Saturday, 24 September


SAF's Gun Rights Policy Conference [Of Arms and the Law]

I'm at it, in Tampa. It's being live-streamed here.

Major matters include the awards luncheon at 12:15, "Winning FIrearms Freedom One Lawsuit at a Time" at 2 PM, John Lott at 4:30, a panel on the medical attacks on gun rights at 5.


USMC Winchester Model 70 Sniper [Forgotten Weapons]

This Winchester M70 was a rifle owned by the Captain of the Camp Pendleton rifle team, and as such it is an excellent authentic example of the US sniper rifle of the early Vietnam era. It is chambered for the .30-06 cartridge, with a Winchester heavy target barrel and shorter stock. The scope is a 14x Unertl – quite high magnification, considering that the most recent official issue sniper rifle at the time was the M1D with a 2.2x scope. These rifles were used in a quasi-official capacity in Vietnam, and would ultimately evolving into the official M40 and M40A1 sniper rifles.


What Is a Caliber System, and How Does It Affect Ammunition Design? [The Firearm Blog]

0919161710cmod2In a previous post about the sometimes ambiguous meaning of the word “caliber”, we discussed how the word had mutated through the centuries, picking up different definitions and connotations along the way. In that article, I wrote: So “caliber” has gone from meaning the mold used to create a bullet, to a system of nomenclature […]

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Friday, 23 September


BREAKING: French Defense Procurement Department CONFIRMS Heckler & Koch HK416 Win for French Rifle Contract [The Firearm Blog]

HK416FranceIf any of you still had doubts about the HK416’s rumored win of the French AIF (Arme Individuelle du Futur – Future Individual Weapon) contract, doubt no more. The French DGA (Direction Générale de l’Armement, their defense procurement office) has released the final decision for the contract, naming Heckler & Koch as the winner. The press release […]

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"Don't NYC My Maine Gun Rights" [No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money]

My late father lived in Maine for many years after he retired from the Army. Even though he was a born and bred Tar Heel he was accepted by the locals. He lived in Medomak which is on Muscongus Bay.

I spent my (first) honeymoon in the Rangeley Region at a camp on Mooselookmeguntic Lake. Rosanne and I gave serious consideration to moving to Maine. We joined the Sportsman's Alliance of Maine and took a local paper. We never did make the move but I still love the State of Maine. I guess that is why I am so afraid for them with Bloomberg's money trying to buy gun control there.

Ginny Simone does a good job of showing how Bloomberg and his money is trying to buy the election. I'm glad that there are organizations like the Sportsman's Alliance of Maine. politicians like Gov. Paul LePage, and others like my friend Genie Jennings who will be speaking at GRPC fighting this tooth and nail.


'No on 3' sign vandalized in York County [NRA-ILA News]

Police are investigating, after vandals destroy a highly visible campaign sign in York County. The sign opposes Question 3 on the November ballot.


Watch: One-Armed 8-Year-Old Girl Shoots a Bow Better Than Some []

People amaze me. And it’s refreshing when I find someone who amazes me for a good reason! So when I stumbled across this young lady named Andi Nail, I had reason to smile.

Andi is a little girl who was born with one and a half arms… but that doesn’t stop her from loading and shooting a compound bow all by herself. And her Facebook cover photo shows her playing softball, too.

This is the first video of her that I saw. After she nocks the arrow, sets her mouth-operated release, draws, and fires — hitting the target perfectly — she looks back at the camera and shrugs, like “No big deal.”

I had to laugh out loud, just for joy.

(I apologize to anyone who can’t see the videos embedded below… I’ve been told they don’t show up for some readers. Sorry about that!)

These days, she has her own Facebook page and some newer videos.

In this one, a fellow archer (I’m guessing her brother) helps her out… and then she shoots a balloon.

And here she is shooting clay pigeons with her bow.

What a champ! Thank you, Andi, for setting such a great example of positivity. In a world where so many people lie around feeling sorry for themselves, you are a shining example of the value of hard work and self-reliance.

I have no doubt that you will go far.

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The Bees are Alright. []

By now, we have all heard the dire warnings and seen the memes about honeybees dying off. They’re all going to kick the (honey) bucket and then we remaining earthlings will die a miserable death without the bees’ pollination services.

Except, that’s not true.

I repeat: There is no looming beepocalypse.

An interesting article by Shawn Regan explains this in some detail.

Although commercial beekeepers did begin to see increased winter deaths in 2006 — a phenomenon later called “colony collapse disorder” — beekeepers have adapted over the years. But you wouldn’t know that if you went by the mainstream “scare-tactic” news media and the actions of the Federal government.

[In 2014], riding the buzz over dying bees, the Obama administration announced the creation of a pollinator-health task force to develop a ‘federal strategy’ to promote honeybees and other pollinators. Last month the task force unveiled its long-awaited plan, the National Strategy to Promote the Health of Honey Bees and Other Pollinators. The plan aims to reduce honeybee-colony losses to ‘sustainable’ levels and create 7 million acres of pollinator-friendly habitat. It also calls for more than $82 million in federal funding to address pollinator health.

82 million bucks, down the tubes. Because there is no bee crisis! There are more bee colonies and higher honey production now than when the so-called “crisis” began.

[T]here are more honeybee colonies in the United States today than there were when colony collapse disorder began in 2006. In fact, according to data released in March by the Department of Agriculture, U.S. honeybee-colony numbers are now at a 20-year high. And those colonies are producing plenty of honey: U.S. honey production is also at a 10-year high.

Beekeepers have learned to adapt, and those efforts don’t cost that much… and they’re clearly working. Pollination continues to happen. In some cases, the fees paid by farmers to beekeepers for pollination are higher than they used to be… which offsets beekeepers’ increased hive maintenance costs. The market has adjusted just fine.

But once government wheels start rolling, it’s tough to stop them from moving ahead whether there’s a need or not.

The White House downplays these extensive markets for pollination services. The task force makes no mention of the remarkable resilience of beekeepers. Instead, we’re told the government will address the crisis with an ‘all hands on deck’ approach, by planting pollinator-friendly landscaping, expanding public education and outreach, and supporting more research on bee disease and potential environmental stressors.


Yes, there was a problem. But adjustments have corrected that problem, and have apparently reversed any downturn in the number of honeybees.

Wouldn’t it be nice if the federal government could take note of that and drop their wasteful task force approach to a problem that no longer exists?

Or, as the article‘s author says:

With U.S. honeybee colonies now at a 20-year high, you have to wonder: is our national pollination strategy a solution in search of a crisis?

I’d have to say so.

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Watch: Pulling a Tree Stump With a 5-Ton Military Truck []

I keep running across these stump videos… who knows why? Maybe Google found out that I’d recently dug out a couple of small stumps in my yard. They’re sneaky that way.

Anyhow, this short clip shows an unexpected bit of success in stump pulling — and an impressive display of power from this big old military truck.

The success is unexpected because, if you know anything about tree and stumps, you know that pulling won’t often get one out. But they got lucky in that they 1) have access to an excellent vehicle for the job, and 2) the tree didn’t have a tap root.

I’m not saying it’s not impressive, because it is… and I wish I could get all of my stumps out of the ground so easily.

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Watch: How to Make a Machete Without Power Tools []

This video begins with an explanation of why it’s being made. For one, it’s to help educate preppers and survivalists — or just folks who live way out in the boondocks — on how they can make a large knife without electricity. And for another, it’s to demonstrate that you don’t need a bunch of expensive machines in order to make a knife.

It’s not a short video… you’ve got almost 23 minutes of instruction, if you watch the whole thing. But it’s good info, and you can always skip ahead if you like.

Everything is covered from designing and shaping the blade and handles, beveling the cutting edge, heat treatment, to making, installing, and finishing the handle.

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Watch: How to Refill an Aerosol Can With Oil and Pressurize it []

There’s not much I hate more than waste… especially when it’s something for which I’ve shelled out my hard-earned money. And my last couple cans of WD-40 have run out of pressure before running out of WD-40.

So I end up cutting the can open and using the WD-40 in a small plastic bottle or just brushing it on (or holding the can upside-down so it trickles out when I press the button), but that kinda sucks. I think I’m going to try this trick the next time that happens.

As for refilling an empty aerosol can, I’m not sure how practical it is but maybe if you buy WD-40 by the gallon or prefer to spray some sort of custom lube mix, it might be just what you’ve been looking for.

I would definitely be cautious about what kind of fluids I put into a can that’s been used before… chemical reactions between the new and old liquids might end up making some bad stuff.

The best part is, you don’t have to drill holes or otherwise modify the can… everything is done through the valve at the top of the can.

I like it.

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War on Terror or a War on Guns? [NRA-ILA News]

Sadiq Khan, the mayor of London, was in New York City recently on an official visit. Commenting on the bombs that exploded while he was in town, he opined that such attacks are now simply “part and parcel” of life in major urban centers.


Montana: Bloomberg Targeting Missoula – Your Action Needed NOW! [NRA-ILA News]

On Monday, September 26, the Missoula City Council is scheduled to consider an ordinance that would only create a burden for law-abiding citizens and may turn them into criminals if they unknowingly violate the ordinance.


The FN Model 1922 Pistol [The Firearm Blog]

The FN Model 1910 is famous for having plunged Europe into a World War after slaying Archduke Franz Ferdinand, but behind all the infamy is a very sound design. John Browning created the 1910 and it sold very well, and the 1922 is a version with a larger grip and barrel to make it more […]

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RPM Precision Tavor Handguards [The Firearm Blog]

_MG_3761Canadian machine shop RPM Precision Tool has started producing limited numbers of their enhanced Tavor hand-guards. Done in both key-mod and M-LOK, these hand-guards are designed to add a little more rail space to the Tavor without sacrificing the original grip of the rifle. I’ve been using their production model on a SBR CTAR, and […]

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Magpul Shipping Hunter X-22 Take-Down Stocks [The Firearm Blog]

GetImageAnnounced with little fanfare at the NRA Annual Exposition 2016, Magpul has announced that that Hunter X-22 stock is now shipping to dealers and available for direct retail order. The new stock adapts Magpul’s Hunter stock geometry for the Ruger 10/22 take-down to create an utterly fantastic system. I have only recently gone hands-on with […]

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Nevada: Please Attend NDOW’s Meeting Tomorrow to Voice Your Opposition to the Proposed Hunting Caliber Size Restrictions! [NRA-ILA News]

As a reminder, tomorrow is the Nevada Board of Wildlife Commissioners’ meeting to discuss the proposed hunting caliber size restrictions.  One of the proposed regulations would make it unlawful to hunt big game animals with a centerfire rifle using a .50 caliber cartridge or a centerfire cartridge with a case length of more than 3 inches.  The proposed regulation is unfounded and will only serve to arbitrarily limit the rights of law-abiding gun owners and hunters.  Many cartridges used for big game hunting exceed the arbitrarily selected .50 caliber and 3 inch case length restriction, such as the .470NE, .500NE, .50 BMG, .577NE and the 505 Gibbs.


Virginia Politician and Clinton Backer Brands Trump Supporters as “Mentally Deficient” [NRA-ILA News]

With the presidential race tighter than ever as it heads into its final stretch, panicked Hillary Clinton supporters are desperate to find a way to discredit, not just Donald Trump, but anyone who would dare support him. Last Sunday, a Clinton surrogate from Virginia added to the candidate’s own list of names for Trump voters (which most recently included “deplorable” and “irredeemable”) by describing them as “mentally deficient.”


Pennsylvania: Semi-Automatic Rifle Hunting Legislation will go to the House Floor Next Week! [NRA-ILA News]

Next week, and important pro-hunting reform bill, Senate Bill 737, may be considered in the House of Representatives.  Please call your state Representative and urge them to vote in favor of Senate Bill 737!


Show Your Support—NEW NRA Yard Signs Available! [NRA-ILA News]

Show your support for NRA and the Second Amendment this election cycle by purchasing an NRA yard sign.  With everything that is at stake this year, including the Presidency, the balance of the U.S. Senate and the makeup of the Supreme Court for generations to come, there has never been a greater need to support NRA and NRA-PVF endorsed candidates than right now.


Woman fights off three armed intruders, WSB-TV, Atlanta, Ga. 09/23/16 [NRA-ILA News]

A woman was at home in Gwinnett County, Ga. when a trio of robbers armed with handguns kicked in the front door. The woman responded to the intrusion by arming herself with a handgun and firing at the home invaders, striking and killing one and prompting the others to flee. The home was equipped with extensive surveillance equipment that captured the dramatic scene as it unfolded. Police are hoping that the footage will lead to the capture of the intruders who fled the scene, with Gwinnett County Police Department Cpl. Deon Washington telling a reporter, “They're not wearing anything on their faces so we're highly anticipating someone watching the evening newscast will recognize these people.”


Massachusetts: Gun sellers sue AG on ban [NRA-ILA News]

The firearms industry and individual Massachusetts gun shops filed a lawsuit in US District Court Thursday against Attorney General Maura Healey, calling her crackdown on the sale of “copycat” assault weapons unconstitutional.The suit argues that Healey’s July move against the weapons is “unconstitutionally vague, invalid, and unenforceable.”


Defense Distributed, designer of 3-D printable guns, loses appeal against State Dept. [NRA-ILA News]

National security concerns raised by the U.S. State Department trump the constitutional rights of a company prohibited from publishing the digital blueprints for three-dimensional printed guns, a federal appeals court ruled this week.


Washington: Spokane Valley could become a Second Amendment sanctuary city under councilman’s proposal [NRA-ILA News]

A city councilman wants Spokane Valley to declare itself a Second Amendment Sanctuary City and symbolically proclaim the city’s support for its citizens’ right to keep and bear arms.


Felon Hunter Didn't Break Florida Gun Laws [NRA-ILA News]

A Florida Supreme Court ruling Thursday is good news for felons who like to hunt, bad news for deer.The court ruled that an appeals court was correct in overturning Christopher Douglas Weeks' conviction for being a felon in possession of a firearm because the rifle he was hunting deer with was a replica antique weapon.


An Example Of How Universities Waste Money [No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money]

I decided this spring to enroll in a graduate certificate program at Kansas State University related to financial planning. I thought the four classes in the certificate program would allow me to provide my clients with better planning advice.

After I started the first class, I got the following note that said I had to take a 45-minute, online "course" dealing with sexual violence and healthy relationship.

Hello John,
CourseDue Date
Think About It: Graduate Students7/22/2016
We know you're excited about being at Kansas State University. To help create a safer global, online and on campus environment for you and other students, you must complete an online alcohol and sexual assault course referred as Think About It: Graduate Studentsfrom CampusClarity. YOU HAVE 20 DAYS FROM TODAY'S DATE TO COMPLETE THIS TRAINING.

Think About It: Graduate Students is an innovative, engaging, and informative online course, created with students for students. In the course, you will examine the interconnected issues of sexual violence and healthy relationships through a variety of interactive, realistic scenarios and guided self-reflection. The course promotes a healthier and safer university environment for all global, online and on campus students.

Think About It: Graduate Students takes about 45 minutes to complete. You can work at your own pace from any computer. You can leave and return to the course at any time, and when you return, it will open to the page where you left off. You may visit for more information about ASAP or call the KSU Health Promotion Department at (785)532-6595.

The content of the sexual violence education portion ofThink About It: Graduate Students may be triggering for some individuals. Please direct triggering concerns and requests for alternative student training options to the KSU Center for Advocacy, Response and Education (CARE) at (785)532-6444 or email prior to the first day of classes in the upcoming semester.

Please bear in mind while reading this that I live literally 1,000 miles from campus and am doing all the coursework online. I am also 59 years old, happily married, don't binge drink, act respectfully towards both men and women (politicians excepted), and have a wonderful 19-month old granddaughter along with two equally wonderful stepdaughters. My Fortune 50 company requires me to take annual sexual harassment training which I believe trumps anything dealing with binge drinking and hook-up sex.

The KSU Center for Advocacy, Response and Education (CARE) had a prior name. It was the KSU Women's Center. I would love to know how much it cost to develop this "course", how much it costs to administer, and how much it costs the university to nag me about it.

I respectfully declined to take this "course". I was referred to the Associate Dean and Director of Non-Violence Programs. This dean is the person who can make an exception to this federal mandate and works with "these students" as I was referred to in the e-mail chain.

I have made my request and am waiting to hear from the Associate Dean. In the meantime I received another missive stating that a "no enrollment hold" has been placed on me until I complete this "course" which has utterly no relevance to me or how I lead my life. To make sure I got the message, they included this all-caps line.


I have already registered and paid for the fall course so this would only impact the final two courses for the certificate.

Frankly, I do not plan to cave or kow-tow to these social justice warriors in bureaucratic garb. Since this is a "federal mandate", I figure a letter or call from the offices of my senators and congressman might make them back off. It doesn't hurt that Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC) is on the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee or that Rep. Patrick McHenry (R-NC-10) is the Chief Majority Deputy Whip. I would hate to have to resort to that but you have to do what you have to do.

UPDATE: I discussed an exemption this morning by phone with the dean in question. My request for an exemption was summarily dismissed. I have made the decision to withdraw from the program, get my money back, and raise all holy hell over this nonsense. I entered the program as I wanted additional training with which to help my clients. It looks like any additional training will be on my own.


Agenda For 2016 Gun Rights Policy Conference [No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money]

The Gun Rights Policy Conference starts tonight in Tampa, Florida. It will really swing into action tomorrow morning with the call to order at 8am. Below is the agenda for the conference. You can use it as your "channel guide", so to speak, for the livestreaming of the conference.

I will post my full presentation after the conference.


DeSantis Offers Holsters for Glock Pistols with Streamlight TLR-6 [The Firearm Blog]

DeSantisDeSantis Gunhide announced that its two popular pocket holsters, the Nemesis and the Super Fly, are now available for the micro Glock pistols fitted with the Streamlight TLR-6. The Nemesis may be the most popular pocket holster on the market. It is very reasonably priced and provides a very good carry experience. I own several […]

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Federal Fusion Now Available in 6.5 Creedmoor [The Firearm Blog]

Fusion 6.5 CreedmoorThe Federal Fusion line of ammunition has been around since 2005. Federal started the flood of whitetail-specific, hunting ammunition lines which Hornady (American Whitetail) and others were quick to follow. One thing that Hornady did beat Federal to the punch on is adding 6.5 Creedmoor into their respective line-up. They did this earlier this year in […]

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NEW: Leupold Expanding Line of Rings and Bases [The Firearm Blog]

leupoldLeupold is known for manufacturing good quality, reliable optics and now you’ll be able to mount those optics to your guns with an even wider range of rings and bases. The company is expanding their line with their new Mark 4 Integral Mounting System (IMS) mounts which are designed for modern sporting rifles. New options […]

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Atlanta Woman Exercises her Right to Defend her Livelihood [NRA-ILA News]

Last week Friday, three men kicked in an Atlanta, Georgia suburb home around 4 a.m. The first burglar was met by a female homeowner who reached for her firearm. The woman fatally shot the initial intruder, 28-year-old Antonio Leaks, in the torso. The other two suspects returned fire before fleeing the scene.


Gwinnett County, GA [Civilian Gun Self-Defense Blog]

Rough month for thugs there.  9/23/16 WSB:

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. - Police are hoping someone can help identify two home invaders. They were caught on camera as a woman in the house shot at them.
"She exercised her right to defend her livelihood and property," Cpl. Deon Washington with the Gwinnett County Police Department told Channel 2’s Nicole Carr.
Surveillance video from inside the home shows the Gwinnett County woman rush from her bedroom and then unloads all her bullets on the three men who kicked in her front door.
There's a video of the event at that link.


U Tenn investigating Instapundit's Tweet [Of Arms and the Law]

Right here. He suggested responding to Charlotte rioters shutting down and looting a highway by running them down. I suppose that is worthy of investigation. Obviously, an 18-wheeler would work, and maybe an SUV, but with a sedan you might damage the undercarriage, or at least require a front end realignment. Only experimentation and investigation can settle this.


National Firearm Survey 2015: Are you a “Hardcore Super Owner”? [The Firearm Blog]

BoT-2There’s a new word out there.  I’m sure T-shirts, stickers and morale patches are being produced as you read this. The word is Hardcore Super Owner and apparently we – I am one(!) – are on the rise. To join the club, you have to own 17 or more guns.   The survey results from […]

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Livestream Of 2016 Gun Rights Policy Conference [No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money]

The Polite Society Podcast will once again be Livestreaming the content of the Gun Rights Policy Conference. Not only will each session be featured but there will be interviews with many of the speakers. The conference begins tomorrow in Tampa at 8:30am. Gov. Rick Scott (R-FL) will be giving a welcome around 9am according to the preliminary agenda.

We will be using YouTube for the streaming video of the event. The links for Day 1 and Day 2 are below. Paul Lathrop, Rob Morse, Rachel Malone, Gary Daugherty, and myself will be handling the hosting duties.

Sponsors of the livestream include the Firearms Policy Coalition,, LFD Research, and Geeks Gadgets and Guns.

I will be again presenting at the Gun Rights Policy Conference on using new media to advance gun rights. That session begins at 10:20am on Sunday. I've written my presentation and will be practicing and editing it a few more times before Sunday.


Chinese Type 56 Milled AK [Forgotten Weapons]

One of the most common types of AK rifle in existence today is the Chinese Type 56 in its several variations, although very few of those rifles are in the United States in authentic full-auto form. This particular one was captured by a US soldier in the Vietnam War, who brought it back and registered it, making it a fully transferrable gun.

The Chinese received the technical package for the AK (and also the SKS, among other weapons) from the Soviet Union in the 1950s, as part of the USSR’s policy of providing military and technical aid to other nations sympathetic to the Communist cause (although a rift would grow between the USSR and China later). China would manufacture tens of millions of AK rifles, both of this milled receiver type (the Type 3 style) and the later stamped AKM pattern. The standard fixed-stock rifles like this one were fitted with under-folding spike bayonets. Folding stocked types were also made, both underfolding (Type 56-1) and side folding (Type 56-2). These weapons have become extremely prolific, and can be found in virtually any significant international conflict zone to this day.


Commentary: Question 3 is too broadly written, Windham lawmaker says [NRA-ILA News]

The proponents of Question 3 would like to keep you focused on “closing the gun show loophole” or ending private sales in classified publications such as Uncle Henry’s. If that’s the intent, why open up the definition of “transfer” so broadly in revising statutes – writing law – for the ballot?


California: Final Weekend to Sign Referendum Petitions, Signatures Still Needed [NRA-ILA News]

This is the last weekend to sign the referendum petitions! Signatures are still needed to ensure each of the Veto Gunmageddon Referendums qualify for the 2018 ballot.


BREAKING: Pecheneg PKP BULLPUP Machine Gun [The Firearm Blog]

Pecheneg bullpupThe PETCHENEG (PKP) is 7.62x54mm general purpose machine gun (GPMG) that entered service in 2001. It is a favorite weapon of the Russian armed forces and the Russian Ministry of Interior. These users requested a more compact version for use in urban combat or when traveling in tight spaces (armored vehicles, helicopters, etc.). Russian weapon designers have come up with a solution to this problem by turning it into a bullpup. This configuration change has reduced the weapon length by 280mm (11").

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New ‘Select Fire’ Grenade In Development [The Firearm Blog]

IMG_4107The scientist-warriors at the Picatinny Arsenal in New Jersey are working to bring the hand grenade into the 21st Century. With the flip of a “switch”, U.S. soldiers will be able to decide whether to use fragmentation or concussive forces – all from one grenade. Researchers at the Army Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center are […]

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ALG Defense AKT-E AK Triggers Now Available [The Firearm Blog]

14310376_824426224361109_7440786938901476328_oALG Defense has finally released their new AKT-E trigger for AK47 and AK74 variant rifles and pistols. Their first trigger the AKT was debuted last year at the budget friendly price of just $49. The AKT trigger had a claimed pull weight of just 3.5lbs with a much smoother and shorter trigger pull compared to […]

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Glocks As Percussion Instruments [The Firearm Blog]

GlockRemember Vitaly Kryuchin? That amazing Russian IPSC shooter who dual wields Glocks? If not click here. Well Vitaly is at it again. This time performing music with his Glocks as musical instruments. This reminds me of those Musical Targets that Chris Cheng plays with but with a little more flair. For one, he is dual […]

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The 10/22 That Would Make Bill Ruger’s Head Pop [The Firearm Blog]

10/22 TakedownSometimes a brief mention of politics is necessary to offer a historical perspective on what makes a particular gun interesting. In this case, the gun in question is a new Takedown 10/22 being offered by Davidson’s. William “Bill” Ruger is possibly as famous for his alleged pro gun control stance as he is for making […]

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Breaking: Ruger MARK IV Rimfire Pistol – The New Announced Product [The Firearm Blog]

Ruger Mark IVThe new, unannounced product officially came out from the shadows! The Ruger Mark IV is here! Ruger may have answered a lot of prayers with this model. My inclination of a handgun based on their sweepstakes requiring people to be 21 was about as close as I got to guessing this. The Ruger Mark III has […]

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Operator Axe from 5.11 Tactical [The Firearm Blog]

CaptureEveryone’s favorite uber-tactical clothing company continues to expand its product offerings, this time in a rather inexplicable direction. Partnering with Kyle Lamb of Viking Tactics, the 5.11 VTAC Operator Axe is a multi-functional battle implement that would make a true viking or Goth swoon. The VTAC Operator Axe is not just designed for chopping watermelons […]

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Thursday, 22 September


Breaking: KRISS USA Gen II Vector 10mm! [The Firearm Blog]

imageKriss USA just announced that they are shipping 10mm Vectors. They will be available as an SDP pistol, pistol with stabilizing brace, SBR, Carbine and SMG. KRISS VECTOR GEN II NOW AVAILABLE IN 10MM KRISS USA is now shipping the KRISS Vector pistol, short barreled rifle, carbine, and submachine gun, chambered in 10mm. September 22, […]

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Better Sporting Ammunition is Here []

I’ve mentioned “Zeurillium” (zinc alloy) bullets before. MI Bullet offers a 1050fps 90 grain load that has next to no recoil and excellent accuracy. It works very well in blowback pistols like Hi-Point C9 and in conventional tilt-barrel locked breech semiautos. Due to the nonexistent recoil, it does not work in rotating breech pistols like Beretta Cougar or my favorite GP XCalibur. Should I wish to run it exclusively, XCalibur does come with a weaker recoil spring that would accommodate the lightly loaded round, but then I would have to change it out when switching to the carry load.

Fortunately, Velocity Munitions is about to start selling the full-power 1400fps version of this load. Fans of 7.62×25 Tokarev round will observe that the bullet weight and the velocity are very similar between the two loads. While the 9mm load doesn’t expand, it starts out with slightly larger frontal area and does have a decent meplat for punching clean holes. Since the zinc alloy is harder than lead, it has overall penetration similar to jacketed ball.


In the nominal 1400fps iteration, this ammunition ran flawlessly through XCalibur. Recoil was still comparable to a .22 pistol. Together with flat trajectory, the low recoil makes competition shooting with this load quicker and more accurate. XCalibur’s 5″ barrel gives the actual velocity closer to 1450fps, which works out to 127-128 power factor, enough for Minor League. The accuracy and the option of rapid followup really make up for the lighter punch. Since zinc alloy doesn’t require lubricant, this ammunition produces very little smoke, too.

If you look at the casings closely, you will see that they are of two-piece construction. The case head is aluminum, the case mouth is nickel alloy. Overall, they are lighter than brass, can be reloaded quite a few times, and may be picked up off grass with a magnet. ShellshockTech made many claims for their design, so I wanted to check for myself. So far, 100% reliability. Unlike steel, these don’t rust. Compared to brass, the casing are 50% lighter and have faster heat transfer, both from the action to the casing and from the casing to the air, reducing the risk of burns to the shooter.

The only down side to all this is that the ammunition won’t be available until October 1. In the meantime, you can try their conventional lead ammunition loaded for Cowboy Action and other non-combative uses. My shoulder, for one, will be much happier with 1100fps 45-70 Bone Orchard recipe than with 1880fps Winchester load, while paper targets won’t know the difference.



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Watch: Tree Stand Buddy Bracket System For Hang-On Stands []

Here’s a good idea: Tree Stand Buddy is a mounting system for hang-on fixed tree stands, which allows you to hang or remove your stand quickly. With multiple brackets already mounted to trees in various locations, you can tote your stand from place to place.

Setup appears to be pretty easy.

(Photo: Tree Stand Buddy)

(Photo: Tree Stand Buddy)

I readily admit that I am no fan of hang-on tree stands. Most of them rely on nothing other than straps to keep the stand in place. Broken ratchet strap = you dangling from your harness (if you wear a harness as you should) or lying broken on the ground. But I know that this is a popular type of stand, and the Tree Stand Buddy makes it safer because you have the straps (and lag bolts, of practical/legal) holding the Tree Stand Buddy to the tree, PLUS the straps for the tree stand itself.

As a victim of tree stand theft, I also appreciate that the Tree Stand Buddy allows a hunter to take the stand along, preventing cornholes from stealing the stand. And preventing theft is always a good thing.

Check it out and see what you think.

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Review: Great Eastern Cutlery Small Jack #25 []

As a knife knut, it is impossible to root against Great Eastern Cutlery (GEC).  As a fan of American manufacturing, its hard to root against them.  And as a fan of history, GEC has to be a favorite.  I am not, generally speaking, a proponent of brands, but even I, the brand nihilist, have my heartstrings tugged at by the GEC story.  Once you know it, its hard not to be taken in.

In the 80s and early 90s a veritable legion of American cutlery companies died out.  They were making traditional patterns when Spyderco and Benchmade and KAI USA were booming.  Their two handed knives with the same old same old steels weren’t selling well.  Sure, Case, with its perpetual fan base, and Queen were surviving, but many companies died or more accurately were zombified remains of what they once were.  Schrade, United Cutlery, and many others, facing extinction, sold their intellectual property and their name to an overseas company and shut down their American plants.  These knives, into the future, would be made overseas.

This wiped a lot of the old guard, centered around upstate New York and Pennsylvania, specificially Titusville.  There were a lot of companies gone, a lot of great old machines left to rot, and a bunch of highly skilled craftsman out of work.  The companies, machines, and people were making things people no longer wanted.

But in August of 2006, surrounded by the detritus of industry, Great Eastern Cutlery dusted off the machines, scrounged up some patterns, and even got a few ancient brand names trademarked.  Then they set about making some damn fine knives.  In the past ten years, knife knuts have come back to the traditional blade, and good thing–they make excellent tools.  And GEC’s mix of old charm, special limited editions, and impeccable craftsmanship, as I said at the beginning, make then a hard company to root against.  With all that said as a way of demonstrating potential bias, here is a review of the GEC #25 Small Jack.

For all of the love GEC engenders in knife knuts it is important for me to tell you that they aren’t perfect.  The handle cover on my knife cracked about week after I got it.  I just woke up one day and noticed it had split.  I sent it in as the crack got larger over time.  They said they could fix it but that it might be a while as GEC has no repair or warranty department.  Fine.  I can be patient.

Well, after the time they told me it would take I got a package from GEC.  Inside was a repaired knife.  It just wasn’t MY knife.  It wasn’t a #25 at all.  I contacted them and they agreed to take it back and send me my knife.  And again this took some time.  Everyone makes mistakes, so I will chalk this up to that, but boy was it annoying to get someone else’s knife.


The GEC #25 Small Jack has about a dozen variations.  The product page can be found here. As with most GEC’s the knife comes in a million or so handle covers, is a slipjoint, and runs 1095 steel.  It is also an exceptionally small knife, with a closed length at exactly 3″ and blade of 2 1/4″ (as a good rule of thumb, a blade on a folder is almost always between 1″ and 3/4″ shorter than the handle, unless the dimensions are purposely skewed).


My review sample ran ebony wood, which is a very dense, very tight grained wood.  There are few species, but GEC merely specifies “ebony wood”.  The knife has a bolster and a shield.  My variant is a Tidioute brand blade, one of the handful of GEC sub-brands.  Finally, my #25 has a single spear point blade with a nail nick for ease of opening.


Because of its size and 100% non-threatening appearance, I carried the #25 in my pocket for about three solid months at the beginning of 2016 (it was a Christmas present).  It did all sorts of chores–grape slicing (a good task if you want a force a patina, BTW; it got that smoky gray almost instantly), apple cutting, sandwich severing, breaking down boxes, opening packages…the regular pocket knife gamut.  It is important to note that the #25 once again reminded me of the biggest benefit in carrying a slipjoint–social acceptance.  Nary a raised eyebrow was sent my way, even when I was knife dadding open a Hot Wheels as I exited Target with my two boys.


The design of the #25 is really great–a simple elongated oval. It looks stunning and warm, almost cute given how small it is.


The blade shape is also non-threatening but still useful–a very fat and wide spear point looks as menacing as a cotton ball.


It also has a bunch of features that make me think of my grandfather–the bolster, the nail nick, the shield.  It hits all the points that traditional knife knuts like and it hits them hard.  This is a lovely knife to carry with you and do the daily tasks that require matter separation.


GEC makes a fine blade, no doubt about that.  And for the price it is excellent.  But it is not QUITE in that top tier.  For example, the bolts on the handle scales on by Canal Street Cutlery Boy’s Knife are 100% flush.  Not just flush, but fingernail flush.  Without looking you could never tell where the brass pin ends and the G10 begins.  Not so here.


In fact, two of the bolts seem to stand out from the handle, maybe even on purpose.  And the blade finish, while a nice satin, is not the same as the mirror finish on the CSC Boy’s Knife.  In all, I found the #25 to be very good, but just outside the pinnacle of the production market.


This is a great knife, a fun knife, and a socially acceptable knife.  I love its charm and it is feel.  Its well made and the materials, given the traditional knife context, are nice.  There is very little bad to say about the knife.  Focusing on its few foibles misses the point entirely.  This knife is a companion, a small, unobtrustive companion that will be there for you when you need to cut stuff and make you smile when you pull it out to do so.

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Watch: Time-Lapse of Building an Earthbag Home []

An earthbag house? Never heard of it… but it sure looks impressive.

This is a time-lapse video in which some folks create a building in Fairbanks, Alaska, from August 27-October 27, 2011.

They used a 4-foot-deep footer of compacted gravel as a foundation for the walls, and then began laying bags, which appear to be the same kind of sandbags that are used for flood protection.

The first three courses (or layers) of bags contain gravel “for drainage.”

Between each course of bags, two strands of barbed wire are lain lengthwise along each wall. The purpose is to discourage the bags from sliding off of one another.

Wooden inserts are laid low in the walls, to later attach electrical outlets. This drives home the point that in a house made of dirt, you can’t really mount such fixtures in conventional fashion. If you’re going to want to hang something on the wall, you’d better plan for it ahead of time.

We see the doors and windows placed, but read dire warnings on the screen to frame doors and windows differently if we were to try this ourselves. I believe it! There’s not much lumber in these.

Working through snowfall, they managed to get the floor for the second story in place, and later they added a temporary slanted roof so it would shed snow during the winter. At least they were able to move out of the tent in which they’d been living, and we see photos of the interior after they’d set up some stuff inside.

Later on, they added a second story and a proper roof — but sadly they’ve moved away. Details about that and more are in the video’s description, which is quoted in part below:

The cabin is two stories now and does have a proper slanted roof. We moved to town in 2014 to be closer to school and work, and have been too busy to finish the project.

I get a lot of questions about the rocks. The rocks were for holding the barbed wire down, which is hard to make out unless you are watching in 1080. The barbed wire acts as a bond between the layers.

I also get a lot of questions along the lines of “why not use logs?!” The logs you see on the property are not suitable for cabin building, and buying logs is really, really, really expensive relative to earthbag construction. Also, we were just really curious to see how such a building would fare in Alaska.

Pretty cool… I’d like to see what it looks like today.

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Watch: DIY Homemade Springs How-To Video []

While it’s not quite as obvious as how to build food and shelter, the ability to build tools — and to repair or replace worn or broken mechanical parts — can be a valuable survival skill. In this video, we receive some instruction on how to make coil springs… especially if you have access to a lathe.

Prepare yourself for some dry humor; this is not a 100%-serious video and it begins as an obvious parody of “How it’s Made.” But it does contain useful information, which might help you create a new spring for a mouse trap to protect your food cache from hungry rodents after the apocalypse… or to replace a spring in your shotgun so you can defend your precious brain from hungry zombies.

If you have a low tolerance for wasted time, you should probably skip the first 1:30 or so of the video.

Here’s hoping you find this useful… as a do-it-myselfer, I did.

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All Compass Rifles Recalled by Thompson/Center [The Firearm Blog]

TC CompassThompson/Center announced a total recall of the Compass line of bolt action rifles. The rifles, according to the company, may fire when a round is chambered and the rifle is dropped – even with the safety on. According to the press release: We have determined that there may be some instances, depending on the height […]

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Get the Official NRA-ILA App for an Exclusive NRA Store Discount! [NRA-ILA News]

For a limited time only, the official NRA Store is offering a special deal to anyone who downloads the NRA-ILA App! Once the app is installed on your smartphone, you’ll receive a discount code that you can use to buy 1 item, and get a second item 50% off*.


Calico Field Strip (100 Round 9mm Magazine!) [The Firearm Blog]

Ahhh the Calico. A relic of the 1980s that probably should have… died in the 80s. These strange roller delayed blowback 9mm carbines, pistols, and rifles make use of a very strange helical magazine that holds up to 100 rounds (or 50 if your a low capacity kind of guy) and are a bit notorious […]

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A Bird In the Air Is Worth One In The Hand [The Firearm Blog]

duckAt least according to this hunter in the Ukraine. He shoots a duck and he catches it without hardly moving. Pretty lucky shot.

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Strike Industries Flat Wire Springs for Modern Sporting Rifles [The Firearm Blog]

dsc_0085Its truly hard to keep up with the pace by which Strike Industries has been putting out product. In fact, we have occasionally missed one, which has not been on purpose (which despite often being Made in China, tends to be some innovative stuff, like their new safety selector which has me as a believer). […]

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POTD: MP5 Hotness [The Firearm Blog]

14333696_10206993298446621_7068749269913233323_nThis amazing photo was taken by Jeff W. of Parabellum Combat Systems. Parabellum Combat makes MP5s. Pretty good MP5s from what I hear. The photo above shows an MP5 with an SD handguard and Knights Armament suppressor.

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1,000 rds A Day, For 5 Days, Every Week. Army Marksmanship Unit [The Firearm Blog]

Horner RifleAt the 2016 FN 3Gun Championships, I heard someone mention that Daniel Horner shoots 1,000 rds a day. That number did not really seem like much to me at first.  When I shared this with my friend Adam of Aridus Industries, he put it into perspective. Think of your traditional training course. You usually shoot […]

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San Pedro Rooftop Snipers [The Firearm Blog]

14433061_1300363509988373_8303542315840278926_nMy friend Chuck B. got an interesting visit last Monday. …and just had two LAPD SWAT officers walk through my yard and borrowed my ladder to climb onto my neighbors roof to get a better vantage point for a “shooter” on 26th street. Chuck took the photo above using a pair of Leica Binoculars and […]

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Resident fights off intruder, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Pittsburgh, Pa. 09/16/16 [NRA-ILA News]

A resident was at home in Murrysville, Pa. when a man attempted to break into his house through a window. The resident responded to the attempted intrusion by retrieving a gun and firing at the home invader, missing him. Upon meeting armed resistance, would-be intruder fled the scene. Police caught the criminal at an intersection a short distance from the home he had targeted.

Resident shoots gun at would-be intruder, Pennsylvania [NRA-ILA News]

A resident was at home in Murrysville, Pa. when a man attempted to break into his house through a window. The resident responded to the attempted intrusion by retrieving a gun and firing at the home invader, missing him. Upon meeting armed resistance, would-be intruder fled the scene. Police caught the criminal at an intersection a short distance from the home he had targeted.


Mission, TX [Civilian Gun Self-Defense Blog]

MISSION – A Mission man is recovering in the hospital after breaking into a home and being shot by the homeowner.
It happened before noon on Tuesday at a home on Sauz Street.
Mission Police Lt. Jody Tittle said a 71-year-old disabled veteran heard someone open his door. He grabbed his gun and saw a burglar in his laundry room.
He warned the suspect not to move, but the man moved and the homeowner shot him. Then, the suspect ran off.


Gwinnett County, GA [Civilian Gun Self-Defense Blog]

Gwinnett County police are investigating a case in which a woman shot and killed one of several men breaking into her home.
Gwinnett County police said they responded to the house in the 3000 block of Spring Drive after the shooting happened just before 4 a.m. Friday.
A man and woman were sleeping inside the house when three men kicked in the front door, Gwinnett County police Cpl. Deon Washington said.


California: Prop. 63 piles on redundant gun controls [NRA-ILA News]

There is such a thing as “piling on.” You see this often when public outrage collides with politicians yearning to grandstand.This is what is happening with Proposition 63, a November ballot measure that proposes to lock a package of far-reaching gun control laws into the state’s constitution.


Indiana: Senate contest getting ad blitz [NRA-ILA News]

The National Rifle Association launched more than $600,000 in ads criticizing Bayh’s past votes to ban assault weapons and to address armor-piercing ammunition.“If Evan Bayh wins, you can kiss your gun rights 'Bayh Bayh,’” says the new ad paid for by the NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action.


Vermont: Sue Minter Says Gun Control is Top Priority [NRA-ILA News]

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Sue Minter says that gun control would be her top priority should she become governor.


Washington: AG wants ban on commonly-owned semi-autos [NRA-ILA News]

Ferguson hasn’t drafted any legislation yet. When he gets around to it, he will likely cherry-pick ideas from states such as California, which enacted a bunch of new laws this year.


Kentucky: Signs prohibiting weapons at Danville parks coming down [NRA-ILA News]

After placing new signs at local parks announcing prohibitions on drugs and guns, among other things, Parks and Recreation officials are planning to take down signs prohibiting the carrying of firearms.City Manager Ron Scott presented to the Parks and Recreation Ad Hoc Committee Monday on the problem of attempting to prohibit firearms at the parks.


Texas school warns: Our teachers ‘may be armed and will use whatever force is necessary’ to protect students [NRA-ILA News]

The sign is large, like Texas, and unabashedly direct, like the state’s collective attitude. It’s white, nailed to two sturdy wooden posts, and coolly offers a bold-lettered warning.This year, our teachers might be packing heat, it suggests, and they’re not afraid to use it.


Hoosiers to vote on hunting rights [NRA-ILA News]

Voters this fall may enshrine a right to hunt and fish in the same article of the state Constitution that protects freedom of speech and the right to a speedy trial.Included on the same ballot on which Hoosiers will pick the next president and governor is Public Question 1, which asks if they want to “forever preserve” the right to harvest the state’s wildlife.


Group: Sunday hunt could bring 2,600 jobs, $155M to W.V. [NRA-ILA News]

Making hunting legal on Sundays across West Virginia could create about 2,600 jobs and spur up to $155 million in additional economic activity each year, a representative of a national sportsmen’s advocacy group told lawmakers Tuesday.


Letter to the Editor: Background checks facts [NRA-ILA News]

There are several problems with the Sept. 14 BDN editorial on expanding background checks for firearm purchases. This editorial was written to support the Question 3 ballot initiative and contains a significant error.


Montana: Missoula City Council to Hold Public Hearing on Unnecessary Background Check Ordinance [NRA-ILA News]

On Monday, September 26, the Missoula City Council is scheduled to consider an ordinance that violates Montana’s state preemption law, which prohibits local governments and municipalities from passing their own gun control laws that create a patchwork of complex and confusing gun laws throughout the state.


3Gunner Stopped Terrorist In Minnesota Mall Knife Attack [The Firearm Blog]

jason-falconer-3Last Saturday there was an attack in a Minnesota Mall. The suspect has been claimed to be part of ISIS. A report by a news agency linked to the Islamic State claimed on Sunday that a “soldier of the Islamic State” was behind a stabbing attack on Saturday night at a Minnesota shopping mall, an […]

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M1D Sniper Garand [Forgotten Weapons]

The M1D was the final adopted form of John Garands sniper M1 rifle, originally the M1E8. It was intended to be a kit issued in the field to add optical sights to any rifle deemed worthy, and retained that capability in a slightly different form than originally intended. Garland’s initial plan was to design a sleeve that could fit over the barrel of a rifle, with a scope mounting bracket – the final production version instead used a new whole barrel with the scope mount integrally attached. However, this new barrel was still a part easily installed by a field armorer.

The scope was offset to the left of the receiver so as not to interfere with the Garand’s clip loading, and issued with a leather cheek pad to give the shooter’s cheek weld a matching offset to the left. The scope used with the M1D was the M84, a 2.2x optic with a simple vertical post reticle and hinger metal covers to protect the windage and elevation adjustment knobs. Accuracy of the M1D was not substantially different from regular M1 rifles, with its advantage coming from magnified optics rather than improved mechanical accuracy.

The M1D was adopted too late to see significant service in the Korean War, and would serve until replaced by the M14 and M40 rifles.


.44 Mag Micro Explosion In Gel Block [The Firearm Blog]

44 mag explosionI am not entirely sure what is happening with this gel block test. It is pretty standard stuff as the bullet penetrates and rips through the gel medium. You can see the temporary wound channel. However as the gel block contracts to its normal shape, there is a micro explosion inside the gel block. Which […]

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Testing firing of the Russian 9-A1-4071K 30 mm cannon [The Firearm Blog]

11There’s a new video showing tests of Russia’s new 30 mm cannon. We might not remember it by its real name, as it’s a bit awkward: “9-A1-4071K”.  I’m sure it will get some evil nick-name in the future, especially from those on the wrong side of the barrel. The 9-A1-4071K cannon is a redesign of […]

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Congress Could Recognize Remington’s 200th Anniversary [The Firearm Blog]

870This year marks the 200th anniversary of the Remington Arms Company and in an interesting turn of events it may not be just fans of Big Green acknowledging the landmark. A New York congressman, Rep. Richard Hanna (R), introduced a resolution on Thursday, September 15, 2016 requesting the United States legislature officially recognize the company’s […]

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Swedish Dynamite blows up a rifle [The Firearm Blog]

4Swedish Dynamite is a YouTube channel, which had a lot of success lately and spreading. It’s run by “Dynamite Erik” who apart from running his farm is a professional dynamite expert in the northern part of Sweden. History tells us that Alfred Bernhard Nobel (1833 – 1896) held no less than 355 different patents, and […]

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WOLVERINES! Dead Air’s AK Silencer Shipping Out [The Firearm Blog]

IMG_4111Comrade, the time has come. Dead Air Armament’s Wolverine PBS-1 AK suppressor is dropping in to distributors across the US. If you remember from our MOD Outfitter’s story a few months ago, the Wolverine is designed to tame both ejection port and gas port noise as much it supresses the muzzle blast. It also looks pretty awesome. In […]

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Wednesday, 21 September


Maine: Vote No on Question 3 [NRA-ILA News]

Question 3, the Bloomberg Gun Control Initiative, does nothing to prevent criminals from obtaining firearms. Criminals will continue to break the law and acquire firearms where they do now: the black market, straw purchasers, theft and illicit sources such as drug dealers.


Aroostook County Sheriff Darrell Crandall Announces Opposition to QUESTION #3 [NRA-ILA News]

Too much has been said lately about this November's referendum Question #3 (background checks) for me to remain silent. I try very hard to keep politics, of any kind, and my elected position separate. However, this week much has been made of the Maine Chiefs of Police Association endorsing Question #3, to include suggestions that endorsement represents the positions of "Maine's police chiefs and Sheriffs." This is simply not true.


Oxford County sheriff opposes Question 3 [NRA-ILA News]

Oxford County Sheriff Wayne Gallant said he does not support a ballot question asking residents if they wish to require mandatory background checks prior to private gun sales or transfer of guns in most instances. Gallant said in a news release Tuesday that people have begun emailing him, “concerned because they read some media-type release that I am in favor of Question 3.”


Why Pistol Caliber Carbines Have a Place [The Firearm Blog]

Pistol caliber carbines certainly are a divisive category of firearms. On one side of the fence you have their proponents who cherish them for a myriad of different (and valid) reasons, and on the opposing side you have the bunch who question their very existence. In this video we talk a little bit about why […]

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Remington Announces They Are Auctioning Bicentennial Collection [The Firearm Blog]

51095a1x9At an event late last year, Remington announced that they had built some very special guns for their 200th anniversary at the West Virginia Remington Writer’s Seminar. Our very own Phil White did a great job of showcasing the special edition firearms; you can check it out HERE. Instead of selling the last four sets of […]

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Suppressing A Classic: The Ruger 77/357 [The Firearm Blog]

IMG_4070One of the most satisfying firearm projects I have completed to date is the conversion of a standard Ruger 77/357 into a suppressed short barreled rifle (SBR). The whole setup came together using a combination of woodworking, metalworking, refinishing, gunsmithing and creativity. Aside from waiting on ATF to bless my application to cut my barrel down to […]

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New Jersey: Assembly Committee to Hear More Gun Control Schemes [NRA-ILA News]

On Thursday, September 22, the Assembly Law and Public Safety Committee will hold a hearing on a trio of anti-gun bills.


Question 1 a first step in eroding Nevada’s gun laws [NRA-ILA News]

In a recent editorial (“NRA’s wailing doesn’t drown out facts on background checks,” Sept. 4-10 edition), The Sunday claims the Question 1 gun-control ballot initiative is an “attempt at reasonable gun control” and portrays opponents as “fear-mongering.” But in the same breath, The Sunday acknowledges expanded background checks would will not solve gun violence and adds, “it is a step in the right direction.”


POTD: North Korean Type 73 LMG [The Firearm Blog]

mjyTCdfThe Type 73 looks somewhat like North Korea’s attempt at copying the Bren LMG with a lot of influence from the Russian PK guns. Here is another photo that looks like it might be taken from the same photo shoot. I wonder how the sights work? Are they offset so they clear the giant vertical […]

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NRA Launches TV Ad Buy to Defeat Bayh [NRA-ILA News]

The National Rifle Association's Institute for Legislative Action (NRA-ILA) has launched a 30-second television ad to educate Indiana voters about Evan Bayh’s anti-Second Amendment voting record. The ad, titled "Rewind," will air on both cable and broadcast stations in Indianapolis, South Bend and Fort Wayne from September 20-October 3.


NRA Endorses North Carolina Governor McCrory [NRA-ILA News]

The National Rifle Association's Political Victory Fund (NRA-PVF) announced today that it is endorsing North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory for a second term.


NRA Debunks Jason Kander's Second Amendment Lies in New Ad [NRA-ILA News]

The National Rifle Association Political Victory Fund (NRA-PVF) launched a TV ad on Tuesday exposing U.S. Senate candidate Jason Kander’s attempt to misrepresent his Second Amendment voting record. The spot, “Blindfold,” focuses on votes Kander cast in Jefferson City and demonstrates that he's a politician who will say anything to get elected.


NEW UNANNOUNCED PRODUCT!!!… C’mon Ruger, Be a Little More Vague [The Firearm Blog]

New Unannounced ProductOn the heels of Ruger announcing they are discontinuing their 77-Series of bolt-action rifles, we get news like this. Your first thought might be: “Well, they are obviously replacing the 77-Series, and rather quickly.” I am going to argue that. They give no specifications as to what this new mystery firearm is right now. Caliber. […]

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California: Signature Efforts for Veto Gunmageddon Extended to September 24th [NRA-ILA News]

If you have not yet signed the petitions to repeal the seven gun bills signed by Governor Jerry Brown earlier this year, please make sure that you do so by September 24th! After that, all petitions must be sent back to the various hubs around California, so that they can be filed on the due date of September 29th.


NRA ad: ‘Don’t let Hillary leave you protected with nothing but a phone’ [NRA-ILA News]

The National Rifle Association released a new television ad Tuesday warning that Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton could take away the right to self-defense for people looking to stop intruders into their homes.


Gun-toting Democrats bristle at firearms limits in California [NRA-ILA News]

California is a Democratic bastion in the United States, but the party's presidential nominee Hillary Clinton has some voters up in arms over her push to tighten gun control.


Federal appeals court questions D.C.’s restrictions on concealed carry of firearms [NRA-ILA News]

Appeals court judges had tough questions on Tuesday for the District’s lawyers about strict limits the city places on carrying concealed firearms on the streets of the nation’s capital.


A good guy with a gun [NRA-ILA News]

Dahir Ahmed Adan is the Somali terrorist who wandered through the Crossroads Mall in St. Cloud, Minn., with a sharp knife, taking a religious census. He demanded of shoppers whether they were “Christians or Muslims,” and put his knife to the Christians. He finally ran into his worst nightmare, a good guy with a gun and who knew how to use it.


Why millennials are skeptical of gun-control [NRA-ILA News]

In spite of the prevailing attitude toward millennials in the media, where it seems we are often portrayed as somewhat unmotivated and unwilling to engage on important issues, millennials are incredibly passionate, motivated, empirically minded and data-driven. And when it comes to gun control, we have a mountain of evidence over the last half-century to show that government efforts to restrict gun ownership are utterly ineffective at achieving their stated claims: a safer society through the reduction of violent crime.


Pa. bill would give NRA, others right to sue over gun laws [NRA-ILA News]

The Pennsylvania House once again is considering a bill that would allow gun enthusiasts and organizations such as the National Rifle Association to sue municipalities over local firearm restrictions.


Homeowner justifably shot intruder; two men charged with home invasion [NRA-ILA News]

Two men are charged with first-degree home invasion for allegedly breaking down the front door of a house, prompting the homeowner to shoot and injure one of them. The homeowner, Richard Snyder, was found to have justifiably acted in self-defense and the Jackson County prosecutor's office declined to charge him with any crime, Chief Assistant Prosecutor Kati Rezmierski said Tuesday, Sept. 20.


Nevada Question 1 Breakfast and Campaign Update! [NRA-ILA News]

Join your NRA on October 2nd from 10:00am-12:00pm at Red Rock Resort in Las Vegas for our Nevada Question 1 Breakfast and Campaign Update! By now you have probably heard plenty about Question 1 from the anti-gun forces that claim this initiative will keep guns out of the hands of criminals.


Meet U.S. Senate Candidate Joe Heck in Reno! [NRA-ILA News]

Join your fellow NRA members for a private members-only Meet and Greet with U.S. Senate Candidate Joe Heck! Come to the NRA Reno Office on Saturday, October 1st, from 10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m., to meet NRA-PVF “A” rated Joe Heck at this FREE event, and to learn more about how you can help elect NRA-PVF endorsed candidates into office this November.


Witness a CRIME with a FIREARM?!… There’s an App for That [The Firearm Blog]

Report It AppOur current society of tech savvy individuals is continually pushing for more use of our phones in everyday tasks, and we love our apps! The ATF is looking to capitalize on this by getting an app to help report crime. They have created an application for iPhones and Androids dubbed Report It where you can report crimes involving firearms, arson, explosives, and/or […]

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Benke-Thiemann Folding Luger Holster [Forgotten Weapons]

While most major pistols made before the 1930s had some type of shoulder stock available as an option, the Luger had much more variety of stocks than most others. In addition to the several types of wooden stocks made on military contract, there were also several commercial types of folding stocks made. One of these was the Benke-Thiemann, originally designed by Hungarian Josef von Benke and improved by Georg Thiemann.

This stock was made of sheet metal stampings, and attached by replacing the grip panels of a Luger pistol. When folded, the stock added remarkably little size to the gun, and could still be fired, albeit with a somewhat awkward grip. This was done by cleverly designing the stock to consist of two layers of material which overlaid each other when folded, but then could be held end to end when extended, providing a stock of surprisingly usable length and sturdiness. A single spring-loaded latch was employed to lock the stock in both the folded and extended position.

Ultimately the stock failed to be a commercial success, probably due to costs and worldwide economics in the 1920s when it was developed. Only a few hundred were made, although the serial numbers all have leading zeroes to accommodate an anticipated production in the tens of thousands.


Rebel Silencers SOS-556 Modular Rifle Can [The Firearm Blog]

imageRebel Silencers out of El Paso, Texas is introducing a new model of rifle suppressor that can be disassembled for cleaning. Dubbed the SOS-556, each baffle is a threaded section of the silencer, eliminating the need for an outer tube. The pieces are also consecutively numbered to ensure that the SOS is reassembled in the correct order. Writer’s Note: Rebel […]

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New Daniel Defense DDM4V11 in 300 BLK [The Firearm Blog]

Daniel defense 300 BLKDaniel Defense announced another new rifle recently, this time in 300 BLK. Well, I suppose it might be more accurate to rephrase that: the company reworked an existing rifle to chamber the popular .30-caliber cartridge. The DDM4V11 is an existing rifle line, with a range of variants that now includes the 300 BLK. The guns […]

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BREAKING: Beretta APX Striker-Fired Pistol Reaches The Civilian Market… In Argentina! [The Firearm Blog]

Image source:, user "mithrils"Almost two years ago, Beretta announced a new striker-fired, polymer framed handgun, which they called the APX. Now, the APX has finally hit gun stores… In Argentina. User mithrils of The Beretta Forum uploaded photos and a short range review of his new pistol, showing the on-the-market Beretta APX off to the other members. A […]

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Wilson Combat’s New Q-Comp Keeps Things Quiet [The Firearm Blog]

rWIHhPkThe renowned 1911 builder is bringing out a new compensator that will not only keep the recoil of your AR-15 in check but keep it to a dull roar while doing so. The new Q-Comp muzzle device was designed by Wilson’s own “compensator experts” to enhance recoil control under rapid fire conditions without pissing your range […]

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National Preparedness Month [The Firearm Blog]

PrepareDid you know that September was National Preparedness Month in the United States? The firearms world frequently overlaps with other realms of interest like outdoor sports and politics. Another area of interest for many shooters is the idea of prepping. Prepping, or preparing for hard times, can be represented by some as a fringe activity, undertaken […]

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Liberty Suppressors Releases Chaotic Ti [The Firearm Blog]

chaotic tiLiberty Suppressors announced the release of the company’s new .30 caliber Chaotic Ti sound suppressor. The new noise muffler is described as a “natural evolution of the Liberty Suppressors Chaotic.” According to the company, the performance (presumably noise reduction) of the Ti edition is improved when compared to the original through the use of a […]

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I'm spiking the guns here on Sipsey Street Irregulars [Sipsey Street Irregulars]

A couple of days ago, I received some news that ended up shaking me to my very core.  After a great deal of consideration, I have decided to close the doors of the Sipsey Street Irregulars.  Effective immediately, this blog not be updated or monitored.  I know this quite sudden, but I know you guys  will keep on going just fine without it.

Freedom is not like a game of cards where you can pick up and walk away when you are done playing.  But as it stands now, I do not know if I have any future high profile plans within the liberty movement.  Time will tell.  There is great potential here.  Everyone sees it, which is why it attracts so many people.  When you remove failure as an option, your way becomes much clearer.  The movement simply cannot afford to fail.  Doing so will put this country in a darkness that may take generations to come out from.  You can kill the man, but you cannot kill the idea.  The idea of the 3% of determined and armed men and women was universal because the idea of "liberty for all" is universal.  Mike reminded everyone that a gun in your hand is a preferable option to a life on your knees.  Take that lesson, and the many others on this blog and use them.

Goody bye and the best luck to you.  Keep it legal.  Keep it local.  Support small patriot/veteran run  businesses when you can.  Try to have fun once in a while.  And if the government is going to make of you a criminal, be the best one you can be.

Tuesday, 20 September


Realistic Live Fire Training at Troy’s Gate []

Michelle saw movement at the far end of the house. A scruffy man in a hoodie saw her too, and turned with a revolver already in hand. She drew her pistol and tried to shoot, forgetting that it wasn’t her usual DAO Sig…

The intruder got off two shots before she remembered to disengage the safety of her 1911, and one more before she calmed down enough to aim instead of sending the bullets over his head. The scenario ended, and Michelle stumbled out of the shoot house, shaking and covered in sweat.


Troy’s Gate is located in Lenoir, North Carolina. They travel as well, and can bring the training event to you. The genius of the setup is that it is portable, safe and very realistic. The trainee isn’t fighting against video clips or computer simulations — each actor is a living, thinking, scheming foe who can adjust the scenario on the fly. Some episodes are not supposed to end in gunfire. Others require thinking fast and shooting even faster. The actor might say “I give up, man!” while bringing a 12-gauge to bear on you. There may be two “no shoot” bystanders in partial overlap with an armed foe.


As the muzzle blast from the perp’s shotgun reaches the bullet-permeable mirror, we can see how this training is set up. The trainee and the actors are separated by a bulletproof wall, facing the same mylar mirror with a backstop behind it. The bullets go harmlessly through the image, leaving almost imperceptible marks. Multiple video cameras are used record the performance for later debriefing. The red lines encompass the safe zones.


The method works well up close, but also allows larger scale outdoor scenarios. Troy’s Gate home location has a 200 yard sniper training alley, which also doubles as a roadblock training scenario. The people who come up with the concepts all have military and law enforcement backgrounds, so the learning moments are based in real life experience.


Sometimes the threats are obvious, like the angry man with a shotgun. Could he be just the decoy for a less obvious rifleman hiding in the shadows further down the path? Troy’s Gate isn’t a shooting school, rather they teach a thinking and fighting, in that order. Their scenario library has hundreds of configurations, including setups for airborne operations.


Take a look at their web site for videos and more detailed explanations of how it works. The round count for such scenarios is low — Michelle and I together shot under fifty rounds that entire day. The amount of learning was high — and the learning was of the more cerebral variety than usual. I recommend this type of training highly, especially if you can bring your team — or your family members to participate with you.

Ready to fight.

Ready to fight.

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Harvard Study: More Guns in More Hands, and More Women Shooters []

There’s a new Harvard/Northeastern study that’s all over my news feeds, and it confirms pretty much what anyone paying attention already knows:

1. America has more guns in more hands than ever before.
2. Women shooters are on the rise.
3. The vast majority of gun owners are handgun owners, and only have one or two handguns.
4. Most gun owners have guns for personal protection, not hunting.

I want to take each of these in turn, because they’re all important.

More Guns, More Owners

First, the original headline of this big Guardian piece on the study advertised ‘more guns in fewer hands’ as the result of the study. I reached out to the author on Twitter about it, because this statement is factually incorrect, and they’ve corrected it. Here’s what’s going on.

The study shows a decline in gun ownership from 25% to 22% since 1994, so the rate of gun ownership has indeed gone down slightly. But “fewer hands”? Not when you factor in population growth. The US population has gone from 263 million in ’94 to a present of about 313 million, which means that the absolute number of gun owners has risen by a few million. So no, there are not “more guns in fewer hands”, but “more guns in more hands.”

It’s also worth noting just how much this survey differs from the General Social Survey that’s cited by the Violence Policy Center to show a double-digit decline in gun ownership percentages in the past few decades. The General Social Survey is an outlier, and the Gallup survey of gun owners is a lot closer to the Harvard/Northeastern study numbers.

In general, whenever you see anyone claiming that there are fewer gun owners in America today than there were at some point in the past, that person is wrong. At some point the media will figure out that you have to factor in population growth, and we’ll stop seeing these “fewer gun owners” headlines.

Women Shooters

The NRA and NSSF have been claiming for a while now that women are the fastest-growing demographic of gun owners, and the media has been trying to push back on this claim. Unfortunately for the media, the new study backs up the NRA.

The percentage of women who say they own guns has increased slightly from 9% in a 1994 survey to 12% today, but researchers said the increase was not meaningful. Since the 1980s, female gun ownership has fluctuated between 9% and 14% in annual surveys.

Again, when you factor in population growth, you get a pretty sizable increase in the absolute number of women gun owners — the study puts this increase at 10 million. That’s a lot of new shooters, and clearly if it weren’t for women buying guns we’d be seeing a much larger decline in gun ownership rates.

Specifically, the study finds that the number of men who own guns has dropped from 42% to 32%, a full ten percentage points, since 1994, so the gun industry has women to thank for most of the absolute increase in gun ownership.

Super Owners

Many of the headlines around this study focus on “super owners” — the 3% of gun owners who own almost half the guns:

Then there are America’s gun super-owners – an estimated 7.7 million Americans who own between eight and 140 guns.

This kind of concentrated ownership isn’t unique to guns, firearms researchers noted. Marketing experts suggest that the most devoted 20% consumers will typically account for 80% of a product’s sales.

I always knew I was super. I bet you did, too.

On a more serious note, though, my theory is that we can thank the rise of the plastic fantastic striker-fired pistol, and the concomitant drop in the price of what counts as a “quality pistol”, for a lot of the “super ownership” out there.

In inflation-adjusted terms, it’s cheaper to buy a Glock 19 today than it was to buy a Smith & Wesson in 1970. Sure, some guns hold their value pretty well, but in many areas of the market, access to quality firearms has become a cheaper proposition.

Two-legged Targets vs. Four-legged Targets

The new study is in line with the other surveys recently that show the declining importance of hunting in gun purchases and the rising importance of self defense.

There’s so much I could write about this — it’s not just about the turn toward the “tactical” in American gear culture, or media-fueled post-9/11 fear, though those things are a factor. But the real force behind the decline of hunting as the main reason for gun ownership is the one I keep referencing throughout this article: population growth.

Population growth has gutted hunting in most areas of the country. I know that when I go back to my family’s acreage in the middle-of-nowhere Louisiana, there are neighbors on both sides of our 40-acre lot. All of that used to be woods, and we hunted in it, but now it’s clear-cut and there are houses with nice trucks parked out front.

I’ve thought about getting a hunting lease here in Texas, but the idea of spending years studying and learning the ins and outs of wildlife behavior on a piece of property that I don’t own and can’t hand down to my kids just doesn’t have as much appeal to me, and I know I’m not alone.

A big part of the reason I hunted was because I enjoyed spending time up-close-and-personal with our family land, where my dad and uncles and grandfather and great-uncles had all hunted. The knowledge of how to hunt that property (and the neighboring properties, with permission) was handed down to my cousins and I, and using that knowledge and adding to it was just as big a deal as bringing some meat back into camp.

All of that is gone for me now, and currently my “hunting” involves going out to someone else’s lease and shooting at critters who, most of the time, have been baited with feeders and plots.

I’m not knocking leases, of course. Thank God for those, or else most of us would have no place to hunt at all. I’m just saying that it’s not the same as it was, and the numbers reflect that reality.

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Build an EDC Tool Roll []

Admittedly a full sized toolbox or even an abbreviated tool bag can get heavy and cumbersome as an everyday carry tool source. I have tried them all and keep working to pare down the weight and cut back on some of the items I never seem to use after all. It is always comforting to have more items at hand than you need, but often there is simply too much in the kit to make it practical.

At some point I hit upon the idea to have a smaller yet version of a tool tote. This can simply be a tool roll containing the most basic and essential likely needed emergency tools. Now, everyone’s selection of what to add to a roll will be different, but here are my critical choices.

I first took everything out of my existing bug-out camp tool bag and laid it all out on the work bench. Now, I am not moving some of these tools to a roll, but just duplicating them, because there are times when I want more items at hand such as during an extended stay at our bug-out camp. Ultimately this tool roll will be like an EDC bag, but only tools that is permanently carried in my primary vehicle.

So, from all this stuff I chose these items for the roll. First, four screwdrivers, two each Phillips and flathead types, one large, one smaller each. One pair of standard pliers. I added one medium sized adjustable wrench. A pocketknife or razor blade box cutter, and a roll of electrician’s tape. I put in one high quality flashlight like a Cree chip light. One hammer– the biggest I could fit into the roll. One vise grip tool, small or large to clamp things.

If space permits consider these other items. One small can of spray lubricant like WD-40 or Liquid Wrench. A shop towel is always welcome. Add a little bottle of hand cleaner or sanitizer. I am sure there are other tools you might select, too.

Finding a good tool roll itself can be a challenge. I am still searching for just the perfect item with sleeves sewn in to hold the tools that can actually be rolled up and tied by attached straps. I have looked at carpenter’s tool aprons, various kinds of surplus carry pouches, and even a small canvas war surplus tool bag. Find the right roll, add the tools and slide it under the back seat or trunk.

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How One Woman Gained the Confidence to Carry Concealed []

In a couple lifetimes you don’t meet many people like Kim Condon. Unique, well yes, but really just an everyday person like me or you. She would say she is not anything special with special talents, characteristics, or abilities. Having said that she would be wrong.

Kim Condon and her husband Mark of Clinton, Mississippi have worked through the process, thought, dreamed, designed, and built one of the most state-of-the-art firearms training facilities in the country. Named the Boondocks Firearms Training Academy in Raymond, Mississippi it is in a rural location, but really only ten miles southwest of the state’s capitol city of Jackson. Access is easy and the facilities are top notch.

So, why would somebody, a lady in particular want to create such a shooting venue? For her own self-worth, self-protection, and to foster that among other women shooters as well as anybody desiring to learn to shoot a firearm correctly for all the right reasons.

“Moving from a feeling of unprepared helplessness to becoming fully empowered to protect one’s self is quite a transformation,” says Kim Condon. Kim made these comments not so long ago as an explanation as to why she wanted to establish the Boondocks FTA. She was driven by the need to build her own confidence and to see it grow in others. She is well on her way.

Kim did not just blindly travel down this road either. She and her husband attended several nationally recognized shooting facilities around the country. They were not simple tourists to observe either. They attended the courses, shot their rounds of fire, and learned the skills firsthand, by sweat and some tears I imagine as well. Then they came home and went to work.

Kim was already an entrepreneur so she had down the fundamentals of starting a business, but creating a shooting range was a bit different. “We owned the land, but laying out the site was pretty interesting. We started with a lodge type training building with a big training room, then included the idea for a comprehensive well-stocked pro shop. We put in two pistol shooting ranges, made space for other future ranges, then we added an outdoors open air gathering building with a huge fireplace,” Kim noted. The site is not only functional, but beautiful.

Now, weekly training courses of all kinds are taught in the class and on the range. Kim works with the group The Well Armed Woman, local chapter and national organization, too. Check them out on Facebook for all the details.

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Night Lights Shine For Autumn Fish []

Autumn baitfish and on the move — massing and preparing for winter. Gamefish populations in saltwater and freshwater are taking advantage of the “push” of bait. But it’s still hot and warm in much of America, and this makes for some unusually good night fishing around lights that shine down into the water.

Lights around docks, bridges, marinas, even roadways near water all can be superb places where gamefish concentrate and waylay baitfish schools.

Here’s a video showing how schools of sportfish can hover around lights, offering anglers some of the best fishing of the year.

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Watch: Russian Demonstrates a “Real Survival Tool” []

In the video below, a Russian expounds on the difference between survival and “survival.” He discusses the difference between civilian and military survival philosophies, and he makes some good points.

Some preppers are true believers when it comes to military survival tools. If it’s good enough for highly trained, highly valuable pilots and soldiers, then it has to be useful, right? Well, not so much… because as civilians, we have choices that military personnel do not — and we’re often able to have more stuff with us (or stashed nearby) than a typical member of the military.

He also talks in some detail about a number of useful tools for surviving in the woods… including one “really really awesome” tool that he made himself. From a Silky ONO hatchet that resembles a meat cleaver to a small Swiss army knife, and finally to the homemade tool.

It’s a short piece of angle aluminum (think “angle iron”) with some modifications… and I’m going to spoil the surprise by telling you that the tool is a plastic bottle cutter — which is used to cut a long plastic strip from a bottle, which can be used as pretty strong cordage, or even to make brooms and brushes. We have covered this and some of its various uses before, but since this guy has made a “survival variant” of the plastic bottle cutter, I thought it was worth a look.

After he cuts some cordage from a bottle, he demonstrates how to bind sticks together with it… with a trick that really tightens up the plastic bindings.

I kinda like the guy, might have to check out more of his videos.

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Watch: Make a Simple Fire-Starter With a 9v Battery []

The video below contains three projects, but the first one is the best and most sensible… although the alarm system at the end isn’t bad either.

Basically, you use a wire to create a small heater element, add a switch, and cobble it all together on a 9-volt battery. Then when you mash the little momentary switch, the element heats up and can be used to start a fire, as demonstrated in the video.

This certainly beats a butane lighter in windy conditions.

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The Remington Rolling Block Rifle [The Firearm Blog]

The Remington Rolling Block was a huge commercial success back in its day, and is often referred to as the gun that saved Remington (which was in dire financial straights in years following the Civil War). This simple, strong design was sold to over 40 nations and continued to serve on into World War I. […]

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Review: Remington R-51 Gen 2 1000 Round Test [The Firearm Blog]

P8160029The last couple of years has been a real ride for this writer as well as Remington of course. Since the first post on the R-51 until the recent release of the R-51 Gen2 we’ve all watched and waited for this re-engineered pistol. Hats off to Remington for sticking with it and taking care of […]

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Ruger DISCONTINUING 77-Series of Bolt-Action Rifles [The Firearm Blog]

77-SeriesRuger sent out an e-mail today to individuals who are on their registered e-mail list. The message they sent is pretty black-n-white. Ruger is going to discontinue their 77-Series of bolt-action rifles. This may come as a surprise to many people, but Ruger has been slowly dwindling down their caliber offerings for this model over […]

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POTD: Fire Breathing Muzzle Brake [The Firearm Blog]

Brian BrakeHere is a photo of my friend Brian M. at the recent 2016 FN 3Gun Match. He made the muzzle brake himself. I just happened to capture the right moment and the muzzle flash. He is engaging some paper targets at about 20 yards using a Sig Romeo 3 red dot sight.  

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Bank customer fires at robber,, Huntsville, Ala. 09/19/16 [NRA-ILA News]

A man entered a Wells Fargo bank in Homewood, Ala. with something wrapped around his arm to give the impression that he was armed, and attempted to rob the bank. In addition to threatening bank staff, the robber pointed his arm at others inside the bank and made them get into a corner. Bank customer Eric Dial responded to the robber’s threats by drawing a gun and firing at the thief, but missing. The robber attempted to flee but was met by police just as he left the bank. Following the incident, a local media outlet interviewed Dial, who said “I just feel like I was able to save somebody's life and mine, and I hope I don't ever have to experience that again,” adding, “I'm glad nobody got hurt.”


Firearm Showcase: The Heckler & Koch G11 ACR, The US Army’s Lost Opportunity? – HIGH RES PICS! [The Firearm Blog]

DSC_0878modIn May of this year, I got the rare opportunity to travel to Heckler & Koch’s headquarters in Ashburn, VA, to take a look at some of the experimental and prototype firearms they have located there in their famous “Grey Room”. It wouldn’t be worth as much for me to just tell you about it […]

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Off-duty officer who killed mall attacker is firearms trainer, marksman [NRA-ILA News]

The off-duty police officer who confronted and fatally shot the man suspected of stabbing nine people in a St. Cloud mall was roundly praised for split-second heroics that likely saved others from harm.


In a Minnesota mall, a 'good guy with a gun' stops a 'bad guy' with a knife [NRA-ILA News]

Gun rights advocates have a new hero.Jason Falconer, a part-time police officer who killed an attacker wielding a knife Saturday at the Crossroads Center mall in St. Cloud, Minn., earned high praise from local officials as well as his own trending hashtag on Twitter.


Three multimillionaires stake a claim on California ballot [NRA-ILA News]

One of California’s marquee tech moguls is dropping big money into two California ballot measures. Sean Parker, the billionaire founder of Napster and first president of Facebook, has contributed $400,000 to Proposition 63, a gun-control measure, and $3.8 million to support Proposition 64, which would legalize recreational marijuana.


NRA Launches 4th Trump Ad in Presidential Election Cycle [NRA-ILA News]

Fairfax, Va.— The National Rifle Association launched a new TV ad buy this week in the 2016 presidential race. The $5 million buy is the NRA’s fourth and largest ad buy of the presidential election cycle, and underscores what’s at stake for the Second Amendment if Hillary Clinton is elected president. The spot, “Nightstand,” airs on national cable as well as regional broadcast in the key battleground states of Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Nevada, Ohio and Virginia.


Firearm Showcase: The Heckler & Koch SMG II, 1980s Would-Be Successor to the MP5 – HIGH RES PICS! [The Firearm Blog]

DSC_0899modIn May of this year, I got the rare opportunity to travel to Heckler & Koch’s headquarters in Ashburn, VA, to take a look at some of the experimental and prototype firearms they have located there in their famous “Grey Room”. It wouldn’t be worth as much for me to just tell you about it […]

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Guns and hysteria [NRA-ILA News]

Nobody does hysteria better than The New York Times, and over the years the editorial page of the old gray lady has fulminated most over the Second Amendment. The very idea of guns frightens the old gray lady beyond her feminist endurance. Last year the newspaper published a front-page editorial, a newspaper tradition usually reserved for a really, really important issue of the day, repeating a frequent demand for the severest restrictions on gun ownership. On another occasion the newspaper printed a call for establishing a secret court with the authority to put citizens on a “No Buy” list, similar to the “No Fly” list that bars passengers from airline flights on the whim of a low-level government bureaucrat without even evidence of connections to terrorists and terrorism. No guns for the law-abiding, either.


Bill seeks to ban replica guns in Baltimore [NRA-ILA News]

The Baltimore City Council is considering a citywide ban on toy guns that are made to look like pistols, machine guns and rifles — and have been linked to shootings in Baltimore and cities across the country.


California: Palm Springs council to take final gun control vote [NRA-ILA News]

The Palm Springs City Council will take a final vote on a controversial firearms ordinance Wednesday, finalizing an issue that has divided the council and drawn passionate support and opposition from residents of Palm Springs and other valley cities.


NRA Certified Instructor Shoots Man on Stabbing Spree [NRA-ILA News]

NRA certified instructor, USPSA Competitor, 3-gun shooter and part time police officer shot and killed a violent man who went on a stabbing rampage Saturday.


MC-1952 Marine Corps Sniper Garand [Forgotten Weapons]

The MC-1952 was a variation on the M1C Garand sniper rifle, adopted by the US Marine Corps in 1952. The Marines were not satisfied with the low magnification of the Lyman scopes on the Army M1C, and after some experimentation they adopted their own version of the rifle using a 4x scope made by Kollmorgan (commercially sold as the Bear Cub). This scope had a larger tube and lenses, and offered both greater magnification and superior light gathering capabilities. It also was fitted with windage and elevation dials far better for precision shooting that the Lyman had, with clearly audible and tangible clicks.

The MC-1952 was only made and used in small numbers, but it remains an interesting showcase of the difference in approaches to sniping between the US Army and US Marine Corps.


10th Anniversary Taurus Judge [The Firearm Blog]

Judge 10 2Andrew of GY6 vids got his hands on a 10th Anniversary Taurus Judge. It is a great looking revolver with the wood grip and laser engravings.     The hanging chickens is a bit disturbing. However the slow motion of the propane tank was pretty cool. The high speed camera captured an impressive looking fireball […]

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Denel Land Systems DMG-5 showcased at AAD [The Firearm Blog]

DMG-5_7-62mm_machine_gun_Denel_Land_Systems_AAD_2016_defense_exhibition_South_Africa_002Denel Land Systems, a South African manufacturer that produces a number of defense items from grenades to artillery, has introduced their DMG-5 medium/light machine gun (available either in 5.56x45mm or 7.62x51mm), and their DMG-5 CX vehicle mounted machine gun at the Africa Aerospace and Defence Exhibition in South Africa this week. From Army Recognition– The DMG-5 […]

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Inforce releases Gen2 WML lights [The Firearm Blog]

Screen Shot 2016-09-15 at 6.49.17 PMInforce, a manufacturer of high quality picatinny mounted weapon lights has upgraded their WML line with their new Gen2 WML series of lights. The Gen2 has a redesigned body, along with the switch that operates the lights momentary on or constant on feature. Bear in mind these changes are to be implemented with four different […]

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SIG SAUER Electro-Optic Chosen by Fort Collins PD [The Firearm Blog]

SIGRomeoIt’s a fantastic endorsement for any optics line, and it’s being given to SIG SAUER Electro-Optics: the Fort Collins, Colorado Police Department has chosen the company’s ROMEO4 for use on their duty weapons. SIG SAUER officially launched their Electro-Optics line at SHOT Show 2016 starting with a hands-on look at the optics at the start […]

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Developments at Fabryka Broni: 7.62×39 MSBS, domestically made magazines [The Firearm Blog]

msbs02The Polish magazine Bron Amunicia TAC has recently made light of Fabryka Broni releasing both a 7.62x39mm version of the MSBS at the International Defense Industry Exhibition MSPO in Poland, and a STANAG compatible 5.56x45mm magazine (separate from the exhibition). Having a 7.62x39mm model or conversion has always been of interest since the early 2000s among […]

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Monday, 19 September


NRA-ILA Executive Director Chris Cox at the Maine Heritage Policy Center Luncheon [NRA-ILA News]

NRA-ILA Executive Director Chris Cox addresses attendees of the Maine Heritage Policy Center Freedom & Opportunity Luncheon.


I'm sure this is oversight, not cover-up [Of Arms and the Law]

The fellow who shot the knife-wielding terrorist at the Crossroads Mall in Minnesota is identified in the media as an off-duty police officer.

Actually, it would be accurate to describe him as a US Practical Shooters Ass'n competitor, a three-gun competitor, and tactical training facility owner, who is also a part-time police officer.


I Have No Words [No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money]

I first saw this on PJ Media and couldn't believe it. Then I found it on Chris Hayes' Twitter feed.

The anti-gun left has lost its frigging mind!


Flashlight Review: JetBeam T6 (2016 model) 4350 Lumen [The Firearm Blog]

flashlight-23The JetBeam T6 is a mid-sized flashlight, small enough to fit into the back pocket of your jeans, but one that packs a powerful 4,350 Lumen Turbo-mode punch. This flashlight is easily the most versatile flashlight I own and it has become my go-to flashlight in any situation. Jetbeam is a respected brand but not as well know as […]

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Pennsylvania: Firearms Preemption Bill Scheduled to be Heard Tomorrow [NRA-ILA News]

The House Judiciary Committee has scheduled a possible vote on a critical firearm bill, House Bill 2258,  tomorrow at 10:00 AM in room 140 Main Capitol.  Please call and email the House Judiciary Committee members in addition to your state Representative and urge them to support HB 2258.  This much-needed pro-gun bill would make critical changes to enhance Pennsylvania’s firearm preemption law.


Review: Jack-its Propane Tank Covers []

The Jack-it is a pretty simple product that does an interesting job. It’s a flexible magnetic cover for a propane tank, and it’s available with all kinds of different patterns printed on it.

It’s made of the same kind of stuff as those magnetic signs you slap on the doors of business vehicles; you know the stuff. Kind of like thick vinyl, but stiffer (and magnetic).

The top edge is notched into “fingers” so it can conform to the curve at the top of the tank’s sides.

Jack-its come with all kinds of sports logos and other decorations, as well as many camouflage patterns. It’s a neat way to protect your tank from the elements, help keep it cooler, or just tout your favorite sports team or Nascar driver while you’re tailgating.

They’re made for 20-pound tanks, like those typically used for propane grills and most other applications. I tried one on a taller tank on a travel trailer (see photo), and it worked okay but naturally it didn’t cover the whole thing.

 (Photo: Russ Chastain)

(Photo: Russ Chastain)

The company has a pretty good FAQ page, covering common questions about installation and more. Will it damage your tank? Nope. Can you remove it? Yep. Fingers at the top won’t lay down on the tank? Roll them a bit and try again, per the installation instructions. Eventually it ought to stay in place.

The quality of my sample was good, and the printing was great. And it sure looks better than a plain tank, or the propane company’s label.

Can you live without a Jack-it? Sure. But why would you? Seriously, if you like to “represent” instead of just using a drab ol’ tank like everyone else, check them out. Price varies from $24.99 to $29.99, shipping including.

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Watch: How to Open a Padlock With a Beer Can []

I’ve seen a lot of “how to open a padlock with” videos, and most are a bit lame… or at least, not really share-worthy.

This one is pretty straightforward and makes good sense… although the large links that overlay much of the video are annoying. Oh, and I recommend muting the sound; it’s just techno music.

Most padlocks have a pawl or “dog” inside that engages with a notch in the loop (shackle)… and when you close the lock, an angle or slope on the end of the shackle pushes against a similar slope on the dog, to shove the spring-loaded dog out of the way so the lock can be closed without need of a key.

When the key is turned, it simply retracts the dog to allow the shackle to open.

The concept here is that you create a thin shim, wrap it around the shackle, work it down into the lock, and use it to shove the dog aside, thus allowing the shackle to open.

It’s worth a watch.

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New Wicked Lick Liquid Deer Attractants []

When it comes to attracting deer, there are many schools of thought among hunters. Some believe that using any form of scent, feed, or call to attract game is “cheating.” Others believe in using any possible means to pull in the deer. And most of us fall somewhere in between.

I’ve used my share of scents and calls, but have never successfully used any liquid deer baits. Once upon a time, I did try some stuff that looked and smelled suspiciously like grape-flavored Gatorade G2 in front of a game camera, with zero interest from wildlife.

Buck Bomb recently sent out a press release about some stuff called “Wicked Lick,” which might be worth a try — when and where it’s legal, of course. Here’s what they say about it:

Wicked Lick… is an irresistible liquid deer attractant that will keep deer coming back… to your hunting area.

[It] is an extremely sweet, potent liquid that has a taste that deer love. The attractant can be poured on the ground, or onto stumps and logs, where it will soak into the pores of the wood and hold deer in the area for a longer time as they keep coming back to dig at the wood to try and get more of the product.

Wicked Lick comes in one-gallon jugs in three flavors: Persimmon Dream, Traffic Jam (acorn, pumpkin and sweet potato), and Plum Crazy (Muscadine). MSRP is $12.99.

Have you ever used this kind of attractant? What did you think of it?

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Review: Lee Precision Pro 100 Progressive Reloader []

Whenever ammo gets scarce, it’s handy to be able to load your own… and if you shoot a lot, reloading can be cheaper in the long run.

When I started reloading nearly a decade ago, I started with a simple Lee Hand Loader, which is a portable single-stage press that doesn’t even need to be mounted to a workbench or table. It did the job, but was painfully slow to use.

I still use that press on the range or when resizing brass while watching a movie at home, but when you want volume, you have to look to a progressive press. Progressive reloading presses deliver one finished cartridge per handle cycle, which can add up to 250 rounds per hour, but they’re more complex contraptions, which usually pushes prices up.


Of the progressive setups on the market, the Lee Precision Pro 1000 is without question one of the best buys in the industry. With a street price of only $183.00, it can quickly pay for itself.

The Pro 1000 does have its limitations. For instance, although the same press can be used for multiple calibers, I think it is a total pain in the butt to swap from one caliber to another. If you buy the Lee Pro 1000 setup from the factory in your caliber of choice and only make minor modifications as needed for tuning, I think you will be happy.

To be fair, the Lee website claims you can “change calibers in just three minutes.”


The Lee Pro 1000 is available in a dozen pistol calibers and also 223 Remington. In my opinion, this press is so inexpensive that it makes sense to have one Pro 1000 in each of your needed calibers. This would cost you around $125 more than you would spend for a set of dies alone.

Even at full price, it can pay for itself in about 800 rounds (which goes pretty fast).


After setup and tuning, you can have this press up and running in about an hour. Operation is fairly simple and mostly automatic, but with just three stages, it is a little limiting as well. Depriming and resizing occurs on station one. Priming, case flaring, and powder charge occurs on station two, and bullet seating and crimping happen on station three.

Cases are automatically fed into the machine and the only requirements of the operator are to make sure primers are feeding (sometimes they don’t), assure the cartridge cases keep feeding, and place a bullet on the case in station three.


When the Lee Pro 1000 is tuned well and your brass is well-prepped — and you remember to flick the primer tray every six or so rounds — everything runs great and the press is a joy to operate. Production volumes can be stunning. Lee even has an optional automatic bullet feeder, which means total hands-off reloading other than pulling and pushing the lever.

I have found that the Pro 1000 does like to have primer pockets chamfered for positive primer seating (you only have to do this one time per brass case). As with any progressive press, there is a lot to keep an eye on during reloading, but the simple three-stage press makes that process a little easier… or at least 25% fewer things to look after versus a four-stage press.


I purchased a 9mm Pro 1000 and was not disappointed, except that I have to run each round through my single stage press after it’s gone through the Lee 1000, to get the type of crimp that I prefer.

The 9mm factory setup fed, functioned, and reloaded without any significant issues. I then converted the press to 38 special. Not something which was particularly enjoyable, but you can do it and then expect about an hour of tuning to get the press really humming along.

Once it was set up and tuned, I really liked the Pro 1000 for either 9mm or 38 Special… and then I converted it over to 223.


The Pro 1000 works well for handgun ammo, but I had a lot of problems loading 223. Problems included brass feeding and, priming and I felt like I had a higher probability of breaking something because it takes more force to do 223 as compared to a handgun cartridge.

My 223 brass was not prepped properly with chamfered primer pockets, which led to bunch of primers going in sideways. I  had this issue with any brass that has tight primer pockets, but for whatever reason my 223 brass was giving the Pro 1000 fits.

Botched primer seating meant that powder charges leaked through the cases, since the sideways primer didn’t fully seal the flash hole. Powder was going everywhere and jamming up the internals. A thorough cleaning and teardown was required in some cases to get everything working again.

That noted, I have friends who load 223 (with properly prepped brass) on a factory-set-up Pro 1000 who have no significant issues, so it may just be my tuning. What I found was that the shorter the case, the more smoothly the feeding went at the first — and critical — stage. The tall 223 cases in the Pro 1000 just seemed to cause problems.

During 8+ years of ammo shortage, the Pro 1000 was used heavily, pounding out thousands and thousands and thousands of 38 Special and 9mm cartridges, until I finally broke a piece on the changing handle.

I was amazed at how awesome Lee’s customer service was, and I had a replacement part in my hands in about a week. You may push the Lee products to a breaking point, but Lee does stand behind each of their products.


Final Thoughts

Despite my problems, the Lee Pro 1000 is the best budget buy progressive reloading press on the market, and I honestly have no idea how they can offer this for the price they do. My advice is to buy one of these in each caliber you need, set it, and leave it.

I have a really nice Dillon 550B setup, but the Pro 1000 can produce more rounds per hour and I still use it for loading 38 Special. Is the Lee Pro 1000 the same quality as a Hornady, RCBS, or Dillon press? No, but it is an awesome value for the entry level reloader who wants to see whether this whole progressive reloading thing is for him (or her).

To put the price and value of the Lee Pro 1000 into perspective, consider that the next-closest-priced progressive press, set up to reload for a single caliber costs more than $600 (a little over three times the price of the Pro 1000).

For many, this becomes an easy decision and from my perspective it’s a great place for a reloader to start experimenting with progressive loading (after they have at least a little experience with a single stage press).

Manufacturer Specs

  • Lee Pro 1000 progressive 3-hole reloading kit for your selected caliber. Includes press, dies (full length size, powder through expanding, and bullet seating), 3-hole turret, #19 shell plate, Pro Auto-Disk powder measure, small case feeder and priming system.
  • This press only accepts the 3 hole turret.
  • WARNING: Only CCI or Remington brand primers are safe use with this press.
  • Weight 13.00 lbs
  • MSRP: $280.00 (street $183.00)
  • Offered for these cartridges:32 S&W Long or 32 H&R Magnum
    9mm Luger
    380 Auto
    38 Special (will load 357 Mag.)
    357 Magnum
    40 S&W
    10mm Auto
    41 Magnum
    44 Special (will load 44 Mag)
    44 Magnum
    45 ACP
    45 Colt
    223 Remington

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In Case You Missed It: Question 1-Style Law Wastes Law Enforcement Resources [NRA-ILA News]

5-week investigation diverts law enforcement resources with no impact on public safety.


Review: Iron City Rifle Works Tactical Advantage BCG [The Firearm Blog]

IMG_3458Right after we announced that Iron City Rifle Works was offering a new Tactical Advantage line of bolt carrier groups, they reached out to Phil to arrange for testing of the new design. I selected the C4V coating for no other reason than it is a great looking finish. The C4V coating also has some other […]

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Review: Leupold FX-II 4x28mm Handgun Scope []

When I needed a scope for an accurate AR15 pistol, I chose the Leupold FX-II 4x28mm. This optic has just enough magnification to maximize the potential of the AR15 pistol format with plenty of eye relief for arm’s-length aiming.

Fit, Finish, Feel, Features, & Functions

Leupold has a long reputation for high quality optics, and the FX-II I tested is no exception. It has fixed 4X magnification, superb optical clarity, and a generous eyebox.

Handgun optics are subjected to more violent recoil than most rifle scopes, due to the lower weight of the firearm. The reality is that lower-quality optics just do not hold up to the punishment of rifle cartridges in handguns. Thankfully, Leupold’s pistol scopes are famous for durability — and they guarantee the scope should you ever have an issue.


The Leupold 4x FX-II scope offers all the usual Leupold features, including Multicoat 4, Xtended Twilight Lens System, Diamondcoat II and other proprietary image, reflection, light transmission, and durability enhancements. Other features include Twin Bias Spring Erector System, Super Fast-Focus Eyepiece, Lockable Fast-Focus Eyepiece, Clasic/Standard Lockable Eyepiece, Micro-Friction 1/4 MOA, and 1/4 MOA Finger Click.

The one-inch tube is made of 6061-T6 aircraft quality aluminum, and the reticle (crosshair) is standard duplex… which I think is perfect for this application.


Most people add far too much magnification on both handguns and rifles, and this can be a real problem with a handgun. 4x is a usable magnification that is not too frustrating to hold steady at arm’s length.

I knew from experience the importance of a generous eye-relief box/window on a handgun scope. If the eye-relief box is too narrow, the shooter is constantly fighting to see through the scope. That’s not a problem on this Leupold, so you’re able to concentrate on the target.


Final Thoughts

The Leupold FX-II Handgun scope delivers a proven and reliable design which is specifically built to take the increased punishment a handgun can deliver even the really big handgun rounds like 45-70 and even .308. Obviously the EXTAR 5.56 AR15 pistol didn’t even phase this scope, but it did deliver a super light pistol which when equipped with a scope was more than accurate enough for varminting and plinking all the way out to the 300 yard line.

Manufacturer Specs

  • Leupold FX-II Handgun 4x28mm Scope
  • Matte Black finish, item 58750, MSRP $454.99
  • Silver finish, item 58760, MSRP $519.99
  • Standard Duplex Reticle
  • Multicoat 4 lens coating
  • Xtended Twilight Lens System for improved light-gathering
  • DiamondCoat 2 protective lens coating
  • 2nd Generation Argon/Krypton Waterproofing
  • Twin Bias Spring Erector System
  • Super Fast-Focus Eyepiece
  • Lockable Fast-Focus Eyepiece
  • Classic/Standard Lockable Eyepiece
  • 3:1 Zoom Ratio
  • Standard Multicoat
  • Micro-Friction 1/4 MOA
  • 1/4 MOA Finger Click
  • Custom Shop serviceable
  • Tactile Power Selector
  • Proprietary Nitrogen Fill Process
  • One inch Maintube
  • 6061-T6 Aircraft Quality Aluminum
  • Standard Power Selector
  • Durable Lens Cover
  • 24K Gold Ring and Medallion
  • Actual Magnification 3.70 x
  • Linear Field of View (ft/100 yd) 9.00 ft
  • Linear Field of View (m/100 m) 3.00 m
  • Eye Relief (in) 18.00 in
  • Eye Relief (mm) 457.00 mm
  • Weight (oz)     7.00 oz
  • Weight (g)     199.00 g
  • Objective Clear Aperture (in) 1.10 in
  • Objective Clear Aperture (mm) 28.00 mm
  • Elevation Adjustment Range 60.00 moa
  • Windage Adjustment Range 60.00 moa

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Standard Manufacturing Offering a New STD-15 Rifle [The Firearm Blog]

STD-15 CStandard Manufacturing Co announced the release of a new STD rifle. The Model C of the STD-15 family follows the Model A and Model B that were announced earlier this year, and is a more affordable option when compared to both of those guns. The new Model C has a suggested retail price of $899. […]

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[Review] Mason Target Systems: Pacifica [The Firearm Blog]

One of the great things about being a writer for a blog like The Firearm Blog is getting the opportunity to play with a number of products. I’ve had the pleasure of reviewing other target systems (live fire systems like Auto Targets, and dry fire ones like the Atlas 8). My latest target system is […]

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New Study Shows Expanding Background Checks Unenforceable Without Firearm Registration Scheme [NRA-ILA News]

According to an article in last week’s Las Vegas Review Journal, the Guinn Center, an independent think tank, took a close look at the Question 1 gun control ballot initiative in Nevada. Question 1 is practically identical to the Question 3 ballot initiative in Maine. The study said this about Nevada’s version of Question 3:


POTD: And . . . I’m Spent. [The Firearm Blog]

14291674_10153937900407005_2443977390776425625_nGreat photo by Empty Shell LLC of their Micro Gun sitting in a pile of links. I would happily take on the sacrifice to aid in the creating of this endeavor. How do we know if those are just a pile of new links or fired links? They should do this picture again on video […]

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RSVP for Saturday’s Wisconsin Day of Action! [NRA-ILA News]

You are invited to join NRA-ILA staff and volunteers on Saturday, September 24th at Marc-On Shooting in Lake Hallie, for an important NRA Wisconsin Day of Action. The NRA-ILA Election Action Meeting begins at 10:00 a.m., and will include free breakfast and provide critical election updates & materials!  Following the meeting, volunteers will be provided hats, t-shirts, and gear to begin critical voter contact efforts in the Eau Claire area. All attendees will have the opportunity to help promote NRA-PVF-endorsed candidates in Wisconsin by making phone calls to your fellow Wisconsin citizens or by canvassing door-to-door in the immediate area. Bring your family and friends to join your fellow Wisconsin patriots for an important NRA Wisconsin Day of Action!


Singapore Army Battle Inoculation Course [The Firearm Blog]

SG armyHere is a video posted on Facebook. It shows a 5 level course. Stage 1: Crawl through sand and tunnel Stage 2. Take cover and fire at target Stage 3. Clear the room Stage 4. Take cover behind vehicle Stage 5. Reload weapon and clear targets The Singapore Army uses the SAR21 bullpup. In the […]

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D.C.’s gun laws to be tested in federal appeals court [NRA-ILA News]

It’s been two years since a federal court struck down the District’s ban on carrying handguns in public, allowing gun owners to apply for concealed carry permits for the first time.But strict requirements adopted by city lawmakers have made it difficult to obtain the permits, with only 89 approved.


Gun control isn’t about making Maine a safer place [NRA-ILA News]

To hear the supporters of Question 3 — Michael Bloomberg’s attempt to impose nanny-state universal background checks — tell it, you’d be forgiven to think that Maine is an anarchic backwater with gunfights on every corner and bullets whizzing past innocent bystanders. This is hardly the truth, of course. Indeed, far from being a state awash in crime, Maine is one of the least violent states in the nation.


New Missouri gun law changes the rules, but some restrictions remain [NRA-ILA News]

Gun rights in Missouri were expanded this week by a victorious Republican supermajority in the Legislature.


New York: Putnam loses appeal on Journal News' access to gun data [NRA-ILA News]

The Journal News/lohud is entitled to the names and addresses of pistol permit holders in Putnam County who did not opt out of the public database of gun licensees, a state appellate court has ruled.


Letter to the Editor: No on Question 3 [NRA-ILA News]

Question 3 is a solution to a problem that doesn’t exist. It is Michael Bloomberg seeking to influence the 2nd amendment policies of yet another state; he has tried in quite a few. I urge the voters to see through this New York solution to a problem that doesn’t exist to say no on Question 3.


New OEM Profile Glock Slides From Lone Wolf [The Firearm Blog]

10000_240654Lone Wolf has brought another aftermarket slide to the market, this time with an OEM slide profile. This comes as a bit of a surprise given Glock’s history with filing suit against anyone producing something that might violate their trade dress protection. Never the less, Lone Wolf has produced a slide that when compared to the […]

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Another View: Vote against Question 3 this November [NRA-ILA News]

As the longest-serving legislator in the history of Maine, you could say I’ve seen it all. I would have thought the same thing until Question 3, a ballot initiative designed to criminalize the private transfer of firearms, reared its head last year.


Oscarson: Vote no on Question 1 [NRA-ILA News]

Nevadans will be bombarded with flimsy statistics in a desperate attempt by gun control advocates to limit the ability of everyday Nevadans to own and possess a firearm. Already, Michael Bloomberg—the New York billionaire who has so far funded more than two-thirds of this gun control push—is up on the airwaves trying to convince Nevadans that illegal guns are acquired by criminals through legal means.


North Korean Type 58 Milled AK [Forgotten Weapons]

North Korea was one of several recipients of Soviet military technological aid during the Cold War, being provided the design package and manufacturing assistance for both the SKS and AK-47 rifles. The AK was adopted by North Korea in 1958, in the Type 3 milled-receiver style. This was just shortly before the Soviet Union would introduce its stamped-receiver AKM, having spent nearly 10 years developing and perfecting the sheet metal fabrication expertise required (the original stamped-receiver AK-47 was a failure in mass production).

North Korea only produced something on the order of 50,000 Type 58 AKs – a substantial number of guns, although quite small in comparison to most other AK variants produced worldwide. They have found their way into numerous conflicts worldwide, but very few are registered and transferrable in the US, making this one quite the rare example.


Tikka T3x TAC A1 official pdf [The Firearm Blog]

21TFB reported about the new Tactical bolt-action Tikka already in June. There is now a PDF out with some more information about the TIKKA T3x TAC A1, light sniper weapon. The Tikka T3x TAC A1 is a special development for law enforcement sniper application. The rifle is based on Sako’s famous Tikka T3 bolt action […]

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Daudson’s bizarre 40mm launchers [The Firearm Blog]

8191772_origEarlier we covered the DS Trushot made by Pakistani arms company Daudson, based in Peshawar. In addition to firearms, the same company makes a 40mm high velocity grenade launcher as well. It comes in a standalone variant, as well as a UBGL version to be affixed to an AKM via a set of Philips screws clamping […]

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Bad Ass of the Week - Jean Thurel [Sipsey Street Irregulars]

When the King of France refers to a Army Private as "Father", you know you have arrived to bad-assery.

If you don't wish to be spoken to in a mildly condescending robotic voice, you can read the wiki here.

Book Review: Guns of the Special Forces 2001-2015 [The Firearm Blog]

DSC02323Guns of the Special Forces is a recent publication by Pen & Sword Press written by Leigh Neville, an Australian defense and military author. The book is inspired by Guns of the Elite written by George Markham, an in-depth look at the history and then current (1990s) usage of small arms by special operations units in […]

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Faces up to 10 years in prison for illegally making and selling silencers [The Firearm Blog]

16According to this link U.S. Attorneys, Western District of Louisiana, a man faces 10 years in prison for illegally making and selling silencers. He has not been sentenced yet, but will be just before Christmas. “Grayson man pleads guilty to illegally making, selling silencers  MONROE, La. – United States Attorney Stephanie A. Finley announced that […]

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Modern Historical Intermediate Calibers 022: The 7.92x40mm CETME [The Firearm Blog]

"First generation" intermediate calibers together. Left to right: 7.92x33 Kurz, 7.62x39 (commercial lookalike standing in for M43), .280/30 British, 7.62x45 Czech, 7.92x40 CETME, 7.5x38 Swiss.We haven’t done a Historical Intermediate Calibers post in a while, mostly because most of the stuff that’s interesting enough to cover is difficult to find real world examples of. Today, we’ll be looking at one round I had planned to do ever since the series expanded beyond the original seven rounds covered, but of […]

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Sunday, 18 September


The Tueller Drill and the 21 Foot Rule [Sipsey Street Irregulars]

For your feel-good story for the day, one of the most recent attacks by our benevolent Arab house guests ended in zero civilian deaths but in the death of the perpetrator at the hands of an off duty cop.  
Here is one of the many news agencies adding their .02 USD's worth:

F.B.I. Treats Minnesota Mall Stabbing Attack as ‘Potential Act of Terrorism’

A report by a news agency linked to the Islamic State claimed on Sunday that a “soldier of the Islamic State” was behind a stabbing attack Saturday night at a Minnesota shopping mall, an episode that the F.B.I. said it was investigating as a “potential act of terrorism.” Nine people were injured in the attack before an off-duty police officer fatally shot the knife-wielding man, the authorities in St. Cloud said.

In a phone interview on Sunday morning, Mayor Dave Kleis said the mall, Crossroads Center, was an active crime scene and would remain closed. He praised the off-duty police officer, who he said had “clearly saved lives and protected the other individuals.”
“This is exactly what keeps me up at night, and last night it did,” Mr. Kleis said. “This could happen in any community in this country, and certainly we have seen it happen. Certainly it is something that really scares a community.” 
Later Sunday, Mr. Kleis identified the off-duty officer as Jason Falconer, a police officer in nearby Avon, Minn. Mr. Kleis said video footage of the shooting, which has not been released publicly, showed Officer Falconer confronting the attacker in a Macy’s store and shooting him as he charged with a knife
“For me watching it, it looked like a training video for what law enforcement should do,” Mr. Kleis said.
 From the reports we have been spoon fed given, the attacker did the usual "Aloha Snackbar" routine and attacked patrons of the mall.  Shortly thereafter, an LEO responded to the attacker by first identifying himself at a distance with weapon drawn.  When the attacker closed the distance, he reacted appropriately by shooting the jihadi until he was 100% immobile.  

I was witness to some internet cross talk which introduced me to the Tueller Drill. In the military, you are taught the rudiments of escalation of force techniques  and on occasion conduct a "shoot, dont shoot" scenario.  Military training usually does not involve the proper names fo it so I had to do some digging to figure out what they were talking about.  I am very happy I did.

Here is a quick video rundown of the drill.

When Massad Ayoob weighs in on a topic, you lean in and listen real close.  I wish the volume was better, but I am grateful that someone thought enough to record it.  He goes into detail regarding the legalities of a defensive shooting for the benefit of new conceal carry students as well as give some excellent shooting advice.

Love me some Massad Ayoob.

The Tueller Drill can certainly fall into the "best case scenario" folder when it comes to a defensive shooting, but that does not make it any less valuable a skill to train.  Being the person that arrives on the scene of a violent attack certainly falls into the realm of possibilities that a responsible concealed carrier must reconcile.  This training also includes the legal ramifications of being seen by a jury of your peers as a vigilante or a hero.  Good luck out there.  It is getting sporty.


US Sniper Rifles From WWI And WWII [No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money]

Ian McCollum of Forgotten Weapons has recently published a series of videos on the sniper rifles used by the US Army and US Marine Corps in World Wars One and Two. One of the more interesting observations was that the Army had to start from scratch in WWII while the Marine Corps, who supposedly never throws anything away, pulled stuff out of storage.

From his WWI description:

The United States had two primary types of sniper rifles during World War One, although both were based on the M1903 Springfield rifle.

The most common optic used was the Warner & Swasey "Telescopic Musket Sight", a rather clumsy prismatic optic mounted on the left side of the rifle, on a detachable rail. The model 1908 W&S offered 6 power magnification, which was reduced to 5.2x in the 1913 model in an effort to increase field of view. These optics were also used on the M1909 Benet-Mercie light machine gun.

The second type is the Winchester A5 scope, an excellent commercial scope available at the time. Although usually associated with the US Marine Corps, several hundred of these were also issued by the Army. The A5 was a much more tradition type of optic, mounted centrally above the bore and preferred by competitive marksmen.

The third rifle we are looking at in this video is a very interesting example of a competitive rifle from the pre-WWI period. It is a 1903 Springfield fitted with a commercial A5 scope and Mann bases. This is the sort of rifle that would have been used by the career military shooters for competition, and would likely have accompanied many such men overseas in the American Expeditionary Force. Woe to the German who found himself in the sights of such a man with a rifle like this!

From the bolt-action sniper rifles of WWII:
The primary sniper rifle used by the United States in World War II was the M1903A4 Springfield, a version of the exisiting 1903A3 with the iron sights removed and replaced with a Weaver 330C scope (adopted by the military as the M73B1). This was a low-power optic, but was centrally mounted on the rifle to avoid and of the windage issues caused by prismatic scopes.

The 1903A4 was the US' first truly mass-produced sniper rifle, with more than 28,000 being manufactured during just two years of the war (1943-44). The rifle was taken out of production when the M1C sniper adaptation of the Garand was formally adopted, although production of the M1C would be delayed until the end of the war. The 1903A4 would remain in service after WWII, with later scopes being approved as replacements for the M73B1 (in this video, we will take a look at one equipped with an M84, the optic adopted for the later M1D).

The US Marine Corps, of course, had to be a bit different, and adopted their own sniper rifle variant in 1941, a 1903A1 fitted with an 8 power Unertl scope. These scopes were a tradeoff, being significantly more fragile than the M73B1, but also being much better for long range precision shooting. The USMC, taking much pride in their culture of marksmanship, was happy to make that trade, and the rifles served well throughout the war.

While the Army did adopt the M1C Garand semi-automatic rifle for sniping in 1944, according to Ian it never saw action during the war. It would make its debut in action during the Korean War.

Thanks to Ian for doing these histories of US sniping rifles as used during the world wars. If you want to help support the work he does, he has set up a Patreon account which can be found here.


M1C Sniper Garand [Forgotten Weapons]

The M1C was an M1 Garand with a telescopic sight, using a mounting system developed by the Griffin & Howe company of New York. It utilized a rail pinned and screwed to the left side of the receiver, coupled with a quick-release scope on top. The rails had to be installed prior to heat treating the receivers, which had the unfortunately consequence of preventing rifles form being chosen for sniper conversion based on their mechanical accuracy. Instead, accuracy would be tested only after rifles were complete, leading to a 60% rejection rate.

The scope was offset to the left of the receiver so as not to interfere with the Garand’s clip loading, and issued with a leather cheek pad to give the shooter’s cheek weld a matching offset to the left. The scope used with the M1C was the M73B1, later replaced with the M81 and M82 scopes – all military versions of the 2.5x Lyman Alaskan hunting scope (which was a very good piece of equipment despite its low magnification)

The M1C was adopted in 1944, but production and quality control delays would prevent it from seeing any action in WWII. It was in use during the Korean War, however, before being replaced by the M1D.


GUEST POST: A Brief History of the Kalashnikov Magazine Part 2: Synthetic Magazines [The Firearm Blog]

Tula long top 2This is a the second part of a guest article from our reader Brandon covering the development of synthetic magazines for the AK-47 and AKM rifles. You can read the first part, on metallic magazines, at this link. Thanks, Brandon! Sometime around 1965-1968 Izhevsk developed the AG-4S lightweight magazine also commonly referred to as the Bakelite […]

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Sunday Jams - Ram Jam [Sipsey Street Irregulars]

Is it me, or did they have more hair than was really necessary in the 70's?

Saturday, 17 September


"Libertarian Herman Mashaba elected mayor of Johannesburg" [John Lott's Website]

Here is some one who might make a huge difference politically in a country that has been ruled by socialists for 22 years.  From Canadian The Global and Mail:
Herman Mashaba is a millionaire tycoon, an ideological libertarian and self-proclaimed “capitalist crusader” who lectures his listeners about the evils of big government and minimum wage.
He is also, shockingly, the newly elected mayor of South Africa’s biggest city. That’s a revolutionary phenomenon in a nation dominated for 22 years by a left-wing ruling party, whose cabinet ministers tend to be communists and union leaders.
Less than a month after winning office as Johannesburg’s mayor, Mr. Mashaba is already energetically putting his free-market ideas into action. He is distributing thousands of title deeds to impoverished residents, trying to create a new class of landowners. He is plotting with private developers to turn the city into a vast construction site, and he is pledging to use small businesses to slash the unemployment rate.
“My job is on the line,” he says, inviting voters to defeat him in the next election if he fails to reduce the city’s jobless rate from its current 31 per cent to below 20 per cent.
Mr. Mashaba is probably the only avowed libertarian to become mayor of a major African city. He’s even more of a free-market fundamentalist than his political party, the Democratic Alliance. The DA supports a minimum wage, for example, while Mr. Mashaba scathingly denounces it as “an evil system to deprive poor uneducated people of the opportunity to advance.”
His highest value, he says, is “individual freedom.” He rails against the “culture of dependency” and excessive regulation in South Africa. “I’m just asking the government to leave us alone,” he says. . . .


Kalashnikov vs Sturmgewehr [Forgotten Weapons]

The German Sturmgewehr and the Soviet Kalashnikov are widely and rightly considered the two most influential and iconic of the modern military rifles. While the German rifle certainly influenced the Soviet design, the two were designed with different intentions and goals. The Sturmgewehr was an attempt to blend the roles of rifle and light machine gun, while the Kalashnikov was intended to bland the roles of rifle and submachine gun – and yet they both reached largely the same practical reality.

Which do you think was the better system?


GUEST POST: A Brief History of the Kalashnikov Magazine Part 1: Metal Magazines [The Firearm Blog]

23 aluminum waffleThis is a guest article from our reader Brandon covering the development of metallic magazines for the AK-47 and AKM rifles. Thanks, Brandon! The venerable Kalashnikov rifle is easily one of the most important small arms in history. Love it or hate it, it’s one of the most prolific firearms in existence and has quite […]

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Friday, 16 September


Hillary Clinton Labels Americans “Deplorable” and “Irredeemable.” [NRA-ILA News]

If there’s one quality any aspiring president should have, it should be a love for America. And not just the America that supports that person’s candidacy, but the whole melting pot of people, backgrounds, cultures, and viewpoints that make up this great nation.


AmmoSquared: a Subscription Service for Ammo []

Ever wanted a Costco or Avon for ammunition? Look no further. Ammo Squared is an ammunition subscription service that takes the concept of buying in bulk in new directions.

Here’s how it works:

  1. Pick the ammunition you would like.
  2. Let your supply fill up over time.
  3. Pick when you want them to ship your ammo. Once a month, when your round count reaches what you asked for or even ship right now.
  4. Get shooting on the regular while beating retail price!

This is the perfect way to try before you buy, so to speak. For instants, if I have been hemming and hawing about trying out a different self defense or training ammunition and I saw them offering it. I’d set an order up for five bucks each and have it shipped out to test. I’m personally eyeballing a box of 357 Magnum PMC Bronze.

This is one of those ideas that make you sit back and say, “Why didn’t I think of that?” Their ammunition offerings range from .17 Winchester to 12 Gauge and even hard to find loads like 44 special and 7.5×55 Swiss. The brands and calibers they offer are currently limited to what you see but right at the bottom of the list page they do accept suggestions. If you bug them enough, we may someday see them stocking 50 BMG.

There is a message, or request in this case, that I sent them myself on including reloading supplies.

This service is amazing but there is a facet of it that I think would really take off. If you offered reloading components, brass, powder, bullets and primers. Packaged in smaller batches by  amount or ounces. So people can try stuff out before getting a whole box or jug. I think that would be dynamite. Not literally of course.

I can’t wait to see if they take me up on that idea. But like I said, they have a good thing going here and I hope to see them expand and flourish.

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Watch: Gibbs Quadski ATV and Jet Ski All in One []

The Gibbs Quadski looks pretty cool. It’s an off-road ATV that looks wide enough to be pretty stable… and it’s also a speedy jet-ski-like personal watercraft.

Awesome: Drive your personal watercraft to the boat ramp. Drive it on down into the water. Convert it to water mode, which retracts the wheels. Take off and enjoy your time on the water!

Anti-awesome: They cost like $40 grand, and there’s already been a recall because “The handlebar can fail while the vehicle is in operation, causing the operator to lose control of the steering and braking system of the vehicle.”


Still, that cannot fully negate the cool factor… and if someday I become filthy rich, this looks like a toy I’d like to try.

Some manufacturer specs:

  • Engine: 4 cylinder 1300cc 16 valve DOHC
  • Fuel Type: 98 RON Premium plus unleaded
  • Ground Clearance: 8.9in (225mm)
  • Marine Propulsion: Gibbs jet drive with reverse
  • Brakes: 4 Wheel disc brakes (on land)
  • Drive Layout (land): RWD
  • Suspension: Independent coil springs/hydraulic dampers
  • Weight (curb): 1,333 lbs (605kg)
  • Hull: Monocoque dual skin composite
  • Overall length: 128.3 in (3,260mm)
  • Overall width: 62.5 in (1,587mm)
  • Wheelbase: 70.5 in (1,790mm)
  • Land Speed: Up to 45 mph
  • Overall height: 53.5 in (1,359mm)
  • Track width: 55.5 in (1,410mm)
  • Water Speed: Up to 45 mph
  • Colors: Red, Blue, Yellow, Silver, Camo (add $2500); custom colors available

There’s also an XL version, which is a two-seater (one behind the other).

Kinda sad that for this kind of money — way more than I paid for my 3/4-ton 4-wheel-drive pickup — you only get rear wheel drive. But hey — my truck’s not amphibious, either. So there’s that.

Anyhow, I kinda want one. You?

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Watch: How to Start a Fire With an Empty Butane Lighter []

I wasted three minutes of my life to find you this tip. You’re welcome.

The video proclaims to demonstrate “4 Magic Tricks with Lighters.” It’s a lie! The first three are lame, and if you value your time even a little bit, skip directly to the 3:00 mark.

That’s where the useful demo begins, showing how you can grind off and gather tiny bits of flint, and then ignite them in a flash on a small piece of paper, to start a camp fire.

I saw another video — trust me, you don’t want to watch it — which used a square of toilet paper instead. The tissue paper allows you to use fewer flint shavings, so you can actually start multiple fires with one dead lighter.

Pretty cool!

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Watch: Three Ways to Open a Can Without a Can Opener []

So you’re in a survival situation of some sort, and you’ve found a can of food. Or maybe a huge stash of cans… but your Swiss army knife and GI can opener were confiscated by that jackass at the last checkpoint. What to do?

Well, there are a number of ways to open a can without an opener, and here’s a video with two of them. The first one I hadn’t seen before… I mean, a spoon? But it works.

The second is a little more obvious, and could be done with a rock as well as concrete

This next video shows a way to open a can without any tools OR any concrete — using nothing but your bare hands.

It’s messy, but it is reminiscent of old Popeye cartoons, since the can is opened with brute strength — and it contains spinach.

Happy survival, my friends.

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Second Amendment Keeps Winning [NRA-ILA News]

With a propaganda machine that only a billionaire can buy, Everytown for Gun Safety and its affiliated organizations continue to spread the falsehood that the anti-gun movement is gaining ground in the state legislatures.  As part of this “story of success,” they also attempt to argue that the tide of public opinion is shifting in favor of so-called “common-sense gun reform,” and that a majority of Americans support further restricting a fundamental right.


The Myth of Chicago’s “Lax” Gun Laws [NRA-ILA News]

The escalating murder rate in Chicago has given rise to a new claim – that Chicago gun laws are lax, weak, and ineffective.


Everytown’s “Grandad” Misses the Mark [NRA-ILA News]

Proponents of Maine’s Question 3, regulating every firearm sale and “transfer” (a change in possession, without a sale or change in ownership) have released a television ad urging voters to support this misguided ballot measure.


Bloomberg Ponies Up $300 Million Dollars to Attack Gun Owners [NRA-ILA News]

Michael Bloomberg probably realizes he has only so many years left to spread around his enormous fortune to inflate his ego and manipulate every sphere of human activity.


Report on “Unprecedented” Criminal Firearm Misuse in Melbourne Undermines Hillary and Obama’s Calls for Australia-Style Gun Control [NRA-ILA News]

While anti-gun politicians like Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama tout Australia’s gun control laws as a model for the United States, recent reporting on crime in Melbourne from newspaper The Age revealed the limitations of Australia’s stringent laws. According to the paper, “Despite Australia’s strict gun control regime, criminals are now better armed than at any time since then-Prime Minister John Howard introduced a nationwide firearm buyback scheme in response to the 1996 Port Arthur massacre.” The paper’s reporting illustrates what gun rights advocates have long contended; that gun controls merely disarm the law-abiding and are ineffective in confronting criminal conduct.


The 9mm Browning Hi-Power Pistol [The Firearm Blog]

The Browning Hi-Power pistol is one of the most successful handgun designs of all time. This short-recoil operated, tilting barrel pistol has a capacity of 13 rounds which was very impressive when it was introduced. But does it still hold up today? In this installment of TFBTV we do some shooting with a truly classic design. […]

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Steel Shooting Safety Tips with Hickok45 [The Firearm Blog]

DSCF3997There is always time for gun safety, and Hickok45’s latest YouTube video addresses an important one: shooting steel. This video is well worth watching if you’re not entirely up on gun safety while shooting steel and is also a good one to share with new shooters. After all, the four golden rules of gun safety […]

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Take The NFA Mobile With The Silencer Shop App [The Firearm Blog]

imageSilencer Shop has just announced the availability of their new App in both the Google Play and Apple App Stores. Designed to be used in conjunction with the Secure Identity Document (S.I.D.) Kiosks found at participating dealers, the App currently has a could basic functions – taking standard passport photographs, reviewing personal information and providing assistance […]

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POTD: SCAR17S Deconstructed [The Firearm Blog]

14350715_1322740081070026_828658111_nPFC Coatings took apart a SCAR 17S to coat it with FDE Gun Kote. According to their Instagram page, there is something missing in this photo. They have not commented on what that is. Can you tell what is missing?

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California: Palm Springs City Council Votes 3-2 In Favor of Anti-Gun Ordinance [NRA-ILA News]

The City Council will meet on September 21 at 6:00 P.M to hear an ordinance that would require the reporting of lost or stolen firearms, the locked-storage of firearms in the home, and the locked-storage of all handguns and ammunition when kept within a vehicle.  We encourage all of our members, who are able, to attend.


Man who was involuntarily committed 30 years ago might regain Second Amendment rights [NRA-ILA News]

This morning’s 10-to-6 decision by the full U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit, in Tyler v. Hillsdale County Sheriff’s Department, concludes that people who were committed because of mental illness many years ago might regain their Second Amendment rights. Like last week’s 3rd Circuit decision related to the Second Amendment rights of people who had felony convictions decades ago, this is a narrow decision, but an important one.


Bloomberg’s $300M gift to Hopkins focuses on public health [NRA-ILA News]

The university announced the gift Thursday. Officials say the money will create the Bloomberg American Health Initiative.The initiative will study ways to fight air pollution, gun violence and obesity.


Montana: Gianforte takes aim at Bullock over gun rights [NRA-ILA News]

Republican gubernatorial candidate Greg Gianforte on Tuesday touted his endorsements from gun rights groups for his support of the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms, saying his opponent Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock was “no friend of gun owners.”


Review: A Sex-or-Guns Comedy That Might Make Aristophanes Wince [NRA-ILA News]

Everybody involved with the awful comedy “Is That a Gun in Your Pocket?...” owes Aristophanes an apology. It’s one thing to borrow a guy’s premise; it’s quite another to transform it into something this unwatchable.


Nevada think tank finds background checks are “unenforceable without firearm registration scheme" [NRA-ILA News]

Maine isn’t the only state facing a gun control referendum like Question 3 this fall. In Nevada, voters are confronted with an almost identical ballot initiative called Question 1. The Law Vegas Review Journal ran a story on an analysis of this gun control initiative by the Guinn Center. This independent think tank’s study found:


Own Your Own Humvee – Surplus Trucks Hitting Auction Market [The Firearm Blog]

616755_6002_159_0001I know as a little boy, I drooled over Hummers. Besides the fact that they were used by the military, the trucks were downright cool. Blocky, rugged, and all-terrain ready, the Hummer and by extension the military Humvee’s were a truck-fantasizing boy’s dream. However, as an adult, you realize that dreams often are not rooted […]

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NYT on Missouri Gun Laws: “Gun Safety Cannot be Left to State Lawmakers “ []

In a major victory for gun rights advocates, Missouri has just expanded its “Castle Doctrine” law to cover a homeowner’s invited guests. In other words, if you invite someone into your home — for instance, if somebody is house-sitting for you while you’re away — and an armed intruder breaks in, then the invitee can defend themselves and enjoy the same protections that the actual homeowner would. It just makes sense.

But this dose of common sense has sent the New York Times editorial board into orbit, and they’re letting it all out in an editorial that dubs Missouri “the shoot me state”.

“The measure has drawn no great national attention, but it certainly provides further evidence that gun safety cannot be left to state lawmakers beholden to the gun lobby,” the paper writes.

If Hillary wins in November, then you can bet that she’s going to do everything she can to pre-empt state gun laws with federal action. States Rights? No way — her donors and backers in New York and California think they know what’s best for the rest of the country, and they intend to have their way.

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Breaking: Missouri Legalizes Constitutional Carry [The Firearm Blog]

MissouriJust this past Wednesday, Missouri legalized concealed carry without requiring a license. This grants concealed carry citizens the freedom to go where open carry is allowed. They join 10 other states that recognize constitutional carry. They also changed a few other laws. Missouri has added Stand Your Ground laws as well as broadened Castle Doctrine. […]

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Trump Throws NRA Under the Bus on “Illegal” US Weapons In Mexico []

Hooboy. The Guardian reports that at a recent appearance with the Mexican President, Donald Trump took a sharp detour from the NRA’s long-established opposition to claims that US guns are powering the Mexican cartels, and appeared to support the idea that it’s time to crack down on the flow of arms across our southern border.

“No one wins in either country when human smugglers and drug traffickers prey on innocent people, when cartels commit acts of violence, when illegal weapons and cash flow from the United States into Mexico,” Trump told the crowd.

When he says “illegal weapons” are going into Mexico, I don’t think he’s talking about “Fast and Furious.” It’s the classic lefty “we need stricter gun laws because OMG drug cartels!”

Here’s a question for the pro-Trump folks: what are you gonna do when President Trump drops the RKBA like a trophy wife who’s gotten too old and fat?

Actually, don’t answer that, because I already know what you’ll say: you’re gonna lock and load.

Me? I’m gonna laugh at you and be all “I told you so!”. Then I’m gonna saddle up, too.

But Internet tough talk aside, this is what the future looks like. Only Nixon could go to China, and only a GOP president could propose the kind of large-scale civilian disarmament initiative that a President Trump will surely float in the wake of his administration’s first domestic mass-casualty terror attack. You know it’s true. That guy couldn’t care less about you and your guns. He’s gonna do whatever it takes to keep you “safe,” even if it’s from yourself!

I’m guessing it’ll be better to have it all out at once with Trump, though, than to suffer four to eight years of boiling frog treatment under a Hillary presidency.

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Interesting Concept Offset BUIS from Strike Industries [The Firearm Blog]

img_6268I, for one, am a huge fan of offset sights for rifles with magnified optics. For SPR type platforms where the minimum magnification on optcs can be 9x or larger, the offset sights are a great option for close-in work when needed. Competition shooters have likewise embraced them, especially in action shooting sports where the […]

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US World War Two Sniper Springfields [Forgotten Weapons]

The primary sniper rifle used by the United States in World War II was the M1903A4 Springfield, a version of the exisiting 1903A3 with the iron sights removed and replaced with a Weaver 330C scope (adopted by the military as the M73B1). This was a low-power optic, but was centrally mounted on the rifle to avoid and of the windage issues caused by prismatic scopes.

The 1903A4 Springfield was the US’ first truly mass-produced sniper rifle, with more than 28,000 being manufactured during just two years of the war (1943-44). The rifle was taken out of production when the M1C sniper adaptation of the Garand was formally adopted, although production of the M1C would be delayed until the end of the war. The 1903A4 would remain in service after WWII, with later scopes being approved as replacements for the M73B1 (in this video, we will take a look at one equipped with an M84, the optic adopted for the later M1D).

The US Marine Corps, of course, had to be a bit different, and adopted their own sniper rifle variant in 1941, a 1903A1 fitted with an 8 power Unertl scope. These scopes were a tradeoff, being significantly more fragile than the M73B1, but also being much better for long range precision shooting. The USMC, taking much pride in their culture of marksmanship, was happy to make that trade, and the rifles served well throughout the war.


This Ad Was Obviously A Failure [No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money]

I came across this video from Bloomberg's Everytown this morning. I thought in light of the Missouri General Assembly overriding Gov. Jay Nixon's veto of constitutional carry, it would be fun to show this waste of advertising dollars. It is obvious to me that the legislators listened to their own constituents rather than to Bloomberg.

Given that Shannon Watts (then Shannon Troughton) got her start after graduating Mizzou working for as a PR flack for Gov. Mel Carnahan (D-MO), you might be forgiven for thinking she would have a better feel for politics in her former state of residence.


SSVI & SilencerCo VP9-Osprey 9K Summit Package [The Firearm Blog]

imageRepeat after me: ‘I am not a hipster’. Ok, maybe you are – as long as you don’t shun or scoff my firearm choices. we won’t have any problems. In fact, let’s have a soy latte, wear some flannel and sit on some firewood. After that, we’ll grab our SilencerCo/SSVI VP9 Summit Series and shoot […]

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Firearm Showcase: The Heckler & Koch G11K2, 1989 Caseless Hyperburst Wonder – HIGH RES PICS! [The Firearm Blog]

DSC_0879modIn May of this year, I got the rare opportunity to travel to Heckler & Koch’s headquarters in Ashburn, VA, to take a look at some of the experimental and prototype firearms they have located there in their famous “Grey Room”. It wouldn’t be worth as much for me to just tell you about it […]

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Magpul Lengthens Hunter Stocks for Remington Long Action [The Firearm Blog]

magpul-hunter-700L-575x460Magpul, deciding to innovate again, has announced the Hunter 700L Stock is now shipping. The new offering brings many of the features of the fantastic Hunter 700 stock for those wishing to shoot long and magnum cartridges. The new stock uses an anodized aluminum bedding block to handle the recoil. Magpul states the stock is […]

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Steyr Mannlicher HS50M1 .50BMG [The Firearm Blog]

14322343_1851721601713881_8208705183746998067_nThanks to Dickson L. for sharing these pics with us. North Sylva, a Canadian firearms importer got this Steyr .50BMG in stock. According to Steyr’s website the HS .50 retails for $5795.     5rd side ways magazine allows the OAL to be shorter and the fire control is underneath the magazine.   Here is […]

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You’ve Heard Of I.T.A.R., But Have You Heard Of B.I.S.? [The Firearm Blog]

2000px-US-DOC-BureauOfIndustryAndSecurity-Seal.svgIn the past two months ITAR has gotten the limelight due to the DDTC’s issuing new guidance on ITAR. You can refresh yourself by clicking here and reading about it. Well ITAR is a set of regulations which are enforced by Department of State Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC), there are other entities that […]

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Thursday, 15 September


BREAKING: S&W M&P 15/22 Rifles BANNED at Appleseed Events Due to Run Away and Out of Battery Firing [The Firearm Blog]

10208_01_lgIt might be time to take a second look at your favorite .22 caliber AR-15 trainer rifle: Bearing Arms is reporting that organizers of the Appleseed Project marksmanship program have banned outright the use of Smith & Wesson M&P15-22 due to problems experienced in multiple instances with multiple rifles at Appleseed events. The full release […]

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20:11 kind of asked for it Chris [Sipsey Street Irregulars]

I'm really trying not to be petty.  When someone hands you so much information that is contrary to the image they portray, you cannot ignore it.  Also, you would not believe the amount of support I have received from calling this group out.  To say that they are notorious does not do it justice.  These guys are a biblical level shit storm event in the making, and they are taking good people and the name with them.  No, gentle readers.  That I cannot abide.

Chris Hill - All you had to do was come and make your case.  At the very least, just drop the III% moniker and go back to doing whatever it is that you do.  Your mouth got the better of you as your kind is wont to do.  Fine by me.  So some fellas did a little digging and found a few things out about the Georgia Security Force III% (GSF III%) as headed by Chris Hill.  It took the sum total of a few minutes for someone to put the pieces together,  Oh, Mr. Hill, you have been a very naughty little boy.

Exhibit A:
The Georgia III% security force is allied with Nazis.

Let me preface this by saying that I am in now way, shape, or form, against the display of the Confederate Flag.  I spent a good part of my childhood studying the Civil War as a "living historian" and I have grown quite fond of looking at it and I relish its rich history.  What I do not subscribe to is using the flag as an opportunity to recruit for Nazi or Kluxer assholes.  Mr. Hill was one such asshole trying to ride the wave of support with his fellow assholes. Also, because I know I will have someone comment on it, no I do not react to the dog whistle of the eeeebil Klan hiding under my bed.  Those guys and their pointy hats can have a national convention in a phone booth.  It does not impress me in the slightest.

Just Don’t Call It “White Power” – “Protect the South,” Wesley Sitton, and the Mainstreaming of White Supremacy

I'll make this quick because we have a lot of ground to cover. The event was started by Aryan Nations supporter and KKK member Greg Calhoun.  The event found a lot of ground among the League of the South crowd and their peripheral white power members.  They shake and bake with some other National Socialist baddies and voila, you have the

And here we have Chris Hill letting everyone know that the rally they had already planned with the Klan is now minus the Klan.  Who is he thinking at the bottom?  Mr. Sitton is a well known Nazi that was the main promoter for the event. Want to know more about Sitton?  I would direct you to the article.  It meanders around a history of either dealing directly with the neo-Nazi movement or playing footsie with them.  

The bottom line was that the GSF III% was knowingly playing footsie with the Nazis.  I am unaware od how much ongoing involvement that the GSF III% has with these organizations.  If we are making the case of any port in the storm, or any chair in a bar fight, I'll give you another one; birds of a feather flock together.  The III% does not flock with the fucking Nazis.  Period.

Oh, but wait!  There's more!  I received this comment from a former member regarding "Operation Stone Mountain".  It should be noted that the member left the group when they heard about what happened.  
Not that anyone cares but since this is an open discussion here is my thoughts about III% SF. There is some great people with the militia, not all of them are bad. But as far as I'm concerned it only takes one bad apple to spoil the bunch and this group has more than one. The use of drugs and alcohol should not be allowed at any training event no matter the capacity of the event. Most who have ever dealt with them agree that there is FBI planted in the group. This group directly lead to the beating of an elderly man at their "Operation Stone Mountain." They were walking on a road to another area and encountered black panthers, after talking for a few minutes while walking and without any violence the black panthers asked [ the GSF III%] where the KKK was located for the rally, minutes after they pointed the black panthers in a direction the same group beat an elderly man and he was hospitalized. And while they did not directly cause it they indirectly lead a violent group which obviously had violent intentions in the direction of not just innocent civilians but also undercover law enforcement. This group is reckless.

Exhibit B:
The Fed connection

Mark Kessler – Coming Out of the Closet

As chronicled in the above link and again in Exhibit D, Kessler was the founder of the GSF III%, and apparently a bought and paid for Fed stooge.
"On December 2, 2014, Chief Mark Kessler came “out of the closet” as an FBI informant, or infiltrator."
"Due to lack of support from Kessler, some of the CSF groups simply dissolved, while others restructured themselves, often with minor name changes. The Georgia CSF renamed itself the “Georgia Security Force” (GSF) and adopted the “Soldier’s Code of Conduct”, the backbone Army personnel conduct, for decades."
"Then, in an FBI-led operation that included FBI SWAT and the police departments of Rome, Floyd County, and Bartow County, raided 22 Tumlin Drive, Cartersville, Georgia and arrested Terry Eugene Peace, 45, Brian Edward Cannon, 36, and Cory Robertson Williamson, 28, charging them with receiving unlicensed explosive devices."
As reader Jon Dansie observed, "So, although Chris Hill may not have personally yet been charged with a felony, he was perfectly happy to associate with felons." and "The point is that the GSF was thoroughly compromised by an FBI plant, that GSF associates with felons, that it is everything that was reported that is wrong with groups claiming the III moniker without following the principles."

Circumstantial, you say?  Hardly when you look at all of the evidence.  

 Exhibit C:

And when I posted the original story on Facebook? Well, it was quite the education.

Here are some of the unsolicited comments from people in the area and in surrounding states.  I am frankly amazed that this group has eluded me for so long given their poor standing within the community.
  • When I moved to GA a year ago I was told to stay as far away from these kooks as possible. Just look at their youtube videos

  • This may be the same guy I had a run in with a while back. He got really mad to the point of posting a YouTube video about me. He got real quiet and disappeared from the media platforms shortly afterwards. ... This particular little fellow is detached. IMO he was precisely the type that manipulative interests seek out to support and fanaticize for their own purpose of presenting a caricature face of the movement in the media. He lost a lot of support after his public outburst. Sometimes just sitting by and letting them embarrass themselves is the most effective method of disposal. 
  • There are a hell of a lot of people out there who have glommed onto the III% label who never heard of the founding principles. I know the Georgia Security Force people by reputation and they are a shit show. 
  • Just FYI, regarding Chris Hill, I am a Georgia native. While I have not personally interacted with many militia members, I do know two other Georgians who personally knew him, and split from him. They're good guys. Hill, from what I hear, is the personification of the negative attributes you mentioned. IMO, you are right to pursue him and single him out. Just my two cents, take it for what it's worth.
Of course, certain members of the GSFIII% showed up to give me good what for.  Chis included, but he didn't stick around too long and blocked me after just a few comments.  Disappointing that he folded so quickly.  A couple of his guys stayed on to carry his water but it was difficult to watch.  I doubt any of them will learn anything until arraignment day.  Oh well.  We tried.

 Exhibit D:
The grand finale

 And for the pièce de résistance?  This large file dump from from another former member of the group tell a very long and winding tale of a megalomaniac and the group that supports him. In the spirit of full disclosure, I frankly did not have time today to pour though it all.  From what I gathered it a tale of booze, drugs, loose women, super cool call signs, and bad decisions.  Sounds like big fun, right?  No, it is just sad.

Here is the link
A small excerpt:
If I said it once, I must've said it a thousand times: "People who don't like Chris Hill, simply don't know Chris Hill." Of course I couldn't have been more wrong.

I was and still am an active member of a national grass roots patriots group. I noticed a few of our members where also members of a FB group called Constitutional Security Force (CSF). When I asked around, I was told they were "a group of like minded patriots" who also did rifle training. There was also some whisper about them being a militia, although it was unconfirmed. I eventually joined the CSF FB group page to find out more. I recognized a few names of people I knew, but I still wanted to know more. I wanted to DO more as a freedom-loving American and was always looking for more opportunity to do so. I asked to meet with the group administrator, who I learned was a guy named Christopher (Chris) Hill. After little ado, I finally got that meeting.
The truth is, as I know him now, Chris Hill comes across as having neither honor nor integrity because he has neither honor nor integrity. Chris Hill comes across as lacking good character because he lacks good character. Chris Hill comes across as being hot headed AND egotistical because he IS hot headed and egotistical. The truth is, he ISNT the same person regardless of company! He is a true Dr Jeckyl & Mr Hyde.
For those presently in GSF, affiliated with, or considering joining GSF, I'm going to offer you the same advice I offered Zack when I quit: RUN!!!!

After some reflection, I see that I have hit absolute pay dirt with the GSF III%.  I went in thinking that it was just an motley crew of attention whoring weekend warriors.  Good guys at their core, but just maybe got a little carried away with hyperbole.  What I found was something much darker than I could have imagined.  I am left wondering what could possibly be left that has not been recorded.

The rot within the group is systematic.  I hope that this serves as a lesson other groups out there that are struggling with the lunatic fringe.  If it shows you anything, it should show you that for all of our faults, at least we are not doing this bad.

First things last, I would like to make a giant shout out of appreciation to Jon Danise and Adrian Rusch for providing me the links and some essential reference.  I am incredibly grateful to all of the other incredible readers that commented to not only protect the foundations of the III% movement but make it grow.  I am forever humbled and speechless at the outpouring of support.



Every Picture Tells A Story, Part VI [No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money]

With the Show-Me State becoming the 11th state to adopt some form of constitutional carry, Rob Vance has updated the graphic we've been publishing since 2011. The latest graphic shifts Missouri from shall-issue concealed carry to constitutional concealed carry. They already had open carry.

Back in April, I said that I might have to update what I said a few years ago. To wit, that shall-issue is the new norm. I concluded that I might have to change this to constitutional carry is the new norm. I think that might be going a little far but one can always hope.

My fellow co-host of the Polite Society Podcast Rachel Malone is very active in Republican politics at the state level in Texas. She said in our last podcast that the Texas State Republican Executive Committee had adopted constitutional carry as one of their key legislative priorities in 2017. Imagine how the blue area would expand if the second largest state by both size and population adopted constitutional carry!

To illustrate how much things have changed since the original graphic was published, I am reposting the graphic. No issue (the red area) has gone to virtually nil and unrestricted (blue area) has grown exponentially.


Missouri Goes Constitutional Carry On January 1st [No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money]

The Missouri General Assembly overrode the earlier veto by Gov. Jay Nixon (D-MO) of Senate Bill 656 which now allows any person legally entitled to possess a firearm to carry that firearm without a permit. SB 656 also created lifetime carry permits, expanded both the castle doctrine and stand your ground protections, gave military members a longer period of time to renew their permits, and limits the cost of a permit to $100. The bill did not do away with permits but made the need for one pretty much irrelevant.

The override vote in the Senate was 24-6 and 112-41 in the House of Representatives. The official roll call vote breakdown of the Senate override has not been published as of yet.

The provisions of SB 656 with the exception of constitutional carry become effective in 30 days. Constitutional carry will not become effective until January 1, 2017. SB 656 rewrote Section 571.130 of the Missouri Revised Statutes which previously made it a crime to carry a weapon including a firearm concealed without a permit. The revision now makes it a crime to carry a concealed weapon in places where it is forbidden by Section 571.107. These places include correctional facilities, police stations, polling places on Election Day, court houses, and the like.

According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Gov. Nixon and other Democrats contend this will make the state less safe:

Nixon has said the bill would make the state less safe by taking power away from local law enforcement, who under current law issue permits to citizens who have completed a firearm safety training course and passed a background check.

Getting weapons without training raised a red flag even for gun-friendly Democrats.

“I don’t think it’s a burden to take an eight-hour course to understand the dos and the don’ts, the shoulds and the shouldn’ts, of carrying a loaded firearm,” said Sen. Jason Holsman, D-Kansas City, who waved his own concealed carry permit while speaking on the Senate floor.

St. Louis lawmakers said the lack of training would make the city more dangerous.

“We’re putting citizens in the place of law enforcement who have training and skills and experience,” said Rep. Kim Gardner, a Democrat who is set to become the next St. Louis circuit attorney.

Sponsoring Sen. Brian Munzlinger, R-Williamstown, said the bill would give law-abiding Missourians the right to conceal and carry in places that already allow permitless open carry. It will take effect in 2017.
The video below from KMOV St Louis shows some of the debate over the bill's override in the House. St. Rep. Stacey Newman (D-St. Louis), the reigning poster girl of Mayor Bloomberg's Demanding Mommies, says "the bill we just passed will ensure, guarantee it, more gun deaths."


Not in my name: A Georgia III% group manages to conjure up every single negative stereotype of the Patriot movement [Sipsey Street Irregulars]

When came across the desk yesterday, I could only shake my head.  A group claiming to be a III% security force in Georgia, (whatever that animal is), conducted a protest against a building of a mosque and demonstrated on behalf of the first and second amendments.  We are quick to congratulate groups for doing something, anything, to defend our rights.  But when those groups act in discord of the movement and, in point of fact, are counter-productive and embarrassing, it is incumbent on us to speak up and attempt to balance the books.

The story:

Militia group plans protest for Tuesday evening

Georgia Security Force III% will conduct a protest at 6 p.m. Tuesday evening. Henry County resident Chris Hill, Georgia Security Force III%’s commanding officer, said the group’s purpose is to “use the Second Amendment to protect the First Amendment.” 
This weekend the group posted on social media that it would be in Covington protesting a proposed Newton County mosque Tuesday. The same group also posted a video on Facebook from the proposed mosque site Sunday, Sept. 11.
Following the militia's announcement, the BOC cancelled the Sept. 13 special called meeting, where staff members were expected to present changes to the county’s zoning ordinances. In a statement, District 3 Commissioner Nancy Schulz and District 2 Commissioner Lanier Sims both said they would vote to lift a moratorium that was placed on permits for places of worship after a 135-acre development to include a mosque and cemetery as made public. 
The militia group planned to come to Newton County to protest against that decision. 
“They need to let people who are denied a chance to raise their concerns, an outlet to do that,” Hill told The News. “[We want to] be there peacefully to voice opposition to the council.”
Of course, this provided excellent fodder for the likes of CAIR to harvest support.

From the write up:
“These armed bigots do not represent the people of Newton County, who are as warm and welcoming as other Georgians,” CAIR Georgia executive director Edward Ahmed Mitchell.

As of Tuesday afternoon, a spokesperson for the Georgia Bureau of Investigation said Newton County had not invited the agency to get involved. A spokesperson for the local Sheriff’s Office confirmed the group was still under investigation. 
The militia’s video, which was posted online over the weekend but has since been taken down, shows several members of the militia decrying Islam and allegedly trespassing on the Muslim congregation’s property to hang an American flag. The Newton County Sheriff’s Office has launched an investigation into the group. 
“ …. A self-made video circulated on social media of a militia group from a neighboring county, [which] may have been trespassing on private property, and exhibiting harassing or violent behavior,” County Manager Lloyd Kerr wrote in a statement Tuesday. “Unfortunately in today’s society, uncivil threats or intentions must be taken seriously.”
I will never hold it against anyone to use the tools they are given to address a grievance.  That is a right enshrined from abridgment in the First Amendment of the Constitution.  But if you are going to evoke the First Amendment, you cannot be selective or hypocritical in its use.

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
We do not have the luxury to pick and choose what rights we reserve for one group over the other in a republic.  That is the rule of law we hold dear.  Jihadis and collectivist of any other stripe have that privilege and they lose the moral high ground every time because of it.  When you are governed only by your emotion and popular opinion, its mercurial nature food for the mob.  They are better than that.  We are better than that.

I have made it no secret my personal views of Islamic Fascism.  In Europe and the Middle East, the wars they wage are nothing more than another chapter in a millennia-and-a-half long war with the world.  Do the citizens of Newton County have a right to be concerned about a mosque?  Sure, they have the right.  As self-appointed defenders of the faith, if the Georgia Security Force III%  really wanted to look at this through a Christian/Western Society prism, we have brought the world kicking and screaming into the 5000 year leap through acts of good works and success.  If the ideology of individual freedom is superior, and I believe it is, this mosque, or any other, is of no consequence in the market place of ideas.  While having an armed protest when the meeting was cancelled is edgy and attention grabbing, preaching to an echo chamber is not compelling.  It makes you, and us by extension of the name, look like every single negative stereotype an outsider can come up with.

Perhaps the most glaring problem I have with this is the apparent lack of adult supervision in this group.  A meeting to discuss a mosque being built was cancelled.  So as opposed to waiting until they could address their concerns to the county government, they decided to grab some attention by making it an armed protest.  This is absolute narcissistic vanity on the part of their leadership and of no benefit to neither the members of the group or the good citizens of Newton County, Georgia.  It accomplished absolutely nothing. They knew it and went along with it anyway.  To have done this in the name of the III% is embarrassing and I cannot abide the misuse of the name.

I would go out on a limb and say that they are not familiar with the founding principles of the III% and are simply going along with a fad.  If we want to wear out our welcome with the public, drive away current and future members, and hyperbole away our message of liberty, we only need to sit on our hands and say nothing.  If we want to preserve or reclaim our rights and build the movement, we will need to pull in the same direction.  A good first step is in policing bad behavior with those that call us ideological allies and friends.


In Case You Missed It: Guinn Center: “Q1 unenforceable without firearm registration scheme” [NRA-ILA News]

According to an article in this week’s Las Vegas Review Journal, the Guinn Center, an independent think tank, took a close look at the Question 1 gun control ballot initiative. The study had this to say about Question 1:


The Enfield Rifle No. 4 [The Firearm Blog]

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PSA: Flak Jackets Are Not Bullet Proof [The Firearm Blog]

flakEarlier this week Alexandro Garibaldi shot his cousin, Joaquin Mendez. They purchased a flak jacket and wondered if it was bullet proof. Joaquin was wearing the vest when his cousin Alexandro shot him in the chest. Alexandro is a felon in possession of a firearm. Oops. There is a saying about the IQ of criminals. […]

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NRA Launches TV Ad Buy in North Carolina Senate Race [NRA-ILA News]

The National Rifle Association's Political Victory Fund (NRA-PVF) this week launched an ad campaign in North Carolina aimed at defeating Deborah Ross in her bid for the U.S. Senate. The seven-figure buy will run on both broadcast and cable television in the Asheville, Charlotte, Greensboro and Wilmington media markets.


POTD: Kel-Tec Sub2000 Gen 2 [The Firearm Blog]

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Battle Arms Development’s Architek Clamp On Sight [The Firearm Blog]

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House Democrats Renew Push for Gun Control Votes [NRA-ILA News]

House Democrats made a renewed push for votes on gun control measures on Wednesday — nearly three months after they staged a sit-in on that chamber's floor demanding action.


Dems gather on House floor to call for gun control votes [NRA-ILA News]

Nearly a dozen House Democrats gathered at the center of the House floor on Wednesday to call for gun control legislation, but they stopped short of launching another sit-in like the one that shut down the chamber’s proceedings this summer.


Judge Merrick Garland is back on the Hill [NRA-ILA News]

There was less excitement — and fewer cameras — surrounding Judge Merrick Garland’s visit than when he met two Democratic leaders and dozens of other senators last spring, shortly after Obama’s nomination. That’s because Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., has held firmly to his decision to block Garland’s nomination and allow the next president to choose a nominee.


Missouri Republicans vote to override veto of gun bill [NRA-ILA News]

For the second time Wednesday, Republicans turned to a parliamentary maneuver to kill a Democratic filibuster and force a vote on a bill, this time to override Gov. Jay Nixon’s veto of a bill eliminating training and permit requirements to carry a concealed gun in public.


Nevada: NRA group airs 1st ad against Nevada gun buy checks measure [NRA-ILA News]

A National Rifle Association-backed group has begun airing a TV ad featuring the Nevada state attorney general and three sheriffs urging voters to reject a gun-purchase background checks measure on the November statewide ballot.


Maine: Both sides of gun sales referendum gear up for tough, costly campaign over background checks [NRA-ILA News]

Groups on both sides of a ballot initiative to expand background checks on gun sales are buying television airtime and mobilizing their bases ahead of what could be one of the costliest referendum campaigns in Maine history.


New Mexico: Division lingers over gun safes in Los Alamos schools [NRA-ILA News]

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Review: Re-Fuel by Digipower Grab-n-Go 4200 mAh Battery Pack []

I love a good product, and when I find one, I like to tell folks about it. This Re-Fuel battery pack is one of those products. It’s a compact, portable, light, long-lasting battery pack that can keep your smart phone or other portable electronic device alive when you’re on the go or far from an electrical outlet.

Some of the first things I noticed about the Re-Fuel Grab-n-Go 4200 were the compact size, sleek look, and light weight. And with that came doubts about its strength — after all, how long could a small, light battery pack last? Those doubts were quickly erased when I began using it.

The Re-Fuel arrived during turkey season, which was good. While hunting, I use my smart phone (currently an old iPhone 4S) to keep notes… and I confess that I’ve been known to fill empty hours with sudoku, word games, or Angry Birds. And the older this phone gets, the wimpier the battery is. In order to get any real use out of my old phone, I have to use an external battery of some sort to keep it going.

(Photo: Mizco Corporation)

(Photo: Mizco Corporation)

What it is

The Re-Fuel Grab-n-Go 4200 is black and chrome and is just 4-3/4″ long, 1-5/8″ wide, and a little more than 1/2″ thick — and it weighs a mere 3.6 ounces. All corners and edges are rounded and it has a nice smooth finish, so it slides easily in and out of your pocket. Capacity is 4200mAh, 15.54Wh. Input is 5 volts at 1 amp, while output is 5 volts at 2.1 amp, and it’s made in China.

(Photo: Mizco Corporation)

(Photo: Mizco Corporation)

This battery pack is charged via a Micro USB port. For output, you can either plug in a standard USB cable or use the short (about 3.5 inches) built-in Micro USB cable. A white-and-silver version is also available with a short Lightning cable instead of Micro USB.

A series of four tiny blue LEDs in the silver portion of the housing indicate the Re-Fuel’s charge level.

It’s easy to use: Simply connect it to something you wish to charge, then press the power button once. Done! To charge the Re-Fuel, connect a Micro USB cable to the “in” port and press the power button. The blue lights will indicate charge status; when all four of them shine constantly, the Re-Fuel is fully charged.

Don’t worry about turning it off; it will turn itself off whenever there’s nothing being charged.

Starting Out

When I opened the package, I was glad to see that the battery seemed fully charged. This confirms the product description, which says it “comes pre-charged and ready to use right out of the box.” They ain’t lying.

Two days later, I was in the turkey hunting woods and at 8:06 my phone was at 43% and falling. I plugged it into the Re-Fuel pack and by 9:04 the phone was up to 89%; 92% when I got up to move at 9:25. The next time I checked was 9:47, and the phone was at 100% and the Re-Fuel still showed all 4 lights.

After disconnecting the Re-Fuel (10:13), my phone again dropped rapidly (82% at 10:24). By 10:38 I had to plug in again at 63%, and by 11:40 the phone was at 95% and the Re-Fuel was down to 3 lights.

The Re-Fuel is small enough and light enough that it can easily sit in a shirt pocket when a cord run to my phone, and I usually don’t notice that it’s there.

Over the next few days of hunting, I had similar experiences — and I didn’t charge the Re-Fuel at all during that time. It’s quite impressive, and is the most effective battery pack of small size that I have ever used. It charges my phone well and lasts through a number of charges.

You can expect, of course, that devices with larger batteries than my old 4S will require more of the Re-Fuel’s capacity, but as long as 5v at 2.1A will charge them, I believe the Re-Fuel will do the job for you.

Charging it

I had some trouble the first time I charged the Re-Fuel, probably because I was over-complicating things. I charged it again a few days ago,, and it was pretty easy. Just plug it in and wait a few seconds. If you don’t see any blue lights on the face of the Re-Fuel, press and release the power button one time. When charging, one of the blue lights will always be flashing until it’s full, then all 4 LEDs will be illuminated.

It does take quite a while to charge, which makes sense considering its high capacity. Charging it overnight is probably your best bet.


I have written hundreds of reviews over the years, and most of the time I’ve included both pros and cons. In this case, the only con I can come up with is that it’s not waterproof.

I realize that nothing is waterproof when you plug into it, but some battery banks have port covers to keep dirt and water out when you’re just carrying it in pocket or pack. With this Re-Fuel, I’ll probably just slip it into a small Ziploc bag and rock on.

As I said, that’s the only downside I found, and I’m known to be pretty critical.

I think it would be hard to go wrong with the Re-Fuel Grab-n-Go 4200.

Manufacturer Specs

  • Battery comes pre-charged and ready to use right out of the box.
  • 1 amp of power from the micro USB cable for Smartphone charging, up to 2.1A of power from the USB port for tablet charging.
  • Portable design fits comfortably in your pocket or bag.
  • Provides up to two full charges.
  • Power Protection circuitry to safeguard your devices from over voltage, over current and short circuit.
  • LED charge indicator
  • 1-year warranty
  • Dimensions (inches): 4.75 x 1.65 x 0.65
  • Capacity: 4200mAh, 15.54Wh
  • Input: 5V/1A
  • Output: 5V/2.1A Max
  • Model: JS-450M-BK
  • MSRP: $49.99
  • Product Page

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Both sides of gun sales referendum gear up for tough, costly campaign over background checks [NRA-ILA News]

Groups on both sides of a ballot initiative to expand background checks on gun sales are buying television airtime and mobilizing their bases ahead of what could be one of the costliest referendum campaigns in Maine history. The organization Mainers for Responsible Gun Ownership has reserved roughly $2 million in commercial slots on television stations statewide between Labor Day and Election Day.


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Frankenau Purse Gun [Forgotten Weapons]

Patented in 1876 in both the US and UK as well as Germany, the Frankenau purse gun was a very small 5-shot, 5mm pinfire revolver hidden inside what appeared to be a normal small coin purse. One side of the purse would even open, with several accordion pockets, allowing to to be used for its nominal purpose. The other side contained the revolver, with a hinged plate covering the muzzle and a trigger which would fold up into the body of the case when not in use. Few were sold and most saw a lot of use, making them pretty unusual to find today.


TFB Exclusive: Kalashnikov Group at Army-2016 Expo with Saiga MK 107 [The Firearm Blog]

2SaigaFresh, and exclusive to TFB, pictures of the Kalashnikov Group’s Saiga MK 107 at the Army-2016 Expo combined with some history and background. In 2015, as a competitor in the European IPSC Rifle Championships (Hungary), I had the opportunity to test the Saiga MK 107. TFB published an article about it, it’s well worth reading […]

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Good reads [Sipsey Street Irregulars]

Last drill weekend, I wandered into the local Military Clothing and Sales and picked up a couple of titles that I think may be of interest to you.

I thought the The Small Unit Tactics Smartbook had been covered at SSI before but I could not retrieve the link.  When I visited the Old Man in March, I brought with me a copy of it for his review.  Immediately he fell in love with it and bought copies for a few of his friends that run training to militias and other small groups.

I found a useful youtube review regarding the book:

Here is the blurb from the publisher:
Leading, Planning & Conducting Tactical Operations This is the second revised edition of The Small Unit Tactics SMARTbook (SUTS2), featuring the full scope of new material and Doctrine 2015 updates to include ADP/ADRP 3-90 Offense and Defense, ADP/ADRP 5-0 The Operations Process, ADP/ADRP 6-0 Mission Command and more than 20 additional references. Chapters and topics include tactical mission fundamentals, the offense, the defense, stability and counterinsurgency operations, tactical enabling tasks (security, reconnaissance, relief in place, passage of lines, encirclement, and troop movement), special purpose attacks (ambush and raid), urban and regional environments (urban, fortified areas, desert, cold region, mountain, and jungle operations), patrols and patrolling. This second printing of SUTS2 features updated "lay-flat" binding with spine in place of the original plastic-comb binding. Tactics is the employment and ordered arrangement of forces in relation to each other. Through tactics, commanders use combat power to accomplish missions. The tactical-level commander uses combat power in battles, engagements, and small-unit actions. Establishing a common frame of reference, doctrine provides a menu of practical options based on experience. It provides an authoritative guide for leaders and Soldiers but requires original applications that adapt it to circumstances. The Small Unit Tactics SMARTbook translates and bridges operational-level doctrine into tactical application -- in the form of tactics, techniques and procedures -- and provides the "how to" at the small-unit level, providing a ready reference at the battalion, company, platoon, squad and fire team level.
I find that it is more useful than the Ranger Handbook and Levels One and two+ of the Soldier Common Tasks book when studying and teaching current doctrine,  Obviously not everything will translate to what you need or is applicable to your situation.  Being able to dispense with the bureaucracy of a long chain of command dictating your SOPs/TTPs is an advantage of the citizen.  There is a ton of information on how to conduct a small unit and plan a defense that you will find relevant,

In speaking about the Ranger Handbook, I also picked up the Ranger Patrolling Guide by CSM(R) Winston Clough.  This book attempts to update the Ranger Handbook and includes some good lessons learned.

I do not know if the Ranger Patrolling Guide was worth the $16 that I paid for it, or the $22 as it is advertised on Amazon.  But if you get the chance to pick it up on the secondary market, I would encourage you to do it if you are interested in leading small groups.  The price tag on the Small Unit Tactics book is quite severe at over $30.  It is still well worth it.  Call it a very cheap investment on your personal growth and an excellent reference on how you or someone else can lead a Platoon size defensive group.


Carolina Arms Group Adds The Veteran Carry To Their Lineup [The Firearm Blog]

unnamed (4)Last month our own Phil White reviewed the Carolina Arms Group’s Trenton pistol and found it to be beautifully crafted, justifying the rather high buy in. Phil got the chance to run the 1911 through its paces and was able to spend an afternoon staring at the Trenton perched in a tree. Now Carolina Arms Group has come […]

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Link [The Liberty Sphere]

O.K,, I am still adgusting to living with a chronic illnes that can be deadly or at least a daily pesky annoience. Living this way depletes one of alll energy and moivtion, Once that abce us can lead


Lifesizepotato Shows Off His 10mm HK USP Conversion [The Firearm Blog]

FEQrA81hSelf-proclaimed HK USP fanboy LifeSizePotato takes us on a video tour of his 10mm USP conversion. LifeSizePotato has an epic YouTube channel with some rather rare handguns that make me drool every time he releases a new video. I would sell a kidney to get a chance to go through his collection and fondle all the […]

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Cabot Guns Starts Making Wrong Handed 1911s! [The Firearm Blog]

New-South-Paw-S100-1-of-1-bI jest of course, but Cabot Guns really is building left-handed 1911s for you southpaws! The world rejoices now that the other 10% of the population can enjoy the historic and elegant design just as John Moses Browning intended. The new pistol is dubbed the South Paw S-100 Edition and will feature a fully inverted design […]

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Review: AXTS Freedom Bone Charging Handle [The Firearm Blog]

IMG_3933If you have spent any time shooting a suppressed AR-15, you know what gas face is. For those of you that haven’t run into this uncomfortable phenomenon, gas face is caused by the excessive blowback you experience when shooting suppressed. There is a number of charging handles on the market with the aim of helping defeat gas face, but […]

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Wednesday, 14 September


BREAKING: Heckler & Koch CONFIRMED Winner of French AIF Rifle Contract; FN to Appeal French Decision [The Firearm Blog]

HK416FranceMultiple French news outlets are confirming the victory of Heckler & Koch’s HK416 rifle in the French Army’s AIF (Arme Individuelle du Futur – Future Individual Weapon) program to replace the FAMAS, in which it has evidently unseated the FN SCAR, its closest competitor in that competition. While an official announcement is still pending, numerous sites like BFM Business, […]

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Vote No on Question 3 [NRA-ILA News]

Defend Maine. Vote NO on Gun Control Question 3 this November! Don't let NYC and Boston elites dictate Mainers' gun rights. For more information, go to!

Don't Let New Yorkers Control Your Maine Gun Rights! [NRA-ILA News]

The New Yorkers are here and they're trying to tell Mainers how to live. New York billionaire, Michael Bloomberg, is spending $3 million to try and boss Mainers around with Question 3 this election. Question 3 will not make Maine safer. It just puts New York billionaires in charge of your life. Vote against Question 3!

NRA-ILA Executive Director Chris Cox at the Maine Heritage Policy Center Freedom &Opportunity Luncheon [NRA-ILA News]

Listen to NRA-ILA Executive Director Chris Cox address the Maine Heritage Policy Center at their annual Freedom & Opportunity Luncheon.


Very strange.... [Of Arms and the Law]

It's reported that the fellow who tried to grab a gun from a policeman so he could shoot Donald Trump has plead guilty to being a prohibited person (illegal alien) and will likely get two years' imprisonment.

Either the report is off or he got an incredibly easy break. Calculating from the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the lowest result would be base level 14 (possession by prohibited person), plus four levels for intent to use it in a felony, plus two for it being stolen equals level 20, sentencing range 33-41 months. On the other hand, they could charge attempted murder of a federally-protected candidate, and that starts off at level 33. homicide (135-168 months, or 11-15 years).


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

The National Rifle Association applauds the Missouri Legislature's veto override of Senate Bill 656, common sense self-defense legislation that was vetoed by Governor Nixon in June.


Breaking: Larry Vickers New Glock Leaked? [The Firearm Blog]

14291767_10157443614915416_7803162039495109071_nJust a few hours ago Lary Vickers released a teaser video of his new special edition Lipsey’s Glocks that are to be formally announced tomorrow, but it looks like someone might have spilled the beans. There is the possibility that the retailer made an assumption about what the new LAV Glock is going to look […]

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Missourians Celebrate a Win for Self-Defense Rights on Wednesday [NRA-ILA News]

Today, Governor Nixon’s veto of pro-gun self-defense legislation, Senate Bill 656, was overridden by the Missouri General Assembly.


Watch: DIY Primitive Flip-Flop Winch for Survival []

Now here’s something cool.

Take a rope — make sure it’s a good one — and two wooden poles, and you can move a mountain. Or a big rock, or a vehicle that’s stuck… or whatever. This concept could even be used to build a crane to hoist heavy things up.

Why the name? Well, to operate this simple machine, you flip one log or pole, then you flop the other. Repeat.

It’s an interesting and practical idea, anyhow.

The version shown in that video is a bit rough, in that it requires two guys working together. But what if you’re alone? You can try some of the refinements shown in the video below… but chances are you will want to skip forward, because he is anything but succinct. The main innovations shown below are a couple of large stakes to secure the flipper and a couple loops of rope to secure the flopper.

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Affordable Hunting Bow Shootout + Video []

It’s hard to think of a better time to be an archer than right now. Archery participation, including bow hunting, is on the rise and the bow manufacturers have responded by building more and better bows.

While modern flagship hunting bows are packed full of the latest and greatest technology, even entry level hunting bows offer better performance than anything available in the not too distant past.

Since it seems that most every publication focuses on flagship bows starting at $900 and going up significantly from there, we thought we’d show you what was available for the bow hunter on a budget.

With the help of Shooter’s Choice in Waterloo, Canada, we borrowed a Diamond Edge SB-1, PSE Stinger X, Bowtech Fuel, Quest Forge and Bear Threat. Each of these bows comes with just about everything a bow hunter needs to get started, including bow, multi-pin sight, arrow rest, quiver and stabilizer. U.S. retail prices on these five packages range from $400 to $600.


At just $400, the Diamond Edge SB-1 gets top marks as the least expensive bow package in this comparison. It is followed by the PSE Stinger X at $450, the Bowtech Fuel at $500, the Quest Forge at $530 and the Bear Threat at $600. It should be noted that you can find the Stinger X package for $400 and the Fuel for $430 if you opt for black instead of camo. Also of note, Bear Archery has several bows that are more affordable than the Threat, but we wanted to provide a range of prices in this comparison.

Diamond Edge SB-1 Right Side

With a price tag of $400, the Diamond Edge SB-1 is an affordable way to get started in archery.


At least on paper, these bows are all fairly similar. Axle-to-Axle (ATA) lengths are all between 31 and 32.5 inches. The Quest Forge was listed at 32 inches on the official website, but we measured it at 31 ¼ inches. With a little digging we found a spec sheet that matched our findings. A quick call to the manufacturer confirmed our numbers, which was relief. Still, it would be good if the Quest website had the correct information to avoid this confusion for other customers.

Specs Diamond Edge SB-1 PSE Stinger X Bowtech Fuel Quest Forge Bear Threat
ATA 31 in. 32 1/2 in. 31 1/2 in. 31 1/4 in. 31 1/4 in.
Rated Speed 318 fps 308 fps 320 fps 315 fps 330 fps
Brace Height 7 in. 7 1/8 in. 7 in. 7 in. 6 1/4 in.
Mass Weight 3.6 lbs 3.5 lbs 3.4 lbs 3.9 lbs 4.0 lbs
Let-Off 80% 75% N/A 73-80% 80%

Unlike ATA length, IBO rated speeds do see a pretty big spread from 308 to 330 feet per second. The Bear Threat leads the charge at 330 fps, some of which will come from its brace height, which is ¾ of an inch shorter than any other model here.

As for weight, the three most affordable bows are all about the same mass, while the Quest Forge and Bear Threat come in about a half pound heavier. That extra weight is definitely noticeable in real life, but we didn’t find it detrimental.


A big point in separation for us is the quality of accessories. The Quest Forge wins this category by a considerable margin. The Head-Loc quiver comes in matching camo and just looks and feels like a high quality item. Three of the bows come with capture-style rests, but the one on the Forge features spring-loaded plastic arms rather than brushes. Our favorite accessory, though, is the G5 sight on the Forge. It is the only sight of the five with tool less gang adjustments (vertical and horizontal) and the individual pins are the easiest to set, as they move very fluidly. A light comes standard, which is great for indoor shooting, but we wouldn’t use it in most hunting situations as it spreads blue light beyond the pins and onto the scope housing.

Quest Forge Quiver

From its quiver to its sight, the Quest Forge package offers our favorite accessories by far.

Bear-owned Trophy Ridge accessories are all over the Bear Threat, good for a firm second place in this category. The Whisker Biscuit rest is simple to use and just plain works, while the quiver wouldn’t look out of place on a more expensive bow. The sight is also of good quality and the pins move fairly easily, though it is a noticeable step below the sight on the Forge.

Bear Threat Sight

The Trophy Ridge sight on the Bear Threat was our second favorite of this group.

Accessories on the PSE Stinger X get the slightest edge over those on the Diamond Edge SB-1 and Bowtech Fuel. We prefer the Whisker Biscuit rest on the Stinger over the capture-style rests on the SB-1 and Fuel. The Stinger’s sight is also a slight improvement, thanks to clearly visible gang adjustment markings. The Apex sights on the Edge SB-1 and Fuel gave us fits. Moving the individual pins was an exercise in patience, as the pins liked to rotate as we tightened them down.

Diamond Edge SB-1 Accessories

They work, but the accessories on the Diamond Edge SB-1 (pictured) and the Bowtech Fuel are fairly basic.

Fit and Finish

Considering the price of these bows, the fit and finish was surprisingly good. We’d give top points to the Bear Threat, which makes sense considering it is not exactly an entry-level bow. The flat black riser looks fantastic and the striking orange and black string and cables are easily our favorites. The Bear Threat would not look out of place next to a $1,000 flagship bow. About the only thing we didn’t like was that we couldn’t put our peep quite high enough on the string due to serving material getting in the way.

Bear Threat Left Side

The Bear Threat looks the part of a far more expensive bow. Its orange and black strings are the best looking in this group.

The Quest Forge gets second place points here as the camo finish on the riser looks great and the blue and black strings are sharp. We don’t love the rounded grip, but that is a personal choice.

We’d put the PSE Stinger X right with the Forge for fit and finish. Though we don’t love the Red Skullworks riser, PSE has five other color options, including a couple we really like. This bow also has our favorite grip of any we tested.

PSE Stinger X Beauty

PSE didn’t skimp on fit and finish with the budget-priced Stiinger X.

The Bowtech Fuel finishes fourth. We found a few minor imperfections in the Mossy Oak Break Up Country Camo finish, but nothing to really dwell on. Another issue was the material on the string/cable end loops. It was very fragile and we actually split the material when adding a twist to the string.

Bowtech Fuel Finish

We spotted some minor finish issues on the riser of the Bowtech Fuel.

In fifth place is the Diamond Edge SB-1. It has the same fragile end loop material as the Bowtech Fuel and though the riser finish looks very good, there is an awful lot of plastic/composite material on this bow and we worry how that will hold up to years of abuse. We also had an issue with movement in the plastic portion of the hand grip and the string stop was out too far when we picked up the bow, though it was easily adjusted. If you aren’t crazy about the Purple Blaze riser color, the SB-1 is available in three other colors, including the same Mossy Oak Break Up Country found on the Bowtech Fuel.

Bowtech Fuel String End Loop

The end loop material on the strings and cables of the Bowtech and Diamond bows is not terribly durable.


All five of our test bows are very easy to set up, so you can get shooting as soon as possible. Draw length adjustments are made on the cams and don’t require the use of a bow press in most circumstances. Draw weight adjustment is as simple as turning a hex key. The differences lie in how much adjustability is offered.

Simply put, the Diamond Edge SB-1 is the most versatile bow we’ve ever seen. Draw weight can be adjusted from seven to 70 pounds and draw length is adjustable from 15 to 30 inches. You could set this bow up for a seven-year-old child or give it to a six-foot tall man to hunt big game. Diamond even has a website dedicated to setting up this bow – This is also the only bow we’ve seen that has adjustment marks on each limb pocket, so you can add or remove poundage while easily finding your way back to where you started. It’s a great system. Our only issue was that this was the only bow we needed to put in a press to adjust the draw length, as one of the module screws was blocked by a limb.

Diamond Edge SB-1 Draw Weight

With a few turns of a hex wrench, you can adjust the draw weight of the Diamond Edge SB-1 from 7 to 70 pounds.

Coming in second in adjustability is the Bowtech Fuel. It offers draw weight adjustment from 14 to 70 pounds and draw length is adjustable from 18 to 30 inches. That’s still enough adjustment for any adult and all but really young children.

In third place is the Quest Forge. It offers draw length adjustments from 25.5 to 30 inches and draw weight is adjustable from 40 to 70 pounds. That should be enough to fit the vast majority of adults, men or women.

We gave the nod to the Forge over the PSE Stinger X, but just barely. The Stinger X actually offers greater draw length adjustability (21 to 30 inches), while draw weight is adjustable from 42 to 60 pounds in the performance setting. You can also get draw weights ranging from 35 to 50 pounds or 49 to 70 pounds with different limbs.

PSE Stinger X Draw Length

Setting the PSE Stinger X to the right draw length is as simple as adjusting the bottom cam.

The Bear Threat comes in fifth place in adjustability, offering 25 to 30-inch draw length adjustments and 10-pound draw weight adjustments (50 to 60 pounds or 60 to 70 pounds). It might not seem like much adjustment compared to bows listed above, but it’s still more draw length adjustability than most flagship-level bows offer without having to buy new modules or replacing cams entirely.


All of our speed tests were done with the bows set at 60 pounds of draw weight, 29 inches of draw length and using a 380-grain arrow.

The speed battle was really a one-horse race, won easily by the Bear Threat. We recorded an average speed of 288 feet per second, which is impressive for a bow in this price range. Just for fun we also speed tested a 328-grain arrow (still well within the industry standard five grains per pound safety limit) and saw an average speed of 306 feet per second.

Bear Threat Shooting

The Bear Threat was easily the fastest bow in this comparison. If speed is your main priority at this price point, this is the bow for you.

The other four bows all finished pretty close together in speed, though a good bit behind the Bear. We recorded average speeds of 276 feet per second with the Diamond Edge SB-1, 274 feet per second with the PSE Stinger X, 272 feet per second with the Bowtech Fuel and 270 feet per second with the Quest Forge. The Stinger X had the slowest IBO rated speed, so it’s third place finish was a pleasant surprise.


We’ve had a difficult time ranking this category, as no single bow was best at every aspect of the shot cycle. All have their plusses and minuses.

Ultimately, the Diamond Edge SB-1 gets the nod as we shot good groups more consistently than we did with the other four competitors. The draw cycle was very smooth and it didn’t feel like we were pulling its 60 pounds of draw weight. We did find this bow will creep on you at full draw if you aren’t holding firm against the wall. It also didn’t feel like we were getting the full 80% let-off, so holding at full draw for a long time requires some effort.

Diamond Edge SB-1 Shooting

We consistently shot better groups with the Diamond Edge SB-1 than we did with any other bow in this comparison.

It’s really a tie for second between the Bowtech Fuel and Quest Forge, but the top three are so close in our eyes that any could take first place. The Fuel was the easiest bow to draw of the bunch and has the most forgiving let-off – it feels like we could hold this bow on target all day. The Forge is also nice and smooth to draw back and offers good let-off, but we were able to shoot slightly better groups more consistently with it compared to the Fuel.

Bowtech Fuel Beauty

The Bowtech Fuel offers an incredibly smooth and easy draw cycle.

We were more up and down with the PSE Stinger X and Bear Threat. The Stinger has a firmer draw cycle than expected and is a touch jumpy if you aren’t pulling firmly into the wall. The Bear is the toughest to pull back, but that is to be expected with such a fast bow. It is eager to jump at the wall and the let-off felt far below the 80% listed in the specs.

PSE Stinger X Group

If we did our part the PSE Stinger X would shoot really well, as shown by this 20-yard group just 30 minutes after taking it out of the box.

Interestingly, our some of our best groups came from these two bows, but so did our worst. If you can stay totally focused on each and every shot, both will perform great. We just didn’t find them as forgiving as the other three bows in this comparison.

And The Winner Is…

We came into this project with some preconceived notions about the quality and performance of these affordable hunting bow packages and we came away more impressed than we’d expected. All five were simple to set up for proper draw length and we were up and shooting in no time.

We shot hundreds of arrows out of each of these bows and though we’ve got our favorites, there is no dud in this group. With proper setup and tuning, we’d have no issue taking any of them hunting.

Picking an overall winner out of this group was tough, but we are going to give the crown to the Quest Forge by the slightest of margins over the Diamond Edge SB-1.

Quest Forge Beauty

The Quest Forge wins our Affordable Hunting Bow Shootout.

The Quest Forge gets the nod thanks to its superior package of accessories. They are just a notch better than anything else we tested, making the slight price premium well worth it. If we owned any of the other bows, we’d want to make some accessory upgrades. Not so with the Forge, which more than makes up for its second highest sticker price. The bow is also a shooter.

We give the Diamond Edge SB-1 a very close second largely because of how well we shot it. We shot multiple Vegas-style scoring rounds out of each bow and our top two scores were on the SB-1. If this bow had slightly better strings and an improved sight, we’d happily pay an extra $100 for it. Even though we already own more bows than we need, keeping an Edge SB-1 in the collection is tempting for those times when somebody new wants to give archery a try – this bow will fit just about anybody.

Diamond Edge SB-1 Beauty

Unmatched adjustability and overall shooting performance give the Diamond Edge SB-1 the runner-up finish.

None of this is to say that the Bowtech Fuel, PSE Stinger X or Bear Threat are unworthy. Any of these bows could win the crown if it was decided by another shooter. All five are well worth considering if you want to give archery a try or just want a new and capable hunting bow without breaking the bank.

Affordable Hunting Bows Hang

You can’t really go wrong with any of these value-priced bow packages.

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Ask Doc: Why All Ankle Sprains Are Not Equal []

This post is not based on a question, so much as it is a public service announcement.

The weather is nice out here at this time of year and a lot of my people are out and about enjoying the myriad of trails in the mountains and near the river. Occasionally, these trails possess annoying little rolling rocks. Or holes. Or slick wet wood. Any of which can cause a person to trip or stumble. And sometimes a bad trip or stumble can introduce a strain or sprain.

Why is this an issue? Well, most of the time it is just a soft tissue injury (muscles, tendons, ligaments). Sometimes, however, it is a bone injury. Soft tissue is generally going to heal itself and function of the joint will be restored. A bone injury is either a surgical event, meaning you are going to need to go under the knife for a fix, or an immobilizing cast.

The problem is that the general pain related to the event is not going to tell you which type of injury you likely have. And you can likely continue to use the joint (albeit with discomfort) with either type of injury.

The issue is that if you have an avulsion fracture that is not completed (the tendon has torn the bone a little bit, but not fully detached the section), further movement can complete that tear, which will require surgery to fix. If you can immobilize it while the bone is still attached, you may be able to get away with just a cast. If the bone is fully detached you’ll want to immobilize in any case.

You need to run a test to narrow it down and determine if you should immobilize the ankle to prevent further damage (with the caveat that only radiological imagery is definitive; e.g. an X-Ray). Fortunately we have such a tool in a nice field expedient format. It is called the Ottowa Ankle Exam (which is really a set of rules developed by some emergency department doctors in, you guessed it, Ottowa, Canada back in the early 1990s).

The test is really simple, and a failure at any point means you should immobilize the ankle and go get an X-Ray. We are basically checking to see if the patient can bear weight and is free of pain, specifically “point tenderness” (think of the pain of touching a burning match to the area; basically a sharp, very specific pain, not a general ache or soreness). You test “point tenderness” using the tip of your finger, and applying pressure to the area you want to test.

By Anatomist90 (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons; I added in the red circles to indicate the test areas

By Anatomist90 (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons; I added in the red circles to indicate the test areas

  1. Can the patient bear weight and walk on the affected ankle (don’t go more than 4 steps)
  2. Is there “point tenderness” to the Navicular Bone (the top of the arch of your foot)
  3. Is there “point tenderness” to the rear of the 5th metatarsal (like in the below video)
  4. Is there “point tenderness” to the rear and/or bottom of the lateral malleolus (the bottom of the long bone on the outside of your leg)
  5. Is there “point tenderness” to the rear and/or bottom of the medial malleolus (the bottom of the long bone on the inside of your leg)

This video is illustrative of the type of injury that is occurring (with respect to the avulsion of the 5th metatarsal). The same basic thing can happen to the ends of the tibia and fibula (the lateral and medial malleolus).

This is a very simple test you can do, and it doesn’t take a lot of time or extensive knowledge. If the subject can’t bear weight or it hurts when you touch specific areas, then it is worth it to go see a doctor and get an X-Ray.

Keep in mind if they don’t have pain (or can bear weight) they can still have a more serious injury; findings using the Ottowa Ankle Exam mean it is better to be safe than sorry.

Mandatory Disclaimer (so none of you run off and start pretending to be medics): This article is not a replacement for actually receiving training. It is for your own personal knowledge and is based on best practices and standards of training.

If you have a burning question about a wilderness medicine related concept, feel free to send an email to I will pick a question (or two) each week to discuss. You can read about my background below.

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Lightning Review: PACE Lid []

At least once a month I have the “Why Didn’t I Think Of That?” question when I encounter a product. One I had back in February was around a Kickstarter (that I eventually backed) for a modification to a very common item, one that most of us have–a Nalgene bottle.


The PACE Lid is basically a simple replacement cap for wide-mouthed Nalgene bottles that has a sealable chamber. It is watertight, which is important so you don’t spill your beverage. The PACE Lid functions as a replacement for the existing lid.

Ten ounces of storage doesn't seem like a lot, but it is enough...

Ten ounces of storage doesn’t seem like a lot, but it is enough…

The PACE lid will contain up to ten ounces of whatever you want to put into it. Keys, snacks, bandaids, or whatever small items you may want to carry. It also has a small loop on the main body so you can dummy cord it to something.

Sorry for those of you that have narrow mouthed bottles–there is not a PACE Lid model for you.

The designer of the PACE Lid put together a short video about it (originally for the Kickstarter):


The first observation that comes to mind is “robust”. This thing is solid. The material reminds me of the composite used in tortilla warmers ( if you need a point of reference).

The name is a play on the PACE acronym (Primary, Alternate, Contingency, Emergency). I suppose that it’s use case can fit into any of those categories, depending on what you put into it.

You do have to remove your existing lid (and likely the retaining ring). My biggest fear would be losing the lid to your bottle while climbing or something. Since the original lid is secured to the body of the bottle with a ring that fits over the neck, you are less likely to lose it. My solution is to wrap some duct tape around the body of the bottle (since tape is always good to have), and loop a small hank of 550 cord which I can then attach to the PACE lid.


Personally I’m going to use mine for water purification kit (and maybe some emergency fishing kit; line, some sinkers, and hooks).

While the Kickstarter campaign is now over, you can buy one directly from their website for around $20: They also have some preloaded options that contain basic survival or first aid items.

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FAIL: Democrats Try To Launch Gun Vote Campaign, Get Debunked By Gun Owners Instead [NRA-ILA News]

Earlier this morning, Bearing Arms reported on a leaked memo from Democrat Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi that urged her constituents and colleagues to support a “gun violence prevention day of action.” The campaign involved using social media starting at 12:30 PM EST with the hashtag #GunVote, in hopes that the trending topic would force a vote from Speaker Paul Ryan. Right on schedule, the tweets began to pour in from anti-gun officials – almost all of them containing factual inaccuracies.


Boberg XR9-S Field Strip [The Firearm Blog]

The Boberg pistols were a line of fascinatingly complex pocket handguns mostly chambered in 9mm that live on in the Bond Arms Bullpup. These interesting pieces are very unconventionally laid out and even feature a cartridge switch like a 1919 or PKM machine gun, but draw from a magazine instead of a belt (which would […]

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TNVC ‘Goes Hot’ With The IRD Patrol XR Spotter [The Firearm Blog]

imageThey say the night vision disease is just as bad, if not worse, than the suppressor affliction – almost impossible to kick. So as I stand on the ledge contemplating the jump into the infrared world, the guys over at Tactical Night Vision Company (TNVC) aren’t really helping the situation. They just posted up a really […]

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Review: AXTS Talon Ambidextrous 45/90 Safety Selector [The Firearm Blog]

IMG_4010After testing a couple of ambi safeties that didn’t quite stack up to my expectations, I had come to the conclusion that flipping the lever on the right side of the receiver was the best option for me. Not long ago AXTS reached out to TFB and offered up their Talon ambidextrous 45/90 safety selector for review. […]

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POTD: Zeiss V8 4.8-35×60 pointed towards the moon [The Firearm Blog]

Copy (2) of F01A1310_resizeI mounted the brand new Zeiss V8 4.8-35×60 on a rifle (Ruger Precision Rifle) and wanted to see how it behaved in twilight and darkness. On a fairly clear night, there were some light, thin clouds, I pointed the setup towards the moon. I have to say I’m very impressed by the V8’s performance. It’s […]

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SureFire Releases FirePak – Mobile Phone Illuminator [The Firearm Blog]

FirePak-Homepage-banner-reveal-2-761pxSureFire, LLC known for their world-class lights, suppressors, and various accessories, has announced the release of their latest lighting product, the FirePak. The FirePak is designed to pair with one’s cell phone and provide illumination to “…shoot vibrant, high-definition video with your smart phone in low-light situations, something never before possible.” For those who are […]

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The VA is restricting veterans' gun rights without due process [NRA-ILA News]

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has placed gun restrictions on thousands of veterans without due process, and Congress needs to address the matter. It is quite ironic that under VA policy, the men and women who protected our nation in the armed forces are effectively becoming disarmed by unaccountable government employees.


House Dems plan gun protest Wednesday [NRA-ILA News]

Democrats will demand a vote on gun control from the House floor Wednesday, making their second such protest in two months.


ATF sting operation: ‘Operation Fearless’ or feckless? [NRA-ILA News]

The operations were marked by “poor management, insufficient training and guidance to agents in the field, and a lax organizational culture that failed to place sufficient emphasis on risk management in these inherently sensitive operations,” the IG office found. It was alerted to the problems following a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel investigation into Operation Fearless.


The high court struck down D.C.’s gun ban eight years ago, but the fight continues [NRA-ILA News]

Nearly a decade after the Supreme Court struck down the District’s long-standing ban on handguns, the city is again at the forefront of a legal battle over the Second Amendment.


Gun bill is top target as Missouri lawmakers convene for veto session today [NRA-ILA News]

Should Missourians be required to get a permit before they can legally carry a concealed gun in public?Should voters be required to show a government-issued photo ID before being allowed to cast a ballot?These questions will be answered today, as lawmakers return to Jefferson City to consider whether to override Gov. Jay Nixon’s vetoes.


Nevada: National Rifle Association ads fight ballot initiative to restrict private firearm transfers [NRA-ILA News]

The first ad from the National Rifle Association’s Nevadans for Freedom campaign against Question 1 launches this week.


North Carolina: Orange Co. draft firearms rules raise concerns [NRA-ILA News]

Some rural residents remain concerned the county’s draft firearms-safety rules could limit their Second Amendment rights.


Canada: Liberals offer no timeline to toughen gun laws [NRA-ILA News]

The drafting of tougher gun laws has begun, Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale said Tuesday on the day marking the 10th anniversary of the rampage at Montreal’s Dawson College by a man firing a semi-automatic assault carbine still sold legally today.


Australia: New national gun amnesty to be announced [NRA-ILA News]

The federal government is poised to announce a national gun amnesty following an unprecedented wave of violent firearm-related crime in Melbourne.


Berger Releases New F-TR Oriented Bullet – The 200.20X [The Firearm Blog]

Bryan Litz designed the new 200.20X bullet for the US Rifle Team (F-TR), champion shooters, and enthusiasts within the long range shooting community.Withing the cut-throat competitive world of F-Class shooters, there exists a sub-class dedicated for the two common military calibers, .223 Remington / 5.56 NATO and .308 Winchester. F-TR, which stands for “F-Class, Tactical Rifle”. F-TR tends to stretch the legs of both calibers, typically taking them well past their “normal” transonic ranges, which has led […]

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US World War One Sniper Rifles [Forgotten Weapons]

The United States had two primary types of sniper rifles during World War One, although both were based on the M1903 Springfield rifle.

The most common optic used was the Warner & Swasey “Telescopic Musket Sight”, a rather clumsy prismatic optic mounted on the left side of the rifle, on a detachable rail. The model 1908 W&S offered 6 power magnification, which was reduced to 5.2x in the 1913 model in an effort to increase field of view. These optics were also used on the M1909 Benet-Mercie light machine gun.

The second type is the Winchester A5 scope, an excellent commercial scope available at the time. Although usually associated with the US Marine Corps, several hundred of these were also issued by the Army. The A5 was a much more tradition type of optic, mounted centrally above the bore and preferred by competitive marksmen.

The third rifle we are looking at in this video is a very interesting example of a competitive rifle from the pre-WWI period. It is a 1903 Springfield fitted with a commercial A5 scope and Mann bases. This is the sort of rifle that would have been used by the career military shooters for competition, and would likely have accompanied many such men overseas in the American Expeditionary Force. Woe to the German who found himself in the sights of such a man with a rifle like this!


House Democrats Plan Scripted Gun Control “Day of Outrage [NRA-ILA News]

A memo from minority leader Nancy Pelosi’s office calling for a “gun violence prevention day of action” today includes a long itinerary of scripted actions to be taken by Democrat representatives under orders from the 76-year-old gun control zealot.  The actions called for are tightly controlled, right down the the tweets the powerful California Democrat wants the staff of representatives to use on social media on her orders. Characteristically, the tweets scheduled to begin at a 12:30 PM ET “tweetstorm” are factually inaccurate.


Vortex Optics VIP Warranty [The Firearm Blog]

VortexVortex Optics is renowned for its excellent warranty. They posted up this short video to illustrate an example of their no hassle warranty. Our VIP warranty is about you, not us. It’s about taking care of you after the sale. VIP stands for a Very Important Promise to you, our customer. We will repair or […]

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Colt XM148 Grenade Launcher [The Firearm Blog]

525744_10151626857737536_573661703_nPhotos by Alex W. I have not seen this style grenade launcher before. It is the Colt XM148. It was the original 40mm grenade launcher for the Colt XM16. However due to the trigger design and the complexity of small parts, easily lost in the field, the XM148 was only fielded for a year in […]

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French Foreign Legion Training [The Firearm Blog]

FamasThe French Foreign Legion Facebook page posted his video on their page. It shows some Légionnaires practicing with M249 Paras, modified FAMAS, and what looks like a Beretta M9.

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NEW Kalashnikov Concern RPK-16 Machine Gun, VSV-338 Sniper Rifle, SVK Marksman Rifle & PL-15 Pistol (VIDEO) [The Firearm Blog]

Our friends at Kalashnikov Concern sent us promotional footage of their new firearms and kindly allowed us to publish it. The RPK-16 is being designed as a potential replacement for the RPK-74 squad support weapon, the VSV-338 is a long range sniper rifle is chambered for .338 Lapua Magnum. The SVK Marksman Rifle was developed […]

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Haiti Seizes Truck From Miami Full Of Weapons [The Firearm Blog]

Cr4X21xUAAA1mayNot even a month has gone by since the recent weapons found and seized in Spain. Just last week, Haiti discovered a shipment of guns and ammo. While not as many as the one in Spain, it has been reported that Haiti customs in St. Marc found 117 guns, 116 boxes of ammunition (30,000 cartridges), […]

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Midway Says “Needs More Backpack” [The Firearm Blog]

MidwayMidway USA added two new options to its own line of tactical backpacks. The new Alpha and Delta join the company’s existing Bravo to offer a range of gear carrying options. The Alpha is the larger of the new packs with more than 3,300 cubic inches of storage space and eleven zippered pockets to help […]

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Tuesday, 13 September


Review – KRG Kinetic Research Group Whiskey 3 Remington 700 Chassis []

Everything seems to snowball for me and that’s what happened when I started looking at Remington 700 short action chassis cystems, and I ended up with several of them, including this awesome KRG Whiskey 3 billet chassis.


Why go to the trouble and expense to move from a factory stock to a billet chassis system like this KDT Whiskey 3? Consistency and improved accuracy due to a platform which is not affected by weather and humidity, which provides the same positive and precision grip/bedding on the action from shot to shot.


Stocks like this one also accept AICS style removable box magazines, and are and optimized for prone or benchrest shooting positions, so they can offer more-comfortable shooting when you spend a long time behind the gun.


The downside if that these target and sniper chassis are usually pretty heavy and are not really for field rifles that you are going to lug around for miles or use for a brush/walking stalk hunt. They’re designed for the most part to be supported with a bipod or sand bags and deliver the stability to increase long-range precision.


With the Whiskey 3 chassis system, shooters get a drop-in stock replacement with everything the professional and amateur shooter could want in a sniper stock — and every aspect of the stock is adjustable.


Fit, Finish, Feel, Features, & Functions

I have a Remington SPS Tactical 308 short action rifle. Installation was as simple as removing two screws and attaching the KRG Whiskey 3 chassis to the barreled action with the included screws. No need to remove anything other than the stock and the bolt to install this chassis.

I had already installed the KRG Bolt Lift, which provided an oversized bolt handle that is simple and easy to install.


The KRG Whiskey 3 Chassis features an integrated magazine well and latch which supports all AICS 223/308 style magazines. Feeding is the same as with the factory floor plate magazine, but now you have the ability to drop the magazine out to quickly unload, or just do a quick mag swap when you need more ammo.


The Whiskey 3 (KRG abbreviates as W3G) is available for the Tikka T3, Remington 700, Surgeon, Howa, AI, and other rifles. The solid billet chassis is not light, but it is perfectly suited for sniper and precision shooting platforms.


The W3G chassis features a precision “V” bedding system and tool-less adjustments for length of pull and cheek height. Bolt your Remington SPS 700 action into the chassis and according the KRG, your action is set as well as any bedding job with resin.


KRG offers both a folder and fixed stock version. I choose the folding stock to showcase how small and compact a package this Remington SPS 308 package could be. The folding mechanism is very strong and locks up tight for zero wiggle.


From a storage and transportation perspective, a folding stock greatly reduces the overall stowed size of a rifle, especially a sniper setup which likely already has a long barrel. Once you start using this feature, you will hate to go back to a fixed stock. KRG does offer this as an add on accessory, so if you buy the fixed chassis version, you can convert it later.

KRG joked with me that the chassis is available in any color I wanted as long as that color was black. The KRG W3G chassis is hard anodized, but KRG indicated that most buyers customized colors as needed with either professional Cerakote finishes just rattle-can camp. Whether you choose to get custom or not, the black finish is perfection out of the box.


The features I liked most about the Whiskey 3 Chassis were its adjustability and brutish durability. While some billet chassis systems are light, the W3G is heavy and tough. I have images of KRG testing the chassis by dragging it behind a truck.

Even though the design is extremely solid, the design has a ton of ergonomic thought. Several notable sources say that stock design had input from orthopedic surgeons to improve ergonomics. The KRG Whiskey 3 is amazingly comfortable to shoot, with ergonomics that are superior to chassis systems which rely on AR15 stocks.


Some Remington 700 “sniper” chassis have enclosed handguards, but the Whiskey 3 is an open top chassis, which means that there is no potential need to swap out rings or scope bases for clearance of the handguard. Just drop in your barreled action with your optics still mounted, tighten down the screws, and you can hit the range. I like this a lot, based on the headaches I have had with other chassis systems.


The lower forend of the W3G offers a variety of screw attachment point for accessories, lasers, range finders, IR and other accessories. If you need a rail or mount, chances are KRG has you covered with optional accessories.

Accuracy improved about 15% over the factory Hogue stock when I installed the KRG Whiskey 3, and this was about the same as any of the other chassis I am currently testing. This basically pushed my best .65-inch groups to just over .5 inch, and my more typical .8- to .9-inch groups down to the .7- to .75-inch mark.

Not transformational, but it is an improvement. I can only speculate based on my experience, but this stock in combination with a match trigger upgrade may have the potential to increase accuracy by as much as 30% depending on your trigger.

I did notice that the comfort of the KRG stock allowed me to shoot longer and maintain my groups longer than with many other chassis systems I have tested.


My one complaint on this chassis is the sheer number of screws. There are screws everywhere on this thing. KRG noted that they Loctite the screws, but in the field simpler is better and I would feel the need to pack allen wrenches to tighten anything which might come loose.

Although weight is not necessarily a bad thing in a sniper chassis, the KRG is one of the heaviest chassis I have tested so far, so if you do plan on lugging your rig for miles on foot, you may want to consider a lighter chassis.

The Build

Remington 700 SPS Tactical barreled action, xTreme Hardcore Level Scope Based and Rings, Lucid 4x-16x 44mm Crossover Optic.

Final Thoughts

Though I really love what my $700 Remington 700 SPS can deliver from an accuracy perspective, this chassis deserves a higher-end barreled action. My intent is to use this chassis for a high-end build.

During my testing of numerous Remington 700 Chassis, I keep going back to this KRG model. Once you lay down behind the W3G and start shooting, there is a huge difference ergonomically between this chassis and and those relying on AR15 furniture. The features, flexibility, and the comfort are definitely some of the reasons why the W3G chassis is being chosen over and over for sniper systems.

Manufacturer Description & Specs

The Whiskey-3 Chassis (W3C) (Generation 5) is one of the premier chassis available for your bolt action precision rifle. The W3C combines precise aluminum bedding with tool-less adjustments, durability, and excellent ergonomics. Right out of the box it allows the use of AICS style magazines (not included) in your rifle without any special bottom metal. Numerous types of accessories can be added to the many attachment points, including handstops, sling mounts, rails, bipods, monopods, and more. Our modular grip panels allow the shooter to tailor the fit of the stock to his/her hand which, combined with the other adjustments, yield a stock set up exactly as it needs to be for that particular shooter.

Available for:

  • Tikka T3 (non-magnum length calibers).
  • Remington 700 short and long action.
  • Badger M2008/13 short action (uses AICS or AI AW magazines).
  • Badger M2008 long action (AICS CIP length magazines).

MSRP: Fixed $899 (Rem 700 SA); Folding $1299


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Review: Glock G42 Compact 380 ACP Pistol []

As a huge fan of Glock pistols and one who carries one often, I look forward to the introduction of new models. Oddly, the 380 ACP single stack G42 was introduced and received with a thunderous, “Hmmm… ahhh…what the?”

I soon heard an earful from friends, all wondering what the heck Glock was thinking. “I wanted a single stack [insert favorite caliber here]”, “I want…,”I want…”, “I want…” Yeah okay, put me in that column for a single stock 9mm, but hey — it’s a Browning 9mm Short (aka 380 ACP), does that count?


Here is the deal folks. Glock may be smarter than all the screamers, because the 2013 introduction of the G30S sub-compact 45 ACP 10-round pistol — about which everyone initially complained — was hugely successful.

That said, the G42 is not really targeted to the regular Glockophile either. From every conceivable perspective, it is designed specifically to target the first time gun owner; especially females.

For a Glock shooter, there are benefits to the G42. It is more concealable by a huge margin than its similar-sized but fatter G26 9mm brother, so it can slip under those close-fitting clothes. It fits a smaller hand more comfortably, and the action is easy and light to hand cycle.

Add on accuracy and confidence-inspiring reliability, and you have a nice little gun for personal defense. Mrs Pandemic foresaw all these features and swooped it off our kitchen counter, and I have had to fight her for it since just to test the little bugger.


Fit, Finish, Feel, and Features

The Glock G42 represents a bold step forward for Glock USA, as it is one of the first 100% USA manufactured Glocks. Since late 2012, Glock has been working on moving the manufacture of US-sold Glock to its factory in the state of Georgia.

I will sum up about six paragraphs of fit, feel, and features by saying the G42 is every bit your standard Glock with the same slide finish, grip treatment, five internal safeties, and internal design of your standard Gen 4 series Glocks. What is different is the size.

It is a gloriously comfortable gun for small-handed shooters and it can be hidden in all sorts of places on the body, clothing and purses.


The Glock G42 is not an uber-compact micro pistol such as the Ruger LCP. Instead, it is a small gun that strikes a balance between size & weight and the power of the 380 ACP cartridge. After all, recoil energy has to go somewhere and tiny guns will often beat the hell out of the shooter.

The G42 is about as pleasant to shoot as your average 22 LR pistol… in fact, I blew through 200 rounds of various FMJ and HP defensive ammo so quickly that I was really disappointed I didn’t have more ammo. With the exception of the Walther PPK, it was a new experience to not be battered while shooting a small pistol. For new shooters wanting a CCW and defense gun, I would wholeheartedly recommend the G42.



There are several reasons why the Glock G42 is so comfortable to shoot. The pistol itself has enough size for a decent grip and heft to dissipate some of the recoil of even hot 380 ACP rounds. Glock designed the pistol around its newer Gen 4 dual recoil spring design, which also takes a bite out of recoil.

The smaller grip size, thanks to the 380 round and single stack design, allows a shooter’s distal joint (the bend point next to the pad of your finger) to reach the center of the trigger even on small hands. This allows shooters with weaker hands to exert more leverage so they can pull the trigger without straining.


Additionally, the more the hand wraps around and covers the grip, the better control the shooter has. This all adds up to a gun which is friendly to handle, grip, control, and shoot even for smaller handed shooters.

Another bonus for small-handed and/or weaker shooters is the ease of manually cycling the action of the G42. Many small pistols have very strong recoil springs, but the G42’s larger size and dual-spring design allow the G42 to be easily cycled by hand.



In a comparison of 380 ACP pistols, the Walther PPK is a little more accurate, but the Glock is way easier to shoot quickly. With the Walther you need to concentrate, but the Glock G42 delivers hits easily and offers more user-friendly function in the process.

It a no-contest match between the Ruger LCR and the G42, with the Glock being exponentially easier and more comfortable to handle and shoot. The Ruger is more concealable, but the Glock has proven to be more reliable.

Final Thoughts

Honestly, I was so pissed off it was not a 9mm that I initially hated the G42. But then I shot it and fell in love. The G42 is like shooting a fun 22 LR pistol, and you could shoot and train with it all day. I cannot say that of the micro-sized 380 ACP pistols on the market.

I will guarantee that this pistol will be a better defensive tool for nearly every newer shooter and even the seasoned folks, simply because it is fun and easy to shoot without pain. The gun you shoot a lot with will be a gun you feel comfortable with defending your life with.

Mrs Pandemic loves, loves, loves the G42 and considers it one of the best concealable firearms on the market for the female shooter. The slim G42 allows her to still wear all the close-fitting styles of today without needing to go up a size just to conceal a firearm. I can tell you as a long-time married man, no woman ever wants to go up a size. I am already over the macho BS and love the G42 even if I don’t get a chance to carry it that often.

Manufacturer Specs

  • Length (overall): 151 mm / 5.94 in.
  • Length (slide cpl.): 146 mm / 5.75 in.
  • Width: 24 mm / 0.94 in.
  • Height (with magazine): 105 mm / 4.13 in.
  • Barrel length: 82.5 mm / 3.25 in.
  • Length of twist: 250 mm / 9.84 in.
  • Trigger distance: 61 mm / 2.40 in.
  • Trigger travel: 12.5 mm / .49 in.
  • Barrel distance: 18 mm / 0.71 in.
  • Line of sight (polymer): 125 mm / 4.92 in.
  • Weight – Pistol without magazine: 350 g / 12.35 oz.
  • Weight – Magazine std. empty: 40 g / 1.41 oz.
  • Weight – Magazine std. full: 57 g / 2.01 oz.
  • Magazine Capacity (rounds): 6
  • Barrel Profile: right hand twist; hexagonal
  • Standard Trigger Pull: ~5.62 lbs.
  • Muzzle Velocity*: 886 fps
  • Muzzle Energy*: 162 fps

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Missouri: Important Pro Self-Defense Vote Tomorrow, Contact Your Legislators NOW [NRA-ILA News]

The Missouri Legislature will vote to override Governor Nixon’s veto of Senate Bill 656 TOMORROW!


Washington State’s Attorney General is the Latest to Take On ‘Assault Weapons’ []

Whatever disease the Massachusetts Attorney General has is catching, as Washington State’s AG comes out for an Assault Weapons Ban in that state.

The legislation, which has not yet been written, would ban semi-automatic assault-style weapons — like the AR-15 rifle that police say was used by the 19-year-old accused gunman in Mukilteo in July — as well as any magazine that holds more than 10 rounds of ammunition.

“Military-style weapons are designed for killing people,” Ferguson said. “These weapons have no place in civilian use.”

I’m sure you could write the rest of the article yourself: these guns are the “weapons of choice for mass shooters,” not suitable for civilian use, putting lead on the battlefield, weapons of war on our streets, a supportive quote from a police chief who doesn’t see herself as a “civilian” and who wants the general public to be disarmed, and so on.

Washington state residents should at a hard look at what’s going on in MA before letting this foolishness pass in their state. Passing one of these loosely-worded bans is just the camel’s nose under the tent — an activist AG can then wave a magic wand and “interpret” the law to ban just about anything.

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The Mauser 1914 Pistol [The Firearm Blog]

Mauser is much more well known for their long guns than their hand guns, but in this installment of TFBTV we look at a very prolific early 20th century handgun made by the Mauser company in significant quantities. This is the Mauser 1914, which was a very popular pistol back in the day. Thanks to […]

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How Google and Facebook Will Turn the Nation Against Gun Owners []

You probably think Facebook and Google are throwing off geysers of money by dominating an industry known as “online advertising”, but those of us who’ve spent time on the inside of this beast know the industry by its true name: mass behavior modification.

It’s only a matter of time before these two companies openly go on the attack against American gun ownership, and when they do, they’ll form a foe far greater than any we’ve faced before. If you don’t believe that they can turn the tide of public opinion on firearms, a tide that lately seems to be going in our favor, then you’re not paying attention.

Consider the following three articles:

Go ahead and click through to the above. I’ll wait. Just skim them for now, but when you get a moment definitely go back and read them. They’re not from your favorite conspiracy site, and the people sounding the alarm have impeccable, mainstream academic credentials. You may think you’re immune to most of the techniques outlined above, but you’re not. And even if you were, what matters is that the country as a whole is not immune, not by a long shot.

To understand just how effective these manipulation techniques are, you need only consider how large Facebook and Google’s profits have grown based on their ability to get users to buy things via advertising. These companies’ ability to alter user behavior on a mass scale has been validated again and again by the one entity that you just can’t fool, and whose judgement isn’t clouded by political agendas: the market.

First they came for the jihadis, then the right-wingers…

With all of this in mind, consider the very latest news on Google’s Jigsaw project, which is a deliberate use of all of its tools and techniques for the purposes of explicitly political behavior modification — first against would-be jihadis, and next against right-wing “radicals”.

GOOGLE HAS BUILT a half-trillion-dollar business out of divining what people want based on a few words they type into a search field. In the process, it’s stumbled on a powerful tool for getting inside the minds of some of the least understood and most dangerous people on the Internet: potential ISIS recruits. Now one subsidiary of Google is trying not just to understand those would-be jihadis’ intentions, but to change them.

Jigsaw, the Google-owned tech incubator and think tank—until recently known as Google Ideas—has been working over the past year to develop a new program it hopes can use a combination of Google’s search advertising algorithms and YouTube’s video platform to target aspiring ISIS recruits and ultimately dissuade them from joining the group’s cult of apocalyptic violence.

The Intercept reports on Google’s plan to turn the aforementioned tool against right-wingers:

A GOOGLE-INCUBATED PROGRAM that has been targeting potential ISIS members with deradicalizing content will soon be used to target violent right-wing extremists in North America, a designer of the program said at an event at the Brookings Institution on Wednesday…

“We are very conscious — as our own organization and I know Jigsaw are — that this [violent extremism] is not solely the problem of one particular group,” Frenett said.

“Our efforts during phase two, when we’re going to focus on the violent far right in America, will be very much focused on the small element of those that are violent. The interesting thing about how they behave is they’re a little bit more brazen online these days than ISIS fan boys,” Frenett said.

He noted that this new target demographic is more visible online.

“In the U.K., if someone in their Facebook profile picture has a swastika and is pointing a gun at the camera, that person is committing a crime,” Frenett said. “In the U.S., there is absolutely nothing wrong with that. So we found that when we’re looking for individuals that are genuinely at risk of carrying out violence, that they’re relatively open online.”

Adnan Kifayat, head of global security ventures at Gen Next Foundation, said he is optimistic about applying the ISIS approach to North America. “Our interest is in countering extremism … particularly in the homeland,” he told The Intercept.

Taking all of the above into account, what comes next is crystal-freaking-clear: a coordinated, private sector, mass behavior manipulation campaign aimed at stigmatizing and suppressing gun ownership and disguised as an effort to “do something” about the “gun violence epidemic” and “right-wing extremism.”

When the CDC was in the heyday of their smear campaign against guns, a PR effort that a prominent CDC official likened to the public campaign against smoking, that was just the warm-up. Those guys with their billboards and their op-eds were just pikers compared to the power of Google and Facebook.

When these two private sector behemoths, who know everything about you and who are wildly successful in using that knowledge to manipulate you, turn their sights on the “public menace” that is guns, then you’ll long for the days when the anti-gun movement was mostly just sad astroturf groups funded by a single New York billionaire. These companies can flip national elections, state and local elections, and public attitudes, all in secret and without spending nearly the kind of (traceable) money that Bloomberg does.

I don’t know what to tell you to do about it. I’m just warning you that it’s coming. These companies will begin to manipulate public opinion on gun ownership, and it will have an impact. It’s going to be up to us to figure out how to counter it.

Frankly, I don’t have a ton of confidence in the Fudds at the NRA to fight the digital battle that lies ahead. We’re gonna need something else entirely. I wish I knew what that was.

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Review: Hi-Point JHP .45 ACP [The Firearm Blog]

CoverMaking fun of Hi-Points and their owners have become a bit of a pastime in the firearms community thanks to the poor reputation that the pistols have gained for an unknown reason. I had an opportunity to find out for myself if the Hi-Point pistol really does suck or we are elitest jerks when we make […]

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NRA Nevadans for Freedom Launches TV Ad [NRA-ILA News]

NRA Nevadans for Freedom launched its first television ad this week against the Question 1 gun control ballot initiative. The 30-second ad will run in the state's two largest television markets, Las Vegas and Reno. “Stand With Law Enforcement,” features Attorney General Adam Laxalt alongside Nevada sheriffs Ken Furlong (Carson City), Chuck Allen (Washoe County), and Gerald Antinoro (Storey County). The state's top law enforcement officer and sheriffs make a powerful case for why Question 1 “is not going to do a thing to prevent crime,” and will instead turn well-meaning Nevadans into criminals.


[Lightning Review] GNG Tactical’s Trigger Holster [The Firearm Blog]

I enjoy minimalist in most things in my life. I didn’t know I needed a minimalist trigger holster until a buddy of mine got one. I’d heard of the Raven Vanguard (specifically the Lanyard Kit), and I know people swear by them, but have never played with concept of a “minimalist” holster myself. Another thing […]

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DIY: How to do Krylon Multi-Cam Type Camouflage Paint Job []

All too often we wish something we own would be a little less obvious out in the field. Paint is often the simplest, most obvious solution. The typical selection of flat paint is limited to generally the black and white color schemes, but a few years back Krylon introduced a specific set of ultra-flat non-reflective natural color spray paints just for camouflage.


These paints use Krylon’s proprietary “Fusion” paint technology for improved bonding with plastics and other materials, primerless application, improved chip resistance, and they use new style no-clog tips. It is as easy to use as any spray paint, so no special skills are required for application.  Better yet, for about $20 you can own the full set of six colors which will provide coverage for numerous small projects.

Surface Prep

Krylon recommends the surfaces be clean and free of rust — and if shiny, lightly sanded to improve bonding. I usually wipe down my metal and plastic parts with rubbing alcohol and allow them to completely dry.

Theory of Modern Camouflage

Much has changed is the ideas of camouflage since Vietnam era patterns.  One of the newer ideas in camouflage was originated and developed by Multi-Cam and utilize blurry blended backgrounds combined with sharp abstract shapes. The blurry background bit is simple for the DIY’er, but the sharp abstract shapes can be tough. I think I managed to fairly well, though.

My First Project

I plan on painting a number of things, but thought it best to start with something inexpensive before I moved on to more expensive things such as shotguns, rifles, etc.


My choice came when shopping for a camouflage shooting tripod and realizing I already owned a tripod in the form of an old circa-1960 camera tripod that was made to handle heavy cameras. By adding a simple “V” fabricated out of an old plastic cutting board, I had a stable standing-height shooting rest. It was but pretty obvious standing in the grass.



Tools & Stuff I Used

  • Krylon Paints in Sand, Khaki, Woodland Light Green, Olive, Brown
  • Disposable rubber gloves
  • Camouflage templates downloaded from Krylon’s website


Making Your Own Camouflage Templates/Masks

There is some science to camouflage shapes, but I have created successful and usable camo using pretty much any shape include skulls, smiley faces, logos, and plastic loops from a six-pack of beer.

You can use a piece of gutter mesh with random tape pieces applied which will give you a snakeskin-like camouflage. Airbrush stencils such as this snake pattern Art-Tool stencil are expensive but work extremely well and hold up for years if cleaned.


You can draw your own random amoeba or leaf shapes on a piece of paper and cut them out, or even use a leafed branch as a spray through template… all of these will work. I have an old box of acetate Power Point projector films (you know the ones we used to print out and put on a projector). These old films work great as printable templates and can be used over and over again and cleaned with most solvents… just cut out the design with an exacto knife and you are ready to go. The one general golden rule is to have at least one long template or shape, one fatter wider one, and one smaller and more random pattern. Camo will work with just one pattern, but it will work better when various patterns are used.


In this case, I wanted to apply the paint colors from lightest to dark. Spraying from a distance of 6 to 12 inches provides various degrees of blending which allowed for the Khaki base to blend in with the Sand and Brown areas. These blends where done by passing the spray across the tripod at various distances.  The longer distances provided shadowing and the shorter ones provided more pronounced color changes.


As the paint job stood at this point, it did a pretty good imitation of a desert camo paint job, but since we have some green here, I continued.

The next step was to add in some foliage-based Olive and Light Green colors using the templates. The goal here is to add crisp shapes rather than blurry backgrounds, so this can take a while. Here is where I would hold a leafed branch over the object and spray though it as a template or use your template shapes.

I recommend you tape on the template rather than holding it up. You will want to spray the olive green and then Brown, and then light green over the template without moving it.  As with a leaf they transition from one color to another.


Swap templates and repeat the process. In my case it took about 30 times and about 45 minutes and several beverages later, I had the tripod complete. There is where you might want to have a variety of templates, because the templates start to get soaked with paint and start dripping on things.  If a template gets too wet, stop and replace it with another template for the next squirt, or you will start to screw up the paint job.


As you can see from the photos below, I should have kept the inside of the tripod legs lighter. A lighter color in naturally shaded areas will offset the darker color of these areas to provide better blending. This of course is an easy fix, but learn from my mistake.


The nice thing about camouflage paint is that if you live in a greener, browner, or sandier area, you can use more of those colors and omit the ones which do not match the environment.


Cure Time

Krylon camouflage paint dries to the touch in a matter of seconds, but to fully dry for handling takes 24 hours — and chip resistance reaches maximum protection in 7 days. The project can be handled after the first 24 hours but I recommend you let it fully cure before subjecting it to harder use.

What I Like

This project was easy and cheap. Krylon has not only provided an easy-to-use product, but also great How-To guides, Free Camo Pattern Templates, and Tips and Tricks to make your project successful. Even if you go all random freehand-painting and omit stencils, you can still create an effective camo job.

The paint is VERY flat and low reflective and does exactly what it claims to do and provides great economical coverage of your equipment.

What I Would Change

I wish it did not take 7 days to fully cure, but your patience will be rewarded. After the paint sets for 7 days can it come off? Well, yeah — just like any paint. It will take a fair amount abuse, but is not indestructible.

If you need a solvent-resistant finish such as on firearms, I recommend applying about 4-8 coats of spray flat lacquer over the Krylon paint. In my tests, this adds durability and will allow the paint to resist even the harshest of bore solvents.

Kel-Tec SUB2000 Camouflage Paint Job

For my Kel-Tec Sub2000 carbine, I wanted to make my Kel-Tec a bit different by following an old theme camo pattern. After removing the magazine, bolt, and charging handle and masking off the serial number, barrel bore, chamber, sights, and magazine well, I coated the entire rifle in Ultra Flat Camo Black Krylon.


The next step was to place small bits of masking tape, to be peeled off after the paint job.


After that, I applied a complete coat of Khaki and after that dried, I applied darker sand patterns using the Krylon pattern overlays used for the tripod project.


After that, it was as simple as laying on color after color using stencils with Brown, Olive green, and Light Foliage Green and finally a few spots of the Black again.


All the masking tape masks were removed and after re-assembly I have to say I am very happy with the results.



Krylon Camouflage Colors Available

  • Black
  • Khaki
  • Brown
  • Olive
  • Sand
  • Woodland Light Green
  • Gray
  • Orange Camo
  • Pink Camo
  • Blue Camo


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POTD: .50BMG Sold At Walmart [The Firearm Blog]

14238342_10154580151520337_1164549671749575640_nI was perusing a nearby Walmart that I don’t frequent that often. I walked into the sporting goods department to see if they might have 8mm Mauser ammo. They did not but then I saw they have American Eagle .50 BMG 660gr ammo. Huh, never would have thought to go to Walmart to buy .50 […]

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Training Thoughts [The Firearm Blog]

Firearms TrainingIt seems that every time I turn around, I get an e-mail or Facebook message from some new training company that claims to be the next, best thing. If I may, I wish to briefly pontificate on firearms training. First, I think that a lot of the training in the industry is more akin to […]

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NRA Nevadans for Freedom Fact Checks Gun Control Mail Piece [NRA-ILA News]

Bloomberg-backed piece falsely claims Question 1 will stop “convicted felons from buying a gun.”


Law Enforcement Shortage Predicted Under Question 3 [NRA-ILA News]

Question 3 is being billed as a simple, harmless “universal” background check bill that (they claim) will help keep firearms out of the wrong hands.  Unfortunately, none of the above is true. But it will deeply impact law-abiding Maine citizens who will not be able to help but break this law, due to its far reach and hidden consequences, if allowed to pass.


Mike Marshall: Maine doesn’t need "universal" background checks. Our gun laws are strong enough. [NRA-ILA News]

The proposed "universal" background check law — Question 3 on the November ballot — is unnecessary and would be largely unenforceable as written. If this proposal became law, the only way the government could consistently convict a person in court of an illegal transfer of ownership without a background check would be if all firearms in the state were previously registered to their particular owners. Federal law prohibits the use of the National Instant Criminal Background Check System to create a gun registry. There is presently no law in Maine requiring the registration or licensing of firearms to their owners. So a universal firearm registration law in Maine would be next.


Suppress Easier With Bootleg Inc’s Adjustable Carrier [The Firearm Blog]

imageAdding a suppressor to a direct impingement (DI) gas system like the one found in most AR-patterned rifles can have an overall effect on the rifle’s operation. Many silencers will constrict the normal flow of gas out of the muzzle creating a effect sometimes referred to as back-pressure. Instead of exiting the barrel, gas and […]

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Right-to-Carry permit holder defends himself and his friend from an armed robber, KMOV, St. Louis, Mo. 09/09/2016 [NRA-ILA News]

A man armed with a gun approached two men walking in a neighborhood in Granite City, Ill. and attempted to rob them. One of the intended victims, a Right-to-Carry permit holder, responded to the threat by drawing a gun and shooting the robber. The wounded thief was transported to the hospital. Following the incident, Madison County State’s Attorney Tom Gibbons told a local media outlet, “Thankfully this individual was a concealed and carry permit holder. He had the ability to defend himself and his friend.” Gibbons also made clear that there would be no charges filed against the armed citizen.


Maxim PomPom 37mm Machine Gun [Forgotten Weapons]

“Pom-Pom” was the name given to the 37mm Maxim gun by the Boers of South Africa, based on the gun’s sound. It was a Maxim machine gun scaled up to the quite impressive 37mm caliber, intended primarily for naval use defending large vessels against small torpedo boats. This particular example is serial number 2024, made in 1889 and then sold three twice before being ultimately purchased by the United States Coast Guard and installed on the USS Manning (along with a second gun, number 2026). The Manning was promptly put into military service by the Navy and steamed down to Cuba, where it participated in the first bombardment of Cuba during the Spanish-American War.

These 37mm guns could fire a wide variety of projectiles, including solid rounds which could pierce an inch (25mm) of iron armor at 100 yards and hollow rounds filled with black powder and fused to explode on impact. During World War One, they would be pushed into anti-aircraft service, with the explosive rounds being extremely effective on early aircraft (when you could get a hit, anyway).


Massachusetts Attorney General Uses Consumer Protection Law to Attack Glock, Remington [NRA-ILA News]

Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey is facing legal action because of her use of the state’s consumer protection law to demand internal records from several large firearms manufacturers.


Final veto showdown for Missouri's most-overridden governor [NRA-ILA News]

Bills on this year's veto session agenda include a wide-ranging gun rights measure and a proposed requirement that voters present photo identification at the polls, as well as less-attention grabbing bills dealing with license fees and loose cows.


California: Hundreds rally in Modesto in support of gun rights [NRA-ILA News]

Carrying signs with messages including “No more gun laws,” “We will not comply” and “The 2nd Amendment: America’s original homeland security,” an estimated 500 people gathered Saturday along McHenry Avenue for a gun-rights rally.


New Orleans: Mayor Landrieu signs city's new gun control ordinance into law [NRA-ILA News]

Under the new ordinance, people will be required to report lost or stolen firearms to police within 48 hours. First-time offenders will have to pay a $250 fine, subsequent offenses will carry a $500 fine.


Oregon: Gov. Brown nets $250k donation from Michael Bloomberg [NRA-ILA News]

Bloomberg is co-chair of a gun control advocacy group called Everytown for Gun Safety. Earlier this year he donated $250,000 to Rep. Val Hoyle, D-Eugene, who ran unsuccessfully for Secretary of State, and gave $250,000 in 2014 to John Kitzhaber's campaign. The sixth-richest man in the world according to Forbes, Bloomberg has donated more than $2.6 million to Oregon political campaigns over the years.


Free-Float And Suppress: HB Scorpion Handguards [The Firearm Blog]

imageIf I am being completely honest, as much as I like the idea of the CZ Scorpion as a pistol caliber carbine, the aesthetics of the OEM handguard leave a lot to be desired. But like most parts of the firearms industry, if you are patient enough to wait, innovative companies will come along and […]

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Left Handed Shotgun Combat Reloads [The Firearm Blog]

Shotgun left2Life Line Warrior Medicine is a left handed Canadian who has some videos about firearms. Yes, people in Canada have firearms and while they have stringent magazine capacity restrictions they do not have restrictions like a barrel being too short on a firearm. Ryan James shows how he does combat reloads using a short barreled […]

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Magpul PMAG 21 GL9 9mm Glock Mags Now Shipping [The Firearm Blog]

14231992_1252064428139237_2877102999023169015_oLast year Magpul debuted their budget priced Glock GL9 PMAGs. Earlier this year at the 2016 SHOT Show in Las Vegas Magpul showed off some new PMAGs for Glocks in higher mag capacities, well they’ve finally released their new PMAG 21 GL9 magazines. They currently already offer PMAGs for the Glock 17, 19 and 26 in standard […]

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Federal Court Rules Nonviolent Misdemeanor Crimes Cannot Strip Firearms Rights [The Firearm Blog]

CaptureArgued June 1st, the Third Circuit of the Court of Appeals has issued a decision on cases Binderup v. the U.S. Attorney General and Suarez v. the U.S. Attorney General. In short, the 11 judge panel rules that the Government cannot deny 2nd Amendment rights to those convicted of state-level non-violent misdemeanors. Previously established interpretations of Federal law […]

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Need Some Ballistic Motivation? RE-Factor Tactical New Moto Posters [The Firearm Blog]

Washington_24x16_finalNothing like a little tongue-in-cheek humor to get one’s firearms motivation up. Re-Factor Tactical, purveyors of said motivation through patches, stickers, and various ballistic accessoreis have released their latest moto products, posters. The new posters are good fun with some bad photoshop in plain sight. Most combine well-known historical paintings or propaganda posters with meme-level […]

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Monday, 12 September


Stand with law enforcement. Vote No on Nevada Question 1! [NRA-ILA News]

Nevada Question 1 won’t prevent crime, but it would turn well-meaning Nevadans into criminals. Stand with law enforcement. Vote No on Question 1!

Don't Let New Yorkers Control Your Maine Gun Rights! [NRA-ILA News]

The New Yorkers are here and they're trying to tell Mainers how to live. New York billionaire, Michael Bloomberg, is spending $3 million to try and boss Mainers around with Question 3 this election. Question 3 will not make Maine safer. It just puts New York billionaires in charge of your life. Vote against Question 3!


Ruger SR1911 Commander 45 ACP: Now Even Smaller []

As noted in my previous review of the Government-length Ruger SR1911, Ruger hit the nail on the head for 45 ACP 1911 lovers. Full-sized 1911 desires aside, the next on every 45 ACP lover’s list is a more carriable Commander-length pistol and again Ruger has answered the call with a SR1911 Commander version of its hugely popular SR1911.

I wish I could highlight something different between the full sized SR1911 and this one, but essentially the two guns are identical with the exception of a barrel and slide that are .75” shorter. Every other part between the guns are theoretically interchangeable beyond the hand fitting.

Let’s re-explore the finer points of the SR1911 platform. The Ruger Commander is a base-priced 1911 in stainless with the basic “must do” upgrades, all for under $800.


Fit, Finish, Feel, Features, Functioning, and Accuracy

Overall, the Ruger SR1911 has one of the best slide-to-frame fits of production 1911s. Perfect buttery custom gun feel? No, but tighter and smoother than other production guns I have fired. Many will say, “Milled lowers are better,” but keep in mind that Ruger’s high precision foundry has been delivering some of the most-precise castings in the industry for decades. I would challenge you to determine that a given lower is cast, based on fit alone. All the parts are tight and have that solid Ruger feel.

Most will find the fit and finish as good or better than most other production 1911s – note I said production, not custom.


The SR1911 feels beefy and is comfortable in the hand. The shorter-barreled SR1911 Commander moves the point of balance back, for a less muzzle-heavy feel. The checkered rosewood grips and mainspring housing checkering provide a perfect grip without being too aggressive on the hands.

Ruger skipped firing pin safeties which leave many 1911 owners swearing about higher manufacturing costs, failures to fire, and harsher trigger pulls. Ruger just made the older, simpler 70-series design just as safe by using a stronger firing pin spring and a lightweight titanium firing pin. This allows the gun to survive drop tests without accidental discharge when the gun hits the concrete while providing a less complex and less expensive design all while maximizing a great trigger feel.


The trigger is skeletonized aluminum with over-travel adjustment and is probably one of the best triggers I have tried on a production 1911.

The stainless barrel and bushings are made from the same piece of bar stock. Why? Because every piece of bar stock is just unique enough that one piece will be marginally harder or softer than another. By using the same barstock for both barrel and bushings the chance for wear over the long term is greatly minimized and a better fit equals tighter groups now and into the future.  Nice detail..

Features – Standard Upgrades

The Ruger SR1911 includes a oversized mag release, thumb safety, beavertail safety with a nice palm swell, and a skeletonized and bobbed hammer. The beavertail and thumb safeties are not hugely oversized, so the Ruger should be a decent carry option. The hammer is nicely stylized and deeply serrated and can be cocked single handed with the grip hand. The mag well a standard type with decent magazine flaring, but competition shooters will want to add some sort of aftermarket mag funnel to assure speedy mag changes.


The Ruger SR1911 magazine are some of the most gorgeous magazines I have seen on a production gun. The Commander included two seven-shot magazines instead of a seven- and eight-rounder like the full-sized version.

The magazines are mirror-polished stainless steel with anti-tilt followers, and the bases fit flush with the bottom of the grip. These magazines are a work of art unto themselves.


The sights are Novak three-dot dovetail, with the rear being adjustable for windage via a set screw. Unless you are a target shooter, these are all you will ever need. It should be noted that the top rear of the slide is milled to accept other Novak equivalent combat and adjustable sights, but should you want non-Novak-compatible sights, you may need to have the top of the slide milled to provide clearance. Grips are beautiful cocobolo with deep aggressive checkering for plenty of grip.


Features – In the Box

Included in the cardboard box was a lock, the gun, two magazines, a plastic takedown wrench, and a zippered pistol pouch.

Testing included five hundred round of five types of ammo, including inexpensive steel case Herters & Wolf and various standard and premium Winchester rounds in hollowpoint and FMJ. Everything fed, fired and ejected without a single issue. Based on the fact the gun could feed anything I threw at it, I would not hesitate to recommend this 1911 for anyone intending to utilize the SR-1911 for defense.


Accuracy Testing

I wanted to replicate my testing of the full-sized SR1911, so I dug through the ammo box to find the same boxes and brands of ammo. The shorter sight radius marginally decreased accuracy, but if placed in a Ransom rest, I am sure the groups would be nearly identical.

Almost all of my groups were solidly in the 2.25” range for 5-shot groups; about .25” larger than the full sized. A magazine full of the cheap ammo grouped mostly in the 2.5” range, and I was very happy with that. Again the Winchester 230-grain FMJ rounds produced some great groups right at 2” which is superb for the inexpensive ammo. Basically, it’s an accurate 1911 pistol for the price.

Final Thoughts

The Ruger SR1911 is an outstanding value for a feature-loaded production 1911 that you can just buy and have the confidence in to go out and shoot. The Commander version offers a carriable option which is ¾” shorter and a few ounces lighter.

Like the full-sized version the grips are a bit big for my hands and I would swap them for a set of VZ slim custom grips. As that old chef told me, if you have great ingredients make sure you don’t screw it up… and Ruger has added up all the right ingredients and prepared an outstanding 1911 for the masses. Highly recommended.

Manufacturer Specs

  • Caliber: 45 Auto
  • Slide Material: Stainless Steel
  • Sights: Fixed Novak® 3-Dot
  • Length: 7.75″
  • Height: 5.45″
  • Width: 1.34″
  • Weight 36.4oz
  • Grooves: 6
  • Barrel Length: 4.25″
  • Twist: 1:16″ RH

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Missouri: Last Days to Contact Your Legislators in Support of Overriding Veto of Senate Bill 656 [NRA-ILA News]

Veto override session is this Wednesday, September 14, and Senate Bill 656, pro-gun self-defense legislation, is scheduled for an override vote.



Some Of My Fellow Deplorables [No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money]

Donald Trump is speaking in Asheville this evening.

I happened to be at my nearby Lowe's Home Center which overlooks the Asheville Regional Airport when I noticed a number of people on one end of the parking lot. It turns out they were hoping to see Trump's plane land. After I finished my shopping I joined them.

There were young deplorables there.

There were old deplorables there.

There were even some of my fellow middle aged deplorables there.

These pictures don't capture the total number of people that had been there. I'd estimate it was over 50 during the course of an hour. Unfortunately, Trump arrived earlier than expected and most people missed seeing him arrive including me.

I did get to watch Trump's speech over Livestream. He was introduced by former NYC Mayor Rudy Guilani. He started by having an assortment of folks on stage speak which included both whites and blacks.

The elderly black couple who had a "huge" number of combined years in education said it would be hard for them to be racist and sexist. It was kinda funny. Hillary is going to regret her description of a segment of Trump voters are both "deplorable" and "irredeemable". They are already coming back to haunt her.


Review: LaserLyte Laser Trainer Targets []

When ammo is in short supply, we hate to even think about going to the range to shoot up what could be the last box of ammo we may see in the next month or longer. What to do, what to do… pellets are still on the shelf for the most part, but that would not allow you to practice with your real firearms. Amidst the empty ammo shelves, I saw the LaserLyte Reaction Trainer Targets, which allow you to practice anytime, anywhere, all without burning a round of ammo.

About Laserlyte

The company was founded in 1987 as Tach Star then merged in 1996 with Lyte Optics to form LaserLyte. From that point, the company has been creating one innovation after another which has now evolved to include a vast array of laser gun sights, laser bore sights, and laser training systems. For LaserLyte, bringing together boresighting and laser projection into a training system has been a natural progression.

The technology in the Reaction Tyme Trainer Targets is pretty sophisticated, but LaserLyte presents it in an elegantly simple package. After batteries are installed in the two targets, pop a laser insert into the barrel of an unloaded firearm and you can start blasting the interactive targets with your real firearm.

Fit, Finish, & Feel

To utilize the LaserLyte training system, you need two products: a Reaction Tyme target set and a laser insert, which are purchased separately. The targets are durable black plastic housings which seem to handle a drop just fine. At approximately 3 x 4 inches, the Reaction Tyme Targets are compact and light enough to stash in a shooting bag for use at the range for ammoless training.


The universal barrel insert slips into the muzzle and is secured with an expanding plastic plug which expands somewhat like a drywall anchor, albeit more elegantly. Other inserts are purchased based on the caliber of your firearm and use a single or double O-ring design to hold them in place. Each insert is beautifully turned and hard anodized billet aluminum. I picked up dedicated 9mm and 223 caliber inserts.

Features & Functions

The Reaction Tyme Target system includes two targets which operate in two modes: the Training/Manual Mode, which indicates shots by briefly showing the laser splash on the target and “celebrates” hits with two beeps and a LED flash. The other setting is Reaction Mode which randomly lights the LED in 3-7 second intervals to work on your reaction shooting.


It is important to note that this is a professional-quality training system and not a shooting game… although it only took about four shots before my wife and I were betting nickels on who was the better shot… but if that’s what you want, there are far less expensive shooting games out there. This system is designed much more professionally.

I was able to get the targets to record hits all the way out to about fifteen yards. The targets work independently and do not record or play back shooting hits (LaserLyte has another training target product for that).

The LaserLyte Laser Trainer Cartridges insert into the barrel like any cartridge would, but are held in place with the o-ring(s). The momentary laser is triggered by the firing pin hitting the integrated snap cap in the cartridge; this worked 100% reliably and I found it more closely matched the actual point of aim of the pistol or rifle.

Testing in my Houlding Precision and Black Rain Ordnance, I did need to find the clocking point which aligned with my rifle’s zero. For longer shots, I found a need to also clock the 9mm to adjust the point of aim. Both the 9mm and 223 inserts seem to have a longer battery life than the Universal insert.


Unfortunately, I did not get the same reliability when using the LT-Pro Universal Pistol Trainer insert, which is recommended for pretty much any handgun caliber. The LT-Pro works on a sound detection and vibration system which about 25% of the time seems both too sensitive and not sensitive enough.

The LT-PRO triggered just by handling or cocking a revolver, but problems occurred with revolvers having barrels of 6″ and 8″ and tighter 1911 pistols. My Ruger SR1911, pocket pistols, and lightweight snubby revolvers all worked fine, but it seemed that there was just not enough sound or vibration to trigger the unit reliably in tight fitting and/or heavy pistols.

In some cases, I had to fiddle with the LT-Pro to make sure it was not too loose or too tight in the barrel in order to make it record shots. The Universal Pistol Trainer Insert for me seemed to deliver laser strikes about 75% of the time.

One of the somewhat painful procedures of use was that the Universal Model is “always on” until you unscrew the battery compartment and reinstall the tiny little batteries — and getting them installed correctly was frustrating. After discussing this issue with LaserLyte tech support, they swapped out my LT-Pro from another model which has performed better, but not perfectly… such is the price for universal fit.

Training Any Time, Any Place

The biggest advantage of this sort of target system is that you can use your real firearm for training, which I consider a huge plus and the best feature of the LaserLyte system. With either the universal or a cartridge insert, draws from the holster are possible, but I would buy the dedicated cartridge insert for this activity. Paired with both Reaction Tyme Targets in Random/Reaction mode, this draw and fire drill can keep you hopping.


Whether you use the system to train or to have a little fun while watching TV at night, this can be a valuable tool for training in trigger control, to minimize your flinching, to improve sighting and target acquisition, and to practice holster-to-target hits. The system also lets you attempt training which would be potentially unsafe with live ammo — or to begin training a new shooter in a safe comfortable environment.

Mrs. Pandemic and I positioned the targets at strategic locations within the house to practice forced entry defensive response scenarios, and also used the targets for draw/charge/shoot drills for our concealed carry guns. We of course used them with our feet up, shooting targets in front of the TV as well to practice trigger control.

Final Thoughts

With around $300 invested to start up the LaserLyte training system, is it worth it? A resounding yes, especially at today’s ammo prices. Even with the picky nature of the Universal Insert, this is still a great training system which pays for itself quicklky and allows you to safely target practice in your home any time. With the cartridge inserts, practice is blissfully problem-free and much more closely matches the actual point of aim.


This system paid for itself quickly and kept me from going completely nuts during this US ammo shortage. I have used the system in a number of ways, all of which have helped me develop skill, shoot my beautiful firearms, and fight boredom. For the price of fifteen boxes of ammo, this is a no brainer training system for any shooter which will be a valued firearm training tool for many years.

Manufacturer Specs

LaserLyte Reaction Tyme Targets TLB-RT Specifications:

  • Works with any of the LaserLyte® Trainers: LT-PRO, LT-223, LT-1, LT-380, LT-9, LT-40, LT-45
  • Two Targets with 2.5 inch diameter shooting ring
  • Batteries: 3 x AAA
  • Battery Life: 6,000 shots
  • Activation: LaserLyte® Laser Trainer
  • Weight: 4.25 oz. / 119 gr.
  • Length: 1.30 inches / 33.43mm
  • Width: 3.00 inches / 75.96mm
  • Height: 3.74 inches / 95.00mm
  • MSRP: $175.95


LTS Universal Pistol Trainer Insert LT-PRO

  • MSRP $120.95
  • Fits calibers: 9mm, 40s&w, 357, .45acp, 38sp, .380 Auto, 357sig, 10mm and 45LC
  • Activation: Sound of striker or hammer

LTS Training Cartridge, 9mm, LT-9

  • MSRP $115.95
  • Hammer activated

LTS Training Cartridge, 223, LT-223

  • MSRP $104.95
  • Hammer activated

Training Insert General Specs:

  • Run Time approximately 3,000 shots
  • Batteries: 3 x 377

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Ambidextrous Firearm Controls []

While ambidextrous controls on various models of popular firearms are certainly not necessary, they can be a nice feature. They can also bail you out of a bad situation should your strong side arm or hand be taken out of play.

For the uninitiated, ambidextrous controls on firearms simply means mirroring such things as safety latches, magazine releases, bolt or slide closing selectors and such on both sides of the gun’s frame or lower unit. These double duty controls are most likely found on gun models like the 1911 semi-auto pistol and the AR-15 and clones, but are seen on other firearms as well.

The obvious use for duplicating control selectors on firearms is to make it more ergonomically simple for left handed shooters, or for having to switch over from the right hand to left hand under certain circumstances. In terms of practical use, we can all train to use one set of control selectors typically found on the left side, but two sets has its uses, too.

Having field tested many 1911s at the range over the years, I have come to appreciate in particular the dual safety selectors and wish all these pistols came with them. I find in steady shooting practice that I can even use my trigger finger on the right hand selector at times. Certainly shooting left handed, which I highly recommend all shooters practice more often, the right hand selector is essential. Otherwise you have to change hands altogether.

Many AR shooters are now discovering the advantages of having a safety selector on the right side of the lower unit for the same reasons as having one on a 1911. However, the way the ARs are handled by most shooters, the trigger finger can easily be used to manipulate the right hand side safety switch. It seems that for other AR controls this is not so critical.

On factory production guns you will not see the dual selectors very often. The higher end models like some Kimber 1911s will have them, but the basic models do not. This is true for Ar-15s as well. For these rifles, as you shoulder them typically right-handed, then the primary control selectors are on the left side. There are plenty of aftermarket parts and kits now to upgrade just about any semi-auto firearm to add some dual controls if desired.

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American-Made Pocket Pistol: the SCCY CPX-1 in 9mm []

Though not a brand new pistol model on the market now, the SCCY (pronounced Sky) CPX-1 in 9mm is a very well made pocket pistol for a reasonable price. Even as we speak though, a new model the CPX-3 is coming out in .380 ACP which ought to be a good one as well. There is also a CPX-2, 9mm version that comes without the external safety mechanism.

The SCCY handguns are made in Daytona Beach, Florida, and are loaded with features that would make any handgunner quite happy. The list includes the Zytel synthetic frame with a steel slide either finished in nitride black or a matte stainless steel. The pistol’s receiver is aluminum. The frame comes in nine different colors to match any mood including black, crimson red, OFDE olive, orange, pink, purple, SCCY blue, Snipe Gray, and white.

The manual safety is ambidextrous. The trigger is double action with a 10-round magazine, two included, one with a flat base and the second with an extended base for the little finger. These pistols come with a trigger lock with two keys, and a foam lined box for storage protection.

The grip back strap is made of a recoil absorbing material. The grips have very good gripping texture characteristics. The recoil spring and guide rod are made of steel for strength and reliability. The SCCY comes with a white 3-dot sight system.

The overall length of the CPX-1 is 5.7 inches with a width of only 1.1 inches, so this pistol is very concealable in a variety of carry modes. The barrel is only 3.1 inches being perfect for close quarters work and concealment. The pistol only weighs 15 ounces.

I got a firsthand dose of handling the SCCY CPX-1 last year working a gun show with Renegade Arms. Vernon had just gotten in a good stock of them in nearly every color. I drove him crazy picking up the black one and was disappointed when it quickly sold, as did all the other ones.
But, much to my surprise, he and wife Helen presented me with a black model for Christmas. Man, talk about nice friends.

As soon as I could, I had the SCCY at the range and put several boxes of assorted ammo through the pistol. At a range of 10 yards, I easily hit the 10-inch “kill zone” pie plate every time. The SCCY CPX-1 was easy to control and a delight to shoot. Concealment wise, it hides easily in the pocket.

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One to Watch: Klarus Mi7 Mini Might EDC []

If you are flashlight company and you want to make a light that will sell well, go with a common cell, like a AA or a AAA.  If you are flashlight company and you want to make a light that will appeal to aficionados, make something that is super bright.  As it turns out not very many lights do both of those things.  The Surefire Titan Plus is probably the best light on the market, considering only these two perspectives.  But it will soon have a rival and that rival will cost about 40% of what the Titan Plus does.

Set to hit the markets in the beginning of July, the Klarus Mi7 Mini Might EDC is a spec beast.  Its got all sorts of things that flashlight fans really, really want and it has the battery format and price mainstream consumers demand.  Klarus better make a bunch of these things because they are going to go like hotcakes.

Let’s start with the obvious point–using a single rechargeable AA battery, the Mi7 will hit 700 lumens.  That is an insane amount of photons for the format, the best on the market by a wide margin.  But its not just a rechargeables-inflated number.  Using a standard cell it can hit 300 lumens, right there with many of the best lights available.  That’s the attention grabber, of course.  But there is more to the Mi7.

First, there is the UI. It is a side switch clicky, something I have come to really appreciate.  More than that though it is the fact that the user can access high or low (which is a tasty 5 lumens regardless of battery type) from off with a single button press.  Press and release and you get the wall o’ photons.  Press and hold and you get the whisper bright low.  Really, really great feature and a simple implementation.

Second, the light has a battery check mode.  Again, all of this is done by use of the side switch.  From off you press the switch three times and you get a series of pulses of light.  One pulse tells you your at 70% or more battery life, three tells you you are at 10% or less.  Again, good feature, good UI, and simple implementation.

Third, the runtimes are all really good.  Some of these “burner” lights, lights with explosive highs, achieve this by siphoning away runtime.  The MBI HF-R, a great flashlight in its own right, hits 600 lumens but does so for only a few minutes.  On high you get almost a full hour, though, as always, I imagine that is an aggregate runtime, as that many lumens in that small an object would probably result in a puddle of aluminum after .88 of an hour.  You can get 67 hours at 5 lumens, which is definitely above par.  Its not as good as a Zebralight, but it is more than adequate.

There are a bunch of other little things that are nice–the switch is metal instead of a gushy rubber boot on a switch, there is a lockout mode, and the light can tailstand with ease.  It also happens to come in three very solid color choices–black, red, and bright blue.

Its been a two horse race for more than a year now in terms of EDC lights–the Olight S1 Baton and the Surefire Titan Plus.  But with the release of the Mi7, we have a real three way battle.  And the cool thing is they are all different and each has advantages the other does not.  Its a good time to be a flashlight nerd or just someone who likes to be ready in case of a power outage.

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Survival Trial: Test Your Survival And Shooting Skills []

Back in May, a writer from The Firearm Blog (and I) competed in Survival Trial XII: Daybreaker 2016. It was a stellar event, and provided a serious challenge, testing both our mental and physical endurance, as well as shooting skills, during a twenty-four hour, marathon distance event.

To date, I have not participated in a more encompassing, nor well rounded event. It takes place in the beautiful mountains of Northern New Mexico, at the amazing NRA Whittington Center (near Raton, NM). It is billed as being:

a survival-based adventure race that incorporates Defensive Shooting Situations, Wilderness/Urban Survival Skills, Land Navigation, Physical Obstacles and Mental Challenges

Each event is different, so there is no easy way to prepare other than to be in a normal state of readiness with regards to gear, skills, and fitness.

The next one is about two weeks out, launching on September 29th at 11:59pm. As of the writing of this article there were still two slots available (one solo, and one team). Jon Weiler, creator of Survival Trial, stated that they can always use evaluators to assist on the course (if you are an evaluator you not only get to see how the event is run, and get some Survival Trial schwag, but you also get $100 off if you choose to compete in one).

This event was good enough that I will be competing in the one next spring; I will be an evaluator in two weeks so I can get the discount… 🙂

If you are interested in stepping up to the plate (and can work the logistics this close to the event), you can find more information at:

Or register at:

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For Under $200 This Stealth Cam Trail Camera May Change the Way You Hunt []

If you’re a sportsman who isn’t using modern remote field cameras to improve your success, you’re missing out on an aspect of high-end technology that may forever change your hunting.

And Stealth Cam’s G42NG is without question the best and most reliable digital camera I’ve ever used, and it’s a serious bargain at under $200 retail. The digital camera uses small SD disks and records a staggering amount of video and still photos, including night photos, and it’s all housed in a simple to access camo case.


Remote, weather-proof cameras — like the G42NG  — are invaluable to deer hunters, because they perform like in-the-field eyes that alert outdoorsmen to what’s happening near their hunting sites while they’re at work, home, a football game, out-of-state, and even at night.

Placing a remote camera over a deer scrape or near rubs, for example, not only informs a hunter what size and number bucks are making the sign, but it also records when it’s being made.

The hottest scrape sign in the county will do a hunter no good if bucks are only working the site under cover of darkness. Remote cameras record and reveal that information to hunters who can then make adjustments to their time spent afield.

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I’ve used trail cameras for years, and while they’ve worked okay, many were unreliable, which is major problem when setting cameras in remote places a long way from home. Sometimes cameras are afield for a few weeks without being tended, and when you check them batteries are depleted, or the unit malfunctioned and everything you’d hope for is a bust.

That’s not the case with Stealth Cam’s G42NG. I’ve been using it to keep tabs on my hunting areas for a couple months, and I’ve yet to have to replace batteries. Photos and video are sharp and easy to view. The unit is as good today as when I first got it.

The camera has recorded some interesting things at my hunt spot, including a couple of trespassers sneaking around, more turkeys than I thought were on my lease, and a couple nice bucks that showed they’re already making scrapes and rubbing antlers.


But the best photo the camera has made is one of a bobcat that caught a squirrel and is triumphantly walking through my hunt area. It’s an incredible photo that shows the value of having a quiet, reliable woods camera keeping guard at a pet hunting spot.

I will be getting a couple more Stealth Cam units to monitor choice hunting areas I want to stay well away from until the rut starts to rock.

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Factor Ghost 130 Flashlight []

People often start out carrying full-size service pistols and then, over time, switch to compact and subcompact guns for convenience. The same is true of cameras — often the photos of opportunity are taken with cell phones while the big SLRs sit on a shelf at home. Compact tools may lack in power, but they are more often on hand when needed. Ghost 130 flashlight is one such tool.


This 0.6oz stainless lightweight is part of Factor’s work flashlights line. It’s designed for daily use. The 1.5″ long light body can ride in a watch pocket and has a para cord lanyard for easy retrieval.


It has two brightness modes, the low (8 lumens) and high, nominally 130 lumens. To my eye, the difference between the two modes wasn’t as drastic. Run time is 6 hours and 30 minutes respectively. The light doesn’t heat up at all in use, even on high. Twisting the front of the light turns out the low light mode first, then the full brightness. On the one hand, that helps the eyes to adjust, on the other, turning the thin smooth flashlight body with gloved hands can be awkward. I would have preferred the front with the same anti-roll facets the back of the flashlight shows. While there’s no way to stand the light, it can be hanged off various objects using the free lanyard tails.




Recharging from empty takes about half an hour. Ghost 130 comes with a sturdy micro USB cable but user would have to supply a wall plug adapter if needed. For recharging, the body of the light unscrews to separate into two halves. Just in case, two additional o-rings are included in the box. The 10180 Lithium ion battery is rated for 500 cycles. Once the battery no longer holds charge, it can be replaced by user. The battery weighs as much as the light doesn, bringing the full up weight to about 1.2oz. Considering such a battery retails for about $18 by itself, that makes the $29.95 MSRP of the Ghost 130 look like a pretty good deal.


Ghost 130 comes in a nicely fitted box. The body is stainless steel and should be quite durable. It’s reflective finish makes retrieval easy in case of accidental drop The light is guaranteed waterproof to 6.5 feet. It would make a pretty useful stocking-stuffer.


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Some good land navigation info [Sipsey Street Irregulars]

I just came off of a three day Reserve Drill weekend where I had to conduct a land navigation course for the Company.  All things considered it went pretty well.  Like virtually everything else, the only way to get good at land nav is to actually go out and do it.  In order to instruct my Soldiers I showed them these videos prior to the actual course, and it seemed to provide an good enough refresher that we did not have to wrangle any lost lambs.

Understanding how to navigate without a GPS and having the maps to do it will be a huge benefit to any group in a grid down situation.  So it got me thinking that you may also benefit from the knowledge and will need to take advantage of it while it is readily available.

Here is an explanation of how to use an eight digit grid and plot it on the map.

Here are some good tips when you are out in the field:

Before you plot, verify you have the correct scale on the protractor and you have the right side up.  Don't laugh, I had to correct Soldiers doing this very thing.  A little information can be dangerous.

You can find several excellent Sergeant produced power point presentations online with a simple google search.  The Art of Manliness offers this quick rundown to using a military map, protractor, and compass.  If you have any questions, let me know and I will answer them to the best of my ability at this remove.  Plotting your point correctly is half the battle and getting the correct distance and pacing is the other.  Plot twice and take your time and you will be half way there.

Most of us do not have the benefit of a ready pool of experience when it come to this kind of skill set, so I would recommend another quick Google search for orienteering groups in your area.  Oh, and if you want a challenge, try your hand at urban land navigation.  And what if you really get good, and you feel the need to separate the men from the boys?  Go do it at night.


That's all I have to say about that [Sipsey Street Irregulars]

When the 9-11 memorial event broke the Hillary prognosticated two outcomes:

1. Democrats, (and dead people and other people ineligible to vote) would vote for her rotting carcass anyway, be cause she is a woman you abelist, cis-male, scumlord.

2. Bernie steps in as the consolation prize winner and the real long march towards the glorious revolution begins.

More learned individuals think that, of course assuming that her cadaver won, the DNC would just put in whatever they think or it would bring about a temporary third term for Obama.

Buckle up kids.  It is going to be a bumpy ride.


Ritter & Stark SX-1 Modular Tactical Rifle [The Firearm Blog]

Ritter RifleRitter & Stark will introduce its SX-1 Modular Tactical Rifle (MTR) to the US market at the Association of the United States Army (AUSA) Annual Meeting and Exposition next month. TFB readers got a sneak peek of this gun in May when Steve published a number of guns that were on display at the Defense […]

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Liberty Ammunition Introduces 30-06 Round [The Firearm Blog]

Liberty AmmunitionLiberty Ammunition announced that its new 30-06 load is now shipping. The new round is part of the company’s Animal Instinct line of hunting ammo. It features a 100 grain copper monolithic hollow point bullet that has a nickel jacket. The bullet is designed to fragment upon impact with soft tissue while still providing enough […]

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70-year-old man fights off home invader, KRQE, Albuquerque, N.M. 09/09/16 [NRA-ILA News]

A 70-year-old man who walks using a cane was at home in Tijeras, N.M. when an intruder broke into the house. The home invader attacked the elderly man with a hockey stick and a piece of bamboo. The elderly man responded to the attack by retrieving a .38-caliber handgun and shooting his assailant, killing him. The elderly man’s neighbors were supportive of his actions, with one telling a local media outlet, “Good for him. That’s awesome that he was able to think that fast and he was able to protect himself.” Another neighbor added, “Thank god that he’s armed and you know, most of us up here are. I hope people see this is not a good place to come for sure.”


Australia's criminals are still armed [NRA-ILA News]

Despite Australia’s strict gun control regime, criminals are now better armed than at any time since then-Prime Minister John Howard introduced a nationwide firearm buyback scheme in response to the 1996 Port Arthur massacre.


POTD: World War II 1911 Military Pistol from a crashed airplane over Germany [The Firearm Blog]

Today’s Photo of the Day is something spectacular. A time machine back to WW2. I visited a friend, we started talking, had some cookies and coffee. Talk was good. But no coffee without guns, so my friend places his new purchase on the table. I’m not specially into 1911’s, but even I can tell this […]

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Bloomberg Stuffs Bucks Into Maine And Nevada Ballot Initiatives [NRA-ILA News]

As the Nov. 8 election draws nearer, the battle is heating up for the votes of Nevada and Maine residents concerning restrictive anti-gun ballot initiatives being considered in both states.


The smallest Kalashnikov in the world [The Firearm Blog]

ak-47_1mm_deulin_yuryTalk about low profile rifles, this AK-47 Kalashnikov is tiny. Anatoly Konenko is a microminiaturist who has been doing micro-art for over 30 years, creating some of the smallest things in the world (well it’s all relative!). He spends his days working through a microscope and has won a lot of awards in his home […]

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Good Samaritans Stop Violent Attack and Attempted Kidnapping [NRA-ILA News]

When a woman was violently attacked while placing her infant into a child seat, two good samaritans sprang into action and stopped the vicious encounter.


Schumer Calls Progressive Supreme Court His 'Number One Goal' [NRA-ILA News]

Sen. Charles E. Schumer is making no secret that he's preparing to do what's necessary to make sure the Supreme Court tilts to the left next year. "My number one goal, should I become majority leader with your help, is to get a progressive Supreme Court," the New York Democrat told a policy conference hosted by Rev. Al Sharpton's National Action Network Wednesday morning. "A progressive majority on the Supreme Court is an imperative, and if I become majority leader, I will make it happen," Schumer said. "I will make it happen."


LGBT group embraces guns [NRA-ILA News]

In the days after 49 people were fatally shot at the Pulse gay nightclub in Orlando, Fla., this summer, Fischer wanted to do something to make his community safer. So he started the West Hollywood chapter of the Pink Pistols — a loosely organized, national LGBT gun group.


Grassley: ATF Must Get Serious about its Undercover Storefront Operations [NRA-ILA News]

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley today issued the following statement regarding a Justice Department Inspector General report recommending sweeping changes to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ (ATF) management of undercover storefront operations.


Missouri: Voter ID, guns likely to be key topics in veto session [NRA-ILA News]

Missouri lawmakers return to the Capitol Wednesday to decide whether they should override any of Gov. Jay Nixon's vetoes of 20 bills the Legislature passed last spring.


Wisconsin Supreme Court hears arguments about rule banning guns on Madison buses [NRA-ILA News]

A pro-gun group that challenged a city of Madison rule that bans weapons, including firearms, on Metro Transit buses told the state Supreme Court on Friday that the rule should be overturned because it is prohibited by a state law that bars municipalities from creating more stringent gun laws than those enacted by the state.


New Orleans approves law requiring residents to report stolen guns [NRA-ILA News]

The New Orleans City Council granted unanimous approval to an ordinance that would punish residents who lose a firearm and fail to report it, and ban guns from city recreational facilities.


Why won’t you die? L85A3 prototypes released to public [The Firearm Blog]

SA80A3-right“Beneath this mask of a failed bullpup there is more than double feeds and malfunctions. Beneath this mask there is an idea, Mr. Creedy, and ideas are bulletproof, especially when they jam!”, in other words, the SA80/L85 bullpup rifle platform probably wouldn’t be too good at being in anti-establishment movies, considering that the platform itself is a […]

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California: San Jose gun laws, New proposals criticized [NRA-ILA News]

In a state already known for some of the nation’s strictest gun controls, some San Jose officials are pushing the city to go further with a proposed law that would toughen requirements for securing firearms, reporting their theft and monitoring ammunition sales.


Julia: Shooting a 20mm Lahti L39 [Forgotten Weapons]

The Lahti L39 was the Finnish answer to the need for an anti-tank rifle, developed just before the Winter War. The rifle was created by noted Finnish designed Aimo Lahti, who had pressed for it to use a 13.2mm cartridge. However, arguments for using a 20x138B cartridge won out, based on hopes to use that cartridge in both antitank and antiaircraft roles, as well as testing that showed the 20mm projectile to have greater terminal effect.

The L39 was not available for use in the Winter War (having been adopted barely 2 months before the Russian attack), but was used extensively in the Continuation War. While improved tank armor quickly became thick enough to protect against the round, it was used for a variety of anti material roles, attacking machine gun positions, bunkers, light vehicles, and more. In 1944, an anti-aircraft version was also produced, firing in full auto and using 15-round magazines.

Today, ammunition is available from a few companies, typically using lathe-turned new cases and surplus 20mm Vulcan projectiles.

I also have an old interview video talking with Dolf Goldsmith about the few crimes actually committed with what would become regulated as Destructive Devices:


2016 Gun Rights Policy Conference [No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money]

Just a reminder from the Second Amendment Foundation that the Gun Rights Policy Conference will be held in less than two weeks.

BELLEVUE, WA – Virginia attorney Alan Gura, who won both the 2008 Heller case and the 2010 case of McDonald v. City of Chicago before the U.S. Supreme Court, is slated to be one of the highlight speakers later this month at the 31st annual Gun Rights Policy Conference at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Tampa, Fla., an event that will also feature several national gun rights leaders.

More than 75 speakers will participate in a wide range of panel discussions ranging from this fall’s elections to state legislative activities, working with the press, and other important Second Amendment issues including personal protection.

Also scheduled are Alan Gottlieb, founder of the Second Amendment Foundation (SAF) and chairman of the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms (CCRKBA), Mark Walters, host of the national radio show Armed American Radio; Tom Gresham, host of nationally-syndicated Gun Talk radio; nationally-recognized firearms instructor and self-defense authority Massad Ayoob, and Professor John Lott, author of The War on Guns and a Fox contributor. The full roster of speakers is not yet finalized.

In addition, SAF and CCRKBA leaders will be joined by representatives from the National Shooting Sports Foundation, Gun Owners of America, the National Rifle Association,, the Washington Times, Washington Free Beacon and Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership, who will also be speaking.

The weekend event typically attracts more than 700 gun owners, activists and experts from across the country. Attendance is free, and on-line registration is available at .

WHO: National gun rights leaders
WHAT: Speaking at the 31st annual Gun Rights Policy Conference
WHEN: Saturday, Sept. 24 & Sunday, Sept. 25
WHERE: DoubleTree by Hilton, 4500 W Cypress St, Tampa, FL 33607
On Sunday morning, I will be presenting along with Paul Lathrop of The Polite Society Podcast about the uses of new media to advance gun rights.

The Polite Society Podcast will be livestreaming the event on both days. We will also have interviews during the breaks with many of the speakers. Even if you can't make it down to sunny Florida in person, you can still participate in the Gun Rights Policy Conference. More details on where we will be livestreaming the event as we get closer.


PolyCase Ammunition’s New .357 Magnum ARX [The Firearm Blog]

PolyCase 357PolyCase Ammunition announced the release of their latest round in the Interceptor Preferred Defense line of ammo: the ARX in .357 Magnum. The traditional powerhouse load is known for its recoil and muzzle blast in addition to its near legendary status as a man stopper. PolyCase uses its ARX bullet in the new load, which […]

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Opinion: Woman Stops Stereotyping Gun Owners [The Firearm Blog]

HPIM0237.JPGI am going to do my absolute best at making this a nonpolitical post since I think there is a lot that we can learn from the instructor that changed the professor’s mind about gun owners. Recently Iowa Firearms Coalition ran a story on a professor from Drake University that had her world turned over by a […]

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Bad Ass of the Week - Patton [Sipsey Street Irregulars]

Here’s how General Patton earned the nickname ‘Old Blood and Guts’

Original article posted in Business Insider by Orvelin Valle of We Are The Mighty

Legend has it that Gen. George S. Patton earned his “Old Blood and Guts” nickname for having a lust for battle without regard for the lives of his troops. 
But the reality of Patton’s genius is quite the opposite; he produced more results in less time with fewer casualties than any other general in any army during World War II, according to Patton biographer Alan Axelrod in the American Heroes Channel video below. 
“He wanted his officers who he trained to know what they were going to expect in battle,” said Axelrod. “He [Patton] said to them, ‘you’re going to be up to your neck in blood and guts.’ This made quite an impression, and it stuck and from that point on, he was known as ‘Old Blood and Guts." 
Still, high operational tempo and strict adherence to the rules pushed his men to the breaking point and hurt morale in the ranks. A common GI saying about Patton was, “our blood, his guts.” 
The general’s low point came in August 1943 when he slapped two shell-shocked soldiers under his command for crying. For this, Gen. Eisenhower deemed him too undisciplined to lead the Normandy invasion, so he placed Patton in charge of a “ghost army” at Pas de Calais, France. 
He was a decoy, and the Nazis took the bait; after all, they considered Patton the Allies’ best commander. Even weeks after D-Day, the Germans continued to wait for Patton’s crossing at Pas de Calais amassing troops for the fight. 


Have You Ever Wondered Why Some Glock Mags Have A Silver Rectangle? [The Firearm Blog]

glock3If you have spent any time in a gun shop you know that hardly anyone knows exactly what that little silver rectangle on the front of the magazine is for. During a Glock armorer’s course I took recently I made a point to ask the instructor what in the hell the exposed metal was all […]

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Winchester Honoring Olympian Shooter Kim Rhode [The Firearm Blog]

rhodeKim Rhode isn’t just any Olympic shooter, she’s an Olympic shooter who has won not one, not two, but six medals, consecutively, in an individual Olympic sport. Rhode is also the first American athlete to do so. Unfortunately she hasn’t received the media attention she deserves for this accomplishment, but the firearms industry is doing […]

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Muzzle Device Adapter for AK-47 from MSP [The Firearm Blog]

MSP MDAMounting Solutions Plus announced a new device that will allow a shooter to thread typical US made muzzle devices to the typical AK-47/AKM rifle chambered in 7.62×39. The new Muzzle Device Adapter, or MDA, screws onto the rifle’s threaded muzzle and a muzzle device can then be threaded onto the adapter. Although the company does not […]

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Sunday, 11 September


POTD: The Waitasaurus Rex Is Real! [The Firearm Blog]

14212065_10100330355995889_1817425585280419556_nThe Waitasaurus Rex has been floating around the internet for a couple of days now, but damn if it isn’t funny. As we all know, with the implementation of the new ATF rule 41F, wait times for NFA items are expected to increase to unprecedented levels. Right now the estimated form 1 e-form time is over six months, […]

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For Sale: Gras M14 Conversion, Hotchkiss Universal kit, Yugo M92 Krink kit [Forgotten Weapons]

I have a couple things up for sale, if anyone is interested. Prices include shipping; only for sale in the US (and only where legal in the US). Email me at if you want any of them! Payment by USPS money order. I will add cash to any of these in trade for a French RSC-1917 semi auto rifle, if you happen to have one!

1. French Gras M14 Conversion, in 8mm Lebel. This is a Model 1874 Gras rifle that went through the 1880 updates and then was rebarreled to 8mm Lebel in 1914. These conversions were made to allow new Lebel rifles to go to the front lines, while guards and other rear line troops could be armed with the older single shot rifles, while still using the standard ammunition. This rifle also has a black enamel finish and an “N” converted chamber, indicating that it was still in military inventory in the 1930s. It appears to have been brought back from WWII by a US vet, as it has a “duffel cut” receiver (the cut is nicely hidden under the rear barrel band). Bolt and stock serial numbers match, but the barrel number does not. Bore is dark, but with strong rifling. Original holy water plug is intact in the stock, although the stock cartouche is too worn to be legible. A really cool example of WWI production desperation in the French military. Can chamber and fire Prvi Partisan 8mm Lebel, although one should exercise care, as this is still an old black powder receiver and single locking lug bolt.

You can see this exact gun in this video – I have since bought one that is not duffel cut, and this one is now an extra that I don’t need. Antique; no FFL required. $750.

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2. Hotchkiss Universal parts kit. This is the really cool French transformers carbine (see my video here). I had been collecting parts to build one, and then found a complete gun for sale, so I bought it. Now I have an extra parts kit that I don’t need. It includes everything except the recoil spring, which you should be able to adapt from another tube gun SMG like a Sten. It does have the small parts that are often missing – the rear sight and bolt handle. The magazine well is the style with a flat spring instead of a lever. The bore is very good, although the nose piece is frozen to the barrel – a bit of penetrating oil should free it up. The firing pin is intact, and the firing mechanism works. The buttplate is a bit bent. Includes one slightly rusty magazine, as long as it’s legal where you have me mail it.

These guns were originally selective fire, but from a closed bolt. This makes semiauto conversion far simpler than most SMGs, because there is no need to drill out fixed firing pins or add hammers or strikers. In fact, there are really easy guns to build for anyone with some experience in this field. I will include a set of detailed photos of my complete commercially-sold semiauto one, showing what changes were made for the conversion. $1600.

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3. Yugoslav M92 “Krink” AK parts kit. This is from a rifle built in 2003, and then demilled – it’s not a virgin kit. This means that things like the gas port, extractor relief, and various barrel pin holes – and most significantly, the headspacing – have already been cut. Most M92 kits were unassembled, which added a lot more work to a build. This kit is all matching and complete, including even an M92-specific rivet set. All it needs is a receiver and a tax stamp. Okay, and a magazine. Chambered for 7.62×39, uses standard mags. It’s in excellent shape, and will make someone a beautiful and very handy little carbine. $1200.

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Stop Worrying About Whether Your Gun Is “Viable” – Accepting Obsolescence in Your Arsenal [The Firearm Blog]

ITgJcDoAs we ride the shockwaves outward from the epicenter of the explosion which began in 2004 with the expiry of the Assault Weapons Ban, our community of gun owners has rapidly mutated from the set that characterized our parents and grandparent’s generations. Many good things have come out of this, including better gun safety practices, wider […]

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Sunday Jams - Carl Orff [Sipsey Street Irregulars]

Carmina Burana's most well known piece is, obviously, O Fortuna.  I am sure you recognize it from dozens of places in modern film and TV.  It is overly complex and dramatic and seems to universally resonate with something forgotten deep inside. The poetry of it and of the entire concert is well worth the listen.

O Fortuna (O Fortune)
velut luna (like the moon)
statu variabilis (you are changeable)
semper crescis (always waxing)
aut decrescis; (and waning;)
vita detestabilis (hateful life)
nunc obdurat (first oppresses)
et tunc curat (and then soothes)
ludo mentis aciem, (as fancy takes it)
egestatem, (poverty)
potestatem (and power)
dissolvit ut glaciem. (it melts them like ice.)
Sors immanis (Fate - monstrous)
et inanis, (and empty)
rota tu volubilis, (you whirling wheel)
status malus, (you are malevolent)
vana salus (well-being is vain)
semper dissolubilis, (and always fades to nothing)
obumbrata (shadowed)
et velata (and veiled)
mihi quoque niteris; (you plague me too;)
nunc per ludum (now through the game)
dorsum nudum (I bring my bare back)
fero tui sceleris. (to your villainy.)
Sors salutis (Fate is against me)
et virtutis (in health)
michi nunc contraria, (and virtue)
est affectus (driven on)
et defectus (and weighted down)
semper in angaria. (always enslaved.)
Hac in hora (So at this hour)
sine mora (without delay)
corde pulsum tangite; (pluck the vibrating strings;)
quod per sortem (since Fate)
sternit fortem, (strikes down the strong)
mecum omnes plangite! (everyone weep with me!)


Saturday, 10 September


Book Review: “Star Firearms” and “Astra Firearms” by Leonardo Antaris [Forgotten Weapons]

Leonardo Antaris has written massive and excellent volumes on two of the major companies in the Spanish firearms industry, Star and Astra. Both of these companies made a wide range of military and commercial handguns, and Antaris’ book cover everything. They include historical context for the guns, details on many competitors to Star and Astra products, detailed production records, and excellent explanations of the differences between variants.

The books are not cheap, but are absolutely worth the price for anyone interested in Spanish handguns. Once they sell out (and only a few hundred of each were printed), they will be gone forever – so get your copies now.

Star Firearms:
Astra Firearms:


More On Kalashnikov Concern’s New MA Compact Assault Rifle and SVK Marksman’s Rifle (and More!), via Modern Firearms [The Firearm Blog]

160907_2maKalashnikov Concern’s newest weapon releases have received quite a lot of attention since they were first shown off at the ARMY 2016 military and technology forum in Moscow, and as the conference winds down, I want to take a more thorough pass through four of these new products from the company. Since we published announcements for […]

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Friday, 09 September


Missouri: Your Legislators Need to Hear from You Immediately, Urge Them to Override Veto on SB 656 [NRA-ILA News]

Time is running out! Your legislators will reconvene within a week to vote to override Governor Jay Nixon’s veto of Senate Bill 656, pro-gun self-defense legislation.


Chicago Officials (Finally) Recognize Criminals Cause Crime [NRA-ILA News]

After more than five years in office, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is finally looking beyond his city’s gun control laws to stop the out-of-control violence in the Windy City.

Chicago Officials (Finally) Recognize Criminals Cause Crime [NRA-ILA News]

After more than five years in office, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is finally looking beyond his city’s gun control laws to stop the out-of-control violence in the Windy City.


Federal Court Holds Some Lifetime Firearm Prohibitions Unconstitutional [NRA-ILA News]

On Wednesday, the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit held that some individuals who have been denied their right to keep and bear arms might be able to recover their rights.

Federal Court Holds Some Lifetime Firearm Prohibitions Unconstitutional [NRA-ILA News]

On Wednesday, the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit held that some individuals who have been denied their right to keep and bear arms might be able to recover their rights.


Democratic VP Candidate Tim Kaine on Gun Control: “I can't think of an issue I'd rather be aligned with than this” [NRA-ILA News]

In May 2000, Tim Kaine, then-mayor of Richmond, Va., used more than $6,000 in public funds to charter eight buses. The buses were used to transport city residents from Richmond to the anti-gun, and inaccurately named, Million Mom March in Washington, D.C.

Democratic VP Candidate Tim Kaine on Gun Control: “I can't think of an issue I'd rather be aligned with than this” [NRA-ILA News]

In May 2000, Tim Kaine, then-mayor of Richmond, Va., used more than $6,000 in public funds to charter eight buses. The buses were used to transport city residents from Richmond to the anti-gun, and inaccurately named, Million Mom March in Washington, D.C.


New Jersey: Redundant Ammo Ban Will Only Make the Law More Confusing [NRA-ILA News]

On Monday, September 12, the New Jersey Senate Law and Public Safety Committee is scheduled to consider S.152.

New Jersey: Redundant Ammo Ban Will Only Make the Law More Confusing [NRA-ILA News]

On Monday, September 12, the New Jersey Senate Law and Public Safety Committee is scheduled to consider S.152.


Top 5 Most Comfortable Pistols [The Firearm Blog]

Some pistols are just inherently more comfortable than others by nature of their design. In this list we explore five different semi-automatic handguns that are just plain comfortable to take to the range and blast away. Thanks to our sponsors:  Ventura Munitions – Retailer of quality ammunition.  Proxibid – Shop For Home Defense Pistols Online Here

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Relocating A Hornets Nest With a Shotgun [The Firearm Blog]

waspWranglerstar has a video documenting his removal of a decent sized wasp nest from his property.  He uses a Remington 870 12 ga shotgun. He does not mention what specific round he used but I suspect it is a generic bird shot round. Can anyone ID the specific make and model from the video?   […]

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Clear Ballistics Gelatin Not Performing Like Real Ballistics Gelatin? [The Firearm Blog]

ballistic gelAndrew of has published a video comparing the performance of Clear Ballistic Gelatin to organic 10% ballistic gelatin using Nosler 64gr Bonded Softpoint bullets out of an AR-15. The results are interesting. When shooting into the 10% ballistics gelatin, the round penetrated 15.6″. Clear ballistics gelatin showed different results with the same bullet penetrating 19.4″, almost 4″ further than […]

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POTD: AK Quad Stack Magazine [The Firearm Blog]

AK74_50rd_mag_545_SGL31_LeftKashtan2This is a rather rare AK74 magazine that is a quad stack. Similar in concept to the SureFire 60rd quad stack magazines. I am told it holds 60 rounds of 5.45x39mm.

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NRA Election Action Meetings in Maine [NRA-ILA News]

Former New York City Mayor and anti-gun elitist Michael Bloomberg is trying to tear apart Mainers’ firearm rights piece by piece, starting with Question 3 that is on the ballot this November. If you are not aware of how Question 3 will radically impact your rights, please visit

NRA Election Action Meetings in Maine [NRA-ILA News]

Former New York City Mayor and anti-gun elitist Michael Bloomberg is trying to tear apart Mainers’ firearm rights piece by piece, starting with Question 3 that is on the ballot this November. If you are not aware of how Question 3 will radically impact your rights, please visit


Smoothbore Saiga-366 with .366 TKM shotgun ammunition [The Firearm Blog]

0RxCOGTWe all know how strange gun laws can be. In Russia there’s a 5 year wait of owning a shotgun before you can obtain a rifle. Yes, that includes .22LR. And in other countries we would love to get our hands on Saiga or Molot shotguns, but can’t due to availability or other gun related […]

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PSA: What you thought were blanks will get someone killed [The Firearm Blog]

unspecified1Within high risk jobs that deal with small arms, a death while on duty is something that soldiers and cops make a very real realization about, sometime during their careers. However a death in training is one of the hardest tragedies to come to terms with, particularly because it was in training. This is what happened […]

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CZ 455 Meets AR: The Covenanter Arms BR-22 [The Firearm Blog]

imageAs my search for a match-grade rimfire bolt action rifle continues in earnest, it was fortuitous that a regular TFB reader sent in a tip about a new setup from Covenanter Arms in New South Wales, Australia. Our friends in the Southern Hemisphere have developed a chassis for the CZ 455/452 rimfire rifles that allows […]

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CETME-LC (the short one): Safety PSA [Forgotten Weapons]

As you may or may not be aware, I recently built a semiauto CETME-LV rifle using a parts kit imported by Apex Gun Parts and an 80% flat from Hill & Mac Gunworks. Now, the LV model is identical to the standard CETME-L except for the rear sight block, which includes a STANAG optics mount not present on the regular CETME-L rifle. That is a totally non-mechanical difference – it has no impact on how the rifle functions. There is, however, one other model of the rifle – the CETME-LC.


The LC is the short (corto) carbine version of the gun, with a 12.6″ barrel and a collapsing stock. Because the recoil spring in the normal rifles extends deep into the stock, it must be changed if the rifle is to have a different type of buttstock. So the LC model has its recoil spring assembly moved up to the area of the charging handle tube. The spring tension was also changed, and the bolt carrier weight was reduced by about 3 ounces. What this all leads to is an increase in bolt velocity. No problem, if the other parts of the design are adjusted accordingly. However, in this case we have a problem, thanks to the poor spring quality endemic to the CETME-L. The firing pin spring is not nearly strong enough.

The original production run of CETME-LC carbines was done near the end of the gun’s service period, and the receiver stamping tooling was getting old and worn. The LC receivers generally did not fit all that well, and there was excessive friction dragging against the bolt carrier as it traveled. With a new well-made receiver (like an HMG flat), this added resistance does not exist. As a result, the bolt velocity goes up, and the guns will slamfire. Because the bolt carrier is lighter and moving faster, the firing pin is also moving faster, traveling within the bolt assembly. The bolt will chamber a round and come to a dead stop, and the firing pin will continue moving forward with more energy than the firing pin spring can contain. It will hit the primer of the newly chambered round without needing to be hit with the hammer. The resulting recoil will unlock the gun (and faster than normal, because the hammer was never released, so the bolt doesn’t have to expend any energy recocking it) and the process will repeat, increasing in bolt velocity bit by bit until it finally runs out of ammo or outruns the magazine and jams. Cyclic rate doing this is a rather frightening 1000RPM or so.

Judging from the LC kits imported from Spain, this was definitely a systematic problem. All of the kits that HMG has inspected have shown extensive wear to the auto trips, which would be expected from this type of malfunction.

Now, the solution is a simple and easy one, once the problem is known: increase the strength of the firing pin spring to just under the point where you begin to get light strikes with the hammer.

Some people will read this and get clever ideas about machine guns. Those people are wrong. This is not an easy way to make a machine gun, it is an easy way to make a self-destructing gun. At this rate of fire, the gun is hammering itself to bits and simultaneously creating so enough recoil to be extremely dangerous to the shooter and people around. Yes, some people can control shoulder rifles at that rate of fire – but the kind of people who seriously consider exploiting this type of malfunctioning as an opportunity are not the sort of people who can do it. If you have that much trigger time on machine guns, you know that this condition is DANGEROUS. Best case, you will break your gun. Worst case, recoil will pull the rifle out of your control and kill a bystander.

This is a PSA for the folks who plan to build themselves CETME-LC rifles, so they can do it safely. These kits are still available from Apex Gun Parts as of this post’s writing: CETME-LC Parts Kit.


Toys! Life-Like Action Figures With Miniature Guns [The Firearm Blog]

imageTaking a short hiatus from breaking news, new products and and other serious business matters, let’s talk about “toys”. And I am not using quotes around “toys” to mean all the guns and gadget we are all obsessed with, I mean action figures. Except the depictions created by DAMToys aren’t really toys – they are scaled down […]

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Cool! Picatinny Rails for Computer Monitor & Accessory Mounting [The Firearm Blog]

RailLaunch_NewsGraphicShow at the Northwest Shooting Sports Expo, gaming company GAEMS has shown one of their latest wares, the GAEMS Rail System, which uses the common Picatinny rail specification and applies it for the electronic enthusiast. The new Rail System uses the now “old fashioned” quad rail to provide versatile mounting for a variety of devices. […]

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Not Sure If Serious… The New Mako Meprolight “FT Bullseye Micro Optic” [The Firearm Blog]

Capture2I love the concept behind The Mako Group’s Meprolight FT Bullseye Micro Optic. In short, its a single sight/optic for a handgun that completely removes the front sight from the handgun and instead replaces it with a an interesting bullseye apparatus that supposedly removes the need for the front sight. Per the Press Release: Meprolight’s engineers […]

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Head Down Product Ammunition [The Firearm Blog]

Head Down Product ammoHead Down Products announced a new line of premium ammunition (their term) for the AR crowd. Initially, the company is offering two .223 Rem loads: a 55 gr FMJ and a 60 gr V-Max. The 55 gr FMJ load is actually a remanufactured load using military range brass. Head Down Products uses a Hornady bullet […]

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Thursday, 08 September


Washington: Anti-Gun AG Promises Firearm and Magazine Ban Legislation Next Year [NRA-ILA News]

Yesterday, anti-gun Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson announced that he will propose legislation during the 2017 Legislative Session to ban the sale of popular and commonly-owned semi-automatic rifles and ammunition magazines.


Try These Tips For The Biggest Fall Walleyes, Part 2 []

Yep, it’s football season, and hunting is cranking up everywhere. But if you want to catch a mega-walleye, now’s the time to get on the water. Follow these professional fisherman tips and the big one is all yours.

John Balla

One of my favorite big fish river walleye live bait set ups is a simple one, designed for use around rocks, jetties and wing dams.

It’s a simple slip-sinker rig with live-bait hook. Slide onto the main fishing line a 3/8- to ¾-ounce egg sinker (depending on depth and current), then a bead, and tie to a high-quality ball-bearing barrel swivel.

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To other end of swivel fasten a 12- to 36-inch leader of 10- to 12-pound monofilament to a #1 to #6 live bait hook, octopus-style preffered. A bright-colored bead can also be used in front of the hook as an added attractant.

For bait during autumn in rivers, nothing beats a willow cat, if they are legally available in your area or state. Other options include 3- to 5-inch chubs, suckers, and nightcrawlers.

Tom Kemos

Great Lakes big walleyes rally around shallow wind-swept or current-swept rock humps and points in fall. And when I say shallow, I mean just enough water to cover their backs.

Shiners, as well as shad and gobies move up onto these areas on days when the sun is high. This pattern begins around mid-fall, when surface water temperatures drop into the low sixties.

I position my Mercury-powered Ranger boat a long cast away and hold it in position with my Motorguide bow-mount electric motor. Swimming a swim bait or even pitching a lively red-tail chub are two of the best ways to get the big autumn beasts to bite.

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One important note is that I spool my spinning rods with 8-pound pound Sufix Siege clear monofilament, as opposed to braid. I have found that in the gnarly shallows of the Great Lakes, zebra mussels don’t have a catastrophic effect on mono, and the clear line draws more strikes. Nevertheless, always monitor your line for abrasion.

Scott Steil

For fall walleyes I keep it simple. My go-to bait is a long-shank, wide-gap jig tipped with a small chub. Since fall walleye are often found on shallow rocks I use this set-up to keep the jig far enough away from the boat that fish don’t spook.

Since the jig is fairly light, usually 1/8-ounce and the minnow is fairly large, 6-inch chub, the bait moves over the scattered rocks without getting snagged and large walleyes are usually willing to take the easy meal.

If you add a little bit of wind to the equation to decrease light penetration, your success improves dramatically.

Tommy Skarlis

For fall walleyes, “go big and fast or go home.”

Often times the forage in fall is at its peak size and quantity. When an angler is faced with a lot of food and not a lot of “biters” – one option is to put on the largest baits in your arsenal and troll fast to locate active fish.

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I usually prefer to put on an 800 series Reef Runner and troll around 3 to 4 miles per hour in lakes and reservoirs or troll up to 5 miles an hour downstream in rivers or 3 miles per hour upstream. This often times will trigger fish into biting. An angler can even do well on big walleyes using big, deep-diving “musky” baits in this situation.

I also like big jigs, with 3/8 ounce to one ounce jigs my favorites – even in water not “deep” or “fast”. I have started to make and/or fish a lot with hand crafted jigs like “Do-Its” Round Ball or Banana Head and utilize a light wire hook to get out of snags easier. Bigger jigs make more noise and force me to “fish faster” as well as they accommodate bigger artificials or plastics than most smaller commercial jigs.

I prefer to tip autumn jigs with larger offerings like the biggest Berkley Ripple Shad or even a hollow belly, or my favorite: a four inch Gulp! Alive Minnow to “match the hatch” of slender species like shiners, chubs, suckers, etc. and then “double decker” the jig with two of them to match shad, sheephead, crappie, cluegill and other “taller” forage.

Match the color of the leaves, too. One little trick is to pay attention to the leaves – as they start to turn red, orange, yellow and brown – so do my bait colors.

Toby Kvalevog

Big walleyes tend to school deep in fall, and locating deep flats and saddle areas near deep breaklines often is the key to pinpointing and catching fish.

After the fall “turn over,” fish can and will be at all depths. And walleyes can be on almost any part of deep structures – top, sides, or bottom.

The key for deep walleye location is rocks. This type of structure will hold tullibees (ciscoes) and whitefish in autumn, and this is where you should target the top predators in the food chain.

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Watch: How Tough is Carbon Fiber? []

Carbon fiber: We see it used in our outdoor gear, from tent poles to arrow shafts. We know it is quite strong for its weight, but how well does it stand up to a hydraulic press?

Whoa now! Don’t click away from this page just yet. I was surprised at just how entertaining this video turned out to be… especially watching the way the cylindrical carbon fiber (the same form used for arrows and tent poles) reacts when placed in the press vertically. It even prompted the thickly-accented narrator to exclaim, “Vot der vook!”

And seeing a large hex nut pressed onto (maybe into; watch and see) a slab of carbon fiber was also cool.

Heck, I even laughed out loud at the end of the bonus video.

“The cheese is mine!”

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Your Very Own Personal Screen Pod (Video) []

Just when you think you’ve seen everything, something like this comes along. It’s a tiny pop-up screened tent thing, with almost enough room inside for a grownup to sit in a chair.

At first I thought, “This could be a good idea. We like the outdoors; we hate bugs. We need shade and protection from extremely light rain that only falls straight down. Cool!”

But not for long.

I do like the notion of a screened and shady spot; that’s nice. But I have to stretch my legs from time to time, lest my knees get stove up. Look at how this woman has to sit in the thing.

Some of the text in the video gave me a laugh:

Perfect for: Sports, Camping, Kids, Gardening

Wow. Kids maybe — if they’re lazy or sedated. But gardening? What kind of gardening can you do in that itty-bitty (33″ x 33″ x 52.5″) space?

But hey, someone somewhere must want it. It does fold up pretty small (tote bag is 19″ diameter), and only weighs 2 pounds. So here it is, for a mere fifty bucks.

Have fun.

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Recording a Hunt? Don’t Use a POV Camera. []

I recently saw an interesting article about point of view (POV) cameras. The gist of it is that POV cameras are not very good for recording video of a hunt… and they’re right.

I know this is correct, because I have used a couple of POV cameras — one of which was built into a pair of glasses — to record some of my hunts. The results were not good; you really couldn’t see much of what was going on. POV cameras are so wide-view that they don’t show enough detail, even at bowhunting distances.

Without details, it’s tough to see how the animal reacts to the shot, along with other vital information such as where the critter was hit. With a good “real” camera, you can record and review that kind of thing, which can help you decide whether to follow up on your shot quickly, or wait a while before recovering the game.

If you want any kind of audio recorded, such as a whispered observation or some commentary between you and a hunting partner, POV cameras really aren’t going to get it. I mean, they were designed for action sports. Now if I had had these cameras back in 2003 when I had the opportunity to high-tail and hot-foot it through steamy Florida swamps hunting hogs with knives and spears, then a POV camera would have been great; those kills are up close and personal. But for most hunting, they won’t cut it.

Now I haven’t priced cameras lately, but one point made by the aforementioned article is that POV cameras and “real cameras” cost about the same money — so why not invest in one that can record details and things that you and your friends will enjoy watching later on?

Hunters should consider these points before they drop their dough on a cam that might not give them what they’re looking for.

Ever been disappointed by video results? I know I have.

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Video: Redneck Drives a Duct Tape Car off a Cliff! (Sort of) []

FiberFix. I’m not endorsing it, but this commercial is amusing. And I freely admit that there are times when it could come in handy.

It’s a fiberglass tape, activated by water. Wet it, wrap something (broken tent pole, cracked shovel or axe handle, leaky pipe, etc), then get away from it until it hardens.

Anyhow, this commercial is sort of funny. It begins with a car surrounded by a cage of tubing and duct tape being driven off of a cliff… followed by another caged car, with FiberFix in place of the duct tape.

It goes on from there with the flannel-clad spokeman touting the MANLINESS! of FiberFix — and how hiring someone to repair a problem could cost you $$$ in addition to your dignity and even your wife. So fix it yourself, and spend the savings on something MANLY — like hunting equipment or a diversified stock portfolio.

The repair on a broken stool has been “sanded to be smooth, painted to be beautiful… like the toenails of a brawny woman.”


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Is Under Armour Anti-Hunting? []

So, word this past week in the online hunting world is that clothing mogul Under Armour (UA) is anti-hunting. And here’s why.

Earlier this year, UA began sponsoring Sarah Bowmar as part of their first advertising campaign aimed at women who hunt.

Sarah’s husband, who was not affiliated with UA, killed a large black bear with a spear and posted a video of it online. The video was later taken down, but edited versions have been reposted. (I won’t share them here, because they attempt to ridicule the hunter.)

In the video, Bowmar launches a spear from a distance, hitting a large black bear at a feeding station. The bear then runs away and the spear falls out when it hits a tree beside which the bruin has run.

The hunt was legal, the bear was reportedly recovered quickly, and there’s one fewer huge predator in the woods. Personally, I like those things.

According to Josh Bowmar:

That bear was dead within four seconds at most, 10 seconds if he wasn’t running full speed. But let’s go further as to say it was a bear that was capable of running slow and live with its vitals cut the way they were, there’s no way it didn’t die within 30 seconds. The animal didn’t suffer any more from my spear than it would with a broadhead from an arrow. The author made me out to be unethical and Under Armour is making me out to be unethical as well. This animal ran on adrenaline and died very quickly and humanely.

But the bear-huggers got busy and created a petition asking UA to pull their sponsorship from the hunter’s wife. And UA did just that. Here’s a statement from them:

The method used to harvest this animal was reckless and we do not condone it. Under Armour is dedicated to the hunting community and supports hunting that is conducted in compliance with applicable federal, state and local laws and hunting practices that ensure a responsible and safe harvest of the animal.

I have mixed emotions about it myself. Would I launch a spear at a bear? Only if that’s the only thing I had, and I was being threatened by the bear. Throwing a spear is not exactly a precision thing, and no matter how practiced a person is, precise placement of a thrown spear isn’t something I believe we can rely on. So I really can’t condone this type of hunting.

But it was legal and he made a cleaner kill than many other methods, especially archery, and besides — he was not the one being sponsored by UA.

Yet UA dropped his wife from sponsorship.

His wife did, however, record the hunt on video, and posed with her hubby and the dead bear in the photo above.

Lest anyone hop too quickly aboard the Bowmar hate train, they own Whitetail Wisdom, a charity which takes animals donated by hunters, processes them, and then donates the meat to needy families. So even if they did make an unwise hunting decision, they seem to be decent folks.

How do you feel about this kind of hunting? And regardless of our personal feelings, was UA right to drop its sponsorship of the hunter’s wife?

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The Bushmaster ACR (Suppressed) [The Firearm Blog]

The ACR was supposed to be released to thunderous applause, but instead was met with grumbling and disdain as a result of numerous factors. That said, the gun still shoots very well and in this video we show some of the rifle’s highlights. Thanks to our sponsors: Proxibid – Track Down Your Perfect Rifle On […]

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Review: Colt M4 Expanse Carbine CE1000 [The Firearm Blog]

CoverI have been fascinated with the idea of a budget Colt rifle since I heard about the Expanse Carbine a while back. After Colt’s recent financial speed bumps I am of the opinion that as long as Colt can get the Expanse into just about every gun shop out there, it may go a long […]

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10mm Magazines for Witness/Tanfoglio Pistols [The Firearm Blog]

Mec-Gar 10mm magazineMajor magazine manufacturer Mec-Gar is now selling a new munitions feeder to the general public for the Witness (Tanfoglio) pistols chambered for the 10mm pistol. These steel bodied magazines hold 14 rounds of the ammunition. Mec-Gar, an OEM supplier of magazines to many gun makers, have redesigned the mag’s body to improve proper functioning. Additionally, the company […]

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Battle Rifle Company Moves To A Larger Facility [The Firearm Blog]

unnamedBattle Rifle Company has announced that they have outgrown their old facility and have made the move to a larger facility that is more in line with the long-term goals of the company this past August. The new location will allow Battle Rifle Company to expand its manufacturing capacity substantially thanks to added space for […]

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Joe Biden to Lead New Push for Senate Vote on Merrick Garland [NRA-ILA News]

On Thursday, Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. will be on Capitol Hill to join congressional Democrats at a news conference where they will push for a vote on Judge Garland, who was put forward by Mr. Obama in March and is now the longest pending Supreme Court nominee in American history.


Can some people who have finished their felony sentences recover their Second Amendment rights? [NRA-ILA News]

Federal law indeed bans gun possession by felons — people who have been convicted of any “crime punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding one year” (with some exceptions for things such as antitrust violations), except for state crimes that the state calls “misdemeanor[s]” that are “punishable by a term of imprisonment of two years or less.” And this is so even when the actual sentence imposed on the person is very short, likely reflecting the court’s judgment that the actual circumstances of the crime made it not very serious.


Once rivals and allies, Clinton, Schumer eye new partnership [NRA-ILA News]

The two already speak a few times a month on the presidential race and Senate landscape. They're also eying an agenda for 2017 that includes a sweeping immigration overhaul, an infrastructure package and gun control legislation.


Washington AG seeks legislation banning commonly-owned semi-automatics [NRA-ILA News]

Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson is seeking legislation to ban the sale of assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, saying such weapons are designed for killing people and have no place in civilian use.


Virginia: Roanoke council may seek partial gun ban [NRA-ILA News]

The Roanoke City Council may ask the General Assembly to add Roanoke to a list of Virginia localities where certain loaded guns are banned in public places.The council is considering making the request as part of the legislative agenda it sends to Richmond with its lobbyist this winter.


Women buying firearms creates concealed carry fashion market [NRA-ILA News]

For decades, women have had few choices when it comes to the clothing they can wear to hide that they're carrying a firearm.


POTD: Cold War Metaphor In Clear Gelatin [The Firearm Blog]

920x1240An art foundation has put an ammo test on display in the Presidio of San Francisco. According to the San Francisco Chronicle, the display is the result of an AK47 bullet smashing into an M16 bullet. So probably 7.62x39mm vs 5.56x45mm. I am curious about the origins of this ammo test. Were the rifles fired […]

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NRA Launches TV Ad Against Jason Kander in Missouri U.S. Senate Race [NRA-ILA News]

The National Rifle Association Political Victory Fund (NRA-PVF) today launched its first television ad in the race for U.S. Senate in Missouri to highlight Jason Kander’s anti-Second Amendment record in the state legislature.


Maine: Attend Second Public Hearing to Help Gun Range in Your Area [NRA-ILA News]

Tonight, September 8, the Maine IFW and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will be holding a public hearing to discuss range operations at the Summerhaven (Augusta) Shooting Range.  This hearing will begin at 6:30pm at the Camden National Bank Ice Vault.  Please consider attending this hearing and contributing to the discussion about range operations and regulations.


You Will Soon Be Able to Own The C-19 Canadian Ranger Rifle – Tikka Introduces the “Arctic” [The Firearm Blog]

tikka_arcticThe civilian variant of the Canadian Rangers’ new C-19 bolt action rifle has finally been formally announced, with a projected release date in October. Canadian gun blog reports: The civilian version of the new military rifle for the Canadian Rangers will be in stores from October for about $2,700. It’s being made by Finland-based Tikka […]

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You're Invited: NRA Election Action Meeting in Council Bluffs, IA [NRA-ILA News]

You are invited to join NRA-ILA staff for an important NRA Election Action Meeting on Thursday, September 15th, at 6:00 p.m., at the Council Bluffs Library.


7.62 Mk3 Minimi to replace MAG in Belgium [The Firearm Blog]

1The Land Component of the Belgian Armed Forces will soon be retiring the venerable 7.62x51mm MAG M2 (FN MAG medium machine gun) for FN Herstals 7.62x51mm Minimi Mk3. Specifically 242 machine guns will be bought with an order of 2 million Euros from the countries own FN Herstal. The article mentions that this will be […]

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RIA: Odd Iver Johnson Prototype .32s (Video) [Forgotten Weapons]

These unique and unmarked prototype .32 ACP pistols are apparently Iver Johnson prototypes – and I can’t find any information on them beyond that description from their consignor. One is a simpler example in the white, and the other is a more developed example with both a manual safety and an unusual style of grip safety. If anyone has any further information on these, I would be interested to hear it!


Monthly Gun Contests [No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money]

Aaron at the Weapon-Blog has released his monthly list of contests in which you can win firearms, accessories, etc. There are some nice handguns on the list including a couple made by Wilson Combat.

  • Heckler & Koch VP9 Tactical
    Deadline: September 13, 2016
    Added to list: September 7, 2016
  • Heritage Rough Rider
    Deadline: September 13, 2016
    Added to list: August 8, 2016
  • Heckler & Koch VP40
    Deadline: September 13, 2016
    Added to list: August 8, 2016
  • Wilson Combat 1911
    Deadline: September 15, 2016
    Added to list: August 26, 2016
  • Remington 200 Year Celebration
    Deadline: September 30, 2016
    Added to list: September 7, 2016
  • Heckler & Koch VP9
    Deadline: September 30, 2016
    Added to list: September 6, 2016
  • Glock 17
    Deadline: September 30, 2016
    Added to list: July 7, 2016
  • FNS-40
    Deadline: September 30, 2016
    Added to list: September 6, 2016
  • Glock 19
    Deadline: September 30, 2016
    Added to list: September 6, 2016
  • Springfield Armory 1911
    Deadline: October 1, 2016
    Added to list: August 12, 2016
  • EAA Corp 1911 Polymer
    Deadline: October 1, 2016
    Added to list: July 12, 2016
  • Wilson Combat Hackathorn 1911
    Deadline: October 3, 2016
    Added to list: September 6, 2016
  • Dream Gun Giveaway
    Deadline: October 31, 2016
    Added to list: August 8, 2016
  • RIA TCM Rock Target FS HC
    Deadline: November 1, 2016
    Added to list: August 8, 2016
  • Shooters Arms 1911
    Deadline: December 31, 2016
    Added to list: April 5, 2016
  • NRA 24-Gun Collection
    Deadline: December 31, 2016
    Added to list: September 4, 2015
  • NRA Crack The Vault
    Deadline: December 31, 2016
    Added to list: June 13, 2016
  • Glock 19
    Deadline: 3,573 Followers
    Added to list: August 23, 2016
  • Remington 700VTR
    Deadline: September 15, 2016
    Added to list: September 6, 2016
  • Remington 700
    Deadline: September 15, 2016
    Added to list: August 19, 2016
  • Spike’s Tactical Crusader AR-15
    Deadline: September 16, 2016
    Added to list: August 8, 2016
  • Daniel Defense M4V7
    Deadline: September 30, 2016
    Added to list: September 6, 2016
  • Colt AR-15
    Deadline: September 30, 2016
    Added to list: August 23, 2016
  • CORE-15 AR-15
    Deadline: September 30, 2016
    Added to list: August 23, 2016
  • Bergara B-14
    Deadline: September 30, 2016
    Added to list: August 23, 2016
  • Rock River Arms LAR-15 Predator Pursuit Rifle
    Deadline: September 30, 2016
    Added to list: September 6, 2016
  • DRD Tactical AR-15
    Deadline: September 30, 2016
    Added to list: September 6, 2016
  • Henry Long Ranger Rifle
    Deadline: September 30, 2016
    Added to list: September 6, 2016
  • Mk-18 Mod 0 Mjölnir
    Deadline: October 14, 2016
    Added to list: September 6, 2016
  • Sig Sauer SIG716
    Deadline: November 8, 2016
    Added to list: August 23, 2016
  • Smith & Wesson M&P AR-15
    Deadline: December 31, 2016
    Added to list: October 7, 2015
  • Thompson/Contender Compass
    Deadline: December 31, 2016
    Added to list: July 19, 2016
  • Remington 200
    Deadline: December 31, 2016
    Added to list: August 23, 2016
  • Mauser Karabiner 98 Kurz
    Deadline: 300 Contest Entries
    Added to list: July 7, 2016
  • Savage MK II BTV
    Deadline: 5,000 Group Members
    Added to list: January 7, 2015
  • Xena-15 GEN4
    Deadline: 100,000 Subscribers
    Added to list: February 18, 2016
  • CVA Muzzleloader
    Deadline: Recurring Monthly
    Added to list: January 1, 2015
  • Remington 870 200th Anniversary Commemerative
    Deadline: September 15, 2016
    Added to list: September 6, 2016
Air Rifles
  • Beretta Air Pistol
    Deadline: September 7, 2016
    Added to list: September 6, 2016
  • $1,000 Freedom Munitions Gift Certificate
    Deadline: September 30, 2016
    Added to list: September 6, 2016
  • 5,000 Rounds of Aguila .22LR
    Deadline: September 30, 2016
    Added to list: September 6, 2016
  • 5,000 Rounds of .22LR
    Deadline: September 30, 2016
    Added to list: August 19, 2016
  • Kershaw Launch 5
    Deadline: October 1, 2016
    Added to list: August 12, 2016
  • None this month
Gun Rights Organizations
  • None this month
  • CarbonTV Summer Survival Sweepstakes
    Deadline: September 7, 2016
    Added to list: September 6, 2016
  • Dock Days of Summer
    Deadline: September 8, 2016
    Added to list: September 6, 2016
  • Yeti Tundra & Yeti Tumbler
    Deadline: September 8, 2016
    Added to list: September 6, 2016
  • O2 Octane Camo
    Deadline: September 14, 2016
    Added to list: August 17, 2016
  • MidwayUSA Hunting Clothing Package
    Deadline: September 14, 2016
    Added to list: September 6, 2016
  • Custom Coonan Inc. Range Bag
    Deadline: September 15, 2016
    Added to list: September 6, 2016
  • HSS Hanger Harness & Lifeline
    Deadline: September 15, 2016
    Added to list: September 6, 2016
  • NRA Truck Raffle
    Deadline: September 15, 2016
    Added to list: May 13, 2016
  • Umbrella Corporation Rifle Grip
    Deadline: September 15, 2016
    Added to list: August 30, 2016
  • Concealed Storage Tribute Flag
    Deadline: September 16, 2016
    Added to list: August 26, 2016
  • Gold American Eagle
    Deadline: September 29, 2016
    Added to list: August 23, 2016
  • Colorado 9' Pontoon Boat
    Deadline: September 29, 2016
    Added to list: August 26, 2016
  • Raptor Razor
    Deadline: September 30, 2016
    Added to list: August 23, 2016
  • USWarFighter Signature Camo
    Deadline: September 30, 2016
    Added to list: August 23, 2016,chk-57bca74ecd7e0
  • Ultimate Skre Gear Giveaway
    Deadline: September 30, 2016
    Added to list: August 26, 2016
  • WHISKEY5 3-15x44mm Hunting Riflescope
    Deadline: September 30, 2016
    Added to list: September 6, 2016
  • Big Game Giveaway
    Deadline: September 30, 2016
    Added to list: September 7, 2016
  • Barnett Ghost 415
    Deadline: September 30, 2016
    Added to list: September 7, 2016
  • 3-Month Emergency Food Supply
    Deadline: October 1, 2016
    Added to list: August 12, 2016
  • Vortex VHS-4305 Riflescope
    Deadline: October 1, 2016
    Added to list: August 12, 2016
  • BulletSafe Body Armor Package
    Deadline: October 1, 2016
    Added to list: August 12, 2016
  • Holosun HS515C Optic
    Deadline: October 1, 2016
    Added to list: August 12, 2016
  • Holosun HS403C Optic
    Deadline: October 1, 2016
    Added to list: August 12, 2016
  • FireFly Solar Kit
    Deadline: October 3, 2016
    Added to list: August 16, 2016
  • Parker Thunder Hawk Crossbow
    Deadline: October 17, 2016
    Added to list: August 23, 2016
  • Barska Biometric Safe
    Deadline: October 21, 2016
    Added to list: August 12, 2016
  • Range Master Kit
    Deadline: October 28, 2016
    Added to list: August 23, 2016
  • 230cc 4 Stroke ATV
    Deadline: October 29, 2016
    Added to list: August 23, 2016
  • Ultimate Hunter's Bundle
    Deadline: October 29, 2016
    Added to list: August 23, 2016
  • $2,500 5.11 Tactical Gift Card
    Deadline: October 31, 2016
    Added to list: September 6, 2016
  • Otis Clean Start
    Deadline: November 25, 2016
    Added to list: September 6, 2016
  • Trip To Taurus Headquarters
    Deadline: December 31, 2016
    Added to list: August 23, 2016
  • $250 2A Shooting Supply Gift Certificate
    Deadline: December 31, 2016
    Added to list: August 25, 2016
  • Mossy Oak Rock Starz
    Deadline: January 4, 2017
    Added to list: August 30, 2016
  • Rusty's Rags Cleaning Cloths
    Deadline: Recurring Weekly
    Added to list: February 11, 2015
  • Dead Air Armament #MuzzleBrakeMonday
    Deadline: Recurring Weekly
    Added to list: June 9, 2015
  • Patriot Ordinance Factory Drop-In Trigger
    Deadline: Recurring Monthly
    Added to list: August 23, 2016
  • Relentless Tactical Gun Belt
    Deadline: Recurring Monthly
    Added to list: August 16, 2016
  • ATN SHot Trax-HD
    Deadline: Recurring Monthly
    Added to list: April 4, 2016
  • Parker Compound Bow
    Deadline: Recurring Monthly
    Added to list: February 11, 2015
  • Parker Crossbow
    Deadline: Recurring Monthly
    Added to list: February 17, 2016
  • Trailboss
    Deadline: Recurring Monthly
    Added to list: July 13, 2016
  • $100 60X Gift Card
    Deadline: Recurring Monthly
    Added to list: August 8, 2016
  • NRA Truck Raffle
    Deadline: September 15, 2016
    Added to list: March 7, 2019
  • 556 Tactical & 3 Doors Down Charity Raffle
    Deadline: September 30, 2016
    Added to list: September 6, 2016
  • NRA Banned Guns Raffle
    Deadline: October 22, 2016
    Added to list: August 13, 2016
  • Outdoor Mentors Gun A Week
    Deadline: December 31, 2016
    Added to list: January 6, 2016
  • Hart's Fort Rifle
    Deadline: December 31, 2016
    Added to list: February 8, 2016
  • 2016 50 Gun Fundraiser
    Deadline: Only 500 tickets sold
    Added to list: January 28, 2016!2016-50-Gun-Fundraiser/cp5g/i2l12v0s1
  • Tactical Training Adventure
    Deadline: 60,000 Contest entries
    Added to list: August 17, 2015
  • Cajun Whitetail Dream Hunt
    Deadline: October 24, 2016
    Added to list: August 23, 2016


Big Win In The 3rd Circuit [No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money]

Alan Gura won a big one in the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals for the Second Amendment. In an 8-7 en banc decision, the court found that some people who had non-violent misdemeanors and/or felonies could get their Second Amendment rights restored. The court combined the cases of Binderup v. Attorney General and Suarez v. Attorney General for their hearing.

Only three judges agreed on the court's rationale for restoring the gun rights of  Mr Binderup and Mr. Suarez. Another five judges concurred in the outcome but for different reason while seven judges dissented. The court's governing opinion found:

Binderup and Suarez have presented unrebutted evidence that their offenses were nonviolent and now decades old, and that they present no threat to society, which places them within the class persons who have a right to keep and bear arms. Accordingly, 18 U.S.C. § 922(g)(1) is unconstitutional as applied to them.
The court's opinion, concurrences, and dissent total 178 pages of somewhat confusing logic as to the restoration of gun rights. Professor Eugene Volokh presents a good summary of it here.

The Second Amendment Foundation is very pleased with the result. It is a good win going into the Gun Rights Policy Conference later this month.
BELLEVUE, WA – The Third U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that individuals convicted of certain non-serious misdemeanor crimes do not lose their fundamental rights under the Second Amendment in a decision involving two separate cases brought by the Second Amendment Foundation.

The unanimous ruling came from an en banc panel in the combined cases of Binderup v. the U.S. Attorney General and Suarez v. the U.S. Attorney General.

In 1990, Julio Suarez was stopped 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 suspended sentence and $500 fine. Daniel Binderup pleaded guilty in 1996 to a misdemeanor charge related to a consensual relationship he had with a 17-year-old female employee and received three years’ probation and a $300 fine. Neither man was ever incarcerated.

However, in both cases, the crimes could have resulted in jail time for which the federal gun law blocks firearms possession. Binderup and Suarez petitioned the Pennsylvania court in 2009 to remove the state prohibition against firearms possession, but federal law “continues to bar them from possessing firearms because their convictions have not been expunged or set aside, they have not been pardoned, and their civil rights have not been restored,” the court noted.

“Where the Second Amendment’s guarantees apply, as they do for Binderup and Suarez, ‘certain policy choices’ are ‘necessarily’ taken ‘off the table.’ Forever prohibiting them from possessing any firearm is one of those policy choices,” the appeals court said in today’s ruling.

“Today’s victory confirms that the government can’t simply disarm anyone it wishes,” stated SAF attorney Alan Gura. “At an absolute minimum, people convicted of non-serious crimes, who pose no threat to anyone, retain their fundamental rights. That this is even controversial is a matter of some concern.”

SAF founder and Executive Vice President Alan Gottlieb cheered the ruling, adding that, “In an era where government officials want to disqualify as many people as possible from gun ownership, this ruling is monumental. This case will lead to the restoration of people’s civil and constitutional right to own a firearm that is long overdue.”

Gottlieb noted that today’s victory once again reinforces SAF’s long-stated mission of “Winning firearms freedom, one case at a time.”
Professor Volokh is of the opinion that if the Department of Justice decides to appeal the case it will most likely be taken up by the Supreme Court. If they do, it will be interesting to see where the Court's liberals who are anti-gun come down on this. While they are anti-gun, they tend to be more supportive of rights for those who have broken the law in the past. Given that both Mr. Binderup and Mr. Suarez were convicted of non-violent misdemeanors for which they served no actual jail time and that they kept their noses clean after that, saying that there is a strong governmental interest in prohibiting them from possessing firearms would be a stretch.


Henry Rifles Attempting Record With The 1000 Man Shoot! [The Firearm Blog]

1K_ManShoot_2C_posI received a press release today from Henry Repeating Arms and it wasn’t the normal new product announcement! On November 14th Henry will line up 1000 shooters each equipped with a Henry Golden Boy Silver .22 and fire away. Each entrant will get to keep the rifle and custom case. What Henry plans is to […]

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Is the age of the Bayonet over? An example through the Marines of 1/1 [The Firearm Blog]

marines-kick-off-exercise-koolendong-16-in-australiaThe Marine Corps Times (not affiliated with the USMC) released an article detailing the activities of Marine Infantrymen from Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 1st Marines while undergoing training in the Cultana Training Area of South Australia. Post OIF/OEF, infantry battalions traveling to Australia as part of Marine Rotational Force Darwin, UDPs (Universal Deployment Program) to Okinawa, […]

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Canadian C-19 Ranger Rifle Procurement to Begin in 2017; Will Be Complete by End of 2019 [The Firearm Blog]

Associate-Minister-of-Defence-Julian-Fantino-centre-poses-with-members-of-the-Canadian-Rangers-at-the-Colt-Canada-plant-in-Kitchener.-Albert-DelitalaThe Canadian Rangers will soon all get their hands on the newly adopted C-19 Ranger Rifle, developed by Sako and made in Canada by Colt Canada. The new rifle’s procurement is set to begin in 2017, reports the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, which will inaugurate a three-year phase-in period that will be completed by the end of […]

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Rant: Haggling Over The Price Of A Firearm [The Firearm Blog]

bllsRecently I decided to clean the safe out and sell off the firearms I haven’t shot in over 18 months, so that means selling off whatever doesn’t make the cut. After listing some of my less loved firearms on a local trading site as well as Gunbroker, I have a new respect for those that spend their […]

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Ratcheting Buckle Modification for Competition Belts [The Firearm Blog]

IMG_5543I saw three competitors with modified belts. They used a ratcheting buckle to keep their belts together. You might recognize the ratcheting buckle system as it is commonly used on inline skates and ski boots. In the photo above, the shooter is wearing a Safariland ELS belt. Most competitors run them so the two prong […]

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Getting Reacquainted: Heckler Koch USP Compact 9mm [The Firearm Blog]

IMG_1253I think it is a safe assumption that most shooters and video game enthusiasts will recognize the shape of the iconic USP series of pistols at a glance. Since their introduction to the market in 1993, they have made their way into movies, TV shows, and video games. The Compact, in particular, became the firearm […]

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Wednesday, 07 September


Washington State AG Seeks Legislation Banning Semi-automatic firearms and magazines [NRA-ILA News]

Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson is seeking legislation to ban the sale of commonly owned semi-automatic firearms gun control proponents deride as "assault weapons" and "high-capacity" magazines. He said Wednesday he’ll ask lawmakers to introduce a bill next year to prohibit the sale of semi-automatic weapons with certain military-style features and prohibit the sale of magazines capable of holding more than 10 rounds.


Stocking Up a Bug Out Pantry []

Preppers will often include in their plans an option for a secondary bug out location, and sometimes an intermediary supply stop. The concept here is to have an escape plan for getting out of a populated area and into an isolated dwelling to sit out the SHTF event.

To have such a bug-out site set up properly requires considerable extra planning for what could easily become a rather lengthy stay. The critical issue is knowing just how long to prepare for a hideout at another location. It might only take a few days for recovery, or it could easily be months or longer. Priority one is planning for enough water and food.

Ideally the water situation would be solved with a well or permanent water source at the bug out site. Perhaps the public water source would be active, but take some extra containers of water just in case. Fully test out the water system before any SHTF might hit.

The next priority is food. You will need to build and fully stock a bug out pantry well in advance. There is no way you could carry a month’s supply of food with you on the bug out. Think first that electric power may not be available and even a gasoline generator is of limited utility so don’t rely on the idea of having fresh foods, meat or vegetables. That may be unrealistic.

Plan also for methods to cook your food without electricity. Propane gas stoves, grills, or other fuel cooking devices need to be considered. Lay in a stock, too, of propane, charcoal, or even wood if it comes to that. Nearly everything that needs to be cooked will need water, a heating source and utensils.

So, think canned goods of all kinds. Plan for two or three meals a day whether breakfast, lunch or dinner. Consider foods high in proteins with a mix of carbohydrates for energy. Canned meats, vegetables, and pasta items are good. Buy as many easy pull tab cans as possible or have a manual can opener. Some foil pack dinners work but require water. Stock up enough for at least a month, two if you can afford it and have a safe storage space.

A prolonged SHTF bug-out can be trying. Build your stocks now and you’ll be ready to withstand a bug-out in relative comfort.

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Try These Tips For Biggest Fall Walleyes, Part 1 []

Often it’s the little, subtle things that catch the biggest walleyes. These guides and pro tournament anglers know how to catch them.

Ross Grothe

The “frog migration” is a unique even in some parts of walleye country, and when it’s happening, anglers can tag some “toad-size” walleyes by capitalizing on it.

Shallow mud-bottom bays with a close proximity to deep water pull migrating frogs, and oversize walleyes feeding on them.

Live bait rigs of almost any style, used with live frogs, in and around bays can produce some of the biggest walleyes of the season.

John Balla

On the Great Lakes, big autumn walleyes prefer the subtle action of shallow-diving stick baits trolled at S-L-O-W speeds.

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Troll using lead-core line, or with snap weights to reach deep suspended fish that migrate along the steepest breaks in the few miles below river mouths. Add a 5 to 10 foot leader of 14-pound test fluorocarbon line for the clear water of the Great Lakes.

Troll at .6 to 1.0 MPH and use planer boards to spread lines away from a boat wake, sound, and wave pressure boat presence.

Lures such as #11 and #13 Rapala “Husky Jerks,” AJ “Thundersticks,” and Smithwick “Rattlin’ Rogues” are great choices. Use natural colors like black/silver, black/gold, and any of the prism colors, with purple getting the most favorable nod.

 Jason Przekurat

“Low and slow” is my best technique for big fall lake walleyes. I like working the deepest flats or humps available, sometimes down 35 to 40 feet. An offshore hump surrounded by a main lake basin is a great place for using this “low and slow” technique.

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I want my lures right on or near the bottom, which requires very slow trolling speeds of 1 to 1.2 mph. This isn’t the best way for lots of fish, but for big ones – perhaps the walleye of a lifetime – this is the way to catch it.

Slow-trolling with fine-diameter braid, like “Fireline” helps keep lures deep, and ultra-deep divers like the “Deep Tail Dancer” works well. Lure colors are pretty straight forward, with brighter colors on stained water and natural colors in clear water. Use long rods with line counters and rods with a very soft action to absorb the shock of no-stretch Fireline.

Terry Filkins

One deadly fall tactic I use for big walleyes is trolling lead core line and placing spinner blades in front of my crankbaits.

I use a bobber stop to hold the blades three feet in front of my lure. In front I use a #4 blade, then 6 beads, a #5 blade, 6 beads, and a #9 willow leaf blade.

This looks like baitfish in the water, and it really gets big walleye attention I will also dip my nickel spinner blades in “UV Blast” to get more attention from walleyes, especially in dark or deep water. It works well for me, most recently on Lake Erie.

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Toby Kvalevog

During the day, most big walleyes will be near bottom of a break or on a deep flat adjacent to it. For this situation I prefer using Rapala’s “Jigging Rapala” lure. Monofilament line in the 10 to 12 pound range with a little stretch is a key to success. When a fish hits, it’s pretty violent and braided line without stretch rips out hooks from a big walleye mouth. The stretch of monofilament is your friend in this case, and keeps big fish hooked.

For jigging, I like a 6 ½-foot St. Croix medium-heavy rod. Long, smooth jigging strokes with a slight pause on the bottom, is most productive. Most of the time a fish hits a lure on the fall of a jigging stroke, and you won’t feel the fish until you begin the next rod action. The weight will be instant, and when you feel it, set the hook hard and fast, and keep the line tight. Rapala’s “Jigging Raps” come with extremely sharp hooks, and keeping a fish on is not much of an issue.

Not only is this method exciting fishing, it can be fast and furious, because walleyes are schooled tight, they’re big and hungry.

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New Giant Rodent Invades Florida []

As if Florida doesn’t have enough trouble with “invasive species” such as pythons, boas, iguanas, walking catfish and many other species, now non-native mega-rodents are being found in the Sunshine State, according to the Orlando Sentinel newspaper.


First discovered in Alachua County 16 years ago, capybaras have now been documented in the state, and are believed by some wildlife biologists that they may soon create serious problems because they are ideally suited to Florida’s warm, humid, watery environment.

Weighing up to 150 pounds, and about the size of a full-grown Labrador retriever, capybaras thrive in the water, and can stay submerged for up to 5 minutes without surfacing for air. The web-footed rodent is native to South America, and feast on water plants, and can multiply quickly.



Like most of the 500 invasive, non-native species that have been documented in Florida, exotic pet owners are believed to have released capybaras into the Sunshine State. Fortunately, they are not aggressive nor of any direct danger to

In spite of their large size, capybaras  are not aggressive nor pose a direct danger to humans.


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GREYMAN: A New Lifestyle Series []

“GREYMAN” is a new web series by Tyler Grey (featured in “That Which I Love Destroys Me” and Larry Vickers (and presented by CCW Safe) that will be focusing on:

personal protection, self defense, and survival skills by improving your awareness, training, shooting skills, home security, travel security, physical training, first aid skills and much, much more.

The first episode was just released and it is part one (of a two part set) that covers home security.

The video features Rob Pingor of The Core Group, who specialize in security audit and assessments) The premise of the first topic covered in GREYMAN is threat assessment of a typical suburban house. Tyler and Rob begin outside the property and begin working their way in, discussing the vectors that can be used to attack a house, and pointing out ways to harden it (like bright, motion activated lights, and trimming foliage).

Depending on your background, this may be no brainer stuff to you. Despite that, I can bet that you know at least a couple of people that can benefit from this information. And maybe you will glean a single point that you didn’t think of. If this is new information to you, then it is a win all the way around.

Overall I’m liking the direction of the show, though I think the first episode was a bit short and ended a bit abruptly. The show, in general, has some lofty goals, and I am interested to see where it goes. Give it a try and let us know in the comments what you think!

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Put your faith in 380ACP? []

Tisas Faith 13 is a blowback .380 imported from Turkey by Zenith Firearms. I was attracted by the original erroneous description of it which promised “long recoil” (locked breech) design, since corrected on the web site. Instead, it turned out to be a close clone of Browning BDA and Beretta Cheetah FS, only selling for roughly half as much money. Keeping the tendency of anything blued to rust around Tennessee summer humidity, I picked the chromed version.


A well-considered package

The gun arrived with three (!) 13-round magazines, an extensive cleaning kit, and a bottle of lubricant. That’s pretty good for just under $400 MSRP. The carry case even has openings for loose ammunition. At first, I lamented the absence of a loading tool, but the magazines proved easy to load without.

The first surprise was the strength of the slide spring, since I expected a locked breech gun. Unusually for blowback pistols, Faith 13 barrel isn’t fixed into the frame. The sheer strength of the slide wasn’t an issue, but the slide serrations were sharp enough to make gloveless racking problematic even with the hammer cocked. Disassembly for cleaning is super simple: once the lever on the right side of the frame is turned 90 degrees, the slide comes off to the front.


Leheigh 90gr Xteme Penetrator

The gun can be fired double or single action, and may be carried cocked and locked. When engaged, safety permits just enough slide movement to verify a chambered round, a nice feature. Trigger pull is Glock-like in single action, and heavier but fairly smooth in double. Reset is obvious, with an audible click.


I tested the pistol mainly with Aguila 95gr FMJ, a little HPR 100gr ball, Winchester 90gr JHP, Leheigh 90gr Xteme Penetrator, 65gr Xtreme Defender and 100gr hardcast lead loads. It cycled all but the cast lead perfectly, but locked up hard on the first round of semi-wadcutter. Later, that ammunition shot fine in other .380 pistols. Felt recoil was mild with all loads.

Typically, I report accuracy results sorted by ammunition type, but that would be pointless with Faith 13, as all loads shot roughly the same 2.5″ groups at 21ft. The limiting factors appear to be the sights and possibly the barrel. The bright, shiny sights were the main drawback of the chromed variant. They reflected enough ambient light to make a consistent sight picture difficult. Further, aligning the tops of the front post and rear notch produced point of impact about 3 inches above point of aim, while aligning the red dots of the sights raised the point of impact — a beaten zone would be more accurate — to nearly five inches above point of aim. Perfectly adequate for bullseye or center mass up close, not very helpful for precision shooting further out. I guess that the blued version would have black sights with higher contrast and less glare. Other people reported much better accuracy, but I only had one sample on hand. Other shooters, including a national bullseye champion, had results similar to mine.

Faith 13 (right)

Tedna 12ga Coach gun (left), Faith 13 (right), The pistol’s controls are well spaced even for smaller hands.

On the plus side, the design is reliable, has a decent trigger and comes well accessorized at a nice price. On the minus side, it’s not very accurate and needs grip tape to tame the aggressive edges on the slide. Overall, I would recommend Zenith’s other products, such as the excellent Girsan MC28SA — a more accurate 9mm at a cheaper price — unless you need the smaller size of the Faith 13 or have to use 380ACP for some reason.

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Beretta CX4 Storm Field Strip [The Firearm Blog]

The Beretta CX4 Storm is a blowback pistol caliber carbine that is about as no-frills as they come. That said, they work, they shoot well, and they use Beretta’s pistol magazines. Let’s take it apart. Thanks to our sponsors:  Ventura Munitions – Retailer of quality ammunition.  Proxibid – Track Down Your Perfect Rifle On Transcript … – […]

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13:20 Part 2— The Big Boys Of The Battlefield, Artillery And Anti-Tank Guns [The Firearm Blog]

P7220158In this part 2 of the series of articles on I want to introduce you to the M2A1 105mm howitzer that was so widely used in WWII. This is an original fully functioning 105mm howitzer that makes up part of collection. Yes indeed folks you can indeed fire this howitzer across a valley […]

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Gun Review: Christensen Arms Ridgeline in 6.5 Creedmoor [The Firearm Blog]

As I mentioned in my article about the Whittington University Precision Long Range Course, I did not have any history (or any notable experience) with precision shooting at distance. When Legacy Sports offered the Christensen Arms Ridgeline to us for review, I was blessed to get the opportunity. Or I supposed “cursed” now that I […]

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Nevada: Please Attend NDOW’s September Meeting to Voice Opposition to the Proposed Hunting Caliber Size Restrictions! [NRA-ILA News]

The Nevada Board of Wildlife Commissioners released their meeting notice for Saturday, September 24.  At this meeting the Board of Wildlife Commissioners plans to discuss the proposed hunting caliber size restrictions.  One of the proposed regulations would make it unlawful to hunt big game animals with a centerfire rifle using a .50 caliber cartridge or a centerfire cartridge with a case length of more than 3 inches.  The proposed regulation is unfounded and will only serve to arbitrarily limit the rights of law-abiding gun owners and hunters.  Many cartridges used for big game hunting exceed the arbitrarily selected .50 caliber and 3 inch case length restriction, such as the .470NE, .500NE, .50 BMG, .577NE and the 505 Gibbs.


South Carolina: Please Attend Special “Gun Issues” Committee Hearing Next Week [NRA-ILA News]

While the South Carolina General Assembly is not currently in session, a special committee of state Senators will be holding public hearings throughout the state to discuss “gun issues” in South Carolina. The hearings will be held by the newly created Senate Gun Issues Special Committee, which will be chaired by state Senator Gerald Malloy (D-29).  Also serving on the committee are Senators Chip Campsen (R-43), Chauncey Gregory (R-16), Greg Hembree (R-28), and Marlon Kimpson.


Maine: Attend Public Hearing to Help Gun Range in Your Area [NRA-ILA News]

Tonight, September 7, the Maine IFW and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will be holding a public hearing to discuss range operations at the Fryeburg Shooting Range.  This hearing will begin at 5:00pm at the Brownfield Community Center.  Please consider attending this hearing and contributing to the discussion about range operations and regulations.


POTD: Smith & Wesson Model 327 TRR8 [The Firearm Blog]

14199257_1647762872200486_3984236860056258484_nGreat photo by my friend Chase Pappas of his Smith & Wesson TRR8. He is using TKCustom moonclips. The grip and cylinder release have been switched out for Hogue upgrades. You can check out Chase’s other photography on his Instagram account @chaseingtheoutdoors Here is another shot of his TRR8 before the extended cylinder release.  

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Louisiana: NOLA City Council Poised to Vote on Mayor Landrieu’s Misguided Gun Control This Week [NRA-ILA News]

Last week, the NOLA City Council’s Criminal Justice Committee overwhelmingly voted to send a misguided and potentially unlawful package of gun control ordinances to the full Council for consideration and a vote this Thursday, September 8.  The package, which has already been drastically amended in acknowledgement of the numerous unlawful provisions that were previously highlighted by your NRA-ILA, still represents a troubling reminder that the Clinton/Bloomberg/Landrieu gun control agenda’s number one priority is to restrict the rights of law-abiding gun owners.


Brigand Arms Carbon Fiber Handguard [The Firearm Blog]

DSC_0019At the 2016 FN 3Gun Championships you get to see a lot of interesting gear and accessories. Anything to get an advantage in racing with firearms. One item caught my eye. A carbon fiber handguard. I have seen carbon fiber tube handguards before. Lancer and Troy make some. However this one was wildly different from […]

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George Smith: Background check initiative complicated, unreasonable [NRA-ILA News]

The ballot initiative requiring background checks on gun sales and transfers is complicated, unreasonable and unenforceable. You may have expected that opinion from me, the former executive director of the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine, but please let me tell you the rest of the story. The only gun problem we have in Maine is the sale of our guns to the bad guys from out of state. We have ample evidence that bad guys come to Maine to buy guns in the private marketplace, sometimes lots of guns, and then use them in crimes. And private sellers are already required, by federal law, to go to a gun dealer to have a background check performed on nonresident buyers. But this law is very difficult to enforce.


NRA Launches Ad in Opposition of Question 3 in Maine [NRA-ILA News]

The National Rifle Association Institute for Legislative Action (NRA-ILA) today launched a new radio ad in opposition to the Question 3 ballot initiative in Maine.


High Cholesterol? Eat More Brisket []

I know it sounds impossible, but it appears that there are actual health benefits to eating brisket — at least, so says Texas A&M. Behold:

Ground beef produced from the brisket contains high levels of oleic acid, which increases levels of HDL or good cholesterol in humans, Smith told beef producers at the recent 62nd Texas A&M Beef Cattle Short Course held at Texas A&M University in College Station.

That’s good news as the popularity of Texas barbecue as well as overall ground beef consumption continues to increase annually.

“Brisket has higher oleic acid than the flank or plate, which are the trims typically used to produce ground beef,” he said. “The fat in brisket also has a low melting point, that’s why the brisket is so juicy. That’s also why we like it so much here in Texas, and it’s by far the most popular choice for Texas barbecue.

If you’ll excuse me, lunch is approaching, and I need to head over to the local BBQ joint and pick up some health food.

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Scientists Invent the Ultimate Off-Grid Battery []

Apart from a method of generating renewable electricity — whether it’s wind or solar — the core part of any completely off-grid setup is the battery pack that saves the energy generated and allows it to be used when the wind isn’t blowing or the sun isn’t shining.

Forklift batteries are popular for this, as are other types of chemical batteries. The Lithium-Ion batteries that power cell phones could be ideal because of their energy density, but their cost is way too much to make them viable (despite Tesla’s efforts with the PowerWall). So a modern battery with the qualities of Lithium-Ion but the cost of old-fashioned lead-acid is something of a Holy Grail for preppers.

Well, it appears the wait is over for a next-generation battery that’s perfectly suited for overnight electricity storage and is half-the price of Lithium-Ion. The new Zinc-Ion battery developed at the University of Waterloo is also safer than the alternatives — its ingredients are non-toxic, and it won’t ever explode.

Lithium-ion batteries have much higher energy density (energy that can be stored per unit volume) than water-based batteries (making lithium-ion batteries attractive for smartphones and other compact devices), but water-based zinc-ion batteries are more feasible for grid-scale applications, where cost, safety, and life cycle are important, not size.

The cell design satisfies four vital criteria: high reversibility, rate, capacity, and no zinc dendrite formation. It provides more than 1,000 cycles. Lithium-ion batteries also operate by intercalation (of lithium ions) but they typically use expensive, flammable, organic electrolytes.

The bonus for manufacturers is they can produce this zinc battery at low cost because its fabrication does not require special conditions, such as ultra-low humidity or the handling of flammable materials needed for lithium ion batteries, the chemists say.

“The focus used to be on minimizing size and weight for the portable electronics market and cars,” said Dipan Kundu, a University of Waterloo postdoctoral fellow and the paper’s first author. “Grid storage needs a different kind of battery and that’s given us license to look into different materials.”

When you combine this new battery technology with the plummeting cost of solar, in about five years there will be little to no excuse for staying on-grid in rural areas.

Hopefully the world stays intact long enough for me to pick up a bank of these for my solar array.

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How Much Freedom Are You Willing to Sacrifice in the Name of “Safety”? [NRA-ILA News]

Billionaire and ex-New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has used Maine’s Citizen’s Initiative Process to almost single-handedly fund a campaign to make his version of universal background checks the law of the land in the Pine Tree State. Question 3 asks, “Do you want to require background checks prior to the sale or transfer of firearms between individuals not licensed as firearms dealers, with failure to do so punishable by law, and with some exceptions for family members, hunting, self-defense, lawful competitions, and shooting range activity?”


Democrats launch new push for Obama U.S. Supreme Court nominee [NRA-ILA News]

Supporters of Merrick Garland, President Barack Obama's U.S. Supreme Court selection, on Tuesday launched a new push to persuade the Republican-led Senate to act on the nomination before the Nov. 8 presidential election, but their calls fell on deaf ears.


Gun sales on track to set a record [NRA-ILA News]

Guns are selling at unprecedented levels this summer, which means 2016 is well on its way to breaking the all-time record for background checks.


Can SEC football players own a gun? Depends on each school's policy [NRA-ILA News]

Mention one word to a Southeastern Conference football coach and you’re likely to get several different responses – handguns.


Women, empowered, are fastest-growing segment of gun owners [NRA-ILA News]

Gun ownership among women is up: a Gallup poll showed that 23 percent of women surveyed reported owning a gun in 2015, up from 13 percent in 2005.“Women are one of the fastest-growing segments of the shooting sports business. Of the retailers surveyed over the last year or so, 70 percent have seen an increase in their business from women shooters,” said Don Grier, owner of Prescott Gun Club.


California: Showdown over gun control vote in Palm Springs [NRA-ILA News]

Palm Springs City Council will vote on a controversial gun control ordinance Wednesday, tightening restrictions on gun owners and potentially inviting a lawsuit from the National Rifle Association if passed.


Overzealous Bullet Performance []

Sometimes bullet performance of certain loads used on certain game animals can exceed expectations. How can that be? Some cartridge/calibers are simply doing what they were designed to do, but maybe some go beyond the minimum requirements to harvest a white-tailed buck.

Case in point is the use of the 7mm Remington Magnum and some high performance factory ammo on thin skinned animals like the whitetail deer. “John, I was told recently by a hunting friend of mine not to use those Nosler Ballistic Tip loads in Federal Premium ammo, because their performance on deer was so bad,” stated Darryl who was hunting in our camp one weekend. My response was a simple “ridiculous.”

When I asked what caliber he was shooting, he told me it was the 7-Mag. I had a slight grin on my face, because I have been right where he is. I put a perfect shot on a buck several years go with a 7-Mag only to watch the deer run off at full speed. Two hours later we found the deer piled up in the bottom of a ditch. The entry wound was a tiny hole, and the exit wound was not much bigger.

The blood trail was minimal simply because at that short range under 100 yards, that ballistic tip bullet just sailed through that buck clean as a whistle. It did not hit any bones or break down structure in the buck, but blew the heart into shreds. Deer being as tenacious as they are, that buck just ran on pure adrenaline but died quickly.

Now, I am not saying that the Federal load I was using or the one Darryl was using is poor ammunition, quite the opposite. I do suggest the 7-Mag is possibly an excessive approach for typical whitetail deer hunting. The exception would be very long range shots as promoted by the interest several years ago in “soybean field deer rifles”, meaning shooting across huge agricultural fields. For that, the 7-Mag or even the 300 Mag may be a good bet.

Ballistics Matter

Let’s examine that Federal Nosler 7-Mag factory loading for its paper ballistics. If we use the load Darryl picked, it was a 150 grain Nosler Ballistic tip load. The muzzle velocity of that load stated from the Federal factory catalog is 3110 fps with a muzzle energy of 3220 food pounds. That is one hummer of a load.

For comparison if we picked a more basic Federal soft point load in a .270 Winchester, the muzzle velocity is listed at 2850 feet per second with a muzzle energy of 2705 foot pounds. Up against the 7-Mag load the .270 is producing 500 foot pounds of bullet energy less than the magnum load. One would expect the slower, less terminal energy bullet to expand better inside a deer than the faster, more powerful 7-Mag load, all else being equal.

Now, to be fair, the factory description of the Nosler Ballistic Tip bullet is said to have low to moderate penetration, fast expansion, low to moderate bullet weight retention and is suggested for extra-long range shooting. I think this would be true to form, if and only if that bullet struck a highly resistant body structure such as a shoulder or game with a thicker cross section than the typical white-tailed deer.

Now having said all that, and explained as much to Darryl, I just suggested that he was probably over-gunned for Mississippi whitetails with that high-powered load. Maybe if he just backed off to a pointed soft point bullet load he would get the performance he has in his mind he should be getting.

Then came his hunting and bullet performance proof. During the hunt Darryl harvested two does, one probably weighing close to 150 pounds. One of the hunting club members dropped and broke the skinning rack scale and has failed to replace it so we are left to educated guesses on deer weights. This was a huge doe for our area based on past harvests.

At the shot, the doe ran off and was not immediately recovered. Later at the skinning rack, Darryl was again dogging out the Federal load, because the doe did not simply drop in its tracks. That is until I told him to examine the entry and exit wounds. The bullet entry was no bigger than a pencil. The small opposite side exit site could be covered with a quarter. I been there, seen that myself.

Ironically the second doe much smaller at about 100 pounds was hammered at the shot. Upon skinning the deer, the shoulder was completely destroyed, actually ruining all the meat on that side. The bullet hit the shoulder bone and shattered it and never exited the deer. The doe fell dead at the shot. My explanation to Darryl was completely substantiated.

If the Nosler Ballistic Tip bullet strikes heavy body tissue including bone, then it is going to expand nicely, maybe too much on a white-tailed deer, because of the power of the 7-Mag load. If however, the bullet does not hit bone, but only soft tissue or body organs, then there is not enough resistance to fully expand the bullet, thus it flies right on through the deer. The two does Darryl shot illustrated both issues cleanly at the skinning rack.

So, maybe the 7-Mag is just too much gun for thin-skinned deer, but it could also just be an issue of bullet placement. The Nosler bullet did what it was designed to do. The lesson here is that IF you want potential full bullet expansion on a deer, then chose a soft pointed bullet of a modest bullet weight better suited to hunting deer, not bigger game.

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Clerk fights off armed robber at Obama gas station, WIS, Columbia, S.C., 08/29/16, 05/27/11 [NRA-ILA News]

An armed man entered the convenience store at the Obama gas station in Richland County, S.C. and attempted to rob the store. The clerk on duty responded to the threat by retrieving a gun. Upon meeting armed resistance the armed robber fled the scene. The gas station was renamed after the 44th president of the United States in 2011.


Small Business Highlight: Harry’s Holsters [The Firearm Blog]

imageA quality holster choice can be just as important as the initial process of picking an individual’s handgun. As such, everyone’s needs, situations and environment are unique enough to support a very healthy holster industry. An industry that has seen dramatic growth in technology, materials and options in the last five years alone. Along with all […]

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RIA: H&K SL8, The Civilian G36 (Video) [Forgotten Weapons]

The SL-8 was Heckler & Koch’s civilianized version of the G36 military rifle. There was, unsurprisingly, a major interest in semiautomatic civilian copies of the G36, but H&K was in a difficult position to meet the demand. At the time (mid-1990s) such a rifle was subject to both the 1989 assault weapon importation ban and the 1994 domestic assault weapon ban (which would eventually sunset in 2004). For this reason, the design had to be significantly modified for the US commercial market.

Specifically, the rifle had to have a number of specifically named features removed, and also restricted to only using 10-round or smaller magazines. The feature removal was relatively simple, as elements like a threaded muzzle and bayonet lug were easily deleted. Removing the pistol grip involved replacing the stock with a new thumbhole design, and the military optical sight was replaced with a pica tinny rail (not a legal requirement, but a corporate choice, certainly largely driven by cost).

More significantly, the change to a 10-round magazine was done by converting to a single-stack magazine and redesigning the receiver to include a permanent block to prevent adaptation to original G36 magazines. In addition, the front surface of the right lower locking lug was ground off to prevent the rifle from feeding from the right side of an original double-stack magazine.

Thanks to its strange aesthetics and rather awkward design, the SL-8 never sold well, and its importation was discontinued around 2010. The rifles do remain items of interest particularly for people willing to dedicate the substantial time and money required to rebuild them into proper G36 clones, however.


IWA – Optics and Night/Thermal Vision [The Firearm Blog]

IWA-Optics-2016-25_resizeFor some strange reason this article got delayed in the system, but we hope you’ll enjoy it regardless if you’re afraid of the Dark or not. Welcome to the World of Optics and Night & Thermal Vision from the IWA exhibition in Germany 2016. We previously presented the New Swarovski Z8i riflescopes. A scope I’m […]

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BREAKING: Kalashnikov Concern Introduces New SVK Semiautomatic Designated Marksman’s Rifle [The Firearm Blog]

160906_svk1As part of Kalashnikov Concern’s new product rollout for the Russian government’s ARMY 2016 military technology conference, the company has announced a new designated marksman’s rifle, named the SVK. Earlier this year, an article in showed off a Kalashnikov Concern design called “SK-16”, but an anonymous source told TFB that development of that rifle […]

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BREAKING: Kalashnikov Concern Releases New Micro Assault Rifle to Replace AKS-74U – 21st Century Krinkov! [The Firearm Blog]

bKMy1The Russian small arms firm Kalashnikov Concern has announced several new weapons during the International Military-Technical Forum “ARMY 2016” held by the Russian government in Moscow, the first of which is a new take on a promising 20th Century experimental design. The new Kalashnikov MA (Малогабаритный автомат, loosely translated to “Micro Assault Rifle”) is based on a 1970s-era […]

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Blackhawk Quickmod Magazine Cases [The Firearm Blog]

IMG_5549Last year, Tom R posted about these mag pouches at SHOT Show 2015. I got to see them out in the wild. At the 2016 FN 3Gun Championship match last week, I ran into Larry Houck. He was the match director for FNH USA 3Gun 2011-2015. He showed me his new Blackhawk quickmod magazine cases. […]

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New Wilson Combat Sentinel XL Sub-Compact [The Firearm Blog]

asdasdasWilson Combat is bringing out a new offering that will please concealed carriers with deep pockets. The new Wilson Combat Sentinel XL is a 4″ barreled 1911 with a shortened grip that helps with concealment. After all, the grip is the most difficult part of the gun to conceal, the 1/2″ shorter height should do […]

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BREAKING: Kalashnikov Concern releases precision rifles at ARMY 2016 [The Firearm Blog]

160906_vsv_338This coverage of Army 2016 will be covering some of the precision rifles that are being introduced, apart from the SVK, which Nathaniel F. is writing about. If you aren’t tracking, Kalashnikov Concern is introducing a number of precision rifles at the expo, the first time many of these designs have been unveiled in public. The […]

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Mossberg 500 and 590A1 Compact Cruiser AOWs [The Firearm Blog]

Mossberg-590-Compact-AOWIt seems that the traditional firearms companies are venturing farther and farther into NFA weapons, and Mossberg is the latest company to jump into the fray with a pair of 12 gauge AOWs called Compact Cruiser AOWs. Mossberg just announced that the company is now offering two pump action AOWs – one based on the […]

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NOMAD Expanding Hunting Apparel Line [The Firearm Blog]

nomad1NOMAD might be somewhat of a newcomer on the hunting apparel scene but it’s a line with years of planning behind it. The guys behind NOMAD have an impressive amount of experience both within the industry and as hunters themselves, so it comes as no surprise they’d design a line of hunting clothes they simply […]

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Nikon Monarch Field Scopes [The Firearm Blog]

Nikon Monarch field scope spottingIn time for hunting season, Nikon announced it is now shipping a number of new field scopes in its Monarch line of optics. The Monarch line is the company’s top tier sporting optic family, and these scopes are the first field scopes to bear the Monarch name. Nikon promises these scopes offer extreme durability for […]

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Tuesday, 06 September


BREAKING: Kalashnikov Concern Discontinues AK-12, Replaces It with… The New AK-12! [The Firearm Blog]

17_bd501ea3The AK-12 is dead. Long live the AK-12! That’s the song Kalashnikov Concern is singing this week at the recent ARMY 2016 expo in Moscow, Russia. The radical AK-12 prototypes that have dominated Kalashnikov’s press over the past two years are gone, replaced by a more conservative rifle – also called “AK-12” – based on the […]

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California: Palm Springs City Council to Consider Anti-Gun Firearms Ordinance on Tomorrow, September 7th [NRA-ILA News]

On September 7th, the Palm Springs City Council will consider a proposed firearms ordinance that will impact all firearm owners within the City of Palm Springs. The ordinance includes a mandatory duty to report the theft or loss of a firearm to the Palm Springs Police Department within 48 hours, a requirement that all firearms kept in any residence be stored in a locked container, and a prohibition against leaving a concealable firearm or any ammunition in an unattended vehicle unless stored in a locked container.


Missouri: Critical Vote on your Right to Self-Defense Next Week [NRA-ILA News]

As the veto override session approaches, former New York City Mayor and billionaire Michael Bloomberg’s anti-gun group, Everytown for Gun Safety, is pulling out all the stops to push the Obama/ Clinton gun control agenda in Missouri.


Effect of the presidency on US Court of Appeals composition [Of Arms and the Law]

An interesting graph. When the Obama Admin began in 2009, of the eleven numbered circuits, only the Ninth had a majority of Demo appointees, with the Second and Third being split 50-50.

In 2016, only four circuits (in the middle of the country) have a majority of Repub appointees; the other seven are all majority Demo appointees. (The same is true of the DC and Federal Circuits). What's also interesting in both Repub dominated and Demo dominated circuits, the proportions tend to be overwhelming, 66-33% or more.


When The Unthinkable Happens-Your FFL Gets Raided []

Imagine this. You have finally scrimped and saved and sourced all of the parts for your dream firearm. Some of the parts have been custom milled. You have everything sent to an FFL you found on GunBroker (and who you have used in the past).

Then, the day before you are supposed to go pick up your guns, you get a panic email from your FFL informing you that he had just been raided by the DEA and BATFE, because, get this, his day job is working at a marijuana dispensary.

I got some real bad news for you man.

Tonight I was raided by a joint DEA / ATF task force in connection with my day job at the cannabis dispensary. They actually revoked my FFL and took every fire arm I was in possession of, which included your guns and receivers.

They are currently in federal custody while I await process of my charges, and they may at some future point be returned depending on how my charges go.

I guess at this point to make things right with you I should really reimburse you for your loss on this.

Extremely sorry,

During the raid, EVERYTHING was taken. Including your property. As evidence. Meaning, if you are extremely lucky, you may see them again, albeit after a few years, and tons of time and effort expended. Worst case, they become part of an “asset forfeiture” and you never see them again. Too bad, so sad, bye-bye.

This story turned out positive, in that the guy that got hosed in the deal, did eventually get his stuff back (after about 2 years). There had been some fear that the rifles were on the block to be “disposed of” multiple times, but they were returned.

You can read the whole thread and find out how it ended up (the event happened a few years ago, but the post just resurfaced with new activity a few days ago).

The take away from this is that you need to be very diligent about where you send your stuff to. Be extra careful with home-based FFLs. And even then, things can happen–one of the posts on the thread (#49) discusses a problem with a legit SOT getting raided.

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Giant Florida Alligator Caught []

Florida’s statewide alligator hunt is underway, and some heavy lizards have been banged by hunters chasing the water beasts, usually at night with specialized gear.

The hunt has become hugely popular, with 13,000 people applying for permits this year and 6,000 persons receiving them.


One of the biggest taken thus far is a giant 13-feet-4 monster collected from Lake George, a widening of the St. Johns River near the town of Astor and a short drive south of Jacksonville. Weight of that gator was not reported by hunter Bill Moody, who hooked the creature near the mouth of Juniper Springs Run on the west shore of the lake.

The spot is remote and wild, as it’s part of the Ocala National Forest, and is a well-known place for mega-lizards.


The state record length for a gator is 14-feet-3.5 from Lake Washington, a headwater region of the upper St. Johns River.

The heaviest weight gator taken from Florida waters was a 1,043-pounder collected out of Orange Lake in Alachua County, not far from Gainesville. At over half-a-ton in weight, that beast was definitely in the water dragon category, just like the most recent one caught from Lake George.

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Opening Day Deer Hunting Game Plan, Part 2 []

High-traffic deer travel corridors like creek draws and overgrown field fence lines can shine during opening week hunts when animals are pushed by hunters on the move. In many public hunting areas it’s often wise to climb high in a tree stand long before daybreak during opening week hunts, then stay put until you collect venison.


Choose a spot that overlooks a number of different trails in a travel corridor where scouting has shown deer activity. Use quality optics, and stay constantly alert.

Deer spooked by hunters rarely are seen running flat-out across open country. This is true of bucks “pushed” even during opening week. They learn fast what’s happening, and know they’re vulnerable. So they’ll be slipping along slowly and quietly in the shadows, sticking to cover. Their survival antennas are way up, and you’ve got to be watching, listening, and waiting carefully to detect them.

Sometimes the best places for opening day hunting are on border edges of private land, abutting public hunting areas. Wildlife Management Areas can crawl with hunters during opening week. So deer that had been living in the WMA quickly vacate the place, heading to cover in private surrounding lands.


A good game plan for opening week hunting is to get on stand early near a property “peripheral” area, or a “funnel” close to a deer bedding zone. Stay as late as possible. Bring a day pack with plenty of food and water. Have the right clothing and accessories to make your stay comfortable. If you’ve got to get down and move around, walk at mid-day and do a little slow stalking, into the wind. Be scouting, too, and use binoculars often. Get back on stand by early afternoon, perhaps a different spot overlooking a feeding area where you’ve seen deer.

It’s easy to get discouraged during opening week. You’re likely to see lots of hunters, hear plenty of shooting, and maybe have too many people too close to spots you prefer to see no one. You’re also likely to see other hunters with good bucks they’ve collected not far from your honey holes.

But be positive.


Stay alert.

Think about how you can improve your effectiveness while hunting, and what deer are doing trying to avoid the onslaught of people in their domain.

Start hunting early, quite late. Scout, glass, and don’t give up. Not ever. It’ll pay off.

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Ask Doc: What is the Big Deal With EpiPens? []

Welcome to a new weekly series where we are going to answer questions related to wilderness/field medicine. I’m going to start with questions I have been asked while adventuring in the world and from questions submitted to the general mailbag.

What is the big deal with EpiPens?

So, EpiPens. First off, what is an EpiPen? It is a device used to assist in the delivery of the correct dose of epinephrine (Epi) for people currently experiencing an anaphylactic allergic reaction (yes, there are other uses for Epi, but not in this context).

An EpiPen is a pretty simple device actually. The drug it delivers is, well, adrenaline. Your body makes it. During an anaphylactic event, you just need a little extra. For reasons (which are really outside the scope of this post).

The recent media hype in the United States around EpiPens is due to the crazy price increase that Mylan saw fit to make. For a device that really hasn’t changed in years, was very cheap, and delivers a very inexpensive, but amazingly lifesaving, medication, suddenly charging hundreds of dollars for a dose prevents people from getting access that otherwise should.

Epi is one of those drugs, in my opinion, that should be widely available to everyone, along with training to use it. We have AEDs in schools, airports, business, etc. Most people have heard of, if not taken, CPR and Basic First Aid. Epi is a truly lifesaving drug, and really, it is not that hard to administer. Someone that needs epinephrine needs that epinephrine right now. Not 15 minutes from now. Not 30 minutes from now. Not in 2 hours, or whenever you can get the patient to EMS.

The one good thing that has come out from Epi being in the news is awareness. If you go on a trip into the backcountry hunting or fishing, or do gardening in your backyard, it is not a bad idea to have Epi available. And whether it is via a couple of auto-injectors (like an Epi Pen) or a multi dose vial and some syringes, everyone should know how to administer it. Right now, the primary way to get training (without going through a full EMS program) is via one of the Wilderness Medicine classes available (generally it is reserved for Wilderness Advanced First Aid or Wilderness First Responder certifications).

Mandatory Disclaimer (lest any of you run off and start pretending to be medics): This article is not a replacement for actually receiving training. It is for your own personal knowledge and is based on best practices and standards of training.

If you have a burning question about a wilderness medicine related concept, feel free to send an email to I will pick a question (or two) each week to discuss. You can read about my background below.

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Glock 17M Recall Update [The Firearm Blog]

unnamed-1-2-e1471611796884As many of you might be aware, we are keeping close tabs on the Glock 17M voluntary recall that Indianapolis Metro Police Department issued following failures encountered while dry firing the pistols during training. The failure that an unnamed source from within the department reported is that the slide of the Glocks was falling off the front of […]

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The FN Five-seveN Pistol (5.7x28mm) [The Firearm Blog]

The FN Five-seveN pistol is chambered for the same 5.7x28mm cartridge as the famous P90 PDW, but the short barrel of the pistol results in less velocity. Still, the Five-seveN is perhaps the perfect sidearm for a man using the P90 as a primary. It also makes for a great range gun as the low […]

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LaRue PredatOBR In 260 Remington [The Firearm Blog]

imageMy first introduction to LaRue Tactical gear came in 2005 after a Pat Rogers AK course – I started off weak but ended up taking the first-loser spot. The prize? A LaRue Tactical LT150 Aimpoint mount. That one mount spawned a whole new rifle, optic and more carbine courses. Since that time, LaRue has sparked […]

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Suicide: NSSF Efforts to Prevent Self-Inflicted Harm [The Firearm Blog]

NSSF LogoSuicide is an uncomfortable subject to talk about. Sadly, many who would like to see citizens disarmed politicize suicides in which a firearm was the method of death used by the decedent. Not only does this diminish the profound sadness of the act and hide the roots of the problem, it also causes many gun […]

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Washington: VOTE NO ON 1491! Ballot Initiative will Selectively Target Gun Owners [NRA-ILA News]

On the 2016 General Election ballot, Washingtonians will find Ballot Initiative 1491, an initiative purported to prevent violent acts by creating so-called “Extreme Risk Protection Orders” (ERPO).


Bloomberg Tries to Buy Gun Control in Maine [NRA-ILA News]

This November, Maine voters will be faced with an age-old question — how much freedom are you willing to sacrifice in the name of “safety”? Billionaire and ex-New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has used Maine’s Citizen’s Initiative Process to almost single-handedly fund a campaign to make his version of universal background checks the law of the land in the Pine Tree State.


Letters to the Editor: Question 3 won’t stop criminals [NRA-ILA News]

Among the more preposterous arguments of the proponents of universal background checks — Question 3 on the November ballot — is that it will stem the trickle of guns from Maine to Massachusetts.


Background Checks: Maine’s ‘No On 3’ Initiative Gets Support from Lil Red Danger [NRA-ILA News]

The state of Maine is steeped in hunting tradition. It’s also a constitutional carry state, meaning that law-abiding gun owners can carry a concealed firearm without a permit, wherever carry is permitted.


POTD: Malaysian Navy Special Forces H&K MP7 [The Firearm Blog]

Malaysian Independance MP7My friend Irfan sent me this photo. It was posted on the Royal Malaysian Navy Facebook page. It is a photo celebrating Malaysian Independence. The guy on the right is a member of PASKAL: The Pasukan Khas Laut (Naval Special Warfare Forces). He is holding an H&K MP7 with Acog.

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IWI Tavors at 2016 FN 3Gun Championship [The Firearm Blog]

DSC_0016For the past four years I have staffed the FNH USA 3Gun Championships. I am staffing the match again this year and I am writing this as the match is being held this week. The match is held Thursday thru Saturday. Competitors shoot only 3-4 stages a day. However Staff shoot all 10 stages on […]

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Chicago: Stop the revolving prison door for gun offenders [NRA-ILA News]

Most citizens have no idea that the most menacing felony offenders who are shooting up the streets of Chicago killing innocent men, women and children are spending fewer and fewer days behind bars for their violent and repeat felony gun offenses. There is an unexplained revolving door that is spitting these convicted criminals out of prison after they have served only a fraction of their court-imposed sentences for violent gun offenses.


D.C.: Outgoing police chief decries District’s ‘broken’ criminal justice system [NRA-ILA News]

D.C. Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier leaves her post in two weeks with high popularity and crime down over her tenure but frustrated by a system that she said allows repeat violent offenders back on the street time after time.


Obama’s relentless gun purge [NRA-ILA News]

The Obama administration began looking for loopholes in the Constitution, all to limit gun ownership with executive orders, reinterpreted regulatory requirements and whatever else creative bureaucrats could devise to harass gun owners and gun dealers. Many of these new restrictions are far from reasonable and unless Democrats can deliver on their promise to turn the court into an instrument of “progressive” liberalism, will no doubt be struck down.


California: Why Stan Sniff, John McMahon and other sheriffs oppose gun control [NRA-ILA News]

Some of Southern California’s most vocal gun rights advocates wear badges.Riverside County Sheriff Stan Sniff and San Bernardino County Sheriff John McMahon have consistently opposed new gun control legislation. So does Orange County Sheriff Sandra Hutchens.


NEW: Traditions Performance Firearms Mountain Rifle [The Firearm Blog]

mountainrifleTraditions Performance Firearms is known for their muzzleloader line and authentic reproductions such as their Kentucky Pistol and flintlock Trapper Pistol. The Connecticut-based company offers a variety of firearms from black powder rifles to cannons. Now they’re adding to their existing firearms with the Mountain Rifle, a muzzleloader being offered in one of my favorite […]

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Hillary’s White House: Ground Zero For A Massive Attack On Guns [NRA-ILA News]

For as long as she has been in politics, Clinton has been accurately tagged as a “serial liar” and “congenital liar.” Way back in 1996, in a column headlined “Blizzard of Lies,” referencing a contemporary set of Bill and Hillary Clinton scandals, the respected New York Times op-ed columnist William Safire seminally described Clinton’s aversion to the truth: “Americans of all political persuasions are coming to the sad realization that our First Lady ... is a congenital liar.


Arizona attorney general: Guns are allowed at private schools [NRA-ILA News]

Arizona's private elementary, middle and high schools can allow guns on campus, according to a new Arizona Attorney General's Office opinion.


S.C. senators coming to Charleston and crossing the state to hear from residents on gun laws [NRA-ILA News]

Charleston residents will have a chance to tell a group of state senators this fall what they think should be done about South Carolina’s gun laws.A hearing will be held at the College of Charleston’s Stern Center Ballroom at 6 p.m. Oct. 3.


Restrictions proposed on free shooting ranges in Maine [NRA-ILA News]

The state now is proposing restrictions on the free shooting ranges that sit on state-owned land and have long gone unsupervised.


Number of Right-to-Carry permits in Indiana continues to grow [NRA-ILA News]

An analysis of Indiana State Police data shows the number of state residents who hold active licenses to carry handguns has grown by nearly 50 percent since 2012.


Canada: Trudeau government rejects e-petition to lift restrictions on AR-15 [NRA-ILA News]

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's government has shot down one of the first e-petitions to go before Canada's Parliament, saying it has no plans to change the restricted status of the popular Armalite AR-15 rifle.


RIA: Danish 1865/97 Pinfire Conversion Revolver (Video) [Forgotten Weapons]

The Danish artillery was an early adopter of metallic-case handguns, taking on this pinfire 6-shot solid-frame revolver in 1865 – when most of the world was still using percussion firearms. The thousand guns made served well for many decades, until in 1897 they finally were recognized as obsolete and converted to use more modern centerfire ammunition. After that update, they continued to remain as issued sidearms until the end of World War 2!

The guns have a manual safety, an unusual (but not unheard of) element on a revolver. The centerfire ammunition they were converted to use is also an interesting subject, as it was a metal-jacketed but wood-cored projectile. Presumably, this was in an effort to get a high velocity and large diameter bullet simultaneously. The same type of bullet would be used in the .45 caliber Schouboe automatic pistols.


Smith & Wesson Q1 Results [The Firearm Blog]

Smith & Wesson logoSmith & Wesson announced its Q1 2017 results on Thursday, showing more than a 40% increase in net sales – to $207 million – when compared to Q1 2016. Not bad considering the quarter is typically a down one compared to the hunting and holiday seasons. Between the financial highlights press release and the earnings […]

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Now you can turn your phone into a ballistic HUD with Desert Tech’s TRASOL [The Firearm Blog]

(h/t to Soldier Systems Daily) Desert Tech’s ballistics app, TRASOL has been updated with a new capability:  A HUD appearing on your smartphone screen that can “track moving targets and provide lead solutions” using the sensors incorporated in one’s device. Via Desert Tech: By using your mobile device’s built-in camera and onboard sensors, TRASOL allows […]

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Smith & Wesson Finalizes Acquisition of Crimson Trace [The Firearm Blog]

CRIMSON_TRACE_BLACK_sm-920x354In late July we reported on Smith & Wesson working on a deal to buy Crimson Trace for $95 million dollars. On August 29th Smith & Wesson announced that the deal has gone through, Crimson Trace is now theirs. The cash deal gives Smith & Wesson a new platform to develop a line of electro-optics with […]

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BREAKING: Taurus Executives Charged with Knowingly Selling Arms to Yemeni Arms Traffickers [The Firearm Blog]

1024px-Taurus_Forge.svgBrazil’s premier small arms manufacturer is in hot water: Two former executives of Forjas Taurus SA have been served with charges of arms trafficking by the Brazilian government. The executives, Eduardo Pezzuol and Leonardo Sperry, allegedly negotiated deals to ship 8,000 handguns to Fares Mohammed Hassan Mana’a, a Yemeni arms trafficker active in Africa. Reuters reports: Brazil’s […]

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Scalarworks Releases Lightest QD Aimpoint CompM4 Mount on the Market [The Firearm Blog]

scalarworks-comp4Scalarworks makes some pretty nice (and light weight) optics mounts. Their minimalist styled Low Drag Mount Aimpoint Micro mount weights only 1.33oz and looks pretty sweet. They also make a really good optics mount for the Benelli M4 shotguns that we did a write up on last year. Their newest optics mount is one of a kind […]

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The Pakistani handgun: Daudsons Trushot and DSA Nine [The Firearm Blog]

DSA-Trushot_zps96c91071Daudsons Armoury is a Pakistani defense manufacturer based in Peshawar, that is starting to really come into prominence within Pakistan. The company makes a number of different products, from break open double barrel shotguns to 40mm high velocity automatic grenade launchers. Daud, or “داوود”  in Arabic, is the Islamic version of Christian Biblical David, who is […]

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Monday, 05 September


Behind every blade of grass [Sipsey Street Irregulars]

Part of me kind of wishes this was my neighbors kid. Part of me is glad he isn't.


9th Court Upholds Ban on Gun Sales to Medical Marijuana Card Holders [The Firearm Blog]

legal-fundamentals-of-self-defenseYes, this post is skirting that fine line of “Firearms Not Politics”, but it is certainly newsworthy, if not actually a surprise to anyone. So, lets try and keep this to the informational side of the topic, whatever your feeling on the topic–it is “gun news”. The first I had heard of this topic was […]

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Firearm advice for potential adoptive parents [Of Arms and the Law]

Here, at Apparently, at least two States require potential parents to sign agreements as to how they store their guns; one of them also regulates carrying and the other wants unannounced home inspections to enforce the agreement.


POTD: A Perfect Fit [The Firearm Blog]

14045717_10205588352822933_7753031008904738061_nSomeone posted this photo on Facebook. It is their suppressed FDE FN SCAR17S in a guitar case. Due to the folding stock design, it is a perfect fit in the guitar case. Perfect for discrete traveling. Do you use discrete cases for your firearms?

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Crye Precision’s Six-12 To Be Manufactured in Tennessee [The Firearm Blog]

Capture2As reported by The Nashville Post, Crye Precision has selected Murfuresboro, Tennessee as their new home for the manufacture of the bullpup revolving Six12 shotgun. The new shotgun will be manufactured by newly formed Vantage LLC, co-founded by Caleb Crye and Gregg Thompson who founded Crye Precision in 2000. The new facility will be situated […]

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Suppressor Transfers Made Easy – Silencer Shop Kiosk [The Firearm Blog]

CaptureWith ATF Rule 41P now in effect, there has been some confusion within the market about how to go about satisfying the new CLEO notification and transfer rules. We have covered much of this in detail, but the private sector has stepped it up a bit. SilencerShop, the largest suppressor seller in the country, has […]

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RIA: Russian M1870 Galand Revolver (Video) [Forgotten Weapons]

The Galand was an innovative revolver design created by Frenchman Charles Francois Galand and patented in 1868. It is most notable for using a long lever system to eject cartridges by throwing the cylinder and a separate cartridge retention plate forward. It was also one of the early adopters of centerfire ammunition (a .45 caliber cartridge with an unusually thick rim, specifically).

In addition to being licensed for production in England, Belgium, and France, the Galand was adopted in 1870 by the Imperial Russian Navy, and several thousand (including this example) purchased by them. Some were made by the Nagant brothers in Liege, and some by the Tula factory in Russia.


DeSantis Announces New Rigs for XD Mod.2 with 3.3″ Barrel [The Firearm Blog]

DeSantisDeSantis Gunhide announced several new fits for the Springfield Armory XD .45 Mod.2 with a 3.3″ barrel. All of these fits are in existing product lines, so potential buyers should be able to get a good idea of how the existing scabbards wear. The first is the E-Gat Slide. This is an all leather rig […]

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We Must Fight [Sipsey Street Irregulars]

"A Time For Choosing" Speech

Now let's set the record straight. There's no argument over the choice between peace and war, but there's only one guaranteed way you can have peace—and you can have it in the next second—surrender. 
Admittedly, there's a risk in any course we follow other than this, but every lesson of history tells us that the greater risk lies in appeasement, and this is the specter our well-meaning liberal friends refuse to face—that their policy of accommodation is appeasement, and it gives no choice between peace and war, only between fight or surrender. If we continue to accommodate, continue to back and retreat, eventually we have to face the final demand—the ultimatum. And what then—when Nikita Khrushchev has told his people he knows what our answer will be? He has told them that we're retreating under the pressure of the Cold War, and someday when the time comes to deliver the final ultimatum, our surrender will be voluntary, because by that time we will have been weakened from within spiritually, morally, and economically. He believes this because from our side he's heard voices pleading for "peace at any price" or "better Red than dead," or as one commentator put it, he'd rather "live on his knees than die on his feet." And therein lies the road to war, because those voices don't speak for the rest of us. 
You and I know and do not believe that life is so dear and peace so sweet as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery. If nothing in life is worth dying for, when did this begin—just in the face of this enemy? Or should Moses have told the children of Israel to live in slavery under the pharaohs? Should Christ have refused the cross? Should the patriots at Concord Bridge have thrown down their guns and refused to fire the shot heard 'round the world? The martyrs of history were not fools, and our honored dead who gave their lives to stop the advance of the Nazis didn't die in vain. Where, then, is the road to peace? Well it's a simple answer after all. 
You and I have the courage to say to our enemies, "There is a price we will not pay." "There is a point beyond which they must not advance." Winston Churchill said, "The destiny of man is not measured by material computations. When great forces are on the move in the world, we learn we're spirits—not animals." And he said, "There's something going on in time and space, and beyond time and space, which, whether we like it or not, spells duty." 
You and I have a rendezvous with destiny. 
We'll preserve for our children this, the last best hope of man on earth, or we'll sentence them to take the last step into a thousand years of darkness.


A great night with some great patriots [Sipsey Street Irregulars]

On Saturday, I spoke for a few hours on a nation wide phone conference about the nature of the III percent movement and where we go from here.  The forum was set up in a question and answer format so I was able to field dozens of questions.  I believe it was a success and, quite frankly, I had a blast.  There are certainly some things I can better communicate.  This was my first go-around so I guess I am due a Mulligan for my failures, but it was a wonderful exercise in communication across different patriot group lines.

A lot of different groups showed up that are not affiliated with the III% but are natural ideological allies.  There is a lot that we can do to support each other and enhance each others mission without stepping on toes.  Some of that will be inevitable.  After all, we are all flawed in our own way.  But at the end of the day, we are all on the same team.  It is not about egos.  It is not about increasing your social capital.  It it is not about consolidating your power base, king making, or cults of personality.  it is about getting back to the republic that our founders entrusted to us.

A growing need I see is in having a unified III percent message.  I see event like this as a way to craft that message and bring everyone to the table.  Iron sharpens iron.  The Founders figured how to do it, and I am sure that we can too.

I walked a way with a ton of new contacts and new inroads.  Now more than ever, we will need to continue to make these contacts and bridge the divide of the "us vs. them" tribalism.    We do ourselves and the country an injustice by keeping our time and talents to ourselves.  Discussions are fine, but they are nothing without action.  I am looking forward to continue in progressing this movement together.  This is perhaps the most cash poor movement ever fielded.  We are not nor will we ever receive any welfare from a sugar daddy like Soros. We are all actively engaged in jobs and families.  This is a 100% volunteer, grass roots, groundswell, all done in what little spare time we are given.  For all of our personal differences, one thing we will never lack is passion.  Everyone that comes here, comes here for the love of the game.  That is our biggest strength.  We are the determined minority and we are not going anywhere.

Lastly, I would like to thank Bryan Duszcack for being such a profoundly amazing patriot and in holding the event even when family responsibilities begged his attention elsewhere.  He was an incredible host and moderator, and frankly deserves a much bigger forum.  I am honored that he would let me share his platform and I cannot wait to see what this thing looks like in six months or even a year.

More of these kinds of events will be held in the future.  If I heard that correctly, it will be to the tune of once a month.  I will let you know when the next opportunity we will have to discuss the movement.
Here is an excellent short synopsis of the event from Timothy Irving:
It was a great conversation, but no one focused on the solution.
The questions were;
1) What direction should the 3% go, and
2) What is the solution (magic bullet) to the division?

Florida Minutemen touched on both the direction and solution, as did the watchmen of America (freebird).

Trust- If no one is breaking the laws, and everyone is properly vetted (no felonies), than trust should not be an issue. If any member wants to leave your unit and go to another, it shouldn't matter- and I'll get to why in just a second.
Unity- If everyone works together (trains and cross trains the units), we can't help but have unity, as we will already be united in both the physical training and preparation, as well as ideologically being Patriots in the common defense of our Republic.

Honesty- If you don't want to lead your unit, help train them, or get out there and help the community during a crisis, than PLEASE step away from leadership and allow a leader to lead. If you aren't willing to cross train your members with other units in fear of losing them because you don't do enough, than you are part of the problem with the division. If everyone trains together in your state, who cares what patch they wear?

Trust and Unity is the base for brotherhood.
1) When is the time to act?
The answer is NOW. Action doesn't mean firing weapons, we can act today on Unity and Trust, building brotherhood, good relations, cohesiveness, and strength; not just in numbers, but in skill.
2) What Direction is the 3% going?
Tonight's call answered this question when Matt mentioned Standards, building a coalition of separate units, under the umbrella of Patriotism. Someone said it tonight, 3% is an ideological perspective... and it includes ALL 3% units, Militia's and Minutemen. It includes all those who are willing to step forward and help in a positive manner, within our communities.
There should be a standard for all of 3%-

Everyone must be properly vetted to assure no one will get caught up training with felons, or smoking pot during an ftx. I'm not suggesting i'm against drugs nor am I promoting a snitch hotline, but we should have enough respect for one another, and this country as a whole- to leave the herb at home when around firearms and training among other Patriots.

Suggestions for improving public image:
Help in the flood relief efforts. Get out there and show America we are here to help, not cause problems. A time for Action is at your feet every day. We don't have to wait for the sound of gunfire to act.

Positive influence goes a long way, but negative influence goes even further. Be a positive group in your communities. Offer your local Leo's to help watch their six when BLM decides it want to burn down your neighborhood. Go get on a roof top and watch over them at rally's to make sure another goat loving cop killer doesn't pull a Dallas incident. Offer to help, and make sure you get permission first.

Lastly, someone mentioned a peaceful resolution, and where is the red line. Well, you can disagree all you want, but history has shown that NO government is or ever has been willing to compromise when it comes to control or tyrannical laws. Just as we had almost 1 Million Patriots on the national mall in 2010, we received a def ear that day, and every day following. You may as well just accept it (as Tim Mcdonald said), that there is no Red Line, and there is no hope for a peaceful resolution. If a peaceful resolution was an option, this administration wouldn't have built internment camps, purchased billions of rounds of ammo, nor would it be poking at your 2nd Amendment. To thine own self be true... each and every one of you know the possibility of a peaceful resolution is nothing short of hyperbole.

Link to the audio of the event

You can see all future events on the Facebook page dedicated to Bryan's Conference Calls for Freedom.


NEW: CrossBreed Holsters for Pistols with Streamlight TLR-6 [The Firearm Blog]

CrossBreed Holsters has been designing and manufacturing quality handcrafted holsters for more than a decade now and they continue to add to their product lineup. Now they’ve announced the launch of their latest addition which is designed for gun owners with the Streamlight TLR-6 mounted to their pistols. The Streamlight TLR-6 is a laser-light combination […]

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Sunday, 04 September


RIA: Beretta Model 1931 (Video) [Forgotten Weapons]

With the development of the Model 1931, Beretta had nearly arrived at the first really popular pistol (the 1934/5). The 1931 was the result of taking the exposed-hammer 1923 design, shrinking the frame down to a more compact size and changing the caliber to .32 ACP (7.65mm Browning). This smaller cartridge reduced the need for slide weight and recoil spring strength for the simple blowback system (the recoil buffer from the previous 9mm Glisenti pistols was also rendered unnecessary).

The only step left between the 1931 and the really successful 1934 was to increase the size of the grip slightly to provide better handling. On fact, the 1931 and 1934 slides were identical – some early 1934 pistols can be found with 1931 slides overstamped to read 1934. This particular 1931 is a Royal Navy purchased example made in 1933.


Where to Draw the Line? Managing the Weight of Next Generation Universal Calibers Using a Weight Calculator [The Firearm Blog]

gerrperrscherrHow can one balance the trade-offs inherent in ammunition design to create a true one-caliber infantry weapon system that is both effective and lightweight? This is a question I’ve been exploring for close to a decade, and writing about for over four years. The question is extremely compelling to me because so much is demanded of the […]

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Sunday Jams - Zappa [Sipsey Street Irregulars]

The illusion of freedom will continue as long as it’s profitable to continue the illusion. At the point where the illusion becomes too expensive to maintain, they will just take down the scenery, they will pull back the curtains, they will move the tables and chairs out of the way and you will see the brick wall at the back of the theater.

-Frank Zappa

Saturday, 03 September


The 2016 Presidential Election In A Nutshell [No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money]

Ed Friedman, editor of Shooting Illustrated, has captured this election in a nutshell. The comment below was in reference to something Tam wrote about Hillary's lies about not knowing about classified emails.

The GOP's problem is that people want their free shit, and will vote for a lyin, cheatin, murderin, stroke-havin, bribe-takin, becankled harridan and reinforce the failed policies of a feckless beta-male/manchurian-candidate president simply because the other guy is a white blowhard who says mean things.

 As I approach age 60, this is what scares the hell out of me. It makes me want to buy a huge ranch in west Texas, put up a big fence, plant Claymore mines all over the place, and say the hell with the rest of the world. The only problem is that I hate really hot weather and I don't have enough money to do it.


You Know You Are A Gun Nerd When... [No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money]

You know you are a gun nerd when the thing you notice in a story about the G-20 economic summit in Hangzou, China is that the Chinese honor guards carry Type 56 SKS rifles.

Getty Images - from the Wall Street Journal

That picture then sets you off on search of more pictures of the event so you can see even better pictures of the chromed Type 56 SKS rifles. The photo below is from Getty Images. If you click on the image, you can enlarge it.


RIA: Experimental Semiauto Springfield 1903 Primer-Actuated Rifle (Video) [Forgotten Weapons]

During the 1920s, a lot of experimental rifle development work was being done in the US. The military was interested in finding a semiautomatic rifle, and plenty of inventors were eager to get that valuable military contract. One particular item of interest to the military was the possibility of being able to convert large existing stockpiles of bolt action 1903 Springfield rifles into semiautomatics, and that is what this particular example was an attempt at.

This rifle is built with a barrel and receiver made in 1921 (it was not uncommon for the government to provide parts to inventors working in this area), and uses an operating system which is pretty much unheard of today: primer actuation. In this system, the primer pushes back out of the cartridge case (intentionally) upon firing, acting as a small piston. This pushes the firing pin backwards (as well as the bolt face in this rifle), which begins the process of unlocking and cycling. It is a system that saw some popularity for a brief time in the 20s, as it allowed semiautomatic action without the need for a drilled gas port or a moving barrel – several of John Garand’s early prototypes operated this way. However, substandard performance and the need for special ammunition (most military ammunition had primers solidly crimped in place) led to its abandonment.


BREAKING: Court Rules H&K NOT AT FAULT for G36 Rifle Controversy; Owes German Gov’t No Compensation [The Firearm Blog]

bundeswehr-G36-german-defense-budget-GETTY-In the ongoing controversy about the G36 assault rifle, German gunmaker Heckler & Koch have won a major victory against the German federal government, as the Koblenz court where the company’s lawsuit against the government was tried ruled that the company was at no fault for the G36’s design. Reuters reports: A German court ruled […]

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Friday, 02 September


The house is on fire! [Sipsey Street Irregulars]

The hijack of the Democratic Party youth by the BLM and SJW crowd is only a symptom of a much bigger disease.  The middle ground is shrinking daily.  You can easily follow the line to see where this goes.  History gives us indications to the lengths a society in decline can go in order to give birth to a monster.

As seen on Billy Beck's FB page, this article delves into the bloody rise of Stalinist Russia and the moral relativism that is inherent in totalitarianism.  As we all know, the scope of the mass murder was breathtaking, but to the actual instruments of State sponsored executions, it was a short life of paranoia and transactional brutality.  Just like with any other genocide, you must first set up the conditions that the murders are not only just, but completely necessary and unavoidable.  Convince someone that, and then you can get them to do whatever you want.  

This is why when someone says to you that you need to make "common sense" concessions with disarmament, you need to look them in the eye and tell them to go hang.  They are not giving up their thirst for your freedoms, why should you?

On the hidden horrors of Soviet life.

by Gary Saul Morson

Delivering a toast on the twentieth anniversary of the Bolshevik seizure of power, Stalin declared: “We will destroy each and every enemy, even if he was an old Bolshevik; we will destroy all his kin, his family. We will mercilessly destroy anyone who, by his deeds or his thoughts—yes, his thoughts!—threatens the unity of the socialist state. To the complete destruction of all enemies, themselves and their kin!” Even when the tsars imprisoned or executed revolutionaries, they never thought of arresting their spouses, children, grandparents, and cousins as well. And note Stalin’s insistence that not just wrong actions but improper thoughts merit “destruction.” Georgy Arbatov, adviser to five general secretaries of the Soviet Communist Party, observed that “the main code of behavior” was “to be afraid of your own thoughts.”
Apologists also suggest that there really were a lot of enemies of socialism. But people were arrested not just for conspiring against (or thinking negatively about) the regime. Quotas were issued for each region—Baberowski concludes that more than a million people were killed by quota—and local officials often filled them either arbitrarily or with the homeless, the blind, and amputees. In March 1938 the nkvd (the secret police) executed 1,160 people in Moscow with physical disabilities. Kliment Voroshilov, who occupied many top positions, argued for arresting abandoned children. “Why don’t we have these rascals shot?” he asked. “Should we wait for them to become grown-up criminals?” What’s more, two dozen whole ethnic groups were forcibly deported to Central Asia. After Stalin ordered the arrest of all Poles, the Polish section of the Comintern and the Polish Communist party had to be disbanded since they had no members.
If so, then to understand Communist atrocities we need to look at its ideology.
To begin with, Soviet Marxism rejected the very concept of human rights. Leninist ideology instructed one to think of classes, not humanity. What race was to Nazis, class was to Bolsheviks, and class origin, like race, was not something one chose. People born into bourgeois, noble, or kulak families had no more right to life than Jews or Gypsies did to Nazis.
As it has been observed here and elsewhere, we are all kulaks now.


California Puts Taxpayer Dollars Into Anti-Gun Research Center []

We all know that CDC has been prevented from doing firearm research, and arguably they should be–firearms are not a actually a disease. That said, I’m not personally opposed to actual scientific, unbiased research being done. The problem is that guns are such a trigger topic for people, I think it is truly impossible to conduct such research. Both sides manipulate the data to “prove” their point.

Given that the CDC is still no help in producing “proof” of how bad guns are, the state of California has launched “the first state-funded center in the country dedicated to studying gun violence”. The center is located at the University of California, Davis and will be directed by Dr. Garen Wintemute, an emergency medical physician who has already been doing firearm violence research, albeit with an anti-gun stance (and has apparently contributed nearly one million dollars of his own money to the cause).

Wintemute states that “Firearm violence is a major problem”. I would argue that violence is a major problem. Maybe that should be the focus to utilize the $5 million in appropriations the center will be receiving over the next five years. Despite the somewhat anti-firearm tone of the article, the Wikipedia post on “Violence” produces this quote:

There is a strong relationship between levels of violence and modifiable factors such as concentrated poverty, income and gender inequality, the harmful use of alcohol, and the absence of safe, stable, and nurturing relationships between children and parents. Strategies addressing the underlying causes of violence can be effective in preventing violence.

I think the problem with how this is being conducted and by whom. In a known liberal state, funded by a known liberal state government, at a known liberal institution, directed by a likely biased individual does anyone actually think any results they effort out will be unbiased?

With enough mass and a loud enough voice, they can become the de facto “expert” in the field. And that could have disastrous consequences for policies in every realm. Don’t think it is that big a deal? Or that research coming from California won’t have national reach? Try and go buy a decent fuel can where you don’t have to hold it a specific angle while holding a crappy spring valve and taking 30 minutes to pour five gallons of gas…


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Small Shop Entrepreneur Molds Gun Show Holsters []

If you thought the spirit of small shop entrepreneurs was drying up across America, you are way wrong. At a recent gun show I watched as a two person team hustled their wares from three tables along a busy aisle of gun and knife buyers. They were making holsters right on site.

The team of Erin Herrington and John Allen work for their outfit they call Tac My Girl, LLC in Mississippi. With one table full of Kydex holster blanks and the other tables set up as a molding station, these guys can produce holsters for just about any pistol on the market. And this is done while the customer stands and waits for the finished product.

On display are over a hundred holster blanks offering a variety of color graphics from the American flag, camouflage patterns, the Punisher face, political remarks, symbols of many descriptions, trademark logos, snake scales, and much more. Also available are holster blanks in universal black and many solid colors for multiple applications including concealed carry, law enforcement, hunting, security or just personal preferences.

On the table also are mold guns of nearly every model available today. All the consumer has to do is identify their own personal gun, pick out a color or graphic holster blank and the team molds the holster right on the spot. The mold gun model is inserted into the blank, which is put into the heated molding “oven” press. The Kydex plastic blank then forms around the exact shape of the pistol mold.

The holster technician then uses a hot blow gun to customize the pistol mold to the holster for a proper fit. This allows enough friction to hold the gun in the holster firmly, but also permits a quick release with appropriate withdrawal pressure.

Once the molding is complete, the technician then attaches the holster carry accessory of choice which includes a traditional belt slide, an IWB clip, or a spring steel clip to simply slip the holster over the pants belt. Special belt slide leather “wings” can be added to the sides of the holster if the customer wants a wider belt slide set up, popular for bigger pistols.

Prices on site range from $35 to $50 depending on the blank. Plain black is on the least expensive end to a full color graphic on the higher side. The cool part is that the buyer gets their custom molded holster right at the show, ready to carry and go. You can contact these guys at

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Kim Rhode’s World Record 2016 Olympics []

Congratulations to world record shotgun shooter Kim Rhode!

This outstanding shotgunner has been shooting extremely well since her teens, and has a collection of Olympic medals that will knock your socks off. And in the 2016 summer Olympics in Rio, she achieved even more.

Her Olympic excellence began in 1996, when she won Gold in Women’s Double Trap — but even before that, she was a shooting star. Heck, she won the world championship in women’s double trap shooting when she was 13! And the following year, Kim was captain of the All American team. And in 1995, Kim Rhode won a bronze medal at the Seoul World Cup.

Her 1996 gold medal came when she was the youngest member (age 17) of the USA Shooting Olympic team.

In 2000, she won Bronze in the same Olympic event (Women’s Double Trap).

In 2004, she won Olympic Gold in Women’s Double Trap (and fifth place in Women’s Skeet).

At the 2008 Olympics, she earned first place in the U.S. Olympic Team Trials (Shotgun) and won Silver, this time in Women’s Skeet.

In 2012, Kim was back on top with a Gold Olympic win in Women’s Skeet.

And this year, Kim set a new world record at age 37. By winning Bronze in Women’s Skeet at the 2016 Summer Olympics, she achieved the following:

  • The only woman to ever win individual medals at six consecutive Olympics
  • The only U.S.A. athlete to win six consecutive individual Olympic medals
  • The first U.S.A. athlete to win those medals in six consecutive Summer Olympic Games.

Since the “mainstream” media pretty much ignores such things, please join me in applauding the example of excellence which Kim Rhode provides — especially by portraying the shooting sports in such a positive light.

I have had the pleasure of meeting Kim at a few SHOT Shows over the years, and even fondled her medals (at her invitation) when I got her autograph for my uncle at SHOT 2013. At an earlier Show, she drew my name as a winner in a raffle — which I think is the only time I ever won a raffle.


Kim is humble and down-to-earth, and I believe we would be hard pressed to find a better person to exemplify our shooting heritage.

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Ripsaw EV2 High-Speed Personal Tracked Vehicle (Videos) []

Their website reads, “Now offered to the public in limited production.” The product? Ripsaw EV2; A nimble tracked vehicle that looks like a ton of fun to drive in wide-open spaces.


According to their website:

The Ripsaw EV2 is a handcrafted, limited run, high end luxury super tank, developed for the public and extreme off road recreation. These vehicles take up to 6 months to fabricate and can cost well into the 100s of thousands depending on desired luxury and performance packages.


It is certainly fast and fairly agile, as you can see in the videos below. They say it has 12 inches of suspension travel, luxurious interior, and more than 600 HP from a diesel engine.

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Ripsaw EV2 in sand:

Ripsaw EV2 ice drifting:

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Opening Day Deer Hunting Game Plan, Part 1 []

Opening day of deer season (bow and gun) is fast approaching in almost every whitetail state. So it’s time to get serious about choosing hunting locations and stands.

It’s surprising how many large bucks are downed every opening week in places where someone had regularly spotted the deer and reported it to a hunter (automated game cameras help, too). That kind of information isn’t always available, so when it drops in your lap be sure to take advantage of it. Check out the place where such a buck has been spotted, because the best chance to collect him is opening week before a buck realizes hunters are on the prowl.


If you have only one property to hunt, have several different stands in various places, affording good chances to see and tag deer according to wind direction and “temperament” of animals (spooky, calm, in rut, etc.). Only tap the very best locations when conditions are absolutely perfect.

Sometimes it makes sense to hunt the least good spots first, particularly “peripheral” areas if hunting conditions are less than ideal. It can be wise to save the best interior or “core” places for when the rut kicks into gear, especially on large tracts of private land.

However, if you hunt public ground, try the best spots first – but be certain your approaches to stands are wise, wind completely favorable. It’s smart not hunt the hottest of hot spots if the wind is wrong, rather than alerting bucks you’re in their neighborhood.


Keep in mind that opening week is a great “first strike” opportunity to tag bucks that are lulled into believing the woods is their safe and sole domain. An open field, for example, may never have a daytime mature buck in it after the first week of the season. But one morning of opening week there could be a “big rack” standing on a field edge feeding, oblivious to the danger soon around him.

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Pro-Gun Members of Congress Respond to State Department’s Disastrous Manufacturing “Guidance” [NRA-ILA News]

This week, pro-gun members of Congress responded to the Obama administration’s attempt at backdoor gun control through the U.S. State Department (DOS) with strongly worded letters demanding corrective action.


California: 2016 Legislative Session has Adjourned [NRA-ILA News]

Late on August 31, the 2016 California Legislative Session adjourned sine die. This marks the end of a very difficult and disappointing year for gun owners in the Golden State. Gun owners repeatedly watched their rights abused, overlooked and infringed upon with various pieces of legislation. Transparency and thelegislative process were of little to concern to anti-gun legislators as bills were rammed through both chambers.


Illegal Blocking: College Sports Teams Disarming Athletes? [NRA-ILA News]

The rigidly ideological atmosphere of many colleges and universities is a frequent topic of discussion these days. But at least there’s still college sports, right?


Magpul D60 Sixty Round .223 Drum Overview and Mag Dump [The Firearm Blog]

In this episode of TFBTV, James tests out Magpul’s new D60 drum on the FN M4 rifle.  Magpul launched this drum after much fanfare and promises utter reliability and great usability. James puts these claims to the test as he runs through the function of the D60, along with a 60rd drum dump to make […]

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Missouri: Make Sure that Your Legislators Override Veto of Your Right to Self-Defense [NRA-ILA News]

On September 14, your lawmakers will reconvene in Jefferson City and vote to override Governor Jay Nixon’s veto of pro-gun, self-defense legislation, Senate Bill 656.


Bad Element Custom Magazine Services [The Firearm Blog]

20150718-224125While there is a plethora of companies offering to do modifications to the base firearm, manufacture accessories, or do various custom machining work, few focus on the magazine of a given firearms. Outside of the option to develop and produce a new magazine, few spend the time to modify existing designs. To fill the niche […]

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Cabelas Enters Online Firearms Sales Market [The Firearm Blog]

RE_FH_030115_GenNewStoreFor the most part, internet-based sales of firearms has been limited to a few large players and many, many small ones. With FFLs abound willing to do the transfers and options like GunBroker, the market has been democratized quickly, but there has yet to be a large player offering online sales and local-pick up across […]

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Recent UN Arms Trade Treaty Conference Marks Dangerous Shift in U.S. Policy [NRA-ILA News]

August 22 marked the opening date of the week-long Second Conference of States Parties to the Arms Trade Treaty in Geneva, Switzerland.  It also marked a clear shift in U.S. strategy for dealing with this international gun control effort.


POTD: Gun Buy Back Gun [The Firearm Blog]

1472489001562This photo was posted from a Minnesota gun buy back. I have to hand it to the person that created this masterpiece. The serial number is particularly amusing. Looks like a creation by Royal Nonesuch. According to the article, one person they interviewed is using his $200 in gift cards to go buy another gun.

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Outrage in Chicago [NRA-ILA News]

Mayor Rahm Emanuel, the liberal’s liberal, and other politicians blame guns bought in nearby Indiana, Iowa and Wisconsin, and they naturally prescribe the quack cure of stricter gun control laws. With these nostrums they think they can escape the blame for nurturing the punks, thugs and other deadly riffraff they have ignored for years. If Chicago would enforce laws already on the books, and enable the police to do the job they were hired to do, Chicago would be a far less deadly place.


Massachusetts: Amherst Select Board backs gun-control principles [NRA-ILA News]

Amherst officials support measures by a national gun control organization that promotes efforts to stop illegal guns, extend background checks and have more information shared about gun laws.But even though the Select Board voted 4-1 to endorse the seven principles of Mayors Against Illegal Guns, as requested by the Board of Health earlier this year, it opted against enrolling in Everytown for Gun Safety, a coalition between the mayors group and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America.


Package of gun restrictions passes New Orleans City Council committee [NRA-ILA News]

A trimmed-back ordinance that would require stolen guns to be reported to police and bar some guns in recreation facilities was approved Wednesday by a New Orleans City Council committee, setting the stage for its likely adoption by the full council next week.


Slide Fire Teams Up with Colt Competition on CRZ-16 Rifle [The Firearm Blog]

Slide FireSlide Fire announced the company had teamed up with Colt Competition on a new CRZ-16 variant called the CRZ-16 Bump Fire Rifle. The new version of the gun, as you might expect, is equipped with a Slide Fire SSAR-15 MOD stock that allows the shooter to “…achieve simulated full-auto fire without compromising safety or accuracy.” […]

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Happy (Official) V-J Day [No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money]

Today is the 71st anniversary of the signing of formal surrender by the Empire of Japan aboard the USS Missouri. It is the official VJ Day while August 15th, the day the Japanese surrendered, is the unofficial V-J Day.

I pulled out my Dad's WD AGO Form 53 (pre-DOD DD-214). He was inducted into the Army on December 11, 1940 at Ft. Bragg, North Carolina and discharged at Camp Blanding, Florida on September 27, 1945. He had served 5 years, 9 months, and 17 days. He had been at the Overseas Replacement Depot in Miami waiting to reassigned to the Pacific Theater when Hiroshima and Nagasaki were bombed. His overseas time was served with the Caribbean Defense Command in places like Surinam and Curacao building air fields.


Alabama: Retired Military Permit Fee Exemption Broadened in Special Session [NRA-ILA News]

Earlier this year, Governor Robert Bentley (R) signed House Bill 98 into law.  Sponsored by state Representative David Standridge (R-Hayden), HB 98 allows qualified, law-abiding, retired military veterans to apply for and receive an Alabama concealed carry permit (CCP) without a fee.  Over the last few months numerous individuals have noticed that the new law had been drafted to explicitly exclude “nondisability retirees” from the fee exemption.  Confused about the overt discrimination of a class of retired veterans, a grassroots effort was initiated to remove the word “nondisability” from the new law.


M.D. Harmon: Just a little logic essentially shoots Question 3 full of holes [NRA-ILA News]

Founding Father Benjamin Franklin is believed to have been the author of a letter that contained this oft-quoted sentence: “Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.”


Abracadabra! Gun Owners Reappear Like Magic! [NRA-ILA News]

People who tell pollsters that they own guns: Now you see them, now you don’t. A new poll from Pew Research has found that 44 percent of American households own guns, up a whopping 29 percent from the figure reported in a poll conducted for the same organization two years ago.


Fanning the Flames, or Hitch up that Asbestos Pantsuit [NRA-ILA News]

The Trump for President website offers a “Pantsuit on Fire” t-shirt. We don’t know how brisk the sales are, but it’s a safe bet that sales are outperforming Ms. Clinton’s ratings as an honest candidate (in one August poll, only eleven percent of registered voters described Hillary Clinton as “honest and trustworthy”).


County Sheriff: Newsom’s Gun Control Makes Us Criminals [NRA-ILA News]

Butte County, California Sheriff Kory Honea says Gavin Newsom’s Proposition 63 would infringe on Second Amendment rights and “turn law-abiding citizens into criminals.” Honea was joined by sheriffs from Shasta and Modoc counties, as well as the California State Sheriff’s Association,  all of whom point to problems with Newsom’s proposition. Proposition 63 would implement a statewide ban on “high capacity” magazines, and force Californians to take pass a background check for ammunition purchases.


Over Under Shotgun Trick Shots With The Gould Brothers [The Firearm Blog]

DSC00423-1At one-time shooting displays were much more widespread, but today exhibition shooters are becoming near extinct. Thankfully the American tradition continues with duos like the Gould Brothers shooting team. In their latest video, the brother’s set the semi-auto shotguns they are so fond of aside and break out the classic Winchester 101 over-under. The Winchester 101 has been […]

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RIA: Luger 1902 Carbine (Video) [Forgotten Weapons]

With the advent of successful self-loading pistols, one of the additional markets that many companies tried to appeal to was the compact carbine. Self-loading rifles in proper rifle cartridges would not be developed as quickly as the pistols because their much greater chamber pressures represented a more difficult engineering problem. However by simply attaching a stock and long barrel to a pistol, many ambitious manufacturers hoped to sell a weapon as a sporting carbine. These were done by DWM with the Luger, as well as Mauser’s C96, Mannlicher 1894 pistol, and many others.

Model 1902 was the designation of the major batch of commercially made Luger carbines, although there were several small batches of prototypes prior. Only a couple thousand were made, and they ultimately took quite a long time to all sell – it turned out this type of firearm was simply not very popular for its cost. The same story was true with the other contemporary pistol-carbines – none would be very successful. DWM did make another group of carbines in the 1920s, although those were made from various leftover parts and are both not as nice as the original 1902 guns (which were mostly made in 1904 and 1905) and widely faked.


Clinton Supporter Attacks Trump, Blames NRA for Chicago Mother’s Murder [NRA-ILA News]

The self-proclaimed “Dean of Comedy,” radio talk show host Dean Obeidallah, has blamed a Chicago African-American mother’s murder, allegedly by repeat offenders, on NRA’s opposition to gun control, and he’s attacked GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump for attributing inner city murders to policies that Clinton supports.


Clandestine weapons so clandestine, they never were. Thanks OSS! [The Firearm Blog]

IMG_2035 (1)During World War Two the American Office of Strategic Services (OSS) was known as a sort of lost child and wonder lab among all the war efforts. I mean compared to the 101st jumping into Normandy, operations that the OSS were interested in were very hard to be seen as tangibly successful to the overall […]

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TFB Review: Rack easier with the Cammer Hammer [The Firearm Blog]

Improper technique and trigger discipline aside, I couldn't resist...The advantages of semiautomatic pistols are many, however there is one particular shortfall that may force potential users to select revolvers instead: The fact that for some individuals, racking the slide can be difficult.  I’ve worked behind the counter and instructed enough new shooters to know that there’s two main reasons:  Using bad techniques which […]

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NEW: Halo XL450 Laser Rangefinder [The Firearm Blog]

haloxl450Just in time for the fall hunting season a new laser rangefinder is being added to the HALO lineup. Knowing how far away game really is has far more to do with a successful hunt than bragging rights of the “he was *this* far away…” variety. Being aware of distance means a greater ability to […]

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Sig Legion vs. Slovenian “Sig” – Torture Test – FIGHT! [The Firearm Blog]

CaptureIts all too often common that the clones of various weapon systems (outside the original AR-15 and AK-47) are sub-standard to their inspiration. This is due to various reasons, the primary one being cost-cutting. However, there are times that the clone is not just a cheap duplicate, but an improvement over the base design. Surprisingly, the […]

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Future Firearms Ammunition Technology 008: Plastic-Cased, Telescoped Ammunition – Lightening the Load, Pt. 4 [The Firearm Blog]

Polymer-cased telescoped ammunition, left to right: .38 cal. Dardick Tround, 5.56x30 Hughes Lockless, 5.56x45 Steyr ACR flechette.Previously, we discussed different concepts for lightening the soldier’s load, including aluminum-, composite-cased and caseless ammunition. Today we’re going to look at the weight-reducing concept that many believe is the horse to bet on when it comes to next-generation small arms ammunition, and that is the plastic-cased telescoped ammunition concept, often referred to as cased, telescoped ammunition […]

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Thursday, 01 September


Deception was my job: Interview with KGB Defector Yuri Bezmenov [Sipsey Street Irregulars]

Yuri Bezmenov defected to the United States in 1970 and until his death sought to expose the pervasiveness of the cultural rot that was orchestrated from the Kremlin.  As a former KGB propagandist, his mind is an open book of the tricks that were used to get us to where we find ourselves today.  

The 1984 interview with Edward Griffin of the John Birch Society, is as illuminating as it is haunting.  If you are not familiar with it, I would invite you to take a look, and see how we can reverse engineer this thing.  

1984 Interview with Edward Griffin

The Art of Subversion, Tomas Schuman (Yuri Bezmenov) L.A. 1983

For the TL:DR crowd, here is a 5 min video on the subject


Watch: Collette Gravity Pistol on Forgotten Weapons []

This gravity pistol is a 20-shooter (no kidding!) from the mid-1800s, and it gets its name from the fact that gravity alone is responsible for feeding ammo out of the magazine.

It’s 11mm, which is about the same bore size as a 44 magnum — but this is no magnum. In fact, it took a wimpy round known by the impressive name of “rocketball,” which was basically a hollow-base bullet with the powder crammed up inside, and a primer for ignition. In other words, there was no cartridge case.

As weak as this round was, it was intended mainly for amusement as in target shooting and such.


The hole above the muzzle in the photo above is the front end of the magazine; you drop ammo in there, then close the hinged magazine cover. As you can see in the pictures at the top of this page, the cartridges were visible from the side, so there was no guessing about whether you had ammo in the magazine.

This gun was made in Belgium by Collette (with two “L”s; the gun is marked COLLETTE BREVETE).

Pretty cool!

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Video: Sniper Dog Targets the Wrong Squirrel []

Spoiler alert: This is not a serious video. But it IS funny.

Not sure what else I can say without giving it away… so, just sit back and enjoy.

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Watch: Swiss Müller 1895 7.5mm Curved-Recoil Pistol []

Another interesting old gun, this apparently experimental pistol by D. Müller of Zurich, Switzerland is pretty impressive. The bolt is curved, and when a round is fired, it rotates back into the grip of the gun, cocking the hammer and allowing a round to feed from the magazine — if the magazine guts were in place, which they are not.

The hammer — and most everything else, for that matter — is pretty massive on this 1895 popper, which seems to be chambered for 7.5mm ammo.

It’s definitely a solidly-built old piece, and the way the bolt works is sort of intriguing.

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Watch These Russians Pull a Sunken Vehicle From a Frozen Lake — By Hand! []

In this video, a team of Russian men work to retrieve a vehicle that had fallen through the ice of a frozen lake.

What we don’t see is how they originally got a line (rope or cable) attached to the vehicle… because if it wasn’t already connected to the flivver when it broke through, someone got REALLY cold diving down to attach it.

In the first frames of the video, that line is clearly shown going down through the ice. So perhaps it is common practice to drag a long line when driving on a frozen lake, so you can come back with your friends to pull it out if it breaks through.

With a windlass built into the ice — pretty much a heavy vertical(ish) cylinder embedded in the ice and turned by means men walking in circles pushing a long pole attached to it — they first pull on some lumber to lever the rear end upward, then pull on the vehicle itself.

That sure is some strong rope or cable that they’re using! It’s skinny, but it does the job just fine. We can see the car slowly emerge from the water using nothing more than simple machines and manpower.

I like it.

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Bushmaster ACR Field Strip [The Firearm Blog]

The Bushmaster ACR was a rifle that the community expected to set the world on fire, and this it just sort of… fizzled. The pieces were there to make a great gun (with promises of unparalleled modularity) but sticker shock really hurt any potential sales that the platform may have seized. Still though, ACRs are neat […]

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Attention Rifle & MG companies: Portugal needs a replacement [The Firearm Blog]

20080404-211249-pic-476727724The Portuguese Army has recently put out a tender for a procurement of 10,225 light machine guns, rifles, submachine guns and handguns according to a recent report by Jane’s Defense (in an article very poorly edited for what they usually put out). The procurement will be in the ballpark of $90.2 million, and is intended […]

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The New Vortex/Cabela’s Intrepid Series of Optics [The Firearm Blog]

Vortex-Cabelas-ScopeVortex Optics announced the company was working with outdoor retailer Cabela’s on a new product line called the Intrepid Optics Series. The new line consists of three products currently: a rifle scope, a spotting scope and a binocular. Intrepid Rifle Scope This scope is a variable power optic with a fairly wide range: 4.5-22x with […]

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Review: New Franklin Armory Gen 3 Binary BFS III Trigger—–A Very Fast Firing Trigger! [The Firearm Blog]

BFS3_Flyer_28eba35b-c7df-43fe-b626-520e78e5d131_largeFranklin Armory released the new BFSIII binary trigger this week. For those not familiar with a binary trigger it’s really very simple with each trigger pull the weapon fires as the trigger is released the weapon fires again. So, each trigger stroke fires two rounds. The trigger comes with a stick on indicator that shows […]

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Did YouTube Just Stick It to Gun Channels? []

Our staff’s Twitter feeds are in full-blown freak-out mode right now (#YouTubePartyIsOver is the top trending hashtag across all of Twitter as of this writing), because YouTube just announced their new guidelines for what content creators can and cannot sell ads against, and this is a doozy:

Content that is considered “not advertiser-friendly” includes, but is not limited to:

  • Sexually suggestive content, including partial nudity and sexual humor
  • Violence, including display of serious injury and events related to violent extremism
  • Inappropriate language, including harassment, profanity and vulgar language
  • Promotion of drugs and regulated substances, including selling, use and abuse of such items
  • Controversial or sensitive subjects and events, including subjects related to war, political conflicts, natural disasters and tragedies, even if graphic imagery is not shown

If any of the above describes any portion of your video, then the video may not be approved for monetization. If monetization is approved, your video may not be eligible for all available ad formats. YouTube reserves the right to not monetize a video, as well as suspend monetization features on channels that repeatedly submit videos violating our policies.

This appears to mean that most of the grownup-oriented content on YouTube is now going to be ad-free, which means the folks producing this stuff will stop getting paid.

But we can’t imagine they’re going to enforce this strictly, because the above bullet points basically describe most of what’s on TV, and advertisers are still buying TV content. You couldn’t even advertise on the nightly news with those guidelines.

But we do wonder what, if any, impact this will have on firearms-related YouTube channels.

Some gun channels are traffic and revenue powerhouses, even with YouTube’s current restrictions on firearms-related advertising. If the company wants to get hinky about it, they could turn off the money spigot for guys like FPSRussia and DemolitionRanch. Or, our sister site TFB‘s thriving YouTube channel, TFB TV.

So far we haven’t seen any negative impact from this on our own content — YouTube is still letting us monetize gun-related videos. But then again, these guidelines literally just went live this morning, so they may not have gotten around to us yet. We’ll be keeping a close eye on the YouTube firearms scene and we’ll let you know if they start turning off the ads for anything that goes boom.

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Handguns, by Pakistani manufacturing standards [The Firearm Blog]

unnamedDue to a previous post on small arms development in the Federally Administered Tribal Region of Peshawar, in Pakistan, TFB received some excellent first hand knowledge of firearms standards in Pakistan, from a Pakistani firearms enthusiast. One of the common assumptions about Pakistani firearms from our side of the market, especially ones from Peshawar are […]

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Appeals Court Upholds Ban on Gun Sales to Marijuana Card Holders [NRA-ILA News]

A federal ban on the sale of guns to medical marijuana card holders does not violate the Second Amendment, a federal appeals court said Wednesday.The ruling by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals applies to the nine Western states that fall under the court's jurisdiction, including California, Washington and Oregon.


Massachusetts: AG Healey wages another battle against gun makers [NRA-ILA News]

Attorney General Maura Healey has launched a sweeping investigation into possible safety problems involving guns manufactured by at least two major companies, Remington and Glock, according to lawsuits filed by both firms, which are fighting Healey’s efforts.


Virginia: McAuliffe's state building gun ban draws complaints [NRA-ILA News]

The lengthy regulatory process to strengthen a gun ban in state buildings churned through a milestone Wednesday with public hearing on the issue.Comment was overwhelmingly against the idea, as it has been since the state started accepting public discussion on the matter. That's likely to matter only around the edges for now, as officials consider tweaks and exemptions in the wider ban Gov. Terry McAuliffe set in motion last October.


Gun Advocates Speak out Against Virginia's Carry Ban [NRA-ILA News]

Gun rights advocates blasted Gov. Terry McAuliffe's move to ban concealed handguns in state-owned office buildings Wednesday, saying the governor's actions jeopardize public safety.


1st TV ad airs supporting Nevada private transfer restrictions [NRA-ILA News]

The first television advertisement attempting to convince Nevada voters to cast ballots in favor of stricter gun-purchase checks has hit the airwaves, and opponents of the initiative quickly responded by criticizing it.


Swiss tell EU: Hands off veterans' rifles [NRA-ILA News]

Friction between Switzerland and the European Union over the bloc's plans to tighten gun control following a rise in militant attacks could turn into another serious snag in ties already tested by Swiss efforts to curb immigration.


New Mexico: Los Alamos to put gun safes stocked with AR-15s in city schools [NRA-ILA News]

Two public schools in Los Alamos, New Mexico, will be outfitted with gun safes designed to hold shotguns and AR-15s as the result of a board ruling last week.


Father Defends Home After Tampa Resident Spies Home Intruder on Surveillance App [NRA-ILA News]

After spotting an intruder on a phone surveillance app, a Tampa homeowner called her father who went to investigate the disturbance.


Serbian AKs Get Modern with the B 15 [The Firearm Blog]

NBINAT_B15_07A design out of Serbia, from a company named NB International New Arms Technologies, is incorporating a number of features from around the market onto the Kalashnikov platform, in what they call the “Assault Rifle, B 15”. The rifle takes inspiration from the folding stock of the G36, what looks to be a CAA AK grip, […]

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RIA: Walther Model 6 (Video) [Forgotten Weapons]

Wather introduced its first pistol in 1908, creatively named the Model 1. With the outbreak of World War One, the company was offering the Model 4 pistol for military use. This was a .32 ACP simple blowback action, and it proved quite popular and successful. However, the German military was primarily interested in 9x19mm handguns for front line service.

In an attempt to serve that market as well, Walther developed the Model 6, a scaled-up version of the Model 4 chambered for 9×19. The Model 6 remained a simple blowback pistol, with a heavier slide and mainspring to accommodate the much greater muzzle energy of the 9×19 cartridge. It entered production in 1915, but only a little more than a thousand examples were manufactured by 1917, when production ceased. While the gun did work well enough, the 9×19 cartridge is not really well suited for a blowback system, and the military much preferred locked-breech siderarms. The Model 6 was not formally adopted, although many of the guns made were purchased privately and did see use in the war.


Pistol Grip Magazine Well, Predates Czech Sa Vz 23 [The Firearm Blog]

14102915_10202159591549248_4055863750938407531_oMany of you may have heard of the Japanese Type 100, the Empire of the Rising Sun’s only fielded submachine gun. It was a blow back operated, magazine fed, bayonet mounted, 8mm Nambu submachine gun that was fielded too late in the war to make a difference, and wasn’t manufactured in significant quantities (under 30,000). […]

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Blade-Tech Holsters for Recover Tactical Equipped 1911 and Berettas [The Firearm Blog]

Beretta_Tan_Grip_1_1024x1024There’s another holster option for those using Recover Tactical’s add-on tactical grips from the popular holster maker Blade-Tech. Recover Tactical already offers their own holsters for the 1911s equipped with their CC3H grips called the HC11. Their holster is available with either an active or passive lock system. The active retention lock requires the user to […]

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SIG SAUER’s Reticle Maker for the ECHO1 Thermal Sight [The Firearm Blog]

reticle makerSIG SAUER has a simple online program that allows you to design your own custom reticle for the ECHO1 thermal sight. The ECHO1 is a direct view reflex style sight that offers a range of features including white hot and black hot modes. If you would like to try out the reticle maker, click here […]

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Diversification in the Gun Industry [The Firearm Blog]

BattenfeldMore and more companies in the shooting industry are diversifying their product catalogs. It seems that every time I turn around, one company or another has announced a strategic acquisition or expansion into areas beyond the company’s original focus. Maybe that’s good, maybe that’s bad. I can certainly understand the desire to expand one’s product […]

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Summertime Fun: Potato Cannon [The Firearm Blog]

imageAs the summer winds down to a close, we here at TFB hope that you have had the chance to enjoy some quality outdoors time with family and friends. One of my family’s summer traditions involves launching spuds at ~500fps to distances up to 200 yards. The pictured potato cannon, made by my dad, has […]

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Wednesday, 31 August


Winners and losers in the Culture War [Sipsey Street Irregulars]

I apologize but I have been away from the desk for a few days.  Work and school have been crazy with new schedules and frankly I needed a little mental health break.  Back to the trenches.

Tom Lombardi: Thank you, Sir, for the assist on this one.

As I am sure many of you have heard, the University of Texas hosted an event by the group. "Cocks not Glocks".  Yes, you read that correctly.  The group held a rally, championed as the biggest anti-gun protest of its kind in Texas, to pass out 4,500 dildos.  Why would anyone want to do this?  The concern was that incredulously, a discussion was being held to decriminalize student possession of weapons on the campus. The horror of it was that UT student will still have to leave their plastic male members outside of school zones.  The fact that they brought the phallus's on campus without the permission of the faculty was an irony completely lost on them.  One of the many.

Normally, this is where the pro-liberty groups screw up.  They lay out a passionate defense, filled with facts and vigor and it ends up drowned out in the din of the media.

The Students for Campus Carry turned the whole argument on its ear, joined the protest, and gave this release in response:

Students for Concealed Carry Embraces UT Dildos

AUSTIN, TX - In keeping with the organization's long-held position that individuals should enjoy the same rights on college campuses as virtually everywhere else, Students for Concealed Carry fully endorses the burgeoning movement of Texas college students who wish to openly carry oversized dildos on campus. Brian Bensimon, SCC director for the state of Texas, commented, "If carrying a phallus to class helps you express yourself, go for it. We welcome this demonstration that freedom of speech and concealed carry of handguns can coexist on the same campus." 
SCC does recommend, however, that students use their dildos for political or recreational purposes only. Using a dildo as a defensive weapon could classify it as a "club," which, under Texas law, is illegal to carry in public and constitutes a felony if carried into a building on campus. Bensimon added, "Although SCC's opinion shouldn't be taken as legal advice, we feel that Texas students are on pretty solid legal ground as long as they use their dildos only as expressions of free speech or for the manufacturers' intended purpose."
They even gave it a cute little meme:

On a side note, I'm left wondering what happened to the the 4000+ dildos that were not distributed. Some Texas grievance studies major is undoubtedly sitting on a literal mountain of penises.

Some of you may be asking how is this germane to anything related to normal Sipsey Street material or the III% movement?  This is the culture war.  It is the biggest thing that we can be fighting until this whole thing goes hot.  Just like any other war there are winners and losers.  We have been losing this particular war for three generations by letting our enemies do our talking for us.  It has brought us to have whole states and regions surrendered to idiots just like this.  We have been too polite and too busy with our daily lives to pay much attention.  We need to do better, or we stand to lose the next generation and then all proceeding ones to this madness.  The SCC took advantage of guerrilla politics and ripped a victory out of the jaws of defeat.  I salute you.


ATF Delays Any Changes to Nitrocellulose Regulation [NRA-ILA News]

Earlier this summer, ATF released an Explosives Industry Newsletter that changed the agency’s treatment of nitrocellulose, the primary component in smokeless powders used in modern ammunition. This change had the potential to seriously disrupt ammunition supply in the United States because it changed a long-standing ATF policy that exempted properly “wetted” nitrocellulose from treatment as an explosive under federal law.


The Democrats Will Never Confiscate Your Guns. Instead, You’ll Hand them Over. []

I see and hear a lot of talk about how a national gun registration and/or confiscation would be the trigger that would spark a second American Revolution, as patriots rise up to resist the jackbooted thugs who are going door-to-door taking away people’s arms.

I have bad news for everyone who’s waiting for national registration or a mass confiscation so they can get their armed rebellion on: a national database of gun owners already exists, and a national confiscation effort will never happen. Ever. Instead, you’ll hand over your firearms peacefully. All of them, even the ones you paid cash for to some random guy on Armslist in the dead of night.

Here’s a look at how it will play out in our not-too-distant future.

The NSA Knows Who You Are & What You Have

Second Amendment supporters have been so focused on this one little corner of the Bill of Rights that they’ve let the Fourth Amendment, which is supposed to protect citizens against unreasonable search and seizure, turn into dead letter.

The surveillance state that got started under Clinton picked up steam under Bush II, and Obama has expanded it even further. The NSA is tracking everyone, all the time, and they’re hooked into Facebook, Google, Amazon, and every other piece of web-based software that you’ve been using to shop for accessories for that AR you paid cash for (which your wife doesn’t even know you have).

If you don’t believe me, go read this article about just how much detailed info one private company, Facebook, has on you, including your web surfing and shopping — and even your driving and walking habits. Now think about the fact that the NSA is even less constrained by the law (and has way more resources) than Facebook, and has access not only to Facebook’s detailed profile of you but to profiles created by many other sources, from your credit card company to your health insurance provider.

Oh sure, you may have gotten your hands on a few guns that would be impossible to trace, even by the NSA. Maybe you inherited a long gun from your grandpa, or maybe you met a guy in a gun show parking lot and paid cash and then never Googled anything related to that gun. So here’s a question for you: how many people like you exist, and how many of those type guns are suitable for urban combat against AR-15s with state-of-the-art optics? I know which of my guns are probably totally “in the black,” and I can’t imagine trying to mount an insurgency with any or all of them.

The fact is, most guys who have the kind of hardware suitable for a Civil War 2.0 have been shopping on Gunbroker or Armslist, and/or have filled out FFL paperwork like law-abiding citizens. I seriously doubt there’s enough firepower totally hidden from the NSA to sustain any kind of real rebellion.

So the registration sh