, and lubricity. The other benefit is that it goes on in a thinner layer. They accomplished this by developing a new resin “technology” that allows better incorporation of the ceramics, which allows for the application of a single layer (after which you heat cure in the oven).

There are six colors available, all of which are “earth toned”. The colors are called Midnight, Jungle, Smoke, Sand, Concrete and Earth. If those don’t suit your needs, you can always mix them to get a custom color.

The stated details of the standards it meets:

  • Exceeds 9h scratch and gouge hardness (ASTM D33630
  • Taber abrasion greater than 8000 wear cycles per mil (ASTM D4060)
  • Corrosion resistance more than 3000 hours (ASTM B117)
  • Direct and indirect impact resistance of 160 in-lbs. (ASTM D2794)
  • 0mm coating loss at 180 mandrel bend (ASTM D522)
  • Coefficient of Friction rivaling Teflon at 0.11 (Steady-State Dynamic Coefficient of Friction Under Load)
  • Extremely high chemical resistance (Specific chemical performance available by request)

One of the other great things about Cerakote is that they support their users with training materials. Cerakote has released updated versions of their video including details on the new Elite Series (does anyone else think of Breaking Bad when watching them?). This is pretty helpful since there are some important differences in how it is applied (compared to the H-Series). The biggest difference is related to the mesh strainers, mixing ratios (18:1) and curing temperature (300°F/149°C).

You can find out more information (or purchase directly) at the site.

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Hunters Save Children Stricken With Carbon Monoxide Poisoning []

A group of Panhandle Florida hunters is being praised for their quick-thinking action in saving a group of children they happened across while following hunting hounds.

The band of hunters happened across a woods road near Youngstown, Florida where a truck stuck in mud had smoke pouring into the interior. A check of the truck found several children unconscious, and the sportsmen quickly jumped into action, pulling five kids out of the vehicle.


The sportsmen quickly ascertained that the children were suffering from carbon monoxide poisoning, and were not breathing. Immediately the hunters began administering CPR to six youngsters. In a few minutes of CPR the children began breathing on their own, then were transported to Gulf Coast Regional Medical Center in Panama City.

Police have not released the names or relationships of the children, but five of the six are in stable condition and improving steadily. One child was more critical, but also is getting better.


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Indian Tribesmen Catching South Florida Pythons Up To 16 Feet Long. []

South Florida is so plagued with invasive Burmese pythons taking over the Everglades and other wild places, that the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) has hired special Indian snake hunters to use their special skills in diminishing the giant reptiles.

Irula natives from India accompanied by hunting dogs and Everglades Park officials have caught 13 pythons in eight days, including a female snake measuring 16 feet long.

“Since the Irula have been so successful in their homeland at removing pythons, we are hoping they can teach Floridians some of these skills,” explained Kristen Sommers,  leader of the FWC’s Wildlife Impact Management Section.

“We are working with our partners to improve our ability to find and capture pythons in the wild. These projects are two of several new efforts focusing on the removal of these snakes.”

Burmese pythons are one of the largest snakes in the world, introduced when Florida pet owners either lost their snakes or intentionally released them into the wild.

Burmese pythons are a native Southeast Asian species, and since being introduced to the wilds of Florida, they’ve become a formidable invasive species in the region, thanks to a lack of predators.

By preying on native wildlife and competing with other native predators, pythons are seriously impacting the natural order of south Florida’s ecological communities

The continued proliferation of Burmese pythons – and the continued introduction of new foreign species – can further threaten many of Florida’s endangered plants and animals.

Thousands of pythons have been removed from the Everglades and the surrounding area, but the problem is getting worse.

The FWC has now turned to the people who are revered as some of the best snake catchers in the world, Irula tribesmen.

The Irula are an ethnic population from India’s Tamil Nadu and Kerala states, whose prime source of income is catching rats and snakes – two creatures that cause a lot of trouble for people in their homeland.

Since these individuals have grown up and made their livings hunting and catching snakes, Florida officials asked for their help in fighting the problem in Florida.

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Free Wounded Veteran Hunting, Fishing On Tap In Florida []

Since 2011 “Operation Outdoor Freedom” has enabled over 2,500 wounded Florida veterans to enjoy free hunting and fishing events, and the state is now accepting registration from eligible vets to participate in forthcoming events around the state.

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The Florida Forest Service, a division of the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, organizes and hosts events where participants can fish, hunt, boat and more. Outdoor excursions are held regularly on state forests and private lands throughout Florida and are funded through private donations. Upcoming activities include turkey, hog and deer hunts ranging from North Florida to South Florida. Other events held through the year include: alligator and deer hunts, quail hunts, fishing, kayaking and canoeing.
In the next three months there are more than a dozen Florida recreational events, like hunting and fishing, available to wounded veterans.

131022-N-ES994-001 OSWAYO, Pa. (Oct. 22, 2013) A Wounded Warrior and a volunteer with the LEEK Hunting and Mountain Preserve pose for a photo during a pheasant hunt in Oswayo, Pa. LEEK was selected to receive the Zachary and Elizabeth Fisher Distinguished Civilian Humanitarian Award for 2012. LEEK Hunting and Mountain Preserve has provided outdoor hunting, fishing and recreational experiences for disabled veterans for more than five years. (U.S. Navy photo by Cmdr. Steven MacDonald/Released)

“Operation Outdoor Freedom is a special way of connecting the natural resources our state is blessed with to the men and women who’ve courageously and selflessly put their lives on the line,” says Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam. “It’s the least we can do for those who have done so much for us.”

Interested people scan register for events, and learn details about the program online at the website.

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Savage’s Modern Savage Rifle []

What a cool marketing coup to call a newly introduced AR the Modern Savage Rifle (instead of a “Modern Sporting Rifle”). It’s Savage’s way of saying, “We have arrived.” Arrived, that is, into the already highly overcrowded field of AR-15 type rifles? Can the marketplace really handle another AR? Yeah, in this case I sure think so.

The four new Savage AR rifles include the model names Patrol, Recon, Hunter, and Long Range. Appropriate names I would think for AR-15 and AR-10 type rifle configurations. Without having to overly detail all the specifications of each individual model here, I suggest interested parties consult their web site.

Briefly though, the MSR15 Patrol model is a basic AR black rifle with conventional appearance and features. The rifle is chambered in the .223 Wylde chamber, which means the rifle can readily accept both .223 Remington ammo as well as 5.56 Nato without issues. The barrel is 16 1/8 inches. The upper receiver has a short rail and comes with an open rear sight to match the standard front post “A” sight. The Patrol retails for $852.

The MSR15 Recon is configured with a full rail from snoot to boot with BUIS installed. There is an adjustable buttstock, and same barrel and chamber as the Patrol. The forearm is set up to accept accessories as well with M-Lok cutouts. The retail is $999.

The MSR10 Hunter is the first AR-10 or .308 Winchester in the foursome. It has the flat top rail from charging handle nearly to the muzzle. There are no open sights, just ready to mount a full sized conventional scope or other optic. There is the adjustable buttstock and handguard up front for mounting accessories via the M-Lok system. Note here, too, that the Hunter model also comes available chambered in the 6.5 Creedmoor with an 18-inch barrel. Retails for $1481.

Finally, the MSR10 Long Range comes in .308 and 6.5 Creedmoor. Barrels are 20-inch. This model has the Magpul PRS stock and full rail top and M-Lok forearm with a $2284 retail. Again, check out all the specifications on their web site.

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World's Best Dentist [No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money]

When you go to the dentist to get a crown, you expect to leave with a substantial bill and a numb lip or face. I left with a little something extra.

Little is relative especially when talking about a Ruger Redhawk in .44 Magnum with a 6 inch barrel.

And now for the rest of the story as Paul Harvey would have said.

My dentist, Dr. F, is a huge fan of revolvers and he knows I am as well. We always chat about them along with whatever else he or I have either bought or shot lately. After discussing the new Colt Cobra we got around to other revolvers. He noted he had a S&W Model 29 which just wasn't that fun to shoot unlike his Ruger Redhawk. He then asked me if I'd like to try it out. Of course!

Now both the assistant and I thought he probably meant to try it out someday when I met him at the range. That thought was quickly dismissed when he left the room, came back, and then set the Ruger Redhawk above down on the counter! What he meant was that he was going to loan it to me to take home and try out at my own convenience.


The funny part of the whole episode was when my appointment was over he just assumed I would be comfortable carrying this massive piece of hardware out through his waiting room as is. His assistant "D" asked would I like a bag and I, of course, said yes. While she was getting a bag, Dr. F. dug around his office and found a case for it.

So Dr. F's Ruger Redhawk is now sitting in my safe while I wait for a box each of .44 Mag and .44 Special ammo to arrive.

As I said in the headline, I have the world's best dentist. Not only is he really good at his profession but he is a gun guy who wants to share the experience. I am one lucky patient.


Download the Official NRA-ILA App Today! [NRA-ILA News]

Thanks to all your hard work last year, the Second Amendment saw resounding victories on Election Day 2016. From local state legislature races, to governor races, to Congress and the United States presidency, YOU showed up to elected pro-gun lawmakers into office. YOU did that.


When Laws Collide: Federal Preemption and State Firearm Freedom Acts [NRA-ILA News]

For the last several years, so-called “Firearms Freedom Acts” or “Second Amendment Preservation Acts” have attracted a lot of attention. Such legislation, passed or introduced in various states, seeks to make federal laws regarding firearms inapplicable to firearms and ammunition produced, sold, and used exclusively within the state’s borders on the premise that Congress’s power to regulate commerce among the states doesn’t reach purely in-state activities.


Zinke Nomination for Interior Secretary Moves to Full Senate [NRA-ILA News]

On Tuesday, the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources approved President Donald Trump’s nominee for Secretary of the Interior, Rep. Ryan Zinke (R-Mont.), by a 16-6 vote. Zinke’s nomination now moves to the full Senate, where a confirmation vote will likely take place in the coming weeks.


BREAKING: SilencerCo Reduces Its Workforce [The Firearm Blog]

Rumors about the internal workings of Utah-based SilencerCo have bounced around social media for the past 48 hours. And while there has yet to be an official word from the company itself, there are a few industry insiders with a tangential relationship to SiCo that have offered up their insight and analysis. I’ve combined their anonymous […]

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The Smith & Wesson M&P 1.0 (Classic) Review [The Firearm Blog]

The Smith & Wesson M&P 1.0 or Classic series was introduced in 2005 with a heavy focus on the military and police market. This episode Patrick takes a look at the pistol that was derived from the “lesser” Sigma and was widely adopted by police all over the United States. The pistol even sees military […]

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New Hampshire: Egregious Anti-Gun Bills in Committee Next Week! [NRA-ILA News]

On Tuesday, February 7, the House Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee will have a meeting in which they may have executive session on two anti-gun bills at 10:00 a.m. in LOB Room 204.


Russia’s New Small Arms Training System Simulates Real Gunfire [The Firearm Blog]

Russia has adopted a small arms training system called 1U35M (1У35М)․ It is designed by a company called TsNII Toch Mash (ЦНИИ Точ Маш, stands for Central Scientific – Research Institute for Precision Machine Engineering). The system simulates both the gun report and the recoil impulse. So it is as close to a real gunfire as […]

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iota Outdoors | SHOT 2017 [The Firearm Blog]

During the 2017 SHOT Show I saw very little in the way innovation. One company that had some new innovative products was iota Outdoors. iota Outdoors hails from College Station Texas and had some new products aimed at the precision rifle crowd. Since long range precision shooting is one of my areas of interest, I […]

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Trump Supreme Court Nominee Neil M. Gorsuch Would Respect the Second Amendment [NRA-ILA News]

This week, President Trump kept one of his most important campaign promises by nominating an originalist judge – Neil Gorsuch – to fill the Supreme Court vacancy left by Justice Antonin Scalia’s death last February. Scalia was the court’s foremost practitioner of originalism and textualism, judicial philosophies that seek to resolve constitutional questions by reference to the language of the document, as publicly understood at the time of its enactment.


U.S. House Passes Repeal of Social Security Administration Gun Grab, Begins Rolling Back Obama Era Executive Gun Control [NRA-ILA News]

On Thursday, the U.S. House of Representatives issued a strong statement in support of the Second Amendment by passing H.J. Res. 40, which would repeal Barack Obama’s scandalous attempt to grab guns from thousands of vulnerable, law-abiding Social Security recipients. Anti-gun activists and their media typists have predictably reacted to the House vote with hysteria and dishonesty. In this case, it’s particularly troubling that self-proclaimed “progressives” immediately resorted to stigmatizing and stereotyping the mentally ill to whip up fear and misinformation.


Sessions Nomination Moves to Full Senate. NRA Member Action Needed Now! [NRA-ILA News]

On Wednesday, the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee approved President Donald Trump’s nominee for U.S. Attorney General, Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), by an 11-9 vote. Sessions’s nomination now moves to the full Senate, where a confirmation vote will likely take place in the coming week. The Judiciary Committee’s approval came a day later than anticipated, after Democrat committee members delayed the vote in order to express their displeasure with the Trump administration. The move led Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) to remark, “Our friends on the other side seem to be upset about the outcome of the election on November 8. I guess you could say they're going through the stages of grief.”


Super Bowl ad blasts Humane Society of the United States [NRA-ILA News]

Humane Watch, a group dedicated to calling out the Humane Society of the United States over its abuses of power and mishandling money, released a preview of an epic Super Bowl pre-game ad. The minute-long ad parodies HSUS commercials, but instead of cute puppies in cages, there are sad lawyers who “need your help.” “People often think we run pet shelters,” the ad says about HSUS. “That’s simply not true. We don’t run a single one. … Our real goal is to get the government to pass laws that eliminate farms with animals.”


POTD: MBX C-More Offset [The Firearm Blog]

No, you aren’t looking at a mistake. This was done intentionally. According to MBX, this offset will make a PCC shooter faster since they do not need to waste time getting a proper cheek weld to get their sight picture. In theory that works for strong handed shooting only. But once you need to lean […]

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Franklin Armory Introduces The New DFM Magazine For California [The Firearm Blog]

In before the jokes about “Comiefornia” and whatever else clever jokes you have about the overly regulated state. I feel for our shooting brethren that have to deal with the laws that were recently put in place. As much as I want to scream and yell about the insanity of the whole thing we don’t […]

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Howa Expands MiniAction Line: 7.62×39, 6.5 Grendel [The Firearm Blog]

HOWA MiniAction MultiCamLegacy Sports International announced that it would now be offering two new calibers in the Howa MiniAction line. The two new calibers are the 7.62×39 and the 6.5 Grendel. These join the .204 Ruger, .222 Remington and .223 Remington that are already available in this rifle series. Both guns are available in a variety of […]

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House passes resolution to undo reporting of Social Security recipients [Of Arms and the Law]

News here. The House took the action under the Congressional Review Act. The measure is now on to the Senate.


Texas: Urge Your State Senator to Co-Author NRA-Supported Senate Bill 16 [NRA-ILA News]

Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick (R) has prioritized Senate Bill 16, authored by state Senators Robert Nichols & Joan Huffman, an NRA-backed measure to eliminate the fees for original and renewal Licenses to Carry (LTC) in Texas.


Arkansas: Employee Campus Carry Passes the House [NRA-ILA News]

Yesterday, employee campus carry legislation, House Bill 1249, passed the House of Representatives with a 71-22 vote.


Florida: Join NRA-ILA Grassroots Director Glen Caroline for a special event in Tavernier. [NRA-ILA News]

Come join your fellow gun owners, sportsmen and Second Amendment supporters for a fish fry in Tavernier featuring special guest, NRA-ILA Grassroots Director Glen Caroline.


Florida Alert! League of Women Voters: Florida's New Gun Ban Organization [NRA-ILA News]

The League of Women Voters is not who you think they are. The Florida League of Women Voters is Florida's newest gun ban organization.


Breaking: News from Heckler & Koch – HK433 A New Rifle! [The Firearm Blog]

It’s not every day you get the privilege to write about a new rifle from Heckler & Koch, but we have the honor to present the brand new HK433. It was shown to a very select number people at SHOT Show and Heckler & Koch just ran an ad in the German magazine “Europäische Sicherheit […]

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Lothian homeowner shoots alleged intruder [NRA-ILA News]

An intruder who broke into a Lothian home was shot by the homeowner, Anne Arundel County police said. Police were called around 8 a.m. Thursday to the area of Mullen Lane and Old Ridge Path Lane, where they found a man who was shot. The man came into the home and was confronted by two homeowners, before the homeowner shot at the man twice, police said.


Primary Arms Optics | SHOT 2017 [The Firearm Blog]

This year at Shot Show 2017 Primary Arms showed off its latest offerings in optics. They will be offering some of their scopes in FDE, OD Green and Wolf Gray. You can see in the photo above, their 1-6x and their red dots will be offered in alternate colors. According to my contact, Michael at […]

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Hill Republicans move to scrap Obama-era regulations [NRA-ILA News]

Republicans appeared to be targeting environmental regulations, but they also addressed the priorities of gun rights groups and the broader business community. While Obama’s administration had authorized the sharing of information on those receiving federal disability payments in an effort to ensure those with mental illnesses were identified in gun sellers’ routine background checks, critics suggested it would prevent some Americans from lawfully obtaining firearms.


Congress scraps Obama-era rules on guns [NRA-ILA News]

The Republican-controlled Congress on Thursday scrapped Obama-era rules on the environment and guns, counting on a new ally in the White House to help reverse years of what the GOP calls excessive regulation.


Washington: Lawmakers and Gov. Inslee push for more statewide gun measures [NRA-ILA News]

Gun control advocates and Inslee met at the Capitol Thursday to call for enhanced background checks when buying or selling assault weapons and to enforce safe gun storage.


Gun control advocates in Washington see their best chance yet for tougher laws [NRA-ILA News]

Gun control advocates in Washington believe they have the best opportunity yet to get tough restrictions on how some semiautomatic firearms are bought, sold and kept in homes.


Peruvian Mausers: 1891 and 1909 (Video) [Forgotten Weapons]

Peru’s first standardized repeating rifle was the Model 1891 Mauser, as purchased in 1901 through Argentina. About 30,000 of these rifles were obtained when Argentina was unable to pay for them – although this may have been a quasi-diplomatic effort to hide Argentina’s interest in helping rearm Peru in light of their mutual hostility towards Chile). The rifles were standard 1891 pattern Mausers, with 5-round inline magazines, chambered for the early round-nose version of the 7.65x53mm Argentine Mauser cartridge.

Between 1910 and 1914, Peru was able to update its arsenal with about 50,000 new Models 1909 Mausers purchased from Germany – these being basically export versions of the German World War One Gewehr 98. The Peruvian rifles were still chambered for the 7.65mm cartridge, but now the new spitzer version, which offered much better ballistic performance.

Later, in the 1930s, the Peruvian military would go back and retrofit its old 1891 pattern rifles with new langevizier rear sights to use with spitzer ammunition, and put the rifles into reserve storage. There they would stay until sold as surplus, many of them arriving in the United States through Sam Cumming’s Interarms company.


New Aresenal SLR107 and SAM7 Rifles | SHOT 2017 [The Firearm Blog]

Although KVAR has these new Aresenal models in stock, I did not find them in either of their SHOT Show booths. And while they aren’t drastically different from previous rifle configurations, both guns will appeal to AK lovers. Below are the two new SLR107 and SAM7 models The SLR107-11P will attract budget-minded buyers – an Arsenal […]

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Shooting Blind & Fire Hoops: Advanced Training Analysis Saudi Arabian NG [The Firearm Blog]

National defense is serious business. As such, it is important to observe and analyze different country’s training techniques throughout the world in an attempt to learn and better understand our allies and our foes. Late last month, the Saudi Arabian National Guard held training excercises and informational displays for Prince Mutaib, National Guard Minister, and other VIPs. […]

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Rifles Only | SHOT 2017 [The Firearm Blog]

Rifles Only had some neat products on display during the 2017 SHOT Show. Rifles Only, based out of Kingsville Texas, is a  training facility that offers long range rifle shooting and training. Aside from long range shooting, Rifles Only also offers classes for carbine, long range hunting, high angle shooting, high risk protection detail, field […]

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Novel Arms Optics | SHOT 2017 [The Firearm Blog]

Novel Arms is a Japanese optics manufacturer that is partnering up with LKCI, a Turkish based company that will be importing the companies optics from Japan into the United States. A number of optics companies have used Japanese manufacturing because of the high quality of glass that is available there. Novel Arms is essentially cutting […]

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Update on FightLite MXR Full Auto/Pistol/Rifle, MCR | SHOT 2017 [The Firearm Blog]

Melbourne, FL based Fight Lite Industries is the current company that was formally known as Ares Defense until it was renamed. Our own Pete M. published the press release showing the MXR’s introduction before SHOT, and we got a further in-depth look at the MXR while at the actual booth on the floor. The idea […]

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Thursday, 02 February


Range Recovery Technologies | SHOT 2017 [The Firearm Blog]

Walking around the SHOT 2017 Range Day, I had the pleasure of getting to talk to the owners of Range Recovery Technologies. Range Recovery Technologies specializes in cleaning up lead from ranges without the use of water or chemicals. Range Recovery Technologies has specialized equipment that separates the metal from the soil. Talking with the […]

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KE Arms 9mm Pistol Caliber Carbine Lower [The Firearm Blog]

As is evidenced by this year’s SHOT Show, pistol caliber carbines are all the rage among the cool kids. Enough so that I may have to see what it is all about, especially now that KE Arms is manufacturing a Glock magazine compatible lower… The KE Arms KE-9 lower receiver is precision machined in-house from […]

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2017 Preview: Benchmade []

Benchmade is a weird company–they have a devoted following and great brand recognition, while at the same time producing yawn-inducing blades, playing musical chairs with their brands, and ignoring huge trends in the knife world.

In 2016 they release a series of knives–flippers, framelocks, and lots of Axis locks, but no frame lock flipper.  The design that is setting knife world fire is still, four years in to the trend, absent from Benchmade’s line up.  No a single new blade in 2016 made me reach for my wallet–none.  Only the long overdue update to the Mini Grip was tempting and, as it turns out, was a stellar knife.  Which, in one way, makes Benchmade’s descent into irrelevancy even more painful–its proof that things don’t have to go this way.  They have the ability, just not the vision, to go in the right direction.

Benchmade has been teasing its new releases on Instagram for two weeks now and the teasing was very effective. There were lots of cool videos of parts early in the process–handles, rough cut blades, and the like. Unfortunately, the teasers were the best part of the line up for 2017. When they released the actual knives (the link to new stuff is here), the outcry on IG was swift, immediate, and brutal. IG isn’t exactly the home of level-headed people, but this time, that anger was warranted. This is a horrible line up of knives.

They showed off a bunch of autos–two new out the fronts, an Auto version of the Presidio, the Cabash, and a 10th Anniversary version of the Infidel (complete with challenge coin).

Image courtesy of Knife Center

Image courtesy of Knife Center

None really move the needle all that much. If you want an auto the Infidel is an incredible choice, as are some of the knives from Microtech. If you want a cheap auto, which excludes all of the new Benchmade offerings, then Kershaw’s Launch line has you covered. As it is, I see nothing compelling here and nothing that changes that quick and dirty analysis of the auto market. Even more irksome is the steel choices–lots of S30V and on the $500 10th Anniversary Infidel you get D2. That is pretty insulting given that the cheapest of these autos is $110. Bland designs, lots of market overlap, and under par steel all equals Strike 1.

They also showed off the new 87 Balisong. Benchmade has long done good work with their balisongs and I am 100% not a Bali guy. But those that are did not like the 87. They complained about the unnecessarily busy handles and price–$510–for an S30V wharncliffe. Its striking that compared to other balisongs, ones like the Blade Runner Systems Replicant, the MSRP is almost double. The Replicant is beloved in the Bali community for its balance and smoothness and it comes in at $270 MSRP (though it has been out of production for a while and secondary prices are much higher). The 87 just doesn’t do it and the price, even for single piece titanium handles, is crazy. Strike 2.

Now we get to the folders and I am sorry to report that the offerings for 2017 are pretty dreadful.

First, they all run the Axis lock. Over the years I have come to understand that the Axis lock just doesn’t work on mass produced knives. Compared to other options it has a higher rate of blade play and it results is a slow deployment. It can be done well, but Benchmade’s track record over the past three years, both from my personal experience, and the experience of others (Nick Shabazz and the guys over at Modern Neanderthal podcast) has proven this lock just isn’t worth the hassle. But if the designs were interesting, maybe I’d give them a pass. Instead we get a bunch of me-too baloney.

The Anthem was so close to being interesting.

Image courtesy of Benchmade

Image courtesy of Benchmade

Its a $425 integral, Benchmade’s first. Though more than 5 years old now in the production world, the integral is still a cool trick. And the steel, 20CV, is a good thing. My problem with the knife is that its just behind the times. Lionsteel has been doing integrals for years and they run equally great material for less money. Stop me if you have heard this about Benchmade stuff–5 years ago it would be awesome, now its just them trying, in vain, to catch up.

The rest of the folders, the Freek and Boost, are equally boring.

Image courtesy of Blade HQ

Image courtesy of Blade HQ

Both run S30V and the Boost is an Axis Assist (you know, in case you want to tempt the Fit and Finish Fates by adding even more unnecessary complexity to your knife). Both have the vague Griptillian shape and both are more than $100 MSRP. They have extra grippy handle materials and hideous, cheap looking inlays. There is only so many times Benchmade can make basically the same knife and have people buy it. I think these two represent the end of that trend. All of the folders are snorefests and all of them are expensive for what you get. Strike 3. Benchmade is outta here.

I am deeply concerned about Benchmade. Its been many years since they had a great showing for a yearly line up.  2015 looked okay with two decent (and inexpensive for Benchmade) fixed blades and the Valet, but 2016 was a total miss.  And now we have this year–2017’s new stuff looks positively dreadful.

They were not going in the right direction in the first place and they have doubled down on that approach in the year ahead. Their brand confusion, evidenced by new sub brands coming and going on an annual basis, their addiction to the Axis lock, and their woefully behind the times designs makes it harder and harder for them to compete with Spyderco and KAI.  KAI has been something of a juggernaut the past five years, building on successes with more successes, and while Spyderco’s 2016 was disappointing their 2017 looks stellar.  With Benchmade it is a downward trend that appears to have accelerated. Nothing is compelling at all.  I hope they can turn things around, but with this much momentum in the wrong direction, it is going to be a huge challenge.  They have the brand recognition, the cash, and the capacity to do it, but that requires vision, the lack of which is what got them here in the first place.

Overall Grade: F

Instabuys: ZERO

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Jumping on the 6.5 Creedmoor Bandwagon []

It seems the shooting world has gone completely bonkers over the 6.5 Creedmoor round. Announced recently at the SHOT Show in Las Vegas yet another arms manufacturer is adding the 6.5 to its line ups. Thompson-Center Arms has added this chambering to their line including the bolt action Compass, the Venture line, barrels for the Dimension changeable barrel rifle series, and add on barrels for the excellent TC Pro Hunter single shot rifle.

The 6.5 Creedmoor was fully developed by Hornady Ammunition to provide an exceptional cartridge for competition shooting. The 6.5 is extremely accurate given a rifle capable of delivering such accuracy. It has proven itself quite well at the bench.

Perhaps not to the surprise of many though, the 6.5 Creedmoor has also been adopted by many hunters as an ideal round for medium big game such as white-tailed deer, antelope and such. The 6.5 is particularly noted for its light recoil, superior long range accuracy and its effective terminal ballistics.

Hornady currently lists 10 different loads in their 2017 catalog for the 6.5 Creedmoor. These range in bullet weights from 120 to 147 grains using several of their proprietary bullets including the GMX, ELD Match, SST, InterBond, InterLock, BTHP, and the ELD-X. One might say there is something for everyone on this list.

New this year Hornady has added a 6.5 to their American Whitetail ammo line using a 129 grain InterLock bullet. Also they have a new 147 grain load using the ELD (Extremely Low Drag) Match bullet. ELD implies a high degree of BC or ballistic coefficient or the capacity to fly through air with minimal resistance. Generally, the higher the BC, the greater the flatter trajectory.

So, is all this hype over the 6.5 Creedmoor justified? I have reports from a competition shooter at a local range that has to compete against many other shooters now using the 6.5. They are shooting his pants off. So much so, he is in the search for a 6.5 rifle he can set up to get back into the game. His choice is the Ruger Precision Rifle, which remains difficult to locate at retail dealers in our area.

Hunting wise, the ledger of proof is still being written. On the surface it might seem that the bullets loaded for hunting applications may be too light. However, what may be lacking in bullet weight is made up with the construction of the projectile. Time will tell.

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All the Democrats in the House who voted wanted to keep a rule that would ban guns for Social Security recipients who need help with finances [John Lott's Website]

Have you ever thought of letting someone else manage your finances? Under finalized new rules released just before Christmas by President Obama, Social Security recipients will be banned from buying a gun if they are deemed “financially incompetent.” Some 4.2 million Social Security recipients — about 10 percent of all people 65 and older — could lose the right to own a gun as a result.

Just because someone can’t manage his finances doesn’t mean that he’s a danger to others. What is next? Keeping guns away from people who can’t drive or do math? What about other rights? Should “financially incompetent” people be forbidden from voting or making other decisions?

For those interested, you can see the text of the resolution and the votes of each congressman available here.


Video: War With China Would Trigger Economic Collapse Far Worse than 2008 []

Nope, this isn’t some “the crash is coming, buy gold!” piece on a right-wing news site. New America (formerly the New America Foundation) is a mainstream, leftyish DC think tank that boasts Google’s Eric Schmidt as the chairman of its board of directors, and even before Trump won the presidency and the US vs China saber rattling escalated, the group had a warning for America: we’re on the precipice of an “industrial crash” that could precipitate a financial collapse that makes 2008 look like a picnic.

In September, well before Trump swept into office and turned up the heat on China, the foundation hosted a conference entitled Trade, War, and China in the 21st Century. You can view all the panel talks online, but the one I want to focus on is the one called “Industrial Interdependence and War.”

The question raised is, what would happen if there’s a conflict in the South or East China sea?

Panelist Barry Lynn, author of End of the Line: The Rise and Coming Fall of the Global Corporation was clear that it could be catastrophic for the US.

“Maybe it’s not even a hot conflict, but any kind of conflict that would result in the disruption of trade flows in the South China Sea [or] the East China sea, would result in one of two things: either economic catastrophe–a cascading collapse that would make the 2008 breakdown in finance look like a minor event–or it would result in a political humiliation of the first magnitude, because someone would have to give.”

Too Much of a Good Thing

The reason such a conflict would spell disaster has to do with the current structure of the global supply chain. The supply chain is highly efficient–indeed, it’s too efficient–which means two things: 1) most global manufacturing depends on a few key components that are made in one place (i.e. there’s no redundancy for sourcing these components), and 2) there’s no storage of critical components anywhere in the pipeline because all delivery is “just-in-time.”

As the supply chain gets ever more efficient, it further eliminates redundancy of sources and costly warehousing of goods, but redundancy and reserves are exactly what you need in an emergency–the old military and prepper maxim “one is none, two is one.”

What all of this boils down to is that a geographically isolated event in the wrong place, like an earthquake, tsunami, war, or bankruptcy of a critical company, has the potential to “crash” the global system and cause the production and shipment of everything from electronics to pharmaceuticals to military hardware to grind to a sudden halt.

Many of the single points of failure in this globally interconnected system reside in China, Taiwan, and Japan. So anything that disrupts trade in the region could force factories across the globe to pause production, which would lead to a cascading series of bankruptcies, layoffs, and shortages of just about everything we depend on for modern life.

On the Precipice

The subject of how close we are to some sort of very serious conflict with China came up in multiple panels, and the conclusion was that we are “on the precipice.” We’re very, very close, and this was before the election of Trump and the recent escalations.

Barry Lynn made the case that the US/China relationship is unbalanced–China sends us goods (after having stolen our intellectual property, of course), and in return we send them paper IOUs.

“We need China more than China needs us,” said Lynn. “If there is a conflict, the question always comes down to who says ‘uncle’ first. So there might be a temptation by the Chinese to threaten to pinch off these [trade] flows to change the balance of power in the region.”

Lynn also suggested that there is a real chance that this very complex system will crash as a result of a mistake or miscalculation, either by the Chinese, the Japanese, the Taiwanese, or the US. The system is too complex and nobody really understands how all the pieces fit together, which means that military or even policy actions that seem targeted and specific could have dire unforeseen ripple effects that down the whole system.

Panelist Shane Harris, author of @War and correspondent for The Daily Beast, laid out a scenario in which an escalating cyber conflict brings about such a crash.

“The risk of cyber becoming a primary means of conflict in such a situation is very very high,” Harris explained.

“As you see these naval confrontations, there is a great incentive for both sides to start using cyberspace to poke at each other and doing things short of a full-on hot war. We know that, and the Chinese know that. The problem is that we don’t have a real understanding with the Chinese military of what constitutes a minor cyberattack, and what signals that they’re about to go full-on with kinetic war. And that’s a huge problem in trying to avert something ugly.”

So What Does War with China Look Like?

The above can help us envision what war with China would look like, a war that Trump advisor and now National Security Council member Steve Bannon has indicated that he considers inevitable.

Basically, it would probably look like the greatest economic collapse the world has seen in the modern era. The global supply chain would grind to a halt, which would mean that retail sales would drop off a cliff. Depending on the length of the stoppage, bankruptcies would begin to take out parts of the supply chain (the entire thing runs on short-term credit), doing even more damage via job losses, component shortages, and mass layoffs. It would quickly begin to feed back on itself until the entire global economic system had finished imploding.

Ultimately, the 2008 Lehman crash would be a walk in the park compared to the massive damage even a conventional (and cyber) conflict with China would probably do to the US. And all of this is assuming that the conflict doesn’t go nuclear.

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Groundhog Day Sale From Primary Arms []

Primary Arms, which is located in Pearland Texas, is one of my go-to companies.  I have ordered from the several times.  When I have a question about one of their products, customer support always replies to my questions in a timely manner.

It is only because of my positive experiences that sales from Primary Arms are posted here. (We don’t get any kickbacks or revenue or sponsorship from them.)

Primary Arms is having a groundhog day sale.  Here are a few items of interest.

Sale price: $99.99, regular price: $139.99 – Aero Precision AR15 Flip-Up Sight Set, Front and Rear.

Sale price: $99.99, regular price: $135.00 – MWG Company 90 Round Drum Magazine for M16/AR-15.  I have a drum magazine just like this.  It is a blast to send 90 rounds downrange without having to change magazines.

Sale price: $89.99, regular price: $118.45 – Nikon Buckmaster II 3-9x40mm Riflescope.  Nikon is an excellent budget rifle scope.  For their price range, they are almost impossible to beat.

Sale price: $89.99, regular price: $137.97 – Harris Bipod 9-13 Inch with Leg Notches – Swivel.  I have a Harris bipod on my predator hunting rifle, and I love it.

Sale price: $15.99, regular price: $19.99 – Real Avid Gun Boss Pro.  With hunting season over, take the time to clear your firearms before they are put away.

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Virginia: Pro-Gun Bills on the Move in the General Assembly [NRA-ILA News]

With the help of NRA members across the Commonwealth, Senate Bill 1299 passed out of the Senate with bipartisan support and will now head to the House of Delegates.


M*CARBO $30 KelTec SUB2000 Trigger Job (and Target Trigger) [The Firearm Blog]

In this episode of TFBTV, James installs and tests M*CARBO’s $30 KelTec SUB2000 trigger kit, which is advertised to reduce trigger pull in the SUB2000 by about 3 pounds.  While installing the trigger spring kit, James also takes the opportunity to install M*CARBO’s $30 aluminum target trigger before taking it to the range. M*CARBO is […]

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Montana: House Passes Constitutional/Permitless Carry Legislation [NRA-ILA News]

Earlier this week, the Montana House of Representatives passed constitutional/permitless carry legislation, House Bill 262.


NRA Applauds House Vote to Respect Due Process for Gun Owners [NRA-ILA News]

The National Rifle Association Institute for Legislative Action (NRA-ILA) today applauded the passage of H.J. Res. 40, a joint resolution to revoke a final rule made by the Obama administration that would strip law-abiding Americans of their Second Amendment rights.


Bad Company Tactical Expands Product Line | SHOT 2017 [The Firearm Blog]

Bad Company Tactical has had one of the more unique products that I’ve seen over these past two shows. When it comes to having something that would actually be extremely useful and not some tactical gimmick like the Tac Sac or the Picatinny rail compensator. The companies flagship product is the R2S, or the Rapid […]

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NRA Applauds Sen. Chuck Grassley for Introducing S.J Res. 14 [NRA-ILA News]

The National Rifle Association Institute for Legislative Action (NRA-ILA) applauds Sen. Chuck Grassley for introducing S.J. Res. 14, a resolution to revoke a final rule made by the Obama administration that would strip law-abiding Americans of their Second Amendment rights.


Link [The Firearm Blog]

Thanks to Uncle Webkins for submitting a pic of his PCC. Newly stamped, Quarter Circle 10 Large Frame in 45, running hush mode with Silencerco Hybrid.  The first in a photo series entitled “I Sure Miss the eForms… Bastards!” I like the use of the Glock 21 magazine with KRISS MagEx extension.

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SHOT 2017: Leupold VX-6 HD 1-6x24mm Multi Gun Scope []

The new Leupold VX-6 HD 1-6x24mm Multi Gun scope is an upgraded version of an existing product from the optics company. In this video from the 2017 SHOT Show a Leupold rep describes the feature set and improvements to this scope for 2017.

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Extra B&T Goodness From SHOT [The Firearm Blog]

So I had all these extra B&T pictures from SHOT and I figured, why let them go to waste. There has to be someone out there who would be interested in seeing the (almost) complete lineup.  Two weeks ago I published some of my favorite Swiss pieces, but today I’ll share the rest. After all, […]

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South Dakota: NRA Working Hard to Pass Constitutional/Permitless Carry Legislation [NRA-ILA News]

On Wednesday, February 15, the House State Affairs Committee is scheduled to hear permitless/constitutional carry legislation, House Bill 1072.


Arkansas: Legislative Forum will Include Discussion on Campus Carry Legislation [NRA-ILA News]

The Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce will be hosting a Legislative Forum tomorrow, February 3, where one of the topics will be House Bill 1249.


SHOT 2017: Walther Creed Pistol []

Walther introduced their new Creed pistol at the 2017 SHOT Show. The polymer pistol is a break from more traditional Walther products in that it is designed to be a more economical entry into the concealed carry market. The Creed is currently available only in 9mm and features a 16 round magazine. The pre-cocked double-action system with a bobbed external hammer.

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In the video a Walther rep goes over the feature set of the Creed.

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SHOT 2017: CZ-USA Scorpion Pistol Variant []

The CZ Scorpion EVO 3 pistol has proven popular since it was introduced a few years ago. The blowbock operated 9mm firearm is usable in standard pistol configuration and is even more attractive when legally converted into SBR configuration by adding a stock after receiving ATF approval.

In the video a CZ-USA rep shows the newest variant of the Scorpion EVO 3 at the 2017 SHOT Show.

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2017 SHOT Show: New Handguns from CZ-USA []

Among the new products from CZ-USA at the 2017 SHOT Show are a polymer defensive pistol and a more traditional SA/DA steel pistol for their competition line.

The CZ USA P-10C is a polymer striker-fired pistol designed for personal defense. This compact pistol features 15 round magazines and is designed for the police and self-defense market.


The CZ-USA Shadow 2 is their newest version of the all-steel SA/DA pistol designed for competition. The 9mm pistol uses 17 round magazines.


In the video a CZ-USA rep goes over the specs and features of both pistols.

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Heavy Hitters Mobilize and Unify Behind Court Pick [NRA-ILA News]

In a demonstration of how closely Mr. Trump plans to rely on the coalition, he gathered several of its leaders at the White House on Wednesday, including the N.R.A. president, Wayne LaPierre.


Wayne LaPierre at the White House [NRA-ILA News]

National Rifle Association President Wayne LaPierre was at the White House on Wednesday, part of a conservative coalition assembled for a cordial “listening session” with President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence in the Roosevelt Room. Mr. LaPierre, in fact, was seated next to the president as the group weighed in on the nomination of Neil Gorsuch for the Supreme Court — and other matters.


Pro-gun groups praise Gorsuch pick: 'Trump has kept his word' [NRA-ILA News]

President Trump's nominee to replace the late Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court, federal appeals Judge Neil Gorsuch, is earning rave reviews from pro-gun groups.After the announcement was made Tuesday evening, the National Rifle Association said Trump made an "outstanding choice" with an "impressive record" defending the Second Amendment, which guarantees U.S. citizens the right to bear arms.


Sessions approved by Senate committee [NRA-ILA News]

The Senate Judiciary Committee approved Sessions 11-9 along party lines. His nomination now goes to the floor, where he is widely expected to be confirmed given the GOP's 52-seat majority.


Congress moves to dismantle Obama rules [NRA-ILA News]

Republicans said the votes were first in a series of actions to reverse years of what they see as excessive government regulation during Obama's presidency. Rules on fracking, guns and federal contracting also are in the cross-hairs as the GOP moves to void a host of regulations finalized during Obama's last months in office.


Can a county ban all gun stores? 9th Circuit amicus brief suggests not [NRA-ILA News]

The plaintiff wishes to open a gun store in Alameda County, Calif., south of San Francisco. County zoning regulations have the effect of prohibiting any new firearms store anywhere within the county’s jurisdiction. Last year, a 2-to-1 decision in the 9th Circuit held: 1. The case should be remanded for fact-finding in the district court, to see if plaintiff is correct about the effect of the zoning regulations. 2. If the plaintiff is correct, the county must provide very strong evidence to justify such a ban. In dissent, Judge Barry G. Silverman argued that issue is trivial, since residents of Alameda County can purchase firearms at locations other than the proposed new store.


Pennsylvania hunters get preliminary OK on semi-automatics [NRA-ILA News]

The Pennsylvania Game Commission has given preliminary approval to letting hunters use semi-automatic rifles and shotguns.


Chris Kyle “The Legend” Tribute Rifle Set [The Firearm Blog]

Texas declared February 2nd as Chris Kyle Day (lookout Punxsutawney Phil). Like him or not, Chris Kyle is definitely one of the influential people in the military community, and his legacy has created a lasting benefit in the form of family support for military and first responders. So it somewhat fitting that a set of limited […]

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Lithgow Arms’ Premium Bolt Guns Are Coming to the US | SHOT 17 [The Firearm Blog]

As we wrap up our SHOT Show coverage, we turn to a new company on the US market, but an old name in Australia: Lithgow. This Australian gun company dates back to the Lithgow Small Arms Factory, established before World War I and located in New South Wales. Today, Lithgow brands itself as a high […]

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In 2013, NYC investigators posed as 63 ineligible voters, ALL BUT ONE allowed to vote, that one where someone tried to be son of poll worker [John Lott's Website]

The one case where a fraudulent voter was stopped from voting was when the fraudulent voter tried to be the son of the poll worker.  From the WSJ (emphasis added):
. . . In 2013 the New York City Department of Investigation—the storied law-enforcement arm of city government, which houses and manages all the city’s inspectors general and investigators—decided to test the system. City investigators posed as 63 ineligible individuals still on the city voter rolls. Each ineligible voter had died, moved out of the jurisdiction, or been convicted of a felony at least two years earlier. 
The investigators didn’t go to great lengths to hide their attempted fraudulent votes. In five instances investigators in their 20s or 30s posed as voters age 82 to 94. In some cases the investigators were of different ethnic backgrounds from the voters they were impersonating. Yet each was given a ballot and allowed to cast a vote without question. 
 In other instances the investigators informed the poll worker that they had moved but didn’t have time to get to their new home on Election Day; all but one was allowed to vote. Only one investigator was flat-out rejected. He had the misfortune of trying to vote at a polling place where the clerk was the mother of the ineligible felon he was impersonating.  
Ninety-seven percent of the barely disguised phony voters were allowed to vote unimpeded, and none was referred for criminal charges or officially reported to the Board of Elections. One can only imagine what a sharp operator trying to fix an election could do by flooding polling places with ineligible voters. . . .


SMLE Rifle Grenade Launcher (Video) [Forgotten Weapons]

While rifle-launched grenades date back hundreds of years, they first came into widespread use during World War One, on all sides of the conflict. The first years of the war saw the use of rod grenades, but their downsides (mediocre accuracy, bulkiness, and a propensity to damage rifle bores) led to the British adopting a 2.5” cup grenade discharger in late 1917. This new launcher used slightly modified Mills bomb hand grenades, and could launch them with significant accuracy from 80 to 200 yards. They would become a staple of WWI combined arms infantry tactics, and be used clear through WW2 until replaced by the 22mm NATO style spigot grenades.


The SOCIMARTE-Bérgom phase: Guns of Nelmo Suzano [The Firearm Blog]

In the early 1970s, Nelmo Suzano had already decided to concentrate his design efforts on submachine guns, at the same time that he tried to attract the necessary funds to support his design work and, eventually, create production facilities. Of all places, some support came from a most unlikely source, a shrimp boat shipyard in […]

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MOHOC IR Cameras | SHOT 2017 [The Firearm Blog]

Last year at SHOT we covered a company producing a different type of action camera–MOHOC. What is better about these cameras, in my opinion, is that they are not only more discreet than the GoPros that we are all familiar with, but they are inherently more rugged. You don’t need extra accessories to get a […]

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The V6 Muzzle Brake From Carlsons Tactical [The Firearm Blog]

The V6 is a new muzzle brake manufactured by V6 Industries. It is a huge muzzle device with three ports on top of it and set of three chambers on sides facing up and rearward. The muzzle brake is made in the USA. It is machined on a 5-axis CNC machine from billet 4140 steel and has […]

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Florida Man Accused Of Shooting At Cows With AR-15 [The Firearm Blog]

In a bizarre news story, WFTV reports that a man named Elvis was arrested by Flordia Highway Patrol for shooting at cows with an AR-15 on the Flordia Turnpike. If you pay attention to the news, there is no shortage of interesting and humorous “Florida Man” news stories, some of them far more bizarre than others. Apparently, a […]

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M&P 9 Shield Threaded Barrel, New From Silencerco [The Firearm Blog]

Silencerco has rolled out yet another threaded barrel for a popular pistol, this time for the M&P 9 Shield. The Glock 43 barrel proved to be rather popular with owners of the single stack 9mm, I expect the Shield version to be no less popular. Interestingly Silencerco decided to not include a piston with this […]

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Firearms at Davos summit meeting [The Firearm Blog]

As the World leaders at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2017 in Davos, Switzerland, were busy improving the state of the world there was a great opportunity for firearms paparazzis and spotters to have a look at what’s protecting the VIPs. The featured image below is like something taken out of Tom Clancy’s Ghost […]

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Wednesday, 01 February


Hawaii: Anti-Gun Bills Scheduled for Hearing Tomorrow [NRA-ILA News]

Tomorrow, February 2, two anti-gun bills have been scheduled for consideration in the Senate Committee on Public Safety, Intergovernmental, and Military Affairs.  Both bills could deprive individuals of their Second Amendment rights simply based on allegations, without a conviction, mental adjudication or other prohibiting factors.


SHOT 2017: New Remington 783 Walnut Edition Rifle []

Remington Arms Company introduced two new versions of their entry-level Remington 783 rifle at the 2017 SHOT Show. The Walnut edition adds a walnut stock and the higher priced scoped version comes with a Vortex Crossfire II scope.

In this video a Remington rep goes over the specs and cost of both rifles.

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SHOT 2017: New Remington 700 Rifles []

The Remington Arms Company showed the new variants of their classic Model 700 rifle at the 2017 SHOT Show. The new models are the 700 American Wilderness Rifle, the 700 Magpul, and the 700 CDL Stainless Fluted chambered in .300 Weatherby Magnum.

The Model 700 American Wildnerness Rifle.

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The Model 700 Magpul.

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In the video a Remington rep goes over the specs of each of the three new Remington 700 rifles.

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SHOT 2017: The B Series of Optics From U.S. Optics []

U.S. Optics is known for their high quality rifle scopes. At the 2017 SHOT Show the company introduced their new B series of optics made up of the B10, the B17, and the B25 scopes.

The B10 is a 1.8 – 10x magnification scope:

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The B17 is a 3.2 – 17x magnification scope:


The B25 is a 5 – 25x magnification scope:

U.S. Optics B25

U.S. Optics B25

In the video a U.S. Optics rep goes over the features of the U.S. Optics B series scopes.

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SHOT 2017: Hill & Mac Gunworks CETME L Rifle Builder’s Kit []

Hill & Mac Gunworks (HMG) is best known for their semi-auto STG 44 replica that premiered at the 2016 SHOT Show. The small company is also producing a kit for homebuilders who want to build up a semi-auto version of the Spanish Military CETME L rifle in 5.56x45mm.

In this video Hill of HMG goes over what is included in the CETME L builder’s kit and a brief description of the work required to create a functional firearm.

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Catfish Spine Causes Angler Eye Injury []

A Florida man was fishing when the catfish he pulled from the water hit him in the face and caused an eye injury that has kept him from working for almost two-and-a-half months.

Kory Williams, 29, was fishing in Sarasota when he gave his rod a jerk after feeling a tug from the water. Williams catapulted the fish towards his face, hitting him in his right eyeball with its inch-long spines.

images-2After three surgeries, Williams  has yet to return to work as he is unable to drive or do any physical activity.

“It’s time I get out of the house and make some money for my family,” he said. “This has been crazy.”

An injury to the eye from a catfish spine is an “extremely unusual injury,” according to Dr. Joshua Mali, who said he commonly sees fish hooks being the perpetrators for fish-related eye injuries. “I believe the eye is the most delicate organ in the body,” he said.


Dr. Mali and Williams agree that the biggest takeaway is remembering to wear eye protection when fishing with Gary Morse of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission adding that protection is imperative. “Eye protection can go a long way to prevent such injuries,” he said. “I wear polarized eye protection. Others wear safety glasses.”

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Flying Squirrels Attack Hunter []

Mike Mooney is a well-traveled bowhunter and on the shooting staff of PSE Archery. He hunts whitetails with a vengeance and it takes a lot to unsettle his iron hunting nerves. But Mooney nearly lost his cool one afternoon as he climbed into a lock-on tree stand he had set up several weeks previously.

Under a wooden platform stand base Mooney had screwed in a small cloth, military-style ditty bag, which he used to store screw-in tree steps. The bag had a metal clasp that closed when steps were stored, but he’d left the bag open for the four weeks since he’d placed the stand high in a Georgia oak tree.


The afternoon Mooney decided to hunt the stand he moved quietly to the spot, not wanting to disturb deer in the area. He quickly climbed the steps on the tree, and as he reached the stand and grabbed it, the ditty bag shuddered as three sleeping flying squirrels that had found a new, perfect home awoke.

Mooney’s face was just a foot from the open ditty bag, while hanging onto the tree, standing on tree steps. The squirrels left the bag in a panic, sailing out and into Mooney, bumping into his face and shoulders, hands and arms.


“It was like walking into a cave full of attack bats trying to fly through you,” he remembers shaking his head, somewhat smiling, but beads of sweat on his brow. “I almost let go of that stand and jumped out of the tree, and I yelled as loud as I could. Those little squirrels scared me to death. Probably the deer, too, ’cause I never saw a whitetail from that stand.”

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Man, Dog Take On Bear []

Recently in Florida’s Panhandle a Gulf Breeze resident let his dog out of his house, where it tangled with a black bear. The homeowner came to the rescue, and the bruin took a swing at the man, winning the confrontation, with canine and owner injured, though not seriously.

Subsequent to the incident, FWC officers captured four bears, including a large female they believe to be the animal involved in the attack. It was euthanized, while the other three juvenile bears captured were released into a wilderness area.


Spring is coming, and with it Florida black bears will be on the move, which is sure to trigger more man-bear encounters throughout the state.

Two years ago Florida allowed a controversial spring black bear hunt where over 300 bears were collected in just days. Protests by anti-hunters were rampant, and last year the state passed on a second spring bear hunt.

Since then the state bear population has increased dramatically, virtually nullifying any good the bear hunt did two years ago. More bear hunts may be on tap for the state, which surely will be controversial, but leaving little alternative to the bear-man encounters sure to be ramping up this year.