Sunday, 20 August


MG-17 German Aircraft Machine Gun [Forgotten Weapons]

The MG-17 is a belt-fed 8mm machine gun that was used on a large number of Luftwaffe aircraft early in World War II. The gun was developed by Rheinmetall through its subsidiary in Solothurn, Switzerland (as a way to evade the Versailles Treaty restrictions on arms development). The basic action is a short recoil system with a rotating locking nut holding the bolt and barrel together. The basic system was adopted by the Austrian and Hungarian armies as an infantry machine gun, but its main use was in an aerial role.

For aircraft use, the MG-17 was equipped with a belt feed mechanism which was easily interchangeable for either left side or right side feeding. It used a pneumatic system of controls to allow remote charging and firing, and was mounted in the wings or cowling of the Bf 109, Bf 110, Fw 190, Junkers Ju 87, Junkers Ju 88, He 111, Do 17/215, Fw 189, and others. Later in the war the 8x57mm round would become insufficient and the Germans would move to 13mm, 15mm, 20mm, and ultimately even 30mm aircraft guns, but the MG-17 had a huge roles in the early years of the war.

Note that the gun in this particular video has been outfitted with a homemade adapter to mount it on a tripod, so that it can be fired without needing a 75 year old airplane as an accessory.

Saturday, 19 August


Medium MOLLE vs. Medium ALICE []

Let’s take a look at the medium ALICE and medium MOLLE pack.

For decades, the medium ALICE was the go to pack for everyone from soldiers to cub scouts.  The pack was cheap, could be used with or without a frame and was durable.  However, in the late 1990s, the United States military decided to phase out ALICE gear and adopt the MOLLE platform.

One of the possible downfalls of the ALICE pack, both large and medium, they were designed with little thought to comfort.  The frame was made out of aluminum flat and round bar and was rioted together.

In contrast, the medium and large MOLLE packs were  designed with ergonomics in mind.  The frame is made out of a polymer instead of aluminum.


  • Medium MOLLE – estimated 3,000 cubic inches.
  • Medium ALICE – estimated 2,350 cubic inches.

The medium ALICE has three large outside pockets that are all the same size, and an internal radio pouch at the top of the main compartments. One of the things I like about the outside pockets, a one pound bottle of propane fits perfectly inside. When my medium ALICE pack was being used, the propane bottle went in the outside pocket, and the stove went in the internal radio pouch.

The medium MOLLE has two large outside pockets.  These are large enough for TOPO maps, water filter, first aid kit… etc.  There are three pockets inside the main compartment.


The medium ALICE has the old style ALICE webbing.  There is a band that wraps around the complete outside of the pack, and webbing at the bottom on each side.  I never really found a use for the webbing that wraps around the top.  On each side at the bottom is where the canteens go.

Medium MOLLE has the ladder system on each side and on the bottom rear pocket.

My personal opinion, the PALS ladder system is vastly superior to ALICE webbing.  With ALICE, the pouches hang from the pack.  With the ladder system, the pouch is held much firmer to the pack.


This is where things get interesting.  Ebay is an example of supply and demand.

There was once a time when ALICE packs were selling for $25, now they are more like $45.  There are some still in the $20 – $30 price range, but they are few and far between.

On the flip side of the coin, medium MOLLE packs are selling all day long for $35 – $45 + shipping.  My personal MOLLE pack, I paid $35.00 + $15.45 shipping for one in very good condition.


Both packs are quality products and should provide years of service.  A lot of it depends on what you are looking for.  Are you going with the classic ALICE gear, or the newer MOLLE?  Do you want a pack that can be used with or without a frame?  Do you need the extra capacity of the medium MOLLE?

Even though I have used my medium ALICE since 1992, I look forward to using the medium MOLLE.

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Bergmann’s MP35 Submachine Gun: It Feeds From the Wrong Side [Forgotten Weapons]

Guns in this video: Pre-War MP35 and wartime MP35/1

The MP35 submachine gun was designed by Theodore Emil Bergmann, the son of the Theodore Bergmann who had manufactured the turn of the century line of Bergmann pistols. Unlike his father, Emil was a firearms designer, and not just a manufacturer. This design was submitted for German military testing in the early 1930s, as the German military began to seriously look for a new SMG. They were initially known as the BMP-32 and BMK-32 (Bergmann Maschinen Pistole and Karabiner; there was both a short barrel and a long barrel version made), and they were produced by Schutz & Larsen of Denmark. In 1934, production moved to the Walther company as the MP34 and MP35, and a number of commercial and international military sales were made, although the German military did not adopt them.

Once World War Two broke out, Walther production capacity was fully occupied with making military arms, and so a license was granted to the Junkers & Ruh company to produce MP35 submachine guns for non-military buyers. These included police units as well as the SS, which was forced to acquire arms from outside the standard Wehrmacht production channels.

Mechanically, the MP35 has a number of interesting features. Most obviously, it feeds from the right side and ejects out the left – virtually all other submachine guns with side-mounted magazines feed from the left. There is no documentation suggesting why Bergmann made this decision, but it was probably due to a different theory of how to most efficiently operate the gun. The MP35 also sort of has a progressive trigger. Firing semiautomatic shots is done by simply pulling the trigger. Firing in fully automatic requires depressing the second lever at the bottom of the trigger, which then allows the trigger to be pulled farther back and full auto fire results. Lastly, the charging handle is set up to replicate the manual of arms of a Mauser bolt action rifle (it is similar in this way to the Mauser G41). While somewhat awkward to use, this does have the benefit of removing the need for an open charging handle slot in the side of the receiver where dirt might enter the action.



Desert Tech MDR Hits Shelves [The Firearm Blog]

The day many of you have been waiting for has come (and gone): The Desert Tech MDR has finally been released to the US consumer marlet after more than four years of development. Desert Tech announced the gun’s official release in a monthly update on their website, citing the first delivery of the rifle made […]

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World War II, vs. Today: Comparing the Soldier’s Load in Two Eras [The Firearm Blog]

With the soldier’s load growing beyond the bounds of reason, and the Army set to replace the M4 Carbine in some units with the new Interim Combat Service Rifle, questions have arisen about how the soldier’s burden has changed over time. In the comments section of several of my articles relating to these subjects, readers […]

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Friday, 18 August


Number 2 Democrat at the Democratic National Committee accusing Republicans in White House of being Nazi . . . [John Lott's Website]

Is it OK for the number 2 person at the Democratic National Committee to be accusing top people in the Republican White House of being "Nazi," "white nationalists," and "enablers of White Supremacists." Will mainstream media notice such behavior? Will the media ask Democratic politicians if this leader of the DNC should resign?


A Glock in the Pocket, Worth Two in the Safe. []

Situational awareness can suddenly become reality. Going out my front door recently to walk my dog at 7am, I immediately spotted a strange pickup truck parked two houses down the street. This was a work day during the week, most were gone to work. We normally have a nice quiet, secure neighborhood, but one where lots of valued property resides.

It was clearly evident that two men sat in the truck. It was a plain white Dodge truck with no business markings or signage on the vehicle. As I walked down the sidewalk trying to act unaware, neither of the men were looked my way. I stared just enough to let’s say be able to recognize them if it came to that. At the end of my property, I turned and walked back to the house.

I unleashed the dog, filled his bowls with food and water and went back to the front door. I could not see the truck out my front door windows, so I walked back out on the porch in full view. The truck was gone. That quick, the vehicle disappeared. What would you say I should have done?

Admittedly I did not react fast enough, which is part of the several points I hope to make with this real example. If I was at all suspect (see something, do something) then I should have called 9-1-1 immediately to report the strange vehicle. Might I thought of it, I could have walked further down the street to view the vehicle’s license plate. It would not have been smart to ask what they were doing. I was not armed even though I possess a concealed permit. That is now a behavior I am altering.

So? My mind scanned a lot of thoughts. A tele-communications company had been working the neighborhood installing new cable. All those workers were Mexicans, but all their vehicles were duly marked with the company name. They were never working before 8am. This vehicle was not related to that work. So, who were they, what were they doing there?

In afterthought, I certainly should have called the police for a patrol. Armed or not, it is not a good idea to confront somebody like this. However, it is prudent these days to be prepared to defend one’s self if you are approached, confronted or threatened.

The aspect I have changed now is to carry my Glock 43, loaded, in my DeSantis Nemesis soft sided pocket holster whenever I am outside or walking in the neighborhood. What a sad state of affairs we have come to. That is just part of the prep in prepper.

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Spomer and Towsley – Two of the Best []

Who are your favorite outdoor writers? We all have our own bests and I suspect there is a gap between generations of readers that have scoured the paper pages of outdoor magazines since waiting on a wooden bench for a hometown haircut. After all, as a kid allthe good outdoor magazines of the day were found at the local barbershops. Things are different today.

Today, a lot of outdoor news is found via an iPhone, tablet, or some other electronic device. Even desktop computers are becoming passé for reading news and stories of hunting, guns, fishing, dog training, and the best places on earth to do it all. But, of course we can still read great outdoor stories and get up-to-date outdoors information right here at

Time has marched on though and some of our favorite outdoor magazines have closed shop. Many of the old classic outdoor writers have passed on, retired, or moved on to other ventures. Remember the likes of Jack O’Connor, John Wooters, Byron Dalrymple, Skeeter Skelton, Jeff Cooper, and others like Roosevelt, Askins, Adams, Swiggett, Zutz, Weishuhn, and so many more.

To my likes for decades now includes the tales by Ron Spomer and Bryce Towsley. In many ways these two guys are complete opposites. Spomer is the quintessential western big game hunter, though he does it all. Towsley is the classic reflection of the big timber Eastern woods hunter yet he too, hunts all over the world.

Spomer can be seen often hosting hunting shows on television. His writing regimen would be difficult to duplicate. Towsley paints the pages of numerous outdoor publications and produces a regular supply of books, as well.

Bryce is the rougher cut character from Vermont. He might remind one of an eastern Paul Bunyan, burley, heavy bearded, and wearing thick flannel, in the winter. Spomer is a sharp clip right out of the pages of Orvis, or Eddie Bauer. In contrast, Towsley is clearly an L.L. Bean man.

Both are experts at hunting rifles, optics and ammunition. Spomer would be at home with a custom shop bolt from Kimber or Montana Rifle. Towsley would most likely be seen carrying a Savage 99 lever action, or a Remington pump rifle in .35 Whelen.

Their writing is always spot on, exciting to read, enjoyable and informative. I have shared camps with Towsley and met Spomer at the SHOT Show. Both are personable, friendly, and the kind of guys we need to keep writing outdoor tales for a long, long time.

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5 Reasons Why The Ruger Precision Rifle Is Too Good [The Firearm Blog]

There is a ton of really great reasons to buy a Ruger Precision Rifle, but Patrick tends to think that the rifle might be too good. So good in fact that it could have possibly damaged the precision rifle market …. or did it? Patrick talks about 5 reasons that the Ruger Precision Rifle has […]

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TFB EXCLUSIVE: NFA Process Modernized For Fast Approvals [The Firearm Blog]

Without rule changes, regulation amendments, politicians or legislation, a partnership between the U.S. government and a small private industry group has dramatically changed the process in which National Firearms Act (NFA) controlled items are transferred between individuals and entities. There is now a system in place within the BATFE’s NFA DIvision, that will allow nearly everyone […]

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MPT76s Now Issued With 3E EOS AVCI Optics [The Firearm Blog]

MKEK select-fire 7.62x51mm NATO MPT76s currently being issued to soldiers in the Turkish Army will soon be coming with magnified daylight optics in the form of the Turkish company 3E EOS and its variable magnification daylight optic, the AVCI (1X-4X). The optic is similar to ELCAN Specter DR scopes in that the magnification is achieved via a […]

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California: Ruling in NRA/CRPA Lawsuit Reigns in DOJ’s Misuse of DROS Fees [NRA-ILA News]

A California state court issued an important ruling in the NRA and CRPA supported case of Gentry v. Becerra, holding DOJ accountable for its historical mismanagement and misuse of DROS (dealer record of sale) account funds.


Lockheed Martin Wins U.S. Army’s Squad X Experimentation Project [The Firearm Blog]

DARPA’s Squad X program has recently taken a major step forward with the U.S. Army awarding the preliminary team contract to Lockheed Martin to develop the technological projects within the program, at a value of $12.9 million. The program is an experiment by DARPA to bring a number of technologies that have been well used […]

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Justice Department Terminates and Repudiates Operation Chokepoint [NRA-ILA News]

Current Justice Department leadership and Boyd should be commended for their forceful statement on this matter. This unequivocal repudiation of Operation Chokepoint should make a return to such political persecution unpalatable for all but the most debased public official.


Trump Administration Ends Another Obama-era Anti-Gun Policy [NRA-ILA News]

Justice Department to End ‘Operation Choke Point’


POTD: Iron Lady And SAS After 6 Days [The Firearm Blog]

The movie 6 Days is supposedly released today. It is a reenactment of the siege on the Iranian Embassy to eradicate the terrorists and save the hostages inside. This photo was taken after the siege of Margaret Thatcher and three SASA members folding MP5s with the lights. Some of those setups were adjustable for windage […]

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American Bar Association Continues to Attack Gun Owners, Due Process [NRA-ILA News]

The 2016 compilation of legislative policies of the ABA includes a raft of gun control proposals. In it, the ABA advocates for outmoded gun control measures, such as limits on the sale and possession of affordable handguns and waiting periods


SureFire’s New Ryder Mini 22 Mini Suppressor [The Firearm Blog]

Surefire just announced a mini version of their SF Ryder 22 silencer. Caliber: .22 LR, 17 HMR, .22 WMR Length: 3.9″ Weight: 4.0oz (113g) Diameter: 1.0” (2.5cm) The original SF Ryder 22 is 5.4″ long and weighs 5.2oz. The RYDER 22-MINI offers the same great benefits to that of the RYDER 22-S only now in […]

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Savage Arms Offers New Model 10 GRS Chambered for 6mm Creedmoor [The Firearm Blog]

Savage 6mm CreedmoorSavage Arms recently announced the company was now offering a version of its Model 10 GRS rifle that is chambered for the 6mm Creedmoor cartridge. The company states that rifle is capable of “accurate 1,000 yard shots” for long range competitions. The Model 10 GRS is a bolt action rifle that was released earlier this year. […]

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Witness fires shot during suspected burglary in western Colorado Springs [NRA-ILA News]

police said a witness saw a suspect on the property, felt threatened, and fired a shot at the suspect.


Suspect held at gunpoint during Ogle County burglary [NRA-ILA News]

The Ogle County Sheriff's Office says a homeowner held a suspect at gunpoint until police arrived during a burglary Tuesday afternoon.


Cell phone store clerk with permit to carry shoots robbery suspect [NRA-ILA News]

A Cellular Connection store clerk with a permit to carry shot and wounded an armed robbery suspect Thursday morning in Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota.


Sawyer PointONE as a Gravity Filter []

Sawyer has revolutionized the water filter market with their Sawyer PointONE and Sawyer Mini. Both filters come with a bag that can be filled from a water source, attached to the filter, then the bag is “squeezed” to push the water though the filter. However, the Sawyer PointONE has such a good flow rate, gravity can pull the water through the filter.

There are numerous videos on YouTube showing the Sawyer PointONE being used with a hydration bladder. Since I was in the market for a new filter, I decided to purchase the components to make a gravity filter set up.

Items purchased:

  • Platypus two liter hydration bladder.
  • Sawyer PointONE with inline kit. The inline kit allows the PointONE to be attached to a hose.
  • Two Nite Ize s-biner, plastic, size 2, which has a weight limit of 10 pounds.

The outlet hose needed to be attached to the canteens, so a hose and clip were taken from a Katadyn Vario.

The Platypus water bladder has a large zlip-lock on the end with a sliding piece that allows the bladder to be hung from a tree.  On each side of the bladder are slots for snap rings.  This is where the two Nite Ize s-biners went.

A piece of green trotline string was cut around six – eight feet long and then tied between the s-biners.

Sawyer PointONE Tests

The gear was loaded in a medium MOLLE pack and brought to a creek just a few hundred feet from from my house.  The hydration bladder was filled with water, hung from a tree and the Sawyer PointONE was attached to the hose.

Just a few seconds after opening the PointONE, water started flowing out.  I was very impressed with the flow rate.

While hiking in hot weather it is wise to rehydrate as often as possible.  I can burn though a canteen and a half when eating lunch.  Rather than having to pump water to refill the canteens, the bladder is hanging from a tree ready to refill containers on demand.

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Elizabeth Warren Urges Democrats to Champion Gun Control, Shut Down Debate [NRA-ILA News]

Just as many in the Democratic Party are seeking to moderate their message in order to once again compete as a national political party, some high-profile Democrats are urging the party to lurch further left with an even firmer embrace of gun control.  On June 13, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) addressed those gathered at the “progressive” Netroots Nation conference in Atlanta, Ga. In her usual frenzied style, Warren used the forum to attack those Democrats who would moderate the party’s message, including those who would temper the party’s stance on guns.


State Supreme Court Strikes Down Arizona City’s Destruction of Firearms [NRA-ILA News]

The Arizona State Supreme Court struck down a Tucson city ordinance that allowed for the destruction of confiscated or forfeited firearms.


NRA Names Georgia Lawmaker Defender of Freedom [NRA-ILA News]

The National Rifle Association will award Georgia State Representative John Meadows the Defender of Freedom Award at a ceremony at the Georgia State Capitol Building on Tuesday, August 22, 2017.


First, Carry No Gun: Police Chief Gets Inhospitable Reception at Texas Medical Clinic [NRA-ILA News]

We recently reported on claims that “gun safety advocates” in the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services have given a U.S. Marine Corps. veteran an untenable choice: custody of his grandson or his constitutional right to possess a loaded firearm.  Now, from Texas – of all places – comes a similar tale of a police chief who was told he could receive medical care from a Woodlands ear, nose & throat clinic … but only if he took off his duty sidearm and left it outside the building.


Justice Department to end Obama-era 'Operation Choke Point' [NRA-ILA News]

The Justice Department has committed to ending a controversial Obama-era program that discourages banks from doing business with a range of companies, from payday lenders to gun retailers. The move hands a big victory to Republican lawmakers who charged that the initiative — dubbed "Operation Choke Point" — was hurting legitimate businesses.


HK433 – The first practical test [The Firearm Blog]

What has been called “The German ACR” has now been tested by Almost seven months has passed since the HK433 was launched at EnforceTac 2017 in Nurnberg, Germany. If you have missed the news, or need to refresh your memory you can check TFB’s previous article. Now had the opportunity to examine and […]

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Arizona: Tucson can't destroy confiscated guns, Arizona Supreme Court rules [NRA-ILA News]

The Arizona Supreme Court has ruled that Tucson does not have the right to ignore state law when it comes to what they do with confiscated weapons.


The Volcanic: Smith & Wesson’s First Pistol [Forgotten Weapons]

Guns in this video:
S&W Navy model
S&W Pocket Model
Volcanic Navy model
New Haven Pocket model

The deep beginnings of the Volcanic go back to Walter Hunt’s Volitional Repeater, which became the Jennings repeating rifle, which then became the Smith-Jennings repeating rifle when Horace Smith was brought in to improve it. Smith was able to make it more commercially viable than the Jennings had been, but he recognized that the system needed significant changes to really become successful. He had met a fellow gun designer who had similar ideas, by the name of Daniel Wesson, and the two would spend a couple years developing and refining the system. In 1854 they thought it was ready for production, and formed the Smith & Wesson Company.

Included in the original company was a man named Courtland Palmer, who owned the patent rights to the Jennings system. Smith & Wesson’s system would probably have been deemed an infringement of Palmer’s patents, and by bringing him into the company they avoided legal trouble. The fact that he was a relatively wealthy financier of the new company certainly didn’t hurt!

The pistol that S&W started producing was a manually repeating one with a tubular magazine under the barrel holding either 6 or 10 rounds. It was available in the .41 caliber Navy model (note: not actually adopted by the Navy) and the .31 caliber pocket version. In this first iteration, both used iron frames, which were all engraved lightly. The prices were pretty steep, and the guns suffered from some reliability problems and a fundamental problem of underpowered ammunition (the .41 caliber had a muzzle velocity of just 260 fps / 79 m/s). However, they did offer a much greater level of rapid repeating firepower than the muzzle loading revolvers of the period, and gained some loyal fans. In total, just 1700 of the guns were produced before the company went bankrupt, about a year after forming.

To recover from that setback, they reformed the company into the new Volcanic Repeating Arms Company, and sold stock in the new company to generate a new supply of capital. This allowed them to get back into production, and the Volcanic company would make another 3000 pistols, all .41 caliber Navy types, before also running out of money 19 months later in 1856.

At this point, Smith and Wesson decide to move in another direction, and one of the main creditors of the Volcanic company is able to acquire all of its assets and put the guns into production a third time. The name of this creditor? None other than Oliver Winchester. Winchester puts a new infusion of his own money into the company under the name New Haven Arms Company. This company produces another 3300 guns, both large and small frame by 1861. The New Haven company comes very near to bankruptcy itself before finally changing the design to create the Henry repeating rifle. The Henry’s rimfire ammunition finally solved the reliability and power problems of the Volcanic, and became the starting point for Winchester to become one of the predominant American arms making companies.


The FAA/FARA, Argentina’s assault rifle [The Firearm Blog]

Having been a long-time (since the early 20th century) user of bolt-action Mauser rifles and carbines in 7.65x53mm chambering, Argentina’s armed forces began thinking in adopting a semi-auto rifle shortly after World War II, if possible, with local manufacture.  This was more strongly implemented in the early 1950s during the second administration of President Jan […]

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GLOCK 21: 18 Years And 200K Rounds – Dropped, Buried, Frozen [The Firearm Blog]

If you are anything like me, at the beginning of your career retirement was something that barely registered on the radar. But as the years and miles stack up, handing over the reigns to the next generation becomes more and more attractive. For the most part, guns are different – unlike disposable accessories such as […]

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Reloaders Can Now Send Syntech Down Range through their Own Handloads [The Firearm Blog]

SyntechFederal has announced two different component bullets now available for handloaders within the last week. The 2nd one being their unique Syntech bullet that is encapsulated in polymer. Could this be a trend towards Federal attacking the reloading bullets market?… Time will definitely tell. For now, we will take a look at the Syntech bullet […]

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Federal Premium Trophy Copper Makes Room for the 6.5 Creedmoor [The Firearm Blog]

Trophy CopperThe 6.5 Creedmoor is truly steam-rolling the firearms industry with its recent popularity. More and more companies are chambering this hot caliber and ammunition manufacturers like Federal Premium are quick to follow suit. Federal Premium most recently added the 6.5 Creedmoor into their line of Trophy Copper ammunition. This initial offering is a 120 Grain […]

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Vietnamese RC 12.7mm DShK Mount [The Firearm Blog]

A recent article in the Vietnamese online journal Nguyen Tan Dung discusses the latest updates of a remotely controlled 12.7x108mm DShK heavy machine gun that could see potential use among soldiers of the Vietnamese Peoples Army. The contraption was aired on the Vietnamese MoD’s public television channel back in January, however, it appears that further design […]

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Vietnamese Range Compensating M79 Holographic Sight [The Firearm Blog]

Nguyen Tan Dung is a Vietnamese defense website and posted about this graduated reflex sight that the Vietnamese Military Technical Academy has come up with to be paired with the 40x46mm low-velocity M79 single shot/ stand alone grenade launcher. Although the Vietnamese post was published in the summer of 2015, the innovation displayed here is […]

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Thursday, 17 August


Bloomberg's Gun Control "PR Whiz" Aligns Herself With Communists [No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money]

Those arrested in Durham, North Carolina for pulling down a Confederate monument all belong to the World Workers Party. It is a Communist party off-shoot. They broke away from the Socialist Workers Party in 1959 over doctrinal differences. It seems they considered themselves more Trotskyist than the SWP. The WWP later absorbed the Spartacist League which was itself a leading Trotskyist-influenced Communist party.

The main thing to understand is that they are Communists regardless of whether they follow Stalin or Trotsky or whether they are 3rd Internationalists or 4th Internationalists. The other thing to know about the World Workers Party is that they are very much supporters of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea aka North Korea. Indeed, they strongly believe Kim Jong-Un and North Korea need "The Bomb".

You can read their tirade about the "freedom fighters" pulling down the monument here.

Thus when I saw this tweet, I wondered if the PR whiz behind understands just who she is promoting and/or aligning herself with.

The Spartacist League was also known as the Spartacus League. It eventually became the Kommunistische Partei Deutschlands or the German Communist Party of pre-WWII Germany.

The irony of it is delicious.

The ignorance of that tweet is even more delicious.


Arizona Supreme Court Rebuffs Tucson’s Illegal Destruction of Firearms [NRA-ILA News]

On Thursday, the Arizona Supreme Court unanimously held that the state was within its authority to prohibit cities and counties from routinely destroying firearms obtained through forfeiture or as unclaimed property. State law holds that political subdivisions must instead (subject to certain exceptions) recirculate the firearms through legitimate channels of commerce, just as they do with other types of valuable property. The case represents the latest battle in an effort dating back nearly two decades to prevent anti-gun localities from undermining the pro-gun policies of the state legislature.


3 Memorable Florida Deer Hunts []

1) My First Buck

There’s nothing like a hunter’s first deer to create a memory that lasts.

I was 18 years old, and was hunting alone on the afternoon of opening day in the Ocala National Forest. Dad had stopped off to set up his stand and I had driven on, then hiked into the woods and found a spot to set up my climbing stand. It was the first time I’d set it up that year, and the hardware was rusty. I made so much noise setting up that I didn’t think I’d ever see any deer, but about 15 minutes later, I heard something behind me.

Slooooowly I turned, remaining seated. There on the forest floor was a whitetail buck, casually feeding along. I had turned around in such a way that I couldn’t get the gun into play, though. I needed to turn around and stand up.

I stood up ever-so-slowly, and shouldered the Ruger 44 Magnum carbine. I peeped through the peep sight and placed the front bead just in front of the buck’s shoulder as the animal quartered towards me. And then I pulled the trigger on my first big game.

The buck went down like a sack of potatoes. Then, unlike taters, he kicked a few times. Soon he lay still, while I quivered and quaked in my tree stand. Adrenaline flooded my veins and elation flooded my soul.

When I got back to Dad, I hugged him so hard he swore I broke a couple of his ribs.

2) My First “Rack” Buck

A couple years later, Dad and I had been hunting the forest for days without any luck. I’d become frustrated, as young and impatient folks are wont to do. And to top it off, we had overslept that Wednesday morning.

It was November — but it was also Florida, so it was warm. As I walked into the woods with a stand on my back and selected a tree providing me a pretty good view, I silently cussed myself for oversleeping.

I set up the stand and climbed the tree, sitting glumly in the humid warmth, expecting nothing good to happen.

Suddenly and without warning, a rain shower swept through the woods. It didn’t get anything terribly wet; it seemed more symbolic… like it was sweeping away the old and bringing something new.

In my mind, a phrase appeared: “Patience is a virtue; I will not forget you.”


No sooner had this happened than a deer came loping through the woods nearby. I grabbed my binoculars to take a look. It was a doe, and therefore off-limits… but another deer had also come a-runnin’ and stood farther away, largely obscured by brush. I put the binocs on that one, and saw antlers.


I quickly lowered the binocs, raised the little 44 carbine, and placed the front sight on the deer. I can still recall the sight picture, the front sight almost as wide as the deer’s body. I squeezed the trigger.

The deer disappeared.

I tried to eyeball the spot with my binocs, but began shaking too hard. I sat down, steadied the glasses, and saw a deer standing there!

Its head was down, though, so I couldn’t be certain it was the buck. I had lost track of the doe, and couldn’t take another shot unless I could positively ID the critter.

And then it was gone.

By the time I’d calmed enough to climb down and begin walking, I was second-guessing and cussing myself for even taking the shot, half-convinced the deer had dragged itself into the thick planted pines near where it had fallen. I approached the spot slowly, cautiously, just a step at a time, rifle at the ready and scanning ahead in case the deer suddenly showed itself and needed more killing.

Suddenly, from behind some brush, a buck’s head appeared. It loomed before me, festooned with a huge set of antlers, and I froze in my tracks. The head and neck disappeared again, then arose once more, and this time the deer seemed clearly determined to get up and leave.

A second 240-grain bullet put an end to that.

When I first fired, I knew the buck had legal antlers but hadn’t studied thems. And although the rack seemed huge at the time — and for almost 20 years would remain my best — it really wasn’t all that big… just a nice respectable 7-point and a good story to go with it.

3) Muzzleloader Double-Header

It was 1992 and I’d slain 5 deer in as many years. Dad and I were hunting with muzzleloaders on a 2-day quota hunt. I had gotten our stands set up on our favorite trees a few days ahead of time, so all we had to do was walk in and climb up.

When I did so on that early December day, I had to scrape the frost off of the stand. That’s unusual for central Florida.

We settled in to a perfect morning in the woods. It was clear, it was crisp, the piney woods were gorgeous, and the only thing on my agenda was perching in a tree to hunt deer. It doesn’t get much better than that!

Just before 8:00, I spotted movement. A buck with a light-colored rack was approaching at a steady walk. I quickly cocked my Thompson/Center Seneca .45 caliber sidelock muzzleloading rifle and shouldered it, already knowing where that buck would be most exposed. It was walking a familiar deer trail, and I planned to stop him when he got to a certain spot.

He got there, and I gave a short, loud, “HO!”

The buck froze in place.

I peered through the tang-mounted peep sight and placed the bead just behind the buck’s shoulder. I fired, sending a 240-grain home-cast lead Maxi-ball his way.

The buck kicked his heels just like a mule, and ran. It was soon out of my sight.

How could I have missed?

I did my best to memorize landmarks where I’d seen it last. The spot where I’d taken the shot was etched into my memory.

I reloaded and climbed down. I eased over to where the buck had been, pleased to see a spray of bright red blood on the small oaks just beyond where he’d stood.

Whew! But I still had to find the deer.

Instead of trying to track it alone, I walked to Dad’s tree, where he sat in a climbing stand. He asked if I had fired, and I said yes; I had hit a buck but it had run off and I needed help finding it. He said nothing and began climbing down.

Scenario in my head: I would lead him to the blood and we would begin tracking, and would hopefully find my buck. I’m sure I was praying pretty hard.

What really happened: Dad got to the ground, stepped out of his stand, and pulled a compass out of his pocket. He took a reading and pointed southeasterly.

What the???

I knew better than to question him; I just started walking where he’d pointed. And before too long, I spotted a deer lying in the wiregrass. My buck! My beautiful buck! Boy, was I happy.

The buck had run over and stopped, standing broadside. Dad had heard my shot, but had no way of knowing whether this was the same deer or if my aim had been true. He began settling his sights on the buck, but the glare of the still-low sun was blinding. He quickly adjusted the bill of his cap, aimed at the deer, and was just tightening up on the trigger when the buck fell.

A plume of steam arose from the buck’s side, and Dad knew that I’d made a fatal hit.

That afternoon, Dad took a buck of his own from there same stand, making December 12, 1992 the date of our one and only whitetail double-header.

With memories like this, it’s no wonder I’m addicted to deer hunting.

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TFB TV Glock 18 Machine Pistol Mini-Documentary [The Firearm Blog]

In this episode of TFBTV, James is at GLOCK USA in Smyrna, GA to shoot the Glock Operator’s Course…and run the Glock 18c ragged. James interviews Chris Edwards, Glock USA’s rangemaster, and gets hands-on instruction on the proper use of the Glock 18 from Glock’s extremely talented roster of training professionals. Finally, Chris Bartocci of […]

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Washington: Department of Labor & Industries Targeting Shooting Ranges [NRA-ILA News]

At the request of Public Health, Seattle & King County, the Washington Department of Labor and Industries has released a “first draft” of a new statewide regulatory scheme targeting lead and lead exposure in the workplace. As drafted, these proposed regulations will impose complicated and expensive burdens on shooting ranges and retailers, potentially making it difficult for many to continue operations.


Five Reasons People Quit Prepping []

What are some reasons people quit prepping?  I have seen this quite often over on the Survivalist Forum.  Someone may join the forum, be gung-ho, ask all kinds of questions, post pictures of their progress… then slowly disappear from the community.

For the most part, I can not blame someone for losing interest.  People become bored, lose sight of their goal, depression, divorce and so on.

It takes a lot of dedication to stay in the survivalist / prepping community for years, or even decades.

Let’s take a few minutes and talk about things that may cause someone to quit prepping.

Burn Out

If you do something over, and over, and over, and over for long enough, you eventually get burned out.

Stockpiling food, doing inventory, checking expiration dates, rotating canned foods… gets down right boring.  How many times can someone do the same repetitive action before they get sick of it?

Then there is burn out from watching the news and waiting for something to happen.  How many times can the news report on Iran developing a nuclear bomb or North Korea, before the fear mongering gets old?

No Time

Who has time for prepping when the kids are enrolled in every after school activity available.  Whether is it football, soccer, baseball, basketball, dance… whatever it may be, takes time out of the schedule.  So, people quit prepping to make time for other things.

Leave time for some kind of prepping activity.  This could be camping, hunting, hiking or gardening.  Rather than consuming the kids with sports, leave the schedule open for family time that is prepping related.

When my kids were young, we would go to a Pawn Shop in Orange, Texas and buy silver quarters.  I was attempting to teach them the value of precious metals.  So, something as simple as coin collecting could be prepping related.


When someone looks at prepping as a whole, it can be overwhelming.

A few examples:

  • Bug out bags
  • Nuclear fall out
  • Caching
  • Bomb shelters
  • Nuclear war
  • Bird flu
  • Swine flu
  • Stockpiling food
  • Guns
  • Ammunition
  • Gardening
  • Training… etc.

It is pretty much impossible for someone to train in all aspects of prepping.  The time, and probably money, is just not available.  I have seen people in the forum say there is so much to prepping they feel overwhelmed.  That may be the reason some of them quit.


Having extra money to spend on prepping is a limiting factor for a lot of people.

The middle class is barely getting by.  Home ownership is the lowest in decades and buying power has been stagnated since the 1970s.  The honest truth is, few people have expendable income that can be dedicated to prepping.

Some people say prepping does not take a lot of money.  However, we can not speak on the finances of others.  For some, $25 may not be a lot.  For others, $25 may mean the difference between their children eating or going hungry.

Lose Interest

Why are we prepping?  The United Nations and free trade agreements have abolished global conflicts.

With modern science and vaccines, we are safe from any new pandemic.


There is a trait to human thinking, we expect trends to stay the way they are.  Because something has performed a certain way in the past, we expect it to perform the same way in the future.  Because there has not been a global conflict since the 1940s, we expect the world to stay peaceful.  Therein lies the fallacy.

Maybe losing interest and burning out are related?  However, someone can lose interest without ever reaching the burn out phase.

Don’t Quit

Prepping in a long term activity.  Generations ago, people relied on the food they grew, and it was considered part of everyday life.

The difference between then and now, we have become more dependent upon others for our day-to-day lives.  Rather than growing our own food, we go to the grocery store and buy everything we need.  When the system collapses, people will have no idea how to feed themselves.

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New: Ed Brown Announces the LS10, Long-Slide RMR Equipped 10mm Hunting Handgun [The Firearm Blog]

  Paging Ted Nugent, there’s a new 10mm in town: New from Ed Brown Products, the custom 1911 manufacturers, is the LS10 long-slide 10mm.  Equipped with a 3.25 MOA Trijicon RMR and tall trijicon night sights, this 43oz powerhouse can take advantage of heavier 10mm loads due to the 6″ barrel.  Paired with some Cor-Bon […]

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Oregon: Governor Signs Anti-Gun Bill into Law [NRA-ILA News]

Yesterday, Governor Kate Brown signed Senate Bill 719A.  Based on a California law enacted in 2014, SB 719A will create a so-called “Extreme Risk Protection Order” (ERPO) that could be obtained by a law enforcement officer, family member, or household member in an ex parte hearing to deprive someone of their Second Amendment rights without due process of the law.


Vietnam Begins Manufacture of 12.7mm KSVK, Expands Capabilities [The Firearm Blog]

Dat Viet, a Vietnamese language news website has reported that the production of Vietnamese made bolt-action, five round magazine-fed12.7x108mm KSVK anti-material rifles has commenced at the Israeli IWI built, Vietnamese MoD owned factory Z111 in Vietnam. The factory has churned out Galil ACEs for some time now, to also include Galil Snipers, Negevs, Uzis, and even […]

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POTD: The World’s Bravest Fox [The Firearm Blog]

This is one of the “once in a lifetime moments.” As I was instructing a fellow shooter I noticed some movement in the sand around our targets. I couldn’t believe my eyes when I was eye to eye with a fox just meters away. For some reason it seems it didn’t notice us and I […]

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Smoke, Mirrors and "Crowds on Demand" [Of Arms and the Law]

Clayton Cramer makes another great find. A business named "Crowds on Demand" was advertising for "enthusiastic actors and photographers in the Charlotte, NC area to participate in our events. Our events include everything from rallies to protests to corporate PR stunts to celebrity scenes." I love the "actors" part. They offer $25/hour (full time equivalent of $50,000/year) plus costs.

I looked them up: here's their website.

"Are you looking to create a buzz anywhere in the United States? At Crowds on Demand, we provide our clients with protests, rallies, flash-mobs, paparazzi events and other inventive PR stunts. . . . We provide everything including the people, the materials and even the ideas. You can come to us with a specific plan of action and we can make it happen. OR, you can approach us with a general idea and we can help you plan the strategy then execute it."

Under "Protests and Rallies" they advertise:

"Whether your organization is lobbying to move forward a healthcare, financial or other social initiative, we can organize rallies and get media attention for your causes and candidates. We also assist individuals, companies and political organizations with protests and picketing campaigns. We've protested governments, corporations and everything in between."

They give a case study of a new foreign leader (we are left with the impression his reputation was none too good) for whom they organized hired rallies at the UN, which resulted in favorable press.

Note the ad was for Charlotte, NC, not Charlottesville, VA. I'm just interested that such a company exists, pays so well for "actors" to protest, and must have a comfortable profit margin (its HQ is on Wilshire Blvd in Los Angeles, where rent is not cheap).


Ruger Sneaks 6.5 Creedmoor Gunsite Scout To Market As Davidson’s Exclusive [The Firearm Blog]

It looks like Ruger quietly rolled out a 6.5 Creedmoor Gunsite Scout as a Davidson’s exclusive without so much as a peep as far as I can tell. With the 6.5 Creedmoor skyrocketing in popularity, it only makes sense that Ruger rolls out a Gunsite Scout chambered for the super flat shooting cartridge. For those of […]

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California: 2017 Legislative Session Reconvenes on Monday [NRA-ILA News]

On Monday, August 21, the California Legislature will reconvene from Summer recess.  Below is the status on the firearm-related bills still moving through the legislative process.  Please send an email to your state legislators respectfully urging them to OPPOSE AB 7, AB 424, SB 464 and SB 497.


UTAS-USA Releases A Limited Edition XTR-12 Competition Shotgun [The Firearm Blog]

UTAS-USA has launched a new limited edition of the XTR-12 competition shotgun being produced by their custom shop. Sadly, UTAS-USA’s press release offered near no information about the limited edition shotgun other than an MSRP of $1349, the fact that there are limited quantities and a short list of features. It looks like it will […]

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Trail Cameras For More Than Wildlife []

One of my colleges posted an article saying it was time to put out the trail cameras for deer – Deer Hunters: It’s Time for Trail Cams.  Trail cameras provide another service besides taking pictures of wildlife, and that is taking pictures of trespassers.

It never fails, when hunters head back into the woods to check on their feeders and stands, some of them will be vandalized.  Several years back, one of my fiberglass stands took several blast from a shotgun.  From the hole size, it looked like around #4 shot.

Then there are the:

  • Stolen feeders
  • Knocked over stands
  • Stolen solar panels
  • Smashed feeders
  • Doors and windows tore off stands
  • Stolen batteries

Anything that someone can do to a piece of property has happened to feeders and stands.

Since the crimes are committed in areas off the beaten path, rarely are there any witnesses.  However, sometimes there is a witness, and that is the trail camera.  Attached to a tree, sometimes behind a bush, the trail camera takes pictures of anything that crosses its path.

Putting a trail camera in the woods is a gamble.  Thieves will steal them just like everything else.  To help prevent the trail camera from being stolen, there are cables that go around the tree and a place for a padlock.

If a camera will be placed in an area prone to theft, consider a cheap one.

  • APEMAN Trail Camera – $59.99
  • Wildgame Innovations 8MP k8i37d – $49.99
  • Wildgame Terra 8 Trail Camera Black – $49.99
  • Primos Bullet Proof 2 8MP Trail Camera – $49.41

It may not be your property that is vandalized, it might be your hunting buddies. So, having a trail camera does more than keep an eye on your stuff, it helps keep an eye out for anyone that is not supposed to be on the property.

Several years ago one of my cameras took a picture of a guy with a shotgun standing next to my feeder.  I had never seen the guy before, nor he was not a member of the hunting lease.  I suspect he walked over from the adjoining lease.  He did not harm anything, which was great.

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Newton Co. homeowner shoots at man who kicked in door [NRA-ILA News]

A homeowner fired at a man who allegedly kicked in his door just before noon Wednesday, Newton County police said.


ABA House backs adoption of gun violence restraining orders [NRA-ILA News]

Resolution 118B urges state and local governments to enact laws and regulations authorizing courts to issue gun violence restraining orders, including ex parte orders that don’t require the presence of the targeted person.


Florida Driver Challenges Uber’s Ban on Guns [NRA-ILA News]

“You may or may not agree with the Second Amendment, but it is not up to Uber to unilaterally decide drivers’ constitutional rights or their rights under this law,” said Mejia’s attorney, Elizabeth Beck of Miami-based Beck & Lee Trial Lawyers.


Suspect shot by homeowner, locked inside room in Escondido [NRA-ILA News]

An Escondido father shot a man Wednesday morning who tried to break into the home where he, his wife and two teenage daughters were sleeping, authorities said.


Iowa: County Supervisor: “There Is Going To Be a Lawsuit” From New Gun Rights Law [NRA-ILA News]

One part of Iowa’s new comprehensive gun rights law that went into effect in July may end up in court. Under the new statute, a gunowner can sue any local government that tries to keep firearms out of public buildings. Dozens of counties with courthouse weapons bans are potential targets.


Tubular AND Box Magazine Fed Russian Pump-Action Shotgun [The Firearm Blog]

Kalashnikov Concern has published some images and information about a very interesting pump action shotgun design. The shotgun is called MP-131K. It was designed in 1997 and sold in very limited quantities. What sets it apart from an ordinary pump-action shotgun is that it can feed both from traditional tube magazines and from detachable box […]

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Gun Companies Facing Perfect Storm []

It is no secret gun companies are hurting, and so are retailers.  In early 2017 Remington laid off 122 workers and Colt laid off employees from its custom shop.

August 2017, Dicks Sporting Goods stock prices took a hit, going from $34.91 to $28.67.

From – Dick’s Sporting Goods: It’s ‘a perfect storm’ in retail right now.

Dick’s Sporting Goods’ top executive described the current retail market as “a perfect storm” in a phone call with investors last week.

Chairman and CEO Ed Stack said Saturday the company’s hunting category faces slow growth as politically-driven fear around impending gun regulation drags sales and causes inventory backlog, inciting a “panic” industry-wide.


Mr. Stack went on to say Dicks Sporting Goods will implement a price match guarantee, though the exact details are unknown.  Gander Mountain had a price match, but the store with the lower price had to be within 100 miles of Gander Mountain, which is not completive in the current market.

Big box retailers have to be more competitive.  We live in an Internet age, yet big box stores are operating like it is 1987.  Customers are no longer forced to settle for what is sitting on the shelf.  While standing at the counter looking at the product, we can get online and price match.

Example of a Marlin 336W lever action 30-30.

Dicks Sporting Goods – $429.98 (10% off!) WAS: $479.99.

Academy sports and outdoors – $399.

Buds Gun Shop – cash price, $416.

It is not just the current gun sales slump that is hurting big box retailers, it is a lack of competitiveness.  Stores can no longer set a price and expect a customer to pay it.

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Spanish MP41/44 – A Copy of the Erma EMP [Forgotten Weapons]

The Spanish-made MP41/44 is a licensed copy of the Erma EMP submachine gun. The development begins with Heinrich Vollmer in 1925, designing a submachine gun for German military testing. The military trials showed a number of flaws in the gun, and Vollmer updated the design to fix them – but by the time he had it perfected his main source of funding (the German government) dried up because of the Great Depression. Vollmer had not been able to get a substantial contract for his guns, so he sold the rights to the design to the Erma company in 1930. Erma was able to market the guns much more widely and effectively, and was able to sell more than 20,000 of them worldwide.

Mechanically, the EMP is not a strict copy of any other guns that were then on the market. It used a double-feed magazine (unlike the Schmeisser-designed guns like the MP18 and MP28), a pretty typical open bolt blowback operating mechanism, and a simple disassembly system which would be copied in principle for the MP38 and MP40 submachine guns.

The Spanish use of the EMP dates back to the Spanish Civil War, when both the Republican and Nationalist forces purchased them.The design was well enough liked that after Franco’s victory, the La Coruna arsenal arranged a license to produce them in 9mm Largo for Spanish military use. This was designated the MP41/44, and that’s what we are looking at today. The main mechanical difference between the Spanish and German guns is a plunger type safety located between the trigger guard and front grip.



"Gun Violence" Tax Receipts Prove People Vote With Their Feet [No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money]

When the City of Seattle city council passed their "gun violence" (sic) tax in 2015 the proponent of the measure, Councilman Tim Burgess, projected tax revenues from it to be between $300,000 and $500,000 annually. Opponents of the measure suggested at the time that gun buyers would just avoid the $25 tax on firearms by purchasing their firearms outside the city limits. As we suspected all along the opponents were correct.

Thanks to a lawsuit originally brought by Dave Workman, senior editor of TheGunMag, Seattle was forced to divulge the real collection numbers. The real numbers differ from those projected by Councilman Burgess.

The real number is $103,766.22. Of that amount, $86,410 comes from Sodo's Outdoor Emporium whose owner has indicated that he might just shift his gun sales entirely to his other store outside of Seattle.

According to the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Councilman Burgess isn't fazed by the numbers.

"I'm neither disappointed or pleased," he said Tuesday, adding that he knew the $300,ooo to $500,000 was just a guess. "It is what it is."

The tax charges $25 for every firearm sold in the city and 5 cents for every round of ammunition of .22 caliber or greater.

Harborview's take from the tax was always supposed to be about $130,000. The 2016 tax revenue falls short of that, but while the tax was contested in courts, the city allocated $275,000 from the general fund toward the study.
Money generated by the "gun violence" (sic) tax was supposed to go to fund "gun violence" (sic) research at Harborview Medical Center.

Burgess goes on to say about the tax collections:
Burgess defended the tax as a means of making gun sellers part of the solution to the effects of gun violence.

"The fundamental principle behind the tax is that the firearms industry should contribute to mitigating the harms caused by their products," he said. "That remains the primary motivation for the tax. That's what we set out to do, that's what we passed and that's what the state Supreme Court has validated."

The law was not written to specify where the tax revenue would go, but it was always intended to go toward programs like Harborview's, Burgess explained. So if the city had collected an amount beyond the agreed-upon $130,000, the excess would have gone to other education and public safety causes, he said.

But should the tax continue to generate less than $130,000 or progressively shrink, "then I'm sure my colleagues would continue to fund the program with other sources," Burgess said.
I guess in liberal paradises like Seattle the voters don't really care if their councilmen and women take a cavalier attitude towards taxes. That is just a price to pay to live in a city where the wealthy hire off-duty cops to give them extra protection from the criminal class.


Ruger Reports Large Earnings Drop for Q2 2017 [The Firearm Blog]

I am going to admit, I have been putting off writing this post for a bit because I really hate reporting bad news. Ruger recently announced that they experienced a reasonably significant earnings drop for the second quarter of 2017 translating to smaller payouts for stock holders. Reporting only $299.2 million in net sales this […]

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Singapore’s National Day Parade Simulated Terrorist Attack Extravaganza [The Firearm Blog]

Asian countries like to hold demonstrations for the public and during Singapore’s National Day Parade the SG Army collaborated with Police and held a simulated terrorist attack demonstration. There was a vast assortment of rifles on display. Photography was by Delvin Ang.   These cops are the least equipped using their service revolvers on pistol […]

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The Nazi’s Flying Artillery – Henschel HS129 [The Firearm Blog]

We all know how awesome the A-10 and GAU-8 is in aviation history. It is a flying gun. Well apparently it is not the first plane built around a gun. The Germans made something similar back in 1942. Henschel built the HS129. According to Made by a company called Henschel, this ground attack aircraft […]

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Spuhr Trijicon MRO Patrol Cover [The Firearm Blog]

For my Aimpoint Micros I use the Tango Down iO Cover. I’m not sure it’s needed for protection, but it looks better (and Tactical). For owners of the Trijicon MRO Patrol looking to protect their asset there is now a solution from Spuhr. As I’m sure you can see the cover pictured is mounted on […]

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Canada to Upgrade C6s with Colt Canada’s C6A1 FLEX Model [The Firearm Blog]

Canadian machine gunners will be receiving approximately 1,148 7.62x51mm NATO C6A1 FLEX (Flexible) GPMGs to replace current C6s throughout the armed forces in late 2018. Part of this $32 Million contract is to upgrade the components of the machine guns with polymer buttstocks, M1913 Picatinny rails, and adjustable gas tube regulators similar to the U.S. M240 “Golf” […]

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Polish National Prison Services Seeking New Rifles, Shotguns [The Firearm Blog]

The Polish national Central Board of Prison Services has released a solicitation for 600 5.56x45mm rifles and 500 pump action, tubular-magazine fed shotguns. Currently, the Government service has a number of Polish MSBS rifles in the inventory, the most recent of such were seen on parade in a memorial service held by the Central Board […]

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Wednesday, 16 August


LEAKED: Glock Gen 5 – NEW Models to Be Released by the End of August [The Firearm Blog]

It seems Glock’s Generation 5 may be nearly upon us. According to a photo posted to the Glock Talk forums, one law enforcement officer was able to pre-order a Glock 17 Gen 5 through his dealer. The slip, clearly marked “Gen 5” is shown below: Note the price is Glock’s Blue Label LEO only rate. Also released […]

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Better Grips for the Smith & Wesson Victory []

S&W Victory .22 achieved great popularity for much the same reason as the Ruger 10-22: it’s a very modular design. In January, I wrote about the upgrades and improvements made to the basic model. Now I added one more part that makes a big different: the new grips.


The stock barrel is fairly heavy, which is great for rapid fire but biases the balance forward just enough to make a more textured grip surface useful. At the start, I used TK textured stick-on “supergrips” as a compromise between easy deployment and good retention. However, this pistol isn’t my go-to defensive weapon, so I would rather have more control even if that could cause a cover garment to drag on the material. Given the plan to install the Volquartsen carbon fiber barrel to offset the forward weight of the sound suppressor, the Hive Grip seemed like a good option.


The rubber material is soft and grippy, making retention absolute. What looks like a thumbrest actually serves to rest the palm of support hand behind the thumb, enabling a very high hold for better control. My hands are of average size, so the moderately prominent finger grooves were a perfect fit. For shooters with tiny or huge hands, the default grip panels with Supergrips applique might work better. TheHive Grip is not symmetrical, but left handed shooters can use it comfortably.

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Watch: 4 Videos of hand-Hewing Logs []

Making a log nice and square has become a mechanical feat in today’s world, where trees are fed into machines and nicely-sawn (if not nicely straight) boards come out the other end. But hand-shaping wood into lumber is an excellent skill to have, and these folks have it.

This first video was recently posted on YouTube, and it’s short & to the point. Here’s the description:

French traditional carpenter Mourad Manesse ( showing high-level skills using hewing axe while standing on the pine log. It was traditional way of hewing in Japan (although with naked feet) and in ancient France. After the rough shaping is done, the fine work to the line will be done with German style Goosewing axe or Breitbeil. This short clip is an intro for upcoming documentary about french carpentry and medieval scribing techniques using plumb bob.

And here is that video, which is just 1:45 long:

Looks like he does good work.

The next video features a barefoot Japanese person (reputedly samurai!) hewing a log. I had to skip forward several times to avoid brain cramp from boredom, but it’s worth watching just the same.

Around 5:10 he apparently pauses for prayer, that he might keep all of his toes!

Here’s a guy who eschews tradition and hews the top of a log from off to one side, rather than standing atop the log and hewing one side of it. Heck, he even uses a foot adze differently than it was intended. A foot adze is usually swung between one’s legs while straddling a log, which is why my father called it a “foot subtractor.” Get it?

This next one doesn’t have the greatest video quality, but the method & results are interesting.

Just after the 2:00 mark, the camera changes angle to better show the results of this guy’s work, which is impressive. Of all the videos, though, this one looks the most unsafe; a glancing blow could easily lay his leg or foot wide open, which would be unpleasant. Sure does create some good results, though.

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At The Hill: The media couldn't be more blatant in distorting Trump's words on Charlottesville [John Lott's Website]

I have a new piece at The Hill about how the media is completely distorting what Trump has said about Charlottesville.  The piece starts this way:
Has the media ever so deliberately and consistently misinterpreted what a president said? 
It certainly seems as if the media finally found its proof that President Trump is a racist. ABC News’ coverage was all too typical: 
Trump quickly blamed both sides for the conflict, adding that there were "very fine people" among both the protesters — which included white supremacists and white nationalists — and the counter protesters. 
"I think there is blame on both sides. You look at both sides. I think there is blame on both sides," Trump said today. "You had some very bad people in that group. You also had some very fine people on both sides," he added. 
With wall-to-wall news coverage repeating this misreading of Trump’s statement, it’s not too surprising that politicians from both parties quickly condemned the “very fine people” comment. NBC’s headline read: “Democratic, Republican Lawmakers Decry Trump’s Latest Charlottesville Remarks.” Ohio Gov. John Kasich attacked Trump: “This is terrible. The President of the United States needs to condemn these kinds of hate groups. The president has to totally condemn this." 
Does anyone even listen to comments anymore before commenting on them?
When it comes to the president, do politicians just take reporters at their word?
But Trump never said that the white supremacists and neo-Nazis were “very fine people.” He said that there two different types of people protesting the taking down of the Robert E. Lee statue – the racists (“some very bad people in that group”), and people who thought that for the sake of history it was important not to take down the statue. 
Here is Trump’s own explanation from his press conference
Trump: “And you had people, and I'm not talking about the neo-Nazis and the white nationalists, because they should be condemned totally. But you had many people in that group other than neo-Nazis and white nationalists. 
“OK? And the press has treated them absolutely unfairly.” . . . 
Reporter: “You were saying the press has treated white nationalists unfairly? (inaudible) understand what you're saying.” 
Trump: “No, no. There were people in that rally, and I looked the night before. If you look, they were people protesting very quietly the taking down of the statue of Robert E. Lee. I'm sure in that group there were some bad ones. The following day, it looked like they had some rough, bad people – neo-Nazis, white nationalists, whatever you want to call them. 
“But you had a lot of people in that group that were there to innocently protest and very legally protest, because you know – I don't know if you know, they had a permit. The other group didn't have a permit.” 
President Trump made it very clear that his comment did not pertain to “neo-Nazis and the white nationalists.” When a reporter misinterpreted his very clear statement, Trump again made it clear that the bad people were the “neo-Nazis, white nationalists.” . . .
The rest of the piece is available here.


On The Morning Show with Brian and Leland to discuss Kevin Hassett's nomination to the Council of Economic Advisers [John Lott's Website]

I was on The Morning Show with Brian and Leland in Brownsville, Texas and central Texas to discuss Kevin Hassett's nomination to chair President Trump's Council of Economic Advisers.  Unfortunately, the beginning part of this interview is missing where we talked briefly about the role of the Council of Economic Advisers in everything from taxes to regulations to even crime.
(Tuesday, August 15, 2017, from 8:06 to 8:16 AM)
Audio available here.


Watch: Federal Premium’s Edge TLR “All-Range” Hunting Bullet []

I’ve been hunting big game for more than 35 years now, and I’ve taken a bunch of critters with a wide array of cartridges. I’ve seen bullets that failed to expand in game, and I’ve seen some that pretty much disintegrated. And over the past few years, I’ve become a fan of Winchester’s Deer Season XP ammo, which performed well on four good-size whitetails at distances from 72 to 260 yards, in addition to some smaller varmints. The Deer Season XP bullet was designed with a larger-than-typical polymer tip to aid expansion.

Now, Federal Premium is one-upping them with the introduction of the Edge TLR “all-range” hunting bullet. They say they’ve done all kinds of high-tech design work on this bullet — and that’s easy to believe, because their parent company has deep pockets — even down to the groove or cannelure. The result is a bonded bullet that’s capable of excellent accuracy, which they say will also deliver reliable terminal performance on big game.

Federal Premium Ammunition is pleased to announce Edge TLR. The full line of rifle ammunition combines the features of top match bullet designs with the industry’s best bonding technology. The result is match accuracy and reliable expansion at extreme long range, with high weight retention, deep penetration and lethal terminal performance at shorter distances. There’s never been a hunting bullet that compares. Shipments of Edge TLR ammunition are being delivered to dealers.

Unlike so-called long-range projectiles that can fail to perform on impact at lower velocities downrange, the Edge TLR bullet uses the exclusive Slipstream tip to instantly initiate deadly expansion. The tip is also crafted from the industry’s most heat-resistant polymer for the most consistent ballistics possible.

At close range, the bullet’s copper shank and bonded lead core retain weight for deep, reliable penetration. Its long, sleek profile offers an extremely high ballistic coefficient, and AccuChannel groove technology improves accuracy and reduces drag across the range spectrum.

This video is all about the groove:

They also tout the plastic Slipstream bullet tip, which is made using a polymer which they say is the most heat-resistant of any polymer bullet tip.

This video features company spokesman J.J. Reich filling us in on the Edge TLR:

They say this bullet will reliably expand at distances up to 900 yards, which is fairly nuts to this old-timer (but obviously do-able).

So far I’ve only seen one independent review that tested this ammo, and Edge TLR did the job at long range (880 yards); I would also like to see results of testing at close range.

Here’s that review:

Weight retention and expansion were certainly impressive… but I want to see what it will do at close range as well. [EDIT – see update below] The PR statement quoted above says nothing about expansion at close range; instead it refers to deep penetration… and I’ve seen times when through-and-through penetration of a whitetail deer did not reliably lay it down, due to a lack of bullet expansion.

That said, the technical folks at Federal Premium know their stuff and I’m sure they’ve done plenty of testing with these groceries. I do like that the bullets run heavy for caliber, with 175-grain bullets for 308 Win & 30-06 Springfield and 200-grain slugs for 300 Win Mag & 300 WSM.

Hopefully, I’ll be able to put my hands on some of this ammo and put it to work on some whitetails this fall.

As you can imagine, the price of Edge TLR ammo is higher than your typical hunting ammo. Here’s some info from the press release:

  • Part No. / Description / MSRP
  • P308ETLR175 / 308 Win. 175-grain Edge TLR / $47.95
  • P3006ETLR175 / 30-06 Spring. 175-grain Edge TLR / $47.95
  • P300WETLR200 / 300 Win. Mag. 200-grain Edge TLR / $59.95
  • P300WSMETLR200 / 300 Win. Short Mag. 200-grain Edge TLR / $59.95

UPDATE: I just got some updated info from Federal about these bullets; here’s what they have to say about close-range terminal performance:

Edge TLR[‘s] robust bonding and copper shank consistently provide 90 percent weight retention upon high-velocity, close-range impact for deep wound channels. With the Slipstream polymer tip, the design still expands reliably at the longest distances. There’s no other bullet on the market that has this wide of a velocity spectrum, period.

Again, there’s not much about expansion… but they promise good performance — and there’s this, which shows good expansion at 80 yards on a wildebeest:

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Swedish SWAT – LWRCI IC-Enhanced in action [The Firearm Blog]

Four armed and masked robbers were hunted by the Swedish SWAT in Gothenburg. They managed to hunt and locate three robbers. After some more searching they managed to find the fourth robber in the vicinity. The SWAT Team were seen carrying LWRCI IC-Enhanced (IC-E) rifles. Source: Reader picture from Aftonbladet. Source: Reader picture from Aftonbladet. […]

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New Mexican 40MM UBGL, Grip Pod,Updates on FX05 [The Firearm Blog]

The 5.56x45mm NATO FX-05 Xiuhcoatl (Fire Snake in Spanish) has a design history dating back to 2006 but has only recently really entered into service with the Mexican Defense Forces, replacing 7.62x51mm G3s. The rifle has seen various enhancements since the early 2006 design, most notably replacing the built-in optic with a picatinny rail (although still […]

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POTD: H&K’s New HK433 [The Firearm Blog]

Larry Vicker’s was sent some photos of the HK433 by a German fan. The HK433 is H&K’s new rifle. It is interesting that they are going with Keymod but the rest of the gun reminds me of the FN SCAR,  the Beretta ARX 100 and the Remington ACR. Behind the magwell I see what looks […]

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UPDATE: Olympic Arms Restructuring; NOT Closing Its Doors [The Firearm Blog]

Olympic ArmsWe reported here at TFB in late January that Olympic Arms announced that they were shutting down. The effective timeline of when that would occur was not set in stone. Like many companies that close their doors, it is a very unexpected and fluid transition out of the market. Many shooters have noticed that Olympic […]

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Join NRA-ILA in Milwaukee! [NRA-ILA News]

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Preppers, The Overlooked File []

While metal detecting around an old homestead that dated back to the early 1900s, there were several items that kept turning up. These were bolts, nails, nuts and files. Over the course of several days, my wife and I probably found close to half a dozen files, or fragments of files.

What brought this topic up?

A member of Survivalist Boards posted a thread asking about tap and die sets.  When you have a bolt with messed up threads, fixing it with a die may be the first thing that comes to mind.  However, a triangle or flat file, time and patience can also fix the threads on a bolt.  Over the decades, I have no idea how many bolts I fixed with a file.

When it comes to files, most people may think of them being used to sharpen an axe, which is true.  However, they can be used for so much more.

Types of files in my collection:

  • Flat
  • Round
  • Half-round
  • Triangle
  • Rasp

When cutting PVC pipe with a saw, I use a half-round file to get burs out of the inside of the pipe.

After cutting metal with a cutting torch, I use a file to knock the slag off.

Sometimes I use a file to sharpen an axe.  However, I found it easier to use a sanding pad on a handheld grinder.

It is not just metal working, files can be used in a variety of woodworking tasks.  While building my chicken house, a rasp file was used to help pieces of wood fit better.

This is also an example of the can opener effect.  Sometimes we get so focused on the big things, we overlook the small stuff.


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Blaser Rifles Diversifying With A New Optic Line [The Firearm Blog]

Blaser rifles never quite caught on here in the US, but are well known across Europe and among small circles of hunters in the US that appreciate precision engineered rifles. Using the same mindset used when designing some of the world’s most interesting hunting rifles, Blaser has now stepped into the optics game by founding German […]

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Watch: Bergmann Model 2 / 1896 Semi-Automatic Pistol []

We recently looked at the Bergmann 1894 No. 1; this is the next step in design evolution for the design, which was the brainchild of Schmeisser but was bankrolled by (and thus branded under the name of) Bergmann.

He examines six individual guns, looking at the differences between them: Which ones have extractors, which ones have fixed or folding triggers, etc.


It’s a so-called pocket pistol, chambered for a wimpy round that in no way justifies the large size of the gun. The 5mm Bergmann — roughly .20 caliber and, amazingly, centerfire — fired 35-grain bullets at about 580 fps… falling far short of even the tiny 22 Short rimfire cartridge.

Some have folding triggers; others have fixed triggers.


The folding trigger looks like it would be a long reach, but Ian says it fits pretty well.


Ian says this in the video description:

The No. 2 was Bergmann’s first offering of a civilian pocket pistol, introduced in 1896 alongside the larger-framed No. 3 and No. 4 pistols. It was chambered for a truly anemic 5mm cartridge, using a simple blowback system simplified from the first Bergmann-Schmeisser design. It used a 5-round Mannlicher-style en bloc clip, and early examples did not actually have extractors. This was changed fairly quickly, however. The most notable factory option was a folding trigger, which was only available on the No. 2.

And here’s the video.

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Watch: Ruger Mark IV 22/45 LITE []

Our buddies over at the Firearm Blog put together a video over the Ruger Mark IV 22/45 LITE.  The LITE features an easier disassembly, improved bolt release and safety that can be used by left handed shooters.

In the video, Patrick said there was a recall on the handgun. For more information on the recall, see this link – Mark IV Recall.  Mark I, II and III pistols are not affected by the recall.


  • Capacity: 10
  • Receiver Material: Alloy Steel
  • Front Sight: Fixed
  • Barrel Length: 5.50″
  • Overall Length9.75″
  • Height5.50″
  • Grip Frame: Polymer

Now for the video.

Disassembly seems to be quick and easy.

It is pretty cool that the barrel is threaded for a silencer.

The Ruger website says the suggested retail is $409.00.

Magazines from the Mark III can not be used in the Mark IV.  What is the issue with handgun companies that they can not adopt a standardized magazine for a given caliber?

I was not overly impressed with the reliability.  Patrick said there were some burs on the magazine feed lips.  This makes me ask, where were the quality control people?  Did the handgun pass inspection before it was shipped?  Or, did someone at Ruger know about the burs and the handgun was shipped anyway?

Overall, the Ruger Mark IV 22/45 LITE seems like a pretty cool plinking handgun. In the video there were some reliability issues with a certain type of ammunition, which is common with 22 firearms. Even my Ruger 10/22, which is known for its reliability, has certain ammunition it does not like.


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Watch: FireDisc Cooker – The Grill That’s Not a Grill []

When I saw “FireDisc” in the subject of a PR email in my mailbox, I wasn’t quite sure what to think. I actually pictured some sort of wood-burner that uses proprietary wood discs as fuel — but that was way off.

It’s pretty much a huge frying pan with a propane burner below. The pan (or Disc) sits atop a powder-coated steel stand, which is reminiscent of a stand for a turkey fryer. The difference is that this stand is made in two pieces which nest together, and come apart easily to make it a lot smaller for transporting. And although it has 4 legs instead of 3, the fact that it’s flexible should allow it to adjust to uneven surfaces (theoretically, anyhow).

Here’s what they say about it:

The FireDisc portable propane cooker was designed to be easily transported. Unlike charcoal grills which don’t disassemble and are difficult to transport, FireDisc is easy to bring along. It will easily fit into a truck, boat or RV. The flexible stand also adapts easily to uneven surfaces.

The entire FireDisc system consists of two stand sections that nest together without tools or hardware, plus the disc itself, which sets on top of the stand. It takes mere seconds to assemble or disassemble, and the three pieces lay flat for easy transport or storage. The FireDisc features heavy-duty, high polished, tempered ultra-high carbon steel construction. The stand and burner are all powder coated with a premium thermoplastic pure silicone resin that’s baked on at 450° F to form a virtually impenetrable protective skin.

(Image: FireDisc)

(Image: FireDisc)

There are two types of Discs: Deep or Shallow. I would prefer deep, because it has sides — to prevent the food from flying hither & yon as it’s stirred or flipped. Also, they claim you can use it as a large cookpot for liquid meals like soups, or for deep frying:

FireDisc comes with either a deep or shallow pan. The deep pan allows you to deep fry and cook soups, stews and chili and a larger volume of food. The shallow pan is great for anything non-liquid and it takes up less space. Both pans provide an ample cooking surface that allows users to cook multiple food items at once due to the varying temperatures on different areas of the disc. FireDisc Cookers are available in both a 36-inch countertop-height stand or a more compact 24-inch tall model.

This short commercial shows you the basics, claiming “It’s like a grill without grates or a wok without walls.”

They also say it “seasons like a cast-iron skillet and cleans up fast with just water.”

They come in two heights: 24″ and 36″ and from the get-go they are set up to take small disposable propane tanks. I suppose this is what allows them to tout its portability, but I would imagine that would cost a lot more than hooking it to a standard refillable propane tank. For $20, you can buy a 4-foot hose to allow you to do just that.

Standard colors are limited to red or black, but right now they have “limited edition” models available in a few team colors on their product page.

Considering the prices — $279.99 for a 24″ shallow, $399.99 for 36″ deep — I would expect a FireDisc to include all options, including the longer hose, the $34.99 “Wind Helmet” to allow it to work in windy conditions, and the $12.99 “Firepower Orifice” for faster heating of soups and chilis when the deep pan is really loaded with stuff. But that doesn’t seem to have hurt the popularity of the FireDisc, and it does look a lot more useful & flexible than any grill.

This fall FireDisc commercial shows some good-looking grub being scorched up in camp:

The deep pan is described as 22″ diameter and 5″ deep by the guy reviewing it in the following video.

What do you think? Worthwhile, worth the money, or worth the wait for a wave of Chinese imitations to hit the shelves in Wal-Mart?

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Equipping Teachers And Staff Members To Protect Students [NRA-ILA News]

Cam Edwards discusses a school district in Ohio that is training select teachers and staff


Would You Reload a Bear Claw? Federal Premium Now Selling their Trophy Bonded Tip [The Firearm Blog]

Trophy Bonded TipFederal Ammunition has produced a lot of great ammo over the years. Some of it utilizes other brand’s bullets creating optimal performance while on some occasions it is a bullet from Federal’s own handiwork. Federal Premium’s Trophy Bonded Bear Claw ammunition using a Trophy Bonded Tip definitely fits that definition. Reloaders everywhere will have something […]

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Man shoots intruder in Marion County [NRA-ILA News]

According to the Marion County Sheriff’s Office, deputies were called to the home in connection with an armed home invasion. The victim said that he was about to go to bed when four masked people entered his home and injured his dog. Deputies said the victim barricaded himself in a room, but the intruder tried to enter


Homeowner shoots suspected burglar in Hampton [NRA-ILA News]

Police say a man is recovering in the hospital after he allegedly broke into a Hampton residence and was subsequently shot by the homeowner.


Cape Coral man stops drugged-out teen from home burglary [NRA-ILA News]

A Cape Coral teen, fueled by drugs, is accused of terrorizing his neighborhood, landing him on the wrong end of a gun and a Taser. Cape Coral Police said Tuan Nguyen broke into two homes near Diplomat Parkway Sunday evening. NBC2 spoke with a victim who caught the teen in the act and held him at gunpoint until police came.


Man shot in self-defense steals, then crashes, truck [NRA-ILA News]

Authorities say a South Carolina man got shot for threatening people with a pressure washer, then punched a woman in the face while stealing a truck he later crashed.


NRA endorses Ed Gillespie over Ralph Northam in Virginia race [NRA-ILA News]

Democrats’ recent shift on gun control politics is getting a new test run this year in the Virginia governor’s race, where Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam on Tuesday won the endorsement of former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords’ gun control group, while Republican Ed Gillespie is embracing his own support from the National Rifle Association.


Seattle's gun tax revenue falls well short of forecast [NRA-ILA News]

When it was approved, the city finance agency predicted it would collect $300,000 to $500,000.The official spoils in its first year: $103,766.22.More than 80 percent of that was contributed by Sodo's Outdoor Emporium, whose owner has complained of plummeting sales since the tax was imposed in January 2016.


The Seattle gun verdict: Eroding the law [NRA-ILA News]

Under that Washington law, guns fall under the purview of the state, not its cities: “The state … fully occupies and preempts the entire field of firearms regulations within the boundaries of the state, including the registration, licensing, possession, purchase, sale, acquisition, transfer, discharge and transportation of firearms or any element relating to firearms or parts thereof, including ammunition.”Apparently that wasn't clear enough for the state's high-court justices except for one.


Arkansas: A-State releases Right-to-Carry policy [NRA-ILA News]

A state law involving concealed carry on college campuses around the state is about to take effect and officials with Arkansas State University have finished their policy on the issue.


No danger from permitless carry [NRA-ILA News]

If permitless carry passes, the people already legally able to buy guns will be the ones legally entitled to carry them without permits. The people already forbidden to buy guns (or even possess them) will still be forbidden to carry. Law-abiding citizens will obey the law and outlaws will ignore it, as it has ever been.And lawful American citizens will be able to exercise their constitutional right to keep and bear arms without getting a government permit, just as they are able to exercise their constitutional rights to things like free speech and religious freedom.


Jennings Muzzleloader Conversion: The Perils of Early Adoption [Forgotten Weapons]

Early adoption of new technology is a sword which cuts both ways – you might be getting the first of a fantastic new system, or you might be paying for a flop – and in order to get the benefit of the first possibility you must take the risk of the second. Someone buying a Luger in 1900 was making a great choice…but someone buying a Jennings repeating rifle in the early 1850s was in for disappointment.

The Jennings was one of the stepping stones to the truly successful lever action repeating rifle, but it wasn’t quite there itself. It used a type of rocket ball ammunition with the propellent loaded inside the hollow base of the bullet, thus requiring no cartridge case. It did this in conjunction with a pellet priming system, which made the Jennings a rather complicated rifle as well as being underpowered and expensive.

Even before the first full run of a thousand guns was completed, it became clear that the rifle was not going to be a commercial success. Its ammunition was rather quickly discontinued for lack of substantial sales, and this left Jennings owners (and the factory itself) in the unenviable position of having guns they could not acquire specialized ammunition for. What to do? Well, the most common solution was to convert the guns into muzzleloaders. The pellet priming system was converted to use standard percussion caps, the breech was plugged, the tube magazine under the barrel was converted to hold a ramrod, and the action parts in the receiver were removed or disabled. This may have defeated the whole point of a repeating rifle, but at least the guns could be fired this way.

The factory production even resorted to this type of conversion in order to use the stocks of parts they had manufactured when hopes were high for the system.



New FAB Defense GL-CORE CP Stock and GCCP Cheek Rest [The Firearm Blog]

Several months ago FAB Defense has introduced a new AR-15 buffer tube compatible stock called GL-CORE. Recently they have released an upgraded version of that stock which features a three-position adjustable cheek riser added to the initial design. The new stock is called GL-CORE CP. The cheek riser is marketed to be especially useful for […]

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Success! AR-trigger fitted to the B&T APC [The Firearm Blog]

With B&T Firearms now available in the US there is more and more activity in various groups on social media. Before there were only really a few selected individuals who could own B&Ts, mainly in Europe. To reply to some of the comments and criticism I’ve seen in the feedback here. Yes, some of the […]

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Ohio Sheriff’s Dept Auctioning Off a Thompson Model 1921 [The Firearm Blog]

When I was a kid the Thompson sub machine gun was one of my favorite guns. It just looked cool in those old gangster and WWII movies with the drum mag and the foregrip. Unfortunately I’ll probably never own a real Thompson sub machine gun, they’re a bit out of my price range. If you’re […]

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New Version of Century Red Army 7.62x39mm Boat Tail FMJ Ammo Starts Shipping To Retailers [The Firearm Blog]

Century Arms has started shipping the new version 7.62x39mm boat tail FMJ ammo to retailers, making AK guys pretty dang happy I imagine. The new load will be sold under Century’s Red Army Label and will have some features that most AK shooters will undoubtedly appreciate quite a lot. What sets the new ammo apart […]

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Adjustable Shotgun Stocks by ERGOSIGN of Germany [The Firearm Blog]

A German company called Ergosign (an acronym made of the words ergonomic and design) manufactures adjustable shotgun stocks called EvoComp. The stocks are available both in a standard configuration and also have a variety of options including lightened versions, different grip styles, and even custom made grips to exactly fit any particular shooter’s hand. The standard […]

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Strike Industries AK Simple Featureless Grip For California Compliance [The Firearm Blog]

Good news, everyone! Strike Industries has yet another new product in the works. All kidding aside, those guys pump out new stuff weekly it seems. This time around Strike Industries has a product for AK-47 owners in the great state of California. If you’ve been living under a rock or have been too busy reading about […]

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Tuesday, 15 August


Recommendations 2017: Odds and Ends []

You have followed this series all the way to the end. There are a bunch of things related to gear that don’t fit into price ranges or knife and light recommendations. Here are some of my favorite pieces of kit other than blades and torches.

Maxpedition Pygmy Falcon II


If you want a daypack, you have a bevy of options from $500 tacticool packs down to the MOLLE bedecked monsters at Wal-Mart that sell for a single Andrew Jackson note. I like the PFII a great deal because of what it isn’t. It isn’t a massive pack that looks like it belongs on the side of a donkey. It isn’t that pack with 150 separate pockets for all sorts of doodads, which, invariably eat all of your things or give them great hiding places. Finally, it isn’t made of superthin, tear-prone materials like a lot of the ultralight packs.

For around $90-100 you get an amazing, tough little booger with just enough space to take what you want. Compression straps, external water bottle holders, and just enough MOLLE to make the pack work. Over the years I have added a lot on to my PFII: a few velcro loops, some Nite-Eze S-Biners, a couple of extra pouches, and some permanent contents (band-aids and other first aid products). The end result is a small pack with huge capabilities for not a lot of money. I have reviewed quite a few packs and despite the fact that this was my first one, none of have replaced it.

Custom Kydex Sheath


Sheaths are hard. When I interviewed the great Michael Walker, he told me that he started by making fixed blades, but switched to folders because sheath making was too difficult. This from a man that has invented dozens of locks and makes a blade by hand that takes three months to finish. Sheath making is hard. So when you get a new fixed blade you will probably not be thrilled with the sheath that came with it. Fix that.

Go get a custom kydex sheath made for your fixed blade. You will soon realize that knife that looked handy is not damn near essentially. I got a Jarosz JFS, a small custom knife. But it was only after I got a sheath made for the knife that it became indispensable in my outdoor kit (attached to the PFII). Bayou Custom Sheaths made mine and it is wonderful. Go find a good sheath maker and send them work. You will love the results. I used to think Busse was crazy not to include a sheath. Now, I think that is probably not a bad idea as the vast, vast majority of production sheathes stink.

Ken Onion Worksharp


We have all tried a bunch of different sharpening systems and gimmicks. I have a strop, a sharpmaker, and now a Ken Onion Worksharp. The Worksharp is not only effective, it is fun. With the grinder attachment you get a sneak peak of what it is like to be a knifemaker. It’s a bit skill intensive, but once you get the knack the results are stunningly impressive.

I always got the sense that some of these knife sharpening systems didn’t really do anything. They could preserve a good edge, but not actually create one. The Worksharp will drop a truly hairsplitting edge on a blade.

Now, doing this isn’t easy at first. I prefer the blade grinder attachment over the guide system, but either can do it. How good is the Worksharp? I took my two beater knives, one that I found on an abandoned railroad track, and the other that I keep in a bin with firewood, and got them to glass-edge sharp. And here is the kicker–it is immensely fun.

After I got my Ken Onion Worksharp I started busting out knives that I thought were done and the end result was a drawer full of atom splitters. Practice on some throwaway knives, but once you get the hang of it prepare for a new level of sharp.

Pilot Vanishing Point


If you want a great pen, get the Vanishing Point. It is sleek and beautiful. It writes like wax on leather–smooth and consistent. It has a retractable nib to keep spills to a minimum AND to protect the nib from damage. It is the total package in terms of features.

But then there is the nib. Its a gold nib–soft and malleable over time. You won’t find a gold nib on a pen this cheap anywhere else in the pen world. An this great nib is coupled with all of the other features. If you have never had a fountain pen, this is the place to go. You might find cheaper ones, but none of them give you that seamless and easy fountain pen experience. A TWSBI might write well, but it will almost always have some flaw. The Pilot Metropolitian will be well-made, but its not that much better of a writing experience than a ballpoint. This is the one. It gives you everything you will want out of a fountain pen. Just don’t think that this is a good hard use pen. For that, see below.

Tuff Writer Clicky


I have had a dozen machined pens, pens that are designed to be used in tough circumstances and none match he heartiness of the Tuff Writer. I have had mine for so long and used it so much that it has transformed from bead blasted to stonewashed and now it is looking a bit polished. But the mechanism, a Schmidt knock, is flawless here and the refill, a Fisher-compatible refill, can accept a number of great refills, like the Schmidt Easy Flow 9000. The pocket clip is as strong as a grappling hook. The tip could go through a car door. And the grip section, though a bit ugly, is quite effective.

Gerstner Chest

We don’t often care how we store our gear (see above for my knife in a firewood bin). But let me tell you objections to your gear from your significant other will drop considerably if they are both organized and out of the way AND in something as gorgeous as a machinists chest.

Designed around the turn of the last century, these chests are everywhere and there are a bunch of different brands. The best are made in my home town of Dayton Ohio by Gerstner, still a family-owned and operated company. The tight joints and beautiful open grained, honey color oak make for a striking appearance. Add the chromed metal touches and your significant other might even like your gear storage.

She won’t like the price, as even the smallest and cheapest Gerstner chest is well north of $200. The Gerstner International chest are well made, but a bit cheaper as they are off shore. Ideally, you can find one in a thrift store or a flea market, but even in that setting they are pretty expensive as everyone has caught on to how useful these things really are.

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Deer Hunters: It’s Time for Trail Cams []

If you think time is really flying by, then very soon you are going to wake up and it will be deer hunting season. Most landowners, hunting lease holders, and even some public lands deer hunters are starting to seriously think deer hunting. It is never too late.

Being half way into August now with Labor Day weekend not too far off, it is definitely time to begin planning for fall wildlife food plots and other deer camp work. This means a last application of herbicide on the wildlife food plots, or at least some heavy duty bush hogging so the weed base can die off before putting a disk or plow into the ground.

With fall hunting coming, now is the time to shop for wildlife food plot seeds with sales and fall specials going on at farm co-ops and other outlets. Don’t be that last minute guy that shows up looking for a specific brand or type of seed only to find it sold out. Bagged seed will keep so get it now. While you are at it, ask about supplies and costs of fertilizer, too.

Now, with getting those plans and actions underway, think about setting out some trail cameras. Sure it might be a bit early as bucks will be running around in groups, but that is OK. What you are looking for now is just an assessment of what kinds or sizes of bucks are roaming around in your hunting areas. Patterns of specific bucks can be nailed down later.
Hotspots to place trail cameras have never really changed unless there have been some alternations to your hunting property. If you have done any timber harvesting, making new food plots, or cutting new trails, etc, then any such activity can alter the old movement patterns of the deer, so place cameras accordingly.

You’ll want cameras now watching open fields or feeding areas, ponds or water sources, and travel trails and corridors where deer move around in the habitat. Maybe there are some creek crossings, or hillside trails where deer have traditionally walked. These are all good areas for hanging a trail camera.

Be sure to control your scent and use care in going into and out of areas where cameras are placed. It is not excessive to wear rubber boots and latex gloves to handle cameras. Some even spray it all down with scent killer. Don’t check the cameras too often, and do it quickly.

Just change out the data cards then leave. Check the data at home to see the results.

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Hornady Critical Duty Ammo: My Pick for Personal Defense []

Inquiries are frequent about which type of ammo is best for personal defense. “Best” is a relative term and quite honestly there is are several proprietary defense loads now that have emerged from all of the major ammunition manufacturers. And “best” is a rather difficult thing to assess unless you compile lots of data about actual live confrontations in which somebody was shot.

However, one has to put their faith in something. Every time you load a revolver cylinder or a pistol magazine, then you certainly hope should you need to use it that the ammo will deliver its top most performance. In these cases, buying some off brand cheap ammo off the shelf is probably not where to put your trust.

One of the top self-defense ammunitions to pick is the Hornady Critical Duty. Why? For me, the reasons are because this ammo has been proven in FBI tactical handgun ammunition tests known as the FBI Protocol. This ammo testing procedure verifies the performance of this ammo as highly suitable for personal protection.

This ammo is loaded with Hornady’s new Flexlock bullet which has been shown to deliver exceptional performance in terms of barrier penetration. This bullet is designed so that the bullet tip cavity will not clog with foreign material as it passes through barriers. The heavy duty jacket-to-core interlock band keeps the bullet from separating which results in maximum bullet weight retention. This is key to bullet effectiveness. The bullet fully expands delivering all of its power and terminal performance on the target. Thus this ammo is called Critical Duty.

Hornady’s Critical Duty ammunition is available for the 9mm, 357 SIG, .357 Magnum, 40 S&W, 10mm auto, and the .45 ACP+P. As you can see, this ammo is loaded mostly for law enforcement type applications since that is their primary customer base, but civilians can purchase it as well.

If you are wondering about which ammo load to purchase to maximize your comfort level for a personal protection load, then this specialty Hornady ammo is certainly one worthy of consideration. It was created and designed specifically just to achieve that goal.

What do you carry? Federal HST? Speer Gold Dot?

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Four Camp Stove Options []

This article spans about 23 years of personal experience with camp stoves. The story started in the early 1990s with a single burner propane stove, and ends with a mixed fuel stove that weighs less than an ounce.

While camping with some of my buddies around 1993 or 1994, one of them pulled out a single burner propane stove and a one pound bottle of propane out of his ALICE pack . Rather than taking several minutes to warm the food up with a camp fire, everything was ready to just a couple of minutes. A few months later while walking through a store, I saw a single burner stove and said, “Why not?” That setup was my primary cook set for close to 15 – 16 years.

Eventually, I decided there had to be a more lightweight option that packing a propane tank, stove and base. So, I picked up a Coleman Max stove, which I used for several years.

Even though the Coleman Max was lighter than the propane stove, there had to be lighter options. This led me to find the BRS ultralight stove that weighs less than an ounce.

The four camp stoves listed in the video:

Weight without fuel canister:

  • Propane stove, no brandname – 1 pound 0.45 ounces.
  • Coleman Max – 6.5 ounces
  • Etekcity – 3.30 ounces
  • BRS micro-lite – 0.90 ounces.

Weight with fuel canister:

  • Propane stove, no brandname – 2 pounds, 8.8 ounces
  • Coleman Max – 1 pound, 2.15 ounces
  • Etekcity – 14.90 ounces
  • BRS micro-lite – 12.50 ounces.

Just by changing camp stoves, I was able to shave around 28 ounces off the pack weight.

The BRS stove cost around $20 on Amazon and is eligible for prime shipping.

The Etekcity cost around $13. sometimes they go on sale for $17.99 for two stoves. They are eligible for Prime shipping.

Coleman Max runs around $12 + shipping.

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Ruger Mark IV 22/45 LITE [The Firearm Blog]

This episode of TFBTV, Patrick finds a new favorite range toy and starts the break in process for his new handgun, the Ruger Mark IV 22/45 LITE. This pistol is the latest in the line of lightweight .22lr pistols that have changed how we look at the Mark series of pistols. Now they are the […]

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Adjustable AK Gas Block From Dead Goose Society [The Firearm Blog]

Ah, adjustable gas block, you nimble little minx. For so long you have preferred the AR flavor of rifle, shunning your Eastern Block cousins. Oh sure, there have been boutique shop runs of AK blocks that require a competent smith that go by the name of Boris or Mikhail. But why do you tempt the […]

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Gallow Technologies Weapon Storage and Displays [The Firearm Blog]

I have been searching for a security cabinet for interim storage of a few firearms and have come up dry. My requirements are something more than a locked closet but less than a full-on safe for overnight storage. Luckily social media introduced me to Gallow Technologies, a Utah based company that designs and builds cabnets, […]

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Five Reasons Preppers May Want an SKS []

Since its introduction in 1943, over 15 million SKS rifles were produced by various communist nations. Then the cold War ended and the rifle flooded the American market.

When the SKS was first imported into the United States, prices ranged around $75. In the early to mid 1990s, someone could walk into a gun show with $200 and leave with either two SKS rifles, or a single rifle and a case of Russian hollow point 7.62×39 ammunition.

As with everything else, prices slowly inched upwards. August 2017 prices are in the $300 – $400 range, with Russian made rifles going for over $600.

Let’s talk about some reasons to pick up an SKS when the occasional good deal comes along.


For preppers who stockpile the AK-47, the SKS is an ideal choice. One type of ammunition for two rifles, what more could you want?

With ballistics slightly less than the 30-30 Winchester, the 7.62X39 is effective on small game. This means someone can sit in a deer stand and use surplus ammunition to take a deer or wild pigs.

Idiot Proof

For the most part, the SKS is idiot proof. The bolt has a built in stripper clip feeder, the safety is as simple as it gets, and the bolt has a nice sized handle.

There was a rumor that said, “The SKS was designed to handout to peasants.” Give the peasant a rifle, bandolier, five minutes of training and they should be ready to go.

Attached Magazine

Magazines are consumables, expect when they are attached.  Not having to stockpile magazines for the SKS saves money in the long run.

There are some SKS-D rifles that have a detachable magazine.

Sure enough someone is going to say, “The SKS will accept duckbill magazines”, and that is true.  However, the SKS was designed with a fixed magazine.


The SKS is one of the most reliable rifles on the market.  As one member posted on Survivalist Boards,

The SKS is on of the most reliable weapons ever made. They are ugly, unergonomic, and unglamorous, BUT, they go bang over and over. Bury it, drag it through the sand, crawl through the mud, don’t clean it and it still goes bang. Get some stripper clips and practice speed loading. You won’t be disappointed.


When all else fails, grab the rifle by the end of the barrel and use it as a bat.  The stock is made from wood, the receiver and barrel from steel.

Out of all the rifles in my collection, the SKS would probably make the best bat.

Final Thoughts

My rifles are tiered.

The primary go to rifle is the AR-15.

If I survive long enough for the AR to go down, next in line is the AK-47.

When everything else has failed, broken… whatever happened to them, there is the SKS.

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POTD: Lahore Pakistani Mini AK [The Firearm Blog]

Thanks to disqus member d_grey for sharing these photos. I thought I’d share some pictures of a local AK 7.62 Tokarev smg build that I saw recently in Lahore. The gun wasn’t in very good shape, had a 30 round mag and what looked to be a 10.5″ barrel with a modified A2 flash suppressor […]

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Yankee Hill Machine Goes Retro Dirt Bike – With Turbo [The Firearm Blog]

An employee of Yankee Hill Machine with a superior artistic hand and a flare for the retro dirt bike scene, used a customer’s Honda CR125 dirt bike as inspiration for this unique AR15 build. Besides the color and and decals, the builder used a Fox Air Shock for the handguard. I love it. Yankee Hill […]

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Discreet Ballistics Sets Out To Eliminate First Round Pop [The Firearm Blog]

If you are a silencer aficionado, at some point you have been effected by the dreaded silent killer known as ‘First Round Pop’. (Get it, “silent killer”). Present primarily within rimfire and pistol caliber suppressors while shooting subsonic ammunition, FRP is the result of oxygen trapped inside the baffles creating a mini explosion when unburnt […]

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Watch: 3 Videos of the Gidget Brumby Off-Road Camper []

The tiny Gidget “retro teardrop campers” have been around for a few years now. At first glance, they appear to be a suburbanite’s dream: Small and low, easy to tow, and they expand for setup (without any canvas). But they also offer off-road versions, bearing the Brumby name (which is Aussie-speak for “wild horse”).


This video shows the Brumby being used off-road and highlights some of its features. (I must admit, I wonder where anyone is going to find a pressure washer at at off-road destination so they can wash the thing before they set up… must be an Australian thing.)

The campers are made in Australia; American buyers would need to make arrangements to pick theirs up at the port of Los Angeles or Gidget’s USA headquarters near Atlanta, Georgia (or pay extra for home delivery). It’s all explained on their “process to buy” page.

This vid shows a guy closing up the camper, folding up the optional awning, etc.

And finally, this next video has a few more details about its construction and shows some off-road torture-testing. It clearly has good ground clearance and is made for use in the bush.


It’s pretty impressive how nimble the little thing is… they took it through a lot of nasty slop and up-and-down terrain. It has a 5-year structural warranty and 2-year suspension warranty.

The price? Well… 25 to 30 thousand bucks. Yikes!

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Flashlight Review: Wowtac A2S []

The Wowtac A2S is a headlight that is also a hand-held flashlight.  To mount the A2S to the headgear, slip it through it through two rubber loops.  The headgear has a band that goes around and over the head.

The included battery is a single 18650 3400mAh, which has a built in micro-USB port for recharging.

Overall, I found the flashlight to be compact, easy to use and has an excellent range of brightness settings.

As Paul Harvey use to say, now for the rest of the story.


Weight and dimensions are from my test sample.  Everything else is from the Wowtac A2S web page.

  • LED: Cree XP-L V6Max
  • Low: 24 lumens
  • Medium: 126 lumens
  • High: 420 lumens
  • Turbo: 1050 lumens
  • Battery: Single 18650 (Included)
  • Weight, without headgear: 3.60 ounces
  • Weight, with headgear: 5.35 ounces
  • Length: 4 1/8 inches
  • Diameter: 15/16 inches

Turbo mode is accessed by double clicking the on/off button, which is located on the head of the flashlight.  Using the turbo mode for several minutes causes the head to get fairly warm, which is to be expected.

To cycle between the brightness settings, turn the flashlight on, then hold down the on/off button.  It will cycle between low – medium – high about every second.


The Wowtac A2S was subjected to drop and submersion tests.

Drop tests – The flashlight was held at a height of around four feet then dropped several times onto a railroad cross tie.  The light did not flicker and all the settings worked afterwards.

Submersion – The A2S was put into a jug of water at left there for around an hour.  Upon inspection, there was no water inside the light.

I usually tie the flashlights to a string and toss them into a creek for the submersion test.  However, the A2S does not have a lanyard hole.

Beam – This is a floodlight is a slightly visible center.  The outer cone spans almost 90 degrees,  Meaning, if you put the edge of the cone directly in front of you, the other side of the cone is almost 90 degrees to the side.

Wowtac A2S

For walking around the farm at night, I found the range of brightness settings to be excellent.

Wowtac A2S Final Thoughts

It is difficult not to like the A2S.  The compact size and range of brightness settings are making it one of my go-to flashlights.

The only thing I would change on this flashlight, it would be nice to have lanyard attachments.  With or without the headgear, this is a great little light.

I give it a final score of 9.6.


Full disclosure – The test sample was delivered at no cost to myself.  This does not affect my opinion as I look at the results to the tests.  Did the flashlight leak water, did it survive the drop tests and is it easy to use?  Those are fact based results.

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Watch: Quick Survival Fish Trap From a Plastic Bottle []

I admit, I chose this video partially because of the cheesy voiceover. I find it oddly entertaining to hear the heavily-accented English spoken in this way; kinda like a text-to-speech foreign robot voice.

Be aware that the preview thumbnail is a lie… the trap in the video looks nothing like that.

And its title is misleading; if you can make this trap in 30 seconds, you’re moving faster than the guy who shows you how. But still, it’s worthwhile. Who knows when you might end up hungry and alone in the boondocks, in need of some small fish for lunch (or for bait to catch larger fish)? Better to have this knowledge and not need it, than to need it and not have it.

Check it out:

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Shot that hit Omaha man accused of domestic assault was fired in self-defense [NRA-ILA News]

A prosecutor said Friday that Anthony Evans had shown up at the house of his ex-girlfriend and his three children several times before the night of Aug. 2, when officers found him lying in the backyard, a gunshot wound to his abdomen.


Retired correction officer shot in leg battling robbers in Brooklyn gas station [NRA-ILA News]

A retired correction officer was shot in the leg fighting off two robbers who tried to stick up his gas station Monday afternoon, police sources said.


New Polymer80 PF940v2 Coming This Fall [The Firearm Blog]

As much as I enjoy upgrading and enhancing my own firearms, I have yet to dive into the world of 80% kits. If you are unfamiliar with the process, companies like Polymer80 have developed a process that allows the end user to build a functioning firearm from formed raw materials and non-controlled parts. Meaning that […]

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Michigan foster parents sue to keep gun rights [NRA-ILA News]

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services has rules for foster parents that are so stringent they effectively ban gun ownership, according to a lawsuit foster parents have filed against the department's director, Nick Lyon.


Stop putting PC ideology before the needs of foster kids [NRA-ILA News]

Bill Johnson is suing Michigan over the rule, which will bar him from carrying a gun if he wants to act as a foster parent to his own grandson (who was removed from his mother’s care). Johnson is a former Marine and longtime hunter. He and his wife own a fishing-tackle shop. He has several guns that he keeps locked up and one that he has a permit to carry.


Baltimore Gives Preliminary Approval to Weakened Gun Bill [NRA-ILA News]

Baltimore officials have approved legislation originally designed to impose a mandatory one-year jail sentence on people who illegally carry guns, in a year when the city faces a record-high homicide rate.


Experimental Reising 7.62mm Full-Auto Battle Rifle [Forgotten Weapons]

In the late 1950s or early 1960s, Eugene Reising experimented with adapting the mechanism of his submachine guns to a locked-breech 7.62mm NATO military pattern rifle. The resulting rifle used an M14 gas piston and a bolt that was fully locked into the top of the receiver (instead of being a delayed blowback like the SMGs). It was assembled into the stock from an H&R .22 caliber M!4 simulator, which was another rifle also designed by Reising.

Ultimately the design was not successful, although I have no specific data on why.


KGMade Ticho CZ455 Integrally Suppressed Rifle [The Firearm Blog]

In the silencer world, there is nothing more sexy than a well made integrally suppressed rifle. Maintaining a near stock barrel profile, most designs are covert enough to pass as a stock firearm, that is until the trigger is pulled on a subsonic round. Georgia-based silencer manufacture KGMade is announcing a new suppressor model for […]

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Pardus Updates The LAX12 Lever Action Shotguns [The Firearm Blog]

Turkish firearms manufacturer Pardus has just announced an update to their line of LAX12 lever action shotguns. Now with a ‘MF’ designation, the new models are magazine fed rather than tube fed like its predecessors. For some reason I find myself drawn to a lever action .410 shotgun for no other fact that it’s different from everything […]

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TFB Review: PROOF Research Barrel + Hornady 6.5 Creedmoor Ammunition = A Winning Combination [The Firearm Blog]

This year I was fortunate to have saved up enough to rebarrel my .308 18″ barrel Surgeon Scalpel.  I opted to go with a 24″ 1/8 twist PROOF Research Carbon Fiber Wrapped barrel in 6.5 Creedmoor.  Ever since my awesome experience with MPA’s 6.5CM BA Lite, I had been interested in acquiring a 6.5 Creedmoor rifle of […]

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Federal’s New Train + Protect Line of Ammo [The Firearm Blog]

Federal ammoFederal Premium Ammunition announced the company was now selling its new line of Train + Protect ammunition. The new ammo line was announced earlier in the year, but should now be shipping to dealers. The entirety of the new line uses hollow point bullet projectiles. This is in contrast to Winchester’s Train and Defend line that […]

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Gonna Compete in ICSR? The Army Will Help You Get Ammo [The Firearm Blog]

Manufacturers who are gearing up for the US Army’s Interim Combat Service Rifle competition better know where to get their ammo for testing, and the Army is ready to help. The US Army is facilitating the procurement of 7.62mm M80A1 ammunition to competitors for testing purposes, according to a new amendment to the ICSR solicitation. The […]

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Limited Colt SAA Revolvers in Classic Calibers [The Firearm Blog]

Colt SAAColt Single Action Army revolver fans take note: Talo Distributors Inc announced they are now selling a limited run of new revolvers chambered for the classic .32-20 WCF cartridge. According to information posted on Talo’s website, Colt’s Manufacturing made a limited run of SAA revolvers for the company. This specific one is limited to 50 guns and […]

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Monday, 14 August


GLOCK BEATS SIG: P320 The ONLY Pistol of 11 That FIRES When Dropped in Comprehensive Omaha Outdoors Test [The Firearm Blog]

The SIG Sauer P320 – scion of the Army’s new M17 MHS pistol – is the only handgun out of eleven different weapons to fail a comprehensive test released today by Omaha Outdoors. The testing protocol involved dropping the handguns at different angles with a primed case in the chamber (no bullet or propellant). None of the […]

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Cocking Handguns With a Bum Thumb []

There are a couple of alternative ways to cock the hammer on a handgun. This may sound trite unless you have an injured thumb, hand, or may be restricted or handicapped in some way. If your handgun has a hammer and is not just a double-action model only, then practice other ways to get your gun into action ready condition.

Maybe I am the only one, but since I have started using the new type of I-Phone about six months ago, the thumb on my right shooting hand as gone virtually numb. It is not from using it to text or manipulate the keys, but I am told it was from holding the phone in the “Y” yoke of my hand between thumb and forefinger with too much pressure.

Over squeezing these two to hold a phone can cause nerve damage. The inside of my thumb up to the tip just tingles now whenever I stress it. Now grip and grasp simply does not have the same power as before. I discovered this was the same when I tried to cock a handgun. So what now?

If you have this problem or other shooting hand manipulation issues, then try this. First of all, though slow and a bit awkward to use at first, the offhand thumb can be called in to action to cock a hammer. Try this by holding your handgun in a suitable safe condition, then before putting on a double handed hold, just reach up with the off thumb and cock the gun.
Another approach which I have seen used, but I urge you to do so with caution is to use the heel of the offhand to do the cocking. This works but the hand heel does not really get a grip on the hammer, and it can slip off. Make certain your firearm is in the safe condition before using this technique.

The off thumb can also be used to lower a hammer into a safe position, but the shooting hand forefinger and middle finger can also accomplish this movement with some practice. The same approach can be used to manipulate a slide safety and or the slide release levers on the left side of most pistols. The other thumb can also be used to open a cylinder release latch on a revolver. With some practice, other modes of handgun hammer cocking can be found.

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10 New Baitcasting Reels For 2018 []

We have put together a list of 10 of our favorite new baitcasting reels that we saw at the recent ICAST 2018 show.

13 Fishing Concept Z

13 Fishing Concept Z

Described as the first-ever high performance casting reel manufactured without ball bearings, the Concept Z from 13 Fishing uses polymer technology to cast lures farther than traditional ball bearing reels, according to the manufacturer. This technology also makes the Concept Z lightweight, quiet, effortless and controllable in hand. Japanese Hamai cut gears and 22 pounds of Bulldog drag make hauling in the big ones as easy as turning the handle. MSRP is $200.

Apex Denny Brauer Flippin Reel

Apex Denny Brauer Flippin Reel

Designed by elite angler Denny Brauer, the Apex Denny Brauer Flippin Reel is specifically designed for “flippin and pitchin” to fish buried deep in heavy cover. The narrow spool design and ceramic insert nose piece allow for direct line release. Major features include 10+1 ball bearings, an all-aluminum frame, and a carbon fiber handle. But don’t look for a level wind, because it doesn’t have one. Available in left-hand or right-hand retrieve, in either 6.5:1 and 7.3:1 retrieve ratios. MSRP is $149.99.

Ardent Arrow

Ardent Arrow

A high quality, mid-priced baitcasting reel, the Arrow from Ardent Fishing Tackle comes with an impressive standard feature list, including a high-speed 7.1:1 gear ratio, a lightweight aluminum frame, and 9+1 ball bearing construction and Ardent’s standard three year warranty. The soft grip handle and low profile design are intended to provide maximum comfort for long days on the water. MSRP is $59.99.

KastKing Cadet

KastKing Cadet

Eposeidon’s KastKing cadet is a versatile, light weight freshwater baitcasting reel with 10+1 shielded ball bearings and a four-disc drag that delivers 13.2 pounds of solid stopping power. A 6.4:1 gear ration provides a rapid retrieve, while its corrosion-free graphite body and components ensure long life. Brass gears, a hardened aluminum spool that handles up to 155 yards of 12-pound monofilament, and magnetic brake control are all standard. Choose from all-black or neon blue highlight finishes. MSRP is $29.98.

KastKing Whitemax

KastKing Whitemax

Available in left-handed or right-handed retrieve, the new Whitemax from KastKing features 11+1 shielded ball bearing construction and a beefy 5.3:12 gear ratio. A massive 17.5-pound carbon fiber drag stops fish in their tracks, while its large spool holds 200 yards of 10-pound braid, retrieving 24 inches of line with every turn of the handle. MSRP is $45.98.

Lew’s Custom Inshore Speed Spool SLP

Lew’s Custom Inshore Speed Spool SLP

Lew’s Custom Inshore Speed Spool features the company’s new SLP Super Low Profile design for enhanced casting comfort. A premium 10-bearing reel with sealed, corrosion-resistant stainless steel bearings and ZeroReverse, it features a one-piece aluminum frame with solid brass gears. An externally adjustable magnetic cast control system and carbon fiber drag with 20 pounds of pressure are standard – as are Dri-Trac power knobs on a bowed aluminum handle. MSRP is $199.99.

Lew’s Hyper Mag SLP

Lew’s Hyper Mag SLP

The new TLH1SH Hyper Mag SLP from Lew’s is a premium 11-bearing reel with Lew’s lowest profile design yet. An innovative machined aluminum spool handles lighter lines and lures without sacrificing power and performance, while a one-piece magnesium frame with C45 carbon side plates keeps total weight down to just 5.4 ounces. It even features a 95mm carbon fiber handle with Winn Dri-Tac knobs. MSRP is $299.99

Quantum Smoke S3

Quantum Smoke S3

The new Smoke S3 baitcasting reel features 18 performance-tuned technologies in a sleep, low-profile frame with a surprisingly large spool for enhanced line capacity. New ACS4.0 cast control works in conjunction with new brakes that disengage at 5,000 rpms to maximize casting distance. An oversized 95mm reel handle with a line memo dial to keep track of line test is a classy touch. Available in four gear ratios and three left-handed models. MSRP is $109.00.

Revo Premier

Revo Premier

The fourth generation Revo low profile baitcasting reel, Abu Garcia’s new Revo premier takes smoothness and durability to a new level with 10 stainless steel HPCR bearings plus 1 roller bearing, an allow frame with carbon side plates, Abu’s Carbon Matrix drag system and Infini II spool, and a lube port for easy maintenance. An oversized cranking handle and knobs provide greater leverage and comfort. MSRP is $299.95.

Shimano Curado 200 K

Shimano Curado 200 K

With a new look and technology focused on reliability and durability, Shimano’s all-new Curado 200 K baitcasting reels are ready for hard-core tournament use. Built with bass angling and coastal fishing in mind, the six-model Curado 200 K series includes both left-hand and right-hand retrieve models with 6.2:1, 7.4:1 and 8.5:1 gear ratios. Each come with MicroModule gears, SVS infinity braking system and a smaller platform, more ergonomic shape for all-day comfort. MSRP n/a.

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2017 Hunting Bow Speed Test + Video []

I have been testing six different hunting bows for our sister site, Before getting into the individual reviews and comparisons, I decided to test the speed of each of the six bows.

Speed is not the only consideration when it comes to choosing a hunting bow, but for many archers it is a very important factor. I will dig deeper into what I like and don’t like about each bow in later videos, including draw cycle, grip, accuracy and ease of broadhead tuning.

As it stands, each bow is set with a 60-pound draw weight and a 29.5-inch draw length. I used the factory draw length settings and have not measured each bow’s draw length for myself to check. The arrows I am using for the speed test are Gold Tip Valkyrie set up with a 4 fletch configuration. Each arrow weighs approximately 398 grains.

The bows tested include the Hoyt Carbon Defiant 31, Prime Centergy Hybrid, Mathews Halon 32, Bowtech Reign 6, Xpedition Xplorer SS and Bear LS-6.

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Video Review: Bond Arms Snake Slayer IV []

When my family moved out to the country to live on 17 acres of central Texas hill country land just north of Austin, one of our first purchases was a “snake gun.” I’d read reviews of the Bond Arms Derringers, which are made right here in TX, so I knew I had to get one.

Check out my video review — may first attempt at this, actually — of the Bond Arms Snake Slayer IV, a small, versatile pocket cannon that’s as expensive as a decent rifle (~$600). Is it worth it? Watch and find out.

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Review: Big Sky Racks Sky Bar Gun Rack for Rifles and Shotguns []

I’ve been using the Big Sky Sky Bar gun rack for more than 6 years now, and it’s proven to be a good one. After my uncle saw mine, he ordered one for his woods Jeep, and a friend ordered one for his Polaris Ranger also. It’s not perfect, but I’ve yet to use a better one.

Their standard Sky Bar 2-Gun Rack. (Photo © Big Sky Racks, Inc.)

Their standard Sky Bar 2-Gun Rack. (Photo © Big Sky Racks, Inc.)

I first used the two-gun UTV variation, which I installed on a 2006 Polaris Ranger UTV. It has clamps on the ends for 1.75″ roll bar cages, and can be offset downward if your UTV doesn’t have a tall enough roof. It’s been on there for many miles, and remains good and solid today.

(Photo © Russ Chastain)

(Photo © Russ Chastain)

In the Jeep, we simply bought the standard two-gun overhead Sky Bar, and attached the end brackets to the roll cage using 4 long stainless-steel hose clamps.

Guns are easy to put in the rack and even easier to remove. There is one Velcro strap per gun, which allows you to get your gun out quickly if you ever need to. I did find that I needed to bend the center fork upward to allow the fatter center portion of a gun (especially scoped rifles) to fit better in the rack.

The Big Sky Sky Bar rack keeps guns up out of the way. (Photo © Russ Chastain)

The Big Sky Sky Bar rack keeps guns up out of the way. (Photo © Russ Chastain)

The Good

  • Made in USA.
  • Guns are held securely in padded forks.
  • Aluminum construction is both light and strong.
  • Can be installed in different configurations.
  • Mounting your guns overhead keeps them out of the way.

The Not-so-Good

  • You’ll need a tiny 3/32″ allen hex wrench, which isn’t included.
  • Ain’t cheap: About $100
  • I had to bend the center forks

The Gist of it

There are three forks for each gun. This places the butt stock in one, the barrel in another, and the center portion in another. The center fork is offset towards the bar, to allow for rifle scopes. I haven’t had any trouble even with large scopes, after bending the center fork upward to make a tad more room.

(Photo © Russ Chastain)

(Photo © Russ Chastain)

You can slide each of the forks back and forth on the center bar, and once you get them where you want them, you tighten the set screws to hold them in place. The same method is used to adjust the length of the center bar; it telescopes to length, then you tighten a set screw to lock it at that length.

I bent the center forks upward to clear the shotgun's forearm (and the rifle's scope). (Photo © Russ Chastain)

The center forks are bent upward to clear the shotgun’s forearm (and the rifle’s scope).
(Photo © Russ Chastain)

It’s available in one- or two-gun models; I got the 2-gun model, which is great when I’m hunting with a buddy.

The clamps are well-designed and strong, and I’ve taken this rig many miles over some rough stuff without ever having to tighten the rack.

This is the standard clamp configuration... but the bar can be offset downward if need be (hardware included). (Photo © Russ Chastain)

This is the standard clamp configuration… but the bar can be offset downward if need be (hardware included).
(Photo © Russ Chastain)

Big Sky has the following note on their info page for the UTV version of this rack:

Note: The UTV brackets are for completely round roll bars. Polaris Rangers from 2013 and newer will use the original SBR and it will be screwed into the flat portion of the roll bar.

Click here for mounting instructions for the UTV version.

These photos are from Big Sky’s website, showing alternative mounting options.

(Photo © Big Sky Racks, Inc.)

(Photo © Big Sky Racks, Inc.)

(Photo © Big Sky Racks, Inc.)

(Photo © Big Sky Racks, Inc.)

(Photo © Big Sky Racks, Inc.)

(Photo © Big Sky Racks, Inc.)

Final Thoughts

I have been using these racks for years now, and they keep on keepin’ on, hold our guns securely, and are made well right here in the USA. What could be better than that?

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Fiocchi .38spl 125gr XTP Snub Nose Gel Test and Review [The Firearm Blog]

We shoot Fiocchi .38spl 125gr XTP ammunition from a Smith & Wesson Airweight Model 638 snub nose revolver with a 2″ barrel into Clearballistics ballistic gel to measure velocity, penetration, expansion/fragmentation, and retained weight. Buy it at Ventura Munitions. Thanks to our sponsors:  Ventura Munitions – Retailer of quality ammunition.  Proxibid – Shop For Home Defense Pistols […]

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New Russian 9.6x53mm Lancaster Cartridge and .366 TKM News [The Firearm Blog]

The idea of .366 TKM cartridge was accepted really well in the Russian shooting community. What makes it unique for them is that firearms chambered in this caliber have partially rifled barrels which qualify as a shotgun in Russia and don’t require 5 year wait period for the first-time gun owners to obtain a rifled firearm. […]

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POTD: Tromix Dueling .358 SOCOM Rifle [The Firearm Blog]

I’m sure you all remember the Gilboa Snake Double Barreled AR-15 from Israel? Or the Arsenal Double Barreled 1911 Pistol? For his birthday, Tony Rumore or Tromix Lead Delivery Systems came up with a slightly different idea and built himself a .358 SOCOM Dueling Rifle. Or, perhaps someone was joking on his behalf as he […]

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More on the Soldier’s Load: Pounds Upon Pounds [The Firearm Blog]

In the comments section of my recent article Are We Gearing Up to Lose the Next War? Overmatch, Part 2: Bullets & Backbreakers, two of TFB’s readers shared documents that help us describe the problem of the modern soldier and Marine’s load. The first, from reader cwolf, is a 2007 report by the Naval Research […]

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Interesting..... [Of Arms and the Law]

The US military is buying M-4 replacements chambered in 7.62 NATO, because they need its penetration and range.


North Korea and Charlottesville, a Wakeup Call []

It would be nice to live in a world where violence, civil unrest and the threat of nuclear war were things of the past.  Instead of reporting the violence in Charlottesville, the news media could be talking about arts and humanities.  Unfortunately. we have a long way to go before we achieve world peace.

If you are not old enough to remember the cold war, or the L.A. riots after the Rodney King verdict, North Korea and Charlottesville should be your wakeup call.  That is not fear mongering, it is the honest truth.

The problem is, rather than maintaining a constant state of readiness, people react to certain situations.

North Korea

Take this article for example – Products Flying Off Shelves At Army Supply Store As Shoppers Prep For ‘World War III’.

ROYAL OAK (WWJ) – As the rhetoric ramps up over North Korea and nuclear weapons, the cash registers have been ringing at a local Army Supply store, where some are apparently prepping for a third World War.

Ben Orr, the manager of Joe’s Army Navy in Royal Oak, says he’s been selling a lot of “prepper items” over the past week or so.

“We’ve been very busy. Unusually busy, I’d say,” Orr told WWJ’s Sandra McNeill. “It’s definitely an increase, just in selling all the normal prepper stuff, end of the world stuff. A lot of water prep stuff, food, MREs — the military meals.”

All it took was some tough talk between the United States and north Kora, and people started panic buying.

North Korea has not shown the ability to strike the united States. Yet, this has not stopped people from being worried.


This is an excellent example of how fast things can deteriorate on a local level.

To curb civil unrest, the mayor could impose martial law and a curfew.  There have been times when the sale of firearms and ammunition have been prohibited during civil unrest.

When violence breaks out on a local level, things can escalate quickly.  We saw how fast things can get out of hand during the 1992 Los Angeles riots. Police were overwhelmed and business owners had to protect their property.

If you would more information on prepping, sign up for a free account on Survivalist Boards.  Try not to react to certain events.  Maintain a constant state of readiness, no matter how small.

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Texas: Conroe police chief asked to leave doctor's office for carrying his handgun [NRA-ILA News]

Conroe's chief of police was asked to leave the Texas Ear Nose and Throat Specialists office in The Woodlands Tuesday afternoon because he was carrying his firearm.


Making a New Shotgun Firing Pin in 9 Photos []

A while back, Dad’s old much-worn but treasured Browning Superposed shotgun gave me trouble at the skeet range. When I dug into it, I discovered the top firing pin had broken. After a lot of online searching, I found many firing pins available — all of them wrong for this gun. So I went to work and built one!

My first attempt (not pictured) turned out poorly, but served well as a model of what not to do.

I removed the trigger guard and butt stock, and found part of the broken pin jammed down in front of one of the hammers. Un-good!

The arrow shows part of the broken firing pin blocking the hammer. I hate it when that happens! (Photo © Russ Chastain)

The arrow shows part of the broken firing pin blocking the hammer. I hate it when that happens! (Photo © Russ Chastain)

I definitely had a problem.

The broken firing pin. (Photo © Russ Chastain)

The broken firing pin.
(Photo © Russ Chastain)

I hunted around the shop and decided to use the unthreaded portion of this 1/4″ bolt to make a new firing pin.

This bolt doesn't know it yet, but it's really a shotgun firing pin. (Photo © Russ Chastain)

This bolt doesn’t know it yet, but it’s really a shotgun firing pin.
(Photo © Russ Chastain)

After I turned the bolt down to the correct diameter, I did most of the shaping by chucking it in a drill and using files to form it. Here you can see it taking shape, but still too large on the tip.

Starting to get there. (Photo © Russ Chastain)

Starting to get there.
(Photo © Russ Chastain)

Once I had the tip shaped and sized correctly, I had to cut a notch into its side. This was easier said than done, because the notch is angled.

Tip complete; now for that angled notch. (Photo © Russ Chastain)

Tip complete; now for that angled notch. (Photo © Russ Chastain)

I ended up using a small milling machine to cut the notch. I would later fine-tune the notch using files.

Initial notch cut.

Initial notch cut.

Next, I needed to cut the pin to length. Forming the end was tricky, because the pin goes through the receiver at a compound angle (upwards and to the right) and the rear surface of the pin has to be square to the hammer face — and of course the pin had to be just the right length as well.

As always, I left it a bit long when I initially cut it off. (Photo © Russ Chastain)

As always, I left it a bit long when I initially cut it off. (Photo © Russ Chastain)

After a lot of slow, careful fitting and filing, I tempered the pin. This was the final result.

Finished. New pin on left, old broken pin on right. (Photo © Russ Chastain)

Finished. New pin on left, old broken pin on right. (Photo © Russ Chastain)

For tempering, I heated the pin red hot and quenched it in 30W oil. It’s been doing well for a couple of years now.

Homemade firing pin on the right, factory pin on the left. (Photo © Russ Chastain)

Homemade firing pin on the right, factory pin on the left. (Photo © Russ Chastain)

So… next time you have a broken part but can’t find a replacement — and if, like me, you have more time than money — consider making what you need.

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Why The Army’s Next Round HAS to Be Light – In Just One Simple Example [The Firearm Blog]

We are at a crossroads in small arms development. Demands for improved weapon effectiveness have reached their apex. At the same time, the soldier’s burden has grown into a crisis so pressing even the Army Chief of Staff has acknowledged it in testimony to Congress. Soon the next ammunition configuration will be decided, as new […]

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The IC DI from LWRCI now available in 300 BLK [The Firearm Blog]

LWRC International out of Cambridge, Maryland, just made their IC-DI model available in 300 Blackout. Perhaps not the biggest step in terms of “R&D” from LWRCI, but it just shows the demand for 300 Blackout is out there. I just wish that the ammunition was a lot less expensive. The IC DI 300 BLK is […]

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Homesteading After a Collapse []

As the new chicks were being moved to the main chicken house, I started thinking about what problems the farm would face in the event of a full collapse.  So much of our daily lives are intertwined with modern technology.  Everything from our food to transportation depends on some form of technology.

Take technology away, how would you perform tasks around a farm?

For a lot of answers I look to the past.  How did our grand parents and great grandparents go about their daily lives without modern technology?


For example, to fill up the water barrel at the chicken house, a sump pump is used to pump water from a creek to the barrel.  Without electricity, there would be an issue with getting water to the chicken house.  Instead of pumping water from the creek to the barrel, maybe build a rain catch system?

Even with a rain catch system, here in southeast Texas it is not uncommon to go two months with little to no rain.  July and August are usually dry, hot months.  It would be difficult to store two months of water for chickens, much less larger livestock.  My brother tells me, each of his cows can go through five gallons of water each day.

The simple fix is to move the livestock closer to the water source.

Then there is the issue with drinking water.  A lot of farms depend on wells, wells that operate off electricity.


On a cool fall morning, roosters can be heard from half a mile.  Any loud sounds livestock make could be like a dinner bell to hungry looters.

It does not have to be livestock, operating equipment such as a tractor makes plenty of noise.  Maybe cutting some firewood with a chainsaw?  Even a backyard garden tiller can be heard for a couple of hundred yards.

In the event of a collapse, people will be looking for food.  Livestock and farm equipment would be like a dinner bell.


First thing someone is going to say is “compost.  The honest truth is, we have grown dependent on commercial fertilizer.  Even with composting, it would nearly  impossible to grow enough food.

In the middle ages, farmers used a three field rotation system.

  • One field would be used.
  • Second field would have manure spread on it.
  • Third field would not be used.

The following season, the crops would be moved to the second field, with the third field receiving manure and the first field sitting.  When a field sits and nothing is planted, it is called fallow.

Rather than using a three field system, modern farmers plant every piece of land they can.  Over the last few decades farmers have been mono-cropping.  Which means, a single crop is grown on the land.  This depletes the soil to where anything that grows can only be grown with commercial fertilizer.

After a collapse, millions of acres that have been mono-cropped for decades would be unusable.  It could take years for soil fertility to return.


There are numerous other factors that could face farmers, such as fuel for the tractor.  Depending on how the fuel is rationed, it may not be a problem for a couple of years.

Food for the livestock.  Even animals that graze and forage could face problems.

A portion of the corn my grand father grew was for the cattle, pigs and chickens.

So, what did we miss and what would you like to talk about?  Post your comments below.

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Lawmakers intent on making it difficult for low-income Americans to defend themselves [NRA-ILA News]

In California, which Hillary Clinton won by about 30 points, fees can be as high as $385 for just two years. In New York City, where she won by 60 points, a three-year permit costs $430.


Baltimore City Council to vote on weakened gun bill [NRA-ILA News]

The Baltimore City Council is set to hold a preliminary vote Monday on weakened legislation originally designed to impose a mandatory one-year jail sentence on people who illegally carry guns.


Guns in school: ‘We have to be ready in seconds and not minutes’ [NRA-ILA News]

Intruders beware: An increasing number of teachers and staff are armed in Ohio schools.Facing the specter of having to respond to school shootings like those at Madison Junior-Senior High School in Butler County and West Liberty-Salem High School in Champaign County, more administrators and school boards are making the decision to put guns in reach of — or concealed on the bodies of — their employees.


Tennessee: Farragut to decide whether to start allowing guns in Town Hall [NRA-ILA News]

The Town of Farragut prohibits guns inside Town Hall, but that could change.The Board of Aldermen agreed at its July 27 board meeting to poll city employees on whether the city should remove the sign on its exterior doors that bans guns inside Town Hall.


YouTube Personalities and Gun Bloggers Don’t Know Jack About Guns [The Firearm Blog]

This is another one of those times where I’m going to make some general statements. Yes, we all know there are exceptions to the rule. In fact, I’m not even saying that the points I’m about to make are generally true. But just because somebody makes videos about guns or writes about them, doesn’t mean […]

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Armed homeowner assists in apprehending alleged carjacker [NRA-ILA News]

An armed homeowner helped the Bexar County Sheriff's Office and Hollywood Park police apprehend a man for allegedly stealing a vehicle Saturday afternoon in Northern Bexar County.


Armed home invader confronted by resident; several shots fired [NRA-ILA News]

A resident confronted an armed home invader early Friday morning, leading to numerous shots fired, according to a news release from the Dane County Sheriff's Office.


Schmeisser’s MP-18,I – The First True Submachine Gun [Forgotten Weapons]

When Germany began looking in late 1915 for a new weapon ideally suited for the “last 200 meters” of a combat advance, Hugo Schmeisser’s blowback submachine gun would prove to be the weapon that would set the standard for virtually all submachine guns to come. It was a fully automatic only weapon with a simple blowback action and a rather slow 400 rpm rate of fire. Although relatively heavy, the only real shortcoming of the MP18,I was its use of 32 round Luger snail drum magazines, which was dictated by the German military. These magazines were unreliable and difficult to load, but they were already in production and were a reasonable logistical answer in a time when material and production shortages were an endemic problem in Germany.

The MP18,I managed to see frontline combat only in the closing few months of World War One (50,000 were initially ordered, 17,677 were produced before the Armistice, and only an estimated 3,000 actually saw frontline combat use). During that time, however, it made a significant impression, easily convincing anyone with an open mind that this new type of weapon would play a major role in future wars.

After the end of the war, the Germany Army was prohibited from using submachine guns, so most of the existing ones (including the example in today’s video) were transferred to police organizations instead.


Alleged home invader shot in Warner Robins [NRA-ILA News]

An armed man was fatally shot early Sunday when he allegedly broke into an apartment in Warner Robins.


Are You In a Fanboy Echo Chamber? []

An echo chamber is when an ideology is affirmed and reinforced.  Some people may call this “reindeer games.” In the movie Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, all the reindeer were playing together and Rudolph was excluded. Rudolf was different from the other reindeer, so he was excluded from the group.

Part of human nature is we shun things we disagree with. You like Product A better than Product B? Well, you are just dumb, everyone knows Product B is better. There is no middle ground for personal preference. If someone buys anything less than the best of the best, then they are stupid and must be informed of their errors.

That type of reinforcement is harmful to everyone involved. There are numerous situations where someone may not be able to buy the best of the best  According to the fanboy club, they are to be shunned and made fun of for buying an inferior product.


On a certain fanboy Facebook firearm page I was a member of, someone posted a firearm that was on sale. I posted a reply stating if they went with another brand, they would get a better quality product that cost around $50 more that what they were asking about.

Some of the members started posting that my suggestion was junk. Those who were posting refused to answer if they owned, or even if they had first hand experience with said item.

So, I go to a fanboy forum and start a thread asking about said product and why people think it is junk. I was waiting for a certain moderator to post.  The moderator in question has a reputation of locking threads when he is asked to explain is opinion.

Sure enough, said moderator posted something saying he has “seen” the product, but did not state that he had first hand experience with it.

When asked a direct question to explain his stance, the thread was locked a few post later.

That type of fanboy echo chamber reinforcement is harmful to everyone involved.  Rather that having an honest and open discussion, the thread was locked.

I rarely post in that forum because of how some of the moderators act.  If a thread goes in a direction that may change their opinion, the thread is locked.

Final Thoughts

Fanboys may have a mindset they are superior to everyone else.  They are a gun expert and their opinion is not to be questioned.  If you do question their opinion, then you are dumb.

We usually surround ourselves with people who share a common ideology.  This creates a closed loop where new ideas are not welcome.

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In the Washington Times: Confirming Kevin Hassett to chair the Council of Economic Advisers is prudent and necessary [John Lott's Website]

Kevin Hassett's confirmation to chair the Council of Economic Advisers is important not just taxes but also for a whole range of other issues, including crime.  The Council of Economic Advisers touches on every issue that economists have done research on.  From the beginning of my piece in the Washington Times:
Even if the Senate votes for confirmation on the very day that it returns from recess, a record 112 days will have passed since President Trump nominated Kevin Hassett to chair the Council of Economic Advisers. Since 1980, the average time to confirm other Council chairmen is 25 days. For incoming administrations, the average confirmation period is 13 days. The longest was 25 days. 
A world-recognized expert on taxation, Mr. Hassett has been stuck on the sidelines despite the administration’s big goals this year on tax reform. Mr. Hassett is the one person who can help make the different parts of a tax bill fit together and can explain it to the media. 
White House chief economic adviser Gary Cohn has reportedly told associates that time is running out for tax reform. He worries that if tax reform doesn’t get done by the end of the year, it likely won’t happen at all. Missing key players such as Mr. Hassett doesn’t help. And Democrats are threatening to delay Mr. Hassett’s vote much longer. 
The delay reflects only Democrats’ unwillingness to confirm any Trump nominees. Mr. Hassett is not a controversial pick. . . .
The rest of the piece is available here.


Grip + Knife = Gripknife [The Firearm Blog]

It’s easy really: The name says it all. It’s a grip. And a knife. It’s a Gripknife. The company behind this invention is called SwitchGrip LLC and they describe the GripKnife as a combination between a tactical knife and a vertical grip for a firearm. The GripKnife attaches to your Picatinny rail. By the looks […]

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NRA ≠ Nazi [No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money]

I was reading Prof. William Jacobson's Legal Insurrection this morning. He had a post about the clash in Charlottesville this past weekend. He had a link to this tweet by Markos Moulitsas of Daily Kos.

I hate to disappoint Mr. Moulitsas but he is wrong in so many ways.

First, it has to be pointed out that conservatives and Nazis are not one and the same. In fact their beliefs are antithetical to one another. A conservative generally believes in smaller government while Nazis (from their origin in German) believe in a strong national government that pervades all aspects of life.

Second, while the NRA is generally a conservative organization, they are accepting of people from all walks of life. They have liberals and conservatives as members. They have gays and straights as members. They have Democrats and Republicans as members. Indeed, when the president of the NRA Pete Brownell has a scheduled phone conversation with Erin Palette of Operation Blazing Sword and asks how they can work together, I think that says it all in terms of acceptance.

I will grant you that there might be a member of the NRA who holds Nazi and/or fascist beliefs. But I would say that any mass organization of 5 million members with open membership is liable to have a few outliers within its membership rolls.


500 Round Torture Test Of Mossberg 500 [The Firearm Blog]

Burst Review sacrifices himself for all of us by shooting 500 rounds of 2 & 3/4 bird shot. A couple months ago I submitted myself to something similar when I tested the new CROM by Aridus Industries. We shot 400 rounds which were mostly buck shot and a box of slugs. However I only shot […]

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DAA C-More RTS2 2011 Scope Mount [The Firearm Blog]

For my Tanfoglio Open race gun I use the C-More red dot, with a 90 degree mount to get is as close as possible to the slide. It makes finding the red dot much easier in my opinion. However the C-More feels a bit dated, and keeping the zero as isn’t one of its strengths. […]

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Instinctive Archery Trick Shot with two swinging bottles [The Firearm Blog]

I’m sure Josh Thompson spent more than just one shot in creating this video. Nevertheless it’s really amazing to see the end result. I mean, it’s hard enough to hit one swinging target I wouldn’t even come up with the idea of trying to hit two with the same projectile. Below you can see a […]

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Polish Companies Working to Produce Automatic Grenade Launcher [The Firearm Blog]

Defense Blog and a Polish defense website have published details about an automatic 40x53mm High Velocity grenade launcher that two Polish companies have been collaborating on, called the LGA-40. The overall intent is to offer an alternative to replace aging U.S. 40x53mm Mk.19 grenade launchers currently in service (since the early 2000s) with the Polish Armed Forces while being both […]

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Trijicon MRO mount from Spuhr [The Firearm Blog]

There’s a new Red Dot Mount from Spuhr available. This time it’s a mount for the Trijicon MRO called SM-3002 MRO Mount FDE. If you want it Ceracoated in Field Dark Earth you better hurry as it’s now available in a limited run, only 40 pcs by the looks of it.  The standard product is […]

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Sunday, 13 August


Some Tab Clearing [No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money]

It's summer and I've gotten a little lazy when it has come to blogging. Sometimes it is just preferable to sit out on the front porch, sipping a drink, and reading a bit of this and bit of that. There have been some things I've been meaning to comment on but never got around to it.

First, regarding Charlottesville, "white nationalists", the Klan, Nazis, Antifa, and the violence that happened yesterday:  when two groups filled full of hateful, violent people that I disdain go at hammer and tong, I say a pox on both their houses. It was the same feeling I had after the "Greensboro Massacre" back in 1979 when the Klan and American Nazis shot it out with the Communist Workers' Party at a "Death to the Klan" rally. I'm with Miguel on this when he says he doesn't care much about what happens to either group.

Leaving the sensationalism of the mass media behind, one of the bigger stories in the gun community has been the issue of Sig P320s accidentally firing when dropped in a certain way. Sig has issued a voluntary "upgrade" to fix this. If I owned one of these pistols, I'd send it in for the retrofit with the military trigger. It only makes sense from a civil liability standpoint. You can just imagine the questions that a plaintiffs' attorney would be asking if you dropped your firearm and someone was injured. It wouldn't be pretty. This post in The Firearm Blog has more on the story along with a ton of links.

While on the subject of recalls, Ruger has issued a recall on some of their Ruger Precision Rifles with the aluminum bolt shroud. The issue is the potential for interference between the bolt shroud and the cocking piece. This safety recall only pertains to those rifles with an aluminum bolt shroud and within serial number ranges of 1800-26274 to 1800-78345 and 1801-00506 to 1801-30461.

In legal news, the Washington State Supreme Court ruled 8-1 on Thursday that the Seattle "gun violence" tax did not violate that state's firearms preemption law. The lawsuit against the tax was a joint effort of the Second Amendment Foundation, the National Rifle Association, and the National Shooting Sports Foundation along with two businesses, Philip Watson, and the late Ray Carter aka GayCynic. Alan Gottlieb of the Second Amendment Foundation called the decision a "slap in the face to the Washington Legislature." He also correctly noted that gun owners need to get more involved in Supreme Court races (where the justices are elected).

Dave Workman, editor of The GunMag, has done superb reporting on the issue at Liberty Park Press and Conservative Firing Line. His posts on the court decision can be found here, here, here, and here. I think Dave is correct when he says that the Washington State Supreme Court may have opened a Pandora's box. I can see these sort of taxes being implemented up and down the West Coast as well in other gun control paradises.

Sebastian had a very thought provoking post on his blog regarding suicide and the unintended consequences of universal background checks. Research conducted at Oregon State University-Cascades found that gun owners were more receptive to suicide-prevention messages if they respected gun rights than if they were neutral. However, as Sebastian notes, universal background checks make it harder for a person to have their family hold their guns if they experience a mental health crisis.

Except Bloomberg has been going state-to-state trying to make that a crime. I have a standing order with family to remove my access to firearms if I ever have that kind of mental health crisis, but in states like Washington, where Bloomberg has been successful, that is a crime if you don’t first get the person in crisis to an FFL to pay hundreds of dollars to transfer the collection to the “trusted individual,” and then pay hundreds more once the crisis ends. The Oregon legislature was smarter, and made an exception to its laws, but there is a factor of “imminence” in the exception. Generally speaking, transferring a firearm to a “trusted individual” in Oregon is a crime. In Pennsylvania, this is also the case for handguns, unless the “trusted individual” has an LTC.

So don’t give me this bleeding heart shit. If gun control people gave a crap about suicide they wouldn’t be pushing for laws that criminalized gun owners for helping out friends.
Hat tip to my friend and podcasting co-host Rob Morse for pointing me to a success in court by NY gun rights attorney Paloma Capanna. Her case, Robinson v. Sessions, is on appeal to the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals. The lawsuit involves the sharing of information on the Form 4473 for purposes other than purchasing a firearm. The issue before the 2nd Circuit is whether the plaintiffs have standing to sue. In an answering brief, the Department of Justice lawyers acknowledged that the FBI has been running all NICS checks through the Terrorist Screening Database since 2004.
The error below arises from more than 15 years of litigation conducted by the ACLU, Amnesty International, and other groups, seeking to halt civil rights violations for those who are interrupted during travel because of a suspected match of the passenger to the “No-Fly List.” (The “No-Fly List” is a subset of the TSDB.) In those cases, the unlawful search and the invasion of privacy doesn’t begin until the person is pulled out of line and treated differently than other airline passengers going through open and obvious TSA screening procedures.

Plaintiffs in the Robinson case state that the violation of their civil rights begins the moment the FBI secretly uses their personal information from the ATF Form 4473 for the unauthorized purpose of checking them against the TSDB. Yes, a person who gets matched to the TSDB during a gun purchase at an FFL might have greater damages, but the harm hits every American attempting to make a lawful purchase at an FFL.
My friend Laura Carno has brought the FASTER training program to Colorado. The program involves intensive firearms, defensive, and medical training for school personnel in an effort to protect the students in the case of an active shooter event. FASTER was the brainchild of Buckeye Firearms Association and Tactical Defense Institute. She was interviewed about the program and their successes by Cam Edwards of NRA TV this week.

Is firearms training a religion? Regardless of whether it is or isn't, Kevin Creighton thinks it should be.  Looking at the great martial arts, they tend to include an element of religion in them according to Kevin. They helps inspire practitioners to rise about themselves in extraordinary situations. Situations like a gun fight which is definitely an extraordinary situation. Kevin concludes, "A religion of CCW isn’t going to save your soul, but it just might save your life."

Finally, attorney and Second Amendment scholar Dave Hardy has a new book coming out. The book entitled, I'm from the Government and I'm Here to Kill You: The True Human Cost of Official Negligence, is now available for pre-order on Amazon. I have pre-ordered my copy and would suggest that you might want to do so as well. Dave reports that the official release date is October 10th but it could actually ship earlier. Some of the events covered in the book include Waco, Ruby Ridge, Operation Fast and Furious, and the fallout from atomic testing. As Dave notes in the introduction which is available online:
One might have thought the premise “the King can do no wrong” would have no application in a nation with no king, but that is not how things turned out. Indeed, by the time our courts finished, they had immunized government officials high and low from liability for any wrongful injuries they inflicted upon the citizens who paid their salaries....

Federal officials have, as we shall see, blown up hundreds of people, spread radioactive waste over enormous areas, and ordered their subordinates to commit murder, all with legal impunity. When the government’s misdeeds were challenged in court, attorneys from the U.S. Department of Justice did not hesitate to conduct cover-ups, defraud the courts, and intimidate witnesses—all without worries about disbarment or other discipline. (In this book’s concluding chapter, we’ll examine how we can deal with these problems.)

When federal civilian employment was small, the risk of being injured by a negligent governmental employee was trifling. Today, there are over two million federal civilian employees, a workforce that dwarfs those of our largest corporations. This enormous workforce has almost complete legal immunity, no matter how lethal its transgressions.


✉TFBTV Mailbag Episode 4: A New Hope [The Firearm Blog]

★Companies Featured in this Episode★ » – Open Source Website In this episode of the TFBTV Mailbag, Episode 4, James continues down the dark, disgusting road that is fruit beers; opens absolutely gorgeous viewer art; and receives one of the most thoughtful gifts he is ever received in his life up until this point. […]

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Book Review: The Uzi Submachine Gun Examined, by David Gaboury [Forgotten Weapons]

“The UZI Submachine Gun: Examined” is a newly published book this year by David Gaboury – long time owner and operator of the forum. Until now there has not really been any substantive written reference material on the Uzi, but Gaboury has certainly changed that!

The Uzi has not really seen many major variations in its design beyond the Uzi/Mini Uzi/Micro Uzi scaling (and the semiauto and full auto variations of each), but it has lived two rather distinct lives. One is the Uzi as a global military arm, and the other is the Uzi as an American commercial product – and this book covers both is excellent detail.

On the military side, the book begins with a substantial chapter on the initial development of the Uzi and Israeli submachine gun trials. A remarkably wide variety of guns were considered by the Israeli armed forces, and the trial ultimately came down to two domestic designs. The influence of the Czech ZK-476 and SA vz 23/4/5/6 designs are well explained, and much of the mythology about where the design came from is dispelled. Gaboury makes good use of both original documentary sources and firsthand conversation with those who were involved at the time the tell this story.

With the gun accepted, in production, and becoming very popular with Israeli troops, international sales become a possibility. Gaboury covers the adoption of the gun by the Dutch armed forces, followed by the German and South African militaries – as well as the licensed production by FN. He also examines other copies and adaptations, including Croatian, Japanese, and Chinese.

The second half of the Uzi story is that of its sale in the United States (including the use by US security organizations including the Secret Service). This is a story every bit as complex and detailed as the international military use of the gun, as US legal changes in 1968, 1986, 1989, 1994, and 2004 all play a major role in dictating changes that must be made to the guns for import and sale. In particular, Gaboury has detailed chapters on the major sellers of Uzis in the US – Action Arms, Group Industries, and Vector Arms (as well as many other smaller players).

While there may not be many major variations of the Uzi, there are a multitude of smaller changes to individual parts in both design and production technique, and Gaboury covers these in remarkable detail. If there is a flaw to the book, it is not in lack of detail, but perhaps in a bit of dryness to the writing. The information is clearly presented, but not particularly engaging to the reader who is only mildly interested in the subject. This is a minor criticism, however, and the book is an outstanding reference for anyone who has, well, really any questions at all about the Uzi.

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New Suppressors for Devil Dogs? USMC Releases RFI for Commercial Suppressors for M4, M27 [The Firearm Blog]

Suppressor manufacturers, start your engines. The United States Marine Corps Systems Command (MARSYSCOM) has issued a new request for information (RFI) to the industry regarding future suppressors for the M4 and M4A1 Carbine and M27 Infantry Automatic Rifle (IAR). The request is intended to tap potential industry partners for future suppressor production, possibly in preparation […]

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Saturday, 12 August


My latest book is available for pre-order! [Of Arms and the Law]

You can buy it on Amazon here:

I'm from the Government and I'm Here to Kill You: The True Human Cost of Official Negligence

Here's the webpage I created on it -- check out the video/image tab for some of the evidence that went into it. David Koresh's call to 911 during the Waco gun battle, things like that.

Here's a review.

And here's another.

The "official" release date is predicted for October 10, although often a book is available and being shipped out a week or two ahead of the official date. I'm encouraging pre-orders because all pre-orders count as sales on the first day it becomes available, so you can hope for a high Amazon ranking right off the top, which means Amazon will promote it more heavily.


Indonesian Air Force Collapsing-Stock G3 [Forgotten Weapons]

In 1959 the German military first adopted the Spanish CETME as its standard infantry rifle, because it was able to acquire a license to manufacture the guns domestically (something FN had been unwilling to grant for the FAL). The European rights to the CETME were at that time owned by NWM in the Netherlands, and Germany negotiated a trade to allow its own production. That production was undertaken by two different firms – Rheinmetall and Heckler & Koch.

Ultimately Rheinmetall’s quality was sub-par, and production of the G3 would transfer entirely to H&K – but not before Rheinmetall made a number of international commercial sales of the gun. This particular example is one of a batch purchased by the Indonesian Air Force, and it sports a collapsing stock that was made between 1959 and 1961 – substantially predating the H&K collapsing stocks.

These Indonesian rifles were used by Indonesian paratroops in fighting on Papua New Guinea, where the Indonesian military was attempting to take over control of the country from the fledgling independence movement (which was supported by the Dutch government). This rifle was captured by the Papua Volunteer Corps in the early 1960s, and ultimately handed over to the Dutch military, from whence it found its way into the Dutch Military Museum.

Thanks to the Dutch National Military Museum for allowing me access to film this rifle!


50,000 MORE H&K M27s for Marines: USMC Releases M27 IAR Sole Source Notice [The Firearm Blog]

The United States Marine Corps has issued a new acquisition notice for up to 50,814 M27 Infantry Automatic Rifles (IAR), to be sole sourced from Heckler & Koch. The notice is technically not a solicitation in and of itself, but a pre-solicitation notice, intended to give other companies the chance to submit their own proposals […]

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Friday, 11 August


.223 Timbs: A Very Brief History [The Firearm Blog]

In a recent Modern Personal Defense Weapon Calibers post, we discussed the .223 Timbs, a pseudo-wildcat load of the 7.62x25mm Tokarev that uses a sabot to fire a 50gr .22 caliber projectile at 2,000 feet per second or more. At the time, very little information was publicly available regarding the origin and purpose of the […]

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G2 Research Announces Upcoming 12-Ga Slug & Calls Out Cheap Customers [The Firearm Blog]

G2 Research, known for its morbidly named R.I.P. rounds (Radically Invasive Projectile) has been working steadily to expand its stable of machined projectiles. Launched to 9mm, the company expanded to rifle rounds and is now going full-circle on its first offering for the shotgun, which so far has no clever naming. Dubbed the “Extreme Performance […]

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POTD: Walmart Sign Fail [The Firearm Blog]

Earlier this week this photo has been going viral. Someone affixed their “Own The School Like A Hero” over the firearm display case in the Evansville, Indiana Walmart. It is unknown who placed this sign. Knee jerk reactions are quick to blame Walmart whereas it could just as easily have been a joke in poor […]

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Repudiated at the Polls, National Democrats Continue to Push Gun Control [NRA-ILA News]

Recent weeks have seen a heated debate involving national Democratic Party figures over how to approach the issue of abortion in a manner that would allow the party to be more competitive in portions of the country dominated by Donald Trump and the Republicans in the 2016 election.


Its a Done Deal – A Cool $10 Million for Smith & Wesson to Close Gemtech [The Firearm Blog]

Smith & Wesson continues to press on all fronts, expanding on all fronts under its new publicly traded name – American Outdoor Brands Corporation. Seeking to expand from its firearms roots, Smith & Wesson has been pushing into its namesake – the outdoors. Various companies owned by AOBC focus on true recreational products, not just […]

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Watch: Tie a Bowline Knot in Less than One Second []

I’ve tied a passel of knots in my life, and the bowline is one of my favorites… and I can tie one fairly quickly, but nothing like as fast as this guy! He calls this version a “tugboat bowline.”

He stands with arms spread and one foot on the rope, and with a quick flip & jerk he’s got a useful knot and a loop in the end of the line.

This could be extremely helpful if someone falls overboard or there’s some other situation when you need a loop in the end of a rope RIGHT NOW.

This dog is less impressed; I think he’s seen it before.

He shows it to us twice, and we do get to see it in slow motion. I can tell you right now, I’m going to be watching it another dozen or so times to make sure I get it right, because I really want to add this to my inventory of useful knots.


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Watch: Survival Lilly’s Survival Knife Collection []

What’s better than a chick with a knife who knows how to use it? Lilly and her 6 survival knives (plus a hatchet), that’s what!

If you’ve ever seen her videos, you know she is not easy on her tools — and she’s not shy about telling us which ones have a “crappy” sheath, etc.

Here, she gathers some of her cutting tools together to give us a quick rundown and let us know which ones suck and which ones don’t.

Brands include Boker, Diving Sparrow, Kellam, Cold Steel, and Mora.

I don’t know about you, but I enjoyed hearing Lilly say, “I’ve gutted a lot of deer with it.”

Let’s watch!

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Stossel Report Reinforces Urgent Need for Congressional Action [NRA-ILA News]

Award-winning journalist John Stossel published a report this week that provides a timely reminder that – nearly a decade after the Supreme Court’s landmark ruling in District of Columbia v. Heller – law abiding gun owners are still routinely persecuted and punished for exercising their rights.


Watch: Bergmann Model 1 / Model 1894 []

Ian of Forgotten Weapons takes us on another cool tour, this time of a weird old popper that testifies to the creative genius of the human mind. It’s one of the first commercially-available blowback-operated semi-automatic pistols, preceding John Browning’s Model of 1900, which of course would go on to eclipse these in popularity — but not for another several years.

It’s a single-action, with a “monkey tail” magazine system that seems odd to us now, but which was actually fairly common among firearms of that period.

Interestingly, it doesn’t have an extractor (not always a necessity on a blowback action).


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MidwayUSA’s New (Not-So) “Discreet Tactical Rifle Case Nose Art” [The Firearm Blog]

There are times where we gun scribes and bloggers just have to stop and scratch our heads. I swear is not because they itch, but because a company can call something one thing when it is really something else. Perhaps the name and purpose may just be polar opposites, but perhaps the antithesis of what […]

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Watch: Quick DIY PVC Bow Without Heat or Power Tools []

This video gets right down to it, showing us one way to make a good, useful bow using PVC, some fiberglass rods, and some paracord — without any heat or power tools.

It’s super simple, and clearly works well. He uses fiberglass “driveway markers” slipped into the 3/4″ PVC to give it more strength and spring.

He says its draw weight is about 35 pounds.

After about the halfway point, he starts to wander and there’s nothing else about this bow build… so it really is a quick little video. Check it out.

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Czechs File Suit Challenging EU Gun Controls [NRA-ILA News]

This week, the Czech Republic made good on their promise to pursue a legal challenge to the European Union’s (EU) onerous new changes to the European Firearms Directive.


Was the P320 Hammer Test Scientific? No. Did It Illustrate An Issue? Yes. [The Firearm Blog]

There have been many comments left on our P320 hammer test video that dispute the validity of the test I performed with a hammer. I hate to tell you guys, but that was never supposed to be a scientific test. The reality of the matter is that I am flat out not set up for […]

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Smith & Wesson Expands Tactical Lights Lineup [The Firearm Blog]

Smith & Wesson continues to expand well beyond its well-known realm of handguns. Over the last few years, it’s been lending its name to a variety of endeavors including knives and flashlights. Now, Smith & Wesson seems to be getting a bit more serious into the weapons light game with the introduction of two new products, […]

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Texas Professor Trades Geography for Drama to Protest Campus Carry in the Lone Star State [NRA-ILA News]

According to a recent poll by the Pew Research Center, more than 1 in 3 Americans believe that colleges and universities exert a negative effect on the country. When respondents are grouped by political party, that response is as high as 58%.


Guns Trickle in to Australia Turn-in [NRA-ILA News]

U.S. policymakers, NRA-ILA, and even some of the most ardent anti-gun researchers, have long understood that gun turn-in programs do not hinder criminal violence. Despite the overwhelming evidence, the Land Down Under is currently in the midst of a National Firearms Amnesty program that aims to rid the country of its illegally possessed guns. Given the results so far, it appears unlikely the effort will make a meaningful dent in the country’s stock of illicit firearms.


Costa Rican Breda PG: The First Burst-Fire Rifle [Forgotten Weapons]

The Breda PG (“Presa Gas” – Gas Operated) was developed by Sestilio Fiorini in 1931 and put into production at Breda’s factory in Rome. It was offered as a weapon for commercial sale and export, as well as being one of the several entrants in Italy’s semiautomatic rifle trials in the late 1930s. Unlike most of the other competitors in that trial, the Breda PG did actually find a commercial buyer (albeit a small one).

The government of Costa Rica purchased 800 PG rifles. These were designated Moschetto Automatico, as they were equipped with a 4-round burst option as well as semiautomatic They fired from an open bolt (in both semiauto and burst modes) and were chambered for the 7x57mm Mauser cartridge, which was a common and popular round in Latin America at the time.

The Italian military trials rifle was somewhat different. In addition to using the standard Italian 6.5x52mm Carcano cartridge, it was semiautomatic only and fired from a closed bolt. These were designated Fucil Semiautomatico, and only a few hundred were made (at most).

Both versions used large detachable box magazines, including 20-, 30- and even 50-round varieties. The Costa Rican version of the gun shows some elements of the coming assault rifle style of firearm, but it’s rifle caliber cartridge and open bolt operation (and its awkward handling) prevented it from showcasing the possibilities of that style of firearm.


Anti-gun 'Run for Something' backs dozens of millennials for office [NRA-ILA News]

All have been through a process created by the group to have local leaders and in-state experts vet their credibility and campaign plans, as well as signing on to Run for Something’s “values criteria”: supporting equal rights for women and LGBT people, favoring abortion rights and backing gun control and climate change policies.


Seattle's unusual $25 gun tax upheld in state court [NRA-ILA News]

The tax, which took effect in 2016, adds $25 to the price of each firearm sold in the city plus 2 cents or 5 cents per round of ammunition, depending on the type. It raised less than $200,000 in its first year, with the money earmarked for gun-violence research. One gun shop cited the tax in moving out of the city.


Nosy neighbours and the outsourcing of UK gun control [NRA-ILA News]

Police forces are cracking down on gun owners in the wake of heightened concerns over terrorism. Some lawyers are now claiming that the police are even revoking legal firearm owners’ licences and guns because of a new array of “indicators” which show a lack of suitability to own them. These include spent convictions, depression, domestic disputes and discord and even neighbour conflicts.


Watch: How To Spot Fake Gun Experts []

Paul Harrell is one of those underappreciated YouTube personalities. He has been on YouTube since 2012, yet only has 40k subscribers. What does that mean? It means you should over to his channel and subscribe.

In this video Paul talks about how to spot a fake gun expert. For the most part, I agree with him on the examples.

However, we all have a brain fart from time to time. Sooner or later we will “all” say something that does not make sense. Someone hearing or reading that brain fart may say, “That guy is an idiot.”

The honest truth is, the majority of shooters are men. When men are standing around talking, there will always be a certain level of machismo. Few men want to appear that they know little on a given topic, especially a manly topic like firearms.

Please take a few minutes and watch the video.

I am guilty of studying ballistics charts, especially when I was younger and reloading. How a certain grain bullet from one cartridge performs so much better than other cartridges always intrigued me. Such as, the difference between the 30-30 Winchester, 308 and 30-06.

In the video Paul talks about the “just as powerful” guys. If someone can only afford a used, beat up rifle, then own it. Brag about, talk about, learn about it.. etc. There is no reason to be ashamed of it. On the flip side of the coin, there is no need to belittle someone because they can not afford the latest and greatest.

On a certain Internet forum I am of, some of the members constantly post how much money they spent on firearm accessories. One guy posts about his $1,200 optic. Reading about someone who has a $1,200 optic, makes my $150 Primary Arms red dot feel inferior. So, I can understand someone attempting to justify how much they can afford to spend on their firearms. There is no reason to get into a pissing match over anything, much less firearms.

Special thank you to Paul Harrell for the outstanding video.

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The SIG P320 Has Problems, and We Have Questions [The Firearm Blog]

The following is the opinion of the author, and his alone. It does not represent the views of The Firearm Blog or any other TFB staff member. But I bet it represents the views of many of our readers. I think SIG owes the gun world some answers. We’ve seen behavior from them over the […]

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American Tactical Introduces Shotgun Ammunition [The Firearm Blog]

AT ShellsAmerican Tactical announced the company was now selling and shipping its new line of shotgun ammunition. This ammo is available in a variety of gauges and loads to meet your needs. American Tactical is known for a number of products including the Omni Hybrid polymer lowers, AR style rifles and polymer and aluminum framed 1911 […]

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Suarez International Glock Universal Red Dot L-Mount [The Firearm Blog]

Suarez International has made a universal red dot mount for Glocks. At first glance it resembles the Dueck Defense RBU however it is not the same. The RBU was designed for RMRs and the back up sights are fixed. The L Mount has can use any Glock iron sights so it has an adjustable rear […]

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7.62mm ICSR Replacing the M4? Yes – A Brief Review of What We Know About the Program [The Firearm Blog]

Yes, the M4 Carbine will be replaced by a 7.62mm Interim Combat Service Rifle, and also no it won’t. Ah, I see I need to explain. This past weekend, I published an article reporting on the ICSR program’s recently released request for proposal (RFP), and there was some confusion regarding exactly what the program is, […]

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Experimental Russian Pistol Designed in MOLOT [The Firearm Blog]

Several days ago we published an article telling about a new Vepr rifle. The source of that article was the information published by Mikhail Degtyaryov of Kalashnikov Gun Magazine. Recently, he has also released a couple of images of an experimental Russian pistol that he came across during his MOLOT factory trip. The pistol is […]

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NEW: Colt Introduces the Trooper(R) Patrol Carbine [The Firearm Blog]

Colt ‘s Manufacturing Company, LLC, has just introduced another member of the 6920 line, the “Trooper Patrol Carbine”.  Press release follows: Colt Introduces the Colt Trooper® Patrol Carbine WEST HARTFORD, Conn. (August 8, 2017) – Colt continues to expand on its legendary M4 platform, which has been duty-tested by the world’s most elite Military and […]

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Billet Ambi Mag Release Glock Mag PCC Lowers Coming from KE Arms [The Firearm Blog]

The rapid pace of new PCC products continues unabated with known aftermarket Glock component manufacturer KE Arms, announcing the pre-order of their KE-9 lower receiver. The KE-9 is a billet machined lower compatible with Glock magazines. Setting itself apart from various other offerings is the inclusion of an ambidextrous magazine release. The lower itself is […]

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Thursday, 10 August


Vickers Glock models []

There are millions of Glocks out there now, and some are great and some not so great. For the longest time you could only get them in black, and that seemed good enough for most. Then Larry Vickers stepped up.

I believe in Nov of 2014 one of the biggest nationally known firearms distributors, Lipsey’s, teamed up with combat veteran Larry Vickers to create the first Vicker’s Glocks. They were in FDE frame and the black color slide and had in my opinion the best Glock frame ever made, the Gen 3 RTF2. Instead of the pebble type grip or now the raised type grip these are little “spikes” frames. Not enough to hurt but just enough to hold the gun in place.

And they come with Larry Vickers designed enhancements, like the Vickers Elite sights (By Wilson Combat) Tritium front sight, and a bag with Vickers Tangodown parts including the mag base plates, enhanced mag release, and slide release.

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I now own both the newest models out there in the G17 & G19 with the FDE color slide also. You can tell a TRUE Vickers model by the serial number, the LAV is at the end and part of the guns serial number. Some people are buying the enhanced parts, putting them on FDE Glocks and trying to sell them online as true Vickers models.

For me the biggest reason I wanted these was the frames, and the extra work done in producing these pistols. Most, not all other Glocks have a loose slide to frame fit and you can more or less “Rock” the slide left & right while it’s on the frame (Even my Gen 3 G17 racegun does this a little. I am sending it to Johnny Glocks for his custom fitting work to be done on it at the end of this year) but these Vickers models, both the 17 and 19 that I have do not rock at all which means better accuracy.

Larry is retired Delta Force and knows weapons. So he took a great pistol and with a few things he designed made it into a superb fighting machine

I will say if you can find a Vickers Glock, either new or used get it. Once you shoot it you will see the frame difference and ask the same thing I ask, “Why is Glock not using the frame on ALL their models?”

I will say this now about the Glock colors you can now get: STOP! We went from limited colors to just about any color, and I am sorry but a 1955 Chevy Powder blue does not make a Glock look better.

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Bobcats with rabies attacks are increasing []

Bobcat attacks on humans have surged this year, chiefly due to rabies in the feline species, which is considered rare by experts. Authorities caution that anytime a bobcat attack is documented, rabies should be strongly considered as the cause.

Animals and humans contract rabies from bites, scratches and even licks from infected animals. Early diagnosis is crucial for humans, because once symptoms are noted, people rarely survive.


The Center For Disease Control (CDC) reports that over the last century rabies cases have greatly changed in America. Almost all modern rabies cases reported to CDC are in wild animals. Prior to 1960, most rabies was found in domestic animals.

Some rabid bobcat attacks documented this year include:

A January attack in North Port, Florida when a bobcat entered a home through an open door, and charged wildlife officers who arrived to catch and remove it. The cat scratched one officer, and was later tested and proved rabid. A second cat attack occurred the same week in another incident.


Also last January a rabid bobcat terrorized people in Colchester, Connecticut at a community center. The animal got into a building and scratched three women, and was later shot by a policeman responding to the attack.

Near Barre, Massachusetts in April a rabid bobcat rushed a pair of large dogs, and charged responding wildlife officers before it was shot.

Last June a New Jersey bobcat terrorized a women and her children inside their home, but escaped through an open door when police arrived. A few days later at a nearby home a bobcat attached a dog, but escaped. An hour later at another nearby residence the bobcat was captured and after testing proved rabid.


An elderly New Hampshire woman and her two dogs battled a rabid bobcat in late June. The cat bit her back and face before her son killed the rabid animal with a shotgun.

A Mount Lemmon, Arizona resident in late July killed a rabid bobcat as he protected his dogs during an attack.


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Half-Ton Mako Shark Caught In N.J. []

The fishing world has been rattled recently with the catch of a massive 926-pound mako shark caught 100 miles off the coast of New Jersey in the famed Hudson Canyon.

The oversize shark (which is highly prized for its gamefish fighting abilities and good table fare, too), was weighted at the well-known coastal fishing village of Brielle, N.J.

Mako sharks are close-kin to great white sharks, though they don’t reach as massive size. But makos are extremely aggressive, lightning quick, and very prone to attacking boats, anglers and about anything else that gets in their way.

They’ve commonly been documented biting boats, while being caught, and when still in the water and fighting anglers who have hooked them.

It took over two hours to boat the 926-pounder, and Capt. Kevin Gerrity didn’t think they would prevail over the massive, toothy predator.

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California: Archived “Assault Weapon” Webinar and Quick Reference Guide Now Available on California Stand and Fight Website [NRA-ILA News]

On August 8, the NRA and California Rifle and Pistol Association (CRPA) hosted a free informational webinar on the recently approved Department of Justice (DOJ) “bullet-button assault weapon" regulations.  This webinar is now available to watch and listen online, along with our “Assault Weapons Quick Reference Guide” mentioned during the webinar.


8 Reasons the AR15 is Better than the Ruger Mini-14 [The Firearm Blog]

In this episode of TFBTV, James serves up the counterpoint to his earlier video, “8 Reasons Why the Ruger Mini-14 is Better Than the AR15” (see it here: In this video, James goes over 8 ways the AR15 simply outclasses the Ruger Mini-14, with plenty of footage and comparison of both! Plus more Terminator 2 […]

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Anime Meets Guns with “Mag Pants” [The Firearm Blog]

Comically named “Hardcore Tactics” is not looking for a way to get into your pants, but for a way for you to get into theirs. Their new product, dubbed “Mag Pants” (no doubt short for “Magazine Pants”) are a funny and quintessentially Japanese rip-off of the beloved original MagPul.. For those not familiar, the MagPul gave a […]

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Glock Mag PCC Feeding Problems? Fix it with TACCOM Glock Lower Feedramp [The Firearm Blog]

The explosion of the pistol caliber carbine is fascinating. While certainly a fun type of weapon to shoot, the weapon type has not exactly been known for reliable operation. Sure, purpose-built PCC platforms have been excellent for reliability, the PCC genre suffers from the adaptation to the AR-15 and its fusion with other platform’s components […]

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POTD: HK91 And FAL Destroyed By Reloads [The Firearm Blog]

My friends at TPM Outfitters posted this dramatic picture of a destroyed HK91 bolt head at the hands of some reloaded ammunition. The customer used the same reloads in an FAL, which only destroyed the gun, but sent him to the hospital. TPM is repairing the 91 whereas it appears the FAL is headed to […]

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Why the AR-15 is Better Than the Mini-14 []

Back in June of 2017, The Firearm Blog made a video talking about why the Mini-14 was better than the AR-15.  We talked about the video in this article – Mini-14 is better than the AR-15.

To balance things out, they made a video talking about why the AR is better than the Mini-14.

I have owned a Mini-14, Mini-30 and a few AR-15 rifles.  Based on that experience, both rifles are good and should provide years of service.  A lot of it depends on what you are looking for.  I would be perfectly happy with either a Mini-14 or AR-15 here on the farm.  I just happen to prefer the AR over the Mini.

Now for the video.

Some of the main reasons I decided to go with the AR over the Mini was because of the magazines.

Back in the 1990s there was a company by the name of USA Magazine.  I bought a bunch of their magazines, and sent several back because they did not work properly.  The lack of after-market magazines was a deal breaker for me on the Mini-14 and Mini-30.

It is not like Pmag sells $10 Mini-14 magazines.  If Pmag were to enter the Mini-14 market, it would be a game changer for the rifle.

The way the magazine latches into the rifle was a turn off.  Mini-14 magazines have to catch on a small hole, and then be pulled into place.  The AR has the Mini beat in the magazine department hands down.

However, with all of that said, I am seriously considering buying another Mini-14.  There is a rifle at the local gun store I have been looking at for the past few months.  The next purchase will either be an AK or a Mini-14, and I am leaning towards the Mini-14.

So, readers. which ones of you have experience with both rifles, which one do you prefer and why?

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Opinion: The Sig P320 Drop Test Controversy & “Failures” is NOT a Big Deal [The Firearm Blog]

OMG! SIG P320 HANDGUNS CAN FIRE WHEN DROPPED IN EXTREMELY UNLIKELY AND NEAR IMPOSSIBLE CIRCUMSTANCES! THIS MEANS THE GUN SUCKS AND THE ARMY WAS WRONG! Or not? By the time this is published, much of the hub-ub and hoopla of the firearms media industry will have largely died out and the Sig P320’s reputation will […]

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Kershaw’s New Folding Dagger: The Barstow [The Firearm Blog]

Kershaw BarstowKAI USA LTD. announced the release of a new knife under the Kershaw brand. The Barstow is a folding knife that has many of the characteristics of a dagger while still retaining much of the functionality of a modern EDC folder. The Barstow, also known affectionately as model number 3960, has a 3″ blade made […]

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When To Move Chicks To The Chicken House []

When is a good time to put chicks with the main flock?

The answer is, “it depends”.  There are a lot of factors that help determine if chicks are ready to go in with the main flock.

Are these late winter / early spring chicks, or summer chicks?

What are the daytime and nighttime temperatures?

Does the coop have electricity?

Do the chicks need a heat lamp?

How big are the chicks?

If the chicks are too small, a chicken snake will be able to eat them.  A few weeks ago a rat snake got into my chick house.  The chick house has wire all around it and I thought it was snake proof.  So, if the coop secure from snakes?

Chicks need help regulating their body temperature, this is where the heat lamp comes in,  Due to the summer heat, chicks bought in the summer need the heat lamp for a shorter time than chicks bought in late winter or early spring.

How big is the chicken house and run?  Young chicks bunched in with full grown chickens will get pecked.  I have heard stories of cramped chickens killing new chicks.  The chick has to be able to run from the chickens.

If you have a starter cage, is there a roost in it?  When the chicks start roosting, it is safe to say they are ready to go in with the main flock.

Chicks should have well defined tail feathers and be fully feathered.  The feathers keep the chick warm on those cool nights.

Chicks will run around with their wing spread attempting to fly. When you see this, it would be safe to say they can get away from a full grown chicken.


Young chicks are not bullied, per say. If a chick is between a grown chicken and feed or water, the grown chicken will peck the chick in the head. The hen may chase the chick for a short distance, to make sure it is clear of the feed.

A lot of people ask if grown chickens will kill chicks.  The answer for the most part is no.  Grown chickens will not hunt the chicks down and kill them.

However, if the chickens are cramped and do not have enough room, the pecking could eventually kill the chick.  Having enough room for the chickens to run away from the grown chickens is essential.

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New York Officials Oppose National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity [NRA-ILA News]

The proposed measure is about whether you can carry a loaded, concealed weapon across state lines, and it’s triggered an explosive political debate, especially in New York.


Ohio: Mad River Schools trains 32 staff [NRA-ILA News]

Intruders beware: Thirty-two teachers and staff in Mad River Local Schools are now armed and ready to kill.When school gets back in session Monday, each building will have a number of the trained staff members who are able to access hidden gun safes, the combinations of which are known exclusively to the individual staff member and the superintendent.


Virginia: Justin Fairfax and Jill Vogel spar in first debate for LG [NRA-ILA News]

Fairfax said he would be willing to consider requiring insurance for gun ownership, wants universal background checks and a return to Virginia’s one-handgun-a-month law. Gov. Bob McDonnell signed a repeal of the law in 2012.


Seminole, Florida, stabber stopped by — drumroll, please — a gun [NRA-ILA News]

Once again, it’s the Second Amendment to the rescue.A mass stabber cutting into three victims in Seminole, Florida, was apparently stopped dead in his tracks when his fourth target pulled out a gun.


Czechs take legal action over EU rules on gun control [NRA-ILA News]

The Czech Republic filed a lawsuit on Friday against a new European Union directive tightening gun ownership, aimed at limiting access to semi-automatic and other weapons after deadly Islamist attacks in western Europe.


Jaxman X1S Flashlight Review []

The Jaxman X1S is a hand held flashlight that can use either a single 26650 or 18650 battery.  It is available in two different versions, a flood or throw beam.  The beam is not adjustable.  The model I was sent for testing was the throw version.

Overall, I found the Jaxman X1S to have a great beam and have a good solid feel to it.  However, there are some reservations discussed later in the review.


Weights and measurements are from my personal test sample.

  • Available in cool, neutral and warm white.
  • Uses either a single 26650 or single 18650 battery.
  • Low: 130 lumens, 10 hours estimated run time.
  • Medium: 500 lumens, 3 hours estimated run time.
  • High: 1,300 lumens, 1.25 hours estimated run time.
  • Strobe: 1,300 lumens.
  • Weight, empty: 11.45 ounces.
  • Weight, with 26650 battery: 14.80 ounces.
  • Length: 6 3/8 inches.
  • Bezel diameter: 2 5/16
  • Tail cap diameter: 1 7/16

The 26650 battery that came with the X1S did not have a brand name on it.  I was not even sure of the battery was rechargeable.

This was printed on the side of the battery, “Do not charge except specified charging condition.”   Well, what exactly is a “specified charging condition”?


Due to the shape of the flashlight and the bezel being so much larger than the body, I was unable to run it over with a tractor or truck.  The main body of the flashlight would have been unsupported and applying thousands of pounds to the light would have bent the body.

The Jaxman X1S was subjected to two tests, drop and submersion.

Drop test involves holding the flashlight about 4 feet above a railroad cross tie and dropping at at various angles on the tail cap, side and bezel.  During the drop tests, the Jaxman X1S did not flicker and worked perfectly afterwards.

Before the submersion test, the tail cap o-ring was coated with CLP gun oil.

Submersion tests involved tying the Jaxman X1S to a piece of cord, tying the other end to a tree, then tossing the flashlight into a creek.  Thirty minutes later the flashlight was retrieved and there was no water inside the bezel or body.

Jaxman X1S Performance

On/off switch is in the tail cap.

To change the brightness, gently push the on/off switch to cycle through the settings.  When you see the brightness you want, push the button to turn the flashlight on with that setting.  Brightness setting can not be adjusted with the flashlight on.  If you want to change setting, the flashlight has to be turned off, cycle through the settings, then turned back on.

Or, quickly turn the flashlight on and off to cycle through the brightness settings.

The beam is wonderful.  Once again, the Jaxman X1S is available in a throw and flood model.  I believe my model was the throw version, as there were no markings on the box.

Jaxman X1S review

Walking around the farm at night, I was able to see to the top of the tallest pine tree.  Some of the trees around here can reach 100 feet tall.

The outer cone has around a 45 degree spread.  Meaning, if you put the edge of the outer cone directly in front of you, the other edge will be around 45 degrees to the side.

Center cone was very well defined.

Final Thoughts

I like the Jaxman X1S.  Even with the on/off being awkward, the beam is wonderful.  However, If the brightness settings were easier to change, this would be a great flashlight.

To use an 18650 battery, place the battery inside the included sleeve, then place the sleeve and battery into the flashlight.  The 18650 battery fits rather loose inside the sleeve and has some wobble.

Battery needs some kind of brand name.  If the battery is rechargeable, it needs to clearly say so on the side.

The flashlight does not have a memory of the last setting used.  Pushing the on/off button results in the flashlight cycling through the brightness settings.

Even though the X1S has three brightness settings, selecting the settings is so awkward that I am just using the default setting, which is 1,300 lumens.

Final score is around 8.5.


Full disclosure

I received the Jaxman X1S at no cost to myself.  This does not affect my opinion has the flashlight is ran through various tests.  Each test affects the final score.

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Breaking: YouTube Personality FPSRussia Arrested on Drug Charges? [The Firearm Blog]

FPSRussia, a charismatic YouTube gun personality probably best known for nearly killing himself when he annihilated a pickup truck with tannerite, may have been arrested for having THC oil shipped to his home, according to a member on the forum So far, there is no confirmation from official sources, but FPSRussia (Kyle Meyers) does admit spending […]

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NEW: B&T USWA1 Compact [The Firearm Blog]

Swiss firearms manufacturer B&T has quietly released the USWA1 Compact, a slimmed down version of the ‘recently released to the U.S.’ pistol that features a folding stock and a compatible holster. Designed for European law enforcement to combat terrorism in “dynamic” environments, the USW platform gives officers and agents some of the capabilities of a […]

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Shooting the Webley-Fosbery Automatic Revolver – Including Safety PSA [Forgotten Weapons]

Following up yesterday’s look at the history and mechanics of the Webley-Fosbery self-cocking revolvers, today we are out at the range to do some shooting with one.

In terms of handling, it is a comfortable gun to shoot, albeit with some exaggerated recoil because of the very high bore axis relative to the hand. It has an interesting two-part recoil sensation, because the upper assembly takes quite a long time to return forward into battery.

Most importantly, we discovered that this particular Webley-Fosbery has a worn hammer engagement, which results in the firing pin coming into contact with cartridge primers even when it is in the safety notch. In other words, it can – and will – sometimes fire when the action is closed and without any manipulation of the trigger. This is a condition that could happen to any Fosbery revolver, so owners should handle them with this possibility in mind! This is also a great example of why gun safety rules are redundant – occasionally guns do have mechanical failures, so don’t point them at anything you don’t want to shoot!

Thanks to Mike Carrick of Arms Heritage magazine for providing this Webley-Fosbery for this video! Make sure to check out his column!


Dueck Defense RBU Leupold Delta Point Pro Sight Base [The Firearm Blog]

Red dots on pistols are the bee’s knees these days, everyone is doing it. There are a few different ways to mount a red dot on your pistol. You can have your slide milled to accept one of the various pistol red dots on the market. You can turn your gun into a space gat […]

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QinetiQ’s EARS SWATS AKA IGDS: Shoulder mounted shot detection [The Firearm Blog]

Lend me your EARS: QinetiQ North America, a US subsidiary of the UK-based defense company, has an interesting product to pinpoint hostile gunfire quickly while dismounted from a vehicle:  Man-portable gunshot detection.  Their EARS system has been operational for a while as a vehicle and building mounted gunshot detection system.  In 2008, after much development, […]

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Rare and Experimental Versions of Soviet PPSh Submachine Gun [The Firearm Blog]

PPSh-41 submachine gun was the main SMG of the Soviet Union during the WW2. It was cheap to make and was deployed in large numbers. It was also chambered in 7.62x25mm Tokarev, which means it shared the same ammunition as the handgun and the same caliber/bore as pretty much all the WW2 small arms of […]

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TANDEMKROSS Offers New hiveGrip for SW22 Pistol [The Firearm Blog]

TandemKross HiveGripIf you own a Smith & Wesson SW22 Victory pistol, TANDEMKROSS has a new set of wraparound rubber grips for you. Called the HiveGrip, the new grip was designed to offer shooters a better grasp on the pistol even with sweaty hands or when wearing gloves. According to the company, the new HiveGrip was specifically […]

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C Products Now Offering Taurus PT738 Magazines [The Firearm Blog]

C ProductsRight or wrong, Taurus International Manufacturing (aka “Taurus”) catches a lot of heat from shooters regarding a perceived lack of spare parts. One of the ongoing complaints I have heard from some Taurus handgun owners is the lack of availability of OEM magazines. C Products Defense is looking to alleviate that problem with the popular […]

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AccuChannel Groove Technology of Federal Edge TLR Ammunition [The Firearm Blog]

Federal Premium has released a video explaining the AccuChannel Groove technology seen on the bullets of their Edge TLR ammunition. Based on the conducted tests, they’ve found out that if placed in a specific location, a single groove on the projectile will have the advantages of multiple grooves. They also have a different groove geometry […]

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Wednesday, 09 August


SVT 40 Tokarev Field Strip [The Firearm Blog]

Earlier we produced an episode on TFB TV about the Soviet SVT-40 semi-automatic rifle. In this episode, we examine the disassembly and assembly aspects of that same rifle. As mentioned earlier, the SVT-40 incorporated a number of very advanced features for its time such as a removable 10 round magazine, gas operated semi-automatic system, and […]

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BREAKING: Ruger Issues Safety Bulletin For Ruger Precision Rifle [The Firearm Blog]

Ruger (NYSE-RGR) has issued a safety bulletin for Ruger Precision Rifles in a specified serial number range. Please note that this is NOT a recall, but a safety bulletin that only affects SOME Ruger Precision Rifles. Rifles that have a polymer bolt shroud are not affected by the safety bulletin and do not exhibit the same […]

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The Proper Response To GOP Requests For Money Is No [No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money]

I received a plea for money today from Phil Berger who is the President Pro Tem of the North Carolina Senate. He was one of the politicians visited in Raleigh last week in GRNC's Squish the Magic RINO demonstration. He was targeted because HR 746 which would allow permitless concealed carry is still bottled up in the North Carolina Senate.

The proper response to any of these supposedly pro-gun Republicans asking for money is NO. As I said in my response to Sen. Berger, I wanted to see action and that means both bringing bills to a vote and an affirmative vote.

Any damn fool in Congress or a state house can introduce a bill. It doesn't mean it has a chance in hell of being passed. That is just a means of appeasement.

HB 746 is languishing in the North Carolina Senate waiting to be sent to the floor. Meanwhile, both national reciprocity and the Hearing Protection Act (or its variants) have not made it to the floor of either chamber of Congress. It is long past time for the state and national GOP to reward some of their most faithful supporters with passage of pro-gun legislation. Until I start to see some action, my checkbook stays closed.


Is The P320 Unsafe? | A New Failure And We Cover What Has Happened So Far [The Firearm Blog]

The question that seems to be popping up reasonably often right now seems to be”Is the P320 unsafe?” Well, we can’t really answer that with certainty, but we can tell you everything that has come to light as of the morning of August 9th, 2017. We also are going to take a closer look at […]

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Heckler & Koch Product Overview and New nomenclature [The Firearm Blog]

Heckler & Koch, Germany, have been renaming their weapon systems. It’s been going on for a while and I’ve been trying to decipher this ever since I saw some of the new HK firearms at Enforce Tac 2017, Germany. Could there be errors in my list? Yes, there’s no key from Heckler & Koch but […]

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Vortex Venom Mini Red Dot Review [The Firearm Blog]

Vortex Venom mini red dot sightThe Vortex Venom is a mini red dot in the style of the Burris Fastfire and Docter Optic. It is a tiny reflex sight that comes in either 6 or 3 MOA dot reticles. The one that Vortex provided to me is 3 MOA. The base mount pattern is of the Docter Optic style.  In […]

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Four Reasons Preppers Should Use Ebay []

In another article we talked about five reasons preppers should use Amazon. One of the readers commented, “Nice ad for amazon.” To which I replied, “No ad, just posting how I feel. An article about Ebay is coming soon.”

So, here it is, reasons for preppers to use Ebay.

I have been using Ebay for close to 15 years. During that time I have ordered everything from a jeep drive shaft, to large ALICE packs. More recently, I have been using Ebay to phase out my ALICE gear to the more modern MOLLE.

So, here are my reasons why I like to use Ebay.

Old Stuff

Starting the in late 1980s until around 1999, I had various magazine subscriptions. These were publications such as Guns & Ammo, Shooting Times and Backpacker magazine. Somewhere in the past 30 years a lot of those magazines went missing. Some of the were brought to the deer camp, where other people may have taken them home. Others may have been tore apart by a pet or accidentally thrown away.

When the XM17 Modular Handgun System was announced, I wanted to go back to those old magazines and read up on the M9 trials. As chance would have it, a lot of my magazines from the 1980s were missing. After searching for a month, I was able to find the exact magazines that I was looking for. One of the magazines was Shooting Times, January 1990. The title of the magazine was “Beretta wins the war.”

Around 2003 I bought a 1981 Jeep CJ5. The rear drive shaft needed to be replaced and I was able to find a replacement shaft on Ebay.

Then there are the old issues of American Survival Guide that were lost over the decades.  Even to this day I enjoy reading those old back issues of ASG.

Ebay Email Notifications

Something that I love about Ebay, you can do a search for an item, then subscribe to that search.

For example, I am in the market for a medium MOLLE pack.  This is the only pack needed to finish my military surplus MOLLE pack collection.

Current packs:

I get emails just about daily when someone adds a medium MOLLE, or something in woodland camo MOLLE.  Having the search results sent to my email saves a great deal of time.

Good Deals

Sometimes there are some great deals on Ebay, sometimes not so great.  There is an old saying, “Let the buyer beware.”, and that applies to Ebay.

The magazines mentioned earlier, I got three Shooting Times magazines from January, February and March 1990 for $2.95.  That was $2.95 for all three, plus shipping.

Sometime around 2012 two of my sons and I were planning a camping trip.  They needed a backpack, so I ordered a bundle deal of two large ALICE packs.  These were complete packs with frames, belt and shoulder straps.  Total price was around $45 plus shipping.  Prices like that on ALICE gear are gone forever.

Then there are the not so good deals.  Such as sellers who jack the price up dramatically.  Backpacks that normally sell for $25, some people ask $75, or even $100.  Shop around and buyer beware.

Military Surplus

The thing I love most about Ebay is the military surplus.  This is a preppers dream come true.  Sleeping bags, packs, canteens, canteen pouches, boots… everything you could want or need.

It is not “just” the surplus, as the condition is usually listed and there are pictures.  If you want to save some money by going with a lower grade item, the option is there.  If you want to spend more money on a higher grade item, the option is there.

Final Thoughts

The thing about Ebay, is buyer beware.  We have all heard of people being ripped off.  That is why I only buy from sellers who have an established reputation.  My uncle bought a car on Ebay motors.  He never got the car nor got money back.

There are certain prepping items that I can only find on Ebay; such as a wide selection of surplus packs and pouches.

Anyway, I hope you enjoyed the article.  If you have any feedback or suggestions, please share them in the comments section.


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POTD: Marvel Cable’s KRISS Vector [The Firearm Blog]

Josh Brolin is portraying the Marvel character Cable in Deadpool 2. Recently photos were posted of Brolin in costume and he is seen carrying a KRISS Vector. However it looks like a KRISS Vector after a mall ninja had his way with it. As you can see in the photo above and photos below, the […]

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Brits Vs. Guns [NRA-ILA News]

The British, to put it lightly, do not like guns. They don’t want guns. And, in all likelihood, they’re not going to change their minds on that point. Americans who are wondering if the Brits are on the verge of a sea change here should understand this: They’re not. Not even close. Culture matters, and the United Kingdom has shifted on this. In 1688, the right to bear arms was cherished; today, it is seen as a relic. Were a politician to run on the promise of liberalizing the gun laws, he would lose—badly. This is, to borrow a line from Monty Python, a dead parrot.

Brits Vs. Guns [NRA-ILA News]

Will a society that has long turned its back on armed self-defense ever be able to find its way back?


How to Properly Interpret Ballistic Gel Test Results [The Firearm Blog]

Side view of a ballistic gel blockThere is a lot of misconception out there about ballistic gel, which leads to some pretty bad conclusions about defense ammo. One of the more popular mistakes is the claim that ballistic gel is not an exact simulation of tissue. Paradoxically, this one is a little sticky because taken at face value, that’s actually correct. […]

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Prepping as a Way of Life []

Some people see prepping as a hobby, or as a fad that comes and goes like dust in the wind.  SouthernPrepper calls people who prep when something hits the news, “yo-yo” preppers.  The news may say something about the swine flu, North Korea… etc, and the yo-yo preppers react to the story.  They get interested in prepping for a little while, then start to lose interest.  After a few weeks or months, they are back to their everyday lives with no thought given to prepping.

There is an easy way to avoid being a “yo-yo” prepper, and that is to adopt prepping as a way of life.

Let everything you do in life relate to prepping in some way.

One way to do this is to take up hobbies that could be related to prepping.


Coin collecting, easy way to collect silver coins and to learn which coins have the highest silver content.

Fitness, so you and your family maintain a certain level of physical fitness.

Economics, what better way to prepare for an economic collapse than to study trends?

Sewing, yes sewing.  Learn how to make and fix your own clothes.

Gardening, learn how to raise your own food.

Cooking, whether on a stove or on a grill.

Daily Routine

Develop a daily routine where you stay informed and practice some kind of prepping skill.

Go to work, go home, cook dinner, watch the news and relax.

On the way to work analyze get home routes in a grid down situation.  Are there any bridges or tunnels on the route?

At work, know the resources in the building, snack machines, water, and what types of businesses are nearby… etc.

Visit news sites, read and stay informed.

Take time to practice your hobby.

On a personal note, I like to go hiking.  The trips get me away from the house and I enjoy the peace and quiet.  While hiking, I get to learn the lay of the land around the farm and where various natural resources are at.

Final Thoughts

When I was a child, my grand mother had chickens, a milk cow, turkeys, guineas, raised her own food and canned what she grew.  However, there is a big difference between life then and now.

People used to call it living.  Now we call it prepping.

Just as people generations ago knew their survival depended on what they could grow in the summer, we know our survival in the coming collapse will depend on our prepping skills.


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Why Penetration is too Important to Ignore [The Firearm Blog]

Penetration at oblique anglesUnless you are  new to the topic of the defensive use of ammunition, you are probably well aware of the necessity of adequate penetration for defensive purposes. So if you already know why it is important, I’m going to beg your pardon for covering a topic that is so well known by folks in the know. […]

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SIG SAUER to Offer “Voluntary Upgrade” of P320 Pistols []

Yesterday, SIG SAUER announced a program under which they will “enhance” customers’ P320 pistols in order to make them safer.

This comes in the wake of a drop-test controversy — including a lawsuit alleging that a police officer was shot by his own P320 pistol when it was dropped.

Oddly, the press release begins with a seemingly unrelated statement, in which it touts its safety and superiority over some other guns when it comes to disassembly:

The P320 meets U.S. standards for safety, including the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) / Sporting Arms Ammunition Manufacturers’ Institute, Inc. (SAAMI®), National Institute of Justice (NIJ), as well as rigorous testing protocols for global military and law enforcement agencies.

The design of the SIG SAUER P320 overcomes the most significant safety concern in striker-fired pistols today: the practice of pressing the trigger for disassembly. This can be performed with a round in the chamber which has resulted in numerous incidents of property damage, physical injury, and death. The disassembly process of the P320, however, uses a take-down lever rather than pressing the trigger, eliminating the possibility of discharge during the disassembly process.

After that, they get down to brass tacks:

Recent events indicate that dropping the P320 beyond U.S. standards for safety may cause an unintentional discharge.

As a result of input from law enforcement, government and military customers, SIG has developed a number of enhancements in function, reliability, and overall safety including drop performance. SIG SAUER is offering these enhancements to its customers. Details of this program will be available at on Monday, August 14, 2017.

And in case you’re wondering:

The M17 variant of the P320, selected by the U.S. government as the U.S. Army’s Modular Handgun System (MHS), is not affected by the Voluntary Upgrade.

What I’m reading here is: “We open by claiming our product is perfectly safe, then add a claim that it’s safer than some other guns in a totally unrelated way, then in ‘Oh, by the way’ fashion we admit to a failure of sorts and say that we will offer to fix customers’ guns… but we’re not yet ready to tell anyone how and when we’re going to do it. And there’s no way in hell we’re going to call it a recall.”


I’m sad for SIG. It’s starting to look like the once-great company is going downhill fast.

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Watch: How to Silence a Recurve Bow []

It takes Lilly a little while to get to the point in this video; after all, she’s catering to the manufacturer of the bow, which sponsored the video. Finally at about 2:42, she starts talking about how loud the bow is.

Once she gets down to business, she discovers a hollow (and some looseness) in the riser’s limb pockets. Some application of cotton & fabric takes care of that.

Afterward, the bow is quieter… and she even says it is more accurate.

Some strips of beaver pelt are applied to dampen string noise. The end result looked a lot better than I’d expected; she did a good job.


She calls the bowstring the sinew, although it’s surely not made of sinew. Come to think of it, it’s probably not made of string, either…

Then she glues some fuzzy velcro onto the bow limbs where the string rides against them.

The net result is impressive.

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Watch: You Don’t Need an Anvil! []

This guy makes sense — and naturally, what he says flies in the face of what other folks say about anvils.

Like so many others, I have thought about forging red-hot steel. Pounding it on an anvil to force it to comply to my will! Making my own knives! Insert Tarzan yell here!

Are anvils nice to have? Surely. But this fellow says you can get away pretty well without one by getting and using an ASO, or “anvil-shaped object.”

Even those handy-looking little anvilettes made from railroad rail are on the lighter side of good — and they don’t even have a flat top.

So, head down to a scrap yard or machine shop and find a good hunk of heavy metal. He’ll tell you what to look for:

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LifeCard: A Credit-Card-Sized (Kinda) 22 Pistol []

Ever wished you had a teeny-tiny gun, which didn’t look like a gun, which would fold up and fit into a small space? Well if so, you’re in luck.

The LifeCard is all of the above, and is made by Trailblazer. Oh, and it’s supposed to begin shipping within the next week or two.

‘The last gun you’ll leave behind.’


Have your local gun dealer check with our distributors:
Ellett Brothers and Jerry’s Sport Center

This scrawny folding gun will probably go bang, but it would suck for defense. It’s the length and width of a credit card when it’s folded up (though thicker, of course), which will make it awkward to deploy. It’s a single-shot, so you only get to fire once before reloading. And, it’s only a 22 rimfire.

Is it a neat idea? Sure it is — just like so many novelty guns we’ve seen over the years. But that doesn’t make it useful in the real world.

There’s a spec sheet available; here’s a screen shot:

(Image: Trailblazer Firearms)

(Image: Trailblazer Firearms)

This appears to be the first product from the company, which has been around for a few years now.

Trailblazer Firearms, headquartered in Asheville, North Carolina, was founded in 2014 to design, develop, manufacture and market innovative American-made firearms.

In reviewing the LifeCard owner’s manual, I see some of the “safety features” mentioned above. These include:

  • Half-cock position for the bolt.
  • A “trigger pocket” which prevents the gun from being cocked or fired when the handle is closed.
  • The handle cannot be closed fully if the pistol is cocked.
  • A “padlock hole” on the bolt can be used to prevent the gun from firing.

I do wish they’d called it a grip rather than a handle, but then again it’s not exactly a typical firearm.

(Image: Trailblazer Firearms)

(Image: Trailblazer Firearms)

The lower half of the pistol is the handle and includes the latch mechanism for folding and unfolding the pistol. The upper half of the pistol is the frame and barrel assembly and contains the complete firing mechanism.

Here are some more images, from the owner’s manual. It appears to be a neat little popper from an innovation standpoint, but for carrying? Not so much.

I don’t think I need some of this. But perhaps you do…?

(Image: Trailblazer Firearms)

(Image: Trailblazer Firearms)

(Image: Trailblazer Firearms)

(Image: Trailblazer Firearms)

(Image: Trailblazer Firearms)

(Image: Trailblazer Firearms)

(Image: Trailblazer Firearms)

(Image: Trailblazer Firearms)

(Image: Trailblazer Firearms)

(Image: Trailblazer Firearms)

(Image: Trailblazer Firearms)

(Image: Trailblazer Firearms)


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The Dyrt: Kinda Like Yelp for Campgrounds []

Now this is interesting. And apparently it’s been around for a couple years, but possibly only catching on now. It’s The Dyrt, a platform where campers can review campsites.

There’s Yelp for restaurants. There’s TripAdvisor for hotels. Now there’s The Dyrt for camping.

Their Youtube channel is packed with user-submitted videos from campgrounds all over the place: Oregon, Georgia, Washington, California, Tennessee, New York, and more.

The Dyrt is the fastest growing platform for campsite reviews online. Built by campers for campers from user generated videos, photos and reviews. Get the ground level view before you get on the ground. Add your campground reviews, photos and videos at

Their website even offers contests and prizes for folks who submit campground reviews, and they have mobile apps for iOS and Android.

Here’s a short promo video they posted on Facebook, which is what caught my eye:

Have you ever used it? Seems like a pretty good idea from here.

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Man wounded in exchange of gunfire with robber taken to local hospital [NRA-ILA News]

A man who was wounded early Tuesday in Waco in an exchange of gunfire with a robber was taken to a local hospital. The robber, who was armed with a handgun, approached the victim at around 12:50 a.m. Tuesday near the Glen Oaks apartments in the 5100 block of Sanger and demanded money. “The victim pulled his gun and began shooting at the suspect,” Waco police Sgt. W. Patrick Swanton said.


Columbus man shoots home intruder in self-defense [NRA-ILA News]

“The initial investigation indicates that the homeowner was confronted by an intruder and defended himself,” Lt. Greg Touchberry wrote in a news release. Because of what’s called the “castle doctrine” authorizing residents to use deadly force to protect their homes, Georgians are free from prosecution under the law if they “reasonably” believe such force is required to stop the “unlawful entry into or attack upon a habitation.”


Steel Armor Shenanigans From [The Firearm Blog] screenshotIt’s natural for a manufacturer to want to portray their product in the best possible light. But when the capabilities of your product are technical in nature, it can be tempting to advertise in such a way that less informed consumers might get the wrong idea. AR500Armor makes some very tough steel armor at a […]

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John Stossel Interviews Gun Owners Arrested for Traveling in New York [NRA-ILA News]

Because of New York's strict gun laws, many otherwise law-abiding gun owners have been arrested and charged for traveling in the state with their guns or gun accessories. Reason TV's John Stossel sat down with several of those who'd been caught up in the system and the district attorney who prosecutes such cases in a video released Tuesday."Most every week New York jails someone who innocently travels with a gun legally licensed in their state," Stossel said in the video.


New York City locks up people for carrying guns legally licensed by other states [NRA-ILA News]

Have a gun license? Plan to bring your gun to my hometown? Don't.Mean New York authorities will make your life miserable.


California: Redding ammo manufacturer closes shop [NRA-ILA News]

Citing new California gun control laws and internet sales that cut into the company’s profits, a Redding-based ammunition manufacturer has closed its doors.


Gun Rights and Foster Care Restrictions Collide in Michigan [NRA-ILA News]

Bill Johnson’s grandfather taught him how to shoot when he was just 9 years old, and gave him his first gun — a Mossberg 16-gauge, bolt-action shotgun — when he turned 14. When Mr. Johnson joined the Marines at 17, he was issued an assault rifle. And he has carried a concealed handgun, with a permit, for the past decade.But now Mr. Johnson says he has been forced to give up carrying his gun “under duress.” The reason? He wants to become a foster parent to his grandson.


Major Fosbery’s Automatic Revolver: History and Mechanics [Forgotten Weapons]

George Fosbery, V.C., was a decorated British officer with substantial combat experience in India when he decided to design a better sidearm in 1895. True semiautomatic handguns were in their very early stages of development at that time, and Fosbery thought that one could have a more durable, more powerful, and simpler weapon by using a revolver as a foundation. He began experimenting with a Colt SAA, but soon moved to using Webley revolvers when he found the Colt internals insufficiently durable for his conversion.

What Fosbery did was to make relocate the barrel and cylinder into an upper assembly which could move independently of the grip and trigger of the gun. Upon firing, the energy of recoil would push the upper assembly rearwards, recocking the hammer and indexing the cylinder to the next chamber. This gave the shooter the rapid fire of a double action revolver with the excellent trigger pull of a single action revolver.

The gun was introduced at the Bisley shooting matches, where it proved quite popular as a target gun. By the time production began in the early years of the 20th century, however, semiauto handguns had improved significantly, and the opportunity for the Webley-Fosbery to be a big seller had already passed. Still, British officers were required to provide sidearms chambered for the .455 service cartridge, and more than a few opted to purchase Webley-Fosberys.

Thanks to Mike Carrick of Arms Heritage magazine for providing this Webley-Fosbery for this video! Make sure to check out his column!


Sig Sauer hit with $7M Lawsuit []

In a previous article we talked about how the Sig P320 could discharge when dropped at a certain angle.  The last sentence of that article asked, “Will Sig wait to be sued?”  The question was implying that Sig may wait to be sued before they offer a fix.

Well, it seems that the first lawsuit has arrived.

From – Sig Sauer hit with $7M personal injury lawsuit over P320 pistol.

Vicent Sheperis, a 34-year-old police officer in Stamford, Connecticut, filed the case against the New Hampshire gun maker in a New Haven federal court last week. The lawsuit alleges his injuries were the result of a defective safety mechanism in the P320 design, which has also been a growing topic among firearm enthusiasts.

According to the complaint, Sheperis, a member of Stamford police Special Response Team, was injured in January when his department-issued P320 pistol fell as he loaded equipment into a vehicle. The pistol discharged when it hit the ground and the bullet struck him in the leg and knee.

Let’s be honest, Mr. Sheperis is lucky to be alive as the bullet could have easily caused a fatal wound. If there had been a death caused by the Sig P320, it would have been a public relations nightmare for the company.

There are numerous pictures and videos showing the instruction manual of the Sig P320 saying the handgun may fire if it was dropped.  Was that in the manual for legal reasons, or did the company know about the issues before the handgun hit the market?

If it can be proven that Sig knew about the issues before the P320 was released, what does that say about the company?


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MHS M17 ALREADY Fixed P320 Drop Failure Issue; “Voluntary Upgrade” Pistols Will Receive MHS Triggers [The Firearm Blog]

Those who take advantage of SIG’s recently announced “voluntary upgrade” may soon be taking home a little piece of the Modular Handgun System program: The company evidently plans to introduce a new trigger design developed for the MHS program as part of the upgrades, as relayed in a recent article published by Eric Graves over […]

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ATF To Decide On Modular Silencers [The Firearm Blog]

For decades silencers have consisted of a single tube with internal baffle sections sandwiched between two endcaps, one designed to mount onto the host firearm the other designed to be the business end. However a chain of historical, technological and economical events (along with the work of some big brains) have allowed manufacturers to get creative […]

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NEW: Definitive Arms Adjustable AK Gas Block [The Firearm Blog]

Definitive Arms has released several images of their new adjustable gas block for AK rifles. It has 13 settings and the way you change them is pretty AK-style. The retention of the gas block positions is accomplished by a spring loaded plunger and corresponding cuts on the selector drum which is very reminiscent of muzzle […]

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Magnesium AR15 Lower Snaps In Epic Fashion [The Firearm Blog]

Thumbing through my Instagram feed a few weeks ago, I came across an interesting post by our friends at The Armory Blog. Originating at the sub-reddit r/3gun, the above image is a MAG Tactical aluminum and Magnesium hybrid lower which was originally advertised as being ‘ultra-light weight’. I’ve used the past tense because the company is […]

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MOLOT to Introduce a Multi-Caliber VEPR Rifle with a Quick Change Barrel System [The Firearm Blog]

Mikhail Degtyaryov of Russian “Kalashnikov” gun magazine has visited Molot’s premises and published on his social media pages several images of a new Vepr rifle. The rifle will feature a quick change barrel system. It will be possible to switch between the 7.62x39mm, .366 TKM, and 6.5x39mm calibers. It is not clearly specified whether it is the […]

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Bipod Leg Locking Levers From Catalyst Arms [The Firearm Blog]

Sticking with the simplistic-functionality theme, the Catalyst Arms team has just released the Leg Locking Levers for the Harris Bipod. Slipping over the knurled leg adjustments, the levers are used to quickly and easily adjust each leg individually using one hand. In the military, law enforcement and competition worlds, the quicker you can level your rifle […]

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IS Remotely Controlled SPG-9 In Use [The Firearm Blog]

Lost Weapons on Twitter has posted screen grabs from a recently released so-called Islamic State propaganda video show a remote controlled 73mm SPG-9 recoilless rifle (Russian in origin, derivative country origin unknown) in use by the rebel group in Syria. The contraption uses a camera hooked up to the optical sights, linked back to a […]

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Tuesday, 08 August


Recommendations 2017: Custom Gear []

It is very hard to make recommendations for custom gear. Custom gear is, by definition, very personal. In some cases, the gear is truly bespoke, a unique design made for a specific individual. More likely though, a knifemaker and an flashlight maker will have models that can be altered or customized according to the customer’s wishes.

One big factor in custom gear is cost. These items are exceptionally expensive, even at the low end. For a knife, expect a price around $500 for a folder and $200-250 for a small or medium sized fixed blade. For a flashlight, be prepared to pay $300 or up. In the knife world, there are two distinct tiers of knives. The upper tier of knives, occupied by some of the greatest knife makers alive, start at four figures and go up from there. The tier below that, sometimes referred to as “custom tacticals,” are significantly cheaper and have simpler designs and less expensive materials.

Be careful about what constitutes a custom. The term has become muddled over the years. I don’t want to get drawn in to a debate about what is and what isn’t a custom knife. Here is the simple advice: figure out what the maker does on a given piece of gear and be okay with that before you buy. I have no idea what a midtech is. I have no idea where the line is between a high end production knife like a Sebenza and a custom knife with lots of batched or off the shelf parts. And frankly, it doesn’t matter. When you buy a custom knife or light, the only definition that matters is yours and the only way you can have a meaningful definition is to know what is and isn’t produced by the lawyer.

Finally, one other tip–never pay up front for a custom knife. Taking money up front has gotten many makers and customers in bad situations. Often it means that a maker is using one knife to pay for the next and if something happens they could fall behind and not have the resources to make your knife. Typically a custom maker will have a list of customers and once he or she reaches your name, they will ask for money. My experience has shown me that this is the safer way to buy a custom knife. Some makers have abandoned the list entirely, which means you basically buy what they make (further departing from the notion of a custom knife). There is one exception to this rule–if you have a knife request that incorporates truly rare materials (gems and gold, not Moku Ti) you should count on making a deposit.

Knife: Inexpensive Tier

Jesse Jarosz M75


There are a lot of knives in this inexpensive tier (which, of course, is a misnomer–everything here is around $500 or more). I have owned many and handled many more. A lot of them are nice. A few of them are half-baked designed that would never make it past Spyderco’s design or QC department. But very few of these knives are both excellent users and excellent show pieces. I own a basically M75 and it is an amazing user. Cutting cardboard boxes, food, and doing fire prep is always a bit of delight to do with this knife. The size is not monstrous like many of this blade’s peers. The handle is amazing and really the thing that sets this knife apart from the crowd. Jesse’s sculpted handle is perfect in the hand and all of the small touches, like the cut out for the lockbar, are done incredibly well. All of these things lead to an amazing grind. Jesse drops a hollow grind that parts material with ease, despite being honed out of a relatively thick stock of AEB-L (a great working steel). This is a great knife and the cost, around $500-600, well below what many competitors cost. A basic M75 may not get you 10,000 likes on IG, but, after hours of use, you will get 10,000 likes from a great arm and hand.

Knife: Expensive Tier

Scott Sawby Swift/Ray Cover Engraving

This is much harder to suggest as I have no idea of how much money is at play. For me, I got lucky and got on a list a long time ago for a very well-regarded maker. I was on the list for five years. I put up $950. By the time by order came up, the price for my same knife was significantly more. Additionally, I opted to get my knife engraved and the engraving happened about a year later. This dispersed the costs a bit. In the end I got a knife that is worth quite a bit of money for significantly less. Be prepared to wait. Select someone with a good reputation (you are buying the maker more than the knife in the case of a knife this expensive). And start saving from the beginning.

Here was the final product after about five years of waiting and another year of looking for an engraver.

Light: Muyshondt Aeon Mk 3 Opus Edition

I have a light from Cool Fall. It is an amazing testament to the skill of the maker class out there. It is a bit bulky now, but it’s refinement is matched only by high end audio gear. If I had the money, I would have Cool Fall make a new light, a little smaller and a little lighter. Sinner makes some very nice custom lights. But in the end, if price was no object, I could go to Muyshondt and have a light made. His Opus collection of Aeon Mk. 3s are all very impressive and quite beautiful. And the function is second to none. Finally, the battery life is all Muyshondt. As I have said before–you will probably run out of juice well after the emitter could be upgraded.

The land of truly custom gear is crazy. Price is not an issue. But be careful and research your maker thoroughly. If done right the stuff you get will be truly heirloom quality.

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Artificial Cool Down Tips []

Summer is here, and in the south known for its toasty temperatures and high humidity it does not take long to stretch overdoing the heat index.

This time of year, outdoors people either having to work in this environment or trying to enjoy some recreation before the fall season begins to kick in need to stay aware of the impacts of heat on the body. If you ever do get a heat stroke, then you will be more subject to them in the future.

I am mindful now, too, that hunters are beginning to think deer camp work, food plot preparation, mowing, weed eating, and general clean up. This is a classic time of year to overdo the heat. Most of us have been conditioned to work inside all summer under the gentile blow of an AC unit. Then when prolonged exposure to the sun and heat comes about, we are easy targets for heat issues. But there are easy ways to ward off the effects of too much heat.

First and foremost, stay hydrated. Deer hunter “farmers” working on hunting lands need to keep an iced cooler of water or hydration drinks on hand all day. Save the beers until the end of the day. Just like the boys at fall football practice, highway workers or roofers if you work outside, a water break should be taken every thirty minutes.

Shade your head. That means a wide brim hat that has cooling features. Straw hats are great for this especially if you wet them down periodically. These hats shade both your head and neck. Baseball caps do not offer this full coverage.

And why do you think cowboys always wore a bandana around their necks? To look good? Well, yes, but that square yard or so of plain cotton fabric adds skin coverage from the rays of the sun, but when sweated or wetted, can add an extra cooling impact especially if there is a breeze. There are also commercial neck wraps that can be kept in the freezer or when soaked down, the jelly material in the wrap stays cool for a long time. Wrap this around your neck to soak down the heat factor as well.

Wear sunglasses, use sunscreen, lightweight garments, and light shoes, but ones that cover the feet. This is common sense stuff, but simple practices to avoid too much heat impact.

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My P320 Failed Without Even Dropping It | No Plans To Test This Further [The Firearm Blog]

With all the information coming to light where the P320 failed when dropped, It got me thinking. What if you could replicate the failure with a sharp blow on the back of the slide? I talked to some people that have conducted professional drop tests and was told that sometimes a hammer or mallet is […]

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Broken Research: Stanford Professor Claims RTC Laws Increase Violent Crime [NRA-ILA News]

The point is simply that the information on “right-to-carry permit holders” is extant and available (CPRC found it). And without it, a study on the dangers of “right-to-carry” laws seems to be a bridge too far.


Ruger SR-22 | The Perfect First Suppressor Host [The Firearm Blog]

The Ruger SR-22 is a wonderful choice if you are looking for your kid’s first handgun on paper. It fits just about any criteria that you might have set out for a first semi-auto pistol be it for yourself or your kids. At first glance it might be easy to look over things like the […]

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POF-USA Revolution wins 2017 Firearms Industry Choice Award for Rifle of the Year [The Firearm Blog]

POF-USA’s Revolution compact .308-caliber rifle, has won Rifle of the Year at the recent Firearms Industry Choice Awards.  Previously reviewed here at TFB, the Revolution may not be the first to execute such a concept, but integrates a whole host of premium features into the package to make an accurate, lightweight .308 AR that should be great for hunting, […]

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Robodogs: The Infantry’s Best Friend of Tomorrow? [The Firearm Blog]

The Infantry’s load is at an all-time high, resulting in a high rate of injuries and medical non-deployables. Planners are desperately searching for new ways to lift the burden on soldiers and Marines, before the problem spirals out of control. The obvious and most immediate path is to lighten the troops’ load, but the holy grail […]

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He broke into an apartment, police say, but left with a gunshot wound, not valuables [NRA-ILA News]

A man broke into a Puyallup apartment late Sunday and got a bullet for his trouble. The 33-year-old man who lived in the home welcomed the intruder with a pistol and quickly fired two shots when the he burst through the door.


3 Stabbed Before Man With Gun Stops Robber [NRA-ILA News]

Two good Samaritans suffered stab wounds on Sunday when they tried to come to a woman’s aid in a Publix parking lot in Seminole. That’s when Pinellas County deputies say a third good Samaritan with a gun stepped in and put an end to the struggle without firing a shot.


Blytheville Police release details behind deadly armed robbery attempt [NRA-ILA News]

Police said an employee of the restaurant reported that Price entered the store, asked to see the manager, then pulled a handgun. Police said surveillance shows at this point the employee, who was armed with a handgun, shot Price.


POTD: A Closer Look At A Webley MKI [The Firearm Blog]

Keith Biddle, of Keith Products Co., recently acquired this old Webley Mark 1 from a neighboring friend. His friend discovered the old revolver and no longer wanted it. Keith bought it for $100. Unfortunately the Mark 1 is in poor shape and it is doubtful it can be fired safely. The bore is rather rusted […]

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BREAKING: Sig Sauer Offers To Upgrade P320 Pistols In Wake Of Drop Safety Failures [The Firearm Blog]

In the wake of the news that the P320 has failed when drop tested by independent sources, Sig Sauer has offered to upgrade P320 pistol in the wake of the failures. Note that Sig Sauer is not issuing a recall of any kind, just that they are offering a program to upgrade the existing pistols with parts […]

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New in the Chicago Tribune: How Democrats keep guns in the hands of the rich [John Lott's Website]

Dr. John Lott has a new piece in the Chicago Tribune today (it will be in the print edition tomorrow).  The piece starts this way:
When it comes to voting rights, any obstacles outrage liberals; even free government-issued IDs are viewed as disenfranchising poor and disproportionately black people. But when it comes to the right to own a gun for self-defense, liberals don't hesitate to pile on fees, ID requirements, expensive training and onerous background checks. 
That's too bad, because many law-abiding citizens in crime-ridden neighborhoods really do need a gun for self-defense. Since poor, urban blacks are the most likely victims of violent crime, there is little doubt that they stand to benefit the most from owning guns. Research, including my own, has demonstrated this. 
A new report from the Crime Prevention Research Center shows that the average fee for a concealed handgun permit is $67, but it is much higher in the most Democratic states. Each 10-percentage-point increase in a state's presidential vote for Hillary Clinton was associated with an additional $30 in the concealed handgun permit fee. In California, where Clinton won by about 30 points, fees can be as high as $385 for just two years. In New York City, where she won by 60 points, a three-year permit costs $430. 
In addition to prohibitive fees, some blue states — California, Illinois — require four times as many training hours as the national average, adding hundreds of dollars to the cost of obtaining a concealed-carry license. In California counties, the mandated cost of training can run from $250 to more than $1,000. Compare heavily Democratic Illinois, where the cost of permit and training runs over $450, with neighboring Republican Indiana where the total cost for everything is $50.


Obama’s Attorney General Used Fake Identity To Hide Her Involvement In Development of Clinton Investigation E-Mails talking points [John Lott's Website]

From the Daily Caller:
Like her predecessor, Eric Holder, former Attorney General Loretta Lynch used an email alias to conduct government business, The Daily Caller has confirmed. 
Several of Lynch’s emails were included in 413 pages of DOJ documents provided to the conservative groups Judicial Watch and the American Center for Law and Justice. Both groups had filed lawsuits for records regarding Lynch’s controversial meeting with President Bill Clinton at the Phoenix airport last June 27. 
Using the pseudonym “Elizabeth Carlisle,” Lynch corresponded with DOJ press officials to hammer out talking points in response to media requests about the meeting. The tarmac encounter drew criticism from conservatives because Lynch was overseeing the federal investigation into whether Hillary Clinton mishandled classified information on her private email system. 
The meeting was revealed not by Lynch, Clinton or the Justice Department, but by a reporter in Phoenix working based on a tip. 
Lynch, using the Elizabeth Carlisle account, which was hosted on the Justice Department’s system, was also involved in those discussions. . . .


Combined Small Arms and SVBIED Attack in Raqqa [The Firearm Blog]

News footage from a Kurdistan24 television crew, and overhead drone footage taken from a so-called Islamic State propaganda video both show a so-called IS attack in the Syrian city of Raqqa, where Kurdish SDF forces are battling the rebel group with the support of the United States. Driving heavily armed SVBIEDs (Suicide Vehicle Borne Improvised […]

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Five Ways to Keep Essentials Stockpiled []

Years ago, my buddys and I developed a system for keeping essentials stockpiled.  Slowly, over the years, I drifted from that system but did not realize it until the other day.  I was getting ready to take a shower, needed a bar of soap, looked at the shelf and realized the soap stockpile was dangerously low.

How did this happen? If I had stuck with the plan everything would of been fine.  Things like this happen.  We forget about certain topics, or put things on the back burner.

It is time to review.  Let’s take a few minutes and talk about ways to keep essentials stockpiled.

Ordering Online

When ordering online, add some kind of prepping item to the order.  This could be from Amazon, Ebay, or some other site.  For example, over the past few weeks I have been adding first aid supplies to my Amazon orders.

One of the recent orders was a Swiss Army knife.  Included with that order was a box of non-sterile first aid gloves and a box of bandages.

Another order was a shock collar for my dog.  With that order was a box of bandages.

With the Swiss Army knife and the shock collar, I went to Amazon to order just those items.  while I was shopping, some first aid supplies were added to the shopping cart.

While I was shopping at amazon, I walked into the bathroom, looked at the first aid supplies, said something like, “I need more of those.”  Went back to the computer, add some of those to the shopping cart.  With a couple of clicks a box of those were on the way.

Grocery Shopping

We all go to the store to buy food.  Chances are, the store is going to have a pharmacy or health and beauty section.

While buying groceries, go by the health and beauty section and pick up a couple of items.

There are certain thing just about all of us buy – shampoo and soap for example.  While buying groceries, pick up a couple extra items.

Auto Parts Store

Maybe you change your own oil or tinker with the vehicle?

While at the auto parts store, pick up some extra motor oil, transmission fluid, lube, grease or even tools.  Some auto parts store have hand tools with a lifetime warranty.  Maybe pick up a pair of pliers, screwdriver, tape… etc.

I like to keep spray lubricate, motor oil and a few other things on hand.

With just a little time and effort, it is easy to keep vehicle essentials stockpiled.

Hardware Store

Ever go to the hardware store?  Buy an extra box of nails, screws, maybe some hand tools.  I like to keep several boxes of certain screw sizes on hand, along with bits.

I watch the sales paper for the local hardware store.  When they have a good sale, I see if there is anything I need.

The other day, a door was built for the chicken house.  I had everything in stock needed to do the job, even the hinges and latch.


Take some kind of prescription medicine?  While picking up your medicine, pick up a few extra items.  This could be soap, shampoo, first aid supplies….. etc.

You may pay a little more for it at a local pharmacy than online, but you are supporting a local business.

Final Thoughts

What stores around your town sell items that could be related to prepping?  How often do you go into those stores and overlook prepping items?

Some people may not view hand tools as prepping items.  However, how else do you work on your vehicle?

It is the little things that are often overlooked.  So, take some time and keep those essentials stockpiled.


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Alamo Precision Rifles Talks About The Importance Of Quality Brass [The Firearm Blog]

I know I have been guilty of wondering why the heck a rifle that I KNOW shoots well is doing poorly and have suspected everything from action screws, environmental factors and even blamed myself for poor performance on a rifle. Never would I have suspected that I didn’t have quality brass. Since I just ran […]

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Sig Sauer P320 Drop Tests []

There are some rumors going around which say the Sig P320 can discharge when dropped. The guys over at OmahaOutdoors put together a video showing exactly what they found.

The standard drop tests calls for the handgun to be dropped with either the muzzle down, or on its side.

When the Sig P320 is dropped with the rear of the slide down, the handgun can discharge. During the tests, the frame and the slide made contact with the ground at the same time.

Further testing showed that the Sig X-Five passed the drop tests.

After some experimenting, The guys at OmahaOutdoors figured out the weight of the trigger played a factor in whether they handgun would discharge when dropped. The P320 handguns with the lighter triggers did not fire when dropped. Reducing the trigger weight had a direct affect on the drop test results.

OmahaOutdoors posted a full write up about what they found – Sig Sauer P320 Fails Drop Test.

Now for the video.

During the drop test, results were the same across frame size and calibers.

SIG SAUER recently released a statement, which was posted on AmmoLand – SIG SAUER Reaffirms Safety of P320 Pistol.

The P320 meets and exceeds all U.S. standards for safety, including the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and Sporting Arms and Ammunition Manufacturers’ Institute, Inc. (SAAMI), as well as rigorous testing protocols for global military and law enforcement agencies.

All SIG SAUER pistols incorporate effective mechanical safeties to ensure they only fire when the trigger is pressed. However, like any mechanical device, exposure to acute conditions (e.g. shock, vibration, heavy or repeated drops) may have a negative effect on these safety mechanisms and cause them to not work as designed. This language is common to owner’s manuals of major handgun manufacturers.


From the article at omahaoutdoors.

The only differentiating factor we were able to identify between those pistols which would fire and the pistol which would not was that the latter had a lighter trigger than the other pistols – not in terms of pull weight, but the physical mass of the trigger. When we swapped that lighter trigger into one of the P320s which would regularly fire when dropped, the incidences of uncommanded discharges were drastically reduced.

When we went a step farther and reduced the weight of a stock, standard P320 trigger by 30% and shifted its center of gravity towards the center of the pistol, we observed no discharges in over 50 drops. This would appear to be one potential solution to the P320 drop fire issue.

After reading that article, it would be easy to say this is a trigger issue, the trigger is too heavy.

No, this is not a trigger issue, this is a design issue.

The P320 can discharge:

  • Without the shooter being ready.
  • With no action from the shooter.

Several years ago I was on a forum reading a thread about accidental and negligent discharges. One guy said something along the lines of, “There is no such thing as a accidental discharge, because firearms do not go off by themselves.  If a firearm discharges, the shooter was negligent.”

I wonder what the guy who posted that thinks about the P320 and other firearms that can discharge without the trigger being pulled, such as the Remington model 700.


So, what is SIG SAUER going to do?

Continue to say the P320 is safe?

Do a recall and fix the handgun?

Wait to be sued, like they did with New Jersey?



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Watch: Survival Lilly Reviews the Fällkniven S1 Fixed-Blade Knife []

Lilly used and abused this knife — the Fällkniven S1 — and wasn’t happy with the results. Here’s what she says in the video description:

Unfortunately the Fällkniven S1 did not hold up to my standards. Broken sheath, broken tip, chipping, handle being to small and wearing out too fast led me to this point of view. I don’t consider this being an effective survival tool that you can trust your life with.

Yikes. And all this from a cutter billed on the manufacturer’s website as “one of the best knife ever made for outdoor adventure and fishing.”

First, the sheath: It broke and failed to retain the knife, causing it to become lost. Un-good.

Next, the tip broke off. Doh! And the cutting edge is missing a bunch of chips, although the hardest thing it was used on was wood & coconuts.

But I won’t bore you with a blow-by-blow; instead, watch Lilly!

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Watch: Make an Ammo Box Tent Stove Without Welding []

Say you have a lot of time on your hands, a little money, and no means or ability to weld. Oh, and you also want to chop up a steel ammo box and turn it into a tiny wood-burning stove.



This project may be worthwhile — I mean, sometimes you need heat and you don’t have a lot of room. But watching this guy work is kinda tough when I see him doing things illogically. But hey, he got it done and I didn’t, so there’s that.


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Watch: Ultimate Bug Out Bag Rifle []

The Military Arms Channel has put together a video of may be the ultimate backpacking, bug out bag survival rifle.

Start off with a Ruger 10/22 takedown model. Then add:

Since this has a silencer, there will be some paperwork involved with the BATF.

The shoulder stock holds three ten round Ruger 10/22 magazines.

Subsonic measured 110db with the silencer.

Now for the video.

Overall, I am impressed with the setup.  I like how the barrel and stock snap together, the rifle is easy to put assemble and there are three ten round magazines in the shoulder stock.

If I were going on a multi-day camping trip, this would be great for hunting small game.  Sometimes my buddies and I go camping on the Angelina river here in southeast Texas.  The trips usually last around three days.  The camp sites and the land around them are public hunting lands.  This provides an excellent opportunity to hunt and fish.

In the video, the sub-sonic loads had some reliability issues, which is to be expected.

Overall, I like the setup.  I have to applaud The Military Arms Channel for making another great video.  Keep up the excellent work.

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Watch: New “Popper” Steel Target for Centerfire Rifle & Handgun []

This thing looks fun. The Popper is an active steel target rated for centerfire rifle & handgun ammo, which resets itself using gravity.

From the press release:

The Birchwood Casey® World of Targets® Popper Steel Target provides shooters a durable, easy to transport target for hours of fast-paced shooting action at the range.

The Popper Steel Target is constructed of 3/8” AR500 steel and will easily absorb hits from both centerfire pistols and rifles. The target stands 22” tall when assembled and has an 8” target paddle. The unique springless design allows the target to reset again and again regardless of the caliber used to knock it down. The stand assembly allows for easy set up and takedown without tools.

The Popper Steel Target is made in the USA and sells for a retail price of $299.99.

I have to note here that although the press release calls for $299.99 MSRP, the Birchwood Casey website currently has them on sale for $199.99 and says they are regularly $306.40. Here, check it out.

Best of all, it’s made in the good ol’ USA.

 This pic shows the Popper target in motion after being hit.

This pic shows the Popper target in motion after being hit.

Manufacturer Specs

  • Model: World of Targets Popper
  • Product number: 47530
  • Total height: 22 inches
  • Size of round “shooting paddle” is 8 inches
  • Material: 3/8 inch AR500 steel
  • Made in the USA.
  • Can be disassembled for transport.

This is a short video that shows the high points:

And this video covers assembly of the Popper (headphone users beware — bad sound):

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TACCOM Ramped 9mm Barrel [The Firearm Blog]

Taccom BarrelTACCOM, LLC announced the company introduced another 9mm barrel for your AR style rifle. This new barrel meets the legal requirements for a rifle (16″) while adding an extended ramp and staying lightweight. Called the TACCOM AR15 ULW 9mm PCC Ramped Barrel, this part’s main feature is the extended feed ramp built into the rear […]

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Career prosecutor, acting Maryland U.S. attorney says plans 'afoot' to bring more gun violence resources to Baltimore [NRA-ILA News]

Stephen M. Schenning, who has been serving as Maryland’s acting U.S. attorney since Rod J. Rosenstein left to become the Justice Department’s No. 2 official, said Baltimore’s raging gun violence is a top priority for his office and plans are “afoot” to bring additional federal resources to the city to help deal with it.


New York Confiscates Innocent Veteran’s Firearms [NRA-ILA News]

A 70-year-old New York veteran spent months fighting to get his guns back after being wrongfully targeted for confiscation after a bureaucratic screw-up labeled him mentally ill.


Campus rape survivor: Carrying gun would have prevented attack [NRA-ILA News]

Pro-campus carry legislators have promised to bring back the issue next session. Florida is one of 20 states that ban any form of campus carry.


New Browning Speed Load Tactical Change-Blade Knife []

Here’s another entry in Browning’s Speed Load line of replaceable-blade knives: The Speed Load Tactical.


(Image: Browning)

It’s a liner-lock folder that comes with four blades, and it looks interesting, especially for a cheap knife (the MSRP is $39.99).

(Image: Browning)

(Image: Browning)

Here’s what Browning has to say about it:

The new [Speed Load Tactical] knife features a folding liner lock blade with four replaceable 420J2 stainless steel razor blade inserts. The four inserts include one partially serrated drop point, one modified tanto, one modified sheepsfoot and one standard utility blade.

[I]t will accept any replacement blade for a common utility knife, easily purchased at most hardware stores.

The handle is sculpted black G-10 scales with anti-skid grooves on rear of handle. The knife also features a steel pocket clip, thumb stud and rugged flapped nylon belt sheath with polymer hard case insert for storing extra blades.

(Image: Browning)

(Image: Browning)

Manufacturer Specs

  • Model: Speed Load Tactical
  • Item Number: 3220116
  • Liner-lock folding knife
  • Closed length: 4-3/8 inches
  • Overall length: 7-5/8 inches
  • Main blade length: 3-1/4 inches
  • Blade types included: Partially Serrated Drop Point, Modified Sheepsfoot, Modified Tanto, Utility
  • Blade material: 420-J2 stainless steel
  • Rockwell Steel Hardness: 56-58
  • Thumb stud for opening blade
  • Handle scales: Black Sculpted G10
  • Sheath: Ballistic Cloth Nylon (with insert for extra blades)
  • Pocket clip with Browning Buckhead logo
  • MSRP: $39.99
(Image: Browning)

(Image: Browning)

Looks like it’s worth checking out.

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BESAL: Britain’s Emergency Simplified Light Machine Gun [Forgotten Weapons]

Armament Research Services (ARES) is a specialist technical intelligence consultancy, offering expertise and analysis to a range of government and non-government entities in the arms and munitions field. For detailed photos of the guns in this video, don’t miss the ARES companion blog post!

The BESAL is a simplified redesign of the Bren light machine gun, developed by a BSA employee named Faulkner. The design of the gun was motivated by the disastrous retreat of the British Army from Dunkirk in 1940, where they abandoned a huge amount of weaponry and war material, including most of their Bren guns.

The Bren gun was in production only as the BSA factory, which was at great risk to German bombing – and the Bren included a number of complex parts that could not be effectively put into production elsewhere in the UK on short notice. It was with this in mind that Faulkner designed the BESAL, which used much simpler components which could be made in a greta number of small shops. Decentralized production would have made it a much more resilient process in the case of invasion (similar to German small arms production late in the war).

By the time the BESAL prototypes were built, tested, and approved as being reliable and effective, however, the immediate threat of invasion had passed and the Bren was in production at the Inglis factory in Canada as well as at BSA. The BESAL design was shelved for use in case it became necessary again, but it never was.


FLIR Expands Thermal Optics Offerings [The Firearm Blog]

FLIRFLIR Systems, Inc. announced the company was expanding its line of thermal imaging optics with additions to its ThermoSight Pro Series. All of these new optics are rifle scopes that can be mounted to a variety of long guns. The new models are: FLIR ThermoSight Pro PTS233 (has a 19mm lens with a 4x zoom; […]

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Strike Industries Gen3 Glock Comp [The Firearm Blog]

Following the success of their G4 Comp, Strike Industries is working on a comp for Gen3 Glocks. They posted this video of their prototype on their instagram account.   It looks a little different from the G4 Comp. The G4 comp is rather slim. It is the same width as the slide and frame of […]

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Chaos AK Pistol with a “Magazine Brace” [The Firearm Blog]

A company called Chaos makes custom Micro Draco AK pistols. The most unusual feature of these AKs which immediately jumps out is the brace that houses an AK magazine! The Chaos magazine brace is also folding and removable. Probably it features some sort of a quick detach mechanism to remove and use the magazine. Just imagine how […]

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Strike Industries Anti-walk and Anti-rotation AR-15 Trigger/Hammer Pins [The Firearm Blog]

Strike Industries’ solution to the problem of rotating and walking out AR-15 pins is pretty unique and simple as in the case of many other of their products. The pins of their anti-walk/anti-rotation system extend a bit over the lower receiver exposing a groove. The retention itself is accomplished by an external clip. Judging by the […]

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Mosin Nagant 1891/30 Folding Stock from MBW Stocks [The Firearm Blog]

We recently wrote about MBW STOCKS from Poland and their Ruger 10/22 stock kit with parts from the AK47. Founded in 2017 MBW Stocks have not been around for long, but they make wooden stocks for various firearms. They claim to be focused on quality and use only hand-picked, naturally dried wood and solid steel […]

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When Firearms are a Political Statement – The P.A. Luty Homemade SMGs [The Firearm Blog]

Famous strategic and political thinker once said that “War is the continuation of politics by other means.” From many perspectives, this is entirely true and weapons being tools of war can then be seen as weapons of politics. While we here at TFB focus on the technological aspects of our hobby, sometimes the creation of […]

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Monday, 07 August


MHS Winner SIG Sauer SUED by Police Officer Shot by Dropped, Holstered P320 [The Firearm Blog]

SIG Sauer – recent winner of the US Army’s Modular Handgun System competition – is being sued by an officer from the Stamford, Connecticut Police Department Special Response Team over an incident he claims was the result of a defect in their P320 handgun. In the suit, the officer alleges that he dropped the pistol […]

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Another Sig P320 Drop Test Failure? New Video Surfaces Of An Informal Test [The Firearm Blog]

When we learned that Dallas Police Department had removed the Sig Sauer P320 from the approved list due to a drop safety concern, the news had been accompanied by the video above that shows another P320 drop test failure. Unfortunately, the video was removed from YouTube before we were able to post it with the information […]

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It’s Official: Army Looking to Replace 5.56 NATO Rifles with 7.62 NATO []

Well, this is nuts, and not something I expected to read this past weekend: TFB has the scoop that the Army has just released a solicitation for an M4 replacement, and they want it chambered in 7.62.

That’s right, the plan for the Interim Combat Service Rifle (ICSR) program is to go backwards to the older, much heavier 7.62 round before going forward to something like a polymer-cased 6.5mm round.

Given the decline in PT scores in the infantry, I can’t imagine that adding some 40% more weight to the already overloaded grunt’s loadout is a good idea. In fact, I think it’s bonkers, and that also seems to be the consensus of the folks in the TFB thread.

This is a victory for Robert Scales — he has made a second career out of bashing the 5.56 NATO round, and when I say “career” I mean that literally, because my guess is that he’s getting paid to do this.

It’s also a victory for defense contractors who want to sell the army a whole new run of rifles and related parts, before turning around and doing it all over again when the military moves on from this “interim” rifle to whatever’s next.

Don’t get me wrong — I love my LMT LM8MWS in .308, and never pass up a chance to mention on here that I have one. But it’s heavy, and I definitely wouldn’t want to hump it through the desert with ~200 rounds of 7.62, plus body armor and everything else.

Anyway, I said all that I have to say about this issue in this earlier article.

Note that a solicitation doesn’t mean that the Army is officially ditching 5.56 — these trials fail all the time. It just means they’re taking the first steps. We’ll be keeping tabs on this as it unfolds.

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Knife Review: Cold Steel Golden Eye []

Cold Steel’s advertising is either awesome or awesomely bad or both. For me, its grin-inducing, man-child destruction. But it’s probably not the most informative stuff out there when it comes to actual knife performance. After all, I have yet to be attacked by a car hood. But separate and apart from their advertising, which, if you get over yourself, you too may find it grin-inducing, is a line up of knives that gets better, more innovative, and competitive every year.

First, they roped in the amazing custom maker Andrew Demko. He brought with him, the familiar-but-different Tri-Ad lock. Then the next year, they announced a massive materials upgrade for their entire line of knives. Jumping from AUS-8 to CTS-XHP is the equivalent of going from a Ford Taurus to a McLaren P1. The top tier folders all got XHP, and their fixed blades now run the uber tough CPM 3V.   Even the entry level got new, better steel with some CTS-BD1. Cold Steel is running with the big dogs now.

In 2017 they debuted the HTR deployment system. HTR stands for “hollow thumb ramp.” HTR combines a thumb hole with an angled thumb ramp. The end result is a unique and effective way to open a knife. Pause for a second and read that again. Some fifty thousand years after we invented an object as simple as a knife we are still making innovations. HTR is not without its drawbacks, but over, as implemented on the Golden Eye, it is exceptionally effective. So cool and an easy reason to love knives.



The Cold Steel Golden Eye is a medium to large sized folder. It is more of the more expensive non-limited releases in the Cold Steel line up. It has an ambidextrous pocket clip, which is a rarity on Cold Steel folders. It has a linerless dark green G10 handle. The G10 texture is grippy, but not overly coarse–a significant upgrade from Cold Steel’s older G10, which could easily function as sandpaper (I am not speaking in hyperbole–my video review of the Espada XL shows that the G10 can, in fact, be used as sandpaper).

The blade is made of S35Vn, a well-balanced powder metal steel. The knife, of course, runs the Demko-designed Tri-Ad lock. The Tri-Ad lock works like a lockback but thanks to a stop pin, it is more robust and is self adjusting with wear and use. The handle has a series of gentle finger scallops and there is a half-and-half finger choil allowing you to choke up for more precise and controlled cuts. The blade is a drop point. The knife is exceptionally thin, but quite long and very tall.



I received this knife just as spring was transitioning into summer. There was a tremendous amount of vegetation near one of my favorite stomping grounds with my two boys–an abandoned railroad line. As such, I took the Golden Eye down by the river and did the jackass thing and cut down a ton of greens. I also used the knife in food prep, in breaking down boxes, and in the workshop. I basically used it without concern for the task, though, as always I do not use folders for batonning or prying, though, having seen how well built the Golden Eye was, I don’t think I would have hurt it, if I did these things with it. That said, I don’t recommend doing those things.


The Golden Eye is, in many ways, one of the final steps in the evolution of Cold Steel from bulky brute knives into something with real cutting performance. Demko’s influence on the brand has been very good and the design of the Golden Eye proves it. This knife is thin, runs a hollow grind, and is good in the hand. All of these things are different from Cold Steel folders of a decade ago and all of these things make the current iterations from Cold Steel really great knives.


The HTR bears special mention. I was worried that the angled thumb stud would be, well, painful. I have had two knives in the past with an angled thumb stud–the Kershaw Speedform II and the AG Russell Acies II. Both were made by Kershaw and both were painful to open. Eventually they tore a hole in the tip of my thumb. Not good. Here the HTR is nowhere near as aggressive, but it is actually more effective. By hollowing out the thumb stud, the HTR system grabs a bit of the fat pad of your thumb and that, combined with a bit of toothiness on the steps of the thumb stud, give you a tremendous purchase on the blade. This is not a knife you can flick open, but I never failed to deploy the blade when I wanted to.


There were a few snags in the Golden Eye, none of which make it a bad knife, but merely keep it from the lofty heights of another folder in this size and price bracket–the Spyderco Paramilitary 2.


First, the handle’s finger scallops are distinctly unnecessary. Not only that, if you have slightly smaller or larger than average fingers, they just won’t work for you. Second, as with many Tri-Ad locks this knife has a tremendously large gap between the rear tang of the blade when closed and the handle itself. This area tends to gather lint and dirt. On occasion it prevented the knife from locking up. Once I cleared the debris lock up was dead solid. Third, the HTR tends to be a gunk magnet. In food prep and vegetation cutting liquids and bits of material stuck inside the HTR and around it. A Q-Tip works well in cleaning out the center hole and a folded paper towel does well around the exterior.


All of these criticisms are little things. As built, this is one awesome knife, just a step below the truly great blades in this price and size bracket–the aforementioned Paramilitary 2 and the Benchmade 940.

The HTR really works. It is nice and the gunk magnet issue isn’t the worst thing ever (a similar thing happens with thumb studs, but to a lesser degree). If you are a Cold Steel fan, this should be on your buy list. If you are looking for a knife this size, the Golden Eye is worth a look. I personally prefer the Paramilitary 2, but I can see how others would like the Golden Eye better (a beefier and most substantial tip). The difference in quality is small enough that preference is probably the only real deciding factor.

This is a pricey knife given the materials. Its not obscenely pricey (like an Al Mar Falcon is), but it is decidedly below par in terms of value in the current market. Also, I am not sure if S35VN is a better steel than CTS-XHP, despite Cold Steel’s price premium associated with the former.

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Fighting Sheepdog Rifles: “Custom” is all about what customers want []

“One size fits all” approach to guns is understandable in wartime. Make identical STENs or PPS buzzguns for every slightly trained infantryman and send them off to grease the tracks of enemy tanks.

In peacetime, we can usually afford guns that are customized to individual physiques and preferences. You want a left-handed green AR15 in 5.7×28? No problem! An over and under with the stock skewed to compensate for an old shoulder injury? Step right up and get fitted. Guns can be fun beyond the basic defensive utility. One maker that does a great job of tending to the innermost wishes of its customers and also delivers very high performing guns is Fighting Sheepdog of Oak Ridge, TN.


Some of their guns are relatively mainstream, other than the cerakote scheme. Others stand out due to the unorthodox technical solution. They all have the same features in common: reliability, accuracy, good ergonomics. And what’s good ergonomics or looks for one person might look odd or awkward to others — that’s the whole point of customizing to individual preferences.


Their customers are as diverse, but two categories predominate: military veterans and competitive shooters.


Missy GIlliland

Chase Orr

Chase Orr

DJ Petrou and Alexis Welch

DJ Petrou and Alexis Welch

Besides being useful tools, such guns are objects of pride. It’s no surprise that the author Amie Gibbons incorporates her real-world rifle into the plot of the book Psychic for Sale. Built specifically for the diminutive writer, this rifle is a showcase of advanced materials


The AR appeared in my hands, lighter than it was even in real life. It was made specifically to be lightweight, but still have little kick, a minor miracle of modern engineering accordin’ to Daddy.
The barrel was a fancy, lacy looking weave, to cut down on weight, and the whole thing was painted red with gold swirls on it.
Carvi burst out laughing.
“What?” I asked.
“It’s so pretty,” he said. “Who makes pretty guns?”
“Ummm, the company is called Fighting Sheep Dog,” I said. “Why? I wanted a pretty gun.”

DJ Petrou, an avid shooter, organizer and promoter of mid-South 3-gun events, explains why his FSD-made custom rifle is so impressive. It’s a 0.3MOA rifle (with 77-grain match ammunition) that is also highly portable. How many other rifles can claim both the extreme accuracy and the easy handling at the same time?






I fired DJ’s rifle and it had no suppressor blowback at all. Hitting steel with it at 200 yards was too easy to be interesting for long.


DJ prefers to keep his guns practical and not game-specific. More in his own words:

Designated marksman shooting and what’s it all about.
The “Designated Marksman” is normally considered the one person in an infantry squad who has a rifle and training to engage targets past the normal infantry soldier’s range of 3-400 yards out to say, 6-800 yards. This individual will position themselves in areas like rooftops to get a big picture of the area and provide cover for their squadmates. Their back up weapon is their sidearm which could come into play when moving from position to position close self defense setting.
So for the civilian It can be fun to break out your Bull barrel coyote gun and see what you can hit or build a DMR specific rifle and try one of the competitions that are popping up all around. Let’s figure this all out and see what works for this new shooting discipline. Keep in mind we are looking for Rifle, Optic and Pistol for a whole package.
Since we are aiming to try and compete in some DMR matches we went to a professional for our DMR rifle build, John Young at Fighting Sheepdog of Powell, TN. John is a retired Marine Corps. Long Range specialist with a penchant for guns that hit small targets.
John built us a .223 DMR Rifle based on my personal favorite upper from Gibbz Arms. The side-charging upper allows the shooter to manipulate the bolt without have to raise off the gun like the traditional charging handle. It’s just great and I love it.
Normally you would see 20”+ barrels but John’s choice was a Black Hole Weaponry 18” SPR profile. I was concerned about accuracy but it was all unfounded.  A light, strong Brigand Arms handguard was employed to cover the barrel. This piece is undoubtedly the coolest handguard on the market. It is a tube of braided carbon fiber strands that weigh all of 3 oz and are strong as an ox. Heat instantly escapes the barrel and a cool barrel is an accurate barrel.
Fire control is handled by a CMC flat 2 stage trigger with a 2 lb first stage and 2 lb second. It has a very nice crisp break and is heavy enough to control when your huffing and puffing at the shooting position after a 100 yard run uphill, into the wind.
Finally, the stock which can make or break your build. Why? If your head is not in the proper position you can’t efficiently see and hit your target. Luth-AR makes a wonderful piece. The MBA-3 is possibly the most adjustable buttstock you can find at $160. The cheek piece adjusts up and down, forward and back while the butt plate move in and out, up and down, plus it will cant laterally to match the crook of your shoulder joint. It is amazing and it this unit fits a carbine buffer tube for even more adjustability.
Since choosing a .223 rifle for our endeavor that meant heavier .223 bullets. I tested 2 loads. The bulk of our shooting was done with the HPR ammo 75gr match loads which gave us ½ moa accuracy. That means 1 ½” Groups at 300 yds and 3” groups at 600. IT was great, accurate enough and plentiful. Then I ran into the Sierra 77gr TMK handload. That bad boy is perfect accurate, 1/3 moa, under 1 “ groups at 300 yds. Its great but I have to load them and they are limited for me. Truthfully, either load is plenty accurate to shoot DMR size targets at distance.
The last part of my personals set up is a suppressor from Dead Air Silencers. The Sandman S is a titanium quick release system that is off and on with a few twists.

Fighting Sheepdog makes handguns and rifles other than ARs as well. Before buying an off-the-shelf rifle, talk to them to see if something much better could be made just for you.

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The Comeback of the .44 Special []

What is so special about the .44 Special to make it have a comeback after it had virtually disappeared? It has had on again and off again relationships with handgun revolver shooters since it was originally introduced in 1907 as the .44 Smith and Wesson Special cartridge. Its complete history and study would make an interesting research project.

The .44 Special was created as a lengthened version of the .44 Russian. More power was needed thus more powder had to be accommodated, so the .44 Special was born. It has had a long and illustrious life as a reloaded, and factory ammunition load.

Long before the veritable .44 Magnum officially came along in 1955, the .44 Special had carved out quite a following among handgun shooters. It oddly enough was and is a mild shooting cartridge, but with that .44 caliber bullet diameter, it proved very functional and effective for law enforcement, personal defense, and even hunting.

Though the .44 Special was chambered in a wide offering of handgun models mainly from Smith and Wesson in double action revolvers, in Colt Single Action Army SAAs, other manufacturers offered it as well. A lifetime study could be made of the models, variations, and features offered in .44 Specials by either Smith and Wesson or Colt. These guns are also quite collectable.

The .44 Special handles a variety of bullets from 180 to 240 grains, lead, semi-wadcutters, jacketed solid bullets and hollow points. Velocities run from around 900 to 1035 feet per second though milder loads have velocities in the 750 fps range. The .44 Special is very comfortable to shoot, plus it has a great reputation for accuracy. If you handload your own medicine, then the .44 Special is particularly easy to work with.

Remember also that the .44 Special is to the .44 Magnum what the .38 Special is to the .357 Magnum. The .44 Mag chambers can also handle the .44 Specials, as well, giving some extra utility to the big magnum.

As mentioned many .44 Specials are in the collector’s category, but careful shopping can still find Smiths and Colts. Ruger has announced it is chambering their GP-100 in .44 Special, stainless, 3-inch barrel, and Hogue grips. Ought to be a beauty. Keep checking Gallery of Guns for their stock. If you’d like a mild shooting .44, then the Special is what you want.

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Ten Homespun Prepper Camp Tips []

Without a doubt endless suggestions for prepper camp tips could easily fill a book. We have all read dozens of the neat little handy ideas to put into practice around the house, a bug out camp, or for other uses.

Those of us engaged in the prepper business think of these little tips all the time. I usually stumble into them when working on a new prepper supply project, working around the bug out camp, or other ideas just seem to pop into thought streams sometimes. I pass along a few here that have been recently conjured up.

1. Wrap a pocket propane lighter with several feet of duct tape. The product is a compact,
lightweight way to keep a handy supply of this tape easily available at all times. Duct tape is a basic supply item for preppers to use for repairs, tying things together, fixing leaks to tarps or boots. It also makes a dandy fire starter material.

2. Use multiple heavy paper tubes from the inside of rolls of toilet paper. Fold several in
half and slide inside one tube. Cache these away in to EDC or BOBs. This paper makes excellent fodder for building fires.

3. Use mint tins of all kinds to store small items. This could include medications, misc.
supplies, sewing items, optics cleaning swabs, paper money or coins, nuts and bolts, screws, tubes of super glue, twine, fishing line with hooks and sinkers, you name it. Mark the tins.

4. When packing a BOB, Jump Bag, or other kit, be sure to utilize all the empty spaces. This
includes putting stuff inside of shoes or boots, fill a thermos or screw top drinking cups with rice, beans, pasta, or other dry foods. Line the inside of gun cases with socks, t-shirts, and other small soft clothing items.

5. Use a secure top medical bottle for pills to store matches. These are good for paraffin
soaked cotton balls, too.

6. When you pack socks, fill them with other soft items or stuff that could use some
cushioning. Slide in a flashlight, batteries, a knife, handkerchiefs, or such.

7. Multi-task all types of plastic food containers with locking lids. Uses are endless.

8. Use an over a door sleeved shoe holder for handguns, magazines or ammo.

9. Store batteries in clear plastic tubing with secure caps. They pack easy in the sides of
bags or in the end spaces.

10. Don’t toss those grocery or shopping plastic bags in the trash or even the recycle bins.
These bags choke our landfills, but alternatively have multiple dozens of uses for toting, wrapping, insulation, stuffing cracks, you name it.

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Brass vs Aluminum Cartridge Cases []

There is little doubt that the vast majority of ammunition is loaded with brass cases. This is certainly the situation with rifle ammunition, but for the most part revolver and pistol ammo as well. However, for some handgun ammo loads there is an option. Those alternative cases are formed of lightweight, less expensive aluminum. Are those cases up to the task?

First, let us throw out the concept that aluminum must be a suitable material for many things besides beer cans. Case in point is the decision by Ford Motor Company to manufacture their top selling F-150 pickup truck with aluminum components, mainly fenders, cab, and hood. There must be a reason, but of course automotive decision-making is considerably different from manufacturing ammunition. Trust this though, aluminum ammo cases are more than durable enough to handle handgun ammo loads.

So, why aluminum in handgun cartridges? First of all, they are strong enough, durable enough, and perfectly suitable as an alternative to brass. The main reason for choosing ammunition loaded in aluminum cases is the cost. They are just cheaper than brass cases. Why? Because they are a one-time shot, meaning the aluminum cases cannot be reloaded or reused.

Therefore for a lot of shooting practice the aluminum ammo is a viable choice. Ballistics are basically the same, so if the alum ammo is used for self-defense or hunting, then there would be little difference in performance from brass cased ammo.

Admittedly, handgun ammunition loaded in aluminum cases is limited in availability. Right now the main two factory sources for aluminum cased ammo is CCI-Blazer and Independence Ammo. CCI-Blazer ammo loads a large number of handgun cartridges from the .25 Auto up to the .45 ACP including many loads of popular .38 Special, 9mm, and .40 S&W.

They also have a .357 Magnum load as well as loads for the .44 Special, .44 Magnum, and the .45 Colt. Their cases are aircraft grade aluminum that is heat treated for maximum strength. CCI uses excellent Speer bullets and reliable CCI primers.

Independence Ammo has aluminum cases in 9mm, .40 S&W, and .45 ACP. They also use Speer bullets and CCI primers. Cost effective? An example is a 1050 round case of 9mm for $190 from Natchez Supplies.

If you want or need to shoot more, but cost is a factor, then consider trying ammunition loaded in aluminum cases.

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Oregon: Anti-Gun Bill with Governor Brown [NRA-ILA News]

On July 6, Senate Bill 719A passed the Oregon House. SB 719A has been transmitted to Governor Kate Brown's desk for her signature. Please contact Governor Brown and urge her to veto SB 719A!  Click the “Take Action” button below to contact Governor Brown!


Federal HST .40 S&W 165 Grain Gel Test And Review [The Firearm Blog]

We shoot Federal .40 S&W 165 gr HST ammunition from a Glock 23 with a 4″ barrel into Clearballistics ballistic gel and measure velocity, penetration, expansion/fragmentation, and retained weight. Buy it at Ventura Munitions: Guns in this video: Glock 23 Thanks to our sponsors: Proxibid – Shop For Home Defense Pistols Online Here Ventura […]

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Aimpoint Micro S-1 for Shotguns Now Shipping [The Firearm Blog]

For the last few years, rifles and handguns have had all the optics development love. With a veritable plethora of magnified options for rifles and the explosion of small red-dots on handguns, shotguns have seen little movement – if only because of institutional inertia against optics on scatterguns. From personal experience, even having a semi-auto […]

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How lawmakers keep guns in the hands of the rich [NRA-ILA News]

When it comes to voting rights, any obstacles outrage liberals; even free government-issued IDs are viewed as disenfranchising poor and disproportionately black people. But when it comes to the right to own a gun for self-defense, liberals don't hesitate to pile on fees, ID requirements, expensive training and onerous background checks.


Trijicon Releases 4-16×50 Accupoint Scope [The Firearm Blog]

Trijicon, known for their various firearms optics including the venerable ACOG, the diminuitive RMR, and pistol iron sights, has announced the release of their latest variable power scope. The new 4-16×50 Accupoint is a mid-power offering slowly expanding the Accupoint line from must-have niche products to a full-line brand. Like other Accupoint optics, the 4-16×50 is powered by both fiber […]

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61-year-old man shoots teenager trying to steal his gun on Detroit's west side [NRA-ILA News]

A robbery attempt in Detroit backfired when a teenager picked the wrong man to mess with and quickly learned he wasn't the only person armed.


Elderly homeowner fatally shoots intruder in Lakeland home [NRA-ILA News]

Hillsborough County deputies are investigating the fatal shooting of an intruder in a Lakeland home. According to deputies, two elderly homeowners were awakened by 33-year-old Shane DeShane in their home at 5436 Deeson Rd., north of Plant City, when the male resident shot DeShane. Deputies are conducting interviews and searching the scene.


POTD: How Long Is Your Can? [The Firearm Blog]

My friend Andrew H. is building a clone of the Knight’s M110 rifle and this is the suppressor that goes with it. Size matters and in this case the Knight’s M110 is rather virile.   Here is the M110 SASS rifle.   Here it is with the suppressor atttached.     Why is the M110 […]

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Taran Tactical Base Pads for the S&W Shield [The Firearm Blog]

Taran TacticalTaran Tactical Innovations, known throughout the firearms industry for great accessories, has finally tackled Smith & Wesson M&P Shield magazines. They have produced a base pad for factory Smith & Wesson magazines that wins on curb appeal and adds more rounds (9mm +2, .40 S&W +1). It is important to note that their new base […]

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Military Surplus Patrol VS Assault Pack []

Two of the better military surplus packs on Ebay, as of when this article was wrote, are the patrol pack and three day assault pack.  Both are available in by various sellers through auction or buy it now.  The packs are available in various conditions from acceptable to excellent.

The three day assault packs are  mostly available in ACU camouflage, while the patrol pack is available in woodland camo.  There are some assault packs available in woodland camo, but they are rare and demand a higher price than the ACU version.

Prices as of August 7, 2017:

Assault packs are selling for around $29 and up, depending on condition.  I paid $41.97 + US $10.95 shipping for one in good condition.

Patrol packs are selling for around $29 and up. I paid $29.95 with free shipping for one in excellent condition.


Medium MOLLE – 1,700cu inches.

There is a main compartment with a large outer pouch.  There is a smaller pouch attached to the outer pouch, and a pocket inside the main outer pouch.  This provides a total of four compartments.

Patrol pack – unknown capacity.  I searched for a capacity, but was unable to find anything.  The patrol pack seems to be about 25% smaller than the assault pack.

Has one large compartment and one small outer pouch, for a total of two compartments.

Now for the video.

One of the main differences between the patrol pack and the thee day assault pack, besides size, the assault pack has a zipper on the outer pouch and the patrol pack has a drawstring,

The assault pack has openings at the top of the pack for a water bladder tube, while the patrol pack does not.

Shoulder straps

One of the main differences between the two packs are the shoulder straps.

Patrol pack does not have webbing on the shoulder strap, while the assault pack does.  This means no pouches can be attached to the straps of the patrol pack.

Patrol pack, the top section of the shoulder straps are attached to a metal ring and can be replaced.  The bottom portion of the strap is sewn into the pack.

Assault pack, the top section of the shoulder straps are sewn into the pack and can not be replaced, while the bottom portion of the strap can be replaced.

Assault pack shoulder straps measure three inches wide.

Patrol pack shoulder straps measure two and a quarter inches wide.

While the patrol pack straps are 3/4 inches less wide than the assault pack, the patrol pack has more padding.  The assault pack shoulder straps measure about 3/16 inches thick, the patrol pack straps measure around 1/2 inch thick.


Both packs have webbing on the bottom of the pack.

Both have webbing just above the outer pouch.

The assault pack has built in straps at the top of the pack, the patrol pack does not.

Both packs have an equal amount of webbing on the sides.

The assault pack has side compression straps; the patrol pack does not have compression straps..

Final Thoughts

If I were going on a short hiking trip that lasted a couple of hours, it would be the patrol pack.

If I were going on an all day hiking trip, or even a warm weather overnight camping trip, it would be the three day assault pack.

I wish the assault pack was more popular in woodland camo.

Overall, I look forward to using both packs equally.

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California: Reminder Approved “Assault Weapon” Regulations Webinar Tomorrow, Tuesday, August 8 [NRA-ILA News]

Reminder: Tomorrow, August 8, at 12:00 pm, the NRA and California Rifle and Pistol Association (CRPA) is hosting a free informational webinar on the recently approved Department of Justice (DOJ) “bullet-button assault weapon" regulations.


Omaha Outdoors P-320 Drop Test Video / It failed when dropped on the butt of the gun [The Firearm Blog]

Just when we thought the P-320 saga was put to bed Omaha Outdoors released a video showing the standard model being dropped on the butt of the pistol. The competition model passed the test they explain in their blog post. After talking with Hugh at Omaha Outdoors they performed the drops in the video from […]

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Stageberner: Competitive Shotgun Speedloader meant to Torch your Reload Times [The Firearm Blog]

StagebernerWhen it comes to 3-Gun competitions and competitive shotgun shooting most all competitors are accurate. What can make or break someone’s score is their ability and speed in reloading. A company called Stageberner has come out with a product to speed up everyone’s reload times 2 shells at a time. The way the product works […]

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Democrats: No Guns For The Poor []

Ask voters to have a free government issued ID card, and Democrats will oppose the measure.  According to Democrats, how dare the government oppress the poor by asking them to get a free government issued ID card

However, when it comes to gun rights, Democrats approve of just about every regulation and fee that could be imagined.  Even if the fees disproportionately affect the poor, state legislators vote to keep the fees in place.

The Chicago Tribune has an article that lays bare the facts about Democrats and their oppression of gun rights – How Democrats keep guns in the hands of the rich.

In some states, the poor need not apply even if they are willing to pay these costs. In the Democratic-leaning states of California, Delaware, Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York and Rhode Island, as well as the District of Columbia, people have to demonstrate need for a permit to a local public official.

Los Angeles County illustrates how this discretion results in only a select few wealthy and powerful individuals getting permits. If Los Angeles County authorized permits at the same rate as the rest of the country, it would have around 600,000 permit holders. Instead, only 226 permits have been issued within a population of about 7.9 million adults, and many of them have gone to politically connected individuals, including judges. Indeed, former Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca earned a reputation for awarding permits to people who gave him campaign donations or generous gifts.

One statistic I find interesting:

  • Los Angeles County, 7% of concealed carry permit holders are women.
  • National level, 36% of concealed carry permit holders are women.

If only 7% of the women in Los Angeles County were registered to vote, Democrats would want to know why so few women were voting. There would be studies, investigations and public hearings to find out why so few women were registered to vote.  Democrats would go door-to-door asking women to register to vote.  The same can not be said when it comes to the right to keep and bear arms.

While Liberal leaning news outlets cry foul on equality in the workplace and pay equality, there is no outrage when it comes to the right to own a firearm by women, the poor or minorities.

Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick had this to say about concealed carry license fees,

No Texan should be deprived of their right to self-protection because of onerous licensing fees imposed by the state,


We should treat gun rights just like voting rights.  The ACLU states, “Voter ID laws deprive many voters of their right to vote.”  Gun owners should demand the federal government treat gun rights just like all other rights.

No ID required to vote, then no ID to buy a firearm.

No fee to vote, then for a firearm carry permit fee.

Before voting, citizens most attend a training class.  The cost of the class could exceed $1,000.

Citizens have to explain to a government official why they need the vote.

The federal government should take action against states who have laws prevent the poor from owning a firearm.  Any new gun law passed by a Democrat controlled state should be reviewed by the federal government before the law takes effect.

What’s good for the goose is good for the gander.

We all know voting rights are held to a very high standard.  The same can not be said about gun rights.  Sooner or later people will have to say enough is enough.  Just say no to more gun control laws.

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Supreme Court's next big gun control case? Post-Newtown laws face new scrutiny [NRA-ILA News]

Andrew Turner suffers from partial paralysis in his dominant hand, the legacy of an injury to his right arm while on active duty in the Navy – which is why, according to court papers, the Maryland resident needs a semiautomatic gun to defend himself.The state’s 2013 Firearm Safety Act, however, bars the sale of semiautomatic rifles like the popular AR-15 and AK-47, and sets a 10-round limit on magazines. The law could be at the center of the next big precedent-setting gun case if the Supreme Court takes up a challenge from Turner and others.


Smart-gun advocates: Don’t worry about hacked firearms [NRA-ILA News]

Like all connected devices though, smart guns aren't immune to hacks. At the Defcon security conference last week, a hacker who goes by the name of "Plore" demonstrated how he tricked the Armatix IP1 -- a smart pistol that locks unless it's near a watch with the proper radio signal -- using only $15 worth of magnets.At the symposium, two smart-gun makers played down the threat of hacks against the connected weapons, calling it a "nuisance" but not a roadblock.


Arizona: New state laws take effect Wednesday [NRA-ILA News]

It wouldn’t be a legislative session if lawmakers did not enact some measure under the banner of protecting Second Amendment rights.The measure with the broadest implications doesn’t even mention firearms. Instead, it bars state and local governments from mandating that anyone who sells any property from requiring a background check on the buyer.


Florida: Military Members Boost Right-to-Carry Permits [NRA-ILA News]

Florida has fast-tracked concealed-weapons licenses to 82,000 military members and honorably discharged veterans since terror-related shootings at a pair of military installations in Tennessee two years ago.


Australia: Shooters, Fishers and Farmers Party calls for lowering firearm permit age [NRA-ILA News]

The Shooters, Fishers and Farmers Party wants primary school-aged students to be allowed to use firearms – a position also advocated by the NSW division of the Sporting Shooters Association of Australia."The current minimum age of 12 years restricts access to the sport and limits the ability of interested minors to develop their skills," said Diana Melham, the SSAA NSW's executive director.


Watch: Sig Sauer P320 X-Five Range Day []

We talked about the X-Five in a previous article – Sig Sauer P320 X-Five. The first article talked about the first impressions and specifications of the X-Five. In this article, we get to see the X-Five in action.

The Sig Sauer P320 X-Five is a full sized handgun that is marketed towards competition and range shooters.

Special thank you to the TheFireArmGuy for making another great video.

The P320 won the Modular Handgun Contract (XM17) which replaced the Beretta m9.  There have been accusations the U.S. Military handed the contract to Sig without fully testing the handgun.  It is important to watch the Sig P320 as it hits the civilian market.

How well will the P320 perform when it gets 30,000+ rounds through it?  When some shooters get 35,000+ rounds through the P320, we will see how well it holds up, just like what happened during the M9 testing during the 1980s.

P320 X-Five Features

From the first impressions video.

  • Adjustable blacked out rear sights.
  • Fiber optic front sight.
  • Flared magazine well.
  • Extended beaver tail.
  • Flat faced trigger.
  • Comes with four 21 round magazines.
  • Five inch match grade bull barrel.

Final Thoughts

It is nice to see a handgun company offering consumers so many options.  In the range video, the X-five slide is placed on the frame of a compact model.

Magazines are interchangeable between the different models, which is a big selling point.  In all honesty, it is nice to see another company besides Glock that takes standardization into consideration.  One of the big selling points of Glock, is magazines are interchangeable between different models.  This is something the Beretta APX did not do; 92f magazines do not fit the APX.

Special thank you to TheFireArmGuy for making another great video.  Keep up the excellent work.

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New Nightstick Weapon Lights [The Firearm Blog]

TWM-850XL On PistolNightstick, a brand owned by Bayco Products, announced the company was now selling four new weapon lights for your defensive firearm. The models are the TWM-350, TWM-350S, TWM-850XL and TWM-850XLS. The names may not be catchy, but I suppose not everything can be called Avenger, Patriot or Skull Crusher. These weapon lights mounts to the accessory rail […]

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US Palm Shuts Down [The Firearm Blog]

US PalmUS Palm announced on its Facebook page that the company was shutting down. At this time, the company’s website is inaccessible. US Palm was known for making a range of shooting and tactical products including polymer AK magazines and grips, plus body armor and other gear. “All good things must come to an end, and […]

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French Rifle Ammunition: 8mm Lebel and 7.5mm French [Forgotten Weapons]

Today we are going through the French rifle ammunition used in the Lebel, Berthier, and MAS series rifles – 8mm Lebel and 7.5mm French.

The 8mm Lebel cartridge began as simply a necked-down version of the 11mm Gras cartridge, because that cartridge was already in use in the French Navy Kropatschek rifles which were the basis of the Lebel rifle design. As a result, the Lebel cartridge was significantly tapered and had a large rim (which would cause a series of problems for use in repeating arms in later years).

The model 1886 ammunition was a flat-nosed long conical bullet, with a lead core. The bullet weighed 15g/231gr and had a muzzle velocity of 638mps/2093fps. This was updated slightly in 1891 to strengthen the case and add a crimping groove to the bullet. Designated Balle 1886M, this cartridge would be the standard for almost 10 years.

In 1898, trials of a new spitzer bullet concluded with the adoption of Balle 1886D. This was not just a spitzer bullet, but actually a solid 90/10 brass bullet instead of a lead cored bullet, as this type was simpler to manufacture. The bullet weighed 12.8g/198gr and had a muzzle velocity of 701mps/2300fps.

In 1932, a new loading was developed to give better performance in machine guns, designated Balle 1932N. This was still a spitzer, but returned to the lead core type of construction. Its bullet weighed 15.05g/232gr and had a muzzle velocity of 690mps/2265fps. It was a more powerful round than the preceding versions, and incorporated a thicker neck in the brass. This required reaming out the chambered of existing weapons to avoid overpressure when firing. Converted weapons were marked with an “N” on the barrel and receiver. It is important not to fire this ammunition in unconverted firearms!

Today on the commercial market, the primary source of 8mm Lebel ammunition is PPU (Prvi Partisan). They make a cartridge loaded basically to Balle 1886D specifications, which can be safely used in both N-converted and unconverted rifles. For more information on the 8mm Lebel cartridge, I would recommend “Les Cartouches 8mm Lebel” by Jean Huon and Alain Barrelier.

In 1924, a new rimless cartridge was adopted – the 7.5x58mm. A problem quickly revealed itself, however, because 8mm Mauser ammunition could be chambered and fired in firearms made for the new 7.5mm cartridge – with potentially catastrophic results. To solve this problem, the case was shortened to 54mm in 1929, and the new standard loading was Balle 1929C. This fired a 9g/139gr bullet at 823mps/2700fps and would be the standard French rifle cartridge until the adoption of the 5.56mm FAMAS in the 1970s.


"Only Cowards Carry" - Anti-Knife Campaign In The UK [No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money]

The Essex Police Department in the United Kingdom is partnering with a group called Only Cowards Carry. Part of this partnership includes placing "knife bins" around the area where you can anonymously dump knives and, it appears, other sharp objects. They are calling it knife amnesty and the object is to reduce "knife crime" (sic). They had a post about it up on their Facebook page but it has been taken down according to

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According to the Essex Police Department's website, the bin is in Southend and is part of that town's knife amnesty campaign.

From their website:
In a move to tackle knife crime, Sergeant Kayleigh Webster from Southend’s Local Policing Team sought to have the bin donated to Essex Police by Only Cowards Carry, it will enable the safe disposal of all bladed items handed in as part of the amnesty.

The introduction of the knife amnesty bin in Southend follows bins being placed across the county. Since a trial of a knife amnesty in Tendring in 2014, more than 7,000 knives have been surrendered safely.

Since the launch of the bin, Southend’s Local Policing Team has opened the bin to discover over 30 knives and weapons have been surrendered.

The amnesty is being supported by Essex Police, the Essex Police and Crime Commissioner, Southend-on-Sea Borough Council and the Only Cowards Carry charity set up by Caroline Shearer in memory of her son Jay Whiston who was stabbed to death at a party in Colchester in September 2012.

Sergeant Kayleigh Webster from Southend’s Local Policing Team and her team have been working tirelessly over the past few months to carry out a number of operations around the clock to reduce weapon related crimes and violent crimes in Southend.

In a number of dedicated operations, Sgt Webster’s team have carried out over 50 stop and searches which led to police finding and seizing over 200 knives in Southend. A total of 40 people have been charged for being in possession of an offensive weapon.

Along with continued operations, Sgt Webster believes the knife amnesty bin will take more knives off of the streets of Southend. She said: “Knife crime has a devastating impact on the victim’s family, friends and the community. Having served Essex Police for nearly ten years, I’ve seen first-hand the impact that knife crime can have.
Only Cowards Carry Weapons Awareness is a registered charity - the UK version of a non-profit - located in eastern England. They have five of these knife bins in place and have plans for nine more. They put on a number of workshops in the area.

I feel for any mother who lost her child to a violent crime. However, blaming the tool instead of the actions of the violent offender is misplaced. You see that here in America with the various gun control groups. Moreover, terms like "knife crime" and "gun violence" are oxymorons. The knife didn't commit the crime anymore than the gun perpetrated the violence. They are both inanimate objects incapable of independent actions. It is the violent person who decides to act that is the problem and not the tool. If we are to blame all objects that are used in the commission of a violent act, then we also have steel-toed boot crime and stick on the ground violence. I doubt we'll see any organizations devoted to the outlawing of steel-toed boots or limbs that have fallen on the ground anytime soon.


Federal Agent Shoots Himself In The Foot At Orlando International Airport [The Firearm Blog]

  Talk about “shooting yourself in the foot”. According to local Fox News 35 Orlando, a Federal Agent was removing a slung shoulder bag when it caught the grip of his holstered pistol. It removed the pistol and the agent tried to catch it as it fell. NEVER CATCH FALLING WEAPONS Well this agent never […]

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Ed Brown Products Offers Two New Grip Safeties for 1911 Pistols [The Firearm Blog]

Carry Grip SafetyAlthough the original design is well over 100 years old, people continue to shoot and develop new products for the 1911 style pistol. With about 50 years in the business of 1911 building and customization, Ed Brown Products is one of the companies that has been influential in driving improvements to the gun. Recently, the […]

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Slide Mounted Red Dots by Russel Phagan [The Firearm Blog]

Thanks to Tom R. for sharing this. Russel Phagan has been using slide mounted red dots on his pistols since 2010. He explains in the video above how they are a huge advantage and even mentions the few draw backs to running an optic on your handgun. He started with an RMR then tried the […]

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Loose Round Explodes In The Pocket [The Firearm Blog]

Practical Applications posted a rare occurrence and managed to capture it on video. A shooter was shooting an indoor match when a loose round exploded in his pocket. SHOOTER HAS LOOSE AMMO DISCHARGE IN CARGO POCKET DURING COMPETITION!!! Watch his left pant leg immediately after his 2nd reload! During last night’s Monday Night Challenge at […]

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Blue Force Gear Releases Limited Edition AK Sling Version 6 [The Firearm Blog]

What is old is new again seems to be coming around on a more frequent basis. With “retro” builds and their parts seeing a resurgence amongst builders, it would seem that the market is clamoring for something a bit more than the “next best thing.” If fact, this trend would seem to state that the […]

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High Speed Gear Takes Duty Belts Higher Speed with Duty-Grip Padded Belt [The Firearm Blog]

High-Speed Gear Incorporated, commonly known as HSGI, has been a constant innovator in tactical nylon. Their TACO series of pouches is one of the most popular used by both military and civilian shooters due to its inherent versatility. As a proud owner of one of their padded Battle Belts, I can attest they make some excellent gear […]

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Sunday, 06 August


Gun Jesus Proclaims The Breda Modello 30 Italy’s Worst Machine Gun – I Agree [The Firearm Blog]

Following military trials, especially historical ones, is a wonderful way to learn what not to do for weapons design. While some trails produce a few good offerings like the Garand/Pederson trials, most tend to quickly weed out the inferior designs (like the MHS’s rapid dropping of the Remington RP9 pistol). And sometimes, those trails can pick […]

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Baltimore "cease fire" [Of Arms and the Law]

So Ceasefire announces this will be a weekend without homicides in Baltimore. They'll hold rallies and whatnot to promote peace.

The result:

"But even as ceasefire events continued late Saturday afternoon and into the evening, police reported three shootings, two of them fatal."


Biography: Paul Mauser [Forgotten Weapons]

From the Paul Mauser Archive – M. Baudino CollectionTranslation Gerben van Vlimmeren. For those interested in more detailed information about Mauser’s life and work, I recommend the recent book by Mauro Baudino and Gerben van Vlimmeren, “Paul Mauser: His Life, Company, and Handgun Development 1838-1914“.

From an original article, dated 1931 (Hans A. Krause):

A heavyweight amongst technicians of German ancestry is Paul von Mauser. His greatness is not only visible in his entrepreneurship and his righteousness but also in his iron will and his character.

As the youngest of 13 children of a gun smith working at the Royal Rifle Factory in Oberndorf am Neckar he was born there on the 27th of June 1838. The large number of children in the family made that there was never an amount of wealth present in the marital house. Money problems were always present. But the simple, honest father who also produced ammunition at home after work in order to make some extra money, did not shy away from the costs needed to provide his sons with a good education. With this they should be able to accomplish things that he never could. So besides normal education a special education in drawing and geometry was arranged, all 5 sons followed this education. The were to follow in their fathers footsteps with better results and all had the skills to accomplish this, the strongest however were the two youngest sons Wilhelm and Paul.

At the age of 14 Paul joined the factory, where his father had been working for decades, as an apprentice. The work there did not pay very well but since his qualifications were obvious he was soon given more specialist jobs. He also made minor improvements which also helped his reputation. He followed a short military training and was assigned to the Ludwigsburg Arsenal in 1859. It is interesting that his requests for leave at home were denied because they feared that the rifle factory in his home town would keep him there as a very good gun smith. In 1857 he had the opportunity to study a Prussian needle gun, which he immediately identified with his keen expert eyes as the rifle of the future, and even then he had the plan to occupy himself with the production of this rifle together with his brother Wilhelm after his military service ended. So they started in 1860 in the old paternal workshop with two apprentices. They succeeded in designing, and more importantly, building a breech loading cannon. The credits for this surprising and impressive piece of craftsmanship should go equally to both brothers. The King of Württemberg was offered the design of the new weapon for his consideration; he acquired the model of the gun for the model collection of his arsenal and paid the brothers a modest sum for their work.

It was the foundation of restless new work, but it didn’t lead to improvements on the gun but for researching a new rifle construction, that was based on the principles of the Prussian needle gun. They started in 1863 and already 2 years later the first model was ready: a needle gun with a calibre of 14mm. The shooting tests produced excellent results. The brothers presented their design to the Austrians who, after the war of 1866, were looking at improving their small arms, like all other countries. This step produced no immediate result. But the American called Norris, representative of the Remington rifle factory, at which an older Mauser brother was working, saw the new rifle at the Austrian War Ministry. This made him aware of the Mauser brothers and, recognizing possible business for his factory, contacted them. He bought the rights of the first rifle and contracted the brothers to manufacture the rifle at his costs in Liege, the heart of the Belgian gun industry. On the 22nd of September, 1867 Wilhelm and Paul Mauser went to Liege. Here they absorbed a vast amount of weapons related knowledge and here they also encountered the pulse of international business and learned that not only Germany was available as a possible market, but the entire world. The small residential house at the Rue du Vert Bois in which they lived became the birth place of the German army rifle M/71.

Already in 1869 Norris, for whom the brothers worked exclusively, had offered the rifle to the Prussian state, but Prussia refused. On the 14th of April, 1870, just before the outbreak of the French-German war, both brothers, with little money but with rich experiences, returned to their home town, freed from Norris and his money. Early in May the Prussian military rifle school, where they had presented the gun again, tested the rifle for acceptance as army rifle. Daily shooting trials exposed some issues here and there, which were corrected. Then war breaks out and the brothers have not reached anything. But the war showed that Prussia learned that their small arms needed serious improvements. New negotiations with Wilhelm Mauser in Berlin and Spandau took place, while Paul was constantly working at the work bench at home, improving the rifle. Will power and hard work, both mentally and physically finally produced results under great difficulty: in May 1872 the decision is made by which the model M/71 is accepted as service rifle. The simplicity of use, the increased rate of fire and the improved range were the main reason.

The payment the brothers received for their rifle was 12,000 Taler. Besides that the Prussian government had given them an order for the delivery of some rifle parts. So the brothers had new possibilities and they decided to erect a factory in order to fulfil the contract. They started the construction of a new factory building in their hometown. There were multiple interesting areas for developing such a company, but the brothers decided to stay in their home town. Fifty workers started, their numbers rising every day. The gunsmiths had become factory managers, the wishes of their father had been fulfilled. A major event challenged the brothers soon, however: on the 20th of August, 1874 the new factory building was destroyed by a great fire. But the factory was rebuilt within 8 weeks and at the same time the Württemberg government offered them the Oberndorf Rifle Factory for sale, with the contract to deliver Rifles and Carbines Model 71 to the entire Württemberg Army. The contract was tempting but the money for the purchase was unavailable. After a lengthy consideration the brothers accepted the offer.

With a capital of 300,000 Marks in August, 1874 the Komandit-Gesellschaft Gebr. Mauser & Co. was founded. The factory with some 300 machines was purchased. This purchase demanded new orders and they were able to get these from Bavaria and Prussia. Soon Württemberg was supplied with 100,000 rifles, Bavaria with the needed 250,000. It seemed that the former royal rifle factory was a good asset for the company, much better than anticipated. They were able to produce some 100 – 200 rifles a day and this was needed to secure the business. But soon the number of contracts became too small, while the output had increased to a surprising amount.

This introduced the next challenge: to remain competitive. The entire world called for improved fire speed and this meant capacity problems existed. Soon even the brothers themselves worked in the factory, because even the smallest decrease in output could cause financial problems. But the unusual work ethics of the brothers helped to avoid trouble. Wilhelm was continuously on the road, as he was the designated negotiator, Paul worked constantly at home. All states of the continent were visited and for years, Paul had to carry the burden of production by himself. But it took his brother a lot of courage and will power to allow him to run the factory alone, as he knew very well what challenges there were and he often worried whether his brother at home could cope with all this.

Years passed and at the 21st of January, 1881 Wilhelm Mauser found himself in the small town at the Neckar again, welcomed by factory workers and staff with lit torches. An exhausting battle with a large competitor had drained his energy. It had been too much for him. He did see the introduction of the Mauser repeating rifle M71/84 being demonstrated to the old Emperor Wilhelm in the summer of 1881. But that was the conclusion of his life’s work. He passed away in January, 1882.

His brother, who had to run the company that had become famous all over the world, succeeded in having the magazine rifle ready two years later. Another two years later, as a result of a Turkish contract, the small calibre rifle was developed which would later be accepted as the M98. In 1896 the long years of development of a revolver were ended. Followed by the introduction of the Mauser self-loading pistol, which like the other weapons and the tools made at the factory helped to make Mauser famous all over the world.

Shortly before the outbreak of World War One Paul Mauser, whose work had given his country the best rifle possible, passed away. He would not see the expansion and consequent collapse of his company during the war and afterwards. With him, a man had gone who never lost sight of the soul of his people, their culture, through his technology. A man who not only had a good mind but also a good heart. Even when his work lay in ruins after the war, the ruins had kept his soul alive and new life would spring from it. And from the spiritual and physical strength of the brothers who had founded the company, from deepest humiliation a new company rose from the ashes, inspiring the German nation. Today it produces a variety of products for the peacetime market. It shows that only a strong soul, strong courage and a strong faith can accomplish what seems impossible to others.



Patreon Update and New Perks [Forgotten Weapons]

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$1: Invites to face-to-face meetups
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Not a Patreon supporter of Forgotten Weapons? Perhaps one of these is what you have been waiting for!



Saturday, 05 August


BREAKING: 7.62mm Rifle to REPLACE M4 Carbine – Interim Combat Service Rifle Solicitation Released by US Army [The Firearm Blog]

The US Army has released a solicitation for a new 7.62mm infantry rifle to replace the M4. The Interim Combat Service Rifle program, known to be in the works since April of this year, would replace M4 Carbines in use with combat units with a new weapon in the 7.62x51mm caliber. The new solicitation requires […]

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Weak Stock? Beef Your Rifle Up With The Magpul UBR Gen 2 🏋🏻 [The Firearm Blog]

It isn’t a secret that the standard collapsible stock on an AR-15 can be a bit on the weak side thanks to the pin that holds the stock in place. If you have ever had to mortar your rifle to clear a malfunction and forgot to collapse the stock you know what can happen. The new […]

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Major Fosbery’s Breechloading Prototype Rifle [Forgotten Weapons]

George Fosbery was the British officer (Major, at the time of this particular design) responsible for the quite famous Webley-Fosbery self-cocking revolver, as well as the Paradox system for shotgun slugs and many other lesser known firearms inventions. This rifle was his entry into British trials in the late 1860s for a cartridge firing rifle. Ultimately the Martini-Henry would be chosen, but a nine different guns were put through testing including Fosbery’s.

One of the aspects that Fosbery’s design was particularly well suited for was the requirement that the gun be able to be loaded with a minimum amount of movement required that might interfere with men standing in close formation. Despite this, Fosbery only managed to come in 6th place in the trials, and only a small number of his guns were sold on the civilian market afterwards.

Friday, 04 August


Official Statement :SIG Sauer Reaffirms Safety of the P-320 pistol. [The Firearm Blog]

There has been a big uproar over the last several days concerning the SIG P-320. We’ve all seen a lot of rumors mixed in with some facts. Much to my satisfaction SIG has addressed the situation with a just released official statement. While the Dallas PD emailed us to say they are not allowing their […]

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Maine: Legislature Adjourns from its 2017 Legislative Session [NRA-ILA News]

On Wednesday, the Maine Legislature adjourned from its 2017 Legislative Session.  Thank you to those NRA members and Second Amendment supporters who continued to contact their legislators on firearm-related legislation.


Let Your Congress Members Know that You Support the Hearing Protection Act [NRA-ILA News]

As we’ve previously covered a number of times, the Hearing Protection Act (HPA) is a federal bill to reduce the burdensome and antiquated acquisition process for firearm suppressors.  The bill would eliminate the excessive wait times (sometimes as long as a year) and the burdensome tax on transferring or making a suppressor.


Slide Stop Or Slide Release? I Bet You Don’t Know [The Firearm Blog]

I’ll bet you can’t figure out what is a slide stop and what is a slide release. Even though most people have no idea what the heck the terms mean if anything, the rife thing that is thrown around when talking a slide lock reload it some fool regurgitating what the manufacturer calls the part. […]

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TBRCi Releases Micro Magwell for Glocks Gen 1-3 [The Firearm Blog]

I’m not sure if Glock enjoys the fact that so many of its customers select the previous generation of its products or it loathes it. Most companies that release new products tend to quickly move past the previous generation, but good ol’ “perfect” Glock seems to believe that the new Gen 4 may not be […]

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Five Mailing List To Be On []

There are few things more aggravating that finding out you missed a great sale.  Because of that, there are certain mailing list that are worth subscribing to.

What brought this topic up?

A buddy of mine and I were talking about stockpiling AR-15 magazines.  The focus of the conversation was whether to buy Troy battlemags or P-mags.  I said something along the lines that Troys were cheaper than Pmags by at least $2, depending on where you find them on sale.

My buddy seemed confused.  He found Pmags for around $8.99 on sale, which were the same price of the Troy.  I explained that sometimes Troy magazines have gone on sale for $6.99.  Two dollars each may not sound like very much money.  However, when you buy ten magazines you save $20 and are able to buy buy two more Troy magazines than Pmags.

When the Troy magazines went on sale, I emailed my buddy a link to the sale.

I am going to list some of the companies I subscribe to.  Then, in the comments section of the article, you share some of the companies you subscribe to.

Palmetto State Armory

PSA is my “go to” place for AR-15 parts.  If I just want to gauge the market to see if people are panic buying, I will go to PSA and see what items are in stock.

There have been a few times when I contacted PSA through email, and they were always quick to reply.

Prices are excellent and quality is good, what more could you want.

Primary Arms

Since they are located in Texas, I usually get the package within a day or two.  When I had a question about something and called them, they were always friendly and pleasant to talk to.

Sometimes they have great sales on Pmags.

The Primary Arms optics offer a great value for the price.

Outdoor Limited

There is an article here on AllOutdoor that talks about five places to buy 223 Remington.  Of the five companies listed in that article, only Outdoor Limited answered the phone with a real person.  The people I spoke to were friendly and pleasant.

If you go to Ammoseek and look for 223 Remington, Outdoor Limited is always at the top of the list.

Rather than going to Ammoseek to look at prices, subscribe to Outdoor Limited and get the deals sent straight to your email.

Natchez Shooters Supplies

Natchez carries a wide range of shooting supplies, ammunition, reloading equipment… etc.  They focus more on ammunition than anything else.

If you are looking to buy in bulk, then head on over to Natchez and get on their mailing list.

SG Ammo

Always near the top of the list at Ammoseek.  Rather than having to go to Ammoseek to look at prices, have them delivered straight to your email.

Finally thoughts

This may seem like an ad for the companies listed above, but it is not.  These are companies that I personally subscribe to.

Rather that visiting a dozen sites looking for sales, subscribe to mailing list and have the deals delivered straight to your email.

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POTD: Finnsniper 2017 [The Firearm Blog]

From The Land of the Midnight Sun comes these nice pictures, posted by Sako Finland from FINNSNIPER 2017. Go ahead and try to spot the sniper rifles, optics and equipment if you like. The SAKO TRG M10 and the Tikka T3x TAC A1 are in there anyway.   We will go back to the feelings […]

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The High-Level Hypocrisy of Mayors for Gun Control [NRA-ILA News]

Leona Helmsley, the “Queen of Mean” convicted of income tax evasion and other crimes, is famously said to have said “We don’t pay taxes. Only the little people pay taxes.” The same sense of entitled grandeur – that rules apply to lesser beings – pervades the thinking of many high-profile gun-control notables. For example, ex-New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg is protected by guns carried by his armed security detail, while he spends his billions to undermine the Second Amendment rights of average Americans.


Watch: Molot Vepr AK-74 Review []

As a prepper, I always on the lookout for military style firearms.  In this case, it the is Molot Vepr AK-74.

The good news, Sootch00 made an excellent video where he reviews the Molot Vepr AK-74. The bad news, the rifle is no longer imported because of sanctions against Russia. Hopefully, one day this wonderful rifle will be imported once again.

The AK-74 is a redesign of the AK-47. Rather than shooting 7.62×39 like the 47, the 74 shoots the 5.45×39.


From the Molot Vepr AK74 web page:

  • Heavy RPK-style hammer forged chrome lined barrel
  • 1.5mm stamped receiver
  • RPK-style trunnion block
  • Ribbed polymer handguards with stainless steel heat shield
  • Polymer original Warsaw length buttstock with cleaning kit trap door
  • Windage adjustable 1000m rear sight leaf
  • Scope mount side rail
  • Accepts all mil-spec double-stack AK-74 5.45x39mm magazines
  • 14x1mm left-hand muzzle thread
  • 922r compliant with foreign made magazines

Now for the video.

As Sootch00 mentions in the video, one of the appealing factors of the AK-74 was the low cost of the ammunition. Unfortunately, prices for 5.45×39 are slowly inching upwards.

In the late 1980s and 1990s, one of the appealing factors of the SKS was the low cost of the rifle and 7.62X39. In the early 1990s, you could walk into a gun show with $200, and walk out with an SKS and a 1,400 round wooden case of 7.62×39 hollow point ammunition. If I remember right, the case cost around $89 or $90.  The SKS cost around the same price.

As with 7.62×39, cheap 5.45×39 seems to be drying up. There is a thread on the forum from 2016 that asks, “5.45×39 still worth getting into?”

Even though the Molot Vepr AK-74 is no longer being imported, there are a number of AK-74 rifles still being imported from Poland and Romania.

Special thank you to Sootch00 for making another excellent video.

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On the Steve Gruber Show to discuss Democrats delaying Kevin Hassett's confirmation vote to chair the Council of Economic Advisers [John Lott's Website]

I was on the Steve Gruber show to discuss how Democrats are obstructing even non-controversial confirmations by President Trump.  In particular, they talked about  Kevin Hassett's confirmation to be President Trump's chair of the Council of Economic Advisers.  The show is broadcast on the Michigan Talk Network. (Tuesday, August 1, 2017, from 6:45 to 6:53 AM)

The audio is available here.


Greyboe Announces “Terrain” Stock Now Shipping [The Firearm Blog]

Greyboe – moving from McMillan’s offshoot to its own stand-alone enterprise – has been hard at work getting new products out the market. Originally launching with their “Renegade” and “Outlander” stocks, the “Terrain” is their latest offering, obviously designed for use in hunting applications. It is designed for “natural handing” for “hunting and range use.” […]

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Trailblazer Firearms Announces Folding “LifeCard” Pistol [The Firearm Blog]

trailblazer firearms lifecardTrailblazer Firearms a new gun called the LifeCard. This new firearm is a single shot handgun chambered for the .22 LR. While many people would call it underpowered for any defensive use, the gun has a feature that might change a few minds: it folds in half. When folded, the LifeCard has a length and width similar […]

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Gun sales in post-election lull, but 'not all gloom and doom': Ruger [NRA-ILA News]

Sturm Ruger (RGR) recorded a decline in gun sales during the second quarter, saying demand has cooled off after an election-year surge. In a conference call with analysts on Thursday, Ruger CEO Christopher Killoy said demand slowed “considerably” compared to the same period in 2016, when gun sales got a boost from the presidential election.


Gun Sales Drop Estimated 20 Percent 2016 – 2017 []

Every month the FBI releases information from the NICS Firearm Background Check system. The numbers represent the number of background checks performed before a firearm was purchased. While the numbers do not represent the actual number of firearms bought, they provide a rough estimate.

Background checks are usually performed when the sale is ready to be completed.  Some purchases are denied for various reasons.  So, the number of firearms bought through a licensed dealer is slightly lower than the number of background checks performed.

However, unless required by a certain State, background checks are not performed on person-to-person sales.  So, there is no way to know the number of private, person-to-person sales.

Numbers from the NCIS background check system:

  • July 2016 – 2,197,169 background checks
  • July 2017 – 1,742,546 background checks.

That is a difference of 20.69 percent.

The drop in gun sales have hurt manufacturers,  Ruger recently reported a nine percent drop in their stock value.

Ray of Sunlight

Even though sales are down and everything seems doom and gloom, there is some good news. Background checks for gun purchases are up 130% from July 2007 – July 2017.

July 2007 – 757,884 background checks.

July 2017 – 1,742,546 background checks.

That is a 129.92 percent increase in the a decade.  Let’s go ahead and round that up to 130%

While Obama was President, gun companies got use to record sales.  2016 set a record with 27,538,673 background checks.

President Trump has declared himself a friend of the NRA to gun owners and there is almost no panic buying.  The market is awash with firearms, parts and ammunition.  If you have ever wanted to purchase a certain firearm, now is the time to do it.  This is truly a buyers market.

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First year of loosened rules draws in novice, young hunters [NRA-ILA News]

For some Utahns, taking hunter education is as much a family ritual as baptism, getting a driver license or graduating from high school. But others miss the rite of passage and may never participate in a hunt, even though they are interested.


West Virginia Gov. Justice switches from Democrat to Republican [NRA-ILA News]

West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice announced a party switch Thursday evening in a surprise appearance with President Donald Trump in Huntington, West Virginia. “Today, I will tell you, with lots of prayers and lots of thinking, I can’t help you anymore being a Democrat governor," Justice said. "So tomorrow, I will be changing my registration to Republican.”


Second Amendment Guarantee Act Would Protect Popular Rifles, Shotguns from Antigun Politicians [NRA-ILA News]

This week, Congressman Chris Collins (R-NY) introduced legislation that would shield popular rifles and shotguns, including the AR-15, from being banned under state laws. The bill, known as the Second Amendment Guarantee Act (SAGA), would also protect parts for these firearms, including detachable magazines and ammunition feeding devices.


SVD Rifle Chambered in .300 Winchester Magnum [The Firearm Blog]

Sureshot Armament Group is working on a project of chambering an SVD rifle in .300 Win Mag. Initially, this was just a project for them. However, according to the company’s officials, the amount of interest towards the project may eventually lead them to sell the converted rifles and even make brand new .300 Win Mag […]

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Firearm Registration + Bureaucratic Incompetence = Seizure of Innocent Veteran’s Guns in New York [NRA-ILA News]

It had all the makings of a dystopian political thriller. Sheriff’s deputies unexpectedly descend onto the property of a law-abiding 70-year-old Vietnam veteran and insist they have a writ to seize his firearms. The document, however, is obviously flawed. Different Social Security numbers appear in different places. The man knows he’s never been in trouble with the law. And he had certainly never appeared before a judge on the issue of his firearm ownership. When he tries to point out the obvious mistake, he is ignored. All the police want to know is where his guns are.


Watch: Sig Sauer P320 X-Five []

TheFireArmGuy has made another excellent video, this one is about the Sig Sauer P320 X-Five. The X-five is a full sized handgun with a five inch barrel that is marketed towards competition and range shooters.


These features were listed in the video.

  • Adjustable blacked out rear sights.
  • Fiber optic front sight.
  • Flared magazine well.
  • Extended beaver tail.
  • Flat faced trigger.
  • Comes with four 21 round magazines.
  • Five inch match grade bull barrel.

Now for the video.

From the P320 X-Five web page.

The P320 X-Five 9mm incorporates all of the most important features to maximize accuracy, shootability and ergonomics while maintaining the modularity of the standard P320 platform.

On a personal note, I like it.  However, I wonder how the open slots in the slide affect reliability in dirty conditions?  The Beretta 92f has an open slide design, but it is open all the way down the barrel.  With the 92f, dirt does not get trapped under the slide.  Then again, the X-Five is marketed towards range shooters.

It would be nice if the X-Five were offered in 45acp.

In an era of compact and sub-compact handguns, it is nice to see a company releasing a full sized handgun.

TheFireArmGuy mentions the magazines from the X-Five will fit his other P320.  It is about time gun companies, besides Glock, paid attention to magazine standardization.  Sharing magazines between handguns is a big selling point.

It will be interesting to see how the Sig Sauer P320 X-Five when it gets on the range and goes head-to-head against other brand names.

Special thank you to TheFireArmGuy for another great video.

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The German WWII Standby: The MP38 and MP40 SMGs [Forgotten Weapons]

The MP40 is an iconic piece of World War 2 weaponry, and it’s about time we took a closer look at its development…

Thanks to the Institute of Military Technology for allowing me to have access to these three examples so I can bring them to you!


Bass Pro Shops Stocking Silencers? [The Firearm Blog]

Sharp eyed TFB reader “RB” spotted an Instagram post showing SilencerCo suppressors and accessories on display at a Bass Pro Shop location. The original posting picture, ironically enough, was made by The Farm Gun Works, a firearms dealer in Naples, Florida specializing in the sale and transfer of NFA regulated items such as silencers. According […]

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Helmet Shaped AR-15 Lower Receivers are the New Trend! [The Firearm Blog]

We’ve already seen all kinds of stylized magazine wells of AR-15 lower receivers – skulls, hog heads and whatnot. Looks like for 2017 the helmet styled magwells are in trend. Two companies offer them right now. Sharps Bros., known for making the majority of (or all of them) above-mentioned variations, came up with an AR-15 lower receiver […]

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TFB gets Hands-On with the new Wilson Combat EDC X9 at Hughston Shooting School’s Range Demo Day [The Firearm Blog]

Recently, my local FFL and Range held a Range Demo Day featuring products from Wilson Combat, Silencerco, Heckler & Koch, Blue Bullets, and Vortex Optics.  I was Volunteering my time for the most part, but got to try some products at the end of the day.  One of the most anticipated products at the range day […]

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Carrying a Tiny Gun is Stupid. [The Firearm Blog]

Before we get started, I need to get something out of the way. TFB readers are the smartest, most handsomest human beings on the planet. But in any group there is a small, but extremely vocal sub group who simply cannot get their heads around ideas like relative differences. So when I say that small […]

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Tulster Releases H&P VP9SK Holster [The Firearm Blog]

Tulster, a Jenks Oklahoma, based company has proudly announced the release of their latest holster, their IWB profile holster for the Heckler & Koch VP9SK. The VP9SK is the newly released smaller brother to the well-received VP9. The new holster is designed… From the ground up, the IWB Profile Holster for the Heckler & Koch VP9SK is […]

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WWII Training Video – German vs. American Machine Guns [The Firearm Blog]

Right feared for its prodigious rate of fire, the MG-42 was nicknamed “Hitler’s Buzzsaw”. The US Army quickly learned that troops often hesitated when encountering the weapon, with its fearsome reputation and rate of fire overriding the common sense that it was indeed, just a machine gun and shooting that fast goes through a ton […]

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F4 Defense Launches Amidst Originality Controversy on Flagship F4 Reciever Set [The Firearm Blog]

F4 Defense, a new firearms company who’s Mission Statement includes: “F4 Defense is unrelenting in its pursuit of innovative and game changing weapon platforms for the military, LE, and civilian markets” is launching its first rifle to a bit of a controversy. Through Facebook, Blacklist Industries President Reco Simms has contended that the design of […]

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Thursday, 03 August


One to Watch: Boker JB Stout Lateralus []

Boker has had some really awesome collabs recently–the Lucas Burnley Kwaiken series is probably as good as a company could hope for in a collab. But they have also had some duds, where the knife is but a pale imitation of the original custom. They usually have some kind of major concession–lesser steel (440C, ugh), lost design feature, or slight form change. The Boker Stout Lateralus has few, if any concessions.

Jason Stout, a former tool and die maker, is a custom knife maker from Tennessee (part of the illustrious West Tennessee Knife Makers Association of West Tennessee). His knives are known for their complex and impressive grinds and his somewhat Art Decco styling. The Lateralus is one of his mainstay designs, along with the Blood and Thunder. The collab with Boker marks his first major collab and his second foray in to large batch production (he previously released a Midtech).

Stout’s designs tend to polarize the knife community. Some folks marvel at Stout’s ability to create insanely complex grinds on the blade. These people also appreciate the bulk of his designs and his machining flourish. Some feel these complex blade grinds are a challenge to use and maintain. Regardless of their utility, a Stout tanto grind blade is a true master class in grind and execution. Though he has not been around as long, Stout’s work ranks near some of the true grind masters of the custom tactical world, folks like Mick Strider and Jason Knight. These are makers, who, like Stout, make complex grinds one of the aesthetic focuses of their blades.

Overall, the Boker Lateralus looks like a nicer knife among the Boker collabs, more Kwaiken and less dud. First, Boker translated the machining details of Stout’s handle quite faithfully. Further, they thought to include the fuller that appears both on the original Lateralus and many other Stout designs. Finally, they included a bearing pivot to make sure that the flipper works smoothly.

The knife is going to be a heavy knife, despite the 3.5 blade. The stock is thick, and the handle scales are likewise. And, as a concession to its production status, the Lateralus will run stainless steel handles, as opposed to the titanium of the original. Specs show the Lateralus will tip the scales at almost 5 ounces. Finally, the steel is D2. The price is decent for the materials, with the knife running $89.95 street. While this is not competitive with high end production folders, it is still a well-respected steel and something Stout often uses on his customs, especially when his started making them.

The Lateralus looks intriguing. Boker’s collabs have such a wide range of quality, but I hope this knife is more like the Burnley blades than others. In the end, Boker has long mastered the “look” portion of a custom collab. Its the fit and finish that has always been remiss. Some Bokers, like the first few runs of the Exskelibur, have been poorly finished. Others, like the Mini Kwaikens, have been gems, fixing problems from earlier models (such as the exposed point on the original Kwaiken). Let’s hope the Lateralus nails the finish, as it certain captures the look of the Stout original.

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The Mystery Marlin []

Being fascinated by guns is a great hobby. The study never ends and there are all sorts of avenues of intrigue around every corner. To many this is a highly boring subject, but for true firearms enthusiasts these investigations can provide endless enjoyment of knowledge enhancement. You never know when a new mystery might pop up.

Case in point. Recently I have been working on putting together a prepper-survivalist-hunter rifle package of a different sort. As an alternative to traditional thinking along the lines of an AR semi-auto, self-defense, tactical type rifle, I have opted for a new approach based on the Marlin lever action.

The concept originated by wanting a short barreled, quick handling rifle for use inside of a pop up hunting blind. I find the regular 22-26 inch barreled deer rifle too cumbersome to handle inside a blind. I wanted a 20-inch or shorter barrel in a caliber capable to take a deer. The classic lever action 30-30 was my target choice. I started researching the options.

In another installment I will profile several classic models of Marlin rifles, but the one I focused on for this project was the Marlin 336 Compact. Well, I thought it was the compact model, but in some cases this version is also listed as the “youth” model. So, which is it?
If you do a traditional internet search for this rifle model, all kinds of conflicting information turns up. If you visit several gun shops, which I did, then the confusion gets even more convoluted. First, it seems the compact or youth models of the 336 can be rather difficult to find. Neither model is currently listed on the Marlin web site.

One would think this rifle was created for the young hunter with a shortened stock length of pull with a shorter barrel. Apparently other shooters have the same idea I had. It is or would be a quick handling, jump shooting lever gun, ideal for woods hunting, stalking, prepper use, property patrol, and such in a fully capable 30-30 cartridge. Ammo is easy to find and affordable.

What I found at dealers is two versions or four. Some “youth” or “compact” models have plain hardwood stocks, others laminated wood. Some have a gritty matte finish, other a smooth black finish. Otherwise specifications are the same. Retail prices varied from $379 to $469. What I finally got was a 336Y, box also marked “compact” with the laminated stock. More on this mystery model later after full trials.

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Thermal Sights for Prepping: Necessity or Overkill? []

The recent announcement of a batch of new FLIR Thermal Sights starting at only $2199 MSRP (so you know they’ll street for less) has me salivating.

I want one in a serious way, and not just for hogs. This kind of thing could really give a prepper an edge in a SHTF scenario. Any kind of night vision is awesome, but thermal would be a real boon. The ability to detect the heat signature of a living being can let you see fresh footsteps and tracks on a hard floor, or give you a sense that someone is hiding behind thin cover.

Yeah, it’s a bit of electronic gadgetry, so batteries would be an issue, but I tend not to worry about batteries. (For more on exactly why I don’t care about having batteries in my optics, read this.)

As for the idea of a North Korean EMP frying my FLIR before I get a chance to shoot post-apocalyptic raiders with it, not gonna happen.

So I’ve been waiting a few years for the prices on this stuff to come down, and I’m thinking 2018 is definitely going to be my year.

But am I nuts? Is thermal vision overkill?

I’ve the rest of my arsenal pretty well squared away: a main battle rifle, a couple of AR-15s, shotguns, handguns — I feel pretty good about all of it, including mods and optics.

I’ve got a decent stash of ammo, but you can never have too much ammo. So maybe I should skip spending on a FLIR and just buy more ammo.

I need help, here. What’s a prepper to do? To FLIR or not to FLIR, that is the question.

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FLIR Announces New ThermoSight Series []

As technologies continue to expand the horizons of shooting and hunting, thermal sighting devices are becoming more popular than ever. Much of this started of course in the military realm where spotting potential target threats was made much easier by picking up heat signals of the enemy on the battlefield.

Later hunters, especially hog hunters, took up the use of infrared imaging and thermal devices to help pick out these targets in the fields and woods. Now, as hog hunting has become a top priority in many states, these technologies are being deployed more and more.

FLIR Systems has been a top producer of this type of equipment. Now, FLIR has announced the introduction of a new Pro Series of Thermal Weapon Sights. Three versions of the new Thermosight include the PTS233, PTS533, and PTS733, which in order have lens sizes of 19, 50, and 75 millimeters with 4x digital zoom. These sights were fully designed with the outdoor enthusiast markets in mind as well as other use applications. If you are a hog hunter, you are going to want to check out these new thermal imaging devices.

These thermal sights are powered by the FLIR Boson thermal camera core which delivers smaller, lighter optics with increased image capabilities and range. The FLIR Pro Series has enhanced object detection with clear thermal images in any light intensity from low contrast daytime light to total darkness. This sight also peers through smoke, haze, and light fog.

“The FLIR ThermoSight Pro Series provides feature rich functionality to offer the security, law enforcement, and tactical markets a weapon sight with superior thermal imaging technology. This new Boson-based thermal weapon sight series represents the most advanced recreational scope line for FLIR, setting the bar for size, weight, power, and performance,” says Dmitry Rocklin, Vice President of FLIR Outdoor and Tactical Systems.

Other features of these FLIR Thermosights includes 320×256 thermal resolution, Bluetooth 4.0, and USB-C connectivity, and user controlled imaging palettes and image enhancement filters. Device recording permits for the internal storage of up to two hours of video or 1000 JPEG images. These sights also include the feature of a digital compass and inclinometer. FLIR’s Thermosights are also designed for quick attach mounting on weapons systems.

The initial sight offering is available now in the PTS233 with a suggested retail price of $2199. The other two Thermosights will be available later this year. For more information check out FLIR’s web site.

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Texas Man Learns the Hard Way: When You Shoot an Armadillo, Bring Enough Gun []

You read about this kind of thing periodically, but some people still don’t believe it happens. I’m talking about the one where the guy shoots at the armadillo and the bullet bounces off the shell and hits something or someone.

In this case, he shot the critter with a .38 and one of the bullets came back in his face:

DALLAS (Reuters) – An East Texas man was wounded after he fired a gun at an armadillo in his yard and the bullet ricocheted back to hit him in his face, the county sheriff said on Friday.

Cass County Sheriff Larry Rowe said the man, who was not identified, went outside his home in Marietta, southwest of Texarkana, at around 3 a.m. on Thursday morning. He spotted the armadillo on his property and opened fire.

“His wife was in the house. He went outside and took his .38 revolver and shot three times at the armadillo,” Rowe said.

Whenever I shoot a nuisance critter, I almost always reach for a .308, no matter the size. That’s definitely true of the last armadillo I shot.

Of course, I think armadillos should be left alone unless they’re posing a threat, and it’s not clear that this one was.

How could an armadillo pose a threat, you ask? In my particular case, the armadillo was burrowing in the garden right in front of our house, and our two dogs were periodically getting into it with him and biting at his shell. Armadillos carry diseases, including leprosy, so didn’t want the dogs biting at this armadillo’s shell and then coming back in the house and kissing my kids on the face.

So the ‘dillo had to go. I grabbed my trusty .308, an LMT LM8MWS with a Geissele trigger and a JPM silent capture spring, and shot him down in his burrow. Then the next morning I had to dig him out, which was super smelly and gross and not awesome.

At any rate, the lesson is clear: when shooting the Texas state critter, bring enough gun.

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Budget Revolver Review: The EAA Windicator .38 Special/.357 Magnum Review (and Score) [The Firearm Blog]

In this episode of TFBTV, James tests out EAA’s budget revolver, the EAA Windicator.  EAA says of the Windicator: “It’s not the sleekest, or the lightest, or even the prettiest, but the Windicator is ready when you need it! With its six shot, double/single action, the Windicator gets the job done! ” James puts this […]

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Sturm, Ruger Stocks Drop Nine Percent []

The market is awash with firearms, prices are dropping across the board, gun owners have a friend in the White House, and Ruger stock dropped nine percent drop in one day.

Gun owners have a buyers market, the likes that have not been seen in recent history.  So, why aren’t people buying everything they can get their hands on?

From CNBC – Trump is bad for the gun business: Sturm, Ruger sales plummet.

Shares of Sturm, Ruger & Company plummeted nearly 10 percent on Thursday after the gun maker reported second quarter sales fell 22 percent from the year-ago quarter when President Barack Obama was in office.

In a press release, Sturm, Ruger attributed the drop to an unusual spike in demand last year associated with politics. The company said last year’s spike was “likely bolstered by the political campaigns for the November 2016 elections.”

Guys and gals, I am going to preach from the soap box.

Gun grabbers already say gun owners are reaction buyers.  When there is talk of a gun ban, sales go up.  It is pretty clear President Obama was the best gun sales person ever elected President.  During the eight years Obama was in office, sales were through the roof.  If the economy needed a boost, all Obama had to do was utter the word “gun”, and nothing else.

Not buying guns and ammunition while trump is president fuels the stereotype that gun owners are a bunch of paranoid rednecks.  Only when there is talk of a gun ban are we concerned about our right to buy a firearm.

There is an old saying, “If you do not use something, you lose it.”  Based on that saying, we should be exercising our rights to keep and bear arms regardless who is president.

We should be buying so many guns, that gun grabbers cry themselves to sleep every night.  Why aren’t the gun grabbers waking up in cold sweat?  Because gun owners stopped buying.


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Another Full-Auto Meltdown from the Mad “Scientists” at IV8888 – This Time a Cheap AR [The Firearm Blog]

After learning from the first video and subsequent “meltdown” tests, Eric at IV8888 has upped his game – now using a flak jacket and armored mask to protect him from the entertaining tomfoolery of taking a weapon well past any reasonable point of use seeing where it will fail. The latest test subject is a […]

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Battenfeld Releases BOG-POD RSR – Rapid Shooting Rest [The Firearm Blog]

It would seem that Battenfeld is not content to rest on their laurels – instead oinnovating new ways to make shooters lives easier. Battenfeld is expanding their BOG-POD line of products, which “have become the standard for quality and durability in monopods, bipods, and tripods.” Assuming that line holds true, the new BOG-POD Rapid Shooting Rest […]

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California: NRA and CRPA to Host Webinar on Approved “Assault Weapon” Regulations [NRA-ILA News]

The Office of Administrative Law ("OAL") officially approved DOJ’s proposed “bullet-button assault weapon" regulations on July 31, 2017.  These regulations are now law, and they (among other things) govern how owners of certain “bullet-button assault weapons” are to register their firearms with DOJ by July 1, 2018.


More Good News: Trump, Sessions Crack Down On Violent Criminals [NRA-ILA News]

Stacy Washington details how the Trump administration is prosecuting felons with guns more vigorously than the previous administration.


Man shot while breaking into sister’s home [NRA-ILA News]

A New Hampshire man was shot Wednesday while trying to break into a family member’s home in Dighton, according to the town’s police department.


Armed neighbors help stop Jeffersonville home intruder [NRA-ILA News]

Neighbors on one Jeffersonville street immediately became first responders after a man forced himself into one of their homes. Shots were fired, but fortunately no one was hurt. Antonio Hickerson, 36, is currently behind bars and made his first court appearance Wednesday morning.


Greenwood Homeowner Holds Burglary Suspect At Gunpoint [NRA-ILA News]

An Indianapolis man is in jail after police say he broke into someone’s home only to be held by the homeowner at gunpoint until the cops arrived.


POTD: ACR Stocks For Every Occassion [The Firearm Blog]

The Magpul ACR stock seems to go well with almost any rifle. Polenar Tactical posted up this AK on their Instagram account and it is sporting an ACR stock. Here are some other popular examples of ACR stocks on non-ACR rifles.     Which one do you think makes the best use of the ACR […]

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Ruined Your 80% Lower? The Good News Is You Aren’t Alone | Gun Guy Thoughts [The Firearm Blog]

Let’s face the facts, it isn’t hard to ruin something if your primary tool of destruction is a Dremel. Over the years, table top gunsmiths have ruined more firearms than I care to think about using JB Weld, paint, welders and even carefully applied Duck tape to hide their sins. But what if you didn’t run […]

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NJ Spent $482K for 4,775 Guns, Just to Melt Them []

A gun buyback program conducted in three New Jersey counties is being hailed as the most successful in state history.

A record setting 4,775 guns were bought at a cost of $481,620.  Those 4,775 guns will be heading to the melting pot.

From New Jersey 101.5 – NJ paid $482K in cash to get these guns in order to melt them.

The gun buyback program that was held in Camden, Newark and Trenton on Friday and Saturday is being hailed as the most successful program of its kind in state history.

The article goes on the say:

Porrino pointed out more guns were collected during this buyback event than had ever been collected in a single year by law enforcement arrests and seizures, and this buyback total was at least 2,000 higher than previous ones held around the state.

He said assault weapons are designed to pierce body armor, “and getting just one off the street has tremendous value, not to mention getting 129 off the street in two days.”

Porrino said a total of $481,620 in cash was paid out for the guns, all of it coming from criminal forfeiture funds.

A number of the firearms handed in were from people who simply wanted them out of the house, which is understandable. If someone does not understand gun safety, they may feel safer with the firearm out of the home.

The big question, how well do gun buyback programs affect crime?  Chances are, the firearms being handed in were not owned by gang members or criminals.  They were sitting in a closet collecting dust and someone took the opportunity to sell the firearm.

While writing this article, I did a Google search for “crime goes down after gun buyback”, and was not able to find anything to support the claim that gun buyback programs reduce crime. If buybacks do not reduce crime, why are governments spending money on them?

Next question, would that $481,620 been better served by spending it on community outreach programs? Maybe give college grants to young adults who could not afford to go to college? How about set up job training programs at the local community college?

We all know the answer to that question. Buyback programs are not about crime, they are about disarming the poor and needy.

It appears the local government of three New Jersey counties would rather buy firearms that are collecting dust and then melt them down, than to help undeserved communities.

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Brady Campaign: We turned ‘Dear Abby’ into a ‘gun safety’ advocate [NRA-ILA News]

Advice columnist Abigail Van Buren, known around the world as “Dear Abby,” found herself in the middle of the gun-safety debate after a series of columns she wrote responding to firearms in a family’s home.


Are 'smart guns' the answer for improved policing? [NRA-ILA News]

WASHINGTON — Ahead of a conference on ‘smart guns,’ a small survey of police officers shows some LEOS are interested in firearms that can only be operated by the authorized user. However, concerns remain about how secure smart guns are in light of recent hacks of the firearms.


DOJ Cracks Down on Illegal Firearms: Charges Up 23% From Last Year [NRA-ILA News]

The legislative director of the NRA said the Trump administration has undertaken a "fundamental change" when it comes to going after illegal guns.  The Justice Department is on pace this year to prosecute the most illegal weapons cases since 2005. There have been more than 2,600 illegal firearm charges this year, up 23 percent from last year.


The Second Amendment has won (again) in Washington. So why won't the Supreme Court fully enforce it? [NRA-ILA News]

Washington, D.C. residents, you don’t have to holster your Second Amendment rights anymore.  Unfortunately, residents of many other states like California don’t have the same ability that D.C. residents now do to protect themselves.


Nude man walks into Tempe home, homeowner holds man at gunpoint [NRA-ILA News]

Tempe police said the naked man was able to crawl over a fence in an alley to gain access to the home. The suspect entered the house though an unlocked door. Two adults and two children under the age of four were all in the home at the time. The suspect told the family he was "invited" to this particular home and would pay the homeowner in diamonds. After the homeowner, Tyler Piltz, held the suspect at gunpoint and chased him out, the unknown man allegedly found clothes in an alley and put them on before fleeing the area, officials said.


Strike Industries EMP S&W Shield Magazine Extension Now Shipping [The Firearm Blog]

Strike Industries has announced that the new EMP base plates for the S&W Shield are now shipping so I guess one could say that STRIKE’S GOT EXTENDOS! Mighty fine looking extendos that look like they could very well be factory if it wasn’t for the SI logo discreetly placed on the side. Following on the success of the […]

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Preppers, Developing Self-Reliance []

This film from 1951 talks about how we can work on self-reliance.

One example from the video, young people learn it is easier to let people do stuff for them than to do it themselves.  We can take those examples and apply them to prepping.

When it comes to prepping:

It is easier to let someone else grow your food than grow it yourself.

Rather than go hunting, let someone else put meat on the table.

Do you eat fish?  Do you buy it or catch it yourself?

It is amazing how times have changed over the past few decades.  Why isn’t stuff like this video taught in schools?  Rather than teaching young people to be self-reliant, the government has developed a system of teaching people to be dependent.

For example, rather than encouraging people to grow their own food, cities issue tickets to people who grow their own food.

From Houston, Texas – SW Houston woman wages legal battle with city over garden.

Mitchell was shocked in March when someone in the neighborhood apparently called 311 and complained to the City of Houston about her yard. An inspector came out and promptly gave Mitchell’s yard a yellow tag.

The city effectively told her she had to trim back plants to no taller than nine inches and also remove the weeds.

Everything over nine inches tall has to go. That means no:

  • Squash
  • Zucchini
  • Tomatoes
  • Peppers
  • Onions

Nine inches excludes almost everything, except maybe spinach.

Rather than encouraging people to be self-reliant and to grow their own food, cities all over the nation sue people for having a garden.

What do the actions of Houston tell people?  To be dependent upon others.  As a native Texan, I am ashamed of Houston for their actions.  Let the people have a garden and grow their food.

In the video, a teacher hands a student the following list:

1. Assume responsibility.

2. Be informed.

3. Know where you are going.

4. Make your own decisions.

If we look around at modern society, the vast majority of people pay more attention to celebrities than what is going on in the government.

On a personal note, I like how “assume responsibility” is listed first.

I may have to add “Self-Reliance by Ralph Waldo Emerson” to my library.

What are your thoughts on the video?  Did you get anything out of it that relates to your prepping ideology?

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Five Essential Everyday Carry Items []

In a previous article the question was asked, “Are you carrying too much EDC?”  Let’s expand on that article and talk about the types of Everyday Carry (EDC) someone may carry.

Why should someone be concerned with EDC?

It is gear that helps us get through daily life.  The items will vary from person to person, depending on their daily routine.


Not a cheap wallet like those sold at the corner store, but a nice leather wallet.  Something that can hold picture ID, cash, debit card… and a few other things.  The wallet should not be so large that it extends past the top of the pants pocket.

When I was in high school (early 1980s), my mom took a piece of paper, wrote contact names and phone numbers on it, and put the piece of paper in my wallet.  The contact list stayed in my wallet for over a decade.

A wallet is viewed as a place for ID, cash, pictures, credit card… etc.  It is also one of the first places rescue workers look when there is an accident.

Take a piece of paper, write down names of close friends, relatives and their phone numbers.  Maybe include an address or two.  A lot of people do not answer phone calls from numbers they do not recognize.  Having a phone number does not help if the person does not answer the call.


Keys?  Really?  That should be a given, everyone should carry their keys.  Not just keys, but also a key to your parents, brother or sisters house.

Here is the thing, if something were to happen to your parents, brother or sister, you may need entry to their home.

Also, if you ever need an emergency place to sleep, get permission to crash on the couch or floor.  Let’s say the roads are blocked, floods washed a bridge out.. etc, you are not able to get home, but you have a place to go.


Small flashlight that uses a single AAA battery.  I like to use lithium batteries.

Since the late 1980s I have carried two different EDC flashlights:

There have been numerous times when I needed a flashlight and used my EDC light.


Check local regulations before carrying a knife.  For example, assisted opening knives are prohibited in certain states.  Even here in Texas, assisted knives were restricted by law for several decades.

If you are going to carry a knife, do it with style, and buy a Case.  Case knives are top quality, look nice and avoid tacticool.

A classic Case knife will draw less attention than a tacticool looking assisted opening knife.

Wrist Watch

Believe it or not, watches are becoming a thing of the past.  Everyone has a cell phone, so why wear a watch?

Rather than making an argument against phones, let’s just say watches are reliable.

My go to watch is a Timex Expedition, brown face, OD green band. The battery is replaced every three years or so.  If I remember right, the watch cost around $30 – $35.

Final Thoughts

As I write this, I am 49 years old.  As I look back over the decades, my EDC today is not very different from the late 1980s.  The brand names may change, but the type of EDC is remained unchanged.

Was anything overlooked?  What do you carry that is not on the list?

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The Saint is Now Available in FDE [The Firearm Blog]

Saint FDESpringfield Armory recently announce the company was building the Saint AR-style rifle with flat dark earth (FDE) furniture. The new gun is similar to the base model, but with the polymer handguard, stock and pistol grip with the FDE color. The barrel, receivers and other metal parts keep the black finish. As with the original […]

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NRA Backs Gillespie in Virginia Governor’s Race [NRA-ILA News]

Gun Rights Group Backs Vogel for Lt. Gov, Adams for Attorney General


M34: The Berthier Converted to the 7.5mm Rimless Cartridge [Forgotten Weapons]

With the end of World War One, it was finally possible for the French military to replace the 8mm Lebel cartridge with a modern rimless cartridge, and they wasted no time in doing so. By 1924 a new round had been adopted, and along with it a new modern light machine gun. Next, the arsenals would start working on converting 8mm rifle to the new cartridge. The first candidate was the Lebel, and in 1927 a conversion was approved and a batch of a few hundred made – but this was a more expensive and time consuming process than anyone wanted. After some brief trials, it was decided to work on adapting the Berthier instead, and in 1934 a conversion designed form St Etienne was approved as the 1907/15-M34.

This new design used a new 22.5″ barrel (570mm), a Mauser style internal 5-round double stack magazine, and new sights. The receivers and trigger parts were retained from the rifles being converted, along with the nosecaps and barrel bands, but not much else. Still, these conversions were put into production alongside the manufacture of new MAS-36 bolt action rifles. By the time of the German invasion about 63,000 M34 Berthiers had been converted, and were issued to frontline troops. They would fight in the Battle of France, and would also be used by German occupation forces as the Gewehr 241(f).


ATF Implements Instant Form 3 Approvals [The Firearm Blog]

In an actual blessing bestowed upon the National Firearms Act (NFA) community as a whole, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE) has begun rapid approvals of Form 3 transfers between dealers, distributors and manufacturers. In case you aren’t an NFA process nerd like myself, these non-taxed transactions occur between FFL holders to […]

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Live Fire Test of Fischer Development Glock QD Suppressor [The Firearm Blog]

Remember the Fischer Development QD suppressor for the Glock? Erik B. posted an article about it back in March. Click here to refresh your memory. Fischer Development has posted a video of a live fire test. Ignore the tactical masturbation at the beginning. The concept is rather interesting. The suppressor attaches to the accessory rail […]

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Dave Workman And SAF Win Against City Of Seattle (Updated) [No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money]

The City of Seattle thought adding a "gun violence tax" of $25 for every firearm sold within the city limits would raise between $300,000 and half a million dollars. They forgot to factor in that buyers can vote with their feet and patronize gun stores outside the city limits. Thanks to a lawsuit under the state of Washington's Public Records Act by Dave Workman and the Second Amendment Foundation, we now know the real amount collected. It was just a bit over $100,000 and most of that comes from one gun store that publicized its own figures.

It is not surprising that Seattle wanted to keep this embarrassing amount quiet. No politician wants the public to know that his or her pet program is an abject failure

According to the press release from the Second Amendment Foundation, they will be awarded a $377  fine plus their attorneys' fees. The fine is a dollar a day for each day the City of Seattle drug its feet in bad faith on releasing the requested information. The unfortunate part is that city taxpayers and not the politicians are the ones footing the bill.

Congratulations to Dave, Alan, and everyone else at SAF for their win on this First Amendment case with Second Amendment overtones.

UPDATE: More on the win by the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Mike Coombs, owner of the Outdoor Emporium, was the store owner whose collections constituted about 80% of the collections. Given his comments in the interview, I think the real aim of Seattle City Council is to make the city the next San Francisco. That is, no gun stores within the city limits.

Coombs sought to force the city's hand by releasing his own pay-ins to the tax. He wrote in a memo to the court that he paid $86,410.63 last year.

The city has only said it collected less than $200,000 and that one business has paid more than 80 percent of the total tax revenue -- by that math, Coombs believe he is that big fish, and estimates the city only brought in about $108,000 total.

Coombs also laid out additional devastating statistics for his business: Outdoor Emporium's firearm sales dropped about 20 percent last year from 2015 and its ammunition sales were cut in half. Overall sales were cut 15 percent because customers who bought guns and bullets also bought other supplies at the store.

His store in Fife has not suffered the same losses.

"Many of our customers have told me that they stopped shopping at our store because of the firearm and ammunition tax, and that has meant that they have started shopping at stores outside Seattle for all their sporting goods needs," Coombs wrote to the court. "I believe most of Outdoor Emporium's loss of sales is directly linked to the firearm and ammunition tax."

What's more: Coombs laid off some staff and collected $183,747 less in sales tax last year. Deducting the portion of the sales tax that goes to the city from the amount it collected with the gun safety tax, Coombs estimated that Seattle gained only $25,000 from Outdoor Emporium as a result of the ordinance.
 Given the city pulled $275,000 from its general fund to help fund the "gun violence" (sic) prevention pilot program at Harborview General Hospital, the tax was never about raising money. It was about control.


Safariland’s New 571 GLS Pro-Fit Holster [The Firearm Blog]

model 571Safariland recently announced the company developed a new addition to its line of GLS Pro-Fit holsters. The new rig, called the model 571, is designed as a micro paddle design for several of the most popular compact pistols being used for concealed carry: Glock 43 Springfield XD-S (all calibers) Smith & Wesson Shield (all calibers) […]

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Ruger 10/22 Folding Stock AK47 style from MBW Stocks [The Firearm Blog]

With over 6 million Ruger 10/22 made it’s no surprise that there are several stock kits available. MBWSTOCKS from Pszczyna, Poland, has just added another option if you want to upgrade yours. What is extra cool with this one is that the under folding stock in metal is from an original AK47. It’s made out […]

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Crowd Control Launchers at Al Aqsa Mosque Protests [The Firearm Blog]

Elements of the Israeli Border Police, Yasam riot control unit and the Jereselum police force have been dealing with Palestinian protesters over the previous week in the vicinity of the Al Aqsa mosque over a dispute with security entrances that came about because of the murder of two Israeli police officers. Due to the size […]

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Video: 50 Sniper Rifles open fire simultaneously at one target [The Firearm Blog]

Have you ever wondered what it looks and sounds like when over 50 precision rifles open fire at a single target at the same time? In Finland they just tried this, and the video is now available for us to see. In less than half a second there are around 40 impacts on and around […]

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Sharps Bros Overthrow lower [The Firearm Blog]

This has been said before, but can be repeated: the AR-15 platform is really amazing. The endless flow of ideas when it comes to designing new parts and painting them in even more endless ways lacks equivalent. I am personally not too keen on Sharp Bros earlier creations like the Hellbraker, Warthog and The Jack […]

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Wednesday, 02 August


Well, It's Not A Sten But It Would Work [No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money]

When some of the politicians in California were railing on about 80% lowers and "ghost guns" (sic), if I remember correctly Tam said in response that you could get a 90% Sten at your local Lowe's. That comment stuck with me. Thus, when I saw Ian McCullom's video on the homemade full auto firearms made by Philip A. Luty which were in the Royal Armouries' National Firearms Centre collection, I was reminded of it.

Mr. Luty was a man of conscience who objected to the British firearms laws. He designed a 9mm submachine gun from scratch and published the plans to it in his book "Expedient Homemade Firearms" (which is available on Amazon). With a quick Google search you will find PDFs of many of his plans and blueprints around the Internet. I might even suggest that you download these to a thumb drive just because you can. I'm not saying to build one of them but in a TEOTWAWKI situation it might prove useful.

Unlike the US where the receiver is the restricted part, in much of the rest of the world it is the parts like a barrel which must take pressure that is the restricted part. By restricted, I mean subject to government regulation. As Ian notes, Mr. Luty wanted to show the foolishness of British firearms laws and paid for it with his freedom. The British police eventually caught him test-firing one of his submachine guns for which he was convicted and imprisoned.

Mr. Luty passed away in 2011 from cancer while he was facing charges related to his gun rights activism. May he rest in peace.


Meet Squish The Magic RINO [No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money]

While I may have hated what Saul Alinsky stood for, I must admit his Rules for Radicals does come in handy when pushing for gun rights. Grass Roots North Carolina has learned this lesson and plans to unveil their version of Rule No. 5 tomorrow. That rule states "Ridicule is man's most potent weapon" and GRNC plans to make the most of it. They will have a new mascot to go along with their bulldog. The new mascot is named Squish the Magic RINO. You can guess where that name came from.

To protest the failure of the North Carolina Senate to bring HB 746 which included permitless concealed carry to the floor for a vote as well as to highlight those Republicans in the House who voted against the bill, they plan to have a rally in Raleigh against these Republicans in name only. Given that the Republicans achieved a super-majority in both house of the General Assembly through the hard work, efforts, and votes of gun owners, they need to be reminded that they should be dancing those that brung them. It seems that some of these Republicans would rather be beholden to Michael Bloomberg than to the voters of their own districts.

I think Squish makes a perfectly fine addition to the roster of mascots. Perhaps, in addition to Squish, there needs to be one called Squirmy because that is what I want to see these Rino guys and gals squirm.

Gun group to lampoon GOP RINOs

Failure of Senate to pass HB 746 will be topic of demonstration at NC General Assembly

At 11:00 am on Thursday, August 3, Grass Roots North Carolina will hold NC Senate Republicans accountable for the Senate’s failure to pass House Bill 746 (“Omnibus Gun Changes”) which would, among other things, bring North Carolina on board with the 13 states which have already passed permitless carry of concealed handguns. The event will be held at the Halifax Mall at the NC General Assembly.

Meet “Squish the Magic R.I.N.O." & Friends!

To highlight the fact that some GOP senators (including Senator Phil Berger?) seem to be behaving like “Republicans in Name Only” (R.I.N.O.s), GRNC will be introducing a new mascot, “Squish the Magic R.I.N.O.” and friends. If Republicans fail to pass HB 746 during or before the 2018 short session of the General Assembly, “Squish” could become a regular feature at GOP campaign events.

Take advantage of this highly photogenic event!

Squish and his friends will be cavorting under a highly photogenic banner proclaiming:

“NC Senate R.I.N.Os:
Giving Gun Voters ‘The Horn’ Since…?”

Event details:
When: August 3 at 11:00 AM EDT
Where: Halifax Mall, NC General Assembly, 16 West Jones Street, Raleigh, NC 27601


Too Much Gun []

American shooters and hunters have gone through a number of crazes and phases over the years, the use of the big magnums being one of them. I guess we have “a thang” for bigger bores, louder pops, thumb sized bullets, and searing lots of powder. This love of power includes both rifles and handguns, to be honest, so it is not limited to long barrels.

Track the history back and one wonders if the magnum spin did not officially start with the introduction of the .357 Magnum in 1935. That is just one example. Firearms aficionados know that many, many wildcatters, and tinkerers involved in developing new cartridges brought about the eventual evolution of the standard vanilla cartridges into a lot of very special loads. That was followed by new guns, rifles and handguns galore.

The urge to create magnum cartridges and the guns to handle these super loads was generated by wanting to push bullets faster and faster, then heavier bullets faster and faster. These jet loads sailed bullets at highly flattened ballistics that generated tremendous terminal ballistics.

Who could argue against a more effective big game magnum for use on dangerous game like big bears that eat people? This is all aside from the need for such rounds to tackle huge, dangerous game in places like the Dark Continent of Africa. In North America what is such needed for? It could be easily argued for use with big racked Rocky Mountain elk at extended ranges in rough terrain. Without a doubt there are needs for the big magnums.

The interest in magnums carries over to the handgun world, too. Was the .44 Magnum really needed? How about rounds such as the .454 Casull, the .460 or .500 Smith and Wesson’s. Sure if people want to buy them and shoot them, there is no issue. Maybe the only need is to touch off a heavy magnum just to do so. I’ve shot the .500 S&W and hope I never do again. Even so, the thrill of taking down a big game animal with a handgun is a challenge.

So, maybe there are instances when a big magnum is just too much overkill for the task at hand, no pun intended. Still, a bicycle can get you down the street just as well as a 396 Chevy V8, but what ride had you rather take? After all, beauty is in the eyes of the beholder and so is recoil.

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Analyzing the Missed Shot []

Missing a shot is disconcerting. Missing one at a game animal is perplexing, especially if the shot was at a nice buck. When an “easy” shot is missed, it is time to back track to analyze what might have gone wrong. Often the last piece of the missed shot puzzle is just a mystery with no certain answer. That is exactly what happened to me. Now I sit with time to think about that shot.

I am confident in the equipment. My hunting rifle is a Remington 700 Tactical, 20-inch heavy bull barrel in .308 Winchester. The scope is a Leupold VXII, 3x9x50 in a DNZ Game Reaper one-piece mount and rings set at 6x. The ammo is Winchester’s .308 Ballistic Silvertip with the 150 grain bullet. This combo has taken several one shot deer.

The rifle was bore-sighted when I mounted the scope and later spent time on the bench dialing it in for final accuracy. It was sighted in at three inches high at 100 yards, a universal standard. This recipe has always worked out.

On the morning hunt, I spotted a buck walking in the wetland thicket to the south of my box stand. I could see a good rack, but he was on the move offering no shot. As has happened before, this buck walked out in the trail road about 250 yards in front of me, crossed and disappeared.
I decided I could cut him off as he headed north to the main road some 400 yards through the woods. I quickly rode my ATV past him around to the main road. When I popped out, he was already standing just outside the woods line. I eased up to a fenced in pipe drain to hide my approach.

My heart was racing. I propped up on the 4-wheeler for the shot. I put the crosshairs on the buck’s vitals. The shot was about 200 yards. At the shot the buck bolted across the road into the woods. We found no blood and no deer after an hour of searching.

Riding back to camp, the same buck came across the road 500 yards ahead. As we rode by he jumped and ran off. An hour of slipping through the woods only glimpsed him once more then he vaporized. What had I done?

There is a litany of excuses. I rushed the shot. The rest was not solid. My heart beat did not settle the scope. The rifle was off? I vote for reason one and three. But who really knows. If you hunt long enough, you are just going to miss a shot.

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Recommendations 2017 Under $600, Part 2 []


This is part II of the Under $600 Recommendation. Part I, which covers the knives and tools that can be had at this price range, can be found here.  Like I mentioned before, I split this up because there are just too many good options to do both a knife and a light recommendation in one article. Unlike the knife choice, where they are enough options that you have to take off your shoes to count them all, here the fight comes down to two lights. I could be satisfied for life if they were my final light. I am not sure how to categorize these two lights–they are made in very small batches, but neither are per se single source products. Both feel solid enough to be shot out the front end of a Mossberg with little damage to the light. And both offer a few state of the art features.

A few words on stuff I am ignoring. There are quite a few “limited edition” lights from the major brands that fall into this price category and while they are all nice, they lack that bit of extra design oomph that will keep the light useful even after its brand spanking new emitter isn’t so brand spanking new. So all of the rainbow anodized titanium gilded lillies are skip-worthy. Your paying for things that don’t matter.

Second, I don’t really think that 18650 lights are worth the hassle. First you have to have a charger. Second, you can’t buy the batteries easily. And third the lights are just big. Given recent emitter upgrades and battery improvements, you can get 95% of the performance with 0% of the hassle using a 1xCR123a light. For me, the whole point of an EDC light is that you can drop it in your pocket and carry it with you easily. One of the two lights I picked here is right at the upper limit of that test and ever 18650 light I have seen is right over it. There is nothing so compelling about the format that it overcomes that most basic issue.


The first light I’d look at is the HDS Rotary. As the latest iteration of lights from the Arc4 lineage, this light is as tough as they come. It is significantly larger than most 1xCR123a lights, but this extra bulk goes to a positively bulletproof body tube. It also allows the light to have a deeper reflector, which, in turn, allows for a more throwy beam pattern. It is not a searchlight, but for those used to the 10 foot throw of most high end product lights, you’ll be surprised at how far you can cast light.

The Rotary’s best feature, its namesake, is the rotary selector ring on the back of the light. This is the best UI on any light anywhere. You can access any output level directly from off with a twist of the ring and click of the switch. Furthermore, you can leave the ring in a given position and the light comes on at that brightness every time. The low is a wisp of photons and the high, 250 lumens, seems much brighter than its rating thanks to that great reflector.

I have run the Rotary against my oLight S1R and in real world settings, the brightness difference is negligible. This is due, in part, to the way our eyes perceive light and the fact that the oLight has basically no throw. In a wall test or ceiling bounce the S1R is noticeably brighter, but if you are illuminating things more than 7 feet away, they are just about equal. The Rotary lacks a clip and sometimes has trouble tailstanding, but beyond that this is a truly great light, one you will be using long after its lumens count seems pitiful.

The other light worthy of consideration at this price point (or maybe a bit over it) won’t have to worry about its output seeming pitiful for a while, even in this modern lumens-arms-race world. The TorchLab BOSS35 hits 1200 lumens in a form factor about as long as a thumb and 50% thicker (depending on your thumb size).


It has the amazing Triad tailcap, the best tailcap in flashlights by a huge margin. It is fully programmable, though honestly, the outputs are perfectly chosen for my needs so I haven’t bothered. You can get it with a low lumens mode or a red lumens mode (to guarantee night vision preservation). The pocket clip is incredible. Even the screws on the pocket clip are great–custom numbers that still use a common bit, but have a bit of design flair. I was lucky enough to get one of the first runs with a body tube of 7075 aluminum and a custom stone washing. The result is an incredible object that both feels amazing in hand and looks stunning. Grayson Parker, one of the writers at Blade Reviews and host of Gear Geeks Live After Dark, called it a light straight from Fallout 3, and I can’t disagree.

But the BOSS35 isn’t just gee whiz tech in a pretty body tube, it, like the HDS Rotary is built for gotterdammerung. The body tube is massively thick, a metric ton of replacement parts and accessories are available, and the emitters are mounted under TIR optics for a bit of extra heartiness. Even the clip is an overbuilt cut of titanium. The light is so well built that it will certainly work long after coin cell lights can bet its max output.


In the end, as between these two lights, its a very tough call.  Neither is a bad choice, both will serve you for a lifetime, and both are practically bullet proof, but, for me, its the clear lumens superiority of the BOSS35 that gives it the nod.  Lumens aren’t everything, of course, but when the light has a lot going for it AND it belches out 1200 lumens, it is hard to ignore.  The real shame with the BOSS35 is the fact that it is hard to get.  They sell out in about five minutes when they are posted on Overready, the exclusive place to buy them, so sign up for their emails and get your clicky finger ready.

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The Ruger Redhawk Reptile Retaliator []

We have covered the unique Ruger Redhawk short barreled flame thrower on a couple of occasions. For the unknowing, this is the newest stainless Redhawk, a .357 Magnum, 8-shot beast with the 2.75 inch barrel. If interested, you can gather in the factory specs at Ruger’s site.

The previous reviews were mainly as product impressions from a few shots allowed at the writer’s range from the controlled shooting bench event prior to the SHOT Show in Las Vegas last January. Another review was of the triple threat of the three Redhawks now available, but limited in number chambered for the .357, .41, and .44 Magnums, all with the 2.75 inch barrels.

But as we know, the real proof in the value of any firearm is its proven utility in the field. “Field” being defined as out in the woods for hunting, potting for survival food, at home should a sudden unexpected knock come at the door, as an EDC gun, a vehicle bug out firearm, or for any other such practical use. This gun can certainly play well in this park with or without others.

Little doubt this beast is a handful. Even at a whopping 44 ounces of brushed stainless steel, incidentally 2.75 pounds, matching the number of the barrel length, this Ruger Redhawk can be a handful to handle. Undoubtedly it will take a special grip hold and controlled practice to shoot this one well.

The smooth non-target type walnut wood grips on this Redhawk allow the revolver to rock back upon recoil. Ironically, this is a trademark recoil handling style noted for shooting other Ruger handguns specifically the single action varieties in powerhouse loads. This handgun should be treated likewise.

Forget trying to affix a death grip on this Redhawk in an effort to apply a firm foundation to absorb the recoil. I suspect your hand and wrist would not take the shock long, even though this gun is just a .357 Magnum. Wearing shooting gloves should help. Also, defer from thinking about replacing the sanded finish wood grip slabs with a so-called recoil absorbing rubber grip.

If you just want to hold on to this one even in inclement weather, that is one thing, but the point here is to let this handgun recoil more or less naturally. You will eventually work into a rhythm shooting this gun and only practice will solve any issues of muzzle control.

Even starting out with .38 Special loads can allow an adjustment period just to let the revolver settle in to your own personal grip and shooting style. Using the .38 loads opens up another whole dimension for this handgun and one that should be considered seriously for some work.

For this Ruger Redhawk, some have said or commented wondering about the real use of such a powerful magnum cartridge in a revolver with only a 2.75 inch barrel, albeit a heavy barrel with under lug as well. I could not honestly argue that it has a wide swath of applications, but beauty and use lies in the eyes and ability of the individual beholder. Trust me, if you get the chance to hold this hunk of stainless, you will not want to part with it, let me assure you.

So, this 8-shot, .357 Magnum is a short-barreled affair intended for short range affairs. I will likely be ridiculed for suggesting such, but hunting extensively out of enclosed ground blinds, I have had white-tailed deer walk close enough to touch them. A prepper, survivalist, or hunter could take a deer with this Redhawk in such a manner.

But, it occurred to me recently on a summer trip to my bug out property that this 8-shooter loaded with CCI handgun shotshells could do dandy work on offensive snakes. This is my next trial for the Redhawk.

The CCI/Speer shotshell loads for the .38 Special/.357 come in two varieties. One is loaded with 100 grains of #9 shot, the other 84 grains of #4 shot, both at 1000 fps velocity. I chose the latter. CCI calls these pest control loads. I just bet that 8 of these inserted into the chamber of the shorty Redhawk will do shock and awe on the head of a cottonmouth water moccasin.

One note here that these CCI shotshells will not snap into the 8-round moon clips Ruger supplies with this revolver, because the aluminum cases of the CCI loads have no groove at the cartridge head. They have to be loaded one at a time, but can all be ejected together with the cylinder ejector rod. Stay tuned for details.

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BREAKING: P320 Recall Issued By Dallas Police | Prohibited From Duty Till Repaired [The Firearm Blog]

The Sig Sauer P320 recall issued by Dallas Police Department caught all of us by surprise. Officers were instructed to stop carrying the P320 until the issue was resolved. With all the testing that the P320 has undergone with the Modular Handgun System program, the FBI trials that were narrowly lost to Glock, Immigration & Customs […]

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Utah: New Concealed Firearm Permit Applications Subject to Sudden Fee Increase [NRA-ILA News]

Previously, your NRA-ILA reported that the Utah Bureau of Criminal Identification (BCI) was planning to increase the cost of a Utah Concealed Firearm Permit (CFP) by more than 50%.  Without the necessary consideration and approval by the Utah Legislature, BCI has unilaterally implemented that fee increase, effective August 1, 2017.


Preppers, What is Enough EDC? []

EDC is an acronym for Every Day Carry.  As the name implies, it is what people carry on a daily basis.

For example, my EDC:

  • Wallet.
  • Pocket knife.
  • Keys.
  • Thrunite TI3 flashlight attached to the keyring.

A few days ago, a buddy of mine posted a picture of his EDC on Facebook.

The picture included:

  • Glock.
  • Two spare magazines (three magazines total).
  • Tactical flashlight.
  • Tactical style pocket knife.
  • Wallet.

When I saw the picture, I wondered where he put all the gear?

Then, there are the preppers who carry a compass, fire starter and a few other odds and ends.  The reason for the fire starter and the compass, is so they can get off the beaten path in a grid down situation.

What brought all of this up?  There is a thread on the forum that caught my eye,

When are you carrying too much gear for EDC?

I have a maxpedition sitka and a jumbo, and cannot for some reason wrap my head around what necessary to carry with me and whats a luxury.   Feel like I have 17 redundancies and backups between all of the stuff I am carrying.

I originally was using the sitka, then thought it had a lot of extra room in it that I found myself filling up with other stuff, turning it more or less into a get home bag as opposed to its original intent of EDC. Thats when I got the jumbo, and I have that filled to capacity, again, but feel like I should have plenty of extra room in it. What am I doing wrong?

What do we see wrong here?

It appears the forum member has Everyday Carry (EDC) confused with a Get Home Bag (GHB).

Get Home Bag is a backpack kept in a vehicle stocked with basic survival gear.  This is your food, water, shelter, rain poncho, map, compass… everything needed to hike home in a grid down situation.

As stated earlier, EDC is what you use every day.  This is your wallet, cash, cell phone, maybe a pocket knife… etc.

It seems sometimes preppers attempt to turn themselves into a GHB?  Why carry a bag when you have all these pockets?

So, what is your EDC?  Any stories you wish to share of friends who cram their pockets full?


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Lets Talk Tokarev: The Soviet SVT 40 [The Firearm Blog]

Initially losing to Simonov’s AVS36, Tokarev’s design was later retried and adopted as the SVT 38, later becoming the SVT 40 after the Finnish Winter War debacle that the Soviet Union found itself in, just prior to the Second World War. Very forward thinking in many aspects of the design, the rifle featured a 10 […]

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The Patent behind the Heckler & Koch HK233 and HK237 [The Firearm Blog]

Technically Heckler & Koch haven’t really released the HK233 yet. It’s “just there” on their homepage and they forgot to tell the marketing department to send out the press release. But as we found out about the HK233 (5,56 NATO) and HK237 (300BLK) there were various people posting both in Facebook groups and at HKPro […]

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Bergara Rifles Says B-14 Model Is In High Demand [The Firearm Blog]

B-14Bergara Rifles is reporting that their new B-14 model is in high demand with the current shift in the gun market. What shift? The one where every retailer has put on their try hard pants and is doing their absolute best to move modern sporting rifles like the good ol’ days but are failing miserably. […]

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Michigan Couples Sue Over State’s Attempt to Disarm Adoptive and Foster Parents [NRA-ILA News]

Most media savvy gun control advocates try to insist that nobody wants to ban guns in America and that anybody who says otherwise is either paranoid or guilty of fear-mongering. According to a lawsuit filed in a Michigan federal court, however, anti-gun bureaucrats at the state’s Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) are subjecting gun-owing adoptive and foster parents to a stark choice: their Second Amendment rights or their kids.


Watch: AR600 Body Armor Plate Test []

How well does the Steel Ops AR600 body armor stop bullets? Ak Operators Union, Local 47-74 on YouTube decided to find out.

The armor was tested with:

  • 9mm 115 grain
  • 5.45×39mm
  • 5.56mm xm193, 55 grain
  • 5.56mm m855, 62 grain
  • 7.62×39, 123 grain
  • 7.62x54R
  • 270 Winchester, 130 grain
  • 308 Winchester, 147 grain


From the Steel Ops website for the XP Pro plate:

  • 10″ x 12″ XP Pro Plate, FULL Ballistic Coating, 5mm AEGIS AR-600 Steel Panel, Finished thickness of ~7/16″
  • Weight: 6.2 lbs raw, 7lbs with coating
  • Rating: Level III+ (exceeds NIJ Level III and comes with NIJ Level III Certification)
  • Coating Specs: New “GT Advanced Ballistic Coating” – Strikeface ~200 mils, Backside ~45 mils

Now for the video.

7.62x54R, 270 Winchester and 308 Winchester made the plate bulge, but did not penetrate.

To be perfectly honest, the plate stood up better than what I though it would.  The plate was hit eight times, starting to come apart, and was still stopping bullets.

When it came to plates and plate carriers, I was on the fence.  Watching the video helped make up my mind.  I was overly impressed with the protection it provides.

Special thank you to the Ak Operators Union, Local 47-74, keep up the great videos.

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POTD: Suppressed Old Glory, Sort Of [The Firearm Blog]

This photo was posted by the American Suppressor Association. The photo was taken by @silencers_1909 of Capitol Armory. This impressive suppressor display was posted on July 4th last month. He tried to replicate the American Flag. Unfortunately he only has 35 cans representing the field of stars and only 10 guns out of the 13 […]

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Texas Campus Carry Expands to Junior Colleges []

Starting August 1st 2017, students of community colleges will be able to carry their concealed handguns on campus, but with conditions.

As reported by FoxNews,

Texas ‘Campus Carry’ law now applies to community colleges.

Greg Cunningham, Chief of the Houston Community College Police Department, made it clear in a video posted on the college’s website that the weapons must be concealed and the person with the weapon must be licensed.

However, licensed carriers may not carry everywhere.

There are permanent and temporary weapons free zones, according to Cunningham. Permanent gun free zones include childcare centers and early college high schools. Temporary weapons free zones include areas on campus where special events are taking place. There will be temporary and permanent gun free zone signs in those locations that are highly visible, Cunningham said.

Allowing the carry of firearms on college campuses is a step forward for gun rights.


This is a personal opinion and does not reflect the opinion of AllOutdoor staff.

Look closely at the quote from FoxNews,

There are permanent and temporary weapons free zones.

We have a right to keep and bear arms, that shall not be infringed. For some reason, a college who receives tax payer money feel they can restrict rights?

Let’s apply that statement to other rights,

“There are permanent and temporary women free zones.” Discrimination against women is prohibited by law.

“There are permanent and temporary African-American free zones.” Sorry, can not do that.

“There are permanent and temporary Jewish free zones.” Nope, can not do it.

The above examples are protected rights. Yet, gun owners accept that their right to keep and bear arms can be restricted? Why?

Why are gun rights considered second class rights?

Personally, I applaud the expansion of concealed carry.  However, it is not enough.  Gun owners have to keep demanding that our rights are just as important as all other rights.

No permit required to:

  • Vote.
  • Go to church.
  • Make a political statement.
  • Trial by jury.
  • Protection against inhumane treatment.

Then why do we have to have a permit to exercise our right to keep and bear arms, that is not supposed to be infringed?

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Review: Rubber Dummies Targets []

At a measly $199 for the starter kit that includes the Rubber Dummy, the stand, kill shot sample pack and a can of “preferred” high grade white primer, this is a phenomenal deal on a safer and more dynamic defensive practice target which makes more sense than steel for defensive training.



The single biggest reason is with a rubber target, there is no worry about ricochet or lead splatter at point blank distances. You cannot do this with steel or you will die (or be badly injured). Ten yards is considered absolute minimum “what are you crazy? That is pretty damn close to shoot steel” distance.


Most manufacturers recommend a minimum distance of 25 yards for safety reasons. With the target torso, you can place you muzzle right on the target if you want, because it is just rubber. Obviously, shooters should practice some safety since the dummies are a steel stand with two internal steel rods keeping the torso vertical, but when practicing center of mass and head shots at point blank ranges, I have had no issues in more than a thousand rounds of testing on this target.

How it Started

Mike Lessnick, the CEO of Rubber Dummies, was a casual shooter who owned a machine shop. Mike is quick to point out that he is not a hardcore tactical guy, just someone frustrated by the lack of good targets which indicated hits. He noted that although steel offered audible verification of a hit, most of the time you really had no idea where you were hitting. Paper targets lacked any level of realism — so he started developing the idea for the Rubber Dummy shooting target.


One of his friends was extremely supportive and said he would cast a couple prototypes for free as long as Mike could provide a suitable mold. Being a machine shop owner, that was something he was able to do and shortly thereafter the first prototype was made. One of the first prototypes was purchased by a delivery driver who used it that weekend and raved about it. At a faster and faster pace friends and word of mouth suddenly created quite a demand for the targets. Currently the company is shipping them all over the US.




Rubber Dummies are made in the USA from 100% recycled rubber and are for the most part pretty self-healing when shot. The painted hard rubber gives instant shot placement feedback, allows the shooter to shoot from any distance or angle, are realistically-sized, can wear shirts, hats and other clothing items for a more dynamic and realistic training, and can take thousands of rounds before requiring replacement.


Think about how much you actually shoot and most people will find that this target will last them years. Based on my experience I think it would take about 5000 rounds before needing a replacement, but that depends on ammo type (hollow points will cookie-cutter the dummy pretty quick).


This is very dense rubber and a couple test shots showed that hollowpoints opened up pretty quick and did produce holes, versus FMJ rounds that allowed the rubber to self-heal. In other words, Rubber Dummies will last longer when full metal jacketed bullets are used versus hollow points. Also hammering the target with 45 ACP will likely wear it out faster than with 223 Rem.

Products & Use

Rubber Dummies has made it really easy to purchase. They have the target stand only, the target only (they call it the replacement target), the target with a stand, and a three pack of targets with stands. The stands are even engineered to be user serviceable. The AR500 stand top screws into a standard plumbing pipe that any shooter can buy a 3” replacement of at a hardware store should it get hit by a round. The included pipe just screws into the top and base so it is easy to replace if needed.


Setup is easy. Place the stand on the ground and slip the Rubber Dummy on the stand and spray it down with a high quality white primer — done. Mike recommends a high-quality primer, because cheaper primers don’t cover well and he says you will save money in the long run.

You might use a half a can of cheap primer to give the target a good coat, but a nice premium primer can do the same in just a couple passes and will provide better definition on where the impact points are. Anyone who shoots steel a lot knows that painting steel with a high quality paint is always the way to go at the range for fast and complete coverage.  The white primer over the black rubber produces a “skin” which clearly marks the impact points – of note the better the primer the more prominent the impact points are shown. I found that white paint works, but not as well, white primer works better, and high quality white primer the best.


Rummer Dummies also include Kill Packets. These are essentially red dye packs which are tacked to the back of the dummies during training. I used them once and pretended I was on the set of the Walking Dead, but they are messy and unnecessary from my perspective.  

Takedown is easy: grab the stand and torso and leave the range. If you want a fast, quick and clean range session, this is the way to go AND it is pretty light weight.

Final Thoughts

What I absolutely loved was that I could train with my extremely inexpensive 5.45×39 steel core armor piercing ammo on the Rubber Dummy target. I would not dare to do this with steel because I’d have to replace all my steel targets after a week of shooting. Now I can blissfully blast away without worry of poking holes through expensive steel targets.


The 3-dimensional shape of the target makes is so much more realistic than shooting paper or steel. It does get the adrenaline up a bit to shoot at a humanoid torso that is staring back at you.  My wife believes it is the best training target system she has used and insists on it now when we go to the range. For her, she loves to understand and see what she is doing wrong and where the shots are going and figure out how to fix the problem.

This is a tough thing to do on a steel target when all the paint flies off of the target from the first hit and splatter of lead. With the Rubber Dummy, you can see where all the hits land. The target can also be moved and shot from different angles such as a 45-degree presentation. 

For $199 this may be the best training and shooting target you can buy. In fact I am going to buy three more because they are that good.  Check them out to see for yourself.

Manufacturer Specs

  • Starter Kit – $199
  • Rubber Dummy (Torso Target) – Approximately 30 pounds
  • Stand  – Approximately 20 pounds – AR500 steel top, ⅛” steel base, and replaceable ¾” plumbing grade pipe


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AlphaWolf Barrels for the S&W Shield from Lone Wolf Distributors [The Firearm Blog]

Lone Wolf Distributors has been known for their Glock parts and accessories over the years. Parts like their adjustable triggers, stainless steel guide rods, and even entire replacement Glock frames. They also just released a stainless steel billet Glock Extractor. Well now they’re not just Glock parts makers anymore, they’ve just released their new AlphaWolf line […]

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Five Survival Knives Below 40 Dollars []

Let’s take a few minutes and talk about some go-to survival knives.  These are working knives that can be used around the camp site, for skinning game, cleaning fish, hiking… etc.

A lot of hikers carry a basic pocket knife, such as a Victorinox Swiss Army. For the sake of discussion let’s steer clear of multi-tools and Swiss Army knives. The reason being, when you skin wild game, such as a deer, blood and hair get into the fine workings of the knife and make it difficult to clean.

For this article let’s look at affordable, middle of the road, fixed blade survival knives.

There is an old saying that goes, “Sometimes you get what you pay for.”  Most of the time that statement is true.  However, there is also a tipping point of diminishing returns.  When an item reaches a certain quality, spending more money does not equate a better return on the investment.

Because of diminishing returns, let’s pick an amount we want to spend on a knife.  For this article let’s say $40.

To make the list the knife must have:

  • Fixed blade.
  • Cost less than $40.

This list is in no certain order.  Just because a knife is listed first does not mean it is better than the one below it.

Cold Steel Survival Edge

Price: Between $22 – $25.

This is a hollow handle survival knife that comes with a fire starter, and compass.  The Survival Edge use to come with a survival kit, but that may have changed.  The blade is made from German 4116 Stainless Steel.

Weighing in at just 5.45 ounces this is the lightest knife on the list.

This is a hollow handle survival knife, so it is not as strong as the other knives on the list.

Specification from the Amazon page:

  • Blade Thickness: 2.5 mm
  • Handle: 4 1/4″ Long. Polypropylene
  • Overall Length: 9 1/4″
  • Steel: German 4116 Stainless
  • Blade Style: Drop Point

Having taken the Survival edge on several hiking trips, I have to say the lightweight is nice.

Gerber Big Rock

Price: Around $35

I am partial to this knife.  It has gone on numerous hiking trips and has been used to skin a couple of whitetail deer.  The weight, edge and price balance out to a well rounded package.

Specifications from the Amazon page:

  • Overall Length: 9.4″
  • 4.5 inch fixed blade
  • Weight: 7.85 ounces. The weight was taken from my personal knife.

I wish the Gerber Big Rock had a better sheath. The one that comes with it is made for a belt loop. Knife is held in place with a strap and snap button.

Schrade SCHF9

Price is around $37 from Amazon and is eligible for free shipping.

Weighing in at 1 pound 5 ounces, this is a beast of a survival knife.  The SCHF9 comes with a sheath and a sharpening stone.   The pouch where the stone is stored is large enough to put a Smith’s pocket pal sharpening stone, or a fire starter, or a multi-tool.

Specifications from the Amazon page:

  • 1095 High Carbon Steel Drop Point Blade
  • Blade Length: 6.4 inches
  • Handle Length: 5.7 inches
  • Overall Length: 12.1 inches

I have taken my personal SCHF9 on a few camping trips, but would not want to take it on a hiking trip. It is just too heavy to be lugging around.

Morakniv Outdoor 2000

Price: Around $32 – $33.

Made in Sweden, Morakniv has a reputation of making quality knives at an affordable price.

Specifications from the Amazon page:

  • Blade thickness: 0.10-Inches
  • Blade length: 4.3-Inches (109 mm)
  • Total length: 8.8-Inches


This is not a knife name, but a brand name. MTECH produces a line of low cost knives.

We talked about Gerber, Cold Steel and Schrade.  Now let’s talk about some very low cost knifes that can be stockpiled.

These are the types of knives that I buy time to time for hand out bags.  Something that a young adult can take camping or hiking, and if it gets lost, no big deal.

If I loaned a knife to someone, and they lose it, I would rather that knife cost $20 than $40.

Final Thoughts

In all honest, we could have listed a single brand name for all five survival knives.  However, I wanted to list one knife from each brand.  That way everyone is represented equally.

What do you think of the list?

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Homeowner Shot wanted suspect 'to protect myself, my family, and my neighbors' [NRA-ILA News]

A man wanted by police for ramming Memphis police cruisers and speeding off was shot and killed by a homeowner over the weekend. The homeowner said it was all in self-defense. The homeowner said he was in his driveway trying to protect himself, his family, and his neighbors. As a last resort, he opened fire.


Armed Customer Shoots Walgreens Robbery Suspect at Pharmacy Counter [NRA-ILA News]

Police say an armed robber demanding oxycodone at a Phoenix Walgreens was shot and killed Tuesday night by a customer who was armed. The Walgreens incident occurred just after 7 pm. According to ABC 15, the Walgreens was located near 35th Avenue and Union Hills Drive. The Phoenix Police Department said, “the suspect approached the … pharmacy counter and demanded oxycodone.” A customer who saw the alleged armed robbery occurring pulled his own gun and shot the suspect. AZFamily reports that the suspect initially survived being shot but was pronounced dead at the scene shortly thereafter. Witnesses confirmed to police that the customer intervened in the alleged robbery, killing the suspect. The customer who intervened remained on scene and cooperated with police.


UPRISE Tactical Exoskeleton Officially Announced by Mawashi Science & Technology [The Firearm Blog]

Canadian technology company Mawashi has formally introduced their flagship product: A passive exoskeleton designed to help the soldier carry his heavy load. The exoskeleton is reportedly based on research into how the human body distributes weight, studying obese individuals like the rikishi wrestlers in sumo, to create a solution for the infantryman to carry heavy […]

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Watch: Hi-Point Carbine Hunter Series []

While Hi-Point is known for its low cost handguns, since the 1990s the company has also made a line of carbines chambered in handgun calibers.  Hi-Point expanded that carbine line with the Hunter series.

There is a channel on YouTube called “TheFireArmGuy”. In this video he talks about the Hi-Point Carbine Hunter Series in 45 acp.


From the Hi-Point website.


  • Barrel length: 17.5″
  • Overall length: 32″
  • Weight: 7 lbs.
  • Sights: Fully-adjustable
  • Capacity: 10-shot magazine standard


  • Barrel length: 17.5″
  • Overall length: 32″
  • Weight: 7 lbs.
  • Sights: Fully-adjustable
  • Capacity: 9-shot magazine standard


  • Barrel length: 16.5″
  • Overall length: 31″
  • Weight: 6.25 lbs.
  • Sights: Fully-adjustable
  • Capacity: 10-shot magazine standard

The carbines come with a Konus 1.5-5 X 32 scope.

Now for the video.

On a personal note, I have always found a carbine chambered in a handgun cartridge rather interesting. I could see using one around the farm or while hunting on public hunting lands.

Suggested retail price from the Hi-Point website:

Prices are as of August 1, 2017.

  • Hunter 40S&W – $471.00.
  • Hunter 45ACP – $482.00.
  • Hunter 9MM – $459.00.

Manufacturer listed retail price is always a little higher that street prices.  In the video he mentions the carbine cost in the mid-300s.

From watching the video, I can not find anything to dislike about the Hi-Point Hunter series.  It comes with a scope, sling, has a rail and the charging handle is on the left hand side.

Overall, this looks to be a good truck or ATV gun.  Something that can get dinged and scratched up, and it doesn’t matter.

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Anti-Gun Activists Lead a Couple to Ruin Read more at: [NRA-ILA News]

The Brady Campaign told an Aurora shooting victim’s parents to file a hopeless suit against a gun dealer. The result was bankruptcy.


Cuomo promises battle against federal push to counter SAFE Act gun regulations [NRA-ILA News]

ALBANY — Gov. Cuomo vowed Tuesday to fight any attempt by Congress to negate the gun control law New York lawmakers adopted after the Sandy Hook massacre.


Seattle spent more defending gun-tax lawsuit than it collected in revenue from tax, gun group claims [NRA-ILA News]

The city of Seattle spent more to defend a lawsuit against its gun tax than it gathered in revenue from the tax, a gun-rights group claimed on Friday.


FFL Faces 8 Years In Prison For Stolen Lahti Anti-Tank Gun [The Firearm Blog]

Why are some FFL owners stupid and lazy? Mark Mann, owner of Mann’s World LLC and Rifleman gun shop in Macon, Georgia is facing 8 years in prison for violating NFA and ATF laws. Mark Mann is disabled in that he has impaired vision. However that is not an excuse for ineptitude. Back in 2013 […]

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Weapons as Political Protest: P.A. Luty’s Submachine Gun [Forgotten Weapons]

Armament Research Services (ARES) is a specialist technical intelligence consultancy, offering expertise and analysis to a range of government and non-government entities in the arms and munitions field. For detailed photos of the guns in this video, don’t miss the ARES companion blog post!

Phillip A. Luty was a Briton who took a hard philosophical line against gun control legislation in the UK in the 1990s. In response to more restrictive gun control laws, he set out to prove that all such laws were ultimately futile by showing that one could manufacture a functional firearm from hardware store goods, without using any purpose-made firearms parts.

Luty succeeded in this task, designing a 9mm submachine gun made completely from scratch with a minimum of tools. In 1998, he published the plans for his gun as the book “Expedient Homemade Firearms”. Luty was not particularly discreet about his activities (actually, he was quite outspoken…) and was eventually caught by the police while out to test fire one of his guns, and arrested. He was convicted, and spent several years in prison. He continued to pursue a gun rights agenda after being released, and was facing legal trouble again when he passed away form cancer in 2011.

Several of Luty’s submachine guns are still held in the collection of the Royal Armouries’ National Firearms Centre, including the one that led to his original conviction. Many thanks to the NFC for allowing me to bring that weapon to you!


NRA Advisory Notice Concerning North Dakota Permitless Carry Law [NRA-ILA News]

On August 1, 2017, North Dakota’s Permitless Carry or “Constitutional Carry” law went into effect. HB 1169 created an exception for permitless carry in the North Dakota Century Code for a resident of the state who would otherwise qualify for a Class 2 Concealed Weapons License, and who has possessed for at least one year a valid driver's license or non-driver identification card issued by the state department of transportation.


KRISS USA Running A Promotion– Buy A Vector Get A Free Vortex SPARC AR Promotion [The Firearm Blog]

Yet another rebate to add to the Summer O’ Rebates, this time from KRISS USA. They have committed to give one free Vortex SPARC AR optic to everyone that buys a non-NFA KRISS Vector through an authorized reseller from now through September 30, 2017. Where some manufacturers are shoveling  $20 – $50 worth of magazines […]

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Starline Adds Small Primer 6.5 Creedmoor Brass – Shooters Rejoice! [The Firearm Blog]

Starline has been busy adding more brass to their lineup and at a feverish pace recently. They announced plans to release another option for small primer 6.5 Creedmoor brass that got myself and many other shooters reasonably excited. But why would we get excited over smaller primer holes? Who wouldn’t get excited over smaller holes? I am […]

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New Velocity Triggers Model 700 Replacement Trigger Added To Their Lineup [The Firearm Blog]

While Richard already ran a story on the new Velocity Triggers Model 700 offering, there were no photos available at the time it was written. In order to give you guys a better look at the new option from Tom Vehr’s company. Velocity has quickly become known for their AR-15 triggers that carry a very […]

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New Trigger from Rise Armament [The Firearm Blog]

Rise Armament RA-434Rise Armament RA-434Rise Armament recently announced the company released its new AR trigger group called the RA-434 High Performance Trigger (HPT). The new RA-434 HPT is a drop in style, single stage trigger group that is designed to work with most AR platforms based on the 5.56 NATO and .308 Win rounds. So -most- AR-10 and AR-15 […]

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Republic of Georgia Introduces Body Armor Manufacturing Capability [The Firearm Blog]

The Republic of Georgia’s state owned “State Military Scientific-Technical Center “Delta” has recently unveiled an entire line of body armor that was first fielded in 2016 by the Georgian Armed Forces in Afghanistan, and then later in the Central African Republic. Interestingly, a version of this armor was developed by a team of Georgian students working […]

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Rigged Kalashnikov in Raqqa [The Firearm Blog]

This image of a rigged 7.62x39mm AKM has recently been making the rounds on social media, one of the first being the Twitter account of KufriusMaximus, a pro-Kurdish commentator. From what the chatter is telling us, the photograph is of an AKM recovered in the currently contested city of Raqqa, the former capital of the so-called Islamic […]

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Tuesday, 01 August


Wonder who called 911 on this? [Of Arms and the Law]

Police respond to report of cat in a tree carrying an assault rifle.

I don't care how responsible a feline seems to be, never give him a loaded semiautomatic firearm.


Top New Fishing Line Options For 2018 []

Fishing line technology has virtually exploded in recent years, as manufacturers refine materials and production processes in an incessant, rapid-fire scramble to leapfrog the competition. This unending innovation was very much in evidence at the recent International Convention of Allied Sportfishing Trades (ICAST) show held in Orlando, where line manufacturers from around the world unveiled their latest products for the 2018 season. Here’s a look at some of the best.

Zebco Crappie Fighter

zebco crappie fighter

New from Zebco is Crappie Fighter – a high visibility, depth-locating monofilament that comes in strengths of 4, 6 and 8 pound test specifically for hard-core crappie fishing. Metered every five feet, it allows precise depth targeting for ultra-precise bait presentations, while its low-memory formula allows optimal line handling, even in cold weather conditions. MSRP is $7.99.

Berkley Fireline Ultra 8

fireline ultra 8

Berkley takes fishing line innovation to the next level with its new Fireline Ultra 8. Thermally-fusing an eight-carrier Dyneema fiber braid makes this Fireline the toughest yet, with four times more abrasion resistance than the original. Casting distance is also said to be improved. Available in smoke and crystal finishes, Berkley Fireline Ultra 8 comes in 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 17, 20 and 30 pound test. MSRP is $19.99 for a filler spool.

Pokee 16x TECH Braid

Pokee 16x TECH Braid

The new 16x TECH Braid from Pokee Fishing is described as a ‘next generation’ braid that exceeds the knot strength of traditional braids of the same diameter by 20%. Created from 16 strands, 16X is manufactured using Pokee’s Tight Weave braiding system  and treated to a nano resin coating to decrease friction by up to 30%. Designed for distance casting, its thinner diameter and greater sensitivity and knot strength make it ideal for finesse presentations. MSRP n/a.

Trik Fish Flippin’ & Pitchin’

Trik Fish Flippin’ & Pitchin’

Stealth fishing gets even stealthier with Flippin’ & Pitchin’ fluorocarbon line from Trik Fish. It’s tough enough to fish in the heaviest cover, yet unlike braid it disappears in the water thanks to its fluorocarbon formulation. In addition, the higher density of fluorocarbon is said to sink faster and keep baits in the strike zone longer. Highly UV resistant, Flippin’ & Pitchin’ line comes in 15, 20 and 15 pound test on 150 yard spools. MSRP is $11.93, $14.11 and $17.81 respectively.

Sunline America Siglon PEx4

Sunline America Siglon PEx4

Sunline’s all-new Siglon PEx4 is a tightly woven four-strand braided line made with high abrasion resistance characteristics, and is constructed for low line diameter size and optimal sensitivity. Offered in 10, 12, 16, 20, 30, 40 and 50 pound test, Siglon PEx4 comes in dark green or high visibility orange finishes, and is available on 165-yard (MSRP $10.99) and 1,968-yard MSRP $99.99) spools.

Ardent Strong Braid

Ardent Strong Braid

Sold in more than 50 countries for the past 15 years, Ardent Tackle’s Strong Braid line comes to North America for 2018. High abrasion resistance and strength provide superior performance, achieved through a proprietary braiding process that minimized the amount of coating in order to produce a nearly perfectly round line. Available in 20, 30, 40, 65, 80 and 100 pound test, Strong Braid ‘s MSRP ranges from $19.99 to $28.99.

Sufix 832 Coastal Camo

Sufix 832 Coastal Camo

New 832 Coastal Camo from Sufix is an advanced superline that is said to boast increased sensitivity to light bites, while providing long casting ability and rock-solid hook sets. Now available in a blue pattern for big-water anglers, Sufix 832 offers water-repellent protection from HMPE and GORE fibers that further contribute to its small diameter. Available in a range of tests in 150-yard and 3,500-yard spools, MSRP ranges from $16.99 to $339.99.

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Online Tool Helps Anglers Find More Fish []

Where are the fish?” The Maryland Department of Natural Resources is helping anglers answer this age-old question with a new online tool, “Click Before You Cast.”

The tool provides a simple-to-follow, eight-step process to help anglers identify the best places to fish based on a number of scientific data points, be it clarity, habitat, oxygen levels, salinity or water quality. Click Before You Cast seeks to enhance the fishing experience and help anglers find and catch the species they are seeking.


Maryland and its partner agencies collect, analyze and post a variety of environmental monitoring data to aid in the protection and restoration of critical natural resources, including Maryland’s treasured waterways like the Chesapeake Bay. This data can also be used anglers and fishermen as they prepare for their fishing trip.

“When this goldmine of data and monitoring information is combined and distilled, it can provide anglers with a powerful new tool to avoid unproductive waters, save fuel, and increase the chances of fishing success,” said Tom Parham of the department’s Resource Assessment Service. “This is a great example of using science to serve multiple partners and purposes while providing valuable customer service for Maryland residents and visitors.”

Regular updates about Click Before You Cast will be included the department’s weekly fishing reports.

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Fishing participation booms nationwide []

The Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation says fishing participation has increased by 1.5 million over the previous year.

The RBFF said in its newly released 2017 Special Report on Fishing that fishing is still the number two adult outdoor activity but it’s gaining ground on jogging, and that 2.5 million participants tried fishing for the first time in 2016.


“These findings energize us and provide some validation for the work we are doing on a daily basis,” said RBFF president and CEO Frank Peterson in a statement. “Our efforts to recruit new audiences and bring families to the water are certainly paying off.

New participants accounted for 5.3 percent of the total participant base, and tended to be young and female.


The RBFF’s campaign focused on the Hispanic population. Last year, 3.8 million Hispanics participated in fishing, an 11-percent increase over the year prior; Hispanic anglers go on six more outings per year than their general market peers.

Youth participation in fishing increased three percent to 11 million total participants. Americans took 855 billion total fishing trips, equating to 18.8 trips per participant


“Research shows that fishing is an essential piece of America’s outdoor tradition, and it often leads children to pursue outdoor activities and healthy living into adulthood,” said Ivan Levin, deputy director of the Outdoor Foundation in a statement. “This report aims to help the fishing industry, and the entire outdoor industry, understand fishing participation in order to engage even more people in recreational fishing and create the next generation of lifelong anglers and outdoor enthusiasts.”

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California Office of Administrative Law Approves DOJ’s Proposed “Assault Weapon” Regulations - Lawsuit Coming Soon! [NRA-ILA News]

Today, the Office of Administrative Law officially approved DOJ’s proposed “bullet-button assault weapon” regulations. These regulations are a result of the enactment of Senate Bill 880 and Assembly Bill 1135 signed into law in 2016, both of which classify certain firearms required to be equipped with “bullet buttons” as “assault weapons” under California law.


On Fox Business to talk about tax cuts and the impact that they will have on investment in the US [John Lott's Website]

Appearing on Fox Business.  Dr. John Lott says optimism over tax reform is boosting the markets.  He explains how money will US flood markets if we get tax cuts.


Ruger MKIV Recall Update – C/O Volquartsen [The Firearm Blog]

It has been a few months since the original announcement of the factory Ruger MKIV recall. As you may remember, Ruger discovered an issue with the sear in which the trigger could be partially depressed and the safety engaged but the gun could still fire. The Newport, NH based company did the right thing and notified […]

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Nexgen2 Defense Blowback Eliminating Silencer [The Firearm Blog]

Swim in the silencer pool long enough and you will eventually end up in the deep in with the AR15 shooters discussing gas regulation. There are hardliners on both sides of the debate – one team believes that a properly gassed rifle is the key to a pleasurable shooting experience. The other team believes that overpassed/undergassed […]

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Deputies confiscate a CNY veteran's guns. They were wrong. What happened? [NRA-ILA News]

Don Hall was sitting in his living room watching TV with his girlfriend about 9:30 p.m. earlier this year when he was startled by flashing police car lights in his driveway. Hall met the Oneida County sheriff's deputies in the driveway, worried that they were bringing bad news about a family member.


POTD: P-40 Maxim 9 [The Firearm Blog]

Mad Pig Customs cerakoted this Maxim9 for Capitol Armory. As you can see it has a P-51B from the 51st fighter group theme. My only critique is that it looks like the mouth design won’t work if the owner of this Maxim9 wants to remove the baffle and make the Maxim9 shorter. The cerakoted magazine […]

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Five Lightweight Stove Options []

For close to 15 years my backpacking, camping stove was a single burner with a one pound bottle of propane.  The thing took up a lot of room and was heavy.  There were times when I thought about ditching the propane stove and just using a camp fire and a stainless steel canteen cup.  The one thing that kept me packing the stove, was that it was so convenient.

Eventually, I decided to get rid of the propane stove and switch to blended fuel.  The first blended fuel stove purchased was a Coleman Max.  By all rights, even the Max was heavy when compared to other stoves.


While browsing through some YouTube videos I heard about the BRS UltraLight stove.  The BRS weighs 0.8 ounces, cost less than $20 on Amazon and is available for Prime shipping (as of when this article was published).

On a personal note, I have a BRS and have used it a couple of times.  So far, it seems to be doing great.


As of August 1, 2017 the Etekcity ultralight weight stoves are on sale at Amazon.

  • Single stove – $10.99.
  • Two pack – $15.99.

They are available for Prime shipping and come with their own carry case.

Weighs around 4.8 ounces.


The Redcamp mini stove was on sale when this article was published for $9.99 with free shipping from Amazon.

It is available in two options, the small and the mini.  The mini weighs around 3.5 ounces

MSR PocketRocket

The MSR PocketRocket weighs just 3 ounces and cost $39.95 from Amazon. When this article was published, it was not eligible for Prime shipping.

This stove has 469 reviews on Amazon and has a 5 star rating.


The Foxelli has a piezo ignition system, cost only $9.97 and is eligible for Prime shipping (when this article was published).

It has 65 reviews on Amazon and has 4.5 star rating.

Weighs around 4 ounces.

Final Thoughts

For the stove to be listed, it had to sit on top of the canister.  The stove could not have a separate stand for the pot and have a hose going to the fuel bottle.

A stove is great, but there is no use in carrying more weight than you should.  The market is flooded with lightweight stoves.  Hopefully some of those listed above can help point you in a lightweight option.

After I bought the BRS stove, I knew there was no going back to those heavy stoves.

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Wisconsin: Mentored Hunting Bills to be Considered Tomorrow [NRA-ILA News]

Tomorrow, Senate Bill 362 will be consideredby the Senate Committee on Sporting Heritage, Mining and Forestry, and Assembly Bill 455 will be heard by the Assembly Committee on Natural Resources and Sporting Heritage.


LaRue Ultimate AR15 Upper Receiver [The Firearm Blog]

More than a dozen years ago, my entry into a high quality, free float AR15 rail system was from none other than Mark LaRue. At the time, there were only a small handful of of manufactures building rock solid rail platforms for ARs. And even though I have long since sold off that original upper […]

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WOLF-9SD – Dead Air Armament’s New Subgun Silencer [The Firearm Blog]

Shooting subsonic ammunition in a properly suppressed host is a real eye opening event for the uninitiated. My first suggestion to anyone jumping into the silencer world is to pick a gun that can reliably run ammo specifically loaded to stay at around 1050 feet per second (or less). That could mean a .22LR bolt […]

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Preppers, Filling The Gaps []

Preppers, let’s take a few minutes and talk about filling the gaps.  This could be in gear, experience, training, plans… etc.  Not sure what gaps need to be filled?

In this example, we are going to talking about gaps in gear.


In the early 1990s, my two main backpacks were a Jansport book bag and a medium ALICE.

Jansport book bag was for hiking and warm weather hammock camping.  Only the basic essentials were carried:

  • Poncho.
  • Poncho liner.
  • Hammock.
  • MRE main entree.
  • Breakfast bars.
  • No stove.
  • Spare socks
  • Water bottle or canteen.
  • Water filter.
  • Mosquito repellent.

The gear listed above barely fit inside the Jansport bag.

Medium ALICE was when I took a sleeping bag, stove, tent and gear listed above.

The problem was, the medium ALICE did not large enough for multi-day trips.  In cold weather and I needed a coat, spare clothing, big sleeping bag… the medium ALICE just was not large enough.

The gaps were:

  • The Jansport bag was not large enough for a comfortable overnight trip.
  • The medium ALICE was not large enough for certain conditions.

So, a large ALICE was added to the collection.  This expanded how much gear I could take, which increased the time spent camping comfortably.

Fishing Gear

I have all kinds of fishing gear; everything from top water to trotlines.

However, one day I was planning to hike to a pond a few miles from my house with the hopes of doing some perch fishing.  While packing the gear, I realized there were very few perch lures in the tackle box.

When I go perch fishing, I usually stop by the local corner store and buy a box of worms.  In this case, I wanted to use artificial lures because the worms die in the summer heat.

So, off to Amazon I went to buy some perch lures.

Fill The Gaps

One of the best ways to find the gaps, and then fill them, is by hands on experience.

Go hunting, fishing, hiking, maybe do some gardening… and you should find gaps in your gear.  Then use that hands on experience to fill the gaps.

Once one gap has been filled, start working on something else.  If you do the same thing over and over, you learn nothing new.  So, try new and different things.

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Need to pawn a gun? Law now allows same-day loans on handguns [NRA-ILA News]

For the first time in 82 years, Bartholomew County pawnbrokers are allowed to issue same-day loans to customers who use handguns as security. In years past, a seven-day wait was required while background checks were performed through the mail. Violators could be charged with a Class B misdemeanor punishable by up to six months and jail and a maximum $1,000 fine.


Emanuel leaves gun ban out of party bus crackdown [NRA-ILA News]

Mayor Rahm Emanuel told reporters this week he wanted to "push the envelope" on setting rules to make it tough for revelers to bring guns onto party buses in Chicago, but a plan he announced Tuesday stops short of outlawing firearms.


Collins proposal to overturn SAFE Act faces long legislative road [NRA-ILA News]

WASHINGTON – The SAFE Act will be in mortal danger if Rep. Chris Collins gets his way. But the Clarence Republican's legislative proposal for overturning New York's tough gun control law, and others like it, remains a long way from becoming law. Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and congressional Democrats are likely to do all they can to prevent that from happening.


Burglary suspect shot multiple times [NRA-ILA News]

A woman defended her home from a burglar by shooting the man multiple times with a .40 caliber handgun, according to the Fairmont police chief. The shooting victim turned out to be her ex-boyfriend. Fairmont police were called about 2:19 a.m. Tuesday to 1149 Industrial Drive about a man being shot, Police Chief Jon Edwards said Thursday, and they found a man lying in the yard.


Strike Industries to Make SIG P320 Frames [The Firearm Blog]

Strike Industries has announced on its Facebook page that they are working to introduce SIG P320 frames. So far they have shown only one picture of their frame prototype. It looks to be a 3D printed one of a carry size SIG P320. Strike Industries also said that there will be more than five models available […]

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Homeowner shoots alleged attempted burglar [NRA-ILA News]

An alleged intruder was shot dead by a resident early Sunday at the Raintree Apartments South of Clermont. Lake County Sheriff Sgt. Fred Jones said a group of individuals came to the front door of the tenant around 3 a.m. They were at the front door of the unit, on Raintree Bend, in the Four Corners area.


Where Would We Stand Without Heller? [NRA-ILA News]

AWR Hawkins describes how the 2008 Supreme Court decision in the Heller case continues to protect our Second Amendment rights.


M38 TS Carcano Carbine: Brilliant or Rubbish? [Forgotten Weapons]

I would like to propose that the M38 TS Carcano carbine was, despite the poor reputation of the Carcano series of rifles, one of the best thought out bolt action weapons of World War 2. Why, you ask? Well, let’s consider…

Only a few nations actually recognized the short ranges at which combat actually took place. Germany was one, as seen with it’s 8x33mm cartridge development, and Italy was another. The sights on the M38 series of carbines were made as simple fixed notches, with no adjustments to be knocked out of place unintentionally. With a 200 meter zero (or 150 meters, with the Finnish replacement front sight), the weapon needed no adjustment to make hits out to 300 meters, which is as far as anyone could realistically engage a target.

The M38 TS is a light and handy weapon compared to its contemporaries – 8.1 pounds and 40.2 inches (3.7kg and 1.02m) – and it fired a significantly lighter cartridge as well. The 7.35x51mm round used a 128gr (8.3g) bullet at 2400-2500 fps (735-755 m/s) depending on barrel length. This produced noticeably less recoil than rounds like the .30-06 or 8mm Mauser, which made it easier for troops to shoot effectively. The Carcano also had a 6-round capacity and fed with Mannlicher type clips, which are potentially faster to load than Mauser-type stripper clips.

Today we will discuss the M38 and these features (along with its predecessor, the M91 rifle) as they appear on paper. At the same time, over on InRangeTV, today we have the first stage of a 2-Gun Action Challenge Match in which I am shooting this M38TS Carcano against Karl, who is using a Mauser K98k – so we will see how the theory works out in the field!


NRA Launches Radio Ads in Support of Sen. Strange [NRA-ILA News]

Gun Rights Group Backing Luther Strange in Special Election


Man attacks gun carry permit holder with fork at Nashville hotel [NRA-ILA News]

A Tennessee valid carry permit holder shot his attacker after the suspect tried to gain entry and stab the gun owner in his hotel room. According to arrest records, the gun owner and another individual arrived to the Suburban Lodge on Central Pike after church Sunday afternoon. They then entered the elevator along with 48-year-old James Grisham, who it turns out did not have a room at the hotel.


Watch: Winchester Model 12 []

There is something about an old shotgun that deserves admiration.  How many rabbits or squirrels has the shotgun put on the family table?  How many young people learned to shoot with grand paws shotgun? May a dad bought the shotgun for his son or daughter as a birthday or Christmas present?

The model 12 was made from 1912 to 1964. Special production runs were made until 2006. In all, an estimated two million model 12 shotguns were produced. That two million may seem a little low for a firearm that was made from 1912 – 1964. However, we should keep in mind this was in an era when skilled craftsman made the firearm.

Hickok45 made a video about the Winchester model 12 pump shotgun.

On a personal note, I remember in the 1980s the model 12 receiving a lot of love, even though production ended 20 years earlier.

The Winchester model 12 is unique in that it can be slam-fired.  With the trigger pulled, cycle the pump action and the round will fire when chambered.  This gave it a “cool” factor to the young men I went to high school with.

Even though I have seen numerous model 12 shotguns for sale, I have never owned one.  I might have to change that sometime soon.  At the start of 2017 I thought about adding another shotgun to the collection.  It might have to be a Winchester model 12.

This is a timeless shotgun that refuses to slip into the realm of obscurity.

Hickok45, thank you for another wonderful video.  Keep up the great work.

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DON’T Shoot Saboted Projectiles through Chronographs [The Firearm Blog]

Whether it is a shotgun slug or an Accelerator bullet (.223 caliber bullet in a .308 caliber sabot), their sabots/wads can damage the chronographs. Sabots and wads are designed to separate from the projectile right after leaving the muzzle. After the separation, their trajectory may slightly change in an unpredictable pattern. Although the sabots and wads are lighter […]

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MKEK and Aselsan cooperate on 40mm Smart Ammunition [The Firearm Blog]

IDEF 2017 occurred in May of this year, but we missed this important Turkish development when it comes to ammunition. MKEK, the Turkish state-run armament company, and privately owned Aselsan signed agreements at IDEF 2017 to cooperate on the design and manufacture of “Smart” 40x46mm Low Velocity for use in UBGLs or stand alone launchers […]

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Hogue’s X1 Microflip [The Firearm Blog]

Hogue knifeHogue Knives announced the company was not offering a new button lock, flipper style folding knife called the X1 Microflip. According to the company, the knife has no springs and is 100% a manual flipper. However, the company says it acts a lot like an automatic knife. “Our customers have been demanding a streamlined sub […]

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Why You Should Care About Ammo Testing [The Firearm Blog]

I know, “yawn,” right? Hey, I could have written the title like “16 Secrets About Ammo Testing the Government Doesn’t Want You to Know!!!11!!!” In all seriousness, there are a lot of folks out there who think that ammunition is mostly the same and completely disregard testing. It isn’t my place to tell you what […]

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Browning’s Speed Load Tactical Knife [The Firearm Blog]

Speed Load Tactical KnifeBrowning announced that its Speed Load Tactical knife is now shipping to customers. This folding knife was introduced earlier this year. The new knife bridges the gaps between sporting, self defense and utility use by making it with replaceable blades. As it ships, the knife comes with four different razor blade inserts that are made […]

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S&W .357 Magnum J-Frame Model 360 [The Firearm Blog]

  Smith & Wesson® Adds Model 360 Revolver to J-Frame Lineup SPRINGFIELD, Mass., (July 26, 2017) – Smith & Wesson Corp. announced today that the company has begun shipping the new Model 360 revolver, Smith & Wesson’s latest addition to its popular J-Frame revolver line. The Model 360 revolver offers consumers a new choice to […]

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Monday, 31 July


Yahoo News lets Katie Couric go [Of Arms and the Law]

Story here.

I'm sure Virginia Citizens Defense League is breaking out the champagne, after the way she deceptively edited footage of their members in a "documentary."


Congressman seeks to void SAFE Act with new federal bill [NRA-ILA News]

A Western New York congressman is targeting the SAFE Act with a bill of his own that he says would effectively repeal the controversial gun-control law.  U.S. Rep. Chris Collins, R-Erie County, unveiled on Monday his Second Amendment Guarantee Act, which would limit a state's authority to regulate the design, manufacture, sale or possession of a rifle or shotgun. The bill does not cover handguns. The SAFE Act, passed in January 2013 following the Newtown school shooting in Connecticut, is both a legacy-defining policy for Gov. Andrew Cuomo and a political platform that Republicans have used to assail Democrats and pro-gun control advocates.


New high-quality knives from Outdoor Edge make filleting fish easy []

Outdoor Edge makes fish filleting easy with new Reel-Flex fillet knives.

Designed by custom knife maker, Jerry Hossom, the Reel-Flex fillet knife blades are crafted from German 4116 stainless steel, well known for its corrosion resistance and excellent edge retention.

The Reel-Flex fillet knives are available with 6-inch, 7.5-inch and 9.5-inch blade lengths to meet the cutting demands for all fresh and saltwater species.

They are ergonomically shaped with blue TPE composite handles that ensure a comfortable, non-slip grip, even when handled with wet or slick hands.

Each knife is hand-finished, shaving-sharp and includes a polypropylene sheath with a swivel-clip belt attachment for easy carry.

Reel-Flex fillet knives are available at retailers nationwide and online at for $22.95 to 24.95.

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3 Great Crankbaits For Summer Walleyes []

Crankbaits are death for walleyes, especially in summer when fish can be widely scattered and anglers have to cover water to locate them.

While many crankbaits score on ‘eyes, here are three time-test favorites with many of America’s top walleye hounds.

 Cotton Cordell Wally Diver


Many anglers consider the the Wally Diver only a trolling lure, but it also shines for casting. The suspending version is choice when varied retrieves are used. Various size baits are made, with models diving as deep as 20 feet for trolling, 15 feet for casting.

Storm Original Hot ’N Tot


Storm’s original Hot ‘N Tot has a durable metal lip and erratic, side-to-side action. It’s lethal for trolling aggressive walleyes in summer. There’s a model for every angler and fish, with about two dozen colors and several sizes.

Rapala Shad Rap


The indefatigable Shad Rap is the top crankbait for many walleye and other freshwater anglers. It runs true, with quality hardware and stands up to plenty of abuse. Most important, fish love it, which is why millions have been sold. It shines for walleyes with light line in the shallows, or with lead core line in the depths. Multiple sizes perform varying depth duties, and hammer walleyes wherever fished.


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Firearms Aboard Commercial Aircraft [NRA-ILA News]

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has established specific requirements for transporting firearms and ammunition in checked baggage on commercial aircraft, including the following: All firearms or ammunition must be checked with the air carrier as luggage or inside checked luggage. Firearms, firearms parts, and ammunition are prohibited from carry-on baggage. Firearm parts include barrels, magazines, frames, and other internal parts of a firearm.


Husqvarna m/07 pistol / FN 1903 [The Firearm Blog]

Mike takes a look at another early Euro semiautomatic pistol, with which he has a bit of a love-hate relationship: the FN 1903, more specifically the Husqvarna m/07, which is the Swedish version used by their army as late as the 1980’s together with its oddball 9x20SR ammunition. Possibly the most powerful blowback service handgun […]

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Primary Arms 1-6x24mm ACSS Reticle [The Firearm Blog]

Primary Arms has built a name for themselves by selling mid-priced optics that have decent quality. Not as expensive as a Trijicon but much better quality than UTG, Primary Arms has expanded their inventory over the years and earned a reputation for quality sights. Primary Arms also developed the ACSS reticle including a version for […]

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Cut Shells and Other Shotgun Nonsense [The Firearm Blog]

Shotguns seem to breed nonsense ideas more than any other type of firearm, except perhaps 1911s. That guy with a greasy John Deere cap who seems like his elbows are Krazyglued to the counter at your local gun shop is always happy to tell you about how shotguns are great because you can just rack […]

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Watch: 2 Handy-Dandy Quick Tarp Tips []

Tarps are simple things, but we humans can complicate anything. Setting up a tarp can be quick and easy — and while there are approximately ten million tarp videos on the web, most are too long/boring/dumb.

Check out these two short vids for some useful fast tarp advice.

This first video shows a great way to attach a tarp to a ridgeline without any knots… and although he shows the attachment along the edge of a tarp, you could easily drape a larger tarp over the line and attach the center end grommets in the same fashion.

Check it out:

Next up is a tarp setup from Survival Lilly which uses no knots at all. Enjoy!

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California: Criminal penalties and arrests down, crime up [John Lott's Website]

From The DailyWire:
California's latest attempt to handle one of the perpetual subjects of progressive complaint, jail and prison overpopulation supposedly caused by "over-incarceration," has proven once again what should not need re-proving: going easy on criminals results in more crime. 
Back in 2014, nearly 60% of Californians voted in favor of Proposition 47, which sought to thin out jails and prisons by downgrading many "nonviolent, nonserious" felonies to misdemeanors and allowing some prisoners to be eligible for re-sentencing for more lenient terms (see summary below). The measure ostensibly saved the state millions in incarceration costs, but while that particular budget line might look better, the state and its residents have suffered as a result.  
Since Prop 47 went into effect, arrests are down 30% while violent crime in Los Angeles is up a devastating 40%. And it's not just L.A. — Southern California as a whole is feeling the deleterious effects of the law's "lighter" touch.  
A major reason for the stunning increase in violent crime is the reckless way Prop 47 downgraded some offenses, including theft of a firearm, which used to be a felony but which is now treated as a misdemeanor, along with several other serious property theft offenses. . . .


POTD: To have Or Not To Have [The Firearm Blog]

Politics aside I am sure there are some of you, like me, who are not well versed in older style firearms. Ignorantly I would assume all flint locks and “old timey” guns are all the same. However I am wrong and happy to learn more. This photo was shot by Oleg Volk. It points out […]

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Canada: What happens when a crime victim takes a gun from a criminal and shoots him? The victim goes to jail [John Lott's Website]

Canadian man takes gun from home invaders and shoots on of them; he is now charged with attempted murder and nine other firearms charges. From the Herald News in Nova Scotia, Canada:
A man is charged with attempted murder and a raft of firearms offences after helping fend off home invaders, one of whom he’s now charged with shooting. 
Kyle Earl Munroe was arrested on July 12 after RCMP and Halifax Regional Police responded to a report of a home invasion involving firearms at a home in Porters Lake.
Police said that three men entered the residence with guns and a struggle took place with two men inside. 
The two in the home seized a firearm from one of the suspects and several shots were fired as the suspects fled. Police later located one of the suspects, who had non-life-threatening gunshot wounds. 
Munroe faces charges of attempted murder, intent to discharge a firearm, intent to discharge a firearm when being reckless, careless use of a firearm, improper storage of a firearm, pointing a firearm, possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose, 
unauthorized possession of a firearm, possession of a firearm knowing that possession is unauthorized, and possession for the purpose of trafficking. . . .


Gerber’s Sharkbelly Knife [The Firearm Blog]

Sharkbelly Serrated EdgeIf you carry a gun, you probably carry a knife. Not only are knives helpful on the range, but they also serve as an important tool in many people’s daily activities. And let’s not forget that a good knife can be a valuable self defense tool as well. Earlier this year, Gerber announced a new […]

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Watch: Digging Fireplace Air Tunnels With an Entrenching Tool []

Survival Lilly proves she has patience — and that she is an optimist — by using a teeny-tiny shovel to dig an air tunnel in her tepee.

She begins with the obligatory unboxing — after all, the manufacturer of the Fivejoy pack shovel sponsored this video — and after gushing over the diminutive tool, she gets to work. And I do mean work.

Using a baby shovel to dig a ditch is no easy task in hard ground, but Lilly is up to the task.

After untold hours of trenching, she lays down some old half-round roof tiles to form the tunnel, then covers them with dirt.

And just when I thought she might not be as much a glutton for punishment as suspected, she starts pecking at the dirt to make yet another trench.

Two tunnels in, she builds a fire to see how well it burns with these new air supplies. And it does burn quite well.

But then we learn why she made two tunnels; apparently she expected the second tunnel to act as a chimney (although it’s below the top of the fire, so ????) and made its outside end higher than the fireplace.

The next time it rains, she will regret making that thing higher than the fireplace…

Anyhow, it shows how an air supply at the level of an in-floor fireplace can help it burn — and save you from having to open a flap or door to let in cold air in the winter.

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Man has Firearms Wrongly Confiscated []

Imagine sitting in your living room watching TV, when the police show up with an order saying you have to turn over your firearms because you are “mentally defective”.

The problem is, you have never diagnosed with a mental illness, and, it was a case of mistaken identity.

In an effort to reduce gun violence, various states passed laws designed to keep guns out of the hands of people who have a mental illness.  In this example, it was the New York SAFE Act that resulted in the confiscation of firearms from an innocent person.

The SAFE Act states,

The NY SAFE Act is designed to remove firearms from those who seek to do harm to themselves or others.

This means keeping the minority of individuals with serious mental illness who may be dangerous away from access to firearms.

New York Upstate published an article of what happens when there is a case of mistaken identity.

Deputies confiscate a CNY veteran’s guns. They were wrong. What happened?

TABERG, NY – Don Hall was sitting in his living room watching TV with his girlfriend about 9:30 p.m. earlier this year when he was startled by flashing police car lights in his driveway.

Hall met the Oneida County sheriff’s deputies in the driveway, worried that they were bringing bad news about a family member.

Instead, the deputies produced an official document demanding that Hall, a 70-year-old Vietnam veteran who is a retired pipefitter, turn over his guns to them on the spot. On the document Hall said he was described as “mentally defective.”

Mr. Hall was eventually able to convince a judge this was a case of mistaken identity and he was able to get his property back.


Examples like this prevent people who may have a mental illness from seeking help.  In all honesty, who wants to be put on a list because they are seeking help?

  • Option A:  Go to a doctor, be honest, seek help, have your information shared with government agencies, be put on a list, denied the right to buy a firearm and have your firearms confiscated.
  • Option B:  Keep your mouth shut and protect your privacy.

In an effort to prevent firearm violence, the government is victimizing innocent people whose only crime is seeking help.

There has to be a better way to reduce firearm violence, and not make people afraid to go to the doctor.

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Swarovski Crystal Studded SV Infinity Grip [The Firearm Blog]

For the shooter who has everything and money burning a hole in his or her pocket. This Swarovski crystal studded SV Infinity can be yours for only $3038 USD. Oh and it is an airsoft gun. Yes . . . airsoft. I am not sure where all that money goes into this gun. It is […]

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State laws expand concealed gun rights to college campuses, public facilities [NRA-ILA News]

Concealed carry is the practice of discreetly having a weapon, usually lethal, on one’s person in a public space. Several states including Georgia, Kansas, and Arkansas are now allowing guns in many more public facilities including places of worship, sporting events, and even college campuses. Some gun rights activists like Jennifer Baker, spokesperson for the National Rifle Association, are saying that 2017 is going to be a very successful year for gun rights.


Judge rules Seattle must give gun-rights group tax revenue information [NRA-ILA News]

SEATTLE -- A judge has ruled in favor of a gun magazine editor and gun-rights group who want revenue information on Seattle's gun and ammunition tax. Dave Workman, senior editor of the filed a public record requests to get the revenue information. The City Council approved the taxes in 2015.


Watch: Use a Chainsaw to Charge a Car Battery []

So, you’re stuck in the boonies and your battery is dead or just too weak to start your truck… but you’ve got a chainsaw in the back. With a little creative thinking, you just might be in luck.

This guy demonstrates how you can use a chainsaw to drive a belt (or a piece of rope, boot laces, or whatever you have) and turn your vehicle’s alternator in order to charge up the battery.

I’m thinking this might take a while… but it sure sounds better than hiking all the way home (or trying this rope-start trick).

Some commenters say you should turn on your vehicle’s ignition for this to work; others disagree. Me, I don’t know.

Check it out:

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Can Chicago cite parents when their kids illegally obtain a gun? [NRA-ILA News]

Chicago aldermen have suggested an innovative, though likely ill-fated law which would seek to hold parents accountable if their children wind up in possession of an illegal firearm. With a murder rate which is completely out of control and a Mayor who seems powerless to do anything about it, solutions are obviously needed. But would this work? At least one community leader thinks it’s worth a try.


Are gun raffles legal in California? [NRA-ILA News]

Two words that would make any gun enthusiast pant. Even the prospect of a free firearm — especially in a time where, some would argue, the government is out to take guns — could be as valuable as... free health care?


5 Things You Should Never Do in the Woods []

We all want the same things from the woods: Peace, serenity, and time away from the mess of humanity. So don’t do this stuff.

1) Feed the Animals

Feeding wild animals is a terrible idea. I’m not talking about food plots for hunting, or a feeder to attract some wild hogs. Those are remote means of feeding that still allow animals to retain a healthy fear of man. But when you feed wildlife in any sort of way that familiarizes them with humans and results in a loss of that fear, you’re creating a recipe for disaster.

Whether it’s squirrels, raccoons, or even a big ol’ bear, it’s best for humans and the animals if there is a healthy respect (and yes, some fear) in the equation. This helps prevent attacks on people, pets, and property. (And if you’ve ever camped someplace where raccoons have lost their fear of humans, you know how destructive they can be.)

2) Litter

This should go without saying: NEVER leave trash in the woods! If it’s biodegradable, you can bury it. If not, it’s best to pack it out so you can dispose of it properly. But don’t leave it lying around to spoil the woods.

If you burn your garbage, don’t leave an ugly fire pit with remnants of cans and bottles.

Think about it: We who love nature and the wild are there to enjoy God’s creation which has NOT been uglified by humanity. So have some consideration for nature itself as well as those who will follow, and clean up after yourself.

2) Go “Mudding” and/or Tear it Up

The wilds and woods are great places to spend time, and can be very relaxing — but not so much when I get my kidneys shaken out as I drive the old woods Jeep down a rough trail that’s been ripped and torn by motorcycles, ATVs, or even horses. And I’m no tree-hugger, but it makes me sick to see a bunch of high-stepping 4×4 trucks plowing through lakes or ponds, ripping up the aquatic plants and killing the fish etc which call it home.

Be considerate, and leave a decent road/environment for the next folks who come through.

4) Take More Than You Need

While hunting on public land years ago, I happened upon an old campsite. Whoever had stayed there had spent considerable time and effort cutting quite a few small sapling trees and building fireside “chairs” that were partially buried in the ground to anchor them. It was clear they hadn’t camped there long, but they’d left a fair swath of destruction behind, along with some lashed-together wood that would now simply rot away.

They had wasted quite a few trees for some temporary comfort (not that the seats were comfy). What a waste.

The same would be true if you were living off the land; don’t kill a large animal or fish and just eat a little of it, or pick a bushel of berries and eat just a handful.

5) Leave Others’ Litter Behind

If you have the means to carry others’ litter out with you, do it. It’s a thankless task, but you will be making a big difference in the way everyone who follows you will experience the woods. Just because we had a day or moment spoiled by litter doesn’t mean everyone else has to.

Final Thoughts

Ask yourself: Will your actions negatively affect others who will come later? If the answer is “yes,” you’re doing it wrong.

This is pretty basic stuff, and at the core it’s just good old-fashioned consideration. Whether we like it or not, we have to share this planet with a bunch of other folks… so let’s try spreading some good around. Trust me, it’ll come back to you in a good way down the road (like the next time you take a litter-free walk in the woods).

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Watch: Walther P99 VS PPQ []

Sootch00 has made another excellent video. In this video he does a side by side comparison of the Walther P99 and the Walther PPQ.

Walther was founded in 1886. During World War II the factory was destroyed. In 1953 production started again.

P99 was introduced on 1996.

PPQ was introduced in 2011.

P99 Specifications

From the P99 web page.

  • Available in 9mm and 40 S&W.
  • Barrel length: 3.5 – 4.2 inches.
  • Trigger pull: DA: 9 / SA: 4.5 lbs
  • Capacity: 10 – 15 rounds, depending on model.
  • Overall Length: 9mm / 6.6 inches, 40 S&W / 7.2 inches.
  • Paddle design magazine release.

PPQ Specifications

Sootch00 talks about the M2 in the video, but the specifications for the Classic are listed in the article.  The Classic is available in 9mm, while the M2 is available in the 9mm and 40S&W.

From the PPQ web page.

  • Classic available in 9mm, M2 available in 40 S&W and 9mm.
  • Barrel length: 4 inches.
  • Capacity: Classic 15 rounds 9mm, M2 11 rounds 40 S&W.
  • Overall length: 7.1 inches.
  • Push button magazine release.

Now for the video.

If a company is selling a product in the United States, why have a priority rail? Why not make it with a 1913 picatinny rail so here are more options? Customers want options. Limited yourself to one certain type of rail subtracts from the overall selling point of the handgun.

I like how Walther offers the paddle style magazine release and the push button.  This provides customers with choices, and we love choices.

From the video, it appears the P99 has a long-winded trigger.  It reminds me of a Taurus handgun I used to have.  It seemed like I had to pull that trigger forever before it would fire.

If I had to pick one, it would have to be the PPQ.

Special thank you to Sootch00 for another great video, keep up the good work.


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Suspect shot in botched aggravated robbery at smoke shop [NRA-ILA News]

Waco Police are investigating after an aggravated robbery suspect was shot by an employee of a smoke shop during his criminal act Saturday night. The incident happened at 11:15 p.m. at Tee's Smoke Shop located on 3528 North 19th Street. Waco police Sgt. W. Patrick Swanton said the suspect entered the store wearing a ski mask, displayed a handgun, and demanded money. Police said the store employee took defensive action by drawing his own gun and firing at the suspect. The suspect was struck several times by bullets and ran away from the scene. He was dropped off at Baylor Scott and White Hillcrest by someone else. No other injuries were reported.


Man shot while trying to 'forcibly enter' house [NRA-ILA News]

State police have opened a homicide investigation into the early morning death of a man shot outside a home in the village of Yukon, Westmoreland County. The coroner's office said Melvin Grazetti Jr., 40, was pronounced dead at the scene on Kirshner Lane shortly after 5:40 a.m. Saturday. Grazetti was shot by "a known person" as he tried to "forcibly enter the residence" at about 3:30 a.m., police said in a statement. A shotgun was used to fire the shot that killed Grazetti, according to the coroner's report.


Water Sources Around The Bug Out Location []

How well do you know the water sources around your bug out location?

While talking about creek that runs through the farm, someone posted a question that got me to thinking  The thread was, “Sawyer Point one water filter group setup?”.  I described the creek as being spring fed and has never been known to go dry.

The question was, “Can you access the springs?”.  Meaning, could I access the springs that feed the creek.  I have an idea where the springs are, but have never hiked them.

So, if you have a place you want to use for a bug out location, how well do you know the water sources?  You may know the water source at the bug out location, but what about above and below that location?


According to WikiPedia, “A spring is any natural situation where water flows from an aquifer to the Earth’s surface. It is a component of the hydrosphere.”

Do you have a place picked out for a wilderness bug out location?  If so, are there any natural springs in the area?  Depending on the situation, this could provide an excellent source of clean drinking water.

Survivability is limited to the amount of resources in a given area, with water being at the top of the list.  Having a natural spring as a water source eliminates having to look for water.

Fishing Holes

After a spring leaves the ground, it will eventually create a slow moving pool somewhere downstream.  These pools usually have perch, turtles, maybe catfish… etc in them.


The pools could provide an excellent, although limited, food source.

On a personal nite, I have seen spring fed ponds that that have been stocked with perch, catfish and even bass. When I became a certified SCUBA diver, we used a submerged platform in a rather large spring fed pond. The pond was maybe 100 yards in diameter.  As we were sitting on the platform, perch and small mouth bass would swim around us.


One of the bad things about creeks, they are sometimes prone to flooding.  After a heavy rain, the creek that runs through the property, the can go from 6 inches deep to 8 feet deep.

The more hills you have, the more runoff there is.  The more runoff, the more water that is sent into the creek, which could cause flooding.

Signs of flooding will include debris washed against tree trunks.

Water Sources

While back I was watching a documentary were archeologist were talking about some ancient human settlements in Africa. For some reason, the settlements were in a desert.  After looking at satellite pictures, it became clear the settlements were around an ancient lake that disappeared a long time ago.

Humans have been living around water sources for a long time.  Why should that change in the event of a collapse?

The Romans used aqueducts to bring water to the cities. Today, we use pumps, electricity and modern technology to bring the water to us.

In the event of a collapse, rather than the water coming to us, we will have to go to the water.

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New Model 700 Short Action Chassis from Best Damn Gun [The Firearm Blog]

chassisThe Best Damn Gun company announced that it was now offering a new chassis for the Remington Model 700 action. The new chassis is designed for the short action and follows on the heels of the long action version that was introduced at the 2017 SHOT Show in Las Vegas. The chassis, like the original, […]

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Texas Campus Carry Law for Junior Colleges Takes Effect on August 1 [NRA-ILA News]

On Tuesday, August 1, Texas’ campus carry law goes into effect for community colleges around the state.  As previously reported, Senate Bill 11 – legislation prioritized by Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick during the 2015 legislative session and signed into law by Governor Greg Abbott – took effect for four-year public colleges and universities one year ago.  The law set the implementation date for public junior colleges as August 1, 2017.


The Berthier After World War One [Forgotten Weapons]

In the aftermath of World War One, France would face the need to replace virtually all of its small arms, because nearly everything it had been using was either a wartime stopgap (like the Ruby, Chauchat, and Berthier 07/15) or had been obsolete before the war began (like the Lebel and Mle 1892 revolver). The first focus of the rearming was a new light machine gun, which would be adopted in the form of the Chatellerault M24/29. Plans were made to develop a semiautomatic infantry rifle and bolt action support troops’ rifle (both in the new 7.5mm rimless cartridge), but these would not prove to be as quickly realized. As a result, the Berthier Mle 1916 carbines would remain in major frontline service right up to the outbreak of World War Two.

During the twenty years between the wars, the Berthiers would see a series of changes and upgrades including:

  • Sling bars replacing swivels
  • Revised handguard profile
  • Raised sights
  • Removal of the clearing rods
  • Adoption of the 1932N cartridge and associated rechambering
  • New metal finishes

Production of new carbines in fact continued all the way until 1939, with at least 160,000 made in 1919 and later. Many of the alterations made during this postwar period are evident on examples found today, and there is a collecting premium on guns that do not exhibit these peacetime modifications. So, let’s have a look, shall we?


Integrally Suppressed AK Gopak Rifle Demonstrated at Ukrainian Trials Grounds [The Firearm Blog]

An integrally suppressed variant of the AK called the Gopak was on display a recent demonstration at the Goncharivske trial grounds in the Chernihiv area of Ukraine. In two videos released via YouTube this week, the rifle is demonstrated firing and being inspected by the Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine, Oleksandr […]

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Lone Wolf Introduces New AlphaWolf Extractor Milled From Stainless Steel [The Firearm Blog]

Lone Wolf knows that every one of us Glock owners has looked at their Glock and decided that it just didn’t have enough bling and that they were slightly concerned about the well-being of their extractor as the slide slammed home on a loaded chamber for the 537th time. So what did they do about it? […]

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RCMP Lost A Grenade Launcher [The Firearm Blog]

A multi-grenade launcher fell off the back of a truck in British Columbia, Canada. A member of the Integrated Emergency Response Team lost their grenade launcher with ammo. Now the launcher is non-lethal and shoots gas grenades. However it is not something you want to have falling out of your vehicle.   The police officer […]

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Rally Against The RINOs In Raleigh [No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money]

The North Carolina General Assembly is returning for a special session on August 3rd. Grass Roots North Carolina is preparing a welcome for them called Rally Against RINOs in Raleigh. It is to remind the Republicans that they only achieved their supermajority in both houses due to the efforts of gun owners. The impetus for this rally is the inability of the Republicans in the House to pass HB 746 with a veto proof majority and the refusal of the State Senate to bring the bill to the floor for a vote.

If you are in the Raleigh area or if you can be in the Raleigh area for the rally on Thursday, the details are below:


Remember in the last election how the Republican candidates couldn't get enough love from pro-second amendment North Carolinians? Remember how they promised to be the stalwart guardians of your gun rights?

As expected, they have forgotten who "brung 'em to the dance." We know this because House Bill 746 is stuck in the Senate -- the result of petty quibbling and inactivity. Politicians are always at risk of becoming complacent (especially when their party holds a supermajority in both the house and the senate), and they sometimes need to be reminded of who they work for.

Worse yet: we know that Michael Bloomberg's out-of-state money has been hard at work in North Carolina, with a few well-paid operatives whispering fear and doubt into the ears of our elected leaders. This isn't a new game for them, since they prognosticate doom about every pro-Second Amendment measure that comes up ... and when these pro-gun bills are passed into law, their fears of doom are proven to be completely unfounded. Still, we want to make sure that responsible, law-abiding gun owners are being seen and heard by their elected leaders. Let's remind them that rich New Yorkers and a few paid minions don't speak for us in our state legislature.

The General Assembly returns for a special session on Thursday August 3, and we've planned a gun rights rally for the mall area between the Legislature and the Legislative Office Building. Most importantly: we need YOU there to join the chorus of North Carolina's law-abiding, responsible gun owners. Together, we can encourage our leaders to move House Bill 746 in this special session.

The demonstration will take place on Thursday August 3 at 11:00 AM. This will be a safe, fun, family-oriented event where we will introduce a new figure to North Carolina's political scene: Squish the Magic RINO!


  • RSVP on the GRNC website and let us know that you can attend the rally (
  • Attend the rally! It will be located on the grass mall just north of the Legislative building at 16 W. Jones St., Raleigh. The rally will begin at 11:00 AM, but it's wise to get there early to alleviate parking concerns.
  • Please make sure that you dress for the press. We encourage professional attire. Please, no inflammatory slogans on clothing or signs. We want to show everyone that North Carolina's gun owners are the most civil, respectful, law-abiding citizens!


Maxim Defense CQB Stock for SIG MPX and MCX [The Firearm Blog]

MCXMaxim Defense recently announced that the company was now making its CQB Stock for the SIG SAUER MPX and MCX platforms. This new stock is a variation of the existing CQB Stock that the company currently manufactures for the AR platform. The new stock weighs between 17.5 – 17.7 ounces depending on which model you purchase. […]

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MPX Raptor Charging Handle From Radian Weapons [The Firearm Blog]

Nick Booras of Radian Weapons mentioned that they were working on a Raptor charging handle for the MPX back at the NRA Show in Atlanta. Well they are coming soon. The wait is almost over. Radian will be showing off the Raptor for SIG MPX at TriggrCon in Tacoma, WA this weekend, so I thought […]

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Venezuelan “TOR” SMG Chambered in .357 Magnum [The Firearm Blog]

TOR (means fireball in one of the local languages) is a Venezuelan firearm designed by a gentleman named Fernan Altuve Febres. It was designed in 1995 and initially chambered in 5.6x36mm (a cartridge unknown to me). It was tested by Venezuelan paratroopers, tank and submarine crew members. Later on, there was a need to arm […]

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Russian Sappers in Palmyra, Syria, Using Passive Exoskeletons [The Firearm Blog]

It seems that human augmentation devices have seen their first practical application. Passive exoskeletons – perhaps less glamorously called “full body orthopedics” have been spotted in use by Russian sappers in Palmyra, Syria. The sappers – Russia’s equivalents to Western bomb disposal or explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) units – were wearing structural exoskeleton suits reportedly […]

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Sunday, 30 July


FightLite Released Improved MCR [The Firearm Blog]

FightLite has released the new version of their squad automatic weapon, the MCR (Mission Configurable Rifle). The MCR is based upon the older ARES-16 AMG-2 ™ that has been on the Military/LE market for almost a decade and is an AR based solution to the M249 SAW. Numerous programs have been trying to replace it […]

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TFBTV Mail Room #3: The Mailbag Runneth Over! [The Firearm Blog]

Only a few weeks ago, James opened the first piece of TFBTV fan mail, and now – the PO BOX was so full that the USPS had to withhold some of the mail! In this episode, James discusses what beer he’s drinking tonight (as is tradition now) and opens letters and packages from YOU. Want […]

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At Fox News: Trump needs a chairman for his Council of Economic Advisers. When will Democrats let him be confirmed? [John Lott's Website]

I have a new piece at Fox News on the incredibly slow confirmation process for Trump's nominees.  Because of the delays created by the Democrats, even if Trump had nominated people as quickly as past administrations, it wouldn't have made any difference in the number of people confirmed.
It’s the middle of July, and President Trump still doesn’t have a chairman for his Council of Economic Advisers. His nominee, Kevin Hassett, is a world-recognized expert on taxation, but he has been stuck on the sidelines despite tax reform being one of the administration’s big goals this year.  He is the one person who could explain how the different parts of the tax bill fit together. 
White House advisor Gary Cohn has reportedly told associates that time is running out for tax reform.  He worries that if tax reform doesn't get done by the end of the year, it likely won’t happen at all.  Missing key players such as Hassett doesn’t help. 
The delay reflects only Democrat’s unwillingness to confirm any Trump nominee.  Hassett is not a controversial pick.  
The Senate Banking Committee very easily advanced Hassett’s nomination last month, with only Elizabeth Warren opposing.  Other liberal Democrats such as Sherrod Brown (Ohio), Jack Reed (R.I.), Robert Menedez (N.J.), and Brian Schatz (Hawaii) all voted in Hassett’s favor.  
According to organizations such as the AFL-CIO, the League of Conservation Voters, and Americans for Democratic Action, these Senators have perfect or near-perfect liberal voting records. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) was the only committee member who opposed Hassett. 
The economists who know Hassett best also support him. Forty-four prominent economists, liberal Democrats and conservative Republicans alike, signed a letter supporting Hassett’s confirmation.  
It read, in part, as follows: “While the signers of this letter hold a range of views on President Trump’s policies, we all believe that the formulation of economic policy would be advanced by the analysis and advice that Dr. Hassett would bring to the table.”  They also noted Hassett’s “record of serious scholarship.”  The signers included all of President Obama’s Council Chairmen (Jason Furman, Alan Krueger, Christina Romer, Austan Goolsbee), President Clinton’s chairs (Laura Tyson, Martin Baily), Vice President Joe Biden’s chief economist Jared Bernstein, and Obama economic advisor Mark Zandi. 
Going back to 1980, the average time to confirm a Council Chairman was 25 days. For incoming administrations such as Trump’s, which are already short-handed, the average confirmation period is 13 days, with the longest lasting 25 days. 
Hassett’s confirmation stands at 76 days and counting.  For past incoming administrations, the chairman would have officially started his job by around February 26.   
Not a single nomination to this position has ever taken anywhere near as long as Hassett’s. Some of the responsibility lies with the administration, but Democrats have done everything they can to slow down all of President Trump’s nominees.  Demanding cloture filings for every single nominee, no matter how uncontroversial, means two days of debate before cloture can even be voted on, and then an additional 30 hours after that. . . .
The rest of the piece is available here.


A Modest Proposal [No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money]

The Complementary Spouse and I were watching Sharyl Attkisson's Full Measure news program this morning. She had a story on about waste and fraud in the rebuilding of Afghanistan and its security forces. That is irrelevant to my modest proposal. However, seeing Afghan police carrying AK-47s got me to thinking - why are they carrying ComBloc firearms when they could be carrying firearms made in the good old USA.

The US firearms industry has an inventory problem. They overbuilt before the 2016 election on the presumption that we would have a President Hillary which would cause a mad rush to buy while the getting was good. Instead we have President Trump and the pipeline is full of ARs that manufacturers and distributors are trying to clear out. Tam called it a "gun glut" today in a post.

You only have to see the emails and flyers from companies like Palmetto State Armory and CDNN to see that prices have plummeted.  The subreddit /r/gundeals is full of posts about great buys on anything AR. The deals are not just on any old no-name AR. They include stuff like the Colt LE6920 for $799 and the S&W MP15 for $499. Conversely, it doesn't look like the prices of AKs have fallen anywhere as much. Romanian Wasrs are still over $600.

President Trump campaigned on "buy American" and issued an Executive Order  in April which seeks to maximize the procurement of American-made products by Federal agencies. The Department of Defense and the State Department both provide security assistance to Afghanistan.

While it is somewhat counter-productive to my own selfish interests, I would propose that DOD and the State Department begin buying up much of this surplus inventory at these bargain prices. It would then be used to replace those ComBloc AKs with good, American made, semi-auto AR15s. While as a consumer I would miss being able to buy good quality AR lowers for $50 or less, I also recognize that I have a greater interest in seeing firearms companies - especially the smaller specialty ones - survive as going concerns. The average Afghani cop isn't going to care if he is issued a Del-Ton, a Colt, or a Spike's Tactical. He's just going to be happy that he has a new rifle. Reequipping the Afghanis with AR15s will also provide opportunities for training companies to instruct the Afghanis on the use, care, and maintenance of their new rifles.

I'm sure the media would portray this as a sop to the NRA and the firearms industry. Nonetheless, it helps an American industry, it fulfills a campaign promise to buy American, it ties the Afghanis to us for training, spare parts, etc., it could be done at bargain prices, and it helps preserve the smaller companies. My modest proposal is, at least to me, a win all around.


The Mass Media and Self-Parody [Of Arms and the Law]

Let's see, Democratic House members (including members of the Intelligence and Foreign Affairs Committee) hire a Pakistani national named Imran Awan to control their IT and have access to all their email and files. Their employers applied for him and several relatives (also hired on staff) to get the highest of security clearances, Top Secret/Sensitive Compartmentalized Information. What could possibly go wrong?

It's discovered that he and several other aides have been stealing equipment, including hard drives that he afterward smashes with a hammer. The others are fired five months ago, but Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz keeps him on staff.... Paying him $160,000 a year (a huge Hill salary: legislative aides' salaries average about $38K, and even chiefs of staff makes about $143,000). He's also allowed to take out a $165,000 unsecured loan from the Congressional Federal Credit Union and wire that to Pakistan.

Capitol Hill Police discover a laptop Awan has stolen from Schultz and hidden away, seize it as evidence, and Schultz publicly threatens, during the police's appropriations hearings, that there will be "consequences" if they don't give it back, now.

Awan is arrested at Dulles International Airport as he tries to flee the country to Pakistan, and charged with bank fraud. Only after the arrest does Debbie Wasserman Schultz fire him.

My local paper picks up the AP story and runs it under the headline of "Wasserman Schultz Fires IT Staffer Following Fraud Arrest".

(PS: the judge RELEASED him at the initial appearance? Some sort of "high intensity supervision" that says he can't travel more than 50 miles? The fellow was obviously trying to flee the country when arrested....


Book Review: Vickers Guide AR15 Volume 2 [Forgotten Weapons]

Larry Vickers and James Rupley have followed their first volume of AR-15s with a second one – as we should have expected when the first one was title “Volume I”. Where the first volume covered the early development of the AR by Armalite and Colt, the Vicker’s Guide: AR15 Volume II looks at more modern iterations of the AR platform, including a variety of foreign made types (Diemaco, Norinco, HK, etc).

The book also includes an interesting look at the development of piston-driven AR models from the early Colt experimental model to the Taiwanese T65 to the current HK 416 and 417 (which Vickers has a particularly authoritative inside perspective on). And, of course, the series of modern 7.62mm NATO AR10 type rifles mike the American M110, British L129A1, and others.

I had been expecting a lot of commercial or competition type rifles to be in this volume, and was quite happily surprised to be wrong. Just because they are modern rifles doesn’t mean they are boring – the different iterations of models and accessories used by various military forces in the recent past make for some pretty interesting comparison.


A.D.K. Arms Files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy [The Firearm Blog]

ADKAccording to court documents, A.D.K. Arms, Inc. filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on July 20 of this year. This filing was made at the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Northern District of Illinois. A.D.K. Arms sells a range of firearms products centered on the AR-10 and AR-15 platforms. It is an affiliate company of Advanced Precision Manufacturing, […]

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Saturday, 29 July


Saturday Random Musings: Why the Left Would Win the Next Civil War []

It’s a slow Saturday, so I figured I’d share some “shower thoughts” with you on a topic I’ve been pondering lately. The topic is pretty controversial and highly unpleasant, and this is mainly just me thinking out loud. But if it gets you thinking as well, then it was worth sharing.

I’ve been around pro-2A circles all my life, and whenever men meet and talk guns, there’s always a rea