Friday, 01 July


Confusing The NRA With The NSSF [No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money]

The Seattle City Council has mandated that pistols that would normally be traded in when the police department makes upgrades will be destroyed. This boneheaded move which passed council with an unanimous vote will cost taxpayers approximately $30,000 according to the website Blue Lives Matter.

"Officer Blue" then went on to make this statement:

What the Seattle city council is ignoring here is that guns are still being actively manufactured and sold. Destroying old guns doesn’t reduce the number of guns on the streets, it just increases the number of newly manufactured guns being purchased. The NRA is unlikely to oppose such a knuckle-headed policy, because destroying old firearms increases the profits of gun manufacturers. Gun manufacturers only make money on the first time that a firearm is sold. All used gun sales are potentially a lost sale to a gun manufacturer. If other police departments follow suit in destroying their used firearms, then you might want to look into purchasing stock in gun manufacturing companies.
"Officer Blue" is making the common media mistake of thinking that the NRA is an agent of gun manufacturers. While they have good relationships with the manufacturers, it is not the job of the National Rifle Association to increase the profits of the firearms industry. That is the job of their trade association the National Shooting Sports Foundation.

In reality, I think both organizations would oppose the destruction of these firearms. The NRA would oppose it as a matter of public policy as it recognizes that not all shooters can afford new firearms. Moreover, historically many surplus firearms such as M1 carbines were sold directly to shooters under the auspices of the NRA. The NSSF would oppose it because their constituency also includes FFLs as well as manufacturers.


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

Today, Governor Brown took another step towards diminishing the Second Amendment in the Golden State.  Keeping to his word of making a decision before 11am, Governor Brown signed six anti-gun bills into law that were railroaded through the legislative process.


California Gun Owners Get Screwed -- Again [No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money]

Gov. Jerry Brown (D-CA) did his usual splitting of the baby with regard to gun control bills today. He signed six and vetoed five. As per the usual lately, gun prohibitionists won much more than they lost and the Constitution was spit on once again.

The bills signed creates a registry of ammo owners, bans loaning of guns between family members and friends, bans the bullet button, adds non-violent misdemeanors as a prohibiting factor for gun purchases, and, last but not least, bans possession of all magazines with more than a 10-round capacity. On this last measure there is no grandfathering of existing magazines.

Brown said he was signing these bills "to enhance public safety by tightening our existing laws in a responsible and focused manner". Of course, none of these bills would prevent further terrorist attacks like in San Bernardino or Orlando.

The release below from the Firearms Policy Coalition gives more details:

California Governor Jerry Brown Guns Down the Constitution

Governor Jerry Brown signs 6, vetoes 4 gun control bills that were passed by the California Legislature yesterday.

SACRAMENTO – This morning, four-term Governor Jerry Brown conspired with other members of the State’s corrupt one-party majority to make it easier for criminals and terrorists to kill innocent people, said civil rights advocacy organization Firearms Policy Coalition.

Brown signed six and vetoed four of the eleven anti-gun, pro-terror bills that were passed by the Legislature yesterday. (Note - there was a 5th anti-gun vetoed - AB1176)

The “Gunpocalypse” legislation signed by the Governor today will create new criminal liabilities affecting millions of law-abiding people, cost the state tens of millions of dollars in new fees and fines, and eviscerate fundamental, individual rights.

“These are constitutionally-illegitimate laws passed by a patently illegitimate government that had the audacity to attack and criminalize millions of its own people in Stalin-esque fashion,” said Firearms Policy Coalition President Brandon Combs.

“We expect mass non-compliance with these laws and encourage good, peaceful Californians to carefully consider the risks of voluntarily identifying their firearms, magazines, and ammunition to law enforcement officials, especially the California Department of Justice.”

The Legislature suspended nearly every procedural rule to rush these anti-gun, ISIS-enabling bills through to Brown before he left for Europe, a place that may have served as the model for his unconstitutional firearm policies.  Now that the first phase of their year-long campaign to support violent criminals and terrorists is complete, the members of the Legislature who passed the bills have left Sacramento for a month-long, taxpayer-funded vacation.

“The Legislature ignored every rule in the book to fast-track their civilian disarmament agenda and herd the people into a state-wide gun-free-zone,” said Craig DeLuz, the director of public and legislative affairs for Firearms Policy Coalition.

Continued DeLuz, “There are still a dozen anti-gun bills pending in the Legislature, and while Governor Brown’s actions today were disturbing, Firearms Policy Coalition and our members will continue to fight to defend and restore the Second Amendment in California.”

With Senate Bill 1446¾ a statewide, confiscatory ban on lawfully-possessed “large-capacity” magazines¾law enforcement interests once again cut shady deals to exempt their retired members from the long reach of the new gun control laws.

Earlier this year, Firearms Policy Coalition, two other civil rights groups, and a number of individuals filed a federal civil rights lawsuit–captioned Garcia v. Attorney General Kamala Harris–that challenges California’s gun law exemptions for retired law enforcement officers on Fourteenth Amendment Equal Protection grounds.

“Jerry Brown and the California Legislature have openly declared war on gun owners and the Bill of Rights,” continued Combs. “By signing the bills that he did, Governor Brown showed us that he has no respect for the rule of law, reason, or law-abiding people. I submit that he and his ilk deserve the same contempt in return.”

“The government would be wise to remember that there are more California residents with guns than there are government officials to take them away. To coin a phrase, ‘come and take it’,” Combs concluded.

The Governor signed the following bills today:

·                  AB 1135 (Levine): Bans common and constitutionally-protected firearms that have magazine locking devices.
·                  AB 1511 (Santiago): Criminalizes loaning of firearms between personally known, law-abiding adults, including family members, sportspersons, and competitors.
·                  AB 1695 (Bonta): Makes a non-violent misdemeanor a prohibiting offense.
·                  SB 880 (Hall): Bans common and constitutionally-protected firearms that have magazine locking devices.
·                  SB 1235 (de Leon): New restrictions on ammunition purchases; creates a DOJ database of ammunition owners.
·                  SB 1446 (Hancock): Statewide confiscatory ban on all lawfully-possessed standard-capacity ammunition feeding devices that hold more than 10 round; exemption for retired police

The Governor vetoed the following bills today:

·                  AB 1673 (Gipson): Would have redefined “firearms” to include objects that are not firearms
·                  AB 1674 (Santiago): Would have banned buying more than one firearm of any type within a 30-day period
·                  AB 2607 (Ting): Would have dramatically expanded the reach of secret “Gun Violence Restraining Orders”
·                  SB 894 (Jackson): Would have re-victimized victims of theft by criminalizing the failure to report lost and stolen firearms

AB 857 (Cooper), which would require that serial numbers be placed on un-serialized firearms manufactured going back 50 years and on all new home-built firearms, is still pending. 


Top 5 Guns I’m Glad I Bought [The Firearm Blog]

Everyone has a few purchases that have resulted in no buyer’s remorse whatsoever, and in this list I breaks down five of mine. The firearms on this list can meet a pretty broad set of criteria, ranging from how fun said gun is to how useful it has been over the years. What are the top […]

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POP! 22LR vs Balloons [The Firearm Blog]

Capture22Plinkster has long been putting tiny rounds into tiny holes and has likewise expanded into shooting 22 into various medium (including a remarkable test of 22LR vs Drywall). In light of the upcoming Independence Day holiday, Mr. Plinkster is out to see how many balloons a 22LR can penetrate. Given that the 22 penetrates 4.5 […]

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California Governor Signs Draconian Gun Control Package into Law [NRA-ILA News]

Fairfax, Va.— California Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law on Friday a package of gun bills that were rushed through the state legislature with no regard for proper process. The National Rifle Association Institute for Legislative Action (NRA-ILA) released the following statement in reaction:


C&Rsenal X-Ray View of Innovative FN 1900 [The Firearm Blog]

CaptureWhile the 1911, Glock, and other handguns are well-recognized, handguns that truly pushed forward technology can often be overlooked. While yes, the 1911 featured a different Browning design that exists to this day, few recognize the impact of the Fabrique Nationale Model 1900. A little over a half million units were produced prior to production […]

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GSG FireFly Launched [The Firearm Blog]

GSG PistolAmerican Tactical officially announced the German Sports Guns (GSG) FireFly pistol introduction into the United States market. If the gun looks familiar to you, it is for good reason. As reported previously, the FireFly is a rebranded version of the discontinued SIG SAUER Mosquito pistol. The Mosquito was manufactured for SIG by GSG. According to […]

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NRA Launches Ad in Opposition to Ted Strickland [NRA-ILA News]

Fairfax, Va.— The National Rifle Association Political Victory Fund (NRA-PVF) today launched its first TV ad in the Ohio 2016 United States Senate campaign. The 30-second ad, titled “Power and Money, ” will air on cable networks statewide.


POTD: Suppressed AK Fun [The Firearm Blog]

13438888_10154370514765337_3243213061406299328_nOk so these aren’t exactly AKs. My friend Brian M. was helping me test out the Salvo 12 on his Vepr12s and the Century Arms RAS47 Zhukov suppressed with a Yankee Hill Machine Phantom suppressor.  Brian makes modifications for his Vepr12s. The bottom one has his custom SGM mag coupler, C-More optic mount and muzzle […]

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Armed citizen stops blade-wielding robber, Chattanooga Times Free Press, Chattanooga, Tenn. 06/30/16 [NRA-ILA News]

A man armed with a “large bladed object” entered a Marathon gas station in East Ridge, Tenn. and robbed the store. After taking cigarettes and cash, the robber took hold of the female clerk and exited the store. Meanwhile, a customer had witnessed the robbery and retrieved a handgun from his car. When the robber exited the store with the clerk, the customer shot and killed the criminal.


Armalite M-15 LTC: 6 Pound AR [The Firearm Blog]

Armalite M-15As AR rifles became more and more popular during the past three decades, adding rails and gear became something akin to a fashion trend. Although it seems to have eased up a bit, there was a time that shooters appeared to see a full length quad rail handguard as a challenge. Every kind of flashlight, […]

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A ‘No Buy’ List for Guns Is a Bad Idea [NRA-ILA News]

After the mass shooting in Orlando, Fla., some legislators are seeking to create a “no buy” list to block certain people from purchasing guns. Last month the Senate considered (but voted down) measures that would have prevented gun sales to anyone in the federal Terrorist Screening Database, a.k.a. the terrorist watch list. And while a proposal by Senator Susan Collins, Republican of Maine, to deny sales to anyone on the government’s no-fly list did not pass last week, it was not voted down either, offering supporters hope.But Senator Collins’s proposal, like the earlier effort to create a no-buy list, ought to fail. Such measures would have a much smaller effect on gun sales and do much more harm to civil liberties than people realize.


California lawmakers pass unprecedented package of gun control bills [NRA-ILA News]

California lawmakers on Thursday sent Gov. Jerry Brown a sweeping package of gun control bills, including a ban on the sale of semi-automatic rifles with detachable magazines, background checks for those buying ammunition and new restrictions on homemade firearms.


Rhode Island: Bills regulating guns signed into law by Governor Raimondo [NRA-ILA News]

Governor Raimondo has signed another 13 bills into law, including a gun-control measure that advocates say is a small gesture that will likely have little impact on safety.Two identical bills signed into law Thursday evening lay out how, when and to whom felony domestic violence offenders must turn over their guns. The new law gives those offenders — already required to turn over their guns under state and federal law — 24 hours to transport their broken down and unloaded firearms to law enforcement or firearms dealers.


Idaho permitless carry law goes into effect Friday [NRA-ILA News]

Beginning Friday man Idaho residents will be able to flex their Second Amendment rights and carry concealed firearms without a permit.A new Idaho state law allows most gun owners over age 21 to be armed in public places as long as their pistol is hidden by clothing, purse or holster.


New Tennessee laws going into effect Friday include campus carry [NRA-ILA News]

The campus-carry bill was the result of heavy negotiations between gun-rights advocates and higher-education officials who opposed allowing more weapons on campus.The law keeps gun bans in place for stadiums or gymnasiums during school-sponsored events; meetings where disciplinary or tenure issues are being discussed; hospitals or offices where medical or mental health services are provided; and any location prohibited by another law, such as at day care centers or elementary schools located on campus.


Concealed carry for Kansas public employees takes effect July 1 [NRA-ILA News]

Public employees will be able to travel the streets of Wichita and other Kansas cities with concealed firearms starting Friday.


Seattle to destroy $30K in used police guns so they don’t get ‘into the wrong hands’ [NRA-ILA News]

The Seattle City Council has voted unanimously to melt down the Seattle Police Department’s old firearms instead of selling them, the latest step in Mayor Ed Murray’s push to reduce gun violence in the city.


Canada to join arms trade treaty [NRA-ILA News]

Canada is joining a global treaty aimed at regulating the arms trade, but the federal government still will not bring in measures that would make it more difficult to ship military goods to a country with a dismal human-rights record, such as Saudi Arabia, Algeria or China.


Pulsar DN55: Adding Night Vision to Your Existing Scope [The Firearm Blog]

Pulsar NVIf you’ve ever wanted to hunt at night, Pulsar has a night vision tool that can be used as a monocular or attached to your existing rifle scope. The DN55 is the same as the DFA75 unit, but comes with the monocular attachment for stand alone use. The following video shows the unit being attached to a scope. Pulsar […]

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Seeking Nominations for 2015 NRA-ILA Volunteer Awards [NRA-ILA News]

The NRA-ILA "Jay M. Littlefield Memorial Volunteer of the Year Award" is an annual honor that recognizes an NRA member who demonstrates exceptionally meritorious activism in defense of our Second Amendment rights. Similarly, the "NRA-ILA Volunteer Organization of the Year Award" is bestowed upon a group that has gone above and beyond in defending and promoting our rights over the past year.


Anti-Gun Members of Congress Continue to Press for Gun Control! [NRA-ILA News]

Your Action is needed NOW to protect our Right to Keep and Bear Arms!  With your help, last week, we defeated every gun control measure that was considered in the U.S. Senate.  But your help is still needed to ensure that Congress does not take up gun control in the days and weeks to come.


Beretta Model 1931 & 1937 Prototype Semiauto Rifles [Forgotten Weapons]

In the 1930s, the Italian military (like all major military forces at the time) was investigating options for a semiautomatic service rifle. Beretta’s Tulio Marengoni developed one such rifle, and submitted it in two forms.

The first version of the rifle was produced in 1931, chambered for the then-standard 6.5x52mm Carcano cartridge. It was a short-recoil action with a rotating bolt, and fed from standard 6-round Carcano en bloc clips.

The second version was produced in 1937, after the Italian military had adopted the 7.35mm cartridge. The 1937 version was made slightly shorter and had a simple fixed rear sight (both changes similar to what would be made for the M38 Carcano rifles). The 1937 Beretta also used a new magazine system, fed by stripper clip. The capacity it not clearly known; Riccio states 9 rounds with a specialized clip. This would make some logistical sense, as a standard 18-round box of Carcano ammo would evenly fill two 9-round clips. However, it seems plausible that it might also have been a 10-round magazine with two 5-round clips, in line with what was typical elsewhere in the world. Finally, the 1937 rifle included a locking mechanism that could be used to prevent the barrel from recoiling, and thus turn the rifle into a manually-operated one instead of a self-loader. It is interesting that such a device was requested on the later model rifle, but not the early one. Perhaps it was based on accuracy concerns, or being able to fix the barrel in place for bayonet use?

The internal mechanism was quite novel. The very large firing pin spring actually served both to prevent slamfiring when the bolt closed and also provided the force to rotate the bolt into battery. This is typically done with a linear return spring pushing the bolt lugs against some typic of cam that forces them to rotate, but Marengoni’s design instead winds that firing pin spring rotationally and allows it to put direct rotational pressure on the bolt. Unlocking is, however, done by a rounded cam surface that the bolt handle stem contacts as the whole barrel and bolt assemble moves backwards. This camming surface forces the bolt handle up, unlocking the lugs.

Disassembly is a very simple process: unscrew the rear receiver cam and pull everything out. The cap is locked in place by the bolt release catch on the 1931, and by the ejector assembly on the 1937.

Ultimately the Armaguerra model 1939 was the winner of the extended Italian military trials, but World War II interrupted any plans to put it into mass production.

Beretta Model 1931

Notable characteristics:

  • Full-length wooden stock
  • 24.8 inch (630mm) barrel
  • 9 pound (4.1kg) weight
  • Straight wrist
  • 6.5x52mm
  • Feeds from 6-round standard Carcano clip
  • Short recoil action
  • Front end of barrel fluted
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Beretta Model 1937

Notable characteristics:

  • Metal front handguard
  • 21 inch (533mm) barrel
  • 8.9 pound (4.0kg) weight
  • Semi-pistol grip wrist
  • 7.35x51mm
  • Feeds from 9-round fixed internal magazine (stripped clip fed)
  • Short recoil action
  • Smooth barrel profile
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Hillary Clinton: Gun Control a “Civil Rights Issue” [NRA-ILA News]

Inspired by the staged “sit-in” for gun control conducted by Democrats in the House of Representatives last week, Hillary Clinton said during a campaign speech in Chicago on Monday that “saving [people] from gun violence is a civil rights issue.”


Pennsylvania Politicians Announce Their Intent to Violate the Commonwealth’s Preemption Statute [NRA-ILA News]

In response to a recent Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruling, several local Pennsylvania politicians announced their intent to enact or continue to enforce local gun control laws.  These politicians are either seriously misinformed about the effect of the court’s ruling or they intend to knowingly violate Pennsylvania law because they think there will be little, if any, recourse to their actions.


Liberals Oppose Using Terror Watch List to Strip Gun Rights [NRA-ILA News]

It’s unfortunate that a significant portion of congressional Democrats have embraced a policy that would grant the executive branch the unconstrained power to trample individual rights. In recent weeks, Democratic senators and congressmen carried out a filibuster and a well-catered “sit-in” to advocate for the decidedly illiberal position that American citizens should be denied their constitutional rights based on their inclusion on secret government watch lists with no due process.


Bloomberg Moms Claim Eddie Eagle Message as Their Own [NRA-ILA News]

Imitation, so they say, is the sincerest form of flattery. But heaping condemnation on something you later steal and then try to portray as your own? Well, that’s just downright weird.


Happy Dominion Day [No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money]

To all my Canadian friends and acquaintances in the 51st state, Happy Dominion Day!

Growing up July 1st was always Dominion Day and not Canada Day. It was not until 1982 that the name was switched and then it was only done on a late Friday afternoon under the earlier Trudeau's government. You can read the whole sordid tale of that here.


Busting the Myth of Semi-Smokeless Swiss Ammo! [The Firearm Blog]

q3sIHNeMyths may come from many places; one of the most common sources of myths is the gap between languages. Translations, no matter how good, are imperfect, and this is especially true when concerning delicate works like poetry or technical documents. Even translations between languages that have very well-characterized relationships, like English and German, are subject […]

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Thumb Actuated Tube Selector for Kel-Tec KSG Bullpup Shotgun [The Firearm Blog]

new-5In what many a fan of the platform will exclaim “Finally!”, the aftermarket has stepped up with firing-hand compatible tube selector for the Kel-Tec KSG bullpup shotgun. The product of a Plymoth, Massachusetts company called “Solutions De Innovation LLC” the “Feed Tube Selector Switch” (FTSS) was designed to solve a weapons manipulation problem that has […]

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1911 Gets Down & Dirty in InRange TV’s MUD TEST! [The Firearm Blog]

CaptureInRangeTV’s mud tests have been an enlightening series. Conducted in a relatively scientific manner, the “test” is simple, coat gun in nasty desert mud and see if the weapon will function through its firing cycle. Contrary to popular perception, this test took down the venerable Kalashnikov pattern rifle and showed the AR-15 is not the […]

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Follow Up Appointment: “Hey Doc, My Suppressor Gets Heavy When I Shoot It.” [The Firearm Blog]

imageWell, the X-Ray was inconclusive. Let’s get a CT scan for a better look. Last week we detailed Diagnostic Radiographer Brandon Bertolli’s analysis of his A-TEC CMM6 rimfire suppressor. He has since followed up with part two that includes additional observations of shooting 6000 rounds of .22lr through a suppressor without any maintenance. On the surface, these results seem […]

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LAPG Launches New Knife Line [The Firearm Blog]

LAPG kinfePopular discount gear supplier LA Police Gear (LAPG) announced the company was jumping into the knife market with three new blades: one fixed and two folders. Infantry Knife This model is a fixed blade knife that uses 440B steel with a partially serrated blade. The blade is 5″ long with a black finish. LAPG states […]

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Congrats on the winner of the TFB Kel-Tec Pistol [The Firearm Blog]

P1090358The winner of the TFB Kel-Tek pistol is a Mr Peterson (pending confirmation he lives in the USA and is legally able to receive a pistol). The draw was a random draw using a single number generated by

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Thursday, 30 June


Breaking: Leitner-Wise Files Suit Against LWRC and Sig Sauer [The Firearm Blog]

LWRC2016Earlier today Paul Leitner-Wise of Leitner-Wise Manufacturing filed a lawsuit for patent infringement against LWRC and Sig Sauer. If you are unfamiliar with Mr. Leitner-Wise you may be familiar with the company he founded, LWRC or Leitner-Wise Rifle Company. Mr. Leitner-Wise is the patent holder for the self-cleaning gas operating system that LWRC currently uses […]

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California: Anti-Gun Bills Sent to the Governor, Final Decision Looming [NRA-ILA News]

Today the California State Senate and Assembly continued their abuse of the legislative process, fast tracking 11 anti-gun bills to Governor Brown as they break for summer recess. During an interview with the Sacramento Bee, Governor Brown indicated he may act on these bills by Friday at 11am, before heading out on a European vacation.


Maine Ballot Initiative Puts Gun Rights On The Chopping Block [NRA-ILA News]

A Michael Bloomberg-backed anti-gun ballot initiative—which would only affect law-abiding citizens, not criminals—will be included on the November ballot in Maine as Question 3, the secretary of state has announced.   Question 3 would make common firearm transfers illegal unless conducted through a federally licensed firearm dealer, absent limited and narrow exceptions (in other words, it would institute so-called “universal” background checks). And Bloomberg’s astroturf groups have funneled more than $3 million into the initiative that proponents claim promotes gun safety, but would simply be ignored by criminals.


We will live forever. [Sipsey Street Irregulars]

Many thanks to The American Irregular for putting this together.


MAS 36 Field Strip [The Firearm Blog]

The MAS 36 is a greatly underappreciated rifle that we have worked a lot with on TFBTV, but it occurred to us that we had never taken one apart on camera. In this episode, we decide to do just that. MAS 36 Video: MAS 36 Run and Gun:

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Ballistic Testing of Hornady Critical Defense in 9mm and .45ACP [The Firearm Blog]

HCD - GlassWelcome to the fourth installment of our ballistic gel testing series. The current series is sponsored by Clark Armory who provided the testing medium (Clark Armory sent us a couple of new gels this month–it is like Christmas in June!) and rounds. Technical Details of Hornady Critical Defense in .45ACP The Hornady Critical Defense (both […]

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The Perfect Storm for Silencer Sales: Legislation, Competition & an Election [The Firearm Blog]

SilencerThe silencer market between pending legislation, the election, and new companies coming to the forefront is as volatile as the stock market. People are unsure whether to “BUY, BUY, BUY” or “WAIT, WAIT, WAIT.” Legislation At the moment, silencers are legal for purchase in 42 of 50 states. The last 8 states that have not […]

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Oh my [Sipsey Street Irregulars]

You ever get so mad that you pick up a metal pole and beat random people?  Yeah, me neither.

Man caught on video assaulting people on 16th Street Mall

"A Facebook video of the attack posted by Caleb Bonham received more than 606,000 views and nearly 3,000 comments by 11:30 p.m. Wednesday. It shows the shirtless man, whose name has not been released, chasing and hitting people on the mall near the McDonald’s on the corner of 16th Street and Cleveland Place."

Seriously, check out the video.  It may be the deciding factor of you decide to conceal carry or leave it home.


Sit-Ins Pay Off For The Democrats [No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money]

It was only last week that the House Democrats held an all-night sit-in the House chamber to protest in favor of gun control. We sadly saw a hero of the civil rights movement, Rep. John Lewis (R-GA), protesting in favor of actions that would actually curtail both 2nd and 5th Amendment guarantees. At the time, Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) said the Democrats sit-in was nothing more than political theater and that the Constitution must be protected.

That was then and this is now.

According to the Washington Examiner, Ryan told the House Republican Conference that the House will vote next week on a package of measures including one that would use the no-fly list to deny firearms purchases.

The House will vote on an anti-terrorism measure next week that would prevent terror suspects from purchasing guns, House Speaker Paul Ryan told GOP lawmakers Thursday.

In a conference call with the House Republican conference, Ryan, R-Wis., outlined a plan to vote on a legislative package that responds to the recent terrorist shootings, including limiting access to firearms by those on federal terror watch lists.

"The terrorism package will include measures to disrupt radicalization and recruitment, and a provision to prevent suspected terrorists from buying guns," a GOP aide said....

The move comes as Democrats threaten to continue "sit-in" demonstrations on the House floor until the GOP majority allows votes on two specific Democratic gun control measures. The demonstrations forced the House GOP to gavel out early for a week-long recess earlier this month.
You know what this means - time to start calling/emailing/faxing your Representative. You can find their webpages and phone numbers here.


Tactical Walls: A Better Way To Conceal In Your Home [The Firearm Blog]

IMG_4945RFID Tactical Walls So, you know how one of my special talents is causing things to fail (or to find a fail point in a system)? Now is a prime opportunity to allow my experience to save you some grief… My editor reached out to a few of us writers and wanted to know if […]

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POTD: NFA Snafu At Cabela’s [The Firearm Blog]

13516372_10208711552002673_2174993582741655978_nMeasure twice cut once. Well in the case of selling firearms you should probably measure a few more times and understand ATF NFA guidelines of what constitutes an SBR. Josh P. saw this at a local Cabela’s. The store purchased a used Remington 700 chambered in .300blk and it has a 15″ barrel. Josh brought […]

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POTD: Missed It By That Much [The Firearm Blog]

13501778_1070674509680509_468600684729820477_nA funny meme of a car accident at some Target retail store sign. The spotter instructions gave me a good chuckle. Hope this brightens your day.

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Patriot Knitting Circles [Sipsey Street Irregulars]

A pre-internet knitting circle. Not much unlike its modern day counterpart.

Two stories were making the rounds this week that have lent credence to the other. One was of UN truck movements around the American South. The other was of a US-Globalist cabal known as the Strong Cities Network.

The first: 

The usual "all is well" tripe they roll out when these things pop up.  Nothing really to see here.

Ah, but the second:
Launch of Strong Cities Network to Strengthen Community Resilience Against Violent Extremism

“The Strong Cities Network will serve as a vital tool to strengthen capacity-building and improve collaboration,” said Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch. “As we continue to counter a range of domestic and global terror threats, this innovative platform will enable cities to learn from one another, to develop best practices and to build social cohesion and community resilience here at home and around the world.”

Blah, blah, blah, and so it goes on.  Bottom line is that it is yet another UN money pit program to siphon funds back to the bureaucrats in Geneva and Washington.

So the initiative is backed at the UN and is approved by Lynch and Kerry. That alone should tell you what you need to know about its effectiveness. But let's assume for a moment that it is all true. Blue helmeted Belgians are coming across the Atlantic with murder, rape, and conquest in their hearts.

So. Damn. What.

These are the same guys that would, could, and have screwed up a cheese sandwich.  And people are consumed with fear that they will fight on US soil when we are armed to the teeth and the local governments are functioning just fine?  This just does not make a bit of sense to me.  Look, I love survivalist dystopian fiction as much as the next guy, but this just isn't it.   

These two stories on top of each other caused a bit of panic on the airwaves as the Patriot knitting circles  huddled together to spread gossip and discuss the "what if".  Obviously, there is no "what if " and it only serves to show how masturbatory, (however cathartic), the panic is to the newbies that are flocking to the various Patriot sites, blogs and various social media outlets.  As event unfold, more and more people are coming to these sites.  Just in the past week, I have had a huge influx in people coming to the Facebook site that are not "friends of friends" but are first time viewers.  Let's not let  hysteria, conjecture and all of the imponderables of life guide our conversations and govern our thoughts.

It does not matter if we shoot ourselves in the foot or if the enemy does it. The effect is the same.  I think we are better than that and I know we know better.  


Review: New Crossbow Safety Harness []

Crossbow hunting has hit such a rise in popularity that a company has designed a tree stand harness specifically for timber-top hunters using such primitive weapons.

The new Hunter Safety System (HSS) Crossbow Harness is  comfortable, easy-to-use, rugged, and best of all — affordable.

Designing a durable harness specifically made for crossbow shooters makes perfect sense, because unlike traditional compound or long bows, crossbows have issues related to cocking the bow while hunting from an elevated position.

When a crossbow is cocked, a tree stand safety harness tether strap often falls in front of a hunter, which not only is frustrating but may tangle with in a crossbow or damage a scope.

To eliminate this problem, HSS has added a Tether Stow Strap to its harness that safely secures a tether when bow cocking.

Another well-designed feature of the new harness is a deep zippered pocket designed to accommodate a cocking rope to prevent tangles with other gear.

HSS has also equipped the harness with a range finder cord to attach a range finder to keep it out of the way, and safe from dropping to the ground.

Designed on the popular HSS Hybrid Flex chassis, the new HSS Crossbow Harness features a 1.25-inch upper-body webbing, shock absorbing tether and waist buckle. The individual, padded hexagon shoulder straps provide comfort and maximum flexibility, plus plenty of pockets.

Weighing just 2.5 lbs., the new HSS Crossbow Harness meets current industry standards recognized by the Treestand Manufacturers Association, and retails for $130.


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How To Properly Net Fish []

Employed correctly, nets make for quick, easy fish landing. But when nets are mishandled, they become instruments of piscatorial nightmares, often resulting in lost or injured fish. The following tips should help your netting.

Netting Small Fish:

Many small fish (under 3 pounds) are destined for release, so care is the catch word here. Good nets for small fish are teardrop shaped, which are lightweight, compact, easy-to-stow and handle. Small fish nets also should have a shallow mesh “pouch,” since a deep pouch can make untangling and unhooking small fish difficult.

It’s important a fish is completely played out before netting is attempted. When fish are properly played out they lay on one side, at the surface, fins fluttering weakly. As a tired fish is brought close, the net is submerged, open-end toward the fish. It’s led into a net head first, as the net is raised quickly and firmly.

Netting Big Fish:

Be certain the opening or “hoop size” of a net and its mesh “bag” are large enough to accommodate any fish you may encounter. If you have any doubts about a net handling, say, a 15-pound pike or 8-pound bass, you’re better off landing the fish by hand. The best nets for oversize fish have a wide teardrop-shaped “hoop,” with a deep mesh “pouch” or bag. Further, the best big-fish nets have a long, sturdy handle for reaching well away from a boat to collect a fish. Some fishermen prefer big-fish nets with telescoping handles, since they stow easily aboard boats.


Netting big fish is a two-person job. Angler and netter should stand a few feet apart, watching each other, and the fish, as it’s carefully brought near. Wait until the fish is totally played out, as large, active or “green” fish at boatside can befuddle even experienced netters.

When a fish is spent, an angler should “lead” it alongside the boat, heading it toward the open net, which is submerged and waiting for the fish. Done correctly, the fish gently swims right into the net, and the netter raises the hoop and mesh quickly, bringing it immediately into the boat.

No flailing or lunging at a big fish should be done with a net, which can fray line, dislodge hooks or spook a fish into a sudden surge and break-off. If a fish surges with renewed strength at the boat, simply remove a net from water, while the angler plays the fish a bit longer.

Tangles & Teeth:

Keep a taught line as a fish is netted, which keeps its head “up,” so hooks are kept away from tangling net mesh.

Once a fish is safely in a net, be mindful of hooks, but quickly collar or “lip” the fish with your hands, and remove it from the net. Then dislodge hooks from the fish with pliers.

Sometimes a netted large fish, or one badly hooked, must be placed on a boat deck before it can be taken out of the mesh. Do it quickly before the fish rolls or flops, which tangles teeth and hooks.

Nets having large-size mesh made of nylon can become a nightmare of tangled hooks (especially trebles), as well as fish teeth. Rubberized nets are best for reducing tangles, especially fish with oversize teeth, like pike, muskies and lake trout. Fine mesh is good for preventing sharp spines, gill covers and hinged corners of fish mouths from snaring a net.


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How To Gaff Fish []

Employed correctly,  gaffs make for quick, easy fish landing. But when gaffs are mishandled, they become instruments of piscatorial nightmares, often resulting in lost or injured fish.

The following tips should help your gaffing.

Gaffing To Keep:

The basics of gaffing are similar to netting fish. The gaff man stands ahead of the fish and angler, so the fisherman sees the gaffing process and can counter any last-ditch fight a fish makes.

For most fish, a gaff should strike deep into the back muscle under the dorsal fin. For some species that have scales like chain-mail armor, gaffing under a gill cover is more sure.

Best technique is to hit a fish with a quick, fluid gaff motion, that swings it up-and-over the gunnel and promptly into a fish box. Done the right way, a fish has no chance to spook, and is laying on ice before it realizes it’s out of the water.

Gaffing To Release:

Gaffing into the thin, fleshy part of the lower jaw is best for fish to be released. For large fish, a gaff can be used to “pin” a fish by its lower jaw to boatside while hooks are removed. Then the fish is gently lowered back into the water, allowed to revive, and the gaff hook is carefully removed from its jaw.


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Blade Show 2016 Analysis, Part II []

Spyderco, Benchmade, and KAI all brought at least (or exactly) one interesting knife.  The other major brands answers that clarion call with some sweet stuff of their own.  CKRT and Kizer in particular have some major additions to their line–CRKT in terms of a new system (their image as the mad scientists of  knife mechanisms is still accurate) and Kizer in terms of a new style of knife–FIXED BLADES!


The woodworking world has been obsessed with toolless use and maintenance since the hand-tightening Jacobs chuck was invented.  On stuff like Festool, you expect toolless change on everything (and you get it…at an extreme price premium).  CRKT is bringing that sort of feature set to knives for the first time ever.  The Sebenza is designed to allow folks to take their knife apart.  The Homefront, from Ken Onion, takes that one step further with a knife that is designed to be taken apart WITHOUT tools. (It’s pictured at the top of this article.)

I am not sure how many people will use this feature, but just the fact that it exists is a good thing and a real innovation.  The knife itself looks good–it is a medium sized drop point liner lock flipper.

CRKT has also released a few new knives that didn’t make it into the 2016 catalog.  There is a larger version of the Carter Jettison, which, if it is anything like its little brother, it will flip like a dream.  They have also released a new fixed blade, the Clever Girl, which is collaboration with Austin McGlaun of Artificum Solis.  Unlike many of McGlaun’s post-apocalyptic blades, the Clever Girl is quite clean, with swooping lines and an upturned blade.  It looks like a larger updated version of the old Schrade Sharpfinger.  The Crawford Acquisition is also a new fixed blade with a classic “Crawford” profile.  It is a medium sized fixed blade with a focus on high traction handles.


Kizer showed off three fixed blades, a tiny knife from Matt Cucchiara, a medium sized knife from a German designer, and a large, aggressive fixed blade from Mikkel Willemsun.   All of them looked decent, but the delimbing-trees-in-the-woods part of me really liked the Superbad Bowie Knife, Willemsun’s knife.  Its a bit Klingon, but really no more so than something like the Schempp Rock from Spyderco, which, as it turned out, was a fantastic user.

In a bit of insanity they had a Darrel Ralph Gunhammer.  This knife design has such a bizarre and convoluted history, marked with failures and missteps, that it is hard to figure out which version, if any to buy, but now that Kizer is making one it makes some sense.  If you always wanted a Gunhammer but were afraid to get in the swirling whirlpool of custom/midtech/junk that was out there before, this should be a safe version.  They also showed over a production version of the Vagnino Lancer with all of the standard Kizer features–titanium framelock flipper, bearing pivot, and S35VN blade.  Its kinda insane that this is the “baseline” for Kizer stuff circa 2016–they are putting out very high value blades.  In a move that shows Kizer’s attunement to the custom market, they scooped up a Justin Lundquist design.  This is quite progressive because other than a handful of prototypes and one off blades, Lundquist has yet to release a custom knife.  Usually production companies wait for the custom maker to at least have a market before they sign up. Here, it wasn’t much of a risk as the knife is a thumb hole opening titanium framelock with a nice drop point blade.  Its different from most Kizers and quite useful looking.

They also announced that they are expanding their Vanguard line.  There are going to be Cucchiara designs, Mikkel Willemsun blades, and a few in-house designs (which, overall, have been very good).

Kizer has done a lot of good work in the past three years and Blade Show 2016 shows how far they have come–they are taking on everyone in every market–fixed blades, folders, and value folders.  In particular, the Superbad Bowie looks sweet, especially for a first offering fixed blade.  Finally, signing Lundquist was a good move–his knives look incredible and now people can buy them instead of fawning over them on Instagram (I am, of course, guilty as well….)

Other stuff

Lionsteel showed off the M4, a 3.6 inch fixed blade with a variety of handles.

Image courtesy of Lionsteel

They look quite solid but not terribly exciting.  They are also releasing a machined pen which, frankly, looks more Vegas and less carry in your pocket.  They run the standard, terrible Fisher refills.  It would be nice if they chose to upgrade to something like the Schmidt EasyFlow 9000 refill.  Anything but the oil-slick feel of the Fisher refill.

Hogue had some stuff to show off, including a button lock flipper with a specially designed retention method.

Image courtesy of Hogue Knives

The knife itself looks brutally aggressive with aluminum handles and a G10 inlay and many Allen Elishewitz touches.  They also showed off an OTF knife, which, unsurprisingly, looks a lot like all other OFT knives.  There is only so much you can do with that form and well, the Benchmade Infidel and Microtechs are pretty hard to beat.

Reate, like Kizer, is clearly working hard to make in-roads into the US market.  They showed off a Tashi Bharucha design as well as a few Chinese designed knives. They are also introducing a new steel CTS-204P, Carpenter’s competitor to M390 and 20CV.  Finally, in a mind blowing move, they announced that they will be doing select models with mirror polish blades.  If Kizer is hitting the middle of the market hard, Reate is clearly trying to grab the high end.

TOPS showed off a half dozen or so knives with 1095 steel, all of which are vaguely useful and overdesigned.  Where you’d want a smooth end, you get a hook.  When you want a choil you get serrations.  I am just not sure who buys these kinds of knives.  Take a look at the Missile Strike once it comes out.

Brous Blades demoed five or six knives that Worf would love to call his EDC.  They showed a fixed blade made by Millit Knives, the T5, and it looks great.  Its important because it is their first non-D2 knife, as the blade is made of S35VN.  YAY!  Steel from a decade other than the 1960s!  There were a few very curvy, very complex flippers, but all ran D2 steel.  The Raven was typical of the entire line–busy, multiple grinds, recurves, and with a lot of unnecessary work done:

Image courtesy of Massdrop

There were a few other knives from Brous–some running aluminum handles designed to hit a lower price point.  Its nice to see the variety of designs and new steel, but I’d love another small, true EDC knife like the Bionic, which was quite good, especially in the 2.0 version.

Overall, there was a lot of action outside the booths of Spyderco, Benchmade, and KAI.  Kizer and Reate brought their A game and Brous Blades finally expanded into a new steel.  The market is truly incredible right now, as state of the art knives three years ago are value entries now.  Between small makers allying with high end machine shops (like Brous is with Millit), CRKT signing the knife design superstar Ken Onion, and Chinese makers doing their thing, the world is a lot more competitive than it was even a decade ago.

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Teach Your Kids About Guns. Please. []

When I was a kid, my father had guns. I knew this. My older sister knew this. It was never a secret, and we were never scared of guns — because Dad made a point of showing the guns to us, showing us how they worked, and letting us handle and shoot them under his supervision. The one rule above all others was this: We could look at, touch, and handle any gun that we wanted to — as long as we asked Dad to do so. If we ever touched a gun at any other time, hell would ensue.

And you know what? We never messed with guns without Dad’s permission. We didn’t even want to. Why would we? It made no sense. If we could safely handle them while he taught us, and if we respected their power because we’d fired them, what temptation did we have to defy such liberal (in the pure sense of the word) rules?

As I matured, I realized what a wonderful thing my father had done for us. He took the mystery away from guns and made them real to us. For so many, guns are things they see on television, in video games, and in the movies… and perhaps glimpse in a nightstand drawer or safe from time to time. They’re not real… and if guns are treated as taboo by their parents, kids will automatically attach mystique or allure to them.

Teach your kids about guns. Please. They may need to use one someday… and regardless of that, we all want your sons and daughters to make the right decisions when they encounter a gun. And let’s face it — more and more households have guns in them (as well they should). Education is the key to safety.

The short video below shows a wonderful thing: People bringing guns to school in order to teach children about them.

As one student says in the video, “You should never be afraid of a gun. Never, ever. You should have confidence around a gun.”

And he’s right.

Teach your children well.

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House Democrats face ethics complaints for fundraising off sit-in [NRA-ILA News]

An independent watchdog group is filing an ethics complaint against several House Democrats for violating House rules last week during lawmakers' 25-hour sit-in to demand votes on gun control.


Watch: Gator Gripp Gun & Bow (and More) Holder []

I stumbled across this thing last night, and it’s too good to keep to myself. Gator Gripp is a gun (or whatever) rack for your ATV (or whatever) — but it’s not like any other rack I’ve seen. This thing gloms onto whatever you put into it, and holds on tight.

Like so many great products, it’s based on a simple concept. You essentiually have a pair of rubber-coated pincers on either end of the Gator Gripp. One hinged jaw of each pair is joined to a hinged jaw in the other pair by a black rubber bungee strap. This pulls the pincers shut.

Pulling on a fabric strap on the other side of the Gator Gripp causes the pincers to open; then you insert your rifle, shotgun, box, crossbow, shovel, pole saw, weed eater, post hole digger, metal detector, hard or soft gun case, gun boot, or whatever. Then you release the strap, and the pincers close on the object and hold on tight.


Pull the strap again to open the pincers so you can lift your gun out of the rack, and you’re ready to go. No velcro or rubber straps to mess with.


The videos below show it in use, and it looks pretty good. I’m hoping to put my hands on one or two Gator Gripps to try in my UTV and/or Jeep so I can give it a good test and review it. In the meantime, check it out on their website.

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One to Watch: Spyderco Advocate []

You might not know this, but there is a professional cutting league called BladeSport. The idea is that competitors vie for points over a series of meets held during the course of a year.  At each meet they’re required to do some pretty nutty cutting tasks. Some events are timed and others are just count-based.  Including in the menagerie of weird tasks are cutting through multiple strands of sisal rope, beheading water bottles en masse, or chopping golf balls in half as they roll past you.  There is even a speed competition to cut a 2X4 in half.  Its not unlike some of the Lumberjack competitions you see on late night ESPN. As a knife knut I find BladeSport fascinating–not because I am following the standings or anything, but because of the information it can give us on what really works.

Two things we know based on BladeSport results–Gayle Bradley knows a thing or two about knives, and M4 steel rocks.  Gayle won BladeSport two years in a row (2006-2007, 2007-2008), and he did it using M4, one of the hardest steels on the market.  BladeSport’s extreme cutting tasks place an inordinate amount of stress on an edge and any loss in edge sharpness is the end of the game, so M4 with its high wear resistance and incredible edge retention will do well.

M4 has done well in the pocket knife world as well. I loved the Spyderco Air, Gayle Bradley’s second collaboration with Spyderco.  It proved to me pretty quickly that M4 is the real deal.  It may be older than ZDP-189 and much less high tech than M390, but it can hang, performance-wise, with any steel on the market in terms of edge retention.  Its clear that Gayle’s knowledge gleaned from years of making knives and competing in BladeSport led him to M4.

But until now, all of his Spyderco folders have had the thumb hole only deployment method.  Things are different now because Spyderco showed off the Advocate, Gayle Bradley’s new collab, at Blade Show.  And it was, for me, a highlight.

The Advocate is a titanium framelock flipper with orange peel handle slabs and M4 blade steel.  The knife is exceptionally thin for its size, hiding out in a pocket.  It is also quite light, tipping the scale at 3.6 ounces (which works nicely with its 3.5 inch blade length).  The knife is being made in Taichung Taiwan, meaning you can count on exceptional fit and finish.

The entire knife strikes me as a very nice package–great size, shape and steel.  I am also hopeful because Spyderco has generally made some excellent flipper tabs.  Lots of companies can’t seem to get this right (see: Boker Kwaiken pre-jimped flipper tab), but even on knives with screwed up ergos like the original Southard, the flipper tab was amazing.  The Positron was likewise lackluster overall with a great flipper tab.  Even the Dice and Domino, which are perfectly mediocre knives, have great flipper tabs.  The action, thanks to bearing pivots on all four knives, is equally good.

Hopefully the Advocate will be Spyderco’s first truly great flipper.  All of the ingredients are there–the steel, the designer, the shape, and that flipper tab…

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NRA super PAC sets sights on Nevada [NRA-ILA News]

A National Rifle Association super PAC launched its first advertising campaign in the presidential race Wednesday, and Nevada is in its crosshairs.The NRA Political Victory Fund’s $2 million ad buy also targets other battleground states including Colorado, Florida, Maine, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Virginia.


Gloucester man pitches PAC to counter gun lobby [NRA-ILA News]

Gloucester resident John Rosenthal, a longtime Boston-area gun control advocate and co-founder of Stop Handgun Violence, has created the Don’t Be a Target PAC. Boston-area business officials partnered with Arnold Worldwide to create the new entity.


Kansas: Salina Commissioners question 'no guns' signs [NRA-ILA News]

After the issue was brought up by Saline County Commission candidate David Nichols, commissioners Tuesday discussed whether guns should be allowed in the City-County Building.


Gun control isn't the answer. We already know how to stop the violence [NRA-ILA News]

But here's the funny thing, in a tragically laughable way of course: we already know how to reduce gun violence and gun crimes because we've already done it many times before. That's right, we actually solved the issue of rising gun violence in America in the mid-1990's and again in the early 2000's by doing something really radical. We enforced the law.


Missouri Legislature May Override Governor’s Veto of Permitless Concealed Carry []

So Missouri’s lawmakers recently passed a bill to allow folks to exercise the Constitutional right to self-defense without bribing the government — i.e. “permitless concealed carry.” And then governor Jay Nixon vetoed it the other day. The good news is that the state legislature is reportedly poised to override that veto.

Leaders of the Missouri General Assembly today predicted that they would override Gov. Jay Nixon’s veto of pemit-less[sic] concealed carry legislation.

This issue was a priority with our caucus and passed the Senate by an overwhelming vote,’ said Senate Majority Floor Leader Mike Kehoe, a Jefferson City Republican. ‘I fully expect that we will override the governor’s veto in September when we reconvene for our annual veto session.’

House Speaker Todd Richardson predicted that his chamber would pass an override if such a call made it out of the Senate.

‘This is why the people of Missouri elected a super-majority of conservative supporters of the 2nd amendment to the House and the Senate. Senate Bill 656 is the first meaningful step forward on gun rights in over a decade; it passed both chambers with more than enough votes to override the governor’s veto,’ he said.

‘We have to await action by the Senate on a Senate bill but if given the opportunity I anticipate the House having the votes to override.’

I’m looking forward to hearing about the override… too bad we will have to wait until fall.

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What Happened to the HEARING PROTECTION ACT?… Sadly, Nothing So Far [The Firearm Blog]

Hearing Protection ActWe have heard very little about the Hearing Protection Act (H.R. 3799) since it was introduced into Congress last October. For those that missed its initial media buzz, what the Hearing Protection Act would effectively do is eliminate the $200 Tax Stamp required for silencers and change the way you purchase them. Instead of going […]

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Exclusive: New Information On The Aimpoint Nano And B&T USW [The Firearm Blog]

4It seems that everyone is clamoring for more information about the new B&T Universal Service Weapon project where they collaborated with the Swedish firm Aimpoint. Early this morning TFB came across some new information about the two projects and verified it with sources within both companies. Aimpoint Nano – The new Aimpoint Nano that we posted […]

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North Carolina: Your Urgent Action Needed in Support of the Right to Hunt and Fish Amendment! [NRA-ILA News]

Last week, the North Carolina Senate Rules Committee amended House Bill 3, which originally sought to amend the North Carolina Constitution to establish certain standards regarding the use of eminent domain.  While NRA has not taken a position on this aspect of H. 3, one of the provisions added to the bill, now referred to as the Omnibus Constitutional Amendments Bill, was NRA-supported language that seeks to amend the North Carolina Constitution to affirm that it is a right of the public to hunt, fish and harvest wildlife.

North Carolina: Your Urgent Action Needed in Support of the Right to Hunt and Fish Amendment! [NRA-ILA News]

Last week, the North Carolina Senate Rules Committee amended House Bill 3, which originally sought to amend the North Carolina Constitution to establish certain standards regarding the use of eminent domain.  While NRA has not taken a position on this aspect of H. 3, one of the provisions added to the bill, now referred to as the Omnibus Constitutional Amendments Bill, was NRA-supported language that seeks to amend the North Carolina Constitution to affirm that it is a right of the public to hunt, fish and harvest wildlife.


RUGER wants you shooting SUPPRESSED with NEW SR22 THREADED BARREL KIT [The Firearm Blog]

SR22 Threaded Barrel KitSilencers are more popular than ever and Ruger wants to help you join the “Cool Kids” club. They are now selling an SR22 Threaded Barrel Kit for their rimfire guns. Between the modular grips, adjustable sights, multiple magazines, and overall accuracy, it has been a great selling firearm for Ruger since its introduction. Ruger does have […]

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NRA Releases Ad - It's Powerful [No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money]

The NRA-PVF has released their first ad of this presidential election cycle. The ad is not so much pro-Trump as it is anti-Hillary.

I've watched the ad a few times and every time I'm struck by how powerful a message it sends. It features Mark "Oz" Geist who is a retired US Marine and is the security contractor who led the mission in Benghazi. He is the co-author of 13 Hours: The Inside Account of What Really Happened In Benghazi. With the Rep. Trey Gowdy's House Select Committee on Benghazi releasing their report damning both the White House and State Department, it is very timely.

Watch it and share this with your friends.

UPDATE: I just saw the NRA ad featured in a story regarding Donald Trump on CNN this morning around 9:30am EDT. They didn't run the whole ad but enough to get the gist of it. According to CNN, the NRA-PVF is spending $2 million on air time.


Being Prepared [No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money]

You don't have to have been a Boy Scout to know that the Boy Scout motto is "Be Prepared". As the newest video commentary from Dom Raso makes clear, Islamofascists are going to target gun-free zones. These include night clubs like in Orlando and shopping malls like in Kenya.

And it doesn't have to be only Islamofascists. A suicidal man who wanted to achieve notoriety with his death targeted the Von Maur Mall in Omaha, Nebraska. He killed eight people in that gun-free zone.

You do have some choices. First, you could just avoid shopping or visiting a place that is a gun-free zone. It might crimp your social life but shopping shouldn't be too hard given the growth of Amazon Prime. (Try Amazon Prime 30-Day Free Trial.)

Second, you could still obey the gun-free zone signs but have a plan. In other words, be prepared. That preparation should include your family if you have one. Have an agreed upon meeting place if you have to suddenly exit, have an alert word that everyone knows means get out now, and make sure everyone knows where the exits are including the less obvious ones. This is just a start.

Third, even if you aren't allowed to carry a firearm you can carry a knife, an ASP baton, pepper spray, or other weapon. Gun-free doesn't have to be weapon-free.

Finally, you can carry a firearm regardless of the signs. Note, I am not advocating disobeying the law. You should know the law of your state or the state which you are visiting. You should know if the gun-free zone signs have the force of law or are they merely a suggestion. You should know the legal consequences of disobeying the law and weigh them in your own mind compared to the alternatives.

Would having a gun make a difference? It did in a South Carolina night club just last Sunday night.

Deputies said 32-year-old Jody Ray Thompson pulled out a gun after getting into an argument with another man and fired several rounds toward a crowd that had gathered out in front of the club.

"His rounds struck 3 victims, and almost struck a fourth victim, who in self-defense, pulled his own weapon and fired, striking Thompson in the leg," Lt. Kevin Bobo said.

Bobo said the man who shot Thompson has a valid concealed weapons permit, cooperated with investigators, and won’t be facing any charges.
I don't know the South Carolina law on carrying in clubs and don't know if the legal concealed carrier actually went into the club but I do know it stopped a mass shooting.


Italian Scout Bicycle [Forgotten Weapons]

So, this is a bit off our normal subject matter, but it appealed to the mechanical nerd in me, and I figured at least a few of my readers would have the same reaction. If not, well, we’ve got a pair of very neat guns coming up tomorrow.

Anyway, I was browsing through the museum of the Carabinieri (a branch of the Italian military somewhere between infantry and military police) in Rome, and noticed a bicycle in one corner. Well, actually it was the Carcano that I noticed first, and then the bicycle that is was strapped to.

Italian military bicycle

It’s a bike with a gun rack!

Lots of countries used bicycle troops to various degrees, and it’s interesting to see some of that gear firsthand. The rifle carrier is basically just a heavy canvas case strapped to the horizontal frame of the bike; nothing very complicated there. But, I figured I’d take a handful of photos in case someone out there has one of these and wants to restore it. This example isn’t exactly mint, but it could be useful to someone. Those photos are at the bottom of the post.

When I started looking more closely, I realized that this bicycle actually has front and back suspension systems. And they’re not quite like those on modern bikes, either – neat!

On the front wheel, there are a pair of cylinders (hydraulic or pneumatic, I don’t know which – possibly also mechanical springs) to damped impacts. Instead of being integrated into the front wheel fork, though, they are offset from it in order to add some leverage to the system. The wheel hub is connected to a level which pivots on the front fork and is connected to the dampening cylinders. Thus when the wheel goes up, the lever forces the cylinder to extend. Assuming it is fitted with a heavy coil spring inside (or a partial vacuum), this would cushion the rest of the bicycle from the shock hitting the front wheel.

Front suspension on the Italian military bicycle

Note the lever arms connecting the fork, wheel, and suspension cylinders


Front suspension on the Italian military bicycle

Another view of the front suspension

On the rear wheel, the cylinder is integrated into the frame, at the point where the rear fork attaches to the seat support.

Rear suspension on the Italian military bicycle

Rear suspension cylinder, on a mount allowing it to pivot slightly

The interesting bit of the rear suspension not copied today (as far as I know) is the element allowing the rear wheel assembly to flex. That cylinder alone is not enough; there must be a second point that can move in order for it to be of any use. That second point is located just behind the pedals:

Rear suspension on the Italian military bicycle

This flat metal plate acts as a small leaf spring

Instead of a fixed connection between frame and rear wheel, the two are attached via a flat piece of steel, presumably of a calculated thickness and heat treat. That piece acts as a leaf spring, allowing the rear wheel assembly to move up and down slightly in conjunction with the dampening cylinder beneath the seat. As long as the connecting piece is properly made, it would act as an effective (if stiff) shock absorber without ever flexing outside of its elastic zone (that is to say, without suddenly snapping in half at the worst possible moment).

The bicycle looks quite primitive at a casual glance, but actually has some sophisticated engineering built into its design. I do enjoy finding things like this…

As I mentioned above, here are the rest of my photos, should anyone find them useful:

IMG_1610 IMG_1611 IMG_1605 Rear suspension on the Italian military bicycle IMG_1603 IMG_1602 IMG_1601 IMG_1600 IMG_1599 IMG_1598 IMG_1597


Idaho: Permitless Carry Effective July 1, 2016 [NRA-ILA News]

Tomorrow, July 1, 2016, the provisions of Senate Bill 1389, Idaho’s “permitless/constitutional” carry bill, will take effect. In an effort to provide our members with information on the new law, your NRA-ILA has created this Frequently Asked Questions sheet for reference.

Idaho: Permitless Carry Effective July 1, 2016 [NRA-ILA News]

Tomorrow, July 1, 2016, the provisions of Senate Bill 1389, Idaho’s “permitless/constitutional” carry bill, will take effect. In an effort to provide our members with information on the new law, your NRA-ILA has created this Frequently Asked Questions sheet for reference.


More Dispersion of the Dept. of Just-Us Iron Pipeline [Sipsey Street Irregulars]

As I am sure many of you have seen, the Holder/Lynch Justice department has more 'splainin' to do now that guns that were used in the Paris attacks have been traced to a gun purchased under the guise of the failed Operation Fast and Furious.  Buckets of blood, they have to answer for in France.  Not that anyone ever will.

David Codrea, of course, is the best person to comment on this news.

The gift that keeps on giving

"One of the guns used in the November 13, 2015 Paris terrorist attacks came from Phoenix, Arizona where the Obama administration allowed criminals to buy thousands of weapons illegally in a deadly and futile “gun-walking” operation known as “Fast and Furious.” ... ATF leaders went out of their way to keep the information under the radar and ensure that the gun owner’s identity was “kept quiet,” according to law enforcement sources involved with the case. “Agents were told, in the process of taking the fully auto, not to anger the seller to prevent him from going public,” a veteran law enforcement official told Judicial Watch. [More]"

I wonder why. I wonder if it's connected to Gunwalker. And I wonder if the Republican majority Congress is going to continue accepting stonewalling so that "independents" have to do all the uncovering."

And I wonder why they power elites want to disarm us so.

This Opposite Day progressive "most transparent administration in history" ruling is is full of wonders.


Crazy! Deactivating Landmines With Just A Leatherman Tool [The Firearm Blog]

land mineThis guy has some serious big ones. It seems he has a lot of experience since he deactivates a land mine calmly and efficiently. No bomb suit, not special tools. Just a Leatherman multi tool and a shovel. At one point it looks like he might have used a rock hammer to hit the land […]

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Operating Systems 301: What Is Underlug? [The Firearm Blog]

PHOTO_20160627_233051When a firearm unlocks, even if the bullet has already left the barrel, some residual pressure remains in the chamber, forcing the cartridge case walls out against the chamber, and causing resistance against the extraction of the spent case from the barrel. Within a single instant, the pressure in the barrel is relieved and the […]

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Taking a Closer Look at the Cycle: Firing (Operating Systems 201) [The Firearm Blog]

PHOTO_20160628_002920In the first post of the 101 level series on firearms operating systems, we briefly described what the word cycle means in terms of the operation of automatic firearms. However, there’s a lot more to the cycle of an automatic firearm than just the completion of one round of firing, so let’s take the time to explore […]

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Operating Systems 301: Introduction to Advanced Concepts [The Firearm Blog]

GOvWgPMSo far we’ve looked at the most basic concepts in firearms operating mechanisms as part of the 101 series of posts, and some more advanced concepts like locking and bolt configuration in the 201 level entries. However, there is a whole lot more depth to the subject, so much that the advanced 301 level discussions will […]

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Wednesday, 29 June


FIRST LOOK: Silencer Shop’s ‘Secure Identity Documentation’ Kiosks [The Firearm Blog]

kioskAs July 14th is now only a few weeks away, thousands of NFA buyers are wondering what the new application process is going to entail. Suppressor buyers have the option of using Silencer Shop’s network of “Powered By” dealers to facilitate their transfers. And in a post 41F-world, that will include the use of a new […]

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BREAKING: FBI Selects Glock for Next Service Handgun [The Firearm Blog]

FBI_Badge__gun-glockIn a second surprise move from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the force has selected Glock USA’s entrant to the competition to select a new pistol for the bureau. In October of 2015, the FBI released a new request for proposal (RFP) soliciting from the industry handguns that would conform to its desired specifications; those […]

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California: Anti-Gun Bills To Be Voted on Tomorrow! [NRA-ILA News]

The legislature will convene tomorrow for the last time before summer recess. It’s anticipated that a number of gun bills will be considered in both chambers. This could be the last opportunity to voice your opposition before the bills are sent to Governor Brown’s desk for his consideration.

California: Anti-Gun Bills To Be Voted on Thursday, June 30! [NRA-ILA News]

The legislature will convene on Thursday, June 30 for the last time before summer recess. It’s anticipated that a number of gun bills will be considered in both chambers. This could be the last opportunity to voice your opposition before the bills are sent to Governor Brown’s desk for his consideration.


Springfield Trapdoor: America’s Breech-Loader [The Firearm Blog]

The Springfield Trapdoor was America’s first standard issue breech-loading rifle beginning in 1873. The advantage of rifles using metallic cartridges was quickly realized, and the hinged breechblock action of the Model 1873 was chosen over competing designs because of the ease by which existing rifles could be converted. In this video we showcase a Model […]

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Operating Systems Omnibus 1: Tilting, Trapping, Recoiling [The Firearm Blog]

P1030632So far in our exploration of firearms operating systems, we’ve covered ten different mechanisms for locking and actuating an automatic firearm, with two supplementary introduction posts. There’s still a lot more to talk about, but at the request of our readers, I have decided to periodically collect posts together into an omnibus post, so that you […]

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Scope Review: ATN HD 3-12 X-Sight Digital Night Vision rifle scope [The Firearm Blog]

IMGP4421If you live in a state that allows the use of night vision for hunting, the ATN X-Sight HD digital night vision riflescope would be an excellent choice of optic. The ATN X-Sight HD series of night vision rifle scopes are digital night vision scopes. These scopes do not use an Image Intensifier/Photocathode, but rely […]

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Easy Shots at 872 Yards?! ABM AMMO & BERGER BULLETS gives it a shot! [The Firearm Blog]

ABM AmmoApplied Ballistic Munitions (ABM Ammo) is producing a new rifle load that is lights out based on initial testing! They use a Berger .30 Caliber 215 Grain Hybrid bullet in their “Mission Ready” ammunition series for the .300 Win Mag. As you will see in the YouTube review from “Long Range Only” the ammo is consistent on […]

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Virginia: Provisions of 2016 Reciprocity Legislation to Go into Effect on Friday [NRA-ILA News]

During the 2016 Legislative Session, the Virginia Attorney general arbitrarily cancelled concealed carry reciprocity agreements with 25 states.

Virginia: Provisions of 2016 Reciprocity Legislation to Go into Effect on Friday [NRA-ILA News]

During the 2016 Legislative Session, the Virginia Attorney general arbitrarily cancelled concealed carry reciprocity agreements with 25 states.


Tennessee: Pro-Gun Law to Go into Effect Friday [NRA-ILA News]

During the 2016 Legislative Session, the Tennessee Legislature passed multiple pro-gun bills that promote and protect your Second Amendment rights

Tennessee: Pro-Gun Law to Go into Effect Friday [NRA-ILA News]

During the 2016 Legislative Session, the Tennessee Legislature passed multiple pro-gun bills that promote and protect your Second Amendment rights


POTD: Intriguing Monocore Suppressor Design [The Firearm Blog]

13442348_10154277122719233_4024460122958614114_nFound this photo with little to no context other than it is a monocore suppressor baffle design. I could not find out who made this or any other developments about this design. It looks cool but I know nothing about fluid dynamics. It sort of reminds me of the SilencerCo Maxim pistol.  

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NRA Launches First TV Ad of Presidential Election Cycle [NRA-ILA News]

The National Rifle Association Political Victory Fund (NRA-PVF) today launched its first TV ad of the presidential election cycle. The $2 million ad buy will run nationally on cable and local broadcast stations in key battleground states including Colorado, Ohio, Nevada, Florida, Virginia, Pennsylvania and Maine.

NRA Launches First TV Ad of Presidential Election Cycle [NRA-ILA News]

The National Rifle Association Political Victory Fund (NRA-PVF) today launched its first TV ad of the presidential election cycle. The $2 million ad buy will run nationally on cable and local broadcast stations in key battleground states including Colorado, Ohio, Nevada, Florida, Virginia, Pennsylvania and Maine.


New Comp-Tac Revolver Holsters: IDPA, USPSA Compliant Models [The Firearm Blog]

IDPA Revolver HolsterComp-Tac Victory Gear announced a number of new competition holsters for revolvers that are based on the company’s existing International rig. For those not familiar with the design, the International holster is an outside the waistband synthetic rig that uses a modular mounting design. The mounting options allow the shooter to adjust the kind of […]

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That day I became a Democratic stooge [NRA-ILA News]

The House Democrats' anti-gun sit-in last week included one of the more embarrassing moments of my journalism career.


The Case for More Concealed Handguns [NRA-ILA News]

In a new Gallup poll released, a nearly two-to-one margin of Americans (64 to 34 percent) think that increasing the number of people carrying concealed handguns will help prevent terrorism. Even 45 percent of Democrats agree.


Lawmakers demand gun votes, loudly, in 2-minute House session [NRA-ILA News]

House Democrats continued their disruptive demands for votes on gun control Tuesday, though this time the commotion lasted less than two minutes.Less than a week after staging a near 26-hour sit-in on the House floor that garnered widespread attention, a half-dozen Democrats stood in the nearly empty chamber and loudly demanded recognition during a session held strictly for procedural business.


Missouri Republicans vow override after Nixon vetoes loosening of gun laws [NRA-ILA News]

Gun rights supporters began counting down to Sept. 14 on Monday after Gov. Jay Nixon vetoed a Republican-led plan to loosen state gun laws.The mid-September date is the lone day set aside by lawmakers to override vetoes by the Democratic chief executive. The sweeping rewrite of firearms laws is expected to be high on the agenda.


Vermont mayors seek to restrict private transfers [NRA-ILA News]

The Vermont Mayor's Coalition is urging the state to enact legislation to require universal background checks for anyone purchasing a gun in Vermont following the mass shooting at an Orlando nightclub.


Florida Democrats have backing for vote on special session [NRA-ILA News]

Democrats in the Legislature triggered an obscure state law that requires Secretary of State Kent Detzner to poll all 160 members within the next week. A yes vote by three-fifths of them — 96 members — would result in a special session.


Modern Makarov? Russian “Udav” Pistol to Complete Trials Late in 2016 [The Firearm Blog]

A pistol described by some articles as the Udav, though I have not confirmed this.  Image source: bastion-opk.ruAccording to sources at the Eurosatory exposition in Paris, France, the Russian Army has nearly completed tests on the new pistol design likely to be adopted to replace the 9x18mm PMM Makarov and 9x19mm PYa Yargin pistols currently in service. The Udav (Russian for “Boa”) pistol is based on the previous Serdyukov SR-1 “Gyurka” (the […]

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GunSpotting in Rome [Forgotten Weapons]

About a month ago I spent some time in Italy, and noticed a few things that I thought would be interesting. The biggest thing that stood out to me (on the matter of firearms, I should say) was that while civilian gun ownership is far lower than it is here in the US, one actually sees armed military on a regular basis in a way that seems strange and alien to an American. We expect to see police officers with sidearms, but not rifle-armed military patrols on the street – which is a regular part of your day in a city like Rome or Milan. Scattered throughout the city (mostly in areas with lots or tourist traffic) you will see pairs of soldiers in full kit, typically with a Land Rover; “Operation Safe Streets” (Operazione Strade Secure) painted on its doors.

These guys are in camo fatigues, with armor vests, a couple spare mags, a pistol in a low flap holster, and a rifle. The rifle may be a Beretta ARX-160 or an older AR70/90. By the way, they don’t want you to take photos, so I had to be a bit sneaky to get these…

Italian soldier in Rome with an ARX-160

Italian Alpini in Rome with an ARX-160 carbine and Aimpoint

Italian soldiers with Beretta 70/90 rifles

Italian soldiers in Milan with Beretta 70/90 rifles

The other long arm that you can expect to see around the cities of Italy is the Beretta Model 12S submachine gun, typically in the hands of the Carabinieri at important buildings (I wasn’t able to get a photo of one of those; sorry). The basic breakdown is that the local city police carry pistols (looked like Beretta 92s and Beretta PX4s), the Carabinieri (more or less national police) carry those plus Models 12s, and the Esercito Italiano (Army) carry handguns and rifles. There are also the Finance Police (customs and such), but I only saw their cars and not any actual patrols.

While in Rome, I spent a full day walking the city visiting as many gun-related shops as I could find, and what I found was a division of shops into two basic types: gun stores and police/military supply stores. The gun shops were quite good, with a pretty wide variety of guns including sporting shotguns, hunting rifles, black rifles, modern handguns, revolvers, and older surplus-type rifles. The military supply shops basically sold patches and 5-11 Tactical clothing, plus things like modern MOLLE backpacks and tactical gloves. No vintage or surplus gear – in fact I was unable to find anything like that at all.

The specific shops I visited were:

  • Articoli Civili E Militari Bellettati (Via Giovanni Amendola, 91/93)– This was the best of the military supply shops that I found. They had a good selection of police type gear (boots, gloves, batons, etc) as well as tons of patches. Nothing vintage or antique, and no firearms. The staff spoke minimal English. I was able to make my one militaria purchase here; an Alpini hat. I wanted to get something that would be a good addition to upcoming Carcano videos, and that was the best option. It’s a modern one, but the style hasn’t really changed in a very long time.
  • Militalia Store Roma (Via Leone IV, 117)- The closest things they had to interesting was some modern (and expensive) camo fatigues. Otherwise just commercial tactical boots, gloves, and – of course – lots of patches.
  • Fomisa (I can’t find their web site, if they have one – the address is Via XX Settembre 117) – Nothing here but a bunch of patches. Stopped in, took a quick glance around, and left.

Okay, now for the better stuff – the actual gun shops…

  • First up, Beretta. At least, if you scour Google Maps for gun shops in Rome, it will give you a result for Beretta. I tracked it down, only to find that it’s a local administrative office and not any sort of retail operation. So don’t bother with that one.
  • Armeria Frinchillucci (Via Barberini, 31)- This was the biggest shop I found, with two large rooms and a better selection than plenty of US gun shops. In addition to handguns and long guns, they also had a wide array of slings, holsters, ammo, magazines, etc. The staff was friendly and helpful, and spoke reasonably good English. A couple specific items I noticed included a Fed Ord M1A for 1200 Euro, and a couple Browning High Powers (rebarreled to .30 Luger) for about 300.
  • Armeria Zaccherini (Via Fabio Massimo, 59)- This shop was substantially smaller, but literally piled high with all sorts of stuff. The long gun racks included a surprising number of surplus type rifles, including a Garand, a couple Mausers, a Carcano, and an Arisaka. It would be a pretty decent small shop by American standards. The staff spoke a bit of English; enough to communicate. They were a bit standoffish (which I completely understand as a foreign visitor to a gun shop) until the 12-year-old boy shopping there at the time with his father recognized me and proceeded to tell the clerks all sorts of things about my work, with lots of videos on his phone as supporitng evidence. Thanks, Vittorio! :)
  • Picciati Armi Antiche (no web site here; address is Via di Priscilla, 39) – This shop was recommended to me as a place to see antiques, as opposed to modern-production guns – and I was told the owner is a lady who is extremely knowledgable. Unfortunately, when I arrived they were closed for the day to do inventory and my complete lack of Italian language skills precluded me from persuading my way in. Looking at the inventory through the windows, it appears to be all pre-cartridge guns.


My Kind Of Prescription [No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money]

I saw this on Instagram this morning. I wonder if my ExpressScripts drug plan will cover it. Hmmm?

A photo posted by Four Roses Bourbon (@fourrosesbourbon) on

As a sidebar, notice that this Four Roses was distilled in Frankfort, KY instead of their present home of Lawrenceburg.


The First Remington R51 Gen 2s Are HERE [The Firearm Blog]

4HHmwGhOne week ago, we reported that Remington had distributed letters to owners of the troubled first generation R51 pistols that their replacements from the new second-generation were ready to be shipped. Since then, YouTuber and R51 buyer RyeOnHam has received his second generation R51 replacement pistol, and released a first look video on the weapon, […]

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Failed Glock Modifications By Experts [The Firearm Blog]

13512197_10210261031628218_3198812379860021499_nAnother gem from social media groups. According to the original post, this person received this Glock slide from a customer. According to the guy who posted these photos, the customer had sent in his Glock slide to Zev Technologies so they could modify it to fit a Leupold red dot. The work done on this […]

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Net Neutrality, here we come again [Sipsey Street Irregulars]

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is blaming internet websites for eroding her trustworthiness poll numbers.

“A lot of what people read about me in certain corners of the internet and a lot of what Donald Trump says about me is just that same nonsense,” she said during a speech at the International Women’s luncheon, referring to a long history of political attacks.
Clinton said she was troubled by polling numbers which show that voters didn’t trust her, and she put the blame on political opponents and conspiracy theories about her.
“I could say that political opponents and conspiracy theorists have accused me of every crime in the book over the years,” she added. “None of it’s true, never has been.”
Oh, man, that's a knee slapper.  Vince Foster and Ambassador Stevens were unavailable for comment.  But then, at this point, what difference does it make?


A Reader Sends - Confused Judge forgets where is powers come from [Sipsey Street Irregulars]

Judge Richard Posner: ‘No value’ in studying the U.S. Constitution

Two things I think you should keep in mind before you dig into this one.

1.  He's from the great Free Fire paradise of Chicago. 'Nuff said.
2.  I had a chance meeting with a reformed lawyer and all around awesome human being, Greg Hopkins, author of A Time to Kill, and lecturer on gun rights.  He mentioned that they no longer teach the Constitution.  Actually, they have not taught the Constitution as it relates to the foundation of Federal law in quite some time.  The Constitution is, instead, taught as vignettes of case studies.  Meaning that the supreme law of the United States, that was ratified in 1788, with its seven articles and 27 amendments, is not taught as the basis of law but only all of the ways that lawyers over the years have cherry picked its language to win a case. 

“I see absolutely no value to a judge of spending decades, years, months, weeks, day, hours, minutes, or seconds studying the Constitution, the history of its enactment, its amendments, and its implementation (across the centuries — well, just a little more than two centuries, and of course less for many of the amendments),” he wrote. “Eighteenth-century guys, however smart, could not foresee the culture, technology, etc., of the 21st century.”

Like the internet, cell phones, drones, wire taps, 4473 forms, the IRS, and all other machinations of big government over-reach and malfeasance.

"He added, “let’s not let the dead bury the living.”

"Judge" Posner's powers to adjudicate the freedoms of his fellow countrymen are derived from the Constitution.  That he fails to see the absolutely absurdity of this claim is telling how far removed the perfumed gentry class is from Flyover Country.  I should say that I pity the man when he has to face the stark fact that people are not meant to be ruled.  But I don't.  History tells us that it usually comes to such people right before they are led to furniture that produces a long drop and a sudden stop.


Remington XM2010 Sniper Rifle Spotted in Syria [The Firearm Blog]

imageARES Armament Research Services identified the XM2010 platform in Syria on social media last week: An image shared via Twitter on 17 June shows a member claiming to be affiliated with the New Syrian Army (NSyA) or an allied group operating in Syria’s Aleppo governorate. The combatant in the picture is armed with a US-made […]

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Daniel Defense Ambush: .308 in Kryptek Highlander [The Firearm Blog]

Daniel Defense AmbushDaniel Defense announced a new .308 semi-automatic rifle called the Ambush. The new hunting rifle is chambered in .308 Win, a cartridge considered by some to be the perfect hunting round for North America. The SR-25 compatible rifle is distinctive with a Kryptek Highlander finish that is designed to make it utterly vanish in the field. […]

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Winchester’s Liquid Gel Shot Shells [The Firearm Blog]

Varmint XWinchester Ammunition expanded its broad line of shotshells with the addition of the Varmint X load. Winchester uses the Varmint X name with a number of centerfire loads, but this year’s introduction is the first shotshell offering. Winchester developed a liquid gel that it uses in this load that is said to tighten up the […]

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Tuesday, 28 June


TFB Exclusive: The Brügger & Thomet Universal Service Weapon [The Firearm Blog]

USW rechts ausgeklappt langes Magazin SchalldämpferTFB has obtained an exclusive look at the new Brügger & Thomet Universal Service pistol that is going to accompany the Aimpoint Nano sight release later today. The USW is being billed as a duty weapon that will be able to stand in for a pistol caliber carbine when needed for police and military. In the […]

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Breaking: New Aimpoint Nano Mini Red Dot Sight [The Firearm Blog]

BGqnxUgTFB has learned that Brügger & Thomet will be introducing an exclusive new mini red dot sight from Aimpoint tomorrow called the Nano at a police firearms meeting along with their brand new duty pistol, the B&T Universal Service Weapon. We are going to follow up with some exclusive content in a separate post on the […]

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A local amusement [Of Arms and the Law]

From the Huffington Post:

"Universities in Arizona, Wisconsin, Illinois and Louisiana are bracing for outcomes ranging from hiring freezes and increased reliance on adjunct professors to layoffs and future mergers and closures of schools.

"The budget will hurt most those hardworking, lower-income students who most can benefit from a college education in Arizona," said Gary Rhoades, director of the education department at the University of Arizona. "But it will also hurt middle-class Arizonans who will see increased tuition and fees and reduced access to Arizona universities that will be admitting more out-of-state students who pay far higher tuition rates."

From the Arizona Daily Star:

"The trickle-down effect of state budget cuts is about to hit home at the University of Arizona, where layoffs are underway as part of a bid to trim more than $25 million from the Tucson school's overhead."

But last month the headline was "UA hires two diversity officials instead of one." The story noted,

"The University of Arizona has doubled down on diversity by hiring two top people instead of one and paying each of them more than the previous person earned.

Faced with choosing between two finalists for the recently advertised post of chief diversity officer, UA officials decided to hire both, creating a new, unadvertised position in the process.

Jesús Treviño will be paid $214,000 a year as the UA's new senior diversity officer, and Rebecca Tsosie will be paid $215,000 as a law professor and special adviser to the provost on diversity."


Remembering Operation Red Wings 11 Years Later [The Firearm Blog]

redwings3Although this is not a firearms-related post, it is relevant both within the firearms industry and because it is a point of respect – and pride. June 28, 2016 is the 11th anniversary of Operation Red Wings. The nation at large became far more aware of it thanks to the movie Lone Survivor, which was […]

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Realistic Self-Defense Shooting Ranges []

If you were to have an armed confrontation with an assailant, say during a SHTF escape or Bug Out, at what shooting range might you expect this to occur? Many would say something like 10 yards, 20, the width or length of 2-3 cars in a parking lot or on the highway or maybe across the front yard? Based on recent statistics, they would be wrong.

Depending on the sources most armed self-defense responses occur within 6-10 feet. Others say 3-7 yards. Now, get out a tape measure and mark that off to get a real sense of just how short a distance that is. At only six feet away, you could nearly reach out to touch the person or them you. If they were wielding a baseball bat, tire iron, knife or machete, you would be within striking distance. Can you effectively draw and accurately shoot at those ranges?

Sure, we see the utility of range shooting practice, but when I visit the local combat or self-defense shooting courses here, I see the shooting distances being utilized from ten to twenty or further yards out using pistols. Defensive rifle shooting would be something else entirely, well, for the most part.

I have yet to see the instructors showing participants how to produce their CCW or purse carry weapons and assume the position to shoot at 6-10 feet. Talk about CQC. However, this is a skill that needs to be developed by all who carry a concealed weapon including preppers and survivalists who may one day find themselves faced with such a situation.

It also very well means that your weapon of choice needs to be accurate enough to center punch the target at close range. It also means your ammo choices should also produce consistent accuracy that these close and personal ranges with 100% reliability. This is not the time for a jam or an excited shot up in the air.

This came home to me recently when range testing the new Iver Johnson 1911 long slide reviewed here at AO. I CQC’d at the range, and this weapon prints nice little groups close enough to disrupt any perp at that range and without a glitch. But there was no heat in that moment.

So, if you think your likely self-defense ranges will be far enough away to give you plenty of time to draw and react, then this is a concept I urge you to rethink and train up.

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Spell Your Name With Guns and Ammo! []

How’s this for a great idea: Create an alphabet using photographs of guns and ammo, then offer personalized wall hangings. Oh, and print them in a sepia tone with a rustic USA-flag backdrop, overlaid with the Constitution.

I love it!

It’s being offered on by Personal Prints, which does this same sort of thing with other objects as well (with themes including golf, beach/nautical, wine, and more).

They’re printed on canvas and available as a block mount or framed.

Image property of Personal Prints

Image property of Personal Prints

They even have multiples of each letter, to avoid repeating the same image in any given printing. Sweet! A sample of their alphabet can be seen below.

Image property of Personal Prints

Image property of Personal Prints

They say their business is family owned and operated — and these products are made right here in the U.S. of A. What’s not to like?

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Watch: Agent Pants for Non-Typical Concealed Carry []

This looks pretty cool… but not sure how well it will actually work in real life. These concealed-carry britches by STRYKR, being sold as “Agent Pants,” allow you to carry a concealed handgun in a “tactical” thigh position — inside of the pants, but not in a typical pocket.

The STRYKR Covert Carry line is a new and innovative conceal-carry holster system which features a low profile drop-down tactical holster system covertly integrated into our rugged pants and shorts that can accommodate virtually all pistol platforms from small to large with great comfort, while providing a one-hand snag-resistant draw.

The “AGENT” Covert Carry Holster System Pants allows an operator to easily carry up-to a full-sized sidearm (from a pocket pistol up to a Glock 17 or Beretta 92 size equivalent) without visual detection or imprint, that can be quickly accessed one-handed, with one-motion and virtually snag-free — more effective than any other conceal-carry method.


Let’s look at the construction of these pants. The gun carry pocket on each side has a hole built into its inside surface. That hole has a pair of vertical zippers. On your gun carry side, you zip a “holster” panel to the pocket. That panel has an elastic area for retaining the gun against the panel — which itself is pulled against your leg by a garter-like elastic band (they call it a “brace”) that goes around your thigh.

Each pair of agent pants includes another panel (sans garter) with two elastic bands for carrying one or two spare magazines, a baton, light, pepper spray, or whatever. Like the holster panel, this one zips into the hole in the pocket.

No more untucked shirts drawing attention to you as a possible concealed carrier, or just making you look too casual for the situation.

The cloth on the outside of the pocket is extra thick, to avoid “printing” of the gun, and the top of the pocket has a magnetic closure to prevent it from hanging open. They even say they’ve got a patent pending.

This is nifty, but it’s easy to see that these aren’t typical pants… so anyone who is watching closely will probably be able to identify you as carrying.

They’re offering a 3-year warranty on these made-in-USA pants — and you even get a two-week trial period. If you don’t like them, STRYKR will pay for return shipping and refund all your money. Not bad.

Like instant gratification? Bummer… because they’re made to order, the web page says you should allow two to three weeks for delivery.

Shorts are also available with this system. Brace yourself for sticker shock: A pair of shorts will set you back $159 and the pants run $189. Pants are available in khaki, gray, and navy blue. The shorts are apparently only offered in khaki.

Here’s a video showing some of the features of these pants. Don’t bother to check your speakers… I couldn’t detect any sound with this vid.

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Avoid Ethanol Fuels []

It must have been somebody’s idea of a joke to add corn-based fuels to regular gasoline. The gasoline composition now set at 10 percent ethanol is slated to go to fifteen percent in the near future. More of a bad thing is not good.

This feat of petro-chemical engineering not only has managed to deplete the overall supply of corn to the human food supply chain, but it’s also hurting the agricultural industry via livestock feed and causing food prices to escalate. And to top it off, the fuel itself is ruining combustion engines designed to run on full bore petroleum. That is progress?

Though it is widely reported now that internal engine damage is limited to small engines found on lawn maintenance equipment, ATVs, UTVs, marine engines and such, automotive mechanics will tell you it negatively impacts all regular vehicle engines as well.

The condition of damage worsens as well when equipment using these fuels is stored during the off season, i.e. as lawn mowers, outboard motors on boats, and ATVs after hunting seasons. Ethanol fuel left in the fuel lines, tanks, and carburetors of such equipment tends to solidify into a gummy mess to the point of non-operation. Repairs are expensive.

I first noticed this impact on my own Honda 400 ATV. It began to start poorly and run sluggishly. After some time of non-use, I had to use more choke and more throttle to get it running in idle. Even then, the engine ran rough and often choked to quitting when the throttle was applied. A friend recommended finding some full octane non-ethanol gas.

After some reading research, I learned that it would take 2-3 fuel tanks of regular non-ethanol gas to get my ATV running somewhat back to normal. That recommendation was spot on. I also added a quarter tank of fuel supplement designed to offset the effects of ethanol during the off season summer months. Indeed, after a couple tanks of regular gasoline (unleaded) the Honda now starts up better and runs better with time.

You may have to search around to find a gas station that sells at least one pump of non-ethanol fuel. I bought two gasoline approved plastic gas “cans” to keep a supply on hand. If you are experiencing rough running engines, hard starts and poor idling, then switch to non-ethanol fuel and add the gas supplements.

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Coffee Alert - DoD says Trans Infantry is Ay-Okay in this mans Army [Sipsey Street Irregulars]

US Army allowing first openly transgender infantryman to stay in

"In just under a year, women have joined the ranks of combat arms and a transgender man is even serving as a squad leader in the United States Army Infantry. Staff Sergeant Patricia King was born with the biological features of a man, but has been tormented by a sense of being in the wrong body since the age of eight, according to BI."

"Technically, SSG King could be discharged from the Army for being openly transgender, but since Ash Carter announced plans to rethink this policy, the Army has not been actively pursuing discharges."

“…we have transgender soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Marines – real, patriotic Americans – who I know are being hurt by an outdated, confusing, inconsistent approach that’s contrary to our value of service and individual merit,” said Carter."

My comprehension of the English language is not sufficient enough to appropriately express how I feel about this.  To be plain, I do not give a rip how gay he is.  My deep concern is the pandoras box this is in regards to 1. good order and discipline, and 2. uniform standards.  It may not make sense to an outsider looking in, but this is a huge game changer for the military.  Not in a good way.

Damn.  The Marines are going to give us so much shit over this.


New Jersey: Smart Guns and Attack on Right to Carry Advance, Veto Override Postponed [NRA-ILA News]

On Monday, June 27, the anti-gun Legislature in Trenton forged ahead with more gun control.


The Sicilian Widow [No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money]

I came across an editorial in the National Review from June 14th. While I'm a little behind times as we have family visiting, the editors of the National Review said we don't need a new assault weapons (sic) ban. You can read the whole editorial here.

However, what caught my eye was this characterization of the AR-15:

An “assault weapon” is the Sicilian widow of the firearms world: a little scary-looking and all dressed in black. 
I love it! This can lead to a whole plethora of names for new AR builds. The old style one could be named Mrs. Corleone. A more modern one could be Francesca or Isabella or Carmella or Elena. The possibilities are endless.

No word, though, on whether an AR-15 can pull off the malocchio or evil eye.


Are Submachine Guns Obsolete? [The Firearm Blog]

I asked this question a few years back, but decided to do a little redux for TFBTV: Submachine guns are pistol caliber fully automatic firearms that were very important in 20th Century military and police use, but seem to have faded in popularity by a tremendous amount. In this video we talk a little about […]

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Fenix PD35 Tactical 1000 Lumen Flashlight [The Firearm Blog]

Screenshot 2016-06-25 13.28.06(Note – this light was supplied for review by Fenix Lighting. I am in no way endorsing the light nor the company and I am not compensated for doing the review. But it is only fair to recognize and thank them for sharing a sample so that TFB readers can learn about the product.) Fenix […]

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New MidwayUSA Shooting Mat [The Firearm Blog]

midwaymat2If there’s one thing you find you really do need a part of your kit if you’re a dedicated rifle shooter, it’s a shooting mat. Although there’s nothing wrong with getting down on the grass, in the dirt, and over the admittedly jagged edges of rocks, there are reasons beyond comfort for having a well-made mat. […]

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20,000 FPS Potato Gun Slow-Mo & Cartridge Combustion [The Firearm Blog]

CaptureEver wonder why a primer is at the rear of a cartridge and not the center? Would it not make more sense to have the ignition in the middle of the case to get a better powder burn? At face value the questions seem like a logical hypothesis. Testing the question is Dustin with Smarter […]

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The Lost Generation [Sipsey Street Irregulars]

Professor Patrick Deneen explains how kids have become a generation of know nothings

So many excerpts I can paste here but these are a few:

"My students are know-nothings. They are exceedingly nice, pleasant, trustworthy, mostly honest, well-intentioned, and utterly decent. But their brains are largely empty, devoid of any substantial knowledge that might be the fruits of an education in an inheritance and a gift of a previous generation. They are the culmination of western civilization, a civilization that has forgotten nearly everything about itself, and as a result, has achieved near-perfect indifference to its own culture."

"We have fallen into the bad and unquestioned habit of thinking that our educational system is broken, but it is working on all cylinders. What our educational system aims to produce is cultural amnesia, a wholesale lack of curiosity, history-less free agents, and educational goals composed of content-free processes and unexamined buzz-words like "critical thinking," "diversity," "ways of knowing," "social justice," and "cultural competence."

"In such a world, possessing a culture, a history, an inheritance, a commitment to a place and particular people, specific forms of gratitude and indebtedness (rather than a generalized and deracinated commitment to "social justice"), a strong set of ethical and moral norms that assert definite limits to what one ought and ought not to do (aside from being "judgmental") are hindrances and handicaps."

I know the Millennials are taking a beating recently.  They earned it to a degree.  As I have observed elsewhere, it is every bit our own damn fault.  The good Professor here does an excellent job in explaining the depths to which we have sunk and will continue to sink.  We have wasted a generation to our own excesses and we will see them drift away at our own peril.  At a time when they need mentorship the most, we are bored to distraction and dither away the last chance at passing on freedom to later generations.  We can continue to dump on them or see this as an opportunity to pass the torch.  When this light goes out, who or when would you suppose will light it again?


DUMB Idea – Handguards Past Muzzle Brakes [The Firearm Blog]

13407320_1239620452739543_1661668924303917899_n-700x700Don’t get me wrong, I’m a fan of the long handguard on a rifle, but there is a thing as TOO long of a handguard. In recent years the trend has been to push handguards out as far as possible with the non-firing hand pushing forward on the gun for better stabilization, especially when moving laterally […]

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POTD: Suppressed SBR Takedown Kel-Tec Sub2000 [The Firearm Blog]

13428644_10210019165182539_2578680203476306353_nThere is a lot going on with this Kel-Tec Sub2000 Gen 2. First it is a modified version that is now a takedown model. While not approved by Kel-Tec and would certainly void any warranty, it is an interesting design. While the concept of a takedown is intriguing on other guns and practical for some […]

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Helium in an Airgun: Boost or Bust? []

(Warning: This is opinion, not absolute fact. Be very careful with everything involving high pressures. Air tanks can turn into grenades if abused. Contact the manufacturers before attempting any experiments and if they say not to do it then don’t!)

Cody Reeder–Mars One Candidate–gave me a bit of inspiration to improve airgun velocities. In the video Below he tests the effect of Helium in a classic airgun. He standardizes the test with a ten pump base and chronographs his pellets with and without Helium.

Around 4:32 in the video the results confirm his hypothesis: lighter gasses increase velocity.

What’s even cooler is his inclusion of a crude illustration of why helium imparts more velocity to the pellet. Basically, Helium is so light and fast, it can catch up to the pellet while it’s accelerating; normal air, in contrast, isn’t fast enough to do this. Therefor there is a bit of drop off in velocity past the initial release. Scientific LGG’s are used to send projectiles at orbital velocities to simulate the properties of meteorites or space debris that could harm spacecraft.

So why do we care? It’s just a pellet gun. Woop de doo! Well, hang on.

There are these newfangled things from companies like AirForce called the Texan. This 48″, 7+ Lbs of Aluminum and steel can handle 3000 Psi and lob 45 caliber lead at around 1000 feet per-second. I’m pretty sure if you called this a pellet gun a few people would Gibbs-slap you up the back of your head. This is an Air Rifle.

What can we speculate would happen if one filled the Texan with Helium? I’m no scientist, so I can only do some crude calculation but heck, let’s figure it out.

Cody’s test resulted in an 11% increase in velocity. That’s with a hand pump and inaccurate gas mixture but that increase would equate to 1110 feet per-second in the maximum advertised velocity. That may not seem like a lot but let me add the above projectile data to give a little perspective.

In the video, Eric used a 350 grain cast lead bullet going 765 FPS at the muzzle (679 at 200 yards). The starting energy of that bullet would be 455 Foot pounds (Ft/Lbs). Now let’s substitute the air for helium. The velocity would go from 765 to 849 FPS. The energy imparted would go up from 455 to 560 Ft/Lbs. To put that in perspective 45 ACP puts out 400 Ft/Lbs on average while 45 ACP P+ ammunition kicks it up to 500+ Ft/Lbs. Congratulations, we have a relatively quiet 45 ACP P+ rifle that is’t considered a firearm and needs no tax stamps! Thanks Science!

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Review: JARD J67 9mm Bullpup Rifle – Bullpup Dream Come True? [The Firearm Blog]

20160319_150021Few rifle designs make me stop in my tracks. The JARD J67 was one of them. Browsing through Google looking to build my own pistol caliber carbine (and sick of all the AR variants), a lone photo grabbed my attention screeching for attention. Having been struggling through the decision of picking up a Sub2000 or […]

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Florida: Governor spurns McBurney in appointing Robert Dees to Jacksonville judgeship [NRA-ILA News]

Jacksonville attorney Robert Dees is newest circuit judge in the 4th Judicial Circuit, beating out a local state representative who incurred the wrath of the National Rifle Association.


Missouri gun bill veto sets up showdown between Democratic governor, Republican legislature [NRA-ILA News]

Gov. Jay Nixon and the Republican-dominated Missouri General Assembly are on an election-year collision course over the issue of guns.


In N.J. legislature, new efforts to regulate guns [NRA-ILA News]

Lawmakers on Monday passed legislation intended to spur sales of so-called smart guns and prevent Gov. Christie's administration from making it easier to get permits to carry guns.


California: KHSD allows concealed guns on campus [NRA-ILA News]

Concealed carry weapon permit holders will soon be able to walk onto Kern High School District campuses without an internal screening process, board members decided Monday, ending a months-long debate that has fired up anti-gun advocates and divided a community.


The New Steiner Intelligent Combat Sight! [The Firearm Blog]

Steiner ICSSteiner released a video about their new ICS optic. ICS stands for Intelligent Combat Sight. It combines a laser range finder with a ballistics calculator in a compact optic. It is a fixed power 6x40mm optic. As expected of Steiner it is water proof, fog prof, and shock proof up to 750G.     The […]

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Hawaii: Governor Signs Ivory Ban Legislation [NRA-ILA News]

Governor Ige recently signed Senate Bill 2647 into law.  SB 2647 bans the sale, purchase, barter, and possession with intent to sell of any ivory (defined to include mammoth ivory), ivory product, rhinoceros horn, rhinoceros horn product and products from various other animal species, absent narrow and limited exceptions.  SB 2647 goes far beyond law-abiding gun owners and adversely impacts anyone who owns ivory, and products from a wide variety of animals, by significantly diminishing the value of lawfully acquired property.  To read more about ivory ban legislation, please refer to NRA-ILA’s Ivory Ban Fact Sheet. ​​


Q&A #5: Rollin White and Other (Better) Designers [Forgotten Weapons]

Questions in part I of today’s Q&A:

1:04 – What was Rollin White’s revolver like?
7:09 – Why did pan magazines disappear?
10:14 – Why no pointed pistol bullets?
13:24 – Funky rounds like Trounds or Gyrojet rockets
17:47 – Current US MHS trials
19:55 – Underappreciated designers

Questions in the part II of today’s Q&A:

0:07 – Import markings
2:53 – Military field modifications
7:35 – Replacement of .30-06 with 7.62x51mm
8:22 – Cancelled development programs
11:18 – Future Forgotten Weapons (and Mausers)
13:58 – My father’s interest in Japanese arms
14:54 – Why no ammo for Japanese arms?
18:32 – Gloves for handling valuable guns
22:31 – Austro-Hungarian WWI machine gun (my full video on the Schwarzlose M1907/12)


Long-Term Use Review: Blackhawk Diversion Courier Bag []

I’m a huge fan of messenger-type bags for a variety of reasons. Yes, backpacks are more comfortable for long hauls, but I can spot an EDC junkie or a prepper from a mile away when I see them out and about with their MOLLE-covered pack. Shoulder bags are far more discrete and fit well with the “gray man” philosophy. In a real emergency situation I’d much rather blend in with the rest of the crowd than stick out with a bag that says “Expensive Emergency Gear Right Here, On This Guy!”

Good covert bags are hard to come by, though, especially if you don’t want to shell out big big bucks. Triple Aught Design, for instance, makes a great messenger pack, but is it almost $200 and a tad (har har) more tactical than what I’m after.

One day while poking around the Interwebs, I ran across the Blackhawk Diversion Courier Bag. This, I’m thinking to myself, is just “street” enough that it could pass for an ordinary messenger bag. I was sold, so I hit up Blackhawk to send me one for review. They sent the bag, and I started using it on regular basis as my get-home bag (GHB). That was like two years ago. I never actually got around to writing a review because I was, well, using the thing.

What I Like

My favorite feature of this bag by far is the large, removable top flap with the inner document/map pocket. I keep a paper map in that clear inner pocket, and the flap itself is what de-taticals the bag. With the flap covering all of the MOLLE and Velcro, it looks pretty much like an ordinary messeger bag from a distance. They could put almost anything under that big flap, and it would work.

Removable flap with map pocket

Removable flap with map pocket

Front with the flap removed

Front with the flap removed

My second favorite feature of this bag is the size. It’s on the smallish side, but there’s still plenty of room for a full get-home load-out if you’re smart about what you pack.

I like the padded back because not only does it add a level of comfort to the bag, but it also keeps a pistol from shifting around and printing in that back compartment.


The pass-through zipper on the top of the bag is also nice because a lot of times I want to reach in there and I don’t want to have to open that big flap (and look like a giant dork who has a map in there).

The side pockets make for easy access to multitools and miscellaneous gear. I tend to tuck fire-starting implements in one pouch and tools in the other. The inner pistol mag loops are pretty tight, so I stuff some Bic lighters in them in one of the pouches and it works out well.


The front has multiple pockets in multiple layers, so it’s kind of hard to describe just how many options there are for stashing things in such a small amount of space. Check the gallery for details.


Finally, the top carry handle is a nice addition since I don’t always want to sling it over my shoulder.

What I Dislike

This bag has one glaring flaw. And when I say “glaring,” I mean it’s really freaking glaring.

I carried the Diversion as a GHB on a family trip last summer beneath my wife’s feet in the middle row. We were rolling down the road, and I hear her say, “Why is this on the floor of the car?” I look in the rear view mirror and see her holding up a full 9mm magazine.


Here’s what happened: I had tucked a Springfield XD in condition 0 plus a few full mags in the back zippered compartment, and because the zipper opens from the bottom as well as the top, the bottom zipper had migrated open and all the mags had just slid out the bottom and were scattered around the car floor. Oops.

After messing around with that compartment some more, I was shocked that this hasn’t happened more than once. (It probably hasn’t because I usually stash extra mags inside the main bag compartment. No idea why I put them in that back compartment that time.) These zippers, as nice and heavy-duty as they are, are prone to shift a bit as you move the bag around, and that could mean the surprise dump of mags or a gun out of the bottom hole.

The upshot is that this bag just needs to not open from the bottom at all. The zippers on that back compartment should zip open from the top down, only. If Blackhawk would make this design change, I’d be able to give the bag five stars.

I still really like this bag, and I still use it. I don’t keep mags back there anymore, and I’m pretty obsessive about checking those bottom zippers to make sure they’re secure. But I shouldn’t have to do that. The bag either shouldn’t zip open from down there, or there should be some extra retention mechanism for the zipper like a button or some Velcro or something.


This bag seems sort of like the underrated, red-headed stepchild of the Blackhawk line. I don’t really see any reviews of it out there, even user reviews on retail sites. It’s like nobody is buying this thing, and I’m at a loss as to why.

The Courier generally streets for just under $100, so it’s half the price of the Triple Aught Design Dispatch. I think it’s a fantastic value for that price, and I just don’t get why it isn’t more popular. Despite the issue with the back compartment that I pointed about above, this bag is a great value at $100, so if you spot one going for that price you should snap it up.

IMG_1147 IMG_1168 IMG_1205 Removable flap with map pocket P1130022 P1130026 P1130028 Front with the flap removed P1130037 P1130040 P1130042

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Kirsten Joy Weiss Looks At The Mutt Gun: M1 Carbine [The Firearm Blog]

M1Kirsten Joy Weiss posted up a video about the M1 Carbine which she calls “The Mutt Gun” due to its many different origins. For those who are not familiar with the M1 Carbine, the information is interesting and you may learn something new. I am not an avid fan of the M1 Carbine so I […]

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Tacticool Tuesday - The MUT [Sipsey Street Irregulars]

The MUT by Leatherman is a multitool that has been designed specifically for the AR series rifle.  Over the years I have had a number of Gerbers and Leatherman tools and keep coming back to the Leatherman.  It is almost always more heavy than the Gerber but it is packed with features.  Gerbers also have a nasty design flaw in that if the pliers unexpectedly slip off of something while under tension, it will invariably catch the webbing of your hand and hurt like hell.  If you have ever used one, you know exactly what I am talking about.

What draws me to the MUT is the bolt over ride tool.  The "hammer", bronze scraper, scope wrench, etc. is all icing on the cake for me compared to that.  I have had to clear various malfunctions over the years and there is just no good way to do it quickly other than rack the charging handle back repeatedly, hammering the butt of the rifle on the ground, and hope for the best. I would like the ability to drop the mag, rip a tool out of my open top HSGI Taco pouch, manually insert it into the bolt, rack it back, watch the brass clear and continue mission.  I can be back into the fight in a few seconds.  Easy peezy.

The promotional video with explanation of the major features

The Nutnfancy longwinded gear review
We have one of these at the store that I have been eyeballing for about a year now.  After seeing the videos I think I am ready to pull the trigger on this one today.  The price tag is from 120 to 150 depending on what model you get.  Obviously much more than the Eddie Bauer stocking stuffer.  With my very modest discount and a $30 gift card I received for making a dy-no-mite cheesecake, I can pick this up for under a 100.  Never pay full price, right?
Now I did see this piece of gear making its rounds lately.  I can see it does something similar to the MUT bolt over ride tool and is substantially less in weight and in precious federal reserve notes ($35 to $45 depending on model). 
Weaponsman has this really solid review of the tool.
From the Manufacturer:
"The Manual Bolt Extraction Device (MBED) is designed to be used in the event of a malfunction where you need direct access to the bolt carrier group (BCG) and the leverage provided by the charging handle is insufficient. The MBED is effectively used to clear the most common stoppages such as a double feed where the second round is wedged above the BCG. The MBED can also be used to clear an over pressured round or any stoppage where the casing is stuck in the chamber and has seized function of the rifle."
Why would I choose the MUT over this?  I wouldn't necessarily.  Tools are tools.  On the gear I would want a tool that will give me the most bang for my buck without taking up too much real estate.  Bottom line is that it is your choice what you carry into the fight.  We'll see how enthusiastic about the MUT after I run up flights of stairs in full armor.


CRKT Jettison Knives: One Big, One Small [The Firearm Blog]

CRKT JettisonEarlier this year, Columbia River Knife & Tool Inc. (more commonly called CRKT) announced a wealth of new knives and other tools of interest to shooters, hunters and outdoorsmen. A pair of those knives are the Jettison folders. These knives are offered as a standard model and as a compact version. Both were designed by Robert […]

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Review: AR57 The Budget P90 [The Firearm Blog]

13266024_10154258513760337_2777266814558369206_n57Center makes the AR57. It is an upper receiver for your AR lower to shoot 5.7x28mm ammo. The only other guns that shoot this ammo is the FNH P90 and their handgun the Five Seven pistol. I got this pistol/SBR upper with a 6″ barrel. 57Center offers their uppers with a 16″ and 12″ barrels. […]

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Redding Adds New Dies: 26 Nosler, 280 Ackley Improved [The Firearm Blog]

Redding DiesEarlier this year, Redding Reloading Equipment added a pair of new Premium Die Sets to its catalog: one for the 26 Nosler and a second for the 280 Ackley Improved. Both calibers can be had in either two or three die sets. The two die sets offer a full length sizing die with a carbide […]

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Monday, 27 June


Nevada: Proposed Hunting Caliber Restriction Vote Postponed [NRA-ILA News]

Thanks to your phone calls and comments, the Nevada Board of Wildlife Commissioners postponed making a decision on the proposed hunting caliber size restrictions at their meeting last Saturday.  As previously reported, one of the proposed regulations would make it unlawful to hunt big game animals with a centerfire rifle using a .50 caliber cartridge or a centerfire cartridge with a case length of more than 3 inches.  The proposed regulation is a solution in search of a problem, serving only to arbitrarily limit the rights of law-abiding gun owners and hunters.


Pennsylvania: Critical Firearms Preemption Legislation Passes Committee [NRA-ILA News]

Today, Senate Bill 1330, legislation that would strengthen Pennsylvania’s firearms preemption law to further ensure firearm and ammunition laws are consistent throughout the state,  passed the Senate Local Government Committee with an 8-3 vote.  SB 1330 will now go to the Senate floor for consideration by the full chamber.  Please click the “Take Action” button below to contact your state Senator TODAY in support of SB 1330!


Review: New Bowfishing Rest by Muzzy []

Bowfishing is one of the fastest growing outdoor sports, and being proficient at arrowing fish may be one of a “prepper’s” best defenses against going hungry.

One of the important parts of accurate and successful bowfishing is utilizing a rugged, well-made and accurate arrow rest. And Muzzy has just introduced one of the best in the market.

Muzzy’s highly-adjustable Mantis arrow rest works on any bow with any bowfishing arrow. It’s designed with a heavy-duty aluminum alloy mounting bracket. It has a rest frame with a vibrant green arrow-capture gate, with a launch pad to ensure smooth arrow launch and prevent rest wear.

A center-grooved launch pad holds an arrow in position and guides it during release for smooth, consistent and accurate arrow flight. The innovative rest is compatible with any bow and arrow, and it offers exceptional left-to-right adjustability, plus elevation adjustment.

It also offers a full-capture design with a spring trap door that closes after an arrow is loaded, keeping the arrow secure no matter how it’s held or how a bow is turned.

The Muzzy Mantis retails for under $40, and is money well spent for any bowfisherman.

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“Civilize them with a Krag.” []


Krag-Jorgensen carbine chambered for 30-40 Govt. in defensive action.

The American army adopted the 1889 Krag-Jorgensen repeater around 1892. It was superseded by 1903 Springfield and phased out well before WW1. A fairly weak action, it was also slower to load than clip-fed Mauser and its derivatives.

About half a million American Krags were produced, and a large share of those eventually surplused to the US civilian market. At that point, American sports shooters had weapons that remained front line weapons for several European countries until 1945 or so.

Gate loading is one of Krag's quaint features

Gate loading is one of Krag’s quaint features

The flip side of the simple action of limited strength was its smooth and rapid operation. The obsolescent 30-40 Krag cartridge had ballistics similar to 303 British. In the US, it has claimed quite a bit of deer over the years. Typically, a round sufficient for humane deer hunting is also perfectly adequate for defense. Since most 30-40 ammunition is round nosed, it is quite good at defeating cover like vehicle doors without immediate destabilization post-barrier. Sights, rather than ballistics, limit Krag’s utility at long distance.


Even most of the cheaper scopes today improve on what was available to WW2 snipers. Krag, since it doesn’t use top-side stripper clip loading, doesn’t even require forward mounting of the optic. On the other hand, re-using the rear sight base for the mount avoids modifications to the receiver. This 2-7x32mm scope looks too high, but provides exactly the right sight picture in reality.


While not a very hot round, 30-40 has as much velocity at 120 to 130 yards as the AK47 bullet of equal weight at the muzzle. Even the carbine variants of the bolt action are entirely adequate for hitting a guy with a Molotov at 300 yards. An average marksman with a Krag can check rioters more than a city block away.

Going forward in time, let’s consider the stronger and more accurate Mauser carbine, K98. Shorter than the WW1 Mauser, it still brought 24″ of barrel and adequate ballistics to the game. Plenty of Mausers in 8mm and 7.62mm NATO are still around. While WW2 Germany produced mainly inadequate 1.5x scout scopes for designated marksmen and 4x for snipers, most competent snipers used privately sourced hunting scopes in the 6x range.


A very average marksman could secure hits out to 400 meters against wary and camouflaged opponents. The best snipers could do the same to 600 meters. A typical rioting mob is an easy target compared to Russian or American infantry. Given the availability of specialized low-light scopes, even the dark wouldn’t help against a dedicated defender. Given all this capability in even the old surplus equipment, not to speak of the much more accurate modern rifles, why aren’t the American deer hunters keeping typical urban rioters in the same fear that German snipers inflicted on their foes?

The answer is mainly: “rules of engagement”. Unlike the rioters, the lawful people who are stuck defending their lives, homes and businesses aren’t expecting to be excused for any unnecessary killings in the heat of the moment. While a masked hooligan running amok with a lit incendiary is a threat, he’s not an immediate threat until fairly close range. So hitting him at 250 yards with a deer rifle might still be murder, legally speaking. Moreover, hitting him at any range with a 30-06 soft point and having that bullet hit a second person further downrange could count as a negligent homicide at the least. For many lawful people, recoil is also a factor — a medium to big game cartridge in a lightweight hunting rifle can be a lot to handle while trying to concentrate on a stressful situation.

The other problem with the deer hunter vs. rioter scenario is the difference between their natural realms. Most civil disturbances happen in areas where neither deer hunters nor unobstructed 300-400 yard lines of sight exist. So a typical urban defender has little experience with long-range shooting, cannot engage from a distance for legal reasons anyway, and would be ill-served by powerful hunting ammunition that might over-penetrate.

Even police snipers shoot, on average, at distances around 50 yards. A typical private defensive engagement with a long gun almost always happens at ranges below 20 yards: most lawful people will de-escalate to the last and fire only when presented with no other choice. At such distances, hiding or retreat are seldom possible: attackers usually move faster than their victims, the victims may have family to protect, and most modern homes aren’t proof even against .22 rimfire. So, despite the theoretical ability of an American to hit vertical deer from afar, it almost never happens in reality. While surplus rifles often mount bayonets for close-range negotiations, few people have any proficiency in their use these days.


Armagon G12 shotgun with a ten shot magazine and a red dot.

Shotguns work. With shot loads, danger to downrange bystanders is minimized and one-shot stops are not unusual. The photo above, by the way, illustrates how a telestock enables even a five foot tall defender to obtain a comfortable hold on a full size weapon. Gas-operated self-loading also moderates the felt recoil.

Despite the long tube, the illuminated 1-6x scope above can be used as a red dot, with both eyes open. It’s marketed for dangerous game: I am sure that stopping a riot qualifies as such. The 6x magnification comes handy if engaged against opponents with ranged weapons. If a bullets hits your home, it helps to be able to figure out which no-goodnik fired on you and which was just standing around taking video with a cell phone. At range, they look pretty similar, and it’s considered polite to only shoot the criminals engaged in immediately hostile actions. Active ear protection is a very reasonable precaution against hearing damage — it actually allows better situational awareness by boosting the faint sounds while blocking gunfire.

Since defensive firefights usually occur up close, having the option of controllable rapid fire can be a life-saver. 30 rounds of 5.56mm is usually enough to turn even the most crazed mob. As importantly, the martial rather than sporting appearance of the weapon may be enough to drive off the attackers without a shot fired. Although 5.56 has a long range in case of a miss, most loads do not over-penetrate through humanoid foes.

In sum, it’s perfectly possible to civilize a rioting mob with a Krag, but it’s far from optimal for the task. Modern defensive rifles and shotguns are a better fit by far. That is yet another reason why they are becoming mainstream over the objections of the usual suspects in the media and the government.

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California “Ammo Control” Measure Heading to the Ballot Box []

It’s no secret that California is a terrible place to be a gun owner. Now they’re looking to make it even worse, by requiring a background check at the time of purchase for any ammunition. The same measure would strengthen the state’s ability to steal guns from those whom it deems unworthy of owning them. To top it off, it would also reportedly make it illegal to *possess* a magazine capable of holding more than 10 rounds of ammo.

And voters are being asked to decide whether this will become law or not.

Is it a good idea or a bad one to leave such things up to a popular vote? Depends on who you ask. Personally, I think it’s a bad idea.

Pure democracy is, after all, mob rule. That’s why the USA was founded as a Constitutional Republic; the clear and concise tenets of the Constitution restrict the powers of the various levels of government and guarantees that certain rights may not be denied under any conditions — including when a majority may be opposed to those rights for whatever reason.

That’s the premise, anyhow. But we live with the reality of our Constitution being abused and violated every single day, and it gets worse all the time.

Back to the California ballot measure: It’s horrible. Besides ammo background checks and the criminalization of magazines holding more than 10 rounds, it makes it easier for the state to take guns from people who bought them legally but were deemed unfit to own them at a later date. Those same people would not be allowed to buy ammunition.

Also: Lose a gun or have it stolen? Better report it to Big Brother, or be deemed a criminal!

Owners would be required to report lost or stolen guns to law enforcement. And the measure would reverse part of a 2014 voter-approved initiative by making it a felony to steal any gun, no matter its value.

Let’s face it — California’s government already does a bad enough job of safeguarding citizens’ individual freedom (which is really their only job). How ’bout not trying to do an end run around the legislative process?

Sigh. Why not try some real, true freedom? We haven’t had that for quite a while. Maybe it’s time to really give liberty a chance.

I guess we’ll have to wait until this fall to see how it pans out for the left coast. Unless the state legislature passes an equally oppressive measure before then…

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Blade Show 2016 Analysis, Part I []

With my rant out of the way, I thought before the month passed I should lay out some of the new knives that were shown off at Blade Show 2016. Bear in mind two things–Blade Show is no longer the industry’s premiere show. Instead SHOT Show has taken over as the place to debut new production knives. I’d argue that The Gathering is probably more important in the custom scene too, but it’s no where near as big a show. Either way, Blade is more a social gathering than anything else. That said, at least one company, Spyderco, brought its A game.


Spyderco caught everyone’s attention showing off a slew of knives that came from their mid-year catalog. A lot of them were shown off at IWA (Spyderco’s premiere show, they tend to go low key at SHOT). There were also a handful of truly new blades.

One of the truly new designs was the Ed Schempp Euro Dagger.

Image courtesy of Blade HQ

The knife looks like a fixed blade dagger with a spear point blade and hand guards on both the top and bottom of the handle.  The truly innovative feature here is the asymmetric fullers.  One side of the blade there are two small fullers.  On the other side of the blade there is one large fuller.  By alternating the size and position of the fullers they are able to cut a lot of weight from the blade without reducing its strength by a significant amount.  Aside from the structural benefits the asymmetric fullers give the knife a truly striking look.

There is a larger brother to the Rubicon–the Spyderco Magnitude.  Like the Rubicon it was designed by Peter Carey and it is a flipper with a lot of knife specific features like an engraved pivot and some gearing on the backspacer.

The Advocate is a new collab with Gayle Bradley.  It is a medium sized titanium framelock flipper that runs, because it is a Gayle Bradley, M4.  The handle has an orange peel look.  There is a small, upswept folder, the Rhino, that is made with BD-1, runs a compression lock, and is made in Taichung Taiwan.  I am normally not one to chase the upswept blades as they have thin tips, but this is a small and very unusual knife.  I might have to give it a try.  The Oroboros is not new, but it is so unusual looking it is probably worth mentioning again.

Image courtesy of Blade HQ

It has a very pronounced guard and thin hand. It is something like a combination between the Spyderco Lava and the Spyderco Junior, one of the more underrated Spydercos from the past five years.   The Spyderco that got the online community most excited was the Spyderco Spydie Chef.

Image Courtesy of Blade HQ

It has a very unusual blade steel LC200N (previously seen only on the Spyderco Tusk), designed to be rustproof and, unlike H1, good at holding an edge.  The knife itself has an unusual, almost Santuko blade shape and is a framelock.  It looks big, but promising.  There is a Gayle Bradley fixed blade that looks nice though a bit plain.  I can’t see why you’d opt for it over a Bark River, unless the MSRP is under $150. They have a very large fixed blade, the Sustain, that is billed as doing a lot of different survival tasks.  For me, I dislike the swedge as it makes batonning harder.  It looks well made, but again, I don’t see any reason why to opt for it over a Bark River.  They also announced that they would be doing a small Jess Horn sprint run.  Unfortunately, they are not making it in exotic steel.  Instead it is just a VG10 knife with G10 handles.  Blah.

Overall, Spyderco brought a metric ton of awesome.  The Bradley flipper, in particular, looks awesome.  All of his collabs have been great high performance tools and now they are pairing that approach with a style of knife–titanium framelock flipper–that the market is craving.  I also like the Rhino, though it definitely falls into the “weird Spyderco” category.  The Spydie Chef looks sweet too, I just don’t know what I’d use it for on a regular basis.


Kershaw had nothing truly new and ZT was running light on quantity of new stuff, but what they lacked there they made up for in quality. They debuted the latest uber ZT, the ZT0427.

Image courtesy of KAI USA

This is a Dmitri Sinkevich design and one of the coolest knives at the show.  It has a composite blade, an integral backspacer, a floating lockbar onlay, a unique blade shape, bronze PVD titanium handles, and a detent upgrade called the Tuned Detent System.  In all, this is yet another in a long line of uber ZT–the limited edition blades that collectors go crazy for and all of which quadruple in price after release.  We are still waiting on last year’s insane pair of the 999 and the RJ Martin pivotless pivot knife, so I imagine the 427 is well beyond 2016. The decision to switch the detent to the side opposite the lockbar eliminates the one drawback all ZTs have had over the years–fussy lockbars that make flipping hard unless you hold your knife JUST right.  Its a little thing, but something a company as proficient at design as KAI could easily fix.  And now they did.  For my money, this, not the silly color changing KUR from Lionsteel, was the knife the show.


Benchmade had precious little (read: nothing) to show off that would go to retailers, but the one thing they had that was new was, frankly, the coolest thing the Butterfly has made in probably a decade. Honoring the passing of Warren Osborne, one of Benchmade’s best and most frequent designers, they released the 810-1601, a very limited run of the Contego.

Image courtesy of Benchmade

But these weren’t just the normal Benchmade special edition where they take a knife and slather it in barely precious materials, a la the Gold Class knives. Nope, this was a Benchmade that rivals the uber ZTs (777, 888, 999, 600, 454 etc…). This Contegos barely tipped 2 ounces thanks to an insane amount of carbon fiber. The blade was steel (D2, I think) laminated in carbon fiber. The pocket clip was 3D machined carbon fiber. And of course the handle was all carbon fiber. The result of all this CF was a truly stunning blade. Accounts at Blade Show indicate that the fit and finish was off the charts as well. The only issue with the knife is that it is basically impossible to get. They made only 30 and the ones that made it to the secondary market were already going for four figures, roughly five times the original sale price.

I have said many times that Benchmade needs to revamp the Gold Class and release knives that are as interesting and complex as ZT’s uber blade or as exciting as TAD’s collaborations. It would be a way to spruce up the brand’s image to mainstream knife buyers and it would be a way to engage the enthusiasts, many of whom have long since left the brand for more exciting and innovative companies, like KAI and some of the higher end Chinese brands. The Blade 2016 Contegos is proof that Benchmade can do radical and awesome stuff. Here is hoping they see the response and change their direction. They have world class capabilities, but an utterly boring vision of high end production knives. Now we know that is just a function of their limited market insight and not truly a lack of talent. Let me put this more bluntly: BENCHMADE THIS IS THE KIND OF KNIFE YOU NEED TO BE MAKING MORE OF IF YOU WANT ENTHUSIASTS TO CARE.

The Big Three all brought exciting stuff–Spyderco in volume, Benchmade in brand-altering design, and KAI in engineering prowess.  But they had to bring good stuff.  Other companies like CRKT and Kizer are all gunning for them.

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Watch: Rare Spreewerke VG-2 Bolt Action WW2 Rifle []

Wow. The hammer price on this scarce last-ditch German WW2 rifle was a whopping $20,700! Although a goodly number of them were made, not many ever made it into collections in “the west.” It was an attempt to decentralize and simplify rifle production in order to arm more Germans as their enemies closed in on them.


Five different companies in Germany produced designs for the last-ditch Volkssturm bolt action rifles, and they were designated VG-1 through VG-5. The VG-2 was developed by the Spreewerke company, and differed from the others in its use of a sheet metal stamped receiver (and consequently a pretty distinctive look).

In total, somewhere between 16 and 18 thousand VG-2s were manufactured, although they remain very scarce in western collections (most likely because most of them were lost or captured in areas overrun by the Red Army rather than the US or British forces). They retained a basic Mauser mechanism, and used spare Luftwaffe aircraft MG barrels. Unlike some of the Volkssturm arms, the VG-2 appears to have been pretty much unchanged throughout its production run.

Designed with a stamped sheet metal receiver and utilizing rifle barrels originally made for aircraft, the VG-2 was actually a pretty good popper, at least for a quickly-built bolt action rifle. The detachable box magazine holds ten rounds, which is an improvement over the standard Mauser which was both more expensive and more difficult to manufacture.


The safety is super-simple; it pivots from side to side, and will either block the trigger’s rearward travel or not.

Attractive? Nope. But interesting in a historical sense, and because of the way it’s made.

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Car Dealership Giving Away ARs With Vehicles []

Hagan’s Motor Pool, a car dealership in Rochester, New Hampshire, is giving away rifles! It’s part of their “Buy a car, get an AR” sale promotion — and I like it.

As specified on their Facebook page, only certain vehicles qualify for the deal:

On our website you will find vehicles with the picture of an AR on it. Those vehicles are ones that qualify for this promotion.


It’s not a cheap bid to capitalize on recent events for free advertisement; the promotion began in May, long before American politicians began gloating over Orlando’s spilled blood as they renewed their attempts to squash our Constitutional rights.

The owner of the dealership is Mike Hagan, a military vet who served in Afghanistan. And no, he doesn’t hand the guns to folks as they drive off in their new vehicle, according to one article.

Hagan is quick to note buyers aren’t immediately handed the semi-automatic rifle when they pick up their used car. They still have to go to the gun dealer that Hagan partnered with and pass a federally-mandated background check before claiming their new firearm.

If you don’t want an AR, you can choose to receive a pistol instead. At least one person has reportedly chosen that option.

Mr. Hagan clearly has his head on straight about crime and firearms:

Hagan says he’s not losing any sleep over concerns a weapon he provide[sic] could be used to slaughter civilians. ‘I could worry about the same thing with a car being used to hurt other people. In the end, that kind of heinous crime is in the heart,’ he said.

Right on.

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NRA Condemns Veto of Senate Bill 656 in Missouri [NRA-ILA News]

NRA condemns Missouri Governor Jay Nixon's veto of Senate Bill 656 as he is more concerned about scoring political points with out-of-state gun control groups than securing the safety of law-abiding Missourians.


TFBTV Mythbusting: Silenced SIG MPX [The Firearm Blog]

In the comments to James’ recent video review of the SIG MPX (click here to see it), he noticed that a number of TFB viewers said the MPX was filthier than daytime television when you shot it suppressed. Given that so many TFBTV commenters claimed that a silenced MPX would gas out anyone behind the […]

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Wilson Combat Ultralight Carry Professional 1911 [The Firearm Blog]

Wilson Combat 1911Wilson Combat announced a new high end 1911 handgun designed with concealed carry in mind. Say hello to the Ultralight Carry Professional. Available in both 9mm and .45 ACP, the new gun uses an aluminum frame to help drop ounces off of the total package weight. In fact, the company states the frame is 60% […]

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Cheeseball Machine Gun!! [The Firearm Blog]

CheeseballNightHawkInLight shows how to convert a leaf blower into a high capacity cheeseball machine gun. It is basically an airgun using similar concepts from Paintball and Nerf. His cheeseball hopper/magazine reminds me of the RSCB magazine (clip) used in custom Nerf guns. Although the RSCB magazine only works on semi auto and not full auto. […]

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6 Elements to Mold YOU into a PRAIRIE DOG ASSASSIN [The Firearm Blog]

Prairie DogSummer is the prime time to hone your rusty rifle skills after being cooped indoors all winter. For some, a trip to a local range or shooting on your own property can shake the dust off your shooting skills. Many others desire a more “target rich” environment and may head west for the challenge of prairie dog hunting. […]

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Maine: Secretary of State Assigns Bloomberg Gun Control Initiative, Question Number 3 on the November Ballot [NRA-ILA News]

Today, June 27, the Maine Secretary of State announced that the Bloomberg gun control initiative will be Question 3 on the November ballot.  Question 3 would make common firearm transfers illegal unless conducted through a federally licensed firearms dealer, absent limited and narrow exceptions (so-called "universal" background checks).


Russian Man Buys Wood Crates for Firewood and Finds 79 AKs Inside [The Firearm Blog]

13498109_489097807955329_6189975288201791552_oHave you ever walked down the street and found some cash laying on the ground? One time I found a $20 bill on the sidewalk when I was walking home from school, that was pretty cool. Not as cool as one lucky guy in Russia who found a horde of AKs (or that guy who […]

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POTD: Salvo12 And Wait For The Flash [The Firearm Blog]

Salvo12 muzzle flashNeman L. shared this photo he took using a GoPro. It shows the muzzle flash coming out of his Stoeger M3500 suppressed with a SilencerCo Salvo12. He posted it in response to me posting this photo of my Mossberg 930 JMPro with Salvo 12. His is better.

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Gunfight in Wal-Mart: Augusta, ME [Civilian Gun Self-Defense Blog]

AUGUSTA, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Augusta Police say two bystanders, legally armed with handguns, stepped in during a shooting incident at a Walmart in Augusta.
Police say four suspects were taken into custody by police Sunday after allegedly firing gunshots in the parking lot of a Walmart. 
The suspects involved were sitting in vehicles parked next to each other when the altercation arose. The occupants of one vehicle fired at the occupants of the other, which resulted in return gunfire.
When the shooting stopped, police said one suspect exited their vehicle to confront the occupants of the other. This is when two bystanders, who were legally carrying, interfered and stopped the incident, police said.


California: Anti-Gun Bills Could Receive Floor Votes Today [NRA-ILA News]

Thirteen anti-gun bills are now on third read and concurrence calendars where votes could possibly take place as early as today, Monday, June 27.  Should these bills not come up today they will stay on the calendar until they are brought up on the floor.


‘HIT MAN’ Homemade Silencers (And Other Internet Hilarity) [The Firearm Blog]

20425548I think i might have stumbled upon an internet equivalent of a comedy jackpot. In a HubPages post by ‘fr0gman’, the excerpts of a supposedly banned book HIT MAN: A Technical Manual For Independent Contractors detail how to build a “homemade silencer”. While the plans are funny in themselves, the user comments after the article […]

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SCOTUS: "reckless" rather than "intentional" DV results in gun possession ban [Of Arms and the Law]

Voisne v. US, handed down a few hours ago. Justice Thomas dissents, with Justice Sotomayor [correction, not Kagan, thanks for pointing it out] joining two of the three parts of his dissent. Parts one and two argue (convincingly, to my eye) the interpretation of the statute, part three argues that in light of the Second Amendment, the statute should be read narrowly to avoid creating a constitutional issue.


Mother shoots intruder, KGW, Portland, Ore. 06/27/16 [NRA-ILA News]

A mother and her two children returned to their Portland, Ore. home to find an intruder in one of the children’s bedrooms. The mother responded to the threat by retrieving a handgun and shooting the intruder, killing him. Following the incident, neighbors appeared supportive of the mother, with one telling a local news outlet, “great for her for defending herself and her family.” Another area man said “She did the right thing, I think she did the right thing.”


Firearms Food for Thought: Frangible Ammo Use [The Firearm Blog]

TNQ 9mm Frang HP Gel BlockIt just might be the unsung hero of the ammunition world: frangible rounds. Of course, it also seems to be widely misunderstood, not to mention underused. And while there aren’t a lot of companies out there manufacturing quality frangible rounds, there are a few. So for those of you who enjoy giving some thought to […]

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Ex-DHS head: Gun control wouldn't have stopped Orlando attack [NRA-ILA News]

Tom Ridge, who served as secretary of Homeland Security under President George W. Bush, criticized Democrats for trying to pass gun reform after the mass shooting in Orlando. "You kind of wonder what kind of glasses some of the Democrats are wearing as they look at that horrible tragedy," Ridge said on "The Cats Roundtable" radio show with John Catsimatidis


Congressional Lawmakers Clueless on Gun Bills [NRA-ILA News]

Congressional Democrats emerged from the Capitol building Thursday afternoon from their 25-hour long "sit-in" in the House of Representatives sleepy but satisfied with what they'd accomplished. They may not have secured a vote on gun control legislation they were demanding in the wake of the Orlando terror attack, but they had grabbed headlines across the media that portrayed the their gun control ploy as a historic civil rights crusade. To the tune of "We Shall Overcome," members of the Democratic caucus sang outside the Capitol: "We shall pass a bill, some day."But there was a glaring flaw in the gun-control-as-civil-rights narrative: The ACLU had condemned the Democrats' top gun control initiative as antithetical to constitutional rights to due process.


Nixon says he will veto sweeping Missouri gun rights bill [NRA-ILA News]

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon plans to veto Monday a sweeping gun rights bill that would allow the concealed carry of firearms without a permit and expand residents’ rights to stand and fight against perceived threats - a move that could set up a battle with the Republican-controlled Legislature.


Pennsylvania: Allentown moves to reinstate gun restrictions after state Supreme Court ruling [NRA-ILA News]

If you're a gun owner living in Allentown, you may once again be required to report a lost or stolen firearm to the police.


California: “Gutting and Amending” the Second Amendment [NRA-ILA News]

Anti-Gun legislators in California have been clear on their targets this year, the Second Amendment and law-abiding citizens. Now joining the numerous anti-gun bills that are pending votes in the Senate and the Assembly, Assembly Member McCarty has “gutted and amended” two more pieces of legislation into anti-gun bills.


Transitional Swiss Sniper K31 Rifles (Video) [Forgotten Weapons]

During World War II, the Swiss military experimented with two models of K31 carbine with integral optics (the K31/42 and K31/43). These were found to be not sufficient for military service, and after more experimentation and development, the ZfK-55 rifle was adopted in 1955. What we are looking at today are a pair of transitional guns from the developmental period between the two.

These two rifles came out of the SIG museum, and show a number of features with both the K31/43 and the ZfK-55. For instance, they use a prismatic scope like the K31/43, with the same type of range adjustment. However, the front end of the scope is fixed in place, where on the 43 model it could fold down for protected storage. Additionally, the scopes on these rifles are detachable, like the ZfK-55.

Unfortunately, I have no information as to the exact dates of these two transitional models, nor details on their trial and evaluation.


McMillian Announces “Greyboe” – New Mid-Teir Stock Company [The Firearm Blog]

Screen Shot 2016-06-21 at 8.16.06 PMThe McMillan Group, known for their high-end fiberglass stocks for bolt-action rifles has announced the formation of a new company, “Grayboe”, to offer high-volume high-value stock systems for the consumer and OEMs. The new company is launching with three stock types: “The Outlander” is a traditional hunting type stock. Designed for the Remington 700, the […]

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"Moderate" [Sipsey Street Irregulars]

Now contrast this with the previous post.

"Since you are refusing to accept [allah], I'm going to show you who I am,  And I know who I am,  We are going to bomb.  That's what we do."


Because they would have done it for me [Sipsey Street Irregulars]

Even if you do not see the whole 45 minute speech, I would invite you to just check out the opening 5 minute vignette about an A-10 pilot in Afghanistan.


Nerdgasm – All Blasters from Star Wars Legends [The Firearm Blog]

Screen Shot 2016-06-21 at 7.58.05 PMI love science fiction. Its ability to create universes not constrained by our practical reality is alluring. However, authors have a tendency not to take too many liberties from current reality in terms of weaponry, of which Star Wars is no different. While moving from mainly kinetic projectiles to light or laser powered weaponry, the […]

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Bargains from the Past – What Is Today’s Equivalent? [The Firearm Blog]

M40 TokarevYou’ve heard about – or perhaps you’re even old enough to recall – the great deals that could be had on surplus firearms some 50+ years ago. As the stories go, barrels of M1 Carbines and other rifles could be found in the local hardware store with very attractive pricing, especially if you bought in […]

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Benchmade’s Limited Edition AXIS Stryker II [The Firearm Blog]

Benchmade AXIS Stryker IIThe AXIS Striker family of folding knives has been a successful line for Benchmade. The knives are made in a wide range of blade styles and opening types. Now the company is offering a limited edition version of the knife that kicks things up to the next level. The AXIS Stryker II is a Gold […]

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Training Pics from Bob Wrights boys in New Mexico [Sipsey Street Irregulars]

I tip my hat to these Patriots.  Deeds, not words.

Update: these pictures were originally misattributed to Patiots in the Pacific North West.  I apologize for the confusion.

Sunday, 26 June


Civil Rights figure calls for incarcerating more African-Americans [Of Arms and the Law]

A thought with regards that "sit-in," led by "famed civil rights leader [Rep.] John Lewis" to seek more gun controls.....

I happened upon this study of prisoners sentenced for gun offenses, conducted by the Department of Justice's Bureau of Justice Statistics. The information given on page 6 had to be broken down and recomputed to get the data for Federal and State prisoners added together, but when that is done we find that, for total persons imprisoned on firearms charges, 57.8% are African-American. 69.7%, well over two-thirds, are either African-American or Hispanic. So Lewis and associates are essentially seeking to increase the number of minorities in prisons.


Reaction to Brexit [John Lott's Website]

A number of people have asked me about the Brexit vote, so I thought that I would share my reaction that I think that the decision to leave was a good idea. The economics of this is that smaller governments will generally imply more freedom, less regulation and lower taxes. Competition between governments will be greater if there are a lot of small governments. The main reason for having a large government in the past was to provide military protection against the USSR. You can have smaller governments and free trade. We have trade agreements with Canada and Mexico without having a common government.

An interesting question to me is why the stock prices in the UK fell less than the stocks in the rest of Europe or in places such as Japan.


REPORT: A Rejected McBurney Keeps Proving He's UNFIT For Any Bench, EVER [NRA-ILA News]

Rep. Charles McBurney just keeps proving he is totally unfit for any bench, anywhere, ever.  McBurney's latest warped explanation of why he refused to hear the Burden of Proof bill is that it was a pro-criminal bill.

Florida Report: A Rejected McBurney Keeps Proving He's UNFIT For Any Bench, EVER [NRA-ILA News]

Rep. Charles McBurney just keeps proving he is totally unfit for any bench, anywhere, ever.  McBurney's latest warped explanation of why he refused to hear the Burden of Proof bill is that it was a pro-criminal bill.


This past week Hillary Clinton was caught jeopardizing security for the entire State Department so that she could avoid FOIA laws [John Lott's Website]

So what about the news this week that Hillary hadn't turned over an important email where she order the entire State Department to turn off their email security measures so that she could continue using her private server? The email that she failed to turn over also shows that she lied about the reasons for doing this -- she was willing to turn off the security measures for all State Dept emails so that people wouldn't have FOIA access to her emails.


Around the Westcliffe, CO area next weekend? [Sipsey Street Irregulars]

2nd Amendment 4th of July Rally and March - Westcliffe, CO

From Ironwill over at Resister in the Rockies.  Who needs some lame barbeque and a few sparklers?  Go be in the company of some great Patriots and support an awesome Patriot event.
If anyone else has an event planned for the 4th of July weekend, shoot it on over and I will be sure and post it up.


Adventures in Social Media [Sipsey Street Irregulars]

I shared this picture on facebook and it received (for me anyway) a fair amount of attention.  With nearly 300 400 500 "likes" and well over 1000 2000 3000 shares, I have been able to track how people interpret a meme that I think is fairly self-evident.  Most people got it.  Some, to my surprise, did not.

I will numerate a few of those that just "did not get it".  These quotes are taken directly from Facebookers that shared the meme.  All painful syntax errors have been left.  I have to share the pain somehow.

1.  "You wrong no guns not even for cops. Yea Hillary . I love that girl" - For so many reasons, I hope you choke while you eat a giant bag of dicks.  Asshole.

2.  "Yet another attempt by weak-minded NRA minions the further the paranoid, hysterical, fallacy that "da guvment is gunna take yer guns". NOBODY, NO rational person, wants to take away everyone's guns. What sucks is that 2nd Amendmenters apparently lack the critical thinking skills necessary to recognize this." - Yes they are trying to prevent private ownership of firearms.  Stop being obtuse.  Also see #1.

3  "The 2nd Amendment has NOTHING to do with hunting. (Just saying)" -  No one said it was.   However, any restriction on standard capacity mags should be met with bitter scorn and willful disobedience.  Just saying.

4.  "Incorrect on 30 rounds for hunting if your hunting hogs you need 30 rounds maybe more depending on size of herd and if they're coming at you" - No one cares.  See #3.  Just saying.

5.  "and if you need a gun to feel free you suck at freedom" -  If your only contribution to the country is to throw spitballs on social media, you suck at freedom.  Also, I need to have a gun because I suck at being a slave.  Where does that put the people on the other side of the debate?

6.  " If you need a gun to kill someone, you suck at murder! Box cutters got 3000 on 9/11. The most dangerous weapon is your brain. If you hate enough to murder, you can carry it out." - Socialist governments were responsible for over 260 million murders last century.  The most dangerous weapons are "greater good" assholes like you that load people on cattle cars.  That is quantifiable.

I did find it amusing to see one anti-freedom prole in debate with another anti-freedom prole over certain nuances of gun control.  It was like watching chimps try to use tools for the first time.  They understood some rudimentary concepts but they have no idea of the purpose. 

None of them understood the "why" of the debate.  They understood to a certain degree the "how" and the "what".  The "why", as in why would you demand your freedom to retain the most basic human right to self defense, had them at a loss.  Until they figure that part out, they will just not get it.


Coffee Alert - High in the running for the dumbest thing you will see today [Sipsey Street Irregulars]

Alabama councilwoman complains Holocaust memorial is racist because ‘it is for dead people 

I really have not had my finger on the pulse of Birmingham politics for a few years, but I am wondering at what point did the City Council become completely over-run with the irredeemably stupid? I know that cities can tolerate a certain amount of incompetence and graft and survive so long as there are enough people to pick up the slack. Pity. It used to be pretty nice.

"Tyson, who has previously asked the city to pay for repairs at the historically black Shadow Lawn Cemetery, said she didn’t understand why the city should help the privately funded memorial project.

Isn’t it still for dead people,” Tyson said. “It is for dead people. Aren’t the people they are memorializing deceased?”

"City Attorney Thomas Bentley, whose parents are buried in Shadow Lane, sighed and tried to explain how the black cemetery was a private entity, while the Holocaust memorial expressed the city’s remembrance."

I’m not sure I have the vocabulary or explanatory power to indicate the distinction although it’s clear to me from a legal standpoint that there is a distinction,” Bentley said."

I feel your pain, guy. I really do.

This is the oldest cemetery in the world,” Tyson said. “If this isn’t a tourist attraction I want to know what is."

In. Da. Wurl. Go big, or go home, right?  Not to be publicly admonished, the pack senses distress and comes to her aid.

“I know the difference,” [fellow Councilwoman] Scales said. “The difference is the haves and have-nots.”

Social Justice for the win. 

God, I love that town.


Brilliant speech by (now former) MEP Daniel Hannan. [Sipsey Street Irregulars]

This is the exact opposite of the last post.

Two quotes I thought were expressly poignant.

"10 Years ago the EU was taking 55% of British exports.  Last year it was taking 45%.  Where is it going to be in 2030?  Where is that figure going to be in 2050?  How low does it have to go before we drop this bizarre idea that we have to merge our political institutions with those of neighboring countries in order to have a minority say in a declining block?"

"Being a nation means that we are not just a random set of individuals born to another random set of individuals.  It imposes on us a duty to keep intact the freedoms we were lucky enough to inherit from our parents and pass them on to securely to the next generation."

And one more:
"We are a great country and our song is not yet sung. We still have more to give. Though much is taken.  Much abides.  And though we are not now that strength which in old days moved earth and heaven, that which we are, we are."


Ballistics 101: What Is Pressure? [The Firearm Blog]

I am using this image because it's awesome.In the first article discussing the mechanisms by which a firearm locks its breech, we mentioned briefly two quantities that are important for small arms design: Pressure, and bolt thrust. The latter we’ll discuss in a later installment, but today we’ll discuss pressure, and why it is important for both the downrange performance of a […]

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Why The .25-45 Sharps Is The Worst New AR Round [The Firearm Blog]

25_45_animation02This is one of those posts I’ve been meaning to get to for a while, but haven’t really felt the urge to write. The subject came up recently* in my comments, though, and I really enjoy responding to people, so I might as well kill these two birds with one stone. This won’t be an in-depth analysis like that […]

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Saturday, 25 June


BREAKING: Is the Atchisson AA-12 Fully Automatic Shotgun Up for Sale!? [The Firearm Blog]

3H0nNxpDear reader, are you a manufacturer looking to expand your lineup? Here’s a suggestion: How about entering the fully automatic shotgun market by buying the rights to the successor of the famous Atchisson AA-12? That’s what the below video published by BC Engineering Co of Russellville, Tennessee asks, regarding their BC Jaeger, the descendant of […]

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Shooting an 18th century flintlock hunting rifle [Sipsey Street Irregulars]

Holy Crow!  After you see the video, check out the full court press from Mason Dixon Tactical regarding the survival applications of the flintlock.


TFB EXCLUSIVE: Photos Of OSS Suppressors Allegedly Failing DOD Tests [The Firearm Blog]

SUREFIRE VS OSS TFBWhen we broke the latest installment of the SureFire vs Operators Suppressor Systems (OSS) saga last Thursday, I expressed my devotion to both data and facts over unreliable emotions. Within hours, the comments section, internet forums and my inbox were flooded with unsupported claims ranging from license revocations to an end of business operations within a few […]

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Help Wanted for Deployed Care Packages - Inquire Within [Sipsey Street Irregulars]

I am in contact with a few gentlemen that would that stand ready to send care some really awesome care packages to currently deployed service members.  I know our forward deployed military foot print is significantly downsized. but we still have plenty of people out there deserving of our support.
If you or someone you know has a valid APO address please email it to me at or P.M. me on facebook and I will pass it on. 

p.s.  If I get any "no blood for oil" or "imperial illuminati Bilderberger Agent of Doom" b.s. comments they will be deleted.  Let's keep it classy folks.


Florida Report! Gov. Scott Rejects Charles McBurney for Judgeship [NRA-ILA News]

Charles McBurney, a former prosecutor, desperately wanted prosecutors to help him become a judge so he engaged in political pandering to prosecutors. McBurney traded your self-defense rights for his own personal gain.  But it didn't work.


A very inconvenient truth [Sipsey Street Irregulars]

As seen on The View from North Central Idaho.  Click on the link for a wonderful discussion that was had with a "all guns are icky" social media warrior.  Facts punch right through feelings, every time.

The mask drops

"Correlation does not prove causation. But a negative correlation certainly proves that “easy access to guns” cannot be blamed for murder and violent crime."

"We have still other means to test the claim that “flaccid gun laws” are a problem. I have been asking a question for over a decade now. And many others, including the CDC and the Department of Justice, have been asking it in slightly different forms without being able to find an answer that agrees with those who want more repressive gun laws. The background for the question can be found here:"

"The question is, “Can you demonstrate one time or place, throughout all history, where the average person was made safer by restricting access to handheld weapons?” The answer turns out to be, “No.”


Vintage Saturday: Fixed Bayonets [Forgotten Weapons]

French soldiers attacking in the Argonne in 1915

French Poilu attacking uphill in the Argonne in 1915


Anti-Gun Bills Expecting Floor Votes Early Next Week [NRA-ILA News]

On Thursday, June 23rd, anti-gun legislators continued to play in the shadows by suspending the Assembly rules to pull several anti-gun bills out of the Appropriations committee and straight to the floor. It is CRITICAL that you contact your state Senator and urge them to OPPOSE AB 1664, AB 1673, AB 1674, AB 1695, and AB 2607.  Contact your state Assembly Member and urge them to OPPOSE SB 880, SB 894, SB 1235, SB 1407, SB 1446, AB 156, AB 857, and AB 1511.


Exploring the Untapped Potential of 7.62×39 as an “All Around” Hunting Caliber [The Firearm Blog]

7.62x39mm170grWhat if there was a caliber that was suitable for everything from coyote to brown bear, kicked less than your whitetail gun, fit in a micro-length (2.25″/58mm) action, and cost a quarter a round to shoot? That would be a pretty awesome caliber, wouldn’t it? It turns out that this caliber might already exist, if the industry can fulfill […]

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Friday, 24 June


Hawaii: Gun Owners May Be Monitored More Closely Than Criminals Under New Law [NRA-ILA News]

Yesterday, Governor Ige announced that he signed two anti-gun bills, Senate Bill 2954 and House Bill 625, into law.  Both bills took effect immediately upon his approval.  Apparently the Governor thinks that law-abiding Hawaiians should be entered into a federal criminal database for continuous monitoring because that is exactly what SB 2954 will do.  Under SB 2954, the existing registration requirement will be expanded and law-abiding Hawaii gun owners, and visitors, will be entered into the federal “Rap Back” system, which is a biometric database managed by the FBI for continuous monitoring.


Armed driver thwarts robbery, WDSU, New Orleans, La. 06/21/16 [NRA-ILA News]

A driver was in his vehicle in New Orleans, La. when a robber approached his car and implied that he was armed. The driver responded by opening his glove compartment and reaching for a gun that he had placed there. Upon realizing the driver was armed, the robber fled the scene.


Top 5 Guns With Cult Followings [The Firearm Blog]

Some guns just seem to attract the most ravenous fanboys. These fanatics collaborate and overtime form cult-like cells within the community of firearm enthusiasts. In this video we explore five firearms that have developed a fan base akin to cults, often bordering on outright religious behavior.

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Demon Rum and Charles Askins [The Firearm Blog]

Col. Charles AskinsAs an amateur history buff, I’m always interested to see how perspectives on topics change over the years. When reading through a 50 year old gun magazine recently, I ran headlong into one of those views that I daresay would never be found in print today. Col. Charles Askins, a semi-mythical figure to some in […]

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Review: Honor Defense’s Honor Guard Pistol [The Firearm Blog]

ce73921d91cc95b77d3c28417575b104Early last year we got a glimpse of the Honor Guard line of sub-compact pistols from Honor Defense when Nathan S published a press release just before SHOT Show. At the show TFB was able to put hands on the pistols both at the show at Range Day . Honor Defense sent one of the sub-compact […]

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MOD Outfitters – The Skunk Works Division of Dead Air Armament [The Firearm Blog]

wovlerineIf you are a silencer geek/nerd/groupie, Gary Hughes and Mike Pappas of Dead Air Armament need no introduction. With decades of experience in the firearms industry between them, both Pappas and Hughes have built and sold some of the most popular modern suppressors in the United States. And with the announcement of the Wolverine PBS-1, […]

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EU Moves Forward with Plan to Restrict Semi-Autos [NRA-ILA News]

While perhaps not the most publicized recent development regarding the European Union, in recent weeks the political bloc has pushed forward with its plans to severely curtail gun rights across its 27 member states. On June 10, the European Council endorsed a version of the proposed changes to the European Firearms Directive pushed by the European Commission late last year in the wake of terrorist violence. The European Parliament still has a chance to weigh in on the issue, with a final vote scheduled for later this year.


NRA Stood By Due Process, Rule of Law in Senate Showdown [NRA-ILA News]

America witnessed a remarkable and telling legislative showdown this week that revolved around a very simple concept underlying American democracy. That concept is due process. Some were willing to discard it for the sake of politics and the illusion of safety. Others were not.


Democrats: We Will Overcome the Constitution [NRA-ILA News]

Nothing stirs the passions of Democrats these days quite like the prospect of gutting the Constitution. In an unprecedented act of pretend political bravery, House members held a catered sit-in, demanding that Republicans allow a vote to strip away protections of Second, Fifth and Sixth Amendments of the Constitution. It was quite the scene.


MARSOC: Tactical Driving And Shooting Course [The Firearm Blog]

MarsocThe Marine Corps Special Operations Command posted a video showcasing their tactical driving and shooting course. They teach driving and shooting techniques to build on proficiency for the MARSOC Marines.

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Congressional Democrats’ Sit-In: What a Pompous Exercise in Virtue-Signaling [NRA-ILA News]

A fundamental reality of the contemporary gun-control debate is that only one side is offering evidence-based solutions to mass shootings. According to an exhaustive fact-check by the Washington Post, not one recent mass shooting would have been prevented by Democratic gun-control proposals. In contrast, Eugene Volokh has documented multiple incidents in which mass shootings were stopped or prevented by the much-derided “good guy with a gun.”


Lawmakers Abandon Due Process [NRA-ILA News]

The bearing of arms is a sign of citizenship, which is to say, of being a full participant in government who acts through it, as opposed to subjectship, the state of being a passive being who does not act through government but who is acted upon. In that sense, it is like the ability to vote or to be eligible for service in government.


D.C. Mayor calls for more gun control [NRA-ILA News]

D.C. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser joined Lanier, Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) and other officials are calling for “common-sense gun reform.” The event was intended to keep the gun issue in the District at the forefront as discussions continue in the aftermath of the massacre at a gay nightclub in Orlando. It also came the same day that House Democrats staged a sit-in in the chamber to call for a vote on gun-control measures.


Lt. Gov. Newsom's gun control initiative qualifies for November California ballot [NRA-ILA News]

Just days before the Legislature is scheduled to act on a package of gun control measures, California election officials announced Thursday that an initiative by Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom to restrict firearms has enough signatures to qualify for the November state ballot.


New California gun control bills target concealed carry laws [NRA-ILA News]

Two new gun control proposals in the state Legislature could make it tougher and more expensive for Californians to legally carry concealed weapons.


NPR issues large correction about stay-at-home mom/gun-control activist [NRA-ILA News]

NewsBusters, the very vigilant group that monitors the mainstream media for lefty bias, appears to have pushed NPR toward this step. Executive Editor Tim Graham blasted the organization earlier this week in a post titled, “Dishonest NPR Tells of ‘Regular’ Mom Who Put the Con in Gun Control.”


POTD: Triple Barreled Bullpup [The Firearm Blog]

2580100Does anyone know what this rifle is? It has a huge magazine that looks similar to a SureFire 60rd magazine. But seeing how this bullpup has three barrels, I think maybe it has three magazines coupled into one giant magazine feeding all three barrels. I am curious if this bullpup fires all three rounds at […]

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Watch Nature’s Signs for good fishing []

Spotting frenzied bait fleeing from predator fish, getting casts to them, and hooking up, happens countless times to anglers in saltwater and freshwater daily. But while such incidents are common and comparatively easy to identify, there are many other, though more subtle, “signs” on the water that can lead to good catches quickly for observant anglers.

A simple swirl beside a lily pad or flooded cypress knee should alert bass anglers that a gamefish may be feeding, or moving through shallows hunting a meal. A frog that leaps from floating pads may be spooked by bass cruising below it, which is a sign to cast in that direction.

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Panfish bumping bulrush stems or softly sucking tiny insects from the surface can lead to quick strikes and fish for the kettle for an angler who notices such minimal fish disturbances.

Sound also can lead an angler to feeding fish. Anglers with ears “tuned” to the water often hear a non-mullet splash, and quickly look for the source. Hear the splash another time or two, and it’s time to carefully investigate the cause for the commotion – rods ready for fast casts.

Birds are among the most reliable and abundant tipsters to feeding fish activity. Spend time watching the Discovery Channel on television and you’ll view swirling gulls, terns, gannets and others as they dive for baitfish. It’s thrilling to watch, and are an obvious beacon to fish feeding activity that can lead to great angling action.

But birds of a wide variety and living in remarkably different habitats can be important calling cards for anglers looking for fish. Tiny terns flitting above the water and picking at baitfish
may lead anglers to gamefish feeding beneath the forage fish. Diving pelicans, ospreys and eagles are a sure signal that larger baitfish are the targets, and that can lead to bait pods of shad, menhaden, mullet or other species, that can have bass, stripers, trout, salmon, tarpon, cobia, little tunny, sharks and other big species chowing down, too.


Wading birds clustered along a bank are there to pluck hapless bait from the water. It’s a sign that current or tide is making aquatic forage vulnerable to predators, and feeding fish are likely to be found near the bank feasting near their feathered friends. Sometimes bald eagles stand on shorelines looking for fish washed up by wind or current, and that may lead to a hot fishing spot.

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Great Fishing Locations: Largemouth Bass–San Diego, California []

It’s no secret that the 17 comparatively small lakes in San Diego County have giant bass, lots of them, as the lakes were stocked many years ago with Florida-strain largemouths.

Over the years, the lakes have received publicity and fishing pressure.  Yet those waters continue to offer superb fishing, with the potential for heavyweight bass excellent.  The lakes are fertile and deep, but one reason they continue to provide good fishing is they have greatly fluctuating water levels.  So, in effect, the lakes “renew” themselves every few years via the “draw-down and re-flood” process.  Most of the region’s lakes are especially good now because fishing pressure has not been as intense as it was, say, 10 years ago, because other lakes like Castaic near Los Angeles have many more anglers working them.

Castaic is indeed a big bass producer, with four IGFA line class records taken there.  So how do the San Diego lakes stack up?

Big bass expert Bill Murphy has caught 40 bass over 13 pounds from the San Diego public lakes, including a 17-pounder from one his favorites, San Vincente.  Even more impressive is the fact that Murphy has caught at least one 13-pound plus largemouth from all 17 different lakes in San Diego county!

Good largemouth bass fishing can be found on all county water reservoir supply lakes, especially Hodges, Otay, Morena, San Vincente, Wohlford and Miramar.  Miramar is a sleeper, with a 20-pound largemouth has been recorded there.

Best fishing is late February into May.  Because the lakes are multi-use recreational ones, and they are city water supply reservoirs, “open” fishing hours vary from one lake to another.  Daily fees also are required to fish some lakes.  Virtually no fishing guides are available on the lakes either, because they’re small and not difficult to fish effectively on your own.

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Gators Get What Gators Want []

A 13-foot nuisance alligator trapped and killed on South Carolina’s Hilton Head Island proved the big lizards aren’t too particular about what they eat.


The gator’s stomach was inspected following harvest, and it contained over 50 fishing lures, a half-pound of lead sinkers, a soccer ball, two baseballs, a tennis ball and two other balls, two turtles, a beer can, a smaller four foot alligator and 48 rocks.

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You Haven’t Heard of These Williams Sisters — But You Should []

Do a Web search for ‘Williams sisters,’ and what do you get? A bunch of info on renowned tennis players Venus and Serena. But there are a couple of other Williams sisters who are making a name for themselves — on the shooting range rather than the tennis court.

Justine and Jalise Williams (Justine in the brunette, just so you know) are 13 and 12 years old, respectively. And they’re superb competitive shooters.

These two young ladies are part of Team Springfield™ and have been known to out-draw their coach, Rob Leatham. Pretty wonderful, if you ask me.

Turns out, they were well on their way when they were “discovered” by Leatham at the USPSA Nationals. And they’re serious shooters.

While the girls are tearing up stages in Three-Gun, USPSA and Steel Challenge, they’re also racking up straight-A report cards, dancing, reading, using their hard-earned black belt karate skills and doing a little motocross.

The sisters didn’t just stumble into their many sponsorships. Under the coaching of Glen Wong, they practice every other day during the school year and five days a week during the summer. At 200 rounds each per practice session, they’re getting serious trigger time.

The video below is loaded with highlights from the Williams sisters’ first NRA convention. Looks like they’re already celebrities!

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Rhode Island: Legislature Adjourns from its 2016 Legislative Session [NRA-ILA News]

The sun was rising on Federal Hill early last Saturday morning as the final gavels dropped in both the House and Senate.


Russian Belt-Fed Pistol [The Firearm Blog]

2579920Unknown belt-fed pistol. Anyone read Cyrillic? Looks like it is a 7.62mm and possibly 20rd belt? I think the hook protruding out the back might be the charging handle? Is this pistol semi auto or manually actuated? Perhaps it is like a revolver and the trigger advances the belt as well as firing the round.

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New Jersey: Anti-Gun Politicians Going For the Knockout Punch [NRA-ILA News]

New Jersey already has some of the most strict gun laws in the country, and anti-gun politicians are once again proving that they will never be satisfied until they completely dismantle the Second Amendment.


Seeking Nominations for 2015 NRA-ILA Volunteer Awards [NRA-ILA News]

The NRA-ILA "Jay M. Littlefield Memorial Volunteer of the Year Award" is an annual honor that recognizes an NRA member who demonstrates exceptionally meritorious activism in defense of our Second Amendment rights. Similarly, the "NRA-ILA Volunteer Organization of the Year Award" is bestowed upon a group that has gone above and beyond in defending and promoting our rights over the past year.


BREAKING: Heckler & Koch WINS LAWSUIT Against German Gov’t Regarding G36 Sale to Saudi Arabia [The Firearm Blog]

RTX1DOLE-1-Heckler and Koch has won a major victory against the German government this week, regarding the sale of G36 assault rifles to Saudi Arabia. In the mid-2000s, Heckler and Koch sold tooling for the G36 to the Saudi government capable of producing 14,000 rifles per year. However, in 2008 the German government prevented the manufacture […]

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Colombian Artist Recycles Brass And Shells Into Art [The Firearm Blog]

Brass 4Colombian artist Federico Uribe uses recycled shells and brass to make sculptures as well as mosaics. His story is that he is taking items of war and pain and turning it into something beautiful. He does recognize the impact his art has and where it is shown. He is trying to draw attention to the […]

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Supreme Court Declines to Review Gun Bans [NRA-ILA News]

On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to review lower court decisions upholding sweeping bans on popular semiautomatic firearms enacted in Connecticut and New York in the wake of the attack on Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT. The high court last December took a pass in a similar case originating out of Highland Park, a Chicago suburb. Justices Thomas and Scalia filed a written dissent from that earlier decision, stating, “noncompliance with our Second Amendment precedents warrants this Court’s attention as much as any of our precedents ….”


Guilty Plea and Charges Announced in NYPD Handgun Licensing Corruption Case [NRA-ILA News]

Back in April, NRA-ILA alerted readers to a federal corruption probe involving the New York Police Department’s License Division and allegations that some of its officers were issuing handgun licenses in exchange for bribes. On Monday, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York announced the arrest of a former supervisor at the NYPD’s Licensing Division on charges relating to this matter.


Travel Plans & Patreon [Forgotten Weapons]

When I set up my Patreon funding page a while back, I needed to define a couple specific goals – you know, what do I plan to do with this money anyway? Well, what I really wanted to be able to do was start traveling to museums and private collections beyond those that I happen to be near to already. Ideally, ones all over the world. While I can bring you some amazing guns from places like Rock Island and James Julia, a great many prototypes are in museums and long-term private collections and will not be sold any time soon. In order to get my hands on them, I would need to travel to those places.

With that in mind, I set funding goals for travel in the US and travel internationally. I recently hit the US travel goal level – thanks to so many of you folks! Of course, travel isn’t something I can just do on a moment’s notice when that funding goal is reached; it takes some planning and coordination. I just wanted to take a moment to share some of what I am going to be doing now that I have the financial ability.

IMG_1915As you read this, I have just returned from a 4-day trip up to Wyoming to spend time in the Cody Firearms Museum, which houses what used to be the Winchester factory collection – a ton of fantastic prototype and development firearms. In particular, I was able to do a video (including disassembly) on the only existing example of the Burton/Winchester Light Machine Rifle – a 1917 prototype design that perfectly fits the modern definition of an assault rifle. That video will be published in a couple weeks, and the others I filmed in Cody will also be coming in the next month or two. In scheduling video publication, I am always trying to balance a desire to post more often with a desire to maintain a sustainable volume so I don’t run out of material.

I have several other US trips in the works, but I don’t want to specify exactly where so that I don’t get folks’ expectations set and then have plans fall through for any number of reasons. Many places (like the Cody museum) have far more interesting guns than I could possibly cover in a single trip, so I am always working to build relationships to allow plenty of follow-up visits. My goal from the very beginning has been to build an encyclopedia of all guns, and while that was intentionally impossibly far-reaching at the beginning, it has begun to look perhaps only extremely optimistic now. :)

If your Patreon support continues to grow, I hope to be able to start planning some international trips as well. The NFC (Pattern Room) in Leeds is an obvious destination, but there are a great many other places that have great collections of guns rarely or never seen in the US. I did take a trip to Italy earlier this month which had been in the works for a long time – it was a non-work vacation, but thanks to Patreon I was able to extend it slightly and include a visit to Beretta’s reference collection in Brescia. I got a look at several unique prototype semiauto rifles there, and you will see those videos beginning next week.

So, that is the status update for now. Thank you to everyone who contributes to that Patreon page and makes this possible!



Because Civil Rights Don't Have Borders [No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money]

California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom is trying to ride gun control to the governor's mansion in Sacramento. His opponents in the gun rights community, while underfunded compared to Newsom, are determined that he isn't going to win without a fight.

The Firearms Policy Coalition recently released this 30 second spot noting that civil rights don't have borders and that Newsom's proposals could spread to the rest of the nation. If you can spare a few bucks, you might want to donate to the fight. Even better donate the equivalent of the price of a box of ammunition. That would appropriate since Newsom wants to have you to have to buy a $50 ammo purchase permit.


Ballistics 101: What Is Rifling? [The Firearm Blog]

105mm_tank_gun_RiflingPreviously in our introductory series on ballistics, we’ve discussed the concept of caliber, as well as ballistic coefficient and its close relative form factor. Today, we’re going to look at the concept of rifling, and how it relates to bullet stability. First, though, we’ll need to define a term: Bore: The hole drilled in the barrel of […]

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The Boogymen under your bed with an issued Glock 20 [Sipsey Street Irregulars]

FBI Says Racist Organizations Have Been Infiltrating Police Departments For Years

As found making its rounds on Facebook.  Oh the irony of the FBI training, setting up, and funding the white supremacist movement for years to troll for a steady stream of truly useful idiots only to accuse the same people for infiltrating the LEO.


Operating Systems 201: Telescoping Bolts [The Firearm Blog]

IMG_0947Previously in TFB’s series on weapon operating mechanisms, we examined both the closed-bolt blowback system and the open-bolt API blowback system, two very close relatives that share a common feature: Closure of the breech through the inertia of the breechblock mass alone. What this means for small arms designers is that they must engineer a system […]

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Russian Warehouse Find! Crates Of Machine Guns [The Firearm Blog]

13434775_488889844642792_803698805375689439_nAccording to a Facebook Page, Russian Look, this is what was found in a warehouse. In the Russian warehouse tens of millions of working units of military weapons. Weapons of the Second World War, not much, but it is also millions in excellent condition. I find the claim of tens of millions to be a […]

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The Original 28 Rules of Ranging by Major Robert Rogers [The Firearm Blog]

020_illoOriginally written in 1759 intended for his own Rangers, the “Rules of Ranging” have survived the test of time. Today, they are still used by United States Army Rangers and are treasured so much that they are published only behind the Ranger Creed. The rules have been simplified over the years, but it is fun […]

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Thursday, 23 June


Bill Whitle: Guns, Islam and Orlando [Sipsey Street Irregulars]

Bill Whittle is a national treasure.  God only knows why he is not given a bigger platform.


BREAKING: OSS Responds To SureFire Regarding Testing [The Firearm Blog]

imageIf the firearms industry is laced with drama, then the drama in the silencer division is like Shakespeare: ‘a tale, told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing’. I have been vocal about avoiding drama, sticking to the facts and writing about people and companies that are doing great things. But while tracking down […]

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Breaking: Mossberg License Agreement/ Not All Agreements are Created Equal [The Firearm Blog]

I just received some additional information on license agreements presented to the defendants in the ongoing Mossberg patent lawsuit. Of course we reported the validity of that patent is very much in question which hasn’t changed. What’s interesting is since the defendants are all under the same judge now communication between those being sued seems […]

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Photo: A Huge Wild Hog from New Zealand’s Chatham Islands []

Can’t say I know the full story behind this photo, but I couldn’t resist sharing it with some of my fellow hunters.

I recently saw it on Facebook in an Australian hunting group, where it had been shared from Big Game Hunting New Zealand. There, it had been posted for a summer photo contest — back in 2013.

So it’s not exactly new, but it sure is impressive. Here’s the text that was with it:

Check out this big hog from the Chathams! With all this wet weather around there’s bound to be a few good pigs been caught remember to send your boar photos in for a chance at winning some prizes!


This Chatham Island monster went 292lb

What I find equally as impressive as the size of the porker is the fact that it’s been trusted to a spare tire holder. Sometimes I wonder if the one on our old Jeep is going to hold onto our spare tire, much less a porky behemoth like this.


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Breaking: No Florida Bear Hunt for 2016 []

Florida’s wildlife managers have reportedly voted against holding a bear hunt in 2016. In my opinion, this is a failure.

After nearly seven hours of comments from staff and the public on Wednesday, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission voted 4-3 not to hold a bear hunt this year. The Commission then voted 4-3 to delay holding a hunt for at least one year as they gather more information about the state’s growing bear population and options on how best to manage it.

The job of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is to manage Florida’s wildlife, not to kowtow to loudmouth anti-hunters. But it feels as if they did just that.

“Gather more information?” Hogwash. One of the commissioners admitted as much:

‘This is not for a lack of science but a policy call,’ said FWC commissioner Bo Rivard.

The staff on the webinar I attended a couple weeks ago was very well-informed. They have all the necessary data, and they recommend that we continue to hunt and harvest bears — in order to slow the growth of the bear population.

Let that sink in for a minute. According to what they said on the webinar, Florida’s biologists have studied other states with bear populations, and have looked at bear numbers there and how they correspond with bear hunting. And in those states, bear numbers continue to grow — and hunting is used simply to slow the growth of the bear population, not to decrease it.

Bear hunting advocates cited increased interactions with humans and also that they had become nuisances by getting into garbage. The number of bears hit by cars and nuisance calls have sharply increased over the past four years, according to state data from FWC.

I’ve had bears in my yard more than once. They’re large, powerful, and destructive. If I didn’t keep a yard dog, they’d be here all the time, tearing up my fences. I’ve had a bear swat out the screen on my front porch so it could stroll on in. Bears have literally ripped the roof off of a friend’s chicken coop so it could go in and kill all of her birds, eating only a few of the fowl. A neighbor down the road locked his freezer to prevent bears from getting into it. A bear dragged it out into his yard and peeled it open like a can of sardines.

Other family members, who live in a subdivision, routinely have bears in their yard. Huge bears that rip their fences to bits and threaten their young children.

On October 24, 2015, a Florida man was attacked by a bear.

Bears should not live near people, and vice versa — but it happens every day here in Florida. Yet our wildlife managers have decided not to even try to slow the growth of the bear population this year. And in my opinion, they did so only to quiet a bunch of whiners who are willfully ignorant of bears and bear management.

It’s pathetic. And it’s beginning to look as if I was right to refer my first-ever black bear as “once in a lifetime.”

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Watch: Khyber Pass Martini Henry Single Shot Pistol []

Gunsmiths in the Khyber Pass (in the mountains between Afghanistan and Pakistan) have been making firearms for more than a century… and sometimes they make fake antiques. This is one of those.

After learning that American soldiers are often interested by old guns — and will purchase them to send back home — gunsmiths began making “new old guns” and aging them to make them appear authentic. Sometimes, the work is good. Other times, not so much.

As Ian says in the video, “Some of the guns that come out of there are actually remarkably high quality; some of them are utter junk.”

He adds that some are intended to be used, while others are intended “for what you might call ‘the tourist trade.'”

This one, a pistol built from a Martini Henry action and chambered for the 303 British military rifle round, “is almost certainly a tourist sort of gun.”

(Image property of Rock Island Auction Company)

(Image property of Rock Island Auction Company)

Ian takes us on a tour of this old iron, which someone went to a lot of trouble to build and to fake. In addition to the many “laughably crude” copies of traditional British stampings, I especially enjoyed this comment:

The bore is almost centered in the barrel, which is a nice touch.

Indeed it is!

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Watch: Off-the-Grid Water Wheel Generator in Kentucky []

Free electricity. Gotta love it, right? One guy sure does – at least when his creek’s not flooded or frozen.

This admittedly crude setup, much of it done with free materials, produces power to run lights, television, etc.

A spillway built into a shallow creek dumps water onto a homemade water wheel, which turns a bicycle sprocket, which turns a bicycle wheel, which turns an alternator.

The alternator puts out a bunch of power — a little more than 40 volts in this video — which is then regulated and fed to a bank of vehicle batteries, all of which were free or mighty cheap. From there, an inverter turns the juice into AC to power whatever he needs to run.

Pretty good. Shows what a resourceful person can do with found objects when the need arises.

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AR180 Rifle: Crude Gun, Incredible Legacy [The Firearm Blog]

The Armalite AR18 and its civilian counterpart (the AR180) were marketed as affordable alternatives to more expensive designs of the period. While the rifle failed to take off or find a lucrative military contract, the gas system (or elements of it) has been used in many different designs. In this video we do some shooting […]

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Delaware: Firearm Purchase Delay Legislation Signed as “Terrorist Watchlist” Bill is Tabled [NRA-ILA News]

On Tuesday, June 21, the Delaware Senate passed an amended version of House Bill 325, introduced by state representative Edward Osienski (D-24), which goes beyond federal law and extends the 3-day transfer period for NICS delays to 25 days.


Red Dot on AK – New Midwest Industries AK Railed Gas Tube [The Firearm Blog]

CaptureExpanding from their well-known AR accessories, Midwest Industries has released their latest product, this time for the AK platform. The new Midwest Industries AK Railed Gas Tube is exactly what the name implies. It replaces the standard gas tube on an AK rifle adding the option for the user to use a picatinny rail for […]

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Belt-Fed BLISS – MAC Plays with M249S Semi-Auto SAW [The Firearm Blog]

CaptureThe much-hyped M249S (S for “Semi-Automatic”) is finally starting to make it out to the wild after being the showpiece for many a tradeshow. One of the first to get one in their hands is Copper Customs, Military Arms Channel’s sister company, which means that a YouTube video was inevitable. While very similar to its […]

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Marshals: Innocent People Placed On 'Watch List' To Meet Quota [NRA-ILA News]

You could be on a secret government database or watch list for simply taking a picture on an airplane. Some federal air marshals say they're reporting your actions to meet a quota, even though some top officials deny it. The air marshals, whose identities are being concealed, told 7NEWS that they're required to submit at least one report a month. If they don't, there's no raise, no bonus, no awards and no special assignments. "Innocent passengers are being entered into an international intelligence database as suspicious persons, acting in a suspicious manner on an aircraft ... and they did nothing wrong," said one federal air marshal.


George Patton sends: Restore Liberty in My Lifetime? [Sipsey Street Irregulars]

Restore Liberty in My Lifetime?

An excerpt:

"We in the liberty movement all talk about “restoring rightful liberty” whatever that means to the folks talking about it. Many of us call ourselves three percenters, alluding to the three percent of the patriots who fought for liberty during the revolutionary war."


"The Patriots were motivated by equality, economic mobility and freedom of religion."

"What percentage of Americans are motivated by these three things today? We read daily of regular folks begging the government to take their rights away under the notion that we “might” be safer.  The number of folks that really want equality of opportunity is almost none.  Attacks on economic mobility occur from every side of the political spectrum.  Freedom of religion?  Americans are embracing religion at a smaller number every year it seems."

"So, what are we restoring? How many Americans even recognize these motivations enough to even want them?"


Nightforce Releases CMP Compliant SR – Fixed 4.5 x 24 Scope [The Firearm Blog]

NFO_Comp_SR_MountedThe shooting world was abuzz earlier this year when the Civilian Marksmanship Program finally got with the times updated its rules to allow the use of lightly magnified optics within its Service Rifle division, bringing the CMP in line with current service rifles used by the various armed services. Specifically, this rules change was to allow the […]

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POTD: Zippo Lighter Gun [The Firearm Blog]

2580198This Zippo Lighter AOW shoots .22 caliber rounds. EverydayNoDaysOff posted about it back in 2010 with hand drawn schematics.

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Hillary Clinton meets with House Dems hours before sit-in; organizer is a key Clinton ally [NRA-ILA News]

Could Hillary Clinton be behind the Democratic House sit-in for gun control?It’s a legitimate question.


California: Gun control advocates push stricter lending restrictions [NRA-ILA News]

The bill, co-sponsored by the group and Everytown for Gun Safety, tightens legislation to only permit gun loans between the gun owner and a parent, child, sibling, grandparent or grandchild. If the firearm is a hand gun, the person making the loan must register the weapon.


Nevada: Q1 would put more gun restrictions on law-abiding Nevadans [NRA-ILA News]

As sheriff of Washoe County, I am committed to doing everything in my power to protect your families, your property and your community. I am equally committed to protecting your rights and freedoms as citizens of Nevada and the United States. One of my fundamental principles and promises to the citizens of this county is not to support any legislation that would infringe upon or restrict our Second Amendment rights.


I Don’t Want a Gun. That Has Nothing to Do with Whether You Should Own One [NRA-ILA News]

I'm not a gun nut. I have never fired a gun, nor do I own one, and I don’t intend to ever do either. Guns never fascinated me as a super hero-loving kid, and they certainly don’t interest me now. In fact, I happen to be repulsed by the idea of hunting for sport. On paper, I might seem likely to be an enthusiastic cheerleader for Chris Murphy, my senator from Connecticut, as he leads the charge in the Senate for stricter gun control. But I’m not. That’s because my personal feelings about whether I want to own a gun are not pertinent to that debate.


New SecureIt Gun Cabinet with CradleGrid Technology [The Firearm Blog]

SecureItSecureIt Tactical, Inc. announced the introduction of a new gun cabinet that uses the company’s CradleGrid technology. The new cabinet is called the Model 52-KD. This cabinet is a locking box that is designed specifically for six long guns both with and without mounted optics. The CradleGrid system combines a series U-shaped “cradles” that snap […]

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Liberals say Congress can’t pass gun control because it's bought by the NRA. They’re wrong. [NRA-ILA News]

Now, Drutman acknowledges there’s a meaningful argument that Republicans and their voters have come to be pro-gun in part because of the influence of the NRA’s money. But the donations themselves are clearly not the reason Republican lawmakers fear opposing the NRA — the much bigger threat the gun rights group poses is its ability to mobilize and excite huge numbers of voters, Drutman says.


Origins Of The Hungarian Steiner Bark [The Firearm Blog]

dan-bark-fullAfter posting the article about the Hungarian 9mm Carbine, Iwan Steiner reached out to me. He is the maker of the Steiner Bark-9. He wanted to clarify where his experience came from and how the Steiner Bark came to be.   1. First the story of the Danuvia VD 01. The former example of this […]

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RIA: Praga 1921 One-Handed Pocket Pistol [Forgotten Weapons]

This cute little pocket pistol was an early project of Vaclav Holek, who would become much better known for his work with the ZB-26 light machine gun and ZH-29 rifle. It is a very small .25ACP selfloader, intended to be operated with one hand only. The trigger locks into a folded position to allow smooth carry and draw, and drops down for use then the slide is slightly retracted. The contoured cutout atop the slide allows for the use of the index finger to operate the slide. Only about 8,000 of the Praga 1921 were made – not a complete flop, but not successful enough to remain in production for long.


Paul Ryan: "We’re not going to take away a citizen’s due process rights." [No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money]

I know Speaker Paul Ryan has gotten a lot of bad press from conservatives lately. However, this is a time we should be applauding his stance on due process which is forthright and to the point. He rightly points out the sit-in yesterday by some Democrats was nothing but a publicity stunt.

From the transcript provided by the Speaker's Office:

This Is a Publicity Stunt
“This is nothing more than a publicity stunt. That’s point number one. Point number two is this bill was already defeated in the United States Senate. Number three, we’re not going to take away a citizen’s due process rights. We’re not going to take away a citizen’s constitutional rights without due process. That was already defeated in the Senate. And this is not the way to try and bring up legislation.”

The Real Issue Here Is Terrorism
“Now, let’s focus on the issue at hand here: terrorism. And let’s find out what we need to do to prevent future terrorist attacks. And if a person is on a terror watch list, and they go try and buy a gun, we have procedures in place to deal with that. We want to make sure that those procedures are done correctly. And that is something we should be able to do in a calm and cool manner without these sort of dilatory, publicity-stunt tactics to try and bring a bill that already died over in the Senate to the House floor. That’s not any way to bring a bill to the floor.”

We Must Defend the Constitution
“They know we will not bring up a bill that takes away a person’s constitutionally guaranteed rights without their due process. We don’t agree with that, and the Senate already doesn’t agree with that. So I think, look, the point here, Wolf, is this is a publicity stunt. They’re trying to get you to ask me those questions for publicity's sake. This isn’t trying to come up with a solution to a problem. This is trying to get attention.”

The House Rules Are Clear
“Look, this is the way the rules work in the House, and they have ever since we had TV. We had a similar protest when we were in the minority in 2008. Not only did the cameras not go on, they turned the lights off on us. This is what you do when you go into recess subject to the call of the chair. These are the House rules, and they’ve been this way for years.” “This is nothing more than a publicity stunt. That’s point number one. Point number two is this bill was already defeated in the United States Senate. Number three, we’re not going to take away a citizen’s due process rights. We’re not going to take away a citizen’s constitutional rights without due process. That was already defeated in the Senate. And this is not the way to try and bring up legislation.”

The Real Issue Here Is Terrorism
“Now, let’s focus on the issue at hand here: terrorism. And let’s find out what we need to do to prevent future terrorist attacks. And if a person is on a terror watch list, and they go try and buy a gun, we have procedures in place to deal with that. We want to make sure that those procedures are done correctly. And that is something we should be able to do in a calm and cool manner without these sort of dilatory, publicity-stunt tactics to try and bring a bill that already died over in the Senate to the House floor. That’s not any way to bring a bill to the floor.”

We Must Defend the Constitution
“They know we will not bring up a bill that takes away a person’s constitutionally guaranteed rights without their due process. We don’t agree with that, and the Senate already doesn’t agree with that. So I think, look, the point here, Wolf, is this is a publicity stunt. They’re trying to get you to ask me those questions for publicity's sake. This isn’t trying to come up with a solution to a problem. This is trying to get attention.”

The House Rules Are Clear
“Look, this is the way the rules work in the House, and they have ever since we had TV. We had a similar protest when we were in the minority in 2008. Not only did the cameras not go on, they turned the lights off on us. This is what you do when you go into recess subject to the call of the chair. These are the House rules, and they’ve been this way for years.”


Campus Carry For F-T Employees In TN Goes Live July 1 [No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money]

When the Tennessee legislature voted earlier this year to allow campus carry on state university campuses, they limited it to full-time employees of the schools. Moreover, in an effort to appease the governor and university administrators, they put the liability for accidental/negligent discharges on the employee.

Liston Matthews, the Knox Gun Guy and a retired college instructor himself, has done yeoman's work in getting details from the UT Police Department on what's required and the necessary forms.

Desiring to get the straight facts, I emailed Lt. Mike Richardson of the University of Tennessee Police Department. I also wanted the form that UT employees must complete in order to comply:

June 17, 2016
Subject: Notification form for faculty/staff handgun carry
Dear Lt. Richardson:

I am working on an article for my blog, about the new law effective July 1. I know that they are required to notify UTPD in writing of their intent to carry.

Is there a specified format?
Is specific information required?
Is there a form they are required to complete?
Are they required to register their handgun with UTPD, or only supply information about themselves?

Thank you for your help?

Lt. Richardson replied with inline answers:

Jun 17 (4 days ago)

Is there a specified format?
There is a registration form that must be completed at UTPD and witnessed by a commissioned officer.

Is specific information required?
The information is specific to the employee.

Is there a form they are required to complete?
See first question and response.

Are they required to register their handgun with UTPD, or only supply information about themselves?
The full-time faculty/staff must only register themselves and their permit number, not the handgun itself. You can also visit our department website, which should answer any other questions you may have.

Lt. Mike Richardson
Notice that Lt. Richardson (no relation) mentioned the form required to be completed. However, he did not send a copy with his responses. It took a bit of back and forth before Liston was able to get that form. Perhaps it was the mention of his attorney that shook it loose. You can see the form here.

Nashville's The Tennesseean has a long story on both the bill and the reaction around Tennessee campuses to the coming change. For a large newspaper it was both fairly accurate and fairly evenhanded. I recommend reading it.

Thanks to Liston for his work in prying loose the form and answers from the UTPD.


DIY Barrel Rifling Tool 2.0 [The Firearm Blog]

barrel riflngLast August I posted an article about Clinton Westwood’s DIY barrel rifling tool. Well he has updated it and motorized it. He used an old bicycle for parts and re-purposed it to drive the rifling tool. It acts as a differential. One side has the barrel twist rate while the other has the screw drive […]

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TypeAy Sends: Whistling Death: The Corsair [Sipsey Street Irregulars]

I confess, I had wanted to be a Soldier since I was knee high, so I never did give much thought to vintage military aircraft.  Growing up in Columbus with Wright Pat down the road, by rights I should have paid more attention.  Maybe it is a touch of sentimentality I am getting in my old age, but I am starting to see the romance with these obsolete war birds .

These machines were made in a time well before computers and certain air superiority.  Even if you cannot appreciate the birds, you can sure appreciate the grit for the men that flew them.


Match-Grade Rimfire Ammunition – Is It Worth It? [The Firearm Blog]

imageI mentioned that I am on a quest, right? I’d like to be able to shoot one-hole groups at 100 yards – quietly. Ok, I’ll settle for 0.5 MOA at 50-100 yards. But before I start talking about my equipment and ammunition deficiencies, let me be clear: I need practice. Lots of practice. That being […]

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A Visual Tour of the Tavor’s Childhood: From Napkin Doodle to Israel’s Rifle [The Firearm Blog]

123fThe history of the IWI Tavor is a subject that has interested me for close to a decade. The rifle’s history doesn’t seem to have been well-documented so far, at least in sources I have read; yet available on the Internet are many of the original concept images and mockups of the weapon. So, instead of writing […]

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The Crumbling Empire [Sipsey Street Irregulars]

USAF Vet Forcibly Removed from Flag-Folding Ceremony for Mentioning God

Tell me again what happens when we have an armed forces whose moral compass is the State?

"Master Sergeant (MSgt) Charles “Chuck” Roberson is a USAF veteran who retired on April 3, 2016 at Travis Air Force Base. A month before his retirement, Roberson saw Rodriguez perform the flag-folding speech at a friend’s retirement ceremony. Moved by the speech, Roberson personally asked Rodriguez to give the same speech at his own retirement ceremony. Rodriguez readily agreed. Read a script of the speech."

"When Roberson’s unit commander discovered that Rodriguez would be delivering the flag-folding speech, which mentions “God,” during the ceremony, he attempted to prevent Rodriguez from attending. After learning that he lacked authority to prevent Rodriguez from attending, the commander then told Roberson that Rodriguez could not give the speech. Rodriguez asked Roberson what he should do, and Roberson responded that it was his personal desire that Rodriguez give the flag-folding speech as planned."

"Roberson and Rodriguez tried to clear the speech through higher authorities at Travis Air Force Base, even offering to place notices on the door informing guests that the word “God” would be mentioned. They never received a response from the authorities. As an Air Force veteran himself, Rodriguez stood firm on his commitment to Roberson."


The More You Know: Thread Pattern Basics [The Firearm Blog]

Credit: sharp, corkscrew section on the end of your barrel is called the ‘threads’. And it is completely ok to admit that is where your level of knowledge on barrel threading ends (until recently, I was right there with you). For those of us who run stock barrels and muzzle devices, you probably have never […]

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Not suprising [Sipsey Street Irregulars]

This factoid has been making the rounds.  Obama did say he wanted a civilian military force, after all.


A Reader Sends: Fourth Generation War Comes To America: What Are You Going To Do About It? [Sipsey Street Irregulars]

Fourth Generation War Comes To America: What Are You Going To Do About It?

The article deals specifically with islam; a 1600 year old threat that most Americans view as very distant and ephemeral.  Submission, whether it is to a bureaucrat or an imam is one in the same.  You are a given a choice of easy, apathetic submission or a never ending battle to politically, spiritually, and physically keep your God given rights. 

"Orlando is not the first mass shooting by a so called ‘Lone Wolf’ Islamic Jihadist in America; it’s the seventh in recent years but this one is different. The knee jerk reaction from the political left and their media enablers has (unbelievably) gained traction in the establishment media. The Orlando massacre has nothing to do with guns; decreasing the civil liberties of law abiding Americans is not the answer. A majority of the American public knows this and are dismissing the governing elites attempts to spin this attack for political advantage out of hand. The problem is Islamic Jihadists and the fact that they are embedded inside our society and are going to, with ever increasing frequency, attack the citizens around them in the name of Allah. It’s what they do."

It  is what they do.

Wednesday, 22 June


Now people are starting to ask the right questions [Sipsey Street Irregulars]

What Will Gun Controllers Do When Americans Ignore an ‘Assault Weapons’ Ban?

The answer, of course, is all day, every day, and twice on Sundays. 

"So, the government somehow defines "assault weapons" in a meaningful way and bans sales of new ones. How is that going to be effective given the millions of disfavored weapons already in circulation? That includes roughly 8 million AR-15-style rifles alone—out of somewhere north of 300 million firearms in general. It's not like they're going anywhere."

I still feel that the 300 million number is extremely conservative given the number of firearms that have been sold in the past few years alone.  Of course the author is right in that no branch of government was able to  define the term "assault rifle" in a "meaningful way".  Just look at how arbitrary the "bayonet lug" or the "shoulder thing that goes up" were or what the SBR brace is now. 

Here is the "ah ha"" moment of the ease of nullification that needs to be imparted loud and clear to the disarmament folks:

"People have been 3D-printing AR-15 lower receivers (the parts legally classified as a firearm) for years. More durable receivers are CNC-milled by hobbyists from partially finished blanks as well as raw blocks of metal. These techniques were developed in anticipation of the laws now proposed, with the specific purpose of rendering them impotent."

Even before 3D printers and CNC machines, free men and women did not need permission to make firearms.  Pass whatever "feel good" law you law you wish, it does not matter a damn.  Firearms manufacturing has been completely and forever democratized.  It will in the hands of the people to decide what they are going to give up and what they simply will not.

Anyone interested in hosting coast-to-coast 80% lower parties?


BREAKING: Remington Reintroduces the R51 Pistol [The Firearm Blog]

remington_r51_10Remington has just informed purchasers of the original R51 pistol that the second model – which aims to fix the issues of the initial production version – is now ready to be shipped. Remington has taken the extra step for initial buyers of the R51 of not releasing the new improved model to the wider […]

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CCRKBA Calls Out Sit-In Democrats [No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money]

Alan Gottlieb of the Citizen's Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms that the Democrats no longer represent the ideals of a free society. Due process to them is just something that stands in the way of their gun prohibitionist goals.

Alan's full statement is below:

Dems No Longer Represent Ideals Of A Free Society

BELLEVUE, WA – While Capitol Hill Democrats staged a symbolic “sit-in” today in the House chambers to demand action on new gun restrictions, the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms said these lawmakers clearly define by their actions how far the party has strayed from the ideals of liberty their predecessors stood for.

“Democrats in the 1960s used sit-ins to expand Constitutional rights,” CCRKBA Chairman Alan Gottlieb recalled. “But today, they are using a sit-in to restrict those same civil rights.”

While Democrats professed to be interested in curbing gun-related violence, he said, their true motives are aimed more at eroding not only firearms rights, but the right of due process. Clearly, Gottlieb asserted, the sit-in is a carefully-choreographed attempt to fool the public into believing that it is right to pass legislation to strip someone of their rights without any criminal charge, much less a conviction, by placing them on a secret “watch list” without benefit of due process.

“Their party no longer represents the ideals of a free society,” Gottlieb said. “Democrats who are participating in this exhibition think they symbolize the frustration of American citizens. What they’re really symbolizing is the fact that they have been sitting down on the job rather than addressing the genuine threat of worldwide terrorism that has once again erupted in this country while Democrat Barack Obama sits in the Oval Office.

“Instead of demanding direct action against dangerous Islamic extremists,” he continued, “they’re distracting the public by pushing gun control measures that they know would not have prevented Orlando, Boston or San Bernardino. But it creates the deceptive impression that they are doing something, when in fact they are doing less than nothing by trying to penalize the wrong people.

“This is an insult to many of us that participated in sit-in demonstrations to extend civil rights a generation ago,” he added. “Many of us were armed to protect participants from the Ku Klux Klan and other bigots. We were also armed with the facts, something that today’s gun prohibitionists know little about. This demonstration is a disgrace, but today’s crop of Democrats don’t seem to care.”


How Seriously Are You Taking Nuclear Preps? []

From old Cold War nuke hand and former Secretary of Defense William J. Perry, via Jerry Brown, comes an attempted wake-up call: we are sleepwalking toward a nuclear war with Russia, and the danger now is higher than it was even in the Cold War:

I know of no person who understands the science and politics of modern weaponry better than William J. Perry, the US Secretary of Defense from 1994 to 1997. When a man of such unquestioned experience and intelligence issues the stark nuclear warning that is central to his recent memoir, we should take heed. Perry is forthright when he says: “Today, the danger of some sort of a nuclear catastrophe is greater than it was during the Cold War and most people are blissfully unaware of this danger.”1 He also tells us that the nuclear danger is “growing greater every year” and that even a single nuclear detonation “could destroy our way of life.”

Perry’s book is only the latest in a series of increasingly loud warnings from Russia watchers that NATO seems to be on a nuclear collision course with its Cold War rival.

For me personally, I rate the threat of WWIII higher than any other single threat at this point: from EMP to economic collapse. NATO’s present expansion and antagonism of Russia is, in my opinion, suicidal madness. Russian and US warplanes almost fired on each other over Syria earlier this week.

So I ask the question I asked at the outset: how seriously are you taking your nuclear preps? Or, are you in a region where there’s no hope, and if the bombs start to fall you’re pretty well doomed?

As for me, depending on the number of bombs in the cluster and the yield, I may or may not make it through the first attack. If I do, it’s not clear to me that I can hunker down for two weeks or more, until the radiation clears. And then when the food starts to run out, and all the wildlife are dying… Maybe I should just move closer to the nearest urban center and plan to go out with the rest.

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I Wish Sen. Collins Would Stick To Worrying About Lobsters [No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money]

Sen. Susan Collins (RINO-ME) usually worries about important things like whether Maine lobsters are invading Europe. Now she and an unholy alliance of senators are introducing a "compromise" bill that allows the Attorney General to deny firearms purchases to anyone on the No-Fly List or the "Selectee" List. Their idea of due process is to allow you to appeal to the US Court of Appeals if denied, pay an attorney big bucks, and then, and only then, recover your attorneys fees if your appeal was successful.

The bill is entitled the Terrorist Firearms Prevention Act of 2016. I wonder if she considers the late Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-MA) or Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) as terrorists as both ended up on the No-Fly List. If not for their positions in Congress they still might be on it. The bill is pitched as a compromise between the failed bills of Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) and Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA). While I didn't like either of those bills, the Cornyn bill at least had some recognition of the 5th Amendment guarantee of due process. The ACLU, to their credit, didn't like either bill.

Here is a summary of the bill as put out by Sen. Collins. Please notice item no. 4 which gives the Attorney General the power to approve a sale to someone on the list so as to not impede a FBI counter-terrorism investigation. Given that current Attorney General Loretta Lynch can't even say the word "Muslim terrorist", what's to say that all terrorists won't be OK'ed as a matter of policy. As we saw during Project Gunwalker, most of those firearms are still in the hands of the cartels.

Terrorist Firearms Prevention Act of 2016

Sponsor: U.S. Senator Susan Collins (R-ME)

Cosponsors: U.S. Senators Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND); Kelly Ayotte (R-NH); Martin Heinrich (DNM); Jeff Flake (R-AZ); Tim Kaine (D-VA); Lindsey Graham (R-SC); Angus King (I-ME); Bill Nelson (D-FL); Joe Manchin (D-WV); Tammy Baldwin (D-WI); and Mark Kirk (R-IL)

The bipartisan “Terrorist Firearms Prevention Act of 2016” would prevent people who are on the No Fly List or the Selectee List from purchasing firearms. If our government has determined that an individual is too dangerous to fly on an airplane, that person should not have the opportunity make a legal firearm purchase. Due process principles require that Americans denied their right to purchase a firearm under this provision have the opportunity to appeal this denial to a federal court.

What the Amendment Does:

1. Gives the AG the authority to deny firearms sales to individuals who appear on the No Fly List or the Selectee List.2. Provides a process for Americans and green card holders to appeal a denial in U.S. Court of Appeals and to recover their reasonable attorneys fees if they prevail.3. Sets forth a procedure for protecting classified information during the appeal.4. Protects ongoing FBI counter-terrorism investigations by giving the AG the discretion to allow gun sales to go forward to individuals covered by this Act.5. Includes a “look-back” provision that ensures prompt notification to the FBI if a person who has been on the broader Terrorism Screening Database (TSDB) within the past five years purchases a firearm.

How It Works: The TSDB is the broad consolidated watch list comprised of several more narrow threat databases that various government entities maintain. The No Fly List is a subset that precludes an individual from boarding a commercial aircraft that departs in, arrives from, or flies over the United States. The Selectee List is used to identify individuals who require additional screening.

Individuals on the narrower No Fly and Selectee lists would not be allowed to purchase guns, but Americans and green card holders would have due process rights to appeal in the Court of Appeals following a proscribed procedure. The AG would have the burden of proof, and the court would be required to make a decision in 14 days.

Classified information would be reviewed by the court following procedures similar to those in the Classified Information Procedures Act used for criminal proceedings. In cases where the classified information is relied upon, the court would have a range of options to protect the information while fully ensuring due process. These options range from providing an unclassified summary to disclosing some or all of the classified information.

To ensure appropriate oversight and transparency, the Attorney General would be required to report to the Intelligence and Judiciary Committees of the House and Senate on the number of persons denied a firearm, the number of appeals filed, and number of persons who prevailed in their appeals under the provisions of this Act.


FN 1900: Most Important Carry Pistol Of All Time [The Firearm Blog]

The FN 1900 is a classic John Browning design that put affordable, reliable semi-automatic pistols in the hands of the common man. The simple blowback guns were small enough to carry in a pocket, and .32acp was considered more than adequate for personal defense at the time. The FN 1900 kicked off a revolution whereby […]

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Terminology Does Matter, as This Guy Discovered [The Firearm Blog]

grammarAs has recently been explained, terminology is important – and not only because I say it is. Seeing the use of correct terminology as either a nuisance or something not worth the effort of learning has a way of breaking things down not only within the industry but outside it. For example, countless members of […]

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Pennsylvania: “Terrorist Watchlist” Bill Referred to Rules Committee [NRA-ILA News]

This morning, the House Judiciary Committee voted to refer the “Terrorist Watchlist” bill, House Bill 1770, to the House Rules Committee.  Any further consideration of a “discharge resolution” can only occur after 15 legislative days, so it is unlikely that any action will be taken on HB 1770 until after the General Assembly returns from summer recess.


Stolen Gun, Back Where It Belongs [The Firearm Blog]

13413719_10153588617236867_2971528843770579175_nJoshua R. had his truck stolen five years ago. In it was his Remington 870. I would make something up, but truck got stolen 5 years ago, FBI busted a dealer 3 years ago and he had it in his possession. He got convicted on May 16th this year and I just picked it up […]

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Review: X Products High Capacity AR15 and AR10 Drum Magazines []

When X Products introduced their drum magazines in late 2012, they asked the market “Who wants a robust 50-round drum magazine for their AR15 and AR10 platform rifles?” “Uhhh, yeah” said many AR15/AR10 owners, and just like that X Products had a 12- to 14-month backlog of orders.

That’s why this article has been so long in the making. Way back at the 2013 SHOT show, the X Products booth was so swamped that I could not fight my way in to even discuss their products. The crowd at the 2014 SHOT show was a bit smaller, but I did get a chance to chat with them about their magazines. I was impressed, placed an order, and then waited patiently through their backorder process until my X-25 for DPMS format 308 rifles and X-15, and X-15 skeletonized magazines for AR15 rifle arrived at my doorstep. As I opened the packages, I felt like a spy with a new gadget… they are that cool.


About X Products

X Products was formed by a bunch of college-educated gun nuts with one simple dream: to produce the firearm equivalent of a compact coil drum magazine; an idea first created for nail guns. To quote the “About Us” section on the X Products site, “We are a diverse group of innovative gun enthusiasts who designed and developed industry leading drum magazine technology and continue to bring awesome products to the firearm industry.”


After reading that and seeing their drum magazine, it should be clear that the founders are creative thinkers who are not afraid to take a risk. The risk plus a few patents has paid off and I would bet all four of the original founders could walk out the door with fistfuls of cash and retire very well in Belize.

These guys have been swamped since they introduced their first high capacity magazine, but they now have many new offerings — even including an AR15 9mm Colt magazine version.

What is an X Product Drum Magazine?

Traditionally, high capacity coil drum magazines are quite large and have a internal ammo separation/movement “star.” If you think of your typical round Thompson submachine gun magazine, they are huge dinner plate sized magazines which have ammo separators to help move the ammo along.

The problem is that these separators historically cause a ton of jams. Old fashioned drum mags also limited he rates of fire due to reliability issues. One solution has been to maintain a single stack, but just increase the radius of the drum.

All these work-arounds result in bigger and significantly heavier magazines. The guys at X Products saw compact drum magazines for pneumatic nail guns and decided to try to do that for the AR15 platform.

In essence X Products figured out a way to have 50 rounds of 5.56 ammo coiled up in a very small little space and still feed quickly and reliably. In fact the X-15 magazine can deliver up to 1100 rounds a minute which is approximately 30%-40% faster than the M16 cycles even when suppressed.

Fit, Finish, Feel, and Features

The X Products X-25, X-15, and X-15 skeletonized mags I tested are just a sample of their line up. Not only do they have a huge variety of configurations and a few color options of AR15 and DPMS format 308 magazines, they also have models for other guns including the FAL, SCAR, 9mm AR15 Colt magazines and many others. They are even working on a version for an AK-47. (Yeah!)


As you can imagine, X Products has a number of patents on its design. Originally the X15 magazines were four-axis-machined from billet aluminum, but that took an insane amount of time. Not a great thing considering they needed to catch up from the backlog of orders.

The smart guys at X Products began using a High Pressure Die Cast (HPD) aluminum forming process to form the bodies. This offered many benefits including a higher-quality product with smoother operation, higher reliability, lighter weight, fewer sharp edges, and higher production capabilities to catch up on orders.

X Products also began using Crimson Trace to produce the glass filled nylon followers which further increased reliability and production. Manufacture of the remaining steel and billet aluminum magazine parts was kept in house.


These mags weight a lot, mostly because of the heavy-duty coil spring which powers the X Products mags. The original X-15 empty weighs in at just under 2 pounds and the skeletonized version around 1.6 pounds. Add in ammo and you have a full mag which weighs around 3 pounds. Certainly not light, but there are some advantages which can outweigh (pun intended) the added mass.

For example, the X-15 is actually a bit shorter than your standard 30-round magazine, which means that if you are snuggled up in position of cover or on the bench rest, you will have just a bit more wiggle room than dealing with a long magazine sticking out of your mag well.

The X-15 mag is also compatible with almost all AR15 mag pouches; both the polymer 3-gun style and the velcro MOLLE style. It will look a little weird, but it will work.


Having the capacity of roughly two magazines on tap without having to stop to reload can be a huge deal. If you don’t believe me, ask the buttload of 3-Gun shooters who are now running X-Product mags. Even if you are superhumanly fast, magazine changes still take time and also allow an excellent opportunity for us humans to screw up the reload.

X Products mags have also passed the typical Milspec magazine torture tests and performed as well as any other accepted mag. Interestingly, the skeletonized version was shunned a bit by the forum commandos because it allow dirt to get inside. “Oh no, my gun is dirty,” said the guy who has never gotten his gun dirty.

Okay, admittedly the skeletonized versions are more for the 3-Gun crowd, but not one skeletonized version has ever been returned for repair or warranty according to X Products . At least from my little dirt experiments, any dirt which entered through the holes in the magazine also falls out through the holes in the magazine without impeding function.


Admittedly the weight of three Mil-Spec mags is less than one X Products magazine, but if you need a more-compact high-capacity magazine which is still reliable to drive your semi or full auto AR rifles, X Products mags are the only choice around. Some will ask “what about Surefire high cap mags?” Simply put, some steel cased ammo, does not feed well in the Surefire mags, but the slicked up Ceramic internal coating on the X15 and X25 mags had no issues at all with any steel cased ammo I tested.


Functionally, I had zero issues with any steel, brass, or nickel plated FMJ or polymer ballistic tip ammo I tested. While loading and hand unloading each of the magazines to get the “feel” of the mags, I thought that I would have some feeding problems with hollow point rounds due to some sluggish feeding/loading rounds — but once in the gun, they fed without incident.

Loading is accomplished by cupping the magazine, releasing tension on the feed spring, and loading the rounds. There is a learning curve but it goes quickly considering it feels like you are loading rounds forever.

Once the magazines are loaded, the fun begins as it is slipped into your firearm. For testing, I used several 5.56 AR15s from Houlding Precision, Mega Arms, Aero Precision, Barnes Precision, and even an IWI Tavor. On the 308 AR format, I tested with my DPMS G1 format, a custom Mega Arms Ma-Ten DPMS format, and a new DPMS GII rifle.


I did have two compatibility issues. If you planning on using the X15 with the Tavor, either expect very snug magazine seating, or plan on whipping out the Dremel tool to take just a hair of polymer off the Tavor around the mag well to make seating the X15 mags a little more reassuring.

The other issue X Products had already updated by the time I called them was the compatibility of the X-25 308 magazine with the DPMS GII format rifle. Technically your old DPMS mags should work perfectly on the new GII format, but the Maxwell is a tad tighter. The end result was that X Products tweaked their X-25 308 mag dimensions to comply with the new DPMS “standard dimension.”

Beyond those two issues, the X Products X15, X-15 skeletonized, and X-25 magazines all performed perfectly as advertised.

Final Thoughts

Some will see X Products coil magazines as a luxury AR15 accessory reserved for the 3-gun and zombie hunter crowd. Go ahead and think that, but almost three years after introduction, the company is still in a constant backorder on coil magazines for AR platform rifles.

For me, the X-25 seems to be a great option for a 308 hog hunting gun and the X15 series are the perfect mags for 3-gunners and that extra defense magazine… you know, in case the zombies show up.

Manufacturer Specs

  • X-15 AR15 50-Round Drum Magazine $189.95 (Skeletonized Version $309.95)
  • X-25 – AR 308 High Cap Drum Magazine – $294.95
  • 50 Round Capacity
  • Cerakote Finish
  • Aluminum Construction
  • No Lube Required
  • Low Profile Design
  • Lifetime Warranty


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Suppressor Spotlight: Bowers Group [The Firearm Blog]

10571954_627934330651027_5582660869286517996_oIt seems strange to do a ‘Spotlight’ installment on the Bowers Group. After all, Tom Bowers has been making silencers for almost two decades. And even if you aren’t a suppressor owner (yet), I can almost guarantee that at some point in your life you have lusted after one of his subgun models mounted on […]

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POTD: Nazi Belt Buckle Gun [The Firearm Blog]

2579545NRA National Firearms Museum has this Nazi Belt Buckle gun in their collection. It is called the Marquis Nazi Belt Buckle Pistol. Looks to be chambered in 7.65mm. I cannot seem to figure out how this pistol is fired. I suspect it is loaded when the barrels are folded there by exposing the chamber. Then […]

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One Way To End A Sit-In [No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money]

Anti-gun Rep. John Yarmuth (D-KY) tweeted this out picture of the Democrat's sit-in of the House of Representatives floor. They are demanding a vote on gun control.

Here's a suggestion for Speaker Paul Ryan and the Republican leadership. Be kind to those aging Democrats. I'm sure they are thirsty and you don't want them fainting from dehydration. Send them some water or even some energy drinks (full of caffeine).

Make sure you provide them with a lot of liquids. Insist that they continue their sit-in for many more hours and don't let them leave. I assure you that those old male Democrats with their old man bladders are going to start to get really twitchy sooner than later. I don't care how much Flomax or Toviaz they are taking for BPH and OAB.

Trust me, it'll work.


Distance Shooting Like a Sniper []

We all have a mental image of the quintessential sniper; a man who only needs his rifle and some camouflage to make the impossible billion-yard shot. The reality is that, whether you are sniper or Joe distance shooter, the fundamentals of shooting apply and that does not mean going to the 500 yard range and blasting 1000 rounds downrange like a madman. In fact our range does not allow it for obvious safety reasons, because you have no idea where each of those bullets are going when doing something like that.

Sniper Jukka

A military sniper once told me that I would be stunned how few rounds were fired on an average day at sniper training. He indicated it was more like hunting in that there is a lot of waiting and maneuvering and calculating, with a heck of a lot of analytical classroom work.

At heart, sniper training puts emphasis more on prepping for the shot, making the shot, and then a whole bunch of analysis about where it went and why.

Since most modern cartridges shoot flat enough for hunting out to 100-150 yards, most of us never really have to think about any significant holdovers. When is the last time you thought about barometric pressure, ambient temperature, ranging, scope adjustment, wind estimation, spin drift, and flight time before you took a shot at a deer?

Also, most target benchrest distance shooters are used to shooting nice and comfy on a level stable bench and picking “nice days for shooting” that are less temperate and less windy, ensuring fewer things to affect bullet flight. Snipers don’t have that advantage.

Any shooter that tries and has the right rifle and ammo can shoot sub-MOA (Minute Of Angle) groups at 100 yards — but try that while it’s raining at dusk, shooting under a log while lying sideways in a muddy ditch with 30 MPH cross winds at a 400-yard target that is trying to kill you and your buddies.

iPhone Apps

The first step to shooting accurately at long distances is to figure out where the bullet will go. There are a couple iPhone apps I really like. One is military’s now-standard Knight’s Armament Corporation KAC BulletFlight series of apps in three versions from basic $3.99 to Military $39.99. If you want a comprehensive feature-rich app that gives you cutting-edge ballistics calculation including really complex spin drift calculations with most commercial and military caliber data loaded on board, this is the app to download.


The other iPhone ballistics bullet drop calculation app I like (and probably use more often) is iStrelok, a free or inexpensive app (depending on which version) that provides a complete range of ballistics calculation, but lacks the extra data inputs and sophistication of Bulletflight… but hey it’s cheap and has worked great for me breaking clay targets out to 400 yards.

This is more of a fast calculation app designed around Kentucky windage holdovers, but it does calculate scope clicks and the newer version can even do truing. The app shows you where to aim on various reticle designs (Mil Dot, NP-R2 & R1 Nightforce, TMR Leupold, Ballistic Mildot & XTR Ballistic Mildot, BR, SPR, and more). Set up your rifle and cartridge data, enter conditional information (distance, wind, temp, slope) and it shows you where to aim when your look through the scope.

Seems to work very well on 22 LR, 357, 9mm, and 308s that I have tried with it.

Another useful app is a distance estimation app for use with Mildot reticle equipped scopes is Snipers Mildot which allows you to set the size of the target with a slider and use the other slider to match the height of the target as seen through your Mildot scope.

Most deer chests are 18″ tall so you can make pretty accurate yardage calculations with this, though not as accurate as a laser range finder. This app requires a Mildot scope on the noted calibrated power setting. It took me a little bit to figure out, but in the end, it’s a handy tool for long range shooting.

Theodolite is another great iPhone app tool for shooting, surveying, outdoor enthusiast, and handyman use, which allows for precise angle calculation, distance and height calculations, GPS, Azimuth bearing, altitude, time, precision compass, and a host of other information critical for positioning and measurement. This is just a stunning display of what the embedded iPhone sensors can do and handy when shooting.


If you want to add some stress to your training, I recommend a Shot Timer, I have several including IA-Innovative Applications Shot Timer and Surefire’s Shot Timer... both free. These provide the beep and shoot with recording of total times, first shot, split time and shot counts. I use these with a handgun and they can provide some stress during long range shooting as well.  Adding a little urgency and stress to your long range shooting can really change your accuracy — and not for the better.

Dry Firing

I cannot possibly convey how much I have learned from dry firing.  If you want to tighten your groups with rifle and pistol: dry fire, dry fire, and dry fire some more. This will improve your grip, will make you painfully aware of flinching, thumb squeezing, trigger yanks, and other issues that make you miss the target.

As a test the next time you are watching television, assure your gun is completely unloaded, point it at the TV, and pull the trigger… did your sight picture move when you pulled the trigger, did you flinch like a newbie, was there any movement? By dry firing the hell out of my pistols, I have significantly tightened my groups and now I am working through the same drills with my rifles.


A Good Rest

A great portable rest is your backpack, a Harris bipod, or even bean or rice bags which are really light and still provide the same utility as the lead bags… plus you can eat them if you have to go all nature-boy-survival. I also encourage practicing both standard and uncomfortable shooting positions while you are at the range. The reality is you can practice all you want in a bench, but when you start crouching or lying down, things change.


Ethical Questions

We all know the guy who considers hunting, buys a new 300 Magnum, puts three rounds through it and heads to a guided hunt where he attempts 300-400-yard shots. He then brags that it took two shots, but he brought the beast down at 400 yards. This is totally irresponsible and inhumane.

We have a responsibility to make a clean kill. I pulled off a 150-yard squirrel shot one year, only to find that I shot its leg off and had to dispatch it upon retrieval. That haunts me to this day and if it would have been a deer I probably would have never hunted again, but it did teach me to to only take humane shots inside my field shooting capabilities. If you can’t cleanly take the game, don’t take the shot.

Also, you need to ask yourself “Can I safely make the shot from here? Am I shooting into a good backstop?” You need to answer these — correctly — before setting up to take the shot.



Sniping and hunting have a lot of similarities, starting with the hunt which means a lot of glassing and looking with binoculars and not much shooting. You may have spent a pile of money for a rifle and scope, but the most critical hunting gear is an excellent set of binoculars in 8x or 10x magnification. I can guarantee you will find more game.

The other vital piece of equipment that is getting cheap is a rangefinder. My Nikon Riflehunter is awesome and will provide not only distance, but shot angle and/or adjusted shot distances affected by the angle to the target. Without good range estimation, that $2000 trip and hunt may leave you empty-handed from an incorrect holdover.

The Obvious Questions

Have you sighted in and do you know what the rifle will do at the 10, 25, 50, 74, 100, 150, and 200+ yards ranges with the ammo you are hunting and shooting with? Do you have that data printed out on a little waterproof card? A lot of guys figure that if they are good on the 100 yard range, that they are good at longer ranges – but that is not the case and experience validating ballistic calculator data is critical. Have you shot off the bench, prone, kneeling, and from seated in odd uncomfortable positions? How did that affect your accuracy?

Are you using the same ammo you sighted in with, is it good ammo or cheap stuff that is inconsistent? Always, always, always sight in with the same ammo you hunt with.  Have you dry fired enough to assure good grip, trigger and breath control?

Are you keeping a shot log providing distances, sight in distance, wind, clean/cold/warm bore information, and ammunition variances?  Most guns will shoot differently with first round from a dirty and/or clean bore and when the barrel is cold and sometimes the accuracy loss can be significant. Have you recorded how your gun shoots from cold bore to hot bore? Sometimes you only have the one shot and you’d better know where the round will go.

Final Thoughts

All this boils down to knowing your rifle and how it shoots. You are better off having only one rifle and knowing how it shoots than to have 50 rifles and not know how any of them really shoot. Making a great shot isn’t not about how expensive your rifle is, it is about how well you know your rifle and how it and you shoot in various conditions.

Ballistics calculators take some of the guesswork out of where the bullet will go, but a great shot takes lots of range practice — and as the saying goes, if it was easy everyone would do it.

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Review: JP Enterprises AR-15 Barrel Kit and Components []

If you ask who makes the most-accurate AR15 barrels you’ll get a lot of opinions; some qualified, and some not so much. As I spoke with numerous individuals in the know, one name came up more often than any other (especially from the three-gun and target crowd): JP Enterprises. Further piqueing my interest, almost all of my sources said these barrels kits, uppers, and complete rifles commonly produced ½” benchrest 100-yard groups. JP’s products are reasonably priced considering their proven pedigree, which is another big plus.

About JP Enterprises

JP products have been tested and proven to be among the best in real competitions and not just in a lab environment. Currently JP barrels and accessories are found on some of the top 3-Gun competitors’ rifles including Daniel Horner. What makes JP Enterprises unique is that they are truly innovating with out-of-the-box thinking.


The JP Barrel Build

The foundation of this accuracy machine is a JP Enterprises 18” Medium Contour JP Barrel Kit which takes a Thermal Dissipator and features an adjustable gas block, cryogenic treatment, matched bolt, and the JP Contoured barrel profile… probably quite a bit different than the stock barrel riding aboard your AR15.


Other build components include:

  • Aero Precision upper and lower receivers
  • Squad Designed Marksman focused Geissele SSA-E Super Semi-Automatic Enhanced Trigger
  • PRI Gasbuster charging handle
  • Hi-Lux 1x-4x 24 CMR scope
  • Millet Rings
  • DPMS parts lower parts kit and re-purposed tube and stock assembly
  • JP Enterprises Modular Hand Guard to fit over the heat-sinked barrel profile.

Because the JP Barrel Kit includes a matched and headspaced bolt, I plugged the JP Bolt into a YM Chrome Carrier Group.



First it should be noted that I am NOT reviewing just a barrel, but a $589 barrel kit composed of JP Enterprises products which provide the builder a special set of tuned components. The kit offers an install-ready complete barrel assembly and can be ordered in your choice of 16”, 18”, 20” and 22” barrels and includes JP’s own headspaced bolt matched to the chamber, adjustable gas system and tube, and tactical compensator or recoil eliminator.

I opted for the tactical compensator and added a $75 JP Thermal Dissipator, which is in essence a large heat sink for the barrel.


The quality of the gas block is outstanding and it allows you to tune your AR to a smooth and flat-shooting AR that holds the sights from shot to shot. Most shooters will tune the gas block for one specific load. I tuned mine down just enough to lock back the bolt and then opened it ¼ turn to ensure cycling with a large variety of ammo.


Tipping the barrel, I chose the 3-gun legal Bennie Cooley JP Tactical Compensator. This compensator is designed to be compliant with SOF, WC 3-Gun and USPSA Limited Class competition rules while maximizing flat-shooting performance.

Compensators are effective at providing a nearly recoil-free rig, but the downside is that they’re very loud. Mine worked great, looks awesome, and is a whole bundle of fun when you start shooting fast.


The button rifled barrel itself is made from 416 stainless alloy chambered in 223 Wylde with a 1:8 twist which is the preferred configuration for precision shooters. The 223 Wylde chamber represents the best compromise between a SAAMI commercial spec 223 chamber and a 5.56 NATO-type chamber, and often results in peak accuracy with the widest variety of ammo at safe pressures.

The barrel has a unique best-of-both-worlds profile which promotes cooling at the hottest area (2”-3” in front of the chamber) with a thinner barrel profile which then transitions to a bull profile after the gas block to assure precision accuracy.

The barrel is turned on state-of-the-art machines and cryogenically treated for cold bore shot predictability, minimum thermal drift, outstanding accuracy, and extended barrel life. JP is definitely leading barrel technology innovation in the AR market. With the JP profile and 18” length, the barrel feels like a standard heavy AR profile barrel — but it shoots like an 18” bull barrel.


The optional JP Thermal Dissipator attaches to the thinner barrel profile between the gas block and receiver. The Dissipator increases barrel stiffness and provides 700% more surface cooling vs. a standard barrel profile, increased barrel life and accuracy and offering improved heat management for more comfortable high-rate shooting.

Because of this heat dissipation, heat distortion is limited and barrel temperatures are controlled even during sustained firing. The dissipator is available for .650” and .750” barrel profiles in black, red, blue, and white anodized finish and will fit other barrels with those profiles. The red looks sharp peeking thought he handguard. Seems like someone should have taken this queue from the electronic industry and installed heat sinks long ago.


The last part of the kit is a JP Enhanced Bolt, which accepts standard non-proprietary firing pins and extractors. The JP bolt is made from SAE 9310 high-grade steel and headspace-matched to the barrel you buy. The primary advantage is a sizable upgrade from typical 8620 steel, which has been shown to only last around 6000 rounds and sometimes shows stress fractures in as few as 3000 rounds — but SAE 9310 steel is shown to last easily twice as long.

Fit and Feel

When JP notes that their barrels are made to exacting specifications they are not kidding — this is by far the most gorgeous barrel finish I have seen. Even the transition to the JP Tactical Compensator is so flawless it looks like a perfectly turned and milled extension of the barrel. The chambers and feed ramps are polished, the target crown is perfect, and the fit into my Aero Precision upper receiver was nice and tight. JP is obviously picky about quality as every component in the barrel kit is of outstanding custom grade quality.


Functioning and Accuracy

Once everything was mounted up it was time for the recommended JP Enterprises barrel break-in procedure. Reliability has been excellent and seems to be getting smoother.

Moving through the recommended break-in procedure with inexpensive steel-cased ammo still netted a few .75” groups, and I was more and more impressed with each shot. With Hornady 75 Grain TAP ammo, groups started at solid .75” groups at 100 yards and reduced through the 100 round range to .6” and by the 300 round count I managed several .5” groups and one .4” group.

Perhaps I just became a little more comfortable behind the 6x-24x Simmons Predator Quest scope, but whatever the cause, I was quite happy with the results. I used the 6x-24x scope for accuracy shooting, but the 1x-4x Hi-Lux CMR scope is simply more practical for 3-Gun and tactical shooting, and it still delivered .75” or better groups at 100 yards. This sight provides a MIL and MOA combo illuminated circle dot and bullet drop and wind drift reticle for fast and easy Kentucky windage adjustments.

Most impressive to me was that I was able to hold very close to these groups from the first to the last shot during higher rates of benchrest paced fire. Apparently JP’s barrel profile, cryo treating, and heat sink all contribute to that first-to-last-shot consistency.


What does this mean for the average shooter, tactical operator, or 3-gun competitor? Well, if your AR’s best day produces 2” groups at 100 yards, then the JP Enterprises accuracy solution may give you a 400% improvement and consequently 400% higher hit probability, 400% more potential that the bad guy (or 300 yard 3-gun steel) goes down — or simply more probability that you will outshoot your buddy at the range.

Final Thoughts

JP Enterprises has a well-earned reputation as one of the finest barrel and AR15 accessory innovators and manufacturers and my experience has proven that reputation again. I like the fact that they use all 100% US made parts, the warranty and commitment of JP to assuring quality and customer service.


There is no doubt that this is not a budget build, but tipping just over $2000 is a bargain for a proven ½” tack driver any way you slice it. I understand the science behind cryo-treatment, the barrel profile, and accessories like the thermal dissipator, but some will say they are just voodoo. If I thought having each of my rifles hand rubbed with old Bennie Cooley practice targets, blessed, dipped in garlic-infused holy water followed by a live sacrifice of cooked carrots while citing Hamlet, I would — but luckily the JP kit easily delivered sub-MOA accuracy without all that.

There are certainly a sea of premium target barrels on the market, but based on my experience JP Enterprises has gained this accuracy nut as a fan.

Build Specs

  • JP Enterprises Barrel Kit $589 (Barrel, Gas Block & Tube, Bolt, and Tactical Compensator)
  • JP Thermal Dissipator $75
  • Aero Precision Upper $59.99
  • Aero Precision Lower $139.99
  • Model 1 Carrier $195
  • Geissele SSA-E Super Semi-Automatic Enhanced Trigger $200
  • PRI Gasbuster charging handle with Tactical Latch $85
  • Hi-Lux 1-4X-24 CMR scope $359
  • Millet Tactical 30mm Rings $50
  • DPMS parts lower parts kit $58.99
  • Re-purposed stock $0
  • JP Enterprises’ own Modular Hand Guard $189.99
  • Build Total: $2001.96

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Homeowner shoots knife-wielding intruder, The Sun, San Bernardino, Calif. 06/18/16, CBS Los Angeles, Los Angeles, Calif. 06/18/16 [NRA-ILA News]

A homeowner in his late 60s living in San Bernardino, Calif. had just spent some time in his yard and came back inside his home to find an intruder armed with a hunting knife. The homeowner demanded that the man leave. When the trespasser refused to leave, the homeowner retrieved a handgun and again ordered the intruder out of the home. The intruder responded to the demand by brandishing the knife he was carrying, prompting the homeowner to shoot him. Police captured the intruder and he was taken to the hospital.


Hey Doc, My Suppressor Gets Heavy When I Shoot It. Any Ideas? [The Firearm Blog]

Credit: Brandon Bertolli‘Let’s get an X-ray and see what’s going on’. In a LinkedIn post entitled Lead deposition in an A-TEC CMM4(6) rimfire suppressor: Part 1, Diagnostic Radiographer Brandon Bertolli uses a medical X-ray machine to chronicle the effects of shooting .22LR rimfire ammunition in a suppressor without any cleaning intervals. Although the results are somewhat obvious (it gets […]

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The Useful Illogic of 'Assault Weapon' Bans [NRA-ILA News]

Like most people who want to ban "assault weapons," including Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, USA Today's editorialists do not know what they are. They assume the category is defined by features that make guns especially lethal in the hands of mass murderers. It isn't.


NRA, White House Raise Concerns Over Gun Proposal [NRA-ILA News]

NRA said late Tuesday afternoon that it would oppose the measure, which could keep more Republicans from signing onto the bill. "Senator Collins and others are focusing their efforts on unconstitutional proposals that would not have prevented the Orlando terrorist attack," NRA executive director Chris W. Cox said in a statement


America Is Awash In Guns, And Crime Is At Record Lows [NRA-ILA News]

Most Americans believe America is submerged beneath a tidal wave of gun violence. A Pew Research poll in 2013 found that 56 percent of Americans thought gun violence had risen in the last 20 years, 26 percent thought it had remained the same, and only 12 percent thought it had fallen. You might be surprised to learn the 12 percent were right.


Disarming the Second Amendment won't stop terrorism [NRA-ILA News]

Partisan spin doesn’t usually surprise me — after almost 15 years in politics, I’ve come to expect it from both sides in response to both triumphs and tragedies. But I was honestly surprised when, after the worst terrorist attack on our soil since Sept. 11, the left’s response was to blame the National Rifle Association, the Republican Party, and an imaginary class of scary-looking firearms. Remember when the country used to come together after terrorist attacks and unite against our common foes?


Review: Cold Steel’s Recon Tanto San Mai III []

I consider Lynn Thompson of Cold Steel as a real innovator. I give him credit modernizing the Japanese Tanto blade design, and I like to say that he set the standard for super-sharp knives out-of-the-box. After Cold Steel starting producing knives with a hair-poppin’ edge, many other major knife companies had to jump on board and start putting a better edge on their cutlery.


There aren’t too many Cold Steel products that I haven’t owned or tested over the years, and the Cold Steel Recon Tanto with San Mai III laminate steel has always been on my wish list. There are many “super steels” on the market these days, and many (most?) of them are outstanding in all respects. However, the cost of these steels can drive the price of a blade so high that many people simply can’t afford it. Lynn Thompson created his San Mai III laminated steel when he went looking for a way to offer a stronger, tougher blade that would hold an edge but would still be easy to re-sharpen.

Without getting overly technical (not that I could) a laminated blade consists of several layers of steel. In the case of the San Mai III laminate, there are three layers of stainless steel. On the inside of the “sandwich” is hard, high carbon steel, and forge-welded to either side are lower-carbon steels.


If you take a close look at a Cold Steel San Mai III blade, you’ll seen a fine line on either side near the cutting edge. That’s where the sides of the “sandwich” end and the harder center portion begins. These knives are popular, which is proven by the fact that they always seem to be on backorder.


Thompson tested a variety of steels to come up with the best steel for his San Mai III blades, and he came away with VG-1, which is what he uses for the center of the blade (which forms the cuttung edge). I’m not at all sure what this steel is, other than I know from experience, it is a high-grade blade steel that works.

I received my Recon Tanto San Mai III sample after waiting several months — and it was well worth the wait. The blade is 7 inches long and has a modified tanto point; it’s an armor-piercing point that can even be driven through the hood of a car without damage to the blade — we’re talking tough! The overall length of the knife is 11-3/4″, the blade is 3/16″ thick, and it weighs 8.5 ounces.

The handle material is checkered and made of a polymer called Kray-Ex which really gives you a great hold on the knife. The sheath material is called Secure-Ex, again another tough polymer.

There is just something about all of Cold Steel’s Tanto knives that I never could put my finger on… but these knives just feel great in my hand no matter what grip I use (fencing, ice pick, etc), and they always balance nicely.

Many martial artists, like myself, love a tanto-style blade for knife fighting/self-defense. There’s just something about a tanto blade that allows it to penetrate easily, and it is super at slashing, too. It seems to grab whatever material you are slashing into, and it cuts deeper than other blades.

The tanto blade is first and foremost a fighting blade design, and I consider any other use beyond that as just an added benefit. I used my Recon Tanto to slash and puncture rubber tires, and it easily penetrated the steel belts. I could easily stab the blade to the hilt into stacked cardboard. I even used the knife around the kitchen.

I tested it as a survival-type knife, chopping on dead fallen trees, and the 7 inch blade did a lot better than I thought it would. I have no doubt that it would excel as a hunting knife, too. I tried using it as a throwing knife (I didn’t expect it to stick and it never did), which really abused the blade when it bounced off of a tree and onto a gravel driveway. The only damage was a few small scruffs on the blade. I never once had to re-sharpen the blade, although I tested it over a period of several weeks.


If you’re in the military and are looking for a fixed blade combat knife, you’d be hard pressed to find much better than the Cold Steel Recon Tanto San Mai III.

Now for the good news: the Recon Tanto San Mai III fixed blade knife is only $209.99. That might sound like a lot of money at first, but you are getting a custom-quality fixed blade knife with San Mai III laminated stainless steel. You can shop around for custom fighting knives — and you can pay a heck of a lot more for one of them —  but you won’t get one that’s any stronger than the San Mai III blade on this Recon Tanto.

Personally, I think it’s a bargain, so if you’re in the market for one make sure you’re on the waiting list at Cold Steel… you won’t regret it.

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What a strange world we live in [Sipsey Street Irregulars]

Homeland Security Adviser Demands National Gun Registry

From PJ Media:
"Gamal Abdel-Hafiz, born in Cairo, immigrated to the U.S. in 1990. He recently retired from the FBI after 22 turbulent years at the bureau. Following the Orlando attack, Abdel-Hafiz explained his rationale for creating a national gun registry:
A former FBI counter-terrorism agent says lawmakers could make mass murders less likely. "What we need to do is keep the ownership of guns known to the government, so we know who has what," said security consultant Gamal Abdel-Hafiz. “And I know a lot of people are against that.”
Seems to me there was some talk about a Muslim registry for the same reasons.  Wonder how he weighs in on that one.


Washoe County Sheriff Joins Fight to Defeat Question One Gun Control Ballot Initiative [NRA-ILA News]

Reno, NV --  Washoe County Sheriff Chuck Allen announced today that he opposes the Question 1 gun control ballot initiative and will fight alongside NRA Nevadans for Freedom to defeat it. Question 1 is an initiative largely bought and paid for by New York billionaire Michael Bloomberg. NRA Nevadans for Freedom is a grassroots organization aimed at protecting Nevadans from a measure that would cost them their time, money, and freedom.


Antigun Representative takes the dive [Of Arms and the Law]

2013: Nancy Pelosi names Rep. Chaka Fattah vice chair of her gun violence (i.e., gun control) task force.

2016: Rep. Chaka Fattah is convicted of racketeering, bribery, fraud, money laundering and a few other details.

Why, you'd almost think that the gun issue is a legislative surrogate for the conflict between criminals and honest people....


File under "No one thinks they are an evil person" [Sipsey Street Irregulars]

More on the rats among us

This is just my job

One from Joe at Boomershoot
"This is just my job. So said the guy gathering signatures at the grocery store."
"One of the initiatives he was promoting was designed to get more guns out of the hands of law abiding people." "When I saw his booth and the anti-gun language, I resolved to talk to him on my way out of the store."

"His reply: “This is just a job for me. I’m a gun owner.”
"I don’t remember my reply, but it was not what I was thinking:" "Quisling." "Judenrat." "To make others defenseless because you are getting a paycheck."

I am reminded of a post from some time ago that references something quite similar..

"...I once told a hoplophobe child psychiatrist on a "gun violence" panel in Birmingham:

"Let's say you're right. Let's say I AM paranoid. Let's say I'm CRAZY." (And here I opened up my eyes wide and edged closer to him. He jumped back in fear.) "Well, I'm still armed to the teeth. That just complicates your problem, now doesn't it?"

The Old Man loved telling people that story.  Anyone that would listen; his eyes would get wide at the appropriate places and he would smile at the end for effect.  What only but a few were able to grasp is its profound wisdom.  Men, even well meaning ones that are simply trying to make their way in the world, who may even be sympathetic to your cause, who ask for to disarm need to have their lies exposed for what they are at eye ball level.

After all, evil triumphs when good men do nothing to the well intentioned ones aid it.


Operating Systems 201: Tilting Bolt Locking [The Firearm Blog]

PHOTO_20160612_010947fixedLocking systems we have previously covered include tilting barrel locking, the most common pistol locking mechanism, and rotary bolt locking, the most common rifle locking mechanism. However, at one time another locking mechanism was widely believed to be optimum for military rifles, due to its simplicity of manufacture and compact design. This was the tilting […]

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Florida Alert! There they go again! Trying to Force a Special Session for Gun Control [NRA-ILA News]

Florida House member Dave Kerner (D-Palm Springs) is leading a group of anti-gun Democrats in yet another attempt by Democrats to stampede the legislature into a Special Session of the Legislature to enact gun control measures.s.


RIA: Beretta 1915 – the First of the Beretta Pistols [Forgotten Weapons]

The Italian military went into WWI having already adopted a semiautomatic sidearm – the Model 1910 Glisenti (and its somewhat simplified Brixia cousin). However, the 1910 Glisenti was a very complex design, and much too expensive to be practical for the needs of the global cataclysm that was the Great War. In response to a need for something cheaper, Tulio Marengoni of the Beretta company designed the Model 1915, a simple blowback handgun chambered for the 9mm Glisenti cartridge.

Only 15,300 of the Model 1915 pistol were made, because even they proved to be a bit more than the military really needed. One of their most interesting mechanical features is a pair of manual safeties – one on the back of the frame to lock the hammer and one on the left side to block the trigger. This proved a bit redundant, and the gun overall was rather large and heavy. In 1917 a scaled-down version in .32 ACP (7.65mm) was introduced which would be produced in much larger numbers. The 1915/17 would also omit the rather unnecessary hammer safety.

It is important to note that while the 9mm Glisenti cartridge is dimensionally interchangeable with 9×19 Parabellum, pistols designed for the Glisenti cartridge should *never* be used with standard 9×19 ammunition, as it is nearly 50% more powerful than the Glisenti specs, and doing so will quickly cause damage (and potentially catastrophic failure).


CZ Bren 2 Finally Makes Debut on International Market [The Firearm Blog]

1645998_-_mainAt the 2016 Eurosatory defense trade show, Czech gunmaker CZ debuted for the first time its improved 806 Bren 2 rifle on the international market. The Bren 2 was announced in October of 2015, and improves on the 805 Bren by being lighter, having an improved selector with no two round burst feature, and other improvements […]

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Heavily-Armed Hybrid: Milrem’s UGV with ST Kinetic’s ADDER in action at EUROSATORY [The Firearm Blog]

Milrem, an Estonian defense company, has recently come out with a hybrid diesel-electric drive UGV (unmanned ground vehicle) called the THeMIS.  For their armed versions, they have partnered with ST Kinetics, and are utilizing ST Kinetics’ highly-capable ADDER remote weapon station complete with CIS50 machine gun.  The CIS-50 has dual gas pistons and a dual-feed […]

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New Limited Edition Ed Brown 2nd Amendment 1911 [The Firearm Blog]

Ed Brown 1911Earlier this year, Ed Brown Products launched a new 2nd Amendment 1911 handgun. The gun is a mix of Ed Brown craftsmanship with a bit of American attitude. At the most basic, the gun is a government model 1911 with a 5″ barrel and full frame. It is equipped with a number of nice features […]

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New Trident .308 Round from G2 Research [The Firearm Blog]

G2 308G2 Research announced a new .308 Winchester load in the company’s Trident line. The new load uses a 150 grain solid copper hollow point bullet that the company claims will offer rapid expansion and deep penetration. According to G2 Research, the load will: penetrate 17 – 20+ inches rapidly expand to a one inch diameter be […]

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Tuesday, 21 June


My Blade Show Award Hot Take []

Of course I am going to get to my evaluations of the knives shown at Blade Show, but before I do, I want to take aim at something that I think has long since escaped critical analysis–the Blade Show Awards.  In particular I want to tackle the big award–Overall Knife of the Year.

Blade Show Awards are voted on by folks exhibiting at Blade–production company executives, buyers, dealers (see here).  This is, allegedly, an expert voting pool (like the allegedly expert voting pool for the Oscars…another farce).  This years selection is indication that these voters have very different tastes from knife consumers and knife enthusiasts (note these two groups are not the same).  But either way, these two groups don’t really seem to matter.

Here are all of the winners of the Overall Knife of the Year Award for production knives (see here for a full write up of winners since 2000; here is one from 1983 until 2011):

1983: The Fightin’ Rooster

1984: NONE

1985: Timberline Survival Hunter

1986: Gerber Clip Lock

1987: Fightin’ Rooster 7-blade Congress Whittler

1988: Buck Titanium

1989: SOG Tomcat

1990: Bluegrass Winchester W15 1927

1991: Spyderco Endura

1992: Timberline Timberlite

1993: Gerber Multi-plier

1994: Spyderco Snap-It

1995: Buck Crosslock

1996: Spyderco Silhouette

1997: Buck BuckTool

1998: Boker Super Liner

1999: Outdoor Edge Kodi-Pak

2000: William Henry S07

2001: Master of Defense CQD Mark V ATAC

2002: Kershaw Rainbow Leek

2003: William Henry Westcliff

2004: CRKT Snap Lock

2005: Kershaw Offset

2006: William Henry GenTac CTD

2007: Kershaw Tyrade

2008: Chris Reeve Umnaamzan

2009: Lonewolf Defender

2010 Chris Reeve Ti Lock

2011: ZT 0777

2012: ZT 0888

2013: ZT 0454

2014: CRKT Hi Jinx (made by Lionsteel)

2015: Lionsteel TRE

2016: Lionsteel KUR

Going through that list isn’t like perusing a cutlery Hall of Fame. Its like taking the Billboard Top 20 from a random week in 1983.  There are two or three songs you remember, one or two that are great and a bunch of stuff so terrible you forgot it.

As far as a record of predicting success is concerned, the industry insiders have done a terrible job.  A lot of those companies–Timberline, Fightin’ Rooster, Lonewolf–are out of business, some surviving as brands owned by other companies.  Some of those companies have been on a perilous decline for a while–Gerber and SOG.  And then there are few good companies with headscratching selections.  Spyderco Snap It anyone?  Spyderco Silhouette?  There is only one truly great knife on that list, the Endura, and I wouldn’t object to the Leek, except that the selection was not for the original Leek, but its bespangled progeny–the Rainbow Leek.

What is clear, aside from the fact that the voters have horrible taste (see: 2001 winner from the Klingon Empire…errrr…Master of Defense), is the fact that they are voting for gee-whiz tech and not truly great design.  The color changing KUR handle, the Rainbow Leek, and Ti Lock are all superficial displays of technical prowess.  Things did get better when the teens rolled around–ZT had a string of hits based on true technical chops and not Vegas colorations.  But as a whole these are some ugly, clunky, junky knives.  And many were sales flops.  Would you rather back, from a business perspective, the Silhouette or say the Delica?  For being a group of insiders, these people are clueless.

It might be that these awards are like those “Best of…” awards in regional magazines.  They are really paid advertisements.  It could be that these awards are a result of collusion where the big companies basically agree to play hot potato with awards.  Or it could be that the voters aren’t very good a predicting what is good, what is well-designed, and what will sell.  That is a pretty big indictment of the Blade Show award voters seeing as doing those three things are crucial to their jobs.

This year’s selection–the Lionsteel KUR is the latest in a long line of bad, gimmicky choices.  In case you don’t know, the KUR is a larger version of last year’s winner (itself a rather gimmicky knife)–the Lionsteel TRE.  But the KUR lacks the deployment flexibility of the TRE and instead runs…ready yourself…a color change handle.  Grab the KUR and it will change colors in response to your hand’s heat.  Reminds me of the color change Transformer logos from the 1980s.  Also, if anyone can tell me how this makes a difference in terms of the actual job of cutting, you know the reason we buy knives, I’d be grateful.

And its not like this is a year of stinkers.  In particular the ZT 0254 looked amazing, as did the commemorative Contego from Benchmade with its M390/Carbon Fiber laminated blade.

The ZT0254:

Image courtesy of and Blade HQ

The Blade Show Contego:

Image courtesy of Knife News

Aside from these gems that debuted at the show we had an avalanche of great stuff in the past year–the Steelcraft Begg knives, any of the Forest series from American Knife Company, the Cold Steel 4Max…any of those would be a good choice.  But as this is essentially a popularity contest, Cold Steel will never win and small brands have very little chance.  But the omission of the Steelcraft knives is stunning.  Heck, the DPx HEST Urban should have won something.  Its market breaking approach by being the first knife on Kickstarter is definitely worth something.  In the face of all this innovation, both engineering as well as marketing, we get a knife that has a color change handle.  Ugh.

I like Lionsteel knives.  I have reviewed a few and they do well.  But this is not a knife worthy of an award in a year with so many new and innovative blades out there.  The industry is changing.  Companies like Millett Knives and high end Chinese brands are making productions that rival customs.  But no one that vote seems to see these trends.  When Dmitri Sinkevich can release a knife from a huge US maker that is more innovative than the past ten winners combined and get not so much as a sniff of attention, you know there is a problem.  There are five knives that are state of the art that didn’t get an award.  There are ten knives released just this year that are more interesting, more innovative, and will have a larger market impact than the KUR.  What were the voters thinking?

Its time to either redo how these awards are given or for the knife community to recognize them for what they are–a popularity contest voted on by a group of out of touch people at a convention run by a magazine that sells ads first and produces good content second (please Blade, no more knife comparison articles where you merely talk to a company’s PR person…ugh).  The Blade Show awards are a joke.  Don’t believe me?  Go review that list again.  History is against the Blade Show awards.  They aren’t picking winners.  They are embarrassing themselves.


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Concealed Carriers Can Prevent Mass Shootings []

When a 22-year-old man reportedly began firing a gun into a crowd of people in Chicago’s Logan Square, an Uber driver with a legally-carried concealed firearm took action, ending the attempted mass murder almost as soon as it began.

Upon witnessing the man firing into the crowd, the driver pulled his gun and fired six shots at the bad guy, who ended up bleeding on the ground — which is how responding officers found him when they arrived. He’d been hit “several times” in the leg and lower back.

Thankfully, no other injuries were reported.

The driver — the hero — had all the valid paperwork for his firearm and according to Assistant State’s Attorney Barry Quinn “acted in the defense of himself and others” and will not be charged with any crime.

The bad guy, on the other hand, “was charged with aggravated assault and unlawful use of a weapon” and was denied bail.

In another case, this one in Philadelphia, an argument in a barber shop resulted in an enraged man pulling out a gun and opening fire. A nearby concealed carrier heard the shots and ran into the shop, where he recognized the threat and shot the man in the chest.

Police said there were children inside the shop at the time but no one else was hurt.

The hero in this case was a legal carrier who, police said, “likely will not face any charges.”

Hooray for gun-rich zones! The more guns in the hands of concealed carriers, the safer we are.

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Nashville Armory Offers Free permit courses for LGBT community []

I know this is topic is getting old now, at least for me. Every time something bad happens it’s all people talk about and it never goes away until the next bad thing happens. That said, I was overjoyed when I heard somebody wanted to do something to help that would actually make a difference in some peoples lives. I came across a post that Oleg Volk shared the other day that had this to say.

 A third party is offering free classes for members of the LGBT community at the Nashville Armory, according to a Facebook post from Gay Nashville.

Nashville Armory said a third party is offering handgun carry permit course in July.

“The successful completion of this course is one of the requirements to obtain a Tennessee Handgun Carry Permit. Registration will be required to attend,” the Facebook post read.

There were a limited number of spots available and the class has since been filled.

The opportunity has–as it said–passed but it’s the act of selflessness from those willing to give there time so that members of the LGBT community could be persuaded to the one thing that will keep all of us truly safe. Owning a firearm and using it to defend ourselves from those that wish us harm.

Because I think it’s appropriate, I’ll close this with a quote from my yet un-named book.

“I care little for borders and politics.‭ ‬I am a soldier because there are people in this world that cannot be talked out of fighting.‭ ‬They will brand you as their enemy and stop at nothing to kill you.‭ ‬I trust you because we are both men that have left our families behind to protect them and failed.‭”

Stay safe out there, everyone.

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California: Assembly Public Safety Committee Continues the Assault on Freedom [NRA-ILA News]

On June 21, the Assembly Public Safety Committee passed Assembly Bill 1511 on a party-line vote. Thank you to Assembly Member Melendez and Lackey for supporting law-abiding gun owners and opposing AB 1511.


The Sporting Use of ARs is Nothing New []

I recently saw the image above on Facebook, and thought it was interesting. It’s called “The very first AR15 sales ad,” but since I haven’t seen any proof of that, let’s take that part with a grain of salt. But it’s safe to say that it’s a fairly old advertisement from a magazine.

The photo was posted with the following blurb:

The very first AR15 sales ad ever, marketed to the public as a sporting and hunting rifle. Note this was before the military adopted the full auto version, the actual assault rifle, the M16. People are trying to rewrite history and claim the inventor never intended it for civilian use.

Well, it was sold for civilian use first!

Well… not so much.

In 1959, Colt bought the rights to these guns from Armalite, and before the end of the year they had sold the first of them to the military of Malaya. But it wasn’t until 1963 that Colt created the semi-auto-only version, labeled it the AR-15, and began trying to sell it to civilians.

Clearly, military marketing came first. But whether it was first “sold” to civilians is beside the point.

And to me the point is that the AR-15 (like each of its many clones) is merely a tool, neither military nor civilian until it is owned by one or the other. But I did find it interesting to recall that just a few years ago (February 2007), fellow outdoor writer Jim Zumbo decried the use of AR and AK rifles for hunting. He was fired for his trouble, and learned a lot about “black rifles” in a very short time. The offending post is quoted below, in part:

Sorry, folks, in my humble opinion, [AK and AR rifles] have no place in hunting. We don’t need to be lumped into the group of people who terrorize the world with them, which is an obvious concern. I’ve always been comfortable with the statement that hunters don’t use assault rifles. We’ve always been proud of our “sporting firearms.”

This really has me concerned. As hunters, we don’t need the image of walking around the woods carrying one of these weapons. To most of the public, an assault rifle is a terrifying thing. Let’s divorce ourselves from them. I say game departments should ban them from the praries [sic] and woods.

This well-known gun writer had been blissfully ignorant of the sporting use of such firearms, and had swallowed the government/media bias against them — so much so that he called for a ban on their use by hunters! He and those who agreed with him apparently believed that the sporting use of these guns was somehow new or weird. But this ad shows that decades earlier (I’m guessing 1960s), Colt was marketing the AR-15 to hunters.

Are ARs “death machines” or “assault weapons?” No more than a machete, match, automobile, or chainsaw. All have the potential for mass destruction, but all can be used for good — and ARE used for good, far more often than not.

And hey — wouldn’t you love to buy a truckload of Colt AR-15s for that $189.50 retail price?

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Delaware: “Terrorist Watchlist” Legislation to be Considered by Senate Tomorrow [NRA-ILA News]

Today, anti-gun lawmakers in the Delaware Legislature introduced “Terrorist Watchlist” legislation, Senate Bill 287.


Pennsylvania: Critical Firearms Preemption Legislation Re-Introduced [NRA-ILA News]

On the heels of yesterday’s Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruling that struck down ACT 192 – Firearm Preemption Legislation - for violation of the “single subject” rule for legislative process, Senator Rich Alloway (R-33) has re-introduced legislation to replace the intent of the original measure.  Senate Bill 1330, if again enacted into law, would strengthen Pennsylvania’s firearms preemption law to further ensure firearm and ammunition laws are consistent throughout the state.


CZ Scorpion Evo Field Strip (SBR) [The Firearm Blog]

The CZ Scorpion Evo is certainly getting a lot of attention from various gun guys around the USA since its introduction, and the simple blowback operated gun from the Czech Republic certainly seems to have a favorable price point. In this field strip, we take a look at what makes the Evo tick.

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Telor Tactical Go-Band: A New Take on the Go Bag [The Firearm Blog]

Telor TacticalTelor Tactical developed a new product that merges some of the aspects of a belly band with those of a go bag. Called the Go-Band, this new rig may have a place in home, office or patrol car of some readers. The company got the idea from an officer with a state law enforcement agency […]

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Stealth Engineering Group Folding Suppressor Mount [The Firearm Blog]

hinge-man-open-smSEG has a Suppressor attachment method that is rather quick. It is a hinged mount that appears to go in between your barrel and suppressor.     The hinge mount retails for $350 but they are out of stock at the moment. Check them out at

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Pennsylvania: Discharge Resolution Filed on Terrorist Watchlist Legislation [NRA-ILA News]

A “discharge resolution” has been filed in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives by Representative Steve Santarsiero on legislation that would prohibit firearm possession for anyone who is currently on the federal terrorist watchlist.  A “discharge resolution” is a procedural maneuver in which a required number of signatures are collected to force legislation from committee to the House Floor for a vote by the full body.


A Primer on Parallax at Breach Bang Clear – Nothing is Truly “Parallax Free” [The Firearm Blog]

parallax-explainedRed Dot and no-magnification optics are probably the greatest increase in efficiency for firearms outside of the invention of the brass case. Using them greatly increases the chance of getting solid hits on target, as it removes the mental and eyesight gymnastics of aligning four objects into a single plane, reducing it to three. However, […]

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POTD: Old Timey Colt AR-15 Sporter Ad [The Firearm Blog]

13434807_1383807998301784_6909590571140954570_nSaw this photo online. However I am not sure about the provenance behind it. The very first AR15 sales ad ever, marketed to the public as a sporting and hunting rifle. Note this was before the military adopted the full auto version, the actual assault rifle, the M16. People are trying to rewrite history and […]

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Who Qualifies for the LEOSA Privilege? [NRA-ILA News]

Within my first week as an attorney at the National Rifle Association of America's Institute for Legislative Action I took a call on the Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act (LEOSA). I admittedly knew nothing about the law, but in my post-military arrogance, I assumed there would be nothing too complex about responding to an inquiry from a fellow Marine on a two-page law. Little did I realize that almost six years later a large portion of my time would still be devoted to clearing up all the misconceptions there are about LEOSA.


Contact your U.S. Senators Immediately—More Gun Control Votes Coming! [NRA-ILA News]

Your calls and emails are working, but our Second Amendment Rights are still under assault in the U.S. Congress! Two anti-gun amendments failed yesterday in the U.S. Senate, but more anti-gun amendments are in the works and could be considered at any time, maybe as soon as today! Please contact your U.S. Senators immediately at 202-224-3121 and tell them to oppose any new gun control.  Ask them to pass national right to carry reciprocity instead.


Nut Flap Dump Pouch? Yep. [The Firearm Blog]

asad-modular-dump-pouch-mc-7Sometimes one must shake their head in simultaneous wonder and amusement. This is one of those times. Developed, designed, and manufactured in Australia, The Platatac ASAD Modular Dump Pouch is an interesting take on the common dump pouch, designed to interface with carriers and be mounted in an unusual place – as a groin protector […]

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4 gun-control proposals fail to advance in Senate [NRA-ILA News]

Despite both parties presenting proposals to tighten certain restrictions on buying a firearm, attempts to craft any compromise ran aground last week leading to Monday’s series of votes that served as a way for both sides to send political messages.


Supreme Court refuses to hear challenge to Connecticut, New York weapons ban [NRA-ILA News]

The Supreme Court declined Monday to review bans on a lengthy list of firearms that New York and Connecticut have classified as “assault weapons,” the latest example of the justices turning down an opportunity to elaborate on an individual’s right to gun ownership.


Gun maker asks judge to dismiss lawsuit [NRA-ILA News]

Besides Remington, other defendants in the Connecticut state court lawsuit include firearms distributor Camfour and Riverview Gun Sales, the now-closed East Windsor store where the Newtown gunman's mother bought the Bushmaster XM15-E2S rifle used in the shooting.James Vogts, a lawyer for Madison, North Carolina-based Remington, told Bellis on Monday that the lawsuit should be thrown out on several technical grounds, including the 2005 federal law — the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act.


Pennsylvania law aiding NRA lawsuits nixed by high court [NRA-ILA News]

A Pennsylvania law designed to make it easier for organizations like the National Rifle Association to challenge cities' firearms ordinances in court received a fatal blow Monday.


Florida: Patient privacy law goes before appeals court [NRA-ILA News]

Five years after Florida lawmakers passed what became known as the "Docs v. Glocks" law, a full federal appeals court will hear arguments Tuesday in a constitutional dispute that pits physicians against gun-rights advocates.


Special Forces Association Rejects Calls For Gun Control From Petraeus, McChrystal [NRA-ILA News]

The Special Forces Association forcefully rebuked calls for more gun control from both former CIA director and CENTCOM commander David Petraeus and retired Army general Stanley McChrystal. SFA is a 52 year national organization composed of members who once served in the U.S. Special Forces.


NYC Police Officials Charged in Bribery Corruption Scandal [NRA-ILA News]

A criminal complaint accompanying the latest charges described how Reichberg exploited his connections within the police department to speed up gun license processing, make tickets disappear, get police escorts for him and his friends, get assistance from uniformed personnel to resolve personal disputes and boost security at religious sites and events.


The Second Amendment, the Bill of Rights, and the Constitution [NRA-ILA News]

Old St. George Tucker never encountered any "politicking" by the NRA. A veteran of the Revolutionary war and a one-time colleague of James Madison, Tucker watched in real time as Americans publicly debated whether or to ratify the Constitution, and then watched again as Americans debated whether or not to amend the Constitution by adopting the Bill of Rights. Afterwards Tucker sat down and wrote the country's first major constitutional treatise. And as far Tucker was concerned, there was simply no doubt that the Second Amendment protected an individual right to arms. "This may be considered as the true palladium of liberty," Tucker wrote of the Second Amendment. "The right of self-defense is the first law of nature."


What Will Gun Controllers Do When Americans Ignore an ‘Assault Weapons’ Ban? [NRA-ILA News]

Gun owners' response is best summarized by one of their more popular slogans of recent years: "Molon labe." Usually translated as "come and take them," that was Spartan King Leonidas I's legendary response to the Persian demand that he and his men surrender their weapons before the Battle of Thermopylae.That gun owners mean what they say in the "assault weapons" context can be inferred from the 5 percent compliance rate achieved by New York's recent registration requirement for such firearms. Or from the 15 percent compliance rate in neighboring Connecticut.


The Irrelevant Crusade [NRA-ILA News]

In the wake of terrorist attacks, Democrats push for gun control laws which would not have stopped them.


The Gun-Control Farce [NRA-ILA News]

Surely murder is a serious subject, which ought to be examined seriously. Instead, it is almost always examined politically in the context of gun-control controversies, with stock arguments on both sides that have remained the same for decades. And most of those arguments are irrelevant to the central question: Do tighter gun-control laws reduce the murder rate?


Review: Meal Kit Supply’s 2-Course MRE Six-Pack []

A lot of people don’t especially care for MREs, but I believe they have their place in your survival supplies, bug out bag, or even the emergency box in your car. There are several advantages to having a ready-to-eat meal available in an emergency.


Enter Meal Kit Supply. This company purchases fresh MREs directly from a supplier, rather than reselling old surplus MREs or cheap imitation meals. I have reviewed some of their MREs in the past and found them tasty and filling.

A standard MRE can be pretty high in calories, which is appropriate for soldiers who do a lot of physical exertion, but not so much for regular folks just out hiking or trying to stay alive until they can be rescued or make it back home. So Meal Kit Supply offers 2-course MREs, and they even sell them in this six-pack. It’s a darn good idea, if you ask me.


Here are the high points of these 2-course MREs:

  • 5 year shelf life
  • 6 individually packaged 2-course MREs
  • 3 different menus per pack
  • 6 lunch/dinner meals
  • 100% Military food components
  • 600+ Calories in each MRE
  • Ready to eat and fully cooked food
  • Each MRE contains: entree, dessert, electrolyte beverage powder, spoon, napkin, and flameless ration heater
  • FEMA uses MREs, or 19FD-01-IRATs (Rations, Initial Deployment) for disaster response
  • Made in the U.S.A.
Current menu in each six-pack:
  • Spaghetti with Meat and Sauce, Strawberry Toaster Pastry, and Grape Electrolyte Beverage Powder
  • Cheese Tortellini,Brown Sugar Toaster Pastry, Lemon-Lime Electrolyte Beverage Powder
  • Beef Ravioli in Meat Sauce,Chocolate Chip Toaster Pastry, Orange Electrolyte Beverage Powder
  • Spaghetti with Meat and Sauce, Strawberry Toaster Pastry, and Grape Electrolyte Beverage Powder
  • Cheese Tortellini,Brown Sugar Toaster Pastry, Lemon-Lime Electrolyte Beverage Powder
  • Beef Ravioli in Meat Sauce,Chocolate Chip Toaster Pastry, Orange Electrolyte Beverage Powder

(This differs from the six-pack that I tested, which contained Vegetarian Ratatouille instead of Cheese Tortellini. More on that below.)

One good thing about MREs is that you don’t have to use extra water to prepare them. you simply eat them directly from the package. Each MRE also comes with a flameless heater that requires only a small amount of water to activate, and in a short time your MRE is warm enough to eat. Each two-course MRE contains: entrée, dessert, electrolyte beverage powder package, spoon, napkin, and of course, the flameless heater.

You will find 6 entrée meals in each 6-pack box, and the menu will be changed from time to time, as to be expected. The menu of my six-pack consists of a spaghetti entrée, beef ravioli, vegetarian ratatouille, a second spaghetti with meat sauce, a second beef ravioli, and a second vegetarian ratatouille,along with the different desserts and other things mentioned above. Not the biggest variety, but as I said, the menu will be changing all the time.

One thing I like about MREs is the 5-year shelf life under ideal storage conditions. High heat shortens the life span (nutritional value) of MREs, and you shouldn’t freeze them either. Of course, you can eat MREs that are older — they don’t go “bad” on you, they just slowly lose their nutritional value the longer they sit on a shelf.

I keep several cases of MREs around my place, along with other types of long-term survival foods. When the power goes out, which happens several times each winter (sometimes for days at a time), my family will reach for MREs when we get hungry — they’re quick, easy and have plenty of nutrition.

I don’t care who you are, you honestly should have some MREs on hand for emergencies. Meal Kit Supply also offers full 3-course MREs in cartons of 12. This is a good start, and you’ll be grateful to have a quick and easy meal on hand when the power goes out, if your car breaks down in the middle of nowhere, or if you’re out hunting or camping.

Don’t be fooled by companies that sell inferior products called “MREs” when they really aren’t. Get the real deal from Meal Kit Supply, and take a close look at their new 6-pack of 2-course meals, if you want something less filling and lighter in weight to carry in your pack.

Each six-pack costs $44.95 and you get a discount if you buy in bulk. Two cost $42.70 each, and three or more will set you back $40.46 apiece. And yes, that includes shipping to the contiguous United States.

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Commemorative Knife: The Gerber 06 Turns 10 [The Firearm Blog]

Gerber-06-Auto-10th-Anniversary-Backside_fulljpgGerber announced the company would release a commemorative edition of the 06 Auto knife in July. The new knife will commemorate the 10th anniversary of the knife’s introduction and service to the US military deployed in combat overseas. This knife automatically opens with push button deployment. The blade is made of S30V stainless steel that […]

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RIA – Swiss Model 1893: A Mannlicher Cavalry Carbine [Forgotten Weapons]

The Swiss were the first country to adopt a bolt action repeating rifle with their Vetterli, and followed this by changing to a straight-pull design in the 1880s. The straight-pull Schmidt-Rubin system was quite good, but one potential flaw was that it was a quite long action. This became an issue when the Swiss began looking for a short cavalry carbine variant to use, and decided that the Schmidt-Rubin action sacrificed too much potential barrel length in a short rifle.

Instead, a series of trials were held to choose a different action for the Swiss cavalry carbine, and many different companies and factories submitted designs. The winner was the Mannlicher straight-pull system, best recognized in the US today by the Austrian Steyr M95. The Swiss adopted a carbine with that exact Mannlicher bolt design as the Model 1893 – it used the same basic motion as the Schmidt-Rubin rifles but was a much more compact action.

Unfortunately, the carbines did not prove a good match for the Swiss service. Swiss troops found them to be overly complex to disassemble and insufficiently accurate (presumably they had been spoiled by the excellent performance of domestic Swiss rifles). As a result, only 8000 of the Model 1893 were purchased, and the design was deemed obsolete in 1905 and replaced by a Schmidt-Rubin design after all (these 1905 carbines are virtually nonexistent today, as almost all were modified to the later 1911 pattern).

However, the 1893 stands out as probably the highest-quality Mannlicher straight pull rifles ever made.


GRNC Doesn't Take A Double-Cross Lightly [No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money]

When you attempt to double-cross Grass Roots North Carolina by going back on your word, they don't take it lightly. Their response may not always win them friends but it does put politicians on notice about going back on your word.

Sheriffs in North Carolina have been dragging their feet on issuing pistol purchase permits. What used to be an immediate issuance has now started to drag into weeks and months because of a new requirement for a mental health check. I spoke to a client recently in Henderson County who waited over four months for his pistol purchase permit.

What GRNC sought was a sun-setting of the paper medical-release provisions once the records had been digitized. Sen. Shirley Randleman (R-Stokes, Surry, Wilkes) had inserted these provisions into a bill that was due for a floor vote. Now she has taken what she wanted in that bill and transferred it into another bill due for a floor vote and left the sunset provision to die on the vine.

More in the GRNC alert below. It's time to play some General Assembly hardball.


Last week’s gun-rights hero is this week’s gun-rights turncoat . . . 

It was not even a week ago that GRNC issued an update praising NC Senator Shirley Randleman (R-30, Stokes, Surry, Wilkes) for courageously standing up for gun owners alongside another courageous legislator, NC Rep. Michael Speciale (R-3, Beaufort, Craven, Pamlico).

Unfortunately, it appears that the victory Sen. Randleman helped hand to gun owners last week was only a feint, and she apparently never intended to follow through on her pro-gun stance during this legislative session. In short:


Last week, Sen. Randleman was a key figure in helping GRNC fix the NRA’s previous blunder, a major blunder that was giving sheriff departments cover to flout state law and force citizens to wait inordinately extensive (and illegal) lengths of time to receive pistol purchase permits (PPP). Randleman helped to insert the administrative fix to this problem into S89, a bill that, at the time, was sure to receive a hearing and a floor vote. This is all gun owners wanted from this bill, and it’s such a small thing really—simply sun-setting the outdated paper medical-release system once records-digitization is completed.

Unfortunately, even this small thing, this minor administrative fix that will go a long way in easing pressure on sheriff departments, and make life easier for gun owners like you, was just too much for Sen. Randleman to continue to support. You see, this week, Randleman moved her favorite projects from S89 to another bill, another bill that will surely receive a hearing and a vote. However, the medical-reporting fix must not have been one of her favorites after all, because she left it where it was, and now it is believed that S89 is going to be left to languish and die without a vote. With all of this in mind, there really isn’t any other way to say it:  Sen. Randleman sold out gun owners—big time!

Randleman received her positive, “pro-gun” press last week, and must have figured that was all she needed to gain some gun-rights cred. However, she didn’t count on the fact that GRNC is still paying attention. We are paying attention, and we are here to tell gun owners that Sen. Shirley Randleman pulled the ol’ slimy politician’s feint against you when she thought you weren’t looking! She may have been quietly laughing at you when she pulled this little stunt, but she likely won’t be laughing once she learns that she has been caught.

Why Did Leadership Allow This Trickery?
This cannot stand! We must demand that Shirley Randleman return the Medical Form Sunset provision to whichever bill is sure to receive a hearing and a floor vote, and we want an explanation. Also, we need to know why GA leadership, Speaker Tim Moore and Senate Leader Phil Berger, allowed this trickery to occur in the first place.

Below, see how you can easily contact Sen. Randleman, and also the House and Senate leaders. They must answer for this! Please make the phone calls as well as sending the emails. If at all possible, make the phone calls during the time requested (today, 9-11 AM).

Untrustworthy politicians like Shirley Randleman must be informed that she can’t throw gun owners under the bus and get away with it!


  • PHONE SENATOR RANDLEMAN: (919) 733-5743. Please make phone calls today, Tuesday, between 9:00 AM and 11:00 AM. If you can’t call during those times, please call later.
    Suggested phone message:
    Hello, my name is ___________. I am calling because I am a North Carolina gun rights supporter, and I’ve just learned of the about-face that Senator Randleman pulled on gun owners. We were counting on the senator to help us fix the medical reporting system for pistol purchase permits, and last week, she acted as though she was going to come through for us. However, I am now aware that the senator has moved all of her favorite projects from Senate Bill 89 to another bill, but left the administrative medical-reporting fix in S89, where it is now likely to languish and die. I am demanding that Senator Randleman provide voters with an explanation for why she sold us out, and I’m insisting that she find a way to return the medical-reporting fix to a bill that will receive a hearing and a vote. I will continue to pay very close attention to this issue through alerts from Grass Roots North Carolina. Thank you.

  • PHONE HOUSE AND SENATE LEADERSHIP: Senator Phil Berger (919) 733-5708 & Speaker Tim Moore (919) 733-3451. Please make phone calls today, Tuesday, between 9:00 AM and 11:00 AM. If you can’t call during those times, please call later. 

    Suggested phone message:  
    Hello, my name is ___________. I am calling because I am a North Carolina gun rights supporter, and I’ve just learned that [Speaker Moore] / [Senator Berger] has allowed pending gun rights legislation, which would sunset the requirement for paper medical release forms for pistol purchase permits, to be positioned so that it has no chance of receiving a floor vote. I would like to know why he would allow this pro-gun legislation to be left behind, in Senate Bill 89, where it will languish and die, and I insist that leadership stand up for gun owners and find a way to place this language in a bill that is sure to receive a floor vote. I will continue to pay very close attention to this issue through alerts from Grass Roots North Carolina. Thank you.

  • EMAIL SENATOR RANDLEMAN at this address:
    Use the copy/paste message provided below under ‘Deliver This Message to Sen. Randleman.’

  • EMAIL SENATE AND HOUSE LEADERS using these copy/paste email addresses:;

    Use the copy/paste message under ‘Deliver This Message to Sen. Berger & Spkr. Moore.’ 


Suggested Subject: "Fix Your Sellout of Gun Owners! 

Dear Senator Randleman:

I have just been informed of the fast one you have pulled on gun owners. Last week, you were basking in praise for your courageous efforts to make sure pro-gun language was inserted into Senate Bill 89. This language would sunset the antiquated paper medical reporting requirement for pistol purchase permits, once the records are digitized. An obvious update for the twenty-first century. A small change perhaps, but this small change would make a huge difference.

As you know, various sheriff departments around the state have been using this antiquated reporting requirement as an excuse to delay pistol purchase permits for extended, and unlawful lengths of time. I was sure you were going to help the voters end all of that, but I was clearly wrong. It appears you have sold out gun owners, and I am incensed.  Please understand that the little trick you just pulled did not go unnoticed. I am fully aware that you moved all of your favorite projects to another bill, but have left the medical-reporting fix in S89, where it will now surely languish and die.

I am demanding that you explain your about-face on this legislation, and I’m insisting that you find a way to return the medical-reporting fix to a bill that will receive a hearing and a vote.

I will be paying very close attention to this issue through alerts from Grass Roots North Carolina.



Suggested Subject: "Pistol Permit Medical-Reporting Fix Must Receive a Vote"  

Dear Senator Berger and Speaker Moore:

I have just learned that the NC House and Senate Leaders have allowed pending gun rights legislation, which would sunset the requirement for paper medical release forms for pistol purchase permits, to be positioned so that it has no chance of receiving a floor vote. This is unacceptable, and I would like to know why the ostensibly pro-gun House and Senate leadership would allow this legislation to be set aside where it will surely languish and die.

As you know, various sheriff departments around the state have been using the antiquated paper medical-reporting requirement as an excuse to delay pistol purchase permits for extended, and unlawful lengths of time. I was sure you were going to help the citizenry end all of that. If that is not the case, I am terribly disappointed.

As a gun owner, and a voter, I must insist that you correct this reversal by standing up for gun owners and finding a way to place this language into a bill that is sure to receive a floor vote. Is it really too much to ask that you support gun owners on such a small thing, like this simple administrative fix? This is a minor item that will make a major difference to gun rights voters, and it serves to bring our state’s background check system into the twenty-first century.

I will continue to pay very close attention to this issue through alerts from Grass Roots North Carolina.



Leapers Upgrades UTG Compact Grip Light [The Firearm Blog]

Leapers lightLeapers Inc. announced the company upgraded the UTG Compact Grip Light to offer more power and increased efficiency. This is a weapon light designed for use on AR-15 and similar rifles with a Picatinny type accessory rail. Leapers states the Compact Grip Light has an upgraded LED that ups the light output to 400 lumens […]

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Tacticool Tuesday - What's in your vehicle? [Sipsey Street Irregulars]

BOV Kit lists are numerous and fairly redundant.  They do what they are suited to do.  The amount of time we spend in and around our vehicles is staggering. compiled the US Census data that suggests that the average American driver spends over 100 hours behind the wheel each year.  The AAA adds some more math to calculate it out further as to age, location, and certain occupational concerns.  Bottom line is that Americans are finding themselves with their vehicles more, and now we have a crumbling infrastructure to contend with along with more cars, (and more jackasses), being on the road.

It is a wonder we get anywhere sometimes.

Despite your focus, rural, urban or suburban, every car needs to have some sort of blowout kit to handle life's imponderables.  A good IFAK is just big enough to store beneath a seat but big enough to handle a lot of the first responder issues of controlling bleeding and maintaining breathing.  The IFAK is good, especially when coupled with a small, cheap range bag that is packed with other essential gear, more ammo, water, whatever; you get the idea.

In doing some research for some other bit of Tacticool that I found on a facebook auction site, I ran across this little gem that looks promising as a quick reaction bag for really bad days on the road:

But you say, "Matthew, why the hell would I need an active shooter kit in my Grocery Getter"?  Well check out the second video and I think you can see the utility a little better.

It makes a little more sense now as a fairly useful, and completely accessible system.  The only problem that I see in this is keeping the spouse and kids from stripping it of batteries, meds, band aids, or chemlights.
I can't help you there.


Homemade submachine guns used in Tel Aviv shooting [The Firearm Blog]

The homemade guns used in Wednesday's attackEarlier this month two gunmen burst into a restaurant in Tel Aviv’s Sarona Market, killing four people and wounding six more. The death count could have been much higher had one of the attacker’s weapons not reportedly jammed, CCTV footage appearing to show one of the gunman throwing his weapon down in frustration. As with […]

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New Birchwood Casey Targets (Like Splatter? You’ll Love These.) [The Firearm Blog]

birchwood2Target practice isn’t just fun, it’s a vital part of honing your marksmanship skills. Of course, target practice is a lot more interesting when the targets are more than plain white sheets of paper. Enter Birchwood Casey, the company whose Shoot-N-C targets make the classic bulls-eye style significantly more interesting. Now they’re adding targets to […]

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The “Shoulder Saver” – Allen Introduces Eliminator Shooter’s Backpack [The Firearm Blog]

8230_PRODMAIN_RT-800x800-1Don’t get me wrong, I really enjoy the “range bags” that are just now a dime a dozen. The single-strap “standard pattern” (my label, not industry’s) has performed and will continue to perform well. Unfortunately, when loaded down for the range, it becomes a real bear to lug around. The single strap just does not […]

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Monday, 20 June


Gun licensing and corruption [John Lott's Website]

From Fox News:
. . . Two high-ranking New York Police Department officials and a police sergeant who oversaw gun license applications were among the latest arrests in a case that has cast a cloud over the nation's largest municipal police force. 
A businessman who contributed heavily to the election campaign of Mayor Bill de Blasio already has pleaded guilty in the case. Earlier this month, federal prosecutors charged the head of the correction officers' union with taking kickbacks. De Blasio, a Democrat, hasn't been implicated in any wrongdoing. 
A criminal complaint accompanying the latest charges described how Brooklyn businessman Jeremy Reichberg exploited his connections within the police department to arrange arrests, speed up gun application processing, make tickets disappear, obtain police escorts for him and his friends, get assistance from uniformed personnel to resolve personal disputes and boost security at religious sites and events. . . .


Review: Skinner Sights HTF Tactical Garment Bag Gun Case []

When transporting firearms, it’s nice to be incognito. Like when you stop at a hotel overnight and you don’t want to leave your guns in your vehicle — but you don’t want people to see you carrying gun cases into your room, either.

Enter the Skinner HTF (Hide Those Firearms?) Tactical Garment Bag. It’s a well-made gun case that looks for all the world like a high-quality garment bag — and you can use it for that — but inside it’s something completely different.



This is probably the best-made garment bag I’ve ever seen, and it is made in the USA. It’s certainly heavy-duty, and the workmanship is excellent. But the best part is inside.

The HTF Tactical Garment Bag can accommodate a full-sized “modern sporting rifle” (think AR or AK), and two handguns in removable holsters, plus it has mag pouches for six pistol magazines and a bunch of other pouches that can store rifle magazines and even ammo.

And once you load it up with guns, you can hang some clothes in it, to help camouflage your firepower.

The HTF comes with the heaviest-duty clothes hanger I’ve ever seen — it would need to be, considering the weight of the firearms, magazines, and ammo that can fit in this bag.

There is a two-way zipper that allows you to completely open the HTF so you can easily place all your goodies in the assigned pockets/spaces.


The HTF is manufactured out of heavy-duty Cordura nylon that is also water resistant. The stitching is heavy-duty, too. I honestly can’t see where any corners were cut in the making of this bag. You can also secure flashlights with spare batteries in some of the pockets… you could even hang some body armor in this garment bag.

When you pull into your motel for the night, no one will give you a second look when they see you taking this garment bag to your room. And for those who don’t own a gun safe but you still want to hide your firearms, the HTF is perfect for this. Simply take the firearms you want to hide, secure them in the HTF, place an old suit or other clothing in front of the firearms, and hang the HTF in your clothes closet — no one is the wiser.

Someone who broke into you house and looked through your clothes closet probably wouldn’t give much thought to a garment bag hanging there.

You aren’t limited to just hiding guns in the HTF; you might consider jewelry or money — once again, who breaks into a house to steal clothes? A cursory glance will tell the intruder that you have clothes in the HTF, and they will move on to stealing something else.

I predict that Skinner Sights will sell the HTF faster than they can produce them. Right now, there is a special introductory price on the HTF: $179.00. Yeah, it’s a little steep, but we are talking top quality all around. Be sure to check out their website for more information on the HTF.

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ABC's Jon Karl Gets Senator Murphy to Admit His Gun Control Proposal Would Not Work [NRA-ILA News]

In a shocking development in the push for gun-control, Senator Chris Murphy, who filibustered for 15 hours regarding the issue, admitted Sunday on ABC’s This Week that his proposal would not have stopped any recent mass shooting. “Your proposal would have done nothing in the case of Orlando, it would have done nothing to stop the killing in San Bernardino,” stated ABC’s Jon Karl calling out Murphy, “And in fact, it was unrelated to the killing in Newtown.”


California: Senate Appropriations Bypasses Process to Fast Track Anti-Gun Bills [NRA-ILA News]

Today, June 20th, the Senate Appropriations Committee threw transparency out the window as five anti-gun bills were passed, continuing their escalated pace through the legislative process.


Washington Post: Fact checking three Democratic claims on "assault weapons" and guns [NRA-ILA News]

Glenn Kessler with the Washington Post gives Sen Chris Murphy 3 Pinocchios for his lies about guns.


NRA Statement on the Senate Voting Down Anti-Gun Bills [NRA-ILA News]

Fairfax, Va.— The executive director of the National Rifle Association Institute for Legislative Action (NRA-ILA), Chris W. Cox, today issued the following statement in response to political maneuvering in the United States Senate that prevented the passage of legislation to prohibit terrorists from obtaining firearms:


"Armed Heroes in Teacher's Clothing" [No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money]

My good friend, fellow blogger, and fellow podcaster Rob Morse spent several days recently training with a group of Ohio teachers in the FASTER (Faculty/Administrator Safety Training and Emergency Response) program.

He begins his post:

They don’t look like heroes, but they are. I spent several days with a group of Ohio teachers who want to protect their students. Most teachers feel the same way, but these extraordinary individuals did something about it. They took a training course. They learned to stop an armed attack in their schools. They learned to treat the injured. Rather than shelter in place and wait for the police and EMTs to save them, these teachers became the good guy with a gun and bandages. The training program is a success. The volunteer organization that trains teachers doesn’t have enough money to train everyone who wants instruction. These men and women do it for love and they need our help.
Read his full report here.


Survival Long Guns – Semi-Auto or Bolt Gun? []

Where do you stand on the debate of what is the best rifle for survival work? I mean for all the tasks needed for prepping, a bug out, survival short term or long, personal protection and defense or offense, food gathering and for all the other uses a weapon is necessary. Quick decisions are not necessarily the best ones. This is one to think about for a while.

Back to basics, a good, functional, accurate bolt action rifle is a good piece of personal armament. Sure it can be slow to fire, slow to reload, but its accuracy is valuable. Perhaps as circumstances dictate, a bolt rifle is a better choice for some tasks. Long(er) range shots are better suited to a stable bolt rifle with a high quality riflescope. It could be taking a deer for camp food, or knocking out the leader of a thug gang two hundred yards down the street.

Yeah, I know any number of semi-auto rifles can reach out and touch exceedingly long range targets. There are some mighty accurate such rifles for this work. Maybe a match M-1 Garand or M1A or such. But ask yourself one question. Why do snipers use bolt action rifles?

On the flip side of course is the comfort of having a well-built AR or similar rifle in hand with a 30-round magazine in place. Truth is, just the ability to have such firepower at the touch of a well-trained trigger finger is a rather awesome concept. Such power in the right hands can repel virtually any confrontation, at least for a while.

Likewise prepper teams so equipped could yield quite an effective defensive front well-armed with a cadre of modern semi-auto rifles, ARs or AKs or other suitable weaponry. With sufficient supplies of ammo and all the other support gear and maintenance supplies, such a protection plan would prove quite formidable.

To extend the debate then, others could easily argue the usefulness of having both modes of firearms stocked, supplied, trained, and ready to deploy. The practicality of budgetary restraints may lean on the decision. These are considerations all preppers and survivalists must ponder and decide.

Balance in everything I guess. Why not an accurate bolt gun in .308 and an AR in 5.56? Add a rimfire rifle, a good 9mm or 45ACP pistol or two plus a shotgun or two and most preppers would be very well equipped. What would your choices be?

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The Transition: Survivalist to Prepper []

We are used to talking about survivalists and preppers in the same vein. However upon further investigation of the two conceptual philosophies, they may not really mean the same thing exactly. Of course, there are many similarities, but over time there has been a sort of transition going on from the one ideal to a new mindset. Which school of thought do you fit into?

Remember Y2K? The world was supposed to end for all intents and purposes. It did not. My wife works in the IT computer world and her network was totally convinced there would be a significant event as a result of the Y2K threat. At the very least, these techies expected all computer systems to crash. They did not.

At the extreme some Y2Kers went into the full survival mode. They stocked up hordes of food and water. They built secure shelters and equipped them to handle a long term escape habitation. They had their ammo belts and gas masks and cases of Vienna sausages. The night before the event was to take place, they huddled in their concrete holes and feared for the worst. Well, the sun came up as usual and wonder of wonders, all the computers worked, too.

So, these “survivalists” were fooled. I am not sure if we ever found out what the big scare was really all about, but it did not come to fruition. Even so, there was nothing inherently wrong with these people thinking something terrible might happen and thus preparing for the worst. The up side was that they learned what it took to learn how to survive and they equipped for it. That is a skill acquired that will have lasting benefits. That’s a good thing.

Admittedly, there were some “crazies” that emerged during the Y2K paranoia. These dudes wearing the panel boards on city streets announcing the world was ending are not our kinds of people. Some people panic, some people prepare. And thus became the prepper movement.

I guess preppers are a more laid back survivalist. The whole idea being to outlast a SHTF event. They plan, stock up, prepare, train, learn, execute, practice and remain vigilant. Let’s be frank though, in the final analysis, it really doesn’t matter what you call yourself so long as you are working to prepare for the next SHTF. And that really is a good thing.

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Magazine Size: 10, 20, or 30? []

If you own and use a semi-auto rifle such as an AR-15, AK-47, FN-FAL, or similar rifle that uses changeable magazines, then you probably have the option to use variable round magazines. But which ones are best for which applications?

These days there are not only factory but many aftermarket magazines options available for just about every weapon offering differing round capacities. These can vary from 5-10-20-30 and even 40 round standard type box magazines. Now, there are several high capacity rotary type drum magazines for some rifle models that can carry 100 rounds or more. Some of the practical utility of such magazines might depend on how much extra weight you might want to carry in battery on the rifle.

The question remains which magazine capacity is best for which types of shooting activities. I use the AR-15 platform quite a bit and have several different magazines for different uses. If I am hunting then I pick a lower round magazine so the rifle is easier to handle, move, and manipulate in an elevated hunting stand. In some states hunting laws, rules and regulations may dictate which capacity you can legally use. I figure if I cannot take down a deer with five rounds, then I need to be doing something else like going back to the shooting range.

Likewise a long extended magazine can be a bother at the shooting range for sight in work. I use a Caldwell Lead-Sled a lot of the time to assist with target sight in accuracy. These do not easily accommodate a long magazine hanging down below the rifle. A ten round is just about best for this use at the range.

If I am on the ATV on property patrol duty for a bug out prepper training weekend, then I opt for the maximum magazine capacity. I at least carry a 20-round mag in the rifle with extras stowed into a MidwayUSA magazine shoulder carry bag. Everyone has their own preferences, but I just have never been enamored with a long 30-round magazine. To me they are just too unwieldy for everyday use. I have them and use them, but they are just not my favorites.

So, when you pick extra magazines for your semi-auto the best course of action is probably to buy several in different capacities. Then you will have one for every application.

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Is the Demise of the AR Upon Us? []

Gun owners are on the verge of panic. And I suppose some usual dose of paranoia is in order given the way things are going in America these days. I know the AO readership is watching, listening, and reading everything they can digest on the Orlando blame game. It seems the guns, the SIG AR and the Glock pistol are catching the brunt of the attacks, much rather than the actual Islamic terrorist attacker. Well, politics as usual.

Let’s explore our reasoning for current pangs of paranoia. First, we have an anti-gun president, and many anti-gun congressmen and women. Many of them do not own a gun because they all have private security and most never grew up with guns or knowing exactly how much fun they can be to shoot, collect, or hunt with, or these days to protect one’s self with.

We are but one Supreme Court judge away from ruling upon new deep throated gun laws despite many of the ones on the books now are either not enforced, or just don’t work. You see, us law abiding citizens abide by the law. Ironically, criminals or terrorists do not. Duh!

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is an avid anti-gunner. She supports gun confiscation aka Australia, and even further hints at doing away with the Constitutional 2nd Amendment altogether. The Republican candidate Donald Trump seems to be a pro 2nd Amendment person, but is negotiating with the NRA for some moderate position on new legislation being called upon to further some restrictions for some people to own guns. I suspect the current laws already address that, but there does seem to be a need for information and investigations to be shared between the FBI and BATF. Duh!

Certainly, I am not a constitutional lawyer or even an expert in this arena, however I was not aware that any court or mush less the Supreme Court could actually dissolve a constitutional amendment. Maybe the news reports of such just meant they could rule on lawsuits redirecting some of the provisions of gun controls already on the books. Somebody please remind us, doesn’t congress have to vote on constitutional changes to be ratified by a majority of the states? I may have that wrong.

Folks we are simply living in perilous times now. America is the target. There is more to come. Maybe the powers at large will eventually get the point that the hammer is just a tool, but the carpenter bends the nail. I heard it best today. If your steak comes burned black, do you blame the grill or the cook?

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Webley 1910 Automatic Pistol: British Innovation [The Firearm Blog]

The Webley company was Britain’s premier producer of handguns in the 19th and 20th centuries. While most well known for their revolvers, they did produce a number of different semi-automatic pistols to try and break into the lucrative self-loading handgun market. While the designs never emulated the success of their foreign counterparts, they did feature […]

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Operating Systems 101: API Blowback Operation [The Firearm Blog]

IMG_0947Previously on Operating Systems 101, we discussed the straight blowback method of firearms operation; today we’ll be talking about its close cousin, API blowback. “API” stands for advance primer ignition, which refers to the chief way that the mechanism differs from its pure cousin. We’ll get to that in a bit, but first we need to […]

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BLACKHAWK! Drops Into AR Triggers with AR BLAZE SSD TRIGGER [The Firearm Blog]

AR Blaze SSD TriggerThe Blackhawk! brand is synonymous with good quality holsters, tactical gear, and modern sporting rifle accessories. A new feather they can stick in their cap is AR-15/AR-10 replacement triggers as they introduce the AR Blaze SSD Trigger. There are lots of replacement AR triggers on the market from good brands like Rifle Basix, Geissele, and […]

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The German Jager Pistol: Genius Design, PITA Assembly [The Firearm Blog]

CaptureOne of these days, when I have enough money, I’m going to start investing in old firearms (but the new ones are just so darn cool, too…). Tempting us poor commoners again is Ian at Forgotten Weapons, this time with a German compact handgun commonly known as the “Jager” pistol. The Jager pistol was designed […]

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New Kershaw Tools That Won’t Cut You – Unless You Really Try [The Firearm Blog]

RationKai USA Ltd announced it has released two new outdoor tools under the Kershaw brand that are not knives. One of these is the Kershaw Knife Adjustment Tool and the second tool is the Kershaw Ration. Kershaw Knife Adjustment Tool Kershaw is known for making affordable yet surprisingly good knives for a variety of uses. […]

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69-year-old retired officer shoots robber, Time Warner Cable News NY1, New York City, N.Y. 06/13/16 [NRA-ILA News]

A man walked into Parkside Pub in Queens, N.Y. and attempted to rob the bar and the customers inside. One of the customers was a 69-year-old retired police officer, who responded to the threat by drawing a gun and shooting the robber, killing him. A resident interviewed by a local media outlet following the incident expressed his support for the Armed Citizen, stating, “Guy shouldn't have been robbing the store. I'm sorry but the guy shouldn't have been robbing the store. The cop shot the guy trying to rob the store. Well, unfortunately that's what it came to.”


Geissele’s New Super 42 AR-15 Spring and Buffer Now Available [The Firearm Blog]

Geissele-Super-42-Buffer-and-SpringEarlier this year we posted about Geissele’s new AR-15 buffer spring, well it’s now available for sale. The new Super 42 AR-15 Spring from Geissele Automatics uses three independent strands of wire braided together which Geissele claims makes it much more reliable, durable and quieter than normal AR-15 buffer springs, no more signature AR-15 “twang”. […]

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Should journalists be a new class of prohibited person? [Of Arms and the Law]

Iowahawk makes a strong case.

"Unrelated incidents, or mounting evidence of that America's newsrooms have become a breeding ground for murderous, drunk, gun-wielding child molesters? Answers are elusive, but the ever-increasing toll of violent crimes committed by journalists has led some experts to warn that without programs for intensive mental health care, the nation faces a potential bloodbath at the hands of psychopathic media vets.

"These people could snap at any minute," says James Treacher of the Treacher Institute for Journalist Studies. "We need to get them the help and medication they need before it's too late.""


Special Forces Association Rejects Calls For Gun Control From Petraeus, McChrystal [NRA-ILA News]

The Special Forces Association forcefully rebuked calls for more gun control from both former CIA director and CENTCOM commander David Petraeus and retired Army general Stanley McChrystal. SFA is a 52 year national organization composed of members who once served in the U.S. Special Forces.


Cert Denied For Challenge To Connecticut's AWB [No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money]

The Supreme Court denied certiorari in Shew v. Malloy. This is the case that challenged the state of Connecticut's assault weapon (sic) ban.

This lets stand the ban imposed after the Newtown shooting.

I am in a location without Internet access so I am making this brief and without links.

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UPDATE: The order list listing the denial of cert is here. I think Luke below and Sebastian at Shall Not Be Questioned are correct in that this is about the best we could hope for with a 4-4 divided court. By not accepting the case, the justices have limited the impact to only the 2nd Circuit with consists of New York, Connecticut, and Vermont.


New CC Options From DeSantis [The Firearm Blog]

2277835Concealed carry is something countless gun owners do on a regular basis. Of course, in order to CC, the right tools are needed. Among those tools are proper training, state appropriate permit, quality defense ammunition, and a good holster. With the final item in mind DeSantis is offering more model options for their SlimTuk line. […]

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Senate to vote on 4 gun control measures [NRA-ILA News]

The Senate plans to take four procedural votes Monday on amendments that would improve or expand background checks and make it harder for suspected terrorists to purchase guns.


Supreme Court may take action on state semi-auto bans [NRA-ILA News]

The Supreme Court will announce as soon as Monday whether it will hear the challenge brought by gun rights groups and individual firearms owners asserting that the laws violate the U.S. Constitution's Second Amendment guarantee of the right to bear arms.


ABC's Jonathan Karl to Sen. Chris Murphy: Your Gun Control Proposals Would Not Have Stopped Orlando [NRA-ILA News]

"This Week" host Jon Karl challenges Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT), saying that none of the gun control measures he proposed in his filibuster last week would have done anything to prevent the Orlando shooter from buying a gun.


Store Owner: Undercover CBS Purchase of AR-15 Broke Federal Law [NRA-ILA News]

The gun store where a CBS News employee purchased a gun for a segment that aired Thursday on “CBS This Morning” has filed a report with the Virginia State Police and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives over concerns the purchase was unlawful.


Slate: Media get it wrong on guns [NRA-ILA News]

But one important point: The mainstream media lobbies hard for gun control, but it is very, very bad at gun journalism. It might be impossible ever to bridge the divide between the gun-control and gun-rights movements. But it’s impossible to start a dialogue when you don’t know what the hell you are talking about.


When the Anti-Gun Side Dons a Marine Uniform [NRA-ILA News]

Let’s begin with the obvious. The Marine on the cover, who is U.S. Representative Seth Moulton, a Massachusetts Democrat, is in the photo holding what is, unless my eyes deceive me, an M-4 carbine, which would make sense inasmuch as that rifle is the weapon generally issued to Marines serving in Iraq. No civilian should own this gun? We could argue about that. What we cannot argue about is this: No civilian can own that rifle under current law. The sale of new fully automatic weapons has been generally prohibited for 30 years, meaning that the particular weapon Representative Moulton is holding, which was first produced in 1988, has literally never for a second been for sale to the civilian market in the United States.


Yes, in America in 2014 Bare Hands And Feet Were More Often Fatal to Americans than "Assault Weapons" [NRA-ILA News]

When The New York Times last year in a front-page editorial called for a full ban and confiscation/buyback on what they claimed they could, somehow, easily define as "assault weapons," I explained that the problem they were trying to solve at enormous expense in both money and the civil unrest that would arise in America from the attempt to fully remove an almost universally peacefully used object from millions of Americans hands amounted to around 2 percent of U.S. homicides.


RIA: A Pair of Arresting Montenegrin Gasser Revolvers [Forgotten Weapons]

This is quite the eye-catching pair of revolvers

The Model 1870 Gasser was a behemoth of a pistol designed by Leopold Gasser for the Austro-Hungarian cavalry – it was built around the 11x36mm cartridge used in their Werndl cavalry carbines. This cartridge was a middle ground between rifle and pistol; light enough to not produce punishing recoil when fired from a short and light carbine, but fairly huge for a revolver. But it was not in the hands of those cavalry troops that these guns gained their notoriety.

Instead it was during the reign of King Nicholas of Montenegro from 1910 to 1918 that they saw their prominence appear. Nicolas decreed that all his male subjects must own a Gasser-pattern revolver under penalty of law. This was ostensively a move to make the tiny Montenegrin kingdom less vulnerable to conquest by any one of its larger neighbors, but allegedly may have also had something to do with the King owning stock in the Gasser firm.

At any rate, the law called for Gasser-*pattern* guns (not necessarily the real thing), and so a substantial demand flourished for Spanish and Belgian guns of that basic design. They were made in a huge variety of flavors; solid frame and hinged, long barrels and short, and many different specific cartridges, finishes, and levels of embellishment. With every man required to own one, the revolver naturally became a status symbol, with the more well-off showing their wealth through a highly decorated sidearm.

Whether you appreciate the style of these two or not, they certainly catch the eye!


Operating Systems 201: Ljungmann vs. Stoner Direct Impingement [The Firearm Blog]

M16_rifle_Firing_FM_23-9_Fig_2-7In this 201-level post on the devices and mechanisms that automatic firearms use to do their work, we’ll be discussing a distinction between two very similar types of gas systems. These are what’s commonly known as the “Ljungmann-type” gas system (called so after a Swede, even though in reality a Frenchman invented it decades earlier) and […]

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A Public Gun Range For Buncombe County? [No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money]

Buncombe County Commissioner Mike Fryar (R-Buncombe) has proposed the county switch $500,000 from a budget line allocated to the Asheville Art Museum and use it for the development of a public shooting range in the county. He had visited the range that was recently opened in Cleveland County (Shelby, NC) that is run in a partnership between the county and the NC Wildlife Resources Commission.

Photo Credit: WLOS Staff

The range as Commissioner Fryar envisions it would have a 100-yard rifle range with six stations and a 25-yard pistol range with eight stations. I would hope they go further and create a pistol bay that can be configured for more advanced training or IDPA/USPSA competitions.

As might be expected, Fryar's proposal is not being met with open arms by some of his fellow commissioners. From WLOS:
Commissioner Ellen Frost, also from District 2, called the gun range "absurd".

She went on to say that it was not an appropriate time to bring up the issue after 49 people were gunned down inside a gay nightclub in Orlando.

"I think it's incredibly disrespectful to the people of Orlando," she said.

Fryar says he understands both views.

"Orlando was terrible. It was bad terrible, but as I told my brother 35 years ago, be careful brother. There's a nightclub here in town called Scandals. He opened it," he said. "My brother went to gun ranges and shot, in indoor range to shoot his pistol because he always had a pistol at the bar."
Scandals, by the way, is a gay-friendly nightclub in Asheville.

The issue comes to a vote on Tuesday. Unfortunately, given the left-leaning composition of the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners which include Ellen Frost, I don't expect the proposal to pass.

From the Citizen-Times quoting Commission Chairman David Gantt:
Getting a majority of commissioners to defund the museum and put the money toward a gun range may, however, prove difficult. Fryar had the support of the two other Republicans to put the proposal on the agenda. But Democrats hold a 4-3 majority on the county's governing body.

Democratic board Chairman David Gantt said he opposed the proposal because it would "leapfrog" over other projects the county has planned for years, including work on the East Asheville Library, the recycling transfer station and the radio system for emergency responders.

"Buncombe County would also have to buy land to build this proposed public outdoor shooting range," Gantt said, adding a site would be tough to find and that he thought costs would exceed $500,000 for taxpayers.

"I believe that public shooting ranges should be financed by private business, not Buncombe County taxpayers," he said.
The problem with a range as a private business is zoning. I fully expect the Buncombe County Commissioners to react similarly to the Haywood County Commissioners and put too many restrictions on new private ranges that they would not put on their own range.


The “ULTIMATE” 80% AR-10 & AR-15 Receiver Jig is… Ultimate [The Firearm Blog]

4 e1fGVWNQ3eWhile we do not cover the politics of guns, its hard to ignore recent events and the potentially large impact on our beloved hobby, defensive tools, and their manufacturing. In light of any potential issues, 80% receivers are a great choice, but they typically require some know-how to properly machine. The AR-10/AR-15 Ultimate Jig was […]

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Sipsey Public Service Announcement [Sipsey Street Irregulars]

Through the comments section, I am sent a metric crap ton of links to stories.  Most of them with little or nothing to do with the story that they are commenting on.  Some of them are utter tripe.  Some are fantastic but not on point for the post.  Being the fairly educated white boy that I am, I deduce this is to get my attention to a particular tidbit of news that would be interesting to the general audience.

That is absolutely awesome and thank you so much that you have taken ownership of your participation in bettering the community to want to have it shared with the audience.  Before, they were simply deleted out of hand, but I am finding that there is a lot of great information but I cannot publish it as it will derail the real comments and it is frankly not germane to the post.

Unfortunately (or maybe fortunately because it prevents tampering with the comments), I cannot click on the link to check out the story that is contained in the comment.  I can only check mark the comment and either delete it or approve it to be published.  What this is causing me to do is go and manually look up the story.  Sometimes it is easy, sometimes no so much.

What I would ask you to do is send the link to the following email address:  sipsey street irregulars AT gmail dot com.  I will be able to check it out from the email and make a better assessment where it needs to go.  I know for some, you may not want to submit the comments as anything other than anonymous and do not want an email address, even a fake, to be linked to the comment. The reasons are not important to me, the content and bettering the community is what is important.  If you do not want to go through making an anonymous email, let me know and I can set up a proton mail account you can dump it into.  Just let me know in the comments if that is better.


Underwater Boomsticks… Go BOOM! In a Bad Way! [The Firearm Blog]

Screen Shot 2016-06-14 at 7.24.11 PMFullMag, known for their eccentricities with .50 BMG, miniguns, and det cord is at it again, this timed armed with Modern Sporting Rifles and… a pool? Yep, Modern Sporting Rifles go swimming including the AK-47 and the AR-15. Per usual filming, the video is complete with gratuitous slow-motion, of which the centerfire rifles are utterly mesmerizing. […]

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Colt Updates, Expands Defender Line of Pistols [The Firearm Blog]

Colt DefenderFor the summer of 2016, Colt’s Manufacturing Company (aka Colt) updated and expanded its Defender series of 1911 style pistols. The original gun has been updated, while the company added new “black and blue models” – one in .45 ACP and a second in 9mm. Original Updated According to Colt’s senior vice president, Paul Spitale, […]

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New Colt Nines: Additions to the Rail Gun Lines [The Firearm Blog]

Colt 1911Colt’s Manufacturing Company (aka Colt) announced a pair of new 9mm additions to the Rail Gun lines of 1911 style pistols. One of the new handguns will be a Colt Combat Unit model, while the other will be part of the stainless steel Rail Gun inventory. The Rail Gun lines are so named due to […]

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Sunday, 19 June


Act Now to Save the Second Amendment—Contact Your U.S. Senators Today [NRA-ILA News]

Several anti-gun U.S. Senators will be pushing amendments today, Monday, June 20th, to destroy your Second Amendment Rights! They're blaming you, the NRA for the terrorist attack in Orlando and taking advantage of this tragedy to push their gun control agenda while emotions run high. They can't blame Obama and his continued failed foreign policy and failure to keep us safe, so they’ve decided that law-abiding gun owners are the problem and gun control is the answer. We can't let them succeed!


GRNC On Anti-Gun Bills Looming [No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money]

Grass Roots North Carolina sent out this alert yesterday. It is asking that people contact their Federal representatives to oppose any of these measures.

I agree with GRNC that it is disappointing that NC Attorney General and gubernatorial candidate Roy Cooper (D-NC) is calling for the no-fly list gun ban. You would think that after 16 years as the state's attorney general he would have at least a little appreciation for due process. However, he must feel that it is politically expedient to ignore constitutional rights.


The Battle is Not Over! Weak politicians continue to teeter on your gun rights. . .
Even after a massive outcry from law-abiding Americans demanding that Congress respect their rights, and instead take effective steps to stop terrorism, many US Congressmen and Senators appear ready to cave to dangerous political correctness. Many politicians continue to indicate that they might support new legislation, or a return to failed legislation, such as the prior Clinton assault weapons ban laws.  Those laws were repealed because they did nothing to reduce gun crime, and they infringed on the rights of the citizenry.
U.S. Legislators Cannot be Trusted
Senators Schumer, Feinstein and other anti-gun elected officials will still be pushing anti-gun bills and amendments this coming week in the U.S. Congress!  

Roy Cooper Joins the Gun Control Frenzy

If there has ever been a time when Americans need to be prepared to protect themselves and their families from the unexpected and unthinkable, this is the time! 

Yet, even after the horrific event in Orlando, there's now talk of a "No Buy List" and Trump and GOP Lawmakers in Washington are opening the door to restricting gun buys for those on a watch list. The problem is that you can be put on the Watch List without ever knowing it and once you're on there you'll find it almost impossible to get off the list.Mitch McConnell is opening the door to this as well. He's announced that the GOP is "open to keeping guns from terrorists" but we have to be careful that sloppy legislation rushed through to appease the anti gun nuts doesn't restrict the rights of law abiding gun owners. Appeasing noisy protesting anti gun nuts will do nothing to make us safer. 



  • EMAIL YOUR SENATORS AND YOUR REPRESENTATIVE Use the links below, which will connect you to their contact web forms. You can use the copy/paste message under 'Deliver This Message.'

  • Please contact other gun owners to tell them this threat is real, and ask them to take action as well.

U.S. Senate
Senator Richard Burr (R- NC)
Senator Thom Tillis (R- NC)
U.S. House of Representatives
Representative G. K. Butterfield, Jr. (D - 01)
Representative Renee L. Ellmers (R - 02)
Representative Walter B. Jones, Jr. (R - 03)
Representative David Price (D - 04)
Representative Virginia Foxx (R - 05)
Representative Mark Walker (R - 06)
Representative David Rouzer (R - 07)
Representative Richard Hudson (R - 08)
Representative Robert Pittenger (R - 09)
Representative Patrick McHenry (R - 10)
Representative Mark Meadows (R - 11)
Representative Alma Adams (D - 12)
Representative George Holding (R - 13)


Suggested Subject: " No Gun Control for Law-abiding Voters in Wake of Terrorist Attack!

Dear (Congressman or Senator):

Many members of the House and the Senate are weakening their previously stated strong promises to gun owners that they will not sponsor or vote for any legislation that would weaken the 2nd Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens. I'm writing you to insist that you not co-sponsor or vote for any knee jerk legislation that is now being suggested in the wake of the Orlando tragedy.

Blaming law-abiding gun owners is wrong. Instead of fixing blame I want you to fix the problem and make Obama answer for his complete failure in the war on terror. The introduction of any legislation to restrict our 2nd Amendment Rights is a depraved attempt to politicize a tragedy that will result in destroying our freedom.

I will be monitoring your actions on this topic through legislative alerts from Grass Roots North Carolina.



Wayne LaPierre on Face The Nation [NRA-ILA News]

NRA Executive Vice President and CEO Wayne LaPierre appeared on Face The Nation to discuss the Obama administration's failure to protect Americans from radical Islamic terror attacks. He portrayed the concern with gun control as a distraction from the very real threats that our nation faces today.​


Chris W. Cox on This Week With George Stephanopoulos [NRA-ILA News]

NRA-ILA Executive Director Chris W. Cox appeared on This Week With George Stephanopoulos, explaining where the responsibility lies for Americans' vulnerability to terror attacks and firing back against false accusations toward the NRA. He affirmed the organization's absolute stance against arming suspected terrorists and argued against the effectiveness of so-called "assault weapons" bans.


RIA: Winchester Thumb Trigger Rifle [Forgotten Weapons]

The Winchester Thumb Trigger rifle was a very inexpensive boy’s rifle developed from the Model 1902. It is a single-shot .22 rimfire bolt action system, on which the trigger was replaced by a thumb-activated sear behind the bolt. In theory, this was to allow greater accuracy by requiring less force acting to disrupt your point of aim when firing. It was also a simpler and thus cheaper mechanism to manufacture. About 75,000 of these rifles were sold, including many exported to Australia, interestingly.


The Blow Out Kit [Sipsey Street Irregulars]

As you may already know, I am finishing up week one of my two week Reserve Annual Training.  The first week was spent with the normal mundane housekeeping stuff that we have not had time to complete.  If you think that you have it bad with the occasional but, nonetheless, obtrusive corporate HR training requirements, you have not seen what the Army is forced to sit through with the quarterly gauntlet of mind rotting, tax payer subsidized, power point slides and online courses.  Not to make light of the epidemic of veteran suicides, but after you have sat through your hundredth session of quarterly sexual harassment or master resiliency training, hanging yourself by your own safety reflective belt just for a diversion seems pretty attractive.

One thing of note, however, is that I took a refresher Combat Lifesavers course and it gave me the inspiration to publish a series of posts relating directly to the immediate life saving actions that you need to take after an active shooter incident.  This will be coming from the meathead perspective of  the military, but you can easily adapt them to your situation, whatever first responder role that may be.  This will be another easily digestible, slow burn of posts that describe what you can do at a very basic level as a first responder of an active shooting incident or explosion.  Surprisingly, it is actually quite a lot.

"Legal Disclaimer" up front
One caveat is that these actions can be performed by anyone that has the approved hands on training.  The skill illustrated on this blog are for educational purposes only and should not be interpreted as the same thing as real world training.  This does not give you the qualifications to perform emergency medical treatment any more than watching Scooby Do makes you a private investigator.  It would be a good idea to read on your local or state interpretation of the Good Samaritan laws before you get yourself in a situation a high priced lawyer cannot get you out of.

The Stuff

First things first, we need to cover the very modest equipment that you need to provide this care.  On every Soldier's armor, you will find the Individual First Aid Kit (IFAK). Please reference the picture below or you can go to this link for the pdf.

In short, you will need the following items:
1 container/pouch
2 Pair latex gloves
2 Chest Seals (H&H, Bolin, HyFin)
1 roll surgical tape
Sterile Gauze
Fine point Sharpie Marker

You will also want:
Additional gauze

For SHTF scenarios:
Pill pack with the following doses:
Mobic 15mg
Tylenol 2, 650mg

What it is and what it isn't
That is the "stuff" for one person's individual kit. You may want to have a larger first responder bag that can handle more than one incident/victim.  The IFAK will get you out of most trouble given that you can get to a hospital in a decent amount of time.  It will not treat heart attacks, strokes, poisonings, spine injuries, and other much more common life threatening incidents.  This kit is strictly for the aftermath of gunshot wounds, blunt trauma, compound fractures, and other life threatening but treatable incidents that are common to the battlefield.

I would caution you to keep your boo-boo kit separate from your blow out kit.  You will not want your band aids and Imodium to become jumbled in with the actual life saving materials.  Every tool has its place.  I would also encourage you to have at least two CAT tourniquets either in or attached to your Go Bag or directly attached to your gear/rifle.  Whatever's clever for you. 

Also,  if you are a III Percent vendor that sells any of the equipment listed above, shoot me an email (not the Georgemason, but the Sipeystreet account),  and would be more than happy to link to your products. 

Saturday, 18 June


The Hobbyist Exemption? [No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money]

I just learned of an exemption to the NICS check when purchasing a firearm from a FFL. This is over and above the exemption for those that have CCWs from states where it is recognized as a substitute background check.

It is called the "hobbyist" exemption and I learned about it from a Demanding Mommy from Texas with whom I have been going back and forth with on Twitter.

This was in response to a tweet that noted a background check is required when purchasing a firearm from a Federal firearms licensee. "Tricia" said earlier you could buy an AR-15 without a background check in Texas because the state didn't require it.

This shows just how little our opponents know about Federal firearms law and what is required.


Florida Urgent Alert! Sarasota Commission to Vote on "Assault Weapons" Ban [NRA-ILA News]

On Monday June 20, 2016, the Sarasota City Commission will meet at 2:30pm and will  vote on a resolution asking Congress and/or the Florida Legislature to: “strictly limit the availability and use of military grade-high capacity assault weapons to bona fide law enforcement agencies and to do so with the sense of urgency and commitment which is warranted in the face of the ongoing, tragic and unnecessary loss of life triggered by mass shootings with high powered, military grade, high capacity magazine assault weapons.”


The Rats are in the Cornfield [Sipsey Street Irregulars]

Store Owner: Undercover CBS Purchase of AR-15 Broke Federal Law

ATF, Virginia State Police contacted over ‘straw purchase’

It sure is hard for a working journalist to keep up with the fast moving targets of pushing the narrative-du-jour.  With facts as rare as hens teeth over in the MSM, someone thought it would be a great idea to legally purchase an eeee-veyl assault rifle with the express purpose of legally transferring it to a third party.  The idea would be to conduct an "undercover" sting investigation to prove that the exception of legal private transfers disproves the rule that the NCIS system works.  Well, works well enough for the purposes of this story anyway.

"The store, SpecDive Tactical in Alexandria, Virginia, said that when CBS News’ Paula Reid [legally] purchased the rifle she told the store’s general manager the gun was for her own use. However, when CBS reported on the story they revealed the gun was purchased for the story and transferred to a third party a few hours later. “The rifle we purchased was legally transferred to a federally licensed firearms dealer and weapons instructor in Virginia, just hours after we bought it,” the report said."

"The store said they contacted the ATF after viewing the report because they feared the misdirection used by the CBS reporter constituted a straw purchase, which would be a federal crime."

As any sane person involved with the most regulated industry in the country, the store owner smelled a rat and called in the boys in blue. 

Again from the article: “Ms. Paula Reid came into the shop with cash, claiming she wished to purchase an AR-15 to, ‘undergo training,’” Ryan Lamke, SpecDive’s general manager, told the Washington Free Beacon. “She refused basic, free instruction of firearms safety under the pretense that she was using the firearm for training with a NRA certified instructor.”

Now, we all know that absolutely nothing will happen to Ms. Reid.  She is, after all, a vetted member of the fourth estate that was in the field and caught pushing the narrative.  But the story should be a cautionary tale of keeping your b.s. antennae on full alert in everything you do.  Especially when it comes to dealing with things that can put you in prison.

If it smells like a rat and looks like a rat and talks like a rat, you should probably believe that it is a rat.  These hacks are generally out of their element and are fairly easy to pick out.  Professionals are a bit different in that they study the culture and can talk the talk.  Invariably they will come to you with the deal of a lifetime.  You do so at the peril of your livelihood, family, friends.. Both types, the rank armatures and the hardened professionals, will always come at you sideways.  It is the only way they know.


Another from Weasel Zippers - When Slippery meets slope. [Sipsey Street Irregulars]

Lynch seems to think that the No Fly List could be adpated to prevent gun purchases

Just as it says.  AG Lynch is trying to adapt the No-Fly list to red flag anyone trying to purchase a finrearm.  This is all feel good and easy enough to apply until you take a small step back as to what it actually means to get on the No Fly list

Here is a refresher as to some things that can put you on the No Fly List:

8 ways you can end up on the no-fly list

1. Being suspected to have been involved at some point in time of terrorist activates.  Whatever that means, because no one seems to know.
2. Travel to other countries.  Given the prism that this State Department views certain countries as either "good" or "bad", I can see how this is pretty arbitrary.  Moreover, not one State Dept. bureaucrat was held responsible for letting these people back in.  I'd like to have that conversation with Loretta.

3. Complaints from SJW's on social media.  No really, that's it.

4. Have a name that sounds the same as someone on the No Fly List.  Which is in no way arbitrary or against the rule of law.

5. When the alphabet agencies call you out, you don't play ball.  As in, if you don't snitch, you don't fly.  Or own a gun apparently.

6. Because Bureaucracy.  Typing errors can get you on the list.  Try defending yourself to the machine that you, Mr. John Q. Smith from Anytown USA is not Mohammed Salafist .

7. Bench warrants, too many parking tickets, whatever. 

8.  Again, Social Media.  Tweeting your displeasure in the Hillary/Bernie 2016 ticket can catch the eye of Mordor and keep you from flying.

See how this is a really bad idea?


RIA: Savage Navy Revolver: Almost Double Action! [Forgotten Weapons]

The .36 caliber Savage Navy is one of the many revolvers that saw purchase and martial use during the US Civil War – and in this case, martial use on both sides. About 13,000 Savages were bought by the Union army and navy, and another 11,000 were sold commercially. Many of those commercially-sold guns were later smuggled through the lines and used by Confederate troops.

Ultimately production of the Savage ended after 1863, because the Union opted to standardize on .44 caliber instead of the .36 caliber that Savage was tooled up to produce. The retooling costs were too high for the company to change over, so they dropped the gun from production (it was already a tough sell to the military, at 35%-50% more expensive than competing Colt and Remington revolvers).

Mechanically, the Savage has several forward-looking features – most notably its quasi-double-action system. It has a traditional trigger, and also a ring trigger just below. The ring trigger is actually a cocking lever, which both cocks the hammer and rotates the cylinder. The top trigger is then used to fire. This allows easy rapid fire without changing one’s grip to cock the action, although it requires some practice to operate smoothly and feels quite odd to someone not used to working two separate “triggers” in sequence.


Herschel Smith's take on the current state of affairs [Sipsey Street Irregulars]

The Goal is People Control and not Gun Control

As to be expected, Herschel does an excellent job to explain and expand on the very important analysis by GEN Patton from earlier this week and other events that have been culminating to where we are right now.

I could give you the highlights, but the entire thing article is a highlight.  I would invite you to click on the link above and read it the article in its entirety.

Trigger warning for the Trump crowd; bring your listening ears and an open mind.  Perhaps the base can make enough noise to get that guys attention.  Call it a triumph of hope over experience.


So "Triggered" even the Hipster's think this is mainstream [Sipsey Street Irregulars]

University oif Northern Colorado Bias Response Team Hangs 680 Posters in response to "offensive" phrases

If you do not think that the enemies of the western civilization are not taking note, they are.  What's funny is these people think they can negotiate with ISIS but free market, gun owning producer/breeders need to be eliminated.  Boy-o-boy are they in for a surprise.


Meet the “Black Rifle”: An Introduction to the AR-15 [The Firearm Blog]

The author's Colt 6920 AR-15, which has given him years of reliable service over thousands of rounds of ammunition fired.It’s no good to discuss how firearms work without also giving the context surrounding the firearms themselves. With that said, let’s talk about the AR-15, it’s copycats, competitors, and relatives. Together these rifles share space under the loose umbrella of black rifles, a term which references the use of lighter and more durable black polymer gunstocks in […]

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Friday, 17 June


Dianne Feinstein Presses for Gun Control in the Wake of Orlando Terrorist Attack [NRA-ILA News]

In the wake of the depraved terrorist attack on the innocent in Orlando last Saturday, Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) is using the nation’s shock and horror to push for gun control in the U.S. Senate.


ALERT! Florida Sheriff Wayne Ivey: We Must Fight to Save Our Lives [NRA-ILA News]

Following the terrorist attack in Orlando, Florida, Brevard Country, Florida Sheriff Wayne Ivey, presents a new strategy for staying alive until law enforcement arrives.


A Friendly Reminder To Take Action [No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money]

Just in case you haven't already called or emailed or faxed your Senators and Congressman/woman, here is a reminder. I don't care if you live in San Francisco and you have Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) as your representative, do it anyway. Get it on record so she can't say she didn't hear from you.

The NRA has learned that Senators Schumer, Feinstein and other anti-gun elected officials are going to offer several anti-gun bills and amendments next week in the U.S. Congress!
These measures are wide-ranging and include an attempt to reinstate the failed federal ban on semi-automatic firearms, commonly referred to as the "assault weapons ban."

It doesn't matter that the Clinton gun ban did nothing to reduce crime. This is about YOUR freedoms and YOUR Right to Keep and Bear Arms.

But it doesn't stop there. In fact, one amendment will attempt to strip the Second Amendment Rights from those on secret government lists while another could lead to federal registration of all gun owners.

They're also planning to push for increased federal funding of anti-gun research.

We must defeat every one of these anti-gun proposals.

What's obvious is that many who want to destroy our firearm freedoms are using the terrorist attack in Orlando to push their anti-gun agenda.

They'd rather blame you as a law-abiding gun owner than make Obama answer for his failures in the global war on terror.

We can't let them succeed in this depraved attempt to politicize a tragedy so they can destroy our freedoms.

Please contact your U.S. Representative and U.S. Senators immediately and let them know you oppose any new gun control measures. You can call your lawmakers at 202-225-3121 or click the "Take Action" button below.

Be sure to share this message with your fellow NRA members and gun owners and let them know this threat is real. Your action is needed now.


FG42 Rifle Review (Smith Machine Group Reproduction) [The Firearm Blog]

The German FG42 (Fallschirmjägergewehr 42) was a rifle designed as a multi-role combat small arm for airborne troops that was part rifle and part light machine gun. Only about 10,000 were made during WWII, but the design was very influential after the conflict ended (especially in the USA). A company In Decatur Texas is now […]

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Operating Mechanisms 201: Tilting Barrel Locking [The Firearm Blog]

1111151514badjustedPreviously, we looked at the most common type of locking mechanism for rifles, but what about handguns? Well, today we’ll be looking at tilting-barrel locking, a method used in virtually every modern locked-breech handgun today. Tilting barrel locking was invented by that Utahn gun maestro, John Moses Browning, as an evolution of a translating barrel mechanism […]

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Operating Mechanisms 201: Rotary Locking [The Firearm Blog]

PHOTO_20160613_234501fixed2We introduced you to the concept of locking in a previous one of our 201-level posts on how firearms work, and today we’re going to talk about what has become the most common locking mechanism for rifles: Rotary locking. If to lock an action, you need to create an interference between the breechblock and the barrel, one […]

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California: Anti-Gun Legislators Continue the Push Through Misguided Legislation [NRA-ILA News]

Anti-gun advocates are working overtime to ram their agenda to restrict the Second Amendment through the legislative process before they go on summer recess, which starts July 1 after floor session has adjourned. After passing 10 anti-gun bills through committee earlier this week, both the Senate Appropriations and the Assembly Public Safety committees have anti-gun legislation on their respective agendas.


Antigun Senator Earns Three Pinocchios from Washington Post for Gun Control Lies [NRA-ILA News]

Gun control proponents are nothing if not predictable, and they wasted no time exploiting the terrorist attack in Orlando, FL to frantically push their agenda. Much of the hysteria surrounded their longstanding effort to ban semiautomatic rifles like the AR-15. But in the wake of a mass casualty event, truth is always the next casualty.


New Jersey: Committees to Consider Anti-Gun Bills Next Week [NRA-ILA News]

On Monday, June 20, at 10:00 a.m., the Assembly Judiciary Committee is scheduled to hear Assembly Bill 1426/Senate Bill 816.


Delaware: Firearm Purchase Delay Legislation to be Considered Next Week [NRA-ILA News]

On Tuesday, June 21, the Delaware Senate is scheduled to consider House Bill 325.


Nevada: Hunting Caliber Size Restrictions Scheduled for Consideration at June Commission Meeting [NRA-ILA News]

The Nevada Board of Wildlife Commissioners released their meeting notice for June 25.  At this meeting the Board of Wildlife Commissioners plans to discuss the proposed hunting caliber size restrictions.  One of the proposed regulations would make it unlawful to hunt big game animals with a centerfire rifle using a .50 caliber cartridge or a centerfire cartridge with a case length of more than 3 inches.  The proposed regulation is unfounded and will only serve to arbitrarily limit the rights of law-abiding gun owners and hunters.  Many cartridges used for big game hunting exceed the arbitrarily selected .50 caliber and 3 inch case length restriction, such as the .470NE, .500NE, .50 BMG, .577NE and the 505 Gibbs.


On Canada's The Rebel: On the push for new background check rules after Orlando Massacre [John Lott's Website]

Lott on the Rebel
Dr. John Lott talked to Ezra Levant about the new gun control background checks being pushed after the Orlando attack.


Suppressor Spotlight: Thompson Machine [The Firearm Blog]

TMtitleIn business since 1991, Thompson Machine has been a silent mainstay of the the suppressor community, producing quality cans at affordable prices. Today, their entire product line is composed of monocore silencers – the internal baffle structure is composed of a one-piece lattice-like structure instead of individual cones. In addition, every one of Thompson Machine’s can be […]

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Japanese Akira Kaneda Bike Themed P90 [The Firearm Blog]

sg_fashion_snap_g044_00bFor those who know about Japanese Animation, Akira is a classic and the motorcycle in the movie is iconic. For those who do not, here is that iconic motorcycle. The bike was so prominent that it was used on the covers of the VHS tapes and DVDs.     Someone in Japan used that design […]

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Country Rifle: Vive La France by Rainier Arms – SBR [The Firearm Blog]

32It’s time for some Short-Barreled Rifles (SBR). This is “France” as one of Rainier Arms’ Country Rifles, Ceracoated by Blown Deadline and shown at the IWA exhibition in Germany 2016. For Europeans it is really strange how the American gun laws can call a short “rifle” for a pistol, due to the lack of (sort of) […]

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Watch: Super-Powerful Mars Pistols From the Early 1900s []

This massive handgun was created by Sir Hugh Gabbett-Fairfax (he was British, in case you couldn’t guess) in 1898, and only about 80 of them were ever made. Ian of Forgotten Weapons takes us on a tour of this interesting old pistol, which he calls “A phenomenally powerful and ridiculously complex handgun.”

They have a long recoil action and 4-lug rotating bolts, which make them “weird to start with,” says Ian.

Mars handguns were chambered for four cartridges — all of them designed by the gun’s inventor and quite powerful — 8.5 mm, 9 mm, 45 short, and 45 long. Again, these cartridges are NOT the same as those for any other firearm, in spite of their names’ similarity with other cartridges.

Flinging a 220 grain bullet at 1200 fps is pretty impressive, and that’s exactly what the 45 long version could do. And this was around 1900, so… yeah.

The ammo is fed in an odd way; each round is stripped from the detachable box magazine and pulled to the rear before being lifted up — by the hammer spring! — and then shoved into the chamber. In the photo above, the magazine’s rear is towards the top of the pic.

Two Mars pistols are featured in the video: One in 8.5mm Mars and one in 45 Long Mars.

Towards the end of the video, Ian calls them “fantasically complex and very steampunkish pistols.”

The crazy complexity and troubles with getting consistent ammo both contributed to its failure to sell; since no known examples have proof marks, it’s a virtual certainty that none of these firearms were ever sold commercially.

But that doesn’t stop me from loving them.

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Watch: Guy Builds Homemade Travel Trailer From Scratch []

Ever owned something that wasn’t quite what you wanted it to be? Seems like that often happens with travel trailers. Poor layout, poor insulation, lousy materials, and bad design have long plagued RV owners. This guy’s solution was to build his own!

Yep, he found a small trailer frame with heavy-duty running gear and built this thing from scratch without any plans. The video below is a narrated slide show that shows the progression of construction (though sometimes out of chronological order).

When he was done, the trailer weighed in at 1100 pounds.

Pretty cool!

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This is How Government Should React to Mass Murders []

Finally, some common sense from someone in government.

As a result of the recent mass murder in Orlando (which was related to ISIS according to the killer) and other related crimes, one sheriff in Missouri has waived fees for concealed carry permits for residents of “his” county for the month of June, 2016. He also offered a free training class, which has already filled up.

The Bates County Sheriff’s Office posted the following on their Facebook page:

In the wake of continued attacks against Americans on American soil, the Bates County Sheriff is waiving the cost of the CCW Permits for the rest of June. The Bates County Sheriff’s Office will hold another CCW Class on July 9th with those attendees also receiving their 5 year permits at no cost along with the free class taught by Bates County Sheriff’s Office. This is for Bates County Residents only.

‘I feel that I have a Duty to Protect the Citizens while here in Bates County and allow them to be able to protect themselves and their loved ones while they are away,” Says Sheriff Anderson. “I will continue to pray for peace for our country and the world. But I will not put blinders on and act like this can not happen here or to people we know and love. I want to say a Big Thank You to the Law Enforcement and First Responders Community for what you are willing to sacrifice for our nation at home. While this will be debated on so many different levels please remember that your local first responders are the ones that will be there ready at a moments notice to handle any of these threats.’

To sign up please call the Sheriff’s Office between 9 and 4 Monday thru Friday. Class size is limited to 30 if class is full then we may put you on a waiting list for another class.

A newer post on the page indicates that the July 9 class has indeed filled up, adding, “Please continue to watch our facebook for future classes available.”

What stops bad guys with guns? Good people with guns. Just imagine how differently things could have worked out in Orlando if those customers had been armed.

The only thing better than this would be unrestricted concealed carry… but it sounds like this lawman is doing all that he can, in his own jurisdiction, to help make our nation safer. If only all government employees would do the same.

Nice job, sheriff.

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Operating Mechanisms 201: Intro to Locking Mechanisms [The Firearm Blog]

This short-recoil operated SIG P220 uses a tilting-barrel locking mechanism. You can see how the slide is prevented from moving rearward by the front surface of the barrel in this image.In the second of our 101-level discussions on firearms operating mechanisms, we mentioned that firearms may have what’s called a locking mechanism, which prevents the separation of the breech and barrel during the high pressure ignition of a round of ammunition. For 101-level posts, we’ll mostly note whether locking occurs or not and nothing more, but […]

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Pro-Clinton College Professor: Repeal Second Amendment! [NRA-ILA News]

At a time when it’s more important than ever to maintain the right of the American people to keep and bear arms for self-defense, law professor David S. Cohen is calling for repeal of the Second Amendment.  “Americans’ rights are in mortal danger,” he says, unless Hillary Clinton is elected president and stacks the Supreme Court with progressive judges.


RIA: Cripple Stock Shotgun [Forgotten Weapons]

Okay, so the name may not be considered very PC today – you could also call this a cross-dominant stock. The concept was to allow a shooter to mount the gun in one shoulder but sight with their opposite eye. This was useful for cross-dominant shooters (ie, right handed but left eyed) or shooters who had suffered a crippling injury to one hand or one eye.

The craftsmanship involved in properly making such a gun is quite impressive. The frame and tang are made with a slight curve to them, and then the stock must be made paying careful attention to the direction of the wood grain, so that it can withstand the bending moment created when firing. A fantastic piece of work, and something generally restricted to the rather wealthy.


Julie Nails It [No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money]

Libertarian comedienne Julie Borowski with her squeaky little voice and innocent, confused looks nails it in this video. This is especially true given the statement from Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) that "due process is what's killing us right now".

Due process is and will remain important so long as we as a country remain faithful to the Constitution. Once due process goes we might just as well have just remained colonies under the British Crown.


MG34 And The Motorcycle It Rode On: Zündapp KS 750 [The Firearm Blog]

09My friend Tom invited me over to his friend Dave’s house to show me Dave’s restored 1942 Zündapp KS 750. Dave restores motorcycles and exotic cars for a living and as a hobby. According to Dave, he acquired this back in the 80’s when he was restoring surplus army vehicles for a client. Back then […]

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Florida: UPDATED: Sarasota City Commissioners want ‘military grade-high capacity magazine assault weapons’ ban [NRA-ILA News]

Here are comments from Marion Hammer, executive director of the Unified Sportsmen of Florida, a past president of the National Rifle Association, and current NRA board member.  "Lee, you asked me to comment on the Sarasota Commission's proposed resolution to ask Congress and the Florida Legislature to discriminate against certain semiautomatic firearm because of the way they look.


KE Arms Glock Slides, 3 New Slides To Dress Up Your G17 or G19 [The Firearm Blog]

slides-for-glock-rKE Arms has announced their new line of slides for Glock pistols.  I had the pleasure of shooting with some of KE Arms creations at Superstition Mountain Mystery 3-Gun this past April, and while I am personally on the fence about using an optic on a pistol, I can attest to the workmanship of their builds […]

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Birds of a Feather? .260 Remington vs 6.5 Creedmoor [The Firearm Blog]

Screen Shot 2016-06-13 at 8.21.53 PMThe .260 Remington and 6.5 Creedmoor are incredibly similar rounds. Both use the streamlined 6.5mm bullet diameter and both are typically directly compatible with .308 Winchester rifles with a barrel switch. While the .260 Remington was and still is well-known in hunting circles, the 6.5 Creedmoor has been the recent star of the precision rifle crowd. […]

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Wild Glock Mod: Windowed Glock Frame [The Firearm Blog]

13355655_540686942805928_1382881758_nAnibal Salinas of @Weapons_armament_research has cut a slot into his Glock grip and epoxied windows. With the use of an ETS transparent Glock magazine, he can see how many rounds are in the magazine without removing it or mentally keeping track of how many rounds he had loaded and fired.   I reached out to […]

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Review: Be Tactical’s Bedside Holster [The Firearm Blog]

IMG_1226I was sent this bedside holster for review from It is not something I would normally look for nor purchase for myself but I decided to keep an open mind. Upon further research, this holster is made by Explorer. You can check them out at The holster is a reinforced sheet of cordura […]

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Thursday, 16 June


I had no idea the AR-15 and .223 were this powerful [Of Arms and the Law]

I mean, yesterday's piece by Gersh Kuntzman told me that his bruised his shoulder, rang his ears through hearing protection, and just shooting it gave him PTSD. Now this piece tells the reader that the AR-15 "can shoot about 40 rounds per second. Hunters can take out grizzly bears with two rounds." 40 rounds per second -- that's take a very quick trigger finger, and being a bit faster on the magazine change than I am. At a cyclic rate of 2,400 rounds per minute, it'd make the MG-42 look slow. And hunting grizzlies with a .223 is apt to be overly exciting.

What all this illustrates is that we should arm our troops with the mindblowingly powerful AR-15, and let civilians have the popgun M-4s and M-16s and SAWs.


New Orleans: NOLA City Council Poised to Pursue Unlawful Gun Ordinances [NRA-ILA News]

Nearly half-a-million Louisianans who reside in, conduct business in, or regularly travel to New Orleans will soon be confronted with an unlawful and unabashed political attack on their Second Amendment rights.  On April 22, 2016, anti-gun Mayor of New Orleans, Mitch Landrieu, unveiled new gun control initiatives that—abetted by the City Council—he plans to impose upon the City of New Orleans.  Since that day, Mayor Landrieu’s widely panned attempt to violate state law and the rights of law-abiding gun owners has garnered significant negative attention, and rightfully so.  Not only do many of the proposed measures violate multiple sections of the Louisiana Code, but Mayor Landrieu, himself, admitted that the most egregious of the initiatives would NOT deter crime but would raise awareness among law-abiding gun owners of their “responsibilities.”  Despite the fact that implementation of these ordinances will almost certainly subject the city to taxpayer-funded litigation, the New Orleans City Council—at Mayor Landrieu’s beckoning—will potentially consider these proposals as soon as next week.  Your urgent action is required.


BREAKING: Daniel Defense Terminates Agreement With Academy Sports, No more Guns from us! [The Firearm Blog]

DDdropeacademySoldier Systems has obtained a report that Daniel Defense has terminated their agreement to sell their products to Academy Sports. Recently we broke the story that Academy had removed all modern sporting rifles from their display racks in response to the attack at the Orlando LGBT bar Pulse, as a result of Academy’s decision to remove […]

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Horrifying! Loud! Very Loud! Bruising! Disorienting! [No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money]

The headline contains some of the adjectives that Gersh Kuntzman used in his NY Daily News story about his experience shooting an AR-15 for the first time. Modern journalism has sunk lower than I thought possible. The sad thing is that some people will believe the stuff he has written.

Such as:

I’ve shot pistols before, but never something like an AR-15. Squeeze lightly on the trigger and the resulting explosion of firepower is humbling and deafening (even with ear protection).

The recoil bruised my shoulder. The brass shell casings disoriented me as they flew past my face. The smell of sulfur and destruction made me sick. The explosions — loud like a bomb — gave me a temporary case of PTSD. For at least an hour after firing the gun just a few times, I was anxious and irritable.

Even in semi-automatic mode, it is very simple to squeeze off two dozen rounds before you even know what has happened. In fully automatic mode, it doesn’t take any imagination to see dozens of bodies falling in front of your barrel.
Reading this you would think it was written by some Special Snowflake that had just graduated some Ivy League school in Aggrieved Peoples Studies.

Instead it was written by a 51-year old man who is the deputy managing editor of the NY Daily News. Someone of an age that could be expected to have some measure of maturity and life experience. A Baby Buster and not a Millennial. Someone who didn't just get participation trophies but actually had to work for it.

According to his resume, Kuntzman did graduate from the Ivy League (Brown with a degree in Russian). His bio, which may contains some padding, says he also attended the Sorbonne, the London School of Economics, and the Yale School of Drama. I can believe that last part!

I can take the drama but what pisses me off is the tossed off claim to "a temporary case of PTSD". There are too many good men and women, both old and young, who put themselves in harm's way for this country and now suffer the silent scars of PTSD. It is disgusting beyond belief to lay claim to PTSD - even temporarily - after a mere trip to an indoor range.

Gersh Kuntzman - you are beneath contempt! Take your yellow journalism and go back to writing your books about baldness and plays about SUVs.

UPDATE: Larry Correia has a great sendup of Mr. Kuntzman called "Ask Kuntzman". It will have you snorting with laughter.


S&W Model 61 Field Strip (Smith’s Lemon) [The Firearm Blog]

Even the most well respected gun companies produce a lemon from time to time, and the 61 is one of Smith’s. In this field strip, we rip apart a S&W 61-3 .22 caliber pistol to show what makes this little gun tick.

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Emergency On The Range: Are You Prepared? [The Firearm Blog]

IMG_3006My friend Yuriy B. was at a USPSA match last Sunday when the worst case scenario happened. Someone got shot. I was 4 stages in, just starting the 5th stage when something tragic happened today at a USPSA match. A guy on another squad caught a projectile in the chest. I’m not 100% sure what […]

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Liberty Suppressor’s A-KAOTIC [The Firearm Blog]

KREBS A_KAOTICLiberty Suppressors is now selling a .30 caliber sound suppressor called the A-KOTIC. Although available as a separate piece, the A-KAOTIC was designed in conjunction with Krebs Custom and can be had as a suppressor and rifle package. The A-KAOTIC uses a titanium tube with a stainless steel core and an Inconel blast baffle. The […]

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Reports Of Gun Sales Surging Confirmed [The Firearm Blog]

NOOOOOOOOIt looks like Fox News is confirming that gun sales have increased dramatically. Reporter Nick Giampia interviewed gun store owner Jay Wallace about the recent surge where Wallace made the claim that they are selling more than 15 rifles per hour. Wallace was also quoted as saying sales have “really kicked up”. Fox also reports […]

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On The Mark Levin Show: Orlando Terror Attack, Gun-Free Zones & Gun Control [John Lott's Website]

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CPRC President, Dr. John Lott, talked with Mark Levin about the Orlando Mass Public Shooting & the dangers of gun-free zones.  Audio here.
(Monday, June 13, 2016 from 7:20 to 7:44 PM)


In the NY POST: Why Terrorists Target Gun-Free Zones [John Lott's Website]

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Dr. John Lott has a new op-ed at the New York Post that starts this way:
When will politicians finally recognize that they can’t protect all the possible shooting targets?
Possibly the largest mass public shooting in US history occurred early on Sunday morning, leaving 50 dead. On Friday, also in Orlando, singer Christina Grimmie was murdered after a concert.
Both of these shootings had something in common: They both occurred in places where private citizens were banned from carrying permitted concealed handguns.
With the exception of Donald Trump, over the last few days politicians have talked about everything but gun-free zones. Hillary Clinton and President Obama have been talking background checks on the private transfers of guns or banning people who are on the “no-fly lists” from buying guns.
But not one of the mass shootings since at least 2000, including Sunday’s, would’ve been stopped by these laws. Nor would renewing the federal “assault weapons” ban solve the problem; even research paid for by Bill Clinton’s administration found no evidence the ban reduced any type of crime.
Just a couple of months ago, a young ISIS sympathizer planned a shooting at one of the largest churches in Detroit. An FBI wire recorded him explaining why he had picked the church as a target: “It’s easy, and a lot of people go there. Plus people are not allowed to carry guns in church. Plus it would make the news.”
Police are probably the single most important factor in stopping crime, but stopping a mass public shooting is an extremely dangerous proposition for officers and security guards alike. Attackers will generally first shoot any uniformed guards or officers who are present. During the Charlie Hebdo attack in Paris last year, the first person killed was the guard who was protecting the magazine’s offices.. . .
The rest of the piece is available here.
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S&T Motiv Shows Off K2C1 Improved Daewoo Rifle at KDECIF 2016 [The Firearm Blog]

0cf617183d35ad105dbccd5125cdf960S&T Motiv, the successor to Korean defense company Daewoo Precision Industries, was showing off a new variant of their K2 rifle that equips the Republic of Korea Armed Forces, alongside the M16A1 which remains in use with second-line units. The new rifle is called the K2C1, and features a new quad accessory rail replacing the previous […]

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Permitless Concealed Carry Begins in Idaho on July 1 []

If you live in Idaho, things are about to get a little better. In about two weeks, Idaho residents age 21 and older will be able to legally tote a concealed firearm without regulation. (Residents aged 18 to 20 will still be required to get training and apply for a concealed weapons license).

The new law (SB-1389) will go into effect on July 1, 2016, and it will help amend a discrepancy: No permit or license is required to carry openly in Idaho. It only makes sense that carrying concealed should be treated in the same way.

At any rate, things are about to get a little more free in one part of the USA.

Oh, and if you’re traveling in Idaho and you have a license or permit to carry concealed in another state, you’re good:

Idaho recognizes all other states validly issued and current concealed weapons licenses/permits. You must have your state concealed weapons license/permit on your person when carrying a concealed weapon in the state of Idaho.

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Unnamed: India’s Ordnance Factory Board ‘ANAMIKA’ MP5 [The Firearm Blog]

imageSpurred by the threat of restricted arms imports, India’s Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) has reverse-engineered the Heckler and Koch (H&K) MP5 for use within the country’s military and state police units. Named “Anamika”, which in Sanskrit means “without a name”, the submachine gun takes obvious cues from it’s German original. Germany was a leader in […]

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Review: Midwest Industries Kel-Tec Sub2000 Gen 2 Optic Mount [The Firearm Blog]

IMG_2938After seeing Tim Harmsen’s video, I had an impulse to get this optic mount and see how it runs on the new Sub2000 Gen 2. I called my local gun shop and they had a Kel-Tec Sub2K Gen 2 in 9mm Glock Mag for $500. I ran over and picked it up on June 6. […]

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Sunshine State Stupidity: Sarasota Calls For Gun Ban []

It’s difficult for me to write this.

The hard part? Refraining from simply lambasting this moronic approach to a very simple problem.

Deep breaths.

Here in my home state of Florida, the city of Sarasota is considering a call for a ban on certain firearms. Like so many other ignorant people, they are calling them “military grade.” But gee whiz y’all, unfettered ownership of military arms has been illegal for a long time now. To do so, one must jump through hoops, submit to close government scrutiny, and send bribe money to the Feds before you are granted the privilege of exercising your “right.”

Back to the story: It’s been reported that Sarasota’s knee-jerk reaction, backed by the city manager and police chief, is to beg those above them in government to ban good guys (and gals) from possessing so-called “assault weapons.”

For Sarasota, it’s personal. The Orlando [murderer] took the life of Sarasota resident Eddie Sotomayor, Jr. His name was the first released on the list of those killed.

‘This hits very close to home,’ says [Sarasota city manager] Barwin.

Want to hear something dumb? Here ya go:

Barwin says this isn’t a Second Amendment issue. ‘At some point, the gun manufacturers and the gun sellers, y’know, have to, take one for the team.’

Brilliant! Demonize the industry that allows Americans to defend themselves from criminals thousands of times every day. Derp much?

On Monday June 20, 2016, the city manager says he will ask city commissioners to vote on the so-called “Safe Communities Initiative,” a.k.a. Resolution No. 16R-2582″



But after four mass shootings across the country in four years, Barwin says it’s time to take the guns out of the bad guys’ hands. ‘The safer our communities will be, and the less threats everyone will have ta, y’know, face or even think about.’

News flash: Bad guys break laws. Gun laws will not remove guns from the hands of bad guys.

Only good guys pay the price of gun bans.

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Senate Democrats end marathon filibuster, announce Republicans agree to gun-control vote [NRA-ILA News]

A spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said early Thursday morning that votes can be expected on amendments to the bill but that there is no formal agreement on what those amendments will be.The Democrats’ bid for votes on their preferred measures intensified Wednesday as efforts to strike a gun-control compromise with Republicans frayed.


Dear Anti-Gun Liberals, Don’t Tell Me Which Gun I ‘Need’ for Self-Defense [NRA-ILA News]

In reality, jihadists are the class of criminal least likely to be deterred by gestures like assault-weapons bans. In a nation with millions of AR-style rifles, is it really the case that a determined jihadist would have any real challenge getting his hands on the rifle he wants? In France and Belgium, jihadists often possess fully automatic AK-47s — a true “military weapon” — in spite of gun controls far more draconian than any proposed in the U.S. If you want to stop jihad, gun control is the least effective mechanism.


Spending Bill Sets Off Senate Debate Over Gun Laws [NRA-ILA News]

A fierce debate over tougher gun control laws, ignited by the mass shooting in Orlando, Fla., began in the Capitol corridors on Tuesday afternoon as the Senate moved to take up an annual appropriations bill that covers the F.B.I. and other federal law enforcement programs.


Jeh Johnson: Gun control ‘a part of homeland security’ [NRA-ILA News]

Mr. Johnson implied on “CBS This Morning” that ownership of semi-automatic rifles like the one used in Sunday’s terror attack in Orlando, Florida should be subject to future future gun laws.


In Defense of Self-Defense [NRA-ILA News]

Most of the mass killings by gun in the United States in recent years—Columbine, Virginia Tech, Aurora, Newtown, Charleston, San Bernardino, and now Orlando—took place in venues where local or state law prohibited carrying guns, even by those lawfully licensed to do so. The government cheerfully calls these venues "gun-free zones." They should be called killing zones.


WaPo in 1994: Ban 'Assault Weapons' to Set the Stage for 'Broader Gun Control' [NRA-ILA News]

The Post has been beating this drum for a long time. But when the federal "assault weapon" ban was enacted in 1994, the paper's editorial board was a little more honest about the point of it. While "it's ridiculous that the banning should even be an issue," the Post said then, "no one should have any illusions about what was accomplished. Assault weapons play a part in only a small percentage of crime. The provision is mainly symbolic; its virtue will be if it turns out to be, as hoped, a stepping stone to broader gun control." The mechanism for achieving "broader gun control" is the recognition that "assault weapons" account for a tiny share of gun homicides and that many other firearms are just as deadly—points that advocates of a ban are keen to obscure for the time being.


Lawmakers push watchlist legislation [NRA-ILA News]

Republicans opposed to the legislation say using the list for gun background checks would unfairly punish law-law abiding citizens, since the list includes those for whom investigators have not been able to find sufficient evidence for arrest or prosecution."The majority of the people on the no-fly list are oftentimes people that just basically have the same name as somebody else, who doesn't belong on the no-fly list," Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., then a candidate for the Republican presidential nomination, said on CNN in December. "Former Sen. Ted Kennedy once said he was on a no-fly list. There are journalists on the no-fly list."


California: Tempers flare as lawmakers move forward with a dozen gun-control bills [NRA-ILA News]

With emotions still raw over the massacre in Orlando, Fla., tempers flared Tuesday as divided California state lawmakers advanced a dozen gun-control bills, including proposals to outlaw the sale of semiautomatic rifles with easily detachable magazines.


Americans should not lose their Second Amendment rights without due process. [NRA-ILA News]

After Omar Mateen murdered dozens of people at a gay nightclub in Orlando early Sunday morning, he immediately became Exhibit A in the case for banning gun sales to suspected terrorists. But such a policy would not have stopped Mateen, and it would deprive many innocent people of their constitutional rights without due process.


Has Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson Forgotten About Paris or Kenya or the Second Amendment? [NRA-ILA News]

In the continued effort to use the Orlando shooting to push through new gun control legislation, Homeland Security Jeh Johnson declared that after Orlando gun control has become a "a part of homeland security," even as the shooter in Orlando was an employee of a security firm that's been one of the largest recipients of Homeland Security contracts*.


Reid: Ban Guns for Americans on Terror Watch List, But It's 'Foolishness' To Listen to Their Phone Calls [NRA-ILA News]

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid continued his push Tuesday for a bill to ban the sale of guns to Americans suspected of terrorism, even if the government can't show probable cause to a judge that Americans on the terror watch list are plotting terrorism. But Reid suggested it's "foolishness" for the government to listen to the phone calls of those same Americans on the terror watch list:


At the U.N., Lather, Rinse, and Repeat for Gun Control [NRA-ILA News]

The more time you spend at the U.N., the more its activities fall into a pattern. There are big promises, followed by failure and complete unwillingness to look that failure in the face. The affair invariably concludes with the piling up of yet more promises. Like a naughty child, the U.N. responds to evidence of past underperformance with pledges of future overachievement.


Reminder: Guns Helped Secure the Freedom and Civil Rights of Black Americans [NRA-ILA News]

"I'm alive today because of the Second Amendment and the natural right to keep and bear arms." So declared John R. Salter Jr., the civil rights leader who helped organize the legendary non-violent sit-ins against segregated lunch counters in Jackson, Mississippi, in the 1960s. As Salter recalled it, he always "traveled armed" while doing civil rights work in the Jim Crow South. "Like a martyred friend of mine, NAACP staffer Medgar W. Evers, I, too, was on many Klan death lists and I, too, traveled armed: a .38 special Smith and Wesson revolver and a 44/40 Winchester carbine," Salter wrote. "The knowledge that I had these weapons and was willing to use them kept enemies at bay."


AR-15's Flying Off Shelves [NRA-ILA News]

Since the Orlando nightclub shooting on Sunday, gun sales have rapidly increased throughout the United States.


FK-Brno Simplifies the complex with 6.5mm “Blind Sniper System” [The Firearm Blog]

A measure of intelligence is being able to make complex matters simple and easy to understand.  FK-Brno, Czech manufacturers of the 7.5mm FK Field Pistol, aim to do such a thing with their recently unveiled 6.5×55 “Blind Sniper System”.  The System itself weighs 9.5 Lbs, and consists of a rifle with a Mauser action, a […]

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RIA: Ortgies Pistols [Forgotten Weapons]

The Ortgies is a pistol whose interested aspects are often overlooked on the assumption that it is just another identical .32 ACP blowback pistol. Well, it is that – but it is also more.

Mechanically, the Ortgies has a rather unusual grip safety mechanism that is quite different from what we expect to see today. It is also interesting in that the .32 and .380 versions differ only in the easily-interchanged barrel – even the magazines are marked for both calibers.

However, the most interesting part of the Ortgies story (in my opinion) is its production. In less than 5 full years (1919-1923), close to a half million of these guns were made, primarily by an industrial subsidiary of the German government. The guns were in large part a work program, creating export goods which could bring desperately needed hard currency into Germany to counteract the economic devastation of the Versailles treaty.

Have a look at the video and you may come away with a newfound appreciation for the humble Ortgies, like I did!

Examples in this video:

Button Safety .380
Standard .32
Standard .25


The Wound Channel Tests 7.62/.308 M80A1 EPR and It Is GLORIOUS [The Firearm Blog]

That is what happens when a wound channel collapses on itself so quickly that it sets the air on fire.Previously, we looked at the incredible damage and penetration caused by the US Army’s new M855A1 Enhanced Performance Round (EPR), thanks to a video published by William of the Wound Channel. What happens, though, when that kind of performance is scaled up to .30 cal size and fired from a .308 Winchester? William has us […]

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Toomey Really Doesn't Want To Be Re-elected [No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money]

As Sebastian at Shall Not Be Questioned has pointed out over numerous posts, Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA) is in very tough re-election fight. Moreover, as Sebastian has also pointed out, Toomey just seems to want to lose the votes of the one group that would make the difference in his election - gun owners.

He's at it again. In today's Wall Street Journal there was a discussion of the anti-due process filibuster being waged by Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT) in an effort to get anyone and everyone in the FBI's Terrorist Screening Database and other assorted "terrorist watchlists" on the NICS denied list. What caught my eye was this little tidbit.

Sen. Joe Manchin (D., W.Va.) and Mr. Toomey introduced again on Wednesday their legislation that would expand background checks to all sales at gun shows and online, with the goal of flagging people with criminal or mental-health histories that disqualify them from gun ownership. Currently, the checks are needed only for sales by federally licensed dealers. The bill stalled in the Senate in April 2013.
Like a zombie, Manchin-Toomey lives again!

I don't have the bill number as it is so new that the Library of Congress and GPO don't show it on their databases.


A Lighthearted Shooting Moment With 22 Plinkster [The Firearm Blog]

hqdefaultSometimes a lighthearted post is the right way to go. Given the heavy atmosphere following the terrorist attack in Florida, this seems like an excellent time to keep it simple. 22 Plinkster has made quite a few videos both serious and fun, and this particular one is fun. Cheez Whiz and guns? Yes, please!   […]

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DEBUNKED: “Bulletproof” Carhartt Jackets [The Firearm Blog]

CaptureIn May of this year, it was reported that that New York Police Department’s Speed Gold Dot 124-grain +P loads were insufficient to penetrate a Carhartt jacket that a suspect was wearing: Four of the shots that cops fired at a madman waving a knife in Midtown failed to penetrate his jacket — which was […]

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Silencer Destruction: When Bad Things Happen to Good Cans [The Firearm Blog]

Credit: www.silencerresearch.comWith the process to find, purchase and transfer suppressors in the United States being as tedious as they are, one of the biggest fears of a new owner is damaging their new toy. While there is always the potential for manufacturing defects, the more common cause of silencer wounds is user error. If you are a soon-to-be […]

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Old Weapons & CANNON v. AR-500 Body Armor – FIGHT! [The Firearm Blog]

Capture2Eric from IraqVeteran8888 and crew are back at it with the cannon, this time instead of taking on poor, old, defenseless ballstics gelatin, takes on something a bit more formidable, AR500 armor. The armor is Level III) a standard “triple-curve shooters-cut” from Sparton Armor with an anti-spall coating. Weapons used include: .577/450 Martini Henry (480 grains […]

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Wednesday, 15 June


Must Read of the Day: Thee Card Monte [Sipsey Street Irregulars]

Three Card Monte

Before we get caught up in the D's vs. R's game, George makes some very important points to watch the hands that are shuffling the cards.

"We’re being played like marks right now over the shootings in Florida. Stop and think about that for a second before you read on. Think about all the discussions out there right now.  Guns, muslims, gays, immigration, ISIS, you name it.  And it’s all a game."


Some Good News On Knife Rights In New York [No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money]

There may be some hope for New York yet. The State Senate just passed the Knife Rights sponsored bill that stops New York City's switchblade and gravity knife arrests by a vote of 61-0! The State Assembly had previously passed the bill by a vote of 99-12. The bill now goes to Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-NY) for his signature.

From Knife Rights:

NY Senate Passes Bill to Stop Bogus NYC Gravity Knife Arrests
Next to Governor Cuomo  

Knife Rights' Gravity Knife and Switchblade Reform Bill, S6483-A/A9042-A, passed the New York Senate today on a unanimous vote of 61-0. Knife Rights' Director of Legislative affairs, Todd Rathner, has spent many weeks on the ground in Albany this session working closely with our friends there to shepherd this bill through politically treacherous territory. All that extraordinary personal attention has paid off with this unanimous vote. The Assembly previously passed this bill 99-12. 

However, it is not over yet. S6483-A/A9042-A still needs to be signed by Governor Andrew Cuomo. The Governor will not officially receive the bill for his consideration until it is transmitted. Transmission of the bill could take a few weeks, so please be patient with the process. When the time is ripe, we'll ask for your help, but until then there's no benefit to contacting the Governor about this bill.

Knife Rights would like to thank the following people who played a key role in helping to get this legislation through the legislature. Assembly Member Dan Quart (D) our primary sponsor in the Assembly, Senator Diane Savino (D) our primary sponsor in the Senate, Senator Michael Nozzolio (R) who made passing this bill a priority this session and Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan (R) whose staff worked closely with us to get the bill to the floor for a final vote.

Knife Rights would also like to acknowledge the invaluable assistance and support of The Legal Aid Society of New York, as well as the many other organizations that supported this bill. We'd also like to thank all of you who called or emailed Leader Flannigan asking for a vote on this bill. Your calls and emails make a difference.

S6483-A/A9042-A add clarifying bias-toward closure exclusions to the state switchblade and gravity knife definitions, similar to that included in the revision to the Federal Switchblade Act that Knife Rights helped pass in 2009. This clarifying exclusion should prevent the bogus Gravity Knife arrests and prosecutions of honest law-abiding individuals in New York City who are carrying common folding knives, tools that are legal to carry everywhere else in the U.S.

Neither Gravity Knives nor Switchblades have a bias towards closure found in common folding knives to keep the blade safely closed in the pocket. Only in New York City has the NYPD and District Attorney Cyrus Vance, Jr. abused the states' gravity knife law to prosecute those carrying simple pocket knives by claiming they are illegal Gravity Knives.

The City's Village Voice newspaper found two years ago that there had been as many as 60,000 gravity-knife prosecutions over the past decade! Hundreds of innocent pocket knife carriers are being arrested every week! You can read the Village Voice article at:

Knife Rights' Federal Civil Rights lawsuit against New York City and District Attorney Cyrus Vance, Jr. over these unconstitutional arrests and prosecutions continues with oral argument scheduled for tomorrow, June 16, which will be just over five years since the lawsuit was filed. The trial continues because until, and only if, Governor Cuomo signs the bill does the case become moot. The public is welcome to attend the oral argument, click here for more information about attending.


Dom Raso - The AR-15: Americans' Best Defense Against Terror and Crime [No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money]

NRA News just released a new video commentary from former Navy SEAL Dom Raso. He launches into a very vigorous defense of the AR-15 as a self-defense weapon. I really like these couple of lines from his commentary:

AR-15s are fine for Hillary and her family. They've been protected by armed guards who use them for three decades. But average Americans who watch the news and feel genuine fear for their safety, and their families’ safety—Hillary wants to deny them the level of protection she insists upon herself.
The elites will always have protection, usually government-supplied, against threats from their enemies, domestic and foreign. As to the rest of us, we are, as Michael Bane and others have noted, on our own. That means you and I are our own first responders. Why should we be denied an easy to use, fairly lightweight, highly functional, medium-powered firearm that is rarely, if ever, used in criminal attacks just to appease the powerful and the ignorant?

The answer is we shouldn't.


New Tikka unveiled: T3x TAC A1 [The Firearm Blog]

TIKKA-TAC-a1It could all be a practical joke, as there is no official information. But with the success of Ruger Precision Rifle and similar designs, it is not hard to understand more companies willing to design hunting and precision rifles with modern design. And the pictures does look real. SAKO Tikka is part of the Beretta […]

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New Jersey: Assembly Scheduled to Vote on Concealed Carry Legislation Tomorrow [NRA-ILA News]

Legislation quickly written and fast-tracked through the Legislature will be heard tomorrow in the full Assembly.

New Jersey: Assembly Scheduled to Vote on Concealed Carry Legislation Tomorrow [NRA-ILA News]

Legislation quickly written and fast-tracked through the Legislature will be heard tomorrow in the full Assembly.


Steyr M9A1 Review [The Firearm Blog]

The Steyr M9A1 is “the other” striker fired, polymer pistol from Austria. This lesser known handgun is an often overlooked offering on the market, and by popular request we are going to give it a nice review here on TFBTV.

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Remington 700 Aftermarket Grows: Hogue Overmolded Stocks w/ AICS Magazines [The Firearm Blog]

1781068391.800x800I wonder if Remington knew at the Model 700’s introduction that it would become the preeminent open platform in the bolt-action world. Yes, many will argue that it has it weaknesses (especially from the factory), but the base pattern has exploded in popularity with a huge and growing aftermarket for everything, including triggers, actions, barrels, […]

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Inland Manufacturing’s NEW Jungle M1 Carbine [The Firearm Blog]

M1-JungleInland Manufacturing, known for their reintroduction of the M1 carbine and various faithful reproductions, as announced a new version of the rifle, the Jungle Carbine. The new carbine is extremely similar to the standard M1 carbine, but adds a conical flash hider and correct military model sights. Interestingly, this model is equipped with 1/2 x […]

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California: Public Safety Committees of the Senate and Assembly Pass Deeply Flawed Anti-Gun Legislation [NRA-ILA News]

Yesterday, the Public Safety Committees of the Senate and Assembly pushed multiple politically motivated anti-gun bills.  Anti-gun advocates are using the recent tragedies in efforts to restrict the Second Amendment and self-defense in California.   The resulting bills are misguided and do nothing to address crime.  Rather, they are designed only to restrict the rights of lawful and responsible gun owners.

California: Public Safety Committees of the Senate and Assembly Pass Deeply Flawed Anti-Gun Legislation [NRA-ILA News]

Yesterday, the Public Safety Committees of the Senate and Assembly pushed multiple politically motivated anti-gun bills.  Anti-gun advocates are using the recent tragedies in efforts to restrict the Second Amendment and self-defense in California.   The resulting bills are misguided and do nothing to address crime.  Rather, they are designed only to restrict the rights of lawful and responsible gun owners.


Howard Stern’s Epic Gun Rant: The Wolves Are Attacking, And The Sheep Are Disarming! [NRA-ILA News]

Howard Stern said no gun control laws could have prevented what happened in Orlando. During “The Howard Stern Show” Wednesday, the radio host used an analogy concerning sheep, sheepdogs, and wolves to explain why disarming the American public is a bad idea.


Kite In-Line Weapon Sights Selected by ADF [The Firearm Blog]

Kite In-LineQioptiq announced that the company secured a contract to supply the Australian Defense Forces (ADF) with its Kite In-Line Weapon Sights. The sights are part of the Australia Department of Defence LAND 125 3C project. The Kite In-Line Weapon Sight is a night vision device that mounts in front of a magnified day sight. It […]

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Yo, Donald! Fuhgeddaboudit (updated) [No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money]

I just saw this tweet from presumptive GOP nominee for president Donald J. Trump.

You will need the gun culture if you want to be elected. You have been tough on other stuff so now is no time to go wobbly.

As I've written in the past, the Terrorist Screening Database, the TSA's "no-fly" list, and the FBI's terrorist watch list should not be used to deny an otherwise non-prohibited person from making a firearms purchase. Secret lists, even if created with the best of intentions, have no place in a free society and definitely no place in the United States.

The possibly gay Islamofascist who pledged his allegiance to ISIS during the middle of killing 49 good people had been interviewed by the FBI multiple times yet was not on any so-called watch list. Saying the addition of people on these secret lists to the NICS banned list would prevent further attacks is nonsense.

UPDATE: The NRA-ILA released this statement about meeting with Trump regarding no-fly and terrorist watch lists.
Fairfax, Va.— The executive director of the National Rifle Association's Institute for Legislative Action, Chris W. Cox, released the following statement regarding terror watchlists:

We are happy to meet with Donald Trump. The NRA's position on this issue has not changed. The NRA believes that terrorists should not be allowed to purchase or possess firearms, period. Anyone on a terror watchlist who tries to buy a gun should be thoroughly investigated by the FBI and the sale delayed while the investigation is ongoing. If an investigation uncovers evidence of terrorist activity or involvement, the government should be allowed to immediately go to court, block the sale, and arrest the terrorist. At the same time, due process protections should be put in place that allow law-abiding Americans who are wrongly put on a watchlist to be removed. That has been the position of Sen. John Cornyn (R.-Tex.) and a majority of the U.S. Senate. Sadly, President Obama and his allies would prefer to play politics with this issue.
If the Democrats really believe that a no-fly list and/or the terrorist watch list will stop them from obtaining the means to kill Americans, they are sadly mistaken. Gangs use straw purchasers all the time. Am I to think that ISIS terrorists are so mentally disabled that they won't emulate this? No!

As to the efficacy of no-fly lists, this CNN story details some of the people who have been prevented from flying due to the list including Democratic icon Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-MA).


Review: Hatsan 125 Sniper Vortex Airgun Rifle []

Most of us had BB guns when we were kids. Well I’m here to tell you the Hatsan Model 125 Sniper Vortex pellet rifle is no child’s toy. Here’s a quick rundown of the specs:

  • Available in several calibers (I tested the 22)
  • .177 = 1250 fps rated
  • .22 = 1000 fps rated
  • .25 = 750 fps rated
  • Single shot
  • Break-barrel design
  • Vortex Gas Piston technology
  • Monte Carlo stock with cheek rest
  • Length: 48.8″
  • Barrel Length: 19.6″
  • Rear Sight: 0.35″ green Truglo fiber optic
  • Front Sight: 0.60″ red Truglo fiber optic
  • Sling
  • Bipod
  • Optima 3-9×32 Scope
  • Dual safety
  • Quattro trigger

The Sniper 125 model is fitted with Hatsan’s Shock Absorber System (SAS), which significantly reduces vibration. There’s an integrated sound moderator fitted to the muzzle — sort of a sound suppressor (silencer).

There is also Hatsan’s Triopad butt system, which utilizes a heavy-duty rubber recoil pad and three stock spacers, so you can fit the stock to you (and to manage recoil). When firing the gun, it sounds like a 22 caliber rifle with a silencer on it — cool!

The Quattro two-stage fully adjustable trigger allows you to adjust take-up as well as the trigger pull weight. The gun was set up perfectly for me just as it was, so I didn’t see any sense in playing around with the trigger pull.
We also have soft rubber inlays on the forearm and grip of the stock providing a great feel and better control of the rifle in all weather conditions. There is also a scope rail mount, and a nice 3x-9x 32mm scope comes with the gun. The rear sight is micro adjustable with two small green Truglo fiber optic inserts, and the front sight has a red fiber optic. These sights are very fast to pick up, because your eye is just drawn instinctively to them.

You also get a nice sling and a polymer bipod. The barrel is precision rifled, and there is a manual safety as well as an automatic safety — so no fears of the gun firing as you are cocking it. I also got a container of 500 pellets, so this gun was ready to fire out of the box.

My biggest complaint is that this rifle weighs around 9 pounds, which is heavier than many big-game hunting rifles.

I was anxious to test this rifle, and since I live in the country and it’s quiet, I tested it right at home. I set up a target at 25 yards, rested the gun on its bipod, and let loose. I pulled the first shot to the right, but the other 9 shots I fired grouped well inside an inch. I feel like I could do better than that with more practice.

Cocking this gun takes a lot of strength – and I mean a LOT. After all, that power to propel pellets at 1,000 feet per second has to come from some place. To be honest, I wouldn’t want to fire more than 50 pellets through this rifle in one sitting, because it was too much work cocking the gun.

I also wanted to see what this rifle would do to a full aluminum soda can. In my finite “wisdom” I placed the can just 25 feet away and I shook it up first. My first shot was perfect and the can exploded and sprayed soda on me.


As you can see from the picture, it the can looks like it was hit with a pretty powerful round instead of a small .22 caliber pellet. I was more than a little impressed with the accuracy and the power of the Sniper 125 model.

I have moles in my yard, and sometimes I’ll sit on my front deck and wait to see a mole mound come up, so I can shoot the little bugger as his head appears. Now I can shoot ’em with the “silenced” Hatsan Sniper 125 pellet rifle without disturbing the neighbors with a gun shot.

If you are in the market for a new rifle and want something just a little bit different for your collection or pest control or even small game hunting, you might want to take a look at the Hatsan 125 Sniper rifle. With an MSRP of $418 (though seen as low as $250 on Amazon), it isn’t “cheap” by a long shot, but you do get extras, and some benefits over a 22 rimfire rifle.

As a survival rifle for taking small game without bothering the neighbors (or to keep from drawing attention to yourself in a SHTF situation), for home pest control, or just for target practice, I think this is a good air rifle.

When this pellet rifle arrived, I figured it would be just another child’s toy. Boy was I wrong — this is a big boy toy that can give you hours of shooting pleasure.

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Review: SurvivAMINO Protein Replacement []

As much as I hate to admit it, I’m getting older — and with age comes wisdom. Wisdom that tells me not to carry as much weight in my “bug out bag” as I used to. That means eliminating or replacing something with something a bit lighter.

Any good bugout bag needs protein… and as much as I love a good steak or burger, I can’t carry them in my pack. I have some freeze-dried foods and high-energy bars, but until recently, I didn’t have a good way to carry protein along.

Enter SurvivAMINO 100% protein replacement pills. Now, keep in mind that I’m no expert in this field. SurvivAMINO consists of pure amino acids that can easily take care of your daily protein needs while taking up less space and weighing less than beef jerky or something of that sort.

According to the manufacturer’s website, all protein can be broken down into combinations of twenty amino acids, and 8 of those are essential; without them, body functions begin to shut down in a few weeks.

Just to clarify things, SurvivAMINO is NOT a total replacement for food — it is ONLY a replacement for protein — so keep that in mind. Neither is it a replacement for vitamins, so you might want to keep those multivitamins in your survival supplies.

I will admit that when I received the SurvivAMINO tablets, I was skeptical to say the least. How could some little tablets be a replacement for protein? So I set out to actually test its claims as best I could.

I cut out all protein from my diet and began taking SurvivAMINO tablets according to the directions, and although I still had a “taste” for a good burger, I didn’t really “need” any protein. Hard to explain, but I’m sure most people know what I mean. We love our meat, and we get a hankering for it every now and then even when we don’t really “need” it. Well, that’s how it was during my week-long experiment — not a scientific experiment, but it was the best I could do.


As a lifelong hunter, I can see carrying SurvivAMINO tablets in my SUV and in my day pack while hunting. One never knows when he or she might get lost or injured while hunting. It would make sense to have these little tablets as well as some other food.

There aren’t a lot of products that I give my full endorsement to, because most things don’t live up to the hype surrounding them — or they just don’t deserve a place in your pack. But in my humble opinion, if you are serious about survival, you really should have a bottle or two of SurvivAMINO tablets in your pack.

These protein replacement tablets might just be one of the top five new survival-related products to come along in the last 20 years.

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Forgotten Franchis: More Obscure Italian Military Automatics [The Firearm Blog]

PHOTO_20160612_011121fixedWhile today the Italian company Franchi is not a heavy-hitting military small arms manufacturer, in the mid-1950s the company did produce some very interesting rifles, carbines, and submachine guns for the military market. The most recognizable of these is the LF-57 submachine gun, a simple blowback submachine gun very similar in design and appearance to […]

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NRA Statement on Terror Watchlists [NRA-ILA News]

The executive director of the National Rifle Association's Institute for Legislative Action, Chris W. Cox, released the following statement regarding terror watchlists:

NRA Statement on Terror Watchlists [NRA-ILA News]

The executive director of the National Rifle Association's Institute for Legislative Action, Chris W. Cox, released the following statement regarding terror watchlists:


Your Action is Needed NOW! [NRA-ILA News]

The NRA has just learned that Senators Schumer, Feinstein and other anti-gun elected officials are going to offer several anti-gun bills and amendments this week in the U.S. Congress, possibly as soon as today!

Your Action is Needed NOW! [NRA-ILA News]

The NRA has just learned that Senators Schumer, Feinstein and other anti-gun elected officials are going to offer several anti-gun bills and amendments this week in the U.S. Congress, possibly as soon as today!


Breaking: Academy Sports Pulls “Assault Rifles” and Airsoft Lookalikes []

Our sister site TFB is reporting that a major sporting goods dealer in the southern USA (Academy Sports + Outdoors) has decided to pull modern sporting rifles from its shelves. As near as anyone can tell, it’s a misguided knee-jerk reaction to the recent mass murder in Orlando. Apparently, they’ll still sell the guns, but will not display them.

In case you missed the memo, the term “modern sporting rifle” is the gun-rights-friendly way to talk about guns that are often called “assault rifles” by the less-informed.

According to Reddit user Potato_Muncher the move to pull rifles from the display rack was at the request of the corporate offices in Texas. According to u/Potato_Muncher the rifles will still be available for sale but not on display leading many buyers to believe that there are no rifles available.

There’s no word on whether Academy will simply sell its existing stock and no more, or whether this “keep them in the back room and sell them on request” approach will be the way they choose to do business from now on.

It gets worse:

TFB also received information from a Academy employee that requested to remain anonymous that there are even more changes. Our informant stated that Academy Sports corporate hosted a conference call requesting all modern sporting rifle lighters and other gifts are being pulled from the shelves along with all the airsoft and bb guns resembling an ‘assault rifle.’

The most shocking development is that the conference call outlined a new policy requiring any sale of more than 10 boxes in a caliber that Academy deems an ‘assault rifle caliber’ will require the buyer to furnish personal information that Academy is planning on keeping in a database; other employees have stated that they were just directed to ‘report the transaction’ with no clear outline on how to do so.

Here we have a major retailer–several of my friends have enjoyed shopping at Academy Sports for hunting gear, guns, and ammo–voluntarily invading customers’ privacy and playing hide-and-seek with guns that some people think “look mean.” Pretty pathetic, if you ask me.

So far, Academy has not posted a public press release on that section of their site, nor have they responded to TFB’s inquiry.

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Huffington Post: The NRA Has Actually Got Something Right On Gun Control [NRA-ILA News]

The NRA isn’t wrong. But to understand its argument, one must look beyond the Second Amendment the group loves so dear to another part of the Constitution: the one that guarantees due process of law for anyone whose rights the government intends to target.On this front, the NRA has forcefully and successfully argued government watch lists are constitutionally problematic because they’re bloated and sweep far too broadly, ensnaring innocent Americans that otherwise pose no threat to national security — including one prominent U.S. senator, media pundits, executives, even babies and the late Nelson Mandela.


Fostech’s 3.5-pound AR-15 []

Two years ago, MAG Tactical made a small run of I.C.E. ultralight ARs. At a little over 4.5lbs with a red dot sight, they were excellent defensive carbines but underappreciated. A minor sideline for the maker, they were under-advertised and the design lapsed with the MAG Tactical company demise. To my great joy, I found that the concept has been revived and much improved by Fostech Outdoors, the maker of Origin 12 shotgun.

Fostech ultralight at NRAAM 2016.

Fostech ultralight at NRAAM 2016.

The new rifle retains the basic features of the I.C.E. original, but drops the overall weight to 3.5lbs! That reduction was accomplished in part by judicious skeletonizing of all unstressed parts, a practice that Fostech turned into an art form with Origin 12.

Additional weight saving came from using a carbon fiber tube and folded flats for the buttstock (a telescoping option is also available), and from replacing the solid forend with the woven Brigand Arms part. In addition to being lighter, this part is so resistant to stress fractures that it’s been used as an axe handle for demonstration purposes.

The carbine retains the the low mass bolt carrier, the effective but relatively mild-sounding brake, and an upgraded trigger. It’s not only light enough to be easily shot off-hand by little 12 year old girls, but to be shot one-handed!


While the barrel is thin, it is free-floated and stress relieved to provide the same 2MOA with standard ball ammunition.

The rifle is a niche design, but it would be worth the price for backpackers, of for people whose limited upper body strength makes full-weight guns difficult to handle. Those of us who do not need the extra-light weight would still enjoy its excellent balance and the ability to run it off-hand for extended periods without fatigue. The most common reaction from people holding this rifle for the first time is a wide smile: “Wow, this is a real gun!” The Fostech AR will be available for purchase in September 2016.

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Revolvers Can’t Be Suppressed. Or Can They? [The Firearm Blog]

imageNo, I’m not announcing a partnership between Smith and Wesson and SilencerCo to make an integrally suppressed revolver. Although I would be first in line to buy one. I created the image above in the hopes of one day spurring a manufacturer to create a commercially available wheel gun that actually can be effectively suppressed. […]

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‘Rolling Stone’ Calls for Repeal of the Second Amendment [NRA-ILA News]

On the tail of the brutal terror attack by a radical Islamist on an Orlando nightclub, music magazine Rolling Stone is now calling for an end to the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution. Rolling Stone Columnist David S. Cohen, who is an associate professor at the Drexel University School of Law and claims to teach the Constitution “for a living,” insisted in his June 14 article titled, “Why It’s Time to Repeal the Second Amendment,” that “the Founders and the Constitution are wrong” about the Second Amendment. “We need to say loud and clear: The Second Amendment must be repealed,” he added.


RIA: The Jager Pistol and its Complex Reassembly [Forgotten Weapons]

The German military used a lot of different small-caliber pistols during World War One, and the Jäger is one of the most interesting of them. Its unique design was the result of needing to build pistols for the war effort on machines and tooling that were not suited for pistol production. The answer? Replace the single milled frame with a combination of simpler parts that would be pinned and screwed together into a frame equivalent. Quite ingenious.

Now, I have don a previous video on the Jäger, and Othais & Mae at C&Rsenal recently published an outstanding video covering the pistol’s history. What neither of those videos covered, though, was the actual reassembly process. It’s tricky and frustrating, so I figured with a nice Jäger on hand I should document that process.

You can see my previous Jäger video here:
You can see the C&Rsenal video on the Jäger here:


Good stuff from the Feral Irishman [Sipsey Street Irregulars]


Taking a chance on the radical notion that kids do not need the permission of society or the state to lead a healthy life.  I can see that prayer shaming would be a real thing for ego-centric people caught up chasing vacant, boring, and plastic lives.  It would be uncomfortable for those same people to see other kids positively influenced by something bigger than themselves.


BUSHNELL Looks to Capture the Trail Camera Market with TROPHY CAM HD AGGRESSOR WIRELESS [The Firearm Blog]

Trophy Cam HD Aggressor WirelessOne of the best resources or tools hunters have available to them prior to the hunt are trail cameras. They serve a great purpose of taking an inventory of your game, watching out for poachers or those encroaching on your land, and can alert you to peak activity times you may otherwise not know. So […]

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Two Cheeks on the Same Ass [Sipsey Street Irregulars]

Submitted with only this comment:

The establishment on both parties knows how the Dems lost the House and Senate after the 1994 Assault Weapons Ban and again in 2010 with as an answer to the first term of Obama.  They will have much to lose if they try and push for it now.  Which is why I say now that pressure needs to be put on the knee jerk, tearful handwringing of the establishment politicians (of both flavors), but not to go and sell you car to stock up on stripped receivers.

The canary in the coal mine is if the DNC is willing to truly push for additional gun legislation and so abdicate more seats in the House and Senate.  Any national disenfranchisement our firearm rights will be met with resounding defeats everywhere except for the deeply established colonies of big "S" socialist elitism, (i.e. NYC, LA, Chicago, Baltimore, San Fran, etc.).  If they are, they have abandoned any pretense that things will things will continue on the two part path.  The two state cold war we have currently enjoy will get lots and lots warmer.

Republicans Seek Wider FBI Surveillance Power After Orlando

Dems push for new gun laws after Orlando attack


EXCLUSIVE: Full30 Mobile App In Development [The Firearm Blog]

F30Firearms Not Politics, remember? So I will start off by saying that the Internet is a big place. Some of these places share our passion for firearms. Others do not. There, all done. is a safe, judgement-free zone where all of your favorite reviewers, entertainers, personalities and demolition experts hang out. Every one of […]

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GunMag Warehouse: How To Dye Sand PMAG Guide [The Firearm Blog]

IMG_2817Magpul posted a video last year showing how to dye their Sand PMAG which Nathan S. posted. GunMag Warehouse shows step by step how to do this without using a campfire and wilderness. The process is rather simple but there are some things to know that others have not mentioned. Rit Dye is safe for […]

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Operating Systems 201: Bang vs. Gas Trap [The Firearm Blog]

The 1927 model Bang rifle, paradoxically uses the simpler and more advanced gas trap operating system!Now, based on the four previous articles on gun operating mechanisms, some of my readers may be thinking “jeeze, Nathaniel, we already know all this stuff! Why are you telling us this?” Don’t worry! I haven’t forgotten about you, and that’s why I am sprinkling in more advanced topics as we talk about the more […]

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Tuesday, 14 June


CMMG Introduces The MkW ANVIL in .458 SOCOM [The Firearm Blog]

AR manufacturer CMMG has introduced the MkW “Anvil”, a high end AR chambered in .458 SOCOM. They sent one to me for full review, and it’s already been to the range with me once. The review should be finished and uploaded to TFBTV in the coming weeks – stay tuned. In the meantime, here’s the […]

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NY Daily News reporter on shooting a terrible, terrible, AR-15 [Of Arms and the Law]

Story, and I suppose fiction is a story, here. The reason I suggest fiction is, here is his description of shooting an AR-15:

"I've shot pistols before, but never something like an AR-15. Squeeze lightly on the trigger and the resulting explosion of firepower is humbling and deafening (even with ear protection).

The recoil bruised my shoulder. The brass shell casings disoriented me as they flew past my face. The smell of sulfur and destruction made me sick. The explosions -- loud like a bomb -- gave me a temporary case of PTSD. For at least an hour after firing the gun just a few times, I was anxious and irritable.

Even in semi-automatic mode, it is very simple to squeeze off two dozen rounds before you even know what has happened. In fully automatic mode, it doesn't take any imagination to see dozens of bodies falling in front of your barrel."

The recoil bruised his shoulder, the shell casings flew past his face, the powder smelled of sulfur, and it fired at full automatic.... He really ought to do a better job at consistency, though. Despite the shots bruising the shooter's shoulder, deafening him despite hearing protection, and giving him PTSD, a person can "squeeze off two dozen rounds before you even know what has happened."


Why I Need an AR-15 []

I put this up at Medium, but I wanted to share it here.

Once again, there has been another mass shooting involving a gun that looks like an AR-15 (it’s technically a Sig Sauer MCX, which may or may not be an “AR-15”… more later on this definitional issue and why it actually matters beyond mere neckbeard pedantry). And, once again, the calls have gone out to ban the “black rifle” from civilian sales. “Nobody needs one of these weapons of war”, is the common refrain.

Yet, if the statistics from the National Shooting Sports Federation, some 5 million Americans have decided that they do, in fact, “need” an AR-15. Are all of these people bloodthirsty savages? Delusional survivalists? Military fetishists? Insecure men with tiny… hands?

If you’re prepared to answer ‘yes’ to all of the above and consider the case closed, then please move on and don’t read anymore. This article isn’t my attempt to justify anything to you — it’s not a defense of what’s in my gun safe or of the AR-15 itself. If, for you, my AR-15 ownership is prima facie evidence of my mental instability, sexual inadequacy, lack of a conscience, or what-have-you, then I honestly don’t care what you think about this issue. You can go back to broadcasting your own moral superiority on social media, and I can go back to tuning you out until your rage therapy session is over.

No, this article is for the genuinely curious — those who assume that 5 million of their fellow Americans are not inhuman or insane, and who want to understand what set of rationales, no matter how flawed and confused they may ultimately turn out to be, could make an otherwise normal person walk out of a gun store with an “assault weapon.”

By the end of this piece, you probably still will not believe that I or any other civilian actually needs an AR-15. That’s fine. My only hope is that you’ll go forth better equipped to talk about gun control based on an understanding of how real live people view and use these firearms.

Please read and share. It may come in handy the next time you face the “why do you need one of those?” question.

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Wheeler Engineering Delta AR Armorer’s Ultra Kit []

AR mechanics and tinkerers are going to love this. Battenfeld Technologies has brought out a whole new AR armorer’s workstation kit. Named the Wheeler Engineering Delta Series AR Armorer’s Ultra Kit, this product becomes the next addition to the line of AR tools and accessories offered through Battenfeld.

This “one-stop” AR kit contains all of the most essential gunsmithing tools required to perform over 50 different AR building and regular maintenance tasks. The really cool and handy part is that it all comes self-contained in one custom fitted carrying case. So, now all your must have AR tools and stuff is no longer scattered here and yonder all over the place. It’s in one bag.

First up, the Delta Ultra Kit includes a durable armorer’s bench block. This supports and holds an AR in a steady position for work to be safely performed. The block is positioned on a maintenance mat that includes an exploded blue print view of the AR-15. How handy is that?

For cleaning jobs the kit includes a selection of cleaning brushes, picks and tools to facilitate the regular maintenance procedures needed to keep your AR running smoothly. Other tools in the kit are an AR-15 roll pin installation tool kit. If you have ever tried to remove or install a roll pin without the right tools, then you know how important a roll pin tool kit is.
The Delta Armorer’s Kit also includes an Upper Vise Block Clamp with a gas tube alignment tool. An AR-15 Combo Tool with torque wrench is also part of the tools in the kit. There is also an AR front site tool as well as a Delta ring tool for removing the locking ring that holds the front forearms in place over the barrel. Also included in the kit tool list is an oil filter type strap wrench and an AR barrel bore guide.

These are basic tools needed to work on any AR rifle. Without them, you simply cannot perform all the tasks that are needed to keep one of these rifles running at peak performance. Whether you are a professional gunsmith, AR rifle owner and shooter, taskmaster cleaning ARs or install accessories, this complete armorer’s kit from Wheeler Engineering and Battenfeld Technologies is the best way to get started.

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This will make dad smile on Father’s Day []

Father’s Day is on tap, and rather than giving the old boy an ugly tie (in this heat?), more golf balls (he’ll just lose them), or a gift certificate (really?), here are some thoughts on what might make him smile on the dawn of his annual family appreciation ritual.


One of the best ideas I can share is simply to take dad fishing. It’s likely he’s done this more times than he can remember for his family. And take him fishing for what he wants to catch, how he wants to catch it, and where and with whom (meaning the family).

If he’s a beach and surf guy, that’s the place to target. Gather the siblings, put the whole safari together — with bait and tackle, beach buggies and all — and take him. Make it your job to forget nothing. He’s just along for the ride, and the fun — like he’s done for so many people for so many years.

If you’ve got a boat, great, use it, and find the fish ahead of time, load the gear, and get moving long before daylight and the heat of the day will roast his noggin and patience.

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It’s your job to learn if he wants to target bass or bream, redfish or flounder, kingfish or tarpon, dolphin or snapper. And include the whole family — all the kids and grandkids who love him, spouses too if they’re involved.

A guided fishing trip for freshwater bass, inshore redfish, trout, flounder and drum, or offshore kingfish, tarpon, snapper and dolphin is easy to set up. Good guides abound, and many are available through area marinas, tackle shops, or via the internet. Ask his pals for recommendations.

A Father’s Day fishing outing need not be expensive nor full of angst over bait and tackle, boats and gear. Maybe just a few hours of soaking baits off a pond or river bank, or from a dock or ocean pier, will work just right. Watching a bobber slide along the surface while drinking a cool beverage, listening to water and wildlife, while talking quietly with sons and daughters, grandkids and spouses is a day to remember for anyone.

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Father’s Day ideas for hunters and “gun guys” []

What to get a dad who hunts or shoots?A paid membership to a local sportsman’s club might help dad meet new buddies who are as passionate about his fishing or hunting as he is. For saltwater fishermen, the Florida Lure Anglers, Jacksonville Offshore

A paid membership to a local sportsman’s club might help dad meet new buddies who are as passionate about his hunting or gunning as he is.

Hunting clubs also are available in many areas,  but most are rather pricy, and choosing a club for a hunter without his knowledge is a bit risky as a gift.

Another gift option for hunters is to consider giving a guided hunt at a lodge in a nearby state. Most such guided trips are for deer or turkeys, but there also are hunts for waterfowl, wild hogs, bears and predators (coyotes, etc.). Do the research carefully (talk to friends and family).,

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For gun guys, how about a day of shotgun or center-fire shooting at a local gun range.  Sporting clays, skeet and trap, and rifle-pistol shoot are all available in most areas of the country — some even indoors.

If gift giving is the best way to dad’s heart, there are infinite options for the guy who hunts and shoots. Strong suggestions from the receiver of gifts is always wise, and input from his outdoor pals usually is helpful.

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But here are some ideas if that’s not possible:

While June is fishing season, great deals can be found on hunting gear. A case of shotgun shells for a dove, duck or quail hunter can be had now for bargain prices, and come autumn, they’ll be needed by dad.

A remote game camera is a must-have hunting item always appreciated by dad deer hunters, and turkey hunters need game cameras, too. And there is no such thing as too many of them. Some of the best, most reliable and reasonably priced game cameras available are thel is remarkably good, easy to use and set up, and shoots rapid fire photos or video. Cost is under $200.


Rifle and shotgun scopes and binoculars are available now at rock-bottom prices.

Archery gear such as bows, arrows, sights, broadheads and accessories also can be purchased now at discount cost.

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Dock Fishing Expert Mike Hayes Offers Sage Tips to Tag More Fish []

While trial-and-error fishing is the best method of pinpointing the most productive docks, there are some keys to locating dock fishing gold. For example, Florida angler Mike Hayes says docks extending closest to the deepest water in an area are ones likely to hold the most and largest fish on a regular basis.

Another ingredient many choice fishing docks have is “age,” and the better ones have lots of pilings with cross supports. The older, more decrepit, and decayed a dock is, the more likely it consistently holds mature fish. Older docks have lots of nooks and crannies, chipped wood, barnacles and rotting beams. Such docks usually are loaded with fish forage of many types, and this makes them appealing to predator fish.

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Shell bars near docks also can be fish magnets, says Hayes. Locating such “shell” areas isn’t easy, but the rough bottom can be “felt” when slowly working jigs along bottom. Jigs having sharp edges, like stand-up style models, are especially good for this, as they “catch” a bit on bottom, much more so than boxing-glove shaped or round jig heads.

Hayes is almost exclusively a jig fisherman around docks, although some fish like bass, snook and sea trout readily take surface plugs, suspending lures and soft plastic jerk baits worked high in the water column. Jigs, however, can be fished at all depths, and are ideal for “skipping” far back under docks where fish hold in dark shade during bright sunny weather.

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“Skipping” jigs under docks takes a bit of practice and talent. A couple aids to doing it well are to use short rods about 6-feet in length, and make low, side-arm casts to the target. Having the lure just an inch or so below the rod tip when casting also helps get baits up-and-under piers harboring fish.

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Review: NIVISYS MUM-14 Night Vision Monocular []

Nivisys claims that the MUM-14 is a 3rd Generation night vision monocular, and I have no reason to doubt them. The clarity and brightness of this scope was astounding, to say the least. I’ve had other 3rd Gen night vision scopes that weren’t this clear and bright. I’ve also had similar units that were a little bit bigger and heavier — and sold for much more money.

At press time, this unit was for sale at Optics Planet for $1959 and that is quite a bit less money that comparable units of this quality.


The MUM-14 can be used as a handheld unit or mounted on a weapon, helmet, or headgear. There are also attachments for mounting this to a 35mm camera. Quite versatile, to say the least. And the MUM-14 came in a nice forest green carrying case, with a helmet/head mounting set-up, as well as a lot of other hardware for different purposes and a nice little instruction booklet.

I’m assuming that the helmet/head mount comes standard with these units — but you should check with the seller to make sure before purchasing your own.

The one thing it didn’t come with, and this is a sore spot with me, was that it didn’t come with any batteries. The MUM-14 requires either one CR123 battery or one AA battery. It will operate for 40 hours with a CR123 battery, and for only 20 hours with a AA battery. I’m hoping the lack of battery was only an oversight, and that for close to two grand, I would hope a battery would be included with this unit.

All of my testing was done with a CR123 battery.


There is also an integrated IR illuminator for using this unit in total darkness. I never had to use the IR light, because even on the darkest nights I could still see clearly for about 150 yards. I’m sure the IR will allow you to see even further, but around here you can’t see the forest for the trees, and I have a lot of trees on my property.

The MUM-14 is lightweight, compact, and ruggedly built. It’s submersible down to 20 meters, and is mil-spec. Magnification is 1X and that works for me, I don’t need anything more to see around my homestead.

I enjoy looking outside at night to see what is on my property. Whenever one of my german shepherds barks, it’s for a reason, and I’ll usually go outside with a flashlight to see what is in my front yard. While using a flashlight is okay, you might not always want to draw attention to yourself by using a light. Enter a good night vision scope — and with the MUM-14 I could easily see my entire front yard in the dark, as well as my neighbor’s property across the road.

I read a number of reviews on the MUM-14, and everyone seemed favorably impressed with their units, and were especially impressed with the price, which is a good $500 lower than comparable units from other manufacturers. And it’s nice to know that these units are made in the good ol’ USA, too! These are brand-new units, not some Russian-made units that have been re-worked.

If you’ve ever looked through a 1st Gen night vision scope, then through a 2nd Gen, you’ll be quite impressed with the difference. If you then look through a 3rd Gen night vision scope, it will blow away the 1st and 2nd Gen scopes when it comes to brightness and clarity. And in my experience, the MUM-14 provides does a better job than than some 3rd Gen scopes costing a LOT more money.

A note on the pictures that accompany this article: they don’t do justice to the sharpness or clarity of what your eye sees through the scope. The pictures were taken with my camera lens against the rear lens of the MUM-14, and my camera didn’t focus nearly as sharply as what I could see through the MUM-14 when I held it up to my eye.


Still, you’ll get a feel for the brightness and the clarity of the MUM-14 just the same — just keep in mind that what your eyes sees through the scope is sharper and clearer than what these pictures are showing.


So if you’re serious about survival and want to see what’s going on in the dark at your digs, or you are legally able to hunt at night in your state, take a real good look at the MUM-14. I was totally impressed, not only with the clarity and brightness, but the price — and it’s not easy to impress me these days!

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New Hampshire: Governor Vetoes Two Pro-Gun Bills; Third Bill Awaits Signature [NRA-ILA News]

Recently, Governor Hassan vetoed both the constitutional/permitless carry legislation, House Bill 582, and the emergency powers bill, House Bill 512; however, the concealed carry reform legislation, Senate Bill 336, is currently awaiting her signature.  Please contact Governor Maggie Hassan today and politely urge her to sign SB 336 into law.


K98k Rifle: Backbone of the Wehrmacht [The Firearm Blog]

The German K98k served Nazi Germany from the mid 1930s until the end of World War II, and was by far the most prolific German small arm during the conflict. The rifle is essentially a shorter, lighter, and handier version of the old Gewehr 98 rifles with some tweaks and modifications to make it more […]

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Operating Systems 101: Gas Operation [The Firearm Blog]

RSC1917Previously in Operating Systems 101, we covered the simple, inexpensive principle of blowback, and the reliable principle of short-recoil. Both of these mechanisms together form the foundations of almost all automatic handguns in common use today, but what about rifles? Well, the most common mechanism for rifles is the method of gas operation, developed by legendary […]

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There Was A FIRE FIGHT!!! Video [The Firearm Blog]

firefightJon Patton of The Gun Collective posted this video. It looks to be drone footage taken at Knob Creek. I was a little concerned about the rounds skipping off in the distance past the explosion. But I was told there is not much in that direction other than some military base owned land that has […]

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When the Law Would Leave You Defenseless Against the Likes of Omar Mateen, Carry a Gun Anyway [NRA-ILA News]

As many reactions are quick to blame an AR-15, we need to instead acknowledge that criminals pick soft and gun-free targets.


Gun Control Isn’t The Answer [NRA-ILA News]

Politicians inevitably call for further gun control after a tragedy, but no law will prevent acts of terrorism.


Review: XLR Industries Standard Element Remington 700 Chassis []

Why go to the trouble and expense of moving from a factory stock to a billet chassis system like this XLR Industries Standard Element stock? Consistency and improved accuracy due to a platform which is not affected by weather and humidity and provides the same positive and precision grip/bedding on the action from shot to shot.

Higher-end chassis like this one also free-float the barrel for (hopefully) the best possible accuracy from a Remington 700 barreled action, and in most cases feature positive mechanical receiver bedding which further increases accuracy and negates the need for the mess of resin or epoxy bedding the action.


All XLR chassis feature a precision mounting system which does not require gunsmithing and allows the receiver to sit in the chassis stress-free for utmost accuracy, without the need for a V-block.

Like many of the other top-tier Rem 700 chassis, the XLR stock also has an integrated AICS-compatible box magazine well which saves you around $200 for a “bottom metal” magazine adapter for your factory stock.

This feature offers the ability to quickly reload or conveniently unload the rifle without dumping your rounds on the ground. AICS obviously makes various-capacity magazines but ALPHA, Magpul, and MDT all also offer great options as well.


Another benefit of these chassis are that they are typically ergonomically and stability optimized for prone or benchrest shooting positions, thus delivering more long term shooting comfort over long periods of lying or sitting down.

Most people find there is a world of difference in comfort and fit when they get behind one of these chassis systems. If you want the best accuracy possible from your Remington 700 action (along with additional features), it makes sense to look at one of these chassis systems.

An obvious point I should make is that with a few exceptions these target and sniper chassis are usually heavier than a typical bolt-action rifle stock and are not really meant for field rifles that you are going to lug around for miles. These chassis are designed to be supported with a bipod or sandbags for long-range shooting.


Shooters get a drop-in stock replacement with everything a professional or amateur shooter could want; every aspect of the stock is adjustable while remaining completely backward-compatible with off the shelf Remington upgrade components.

XLR supplied three chassis for me to test and review, including their Tactical Evolution and Tactical Lite Carbon versions, along with this Element model. All are similar but unique.

XLR are the newer kids on the block when it comes to billet Remington 700 chassis, but people are going a bit nuts over them due to their impressive comfort and adjustability as well as the huge variety of chassis offered. In fact XLR chassis are now appearing quite a bit in long range competitions.

Fit, Finish, Feel, Features, & Functions

As with all XLR chassis, the Element series can be had with any of XLR’s own billet buttstocks. In this case I choose their Standard stock, so this chassis I am testing is called the Standard Element. If I had selected the Tac Lite buttstock, this model would have been the Tac Lite Element.


XLR’s folding $115 stock adapter can also be added to any of the stocks at any time. Personally I recommend every longer Rem 700 rifle has a buttstock folding adapter to simplify transport.  I didn’t add that option on the XLR Standard Element chassis, but I likely will.

The “Standard” buttstock is fully adjustable for cant, cheek rest position, cheek rest height, length of pull, and buttpad height. You can get insanely comfy behind this rifle. About the only thing it is missing from a comfort perspective is a memory foam pillow. The base of the buttstock stock is angled to work with sandbags for elevation adjustments when prone or on the bench.


XLR chassis will accept AR15 grips, but it already comes with the best possible grip. They will likewise accept “some” AR15 buttstocks, but why would you go there when XLR’s are better, more adjustable, higher quality, in some cases lighter and less expensive?

Like a custom one-off chassis, the design, quality, and precision is totally insane. Even just their own stock folding adapter is superior in quality to any other AR15 style adapter on the market and fits any of their chassis. Really… their stocks are artful they are so well made.


The XLR Industries Standard Element chassis I tested is one of XLR’s most popular chassis, offering both light weight and durability at a very reasonable price. It is not a lightweight stock per se (at just over 4 pounds, it’s nearly twice as heavy as my factory Hogue stock), but it is lightweight compared to most billet chassis systems.

It is a chassis which can be heavily knocked around and will take the abuse. Where the rest of the XLR chassis feature tubed forends the Standard Element features an more traditional free-floated open top forend design. The XLR Element chassis provides mount rails positions at 3, 6, and 9 o’clock positions for accessories.


One of the really great things about the XLR Element design over XLR’s tubed forend Carbon and Evolution chassis is that any existing Remington 700 rifle with base and scope already mounted can be lifted from the stock chassis and dropped into the Element chassis in 2 minutes without removing the scope or base. This may seem obvious, but on other chassis with tubed handguard/forends, some extended bases and shorter rings can be a problem due to lack of clearance for the hand guard.


Installation was as simple as removing the two stock action screws, pulling off the factory stock from my Remington 700 SPS AAC 308, dropping it into this action, and using the supplied action screws to tighten everything down. The entire procedure took less than 2 minutes.


As with the other chassis, there was an accuracy improvement of about 15 percent vs. the factory stock. This basically pushed my best .65”ish groups to just over .5” and my more typical .8”-.9” groups down to the .7”-.75” mark. Not mind-blowing, but it is an improvement.

This Build

  • Remington 700 SPS AAC Tactical barreled action
  • KRG Bolt Lift bolt handle.
  • Tested with Lucid 4-16×44 Crossover Optic and Millet DMS-2 Scopes
  • Brownells Steel Remington 700 SPS scope base
  • Burris high rings
  • PWS Brake

Final Thoughts

Considering the beauty and craftsmanship of this chassis, it’s surprising that XLR is selling this at only $595 when many other billet chassis cost much more. It is a deal, wrapped up in a attractive design that performs as good as it looks.

The most significant advantage to the XLR chassis are that you can make them comfortable to lay behind for hours without overly fatiguing the shooter. This is a great sniper chassis for those who want a true drop-in option without worrying about having to change out bases and rings for scope & forend clearance.


  • XLR Industries Standard Element Remington 700 Chassis
  • 6061 T-6 billet action block
  • Type 2 Class 2 anodized finish
  • 12 inch or 14 inch hand guard
  • Ergo overmold tactical AR grip
  • Right or left hand configurations
  • Fully adjustable stock
  • Sling ready
  • Single shot or DBM setup
  • No gunsmithing required
  • Made in U.S.A
  • MSRP $595 + $115 Stock Folder Adapter



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Born of necessity: The Balkan War roots of HS Produkt and the Springfield XD [The Firearm Blog]

Marko Vukovic, Co-founder of HS Produkt (image source: may be common knowledge within the shooting community that the Springfield XD series is based off of the Croatian HS2000, but what is not widely known is the creation of HS Produkt is rooted in the Croatian War of Independence.  As early as 1991, forces in Croatia, anticipating the coming conflict over their pending […]

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POTD: AR Pistol Muzzle Break [The Firearm Blog]

13407320_1239620452739543_1661668924303917899_nFound this image posted with no context. From just the image alone it seems the person that owned this AR pistol had the muzzle brake tucked back a bit under the handguard. Not sure how many rounds it took but the front end of the handguard broke from the muzzle brake. If someone intends on […]

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