Monday, 26 June


40mm Caseless Variable-Velocity Grenade Concept from Armor Development Group Shown Off at [NDIA 2017] [The Firearm Blog]

At the 2017 National Defense Industry Association’s (NDIA) annual Armament Systems Forum in April, Mr. Howard Kent of Armor Development Group, and Dr. Jeffery Widder presented a concept for a caseless grenade system which allows the user to aim by changing the muzzle velocity of the round itself. Their grenade design would allow a grenadier […]

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Watch: Canik TP9 DA 9mm Pistol []

The guys over at the Military Arms Channel have posted another excellent video.  This one covers the Canik TP9 Double Action (DA).  The TP9 DA is a striker-fired handgun that has a de-cocker and is double action.

For the most part, people do not think of striker-fired handguns as either double action or single action.  Several years ago, a buddy of mine and I were talking about handguns.  I asked if his new handgun was single action or double action. His comment was something like, “It is not single or double action, it is striker-fired”.

I asked him, “When a round does not go off, can you pull the trigger and strike the primer a second time without having to cycle the slide by hand?”  His reply was to talk about how the handgun has to be cycled in order to set the striker, which makes the handgun is single action.

The Canik TP9 addresses the issue with striker-fired handguns being single action.  The TP9 also has a de-cocker.  When the striker does not fire the cartridge, simply pull the trigger again.

Now for the video.

Overall, I feel the Canik TP9 DA is step forward in striker-fired handguns.

One issue with striker-fired handguns most people ignore, when there is a misfire, the handgun has to be cycled by hand to cock the striker.  Some people are going to say, “I have never had a misfire.”  If you shoot long enough, there will be a misfire.

Something I find interesting about the TP9, the striker can be decocked, and the first round can be fired as double action.  This gives the handgun a little extra trigger pull on the first round, which can be considered a safety feature.

Now that we have a double action striker-fired handgun, the line between striker-fired and hammer-fired is becoming blurred.

Special thank you to the guys over at the Military Arms Channel for another great video.  Keep up the excellent work.

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New Rifle from HM Defense: The Avenger M308 [The Firearm Blog]

HM Defense Avenger M308HM Defense announced the company is now building .308 Win rifles that use the same Monobloc technology the company uses on its .223/5.56 guns. The new Avenger M308 is an AR-10 style rifle that has an 18″ Monobloc barrel. The Monobloc design incorporates a low profile gas block as part of the barrel during the […]

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Peruta: cert denied [Of Arms and the Law]

Order here. Justices Thomas and Gorsuch dissent from the denial, suggesting that the combination has replaced Thomas and Scalia as two Justices who want to take cert and expand the Court's reading of the 2A: unfortunately, it takes four to grant and five to win. As always with a Thomas-written opinion, the dissent is clearly reasoned and written.

"We should have granted certiorari in this case. The approach taken by the en banc court is indefensible, and the petition raises important questions that this Court should address. I see no reason to await another case."

"Had the en banc Ninth Circuit answered the question actually at issue in this case, it likely would have been compelled to reach the opposite result. This Court has already suggested that the Second Amendment protects the right to carry firearms in public in some fashion. As we explained in Heller, to "bear arms" means to "'wear, bear, or carry upon the person or in the clothing or in a pocket, for the purpose of being armed and ready for offen­sive or defensive action in a case of conflict with another person.' .... The most natural reading of this definition encom­passes public carry. I find it extremely improbable that the Framers understood the Second Amendment to protect little more than carrying a gun from the bedroom to the kitchen."

"Even if other Members of the Court do not agree that the Second Amendment likely protects a right to public carry, the time has come for the Court to answer this important question definitively."

"The Court's decision to deny certiorari in this case re­ flects a distressing trend: the treatment of the Second Amendment as a disfavored right."

"For those of us who work in marbled halls, guarded constantly by a vigilant and dedicated police force, the guarantees of the Second Amendment might seem anti­ quated and superfluous. But the Framers made a clear choice: They reserved to all Americans the right to bear arms for self-defense. I do not think we should stand by idly while a State denies its citizens that right, particularly when their very lives may depend on it."


NRA Statement on Peruta v. California [NRA-ILA News]

The executive director of the National Rifle Association Institute for Legislative Action, Chris W. Cox, released the following statement Monday regarding the United States Supreme Court's denial of petition in the case of Peruta v. California:


74% of American gun owners say owning a gun is ‘essential to their freedom’: Poll [NRA-ILA News]

“As a nation, the U.S. has a deep and enduring connection to guns. Integrated into the fabric of American society since the country’s earliest days, guns remain a point of pride for many Americans. Whether for hunting, sport shooting or personal protection, most gun owners count the right to bear arms as central to their freedom,” reports a wide-ranging new poll from the Pew Research Center.It found that 74 percent of all U.S. gun owners say owning a gun is “essential to their freedom.” Another 73 percent of the owners say they could never see themselves “not owning a gun.”


Bloomberg’s Next Anti-Washington Move: $200 Million Program for Mayors [NRA-ILA News]

In an interview, Mr. Bloomberg said his city-focused initiative would serve in part as an extension of his advocacy for national policies that address climate change, gun violence, public health and immigration. That largely liberal agenda is aligned with the growing aspirations of big-city mayors, who are mainly Democrats and who have vowed to check conservative mandates emerging from Washington by using their power at the local level.


Why California gun owners may be breaking the law on July 1 [NRA-ILA News]

Sweeping new gun laws passed last year by California voters and legislators require those with magazines capable of holding more than 10 rounds of ammunition to get rid of them by July 1.


Not All Bad News Today From SCOTUS [No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money]

It wasn't all bad news on gun rights from the US Supreme Court today. Despite the negative ruling on certiorari for the Peruta case, we did get a win today when the court denied the government's appeal in Sessions et al v. Binderup et al. Justices Ginsburg and Sotomayor would have granted certiorari to the government.

The case involved the loss of gun rights for individuals convicted of non-serious misdemeanors. The 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals had ruled that it violated the Second Amendment to deny such individuals their right to possess and purchase firearms. The Justice Department under former AG Loretta Lynch appealed that ruling. For some unknown reason, they didn't move to dismiss the case under AG Jeff Sessions.

By refusing to grant certiorari, the court preserved the ruling of the 3rd Circuit. The Second Amendment Foundation which represented the plaintiffs in this case released the following statement on their win:

BELLEVUE, WA – The Supreme Court of the United States has declined to review an important Second Amendment Foundation case involving firearms rights for individuals convicted of certain non- violent misdemeanor crimes .

The decision allows an earlier favorable en banc ruling for SAF by the Third U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Pennsylvania to stand . In the case of
Binderup v. the U.S. Attorney General , the appeals court ruled that individuals convicted of certain non-serious misdemeanor crimes do not lose their fundamental rights under the Second Amendment for life . After SAF won at the appeals court level, the Obama Justice Department sought Supreme Court review .

The case involve d a man named Daniel Binderup , who pleaded guilty in 1996 to a misdemeanor charge related to a consensual relationship he had with a 17-year-old female employee . He received three years’ probation and a $300 fine. However, because the crime could have resulted in jail time of more than one year for which the federal gun law blocks firearms possession , Binderup sought protection of his rights via the courts .

“While we were confident that our case would once again prevail before the Supreme Court, we’re delighted at the high court’s decision that allows our victory in the Third Circuit to stand,” noted SAF founder and Executive Vice President Alan M. Gottlieb. “We establish ed the principle that people who are convicted of certain misdemeanor crimes cannot be stripped of their fundamental right to keep and bear arms for life. ”

The Third Circuit Court’s favorable ruling combined Binderup’s case with another SAF case involving a man named Julio Suarez . He was stopped in 1990 on suspicion of driving while intoxicated. At the time he was carrying a handgun and spare ammunition without a permit. He pleaded guilty in Maryland state court to the charge and received a 180-day s uspended sentence and $500 fine . As a result, he also lost his gun rights because the crime could have resulted in jail time of more than one year . Neither man was ever incarcerated.

“We cannot allow government to simply deny constitutionally-delineated rights on such flimsy grounds,” Gottlieb said. “While SAF’s goal is winning firearms freedom one lawsuit at a time, this time we won two!”


Supreme Court: No Right to Carry []

June 26, 2017, is a sad day for gun rights.  The United States Supreme Court declined to hear a case from California that allows the County Sheriff to determine who should be granted a concealed carry permit.  The person applying for a concealed carry permit most prove they need a concealed carry permit.

The Ninth Circuit Court ruled,

the protection of the Second Amendment — whatever the scope of that protection may be — simply does not extend to the carrying of concealed firearms in public by members of the general public.

By refusing to hear the case, the Supreme Court allowed the Ninth Circuit Court ruling to stand.

Justices Clarence Thomas and Neil Gorsuch dissented.

Justice Clarence Thomas wrote,

The Court’s decision to deny certiorari in this case reflects a distressing trend: the treatment of the Second Amendment as a disfavored right,

For those of us who work in marbled halls, guarded constantly by a vigilant and dedicated police force, the guarantees of the Second Amendment might seem antiquated and superfluous. But the Framers made a clear choice: They reserved to all Americans the right to bear arms for self-defense.

Maybe President Trump should take action to make sure our rights are upheld?


On a personal note, I am not surprised the Supreme Court declined to hear the case.  Gun rights is a topic the Supreme Court does not like to touch.

As a society we must ask ourselves, if the right to keep and bear arms can be restricted by the whelm of a County Sheriff, what else can be restricted?  Can your right to vote be restricted?  How about your right to go to church?  Will we have to prove we need a trial by jury?

Gun owners must stand up and say, “We are tired of our gun rights being treated as second class rights.”

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Check Deer Stands During Off Season []

Guys and gals, I am guilty of putting off work on the hunting lease until the last minute.  It seems during the summer there is a reason (or excuse) after reason (or excuse) not to go to the hunting lease and check on the stands and feeders.  Spending time with the kids, fishing, vacation, too hot, too many bugs… etc seems to take precedence over going to the hunting lease..

Out of nowhere, like a train, August and September are upon us.  Then we are racing against time to check the hunting lease.  Are the stands still standing and are the feeders working?  Are you going to take the time to scout for deer trails, rubs and scrapes?

Rather than putting off the hunting lease all summer, take some time and show the place some love.

One of the most time consuming issues I have run into, is using a pole saw to trim tree limbs.  There have been times when I had to trim dozens of limbs that grew into the shooting lane during the summer.  What I “thought” would be a one day job, turned into two weekends.

There have been times when severe weather blew stands over.  These were porta-potties on a wooden frame which took three people to stand upright, or two people and a tractor.  I just happened to be walking the hunting lease during the summer, saw the stands down, and had to organize a work day with some friends.

Then there are the times that vandals or wild pigs knock feeders or stands over.  Sometimes the people will shoot feeders up with a shotgun or rifle.  Sometimes they will steal the feeder, take the solar panel.. just do whatever damage they can.

Rather than finding all this out a few weeks before hunting season, go to the hunting lease during the summer months.  From my experience, most of the damage happens when teenagers are out of school for summer vacation.  When school starts back, the vandalism seems to go away.

So, take time to check on the deer lease and do some work here and there.  This way, you will not get caught by surprise right before season starts.

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SCOTUS Denies Cert In Peruta Case [No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money]

Damn, damn, damn. I thought the Peruta case had a chance to bring carry before the Supreme Court. In the orders released this morning, the Supreme Court denied certiorari in the case of Peruta et al v. California et al.

Justice Thomas and Justice Gorsuch dissented in this denial of cert. Justice Thomas wrote a strong dissent with which Justice Gorsuch joined. I am putting the full dissent below. I will be adding comments after I have had time to read the whole thing.

The addition to the Court of Justice Gorsuch was good. I just wish there were more like him and Justice Thomas who care about both the precedents of Heller and McDonald as well as the Second Amendment.

1 Cite as: 582 U. S. ____ (2017)

THOMAS , J., dissenting



No. 16–894. Decided June 26, 2017

The petition for a writ of certiorari is denied.

JUSTICE THOMAS , with whom JUSTICE GORSUCH joins, dissenting from the denial of certiorari.

The Second Amendment to the Constitution guarantees that “the right of the people to keep and bear Arm[s] shall not be infringed.” At issue in this case is whether that guarantee protects the right to carry firearms in public for self-defense. Neither party disputes that the issue is one of national importance or that the courts of appeals have already weighed in extensively. I would therefore grant the petition for a writ of certiorari.


California generally prohibits the average citizen from carrying a firearm in public spaces, either openly or con­ cealed. With a few limited exceptions, the State prohibits open carry altogether. Cal. Penal Code Ann. §§25850, 26350 (West 2012). It proscribes concealed carry unless a resident obtains a license by showing “good cause,” among other criteria, §§26150, 26155, and it authorizes counties to set rules for when an applicant has shown good cause, §26160.

In the county where petitioners reside, the sheriff has interpreted “good cause” to require an applicant to show that he has a particularized need, substantiated by docu­mentary evidence, to carry a firearm for self-defense. The sheriff ’s policy specifies that “concern for one’s personal safety” does not “alone” satisfy this requirement. Peruta v. County of San Diego , 742 F. 3d 1144, 1148 (CA9 2014) (internal quotation marks omitted). Instead, an applicant must show “a set of circumstances that distinguish the applicant from the mainstream and cause him to be placed in harm’s way.” Id. , at 1169 (internal quotation marks and alterations omitted). “[A] typical citizen fearing for his personal safety—by definition—cannot distinguish himself from the mainstream.” Ibid. (emphasis deleted; internal quotation marks and alterations omitted). As a result, ordinary, “law-abiding, responsible citizens,” District of Columbia v. Heller , 554 U. S. 570, 635 (2008), may not obtain a permit for concealed carry of a firearm in public spaces.

Petitioners are residents of San Diego County (plus an association with numerous county residents as members) who are unable to obtain a lic ense for concealed carry due to the county’s policy and, because the State generally bans open carry, are thus unable to bear firearms in public in any manner. They sued under Rev. Stat. §1979, 42 U. S. C. §1983, alleging that this near-total prohibition on public carry violates their Second Amendment right to bear arms. They requested declaratory and injunctive relief to prevent the sheriff from denying licenses based on his restrictive interpretation of “good cause,” as well as other “relief as the Court deems just and proper.” First Amended Complaint in No. 3:09–cv–02371, (SD Cal.) ¶¶149, 150, 152. The District Court granted respondents’ motion for summary judgment, and petitioners appealed to the Ninth Circuit.

In a thorough opinion, a panel of the Ninth Circuit reversed. 742 F. 3d 1144. The panel examined the consti­ tutional text and this Court’s precedents, as well as histor­ical sources from before the founding era through the end of the 19th century. Id., at 1150–1166. Based on these sources, the court concluded that “the carrying of an oper­able handgun outside the home for the lawful purpose of self-defense . . . constitutes ‘bear[ing] Arms’ within the meaning of the Second Amendment.” Id. , at 1166. It thus reversed the District Court and held that the sheriff ’s interpretation of “good cause” in combination with the other aspects of the State’s regime violated the Second Amendment’s command that a State “permit some form of carry for self-defense outside the home.” Id., at 1172.

The Ninth Circuit sua sponte granted rehearing en banc and, by a divided court, reversed the panel decision. In the en banc court’s view, because petitioners specifically asked for the invalidation of the sheriff ’s “good cause” interpretation, their legal challenge was limited to that aspect of the applicable regulatory scheme. The court thus declined to “answer the question of whether or to what degree the Second Amendment might or might not protect a right of a member of the general public to carry firearms openly in public.” Peruta v. County of San Diego , 824 F. 3d 919, 942 (2016). It instead held only that “the Sec­ ond Amendment does not preserve or protect a right of a member of the general public to carry concealed firearms in public.” Id., at 924 (emphasis added).


We should have granted certiorari in this case. The approach taken by the en banc court is indefensible, and the petition raises important questions that this Court should address. I see no reason to await another case.


The en banc court’s decision to limit its review to whether the Second Amendment protects the right to concealed carry—as opposed to the more general right to public carry—was untenable. Most fundamentally, it was not justified by the terms of the complaint, which called into question the State’s regulatory scheme as a whole. See First Amended Complaint ¶63 (“Because California does not permit the open carriage of loaded firearms, concealed carriage with a [concealed carry] permit is the only means by which an individual can bear arms in pub­ lic places”); id. , ¶74 (“States may not completely ban the carrying of handguns for self-defense”). And although the complaint specified the remedy that intruded least on the State’s overall regulatory regime—declaratory relief and an injunction against the sheriff ’s restrictive interpretation of “good cause”—it also requested “[a]ny further relief as the Court deems just and proper.” Id., ¶152.

Nor was the Ninth Circuit’s approach justified by the history of this litigation. The District Court emphasized that “the heart of the parties’ dispute” is whether the Second Amendment protects “the right to carry a loaded handgun in public, either openly or in a concealed man­ ner.” Peruta v. County of San Diego , 758 F. Supp. 2d 1106, 1109 (SD Cal. 2010). As the Ninth Circuit panel pointed out, “[petitioners] argue that the San Diego County policy in light of the California licensing scheme as a whole violates the Second Amendment because it precludes a responsible, law-abiding citizen from carrying a weapon in public for the purpose of lawful self-defense in any man­ ner.” 742 F. 3d, at 1171. The panel further observed that although petitioners “focu[s]” their challenge on the “li­ censing scheme for concealed carry,” this is “for good reason: acquiring such a license is the only practical ave­nue by which [they] may come lawfully to carry a gun for self-defense in San Diego County.” Ibid. Even the en banc court acknowledged that petitioners “base their argument on the entirety of California’s statutory scheme” and “do not contend that there is a free-standing Second Amend­ ment right to carry concealed firearms.” 824 F. 3d, at 927.


Had the en banc Ninth Circuit answered the question actually at issue in this case, it likely would have been compelled to reach the opposite result. This Court has already suggested that the Second Amendment protects the right to carry firearms in public in some fashion. As we explained in Heller , to “bear arms” means to “ ‘wear, bear, or carry upon the person or in the clothing or in a pocket, for the purpose of being armed and ready for offen­sive or defensive action in a case of conflict with another person.’ ” 554 U. S., at 584 (quoting Muscarello v. United States , 524 U. S. 125, 143 (1998) (GINSBURG , J., dissent­ing); alterations and some internal quotation marks omit­ ted). The most natural reading of this definition encom­ passes public carry. I find it extremely improbable that the Framers understood the Second Amendment to protect little more than carrying a gun from the bedroom to the kitchen. See Drake v. Filko , 724 F. 3d 426, 444 (CA3 2013) (Hardiman, J., dissenting) (“To speak of ‘bearing’ arms solely within one’s home not only would conflate ‘bearing’ with ‘keeping,’ in derogation of the [ Heller ] Court’s holding that the verbs codified distinct rights, but also would be awkward usage given the meaning assigned the terms by the Supreme Court”); Moore v. Madigan , 702 F. 3d 933, 936 (CA7 2012) (similar). already suggested that the Second Amendment protects the right to carry firearms in public in some fashion. As we explained in Heller , to “bear arms” means to “ ‘wear, bear, or carry upon the person or in the clothing or in a pocket, for the purpose of being armed and ready for offen­sive or defensive action in a case of conflict with another person.’ ” 554 U. S., at 584 (quoting Muscarello v. United States , 524 U. S. 125, 143 (1998) (GINSBURG , J., dissent­ing); alterations and some internal quotation marks omit­ ted). The most natural reading of this definition encom­ passes public carry. I find it extremely improbable that the Framers understood the Second Amendment to protect little more than carrying a gun from the bedroom to the kitchen. See Drake v. Filko , 724 F. 3d 426, 444 (CA3 2013) (Hardiman, J., dissenting) (“To speak of ‘bearing’ arms solely within one’s home not only would conflate ‘bearing’ with ‘keeping,’ in derogation of the [ Heller ] Court’s holding that the verbs codified distinct rights, but also would be awkward usage given the meaning assigned the terms by the Supreme Court”); Moore v. Madigan , 702 F. 3d 933, 936 (CA7 2012) (similar). The relevant history appears to support this under­ standing. The panel opinion below pointed to a wealth of cases and secondary sources from England, the founding era, the antebellum period, and Reconstruction, which together strongly suggest that the right to bear arms includes the right to bear arms in public in some manner. See 742 F. 3d, at 1153–1166 (canvassing the relevant history in detail); Brief for Na tional Rifle Association as Amicus Curiae 6–16. For example, in Nunn v. State , 1 Ga. 243 (1846)—a decision the Heller Court discussed exten­sively as illustrative of the proper understanding of the right, 554 U. S., at 612—the Georgia Supreme Court struck down a ban on open carry although it upheld a ban on concealed carry. 1 Ga., at 251. Other cases similarly suggest that, although some regulation of public carry is already suggested that the Second Amendment protects the right to carry firearms in p ublic in some fashion. As we explained in Heller , to “bear arms” means to “ ‘wear, bear, or carry upon the person or in the clothing or in a pocket, for the purpose of being armed and ready for offen­sive or defensive action in a case of conflict with another person.’ ” 554 U. S., at 584 (quoting Muscarello v. United States , 524 U. S. 125, 143 (1998) (GINSBURG , J., dissent ing); alterations and some internal quotation marks omit­ ted). The most natural reading of this definition encom passes public carry. I find it extremely improbable that the Framers understood the Second Amendment to protect little more than carrying a gun from the bedroom to the kitchen. See Drake v. Filko , 724 F. 3d 426, 444 (CA3 2013) (Hardiman, J., dissenting) (“To speak of ‘bearing’ arms solely within one’s home not only would conflate ‘bearing’ with ‘keeping,’ in derogation of the [ Heller ] Court’s holding that the verbs codified distinct rights, but also would be awkward usage given the meaning assigned the terms by the Supreme Court”); Moore v. Madigan , 702 F. 3d 933, 936 (CA7 2012) (similar).

The relevant history appears to support this under­ standing. The panel opinion below pointed to a wealth of cases and secondary sources from England, the founding era, the antebellum period, and Reconstruction, which together strongly suggest that the right to bear arms includes the right to bear arms in public in some manner. See 742 F. 3d, at 1153–1166 (canvassing the relevant history in detail); Brief for National Rifle Association as Amicus Curiae 6–16. For example, in Nunn v. State , 1 Ga. 243 (1846)—a decision the Heller Court discussed exten­sively as illustrative of the proper understanding of the right, 554 U. S., at 612—the Georgia Supreme Court struck down a ban on open carry although it upheld a ban on concealed carry. 1 Ga., at 251. Other cases similarly suggest that, although some regulation of public carry is permissible, an effective ban on all forms of public carry is not. See, e.g., State v. Reid , 1 Ala. 612, 616–617 (1840) (“A statute which, under the pretence of regulating, amounts to a destruction of the right, or which requires arms to be so borne as to render them wholly useless for the purpose of defence, would be clearly unconstitutional”).

Finally, the Second Amendment’s core purpose further supports the conclusion that the right to bear arms ex­ tends to public carry. The Court in Heller emphasized that “self-defense” is “the central component of the [Second Amendment] right itself.” 554 U. S., at 599. This purpose is not limited only to the home, even though the need for self-defense may be “most acute” there. Id., at 628. “Self­ defense has to take place wherever the person happens to be,” and in some circumstances a person may be more vulnerable in a public place than in his own house. Volokh, Implementing the Right To Keep and Bear Arms for Self-Defense: An Analytical Framework and a Research Agenda, 56 UCLA L. Rev. 1443, 1515 (2009).


Even if other Members of the Court do not agree that the Second Amendment likely protects a right to public carry, the time has come fo r the Court to answer this important question definitively . Twenty-six States have asked us to resolve the question presented, see Brief for Alabama et al. as Amici Curiae , and the lower courts have fully vetted the issue. At least four other Courts of Appeals and three state courts of last resort have decided cases regarding the ability of States to regulate the public carry of firearms. Those decisions (plus the one below) have produced thorough opinions on both sides of the issue. See Drake , 724 F. 3d 426, cert. denied sub nom. Drake v. Jerejian , 572 U. S. ___ (2014); 724 F. 3d, at 440 (Hardiman, J., dissenting); Woollard v. Gallagher , 712 F. 3d 865 (CA4), cert. denied, 571 U. S. ___ (2013); Kachalsky v. County of Westchester , 701 F. 3d 81 (CA2 2012), cert. denied sub nom . Kachalsky v. Cacace , 569 U. S. ___ (2013); Madigan , 702 F. 3d 933; id., at 943 (Williams, J., dissenting); Commonwealth v. Gouse , 461 Mass. 787, 800– 802, 965 N. E. 2d 774, 785–786 (2012); Williams v. State , 417 Md. 479, 496, 10 A. 3d 1167, 1177 (2011); Mack v. United States , 6 A. 3d 1224, 1236 (D. C. 2010). Hence, I do not see much value in waiting for additional courts to weigh in, especially when constitutional rights are at stake.

The Court’s decision to deny certiorari in this case re­ flects a distressing trend: the treatment of the Second Amendment as a disfavored right. See Friedman v. High - land Park , 577 U. S. ___, ___ (2015) (THOMAS , J., dissenting from denial of certiorari) (slip op., at 6) (“The Court’s refusal to review a decision that flouts two of our Second Amendment precedents stands in marked contrast to the Court’s willingness to summarily reverse courts that disregard our other constitutional decisions”); Jackson v. City and County of San Francisco , 576 U. S. ___, ___ (2015) (same). The Constitution does not rank certain rights above others, and I do not think this Court should impose such a hierarchy by selectively enforcing its pre­ferred rights. Id. , at ___ (slip op., at 1) (“Second Amend­ment rights are no less protected by our Constitution than other rights enumerated in that document”). The Court has not heard argument in a Second Amendment case in over seven years—since March 2, 2010, in McDonald v. Chicago , 561 U. S. 742. Since that time, we have heard argument in, for example, roughly 35 cases where the question presented turned on the meaning of the First Amendment and 25 cases that turned on the meaning of the Fourth Amendment. This discrepancy is inexcusable, especially given how much less developed our jurispru­dence is with respect to the Second Amendment as com­ pared to the First and Fourth Amendments.

For those of us who work in marbled halls, guarded constantly by a vigilant and dedicated police force, the guarantees of the Second Amendment might seem anti­quated and superfluous. But the Framers made a clear choice: They reserved to all Americans the right to bear arms for self-defense. I do not think we should stand by idly while a State denies its citizens that right, particularly when their very lives may depend on it. I respectfully dissent.


Miscellaneous guns in pics and text – 1 [The Firearm Blog]

Gathering material for articles here at TFB is a mixture of results for this senior scribe, ranging from full exultation to sheer deception. Sometimes an interesting photo negative is dug out from surviving files, just for yours truly to find out that no related info is located in his somewhat messy files. The other way […]

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The Korsac EM1 – a British/Polish Bullpup FG-42 [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 Korsac EM-1 (not to be confused with the Thorpe EM-1, which is a completely different rifle) was a bullpup light machine gun based on captured examples of the German FG-42 patatroop rifle. It was developed between 1945 and 1947 by a team led by Polish refugee designer named Korsac.

It was chambered for the 8mm Mauser cartridge, and used an 18 round magazine adapted from the ZB-26. The operating mechanism was closely copied form the FG-42, as were many elements of the rifle’s controls, including the capability for firing from an open bolt in fully automatic and from a closed bolt in semiautomatic. Unlike the FG-42, it used a short stroke tappet type gas piston, and had a detachable barrel. Ultimately only two examples were built, and only one of those (the one in this video) was completed to firing condition. It suffered from reliability problems in semiautomatic mode, and was quickly sidelined in favor of the other development projects ongoing by 1947. However, many lessons from its development would be put into the EM-2 rifle.


Flashlight Review: Wowtac A2 Headlamp []

When Wowtac contacted me and asked if I would like to do a review of their Wowtac A2 headlamp, I was somewhat skeptical.  Over the years, I have used a number of headlamps and wondered what the A2 offered that the others did not?

Even though the name may imply the A2 uses 2 AA batteries, it uses a single 18650 battery.  My test sample came with a 3.6v, 9.35Wh, 2600mAH, USB rechargeable Wowtac brand name battery.

What makes the Wowtac A2 different than other headlamps on the market?  The flashlight is detachable and can be used without the headgear.  The 18650 battery ensures more lumens and longer battery life than the typical AAA batteries that most headlamps use.

Wowtac A2 Specifications

Lumen / estimated run time:

  • Turbo: 550 lumens / 90 minutes.
  • High: 210 lumens / 2.5 hours.
  • Medium: 66 lumens  / 12 hours.
  • Low: 12 lumens / 4 days.
  • Firefly: 0.3 lumens  / 45 days.

Operation is by pushing the on/off button on the head of the light.

  • Hold down – firefly.
  • Push once to turn on, then hold down to cycle through low, medium and high.
  • Double click the on/off button to turn on turbo.

The A2 has a memory setting that will go back to the last setting used, except it will not go back to firefly or turbo. Memory only works with low, medium or high.

Wowtac 2A Flashlight
The 18650 battery has a built in USB port for charging:

  • When the battery is charging, a small led on the end of the battery shines red.
  • When the battery is fully charged, another led will shone green.


Since the Wowtac A2 is a headlamp, some of the typical tests were excluded.  It seemed reasonable that whatever may happen to the light may also happen to your head.  I did not feel like driving nails with my head, or being drug behind an ATV, so those tests were excluded.

Drop – Without the headgear, the flashlight was held at a height of around four feet and dropped several times onto a  railroad crosstie.  It was dropped on the side and on the tailcap, but not on the head.  The on/off switch is on the head.  Dropping the light on the switch did not seem like a fair test.

What we look for in this test is to see if the flight flickers, and it did not.

Water – The A2 was submerged in water for around 30 minutes.  It was then dried with a towel and opened,  There were no signs of water inside the flashlight.

Beam – The flashlight has a nice beam with a defined inner and outer cone.  The outer cone is around 90 degrees.  So, while holding the light directly in front of you, the outer cone will shine at around 45 degrees on each side.

Final Thoughts

Whether used as a headlamp or as a handheld flashlight, the Wowtac A2 is wonderful. Of the flashlights that I have seen with the 18650 battery, this has to be one of the more compact.  The angled head shaves a little bit off the overall length.

I like that it can be used with a headlamp or as a handheld flashlight.

Some type of red light option would be nice.  A red light saves your night vision and does not blind your buddies.

It would be nice if the tailcap had a lanyard hole. One day the rubber part that holds the light to the headgear may break. So, a lanyard attachment would be nice.

As of June 25, 2017, the Wowtac A2 has a price of $19.99 on Amazon and is eligible for Prime shipping.

I give the Wowtac a score of 9.6 out of 10.


Full disclosure – Even though the Wowtac A2 was sent to me at no cost to myself, this does not influence my opinion.  My reviews are fact based.  The flashlight was subjected to various tests and used over the course of several days.  In the case of the A2, it was used nightly for a week before writing the review.

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A Safety Reminder From NSSF [No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money]

There are many ways to store a firearm when not in use. The National Shooting Sports Foundation video below goes over a few of those. I am in the market for one of those quick-access lockboxes myself.

One thing I might note. If we don't take storing our firearms safely seriously, someone aka big government will do it for us and I doubt they'd get it right.


Lake City Steel Cased M193 – Economy Ammo for the US Army in 1967 [The Firearm Blog]

During the height of the Vietnam War, the famed US Lake City Army Ammunition Plant made steel-cased 5.56mm M193 ammunition for the US Army, as part of an effort to conserve valuable copper. This ammunition did not make it past the testing phase, as the project was abandoned in 1970, but it remains an interesting might-have-been […]

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Marina Amaral – Amazing historical photos brought to life with color [The Firearm Blog]

I discovered this webpage of historical photos and it’s too good not to be shared with all Firearmblog readers. Marina Amaral decided to combine her fascination with history and Photoshop skills, and discovered that the combination was magical. By restoring black and white photos with colors we can now to see history from a new […]

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Uronen Precision Modular Trigger Group for AR-15 [The Firearm Blog]

Heads up all AR-15 competition shooters! The Uronen Precision Modular Trigger Group has been available for a while, but is now tested on the Rifle World Shoot with great results. I don’t know how many of the top shooters that use it, but more than a few including the World Champion Teemu Rintala (Finland). According […]

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Ruger 77-Series Rifle Re-Introduced Due to Consumer Demand [The Firearm Blog]

77-SeriesBack in September 2016 TFB broke that Ruger was discontinuing their 77-Series of rifles. Primarily, the revolver calibers (.357 Magnum, .44 Magnum) and the Hornets (.17 Hornet, .22 Hornet). Many of us in the industry voiced our displeasure and Ruger has been listening all along. They now are re-introducing many of the calibers that they […]

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Revic Optics (Formally) Introduces the PMR 428 Scope [The Firearm Blog]

While shown at the IWA 2017 show earlier this year, Revic Optics has formally annoucned the launch of its inaugural optic – the PMR 428. The new scope is a 4.5-28×56 optic that “delivers everything any serious long-range shooter could need.” That’s a tall claim, but Revic backs this up with some details on their electronic optic: “The […]

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“Beat” NICS in Court? You’re Still Stuck With the Bill [The Firearm Blog]

NICS, or the National Instant Criminal Background Check System has long been a problem for current and prospective gun owners. Replete with errors and with well-established gaps in its records its far from perfect, especially for those erroneously denied a firearms purchase. Recently, Stamboulieh Law, PLLC, posted up on one of their latest cases, Ledet v. […]

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BrRrRRRrrrr… The Chamber Chiller [The Firearm Blog]

Much of the time spent at the range can often be waiting on a weapon to cool. With semi-auto triggers able to take weapons to near cyclic speeds or bolt-action barrels needing to keep cool to protect the barrel, heat is a major problem on weapons. Its why we have handguards. Prior to the last […]

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Sunday, 25 June


Fast And Furious Revisited [No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money]

Sharyl Attkisson had a story this morning on her Full Measure news show about Operation Fast and Furious and BATFE Senior Agent John Dodson. Since it isn't syndicated in all markets, I have embedded it below.

As I watched her interview with Agent Dodson, I was struck by a few things. First, Dodson is a brave and ethical man. He is still with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives despite all the crap thrown his way by his own agency. He has been transferred 11 times in the six years since he blew the whistle on Operation Fast and Furious. It is obvious that the powers that be in BATFE - who just happened to be in positions of power six years ago - want him gone. Dodson has gone into some detail about his experiences in his own book over the scandal.

Second, I am aghast that the Department of Justice under President Trump and AG Sessions has not seen fit to release all the documents sought by the House Oversight and Government Affairs Committee. I have to hope that the reason the documents haven't been released is because the issue hasn't been brought before Sessions himself. If I remember it correctly, Jeff Sessions and his staff were some of the first people approached by the late Mike Vanderboegh regarding the gunwalking.

Third, the Deep State exists. There are still people in positions of power who are working tirelessly to retaliate against whistleblowers like John Dodson and to continue submerging the truth about Project Gunwalker aka Fast and Furious. Until these people are rooted out and dismissed, I doubt the full truth will ever be known.

Earlier this month, the House Oversight and Government Affairs Committee released another report which dealt with the obstruction of Congress by the DOJ with regards to Operation Fast and Furious. The report concluded that there were failures (1) to provide answers to the Terry family, (2) there was a failure to objectively gather the facts, (3) there was a significant lack of respect for Congressional oversight, and (4) that former Attorney General Eric Holder's priorities were politics and spin.


A Rite Of Passage [No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money]

As we go through life we all have rites of passage. It might be a momentous occasion such as our graduation from high school or college, our wedding, or, sadly, the death of a parent. Rites of passage can also be simpler things such as our first kiss or our first hit in Little League.

I had such a rite of passage on Friday:  I closed on the sale of the house I grew up in. The house had been in the family for just a few months short of 51 years.

My mom bought the house in September 1966. She had been looking for a house in the Sunset Hills neighborhood of Greensboro for years and finally found one in her price range. Her goals in buying this house were to cut down on her commute to the high school where she taught and, more important in her mind, to allow me to walk to Our Lady of Grace School which was a mere 1 1/2 blocks away. She also wanted me to be in a neighborhood where there were a lot of kids my age with which to play. I just didn't have that in Asheboro.

I was nine and had just started 4th grade when we moved in. My grandmother soon joined us as the stairs in her house in New York were getting to be too much for her. She would live there until she passed away in the house in 1972.

This house was my permanent residence until I left for grad school in Chapel Hill in 1979. Even then I would come back many a weekend to see my mom or just hang out. My mom lived there until her dementia and another broken hip made it impossible. Save for the occasional renter and my sporadic visits, the house sat empty for the last number of years.

Given all the things this house saw, I have been asked whether I am happy or sad about selling the house. Actually, I am quite happy. Aaron, the new owner, is excited about buying the house and he loves the fact that basics of the house have not changed since it was built in 1927 (or so). Aaron has plans to make this a home for he and his partner and I think it will be the showplace that I had neither the time nor the inclination to make it. He will transform something that was becoming a burden for me into a source of joy.

So goodbye old house. Protect Aaron and his partner from the elements and give them another 50 years of memories just as you have given them to me.


Book Review: Deadly Beauties – Rare German Handguns [Forgotten Weapons]


Deadly Beauties is a photographic collection of rare and collectible German pistols from 1871 through 1945, split into two volumes. The written sections are quite brief, and the photography is beautiful. More importantly, the photography was well directed by the authors, focusing on the details of the guns which are of the most interest to students of firearms history and development.

It is hard to say much else about the book since its content is so thoroughly photographic, so I will let a partial list of the guns speak for itself:

Volume I

– Mauser C77
– Presentation 1879 Reichsrevolver
– Experimental C96 Carbine in 7.63x41mm
– Borchardt-Luger #5
– Chilean GL-marked Luger
– 1892 Prototype Bergmann
– Mauser C06/08
– Presentation Engraved 6-Shot C96

Volume II

– Artillery Luger with Night Sights
– Nickl “Reihenfeuer” C96 Machine Pistol
– Mauser Nickl .45 Caliber Prototype
– Walther Toggle-Locked Prototype
– DWM Baby Luger
– Stocked Walther Armee Pistole
– Walther Stamped Prototype Volkspistole
– BSW Prototype Double Stack
– Mauser HSv
– Mauser Prototype Sheet Metal HSc

List price is $80 per volume, available from the Schiffer directly (Volume I, Volume II) or on Amazon.

Saturday, 24 June


Stop Scope Damage By Lapping Your Scope Rings [The Firearm Blog]

Don’t damage your scope tube with out of round or crooked rings! Brownells Ring Alignment Lap will help you align your rings and remove the material needed to improve contact with your scope and ensure that the rings have no high spots. Many thanks to Brownells for sponsoring our Modification Minute videos. The products and […]

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Amazon review of new book claiming that James Buchanan was a racist and thus trying to tar conservatives who have similar views as racist [John Lott's Website]

I rarely put up book reviews that I have posted on, but this new book. "Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right's Stealth Plan for America," so incenses me that I wanted to put a link here.  The claim is essentially that since Buchanan supported school choice that was a way of hurting blacks in public schools.  It is bizarre that so many liberals have absolutely no idea what motivates people on the other side of the debate.  I hope that this review gets listed at the top of the reviews on this book.


Senator Chuck Schumer repeatedly claimed that President Trump was under investigation even though he knew that was false [John Lott's Website]

Senator Grassley (R-Iowa) points out that Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) repeatedly made false statements that he knew were false about President Trump being under investigation.


Special Presentation: What is Gold Damascene? [Forgotten Weapons]

Today were are going to do something a bit different than normal, and take a detailed look at an intersection of arms and art: gold damascene. This is a type of art used to embellish a wide variety of objects, including firearms.

Gold damascene enjoyed a renaissance in Spain in the mid 1850s thanks to the work of a man named Placido Zuloaga and his father. During this time, and at Placido’s hands, the form changed from a simple background to show off engraving into a technique of primary artistry.

In this video, we will look at:

  • What gold damascening actually is (compared to other forms of artistic embellishment)
  • How the art form developed from the 1850s until the current day
  • How damascening is actually done
  • The main different styles
  • How to discern good damascening from outstanding damascening and mediocre damascening

Hopefully, this will leave you with both a new appreciation and a new understanding of damascening!


On the Larry O'Connor Show to discuss the aftermath of the Alexandria shooting, covering a wide range of issues [John Lott's Website]

Dr. John Lott on the Larry O'Connor Show to discuss the aftermath of the Alexandria shooting.  Despite being just 15 minutes long, the interview covered a wide array of issues from DC gun laws to reciprocity to the difficulties face in stopping mass public shootings.
(Thursday, March 15, 2017, from 3:35 to 3:50 PM)

The audio is available here.

Friday, 23 June


Washington: Your Input Needed on Recreational Shooting in Tahuya State Forest [NRA-ILA News]

Thank you to all NRA members and supporters who attended the public meeting in Mason County on possible locations for the  construction of a target shooting range in the Tahuya State Forest.  DNR has identified two potential locations for a proposed range and is asking for input on the site location and features for the range.  Information from the meeting on the proposed sites may be found here.  Additionally, comments and input on the proposed range locations and on target shooting in the Tahuya State Forest may be sent to


Interesting Pew survey [Of Arms and the Law]

Summed up here. A majority believe that the NRA either has the right amount of influence, or should have more influence.

In line with other surveys of which I have heard, 19% of gun owners believe they are members of the NRA. If that were true, NRA membership would be 10-20 million. Prior surveys have found that many people are not too clear about what makes you a member, and believe that belonging to a gun club or having taken an NRA course is all it takes.


A Testament to Glock USA Customer Service [The Firearm Blog]

One of the best parts about working in the gun business is having friends in notable companies across the country. So when my friend Benjamin asked if I had any friends at Glock USA, I was able to reply that yes, I do. Benjamin had recently purchased a Gen 1 Glock 17. He was elated. 1988 […]

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Why Preppers Love The Mossberg 590 []

In a previous article we talked about the Mossberg 590 and why sportsmen seem to have a love affair with a shotgun that was designed for the military.  Now, let’s take a few minutes and talk about why preppers lavish so much love on the 590.

Overall, preppers, and especially urban preppers, are justified in the fascination with the 590.  It is a tough, heavy shotgun that was designed for military applications.

Tropical storm Cindy recently made landfall and dumped a lot of rain on the area. The heavy rain will usually drive snakes from their hiding places, which provides an opportunity to hunt them. I am not worried about the Rat Snake (chicken snake), Coach Whip, or any other harmless snake. I was looking for the Cottonmouth Water Moccasin.

My dogs free range on the farm, and hunting the Cottonmouth is a form of preventative medicine. This also provides a hunting opportunity during the off season. It is kinda like hunting rabbits or squirrels, you have to keep an eye out and move slow.

My weapon of choice for the day was the Mossberg 590.

While I was walking through a low area near a creek, I was thinking about this article and what would make me pick the Mossberg 590 over the Mossberg 500 or the Remington 870.

Ready Out Of The Box

One of the big factors that I find attractive about the Mossberg 590, it is ready out of the box.

  • The receiver is drilled and tapped for an optic.
  • Synthetic stock.
  • Aggressive fore grip.
  • Nice thick pad on the buttstock.

This shotgun is ready to go to work straight out of the box.  No need to install a thick shoulder pad, no need to have the receiver drilled and tapped and no need to install a synthetic stock.

The heat shield and bayonet lug are not a big deal in my personal preference.  They add a “cool” factor to the 590, but are not a game changer.

Large MOLLE with Mossberg 590

Simple Operation

One of the main reasons why I prefer the Mossberg 500 and 590 over the Remington 870 is because of the door covering the bottom of the receiver.  To me, the Mossberg is easier to load than the 870.  People are going to say, “That door is to keep trash out of the receiver.”  I still do not like the door.

Ambidextrous thumb operated safety is superior to the Remington safety.  The Mossberg safety can be operated without ever having to move your trigger hand.

No choke.  This may not seem like a big deal, but it is one less moving part that you do not have to keep up with.

All of this means: The 590 can be handed to someone, give them 5 minutes of training, and they should have the basics down.


If I am going squirrel or rabbit hunting and know I will be making long shots for a shotgun, I take the 500.

If I am going into brush, know the distance to the target will be short, it is the Mossberg 590.

To me, the Mossberg 590 is the type of shotgun you can take on a camping trip and don’t care if it gets a few scratches.

As a member of the forum described the Mossberg 590, it is a warhorse.


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Remington 870 vs. Mossberg 500 Series [The Firearm Blog]

The age old question of Remington 870 vs. Mossberg 500 has plagued shooters for decades. In this episode of TFBTV, Patrick takes a look at the two shotguns to talk about some of the features of each and reveals what shotgun is his favorite based on the features alone. What choice would you make? Tell […]

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USSOCOM Issues Presolicitation for new Small Arms Optics [The Firearm Blog]

Naval Sea Warfare Center Crane (NSWC-Crane) has issued a pre-solicitation notice that it intends to purchase new optics for small arms. It is NSWC Crane’s intent to set requirements for three optical systems on small arms, the Miniature Aiming System – Day Optics (MAS-D) Squad – Close Quarters Sight (CQS) and Clip-On Magnifier (CM). It is […]

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Polymer Disintegrating Belts for PKM Machine Guns [The Firearm Blog]

According to Ukrainian Industrial Portal, a company called RAROG (Kharkov, Ukraine) has developed a polymer made disintegrating belt for the PKM machine guns. The standard PKM belts are non-disintegrating (the links are connected to each other) and they are made of metal. Polymer construction of the new belt should allow saving some weight. Whether switching to the disintegrating belt […]

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Rhode Island: Last Chance to Stop Anti-Gun Bill [NRA-ILA News]

The Rhode Island Legislature is going to be ending their six-month session any day now, and as we approach the finish line, this is the most dangerous time for gun owners.


Nationwide Firearms Turn-in Not Enough for Australia’s Gun Haters [NRA-ILA News]

On July 1, Australia begins National Firearms Amnesty 2017, the country’s fourth federal firearms buyback (more accurately termed turn-in) or amnesty program since 1987. According to the Australian government, officials hope to capture some of the country’s estimated 260,000 unregistered firearms. The Australian government has also cited the threat of terrorism, and in particular the December 2014 siege on the Lindt Café in Sydney, as justification for the new turn-in. The amnesty period runs to September 30.


Surefire Masterfire Holster with x300 Weaponlight – Review [The Firearm Blog]

The Surefire booth at SHOT 2017 had enough space to play a full team vs team street hockey game. And yet, surrounded by bullet proof lights, milspec silencers and well, more lights, it was strange that the one product that really caught my attention was a holster. For one, the Masterfire holster system is unique […]

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POTD: FNH SCARL In Force After Brussels Failed Attack [The Firearm Blog]

For #FNFriday here are some Belgian SCARs being used. Just last Tuesday days ago Brussels, the capital of Belgium, was attacked by a suicide bomber. Luckily he sucked at his job. The Belgian Army was seen patrolling the area after the bomber had been neutralized. You can see they were primarily armed with FNH SCARL. […]

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More states lose insurers: Anthem pulls out of Wisconsin and Indiana [John Lott's Website]

From Bloomberg 

Anthem Inc., the stalwart that has stuck with Obamacare longer than most other large health insurers, is shrinking its participation in the program and pulling out of two more states’ marketplaces. 
Anthem announced its exit from Wisconsin and Indiana on Wednesday, the deadline in many states for U.S. insurers to file their premium rates if they wish to participate in the Affordable Care Act next year. . . .
Earlier this month, Anthem said that it would pull out of Ohio’s ACA market . . . .
Companies have been leaving the Obamacare insurance market for some time, 
According to Haislmaierthere are now only 287 “exchange-participating insurers,”down from 307 in 2015 and significantly less than the 395 insurers Haislmaier says were in operation in the 50 states and Washington, DC in 2013, only one year prior to the opening of the ACA health insurance marketplace.
Haislmaier also says 22 states and Washington, DC, representing 45 percent of all states, now have fewer health insurance providers offering plans than they did just one year ago. Only 10 states have managed to increase the number of insurers in their health insurance marketplaces. . . .
But Democrats are blaming the companies leaving the market on Republicans.
The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee issued this statement:“Today’s decision by Anthem and MDwise to pull out of Indiana’s individual insurance market is devastating news for Hoosiers across the state. Congressmen Messer and Rokita are actively sabotaging their constituents’ health care by creating uncertainty in the marketplace and supporting a toxic health care plan: decimating HIP 2.0 –  hailed as ‘one of the biggest success stories in Indiana health care,’ – leaving more than 310,000 Hoosiers without care, and causing premiums to rise by $2,455 a year. Hoosiers will know who’s to blame when they no longer have access to affordable care and we will hold them accountable.” 


Steadfast Czechs Fight on Against EU Gun Control [NRA-ILA News]

The European Union’s new restrictions on firearms ownership were finalized on May 24, when the misguided changes to the European Firearms Directive were published in the political bloc’s Official Journal. Despite this setback, the Czech Republic has made clear that the country will continue its fight for European firearms freedom.


Brazilian Air Force infantry weapons [The Firearm Blog]

When one mentions an air force, what almost immediately probably comes to mind are images of sleek, fast-flying jet fighters, huge transport aircraft, and helicopters of all variations.  However, it should be remembered that a whole lot of equipment is involved in the general operation of a ‘flying’ armed service, infantry weapons included. From air […]

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Watch: Electric Fan Guard Snake Trap []

Cool idea of taking the guard off an electric fan and turning it into a snake trap.

It is just a matter of time before humanity faces some kind of event.  It could be social collapse, nuclear war, eruption of the Yellowstone super volcano.. etc. but something will happen to set humanity back.  When that happens, we need to be able to utilize resources.

In the video, the lady puts the trap next water and uses minnows as bait.

Some points of the video I found interesting, such as putting limbs over the trap.  Maybe it was to make the trap appear more natural to the snake?  Rather than cutting limbs, why not set the trap under a low hanging limb?

The trap was set next to a pond and underbrush.  Here in Texas, that would probably mean catching a Cottonmouth.  Maybe the trap would work in a chicken house?

This type of trap could help dispose of unwanted snakes, while at the same time providing a source of food.  Snake is at the the bottom of my possible food list, however, preppers/survivalist should not overlook it.

Special thank you to AHA Factory for posting this excellent video on YouTube. Keep up the good work.

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Mainstream Media Misrepresents NRA's Position on Right-to-Carry Permits [NRA-ILA News]

There is an ongoing debate as to the severity of the decline in the modern attention span. However, in a world pervaded by 140 character messages and trivial clickbait articles, few would argue that many are now consuming information more rapidly and in smaller pieces. In this environment, an article’s headline has become increasingly important, taking an outsized role in conveying the information within.


Luxury Hunting SUVs: Bentley Bentayga Falconry [The Firearm Blog]

Most people use a firearm of some sort for their hunting, and some hunters use bow and arrow. But some people use Falcons and other birds of prey for their hunting lifestyle. If you feel you’re interested, bring your bird (not girl) to the nearest Bentley dealer and order your Bentayga Falconry by Mulliner. With […]

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Print Your Own “Shoot-N-C” Style Targets []

If you’ve got more money than time, this might be a good thing for you to try. It’s a way to make your own “shoot-and-see” targets by printing an image of your choice onto a special sheet from Birchwood Casey.

They’re called Print-N-C and they come 3 to a pack. These are standard 8.5″x11″ sheets that will fit most printers, and they say you can use either laser or inkjet.

When you hit the target, a portion of the printed image flakes off, leaving a white ring around your bullet hole.

With an MRSP of $11.20 for 3 sheets, this DIY option isn’t exactly economical (if saving money via DIY is your thing, check out this article on making your own targets that react similarly when hit), but it is certainly unique.

It’s a little rich for my blood, but then again I’ve been called cheap before. Chances are good that you’ll be able to find them for less than full retail before long… in fact, right now I see them on Amazon for $10.51 & free shipping.

What do you think of these nifty new target sheets? Will you be ordering some?

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Snowflakes: Outlaw Hunting Hogs With Dogs []

The modern domesticated dog may seem sweet and cuddly.  However, behind that innocent look is the genetic code for a wolf.

At least 30,000 years ago, our ancestors used domesticated wolves to hunt mammoths.  The human-dog relationship was founded on a partnership that benefited both parties.  Dogs helped mankind hunt and they provided security; humans provided dogs with shelter and a steady food supply.

Somehow, people forgot dogs have an instinct to hunt.  They chase mail trucks, rabbits, squirrels… etc.  While we think it is cute, chasing is their instinct.  Dogs are natural hunters and nothing will ever change that.

Pigs And Dogs

A buddy of mine shared a link on Facebook to a petition at  He hunts wild pigs with dogs and had some stern words about the petition.  When I saw the petition, I shook my head in disgust.

Outlaw hog vs. dog hunting/fighting in the wild

Goal: To outlaw the cruel and inhumane practice of using dogs to hunt wild boar in Florida, as well as in all 31 other states that it’s currently legal.

The post shows how out of touch people are with their dogs. There is nothing “cruel” about a dog hunting.  Modern dogs are the domesticated descendants of wolves.  Even the scientific name for a dog recognizes that fact.

  • Dog – Canis lupus familiaris
  • Gray wolf – Canis lupus

The petition goes on to say,

There are many humane options for dealing with the pigs,

Personally, I would like to know what those options are.

There are traps, but wild pigs learn what traps are and avoid them.  I have personally witnessed corn eaten all the way up to the door of a trap, but the wild pigs would not go into the trap.

Those other options are not working, because the nation is being overrun with wild pigs.

Then the petition says,

which do not need to involve brutally killing the pigs or putting domesticated dogs in harm’s way.

Such is nature: Dogs are predators, pigs are prey.

A good number of people who hunt pigs with dogs put protective vests and collars on the dogs.  The vests and collars protect the dog from the sharp tusk of the pig.

Some breeds of dogs used in pig hunting cost several hundred dollars.  A Black Mouth Cur dog could easily cost $600, sometimes upwards of around $1,000.  After spending that much money on a prized hunting dog, the owner is not going to just let it die or suffer serious injury.

Last but not least,

Hogs are numerous, omnivorous and have no natural predators

Really? If dogs hunted Mammoths that weighed up to 8 tons, and Mastodons that weighed up to 11 tons, a 200 pound wild pig is a walk in the park.

Final Thoughts

The honest truth is, dogs are natural hunters.  When you get a dog into the woods they act totally different than when they are at home.

When their instincts come out you get to see who your dog truly is.  The problem is, city dwellers rarely get to see the hunting side of their dogs.

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NRA to give firearms training to lawmakers, staff [NRA-ILA News]

The National Rifle Association has agreed to provide firearms training to House and Senate lawmakers and their staffs in the wake of this month's baseball gun attack.


Colorado teachers, administrators train to take offensive against active shooter [NRA-ILA News]

If someone begins shooting at the students or staff at Fleming K-12 School in northeast Colorado, football coach and bus driver Scott Muller wants to be ready to shoot back.“Something like this is nothing you want to do,” Muller said during a break from the active-shooter training course he took this week. “But anybody who wants to protect kids, they will take something like this on.”


Virginia: Washington County drops local fees for handgun carry permits [NRA-ILA News]

A local processing fee has been dropped in Washington County, Virginia, to give more residents an opportunity to obtain a concealed handgun carry permit.On Tuesday, Sheriff Fred Newman said all non-mandated fees associated with obtaining a Virginia concealed weapons permit in Washington County will be waived beginning July 1. Washington County citizens will no longer be charged the county’s $25 processing fee and will only be required to pay the $15 fee mandated by the state.


Chinese food driver shoots would-be robber outside abandoned house [NRA-ILA News]

A Chinese food delivery driver shot at least one of three teens who police said set up the driver with the intent to rob him. Police said a group of three teens called in a Hot Wok Chinese order and had it delivered to a vacant home on Arancio Drive on the Westside. The delivery driver showed up to the home and was held at gunpoint, according to police. Neighbors told News4Jax that the driver threw the food at one of the teens and pulled his own gun, a Glock, from its holster. He fired four to five shots and hit at least one of the teens, according to police.


Accused robber hospitalized after being shot in St. Helena Parish [NRA-ILA News]

A man is in the hospital after a failed robbery attempt at a store in St. Helena Parish. Authorities were called to the scene at the intersection of Highway 448 and Highway 10. There, they discovered a person shot a man in the leg after he attempted to rob them.  Authorities say the would-be robber was taken to the hospital with non life-threatening injuries. This is a developing story. We will update it with more information as it becomes available.


2 men killed in botched Brentwood home invasion [NRA-ILA News]

Police responded to the 200 block of Birch Street in Brentwood about 11:15 p.m. Wednesday after a shooting was reported, according to the Brentwood Police Department. A man was home alone and opened fire on the two intruders when they entered the house, said Lt. Walter O’Grodnick of the Brentwood Police Department. “We’ve determined the incident was a home invasion,” O’Grodnick said. “As a result of the suspects’ interaction with the victim resident, it forced the victim to fire at both suspects in self-defense.”


Rifle World Shoot Russia 2017 – TFB wins Bronze [The Firearm Blog]

Russia hosted the first ever Rifle World Championship, practical rifle shooting according to the IPSC rules. TFB flew to Moscow, armed with a Troy rifle and a camera, to document the occasion and to compete in the main match. 30 stages of world class practical shooting and some 570 competitors from around the World. My […]

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The Model SS41 – A Czech Bullpup Anti-Tank Rifle for the SS [Forgotten Weapons]

The SS41 was a bullpup, bolt action antitank rifle manufactured in small numbers by CZ for the SS. contrary to common assumption, the SS were not a part of the standard German military arms procurement system, and were forced to scrounge for their weapons from other sources. Czech factories were one of the more popular sources, as smaller production lines could escape being integrated into Wehrmacht oversight and were able to contract privately with groups like the SS (the ZK383 as used by the SS is another example of this).

The Model 41 had been in development by the Czech military when the Germans occupied, and it was adapted to the German Patrone 318 cartridge for this production run. That cartridge was also used in the PzB-39, and fired a 220 grain tungsten-cored bullet at 4000 fps – although even this extremely high velocity only allowed it to defeat 30mm of vertical armor at 100m. As with the other antitank rifles of WW2, it would obsolete almost as soon as it was introduced, although it did remain useful for attacking emplaced positions and light armored vehicles (much like the Soviet PTRD and PTRS rifles).

Only a few thousand of the SS41 were manufactured, and they served primarily on the Eastern Front. As a result very few exist in American collections, and this is a particularly excellent example. Thanks to the Institute of Military Technology for allowing me to have access to this very cool AT rifle and bring it to you!


Strike Industries WarHog Comp [The Firearm Blog]

The folks over at Strike Industries have been putting in some serious overtime, it seems like they release a new product every week. That’s awesome though, it gives us something new to write about and share with our readers (keep em coming guys!). In the past few months there was the Megafin CA Compliant Grip, […]

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My newest piece at Fox News: "Why our heated political rhetoric will only get worse, not better" [John Lott's Website]

My latest piece at Fox News starts this way:
Some hope that the shooting of House Majority Whip Steve Scalise and others last Wednesday will lead to more civility in politics.  It’s clear that the attack was politically motivated — the Democratic shooter even carried a hit list of Republicans.  The political viciousness has been everywhere. 
While some will blame the violence on the grotesque picture of Kathy Griffin holding the President’s severed head or a play where the president is being stabbed to death, this Sunday Jill Abramson, the former chief editor of the New York Times, told CNN that it was “President Trump and the congressional leadership on the Republican side [who] are extremely divisive.” 
But all these discussions miss something more fundamental that is driving all this, and, unfortunately, the viciousness isn’t likely to abate. 
One reason that previous generations didn’t treat their presidents with similar levels of hated is because so much is at stake today.   As government has grown, so too have the stakes.  This simple point explains everything from increases in campaign spending to increasingly heated judicial confirmations.  It explains why political discourse has grown generally more vicious. 
Two baseball teams playing in the seventh game of the World Series are probably going to play a lot harder than two teams competing in August with no chance of making the playoffs. In the same way, as the size and scope of the federal government increases, interest groups will spend more on elections in an effort to influence the levers of government. 
If federal spending still amounted to two percent to three percent of GDP — as it did a century ago — people likely wouldn’t care as passionately about election outcomes.
In the Journal of Law and Economics in 2000, I studied spending on gubernatorial and legislative races from 1976 to 1994.  The growth of state governments could explain almost 80 percent of the increase in campaign spending over those years. . . . .
The rest of the piece is available here.


Survivor Systems Option Zero CA Compliant AR Stock [The Firearm Blog]

Oh yaaayyyy another California compliant product post, I know they’re probably getting old. Just move out of Commiefornia already! For those who can’t leave for various reasons another company has come up with a clever new product to let those stuck behind enemy lines enjoy their AR-15s. The folks at Survivor Systems just debuting their […]

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Surefire Continues to Bolster their Flashlight Line-Up with NEW R1 Lawman [The Firearm Blog]

R1 LawmanOnce you develop a photon addiction or begin attending FLA meetings (Flashlight Lovers Anonymous), there really is no turning back. Surefire continues to pump out good quality, but admittedly high-priced light beams to tempt the wallets of those consumers. Their latest installment is the new R1 Lawman with Intellibeam. The original R1 Lawman did not […]

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Canadian Sniper Sets New Confirmed Kill Record at 2.2 Miles [The Firearm Blog]

Crushing a record previously held by a British sniper, a Canadian special forces member now holds the title title for the longest confirmed kill. Measured at 3,450 meters, or approximately 2.2 miles, the member of the Joint Task Force 2 killed an Islamic State insurgent in Iraq using a McMillan TAC-50 rifle. For obvious reasons, […]

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Moore Advanced Dynamics MAD MAX MP5 Bolt Head [The Firearm Blog]

Weak or fatigued extractor springs can effect proper case removal in the Heckler and Koch MP5/roller lock rifle platforms. And the only real remedy is to have several spares on hand in case the installed spring starts to go south. However, Moore Advanced Dynamics (MAD) has developed the MAX Bolt Head to address reliability issues […]

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Innovative B.A.D.S M240 pouch released [The Firearm Blog]

Mounting Solutions Plus is a Florida-based company that is announcing the release for export of an innovative M240 belt pouch system that is designed to supersede currently issued 50 round belt pouches designed for the 7,62x51mm NATO M240 general purpose machine gun in efficiency. The company also has a similar design specifically for the Rheinmetall MG3 […]

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TFB Review: G.P.S “Handgunner” Shooting backpack [The Firearm Blog]

Go Outdoors Products is a Chino, California-based gear company that focuses on the shooting accessories and gear that make range trips that much more enjoyable and hassle free. The company has been around for a little while now, and much of their line of products has been out on the market, online, and in numerous […]

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Thursday, 22 June


Newest piece the New York Daily News: The shooting of Steve Scalise is an argument for concealed-carry reciprocity [John Lott's Website]

My newest op-ed in the New York Daily News discussing what we can learn from the public shooting in Alexandria, Virginia yesterday morning.
Although he was seriously wounded, it is a lucky thing that Rep. Stephen Scalise made it to baseball practice on Wednesday morning. Due to his position as majority whip, armed Capitol Hill Police accompanied Scalise. This security detail saved the lives of his House colleagues and two senators. 
As Rep. Mike Bishop (R-Mich.), told WWJ radio in Detroit, “The only reason — the only reason — why any of us walked out of this thing: By the grace of God, one of the folks here had a weapon to fire back and give us a moment to find cover. Because we were inside the backstop and if we didn’t have that cover by a brave person who stood up and took a shot themselves, we would not have gotten out of there and every one of us would have been hit. Every single one of us.” 
Many Republican representatives have concealed handgun permits from their home states, but carrying in the District of Columbia is illegal for all but a select few D.C. residents. The attack occurred in relatively gun-friendly Virginia, though that is irrelevant to a representative going directly between baseball practice and Capitol Hill.
Representative Barry Loudermilk (R-Ga.) thinks that he has a solution: allow congressmen to carry in D.C. if they have a permit to do so in their home state. Of course, congressmen still aren’t likely to be carrying guns while out in the field, practicing baseball. 
And what about their staffs? Why limit concealed carry only to congressmen?
Other Republican lawmakers are proposing nationwide reciprocity bills for all permit holders. Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Ky.) is introducing such legislation this week. Reciprocity would make life simpler for permit holders who travel. 
It’s not easy for a truck driver to avoid troublesome state and city gun laws as he drives across the country with valuable merchandise. He can quickly run into trouble in “may issue” states such as New York, New Jersey, Illinois or California, which give out few permits and require applicants to demonstrate sufficient “need.” Or imagine a single woman driving across state lines at night, hoping that her car won’t break down along the highway. 
For most of the country, reciprocity is already a fact of life. The average state allows people with concealed handgun permits from 32 other states to travel freely. But the eight “may issue” states and D.C. pull down that average; only one of those eight states, Delaware, recognizes permits from any other state. 
Only about 100 people in all of D.C. have concealed handgun permits. To even have a chance of getting a permit, an applicant has to be able to point to a specific threat. That’s something that even Scalise may not have been able to do before Wednesday’s attack.
There’s no good reason not to issue permits much more generously. Permit holders are extremely law-abiding, losing their permits for firearm-related violations at rates of thousandths of one percentage point. 
Some say that we should just rely on the police to protect us. . . .
The rest of the piece is available here.


RUMOR – NEW Glock RTF2 With Curved Slide Serrations? [The Firearm Blog]

A sharp-eyed poster at GlockTalk picked up on the fact that Davidson’s Gallery of Guns has listed a possible new release from Glock. Now, before everyone gets too excited, this is not the 5th Generation or ‘M’ release and it’s not even confirmed. In fact, there’s a good chance that I dreamed this whole thing […]

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Dog-Proof Raccoon Traps []

Need to trap raccoons, but have dogs around?  Take a look at the dog-proof raccoon trap.  This is a metal tube with a spring loaded arm that catches the animals the tube.

The trick is, the animal has to have an opposing thumb to set the trap off.  The trigger is at the bottom of the tube, where the bait is located.  The raccoon looks down the tube, reaches inside of it, grabs the trigger and pulls up.  In doing so, the trap is activated.

A few nights ago I was walking around the farm when I heard the chickens making a racket.  If chickens are making a bunch of noise at night, something is in the chicken house.  I ran to the chicken house, looked in, but whatever it was had ran off.

Traditional foothold traps can not be used in the chicken yard.  That is unless you want the trap to grab a chicken by its throat.  Then you have to butcher the chicken and explain to your wife why you used a trap that could kill chickens.

Securing The Traps

The trap has to be secured so the animal does not run off with it.  Some people use a tree limb, or something that has “give” to it; this is called a “drag”..  I have some sections of an old telephone pole cut around 18 – 24 inches long with a stainless steel eye bolt screwed into them.

Attached to the trap is a piece of chain about 12 inches long.  At the end of the chain is an “eye” for running cable or chain through.

Dog proof trap in chicken yard

Run a piece of small chain or cable trough the eye, then secure the chain or cable to something solid, or something that will give.

Personally, I like to pull out all of the slack between the trap and the drag.  This ensures the animal can not start running after the trap goes off.


Bait has to be small enough to go inside the trap, which has an inside diameter of 1 3/8 inches.

I tried sardines, but did not have any luck with them.

Just bait the trap with whatever food your target likes to eat.  Maybe use some of the dead chicken from the foothold trap as bait?

Humane Trapping

Personally, I prefer box traps over dog proof foothold traps.  This way the animal can be taken far away from my home and safely released.  I live in a rural area, so all I have to do is drive a mile down the road and release the animal.

Or, keep the raccoon alive until the pit is ready. Barbecued raccoon is delicious.  Just tell the wife and kids it is rabbit.

I stopped using the old style foothold traps years ago.

Local Laws

Be sure to check local laws and regulations before trapping.

Texas has a nuisance animal regulation that covers fur bearing animals:

A landowner on their own land or their authorized agent is not required to have a trapper’s or hunting license if these nuisance animals are taken while causing loss or damage to agricultural crops, livestock, poultry, or personal property. However, such animals or their pelts may not be possessed or sold.

Even though a hunting license is not required to protect livestock, I buy a hunting license every year.

Final Thoughts

I do not like to harm wildlife, however, something has to be done to protect the chickens.  In February of 2017, I bought a dozen new chicks, only one or two remain.  Several of my older chickens are also missing.

Unless something is done, all of the chickens will be killed.  This is life in a rural area, it is not always pleasant.

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Watch: Right Way to Cut a Tree — and Terrible Chainsaw Mistake? []

This is interesting… I watched these videos in reverse order, for reasons which will soon become obvious.

The Swedish Homestead folks posted a video last fall, demonstrating how to cut down a tree and make it fall right where you want it to land. I hadn’t watched it before, but I’ll post it below. There’s not much surprising or different from what I’ve always done, except that after notching it, he plunged his saw bar into the tree trunk. (I’ve always simply cut from the back of the tree towards the notch.)

One advantage of his method is that you can safely cut a tree that’s of larger diameter than your chainsaw bar… another is that you can control the thickness of the hinge portion of the tree trunk. When the tree begins to fall during your cut, you are sometimes left with a hinge that’s too thick and actually fails to act like a hinge, instead binding the tree as the notch closes during its fall.

I’ll definitely be keeping this method in mind the next time I have to take down a tree, which happens more often than I’d prefer.

Anyhow, a number of folks apparently ranted and raved about the video above, saying the saw operator made improper contact with the tree using his saw bar. So he decided to make a rebuttal video, describing what the problem was alleged to be, and demonstrating that what he did was not so bad after all.

To me, this shows the difference between an experienced arborist and a crowd of internet know-nothing know-it-alls. Check out the precise hinge on the stump in this video… that doesn’t happen by accident.

These guys really do know their stuff.

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TFBTV: 8 Reasons Why the Ruger Mini-14 is Better Than the AR15 (4K UHD) [The Firearm Blog]

In this episode of TFBTV, James discusses 8 traits of the humble Ruger Mini-14 that actually best the high-speed, low-drag AR15. James also gives viewers a brief history of the Mini-14, including a discussion of improvements that have been made to bolster the Mini-14’s notoriously poor accuracy. Finally, James walks viewers through the firing, unloading, […]

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TFB Review: Gemtech QDA-22 Rimfire Suppressor Attachment System [The Firearm Blog]

I have said it before and I will say it again – owning suppressed rimfire firearms is one of the most enjoyable aspects of the shooting sports world. Those that reach for their first silencer are usually looking for that coveted “Hollywood Quiet” report that can barely be heard. And shooting subsonic .22LR ammunition on a silenced firearm […]

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TBA Suppressors Sicario Ruger MKIV Integral [The Firearm Blog]

Even with the recent recall announcement regarding Ruger’s new MKIV rimfire pistol, I find myself still on the hunt for my first integrally suppressed rimfire pistol. Luckily, another manufacturer has come forward with a design that should be both ultra quiet and easy to clean. TBA Suppressors released the Sicario, a monocore design that includes […]

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NRA to give firearms training to lawmakers, staff [NRA-ILA News]

The National Rifle Association has agreed to provide firearms training to House and Senate lawmakers and their staffs in the wake of this month's baseball gun attack. At the urging of Alabama Sen. Luther Strange, who had a staffer pitching at the time of the shooting by James Hodgkinson, 66, from Belleville, Ill., the NRA said it is ready to help. "There is no doubt that the heinous attack that occurred in Virginia last week would have been even worse without the heroic actions of the Capitol Police," wrote Chris W. Cox, executive director of the NRA's lobby shop, the Institute for Legislative Action.


POTD: Suppressed Hi-Point Seized By LA Sheriff Deputies [The Firearm Blog]

LA County Sheriff Deputies approached a man urinating in public at the Pasadena train station. He had a duffel bag with some weapons in it. In side he had an AR15 and a Hi-Point chambered in .40 S&W. We all know California has strict gun laws and they are super effective at punishing the law […]

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New 40mm AIR BURST, SHOTGUN, and BREACHING Rounds Being Developed by US Army for URBAN Combat [NDIA 2017] [The Firearm Blog]

At the 2017 National Defense Industry Association small arms conference in April, the US Army revealed its efforts to produce new improved varieties of 40mm low velocity ammunition for the M203 and M320 grenade launchers. Product Director for Medium Caliber Ammunition Christopher Seacord’s presentation at NDIA lists three new types of 40mm ammunition: XM1166 High […]

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NEW Ruger SP101 Match Champion Gets Some Custom Shop Treatment [The Firearm Blog]

SP101 Match ChampionRuger is throwing another model into the custom-shop quality circle for their revolvers. The next in line is an SP101 Match Champion. Ruger released an ecstatic press statement providing a basic overview of the upgraded SP101 soon to be available to consumers. Ruger is proud to announce the Ruger SP101® Match Champion™ – a five-round revolver […]

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Update: FIME Releases A Very Limited Statement About New Molot Sanction [The Firearm Blog]

When we reported about the new sanction that prohibits US companies from importing new Molot VEPR rifles and shotguns we said that we requested comment from FIME Group about the new Molot sanction. Currently, the management and lawyers with FIME are looking over all associated documentation to see what the impact of the change will actually be. It […]

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JL Billet/Blitzkrieg Tactical Brass Knuckle Style VFG [The Firearm Blog]

Looking for that extra ‘F You!” look for your AR15 rifle? Want the added utility of a vertical fore grip for better support hand placement? Do you want both at the same time? Well, look no further – JL Billet and Blitzkrieg Tactical are selling Brass Knuckle style VFG that will definitely be an eye […]

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World record sniper hit [Of Arms and the Law]

A Canadian sniper in Iraq hits his man at 3,540 meters, or 3,871 yards. This puts him well ahead of the US record, 2,300 meters, or just over 2,500 yards.

Hat tip to Steve Schreiner...


Review: Sawyer’s Treasure Book, by Ron Brooks []

Working-class fishermen in 1950s Key West find themselves in the midst of a deadly hunt for buried pirate treasure that’s already claimed the life of a family friend. Follow the story as it develops and we learn more about the no-nonsense carpenter/fisherman father, his fisherman son, and a number of other characters relatable to most working-class folks.

From Amazon:

For as far back as young Jimmy Sawyer could remember, he heard stories about buried treasure on Sawyer Key. Living in Key West and being a commercial fisherman, he was on the water almost every day, often just a stones throw away from Sawyer Key.

It turns out that there were others interested in the rumored treasure, including Jimmy’s father, Willie and Willie’s best friend, Johnny Albury.

When Johnny turns up dead, things turns ugly as the hunt becomes a much more dangerous affair.

Join Jimmy and the Sawyer family in Key West as they seek out what their family history said was right there for the taking.

Full disclosure: This book was written by a friend of mine… but I’m also brutally honest when I review things. And this book isn’t perfect.

I enjoyed the story, and the characters were interesting. Perhaps most interesting was learning how commercial fishing was done in 1950s Key West, and that a person could sorta-kinda make a living by fishing alone using just a hand line — or a glass-bottom bucket and gig. Cool.

Unfortunately for someone like myself who has a low tolerance for typos and grammatical errors, this book failed to receive a thorough proofing before publication. But the fact that I was able to enjoy the book in spite of the errors is a big plus for Sawyer’s Treasure, because I usually can’t get past such things.

Another bonus was when we readers learn that not everyone was as they seemed. Nobody likes a predictable read, and this one has a jog or two along the way to keep things interesting.

All in all, I can recommend this book to anyone who is interested in: Florida, treasure hunting, fishing (especially salt water fishing), old Key West, rural 1950s, and/or pirate lore.

The full title is “Sawyer’s Treasure: Searching for the spoils of Henry Jennings the British privateer,” and it’s available on Amazon in e-book or paperback.


  • File Size: 809 KB
  • Print Length: 247 pages
  • Publication Date: April 2, 2017
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B06Y1FX9F1
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
  • X-Ray:
  • Not Enabled
  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

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New Industry Standard for Measuring Suppressor Blowback to Be Introduced By ARDEC [NDIA 2017] [The Firearm Blog]

At the 2017 National Defense Industry Association’s annual Armament Systems Forum in April, representatives of the US Army Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center (ARDEC) presented a new method for measuring and quantifying gas blowback with suppressed firearms. The testing was conducted in the service of creating a new standard test procedure for gas blowback, […]

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Watch: Mini-14 is better than the AR-15 []

The Firearm Blog TV has put together another excellent video.  This one covers the differences between the Mini-14 and the AR-15.  There are a number of subtle differences the video does not cover, but it is otherwise a good video that covers the main differences.

Production of the Mini-14 started in 1973 by Strum and Ruger.  The rifle is chambered in 223 Remington and is basically a scaled down version of the M-14.


  • Weight – 6 lb 6 ounces.
  • Length – 37 1/4 inches.
  • Action Gas-operated, rotating bolt.

Now for the video.


There is something that feels right about the Mini-14.  It has more of a personal feel than the AR-15.  In all honesty, I would rather take a Mini-14 into the woods than an AR.  Maybe it is the wooden stock of the Mini that gives it more of a hunting rifle look and feel than the AR?

One of the things I never did like about the mini-14, the magazine has to catch on the front and then be pulled into position.  It is not a big deal, just magazine changes with the AR are much easier.

When I had my Mini-14 and Mini-30, aftermarket magazines were hit and miss.  Hopefully the magazine situation has changed.

One of the great benefits of the Mini-14, the factory sock can be replaced with a folding stock.  This makes it a wonderful compact rifle.

Accuracy leaves a lot to be desired.  The video touches on the accuracy issue and mentions Ruger has worked to improve it.

If you want more information on the rifle, head over to the Mini-14 forum.

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Review: Ruger Precision Rifle (RPR) in 308 Win, 243 Win, 6.5 Creedmoor []

When the initial reviews of the Ruger Precision Rifle came out, I was skeptical about the gloriously rosy reviews noting groundbreaking features… it just screamed to me that someone was all too happy to suck up in order to be one of the first to review Ruger’s latest, so I waited until now for my full review.

Initially, my eyes rolled hard as I assumed that Ruger had just dropped their standard bolt action receiver into a billet chassis, and that did not sound particularly groundbreaking — I was of course completely wrong on that point.

Another part of my reluctance was that everyone was espousing the accuracy of the Ruger Precision Rifle with almost every review centering on the 6.5 Creedmoor round. The 6.5 CM is known for insane levels of accuracy in any rifle, so I was skeptical that maybe all the glowing remarks would not carry over into a more traditional round such as the 308 or 243.


Not seeing a single 308 review of the rifle, I considered it my duty to get one ordered. When the rifle arrived, my first words were “Damn, Ruger nailed it on this rifle.” The only other rifle which impressed me as much out of the box was the groundbreaking Tavor design. This new rifle was nothing like any Ruger I had seen before and is not your daddy’s Ruger.

As much as I hate to agree with those writers who love everything, I will make the statement that the Ruger Precision Rifle is a competition-killer in the precision rifle market. After seeing, handling, shooting, and testing this rifle, it is that good. The Ruger Precision Rifle delivers it all in one package… and not just another package you’ll need to upgrade later, but one which is arguably as good as or better than anything available aftermarket, right out of the box.

If I peer into my stable of precision rifles, I think of how the Howa 1500 series began to turn the heads of hardcore Remington 700 shooters. I have a factory barrel Howa 308 which can shoot sub-½” groups all day long with the right ammo, but I now have the action nestled into a XLR billet chassis and have upgraded to a Timney trigger. I have done the same to several Remington SPS 700s as well, and the net result is dropping about $1200-$1500 on a upgrades to make it as good as the Ruger Precision Rifle is right out of the box.


Precision rifles generally start in the $2000+ range, so most people plan to build a precision rifle from a Remington or Savage action knowing that in the end the receiver may be the only remaining stock part left on the gun. Around $600-$700 is spent on a base rifle, then the upgrades start with a $250 trigger, $1000 stock with box magazine, and $500 in action tuning and barrel re-crowning. A match barrel swap may also be done, which starts around $500 including install.

It does not stop there. Other must-have accessories include an extended bolt handle ($100-$150) and a 20 MOA scope base ($100) to give you more adjustment for longer shots. In the end, that $600 Remington 700 ends up being a $2700-$3200 rifle pretty easily, which makes off-the-shelf options start looking like great deals.

Remington has a similar offering as does Howa, but this offering from Ruger is fundamentally changing the entire price structure of the market with all the extras, right down to the match barrel, for $1399 MSRP. It is without question the best deal on the market and has been designed to be easy to upgrade should the desire strike you. Want a Timney trigger? Sure, drop that in — or any AR15-barrel-nut-compatible forend… even the bolt handle can be swapped out easily.

Like many of the newer high accuracy Ruger rifles, the RPR (Ruger Precision Rifle) is made using new high tech machining capabilities, and you can tell. The all-around fit on the rifle is extremely good.


Out of the box, the Ruger RPR offers everything a precision shooter would want, including a really nice precision action, a threaded suppressor-ready barrel, a fully adjustable precision rifle stock with folding adapter included, an AICS and Magpul compatible magazine well, a really incredible trigger that gets people into arguments about whether it is worth upgrading, and a barrel which is arguably proving to be one of the most accurate factory barrels on the market.

At this point I have had time behind all the calibers with the exception of the 6mm Creedmoor version and all shoot outstanding and will produce sub-MOA groups. One of my more impressive 308 groups was a .3” 100-yard group.


At least with the samples I shot, the Creedmoor and 308 chamberings seemed to be the most accurate. Every gun is of course unique and the 243 was still easily a sub-MOA gun. The stock geometry was well-thought-out and recoil was extremely forgiving once the stock was tuned to fit me.

With LR Magpul magazines, the RPR even has a last-round hold-open so you know when you gun is empty. The safety switch is a fast 45-degree AR15 style which is notably quicker than other safety styles The handguards are beautiful Samson Evolution models and can be swapped with any AR15 compatible handguard. The bolt disassembly tool is stored in a small compartment at the and of the bolt, and the scope base included is 20-MOA — all nice touches and upgrades for any shooter. The newer version of the RPR includes a few upgrades, including muzzle brake, metal bolt storage area, and different handguard.

Final Thoughts

The total Ruger Precision Rifle package adds up to a gun which shoots extremely well, is stunningly accurate for the price and is loaded with pretty much everything you could want in a precision rifle for far less than any other offering on the market. Ruger… simply amazing gun for the price… now where is my .223 and 10/22 variants?

Manufacturer Specs

  • Model No.18001
  • Caliber 308 Win
  • Cap.10
  • Stock Folding, Adjustable Length  of Pull  and Comb Height
  • Barrel Cold Hammer- Forged, 5R Rifling
  • Barrel Length 20.00”
  • Folded Length 30.60”
  • Overall Length 38.25” – 41.75”
  • Height7.30”
  • Width 3.30”
  • Weight 9.70 lbs.
  • Length  of Pull 12.00”- 15.50”
  • Twist1:10”
  • Sugg. Retail$1,399.00
  • Medium contour (.75” at the muzzle) barrel features 5/8”-24 threads. Thread protector installed.
  • Barrels can be easily replaced by a competent gunsmith using AR-style wrenches and headspace gauges.
  • Highly accurate Ruger cold hammer-forged 4140 chrome-moly steel barrel with 5R Rifling at minimum bore and groove dimensions, minimum headspace and centralized chamber.
  • Equipped with a Samson Evolution Keymod Handguard. May be configured with any AR-style handguard.
  • Magazine well front is contoured for a positive grip for bracing against shooting supports.
  • 20 MOA Picatinny rail secured with four, #8-40 screws for increased long-range elevation capabilities.
  • ‘Lower’ magazine well halves are precision machined from aerospace-grade 7075-T6 aluminum forging and are Type III hard coat anodized for maximum durability.
  • ‘Upper’ receiver and one-piece bolt are precision CNC-machined from pre-hardened 4140 chrome-moly steel to minimize distortion.
  • Multi-Magazine Interface functions interchangeably with M110, SR-25, DPMS and Magpul®-style magazines and AICS magazines (works with some M14 magazines); two 10-round Magpul® PMAG® magazines included.
  • Three-lug bolt with 70° throw features dual cocking cams and a smooth-running, full diameter bolt body.
  • Ruger Marksman Adjustable™ trigger is externally adjustable with a Pull  Weight  range of 2.25 to 5.0 lbs.; wrench is stored in the bolt shroud.
  • Oversized bolt handle for positive bolt manipulation, with 5/16”-24 thread for easy replacement. Bolt disassembly tool is stored in the bolt shroud for easy striker channel cleaning.
  • In-line recoil path manages recoil directly from the rear of the receiver to the buttstock, not through a traditional bedding system, providing maximum accuracy potential.
  • Extended trigger-reach AR-style grip and 45° reversible safety selector. May be configured with any AR-style grip and selector.
  • Ruger® Precision MSR stock with QD sling attachment points features a bottom Picatinny rail and soft rubber buttpad. The left-folding stock hinge is attached to an AR-style buffer tube and accepts any AR-style stock.



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Pentagon Blows Millions on Afghan Camo []

A recent report was released indicating the U.S. Pentagon purchased $28 million worth of camouflage uniforms for the Afghan Army. That fact in and of itself is not such a big deal considering we support militaries all over the world — but doling out that much of our money seems a bit much for a useless item.

The problem was the camo pattern the Afghan Army selected. The pattern known as Spec 4ce Afghan Forest Pattern was apparently selected without consultation by the Afghan defense minister. So, what is wrong with it?

Well, it’s primarily green, brown, and black and looks like a forest habitat — and only two percent of the Afghanistan landscape is forest land. Two percent. The balance is of course, rock, desert, and mountainous terrain, with colors of gray, charcoal, and earth tones. There is virtually no natural green to be found where Afghan soldiers generally operate.

As far as effective camouflage is concerned, the Afghan soldiers might as well be wearing pink. The mottled green camouflage stands out like a sore thumb, making soldiers more vulnerable than they ought to be,

The Afghan defense minister chose the Spec 4ce Forest Pattern from a company in Maple Ridge, British Columbia, Canada named HyperStealth Biotechnology. At our expense, Afghanistan used $28 million of our dollars to buy 1,364,602 uniforms with an additional 88,010 pairs of pants. (It seems the least they could have done was buy the uniforms from an American company.)

One would think there would be a system of checks and balances in place before the U.S buys supplies and gear for a foreign military. Just imagine what they are spending on other items without Pentagon approval.

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FBI Report on Alexandria Quietly Debunks the Gun-Controllers’ Talking Points [NRA-ILA News]

The FBI has published a brief report on the shooting in Alexandria. It is devastating to the idea that the gun-control measures presently coveted by the Democratic party would have done something to prevent the attack. Over the past two decades, Democrats have focused on three major proposals for reform. They are: 1) That all private transfers should be contingent upon a federal background check; 2) That firearms that look a certain way should be classed as “assault weapons” and prohibited from sale; and 3) That civilians should be forbidden from buying magazines that hold more than 10 rounds. None of these proposals intersect with what happened in Alexandria.


The Reality of a Yellowstone Eruption []

The world is facing something unprecedented in modern times: the grumbling of the Yellowstone super volcano.  The last time the Yellowstone volcano erupted was around 640,000 years ago.  Ash from that eruption has been found all over the United States.

In prepping, one of our main resources is the past.  We can look to historical events, analyze them, and apply lessons learned. But when it comes to a super volcano such as Yellowstone, there are no recent historical references.  Over the past few centuries, there have been numerous volcanic eruptions, but few compare to the destructive potential of Yellowstone.

Let’s look at some recent eruptions.

Little Ice Age

In 1257, Mount Samalas erupted, and is credited with possibly triggering the Little Ice Age.  The Little Ice Age lasted from around 1257 to the mid-1800s.  The global temperature dropped around 1 degree on average.

With the cooler temps came rain and crop failures.  We talked about the Little Ice Age and its effects in another article: Single event led to a collapse.

From an article on – The 1257 Samalas eruption.

Temperature reconstructions based on tree-ring proxies and ice-core records showed that the emission of 96 to 138 Tg of SO2, the most probable scenarios, would have induced an extra-tropical summer cooling over land of −0.6 °C to −5.6 °C during a period of 4–5 years.

Mt Samalas is part of the Rinjani volcanic complex on Lombok Island.

Mount Samalas released less than 10 cubic kilometers (km3) of material into the atmosphere.

The Year Without a Summer

Even though it falls within the time period of the Little Ice Age, the Year Without a Summer is considered a separate event.  There is evidence to suggest it was a volcanic winter caused by the eruption of Mount Tambora in 1815.

The Year Without a Summer was an agricultural disaster. Historian John D. Post has called this “the last great subsistence crisis in the Western world”.  The unusual climatic aberrations of 1816 had the greatest effect on most of New England, Atlantic Canada, and parts of western Europe.

The Volcanic Explosivity Index (VEI) is used to quantify the amount of ejected material with a VEI-7 coming in at 100 km3

Yellowstone Eruption

The Lava Creek Tuff (Part of Yellowstone) eruption around 630,000 — 640,000 years ago released an estimated 1,000 km3 of material into the atmosphere.

  • Mount Samalas, 10 km3 – Little Ice Age.
  • Mount Tambora, 100 km3 – Year without a Summer
  • Yellowstone, 1,000 km3 – ?

How do you prep for something that could be 100 times stronger than what may have triggered a mini-Ice Age?

The Basics

Dust mask – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends a N95 dust mask.

Exposure to ash can harm your health, particularly the respiratory (breathing) tract. To protect yourself while you are outdoors or while you are cleaning up ash that has gotten indoors, use an N-95 disposable respirator (also known as an “air purifying respirator”).

N-95 respirators can be purchased at businesses such as hardware stores. It is important to follow directions for proper use of this respirator.

List of NIOSH-Approved N95 Particulate Filtering Facepiece Respirators.

Eye Protection – Volcanic ash could cause corneal abrasions in people who wear contact lenses.

Common symptoms include:

  • Corneal abrasions or scratches
  • Acute conjunctivitis or the inflammation of the conjunctival sac that surrounds the eyeball due to the presence of ash, which leads to redness, burning of the eyes, and photosensitivity
  • Eyes feeling as though there are foreign particles in them
  • Eyes becoming painful, itchy or bloodshot
  • Sticky discharge or tearing

Have goggles for all family members.

Ash – During the Persian Gulf Conflict in 1991, there were worries of chemical weapons being launched into Israel.  News footage showed people in Israel putting sheets of plastic over their doors and windows.  The plastic was secured with duct tape. It seems like this could work to keep heavy ash out of your home.

Driving – After an eruption, the CDC recommends not to drive.

Do not travel unless you have to. Driving in ash is hazardous to your health and your car. Driving will stir up more ash that can clog engines and stall vehicles.

Check List

Then there is your typical survival check list:

  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • First aid kit and manual
  • Emergency food and water
  • Manual (nonelectric) can opener
  • Essential medicines
  • Sturdy shoes
  • Respiratory (breathing) protection
  • Eye protection (goggles)
  • Battery-powered radio

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Female robbery suspect shot by armed Quiznos employee during ‘take-over style’ robbery [NRA-ILA News]

During what Salt Lake City police are calling rare "take-over style" robbery at a Quiznos restaurant Tuesday night, a female employee shot and wounded a female robbery suspect, prompting her two male accomplices to flee. The female suspect, whose name was not immediately released, was in serious condition Wednesday at a hospital, said SLCPD Detective Greg Wilking, who said the suspect was hit in the neck.


Gun control is fine except for not working [NRA-ILA News]

Whenever there is a shooting, liberals have an answer that is not an answer, namely the charade of more gun control. Fine, try it, and maybe some voodoo along the way, but it doesn't work very well, there are better alternatives, and what's truly absurd in this debate is the demeaning expression "gun nuts."


Colorado teachers' active-shooter training shows them how to fire back [NRA-ILA News]

More than a dozen Colorado teachers received training on how to fire back at active shooters in schools, in a program that gun-rights advocates call essential.


New Jersey: Christie pardons two military veterans with gun-related convictions [NRA-ILA News]

Gov. Chris Christie has pardoned two military veterans with gun convictions, the latest in his ongoing effort to aid people who he believes have become victims of New Jersey's strict gun laws.


The Ching Sling – A Simpler Shooting Sling Compromise [Forgotten Weapons]

The Ching Sling is an answer to the question, “how can one have a sling that is both a useful shooting aid and also quick to get in and out of?” The formal shooting sling was a part of US military training for many decades, and is still a staple of long range marksmanship competition. However, it is a complicated process to set up a shooting sling, and in World War Two it proved thoroughly impractical in combat conditions. The idea of using a sling for a support aid was not necessarily a bad one, though.

Eric Ching devised this solution, using three sling points instead of the traditional two. In this system, the center strap and center mounting point are used to create a sling loop around the tricep which can be very quickly positioned. When not in shooting use, though, the middle strap can be slid out of the way and the sling works as a normal carry strap, either muzzle up or muzzle down.

Ching was a student of Jeff Cooper’s, and Cooper found the Ching Sling to be an ideal piece of gear to fit onto his scout rifle concept. When Steyr introduced the Scout Rifle they built in partnership with Cooper, the Ching Sling was included as a part of the standard package.


Smug Mugs In NC Senate Need A Reminder Who Put Them There [No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money]

Leave it to Alex Trebek and Jeopardy to help me with a headline.

Nonetheless, the Republicans in the North Carolina State Senate need a reminder that it was gun owners and their votes that helped them get a super-majority. They currently are dragging their feet on HB 746 - the Omnibus Gun Bill - which has passed the House and which contains constitutional carry as one of its provisions. With the projected adjournment date of July 1st fast approaching, they need to act soon or all gun rights legislation will be lost for 2017.

Grass Roots North Carolina is calling upon gun owners to contact the Republican leadership, all Republican state senators, and their own state senator to urge them to get a move on regarding HB 746.


Does it now appear that NC’s Republican Senators were never serious about Constitutional Carry…? 

Are Smug Republicans Working to Kill Constitutional Carry?
After pro-gun posturing by Republicans in the NC Senate, it turns out they may never have had any intention of voting with gun owners on HB746. Senate leadership insisted, as long as gun owners were patient, as long as we were quiet, and we minded our "Ps&Qs," we could count on the Senate to uphold their own Party platform, live up to campaign rhetoric, and push Constitutional Carry to the governor’s desk. Well, we’ve re-learned the lesson about the value of a politician’s promises. With the projected date of adjournment fast approaching, July 1st, Republican senators have yet to budge on Second Amendment legislation.  If they don't move NOW, all gun legislation is likely dead for 2017!

Remind Senators of Approaching Elections
Thank goodness for the ballot box. Every time an election is over, there is always another one just down the road. And nowadays, voters have electronic reminders on their phones, a twenty-four hour news cycle, GRNC’s alerts, and GRNC's “Remember in November” campaign to remind them during Primary season, and again in November, which politicians stood with them, and which did not. Nowadays, finding new blood to send to Raleigh is almost too easy.

With that in mind, we’re asking you to once again phone a couple of key Republican senators, along with your own senator, and to also send an email to the entire Republican Senate. It appears that the entire Republican caucus may be giving you the brush off, and one wonders if they're having a good laugh over the little trick they played: “Be patient with us, and we’ll live up to our Party’s platform and our campaign promises.”

Wipe That Smug Smile off Their Faces
Well, we’re not laughing, and if these senators do not immediately redeem themselves in the eyes of gun rights supporters, we the voters will have the last laugh—during election season. Below, see how you can convey this message to the Republicans in the Senate, particularly a couple of senators in leadership positions.


  • CALL KEY SENATE REPUBLICANS AND YOUR SENATOR (Do this immediately. Time is running out. Leave a voice-mail if you must):Phone numbers for two key Senate leaders are listed below. Use the link provided find your own senator’s phone number. Use the following text to deliver a phone message:
Hello, I am calling Senator [name] because I’m incensed over the treatment gun owners like me are receiving from Senate leadership, and by extension, from all Senate Republicans. Gun voters like me have been politely requesting the advancement of HB746, and we’ve been patiently waiting amid promises that the bill will be heard in caucus and sent to the Senate floor for a vote. None of this is happening and time is up. You must move HB746 Thursday (June 22).

It's beginning to seem as though gun owners  were duped by the double-talk of establishment politicians. With this in mind, I demand that HB746 be sent to the floor for a vote, and then on to the Governor’s desk immediately. If it is not, you can be 100% sure that this will not be forgotten, and I will be looking for a primary candidate in 2018. Reminders on my phone will be set so I don’t forget how the Senator treated me during a non-election year, and I will be paying close attention to GRNC alerts and their “Remember in November” campaign during 2018. Get HB746 to the floor, and to the Governor’s desk now. Thank you.
  • EMAIL THE ALL SENATE REPUBLICANS: use the copy/paste email address list(s) below, and the copy/paste text provided under ‘Deliver This Message.’

Sen. Phil Berger: (919) 733-5708
Sen. Bill Rabon: (919) 733-5963
Click Here to find your Senator, and call him/her, too
(or go to:

NC Senate Republicans copy/paste email *list(s):;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;

*Spam filters or email program limitations may cause the need to send more than one email, to cover the entire list of representatives. If so, the list above is split into three pieces, for your convenience.


Suggested Subject:
"Move HB746 Now or Face Voters' Wrath"  

Dear Senator:

I am writing today because it appears that the Republican Senate’s interest in passing Constitutional Carry and other pro-gun legislation, in the form of HB746, may have been entirely insincere.
To be clear: I am insisting that HB746 be moved through caucus and to the Senate floor on Thursday, June 22nd; not a day later. I fear that senators’ talk about gun rights was only posturing designed to hush gun owners while Republicans quietly brushed us off. I am insisting you alleviate that fear with action. 

This non-action on gun rights is unacceptable, and I assure you, if the Republicans in the Senate do not redeem themselves by sending HB746 to the floor for a vote, and ultimately to the Governor’s desk, there will be heavy political consequences. Keep in mind, after you adjourn this year, there is yet another legislative session next year, and gun owners like me will not stop pushing for our civil rights. We will continue to demand that you live up to your pro-gun rhetoric.

Thank goodness for the ballot box, and the times we live in do indeed complement the ballot box quite well. Never have voters had so much power at their fingertips. Memories have never been longer, with electronic reminders on our phones (which can be setup years ahead of the next election), a twenty-four hour news cycle, GRNC alerts, and GRNC’s “Remember in November” campaign to name a few useful tools. Yes, these simple tools remind gun voters like me, during Primary season, and again in November, which politicians stood with me, and which did not during an odd-numbered year. 

Frankly, I am incensed over your treatment of gun owners like me. We’ve done our job. We have consistently renewed your veto-proof majority, and supported you when you needed us, with our money and our votes. Now, as our representatives, it’s time to live up to your end of the bargain. Support the Party platform you profess to believe in. Follow through on your pro-Second Amendment campaign rhetoric.

Move HB746 to the Senate floor for a vote now---on Thursday, June 22nd. Vote “yes,” and send it to the Governor’s desk. Voters will not forget your actions during this critical time.

I will be monitoring your actions on Constitutional Carry through alerts from Grass Roots North Carolina.



Limited Edition Caracal Enhanced F Pistol Nearly Here [The Firearm Blog]

Caracal Enhanced F limited editionAfter a voluntary recall of all of its pistols several years ago, Caracal seems to be ready to reenter the US handgun market. Caracal USA announced that it was releasing a limited number of its new Enhanced F pistols through GunsAmerica for sale on July 4, 2017. July 4 is the date that the United […]

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Grand Power 15th Anniversary Engraved Q100 Pistols [The Firearm Blog]

Slovakian firearm manufacturer Grand Power is releasing a series of limited edition engraved Q100 pistols to mark the 15th anniversary of the gun’s debut. The 15 pistols will feature consecutive serial numbers, engraving and a wooden presentation box. American collectors may be disappointed- the high prices an limited availability may prevent any from making it to […]

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Arming the Maute Group in Marawi City [The Firearm Blog]

The Government of the Phillippines is engaged in what is increasingly becoming a much harder fight than anticipated in the city of Marawi on the southern island of Mindanao. Numerous security forces are involved in the fight to include Philippine Infantry units, Marines, SF, and most recently U.S. Special Operations are being thrown into the fray. In addition […]

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Does Pointing Your Gun Up Affect Accuracy? ARDEC Study Reveals the Effect of Weapon Orientation on Ammunition Velocity and Consistency [NDIA 2017] [The Firearm Blog]

Does pointing your gun up or down affect its accuracy? The answer is “maybe” according to a recent US Army Armament Development, Research and Engineering Center (ARDEC) presentation released at the 2017 National Defense Industry Association small arms conference. The presentation covers a study conducted by ARDEC which examined the effect of ullage (free space in […]

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Trials and Tribulations Of A Newbie Shooting 1,000 Yards [The Firearm Blog]

I will preface this article, I have only shot 980 yards before and that was a single mag in a SAKO rifle at Shot Show Range day last year. The gun was all ready set and dialed in so it was relatively easy to hit steel with that gun. My personal best with my own […]

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New Redding Reloading Dies for 6.5 Grendel [The Firearm Blog]

What we writers have seen as an extended trend towards the “new” 6.5 calibers has indeed been a long-time coming just based on the sheer logic of the near ideal mix of weight, velocity, ballistic coefficient, barrel longevity, etc. While every caliber has its place, the 6.5 diameter round has had immense potential as an all-around […]

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Wednesday, 21 June


Shoot Often For Effective Firepower []

Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt once commented to reporters that “I’m not a particularly good shot, but I shoot often.” If you have read any of his books on his many hunting exploits, you will realize that Teddy did indeed shoot often, and just as often downed his target. He was a prolific hunter of big game in the Western USA and Africa.

Roosevelt’s premise of “shooting often” has application for other shooting practices as well. Countless shooting incident investigations illustrate that precise bullet placement may not always be enough to incapacitate an adversary. So, what’s to be done? Shoot often.

There is no proof that I can find, but this premise may have helped develop the “double tap” concept. Simply put, this tactic suggests that you shoot twice when you’d normally shoot once, sending two bullets downrange with a miniscule gap in time between shots. The assumption is that two rounds into the target will be more effective than one.

Anybody wielding a firearm for any reason has the responsibility to use that tool effectively. Whether hunting or defending your life, you must place your bullets well. If a double tap ensures your comfort zone or seals the deal, then so be it.

Teddy may have been right. Shoot often.

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Gear Review: Johnny Custom Glock Triggers []

Glock pistols are some of the most dominant pistols in the world today, and there’s no denying there is a football field full of aftermarket parts for Glocks. But what most people never even think of changing — and which needs changing the most — is the trigger!

It is a well-known fact that Glock factory triggers are far from perfect, and you could have 5 brand-new Glocks on the table and possibly have 5 different trigger pulls.

The video below shows aftermarket trigger failures, but it also shows their trigger and push it for sale. Ignore their trigger because you will not get what you get with Johnny’s triggers. My point is the Glock parts will work the best if you know what you are doing with them, and that is where Johnny Custom Glocks Triggers comes in!

This guy works his magic with factory Glock parts! So ALL 3 internal safeties work as designed. I have been running one of his triggers for almost 2 years and it has worked perfectly.


This is my Glock 17 Race gun for steel plate matches with a Johnny Custom Glocks Comp Trigger

What I love about Johnny’s triggers as he will build them to what you want, he will spend time with you on the phone, and yes it’s him as he does it all himself, so he knows each one that leaves the shop is perfect.

If you have the right trigger, your shooting will improve immensely, and in a hurry.


I’ve won a lot of matches using his triggers and have fired thousands of rounds without any trouble, while guys with the popular Pyramid triggers have had failures from full-auto bursts to not working at all.

Trust me, if you want the absolute best Glock Trigger, check out Johnny Custom Glocks. He even does a great concealed-carry pistol trigger that makes the little carry Glocks much easier to shoot. I am going to have him do my 42 and 43 also.

Get a hold of Johnny and talk with him, tell him what you want and he will build it — and you will still have all OEM Glock parts.

Tell him Ron Gunner sent you!

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One to Watch: Muyshondt Beagle []

It used to be that Enrique Muyshondt made some of the finest batch-produced flashlights in the world.  Now, it looks like he is in a league of his own.  He has taken what is usually thought of as a utilitarian tool and refined it to a point that it is probably more of a master class in product design than anything else.

A Muyshondt is to flashlights what the iPhone is to the putty-colored desk phone.  Everything about a Muyshondt is focus-built for absolute unfailing performance.  Whereas a Maglite can take a hit or two, a Muyshondt can be shot into near-space, return to Earth, and still work.  Has your light joined Felix Baumgartener in the Dark Void?

Image courtesy of Aaron Shapiro

Image courtesy of Aaron Shapiro

Muyshondt’s prior offerings have been uniformly great.  The Ion gave way to the Aeon, which begat the Aeon II, and most recently the Aeon III. Enrique branched out to other battery formats (the aforementioned were CR2-powered lights) with Maus (N cells) and the Flieger (18650 cells).  Each of these is among the finest lights made by man, with crazy-great runtimes, immaculate machining, and the perfect choice of emitters, outputs, and output spacing.  They are all pricey of course, but when you are talking the Wilson Audio of flashlights, you expect a hefty price tag.

Enrique is not one to rest on his laurels, so he continues to push the envelope.  He recently released a light called the Beagle, which is fundamentally a break from his previous designs as it is a multi-emitter light.  Unlike many of today’s multi-emitter lights, which are usually clustered around the center of the reflector, the Beagle goes the Surefire Aviator route and does a center emitter with an outside ring of emitters.

This choice is pretty incredible given the lineage of lights that choose this emitter array.  There have been two very beloved lights with this setup — the aforementioned Aviator and the incredibly-hard-to-find McGizmo Lunasol series.  Enrique is clearly picking up a gauntlet thrown down by the best of the best.  In many ways, the Beagle shows that Enrique has gone from one of the best light makers in the world to the undisputed king.

By having the emitters organized in the center/ring set up, the light has two different throw profiles: a true flood from the outer ring, and a good throw from the center emitter.  If past experience is any indication, the light will run with Hi CRI emitters and have a strong bias towards long runtimes over photon wallops.

These preferences in the specs might not be the eye-catchers that other lights have, but over the years I have come to see the wisdom in this setup. I’d rather have good, high-quality light for a long time than a short burst of disco purple or zombie green. This light will run on 18350s and is roughly the size of a McGizmo Sundrop (not that that is the most useful benchmark).

All hail the new King…

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Late Night Hog Hunt Using Crimson Trace Laser Sights []

As the editor of’s sister site, I was lucky enough to secure an invitation to a Honda event in southwest Texas. In addition to riding the new Honda Pioneer 1000 and 1000-5 LE UTVs, we had a chance to do some late night hog hunting with some very cool equipment from Crimson Trace and Smith & Wesson.

After flying into San Antonio, we were driven a couple hours west to Ox Ranch, an 18,000-acre hunting ranch loaded with both native and non-native species, including bison, ostrich, kangaroo, and dozens of others. Everything, save for the giraffes, is available to hunt if you’ve got a deep enough wallet.

While trophy hunting in a high fence ranch like this isn’t for everybody, the ranch itself if stunning. Just having the opportunity to drive the Honda Pioneer around the property and seeing animals I’ve never spotted outside of a zoo was a pretty remarkable experience. And the guest houses at the Ranch are top notch. It would be a great place to stay and explore, armed with nothing more than a camera.

Ox Ranch Views

Luckily, Smith & Wesson made sure I had more than a Nikon with me. Specifically, I was handed a Performance Center by Smith & Wesson M&P 10 rifle chambered in 6.5 Creedmoor, which carries an MSRP of $2,035. This rifle features a threaded muzzle, two-stage match trigger, Magpul MOE rifle stock and two-inch aluminum M-LOK accessory rail.

As we were going to be hunting well into the night, the rifle was outfitted with the LNQ-100G LiNQ Wireless Green Laser Sight from Crimson Trace. I have limited firearm experience (ATVs and archery get most of my attention), so this was my first experience with a laser sight of any kind and I was giddy at the opportunity to play with it.

Sighting In Smith & Wesson M&P 10 with Crimson Trace Laser Sight

Getting sighted in with the Performance Center by Smith & Wesson M&P 10, which was outfitted with a Crimson Trace laser sight.

We were taken to a gun range to get everything sighted in and become comfortable with both the rifle and the laser sight. The actual laser was mounted to the rifle’s rail, while the button to activate it was installed on the grip below the trigger. Turning on the laser was as straightforward as squeezing your middle finger.

When it came time to get ready to go hog hunting, the folks at Ox Ranch handed me a helmet weighed down by a set of military-spec night vision goggles. According to the Ox Ranch website, these are the same type of night vision goggles used by Seal Team Six when they took out Bin Laden!

Night Vision Goggles

Wearing night vision goggles makes you 10% cooler. Just another 90% to go and I’m all set.

Night vision goggles were another first for me and I was like a kid with a new toy when I put them on. I couldn’t believe how clearly I could see in pitch black darkness. Still, it felt weird to load up the Honda Pioneer 1000-4 LE and set off in the dark with no lights on (the driver was also wearing the night vision goggles).

One of the most surreal moments of my entire life was driving a Pioneer through a tower of giraffes in the middle of the night while holding onto a rifle.

Honda Pioneer 1000-5 LE and Giraffe

It’s not often that you get to ride UTVs alongside giraffes.

When we drove up on our first group of hogs, I was late to react and wasn’t able to get a good shot off. I’m far from a firearm expert, and taking aim as the Honda Pioneer came to a quick halt was more difficult than I’d expected.

Fortunately, the driver eventually found another sounder of feral pigs and I was able to settle myself down enough to squeeze off a good shot and take one down. We loaded the pig into the bed of the Pioneer and headed back to home base.

Smith & Wesson M&P 10 in Honda Pioneer 1000-5 LE

If you can’t have fun with UTVs, firearms and laser sights, we probably can’t be friends.

As an avid archer, I also tried my hand at bow hunting for a hog with my Prime Centergy Hybrid during daylight hours. Ox Ranch had a turkey target to practice on, but that was the only thing I was able to send an arrow into during this trip. I have yet to shoot a hog with a bow, so I’ll need to make my way back down south to do some more feral hog hunting so I can scratch one more thing off my bucket list.

Prime Centergy and Turkey Target

Unfortunately, the only thing I was able to stick an arrow into was this turkey target.

When we weren’t out hog hunting, we were checking the Ox Ranch property in the Pioneer 1000 LE and 1000-5 LE models. I just picked up a pair of Wolverine Claw Durashocks hunting boots and wore them all week all around the property. These are the most comfortable hunting boots I’ve ever worn and they served me well while driving the Pioneer and exploring the area on foot. The boots are also waterproof, and I tested that out by standing in a stream for a few minutes without getting soaked. I haven’t put enough miles on the boots to see how they last long term, but early impressions are quite good.

Wolverine Claw Durashocks hunting boots

Yes, that is a dinosaur footprint I am stepping beside. There were a handful of these visible on the Ox Ranch property.

I’ve driven the Pioneer 1000 LE models before and was happy to get back behind the wheel. This particular model is the best one Honda makes and is far and away the most comfortable. If I wanted to get a Honda UTV for work and play, this would be the one. You can do without the added expense of the LE model on a pure work machine, but I want that soft suspension for trail rides or just when I want to get out and take it for a rip.

Honda Pioneer 1000-5 Ox Ranch Beauty

This whole experience was a heck of a good time. The Ox Ranch property is amazing and having a chance to ride UTVs in the dark while wearing night vision goggles and hog hunting is an experience I won’t soon forget.

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North Carolina: Pro-Gun and Pro-Hunting Bills Still Awaiting Consideration in Senate [NRA-ILA News]

Time is running out in the 2017 legislative session and two bills, House Bill 746 and House Bill 559, have yet to be taken up by the full Senate.  It is imperative that you contact your state Senator TODAY and politely urge them to support the passage of both these bills!


Dear Left, No More Gun Control []

Even after James T. Hodgkinson opened fire on Republican members of Congress, the answer is no, we are not open to a discussion on more gun control.  Nor will we be.

Gun owners gave up some of our rights with the National Firearms Act of 1934 and the Gun Control Act of 1968. What did the left give?

In 1989, President Bush banned the import of various firearms. the ban is still in effect. What did the left give?

We gave on the Federal Assault Weapons Ban. Without much of an outcry from Democrats, the ban expired in 2004. You had your assault weapon ban, and you let it expire. Do not cry about sour grapes more than a decade later.

After the Brady Bill was passed, now we have to go through a background check that is often delayed. As Martin Luther King, Jr. once said, “A right delayed is a right denied.”  Ask someone to show an ID to vote and the left flips out.  What makes one right more important than another?

Here is the issue at hand: Gun owners have given, and given, and given, until we have nothing more to give. What has the left given? Nothing, that’s what.  The left continues to ask gun owners to give up our rights, and we are sick and tired of it.

No more discussion on gun control, period.

Rather than the left being happy with:

  • Preventing family violence offenders from owning a firearm.
  • Background checks, which are sometimes delayed.
  • Barrel length regulations on rifles and shotguns.
  • Prison time for straw man purchases.
  • Prison time for offenders who use a firearm in a crime.
  • States passing various oppressive gun laws.
  • Silencers regulated.
  • Short barreled rifles regulated.
  • Selective fire (full or semi-automatic) heavily regulated.

They keep wanting more and more.

Calling gun owners “racist”, and a “group of angry white men” only compounds the issue.

In all honesty, the anti-gun left are like a bunch of spoiled children.  They are never happy, and when they do not get their way, they start name calling.  Flail on the floor all you want, it will get you nowhere.

With gun ownership in the gay community skyrocketing, is the left going to start calling gays names, too?

This is what is going to happen over the next few years: Republicans are going to undo decades of oppressive gun control laws.  We realized dealing with the left was a mistake, and we are taking corrective action.

Between 2008 and 2016:

  • Democrats lost over 1,000 state seats.
  • Lost both houses of Congress.
  • Lost the Presidency.

How much more proof do you want that people oppose the liberal left agenda?

While the left tries to figure out what nasty names to call gay gun owners, we will be making sure their right to keep and bear arms are upheld.

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Delaware: Anti-Gun Bill Hearing Cancelled [NRA-ILA News]

Today, thanks to your calls and emails, the Delaware House Administration Committee cancelled its hearing on anti-gun House Bill 222.


Forward Thinking: Lewis “Assault Phase” Rifle [The Firearm Blog]

Colonel Isaac Lewis was an early pioneer in 20th-century machine gun design. His developments butted heads with John Brownings on numerous occasions, to include this peculiar case. Stemming from his work on the light machine gun, Lewis like others in his peer group saw the problems with the stagnated trench warfare of the First World […]

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Lightning Review: Forward Controls Design EMR-A Ambi Mag Catch/Release [The Firearm Blog]

As a fan of ambidextrous controls, I am always pleased to see when new products hit the market. With handguns going quickly full-ambi, I hope it’s just a matter of time until most rifles follow suit. Until then, companies like Forwarding Controls Design have been hard at work combining modern machining and ideas to half-century […]

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California: Pre-Litigation Letter Sent to DOJ Opposing “Bullet Button Assault Weapon” Regulations [NRA-ILA News]

On Monday, June 19, the NRA and CRPA’s legal team submitted a joint-letter to the California Department of Justice (DOJ) and Office of Administrative law demanding that the regulations be withdrawn or not approved as the regulations exceed DOJ's regulatory authority.


Review: Old Style Designs Thin Kydex Holster [The Firearm Blog]

The Old Style Designs thin Kydex holster is one of those that you would overlook and dismiss at first glance, and rightly so. It isn’t much to look at and doesn’t have any attention-grabbing features that really grab the consumer’s attention. But overlook this holster, and you will be missing out on what I believe is the best […]

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POTD: Wood And Metal Harmoniously Combined [The Firearm Blog]

Quarter Circle 10 posted this photo of an SBR using their 9mm Colt magazine compatible lowers. The custom wood handguard and wooden accents added to the Magpul UBR stock give it a pseudo retro look to the gun. Even the Aeroknox Orion AR grip has some wood accents to add to the overall look. What […]

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Warning: Do NOT Mix Dummy & Live Shotgun Rounds [The Firearm Blog]

While we hold firearms instructors to a higher standard, we often see that they too are people. As such, they are subject to the same potential negligent and accidental discharges as the rest of us – if not at a higher risk of it because of the round counts they put through weapons. Lord knows I […]

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Is The Mossberg 590 Overrated []

The other day I was browsing through YouTube when I came across a video by TFB TV (The Firearm Blog TV) which was talking about the Mossberg 590.  Overall, the video was enjoyable and well done.  However, while watching the video I asked myself, “How often do I use my Mossberg 590?”

Whether it is rabbit or squirrel hunting, or dealing with pests around the farm, rather than the 590, the Mossberg 500 is my “go-to” shotgun.  The vast majority of time, the 500 stays next to the front door loaded with #4 shot.  For those of you who do not know, I live in a rural area.  A couple of days ago, something got in the chicken house.  So, I keep a shotgun close at hand. I have no small children at home.  When children are around, the shotgun is secured.

While watching the video I started realizing why the Mossberg 590 was not my “go-to” shotgun.  In all honesty, why do sportsmen lavish so much love on the Mossberg 590?

All of these dimensions are from my personal Mossberg 500 and 590.


500 – 7 pounds 3 ounces.

590 – 7 pounds 8 ounces.

Distance from buttstock to start of fore grip

500 – 23 1/4 inches.

590 – 24 7/8 inches.

The distance from the buttstock to the fore grip is one of my biggest complaints with the 590.  Anytime I am shooting the 590, it feels like I am having to reach way out to cycle the shotgun.   The increased spread between right and left hand also feels like I have less control over the firearm.

Barrel Length

500 – 27 3/4 inches, to end of choke.

590 – 20 1/8 inches, no choke.

For what I use my shotguns for, hunting and pest control, the barrel length is the deciding factor.  The 500 holds a much better group than the 590.  On the other hand, the compact barrel of the 590 may appeal to people using the shotgun for security and law enforcement.

Mossberg 590 Niche

Is the 590 a good shotgun?  Of course it is.   I just have issues with what niche it serves.  The short barrel means the shot is going to spread, which makes it less than ideal for hunting small game.

Someone is going to say, “The 590 is great for urban defense.”  Instead of buying two shotguns, why not get a 500 or Remington 870 and get a second shorter barrel?  Swap out the barrels and you have a shotgun with a nice spread.

Do you own a Mossberg 590?  Do you use it for anything besides a range gun or safe queen?



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Atlanta Arms Offers 6.5 Creedmoor Match Ammunition [The Firearm Blog]

While originally known for their remanufactured ammunition (and one of only two remanufactured ammunition sources I trust including Freedom Munitions), Atlanta Arms has also been manufacturing well-respected factory match ammunition too. The Army Marksmanship Unit uses a significant quantity of Atlanta Arms ammunition. Expanding that line from common 5.56, 300 BLK, and .308 Winchester, Atlanta Arms […]

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Watch: S&W Model 4006 TSW CHP []

Sootch00 has made another great video, this one is about the S&W 4006. The S&W Model 4006 is a piece of firearm history that has been pretty much forgotten. Even though Smith & Wesson designed the 40, Glock was the first company to release a handgun for the new cartridge.

For those of you who may be wondering what TSW and CHP stand for:

  • TSW – Tactical Smith & Wesson.
  • CHP – California Highway Patrol.

The handgun in the video is a trade in that was used by the California Highway Patrol.

4006 Specifications

  • Weight: 37.3 oz
  • Length: 7.5 inches
  • Barrel length: 4 inches

Now for the video.

Over the past few decades striker-fired handguns have displaced single action / double action handguns. When someone asks about a 40 S&W handgun, the 4006 is rarely mentioned.

Like a lot of other handguns that were designed in the 1980s and 1990s, the 4006 has faded into oblivion. However, it was not always that way. In the 1990s, various gun magazines talked about the 4006 and its S&W brothers quit often. For some reason, the handgun never developed the popularity of the Glock or Sig.

On a personal note, I never did buy a 4006 or any of the older S&W semi-automatic handguns from the 1990s.  Here we are over 20 years later and I wish I had bought one.  It would be nice to have a piece of history in my collection.

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Make America Holder Again? Former AG hints at 2020 run, must ‘get back on the field’ [NRA-ILA News]

Former Attorney General Eric Holder may be setting the stage for a 2020 presidential run due to Hillary Clinton’s failed campaign.


Justice Dept. to Work With 12 Cities to Fight Violent Crime [NRA-ILA News]

The Justice Department will form partnerships with a dozen cities across the country to help them fight gun crime, drug trafficking and gang violence, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Tuesday.


Iowa Supreme Court Issues Statewide Courthouse Carry Ban [NRA-ILA News]

The Iowa Supreme Court on Tuesday banned weapons in courthouses statewide, saying that it had a duty to promote safety in the courts.The order signed by Chief Justice Mark Cady does not apply to peace officers but it prohibits other visitors from carrying weapons into courthouses in all 99 counties.


ORSIS Mosin: New Mosin-Nagant Chasis [The Firearm Blog]

During the Belarusian MILEX 2017 expo, Russian ORSIS introduced a Mosin-Nagant rifle chassis called “ORSIS Mosin”. The chassis features a folding and adjustable stock as well as short quad Picatinny rail section in the front portion of the forearm. There is also some sort of a side mount for the scope. The Mosin-Nagant rifle with this chassis installed […]

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InterArms G33/50: Not a Real Carbine [Forgotten Weapons]

Among the many Swedish Mauser carbines imported into the United States is an interesting batch of guns marked “InterArms G33/50“. What are these actually?

They are rifles imported by InterArms, of course, and they began life as proper Swedish m/94 and m/94-14 carbines. Upon import, though, their manufacturing dates were ground off and replaced with that G33/50 designation. In addition, their original Swedish unit disks were replaced with new disks that said “Cal 6.5mm Swedish – Made in Sweden”. These changes allowed the rifles to comply with all import marking requirements without having anything that would appear to be a newly added importer’s mark.

While I cannot prove it, I suspect this was done as a marketing trick to make the guns more appealing than standard carbines. The designation is very similar to the legitimate German “G33/40”, which was a short mountain troops’ carbine, and highly desirable. In the days before the internet allowed easy access to information, this easily could have been interpreted to be an elite Swedish alpine carbine.

The replacement markings make these rifles largely shunned by collectors who are looking for original condition guns, but they do remain both excellent handy shooters and also a source of proper parts to restore other Swedish carbines.


A Glock 19M And A Glock 17M Walk Into The Field… [The Firearm Blog]

At this point, the upper management at Glock is just messing with all of us. Like a magic fairy sprinkling pixie dust across America, Glock 19M and 17M pistols have been appearing at greater frequencies. However, without a commercial release date commitment, I guess us Polymer lovers have nothing else to do but fawn over […]

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Belarusian 30mm Handheld Full-Auto Grenade Launcher [The Firearm Blog]

According to news website, a Belarusian company called BSVT has developed a new handheld grenade launcher. It is based on Russian Baryshev experimental grenade launcher and features some improvements over the latter. Particularly, the use of polymer and titanium parts allowed the designers to decrease the overall weight by 20%, down to 8 kilograms (about 17.5 […]

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EForms For ATF Form 1 Applications – This Time Via Silencer Shop [The Firearm Blog]

The first anniversary of the enactment of ATF Rule 41F is only a few weeks away. Most of us will be remembering the run up to the July 13th deadline as an NFA buying panic of epic proportions. And all of us will remember the resulting slowdown that followed. However, a few faithful NFA makers will […]

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A quick look at Argentina’s Rexio “pistolones” [The Firearm Blog]

As it may have been shown in some recent articles here in TFB, my browsing in old photo negatives files and notes has sometimes resulted in successfully unearthing material that proved to be of some interest for our readers, if the Comments that followed are to be believed. Well, in January, 1991, I was in […]

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The Universal Mini Stock from Phase 5 [The Firearm Blog]

Phase 5 Weapon Systems Inc Universal Mini StockPhase 5 Weapons Systems Inc recently announced a new addition to its catalog. Called the Universal Mini Stock, the fixed length buttstock works with milspec sized buffer tubes and has a minimalist design. The Universal Mini Stock is machined from a billet of 6061-T6 aluminum and weighs only 5.7 ounces. It has a black type […]

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New Copper Basin Takedown Firearm Backpack [The Firearm Blog]

Copper Basin Takedown Firearm BackpackIn recent years, discreet carry bags – especially those for long guns – have become more popular with some in the shooting community. As a guy who likes to travel, I can certainly appreciate the need for having a non-obvious gun bag when strolling through the lobby of a hotel. After all, I neither want […]

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Tuesday, 20 June


My Reloading Process: How I Develop a Load []

When I sit down to start a new load, my reloading process is more detailed than most of my reloading friends. Now I said MOST of MY friends. I am sure there are people out there who do much more than I and some that don’t go as far.

Reloading is an art if you really think about it; it’s all part of the shooting experience. I know some people just go and buy ammo and that is all they do and use. That’s fine; it ends up being more brass for us reloaders! Reloading is part of shooting; there is nothing that is like the feeling of winning your first match with your own reloads, I don’t care if it’s just a small club match between a few friends or a full blown national match. Knowing you out shot everyone and won with ammo that you reloaded is just the cherry on the top!


Store bought load record sticky cards

So I start by taking 3 different bullet weights and working up 4 different loads per the books for each one. I load 10 of each and label them with caliber, date, power type, powder charge, bullet brand & type, bullet weight, prime, case & times loaded OAL (Over All Length) I even print out my own labels for this, on white paper means it is a trusted load that I have used in the past, on a hot pink paper, it’s a new load developed load that has never been tried before.


Non-tested load PINK card

Then ALL the info goes into my reloading record book. I also use my chrony unit and printer as I stated in another article. Print results and staple them to the page. I always start out around the lower middle of the reloading manuals. Then work up from there firing the guns through either a rifle rest that is locked down and has shocks to absorb the recoil and pistol go through my friends Ransom Rest. That is the best why because it removes the human element/factor from the final results.


Ransom Rest Stock Photo

I make sure the powder measure is set; I check every other round for the first 50. Then I check one of every ten for the next 50, and then it is one of 25 for 50 rounds then if it all is the same or extremely close, I will then run batches of 100. I will randomly pull a few out of each 100 to check. If there is a problem I know what batch of 100 it is. Now also understand I reloaded 1000 to 2000 at a time on my Dillon XL650.

The test rounds of 10 are the rounds that have the changes, charge weights, bullet weights and seating depth. They are all fired from the gun until I find the one that give the best group, consistently. Then I sight the red dot of rifle scope to those loads and fine tune from there. With my rounds I have set club records and won matches and I can tell you from experience it really does put the cherry on top of the win!

The more prep time you take on the reloading bench the less time you will spend sighting in your gun. You have to make sure you have the right case length, no burrs, primer pocket cleaned and flash hole cleaned for proper ignition. This is for rifle rounds, pistol rounds you do not have to go into this much detail.

A friend of mine did bench rest rifle shooting for years, never shot pistols. He got out of the rifle shooting and all shooting for almost 20 years. One day decided to buy a STI 1911 to shoot steel plate matches locally here in our area. He only knew how to reload for bench rest so he was doing way too much for his pistol brass and doing it single stage it took him days to load 100 rounds.


So one day while at the range I was shooting with him and told him he is putting too much into the pistol loads they are noy like what you would do for bench rest rifle loads. He was wasting more time then he needed. I talked to him until I was blue in the face, so one day while we were there and shooting, I handed him a box of 100 reloads. Told him, go ahead give these a try. He shot 15 of them, 7 he put in the same hole. He was all excited closed the box and said, “I’m not wasting these; I will use these for the next week’s match!”

I called him that night and asked him again how do you like those? He couldn’t say enough good stuff about them; I asked him if he had looked at them in the box. He said no not really, I shot 15 and stopped to save them. I said look at them tell me what you see. He was shocked to see that it was all mixed brass and it was once fired, but to prove a point they were un-cleaned.

Where he was making sure they all had the same length, weight and brand for his 9mm’s, which is useless to do. And that box is what it took for me to finally show him! So for rifle brass, yes there is a lot more prep for reloading them but for pistol reloading, you do not have to go that deep into it.

Now I will say to clean your brass after every shoot, it will save wear and tear on the reloading dies. I personally use a sonic cleaner; it cleans the brass all the way inside and out. This cleaner often makes it look like brand new brass when it is done. So clean brass will increase the life of your press and dies. I just did this one box of 100 to prove a point to him that he was making it harder than it had to be for his pistol brass.


One of many reloading manuals

But read the reloading manuals — get at least two, three is better. Look up the components you are using and pick a load from the lower middle and work it from there. It takes time to get it and understand shooting the same load through a different gun will change the hits on targets. Even if you load the same load in the same gun and just change the primer brand, it will make it hit different. I use Hodgdon powders, Rainier Ballistics bullets and Winchester primers. I am working with Starline brass at this time trying out their products and so far I like them!


So once you find what works for your gun, reload as many as you can but keep all records from all load trials. And if you are looking for a press, look at


My Dillon XL650 set up for running 9mm

For they will have what you need and you only have to buy it once!

Stay safe and see you out there!


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Data on Previous Engagements (DOPE): Is It Worth It? []

Reading a lengthy dissertation recently on long range shooting and in particular tactics taught and learned by military snipers, it seems the long-time practice of note taking on previous shooting scenarios has not proven all that valuable after all. That is a curious finding.

There may be something to this for hunting the same property year after year, too. For over a decade I have recorded hunting data for every morning and afternoon deer hunt I participated in at our camp. I logged the times, the deer stand hunted, deer observed, bucks and does, harvests and weather conditions such as temperature, wind, and environmental conditions.

Admittedly I did this as much as a personal hobby, but I also gleaned the data and information for other outdoor writing project ideas. I found the trends interesting to study, but honestly from one year or season to the next, the practical application of the DOPE info was of little value in reality.

If I returned to successful stands in terms of observations or harvests in one year, the next year the results were completely different. Maybe the wind was different. Maybe it was raining or blowing the next time. So many factors impact deer hunting that change nearly by the minute, previous information simply adds no value to the next opportunity.

In this vein then I suppose that long range shooters and professional military or law enforcement snipers are discovering the same thing. Sure, if you shoot the same range, same distances time and time again, then some regularities may emerge, but as environmental conditions change, does the previous data offer guidance? Perhaps, but it may be limited.

Thus this is likely the same with the fury of excitement over long range hunting, which I generally oppose. Hunting used to be about stalking close to game to achieve a reasonable range for a precise shot. I fail to see the point of shooting at an elk or deer out to 800-1000 yards. First of all, how do you assess the trophy potential of a game animal at such ranges even with a spotting scope? And we never get to see all the missed shots or wounded game on the TV shows.

So, evidence now suggests that with conditions, locations, terrain, etc. always changing, that notes from previous shooting trials may be of limited value. We would invite your opinions on this subject to chime in.

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Self-Care Activities: A Prepper’s Paradise []

It is amazing now after the election that some psychiatrist has come up with a mode of therapy for people to do for themselves to help cope with the election results. This is called “self-care activities.” I assume this is designed to help rejected Democrats to get through the tough times of realizing they lost the election and might have to start caring for themselves. Classic liberals.

So, I propose for those who are celebrating the election win, but who also may consider themselves preppers and/or survivalists, a list of self-care activities to bolster their self-worth and to help them further cope with the elation of the win. If nothing else happens now that Trump is in office, let’s hope we get some conservative thinking Supreme Court justices to secure our 1st and 2nd Amendment rights.

First, let me suggest a celebration of your own making. That could be a nice fire pit in the back yard to enjoy a cool evening at home with family. Try out the fire starter tools you bought, and try some open flame cooking as a trial run. This can be a practical exercise but also fun and relaxing for the family. It also counts as practicing some essential prepping skills.

Take this a step further, pack up like it’s a bug out and head for the hills. Go to a national park, or local lake and set up a camp just like it was a SHTF event underway. Enjoy the great outdoors but at the same time utilize the trip as an exercise in testing your prepping skill sets. Get the whole family involved paying attention to what works in terms of gear and skills. Then assess the trip when you get back home.

Another good stress reliever over having won the election would be to head out to the local shooting range. Take several guns and a supply of ammo. Practice shooting off the range table, but also take the opportunity the shoot offhand, standing, kneeling, or prone. Try shooting off a Trigger Stick, monopod or bipod. Try some running movements to a shooting spot. That will be a wakeup call. Also try magazine changes, and recharging your weapons.

This election win is the perfect time for preppers to have an excuse to use some self-care activities to help reduce stress, and practice prepping skills at the same time.

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Summer Outdoor Camps for Kids []

So, school is out and it’s summertime. That automatically means a week or two of summer camps for a lot of kids. There are all kinds of summer camps for youth. These include sports camps, band camp, science camps, camping camps, and everything else. However, there is a growing popularity of specific camps for kids targeting a wide variety of outdoor skills and experiences.

These outdoor camps are helping to give “city” kids or “couch” kids the simple opportunity to participate in outdoor activities. With ever changing demographics in terms of family profiles an amazing number of children never get the chance to enjoy the great outdoors offering a wide variety of outdoor experiences.

These camps offer a wide variety of outdoor skills events. The long list of potential camp activities includes training to shoot, shotgunning, rimfires, hunting skills including state hunter safety course certification, wildlife identification, birding, game calling, outdoors safety, live shooting, fishing, canoeing, fishing, camping skills, orienteering/compass use, outdoor food preparation, archery, fire building, knot tying, and host of other skills only limited by the camp host’s creativity.

One such camp held at Tara Wildlife north of Vicksburg, Mississippi along the Mississippi River gives kids a complete package of outdoor skills. This noted white-tailed deer archery hunting destination site has put on summer camps for kids for years. The staff includes seasoned veteran outdoors people to teach all kids a full curriculum of outdoor skills. At the center of all of their camps is fun. Every summer camp fills up quickly. Check out

Another summer outdoors camp for special kids is Center Ridge Outpost camp in Smith County, Mississippi in a rural farming area south of Raleigh. This camp also involves kids with numerous outdoor experiences including fun stuff like swimming and outdoor sports, but also archery shooting, campfires, outdoor safety, trail walks, and horseback riding. The main mission is to get kids outdoors away from the electronic games and watching television. Check them out at

With a big push on by numerous state wildlife agencies to involve more youth in outdoor sports specifically hunting and fishing, shooting and archery, these summer camps focusing on getting kids outside are a good start toward these agendas of outdoors youth participation. Just opening the eyes of kids for a few days of exposure to the great outdoors is a winning mission.

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Watch: Shotgun Shells Loaded With Cereal []

Just when you think you’ve seen it all, someone gets arrested for shooting someone else with breakfast cereal.

Sadly, you read that correctly. A 29-year-old male resident of Eureka, California fired a shotgun shell which contained Rice Krispies instead of shot pellets at another man, hitting him in the hand.

Our genius resisted arrest, adding to the charge of probation violation. The victim declined to press charges and was treated for “a non-life threatening wound to one hand.”

In today’s world, you don’t just bow your head in shame for the human race when you hear of such a thing; instead, you start dumping shot out of shotgun shells, refilling them with cereal, and shooting stuff with them… on video, of course.

The first shell’s payload of Fruity Pebbles turned to dust before reaching the target watermelon, but the plastic wad knocked a plug out of it.

The same thing happened with all of the other shots; the cereal disintegrates but the wad hits pretty hard. Good thing Marvin the Martian was wearing a helmet…

Grape-Nuts proved much more durable — to which anyone who has ever tried to eat them can attest! These tiny rock-hard objects are just about as edible as actual bird shot… and they do punch numerous holes in a cardboard target. As usual, the wad punched an even bigger hole.

Conclusion: Don’t shoot your friends, or anyone else, with cereal.

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Delaware: Hearing Scheduled for Radical Gun Seizure Legislation [NRA-ILA News]

Tomorrow, the House Administration Committee is scheduled to consider House Bill 222.


New York: Session Almost Over – Your Legislators Need to Hear From You Now! [NRA-ILA News]

With the 2017 Legislative Session quickly winding down, your lawmakers need to hear from you now in opposition to S.5447 by Sen. Brad Hoylman.


Woman Attacked by Rabid Raccoon, Drowns it in Handy Puddle []

Maine, USA — While running on a narrow wooded trail, 21-year-old Rachel Borch reportedly met up with a raccoon, which lunged at her and attacked. Apparently there was quite a frenzy of ferocity from the fearless beast.

‘Imagine the Tasmanian devil,’ she said. ‘It was terrifying.’

I’m impressed that a young lady knows what the Tasmanian Devil is. Kudos.

When she tried to restrain the attacking animal, the nasty gnashing ‘coon glommed onto her and locked its jaws onto her thumb, frantically scratching at her all the while. Without two free hands, Rachel was unable to choke the life out of the murderous mammal. After she noticed that she’d dropped her phone into a puddle, she decided the thing to do was drown the writhing rascal.

‘I didn’t think I could strangle [the raccoon] with my bare hands,’ she said, so, ‘with my thumb in its mouth, I just pushed its head down into the muck.’

As you can imagine, the raccoon kept scratching at her — but while it still held life, it refused to let go of her thumb.

Borch said she held it there for what felt like an eternity until finally it stopped struggling and ‘its arms sort of fell to the side, its chest still heaving really slowly.’

After its life faded away and its grip relaxed, she took to her heels in a panic. Knowing little about rabies, she feared the worst:

Oh, God, what if I just start foaming at the mouth and can’t find my way back?

(In reality, it takes weeks or months before an infected human will show rabies symptoms.)

The animal was later retrieved and tested, and was indeed rabid. Rachel immediately began treatment for rabies, which is fatal if not treated.

Rachel was a vegetarian, but that didn’t prevent her from taking the life of an attacking animal (nor should it have). And she’ll never again long to hug or cuddle a ‘coon.

I’ve never killed an animal with my bare hands. I’m a vegetarian. It was self-defense.

I always thought of raccoons as this cute, cuddly forest animal. I just will never look at them the same way.

Of that I have no doubt.

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Remington 870 Express Tactical [The Firearm Blog]

If you look in the trunk of just about any patrol car in America you are going to find a Remington 870 of one flavor or another. Over ten million of the legendary pump action shotguns have been produced over the years, and there is no sign of them stopping now. In this episode of […]

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TANDEMKROSS Helps Your Glock Go Race Gun with “Halo” and “Accelerator” [The Firearm Blog]

TANDEMKROSS or [TK] has announced and released its latest products for the Glock. Primarily known for their .22LR rimfire upgrades the new products from [TK] come has a surprise, especially considering their function. Where [TK] normally offers compensators and misc accessories, the new products are race-gun oriented. Specifically, the two new products are the “Halo” charging […]

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Dakota Tactical: First Wave Of B&T USWA1 Pistols Hits U.S. Shores [The Firearm Blog]

Brugger and Thomet continues to introduce their products to America, although, unfortunately, slower than most of us would like due to ATF approval processes. As I anxiously await the VP9 (not that one) to be granted access, another one of the Swiss pistols is finally available. Joe Stoppiello, owner/operator of Dakota Tactical, was nice enough to […]

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Rhode Island: Gun Control Bill Scheduled For This Week [NRA-ILA News]

Lawmakers are heading into the final days of the 2017 session and H.5510 has been scheduled for action on Wednesday.


Headline omits one crucial detail in ‘Homeowner restrains intruder with duct tape’ story [NRA-ILA News]

A New Mexico homeowner caught a burglar breaking into his home and, with the help of a neighbor, restrained the suspect with duct tape until police arrived. Albuquerque Police said surveillance video captured Mark Thompson breaking into the home, and then getting a little too comfortable inside the residence.


POTD: No More Distortion Or Tint Issues, Broken Vortex Viper [The Firearm Blog]

Dustin W. posted this photo of his Glock 19 MOS with Vortex Viper mini red dot. To his surprise it only lasted one box of 9mm. See the piece of glass sitting below the trigger guard? That is the glass from the Viper. Thanks to the help of some friends in the group, the issue […]

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California: Open Carry Ban Passes Senate Public Safety Committee [NRA-ILA News]

Today, June 20, Assembly Bill 7 passed out of the state Senate Public Safety Committee by a party-line vote.  Please contact the members of the Senate Appropriations Committee and urge them to OPPOSE AB 7.


BREAKING: US Banned VEPR Due To Sanctions? Looks Like It! [The Firearm Blog]

The US Department Of Treasury released an update to the sanction list in connection to the Russian – Ukranian conflict today and it appears that as a result of the change to sanctions the US has banned VEPR rifles and shotguns from further import. Well not really banned, but United States based businesses are prohibited […]

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Ultimatum U300 Production Halted [The Firearm Blog]

Ultimatum Precision U300Ultimatum Precision announced the company was halting all production of the U300 bolt action. The U300 action is shown above. According to a press release published on The Shooting Wire, the company’s CEO, Christopher Ng, decided to end the U300 action in favor of developing a new Deadline bolt action that will offer a number […]

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.50 Caliber All-Purpose SABOT Ammunition in Development by US Army ARDEC [NDIA 2017] [The Firearm Blog]

The US Army Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center (ARDEC) is developing a new kind of .50 caliber ammunition called the All Purpose Tactical Cartridge, according to a presentation given at this years National Defense Industry Association small arms conference. The new round will be a sabot design, similar to the existing .50 cal M903 […]

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Bloomberg’s gun-control group to endorse Ralph Northam for Virginia governor [NRA-ILA News]

Everytown for Gun Safety Action Fund, the political arm of one of the nation’s biggest gun control groups, is endorsing Virginia gubernatorial contender Ralph Northam and the rest of the statewide Democratic ticket.


The Hearing Protection Act and ‘silencers’ [NRA-ILA News]

Congress is considering the “Hearing Protection Act,” which would change federal regulation of gun “silencers.” Here’s a guide to some of the basic facts and relevant laws on the subject.


Feeding Chickens Grocery Store Scraps []

Looking for a way to give your chickens inexpensive treats, but do not know where to look?  Consider grocery store scraps.  These are boxes of discounted fruits and veggies from the local grocery store.

There is a growing movement to get grocery stores to stop throwing away fruits and veggies that have sat on the shelf for a little too long. The food is still edible, just nobody is buying it.  Rather than throwing the food away, some grocery stores will fill a box with fruits and veggies and give it a deep discounted price.

What does all this mean?  It means you get a cheap box of fruits and veggies for your chickens.

Word of caution:  Never give moldy food to chickens.  If in doubt, throw it away.

Favorite Scraps

Chickens have certain favorite foods.  Chickens will do best with foods they can peck at, pull apart and have a sweet taste.

They love:

  • Cantaloupes.
  • Pears.
  • Figs.
  • Watermelons.
  • Bananas.. etc.

Cut a watermelon in half, throw it in the chicken yard, and they will peck it until the rind is almost paper thin.

Least Favorites

For the most part, chickens will eat a few veggies, but not very many.  Throw celery on the ground and it will probably rot before the chickens eat it.  However, I watched a few of my chickens peck at a head of broccoli.  Maybe the tips looked like seeds?

Anything with a tough outside will be ignored.  If you want the chickens to eat cucumbers or squash, cut it in half longways and toss it on the ground with the soft side up.

Balanced Chicken Diet

Even though chickens are true omnivores, they need a high protein diet for egg production.  Feeding chickens too many fruits and veggies could reduce their egg laying.

Grocery store scarps should not be used as a primary food source.  Chickens enjoy digging through the scraps, and it is a good treat, but does not replace real chicken feed.

Think of it as food recycling.  You are taking grocery store scraps that people do not want, feeding it to the chickens, which will turn it into eggs.


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3D Printing Method for Making Advanced Machine Gun Barrels Being Developed by US Army ARDEC [NDIA 2017] [The Firearm Blog]

At the 2017 National Defense Industry Association conference on small arms, US Army ARDEC presented a brief on new technologies for enhancing the longevity of machine gun barrels, using 3D printing techniques. The project’s goals as stated in the presentation were to eliminate the need for spare barrels to be carried by reducing barrel temperature (especially […]

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Swedish Mauser Carbines, m/94 and m/94-14 [Forgotten Weapons]

When Sweden decided to replace its Remington Rolling Block rifles with a more modern repeating rifle design, they tested models from Mauser, Mannlicher, Lee, and Krag. The Mauser 1893 was chosen as the winner of the competition, with a few modifications (most notably a change to allow the safety to be engaged whether the striker was cocked or not). A carbine was adopted first – the infantry rifle would follow a few years later. An initial batch of m/1894 carbines was purchased from Mauser Oberndorf, to start the military transition while the Carl Gustav factory tooled up to begin licensed production.

The original m/94 Swedish carbines used a heavy nosecap to protect the front sight, but did not have a fitting for a bayonet. This was changed in 1914, with new production guns being fitted with a Lee-Enfield style bayonet lug below the muzzle (and many existing carbines were updated to this new configuration) and designated the model m/94-14. Production continued sporadically until 1932, with most of the guns being made in the first decade of the 20th century and during World War One.

Interestingly, Sweden did not adopt a spitzer version of the 6.5x55mm cartridge until 1941 – much later than most other nations. When this was done, the sights on the existing carbines were not modified. Instead, a range conversion table was affixed to the right side of the stock, indicating proper sight settings and holdovers for using the new ammunition.


Why The United States Needs To Unite On Carry Reciprocity [NRA-ILA News]

In an educational op-ed posted Thursday at, criminologist and author John Lott makes the case that the previous day’s shooting at a GOP Congressional baseball practice proves why the country needs national Right-to-Carry reciprocity.


One Of My Grail Guns [No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money]

We all have them. It may have been a gun that our dads' had and let us shoot when we were younger that somehow got lost over the years. Or, it might have been a rifle in a cartridge that we read about in an old gun magazine that the grizzled gun writer told us was the be-all and end-all of rifle cartridges. Then again, it could be the one model of an old military rifle that completes our collection.

Two rifles that come to mind for me as grail guns would be a bolt action chambered in .257 Roberts (Ackley Improved versions would be OK, too) and the M94 which was the first Swedish Mauser. I remember writing Jim Carmichel of Outdoor Life asking about the .257 Roberts and he was nice enough to send a short letter back. I wish I knew what became of that letter. As to the M94, I have the M96, the M38 (my first C&R), and even the AG-42 Ljungman in my collection of Swedish rifles but no M94.

Ian McCollum of Forgotten Weapons just released an excellent video on the M94 and the later M94-14. He goes over their history and then points out the difference between the two.

Ian goes on to provide this thumbnail about the Swedish M94:

When Sweden decided to replace its Remington Rolling Block rifles with a more modern repeating rifle design, they tested models from Mauser, Mannlicher, Lee, and Krag. The Mauser 1893 was chosen as the winner of the competition, with a few modifications (most notably a change to allow the safety to be engaged whether the striker was cocked or not). A carbine was adopted first - the infantry rifle would follow a few years later. An initial batch of m/1894 carbines was purchased from Mauser Oberndorf, to start the military transition while the Carl Gustav factory tooled up to begin licensed production.

The original m/94 Swedish carbines used a heavy nosecap to protect the front sight, but did not have a fitting for a bayonet. This was changed in 1914, with new production guns being fitted with a Lee-Enfield style bayonet lug below the muzzle (and many existing carbines were updated to this new configuration) and designated the model m/94-14. Production continued sporadically until 1932, with most of the guns being made in the first decade of the 20th century and during World War One.

Interestingly, Sweden did not adopt a spitzer version of the 6.5x55mm cartridge until 1941 - much later than most other nations. When this was done, the sights on the existing carbines were not modified. Instead, a range conversion table was affixed to the right side of the stock, indicating proper sight settings and holdovers for using the new ammunition.


TFB Review: Talon Adhesive Grips for Glock and many others! [The Firearm Blog]

Talon Grips is a Colorado-based company that specializes in specialty grip tape for not just handguns but a number of firearms accessories. This list includes specially shaped grip tape for the Steyer AUG, various AR15 parts, among numerous other rifles and parts. Earlier this year I purchased a set of Talon grips for my Smith […]

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Champion Shooter Matthew Burkett Falls Farther From Grace… Arrested for Meth [The Firearm Blog]

We’ve been following the harrowing saga of former champion shooter Matthew Burkett for some time. As early as 2014 we covered the ongoing alleged fraud and earlier this year reported on the first arrest of Mr. Burkett on those same fraud charges. With the federal fraud case pending, it would seem that Mr. Burkett could not […]

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Olympic Shooting Events Shake-Up for 2020 [The Firearm Blog]

In “A move towards gender balance” the International Olympic Committee has released the full program changes for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. 15 new events are planned including events in swimming, archery, table tennis, triathlon, and more. Specifically, the IOC is looking to get to near 50% male to female athlete ratio. As part of these […]

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Let There be Light! Surefire Announces New Scout Weapon Lights [The Firearm Blog]

Surefire, not content to let the cheap imitation knock-offs gobble up the tacticool market has announced a slew of new Scout weapon lights. The new Scouts focus on offering a variety of weapon-ready configurations, combining various weapon mounts, body lengths, and tape switches so that customers no longer have to purchase the various parts a-la-carte. The […]

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BOOM – Signal Cannons from Trident Arms [The Firearm Blog]

It seems that there must be a rampant problem facing the country. People are getting lost in the woods with nothing but a lot of black powder and no means to signal someone. Super-secret ESP must be disabling all flashlights and low cloud cover must be keeping signal fires from being seen. Otherwise, there seems […]

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Review: Ballista Suppressors Ti-G1 / Idaho Suppressor Company L/E Ti-OTB [The Firearm Blog]

All too often companies try to create the best all-around product instead of focusing on trying to do something really well. In the effort to make everyone happy, the product often gets heavier, more complicated, and more expensive. So what happens when a company says they are going to focus on doing one thing better […]

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Monday, 19 June


Giant Tripletail Caught In Georgia, Setting New State Woman’s Record []

In the saltwater fishing world, the strange but fun to catch tripletail is a coveted catch, and a new Georgia state record for the species has just been set in the woman’s division with a massive 29-pound, 6-ounce giant.

Caught by Jordan Davis of Brunswick on June 3, 2017, the fish was caught in St. Andrews Sound aboard the Sea Quest with Capt. John Davis at the helm.

Davis’ tripletail surpassed the 22-pound, 7-ounce fish for the Georgia woman’s record, held since 1994 by Joan Thigpen.

Tripletail offer light-tackle anglers exciting sight fishing in clear, reasonably shallow water just offshore Georgia beaches. They fight hard, and are delicious table fare.


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Gulf Coast Red Snapper Recreational Catch Season Extended []

Private boat recreational anglers have finally caught a break in the battle to be able to harvest red snapper in federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Earlier this year NOAA Fisheries gave recreational anglers just a 3-day federal red snapper season, June 1-3.

On June 16, red snapper will open for recreational harvest in all Gulf of Mexico waters, both state and federal. After a couple weeks of negotiations between the Department of Commerce and the fishery managers from the five Gulf states they agreed on a 39-day season.

It will be open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from Friday, June 16, through Monday, September 4. In addition to the weekend days Monday and Tuesday, July 3 and 4, and Monday, September 4 are also included.


State waters in the Gulf of Mexico are from shore to nine nautical miles out and are managed by the states. Federal waters extend from where state waters end, out to about two hundred nautical miles and are managed by NOAA Fisheries who is overseen by the Department of Commerce.

In order to get the additional 39-days to fish in federal waters states such as Florida had to give up the state waters fall season that was set to be open on weekends in September and October and Monday through Thursdays starting Monday June 19.

The state waters season was originally set to close on July 9, so the weekends through July and August are an addition.

Many anglers believe the agreement reached between the Secretary of Commerce and the five Gulf States is a significant step forward in building a new Federal-State partnership in managing the Gulf of Mexico red snapper stock.

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ISDEF 2017- Saintpro Ballistic Arm Shield [The Firearm Blog]

Safe Intelligent Products (Saintpro) is a Swedish security products company that was founded in 2012 by a Swedish security professional. At ISDEF 2017 in Tel Aviv the company displayed some of their new products (out for almost a year now, but currently spotlighted), and mainly of interest to TFB is their forearm ballistic shield within the Saint Shield […]

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Ohio: Pro-Gun Bills Scheduled for Committee Hearing Tomorrow [NRA-ILA News]

Tomorrow, June 20, several Second Amendment-related bills are scheduled to be heard in the House Committee on Federalism and Interstate Relations.  Please contact the committee members in support of the following pro-gun bills!


Speer .45 Auto 230 gr Gold Dot gel test and review [The Firearm Blog]

Take a look at our test of Speer’s .45 Auto 230 Gold Dot. The Gold Dot is not technically a bonded bullet, but rather a plated one. Nevertheless, it tends to perform like bonded bullets and the plated construction is essentially the same as a bonded bullet in that core and “jacket” are chemically bonded […]

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Australian Cops to receive Patrol Rifles [The Firearm Blog]

Numerous Australian media outlets have reported that the New South Wales legislature is opening up the budget to accommodate patrol rifles within NSW Police Force patrol officers. This would mean that similar to a number of Law Enforcement entities in the United States, the “cop on the beat” would not only have access to his […]

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Mansfield Two Dot Pistol Iron Sights [The Firearm Blog]

Lee Williams of The Gun Writer got the exclusive on Michael Mansfield’s recently patented revolutionary pistol sight. Mansfield designed a new style of iron sights for handguns. It is still a traditional notch and post but it uses four half circles. Two on the front and two on the rear sight. When lined up, the […]

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Three Items For Surviving Full Collapse []

What are three items to surviving a full collapse?  For the sake of discussion, let’s say there is no government, there is nobody but you, your family and the neighbors.

One way to look at this, what did settlers do on the American frontier?  What were three things settlers needed?  For that matter, what are some key points humanity have needed for the past 10,000 years?

It comes down to water, cleared land, and the ability to raise your own food.


All discussions on survival have to start with access to water, and safe drinking water.  There is a difference between water for livestock, irrigation and water for human consumption.  Livestock – goats, horses, cattle, chickens… will usually be able to drink from a clear running stream.

My grandfather fenced off an area going across a creek.  Rather than his cows and horses drinking from tubs of water at the barn, they would go down to the creek.  This saved a massive amount of time not having to keep the water trough filled.

Cleared Land

It is not enough to bug out to the wilderness and expect to live off the land.  Well rounded survival plans should include gardening.

Without heavy machinery, it would take months of hard, manual labor to clear land.  The trees have to be cut and the stumps removed.  However, there are other options, such as gardening on a utility right-of-way.  The right-of-ways will already be cleared of timber.

In urban areas there are parks, backyards and other areas that could be turned into community gardens.

Farming And Livestock

Starting around 10,000 years ago, humanity shifted away from the hunter-gatherer lifestyle and started raising their own food.  Since then, we have been sustained by gardening and raising livestock.

The key to long term sustainability is the ability to produce our own food.  This is through farming, saving seeds, chickens, ducks, goats, sheep, pigs and cattle.  Cattle not so much, as their primary purpose would be for milk, cheese and butter production.

Hunting And Fishing

If we look at historical references, hunting is not sustainable and wildlife would be quickly depleted.

In the 1930s, wild turkey and whitetail deer populations were decimated all across the United States.  My grandfather was born in 1928.  He ate so much deer during the 1930s, he refused to eat it as an adult.

Without modern bass boats and people fishing only from the bank, fishing could possibly be sustainable.

Three Items

It boils down to the big three – water, land and farming.  Those are the things that will allow people to sustain themselves when there is a collapse of modern society.

We can talk about bug out bags, firearms, stockpiling beans, bullets and band-aids until we are blue in the face.  When all those modern comforts are gone, we will have the same way of life our ancestors used to survive.

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Man shot after alleged assault of ex-girlfriend on the Northeast Side [NRA-ILA News]

A possible domestic dispute ended in a shooting that sent one man to the hospital Saturday morning on the Northeast Side. Bexar County Sheriff's Office responded to the 7200 block of Glen Bay for a "shooting in progress" about 3:30 a.m., according to a news release.  Deputies discovered an unresponsive unknown adult male on the floor of a residence with gun shot wounds when they arrived, BSCO reports.  According to deputies at the scene the man was the ex-boyfriend of a woman living at the residence. He allegedly forced his way into the residence and attacked the woman. A third person, a male, then shot the suspect to stop the assault, according to the news release. Deputies at the scene report the suspect attacker was hit in the shoulder and abdomen and transported to Brooke Army Medical Center with life threatening injuries. No charges have been filed yet and BCSO continues to investigate.


Security guards shoot suspect in Anchorage hardware store robbery [NRA-ILA News]

A man suspected of firing several bullets into a cash register while robbing a hardware store on Muldoon Road on Saturday evening was then shot by the store's security guards while trying to escape, according to witnesses and Anchorage police.


POTD: Battle Brothers Trading Iraq Photos [The Firearm Blog]

My friend Chase of Zenith introduced me to Charles, of Battle Brothers Trading, at the last NRA show. Charles has been going to Iraq with his business partner to help out ISOF and Pershmerga however they can. On occasion they fight bad guys. You may have come across Charles from the “Make Mosul Great Again” […]

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Intruder Shot in the Leg After Breaking into Home [NRA-ILA News]

A suspected burglar is behind bars after police say he was shot by a man in the home he was breaking into on Sunday morning. At about 1:40 a.m. Sunday, officers were sent to a shooting call in the 900 block of Glen Oaks Blvd. in the Red Bird area of Dallas. An 83-year-old man told police that a man had broken into his home and he asked him to leave. When the man did not leave and threatened the man he shot the man identified as 21-year-old Robert Facundo in the leg. Dallas Fire Rescue took Facundo to Methodist Central Hospital for treatment. He was then taken to jail.


Watch: Making Your Own Percussion Caps []

Many outdoors folks love to do stuff ourselves, whether it’s building shelters, making our own repairs, or loading our own ammunition. Heck, I’ve even built a muzzleloading rifle from a kit. I cast lead bullets and balls for my muzzleloaders, too… and if I wanted to, I could even make my own percussion caps!

This isn’t new tech by any means, but it’s still interesting. I was reminded of it when I wrote about the Sharpshooter 22 LR reloading kit, and saw that they were also selling a tool for making percussion caps using aluminum cans.

You use a punch to create cups of aluminum, then add some sort of pressure-sensitive priming compound. This version naturally recommends the use of the same company’s “Prime-All” priming compound, but some folks simply use the goodie from roll caps for toy cap guns.

The short video below is a demo of Sharpshooter’s #11 Percussion Cap Maker, for which they charge a whopping $50. Do yourself a favor and skip the first 38 seconds ; it’s nothing but splash screens, a.k.a. life-wasters.

This next video shows a homemade version of the same sort of punch tool, and gives instructions for using a cheap 5/32″ punch to cut out the explosive part of a toy roll cap to put inside of the cap to make it go bang.

He snaps a couple of them, and they’re not nearly as loud as any store-bought percussion cap I’ve ever used.

I don’t see any reason to add blackpowder to the caps, but he gives it a try.

I think this makes a lot more sense than trying to reload 22 rimfire ammo, but I hope I never need to make my own caps. If I did, though, it looks like a relatively easy and worthwhile process.

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Reloading 22 LR: Is it Worthwhile? []

Yes, it’s possible to load 22 LR rimfire ammo at home. But as you might imagine, it’s a heck of a lot of work.

There’s a kit available from Sharpshooter which includes equipment and instructions for reloading 22 LR rimfire ammo; there’s even a kit for 22 mag.

The kit includes a little tool for scraping old priming compound and packing new priming compound, a powder scoop, a tiny powder funnel, a bottle with eyedropper, and a bullet mold/crimping tool.

(Image: © 2017 Sharpshooter 22LR Reloader)

(Image: © 2017 Sharpshooter 22LR Reloader)

The video below shows an experienced reloader trying to make the 22 LR system work, and running into a number of snags along the way. It bolsters what my father taught me at an early age: It is possible to reload rimfire ammo… but it’s just not feasible.

If you have too much time on your hands, this might be the project for you. After casting new bullets (more on the below), you have to scrape the crud out of the inside of the rim of each empty shell to be reloaded, create priming compound using matches or caps for toy guns (or spend $20 for Sharpshooter’s “Prime-All Repriming Compound“), mix the compound and apply it to the rim of each and every shell, then after that dries you will need to place a powder charge into each shell, then seat and crimp a bullet in place.

Once that’s done, you can try to shoot your ammo.

About casting the bullets… anyone who’s done it knows that bullet molds 1) must be precisely made and 2) get extremely hot. Turns out, the bullet mold in this kit is poorly-thought-out and not made all that well. Inconsistencies in the molds mean inconsistencies in your bullets, which means trouble chambering and/or poor accuracy.

Then there’s the tiny size of the mold which makes it difficult to handle, and the use of aluminum handles that are merely extensions of the mold block, instead of separate wooden handles as you’ll find on other brands of bullet molds.

I noticed that Sharpshooter calls the sprue cutter a “spur cutter.” Ooops.

In the end, it’s shown that while you can load some 22 LR ammo with this tool, it’s far from efficient and the quality of the ammo isn’t likely to be very good. And at $75 for the LR kit and $90 for the magnum version, it’s anything but cheap.

Check it out if you have a few minutes to spend learning something new.

And here’s part 2 of his review, which takes him to the range and back again.

In the interest of fairness, here’s a video by Sharpshooter demonstrating the loading process. Looking at the load data, it seems that some of the reviewers comments might just be moot; there seems to be a good bit of data included with the kit.

I don’t think I’ll be reloading rimfire ammo anytime soon. Even in a survival situation, I think I’d rather load reduced-power loads for a centerfire gun.

What do you think?

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Review: Novatac Designs AIWB Holster | A Lesson In Too Good To Be True [The Firearm Blog]

When I was first trying out appendix carry, I decided to buy several different styles and brands of holsters to see what worked for me. Not only did I buy one Novatac Designs AWIB for My Walther PPS, but I also bought one for my Glock 43 during their Black Friday Sale. Full disclosure, I haven’t […]

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Watch: Five Overrated Handguns []

We have a brutally honest video by James from The Firearm Blog about five handguns he feels are overrated.  What would make a handgun overrated?  Cost and function seems to be the common factor.  In one example, why spend $800 on a handgun when there are models that cost less than $600 that will do the same exact job?

The List

  • H&K USP
  • CZ 75
  • H&K P7
  • Taurus Judge
  • Walther PPK

Now for the video.

For the most part, I agree with the video on the H&K handguns.  I remember when the H&K USP was released in the early 1990s.  Gun writers were showering the USP with all kinds of praise.  Some writers loved it so much, I suspected they were going to name at least one of their childred after the USP.  In all honesty, the main reason why I never bought a USP was because of the cost.  I could not justify spending over $800 on a handgun.

With the CZ 75, they remind me of the old Volkswagen beetle.  They are ugly and outdated, yet there is something attractive about them.  Personally, I feel the CZ 75 does not belong on the list.

H&K P7, the first time I saw that handgun, I asked, “why?” It is over-engineered and just downright ugly.

The video is right about one thing, rednecks love the Taurus Judge. I find the concept of shooting a 410 and 45 long colt out of the same handgun rather cool. However, I have other stuff to pend my money on. There is no niche in my collection that the Taurus Judge needs to fill. If I need something for snakes, there is either the Mossberg 500 or Ruger 10/22.

What did you think about the list?  Would you like to see something on the list that was missed?

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What You Need to Know About Yellowstone Volcano []

What would happen if the Yellowstone volcano were to erupt?  It would be an event of Biblical proportions, along the lines of stuff we read about in history books, because this is not a regular volcano — it’s a super volcano.  The last time it erupted was 640,000 years ago.

Why should we care? Because on June 16, 2017, there were more than 60 earthquake clusters in Yellowstone Park. Some of the events measured as high as 5.0 on the Richter scale.

Even though experts downplay the situation, in all honesty, what else would you expect them to do?  The truth is, nobody knows when the Yellowstone volcano is going to erupt.  It is not a matter of “if,” but “when.”

Regardless of what the experts say, each and every one of us can be prepared.

Historical Examples

Yellowstone volcano reminds of me Mount Vesuvius, Pompeii, and Herculaneum. “Don’t worry about it, everything will be fine.” When Mount Vesuvius erupted in 79 A.D., Pompeii and Herculaneum were covered with toxic gases and ash, and an estimated 16,000 people were killed.

In 1980, Mount St. Helens erupted.  Shortly after the eruption, a video emerged of Dave Crockett near the volcano. Dave had felt something was going to happen, so he went to Mount St. Helens the day before the eruption (how’s that for timing?). He was able to record some iconic footage of the eruption.

One of the images from the video below has stayed with me since 1980: the dust and smoke. The cloud was so thick it blocked out the sun. And in his own words as recorded in the video below, “Oh dear God… my God this is hell… it’s hell on earth I’m walking through.”

Definitely not something anyone wants to experience.

In 2010, a volcano in Iceland disrupted air travel in North America and Northern Europe for 10 days.

In all three examples, things quickly went from bad to worse.

How Bad Could It Be

Yellowstone ash field

If Yellowstone were to erupt, how bad could it be?

Estimated distance from epicenter to estimated depth of ash layer, source – Supervolcano: Yellowstone’s Fury.

  • 50 miles, nine feet of ash.
  • 70 miles, six feet of ash.
  • 124 miles, three feet of ash.
  • 186 miles, two feet of ash.
  • 500 miles, 6 inches.

50 mile radius from the epicenter, is a total area of 7,853 miles covered with nine feet of ash,

70 mile radius from the epicenter, is a total of 15,393 miles covered with six feet of ash.

Everything within 50 miles of the epicenter could expect temperatures up to 750 degrees Fahrenheit.

Basic Preps

People nearest the Yellowstone volcano could experience Pompeii and Herculaneum levels of gas and ash. So, have your bug-out bag ready to go and keep your vehicle filled with:

  • Food
  • Water
  • Dust mask and goggles
  • Bug out bag
  • Cash
  • Predetermined evacuation routes and backup routes

As with any other natural disaster, have a place to go outside the affected zone. When the Yellowstone volcano goes, the affected zone could be huge, so your destination may need to be friends or family members who live far away from Yellowstone.

Yellowstone Volcano

This is not a hurricane or forest fire, nor is this a regular volcano; it is a super volcano which scientists claim is way overdue for an eruption. We can not bury our heads in the sand and hope it goes away.

What we can do is to keep an eye on the news and be prepared.

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Marines to replace M203 with H&K M320 [The Firearm Blog]

Recent news coverage has made it explicitly clear that the U.S. Marine Corps is finally going to upgrade legacy 40x46mm low-velocity M203 under-barrel grenade launchers to the much more mobile and versatile Heckler & Koch M320s that the U.S. Army has successfully been using for a number of years to date. Current numbers indicate that 7,000 are […]

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Want to stop mass shootings? Let’s get more guns in the right hands [NRA-ILA News]

The recent mass murders on London Bridge ended eight minutes after they began, when armed English police officers arrived and shot the killers. Other police officers, who had batons but not firearms, happened to be near the scene when the attack began. Some of them fled, according to an eyewitness account published in The Guardian. Another officer bravely used his baton against the multiple men with knives, incurring severe injury. Some people threw chairs at the assailants. One man heroically fought the terrorists with his bare hands, despite being stabbed repeatedly. For defense against a murderous attack, batons and chairs are better than nothing, but not nearly as effective as a firearm. The fact of the matter is that more firearms in the right hands mean fewer deaths from mass attacks.


Virginia governor makes fool of himself with knee-jerk call for gun control [NRA-ILA News]

Instead of pushing to disarm citizens — and somebody should tell the Left that horse long ago bolted the barn — the wise course would be to offer extensive firearms training and urge responsible, law-abiding Americans to legally carry their weapons to protect themselves and others. Cops cannot be everywhere.


Tennessee: Appeals Court Nixes Challenge to Fairgrounds Gun Show Ban [NRA-ILA News]

The Tennessee Court of Appeals has upheld a ruling that the Tennessee State Fairgrounds is allowed to ban gun shows at the facility.


Lawmaker Asks LePage to Allow Guns in Maine Statehouse [NRA-ILA News]

A Republican lawmaker is asking Gov. Paul LePage to use his executive power to let lawmakers carry concealed weapons in the Maine Statehouse.


Idaho: Hauser under the gun to pay attorney fees [NRA-ILA News]

The city of Hauser must reimburse its local gun club for attorney fees the club accrued fighting the city in a lawsuit over a code violation.


Winchester Lever Action Development: Model 1895 [Forgotten Weapons]


We have reached the final iteration of the Winchester lever action rifle development story today, the Model 1895. This was another John Browning design, although the locking system is basically the same as the 1894 but with the bolt extending over the top of the locking block and hiding it from sight.

The new feature of the Model 1895 was the replacement of the traditional tube magazine with a single stack box magazine located under the action. By this time, spitzer (pointed) bullets were becoming commonplace, to exploit the new high velocities made possible by the new smokeless powders. In a tubular magazine, these pointed bullets would rest on the primer of the next cartridge in the magazine, and ran the risk of causing rounds to detonate in the magazine tube under recoil. The box magazine, of course, negated this danger completely.

The Model 1895 was built around the .30-40 military cartridge, although was initially released in two black powder chamberings. It would eventually be offered in a wide variety of chamberings, including .30-03, .30-06, .303 British, and the .405 Winchester – Theodore Roosevelt’s “Big Medicine”. In addition, more than half of the total production (nearly 300,000 rifles) would be for the Russian military, with the rifles chambered for 7.62x54R and fitted with stripper clip guides.


Now We Have To Get HR 746 Through The NC Senate [No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money]

Now that HR 746 - the Omnibus Gun Bill - has passed the North Carolina House we need to get it moving through the State Senate. Grass Roots North Carolina issued an alert aimed at getting the bill to the floor of the Senate. As a reminder, the Omnibus Gun Bill includes permitless concealed carry or constitutional carry.

The sooner we can get it through the Senate, the sooner we can get it to Gov. Roy Cooper's desk. Assuming the likely veto, the key to its passage will be convincing six of the eight House Republicans to stand with their party and not with Michael Bloomberg.


The Senate Needs Your Support
As H746 moves through the North Carolina Senate, it's critical that we keep telling our elected representatives that H746 is a good bill that will help law-abiding North Carolinas stay safe, and that the bill needs to be passed by the Senate without crippling amendments. This is especially important with well-heeled special interest groups opposing the lawful exercise of your fundamental, Constitutionally-protected freedoms.


  • CALL KEY SENATORS: use the phone numbers provided below to phone these key players in the NC Senate. You can use the text directly below to deliver a message of encouragement regarding HB 746. Please add your Senator to this list as well!

    Hello, I am personally contacting Senator [name] to encourage [him/her] to pass H746, the Omnibus Gun Bill, to pass it quickly, and to pass it without amendments. This bill has the full support of the people. Thank you.

  • Phone Numbers for Key Senators: 
    Sen. Tamara Barringer – (919) 733-5653
    Sen. Danny Britt – (919) 733-5651
    Sen. Ron Rabin – (919) 733-5748
    Sen. Norman Sanderson – (919) 733-5706
    Sen. Tommy Tucker – (919) 733-7659
  • EMAIL SENATE REPUBLICANS: use the copy/paste email address list below, and the copy/paste text provided under ‘Deliver This Message.’
  • Copy/Paste Email Address List for Senate Republicans:;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;


Suggested Subject:
"Voters Support H746, the Omnibus Gun Bill. Pass it Quickly!"

Dear Senator:

I am writing this brief note today to encourage you to move H746 to the Senate floor and pass it without changes. This bill has the full support of the people.

I will continue to monitor your actions on this matter through alerts from Grass Roots North Carolina.



Gunner Wade on Boresighting an RCO with issued collimator [The Firearm Blog]

We previously covered 2nd Mar Div’s Combat Camera productions involving Gunner Wade and suppressor Fact or Fiction series, but the 2nd Marine Division Gunner is back at it again, this time he is covering how to properly boresight a service rifle and RCO using an issued collimator (although he is using his personal rifle in the […]

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Army Open House Displays Singapore SOTF capabilities [The Firearm Blog]

Every year the Singaporean Armed Forces hosts an Army Open House to allow the public to interact with various components of the military. This is similar to numerous other open houses across the world in which militaries display their wares and showcase abilities. However, Singapore is somewhat of a special case because the country is […]

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The New Ruger SR1911 in 10mm [The Firearm Blog]

Ruger_SR1911_10mmFans of the 10mm 1911 have a new gun to consider the next time they wander into a local gun shop: the Ruger SR1911. With this pistol, Ruger selected a bushingless 5″ bull barrel with a full length guide rod. Both the frame and slide made of stainless steel and have a low glare stainless finish. […]

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India needs 44,000 5.56 rifles by August [The Firearm Blog]

The Indian Ministry of Defense has reissued an RFI for 44,000 5.56x45mm rifles due by July 15th, and to be completed by this August. We say “reissued” because this is actually based on a previous tender for a similar amount of rifles that has received negative public attention since December 2016 because of severe bureaucratic hurdles […]

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Latvian Reserves to receive G36s, FN MAGs [The Firearm Blog]

Shepard Media has recently reported that the entire Latvian National Guard will soon be receiving a full fielding of 5.56x45mm NATO G36KVs infantry rifles and 7.62x51mm NATO KSP-58 medium machine guns (FN MAGs) from the Latvian National Armed Forces (NAF) to replace former AK-4 rifles (Swedish licensed G3s) within the National Guard. The Latvian National […]

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The Brazilian 7x57mm DWM M908/Officer carbine [The Firearm Blog]

In my recent article ( on the Mq 7,62 M968 rifle made by Fábrica de Itajubá (Itajubá Factory) for the Brazilian Army, I also showed said gun in a photo alongside two shorter carbines, one clearly based on the 7.62x51mm “Mosquefal” and another, with different (Mauser-type) sights, which was referred to as a “sports” model. […]

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Sunday, 18 June


Thought for the day [Of Arms and the Law]

Should Greece complain of American universities' cultural appropriation of philosophy, logic, drama, sciences, speech and rhetoric, architecture, medicine, art, and competitive sports? "You guys didn't invent that, we did!"


The Steyr Scout: Jeff Cooper’s Modern Day Frontier Rifle [Forgotten Weapons]

Jeff Cooper was an icon of the American firearms community, best known for his work with the Southwest Pistol League and father of modern practical handgun competition. Cooper was a Marine Corps veteran and avid hunter in addition, and in the mid 1980s he began to codify a concept he would call the Scout Rifle.

This was intended to be a rifle weighing 3kg (6.6lb), no more than 1m in length, and capable of ethically taking game up to 200kg out to 400m. The concept called for a rifle that was rugged, versatile, fast, and accurate. In addition to game, it was to be capable of being used in self-defense against multiple humans, as might be required by a military scout operating alone. The sighting system had to be both fast and precise, and rapid reloading was a necessity.

This led to a variety of incarnations, with guns built on lightweight commercial actions as well as military surplus actions. In the early 90s, though, Cooper began working with Steyr Mannlicher to develop the best realization of the concept that could be done from the ground up.

They began with the Steyr SBS action, which allowed an aluminum receiver, and a newly designed polymer stock. The stock included a folding bipod in the handguard and storage for a spare loaded magazine in the back. removable spacers allowed a shooter to adjust the length of pull, and a lightweight barrel kept the weight down to just 3.2kg (7lb). The primary caliber offered was the .308 Winchester, although a version was also made in 7mm-08 for European markets where the .308 was not allowed for civilian ownership, and later versions would also include the .376 Steyr and .243 Winchester.

One of the other iconic characteristics of the Scout Rifle was the use of a long eye relief, low-power optical sight (specifically on the Steyr rifle, a Leupold M8). Coupled with folding backup aperture sights, this type of optic allowed some magnification to extend the range at which a target could be identified but also allowed rapid snap shooting with both eyes open and did not hinder peripheral vision like a traditional scope.

The concept continues to drive some controversy today as might be expected for a rifle deliberately designed to be good at a wide range of tasks while being excellent at none of them. I think discussion largely hindered by the fact that most who make judgement of the Scout, for good or ill, are not in a position to really need the set of capabilities it provides.

Saturday, 17 June


BREAKING: NRA Disallows 1911s As “Primary Handguns” From Its “Carry Guard” Classes [The Firearm Blog]

Released to quite a bit of controversy at the NRA show, the NRA’s Carry Guard program is again the focus of controversy. As listed on the NRA’s Carry Guard website, instructions for prospective students of their “Level 1” program are specifically asked not to bring revolvers or 1911s as “primary firearms” to the classes.  This […]

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What I Wish the NRA Would Say About Philando Castile []

Philando Castile’s shooter has been acquitted on all counts — not a surprise, and also not a legal verdict I’m interested in weighing in on one way or the other. The debate over police accountability and justice system reform will have to wait for another day.

What I want to talk about is the NRA’s increasingly-awkward silence on this case. When it happened, they refused to comment because there was a trial in progress — and now that the trial is over, crickets.

The NRA has an OFWG (old fogey white guy)-related perception problem, which they understand and are trying to fix. But their silence on the shooting of Castile, a legal concealed-carrier and an African American, doesn’t help with this. So, I’ll try to help the NRA by telling them the minimum I’d want to hear from them about this shooting.

What follows isn’t some statement I wish the NRA would issue — I don’t write press releases and the like, so I’m not going to take a stab at the phrasing and packaging. Rather, it’s a set of points I think NRA could usefully make on this occasion. As I’ll admit near the end, much of this doesn’t necessarily apply to the Castile shooting specifically, but this could be the occasion for making some of these points.

CCW: Not a Magic Shield

The NRA has always been first and foremost a gun safety education and training organization.* And now, with the launch of Carry Guard, it’s specifically in the business of training and insuring concealed carriers.

In talking about the Castile tragedy, the NRA should take this opportunity to teach the broader public one of the first things any halfway-decent concealed carry class teaches you, which is that a concealed carry license is not a magic shield that protects you from legal liability or harm. Instructors in these courses often tell students anecdotes about this or that lawful concealed carrier who got pumped full of lead at a traffic stop because he decided to be helpful and show the cop his piece.

If you took a concealed carry class and you weren’t coached extensively — and by “coached extensively,” I mean provided with a script and walked through every aspect of proper behavior — on what to do in a traffic stop scenario when armed, you should ask for your money back.

Most instructors will tell you something like this:

Pull over, roll down all your windows, put the car in park, and turn off the engine. Then place both hands on the wheel in the standard 9 o’clock and 3 o’clock positions and leave them there until you get further instructions from the officer.

When the officer arrives and asks to see some ID, inform him you’re a licensed carrier and that you’re carrying, and tell him the location of the gun on your person. Then offer to get out of the car and let him remove the gun. Because you’ve done all of the above, he’ll probably take a pass on asking you to get out so he can disarm you, and instead he’ll ask you to produce your driver’s license and registration.

At this point, you slowly and deliberately pull out your wallet and any other requested papers, taking care to remain calm and to keep your hands as visible as possible at all times.

The ultimate point is, if you’re involved in an encounter with police and you’re armed, you’ve potentially increased the level of danger to yourself. The cop is trained and authorized to protect his own life, and the courts will give him the benefit of the doubt in this matter.

Given these realities, if you want to survive the encounter, it’s on you to be proactive about managing your behavior, your level of agitation, and your manners and overall demeanor. You must choose your words and actions carefully. If you aren’t a genuine threat to the officer, there’s no reason you should have any problems if you follow the advice above.

(Note that I’m not weighing in on the broader civil liberties question of how much of this “perception management” an unarmed citizen should be obligated to do in the presence of the authorities — I’m talking only about the extra obligation of citizens who have chosen to go armed.)

Again: If you choose to go armed, you choose to accept an extra level of responsibility for how you act in an encounter with the authorities.

* If you’re anti-NRA and don’t believe me about the organization’s training mission, look it up. You might mostly see the group’s political activity, but the bulk of the organization’s staff and infrastructure are dedicated to education and training.

Carry Guard: Enhanced Edition

Concealed carriers, as a class of people, are folks who have woken up to the reality of just how on-your-own we each are in a dangerous world, and how far away help can be when you need it most. We’re not people who look at the world through rose-colored lenses — we try to face hard, brutal realities about risks and possibilities.

Given that facing inconvenient truths head-on is what concealed carry is all about, concealed carriers of all races should be the first to acknowledge that if you’re black and you choose to go legally armed, you’re potentially subject to a higher level of risk in any encounter with the police than a white concealed carrier.

As an organization, we (and now I’m speaking in the voice of a hypothetical NRA announcement) hate that it’s this way, and we want to do everything we can to change it. But again, concealed carry is about dealing with reality, not fantasy, and the reality is that black concealed carriers right now in our present world accept an increased level of risk of escalation in their dealings with the cops when they choose to carry. Black people know this is true, the police know it’s true, and we know it’s true. So we’re going to face this reality with both eyes open while working to change it.

Because we value our black members, we’re launching a special version of our Carry Guard training tailored specifically for them. Of course, though it’s tailored for our minority members, anyone of any color is welcome take this enhanced version of the class, which will be designed by and taught by our minority instructors in cooperation with law enforcement.

The class will feature a number of role-playing scenarios involving uniformed officers and patrol cars, including an outdoors segment in which we will simulate a real-world police stop in a vehicle, and coach the student through the entire encounter.

We’ll also include a unit on how to de-escalate a situation in which an officer is unduly agitated and is behaving aggressively and unprofessionally. Our law enforcement partners will teach you how to spot cues that you’re about to get shot, and how to turn the situation around from there. This should never happen, but police are human and sometimes their training fails them, as it does all of us on occasion. Also, there are always a very small number of “bad apples” out there, and it’s possible you may encounter one while carrying. So these are encounters that we’ll prepare you to handle and to survive.

We hope for a fairer, more peaceful world; one so safe that nobody would have any reason to carry a firearm for self-defense. But until that better day arrives, we’re going to offer an extra level of training for anyone who believes they’re likely to come under increased scrutiny in a police encounter, because we want the practice of concealed carry to be safe for all citizens and for the police who protect them.

Conclusion: Not Gonna Happen

I realize most of the above is never going to happen, because people from both the left and the right will hate it.

The NRA, and many pro-gun folks who live in a fantasy world in which a young black man and an old white woman are treated exactly the same during the average traffic stop, would never go for this because it amounts to explicit acknowledgment of the reality of systemic racism (see addendum below). Furthermore, they’ll see it as an indictment of the police (which it isn’t… again, see below).

Many on the left will hate it for the same reason they hated, say, a proposed rape-detection nail polish technology — because it doesn’t solve the Big Problem, and it puts the onus on the potential victim to behave differently.

To this latter objection, I’d answer: Yep, it does indeed leave the burden on the potential victim, but “the onus is on the potential victim to protect herself from unjust and illegal aggression” is the entire rationale for concealed carry. I didn’t have much use for this objection when it was applied to the rape detection nail polish, and I have even less use for it when applied to concealed carry. Everyone who carries has already bought into the mindset of “I’m a potential victim and I need to behave differently until the state of the world improves,” even white males.

I speak only for myself, and not for or for gun people in general in proposing any of the above. I value the lives of my African American friends and I want them to feel safe carrying. But the simple reality is that they’re in more danger than I am when they’re carrying during a police encounter, and as a concealed carrier myself I acknowledge that danger and would love for them to get extra training and support until such a time as the world improves and they don’t need it.

Finally, I want to point out that the above should not be construed as blaming Castile. In fact, Castile was by all accounts a Good Guy With A Gun who should still be alive today, and from what we’ve seen of the trial he did everything exactly right and still got shot. So most of the enhanced training proposed above probably wouldn’t have helped, because there’s a good case to be made that this was a panicked officer’s fault. Some sort of unit on dealing with an agitated cop and spotting when he’s about to shoot you might have made a difference, though.

I think the system failed both Castile and the officer who shot him, and I think it’s likely that both men’s training and preparation failed them to different degrees, as well. The NRA can’t fix the system, but it can definitely do something about the training failures that condemned one of these good men to death and the other to forever bear the burden of that tragic death on his conscience, so fixing the training part of the equation is what I would want to see happen.

Addendum: It’s Not Always the Police’s Fault

What I meant above by “systemic racism” is this: each individual cop isn’t necessarily racist, but rather the system in which they must operate, is.

Cops are trained to do pattern matching — did the suspect put the car in “park,” did she turn off her engine, is her demeanor calm, etc. We put these professional pattern-matchers to work in a system where the consequences of not matching patterns effectively can be fatal, and where African American males are incarcerated at a rate many times higher than their white counterparts. Then we act like we expect individual cops to ignore race and gender markers entirely while engaged in this life-or-death pattern matching exercise many times per day.

My point is that the disparity in the way cops approach people of different races and genders is not typically the individual police officer’s fault — rather, we have put them in this impossible situation as a society, and things won’t get better until we fix the underlying injustices and inequities that result in “young African American male” matching with “criminal” in the brains of police (and the public, for that matter).

I used to think police accountability was the major issue to address, here, and I still think it should be part of the solution — especially in a case where an individual cop was negligent with someone else’s life. But punishing cops for a) doing the pattern-matching that we train them to do, and b) operating daily at the perilous intersection between an unjust system and a diverse public, is not the first (or even fifth or sixth) place to look for an answer. The real answer is to change the underlying patterns we’re asking these cops to match.

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Winchester Lever Action Development: Model 1894 [Forgotten Weapons]


The Winchester 1894 has become one of the most manufactured and most popular sporting rifles in American history, and it owes this success to a combination of factors. Mechanically, the 1894 was a continued improvement on John Browning’s already-excellent 1892 model. It was strong and simple to operate, offering both speed and power. The cartridge that cannot be separated form the history of the Winchester 94 is the .30-30 Winchester, aka the .30 WCF (Winchester Center Fire).

While the .30-30 shared a naming convention with the many black powder rounds that were in use (a .30 caliber bullet over 30 grains of powder), this new round was a smokeless powder cartridge. As such, it offered a very significant increase in velocity over everything else that was then available (just shy of 2000 fps). The cartridge was well suited for taking nearly any North American game, and the package of the 94 and the .30-30 made an outstanding general purpose weapon for a huge swath of the American market.

By 1927, one million had been manufactured (the millionth one was presented to President Coolidge), and by 2006 production had exceeded 7 million. This truly is the iconic American deer and ranch rifle – so ubiquitous that its remarkable quality has set a new standard for the entire industry.


On Breitbart Radio to discuss terrorism and gun ownership in Europe [John Lott's Website]

Dr. John Lott talked to Raheem Kassam, Breitbart London Editor-in-Chief, about how private gun ownership might prevent or help terrorist attacks.
(Tuesday, June 13, 2017,  8:40 AM) has a very detailed set of quotes from the interview (Breitbart London also has a discussion here).
Lott said recent terrorist attacks demonstrate “the need for private gun ownership, and also for the police to be armed.”
“You look at places like the concert attack in November 2015 in Paris. You had eight off-duty police officers who were there at the concert hall. At the time, it was illegal for off-duty police officers in France to carry. One can only imagine how that situation might have turned out differently if even a couple of the officers had been armed,” he said. “Last year, France changed its policies to allow off-duty police officers to be able to go and carry.”
“You go and rely on police, even armed police, to be able to go and guard different possible targets that might exist, you’re asking them to do an almost impossible job,” Lott contended.
“Having somebody in uniform there is akin to having somebody with a neon sign saying ‘Shoot Me First.’ When you look at the Charlie Hebdo attack in Paris, or you look at cases like Orlando in the United States, or Istanbul on January 1st this year, the first people who are killed in those types of attacks are the people who are in uniform. They’re the ones that the criminals know, or the terrorists know, are armed,” he noted.
“Having people with concealed carry not only makes it safer for the citizens there, but also makes it safer for the officers who are guarding the place, because if a terrorist is going to go and try to shoot the person in uniform first – because they know that person for sure is armed – if there’s others who are armed maybe behind them or to the side, or some other place, it makes them reveal their position. That makes it possible for one of the people with a concealed carry permit to try to take them out,” he explained.
“Look at the policy responses after the London attacks that we just had, or after Paris. The normal reaction is just to go and put more police on the street. In Paris after the Charlie Hebdo attack, the response was to put 10,000 troops on the street. Well, even if they put 100,000, or even if they put 200,000 – first of all, not all of them are on duty at any point in time. There’s no way you can cover all of the possible targets,” said Lott.
Kassam asked the difficult question of whether relaxing gun laws would make it easier for radicals to arm themselves.
“It probably makes it easier for them to get guns, but the thing you have to understand is that when you go and you ban guns, the people who are most likely to obey those rules are going to be the most law-abiding citizens that are there,” Lott replied. “Look at the attacks you’ve had in France. They’ve used machine guns. It’s illegal, basically, for the vast majority of people to even own semi-automatic guns, and yet it didn’t stop the terrorists from being able to get automatic machine guns over there.”
“The point is that you have lots of good people out there, relatively few bad ones, even when you’re talking about the people who are being radicalized,” he continued. “The thing is, there’s no way the police can cover all of the possible targets that are there. Allowing people with permitted concealed handguns takes away the strategic advantages that these terrorists have.”
“If you put a couple of police officers or even multiple police officers in front of a possible target, the terrorists can either kill them first, wait for them to leave, or pick some other target. Israel has learned this the hard way. Israel, who was having terrorist attacks even before they became a country,” Lott observed.
“During the Forties, the Fifties, the Sixties, the early Seventies, their response was to go and put more military, more police on the street. What they eventually realized is that no matter how much money they spent, there was no way for them to cover all of the possible targets there. That’s when they began to allow civilians to be able to go and carry in the early 1970s,” he explained.
“The thing with having permitted concealed handguns is that the terrorists don’t know who they have to worry about. They don’t know when they go and attack somebody whether it may be somebody behind them or to the side that may be able to go and stop them. It completely changes how they pick targets to go and attack,” said Lott.
“As far as the solutions go, I think there’s a broad range of things, but what you have to do is take away the strategic advantage that these types of terrorists have, and that is to allow a lot more response – which is to allow civilians to be able to go and carry, as well as arming police,” he stressed.
“In the United States, we have about 600,000 police for 320 million civilians,” he noted. “And again, not all of them are on duty at any given point in time, maybe 20 percent or so. Even if you were to increase it tenfold, the number of police in the United States, there’s no way that you could cover all of the possible targets that are there. I don’t know how else, other than to allow civilians to be able to carry, you can possibly cover all of the possible targets.”

Friday, 16 June


Maine: Ballot Initiative Reform Legislation Headed to Ballot [NRA-ILA News]

Today, the Maine Senate passed Legislative Document 31.  LD 31 has been approved by both chambers and will now appear on the ballot this upcoming November.  Further, the Senate also voted down Legislative Document 1175.  LD 1175 would have created three new protective orders and would allow for these protective orders to infringe upon your Second Amendment rights based on third party allegations and varying degrees of “evidence.”


Maine: Anti-Gun Legislation Voted Down by Senate [NRA-ILA News]

Today, the Maine Senate voted to not accept the committee report of “ought to pass” on Legislative Document 351.  Further, they postponed their vote on Legislative Document 988 until next week.  It is vital that you contact your state Senator to SUPPORT LD 988!


The DC Personal Protection Reciprocity Act (Updated with text of bill) [No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money]

There is nothing like an attack on themselves to spur Congress to action. The day after the shooting at the Republican baseball team practice, Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY) has introduced the DC Personal Protection Reciprocity Act. The act would grant carry reciprocity to anyone with a permit issued by their home state to carry legally in the District. While this is a good first effort, it would still mean that people from highly restrictive carry states like New Jersey, New York, and California (among others) would be screwed.

Looking over the list of co-sponsors of this bill, I see Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) who used to be my Congressman and who is now head of the Freedom Caucus. I also see Rep. Ted Budd (R-NC) who is or was the owner of ProShots indoor range and training facility in Winston-Salem before being elected to Congress. I also see Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL) who was one of those under fire at that Alexandria baseball field.

HR 2909 has been referred to the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. Four of the sponsors of the bill sit on this committee.

Below is the press release on the bill from Rep. Massie:

Washington, D.C - Today, Congressman Thomas Massie, Chairman of the Congressional Second Amendment Caucus, introduced H.R 2909, the D.C Personal Protection Reciprocity Act. This legislation would allow individuals with a valid concealed carry permit issued from their home state to carry their firearms in the District of Columbia.

“After the horrific shooting at the Republican Congressional Baseball practice, there will likely be calls for special privileges to protect politicians,” Congressman Massie explained. “Our reaction should instead be to protect the right of all citizens guaranteed in the Constitution: the right to self-defense. I do not want to extend a special privilege to politicians, because the right to keep and bear arms is not a privilege, it is a God-given right protected by our Constitution.”

“If not for the heroic efforts of the United States Capitol Police at the ball field yesterday, things could have been much worse. What’s always evident in these situations is this: the only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.

“To ensure public safety, we need to repeal laws that keep good guys from carrying guns, since not everyone has a personal police detail,” stated Congressman Massie. “The right to keep and bear arms is the common person's first line of defense in these situations, and it should never be denied.”

Congress has the authority to legislate in this area pursuant to Article I, Section 8, Clause 17 of the U.S. Constitution, which gives Congress the authority to “exercise exclusive Legislation in all Cases whatsoever over such District as may become the Seat of the Government of the United States.”

Although Virginia extends reciprocity to concealed carry permit holders in many states, the members of Congress and accompanying staff traveled directly from D.C., and were traveling back to D.C after the practice was over. It was D.C.’s harsh gun control laws that prevented these law-abiding citizens from exercising their right to bear arms.

Original Cosponsors include Reps Trent Franks (R-AZ), Scott Perry (R-PA), Steve Chabot (R-OH), Jeff Duncan (R-SC), Paul Gosar (R-AZ), Doug LaMalfa (R-CA), Ted Budd (R-NC), Barry Loudermilk (R-GA), Mark Meadows (R-NC), Jody Hice (R-GA), Justin Amash (R-MI), Mo Brooks (R- AL), Alex Mooney (R-WV), Rod Blum (R-IA), Ken Buck (R-CO), Todd Rokita (R-IN), Andy Biggs (R-AZ), Keith Rothfus (R-PA) David Schweikert (R-AZ), Rick Allen (R-GA), Tedd Yoho (R-FL), Randy Weber (R-TX), and Bill Posey (R-FL).
Actual text of the bill has not yet been uploaded to I have a request into Rep. Massie's staff for a copy of the text.

UPDATE: I was able to get the text to HR 2909 thanks to Jennifer Krantz who works in Rep. Massie's office. I have embedded it below:


Texas: Governor Abbott Signs Remaining Pro-Second Amendment Bills from 2017 Regular Session [NRA-ILA News]

Your NRA-ILA previously reported that Governor Greg Abbott signed two important pro-Second Amendment measures passed by the Texas Legislature during the recent 140-day session into law: Senate Bill 16, priority legislation of Lt. Governor Dan Patrick that slashes the cost of an original License To Carry from $140 to $40 and reduces the price of a renewal LTC from $70 to $40 to bring fees down to among the lowest in the nation; and House Bill 1819 which revises Texas statutes to track federal law regarding ownership and possession of firearm sound suppressors.  [The Texas Penal Code currently requires these devices to be registered with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives.  If the Hearing Protection Act that eliminates this federal requirement were to pass Congress before the Texas Legislature meets again in 2019, suppressor owners would have no way of complying with state law and could be guilty of a felony offense without this important change.]  An amendment was added to HB 1819 in the Senate to clarify that non-NFA, short-barreled firearms with a pistol grip -- such as the Mossberg 590 Shockwave -- are not unlawful to sell or own in Texas.  The Lone Star State is one of just two states where this particular gun cannot currently be sold lawfully.  Both laws take effect on September 1, 2017.


Rotary Turns 180 Degrees on Restrictive Firearm Polices [NRA-ILA News]

In March, we reported on a series of restrictive policies governing firearms that had been approved by the governing body of the well-known networking and service club, Rotary International. This week came a welcome turn of events, as the club’s board of directors announced that the rules, which had been set to take effect July 1, have undergone substantial “clarification.”


NJ Court: State Can’t Criminalize Possession of “Pencils” and Other Lawful Objects for Home Self-defense [NRA-ILA News]

It is refreshing to finally see some common sense coming out of a court in NJ, as the state is notoriously known for its illogical and Draconian gun laws that do little more than make felons out of law-abiding gun owners.


Mossberg 590A1 Shotgun [The Firearm Blog]

If you are looking for the toughest pump action shotgun out there, chances are you have already strongly considered the Mossberg 590A1. In this episode of TFBTV, Patrick takes one of his favorite shotguns out to the range to show you guys the military grade Mossberg 590A1. The 500 series of shotguns has some wonderful […]

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.20 Nosler – a New Cartridge that is Not Yet Announced?! [The Firearm Blog]

SAAMI has accepted cartridge and chamber drawings of a couple of new cartridges. Both are Nosler cartridges. One is the recently announced .22 Nosler, which we covered in a separate article. And the next one is a .20 Nosler, which is a cartridge not yet officially announced by Nosler as of today (06/16/2017). If you remember, the […]

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Fobus Announces New Holster Fits [The Firearm Blog]

Fobus HolstersFobus Holster announced several new holster fits for a number of popular handguns. These cover guns like the Ruger LC9, SIG P238 and Smith & Wesson M&P 2.0. Ruger LC9 and more Fobus announced that it was now making RU2ND holsters to fit the Ruger LC9, LC9s and LC380 pistols. These rigs are available with […]

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Talk is Cheap: Few liberal faculty members actually leave their universities when concealed handguns allowed on campus [John Lott's Website]

Dr. John Lott joined the Greg Garrison Radio Show to discuss the fact that almost none of the liberal faculty leave the universities when permit concealed handguns are allowed on campus.  Despite all the fears about bad things that might go wrong, faculty talk isn't backed up by their actions.

(Wednesday, May 31, 2017, from 11:05 to 11:30 AM)


Goodyear Fires Australian Competitive Shooter over Simple Miscommunication [NRA-ILA News]

In the United States there have been a handful of high-profile incidents in which an employer has terminated an employee following the employee’s use of a gun in self-defense while at the workplace. In recent years, NRA has worked with state lawmakers to pass worker protection – or parking lot –  legislation that ensures employees are able to carry a firearm to and from the workplace and store a firearm in their vehicle while at work even if the vehicle is parked on company property.


For South Africa’s Denel Land Systems, the Defense Business Is Booming – Factories Pulling Double Shifts [The Firearm Blog]

The South African state-owned defense conglomerate Denel Land Systems has recently experienced a large rise in sales which have maxed out its production facilities, African defense website DefenceWeb reports. According to DefenceWeb’s article, most of the increase in recent sales have been from small lot sales to the Middle East. Denel’s recent uptick in sales […]

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Breaking: Escaped Inmates Nabbed by Good Guy With Gun []

Remember those escaped inmates who murdered two guards and were the talk of the southeast over the past couple days? Well, a good guy with a gun has reportedly caught them in Tennessee.

…[S]omething alerted the homeowner that people were outside his home and he saw the men trying to steal his vehicle… [T]he homeowner held the two at gunpoint with a neighbor… until the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Department could get there to arrest them.

The two crooks overpowered and murdered Sgt. Christopher Monica and Sgt. Curtis Billue on a prison bus in Georgia Tuesday morning, and have been on the run ever since. They’d apparently crashed the stolen car they’d been driving during a police chase and escaped on foot through the woods near Interstate 24 near Christiana, Tennessee.

Then they picked the wrong car to try to steal.

After finding the crooks and holding them at gunpoint, the homeowner hero called a neighbor, who brought his own gun to help guard the criminals, who have been described as “dangerous beyond description” by the sheriff of the Georgia county in which they escaped.

Hats off to the two armed citizens who put an end to a criminal rampage that included murder, theft, home invasion, and high-speed police pursuits. Had it not been for good guys with guns, these two would probably still be wreaking havoc.

Gotta love private gun ownership.

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Gerber G1 Series: Limited Edition, American Made [The Firearm Blog]

Gerber G1-001Gerber announced the company was launching a new line of knives called the G1 series. With the G1 series, Gerber intends to showcase American craftsmanship. Each year, the company will introduce a new, limited edition knife in the G1 line. The knife for 2017 is the G1-001. This model was on display at the recent […]

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Escaped Georgia inmates captured in Tennessee after chase [NRA-ILA News]

A pair of inmates from Georgia suspected of killing two corrections officers during their escape from a prisoner bus this week have been captured in Tennessee after a chase that involved gunfire, authorities said. Donnie Russell Rowe, 43, and Ricky Dubose, 24, were taken into custody Thursday after two residents held them at gunpoint when they discovered the men were trying to steal a car from a central Tennessee home, Lt. Bill Miller from the Tennessee Highway Patrol said late Friday. The capture put an end to a multistate manhunt that lasted nearly 60 hours after the inmates escaped Tuesday morning in central Georgia.


New TUBB Non-Symmetrical Bipod [The Firearm Blog]

David Tubb has released a video announcing the availability of a new bipod which he calls non-symmetrical bipod. The reason why it is called so is the different way of leg spread adjustment which is done by rotating the legs independently from each other resulting in an unusual asymmetrical appearance. It was introduced during the SHOT […]

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Greener Harpoon Gun – Yes, the One From Jaws [Forgotten Weapons]

Imported into the US through the appropriately-named Navy Arms company, this is a Greener Martini action built into a “Light Harpoon Gun” by Webley & Scott in the UK. These were built as legitimate hunting arms, although they are far better known today for the appearance of one in the movie Jaws.

The intended use of the gun is to shoot large fish from an overhang on the bow of a fishing boat. It has an effective range of about 30 meters, and the line attached to the harpoon can handle a 300 pound load (with stronger lines available up to 1200 pound). A blank .38 Special cartridge is used to fire, and the harpoon has two large folding hooks to anchor it in a fish after striking.

The gun was shipped in a case complete with everything needed for use, including the gun, three harpoons, six lines, and two line frames. I was somewhat surprised to see that in Jaws, the gun is actually assembled and used properly, with the allowance that the line frame was not necessary. Well done, Quint!


UK: Police Commissioner Suggests Value of Armed Citizenry, is Quickly Rebuffed [NRA-ILA News]

Every once in a great while, an independent-minded United Kingdom official is overcome with a bout of common sense on firearms. However, such outbursts of reason are typically short-lived, as the gun control apostate becomes the immediate target of the country’s anti-gun establishment politicians and media. Such was the case in 2014, when former Leader of the United Kingdom Independence Party and Member of the European Parliament Nigel Farage had the temerity to point out that the UK’s handgun ban is “ludicrous” and call for its repeal.


6th Marines to Test M27s in Tricked-Out “Über Squad”, but Are They Already Behind the Curve? [The Firearm Blog]

According to a article, an element of 1st Battalion, 6th Marines will be deploying a 13-man squad of Infantry fully equipped with M27 IARs, suppressors, drum magazines, and other pieces of experimental gear. Called the “Über Squad”, it will be chosen from companies within 1/6, and will use the gear through an entire workup, training, […]

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Overthinking Your Hiking Gear []

Have you ever loaded your pack, then started thinking about what else you may need?  Then the “maybes” kick in.  Maybe I will need this, or maybe I will need that, or maybe this will happen. so I need this… until your pack is crammed full of stuff you “might” need.

One of the common things I find myself justifying is a large survival knife.  In decades of hiking and camping, rarely has a situation presented itself where I needed a large knife.

Other items that are sometimes justified, large handguns rather than a compact 9mm, 380 or 22 will do.  Bedroll, just in case you get lost and have to spend a night in the woods.  Maybe you bring a hammock, stool, heavy rain poncho, rope… etc.

Then when you grab the pack, it weighs more than expected, sometimes a lot more.

If you want to lighten your load, stop overthinking your gear.  Stop playing the maybe game and pack only what you realistically need.

How do you know what you need?  That comes with experience.  After a hiking trip, make a mental note on what you used and what you did not use.  Is there a lighter version of something that you think you need?  Rather than using a camping knife to open a pouch of freeze dried food, use a pocket knife.

I used to always prep for the worst.  This meant packing more food than I needed, hammock, two rain ponchos. maybe even a spare change of clothes, all for a day hike.  At the end of the day, I would be wore out from carrying gear that I never needed in more than 30 years of hiking.

Some people may say, “you never know what may happen”, and that is true.  However, that is no reason to cram the pack full of gear for something that may never happen.

Everyone’s situation is different.  The area where I hike is a lot different than someone in another part of the country.  The same rules apply to all of us.  Everyone who has spent time in the wilderness is guilty of bringing too much gear.

Recent Hiking Trip

While getting ready for a recent hiking trip, the gear was spread out on a table.  Each piece of gear had to have a justifiable reason to be on the table.

  • Poncho.
  • Food.
  • Water filter.
  • Mosquito repellent.
  • Single burner stove, fuel and cook pot.
  • Canteens and canteen pouches.
  • Bandanna X 2.
  • Flashlight.
  • TOPO maps, compass and GPS.

I am going to start leaving the large survival knife at home.

Have you over-packed for a hiking trip?  How do you streamline your gear?

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“Docs Versus Glocks” Law Resolved – Florida Fails to Appeal – Law Partially Upheld [The Firearm Blog]

Known colloquially as “Docs versus Glocks”, a 2011 law that limited care provider’s to ask about and act on firearms owned by patients, was ultimately resolved earlier this month. After the full En banc hearing of the 11th Circuit which struck down large sections the law, the state of Florida did not appeal the decision […]

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Hawke Optics Goes 1-6x with Frontier 30 [The Firearm Blog]

Previously, I had the pleasure of touring Hawke’s US operations in Fort Wayne Indiana. The British optics company has been aggressively expanding from its roots with air rifles and crossbows into the firearms market, having various value-priced options. I personally enjoyed a 22 rimfire optic that was ideal for a 16″ barrel with CCI Mini-Mags. […]

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On the Dave Elswick Show in Little Rock, Arkansas: Would changing UK's gun control laws help stop terrorist attacks [John Lott's Website]

Dr. John Lott talked to Dave Elswick on his radio show about whether gun control laws contributed to the terrorist attacks and deaths from those attacks in the UK and Europe.

(Monday, June 5, 2017, 3:35 to 4:00 PM)


Cobalt Kinetics Releases Limited Edition PRO Muzzle Brakes & Announces General Availability [The Firearm Blog]

Cobalt Kinetics, known for their beautifully milled AR-15s and various ambidextrous technologies, has announced the release for sale of their PRO muzzle brakes. The PRO brakes have until now been closely-held products reserved only for Cobalt’s sexy rifles and used only by Cobalt Kinetic’s rifle team including well-known shooters such as Keith Garcia and Kalani […]

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Experimenting with .22 LR as substitute for 5.56mm [The Firearm Blog]

This guest post and accompanying photographs are contributed by a guest writer, Alton Chiu. Alton currently writes for Small Arms Review. This is his second article contribution to TFB and is on the merits of using .22 LR ammunition for training.  .22 LR is known for cheap plinking fun and is also commonly associated with junior […]

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Sentinel Inc’s Identilock Now Shipping [The Firearm Blog]

Sentinel, Inc. has announced the Identilock firearms locking system is now shipping and available through Cabela’s. The gun locking system is unique in its approach to firearms access leaving the locked handgun accessible except for the locked and covered trigger guard. The Identilock is unlocked using common fingerprint readers which is accessed by the trigger finger, […]

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Russian SAW: Tokar-2 5.45x39mm Belt Fed Light Machine Gun Showed Off at National Guard Open House 2017 [The Firearm Blog]

The elusive Tokar-2 5.45mm belt-fed machine gun made an appearance at the recent Rosgvardia Open House event late last month. The event demonstrated weapons and equipment being used by the Russian National Guard (Rosgvardia), and was open to the public. Russian media outlet Armytex posted pictures of the event to their page on the social media […]

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Thursday, 15 June


POTD: Another Glock 19M Sighting [The Firearm Blog]

Daniel B. got an opportunity to try out a 19M. I recently had the opportunity to handle and shoot the Glock 19m. I only had about 100 rounds through it. Upon inspection of the frame and slide, I noticed as most would know the trigger is similar to the 43. The 19m I used had […]

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Bullet Lethality []

In the final analysis, is it the cartridge, the powder load, the bullet velocity, the bullet composition, or the terminal foot pounds of energy that ultimately kills the target? The term lethal literally means “to cause death”, so which factor in a firearm cartridge creates this end result?

It is a very complicated subject that I am sure a large cadre of engineers with firearms and ammunition backgrounds could delve into for years, and have. In a weak attempt to discuss the subject here but only to scratch the surface, we’ll confine ourselves to only discussing the lethality factors of bullets, since that is the object we send downrange to do the dirty work.

By this narrowing of the subject then, we will make a lot of assumptions. First regardless of the cartridge, whether the .22 long rifle rimfire, a multitude of handgun or pistol cartridges, hunting cartridges, or rounds used for armed conflicts from outright war to limited incidents of self-defense on an individual level, all firearms cartridges have some potential level of killing capability.

Of course, bullets come in all kinds of sizes, calibers, weights, configurations, materials, jackets, cores, base designs and such. But what is it exactly about a bullet that causes a lethal termination of any living target? Is it the sheer blunt force trauma upon impact, bullet expansion, penetration, tissue destruction, organ function disruption, creating a bleed out wound including a clean exit would, or bullet weight retention within the structural body of the target or what? In many senses, it is all these factors combined, thus working together to bring about the most efficient killing impact possible.

Is it better to have a bullet expand upon impact, but stay within the target body or rather have the bullet push through to the opposite side and out? Should the bullet “mushroom” or to say, open up its jacketed cover to create further tissue cutting damage by expanding in overall size, or simply “sail” through opening a wound channel to facilitate external bleeding? What do you think? These are the design factors that drive bullet engineers mad.

Furthermore, for bullets to do their jobs, they have to be placed into a critical target zone to be effective, thus accuracy becomes yet another factor. Perhaps in the end, it is bullet placement that makes all the difference. Let’s hear from you. Give us your two cents worth.

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New Lower from Modular Twisted Industries Puts Rails on the Mag Well []

In the endless variety of AR15 receivers, this is a new twist. According to its designer Harry Perette, the Twisted Industries TI15 lower was made with the input of the neighboring NASA SWAT team. Twisted Industries is mostly known for making rimfire conversion kits for pistols, and accessories for Kel-Tec firearms.


The logic behind the placement is the proximity of the rail to the strong hand for activating lights or lasers. To me, it seems that light pattern would be partially occluded by the forend, but a laser could be viable.


The rails do not project very far from the receiver. Left side only or right side only variants are also available, as well as a blank insert for the receiver front. In the spirit of keeping all controls accessible to the strong hand, the bolt release paddle is present on both sides as well.


The sliding insert is held in place with one set screw, while the rails attach to the inset from the inside with two screws.


The receiver is well made, with all but one edge nicely chamfered. The quality of machining and the finish are quite high. The lower is available in three finishes, and with a variety of grips and triggers pre-installed, as well as stripped.


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Random Thoughts on Yesterday’s Left-Wing Political Violence []

So, a disgruntled Bernie Bro shot up some Republican lawmakers with an old SKS (the media has confused it with an AK), wounded five people, killing no one (so far, thank God). Going by his feeds and profiles, he hated Trump, hated Republicans, and was determined to fight back against the perceived threat to his ability to get free stuff.

I’m going to take the contrarian position and say that it’s a shame he’s dead. If this guy had lived, in a few decades he could’ve become a beloved university professor and possibly launched a successful presidential candidate’s campaign in his living room. One of my kids could’ve grown up to take a class with him! Or, maybe he could’ve gotten free tickets to Hamilton.

Oh wait, he wouldn’t have qualified for either of those honors with a body count of zero — you’ve gotta actually kill some Americans to rate with the left. As I told someone this afternoon, only a Democrat could manage a body count that low with a .30-cal rifle. But for real, the heroic work done by the Secret Service and Capitol Police was no doubt the deciding factor, the perp’s obvious lack of skill with a long gun not withstanding. Those guys train for exactly this, and that training paid off.

All sarcasm aside, the real problem with this guy for the left is that he was a lone wolf. What the two left-wing terrorists alluded to earlier had in common, apart from an actual body count, was that they were a genuine part of organized violent movements that had sympathizers in core US cultural institutions like the press and the ABA, to name two.

There is an organized violent leftist group that has a massive amount of cred with the #Resist crowd: Antifa. But this goon wasn’t antifa — was just a sad old angry domestic abuser. Also, he was a white hetero (presumably) male (again, presumably… you never know these days). So the usual suspects aren’t going to come out of the woodworks to apologize for him. They’re just going to try to shift the blame back onto the GOP by talking about teh gunz.

It’s worth mentioning that this jackass has probably derailed the SHARE Act (the big ominbus pro-gun bill that the House had been scheduled to have a hearing on today). Things are going to have to cool off a bit before this can get momentum again. Luckily for us, though, Twitter will move on completely from talking about this in about 12 more hours, and the media will follow in a day or two. So maybe we won’t have to wait that long.

Before signing off, I should say in all seriousness that our prayers are with Rep. Scalise and his family, and with all of this goon’s victims, tonight. May they pull through and come out stronger than ever.

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California: Budget Trailer Bill with Anti-Gun Language, AB 103, Heading to Governor Brown [NRA-ILA News]

Today, June 15, was the deadline for the California Legislature to meet the budget deadline. Anti-gun Legislators ramrodded Assembly Bill 103 through the process, where it passed the Senate and then was promptly brought to the Assembly floor without reference to file and subsequently passed. AB 103 will now be sent to Governor Brown for his consideration.


Kansas: Governor Brownback Allows Anti-Gun Legislation to Become Law [NRA-ILA News]

Today, Governor Sam Brownback announced that he intends to let House Bill 2278 become law without his signature.  HB 2278 makes it unlawful for individuals to carry a firearm for self-defense into a state or municipal-owned medical care facility, including the Kansas University Hospital.  In addition, HB 2278 prevents the lawful carry of a firearm into community health centers and state or municipal-owned adult care homes.  This bill will take effect immediately.


Top 5 Most Overrated Handguns [The Firearm Blog]

In this extra-salty episode of TFBTV, James calls out five pistols that he thinks are extremely overrated. Unlike James’ Top 5 Most Overrated CCW Pistols video, James calls all of these out by make and model rather than category. A few facts and hints about the list – can you guess the guns? One of […]

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Arex ReX Zero 1 Compact 9mm [The Firearm Blog]

Since the Arex ReX Zero 1 showed up on the market, it has been making some pretty big waves. Not only has stolen more consumers from a popular German manufacturer than anyone ever thought it would, but it gave shooters a lower cost choice with some reasonably unique features. In this episode of TFBTV,  Patricks […]

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Review: Alamo Precision Rifles & The L.R.M.F. [The Firearm Blog]

To me, the weapons are fun, but anyone can build a weapon well once. It takes good people who know what they are doing to build all the weapons well. If anything, I’m personally fascinated by the stories of how and why people get into the business – it’s those people’s passion that will drive companies […]

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Zäck Stock – The Detachable Handgun Stock [The Firearm Blog]

Are we being trolled? Can this “system” actually be in development? Look closely at the renderings above and below and you’ll notice what might be a start of a revolution within the firearms industry. And by that I mean that people may be revolted at what they see. Zäck Stock has gone live with a […]

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Man with concealed carry permit fired shots during Loop robbery [NRA-ILA News]

A man with a concealed carry permit fired shots while he was being robbed Wednesday afternoon in The Loop. The man, whose age was unknown, was approached by two males while he was waiting in traffic about 3 p.m. in the 0–100 block of East Wacker Drive, according to Chicago Police. One of the males distracted him while the other grabbed personal property from his vehicle. The man is a licensed concealed carry holder and is cooperating with police investigators, police said.


8 Things Hunters Want Non-Hunters to Know []

Hunters are an interesting bunch… and we are often misunderstood. Many’s the awkward moment between hunters and non-hunters, but hopefully this will lead to a better understanding of hunters.

Hunters are pretty much just like you.

Just about anyone can become a hunter. As nice as it is to believe we hunters are “a breed apart” or whatever, hunting is in fact one of the most inclusive activities, period. Women, men, teens, and younger kids can all enjoy hunting — and often do.

Hunters are regular folks who enjoy nature, love spending time outdoors, and appreciate knowing where our food comes from. That’s not so weird.

Hunters are animal lovers.

To many, this may seem impossible because hunters kill animals, but it’s true. We love critters!

Many (if not most) hunters have pets which they love. Some also raise livestock for which they care and protect. And we have a deep love for wildlife and wild animals.

Where will you find another group that pays extra taxes on their gear and supplies, simply to protect and manage wildlife and provide things like hunter education and public shooting ranges? This is done through the Pittman-Robertson Act and its whopping 11% excise tax on firearms, ammunition, archery equipment, etc.

The large amounts of money generated by these taxes have allowed many previously-threatened wildlife species to recover and even thrive. And hunters are happy to do it, because we love wildlife.

Hunters are not cold-blooded killers.

We do not hunt to kill; we kill in order to have hunted. This is paraphrased from Jose Ortega y Gasset’s “Meditations on Hunting,” and it’s generally true. Here’s a more complete version, according to Classic Quotes:

One does not hunt in order to kill; on the contrary, one kills in order to have hunted…If one were to present the sportsman with the death of the animal as a gift he would refuse it. What he is after is having to win it, to conquer the surly brute through his own effort and skill with all the extras that this carries with it: the immersion in the countryside, the healthfulness of the exercise, the distraction from his job.

Yes, we kill. But that’s not the only reason we hunt, and most hunting days don’t include a kill. The experience of being outdoors and spending time observing nature is the main thing.

The kill is an essential part of the hunt.

Without a kill, it’s not hunting. So even though most “sport” hunters (meaning those who could feed themselves and their families from a grocery store) are content to spend most hunting days without firing a shot, if you’re not hunting to kill then you’re simply not hunting.

Spending time in the woods to take photographs of wildlife is an excellent pastime and I’ve done it myself (see the photo above), but it’s just not the same as hunting.

We don’t look down on non-hunters and we know hunting isn’t for everyone.

While hunting is accessible to people of all ages, we realize that not everyone should be a hunter. That’s okay with us; most hunters want to be left alone to do our thing, and they won’t interfere with you doing your thing.

We don’t force anyone to hunt, and nobody should attempt to force us to stop hunting.

We love introducing others to hunting.

While we’re good with folks who don’t hunt, hunters love to share the peace and joy of hunting with other people. It’s pretty wonderful, and it would be selfish to keep it all to ourselves. So if you know any hunters and you’d like to try hunting, ask them about it. Chances are, they’ll be willing and able to help you out.

If you try hunting and don’t enjoy it, that’s okay.

We’re not going to berate anyone just because he or she isn’t a hunter — especially if that person has given it an honest try. And it definitely gives both parties a better understanding of one another.

We really like eating organic wild meat.

Wild game is as organic as it gets. It eats natural food and pretty much roams according to its whim… and it has a much better chance to live a natural life and die of old age than any farm-raised livestock.

Wild game hasn’t been fed weird stuff or injected with hormones, and when you kill and butcher your own game, you know exactly what has happened to that meat from the time of the kill until it lands on your plate. And there sure isn’t anything wrong with that.

Anything else?

Hunters, what did I forget or leave out? Please comment below. In these divisive days, let us find common ground and mutual respect for one another.

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A Most Sensible Suggestion [No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money]

Joe Huffman who blogs at The View from North Central Idaho and who is the man behind Boomershoot has made a most sensible suggestion given the events yesterday in Alexandria.

I would like to suggest that congress drop baseball as the annual sport competition between Democrats and Republicans. If this had been practice for a three-gun match or even a IPDA, USPSA, or steel match fewer innocent people would have been injured.

He's correct, of course. If any of these members of Congress had been armed with even a pistol, it would have brought more force to bear on the shooter and ended things sooner.

Where I see problems arising is trying to get the sides to agree on what rifles are OK to use, how large a magazine is allowed, etc. For example, given how many Democrats are pushing for restrictions on standard capacity magazines, would there be an agreement that only California-compliant 10 round magazines could be used?

One way to get around would be to make it a NSSF Rimfire Challenge sort of event. Rimfire means no arguments on whether it is a "high powered assault rifle" or merely a rifle firing an intermediate cartridge with ugly cosmetics. It would by definition not be "high powered". Moreover, the rulebook allows magazines to be restricted to 10-round capacity so that eliminates that argument. Finally, since from what I can tell, all the targets are steel plates of one non-human form or another, no one could bring "you're a racist" accusations by saying that black human silhouette targets actually represent African-Americans.

Do I think congressional Democrats and Republicans will make the switch from baseball to action shooting? No but it is fun to speculate about it.


On the Greg Garrison Show: Reminiscing about appearing on the show for 20 years about guns and other issues [John Lott's Website]

Dr. John Lott talked to Greg Garrison on his last week as a radio host on WIBC radio in Indianapolis.  In the brief interview, Dr. Lott, Greg Garrison, and Todd Meyer covered everything from guns to economics.

(Thursday, June 8, 2017, 11:19 to 11:27 AM)

Audio available here.


Georgian Armed Forces to replace PKM with M240B [The Firearm Blog]

The Georgian Ministry of Defense has released statements and even staged a demonstration wherein the land component of the Georgian Armed Forces will replace the 7.62x54R PKM medium machine guns with FN Herstal 7.62x51mm NATO M240Bs. This will be a gradual replacement over the next year or so as PKMs become switched out with M240Bs within […]

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Top 9 Ways to Miss a Shot While Hunting []

If you’ve never missed a shot at a deer or other game, you probably don’t have much hunting experience. Most of us learn the hard way about things like this, but if you read and heed this article, your chances of doing it right are much improved.

1) Don’t Zero or Sight-In Your Gun or Bow

If you can’t trust your hunting equipment to hit what you’re aiming at, then it’s not much use — and it’s likely you will miss your shot.

Spend time shooting your chosen hunting tool, whether it’s a firearm, a crossbow, or a bow. Make sure you practice with the ammo or arrows that you will hunt with, at different distances and in different positions. Shoot with and without a rest (if applicable) and see what you can do… and make sure you can hit what you’re aiming at.

2) Forget to Aim Precisely

Aiming at big game requires you to place your bullet or arrow well. There is a “sweet spot”, which can vary depending on the angle of the animal, distance between you and it, and whether you’re hunting with gun or bow.

If you simply aim at the entire animal without picking a spot, you run the risk of hitting it poorly, which can be far worse than a miss, because it can mean a lost and wasted animal.

And one of the best parts about picking a spot is that it also reminds you to aim…

3) Don’t Even Aim

This sounds like a no-brainer, and it kinda is… because deer fever has been known to turn off the brain of many a hunter.

I clearly recall a rainy January morning in 1988 when a deer came along and I missed it cleanly three times before I heard my brain screaming at my body, “Aim, idiot!” I aimed, hit the deer, and took him home.

Aiming is important.

4) Shoot Too Quickly

Although time is often of the essence when hunting, you must never rush your shot. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t shoot quickly; it simply means you should never shoot unless you are ready to make an accurate shot.

When your brain starts screaming at you to hurry up and shoot, take heed — but do it with care. And remember that there are two parts to accurate fast shooting, which my late father summed up with his credo: “Take your time, but hurry up.”

It means you can’t afford to dawdle, but you should slow yourself down just a smidge so you will remember aiming, trigger control, breath control, etc. This usually doesn’t take more than a second or two, and can mean all the difference between a successful hunt and going home empty-handed.

5) Fail to Shoot

It goes without saying that if you don’t shoot, you won’t hit the critter… but that doesn’t stop us from freezing up sometimes. And it’s happened to me… back in 1986 I got my first-ever chance at a legal buck deer, and all I could do was stare agog while it gazed placidly up at me, snickered, and departed.

This helped teach me humility — and to actually shoot if I wanted a deer.

6) Forget to Load Your Gun

It’s a mind-bender when you go to unload your rifle at the end of a hunt, only to find that there’s nothing in the chamber! It would be even worse if a deer had posed in front of you and you merely clicked at it. So yeah… load it.

7) Jerk the Trigger

Once upon a time, I hunted with a Winchester Model 70 rifle, which failed to fire when it should have. Aside from learning that the rifle sucked, I discovered I was jerking the trigger instead of squeezing it, when I watched the crosshairs abruptly jump when I tried to take the shot.

I didn’t get to take that deer home with me, but I carry that lesson along on every hunting trip, and do my best to squeeze the trigger while hunting just the same as when I’m at the range.

8) Forget to Brace Your Shot

If there is any way you can use a tree, stick, sling, tree stand, bipod, or anything else to rest on to steady your aim, do it. It’s possible to make accurate offhand shots, but more often than not the only way to make good long-distance shots on game is to have a solid rest… and even short-range shots can be much improved by propping up or using a sling to help steady your aim..

9) Fall Victim to Buck Fever

There’s not much aside from experience that will help with this. Buck fever is what causes people to forget to even raise their rifle or bow, much less shoot at the deer.

To build immunity to buck fever, you must spend time hunting and watching deer. Each experience will add to your resistance… but don’t ever believe you’re completely immune to it. Just as soon as you do, you’ll sit jelly-kneed and drooling as the biggest buck in the woods strikes a pose in front of you — right before he disappears forever.

What did I Forget?

Have you discovered a great way to miss that isn’t described above? Please comment below to let us know about it.

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Bear Flag Defense BF-10 AR-15 Loader For Californians [The Firearm Blog]

Another company has come up with a solution for AR-15 owners in California, no it’s not move to a free state. Although that would probably be the better option. For those stuck in the Golden State this might be a decent option for you. Bear Flag Defense recently debuted their BF-10 AR-15 loader for CA compliant […]

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NEW: Dead Air Silencers Sandman-K [The Firearm Blog]

The discussion about buying, owning and using silencers primarily revolves around overall sound reduction. As in, “how quiet can I get my pistol or rifle?” And that’s great – I’ve been known to chase a few decibels myself. However, when we discuss suppressing centerfire rifle hosts, especially those with longer barrels, extreme signature reduction can […]

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A Target Named Izzy [The Firearm Blog]

The “Izzy” Diplomatic Security Qualification (DS-Q) target is currently in active usage by a number of U.S. Government Law Enforcement entities but is primarily used by the U.S. State Department Diplomatic Security Service (shortened to DS for Diplomatic Security). In an extension of the DS role, there are a number of security contractors that supplement DS agents […]

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Watch: FN 509 Reliability Test []

The Military Arms Channel takes the FN 509 and runs it through the gauntlet. This is a series of tests involving – water, sand, dirt and mud.

The 509 is a civilian version of the handgun submitted to replace the Beretta M9.  The Sig p320 eventually won the trials and will replace the Beretta m9.


From the FN 509 web page.

  • Caliber: 9mm
  • Operation: Double-action
  • Mag Capacity: 10 or 17 Rd.
  • Weight: 26.9 oz.
  • Barrel Length: 4.0″
  • Overall Length: 7.4″
  • Twist Rate: 1:10″ RH
  • Length: 7.4″
  • Height: 5.56″
  • Width: 1.35″
  • Trigger Pull: 5.5 – 7.5 lb.
  • Sight Radius: 5.79″

Now for the video.

As the videos says, this is not a scientific test.  Then again, how does someone do a “scientific” test with moving parts, sand, water, dirt and mud?  I personally like the gauntlet test.  As long as all of the handguns are subjected to the same standard, then surely we can draw a rough baseline?

Overall, I was not impressed with the results.  In fact, I was disappointed.  Just being dunked in water caused the 509 not to fire.

The trigger reset spring seems rather weak, because the trigger had to be pushed forward several times.

This may be the first handgun to have stoppages so early in the game.

On a personal note, I was expecting better performance from an FN product.  They have a reputation for quality products.  So, why did the 509 perform so badly?

Special thank you to everyone at the Military Arms Channel for making another great video.


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Stockpiling Food, Nutrition And Chickens []

In our race to stockpile as much food as possible, how often do you take nutrition into account?  Whether it is canned or freeze dried, do you have a balance between meats, fruits and veggies?

Overall, it seems nutrition is something that is overlooked by preppers.  A lot of us have the mindset of, “buy cheap and stack deep.”  However, our bodies are not designed to live off beans, rice and oatmeal day to day.

What brought this up?

There is an interesting study that says eggs help children grow – One egg per day boost growth in infants.

In a study published June 7 in the journal Pediatrics, researchers gave eggs to 80 infants between six and nine months of age for one year. Another 84 weren’t given eggs and served as a control grup.

Compared to these controls, the egg-eating youngsters had a 47 percent lower prevalence of stunting, which is defined as being too short for one’s age. Their length-for-age measurement also shot up by a significant margin.

In the overall scheme of prepping, I consider the chicken to be one of our best friends. Unlike rabbits, pigs and even goats and cattle, a hen produces food almost every day or every couple of days.

With goats, cattle and sheep, the animals have to be bred, then milked after they start lactating. The chicken needs no such effort. When a hen is around six months old, it will start laying eggs. It will continue laying eggs until late in life.

Children start puberty at around 12 years old.  A chicken starts puberty at around six months old.  Which is when hens will start laying and roosters will start crowing.


Chicken eggs have been described as the perfect food.

Eggs contain all of the necessary amino acids, as well as choline, various growth factors and DHA, a polyunsaturated fatty acid important for the brain. All of these are necessary for proper growth and development, and the normal function of the body.

Rather than stockpiling various freeze dried meats, maybe one of our main food sources should be fresh and freeze dried eggs?

As urban areas ease regulations on backyard hens, maybe preppers should take a closer look at getting a backyard chicken flock?  Just four or five Australorp, Rhode Island Red, Barred Rock or Buff Orpington should provide the family with several eggs a day.

Fresh eggs will help supplement your food stockpile.

So, are you thinking about getting some chickens?

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FN SCAR Owners Group Shoot [The Firearm Blog]

Last Saturday marked the very first FN SCAR Owners Group Shoot. The FN SCAR Owners Group is a Facebook Group of SCAR owners. This event was organized by Lester Gillis and hosted at Low Country Preserve in Tabor City, NC. Plus it was sponsored by FN America. The event actually started last Friday. FN America […]

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Winchester Lever Action Development: Model 1892 [Forgotten Weapons]


As the Model 1873 began to show its age, Winchester wanted a new rifle to take its place in the company catalog. Scaling down the Model 1886 to the pistol cartridges of the 1873 seemed like a fine option, and Winchester executives approached John Browning, offering him $10,000 if he could produce such a gun within 3 months, or $15,000 if he could do the job in two months. Browning’s response was to say that he would take $20,000 and have the rifle in company hands within 30 days – or else he would give it to them for free.

The $20,000 that Winchester paid him for the new rifle was well worth it, as the 1892 would become the best selling Winchester rifle to that date, selling more than a million guns by the 1930s. It used the stronger and more cost effective locking system of the 1886, while being chambered for the same cartridges as the 1873 – the .44 WCF (.44-40), .38 WCF (.38-40), and .32 WCF (.32-20), as well as a few new cartridges added over time.



PROBLEMS with M27 IAR with M855A1, USMC Generals Walsh and Shrader Testify to Congress [The Firearm Blog]

In recent testimony to Congress, USMC leadership Lieutenant General Robert Walsh and Brigadier General Joseph Shrader officially acknowledged that the USMC’s M27 Infantry Automatic Rifle, made by Heckler & Koch, encounters durability issues when used with the US Army’s new M855A1 Enhanced Performance Round. The testimony is transcribed below: Senator Rounds: During the – uh, either […]

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Enter to win a SOG Prize Package! [The Firearm Blog]

SOG has partnered with TFB to give you the opportunity to win an amazing prize package. Included in the giveaway is a Prophet 33, Pent Arc, Power Access, and Dark Energy. The giveaway will run until July 4th 2017. Giveaway Package: Prophet 33: For a pack, the SOG Prophet is one that is adaptable to […]

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In Gun News From The Sub-Polar Region To The North [No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money]

The Canadian Firearms Blog is reporting that the Royal Canadian Mounted Police's Director of Firearm Regulatory Services has decreed that 80% AR lowers are prohibited. The rationale given is that they can be converted into M16 lower receivers. This prohibition also extends to receiver flats for the AK-47/74 and AMD-63/65.

From the memo issued by Robert J. O'Reilly of the RCMP:

Receiver blanks are firearms since they are nearly completed receivers and fall within the adaptability clause of the firearms definition in Section 2 of the Criminal Code. In other words, a receiver blank is considered a "barrelled weapon from which any shot, bullet or other projectile can be discharged and that is capable of causing serious bodily injury or death in a person, and includes any frame or receiver of such a barrelled weapon and anything that can be adapted for use as a firearm". As such, they are subject to the firearms-related regulatory and enforcement provisions of the Firearms Act and the Criminal Code, including licensing and registration.

Depending on their properties, receiver blanks can fall into any one of the three firearm classifications: non-restricted, restricted, or prohibited.
The memo goes on to say that individuals have no legal authority "to possess or acquire prohibited receiver blanks". The memo contains a table listing many of the most common receiver blanks and their classifications under Canadian firearms law. The only receiver blank that is listed as "non-restricted" are ones for the Ruger 10/22. The rest are either prohibited or restricted.

The Canadian Firearms Blog goes on to report some hearsay evidence behind the RCMP's decision and the reaction within the Canadian firearms community.
A user on a popular Canadian firearms forum on Reddit, who wished to remain anonymous, has reportedly spoken with RCMP firearms techs in Ottawa, stating they had explained that their interpretation is “so long as the blank (in whatever state it may be in) can be ‘easily’ turned into a firearm, it’s a firearm, and since machining is ‘easy’ that any completion of the receiver is enough.”

This decision by the RCMP has drawn considerable criticism, with some expressing concern that, by the verbiage used in the memo, any unmilled piece of alunimium or polymer in the size or shape of an AR-15 receiver can be affected, and some fearing that this is the foundation to reclassify AR-15s as a whole.
I feel for our Canadian gunny friends. While I have neither the skill nor the inclination to complete an 80% lower, I understand the appeal especially if you live in either Canada or California.  I doubt that they are going to get any relief from these onerous regulations in the immediate future given their respective governing parties.


Sig Sauer SRD22X Debuts on Silencer Shop as their 1st Rimfire Silencer [The Firearm Blog]

SRD22XAny good silencer line-up inevitably has to have a rimfire model. Sig Sauer finally has filled that void within their product line. The SRD22X is a rimfire silencer that is rated for magnums (.22 Magnum) and is a direct thread suppressor. It has first debuted on Silencer Shop and they had a lot to say […]

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On the Financial Survival Network to discuss "Is Campus Carry a Danger?" [John Lott's Website]

Dr. John Lott joined Kerry Lutz about predictions that allowing permitted concealed handguns on college campuses will drive faculty members away from those schools.  Lott talked about the general concerns regarding guns on campus and gun-free zones.

(June 7, 2017)

Audio available here.


The Brazilian 9x19mm Uru SMG reloaded [The Firearm Blog]

The 9x19mm Uru submachine gun, created in the mid-1970s by Brazilian designer Olympio Vieira de Mello Filho and placed into series (though, limited) production in the early 1980s by Mekanika Indústria e Comércio Ltda. in Rio de Janeiro, has already been the subject of a number of printed and on-line articles from the eighties till […]

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Double Down On Doomsday Builds – The .223 By Four [The Firearm Blog]

What is it about doomsday scenarios that have us all intrigued? The Hollywood productions alone have made TEOTWAWKI scenarios a billion dollar industry, not to mention “prepping” and related activities. Case in point, our story from two weeks ago about an user’s scrap built rifle was extremely popular, with super retailer Brownells even getting […]

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1,000+ Phillips Screws… Add a Little Automotive Paint… You Get Revolver Art! [The Firearm Blog]

If you have a ton of Phillips screws laying around and a lot of free time, we got a challenge for you! Try and replicate a piece of art like this. The artist, Andrew Myers, used simple Phillips screws with oil paint on them, automotive paint for the background, and a white metal frame. What […]

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Will the US Army Adopt the Magpul PMag? US Army Explores Procurement of “Polymer Magazines” [NDIA 2017] [The Firearm Blog]

Will the US Army adopt the Magpul Gen M3 PMag? Until recently, it seemed the answer was “no”. The Army had produced several magazine iterations replacing the legacy “black follower” design, culminating with the latest Enhance Performance Magazine (formerly High Performance Magazine), which they claimed reduced malfunctions by two-thirds. However, buried in the back of […]

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Wednesday, 14 June


Prepping for a Shooting Match []

For the sake of this article, let’s say you are prepping for a steel match. Since there are many different matches’ things you will need in your range bag will vary so we will keep this one for just a steel match.


I prep for my matches at a minimum of one day before, most times two days going over everything two & three times as I want to make sure I have what I need with me and not at home. So we will start with the basics. Eye protection; I carry both clear and sunglasses because you never know when you will be shooting so the sun may end up in your eyes. Just make sure both are safety rated. I used Bobster safety glasses as they are able to stop a 22LR directly; they should be able to handle just about anything that may spray towards your eyes.


Next thing you should have in the range bag for prepping for the match would be hearing protection. There are different types, plain “workplace” headphones, electronic headphones that amplify the normal speaking level yet when a shot is fired, they cut off all sound. Some people also wear the foam earplugs under their headphone, both electronic and non-electronic units. Price range goes from around $9.99 to over $300.


Next you should have some sort of ball cap. The protection it provides from the direct sunlight is well worth wearing one. Plus the bill of the cap will also protect and shade your eyes from the sun. And next speaking of the sun, there should be some sort of Sunblock. Let’s face it, protection from UV rays will help you and even prevent some skin cancers. So toss in a good brand with a high SPF number!


You should have an assortment of tools and spare emergency parts for your gun(s). Extra springs, strikers, ejectors anything that could break on you and keep you out of the shooting. I have a box that is labeled “Glock Parts” that I include for my prepping for my matches.


Include a range finder because if you are not shooting the actual Steel Challenge matches where they are set up the same at ever match location, you will need to do a quick look at the target layouts to see the distance for them so you know where you need to hold your point of aim. Also have some sort of multi-tool. I personally use a Leatherman Charge. As it has a nice selection of bits to use if needed.


Then make sure you have your holster, belt, gun, magazines and ammo. Make sure the gun is cleaned, oiled and ready to go because you do not want any failures during the match! Your ammo count should be over the amount needed to complete the match just in case, it never hurts to be prepped more than needed.

Make sure your mags are clean and ready to go, there have been time when I used the “other NON HODGDON” brand of powder that was a lot dirtier running, and the mags would get extra dirty. So believe it or not, I actually took the mags that caused failures and dunked them in puddles of water, sometimes a little muddy water and just twist my hand washing the mags more or less so I could complete the match, and it really worked to me surprise!

Your belt and holster should be set everything locked in place and test fitted a day or two before the match because you really need to concentrate on the match itself, all the prepping work should be done before the match day so you have no worries other than how you plan on shooting each stage!


I hope this helps and gets you to look in your range bag and have everything set and ready to go before match day!

Good luck, stay safe and I hope to see you out there!




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Hospital Carry: the Next Frontier for the Right to Self-Defense []

Some of the thousands private medical offices around the country permit carry, others do not. But the vast majority of hospitals do not. In some states it’s by law, in others by city or institutional policy. The effect is that of placing doctors, nurses and other staff, as well as patients and visitors, at additional risk from the typical occupational hazards. Drug seekers, gangbangers who try to finish off rivals in emergency rooms, domestic abusers have all showed up at hospitals, putting both their targets and bystanders at risk. Sometimes, hospitals have police on hand and the problems get resolved relatively quickly, sometimes they do not. Moreover, every time a visitor or a staff member has to disarm in a vehicle, that increases the risk of an accident. For staff who go to work by public transportation, the prohibition against carry means defenseless travel both ways.


What about the nature of work with this equipment makes its operator incapable of carrying a sidearm? Are physician, explicitly trusted to save lives and to look after their patients’ welfare particularly untrustworthy? Are nurses somehow incapable of exercising good judgement. What is it about the hospital environment that renders all customer and all service providers unworthy of self-defense?

Some hospitals have armed guards and run metal detectors at every entrance, slowing down patients headed into emergency rooms and greatly increasing costs. Others just put up the signs and thus give any violent madman the guarantee of disarmed victims, fish in a barrel.


One factor often cited is the unsuitability of hospital scrubs for supporting weapons. A typical 8oz pocket pistol can ride in a belly bad, a pocket, an IWB or a neck holster, so that’s hardly a compelling argument. Retention issues have been cited, which are solved with level 2 or 3 retention holsters…and by the discretion in the wearing of the gun. Even a crazy patient can’t grab something that’s not visible unless deployed.

I can understand why the Veteran’s Administration hospitals, famous for horrible service and outright abuse of its patients, would be afraid of letting their customers carry. That’s a violation of the veterans’ rights, but at least I can follow their evil and self-serving reasoning. But I do not follow why administrators distrust people who are trusted to operate on patients, to prescribe potentially life-altering medications, and to handle health emergencies competently.

Legally, VA hospitals are considered Federal buildings, and Feds don’t trust anybody to carry… but what about every other hospital in the country? We are slowly coming around on the desirability of lawful people being armed at schools and colleges, why are hospitals excluded from this sensible development? Like schools, hospitals are so central to our lives that eventually most people end up in them, either as patients or as visitors. A few of us work there, and have to decide if having effective means of self-defense and the dignity of self-sufficiency again evil balance against the threats of job loss or criminal prosecution. It’s time we talk about this in public.

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Springfield Armory Intros New Saint AR []

Despite a fully crowded field of AR rifles in the marketplace right now, some manufacturers continue to bring out new rifles. Of course, as firearms enthusiasts we invite any new rifle models coming on the market regardless of how many are already there. This is what keeps the world of guns and ammo active and alive to generate new consumer interest.

Springfield Armory is not a name in the gun industry that needs any introduction. They have been producing and selling great firearms for a very long time. Perhaps they are best well known for their line of pistols, but now the company is bringing out a line of AR-15 rifles to maintain their foothold in the weapons business.

The Springfield Armory Saint line of ARs has been out for a short while gaining traction in a tight market. The latest model is their Saint sporting a free floating handguard. This design adds to these rifles’ high performance with upgraded features. The best part is that these SA AR’s offer a great value for the modest MSRP of $1049 retail.

The new Saint comes with the FFH or Free Float Handguard that features hard anodized aluminum that comes ready to attach M-Lok accessories so the user can custom fit all kinds of goodies to the rifle. The rifle comes with a flip up front sight with a dual aperture flip-up rear sight. These can be folded down or used in a co-witness mode with other optics.
The Saint is stock with a Bravo Company trigger guard and a Bravo Mod 3 pistol grip. The trigger is a single-stage GI trigger for a clean, grit-free trigger break. The 16-inch chrome moly vanadium steel barrel has a 1:8 twist for the 5.56 to stabilize many types of ammunition. The chamber, bore, and exterior are all Melonite treated for maximum field durability.

The buttstock is a six-position, rattle free Bravo Company stock with cheek weld. This well balanced rifle weighs in at just 6 pounds, 9 ounces without ammo. This makes it nimble and easy to handle at the range, field, or for defensive work.

Be sure to check out this new Saint version on line at or ask your local dealer to order one. Sure there are a lot of ARs on the market, but still some models rise above others in terms of features and value.

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Pro-Gun/ Pro-Hunting Bills on the Move in the North Carolina Legislature [NRA-ILA News]

The North Carolina Senate could take up NRA-supported House Bill 559 tomorrow!  Please contact your state Senator and urge them to support this pro-hunting legislation!


At Fox News: "Scalise shooting and knee-jerk calls for more gun control - here we go again" [John Lott's Website]

Dr. John Lott's newest piece at Fox News on the tragic attack this morning in Alexandria, Virginia starts this way:
Before the facts were even known about Wednesday morning’s 7 AM shooting in Alexandria, Virginia, gun control advocates were already calling for more stringent laws. 
■ David Frum, senior editor for the Atlantic, called for background checks, gun licensing and registration, long gun permits, limits on magazine size, and restrictions on open carrying of guns. 
■ Windsor Mann, a columnist for USA Today, blamed “easy access to deadly weapons.” 
■ Democratic Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe blamed the attack on “too many guns” and immediately called for more gun control. 
We don’t even know yet whether these laws could conceivably have made any difference in preventing this attack. And Frum is already correcting his posts for misstating Virginia’s gun control laws. 
After each mass public shooting, President Obama would call for expanded background checks on private transfers of guns  — even though not one of the shootings would have been prevented by such a law.  Indeed, not a single attack since at least 2000 would have been stopped. 
“News” coverage of these events also shows the same knee-jerk biases for more gun control.  Guns are often referred to as “assault weapons” even if they function exactly the same as a hunting rifle.  Nowhere do the news reports mention whether an attack occurred in a gun-free zone. They never examine the thought process of attackers who want defenseless victims. 
One thing is clear.  As Rep. Mike Bishop, R-Mich., told WWJ radio in Detroit, “The only reason—the only reason—why any of us walked out of this thing: By the grace of God, one of the folks here had a weapon to fire back and give us a moment to find cover. Because we were inside the backstop and if we didn’t have that cover by a brave person who stood up and took a shot themselves, we would not have gotten out of there and every one of us would have been hit. Every single one of us.” 
It is a lesson that we have seen over and over again.  The longer that it takes for a good guy with a gun to arrive on the scene, the greater the carnage. 
Since only congressional leadership has personal security, Fox News anchor Jon Scott speculated today that the shooter “did not expect someone to return fire.” . . .
The rest of the piece is available here.


The Hearing That Should Have Taken Place This Morning [No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money]

The House Committee on Natural Resources' Federal Lands Subcommittee was supposed to conduct a hearing this morning on the Sportman's Heritage and Recreational Act aka SHARE Act. However, as most people know, a deranged Bernie Sanders supporter from Belleville, Illinois decided it would be a good idea to shoot at Congressional Republicans practicing for a baseball game. Thus, the hearing was canceled. It is unclear when it will be rescheduled.

Numerous parts of the SHARE Act had been passed in previous sessions of Congress but never made it to the President's desk for signing. This included measures that would have allocated monies for target ranges, would have protected lead-based fishing tackle from lawsuits based on the Toxic Substances Control Act, and would have expanded fishing and hunting opportunities on Federal lands. There were, however, some major additions to the SHARE Act including rolling the Hearing Protection Act into it, replacing the sporting use test with an all lawful use test for non-NFA imports of firearms and ammunition, and prohibiting the BATFE from reclassifying popular rifle ammunition as armor piercing. Sebastian covers the addition of the Hearing Protection Act here and the hearing memo gives a good thumbnail outline of the details of the SHARE Act.

The lone opposition witness was to be former ATF Special Agent David Chipman who now works for Gabby Giffords' American for Responsible Solutions. I'm sure his inclusion was aimed primarily at the Hearing Protection Act.

In support of the bill was to be Jeff Crane, President of the Congressional Sportsman's Foundation; Rob Keck, Director of Conservation for Bass Pro Shops and former CEO of the National Wild Turkey Federation; and Jason Ouimet, Director of Federal Affairs for the NRA.

The Subcommittee staff prepared an interesting 38-page memo showing the changes in the legal language that would result from the passage of the SHARE Act as it now stands. The changes are color coded which makes for a quick way to see the addition and subtractions to the law. Additions are color-coded in yellow and deletions are in blue.

Passage of the SHARE Act in its entirety would be good for both Gun Culture 1.0 and 2.0. I'm sure the addition of the Hearing Protection Act and the replacement of the sporting use test are red flags for the gun prohibitionists but now is the time for the Republicans to step up and show they are worthy of the past support from the outdoor and shooting communities.

UPDATE: Sebastian wonders whether or not today's shooting and the hearing cancellation will be the death of the SHARE Act. It's a valid question but as one of those commenting noted the bill contains too much "red meat" for the hunting and fishing community to just ignore it.


Rare AR: Barrett REC7 AR15 Pistol Build []

Here we have a rare Barrett AR15 Pistol. I know you are thinking, “Barrett doesn’t make an AR15 pistol,” and well, you would be right. This Barrett-based AR15 pistol is probably one of just a few in existence, but more importantly this build makes for a rather interesting story.

There I was sauntering into my local gun shop and I see about ten stripped un-released lower receiver sets strung out across the counter. Among the names were Saber Defense, Manroy, and oddly enough, Barrett. I snapped up the two naked un-anodized Barrett receivers and asked “how the hell did you get these?”  Those poor REC7 Barrett receivers had been on an interesting journey.

Barrett did not make their own AR15 receivers initially, they actually used Saber Defense (the company which also made many parts for the M2 Browning Machine gun and Minigun, stellite .50 caliber barrels, and a number of sundry military defense parts).


The journey of this receiver started when the old Saber Defense owners allegedly illegally imported suppressors from Finland and illegally exported firearms to Saber Defense’s sister UK division. As it was conveyed to me, Sabre and its executives were named in a 21-count federal indictment in 2010 that accused the owners of falsifying shipping labels and using false-bottom crates to hide firearms. Then the ATF raided them, shut down the company, filed charges, and allegedly threw people in jail.

This poor little receiver and its brothers were left in limbo as inventory until Manroy USA beat out Colt in an auction and purchased the assets of Saber Defense for around $5 Million and restarted the company in 2011.

There seems to be some discrepancy on what happened next. One version of the story is that Manroy USA continued the illegally export firearms, allegedly shipping thousands of AR15s labeled as “farm equipment” to Russia and other Soviet-bloc countries.

Another version is that Manroy USA was in essence a shell company supported by creditors and manufacturers of Saber Defense to keep the company afloat and fulfilling military contracts while other sources for the critical military parts could be found. Of note, FN did actually purchase some of ManRoy’s assets between 2011 and 2016.

Yet another story was that the financial damage of the initial ATF closure was so severe that it damaged sales beyond recovery. Whatever the reason, Manroy sold off the remaining brand and Saber Defense assets in 2016 to New Empire Industries of Lincoln Nebraska. New Empire wanted to focus on premium barrel manufacturing but from my understanding they also still own all the other Saber Defense assets and brand.


The legacy inventory of AR15 Saber Defense, ManRoy ad Barrett receivers ended up on the counter of my FFL dealer, being sold off by New Empire who also happened to still be in the store while I was buying my receivers — very interesting discussion.  Sometimes the story is more interesting than the build. I only paid $75 for each receiver and left happy.

The Barrett REC7 AR15 Pistol Build

The Barrett receivers were both in perfect condition, but understandably were heavily oxidized from sitting around for nearly seven years. After discovered that the last stripped Barrett REC7 sold on Gunbroker for $650, I will confess that I briefly considered selling off the receivers, but I spared them that fate. My best idea for the receiver was to do something really different that was based on showing a weathered look in recognition of the hard road they had traveled. After looking everywhere for a matching non-anodized upper receiver, I was rescued by PWS/Bootleg LLC who was nice enough to bead blast two anodized Bootleg uppers for me.

The problem is that fresh bead blasting does not match well aged seven-year old oxidized aluminum.


The process to get “the old aged oxidized aluminum look” on the upper required 1000 grit sanding, dremel sanding, Scotch Brite pad and dremel polishing, and hand Flitz polishing which I repeated about four times to get the new rough bead blast finish down to the smooth level of the Barrett. The upper and lower receivers were then pinned together with KNS Push Button Pivot Pins, hand polished to assure the sheens of both receivers matched, then carefully rubbed with a Scotch Brite pad to give them that well-worn look. The two receivers were then carefully wiped down with a 50-50 bleach and water solution to deliver the heavy “old oxidized look” in certain areas. After a rinse, the set was placed in my Hornady Ultrasonic cleaner for an hour. The exposure to the Hornady cleaner solution and water smoothed out the work of the bleach and mellowed the finish with the additional more subtle oxidizing. A little coat of oil on the receivers was all that was used to protect the receiver from any other significant oxidation.

If you have a cool receiver set such as this, you might as well splurge on the build parts. It seemed to me the finish was subtle enough that only black accessories would do which included: Mission First Tactical extended magazine release, trigger guard and pistol grip. (At some point MFT is going to either send me a nasty letter about chopping down their grips for AR pistol builds or start producing shorty AR15 pistol grips – I am hoping for the latter.)


Other goodies were KNS Anti-Rotate pins, American Defense Ambi Selector, Mission First Tactical trigger guard, extended magazine release, and magazines, Strike Industries Bolt Release, Timney Match trigger, Phase 5 Tactical Egg Plate QD mount, Hex-One Pistol buffer tube, and Phase 5 billet charging handle. A Fail Zero Bolt Carrier Group was used to drive the brand new 2017 Ballistic Advantage Modern series Pencil profile 11.5” barrel. An ALG Defense Keymod forend and muzzle brake were added to complete the front and of the rifle. For optics I wanted to used something different which ended up being a Sampson Fixed Front sight and MaTech 200-600-yard back up sight with a Burris AR-F3 red dot.

Shooting the Little Barrett REC7 AR15 Pistol

At the moment ATF was not frowning on shouldering an AR15 pistol with just a buffer tube, so I left this build without a Stabilizing Brace in case some accidental contact to my shoulder happened. As I have found with pretty much every well-thought-out AR15 pistol build, the accuracy is seriously impressive. I was able to keep the 6-inch hostage swinger swaying all the way out to 300 yards and with the MaTech rear sight zeroed, precise shots on silhouette steel torsos all the way out to 600 yards were far easier than expected from a light gun that can be stowed in a standard backpack.

Final Thoughts

Barrett is likely none too happy about these receivers still floating around out there, but I personally could not be happier. I have a custom Barrett AR15 pistol; who else has one of these? The result is a loud, compact, flat-shooting, extremely accurate, sub-five-pound gun that can be easily stowed into any standard backpack when unpinned… and it even has a cool story to go with it.

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Man Shoots Would-Be Robber [NRA-ILA News]

A man who tried to rob another man at gunpoint in a northwest Houston suburb was shot Sunday evening. Harris County Precinct 4 Deputy Constables were called to the 23900 block of Creek Ridge Drive in after residents in the area reported hearing gunshots. (Want to get daily updates about traffic news and other events going on in your area? Sign up for the free Houston Patch morning newsletter.)


A Symbol of Status: Pakistani Krinks [The Firearm Blog]

In our final installment of looking at the handmade wonders of the gunmaking village of Darra Adam Khel, we finish it off with an in-depth examination of the Krinkov patterned Kalashnikovs produced in the village. Some of them display an excellent resemblance to the original AKS74Us, however others leave much to be desired. As is […]

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BAE Systems Develops Liquid Armor for Canadian Troops [The Firearm Blog]

BAE Systems has announced that they have signed a memorandum of understanding with a Canadian company called Helios Global Technologies to further develop liquid armor technologies. Although liquid armor developments have started a while ago (the early 2000s), this announcement from BAE Systems seems to be a move towards the creation of a certain military […]

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California: Two Budget Bills with Anti-Gun Language Moving to the Floor of the State Assembly and Senate [NRA-ILA News]

Tomorrow, June 15, is the deadline for the California Legislature to pass a budget. Two budget trailer bills, AB 103 and SB 87, were recently amended with identical anti-gun language and will be voted on tomorrow. Please email your state Senator and Assembly Member and urge them to OPPOSE AB 103 and SB 87.


Suspect shot while trying to enter nearby home [NRA-ILA News]

A 33-year-old New Port Richey man was arrested Sunday night on burglary and battery charges after he allegedly punched a man several times outside a bar in Holiday, according to the Sheriff's Office. The suspect, Stephen Blackwood, then ran away and tried to break into a home about a block away, where he was shot in the shoulder by a resident, authorities said.


NEW 30mm: Primary Arms Advanced Full Sized Red Dot [The Firearm Blog]

Primary Arms has just announced the release of a full size red dot that runs on either a single CR1/3N or two LR44 batteries. Made with a one piece 6061 aluminum 30mm tube, the optic features a 2MOA dot for the reticle. Offering a year and a half battery life on a medium setting, the […]

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POTD: Marine Photography [The Firearm Blog]

Found these photos on The shallow focus looks great and brings the person into full focus and draws your attention. A US Marine Corps photographer recently took some portraits of Marines assigned to the Bataan Amphibious Ready Group. The Bataan Amphibious Ready Group “support[s] maritime security operations, provide[s] crisis response capability, and increase[s] theater […]

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On the Steve Gruber show to discuss vehicles being used in terrorist attacks [John Lott's Website]

Dr. John Lott talked to the Steve Gruber about vehicles being used to commit terrorist attacks.  These attacks where vehicles are used as a weapon to kill at least 4 people are still relatively rare, though they are becoming more frequent. One thing that stands out is that 80% of these mass public attacks were committed by Radical Muslims.

(Tuesday, June 8, 2017, from 6:45 to 6:53 AM)

Audio available here.


AKB and AKB-1 – Soviet Trial Balanced Action Rifles [The Firearm Blog]

The Kalashnikov Museum and Exhibition Complex of Small Arms has released another video showcasing a pair of rare trial rifles. These are balanced action rifles which took part in “Abakan” trials and were AN-94 rifle’s competitors. The guns are called AKB (АКБ) and AKB-1 (АКБ-1) and both are designed by a group of designers lead […]

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Davidson’s Offers Two Exclusive Ruger Handguns [The Firearm Blog]

Davidsons CompactDavidson’s, one of the more prominent firearms distributors in the United States of America, announced it has partnered with Sturm, Ruger & Co. on two variants of existing handguns: the American Compact Pistol and the GP100. How Now Brown Gun If you’ve ever thought “I really like my Ruger American Compact Pistol, but I wish […]

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Shooter at Congressional baseball practice [Of Arms and the Law]

His Facebook page tells you all you need to know about him. Of course his political beliefs will be mentioned in the mass media... not at all.

UPDATE: more, on from folks looking at his Twitter feed. "Trump is a traitor. Trump has destroyed our democracy. It's time to destroy Trump & Co." Here's a reported picture of him:

Rumor has it that he was a moderate Bernie Bro but was radicalized by watching CNN and Stephen Colbert....


Preppers Worst Enemy: The Rat []

Preppers, let’s talk about what may be our worst enemy, the rat.  These pests are destructive, have contributed to famine and disease and have been with humanity for thousands of years.

Let’s take a few minutes and talk about the four legged and two legged rats.

The word “rat” has two meanings:

  • Four legged rats that spread disease.
  • Two legged rats who talk too much.

Four Legged Rat

On the back of my farm there is a small cabin that was built in the mid-1970s.  From time to time, a rat will make its home in the building and it has to be dealt with.  While taking up residence, it will exhibit destructive behavior.  If there are any plastic jars of peanut butter, the rat will chew a hole in it.  Any food not in metal cans will be rummaged through.

Eventually, the rat will build a nest and will start having baby rats.  Then the problem quickly expands.

Here on the farm, I have to keep chicken feed in a metal trash can.  If the feed were in a plastic drum, rats would chew through the plastic.

Two Legged Rat

These are the people who talk too much and compromise your operations security (OPSEC).

You take time to show them your preps, and they go and tell people about your setup.  It is almost like they are bragging, “I know this guy who has X number of rifles, X amount of food, he lives down that road, he is all setup for the end of the world, etc”

You think someone is your friend, you confide in them and they just can not keep their mouth shut.  They may not even realize what they are doing.

In my experience, two legged rats usually do not have any serious preps.  They use their friend as bragging rights to make themselves feel better.

Take Precautions

Just as livestock feed is kept in metal drums to protect from four legged rats, we must take precautions to protect ourselves from the two legged type.

Personally, if someone is not on the same playing field prep wise, I show them very little.  When the topic of prepping comes up, let them do the talking and feel them out.  If they have put little time and effort into prepping, all I have is a few canned goods and a couple of flashlights.

So, be careful who you talk about your preps with and keep the two legged rat at bay.

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Odds the HPA Passes Anytime Soon?… The Likelihood is Beginning to Improve! [The Firearm Blog]

HPAThe Hearing Protection Act (HPA) is one of those things lingering in the back of every firearm owners mind. While all of us would obviously love to see it pass you will not see any of us holding our breath. That sentiment may soon change as some very positive movement was recently made on the […]

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Tactical Jeans from Oxcart [The Firearm Blog]

If there is any complaint about the tactical clothing I could genuinely offer prior to this article, it was that there was a definitive lack of every-day low-vis pants. While other companies have a veritable bevvy of options for covering one’s legs, they are always a canvas or rip-stop type pant, where most of us working […]

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“Modern Dive Short” or “My Dick’s Showing”? Full Review of the Magpul MDS Short [Probably NSFW] [The Firearm Blog]

Here’s the article that no one asked for – the Magpul MDS review. You might be asking yourself – “Why?” And there certainly are a lot of questions raised by this article: Why did Magpul start making shorts? And why are they so short? Why Is TFB covering them? We’ll answer those questions in this article, […]

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Warner Infallible: An Optimistic Competitor to Savage and Colt [Forgotten Weapons]

The Warner Arms Company was formed in (or around) 1911 to import and sell Schwarzlose 1908 blow forward pistols in the United States. It was run by Franklin Warner, who also operated a sporting goods store (Kirtland Sporting Goods) in New York, and thus had a ready retail outlet for imported pistols. The 1908 Schwarzlose did not prove to be a particularly successful pistol, however, and production was shortly ended. When it did, Warner bought up the remaining parts and tooling, with plans to restart production in the US. This appears to have not been a success though, and in 1914 a new pistol was introduced by Warner.

This new pistol was the Warner Infallible, designed by Andrew Fyrberg – a little recognized designer who sold patents to Iver Johnson, CS Shattuck, and Harrington & Richardson among others. The Infallible was a relatively large and awkward .32ACP blowback pistol, and never did sell very well. In 1917 Warner merger his company with Davis & Sons, a shotgun manufacturer. They would produce Infallible pistols until about 1921, and the last stock appears to have finally sold out by 1924.

There are two main variations on the Infallible, differing primarily in the disassembly procedure. The first guns used an easily unlocked lever to connect the bolt to the dual recoil springs. This led to concern that the lever could be inadvertently unlocked while firing, which would then leave only a small bolt stop to prevent the bolt from ejecting out the back of the frame into the shooter’s face. Whether this was a real threat or not, it was certainly perceived to be, as the second variation would replace the disassembly lever with a solid pin that was definitely not going to come out accidentally.

Only about 7600 Infallibles were made, as they were completely eclipsed by the Colt 1903, Remington Model 51, and Savage automatic pistols. Unfortunately, high condition Infallibles are very rare today, but they were originally finished with a completely case hardened frame and look very cool.

Thanks to Ed Buffaloe for the research he has put into these guns, which made this video possible!


Office of the Inspector General – Industry Operations Inspectors Not Confident in ATF NFA Records [The Firearm Blog]

As many of our readers know and are intimately experienced with, the process to obtain National Firearms Act (NFA) firearms and regulated items can be a royal pain for the customer. As an FFL and knowing many others, we likewise share the same frustrations on delays, lack of communication, and cumbersome hoops to jump through […]

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Magazine Fed Break-Action Air Rifle? GAMO Syes Yep with the Swarm Maxxim Air Rifle [The Firearm Blog]

While gunpowder more than gets the job done in most cases, its often possible that simple compressed gas can as well. Being fortunate to have reviewed multiple air rifles, I can attest that for certain circumstances (like anything one might shoot with a .22 LR), that they are excellent options for hunting, training, or legal […]

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On the Matt Garrett Show about Guns on College Campuses [John Lott's Website]

Dr. John Lott talked to Matt Garret on the giant 50,000 watts KOKC about the debate over allowing permitted concealed handguns on college campuses.

(Thursday, June 8, 2017, from 6:05 to 6:30 PM)


“Master of the Grill Apron” by 5.11 Tactical [The Firearm Blog]

5.11 Tactical has been known to take a practical joke or two and turn them into products. The Tactical Kilt comes immediately to mind – which started as a April Fool’s joke. Turns out the joke was on 5.11, who every year since has actually released the kilt for consumption. I’m proud to admit, that […]

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The Glock 19 Undergoes The InRange Mud Test – 1 Round Fired [The Firearm Blog]

Over the last few months, InRange TV has found a successful niche of testing various firearms under their internal “Mud Test” for various classic and modern firearms. While not perfectly representative of the various military standards (their mud is “goopier”), the tests are the normal InRange combination of entertainment and learning. Latest to the fore […]

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Leupold Scope Survives 11 Years in Idaho Wilderness [The Firearm Blog]

Leupold has published images of a Weatherby Mark V rifle found in Idaho wilderness after 11 years of being lost. The rifle is equipped with a Leupold scope and the company claims that it is still fog-free and fully functional. The man who found this rifle brought it to a local sporting goods store, where […]

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Tired of the 6.5 Creedmoor Yet?… Now in 6.5 Creedmoor the Remington Model 700 Magpul [The Firearm Blog]

700 MagpulMagpul, being the popular company that they are, gets their products placed on quite a few factory firearms. Remington is in that boat having created the Model 700 Magpul. Initially only offered in .260 Remington and .308 Winchester, you can now add one to your safe chambered in 6.5 Creedmoor as well. The MSRP is […]

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Tuesday, 13 June


California: Anti-Gun Language Amended into Budget Bill Passes Senate Committee [NRA-ILA News]

Today, June 13, Assembly Bill 103, a budget trailer bill, passed the Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Committee.   AB 103 was recently amended to include substantial policy changes that could remove your Second Amendment rights without due process.  Please contact your state Senator and ask him/her to OPPOSE AB 103.


Century Arms Shipping New Canik Pistols []

Canik? So, this is not a brand name you are familiar with? Well, certainly if you have been around guns for very long either using or reading about them, then you should know the Century Arms name well. They have been importing guns into the U.S. for decades.

Now, this tried and true arms importer is bringing in the very cost effective line of modern pistols under the Canik name. Canik pistols are manufactured in Turkey by Samsun Yurt, the largest defense contractor in the country. Canik pistols have been on the U.S. gun marketing scene for a while, but with new models coming out, they intend to gain an even larger market share.

The Canik pistol line began with the TP9 models, a double action/single action polymer pistol chambered for the universal 9mm. The newest version of the TP9 will be designated the TP9DA. This model will offer shooters the option of a single or double action style trigger combination packaged in a polymer frame.

A Canik spokesperson from Century Arms explained that this pistol is designed to fit the needs of individual personal carry for everyday self-defense, but also for law enforcement requirements and competitive shooting as well. At first glance and hold, the Canik pistol seems large, but it is not so large as to not fit the intended designed uses.

The TP9DA is an in between sized 9mm pistol. The match grade barrel is 4.07 inches with a loaded chamber indicator. The grip back strap comes with interchangeable fitted panels so the shooter can customize the grip feel and fit. Sights on this pistol are Warren Tactical versions with a dot front sight. The decocker system permits the shooter to carry the TP9DA with a longer first trigger pull like a regular hammer-fired handgun.

Disassembly procedures are super simple by pressing the decock button on the top of the slide to remove the slide for further takedown and cleaning.

The nice part about this new Canik pistol is the suggested retail pricing of $424.99. The TP9DA comes in standard black finish or a new special “burnt bronze” cerakote finish. Supplied magazines (2) hold 18+1 rounds. Included in the pistol kit is a polymer holster, the back straps, cleaning rod, and brush. Canik pistols come with a limited lifetime warranty. Check out all the details at

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One to Watch: Hinderer Jurassic []

It used to be that the only folding knife in the Hinderer line up was the much-vaunted XM-18 in various sizes. Then he added the Eklipse. Then a slipjoint (!). Then the Half-Track. Then the modular MP-1. And now he has released the Jurassic, a smallish drop point flipper. The reality is that over the past two years, Hinderer has gone from being the XM-18 company to a full fledged production knife corporation. And all of this is in addition to the collaborations Hinderer has with a wide variety of production companies. Suffice to say, it is a busy time at the Hinderer factory. I guess this is what all of the upgrading and expasion was for a few years ago.

The theme with the Jurassic, is, unsurprisingly, is animalistic. The scales are cut to look like the heavily armored and layered scutes of an ankylosaur (certified Dino-nerd here…and that obligates me to point out the Ankylosaurus was a Cretaceous dinosaur). The handle also has a bit more of an organic look to it than other Hinderer offerings. Instead of a Humvee aesthetic, we are treated to something wth more curves.

The Jurassic’s blade shape is something quite nice–at 3.25 inches its big enough for chores but not so big that it frightens women and children. I have found that this blade length is very good outdoors and in food prep, giving you enough edge to whittle and make firesticks and at the same time enough span to quarter an apple. It is also a blade length that Hinderer doesn’t have in his current line up (the 3 inch XM-18 is not regularly in production for some reason).

Specs-wise we are treated to a lot of what we have come to expect out of this full-production version of Hinderer–the excellent 35VN steel, robust overbuilt design, titanium framelock, flipper deployment, and G10 on the show side. There will, undoubtedly, be a ton of variations coming, but as a starting point, this is pretty promising. There is also the Hinderer modular backspacer, one of the innovations introduced in the MP-1, meaning that this is definitely part of the new wave.

Overall, the knife looks quite nice, not quite as big and heavy as other offering at 5.4 ounces. It also looks like it will fill in the blade size hole in the Hinderer line up. In many ways this is aimed at a lot of the other good framelock flippers on the market–the ZT0450 and the Kizer Gemini both have the same blade length. The world of production TFFs (titanium framelock flippers) is getting ever more competitive, which is, of course, good for all of us knife knuts.

The Jurassic should be out soon with an expect launch at Blade Show 2017. They are also starting to leak out to dealers now. If any knife would be suited to a really hard, scuffed up finish, it would be the Jurassic. I wouldn’t even protest if there were some “claw marks” in a Cerakote finish.

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Can You Believe Ammo Ads? []

I’ve always thought food advertising was misleading. I mean when is the last time you actually got a burger that looked like the ones portrayed on television. What about a pizza all loaded with cheese and pepperoni only to be delivered a piece of cardboard? That is the state of advertising, or let’s dare say, false advertising.

But what about ads for shooting, hunting gear, ammunition, and supplies? Are these any more honest in their descriptions or comparisons to other brands when one claims to be better than the other? Those are of course always final judgements left to the consumer. However, when it comes to items like ammunition, it is probably best proven by actual use in the field.

Let’s be fair. American manufacturers of hunting and general shooting ammunition are making the finest products in the world. Have you ever had an American factory ammo load not go off when you pulled the trigger? If you have, then not only was it an extremely rare incident, I would have to guess some other factors were in play. American ammo is great stuff.

American ammo is also extremely accurate. I know that too, depends on the firearm used, but all else being equal, except for the obvious cost savings or just for the hobby recreation of it, shooters today really have little or no reason to reload ammo anymore. That is because the manufacturing quality control is so high that you virtually cannot beat factory ammo for precision, accuracy or reliability. It is that good.

But, what about comparing one hunting load against another in a magazine ad? How would the consumer know the difference? It’s difficult. Both brands depicted in the ad are for two of the most well-known and popular ammunition manufacturers in the country both with impeccable reputations for quality and performance. So, how can one brand really brag that its load performs better on game targets than the other?

Consumers have to be smart in comparing specifications, ballistics, and claims about one product over another. If you have never tried either load for deer or elk hunting for example, then how would you really know if one “killed” better than the other? Or, in fact, dead being dead, how would you judge one ammo type better than another? Only by use and practice in the field. Match the ammo, and bullet with the game you hunt, then try it out to confirm or deny its performance.

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Browning’s New Buck Mark Pistols []

This sure seems to be the year for gun manufacturers to add new lines of firearms models, or expand existing lines. So too, Browning is jumping on this bandwagon by expanding their line of Buck Mark .22 rimfire pistols. Long a popular brand and selection of pistols for the .22 rimfire, the Browning Buck Mark has been a good seller and now the options are even greater for the rimfire shooting consumer.

First up is the Browning Buck Mark Field Target Suppressor Ready model. Its heavy round 5.5 inch barrel comes pre-threaded to accept a suppressor. Sound suppressing devices are growing in popularity, and hopes are high that NFA rules will be changed to make their purchase and ownership easier for the public. An integral optics base is included plus an adjustable Pro-Target rear sight with a front blade. This model will also be available sans being suppressor ready. Retails for $579.99 to $599.99.

The Buck Mark Lite Flute model will feature a 5.5 inch steel barrel with a lightweight fluted sleeve made of an alloy material in a matte blue finish. Sights include the Pro-Target rear with a TRUGLO/Marble Arms fiber optic front sight. Grips are the Ultragrip FX models. Retail on this model is set at $559.99.

Along with the flute model is also the Buck Mark Lite UFX version. The model has the same 5.5 inch steel barrel but with the Buck Mark logo machined into the top of the barrel sleeve. Also special on this model is a Picatinny rail mounted on the bottom of the barrel to accommodate a light or laser aiming device. The MSRP on this model is $589.99.

Also included in the Buck Mark line expansion are four new models of the Buck Mark Plus Line. These include the UDX, Stainless UDX, Rosewood UDX, and the Practical URX. These sound like model designations for a sports car line up, but they are indeed Browning pistols. The features are so varied that the consumer will want to take a closer examination of their specifications at the Browning web site at

While the barrels are all 5.5 inch other features include stainless on some, matte blued on others. The URX has a tapered bull barrel. All four will have the Picatinny rail feature under the barrel. Suggested retail prices range from $479.99 to $599.99. Again, check out the web site for full details.

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Academy Store Gun Shipment Robbed []

While a truck driver slept in the cab awaiting an early morning delivery, thieves clipped the seals and locks on the truck and stole a shipment of guns and ammo. The driver and store employees discovered the shipment loss the next morning. Total tally of the stolen weapons included 67 guns, 61 handguns and six long guns. Some ammunition was also taken.

The Olive Branch, Mississippi Academy store resides just outside the city of Memphis well known for its organized gang activities. Local authorities responded to the weapons heist along with agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (BATF). Also assisting with the robbery were officials of the Mississippi Association of Gang Investigators, who track gang activities in the region.

Naturally there is only speculation about who might have stolen the guns, and what the ultimate disposition of such weapons might be. Agents of the ATF responded that often times such large caches of stolen guns end up being trafficked all over the country. They did think there might be a high probability that the guns could end up in the hands of gang members in the Memphis area.

It does seem rather improbable that the thieves anticipated the truck loaded to deliver at the Academy store was carrying firearms and ammo. It would seem just as likely that the robbers thought the truck was full of all other kinds of merchandise that an Academy store usually sells including high dollar athletic shoes and clothing. This won’t be determined until the thieves are caught.

In such cases as reported by the authorities, stolen guns can quickly end up being sold on the streets and in short time they often turn up in the commission of other crimes. Sometimes it takes years for such guns to turn up. Persons active in the business of crimes are quick to buy up such weapons because they know they cannot be traced. However, undoubtedly there are records of the exact weapons shipment including serial numbers, models and brand descriptions.

It is highly likely that the ATF and local police have put out notices to local vendors of firearms to be on the lookout for these stolen guns. Pawn shops and even flea markets are often used to “fence” such merchandise, so it is probable that some or all of these stolen guns will eventually surface. The hope is that their use in further criminal activities will be minimal.

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Truckers push for national reciprocity for concealed handgun permits [John Lott's Website]

Here is an interesting article from
While there is no national law prohibiting truckers from carrying properly permitted firearms, it’s still a questionable practice. Myriad city, county, state and trucking company policies make it nearly impossible for truckers to legally carry firearms in their trucks. 
That leaves drivers who choose to bring a firearm on the road caught between complicated state and local laws, and their fear of being attacked while alone and far from help. 
“You have a very deep need for national reciprocity so that our rights for self-defense get extended across the United States,” said Evan Nappen, an attorney in Eatontown, N.J., who concentrates on firearms and weapons law. “Most civilians are not as concerned with this issue, but this is drivers’ living.” . . .


Hearing Protection Act Takes Step Forward []

The Hearing Protection Act has reportedly been attached to the SHARE Act. The SHARE Act addresses a wide range range of topics, which makes it an omnibus bill.

Some of the topics covered:

  • Fishing Protection
  • Target Practice
  • Self-defense on recreational lands
  • Recreational fishing, hunting and shooting.
  • Farmer and hunter protection
  • Migratory game birds
  • Archery
  • Interstate transportation of firearms or ammunition

The act also protects shotguns, shotgun shells, and large caliber rifles from arbitrary classification as “destructive devices'”

The SHARE is maybe the largest piece of legislation to address sportsmen since the Federal Firearms Act of 1968.  It would potentially undo decades of anti-gun laws and agendas.

President Trump has told voters that gun owners would have a friend in the White House. If  this bill is passed, hopefully he will sign it.  With the GOP controlling both houses, we have to strike while the metal is hot.  We have a once-in-a-lifetime chance to abolish decades of archaic laws.

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Delaware: Radical Gun Seizure Legislation Could be Heard Tomorrow [NRA-ILA News]

As early as tomorrow, a dangerous and extreme anti-gun bill is expected to be considered in committee.


Smith & Wesson M&P22 Full Size .22 lr Pistol [The Firearm Blog]

When the Smith & Wesson M&P22 was rolled out in 2011 many shooters rejoiced that there was a new full size .22 on the market that closely resembled a centerfire handgun. At the time of its introduction, the number of choices in that segment was rather limited. In this episode of TFBTV, Patrick pulls the […]

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Gen. G.S. Patton Reproduction Revolver [The Firearm Blog]

PattonFew generals in the United States military have generated as much conversation as General George S. Patton. In many ways, the tough as nails commander was larger than life. Because of this, some of the things associated with him and his leadership have become iconic to casual observers and historians alike. General Patton’s firearms have been much […]

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Gunwerks HAMR: 2+ Mile 375 Cheytac System [The Firearm Blog]

Gunwerks HAMRLong range shooting has always been a popular test of skill. In recent years, the sport of extreme long range shooting has grown, though it is largely hampered by a dearth of acceptable shooting locations and a cost of entry barrier. The new gun system from Gunwerks may test your ability to find both a […]

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On the Larry Elder Show to discuss the plagiarism claims lodged against Sheriff David Clarke [John Lott's Website]

Dr. John Lott appeared on the Larry Elder Show to discuss the claims that Sheriff David Clarke plagiarized his master's thesis at the Naval Post Graduate School.

(Friday, June 9, 2017, 6:35 to 6:40 PM)
Audio available here.


POTD: Model S&W500 4″ Kaboom [The Firearm Blog]

This photo was posted in a Facebook gun owners group. No information other than, What happen when reload gone bad…   Not sure who owns this but it has been confirmed that the owner is fine. I wonder if the owner loaded a double charge in a S&W500 Magnum cartridge? Is there enough room to […]

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Maine Action Needed: Anti-Gun Legislation May be Voted on This Week-CALL TODAY! [NRA-ILA News]

Anti-gun advocates are working overtime to pass anti-gun legislation in your state.  The Maine Senate could vote by the end of this week on Legislative Document 351, an anti-gun bill that would allow municipalities to prohibit firearm owners from carrying during municipal public proceedings and in polling places.  It is important that you continue to contact your state Senator with your strong opposition to LD 351!  Call your state Senator and click the “Take Action” button below.


Review: Citadel Chantha Folding Liner Lock Knife []

I wasn’t familiar with Citadel when I first laid eyes on this knife, but I’m glad I ran across it. The Citadel Chantha is not too big for EDC, it opens smoothly, locks open securely, looks great, and is easy to clean. The high carbon N690Co stainless steel blade wasn’t designed for skinning, but it does a great job of it. When the knife arrived, it was sharp as a razor and stayed that way through a good bit of work.

(Image: © Russ Chastain)

(Image: © Russ Chastain)

First Impressions

I liked the look of the Chantha’s blade the first time I saw it on a Web page — but I liked it even more when I got my hands on it. Fit and finish is excellent, and although I was initially concerned about the smooth handle scales making it hard to handle, I later learned that wasn’t an issue.

(Image: © Russ Chastain)

(Image: © Russ Chastain)

About the blade… it has a unique finish, which is partially textured and dark, with a mirror polish on the rest of the blade. It’s an interesting look that you don’t see just anywhere.

(Image: © Russ Chastain)

(Image: © Russ Chastain)

The mechanical operation of this folder is slick and solid; the blade rotates smoothly and easily and the liner lock on mine is rock solid. This knife was made in Cambodia.

(Image: © Russ Chastain)

(Image: © Russ Chastain)

My Chantha came with a nice little black zipper carry case that can be carried or worn horizontally on your belt.

(Image: © Russ Chastain)

(Image: © Russ Chastain)

(Image: © Russ Chastain)

(Image: © Russ Chastain)

Working With the Chantha

I put the Chantha to work at the first opportunity, which was skinning a whitetail deer. I was testing two knives at the time and I soon laid the other one aside and stayed with the Chantha, which held its edge and was also easy to handle even with blood-slick hands. The shape of the handle and the nice thumb jimping made it easy to control without fear of losing my grip in spite of the slick polished scales.

(Image: © Russ Chastain)

(Image: © Russ Chastain)

Speaking of that, the smooth scales and the open-back design of this knife make it easy to clean after messy work like dressing out wild game. And the black liners between scale and frame are a nice touch.

(Image: © Russ Chastain)

(Image: © Russ Chastain)

When I got my first black bear a week later, I skinned it with the Chantha — and if you have ever butchered a bear, you know how oily and greasy they are. It doesn’t take long until your hands and knives are coated with slick bear grease… but the Chantha remained easy to control.

The Edge

After skinning a deer and a bear (and accidentally meeting up with the metal of a hitch-haul more than once while working on the bear), most of the Chantha’s blade remained shaving-sharp. The part that does most of the work, near the tip, was just a tad dull; perfectly acceptable considering what I’d done with/to it. A little touch-up had her shaving-sharp again, and I’ve since skinned several more deer with it.


I have a critical mind, but I can’t find much to dislike about this knife. If I had to complain about something, it would be the lanyard just because I usually don’t like them — but the lanyard loop is rugged, smooth, attractive, and well-polished, and the black leather lanyard that was on the knife when it arrived has held up well to repeated saturations of blood and bear fat followed by cleanings with dish soap and hot water.

(Image: © Russ Chastain)

(Image: © Russ Chastain)

All in all, the Citadel Chantha is a good-looking knife that makes one heck of a folding skinner and will almost certainly outlast me. Street price seems to hover around $180ish.

Manufacturer Specs

(Specs will vary slightly from piece to piece.)

  • Model: Chantha
  • Model Number: KC4038
  • Overall Length: 7.25″ (including lanyard loop)
  • Blade Length: 2.875″
  • Cutting Edge: 2.625″
  • Blade Thickness: 0.13″
  • Blade Material: Bohler N690Co Stainless Steel
  • Blade Style: Drop Point
  • Blade Grind: Convex
  • Blade Finish: Black, Polish
  • Edge Type: Plain
  • Handle Length: 4.125″
  • Handle Thickness: 0.73″
  • Handle Material: Bone (Rosewood or Micarta also available)
  • Frame/Liner: Z40C13 Stainless Steel
  • Weight: 5.5 ounces
  • User: Right Hand
  • Knife Type: Manual
  • Opener: Thumb Stud
  • Lock Type: Liner Lock
  • Country of Origin: Cambodia
  • Includes a black fabric padded zipper case with embroidered Citadel logo, with 1.75″ belt loops for horizontal carry.

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Arex Rex Zero 1T Tactical and Compliant Models [The Firearm Blog]

FIME Group, the Las Vegas-based importer of the Arex Rex Zero 1 pistol announced the arrival of a tactical version of the Slovenian wonder-nine on the group’s Facebook page. According to the social media post the Arex Rex Zero 1T just arrived in the US and will be at distributors soon. The new Arex Rex Zero […]

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Jerry Miculek Examines the Pump Action AK (KSZ-223) in Russia [The Firearm Blog]

Jerry Miculek, the legend of rapid firing, is in Russia taking part in the practical shooting Rifle World Championship. In the video released by Kalashnikov Concern, Jerry tries the new pump action AK (KSZ-223) and looks like he likes the gun. There is also some footage of Jerry shooting his AR-15 rifle which is in […]

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Sad Reminder On Gun Safety []

Stories like this are heart breaking; a needless tragedy that could have easily been avoided.

Always follow firearm safety rules, no excuses, period.  This is what happens when those rules are ignored.

The tragedy was reported by CBS News – Father kills daughter while showing sons guns “can kill,” police say.

The gun was unloaded when Hummel was showing it to his sons, police said. He later re-loaded the gun, but forgot he had done so.

He told the boys “never use a gun” and “this is why” before he pointed it at his daughter, who had just walked into the room, and shot her in the head.

We can talk all day about gun safety.  However, all it takes is a split second of carelessness, and a life is cut short.

There are certain things we should never do, such as:

  • Drink and drive.
  • Take a nap on railroad tracks.
  • Play in traffic.
  • Point a gun at someone or something we do not intend to shoot.

Firearm safety is not an option, it is a requirement.

This may be a good time to review basic safety rules.

From the NRA gun safety web page:

  • ALWAYS Keep The Gun Pointed In A Safe Direction.
  • ALWAYS Keep Your Finger Off The Trigger Until Ready To Shoot.
  • ALWAYS Keep The Gun Unloaded Until Ready To Use

Then there is the one that gets the most people killed, “treat all firearms as if they were loaded.”

On a personal note, my heart goes out to the girl and her friends and family.

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Watch: Arex ReX Zero 1 Compact 9mm []

Our buddies over at The Firearm Blog TV have put together another excellent video.  This video covers the Arex ReX Zero 1 Compact 9mm, which is made in Slovenia and imported by the FIME Group.

To be perfectly honest, when I saw the preview image of the video, I thought Patrick was holding a Sig.  However, the Arex ReX Zero 1 looks larger than a Sig.  This is the first handgun I have seen where the slide release also works as a de-cocker.


From Buds Gun Shop.

  • 17 Round Capacity
  • Stainless Steel Slide
  • Front and Rear Serrations
  • Loaded Chamber Indicator
  • Ambidextrous Slide Stop
  • Ambidextrous Magazine Release and Safety
  • MIL-STD 1913 Accessory Rail
  • Fixed 3-Dot Sights
  • Overall Length 7.7″
  • Height 5.7″
  • Width 0.98″(Top) 1.1″(Bottom)
  • Weight 29 oz

Now for the video

At first I had high hopes for the handgun, then the hopes faded.

Watching Patrick handle the handgun, it seems very “blocky”.  While changing magazines, it appears he has to reposition his hand a couple of times. This is in contract to the normal magazine changes he does in other videos.

The trigger pull was off the chart, stiff operation and it has a retail price over $600. Let’s be honest, with so many good compact 9mm handguns in the $500 price range, why would the Arex Rex Zero 1 demand a premium price?

Special thank you to Patrick at TFB TV for making another great video.

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Washington: Please Attend WDFW Advisory Committee Meetings [NRA-ILA News]

Thank you to all the NRA members and supporters who attended the first meeting of the Wenas Wildlife Area Target Shooting Advisory Committee.  The WDFW Advisory Committee has set the proposed meeting dates for the remainder of the year.  The next meeting will be a committee meeting and the following two will be “public listening sessions” for members of the public to offer comments and ideas.


Maine: Pro-Gun Legislation Signed by the Governor! [NRA-ILA News]

Yesterday, Governor Paul LePage (R) signed Legislative Document 9 into law.  Sponsored by state Representative Patrick Corey (R-25), LD 9 will prohibit a government agency or political subdivision of Maine from keeping a list or registry of privately owned firearms, or a list or registry of the owners of those firearms.  While federal law prohibits a universal national gun registry, there are eight states which prohibit state-level gun registries as well.  Maine will be the ninth state to prohibit a state-level gun registry.


Are Large Survival Knives Overrated []

Let’s be honest, when was the last time you used a large survival knife for a real world application? Survival knives look cool, have that manly feel to them, and they just feel good.  Men, I fully understand our fascination with large knives.  I like them as much as everyone else.

However, they are heavy, to large to make a good skinning knife, can be expensive and for most applications, overkill.

Over the past couple of months I have been watching a lot of thru-hiker videos.  The goal was to take the experiences of light weight thru-hikers and apply it to my gear.  A common sentiment, was that large survival type knives are unneeded.

For example, in this video, Darwin On the Trail, talks about five pieces of gear that he suggest should be left at home.  Some of his advice is location specific, such as the types of bears he runs into.

After watching the video, and another by someone else, I asked myself, “When was the last time I used one of my large knives?”  Being totally honest, I could not remember the last time I used my Cold Steel Recon Scout, which has a seven inch blade, in a real world application.

During the past few hiking trips I took my Gerber Big Rock and a pocket knife.  I honestly can not remember the last time the Gerber Big Rock was used.  The pocket knife was used to open pouches of Mountain House freeze dried food.

Overrated Survival Knives

I fully understand the lore of Rambo style survival knives.  As I write this article, I am 49 years old and Rambo played a part of my teenage years.  I bought a hollow handle survival knife sometime around 1984.

Then there is the adventure of taking a knife into the woods and “living off the land.”

But, I also have to admit there have been very few times when I needed anything larger than a pocket knife.  For example, when my family and I were on a hunting lease, where I helped skin numerous deer, the best skinning knife was a Case pocket knife.  A three inch blade is much better at making fine cuts than a heavy survival knife.


The honest truth is, even though large survival knives are rarely used and I can not justify their weight on a camping or hiking trip I still like to have one.

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House panel considers bill easing suppressor restrictions [NRA-ILA News]

A House committee will begin considering this week a highly controversial proposal making it easier to buy gun silencers.


Ambush: WaPo snubbed NRA 'silencer shoot' before damning suppressors [NRA-ILA News]

In a bid to promote legislation to ease the purchase of gun suppressors, several gun groups have been offering special "silencer shoots" to news media to show the potential benefits of quieter shots and reality that they really don't silent the weapons.


Congresswoman to Activists: Don't Say 'Control' When Talking Gun Laws [NRA-ILA News]

Rep. Elizabeth Esty (D-Conn.) called for campaign finance reform to mitigate the gun lobby’s influence on the political process and urged Democrats to drop the phrase “gun control.”


NRA Declares Victory, After Gov. Scott Signs Stand Your Ground-Related Bill Into Law [NRA-ILA News]

A gun rights group is declaring victory, after Governor Rick Scott signed a Stand Your Ground-related bill into law last week.


Chinese Full-Size Tank Model made of Cartridge Cases [The Firearm Blog]

A group of Chinese military armament enthusiast made a full-size (1:1 scale) Chinese Type 99 tank model using cartridge cases of different sizes and types. They used almost 50,000 cases (48,356 to be precise) and made this fascinating replica. Once the job was done, they weighed the final model and it turned out to weigh […]

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Winchester Lever Action Development: Model 1886 [Forgotten Weapons]

Saddle Ring Carbine
Deluxe Rifle

The Model 1886 was the first Winchester repeating rifle to improve on the original toggle locking system of the 1860 Henry, and it is also the first of John Moses Browning’s lever action designs. Browning met with Winchester executives to sell them his design for the Winchester 1885 single shot rifle, and mentioned that he was also working on a lever action repeating rifle that would be much stronger than the existing Model 1876. This was very interesting to Winchester, and they agreed to buy that design as well.

The new rifle used a pair of vertically sliding blocks to lock the bolt into the receiver upon firing, and allowed the weapon to safely chamber much more powerful rounds, up to and including the .50-100 Express. This rifle superseded the Model 1876 almost overnight, as it finally allowed a single rifle to have the power of the single shot buffalo rifles and the rapid firepower of the smaller caliber Winchesters.


AR-15 Lover Converted to the Kult of Kalashnikov!? The Wound Channel Teaches You the Right Way to Shoot an AK [The Firearm Blog]

Is it possible to convert someone into an AK fanatic, or do you have to be born one? Can the comfort zone of aircraft-grade aluminum and nitro-injected ergonomics be overcome by the simple elegance and robustness of the Kalashnikov? This question is one I’ve found myself asking a number of times after I published my love […]

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Philippines M16 Disassembly Time Trial [The Firearm Blog]

Remember those Russian teens taking turns field stripping and reassembling an AK47?   Well the Philippines are doing the same thing. While not as smooth and fast as the Russian teenagers, it is nice to see people practicing this skill. I do have to critique her method of disassembly. There are a lot of wasted […]

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Maglula Released Loading Tool for CZ Scorpion EVO-3 [The Firearm Blog]

maglulaA lot of people like to use loading tools to help them push all of those rounds into their magazines. For higher capacity magazines, this can be a real life thumb saver. One of the dominant names in the magazine loading business is Maglula. Maglula captured the hearts of many a shooter with its line […]

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On KTLA's Sunday Morning News makers: What about people and police not being armed to protect themselves in Britain and France? [John Lott's Website]

Dr. John Lott talks to KTLA's news director Larry Marino about whether people in Europe would be better able to deal with terrorists if gun control laws were changed.  Lott also talked about the history of gun control in the UK as well as gun-free zones at concerts and football stadiums.
 (Sunday, June 11, 2017)

audio available here


Body Armor Breakthrough by Air Force Officer Cadet [The Firearm Blog]

Having worn it before and knowing many who have lived because of it, body armor – specifically hard plates – have become indispensable life-saving tools for police and military. Designed specifically to defeat high velocity ballistic threats such as the AK and RPK, hard plates acre credited with 1’000s of stopped bullets. But, this protection comes […]

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Lighting For Gloves That Actually Works – By A High School Senior – LED Tactical Lites Gloves [The Firearm Blog]

Almost anyone who spends significant time outdoors or served in the military within the last decade is keen on the various LED headlamps out on the market. Inexpensive and versatile, they quickly become indispensable tools for the camper or warfighter at night. Unfortunately, they do have the limits in their utility, where carrying objects or […]

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PHLster Releases New Innovative TuckStrut [The Firearm Blog]

The hardest part of concealing a firearm is, generally speaking, the grip of the gun. Where the muzzle looks relatively natural in its vertical or near vertical position, the grip of the gun has a tendency to look unnatural in both shape and appearance. Various firearms and holsters set up the gun at a perfect […]

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C&Rsenal (Finally) Tackles a Uniquely American WW1 Firearm – The Remington Model 10 Trenchgun [The Firearm Blog]

While the US education system tends to highlight and overemphasize the effect of the United States in World War 1, C&Rsenal has not. For the first 50+ episodes, the channel has been covering the various primarily european weapons from The Great War (though there has been some US history sprinkled in). Finally through the glut […]

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Monday, 12 June


Skyshield SHORAD – Like NORAD Only More Flak! [The Firearm Blog]

If and when the machine overlords decide to take over the planet, the Skyshield will likely be their air defense weapon of choice. The Skyshield, a modular and potentially mobile air defense system, has been developed by Switzerland’s Oerlikon Contraves Air Defense, to protect critical assets. The SHORAD system, or SHOrt Range Air Defense system […]

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Now is the Time to Stock Up on .22LR (Maybe) []

I’ve seen a bunch of articles go through my feed recently to the effect that the Great .22LR Ammo Shortage is now over, with TFB reporting that Wal-Mart is even removing its buying limits.

As a guy who started stacking it right before the panic hit, and then sat out the panic years entirely, this news tells me one thing: start stacking it again.

Or, at least try to start stacking it. First, I actually have to find some, and I’ve yet to see a single round at any Wally World here in central Texas. When I do see .22LR on shelves, it’s in the smaller lots — the only 500-round bricks I see are this Aguila stuff out of Mexico. I bought two bricks of that but haven’t actually shot it, yet, so I don’t know how it runs in my guns. My guns all like CCI Blazer, so that’s what I have about 4K rounds of on-hand.

4K rounds is a good start, but I really want to get to 10K rounds of .22LR before the next shortage hits, and it will hit.

So, while I’m heartened by the increasing trickle of positive news around .22LR availability, for me the shortage won’t be truly over until I can walk into Wal-Mart or any other store that sells ammo most days and pick up a brick of Blazer.

How are .22LR stock levels in your neck of the woods? Are you able to get what you want, when you want it?

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Reminder: Take Care of Your Carry Gun []

A lot of people put their holster on and stuff the gun into it and go about their business. At the end of the day they take the holster out. Most leave the gun in it and they forget about it until the next day, if they carry every day. You’d probably also be surprised at the number of folks who have a permit but don’t carry every day. Then you can add in the ones that bought the gun, the holster, took the class and got their permit a few years ago and have never shot the gun since their class or even taken it out of the holster in all this time.


Let me tell you, you are begging for a failure if you ever need to draw and use that gun. It’s also the case that your shooting skills will be next to nothing, you will have forgotten 90% of what you learned to pass the class and get the permit. So shooting it well and putting the shots where they need to be would be a miracle at best.


But if you have been following my articles now for two plus months, then you know I am a very strong believer in practice and more practice with the gun you are going to carry. If you do this, you will not only maintain but improve your shooting skills.

But if you don’t and you fall into what I talked about at the top of this article, you may not have to worry about bad shooting because there is a strong chance your gun will malfunction on you when you need it most. If you never take it out of the holster and clean and oil it or treat it with whatever you use, chances are it will have rust, debris and ever corroded “greenish” ammo in the magazine.


If you have one in the chamber it may go off, but chances are the rest will jam the gun up in a hurry. We all know you have less than 2 seconds to defend yourself against most attacks — they happen fast, people. So now you have a gun that is jammed and you are out of time all because you didn’t shoot your carry gun enough.


In the small town I grew up in, we never had a population more than 3,500, and it’s even less now. We had a police officer in the 70’s and 80’s that only used his gun to requalify as needed. And the police chief at the time didn’t push that too much either. So in 1984 a new police chief came into town, hired by my father who had just been elected Mayor. This new chief was a go getter. On his first day had all the officers meet him in the council chambers as he looked over their records.

When he asked to see their 38 special revolvers, this one officer could not even get it out of the holster — it was locked in place by melted Hersey bars (his favorite), which he would put in the holster then forget and they would melt. He patrolled the local Dairy Queen most times so the DQ was the safest place in town.

When the new chief saw that he was so upset all he could do was start laughing. He told them they were all to take the revolvers down right then and there and clean them, and he was going to watch and inspect them before they went back into the cleaned holsters. And they were going to shoot a qualification the following weekend, so they better practice because if they didn’t pass, they no longer worked there. Within a few years the new chief got away from the old 38s and into Glocks by 1988. But this goes to show you that just like you take care of your car, you need to take care of the gun you hope you never need but if you do, takes care of you.

Take them out of the holsters, clean them and by all means, SHOOT THEM and get used to them, you are depending on them to protect you if the need should ever arise.

See you out there. Gunner

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Gifts for All Outdoor Dads []

I was one of the many lucky ones. I was born in 1950. My father had just returned back from WWII not so many years before. He came home to start a business, raise a family, and teach his two sons how to shoot and hunt. I was one of the sons.

Memories can be shared by gifting your dad on Father’s Day with some small item, personalized for his pleasure and use. It is not the day for tools of work, but of tools for recreation, or relaxation. If he shoots or hunts, or collects guns, then your task has been made easier. Pick something he will cherish, but use in earnest.

Hunting clothing items are always a winner, but does not have to be extravagant. A good pair of wool socks, or new hunting or shooting gloves would be a good bet. Perhaps a new ball cap bearing the logo brand of some firearm or other product he really identifies with. A leather Filson belt would be a prized gift.

If your father does day hunts, or likes to hike out to a favorite woodland stand or stay all day in a shooting house, then check out one of the great packs made by Alps-Outdoor Z. Of particular note is their Extreme Fanny Pack, just right for enough gear for a long day afield without being overbearing or too heavy once packed.

Especially if your dad is a fervent deer hunter, he would like a good trail camera to stake out a hunting area, deer trail, or stand location to identify deer crossing in the area. Camera surveys are a proven game management strategy to help deer hunters catalog certain bucks, but also to get an idea about the deer population as a whole. He’ll like a trail cam.

Whether he bow hunts or uses a conventional deer rifle, a rangefinder always finds a use from a hunting stand. Knowing the ranges before nocking an arrow, or flipping the safety off a rifle is reassurance that the aim is right on target. It is also good to know distances from a hunting position to another position in field, food plot, or woods. Check out Nikon or Leupold.

What better a Father’s Day gift than a quality pocket knife? Pick a Case, Kershaw, Browning or Remington which instantly creates a personal keepsake. If in doubt though, a good bet is always a heartfelt Father’s Day card with a gift card from his favorite outdoor store.

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Prepper Bartering []

One of the greatest fears and trials of a full blown SHTF event is running out of goods and services. The shelves will empty quickly upon the approach of a calculated natural disaster or storm such as a hurricane. Once a tornado blows through, if there are any supply stores standing, then they will be quickly depleted too. This poses a serious situation for obtaining needed goods and supplies or life threatening if you don’t already have them. What happens then?

Depending on the duration of a SHTF, even if you were well prepared and well stocked, you will eventually run out of something you need. Likely this is going to happen also with nearby neighbors or other contacts you may have. At some point a secondary economy will be established for trading goods and services.

Maybe you have a tree down in the yard and a neighbor has a functioning chainsaw. It could be he needs some canned goods to help feed his family, or perhaps you have a couple of cans of lawn mower gasoline that can be used in the chainsaw. So, you trade your gasoline for his saw and labor or some cans of food. A whole network of bartering could be set up quickly once regular supply sources dry up. This is usually a natural course of events.

In terms of prepping, then, always consider stocking up extra supplies that could be used for bartering trade goods in exchange for items you need. The system that develops may not be a complete formal trading fair like a garage sale, or a thrift market. It may be small, limited trades to known associates, or other preppers you know. So, what will you trade?

Anything that automatically becomes a high priority prized value will make good bartering materials. First and foremost the critical items will be foods, water, medicines, personal hygiene items and then on down a long list of crucial supplies that everybody needs or wants. Even security based supplies may come into play as well, such as extra ammo, or even a firearm if you choose to part with one. Stock up plenty of the Tier One items for bartering.

As you build you own supplies for a duration event, it may not be too difficult to easily add several more portions of those stocks. Instead of buying one long term supply of survival food packs, buy two. If you are bugging in with plenty of storage space, then buy extra cases of canned goods, vegetables, fruits, and canned meats. Have plenty of canned tuna, chicken, and turkey meats on hand. These can be eaten right out of the can if necessary.

Canned items such as pasta combinations, soups, chili, and such will last a good while and take little water if any to prepare. Naturally pick the items you and your family will eat first and foremost. If you end up bartering away some food, those needing it won’t be so picky about the choices available. Just think in the best terms of balance and nutrition that you can with such food stores.

Another good item to stock up on would be powdered drink mixes of all kinds, juices, and flavored drinks that require a minimal amount of water to constitute. Though powdered milk does not always taste the best, some brands are better than others. Find out which ones your family will tolerate and stock it. Add some hard candies and small individually wrapped items that would be considered sweets or treats will be welcomed. Stay away from anything that melts like chocolate and such.

Establish a system of cycling through the food supplies you stock and store, using the oldest first and then resupplying the pantry again and again. This will not only keep your supplies as fresh and current as possible but it will help you maintain depth in your supplies as well. Whatever you stock and store up, be sure to think in terms of unrefrigerated items and things that will last on the shelf for a maximum amount of time. There may be no electrical power.

Water can be difficult to store and handle in large quantities. I have a prepper friend that keeps 50 cases of bottled water in his outdoor shop and rotates the stock weekly. He also drilled his own water well in his back yard for utility water purposes to bathe and flush toilets, but it is also drinkable as well. If water supplies are cut off, such a resource would create an immediate product for trading and would be in high demand.

Other items that could be traded or bartered includes over the counter medications like aspirins, pain relievers, upset stomach remedies, diarrhea medicines, antiseptic ointments, cough and cold medicines, eye drops and everything else you use from the home medicine cabinet. First aid supplies like band aides, gauze, wraps, bandages of all types and sizes, and first aid tape will be highly sought after.

In some cases, tools of all kinds may be goods for trading. These may be mechanics tools or gardening tools. Knives, hatchets, and axes will be in demand. All kinds of hardware may be in need. Wire, heavy duty tapes, rope, and such can be of value to others. Screws, nails, and construction aid materials will trade well. Buckle straps, elastic cords, coated cable, cable locks, and related items will have good value, too. Oils, lubricants, aerosols, and such shop supplies are good traders. Never negate your own practical skills to trade as well.

Though you understandably may not want to give up any security supplies, especially guns and ammo, these are high valued items. If you are not interested in trading such goods, then keep your inventory of such items a tightly held secret not to be mentioned or shown off.

This goes for all your prepping supplies as well. If you have good extra supplies of food, water and medicines, don’t advertise it. In your case, bartering may not become a necessity. If it does then go slowly, trade wisely, and keep all your cards close to your vest as it were. A SHTF brings out the worst behaviors of others, some threatening. Be prepared for that.

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Smith’s New Combat Magnum Revolvers []

Smith and Wesson has long been an innovator in the world of handguns and particularly in bringing out new revolvers. Now S&W has announced two new models being shipped now. These two new guns are being designated the models Combat Magnum Model 66 and 69 revolvers.

Those model numbers may ring a bell, but these are not the same guns. These new versions are now short barreled models with 2.75 inch barrels. The new Combat Magnum 66 will be chambered for the .357 Magnum and the Combat Magnum 69 will come chambered in the .44 Magnum.

The sweetness of these two new models is that with a short barrel profile these handguns are purpose built for shooters and concealed revolver carriers that want a full magnum handgun built on a medium sized frame. This is important for comfortable carry and quick draws in response to immediate needs to produce a weapon.

The Model 66 is built on the famous K-Frame, and the Model 69 is built on the lessor known L-Frame. Both are constructed of stainless steel frames and cylinders. The metal has been treated with a glass bead finish. The ball detent feature was improved to strengthen the yoke to frame lockup. The guns feature a full length extractor for easy cartridge exit. The barrels on both guns feature a full metal under lug design similar to the old 586 and 686 revolvers, only the front is angled down.

Sights include a red ramp front sight with an adjustable white outline rear sight. The grips are soft synthetic for a solid hold and comfortable grip with the magnum loads. The top barrel straps are fully serrated. While the Model 66 .357 has a 6-shot cylinder, the Model 69 in .44 Magnum’s cylinder holds five rounds.

Of course, the Model 66 can handle both .357 Magnum as well as the .38 Special loads including +P loads. The Model 69, .44 Magnum can also load and shoot the ever popular but lighter .44 Special loads. This increases the utility of both handguns immensely.

These new model 66s and 69s are smart looking revolvers with that distinctive matte stainless beaded look and the heavy lug under the barrel. They certainly look like business, and considering the loads they can handle, they can certainly deliver the business. Check out these new Smith and Wesson models at

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Cobalt Kinetics “Glory” AR []

Cobalt Kinetics and Allegiant Rifleworks is now delivering their very special and unique rifle tribute to Chris Kyle, which they have designated “Glory”. This will be the first rifle in a Chris Kyle “The Legend” tribute series.

Taya Kyle, wife of Chris Kyle and Executive Director of the Chris Kyle Frog Foundation has stated that his new rifle in the series will be great for any collection and creates the relationship between the Frog Foundation and Cobalt Kinetics and Allegiant.

The Glory rifle is built on a traditional AR-15 platform format, but beyond that it is anything but traditional. First, it is chambered for the .223 Wylde allowing the rifle to easily chamber and handle all .223 Remington loads, along with any 5.56 Nato rounds. The exterior of the rifle is treated with a special one-of-a-kind custom hand painted flag pattern.

Each model of the Glory rifle will be individually serial numbered with a production limited to only 250 units. Buyers interested can order early to secure the same production number in the run of the other models in the Legend Series. Every rifle sale brings a benefit to the Chris Kyle Frog Foundation to continue its work for military, veterans, and first responder families.

Other features of the Chris Kyle Glory rifle includes a full top Picatinny rail devoid of open BUIS sights, but which can be easily added if desired by the shooter. The forend sports an aggressive front profile. The butt stock is a customized design not seen on any other type rifles. The trigger cage is enlarged for easy trigger use even with heavy gloves. Again, the exterior flag design finish is what sets this limited edition rifle apart from anything else on the market.

Cobalt Kinetics is known for superior engineering and building firearms with bold aesthetics as well as cutting edge technical innovations. Their reputation as an arms maker was established by their meticulous detail to precision. Their specialized engineering includes their Dual Drop and Cobalt Advantage Reloading System. Their design mitigates muzzle rise by innovative changes in the buffer system of each rifle.

To place an order for one of the production numbers of these limited Chris Kyle Glory ARs, contact Cobalt Kinetics. Additional questions can be directed to or by phoning 435-656-0599. If you can get your hands on one of the Glory rifles, you will not only possess an immediate collector item, but also support a great organization.

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The Plano Field Locker []

There is a really good reason this equipment carry box is called a field locker. It is definitely not like any other polymer latch lid military type ammo box. This one is built Army tough, because hey, it was built to military specifications and the field duty they require. It serves with honor.

On a recent ATV trip across hunting property to assess post-tornado damage to timber and wildlife landscape, the Plano Field Locker was stretcher corded in the front carry basket already loaded with tools. It banged, it rocked, it rolled over, it was rubbed by tree limbs, and brush. It came away with nary a scratch and no signs of abuse. Everything inside was A-OK including a firearm, ammo, water bottles, and a 35mm camera with no other protection than this box. The gear weathered the storm as well.

The Plano Field Locker is a heavy duty, well-constructed carry case with a flip latch lid lock that snaps to lock position with authority. There will be no accidental unlocking with this latch. It can also be secured with a padlock or two if needed that would take a heavy hammer to bust the metal reinforced padlock gates.

Designed for hard outdoor use, the locker’s lid comes with a full waterproof Dri-Loc® gasket to keep out water and dust, so sensitive gear items can be carried without worry, hence the pistol, ammo, and camera. The latch lock and lid hinge are super heavy duty, almost over engineered. The hinge has a full metal rod through the locking fingers for extra strength. The latch lock has rubberized inserts for a sure and firm grab even with awkward work gloves.

The swivel carry handle on top also has the rubberized insert for a fitted grab to carry. The handle has a snap over center feature so the handle folds flat in the top recess and will not fly up or bounce around. There are heavy metal pins through the top handle attachment points that also have metal connection loops to attach the shoulder carry strap. The strap itself is an adjustable heavy duty affair, tough padded nylon with metal snap closure attachments.

Other features include a pressure release valve on top in case of high temperatures or working in high altitudes. The box bottom is molded with stackable ridges. Everything about this Field Locker is heavy duty and reinforced. You won’t find a better dry box for critical field gear or sensitive items. Dimensions are 17x11x8.5 inches and retails for around $69.99. Check it out at

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Father’s Day ideas that aren’t too fishy []

Father’s Day is fast approaching (June 18) and if dear ol’ dad is an outdoorsman, especially an angler, choosing a way to spend the day with him, or selecting the perfect gift, is pretty easy.

Few are the fishing dads who would not love spending the day with their kids and/or grand kids on or near the water. It can be done easily in such a wide variety of ways that anyone can get pop near the water to dangle a line.


Perhaps the simplest of fishing venues may be the best, especially if small children are involved. Locate a local lake or pond, and simply soak earthworms or other baits below a bobber or with a few split-shot deeper, and catch whatever happens along. Bream, catfish, carp, crappies, bass, and a host of marine fish are available in America’s myriad waters. The species isn’t so important, it’s just catching a few fish with dad that will be best remembered.

Most regions of America are jammed with ponds big and small, with creeks broad and narrow, and lakes and tidal waters too numerous to name. Picking one is perhaps the biggest chore, so a little pre-fish “scouting” is in order for those who are tasked to set up the day with pop.

While big lakes and rivers are obvious draws for families taking dad fishing, don’t overlook the smallest of waters. Retention ponds just an acre or so in size are usually jammed with hungry fish waiting for a meal. If a family member lives on or near such a pond, check it out by pre-fishing the place.

Sometimes “chumming” the water with dry fish pellets (available at feed stores) can turn on and attract pond, creek or river fish. “Feed” fish daily for a week or so, and they’ll be like Pavlov’s dogs, ready and willing to feed and be caught when you return with dad and assorted family members for fishing.


And do the fishing early in the morning, while it’s cool. It’ll require a bit of nudging to get everyone moving at dawn, with fishing beginning at 7 a.m. or so. But the action likely will wan about mid-day, just in time for a family barbecue, and maybe dad can slip in a quick nap while watching fishing on TV.

Another fishing location godsend to coastal anglers looking for a Father’s Day spot is the beach. Who doesn’t love visiting the big pond for a family bash? But instead of lugging just coolers, beach chairs and umbrellas, be sure to have along some rods, reels and bait. While big rods get a lot of attention for surf fishing, plenty of fish can be caught on standard spin gear. Those sloughs and slightly deeper waters just feet out from the surf harbor a huge variety of fish that can be caught with dead shrimp and squid sold at coastal bait shops.

If you target the surf for Father’s Day fishing, in addition to standard tackle, be sure to have some extra heavy sinkers (some surf specialty models, too) and simple “surf spikes” to keep reels out of gritty sand. Tackle stores along the coast offer such items.

If dad’s a hard-charging angler, and you have access to a boat or (better) buddies who own a boat, set up a day fishing with dad included. It can range from bream in lake or river to inshore fishing for anything with fins, to offshore from kingfish to snapper, dolphin to billfish.

A charter boat fishing trip is another option. This costs hard-earned money, but guides are worth every penny they charge. It takes years of on-the-water experience, with plenty of expense to learn where, how and when to catch fish. They do it daily, and their expertise is cheap compared to the knowledge they share.


Great guides from bass and panfish, to tarpon, trout, redfish, king mackerel, sailfish and more are available virtually nationwide.

Every fishing dad can use extra lures, line, leader material, even rods and reels. Be judicious in their selection, with the best source of what to buy coming from dad’s closest fishing buddies. Such friends also may offer ideas such as he needs a new rain suit, or his boat depth finder is on the fritz, or his boat trailer lights aren’t working. Any of these things, and a hundred more, are big gifts for a fishing pop on Father’s Day.


Gift cards aren’t the most personal of dad gifts, but they are well received and so are a can’t-miss purchase. Academy, Bass Pro Shops, Cabela’s and others offer gift cards and they are choice places for angler shopping.

Another idea is a gas gift card, for fuel in fishing cars and boats. Choose a gift card from a station selling non-ethanol fuel, which is preferred by many anglers in their boats.

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The Box O’ Truth Hurts – All Weapons Have Limits Inside the Home [The Firearm Blog]

Previously, I have penned numerous articles focusing on testing various firearms in use throughout a home. Most testing has been completed using drywall, but that is about as realistic as using ballistics gelatin – that testing simply fails to capture the complexity of most structures including pipes, wires, studs, furniture, etc. Other testing has been a […]

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Polymer80 Launches Exclusive FDE 80% Frame with Brownells [The Firearm Blog]

Brownells, a purveyor of fantastic firearms products, is on a bit of a tear recently. Using their buying power, Brownells has been expanding products under their own brand and focusing on releasing Brownells’ exclusive items. Latest in that trend is their partnership with Polymer80, which has yielded the Brownells exclusive Coyote color. The offering uses […]

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Cimarron Introduces New “Patton” Revolver []

Cimarron Firearms has just announced a new Colt-style single action revolver named for General George S. Patton. It’s nickel plated as well as engraved, chambered in 45 Colt like the gun Patton toted during Big Rumble 2.

Cimarron pays tribute to Gen. George S. Patton with this exquisite revolver. The nickel plated pre-war Frontier has been laser engraved with the same pattern found on Old Blood and Guts’ trusted sidearm during WWII. Complete with hand-fitted poly ivory grips featuring the GSP insignia and a lanyard ring on the grip frame.

Naturally, the grips aren’t real ivory and the engraving is done by laser, but how else could an average person afford a nice-looking resembler like this?

Manufacturer Specs

  • SKU: PP411LNPT
  • Caliber: 45 Colt
  • Barrel Length: 5-1/2 inches
  • Style: Frontier
  • Frame: Pre-War
  • Finish: Nickel
  • Grip: Poly Ivory
  • MSRP: $765.70

Cimarron offers many “resembler” guns of the old west (I call them that simply because they’re not 100% true replicas), as well as holsters and other leather gun gear. Want a “Man With no Name” gun? Wyatt Earp Buntline? John Wayne’s “Rooster Cogburn” revolver? Quigley’s rifle?

They have all of those and more. It’s an interesting approach to the gun business that seems to be working for them.

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Rifle Review: Springfield Armory Saint with Free Float Handguard [The Firearm Blog]

Last year, Springfield Armory rolled out the Saint Rifle. The Saint was well received, but shooters were chomping at the bit for a version with a free-float handguard. Springfield listened, and has now brought to market a Saint rifle with a free-float, 12.5 inch M-LOK handguard. I was recently provided a Springfield Armory Saint for […]

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POTD: SCAR Love Parody [The Firearm Blog]

Nate Schultz shot this photo of Kelly Jo loving her SCAR16S. I went for an Olan Mills look and did not want to copy the originals. That was my thought process. Nate’s photo was inspired by a series of hilarious photos taken by a mystery photographer.     These photos are just amazing. They are […]

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In The Hill Newspaper: "The threat of radical Islam is not new, but what will we do?" [John Lott's Website]

Dr. John Lott has a new piece at The Hill newspaper that documents what a large percentage of terrorist attacks are committed by radical Muslims.  The piece starts this way:
It was yet another example of Muslim terrorists killing people. President Trump in his tweets over the last couple days has pushed against the London mayor's claim that there is “no reason to be alarmed” and the need for “extreme vetting” of those from seven high-risk countries.
Let’s be clear, the vast majority of Muslims live their lives in peace and are great neighbors. But that can’t take away from radical Muslims being overwhelmingly responsible for long-term violence that has been occurring around the world.
Bombs, like the Manchester attack, are much more commonly used in terror attacks outside of the United States. Between 2014 and 2015 there were 1,761 terrorist bombings around the world that claimed the lives of at least 4 people.
Even though the motives aren’t known for 17 percent of the attacks, at least 80 percent are committed Muslims radicals.
From 2009 to July 2014, Russia saw 0.24 annual deaths per million from bombings with four or more fatalities.
Muslim extremists committed all of these attacks. That rate is 2.7 times higher than the death rate from mass public shootings in the United States.
In Belgium in 2016, an airport and subway bombing killed 31 people and wounded 180. The 2004 Madrid train bombing took the lives of 192 and injured about 2,000.
While the London-type attack with a vehicle where at least 4 people have been killed is still relatively rare around the world, since 2000, 80 percent of the 10 such attacks involved Islamic extremists. . . .
The rest of the piece is available here.


One injured in Lincoln County shooting [NRA-ILA News]

One person was injured in a shooting on West Lincoln Drive in Lincoln County Sunday night. A man was sitting in a truck when he was shot in the neck. He has non-life threatening injuries.  Authorities say the shooting was self-defense.  One man has been detained for questioning. The Sheriff's Office is still investigating.


Ruger LC9s: Now with Stainless Slide [The Firearm Blog]

Ruger LC9sSturm, Ruger and Company announced a new version of the LC9s: one with a stainless finished slide. The new guns are certainly not revolutionary, but they do offer the consumer another option when selecting a gun for purchase. In times like these – where there is a seeming drop in demand for at least some kinds […]

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Florida Alert! Brevard Sheriff Wayne Ivey: We Can't Afford To Wait on the Attack [NRA-ILA News]

Broward County, FL, Sheriff, Wayne Ivey has issued another video to help citizens be prepared to protect themselves and their families.

Florida Alert! Brevard Sheriff Wayne Ivey: We Can't Afford To Wait on the Attack [NRA-ILA News]

Broward County, FL, Sheriff, Wayne Ivey has issued another video to help citizens be prepared to protect themselves and their families.


82-year-old homeowner shoots at home invasion suspect in Owen County [NRA-ILA News]

An 82-year-old man fired two shots at a suspect who tried to break into his home in Owen County early Sunday morning. Owen County Dispatch received a report of a home invasion in the 6000 block of Cunot Cataract Road around 5:30 a.m. The homeowner was the only one home at the time. Deputies say he fired two shots at the suspect but the suspect wasn't hit. The two struggled and the suspect escaped. The homeowner wasn't seriously hurt. Deputies say the doors were locked and the suspect got into the home by removing a window air conditioning unit.


Man Shoots Robber Armed With Knife in Upper Darby [NRA-ILA News]

A man who was armed with a gun turned the tables on a robber armed with a knife and shot him in the leg in Upper Darby late Sunday morning, according to police. Police told NBC10 a man was in the area of Bridge and James streets shortly before 11:30 a.m. when he was approached by a robber armed with a knife. The robber threatened the man who repeatedly warned him that he had a concealed gun, investigators said. The robber ignored the man’s warnings and continued to move toward him with the knife, according to officials. Police say the man then opened fire and shot the man once in the leg. The robbery suspect was taken to the hospital and was later released. Police have not yet revealed his identity or the specific charges against him.


Watch: How is 22 Rimfire Ammo Made? []

I really enjoyed this video, which shows us how CCI 22 rimfire ammo is made in CCI’s factory.

To begin, circles are punched out of sheet brass and cold-formed into small brass cups. Then to relieve the stress of the cold forming process, they are annealed. After a wash and dry, a drawing process reduces diameter and increases length.

The cup on the left is formed in the first step. The one on the right is ready to go into the header.

The cup on the left is formed in the first step. The one on the right is ready to go into the header.

Next comes another wash & dry before hitting the header. The header is so named because it forms the case head — the part with the rim. It also adds the head stamp, which in this case is the C for CCI.

A surprisingly non-automated step comes next, in which the brass cases are placed into plates so they can be primed.

In rimfire ammo, priming compound is placed into the inside of the case head and made to flow into the rim from the inside. Then a firing pin strike can pinch the brass rim to ignite the priming mix and thus ignite the powder charge.

After priming, the case is of course charged with powder and a bullet is seated into it. Next comes the crimp, which tightens the case mouth so that it will hold onto the bullet properly. After that, the ammo can be sorted into trays and the bullets waxed, then it’s boxed (and presumably sent to Wal-Mart where one person will buy it all and cram it into a dank corner of his basement until the world ends).

Lead billets ready to be turned into bullets.

Lead billets ready to be turned into bullets.

Next, we see how they make their bullets. The amount of lead the factory consumes in a day is tremendous, and the process of turning it into bullets is interesting. It’s molten and cast into large cylindrical six-inch-diameter 300-pound billets, which are then shoved through a press to form wire, which is then cut into slugs.

Reduced to small-diameter lead wire, the lead is then cut into slugs.

Reduced to small-diameter lead wire, the lead is then cut into slugs.

Each slug can then be formed into an actual bullet.

A slug next to a formed bullet.

A slug next to a formed bullet.

Bullets are then coated with black lead or plated with copper before being loaded into ammo.

I like it.

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Woman Shoots Enraged Guest At Marietta Gathering [NRA-ILA News]

A social gathering at a Cobb County apartment ended in gunfire and the death of a man, Marietta police said. Police responded to a shots fired call in the 700 block of Franklin Road, close to 3 a.m. Friday. A woman told officers that she shot a man who was trying to force his way into her apartment. Witnesses corroborated her version of events, telling investigators that the man and two women were asked to leave the gathering an hour before the commotion began.


New Ear Pro: Walker’s Silencer Ear Buds [The Firearm Blog]

Ear ProI know a lot of people that really like the hearing protection provided by Walker’s. If you like in ear protection, the company just announced a new product that might interest you. Called the Silencer Ear Buds, these new in ear plugs use a digital signal processor for sound compression to diminish the harmful effects […]

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Gun Control And Common Sense []

When someone says they want “common sense solutions” to gun violence, what “exactly” do they mean?

While reading the morning news about guns, I came across the following article – Moms Demand Action group advocates for ‘common sense solutions’ to gun violence.

There were a couple of quotes in the article that shows how out of touch gun control groups really are.

In discussions of gun violence in the United States, Danielle Veith often hears the same refrain: If nothing changed after the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012, it never will.

What exactly needed to change after Sandy Hook?

Adam Lanza:

  • Murdered his mother.
  • Stole her guns.
  • Went to a gun free zone.
  • Killed a number of people, including children.

Laws only affect those who respect and follow the law.  No amount of gun laws would have stopped Adam.  Maybe telling him it was against the law to kill his mother, steal her guns and then kill children would have stopped him?  How about a few more “gun free zone” signs outside the school?

We could pass a hundred new laws, and nothing would have changed

The real issue was a mentally ill individual not receiving the help he needed.  Rather than more gun laws, we need to ensure people get the help they need.

The next issue,

In Maryland, Moms Demand Action pushed unsuccessfully for two pieces of legislation in this year’s session.

One would have required gun owners with convictions for domestic violence to forfeit their weapons.

The other would have required background checks to buy long guns.

There is already a federal laws that prohibits people who commit family violence from owning a firearm, it is the Domestic Violence Offender Gun Ban.

Also, federal law already requires a background check when an individual buys a firearm from a gun dealer.  So, does this mean Moms Demand Action wanted to go after private sales?  Or, was Moms Demand Action trying to get a duplicate law passed?


Why do we need duplicate laws?  The simple answer is, we do not need duplicate laws.  Groups play on the emotions of the uneducated to gain support and get unneeded laws passed.

When we have laws that already cover just about everything gun control groups want.  So, what “exactly” do they want?

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Watch: Polish Vis 35 Handgun []

The Military Arms Channel has put together another excellent video. This video is about the Vis 35, which was developed in Poland before World War II. It is chambered in 9mm and the magazine holds eight rounds. The model number denotes the year of development, which was 1935.

Even though the Vis 35 looks very much like the classic 1911, there are several differences, such as th Vis having a de-cocker and the way the Vis disassembles.

On a personal note, I am rather surprised at the Vis 35 prices. Looking at GunBroker, there are several of them for sale with prices well over $1,000.

Now for the video.

As a shooting enthusiast, I enjoy video like this that show firearm history.

In all honesty, I have not heard of the Vis 35 until this video.  When I saw the preview image, I thought this was a Polish clone of the 1911.

This is an excellent example of quality workmanship from an era when craftsman made firearms.

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In The Hill Newspaper: "How the media got it wrong on Sheriff David Clarke plagiarism accusation" [John Lott's Website]

Dr. John Lott has a new piece in The Hill newspaper on the attacks directed at Sheriff David Clarke.  The piece starts this way:
When it comes to issues such as sanctuary cities, it is impossible to avoid controversy. When President Donald Trump appoints anyone to help oversee the issue, it will be controversial, especially if the appointment promises to be very effective one.
Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke is scheduled to serve as an assistant secretary at the Department of Homeland Security. He will be working at the Office of Partnership and Engagement, which coordinates outreach to state and local governments.
Clarke’s understanding of domestic law enforcement issues makes him the perfect candidate. He joins President Trump in opposing sanctuary cities and in supporting the creation of a wall on the U.S-Mexican border.
Not surprisingly, the long knives are out for Sheriff Clarke.
Even in the Trump administration, some are not happy with the choice. National Economic Council Director Gary Cohn and Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategy Dina Powell are reportedly fighting hard to delay and reverse Clarke’s appointment before it becomes official.
Their argument?
CNN report that Sheriff Clarke supposedly plagiarized portions of his master's thesis on homeland security.
CNN focused on 23 short segments of his nearly 40,000-word thesis. Eighteen are mere sentence fragments; five are full sentences. CNN cites the supposedly standard definition of plagiarism: “If a passage is quoted verbatim, it must be set off with quotation marks . . . The length of the phrase does not matter. . . . even if only a few words are involved.”
But what Sheriff Clarke did was not dishonest. He footnoted each of these segments, citing the correct sources right on the same page.
Steven Brill, the founder of Court TV and a lecturer at the Yale English department, in 2007 told the Yale Daily News: “Plagiarism is when you steal someone’s words and you don’t attribute it to that person.” He went on to address the case of Ian Ayres, a professor at the Yale Law School, who copied large chunks of writing — even more than a couple of paragraphs at a time. “I don’t think it quite rises to that, because he is attributing what he’s saying to the person [in the endnotes]. His intent could not have been terribly guilty, because he provided neon signs … for anyone to figure out what he’d done.”
Ayres does list his sources in endnotes at the back of the book, though the sources are not directly linked to copied passages and the relevant source were sometimes at the end of a list. This hardly qualifies as “neon signs.”
By contrast, . . .
The rest of the piece is available here.
Walter Williams also has some comments on the attacks on Sheriff David Clarke.



Over the years, an audio version of "More Guns, Less Crime" has been requested many, many times.  Well, finally an audio version has been released (cheapest version at Barnes & Noble and it is also available at Amazon).
This joins audio versions of The War on Guns and Freedomnomics (which has an extensive discussion on crime) are also available.
Praise for "More Guns, Less Crime"
Milton Friedman -- "John Lott documents how far 'politically correct' vested interests are willing to go to denigrate anyone who dares disagree with them.  Lott has done us all a service by his thorough, thoughtful, scholarly approach to a highly controversial issue."
The Wall Street Journal -- "A compelling book with enough hard evidence that even politicians may have to stop and pay attention. More Guns, Less Crime is an exhaustive analysis of the effect of gun possession on crime rates."
Weekly Standard -- "Lott has gone so far beyond other scholars that his work deserves a central place both in future academic inquiry and in popular and political debate."
Reason Magazine -- "An important new book by one of America's most resourceful and fearless econometricians."
Business Week -- "Lott's pro-gun argument has to be examined on the merits, and its chief merits is lots of data.  . . . If you still disagree with Lott, at least you will know what will be required to rebut a case that looks pretty near bulletproof."
National Review -- "By providing strong empirical evidence that yet another liberal policy is a cause of the very evil it purports to cure, [Lott] has permanently changed the terms of the debate on gun control....Lott's book could hardly be more timely."
Booknews -- "Lott takes the position many have supported anecdotally for centuries that the best deterrent to crime is an armed populace. He backs up his argument with the FBI's yearly crime figures for every county in the U.S. over 18 years, the largest national surveys on gun ownership, and state police documents on illegal gun use."
Kirkus Reviews -- "An intriguing and shocking look at crime, guns, and gun control policy. Lott (Law/University of Chicago) writes with a relentless distaste for conventional wisdom, such as the belief that most people are killed by someone they know. That category, Lott protests, is simply too large to be meaningful, and he takes to task the notion that concealed guns increase crime. To Lott's mind, citizens who carry concealed guns protect themselves against both friends and strangers and prevent the death of innocent citizens. Lott cites a host of cases where armed victims managed to outwit or kill their attackers. Common sense approaches like gun buyback programs or waiting periods for gun parchases, the hallmark of the Brady Bill, also seem useless to Lott. He draws on studies and data to suggest that an armed citizen is a safe citizen. Lott stresses that many western states like Arizona, Texas, and Oklahoma have nondiscretionary handgun laws, and crime is significantly lower in those areas. Sure to raise questions and some controversy, and hopefully will draw attention to the complex issue of crime and potential solutions."


Review: ThorFire C8S Flashlight []

Of all the handheld flashlights I have reviewed, the Thorfire C8S has to be the most versatile.  This is not just a flashlight, it is a beam of light ranging from half a lumen all the way to 900 lumens.

When the flashlight was removed from the package and held for the first time, it felt like holding a hammer.  It feels like the head has more mass than the rest of the light, which gives it a good hefty, solid feel.

The Thorfire C8S was put through the standard test – drop, drown and drug behind an ATV.

ThorFire C8S Specifications

  • Moonlight 0.5 lumens
  • Low 30 lumens
  • Mid 280 lumens
  • High 900 lumens
  • Battery 18650 X 1
  • Weight 6.9 ounces
  • Length 5 5/8 inches
  • Bezel diameter 1 3/4 inches
  • Body diameter 1 inch

The housing has a three piece construction – bezel, body and tailcap.

Operation is by on/off push button on the tail cap.  Push the tail cap once to turn on, then gently push the button again to cycle through the brightness settings.

The ThorFire C8S has a memory, so that it goes back to the last brightness setting used.


Beam of the ThorFire C8S is wonderful.

ThorFire C8S review

I live in a rural area and use my flashlights just about everyday.  Sometimes the dogs will start barking at something in the woods.  So, I will grab a flashlight, walk out to where they are barking and look around.  Or, sometimes I will use a flashlight to check on the chickens

The high setting of 900 lumens was absolutely perfect.  I was able to light up the field behind the house, or the top of a one hundred foot pine tree with no problems.


To test the waterproof features of the ThorFire C8S, the flashlight was tied to a tree and tossed into a shallow, sandy bottom creek.

However, before the flashlight was tossed into the creek, the threads and o-rings were coated with a thin layer of wheel bearing grease.  In some of my previous flashlight reviews, there were some comments that if the threads and o-rings were coated with oil, it would help keep water out.

After being in the water for a little over an hour, the ThorFire C8S was retrieved, and there was no water to be found.  There was no water in the body or in the bezel.


Next came the drop test.  The ThorFire C8S was dropped several times from a height of around 4 feet onto a railroad cross tie.  Each time the flashlight was dropped, it was held at a different angle.

What I look for in the drop test is for the flashlight to flicker.  Does it provide a steady beam, does it turn off, does it stop working… just any disruption in performance.

The flashlight was dropped on the side, tailcap, and bezel without a single flicker.


The last and final test of the ThorFire C8S was to drag it behind a Kodiak 4-wheeler ATV for around a quarter mile.

I regret to report that during the drag test, the glass lens broke.

In all honesty, I can not fault the lens for breaking after being pulled across rocks and dirt for close to quarter mile.  With that kind of abuse, something has to give.

On the bright side, the housing did not suffer any serious damage.  The “ears” on the tailcap did not bend or collapse.  Nor were there any serious gouges in the housing.

Final Thoughts

Overall, I found the Thorfire C8S to be an outstanding light.

The beam and brightness setting are just right.  It goes from 1/2 lumen all the way to 900 lumens.   This makes it ideal for security, camping, looking around the backyard… etc.

Lanyard holes measure around 3/16 long and 1/8 inch wide.  I was able to replace the factory lanyard with a piece of 330 pound trotline cord.

I feel the housing is a little short and the on/off switch should be moved to the body rather than the tailcap.

As of June 11, 2017, the Thorfire C8S has a price of $16.99 at Amazon and is eligible for Prime shipping.  The regular price at Amazon is $35.99.

Whether the price is $16.99 or $35.99, I feel this is an excellent flashlight.

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The PGM Hécate II .50BMG anti-materiel rifle [The Firearm Blog]

It is generally accepted that the first serious attempts at using the .50BMG (or 12.7x99mm, if you’re into metrics) round for long-range sniping dates to the Vietnam War era, first using actual, scope-fitted Browning M2HB machine guns, and at a later stage some improvised bolt-action guns in that chambering. The whole thing would eventually lead […]

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Mossberg 44US: A Cheaper Training Rifle for World War Two [Forgotten Weapons]

As World War Two expanded to encompass the whole US economy, it became clear to the Army that some cost cutting measures would be required. One place that was a clear choice was in rimfire .22 caliber training rifles. Since the 1920s, the US had used training and competition rifles from Springfield Armory, built on 1903 rifle receivers and made to the highest quality. These M1922 rifles were very high quality – too high to justify continued use during wartime. Something much cheaper and simpler would be just as good for the abbreviated marksmanship training that was the wartime standard.

The Mossberg company already made and sold the Model 44B rifle, which fit the new US Army needs more closely. It was a simple bolt action rifle with a nice aperture sight, but costing far less than the M1922. After discussion, Mossberg created a new model specifically for the military; the Model 44US. This had a plain birch stock (instead of the commercial walnut), a plastic trigger guard, and a simplified rear sight assembly (although the first batch delivered would use more expensive Lyman sights, until Mossberg was able to put their new model into full scale production).

The Mossberg 44US would remain in production until 1949, successfully serving as a training aid for new recruits and a simple but accurate rifle for shooters after the war.


Relaxing Michigan gun restrictions is part of a national trend [NRA-ILA News]

The effort in Lansing to ease restrictions on carrying concealed weapons would mark a major change in state gun laws and be the latest in a string of victories for gun-rights advocates in Michigan in recent years.


The Second Amendment protects some bladed weapons, and not just firearms [NRA-ILA News]

The New Jersey machete decision is important because it rejects a “spontaneity” requirement for arming yourself at home (the state’s theory that you could pick up a weapon against an imminent attack, but you can’t come to the door with the weapon just in case). But it’s also important because it reaffirms that the Second Amendment protects not just guns but other weapons as well.


Florida governor signs bolstered 'stand your ground' law [NRA-ILA News]

Florida Governor Rick Scott signed amended "stand your ground" legislation on Friday, making it easier for defendants in the state to successfully claim they were protecting themselves when they commit violence.


Worry over guns on Kansas campuses is misguided [NRA-ILA News]

When it comes to gun debates, it is common to hear about “heated discussions” in the classroom as a powder keg for violence. This is a classic red herring. If someone were so frustrated with classroom discussions that they were willing to commit violence, that person would find a way. Recent terrorist attacks in Europe prove that.


How I Spent My Weekend [No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money]

While the Complementary Spouse spent the weekend playing with our granddaughter Olivia, I spent the weekend at Andrew Branca's The Law of Self Defense Level 1 and Level 2 classes. They were held at the Triangle Shooting Academy in Raleigh, NC. 

I learn best by taking notes and I came home with pages and pages of notes. There was so much information presented that I will be digesting and processing what I learned for weeks. I plan to go through my handwritten notes and type them out so as to reinforce what I learned and to make sure I'll be able to translate my semi-legible scribblings while it is still fresh in my mind.

Speaking generally, we think we know what legal self defense is but I'd wager even most criminal lawyers don't know what it takes to be legitimate. Legally, self defense is composed of five parts and all must be present for it to be valid. If you are missing even one small part, then it all falls apart and you will be at the mercy of either prosecutorial discretion or 12 people who couldn't get out of jury duty.

The five parts are:
  • Innocence
  • Imminence
  • Reasonableness
  • Avoidance
  • Proportionality
Another key thing to remember about the law of self defense is that it has developed out of not only the black letter law but appellate rulings involving people named Poo Poo who date drug addicts and 16-year old baby mamas out clubbing. These people are not the squeaky clean plaintiffs like a Dick Heller or an Otis McDonald or a Rhonda Ezell that you find in Second Amendment civil rights case brought by Alan Gura. They are what they are and the consequences of their actions impact us legally every day as we go about our daily lives and try to stay alive and out of trouble.

We discuss DGUs or defensive gun uses every episode of the Polite Society Podcast. It is always the most downloaded segment of each show. Knowing what I know now I will be looking at these DGUs with a much more critical eye.

I attended Andrew's live classes. Both the Level 1 and Level 2 classes are available online. Given that each cost $249, you may not be able to afford that and I can understand that. Nonetheless, you should buy a copy of his book, The Law of Self Defense, 3rd Edition. I'd buy the paperback edition so that you can make notes in it and highlight passages. Better yet, get the paperback edition and then purchase the Kindle version which is only $2.99 if you have the paperback.

You hope you never are ever involved in any incident involving armed self defense. If you are, then you must, as Andrew continually pointed out in the class, win both the physical battle and the legal battle. The first you need to win to preserve your life and the second you need to win to preserve your freedom.


“Last Ditch” Arisaka: A Casual Overview of the Difference between Regular Production and End of War Rifles [The Firearm Blog]

The key to mass production is historically tied directly to the simplicity (and repeatability) of individual parts. As Japanese manufacturing facilities were bombarded and destroyed by U.S. forces during World War II, this became increasingly important for the continued production of infantry rifles like the Type 99. While there is no official model change, the […]

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The CZ-P07 Goes Through the “Gauntlet” – The Inverted Rail Succeeds [The Firearm Blog]

Normally, one should look at the various torture “tests” as largely entertaining affairs. Conducted by various content creators, the “tests” rarely have real-world validity due to the often incredible conditions that leave one incredulous. Noted examples have pressed debris into the action and then left it through through various subsequent outlandish procedures. In stark contrast […]

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Inside The AK-50 – For When You want .50 BMG and Reliability [The Firearm Blog]

John Moses Browning gifted upon the world a large variety of firearms gifts. From the still-in-service 1911 handgun, to the BAR, and the venerable M2 or “Ma-Duece” machine gun, his designs have persisted and even thrived over the last century. Calibers he created are still being chambered and refined today with an excellent example being […]

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The End of 22LR Rationing – Wal-Mart Removes Purchasing Limits [The Firearm Blog]

After almost half a decade, the long-standing drought of 22 Lone Rifle ammunition is finally behind us. Confirming this triumph is good old Wal Mart who announced internally that any and all restrictions on purchasing 22 ammo in bulk have been removed.  Up until about a year ago, 22LR was reasonably difficult to find in both bulk […]

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New Kahr 9mm “S-Series” Pistols [The Firearm Blog]

Announced at the NRA show earlier this year, Kahr Arms of Greeley, Pennsylvania is shipping their “S-Series” of 9mm handguns. The new series of handguns features a variety of welcome updates to Kahr’s reputable line of handguns. In fact, our own James Reeves has proclaimed the Kahr CM9 his “favorite 9mm ccw pistol.” The S-Series, as […]

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SilencerCo CZ 455 Varmint Summit Package [The Firearm Blog]

SilencerCo’s latest Summit Collaboration project is a rimfire package that should make just about any shooter happy. The SilencerCo CZ 455 Varmint is a custom build collection of a rifle with two barrels, Sparrow silencer and a Vortex Crossfire optic. Included in the set is a custom branded carrying case. The new Summit series is […]

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Steiner MK7 Remington 870 Battlelight [The Firearm Blog]

Here’s another one for the “new to me” category. Steiner Optics has an illumination product specific to the shotgun platform. While researching weapon lights for a fun project, I stumbled across the MK7 Battlelight, a magazine tube endcap replacement that provides 350 lumens of forward throw light. The complete unit only adds four inches of […]

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Sunday, 11 June


Army Secretary nominee sounds first rate [Of Arms and the Law]

Over at Bearing Arms, Bob Owens has thoughts about the nominee for the Secretary of the Army, Mark Green. All I need to know is that he believes an armed citizenry is a check and balance on the government, and that therefore citizens should be allowed to own anything the military has, including ships of war.

A view so hardcore that James Madison and Thomas Jefferson would have approved it...

UPDATE: oh, yes, he and his work will be missed. I forgot.


Winchester Lever Action Development: Model 1876 [Forgotten Weapons]

NWMP Carbine

While the Model 1873 was a very popular rifle, its pistol caliber cartridge did leave a segment of the market unaddressed. Winchester wanted a rifle that could chamber the larger and more powerful cartridges popular with long range hunters, and the Model 1876 would be that rifle.

Early attempts to enlarge the 1873 action to use the .45-70 Government cartridge were unsuccessful, for two reasons. First, the cartridge in its 45-70-500 infantry configuration was simply too powerful for the toggle lock design that had been the core of all Winchester’s rifles back to the 1860 Henry. In addition, the elevator mechanism used to feed the rifle had to be sized to a specific (and fairly precise) overall cartridge length. The variety of different bullet weights used in the .45-70 did not affect use in single shot weapons, but did cause problems for Winchester’s repeater.

The solution was for Winchester to design a new round for it’s scaled-up Model 1876. This was the .45-75, and it used a relatively light bullet and a bottlenecked case similar to the general design of the .44 WCF from the Model 1873. This bottleneck improved obturation, preventing powder fouling from leaking around the cartridge case and into the working parts of the rifle. This was not strictly necessary though, as new chambering of the 1876 would be quickly added, including the .45-60; a straight-wall shortened version of the .45-70 Government round.

While it did not blow the doors off the factory like the 1873 had, the Model 1876 was a popular rifle with its intended audience, with tens of thousands of rifles sold to men including Theodore Roosevelt.

Saturday, 10 June


California: Anti-Gun Language Amended into Budget Bill [NRA-ILA News]

Assembly Bill 103, a budget trailer bill, was recently amended to include substantial policy changes that could remove your Second Amendment rights without due process. AB 103 is scheduled to be heard on Tuesday, June 13. Please contact the members of the Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Committee and also CALL the Committee Members and urge them to OPPOSE AB 103.  .


Florida Action Report! Gov. Rick Scott has SIGNED SB-128 & SB-1052 [NRA-ILA News]

Early yesterday evening, Friday, June 9th, Governor Rick Scott SIGNED INTO LAW the two critically important self-defense bills we have been urging him to sign.


Rogak P18 – A Cautionary Tale of Manufacturing [Forgotten Weapons]

The Rogak P18 was a copy of the Steyr GB service pistol, with some disagreement over whether it was unlicensed or just unfortunately made. Les Rogak was a Steyr distributor in Illinois who managed to acquire a set of plans for the GB pistol, and put it into production before Steyr-made examples were available in the US. On paper, the gun seemed quite impressive – a stainless steel 18-shot gas-delayed military pistol in the late 1970s was something on the forefront of handgun development.

Unfortunately, Rogak’s manufacturing left a lot to be desired. Where the authentic Steyr GB was an excellent pistol (despite losing to the Glock in Austrian military trials and to the Beretta in American military trials), the Rogak copy was quite poorly made. The fit on the gas delay system was too loose to actually hold gas pressure, resulting in the Rogak acting as a simple blowback pistol. To compensate for this, Rogak added a sort of fiber buffer stack in the receiver to reduce the slide battering on the frame, and ground off the extractor claw to prevent the rapid slide opening from tearing cartridge rims off. Numerous burrs, casting defects, and fit problems plagued the guns, to the extent that Steyr actually filed a legal suit to stop their manufacture.

It is commonly stated that about 2300 Rogaks were made, but I suspect the number is closer to just a thousand or so, with serial number ranges being manipulated to give the appearance of greater numbers. While I wold certainly not recommend any substantial amount of shooting with one, they make for a very interesting piece in a collection – guns of this quality are quite rare to find from US manufacturers!

Friday, 09 June


A Trifecta of Marlins []

Like so many American born firearm manufacturers, the Marlin Company has a rich history of manufacturing all types of guns. Beginning as early as the late 1800s with Ballard Rifles, then Marlin-Ballard, the written history and records of Marlin branded guns is very sketchy. Manufacturing records of Marlin guns did not begin in earnest until 1948.

The Marlin Firearms Corporation known by most was formed in 1921. Today, Marlin is part of the Remington conglomerate, but is currently manufacturing a solid line of high quality rifles including their offerings of classic lever action rifles. We know these models as the 336 series mainly, but there are other lever actions in the lineup, too.

After some recent research of the Marlin 336 line, there are a triple set of models available that many hunters, shooters, preppers and survivalists ought to be interested in. These are the models 336-C, 336-BL, and the 336-Y, the youth or compact version. The main chambering is the classic 30-30 Winchester, but you may find the 336-C in .35 Remington.

The general operational specifications of all three of these models are basically the same. The lever action mechanisms are exactly the same. The changes come in barrel lengths, overall rifle lengths, finishes and stock materials.

The standard model 336-C sports a 20-inch barrel, magazine capacity of 6+1, overall length of 38.5 inches with an American walnut stock. The metal is blued and sights are a classic “buckhorn” type ramp rear adjustable for elevation by moving the elevation blade. Windage is accomplished by drifting the sight in its dovetail barrel notch. The 336-C weighs seven pounds.

The 336-BL is a unique model in that the “BL” stands for “bow lever”, which is an enlarged, opened up lever useful for wearing gloves or for even quicker lever action cycling. The BL’s barrel is 18.5 inches long, 37-inches overall. The magazine holds 6+1. Sights are the same as the 336-C. The stock is a walnut laminate with pistol grip. Rifle weight is 7.5 pounds.

The 336-Y or youth model is also known as the “compact” version. Its overall length is just 33.25 inches with a 16.25 inch barrel. This version only weighs 6.5 pounds. Magazine capacity is 5+1. The finish is a black matte and the stock comes with laminated wood. Some may be found with regular smooth hardwood stocks. Sights are standard buckhorn and hooded front.

The Marlin 336 lever action rifle is a classic. With several models available, the user can find one to suit their needs for a smooth, quick handling centerfire rifle.

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Walleye Poachers Targeting Lake Erie’s Red Hot Fishing []

As Lake Erie’s world-renowned walleye fishing continues to grow thanks to recent successful hatchings, so too has the problem of walleye poaching, especially from out-of-state visitors to Ottawa County.

Since fishing season began a few months ago, Ottawa County has had at least five “double tripping” investigations that resulted in about 20 individual citations each time, according to the Ohio Division of Wildlife’s Lake Erie unit.

“It’s been a very busy spring for us,” said Brian Bury, an investigator with the Lake Erie unit. “But we’ve been working hard to try to prevent this from happening.”


Bury explained that “double tripping” is when anglers reach their bag limits on an initial fishing trip out on the lake, return to empty their coolers, then go back out for another trip in the same day and exceed their daily limit, which is strictly regulated by Ohio law.

Bury said the activity makes it harder for wildlife officers to catch and is done intentionally by poachers to evade being caught.

“We’re working 14- and 16-hour days to make these cases,” Bury said. “They go out first thing in the morning, come back at noon, and then go back out for their second trip at four or five o’clock this time of year. So we have to sit there literally all day and all night.”

Wildlife officers generally receive tips from other concerned sportsmen about people going out multiple times in a single day and, when the fishing is good, multiple trips usually means they are exceeding their limit, he said.

Late last month 20 people from Wisconsin were cited on South Bass Island for exceeding the daily limit of walleye while making multiple trips.


According to a report by WFDL radio in Wisconsin, six of those cited were former or current correctional officials in the state — Steve Schueler, Mike Dittman, Paul Neevel, Craig Arndt, Robert Hable and Mike Thurmer.

Each was sentenced in Ottawa County Municipal Court this week to a suspended jail term of 10 days on the condition of no similar offense within a year and a $150 fine, according to court records.

Each also had his Ohio fishing license suspended for a year and was ordered to pay $150-to-$300 in restitution to ODNR.

Bury said sometimes when people come in from out of town and are staying and fishing for multiple days, they may feel an entitlement to six walleye per day.

But often weather conditions and other factors keep anglers from catching their limit every day. When that is the case, they may try to make up for a slower day by double tripping on a good day.

“We’re seeing guys not get to fish for a day or maybe the fish don’t bite a day, then they go out the next day and take a double limit, trying to make sure they get six fish for every day that they’re here,” Bury said.

He stressed that is against the law in Ohio.


Ottawa County is known as the Walleye Capital of the World and Ohio Division of Wildlife law officers aim to keep it that way by enforcing state laws on daily walleye bag limits that are designed to ensure a healthy future for Lake Erie’s fish populations.

“We had a very good hatch of fish two out of the last three years, so the fishing is very good right now,” Bury said. “We’re trying to protect those fish because they are going to need to carry us into the upcoming years and quite some time. We’re trying to protect the resource.”

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Weather alert for hell: Sleet and Freezing Rain [Of Arms and the Law]

New Jersey Supreme Court holds that Second Amendment protects having a weapon (or at least a machete) inside your house. On top of it, the issue wasn't raised in the trial court, but the New Jersey court finds that it was "plain error" that it can correct anyway.


Louisiana Legislature Adjourns 2017 Legislative Session [NRA-ILA News]

Yesterday evening the Louisiana Legislature adjourned sine die, marking the end of the 2017 legislative session.  This was a successful year for NRA members and Second Amendment supporters across the state as all anti-gun measures were defeated.


Vermont Supreme Court Upholds State Range Protection Law [NRA-ILA News]

On June 2nd, the Vermont Supreme Court issued its decision in North Country Sportsman's Club v. Town of Williston, which tested the ability of the town to enforce a noise ordinance against the Club for operating a shooting range. The Supreme Court reversed a lower court’s ruling, and held that Vermont’s range protection statutes prevented the town from restricting noise unless it exceeded “historic levels of shooting” at the range.


Concealed Carry Reciprocity Effort Gains Steam in Congress [NRA-ILA News]

In March, we reported on the details of NRA-backed concealed carry reciprocity legislation pending in Congress. The momentum behind those bills continues to build, with each attracting dozens of co-sponsors.


Texas GOP Makes Brilliant Hire [No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money]

The Texas GOP named my friend (and fellow co-host of the Polite Society Podcast) Rachel Malone as their new Operations Director. The announcement was made on Wednesday in the release below.

Texas GOP Statement on the Hiring of Rachel Malone as the Operations Director


Wednesday, June 7th, 2017

Austin- The Republican Party of Texas is proud to announce the hire of Rachel Malone to serve as the Operations Director. Rachel comes to the RPT after an extensive history as a grassroots activist in Texas, and has hosted countless legislative days at the Texas State Capitol and trained activists across the state on how to engage the legislature.

RPT Chairman James Dickey said this about the hiring of Rachel: “I could not be more proud to have brought Rachel on board. Her expertise in Party organization, legislative processes, and the RPT Platform will allow our Party to function at a high level within the grassroots, the backbone of our Party. Without question, Rachel is the perfect fit for the Party and we look forward to her contributions to the RPT.”
For those that don't know, Rachel is a certified instructor for the Texas CHL, a Massad Ayoob Group certified instructor, the founder of Texas Firearms Freedom, and, last but not least, a professional musician. Rachel was also formerly a Shoot Boss for Project Appleseed. That someone who has been so intimately involved in the gun culture is now in a position of influence within the Texas Republican Party can mean nothing but good things for gun rights in Texas.

Congratulations to Rachel and congratulations to the Texas GOP for showing the intelligence to hire someone of Rachel's caliber.


Watch: Can Wolf Ammo Get 1 MOA []

Wolf ammunition is the “go-to” round for a lot of people who want to dump lead downrange.  But, how accurate is Wolf?  A lot of my prepper buddies have stockpiled Wolf ammo almost to the ceiling.

Our buddies at the The Firearm Blog put Wolf ammunition to the test.  Using a Ruger precision rifle, Wolf ammo is fired at a range of 100 yards, and then the groups were measured.

Rounds used in the test:

  • 55 grain Wolf steel case.
  • 55 grain Wolf Gold.

Now for the video.

Wolf steel cased ammo produced a  four round group of around 1.33 inches and a five round group of 2.2 inches.

Wolf Gold five rounds group center to center measured 1.66 inches.

Overall, Wolf Gold preformed better than I expected.  I have always considered Wolf ammo is be pretty much the bottom of the barrel.  Looks like I was wrong.

The next question, is Wolf Gold worth the extra cost?  For what you are doing, is .6 of an inch accuracy worth the extra money?

As of June 9, 2017, these were the cheapest prices I could find:

Wolf military classic, 55 grain – 0.27 cents per round.

Wolf WPA Polyformance 55 gr – 0.19 cents per round.

For what you are using the ammunition for, is it worth the extra few cents per round to buy Wolf Gold?  Next time I order some Wolf, I might have to order some Gold rounds and test them out myself.

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Can You Get 1 MOA Groups from Wolf Ammo? [The Firearm Blog]

In this episode of TFBTV, James tests Wolf Steel Ammunition against Wolf Gold Ammunition in order to see if there’s a difference in quality and accuracy, or if either of them can beat 1 MOA – that is to say if either of them can put up a five round group in less than a […]

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Unsafe Cartridge Combination You Never Thought About [The Firearm Blog]

Have you ever thought that 7.62x39mm and .243 Winchester can be a pair of cartridges that are dangerous if mixed? Of course, any cartridge is dangerous if not used in a gun it is chambered for and nobody should do it. However, there are some pairs of cartridges known for causing catastrophic failures if mixed. […]

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The Loophole in Background Check Thinking: Criminals Obey the Law [NRA-ILA News]

Gun control groups expend an awful lot of ink, time and money advocating for “common-sense public safety laws” like “universal” background checks because such restrictions, they claim, will keep guns out of the hands of criminals and other dangerous people.


USCCA Partners with PDN [The Firearm Blog]

USCCAThere was a bit of a dust up back before the National Rifle Association’s Annual Meetings (NRAAM) when it was announced that the US Concealed Carry Association (USCCA) had been disinvited to the exposition. Since that time the NRA officially launched its concealed carry insurance program called Carry Guard. This program appears to be in direct […]

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Third and final report on "Fast and Furious" [Of Arms and the Law]

The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform has released it; I agree with David Codrea that reports are nice, but how about action?


POTD: AIWB FN SCAR16S [The Firearm Blog]

Some funny photos taken by Greg Skazinski. When people say a certain gun is too big for AIWB carry just show them this and tell them they are not trying hard enough. The Xmas sweaters are a nice touch. Anyone recognize the optic in the photo above? At first I thought it was some sort […]

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Denel GI-30: Drum Cam operated, Dual Feed Closed Breech Accuracy at 4000 meters! [The Firearm Blog]

When it comes to IFV’s (Infantry Fighting Vehicles), South Africa certainly gained a wealth of experience during their “Bush Wars”, including the largest armored engagement in the Southern Hemisphere in history during the Battle of Cuito Canevale in 1987.  South African Ratel 90’s, though outnumbered and outgunned, held the line against masses of soviet tanks.  Denel […]

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When A Guinea Hatches Keets []

While walking to the back of the property this morning, a mama Guinea had her keets (baby Guineas) on the side of the trail.  They looked like they were maybe 48 hours old.

For the past couple of years, one of my Guineas has been hatching keets.  Unlike a lot of chicken breeds, Guineas retain their instinct to sit on eggs and hatch them out.  The mama Guinea will seek out a secluded place usually in high grass, weeds or a brush pile.  She wants a place where she will not be disturbed our found.

Guineas are pretty self-reliant.  They hustle for their food and will travel long distances to do so.  I have seen my Guineas around two hundred yards from the chicken house.  Unfortunately, keets can not travel like their parents can.  So, for the first few weeks, we should ensure the keets have access to water and food.

For the first month or so, at night, the mama will take the keets back to where they were hatched.  I usually watch where the mama is hanging out and place the water and feed close to that area, but not too close.  Chicken feed  will attract rats and opossums, both of which can kill the keets.

When a chick hatches, they will usually be able to live for around 48 – 72 hours without food or water.  This is how hatcheries are able to mail chicks, and the chicks will be alive when they arrive.

If a chick is walking, it is at least 24 hours, maybe closer to 48 hours old.  When you see the mama Guinea with her chicks, the first thing they will probably need is water.  I always set a chicken waterer close to where the mama and the keets are hanging out at.

Then comes food. For the next couple of weeks, I usually switch the whole flock, chickens and Guineas, to chick grower feed.  This is a finely ground, high protein chicken feed the chicks are able to eat.

Mama Guineas are very protective.  This morning while I was looking at the keets, my Black Mouth Cur dog got too close to the keets.  The mama ruffled her feathers and chased the dog away.

Everything else will be up to the mama Guinea.  You did your part, and that is all you can do.



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Maine Action Needed: Contact your State Senator in Support of Self-Defense Bill! [NRA-ILA News]

An important self-defense bill is currently pending in the Maine Senate and it needs your help to advance in the Legislature!


New York: Senate Committee Removes Hearing Protection Bill from Agenda [NRA-ILA News]

On Wednesday, June 7, the Senate Environmental Conservation Committee was scheduled to hold a hearing on S.1209A by Sen. Robert Ortt.


Rhode Island: Gun Owners Need to Make a Strong Statement with Session End Quickly Approaching [NRA-ILA News]

Lawmakers in Providence are nearing the finish line and expect to be wrapping up the 2017 Legislative Session in a few weeks.


Ruger Pleases NJ, NY, MD & MA Residents with AR-556 Legal for Consumption (Of Ammo) [The Firearm Blog]

AR-556If you sadly live in New Jersey, New York, Maryland or Massachusetts and actually like firearms, your list of legal AR-15s can probably fit on the bar napkin you drink your sorrows away on. OK, that is slightly over the top, but legal ones are few and far between. Ruger is adding to that list […]

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Washington: Recreational Shooting Meeting for Tahuya State Forest [NRA-ILA News]

On Tuesday, June 20, the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (“DNR”) has scheduled a public meeting in Mason County to provide an update on planning for the possible construction of a target shooting range in the Tahuya State Forest.  Last year, DNR held a series of public meetings for the people of Washington to voice their opinion on how to preserve and enhance recreational opportunities in Washington’s state forests.  One of the proposed ideas was to develop a shooting range to provide gun owners with an environment where they can practice using their firearms safely and effectively.  A number of possible sites have been identified for a new range and DNR would like to hear input from the public on these locations.  Meeting details can be found below. For more information, please click here.


Jacksonville pizza delivery driver gets into shootout with armed robber [NRA-ILA News]

A Jacksonville pizza delivery driver got into a shootout on Saturday after he was robbed, according to police. A police report says the pizza delivery driver was walking into a business on Lem Turner Road when a man with a gun demanded money. "I seen them give you the money  but I am not gonna kill you 'cause you might have kids," the robbery suspect, later identified as Priest Jordan, told the driver. The driver said he handed Jordan $91 in cash and his keys then backed away as Jordan got into his car.


Preppers, Let’s Talk About Live Traps []

If there is one tool that truly deserves a place in the prepper inventory, it has to be the live trap.  No other device is so humane, user-friendly and able to put meat on the table like the live trap.

For those of you not familiar with the live trap, it is a box trap that is made out of wire and has a trap door.  On some types of traps, both ends have a door, on others, only one end has a door.

The traps are baited with whatever attracts certain types of wildlife.  Since this is going to be for preppers, we would probably be using table scraps.

Setting The Live Trap

The live trap should be placed where animals are traveling.  Look for trails, creeks, bodies of water.. etc where wild animals visit.  My typical trap setup is just off a wildlife trail and next to a small tree.

When the trap closes, the animal may start trashing around.  Some traps are designed so that a lever falls into place and holds the door closed.  When the trap is turned over, the door will open.  Other traps have a spring loaded door that snaps into place.  These may hold if the trap rolls over.

To ensure the animal does not roll the trap over, secure it to a small tree.  Simply use a bungee cord, rope, cord, wire… etc.   Sometimes squirrels will chew the cord, so wire may be the best option.   If there are no trees nearby, drive a stake into the ground.

After The Catch

This is the beauty of the live trap: If you catch the wrong thing, simply let it go unharmed.

Foothold traps, on the other hand, will sometimes catch and injure a family dog, cat, or something else you did not intend to catch.

Live traps are safe to use with livestock.  Awhile back, I had a trap around the chicken yard.  Over the course of several days, I caught a few guineas and chickens.  All of which were released unharmed.  They were not to happy about being in a cage, but they were unharmed.

When I was a young teenager, my dad caught a cat in a foothold trap.  The cat was feral and my dad had one heck of a time releasing the animal  He had to take a blanket and throw it over the cat so he could get the trap loose.  However, the cat was not having it.  When dad would cover the cat, it would fight to get out of the blanket.  Eventually, the cat was released,


Raccoon in live trap

A live trap allows the animal to be safely transported and released.

I live in a rural area and from time to time see people releasing raccoons and opossums just down the road from my house.

Being able to transport the animal alive and unharmed also allows us to keep the animal alive until we are ready to butcher it.  This is in stark contract to foothold traps that sometimes require the animal to be killed before it can be released.

Final Thoughts

Even though I have several foothold traps, I never use them.  The foothold traps injure animals, sometimes family pets.  People who are inexperienced with foothold traps are likely to hurt themselves.

While on the other hand, live traps are safe and humane.

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Connecticut: 2017 Legislative Session Adjourns [NRA-ILA News]

Late last night, the Connecticut General Assembly adjourned sine die, marking an end to the 2017 legislative session.  This session saw the introduction of a number of anti-gun bills, which your NRA-ILA and the freedom loving people of Connecticut fought very hard against.  The Legislature will return for a special session later this month to discuss the state budget and your NRA-ILA will be vigilantly monitoring these proceedings to ensure there is no attempt to egregiously hike permit fees for law-abiding gun owners in Connecticut.  Below are some of the anti-gun bills which were introduced this session, all of which failed to pass out of committee.


Trey Gowdy picked to lead House Oversight Committee [NRA-ILA News]

The Republican Steering Committee has elected Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., to serve as the next chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.


Florida gubernatorial candidate Gwen Graham pushes gun control [NRA-ILA News]

Graham called for comprehensive universal background checks on all gun sales “to stop criminals and terrorists from purchasing guns.”She also proposed: a ban on large-capacity magazines; a requirement that abusers surrender firearms when a protective order is issued against them; and giving law enforcement “the tools they need to prevent those with serious mental illness from purchasing or keeping firearms.”


More Hoosiers turning to guns for home protection [NRA-ILA News]

Two deadly home invasions happened this week in Indianapolis. Each time, police say the homeowners shot and killed the intruders.


SilencerCo – Skydiving With Guns [The Firearm Blog]

SilencerCo has upped their status in outrageous stunts. Parachuting from the sky with silenced weapons and shooting them. My hat is off to you. This looks like a lot of fun.   DISCLAIMER: Ever wonder what it would be like to shoot under canopy? We did, so we teamed up with our friends @erathr3 and […]

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North Carolina: Bill on Right-to-Carry Permits Clears House, Heads to Senate [NRA-ILA News]

North Carolina is a step closer to allowing people to carry a concealed handgun in certain places without a permit.On a 64-51 vote, the House gave its final approval Thursday on the measure. It would allow someone at least 18 years old and not otherwise prohibited by law to carry a concealed handgun in locations where it's currently permissible to openly carry a gun.


Winchester Lever Action Development: Model 1873 [Forgotten Weapons]

Trapper Carbine

With the Model of 1873, Winchester was able to address the major remaining weakness of the Henry and 1866 rifles – the cartridge. The 1873 was introduced in tandem with the .44Winchester Center Fire cartridge (known more commonly today as the .44-40). This cartridge kept the 200 grain bullet from the .44Henry Rimfire round, but used a brass case (as opposed to copper) and was able to increase the powder charge from 28 grains to 40, for a substantial increase in velocity.

In addition, the Model 1873 used a lighter steel frame and introduced a sliding dust cover on the top of the action to help keep out dirt and debris. The centerfire nature of the cartridge made it possible to handled ammunition when a commercial source was not available (Winchester sold the reloading tools). The 1873 was available with a wide variety of options, including barrel and magazine lengths, buttstock and grips, sights, and fancy options like engraving. It would prove to be a massively popular weapon both in the United States and abroad, cementing Winchester’s position as the premier manufacturer of American repeating rifles.


Constitutional Carry Passes Vote In NC House But..... [No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money]

House Bill 746, the Omnibus Gun Bill which contains a provision for permitless concealed carry, passed its first two votes on the floor of the North Carolina House yesterday. The bill will have its third and final vote on Thursday. It passed on a vote of 65 yea, 54 nay, and 1 not voting. All weakening amendments were either defeated or tabled.

This should be a moment of joy and celebration for gun rights supporters in North Carolina and the nation. It should be except it isn't. The bill if it passes the North Carolina State Senate will almost certainly be vetoed by Gov. Roy Cooper (D-NC). For the bill to have been veto-proof it required 72 yea votes. In other words, the bill needed either a few Democrat supporters which was unlikely or fewer Republican defections.

Now the question that remains is whether those eight Republicans are anti-rights, have been bought off by Michael Bloomberg and his hired guns, or both. It is too soon to see if campaign contributions will be made by Bloomberg to any of these eight. Nonetheless, it appears that Bloomberg's hiring of lobbyist Chris McClure was a smart tactical move given McClure's Republican connections. As for their stand on gun rights, most of them were considered wobbly given their ratings by GRNC with only two having 3 stars or better ratings.

So the question remains as to whether any of the "Elite Eight" or "Elitest Eight" (as they are called by Grass Roots North Carolina) will change their vote Thursday.

In the meantime, here are the eight Republicans that voted against constitutional carry and against their own party's platform. Links to their legislative webpage are in the captions below each picture.

Rep. Ted Davis (R-New Hanover)
Rep. John Faircloth (R-Guilford))
Rep. John Fraley (R-Iredell)
Rep. D. Craig Horn (R-Union)
Rep. Frank Iler (R-Brunswick)
Rep. Chuck McGrady (R-Henderson)
Rep. Samuel Watford (R-Davidson)
Rep. Linda Hunt Williams (R-Wake)

You can read GRNC's alert on the defection of these eight Republicans here. It contains a pre-written email to send to them.

If these eight had voted against funding abortions or against free lunches for school kids you know the Democrats would be sending their minions to demonstrate in front of their homes and offices. The news media would run the story as the lead item on the local broadcast. I rarely see gun rights supporters adopting their Alinskyite tactics. The only exception I can think of is the demonstrations by activists from the New Jersey Second Amendment Society (NJ2AS) outside the home of Senate President Steve Sweeney after the death of Carol Bowne who was murdered while waiting for a carry permit. I can't say whether or not these type of demonstrations would be effective in North Carolina but they certainly would get the media's attention.

UPDATE: A reader who is active in North Carolina gun rights politics sent me this by email and he is 100% correct.
With respect to your article, I would add only that what matters is not how the eight voted today, but rather how they would vote on an override. Many who oppose the bill will vote for an override out of loyalty to their party.
HB 746 passed its Third Reading yesterday on a vote of 64-51. Rep. Craig Horn and Rep. Sam Watford who are mentioned above did not vote as they had excused absences. Speaker Tim Moore (R-Cleveland) did vote and he voted for passage.

The Omnibus Gun Bill has been ordered engrossed and will now be sent to the North Carolina State Senate for their consideration.


Myths, Marketing, and misrepresentation [The Firearm Blog]

A while back, I was contacted by a representative from Premier Body Armor to do some testing on their Durus 8000 level III steel body armor plate. Of course, I’m down to shoot up anything, so naturally I agreed. He had lots of salesey stuff to say about his plate and clearly thought very highly of […]

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Computer Flow Simulation of a Firearm Compensator: See How They Function in 1/10,000 of a Second [The Firearm Blog]

Today I stumbled across a handful of the most underrated videos on YouTube. Published in 2013, the video below (and five others like it) showcase a CAD simulation of the volume of escaping gasses, and the amount of force enacted on the individual baffles, on a muzzle brake in ten-thousandths of a second. We all know engineering simulations […]

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Slide Rack Assist Device called … Cock Bloc [The Firearm Blog]

This device is not only designed to assist the slide racking but also works as a display stand for pistols. And yes, the manufacturer calls it Cock Bloc. Its main purpose is to aid people with limited hand dexterity to manipulate the slide and/or to be able to do it single-handedly. As you can see […]

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Brazil’s 7.62x51mm “Mosquefal” [The Firearm Blog]

Pretty much like many of the world’s countries in the early 20th Century, Brazil was a faithful user of German bolt-action Mauser rifles, to which the Spanish-favored 7x57mm round was chosen. The first adopted species was the Model 1894, soon followed by the Model 1904 rifle and the Model 1907 cavalry carbine, among other variants. […]

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Gemtech Breaks Ground On New World Headquarters [The Firearm Blog]

Gemtech is moving. Not far, mind you, but in three months the historic silencer company will expand into a brand new headquarters in Meridian, Idaho. The new facility will feature upgraded manufacturing and research and design facilities that will aid in product development. If the silencer market is stagnant at the moment, don’t look to […]

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Grappling Hooks To Lawn Darts – X Products .308 Multi Use Launcher [The Firearm Blog]

How do you take an already awesomely fun product and make it better? By supercharging it with .308, of course. X Products has just announced a battle rifle caliber version of their Can Cannon – a blank firing upper receiver that can launch soda cans, t-shirts and more. Why, you ask? Because life is too […]

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(Im)proper Appliance Disposal – C/O Ventura Munitions [The Firearm Blog]

Friend of TFBTV, Ventura Munitions, caught my attention with an Instagram video post earlier this week. Enter the scene – a well groomed, green grass lawn dotted with trees and saplings. The air is clear with all the sweet sounds and smells of early summer. And then you notice the appliance – a refrigerator standing […]

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Voda Consulting Is Still At It, Showing Improper Firearm Safety And Use [The Firearm Blog]

Lucien Black is the man behind Voda Consulting. We posted about him in the past and his questionable approach to demonstrating firearm manipulation by pointing an actual gun into a student’s chest. He and the student let it slide in the fact that the gun was “empty” and it is all safe. Click here to […]

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Thursday, 08 June


How to Bust Hot Weather Bass []

Well it’s only June and the heat is scorching already. Most fresh water lakes have water temperatures exceeding 65-70 degrees which makes it tough on fish. These conditions also make it tough on the anglers as well. Heck, it even makes things tough on fishing gear, boats, motors, and other equipment. Hot weather fishing is just a tough business.

So, can you catch big bass when the ambient air temperatures are over 85 degrees? Sure, but you have to pick your battles very carefully. You have to adjust your regular fishing strategies to accommodate not only the environmental conditions, but also the fishing water conditions.

First, make sure you know the weather forecast. If it is going to be blazing hot the day you go fishing, then plan accordingly. That means taking plenty of hydration drinks, and forget the beers until after the fishing trip. Wear a big, wide brimmed hat, and pick the coolest clothing you have to protect your skin from the sun. Of course, have sunscreen along, too. If you have a fishing boat umbrella, be sure to use it. Wear sunglasses to protect eyes from water-sun reflections.

Double check the boat before you trailer out of the driveway. A friend recently drove two hours to a lake with a dead boat motor battery. He could have checked that at home days before the trip. Check fuel and other fluids, too. Charge up the trolling motor, too.

The best daytime fishing strategy when it is hot is to go early or fish late in the day. I would say plan to skip fishing from around 10am to 2pm. Adjust your time on the water by how hot it actually is. I have had heat stroke and trust me it can sneak up on you in no time.

In terms of where to fish, think about where fish are going to be when the water warms up. This means going deeper or tossing bait lures in shady spots. Look for submerged cover like logs, the shadows around stumps, and where tree cover shades the water.

Lilly pads can be good along the edges especially if there is tree shade around these spots. Fishing under bridges and other over water structures can be productive, too. Again the common denominator is the shade where water is cooler.

Try out these tips for bass fishing in hot weather. Above all else, protect yourself.

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One to Watch: Oeser Tengu Tool []

There is a probably no custom knife maker that is both relatively new and as hot as Jared Oeser.  Oeser’s use of traditional knife patterns and modern handle materials, along his with keen sense of style, have made his customs some of the most sought after handmade knives in the world right now. Short of one of the art knife masters, Oeser’s stuff is as intensely watched and tracked as anyone’s.  Oeser’s stuff has seen a huge surge in popularity over the past 24 months.

I joined his email list a long time ago and while stuff never lasted for a day, it wasn’t uncommon for a knife to get posted and sell a couple of hours later.  Now I receive the availability and sold email in the same inbox update.  Additionally, Oeser collaborated with Enrique Pena to produce a truly wonderful (though very expensive) flipper.  His eye for the next hot material, like marbled carbon fiber or Westinghouse micarta, plus his visually arresting letterboxed handles makes for a fabulous and distinctively Oeser design.

In another part of the gear world, the cap lifter/one-piece multitool fetish continues to produce some really interesting (and expensive) tools. The Atwood craze has died down a bit replaced by fetishes for tops, lanyard beads, and spinners.  But there are still quite a few new tools coming out (some of the more interesting ones are parts of systems, like those made for the KeyBar or the Keyport systems).

Now, set for its debut at Blade 2017, there is the Oeser Tengu Tool, a combination knife and one-piece multitool.  Take a hot maker, combined that with a great design, and incredibly desire\able tools and you get what will unquestionably be one of the hottest pieces of EDC of 2017.  They even include a shield like most of Oeser’s designs.


Image courtesy of J. Oeser Instagram page

The clever design is a friction folder, but the normal extended tang on a traditional friction folder is replaced by a prytool, screwdriver, and a cap lifter.  These three essential items are combined with Oeser’s modified tanto blade shape which he calls a Tengu.  The grinds are super crisp, just like all of Oeser’s stuff.  The entire package if completed with excellent, full contoured handle scales, and a large lanyard bead to give you an extra bit of grip given how tiny these things really are.

Traditionally Blade has been a huge deal for custom makers.  As the market gets more and more bifurcated between production companies showing wares at SHOT Show and custom makers getting their homecoming at Blade, things like the Tengu Tool are bound to cause a stir.  I imagine that these gems will sell quickly, especially if they are not sold via lottery, and then will flip on the secondary market for a huge profit.  Given that the Oeser/Pena flippers all sold out at more than $2,000, it seems likely that these simple, yet elegant designs will go for a pretty penny.  There isn’t a whole lot out there that looks and functions like these do.  If you are going to Blade, keep an eye out and good luck scoring one of these sweet and unique designs.

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Guns-Hunting Sales Bolsters Wildlife []

Have you ever thought about who pays for wildlife management and conservation efforts in every state of the Union? You do. That is if you buy guns, ammunition, and hunting licenses. So, far, you sportsmen and women have generated roughly $10 Billion for conservation. Where is that money spent?

Generated excise taxes from gun and ammo sales for the Pittman-Robertson Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration Act funnels these monies into state-by-state conservation efforts. This bill was signed into law in 1937 by President Franklin D. Roosevelt. This money is used for a wide variety of conservation issues.

Pittman-Robertson dollars are spent to buy millions of acres of prime habitat that is then maintained by state wildlife agencies. These agencies then work to maintain and operate these wildlife management areas for a variety recreational uses including hunting, fishing, hiking, camping, and other activities for public use.

These monies are also used for wildlife conservation research projects to help improve wildlife habitats, game animal management from white-tailed deer, elk, upland birds, waterfowl, and many other species. This includes land management issues, water conservation and other issues.
P-R dollars also support hunter education programs in each state to support instructors, training materials, audio-video resources and other programs. Also money is spent build and maintain public target shooting ranges.

Wildlife restoration efforts have also successfully helped to grow healthy populations of wildlife. These include all kinds of game herd expansions. For example from 1900 until today, whitetail deer populations have grown from 500,000 deer to over 32,000,000. Duck populations have expanded from just a few in 1901 to over 44 million. Elk have grown from 41,000 in 1907 to over 1 million today. Wild turkeys have gone from 100,000 in 1900 to a whopping 7 million currently. Pronghorn antelope have developed from 12,000 to 1.1 million.

Duck stamp sales also contribute some $81 million annually for the Federal game agencies to buy or lease wetland habitats for waterfowl, ducks, and geese. These efforts also support a wide range of non-game animals and birds.

So, every time you buy a new hunting rifle or a fresh box of ammunition, know that the manufacturer pays the excise tax to support conservation efforts. The next time some anti-hunting group tries to smear your shooting recreational sports, just ask them how much they have paid to support wildlife and conservation.

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Why I use Rainier Ballistics bullets, even before they became one of my sponsors []

In my shooting career even before I decided to get into competition shooting, I reloaded. I have been reloading in one form or another since I was about 7 or 8, which means that I now have at least 45 years of reloading under my belt. I also teach reloading classes and hold reloading seminars, where I have promoted Rainier Ballistics now for I think almost 7 years.

So it’s pretty fair to say that I have used just about every type of bullet out there including making my own with my LEE lead melting pot and a few bullet molds. I no longer shoot plain lead bullets and have not for YEARS and will never do so anymore. So again, many different types and brands over these years.

I truly have had my best scores and set club records using Rainier Ballistics bullets and I see no reason to stop using them. I had bought my first Rainier Ballistics at a local Cabela’s to try out. I bought three boxes of 500 each for 9mm, 115 – 124 & 147 grain. I tried different loads and seating depths to get what worked for me and I run all my reloads through my Beta-Master Chronograph with the printer.


Rainier Ballistics ready to use!

So I have data sheets on all loads and I print out the testing results and staple them to the sheets so I know just which one works best. For me it is the Rainier Ballistics 124 Flatpoints. Out of my comp Glock 17 for steel plates. I will have to go through this process again this summer once I get my new ground up built Johnny Custom Glocks race gun.


Here is a tip if you use the Chrony and record the data, if you are using ONE gun only and using different weight loads and depth settings of the bullets, on the sheet somewhere draw the target and write down the size of the target and distance out.

Then put little dots where EACH bullet hits for each different load and even write it out, something like, “115 with CFE Pistol at X amount of powder is hitting low left” on the sheet for that load and do that on EACH sheet for each load. Once you find the best one and don’t have to adjust your sights, you can always go back to the data sheet and remake any of the loads (You may run out of your favorite powder or bullet weight and have to load one of the other loads) and know just where it is hitting the target. Also save and date your targets, then after a few times to the range you can see the improvements.



My well worn data book


Sample of the data sheet


I have just recently added a longer threaded Lone Wolf match barrel and a Carver Custom 4 port compensator to my Gen 3 G17. That barrel has a total of 100 rounds through it so it is still “breaking in”, plus I had to go to a 11pound recoil spring and trim some coils off of it to get it to cycle without any stoppages. 124 is the recommended lightest bullet to use with this new barrel/comp so once again Rainier Ballistics has stepped up to the plate and running great!


My Gen 3 Glock 17 Steel Plate Gun with Johnny Custom Glocks trigger system, Lone Wolf Match barrel, Carver Customs 4 port Comp, C-More RTS2 Red Dot and Glock Store weighted magwell

What I love about Rainier Ballistics is they load like butter into and through the progressive presses. I have never had any issues with them in any press I use. They are consistent in groups; there is not that much variance in weight to really affect anything. And when I first bought them I heard from other reloaders, “You have to load them like you load plain lead or you will shoot the bullet right out of the copper wash!”

I guess years ago that may have been a problem, but like everything else in this world, there are new improvements in process, chemicals, you name it. And I can honestly say that I have loaded rounds HOT just to test this and see if there really was a problem, and never, not even once did that ever happen so I can say to you that if that was a problem in the past, that’s where it still is, in the past!


Rainier Ballistics 124 Flatpoints waiting to get loaded!

Rainiers are straight shooting bullets that load great and perform even better, I have been honored to have them pick me up for one of my sponsors now for a long time and again, I USE all the products first before I ever contact companies about sponsorships or even write or post a video about said product. I will NEVER promote junk products no matter what it is, period and I used it long before to see how good or not good they are.

I have also since turned down and away other bullet companies that want me now to try the “Next Best Bullets” etc. I am loyal person and I look at it as if I am setting records with Rainier Ballistics and they have become like a family to me and trust me to represent their brand like they have, there is no reason to go with anyone else. They know I have their back and I know they have mine.

So I ask you the next time you need to buy bullets for reloading, do yourself a favor and buy a box of 500 first and try Rainier Ballistics and see if you can get the same results I am getting. Understand you will have to try different loads to get the right one for you, but once you found it, watch out you can set the range a blaze with your shooting! Then Rainier Ballistics will be stocked on your reloading room bench ready to go!

To give you a head start I use, Starline brass, Winchester Primers, Hodgdon Powders and Rainier Ballistics bullets. I will not go into my loading data for legal issues but I can tell you to go to Hodgdon’s website and look at the reload data and go from there.

Check out Rainier Ballistics at:

Hodgdon Powders at:

Starline brass at:

Winchester Primers:

Johnny Custom Glocks at:

Stay SAFE, wear eye protection when you reload and FOLLOW the manuals!

See you at the range!


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Going through you home to prep for home invasion []

How many of you have “just a gun or two” for home defense? Sadly, that is most people’s idea of all the protection they need, but they’re wrong. There is so much more one can do to their home to prepare for a home invasion. There are safe rooms you can add if you’re either building new or adding on to your old home. Or, you can convert an existing room into somewhat of a safe room.

First thing is to walk around your home and look for any and every way someone can get in. Don’t fall into the “I couldn’t fit in there so that’s not an issue” mindset. Not everyone is the same size, so a place you may not be able to fit into someone else can and will if you don’t fix the issue.

When I teach the personal defense classes I always stress the point that we are human and we fall into patterns, and this “I couldn’t fit through there” pattern is one of them. So make a list of potential entry points from outside. Low windows can have thick thorny bushes planted right under them. Or you can go all out and bar the windows, but that will draw attention.


Just one of many ways to alert you for a broken window

Make sure your front and rear door have strong deadbolts that go at least one full inch into the door frame, more is better. Also make sure that you have strong solid doors and if possible, with no windows right next to the door locks that can be busted out and unlocked. If you have a door with windows on each side, then you need to make sure your deadbolt has a key to lock/unlock from inside the house. Use a 3M command strip and hang the key somewhere close to the door that you can grab it if you need to get out in a hurry.


With no steel on the door frame, this can happen

Also buy 6 inch heavy duty deck screws and screw them into the door hinges both on the door and into the door frame. That will go through the door frame and into the studs for the frame, which will make it much harder to kick in.

Where the deadbolt and door handle goes into the door frame, take a 1/8 inch to ¼ inch thick flat steel strip only as wide as the door and have it cut out so both the deadbolt and door lock will fit into it.6-inch-deck-screw

Then take the steel and place it on the door frame where it would go so both locks go through it. Trace around the entire flat steel it total length should be about 14 to 18 inches (With the lock cutouts in the middle). Then take a small router set cutter to the depth of the thickness of the flat steel and cut all that out. Once done, attach the new steel strip to the frame through about 10 predrilled holes that you also countersunk so the deck screws will install flat. In fact here is a kit you can buy.

Try the door to make sure it works, and you just increased the strength of your two entry doors so that kicking them in will not be an option!

For windows, well you will need at least the alarms that if separated they set off the screaming whistle sound. Glass is glass, and unless you have two inch think bulletproof glass there is only so much you can do.

For an inside makeshift safe room get a solid wood door (most interior doors are hollow), and put it on a room you would be in late at night. Get a deadbolt for this door also, and the same 6 inch deck screws. Then get away from the door if someone is in the house. Lay flat on the floor away from the door, the farthest distance away where you are not directly in front of it. Also, most of us have old cell phones that no longer have service. Take that cell phone and put it on your nightstand plugged in on charge always. Since it is a no service phone you have no reason to ever take it off the nightstand. They will still make 911 calls.

Also, if you have an extra set of car keys that you can use to press the panic button and have the car horn or alarm go off, keep it there also. If it’s late at night and you have your horns going off, one of your neighbors will call the police on you.

If you have a gun and the intruder is at your door, tell them you have a gun and will use it to protect yourself and or family.Keep the 911 operator on the phone the entire time, so that even if you drop the phone it will all be recorded.

Always have extra ammo in your room, pepper spray, the old cell phone, an extra handgun, rifle, or shotgun. The extra key set to set off your car alarm, a good flashlight, in fact here is the list I give out in my classes:

  • Cell Phone on charge & extra charged battery
  • GOOD LED high lumen flashlight & extra batteries
  • At least one extra full magazine with self defense ammo
  • Home phone
  • Shotgun at the ready
  • Pepper spray & stun gun
  • Your car keys remote (Panic button draws attention)
  • If possible 2 way radios (for others in the house on a different floor etc)
  • Written out statement (for 911 call) with name, number of people in home, home address, description of inside the home and what room you are in and then tell them what you are wearing.

Under stress you will be surprised at how much you forget, even the simple things you think you would never forget. The best scenario is that you would never have to shoot could wait for LEOs to come and clear your home instead of you. But if you have to, you need to understand you just can’t start storming through the house. You need to consider the following:

  • YOU know the layout of the house better then the intruders, so use this to your advantage
  • Never bust a door open, instead “Slice the pie” looking for things that should not be there
  • Always keep yourself at a minimum target to be shot at
  • There is a difference between cover and concealment
  • Stay calm and stay alert

You might consider carrying your concealed carry pistol with you in the home, because you can carry any pistol you want on you in the house. You never know when a home invasion will take place so you need to be ready all the time.

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What to look out for when buying a Lee-Enfield No.4 [The Firearm Blog]

Everyone loves a bit of slick .303 action. But what are the pitfalls specific to buying a Lee-Enfield No.4 that are unique to this particular rifle? What are the options, and what should you look out for to avoid getting a dud? UPDATE: The idiot Producer accidentally created a thumbnail with a Enfield No.1 not […]

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Review: Glock 43 (G43) 9mm – Mousegun “Perfection”? [The Firearm Blog]

Is it too much to ask from a mouse gun to be at least 9mm, reliable, and shootable? Based on various other offerings on the market, it could be argued that the combination of the three was a tall order. Various weapons in .380 were good, but 9mm was a beast that the form factor […]

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Walther WA2000 WA Bullpup Sniper Up For Auction, $75k Starting Bid [The Firearm Blog]

Someone is selling a Walther WA2000. Starting bid is $75,000 USD. If you win, you have your choice of .308 or .300 Win Mag. He has both. He claims there were only 15 brought into the US. ULTRA RARE, THE RAREST OF THE RARE, THE HOLY GRAIL FOR ANY FIREARM COLLECTOR … This auction is […]

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North Carolina: Pro-Gun Omnibus Bill Passes Third Reading in House [NRA-ILA News]

Today, House Bill 746, the omnibus pro-gun bill that makes a number of improvements to existing law, passed third reading in the North Carolina House of Representatives by a 64-51 vote.  HB 746 will now go to the Senate for consideration.  It is important you contact your state Senator with your strong support for this bill!


Mother shoots intruder trying to break into apartment on Indy’s east side [NRA-ILA News]

A mother shot an intruder who was trying to break into her apartment on the city’s east side Wednesday afternoon. The shooting occurred around 1:10 p.m. in the 2800 block of White Knight Boulevard near East 30th Street and Mitthoeffer Road.


POTD: MP5 Race Gun [The Firearm Blog]

Derek Giddings is a shooter for the H&K Shooting Team. Check out the MP5 he is using. It is setup purposefully for racing. The optic is set high as well as the stock. The position of the stock actually lowers the bore of the barrel helping in minimizing muzzle climb. If low bore axis works […]

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Review: Aero Precision Limited Edition Builder Sets []

There’s one reason I have used Aero Precision receivers for more than five years: Quality. I can count on my builds looking great, going together without a problem, and performing well. In fact, I was one of the first writers to feature Aero Precision when they were primarily an aerospace manufacturer and were just starting to make receivers.

From my perspective Aero Precision are the best-quality forged mil-spec upper and lower receivers on the market. They also manufacture receivers for many other AR15 companies people would recognize. Over the years, Aero Precision has created the COP (Continuous Optics Platform) forged upper which remains the strongest full monolithic upper receiver on the market. They also introduced one of the simplest ambi receivers on the market and later a lightweight and insanely strong semi-monolithic M4E1 receiver.

The company has always been creative in their product development and marketing and was also one of the first large manufacturers to offer factory-cerakoted stripped receivers and accessories. Now they are offering Limited Edition Builder Sets that deliver a stunning platform to complete your custom build.

Aero Precision Limited Edition Builder Sets

A few years ago, AP began offering basic black or flat dark earth finished builder sets, which included a M4E1 upper and handguard with forward assist and ejection port door installed, a stripped lower receiver, and extended trigger guard. The kit concept was stunningly popular. AR builders ended up with a well-engineered, tight-fitting build that was ready for whatever parts they wanted to use.

AP decided to expand that idea by offering a limited edition run each month featuring custom themed finishes. Per their plan, they will never repeat any finish, so each limited edition set is truly limited — they will not make more. The best way to be notified about an upcoming builder set is to follow AP on one of their social media sites. If you see one you like, my advice is you’d better buy fast. Each monthly run is limited to only 200 units and they usually sell out within a day or two of release.


Over the last year, AP has offered a wide range of limited-run finishes includes some from Blown Deadline, Legal Manufacturing, and many others plus some custom cerakote colors you just do not see often including this Noveske Bazooka Green cerakote AR15 pistol.


Each of these custom finishes would cost at least $200, so these builder kits are a significant bargain at $499 considering AP sells the all black builder kit components for $390. Plus there is no waiting for the backlogged coaters to work your project in — and you are almost guaranteed that you will not see anyone at the range with the same AR15.

My Custom Aero Precision Builds

With several of Aero Precision’s initial titanium, bronze, and silver cerakoted AR15 builds complete, I was a little slow to jump at their limited edition sets and missed one of the Blown Deadline sets that I really wanted. From then on, I have kept my eyes peeled.  Late last year, I was able to grab a Legal Manufacturing coated Nickel Boron Battle Worn finish builder set. A receiver and handguard set coated in NiBo; who wouldn’t want that? A couple months later, Aero Precision had Noveske Bazooka Green cerakoted builder kits. I was late to the party but it turns out a short-handguard builder set was run as a test and luckily was able to snag that… truly a one off custom.

These days the builder has it pretty easy. For both builds, all the parts with the exception of the Black Hole Weaponry barrel and ELF trigger components were all sourced from either Aero Precision or Brownells, which made things incredibly easy. Being able to lay out all the parts in one shopping cart really helps me visualize how everything will work together and saves on shipping from various vendors.


Nickel Boron Battle Worn – I am not sure I’m completely done with this build. I think I am still too awestruck at the finish to figure out what I want to do with some of the mil-spec part replacements and which paracord would work to wrap the stock. Likely this build will resurface again. The shown working build was completed with a Black Hole Weaponry 18” polished .223 Wylde stainless steel lightweight barrel, Brownells Ni-Bo Bolt Carrier Superlative Arms adjustable gas block, Stainless steel ALG Defense Brake, Geissele SD-E trigger, charging handle and Super Precision 34mm scope mount, KNS Anti-Rotate Pins, YHM Pivot Pins, and Bushnell Elite Tactical ERS 3.5-21 34mm scope, Magpul grip, and Ace Stock.

The Geissele SD-E trigger and Bushnell scope allowed the Black Hole Weaponry barrel to deliver some stunning groups for this slim lightweight barrel.


Noveske Bazooka Green AR15 Pistol – This set was a production sample just to test the color. It did have some blemishes since it had been a well-handled sample, but I love it. Though I usually love to add in something shiny, I opted to go with basic black even though pretty much every accessory on the gun was aftermarket custom.

The unique flat billet aluminum ejection port cover and smooth line bolt release are VSeven. Other accessories are Mission First Tactical grip, BCM Charging handle, KNS anti-rotate pins, Battle Arms Development magazine release, and Law Tactical Folding Stock Adapter to keep things compact for storage.  YHM Bolt Carrier Group and pivot pins were used along with a new pencil profile Ballistic Advantage 10.5” barrel tipped with a Wilson Combat flash hider.

I had never tested any ELF components and they are all top-tier quality. Featured on this build was an ELF flat adjustable trigger and button safety, both of which would make unique and exceptional upgrades to any AR15. The ELF Button Safety is insanely fast to manipulate.

Final Thoughts

The quality of these builder kits is phenomenal and the price is reasonable considering what you get.  If you have been through an AR15 build, made your build mistakes, and now have all the appropriate tools, this would be my recommended next step to creating a really nice AR15 for yourself with top shelf components.

Sourced from Brownells:

  • Ballistic Advantage
  • KNS Precision
  • Geissele
  • ALG
  • Law Tactical
  • Ace Stock
  • Bushnell
  • Mission First Tactical
  • Battle Arms Development
  • Magpul
  • V-Seven
  • YHM
  • Wilson Combat
  • Phase 5 Tactical
  • Superlative Arms


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California: Hearing in Senate Public Safety Committee on AB 7 [NRA-ILA News]

Assembly Bill 7, sponsored by Mike Gipson (D-64), is scheduled to be heard in the Senate Public Safety Committee on Tuesday, June 13, at 8:30 am. Please use our TAKE ACTION button below to contact the members of the Senate Public Safety Committee and CALL the below Committee Members and urge them to OPPOSE AB 7.


DIY Cardboard MP5 That Shoots Paper Bullets [The Firearm Blog]

Some one made a cardboard MP5. It has a functioning magazine, charging handle, and spits out the paper projectiles. All made of paper, cardboard, rubber bands and toothpicks.   The video even shows you how it was made.

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TFB REVIEW: Tyrant Designs HALO MiniVert VFG [The Firearm Blog]

I swore off vertical fore grips (VFG) years ago, returning to a more traditional support hand placement. The Costa-esque C-clamp grip never quite worked for me either – if I’m being completely honest, I resisted it at first based on fad-status alone, but turning corners in close quarters situations didn’t work (again, for me) with […]

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Americans And Our Handguns []

While looking through the morning news, I came across the following article – Why Americans Will Never Give Up Their Guns.

The author states,

Clearly, many American men learn early on life that

a.) it’s a nasty world out there, and

b.) the best way to protect yourself is with a gun.

Change may require the coming of age of a new, better-educated generation.

Tom Jacobs, I respectfully disagree with your article. Not just part of the article, but the whole thing.

What is the difference between a free citizen and a servant?  The right to own firearms.  The handgun is the most basic form of self-defense.

Let’s take a few minutes, break down your article, and I will explain why I disagree with it.


Polls are cited several times in the article, so let’s start there.

The election of 2016 proved that polls cannot be trusted.  Several reputable news sources stated Hillary Clinton would win the election.  When the people voted, the polls were proved wrong.

These were not just a couple of polls, there were a lot of them. Due to months of news sites citing erroneous polls, all polls put forth by the media have to be questioned.

When major media puts forth skewed polls, they must expect to lose credibility. The lesson here is that polls can be skewed and manipulated to push an agenda.


Fact: Government is inherently corrupt and willing to employ violence against its citizens.

For example: FDR’s Executive Order 9066, which led to the notorious internment camps of World War 2. 9066 faced a supreme court challenge and was upheld in Korematsu v. United States.

There’s also: Anwar al-Awlaki, a U.S. citizen who was killed by a drone strike. The airstrike was approved by the Obama administration.  When challenged in court, the Obama administration fought to keep details of the strike secret and the case was dismissed.

Vicki Weaver, the wife of Randy Weaver, was unarmed when she was shot and killed by a U.S. Government sniper.

These are just a few examples of why citizens should preserve the right to protect themselves from their government.


Police can’t always maintain law and order, and that’s when riots and looting can break out.

There have been numerous court rulings that the police have no duty to protect citizens.

If the police are not required to protect citizens, the burden of protection rests in the hands of the individual.  What better weapon for personal protection than a handgun?


Would better education promote a gun-free society?  I seriously doubt it.

As education increases, trust in government decreases. Our government has shown time and time again that it’s ready and willing to violate our civil rights.

We learn in school that we are supposed to have certain rights.  Some of those rights are due process and a right to life and liberty.  Then we learn the government can disregard those rights when so desired.

It doesn’t take a college education to learn history and to realize what happens to disarmed citizens.

The Handgun

Handguns are the sword and knife of the modern era.  They are our protection from people who would do us harm.

Handguns are a reminder that individual liberties rest in the hands of the individual and not the government.

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20 Ohio Counties likely to be without any insurance plans next year on the Obamacare marketplaces [John Lott's Website]

As we have previously posted, many counties in TennesseeMissouri, and other states will have significant portions of their state without insurers in the Obamacare system.  Now a similar announcement for Ohio.  From Business Insider:
Anthem on Tuesday announced it would not participate in the individual health-insurance exchanges in Ohio for the 2018 plan year. That could leave 20 counties in the state without any plans on the marketplaces established by the Affordable Care Act, the healthcare law better known as Obamacare. 
In a statement to Business Insider, Anthem cited "continual changes in federal operations, rules, and guidance" as its primary reason for exiting the marketplaces. . . .


Maine: Senate Unanimously Passes Pro-Gun Bill [NRA-ILA News]

Yesterday the Maine Senate unanimously passed Legislative Document 9.  Sponsored by state Representative Patrick Corey (R-25), LD 9 would prohibit a government agency or political subdivision of Maine from keeping a list or registry of privately owned firearms, or a list or registry of the owners of those firearms.  While federal law prohibits a universal national gun registry, there are eight states which prohibit state-level gun registries as well.  If LD 9 is enacted, Maine would be the ninth state to prohibit a state-level gun registry.


Watch: Freedom Ordnance FX9 Carbine []

The FX9 Carbine from Classic Arms is very much like the AR-15, but it accepts Glock magazines. People looking for a 9mm carbine, may want to take a look at this rifle.

As of June 8, 2017, the FX9 carbine has a listed price of $599.


From the Classic Arms website:

  • Chambered in 9×19
  • 13″ Free Float M Lock Rail
  • 6 Position Collapsing S3 Stock
  • Rear Ambidextrous Charging handle
  • AR-15 Configured Safety Selector
  • AR-15 Configured Last round Bolt Hold open
  • AR-15 Configured Magazine Release
  • AR-15 Compatible Triggers
  • AR-15 Compatible Pistol Grips (Without the Rear Tang)
  • Compatible with 9mm approved 1/2″x 28 T.P.I. muzzle devices and suppressors
  • Compatible with KNS precision® AR-15 Trigger Pins.
  • Upper / Lower billet machined aluminum alloy
  • Mil Spec anodized
  • Action blowback
  • Weight 6.1 lb
  • Length 31.5”

Now for the video.

The FX9 seemed to have some issues with magazines that are not factory Glock.

Field stripping is similar to a typical AR-15. The charging handle of the FX9 is a little different than the standard AR.

In the video, the flash hider is removed, replaced with a suppressor and sub-sonic 9mm is fired through the rifle. From the audio of the video, the bolt made more noise than the 9mm did.

For those of us looking to standardize with Glock handguns, the FX9 plays right into that plan.

Overall, it seems like the price is right, the rifle functions, accepts Glock magazines and can be suppressed. When the guys at the Military Arms Channel say they are enjoying a firearm, that tells me a lot.

Special thank you to the Military Arms Channel for making another great video.

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Dan Shea Recipient of the prestigious Chinn Award [The Firearm Blog]

Daniel Shea, founder of the firearms research magazines Small Arms Review, Small Arms Defense Journal, and the training/supply company Pheonix Defense (formerly Long Mountain Outfitters) has become a recipient of the much respected Chinn Award, thereby honoring “a government or industry individual who, in the opinion of the Small Arms Committee Executive Board, has made significant […]

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Lawmaker invites colleagues to Capitol shooting range [NRA-ILA News]

Rep. Jeff Duncan has invited his colleagues to the Capitol Police shooting range in a Senate office building on Tuesday to try their hand at firing a gun with a silencer.


Eric Holder slammed for ‘Fast and Furious’ obstruction [NRA-ILA News]

The House Oversight Committee let loose with a scathing assessment of Eric Holder in a recent report, accusing the Barack Obama-era attorney general of outright misleading Congress on its investigation of the “Fast and Furious” gun-running scandal.


Michigan House passes permitless carry legislation [NRA-ILA News]

Most gun owners would be able to carry concealed weapons without a permit or training under a bill that passed the state House of Representatives on a mostly party line vote Wednesday.The vote came after nearly an hour of passionate debate with most Republicans supporting the bills as a confirmation of the constitutional right to bear arms.


U-M firearms ban upheld by state appeals court [NRA-ILA News]

In a 2-1 opinion released Wednesday, the Michigan Court of Appeals upheld the University of Michigan’s campus gun ban.The ruling affirms an earlier decision by the Michigan Court of Claims, in a case that could be headed to the Michigan Supreme Court.


North Carolina: House votes 65-54 for bill easing concealed handgun laws [NRA-ILA News]

It would no longer be necessary to have a concealed handgun permit to bring a gun anywhere that firearms can already be carried openly, under a bill a divided state House tentatively approved on Wednesday.


Ohio: Dayton RTA to allow carry on buses [NRA-ILA News]

Riders who can show proof of a valid CCW license will now be allowed to carry guns on Greater Dayton Regional Transit Authority buses.The revised policy was developed after much discussion with the transit board’s attorneys, CEO Mark Donaghy said. It passed without much discussion at the board’s regular meeting on Tuesday.


Bushmaster M17S – An American Commercial Bullpup [Forgotten Weapons]

The M17S began as an Australian design by a man named Alex Hand, apparently intended for Australian military trials. It did not succeed in that effort, although the Australian military did adopt a bullpup rifle (a version of the Steyr AUG). Instead, the company went in search of commercial sales. By the time it reached American store shelves, it would have passed through two addition companies (first Armstech, then Edenfire, and finally Bushmaster) and been substantially modified.

In its final form, it was a remarkably economical design to manufacture, with an extruded aluminum receiver tube and the remaining parts mostly made of Zytel glass-filled nylon. Mechanically, it is a copy of the AR-18/180 rifle, with the same rotating bolt, dual guide rods, and short stroke gas piston. It was manufactured in the United States from 1993 until 2005, and was one of relatively few bullpup style options available in the US during that time.


.400AR – Another Wildcat Cartridge for the AR-15 [The Firearm Blog]

So you want an AR-15 for hog hunting that can launch .40 cal (10mm) pills? This wildcat caliber might be what you are looking for. It is called .400AR and was developed for hog hunting. The designers had initial requirements to have the largest caliber that will allow having double stack loaded ammunition in magazines fitting […]

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“Tomahawk” AR-15 Stock by Jolly Roger Gun Stocks [The Firearm Blog]

Jolly Roger Gun Stocks is a firearm accessories manufacturer located in Pennsylvania. They’ve recently introduced an AR-15 stock called Tomahawk. It is called so because it just looks like a tomahawk and not because it can be used as one. You may think why do I say it, isn’t it obvious? Well, there are actually people making […]

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AR-15 Parts Weights Database [The Firearm Blog]

When it comes to building an AR-15 weight is a factor I always consider. Unless you’re building a long range rifle that will only be shot off of a bench I believe lighter is always better. A good way to shave off ounces from your AR build is to use a lightweight lower receiver and lightweight bolt […]

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Colt Announces Series 70 Competition Pistols [The Firearm Blog]

Colt Series 70 1911Series 70 vs Series 80 is a bit of a holy war within the 1911 community. Many purists believe that Series 70 pistols are a superior version of the gun (and they can make a good case for it.) If you prefer Series 70 guns, I have good news: Colt’s Manufacturing Co is now making […]

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The People Have SPOKEN: Savage Arms Modifies Their MSR-15 Patrol [The Firearm Blog]

MSR-15 PatrolIt was just 6 months ago that Savage Arms began hyping up a new, unannounced firearm leading up to SHOT Show. We quickly learned it was their first attempt at producing an AR-15 type rifle. With now 4 different models in their arsenal in 3 different popular calibers they have a substantial line-up for black […]

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Wilson Combat OTF Automatic Knives [The Firearm Blog]

Wilson Combat is a well known 1911 manufacturer who has recently been in the spotlight with the Wilson Combat AR9 9mm AR-15. Since 2000 Bill Wilson has been offering knives under one brand or another and recently Wilson Combat teamed back up with Hogue. This collaboration has resulted in a couple of new, automatic, out-the-front (OTF) […]

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Wednesday, 07 June


BREAKING: Give that SAINT Some M-LOK!… Springfield Armory’s 2nd Offering of an AR-15 [The Firearm Blog]

SAINTSpringfield Armory surprised a lot of people when they introduced an AR-15 this winter. Not many people believed Springfield had a trick like that up their sleeve. If you think about their history, both the old military company and the current one with the same name, it begins to make more sense. The Springfield Armory […]

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Pennsylvania: Mentored Hunting Legislation Passes in the House [NRA-ILA News]

Yesterday, June 6, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives unanimously passed legislation expanding Pennsylvania’s mentored hunting programs.  There is currently a loophole in state law which prohibits the Pennsylvania Game Commission from implementing mentored hunting programs for youth between the ages of 12-17.  House Bill 485, sponsored by state Representative Neal Goodman (D-123), is a technical fix which is intended to correct this problem and reinstate the original legislative intent of Pennsylvania’s mentored hunting program.  Further, HB 485 would create a discounted general hunting license for Hunter Trapper Education (HTE) instructors.


Oregon: Update on Multiple Hunting Bills [NRA-ILA News]

As the end of the 2017 legislative session draws closer, several bills affecting hunting in Oregon have passed the legislature.


RECALL: Ruger Issues Safety Warning For MKIV Pistols [The Firearm Blog]

Ruger has just announced a safety recall for their new MKIV pistols. Apparently certain guns have been found to have the ability to fire when the safety is placed between the “safe” and “fire” positions and the trigger is pulled. The potential also exists for the gun to fire when the safety is moved from […]

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NFA database seriously flawed [Of Arms and the Law]

I have a Freedom of Information Act suit pending in D.C. District Court, where I'm represented by progun attorney Stephen Stamboulieh of Madison, Mississippi. He won a partial motion for summary judgment, and as a result we obtained certain files, which you can download here.

The files are some of the work papers of a Justice Department Office of Inspector General audit of the NFRTR, which is ATF's database on National Firearms Act firearms, which is consulted to see if a firearm is registered. As part of the audit, OIG took a survey of ATF's inspectors (IOIs, for Industry Operations Inspectors). The first step in inspecting an NFA dealer is to obtain a print out of his NFRTR registry, then compare that to his inventory.

OIG asked how often there was a discrepancy between the inventory and what the NFRTR said the inventory should be: 46% of inspectors said either "always" or "most of the time." (Only 5% reported "never"). How often was the discrepancy found in the NFRTR? 44% said always or most of the time, only 6% said "never." The comments by inspectors were pretty eye-opening:

"When I conduct an NFA inventory reconciliation, I start knowing that the NRA register will be incomplete or inaccurate."

"The discrepancies in the NFRTR makes it impossible to verify the onsite inventory."

"I encounter discrepancies on a daily basis."

"In one instance, I received an NFRTR inventory report with more than 60 errors on behalf of the NFA branch."

"A majority of the FFLs I have inspected, NFA is a small portion of their business. However, I spend the most time on the NFA portion due to the NFRTR being inaccurate most of the time."

"It creates embarrassment to the agency and the IOI because we are always wrong."

Mind you, felony prosecutions are undertaken relying on the NFRTR to establish that a gun is not registered, and with evidence consisting of an affidavit from the custodian of records for the NFRTR certifying that no record of registration could be found. This sounds like Brady material to me.... and it's ten years old.


Michigan: Constitutional/Permitless Carry Bills Pass House [NRA-ILA News]

Today, June 7, the Michigan House of Representatives passed a package of bills which would remove the requirement to obtain a concealed pistol license (CPL) in order to lawfully carry a firearm with a 59-49 vote.  House Bills 4416, 4417, 4418 and 4419 would also make the current licensing system optional to allow citizens to obtain a license and take advantage of reciprocity agreements with other states.


Recall On Ruger Mk IV Made Before June 1st [No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money]

Ruger just issued a recall on their new Ruger Mark IV pistols including the 22/45 made before June 1, 2017. There is the potential for the pistol to fire if the safety is between safe and fire.

See the recall notice issued this evening.


Brass vs Steel Casings []

One of the many long standing campfire and shooting range debates has been over the use of brass casings versus those ammunition cases made from steel. For Americans, it has always been our native ammunition that has used brass for ammo cases. In Russia, China and other Eastern European countries, their cases have most often been formed of steel.

Brass is an alloy made of copper and zinc. Steel is made from an alloy of iron. On a Mohs Hardness Scale, brass rates a 3-4 hardness. Steel is harder on the scale at 5-8.5 depending on its composition. Steel is much cheaper to manufacture than brass, hence the main reason Russian ammo for example is made of steel. For them it is a cost factor.

Brass functions well in American chambered guns. Brass is more malleable in that when the primer ignites the powder, the brass case expands in the chamber pressing against the chamber walls. Its pressure is held by the steel chamber, allowing the bullet to exit the case to move down the bore’s rifling to the muzzle.

The classic Russian AK-47 was manufactured specifically to handle steel casings. Their cases are coated with a lacquer type spray that makes them slicker, thus allowing them to release from the chamber upon extraction.

Steel cases have been known to hang up or stick in the chambers of American guns such as the AR-15. It has been reported that a steel casing sticking the chamber and failed to be extracted can cause damage to the chamber as well as the extractor mechanism. In general, steel cased ammo is not recommended for use in American guns because of the potential for the failure to extract. It seems even the lacquer coating does not help much.

Steel cased ammo is cheap(er). Those Russian brands of steel cased ammo one can see for sale by the case at gun shows or gun shops is a good example. However, word has started to circulate about not using this ammo in our guns. The issue has been addressed by these same Russian ammo makers which are not advertising to offer brass cased ammo.

The chamber tolerances of an AK rifle are much looser than those of an AR-15. Steel cases function in those guns, because the chamber is simply not as tight. For same reason, American chambers have closer tolerances making steel ammo reliability iffy.

Therefore, if you shoot an American or European firearm designed to use brass cased ammo, avoid using steel. Likewise, if you run an AK-47, then using steel cases is fine.

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Basic Essentials Series – Box Cutters []

The most universal cutting tool in the shop is a box cutter. Of course, these cutting implements were originally, one supposes, created to cut open the taped tops of cardboard boxes. Naturally, it did not take long to figure out all the other practical uses for such a cutter. To address those needs there have been a myriad of types, sizes and task oriented box type cutters introduced.

The basic box cutter is a metal tool that contains one cutting blade held locked in place inside the tool handle. Most often there is a locking slide that allows the blade to be retracted into the handle for safety reasons when not in use. The blade edge once dulled can usually be switched around to the other end or replaced altogether with a new blade to continue work.

As time progressed then, some smart marketing-tool engineer came up with the super cheap adjustable blade tool. These have one long blade inside a handle slot that can be extended out with the sliding of a button then locked in place for use. As the edge wears, the tip can be broken off at the serrated point to expose a fresh edge. You can often buy these cutters for a dollar or less.

These razor sharp cutting devices then have endless uses for all types of general cutting jobs from cutting lengths of rope, string, tape, cord, or such. They are used to cut rubber hoses and tubing, rubber gas lines, and the like. For precise work they can be used very carefully to trim out patterns, gasket materials for precision fitting, cloth, leatherworking, slicing paper or cardboard or poster board and such applications.

Fine edged box cutters are useful for trimming off excess materials such as glue, paint, wood, and other stuff. Around the shop, garage, or craft room their uses never end. I keep at least two cutters in every tool bag, several on the peg board in the garage, and at least one within reach on the workbench. Like scissors, I use one nearly every day for some purpose.

Box cutters are of course very sharp. Safety procedures have to be followed to avoid nasty cuts including wearing heavy duty work gloves is advised. Cutters are very handy to have around, so get a selection from a good retractable model to several of the cheap craft type cutters.

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Prepping for Hot Weather []

Well, here it comes. Daylight savings time is already in effect and the sun is out until much later. That means longer hours outside to work in the yard, do work around the bug out camp, gardening those veggies, and hundreds of other projects. Can you feel the sweat rolling down your back yet? I hate summer.

Some of you preppers are likely more sun and heat sensitive than others, but summer temperatures require some extra precautions. This is especially true since the liberals are convinced the earth is melting down at an exponential rate (sorry, I could not resist that one).

When outside in direct sunlight be sure to cover up exposed skin with lightweight clothing to keep the rays at bay, but also to allow cooling. This means long sleeves, too. There are fabrics made now — especially for fishing clothes — so that when you sweat, the damp cloth then actually keeps the skin cooler.

Be sure to wear a wide brimmed hat, and even a cooler neck wrap if needed. Some working outdoors wear light gloves, too, especially if the exposure times are expected to be long. Wear lightweight or fabric type shoes to keep the feet shaded from the sun. Wear socks, but make them lightweight cotton. You always wondered what cotton socks were for anyway.

Plan to protect your eyes, too. Good quality sunglasses or pop down shades over prescription lenses are mandatory. Covering the face can be a challenge, but there are ample choices of sun blocking creams and lotions to handle these critical areas, but you have to use it. Read the labels, too, on how often to apply to make it truly effective all day long.

If you are bug or insect sensitive or live in areas plagued by mosquitos then apply a good insect repellant. A new product coming on the market is Bugoflage. This comes in colors for fall hunters, but also in a spring green, white and soon in clear. This bug repellent comes in a tube like a lipstick. You can just swipe it across your forehead, nose, hands, or ankles to keep biters at bay.

Of course, plan on a steady diet of hydration. The impact of hot temperatures and sunshine can sneak up on depleting the body of essential fluids sometimes without overt notice. Don’t let this happen as a sun stroke or dehydration is nothing to play with. Protect yourself from summer heat and sun.

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Two Ways Insects Spread Disease []

What are two ways preppers can help prevent the spread of disease by insects at the bug out location?  Coughing is a common form of disease transmission.  However, since we may be isolated, let’s exclude airborne diseases.

We all know that safe drinking water is essential to human survival.  Since that is common knowledge, let’s exclude it from this article.

Let’s talk about ways insects, not just mosquitoes, can transmit and how to prevent the spread of diseases.


Flies and other insects should not have access to raw human sewage.  This means an outhouse or an underground septic system.  Raw sewage on top of the ground is a disease vector via flying insects.  A fly lands on raw sewage, then flies to the house and lands on your food.  The food was just contaminated with sewage.

During heavy rain, the sewage is washed into nearby streams, lakes or ponds.  Thus, a source of drinking water is contaminated.

A simple solution would be to install an underground septic system at the bug out location.  Be sure to check local laws and regulations on septic systems.

Window And Door Screens

Believe it or not, window and door screens were once considered life saving innovations.  A simple way to help prevent the spread of disease is by having screened doors and windows.

Before air conditioning, people would sleep with their windows open.  Insects would fly in and bite people while they were sleeping.

Up until the 1950s, Malaria was somewhat common in the southern part of the United States. To help keep factory workers healthy, companies installed screens over the windows of homes in the company town.

It was not until the 1950s and widespread spraying of DDT that Malaria was eliminated from the United States.

The cabin I am working on to turn into a bug out location does not have a screen door.  However, I will hopefully be adding one as part of the renovations.

Final Thoughts

Hand washing and safe drinking water are the usual topics people talk about.  I wanted to bring up stuff that is often overlooked.  A lot of people do not realize flying insects can be a vector for pathogens from raw sewage.

We all know that flying insects can transmit diseases.  However, a lot of people do not understand the “exact” route of disease transmission.

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Handmade Kalashnikovs [The Firearm Blog]

In our third episode about the handmade small arms from the gunsmiths of Darra Adam Khel in the FATA region of northwestern Pakistan, Miles takes a look at some of the Kalashnikov variants produced by these talented craftsmen. With the Kalashnikovs some of the copying begins to show because of the more modern production techniques […]

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Henry US Survival AR-7 Rifle in Viper… Western… Camo… Weird Name, but it Looks Cool! [The Firearm Blog]

Viper WesternThe Henry AR-7 rifle is in a category all its own. While countless AR-15 companies are trying to think of new innovative ways to fold something here… collapse this piece… or tear down the whole apparatus more quickly… Henry has always had the true backpack-ready, compact rifle all along. For some people, your predictable matte […]

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Alliant Sport Pistol is a NEW Choice for Handgun Reloaders [The Firearm Blog]

Sport PistolWhen it comes to handgun shooting, there is traditionally a steeper learning curve and more range time involved to be accurate. If you also happen to be a reloader, then it is not your shooting ability that is stopping you from blowing out the center bullseye… its the powder your buddy recommended! It cannot be […]

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Woman with gun praised after getting purse-snatcher to drop purse [NRA-ILA News]

A local woman earned the nickname “Annie Oakley” after she stopped a purse-snatcher. The woman pulled her gun when she saw a robber target an elderly woman on North Main Street in Franklin on Monday. Franklin Police say an 84-year-old woman was walking to a Main Street business when a man with a gun stole her purse. Mary Moore was driving in the opposite direction and saw the commotion.


POTD: CZ Scorpion In Afghanistan [The Firearm Blog]

Silah Report posted a photo of an Afghan Commando with a CZ Scorpion. It has been painted but the spare magazines are not. You can see the old PEQ2 on the top rail. The light on the right side of the gun, looks to be a Surefire M962 three cell light. There appears to be […]

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National Journal: Q+A With Chris Cox [NRA-ILA News]

The NRA’s top lobbyist talks swing-state races, the courts, and undoing Obama’s rules.


Review: Grand Power P40 – Slovakian DA/SA Full Ambi Rotating Barrel Plastic Fantastic [The Firearm Blog]

I’m a long term loyal customer for proven platforms. As many of our readers know, I have shot Glock’s for years. The Austrian wonder pistols are a fine example of what can be done with rampant simplification, but they are not the be all and end all of handguns. In fact, some of the weaknesses […]

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Take Time To Review Your Preps []

Preppers, how often do you review your stockpile?  Do you keep track of various items you want to focus on?

Let’s use the 22 long rifle as an example.  My primary 22 stockpile for hunting is Federal and CCI, with a focus on copper plated hollow points.  Everything else is target ammo, or taking care of opossums in the chicken house and snakes.

Now that 22 long rifle is becoming plentiful, I decided to start adding to my stockpile.  Over the past few trips to Academy in Beaumont, Texas, I picked up several boxes of CCI and Federal.

While looking at the store shelf, I asked myself, “How much good quality hunting grade 22 long rifle do I have?”   When it comes to 22 long rifle, I prefer copper hollow points over the classic lead round nose.  I honestly did not know how many target rounds I had compared to hunting ammunition.

Upon arriving at home, all the 22 long rifle ammo was rounded up, stacked and sorted.  I was surprised to see how little good quality ammo I have as compared to cheap target rounds.  When bricks of Remington Golden Bullet sold for $9, I know people who bought thousands of rounds, myself included.  However, in my rifles Golden Bullet have a high misfire rate.  There are people who are going to say, “I never had a problem with cheap 22 long rifle.”

Sometimes you get what you pay for and that applies to 22 long rifle, also.  Even at today’s prices, 22 long rifle is still relatively cheap and prices are coming down.

Which is more important, saving a dollar, or putting meat on the table?

Let’s say something happens to society and you have to hunt small game.  Do you honestly want to be using the cheapest 22 long rifle ammo you could find?  Don’t believe me?  Take time to do your own tests.

22 long rifle is just one example.

Take your freeze dried food stockpile.  How much meat do you have compared to fruits and veggies?  Would you be able to cook a balanced meal with your freeze dried food stockpile?

Shotgun ammunition:do you have a balance between hunting and defensive loads?  Personally, I stockpile almost no slugs and a few buckshot.  I live in a rural area and my shotgun is used for small game.  Deer hunting is left to the rifles.

So, how often do you reviewh your preps?  Do you have a target goal for food, water, ammunition?  Are you on course to achieve that goal?



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CNC Machine Chambered in .22LR ? [The Firearm Blog]

If you install a barrel in a CNC lathe and shoot a cartridge in it, will it make your lathe a firearm? Well, theoretically – yes (arguable), practically – not really, from the standpoint of law – probably depends on circumstances and how any particular legislation defines firearms. Anyway, folks at Serbu Firearms did exactly that. […]

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Watch: HK VP9SK 9mm Handgun []

Hickok45 got an H&K VP9SK and took it out to the range. The VP9SK is a sub-compact model of the VP9.

Personally, I am glad to see H&K in the U.S. shooting market.  The prices I am seeing for the vp9sk are close to $600, while the Glock 26 is a little over $500 and the Glock 19 is in the mid $500s.  This makes the VP9SK priced close to the G19.


From the HK website.

  • Caliber: 9mm
  • Length: 6.61 inches
  • Height: 4.57 inches
  • Width: 1.31 inches
  • Barrel Length: 3.39 inches

Now for the video.

There was once a time when H&K quality demanded a premium price.  In the 1980s and 1990s the VP9SK may have cost close to $800.  Today, quality is no longer an option, it is a requirement.  Maybe stiff competition from companies like Glock, CZ, S&W, Ruger and Beretta is forcing H&K to lower their prices to remain viable?

The price of the H&K VP9SK makes it attractive. However, for some reason owning an H&K does not have the awesome factor like it did 30 years ago. Maybe that is just my personal feelings on the topic? Historically, H&K has set a high bard for quality. Today, that bar seems to be obtainable by a wide range of handgun companies.

Special thank you to hickok45 for making another great video, keep up the good work.

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Watch: Firing the M1917 45 ACP Revolver []

The M1917 revolver has a pretty cool story, and I’ve written about it before. Basically, when the USA entered World War 1, there weren’t enough 1911 pistols — and nobody could gear up to make them fast enough. The solution was to contract the two largest revolver manufacturers in the nation (Colt and Smith & Wesson) to build revolvers chambered for the same ammo as the 1911.

This allowed manufacturers to use their existing tooling to build the guns, so they could make them faster. And interestingly, both the S&W and Colt guns were designated M1917.

While I’m more familiar with the Colt version, the one in this video is a Smith & Wesson. From an operational standpoint, the differences between them are 1) the chambers and 2) the manner in which the cylinder is unlatched.

Just as in more modern revolvers from the two companies, you open a S&W cylinder latch by pushing it forward; on a Colt, you pull it to the rear.

The 45 ACP cartridge is rimless and therefore headspaces on the case rim in a pistol barrel. S&W 1917s function similarly, due to a step machined into each chamber of the cylinder… this is a feature lacked by early Colt versions.

Extracting empty 45 ACP cases from a revolver can be a chore … especially in a dirty gun. They don’t always fall out as they generally do in the video. Moon clips were issued for this purpose; they allow for fast loading and unloading of the gun by keeping 3 or 6 rounds clipped together, and the clip itself is what the revolver’s extractor pushes on to remove spent cases from the cylinder.

I do take issue with the way Alex handles the 1917 in this video; more than once, he opens the cylinder with quite a snap. Dad taught me not to open a cylinder so violently, and if you’ve seen a much-used DA revolver that’s been treated that way, you know why. It will absolutely cause undue wear on the crane and frame, and begin to loosen things up. No bueno.

Anyhow, it’s a pleasure to learn a little history and watch the old wheel gun in action.

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Maine Action Needed: Contact your State Senator Today in Opposition to Gun Control Bill [NRA-ILA News]

Yesterday, June 6, the Maine House of Representatives approved Legislative Document 351 with a 74-73 vote.  Sponsored by state Representative John Spear (D-92), LD 351 is an anti-gun bill that would allow municipalities to prohibit firearm owners from carrying during municipal public proceedings and in polling places.


The Evolving AR Platform []

It seems like every couple of years a new rifle caliber hits the market.  Take something from this cartridge and combine it with that; the result is something that is supposed to be better than the original parts.

In all honesty, the rifle market has been saturated for decades.  When cartridges like the 6.5 and the 300 Blackout are released, I ask myself, “What niche does this cartridge fill?”  What can that rifle cartridge do that this one can not?

What is causing these new cartridges to hit the market?  Maybe it is a changing rifle market?  Over the past decade or so, there has been a gradual shift from classic bolt and lever action to the AR platform.

Classically, the AR has been chambered in 223 Remington / 5.56mm.  There were a few companies that chambered the AR in 308 Winchester, but they were few and far between.  Due to the AR being mostly chambered in 223 Remington, it was relegated to predator hunting and target shooting.

Then along came the 6.5 and the 300 Blackout.  Now we have the AR chambered in cartridges that can be used for Whitetail Deer and wild hogs.  While on a hunting lease several years ago, another member told me how the 6.5 was great for wild pigs.

Why are we shifting from the classic hunting rifle to the AR platform?  I suspect it is because of customization.

Let’s face it, bolt and lever action rifles are boring.  The only real customization someone can do is change the stock and optics.  Besides that, just about all bolt and lever action rifles look the same.

The AR platform allows the shooter to customize their rifle in a number of ways – stocks, grips, rails, optics.. etc.  Then we can have multiple uppers in different calibers.  In just a few seconds an AR can go from 223 Remington to 6.5 or 300 Blackout.

A lever action 30-30 will always be a lever action 30-30.  A bolt action chambered in 270 Winchester will always be a bolt action 270.  The AR is not always a 223 Remington. or 6.5, or 300 Blackout, or 9mm.  Nor is the AR always a rifle.  Change out a few parts and you have an AR pistol.  Get a permit and the AR can be a short-barreled rifle (SBR).

The AR platform is spurring innovation in the firearms market in ways our grandparents never thought possible.  No longer are we stuck with a rifle chambered for one caliber.

If we look at the animal kingdom, what helps ensure the survival of a species?  It is their ability to adapt.

The lever and bolt action will never go extinct.  However, they are slowly inching into the shadow of the AR-15.



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Would You Buy a Bulletproof Backpack? []

A recent PR email caught my eye when it proclaimed, “The world’s sleekest bulletproof backpack is here.” And since I’d never considered buying a bulletproof backpack, it gave me pause.

In a world in which police often shoot quickly and psychos attempt to slay people when they’re gathered in crowds, a bulletproof backpack might make sense. I mean, why not?

The new one is called the ProShield Pro (twice the pro!), and it’s from Guard Dog Security.

It’s listed on the Guard Dog site for $349.95.