Tuesday, 09 February

13:30

FN49 Run and Gun (Malfunctions Galore!) [The Firearm Blog]

The FN49 is the predecessor to the much more famous FN FAL rifle, and the book about the rifle is accurately titled “The Rifle That Ran Out Of Time”. Largely developed before the outbreak of WWII, the FN49 could have been a serious European competitor to the American M1 Garand but by war’s end was […]

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13:20

The SMG Guns Type 1 FG-42 Reproduction Is On Its Way! [The Firearm Blog]

vbvVQULIn 2013, SMG Guns announced their reproduction Type II Fallschirmjägergewehr FG-42 paratroop rifles. These recreated the late-model German FG-42s with some improvements in semi-auto form. Now, SMG Guns has released a promo video for their new Type I FG-42, reproducing the earlier, lighter, and frankly cooler-looking German paratroop rifle for the US civilian market. The video […]

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13:13

Michigan: Pro-Gun Bill Scheduled for Hearing Tomorrow [NRA-ILA News]

Tomorrow, February 10, House Bill 4795 is scheduled for a hearing in the House Local Government Committee at 12:00pm.  Sponsored by state Representative Lee Chatfield (R-107), HB 4795 would improve the current state firearm preemption law to ensure consistency throughout The Great Lakes State.  This would be done by establishing penalties for knowing and willful violations of the state preemption statute by local governments.  Additionally,  HB 4795 will provide a mechanism by which individuals adversely affected by a preemption violation can recover damages.

13:05

New Realtree Gun Safe [The Firearm Blog]

Realtreesafe1Gun storage is something that comes up with increasing frequency in my house thanks to the way our firearms seem to multiply like rabbits. Efficient organizing is something else I, personally, attempt to carry out, and that certainly comes into play with storing firearms. There are quite a few safes out there from full-sized, fire-resistant […]

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13:03

Man fights off armed robbers outside his home, WFLA, Tampa, Fla. 02/01/16 [NRA-ILA News]

Luis Enrique Alonso was unloading groceries outside his home in Temple Terrace, Fla. when two men approached, at least one of whom was armed. The robbers grabbed Alonso and threatened him with a gun. Alonso responded by grabbing the criminal’s firearm and drawing his own gun. Shots were exchanged before the armed robbers fled the scene.

12:46

Collectivist cannibals eating their own. [Sipsey Street Irregulars]

Bloomberg gun-control group launches new ad against McAuliffe
If anyone has a right to be upset, it's us at the sellout NRA:
The bitter back-and-forth stems from the deal that McAuliffe’s administration quietly hammered out with the NRA and Sen. Bryce E. Reeves (R-Spotsylvania). The resulting legislation, now making its way through the Republican-controlled General Assembly, would expand the rights of concealed-carry handgun permit holders in Virginia and across the country in exchange for tighter restrictions on domestic abusers and voluntary background checks at gun shows.

12:33

Connecticut: Deeply Flawed Bill that Violates Due Process Filed in Hartford [NRA-ILA News]

In a move that threatens not only your Right to Keep and Bear Arms, but also your Fifth Amendment right to due process, anti-gun legislators in Connecticut have filed legislation similar to what you worked so hard to defeat last year.

12:28

Election 2016 may be remembered as the year the economy collapses [The Liberty Sphere]

More and more investors and those who serve as the watchdogs of the stock market and the U.S. economy in general say that the nation has withstood about all of the stop gap measures, quick fixes, and shoestring makeshift rigging it can handle. The election of 2016 may turn out to be remembered more for a collapsing economy...

Click here to read it all.

12:17

Oregon: Anti-Gun Bill Scheduled for Work Session Tomorrow [NRA-ILA News]

Tomorrow, February 10, House Bill 4147 has been scheduled for a work session at 3:00pm in HR 343 of the Oregon State Capitol.  Please contact your state Representative immediately to voice your strong opposition to HB 4147!

12:11

Mossberg Goes M-LOK [The Firearm Blog]

Mossberg M-LOKO.F. Mossberg & Sons is the latest company to offer factory guns with M-LOK handguards. Announced at the recent SHOT Show, Mossberg showed three of its MMR carbines with 13″ free float Magpul M-LOK handguards. These new M-LOK models are not additions to the line. Rather, they are replacements for the prior MMR rifles. In […]

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11:48

Photos of Clean Up Day -- before and after. [Sipsey Street Irregulars]

View of the rotten garage doors (one frozen in place, the other falling apart).
The New Mexico boys beneath one of the new garage doors with a very grateful old man. (Left to right: Steve Studley, Bob Wright, old man, John Hassen.)
Before: vegetation, right front.
Before: vegetation, left front.
Before: Left side yard vegetation.
Before: Lower back deck wreckage as viewed from upper deck.
Before: Wall rot and squirrel holes to left of back door, upper deck.
In process: front vegetation removed.
Volunteer parking lot. The vehicles filled up the front yard and extended down the street.
Some of the volunteers.
In process: backyard jungle gradually removed.
In process: The dump closed unexpectedly early so we only got three loads hauled off.
In process: with the wreckage of the above-ground pool hauled off the previous weekend, the sandy floor made an excellent firepit.
So, we began burning the brush and it made an ever more glorious bonfire.
I'll have more pictures of the new deck, back wall and completely bare backyard in a later post. God bless the volunteers and supporters who made all this possible. Afterward, Rosey and I wept at the results. Things like this make you truly humble.

11:36

South Dakota: Capitol Carry Legislation Passes House [NRA-ILA News]

Yesterday, February 8, House Bill 1129 passed out of the South Dakota House of Representatives by a 45-17 vote.

10:01

[GAO] Magpul Happy Claymore Pouch [The Firearm Blog]

IMG_9572I cannot believe I missed out on this little gem at SHOT Show. Luckily Taylor W, an industrial designer at Magpul, gave me the low down on this innocuous little bag at the Great American Outdoor Show. At first clance it looks like a burlap pouch with two buttons. The buttons and the stitching is […]

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09:50

Michael Bloomberg says he is eyeing 2016 run for the White House [NRA-ILA News]

Michael Bloomberg, the billionaire media owner and former New York mayor, has stated for the first time that he is considering a run for US president, a move that would dramatically reshape the 2016 race for the White House.

09:49

Rape survivor’s open letter to Florida State Sen. Diaz de la Portilla on campus carry [NRA-ILA News]

I am typing this letter from a Starbucks in Tallahassee, where I am situationally aware, trained, and well armed. Although I do not expect anything drastic to happen today, I am still prepared if something does go down—either to get the heck out and dodge, or tackle whatever happens head on, and I am prepared to do so with deadly force if needed. Although I now maintain great situational awareness everywhere I go and have self defense training in disarming, and in fighting off, an attacker, there are times where I am legally left without the tool that could best level the playing field in protecting me—my gun.

09:48

West Virginia: House passes permitless conceal carry bill [NRA-ILA News]

The bill (HB 4145), approved 68-31, eliminates the permitting process currently operated through county sheriff’s departments. The permit process, which includes training and a background check, will still be a requirement for those 18-21, according to the bill.

09:47

Arizona: Bill advances for tax credit for concealed carry [NRA-ILA News]

Arizona residents are one step closer to getting a tax credit for attending a firearms safety class after Republican lawmakers passed a measure offering a dollar-for-dollar credit for concealed carry permit holders on Monday.

07:09

[GAO] Palm Pistol by Constitution Arms [The Firearm Blog]

IMG_9596I came across this interesting pistol design at The Great American Outdoor Show. Constitution Arms makes a unique single shot break action pistol chambered in .38 spl. They advertise that it is designed for the elderly and disabled shooters. Typically people who want to shoot but have grip strength and dexterity issues. The inventor was […]

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06:21

She Approves Of Dead Mexicans, Gun Running, And Murdered Federal LEOs [No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money]


Hillary Clinton is one of the most shameless politicians of this era or any era. If an endorsement or ad will get her just one more vote, she'll go for it. It doesn't matter if the person making the endorsement was the most partisan, the most contemptible, the most brutally corrupt Attorney General since the founding of this Republic. A man whose fingerprints were all over an operation to run guns to Mexican cartels so as to build support for gun control. A man who was found in Contempt of Congress. A man who said he supported voting rights but dismissed charges of outright voter intimidation against favored groups. A man who used the Department of Justice as a shakedown machine against corporate America.

Of course, I'm referring to former Attorney General Eric Holder.

Living in western North Carolina, 3/4's of our broadcast TV comes from the Upstate of South Carolina. I was watching Jeopardy! last night when the ad below came on with Holder's endorsement of Hillary. The two themes pushed were gun control and voting rights. These are themes that play well with black voters and Hillary needs to lock down the black vote to stave off Bernie Sanders.




Who cares if the endorser and his minions were responsible, directly or indirectly, for the murders of two Federal law enforcement officers, the deaths of a minimum of 300 Mexican nationals, and the arming of Mexican drug cartels through smuggled guns?

Hillary doesn't. All she cares about is getting one more vote.


05:27

RIA: Radom’s Vis 35: Poland’s Excellent Automatic Pistol [Forgotten Weapons]

In the 1920s Poland began looking for a new standard military pistol, and tested a variety of compact .380s. The representative from FN brought along an early iteration of the High Power (along with their other entry) even though it was much too large and heavy to meet the Polish requirements. After a couple iterations of testing, it became clear to the Polish Ordnance officers that the High Power was a much more effective service pistol than the compact guns they had been instructed to look for.

Lo and behold, the ultimate choice was a domestic design based largely on the High Power (a direct deal with FN was not an option after Poland’s relationship with FN had suffered through problems with the wz.28 version of the BAR). Toss in a delay to redesign the early decocking mechanism to satisfy the Cavalry (who didn’t realize that the decocker wasn’t actually meant to be used, but rather to just add another claim to the patent), and by 1935 the pistol was finished and formally adopted.

The Vis 35 is one of the best automatic pistols of WWII in terms of both handling and quality. In total 46,000 were made pre-war for Poland’s military, and German occupation forces built another 300,000+ during the war. Today I am looking at two; a German-production 3-lever example and a later German 2-lever version.

05:27

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 guns, ammo, and other cool stuff. If you have other contests you'd like to share, go to his notification page and share it.

The top handgun listed, the S&W SW22 Victory I got to shoot at the SHOT Show. It is a sweet little .22LR pistol.

Thanks, Aaron!


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  • American Tactical Cavalry Over/Under
    Deadline: February 29, 2016
    Added to list: February 8, 2016
    http://www.outdoors-jan.com/WebXpress-SpecialOffer.asp?ID=4DF16814-292D-45C4-BDE9-33E305773E32

  • Air Rifles

    • None this month
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    Knives
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    04:41

    Judge rules Delafield gun club can reopen shooting ranges [Gun News]

    Today's Paper, also known as the e-Edition, is an online replica of the printed newspaper. You can view today's paper or previous issues.

    04:26

    A numbers game played for comfort, complacency and self-deception. [Sipsey Street Irregulars]

    “If every German Jew and anti-Nazi had possessed a Mauser rifle, twenty rounds and the will to use it, Adolf Hitler would be a footnote to the history of the Weimar Republic.” — Aaron Zelman, 1995.
    "The Deerslayer, the Suburban Cowboy, and the Militia."
    So, how would the 25 million militiamen fare against a land invasion from China? It seems that barring use of nuclear weapons by the Chinese, and assuming that we could muster up the willpower, America would suffer tremendous loss, but ultimately prevail.
    I can now confirm that the email mentioned at the beginning is believable. Let those who would deprive Americans of their birthright as an armed warrior nation take a warning from Tenche Coxe, and we who support the right to keep and bear arms continue to voice his words that, “The unlimited power of the sword is not in the hands of either the federal or state governments, but, where I trust in God it will ever remain, in the hands of the people.”
    I have seen these estimates from time-to-time since the early 90s but I have ever been suspicious of them. They are rolled out every so often as a numbers game played for comfort, complacency and self-deception by our side. The unstated conclusion is that we have nothing to fear since we have the evil bad guys outnumbered. Yet nothing could be further from the truth. As Aaron Zelman said, it all depends upon "the will to use it." And that is far more than a numbers game. That will is essential but then so is marksmanship, individual firearms training, team organization and proficiency, logistics, etc. That can only be developed by doing -- by getting your ass in the grass and developing the martial skills of a "well-regulated militia." If the recitation of statistics is taken as an excuse to do nothing, it will be a deadly self-deception.

    04:08

    [GAO] R.A.G.E Tune-able Muzzle Brake [The Firearm Blog]

    s296912526705467734_p38_i1_w480At the Great American Outdoor Show, in Harrisburg, PA, I came across UM Tactical. Somehow we missed this at SHOT Show. UM Tactical has a tune-able muzzle brake called R.A.G.E. (Rapid Adjustable Gas Expulsion). It retails for only $159.99. The RAGE conforms to 3Gun Nation and USPSA Multi-Gun rules so you should be able to […]

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    03:15

    Henry’s New All-Weather Lever Action Rifles [The Firearm Blog]

    Henry all weatherHenry Repeating Arms makes some beautiful lever action guns from color case hardened receivers to gold engraved guns. While the company is not about to stop building those, it has embraced the utilitarian nature of the lever action rifle and introduced a pair of guns that are all about business. The new All-Weather Lever Action rifles are built […]

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    03:00

    New Sierra Bullet Offerings [The Firearm Blog]

    SierraSierra Bullets recently introduced several new rifle bullets for handloaders. Here is a quick run down on them. The first new rifle bullet from Sierra is a .243 caliber (6mm) Tipped MatchKing bullet. The Tipped MatchKing is a polymer-tipped version of the company’s highly acclaimed MatchKing line. It is designed for accuracy, not expansion, so […]

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    02:00

    Lever-Action Winchester 1895 in 7.62x54R [The Firearm Blog]

    CaptureIan is at it again over at Forgotten Weapons. This time, he’s hitting us with knowledge and history of lever-action Winchester 1895 bolt-action rifles manufactured for the Russians in World War I. At the onset of World War I, the Russians were, per Ian, “woefully unequipped”. Recognizing this as a weakness, the Russians immediately ramped […]

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    01:44

    Oh, my.... [The Liberty Sphere]

    I think most of you have read between the lines and observed that so far 2016 has been rough. I wanted to share one of the musical ways among many that point my heart toward the Lord Jesus Christ, where there is an abundance of comfort and rest,

    I like many types of music, but I cut my earliest musical teeth on professional Gospel Quartets like the one you will see and hear below. I love the four part harmony and the deep, rich bass notes of Tim Riley, who gives the sound a sturdy and rich flavor. Note that mega-low double octave he sustains at the end, That sound is a vehicle through which the lyrics usher us right to the presence of Christ where I find hope and renewal in the still of the night. I share it with the hope this will happen to you too.
    Pray by the Gold City Quartet

    Monday, 08 February

    19:35

    "Operations Research Analyst Position at ATF - Open for Graduating Seniors." [Sipsey Street Irregulars]

    Full time employee opportunity for graduating seniors with the federal government as an Operations Research Analyst at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Office of Strategic Management:

    The position is located in Washington, DC.  The position is being filled at the GS-7 level (currently $43,684 per year) with promotion potential to the GS-12 level.  This position has been designed for and is tailored to undergraduate and graduate students with a concentration in criminology and statistical research who have completed their degrees and are ready to enter the workforce.  

    The primary work of the position will be the generation of analytical products derived from our data warehouse that incorporates all data from our criminal and regulatory case management systems and licensing systems to generate performance data, provide oversight of operations, and develop management tools to “help run the business.”  

    We are specifically looking for individuals who are proficient in developing queries and reports using Oracle Business Intelligence or similar analytical tools.  This is a full time paid position with the federal government.  Applicants will be required to pass a full background investigation and obtain a Secret clearance.  Applicants will need to meet ATF’s drug policy (summarized below).
    The position is located in ATF’s Office of Strategic Management.  OSM serves as the strategic planning and performance management staff for the Bureau and is responsible for facilitating the development and communication of the Bureau's strategic plan and strategic priorities.  OSM serves as the analysis staff and liaison to directorates for coordinating and implementing the Office of the Director's priorities and initiatives.  OSM also performs administrative and budgetary functions and manages special projects for the Office of the Director.  OSM tracks and analyzes the Bureau's performance data and is responsible for all external performance reporting.  OSM supports directorate-level program analysis and evaluation activities, the results of which will inform Bureau-wide strategic planning. 
    The position is being filled through the Pathways Program – Recent Graduates Program. For additional information on Pathways see:https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/hiring-authorities/students-recent-graduates/#url=Overview
    The position will be posted on USAJobs later today as an Operations Research Analyst (Recent Graduate).  The link to the site is: https://www.usajobs.gov/StudentsAndGrads

    18:06

    Rocker Ted Nugent Blames Jews for Gun Control in Anti-Semitic Rant [Gun News]

    Right-wing rocker Ted Nugent made an anti-Semitic Facebook post blaming prominent Jews for pushing gun control, and urging followers to "raise maximum hell to shut them down!" Published Monday, the post included images of Jewish politicians and activists - including former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Democratic New York Sen. Chuck Schumer - stamped with Israeli flags, alongside an inflammatory message. "Know these punks.

    15:04

    Is Hillary Clinton's Gun Control Push Backfiring in New Hampshire? [John Lott's Website]

    Over the last month, a quarter of all of her campaign ads in New Hampshire have focused on gun control. In rural areas of Iowa, by contrast, she did not run a single ad related to gun control. In all of Iowa, just six percent of her ads discussed guns.

    But even among Democrats in New Hampshire things are working out quite as well as Hillary might have hoped.   From the Associated Press:
    With each mass shooting in the United States in the past year, a debate raged about whether gun-control measures were overdue to make Americans safe.But not in New Hampshire.
    The gun culture is alive and well here, and with a population overwhelmingly familiar with and comfortable with firearms, gun-control issues that have resonated across the nation barely register among voters getting ready for Tuesday's presidential primary.
    "Most folks in New Hampshire, I don't want to call them pro-gun but they're comfortable with guns," said Wayne Lesperance, a professor of political science at the University of New Hampshire. The state is legendary for its strong libertarian streak, famously boasting "Live Free or Die" on its license plates. . . .
    Brita Tirrell, a New Hampshire native and 34-year-old nurse from Concord, doesn't own a gun and has no interest in them.
    "Am I into violence? Nope. But am I opposed to people having them for their protection? No," she said. Asked where she ranks it in her thinking about the primary, she said, "It's at the bottom of the list." . . .

    14:36

    Bloomberg says 'all the options' open when asked about White House run [NRA-ILA News]

    "Along with his success in media, Bloomberg has made a name for himself by being a proponent of anti-gun legislation and government-led efforts to restrict consumer access to certain commercial products, including cigarettes and large sodas. His position on these issues, especially his many attempts to curb gun sales, as well as his support for efforts to fight climate change, would likely appeal to Democratic primary voters, the Financial Times suggested."

    14:32

    West Virginia: Permitless Carry Passes House of Delegates [NRA-ILA News]

    Today, House Bill 4145, NRA-endorsed legislation that would allow an individual to lawfully carry a concealed handgun without a permit, passed the House of Delegates with a bipartisan 68-31 vote.

    14:14

    Bloomberg says he's eyeing 2016 run [NRA-ILA News]

    Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said publicly for the first time that he is considering a 2016 presidential run. Bloomberg told the Financial Times for a story published Monday that he was "looking at all the options" regarding a bid.

    14:08

    PR Newswire lists the reasons today's pollsters get it so wrong [The Liberty Sphere]

    Ever since the 2008 general election pollsters and political analysts have been so wrong about what the American electorate truly thought and wanted as to be embarrassing. And not only was this increasingly true about presidential politics but hundreds of more local races for the U.S. House and Senate. Some analysts have claimed they were lied to by the public, which made it next to impossible to adequately gauge today's voters. But PR Newswire has provided the full explanation thoroughly yet succinctly.

    Click here to read it all.


    14:07

    Critiquing the "Research" Criticizing Guns [Gun News]

    That's the term used in its January 21 editorial "Data Sharing" to disparage people who, among other sins, may " use the data to try to disprove what the original investigators had posited [my emphasis]. This is an amazing statement by what should be a preeminent reporter of medical science, but for too long has allied itself with the antigun movement.

    13:30

    CCW Underdog: The Bersa BP9cc 9mm Review [The Firearm Blog]

    In this episode of TFBTV, James reviews one of the less well-known options available to concealed carriers, the Bersa BP9cc. It is Bersa’s first polymer-framed handgun, and has an excellent trigger with a light 4lb pull. It’s also very inexpensive, and uses 8 round magazines, permitting for a full grip. Watch the review to get […]

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    13:20

    Integrally Suppressed YHM 10/22 Barrel [The Firearm Blog]

    yhm-4000YHM, or Yankee Hill Machine, has been a long time (if under the radar) company manufacturing suppressors. They manufacture a bevvy of options, across handguns, rifles, and rimfire. Of particular interest (at least to myself) is their integrally suppressed 10/22 barrel. At first glance, the barrel is only a 18″ long .920″ bull barrel, but hidden […]

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    13:05

    Arrest Made in Revision Optics Aided Sting Operation Against Chinese Counterfeit Ballistic Eyewear [The Firearm Blog]

    Guangzhou Botai U.S. representative and co-owner, Daniel Gong, being taken into custody on the showroom floor at the SIA Snow Show in Denver, CO.I received an email today from Laura Burgess marketing. Laura and her husband represent Revision eyewear and publish a weekly newsletter. This is a story from the newsletter emailed out today. For those who attend SHOT each year it’s no secret that certain foreign companies attend the show for reasons other than legitimate business. It’s […]

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    12:11

    Fundamental Right To Own MSR Weapons [The Firearm Blog]

    BBp8WI8.imgHuffington Post is reporting that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit said: Maryland’s prohibition on what the court called “the vast majority of semi-automatic rifles commonly kept by several million American citizens” amounted to a violation of their rights under the Constitution. Ok let us ignore the misuse of the word “assault weapons” […]

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    11:54

    Attend the Iowa 2A Tuesday on February 23 [NRA-ILA News]

    Join your fellow patriots for “Second Amendment Day” in Des Moines! February 23rd will be an important day of action at the Iowa State Capitol. Meet with your legislators to discuss important firearm-related bills currently making their way through the Iowa legislature. For more details on “Second Amendment Day”, please visit Iowa Firearms Coalition at http://iowafc.org/2016-second-amendment-day-at-the-iowa-capitol/

    11:52

    Yeah, well, we'll see if they're able to meet their promises. There's very little that the military procurement system CAN'T screw up. "Soldier-Driven Bullet Innovation, Lighter and More Punch." [Sipsey Street Irregulars]

    the engineers and innovators of Orbital Army Technologies as LCAAP have heard and responded to the requests of soldiers returning from Afghanistan and other combat zones. A new case for ammunition is in the early stages of development at Lake City. Rather than brass cased ammunition, cartridges will have new lightweight polymer casing. The switch from brass to polymer will reduce the weight of ammunition by approximately 20-30% but still have the desired effect on the enemy. However, the switch also comes with a number of complications that need solved before it is implemented. One of these complications is the use of polymer cased 7.62mm belts for the M240B machine gun. The current M13 links grip the polymer casing so tightly that the links shear polymer off the case. The amount of force required to de-link a round from a link, the stripping force, is set at 8.5-18 pounds. This standard is an Army regulation for ammunition used in training and operations. The current M13 link with the polymer cased ammunition has a stripping force in excess of 20 pounds. This causes problems when firing the weapon system because the round does not eject from the links. However, PCP Ammunitions out of Florida have developed a modified link that meets the standards of the Army. The modified links brings the average stripping force down to approximately 9 pounds, which is on the lower end of the spectrum. Although there have been several innovations regarding lightweight polymer cased ammunition, they are not scheduled to be mass produced until 2022.

    11:42

    Black and Unarmed: Behind the Numbers [Sipsey Street Irregulars]

    What the Black Lives Matter movement misses about those police shootings.
    Without question, police officers must be constantly retrained in courtesy and respect; too often they develop boorish, callous attitudes towards civilians on the street. Some are unfit to serve. Some are surely racists. And if de-escalation training can safely reduce officer use of force further, it should be widely implemented. But the Black Lives Matter movement’s focus on shootings by police should not distract attention from the most serious use-of-force problem facing black communities: criminal violence. In 2014, there were 6,095 black homicide victims, more than all white and Hispanic homicide victims combined, even though blacks are only 13 percent of the population. The black homicide toll will be even higher in 2015. In over 90 percent of those black deaths, the killer was another black civilian. By all means, we must try to eliminate unjustified use of force by police. But as long as crime rates in black communities remain so high, officers will be disproportionately engaged there, with all the attendant risks of such deployment. Indeed, the incessant refrain that cops are racist could well increase the likelihood that black suspects will resist arrest, and that witnesses will be reluctant to cooperate.

    10:01

    New Hogue AR-15 Grips [The Firearm Blog]

    Hoguear15Most of us own at least one AR-15. We may have different reasons for owning them thanks to their versatility – plinking, hunting, competition, home defense – but we have them. And of those many, many AR-15s there probably are not many that remain as they were the day they first came out of the […]

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    09:48

    Boy, 3, accidentally shoots sister, 9, dead with great-grandfather's pistol [Gun News]

    A nine-year-old girl was accidentally shot in the head by her three-year-old little brother over the weekend, authorities say. Police in Alabama say Irondale third grader Kimi Reylander was critically wounded Saturday before being rushed to a hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

    08:46

    Weberta s concealed carry bill advances [Gun News]

    Legislation introduced by 18th District Delegate Michael Webert to ensure valid out-of-state concealed carry permits are recognized in Virginia advanced out of the Militia, Police and Public Safety Committee of the House of Delegates on Friday.

    07:31

    ISIS supporter cites gun-free zone as reason for targeting church [NRA-ILA News]

    The complaint filed in federal court doesn’t specify which Detroit church he was allegedly planning to attack, only that it was close and could seat 6,000 members.The complaint quotes Abu-Rayyan saying:“It's easy, and a lot of people go there. Plus people are not allowed to carry guns in church. Plus it would make the news. Everybody would've heard. Honestly I regret not doing it. If I can't do jihad in the Middle East, I would do my jihad over here."

    07:26

    Appeals court deals blow to Maryland gun control law [NRA-ILA News]

    A federal appeals court dealt a potentially serious blow to Maryland's landmark 2013 gun control law and similar measures across the country, ruling Tuesday that a lower court was wrong when it upheld the state's ban on assault rifles.

    07:26

    West Virginia House set for vote on permitless carry [NRA-ILA News]

    West Virginia lawmakers are set to vote on a bill that would lift permit requirements to carry a covered-up gun.The Republican-led House of Delegates is slated to vote on the concealed carry legislation Monday.

    07:25

    Arizona: House panel to debate tax credit for concealed carry permit [NRA-ILA News]

    A House panel is set to debate the merits of a tax credit for concealed carry permit holders.

    07:24

    Another Cook County attack on gun rights [NRA-ILA News]

    The Cook County Board has a proposed ordinance before it which will attempt to restrict the 2nd Amendment rights of all law-abiding citizens in Cook County. The ordinance calls for the “prohibitions on the sale of firearm to, and purchase of firearm by, a person not covered by appropriate liability insurance.”This means Cook County residents would not be able to purchase and own a firearm without first acquiring firearm liability insurance.

    07:23

    Gun industry scrambles to keep up with demand [NRA-ILA News]

    Pacing in a mostly empty arena on the eve of a weekend gun show last month, event promoter Dennis Pearson switched from one conversation to the next on his cellphone.Pearson is busy, just like seemingly everyone else in the firearms business.

    07:09

    Cast Mold Your Own AR Lower Receiver [The Firearm Blog]

    freedom15_group_v3_ar15mold.com_102115_2910x1245_970_415__5675880% lowers are all the rage for the do-it-yourself types or those wanting to avoid the prying eyes of the US Government. The lowers are effective, but always require a machine to be able to finish (including the polymer lower receivers). Out to change that requirement and lower the barrier to entry to non-technical folk […]

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    07:06

    South Carolina: Self-Defense Legislation Passes House Unopposed [NRA-ILA News]

    On Thursday, February 4, H. 4703 was unanimously passed out of the South Carolina House

    06:45

    Join NRA-ILA for an important 2016 Grassroots Workshop during Cabela's NRA Weekend! [NRA-ILA News]

    February 13-14th is NRA Weekend at Cabela's featuring various Second Amendment-related activities at the Cabela's in Dundee, Michigan. Among the various activities and seminars, your NRA-ILA will be hosting an important Grassroots Workshop on Saturday, February 13th at 10:00 a.m.

    05:30

    Flower Shell Turns Your Shotgun Into A Gardening Implement [The Firearm Blog]

    flower-shellGardening and guns, they go together, right? Well, that’s apparently what Per Cromwell of Swedish “guerrilla” marketing group Studio Total thought when he came up with the idea of the “Flower Shell”, a 12 Gauge shotgun shell that shoots seeds instead of shot. The studio released two videos showing the shells “in action”, where a […]

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    05:27

    RIA: Gewehr 29/40 Mauser [Forgotten Weapons]

    Over the next couple weeks we will be looking at several Polish firearms, and the first one is today: the G29/40. When German forces overran the arms factory in Radom, Poland, they captured in nearly completely intact. One of the guns being produced there had been the wz. 29; a Polish version of the K98k Mauser. The guns were so similar that the German occupation administration put the Steyr company in control of the plant and restarted production to use the parts that were already on hand.

    The resulting rifles were designated G29/40 (29 from the Polish designation and 40 from the year German production began). They were in every way the equal of German K98k rifles, but still officially 2nd tier rifles because of their foreign origin. As a result, they were issued to branches of the German military which did not typically have high priority for new small arms, like the Kriegsmarine and Luftwaffe. There are several versions with different markings, which we will discuss in the video…

    04:33

    Williams: 'Isn't it strange' email letter raises pointed questions [Gun News]

    There is a letter titled "Isn't It Strange?" making the rounds in email boxes. It asks questions to which our fellow Americans should know the answers, save for those caught up in modernity.

    04:08

    Century Arms Faces $5 Million Class-Action Lawsuit [The Firearm Blog]

    CaptureCentury Arms, Inc. is now subject to a class-action lawsuit filed on January 19th over defective AK-47 safety / selectors. In short, the lawsuit claims that the safety / selector used on most Century Arms AK’s after 1995 are capable of moving past safe and when moved such, able to discharge a round unintentionally. An […]

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    03:15

    Kalashnikov bolt hold open technique [The Firearm Blog]

    UntitledSo this video came out on Youtube recently, and it shows a fellow demonstrating a technique to hold open the bolt of a Kalashnikov operating system to the rear. In the way that he describes it, this technique would really only be applicable to keeping the bolt to the rear for demonstrating that the firearm […]

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    03:00

    Meprolight EOTech Trade-in Offer [The Firearm Blog]

    mako-protThe Mako Group recently announced that they’ll give you a rebate towards one of their Meprolight optics if you trade in your “tired, old” EOTech optic. Ouch, in case you forgot EOTech got into some serious trouble last year when the United States government sued EOTech’s parent company L3 Communications over false claims about their holographic sights. […]

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    02:00

    New Trulock Choke Tube for Hog Hunters [The Firearm Blog]

    trulock2In the hunting world there tend to be some fairly fiercely-held beliefs when it comes to the rifles-versus-shotguns argument. While there are pros to each, there’s one way to bring some rifle fans into the shotgun-loving camp: make a better choke tube. Or at least that’s the way to get some hog hunters using shotguns […]

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    00:24

    Concealed Carry Permits, Gun Safety Courses on the Rise [Gun News]

    January was one of the highest months for concealed carry permits, and area safety instructors were booked for safety courses. The views expressed are not those of this company or its affiliated companies.

    Sunday, 07 February

    20:12

    Oh Yeah: Gun Permits Are Surging In Minnesota [Gun News]

    Minnesota residents are lining up to obtain gun permits , with an uptick of 6,000 permits last month. Fears over terrorism and President Obama's recent executive actions on gun control are responsible for the rush, though the Star Tribune added that some of their numbers might be permit renewals.

    16:01

    ICYMI: January Set Another Record For Gun Sales | Matt Vespa [Gun News]

    Last December, we saw 3.3 million background checks being conducted by the FBI on firearm purchases. That's a record number.

    13:21

    Gun rights, national security intersect say GOP conservatives [The Liberty Sphere]

    On Saturday, just as the GOP debate in New Hampshire was getting underway, U.S.intelligence officials were attempting to decipher the latest act of defiance by North Korea, which had just successfully launched a long range rocket that put a satellite into orbit just weeks after its fourth nuclear test.

    Click here to read it all.

    11:53

    Breitbart Newsa AWR Hawkins Teams with Armed American Radio [Gun News]

    Breitbart News' Second Amendment columnist AWR Hawkins is teaming with Armed American Radio for a once-a-week rundown of news in the gun world. AAR is heard in hundreds of cities across the country on approximately 200 radio stations.

    07:53

    Europeans Discover Virtues Of Armed Self-defense As EU Bureaucrats Seek New Gun Controls [Gun News]

    A person holds up a placard reading 'The sex mob scandal has a background' prior to a Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamisation of the West demonstration march in front of the main train station in Cologne, Germany, January 9, 2016. REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay At the same time the European Union bureaucrats in Brussels are trying to foist further gun controls on the continent, Europeans are exhibiting a newfound interest in acquiring the tools of self-defense.

    05:27

    RIA: Porter Turret Rifle [Forgotten Weapons]

    The Porter was one of the few turret rifles ever put into serial production. Turret rifles are similar in principle to revolvers, but they is a cylinder with radial chambers (like the spokes of a wheel) instead of parallel chambers. Herein lies the potential problem: there is always a chamber pointing right back at you, the shooter. In an era of percussion guns that could occasionally chainfire, the notion of having a loaded chamber pointing at your face was less than appealing to most people. As a result, turret rifles (and pistols) never became successful designs.

    The Porter, however, did see several thousand examples made. The last variant used typical percussion caps, but the first and second variants (including this second model Porter) used a quite unusual priming and firing mechanism. In addition, they and a wonderful design in which the entire side of the receiver opens up to make the action visible. This makes them much easier to understand, and very cool to look at!

    04:31

    Miracles happened here yesterday by virtue of the hard work of friends and God's grace. [Sipsey Street Irregulars]

    I am recovering still from yesterday's work day and barbeque. Folks came from near and far to help with the clean up of the house and yard and though much remains to be done the big tough jobs are just about complete. Later on I'll post some pictures from before and after. The ashes of the bonfire used to consume the brush after the landfill unexpectedly closed early are still smoldering in the back yard. We'll be working with Bob Wright's small crew today after church on some smaller but important jobs such as installing the security cameras for Rosey.
    I cannot thank y'all enough for all the work and material support you have given us in this time of need. Words fail me.
    I'll have more later.

    03:40

    Nevada among states outlawing guns for domestic abusers [Gun News]

    Advocates for domestic violence victims in Virginia are praising a rare compromise in Richmond that could shepherd into law a measure that would strip abusers of their gun rights. MI relies on federal law which also requires courts to notify domestic abusers when they become prohibited from possessing firearms or ammunition, requires the surrender of firearms or ammunition by domestic abusers to law enforcement when prohibited under federal law, and requires law enforcement to remove firearms at the scene of a domestic violence incident.

    02:53

    New Hampshire GOP debate underscores a clear alternative [The Liberty Sphere]

    Committed conservatives of various stripes -- Republicans, Independents, and some Libertarians -- have stated both publicly and privately that this year represents one of the best Republican fields of candidates in many years...
    Click here to read the whole thing. 

    Saturday, 06 February

    23:20

    Massachusetts Considers Gun Reform Law [Gun News]

    Nearly all states have some sort of law preempting local gun laws. Preemption means that the State preserves to itself certain areas of the law.

    18:54

    Advocates say little done to keep guns away from Ohio abusers [Gun News]

    Nicole Fitzpatrick tried to placate her ex-boyfriend. She could feel his rage. She knew that, in time, he would explode.

    14:28

    Associated Press: Gun Control Not Playing Well in New Hampshire [Gun News]

    ABC News reported Friday that gun control is not playing well in campaign speeches in New Hampshire, where citizens view guns as an important part of defending their lives and the lives of their families. According to the Associated Press , "Nearly half of New Hampshire's residents either own a firearm or live in a household where they are present."

    10:38

    Appeals Court Remands Decision For 'Strict Scrutiny' Of Second Amendment [Gun News]

    The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit on Thursday overturned a federal district court decision that had upheld the 2013 State of Maryland Firearm Safety Act as constitutional under intermediate scrutiny review. Writing for the three-judge appellate court panel that heard the case, Kolbe v.

    07:12

    A Win In The 4th Circuit (Updated) [No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money]


    The 4th Circuit Court of Appeals has not been too good for gun rights in the past few years. However, a case involving Maryland make signal a change. Kolbe v. Hogan (formerly Kolbe v. O'Malley) challenged Maryland's ban on certain semi-auto firearms and standard capacity on Second Amendment and Equal Protection Clause grounds. The District Court for Maryland agreed with the state's arguments and found the bans were constitutional using intermediate scrutiny.

    Today, the 4th Circuit overturned that decision in part and remanded it back to the District Court to be reconsidered using strict scrutiny. The court affirmed the District Court's dismissal of the Equal Protection claims involving retired law enforcement and the vagueness claims that "copies" of certain firearms were not specific enough.

    From the synopsis of the decision:

    TRAXLER, Chief Judge, wrote the opinion for the court as to Parts I, II, and III, in which Judge Agee joined.

    In April 2013, Maryland passed the Firearm Safety Act (“FSA”), which, among other things, bans law-abiding citizens, with the exception of retired law enforcement officers, from possessing the vast majority of semi-automatic rifles commonly kept by several million American citizens for defending their families and homes and other lawful purposes. Plaintiffs raise a number of challenges to the FSA, contending that the “assault weapons” ban trenches upon the core Second Amendment right to keep firearms in defense of hearth and home, that the FSA’s ban of certain larger-capacity detachable magazines (“LCMs”) likewise violates the Second Amendment, that the exception to the ban for retired officers violates the Equal Protection Clause, and that the FSA is void for vagueness to the extent that it prohibits possession of “copies” of the specifically identified semi-automatic rifles banned by the FSA. The district court rejected Plaintiffs’ Second Amendment challenges, concluding that the “assault weapons” and larger-capacity magazine bans passed constitutional muster under intermediate scrutiny review. The district court also denied Plaintiffs’ equal protection and vagueness claims.

    In our view, Maryland law implicates the core protection of the Second Amendment—“the right of law-abiding responsible citizens to use arms in defense of hearth and home,” District of Columbia v. Heller, 554 U.S. 570, 635 (2008), and we are compelled by Heller and McDonald v. City of Chicago, 561 U.S. 742 (2010), as well as our own precedent in the wake of these decisions, to conclude that the burden is substantial and strict scrutiny is the applicable standard of review for Plaintiffs’ Second Amendment claim. Thus, the panel vacates the district court’s denial of Plaintiffs’ Second Amendment claims and remands for the district court to apply strict scrutiny. The panel affirms the district court’s denial of Plaintiffs’ Equal Protection challenge to the statutory exception allowing retired law enforcement officers to possess prohibited semi-automatic rifles. And, the panel affirms the district court’s conclusion that the term “copies” as used by the FSA is not unconstitutionally vague.
     The decision from the 4th Circuit was not unanimous and contains dissents, concurrences, and multiple parts. Indeed, the full decision is 90 pages long. Needless to say, it will take some time to read and digest this decision. That said, having the case sent back to the District Court to apply strict scrutiny to the Second Amendment claims is a definite win.

    It will be interesting to see what legal legerdemain that Judge Catherine C. Blake will employ to assert that Maryland can still ban the most popular firearm in common use in America today even if strict scrutiny is applied.

    UPDATE: Sebastian has more on this case at Shall Not Be Questioned. He is correct in saying that the ban on semi-auto rifles and standard capacity magazines still remains in place. The 4th Circuit didn't find the law unconstitutional. It merely said that it needs to be reheard using the correct level of scrutiny. This is a win but not a complete win.

    UPDATE II: Attorney Andrew Branca (Law of Self Defense) has his take on the case here.

    UPDATE III: Gun rights scholar and attorney David Kopel examines the case in detail in the Washington Post's Volokh Conspiracy blog. As he notes, the Second Amendment protections should extend to gun parts (magazines) and that strict scrutiny is appropriate in this case.

    UPDATE IV: Dave Hardy weighs in on Kolbe. He makes note of the dissent and the response from Judge Traxler to it.

    06:22

    Recent State Laws on Domestic Abuse, Gun Rights [Gun News]

    Specifics of the state laws passed during the last two years that are intended to make it harder for people convicted or suspected of domestic violence to access firearms: Republican Gov. Robert Bentley approved a measure banning possession of firearms by those convicted of domestic violence offenses, stalking or child abuse , as well as by some individuals who are subject to domestic abuse protection orders. Those provisions were included in a larger pro-gun bill.

    05:37

    Which Republican presidential candidate has the highest probability of winning the general election? [John Lott's Website]

    My son Maxim and John Stossel have set up a website entitled "Election Betting Odds," where they show the probability that the candidates will win the Republican nomination and the presidency.  The problem with the current odds for winning the presidency is that what you really want are the odds of winning the presidency conditional on winning the nomination.  Looking at the odds for the candidates with at least a 10 percent chance of winning the Republican nomination, the conditional probabilities of winning the presidency are (8:30 AM EST February 6th, 2016):

    Rubio 45% = 25.3%/56.7%
    Trump 30% = 6.8%/23%
    Cruz 28% = 3.5%/12.3%

    05:27

    RIA: An Introduction to Early Lever-Action Rifles [Forgotten Weapons]

    We’ve all seen lever action rifles galore in movies about the old west, and most of us have handled and shot a bunch of them as well. But do you know where they came from?

    Today we will take a look at the first American lever-action rifle put into successful (more or less) production, the Volcanic. We will then continue to examine the 1860 Henry and the 1866 Winchester to get a foundational understanding of the development of these guns, and the interesting group of people involved with them.

    04:00

    Reconsidering the M1 Carbine as an Assault Rifle [The Firearm Blog]

    m1ref8The M1 Carbine is a weapon that, although popular with shooters and soldiers alike, has been unfairly dismissed in the broader context of the development of the modern assault rifle. Although initially fielded without select-fire capability, the lightweight and handy M1 Carbine was a surprisingly capable weapon, able to perform the combat roles of both […]

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    02:54

    CCRKBA to Seattle, Chicago: 'How's that gun control thing working for you?' [Gun News]

    With 51 homicides posted by Chicago authorities last month and yesterday's charging of two juveniles in the Jan. 26 double homicide in Seattle, the head of a national gun rights organization challenged the leaders of those two cities to explain how their gun control efforts have accomplished anything.

    02:37

    Work weekend off to good start. [Sipsey Street Irregulars]

    Bob Wright and a couple of his stout-hearted men came from New Mexico and we also had volunteers from Tennessee, Georgia and Mississippi yesterday. They removed all the vegetation from the front of the house (Rosey was thrilled when she got home from work) and began work on the back. Will try to take some before/during and after photos today. We'll get going at 0800 hours Central this morning on the back yard and see how much we can accomplish, although I use the "we" with some imprecision because it is all I can do to stumble around giving guidance and encouragement. God bless you all for your support, one way or the other. It is humbling beyond belief.

    Friday, 05 February

    22:44

    Push for Gun Control Leads to Record Increase in Minnesota Carry Permits [Gun News]

    The number of valid Minnesota carry permits is now 221,712, an increase of more than 6,000 in the last month, according to figures released by the Minnesota Department of Public Safety. That's the second-largest increase ever.

    18:53

    Hillary Clinton Will End Private Gun Ownership [Gun News]

    For the 1st time in American history, the leading candidate for the Democrat party is running on a platform that would prohibit the private ownership of firearms. How can this be? It was Kennedy and McGovern who blunted Nixon's desire to ban handguns.

    15:29

    “F” Stands for Fail: Georgia College Instructor Boots Uniformed Cop, Gets Lectured in Return [NRA-ILA News]

    Colleges usually take great pride in proclaiming their “diversity” and “inclusiveness,” but simply wearing a tool of his trade was cause enough for one uniformed police officer to be excluded from a class he was taking at Darton State College in Albany, Georgia. While details are lacking, several press accounts (exemplified by this Fox News report) from the past week recount the strange tale of the officer being escorted from class because the instructor was uncomfortable that a gun was in the classroom. To date, neither the officer nor the instructor has been identified.

    15:24

    2016 Begins [NRA-ILA News]

    The 2016 presidential campaign is now officially underway, with the completion of the Iowa caucuses last Monday evening. First the numbers.  On the GOP side, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz finished first, with 28% of the vote, Donald Trump finished second with 24%, and Florida Senator Marco Rubio came in a close third with 23%.  Cruz won 8 delegates, Trump and Rubio won 7 apiece (three other candidates split the remaining 5 delegates.) It has been reported that the turnout for the GOP caucuses was a historic high.

    15:21

    Fourth Circuit Requires “Strict Scrutiny” for Maryland Gun and Magazine Ban [NRA-ILA News]

    It hasn’t been a good week for Martin O’Malley, former governor of Maryland, would-be contender for President of the United States, and staunch gun control advocate. As we report elsewhere, O’Malley was finally forced to drop out of the Democratic primary on Tuesday after failing to garner even a single delegate at the Iowa Caucus. Then, on Thursday, a divided panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit issued an opinion that may spell doom for O’Malley’s signature legislative “achievement” as governor, the so-called Firearm Safety Act of 2013 (FSA). This act ushered in a long list of onerous gun control measures, but its centerpiece is a broad ban on popular semiautomatic rifles, as well as magazines with a capacity of greater than 10 rounds.

    15:17

    Europeans Discover Virtues of Armed Self-defense as EU Bureaucrats Seek New Gun Controls [NRA-ILA News]

    At the same time the European Union bureaucrats in Brussels are trying to foist further gun controls on the continent, Europeans are exhibiting a newfound interest in acquiring the tools of self-defense. Though restricted by EU mandate and often severe national gun controls, following a series of high-profile attacks on women, Europeans are buying up whatever means of protection they can still legally obtain. The surge in interest in firearms and other self-defense products dates back several months and relates in part to European unease surrounding mass immigration from the other parts of the world.

    15:15

    Bill Aimed at Ending Operation Choke Point Passes House [NRA-ILA News]

    On Thursday, a bi-partisan majority of the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 766, the ‘‘Financial Institution Customer Protection Act of 2015,” sponsored by Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-MO). As we reported last year, this bill targets the abuses of Operation Choke Point (OCP), an Obama administration “enforcement” program that lumped together legal and illegal businesses into a “high risk” category and threatened the banks with intense regulatory scrutiny. The goal of OCP was to deter the banks from forming or continuing relationships with the targeted industries, thereby driving them out of business. Included on this list were firearm and ammunition sellers, many of whom found themselves struggling to find or keep banking relationships as a result of the program.

    14:24

    We're in the very best of hands.... [Of Arms and the Law]

    Minor problems at the Department of Homeland Security:

    "Inventory reports, obtained by the news site Complete Colorado and shared with FoxNews.com, show that over 1,300 badges, 165 firearms and 589 cell phones were lost or stolen over the span of 31 months between 2012 and 2015."

    14:03

    Virginia: Bipartisan Deal Advancing Through the General Assembly [NRA-ILA News]

    Last week, bipartisan progress was made between government leaders in Virginia to stay the revocation of reciprocity agreements until March 1.

    13:44

    Private Gun Sales Banned on Facebook and Instagram [Gun News]

    Facebook has moved to ban unauthorized gun sales on the social network as well as on its photo-sharing service Instagram, the company announced last week. The social media network, which already bans the sale of prescription drugs and marijuana, updated its policy on Friday to include firearms.

    13:39

    Alaska man stops thief while exercising his right to permitless carry, Alaska Dispatch News, Anchorage, Alaska, 01/20/16 [NRA-ILA News]

    22-year-old Matthew Willhite was at a shopping mall in Anchorage, Alaska with his girlfriend and her family when he witnessed a thief in a physical altercation with security guards. Willhite went to see if he could help, when he became aware that the thief was armed with a gun. Willhite responded by drawing a .45-caliber pistol and ordering the criminal to drop his gun. The thief complied with the order, and Willhite held the man at gunpoint until security placed the man in handcuffs. Following the incident, Willhite told a local media outlet that he has been carrying since he turned 18 when he lived in Nevada; open carrying before he could get a Nevada Right-to-Carry permit. Willhite also noted that at the time of the incident he was carrying without a permit, as it is lawful do in Alaska.

    13:30

    Sturmgewehr Field Strip (STG44/MP44/MP43) [The Firearm Blog]

    The German Sturmgewehr is one of the most coveted and influential firearms of all time. Advanced collectors seek them out to round out their shrines, but getting behind one is a whole different kind of experience. The low recoil, controllability, and historical significance makes shooting a sturm a very pleasant experience. So what is underneath […]

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    13:20

    Resurgence 3-Gun, reawakening the original [The Firearm Blog]

    sof3g014In what is looking to be a real blast from the past, a group of individuals are putting together something called Resurgence 3-Gun. It is a 3 gun competition, but the similarity with current 3 gun competitions is where it ends. Unbeknownst to me, the sport of 3 Gun as we know it today, got […]

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    13:06

    An Example Of Everytown's Campaign Against McAuliffe's Compromise [No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money]


    Everytown Moms for Illegal Mayors is royally PO'ed that a governor that they thought they owned lock, stock, and barrel has now come to an agreement with pro-gun legislators and forces. Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D-VA) is, as I mentioned a couple of days ago, the focus of a social media campaign by Everytown in an effort to stop his agreement to reinstate and expand concealed carry reciprocity.



    Gun rights activists and supporters in Virginia need to keep up the pressure on both McAuliffe and their legislators to reinstate existing reciprocity agreements as well as to expand to universal reciprocity recognition.

    13:05

    Remington Exceeds Hiring, Wage Expectations For Huntsville Plant [The Firearm Blog]

    Remington_3d-R-670x447Remington has met two major milestones in its agreement with Madison County, Alabama regarding its new facility in Huntsville. The new location will become the central production facility for Remington Arms, with only the original Ilion, NY plant remaining open. Remington’s development agreement with the city and State of Alabama required them to create 280 […]

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    12:11

    Browning’s New Black Label 1911-22 Suppressor Ready Pistols [The Firearm Blog]

    Browning 1911-22The march toward public acceptance of sound suppressors continues in 2016 with more guns and ammunition being tailored to silencer use. Browning is a company that many shooters would consider a “traditional” gun company that is more oriented toward hunting and the outdoors than Gun Culture 2.0. So, when Browning introduces threaded barrel firearms that […]

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    12:00

    POTD: Indian MCIWS Rifle (Latest Prototype) [The Firearm Blog]

    tApz848-1Shaitan sent us this photo from Defense Forum Indian. He wrote “Indian MCIWS rifle in its latest avatar with a new type of stock .It is still being developed.” The Multi Caliber Individual Weapon System (MCIWS) has been a development since at least 2013. It is supposed to start military trials this month. It can […]

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    10:14

    Florida Alert! Tampa Bay Times Editors Attack Pro-Gun Legislators over Gun Bills [NRA-ILA News]

    It's time to Stand and Fight against a media outlet that is fighting against our Second Amendment rights.  In print and online, the Tampa Bay Times (TBT) is attacking legislators from the Tampa/St. Petersburg area for "caving in" to the NRA.  In reality, those legislators STOOD UP for the constitutional rights of their constituents.  Those legislators stood against those, like the Tampa Bay Times, who lobby against Second Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens.  A link to the online article is below.

    10:01

    Stack-On’s New Armorguard Line [The Firearm Blog]

    stack-onStack-On announced a new line of rifle safes called the Armorguard series. The new safes come in four sizes with stated capacities up to 64 guns. The largest safe is 72″ high while the others are 55″ tall. All of adjustable interiors. Each of the safes uses an electronic lock and four way 1.5″ live […]

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    08:40

    Kolbe v. Hogan: 4th Circuit requires strict scrutiny for Maryland ban on magazines and semiautomatics [NRA-ILA News]

    Yesterday the 4th Circuit decided Kolbe v. Hogan, a Second Amendment challenge to a 2013 Maryland arms prohibition statute. The statute bans the sale of firearm magazines that hold more than 10 rounds and also bans many firearms, by labeling them as “assault weapons.” In a 2-1 decision written by Chief Judge Traxler, the Fourth Circuit held that strict scrutiny is the proper standard of review for bans on common arms, such as those at issue in Kolbe. The case was remanded to the district court, which had applied the wrong standard, namely a weak version of intermediate scrutiny. The Maryland attorney general announced that he will seek en banc or Supreme Court reversal of the Kolbe decision. Below is a summary of the most important parts of the Kolbe decision.

    08:03

    Andy Parker, Moms Demand Action petition governor to kill gun deal [Gun News]

    The father of slain WDBJ Reporter Alison Parker was at the capitol today to deliver a petition urging Governor Terry McAuliffe not cut a deal with republicans on gun control. Andy Parker along with Moms Demand Action handed over the petition that had more than 3,000 signatures.

    07:17

    The Three Percent concepts of Duty, Discernment, Honor, Principle and Discipline. [Sipsey Street Irregulars]

    The Three Percent idea, the movement, the ideal, was designed to be a simple, powerful concept that could not be infiltrated or subjected to agents provocateurs like many organizations that I observed in the constitutional militia movement of the 90s. In this I was both correct and dead wrong, as I have been battling folks almost since the beginning who have misunderstood, deliberately or not, what the Three Percent was in history, what it is today and what its aims are for the future. . . These four principles -- moral strength, physical readiness, no first use of force and no targeting of innocents -- are the hallmarks of the Three Percent ideal. Anyone who cannot accept them as a self-imposed discipline in the fight to restore the Founders' Republic should find something else to do and cease calling themselves a "Three Percenter." "A Brief Three Percent Catechism -- A discipline not for the faint-hearted."
    The recent (and continuing) debacle of the Malheur occupation and (especially) the poor performances of some claiming to be "Three Percenters" whose lack of judgment and discernment rivaled Chicken Little's and whose comprehension of the duty, honor and principle inherent in the Threeper concept was sadly lacking if not non-existent demands a further explication of the Three Percent Catechism. First and foremost is the recognition that the Three Percent are men and women bound by a philosophy consisting of Duty, Discernment, Honor, Principle and Discipline. Such words are used these days with little real comprehension of what they actually mean. Let us therefore go to the dictionary to refresh our memories, shall we? I have selected those portions of the definitions that apply to the Three Percent most particularly.
    Duty is defined as "a moral or legal obligation or the force of moral obligation."
    We are bound by our fidelity to liberty and the Founders Republic, by our oaths to protect and defend those concepts and the American people from any and all tyranny and conspiracy against their God-given, natural and inalienable rights. This is not negotiable. It is not honored in the breach. It is an intimate, almost holy, thing. It is not honored in the breach, nor is it subject to negotiation.
    Discernment is "the ability to see and understand people, things, or situations clearly and intelligently."
    Without discernment, it is all too easy to fall into stupidity and error, every bit of which is exploited by the enemies of liberty to deceive, discredit and defeat us in our duty.
    Honor consists of "a keen sense of ethical conduct and integrity."
    The Founders spoke of their "sacred honor." It is honor that binds us to our duty, to our principles, to the discipline required for discernment: to think through things before we act.
    Principle is "a comprehensive and fundamental law, doctrine, or assumption; a rule or code of conduct; habitual devotion to right principles."
    Our principles trace back to the Founding generation and to the distant past that informed their struggle for true liberty, for a republic of limits on government and backstopped by the rule of law, whether the threat was dictator, demagogue or Collectivist tyrant.
    Finally, Discipline is " training that corrects, molds, or perfects the mental faculties or moral character; self-control; a rule or system of rules governing conduct or activity.
    Without discipline, duty, discernment, honor and principle are constantly threatened with discredit and defeatism. Discipline is the glue that binds them, and us, all together. Remove any one of these essentials and the Three Percenter who embraces the error MUST fail. Indeed, without any one of them, he or she is no Three Percenter at all. Hold tight to them all, and we can fight and win against any tyranny or combination of tyrannies.

    07:09

    Winchester’s 150th Anniversary Safe [The Firearm Blog]

    winchestersafeWinchester was founded in 1866 and as you all know the legendary company is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year. That celebration kicked off at SHOT and will be continuing throughout the year. Next on the celebration agenda is an anniversary safe which was part of the company’s booth at SHOT Show this past January. It’s […]

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    06:46

    Legal decision casts doubt on Maryland’s semi-auto ban [NRA-ILA News]

    The 2-to-1 decision by a panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit sends the gun-control law back to a lower court for review, but allows the existing ban to remain in place.

    06:45

    The natural consequence of challenging a cult of personality. Another collectivist alternate universe heard from. This time from a Trumpista cultist. [Sipsey Street Irregulars]

    "You hate trump, love the jews and communists who want to take our guns and are running our country in the ground... When you coming to PA you faggot? I got something for you, you fucking traitor! We don't need you old fucks pontificating on shit anymore, just clear on out."

    Comment posted on "Poor baby. Trump's persecution complex."

    06:45

    Court orders reconsideration of Maryland gun law ruling [NRA-ILA News]

    A three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals sent the case back to U.S. District Judge Catherine C. Blake for further proceedings, giving the gun-rights supporters who challenged the law another chance to argue it should be overturned.

    06:44

    Maine: Bill Introduced To Prohibit Gun Bans In Subsidized Housing [NRA-ILA News]

    The case of a disabled Mainer who shot an intruder last year has led to legislation that would prohibit gun bans in subsidized housing.

    06:43

    Virginia House OKs bill letting Guard members carry guns [NRA-ILA News]

    Virginia’s GOP-controlled House has approved a bill that would allow members of the National Guard to carry concealed handguns while on duty.

    06:42

    Lott: Clinton and the gun control lobby get it wrong [NRA-ILA News]

    Hillary Clinton has made gun control a major part of her presidential campaign, at least in New Hampshire.Over the last month, a quarter of all of her campaign ads in New Hampshire have focused on gun control. In rural areas of Iowa, by contrast, she did not run a single ad related to gun control. In all of Iowa, just six percent of her ads discussed guns.

    05:27

    RIA: Greener’s Humane Horse Killer [Forgotten Weapons]

    Humans have been killing animals for thousands of years, and with the development of the self-contained cartridge, the Greener company started making a compact and efficient Humane Horse Killer. Used by veterinarians for euthanizing creatures (versions were made for pretty much all major domesticated animals), they were made into the 1960s. This type of device is known as a “free-bullet” design because it uses a traditional cartridge, as opposed to the captive-bolt designs which maintain positive control of the lethal end of the device and retract it into the unit after firing.

    This particular Greener model is one of the more commonly encountered types, as it was used by the British military (which used horses in great numbers in both World Wars) and was a standard piece of equipment for troops tasked with overseeing care of those horses.

    05:14

    Don't ask, don't tell? [Sipsey Street Irregulars]

    Link reposted without comment, vetting or approval: Wayne Madsen: Marco Rubio Gay Homosexual Duplicity Update — with Photos
    Meanwhile, someone at Breitbart is chumming the waters versus Cruz: Breitbart bombshell to be released about Cruz?

    05:11

    Maryland AG Reacts As Expected [No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money]


    Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh (D-MD) served a combined 28 years in the Maryland House and Senate before being elected Attorney General. He says in his bio that, "He shepherded landmark legislation on gun safety", through the Maryland Senate. That legislation was the Maryland Firearm Safety Act which banned the sale of ARs. AKs, their clones, and standard capacity magazines.

    Given that background, it is no surprise that he is not happy with the judges of the 4th Circuit after yesterday's ruling in Kolbe v. Hogan. As he states in the press release below, he intends to request an en banc review of the case or, failing to get that, he will appeal the case to the Supreme Court.

    Baltimore, MD (Feb. 4, 2016) --Attorney General Brian E. Frosh issued the following statement on today's ruling by the U.S. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals on the Maryland Firearm Safety Act:

    "The Maryland Firearm Safety Act is a common-sense law designed to reduce gun violence and make our communities safer. It remains the law in Maryland.

    The 2-1 decision handed down today by the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals returns the case to the district court for further proceedings, and it also conflicts sharply with rulings of other federal appellate courts.

    Those courts have uniformly upheld assault weapons bans and limits on large capacity magazines. Those courts have not imposed the standard of review adopted by the 2-judge majority today, but instead follow a standard that gives greater deference to the public safety and health concerns that led the legislature to enact this law. As a dissent by Judge King notes: 'There is sound reason to conclude that the Second Amendment affords no protection whatsoever to the assault rifles and shotguns, copycat weapons, and large-capacity detachable magazines that are banned by the State of Maryland.'

    As Attorney General, I remain fully committed to defending Maryland's law, and to defending the courageous votes taken by the Maryland General Assembly so that we can continue to protect public safety and reduce the risk of deadly gun violence.

    Rest assured, the Office of the Attorney General will seek further review of the majority decision, either by the full Fourth Circuit sitting en banc, or by the U.S. Supreme Court."
    Those other circuits to whom he refers are the notoriously anti-gun 1st, 2nd, and 3rd. As a resident of the 4th Circuit I have been consistently disappointed in its rulings on the Second Amendment. I have long wished that they would start ruling more like the 7th Circuit but my wishes have not been granted. Starting with US v Masciandaro (2011) and continuing with their overturning of the District Court win in Woollard v. Gallagher (2013), the 4th Circuit has not sure much due respect for Second Amendment rights.

    Of note is that dissent in Kolbe came from Judge Robert King, a Clinton appointee, who wrote the opinion in the Woollard case. You'd have thought a born, bred, and educated West (by God!) Virginian would have had more respect for the Second Amendment. Sadly, that is not the case.

    04:08

    ATEI & Cole Partnerships Releases “Hybrid” Kit for M&P Handguns [The Firearm Blog]

    12677643_1659148017691417_794878419_nFinally! Its now possible to have a compact 9mm handgun with a full slide that is not a “Concealed Carry Officer” type-1911. ATEi, known for their fantastic custom Glock and M&P work has released a kit that allows one to mount a full-size or competition (CORE) slide to a compact handgun frame without leaving the recoil […]

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    03:23

    NJ Man who Shoots 3 Problem Bears gets $4,000+ Fines and Fees [Gun News]

    In October, 2014, a 76-year-old New Jersey resident shot three problem bears on his property. One was an adult sow that was on his deck and looking in through his sliding glass door.

    03:15

    AMTAC’s Over the Barrel Suppressors [The Firearm Blog]

    CaptureIn all the hub-ub of SHOT Show, the small company AMTAC slipped through the cracks with an over the barrel line of suppressors. AMTAC’s line of suppresors, minus only a single model (the “SBR”) are designed to reduce the overall length of a weapon system by moving some suppressor volume to behind the threads (or “over […]

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    03:00

    Czech Republic To Donate vz. 58s To Iraq, Kurdistan, To Fight ISIS [The Firearm Blog]

    zbrojovka-zb-vz58  The Czech Republic has announced that it will donate obsolete vz. 58 rifles, both new and used, to the Iraqi and Kurdish regional government. The vz. 58 is an unusual assault rifle often confused with the famous Kalashnikov pattern of rifles, but very different from that family. Jane’s reports: The Czech government announced on […]

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    02:00

    Holster Alternatives from ESS [The Firearm Blog]

    Elite Photo BagElite Survival Systems introduced a number of pistol carry options recently. These are not your typical holsters, and they might have a useful role for shooters needing a non-traditional carry method. Photo Ops GunPack First up is the Photo Ops GunPack. This lightweight carry pouch looks like a camera bag and can carry a camera […]

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    Thursday, 04 February

    23:13

    Redondo Beach, CA [Civilian Gun Self-Defense Blog]

    1/29/16 Easy Reader:

    It was about 2:30 a.m. last Tuesday, Jan. 19, when police responded to a shooting on an otherwise calm street in North Redondo Beach. 
     
    The incident, neighbors said, was surprisingly quiet — most residents of Nelson Avenue’s 2000 block had little idea of the circumstances that brought the flashing lights of Redondo Beach Police to their street, while a few were shocked to learn that a shooting had occurred at all.

    Despite the confusion, the facts remain: A 33-year-old Redondo Beach resident, later identified by police as Laurencio Gamboa, was arrested and charged with burglary after being shot by the resident of a home on Nelson Avenue.

    According to police reports, a resident at the apartment complex was alerted to movement in his garage by a wireless security system. Via their phone, the resident was able to watch the suspected burglar standing near a motorcycle (belonging to a friend of the resident).

    The resident and a friend in the residence armed themselves with firearms — one with a handgun, one with a rifle. The two found the suspect pushing the motorcycle down the complex’s driveway and ordered the suspect to drop the bike.

    He did, began to run away, then according to reports, turned back toward the pair and confronted them. That’s when the resident shot the suspect in the leg. The suspect then ran down the street before being tackled and subdued by the resident. Police arrived on the scene shortly thereafter....

    Under the law, according to California Penal Code section 198.5, a person using deadly force is allowed to do so, if reasonably fearing for their life or the life of someone in their home, against someone who has “unlawfully and forcefully” entered their home.

    The state’s criminal jury instructions regarding justifiable homicide go a bit further. Language in CalCrim 505 indicates that a jury may be told by a judge that a defendant “is not required to retreat,” and is entitled to “if reasonably necessary, pursue an assailant until the danger” has passed — even if they may have gotten to safety by retreating.

    23:11

    Gun sales loophole: Hearing brings searing words from mass shooting relatives [Gun News]

    House Democrats held an emotional hearing Thursday on legislation that would ban default gun sales when background checks take longer than three days. House Bill 4147 , sponsored by House Majority Leader Jennifer Williamson, D-Portland, emerged in the wake of a mass shooting at a Charleston, S.C., church that left nine people dead.

    23:10

    Appeals court deals blow to Maryland gun control law [Gun News]

    A federal appeals court dealt a potentially serious blow to Maryland's landmark 2013 gun control law and similar measures across the country, ruling Tuesday that a lower court was wrong when it upheld the state's ban on assault rifles. In a 2-1 decision applauded by gun rights advocates, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit concluded that the semiautomatic weapons and high-capacity magazines banned by Maryland's Firearm Safety Act "are in common use by law-abiding citizens."

    18:17

    Gun safety for kids [Gun News]

    Sunday afternoon Jeremy and his wife had a special instructor come to their house to work with their boys ages 8, 9 and 11. Jeremy, who was never raised around guns, said they decided they wanted their children to learn about guns and gun safety. "There's no doubt this is a polarizing topic and even amongst ourselves, my wife and I, we've run the roller coaster of 'no way' we don't want our kids around guns," he said.

    15:20

    NSSF Responds To The 4th Circuit Ruling [No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money]


    The National Shooting Sports Foundation was an organizational plaintiff in Kolbe v. Hogan. As you can imagine they are very pleased with the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals' ruling that the District Court erred in going with intermediate scrutiny and not strict scrutiny.

    Appeals Court Remands Decision for ‘Strict Scrutiny’ of Second Amendment

    NEWTOWN, Conn. — The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit today overturned a federal district court decision that had upheld the 2013 State of Maryland Firearm Safety Act as constitutional under intermediate scrutiny review.

    Writing for the three-judge appellate court panel that heard the case, Kolbe v. Maryland, Chief Judge William B. Traxler wrote: “In our view, Maryland law implicates the core protection of the Second Amendment — ‘the right of law-abiding responsible citizens to use arms in defense of hearth and home, District of Columbia v. Heller, 554 U.S. 570,635 (2008), and we are compelled by Heller and McDonald v. City of Chicago, 561 U.S. 742 (2010), as well as our own precedent in the wake of these decisions to conclude that the burden is substantial and strict scrutiny is the applicable standard or review for Plaintiffs’ Second Amendment claim.”

    The court vacated the district court’s denial of the plaintiffs’ claims and remanded the case to the lower court, ordering that it apply the appropriate strict standard of review.

    “We are greatly heartened by the Fourth Circuit panel’s ruling today,” said Lawrence G. Keane, Senior Vice President and General Counsel, National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), one of the lead plaintiffs in this case. “As this important case goes forward, NSSF will continue to work with our co-plaintiffs to ensure that our citizens’ Second Amendment rights are protected and that the lawful commerce in firearms is restored in support of this constitutional protection.”

    15:16

    The NRA Responds To Today's 4th Circuit Decision [No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money]


    The NRA is very pleased with the 2-1 ruling in the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals in the case of Kolbe v. Hogan.

    National Rifle Association Statement on 4th Circuit Court of Appeals Ruling in Kolbe v. Maryland

    Fairfax, Va.— Chris W. Cox, the executive director of the National Rifle Association's Institute for Legislative Action, issued the following statement in reaction to today's ruling by the federal 4th Circuit Court of Appeals in the Kolbe v. Maryland case. The case challenges the legality of Maryland’s 2013 ban on so-called assault weapons and high-capacity magazines. The 2-1 decision sends the gun-control law back to a lower court for review because it “implicates the core protection of the Second Amendment.”

    "The Fourth Circuit’s ruling is an important victory for the Second Amendment. Maryland's ban on commonly owned firearms and magazines clearly violates our fundamental, individual right to keep and bear arms for self-defense. The highest level of judicial scrutiny should apply when governments try to restrict our Second Amendment freedoms." - Chris W. Cox, executive director of the NRA's Institute for Legislative Action
    You can find my earlier post on the case here.

    13:35

    White House Threatens to Veto Bill to Shut Down Operation Choke Point [NRA-ILA News]

    President Barack Obama would likely veto a bill shutting down the controversial Operation Choke Point and similar tactics used by federal regulators to financially target disfavored industries such as gun stores and payday lenders. Operation Choke Point is run through the Department of Justice, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and the Consumer Financial Protection Board and targets how banks handle accounts with the gun industry, payday lenders, casinos, check cashers and debt collectors, among other businesses deemed “high risk” by the government.

    13:30

    H&K MSG90 Sniper Rifle Overview [The Firearm Blog]

    The H&K MSG90 is essentially a lighter, more portable, and soldier friendly version of the famous PSG1 rifle. It features many of its improvements and is accurized in much the same way, but has been put on a diet to better compete with more modern rifles. While the PSG1 was issued with a tripod for […]

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    13:20

    New Galco Slings [The Firearm Blog]

    Bungee SlingGalco Gunleather announced several new rifle slings for 2016. Two of them are the Bungee Sling and the RifleMann Sling. Here is a quick overview of each. The Bungee Sling is a single point sling that uses an HK-style snap hook. The hook is included with the sling, but it can also be attached to the rifle […]

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    13:05

    One Inch Punch To Chamber A Pistol [The Firearm Blog]

    Loading pistolFieldcraft LLC shared this video of Tyler chambering a Glock by simply punching out fast. Similar to Bruce Lee’s infamous One Inch Punch, Tyler punches outward as he draws his Glock. The inertia of the slide keeps the slide from moving forward as he pushes the frame forward. Then as he slows down, the recoil […]

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    13:03

    Vermont: Montpelier’s Assault on the Second Amendment Continues [NRA-ILA News]

    Last week, the House Government Operations Committee heard testimony on the three Burlington Charter change bills, House Bill 566, House Bill 567, and House Bill 568.

    13:00

    Virginia: Self-Defense Legislation Advancing Through General Assembly [NRA-ILA News]

    Yesterday, February 3, House Bill 766 was passed by the Virginia House of Delegates by a 68-29 vote.

    12:55

    Appeals court decision casts doubt on Maryland’s assault weapons ban [NRA-ILA News]

    A federal appeals court on Thursday cast doubt on the legality of Maryland’s 2013 ban on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines passed after the mass shootings at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn. The 2-1 decision by a panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit sends the gun-control law back to a lower court for review because it “implicates the core protection of the Second Amendment.” In its majority opinion, written by Chief Judge William B. Traxler Jr., the court found that the Maryland law “significantly burdens the exercise of the right to arm oneself at home.”

    12:27

    Great Fourth Circuit decision in Kolbe case [Of Arms and the Law]

    Opinion, in pdf, here. It's a challenge to Maryland gun laws mostly directed at "assault weapons."

    The court finds that AWs are in common use: "we note that in 2012, the number of AR- and AK-style weapons manufactured and imported into the United States was more than double the number of Ford F-150 trucks sold, the most commonly sold vehicle in the United States." It rejects the argument that magazines are not "arms." It also rejects claims that "dangerous and unusual weapons" describe AWs, asking where the line could be drawn.

    It then holds that strict scrutiny (hurrah!) applies, since the ban applies in the home and the law substantially burdens that right, and remands to the lower court so that it can assess the law in that light.

    The majority does reject the Equal Protection challenge to the law's exempting retired law enforcement officers; Judges Traxler and Agee dissent from this, feeling that it does pose an EP problem.

    Parts 5 and 6 were authored by Judge Traxler, and hold that the ban on "copies" of the listed firearms was not void for vagueness.

    Judge King dissents, and it can be summed up in one quote: "Let's be real: The assault weapons banned by Maryland's FSA are exceptionally lethal weapons of war. In fact, the most popular of the prohibited semiautomatic rifles, the AR-15, functions almost identically to the military's fully automatic M16."

    (The majority's response to his dissent is worth quoting: "Our distinguished dissenting colleague asserts that we have imprudently and unnecessarily broken with our sister courts of appeal and infers that we will bear some responsibility for future mass shootings. In our view, inferences of this nature have no place in judicial opinions and we will not respond beyond noting this."

    12:11

    Facebook Cracks Down on Private Firearm Sales With Terms Of Service Change [The Firearm Blog]

    EjJzikcLast Friday Facebook announced plans to take a new, very active role in preventing users from advertising their firearms for private party sale. Many of you will have seen the news being reported on by the mainstream media, but something I found missing was a source where Facebook directly stated that they were going to […]

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    12:00

    POTD: H&K SFP9 (The Politically Correct VP9) [The Firearm Blog]

    hk sfp9 potdGabor Vass of Kalibre Magazine writes … Heckler und Koch…NO, it is not a VP9, in Europe it is called SFP9 (Striker Fired Pistol), because the Volkspistole Neun is not politically correct anymore. I had wondered why the H&K VP9 is called the SFP9 in Europe. I would have thought it would be the otherway around. The […]

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    11:44

    20 Floor Amendments Filed to Bills by Anti-Second Amendment Legislators [Gun News]

    In what appears to be a freedom hating tantrum, a few Florida House Democrats have filed at least 20 amendments in an attempt to kill pro-carry and bipartisan bills by Reps. Gaetz, Steube, and Rehwinkel Vasilinda when the bills are brought to the floor of the House tomorrow.

    11:18

    National Rifle Association Statement on 4th Circuit Court of Appeals Ruling in Kolbe v. Maryland [NRA-ILA News]

    Fairfax, Va.— Chris W. Cox, the executive director of the National Rifle Association's Institute for Legislative Action, issued the following statement in reaction to today's ruling by the federal 4th Circuit Court of Appeals in the Kolbe v. Maryland case.  The case challenges the legality of Maryland’s 2013 ban on so-called assault weapons and high-capacity magazines. The 2-1 decision sends the gun-control law back to a lower court for review because it “implicates the core protection of the Second Amendment.”

    11:10

    D.C. firms, Michael Bloomberg's money directing Nevada gun control push [NRA-ILA News]

    If the push for the ballot initiative to expand background checks in Nevada has demonstrated anything, it’s that the push is driven by out-of-state consulting and messaging firms—D.C. firms in particular—and an influx of Michael Bloomberg’s money, albeit it indirectly.

    11:09

    Confusing N.J. gun laws deny some ex-cops right to carry [NRA-ILA News]

    In 1997, then-Gov. Christie Whitman signed a law that allowed retired police officers to carry concealed weapons.The intent was to enhance public safety in an increasingly dangerous world. The catalyst was the 1995 murder of John Deventer, a retired Hanover Township police chief, who was shot in Newark's Fairmount cemetery when he interceded in the carjacking of an elderly couple.

    11:09

    Florida House approves campus carry, open carry bills [NRA-ILA News]

    During four hours of debate, House Republicans and one Democrat argued that the bills each help to improve the safety of Floridians by allowing them more freedom in how and where they can legally carry weapons.

    11:08

    Federal court orders rehearing in patient privacy case [NRA-ILA News]

    As the Florida House debated two measures to expand Florida's gun laws on Wednesday, a federal appeals court vacated a ruling that upheld a controversial 2011 Florida law restricting doctors from asking questions and recording information about patients’ gun ownership.

    11:07

    Virginia: Concealed carry permits took off in December [NRA-ILA News]

    The number of concealed carry permits issued by the circuit clerks of court in Shenandoah and Warren counties soared in December.

    11:06

    Gun rights are on the minds of Kansas lawmakers [NRA-ILA News]

    The Kansas statehouse is a very Second Amendment kind of place, and one provocative bill under consideration this session proposes the unusual step of protecting the firearms industry from discrimination.

    11:05

    California: Hunters fear fading voice at Fish and Game Commission [NRA-ILA News]

    Lifelong hunter and fisherman Jim Kellogg is hooks and bullets to the core.He has been an outspoken advocate for anglers and hunters during his 14 years on the Fish and Game Commission, a powerful state board tasked with listing endangered species and setting the hunting and fishing regulations enforced by California’s armed game wardens.But Kellogg, 72, resigned from his post in December. The frustration became too much, he said, with unfounded environmental concerns continually trumping the history and traditions of hunters and anglers, both on the commission and in the state at large.

    10:33

    NRA Applauds Passage of Financial Institution Customer Protection Bill [NRA-ILA News]

    The National Rifle Association (NRA) issued the following statement supporting the passage of H.R. 766, the Financial Institution Customer Protection Act: “Congressman Luetkemeyer’s legislation puts an end to the Obama administration’s unwarranted attacks upon a legal and thriving sector of the American economy,” said Chris Cox, executive director of NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action. “On behalf of the NRA's 5 million members, I’d like to thank Congressman Luetkemeyer for his steadfast support of the Second Amendment and congratulate him on the passage of H.R. 766.”

    10:04

    Florida Report: House Passes Second Amendment bills. Focus now on Senate [NRA-ILA News]

    Leadership, true leadership, is keeping your word, doing the right thing and setting an example for others.  When legislators tell the citizens of Florida that they support the Second Amendment and self-defense rights, they should mean it.

    10:01

    Alexander Arms’ Expanding 300 Blackout Subsonic Ammunition and Ulfberht Upgrades [The Firearm Blog]

    AA1The 300 Blackout caliber has become the second most popular caliber for the AR-15, after the 5.56mm/.223 Remington caliber. What the 300 Blackout caliber especially excels in is firing subsonic ammunition to use in conjunction with a suppressor. However, subsonic 300 Blackout ammo is expensive and due to it’s slow subsonic velocity, most loads have rather unimpressive […]

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    08:39

    Bastrop County, TX: CHL Saves Deputy Sheriff [Civilian Gun Self-Defense Blog]

    2/4/16 Fox 29:

    HOUSTON (FOX 26) - A Texas deputy says a Marine veteran with a concealed-carry firearm saved his life earlier this month.

    On January 19, Bastrop County Deputy Dylan Dorris attempted to pull over a motorist who was driving erratically.

    The driver did not initially comply, but he eventually stopped at a gas station.

    Once the vehicle was stopped, Dorris attempted to arrest the driver, but he resisted. While Dorris was struggling with the driver, the man allegedly reached for the deputy’s weapon.

    That's when Marine veteran and concealed-carry permit holder Scott Perkins jumped into action.Seeing the struggle, Perkins immediately intervened, drawing his weapon and ordering the suspect to freeze.

    The criminal halted his attack and fled.

    08:33

    Bloomberg "gun-safety" group has a new target: Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe [NRA-ILA News]

    Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) suddenly knows what it’s like to be on the other end of a Michael Bloomberg advertising campaign. Everytown for Gun Safety, a group bankrolled by the former New York mayor, poured $2 million into TV ads last fall in a failed bid to help McAuliffe’s party take back the state Senate.

    07:09

    Firearms Food for Thought: Choosing a Gun to Fit Your Clothes…or Vice Versa? [The Firearm Blog]

    KIMG9296While this may not be the usual firearms or gear-specific post it is relevant to those of us who carry a gun for self-defense purposes. Whether your EDC is large or small caliber, semi-auto or revolver, five-shot or fifteen, the question remains. Do you select your chosen firearm to suit your wardrobe or do you […]

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    06:11

    Smart Guns Aren't Science Fiction and Americans Want to Buy Them [Gun News]

    Call smart guns what you will -- personalized, child-proof, safer -- but don't call them science fiction. Thanks to advancements in radio-frequency identification and the ubiquity of fingerprint scanners, smart guns have cleared the technology barrier.

    05:27

    RIA: MP3008 Sten Copy [Forgotten Weapons]

    The MP 3008, aka Gerät Neumünster, was one of two German efforts to copy the British Sten gun. The first was the Gerät Potsdam (“gerät” meaning device or project; basically project code name), which was a direct copy of the Sten distinguishable only by a marking details and a few differences in manufacturing processes. While 10,000 of those were being manufactured by Mauser, R&D engineer Ludwig Vorgrimmler was simplifying the Sten design even farther, resulting in the MP-3008.

    This simplified design did away with the Sten’s barrel shroud, and used a vertical magazine well instead of the Sten’s distinctive horizontal mounting. These were the significant changes, although there was also a sling loop placed on the front of the magazine well and a few minor simplifications to the fire control parts. Unlike the Potsdam, significant variation can be found in the MP-3008 in the details of stock and grip design.

    In a masterpiece of insane optimism, German official placed and order for literally a million MP-3008 submachine guns, which of course was completely insane. Manufacture was undertaken at a wide scattering of small shops, with guns being assembled by larger manufacturers from supplied parts. The total made is not known, but is probably in the range of 3000-5000. Some are marked with manufacturing codes from recognized factories, some with codes unknown, and some have no marking at all. This particular example is dewat made by “TJK” – an unknown factory.

    05:15

    An Update On Virginia Reciprocity From VCDL [No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money]


    Grass Roots North Carolina received the following from Philip Van Cleave of the Virginia Citizens Defense League regarding the negotiations between Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D-VA) and gun rights supporters to restore concealed carry reciprocity.

    BREAKING NEWS:  *** February 1 cutoff date for dropping recognition of 25 states has been extended to March 1 ***

    THE “DEAL”

    As you've undoubtedly heard from the media, there is a package deal in the works between Governor McAuliffe and the Republicans in the General Assembly dealing with 1) concealed handgun permit (CHP) reciprocity, 2) voluntary background checks at gunshows, and 3) those subject to a permanent domestic violence protection order.

    To many CHP holders, CHP reciprocity is a HUGE deal, especially if they travel out-of-state regularly and want to be able to carry discretely.  For example, there is no solution to carrying in South Carolina if we don’t have an agreement between our two states.

    There is a lot of misinformation from the media and elsewhere and a lot of people are coming to the wrong conclusions about what the deal does and doesn’t do.  Rumors are flying that gun owners only get back the reciprocity that was taken away by Herring and the State Police - that is FALSE.  We have gained important ground!

    THE DEAL IS STILL IN THE WORKS.  Things could still go south as the key bills that make up the deal work their way through the legislature and onto the Governor’s desk.  SO, FOR NOW, NOTHING HAS CHANGED.  THERE IS NO ABSOLUTE GUARANTEE THIS WILL BECOME LAW, BUT A REASONABLY GOOD CHANCE IT WILL.  If it fails, we may not be able to fix the reciprocity situation for another two-long-years.

    VCDL has been privy to the deal for several days, as was a national group.  VCDL monitored progress of this potentially groundbreaking advancement of our liberty from its genesis, and provided counsel and discussion points during its evolution.

    The final product was given the nod by VCDL, however we will be watching like a hawk for any changes that negatively affect gun owners.

    IMPORTANT DETAILS ON THE “DEAL”

    There are three components that make up the deal, each component represented by matching bills in the House and in the Senate.

    #1 - Reciprocity details - gun owners gain ground!

    * Virginia will honor the carry permits from ALL states!  This is considerably better than current law and something VCDL has been trying to get for at least seven years now.  

    * Because Virginia will honor all other states, Virginia CHPs will be recognized by all the states we have lost AND we will gain some new states:  New Hampshire, Georgia, and Colorado!

    * The State Police and the Attorney General will have NO say in the new law.  If another state requires a formal agreement to honor Virginia CHPs, the new law requires the Attorney General to enter into any such agreement.  If he fails to do this, item #3, below, does not go into effect.

    * One other change on the reciprocity law:  If your Virginia CHP is revoked for cause, you won’t be able to carry on a non-resident permit from another state.  Not a deal breaker.

    NOTE:  Just because we are honoring all other states, doesn’t mean we can carry in all those states.  Someone from New York will be able to carry here, but we won’t be able to carry in New York unless New York is willing to enter into a reciprocal agreement with Virginia, for example. 

    As more and more states start honoring out-of-state permits, the prospects of our permit being honored by even more states down the road is bright!

    #2 - Voluntary gun show background checks

    * Background checks for a private sale are COMPLETELY voluntary.

    * The State Police shall be at every gun show in Virginia, by law.  (Some gun owners were thinking this was some kind of a trick - that if the State Police don’t show up, the gun show would be cancelled.  This should put that worry to rest.)

    * The gun show promoter shall notify the State Police of the location and times of the gun show at least 30 days in advance, shall provide a free location for the police to set up, and shall have signs letting attendees know of the voluntary background checks at the State Police booth.  (I checked with one of Virginia’s largest gun show promoters on this to see if any of it was objectionable and was told, “no.”)

    * The State Police may charge a reasonable fee.  (If they charge more than you want to pay, you can just walk away and do the transaction without the background check.)

    * NO information on the make, model, or serial number of the gun being sold will be provided to the State Police - i.e. no federal Form 4473!  The purchaser will have to fill out the Virginia form, which asks a few questions and has the buyer's name, address, and signature.  (If you don’t want to fill out that form, you can just walk away and do the transaction without the background check.)

    * There is a carrot: if a background check is run, the seller receives some special legal protections that are currently not available for private sales.  If a background check is not run, you don’t have any more or any less legal protections than under current law.

    Yes, down the road inevitably there will be some bills introduced that attempt to make the background check mandatory.  We get bills on mandatory background checks for private sales every year.  We will have to fight and defeat those bills in the future, just as we fight and defeat similar bills today.

    For those gun owners who would feel safer selling a gun to someone who has had a background check, this provides a new option in addition to the current option of either asking if the person has a CHP or going through the more laborious and expensive route of letting an FFL do the transfer.  It also has no effect on private sales conducted anywhere outside of gun shows, where this voluntary option is not provided.

    #3 - Persons subject to a PERMANENT domestic violence protection order cannot possess firearms until the order expires

    * The ONLY permanent protection order this restriction applies to is one for domestic violence and NOTHING else.

    * The subject of the protection order must have had his day in court along with any legal counsel.  Temporary protection orders do NOT affect possession of firearms.

    * If the judge, after hearing the defense, decides to issue a permanent protection order anyhow, the subject of the protection order will lose his gun rights for the duration of the order (MAXIMUM of two years), and automatically get those gun rights back when the permanent protection order expires.  Note:  a new permanent protection order could potentially be issued when the perament protection order expires if the judge thinks a danger still exists.

    * The subject of the permanent protection order will have 24 hours to turn his guns over to a person of his choice, as long as that person can legally possess firearms.

    * The above is basically federal law already, and state law already prohibits a person with such a permanent protection order from purchasing  or transporting a firearm.

    WHAT’S NEXT?

    * VCDL will be monitoring the deal’s progress, watching for changes that negatively affect gun owners. 

    * If a negative issue arises and is not fixed quickly, I will advise all of you immediately via an Urgent Legislative Action Alert.  

    * I will also be providing links to the three bills described above as soon as the final language is available online.  That way you can read them for yourself.

    * For now just standby on this, as I keep you advised of the progress of the deal.

    * If you don’t have any absolutely urgent questions, please hold on to them for now as it would be easy to overwhelm me with emails (I’m already getting over 200 a day as is).

     We interviewed Phil for The Polite Society Podcast yesterday evening. I will put up a link to that interview as soon as it is published. However, in the meantime, Phil said that an appropriations bill had been introduced in the Virginia General Assembly that would restore reciprocity to the way it was before Attorney General Mark Herring (D-VA) went full-Bloomberg. Given it is an appropriations bill, Gov. McAuliffe must either approve it in full or veto the entire bill. There is no line-item veto on appropriations bills.

    Needless to say, the gun prohibitionists are having a hissy fit over the compromise between McAuliffe and gun rights supporters. A few days ago the Washington Post reported this:
    “Governor McAuliffe should reconsider this dangerous gift to the gun lobby,” said John Feinblatt, president of Everytown for Gun Safety, which in the fall poured more than $2 million into two state Senate races at McAuliffe’s request.
    Late last night the Post reported that Everytown Moms for Illegal Mayors has now started a social media campaign against McAuliffe.
    On Wednesday, Everytown launched a social media campaign against McAuliffe, who last week stunned gun-safety advocates by announcing that he had struck a gun deal with Republican legislators and the National Rifle Association. It shows side-by-side photos of McAuliffe and the National Rifle Association’s Wayne LaPierre.

    “What do VA Gov. Terry McAuliffe and NRA head Wayne LaPierre have in common?” one version reads. “Both Gov McAuliffe and NRA Head Wayne LaPierre support allowing dangerous people to carry hidden loaded weapons in Virginia.”

    While clearly a lower-budget affair than last fall’s TV blitz, Everytown’s social media campaign against McAuliffe was a stunner, given how closely he worked with gun-safety groups since his 2013 campaign for governor. He narrowly won the race while bragging about his “F” rating from the NRA.
    If I were a Virginia politician, I'd look at what Everytown is doing and realize just how fickle they are in their support. Alternatively, you could say that they just want their bought and paid for politicians to stay bought.

    04:56

    Prayers For Jeff (Updated) [No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money]


    I received the following this morning from a reader who is an old friend of Jeff and Boge Quinn of Gunblast.com. Yesterday, I posted three of their videos regarding items at the SHOT Show.

    Jeff is in a Nashville’s St.Thomas hospital ICU with severe pneumonia. He passed out and the impact from the fall caused a brain bleed.
     This is terrible news. Please keep Jeff and his family in your thoughts and prayers.




    UPDATE: I received an update on Jeff's condition and the news is good - or at least better.
    Jeff is still in ICU at St. Thomas but should be moving to a regular room tomorrow as his vitals are now in the typical range. 3 days ago, he wanted to go over a list of pall bearers today he was talking about what guns he needs to shoot and do articles/videos on.

    The brain bleed as the result of the blow to his head that he suffered when he fell did not result in a stroke, and there is no reason for concern at this time. He is off of oxygen, and off the constant IV antibiotics. His kidneys have also suffered no further damage from the antibiotics or from working to draw-off excess fluids – no worse and no better, but stable is a good thing.

    He still feels awful, but his condition is improving.

    04:08

    UBML – Ambi Magazine Release for Restricted States [The Firearm Blog]

    ubml2To me, its sad that a product like this has to exist in the first place, but exist it does. The UBML, an apt shortening of “Ultimate Bilateral Magazine Lock” is a ambidextrous pair to the “bullet buttons” required by states or countries that various restrictions on self-loading rifles. Thordsen Customs (who also makes a great […]

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    03:15

    GY6 Plays With NEMO Arms OMEN Watchman 2.0 [The Firearm Blog]

    CaptureNow getting deep into his quest to provide the entertainment value of FPS Russia (without the accent) and actually provide some actual solid information on a product, Andrew at GY6Vids is one of the first to get their hands on the NEMO Arms OMEN Watchman 2.0 semi automatic 300 Winchester Magnum rifle. (He also did […]

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    03:00

    Winter Warfare Training In Norway [The Firearm Blog]

    Norway 1As temperatures plunge below 30 degrees celsius, men and women from 11 different nations converge in Norway to learn how to fight in freezing conditions. Norway’s winter warriors show them how it’s done.   Here is a little video clip of some of the practice they did in Norway. “They are the subject matter experts […]

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    02:00

    British Action Match With AMU [The Firearm Blog]

    SA80The U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit (AMU) sent their Action Shooting Team to train the British Army Combat Action Shooting Team. Here is a video of the BACST showing off what they learned in a 3Gun style action stage. They are using the SA80 and what looks like a Glock 17. The British soldier is in […]

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    01:41

    Guns - not an answer to sexual assault [Gun News]

    In the latest misguided attempt to grapple with the campus sexual assault crisis, lawmakers are pushing to arm women on college campuses. State Del.

    Wednesday, 03 February

    21:01

    Gun sellers are rushing to set up new sites after Facebook's gun ban [Gun News]

    U.S. gun traders are setting up new websites to arrange deals after Facebook barred private gun sales on its platform. With gun rights and safety registering as a hot-button issue on the U.S. presidential campaign trail after several mass shootings last year, Facebook said on Friday it would no longer allow users to arrange private gun sales via the site.

    15:50

    Utah: 2016 Legislative Session Convenes With “Permitless Carry” in the Works [NRA-ILA News]

    On January 25, the Utah State Legislature began its 2016 legislative session. This year’s rapid-moving session begins with the introduction of legislation to allow permitless carry in the state of Utah.

    15:07

    House OKs bill allowing concealed guns for abuse victims [Gun News]

    David Foley holds a handgun while shopping at the Spring Guns and Ammo store Monday, Jan. 4, 2016, in Spring, Texas. President Barack Obama is making good on his pledge to politicize gun violence.

    14:35

    Iowa: NRA-Endorsed Bills to be Considered by House Judiciary Committee [NRA-ILA News]

    It has been announced that the Iowa House Judiciary Committee will formally give consideration to a slate of proposals on Thursday, February 4, at 3:00pm.  Included in the list of bills to be discussed are NRA-endorsed proposals House File 2042, House File 2043, and House File 2044.

    13:53

    Kansas: Right to Hunt and Fish Constitutional Amendment Passed Out of Committee [NRA-ILA News]

    Today, the House Committee on Federal and State Affairs passed House Concurrent Resolution 5008.

    13:22

    KRISS Vector 9mm Carbine and Pistol Review [The Firearm Blog]

    The KRISS Vector is now available in 9mm and is yet another great offering in the 9mm pistol caliber carbine market. However, the interesting recoil mitigation technology housed within the gun make the 9mm Vector a real sweetheart to shoot. In this episode of TFBTV, Alex and Patrick take a look at both the carbine […]

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    13:20

    Marine Shoots 3Gun In A Wheelchair [The Firearm Blog]

    ChristianChristian Brown is a wounded Marine Veteran who lost his legs in Afghanistan. He still likes to shoot and he shot a 3Gun match with the help of a friend.

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    13:05

    Shooting While Injured [The Firearm Blog]

    Trip 1Jessica Nietzel was participating in a 3Gun match. She ran her AR perfectly. Dumped it and drew her pistol to finish the remaining steel poppers. She got the first two and ran back to the other side of the stage to engage the last two steel targets. The box shaped areas on the ground are […]

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    12:11

    Action Match With M1 Garand [The Firearm Blog]

    John ZThis is how you run and gun with a M1 Garand USPSA style. John Z has been using his M1 Garand at the Sir Walter Gun Club for a couple years. Watch him run through these stages engaging targets and reloading his M1 on the run. Looks like fun and some good training for a […]

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    12:02

    Army Extends Modular Handgun System Deadline To Feb. 12 [The Firearm Blog]

    mhs-2Standard-issue pistol-making hopefuls have an extended deadline for their submissions to the future US Army handgun competition, the Modular Handgun System. The program, which will choose a new handgun to be the “M17 Modular Handgun System”, originally had a deadline of February 1st for submissions. Army Times reports: The final solicitation deadline for submissions for […]

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    12:00

    POTD: Using A Disability To Your Advantage [The Firearm Blog]

    149228_903666726418625_2732610070514357739_nJ. Allen Enterprises, US Optics, and Surgeon Rifles had a Rifle Giveaway on Facebook. Corey Garmon won with his submission above. Here is a photo taken back in 2013 at the FNH USA 3Gun Championship. The stage was designed like a baseball diamond. Shooters must go to each base in sequence. The shooter’s foot must […]

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    11:19

    Washington: Anti-Gun Legislation Still Pending Executive Action in House Judiciary Committee [NRA-ILA News]

    As previously reported, four anti-gun bills were heard in the House Judiciary Committee and could be voted on at any time.

    10:34

    South Carolina: NRA-Endorsed Self-Defense Legislation Passes Committee [NRA-ILA News]

    Yesterday,  H. 4703 was favorably reported out of the House Judiciary Committee.  This critical self-defense legislation had no opposition and passed with a unanimous 20-0 vote.  It will now move to the House floor for consideration by the full House of Representatives.  Please contact your state Representative and urge him or her to support H. 4703 with no weakening amendments

    10:22

    92-year-old World War II veteran scares off home invader, CBS Los Angeles, Los Angeles, Calif. 02/01/16 [NRA-ILA News]

    92-year-old World War II veteran Joe Milspa was at home in San Jacinto, Calif. when he heard a suspicious noise. It was a man attempting to break through his door with an ax. Milspa retrieved a pistol and went to the door, at which point the would-be home invader attempted to break in through a window. Milspa responded to the threat by firing at the intruder, prompting him to flee. Milspa told CBS Los Angeles that he still frequents the shooting range.

    10:01

    [SHOT 2016] Most innovative products for SHOT 2016 [The Firearm Blog]

    IMGP3406SHOT 2016 was an amazing experience. Below are some pictures I took during SHOT show. This picture set will feature the most innovative products that I PERSONALLY saw. This will be my last SHOT related article. Going back to gear and gun reviews for the rest of the year. A big thank you to TFB […]

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    09:02

    Angry citizen booted from meeting during shooting range discussion [Gun News]

    Deputies escort Doug Knight from Monday's county commission meeting when he wasn't allowed to speak out of turn. ""You work for us!" he yelled.

    08:05

    Massachusetts: Gun owners seek law to prevent patchwork of local ordinances [NRA-ILA News]

    Describing locally imposed restrictions in Massachusetts as threats to their constitutional rights, some gun owners have lined up behind a bill that would prevent municipalities from instituting their own ordinances around gun licensing.

    08:04

    Connecticut: Judges uphold law on seizing firearms [NRA-ILA News]

    A state appeals court ruled Connecticut's gun seizure law does not violate the Second Amendment rights of gun owners here.

    08:03

    Michigan: New legislation would allow concealed carry without a permit [NRA-ILA News]

    Legislation just introduced in Michigan would allow law-abiding citizens to carry concealed weapons without a government issued permit.The bills were introduced Tuesday by four House Republicans.

    08:02

    Women are reshaping the gun industry [NRA-ILA News]

    Women are buying handguns in record numbers -- especially weapons that are small enough to conceal.But they are frustrated by the lack of firearm accessories catering to them. So some are starting companies of their own to tailor products to women

    07:09

    [SHOT 2016] Concealed Carry Troy PDW [The Firearm Blog]

    TroyHigh Threat Concealment (HTC) collaborated with Troy Industries to make a conceal carry rig for the Troy PDW. If you look closely, the M7A1 stock is attached to a sling that runs under the shirt. The HTC rig holds the AR magazine. The design of the M7A1 stock allows the shooter to release the stock […]

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    05:30

    Knight’s Armament Stoner LMG (Finally) Enters Production [The Firearm Blog]

    OUMtAcjThe KAC Light Machine Gun is a weapon that appears in media often, but has so far existed in the real world as a prototype only. Knight’s Armament Company announced at the 2016 SHOT Show that the thirty-year development of the weapon was nearing its conclusion and the LMG would soon be offered on the […]

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    05:27

    Smoothbore Spencer: Tracing a Mystery Gun [Forgotten Weapons]

    Today’s firearm is not a normal gun; it is a conversion of a Spencer into a shotgun. My question is, what path did this weapon travel? What did it begin as, and how did it come to be in its current form?

    Let’s see if we can puzzle this out looking at the evidence in the gun itself…

    04:08

    GatCrank 15 AR-15 Trigger Actuator [The Firearm Blog]

    gatcrank15The AR-15 world has a vast selection of aftermarket parts from various companies, some of them are useful and actually improve your AR’s performance and some just make your credit card debt increase. There’s a segment of the aftermarket that certainly makes your wallet lighter, it’s the gadgets that make your AR-15 rifle shoot faster. […]

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    03:15

    Ralston Scavenger 6 Multi-Caliber Rifle [The Firearm Blog]

    scavenger6At SHOT Show 2016 I stumbled upon the Scavenger 6 Multi-Caliber Rifle from Tim Ralston. It’s a survival rifle that can shoot up to 21 different calibers. If you don’t remember Tim Ralston is the guy who shot himself in the thumb on the Nat Geo show “Doomsday Preppers”, but he’s also the guy behind the […]

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    03:00

    Review: CrossBreed Freedom Carry IWB Holster [The Firearm Blog]

    IMG_3951The Crossbreed Freedom Carry Holster I have recently “commandeered” my wife’s Glock 19 and have been carrying it pretty regularly in my Alien Gear Cloak Tuck IWB. I’d heard a number of good things about CrossBreed, but had never bought one, so I was definitely interested when Phil told me I would get one in […]

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    02:48

    Our Stance: Gun control [Gun News]

    Four people were shot, and one was fatally wounded while the others remain in critical condition. Though there is a theory that the shooting resulted from a feud between two motorcycle gangs, investigators are still trying to gain a clear perspective on the event.

    02:00

    SHOT Show 2016: EAA Concealed Carry Holster [The Firearm Blog]

    DSCF3147When I stopped by the European American Armory (EAA) booth at SHOT there were quite a few things to see starting with their 1911s, but there was more of interest than just the guns this year. The rep I spoke to gave me a demo of a holster he was wearing attached to his belt and […]

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    Tuesday, 02 February

    23:10

    Concealed carry bill advances [Gun News]

    A Colorado State Senate Finance Committee hearing on a concealed carry permit bill mixed together discussion on budgetary implications, constitutional rights and even implied Biblical rights.

    21:47

    On flood watch. [Sipsey Street Irregulars]

    Will be up until the wee hours watching out for basement flooding from the significant storms passing slowly through. Guess it's a good thing I got the transfusion when I did. Looking forward to the work weekend when we can expect some abatement of this chronic problem.

    19:47

    Industry Day at the Range 2016 Hits the Mark with Another Record Breaking Day [The Firearm Blog]

    james-1Industry Day at the Range 2016 at the range this year was an awesome experience for the TFB & TFBTV. TFB was an official sponsor of the day and that sponsorship came with advanced access on Sunday, the day before the actual event. Our advanced access was how we were able to immediately start publishing blog posts and […]

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    19:12

    McLean gun store located near school fires up controversy [Gun News]

    Counter-protestors showed their support for the Nova Firearms gun store in McLean, citing the Second Amendment and the owners' right to run a private business.

    18:58

    FAL Meets AR Meets God Knows What [No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money]


    I was looking over an auction site when I stumbled across this really funky looking carbine.




    It is listed as a Masterpiece Arms MPA971x1A 9mm carbine. It comes with a 71 round drum magazines and the Bushnell HoloSight.

    A closer look at the lower, pistol grip, and butt stock make it look like it was stolen off a FAL. In the picture below, look at the safety, the locking lever, and the rear sight dovetail where the rear sight should be.



    Doing a search on this, it appears that it is indeed a FN FAL lower. The upper is derived from the MAC 11 and the drum is from a Finnish Suomi SMG. According to this old post in The Firing Line, the carbine weighs almost 17 lbs! The original poster said he put 600 rounds through it without a single malfunction. It may be ugly but it does sound reliable.

    Prices I've found are about $560 from an auction in 2004 and someone trying to sell one on Armslist for $1000 back in 2012 saying it is very rare. I would agree with the last part about it being rare but worth $1000 is another story.

    I may bid on it just for the heck of it. If I won it, I'd have the satisfaction of knowing no one had a similar carbine in a three state area. Heck, make it a four state area if I pick the states correctly.

    18:53

    "Who hath measured the ground?" Collectivist propagandists beat their fund-raising drum. [Sipsey Street Irregulars]

    MESSENGER: "My Lord High Constable, the English lie within fifteen hundred paces of your tents."
    CONSTABLE: "Who hath measured the ground?"
    Henry the Fifth, Act Three, Scene 7.
    "Oregon Standoff Fuels Growth of the Three Percenters."

    18:40

    David Codrea: "Responses to Malheur Crisis Show Deep Divisions within Patriot Community." [Sipsey Street Irregulars]

    "A common factor among many is that some of the loudest voices are complaining about what others aren’t doing. What they themselves are doing, and their qualifications for expecting others to follow their recommended courses of action, is in many cases left unsaid. . ."
    When we don’t have complete information, sources are trusted or distrusted by varying degrees depending on who’s listening and what agendas are in play. Add to that instances where breaking information about significant developments has been sent out, supposedly by people in the know, only to be refuted later by others with access to those on the ground at Malheur.
    It happens, and not always by malice. But it does demonstrate the critical need to verify reports before acting.
    Right now, what we don’t want, is another Waco. And a factor preventing that, so far, is the government realizing it is being watched, and any repeat of such brutal rules of engagement is likely to make containing things problematic. In a very real sense, that’s been beneficial to the wildlife refuge occupiers throughout, and to the remaining holdouts.
    It’s understood that’s not enough for some. That said, we can’t ignore two undeniable truths:
    The Hammond family declared from the outset the Malheur takeover was not what they wanted. And now, on the other end, Ammon Bundy is calling for the remainder of the occupiers to “Turn yourselves in and do not use physical force. Use the national platform we have to continue to defend liberty through our constitutional rights in an Article 3 Court with an Article 3 judge.”
    That Bundy’s call has not produced an immediate stand-down, and that his own father has now declared they “will retain possession of the Harney County resource center,” shows strong divisions exist even within the family, and then within the small band involved in the takeover.
    It’s no wonder we see such distrust and anger — including that being directed by some liberty activists at others.
    Now might be the time to ask ourselves who that benefits.
    Stewart Rhodes comments:
    Yet another Bundy writing checks he expects the rest of us to cash with our blood. I have lost all respect for their entire family. They appear to think they are patriot royalty, who get to decide, all on their own, what is best for the rest of us, and presume to speak for us, when it comes to spilling our blood.
    And now Cliven is even going against Ammon's recent call for the remaining occupiers to leave. Ammon has finally caught a clue, but the old man remains clueless. All he will do is get people killed, and make this worse. Nothing like starting a fight off with a Fort Sumter, and a defeat, all wrapped into one. At least Sumter was a victory, though an empty one.
    Stewart
    Stewart and I have had our differences but I concur with this assessment and frankly I'm getting bloody sick and tired of this apocalyptic vision of Latter Days Saints theology that the Bundys are trying to chain around all our necks. You know, John Brown at least had the guts to lead his own sons into disaster at Harper's Ferry. Cliven sat back from afar and directed his own sons to do what he believes is "God's will" -- a religious vision thing for him without personal risk.
    I am also appalled by the apparent inability of self-described "Three Percenters" to be able to exercise discernment, judgment and simple command and control of their own emotions, mouths and troops. I would refer them to the Three Percent Catechism, but that presupposes that they have the ability to read and understand basic English.

    18:15

    Well, that took a trifle longer than I planned. [Sipsey Street Irregulars]

    Spent twelve hours getting two units of A Positive blood today and just made it home a few minutes ago. Am playing catch up.

    17:59

    The limits of a campaign based upon a cult of personality. [Sipsey Street Irregulars]

    It was announced on Fox Business channel this morning that last night, in the aftermath of his second-place finish in Iowa, Donald Trump did not Tweet or Instagram once.

    15:46

    Oregon: 2016 Legislative Session Convenes; Senate Bill 1551 Pulled from Hearing Agenda [NRA-ILA News]

    Yesterday, the Oregon State Legislature convened its 2016 legislative session.  As previously reported, both Senate Bill 1551 and House Bill 4147 were scheduled for committee hearings this week; however, SB 1551 was removed from the agenda last night and has yet to be rescheduled.  HB 4147 is still on the agenda for the House Judiciary Committee and is scheduled to be heard on Thursday, February 4, at 3:00pm in HR 50 of the Oregon State Capitol.  If you are available, please consider attending this hearing to voice your strong opposition to this deeply flawed bill. Also, please contact your state Representative in opposition to HB 4147.

    15:44

    UPDATE: Incredible winning rate of Hillary Clinton's coin flips to break caucus ties, a fifty-fifty split would have had Sanders ahead [John Lott's Website]


    As about 12:21 AM CST, there had been six out of six coin flips that Clinton had won to break ties.


    The odds of winning six out of six coin flips with a fair coin is only 1.7%.  Using the latest number of delegates on Drudge shown above at 7:00 AM EST would still have Sanders ahead by one vote if the coin flips had gone 50-50.  Sanders would still be slightly ahead by 698 to 697.

    Counting the votes might be a little more complicated in Iowa.  If each coin flip determines more than one of these 1,395 delegates, then Hillary would have had to win more than 50% of the coin flips to win the race.

    UPDATE: The Washington Post reported that the Des Moines Register missed some cases.
    The initial 6-for-6 report, from the Des Moines Register missed a few Sanders coin-toss wins. (There were a lot of coin tosses!) The ratio of Clinton to Sanders wins was closer to 50-50, which is what we'd expect. . . .
    There might have been a total of 13 coin flips with Hillary Clinton winning 7 of the six. 

    15:35

    Arizona: Pro-Gun Bills Scheduled for Hearings Tomorrow [NRA-ILA News]

    This week, the Arizona State Legislature has scheduled hearings for several important pro-gun bills.

    15:08

    New Hampshire: Concealed Carry Legislation To Be Heard This Week [NRA-ILA News]

    On Thursday, February 4, the Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee will be holding a hearing to discuss House Bill 1400 at 10:30am in Room 204 of the New Hampshire State House.

    14:29

    8 school bills Arizona parents should know about [Gun News]

    Check out this story on azcentral.com: http://azc.cc/1SVOzX6 Several bills have been introduced that would change K-12 and higher education in Arizona. Here are some of the highlights: HB 2056 would allow parents to opt their children out of the statewide assessments such as AzMERIT, the state's rigorous Common Core-based standardized test, and Move On When Reading, the state's K-3 reading program.

    13:30

    Top 5 Short Barrel Rifles/Shotguns (and What You Need to Know about ATF 41P Executive Order NOW) [The Firearm Blog]

    In this episode of TFBTV, James and Army Ranger Jacque B. (Ret.) present James’ picks for the Top 5 Short Barreled Rifles/Shotguns (SBR/SBS) that you can own. The main factors considered are “QVC”, or Quality, Versatility, and Cost. While quality and cost speak for themselves, versatility is important with an SBR/S because short barrel guns […]

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    13:20

    Hand drawn firearms art [The Firearm Blog]

    "There are Many Like it". Pen. 2015An artist by the name of Lorin Michki has been making pen drawings of firearms for some years now, to combine his passion of shooting with his passion of art, and expressing the two together. I first heard of him through the various Facebook groups I’m apart of where he started posting some of his […]

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    13:05

    Anti Drone device uses rifle, but no ammunition [The Firearm Blog]

    fffThis odd contraption had a video released about it in October last year. It is a mechanical device that attaches to the picatinny rails of a firearm, that when aimed at a commercial drone, it sends out a radio pulse in that direction via a sort of electromagnetic wave, that is a signal that activates […]

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    12:33

    San Jacinto, CA [Civilian Gun Self-Defense Blog]

    Another member of the M1911 cult!  From 2/1/16 NBC Los Angeles:

    When an ax-wielding burglar tried to break into Joseph Milspaugh's home on Sunday morning, the 92-year-old World War II veteran didn't hesitate to defend himself.

    When Milspaugh, of San Jacinto, heard the suspect trying to break into his home in the 1400 block of Chase Street, he armed himself with his model 1911 .45 caliber handgun.

    s the suspect smashed the door with his ax and tried to crawl into the house, Milspaugh wasted no time and fired off one round from his handgun at the suspect.

    "It's stupid what he did," Milspaugh said. "Being a Sunday, he assumed that people would be going shopping or going to church and no one would be home, that it would be a good time to break in."
    Never bring an axe to a gunfight.

    12:15

    Armed Marine veteran saves deputy, Austin American-Statesman, Austin, Texas, 01/28/16 [NRA-ILA News]

    On January 19, Bastrop County, Texas Deputy Dylan Morris attempted to pull over a vehicle due to the driver’s erratic behavior. The driver did not initially comply, but eventually stopped at a gas station. Once the vehicle was stopped, Dorris attempted to arrest the driver, however, the driver resisted. While Dorris was struggling with the driver, the man reached for the deputy’s weapon. Thankfully, Marine veteran, and Right-to-Carry permit holder, Scott Perkins came upon the struggle and immediately intervened. Perkins drew a gun and ordered the driver to “freeze,” which halted the attack and prompted the criminal to flee. Following the incident, Dorris said of Perkins to the Austin American-Statesman, “I’m alive today because of him,” adding, “There are no words to explain it. He’s such an outstanding citizen. He’s here for our country, our community and you really feel the love.” Despite his heroics, Perkins remained modest, telling the paper, “Anytime somebody is in need of help you should assist them. It doesn’t matter whether your life is in danger or not, you should always assist anybody who is in need.”

    12:11

    Review: TriStar T-120 [The Firearm Blog]

    IMG_3318TriStar 120 One of the things I really appreciate about being a writer for The Firearm Blog is being exposed to platforms and weapons I would otherwise not have access to, or go out of my way to try. At SHOT 2015 I had been scheduled for a review of the TriStar T-120, but due […]

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    12:00

    POTD: AR Pistol Back/Shoulder Holster [The Firearm Blog]

    Kydex pistolSometimes, just because you can does not mean you should. With great kydex comes great responsibility. Ok so let us take a look at what is going on with this picture. This guy had a custom kydex holster made for his AR Pistol. I have seen some Kydex holsters for ARs and while somewhat unnecessary […]

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    11:08

    DRD Tactical Rifles offers NiB-Battle Worn Finish [The Firearm Blog]

    Paratus-BWDRD Tactical recently started offering a battle worn finish over the standard nickel boron finish. I’m sure this will appeal to those who like the overall look of a well used and worn rifle. Check the DRD Tactical website for pricing. Dallas, GA: DRD Tactical is happy to announce that we now offer all our […]

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    11:07

    10:37

    Chicago, IL [Civilian Gun Self-Defense Blog]

    Remember Jim Croce's "Bad, Bad Leroy Brown" about the South Side of Chicago?  1/31/16 Chicago Sun-Times:

    A woman fatally shot a man who broke into her home and beat her early Sunday in the Woodlawn neighborhood on the South Side.

    About 5:15 a.m., the 30-year-old man broke into a home in the 400 block of East 62nd Street and began to beat the woman who lived there, according to Chicago Police.


    The 28-year-old woman was able to grab a handgun and shot the man to death during the struggle, police said.

    The man has been identified as Reginald Brown of the 400 block of North Springfield, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office. He was pronounced dead at the scene at 5:35 a.m. An autopsy showed he died of a gunshot wound to the chest, and his death was ruled a homicide.
    Police said the woman knew the man and the incident was domestic-related.

    The woman has a valid FOID card and no charges were expected to be filed in the shooting.

    10:22

    Reminder: Special Grassroots Workshop This Sunday at NRA/Wisconsin Force State Convention! [NRA-ILA News]

    Just a reminder that your NRA-ILA will be conducting an important Grassroots Workshop on February 7th from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. in conjunction with the NRA/Wisconsin Force State Convention. Join us for more information on NRA-ILA resources and methods to help you work to protect and promote the Second Amendment in Wisconsin for 2016!

    10:01

    $18 Muzzle Brake – From AR Pros [The Firearm Blog]

    71ajitxJqJL._SL1200_It just goes to show that often in this industry that price of an item can have little relevance to its function, AR Pros has an $18 Muzzle Brake available through Amazon.com. The company touts the brake as its “short competition” model “with upgraded features” (though I am not sure what those “upgraded” features could possibly […]

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    10:00

    California: A Champion of Freedom, Remembered [NRA-ILA News]

    It is with a heavy heart that we report the passing of Espanola Jackson, lead plaintiff in the NRA supported case of Jackson v. San Francisco.

    09:34

    Utah lawmaker introduces no-permit concealed carry bill [Gun News]

    For the second year in a row, a Utah lawmaker has introduced a bill that could make it legal for residents to carry a concealed gun in public without a permit, a proposal that Republican Gov. Gary Herbert vetoed in 2013 and may reject again. If passed, Utah would join a handful of other states that have made similar changes to relax their concealed gun regulations at a time when gun violence is a hot button issue throughout the country.

    09:34

    Women are reshaping the gun industry [Gun News]

    But they are frustrated by the lack of firearm accessories catering to them. So some are starting companies of their own to tailor products to women.

    09:34

    O’Malley suspends presidential bid after a dismal showing in Iowa [NRA-ILA News]

    Former Maryland governor Martin O’Malley announced the suspension of his presidential campaign Monday night, following a dismal showing in the Iowa caucuses that effectively ended his long-simmering White House ambitions.

    09:33

    Utah lawmaker introduces permitless concealed carry bill [NRA-ILA News]

    The proposal would mean people would be able to carry a concealed, loaded weapon in the same places they can now carry a gun out in the open.Utah residents can currently openly carry an unloaded weapon without a permit. A gun is considered unloaded in Utah if there's no round in the chamber.

    09:32

    South Dakota gun permits set monthly record in January [NRA-ILA News]

    South Dakota's secretary of state says the number of concealed carry weapon permits issued in January broke a record set just a month earlier.

    07:09

    Kruger Optical Dual Tactical Sight Carbon Fiber Optic [The Firearm Blog]

    dtsKruger Optical has been busy in the shadows of the market working to create a line of carbon fiber housed optics. The first of which is their Dual Tactical Sight 1-8×40 which features an innovative fusion of a 1x red-dot optic or a 2-8×40 zoom scope scope. Each sight is operated separately from one another […]

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    05:27

    RIA: Russian Winchester 1895 in 7.62x54R [Forgotten Weapons]

    The Winchester 1895 was the last of Winchester’s lever-action rifles, and has an interesting place in a couple different parts of world history. On the one hand, the 1895 in .405 Winchester caliber is known as Theodore Roosevelt’s “Big Medicine” for safari hunting. On another, it was the object of the largest military lever-action purchase ever, made by the Russian Czar during World War I.

    The Russian military was woefully under-equipped at the outset of WWI, and needed rifles wherever it could find them. While waiting for a contract with Remington (and later New England Westinghouse) to provide Mosin-Nagant rifles, the Czar’s military ordered 300,000 model 1895s from Winchester. These rifles were purportedly going to be available immediately form Winchester’s existing production line, although in reality it took several months before deliveries began, The rifles were modified by Winchester to accept standard Mosin-Nagant stripper clips, and were chambered for the 7.62x54R cartridge.

    They saw heavy combat use, and reportedly performed well, despite the lever action system having some fundamental inferiorities compared to bolt action rifles in a military context. What made them feasible was the action designed specifically for full-power smokeless rifle ammunition and the box magazine design which avoided the potential problems of spitzer cartridges in a tube magazine.

    04:50

    Update. [Sipsey Street Irregulars]

    Went to the oncologist yesterday. Could have been worse. The liver tumor doesn't seem to have grown. I am, however, anemic to the point where I need a blood infusion, which is why I'm headed to the hospital early this morning. Should take about six hours so don't expect any more posts until I return this afternoon (just in time for some very severe weather to pass through). We are still on track to do the work weekend and the weather for it should be fine.

    04:08

    Safety Harbor Firearms SHTF .50 BMG AR Upper [The Firearm Blog]

    shtf50-3lengths-500x500While the Serbu break-action .50 cal rifle (in collaboration with Royal Nonesuch) is putting .50 BMG sub $1000, I think Safety Harbor Firearms has taken the right approach with their SHTF .50 BMG upper receivers for an AR-15. The bolt-action upper receivers are offered in either single shot mode or a side-fed magazine version. Barrel […]

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    03:43

    As ethics panel bars guns in meetings, others not so lucky [Gun News]

    In a Friday, Jan. 1, 2016 photo, Terry Holcomb, Executive Director of Texas Carry happily displays his customized holster as he walks to the Capitol for a rally. Open Carry Texas and Texas Carry held a rally on the south steps of the Texas State Capitol in Austin to celebrate Texas becoming an open carry state.

    03:15

    Matt “Axe” Axelson AR-15 Tribute Raffle [The Firearm Blog]

    IMG_8463When you hear about SHOT Show, you may think it’s just about the new guns and gear coming out for the year. However, it’s also about the people that make our community and industry strong. TFB was at the Brownell’s SHOT press event where they along with Axelson Tactical, the Special Operations, and Team Never […]

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    03:00

    Hoptic USA “Quiver” for .308 Rifles [The Firearm Blog]

    Processed with MOLDIVHoptic USA, a small up-start has released a product they call the “Quiver”. The Quiver is an obvious play on words to our fine bow and arrow shooting compatriots that is designed to accomplish nearly the same thing for precision rifles. The Quiver holds two .308 rounds in convenient locations on a keymod compatible rifle, […]

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    02:00

    Facebook To Prohibt Private Firearm Transactions [The Firearm Blog]

    imageJust last Friday, Yahoo News posted an article about Facebook’s new policy to prohibit firearm transactions that circumvent background checks. All of the Facebook groups I am a member of have posted warnings regarding this policy change. From this moment forward, there will no longer be any private sales conducted within the group. This rule […]

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    Monday, 01 February

    23:18

    Facebook bans private gun sales [Gun News]

    Local groups using Facebook to purchase firearms were caught off guard Friday when the social network announced a ban on all private, person-to-person gun sales. In recent years, the site had become a popular destination for users to advertise the sale and trade of weapons and ammunition.

    19:58

    Shot Show Optics: DI Optical EG1 and DCL-120 [The Firearm Blog]

    di_optical_1DI Optical is a relatively new name at the Shot Show and the US commercial market. However, the South Korea based optic maker have been building military optics for machine gun, automatic grenade launcher and large caliber auto-canon for 25 years. All branches of the US military and many of our NATO allies are users of DI Optical […]

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    19:38

    LA gun deaths outpaced vehicle fatalities in 2014 [Gun News]

    LA gun deaths outpaced vehicle fatalities in 2014 A report by Violence Policy Center showed gun deaths outpaced vehicle fatalities in the D.C. and 21 states Check out this story on dailyworld.com: http://tnsne.ws/1SU4lBW Scott Olson/Getty Images Louisiana had a total of 896 gun deaths compared to 807 motor vehicle deaths. It is one of 21 states where gun deaths outpaced vehicle fatalities.

    18:27

    Joining Forces In Illinois [No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money]


    One of the guiding principles of war is the concentration of forces.

    To achieve success in war, it is essential to concentrate superior force, moral or material, to that of the enemy at the decisive time and place. Concentration does not necessarily imply a massing of forces, but rather having them so disposed as to be able to unite to deliver the decisive blow when and where required, or to counter the enemy’s threats. Concentration is a matter more of time than of space.
    Having fought determined enemies of gun rights for a long time, the Illinois State Rifle Association has learned a thing or two about both strategy and tactics. Thus when I read the release below from ISRA, I shook my head in approval at the wisdom of it.

    ISRA and Illinois Carry are joining forces in lobbying the Illinois General Assembly. Dr. Valinda Rowe and her husband Mike Rowe will be the Springfield coordinators for both ISRA and Illinois Carry. This concentration of forces to lobby for gun rights in Illinois will bring a greater focus to both the opportunities and threats facing Illinois gun owners.

    Illinois State Rifle Association and IllinoisCarry.com Join Forces!

    When the General Assembly returned to session this week, there were two new faces joining the Illinois State Rifle Association team. Valinda Rowe and husband Mike will serve as Springfield Coordinators and lobbyists for both the ISRA and IllinoisCarry.com. It was almost inevitable that the top two Second Amendment organizations in the state should team up to form an even more effective presence in Springfield. The national award winning ISRA and the national award winning grassroots group, IllinoisCarry.com, are joining forces for an even stronger front in the battle for Second Amendment rights for Illinois citizens. The two organizations represent nearly 40,000 gun owners in the State of Illinois.

    ISRA President Don Moran, "We have worked closely with Valinda and Mike over the past decade, our parallel cases, IC / SAF's Moore v Madigan and NRA / ISRA's Sheppard v Madigan being the straw that broke the camel's back in moving CCL forward in Illinois. It's been a partnership for some time and our codifying it has been long overdue. The ISRA welcomes Valinda and Mike on board and we look forward to continuing to fight together for firearms rights in Illinois for years to come." ISRA Executive Director Richard Pearson, "I am pleased that the ISRA and IllinoisCarry are working together. The gun owners of this state will be well represented by this partnership."

    Valinda, spokesperson for IllinoisCarry and her husband, Mike, are excited about their new role in Springfield, "We believe this partnership will benefit both organizations and help each one to be better, stronger, and more efficient in many ways. We have always enjoyed working alongside our friends in the ISRA and we are excited to see that relationship expand. It is our hope to not only strengthen the ISRA's presence in Springfield but to also increase the overall presence of all Second Amendment supporters."

    Correction: I incorrectly referred to Valinda Rowe as Dr. Valinda Rowe. I mixed Valinda's credentials up with those of another stalwart in the fight for concealed carry in Illinois - Dr. Paula Bratich DVM.

    15:51

    New Hampshire: Important Campus Carry Hearing Tomorrow! [NRA-ILA News]

    Tomorrow, February 2, the Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee has scheduled a hearing to discuss House Bill 1314, important campus carry legislation, at 11:00am in Room 204 of the New Hampshire State House.  If you are available, we urge you to attend this hearing and voice your strong support of HB 1314.

    15:15

    White House welcomes Facebook move to block private gun sales [Gun News]

    The Obama administration on Monday welcomed Facebook Inc's move last week to prohibit users from using its services to coordinate person-to-person private sales of firearms. "Obviously, we welcome steps from private entities like Facebook," White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters at a press briefing, following Facebook's announcement on Friday.

    15:13

    Alabama: 2016 Regular Session to Convene this Week; Legislature Poised to Consider Important Second Amendment Reforms [NRA-ILA News]

    Tomorrow, February 2, the Alabama Legislature will convene for the 2016 regular legislative session.  The 2016 legislative session is poised to include numerous legislative initiatives that will significantly impact law-abiding gun owners and sportsmen in Alabama.  It’s vital that gun owners and sportsmen across the Yellowhammer State stay actively involved throughout 2016.

    13:22

    H&K UMP .45 Run and Gun (USC Conversion) [The Firearm Blog]

    The H&K UMP series of submachineguns are a family of polymer blowback firearms designed as a more cost effective alternative to the MP5. While both remain in production however, the MP5 still outsells the much younger UMP and it is quite easy to understand why: it isn’t as good. But how will it perform on […]

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    13:20

    Hands On with Fab Defense 10/22 Stock: Rimfire SBR [The Firearm Blog]

    Fab Defense 10/22 ChassisThis summer I realized there wasn’t a single rimfire firearm in my safe, and set out to fix that. The end result was an 11 inch SBR settled nicely into a Fab Defense 10/22 chassis. Take a look: One of the things I really like about this stock is that it’s not trying to convince me […]

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    13:05

    Shot Show Optics: Aimpoint’s new 3X and 6X magnifiers [The Firearm Blog]

    aimpoint01Aimpoint, a maker of red-dot sights for the US military, updated their magnifier lineup during Shot Show 2016. Aimpoint was the first optic company that developed a magnifier to use with their red-dot sight. The original Aimpoint 3XMag, a 3x magnifier, was released almost a decade ago and it’s still the best on the market […]

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    12:17

    Armed Citizen shoots pair of robbers, WAVY, Hampton Roads, Va. 01/29/16, WTKR, Hampton Roads, Va. 01/29/16 [NRA-ILA News]

    A pair of men entered a gift card establishment in Hampton, Va. and attempted to rob the store. An employee responded to the threat by retrieving a gun and shooting both thieves, killing one and prompting the other to flee. Police captured the wounded thief a short distance from the store. The armed citizen is not expected to face any charges.

    12:11

    Troy Responder [The Firearm Blog]

    Troy ResponderTroy announced a new Responder semi-automatic rifle that is designed to meet the needs of law enforcement and military personnel. The rifle is shipped as a complete “turnkey weapon system” and not as a base rifle that would need additional outfitting to be placed into service. The heart of the gun is a Troy AR […]

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    12:00

    POTD: Swedish Kulsprutegevar M/37 Machine Gun [The Firearm Blog]

    Swedish-m37-right-smallMongo, who runs WeaponBlueprints.com, sent us beautiful photos of his nifty Kulsprutegevar M/37 Machine Gun, which was issued with a stylish action cover for transport. He writes … Here is an action cover that also serves as a snow shoe for the bipod of a Swedish Kulsprutegevar m/37 machine gun. Sounds like some of you may […]

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    11:25

    Cash flowing into Nevada's battle over gun background check measure [NRA-ILA News]

    The gun lobby is often portrayed as a goliath, but in the fight in Nevada over the Background Check Initiative, it might be the underdog. That is, if the campaign to extend background check requirements to private-party gun sales and transfers unfolds like it did in 2014 for a similar measure in Washington state, where the gun lobby was outspent several times over.

    10:33

    South Carolina: Important Self-Defense Legislation Needs Your Help! [NRA-ILA News]

    With the South Carolina Legislature’s 2016 legislative session underway, a number of bills which could affect your Second Amendment rights have already been introduced.  Notably, NRA-supported House Bill 4703, introduced by House Judiciary Chairman Greg Delleney (R-43), seeks to clarify the Protection of Persons and Property Act (South Carolina’s “Castle Doctrine”) to ensure that a defendant who is denied protection from prosecution under this Act is immediately able to appeal such a denial.

    10:24

    West Virginia: Permitless Carry and Sunday Hunting to Be Considered this Week [NRA-ILA News]

    This week, the House of Delegates is likely to consider House Bill 4145, important legislation that would allow a law-abiding individual to lawfully carry a concealed handgun without a permit, for its final vote.  Please contact your Delegate and respectfully urge him or her to support HB 4145.

    10:01

    Safariland Competition Shell Holder [The Firearm Blog]

    Safariland 086Safariland announced a new shotgun shell holder developed for competition sports. The new holder was announced and shown at the Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade Show that was held recently in Las Vegas, Nevada. The new Model 086 Shotgun Shell Holder aims to help competition shooters decrease the amount of time it takes to reload […]

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    09:59

    Officer Shoots Suspect After He Draws a Gun ~ VIDEO [Gun News]

    Somewhere, everyday in the USA, 2100+ people use a gun for self defense, to stop a crime or save the lives of themselves or their family. "We believe that the American public deserve to understand that on the average, guns save 2,191 lives and are used to thwart crimes every day," says Alan Gottlieb of the Second Amendment Foundation Most times you won't see these tales on the news as it does not fit the main stream media's story line of " Guns and Gun Owners are Bad ".

    08:17

    A Bloomberg Poll Finds Little Support for Michael Bloomberg [NRA-ILA News]

    A Bloomberg-sponsored poll, made public in extravagant Bloomberg style amid shrimp and champagne, delivered some sour news about Michael R. Bloomberg himself: Few Iowa voters like him as he weighs a third party White House run. A poll of likely caucusgoers conducted for Bloomberg Politics and The Des Moines Register and released on Saturday night found just 17 percent of Democrats and 9 percent of Republicans had a “favorable” view of Mr. Bloomberg, the former mayor of New York.

    07:09

    All American Manufactured Vortex Razor HD AMG [The Firearm Blog]

    Vortex Razor HD AMGThere was plenty of pre-shot show prep for the various optics manufacturers around the world, but the new Razor AMG snuck up on us. Even before the show I was being told they had “something exciting in the works that probably wouldn’t be ready for Shot.” But here it is! The Razor HD AMG is […]

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    06:59

    George Soros donates $8 million to boost Hillary [NRA-ILA News]

    George Soros in December donated $6 million to the leading super PAC supporting Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign, marking the return of the billionaire financier as among the biggest givers in all of American politics.The massive check brings to $8 million the Hungarian-born investor's total 2015 giving to pro-Clinton groups.

    06:58

    Clinton asks Iowans to make gun control a ‘voting issue’ at caucuses [NRA-ILA News]

    With the Iowa caucuses just two days away, Democratic presidential contender Hillary Clinton made a pointed plea to voters, urging them to make gun control a voting issue in the election.

    06:57

    Facebook announces stricter policy on firearms sales [NRA-ILA News]

    On Friday, the firm changed its policy regarding firearms, banning any such peer-to-peer sales on its network. That means users can no longer offer or coordinate the private sale of firearms on the site. This policy also applies to the sale of gun parts and ammunition, said a Facebook spokeswoman.

    06:54

    Oregon: Lawmakers seek to eliminate background check safety-valve [NRA-ILA News]

    House Bill 4147, from House Majority Leader Jennifer Williamson, would clarify that gun purchasers whose background checks take longer than 72 hours won't be able to buy weapons by default. Instead, they would have to wait as long as it took for the Oregon State Police to complete the check.

    06:53

    More Delawareans seeking personal protection [NRA-ILA News]

    Many more Delawareans are carrying legally concealed deadly weapons these days.That’s a fact.Concealed carry permits jumped 56 percent from 2014 to 2015.

    06:52

    Hawaii: Proposal would require gun insurance, firearm renewals every 5 years [NRA-ILA News]

    Hawaii gun owners would be required to have insurance for their firearms and renew their gun registrations every five years under a bill introduced Wednesday at the State Legislature, proposals that gun advocates said are unneeded and would have a chilling effect on constitutional gun rights.

    05:27

    RIA: Norwegian M1914 Kongsberg Colt (Video) [Forgotten Weapons]

    After a series of pistol trials, Norway adopted a copy of the Colt 1911 in .45 ACP as its standard service pistol in 1914. A license was purchased from FN (while under German occupation, interestingly) to produce the guns locally at Kongsberg, and production ran slowly and sporadically until German occupation in WWII. At that point, the German military decided to continue production for German use (still in .45 ACP, the only pistol in that caliber formally used by the German military).

    The Norwegian m/1914 pistols are mechanically identical to the Colt 1911 with the exception of an extended slide release lever. They are also serial numbered on all major parts, unlike US pistols.

    05:07

    Dan Bilzerian Destroys Hillary Clinton Over Gun Control Stance [VIDEO] [Gun News]

    The "King of Instagram" Dan Bilzerian took a direct shot at Hillary Clinton's pro-gun control stance on Twitter Sunday night. The leading Democratic presidential candidate tweeted our her support for repealing immunity from lawsuits for gun manufactures, which would allow those who make and sell guns to be sued if people die from their weapons.

    04:08

    [Shot Show 2016] Leupold’s Hall of Fame/Shame [The Firearm Blog]

    Leupold_damaged_smallOutside the Leupold booth at shot this year was a museum quality display featuring four rifles that had been lost or left behind with their glass. In each case the rifle was in pretty bad shape, but the glass on top held up to the trial. With any of these photos below you can click […]

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    03:15

    Shot Show Optics: Burris XTR II 1-8x24mm Riflescope [The Firearm Blog]

    burris_1Burris XTR II 1-8x24mm is the 3rd 1-8x scope released at Shot Show 2016. I have previously reviewed the 1-5x24mm model of the Burris XTR II series and I found it to be an excellent performer for the money (Burris XTR II 1-5x24mm review). When Burris Optic announced the 1-8x24mm model just before Shot Show […]

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    03:00

    Alexander Arms Ulfberht at SHOT Show [The Firearm Blog]

    DSCF3409When Bill Alexander left the UK he was considered one of their top armorers. And yet he left, because he wanted to see the designs and plans in his head come to fruition, and that meant a big change: a move to the United States. In 2001 Bill founded Alexander Arms which is operated from […]

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    02:56

    Is the media selectively using pictures to help Hillary Clinton by making her look much younger than she is? Hillary Clinton's stock pictures where she is pictured with other candidates look photoshopped to eliminate wrinkles [John Lott's Website]

    UPDATED: Here are some pictures from CNN and ABC of Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders giving speeches. I then used a computer program to estimate the ages of the candidates.  The computer program provides fairly accurate estimates of their ages.  Both pictures is be fairly accurate in estimating their ages.

    The weird thing occurs when you look at the stock pictures that the different networks use for the candidates.  Here are the pictures from CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, CBS News, ABC News, and NBC News.  In virtually all of them it is clear that Hillary Clinton's picture has been photo shopped so that she has a plastic type look and she appears to be much younger than she is.  Some of these pictures of Hillary Clinton are clearly airbrushed, particularly CNN and MSNBC.  While Hillary Clinton's campaign might have provided some of the pictures, many are clearly taken from these news programs stock footage.  But all the pictures of Hillary Clinton show her decades younger than her true age.  By contrast, half of Bernie Sanders pictures indicate that he is older than 74.  For Martin O'Malley, 3/4ths of his pictures show that he is older than his true age of 53.

    Across the news show pictures shown below, Hillary Clinton's average estimated age is 38, about 30 years younger than her actual age.  Even eliminating CNN's picture where she appears to be only 29 years old, the average for the other five news organizations puts her at 28 years younger than her actual age.  The pictures used for the other candidates create an impression that the candidates are much closer to their actual ages.  Bernie Sanders' average estimated age is 71.3, about 3 years younger than his actual age.  Martin O'Malley's average estimated age is 58, five years older than his actual age.

    To put it differently, if you relied on the stock photos provided by news organizations, Hillary is by far the youngest Democrat in the race, 20 years younger than O'Malley and 33 years younger than Sanders.

    Even if wants to restrict the analysis to the polling type line up that I have for four of the news organizations, the results would have implied that Hillary Clinton was now 37.8 years younger than Sanders (Hillary Clinton estimated age of 39 and Bernie Sanders 76.8) and 20 years younger than O'Malley.  So as to reduce arbitrariness and facilitate comparisons where pictures are picked for pure news shows, I have limited myself to still shots where at least two of the candidates are pictured next to each other.

    Note that there are other oddities with these pictures.  For example, for CBS compare the smiling Clinton to open mouthed Sanders or O'Malley.  I have no idea whether this makes her look more sympathetic and friendly, but it is interesting just to note that almost all the other networks have pictures for these polling results of all the candidates smiling.

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    The point of the two pictures of Clinton at the top and the one at the bottom show that there are lots of stock pictures that the media could have picked that would have treated Clinton similar to her Democratic opponents.

    ADDITIONAL PICTURES
    Here are some additional pictures to help gauge the accuracy of the How-Old.net program as well provide additional information on how Hillary is treated.  Megyn Kelly is 45, but she looks like she is 47.  Lester Holt is 58, but he looks 55.  Amazingly, at least to me, Megyn Kelly looks older than Hillary Clinton's still pictures used with the polling numbers.


    02:00

    CMP gets M1 Carbines (that you can order, right now) [The Firearm Blog]

    WWII_M1_CarbineUnlike the previous hysteria and excitement about the 1911s from the CMP earlier, this news is actually quite concrete. I asked the CMP booth about the 1911s while at SHOT, and the answer was that even though the President signed that act into place that allows the CMP to accept 1911s from the Army, it […]

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    00:35

    News 2 hour ago 4:57 a.m.VA reverses concealed-carry policy, will recognize TN permits [Gun News]

    Last month, Virginia's Democratic Attorney General said they would stop recognizing those permits for half of the country. Now, lawmakers' bi-partisan compromise allows the state to recognize permits and strengthen other gun control measures.

    Sunday, 31 January

    20:24

    Tia Mitchell: Gun bills running out of steam in the Senate [Gun News]

    A few months ago, it looked like the 2016 legislative session was shaping up to be the year of guns. There were proposals on the table to allow people with concealed-carry permits to carry their guns openly and unholstered.

    18:13

    2016 SHOT Show Day Three: Gunblast.com [No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money]


    Hybrid AKs which incorporate many of the features of the AR-15 seem to be growing in number. On Day Three of the SHOT Show, Jeff Quinn features two of them. The KF-47 comes from Palmetto State Armory and the M10X Elite Hybrid 7.62x39 is available from MM-Industries.

    Alexander Arms is coming out with a 180 grain bullet specifically designed for the .300 Blackout. It will be be available in their subsonic cartridges. Many of the heavier bullets up until now have been .300 Mag bullets used in the .300 Blackout cartridge.

    I'm glad to see that XS Sights is coming out with suppressor sights for 1911s with a Novak cut. They currently have them for Glocks.

    More on other things that Jeff found on Day Three of the SHOT Show are in the video below.


    18:06

    2016 SHOT Show Day Two: Gunblast.com [No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money]


    Who would have ever thought Colt would have released a semi-auto M4 carbine for less than $700? I guess that is one of the "benefits" of their bankruptcy. Jeff Quinn interviews Colt about it. The carbine doesn't have a dust cover nor a forward assist. That said, it is a simple matter to add them to the carbine if you want them.

    What I consider the major find from Day Two is the Inland Manufacturing-Ithaca collaboration on a reproduction of the Ithaca 37 Trench Shotgun from WWII. It will retail for $1200. I'm not sure if it comes with the bayonet or not.

    These are two of the finds that Jeff found in Day Two of the SHOT Show. More can be seen below.


    18:01

    2016 SHOT Show Day One: Gunblast.com [No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money]


    Jeff Quinn does a good job of covering some of the new product introductions at the SHOT Show. He came across a number of things I wish I had seen. Given the size of the the SHOT Show, it is no wonder I missed them this year.

    For example, the Italian gun maker Pedersoli is now making a .45 Colt/.410 "pistol" modeled on the old Ithaca Auto and Burglar shotgun. For those who don't know the history of the Auto and Burglar, it was a short barrel shotgun with a pistol grip in 20 gauge. It was made from 1921 until the passage of the National Firearms Act in 1934.

    Another interesting find was the new 6.5-300 Weatherby Magnum cartridge. This was the first new cartridge introduction by Weatherby in the last 17 years.

    You can see this and more in the video below.


    16:14

    More Iowans Are Packing, Gun Sales and Permit Applications Soaring [Gun News]

    The Hawkeye State's voters will be caucusing soon in the first bout of the 2016 presidential primary season February 1, but they're also exercising their Second Amendment rights with unusual fervor. That's good.

    13:15

    Iowa caucus watch may reveal dark omen for the country [The Liberty Sphere]

    The Iowa caucuses will get underway Monday as rank and file Republicans and Democrats come together face to face with their fellow citizens to cast the first votes in the 2016 presidential nomination process. Caucus watchers may observe a dark omen for the entire country, a noticeable shift in values that could change America forever.

    Click here to read it all.

    12:37

    Sales of Silencers Skyrocketing Following Obamaa s Executive Gun Controls [Gun News]

    Silencer sales are skyrocketing in the wake of President Obama's executive gun controls, as consumers rush to get the devices before rules curtailing purchases by trusts go into effect. Part of Obama's executive controls change the way trusts acquire firearms and accessories-i.e, silencers-governed by the National Firearms Act.

    10:22

    Heard this in church this morning. Sounds like a plan. [Sipsey Street Irregulars]

     

    Psalm 103 of David.

    Praise the Lord, my soul;
        all my inmost being, praise his holy name.
    Praise the Lord, my soul,
        and forget not all his benefits—
    who forgives all your sins
        and heals all your diseases,
    who redeems your life from the pit
        and crowns you with love and compassion,
    who satisfies your desires with good things
        so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.
    The Lord works righteousness
        and justice for all the oppressed.
    He made known his ways to Moses,
        his deeds to the people of Israel:
    The Lord is compassionate and gracious,
        slow to anger, abounding in love.
    He will not always accuse,
        nor will he harbor his anger forever;
    10 he does not treat us as our sins deserve
        or repay us according to our iniquities.
    11 For as high as the heavens are above the earth,
        so great is his love for those who fear him;
    12 as far as the east is from the west,
        so far has he removed our transgressions from us.
    13 As a father has compassion on his children,
        so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him;
    14 for he knows how we are formed,
        he remembers that we are dust.
    15 The life of mortals is like grass,
        they flourish like a flower of the field;
    16 the wind blows over it and it is gone,
        and its place remembers it no more.
    17 But from everlasting to everlasting
        the Lord’s love is with those who fear him,
        and his righteousness with their children’s children—
    18 with those who keep his covenant
        and remember to obey his precepts.
    19 The Lord has established his throne in heaven,
        and his kingdom rules over all.
    20 Praise the Lord, you his angels,
        you mighty ones who do his bidding,
        who obey his word.
    21 Praise the Lord, all his heavenly hosts,
        you his servants who do his will.
    22 Praise the Lord, all his works
        everywhere in his dominion.
    Praise the Lord, my soul.
    New International Version (NIV)

    10:17

    No apologies necessary. [Sipsey Street Irregulars]

    Received this email today:

    Mike Vanderboegh,
    You are owed an apology, from the heart, and I am determined you should see it with your own eyes.
    You and your blog, Sipsey Street, were my first introduction to the 3%.  While no stranger to the concepts I was ignorant  of the efforts of a tireless minority.  Being exposed thusly has led me to other writers and a much fuller knowledge of the issues.
    I admit to disagreeing with you on almost every point.  Events, now history, has shown you to be correct from the beginning about a great many things, big and small.  Even some of the fallout surrounding Christian (Kerodin) affected me directly.
    You sir, are owed an apology and I am sorry, you saw far clearer the issues and the cures this country faces.
    I was wrong and I'm sorry.
    I have nothing of substance to offer, I'd be homeless if it weren't for living on another man's couch, 1000 miles of travel is beyond what I can stand.  May the folks who can show up set you and your lady's world in order.
    Godspeed to you, I suspect we'll see each other soon enough-humbly,
    A.

    I replied:

     No apologies necessary. You're not the first man to be wrong about something.  Heck, neither am I.  We live and learn.  God bless you, sir.

    Mike

    08:26

    10 Guns You Need In Your Arsenal To Defend Yourself In A Potential Red Dawn Scenario [SLIDESHOW] [Gun News]

    The film "Red Dawn" is an American classic about a group of high school kids fighting off the communist invaders, and if the United States is ever invaded it's important that Americans have weapons to defend themselves against the communist scourge. Soviets, Cubans and Nicaraguans led the invasion in the 1984 original, and in the 2012 remake the villains were played by North Korean communists supported by Russian special forces.

    05:27

    Le Français .32ACP Pistol (Video) [Forgotten Weapons]

    The Le Français was a staple of Manufrance production, being first designed in 1912 and produced until the late 1960s. This example is in .32ACP caliber, which was only made for the commercial market in the 1950s and 60s (after the cartridge was out of service with the French military and thus civilian-legal). It has a number of unusual features, including a mainspring in the grip frame with a bellcrank to operate the slide, a tip-up barrel, and full double-action-only trigger.

    These were made in a multitude of variations, from .25ACP up to 9mm Parabellum, for civilian, police, and military purposes. Despite a significant total production, not many have made it to the United States, and the majority that did were very small .25ACP types.

    04:00

    In Search of The Goldilocks Round: Intermediates From 1860-1943 [The Firearm Blog]

    henryspencersWhat was the first intermediate cartridge? Who designed it, and why? How did the concept evolve? These are all good questions deserving of thorough, thoughtful answers. Sadly, to give a comprehensive history of the intermediate cartridge concept would require a project nearly as long and laborious as my ongoing research project on the Lightweight Rifle […]

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    01:54

    More [Gun News]

    It's been one month since the open carry law went into effect. NewsWest 9 wanted to find out if gun sales have gone up.

    Saturday, 30 January

    23:38

    The remarkable valediction of one of the men in my own personal pantheon of heroes. [Sipsey Street Irregulars]

    A valediction (derivation from Latin vale dicere, "to say farewell"), or complimentary close in American English, is an expression used to say farewell, especially a word or phrase used to end a letter or message, or the act of saying parting words whether brief or extensive. -- Wikipedia.
    Charles Christopher Sheats, Born 10 April 1839, Walker County, Alabama. Died 27 May 1904, Morgan County, Alabama.
    Charles Christopher Sheats, better known as Chris Sheats up in the hollows and hills of Winston County, was an absolutely brave, incorruptible, modest and principled man who voted against secession at the Alabama convention in 1861 and was beaten and jailed for his resistance so the planters could later claim that the vote was unanimous. The Confederate authorities wanted to hang him throughout the war on a variety of treason charges, only to be deterred by the Federal promise to hang a number of Copperhead leaders in retaliation if they did.
    You can find the marker of his grave today in McKendree United Methodist Church Cemetery off of Alabama 157, near Battleground. I have visited that plot and always marvel at the simplicity of the valediction on the tombstone:
    "I love my country, my God and my kind. I have served them all. I want no praise of song or prose."
    Despised by many of his fellow Alabamians while he was alive, constantly threatened with death by the planter class before, during and after the Civil War, he remains today all but unknown to history but still beloved by the descendants of the yeoman farmer mountain Unionists. The truth of his simple valediction rings throughout the years to those of us who have studied his life struggle. One could do far worse for a valediction. Sometime next month, I think I'll go back and visit with Chris one more time.
    As William Faulkner once wrote: “The past is never dead. It's not even past.”

    22:16

    Facebook blocks users from coordinating private gun sales using its social media platforms [Gun News]

    Handguns are seen for sale in a display case at Metro Shooting Supplies in Bridgeton, Missouri, November 13, 2014. REUTERS/Jim Young Facebook Inc prohibited global users from coordinating person-to-person private sales of firearms on its online social network and its Instagram photo-sharing service on Friday, countering concerns that it was increasingly being used to circumvent background checks on gun purchases.

    21:34

    The Democrat National Committee Newsletter, sometimes known as the Washington Post (and occasionally as Pravda-on-the-Potomac) sounds collision alarms on the S.S. Hillary Clinton. [Sipsey Street Irregulars]

    "Hillary Clinton’s email defense just hit a major bump in the road."
    See also: "Hillary’s lame excuses for her e-mail misconduct are crumbling."
    And: DOJ, FBI “SUPER PISSED OFF” at Obama White House Over Clinton Investigation
    AND this Drudge headline: "OBAMA EMAILED HILLARY 18 TIMES! (CLAIMED HE LEARNED FROM MEDIA.)""The department announced that 18 emails exchanged between Mrs. Clinton and President Obama would also be withheld, citing the longstanding practice of preserving presidential communications for future release."
    The permanent government (i.e. federal bureaucracy) is up in arms about the threat to their "Mandate of Heaven" represented by the imminent foundering of the SS Hillary Clinton. The fact that Hillary has the keys to the kingdom in terms of message traffic and insider knowledge of the White House-originated conspiracy against the Constitution known as Fast and Furious makes the timing on how the Obamanoids deal with this very dicey. To accomplish the removal of the Clintons from the election in time to substitute a Biden/Elizabeth Warren switcheroo, they have to have Hillary's agreement to accept a preemptive pardon. If Hillary decides to go all Samson on them and pull down the temple with her, they're screwed. If Hillary waits too long to work the deal offered, she's screwed. The FBI underlings are said to be in open revolt already with whistleblowing sounding in the distance and yet THEY, as an institution, are interested in keeping their participation in F&F via the actual smuggling of arms by their creatures the Miramontes brothers a secret. There's enough blackmail material here to make the eyes of the most corrupt and Byzantine operative of the Tsarist secret police in Hell permanently crossed.

    19:15

    Florida Alert: FULL HOUSE to Hear Pro-Gun Bills on Tuesday -- ACT NOW [NRA-ILA News]

    House Speaker Steve Crisafulli, a true Second Amendment supporter, has put 4 bills that are important to the protection of Second Amendment rights and the rights law-abiding gun owners, on Special Order Calendar for Tuesday, Feb 2, 2016, so the full House can review and take action on these bills.

    18:46

    Gun shows see rise in interest after Obama's gun control orders [Gun News]

    One of the first gun shows since President Obama's executive order on gun control was held in Huntsville Saturday. Organizers with the Collectors and Shooters Club of Alabama say they've noticed a lot more people coming through the door to look at guns.

    16:21

    A look at Obama's gun control actions [Gun News]

    Registration will allow you to post comments on newstimes.com and create a newstimes.com Subscriber Portal account for you to manage subscriptions and email preferences. President Obama unveiled an array of measures tightening control and enforcement of firearms, using presidential powers in the absence of legal changes via Congress.

    12:23

    On Stand-Up Sunday, pastors rally for gun control [Gun News]

    Four days after nine people were gunned down during a Bible study at Emanuel AME Church, Flowers spoke to his congregation about not only grief, but grievance. He talked about the Confederate flag flying on the grounds of the South Carolina Statehouse.

    08:15

    Young Boulder Valley smart gun guru on a quest [Gun News]

    Gunsmith and pawn broker Christopher Lewis shows a man, who identified himself only as a customer, 9mm handguns at Grandpa's Pawn and Gun in Longmont on Tuesday.

    05:27

    RIA: Imperial Gewehr 71 (Video) [Forgotten Weapons]

    The Gewehr 1871 was the first rifle adopted by the newly-formed German state after its unification at the end of the Franco-Prussian War. It replaced the decades-old Dreyse needle rifles, and fired an 11x60mm black powder cartridge. It was the first significant rifle designed by the Mauser brothers, and would evolve into the iconic and ubiquitous Mauser 98 design over the years.

    04:00

    TFB’s Rifle (And Subgun) Weight Omnibus – How Heavy is Your Rifle? PART 3 OF 3: Analysis [The Firearm Blog]

    LXoeQnzIn Part I and Part II of the TFB Weight Omnibus, we published the weights of 58 rifles and submachine guns, and their magazines. Now, we’re going to take a look at that data, and do a little analysis to them to see what we can learn. First, my methodology when doing the weighings was somewhat flawed, and so […]

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    03:54

    With Giffords in Iowa, Clinton criticizes Sanders on guns [Gun News]

    Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton greets members of the audience after speaking at a rally at the Col Ballroom in Davenport, Iowa, Friday, Jan. 29, 2016. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton greets members of the audience after speaking at a rally at the Col Ballroom in Davenport, Iowa, Friday, Jan. 29, 2016.

    02:19

    Gun Free Zones: Who is liable? - VIDEO [Gun News]

    Tennessee Senator Dolores Gresham recently introduced Senate Bill 1736 which would establish that " if the person or entity posts to prohibit the possession of firearms on the property, the posting entity, for purposes of liability, assumes custodial responsibility for the security and defense of any concealed handgun permit holder harmed while on the posted property." The Defenseless Victim Act of 2002 was the first.

    02:00

    Use The Force, No Sight Shooting [The Firearm Blog]

    1660795_1132114763490141_3765365469748938156_nMy friend shared these pictures of someone he saw at a local range. The shooter is not function testing this rifle. He is actually trying to shoot for accuracy. A bit of a challenge when he does not have any sights on the AR. But he did tape a spare magazine to his loaded magazine […]

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    Friday, 29 January

    22:45

    Friday night document dump nets more trouble for Hillary [The Liberty Sphere]

    The State Department released 2,000 documents late Friday that would seem to net more trouble for Hillary Clinton. Documents and emails were included in the release, but at issue are the 22 emails the Obama Administration is steadfastly refusing to release, which are deemed too sensitive for anyone to see, even the federal court that ordered Hillary and the State Department to turn them over.

    For the first time since the beginning of the Clinton email scandal, the State Department has admitted that at least 22 of the emails in question are too dangerous and explosive to be released. This means that by merely making such a claim, State has just confirmed that ....

    Click here to read it all.

    22:13

    BIG Day for Gun Owners in Florida - Four Victories [Gun News]

    IN THE HOUSE: HB-163, Open Carry by Rep. Matt Gaetz was heard in the House Judiciary Committee and PASSED by a Vote of 12-4 . All Republicans and one Democrat voted in favor of the bill.

    20:36

    Chief Justice Barack Obama? [NRA-ILA News]

    Here’s perhaps the most compelling argument we’ve heard against Hillary Clinton’s bid for the White House. Continuing her streak of adopting terrible (and perhaps planted) suggestions raised at campaign stops, Clinton on Tuesday called the appointment of Barack Obama to the U.S. Supreme Court “a great idea,” according to an article in the Washington Examiner. Should that happen, Obama’s continued assault on the rights of America’s gun owners could last for decades.

    20:30

    House Democrats Ask Obama to Expand Rifle Ban [NRA-ILA News]

    On January 11, approximately 90 Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives signed a letter to President Barack Obama, asking him to use his executive authority to tighten restrictions on the importation of detachable-magazine, semi-automatic rifles. Back in 1989, ATF reversed its interpretation of federal law to ban the importation of 43 makes and models of rifles functionally identical to the U.S.-made AR-15 and Springfield Armory M1A. The targeted rifles, which ATF had approved for importation for several years, included, but was not limited to, the semi-automatic AK-47, FN-FAL, FN-FNC, Steyr AUG, HK 91/93/94, Galil AR/ARM and Beretta AR-70.

    20:20

    Two-Faced Hillary Adjusts Her Gun Control Message and Volume for Different Audiences [NRA-ILA News]

    Hillary Clinton is not known for her sincerity and forthrightness. In fact, a poll conducted last September by Suffolk University/USA Today demonstrated that more than one in five voters associate some term of deceitfulness with Clinton, including “liar,” “dishonest,” “untrustworthy,” and “fake.” This followed an earlier Quinnipiac University poll that found, “’Liar’ is the first word that comes to mind more than others in an open-ended question when voters think of Clinton.” And that one followed similar findings from CNN/ORC International. Et cetera. Like Abraham Lincoln said, “you cannot fool all the people all the time.”

    18:31

    News 1 hour ago 7:25 p.m.Facebook announces stricter policy on firearms sales [Gun News]

    Facebook says it's cracking down on online gun sales, with a new policy that bars private individuals from advertising or selling firearms on the world's largest social network. Licensed gun retailers can still advertise their businesses on Facebook, but they aren't allowed to accept orders or transact sales on the site.

    18:31

    Facebook and Instagram ban private gun sales [Gun News]

    Facebook will be banning sales of guns on both its flagship service and on company-owned Instagram, site officials announced Friday. The updated policy will align more closely with the company's current regulations on advertisements and sales of regulated goods, a Facebook spokesperson told Mashable .

    18:31

    Facebook bans private gun sales [Gun News]

    Facebook bans private gun sales SAN FRANCISCO - Facebook is cracking down on private gun sales. Check out this story on wtsp.com: http://on.wtsp.com/1SP0dTC The Menlo Park, Calif., company said late Friday it will ban users from coordinating private sales of firearms on the social network and on mobile app Instagram.

    14:04

    Michael Bloomberg is ALL IN to strip away your Second Amendment Rights! Are you ALL IN to make sure he doesn't succeed?! [NRA-ILA News]

    Billionaire Michael Bloomberg is in a spending freefall attacking our gun rights all across the U.S., on multiple fronts…in Congress, in state legislatures, and on the airwaves. Further, he’s gathering signatures and pouring money into anti-freedom ballot initiatives in states like WA, NV ME, and AZ.   In the ’15 VA elections, he spent more than $2 million on a couple of state senate races!  If he’s willing to invest that much in VA alone, imagine how much of his BILLIONS he will spend in ’16 all across the nation!

    13:44

    State Republicans Defiant, Still Blocking Concealed Carry Bill [Gun News]

    As we alerted you last week, gun owners have an opportunity right now to pass a MAJOR IMPROVEMENT to Wisconsin's concealed carry law a by allowing concealed carry on school grounds for the protection of students. But state republican leadership doesn't think it's a priority.

    13:32

    Missouri: Carry Permit Legislation to Limit Application Fees [NRA-ILA News]

    On Monday, February 1, the Missouri Senate is scheduled to consider Senate Bill 656.

    13:22

    Uzi SMG Field Strip [The Firearm Blog]

    The famous Uzi submachinegun is a brilliantly simple firearm that is straight blowback and fires from an open bolt. While it was not the first firearm to feature a telescoping bolt, it certainly took the concept and ran with it. The Uzi was an international sales success, and if you grew up in the 80s […]

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    13:20

    Winchester M-22 Subsonic Ammo [The Firearm Blog]

    Winchester M-22Winchester Ammunition introduced a new .22 LR round at the recent SHOT Show. The new M-22 Subsonic is built specifically for semi-automatic pistols and rifles. As the name suggests, the new rimfire load operates below the speed of sound from all barrel lengths. Winchester Ammunition uses a 45 grain lead round nose bullet with a […]

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    13:12

    Maryland: 2A Tuesday Inclement Weather Policy [NRA-ILA News]

    As previously reported, next Tuesday, February 2, NRA-ILA, along with Maryland Shall Issue, the Associated Gun Clubs of Baltimore, and the Maryland State Rifle and Pistol Association, will be holding the third annual “2A Tuesday” rally and lobbying day in Annapolis.

    13:05

    Remington 200 Years Of Gunmaking History [The Firearm Blog]

    PB300001Most readers are aware that Remington is celebrating its 200 year in business in 2016. This will be a multi part article of the tour of the Ilion plant as well as the new Huntsville plant. I want to start with Remington history and the tour of the Remington museum which is just next door […]

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    12:41

    Oregon: Two Anti-Gun Bills Scheduled for Committee Hearings Next Week [NRA-ILA News]

    On Monday, February 1, the Oregon Legislative Assembly will convene its 2016 legislative session.  With a shortened session this year, anti-gun legislators are working fast to push their misguided gun-control agendas through the legislative process.  Advisory agendas for both the Senate and the House of Representatives already show several anti-gun bills scheduled for committee hearings next week.

    12:30

    New Hampshire: Gun-Free Zone Legislation Heading to Committee Next Week [NRA-ILA News]

    On Tuesday, February 2, the House Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee will hold a hearing for House Bill 1657 at 2:00 pm in Room 204 of the New Hampshire State House.

    12:24

    Air Force Establishes Gun Carrying Programs [NRA-ILA News]

    “Rangers Lead the Way” has been the motto of U.S. Army Rangers since June 6, 1944, when the 5th Ranger Infantry Battalion did precisely that on Omaha Beach. However, when it comes to allowing military personnel to carry firearms to protect themselves, their families, their fellow troops, and visitors from terrorist attacks on military bases in the United States, the U.S. Air Force may be at the tip of the spear. In response to the terrorist attack on military facilities in Chattanooga last year, the Air Force has reminded base commanders that they can authorize personnel to carry weapons on-duty and off-duty, and has established armed personnel programs to increase base security. Fox News reports, “the Unit Marshal Program enables commanders at every level to work with security forces to train Air Force members and allow them to open carry their [Beretta] M9 service pistol at their duty location. The Security Forces Staff Arming program enables more security officers to carry a government-issued weapon while on duty.”

    12:11

    Shot Show Optics: ELCAN Holographic Combat Optic [The Firearm Blog]

    elcan_holo_1Elite Defense, a distributor of tactical accessories, displayed a prototype holographic weapon sight that’s made by ELCAN. The sight is named the Specter HCO (Holographic Combat Optic) by ELCAN. According to Elite Defense, the reticle in the HCO uses laser holographic projection that’s somewhat similar to the EOTech sights.   Unlike the troublesome EOTech sights, the […]

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    12:04

    Bloomberg for President? [NRA-ILA News]

    Amid reports that the FBI is close to recommending that the Department of Justice (DOJ) prosecute Hillary Clinton for mishandling classified materials, and that FBI Director James Comey and other agency personnel investigating Clinton may resign if the DOJ refuses to do so, sources close to Michael Bloomberg say the billionaire former mayor of New York City may run for president if Clinton appears unable to win the Democratic Party’s nomination.

    11:38

    New Jersey Actor Faces Jail Time over Possession of Air Pistol during Movie Shoot [NRA-ILA News]

    If it seems as though that every couple of months there is another high-profile gun control injustice in New Jersey, that’s because there is. The latest incident occurred in Woodbridge, N.J. when a local actor unwittingly violated the Garden State’s onerous gun laws. According to an account provided by New York City’s WPIX, actor and stand-up comedian Carlo Bellario accepted the role of a gangster in a low budget film titled, Vendetta Games. While shooting a portion of the movie in November, the filmmaker provided Bellario with an air pistol to simulate a real firearm for the scene.

    10:01

    Titanium Armor Plate? How well does it do? [The Firearm Blog]

    This armor is NOT the one tested in the video but is an example of alloy plates available for armor systems.I’m not sure that wearing around an inch and a quarter thick plate of titanium is an improvement over the thinner steel (based on bulkiness), but it sure does stop the rounds, even a black tip .50BMG (which almost made it through).  I imagine that the energy transfer through the plate would still be enough […]

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    09:57

    West Virginia advances bill on concealed-carry without permit [NRA-ILA News]

    For a second straight year, West Virginia lawmakers have taken up a bill to allow people to carry concealed handguns without obtaining permits.

    09:56

    Missouri Senate panel hears bills on removing campus concealed-gun bans [NRA-ILA News]

    In the wake of the mass shooting at Umpqua Community College in Oregon, two Missouri senators have proposed legislation that would allow concealed guns on college campuses.

    09:55

    Iowa House bill allows loaded guns on ATVs, snowmobiles [NRA-ILA News]

    Iowans could legally carry loaded firearms while using an all-terrain vehicle or snowmobile as long as they have a valid weapons permit under a bill advanced Thursday by an Iowa House subcommittee.

    08:44

    Gun Control Debate in Philadelphia [NRA-ILA News]

    On Wednesday, February 3, NRA-ILA Grassroots Director Glen Caroline will be debating Ladd Everitt of the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence on the issue of gun control.  The event will be held at Philadelphia University's Kanbar Performance Space from 7-9 p.m.  The event is free and will likely afford opportunities for audience questions. Please make plans to attend this free debate!

    08:37

    Minnesota Gun Owners Caucus Opposes Rep. Norton's Gun Control Proposals [Gun News]

    The Minnesota Gun Owners Caucus & Political Action Committee today announced their opposition to the gun control proposals put forth earlier by Representative Kim Norton . "Representative Norton has unveiled a gun control bill that will do nothing to achieve its stated purpose of addressing mass shootings in Paris, San Bernardino, and Colorado Springs," said Bryan Strawser, Executive Director.

    07:09

    Comedian Commits Straw Purchase On Camera [The Firearm Blog]

    Straw purchaseThe organizer of Shoot Las Vegas mentioned this story while driving us out to Pro Gun Club for our full auto shoot. Comedian Steve Hofstetter, his friends Brent and Colin went to a gun show in Henderson, a suburb of Las Vegas. Steve, a California resident, attempts to buy a hand gun. Clearly he is […]

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    05:56

    The Poor Man’s SAW: Using A SlideFire Stock For More Than Fun [The Firearm Blog]

    lr42982The SlideFire stock is an idea that pushes the boundaries of what the ATF considers acceptable for a Title I firearm. Without diving into the world of the National Firearms Act, a Slide-Fire stock is the closest you can get to a fully automatic weapon of your very own. For the most part, these stocks […]

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    04:12

    Obama talks tough - gun sales soar [Gun News]

    "I could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody and I wouldn't lose voters." US presidential hopeful Donald Trump's latest "quote of the week" is indeed unlikely to cost him support, judged on past form.

    03:15

    [SHOT 2016] Hunter A2 Electronic Ear Protection [The Firearm Blog]

    IMGP3466Walking around SHOT show this year I came across a neat set of hearing protection. The Hunter A2, manufactured by Hunter Electronic is a low profile, active electronic solution for protecting an end users hearing. Up until SHOT show, I was not aware of this company, however, they seem to have a large market share […]

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    03:00

    SEAL 1 Products [The Firearm Blog]

    DSCF3193While it is true there are a number of cleaning and lubricant products for firearms on the market, it is also true they are not all created equal. Some work better than others, some do not work at all, and some actually create the opposite effect the user is hoping for by gumming up the […]

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    02:00

    Warne Scope Mounts 25th Anniversary [The Firearm Blog]

    DSCF3249It’s happened to all of us at one time or another: we have a hunt or range time planned in the morning and here we are, discovering we don’t have right mount for our optics. Or maybe we do have the right optics mount but we don’t have the right stock to go with that […]

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    00:16

    Victory: Gov. McAuliffe To Restore Reciprocity Agreements For Concealed Carry Holders [Gun News]

    Last December, Katie wrote about the horrible news that Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring was planning on gutting concealed carry reciprocity agreements with nearly two-dozen states. That provision was set to go into effect on February 1. Now, Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe will announce tomorrow that he will restore those agreements.

    Thursday, 28 January

    19:52

    MA: 7.8% Increase in Gun Ownership in 2015 [Gun News]

    In 2015, the number of Massachusetts legal gun owners increased nearly 8 percent, according to the Boston Globe. In Massachusetts, all legal gun owners are required to be licensed by the state.

    19:05

    Judge thinks Justice Department delay bodes ill for Hillary Clinton [The Liberty Sphere]


    Judge Napolitano believes the FBI has ample evidence that Clinton broke the law, but someone at the DOJ has successfully avoided taking the next step when it comes to corruption within the Clinton and Obama DOJ and State Department. In spite of the fact that FBI Director James Comey is an Obama appointee, he is known among Democrats and Republicans as fair and honest -- a man of integrity who is not politically motivated.

    Read the rest here! Thanks!
           

    18:21

    Virginia to restore reciprocity on concealed weapons permits [Of Arms and the Law]

    Story here.

    I suppose we learn all we need to know about whether the original order was actually mandated by law or not, from the fact that its proponents were ready to rescind it as soon as they got a political benefit in exchange for doing so.

    18:03

    Florida Report: BIG Day for Gun Owners in Florida -- Four Victories [NRA-ILA News]

    Today, HB-163, Open Carry by Rep. Matt Gaetz was heard in the House Judiciary Committee and PASSED by a Vote of 12-4.  HB-344, Stand Your Ground/Burden of Proof by Sen. Rob Bradley PASSED THE SENATE 24-12.  SB-130, Unlawful Discharge by Sen. Garrett Richter PASSED THE SENATE 37-0.  SB-228, Mandatory Minimum Sentences by Sen. Aaron Bean PASSED THE SENATE 38-0.

    16:13

    Update on work weekend and other matters. [Sipsey Street Irregulars]

    My apologies for waiting so late to brief you on the upcoming work weekend/barbeque (5-7 February) at the Vanderboegh place, but I have been increasingly struggling against weakness and pain. Here is where we are at the moment:
    Thanks to generous donations that came in subsequent to David Codrea's appeal, I have arranged for local folks to fix the garage doors (done), remove and replace the back upper deck and fix the back wall (in process) and to repair the back eaves and replace the gutter in the back (next in line).
    This still leaves much to do in both outside jungle removal and inside organization and packing (books and papers that I am donating to the Vanderboegh collection at the Birmingham Public Library Archives), not to mention help carrying out the logistics of feeding those folks who show up during those three days.
    The weather report for that weekend is as follows:
    10 day forecast for Pinson.
    Bob Wright is bringing in a small crew to help with outside yard work and various small repairs (electrical and plumbing) inside jobs. Thus, I will not have room in the house to shelter anyone else, and any volunteers who come that are not local will need to make their own arrangements for shelter. I hate it, but that is the way it is. We will of course feed you while you're here. A larger group from my church will be assisting in the jungle removal and I'll have local friends who will run the pickup/trailer combinations to the dump as the cut brush is generated. Volunteers who still want to come should bring those tools necessary to remove the brush: chain saws, lobbers, etc. Of course anyone else who wants to bring an open-top trailer to facilitate brush removal is appreciated.
    As I said, I'm getting weaker by the day and I have a doctor's appointment on 1 February to see if he has any strategies to counter that. But beyond shuffling around and telling folks what they should be doing, don't expect any help from me. I will have some Three Percenter gear to give to any volunteers who want it, but that and some good Alabama barbeque is all I can offer in return.
    After the weekend, I will immediately put all my efforts into finishing Absolved, then polishing a couple of non-fiction manuscripts. If God gives me the time, I am still on track to travel north, first to the Knob Creek Machine Gun Shoot one last time and then on up to NY and CT to stick my thumb in the eye of the beast in armed civil disobedience actions there in early to mid April. We still need more freedom-fighter grade magazines for both actions. (Or I might reverse the itinerary, starting in NY and working my way back south.) Sometime in there I expect to go to Ohio and see my Mother and my oldest grandson and Matt will be coming in from Germany to spend a couple of weeks in February or March.
    That's as much as I can tell you at the moment, for as they say, man proposes but God disposes. This is of course, barring a miracle (and please keep me on your prayer lists). For those of you who still intend to journey south all that way, I can only say I am grateful for such friends and look forward to seeing you all.

    14:31

    Va. will once again recognize concealed carry permits from other states [NRA-ILA News]

    Gov. Terry McAuliffe plans to announce Friday that Virginia will restore handgun reciprocity agreements with nearly all states, in a stunning reversal of a firearms policy that had angered Republicans and gun rights advocates across the nation.

    14:14

    Bernie Sanders in Iowa [Gun News]

    Bernie Sanders will co-sponsor a bill repealing certain legal protections for the firearm industry, a move that is sure to win praise from gun control advocates but marks a departure from Sanders' previous position on the issue. According to a release from the Brady Campaign, Sanders will co-sponsor the repeal of the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act, which protects gun manufacturers in lawsuits involving shootings.

    14:14

    Floridians one step closer to being allowed to openly carry handguns [Gun News]

    Concealed carry permit holders would be able to openly carry handguns -- as long as they are holstered and not just stuck down a waistband -- under a bill that passed its final House committee Thursday. Purses and other bags and containers would count as holsters under an amendment tacked on by the House Judiciary Committee.

    14:14

    More women killed by someone they know in states with high gun rates [Gun News]

    American women living in states with high rates of gun ownership are more likely to be shot and killed by someone they know than those residing in states with fewer firearms, a new study finds. Boston University researchers examined state-specific murder data from the FBI and found a "substantial" association between state gun ownership rates and killings of women by guns.

    13:22

    K31 Run and Gun [The Firearm Blog]

    The Shmidt-Rubin rifles are a series of legendarily accurate firearms. The Swiss are famous for maintaining their neutrality by keeping one hand free and the other on the hilt of a sword, and for many years the wonderful K31 was that sword. These straight-pull rifles are made with unparalleled craftsmanship, but how will it fare […]

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    13:20

    GUNSTRUCTION’s Remington 700 Configurator Coming Soon [The Firearm Blog]

    gunstruction-700-builder-575x322AR15.com’s GUNSTRUCTION tool has released their latest platform for nearly endless customization. Their Remington Model 700 configuration tool is “coming soon”. GUNSTRUCTION give users the ability to fully configure rifles using parts from companies that have paid to have parts placed within the catalog. Numerous companies participate including: Troy DPMS Geissele BCM Vortex LaRue Tactical […]

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    13:05

    Illegal Firearms Manufacturing in The Phillipines – AP Circa 1997 [The Firearm Blog]

    CaptureHunting for some fun items for our readership, I stumbled across some b-roll footage from the Associated Press which previously did an piece back in 1997. The video, which is obviously lacking the AP’s beautiful narration is nonetheless an expose into the manufacturing of arms. Cebu Province is normally known for its incredible beaches and […]

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    12:11

    New Hatch Sling Bag [The Firearm Blog]

    hatch s7Hatch announced a new sling bag at the recent SHOT Show. Called the S7 Sling Pack, the bag was designed for law enforcement and military personnel as a “quick action” bag. However, I believe that the bags can easily serve the private citizen as well. The bag has numerous compartments and PALS webbing for the storage […]

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    10:35

    West Virginia: Permitless Carry Bill Advances Out of Committee [NRA-ILA News]

    Yesterday, House Bill 4145, legislation that would allow an individual to lawfully carry a concealed handgun without a permit, passed favorably out of the House Judiciary Committee and will now head to the floor for consideration by the full House of Delegates.

    10:01

    SHOT Show Firearm Playing Cards [The Firearm Blog]

    IMG_9308At this year’s SHOT Show, Winchester celebrated their 150 year anniversary. To celebrate they gave out these playing cards. Each card highlights a product or person in Winchester’s 150 year history.   Back in 2011 Magpul PTS handed out these playing cards which was a catalog of their product line for that year.      […]

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    09:21

    Missouri: Campus Carry Legislation Heard in Senate Committee Yesterday [NRA-ILA News]

    Yesterday, January 27, the Missouri Senate Transportation, Infrastructure and Public Safety Committee heard two bills that seek to expand self-defense laws on Missouri higher education campuses.

    09:13

    Delaware: Mandatory Destruction of Firearms Legislation Tabled [NRA-ILA News]

    The Delaware Senate has decided to table Senate Bill 19 until March 8.

    08:21

    First Look: Daniel Defense ISR Gen. 2 [Gun News]

    The Daniel Defense ISR-optimized for the versatile .300 Blackout cartridge-is now lighter, quieter, and more accurate than ever before. Built around a 9-inch, cold-hammer-forged barrel with a pistol-length gas system calibrated for its integral suppressor, this high-performance rifle delivers both subsonic and supersonic projectiles with greatly reduced muzzle blast and flash, helping to conceal a shooter's location and keep the user on target with faster follow-up shots and less degradation of vision, particularly in low-light situations.

    08:00

    Hawaii: Proposal would require gun insurance, firearm renewals every 5 years [NRA-ILA News]

    Hawaii gun owners would be required to have insurance for their firearms and renew their gun registrations every five years under a bill introduced Wednesday at the State Legislature, proposals that gun advocates said are unneeded and would have a chilling effect on constitutional gun rights. The proposal, introduced by State Sen. Josh Green (D – Kona, Ka’u) would require gun owners to obtain firearms liability insurance from private insurance companies.  Hawaii would be the first state in the country to enact such a requirement, if lawmakers and the governor approve of the law. "I don't want to take people's guns away from them but I want people to take full responsibility," said Green, an emergency room physician at Kohala Hospital on the Big Island. Green likens the requirement to car insurance.

    07:55

    Yes, The Australian Model On Gun Control Means Bans and Confiscation [NRA-ILA News]

    Nobody wants to take your guns. That’s what most mainstream pro-gun control Democrats say ad nauseam at various rallies. There’s also the “I support the Second Amendment, but…” that advocates of gun control say prior to offering some pie-in-the-sky policy proposals that usually venture into bans on so-called assault rifles, limiting magazine sizes, or an all-out ban on semi-automatic firearms. That’s essentially a gun ban.  Both Hillary Clinton and President Barack Obama have praised the Australian-model of gun control, which the National Rifle Association decided to explain at length in a recent video. It deals with gun buybacks, confiscation, and bans. Oh, and personal protection isn’t a sufficient reason to own firearms down under.

    07:22

    Dem bill would let shooting victims sue gun makers, dealers for actions of criminals [NRA-ILA News]

    Anti-gun Democrat lawmakers unveiled new legislation Wednesday that would allow the victims of "gun violence" to sue manufacturers and dealers for the actions of criminals. Currently, the gun industry is shielded from such lawsuits under federal law. The gun-control bill would repeal the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (PLCAA), a 2005 law that protects the gun industry from reckless lawsuits.

    07:09

    New Bianchi IWB Holster [The Firearm Blog]

    BIANCHI 145 ALLUSION SUBDUE HOLSTERBianchi announced a new inside the waistband concealment holster at the recent 2016 SHOW Show in Las Vegas, Nevada. The new carry rig is called the Subdue IWB Model 145 holster. It is part of the company’s Allusion line and was designed to be highly concealable. The new rig uses a variety of materials in […]

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    06:37

    Bloomberg editor quits: We can't cover Michael Bloomberg aggressively [NRA-ILA News]

    A top editor at Michael Bloomberg's media empire has left the company, citing concerns over how it will cover the former New York City mayor's presidential aspirations.

    06:36

    Hill Democrats take aim at gun industry protections — and at Bernie Sanders [NRA-ILA News]

    There is nothing especially remarkable on Capitol Hill about a group of liberal Democrats from reliably blue states holding a press conference to announce the introduction of a bill to tighten federal gun laws.But the timing of the Wednesday morning unveiling of new legislation from Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), just a few days before the Iowa caucuses, managed to raise some eyebrows.

    06:35

    Missouri lawmakers consider campus carry [NRA-ILA News]

    Missouri lawmakers have begun discussing whether colleges and universities must allow people to carry concealed weapons on campus.

    06:35

    Nebraska: Preemption bill defeated [NRA-ILA News]

    Gun-rights supporters narrowly missed their mark this week in the Nebraska Legislature, but they succeeded in painting a target squarely on local handgun restrictions in the state’s two largest cities.

    06:34

    Campus carry legislation returns to Georgia House [NRA-ILA News]

    The author of 2014 legislation that expanded gun rights in Georgia is back this year with another effort to legalize firearms on college campuses.

    06:33

    Gun licensing continues to rise in Mass. [NRA-ILA News]

    Tens of thousands of new gun licenses were issued to Massachusetts residents in 2015, continuing a recent surge, according to state data.

    06:32

    Bill to clarify Guam's firearms law [NRA-ILA News]

    Current Guam law, as written, may limit the Second Amendment right to bear arms to island residents who are U.S. citizens. One Guam lawmaker is attempting to fix the language of the law to bring the island in line with federal statutes.

    06:30

    Heller's Vultures [NRA-ILA News]

    As I travel around the country speaking to various groups, I’m sometimes asked: “Haven’t you already won the battle over the Second Amendment? Don’t you worry about having anything left to do?”

    05:27

    Prototype Italian MBT 1925 Straight-Pull Rifle (Video) [Forgotten Weapons]

    Note: This video was filmed over a year ago, but I have been holding it in anticipation of the rifle going to auction. That doesn’t seem to be happening, so I’m posting the video now.

    Only three example of this 1925 prototype rifle from MBT (Metallurgica Brescia gia Tempini) were ever made, and were sent out in hopes of finding military contracts. One went to Norway, and this one went to Russia, where it was acquired by a US Lend-Lease supply pilot.

    It is an straight-pull design which is very close to being a self-loading rifle (and in fact additional patents were filed in 1926 to adapt it to self-loading functionality). It uses the standard 6-round Carcano clip, and is chambered for 6.5x52mm Carcano ammunition.

    After this was filmed, my friend James took it out shooting again with pre-war brass clips, and said it worked reliably – FWIW.

    04:08

    Man Shoots Himself Underwater [The Firearm Blog]

    UnderwaterI am not really sure what the point of this was. Mythbusters debunked this a while ago and proved that bullets fired into water and fired under water do not have the energy to cause damage. However it is still interesting to watch. Andreas Wahl uses what appears to be a Sig Sauer 556 under […]

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    03:38

    OPED: Not so smart guns [Gun News]

    OPED: Not so smart guns The gun control movement's latest hobby horse is the smart gun. Check out this story on yorkdispatch.com: http://www.yorkdispatch.com/story/opinion/2016/01/27/oped-not-so-smart-guns/79093052/ San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee, far left, speaks as, from left, Lee Shull, co-founder Sandy Hook Promise, Ron Conway special advisor to SV Angel, and San Francisco District Attorney George GascA3n look on at a news conference to launch the Sandy Hook Promise Innovation Initiative held in honor of the three month anniversary of the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco, Calif., on Thursday, March 14, 2013.

    03:15

    [SHOT 2016] Glock Reception [The Firearm Blog]

    IMG_9096Last Thursday Glock held its Glock Reception celebrating Glock’s 30 year anniversary in the U.S. Gaston Glock was unable to attend but made an appearance via pre-recorded video presentation.   The reception had live entertainment and an open bar. Who could ask for more?   With every invitation to this reception was a tear away […]

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    03:00

    5.11 Tactical Introduces HEXGRID Molle Compatible Attachment System [The Firearm Blog]

    img_2235Just when I thought that MOLLE was the be all and end all of modular attachment systems, 5.11 Tactical just had to go out and improve upon it. Taking a page from the laminate materials that Blue Force Gear and Raine were putting to good use, the HexGrid takes the thin, light, and strong material […]

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    02:00

    M-LOK Outselling KeyMod about 3 to 1 [The Firearm Blog]

    ssm_mlokvskeymodFascinating. Despite being the “younger” universal mounting system out there, MagPul’s M-LOK standard is outselling KeyMod at a rate of about 3 to 1. According to my good friend Matt over at Jerking the Trigger, customers are simply putting more money into the M-LOK standard than KeyMod. To avoid the indication of bias, Matt specifically […]

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    Wednesday, 27 January

    23:41

    Teachout attacked over stance on state's gun control Safe Act [Gun News]

    Republican opponents are criticizing newly-minted Democratic congressional candidate Zephyr Teachout, saying she's flip-flopped on her past support of the state SAFE Act. But Wednesday, Teachout said she's been consistent on her stance on the controversial gun-control legislation passed in 2013 by state Legislature and signed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

    19:26

    Gun-Toting Women Give Rise To Firearms Fashion Accessories [Gun News]

    It's stocked with the latest pistols, shotguns and AR-15 military-style rifles. Chuck Payne, the store's manager, says he's sold to a lot more women recently.

    19:09

    Air Force cites shooting at recruitment center, allows commanders to permit gun carry [Of Arms and the Law]

    Story here.

    "Quick said three programs established by the Integrated Defense team enable commanders to increase security through conceal-carry. One of the new initiatives, the Unit Marshal Program, enables commanders at every level permission to work with security forces to train Air Force members and allow them to open carry their M9 service pistol at their duty location.

    The Security Forces Staff Arming program enables more security officers to carry a government-issued weapon while on duty."

    We've already decided Air Force members are can be trusted to fly A-10s and F-16s, and handle 20mm and 30mm rounds, cluster bombs, Hellfire missiles, and a lot of other adult fireworks, I suppose we can figure they can be trusted to handle a 9mm or .45.

    A spokesman for the Campaign to Stop Gun Violence is quoted as saying "Don't hold your breath waiting for them [base commanders] to embrace America's degenerate gun culture."

    18:59

    And This Is Why The Gun Culture Distrusts The Media [No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money]


    The Guardian is a center-left newspaper out of the UK. It is also vehemently anti-gun.Their latest effort was published on Saturday as I was flying west to go east (but that's another story for another time).

    Rupert Neate and his videographer Mae Ryan did a story called, "Sex, guns and ammo: inside the world's largest gun industry trade fair". It was their idea of an expose' of the SHOT Show. By chance, I happened to speak with Ms. Ryan on the first day of the SHOT Show in the Press Room. I asked if she had gone to Media/Industry Day at the Range and she replied that The Guardian wouldn't let them attend it. This was in contrast to the young videographer from CNN Money who did attend Media Day, got to shoot some firearms, and had a great time.

    Neate tried to tie the growth in sales of firearms to sex, fear of gun control, and mass shootings.

    As all marketeers know, sex sells – and guns are no different. Manufacturers have hired a string of professional models to pose with their latest guns. Guns.com, the daily guns blog, collated pictures of its favourite women at the show “who do their very best to highlight and promote new products, equipment and, of course, guns”. Attendees who want to see more are invited to “the sexiest ammo show after party” at the Sapphire strip joint down the strip. Free entry with Shot Show pass.

    Guns are a big business, and the industry is raking in record sales and profits as people rush out to arm themselves following a series of mass shootings and out of fear of increased gun control legislation.
    He also used misleading stats such as this:
    “People are buying guns as part of the American dream of freedom and liberty,” said Brauer, who is based at the Hull College of Business at Augusta University. “And also, the hope and the dream of being able to use guns in self-defence.”

    People very rarely get to live out that dream, with FBI data showing that gun owners are 78 times more likely to kill themselves than they are to carry out a “justifiable homicide”, which the agency describes as “the killing of a felon, during the commission of a felony, by a private citizen”.
    However, what took the cake is shown in the video below where Neate asks a S&W representative if the M&P 15-22 Sport (in .22 LR) is the same rifle as was used by the Islamofascists to kill 14 people in San Bernardino. This was after he violated Rule No. 1 by pointing what appears to be an air rifle with a scope at an attendee.



    The Poynter Institute which has as its mission elevating journalism took Neate, Ryan, and The Guardian to task over its one-sided, misleading, and unfair story.
    While the video makes for interesting viewing, in my judgment, the story isn't fair. It was theatrics masquerading as even-handed reporting. From the very beginning of the video, it was clear the journalists counted on causing a stir on the convention floor...

    But when journalists tackle contentious issues, they have an obligation to develop expertise about the story they are reporting. They build trust with sources on all sides of the story. The more you know about a subject, the more aggressively you can pursue it.

    Serious subjects require serious reporting. Not self-serving stunts.
    I think Poynter hits on the head - serious subjects require serious reporting - not this anti-gun editorial that could just as well have come from Bloomberg's The Trace.

    13:51

    Death in 'the jungle' and not a word about gun control [Gun News]

    Seattle Mayor Ed Murray wants an "assessment" of a problem area known as "The Jungle" following a double homicide there Tuesday night. Last night's highly-publicized shooting in Seattle that left two dead and three wounded in a "homeless camp" along Interstate 5 known as "The Jungle" has had an interesting aftermath because so far, no official has declared that the solution to this crime is to crack down on gun owners.

    13:29

    Maryland: Please Attend Third Annual 2A Tuesday on February 2nd [NRA-ILA News]

    On Tuesday, February 2, NRA-ILA, along with Maryland Shall Issue, the Associated Gun Clubs of Baltimore, and the Maryland State Rifle and Pistol Association, will be holding the third annual “2A Tuesday” rally and lobbying day in Annapolis.

    13:22

    L42A1 Sniper Overview: The Last Lee-Enfield [The Firearm Blog]

    The L42A1 sniper rifle was England’s last Enfield. James Paris Lee’s action served the United Kingdom for over 100 years, and the famously quick rear-locking action was retired in the 1990s when the L42A1 was deemed obsolete. So what would a British sniper during the Cold War have received in his transit chest? In this […]

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    13:20

    Full Auto 9mm AR In Taiwan [The Firearm Blog]

    420_8a6544f4f65fd5bd2b965aec50a452c8Yesterday Apple Daily News in Taiwan reported a story about a gun being used during a crime. Firearms in most of Asia are very difficult to obtain. Aside from the Philippines, it is almost impossible and in most cases using one illegally is an automatic death sentence. Well here is what happened. A guy owed […]

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    13:05

    [SHOT 2016] Kinetic Development Group [The Firearm Blog]

    IMGP3785At SHOT show this year, if I had to pick one company that had the best accessories for the FN SCAR platform, hands down, it would be Kinetic Development Group.  Aside from accessories for the FN SCAR platform, Kinetic Development Group also makes some neat accessories for the Ar-15 platform as well as a growing […]

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    12:32

    Homeowner fights off armed robbers, St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office, St. Tammany Parish, La. 01/25/16 [NRA-ILA News]

    A trio of robbers, at least one of whom was armed with a gun, attempted to con their way into a home in Slidell, La. One of the thieves approached the home and told the owner that he was having car trouble and asked to use the phone. When the homeowner refused, another thief confronted the homeowner armed with a gun. The homeowner responded to the threat by drawing a handgun and firing at the criminals, causing both to flee to a waiting getaway vehicle. Police tracked down the robbers a short time later.

    12:11

    Real guns in Waterguns? [The Firearm Blog]

    watersoakerThis picture has been making the rounds since at least 2012, when it first came out in a news report from New York. Since then the original description has been convoluted throughout different posts and articles, all either half true or completely incorrect. The original memo apparently came out from the Indianapolis Metro Police Department […]

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    12:00

    AR-180 Discovered In Northern Ireland [The Firearm Blog]

    Strabane ArmaliteStrabane Police discovered an Armalite AR-180 and ammunition during a security alert. The PSNI (Police Service Northern Ireland) Superintendent Mark McEwan blames the “New IRA” for the weapon and that they intended to kill people with it. He goes on to condemn the firearm and that its only purpose is to kill people. They are […]

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    11:04

    The Mud Will Always Get Through: InRange Desecrates A vz. 58 [The Firearm Blog]

    kxbVUuCThe vz. 58 is a rifle well-known for being easily mistaken for – but totally different from – an AK. Everything down to the locking mechanism, fire control group, and operating mechanism is different from the famous Kalashnikov, despite appearances. In fact, the vz. 58 rifle was a huge achievement for the relatively small country […]

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    10:01

    People news from SHOT [The Firearm Blog]

    Larry-Vickers-doesnt-get-recognised-at-Ruger-booth-hits-back-on-social-media-e1453424940877This being my first time at SHOT, I’m sure there were all sorts of shenanigans going on that might not make the light of day in the public sphere. However there were a number of pieces that did make the industry news. Thankfully James Yeager and Instructor Zero never had a show down. Larry Vickers […]

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    09:19

    Persistent Anti-Gun Lawmakers Still Determined to Pass “Smart Gun” Bill in New Jersey [NRA-ILA News]

    On Thursday, January 28, the Senate Law and Public Safety Committee will once again hold a public hearing on “smart guns.”

    09:13

    Anti-Gun Burlington Charter Change Bills to be Heard in Committee on Thursday [NRA-ILA News]

    On Thursday, January 28, the House Government Operations Committee will hear a trio of gun control bills that will unduly restrict the ability of Vermonters to carry for self-defense.

    08:52

    Massachusetts: Important Committee Hearing in Boston, Your Urgent Action Needed! [NRA-ILA News]

    On Thursday, January 28th, the Joint Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security is scheduled to hear 42 bills that could impact your Second Amendment rights.

    08:51

    In Our Opinion: 'Constitutional Carry' not a wise move [Gun News]

    To get a concealed carry permit in the state of Utah, an applicant has to be over the age of 21, and have a criminal record free of convictions for any felonies, drug or alcohol-related crimes, crimes of violence or "offenses of moral turpitude." They also cannot have been deemed "mentally incompetent" as adjudicated by a "court or state in the United States," although that restriction can be waived if the adjudication has been legally withdrawn.

    08:40

    Ted Strickland says he now favors enforceable "assault weapons" ban (video) [NRA-ILA News]

    Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Ted Strickland, a longtime opponent of an assault weapons ban, said Friday he now supports such a ban as long as it's "enforceable."  Speaking with reporters, Strickland said he has "re-evaluated" his position on gun control, noting he also supports additional background checks and stopping terrorism suspects from buying firearms.

    08:24

    Bloomberg Willing To Spend $1B On Possible Presidential Bid [NRA-ILA News]

    Former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg is taking a look at the 2016 presidential landscape, and putting the pieces in place for a possible presidential run, sources close to Bloomberg said.

    07:54

    Florida Urgent Alert! Open-Carry for CW License Holders in next Committee [NRA-ILA News]

    URGENT: HB-163 by Rep. Matt Gaetz is on the agenda for the House Judiciary Committee TOMORROW, Thursday, January 28, 2016 at 9:00am. HB-163 is a bill to allow persons with a Concealed Weapons & Firearms License to carry firearms concealed or openly.

    07:43

    Anti-gun lawmakers ask Obama to ban semi-auto imports [NRA-ILA News]

    The letter from congressional Democrats expresses “strong support’’ for Obama’s actions but asks that the administration return to “the strong enforcement of the ban on imports of military-style assault weapons.’’

    07:42

    Gun groups launch blitz to counter Obama [NRA-ILA News]

    The National Rifle Association (NRA) and other gun rights groups are launching a major public relations blitz to push back against President Obama’s new executive actions on guns.

    07:41

    Bloomberg, Sensing an Opening, Revisits a Potential White House Run [NRA-ILA News]

    Michael R. Bloomberg has instructed advisers to draw up plans for a potential independent campaign in this year’s presidential race.

    07:41

    Women's influence shows everywhere at SHOT Show [NRA-ILA News]

    Women's influence on the firearm and hunting industries is reflected everywhere at the 38th annual Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade Show, or SHOT Show, at the Sands Expo and Convention Center this week.

    07:39

    Referendum campaigns paying big bucks to qualify for Maine ballot [NRA-ILA News]

    The multiple campaigns trying to place referendum questions on the November ballot were on track to spend well over $1 million collecting petition signatures from Maine voters.Up to six questions may appear on the November ballot on everything from legalizing marijuana to increasing the minimum wage and expanding background checks on gun purchases. Further complicating matters, the campaigns will be competing for voter attention – and advertising time – with candidates for president, Congress and state legislative districts.

    07:38

    Critics blast Massachusetts city's new 'essay' rule for gun-carry applicants [NRA-ILA News]

    Critics are blasting a Massachusetts city’s new law that they claim requires residents applying for a license to carry handguns to write “an essay” and pay upwards of $1,100 for training.

    07:37

    Gun control advocates come out blazing in bid to expand Nevada background checks [NRA-ILA News]

    Advocates of gun control raked in $3.6 million over the last two years to place an initiative to tighten background checks for gun purchases and transfers in Nevada on the November ballot and ensure it passes.The initiative is part of a broader national push to establish universal background check laws state by state after an effort to do so on the federal level failed in 2013.

    07:35

    Arkansas: Lawsuit watched as test of state's open-carry status [NRA-ILA News]

    Gun activists, law enforcement officials and even the governor have kept an eye out for a court case that will settle some confusion -- or even disagreement -- on the rights of citizens to openly carry firearms in public.According to the state attorney general's office, there is a lawsuit in Little Rock that has the potential to clarify this issue regarding Arkansans' Second Amendment rights.

    07:34

    Texas Lawmakers: Don't Single Out College Students Who Carry Guns [NRA-ILA News]

    Texas senators on Tuesday urged the state's six university chancellors not to single out students who carry guns on campus when the state's new campus carry law goes into effect in August. Some professors in recent days have asked about requiring students with guns to sit in the back of their classrooms, or banning guns in their classes altogether.

    07:33

    Nebraska lawmakers searching for agreement on guns bill [NRA-ILA News]

    Nebraska lawmakers were trying to strike a compromise Tuesday on a bill that threatens to overturn gun restrictions in Omaha and Lincoln by requiring uniform regulations statewide.

    07:32

    Kansas House committee takes aim at air-gun ban, right to hunt and fish [NRA-ILA News]

    A House committee waded into legislation Tuesday requiring public school districts to remove a ban on use of school property for air-gun shooting events and to amend the Kansas Constitution for protection of a right to hunt, fish or trap.

    07:31

    Iowa House panel OKs bill to remove age limit on handgun use [NRA-ILA News]

    A House panel in the Iowa Legislature has given initial approval of a bill that would remove the age limit for children to use a handgun under the supervision of a parent.

    07:30

    West Virginia House to hold public meeting on permitless carry bill [NRA-ILA News]

    West Virginia lawmakers will hear from the public about a proposal to lift permitting requirements to carry concealed handguns.The House of Delegates Judiciary Committee will hold a public meeting Wednesday at 8:30 a.m.

    07:09

    Danny Dietz Tribute Rifle by Axelson Tactical [The Firearm Blog]

    Cindy Dietz and Jeff Axelson with the Danny Dietz Tribute RifleAlthough SHOT Show is all about guns and gun-related gear it is not without its more emotional moments. One of those moments took place on Wednesday morning at Axelson Tactical’s booth during a press conference. This particular conference was held to announce the creation of a new rifle, but this wasn’t – isn’t – just […]

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    05:56

    Clinton considers nominating Obama to Supreme Court [NRA-ILA News]

    Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has an idea about who she would nominate to the Supreme Court if she wins the White House in November. While at a rally in Decorah, Iowa, on Tuesday, a reporter asked Clinton what she thought about nominating President Obama to the highest court. "Wow, what a great idea, nobody has ever suggested that to me," Clinton said.

    05:27

    Viet Cong Handmade Luger Lookalike [Forgotten Weapons]

    In the continuing occasional series on crude handmade firearms, we have an entry sent to me by a reader on Facebook (thanks!). It’s a Vietnamese Luger lookalike, which was being sold by Arundel Militaria in the UK (and no, I didn’t buy it – it was already sold when I first saw it).

    Vietnamese Luger lookalike

    This is quite the crude pistol, but it does appear to actually have a function toggle mechanism – although I suspect it is a simple blowback action that just happens to have a joint in the bolt. There does not appear to be any recoiling section of frame or barrel, and from the look of the magazine it is probably chambered for .32 ACP.

    Vietnamese Luger lookalike

    Magazine – great fitting!

    Actual caliber was not specified on Arundel’s listing, not was magazine capacity.

    Vietnamese Luger lookalike

    Rear quartering

    Vietnamese Luger lookalike

    Front quartering

    Vietnamese Luger lookalike

    Top view of the toggle mechanism

    Vietnamese Luger lookalike

    Feast your eyes on that checkering!

    Vietnamese Luger lookalike

    Right side

    05:11

    Corrections to previous post. [Sipsey Street Irregulars]

    The FBI did not advance to take the Refuge last night coincident with the roadblock and it was Ryan Bundy who was wounded not Ryan Payne (more's the pity). Will have more later.

    04:08

    Aimpoint Announces New Magnifier Lines [The Firearm Blog]

    6XAimpoint just announced a new line of magnifiers for use with their reflex sights. These new magnifiers are in 3x and 6x. 6x magnifiers coming along was just a matter of time considering the number of new scopes in 6 power. Aimpoint, the originator and worldwide leader in electronic red-dot sighting technology, has announced the […]

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    03:15

    Best Damn Guns Machined Parts [The Firearm Blog]

    DSCF3263It is far too easy to look at a gun and see it as a singular unit rather than the sum of its many working parts. Even when we do remember that guns have many components and small, moving parts it’s easy to forget just how important those parts are. Due to the importance of […]

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    03:00

    Vorn USA’s Lima 1 LW Forged Lower [The Firearm Blog]

    Vorn-USA-Lima-1-Lower-1Vorn – USA, a relative newcomer to the industry (established in 2012) has released a milled forged AR-15 lower receiver. As a forged receiver, the Lima 1 is a strong entry into the lightweight AR market dominated by polymer, magnesium, and billet construction (like the awesome 2A Armament Balios set) Forged receivers are stronger than their […]

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    02:52

    State legislators consider bills to exempt state from enforcing future gun regulations [Gun News]

    Several South Carolina senators and representatives are looking out for the rights of gun owners when it comes to potentially restrictive legislation. House Bill 4701 reads, "the State shall not: enforce any federal law, rule, or regulation that took effect after January 1, 2016, that limits the right of a person to own, possess, or use a firearm, ammunition, or firearm accessories."

    02:00

    Badger Ordnance Releases M134 Bolt-Action Rifle [The Firearm Blog]

    CaptureBadger Ordnance has announced the release of its first full rifle system, the M134 Compact Precision Rifle. To reach the “compact” moniker, Badger Ordnance has opted for a shorter barrel (either 14.5″ or 16″ at the customer’s choice) along with a shortened but largely extendable stock system (Badger reports 7 positions). The rifle is a […]

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    Tuesday, 26 January

    22:28

    Rep Introduces Bill Declaring Obama's Gun Control - Null And Void' in Kentucky [Gun News]

    Kentucky state representative Kenny Imes has introduced legislation that declares President Obama's executive gun controls "null and void" within the state. The legislation-House Bill 236-lists the constitutional limitations on the powers of Congress and the President, then highlights the constitutional protections on the power of the people.

    22:13

    The Feds accommodate Ammon Bundy and give him his John-Brown-at-Harper's-Ferry moment, and we get to make a choice. [Sipsey Street Irregulars]

    Ammon Bundy Taken Into FBI Custody
    Also see: Shots fired, 1 killed in arrest of Oregon militants and An occupier surrenders in Arizona
    I am awaiting better intel from the ground out in Burns before commenting further, but a few facts strike me right now:
    1. The Feds picked this fight. They apparently suckered Ammon and Co. by having locals invite them to a meeting, intending all along to ambush them at a deliberate road block and to simultaneously take down the occupation site.
    2. This was totally unnecessary since the resolve of the occupiers was weakening and they were in negotiations to achieve a peaceable exit. What the hurry was is mystifying to me since the Feds negotiated with the Montana Freemen for 81 days before coming to a peaceful resolution.
    3. Our attitude was that as much as we disagreed with Ammon Bundy's choice of targets, tactics, timing and "friends" like the sociopath (and probable Fed provocateur) Ryan Payne, the Feds had a higher duty not to violate the occupiers' due process rights.
    4. A sniper's bullet at a pre-planned roadblock is NOT due process.
    5. Such an action would not have been done without the sanction of the political leadership in the White House. Therefore we can conclude that this is, once again, the Feds making a show of the Waco logic embodied in Catch 22: "We can do anything you can't stop us from doing. We are the Imperial Feds and you WILL obey us."
    6. We need more information and confirmation of what I have written, but it is apparent that the Feds are giving us all a choice.

    18:02

    Ted Cruz, stop using Australian rape victims to get yourself elected [Gun News]

    Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz's claim that Australian gun laws caused a spike in sexual assaults has been slapped down. Australian women unexpectedly found themselves a focal point of an American debate on guns this month, when Republican presidential contender Ted Cruz lamented how we had become "unarmed victims" due to the Howard government gun buyback program and more frequently susceptible to sexual assault.

    18:02

    Zephyr Teachout flip-flops on Cuomo's gun control law [Gun News]

    Fordham Law professor Zephyr Teachout spent her first full day as a congressional candidate flipping her position on Gov. Cuomo's SAFE Act gun control law. Teachout, during an appearance on upstate public radio, said she supports background checks for firearm sales, but not the SAFE Act overall.

    17:01

    Iowa: Firearms Suppressor Bill Passes House Subcommittee [NRA-ILA News]

    This week, House File 2043, a bill which would legalize the ownership and possession of firearm sound suppressors in Iowa, passed the House Judiciary Subcommittee by a 2-1 vote.

    14:31

    Nebraska: State Preemption Bill Scheduled for Floor Debate and Vote TOMORROW, Your Urgent Action Needed! [NRA-ILA News]

    Tomorrow, the Nebraska Unicameral Legislature has scheduled to conclude floor debate and vote on Legislative Bill 289, the state preemption bill currently on General File.

    14:18

    Columbia, SC: This Never Happens Back in New Jersey [Civilian Gun Self-Defense Blog]

    1/26/16 WIST:

    COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) -
    A 35-year-old New Jersey man has been identified as the armed robbery suspect who was shot and killed in a shootout during a botched robbery attempt at a Fort Jackson Boulevard barbershop.

    Richland County Coroner Gary Watts says Adeyemi Herschelle Hannibal died due to multiple gunshots wounds.

    Hannbal and a second, unidentified man attempted to rob the Next Up Barber and Beauty shortly before 7 p.m. on Saturday.

    Several people, including children, were inside the business when two armed men wearing masks demanded and stole money from them.

    Chauncy Harris witnessed it all unfold. It was a scene he will never forget.
     "He smacked me in the back of my head, and I said, 'Okay, this is probably when he's going to shoot me now and just sent an example and walk on out the door with the money,'" Harris said. "But that's when my man let loose. That's when everybody else had their stuff and was ready to take care of business."

    Two of the victims with valid concealed weapons permits opened fire on both men. Hannibal was wounded in the exchange, ran from the barbershop and collapsed outside. He was taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead by medical staff a short time later, according to police.

    14:15

    As Deadly as it is Beautiful: Brass Based Expanding and Fragmenting Shotgun Slugs [The Firearm Blog]

    OATH_12ga_expanding_D6A1893web-660x660Oleg Volk writes about the new OATH Ammunition 12 gauge slugs at All Outdoor … 12ga slugs have been rightly known as good stoppers on dangerous game, but tend to over-penetrate in hominids. OATH Ammunition has two new designs that solve over-penetration along with greatly improving reliability in box-fed shotguns. Above is their 1.25oz 1600fps […]

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    13:22

    Thomson M1A1 Run and Gun (Full Auto) [The Firearm Blog]

    The American Thompson submachineguns are perhaps the most iconic SMGs in the world. They have graced the hands of heroes and villains, but the humble M1A1 is the result of many cost cutting measures designed to get guns to our boys during WWII quickly and cheaply. In fact, M1A1s reduced the cost of the famous […]

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    13:20

    Clinton, Brady Center try to Bern Sanders [Of Arms and the Law]

    Brady Campaign accuses Sanders of supporting "one of the most evil pieces of special interest legislation passed in this nation in decades" -- the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act." He responds by saying she's choosing to push gun control in New Hampshire, while downplaying the issue in Iowa.

    Richard Nixon used to say that in Republican politics you ran to the right in a primary, to win the nomination, then ran back toward the center, to win the general election. On the gun issue, tho, I think both Demos have run so far to the antigun side that there is no coming back or hedging their position in the general.

    13:20

    Maps Tracking Gun Trafficking [The Firearm Blog]

    2014ATF-tracedata-NMGuns ending up on the “black market” is generally bad for everyone. These are typically used in crimes, and each year, the BATFE releases a state by state report of firearm traces which includes firearms that have been recovered from crime scenes (and have purchased both legal and illegally) in the previous year.  The data […]

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    13:05

    Kershaw Barge [The Firearm Blog]

    Kershaw BargeNew for 2016, Kershaw introduced the Barge knife: a folding knife that is actually designed to pry. At some point, nearly every knife owner has used their blade to pry something – even with the knowledge that this should never be done. As a result, many knife owners have broken (or at least bent) the […]

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    13:04

    Ohio: Concealed Carry Expansion Legislation Scheduled for Hearing Tomorrow [NRA-ILA News]

    Tomorrow, January 27, Sub. House Bill 48, legislation to expand concealed carry, will receive sponsor testimony before the Senate Government Oversight and Reform Committee at 8:45am in the South Hearing Room of The Ohio Statehouse.

    12:58

    Gun Control and Rape Facts [Gun News]

    One of the Presidential candidates commented that an increase in rapes was one of the results of the Australian gun confiscation. The Anti-Gun left jumped into full swing to discredit this candidate's comments.

    12:11

    New Protech Ballistic Helmets [The Firearm Blog]

    Protech Delta XProtech Tactical previewed a pair of new ballistic helmets at the recent SHOT Show in Las Vegas. The two new helmets are the Delta X and the Delta 5. Both helmets were designed by Protech Tactical to offer good ballistic performance while increasing comfort to the wearer. Weighing less than two pounds, the Delta X […]

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    10:52

    New Sig Sauer Guns for 2016 [Gun News]

    For 2016, Sig Sauer is introducing two new long guns: a rifle and a carbine. The rifle is the SIGM400 Predator Hunting Rifle and the carbine is the MPX Carbine, a 16-inch barreled version of Sig's popular subgun.

    10:10

    A few concluding remark on Trump and National Review [The Liberty Sphere]

    The American electorate today is easily bored. And they are so bored, in fact, that they have tuned out serious issues facing the country.  Although this is a sad and potentially dangerous issue, it is one that must be addressed in times such as these when so many are completely oblivious to politics and how their lives are impacted by decisions made by our elected officials and those who work under them. Even more disturbing is the number of citizens who report that they don't care who gets elected, not even the president.

    Enter Donald Trump. Trump seems to appeal to (a., those who are not interested at all in politics. or (b., those who are very interested and yet so disappointed by elected officials and the decisions they have made, that voting seems futile and a waste of time, or (3., basic citizenship, voting,, and knowing enough of the issues of the day to cast informed  votes. But another factor has surfaced that should be considered. Many of our fellow citizens like Trump tremendously because he voices their deep disappointment with and even outright disdain for big government and those who run it. They want hope and change alright, but not the kind offered up by Obama and his cronies.

    Those who support Trump do so not because they agree with him 100 percent but because they have  heard enough from the candidate to feel comfortable in voting for him. And whether fellow conservatives agree with him or not, one can certainly understand their point of view. A friend told me recently, "As you know, Trump is not my kind of politician. He may not even be suited for the presidency. I need to see more and hear more  first, but I am strongly leaning in that direction,"


    • "So what do you think about National Review's major slam dunk against Trump? What would Buckley do? Would he wince, or would he welcome the Trump people as a source for new subscribers an the ever growing conservative movement?


    As longtime readers know, I cut my political teeth under William F.Buckley by joining his Young Americans for Freedom -- the organization Buckley started to recruit college students for the conservative cause,  to educate them as to the need for young people to read and learn the nation's founding document, to  bring the Constitutional concept of low taxes and limited government, and then take these concepts to the public to anyone willing to hear.

     It so happened that at time I joined  the organization, Buckley had decided the conservative movement should use it's vast resources and influence to unite behind one candidate. Thus, our goal was to get Ronald Reagan elected to the presidency. Of curse we would continue with the work we had been doing all along.

    Buckley had launched National Review early on, shortly after he graduated from Yale, It is, therefore, one the oldest conservative magazines on the planet.With the National Review, along with his long-running television program, Firing Line, his political books on the conservative movement,, and his popular spy novels. He would endorse  candidates. He would lay to waste liberals by the sheer weight of his rhetorical skills.

    These facts are important when considering the current flap over National Review and it's smack down of Donald Trump. Some believe the Review went too far in it's examination of Trump. Others believe the magazine did not go far enough in their assessment. Still others believe that the Review should have waited a bit longer to issue such such harshly worded manifesto,

    As I stated early on last year, I am not endorsing a candidate this year. There are some good conservatives seeking the nomination, and I will support the best one of the bunch. But it is way too early yet.

    Back to Buckley. One never had the guess where he stood. He would endorse and support "the most conservative candidate who can get elected. He also would not hesitate to sever ties with some who claimed to be conservative but who actually hurt the movement   and the Republican Party.

    For example, Buckley disavowed all ties to the John Birch Society due to a variety of issue. This he did even if it meant loosing subscriptions and a truckload of money. Buckley believed that the movement could not lend its name or its influence to a group like the John Birch Society, racist groups, and a myriad of others that Buckley saw as more destructive than helpful,

    Thus, it is clear that Buckley would not hesitate to severe ties with candidates and groups if he saw the as hurtful to the cause. In the current controversy, the question revolves around whether or not Trump can be trusted. The National Review says no. But a majority of Republicans say he can.

    10:01

    Review: Full Auto With Shoot Las Vegas [The Firearm Blog]

    IMG_3448On the last day of SHOT Show, my friends from Malaysia invited me to go shoot with them. They hired a local outfit called Shoot Las Vegas. We were picked up in an H2 Hummer from the Venetian lobby/pick up area. We were driven out about 30 minutes to the Las Vegas Pro Gun Club […]

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    09:18

    Alabama: Attorney General Strange Highlights President Obama’s Hypocrisy and Supports Your Second Amendment Rights [NRA-ILA News]

    Last week, Attorney General Luther Strange testified before the United States Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies.  The Subcommittee, chaired by U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-AL), heard testimony on a wide variety of firearm-related issues, including President Obama's recent Executive Order.

    07:09

    [SHOT 2016] Clipdraw [The Firearm Blog]

    IMGP3798Love the concept or hate the concept, Clipdraw is now offering their Belt Clip for the Smith and Wesson Shield, Glock 42, Glock 43, Ruger LCP and Springfield XDS. The Clipdraw Belt Clip works by securing a metal clip to the pistol. Since the metal clip indexes along the slide or receiver, the pistol can […]

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    06:48

    California gun-seizure backlog remains despite $24 million [Gun News]

    An additional $24 million that was supposed to end the backlog in a unique California firearms seizure program has reduced the waitlist only about 40 percent, according to a report released Monday. SACRAMENTO, Calif.

    06:42

    "Other solutions." Glenn Reynolds stumbles toward a moment of revelation. [Sipsey Street Irregulars]

    Glenn Reynolds: "Forecast of distrust with a chance of revolution."
    All of this comes against a background of debacles like the botched ObamaCare rollout, the mistranslated “reset” button with Russia, a Secret Service that can’t seem to hang on to its guns, to keep its agents sober or to keep intruders out of the White House, an EPA that didn’t report the water problems in Flint, Mich., and a seemingly endless array of similar screwups. When they’re not crooks, our leaders all too often seem to be incompetents.
    If this were just one-sided anger at the Obama Administration, then it would be troubling, but not dangerous. But if, as seems plausible, a majority of Americans don’t think a Republican administration would represent a substantial improvement, then we’ve got a bigger problem. If voters think that they can’t vote their way out of a problem, then they may look to other solutions.

    05:27

    Stopping Tanks with Rifles? [Forgotten Weapons]

    Picture the year 1939 – lots of light tanks are out there in various armies, but there isn’t much practical experience on how to stop them in combat. The heavy anti-tank rifles pioneered at the end of WWI are an option, but perhaps it is possible to find a simpler method? An answer occurs to someone hanging about Aberdeen Proving Ground – probably someone with some with traumatic childhood memories of sticks and bicycle spokes. “Hey!” he says… “what if you jam a rifle into the idler sprockets of a tankette’s treads so it throws the track?”

    Well?

    “So far as it is known attempts to break or throw the tracks of light tanks or combat cars by thrusting rifle barrels between the track and the sprocket or the track and the idler have never been made at the Proving Ground.”

    That can’t stand! We might have a brilliant war-winning idea here!

    …or a laughable waste of perfectly good rifles. A reader on Facebook pointed me to this entry on the WorldOfTanks blog “The Chieftain’s Hatch”: Rifles vs Tanks. If you want to know how this experiment turned out, have a look! Or just take a look to see an entirely serious Aberdeen Proving Ground photo of a test rock. Yeah, a rock.

    Spoiler; the tests did not go well. Don’t throw out the AT rifles just yet, guys.

     

    04:21

    Angling For A Veep Spot? [No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money]


    “Mike Bloomberg is a good man. We disagree on a whole lot of things, but he’s a good person and he’s a patriot and wants the best for the country.”
    So saith John Ellis Bush to Jake Tapper.

    That would be Jeb! Bush who has spent over $128 million to secure 5th place in a national poll of Republicans.

    Bloomberg is, as Michael Bane call him, a nasty little Fascist who would abrogate one, if not more, of our rights enshrined in the Bill of Rights. He already thought he could mandate what residents of New York City could eat and drink. Imagine what he would want to do if President.

    Given that, is it any wonder that Jeb! is finding that money can't buy him neither love nor votes.

    It is almost as if he wants Bloomberg to run so that he can be his vice-presidential running mate.



    04:08

    [SHOT 2016] Nemo Arms [The Firearm Blog]

    IMGP3645NEMO Arms had some neat products this year at SHOT. NEMO Arms, based out of Montana, is famous for their large bore semi-automatic AR patterned rifles. NEMO Arms first distinguished themselves in the Industry with their semi automatic Omen rifle chambered in 300 Winchester Magnum. At present NEMO Arms is manufacturing rifles chambered in 300 […]

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    03:15

    TFB EXCLUSIVE: $500 KRISS Defiance DMK-22 rifle (VIDEO) [The Firearm Blog]

    KRISS DefianceAs was announced earlier last week by TFB, KRISS has announced a new .22LR rifle, the DMK-22. What I’ve got for you in this post is exclusive video footage of the new rifle in action. If you love the AR-15 platform chambered in .22LR, but have never really been satisfied by your options, perhaps the […]

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    03:00

    [SHOT 2016] Magpul’s Long Action Hunter Stock [The Firearm Blog]

    IMG_0640Last year Magpul introduced the Hunter stock for the Remington 700 short action rifle. Short action shooters have embraced the polymer wonder stock but shooters that have embraced long action Remington 700s were kinda left out to dry. This year Magpul introduced a long action stock They have dubbed the 700L that Allows you to […]

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    02:41

    At the SHOT Show, Business Boomsby Ted R. BromundThe annual SHOT Show ... [Gun News]

    You might think that, with the White House talking gun control again, the mood in the industry aisles would be dour. If so, you'd be wrong.

    02:00

    [SHOT 2016] Kalashnikov USA’s KS-12 Semi-Auto Shotguns [The Firearm Blog]

    ks-12We all know that when the importation of Saiga rifles and shotguns was halted as a result of some political nonsense that we aren’t going to dive into several companies made a go at filling that void. Sadly nothing was quite what the market wanted as a replacement for the Saiga. Kalashnikov USA has come […]

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    01:10

    The Trump, Buckley, controversy at National Review forces voters to think [The Liberty Sphere]

    The American electorate today is easily bored. And they are so bored, in fact, that they have tuned out serious issues facing the country.  Although this is a sad and potentially dangerous issue, it is one that must be addressed in times such as these when so many are completely oblivious to politics and how their lives are impacted by decisions made by our elected officials and those who work under them. Even more disturbing is the number of citizens who report that they don't care who gets elected, not even the president.

    Enter Donald Trump. Trump seems to appeal to (a., those who are not interested at all in politics. or (b., those who are very interested and yet so disappointed by elected officials and the decisions they have made, that voting seems futile and a waste of time, or (3., basic citizenship, voting,, and knowing enough of the issues of the day to cast informed  votes. But another factor has surfaced that should be considered. Many of our fellow citizens like Trump tremendously because he voices their deep disappointment with and even outright disdain for big government and those who run it. They want hope and change alright, but not the kind offered up by Obama and his cronies.

    Those who support Trump do so not because they agree with him 100 percent but because they have  heard enough from the candidate to feel comfortable in voting for him. And whether fellow conservatives agree with him or not, one can certainly understand their point of view. A friend told me recently, "As you know, Trump is not my kind of politician. He may not even be suited for the presidency. I need to see more and hear more  first, but I am strongly leaning in that direction,"



     It so happened that at time I joined  the organization, Buckley had decided the conservative movement should use it's vast resources and influence to unite behind one candidate. Thus, our goal was to get Ronald Reagan elected to the presidency. Of curse we would continue with the work we had been doing all along.

    Buckley had launched National Review early on, shortly after he graduated from Yale, It is, therefore, one the oldest conservative magazines on the planet.With the National Review, along with his long-running television program, Firing Line, his political books on the conservative movement,, and his popular spy novels. He would endorse  candidates. He would lay to waste liberals by the sheer weight of his rhetorical skills.
    s
    These facts are important when considering the current flap over National Review and it's smack down of Donald Trump. Some believe the Review went too far in it's examination of Trump. Others believe the magazine did not go far enough in their assessment. Still others believe that the Review should have waited a bit longer to issue such such harshly worded manifesto,

    As I stated early on last year, I am not endorsing a candidate this year. There are some good conservatives seeking the nomination, and I will support the best one of the bunch. But it is way too early yet.

    Back to Buckley. One never had the guess where he stood. He would endorse and support "the most conservative candidate who can get elected. He also would not hesitate to sever ties with some who claimed to be conservative but who actually hurt the movement   and the Republican Party.

    For example, Buckley disavowed all ties to the John Birch Society due to a variety of issue. This he did even if it meant loosing subscriptions and a truckload of money. Buckley believed that the movement could not lend its name or its influence to a group like the John Birch Society, racist groups, and a myriad of others that Buckley saw as more destructive than helpful,

    Thus, it is clear that Buckley would not hesitate to severe ties with candidates and groups if he saw the as hurtful to the cause. In the current controversy, the question revolves around whether or not Trump can be trusted. The National Review says no. But a majority of Republicans say he can.

    Monday, 25 January

    22:36

    Sanders on Defense Over Guns [Gun News]

    As Bernie Sanders ' Democratic presidential campaign attempted to shore up a weakness on the Vermont senator's gun safety record, the Clinton campaign and its surrogates hammered his recent backtracking on his firearms position as "pandering" to voters. For weeks, Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton has been hitting Sanders, her closest challenger, on his gun record, particularly the senator's 2005 vote to grant gun manufacturers immunity from prosecution, a vote that Sanders now calls a mistake.

    18:24

    Lawmaker: Backlash on reporter registry bill made point [Gun News]

    The South Carolina legislator whose journalism registry proposal touched off a media firestorm said Monday he never actually wanted to require reporters to register with the state, but the instant backlash made his point. By "immediately screaming First Amendment," the media reacted to his bill exactly as he expected, Rep. Mike Pitts told The Associated Press .

    17:40

    West Virginia: Permitless Carry Legislation Scheduled for Hearing This Week [NRA-ILA News]

    On Wednesday, January 27, the House Judiciary Committee will receive testimony on House Bill 4145, legislation that would allow a law-abiding individual, who is 21 years of age or older, to lawfully carry a concealed handgun for self-defense without a permit.

    14:55

    The Trump, Buckley controversy at National Review forces voters to think [The Liberty Sphere]

    "So what do you think about National Review's major slam dunk against Trump? What would Buckley do? Would he wince, or would he welcome the Trump people as a source for new subscribers an the ever growing conservative movement?

    As longtime readers know, I cut my political teeth under William F.Buckley by joining his Young Americans for Freedom -- the organization Buckley started to recruit college students for the conservative cause,  to educate them as to the need for young people to read and learn the nation's founding document, to  bring the Constitutional concept of low taxes and limited government, and then take these concepts to the public to anyone willing to hear.

    Read the rest here!

    14:19

    IL General Assembly Short Session to Consider Sales Tax Preemption Bill [Gun News]

    During the short session it is important that you contact your state Representative and politely urge him or her to cosponsor House Bill 4348 , introduced by state Representative Jerry Costello . HB 4348 seeks to remove the power of local governments and municipalities to impose a sales tax on firearm and ammunition purchases.

    14:05

    Campus Carry Legislation to be Heard in Senate Committee this Week [NRA-ILA News]

    On Wednesday, January 27, at 8:15 a.m., the Missouri Senate Transportation, Infrastructure and Public Safety Committee is scheduled to hear multiple bills which seek to expand self-defense laws on Missouri higher education campuses.

    14:02

    Vickers Guide 1911 [The Firearm Blog]

    bookThis new book by Larry Vickers and James Rupley is a coffee table book that’s a testament to one of the most popular handguns in the United States for the past 100 years. Larry describes the influence the 1911 has had on him throughout his adult life as well as sharing his collection of 1911s […]

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    13:20

    Rogers New Min-Red Dot Sight Mount [The Firearm Blog]

    IMG_0186Holsterops is selling a new mount that fits any mini red dot sight that will attach to a picatinny rail. I spotted this new product while talking to them about a new Safariland holster(more on this later). The mount looked very familiar then it hit me. This mount is based on the top of the […]

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    13:05

    [SHOT 2016] 1Shot’s New Accurate Pistol System and Holster [The Firearm Blog]

    1shot-glock1Shot out of Reno, Nevada debuted their Accurate Pistol System last year, it’s a non NFA pistol “buttstock” rest that’s not actually connected or mounted to the pistol at all. Your pistol rest in the Accurate Pistol System and you hold your pistol plus the rest together while you shoulder the “stock”. It helps with […]

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    12:11

    40mm Fun from Defense Technology [The Firearm Blog]

    DT LauncherDefense Technology announced three new 40mm products at the recent shot show: one launcher and two projectiles. The new launcher is called the 40mm Tactical 4-Shot Launcher. Not a terribly imaginative name, but very descriptive. The unit is made in collaboration with Lewis Machine & Tool, a company that many readers will associate with manufacturing […]

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    10:52

    Illinois General Assembly to Hold Short Session and Consider Sales Tax Preemption Bill [NRA-ILA News]

    This week, the Illinois General Assembly will convene for a short session.  During the short session it is important that you contact your state Representative and politely urge him or her to cosponsor House Bill 4348, introduced by state Representative Jerry Costello (D-116).

    Illinois General Assembly to Hold Short Session this Week [NRA-ILA News]

    This week, the Illinois General Assembly will convene for a short session.  During the short session it is important that you contact your state Representative and politely urge him or her to cosponsor House Bill 4348, introduced by state Representative Jerry Costello (D-116).

    10:43

    Pay no attention to the black-robed villain behind the curtain. [Sipsey Street Irregulars]

    "Fast and Furious Litigation: Losing the Battle to Win the War?"
    Last week, Judge Amy Berman Jackson issued an important opinion in Oversight Committee v. Lynch, the subpoena enforcement litigation related to the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee’s investigation into Operation Fast and Furious. Media outlets generally reported it as a win for Congress and loss for the Executive. In an acute sense, that is true — Judge Jackson ordered the Justice Department to produce sensitive materials that reflect deliberations about how to respond to congressional requests and media inquiries. However, the opinion is a much more complicated ruling that reinforces some longstanding executive branch legal arguments that Congress has perennially disputed. In the longer term, this opinion may actually be a win for the executive branch, despite being ordered to hand over documents the President designated as privileged.

    10:09

    Can Auto Safety Teach Us How to Reduce Gun Deaths? [Gun News]

    The idea that "gun violence" can be addressed in a similar manner as automobile safety has been proposed many times, and for many years. President Obama has hammered incessantly on this theme.

    10:01

    SRSP’s Team Never Quit Ammunition [The Firearm Blog]

    DSCF3001Snake River Shooting Products was founded by former USAF Casey Betzold with the goal of designing and manufacturing high-quality, reliable ammunition. Betzold has refused to budge from his dedication to quality, a stance that sometimes means things might move a bit slower – but they’ll be done right. He’s also puts a great deal of […]

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    08:11

    In re Trump the demagogue. Do not count on politics to save you. We can only rely upon the Lord, ourselves alone -- and our rifles. [Sipsey Street Irregulars]

    "Trump Doubles-Down On Shooting Comment."
    "You Need A Soul Check Before You Vote For Donald Trump."
    Given my previous post "Eating the turd, with or without ketchup. Demagoguery is as demagoguery does. But those who blindly follow 'pretended patriots' out of anger are simply stupid," it has been demanded of me "well, who are you for? Cruz?"
    Of all of the GOP candidates I must say that Cruz is the most constitutionally consistent and loyal, but my answer is: why must I vote for anyone? Do I believe that politics alone will save the Founder's Republic? No, I do not. Like the Irish, I believe in Sinn Fein:" Ourselves Alone. I spent the past 20 years dealing with the real world consequences of GOP failures. How can I now place any faith that any one person or party represents a painless way to restore the Republic?
    The constitutional militia movement came about because the GOP failed to do its duty of effective investigation and oversight. The OKC bombing private investigation came about for the same reason. My participation as a citizen journalist in investigating ATF and FBI scandals was driven by the obvious failures of the "mainstream" press. My enunciation of the Three Percent concept and my organization of the armed civil disobedience campaign flowed from the obvious failures of the NRA and others to defend our natural and God-given rights. Why then do any of you, my faithful readers, place ANY confidence in a single man or a political party or an advocacy group?
    WHY MUST I CHOOSE BETWEEN THE VARYING TASTE AND BOUQUETS OF TURD SANDWICHES? Why do some of you get sucked into these false choices despite twenty plus years of lies and serial cowardice of people who do the same thing to you again and again and laugh at your credulous, child-like faith in the power of horse excrement and wishful thinking?
    Think and act for yourselves, locally, organizing people you know and trust and quit believing that Santa Claus is going to bring you a restored republic by way of electoral politics. Trust in the Lord, ourselves alone, and our rifles.

    07:34

    Kurt Schlichter: "Buy Ammo." [Sipsey Street Irregulars]

    “A man can never have too much red wine, too many books, or too much ammunition.” -- Rudyard Kipling.
    "I have never, ever had anyone tell me that he had too much ammunition. Not in a combat zone, not in a civil disaster, not even in peacetime. Never. Nor have I lived through a time where our governing class was so deeply corrupt, so utterly foolish, and so dangerously focused on the perpetuation of its own power that it risked bringing down everything we have built not merely in the United States but in the entire West. Right now, if you are watching the news, you have questions about the future. And the answer to all of them is to buy ammo."
    Buying ammo is a no-lose proposition. Look, the worst thing that happens if you buy more ammo is that you have more ammo. Plus, much of our consumer ammo is made by hardworking Americans, and many of those ammo makers are located in red states where the right to keep and bear arms is celebrated and respected. So you’re helping fellow conservative Americans, which is good. And you’re infuriating people like that sanctimonious, Second Amendment-hating incompetent infesting the White House, which is great.
    Of course, buying ammo presumes you have already fulfilled your duty as a law-abiding, able-bodied American citizen and obtained sufficient firearms for the defense of yourself, your family, your community, and your Constitution. I can’t tell you how many people in the last year have confessed to me that they have finally decided to visit their local gun seller to do what they had put off for far too long and transition from sheep to sheepdog.
    A handgun and a long weapon per adult is merely the minimum. We call that “a good start.” Now, while you can really efficiently carry only two weapons at once, when all hell breaks loose you’re going to have friends who were the grasshopper to your ant and did not prepare for winter. You may wish to share the contents of your armory with them when the time comes; keep in mind that the only thing in a gunfight that’s better than having a black combat rifle is having your buddy there to provide supporting fire with a black combat rifle. Or a shotgun – diversity is a good thing.
    Don’t forget training. Malpractice with a weapon is a bad thing, particularly when the foolishness of our leaders has led to the kind of chaos where hospitals are deserted and antibiotics are hard to come by. I oversaw the weapons training of at least 20,000 troops over my career (Sergeants actually do the training; officers oversee the planning, resourcing, and big picture range operations, then find their sharpest sergeant to run them through some refresher drills so they can shoot “Expert” when they hit the firing line and qualify in front of everyone). I am a big fan of weapons training. You need to learn safety, and you also need to learn how to hit what you are shooting at. Don’t be like the gangbanging, side-shooting nimrods in Democrat inner cities who can’t hit the other scumbags they’re shooting at and instead take out nice ladies walking home from church. Having lots of ammo on hand facilitates training.
    Now, many of our urban liberal friends will not understand why we insist on ensuring that we have plenty of guns and ammo. They are, not coincidentally, the same urban liberals who don’t understand how creating economic and political chaos by screwing up the economy, coddling crooks, allowing unrestricted immigration, refusing to defeat our enemies, and frittering away the rule of law all act to undermine this wonderful island of relative peace and stability we call the United States. The über-beta editor of a well-known liberal website once chided me on Twitter for pointing out the fact that civilization walks on a tightrope over a chasm of chaos, telling me I was essentially nuts for thinking this could all fall apart much faster and much more violently than any of us imagine. But I was not nuts. I was remembering. I was remembering Los Angeles on fire during the Rodney King riots. I spent three weeks on the streets with the Army during that little life lesson based out of an armory south of I-10 and east of the 405. Let’s just say that it was a looty, shooty area. So I don’t need chaos lessons from some tweedy femboy, nor do you. It may not be apocalypse now, but it could very well be apocalypse soon.
    Do you think our elite is going to protect you during the next “uprising?” Remember, it’s a “riot” only if elite liberals are at risk like they were when Beverly Hills got threatened; it’s an “uprising” if only you are. Remember that “stand down” order in Baltimore? Do you think the Iranians and our other enemies haven’t been watching Team Feckless in inaction and thought about popping off a hot rock or two a hundred miles above Kansas City to fry all our wonderful electronic gizmos with EMP? A couple days after our logistics networks go down those urban hipsters are going to learn what really constitutes a “food desert.” Do you think a country this politically divided can’t devolve into violence? People in Kosovo were pretty sure everything was hunky dory while Tito was alive. People resolved their differences through the institutions. And then Tito died, and the game changed. In just a few years, it became very bad.
    Right now we have a president who thinks he can ignore or modify the law unilaterally, justifying it with the baffling argument that he shouldn’t have to ask Congress because Congress will just say “No” – which I always thought was kind of the point of checks and balances. So what happens when President Clinton, who identified you and me and the 50% of Americans who aren’t her supporters as her enemies, decides she gets to make her own laws because, well, she knows better and feels like it? Nothing good.
    But deterrence is a wonderful thing. An armed, trained populace is not only prepared for when things go bad, but the fact that it is armed and trained makes it much less likely that things will go bad in the first place. Last year, Americans voted for liberty by buying well over 15 million new guns. That’s roughly 40,000 a day, every day. That’s enough to arm three infantry divisions. Every. Single. Day.
    Just don’t forget to buy ammo.

    07:09

    Benelli’s New Shotgun [The Firearm Blog]

    DSCF3549Benelli was founded in 1967 and quickly built a reputation for designing and manufacturing well-made firearms. Their attention to detail and willingness to think outside the industry box has proven successful on more than one occasion, especially as of late, and now they’ve turned that attention to pheasant hunting. The Ethos is Benelli’s newest offering, but […]

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    05:58

    50 maps that show how guns are illegally trafficked into every state [Gun News]

    The FBI processed more than 23 million background checks in 2015 through the National Instant Background Check System , shattering the previous record set in 2013. The total number of background checks conducted is considered the most accurate measurement of gun sales, though it's not always perfectly accurate: Checks aren't required at gun shows , and a single check can be used for a person purchasing multiple guns at once.

    05:27

    SIG KE-9 & M29A Prototype Rifles (Video) [Forgotten Weapons]

    The SIG KE-9 and M29A were several in a series of developmental rifles made by SIG in Switzerland and designed by Pal Kiraly. These ultimately found no commercial or military sales, although the related KE-7 light machine gun did have some limited success.

    04:08

    Fast & Furious Fifty-Cal Recovered In El Chapo Raid [The Firearm Blog]

    El-Chapo-guns-02A Barrett .50 caliber M82-series semiautomatic anti-materiel rifle, transferred to criminal elements through the BATFE’s Operation Fast & Furious, found its way into the hands of notorious Sinaloa drug cartel lead Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán, report news outlets during the week of SHOT Show. The large-caliber rifle, erroneously described as being designed to “shoot down helicopters”, is […]

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    03:15

    The New Taser Pulse [The Firearm Blog]

    TASER PulseTaser International announced a new electronic control device (ECD) at the recent SHOT Show. The weapon is designed for non-law enforcement use and is called the Pulse. Unlike the existing C2 weapon designed for civilian use, the Pulse is handgun shaped and is a bridge between the C2 and the X26 frequently used by police departments. […]

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    03:00

    Poacher’s silenced takedown gun [The Firearm Blog]

    poachinggun1Here’s a very neat little takedown gun seized by police in Italy which is entirely handmade, fits in a backpack and is chambered for either .22lr or .22 hornet. Intended varmint may or may not have included local magistrates.

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    02:00

    Shot Show Optics: Hi-Lux CMR8 1-8x26mm Tactical Scope [The Firearm Blog]

    hilux_1During Shot Show 2016, there were three optic companies introducing their new 1-8x scope. The second of those is Hi-Lux Optics with their new CMR8 1-8x26mm model. I did a preview of the Hi-Lux CMR8 that was shown at the Fall 2015 Big 3 Media Event. The samples that I found at the Hi-Lux booth […]

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    01:49

    Baltimore Sun Writer Advocating Gunowner Database Thinks She's in the Majority [Gun News]

    The Baltimore Sun deputy editorial page editor and columnist, who on January 7 advocated "a gun owner registry available to the public online - something like those for sex offenders," posted a follow-up on Friday, claiming that "Gun control advocates the silent majority."

    Sunday, 24 January

    21:39

    If You Love Guns You Need To Watch These YouTube Channels [SLIDESHOW] [Gun News]

    Social media has done a lot to spread knowledge about gun rights and the Second Amendment, and no platform has more information for gun enthusiasts than YouTube. YouTube is full of different information for somebody looking to get a little more gun knowledge; everything from gun reviews to blowing stuff up to commentary on gun control can easily be found.

    18:38

    Watch Now: Wayne LaPierre's Challenge for the President [NRA-ILA News]

    Wayne LaPierre says that President Obama has chosen to attack what he misunderstands most about America—the Second Amendment, gun owners and the NRA. Obama even announced a federal gun force that will be four times the size of the Special Forces units he deployed against ISIS terrorists. LaPierre concludes by challenging the president to a one-on-one, one-hour fair debate.

    17:24

    Bloomberg brings voice against guns to presidential race [Gun News]

    To some people, he's just another New York billionaire who could jump into the 2016 race. But, in reality, Michael Bloomberg has, for years, been a leading voice on one of the most sensitive and critical issues facing the country: Gun control.

    14:44

    [Shot Show 2016] Vortex Enters F-Class with Golden Eagle Scope [The Firearm Blog]

    img_0771.jpegVortex has been showing a lot of love to the tactical shooting market over the past few years. The high end Razor family has expanded, there are new red-dot revisions every year, and their prismatic AR scopes are coming along. But that’s left some of the traditional shooting sports out in the cold. Vortex is […]

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    13:15

    Kansas regents balance interests in guns-on-campus debate [Gun News]

    As head of the governing board of Kansas' state university system, Shane Bangerter figured the panel was in a no-win situation last week when faced with the need to adopt guidelines for how gun owners will be able to carry concealed firearms onto campuses and into some buildings next year.

    10:29

    Albuquerque self defense shooting spike [Of Arms and the Law]

    Story here. In some years, repeat some years, the justifiable homicides have made up around 15% of total homicides. The overall average appears to be about 5%.

    09:05

    Lawbreaking Bikers Promote Anti-Second Amendment Message [Gun News]

    People all along the East Coast are increasingly being subjected to a low level of lawless intimidation with massive traffic intimidation by a subculture of outlaw bikers. This is a separate subculture that revels in their ability to escape police and to break traffic laws with impunity.

    04:55

    Bush turns up heat on Trump [Gun News]

    Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush touted his record on Second Amendment rights, job creation and education at an appearance in Pelham on Saturday, in a speech also peppered with biting attacks on front-runner Donald Trump. In a town-hall meeting attended by about 100 people at Sherburne Hall, Bush attacked President Barack Obama's policies and Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton's response to Benghazi, and took quick shots at both Sarah Palin and Bernie Sanders.

    04:54

    Eating the turd, with or without ketchup. Demagoguery is as demagoguery does. But those who blindly follow "pretended patriots" out of anger are simply stupid. [Sipsey Street Irregulars]

    "I could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody, and I wouldn't lose any voters, OK?" Trump told an enthusiastic audience at a Christian school, Dordt College. "It's like incredible." Donald Trump: Supporters would stick with me if I shot someone 'in the middle of Fifth Avenue'
    The same day Donald Trump used the podium at a Christian school to reflect that he could do murder and and still be embraced by his secular worshipers, I was at a prayer meeting at my church. This was the final day of 21 days of prayer and there was an overflow crowd of thousands, spilling over from the sanctuary into the theater next door. In my church, folks pray with their hands open, palms up, symbolizing our openness to God's will and not our own. The room rippled with electricity, and the power of God was evident to every participant.
    When I later heard of Trump's boast, I reflected upon the jarring irony of the two scenes in similar venues and shook my head at the sheer brazen demagoguery that Trump's performance represented. The story relates that the response of the audience (most of whom if asked I'm sure would self-identify as Christians) was "enthusiastic."
    The Founders, whether Federalist or Anti-federalist, perceived the dangers of demagoguery to their new Republic as being the greatest threat it faces. Here are two representative quotes from either side of the argument at the time:
    "A dangerous ambition more often lurks behind the specious mask of zeal for the rights of the people than under the forbidden appearance of zeal for the firmness and efficiency of government. History will teach us that the former has been found a much more certain road to the introduction of despotism than the latter, and that of those men who have overturned the liberties of republics, the greatest number have begun their career by paying an obsequious court to the people; commencing demagogues, and ending tyrants." -- Federalist No. One, Alexander Hamilton.
    And this one from the uncompromising Elbridge Gerry:
    The evils we experience flow from the excess of democracy. The people do not want virtue, but are the dupes of pretended patriots. -- Elbridge Gerry, Constitutional Convention Monday May 31, 1787.
    Gerry also said this: "It is the duty of every man, though he may have but one day to live, to devote that day to the good of his country."
    Trump and his followers maintain that they are doing what they are doing for the good of the country. They point that Trump, whatever his flaws, couldn't be worse than the last four occupants of the White House. I was on a radio call in show the other morning and had this argument pulled out in Trump's defense.
    "Whoa up," I insisted. "What you are doing now is arguing over the varying qualities of excrement." I continued, "What you are saying is that some turds are big and smelly and you do not like them. You are saying 'I don't like those turds. I prefer my turds to be small and less odorous." The hosts of the show laughed. Now Grandpa Vanderboegh told me that it was possible to eat a turd if you had enough ketchup. But the fact of the matter is that you have to be persuaded that you WANT to eat that turd very badly and you have to conjure up the ketchup yourself.
    Donald Trump, as near as i can make out, is absolutely unprincipled and like all demagogues is saying what he believes he needs to say in order to achieve his ends. My concern is that he is obviously as much of an insecure personality as Obama and, like Obama, gets his "principles" in the mirror every morning when he wakes up. Taken together, their proclaimed fidelity to the limits of the Constitution are so much fart in the wind. Only when the mask slips as at Dordt College, do you get a sense of Trump's inner demagogic voyage of discovery. To paraphrase George Corley Wallace, if you put Obama and Trump in a barrel and rolled them down the hill, there would always be an unprincipled son of Beelzebub on top.
    This will cost me more than a few readers, I'm sure. But as I don't expect to last long enough to vote in the upcoming election (although I might make the Alabama primary) I can at least go on record as to where I stand. And since I lack that longevity that most of y'all take for granted, you won't have say to me in the fullness of time that I was right about demagogues. Like prostitutes of a more innocent nature, the joyful experience is fleeting but the diseases they bring are forever.

    03:43

    What the ChiCom Propaganda Apparatus Managed to Deliver Without My Help. John Lott, collectivist stooge and useful idiot, speaking with absolutely no personal experience of militia, sneers at our motivations and downplays our numbers. [Sipsey Street Irregulars]

    In political jargon, useful idiot is a term for people perceived as propagandists for a cause whose goals they are not fully aware of, and who are used cynically by the leaders of the cause. -- Wikipedia.
    Readers may recall my recent refusal to cooperate in our own demonization.
    The Chicoms had no trouble finding a useful idiot, however: meet John Lott, talking out his ass about something he knows absolutely nothing about.
    Readers with longer memories may recall that Lott tracked me down in the crowd following my speech on the steps of the CT state house in April 2013 at the time of the Sandy Hook Intolerable Act and denounced me bitterly as someone who "alienated political allies" with my "irresponsible" advocacy of armed civil disobedience.
    Ah well, once a collectivist stooge, always a collectivist stooge, I guess. Perhaps he should do another book entitled "More Propaganda, Less Principle."

    01:41

    A group of moms got guns banned from a Virginia Whole Foods [Gun News]

    They will organize boycotts and protests and other intimidating displays of manliness. They will show up in droves and armed to the teeth.

    Saturday, 23 January

    21:25

    Second Amendment: Civil Liberties Must Be Respected, Including Gun Rights [Gun News]

    The failure to defend the civil liberties of one is a failure to defend the civil liberties of all. This is particularly true when it is inconvenient or offensive to do so.

    20:35

    Franklin Armory Binary trigger system [The Firearm Blog]

    _MG_7760We blogged about the two companies coming out with AR trigger systems that increase a rifles rate of fire on TFB, Military Arms Channel has an excellent review of the Franklin Armory system as well. But at SHOT we were able to get a real hands on look at the Franklin Armory booth. Franklin Armory has […]

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    19:56

    [SHOT 2016] Fostech Shotgun [The Firearm Blog]

    _MG_7636Oleg Volk produced a Youtube video with Fostech’s Origin 12, 12 gauge shotgun, shooting through a suppressor, and a drum. It was all over the internet in days and we got a chance to check out the shotgun while at SHOT. Fostech is a family run business that takes its name from the founders last […]

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    18:44

    St. Louis, MO [Civilian Gun Self-Defense Blog]

    From 1/18/16 KDSK:

    The hunt is on for a robber that started a gun battle in a St. Louis Grocery store.

    Sone Maniphonh is one 63 year old you don't want to mess with.

    When her business, and her husband were threatened by a gunman, she sprang into action to protect them and nearly paid with her life.

    You don't stay in business for 25 years without protecting what's yours.

    On Jan. 4, Maniphonh had to prove it, while staring down the barrel of a gun held by this man.

    “He walked in, and he wanted a 20 cent candy. I put right here, and he put gun on me. He point at me. After that he turn gun to my husband,” said Maniphonh.

    As Maniphonh watched her husband struggle with the robber she grabbed her own gun.She never fired at the robber, fearful she would hit her own husband.

    “I stand right here. He shoot one, two, three, four over there. I run follow him to go outside. I only try to protect myself, i don't know how to [be] scared,” said Maniphonh.

    Maniphonh says she's had that gun under her register for more than 20 years, but she's never had a reason to use it before.

    “Sometimes I cry at home, I say, 'Why they have to do it with us. I don't make too much money'. Business is slow,” said Maniphonh.

    18:21

    [2016 SHOT] First-Light TORQ [The Firearm Blog]

    IMG_3767First-Light is a small U.S. company that has some pretty cool lights which have a lot of utility in a number of venues. The new model they were showcasing at SHOT was called the TORQ and immediately evoked nostalgia for those old school USGI Angle Head Flashlights—though the first light implementation was much smaller and […]

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    17:06

    Man who accidentally shot woman in movie theater had gun permit, police say [Gun News]

    An apparently intoxicated man who accidentally shot a woman in a Renton movie theater Thursday night had a concealed-carry permit for the weapon, police said. The 29-year-old man, who has not been formally identified by Renton police, has been booked into the King County Jail for investigation of assault, said police spokesman Cmdr.

    12:56

    Security, immigration, guns top US 2016 debate [Gun News]

    If the state of the economy dominated the 2012 race in the aftermath of the financial crisis, the debate over keeping Americans safe amid heightened concerns over the threat of terrorism has emerged as a primary topic in 2016. Here is what the candidates are focused on in the run-up to Iowa, which kicks of the presidential nominations contest on February 1. After savage attacks in Paris claimed by Islamic State extremists and the killing of 14 people in San Bernardino, California by a US-Pakistani couple, the American appetite for waging war against IS radicals grew dramatically.

    10:28

    1936-2016: 80th anniversary of the anti-tank gasoline bomb. "The Molotov Cocktail as Battlefield Innovation." [Sipsey Street Irregulars]

    Improvised incendiary devices were used for the first time in the Spanish Civil War between July 1936 and April 1939, before they became known as "Molotov cocktails". In 1936, General Francisco Franco ordered Spanish Nationalist forces to use the weapon against Soviet T-26 tanks supporting the Spanish Republicans in a failed assault on the Nationalist stronghold of Seseña, near Toledo, 40 km (25 mi) south of Madrid. After that, both sides used simple petrol bombs or petrol-soaked blankets with some success. -- Wikipedia.
    Finnish soldier armed with a Molotov Cocktail.
    But even with the knowledge that war might be coming, Finland could only muster a fifth of the manpower and a fraction of the modern weaponry of the USSR and had little advanced weaponry to defeat Soviet tanks. When the Soviets crossed the border in late November, their military planners anticipated a war would last for only a week or two. It lasted until March in no small part because of the Molotov cocktail.
    The Molotov cocktail is an elegantly simple weapon, needing only a bottle and some flammable materials like gasoline or tar. Using either a basic fuse or even an old rag, a soldier sets the end on fire and hurls the weapon so the force of impact will shatter the glass and ignite the flammable materials inside. While the weapon was first employed during the Spanish Civil War in 1936, the Winter War was where it first became truly famous. It is also when the weapon got its modern name. The Finns sarcastically named it for the Soviet Foreign Minister, Vyacheslev Molotov, after he claimed Soviet bombers were dropping food aid to starving children in Helsinki. The Molotov cocktail was the perfect accompaniment to “Molotov’s bread baskets.”

    10:28

    New Daniel Defense Accessories [The Firearm Blog]

    KeyMod Scoutlight Mount MountedDaniel Defense announced a number of new accessories last week. These include the following products: DD KeyMod Scout Light Mount As time moves on, more and more people – and companies – are moving away from quad-rail handguard systems. The two most popular options on the market are KeyMod and M-LOK. KeyMod is an open […]

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    10:15

    "Bloomberg, Sensing an Opening, Revisits a Potential White House Run." [Sipsey Street Irregulars]

    Go for it, big boy. Split that collectivist vote.
    Mr. Bloomberg, 73, has already taken concrete steps toward a possible campaign, and has indicated to friends and allies that he would be willing to spend at least $1 billion of his fortune on it, according to people briefed on his deliberations who spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss his plans. He has set a deadline for making a final decision in early March, the latest point at which advisers believe Mr. Bloomberg could enter the race and still qualify to appear as an independent candidate on the ballot in all 50 states.

    09:17

    Visit the Crime Prevention Research Center Website [John Lott's Website]


    If you are interested in research on crime and gun control, you will find a lot of original research at the CrimeResearch.org website.  Please visit.

    08:56

    Bloomberg Gun Control Initiative Receives Required Signatures to Restrict Your Rights [Gun News]

    On January 19, anti-gun advocates collected the required number of signatures for the Bloomberg gun control initiative in the November general election. Now, the Secretary of State will have to validate those signatures which could take several weeks.

    07:12

    Legislation to Expand Concealed Carry Formally Introduced in Wisconsin [NRA-ILA News]

    This week, state Senator  Mary Lazich (R-New Berlin) and state Representatives Robert Brooks (R-Saukville) and Jesse Kremer (R-Kewaskum) introduced Senate Bill 589​, which would allow concealed carry permit holders to carry on school grounds, thus eliminating the current state felony that prevents law-abiding gun owners from transporting their children or grandchildren to their community schools.

    06:51

    Iowa: House Subcommittee Advances Bill to Protect Second Amendment Rights [NRA-ILA News]

    This week, an Iowa House Judiciary Subcommittee approved House File 2044 which would protect the rights of law-abiding gun owners during times of emergency in the state.

    05:34

    "Obama asked to bar importation of assault-style guns." [Sipsey Street Irregulars]

    Collectivist tyranny is like rust, it never quits.
    Engel initiated both letters. The letter also included 15 New York lawmakers. Both letters make the same argument — that the president has broad authority under the 1968 Gun Control Act to impose a stricter ban on the importation of certain guns. “The Gun Control Act prohibits the importation into the United States of any firearm that is not ‘generally recognized as particularly suitable for or readily adaptable to sporting purposes,’" the letter states. “The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives has already said that this ban includes ‘semiautomatic assault rifles’ with ‘military configuration features.’" The administration’s current policy excludes only “specific parts and components," the letter said. President George H. W. Bush imposed a ban on military-style assault weapons after five children were killed and 30 teachers and students were wounded in 1989 at Cleveland Elementary School in Stockton, California.

    05:27

    Vintage Saturday: Combined Arms [Forgotten Weapons]

    US troops in the Pacific Theater with 1903 Springfields and a 1919A4 machine gun

    US troops in the Pacific Theater with 1903 Springfields and a 1919A4 machine gun

    I have seen this image described as being from both Burma and Okinawa – not sure myself which (if either) is correct. The array of armament present is interesting, though – a 1903A3, a 1903A4 sniper, a couple rifle grenades, and a 1919A4 machine gun. Note the presence of the bolt hold-open latch on the 1919A4 – this allowed the bolt to be locked open to improve cooling of the gun, and was removed from production in May 1943.

    04:41

    Obama asked to bar import of assault-style guns [Gun News]

    Obama asked to bar import of assault-style guns The Democrats say the 1968 Gun Control Act gives the president power to ban such firearms. Check out this story on DemocratandChronicle.com: http://on.rocne.ws/1RDPLhr WASHINGTON - About 90 House Democrats led by Rep. Eliot Engel of the Bronx recently wrote President Obama asking him to bar the importation of assault-style rifles.

    03:59

    Donald Trump's changing positions on many issues over the last year (It isn't just the massive changes over the last decade) [John Lott's Website]




    Everyone knows that Donald Trump has been a Democrat, Independent, flirted with Ross Perot's Reform Party (from the left), and finally running as a Republican.  But it isn't just on abortion, taxes, Obamacare, Obama's economic policies, and gun control that Trump has had radical changes in his political views.

    While saying that he is a conservative, he has attacked Republicans as being "captives of their right wing."

     Take changes over the last year:

    -- Medicare: 

    On October 25, 2015 on ABC News:
    on ABC News’ "This Week” where Trump said he agreed with Carson’s plan to replace the 50-year-old Medicare system with health savings accounts (HSA)."I’m OK with the savings accounts. I think it’s a good idea,” Trump said Sunday. “It’s a very down-the-middle idea. It works. It’s something that’s proven.”
    On the question Sunday about whether he agreed with Carson’s idea that "Medicare probably won’t be necessary,” Trump said, "It’s possible. You’re going to have to look at that. But I’ll tell you what; the health savings accounts, I’ve been talking about it also. I think it’s a very good idea … it’s an idea whose probably time has come.”
    On MSNBC (liberal audience) on October 27, 2015
    "Ben [Carson] wants to knock out Medicare. I heard that over the weekend. He wants to abolish Medicare,” Trump said of Carson’s comments that Medicare “probably won’t be necessary” under his health care plan.
    Trump added: “Abolishing Medicare, I don't think you'll get away with that one. It's actually a program that's worked. It’s a program that some people love, actually.”
    The Washington Post has a long list of quotes from this year on Trump’s plan to defeat the Islamic State, Trump’s plan for the 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the United States,
     Trump’s plan for tax reform, Trump’s plan for the nuclear deal with Iran, and Trump’s plan for “Obamacare.

    There is a good reason that a lot of conservatives and libertarians are very concerned about Trump's candidacy  (see this discussion at NR).


    01:01

    Vortex 15-60x52mm Golden Eagle HD Scope [The Firearm Blog]

    DSC_0882 2In just over 13 years Vortex Optics has risen from a small sporting goods company in Wisconsin, to a well very respected optics manufacturer. This year at SHOT Show Vortex announced the addition of the Golden Eagle HD rifle scope with a 15-60x magnification. The Golden Eagle has been specifically designed to deliver accuracy and […]

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    00:27

    County to study ordinance on outdoor shooting ranges [Gun News]

    There is little they can do about regulating an indoor shooting range proposed in the Francis Farm community, the Haywood County Commissioners agreed, but the board will explore setting limits on outdoor shooting ranges. At Tuesday's board meeting, a half dozen residents from the rural area where Jule Morrow has said he wants to build an indoor shooting range spoke out about safety and their anger at having a business in a residential community.

    Friday, 22 January

    23:59

    In Case you missed them: SHOT Show Day 4 (LAST DAY OF THE SHOW) [The Firearm Blog]

    SHOT-DAY4Here are all our posts published on 22 January 2015 during the final day of SHOT Show. If you missed any here they are chronological order from earliest to latest …

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    23:56

    [SHOT 2016] What’s new at Quantico Tactical [The Firearm Blog]

    5 light LZ kit w/steel stakes.  Thos are individually wrapped batteries in the middleSwinging by Quantico Tactical (who are apparently big fans of TFB by the way, thanks guys!), I noticed what I thought a first were chem lights, a fairly common military item.  Upon closer inspection, it was a unique and versatile “modular light system” called Lazerbrite.  When I say versatile, I truly mean that these lights […]

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    23:55

    Now Donald Trump is openly moving towards being part of the establishment. What will happen after the election? [John Lott's Website]

    Trump is now saying that he is moving towards being with the establishment.  Can you imagine how much more Trump will change once he gets the Republican nomination?
    "I think they're warming up. I want to be honest, I have received so many phone calls from people that you would call establishment, from people — generally speaking ... conservatives, Republicans — that want to come onto our team. . . . You know what? There's a point at which: Let's get to be a little establishment." 

    22:37

    Growing numbers of scientists say global warming a political theory rather than scientific fact [The Liberty Sphere]

    As most of you know by now, forecast models Wednesday predicted a major blizzard for New York City, Washington, D.C., and other densely populated areas of the Mid-Atlantic beginning Friday of this week. That prediction has proved to be correct. High winds and  crippling snow of more than a foot are expected. Some areas expect over three feet of snow.

    The blizzard has already reignited the hotly contested debate over global warming. One television news crew, for example, seized the blizzard to disparage those who point to snow storms and blizzards as ample evidence that the doom and gloom of the global warming true believers is likely exaggerated and overblown. But the chief meteorologist at the news outlet took the opportunity to do some much needed educating of her own.

    The chief weather scientist at the news outlet in question explained to the news crew -- and the public at large -- that just as it is true that major blizzards do not provide enough proof to raise the alarm about global cooling, so it is true that slowly warming temperatures in some areas provide no definitive proof that the entire globe is getting hotter than ever before. And if one blames these warming temperatures on human activity, then the global warming theory is even more suspect.

    Temperature fluctuations, said the meteorologist, are normal and have very little to do with human activity. Literally hundreds of climate scientists agree with her. The last Ice Age, for example, occurred long before human life as we know it existed. And ever since the end of that Ice Age the world as a whole has been getting warmer.  At the height of the last Ice Age the layer of deep freeze permafrost reached all the way down to the southeastern portion of the United States, encompassing the Carolinas, Northern Georgia. and other southern portions of the country that today are not associated with cold weather. In addition, the long and gradual warming had nothing to do with human activity, given that primitive man had not yet developed the ability to utilize fossil fuels. Thus, very little carbon was sent up into the air.

    And this was the point made by the astute meteorologist. Even if it could be proved that every single area on earth was beset by rising temperatures, such an observation would tell us nothing as to the reason why. As it stands now the rising temperatures can be traced to certain areas and not to every city and country on earth.  The ice shelf of Antarctica can be proved to be growing in thickness and expanse. Climate scientists, however,  consistently fail to point out this crucial fact.

    22:33

    [SHOT 2016] Trijicon’s MRO [The Firearm Blog]

    IMG_0661Sure, the MRO isn’t breaking news or anything but I got a chance to play with one a bit for the first time. Trijicon had the MRO out in force at SHOT 2016 giving me a great opportunity to play with one a bit so I can share my first impression with you guys. Trijicon […]

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    21:37

    The Republican "Establishment" views Ted Cruz, not Donald Trump as the Threat [John Lott's Website]

    UPDATE: After all the blow back that I got on Twitter about this post, it is amazing that Trump is now saying that he is moving towards being with the establishment:
    "I think they're warming up. I want to be honest, I have received so many phone calls from people that you would call establishment, from people — generally speaking ... conservatives, Republicans — that want to come onto our team."
    Original: Nate Silver at 538 explains that he thinks Trump is much more likely to be the Republican nominee because the Republican establishment seems to be fine with Trump winning.  From Nate's discussion:
    But so far, the party isn’t doing much to stop Trump. Instead, it’s making such an effort against Cruz. Consider: 
    • The governor of Iowa, Terry Branstad, said he wanted Cruz defeated.
    • Bob Dole warned of “cataclysmic” losses if Cruz was the nominee, and said Trump would fare better.
    • Mitch McConnell and other Republicans senators have been decidedly unhelpful to Cruz when discussing his constitutional eligibility to be president.
    One doesn't have to look very far to see how Trump would protect vested interests.  While Ted Cruz will end the massive ethanol subsidies, a bold move for someone running in Iowa, Donald Trump did the opposite: he called for higher ethanol mandates.  This is the reason that Governor Terry Branstad is attacking Cruz. From The Hill Newspaper:
    The event came hours after Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad (R) told voters in the first state to choose presidential candidates that they shouldn’t vote for Sen. Ted Cruz (Texas), one of Trump’s most potent challengers.
    Branstad cited Cruz’s opposition to continuing the ethanol mandate after 2022, saying Cruz is “heavily financed by Big Oil.” 
    Trump welcomed Branstad’s comment. 
    Cruz has “been mixed in the subject, he goes wherever the votes are, so he all of the sudden went over here, and then all of the sudden, he got slapped,” Trump said. “So it’s very interesting to see.” 
    Trump was generally very supportive of the ethanol law, saying he is “100 percent” behind the ethanol industry, a powerful force in Iowa. . . .
    When Ben Carson did the economically responsible thing and challenged tax deductions in the current code, something that would challenge many vested interests, Trump attacked Carson.

    20:37

    Hornady ELD-X Precision Hunter [The Firearm Blog]

    DSCF3611It just wouldn’t be SHOT Show coverage without mention of the Hornady ELD-X (Extremely Low Drag-eXpanding). The brand new round has serious promise for hunters considering it offers highest-in-class ballistic coefficients and reliable expansion at not just a variety of distances but all distances. Hornady themselves explain it best: “At conventional range (0-400 yards), the […]

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    20:22

    Rock River Arms LAR-PDS SBR [The Firearm Blog]

    DSCF3581The Rock River Arms PDS – Pistol Driven System – may not be new, but this SBR certainly is. At the Rock River Arms booth at SHOT Show this year they showcased a few guns so new they had little information available beyond the caliber and length of barrel. This particular rifle is an SBR […]

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    20:15

    TalkBack for Jan. 23: One Table, concealed carry and background checks [Gun News]

    C'mon, people, you are missing the point of One Table, if you think it's all about a free meal. It's about the people in a great spirited town sitting down and breaking bread, rich, poor, black, white, Christians, Jews and, yes, even Muslims.

    20:10

    Franchi Catalyst for Women [The Firearm Blog]

    DSCF3527When it comes to guns designed for women there is a definite theme. They tend to be painted pink or purple, sized like a youth model, and a bit lacking overall. Because of that I have a tendency to feel some skepticism when presented with a women’s gun, but today at Franchi’s booth that changed. […]

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    18:25

    And This Illustrates My Travel Problems [No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money]


    I got a call from Southwest Airlines at 8 this morning. They were calling to tell me that the second half of my flight home - Chicago to Greenville-Spartanburg - was canceled and that I needed to make adjustments.

    And this is why:


    So instead of getting home Saturday night, I will be spending the night in Houston. I'd much rather spend the night in Texas than in Chicago!

    We, by the way, live in that nice pink area on the border of Buncombe and Henderson counties. The Complementary Spouse says it has started snowing again -- heavily.

    It could be worse. I could be living in northern Virginia with a car stuck at the airport. That's the situation facing a lot of the NRA staff here at the SHOT Show.


    18:11

    [SHOT 2016] Bad Company Tactical firearms retention system [The Firearm Blog]

    _MG_7713Toby Mellville of Bad Company Tactical was out at SHOT with his rifle and handgun rapid retention systems on hand. These systems have been out for a while now, but this was the first time I had heard of them. Unlike some of these kydex “M4 holsters” out on the market, the R2S works as a […]

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    16:46

    [SHOT 2016] FB Radom MSBS Update [The Firearm Blog]

    01211613082Last year, at the 2015 SHOT Show, Polish gun manufacturer Fabryka Broni told us that they would be working to bring the MSBS modular rifle to the United States civilian market. Speaking with them at the 2016 SHOT Show, I learned that this effort is ongoing. In 2015, the company submitted 10 weapons – rifles and […]

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    16:38

    2016 SHOT Show in Las Vegas Contrasts with Clown Show in D.C. [NRA-ILA News]

    On Wednesday, residents of the National Capital area were treated to the unseemly spectacle of the country’s seat of government being hobbled by 7/10 of an inch of snow. Those same locals are now bracing themselves for an incoming blizzard projected to dump at least 18 inches of snow, and perhaps considerably more, on Washington, D.C. To some degree, the fecklessness and panic of D.C.’s officials in the face of entirely predictable winter weather illustrates the dynamic of the Obama Administration’s attempt to impose national gun control on an unwilling American public. Never one to understand those who “cling to guns,” Obama has appeared dumbfounded by the continued resistance to his designs for Australian or British-style gun control in America. Faced with disappointment, he has reacted with petulance and vindictiveness, insisting that he will act to curb gun ownership without Congress.

    16:22

    [SHOT 2016] Knight’s Armament SR-25 E2 ACC M-Lok [The Firearm Blog]

    IMG_0669I had to visit the KAC booth while I was at shot to see if I saw anything cool enough to share with you guys. Turns out they are now supporting M-Lok on the SR-25, thankfully they let us take some photos. The Knight’s SR-25 E2 ACC M-Lok features high end components like a hammer […]

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    16:20

    No Way Out: Feds Stop Processing NICS Denial Appeals [NRA-ILA News]

    As much as the Brady Campaign, Bloomberg’s Everytown, and the Obama administration contend that submitting oneself to the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) is a fast and simple process that does not significantly burden lawful firearms transferees, the fact is that for many of Americans that simply isn’t true. Each year thousands of Americans are wrongfully denied their Second Amendment rights when NICS incorrectly determines that they are prohibited from firearm ownership. Compounding this grave injustice, this week the FBI made public that they have stopped processing NICS denial appeals.

    16:16

    As mass killings rise, how can sheriffs keep guns from the mentally unstable? [Gun News]

    In this July 23, 2012, photo, James E. Holmes appears in Arapahoe County District Court in Centennial, Colo. Holmes was charged with 166 counts, mostly murder and attempted murder, in the July 20 assault on moviegoers at a midnight showing of "The Dark Knight Rises" in Aurora, a Denver suburb.

    16:07

    Court Decision, Drug Lord’s Capture Illustrate Ongoing Fallout of Operation Fast & Furious [NRA-ILA News]

    A sharp memory and respect for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms go hand in hand. The Second Amendment, after all, was written by those who had only recently fought their way to independence from a tyrannical monarchy that had ceased to recognize American colonists’ basic human and legal rights. Memories of King George III’s abuses of power, and particularly the Redcoats’ attempts to disarm the patriots, were fresh in the drafters’ minds. The idea that a once benign government could descend into despotism was more than just political theory to them; it was their lived experience.

    15:17

    [SHOT 2016] VZ Weapon Solutions’ KMG Rail Covers [The Firearm Blog]

    IMG_0734We are all familiar with VZ grips wonderful G-10 grip panels offered for many popular handguns, this year at SHOT they introduced their new line of Keymod rail covers under the brand VZ Weapon Solutions. Made from the very same high quality G-10 they use on their grips the KMG is sure to be popular […]

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    14:05

    New Sig Sauer P227 Equinox [The Firearm Blog]

    DSC_0787Sig Sauer added another P227 .45 ACP option this year at SHOT Show. Called the Equinox, this new P227 comes with a 2-tone slide with a nickel/pewter appearance. The Equinox also comes with a polished trigger, hammer, and control levers for those who like their handguns to be more expressive. The combination of the 2-tone slide […]

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    13:40

    Delaware: Legislation that would Prevent the Auction of Firearms by Law Enforcement to be Considered Next Week [NRA-ILA News]

    On Wednesday, January 27, Senate Bill 19 is scheduled to be considered on the Delaware Senate floor.

    13:16

    Data: Gunshots kill average of 27 Harris County kids annually [Gun News]

    Texas' new open carry law takes affect Jan. 1, 2016. Most people might still be hazy - gun owner or not - on what exactly this means.

    12:53

    [SHOT 2016] Rifles Only Gear [The Firearm Blog]

    modifyRifles Only had some neat products this year at SHOT. Rifles Only, based out of Kingsville Texas, is a premier training facility for long range rifle shooting and training. Aside from long range shooting, Rifles Only also offers classes for carbine, long range hunting, high angle shooting, field craft, pistol, instructor education, Protective Service Detail […]

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    12:22

    Nebraska: State Preemption Bill Expected for First Floor Debate and Vote [NRA-ILA News]

    Today, Legislative Bill 289, the state preemption bill, is on General File and scheduled for its first floor debate in the Nebraska Unicameral Legislature.  LB 289 is expected for its first vote on Monday, January 25, or Tuesday, January 26.

    12:08

    [SHOT 2016] Schmeisser SLP-9 [The Firearm Blog]

    IMG_0683I stopped by Schmeisser while walking around the German section at SHOT to see what they were showcasing and saw a weird Glock like thing. Melanie with Schmeisser was able to fill me in on some of the details of their new pistol. The SLP-9 features replaceable back straps to allow the user to fit […]

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    11:28

    Virginia Legislators Are Working Hard to Protect Your Rights [NRA-ILA News]

    This week, many pro-gun bills advanced through the Virginia House of Delegates and many anti-gun bills were struck down in the Virginia Senate.

    10:57

    Strike Industries Ultra-Short AR Stock, Latchless Charging Handle and 45 Degree Folding BUIS [The Firearm Blog]

    strike industries-2-2The rate at which Strike Industries produces genuinely new products is the envy of many of firearm accessory manufacturers. Each year they have many prototype products on display at their SHOT Show booth and this year was no exception. These prototypes are all slated for production this year. In this post I am going to […]

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    10:24

    [SHOT 2016] Steadify [The Firearm Blog]

    IMG_3818This year (as I mentioned in another article), I had been pre-contacted for an interview for a company that had a couple of products of interest to me, International Supplies. Also, after publishing a press release for a company selling shooting sticks (earlier this year), my interest was piqued regarding the use of a portable […]

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    10:05

    [SHOT 2016] Explorer Cases [The Firearm Blog]

    IMG_3810I have a soft spot for storage things and ways to carry stuff. Probably some off-shoot from my OCD. Anyway, I am drawn to boxes and packs and hard cases whenever I see them. This year, I had been pre-contacted for an interview for a company that had a couple of products of interest to […]

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    09:48

    [SHOT 2016] 5.11 Havoc 30 Backpack [The Firearm Blog]

    5.11 Tactical Havoc 30 BackpackThe 5.11 Tactical booth is always a busy place at SHOT, with a wide range of products for a wide range of users. This year is no exception and they are displaying their usual crop of excellent apparel and gear. One of the new items that caught my eye was the Havoc 30 backpack. This […]

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    09:24

    [SHOT 2016] Laser Ammo Targets and Trainers [The Firearm Blog]

    targetsInterestingly enough I found out about Laser Ammo while I was at the CoolFire booth. One of the guys from Laser Ammo had staged number of their small, laser-reactive targets (Interactive Multi Training Electronic Target System) to be used with the CO2 operated laser trainers (which I might add made for a super fun and […]

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    09:23

    [SHOT 2016] Kriss’ New Defiance DMK-22 Dedicated 22 AR-15 [The Firearm Blog]

    IMG_0717While visiting our friends at Kriss I was pulled into what appeared to be a coat closet to see the newest thing from Kriss. When he pulled out a AR-15 I was a little baffled as to why it was so super top secret but after looking at it closer I was well aware as […]

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    09:19

    I'm With Ian And Karl On This [No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money]


    When I asked for suggestions as to which products you wanted me to check out, reader David suggested somewhat facetiously that I see Trigger Point Technology. He also asked me to find out their business plan to avoid getting sued out of existence.

    As you can see in the video below made by Ian McCullom and Karl Kasarda of InRange TV, a laser or light that is activated by touching the trigger is really a bad idea. Just like with so-called "smart guns" or "microstamping", just because your engineers can invent a technical device it doesn't mean it will work in the real world.

    On the Trigger Point Technology product, just say no.


    09:16

    [SHOT 2016] American Tactical Glock 43 Threaded Match Barrel [The Firearm Blog]

    glock-43-threaded-barrelThe Glock 43 single stack pistol is becoming a very popular option for conceal carry use so it’s no surprise that the aftermarket is releasing new parts for it every year. While browsing the American Tactical booth at the SHOT Show I noticed they had a threaded match grade barrel for the 9mm Glock 43 […]

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    09:07

    [SHOT 2016] Troy Pump-Action Rifles [The Firearm Blog]

    Troy Industries .338 Federal Mossy Oak Edition Pump Action RifleTroy’s Pump Action Rifle line is an interesting blend between the modern high speed low drag world and the more traditional world of pump action. With an appearance and controls much like a standard AR, they are pumped to cycle. With tactical rails, they can be accessorized to the shooters delight with your typical selection […]

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    09:07

    'We are America's gun safety experts,' says NSSF letter to Obama [Gun News]

    The National Shooting Sports Foundation has fired a political shot across President Barack Obama's bow as the annual Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade show wraps up today in Las Vegas, timed coincidentally with yesterday's hearings in Olympia on four gun control measures. Today's SHOT Show finale ends a busy week that illustrates two realities facing the firearms community in which some people favor tougher restrictions while public demand for guns continues to soar.

    08:31

    West Virginia: Pro-Hunting Bills Introduced in Charleston [NRA-ILA News]

    This week in the West Virginia Legislature, two bills were introduced,  Senate Bill 331, sponsored by state Senator Greg Boso (R-11), and House Bill 4170, sponsored by Delegate George Ambler (R-42), both of which seek to repeal the outdated ban on Sunday hunting on private lands statewide.

    08:22

    Shot Show Optics: EOTech 1-6x24mm [The Firearm Blog]

    eotech01EOTech introduced their new line of conventional rifle scopes during Shot Show 2016. I was told that they have been working on this for the past three years. The new EOTech rifle scopes will be made in Japan and should be available by the August 2016 timeframe.   My focus is mostly on the new […]

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    08:22

    [SHOT 2016] Milkor’s Hydra: Handheld Automatic Grenade Launcher [The Firearm Blog]

    P1211276I was headed past Milkor’s booth today to take a look at their lightweight 37mm launcher when a launcher of a whole different aesthetic caught my eye: The 40mm Hydra.  With a large hydraulic buffer tube mated to the chamber and barrel, sitting above a grip frame with wood grip panels, and a very large […]

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    08:22

    [SHOT 2016]: What’s new at ZEV Technologies [The Firearm Blog]

    Prize Fighter slideZEV Technologies, a Glock customization shop, had a lot of new things on display for 2016.  The first thing I took a look at were their new stainless steel slides in a “Prize Fighter” and “Hex” cut.  I really liked the feel of the Hex cut, as it gave more purchase on the slide for […]

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    08:21

    [SHOT 2016] What’s new at Black Hills Ammunition [The Firearm Blog]

    P1211280Admittedly, I have always been a big fan of Black Hills Ammunition.  I find their ammo to be extremely accurate and of a very high quality, and have done very well with it in competitions while using it against other competitors using handloads.  That being said, I was excited to check out what new loadings […]

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    07:00

    Nighthawk Custom Browning Hi-Power [The Firearm Blog]

    nighthawk custom-3The Browning Hi Power is considered by many to the be epitome of the 9mm semi-automatic pistol. It was designed by none other than John Moses Browning in 1914, a few years after he designed the 1911. The name “Hi-Power” refers to its 13 round double-stacked magazines. Other pistols at that time were about half the capacity so […]

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    06:28

    Armed clerk fends off robber, Athens Banner-Herald, Athens, Ga. 01/21/16 [NRA-ILA News]

    A masked man entered Lay’s Food Mary in Athens, Ga., passed a note to the clerk that read “[g]ive me all you money or else,” and made a motion indicating he was armed. The clerk responded by retrieving a gun and leveling it at the robber. Once confronted by the armed clerk, the thief fled the scene. Following the incident, the clerk told a local media outlet, “I always have a pistol at work.”

    05:54

    Texas attorney general to review 34 gun ban complaints [NRA-ILA News]

    The office of Attorney General Ken Paxton is set to determine if any of the 34 pending complaints regarding facilities in Texas that ban concealed handguns have merit.

    05:54

    Iowa House panel OKs bill over gun rights in emergency [NRA-ILA News]

    State officials would lose their legal authority to restrict gun owners' lawful use of weapons during emergencies under a measure an Iowa House panel advanced Thursday, one of several proposals being considered this session seeking to expand gun rights.

    05:51

    SHOT Show 2016 [Forgotten Weapons]

    The SHOT (Shooting, Hunting, and Outdoor Trades) Show is the annual firearms industry trade show, and I have attended it for several years. There is generally not very much there of direct relevance to the sort of historical firearms that we typically cover here, but it is an excellent opportunity to meet up with folks and there are sometimes a few interesting guns to see.

    A few of the interesting items from this year…

    The Polish FB Radom factory brought several different firearms which they would like to release on the American market. These include their Beryl AK, the BRS-99 submachine gun and PR-15 handgun, and their MSBS combat rifle. The MSBS is significant in being the first Polish military rifle actually designed in Poland in many decades – Poland’s army has used the AK and Mauser for most of a hundred years. The MSBS is a short stroke, rotating bolt design that looks pretty nice. It has the interesting feature of being configurable as either a standard rifle or a bullpen with the same receiver. The practical application for such a conversion is limited, but still interesting.

    There are two different companies making new-production M1 Carbines right now, and I was able to speak with both of them (James River Armory and MKS Supply/Inland). I had a chance to do a bit of shooting with the Inland gun, and it seemed good (with the exception of some sketchy aftermarket magazines that caused problems). I should be getting review examples of both guns to do a bunch more shooting with, and some side by side comparison will be fun and interesting. Inland is offering a standard rifle and a paratrooper version, while James River has a slightly different standard gun (with the improved lever safety) and a T3 version with a scope mount.

    And, of course, the most exciting product to me was the Sturmgewehr from HMG. Last year at the show I first spoke to Hill and Mac, and their claim of having the rifle ready in a year seemed really optimistic. But lo and behold, they arrived this year with 4 complete guns. The guns are not ready to shoot yet, as they are still in need of final tweaking and finalizing, but the progress is remarkable and the final product is definitely in sight. I stopped by their booth several times, and it usually several people deep in interested buyers. I think this rifle will be really successful. They are projecting a ship date of June, which will provide a few more months to get everything polished and finalized.

    I was able to meet a lot of very cool folks who rear the web site and follow my YouTube and Full30 channels, and  that was a real pleasure. Thanks to everyone who introduced themselves!

    05:06

    Smart guns: 60% of Americans would buy one [Gun News]

    Personalized or childproof guns that can only be used by a specific owner, potentially saving countless lives and preventing accidents involving children, could be viable in the US market, according to research published in the American Journal of Public Health . Gun violence killed 33,599 people in the US in 2014.

    02:28

    Throwing away the Mandate of Heaven. [Sipsey Street Irregulars]

    Hong Kong’s Missing Booksellers
    The fear and outrage that is spreading in Hong Kong is feeding anti-Communist and separatist sentiments there. This should worry Beijing, and so should the condemnation it has received from Western governments. (Mr. Gui is a naturalized Swedish citizen, and Mr. Lee holds a British passport.) But the fallout was also so predictable that one wonders how China’s leaders, supposedly grandmasters of strategic machination, went about this political calculus.
    The Chinese government’s questionable management of its financial markets recently has already suggested that it is seriously disconnected from reality. And now it is using brute force to snuff out a tiny Hong Kong publisher of two-bit political gossip. Is the Communist Party simply becoming more ruthless in quashing dissenting voices, or is its political judgment slipping?

    01:12

    [SHOT 2016] Day 3 round up. [The Firearm Blog]

    IMGP3769SHOT 2016 Day 3 has come to an end. Below are some pictures I took during Day 3 of SHOT show. I will not be covering Day 4. Heading back to New Mexico tomorrow. Great show.

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    00:58

    [SHOT 2016] CoolFire Dry Fire Training [The Firearm Blog]

    IMG_3836While I was trolling the lanes at SHOT I happened upon a cool little booth offering a system for dry firing with a difference from any other system I had seen on the floor—it enables you to train with recoil. The system at the heart is very simple—it is a barrel replacement that is basically […]

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    00:51

    Washington lawmakers begin hearings on gun control bills [Gun News]

    Victims of gun violence, families of people killed in mass shootings and police officers urged Washington state lawmakers on Thursday to support a list of measures designed to keep firearms away from children and at-risk people, while gun-rights activists argued the proposed bills duplicate existing laws and would violate a gun owner's ... (more)

    00:28

    S&W Releases New Bodyguard 380 With No Manual Safety [The Firearm Blog]

    0121161336e2Smith & Wesson’s big announcement at the show was something concealed carriers have been asking after for years now: An M&P Bodyguard 380 with no manual thumb safety. This would perhaps have been a much bigger announcement than it was, had the company released the product in 2012, rather than 2016. The fact is that those […]

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    Thursday, 21 January

    23:59

    In Case you missed them: SHOT Show Day 3 [The Firearm Blog]

    SHOT-DAY3Here are all our posts published on 21 January 2015 during Day 3 of SHOT Show. If you missed any here they are chronological order from earliest to latest …

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    23:03

    [SHOT 2016] What’s NOT At Remington [The Firearm Blog]

    0121161102a2Remington, America’s oldest gun company, and also several of its newest, since the Freedom Group consolidation, had a massive presence at the 2016 SHOT Show. Its booth was seemingly an avatar incarnated of the true nature of the company itself: A conglomerate of multiple booths collected into one sprawling location, with distinct and sometimes disharmonious personalities. […]

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    20:58

    Scopecoat Slideboot [The Firearm Blog]

    scopecoat-1Earlier this month Scopecoat announced the acquisition of Slideboot. I had the opportunity to take a look at the Slideboot line of products at Scopecoats’ SHOT Show booth. The Slideboot is a neoprene cover for pistol slides which protects them from scratches and moisture while being transported or stored in a safe. They come in a number of sizes […]

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    20:41

    Faxon Firearms Products To Come [The Firearm Blog]

    A little something just for SHOT ShowI had the opportunity tody to speak with Bill Faxon owner of Faxon Firearms. Much of our conversation surrounded the last year and the products of the coming year. To begin Faxon is now selling AR15 uppers which will retail at $699.00. They sport free floated barrels in a heavy profile. Bill emphasized the prospective […]

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    20:36

    Second Amendment supporters remind Virginia lawmakers about one thing: 'guns save lives' [Gun News]

    January 18th was a special day in Richmond. It was when private citizens were able to speak with their local representatives to discuss the issues that matter to them most.

    19:55

    [SHOT 2016] Round up of Turkish Companies [The Firearm Blog]

    _MG_7629There were a number of Turkish companies at SHOT, specifically three that I came across while on the lower level. There might have been more among the booths, but these were the ones that I was able to make contact with. You might notice that Uzkon and Deryra have very similar designs of semiautomatic shotguns, […]

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    19:51

    [SHOT 2016] Kalashnicohen .45 ACP AK pistol [The Firearm Blog]

    _MG_7725Jerimiah Cohen was displaying his production ready .45 ACP Kalashnikov pistol at SHOT, in the KG Industries booth on the upper level. KG coatings is a company that makes a number of firearm coatings and has been around since the 1960s, when the SEALs were looking for a corrosion resistant finish. Jerimiah’s gun was in […]

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    19:50

    The Rebranding of FNH USA [The Firearm Blog]

    DSCF3508FNH USA – Fabrique Nationale d’Herstal, which is French for National Factory of Herstal – was founded in 1889. The company was founded for the purpose of producing 150,000 Mauser Model 89 rifles that were requested by the Belgian Government. It didn’t take long for the company to stand on its own, however, and today they […]

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    19:45

    [SHOT 2016] Colt’s CK901 7.62×39 AR To Come To Civilian Market [The Firearm Blog]

    0121161122b2In 2014, Colt announced a new variant of its CM901 line of convertible 7.62×51/5.56×45 AR-pattern rifles, the CK901. Designed for orders coming from the Middle East and other areas where AKs are plentiful, the CK901 feeds from existing surplus AK magazines, while – in the paraphrased words of the Colt representative I spoke to – […]

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    19:31

    New TriggerTech TT-AR-15 Frictionless Trigger Group [The Firearm Blog]

    6158370_origTrigger Tech just released the new TT-AR-15 trigger group. The trigger is touted as being a frictionless trigger group with no creep whatsoever. This new trigger is available for order at Trigger Tech. These new triggers will be shipping shortly. It is a rather intriguing design that shows some real innovation upon inspection. The video […]

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    19:29

    FN Debuts Prototype AR Pistols [The Firearm Blog]

    DSCF3464The newest guns from FN have arrived. And by new I mean the prototypes just hit their booth at SHOT, at the tail-end of the week. These two guns are so new there aren’t any spec sheets, no media kits, nothing whatsoever. Just two pistols in two different calibers with two different length barrels. I […]

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    18:59

    [SHOT 2016] Hi Lux reproduction scopes [The Firearm Blog]

    _MG_7612Reproduction firearms have always occupied a portion of the shooting market, for a variety of reasons. Many competitions are based around old firearms, such as the Single Action Army Shooting Society in the sport of cowboy action shooting. Other shooters simply want to have firearms that are faithful reproductions because they want to shoot them […]

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    18:25

    [SHOT 2016] Lucid Optics [The Firearm Blog]

    IMGP3556Lucid Optics has released some new products for 2016. The Lucid SC9 spotting scope and the L7 1-6x rifle scope join their existing catalog. I got to handle both of these optics this year at SHOT. Lucid SC9 Compact Spotting Scope The SC9 is a compact spotting scope that goes from 9 to 27 power. […]

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    18:23

    [SHOT 2016] The C-19 Canadian Ranger Rifle Will Come To US [The Firearm Blog]

    01211614172One of the major pieces of news in the past year was the selection by the Canadian Rangers of a variant of the Tikka CTR to replace their – “venerable” really is the only proper adjective here – No. 4 Lee-Enfield rifles. Naturally, the immediate question my readers had was “will we be getting these […]

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    18:14

    [SHOT 2016] AK50 prototype [The Firearm Blog]

    _MG_7783Brandon from The AK Guy was out at SHOT with his design for his AK50, a Kalashnikov inspired .50 BMG rifle. He only came out with it on the second day of SHOT, because he ran into some trouble with the regulations, but not the law. The hotel he was in has rules about keeping […]

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    18:11

    [SHOT 2016] Silynx Clarus Pro [The Firearm Blog]

    clarus-pro_001Silynx is known for making hearing protection communication devices for military and law enforcement. Well now Silynx is looking toward the civilian market. The CLARUS PRO is a unique noise cancelling, hearing protection headset system designed to meet the needs of today’s active headset user! Silynx leveraged its combat proven technologies to defy the convention […]

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    18:03

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

    1/14/16 WVTM:

    A metro Atlanta man says he’s thankful he had an old hunting rifle handy when two armed men burst into his home Wednesday and began pistol-whipping him and his mother.

    Timo Hernandez, 28, recounted the attack the next day. He said his mother happened to be visiting him from Nashville. She cooked some chili for him at his home on Eastwood Drive. The two sat down at about 5 p.m. to eat. Moments later, someone knocked on the door.

    "When I opened the door, these two guys stormed in with guns and started pistol-whipping me and took me to the ground," said Hernandez.

    One of the intruders went after his mother, who was trying to escape.

    "He started pistol whipping and kicking her in the side," he said.

    The son's attacker demanded money and forced him through the house at gunpoint. He took him to a guest bedroom and threw him to the ground.

    "He put a gun to my head,” Hernandez said, “and I just started fighting back."

    Hernandez said it just so happened that his father's old hunting rifle was stashed away in that guest room. Hernandez had been thinking about refinishing it. During the scuffle, Hernandez managed to grab the rifle, and he started firing.

    Bullets struck both men. Wounded, they both fled the house. One collapsed dead in a neighbor's yard. The other man hopped in a getaway car, but later collapsed in the parking lot of a Zaxby's restaurant. He remained in critical condition until passing Thursday from his wounds.

    Police believe the men had been trying to impersonate police officers. Police badges and zip ties were found at the scene, police said.

    17:55

    "The U.S. Army Wants Some Tank-Busting Silver Bullets." [Sipsey Street Irregulars]

    We're talking about something more exotic. the slugs known as explosively formed penetrators (EFPs), which are fired by some anti-armor weapons. An explosively formed penetrator starts out as a shallow metal plate or lens, backed by an explosive charge. When the charge detonates, the plate is blasted into a streamlined, aerodynamic slug travelling at high speed over dozens or hundreds of meters. . .
    While many EFPs are made of copper, in recent years the preferred metal has been a more unusual one, tantalum. Because it is twice as dense as copper, Tantalum makes a much more effective penetrator.
    Tantalum is used in the manufacture of capacitors for phones, computers, and other electronics, so it is in high demand. The price can soar over $200 a pound. In addition, shaping Tantalum into an EFP liner is challenging. It has to be made into a disc, flattened in a forge, annealed at high temperature, and then "machine domed" into the right shape. That adds to the cost.
    The Army's search for a more economic alternative led to silver—specifically, a new form of nanostructured silver that is as strong as steel. Metals have a crystalline structure, and the size and arrangement of these crystals affect the strength of the finished article. According to the Army, normal silver has a yield strength of 50-150 Mpa (megapascals), where nanostructured silver will have a yield strength of 250-500 Mpa. Their requirement is for silver with a strength of 300 Mpa. (For comparison, the A36 steel commonly used in the construction industry has a yield strength of 215 Mpa). They know it's possible. A paper published last year by a team at Prague's Institute of Chemical Technology in the Czech Republic describes a new method of producing high-strength nano-crystalline silver by means of "selective leaching combined with spark plasma sintering."
    If this project were successful, it could lead to cheaper EFP weapons. At the moment silver costs $224 per pound, in the same ballpark as tantalum. But it's easier to manufacture with silver, which could drive down the overall cost.
    New silver EFPs may not be limited to being big, cheaper tank-busters. The baguette-sized Spike missile has been tested with an EFP warhead for taking on light vehicles. The U.S. Army may never need to kill an armored werewolf, but if the occasion arises, they're have the right ammo ready to go.

    17:51

    [SHOT 2016] Sun Devil MFG Double Devil Twin AR [The Firearm Blog]

    Dbl devilSun Devil MFG has come out with a twin AR called the Double Devil.   It is two AR lower receivers attached to a solid upper receiver. At first glance it looks like two upper receivers connected by two bridges. The bridges are not separate. The upper receivers are actually one complete piece of metal. […]

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    17:46

    [SHOT 2016] iScope Smartphone Adapter [The Firearm Blog]

    iscope-eotechAttaching your smartphone to your gun is nothing new, Inteliscope has their pretty cool system and app that they released a few years back, there was also the MeoPix for spotting scopes. I ran into iScope at the SHOT Show and they had a very interesting adapter. It’s a pretty simple setup, the iScope attaches to […]

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    16:58

    [SHOT 2016] MIT USA Mag Pump AR Mag Loader [The Firearm Blog]

    magpumpThere are a couple rifle mag loaders out on the market such as the Three Point Innovation’s Box-to-Mag AR-15 Speed Loader and the Caldwell’s Mag Charger, I stumbled upon this interesting new speed mag loader for the AR-15 from the folks at MIT USA called the Mag Pump. They were demonstrating it at the SHOT Show and it looked […]

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    16:34

    Surge In New Gun Sales Has FBI Background Check System Overwhelmed | Matt Vespa [Gun News]

    With record background checks being conducted on gun sales, the FBI's National Instant Criminal Background Check System is becoming overwhelmed. It's got to the point where people filing petitions from would-be buyers who were denied transfers have been put on the backburner, possibly denying many citizens of their Second Amendment rights.

    16:29

    [SHOT 2016] Billet Rifle Systems [The Firearm Blog]

    IMGP3514Billet Rifle Systems presented several very neat products at SHOT 2016. Billet Rifle Systems is known for producing billet style, Ar-15 80% lower receivers as well as complete rifles. 80% lower receivers are not considered firearms by the Bureau of Alcohol tobacco and Firearms. To make a functional firearm an end user must mill out […]

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    15:12

    [SHOT 2016] Kestrel 5 Series Weather Meters [The Firearm Blog]

    Kestrel Sportsman with Applied Ballistics and LiNKI’ve long been a fan of Kestrel’s handheld weather meters. They are one of the coolest gadgets around and, thanks to their specific set of instruments, one of the few electronic devices that isn’t getting replaced by an app on a smartphone. I’ve used a Kestrel 4500 for several years and enjoy it immensely, and […]

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    15:02

    SHOT Show 2016: DSA’s Titanium FAL, RPDs, and Zulu Lands Program [The Firearm Blog]

    DSA had notable news for SHOT 2016: First, DSA’s 7.5lb (!) titanium FAL is going into production this quarter. This ultra-light, ultra premium FAL is going to have an MSRP of $3,000. Second, DSA’s RPDs are being phased out due to labor costs. They have an MSRP of $2,000 and up depending on model. This […]

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    14:50

    New Schmidt & Bender PMII 3-27×56 Rifle Scope [The Firearm Blog]

    DSC_0481Schmidt & Bender is a world leader in scopes and optics, and this year at SHOT Show they came through with another amazing scope in the PMII 3-27x56mm Digital BT rifle scope. Whenever I visit their booth I am always impressed, and this year was no different. It is intimidating and exciting at the same […]

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    14:35

    [SHOT 2016] RISE Armament RA-140 Trigger [The Firearm Blog]

    RISE Armament RA-140 TriggerRISE Armament of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, started out as a manufacturer of firearms parts for many of the gun makers in the industry. Over time, they began to see opportunities and they turned their manufacturing expertise and strict quality assurance to making their own parts. They now manufacture a range of components that includes barrels, […]

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    14:35

    [SHOT 2016] EAA Update [The Firearm Blog]

    IMG_9057EAA (European American Army) Corp. has some new items and some updated items at SHOT Show 2016. EAA has a polymer 1911 in 45 and soon in 9mm. The .45acp version retails for $580.   Last June I posted about the ABDO conceal carry box. It is a large box disguised as a large cellphone […]

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    14:18

    [SHOT 2016] JP Enterprises [The Firearm Blog]

    IMG_9050JP Enterprises makes high end race gun AR-15s. My friend Tom has three of them. I have played with them and they are amazing. Especially the .22LR one he has. On display they have this Iron Patriot styled AR-15. JP has moved away from traditional charging handles in most of the rifles and have a […]

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    14:07

    [SHOT 2016] Primary Weapons Systems Update Mark 1 Mod 2 [The Firearm Blog]

    IMG_3729It is no lie that I am a fan of Primary Weapons Systems rifles. I own both their “Modern Musket” (which is the base of my 3-Gun Rifle), and the Mark 216 (which is actually my first AR-10). I stopped by their booth for a chat even though I wasn’t planning to cover anything related […]

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    14:02

    TFBTV at SHOT Show 2016: Daniel Defense DD5V1 .308 Lightweight AR10 Rifle [The Firearm Blog]

    In this SHOT Show 2016 clip, James meets with Daniel Defense reps to talk about the new DD5V1, the new lightweight .308 rifle from Daniel Defense.  Daniel Defense’s press release is copied below: Black Creek, GA- Daniel Defense—engineer and manufacturer of the world’s finest firearms, precision rail systems, and accessories—is proud to announce the release […]

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    13:42

    Delaware: Legislation to Prevent the Auction of Firearms by law Enforcement Sent to Senate Floor [NRA-ILA News]

    Yesterday, January 20, Senate Bill 19 was passed out of committee.  Current law allows Delaware Law Enforcement to sell or auction off seized firearms instead of mandating that they be destroyed.

    13:35

    [SHOT 2016] Mesa Tactical Beretta 1301 Recoil Stock [The Firearm Blog]

    mesa_tactical_91050_02-650x434Last year Mesa Tactical partnered up with Beretta to make accessories for their shotguns. Well Mesa Tactical just released their new telescoping and hydraulic recoil stock kits for the Beretta 1301 semi-auto shotguns. Their stock kit is actually available in three different variations, you can get just the adapter where you can add your own […]

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    13:13

    Magpul Expands GL9 Glock Magazine Offerings [The Firearm Blog]

    All (4) GL9 magazines in order of capacity (15, 17, 21, 27-rounds L-R).Magpul Industries showed no sign of slowing after major moves to Wyoming and Texas in 2015. Last year at SHOT Show Magpul released their own version of the Glock pistol magazine, using their high quality polymer construction that has made the Pmags worldwide favorites. Much to the excitement of Glock users, Magpul has expanded the […]

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    12:42

    MasterPiece Arms MPA BA Lite Chassis [The Firearm Blog]

    MasterPiece ArmsMasterPiece Arms announced the introduction of a new rifle chassis for customers who desire a lightweight platform. The new product is called the MasterPiece Arms MPA BA Lite Chassis. The new chassis weighs 2.9 pounds, which is more than two pounds lighter than the company’s 5.2 pound standard MPA BA chassis. According to the company, they received customer […]

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    12:29

    Gun seized from El Chapo's hideout linked to 'Fast and Furious' [NRA-ILA News]

    A .50-caliber weapon recovered from Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman's hideout came from the ATF's botched Arizona case known as Operation Fast and Furious

    12:28

    Gun control group submits petitions for Maine ballot measure [NRA-ILA News]

    Maine election officials are verifying petitions for a ballot measure requiring criminal background checks for all private gun sales in the state.

    12:27

    Regents: Concealed carry permissible on campuses [Gun News]

    The Kansas Board of Regents on Wednesday approved a policy allowing anyone lawfully able to carry a concealed handgun to do so on public university campuses beginning next year.

    12:27

    The Sundance Film Festival Trains Its Sights on the Gun Debate [NRA-ILA News]

    Gun violence can be an awkward subject at the Sundance Film Festival. Over the years, the event has helped popularize — some would say glamorize — extreme gun imagery in movies; Quentin Tarantino was incubated and hatched here.But this year Sundance programmers, with deep commitment to freedom of expression, and their selected filmmakers seem to be taking a position that real guns, not the movie kind, ought to be more tightly policed.

    12:08

    [SHOT 2016] MantisX Training Systems Shot Analyzer [The Firearm Blog]

    The unit hooks onto the front rail.  It is super light weight.One of the requests for things to check out at SHOT was to preview the NEXT area (which showcases manufacturers and vendors that haven’t been to SHOT), and I had decided to make Wednesday a day to look for cool things related to training. Based on that tip, I went by to check out some […]

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    11:42

    [SHOT 2016] Salted Earth ATLAS Training System [The Firearm Blog]

    IMG_3845One of the requests for things to check out at SHOT was to preview the NEXT area (which showcases manufacturers and vendors that haven’t been to SHOT), and I had decided to make Wednesday a day to look for cool things related to training. Based on that tip, I went by to check out some […]

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    11:16

    [SHOT 2016] FN 15 Competition [The Firearm Blog]

    FN 15 CompetitionWhile everyone at the FN booth is gawking at the FN M249S civilian SAW and posing for pictures with it, they’re probably overlooking the new FN 15 Competition model rifle. Sporting FN’s distinctive competition blue, this new rifle looks sharp and is built to perform while the clock is running. It has upper and lower […]

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    11:14

    [SHOT 2016] OSS Suppressor Live Fire Test [The Firearm Blog]

    IMG_8997OSS has a unique suppressor design. It is not a baffle design but something along the lines of a jet turbine. There are coils that allow the gas to expand in a different method and flows out the front of the can. This design allows the gas to vent away from the muzzle and so […]

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    10:48

    Revision Military’s New Laser Eye Pro [The Firearm Blog]

    Revision Tactical LazrBloc GF-8Revision Military is now offering a measure of eye protection from laser assaults. The company developed a patented dye for use in eyewear lenses that can block a significant amount of green laser energy. The resulting product is called the LazrBlock GF-8 Laser Protective Lens. The company is already known for making high quality ballistic […]

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    10:44

    [SHOT 2016] KRG’s Innovative FOX-42 7.62 Modular Rifle [The Firearm Blog]

    0120161506e2Kinetic Research Group’s was for me one of the most interesting booths in the whole show. Justin, the CEO of KRG, is a delight to talk to for anyone interested in the details of small arms design. TFB’s Rusty S previously covered some of KRG’s other products, but left it to me to discuss one of […]

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    10:19

    [SHOT 2016] Hands-On With Walther PPS-M2 [The Firearm Blog]

    0120161019b2At the 2016 SHOT Show, Walther had a sprawling booth, furnished with backlit tables displaying their extensive lineup of German-made handguns. The star of the show for Walther was the new PPS M2, a restyling/ergonomic improvement of the original single stack Walther 9mm, the PPS. In fact, the PPS M2 was supposed to be Walther’s big […]

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    10:19

    ATN ThOR Scopes [The Firearm Blog]

    THOR 100-mm HDAmerican Technologies Network (aka ATN) announced a new line of ThOR thermal imaging rifle scopes. The new thermal imaging rifle scopes are part of the company’s update to its entire Smart HD line that includes new software and hardware. There are eight new or updated ThOR scopes. They range in variable magnification from 1.25-5x to […]

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    10:17

    [SHOT 2016] 150 Years of Winchester [The Firearm Blog]

    2016 marks the 150th anniversary of Winchester and the company is pulling out all of the stops to celebrate. The booths for Winchester Repeating Arms and Winchester Ammunition are filled with historic displays, commemorative product, and modern reproductions of some of the most famous firearms in history. Attendees can sign up for a chance to […]

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    09:52

    [SHOT 2016] New Stuff From Strike Industries [The Firearm Blog]

    IMG_0553If you follow the blog you might know I have become a bit of a Strike fan boy after reviewing some of their outstanding products.I thought that a visit to their booth at SHOT was in order to not only take a look at the new stuff they will be introducing, but to put a […]

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    09:44

    [SHOT 2016] American Built Arms Mod*X Generation 3 [The Firearm Blog]

    Last year we reviewed the Mod*X chassis for the short action Remington 700 from American Built Arms and were very pleased with it. Since then they have offered two revisions, the latest one being Gen 3 was on display at SHOT. When I walked up to the booth I was very surprised when I saw my […]

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    09:35

    [SHOT 2016] Battle Arms Development’s Vert PDW Stock [The Firearm Blog]

    IMG_0523Do you want a PDW stock that allows the use of a standard bolt carrier group? Normally I would tell you you just happen to be out of luck, but the Battle Arms Development Vert stock changes all of that. With a innovative buffer and dual spring arrangement the Vert stock allows you to use a […]

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    09:07

    SIG Brace: A Look at SHOT and a Look at the Road So Far [The Firearm Blog]

    DSCF3080The SIG SB-15 Brace has had quite a run so far, what with it being argued over, fought over, and debated about to the point of exhaustion. I know I don’t have to tell you guys about the brace itself because you’ve all followed its creation and production so far, but when I saw it […]

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    09:03

    [SHOT 2016] ALS Technologies: Drones Beware! [The Firearm Blog]

    Come with me if you want to live...Leading the good fight against our cyborg overlords this year was ALS defense (Amtech Less-Lethal Systems), with their Skynet anti-drone rounds for 12ga. shotguns and 37mm/40mm launchers.  All kidding aside, this is quite a capable antidrone round.  It works by spreading apart a bolo than can entangle the rotor blades as it ascends toward the […]

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    09:03

    [SHOT 2016] CMC Triggers’ AK Modular Drop-in Trigger [The Firearm Blog]

    Released hammerAs Ray I. recently reported, CMC Triggers Corp. has been working on a drop-in modular trigger unit for the AK.  I had the chance both to try the trigger at the range day and examine one in operation at CMC’s SHOT booth.  As far as shooting impressions on the range go, I left with a […]

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    09:03

    Shot Show Optics: Dedicated AK Optic from Browe and RS Regulate [The Firearm Blog]

    browe_rs_1For SHOT 2016, Browe Optics and RS Regulate collaborated in the development of a low bore height magnified optic for the AK platform. The specially made Browe sight is machined with a lower mount base that works in conjunction with RS Regulate AK-300 side mount system.   The new Browe sight features 7.62×39 reticle and it’s […]

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    08:22

    Florida and open carry [Of Arms and the Law]

    The Florida Sheriff's Association is pitching an alternative to legalized open carry.

    As an Arizonan, I find these debates rather strange. In Arizona, open carry has always been legal -- it was concealed carry that was viewed with suspicion until fairly recently (presently, it's allowed without even a permit). Open carry was a matter of -- if a person carries where everyone can see it, he's unlikely to be thinking of doing something illegal. The idea of laws that permit concealed carry, but allow the carrier to be arrested if anyone else happens to see that he's carrying, is very hard to understand from this viewpoint.

    08:17

    Second Amendment may preclude lifetime ban on gun possession by... [Gun News]

    Second Amendment may preclude lifetime ban on gun possession by people who have been committed to a mental institution long ago In D.C. v. Heller , the Supreme Court stated that bans on gun possession by "the mentally ill" are constitutional.

    07:49

    New Troy M5 9mm Rifle – Ready or Not? [The Firearm Blog]

    IMG_2686Troy was showing off their M5 9mm Rifle at SHOT Show this year. The M5 is a combination of the highly popular AR-15 platform, and the re-surging 9mm cartridge. In fact, the 9mm has seen such impressive improvements in design and terminal characteristics that many police agencies, including the FBI, are moving back to this time-honored […]

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    07:32

    California bill would further restrict semi-automatics [NRA-ILA News]

    The Senate bill announced Wednesday by Democrats Steve Glazer of Orinda and Isadore Hall of Compton joins similar legislation introduced last week in the Assembly.

    07:32

    Va. Senate panel scraps gun-control bills, advances gun-rights measures [NRA-ILA News]

    A Virginia Senate panel on Wednesday scrapped a raft of gun-control bills while advancing measures intended to expand gun rights.

    07:31

    Kansas Board of Regents approves gun policy allowing concealed weapons on campus in 2017 [NRA-ILA News]

    The Kansas Board of Regents on Wednesday approved a policy allowing anyone lawfully able to carry a concealed handgun to do so on public university campuses beginning next year.

    07:00

    [SHOT 2016] Kinetic Research Group [The Firearm Blog]

    P1201197I stopped by Kinetic Research Group’s boot today to see what was new with their chassis systems.  New for 2016 is the Whiskey-3 Gen 5, and X-Ray Gen 2.  The Whiskey-3 now features a polymer fore-end with M-Lok slots and a built-in barrier stop, and is a 1/2lb lighter than the previous iteration.   The cheekpiece […]

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    06:57

    NRA: Obama, Clinton want Australian-style gun confiscation [NRA-ILA News]

    The National Rifle Association is tying President Obama and Hillary Clinton to Australia's gun buy-back program, arguing the two Democrats want to confiscate American guns.

    06:00

    [SHOT 2016] Crye Precision SIX12 Update [The Firearm Blog]

    the newest iteration on display also had the titanium cylinder (likely under a polymer outer shell)I stopped by Crye Precision’s booth today to see what was going on with the SIX12, as nothing had really been heard about it over the last year.  Unfortunately the shotgun’s lead designer wasn’t there at the time, but Caleb Crye took the time to explain to me the current state of development, and any […]

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    05:27

    Swedish Hamilton Trials Pistol (Video) [Forgotten Weapons]

    The Hamilton was a handgun entered into the Swedish military pistol trials of 1903, where it competed against guns like the Luger and Colt/Browning 1903. The Hamilton was a simply blowback action chambered for 6.5mm Bergmann, although it did have the interesting and unusual feature of a bolt which pivoted on a round path during recoil rather than traveling linearly.

    The Hamilton’s loss in military trials to the Colt 1903 is not particularly surprising, as it was heavy, underpowered, and rather awkward to handle. It never saw commercial sale on any scale, either.

    04:02

    San Bernardino sees major spike in requests for concealed gun permits in weeks since terror attack [Gun News]

    Requests for concealed gun permits increased by nine-fold in San Bernardino County in the weeks after a husband and wife went on a shooting rampage there that claimed 14 victims, newly released data revealed. The San Bernardino Sheriff's Department received 75 applications for concealed gun permits in the weekend after the Dec. 2 terror attack, up from an average of 10, the Desert Sun News reported on Tuesday this week.

    02:12

    [SHOT 2016] Day 2 round up! [The Firearm Blog]

    IMGP3772SHOT 2106 Day 2 has come to an end. Below are some pictures I took during Day 2 of SHOT show.

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    01:50

    [SHOT 2016] RISE Armament’s New Competition Rifles and Lowers [The Firearm Blog]

    IMG_3783I run the RISE Armaments RA-535 trigger and RA-701 muzzle device on my 3-Gun rifle, both of which I love (and am nearly finished with a review on their “entry level” RA-140 trigger). So I definitely had to stop by their booth and see what was new this year (I only visited three AR builders […]

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    01:27

    [SHOT 2016] Troy GAU-5/A/A Rifle [The Firearm Blog]

    IMGP3573A student of the development of the M4, M4A1 and MK18 rifles knows that the lineage of these guns goes back to the Vietnam era with the Colt 629. The United States Army bought the Colt 629 and designated it the XM177E2. The United States Air Force bought the Colt 629 without the forward assist […]

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    00:12

    Yesterday was a pretty awful day. [Sipsey Street Irregulars]

    Sorry for my absence here, but as this thing progresses the loss of strength is palpable. This comes as the demands to get things done increases. I warned y'all that you would see this in the blog and it is certainly here. My apologies.

    00:11

    [SHOT 2016] Comparing Reproduction M1 Carbines, Kahr vs. Inland [The Firearm Blog]

    The little M1 Carbine really is a timeless classic. Made in huge numbers for only a few years during WWII, original Carbines have steadily become scarcer and more expensive as the surplus reservoir accordingly declined. The Carbine, though, has proven to be an easily manufactured weapon, being made by numerous subcontractors during WWII, some of […]

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    00:07

    Now the ChiComs are trolling for useful militia idiots. [Sipsey Street Irregulars]

    Received this email from someone who thought he was addressing a "look at me, I'm on teevee" weak-minded media whore. (You will note he didn't even spell my name right.)
    From: Matt Shirley matt.shirley@cctv-america.com
    To: GeorgeMason1776@aol.com
    Sent: Wed, Jan 20, 2016 5:02 pm
    Subject: Television Interview for Mike Vanderboergh
    Mike,
    How are you doing today? I’m Matt Shirley with CCTV America’s The Heat, a news-talk show based in Washington DC and broadcasting to over a billion televisions around the world.
    I’m emailing to see if you might be available for a television interview? This would be for Tomorrow, hopefully around 12:30 PM Eastern.
    We’re doing a program based on militias in the US. We want to know why, in many people’s minds, the government has alienated them, and what changes are taking away from the country. This would be a one-on-one conversation with our hose.
    Please shoot me a phone call or email at your earliest convenience. I’d love to speak with you.
    Thanks,
    Matt
    Matt Shirley | GUEST PRODUCER | The Heat, CCTV AMERICA
    My reply:
    To: matt.shirley matt.shirley@cctv-america.com
    Sent: Thu, Jan 21, 2016 1:43 am
    Subject: Re: Television Interview for Mike Vanderboergh
    Mr, Shirley,
    If THIS -- http://www.cctv-america.com/2016/01/12/the-heat-us-gun-control-effort -- is an example of your journalistic "objectivity" then you don't know the difference between excrement and shinola, nor for that matter between facts and propaganda. Or more likely, you do and are simply parroting a collectivist party line. And that party, it seems, is the Chinese Communist Party: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CCTV_America.
    You offer me "a one-on-one conversation with our hose." Now that is either a misspelling of "host" or a Freudian slip. As an ex-communist myself I'm inclined to believe the latter.
    I would, however, like you to pass along a message back up the chain to your party masters. The constitutional militias of the United States could not have armed as quickly and capably as we did in the 1990s without access to the Type 56 SKS and Kalashnikov pattern semi-automatic rifles exported by Peoples Liberation Army fronts such as Norinco and Polytech. We purchased over four million of them in the run-up to the so-called "Assault Weapons Ban." This is not to mention the billions of rounds of inexpensive ammunition that came with them. In my own collection I have a pre-ban Kalashnikov; a Type 56 SKS Vietnam war trophy pried from the dead hands of a Viet Cong cadre in 1969; a Chinese clone of the M1911 .45 automatic and another clone of the U.S. battle rifle in 7.62 NATO, the M14S. Please tell your masters that we appreciated their assistance in the 90s as a movement and that I am personally grateful for the opportunity to possess inexpensive weapons from Chinese Communist factories with which to kill collectivists of all stripes -- foreign and domestic -- should that become necessary.
    As for the suggested television interview, I decline your offer to be a useful idiot stooge in a ChiCom propaganda video and politely suggest that you blow it out your Little Red Book. Mao, you may remember, quite famously said "political power grows out of the barrel of a gun." Precisely. We've got them. We will not surrender them. We will use them if attacked. You cannot talk us out of them. Deal with it.
    Mike Vanderboegh

    Wednesday, 20 January

    23:59

    In Case you missed them: SHOT Show Day 2 [The Firearm Blog]

    SHOT-DAY2Here are all our posts published on 20 January 2015 during Day 2 of SHOT Show. If you missed any here they are chronological order from earliest to latest …

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    23:56

    Chris Christie vetoes NJ bill to prohibit gun ownership by carjackers and terrorists [Gun News]

    New Jersey governor Chris Christie used to be a supporter of gun control measures. But he is running for president, and the only way he can get the Republication nomination is to win over conservatives who can't forgive him for shaking hands with President Obama a few years ago.

    23:33

    SHOT Show Range Day 2016: The New (to the US) IWI Tavor X95 Bullpup [The Firearm Blog]

    James got hands-on with the new-to-the-US X95, an upgraded version of the Tavor bullpup rifle. Edward O. offered a well-developed written review for TFB, as follows (or check the preview and detailed pictures here:) —— After much teasing, IWI debuted their new civilian specific X95 rifle at this year’s Shot Show in Las Vegas. While […]

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    23:13

    [SHOT 2016] Kriss and Sphinx History [The Firearm Blog]

    IMG_0635I stopped at the Kriss booth to see if they were going to share when we might see the Sphinx Standard starting to ship when I noticed a beat to hell Vector in a glass case. I stopped my friend Mytchel mid sentence to ask what the deal was with the Vector. Mytchel informed me that […]

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    22:24

    Remington V3 Now Shipping [The Firearm Blog]

    V35It’s official: Remington is now shipping the V3. I covered this last year in a review you guys can see at http://www.thefirearmblog.com/blog/2014/12/31/review-new-2015-remington-v3-shotgun/ (yes, Phil’s name is on it but as you can see by the note at the bottom of the review, it was actually written by yours truly). In case you need a refresher, the […]

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    22:22

    [SHOT 2016] Larue’s MBT-2S AR-15 Trigger [The Firearm Blog]

    IMG_0648Many of you know that Larue introduced their very own AR-15 trigger to the market this year. They call it the MBT or Meticulously Built Trigger. I am slowly becoming a bit of a trigger snob after installing a SSA-E into one of my rifles, impressing me with a trigger is getting harder and harder. […]

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    21:29

    AmeriGlo Suppressor Weapon Sights for Glock [The Firearm Blog]

    AmeriGlo Weapon Sights Suppressor-1An interesting product I came across today at SHOT Show was the Suppressor Weapon Sights from AmeriGlo. The front and rear sights are raised which allows them to be used when a suppressor is fitted to the pistol. Conventional cylindrical suppressors usually block, or at least partially obstruct, the sights of centerfire pistols. You can purchase expensive suppressors, […]

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    21:16

    Newest op-ed the New York Post: "What Bernie Sanders misses about the rise in campaign cash" [John Lott's Website]

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    John Lott has a new piece in the New York Post:
    Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders thinks that millionaires and billionaries buy elections. 
    He hammered away during Sunday’s Democratic debate, complaining about people “pouring unbelievable sums of money into the political process.” 
    According to estimates made by the Center for Responsive Politics, $3.77 billion was spent on elections for federal office during the 2014 midterms. 
    Sanders blames this on the Supreme Court’s 2010 decision in Citizens United, prohibiting the government from restricting independent political spending by unions, corporations and advocacy groups. But the growth rate in campaign spending long predates that case, and has actually slowed down since that decision. 
    There was only a 4 percent increase in spending from the 2010 to the 2014 midterm elections. So much for Sanders’ “explosion.” 
    In fact, this rate of growth was unusually small — much smaller than the 31 percent average growth that usually took place between midterm congressional elections from 1998 to 2010. 
    So what really causes political spending to increase over time? The answer won’t make Sanders very happy. 
    The truth is that government expenditures and campaign expenditures have increased in tandem. Total campaign spending soared from $1.6 billion in 1998 to $3.77 billion in 2014. Federal government spending rose at virtually the same rate, going from $1.65 trillion to $3.9 trillion. 
    With more at stake, it makes sense for there to be an even bigger fight over who controls the federal government. If federal spending still amounted to 2 percent to 3 percent of GDP — as it did a century ago — people likely wouldn’t care as passionately about the outcome of most elections. 
    In the Journal of Law and Economics in 2000, I looked at the years 1976 to 1994 and studied spending on gubernatorial and state legislative campaigns. Almost 80 percent of the increase in campaign spending could be explained by the growth of state governments. . . .
    The rest of the piece is available here

    21:12

    ERGO Grips SHOT Show Giveaway: Win a Custom Rifle [The Firearm Blog]

    ergo grips-2ERGO Grips is giving away a custom AR-15 at their SHOT Show booth. The rifle is worth $2,500 and includes components from Viking Armament, LANTAC USA, Vortex Optics and of course ERGO Grip. It is a fine looking firearm. To win the rifle you must guess the number of Gappers (an ERGO product that fills the gap between the trigger […]

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    20:58

    [SHOT 2016] Just Right Carbines [The Firearm Blog]

    Just Right CarbinesMaybe I’ve got a sort of a thing for pistol caliber carbines. Anyway, I happened upon the booth for Just Right Carbines and decided that there could never be enough options available for one shopping pistol caliber carbines. Just Right Carbines are completely ambidextrous, with bolt and ejection switchable without a gunsmith. They are available […]

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    20:52

    New Ultra Light Arms (NULA) [The Firearm Blog]

    DSCF3239Melvin Forbes has been building custom rifles since 1985. He’s well known for creating well-balanced, lightweight bolt-action rifles that are also durable. And, of course, they’re reliable. When it comes to custom-built hunting rifles, Melvin has been in a class of his own for three decades and doesn’t look to be stopping anytime soon. There’s […]

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    20:36

    MTM Quick Rest [The Firearm Blog]

    DSCF3119We’ve all been there: at the range or out at our favorite shooting spot, and in need of a rest for our rifle. Although there are quite a few out there of varying sizes, weights, and fillings, most have one thing in common: they’re heavy – or at least not exactly light. One of the […]

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    20:22

    Rocky Venator Camo: An Entirely New Pattern [The Firearm Blog]

    DSCF3018Rocky has been around since 1932 when a pair of brothers by the name of Bill and Mike Brooks decided to found a shoe factory in Ohio. That was during the Great Depression, so it was a serious leap of faith. Over the years Rocky hasn’t just succeeded, they’ve flourished, and now they’ve come up […]

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    19:47

    Attorney General defends Obamaa s executive actions on guns as legal [Gun News]

    George Mason University School of Law Professor Dr Joyce Lee Malcolm, right, accompanied by, from left, Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange, United Self Defense Law Firm Founding Partner, former Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli and Sandy Hook Promise founder and Managing Director Mark Barden, testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington on Wednesday. before the Senate Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies cubcommittee hearing on gun control proposals.

    18:58

    Grip Pod Announces Version 2 Coming Soon [The Firearm Blog]

    IMG_0141Almost everyone is familiar with the Grip Pod. Not only is it in use with shooters but has widespread use by law enforcement. The US military has been issuing the Grip Pod for years to our troops overseas. During it’s years of use several additions have been made such as adding steel into the expanding […]

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    18:57

    [SHOT 2016] New Calibers at KRISS USA, US production for Sphinx [The Firearm Blog]

    The genesis of the VectorThe news from KRISS USA this year at SHOT was five new calibers for the KRISS Vector Gen II: .40 S&W, .357 SIG, 9×21 (for European countries that do not allow use of “military” calibers) 22lr, and my personal favorite, 10mm.  I am glad to see more 10mm and .357 SIG carbines coming out, and […]

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    16:53

    [SHOT 2016] Crye Precision Multicam Magpul Ronin [The Firearm Blog]

    IMG_8924Crye Precision has a multicam Magpul Ronin at their booth here at SHOT Show 2016. For those of you not familiar with “The 47“, these motorcycles were originally designed by a team at Magpul. Magpul® Ronin Project In mid 2009, with the demise of the Buell® brand by Harley-Davidson®, the founders of Ronin Motor Works, […]

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    16:44

    [SHOT 2016] Geissele MRO QD Mount [The Firearm Blog]

    IMG_8941Geissele showed off their new Trijicon MRO QD Mount. The mount will be available sometime in the summer. The black version will retail for $99 and the DDC version will be $124.

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    15:54

    Anti-Gun Bill Rears its Ugly Head Before Oregon’s 2016 Legislative Session Convenes [NRA-ILA News]

    On Friday, January 15, the Oregon Senate Judiciary Committee met during legislative days and introduced committee bills for the upcoming short session to convene on February 1st.

    15:44

    Multiple Anti-Gun Bills Introduced in the Wisconsin Assembly [NRA-ILA News]

    Earlier this week, state Representative Lisa Subeck (D-Madison) released yet another legislative package of anti-gun bills that once again highlight the ignorance and arrogance of the individuals that will stop at nothing to attack the 2nd Amendment Rights of Wisconsin’s law-abiding gun owners.

    15:40

    Kansas: Protect the Right to Hunt and Fish [NRA-ILA News]

    On January 26th, the House Committee on Federal and State Affairs will have a hearing to consider House Concurrent Resolution 5008.

    15:38

    Regulatory moves don't dampen big gun industry show in Vegas [Gun News]

    Weapon enthusiasts had their sights set on the latest and newest guns and gear at a big industry trade show this week, not on President Barack Obama's efforts to tighten gun-ownership regulations following mass shootings around the country.

    15:37

    Bloomberg Gun Control Initiative Receives the Required Signatures to Push Egregious Restrictions on Your Rights [NRA-ILA News]

    Yesterday, January 19, anti-gun advocates collected the required number of signatures for the Bloomberg gun control initiative in the November general election.

    14:18

    [SHOT 2016] Archangel Yugo AK47 Furniture [The Firearm Blog]

    archangel-yugo-stockIf you own a Yugo variant AK47 like me then you know the aftermarket for Yugo parts is seriously lacking. There’s the Magpul Yugo Zhukov-S Stock and the Tapco M70 T6 stock as well as a few various adapters but not much else. Yugo AK47s are great rifles, their quality and accuracy is pretty good […]

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    13:29

    [SHOT 2016] X Products Sig MPX Drum Mag [The Firearm Blog]

    sig-mpx-drum-magX Products, known for their drum mags and can cannons showed off their new drum magazine for the Sig Sauer. They have it displayed with a gen 2 Sig MPX, not sure if it will work with a gen 1 MPX though. Any gen 1 owners know if the mags are interchangeable? Not a whole […]

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    13:27

    [SHOT 2016] Battle Rifle Company puts a gun in a Fish Tank [The Firearm Blog]

    Battle Rifle Company BR4 Trident. Fish not included.New for 2016 from Battle Rifle Company is the BR4 Trident rifle. The BR4 is one of Battle Rifle Company’s base platforms, and the Trident model is designed specifically for Maritime Security (MARSEC) users and others who spend time in a salty maritime setting and need weapons that can stand up to the harsh environment. […]

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    13:20

    [SHOT 2016] Beretta ARX-200 To Be Available In April? [The Firearm Blog]

    0120161007aTFB stopped at the Beretta Defense booth, where they were exhibiting the new ARX-200 7.62x51mm select-fire rifle. We reported on the rumors, and subsequent release of this rifle last year, but details remained hazy, and there was no word of a US market release. The ARX-200 is modified versus the ARX-100. Unlike its smaller 5.56mm […]

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    13:05

    [SHOT 2016] Magpul Competition Length Glock Mags [The Firearm Blog]

    IMG_8893Magpul will be releasing longer Glock mags geared for competition use. As a USPSA shooter, I have wondered why companies do not make their third party Glock mags for competition use. Well Magpul has addressed that. They are coming out with a 21rd and 27rd capacity mag. In the competition world those fit strict criteria […]

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    13:04

    Washington: Reminder to Attend the Judiciary Hearing Tomorrow in Olympia [NRA-ILA News]

    Please attend the House Judiciary Committee hearing scheduled for tomorrow, January 21st at 1:30 p.m., to discuss important legislation in Room A of the John L. O’Brien Building.

    12:55

    [SHOT 2016] VertX Conceal Carry Bags and Clothing [The Firearm Blog]

    Vertx - 2016 - Garment Bag 2VertX has two new bags this year. A garment bag and large messenger bag. Both bags are designed to be discrete. There are no overt logos on the outside of the bag. There is an embroidered cloth tag on one end and the handle has molded “VertX” into the grip, otherwise an onlooker won’t know […]

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    12:48

    [SHOT 2016] Hi-Point Carbines add .380 and Color [The Firearm Blog]

    Hi-Point Carbines - Now in ColorHi-Point carbines have long been popular for their simplicity, utility, and affordability. The pistol caliber guns have been available in .45, .40, and 9mm, offering the advantage of ammo commonality and not being too overpowered for home defense. New for 2016 is a carbine in .380 ACP. This makes pairing with Hi-Point’s .380 pistol easy […]

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    12:17

    [SHOT 2016] Battleline Industries Ambi Glock Mag Release [The Firearm Blog]

    IMG_8848Battleline Industries has a small kiosk just outside the press room here at SHOT Show 2016. Their “Ambidextrous Glock Magazine Release” caught my attention. The magazine catch/release is a simple drop in upgrade for Gen3 Glock 17/22, 19/23. In fact they claim that it is easier to install than a standard mag catch as you […]

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    12:13

    [SHOT 2016] LUCID P7 Combat Optic [The Firearm Blog]

    LUCID P7 4x Combat OpticThe LUCID P7 is a 4x magnified combat optic that delivers high-end performance at prices that make it accessible to shooters everywhere. The P7’s illuminated reticle is blue and, though a bit unusual, looks really great. The choice of blue was made as a compromise between the two standards, red and green. Red, of course, […]

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    11:41

    [SHOT 2016] Cobalt Kinetics Bringing BLACK Back. [The Firearm Blog]

    IMG_3798Cobalt Kinetics is becoming known for their high end sci-fi looking rifles with a number of features that can significantly improve the speed of your operation, from automatic magazine and bolt drops, to an overload usage of the forward assist to operate as a bolt drop. Their distinctive look and operation comes at a premium, […]

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    11:37

    Lynch: Obama's executive actions on guns are lawful [Gun News]

    President Barack Obama's recent executive actions on gun control laws are "well within existing legal authorities," Attorney General Loretta Lynch said Wednesday. The measures, intended to curb violence by clarifying existing laws to enhance compliance and strengthen background checks to keep guns out of the wrong hands, are "consistent with the Constitution as interpreted by the Supreme Court and the laws passed by Congress," Lynch told a Senate Appropriations hearing.

    11:23

    [SHOT 2016] Cerakote Coatings for Stag Arms [The Firearm Blog]

    Stag Arms rifles with new Cerakote coating. Foliage Green (top) and Burnished Bronze.There is good news and bad news at the Stag Arms booth this year at SHOT. First, the bad news: No new rifle models for the 2016 show. Demand is through the roof and they’re having trouble keeping up with the models already in their lineup without devoting resources to launching a new one. The […]

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    11:21

    [SHOT 2016] UTM’s Civilian Target Ammunition [The Firearm Blog]

    P1191096Ultimate Training Munitions, or UTM, has a new product that’s available for sale direct to civilian consumers-Their Civilian Target Ammunition, or CTA.  CTA ammunition works by simply replacing one’s AR-15 Bolt or one’s pistol slide and barrel, and is intended for use in environments and situations that might not be conducive to training with lethal […]

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    11:21

    [SHOT 2016] New Firearms at Taylors/Pedersoli [The Firearm Blog]

    The "Ithica" in .45 coltToday at SHOT, I swung by both Pedersoli and Taylor’s Firearms respective booths for you SASS shooters and reproduction fans out there.  For those of you who don’t know, Pedersoli produces guns in Italy and Taylor’s imports some of Pedersoli’s catalogue.  First off, at Pedersoli were some gorgeous 86/71 lever actions in .45-70.  There was […]

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    11:21

    Shot Show Optics: Zeiss Victory V8 1-8x30mm Riflescope [The Firearm Blog]

    zeiss_v8_1Zeiss introduced the new Victory V8 8-fold optic line at the Shot 2016. All four models are part of Zeiss’ top-of-the-line Victory series. Of the four, I had some range time with the 1-8x30mm model during the Media Day.   Being a premium hunting model, the fit and finish on the Zeiss Victory V8 1-8x30mm is […]

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    11:16

    California: Third Bill to Ban Semi-Automatic Firearms Introduced [NRA-ILA News]

    Not to be outdone by the Assembly, State Senators Isadore Hall and Steve Glazer introduced a similar bill, Senate Bill 880, on Friday, January 15, 2016 in the state Senate.  SB 880 does roughly the same thing as AB 1663 and AB 1664, by redefining the current definition of “assault weapon” to include firearms that are affixed with a “bullet button.”

    10:58

    Firearm Suppressor Bill Filed in Iowa [NRA-ILA News]

    Under the leadership of state Representatives Matt Windschitl (R-Missouri Valley) and Terry Baxter (R-Garner), House File 2043 has been formally introduced in the Iowa General Assembly for the 2016 session.

    10:43

    [SHOT 2016] Ruger 10/22 Underfolder Stocks [The Firearm Blog]

    1368115670-newgear5This year at SHOW Show there was a section for new exhibitors and smaller companies, there was a product that caught my eye. A new company called Underfold Stocks based out of Longwood, Florida was showing off their underfold stocks for the Ruger 10/22. The stock is made out of injection molded polymer and the […]

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    10:04

    2016 SHOT Show: Vicious Circle [No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money]


    What does the fashion forward, well-dressed woman wear when she is in a non-permissive environment to afford her some modicum of protection?

    The Mantis Knives Vicious Circle last-ditch knife! It looks like a modern style necklace but it contains a sharp surprise.

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    And now open:



    The knife opens when you pull it free from the necklace. It isn't meant to be the first line of defense but it sharp and it can put an attacker in a world of hurt.

    The MSRP of the Vicious Circle is $65. It comes in 10 colors and with different stones.

    08:43

    [SHOT 2016] Heizer Defense PKO-45 Pistol [The Firearm Blog]

    heizer-pkoHeizer Defense makers of the single shot PS1 pocket shotgun and the single shot pocket pistol chambered in 7.62x39mm released their first semi-auto pistol at the 2016 SHOW Shot. Their new PKO-45 semi-automatic pistol is made in the USA and chambered in .45ACP and is marketed towards the conceal carry market. It’s pretty thin and flat […]

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    08:36

    TFBTV at SHOT Show 2016: Daniel Defense ISR Integrally Suppressed Rifle in .300BLK [The Firearm Blog]

    In this SHOT Show 2016 floor interview, James speaks with Daniel Defense about the *re-released* DD ISR, an integrally suppressed .300 Blackout carbine with a noise signature of only 130dB. MSRP is $3000. Thanks to our Sponsor Ventura Munitions: http://bit.ly/1LKxNRP Check out our Patreon! https://www.patreon.com/tfbtv

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    08:20

    No Gun Voter Left Behind - Why all California Gun Owners MUST VOTE [NRA-ILA News]

    The deadline to register to vote for the upcoming 2016 Primary election is Monday, May 23, 2016, but there is no reason to wait.  Register online right HERE.  When you register, you can elect to permanently vote by mail so you don’t even have to drive to the polling place.  Just mail back the official ballot that you will get in the mail.  Your ballot will be sent to you well before Election Day.

    07:38

    Second Amendment Supporters Flood Richmond To Tell Virginia Lawmakers 'Guns Save Lives' [Gun News]

    January 18th was a special day in Richmond. It was when private citizens were able to speak with their local representatives to discuss the issues that matter to them most.

    07:21

    [SHOT 2016] SureFire FirePak and 2211 [The Firearm Blog]

    IMG_8684SureFire released their new cell phone case earlier this month. The case will dock with the FirePak. The FirePak has two LEDs and puts out a whopping 1500 lumens. The FirePak can also act as a phone charger backup battery. SureFire has an app that you use to pair the FirePak via Bluetooth. The app […]

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    07:06

    Gun check appeals halted [NRA-ILA News]

    The surge of criminal background checks required of new gun purchasers has been so unrelenting in recent months that the FBI had been forced to temporarily halt the processing of thousands of appeals from prospective buyers whose firearm purchase attempts have been denied.

    07:05

    Judge rejects Obama's executive privilege claim over Fast and Furious records [NRA-ILA News]

    A federal judge has rejected President Barack Obama's assertion of executive privilege to deny Congress access to records pertaining to Operation Fast and Furious, a gunrunning probe that allegedly allowed thousands of weapons to flow across the border into Mexico.

    07:04

    After San Bernardino attacks, concealed gun requests skyrocket in area [NRA-ILA News]

    In the seven weeks since terrorists killed 14 people in San Bernardino, requests for concealed firearms permits have skyrocketed throughout the area, leading to crippling backlogs and massive delays at the public safety agencies that process applications.

    07:03

    If Gun Owners Can Be Licensed, Why Not Journalists? [NRA-ILA News]

    Yesterday a South Carolina legislator tweaked anti-gun news outlets by proposing a bill that would require journalists operating in that state to register and be approved by the government. The scheme is, of course, blatantly unconstitutional, which is the point.

    07:02