Tuesday, 28 March


POTD: It’s An Optic, It’s A Light, No It’s SUPER MP5!!! [The Firearm Blog]

TPM Outfitters recently came across a 1980’s Hensoldt light. Old school HK optic made by Hensoldt that projects light with a crosshair in the beam. It runs on 5 C batteries and weighs as much as the MP5 itself. Back in the day SAS ran Maglite flashlights ontop of their MP5s.

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Kentucky: Urge Your Senators to Adopt Pro-Gun Senate Committee Substitute [NRA-ILA News]

As early as tomorrow, the Kentucky state Senate is expected to consider House Bill 417.  While being considered in the Senate Veterans, Military Affairs, and Public Protection Committee, pro-gun Senators proposed a Senate Committee Substitute that would make two important changes for concealed carry training in Kentucky.


FAL training rifles from Brazil [The Firearm Blog]

The idea is far now new: have a smaller-caliber gun to replace the real one for initial training so that you can achieve substantial cost reductions in the process. Simple as that. The formula has met with varying degrees of success (or lack of) in different countries along the years, and was also tried – […]

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Alabama Sheriffs Assn opposes constitutional carry because he'd lose fees [Of Arms and the Law]

Alabama SB 24 would allow concealed carry without a permit. Their sheriffs' association sent an email to members urging them to oppose the bill "if you value your permit fund."


Nerf Gun Shoots Super Sonic Nerf Darts – Mach 2.35 [The Firearm Blog]

This guy made a super Nerf dart gun. He uses metal pipe as a barrel and hooks up an air tank to it.   In the video they show that the dart travels 80cm in 0.001 sec which comes out to 800 meters per second. Which comes out to Mach 2.35.   I was rather […]

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How Not To Resign From A Firearm Company [The Firearm Blog]

Last night 3/27/17, David Merrill of Recoil Magazine shared this on Facebook. As of last night, the link to the NRA Annual Meeting showed what you see above. The photo is a screen cap of what was posted. The blurb about Warsport has since been corrected. Click here to go to the NRA website. War […]

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NRA Launches Ad Buy Urging Swift Confirmation of Judge Neil Gorsuch [NRA-ILA News]

The National Rifle Association Institute for Legislative Action (NRA-ILA) today launched a $1 million ad buy urging confirmation of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court. The four spots will run locally in Montana, Indiana, Missouri and North Dakota.


Texas: Senate Passes SB 16, LTC Fee Reduction Bill, by Overwhelming Vote [NRA-ILA News]

On Monday, the Texas Senate voted to pass Senate Bill 16, NRA-backed legislation sponsored by State Sen. Robert Nichols (R-Jacksonville) and Joan Huffman (R-Houston), on a 26-5 vote.


Woman arrested after Broken Arrow-area man fatally shoots three intruders [NRA-ILA News]

The son of a Broken Arrow-area homeowner fatally shot three masked intruders, two of whom were juveniles, during a home invasion Monday, authorities said. Police later arrested an Oologah woman who is believed to be the getaway driver on three complaints of first-degree murder and three complaints of first-degree burglary. The home invasion and shootings in the 9100 block of Clearview Drive were reported around 12:30 p.m. When Wagoner County sheriff’s deputies arrived, they found one person lying in the driveway and two others lying in the house. All three were dead. Two of the deceased were 16 or 17 years old, and the third was 18 or 19, Deputy Nick Mahoney said. Their names had not been released by Monday evening.


Broken Arrow, Oklahoma [Civilian Gun Self-Defense Blog]

Investigators haven't released the names of anyone involved but say the deceased suspects are between 16 and 18 years old. One of the suspects had a knife and another had brass knuckles, according to investigators. 
Deputies responded to the home near 9100 S. Clearview Drive around 12:30 p.m. after a report of a possible home invasion with shots fired. Upon arrival, deputies found three suspects dead and the two residents uninjured.
Deputy Nick Mahoney says the preliminary investigation shows that the three suspects went to the residence with the intent to burglarize the home.
"They were dressed in black, all had masks on, and all had gloves on," said Mahoney....
Mahoney says the suspects broke in through a glass door in the back of the house. After entering the residence, the suspects encountered the homeowner's 23-year-old son, who also lives there. The resident was carrying an AR-15.


Armed robbery reported in Lamont, suspect shot [NRA-ILA News]

The suspect in a Lamont armed robbery was taken to the hospital Monday afternoon after being shot. The incident happened Monday afternoon at the Azteca Market in the 2800 block of Weedpatch Highway, near Muller Road. The suspect entered the store, got involved in a confrontation with a store employee, and the employee shot the suspect. The suspect fled in a vehicle and was later found near Morning Drive and Breckenridge Road. Officials took the suspect to the hospital with major injuries. He is in critical condition. An attempted armed robbery happened at the same market in May 2016.


More LEGO Bullet Testing [The Firearm Blog]

Last month I test fired some LEGO heads out of my .40S&W Glock 35 Gen4. A few days after I posted that article, my friend Joel helped me reload some with some gun powder. As many had surmised, it did not work in cycling the Glock. However I wanted to test it and here are […]

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Wisconsin: Important Right to Carry Bill Introduced [NRA-ILA News]

Today, LRB 2039/1 was introduced to the Wisconsin State Legislature.  This Right to Carry bill would allow for the concealed carry of a firearm without a concealed carry license anywhere in the state where an individual is legally allowed to carry a firearm.  Additionally, LRB 2039/1 would expand the list of places where firearm owners can legally carry.  LRB 2039/1 would also make the current concealed carry licensing system optional to allow citizens to obtain a license and take advantage of reciprocity agreements with other states.


Steyr Taunts Aug Chambered In 300BLK? [The Firearm Blog]

Steyr Arms took to Facebook last week to tease the upcoming release of “something big”. Displaying a picture of 300BLK ammunition and the signature charging handle of an iconic bullpup rifle, consumers can either assume that Steyr will be producing an AUG in a new chambering OR they are buying ARMSCOR ammunition. I’m going with an AUG in […]

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NRA Applauds Introduction of Wisconsin Right to Carry Legislation [NRA-ILA News]

The National Rifle Association Institute for Legislative Action (NRA-ILA) today applauds Rep. Mary Felzkowski (R-Irma) and Sen. Dave Craig (R-Big Bend) for introducing Wisconsin’s Right to Carry legislation that will simplify Wisconsin law and allow law-abiding gun owners to carry their firearm in the manner that best suits their needs.


Georgia Senate Plans Vote on Campus Carry [NRA-ILA News]

Licensed gun owners could carry concealed handguns on public college campuses under legislation set for a vote in the state Senate.If senators approve the bill on Tuesday, it returns to the House. Both chambers would have to pass the measure before adjourning on Thursday to send the bill to Gov. Nathan Deal.


Arkansas: ATU will comply with new gun law [NRA-ILA News]

The president of Arkansas Tech University said although the university's Board of Trustees has voted to not allow concealed weapons on campus, she said last week the university would comply with the gun rights bill signed by Gov. Asa Hutchinson last week.


N.C. House votes to allow carry in schools – but only during church services [NRA-ILA News]

Gun owners could bring weapons to church services held at school buildings under a bill that passed the N.C. House Monday night.


South Dakota: House Fails to Muster Support to Override Gun Bill Vetoes [NRA-ILA News]

The state House failed Monday to override Gov. Dennis Daugaard's vetoes of a pair of bills that would have loosened restrictions on carrying concealed guns in conservative South Dakota.


Texas Senate approves big cuts to statewide gun license fees [NRA-ILA News]

The Texas Senate has approved a bill sharply reducing gun license fees.


Virginia: McAuliffe Wants to Reinstitute Handgun Rationing [NRA-ILA News]

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe says he wants to reinstitute a law limiting gun sales to one handgun a month.The governor, a Democrat, said Monday he was adding an amendment an unrelated bill related to concealed carry permits to include a provision reinstituting a 1993 one-handgun-a-month law.


The Very Steampunk M1915 Howell Automatic Rifle at James D Julia [Forgotten Weapons]

The M1915 Howell Automatic Rifle is a conversion of a standard No1 MkIII Lee Enfield rifle into a semiautomatic, through the addition of a gas piston onto the right side of the barrel. Despite its very steampunk appearance, the Howell is actually a quite simple conversion mechanically. The rifle action had not been modified at all, and a curved plate on the end of the gas piston is used to cycle the bolt up, back, forward, and down just as it would be done manually.

The additional metal elements added to the gun are there to prevent the shooter from inadvertently getting their hand or face in the path of the bolt. The crude tubular pistol grip is necessary because the shooter’s hand on the wrist of the stock would normally be in the path of the bolt’s travel. Note that the Parker-Hale bipod on this example is a non-military addition from its time in private ownership.

In addition to these elements, the Howell has been fitted with a 20-round extended magazine to better exploit its rate of fire. However, the Howell was made as a semiautomatic rifle only, and not fully automatic. It was offered to the British military circa 1915, but never put into service. Instead, the British would significantly increase production and deployment of Lewis light machine guns. Howell would offer his conversion in basically the same form to the military again at the onset of World War 2, but was again turned down.

Shooting the Howell was remarkably successful – I had expected it to be very malfunction-prone, but in fact it ran almost completely without fault. In retrospect, I would attribute this to the simplicity of its conversion, which made no changes to the feeding and extraction/ejection elements of the SMLE. The gun was a bit awkward to hold, and the offset sights left one with really no cheek weld at all, but recoil was gentle thanks to the gas systems function and added weight. Quite a remarkable gun, and one I am very glad to have been able to shoot.


Arkansas: Urgent Action Needed to Stop Anti-Gun Bill! [NRA-ILA News]

Senate Bill 724, an anti-gun bill which undermines some of the key advancements made with the passage and enactment of House Bill 1249, could be considered by the House Judiciary Committee as early as today.  It is imperative that you contact members of the House Judiciary Committee IMMEDIATELY and urge them to OPPOSE this bill!  Let them know that law-abiding gun owners in Arkansas deserve to enjoy the benefits of House Bill 1249!


B&T USW A1 Approved For Import Into The US [The Firearm Blog]

B&T USA has announced that the USW A1 is now blessed by the ATF for importation and sale in the United States. The tedious compliance process, required of all firearms entering US commerce, can take up to six months and includes a physical inspection of at least one sample firearm that is destroyed after the […]

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Manticore Arms Releases US-Made Scorpion Magazines [The Firearm Blog]

Manticore Arms and Preppers Gun Shop have teamed up to design and manufacture US-Made magazines for the CZ Scorpion. The mags hold 32 rounds and count as three parts towards 922r compliance if your Scorpion is configured as a short barreled rifle (SBR). The magazines are available in smoke or clear and feature heat treated […]

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Sureshot Armament Group’s New AK Sidemount [The Firearm Blog]

Firearms accessory maker Sureshot Armament Group recently debuted their new AK sidemounts on their Facebook page. Their CNC machined sidemounts weight in at just 167 grams (5.89 ounces or .368 lbs). Sureshot Armament Group’s new AK sidemount is going to retail for $135. Sureshot Armament Group’s new sidemount is low enough to not block the AK’s […]

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Getting Local Government to Build a Range: Taber, Alberta, Canada [The Firearm Blog]

Maybe it’s more common in the USA for the County/Municipal District to dedicate time and money to develop a range, but up in Canada most local governments will throw up as many obstacles as possible for new places to shoot. That’s not the case for one facility in Southern Alberta, and I’ve been following their […]

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Monday, 27 March


YETI Flagship Store Bars Concealed and Open Carriers, Then Backtracks [AllOutdoor.com]

I was surprised to peruse the AustinGuns reddit and learn, via the inimitable Mike Cargill’s FB page (go follow him now!), that the local YETI Flagship store posted 30.06 and 30.07 signs outside their store in the city.

Says Mike:

So I called and spoke with their attorney. He said he wasn’t going to debate or discuss the issue and licensed holders are not allowed in the building. I guess they aren’t as pro gun as they say they are.

This move isn’t exactly on-brand for YETI, so Mike raised a stink, and after some back-and-forth the company relented. They blamed the “no guns” policy on the attached bar, but the signs, which prohibit concealed and open carry and aren’t cheap, were also preventing carry inside the store.

Final Update: I would like to thank YETI for listening to its customer base.

The bar is operated by a third party company called Cooler Concessions. So we can’t carry in the bar because it is 51%. But there are no longer 30.06 or 30.07 signs that prohibit carry inside the store. They are now fully compliant with Texas law while still respecting lawful citizens.

At any rate, as of recently tonight YETI has done the right thing and pulled the signs. The ill will lingers, though. I recommend an in-store discount for anyone who shows up packing as a way to smooth things over.

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Berkeley County, South Carolina [Civilian Gun Self-Defense Blog]

Police Chief Rick Ollic told reporters Wednesday afternoon their investigation revealed a man the Berkeley County Coroner identified as Elijah A. White, Jr., 30, forced his way into a home on Post Oak Court off Highway 52. White was armed with a handgun and wearing a mask and gloves, he said.
"We also retrieved from him rope, which I believe he was going to tie up the victims if he got into the residence, so there was no doubt he was there to do some serious harm to this family," Ollic said. 
The homeowner fired his gun when White burst into the home, fatally striking him, Ollic said.
Police also arrested a woman they say went to the door posing as a representative of a homeowner's association and was wearing a fake badge that read, "HOA."


Ridgeville, South Carolina [Civilian Gun Self-Defense Blog]

3/22/17 ABC channel 4:

RIDGEVILLE, S.C. (AP/WCIV) — Berkeley County sheriff's deputies say a man who shot and killed a man in Ridgeville earlier this week was apparently acting in self-defense.
Local media outlets reported that 23-year-old Ishmel Taquan Rivers was shot and killed Sunday in Ridgeville after he pulled two guns during a fight.

Berkeley County Coroner Bill Salisbury said Rivers went to the Garden Court home, met with three people (including a resident of the home), and got into an argument. Salisbury said Rivers shot the resident in the shoulder and one of the other three fired back at Rivers, hitting him four times.
Deputies say Rivers had been out of prison for just two months when he exchanged gunfire with a man. Records show Rivers had just completed a prison term for involuntary manslaughter in a 2012 shooting.
Five years for killing someone?  No wonder he was out.  Won't happen again.


Test Your Shooting Preparedness At KE Arms Hard as Hell 2-Gun [AllOutdoor.com]

One of the best ways to confirm shooting skills (aside from a trip to the two-way shooting range) is to get involved in some of the various types of competitions. Some are more realistic than others, and some definitely cost more than others (I’m looking at you 3-Gun).

If you have a rifle and modern pistol (and some grit) you may want to consider the KE Arms Hard as Hell 2-Gun. This competition eliminates the number one reason (and excuses why) people don’t get involved in 3-Gun—shotgun.

The match will be put on by the Southern Utah Practical Shooting Range https://southernutahpracticalshootingrange.com/ and KE Arms  https://www.kearms.com May 6th and 7th in St George, UT, and is the same range and staff that have been running the Hard as Hell 3-Gun and the Red Oktober Kalashnikov match.

The KE Arms Hard as Hell 2-Gun will be a 9 stage, high-effort, high-round count event (300 rifle—45 long range at 200+ yards, 200 pistol) requiring only pistol and rifle. Expect physical challenge, 300-second time limits on stages that include:

climbing, crawling, swinging, hooting, hollering, and cowbells. Because everything needs more cowbells.

For an idea of what this match about, the following video shows an example stage from the 3-Gun variant:

And if that isn’t tough enough—or you really want to test your mettle, you can up the ante by competing in “Trooper” division and carry all your ammo and shooting supplies on foot into the range, during every stage, and hike back out at the end of the day. Or really see how you can match up by upgrading to the “Armored” category and wear front/rear hard armor plates!

Top 3 in competitive divisions will take home trophies and loot: Tactical Optics, Tactical Limited, Open. Match rules are at: https://docs.google.com/document/d/16uyt2NH5Axq6ofsyNOkNxSeYjMj1e03r797ESNtTLRw/mobilebasic

This type of a competition, especially running it in “Armored Trooper”, will be a solid test of your ability to run your gear. The more you sweat in peace, the less you bleed in war…

Register on PractiScore for $150.

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Turkey Blind Techniques [AllOutdoor.com]

Every turkey hunter has their own favorite way to set up on gobbling turkeys. Most turkey hunters probably still just back up to a big tree and try to stay still when a strutting gobbler approaches. Staying still is the operative tactic, one which I cannot do with consistency.

Accordingly, I have taken a rather lazy and comfortable approach to hunting wild turkeys. My days of the run and gun are long over. I prefer to set up in a likely turkey rich environment and wait them out. More often than not the birds will eventually appear. When they do, I’ll be hidden from sight.

My favorite turkey haunts are along a fence line next to an open field where I have scouted turkeys coming down from the roost, or passing by at critical times during the day. This is most often about early to mid-morning and the mid to late afternoons. I am set up and ready.

In big part wild turkeys are a creature of habit, somewhat. They roost and fly down at first light. The hens start clucking, feeding and heading off to greener pastures. During the chase cycle the gobblers are usually in tow. It is tough to break a gobbler away from his harem of hens. But, just wait. He will be back later and he will remember those soft yelps and clucks you called.
My ground blind set up uses a series of steel poles pushed into the ground to create span of about 8 feet in front of my seat. Attached to the poles is a 4-foot high piece of nylon spun camouflage fabric with cut holes to let the wind blow through looking like leaves moving in the breeze. Behind the blind I use a pop up seat with a comfortable back leaning up against a tree.

I form the blind around my seat in a half moon pattern. I try to set up 5-6 feet back from the edge of an open field. I trim away any limbs, bushes or greenery that might block my view and a clear shot. I clean out a good spot to sit and extend my legs. Beside my seat I lay out all my gear. This includes a selection of calls, binoculars, water bottle, bug repellent, and my shotgun by my side. Then I just starting calling and play out the waiting game. I might nap, too. The best part is that other hunters now use my blind technique, too.

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Survival Meat [AllOutdoor.com]

One of the more complex problems with an extended bug out scenario is how to implement a plan of food resource sustainability. Regardless of how many MRE’s you stocked up, or cans of tuna, chicken or other foods, they are going to eventually run out. Unlike television shows depicting after the apocalypse existence, the likelihood of running into food supplies sitting around in homes or stores is remote. So, how do you keep eating?

Foraging for protein foods during a long term SHTF event is going to be tough, unless you take up hunting. In fact, deer hunting is a virtual survival existence must do. Why? A couple of easy reasons has to do with the prolific population of white-tailed deer in America with a range that exists in nearly every corner of the country. It is a readily available food source.

Even so, that does not automatically make this very edible quarry super simple to harvest. Deer are cunning, sensitive to their surroundings, and keenly aware of human presence. But obviously proven by the large numbers of deer harvested every hunting season in this country there are multiple ways to gather this food resource to supplement other foods during a protracted bug out, or in.

Deer like to gather in woodland areas where their own security finds a comfort zone. Forested areas that border open farm fields, pastures and other native browse grazing opportunities will likely find the white-tailed deer in good numbers. These types of habitats provide the essential foods that deer seek out for their own survival. Find their food, and thus find them.

Deer can be hunted in numerous ways including archery or with bow and arrow, crossbows, black powder muzzleloading weapons, conventional smokeless powder firearms including rifles, shotgun, and handguns. Deer are considered soft-skinned animals, thus it does not require a substantial amount of weapon power to dispatch one. Precise shots to a deer’s kill zone is more critical than the magnum energy of a high powered rifle per se.

Deer are relatively easy to clean and process and a fair sized female doe or male buck deer can yield 50-75 pounds of deboned meat. Venison is high in quality proteins, low in cholesterol and fats, but a tremendous source of a satisfying food. Venison cooks easy like beef or pork in endless ways of roasting, grilling, stir frying, or stewing. If you want a long term solution to bug out foods, learn to hunt both small and large game as well as upland birds and waterfowl.

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Time for the Whitetail’s Spring Tonic [AllOutdoor.com]

When I was a kid, my dad would go out to the country in search of free growing sprouts of polk salad. This was a green wild growing plant that looked like turnip greens or collards. He would wash up a big batch, boil it down, and cook in some ham or bacon. He would put this mix in a bowl with some vinegar or hot sauce. It was his spring tonic if you know what I mean.

Using a play on words, then it is that time of season when our white-tailed deer could use a bit of a spring tonic. But in this case, the deer need a heavy duty boost of vitamins and minerals in combination with the spring habitat green up.

Deer are just now coming out of the worst months of the year when natural resource foods have dwindled to a bare offering. What winter did not finally kill off, the deer have consumed down to the bare limbs. Add to that most of the bucks have dropped their antlers by now and the regrowth phase is starting again. This is when bucks really need a supplemental mineral boost.

Enter Buck Warrior mixes that can supply deer with vital supplements to enhance the growth of antlers and general deer health over all. Buck Warrior Enterprises, LLC of Vicksburg, Mississippi provides two mixes to fulfill a supplemental feeding program to help deer get a good head start going into summer and the antler growing phase.

Buck Powder is not just a buck attractant but also a supplement offering key feed elements that works year around. Buck Powder is a proprietary blend of grain by-products and plant protein products, salt, trace minerals, molasses, and calcium with natural and artificial flavors.

This blend has been university lab tested to supply 16+ percent protein, 12 percent fat, and minerals including phosphorous, calcium, magnesium, sodium, chloride, iron, copper, and zinc.

ME2 is a blend of essential elements that help deer grow healthier with larger racks. ME2 specifically targets deer health and antler development. The mix contains calcium, chloride, cobalt, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, molybdenum, phosphorous, selenium, sodium, sulfur, and zinc. These elements are vital this time of year to kick start antler growth.

More information on Buck Warrior products can be found on their Facebook page at facebook.com/buckwarrior. Buck Warrior is veteran owned and operated by Captain Ron Eller.
Spring time is the perfect time to start a spring tonic program for your deer.

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West Virginia: Pro-Hunting and Pro-Gun Bills Progress [NRA-ILA News]

Tomorrow, the House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee will hear Senate Bill 345.


What? [Of Arms and the Law]

Chelsea Clinton asks her readers if this was photoshopped.

I guess that's possible....


Internal Sheriffs Association email shows that money drives pistol permit law [NRA-ILA News]

The battle over SB24 just keeps getting stranger. The legislation introduced by Senator Gerald Allen (R-Tuscaloosa) removes the requirement for Alabamians to obtain a license before carrying a concealed pistol. The Alabama Sheriffs Association doesn't want to change a thing. Plenty of Alabama's legislators agree that law-abiding Alabamians shouldn't be forced to secure a license and pay a fee to exercise their Second Amendment rights. A recent internal email suggests that the Sheriffs Association isn't necessarily negotiating in good faith. An email from Timmons called on sheriffs to contact their legislators "if you value your permit fund." He specifically warned against a compromise that would clearly benefit Alabama's gun owners. "The National Rifle Association WILL return next time the Legislature meets to bring back Jabo [Waggoner's] 'any county bill' and will push for uniform -- one cost -- statewide permit fee...if any fee at all!"


Indiana: Victim Defense Bill Scheduled For Hearing This Week [NRA-ILA News]

Thanks to your calls and emails, House Bill 1071, the victim defense bill, has been scheduled for a hearing in the Senate Judiciary Committee this Wednesday, March 29.  Please contact the members of the Senate Judiciary Committee and respectfully urge them to support HB 1071!


Lawmakers looking to expand gun owners travel rights [Of Arms and the Law]

Story here. I'd suggest a major improvement would be to modify the present protection for interstate travel (provided the firearm may be possessed in the state where you begin and in the state where your trip ends) to convert it into something other than an affirmative defense.

An affirmative defense is something that amounts to: even tho the defendant broke the law, he still should be acquitted because (to choose some examples) the statute of limitations has run, or he was insane, or his violation was legally justified.

Court have construed the protection for interstate travelers to be such a defense, thereby rejecting lawsuits for false imprisonment. Antigun governments and agencies can arrest despite the protection, and essentially say, "tell it to the judge." So the gun owner might win acquittal in the end, but in the meantime he's been jailed until he bonds out (not easy to do far away from home), loses thousands in legal fees, and so on.


Pennsylvania: Preemption Legislation up for Committee Vote Tomorrow [NRA-ILA News]

On Tuesday, March 28, the Local Government Committee is scheduled to vote on Senate Bill 5, important preemption legislation.  SB 5, sponsored by state Senator Wayne Langerholc, Jr. (R-35), would further clarify existing law to ensure that firearm and ammunition laws are consistent throughout the Keystone state.


South Dakota: NRA-Backed Pro-Gun Bill Fails in Veto Session [NRA-ILA News]

Unfortunately, anti-gun members of the South Dakota House of Representatives dismissed NRA-backed House Bill 1072 during today’s veto override session.


Virginia Action Needed: Governor McAuliffe Vetoes Self-Defense Bills [NRA-ILA News]

Following their passage in the Virginia General Assembly, Governor Terry McAuliffe vetoed multiple self-defense bills; Senate Bill 1299, Senate Bill 1300, House Bill 1852, and House Bill 1853.


NRA Applauds Texas State Senate for Passing SB 16 [NRA-ILA News]

The National Rifle Association Institute for Legislative Action applauds the Texas Senate today for passing Senate Bill 16, legislation that substantially reduces License To Carry fees in the Lone Star state.


Arkansas: Urgent Action Needed to Stop Anti-Gun Bill! [NRA-ILA News]

Senate Bill 724, an anti-gun bill which undermines some of the key advancements made with the passage and enactment of House Bill 1249, could be considered by the House Judiciary Committee as early as tomorrow.  It is imperative that you contact members of the House Judiciary Committee IMMEDIATELY and urge them to OPPOSE this bill!  Let them know that law-abiding gun owners in Arkansas deserve to enjoy the benefits of House Bill 1249!


FN 1910 Pistol History and Shooting [The Firearm Blog]

The FN 1910 was an extremely common pocket pistol in Europe, and was produced in both .32 ACP and .380 ACP. Around 700,000 were produced over about 70 years, and yet it is little known in the US, where it was largely eclipsed by the Walther PPK. In this video, we take a look at […]

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Volquartsen’s Limited Run 10/22 Takedown [The Firearm Blog]

Volquartsen rifleVolquartsen Firearms is a well known company in the gun industry. Its work with rimfire rifles and pistols is near legendary in the minds of many people. When Ruger introduced the 10/22 Takedown rifle, Volquartsen supported it. Now, the company is offering a limited run of 10/22 Takedown rifles that may be of interest to […]

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Before You Buy A Portable Water Filter [AllOutdoor.com]

A portable water filter is a must have if there is any doubt about the quality of the water source.  This could be hiking, backpacking or a camping trip.

With so many portable water filter options on the market, narrowing it down to just one can be a daunting task.   Do you need a filter or a purifier?  What about a lifestraw or water bottle filter?  How much should you spend on a filter?

Let’s discuss a few of those topics.  Hopefully, this will help narrow down your choices.

Filter Or Purifier

One of the main questions I hear, “What is the difference between a purifier and a filter?”

Without going into all of the technical stuff:

Filter – For bacteria and protozoa.  A regular water filter does nothing to remove or kill viruses.

Purifier – For viruses and bacteria.  These either remove or kill viruses, bacteria and protozoa.  There are supposed to be purifiers on the market that are able to stop viruses.

Personally, if there is any doubt if the water has a virus in it, I filter and then use a Steripen. The Steripen uses UV light to kill viruses, bacteria, cyst and protozoa.

Decades ago I used water purification tablets, but have not used then in a very long time.

If you want detailed information about filtering viruses, see this page at the CDC – Water Disinfection for Travelers. Scroll to the bottom and there will be a chart detailing filter size needed to stop a virus.

LifeStraw or Water Bottle Filter

If hiking along a water source, the lifestraw or a water bottle attached filter is better than nothing.

Lifestraw portable water filter

My main complaint about a lifestraw or water bottle attached filter, they serve only the individual.  A portable water filter is able to fill several canteens or water bottles for various individuals.

Using a lifestraw:

  • Everyone needs their own.
  • Wipe the mouth piece off between users.
  • Or, swap slobber.

Does a lifestraw have a place?  Sure it does.  They are lightweight, take up little room in the pack and are fairly inexpensive.  As I write this article, I have a lifestraw in my Maxpedition Condor II backpack.

As of March 27, 2017 the lifestraw has a price of $19.95.  For something that can filter up to 1,000 liters and only weighs 1.75 ounces, that is pretty good.

Portable Water Filter Cost

For a good basic portable water filter for personal use or with a small group, I would set a price of $100 or less.

My personal water filter is a very old Pur brand name from the mid-1990s.  Katadyn bought the Pur line out of outdoor filters and the filter I have was later renamed to the Katadyn Hiker.  Even though the filter was bought in the mid-1990s, brand new replacement filters work just fine.

With around 20 years of filtering water through my Katadyn Hiker, I do not remember getting a single stomach problem during or after the trip.  The replacement filter has been changed out several times in that 20 years.


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Shotgun Care and Cleaning Tips from Purdey [The Firearm Blog]

James Purdey and Sons Ltd. released three videos about how to clean the shotgun and treat it for storage. The first video is about the barrel cleaning. I’d add a small trick that I use when cleaning my shotgun barrels. When the bronze brush comes out of the barrel it launches a nasty spray of […]

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POTD: Freedom Behind Old Glory [The Firearm Blog]

Jorge aka @silencers_1909 of Capitol Armory shows off his impressive suppressor collection and his Remington 870 storage space. It is one of those wooden pallet flags with a compartment hidden behind it. Here is the list of suppressors These are just his SilencerCo cans. Salvo 8B Salvo 12 Harvester Big Bore Harvester 30 Specwar 762 […]

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Winchester SXP Turkey Shotgun [The Firearm Blog]

Winchester SXP TurkeyWinchester Repeating Arms introduced a number of new pump shotguns in the Super X Pump, or SXP, line this year. One of the newest is the SXP Turkey. As one might guess from the name, this scattergun is designed with turkey hunting in mind. The SXP Turkey is available in both 12 gauge and 20 […]

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Retired officer shoots suspect in Cypress [NRA-ILA News]

Harris County Sheriff's Office confirmed that a retired police officer shot his neighbor Saturday night in northwest Harris County. Authorities said the incident happened in the 18000 block of Harnett Drive just before 7 p.m. The retired HPD officer, 58, was working in his yard when he was approached by his neighbor, Harris County Sheriff's Office said. His 20-year-old neighbor was wearing a ski mask and holding a machete. He told the retired officer that he was there to kill him, authorities reported. The officer discharged his weapon, hitting the neighbor in the stomach. The neighbor was transported by Life Flight.


Birmingham man shot in home invasion at Southtown [NRA-ILA News]

The tenant of a Southtown apartment shot a man who invaded his residence Friday night, according to Birmingham police. A man, later identified as Darius Chatman, 26, of Birmingham, was found dead in the grass in the rear of a Southtown housing development apartment located in the 2500 block of 9th Court South. Officers from Birmingham's South Precinct saw a man standing outside of the 2502 apartment firing a handgun at around 11:38 p.m., police said.


Armed suspect shot by tenant in attempted home invasion [NRA-ILA News]

An armed home invasion suspect was shot by his would-be victim during an incident early Friday morning in Wissonoming, according to Philadelphia Police. The incident occurred on the 6100 block of Hegerman Street around 12:30 a.m. Police say 1 21-year-old man was exiting a home on the block when he was approached by an unknown man who stepped out from behind the door as he opened it. The suspect then tried to force the man back inside the property and demanded money and jewelry. Once inside, police say the suspect ordered the 21-year-old man and another 29-year-old man inside the house to sit on the couch, holding them at gunpoint and continuing to demand money. A struggle ensued over the gun, and while the 21-year-old man struggled with the suspect, the other tenant was able to retrieve a handgun and approach the suspect. At that point, police say the suspect held the 21-year-old at gunpoint, and the armed tenant fired his weapon once, striking the suspect in the head.The suspect was taken to Aria Torrsedale hospital in critical condition A 28- year- old female and her two children were asleep inside the home at the time of this incident. The investigation is ongoing.


The New D3 Flatpack Plus from Haley Strategic [The Firearm Blog]

flatpack plusHaley Strategic announced a new backpack called the D3 Flatpack Plus. According to the company, this is a hybrid bag that is intended to bridge “the gap between a smaller assaulter pack and a full sized day pack.” The bag has more than 850 cubic inches of storage when fully loaded. (Note: the video on […]

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Burglar caught, held at gunpoint in Tupelo home [NRA-ILA News]

Police in Tupelo have arrested a man whom officers say was caught burglarizing a home and was held at gunpoint until they arrived. Khalil Hobson was arrested early Friday and charged with burglary of an inhabited dwelling. According to officers, Hobson got into a home on Deer Run Road before 2 a.m.  They say the two people in the home were awakened by their dogs and found Hobson there. One of them pointed a gun at him until police showed up.  Officers say he tried running from the home but they caught him. Lee County Justice Court Judge Chuck Hopkins set the defendant's bond at $75,000.


Virginia: McAuliffe Vetoes Concealed Guns for Victims Bill [NRA-ILA News]

Republican supporters of said the bill would help domestic violence victims better protect themselves from their abusers. The bill would grant people protected by a protective order the temporary right to carry a concealed handgun without a license.


South Dakota: Supporters Press State Lawmakers to Overturn Gun Bill Veto [NRA-ILA News]

Gun rights supporters are urging state lawmakers to overturn Gov. Dennis Daugaard's veto of a bill to allow people who can legally carry a concealed handgun in South Dakota to do so without a permit.


Oklahoma: Gun Bills Advance To Senate [NRA-ILA News]

Two gun-related bills by Rep. Jeff Coody have made it to the Senate after easily winning approval from House members last week.


Maine: Committee rejects pair of gun bills [NRA-ILA News]

Lawmakers disposed of two bills Friday that would have loosened Maine laws that allow an adult to carry a concealed handgun without a permit.The bills offered by Sen. Eric Brakey, R-Auburn, would have allowed someone as young as 18 to carry a concealed pistol, and removed a provision in state law requiring those carrying a gun on their person or in their vehicle to disclose that in any encounter with law enforcement.


Georgia: Campus carry awaits action in final days [NRA-ILA News]

Legislation affecting Georgia's college campuses, taxes and fledgling medical marijuana program awaits action as lawmakers enter the session's final two days.


Florida Gun Show attracts a diverse crowd, organizers say [NRA-ILA News]

Vendors and show organizers say women, like Guzzo, are among a growing and changing demographic at shows around the state. Numerous women attended the 2.5-hour concealed-weapons permit course offered at the show.


Use of high-tech tool to locate shooters may greatly expand in California under proposed bill [NRA-ILA News]

Now, one state lawmaker is looking to expand the use of the technology to communities throughout the state, including small, cash-strapped cities that might not be able to afford an adequate police force or the shot detection system. Sacramento, San Diego, San Francisco and Oakland are among 11 California cities that currently use the system, called ShotSpotter.


Dynamics of a Scout Sniper Platoon Part Two [The Firearm Blog]

Note- This article is the second portion of an earlier article that contiues the discussion of the dynamics of being a member of a Marine Scout Sniper platoon. To read that article, please click here. The training, weapons, and gear that takes place in Sniper platoons is very different than in line platoons. To begin […]

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Knoble .22 Rimfire Prototype Pistol at James D Julia [Forgotten Weapons]

W.E. Knoble of Tacoma, Washington is not a well-known gun designer, and was in fact not a successful gun designer. But he did enter a .45 caliber pistol in the 1907 US pistol trials, and in so doing put his name permanently in the annals of firearms history. In addition to that design, he also made a few other pistols and here we have a blowback .22 rimfire from his shop. The grip angle and shape, and the unique open slot in the front strap of the grip are very distinctive of Knoble’s gun, and this one is no exception. It appears to be functional, but was never given a finish and is still very much a prototype. Still, it is extremely rare to find Knoble pistols, and this is the first .22 of his that I have seen.


Tennessee: Preemption Bill to be Heard by Committee Tomorrow! [NRA-ILA News]

Tomorrow, March 28, the House Civil Justice Committee will hold a hearing to consider HB 508.


Five Bug Out Location Considerations [AllOutdoor.com]

There has been some kind of event, you and the family have permission to use a friend’s bug out location.  You walk in, grab the flashlight, look around, and what do you see?  Or rather, what would you expect to see?

On the flip side of the coin, what could you do to help friends’ and family who may use your cabin?

Prepping for a collapse of society (viral hemorrhagic fever, bird flu, nuclear war… etc) is a cooperative effort between friends and family members.  We must not only consider ourselves, but those we love and care about.


A journal or notebook detailing how everything works.  Think of this as an instruction manual for the bug out location.  Let your friends and family know, “On the counter top, as soon as you walk in there will be a book, it has everything you need to know.”

Describe how the water filter works, how the generator cranks, where the bedding is at, where to find the matches, how to turn on the propane, how to light the stove pilot lights, how many pilot lights to light, where the first aid kits are at… etc.

Maybe include contact phone numbers, names of neighbors and names of people who may drop by to check on the place.

Bug Out Location Water filter

First thing the visitors may want to do is get the water filter going.  I use a Royal Berkey with four filters.  Each filter has a rating of around 3,000 gallons.  Four filters would produce an estimated 12,000 gallons of safe drinking water, depending on the quality of water source.

The water is pulled through the filters by gravity.  Pour water into the top reservoir, it then seeps through the filters and into the bottom.  After a few hours the bottom reservoir has safe drinking water which is dispensed through a spigot.

The Royal Berkey is made from stainless steel so rodents can not chew into it.  This brings us to our next topic.

Metal storage

For a remote cabin that may be used as a bug out location, the only good way to store stuff like bedding is in a metal storage box.

Why a metal box?  Rodents.

Rats and mice have been with humanity for thousands of years.  They will seek shelter in cabins and will tear up blankets, pillows, clothing… etc.  You can set out all the traps and poison you want, that will only  delay them.

Food items such as freeze dried meals and MREs should also be kept in metal boxes.

Propane stove

The water filter is doing its job, supplies are being pulled out of the metal storage boxes, what’s next?

Because propane does not have a shelf life it is a must have for any rural bug out location.

Bug out location propane stove

Power outages are a fact or life in rural America.  Because of this, a lot of people have a 150 or 250 gallon propane tank behind their house.  They use propane for their stove, space heater and hot water heater.  When the power goes out, at least with propane we can cook and heat our homes.

Once the propane is turned, we are ready to cook a nice hot meal.

Freeze dried food

Mountain House freeze dried food in #10 cans have an estimated shelf life of around 25 years and  pouches are estimated at 30 years.

Read the directions on the side of the pouch or can, bring the recommended amount of water to boil, ( I like to add a little more water than recommended ), add the freeze dried food to a bowl, add the hot water, stir, and in a few minutes you will have a good hot meal.

Bed Time

After everyone has been fed it will probably be time for bed.

Tomorrow will be a full day.

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What does it sound like to get shot at? [The Firearm Blog]

If you’ve worked the pits at a high power rifle match you probably already know what it sounds like to be shot at from a distance. If you’ve been downrange for Uncle Sugar, you might also know. But thankfully, most folks don’t know what bullets sound like as they cut the air. To get a […]

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Operative B 17 HMR Nighthunter Rifle from Thompson Machine [The Firearm Blog]

Thompson MachineThompson Machine is now offering an integrally suppressed 17 HMR rifle based on the Savage 93R. The Savage 93R is a bolt action rifle that comes in a variety of styles. One such variant comes with a threaded barrel. However, Thompson Machine decided to go with integral suppression for a lower profile and shorter overall appearance. This […]

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FN Now Offering Short Barrel Rifles to Consumer Market [The Firearm Blog]

FN 15 SBRIn the United States, simple items like sound suppressors and rifles with 14.5″ barrels have been demonized because of their inclusion in the National Firearms Act of 1934. There is much debate about what, if any, public benefit can be had from this law. However, as far back as I can remember “sawed-off shotguns” and […]

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New Russian Competition Pistol called PE-10 [The Firearm Blog]

Russian company “Souz TM” (a.k.a STM Arms) has introduced a new competition pistol called PE-10 (ПЕ-10). It is specially designed for practical shooting competition use – IPSC Standard division (major power factor). The pistol is chambered in .40 S&W with 17 round capacity. It feeds from CZ-75 ТS pistol magazines. The company is a new one […]

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Creedmoor Sports Releases Annealing Made Perfect Machine [The Firearm Blog]

Reloaders, especially those manufacturing various wildcat loadings, rejoice! Creedmoor sports (yes, the name is rather familar to those same reloaders) has announced the release of their “Annealing Made Perfect” Induction Annealing Unit for reloaders to easily form brass cases, removing the common flame forming for the safer and more accurate induction method. For serious wildcat reloaders, […]

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(Glock) Perfection Breaks – What Goes Wrong & How to Fix It [The Firearm Blog]

If “Perfection” is defined as a Glock, I think we have to redefine what “perfection” really means. Don’t get me wrong, the Glock is an excellent handgun (I carry them daily), but they are not bullet proof or completely resistant to the repeated battery of long duty cycles. Various parts in the handgun wear and […]

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Sunday, 26 March


Women Arm Yourselves Safely (WAYS) Program [No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money]

If you are a woman who wants to learn to shoot a handgun and live in western North Carolina then the Asheville Practical Shooting Association has a program for you. The program is called "WAYS" or "Women Arm Yourselves Safely." Formerly called "Women on Target", the program seeks to introduce women with little or no experience shooting handguns to them in a safe and effective manner.

I met Mike Privette of the APSA this weekend when he assisted with the shooting portion of my NRA Basic Instructor Training class. He and his wife Beth are the coordinators of these classes being held in Brevard. They will be offering four opportunities to take the WAYS class this year. I have posted his flyer below.

For $35 this is a great bargain and a great way to learn more about shooting a handgun.

Women Arm Yourselves Safely (WAYS)
(formerly “Women on Target”)

Are you a woman who has ever been curious about shooting a handgun?

Do you have a handgun at home but don’t really know how to handle it safely and effectively?

If you’re a woman who has never shot a handgun or have very limited experience and want to learn more, then this course is for you!

Asheville Practical Shooting Association (APSA) offers an orientation and training class for women that is structured for those who have very little to no experience with handguns. The course consists of a one-day combination of classroom instruction and handgun firing at the Bear Arms indoor shooting range in Brevard, NC. Course focus is on firearm safety and proper shooting techniques. The staff is made up of highly qualified instructors who provide top notch training in a safe, nurturing environment. The association provides firearms, ammunition, targets, all safety gear, and lunch for only $35.

If you have been thinking about getting a concealed carry permit, want to learn how to safely handle and shoot that gun that you’ve had for a while but don’t know anything about, have just a little experience but want to learn more, or have no experience at all but are just curious about handguns, then contact us for more information or to reserve a spot in one of our four 2017 classes.

Where: Bear Arms, 1653 Rosman Highway, Brevard, NC 28712

When: April 1       June 3        August 5       October 7

How: Contact Mike or Beth Privette, APSA “WAYS” coordinators, 828-966-9611, to sign up or get your questions answered.


Arkansas: Urgent Action Needed to Oppose Anti-Gun Bill [NRA-ILA News]

Senate Bill 724, an anti-gun bill which undermines some of the key advancements made with the passage and enactment of House Bill 1249, could be considered by the House Judiciary Committee as early as tomorrow.  It is imperative that you contact members of the House Judiciary Committee IMMEDIATELY and urge them to OPPOSE this bill!  Let them know that law-abiding gun owners in Arkansas deserve to enjoy the benefits of House Bill 1249!


Florida Report! Prosecutors Misinform Judiciary Comm. in Testimony on Gun Bill [NRA-ILA News]

Two baffling and very troubling things happened during testimony on HB-245, the Burden of Proof bill, in the House Judiciary Committee on Thursday, March 23, 2017.


Hans Larsen’s Unique Falling Block Rifles at James D Julia [Forgotten Weapons]

Hans Larsen was a very successful competitive marksman (World Champion, in fact) and gunsmith in Norway in the late 1800s. He, and later his company, made a wide variety of guns, from revolving rifles and muzzleloaders to cartridge breechloaders and repeating rifles.

Larsen’s target and sporting rifles were quite popular in Norway until the adoption of the Krag-Jorgensen (against which Larsen unsuccessfully competed for Norwegian military contracts). As the new Krag took over the Norwegian target shooting community, Larsen’s older designs slowly faded in popularity. The rifles are quite rare here in the United States.

This example is a single shot falling block action using Larsen’s unique design.

Saturday, 25 March



Florida Action Alert! 7 Wins for Gun Owners This Week 3/21-23/2017 [NRA-ILA News]

SB-1536 (Trespass Issue) was heard in Senate Agriculture Committee and the language we opposed was amended out of the bill.  SB-616 Firearms/Courthouses  by Sen. Greg Steube was heard in the Senate Government Oversight and Accountability Committee and PASSED 4-3.  SB-1052 Justifiable Use of Force by Sen. David Simmons was heard in the Senate Judiciary Committee and PASSED 7-2.  SB-1330 Firearms on Church Property by Sen. Kelli Stargel was heard in the Senate Judiciary Committee and PASSED 5-3.  HB-779 Protection of CW License holders  by Rep. Neil Combee was heard in the House Judiciary Committee and PASSED 12-6.  HB-849 Firearms on Church Property by Rep. Neil Combee was heard in the House Judiciary Committee and PASSED 12-6.  HB-245 Burden of Proof by Rep. Bobby Payne & Rep. Jason Fischer was heard in the House Judiciary Committee and PASSED 12-6.


Ruger Gunsite Scout Rifle in 450 Bushmaster [The Firearm Blog]

Ruger 450 rifleSturm, Ruger & Co. announced a caliber addition to the Gunsite Scout Rifle series: the 450 Bushmaster. This is the second 450 Bushmaster rifle the company has introduced in the past few months. The previous announcement covered a new Ruger American Rifle in the caliber. The new gun follows the same styling and functional details […]

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A Swarm of Angry Bees: The American 180 at James D Julia [Forgotten Weapons]

The American 180 is a .22 rimfire submachine gun that fires at 1200-1500 rounds per minute or more, and feeds from drums of 177 to 275 rounds capacity. While it makes a great recreational machine gun, it was actually initially developed with law enforcement sales in mind. The notion was that the .22LR cartridge posed a minimal danger of overpenetration and was extremely easy to control, and the many repeated hits that could be made with the American 180 would make up for its lack of ballistic effectiveness. And that’s not necessarily incorrect.

Several law enforcement agencies did actually buy the guns, and one police shooting involving one is documented, from 1974. It never became really popular with police agencies, though, and production basically ground to a halt in 1986 when it became impossible to manufacture new machine guns for the civilian market.


INTERVIEW with Kori Phillips, Program Officer for LSAT and CTSAS, Part 3: Development of 6.5mm CT [The Firearm Blog]

Not long after SHOT Show, I got the chance to interview Mrs. Kori Phillips, former program officer for the Army’s Lightweight Small Arms Technologies (LSAT) program, and current program officer for the Cased Telescoped Small Arms Systems (CTSAS) program. We talked at length about both programs, the technology they developed, and the state of lightweight […]

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Friday, 24 March


NRA will target Democrats who vote against Gorsuch [NRA-ILA News]

In a new threat to Senate Democratic leaders trying to harness members in opposition to the Supreme Court nomination of Neil Gorsuch, the influential National Rifle Association has leveled the threat that it will make sure members know who votes for — and against — the conservative judge they've endorsed. In what in Washington is called "scoring," the NRA's lobbying shop said that it will include the Gorsuch vote on election scorecards that members use for voter education and that the Second Amendment group uses to determine who to support and fight in elections.


Ruger Gunsite Scout Rifle Available in .450 Bushmaster [AllOutdoor.com]

From Ruger comes this Friday announcement that their ever popular Gunsite Scout Rifle is now available in .450 Bushmaster:

Sturm, Ruger & Co., Inc. (NYSE: RGR) is proud to announce that the Ruger® Gunsite Scout Rifle is now chambered in .450 Bushmaster. A natural extension of the Gunsite Scout Rifle line, the .450 Bushmaster model offers big-bore, high-energy performance in a compact and handy rifle. Weighing 6.6 pounds, this version of the Gunsite Scout Rifle features a 16.10″, 11/16″-24 threaded barrel with a 1:16 twist rate, offers controlled round feed and ships with a 4-round detachable box magazine.

The Ruger Gunsite Scout Rifle in .450 Bushmaster features a cold hammer-forged, medium-contour, alloy steel barrel with a matte black oxide finish. The threaded barrel is fitted with a Ruger Precision Rifle® Hybrid Muzzle Brake, which can be removed in order to attach other threaded barrel accessories such as the included thread protector. The rifle’s trigger guard and magazine well are formed of glass-reinforced nylon. The magazine release is a push-forward Mini-14® paddle located just ahead of the trigger guard.

The protected, non-glare, post front sight and receiver-mounted, adjustable, ghost ring rear sight provide for out-of-the-box usability. The forward-mounted Picatinny rail allows shooters to customize the rifle by mounting a variety of optics for “both eyes open” fast target acquisition. The rifle also features integral scope mounts and comes with Ruger® scope rings for conventional scope mounting.

The American Walnut stock, with “Gunsite Scout Rifle” engraved on the grip cap, is equipped with sling swivel studs and features a checkered grip and forearm. A soft rubber recoil pad with three, 1/2″ spacers allows the length of pull to be adjusted and properly sized for different shooters or to give the shooter a proper fit with outerwear of varying thickness.

We reviewed the .308 version of this rifle and loved it, and we also did an upgraded build of it. And, we reminded folks that a bolt action is a great survival gun alternative to the AR or AK. I wouldn’t recommend anything chambered in .450 Bushmaster for a SHTF gun, but it looks like a great hunting rifle.

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North Dakota Adopts Constitutional Carry [AllOutdoor.com]

The grim red tide of blood and civilian shootouts rolls on, as yet another state joins the deadly ranks of those Hobbsean jungles that allow their citizens to carry concealed without a permit. That’s right: North Dakota has fallen into the grip of NRA-sponsored bloodlust, and is soon to devolve into a scene right out of the Wild West, with men gunning each other down in the streets over the smallest of perceived slights:

Starting in August, North Dakota residents can carry a concealed handgun without a special permit.

Gov. Doug Burgum signed a bill Thursday that allows people to conceal carry as long as they have had a valid North Dakota driver’s license or state ID card for at least a year.

The new law applies to people only within the state. Residents will still not be able to conceal carry outside of North Dakota without the proper permit.

Or, y’know, maybe not much will actually change, other than people don’t need to sit through a short class before carrying.

(Sorry for the intro, but I just had to push the panic button. Now that the anti-gunners have dialed back some of the concealed carry hysteria, in the wake of the fact that none of their dire predictions have panned out, I figured I’d help them out and act like my hair was on fire.)

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So, the SIG P320: Will You Follow the Army’s Lead? [AllOutdoor.com]

As everyone knows by now, the SIG P320 pistol is slated to replace the long serving Beretta 92 and its variants as the Army’s new handgun.

As far as I know the Beretta has been a pretty good sidearm for the troops afield, but every so often the military gets the itch for something new. It may just be a simple factor of pistol weight or some reliability factor. It may also be that to upgrade or retrofit all the military pistols now in service could be more expensive than a whole new pistol.

Whatever the reason, the M9 is out, and SIG’s striker-fired gun is in. I have had the opportunity to handle the new P320, but not yet shoot one. All the reports I read on preliminary field tests by reliable sources are very positive.

Here are just some of the features of the P320. First of all the pistol can be disassembled without the use of any tools. SIG really worked hard to produce a good trigger that is smooth and with a consistent pull. The double action pull is set at 6.5 pounds. This striker fired mechanism can actually be converted to another caliber or pistol size and keep the same trigger group.

The SIG 320 uses interchangeable grip modules. This means the pistol’s fit can be customized to the shooter by simply changing out the grip modules from small, medium, and large grips. This allows small handed shooters or female troops for example to change out the grips so they can reach the controls easily. Bigger handed shooters simply use the other grip sizes.

The SIG P320 comes in 9mm, .357 SIG, .40 S&W, and .45 Auto. Presumably the military would stick with the 9mm. The frame material is stainless steel. The slide is finished in Nitron, but is also made of stainless steel.

The barrel length is 4.7 inches with an overall pistol length of 8 inches. It is only 1.3 inches wide with a height of 5.5 inches. The total weight is 29.5 ounces. Contrast or SIGLITE night sights are available. The 9mm P320 retails for $679 and comes with two 17-round magazines.

So, speeds and feeds aside, are you planning to jump on the bandwagon?

If so, why, and if not, why not?

Editor: I’ll chime in with the first comment, since I’m the editor and I can do that 🙂 I saw someone post, in response to the announcement, that a pistol as a best a tertiary concern for the military. The number of confirmed kills with a pistol in the GWOT could be counted in Mickey Mouse’s fingers. The guy’s point was that there are a whole host of political and practical considerations that go into military pistol selection that have exactly zero relevance to civilian concealed carry. This struck me as both true and relevant.

In fact, I’d add to this by saying that as a civilian, in my area of operations my concealed carry piece is my primary weapon and the only thing I’m likely to have with me (apart from a pocket knife) if something bad goes down. So my carry gun is my “rifle,” which puts it in a whole different category for than the military is thinking about when it does pistol selection.

I say all this not to bash the SIG, which is an outstanding handgun (I myself carry DA/SA SIGs), but just to point out that the fact that the Army has selected some gun or other has very little influence on my own decision making process.

Now, in a few years, thanks to the platform’s ubiquity, it may well be that the P320 is the ultimate choice for a SHTF sidearm, given the sheer number of them that will be out there, as well as aftermarket support and so on. But we’ll check in then and see.

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The Washington Post Gives Gun Control Group and U.S. Senator Three Pinocchios on Suppressors [NRA-ILA News]

Last week, we wrote about Americans for Responsible Solutions’ irresponsible misinformation about The Hearing Protection Act on Twitter.  Apparently, we weren’t the only ones who took notice of ARS’s complete disregard for the facts on firearm suppressors.


Maine: Update on Gun Bills Considered in Work Session Today [NRA-ILA News]

Today, the Committee on Criminal Justice and Public Safety held a work session and voted on several pro- and anti-gun bills.  The following bills will now go to the floor of the respective chambers where they will receive further consideration.


More Firearms, More Firearms Owners, Fewer Fatal Accidents [NRA-ILA News]

The National Safety Council released the 2017 edition of its annual Injury Facts report this week, and it contains welcome news about firearm safety.


Deal Alert: Freeze Dried Food On Sale [AllOutdoor.com]

Freeze dried food is an excellent choice for long term storage or a lightweight meal.  The pouches have been my primary go to meal for hiking and camping for several years, while the #10 cans have been my primary go-to option for long term food storage.

If you would like more information on why freeze dried food is an excellent option, see this article – stockpiling freeze dried food.

The cans have up to a 25 year shelf life and the pouches have up to a 30 year shelf life.

Regular price: $38.99, sale price: $19.49 – Lasagna with Meat Sauce Large Can. Ten servings per can, shelf life of up to 25 years unopened.

Regular price: $8.99, sale price: $5.99 – Beef Stroganoff with Noodles (2.5 Servings). This one of my all time favorite Mountain House meals.

Regular price: $7.49, sale price: $5.89 – Pasta Primavera (2.5 Servings).

Regular price: $38.99, sale price: $19.49 – Chicken Stew – 19 oz. Makes 10 one cup servings, has a estimated shelf life of 25 years in climate controlled conditions.

Regular price: $39.99, sale price: $28.99 – Chicken A La King – 25.4 oz. Has up to 11 servings, and has up to a 25 year shelf life.

Prices and availability subject to change without notice.

If you have never seen a Mountain House freeze dried pouch, here is a taste testing video.

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Tennessee: Pro-Gun Bills Moving Through the General Assembly [NRA-ILA News]

Several pro-gun bills are on the move in Tennessee!


How To Buy The Best AR 15 [The Firearm Blog]

Ever been in the store looking at a new gun and feel slightly overwhelmed? If you aren’t sure how to buy the best AR 15 that you can afford, you aren’t alone. In this episode of TFB TV, Patrick interviews William Larson of Semper Paratus Arms and Sionics about what you should be looking for […]

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New Uber Compact Sabertube from Battle Arms Development [The Firearm Blog]

Perhaps one of the most annoying “features” for those building an AR-15 handgun (and not using an arm brace” is the existence of the receiver extension tube. Unlike short-recoil handgun slides, the buffer tube sticks out a fair amount from the receiver and makes concealing the handgun (if one trys) a real annoyance. While bufferless […]

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Maryland: Gun-Free Zone Legislation Passed Out of the Senate [NRA-ILA News]

Today, the Maryland Senate passed anti-gun legislation, Senate Bill 946, by a 27-20 vote.


Roland Specials go Sub-Compact with New TBRCi Micro Brake [The Firearm Blog]

Yes, the Glock 19 has been a smashing success for the concealed carry market, but its still far from what the “Perfection” that Glock tends to advertise. While its combination of form factor, barrel length, capacity, and size is basically the largest that one can easily concealed carry, the weapon is still ripe for additional […]

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Promise Kept [NRA-ILA News]

I think it’s fair to say that before late January, few Americans outside of the legal profession had heard of Judge Neil M. Gorsuch of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit in Denver. That all changed, of course, once he was nominated by President Donald Trump to replace the late, great Justice Antonin Scalia.


Montana: Right to Hunt and Fish Constitutional Amendment Could be Heard Next Week [NRA-ILA News]

The Montana Senate could hear Senate Bill 236 as early as next Tuesday, March 28.


Oklahoma: Multiple Pro-Gun Bills Passed Out of the House [NRA-ILA News]

This week, the Oklahoma House of Representatives passed multiple pro-gun bills, including House Bill 1721, House Bill 2323, and House Bill 2322.


West Virginia: House Passes Park Carry Legislation [NRA-ILA News]

Today, the West Virginia House of Delegates passed House Bill 2679 by an overwhelming 94-4 vote.


Georgia: Vote on Pro-Gun Bills Postponed to Tuesday [NRA-ILA News]

The Georgia Senate was scheduled to consider pro-gun bills, House Bill 292 , House Bill 280, and House Bill 406 today.


Seattle Gun Tax Fails to Generate Projected Revenue, Succeeds in Burdening Rights [NRA-ILA News]

On March 16, 2017, the Seattle Times reported that Seattle city officials were reluctant to release data on the revenue generated by the city’s firearms and ammunition tax, citing taxpayer confidentiality concerns. Less than a week later, we now know the more likely reason that Seattle failed to disclose this tax revenue; because the money raised fell woefully short of the figure projected by supporters of the tax.


Continuing to Fight in California [NRA-ILA News]

We are excited to inform you of our new California specific webpage – Stand and Fight California.   On this page you will find State Legislation, Legal Updates, and How to Get Involved, among other California specific information.


POTD: Railed AR-15 Upper [The Firearm Blog]

I was at Keith’s machine shop and saw this oddity. It is an AR-15 upper receiver with picatinny rails built into the sides. Both sides. Keith is borrowing it to take measurements off it but does not know who makes it. I was unable to find anything online about this upper receiver. I am curious […]

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Trump’s Supreme Court Nominee Embraces Heller and Originalism During Senate Hearings [NRA-ILA News]

Judge Neil M. Gorsuch, President Trump’s pick to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia on the U.S. Supreme court, asserted during his confirmation hearings this week that Scalia’s landmark Second Amendment opinion in District of Columbia v. Heller “guarantees the individual right to keep and bear arms for self-defense.”


Dynamics of a Scout Sniper Platoon Part One [The Firearm Blog]

Earlier I covered the topic of the failure rates at the Marine Corps Scout Sniper Basic Course and what the Marines wanted to do to mitigate the failures. I disagreed with the solution to the problem for a number of reasons. In this article I would like to provide some in-depth discussion surrounding the Scout […]

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Mossberg M500A2 Military Enhancement Kit for Marine Breachers [The Firearm Blog]

Marine Corps Systems Command announced the fielding of a Military Enhancement Kit (MEK) to various units that require breaching as an essential capability. This includes everything from Military Police, to Force Reconnaissance Marines that need to breach houses. The kit is an addition to current Mossberg M500A2 slide action shotguns that are currently in use […]

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

New Hampshire and North Dakota are the 12th and 13th states respectively to have passed constitutional carry. That means fully one-quarter of the US states now have permitless concealed carry. To see what this means in terms of the percentage of the US population now living in constitutional carry states, Rob Vance has updated the graphic we have presented since 2011.

To see how much the world has changed since 2011, see the original post here. I said at the time that shall-issue was the new norm. While shall-issue is still the norm, the number of states adopting constitutional carry may eventually change this statement. I certainly hope so!

Rob had this to say about his statistics in an email he sent me:
As of 3/24/2017

Percent of US population living under class of concealed carry law

No issue = 0.4% HI (de facto no issue)
May issue= 27.0% CA,DC,MD,MA,NJ,NY,RI
Shall issue = 62.9% all other states
Unrestricted = 9.7% AK,AR,AZ,ID,KS,ME,MO,MS,NH,ND,VT,WV,WY

Note MT is near unrestricted in terms of CCW law

Given the behavior of some counties in CA, 75+% of the US population now lives in shall issue or better territory.
My friend and podcasting colleague Rachel Malone has been fighting for constitutional carry in Texas. She has been working with Rep. Jonathan Strickland on his HB 375. It would bring constitutional carry to the Lone Star State. The good news on this is that it is scheduled for a hearing on March 28th before the House Homeland Security & Public Safety Committee. Moreover, Gov. Greg Abbott (R-TX) has promised to sign constitutional carry if it does pass the Texas Legislature.


Florida Urgent Alert! Open Carry Protection in Sen. Judiciary Tuesday 3/28/2017 [NRA-ILA News]

SB-646 by Sen. Greg Steube will be heard by the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday,  March 28, 2017, between 3:00-5:00pm. SB-646 Open Carrying  by Sen. Greg Steube removes the criminal penalties for violations of the open carry law and prohibits a person who has a concealed firearms license from being arrested and charged with a crime if their firearm becomes temporarily exposed to sight of another person.


North Dakota Is Now Lucky 13 [No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money]

North Dakota became the 13th state to have constitutional concealed carry signed into law. Yesterday, Gov. Doug Burgum (R-ND) signed House Bill 1169. As the excerpts from the governor's press release below make clear, it only applies to North Dakota residents. Out-of-staters will still need a carry permit if they wish to carry concealed.

From Gov. Burgum's press release:

BISMARCK, N.D. – Governor Doug Burgum today signed legislation allowing law-abiding citizens to carry a concealed handgun if they have possessed a valid North Dakota driver’s license or state ID card for at least a year.

The “constitutional carry” authority provided under House Bill 1169 applies only within North Dakota’s borders. Those wanting concealed carry reciprocity with other states must apply for a Class 1 or Class 2 North Dakota concealed weapon license, for which the requirements remain unchanged.

Current law only requires an applicant for a Class 2 license to complete an open-book test, at a cost of up to $50, and undergo a criminal history records check. Class 1 licenses require firearms training and additional requirements. Both licenses carry a $60 application fee.

Under HB 1169, anyone who is eligible to possess a Class 2 firearm license and has had a valid driver’s license or state ID card for at least a year may carry a concealed firearm. Law enforcement officials recommended the state ID language, as well as the bill’s requirement that anyone carrying a concealed weapon inform law enforcement of the weapon during a traffic stop or other contact.

Someone who has been convicted of a felony or crime of violence will still be precluded from carrying a handgun under this new law. Individuals who initiate the purchase of a handgun from a federally licensed dealer are still required to undergo a federal background check, which runs their name and descriptive information through three national databases.

“North Dakota has a rich heritage of hunting and a culture of deep respect for firearm safety. As a hunter and gun owner myself, I strongly support gun rights for law-abiding citizens,” Burgum said. “House Bill 1169 allows citizens to exercise their Second Amendment right under the U.S. Constitution. It also is consistent with the North Dakota Constitution, which declares in Article I that all individuals have the inalienable right ‘to keep and bear arms for the defense of their person, family, property, and the state, and for lawful hunting, recreational, and other lawful purposes, which shall not be infringed.’ ”

At the same time, Burgum – who has a Class 1 concealed weapons license that requires applicants to demonstrate firearms proficiency – noted that neither the existing Class 2 requirements nor HB 1169 have a firearms training component. He encouraged anyone considering carrying a concealed weapon to enroll in one of North Dakota’s many certified gun safety courses.

“Gun ownership is both a right and a responsibility, and that responsibility begins with individuals and families,”
Burgum said.
House Bill 1169 passed the State House with a vote of 83 yeas to 9 nays and the State Senate by a vote of 34 yeas to 13 nays. No law enforcement organization or group opposed the law when it came before the legislature. The bill itself may be seen here.

According to the Bismarck Tribune, the number of carry permits in the state more than doubled in the past five years to over 48,000 permits.

A similar bill passed the South Dakota legislature but it has been or will be vetoed by Gov. Dennis Daugaard (R-SD). Unfortunately, it does not appear that the majorities that passed the bill are not high enough to override the governor's veto. Gov. Daugaard has said he thinks the present process is sufficient and that "the inconvenience to the law-abiding citizen is so minimal."


Preppers: How To Blend In While Scouting [AllOutdoor.com]

Preppers, regardless of what you are doing, Operations Security (OPSEC) should always be at the top of your list. So, how do preppers carry about intelligence gathering missions (scouting) and not reveal what they are doing, even if questioned?

I have been actively involved in prepping for well over 20 years. If you want to count my grandparents having me help in the garden, raising chickens and my dad teaching me how to hunt, prepping has been part of my entire life.

If I think something could play a role in my prepping plans, I have a system to gather information. In short, this is my way of practicing gray man.

For sake of discussion, let’s say there is a remote part of national forest I want to scout for a bug out location.  What cover stories would you have ready to tell someone who started asking questions?

Keep It Legal

Follow and abide by all laws and regulations.  Every year, I buy a fishing, hunting and public hunting lands permit.  With the public hunting lands permit I can carry permissible firearms while enjoying my hobbies.

Get stopped by a game warden while carrying a firearm on public hunting lands, “Here is my hunting permit and I am out enjoying my hobby.”

Know the laws and regulations before you venture out.

Get A Hobby

Pick a topic: local history, bird watching, geocaching, nature photography, geology, botany, social anthropology… etc and learn something about it.  Buy a couple of magazines on the topic and take them with you on your trips.

You run into someone while scouting, they start a conversation and ask what you are doing, you have a pre-canned answer.  Not only do you have an answer, you are able to give information on the topic.

Join A Local Organization

I have various interest and in the past have joined a couple of local organizations.  The meetings were a good way to meet new people in the community, shake some hands and learn more about my hobbies.

The organizations did various outreach programs with the community and overall I had a great time.

Be Nice And Respectful

Above all else, be nice.  Smile, shake hands, mind your manners, volunteer, be an overall nice guy.

Accidentally trespass and get caught, offer a sincere apology, explain you meant no harm and that you are  “insert your hobby.”  Explain you are a member of the local XYZ organization, throw out some names, we do meetings here and there, and respect the rights of the property owner.

Get The Family Involved

Geocaching, fishing, hunting and hiking are a great way to teach the kids various skills.

The family gets out of the house, gets some exercise, fresh air and hopefully everyone has a great time.

On second thought forget the whole scouting thing, just get off the couch and go have fun.

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NRA-Backed Permitless Carry Law Enacted in North Dakota [NRA-ILA News]

The National Rifle Association’s Institute for Legislative Action (NRA-ILA) today thanked Governor Doug Burgum and North Dakota lawmakers for adopting a new law allowing law-abiding citizens greater flexibility for defending themselves. House Bill 1169 makes North Dakota the 12th state to adopt a permitless carry law that reduces the burden of government fees and mandates on citizens who choose to exercise their Second Amendment right to self-protection.


Shockingly, Gov. Hickenlooper Does The Right Thing [No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money]

I have been very critical of Gov. John Hickenlooper (D-CO) aka John Hickenstupid over the years when it comes to Second Amendment issues. Yesterday, he did something right when it comes to the Second Amendment if you bear in mind that the Second Amendment applies to not just firearms but all arms or weapons (in common use). He signed into law the bill that repealed the Colorado ban on switchblades and gravity knives.

The repeal of this ban was supported by not only groups like Knife Rights but the ACLU, the ACLU of Colorado, and the County Sheriffs of Colorado.

As the note from Knife Rights below makes clear, the effective date of the ban repeal will be on or about August 9, 2017. Up until that time, switchblades and gravity knives will still be illegal in the state of Colorado.

Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper on Thursday signed SB 17-008, the bill to repeal Colorado's switchblade and gravity knife ban. Congratulations to sponsors Sen. Owen Hill and Rep. Steve Lebsock for their effective leadership in moving this bipartisan bill thorough the legislature with overwhelming votes in both houses. Thanks to everyone who called or emailed the Governor urging him to sign the bill.

Knife Rights was pleased to be able to assist the sponsors in moving this bill through the legislature. Knife Rights' Director of Legislative Affairs, Todd Rathner, traveled to Denver to lobby the bill at the invitation of the sponsors, overcoming objections raised by some legislators. We'd also like to thank Sen. Hill's constituent, retired Air Force Master Sgt. John Bloodgood, whose request was the inspiration for this bill and who did a great job supporting the bill in testimony at the hearings.

We'd also like to thank the American Civil Liberties Union, the ACLU of Colorado and County Sheriffs of Colorado for supporting this important criminal justice reform bill.

Note that the repeal does not become effective until 90 days after the current legislative session ends. That would make enactment approximately August 9, 2017. We will let you know the actual enactment date once the session ends. Until enactment, possession of automatic and gravity knives remains illegal in Colorado. Also worth noting is that once enacted and the ban is repealed, automatic knives will be subject to Colorado's concealed carry blade length limitation of 3.5 inches or less.

Colorado is the twelfth switchblade ban repeal passed since Knife Rights passed the nation's first repeal of a switchblade (automatic) knife ban in 2010 in New Hampshire. Since then we have passed repeals of switchblade bans and repealed other knife restrictions in Alaska, Indiana, Kansas, Maine, Missouri, Nevada, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Wisconsin and now Colorado's ban is repealed as well.
Now if only Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-NY) would show similar intelligence when such a bill is presented to him again repealing New York's ban on gravity knives. He vetoed the first attempt even though groups such as the NAACP and the ACLU were in full support of the bill.


Analysis- Scout Sniper Basic Course Failure Rate Part Two [The Firearm Blog]

Note-This post is a continuation of the earlier post that began, talking about some of the issues that are inherent with chopping the current Scout Sniper Basic Course in two. To read part one, please click here. Back to the supply and demand. Who are you going to send? The Boot that just checked in? […]

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The Only Proper Response To Schumer's Threat [No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money]

With the confirmation hearings of Judge Neil Gorsuch coming to a close, Minority Leader Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) has announced that he will oppose the confirmation and will encourage his fellow Democrats to filibuster the vote.

In announcing his confrontational approach, Schumer said that Gorsuch “was unable to sufficiently convince me that he’d be an independent check” on Trump. Schumer said later that the judge is “not a neutral legal mind but someone with a deep-seated conservative ideology,” hand-picked for Trump by conservative legal groups.

Thomas C. Goldstein, a Supreme Court practitioner and co-founder of SCOTUSblog, said that Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee did not present a compelling case that Gorsuch was either an illegitimate nominee or that he was outside the conservative mainstream.

“None of the Democrats set the table” for a filibuster, Goldstein said. He speculated that one option for some Democrats would be to allow an up-or-down vote, and then to vote against confirmation.

In addition to Schumer, Sens. Thomas R. Carper (D-Del.), Robert P. Casey Jr. (D-Pa.) and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) announced Thursday that they would filibuster Gorsuch. Casey is one of 10 Democratic senators running next year in a state that Trump won.
While I have serious doubts about the spine of Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), I think his only proper response to Schumer's threat to filibuster the nomination of a supremely qualified candidate like Judge Gorsuch is this.

"Nuke'em back to the Stone Age!" or at least back to 1917 when cloture of filibusters was first introduced.

While it is a misquotation of Gen. Curtis LeMay, it still has a resonance to it. Those ten Democrats who represent states carried by President Trump may want to heed the warning implied by that threat.

Another threat those Democrats may want to pay attention to came from Chris Cox of the NRA-ILA. Cox sent a letter to McConnell and Schumer  on March 17th saying that Judge Gorsuch has the full backing of the NRA and that they will be scoring the vote on his confirmation. If senators such as Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) or Joe Donnelly (D-IN) don't think the NRA won't go full scorched earth on them if they vote against Judge Gorsuch, then they are living in a Beltway induced dreamworld.


Schumer: Democrats will filibuster Gorsuch nomination [NRA-ILA News]

Senate hearings on Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch ended Thursday on a confrontational note, with the body's top Democrat vowing a filibuster that could complicate Gorsuch's expected confirmation and ultimately upend the traditional approach to approving justices.


Nebraska Gun Rights Advocates Push Permitless Right-to-Carry [NRA-ILA News]

Requiring Nebraska residents to obtain concealed-carry permits to legally carry a concealed handgun violates their constitutional rights, gun rights advocates said Thursday, but gun control supporters argue carrying without a permit could lead to more shootings.


Utah Governor Signs Right-to-Carry Legislation [NRA-ILA News]

Supporters of the measure allowing those 18 to 20 to carry a concealed weapon say it will help students who want to protect themselves. Utah currently allows those 18 to 20 to openly carry but only those over 21 can get concealed carry permits.


Australian Experimental Jungle Carbines at James D Julia [Forgotten Weapons]

In 1943, experimentation began in Great Britain, Canada, and Australia into developing a shortened and lightened version of the Lee Enfield rifle. In Australia, the work was done on the No1 Mk3* rifle, as the Lithgow Arsenal had never switched over to production of the No4 rifle.

We have three experimental prototype carbines from Lithgow to look at today. The first is simply a shortened SMLE, with no serious effort given to reducing weight. This rifle is visually very similar to the commercial SMLE “Jungle Carbines” marketed by a number of companies, although the real one here has several features missing form the commercial copies – most notably a simple rear aperture sight.

The other two are examples of the two types of rifle that were ultimately considered for formal adoption (and a large order for one was actually placed, before being cancelled at the end of WW2). These are designated the No6 Mk1 (with a rear aperture sight) and the No6 Mk1/1 (with a rear tangent sight). Approximately 100 of each were made, half with brass buttplates and half with rubber recoil pads. In this form, slightly more than a pound was removed from the standard SMLE, and the reduced length did make for a handier rifle. The Australian need for this type of carbine was removed with the end of the war, although in Great Britain the No5 Mk1 carbine – the same in practical terms as these Australian examples – would be taken into formal service for several years.


California: Anti-Gun Bill Limiting Firearm Purchases to be Heard in Senate Public Safety on Tuesday, March 28 [NRA-ILA News]

On Tuesday, March 28, anti-gun SB 497, is scheduled to be heard in the Senate Public Safety Committee.  SB 497 would expand the existing one handgun a month law to include ALL guns.


North Dakota Governor Signs NRA-Backed Constitutional/Permitless Carry Legislation into Law [NRA-ILA News]

Yesterday, Governor Burgum signed House Bill 1169 into law.  North Dakota is now the 12th state to enact Constitutional/Permitless Carry.  HB 1169 will take effect on August 1, 2017.


MasterPiece Arms CZ-455 Precision Chassis [The Firearm Blog]

As a new owner of a CZ 455 bolt action rimfire rifle that I bought it specifically as a short range precision gun, I am ecstatic to see MasterPiece Arms come up with a dedicated chassis offering. Outfitted with the same features as it’s similar centerfire cousins, The MPA BA appears to be solid and […]

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Eyewear Cameras for Competition/LE usage [The Firearm Blog]

iVUE is an eyewear company that produces sunglasses that have an integrated camera system in the bridge of the frame and can record 1080p footage at the press of a button. The company has been around for several years now and customer videos using their products have been on Youtube in that time as well. […]

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Ian, Karl Talk Barrels with Nathan From Faxon Firearms [The Firearm Blog]

We rarely get to pick the brains of the people in our industry who are the technical geniuses that bring the products we love and enjoy to fruition. In this episode of InRange TV, Ian and Karl from Forgotten Weapons have a candid Skype talk with Nathan from Faxon Firearms about various barrel making procedures. They […]

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CAA Micro RONI for the Stormtrooper In You [The Firearm Blog]

Micro RONILove them or hate them, there is little denying that the RONI kits for the Glock pistol are extremely popular with the shooting public. Made by CAA, these kits come in a variety of sizes with a range of options to accessorize your Glock handgun. One of the latest is the limited edition Micro RONI […]

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Range Systems – Ballistic Rubber For Shooting Ranges [The Firearm Blog]

Range Systems is known for designing and building shooting ranges. Recently a video has been going around social media of a new ballistic rubber lining that can take pistol and rifle rounds at point blank distances.   I was rather surprised that he shot the ceiling. While I am not comfortable with shooting guns vertically, […]

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Thursday, 23 March


Karma is a b_____ [Of Arms and the Law]

Chuck Schemer says he'll filibuster the nomination of Neil Gorsuch. But what is going thru his head is Harry Reid and a bunch of cusswords. Reid led the successful Demo charge for the "nuclear option," to forbid filibusters on o nominations other than Supreme Court justices. Now Republicans have only to eliminate that exception.


Gun safety best ever, accidental deaths at new low, 0.3% of all in 2015 [NRA-ILA News]

Despite gun sales reaching record numbers in the last two years, accidental gun shootings are at an all-time low, a surprising finding by the National Safety Council.


Ammo Totes and Storage Boxes [AllOutdoor.com]

How do you carry your ammo? When you leave out for deer camp or the shooting range, how you pack, and carry your ammo can make a difference. Sure you can pile some boxes of rifle ammo into a cardboard box and throw it in the back of the truck. However, there are better ways to carry ammo to keep it safe and clean.

There are numerous brands of commercial molded boxes specifically intended for carrying ammunition. Two of the primary brand names for these boxes are Plano and Case-Guard. I am sure there are others on the market, too.

These boxes come in several different models, lid and latch types, so pick the ones that do the job best for you. In practice the single hinge lid tops seem to work well. I like the models with only one snap over lock, not two smaller ones. The one latch models seem to be tougher, thicker and latch tighter.

There should be a way to add a padlock, slip tie, or even a cable tie if you want the seal to be more permanent for long term storage. Also take note when inspecting these boxes for purchase to buy the ones with the rubberized gasket seal around the lip top. Some of these box lids are simple plastic to plastic. These could leak.

Take note of the handles on these ammo boxes, too. Some have larger, sturdy, grab handles while others are a bit flimsy. Once you load up one of these boxes especially the smaller sizes, they are quite heavy. This requires a well-made, heavy duty handle to tote the load.

As mentioned, these factory made boxes do come in several sizes. I have noticed that some of them will not accept for example rifle ammo boxes turned a certain way. What happens then is you end up not getting as many boxes of ammo into the tote box as you might like.

I wish the makers would fashion these tote boxes more in tune with the more or less standard sizes of say 30-06 or .270 factory paperboard boxes. When you go shopping for an ammo tote, try out various sizes of boxes of ammunition to see how they fit or stack in the totes. I prefer the rifle ammo to sit on end, so I can read the ammo type on the end of the box.

Now, besides these smaller 30-50 caliber type sized ammo totes, there are bigger storage boxes available, too. While some of these can be used to haul large quantities of ammo from home to say a secondary bug out location, loading them up fully will make them very heavy. Still most likely you will not be moving these around very often. They do take up considerable space.

These bigger boxes are intended more for long term storage in a cool, dry, safe location. These boxes also come in 2-3 different sizes, so obviously different amounts and types of ammo can be stored back locked up and secure.

If you have large amounts of ammo to store, then maybe one box for each type or caliber would be appropriate to reduce confusion. For example, one storage box could be used for only .223/5.56 ammo, or multiple types of hunting ammo, while another could be designated for just pistol ammo, or only 9mm and so forth. Add a strip of masking tape on the outside end of the box for a label that can be easily read when multiple boxes are stacked up.

Many of these storage type boxes are quite heavy duty and will withstand reasonable abuse. I carried one to Russia with me as checked baggage and even the 6-foot, muscular Army lady could not destroy it, but she tried. These can usually be locked on both ends, too to deter prying minds or outright theft, unless they carry off the entire box.

These boxes are ideal for secure storage for ammo. They do not leak as a rule, and will keep ammo dry, clean and safe. I would not though recommend storing them loaded with ammo in a hot garage or up in an attic. A basement might be OK so long as there is not a high moisture, humidity level. But preppers need to keep in mind, these boxes can also be grabbed quickly for a bug out, so storing them on ground level is probably a smart move.

Keeping ammo together in one secure place is convenient for sure. Just make certain that access is limited and secured. If it is in a house closet, add a key lock to the door. Only adults should have access to such keys, ammo or guns anyway.

Using the appropriate ammo totes and storage boxes is better than just stacking random boxes of ammunition on a closet shelf or on the floor. These boxes promote organization, secure storage and ready access when needed.

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Jigs, Minnows or Both? [AllOutdoor.com]

Fishing with crappie jigs is a science all its own. I learned more about fishing white perch with jigs last year than I ever thought I wanted to know. Jerry Gross from Arkansas is the owner of Meatgetter Jigs, an appropriate name for a fish lure company I thought. He and his wife sit for hours making up every kind, size and color of crappie jig you can imagine. I never knew.

Jerry took me fishing last year on Lake Washington up in the Mississippi Delta south of Greenville. Turns out even by the recommendations of Field and Stream this lake is recognized nationally as one of the top crappie lakes in America. Now I know why.

Gross generally uses what is known today as a spider rig, meaning he has multiple fishing rods mounted in a rack holding bar all at the same time. He may be working as many as six or eight poles at any given time. On each line he has a double fishing rig using two jigs, one suspended above the other.

In these set ups Jerry will vary many options as to what size or color of jigs he uses. Once he gets an idea of what the fish are hitting then he will switch out all the lines to what the fish want. Naturally this often means that the fish will be biting on one or likely more different colors, so Jerry rigs out his lines accordingly. Obviously the idea is to catch as many as possible.
Now adding to the excitement and fun of fishing with 6-8 poles, 16-feet long, and often catching fish on multiple poles at the same time is adding the option of putting silver minnows in tandem behind each jig. Minnows of course add the dimension of live action on the line to attract the crappie to the bait.

As if this were not enough to contend with, Jerry’s jigs also can have shiny spinners or other light reflective do-dads on the line as well. As you can imagine then, his rigs can be made up in an infinite number of combinations of jigs with multiple colors and sizes, spinner blades and bangles, then a live minnow in tow.

So, what works best? Ironically it is the fish that reveals their own demise. If they bite a jig, then fish with jigs. Otherwise keep adding tackle options until the crappie start filling the cooler.

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One to Watch: AG Russell Framelock Flippers [AllOutdoor.com]

Okay so this is not really “one” but actually four to watch.  And they all come from a single brand, AG Russell knives.  I have stated this opinion before, but it is worth doing again: AG Russell is the single most underrated brand in the knife world (and he also happens to be one of the most underrated designers as well).  I have reviewed many of their blades–the Skorpion, the Medium Barlow, the K12, and the Light’n Bug–and time and again they were all excellent blades.  His emphasis on blade:handle ratios and simple, functional designs is a siren’s song to me.

One thing most people overlook is the fact that even in his 7th decade of knifemaking AG continues to produce new designs.  And while some of these new designs are distinctly situated in the traditional knife genre, AG is hip to what the kids are carrying.  The Acies2 is an excellent rendition of the titanium framelock, for example.  But his recent exclusives include not one, but four titanium framelock flippers.

The most recent is the Fist and Ti Fist.

These two blades are brothers–one more expensive than the other.  Both run stubby semi-skinner blades with a thumb oval and a flipper.  Both are framelocks, but the more expensive one is titanium.  The titanium version also runs on bearings and has an upgraded D2 blade (compared to the 9Cr blade on the cheaper fist, though honestly, I am not sure D2 is all that much better than 9Cr).  The budget version has a G10 overlay while the more expensive version runs carbon fiber.  The high end version runs $125 and the cheap one is $80.  They both basically the same weight with a .4 ounce difference in favor of the Ti-Fist.  In a market where framelock flippers are king, these two stout blades with an unusual blade shape should stand out.  And if any of my prior experiences with AG Russell knives are an indication both are very well made.

But that’s not all, as they say on the infomercials (what I wouldn’t give for an AG Russell infomercial–him and Goldie behind a table, showing off knives, cutting brisket and sharing folksy knife wisdom, it would be my like grandparent’s kitchen).  The Honeycomb Framelock had titanium handles, a flipper, and 9Cr steel on a 3 5/8″ blade.  It is a bit less portly than the Ti-Fist, coming in at 4.0 ounces even.  This knife shows off a bit of the machining ability of some of AG Russell’s Chinese OEMs.  Like just about everyone in the knife game now, AG Russell has come realize that there are same damn fine makers of cutlery in China.  The Honeycomb runs $135.

The next knife, unoriginally called the Titanium Framelock, looks like a minimalist design taken straight from the Kizer catalog.

Image courtesy of AG Russell

Image courtesy of AG Russell

With its heavy chamfer around the handle and an angular handle shape, the knife has something of a modern look to it.  It also has all of the modern features: a hardened steel insert to interface with the lockbar, a deep care clip, and a bearing pivot.  But the real step up feature here is the hand rubbed blade.  I can’t think of another production knife that runs a hand rubbed blade.  Its not a performance thing, but it is a nice touch, showing that this is a blade that at one point left the machine rack and encountered human hands.  It weighs even less than the Ti-Fist and the Honeycomb, coming in at 3.6 ounces.  And all of this is $115.

Finally there is the monster of the quartet the Simi Skinner.

Image courtesy of AG Russell

Image courtesy of AG Russell

It is a 4 1/2″ blade of 9Cr steel with a G10/titanium handle.  It tips the scales at a whopping 8 ounces, even with the bevy of lightening holes on the titanium lock side.  There is a flipper and a thumb oval.  The G10 is contoured for better grip.  But the extra special touch here is again hard to find on production blades.  This knife has something of a compound grind.  The tip appears to be convex ground while the main cutting edge is hollow ground.  This is a beast of a knife and despite AG’s focus on traditional style pocket knives, he has a lot of experience with mammoth folders.  His 2014 Texas Ranger King of the Woods design is a 4 3/4″ blade on a 8.3 ounce knife.  He also makes a Dozier blade, the Combat Folder, with the same specs in a titaniuam framelock flipper form.  If you want something a bit different than the norm, and it has to be a gorilla-sized flipper, the Simi Skinner fits the bill (as does the Combat Folder).

In all it is heartening to see that AG Russell is not just making good stuff, but also responding to the market quickly and effectively.  Many bemoaned his switch to Chinese-produced blades a few years ago, but in the end, it has not just keep the brand going it has allowed them to pivot to meet the market quickly and produce a huge array of blades to suit just about every taste.  These quartet of flippers show that AG still has the touch at both designing blades, like the Ti-Fist, and picking designs from OEMs that bring something different and special to his customers.

At an age when his contemporaries are shaking fists as “young’uns,” AG is making knives for them.  I hope that when I reach that age I am still has vital and as engaged in my chosen profession as he is.  We need to be appreciative of AG Russell.  He makes knives no one else does and they all have a bit of style and a bit of utility to them.  But there is always that little thing, that value added, whether it is the Light’n Bug’s incredible weight or the hand rubbed blade on the Titanium Framelock or the compound grind on the Simi Skinner’s blade, that shows that AG Russell really gets the knife game.

These four a further proof–AG Russell is the most underrated designer and brand in the knife business today.

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U. S. Army Picks Aimpoint Comp M4S [AllOutdoor.com]

The United States Army has recently awarded the Aimpoint optics company a contract to supply 30,000 units of their M68 Close Combat Optics. Civilian shooters will know this same reflex sight as the Aimpoint CompM4s optic.

The military version M68CCO has been used by the U.S. Army and the U.S. Air Force for some time. It is a proven optic in battle and combat missions. Specifically the Aimpoint sight is being delivered to be fitted to all M16 rifles, M4 Carbines and even the light machineguns including the M240 and M249. The sight has been noted for its near universal application to a wide range of military weapons.

The M68CCO will be equipped with the KillFlash® anti-reflection device, rubber lens covers and adapters to be matched up with a wide variety of common arms used by numerous military units. The Aimpoint sight has been well proven in combat and especially close quarters work in clearing housing and building structures. The American Armed Forces have been using this Aimpoint sight since 1997.

The Aimpoint CompM4s profile includes a low battery compartment. The optical magnification is 1x with an aiming dot size of 2 MOA. The optics are fully multi-layer coated and anti-reflex as well as being night vision device compatible. Eye relief is unlimited. The sight uses AA sized batteries with 80,000 hours or roughly 8 years of battery life. Lithium battery use is highly recommended.

The M68CCO is 120 mm long or 4.75 inches long. Width is 72 mm or 2 13/16 inches. The sight weight is 9.4 ounces including the battery. The sight’s housing material is high strength aluminum in a hard anodized black matte finish. Its temperature operational range is -49 degrees F to 160 degrees Fahrenheit. It is operational in water up to a depth of 150 feet. The sight is also chemical resistant to hydraulic oil, lubricating oil, and fuels including diesel fuel as well as the usual cleaning solvents.

Other features include a mechanical switch for speed and reliability. Adjustment caps have been improved to be easier to remove and protected against impact. The mount base is keyed into the body of the sight to absorb recoil. The mount base screws directly into the sight so no separate sight ring is required.

Aimpoint is a Swedish owned company but has had an American presence for years in their Manassas, Virginia location. They manufacture various models of reflex sights for military, law enforcement applications, hunting and all types of sport shooting. Additional information can be found at their web site at www.aimpoint.com.

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Utah: Governor Signs Self-Defense Legislation into Law [NRA-ILA News]

Tonight, Governor Gary Herbert signed House Bill 198 into law.


Kansas Action Needed: Senate Majority Leader Denning Bypasses Public Input on Anti-Gun Bill [NRA-ILA News]

Today, the Senate Ways and Means Committee considered Senate Bill 235.


The Walther PPK is Always Subsonic – Myth or Magic? [The Firearm Blog]

In this episode of TFBTV, James investigates a rumor he heard emanating from the basement where the TFB writers are kept: Is the Walther PPK barrel too kurz to go supersonic? In other words, is the Walther PPK in .22 unable to accelerate even high velocity rounds to supersonic velocities? This is of particular interest […]

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Cobalt Advantage Reloading System – CARS [The Firearm Blog]

Cobalt Kenetics, maker of high-end AR patterned rifles, is announcing a limited ‘beta test’ of their Cobalt Advantage Reloading System (CARS) through a limited set of dealers. CARS is adaptable to the companies BAMF, Eclipse, Edge, Team, and Team Stage 2 series of rifles. CARS was developed to make reloads easier and faster – when a […]

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USAF Orders Anti-Drone Shotgun Shells From AMTAC [The Firearm Blog]

As a part of a force and installation protection program, the United States Airforce (USAF) has ordered 600 “Anti-Drone Rounds” from AMTAC Less Lethal. The initial batch will be used to test the ammunition’s usefulness in law enforcement operations against Type 1 and 2 drones (max 55 pounds and 3500 feet flying altitude). The contract […]

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Planting Spring Deer Food Plot [AllOutdoor.com]

Spring is a great time to start the deer food plot.  This helps kick start things for next deer season.

As if in a tug of war, old man winter slowly gives way to spring.  Crab apple and wild cherry trees start to bloom, both of which represent the beauty of nature.  It is after the chance of frost has passed that the most loyal of hunters return to the woods to plant their spring food plots.

If the hunter is lucky enough to own a tractor, or have access to one, we will start by disking the ground.  This breaks the soil up and gives the seeds a place to go.

For the most part, this is not like gardening.  The hunter will not usually be concerned about making nice raised rows, this is just a food plot for deer after all.. We just want get the seeds and fertilizer in the ground.

Spread the fertilizer over the top of the ground then disk everything up.  I prefer 13-13-13 fertilizer for just about everything I plant.

Food Plot Seeds

After the soil is broke up, seeds are cast:

  • Oats
  • Clover
  • Beans
  • Peas
  • Greens – turnips, radishes.. etc.  As bugs begin to hatch, they will feast on leafy greens.  I have seen a summer garden planted with greens wiped out in a day from insects.  Because of this, greens are best planted in cool weather.
  • Ryegrass – this is a cold weather grass and will die off when the weather warms up.  A lot of hunters plant ryegrass in late fall, but it can be replanted in very early spring.

I like to plant a couple of days before a good rain.  Otherwise, the seeds will usually not sprout until there is rain fall.  Since a lot of the seeds will be on top of the ground, birds will feast on them.

As for the seeds, I usually throw some my old garden seeds out for the deer food plot.  I keep a seed stockpile in my freezer.  Every few years I like to rotate out some of the older seeds.  The old seeds are either planted for a garden, or used in the food plot.  New seeds are then bought to replace the seeds that were taken out of the freezer.

Hopefully, the spring garden will last through the summer.  Then, in late summer and early fall we can plant for hunting season.

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Arkansas Action Needed: Anti-Gun Bill Which Undermines Concealed Carry Headed to House [NRA-ILA News]

Today, the Arkansas Senate passed Senate Bill 724, an anti-gun bill which undermines some of the key advancements made with the passage and enactment of House Bill 1249.  SB 724 is now headed to the House of Representatives where it will likely be considered by the House Judiciary Committee.  It is imperative that you contact members of the House Judiciary Committee IMMEDIATELY and urge them to OPPOSE this bill!  Let them know that law-abiding gun owners in Arkansas deserve to enjoy the benefits of House Bill 1249!


Montana: Restaurant Carry Legislation Dodges Bad Amendments in Committee [NRA-ILA News]

Today, the Montana Senate Judiciary Committee passed House Bill 494.


Join NRA for a FREE Grassroots Action Meeting on March 29th in Urbandale! [NRA-ILA News]

If you haven’t already done so, please make plans to join us on March 29th, at the Machine Shed Restaurant, from 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m., for critical updates on firearms legislation currently making its way through the legislative process, especially pro-gun House File 517.


Texas: Two Important Handgun Carry Bills to be Considered in Senate and House Next Week [NRA-ILA News]

On Monday, March 27, the Texas Senate will convene after 2:00pm and is expected to take up and consider Senate Bill 16, NRA-backed legislation sponsored by State Sen. Robert Nichols (R-Jacksonville) and Joan Huffman (R-Houston).


South Dakota: Urge Your Legislators to Override Veto of Constitutional/Permitless Carry [NRA-ILA News]

On Monday, March 27, the South Dakota Legislature will be holding a Veto Session.


Iowa Action Needed: Pro-Gun Omnibus Bill Needs Your Help! [NRA-ILA News]

Last week, House File 517, the omnibus bill which would make many pro-gun reforms for Iowa gun owners, passed the Senate Judiciary Committee with a 10-2 vote.  It’s currently pending consideration on the Senate floor.


Lightning Review: Lehigh Defense Multiple Projectile Ammunition [The Firearm Blog]

Lehigh Defense has put out some legitimately awesome ammunition so far in their short tenure.  When building a recent order from them however, I noticed a new product number.  This was their Multiple Projectile Ammunition.  Lehigh Defense advertises their MP (Multiple Projectile) ammunition as having the following traits and benefits: Lead Free Low Recoil Reduced Muzzle Flash […]

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Westside homeowner gets into shootout with gunman [NRA-ILA News]

A Westside homeowner got into a shootout Monday morning with a person armed with an assault rifle, according to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office and the homeowner. It happened just before 10 a.m. on Buttercup Street at Brannon Avenue.  The homeowner, Paul Ballard, who is a military veteran, said he heard gunshots and screaming, so he went outside with a handgun in his belt.


New Apex Advanced Trigger For P320 Reduces Trigger Pull By 2 Pounds [The Firearm Blog]

The new Apex advanced trigger promises to drop approximately two pounds from the factory trigger pull with only a trigger replacement. We previously tested the flat trigger on my P320 Compact and found it to be pretty good with the exception fo the finish used on the trigger itself. It was a bit on the […]

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Oral argument in Teixeira v. Alameda County [Of Arms and the Law]

Issue is zoning conditions for a new gun shop; one of the conditions is that any gun store must be 500 feet from any residential property. Video here. Don Kilmer argues for the good guys. The good guys won before a three judge panel, but then the Ninth Circuit granted en banc review.


Alabama: Sponsor defends bill that would remove Right-to-Carry permit requirement [NRA-ILA News]

The Senate sponsor of a bill that would remove the current permit requirement to carry a concealed handgun defended the bill after some Wiregrass law enforcement heads expressed opposition.


Arkansas Governor Expands Where Right-to-Carry is Recognized [NRA-ILA News]

Arkansas' governor signed a sweeping gun rights measure into law on Wednesday that will allow concealed handguns at state colleges, some bars, government buildings and even the state Capitol.The measure approved by Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson allows someone with a concealed handgun license to carry at the locations if they undergo up to eight hours of active-shooter training. Hutchinson chaired a National Rifle Association task force that called for trained, armed staff at schools after the 2012 elementary school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut.


California: Gun dealers argue against Alameda County restrictions on stores [NRA-ILA News]

Lawyers for Alameda County and would-be gun dealers dueled in a federal appeals court Wednesday over a land-use law that raised two far-reaching questions: whether a local government can restrict the location of gun stores and whether the Constitution includes a right to sell firearms.


Gun supporters urge Colorado lawmakers to allow school employees to exercise Right-to-Carry [NRA-ILA News]

Gun supporters Wednesday urged Colorado lawmakers to approve a measure allowing school employees to carry concealed handguns on campus, but proponents of the bill expressed fears about the consequences.


Flashlights For A Bug Out Location [AllOutdoor.com]

It is just a flashlight, so what is the big deal?  The big deal is, walk into a remote cabin that does not have electricity, it is nighttime, a flashlight is the first thing you will reach for.  The beam of light is reassuring that everything will be ok.

With trusty light in hand you proceed to turn on the propane, light the stove pilot lights, crank the generator or turn flip the breaker to the battery bank the solar panels have kept charged.

The trusty flashlight sets everything in motion.

Before you buy a bunch of flashlights and put them in a remote cabin, let’s discuss a few short topics.


Thieves love to target remote cabins.  Anything small like a flashlight will probably get picked up and hauled off.  Because flashlights are easy targets, lets not spend a lot of money on them, but they must be reliable.

For example, as of March 23, 2017 the Atactical A1 cost around $19.99.  It has four brightness setting ranging from 10 – 550 lumens.  The battery has a built in micro-usb charger, so it can be charged with a car charger.

There are a lot of other low cost options.  The Atactical A1 is just one example.

LED Flashlights

Believe it or not, there are still flashlights being sold that have incandescent light bulbs.

Please do not buy flashlights with the old style filament bulb. LEDs use a less power and last a lot longer.

Lithium batteries

Even though we are supposed to be discussing low cost options, I feel lithium batteries are the only way to go.

Storage life expectancy:

  • Energizer ultimate lithium – 20 years
  • Eveready gold – 10 years
  • Duracell quantum – 10 years

Also, I have never seen lithium batteries leak acid like what the alkaline batteries do.  I have a battery powered q-beam.  The lithium batteries have probably been in the flashlight for five years and have not leaked.

Hand crank flashlights

Flashlight for bug out location

Even with all the technology behind lithium batteries and LEDs, I have a couple of dynamo powered flashlights in my collection.

The ones I have seen are cheaply made, but they provide light when the handle is turned.  It is enough light to walk around the cabin and find what you are looking for.

A flashlight radio combo I am playing around with is the iRonsnow.  As of March 2017, it cost $17.99 from Amazon.

Final thoughts

Hopefully this article helped the wheels to start turning.

Some of the readers may ask, “Shouldn’t you have a flashlight in your vehicle?”  In my opinion, a bug location should be ready for someone who walks in with nothing but the clothes on their back.

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The Mtr M 9 M1-CEV submachine gun from Brazil [The Firearm Blog]

During TFB’s recent series of posts on Brazilian gun designer Nelmo Suzano (such as in http://www.thefirearmblog.com/blog/2017/02/02/socimarte-bergom-phase-guns-nelmo-suzano/) , it was often mentioned that he was closely associated with a friend called Luiz Gonçalves from the Bérgom S/A company. In addition to the several submachine guns described in the series, an additional model was intentionally left unmentioned, […]

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The M2 Carbine: Assault Rifle or Submachine Gun? [Forgotten Weapons]

The M2 Carbine was a mechanically simple modification of the M1 Carbine to allow fully automatic fire. The fire prototypes of the M1 Carbine had actually been selective-fire guns, but that requirement had been dropped by the time the Winchester design was officially adopted as the M1. It was a feature quickly requested by troops once the Carbine entered active service, though.

In 1944 the US Army acknowledged this, and introduced the M2. A total of 217,000 were manufactured at the end of WW2, and did see limited service on Okinawa – and then extensive use in the Korean War and Vietnam War.

The M1 Carbine has long generated controversy among those attempting to rigidly define its role, as it falls awkwardly between the notion of submachine gun and assault rifle, firing a cartridge that is clearly more powerful than a pistol round but equally clearly less powerful than an intermediate rifle round. Its originally intended role was as a personal defense weapon more effective than the 1911 pistol, and in service it always scored high marks for handiness and poor marks for combat effectiveness. The opinion of soldiers using the Carbine in either its M1 or M2 form was very much dependent on what role they expected it to serve.

In my opinion, its light weight and stock design make it a sub-optimal submachine gun, and its light cartridge makes it a sub-optimal assault rifle. But if you need a light and handy carbine to carry a lot and only use in emergencies, it is hard to beat for its time.


Good Move On NRA Training's Part [No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money]

I will be taking the NRA's Basic Pistol Training Instructor course this weekend. As part of the prerequisites for the instructor course, you have to take the NRA's Basics of Pistol Shooting online class portion. I will say it is comprehensive but like anything online it has its flaws. The most obvious one I can see is that program regularly hangs up or freezes. The other flaw is that you can't ask questions of the instructor as you go along.

It was with interest that I saw this announcement this morning from NRA Training:

FAIRFAX, Va. – The National Rifle Association is introducing an improved Basics of Pistol Shooting Program, engineered to meet the demands of NRA Certified Instructors and students alike. 

The improved Basics of Pistol Shooting Program places NRA Certified Instructors in the driver's seat. Based on valuable feedback from our corps of dedicated instructors and training counselors nationwide, the NRA has introduced an Instructor Led Training (ILT) edition of the program, and will continue to offer the existing Blended Learning version. Most importantly, both versions of the course will be conducted entirely under the direct supervision of an NRA Certified Instructor.

These updates to the program, which become effective on April 4, 2017, give NRA Instructors the ability to administer both versions of the course in their entirety, as well as the freedom to choose the method best suited for each student based on their needs. This instructor-focused approach puts Certified Instructors at the forefront of the training experience for students, while maintaining the ease of access, use and learning for those seeking the benefits of our proven training courses. 

NRA Instructors will evaluate each student and determine their individual aptitude and ability. They are the best representation of the NRA to our members, and their years of expertise in firearms training is one of our most valuable assets.

For more information about the NRA Basics of Pistol Shooting Program, as well as all of NRA's legendary training courses and offerings and information on how to become an NRA Certified Instructor, visit http://www.nrainstructors.org.
As anyone who has had to take any training on-line for work will tell you, it can be boring. This is part of the problem I'm having with the Basics of Pistol Shooting online version. I know the parts of a cartridge and how they come together to work. Nonetheless, I can't skip ahead. Interacting with a live instructor would alleviate some of the boring aspects in my opinion - or so I would hope.

I think giving student that option of the Blended Learning version or the Instructor Led version is a smart move on the part of NRA Training and a testament to their willingness to listen to their students and instructors.

H/T Outdoor Wires


DIY Percussion pistols of Brazil’s “dashing” highwaymen. [The Firearm Blog]

One cannot suppress a certain sense of nostalgia at the thought of being forced to hand over one’s Air Jordan’s by a gallant gentleman of the favela wielding one of these contraptions, many of the examples below being whittled from wood and held together with hose ties. The three pistols above were seized from a […]

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Shuttlecocks On Grenades Dropped By Drones [The Firearm Blog]

Yes you read that right. Iraqi soldiers are using a tactic from ISIS. They apparently have been using shuttlecocks on grenades. The shuttlecocks add stability to the grenades and improving their accuracy. From the photo below it looks like there is a custom adapter that fits the 40mm grenade onto the shuttlecock.

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MC Sports Closing Down As Well [The Firearm Blog]

Along with the recent announcement of Gander Mountain filing for bankruptcy, we also have MC Sports, a Mid-West based sporting store that has been known for a very long commitment to responsible firearms sales, is closing down all 68 of the current stores. From the news article about the Michigan based sporting goods store chain- The company, also […]

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Analysis- Scout Sniper Basic Course Failure Rate Part One [The Firearm Blog]

The Marine Corps Times (not associated with the Marines) has highlighted an issue that hasn’t entered the public domain in firearms news as of yet, but has really been smoldering at the surface for many years now. The basic premise of the issue is this: The operational active-duty infantry battalions in the Fleet Marine Force […]

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The MAD knife from Brazil [The Firearm Blog]

Survival knives, utility knives, combat knives, shooting knives… They have appeared by the dozens in the market along the years, and for the real blade buffs today’s choices are virtually limitless. Some, of course, were one-of-a-kind examples that never reached the shops’ shelves or online catalogs at a time when WWW, as an entity, did […]

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Kirsten Joy Weiss Shoots An M32A1 With The Gunny! [The Firearm Blog]

On an episode of R. Lee Ermey’s Gunny Time, Kirsten Joy Weiss was invited to come out and shoot some revolver grenade launchers with The Gunny.   I got a chance to shoot a revolving grenade launcher M32A1 at SHOT Show 2016 Range Day. The 12 lbs weight is not what I was expecting. But […]

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Wednesday, 22 March


Overwatch Precision Releases The BRZ Trigger For The Springfield XD-S [The Firearm Blog]

Aftermarket triggers like the Overwatch Precision D.A.T.V2 that I am currently reviewing have one of the highest cost to benefit ratios out of every possible gun upgrade (aside from more ammo). Depending on what gun you currently are modding you might be out of luck when looking for a trigger. Now those of you who own […]

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POTD: Ultimate USFA Zip [The Firearm Blog]

Inspired by my friend Paul Kim (PK) I constructed this technological terror. Because it is so stupid and silly I am proud of it. Back when PK was Senior VP of SureFire, he posed for a photo. Ignore the photoshopped elements like the lamp and swiss army knife. And you can see how much stuff […]

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Kansas: Senate Committee Attempting to Pass Campus Anti-Gun Legislation [NRA-ILA News]

Tomorrow, the Senate Ways and Means Committee is scheduled to consider Senate Bill 235.


The Demise of the .40 Caliber [AllOutdoor.com]

As my dad used to say quite often, “That is a solution to a non-existent problem.” When the .40 caliber pistol cartridge first saw the light of day around 1989, the excitement seemed well founded. It’s seen a good run, but some say its days are numbered in terms of popularity.

Created by Winchester and Smith & Wesson, the .40 cal. was designed to fit into the scheme of things for the FBI after their disappointment with exploring the 10mm. The FBI apparently wanted the power of the 10mm, but in a shorter package. That idea developed into the .40 S&W.

Using bullet weights from 135gr with jacketed hollow points up to 180gr bullets, the .40 created the power level needed, but also delivered a noticeable increase in pressures as well. This then translated into a pistol round that had considerable muzzle flip and hand control issues for trainees as well as agents in the field.

Law enforcement was pretty quick to adopt the .40, too. After a long trial of trying to adapt police and troopers to the .40, its excitement appears to be waning. A recent article published by a shooting organization noted that the .40 pistols were harder to learn to shoot well, required more range orientation and practice. This translated into higher costs for ammunition and the time necessary to get officers proficient in the use of the new .40 pistols.

I have not seen any evidence testing the .40s effectiveness on the streets or in everyday use by police or federal agencies that took on the .40. Ballistics on paper would suggest the .40 should be a top performer, if and only if the users found confidence in shooting it accurately.

The standard loads produced muzzle velocities from around 1300 in lighter bullets to 1000 fps in the 180 grain. Energy rating range from 412 foot pounds up to 524. Using jacketed hollow point bullets was the standard fare, so by discussion the .40 would seem a formidable cartridge.

Still, after years of trials in real use and practicality issues, it seems that the .40 is losing its grip. With the advent of new, better, more effective 9mm ammo, many departments are trading their .40s for 9s. Some units are even going back to the time honored and proven .45ACP. One report suggested the marketplace may soon be flooded with used .40s.

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Military Surplus Worth Shopping [AllOutdoor.com]

Generally speaking materiel, supplies, equipment and gear made for the military is a good value. It is usually good stuff, too, because it has to be, despite the concept of “low bid”. That is, when you can find the genuine thing. There are a lot of cheap copies and junk out there masquerading as real military surplus, but it this stuff is just a knock off.

Numerous outlets do sell real military surplus items, but you have to be careful to read the item description in full. One example of a good supplier of military surplus gear is Sportsman’s Guide. In their catalogs or web site though, you have to study the product description. Usually there is a “star” or some official like designation indicating the item is genuine U.S. military surplus. Keep in mind though, it does not have to be American surplus to be good stuff.

On other items you might notice the moniker “military style” or military like”. Beware of that because it is not likely the real thing. That is not to say the item is no good, but it is just not genuine military surplus if that matters to you. Real military surplus implies a minimum quality standard.

So what kinds of military surplus goods are worth shopping for and buying? The first things that come to mind are all sorts of web gear, belts, holsters, belt kits, miscellaneous pouches, med bags, and such that attach to a belt or other source. Then, all sorts of bags, packs, carry totes, satchel bags and you name it.

Next on the “look to shop” for list would be knives, bayonets, other blades and scabbards. Then comes tools, hardware of all kinds, and numerous types of gear like tie down straps, pallet covers, camouflage tarps, and such. Same for a multitude of hard shell cases, medical boxes, optics cases, gear boxes, ammo containers and all kinds of storage and tote boxes.

Clothing should be on the list, too. You can buy complete military camouflage BDUs sets with pants and shirts. There are cool and cold weather wear, jackets, coats, rain suits, insulated base garments, socks, hats and gloves. Then there are multiple selections of boots of all kinds.

And it doesn’t stop there. Military surplus can be a good buy. Just shop for genuine and new or top condition.

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Discreet Handgun Carry Modes [AllOutdoor.com]

We have often preached how to blend into our surroundings when carrying a concealed handgun even when we are just tooling around town, at work or other public venues. By sheer accident, I recently discovered a rather cool way to carry around a personal protection handgun without drawing much attention. Was there a pun there?

At work we are always buying marketing stuff to give away at conferences, trade shows, and to give to our best customers. Recently we got in one of the neatest little totes you can imagine. Though I suspect it is meant to be used as a mini-lunch cooler, or drink tote of some sort, I have discovered it to be perfect for slipping a handgun into it.

The nice part about this tote is that the material is a neoprene sort of fabric that offers a natural cushion to anything put inside. What could be better for a small handgun to be carried in? The top forms two handles just above a secure zipper closure to the pouch that prevents contents from falling out, or it can be left open for quick item retrieval. It really works well for discreet handgun carry.

If this tote is carried anywhere out in public it is not going to attract any particular attention to probing audiences. So, if you are headed to the park with the kids, or to the mall or such, you can keep this bag loaded with goodies, as it were.

Now, think on this one further. Any lunch bag per se could be used to carry a concealed handgun. It is not unlike a purse for women, but it ought to draw even less attention, because in fact, it just looks like a lunch bag. Surely nobody is going to suspect or steal that unless you put it in the fridge at work, which you won’t do. Just leave it on the desk or bottom drawer at work or in the seat beside you on the ride in.

What else could be used in this mode? Wine bags, beer totes, small shopping bags, pull string tote bags, a blue velvet bourdon sack, or alas even a plain ole brown paper bag. These modes may be useful for those in certain instances where a conventional concealed carry is not appropriate or easy. The bottom line to carrying a gun outside is certainly the discreet part.

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Best Fixed Blade Knife Under $100 [AllOutdoor.com]

I was on the Gear Geeks Live podcast last night with Everydaycommentary.com proprietor and AllOutdoor.com contributor Tony Sculimbrene, and we were talking about what else but gear.

At one point in the conversation — I think during the part where I was recounting my recent gun-free central Texas boar hunt where I took three feral hogs with a fixed-blade knife — the old-school USMC KABAR knife came up.

I actually don’t have one of these, and in fact I’ve never owned one. But that’s mainly because I have a bunch of fancier blades in the same size range. Still, I’ve been around these blades all my life, and it’s my opinion that the USMC KABAR (straight edged, without the serrations) is the best sub-$100 fixed blade out there.

If you’re at a hunting camp, any guy who has one is quick to sing the praises of it. Here’s a relatively recent review of the blade that I came across, and the praise for the design and the value is typical.

For as much time as we knife nuts spend obsessing over knife steels and makers, but you could easily just buy this knife and be done with it. Everything else is “gilding the lily”, as they say.

Speaking of gilding the lily, Barry Dawson makes a high-end version of this blade, for if you’ve got $600 laying around and you just want to go completely bonkers.

Barry Dawson's War Dog

Barry Dawson’s War Dog

I’m a big fan of Dawson’s work, but that’s a lot of money. Given his attention to detail, though, I’m sure it’s an amazing blade.

I told Tony that the KA-BAR would make close to an ideal boar sticking knife, and he suggested the Bark River Pig Sticker. I took a look at the Pig Sticker, and I have to say I think it’s just too big.

When the dogs are on the hog, and the hog is back up in a thicket thrashing around, it’s a loud, chaotic mess. As I was trying to maneuver myself into position to start stabbing (without getting snake bit, I might add), I definitely thought to myself how glad I was that I wasn’t packing one of my big 9+ inch monsters. The reason is that you don’t want to cut the dogs, and you’re working in a tight spot without much room to get around.

So for sticking hogs, you want a knife that’s big enough to get up in their vitals, but not so big that you can’t safely work it into position in the first place.

I was actually using my Fallkniven NL5, which was way shorter than I would’ve liked. But it’s what I had on me and it did the job, cutting through the boar like it was a watermelon.

At any rate, I think the KA-BAR is where it’s at for this kind of thing. If you don’t have one, and you’re in the market for a largish fixed blade, this knife should be at the top of your list.

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Preppers: Now is the Time to Stack It Deep [AllOutdoor.com]

It’s grim out there in gunland. Layoffs are happening across the shooting industry, and the slump shows no signs of letting up. Suppressors, ammo, guns — you name it, and it’s taking a beating. Inventories are glutted, sales are limp, and prices are down.

There’s a saying among preppers: “stack it deep while it’s cheap”. Well, right now “it” is definitely cheap, for any gun-related value of “it”, which means that the wise prepper will start stacking. Things can turn around in an instant. Sure, the political landscape looks pretty good right now, but the 2018 mid-terms will be here before you know it, and you may not like what’s coming. Or, a terror attack could send everyone back out to the gun store in a heartbeat.

So now is the time to make sure you have your “three guns” or “five guns” or whatever it is squared away. This means not just the guns themselves, but any optics and upgrades.

You should also start a regular ammo buying program. Lay a foundation with the cheap stuff in bulk, then layer in small batches of the good stuff (however you define that) as you get extra cash.

If you can pace yourself and keep purchasing through this slump, you’ll be well-positioned for when things tighten up again.

I have no dog in this fight. Unlike the NRA, which is also imploring everyone to go out and spend on guns, I don’t represent any industry groups. I don’t even own any gun-related stocks (that I know of). I’m just telling you like it is: as sure as the sun sets, there will be another panic, and you’ll wish you had taken advantage of this moment.

As for me, I’m kinda screwed, because I made a pledge to myself not to buy any preps in 2017. So there will be no stacking, deep or otherwise, at Chez Billj… at least not for the next nine months.

Anyway, if you’re just now getting into prepping, you’re lucky, because this is a great time to get started. If you’re not of those folks who bought at inflated prices during the panics, well, that’s too bad, but it’s not too late to break out of the cycle of panic-buying by starting a planned purchase program and planning to offload some surplus in the next panic.

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Pennsylvania: Game Commission Set to Finalize the Proposed Semi-Automatic Rifle Hunting Rules [NRA-ILA News]

With only a few days left before the Pennsylvania Game Commission votes for final approval of the proposed rulemaking for the semi-auto rifle hunting law, anti-hunting organizations are attempting to derail progress by pushing their anti-gun agendas.  It is imperative that you continue to contact the Commissioners and submit a general comment asking the Pennsylvania Game Commission to finalize the proposed regulations.  The final approval votes are set to take place next Monday and Tuesday, March 27-28.


Kruchin Takes it up a Notch…AGAIN! [The Firearm Blog]

In what is sure to top the current craze over making music with firearms, Russia’s IPSC Grand Master Vitaly Kruchin outdoes his own performance of taking musicians to the shooting range, by taking the shooting range to musicians! In this example, he is using .22 LR converted Glocks to engage multiple steel plates designed to […]

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Federal Ammunition Anoka Plant Layoffs [AllOutdoor.com]

Breaking news out this week comes that Federal Premium Ammunition is laying off 110 workers at their Anoka, Minnesota facility. It is no secret but an ironic one that the guns and ammo industry has experienced a widespread downturn since the Trump election. Both wholesalers and dealers have reported slow sales. Prices on guns and ammo have been moderating or coming down since the election last November.

The Federal ammo manufacturing plant in Anoka has about 1400 employed workers, but the layoff of 110 does signal that the company was recognizing the economic downturn in ammo sales.

The company has also returned an expansion grant of $1.15 million back to the state. The $33 million plant expansion will continue, but the hiring requirements of the grant apparently cannot be met. This is not an unusual situation when any manufacturing facility has to cut back on production personnel despite long term plans to upgrade or expand production goals. Federal has plans to upgrade equipment with this factory expansion.

Federal Ammunition is now a subsidiary of the Utah based Vista Outdoor, Inc. Formally Federal was part of the Alliant Technology Systems. Such changes in corporate ownership is also a regular practice among business entities as overall goals and objectives change or become refocused on other priorities.

Since the November election gun and ammunition buyers have felt less pressure to buy more guns and shooting supplies since a Republican was returning to the White House. Had Clinton won the election, there would have been an immediate boom to the industry with consumers fearing more restrictive gun ownership or even outright confiscation legislation. Gun owners applauded Clinton’s loss.

Also during the previous president’s 8-year term, Obama’s anti-gun agenda earned him the recognition as “America’s greatest gun salesman.” BATF had record purchase approval backups in their computer system trying to wade through computer mounds of 4473 paperwork.

Remember though, that manufacturing layoffs in all industry sectors is a fairly regular occurrence. The fact that Federal Premium Ammunition is readjusting their manufacturing capacities is probably just a short term adjustment to fluctuations in the overall economy of the country. It is not “sky falling” event that should signal panic in the arms and ammunition industrial complex.

As per usual the economy will adjust accordingly and long term quality companies like Federal will adjust with the times. As a word of encouragement, shooters across the country should be taking advantage of these short times to purchase more guns, and ammo and to get out to shoot even more.

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Arkansas: Anti-Gun Bills Reported Out of Committee and Headed to Floor [NRA-ILA News]

Today, Senate Bill 724 was reported out of the Senate Judiciary Committee with a “do pass as amended” recommendation.  SB 724 seeks to amend several sections of the newly enacted House Bill 1249, which was signed into law by Governor Asa Hutchinson today.  This bill would add public teaching hospitals to the list of places where licensees with the enhanced carry permit would still be prohibited from carrying.  Additionally, it would prohibit carrying on any premise owned or operated by a private university or private college unless the college chooses to allow a licensee to carry a concealed handgun on the premises.  SB 724 would undermine some of the key advances made with HB 1249.  This bill could be on the Senate floor as early as tomorrow!  Please contact your state Senator IMMEDIATELY and urge them to OPPOSE SB 724!


Five Surplus Items To Buy Now [AllOutdoor.com]

Military surplus is one of the greatest things since sliced bread.  The gear may not be in the best of condition, but for the most part it certainly is not junk.  If you know something is going to get used, stained, or otherwise run through the wringer, why buy new?

Starting in the early 2010s, prices for military surplus items started inching upwards.  Rumors say certain items such as ALICE packs are dying up and fewer and fewer are hitting the market.

I tried to put together a list of surplus items that are still affordable and that might appeal to a wide range of people.

Clothing – A lot of people buy used camouflage military surplus clothing for hunting season.  It is only going to be used a few times a year, so why buy new?

Looking at Ebay on March 22, 2017, there are camo pants for $10.00 + shipping.

Sleeping bags – A buddy of mine has been using a U.S. Army surplus sleeping bag since the 1980s.  Every winter camping trip we go on, he brings this same sleeping bag.

Back in the mid-1990s, I bought a surplus extreme cold weather sleeping bag.  Even though it is rather bulky, it has keep me warm on nights well below freezing.

As of when this article was published, surplus sleeping bags start at around $20.00 and go up from there.

Butt pack – Known in the civilian world as a fanny pack.  These are a great pack that can carry a light load for a day hike.

As of when this article was posted, prices start at around $12.00.

Canteens and canteen pouches – Planning a hiking or camping trip, be sure to bring a canteen.

The beauty of the current MOLLE canteen pouch, is that it comes with a flap so it can be used as a dump pouch.

I have a 2 quart on one of my large camping packs, and one quarts on the smaller packs.

MOLLE II fighting load carrier vest – They may not be as pretty as a civilian load carrier, but they get the job done.

I have a FLC in woodland camo.  While not as elegant as some of my buddies’ load carriers, for the price it is difficult to beat.

Current prices start at around $15.


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London Best: William Evans Gun Room [The Firearm Blog]

William Evans is one of the London Gunmakers and has been around since 1883. Their primary gun room is located in the Mayfair district of London, just down the road from some of the other Gunmakers, such as Holland & Holland and James Purdey & Sons. The company sports an outstanding array of high-end shotguns […]

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An Amateur’s Look at an AR Build Course [The Firearm Blog]

Recently my local gun shop in Bloomington, IN allowed me to sit in on one of the shop’s new AR build courses being offered. I didn’t build a rifle there myself, just simply watched the course intently and took a large number of notes and photographs of what was going on. Because I wasn’t an […]

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West Virginia: Self-Defense Legislation to Be Considered This Week [NRA-ILA News]

Two important pro-gun bills will be considered by their respective chambers later this week.


Minnesota: Your Urgent Action Needed to Ensure Self-Defense Bills Advance in the Legislature [NRA-ILA News]

Earlier this month, both House File 188, the constitutional/permitless carry bill, and House File 238, the stand your ground bill, were both held over by the House Committee on Public Safety & Security Policy and Finance with the intention of being included in the committee’s omnibus bill, House File 896.


The Fight To Restore Our Freedom Is An Uphill Battle, But One We Must Win [NRA-ILA News]

I recently had the honor of participating in a wide-ranging strategy session at the White House. At a small table, I was seated next to the president of the United States, Donald Trump. At that moment, I realized—and perhaps President Trump understood—that each and every member of the NRA was sitting next to him. Each of you deserves that place at the table. In all the years of my working for the cause at the NRA, I have never seen our association given such recognition, such honor by a president.


California: Ventura City Council Passes Anti-Gun Ordinance [NRA-ILA News]

On Monday, March 20, the Ventura City Council voted 6-1 to pass a local gun control ordinance that will increase storage and security mandates on firearm and ammunition dealers.


Montana: Right to Hunt and Fish Constitutional Amendment Heads to Senate Floor [NRA-ILA News]

Last night, the Senate Fish and Game Committee passed Right to Hunt, Fish and Trap Constitutional Amendment legislation by a 6-5 vote.


Blue Force Gear Releases Micro Trauma Kit NOW [The Firearm Blog]

I was just recently at a handgun training class that made an excellent point with me that resonated – if I have to use my handgun it is highly likely that I will also be injured. Therefore, one should carry two trauma kits. The hardest part of it has been the size and weight of […]

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Governor Signs NRA - Backed Personal Protection Bill in Arkansas [NRA-ILA News]

Arkansas gun owners celebrated today as Gov. Asa Hutchinson signed House Bill 1249 into law. Providing more protection for gun owners, HB 1249 creates an enhanced carry permit system that allows licensees to carry firearms in most gun-free zones.


NICS Checks Increase for February 2017 [The Firearm Blog]

While stock prices drop, large firearm companies file for bankruptcy protection and analysts predict a softening of the entire firearms industry, the FBI’s NICS Firearms Checks statistics show a marked increase in February 2017 over January. The NICS section of the FBI.gov website publishes monthly totals and running totals of firearm background checks. While these totals […]

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Georgia: Senate to Consider Multiple Pro-Gun Bills [NRA-ILA News]

This week, House Bill 292 , House Bill 280 and House Bill 406 will head to the Senate floor for consideration by the full Senate.


Governor Signs NRA-backed Personal Protection Bill in Arkansas [NRA-ILA News]

Arkansas gun owners celebrated today as Gov. Asa Hutchinson signed House Bill 1249 into law. Providing more protection for gun owners, HB 1249 creates an enhanced carry permit system that allows licensees to carry firearms in most gun-free zones.


Burglar caught on video fleeing mother of two and her shotgun [NRA-ILA News]

WPLG in Miami is hoping viewers can help identify a burglar who was caught on surveillance video attempting to break into a home — and then taking off in a hurry after being confronted by a mother of two wielding a shotgun. The woman, who did not want to be identified, was at home with her children, ages 10 and 3. The burglar quickly realized that he was in serious trouble after making it inside the home. “He was running for his life and kept looking back, making sure I wasn’t going to shoot him in the back,” the woman said. “What stopped you from killing this guy?” Local 10 News reporter Michael Seiden asked. “My kids. Not traumatizing them and I did have a baby,” she said.


Homeowner shoots suspects attempting to rob his Breaux Bridge home [NRA-ILA News]

A Breaux Bridge man shot two suspects attempting to rob his home early Tuesday morning. St. Martin Parish Sheriff’s Deputies arrested 26 year old Joseph Broussard of Morse, and 31 year old Drewe Schexnider of Kaplan on attempted robbery charges. Around 3 o’clock Tuesday morning, two men rang the doorbell at a home in the 1000 block of Aguillard Road in Breaux Bridge, one of the suspects pulled out a gun and ultimately, the homeowner shot both suspects. “I believe if I wouldn’t have had my gun, they would’ve killed us. It sounds like they was on a mission” said Eric Noel.


Six Things To Consider Before Moving To The Country [AllOutdoor.com]

Whether it is a weekend getaway, vacation home, or a place to retire, a lot of people dream about leaving the city and moving to a rural area.  There is something about rural life that can not be described in words.  It is easy to write “peace and quiet”, but there is no way to capture the beauty of country life in words alone.

I have lived in a rural area for several years, and would like to share some of my experiences.  So, before you get on the Internet or jump in the car and look for property, here are some things to look for.

Jobs – Unless you have a college degree or are a professional in something like teaching, law enforcement, nurse, doctor, accountant, work from home… etc, jobs in rural areas may be difficult to come by.

Recreation areas – Property prices go up the closer you are to a recreation area.  This could be a state or national park, lake, tourist site or something else of leisure.  How close to you want to be to a lake?  Or rather, can you afford to be close to a tourist area?

Schools – Schools in rural areas traditionally do not attract the best teachers.  With a limited tax base, teacher wages are lower than they may be in an urban area.

People do not move to a rural area for the schools.

Shopping – Be ready to drive 20 minutes to buy groceries and an hour to go to a good mall.  There are plenty of exceptions, but people do not move to rural areas for the shopping.

If your favorite weekend activities going to the mall and movies, country life may not be for you.

Internet – People do not move to the country for the high speed internet.  Depending on location, the property may not even have internet.

Providers are not in a big hurry to bring internet to rural America.

Health care – If you or someone in your family suffers from serious medical issues, country life may not be for you.

The honest truth, rural America is running out of doctors.  The vast majority of specialists are in urban areas.  If someone has a serious medical condition, expect to drive a couple of hours to see a specialist.

Rural Life

Country life is everything the city is not.

The people who live in the country are an independent folk.  We enjoy the peace and quiet, we have our chickens, our garden, local history and expect outsiders to leave us alone.

If you want to join us, come on.  However, life out here is a lot different than in the city

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MORE AMMO! Aluminum PCC Mag Coupler from Lone Wolf Distributors [The Firearm Blog]

The craze for pistol caliber carbines has been burning bright and hot for the last year. With various companies launching dedicated to the platform including Quarter Circle 10, Angstadt Arms, and others, the 9mm community has received a significant dose of adrenalin. However, various established companies have also taken up the mantle including the leader […]

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Pressed on Heller, Gorsuch says it is ‘the law of the land’ [NRA-ILA News]

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (Calif.), the ranking Democrat on the committee, pressed Gorsuch on the Supreme Court’s 2008 decision in District of Columbia v. Heller, in which the justices ruled 5-4 to uphold a federal district court ruling that a Washington, D.C., law banning handguns and requiring other firearms to be stored unloaded or locked violated the Second Amendment.


Wayne LaPierre issues a call to battle to 5 million NRA members [NRA-ILA News]

Along with other conservative stalwarts, National Rifle Association Executive Vice President and CEO Wayne LaPierre was summoned to the White House in early February for a strategy session with particular focus on the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court. Mr. LaPierre was seated right next to President Trump. The significance was not overlooked.


Senate votes to lift limits on hunting Alaska grizzlies and wolves on federal land [NRA-ILA News]

The 52-to-47 vote, which was almost entirely along party lines, represented the latest instance of Republicans using a powerful legislative tool — the Congressional Review Act — to eliminate regulations that Barack Obama’s administration finalized before he left office in January. Independent Sen. Angus King (Maine) joined Republicans in backing the measure, and the measure only needs President Trump’s signature to become law.


Among the priorities of a new Virginia congressman: Void D.C.’s strict gun laws [NRA-ILA News]

Rep. Thomas Garrett’s bill, filed March 15, would eliminate the District’s prohibition on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines while making it easier for residents and visitors to carry concealed firearms.


North Dakota Legislature passes permitless Right-to-Carry [NRA-ILA News]

The North Dakota Legislature has voted to allow most adults to carry a concealed firearm without a permit, but it's not clear whether the governor will support the move.


Ohio: Law allowing guns in parking lots takes effect [NRA-ILA News]

Employers can no longer forbid workers from bringing guns on company property if the weapons remain locked in vehicles under a new law that took effect Tuesday.


US Test Trials .45 Caliber Knoble Pistol at James D Julia [Forgotten Weapons]

One of the domestic American pistols entered in the US 1907 pistol trials was this short recoil, toggle locked design by W.E. Knoble of Tacoma Washington. Knoble submitted two experimental pistols to the trial, one with a single action trigger and one with a double action trigger – although he was unable to attend the trial himself. Unfortunately for Knoble, the trials board found his guns crude and unsatisfactory upon examination, and they were dropped from competition without having fired a single shot. The Luger, Colt/Browning, and Savage would go on the be the winners of the initial trials, with the 1911 ultimately winning.

Knoble’s .45 caliber pistol here does certainly lack the finesse of many other pistols, but it did not appear to me to be dangerously crude, and I am a bit surprised that it was not at least test-fired by the trials board. At any rate, Knoble did make a few other guns of a similar style in .30 Luger and .22 Long Rifle, but never had a design reach a production stage.


Nevada: Senate Passes Anti-Gun SB 115 [NRA-ILA News]

Yesterday, March 21, the Senate passed anti-gun Senate Bill 115 with a 12-9 vote.  SB 115 was sent to the Assembly for further consideration.  Sponsored by state Senator Moises Denis (D-2), SB 115 would expand the list of places firearms are prohibited from being carried and kept to include public library property.  In addition to banning firearms within the library, this prohibition would be extended to include the parking lot as well.  This would encompass the onsite “book drop” stations commonly used for returning library materials.


UTG Announces USA Made PRO S4 Stock & Assembly [The Firearm Blog]

UTG, typically known for their off-short inexpensive offerings, has been making a hard push into US Manufacturing. Their UTG PRO rails have been well received in both MLOK and Keymod profiles along with a few OEMs starting to pick up on the Model 4 buttstock kits, which directly compete with various extended cheekweld stocks on […]

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3D Printed 40mm Grenade and Launcher [The Firearm Blog]

The US Army RDECOM published a YouTube video on the Picatinny Arsenal YouTube Page about Additive Manufacturing, which includes 3D printing, and the Rapid Additively Manufactured Ballistics Ordnance or RAMBO Launcher. RAMBO, in this case, is fundamentally a 3D printed version of the M203A1 40mm grenade launcher as well as 3D printed M781 training ammunition. All the components […]

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“Rules for a Gunfight” by SFC Joe B. Frick [The Firearm Blog]

Originally printed back in 2009 on USACarry and attributed to one Drill Sergeant Sergeant First Class Joe Frick, the “Rules for the Gunfight” have been distilled up and down and converted into a variety of memes across the internet (which have been previously borrowed for this post). In short, the rules are 28 entries long (not […]

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Battenfeld Technologies to open a NEW $55 Million Distribution Center in Missouri & Create 325 New Jobs [The Firearm Blog]

BattenfeldBattenfeld Technologies which is owned by Smith & Wesson and part of the American Outdoor Brands group is expanding in Missouri. Governor of Missouri, Eric Greitens, broke the news in a video published on Facebook stating this: We are so excited about Battenfeld Technologies and Smith & Wesson coming to the state of Missouri. The […]

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Richard Wyatt of “American Guns” Infamy Convicted in Federal Court [The Firearm Blog]

Richard Wyatt, known for his role on the Discovery Channel program “American Guns”, has been formally convicted of 10 felony counts including conspiracy, fraud, and tax evasion. The jury was hung on three counts of illegally importing weapons.  The verdict is the result of years-long federal investigations into the Wyatt family and the Gunsmoke Guns gun […]

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Tuesday, 21 March


Judge Gorsuch On Heller [No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money]

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee and ardent gun prohibitionist, got her chance to question Judge Neil Gorsuch on the Heller decision. She tried to corner him on it. She lost.

As Judge Gorsuch says in his testimony below, Heller is the law of the land.

I do have to disagree with Judge Gorsuch on one thing. I don't think Judge J. Harvie Wilkinson is a very fine judge nor do I think Judge Wilkinson respects the Supreme Court's ruling in the Heller decision. Wilkinson is a member of the Virginia gentry, who I suspect, thinks that the problem with the Second Amendment is that it allows the riff-raff to own guns. That riff-raff is you and me, the non-prep school, non-Yalie, non-son of a banker sorts who actually have the temerity to believe that the Second Amendment means what it says.


California: Update on Firearm-Related Bills heard in Committee Today, March 21 [NRA-ILA News]

Today, March 21, several firearm- and hunting-related bills were heard and passed by their respective committees.


Florida Urgent Alert! Burden of Proof, Open Carry & Church Carry Bills up in House Judiciary on Thursday 3/23/2017 [NRA-ILA News]

HB-245 by Rep. Bobby Payne, HB-779 and HB-849 by Rep. Neil Combee will ALL be heard by the House Judiciary Committee on Thursday, March 23, 2017 at 9:00am.  HB-245 Burden of Proof by Rep. Bobby Payne restores the presumption of innocence in self-defense cases by putting the burden of proof BACK ON THE STATE where it belongs.  CS/HB-779 Open Carry Protection by Rep. Neil Combee removes the criminal penalties for violations of the open carry law and prohibits a person who has a concealed firearms license from being arrested and charged with a crime if their firearm becomes temporarily exposed to sight of another person.  CS/HB-849 Carry on Church Property by Rep. Neil Combee to restore private property rights to churches and to eliminate restrictions that prevent churches from allowing firearms on church property if church property is ever used for any type of schooling.


Oklahoma: Support Legislation to Prevent Your Taxes from Being Used to Fund Gun Control [NRA-ILA News]

Currently awaiting consideration by the Oklahoma House of Representatives is House Bill 1803.


North Dakota: Constitutional/Permitless Carry Bill Headed to Governor Burgum! [NRA-ILA News]

Today, House Bill 1169 passed the North Dakota Senate with a 34-13 vote!  HB 1169 now heads to Governor Doug Burgum (R) for his consideration.


Heckler & Koch USP Compact 9mm: Jack Bauer’s Gun Of Choice [The Firearm Blog]

Since the USP Compact was launched in 1996, shooters from all walks of life have coveted it. In this episode of TFB TV, Patrick takes his old concealed carry companion out to the range and spends some time getting reacquainted with the chunky pistol. The USP Compact has deep roots in the USSOCOM Mark 23 […]

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Ohio: Critical Self-Defense Law Takes Effect Today! [NRA-ILA News]

Today, March 21, the provisions of the critical self-defense legislation, Sub. Senate Bill 199, go into effect.  Thanks to your active involvement last session, this bill was signed by Governor Kasich last December.  This law is another step forward in protecting the Second Amendment rights of active duty members, employees and law-abiding Ohioans across the Buckeye State.


New Strike Industries Extended AR-15 Bolt Catch [The Firearm Blog]

Strike Industries has released a new extended AR-15 bolt catch. It is a drop in accessory and fits any mil-spec AR-15 rifle. The advantage of this bolt catch is the enlarged actual bolt release paddle (a.k.a “ping pong paddle”). It is shorter than the original AR-15 paddle, but it’s much wider. Also, the lower portion which […]

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Ruger Adds A Thumb Safety .45 To The American Lineup [The Firearm Blog]

In a move that will likely appease 1911 shooters looking for a polymer framed compact .45 with a thumb safety, Ruger has added a thumb safety to the American .45. While manual safeties aren’t really my thing, I understand that many shooters appreciate the redundancy when first starting out in the hobby or those that have been […]

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Join NRA-ILA’s Grassroots Division at its Free Events at NRA’s Annual Meeting in Atlanta! [NRA-ILA News]

With this year’s NRA Annual Meeting and Exhibits in Atlanta, Georgia (April 27th-30th), rapidly approaching, your NRA-ILA Grassroots Division would like to invite you to two FREE events that the Grassroots team will be hosting. Both events are great opportunities for attendees to better understand what we have accomplished over the past year, what we face moving forward, and how we can better work together in support of the Second Amendment!


POTD: Roland Special Malfunctions [The Firearm Blog]

For those not familiar, the Roland Special is a modified Glock 19 with KKM comped barrel, suppressor height sights, Trijicon RMR06, slide work by ATEi- front and top serrations and mounting of RDS. Recently a photo has been going around showing a malfunction with running a compensated pistol. I have heard that this was staged […]

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Preppers: Do You Take Your Dogs Scouting [AllOutdoor.com]

Something I like to do is scout around the bug out location.  I usually bring a daypack, such as a Maxpedition Condor II, camera, tripod and my dogs.  The goal of a scouting run is to learn the lay of the land.  I want to know where the creeks, small ponds, old logging roads, ATV trails… etc are at.

The past couple of trips I have caught myself calling the dogs, which could give away my location.  My dogs have been going on trips like this since they were puppies.  Being away from home and in the woods is no big deal to them.

As my two oldest dogs have gotten older they have become more independent.  Rather than staying in sight, the oldest dogs ghost me.   They will stay just out of sight through the bushes, but always nearby.  The newest addition stays close.

On the last hiking trip, when we walked into a clearing the two oldest dogs were about 75 feet to my right and slightly ahead of me, and I had not seen them in maybe 30 minutes.  We had been in dense brush, but somehow they had remained unseen and unheard.

Calling The Dogs

Regardless if the dogs had been going on my trips since they were puppies, I always worry about them getting lost.  They are like my children and I worry about them.

Hiking with dogs

Awhile back my dogs and I were on a piece of land that borders a cattle ranchers property. I had permission to be on the property from the property owner.  Maybe the dogs crossed the property line because someone started yelling “Get out of here.”  I could not see the guy through the underbrush between myself and his property and we were probably a good 100 yards apart.

I figured the the best thing to do was to move away from his property and the dogs would catch up, which they did.

In a full blown collapse of society:

  • Calling the dogs would give away my location.
  • Dogs crossing onto private property would probably be shot.

Because of this, if I know I will be close to someones private property I will probably leave the dogs at home.

I would like to hear from other preppers.  Do you go on scouting missions around the bug out location?   If you live in a rural area do you go on scouting missions to learn the lay of the land?

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Over 100 Ruger Pistols Stolen From Chicago Train Yard [The Firearm Blog]

It appears that over 100 Ruger pistols were stolen from a Chicago train yard by gangs in a one-time heist. Apparently, this is becoming a large problem in a city that prides itself on its strict gun control measures with over 150 firearms reported stolen from Chicago train yards since 2013. City leadership seems rather […]

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No Charges Filed Against Cessna Machine Gunners [The Firearm Blog]

Earlier we posted about Mark Serbu, his daughter Val, and a YouTuber called Dan shooting an MP5 from a Cessna circling above the Gulf of Mexico. The new stories let on that the police had been called by one of the wet blankets that help run the Peter O. Knight airport prompting a full investigation by […]

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Illinois: Gun Seizure Bill Could be Heard by House at Any Time [NRA-ILA News]

The Illinois House of Representatives could consider House Bill 2354 at any time.


Idaho: Senate Passes Concealed Carry Amendment [NRA-ILA News]

Yesterday, March 20, the Idaho Senate passed House Bill 93 by a 35-0 vote.  Introduced by state Representative Don Cheatham (R-3B) and sponsored on the floor by state Senator Marv Hagedorn (R-14), HB 93 would amend current law by exempting active military members from the requirement that they be Idaho residents in order to carry a concealed handgun without a permit inside city limits.  HB 93 would simply allow those who have been trained to defend our country to defend themselves in Idaho by exercising the same rights as residents.


New Jersey: Assembly Bill Would Turn Doctors Against Their Patients [NRA-ILA News]

Anti-gun politicians in Trenton have no shortage of schemes to separate people from their firearms.


Maryland: House Passes Pro-Carry Legislation [NRA-ILA News]

Yesterday, the Maryland House of Delegates passed House Bill 1036 by a 97-41 vote.


Watch: This Prepper’s Paradise is For Sale [AllOutdoor.com]

A fellow named Jake Libbey posted this video in Facebook, asking for help in selling his parents’ superb home in Wyoming. His father is not well, and needs to live closer to medical facilities, but finding a buyer for this unique place isn’t easy… maybe you know someone?

Here’s the video caption:

Facebook friends, I need your help. My dad is almost 80 and stuck in a house up in the Bighorns of Wyoming. He needs to sell it to move someplace closer to a doctor, but can’t because the real estate agents in his area just snap a pic and it just sits on the MLS for years and years and isn’t ever actually marketed. I went there with my drone and camera and made him a video to help him sell it, but I really need some shares and maybe someone will be in a position to know someone who might be interested.

The website for the house is http://www.rockspringshouse.com

Please share if you would. And thank you.

The land and buildings look great, including the large house. Wild game animals abound. Plenty of room to land a plane or helicopter if that’s an option for you.


If you want a place to live that’s safe, secure, and you can see everything coming, Rock Springs is it.

Water? That flows from the mountain via gravity. They’re connected with cell service, satellite TV, etc. Power? No problem; there’s a 2.5-kilowatt system.

Been off the grid over 20 years, and it’s a beautiful thing.

But in the owner’s words, “We’re just getting too damn old.”

The 120-acre site is priced at $780,000 and if you compare that with what you can get in many urban areas for the same money, it seems like a bargain. Too bad I’ll never have that kind of dough!

Take a look at this professionally-made video (and the website he created), which makes me REALLY want to move to Wyoming. And please share so we can help this family move on to their next phase of life — and so some fortunate prepper can have the sanctuary of his or her dreams.

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Watch: Superb (and Rare) Round Double-Barrel Hoenig Rifle/Shotgun [AllOutdoor.com]

Guns are great, and I still live by my late father’s motto: If it shoots, I like it. But honestly, the edge can kinda wear off after a few decades. How many guns with typical actions can a fella fall in love with? (Yeah, I know the correct answer is “All of them.”)

Maybe it’s just the innovation and creativity that’s gone into this fine firearm that turns me on. Or the fact that every one of the guns are hand-made and the achingly slow rate of five per year…

Whatever the case, I like this gun… a lot. And I’m sure I’ve seen it before since it’s been around since 1992, but until now I’ve never noted the way it operates.

It’s an over/under double-barrel long gun, which can be a shotgun or a rifle. Instead of relying on a lever and retracting block to open or close the action, you rotate the receiver & barrel 1/4 turn, then pull them apart and hinge them open. This is how you load or unload it, remove empty cases or spent shotgun shells, etc.

To disassemble the barrels from the receiver, you simply hinge it most of the way open, slide the extractor rearward, and slide the barrel assembly forward.

No separate forend, and no mechanism in the forend to maintain. No lever to get hung up on vines or clothing as you hunt. And one heck of a strong design.

Yes, it’s official… I want one.

But since there are only five made each year, the chances of me being able to afford one are probably not as good as those of hitting the lottery for a few million. For example, the Blue Book of Gun Values states that the base price for a double shotgun is $22,500 — and if you want a double rifle, that’ll start at $27,500 (add $5,000 if you want it chambered for magnum cartridges).

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Off-duty Northern California CHP officer shoots suspected intruder [NRA-ILA News]

Police say an off-duty California Highway Patrol officer fatally shot a suspected intruder at his Redding home. The Redding Police Department says officers first went to a home Sunday after receiving a call about a prowler trying break into it through the back door. The officers didn’t find the suspect. The Sacramento Bee reports (http://bit.ly/2nBegn2) that while the officers were still in the area, a call was made from a nearby home owned by a CHP officer, reporting the shooting of an unidentified person trying to break into the house. The suspect was taken to a hospital and pronounced dead. Redding police say the identity of the suspect will be released after his family is notified. The identity of the off-duty officer will not be released at this time. The investigation is ongoing.


East Texas woman stops attempted burglary using a 12-gauge shotgun [NRA-ILA News]

A New Chapel Hill grandmother used her pickup truck and 12-gauge shotgun to stop two suspected burglars Sunday. Mary Farmer was standing on her back porch Sunday afternoon when she noticed an unfamiliar truck pull up to her elderly parents’ property. After a few moments of watching, she noticed two men begin to load up their truck with her father’s possessions. “After I noticed they started to load up stuff into their truck, that’s when I drove over there and confronted them. That’s when they tried to leave,” Mrs. Farmer said. As the men attempted to leave the property, Mrs. Farmer pulled a 12-gauge shotgun from her vehicle and held the two men at gunpoint as she called 911.


Off-Duty Officer Shoots Intruder In His Manville Home [NRA-ILA News]

An off-duty police officer shot an intruder inside his home during an apparent home invasion in New Jersey early Monday morning, according to the Somerset County prosecutor’s office. Gunfire erupted from inside the home at 263 North Fifth Ave. near Knopf Street just after midnight Monday, CBS2’s Scott Rapoport reported. The off-duty officer shot the suspected burglar in the chest, prosecutors said.


Stabbing and Shooting in Downtown Hazleton [NRA-ILA News]

It was a fight that started inside a downtown Hazleton night spot. It ended on the sidewalk with two people seriously hurt -- one stabbed and one shot. Police in Hazleton say the whole thing started around 2:30 a.m. Monday inside Crystal Barbecue and Lounge on East Broad Street. A man and woman argued inside. The argument moved to the sidewalk. Police said Nelson Hernandez Rivera, 35, stabbed a woman multiple times in the chest. Investigators characterized it as a domestic assault. "We know there is some sort of relationship between the two. It appears it had started inside, came outside. There was some sort of altercation. The female was being stabbed. The security guard attempted to intervene and that's when we had the shot fired," explained Hazleton Police Chief Jerry Speziale. Chief Speziale called the security guard "bona fide and licensed."


Watch: Lego Heads Loaded and Fired as Bullets [AllOutdoor.com]

Ever since someone first grabbed a Lego head and slipped it into a 40 S&W cartridge case, people have been wondering, “What if?” Well, wonder no longer! That’s right — someone has finally loaded and fired Lego heads, and documented it for us all to enjoy.

The first powder charge? A mere 1.1 grains of Unique powder, pushing a Lego head that weighs in at 19.6 grains. It flew remarkably well, clearly stabilized by the rifling, and it even penetrated a few inches into a big block of modeling clay.

The next shot was a Spider-Man (YES!) head pushed by 2.1 grains of Unique. True to form, Taofledermaus went random and fired this one at a different sort of target: Shrek.

The trigger man, Rod, claimed that the loaded round chambered fine, although it looked a little iffy to me.

Shrek did not fare well.

The next Lego round was loaded up with 3.1 grains of powder (they really like the .1 for some reason), and was fired into yet another medium: ballistic gel. Penetration was about the same as in the clay.

All were impressively accurate.

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Watch: How to Start a Fire With a Pencil and Jumper Cables [AllOutdoor.com]

Ran out of gas and need some heat? If you have a pencil and some jumper cables, you might just have all you need to get an emergency fire started.

Strip away wood until the pencil “lead” (which is actually graphite) is exposed. Then you can connect one jumper cable clamp to each end of the graphite. The resulting short circuit will heat the graphite until it’s red hot, and the wood will begin to burn. Awesome!

I had to chuckle when “the king of random” instructed viewers to connect the red clamp to positive and black to negative… because in this case, it doesn’t make a bit of difference which cable goes where. But it’s not a bad habit to get into.

Unlike many how-to videos, this one includes a few detailed bits of advice that will help the uninitiated… such as which side of the jumper cable clamp to use, how you can first lay a fire and then connect the jumper cables to the battery, etc.

This might even work with a weak battery that doesn’t quite have enough juice to start your vehicle…

It’s a neat trick to know, anyhow.

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New: Leica Visus 1-4×24 i LW riflescope [The Firearm Blog]

At IWA OutdoorClassics 2017 Leica presented a new rifle scope focused at customers looking for a high-quality optic in an exclusive design for the driven hunt. As much as possible of plastic and rubber materials have been removed, with the exception of the rubber eye-cup. Instead these materials have been replaced by metal, and you […]

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Deal Alert: Freeze Dried Food On Sale [AllOutdoor.com]

Emergency Essentials is having another great sale on freeze dried food.

For those of you who are not familiar with freeze dried food:  The food is fully cooked, flash frozen, then the moisture is removed via a vacuum process.

The food is then sealed in either a pouch of can along with an oxygen absorber.  The shelf life in a climate controlled setting, such as in a basement or closet is 25 – 30 years.  Freeze dried is an excellent option for long term food storage.

To prepare the food simply add hot water.

Let’s get onto the sales.

Regular price: $55.49, sale price: $44.95 – Freeze-Dried White Chicken Cooked and Seasoned.  Fully cooked chicken, just add hot water.

Regular price: $305.82, sale price: $229.99 – Freeze-Dried Meat Assortment Combo.

(2) – Freeze-Dried White Chicken Cooked and Seasoned
(1) – Freeze-Dried Roast Beef (Cooked) Large Can
(1) – Freeze-Dried Beef Crumbles Cooked and Seasoned
(1) – Freeze-Dried Italian Style Meatballs
(1) – Freeze-Dried Pork Sausage Crumbles

Depending on stock, some items in combo may require substitutions.
All substitutions will be of equal or greater value.

Regular price: $91.99, sale price: $79.99 – Mountain House® Classic Assortment (12 pouches).

If you are not familiar with the pouches, here is a video that shows what they are.

Regular price: $117.59, sale price: $74.99 – Freeze-Dried Vegetable Harvest Combo.

(1) – Freeze-Dried Green Beans Large Can
(1) – Freeze-Dried Celery (Pieces) Large Can
(1) – Freeze-Dried Broccoli Large Can
(1) – Freeze-Dried Green Bell Pepper Dices Large Can
(1) – Freeze-Dried Super Sweet Corn Large Can
(1) – Freeze-Dried Sweet Potato Dices with Peel Large Can

Depending on stock, some items in combo may require substitutions.
All substitutions will be of equal or greater value.

Regular price: $38.99, sale price: $19.49 – Chicken stew.  Looking for an easy meal solution for emergency situations?  Look no further than a #10 can of chicken stew.

The chicken stew has up to a 30 year shelf life and makes 10 one cup servings.  Add some freeze dried veggies for a side dish and you have a full meal.

*Prices and availability subject to change at any time and without notice.

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Lawmakers Set to Grill Trump's U.S. Supreme Court Nominee [NRA-ILA News]

Dianne Feinstein, the senior Democrat on the committee, said she wanted assurances that Gorsuch would not seek to overturn the Supreme Court's landmark 1973 case Roe v. Wade, which legalized abortion in the United States. She and other Democrats are also expected to question Gorsuch on whether he would support gun restrictions, campaign finance laws and environmental regulations.


Gorsuch confirmation vote expected by April 10 [NRA-ILA News]

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley says the Senate is aiming to confirm Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch before a two-week break that starts April 10.


Man Loses Challenges to Law Barring Him From Having Knife [NRA-ILA News]

An Omaha man has lost his federal challenge to the constitutionality of a Nebraska law that bars felons from possessing deadly weapons.


Tennessee legislature takes aim at wide array of gun bills [NRA-ILA News]

Gun rights advocates and those seeking stricter enforcement and regulation say the state’s laws regarding guns are confusing. Even judges expected to enforce some of the laws have trouble.Now, there could be more changes on the way.


Texas: Bill that would reduce handgun license fee headed to full Senate [NRA-ILA News]

Texans wanting to obtain or renew a license to carry a handgun would pay significantly less to do so under a proposal unanimously approved by the Texas Senate State Affairs Committee Monday. The measure now heads to the full Senate.


Utah Lawmakers Send Wide Array of Gun Bills to Governor [NRA-ILA News]

Legislators sent Utah Gov. Gary Herbert a handful of gun bills that both tighten and loosen oversight on firearms. Nearly two weeks after the legislative session wrapped up, lawmakers are waiting to see what Herbert will do on this diverse collection of proposals.


Axel Peterson’s Complicated .22 Luger Conversion at James D Julia [Forgotten Weapons]

Axel Peterson was a Swedish immigrant who became a very respected gunsmith in the Denver area in the late 1800s, and whose shop remained in business until World War 2. Peterson was best known for his smallbore .22 target rifles, but he did much more than just that. Like, for example, this .22 rimfire single shot Luger conversion. This is a really remarkably complex way to make such a pistol, which makes it all the more interesting to look at!


Mystery SCAR 16 at the German Düsseldorf ax attack. [The Firearm Blog]

On 9:th of March 2017, a 36-year old suspect was detained after an axe attack that injured nine persons in the main train station in Düsseldorf, Germany. One of the pictures that caught my attention was this FN SCAR-L Short with a 10″ barrel and an EOTech sight. Most likely carried by a member of […]

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Russia Develops a New .45 ACP Pistol (OTs-122) [The Firearm Blog]

Russian “Nezavisimaya Gazeta” newspaper has recently released an interview with Alexey Sorokin, the director of Russian firearms manufacturing plant called TsKIB SOO. Among other subjects discussed they also talked about a new pistol, which is in development. In fact, they’ve released a computer mockup image of the pistol. The new gun is called OTs-122 (ОЦ-122) […]

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Additions to Ruger Mark IV Line [The Firearm Blog]

CompetitionSturm, Ruger & Co. announced a pair of new offerings in the Mark IV line of rimfire pistols: the Mark IV Competition and the Mark IV 22/45 Tactical. According to the company, the line now has nine different pistols. Perhaps more interesting is that the company states “…more additions [are] planned for later this year.” […]

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Review: Semper Paratus Arms AR-15 Armorers Course [The Firearm Blog]

Meet William Larson of Semper Paratus Arms. Think of him as a doughnut-fueled AR-15 Yoda with near three decades of experience building and diagnosing the AR-15 platform. He has much knowledge, and you want to possess it. But you might be thinking, Patrick, I am just a recreational shooter. I don’t need an expensive class about […]

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Desert Tech MDR Ejection Mechanism Explained [The Firearm Blog]

Desert Tech MDR is probably one of the most awaited rifles on the market. And no surprise that people keep wondering about various aspects of its mechanism. Perhaps Desert Tech has been stormed with such questions. Anyway, they started releasing short videos on their YouTube channel answering the questions people ask. Recently they’ve released a […]

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Monday, 20 March


TFB Review: Springfield Armory XDM OSP In 9mm [The Firearm Blog]

I have a confession to make. Polymer, striker fired pistols that don’t start with a ‘G’ and end with a ‘k’ turn me off. Why? Because it will always take a lot to move me away from my current set of favorite defensive handguns. Also, what if I find one I like more? Am I […]

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BREAKING: Federal Premium Ammunition Lays Off 110 Workers at Anoka Federal Premium Plant, Cancels State Funding Incentives [The Firearm Blog]

The post-election gun industry downturn has hit Federal Premium Ammunition, which laid off a significant number of its employees earlier this month. 110 of the roughly 1400 workers at the company were let go from the company’s Anoka, Minnesota plant, the company confirmed. This announcement surprised Minnesota state officials, who had before the end of last […]

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California: Ventura City Council to hear Anti-Gun Ordinance Tonight [NRA-ILA News]

Today, March 20, the Ventura City Council is scheduled to consider an ordinance that increases the storage and security requirements placed on firearm and ammunition dealers. This


Now Is a Good Time To Buy an ATV [AllOutdoor.com]

Right now is a great time to buy a new ATV or UTV. Whether you have a farm, ranch, construction business or you hunt, fish, ride for recreation, there has never been a better time to purchase a new 4-wheeler than this month. Why?

The model year change is already underway and most all-terrain vehicle dealers have begun to receive the new 2017 models. This makes dealers eager to sell the existing stocks of 2016 rides they have on hand now. Some manufacturers are offering special pricing incentives or special interest rates for payment plans.

Just in the last month I was asked by a good friend Gary to help him examine a number of ATVs for possible purchase. He went into the plan thinking he wanted one particular model, but came away with a different version. I would like to think my own opinions helped him pick the right ATV for him. He is certainly happy with his new all-terrain ride.

In this case we ended up focusing on the 2016 Honda ATV line up. I have an older model 2000 Honda 450ES and have been exceedingly happy with this unit. It still has the original tires and brakes. All I have done to the unit is replace the oil and spark plug annually, cleaned the air filter, and had the machine gone over by a retired Honda mechanic. This unit is going on its third battery, but for sixteen years of use that is not too bad. I am sold on the ES, electric shift option.

So we visited the local ATV dealer with the reputation for making the best deals. He still had a good stock of 2016 machines in several sizes and categories. Right away you have to decide how big of a machine you want. This translates into engine (power) size, overall vehicle size and weight, and the operating options. These generally include manual shift, electric shift, or the newer automatic transmissions.

Power steering is now offered on many of these models. We drove one with PS and neither of us liked it. It was way too sensitive in the steering. I could easily see it oversteering out in the woods or forest trails. We liked a little more feel to the steering. You have to decide.

Gary ended up with a green 2016 500 ES. He had aftermarket racks added to the front and rear. Remember, cash always makes the deal sweeter.

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Double Tap but Make Sure [AllOutdoor.com]

Certain types of SHTF survival scenarios may demand the self-defense proactive approach to draw and use your concealed weapon. Nobody is openly advocating the shooting of another person, but when it comes to home invasions, public assaults, work space attacks, terrorist incidents, active shooter events, and such, we may be forced to produce our weapons and actually use that deadly force to survive or protect others.

If you are ever compelled to draw and fire upon another human being that is actively threatening your personal safety, then let your training and practice take over and do the necessary work. If that is the case and you have no other escape options, then defend yourself. If you do, then make sure your shots count. One shot and down may not get the job done.

There is a scene from the movie The Purge-Anarchy in which the “good guy” assists two ladies that were about to be kidnapped for the personal purging pleasure of some “bad guy” holding court in the rear of a tractor-trailer with an M-60 type machine gun mounted on a tripod. The defender takes out the kidnapper crew, then turns his HK handgun on the guy up in the trailer.

One shot and the guy is down. But, the guy is not down as you discover later in the movie. The fault of the good guy is that he did not verify if his one shot ended the scenario. This mistake nearly cost him his own life at the end of the movie. But then, this is just a movie, right?

I realize these are Hollywood movies, but how many times have you seen it shown that the bad guy gets up one more time to attack again? It seems to happen time and time again in the movies, but it can also happen in real life. News reports are out all the time about a crackhead robber or cocaine doped assailant that continues an attack after being shot once by a homeowner or store keeper. Sometimes one shot is just not enough.

The term “double tap” is popular among shootists, but it is an actual shooting technique that I first read about from handgun master Jeff Cooper. The concept is simple: take two immediate shots at an attacker instead of just one. But still, it is the responsibility of the defender to make sure his attacker is down for good. Don’t forget to follow up to make sure.

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H&K 416 Clone in .22LR [AllOutdoor.com]

HK416 piston carbine has a well-deserved reputation for reliability and high performance. For several years, it also remained unavailable to civilian buyers, adding to the mystique while taking away from H&K sales. Now available for purchase, it remains very expensive. It’s little wonder that many recreational shooters flocked to the licensed Walther rimfire clone.


On the outside, it looks very much like the classic 416, with the weight, the sights and the handling all matching the original. The only giveaway are the cutaway magazines with external follower tabs. Thanks to that tab, loading 10/20/30 round magazines is easy.

On the inside, the design matches other Walther rimfire clones. 416-22 is a simple blowback design delivering excellent reliability with high velocity ammunition like CCI Mini Mags. With rimfire ammunition becoming available again, it’s a fun plinker with some potential for use as a trainer for the 5.56 rifle.


Unfortunately, the user interface isn’t 100% faithful to the HK original. The bolt stop paddle is purely decorative. While that’s a relatively small feature, it does change the handling enough to make it a less helpful trainer than a rimfire upper on the actual 416 lower would have been.


Testing the 416-22 with a 1-8x scope gave roughly 1.5 inch groups at 25 yards. They were not appreciably larger with red dot or iron sights, suggesting that the limitations come from the 9 pound trigger and the barrel. The rifle was 100% reliable over 150 rounds, the full extent of the range test. Like all blowback .22s, it should be cleaned regularly but 150 shots fouled it only slightly. Field-stripping is similar to the real 416 and even simpler. In sum, it’s a reliable and good looking rifle in its own right.

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Record-Class Crappies Caught From Louisiana Reservoir [AllOutdoor.com]

Anglers on Louisiana’s Poverty Point Reservoir are re-writing the state’s record books for white crappie when the reservoir produced three fish each the 3.5 pound mark in only eight days in late February.

The first two massive crappies were caught by twin brothers Twayne and Dwayne Hosea. Twayne caught his 3.52-pounder on February 25. The 17 ½-inch fish is a record for the 2,700-acre Poverty Point Reservoir. Six days later Dwayne pulled up a 17-inch crappie that weighed on the certified scales 3.48 pounds.

The brothers live near the lake and caught the slabs on identical Bobby Garland Baby Shad jigs.

Another massive crappie was caught soon thereafter from the reservoir by angler Rodger McConnell. His fish weighed 3.46 pounds.

The Louisiana’s state record for white crappie is 3.8 pounds, making these fish some of the biggest slabs ever caught in the state.

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Catching Live Florida Panther Cubs Lands Man In Jail [AllOutdoor.com]

File this under the “stupid criminal” docket.

A South Florida man, Alfredo Lopez De Queralta, was arrested after authorities learned about a YouTube video showing him harassing a pair of endangered Florida panther cubs.


Ken Warren with the  U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s South Florida office, said De Queralta was arrested after authorities served a search warrant at his home. De Queralta and others are suspected of numerous wildlife violations, including interfering with a federally listed endangered species.

The search warrants were served as part of an ongoing investigation into a YouTube video that shows a man invading a Florida panther den and holding two panther cubs. The video has since been removed.


Warren said the acts depicted in the video are violations of Florida law and the U.S. Endangered Species Act.

The suspects could face up to a $100,000 fine and a year in prison if convicted.


Warren said Lopez De Queralta was taken into custody because of items found while the warrant was being served. A search of the Miami-Dade County jail website shows that Lopez De Queralta faces a charge of possession of a controlled substance. He was released on bond.

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Nevada Action Needed: Senate May Vote on Anti-Gun SB 115 Tomorrow [NRA-ILA News]

Senate Bill 115 had its second reading today and will be eligible for third reading and a vote by the full Senate as early as tomorrow, March 21.  It is imperative that you contact your state Senator and urge them to oppose SB 115!


Oregon: Another Bill Introduced to Infringe on Right to Self-Defense [NRA-ILA News]

Senate Bill 1026, a bill which would create the crime of endangering a minor by allowing access to a firearm, was introduced last week by state Senator Chuck Riley (D-15), state Representative Barbara Smith Warner (D-45) and state Representative Alissa Keny-Guyer (D-46).  This bill would essentially take away one's inherent right to self-defense by requiring individuals to lock-up their firearms, or render them inoperable.  Failure to do so would be punishable by up to five years imprisonment, a fine of up to $125,000, or both.


Maryland: Pro-Carry Legislation Pending Final Vote on House Floor [NRA-ILA News]

Today, the Maryland House of Delegates passed House Bill 1036 on second reading.


BREAKING: ATF Decides Dead Air Wipes Are Silencer Parts [The Firearm Blog]

In a decision that could have broad implications throughout the silencer industry as well as with shooters/consumers, the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms (BATFE or ATF) has notified silencer manufacturer Dead Air Armament that the wipes used in their Ghost M silencer is a silencer part. News came to me from fellow blogger Nathan at […]

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West Virginia: Self-Defense Legislation to be Heard by Senate Committee [NRA-ILA News]

Tomorrow, Senate Bill 388 will be heard by the Senate Judiciary Committee.


Maine: Several Bills Scheduled for Work Session this Week [NRA-ILA News]

On Friday, March 24, the Committee on Criminal Justice and Public Safety will be holding a work session to consider several pro- and anti-gun bills.  Please contact members of the Committee on Criminal Justice and Public Safety and urge them to support the following pro-gun bills and oppose the following anti-gun bills.


Colorado: House Committee to Consider Legislation to Repeal Magazine Ban [NRA-ILA News]

On Wednesday, March 22, the House State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Committee has scheduled a hearing on Senate Bill 7.


New: Aluminum Chassis for Swiss K31 Rifles by Sureshot Armament Group [The Firearm Blog]

Czech company Sureshot Armament Group has introduced a new chassis for Swiss K31 rifles. It is a one piece construction, CNC machined from a solid 7075 aluminum block. The chassis allows free floating the K31 action. It is also extremely lightweight weighing little over 2 lbs 12 oz (1268 grams). Interestingly, it is even lighter than […]

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Maxpedition Condor II Backpack Review [AllOutdoor.com]

The Maxpedition Condor II is one of my favorite go-to and overnight warm weather packs. Over the decades I have accumulated a wide assortment of backpacks. Depending on how long I will be gone determines the pack I use.

Regardless if it is just a couple of hours, or all day, there are certain features of the Condor II that I like.  Even though I have a wide assortment to choose from, the Condor II is one of my first picks

Condor II Specifications

(From the Maxpedition Condor II product page)

  • Overall size: 14.5″(L) x 9.5″(W) x 16″(H)
  • Main compartment: 14″(L) x 6.5″(W) x 15.5″(H)
  • Volume: 1400 cu.in. / 23L
  • Hydration compartment
  • PALS webbing
  • 1000-Denier water and abrasion resistant light-weight ballistic nylon fabric
  • YKK zippers
  • Triple polyurethane coated for water resistance


When I take the Maxpedition Condor on a hiking trip, I usually strap two military surplus canteens on the outside. Even though there is a place for a water bladder, I prefer canteens. While on the trail I usually refill my canteens from streams. The canteens are much easier to refill than the bladder. I also use water from my canteens to fix Mountain house freeze dried meals.

Canteen pouches fit perfectly and are flush with the bottom of the pack.

The small external pouch is perfect size for toilet paper and mosquito repellent.

The large external pouch is just right for TOPO maps, compass, GPS and a couple of extra goodies.

Main compartment is where I keep everything else – stove, meals, hammock, water filter, rain poncho… etc.

The Condor II has loops to strap gear to the bottom of the pack.

Maxpedition Condor II review


Waist belt is pretty much useless, it is just a piece of 1 1/2 webbing.  The pack is rather short and when in a good high position on my shoulders, the waist belt is on my stomach rather than on my hips.  I am 5 feet 9 inches tall.

The Condor II has permanently attached straps on the bottom of the pack.  However, the straps are too short to attach anything of size, such as a bedroll.  It would have been much better to have just the loops and then let consumers add their own straps.

Sternum strap has a very narrow vertical adjustment range.  There is stitching directly above and below on the shoulder straps where the sternum strap is at.  The stitching restricts how much the sternum strap can be adjusted up or down.  I wish there was more room for vertical adjustment.

Shoulder straps are a little narrow at only 2 1/2 inches wide.


Besides the minor dislikes, I enjoy taking the Maxpedition Condor II on excursions.  It is a rugged backpack that is just the right size for my usual gear.

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Bergmann MP18-I SMGs found in Brazil [The Firearm Blog]

When taking a second look at my recent post (http://www.thefirearmblog.com/blog/2016/12/07/brazils-pasams-mauser-schnellfeur-pistols-plus/) on the PASAM modified Mauser Schenellfeur selective-fire pistols used by PMERJ – Polícia Militar do Estado do Rio de Janeiro (Rio de Janeiro State Military Police), I happened to notice something unusual in one of the photos (featured above): in the middle of a mountain […]

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North Dakota: Constitutional/Permitless Carry Bill Passes Committee and Headed to Senate Floor [NRA-ILA News]

Today, the Senate Judiciary Committee recommended do-pass to House Bill 1169 by a 4-2 vote.  HB 1169 could go to the Senate floor as early as tomorrow.  Please contact your state Senator and politely urge them to SUPPORT HB 1169!


POTD: Norinco NR08 (MP5) [The Firearm Blog]

For today’s POTD, I came across this photo of a Chinese Swat member using a Norinco NR08 MP5 clone.     Back in 2010 we posted an article about the NR08. Click here to check it out.  

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Alabama: Pro-Gun Bill Introduced Last Week [NRA-ILA News]

Last week, state Senator Shay Shelnutt (R-17) introduced Senate Bill 330.  SB 330 would allow a Sheriff to issue or renew a pistol permit to or for a person residing in any county in the state.  This bill enables residents to obtain permits in neighboring counties, where fees may be significantly less expensive.


Important Self-Defense Bills Progressing through Arkansas State Legislature [NRA-ILA News]

Last week, the Arkansas Senate passed Senate Bill 37, a bill which would prohibit employers from banning lawfully possessed handguns in the vehicles of employees with valid Concealed Handgun Carry Licenses (CHCL).  Introduced by state Senator Alan Clark (R-13), SB 37 passed with a 24-7 vote.  This bill is now in the House Judiciary Committee where it awaits consideration.


Wolf A1 Upper aka Civilian Type 91 Explained In Detail [The Firearm Blog]

Burst Review spends time explaining the Wolf A1 Upper in detail. At last Big 3 East Media event, Wolf Ammo unveiled their Wolf A1 upper. Check out the post I wrote last October to refresh yourself.   Having shot the Wolf A1 upper myself it works very well suppressed. There is a hint of gas […]

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Tennessee: Several Gun Bills to be Heard in Senate Committee Tomorrow [NRA-ILA News]

Tomorrow, the Tennessee Senate Judiciary Committee will begin to hear numerous pro-gun and anti-gun bills.


South Dakota: Permitless/Constitutional Carry Legislation Needs Your Help! [NRA-ILA News]

Last week, Governor Dennis Daugaard vetoed House Bill 1072, NRA-ILA backed permitless/constitutional carry legislation.


Vermont: House to Consider Gun Control Bill Tomorrow [NRA-ILA News]

Tomorrow, the Vermont House of Representatives is scheduled to consider and vote on gun control legislation, H.422.


TFBTV: H&K MP7 Submachinegun Mini-Documentary [The Firearm Blog]

In this episode of TFBTV, James and Patrick interview representatives of Battlefield Las Vegas and Heckler and Koch to get some basic information about the mysterious H&K MP7 Submachinegun. Of course, James and Patrick (as well as TFBTV’s camera guys, who had never shot a gun before SHOT 2017) get to cut loose with the […]

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Chicago's Federal Gun Prosecution Tally Trails Other Cities [NRA-ILA News]

A published report says Chicago's U.S. Attorney's office has stepped up gun prosecution cases, but the office lags behind those in other cities plagued by gun violence.


Anti-gun zealots trying to bully Nevada AG Laxalt [NRA-ILA News]

New York billionaire and gun control activist Michael Bloomberg made a 20 million dollar mistake in Nevada and now his supporters are trying to pin the blame on our Attorney General Adam Laxalt. A recent guest columnist in the Reno Gazette-Journal ("Time for Nevada AG Laxalt to enforce gun check law: Rick McCann," Voices, March 7) attempts to bully our state's chief law enforcement officer into prosecuting law-abiding Nevada gun owners who share or transfer a gun without first going through a federal background check. The fact is, Laxalt cannot enforce the law because the federal government will not conduct those new background checks. For months, Laxalt, and many others, told voters the law was poorly written and unenforceable. But Bloomberg and his supporters ignored those warnings and pushed forward with their ill-advised gun control initiative.


Massachusetts: Why does AG need another $3M? To go left, that’s why [NRA-ILA News]

On the eve of the Democratic National Convention, Healey issued a directive making tens of thousands of legal gun owners felons overnight. She overstepped her constitutional authority and infringed on Second Amendment rights by outlawing so-called copycat guns. One lawsuit filed by the National Sports Shooting Foundation and another filed by the Gun Owners Action League and the National Rifle Association. What did she think would happen? These lawsuits are costly. We have to pay for them as well. This is probably another reason why Healey needs more funds.


What to do when faced with violent crime [NRA-ILA News]

To what extent should ordinary citizens become involved in stopping violent crime and terrorism?This question has become more relevant in the age of what the police call the active shooter. For decades, law enforcement agencies, particularly big city police departments, have urged residents not to become involved, give robbers what they want, don’t fight back, call 911. According to John Lott of the Crime Prevention Research Center, people who resist criminals with a gun are more likely to survive unscathed than those who do not resist at all. There are now more than 14 million U.S. residents who have licenses to carry handguns for self-defense.


South Dakota's governor vetoes Right-to-Carry legislation [NRA-ILA News]

One measure would have allowed carrying concealed weapons in the state without a permit. The second proposed allowing carriers of an enhanced permit to carry concealed weapons at the state capitol.


California: Ventura imposes tighter rules for gun shops [NRA-ILA News]

Gun retailers who want to open in Ventura will need to install more physical barriers to protect their stock, under new rules approved last week.


Connecticut Gun Permits Increase 73 Percent in 2016 [NRA-ILA News]

Gun enthusiasts in Connecticut believe concerns over changes to federal and state gun laws fueled a 73 percent increase in the number of pistol permits issued in the state last year.


Idaho: Firearm industry ranked first in jobs per capita [NRA-ILA News]

The firearm industry in Idaho is ranked first in the country for jobs per capita and industry output per capita, according to an analysis from WalletHub, a personal finance website.


Kansas bill would shield public employers from gun liability [NRA-ILA News]

A Kansas House committee advanced a bill Friday that would protect public employers from liability should an employee act use a concealed weapon wrongfully or negligently while out of the building for work.


N.J. lawmakers vote to stop Christie from making it easier to carry a handgun [NRA-ILA News]

New Jersey lawmakers have authorized the Democrats who lead the state Legislature to file a lawsuit to stop new regulations from Gov. Chris Christie's administration that could allow a wider array of people to to legally carry handguns in the state.


Ohio: Demand for concealed carry permits rises [NRA-ILA News]

More than 158,000 concealed carry licenses were issued in Ohio in 2016, the largest number since the licenses were first offered in 2004.


The Skills Gap Of Prepping [AllOutdoor.com]

We all know that “special” someone who can recite various books or manuals.  Whether it is a safety manual, company guideline, survival manual… whatever it may be, they know exactly how things are supposed to be done.

Then comes the real world application and they learn that not everything in life “goes by the book.”

Preppers who have plenty of book knowledge but little real world experience have a skills gap.  Their hands-on experience does not match their book knowledge.

What brought this topic up?

I lost a White Leghorn chick that was two months old.  Rarely does a single two month old chick just up and die.  If a disease is spreading through the flock, chances are a lot more than one chick will die.  I was wondering how the hardiness of the White Leghorn compares to other heritage breeds. So, I decided to post a question to various forums.

When the chicks were moved to the main flock they were put on laying crumbles.  There have been times when I skipped chick grower and went from chick starter to laying crumbles with no ill effects to the chicks.

Right off the bat people were replying that two month old chicks were not supposed to be given laying crumbles, they were supposed to be given chick grower.  This is a typical response from people who have only gone by the book.

In 2016, one of my hens and one of my guineas both hatched out chicks.  The chicks were only given laying crumbles and they thrived just fine.

Then there was the seed stockpiling video.  I received comments saying seeds can not be stored and they have a short lifespan.  To prove those comments wrong I germinated and then planted decade old seeds.

Skills Gap

There are arm chair preppers who can tell you the exact ballistic difference between the 7.62 X 39 and the 223 Remington, yet have never fired either weapon.

In my youtube videos, I refer to those types of preppers as “Basement baby couch commandos.”

When dealing with “by the book couch commandos”, I usually take there advice with a truckload of salt.  Forget a grain of salt, we are going to need a whole truckload.   They may sound like they know what they are talking about, but lack real world experience.

A real world example of this is the skills gap between college graduates and what employers are looking for.  Every year college graduates enter the workforce, only to discover how ill-prepared they were.  With some on the job training, the skills gap closes.

The same applies to preppers.  By the book preppers should get some real world experience and close the skills gap.

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Washington Post Gives Three Pinocchios To Claim That Firearms with a Silencer are Quiet [NRA-ILA News]

Congress is preparing to debate the so-called Hearing Protection Act, which would streamline the purchase of suppressors for firearms. To buy a suppressor, more popularly known as a silencer, one must meet a number of requirements that result in a nine-month approval process (including submitting fingerprints and a photograph) and a $200 tax stamp. (A silencer generally costs hundreds of dollars, and can easily top $1,000.) The legislation would make buying a suppressor as easy as buying a firearm (with an instant background check), and do away with the tax stamp and federal registration.


Stack-On Offers a New Reloading Bench [The Firearm Blog]

stack-on benchIn the firearms community, most people probably know Stack-On as a company that low-cost lock boxes and metal storage cabinets. For many people where dollars are scarce, Stack-On offers a reasonable way to secure your guns without breaking the bank. For 2017, the company is offering a new reloading bench that aims to provide a good […]

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Canadian Experimental Lightweight No4 Enfield at James D Julia [Forgotten Weapons]

In 1943 the need for a lighter and handier version of the Lee Enfield rifle became clear throughout the British Commonwealth, and experimentation began in Canada, Britain, and Australia. The work in Britain would culminate in the No5 Mk1 rifle, but the Canadian arsenal at Long Branch would try some different ideas first. Several different experimental prototypes were made with varying features, but they all shared the idea of substantially lightening the rifle without shortening it very much. This was done by removing metal anywhere possible, most obviously including the elimination of the stock socket and the use of a single piece stock in place of the traditional two piece Enfield stock.

These modifications, also including an aluminum alloy trigger guard, were able to cut 25% of the weight from the rifle, and do so without a significant loss in accuracy. However, I suspect the resulting rifle would have proven far too fragile for combat use had it been adopted. The stock is surprisingly light and thin at the wrist, and it feels like it would not take much force to crack it. In addition, lightening cuts down the length of the hand guard made it quite susceptible to warping with heat and humidity changes.

Ultimately the Long Branch Lee Enfield carbine experiments would be abandoned as the No5 “Jungle Carbine” was adopted instead.


Modern Personal Defense Weapon Calibers 012: The 5.8x21mm Chinese [The Firearm Blog]

It is not only the West that has developed small caliber, high-velocity pistol-compatible personal defense weapon ammunition; in the early 1990s, the People’s Republic of China also developed such a round. Called the 5.8x21mm DAP-92, it fires an 0.229″ caliber dual steel/lead cored bullet at a nominal 1,738 ft/s from the QCW-05 (Type 05) SMG, or […]

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Walther CCP Safety Recall [No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money]

Walther Arms is recalling their CCP pistol due to a potential to discharge when dropped whether or not the manual safety is engaged. They are requesting Walther CCP owners to send in their pistols for the free upgrade. The current turnaround time is approximately 3 weeks. Walther will pay shipping both ways.

More details below:


Re: Important Safety Recall – MARCH 2017 Walther CCP Pistols
Walther Arms has identified a potential condition in Walther CCP pistols that could potentially cause it to discharge if dropped whether the manual safety is engaged (on) or disengaged (off).  The safety of our customers is our paramount concern so we have voluntarily initiated this recall because of the possibility of a drop-fire occurring.
Please do not load or fire your Walther CCP pistol and contact us immediately to arrange to have your pistol upgraded free of charge.

If your pistol has already been upgraded, there will be a dot milled onto the back side of the magazine opening.  

The upgrade will be done at no charge to you.  For free shipping, please enter your information here, and complete the online form, making sure to include the serial number.  After completion of the form a confirmation email will be sent including shipping information.
Please note:  The serial number is located on the right side of the pistol (circled in red below)

Please submit your information here – http://www.waltherarms.com/ccp-information-submission/.

Please check this website and all safety notices on a regular basis for current information about your firearms.  You may also contact us by phone at 1-866-503-3389, by email at ccprecall@WaltherArms.com or by mail at Walther Arms, Inc., 7700 Chad Colley Boulevard, Fort Smith, AR  72916.

The current time to repair your CCP is approximately 3 weeks from the time we receive it.


Concealed Carry Shirts: Gimmick or Worth it? [The Firearm Blog]

With the Taurus Curve review I highlighted a sort of methodology that I consider central to carrying a handgun for self-defense. Namely being that one shouldn’t rely on a single handgun or holster but instead be flexible when it comes to the situation and attire at hand while still trying to provide as much capability […]

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Ukrainian gun traffickers with an acquired taste of firearms [The Firearm Blog]

During the beginning of the year the SBU (The Security Service of Ukraine) managed to discover and stop channel smuggling of some very powerful illegal firearms. The gun traffickers seems to have had an acquired taste in both firearms and optics. For sure, this is not the average gun bust. I have discovered at least […]

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Indian Military’s Improvised Brass-Catchers [The Firearm Blog]

Earlier on TFB we reported on the South Korean Military’s insistence on picking up every single brass cartridge fired while conducting live fire training. Soon after, we received an Indian reader that emailed us with these photographs showing the brass catching practice is alive and well within the Indian Army’s INSAS and Kalashnikov rifles in training. […]

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RECALL NOTICE: Walther CCP Being Recalled Due To Drop Safety Issues [The Firearm Blog]

Walther has issued a recall of the Walther CCP pistols because of what they call a potential condition in the CCP that can cause the firearm to discharge regardless of the manual safety being engaged or disengaged. Walther has issued a voluntary recall as a result and will be upgrading all affected CCPs in order to […]

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Osprey Suomi SMG Book Review [The Firearm Blog]

Osprey Publishing “Weapon” series is an excellent primer for those who want a book on a particular weapon system, but don’t want an overly in-depth version more appropriate for research purposes. The books aren’t intended to make you an expert on any particular weapon but do greatly improve your knowledge of a particular one when […]

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BE Meyers Releases Civilian Legal MAWL-C1+ [The Firearm Blog]

BE Meyers, known for their laser technologies, has announced the release of their civilian legal MAWL device. The MAWL is a purpose-built tactical modern sporting/ assault rifle visible laser and IR laser/illuminator. In military or law enforcement configuration, the MAWL-DA comes equipped with powerful long-range capable infrared lasers and a top of the line IR […]

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Sunday, 19 March


Las Vegas, NV [Civilian Gun Self-Defense Blog]

Three people were shot, one fatally, after what Las Vegas police are calling a robbery-home invasion in the northwest valley late Monday night.
One man was killed and another was wounded after binding a couple with duct tape in their home on the 8000 block of Hesperides Avenue about 10:30 p.m., Metropolitan Police Department Lt. Dan McGrath said....
McGrath said it appeared the homeowner escaped from being bound by the duct tape.

“I’m not sure how he was able to break free, but he was able to retrieve a firearm and shoot the suspect multiple times,” McGrath said.


Attorneys shouldn't discuss our trade secrets [Of Arms and the Law]

Story here.

"Between the dates of the [probation] violations, Czuprynski filed motions seeking to be allowed to consume alcohol, be in bars, and drive during nighttime hours.

"Defendant being forbidden by the court from alcohol possession and consumption, or being in bars, impairs his abilities as a community activist and his livelihood as a lawyer," his motions state."


Shooting the Czech ZH-29 at James D Julia [Forgotten Weapons]

The Czech ZH-29 is one of the first well developed semiauto military rifles – it was light, mechanically simple, reliable, and handled well, unlike many of its ungainly or excessively complicated predecessors. It only found two buyers, though, in China and Ethiopia, despite being tested by many major military powers. The production examples were chambered for the 8mm Mauser cartridge, and several sources claim that it was a quite uncomfortably painful rifle to shoot. I want to know, was that true?

To me, the recoil from the ZH29 was not particularly bad. It was similar to other selfloading 8mm rifles of the same approximate weight – noticeably but certainly not painful. That said, it did kick me in the cheek more than other rifles I have shot.

Unfortunately, the gas settings and ammunition were not cooperating on this occasion, and the rifle was short-stroking consistently. That was not a problem typical to the design, and ought to be fairly easy to resolve on this particular example, although I did not have enough time to address it myself.

Saturday, 18 March


New Mexico Lawmakers Adjourn Sine Die After Rejecting Bloomberg Gun Control Bills [NRA-ILA News]

As the legislative session gaveled to a close today, state lawmakers shut the lid on gun control bills pushed by New York billionaire Michael Bloomberg and his national anti-gun groups


New Mexico Lawmakers Reject Bloomberg Gun Control Bills [NRA-ILA News]

NRA members applaud legislators for standing up to out-of- state efforts targeting their Second Amendment rights


The Ultimate German Sniper Rifle: the H&K PSG-1 at James D Julia [Forgotten Weapons]

Developed in the 1980s, the H&K PSG-1 is one of the most iconic sniper rifles in popular culture, with a reputation for unmatched accuracy. It is, in fact, an excellent rifle, and today we will look at why.

The PSG-1 was introduced in the 1980s and based on the German G3 rifle action. Onto this base, a heavy barrel was added, and stiffening bars welded to the sides of the receiver. A Hensoldt 6x42mm scope was added, with proprietary mounting points welded to the receiver. An adjustable buttstock was added (common today, but much more innovative at the time) allowing the shooter to change the comb height and length of pull. An excellent 3lb crisp trigger replaced the standard heavy and mushy G3 trigger. A forward assist was installed to allow for quiet closing of the bolt, and the extractor and locking rollers were redesigned.

All of these changed made for a very accurate and very expensive rifle, and one which would find its way into popular culture as one of the ultimate sniper rifles ever made. Perhaps surprisingly, it does actually live up to much of this hype, and is legitimately an excellent rifle – although intended more for police use than military.


INTERVIEW with Kori Phillips, Program Officer for LSAT and CTSAS, Part 2: Ammunition Technical Discussion, Cont’d [The Firearm Blog]

Not long after SHOT Show, I got the chance to interview Mrs. Kori Phillips, former program officer for the Army’s Lightweight Small Arms Technologies (LSAT) program, and current program officer for the Cased Telescoped Small Arms Systems (CTSAS) program. We talked at length about both programs, the technology they developed, and the state of lightweight […]

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Friday, 17 March


Jim Schatz – Paratrooper, AMU Instructor, Heckler & Koch Icon – Has Died [The Firearm Blog]

It is with a heavy heart that we at TFB bring news of the death of a true industry great: Jim Schatz has died. Jim’s career in the industry spanned four decades, and he served as a paratrooper (11B) with the 82nd Airborne, a shooter and instructor with the Army Marksmanship Unit, and most famously […]

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The Flashlight Lumen Race [AllOutdoor.com]

While reviewing the Thrunite Archer 2A flashlight, I kept asking myself, “Why is Thrunite trying to squeeze 500 lumens out of two AA batteries?”

With the Thrunite Archer 2A, it steps down from 500 lumens to 75 lumens.  That is a pretty big jump.  What niche does the flashlight try to fill?  Was it trying to be a two AA tactical flashlight, or a camping, hiking, truck or car emergency light?

75 lumens would be great for changing a tire.  What exact purpose does the 500 lumen setting serve?

I shared the video review to reddit.com/r/flashlight, and someone explained exactly why companies are trying to squeeze every last lumen out of their flashlights,

More lumens = more sales, regardless of low long said lumens are sustained.

In other words, flashlight companies are trying to meet consumer demands.   It does not matter how long the flashlight can sustain 500 lumens, it is bragging rights that they have a flashlight that has 500 lumens.

Lumen Race

The lumen race is giving consumers what they want.  However, there is a difference between what consumers need and what they want.

What consumers need is a decently bright flashlight that is reliable and has as much battery life as possible.

What a lot of consumers want however, is the brightest flashlight possible, and battery life be damned.  So, what if the flashlight will eat batteries like candy?

This is the difference in people who use their flashlights in a real world setting and people who buy flashlights as a hobby.

Real World

Let’s take a three day backpacking trip for example.  Carrying a case of spare batteries to fuel a 500 lumen flashlight would be a bad idea.  What would be a good idea however, is to carry a decently bright flashlight that has good battery life.

On my three day camping trips, I bring two flashlights – a handheld light and a headlight.  Both have reasonable brightness of around 150 lumens or less.  They work great for around the campsite.

My AR-15 has a Surefire that is rated for 200 lumens.  Two CR123a batteries provides plenty of power for the light.

Is there a need for 500 lumens?  Sure there is, but not for a few short minutes.  What good is 500 lumens if it will only last for a couple of minutes and then the flashlight steps down to the next setting?



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Are Ear Plugs Better Than a Suppressor? [NRA-ILA News]

On March 13, the gun control group, Americans for Responsible Solutions, posted a Tweet claiming:  “FACT:  Silencers do not protect your hearing.”  An infographic accompanied the tweet with the additional claim “You know what protects your ears better than a silencer? Ear plugs.”


Review: Vortex Spitfire Prism Scope [AllOutdoor.com]

Red dot sights are great, but they’re not all created equal. Until you have peered through a prismatic optical sight, you have not enjoyed the crystal-clear huge field of view that prismatics deliver.

Three Reasons to Own a Prism Optic

1) Your Eyes will Thank You 

The older you get, the more you can appreciate how an adjustable ocular will tune up that old eyesight to produce a crisp in-focus image downrange. Many people benefit from the ocular focus of a standard scope to make the target and reticle nice and sharp, but that feature also extends to unmagnified prismatic optics such as the Vortex Spitfire AR 1X Prism Scope.

The downside it that you cannot use a magnifier with prismatic optics… well you can, but it is a nightmare.

2) The Reticle is Etched

One huge benefit to this design is that the reticle is actually etched (in black) — so even if the illumination is off or the batteries are dead, the shooter still has a black reticle to use. Because of this, the reticle no longer has that splashy red dot effect. Instead, the shooter is greeted with a crisp, well-lit reticle regardless of illumination setting.


The Vortex Spitfire AR 1X Prism Scope has a dot and double circle for fast target acquisition. In the case of the Vortex Spitfire AR 1X Prism Scope, the shooter has the choice of an unilluminated black reticle or red or green illuminated reticle.

3) Enhanced Reticle Beyond a Dot

Since the reticle is etched, it can be anything… in other words, the manufacturer is not stuck with just a dot. Though red dots are all the rage, experienced shooters know that larger reticles mean faster aiming. The circle/donut and dot reticle has become known as one of the faster reticles since the human eye picks up the reticle faster.

Vortex has expanded this popular reticle design with a double-donut reticle and dot design which they have called the DRT (Dual Ring Tactical). I am not sure it’s a lot faster than a single donut, but it does seem faster to me — and it sure is easy to pick up with the eye.

This may be the only time in your life when extra donuts can make you faster!

Extra Features of the Vortex Spitfire Gen 2

The Vortex Spitfire AR 1X Prism Scope is more of a new optic than just an updated old version. Vortex still offers the first-generation 2032 model in 1X and 3X, and as on that model, shooters using the new sight can choose from un-illuminated black, or red or green illuminated reticles with just the push of a button — all with the same awesome double donut dot reticle.


All the windage and elevation knobs feature waterproof caps and the ocular/focus can be adjusted and the optic includes an integrated high quality picatinny AR sight height base.


This scope improves upon previous Vortex Prism models with a little better field of view, a little more eye relief, slightly smaller size, forward mounted controls instead of a rotary switch, ½ MOA adjustments instead of 1 MOA, and it’s powered by a single AAA battery.


There is also an extra 55-grain 5.56 round BDC turret included, which can be swapped with the MOA elevation turret to provide precision long-range shots out to 700 yards.


The Vortex Spitfire AR 1X Prism Scope also has a $349 MSRP which is $50 lower than the previous model. Optics Planet street price is around $250, which is a great deal for this quality of optic. The only potential downside is that the new Vortex Spitfire AR 1X Prism Scope is fixed at a lower ⅓ co-witness height, versus the older model which allowed for a riser to be removed for an absolute co-witness mount.


Final Thoughts

The Vortex Spitfire AR 1X Prism Scope was mounted and tested on both a IWI X95 5.56 rifle and an AR15 pistol. This optic performed quite well. Now that I am [cough] middle-aged, my eyes appreciate being able to tweak the focus just a tad for a crystal-clear image. This feature alone would drive me to replace every red dot I own.

Other features which add up to a more usable red dot include readily-available AAA power, a reticle which does not even need power, the fast DRT reticle design, increased field of view, and the included BDC turret. This package is tough to beat for $250.

From my perspective, prism-based optics are THE way to go with red dots. And if you use the code “MAJOR5,” you can get 5% off your entire OpticsPlanet.com order of anything Optics Planet sells.

Manufacturer Specs

  • Fully Multi-Coated Multiple anti-reflective coatings on all air-to-glass surfaces increase light transmission.
  • Prism-Based Design offers sharp optics and allows for unique reticle designs that are visible with or without illumination.
  • Brightness Settings Provides 12 variable illumination settings—adjusts for use in dim to bright lighting conditions.
  • Single-Piece Chassis Compact and lightweight.
  • Nitrogen Gas Nitrogen gas purging with o-rings-seals gives fogproof, waterproof performance.
  • Waterproof O-ring seals prevent moisture, dust and debris from penetrating for reliable performance in all environments.
  • Shockproof Rugged construction withstands recoil and impact.
  • Hard Anodized Finish Highly durable low-glare matte finish.
  • Operating Temperature Rated from -22 degrees to +122 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Comes mounted at a lower 1/3 co-witness height of 40.4 mm from the optic center to base surface.
  • Provides five levels of brightness intensity with red and green illumination settings.
  • Red/Green Reticle Option Allows shooters a choice of dot color.
  • Battery Life 14-hour auto-shutdown feature maximizes battery life. Typical battery life is 250 hours at maximum brightness and 3,000 hours at minimum brightness setting.
  • Magnification 1 x
  • Objective Lens Diameter 25 mm
  • Eye Relief 3.8 inches
  • Field of View 79 feet/100 yards
  • Adjustment Graduation 1/2 MOA
  • Max Elevation Adjustment 120 MOA
  • Max Windage Adjustment 120 MOA
  • Parallax Setting Parallax Free
  • Length 4.3 inches
  • Weight 11.2 ounces
  • MSRP – $349.99


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Nevada: SB 115 Passes Out of Committee [NRA-ILA News]

Yesterday, March 16, The Senate Judiciary Committee voted 4-3 to pass Senate Bill 115.  The bill is now eligible for a floor vote before the full Senate.  Sponsored by state Senator Moises Denis (D-2), SB 115 would expand the list of places firearms are prohibited from being carried and kept to include public library property.  In addition to banning firearms within the library, this prohibition would be extended to include the parking lot as well.  This would encompass the onsite “book drop” stations commonly used for returning library materials.


European Parliament Passes Stringent New Gun Controls [NRA-ILA News]

On March 14, the European Union completed one of the final steps in imposing stringent new gun controls across the political bloc, when the European Parliament approved legislation to alter the EU Firearms Directive by a vote of 491 to 178. The Firearms Directive was last amended in 2008. Passage comes after a deal to significantly alter the European Commission’s initial proposal was struck last December between the European Parliament and European Council. The legislation is now set to be approved by the European Council.


Nebraska: Important Firearms Preemption Bill Passes Committee [NRA-ILA News]

Today, Legislative Bill 68 advanced to the floor of the legislature from the Government, Military, and Veteran Affairs Committee with a 6-0-2 vote.  Nebraskans are currently at risk for inadvertently violating the law as they travel through the state due to local gun ordinances that are more restrictive than state law.  LB 68, sponsored by state Senator Mike Hilgers (LD 21), is an important bill that would help protect the Second Amendment rights of all Nebraskans by creating a preemption statute to eliminate this confusing patchwork of laws and ensure that firearm and ammunition laws are consistent throughout The Cornhusker State.


Pro-gun Bills Introduced to Reform FOPA, Protect Interstate Transport of Firearms for Lawful Use [NRA-ILA News]

Pro-gun members of Congress have introduced legislation to protect travelers who are transporting firearms interstate for lawful purposes.


How Compensators Help You Shoot Faster [The Firearm Blog]

Shooting fast can be a science, but the basic principles are the same no matter what pistol you are using. In this episode of TFB TV Patrick takes his Glock 19 out to the range with a shot timer to see what effect a compensator from KKM Precision has on how fast he is able […]

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OPINION: My Thoughts on the Leupold D-EVO [The Firearm Blog]

Released to a collective “Huh?”, Leupold’s D-EVO scope is certainly a step somewhere away from the status quo. Various Subject Matter Expert’s will argue that the scope is a solution looking for a problem and others will laud its ability to think out of the box. Regardless of one’s reaction, its hard to argue that […]

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Tennessee: House to Consider Self-Defense Legislation on Monday [NRA-ILA News]

On Monday, March 20, the Tennessee House of Representatives is scheduled to consider and vote on House Bill 752.


Vapen Solutions QVR Weapon Storage And Security [The Firearm Blog]

I have been eyeing a long-gun secure storage solution for a while now and have yet to find anything that meets my needs. I have a safe, but I’d like something in a small form factor that is hardened to a degree, locks, but is quick to open.  Have any ideas? Vapen Solutions has released […]

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Maryland: Multiple Gun-Bills on the Move in the Legislature [NRA-ILA News]

On Monday, March 20, the Maryland Senate is scheduled to consider Senate Bill 946.


Texas: Two Gun Control Bills Will Be Heard in Committees Next Week [NRA-ILA News]

Next week, two gun control measures will be heard in the Texas House and Senate.


POTD: Volquartsen Scorpion [The Firearm Blog]

Firepower United aka Phuc Long posted this photo of a Volquartsen tactical .22LR pistol. Volquartsen is well known for making high end versions of Ruger’s popular 10/22 and MKIII/IV pistols. The Scorpion is one of their pistols base do off of the Ruger MKIII. there are not many .22lr pistols that come with a top […]

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Moncks Corner homeowner's shooting of burglar 'necessary' to protect family [NRA-ILA News]

A Moncks Corner resident defended his family Tuesday by fatally shooting a masked man who broke into his home carrying rope and a pistol with a laser sight, authorities said the next day.


U.S. House Passes NRA-Backed Bill to Protect Second Amendment Rights of America’s Veterans [NRA-ILA News]

On Thursday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 1181, the Veterans 2nd Amendment Protection Act, sponsored by Phil Roe, M.D. (R-TN), Chairman of the House Committee on Veterans Affairs. The bill now moves to the U.S. Senate.


The K4 compact subgun project from Argentina [The Firearm Blog]

The family of very compact submachine guns that came from the creative mind of Gordon B. Ingram starting in the mid-1960s and subsequently series manufactured in the U.S. by the Military Armament Corporation (the .45ACP M10) and the SWD company (the 9x19mm Cobray M11) in the 1970-80 period or so may not have become true […]

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Georgia: Pro-Gun Bills Passed out of Senate Committee [NRA-ILA News]

Yesterday, House Bill 292 , House Bill 280 and House Bill 406 were passed by the Senate Judiciary Committee.


Pro-Gun Hoosiers: Plan to Attend U.S. Sen. Donnelly’s March 19 Town Hall in Muncie [NRA-ILA News]

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California: Several Firearm-Related Bills Scheduled to be Heard Tuesday, March 21 [NRA-ILA News]

On Tuesday, March 21, several firearm- and hunting-related bills are scheduled to be heard in their respective committees.


Improvised sub-machine gun from Brazil [The Firearm Blog]

If you’re into illegal production of firearms you take what you have, and a bolt is a bolt – literally – on this sub-machine gun from Brazil. It looks like it’s been made completely out or recycled materials (at least something positive) and the magazine actually looks fixed. Yes, I noticed the extra long magazine […]

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West Virginia: Range Protection Bill Passes Senate [NRA-ILA News]

Yesterday, the West Virginia Senate passed Senate Bill 575 by a 22-11 vote.


St. Patrick’s Day Sale On Prepping Gear [AllOutdoor.com]

Two of my favorite companies, Emergency Essentials and Palmetto State Armory, are both having a  St. Patrick’s Day sale.

Emergency Essentials is an industry leader in emergency preparedness supplies.  If you want freeze dried food, water storage, or something in between, they are one of the best companies out there.

Palmetto State Armory has made a name for itself by cutting out the middle man and selling straight to the consumer.

Let’s move onto the deals.

Regular price: $629.99, sale price: $399.99 – PSA 16″ Mid-length 5.56 NATO 1:7 Nitride 13.5″ Keymod Classic Freedom Rifle Kit. Except the lower receiver, this is everything you need to build a mid-length AR-15.

Regular price: $669.99, sale price: $399.99 – PSA 16″ Midlength 5.56 NATO 1:7 Nitride MOE Freedom Rifle Kit With Rear MBUS. Includes bolt carrier group and charging handle.

Regular price: $119.99, sale price: $49.99 – PSA AR-15 Lower Safe/Fire. Stripped lower receiver to complete your AR-15 build.

Regular price: $54.99, sale price: $41.95 – Freeze-Dried Fajita Chicken Large Can. Shelf-life up to 25 years.

Regular price: $76.99, sale price: $49.99 – Mountain House® Diced Beef. Fully cooked and freeze dried beef dices. 25 year shelf-life, just add hot water.

Prices and availability subject to change without notice.

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Indiana: Victim Defense Bill Needs Your Help [NRA-ILA News]

With the end of the Indiana 2017 legislative session approaching, the Senate Judiciary Committee must decide whether they will consider House Bill 1071.  It is imperative that HB 1071 be considered before time runs out.  Please contact the members of the Senate Judiciary Committee and respectfully urge them to consider and support HB 1071!


U.S. Army Fort Lee vs. Holding a pistol [The Firearm Blog]

The U.S. Army Fort Lee posted the following quoted text on its Facebook page, and the shares and comments started spreading like wildfire: Maj. Gen. Darrell K. Williams, commanding general, CASCOM and Fort Lee, fires his 9mm semi-automatic pistol during qualifications today at the installation range complex. Williams joined a handful of Soldiers who fulfilled […]

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Poland’s Battle Rifle: the wz.38M at James D Julia [Forgotten Weapons]

Had it not been for the German and Russian invasions in 1939, Poland might have entered the 1940s with a very modern semiauto infantry battle rifle – the wz.38M. Designed by Josef Maroszek (notably also the designer of the wz.35 Ur antitank rifle), the wz.38M is a simple and efficient rifle which includes elements from the BAR as well as several Czech firearms.

It is a gas operated action with a Browning/Petter locking system, in which the bolt tilts up and down, locking against a cut in the top of the receiver. It disassembles into 4 components (plus one pin) in moments – really quite impressive for its time – and even still very good by today’s standards.

In total, just 55 of the rifles were made as an experimental trials batch, delivered to the Polish Army in 1939. Archival records of the weapon end at that point, as the German and Russian occupation ended Polish arms development. Only 5 examples are known to survive today, with two in Poland, one in Germany, and two in the United States.



Results of US Marine Corps Infantry Automatic Trials Released Through FOIA Request [The Firearm Blog]

Today, a variant of the Heckler & Koch HK416 rifle is the standard squad infantry automatic rifle (IAR) of the United States Marine Corps, as the M27. At one time in the mid-2000s, though, companies from Colt to LWRC competed against each other in a competition to see which weapon would be the the Corps’ choice […]

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Brownells Seeks Gunsmith Cover Models [The Firearm Blog]

Brownells, known for their extensive firearms and gunsmith catalog, has announced that they are issuing an “open casting call to gunsmiths for the cover of the next ‘Big Book’ catalog to celebrate the 70th year of its publication.” The “Big Book” is Brownell’s yearly catalog that is often used as a coffee table book by […]

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NEW: Vortex Announces 1-8 Strike Eagle Scope [The Firearm Blog]

Vortex just sent out an email blast teasing a brand-new Vortex Strike Eagle 1-8×24 Rifle Scope that they have added to the wildly popular Strike Eagle line of low-powered, variable optics. Vortex claims a true-1x power on the low-end of the Strike Eagle 1-8 power scope, allowing for increased speed in the acquisition of close […]

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Magnet Fisherman Finds Derringer At The Bottom Of A San Francisco Lake [The Firearm Blog]

While browsing Reddit over my morning coffee I came across a post that caught my attention. Apparently, u/worldofjorts was magnet fishing in a San Francisco lake and retrieved a derringer from the bottom. I didn’t know that magnet fishing was a thing previously and imagine that it would be reasonably dull, but I guess to each […]

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Forgotten Weapons Releases WA2000 Video After Teasing Us [The Firearm Blog]

A few weeks back Ian McCollum of Forgotten Weapons released a teaser photo of him shooting the Walther WA2000 semi-auto sniper rifle. When we posted about it many of you were upset because the WA2000 video wasn’t done quite yet, and if I admit, I was disappointed as well. Thankfully the video was released today and Ian […]

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Fang Stabilizer Review [The Firearm Blog]

The High Speed Shooting Stabilizer Fang is a neat product that we first reported on some months ago. We got our hands on one to test it in person. The device was pioneered by a fellow named James Renteria, a former Marine himself (aren’t we everywhere?), who developed the concept using 3D printers at home […]

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SB Tactical Continues (Gun) World Domination Plan with SPBDW Brace [The Firearm Blog]

SB Tactical, known for giving the ATF a headache and us poor pistol owners a practical “brace”, is at it yet again with their plan to dominate the Modern Sporting Pistol market. This time, SB Tactical has teamed up with Maxim Defense to release an adjustable arm brace modeled on the Maxim Defense CQB Stock.  […]

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UTG Releases 3.9″ Reflex Dot Sights [The Firearm Blog]

Leapers’ UTG brand has announced the release of new low-cost reflex sight. The new sights, dubbed the “3.9′” (UTG does not publish why its named after a length, I can only suppose its 3.9 inches long) feature a fully adjustable green or red dot reticle offered in either just a dot or a circle dot. The optics […]

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Thursday, 16 March


Aguila Lucky Shooter Sweepstakes Valued At $2000! [The Firearm Blog]

Texas Armament & Technology is the sole distributor of Aguila ammunition in North America. The last few months TFB has been fortunate enough to have TxAT/Aguila ammo partner with us supplying ammunition for our writers gun reviews. I’ve been a long time user of Aguila ammo and found it to be quality ammo at a […]

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Trigger Warnings [AllOutdoor.com]

In this fast paced media controlled world we live in now, we constantly have preliminary warnings thrust upon us before we even engage the program. These “trigger warnings” are commonly now being posted prior to a television program, radio news broadcasts, advertisements and many other venues.

These warnings come from the “them” or “they” that nobody ever seems to know the identity of. You may know them. When asked at work why you are doing thus and so, you have often heard the response, “They told us to do this.” But nobody can put a name or a face on these individuals. Thus we are not really sure where trigger warnings come from or why.

The origin of “trigger warnings” apparently comes from a 2015 article by Greg Lukianoff and Jonathan Haidt entitled, “The Coddling of the American Mind.” Nope, I did not see it, read it, or even hear of it. In this piece the authors propose the concept of content flagging so as to warn watchers or readers that some potentially offensive content may be displayed.

This could include causes of trauma, like military conflict, child abuse, incest, and sexual violence. Then we could decide whether or not to watch the program. Ok, I get it, fair warning to lousy programming. I wish we could get trigger warnings on bad restaurant food, crappy products before we buy them, or even national news that is not filtered, biased, or just outright lies. America is getting so dumbed down, that “they” have decided we need preliminary warnings to virtually everything we do. I say we don’t.

So, what is the link to information here for preppers, survivalists, and outdoors people? Mainly, it is to be forewarned of warnings. Take such with a grain of salt and be determined to make up your own minds about how such programming might influence your decision-making, buying routines, or digestion of news information. This is especially the case during this very contentious election year. If such does not pass your personal muster for quality material, then turn it off, or throw it away.

Lukianoff and Haidt’s article summarized this development of trigger warnings as “the resurgence of political correctness.” I never realized that the “PC” orientation had ever waned in this country. Listen well, focused, and with serious intent, then decide what is best for you.

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Current Mood of Gun Sales [AllOutdoor.com]

Assessing the past few gun shows in this area of the Deep South, it seems that sales have slowed, though show crowds are active. Talking to the dealers at shows as large as 500 display tables, the mood is cautious at best. This is an in between season, too early for sales related to hunting which is a few months away yet. The startup of school takes family funds away from recreational expenses for items like guns and ammo.

Dealers continue to comment about the difficulties of acquiring stocks of popular models of guns. The dealer I work with has been unable to purchase any Glock 42 or 43, SCCY pistols, Ruger pistols, some Ruger .22 rifles, any less expensive AR models, small Smith and Wesson guns and many other models. If you don’t have the guns in stock that people want to buy, then sales are obviously lost.

In particular sales of bigger pistols like 1911s have slowed somewhat and sales of .40 caliber handguns are dead. Dealer commentary on the .40 Smith and Wesson is universally negative in terms of gun sales. There are few sales of big caliber revolvers either single or double action. Again, stocks of these types of guns seems to be minimal. I have not seen many new Smith and Wesson large caliber handguns for some time.

Conversely, there is demand for small pocket pistols of all kinds, either revolvers or semi-auto models. We get inquiries at every show for small frame .38 Special pocket revolvers, and some .380 ACP pistols. Mostly these are lady consumers wanting something to carry in a purse or coat pocket. Personal security and fear of an assault are still big issues with this audience.

Ammunition stocks seem to be pretty much available now, but the prices have recently taken a steep climb. Six months ago, a 1000 round box of 5.56/223 was selling for as reasonable a price as $325. This past show I did not see any such ammo under $400 for a thousand rounds with the highest price being $475 for a case of Federal ammo. Hunting ammunition continues to be expensive. A basic box of 20 rounds of 30-30 goes for nearly $20. Specialty ammo like Weatherby can be $100 a box of 20.

America’s economy is still sluggish. The oil industry is down as is manufacturing. Personal discretionary income is flat. People are careful in their spending and supplies vary.

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Muskie Restoration Working On Lake Champlain [AllOutdoor.com]

Ice fishing in northern Lake Champlain have shown Vermont Fish & Wildlife biologists that muskie stocking and restoration in the Missisquoi River have succeeded.

Vermont ice fishermen Ryan Carpentier and Gage Honsinger each caught mid-February muskies at two spots in Missisquoi Bay. Carpentier’s muskie weighed 14-pounds and measured 38 inches. Honsinger’s fish was released and not weighed, but measured 35 inches.

Although muskies have been caught from Champlain, fisheries scientists believe the two February catches show a positive thread from Vermont stocking of muskies which has been on-going for nearly 10 years, and is part of a long-term muskie restoration effort.

“Based on known age-at-length data, we estimate these two fish to be between six and eight years old,” said Shawn Good, fisheries biologist with Vermont Fish & Wildlife who has led the muskie restoration program. “Given the age estimate and locations of these two catches in proximity to our muskie stocking sites, there is a strong likelihood that these fish are a product of our initial stocking efforts, which is incredibly encouraging and satisfying to see.”

Muskie fishing on Lake Champlain has a long and rich history, but declined beginning in the 1960s, to the point that by the 1980s following a waste-water mill spill, muskies were even believed to have become non-existent.

But over the last 10 years Vermont has stocked over 50,000 muskie fingerlings into the area, with now encouraging results in the species thriving again.

“Our goal is to return the species to Lake Champlain and reestablish its place in the fish community,” said Good. “Muskie are an apex predator that once played an important role in the lake’s aquatic ecosystem. It’s really exciting to see these catches and gather more evidence that the stocked fish are succeeding.”


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Sea Grant Seeks Angler Input on Great Lakes Salmon [AllOutdoor.com]

Michigan and Wisconsin Sea Grant leaders are working to improve fisheries data collection through a citizen science-based effort known as the Great Lakes Angler Diary program.

A new Great Lakes Angler Diary web tool builds on the success of the Salmon Ambassadors program. While Salmon Ambassadors used pen and paper to record length, location and fin clip information on chinook salmon, the Great Lakes Angler Diary takes advantage of the fact that many anglers are equipped with mobile devices that can aid in capturing quality data.


The new web tool guides and organizes these efforts. The Great Lakes Angler Diary allows participants to:

Record length, fin clip, and general location for all Great Lakes salmon and trout.

Enter data for cisco, walleye, musky and sturgeon.

Record information on lamprey wounds.

Upload photos to verify species identification, fin clips and wounds.

Upload fish finder photos of “bait balls.”

Anglers interested in participating should email: glanglerdiary@gmail.com to register and receive a volunteer number needed to log into the site. Visit www.glanglerdiary.org to log in after you register.

Registered users will be contacted at the end of the fishing season and asked to answer a short survey. Results will be shared with Wisconsin DNR and other management agencies to provide information on the status of the fishery.

For Wisconsin, the Sea Grant contact is Titus S. Seilheimer, fisheries specialist, 920-683-4697, tseilheimer@aqua.wisc.edu. For Michigan, the Sea Grant contact is Dan O’Keefe, southwest district extension educator, 616-994-4580, okeefed@msu.edu.

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Florida Proposal Would Pay Hunters To Kill Pythons [AllOutdoor.com]

Hired guns to take out alien pythons?

Yep, that’s a proposed plan for the South Florida Water Management District in an effort to rid the state of the massive serpents that have infested remote swamps and islands, and are increasingly showing up in homeowners backyards and vacant lots.

The proposal will pay hunters an hourly wage, plus a bonus for every python they collect. The plan is endorsed by the native Miccosukee Indian Tribe, that still retains hunting rights on much South Florida land where paid hunting for snakes is proposed.

“The only way we are going to solve this problem is with public help.” said Truman Duncan, the tribe’s water resources director. “Of course there will need to be strict controls on access. But I think it’s a great idea.

“Our Wildlife Officers only patrol Tribal lands. That leaves the majority of the Everglades with very little protection.”

One paid hunter is Bobby Hill who has taken hundreds of South Florida pythons over the last 10 years, including a 150-pounder measuring 18 feet in length just three years ago.

Florida also has an annual “python challenge” event asking hunters to kill and remove snakes. Plus the state has brought in Irula tribesmen from Indian who use special tracker dogs to catch the elusive, massive serpents.

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Night of the Saint: Springfield Armory’s New Competition Show [The Firearm Blog]

Night of the SaintSpringfield Armory launched a new rifle recently: the Saint. Frankly, I did not expect to be interested in the Saint, as I initially saw it as “just another AR.” However, the more I looked at the rifle, the more I liked it. It seemed to be a well thought out design, and heck – more guns […]

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BREAKING: Remington Laysoff Senior Directors And Management [The Firearm Blog]

DirectorsSeveral sources have confirmed that the corporation has “released” several dozen employees, some of which hold high-ranking positions. Out of respect for the individuals named, TFB will only be releasing their general titles and departments. The news isn’t exactly a surprise – following last week’s report of 120 layoffs at a New York manufacturing plant, everyone had […]

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House Passes Veterans 2nd Amendment Protection Act [NRA-ILA News]

The National Rifle Association Institute for Legislative Action (NRA-ILA) applauds the House of Representatives today for passing The Veterans 2nd Amendment Protection Act (H.R. 1181), a bill that protects the due process rights of veterans, in a 240-175 vote.


Deal Alert: Magazines And More Magazines [AllOutdoor.com]

2017 has turned into a buyers market.  If you have been on the fence about stocking up on magazines, get them while the getting is good.

Gun companies such as Remington are having to lay off workers due to a drop in demand.  Chances great deals will keep coming, but sooner or later the market will have to adjust.  I have not seen prices this good in a very long time.

In this deal alert we have two different companies that have some great prices on magazines.

Regular price: $209.49, sale price: $123.50 – Palmetto State Armory has bundled an AR-15 bolt carrier group and 10 gen 2 Pmags.

Regular price: 96.49, sale price: $59.99 – Another Palmetto State Armory bundle, Blackhawk! Sport 36″ Tactical Rifle Case & Five Magpul PMAG 30 5.56×45 Magazines.

Regular price: $10.99, sale price: $7.99 – Primary Arms has Troy Battlemag 30rd, Single Olive Drab on sale.

Regular price: $10.99, sale price: $7.99 – Troy Battlemag 30rd, Single – Flat Dark Earth.

Regular price:  $10.99, sale price: $7.99 – Troy Battlemag 30rd, Single Black.

Prices are subject to change without notice.

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Springfield Armory TRP Operator 1911 Review and Water Submersion [The Firearm Blog]

Is Grey The New Black? James takes the Springfield Armory TRP Operator 1911 into the Louisiana swamps to find out if Springfield Armory’s latest 1911 is worth the premium price point (Spoiler: It is). Review includes a ritual submersion in the filthy swamp mud, enough to make any 1911 affeciarto cry … but does it […]

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Utah: Self-Defense Legislation Awaits Governor’s Signature [NRA-ILA News]

House Bill 198 has officially arrived on the desk of Governor Gary Herbert and awaits his signature.


‘Real Deal’ B&T APC9SD In The Wild [The Firearm Blog]

If you’ve been reading my posts for any length of time (bless you) you may get the idea that I am becoming a bit of an B&T fanboy. Well, you’re not far off. There is something about the smooth cuts, parallel lines and precision machining that make me long for every gun B&T will import […]

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Steiner M-Series Laser Range Finder: 6 000 meters [The Firearm Blog]

At EnforceTac and IWA in Germany, we had a look at the new Steiner 6000 meter laser with Bluetooth. We know you’re going to ask, so expect around 7000 USD/EUR for the LRF, but this is to be confirmed. It comes with 8x magnifications and weighs about 1 300 gram (46 oz). The M830r LRF […]

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Vermont: Gun Control Bill Advances on Party Line Vote [NRA-ILA News]

A dangerous gun control bill disguised as domestic violence prevention advanced out of the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday.


Alabama: Companion Constitutional/Permitless Carry Bill Introduced [NRA-ILA News]

This week, House Bill 414, sponsored by state Representative Isaac Whorton (R-38), was introduced as the companion bill to Senate Bill 24, the constitutional/permitless carry bill.  Both HB 414 and SB 24 would eliminate the requirement to obtain a permit in order to lawfully carry.  These bills recognize a law-abiding adult’s unconditional Right to Keep and Bear Arms for self-defense in the manner he or she chooses.  Self-defense situations are difficult, if not impossible, to anticipate.  Accordingly, a law-abiding adult’s right to defend himself or herself in such situations should not be conditioned by government-mandated time delays and taxes.


Iowa: House File 517 Passes Committee and Headed to Senate Floor [NRA-ILA News]

On March 16, the Senate Judiciary Committee passed House File 517, the omnibus bill which would make many pro-gun reforms for Iowa gun owners, with a 10-2 vote and one committee member voting “present.”  HF 517 is now pending consideration by the full Senate.  Your NRA-ILA will keep you updated as this bill is scheduled for a floor vote.


POTD: Machine Guns In The Sky [The Firearm Blog]

You may have seen the post about Mark Serbu shooting a full auto MP5 out of a Cessna. While that is neat, here are the big boys. My friend Alexander V. took these pics at the Lyon Air Museum. According to the Lyon Air Museum website, the B-17 “Flying Fortress” typically had a compliment of […]

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Avoid Militant Prepper Stereotypes [AllOutdoor.com]

If preppers are to be taken seriously, they must avoid the militant stereotype. We need to stop talking about guns and start talking about real world prepping like what our grandparents and great grandparents used to do.

Every year, my grandmother planted a garden, and every year she would can jars of peas, beans and potatoes.  She had a large fig tree, pear trees, chickens, guineas and turkeys.  That is the kind of prepping we need to talk about.

Too many preppers focus on stockpiling guns and ammunition.  That is the kind of prepping we should keep to ourselves.

Shift In Prepping Theory

The 1980s and 1990s were a turning point in prepping.

In the 1980s we saw the collapse of the Soviet Union.  With the threat of nuclear war with the Soviet Union gone, survivalist had no clear enemy.  We had nobody to point at and say, “They are the ones we need to fear.”

In the 1990s we had:

  • Ruby Ridge – 1992
  • North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) – 1993
  • Waco siege – 1993
  • Federal Assault Weapons Ban – 1994
  • GATT and the World Trade Organization – 1995
  • United Nations Small Arms Trade Treaty
  • Oklahoma City bombing – 1995

Militant conspiracy theorist played NAFTA and GATT as a way to destabilize the middle class by moving factories overseas.  Then we had Ruby Ridge and Waco.  Both of which were played by the survivalist community as a trial run to see how the public would react.

Events like Ruby Ridge, Waco and the theory that Timothy McVeigh was a pawn of the CIA fueled speculation that the Federal Government was turning against its own citizens to promote a globalist agenda.

The small arms trade treaty proposed by the United Nations in the 1990s fueled speculation that the United Nations would be used to disarm the United States.

None of the conspiracy theories came true, except for the middle class being devastated by free trade, that was very true.  What the theories did, however, is turn preppers to the militant side of prepping.


In the 1990s there was a shift in the prepping community from being self-sufficient, to tacticool and preparing for an armed conflict.  Instead of knowing our neighbors and working with them, we arm ourselves and see everyone as the enemy.

This militant mindset has a negative effect on people interested in prepping.

When someone asks about prepping, the first piece of advice should not be, “Buy a stockpile of AR-15s, AK-47s and a thousand rounds of ammunition for each firearm.”

If survivalist want to be viewed as anything besides militant fruitcakes, they need to stop talking about how many guns they have.


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Wyoming: Self-Defense Legislation Vetoed Prior to Deadline [NRA-ILA News]

On Tuesday, Governor Matt Mead vetoed NRA-backed House Bill 137 that was passed with overwhelming support from the Wyoming Legislature.


Illinois: Committee Passes Lead Ammunition Ban [NRA-ILA News]

On March 16, the Senate Environment and Conservation Committee passed Senate Bill 1985 by a 5-3 vote.


West Virginia: Pro-Gun and Pro-Hunting Legislation Needs Your Help [NRA-ILA News]

Multiple pro-gun and pro-hunting bills are awaiting consideration in the West Virginia Legislature and need your help to get moving.


New Revic PMR428 scope with fully integrated ballistic solver and HUD [The Firearm Blog]

In the “Made in Bavaria” Unique Alpina booth at IWA 2017, the TFB team discovered some irresistible sniper rifles and optics. It’s hard to find any information about the Revic PMR428 on the Internet, but the solution looks very interesting. From our visit we could collect the following facts: The Revic PMR428 features: Heads-up display […]

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Maxpedition’s New Tiburon [The Firearm Blog]

Maxpedition tanFair warning: I’m a fan of Maxpedition bags and packs and have been for nearly a decade. Almost 10 years ago, I bought my first bag, the Monsoon, from the company. At the time, I wasn’t sure if the cost of the bag was worth it. Since then, I’ve learned that for the quality of the […]

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Homeowner shoots home invasion suspect, 2nd suspect arrested [NRA-ILA News]

Police say a fatal shooting Tuesday night at a Moncks Corner home was justified because the homeowner was protecting his family from a home invasion. Police Chief Rick Ollic told reporters Wednesday afternoon their investigation revealed a man the Berkeley County Coroner identified as Elijah A. White, Jr., 30, forced his way into a home on Post Oak Court off Highway 52. White was armed with a handgun and wearing a mask and gloves, he said. "We also retrieved from him rope, which I believe he was going to tie up the victims if he got into the residence, so there was no doubt he was there to do some serious harm to this family," Ollic said. The homeowner fired his gun when White burst into the home, fatally striking him, Ollic said. Police also arrested a woman they say went to the door posing as a representative of a homeowner's association and was wearing a fake badge that read, "HOA."


Two shot in Athens-area home invasion [NRA-ILA News]

Two men were shot and killed Sunday near Athens after they invaded a home and attempted to rob two residents, according to Henderson County Sheriff's Office reports.


Thrunite Archer 2A Flashlight Review [AllOutdoor.com]

The Thrunite Archer 2A is the big brother to the Archer 1A.  As the name implies, the 2A uses two AA batteries while the 1A uses a single AA battery.

First impressions were very good.  The flashlight was packaged in the typical Thrunite cardboard box and came with an extra o-ring, spare on/off cap, belt clip and lanyard.

There was no carry pouch included with my test sample.


Lumens and estimated run time

  • High: 500 lumens / 96 minutes
  • Medium: 75 lumens / 11 hours
  • Low: 17 lumens / 4 days
  • Firefly: 0.2 lumens / 28 days
  • Strobe: 500 lumens / 140 minutes

Weight with two AA batteries: 3.5 ounces

Length: 6 1/16 inches

Body diameter: 11/16 inch

Thrunite Archer 2A Torture Test

Hammer – The Archer 2A was taped to a framing hammer and used to drive two 12 penny nails through a pressure treated 2 x 4.  The outside of the light suffered some damage, but functioned as it was supposed to.

Drop – The flashlight was then dropped several times from a height of around 4 feet onto a railroad crosstie.

Water – To simulate a real world situation, the Archer 2A was tied to a piece of cord around 15 feet long, and then tossed into a creek.  The other end of the cord was tied to a small tree.

Two hours later the flashlight was retrieved and there was no water inside the light.

Road – The Archer 2A was placed on a dirt road and ran over several times with a Massey Ferguson 231 tractor.  There was a nice imprint in the dirt from the flashlight, a few scuff marks, but no serious damage.

Dropped from truck test – Several years ago my children and I were at the deer camp.  My youngest son set his flashlight on the bumper of the truck and forgot it was there.

I told the kids to get in the truck, we were going to a country store to get a coke and maybe a bag of chips.  After we got back to the deer camp, I asked my son where his flashlight was at.  He said something like “Oh no, it was on the bumper of the truck.”

We slowly drove back to the store looking for the flashlight.  My son spotted it, got out of the truck, picked up the flashlight, only to discover it no longer worked.

To simulate that type of situation, the flashlight was dropped from the truck while driving down a country road.

The Thrunite Archer 2A worked perfectly.


I do not understand why the Archer 2A would go from 500 lumens to the next setting of 75 lumens.  That seems like a large jump.  Also, 500 lumens seems like a lot of draw from two AA batteries.

For what this flashlight is supposed to do, it would appear that 200 or even 150 lumens would be plenty.  In my opinion, 500 lumens is tactical flashlight territory.  The small size of the Archer would make it excellent for camping, backpacking and hiking.  With over 30 years of outdoor experience, 100 – 150 lumens is plenty for camping.

The beam is not adjustable.  However, it provides a nice center area without too much of a flood.

Final Thoughts

Here is what I would like to see different about this flashlight:

  • Larger lanyard holes:  The holes for the lanyard are rather small.  The provided lanyard works fine, but I like to use trotline string.  Even small string was difficult to get through the holes.
  • 150 lumens: For a truck, backpack, hiking, camping, boat.. etc flashlight, 150 lumens would be plenty.  If you want something brighter, go with the Thrunite TN12.

The Archer 1A brightest setting is 200 lumens for 115 minutes, which is great.  Instead of going for 500 lumens with the 2A, why not go for 200 lumens for 230 minutes?

The overall quality is great, I am just trying to figure out what niche this flashlight is trying to fill.



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Suspect arrested after NW Vegas home invasion [NRA-ILA News]

A suspect was killed and another was injured and arrested after a home invasion in northwest Las Vegas, according to Las Vegas Metro police. Investigators said they believe a third suspect could be on the run.


Honor Defense’s “All-American & All You Need” Promo [AllOutdoor.com]

Honor Defense is a name that’s becoming more and more popular among shooters. Known as a veteran-centric company, they make every pistol in the USA.

They say they make “the finest concealed carry 9mm pistol,” and I like their poppers (though a tad large for my taste). And if you buy any new Honor Defense pistol by July 4, 2017, you will get some extra bonus goodies:

  • Free 25 rounds of Sinterfire frangible ammunition
  • Free 8 Round Honor Guard Extended Magazine
  • $50 off a Viridian green laser with holster
  • 50 percent off coupon in Honor Defense webstore (grips, magazines, conversion kits, etc…)

The purpose of the promo, they say, is to raise awareness of the company and what it stands for:

They want to make sure all consumers know that all Honor Defense pistols are made and assembled by veterans in Gainesville, Georgia, USA.

They offer the following info to help you out:

It’s easy to get your free items! Simply email or fax the form and a copy (photos accepted) of your receipt to : Fax number:678-943- 8034 or email: info@honordefense.com

For more information about the All-American & All You Need promotion, contact Honor Defense at 678-943-8035.

What’s not to like?

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HK433 safety selector graphics. And a new lower. [The Firearm Blog]

Having examined the pictures of the HK433 from EnforceTac 2017 versus the catalogue I ran into a funny discovery. The 45 degree safety seems inspired from sports shooting, which is not a first. We see more and more influences from practical shooting get into military applications and products, and it’s only positive if civilian sports […]

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British L129A1 Sharpshooter Rifle [Forgotten Weapons]

Armament Research Services (ARES) is a specialist technical intelligence consultancy, offering expertise and analysis to a range of government and non-government entities in the arms and munitions field. For detailed photos of the guns in this video, don’t miss the ARES companion blog post.

With the British military’s return to Afghanistan in the Global War on Terror, it was found that the very long engagement ranges made it necessary to have a 7.62mm designated marksman’s rifle, in addition to the 5.56mm scoped rifles in service. This was not unique to the British military; the US came to the same conclusion and addressed it by reissuing M14 rifles in new stock systems. The British, however, put out a tender for a new 7.62mm rifle in 2009 (the FAL being not sufficiently accurate to meet this need).

The final contenders for the role were the H&K 417 and the Lewis Machine & Tool LM7 rifle – basically a Stoner SR25 or AR-10 using the original Stoner quasi-direct-impingement action. LMT was chosen as the winner and formally adopted as the L129A1 in October of 2009, with rifles entering field service by May of 2010.

The L129A1 has proven effective and popular enough that the British military is currently looking to expend its role to that of sniper support weapon. This would involve a change in anticipated targets to enemies wearing body armor, which the current 7.62mm projectiles are not particularly good at defeating. A new projectile is in development with a steel penetrator tip (in principle similar to the 5.56mm SS109 projectile) to allow the L129A1 to fill this new role as well.


New from SAKO: 85 Black Wolf, 85 Exige “Take-Down” and 85 Carbonlight [The Firearm Blog]

Sako introduced two new rifles at the IWA Outdoor Classics press event held in Nuremberg, Germany. The Sako 85 Black Wolf (ergonomic) och the Sako 85 Exige (take-down). With the 85 Black Wolf Sako jumps on the growing trend with adjustable ergonomic cheek risers with their new model “85 Black Wolf”. This is in line […]

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New Non-Scopes from Leupold [The Firearm Blog]

Leupold bipodLeupold & Stevens is well known for its optics with rifle scopes being one of its dominant product categories. However, the company makes more than just glass. In fact, the company has a robust line of accessories that supports the products it is well known for. Here is a look at a few of the things […]

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Shooting a Full Auto MP5 From A Cessna [The Firearm Blog]

Mark Serbu, his daughter and Vlogger Dan go up in what looks like a Cessna, fly out somewhere over the ocean and shoot a full auto MP5 out of the plane. I am not that well versed with FAA laws but generally you cannot discharge a firearm from an airplane. However if Mark flew the […]

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Gunfighters INC New and Improved Gen2 Kenai Chest Holsters [The Firearm Blog]

Remember the Kenai Chest Holster we posted about last year? Well the folks over at Gunfighters INC showed off their Gen2 Kenai Chest Holster over on their Facebook page recently. What’s new with the Gen2 chest Kenai Chest Holsters? They will now be made in house on their own CNC molds which they claim will improve […]

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Bringing Virtual Reality Into Firearms Training [The Firearm Blog]

Let’s take “gaming” to a whole new level, shall we. Loke Uei Tan, a self proclaimed geek and USPSA shooter, spent a few months developing a virtual reality shooting simulator for the Oculus Rift. Dubbed the ‘Practisim VR’ the software’s goal is to provide competitive shooters with the ability to stay sharp in the off […]

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Wednesday, 15 March


2016 Year in Review, Part II [AllOutdoor.com]

The first part of this article covered a lot of the good stuff in the Gear World.  This part covers some good and bad.

Benchmade Stagnation

Benchmade has been making the same knife with a variation of blade shape and handle material for about eight years now. Their addiction to the less-than-ideal Axis lock is crippling the company design-wise. Want proof? They are the only major brand (other than Cold Steel) without a titanium framelock flipper. Only the North Fork piqued my interests in terms of new designs.

Benchmade has always played it safe, but at some point playing it safe becomes stuck in a rut and they are there right now. The new Griptillians were great, but when the best knife you made in 2016 is a very slight update to the best knife you made in 1996 there is a problem.


It doesn’t help that there was yet another product line reshuffling as Benchmade announced they were ending the H&K line. Another year, another rebranding. Only marketing folks benefit from this. A confused brand vision, an addiction to a lock that almost always has blade play, and a boring product line are bad news for the Butterfly. Hopefully 2017 will be better…it needs to be, the competition next year looks awfully stiff.

Custom Tactical Knife Collapse

It used to be that a new knife from a “name” maker would come out, people would go crazy, his books would fill up, and the secondary market prices would take off. Not anymore.

Look at the archives on Arizona Custom Knife Works and you will see a sharp drop in the rate of price increases and, in some cases, actual price drops. The forums are chock full of custom tacticals that aren’t selling for their table prices, let alone the exorbitant prices they were going for a year or two ago.

Some makers continue to demand high prices, but the surest sign that this is a bubble is the fact that some new makers, folks like Joe Oester, are demanding $2,000 for a knife with basic materials (CPM154 and G10) and they are getting it because their designs are simply the latest hotness. Even Blade Magazine, noted for their documentation of trends in the knife world from two years ago, published a piece on the decline of the secondary market for custom tactical knives. What’s the opposite of a canary in the mine? Whatever it is called, its clearly Blade Magazine declaring an end to a trend.

Spyderco’s 2017

Spyderco jumped the hype calendar and released its 2017 catalog in November, well ahead of its usual IWA showing and even before the SHOT Show. That is notable. What is more notable is the contents of the catalog. There is something for everyone in the Spyderco 2017 line up–from two Maxamet folders, to a new Paramilitary, even an new budget blade.

Image courtesy of Knives Plus

Image courtesy of Knives Plus

2016 was not a great year for the Spyder, with a bunch of high priced blades that missed the mark. The Nirvana, their first knife to reach the $600 price point at MSRP, was plagued by serious lock stick issues. By the end of the year it was going for massive discounts on the forums and not a single collector seemed happy with the blade.

All sins are forgiven in the knife world when you release a new version of three or four of your best selling blades with new features and new steel. Instabuys clog the catalog–the Maxamet Native 5 (or Manix 2 LW), the Paramilitary 3, the Rhino, the new Tenacious-priced blade, and a hand full of others. Spyderco has a 2017 line up that is poised to take ZT’s crown. It also makes Benchmade look even more stale.

Snecx Is Coming

This Malaysian custom knife maker has caught the knife world by storm. His first knife ever, the ISF-20, sold for $8,100 in an IG auction.

Snecx ISF-20

That is crazy. Even crazier is the fact that given what it was, that price wasn’t outrageous.

The level of detail, design prowess, and fit and finish exceeds anything I have seen, even topping some art knives. Polished interior chamfers, screwless construction, and floating pivots all have a hint of George Daniels, the watchmaking savant.

Like Daniels Snecx’s handcrafted designs have next-level details, doing things that most people assumed were impossible or unfeasible in a folder. Log on to his IG feed and you will see details like no other. He made three folders in 2016 and is readying the release of his Buster for 2017. He even hinted that some of the exotic features are doable on a production scale.

Someone should sign this guy right now and make him an in-house designer or at the very least an exclusive designer. In a single stroke Benchmade could reposition themselves in the market and their machining capabilities might be able to mass produce some of Snecx’s more tame designs. Whoever scores him will have a huge feather in their cap and until then most of us will have to content ourselves with his rambling descriptions in IG. Unless you have $8,000 to drop on a knife.

The Dragon Emerges

Chinese knives used to come in two varieties–rip offs and cheapos. Sometimes you even got a combination of the two like in the infamous San Ren Mu Sebenza clone. But in the past two years Chinese knives have a made a pivot towards true respectability.

For me, the trend is seen in two places–the high end and fixed blades. Reate (and their Steelcraft brand), We Knives, and Kizer have all produced great blades this year. They have also done good work as OEMs, making many of the part for Custom Knife Factory. Flippers with Moku-Ti inlays on a production scale means that Chinese made knives are surprising their American competitors. Only ZT clearly outperforms the high end Chinese stuff.

But that has been happening for a while. What is new, something that began about 18 months ago, is the rebirth of Schrade. They are making truly excellent fixed blades with great prices.


The Becker KaBars have been the best value in outdoor knives for sometime, but Schrade’s recent releases have dethroned the king. The SCH36 and other similar knives may lack the refined handling of the Beckers, but at 1/3 the price they are hard to ignore. Grab one, beat the snot out of it, and you will understand. China is making some great fixed blades to complement their growing mastery of high end production folders. US makers should take notice.

As 2016 comes to a close, 2017 looks to be even better.  If Spyderco is any indication, prepare yourselves, and your wallet, for Wave 3 of the Golden Age of Gear.

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Shotgun Shells and Eagles Pressed Into Anti-Drone Warfare [AllOutdoor.com]

When it comes to security, drones are an ever-increasing problem. This is true whether we’re talking about borders, battlefields, government office, prisons — even private property. There are any number of places where drones just shouldn’t be.

The problem, though, is how to stop them.

The US Air Force is looking at special anti-drone shotgun shells, called “Skynet”, for this purpose, reports The Drive.

Here’s the product description from the company’s site:

The ALS12SKY-Mi5 is a 12 gauge anti-drone round designed to be rapidly deployed against commercially available drones being utilized for illegal purposes; i.e. illegal surveillance and contraband delivery. Upon firing through a 12ga rifled choke barrel, the five tethered segments separate with centrifugal force and create a five (5’) foot wide ‘capture net’ to effectively trap the drone’s propellers causing it to fail.

From the Drive article:

The ALS12SKY-Mi5 is a 12 gauge anti-drone round designed to be rapidly deployed against commercially available drones being utilized for illegal purposes; i.e. illegal surveillance and contraband delivery. Upon firing through a 12ga rifled choke barrel, the five tethered segments separate with centrifugal force and create a five (5’) foot wide ‘capture net’ to effectively trap the drone’s propellers causing it to fail.

The Pentagon only wants the weapons to be able to handle remote-controlled aircraft in what it describes as Categories 1 and 2. The first group covers unmanned airplanes weighing less than 20 pounds and able to fly no more than 1,200 feet high. The second level includes drones between 20 and 55 pounds with the ability to reach altitudes of up to 3,500 feet. Drones in both categories generally wouldn’t be able to fly faster than 300 miles per hour.

Given that the effective range of these shells is only a few hundred yards, while even cheap drones can fly up to a few thousand feet in the air, I’m having trouble seeing how these are really going to cut it. But I guess if the birds get low enough, this would be a good weapon to have in your arsenal.

Meanwhile, over in France, they’re going low-tech and training golden eagles to attack and take down drones:

Under French military supervision, four golden eagle chicks hatched last year atop drones — born into a world of terror and machines they would be bred to destroy.

The eagles — named d’Artagnan, Athos, Porthos and Aramis — grew up with their nemeses. They chased drones through green grass that summer, pecking futilely at composite shells as seen in Sky News footage. They were rewarded with meat, which they ate off the backs of the drones.

When the eagles were ready — this month — d’Artagnan launched screeching from a military control tower across a field, Agence France-Presse reported.

The bird covered 200 meters in 20 seconds, slamming into a drone, then diving with the wreckage into the tall grass.

Between the shotgun shells and the eagles, my money’s on the eagles.

To be honest, I imagine it will turn out to be the case that the only thing that stops a bad guy with a drone is a good guy with a drone. In other words, anti-drone drones are likely to be the most effective countermeasures, and not eagles or boutique shotgun shells.

Finally, I leave you with the greatest drone cartoon of all time. It’s from before the most recent election, but it’s still so awesome:


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Silencers So Easy to Get in the UK that American Tourist Brings Some Home, Goes to Prison [AllOutdoor.com]

As restricted as firearms are in Great Britain, it’s massively easier to get suppressors there than it is over on this side of the pond. A case in point is one Paul Gratton of Tennesse, who will now serve ten years in prison for picking up a few suppressors in the UK and trying to bring them back into the US as souvenirs:

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — A Murfreesboro man is being convicted by a federal jury for smuggling gun silencers into the United States that he purchased while traveling in England. Nashville prosecutors say 50-year-old Paul Gratton purchased six silencers from a firearms dealer in Sheffield.
Gratton shipped some of the firearm parts to the U.S, while he carried the other parts in a checked bag on his flight back to Tennessee. Authorities revealed that none of the silencers had serial numbers.

Yep, you read that right: they don’t even bother to put serial numbers on suppressors over there, because they’re dead-simple devices that any monkey with a drill can make.

The fact that suppressors are easy to make and should be entirely unregulated makes hasn’t stopped the ant-gunners from going all-out to fear-monger over the HPA. For instance, read Senator Kirstin Gilibrand’s recent statement on the HPA and gawk at the hysteria.

I’d wonder what folks like Gilibrand will say when the Hearing Protection Act passes and it has zero impact on crime or gun violence, but I already know the answer, because we’ve seen this movie before with concealed carry.

Concealed Carry laws were supposed to turn states into the Wild West, with shootouts in the streets and so on. Except they haven’t made any real difference in anything.
Campus Carry was supposed to turn our schools into shooting galleries, where free speech is chilled by the possible presence of guns — but it turns out that the only groups reliably suppressing free speech are campus lefties.

So when the HPA passes and it has literally no impact on anything anywhere, except the sales of ear protection go down because Americans can finally do what European shooters do and put simple baffle stacks on the end of their guns, the gun control folks will have moved on to scaremongering about something else.

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ACTION REPORT! Three (3) Good Bills Passed Today 3/15/2017 [NRA-ILA News]

ACTION # 1:  SB-128, the self-defense bill/burden of proof bill was heard by the full Senate on final passage today, Wednesday, March 15, 2017, and PASSED 23-15.  The bill will now be sent to the House.  ACTION # 2 HB-779, the bill to protect concealed weapons and firearms license holders from being charges with a crime for temporary and open exposure of a firearm, was heard in the House Criminal Justice Committee today, Wednesday, March 15, 2017, and PASSED 9-5.   The bill now goes to the House Judiciary Committee.  ACTION # 3:  HB-849 the bill to restore private property rights to churches was heard in the House Criminal Justice Committee today, Wednesday, March 15, 2017, and PASSED 10-2.  The bill now goes to the House Judiciary Committee.ACTION # 3:  HB-849 the bill to restore private property rights to churcheswas heard in the House Criminal Justice Committee today, Wednesday, March 15, 2017, and PASSED 10-2.  The bill now goes to the House Judiciary Committee.


Maine Reminder: Several Bills Scheduled for Committee Hearings this Friday [NRA-ILA News]

On Friday, March 17, the Committee on Criminal Justice and Public Safety will be holding two public hearings on several pro- and anti-gun bills.  Please contact members of the Committee on Criminal Justice and Public Safety and urge them to support the following pro-gun bills and oppose the following anti-gun bills.


Nevada: SB 115 Scheduled for Work Session Tomorrow [NRA-ILA News]

Tomorrow, March 16, the Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a work session to consider Senate Bill 115. Sponsored by state Senator Moises Denis (D-2), SB 115 would expand the list of places firearms are prohibited from being carried and kept to include public library property.  In addition to banning firearms within the library, this prohibition would be extended to include the parking lot as well.  This would encompass the onsite “book drop” stations commonly used for returning library materials.


Watch: Firing a Homemade Muzzleloading 1.5 Gauge Shotgun [AllOutdoor.com]

Facebook user Robert G. Vogel recently posted a video with his “new favorite gun,” a homemade muzzleloading shotgun.

The bore size? 1.5 gauge.

  • Weight: 47.5 pounds
  • Shot charge: 11 ounces
  • Powder charge: 650 grains of black powder

The old-fashioned duck hunting guns he refers to were called “punt guns” and they could really devastate a flock of ducks on the water. That was before commercial duck hunting was outlawed.

The shot pretty much erased the target, and knocked hell out of Mr. Vogel at the same time. He staggers back a couple steps, but keeps smiling just the same.

Better him than me, I think. But if offered the chance, I would shoot it.

Would you?

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New Jersey: Second Stealth Attack Launched by Anti-Gun Legislators [NRA-ILA News]

As reported Monday, the New Jersey Senate voted on SCR 149 without notice and without language being posted for the public to review.  The Senate approved the measure on a largely partisan 21-16 vote.


Arkansas: Enhanced Carry Legislation Headed to Governor! [NRA-ILA News]

Today, the Arkansas House of Representatives voted 71-18 to concur on House Bill 1249.   HB 1249 now goes to Governor Asa Hutchinson (R) for his signature.


Sign Reminds Customers to Keep it in their Pants (or Holster) [AllOutdoor.com]

Now here’s a sign that you might not see at just any store, but it makes some sense.

Although it could be seen as insulting because it opens with “Attention Idiots,” this sign makes a point. Whether you’re in a gun shop or somewhere else, there’s not much reason to even show your carry gun, much less draw it. And if you do draw it, be prepared to face the consequences.

Moral: Don’t be an idiot.

The only place I saw this sign for sale was at Zazzle, a custom-print-on-demand service. Whether the idea is original to that seller or not, I don’t know… but it’s slightly different than the one pictured above… and they’re charging $15.75 for the 18″x24″ size. If you’re interested, check it out here.

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MRE For A Bug Out Bag [AllOutdoor.com]

Are Meals Ready to Eat (MRE) suited for a Bug Out Bag?

The MRE was developed in the 1960s for use in the Vietnam conflict.  Until then, soldiers had used canned rations.  In 1986 the MRE became the standard military ration.

MREs are packaged in a cardboard case with various markings on the outside.  The individual meals are sealed in an airtight heavy polymer pouch.

MRE Calories And Sodium

The sodium content is important for people with certain sodium sensitive conditions, such as high blood pressure and heart disease.

For those who do not have MREs to look at, let’s take a few examples from my personal stockpile.  These are to show various calorie, serving size and sodium content examples.

Chicken, noodles, vegetables in sauce:

  • Serving size: 8 ounces
  • Calories: 260
  • Sodium 230  mg

Chicken and dumplings:

  • Servings size: 8 ounces
  • Calories: 290
  • Sodium 820 mg

Cheese omelets with vegetables:

  • Servings size: 8 ounces
  • Calories: 360
  • Sodium: 1,210 mg

Chili with beans:

  • Serving size: 8 ounces
  • Calories: 290
  • Sodium: 630 mg

Preparing MREs

An MRE heater is included with every meal. Simply open the heater, add an ounce of water, insert the meal pouch, and set the heater on the ground.

The heater will get hot enough to burn flesh, so do not hold it.

In a few minutes the meal is ready to eat.

The MRE being a self-contained meal with a heater is very nice.

Heat Sensitive

MREs are heat sensitive.  If I remember right, something like one day over 100 degrees takes one month off the life expectancy.

Sure as I post that, someone will make a comment how they ate MREs made in the 1960s and they were fine.

On each case of MREs there is a red indicator tag with a circle.  As the colors inside and outside the circle get closer together, it is recommended that the case is opened and a meal is taste tested.

MREs are not suitable for long term exposure to extreme heat, such as in the trunk of a car.


A case of MREs is going to cost around $75.

A single meal is going to cost around $15 – $18.

There are various options, such as just buying the main entree or just buying just the side dishes.


Meals can weigh up to 26 ounces (1 pound 10 ounces).

The pouch can measure 12 inches long, seven inches across.and three inches thick.  That is 252 cubic inches.  In reality, the pouch tapers at each end so the total volume is going to be slightly less.  For the sake of easy math, let’s round that down to 200 cubic inches per MRE.

Three meals would take up around 600 cubic inches in your bug out bag and would weigh around 4 pounds.

Complete meal

Something that I like about the MRE, it is a complete meal.  Rarely am I able to eat the complete MRE in a single sitting.  I usually end up saving the side entree, such as the crackers, for later.

The accessory pouch is a nice addition with the tissue, hot sauce and matches.

Over the decades I have taken the MRE on numerous camping and hiking trips.  Over the past few years I have been eating more of the Mountain House freeze dried pouches, but I still keep a few cases of MREs in stock.

Final Thoughts

Over the past few years I have been gravitating away from MREs, mainly due to their weight and life span.  For long term storage and weight, I feel there are better options out there,

However, if you want to hand someone a meal they can eat and not have to worry about boiling water, nothing beats an MRE.

Several years ago two of my oldest sons and I went one a three day camping trip.  I grabbed a case of MREs, handed it to them and said “there is your food for the next three days.”  Those types of meals are difficult to beat.



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Illinois: Lead Ammunition Ban to Be Heard in Committee Tomorrow [NRA-ILA News]

Tomorrow, the Senate Environment and Conservation Committee will be hearing Senate Bill 1985. SB 1985 would ban the use of traditional lead ammunition while hunting in State parks or protected natural areas.


Hearing Protection Act Faces Opposition, Doesn’t do Enough [AllOutdoor.com]

In a move which exemplifies ignorance in government, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D, NY) has released a statement pledging to fight against proposed legislation which would relax regulations regarding suppressors (a.k.a. silencers).

The Hearing Protection Act of 2017 doesn’t deregulate sound suppressors, which I believe is the sensible thing to do. Instead, it treats suppressors (which are called “silencers” in the bill) as firearms, meaning you’d have to submit to a NICS check, do interstate transfers through FFL holders, etc. The proposed law would merely remove the $200 transfer tax and the need to jump through a few extra governmental hoops in order to own one.

But even at that, Gillibrand has decided to fight it. Why? Because she clearly believes that criminals obey the law.

Let that sink in for a second.

I’m not kidding; in the released statement, the misguided legislator had this to say:

Gillibrand said she would fight against legislation… to eliminate gun silencers from the requirements of the National Firearms Act, making it easier for criminals to obtain these deadly weapons, making it harder and more dangerous for law enforcement to catch criminals.

Well gee Ms. Gillibrand, I don’t know how many silencers you have used, seen, handled, or watched in use, but I can testify that I have never seen one of them that can accurately be described as a deadly weapon.

Furthermore, please consider the definition of “criminal” (someone who disregards the law) and then think about whether such individuals have any respect for current laws.

Conclusion: If criminals want silencers, criminals will get silencers, regardless of the law.

Aside from this foolishness, these so-called silencers do not make firearms silent. All they do is make them less loud.

Last deer season, a friend of mine hunted — legally — with a suppressed rifle. On two occasions, he shot game with that rifle while I was also hunting.

The first time, he fired twice while 645 yards away from me, with woods in between us. That’s more than one-third of a mile. And guess what? I clearly heard his rifle shots.

He later shot a deer while hunting 1072 wooded yards from me. That’s 0.6 miles, folks… and I heard both of his shots. Not as loud as an non-suppressed rifle, of course, but certainly not silent.

(I know these distances because as a surveyor & mapper, I have created a detailed digital map of our hunting property.)

My point is, silencers do not make guns silent. They simply make them less loud.

And how many criminals use suppressors anyhow? Very few. In fact, a thorough research paper concluded that there’s no real way to justify restrictions on acquisition and ownerhsip, and certainly not the extra-stiff legal penalties which automatically accompany any silencer-related criminal charges.

Reducing the noise from gunfire can be said to be a matter of public safety, and I know that my own hearing would certainly benefit from the use of a suppressor — especially if we would actually get smart enough to deregulate them completely, to the point where you or I could make one at home to save our ears from damage and to keep from bothering the neighbors when we shoot.

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Britain’s Growing Practical Shooting Sport [The Firearm Blog]

Our first episode with Callum from English Shooting covered the intricacies of the laws and regulations that govern firearm and shotgun ownership in the United Kingdom. But in this episode, we discuss the growing sport of Practical Shooting. Essentially based on Three Gun, or Two Gun in the United States, the sport is appealing to […]

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No, Really, Run in a Straight Line from an Active Shooter [The Firearm Blog]

Its all too often that those of us even halfway interested in learning self defense tactics are presented with one of the various myths that never seem to die. Perhaps most egregious is the advice that one should run in a zig-zag line when attempting to flee an active shooter. The operating theory is that […]

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Sintercore Teases 15-22 Charging Handle [The Firearm Blog]

Despite thousands upon thousands of units sold, the aftermarket for the 15-22 has languished a hair, likely due to Smith & Wesson keeping much of the mounting and interface proprietary. Its well know the difficulty trying to get standard handguards to interface flush with the receiver, with only various options able to slide back across […]

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Winchester’s “Genuine Yellow Boy” 1866 for 2017 [AllOutdoor.com]

151 years later, Winchester has reintroduced a gun they’re calling the genuine Yellow Boy. It’s a brass-framed version of their current production Model 1866 Short Rifle, and it’s quite a looker.


There’s a reason the Winchester Yellow Boy — so named for the color of the brass frame and accents — is a classic. It’s a great rifle that looks good too.


Here’s the rundown on this new version of a sweet old lever gun:

  • Calibers: 44-40 Win and 38 S&W Special
  • Stock: Grade I American walnut, straight grip
  • Stock finish: Satin
  • Hardware: Crescent brass butt plate, brass forend cap
  • Receiver: Brass with blued steel loading gate
  • Brass finish: Polished brass
  • Barrel: 20″ blued steel
  • Barrel Twist: 44-40 1:26; 38 Spec 1:18.75
  • Magazine: Full-length tube under barrel (capacities not provided)
  • Length: 39″
  • Length of pull: 13″
  • Weight: 7.25 pounds
  • Sights: Steel; folding ladder-style long-range rear sight, Marble Arms gold bead front sight
  • MSRP: 1299.99

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POTD: GlockFish [The Firearm Blog]

Oh Japan, you come up with some of the craziest things. This photo is of a Tokyo Marui Glock hidden inside a fake fish. It would be great if it did nothave the 5.56 belt sticking out of the fish. I suspect that this might be an Electric pistol so it is full auto and […]

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On the big WOAI with Megan Bishop about allowing Permitted Concealed Handguns on College Campuses [John Lott's Website]

Dr. John Lott was on the giant 50,000 Watt WOAI with Megan Bishop in San Antonio about Campus Carry. Audio available here. (Tuesday, March 7, 2017)


AK’s Get Modern Chest Rig Love from Beez Combat Systems [The Firearm Blog]

Showing that they are indeed the Bee’s Knees, Beez Combat Systems has announced and released their latest chest rig for the AK platform. Designed for lightweight performance, the rather plainly named “AK47 Chest Rig GRID” is an advanced take on the chest rig concept, use the latest thin and light materials to great effect. The […]

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Ballistics Testing Through An Actual House with Valor Ridge [The Firearm Blog]

Reid Henrichs, formerly of Tactical Response and known for his down-to-earth style has posted a video doing the testing that we all wish we could do through our own home. Using common calibers and ammunition, Reid and his training cohort from Valor Ridge put rounds through an actual house. Color me absolutely and insanely jealous. […]

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NEWS ALERT: Jim Fuller Announces The Sale Of Rifle Dynamics [The Firearm Blog]

Rifle Dynamics owner Jim Fuller took to Facebook to announce that he was approached by a ‘group of long time friends’ to sell the company and that he has accepted the offer. Fuller has not yet disclosed the buyers nor the sale price and only offers that more information will be available soon. Arguably the […]

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Iowa: Omnibus Pro-Gun Bill Passes Subcommittee and Scheduled for Committee Hearing Tomorrow [NRA-ILA News]

Yesterday, March 14, the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on House File 517, the omnibus bill which would make many pro-gun reforms for Iowa gun owners, passed the bill with a 2-1 vote.  HF 517 has now been scheduled for a hearing in the full Senate Judiciary Committee tomorrow, March 16, at 11:00am.


Why Did Remington Lay Off 122 Workers? [AllOutdoor.com]

In another article here on AllOutdoor.com, we talked about Remington laying off 122 workers.

The lay off was supposedly due to reduced gun sales, but there may be another reason.  That reason is, consumers are leery of Remington quality.


Remington recalls another batch of rifles with faulty trigger.

Reminder: Your Remington Model 700 (or Other) Bolt Action Rifle May be Defective.

Remington 1911 R1 Problem

…the grip safety was not working… the trigger could be pulled without depressing the safety.

Remington 1911 R1 problems

5 failures during the first shooting session:
4 – fails to feeds
1 – the second to the last round locked the slide back, which left the last round sitting there. For some reason the last round was sitting loose on top of the magazine, instead of being in the magazine.

RP9 is Out in the Wild… And Already Having Problems

Then there are the issues with the Remington RP9 reported by the Military Arms Channel on Youtube.

Customers Have Options

In a world where Glock is the standard that all other handguns are judged by, gun companies better have their A game on.  There is no excuse for a handgun to have problems, much less out of the box problems.

Customers have resources and they have options.  A simple Internet search will show if customers are having problems with a certain firearm.  Social media, forums and Youtube provides a platform to express frustration with various products, firearms included.

Why would someone buy a handgun or rifle that has a history of malfunctions and/or safety issues, when there are so many other options on the market?

Remington hit with lawsuit over Walker trigger

Remington Arms Company was slammed with a lawsuit last week over a Model 700 rifle that inexplicably fired, striking its owners in the leg.

From my personal experience with my 1911 R1, I probably will never buy another Remington handgun, ever. Why should I buy a handgun from a company that is having quality control issues when there are so many good options on the market?

Competing against companies like Glock, Ruger, Beretta, CZ, Weatherby and Henry Arms, Remington better up their game or they will be laying off more than 122 employees.

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Spanish Police Seize HUGE Number of Illegal Firearms from Traffickers in Northern Spain [The Firearm Blog]

The Spanish National Police Corps (Cuerpo Nacional de Policía, or CNP) have captured a huge number of weapons during a series of raids conducted in the areas of Biscay, Girona, and Cantabria in Northern Spain. The raids recovered about 10,000 firearms including pistols, rifles, assault rifles, submachine guns, and machine guns, plus about 400 grenades, bombs, and other […]

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Shots fired during home burglary Tuesday night [NRA-ILA News]

Killeen police are investigating after they said a homeowner fired shots during a burglary late Tuesday night. The incident occurred in the 200 block of West Mary Jane Drive around 11:30 p.m. Police responded to a call of a burglary-in-progress and said that the homeowner fired several shots while the burglary was taking place. No further information was available at this time on the burglary. Shortly after the burglary, police reported that a person arrived at Metroplex Hospital suffering from gunshot wounds. Metroplex is located about five miles from where the burglary took place. Police did not say if the two incidents were related at this time. Both incidents are being investigated, and more information will be released as it is made available, police said.


S.C. Rep. Duncan defends gun suppressor bill from New York criticism [NRA-ILA News]

South Carolina GOP Rep. Jeff Duncan defended his proposal to ease restrictions on gun silencers after a New York senator went on a tweet storm to disparage the legislation.


Surprise! Senator Attacking The Second Amendment Knows Nothing About Guns [NRA-ILA News]

Democratic New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand went out of her way Tuesday to prove she knows next to nothing about guns or silencers.


2nd Amendment Rights – Some Setbacks, and a Few Wins [NRA-ILA News]

When the U. S. Supreme Court issued its seminal rulings in Heller (2008) and McDonald (2010), finding that the Second Amendment does in fact guarantee an individual right to keep and bear arms that must be recognized by the states, many Americans felt like the issue of the Second Amendment had finally been settled in America. Unfortunately, as we would quickly see in Chicago, Washington, D.C., and elsewhere -- it was only the latest chapter in what has become an endless battle for the natural right of self-defense.


Arizona: Legislators alter state laws to encourage business owners to welcome customers with guns [NRA-ILA News]

State legislators are altering state laws to encourage business owners to welcome customers with guns by giving them special protections from lawsuits if something goes wrong and someone gets shot.


Gun rights bill advances in Iowa Senate [NRA-ILA News]

Legislation making major changes to Iowa's firearms laws advanced in the Iowa Senate on Tuesday with emotional pleas made on both sides of the gun issue.


Couple holds home invasion suspect at gunpoint [NRA-ILA News]

A husband and wife in Harriman are being credited with catching a home invasion suspect and holding him at gunpoint until authorities could arrive.


Let victims of domestic violence conceal carry in Virginia [NRA-ILA News]

Victims of domestic violence deserve choices when it comes to self-defense. How can relying on a restraining order protect someone against attacks when it’s rendered useless outside of the courtroom? That piece of paper won’t protect a woman from an estranged husband or ex-boyfriend eager to cause harm. It can actually make her vulnerable to attack once again. Given this, law-abiding citizens who’ve been victimized should be given the opportunity for immediate access to concealed handgun permits (CHP) here in Virginia.


The Heckler & Koch HK433 at EnforceTac 2017 [The Firearm Blog]

Just over a month after the breaking news that H&K are releasing the HK433 in 5,56×45 mm we now have more information (and facts rather than rumors and some funny translations). We have also seen the “Four-Three-Three” live. Behind glass and in front of a large crowd, but still. As much as we would have […]

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ZEISS Conquest V6 – The new 6x zoom riflescope from ZEISS [The Firearm Blog]

Zeiss had the World Premiere at IWA 2017 in Germany for their new Conquest V6 riflescope. They presented three new models: 1.1-6×24, 2-12×50, and 2.5-15×56. The Conquest V6 line uses the high-quality FL lenses of the Victory line for the first time, with a light transmission of 92%. The V6 comes with an intelligent motion sensor, […]

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MK Machining Bullpup Remington 700 Chasis [The Firearm Blog]

Right before SHOT show MK Machining announced a bullpup stock chassis for the Remington 700 with posts to various social media outlets including Reddit and Facebook. We have seen a few attempts at a bullpup Remington 700 stock in the past, but there does not appear to be a readily available option to the bullpup […]

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Philippines Gets A New SDMR [The Firearm Blog]

Thanks to Azril B. for sharing this new rifle development in the Philippines. This is what newest firearms development from our neighbour Philippines.    On 28 February 2017, Philippines’s Government Arsenal (GA) , The Philippine government agency under Department of National Defense handing over to Philippines Armed Forces (PAF) their new refurbished M16A1 rifles upgraded to […]

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No Excuses, Go Shoot USPSA [The Firearm Blog]

Kevin Russell is bound to an electric wheel chair. I do not know what his disability is, but it doesn’t matter. This guy can shoot! He appears to be using an M&P9L CORE       Some may think there is an issue here. But that is fear from ignorance. Kevin appears to be a […]

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Idiot Packs Ground Burst Simulators and Grenades In Luggage [The Firearm Blog]

The Transportation Security Administration releases a week in review showing what prohibited items they recovered the week prior. There have been some doozies and they did a pretty decent job of putting together a weirdest finds video for last year, but what I saw when I opened the email this time took me a bit off […]

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Tuesday, 14 March


Review: Safeguard Ghost Body Armor [AllOutdoor.com]

Most of us would like to believe that bad guys will only attempt to do us harm when we are home, well-protected, and well-armed… but as we have seen over and over, “it” can happen anytime and anywhere and you need to be prepared and trained to save yourself and your loved ones.

Part of preparation is realizing that you need to protect yourself against bullets and blades. From a survival perspective, body armor is making more and more sense. In fact, statically 75% of all gun-related deaths could have been prevented with just Level II body armor.



For me, I wanted to know that I had an acceptable concealed armor option, so I ordered the lightweight Ghost in level IIIA.


About SafeGuard Armor

Founded in 1986, SafeGuard Armor is abody armor designer with manufacturing operations in the U.S.A. and Europe.  The company has grown from a small operation selling bulletproof vests to local companies to become one of the largest body armor companies in the world, providing body armor to military, law enforcement and civilians worldwide.

The Legality of Body Armor in USA & Importation

Contrary to common belief, purchasing and owning ballistic and edged-threat body armor is not illegal in most of the United States. Check with local police or attorney general, and if they claim it is illegal ask them to provide the state or local statute that limits/outlaws it. (Referencing a specific statute prevents the officer or paralegal from mis-stating the law.)

In my state there is no legislation limiting the possession or use of body armor, other than the Federal mandate that no felon may own body armor. In the USA, a non-felon in a free state can purchase hard or soft body armor, but only soft armor can be legally imported without working for law enforcement or military. If a US citizen attempts to import hard body armor, he will get into some hot water unless the armor is hard steel there is some flexibility in that interpretation.

Not being a felon, I placed my order with SafeGuard without hesitation. Although Safeguard has operations in the USA, my order was fulfilled via their UK headquarter and was delivered via FedEx to my doorstep.  I purchased the SafeGuard Ghost, a soft body armor vest with 360 degree Level IIIA ballistic protection.

Fit, Finish, Feel, Features, & Functions

Following the fitment chart on the site, I selected the appropriate size for my wife, who was surprised at how thin the Ghost armor was under a jacket, sweater, or secondary long cover shirt. It does make

you look like you put on 10 pounds, but it doesn’t stand out like the thick armor which the cops are wearing around.

The vest was also lightweight compared to others, which adds to the overall comfort of the vest. The Ghost’s CoolMax liner is (hand) washable, which was important because the liner stank upon arrival. A strong chemical order was present until the liner was washed.


Liners will need to get washed from time to time anyhow, and it’s cool to wash the Ghost’s liner by hand. Remove the ballistic plates via the Velcro closures and then hand-wash the liner in a sink with mild detergent such as Woolite. Care should be taken with the Velcro while washing, or it will catch on everything. CoolMax is not the most durable fabric, so don’t be too rough with it. Safeguard does offers replacement liners if you do manage to it out.


The CoolMax liner somewhat negates the need to wearing a T-shirt under the vest, but my wife likes to wear a thin silky T-shirt underneath to improve overallcomfort. The SafeGuard Ghost was specifically designed for covert/concealed use and oit can be had in white or black in sizes S-XL — with long sizes available for tall folks. To reduce weight, Safeguard uses the thinnest materials possible and uses a more conservative cut compared than the full-coverage Stealth armor I have reviewed before.

Though I ordered a “long” size for my 6’-1” wife, the overall cut was still pretty short although it did cover all vitals well.

Thick and heavy is easy to do when it comes to body armor, but thin, comfortable, and light is a tough mix to get right. SafeGuard hit the mix with the Ghost, delivering on all those goals to maximize comfort, protection, and concealability.

SafeGuard has a variety of body armor options available from the light Ghost model to the heavy full groin, shoulder, and arm Military models. The Stealth is ideal for users who want to hide the fact they are wearing body armor.

SafeGuard’s protection ratings conform to NIJ ballistic protection standards. The Stealth is offered in a variety of protection options including ballistic protection II (stopping handgun-fired 9mm 124 grain Remington and 357 158 grain SJSP) or Level IIIa (stopping  up to 44 Magnum rounds).


You can learn more about each threat rating on their site. Stealth armor is also offered in several Stab and Spike protection levels. Both vests I have purchased from them have been rated to Level I stab protection.

Threat Level vs Statistics

Both the Virginia Department of Justice and Pennsylvania Medical Center studies of their respective state homicides found that roughly 80% of all firearm related homicides were from handguns. Of those, more than 98% of handgun deaths could have been prevented by a NIJ Threat Level II protection.

With every extra layer of protection comes more weight and bulk, so I opted for the Level II ballistic protection and Level 1 stab protection, which is designed to protect the user from the majority of ballistic and edged threats. The protection thickness-to-threat curve is non-linear, which means that each additional level of protection requires a smaller increase in protection but a larger increase in vest thickness.

There is always a compromise, but based on the long odds that I may actually find myself being shot at and knowing that Stealth Level II armor can stop 90% of typical threats, I feel well-protected. For my wife, I upped that protection level to IIIA since the Ghost is not as thick overall. I am not sure how Safeguard did it, but the Level IIIA Ghost is actually thinner than my Level II Stealth.

Those that are uber-paranoid may want to opt for an armored personnel carrier, just bump up to the next threat level rating, or pick up a supplemental hard armor plate to tuck into the vest. Safeguard has a rather interested and lightweight 2.5-pound AlphaCore Poly Level III Plate available.

Final Thoughts

For covert, discreet, and concealable armor the Safeguard Ghost is one of the best and thinnest I have seen. Generally my wife and I do not live, work, shop, or play in high-risk areas, but bad things happen everywhere. We are both on a security team which unfortunately does require us to be armed and sometimes compelled to don ballistic armor. There have been situations what I feel safer with an added layer of protection.

Both my wife and I love the ability to slip on the vest when investigating that random bump in the night. In my rural neighborhood we have a 40-minute police response time and the ambulance is not much better… any extra protection I can have while defending myself is a great investment from my perspective, all for less than my insurance deductible.

Manufacturer Specs

  • NIJ Level IIIA Ballistic Protection
  • NIJ Level I Edged Blade Protection
  • Delivered in 1-2 working days
  • Armor worth over $470 when new
  • Weight: Approx. 5.4lbs
  • Made from DuPont Kevlar
  • MSRP $440 Euro (http://www.safeguardclothing.com)

Stay discrete and protected with Ghost™ covert armour. The lightest, thinnest carrier on the market, this vest is the benchmark for concealable armour.

The Ghost™ is breathable thanks to a 100% CoolMax® carrier, and features fully adjustable shoulder and waist straps for a perfect fit. With multi-threat capabilities, this vest can be worn comfortably for long periods and leaves you free to move. No-one will know you’re protected but you , thanks to our Ghost™ armour.

Warranty Info

This product comes with a 5 Year Warranty. All SafeGuard ARMOR™ products are tested in full compliance with the US National Institute of Justice (NIJ) 0101.03/04 standards. If any SafeGuard ARMOR™ products under warranty are deemed to be defective or faulty then SafeGuard ARMOR™ will replace or repair it free of charge. This is done at our own discretion.


  • Do not fully immerse the vest in water.
  • Do not dry in direct sunlight.
  • Store body armor flat at all times.
  • Do not put DuPont™ Kevlar® panel inserts through the wash (can be lightly sponged with warm, soapy water if necessary).
  • Inspect armor for damage or defects prior to every use – NEVER WEAR DAMAGED ARMOR.
  • Always ensure DuPont™ Kevlar® panels are inserted the correct way (instructions on the panels).



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The Forgotten Universal Holster [AllOutdoor.com]

There was once a time when holsters where made to fit a range of handguns.  When I looked for a new holster for a recent handgun purchase, I realized how much times have changed.

My first handgun was a Smith & Wesson model 66 my dad gave me as a high school graduation present.  Along with the handgun I was also given a holster.  It was a basic holster that had a belt loop, thumb strap, and fit a range of popular revolvers.  Somehow in the past 30 years, the holster has been lost.

Because of the sentimental value of the model 66, it rarely leaves the gun safe.  So not having a holster for it is not a big deal.

However, I made a recent Glock 19 handgun purchase and wanted a holster or it.  This Glock is going to be my primary handgun around the farm, replacing the 1911. So I went looking for a plain Jane holster.  I did not want tacticool, no quick draw, preferred nylon over Kydex, and it had to have a thumb strap.  All I wanted was a basic holster.

Work Holster

It seemed like there were hundreds of range and tactical holsters, but very few work holsters.  Where were the holsters that are intended for people working on the land?  These are the people who want to carry a handgun for snakes, coyotes, wild pigs or other pests.

The main reason why I carry a handgun around the farm is for snakes, which are mainly the copperhead and the cotton mouth.

I ended up going with a Bianchi UM84 size II, which is for compact handguns with around a four inch barrel.

Universal Holster

Something else I wanted was for the holster to be “somewhat” universal.  The vast majority of Kydex holsters on the market appear to be made for a certain handgun.

Having the same holster for every handgun makes training much easier.   I have another handgun on layaway, and the Bianchi UM84 should fit it.

Why are the vast majority of the handgun holsters designed for the range or look like they are going into a combat zone?  Running fence is neither.

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Doc Holliday’s Derringer Sold for $84,000 [AllOutdoor.com]

Ever heard of Doc Holliday?

If you haven’t, I’m sad for you; he’s one of the most well-known figures of the American old west. And the town of Glenwood Springs, Colorado is banking on that fact — literally.

The Glenwood Springs Historical Society has reportedly borrowed a whopping $84 thousand bucks and used it to purchase one of Doc’s firearms, a Remington. 41 caliber double-barrel derringer that was presented to him as a gift by Big Nose Kate, his Hungarian-born common-law wife (and prostitute).

The back strap of the gun’s grip frame is engraved, “To Doc from Kate” and it’s believed to have been in the hotel room where Doc Holliday spent his final days and eventually died, in the Hotel Glenwood of Glenwood Springs, Colorado.

(Photo: Post Independent)

(Photo: Post Independent)

The gun was owned by Jason Brierley of Vancouver, British Columbia, who visited the Frontier Historical Museum in Glenwood Springs. Some months later, he offered the gun for sale to the historical society, and the rest is now history.

After satisfying themselves of its authenticity, the society purchased the diminutive popper.

(Photo: Post Independent)

(Photo: Post Independent)

Had it gone to auction, the purchase price would likely have been higher.

It’s one of several Holliday items to have sold in recent years, including a flask, which went for $130,000, and a shotgun believed to have been Holliday’s, which sold for $200,000.

The derringer was accepted as partial payment for Holliday’s funeral in 1887 and it remained with that family until 1968. Since then it was sold once in the 1980s, then to Brierly in July 2016, and finally to its current owners.

The gun is currently in safe storage, but will eventually become part of an exhibit at the Frontier Museum in Glenwood Springs.

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Three New 2017 Handguns From Ruger [AllOutdoor.com]

Ruger recently announced a trio of new handgun models; here’s the rundown.

1) Ruger American Pistol

(Photo: Ruger)

(Photo: Ruger)

The Ruger American will now be available in a compact 45 ACP model with ambi safety. At 7.25 inches long and 4.65 inches high (slide width 1.05″), it will weigh in at 29 ounces with an unloaded magazine. Barrel length is 3.75 inches, and it will come with two “nickel-Teflon® plated steel” mags; one 7-round compact model and one 10-round extended.

Also in the box will be medium and large “replaceable grip modules.”

“Chassis” and slide are made of stainless steel with black nitride finish, with a grip frame of glass-filled nylon. An accessory rail below the barrel and Novak® LoMount Carry three-dot sights complete the package. MSRP will be $579.

The Ruger American Pistol Compact shares all of the features and rugged reliability of the duty size gun in a smaller, lighter, more concealable package.

2) Mark IV 22/45 Tactical

(Photo: Ruger)

(Photo: Ruger)

A 22 LR semi-auto with a grip that feels like a 1911, the 22/45 has long been a fan favorite. It will now be available in a “tactical” version of Ruger’s latest iteration of their rimfire pistol line, the Mark IV.

This one will use a polymer grip frame with 1911-style rubberized replaceable grip panels and a frame of alloy steel. Two 10-round magazines are included, and the frame has picatinny rails on top and bottom.

Some specs:

  • Height: 5.50″
  • Length: 8.50″
  • Width: 1.22″
  • Weight: 33.3 ounces
  • Barrel Length: 4.40″
  • Threaded barrel (1/2″-28)
  • Steel finish: Black Oxide
  • MSRP: $529

3) Mark IV Competition

(Photo: Ruger)

(Photo: Ruger)

The Competition model of the new Mark IV 22 LR offers a satin-finished stainless steel frame and grip frame with blued steel adjustable target sights. The bull barrel is flattened on the sides, and the thumbrest grips are made of a hardwood laminate. Two 10-round mags are included.

Some specs:

  • Height: 5.50″
  • Length: 11.12″
  • Width: 1.75″
  • Weight: 45.8 ounces
  • Barrel Length: 6.88″
  • MSRP: $749

Mark IV Common Features

Both Mark IVs share the following features:

  • One-button takedown
  • Ambidextrous manual safety
  • Redesigned bolt stop for more ergonomic operation
  • Magazines drop free on release for faster reloads
  • Redesigned magazine disconnect prevents discharge when the magazine has been removed
  • Compatible with Mark III sights, scope bases, and holsters.

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Remington Lays Off 122 Workers [AllOutdoor.com]

Remington has reportedly laid off more than ten dozen employees at its factory in Ilion, New York, due to lessening demand for their products. The following is from a company statement:

The small arms industry is facing significant near term challenges related to slowing order velocity and high channel inventories; a dynamic from which Remington is not immune.

After exploring all the options available to us, we are compelled to reduce our work force by releasing 122 team members today at our Ilion, NY site. As we move forward, we will continue to monitor all segments of the business for growth opportunities.

More than one article covering this attribute it to flagging gun sales in general, supposedly because Republican election wins diminished public fear of government-led firearm bans… but at least one article noted that although NICS checks are currently lower than they were one year ago, they’re still higher than they were at this time in 2015.

Personally — and this is simply my own opinion — I believe Remington’s decades of bad policy are finally catching up to the company. For instance… after spending many years denying the well-documented fallacy of the Walker trigger in the Model 700 rifle, they finally replaced it — yet they failed to offer a responsible recall program to correct the millions of dangerous guns they’d previously sold. Oh, and then they had to recall rifles built with the replacement trigger!

Add the waning popularity of new Remington semi-automatic shotguns due to reliability issues, and you may well have “broken the code” in figuring out the source of Remington’s current woes.

At any rate, the cutbacks aren’t too good for the 122 folks who are now looking for employment. I wish them all the best.

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Preppers: Are You Stockpiling Cord [AllOutdoor.com]

Preppers, let’s take a few minutes and talk about stockpiling cord. For the sake of discussion, let’s focus on cord that is 3/16 inches in diameter and less.

Chances are if a prepper is stockpiling cord, it is 550 cord. 550 is good stuff and everyone should have some on hand. However, it is not like you can go somewhere in a small town and buy a spool of it. Also, we do not always need something with a rating of 550 pounds. Sometimes we just need a piece of small Cord to do a little something with.

The vast majority of cord I use around around the farm is trotline string. It is sold in a wide range of breaking strength options and various colors, such as black, green and white. The green trotline string I stockpile has a rating of 330 pounds and is three twisted strands.

Unlike 550 cord, trotline string is a small version of twisted rope. Because of this, you can do just about anything with trotline string that you can do with rope, such as make an eye. Being much smaller than rope it is going to be a little more difficult to work with.

Trotline string is also designed to be in the environment for long periods of time. I have seen trotlines so old, the hooks were rusted off, but the line was still good.

In a crap hit the fan situation, preppers should be able to find trotline string along rivers and where people go crabbing. Crabbing is when people catch crabs off the bank. A lot of times the cord is tied to a log, bait attached and thrown into the water. When the fun is over, a lot of people leave the trotline string behind.

I keep a spool of cord in the storage compartment of my truck. You never know when you may need to tie something down.

Several years ago my two youngest children and I went on a hammock camping trip. To my surprise, the hammocks did not come with any rope to hang them from a tree. We took a spool of trotline string and braided some rope to hang the hammocks. We had a wonderful time and the trip was a great learning experience.

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The CZ P10 C: A Look At The New Glock Killer [The Firearm Blog]

The CZ P10 C is poised to take a large chunk of the market from Glock, Sig, and other prominent striker fired guns. In this episode of TFBTV, Patrick takes a pre-production prototype P10 C that was supposed to be used for factory testing. Somehow this gun made it through without even being fired and […]

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RWS Introduces New 10.3x68mm Magnum Cartridge [The Firearm Blog]

RWS has introduced a new hunting cartridge – 10.3x68mm. It is a magnum cartridge with a belted case and 10.3 caliber projectile. This caliber (10.54mm (.415″) projectile diameter) has some popularity in Europe in the form of 10.3x60R Swiss cartridge. But the latter has some limitations to it. So in order to meet the demands of […]

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You Stepped Up: Bloomberg’s Latest Gun Control Bill HB 548 Tabled in Committee [NRA-ILA News]

On Monday evening, the House Judiciary Committee voted to table New York billionaire Michael Bloomberg and State Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard's HB 548, the latest version of gun control legislation being pushed by out-of-state interests.


Winchester’s New Model 1866 Short Rifle [The Firearm Blog]

Winchester Model 1866Winchester Repeating Arms introduced a new Model 1866 Short Rifle for 2017. This lever action gun is dubbed the “genuine Yellow Boy” by Winchester and is quite pretty in my estimation. The Model 1866 Short Rifle is available in two calibers: .44-40 Win and .38 Special. Other than the caliber markings, the guns look nearly identical. […]

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POTD: The Great Wall Of NFA [The Firearm Blog]

This is my friend’s wall of NFA fun. He is an FFL. This is only 1 of three walls. Mostly everything there is select fire or NFA of some sort. Most have been converted while the KRISS Vector and H&K UMP are bonafide machine guns from factory. I took this photo while filling out paper […]

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Good Samaritan stops robbery at Cumberland Park mall [NRA-ILA News]

One man was arrested after attempting to rob a couple, before being stopped by two good Samaritans in the Village at Cumberland Park's parking lot. According to a press release by the Tyler Police Department, 34-year-old Chad Boening approached a man and woman in the parking lot between FD's Grill House and Bed, Bath and Beyond. Police say he brought out a knife and threatened the woman saying "do you want to see her die."


Real-World Gunfight Proves Fast Is Fine, But Accuracy Is Final [NRA-ILA News]

A man in his thirties was ambushed in his vehicle last week by a man who not only got off the first shots, but who made the first hit. The victim of the attack rallies, however, drew his own firearm, and ended the threat on his life by being the better shooter.


Arkansas: Enhanced Carry Permit Legislation Headed to House Floor for Concurrence! [NRA-ILA News]

Today, the Arkansas House Judiciary Committee passed House Bill 1249, the campus carry bill, with the NRA-supported amendment.  HB 1249 now goes to full House of Representatives for a concurrence vote.  Please contact your state Representative and urge them to concur on this important legislation!


TorkMag Launches The G-Block Mag Well Conversion For AR-15 To Glock Mags With A Video [The Firearm Blog]

Our good friends over at TorkMag have launched the new G-Block mag well with a video showing the new conversion block in use. Our very own Ray got a chance to catch up with Jarret at SHOT 2017 and was able to look at one of the prototypes at the show, you can read his post […]

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New Mexico Lawmakers Abandon Gun Background-Check Bill [NRA-ILA News]

A New Mexico state bill to expand background checks to most private gun transactions has been voted down by a legislative panel, ending chances for approval this year.


Officials discuss pros and cons of arming school teachers [NRA-ILA News]

Idaho Sen. Jim Guthrie, R-Inkom, can see both pros and cons to allowing teachers and administrators to have guns at school.But after listening to 911 tapes from shootings that took place at Columbine High School and Virginia Tech as part of a recent emergency training for the senate, he said he’s finding more validity to the argument.


New York: Cuomo’s ouster major theme of anti-SAFE Act rally [NRA-ILA News]

More than 300 people turned up for a rally Thursday night with local elected officials and members of law enforcement opposed to the state's SAFE Act.The rally was held at the Holiday Inn in Johnstown, and by the time the first speaker approached the podium, people were standing alongside the walls of the hotel's conference room for a lack of seats and spilling out into the lobby.


EU lawmakers toughen gun laws [NRA-ILA News]

European Union lawmakers have voted to toughen the bloc's gun laws and close loopholes exploited by attackers in France.


In 2017 women and minorities are buying guns. Here's why [NRA-ILA News]

So when a pro-Second Amendment candidate won the election most observers figured that gun sales would at last begin to drop. But it hasn’t worked out that way.


Georgia: Pro-Gun Omnibus Bill to Be Heard this Week [NRA-ILA News]

This week, House Bill 292, the omnibus bill which would make many pro-gun reforms for Georgia gun owners, will be considered by the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Wednesday, March 15, and the full Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday, March 16.


Wicked Wing Shotguns from Browning in Mossy Oak Shadow Grass Blades [The Firearm Blog]

Browning A5At the recent SHOT Show, Browning introduced new shotguns under the title of Wicked Wing. While there are variations of each, the autoloading shotguns come down to two basic forms: the A5 and the Maxus. Browning positions these guns as a personalization of your hunting firearm similar to a “lift kit and bigger tires on […]

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Passing Of The Water Purification Tablet [AllOutdoor.com]

For decades, drinking water made safe with water purification tablets was a right of passage for young men and women.

When I was a teenager in the 1980s, water purification tablets was a must have for any hiking or camping trip.  I would fill my canteen with a bandanna over the top to filter out large contaminates, then add a water purification tablet and lastly, shake well.

Then I bought my first water filter in the mid-1990s.  After I bought my first filter, I still carried water purification tablets and added them to the water, even though the water had been filtered.  The logic for continuing to use the tablets, portable filters were new and tablets had been around for decades.

Over the next few years I slowly stopped using water purification tablets. With the limited shelf-life, it is a wonder people still buy them.  On various discussion forums, the tablets have fallen out of favor for modern water filters.

Do the tablets have a place?  Sure they do.  If I was going to a location where the water may be contaminated with human waste, I would filter and then use the tablets.   The vast majority of water filters on the market only filter out bacteria and protozoa. Viruses are so small they pass through most filters.

I honestly can not remember the last time I bought a bottle of water purification tablets.

Served Their Purpose

Like everything else, water purification tablets served their purpose until something better came along.  Water filter technology progressed to the point decades ago that water purification tablets are for the most part obsolete.

Is there still a need for them?  Sure their is.  If there was any question whether or not the water contained a virus, I would use a water purification tablet in addition to filtration.

I wonder if any teenagers today use water purification tablets like I did in the 1980s? Then again, the 80s were right after the Vietnam conflict. Camping in the woods using those tablets, it was like we were looking up to the men and women who served in Vietnam.

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Oregon: Bill Introduced to Expand Youth Hunting Opportunities [NRA-ILA News]

Last week, the House Committee on Agriculture and Natural Resources held a hearing on HB 2566 and it’s – 1 amendment.  HB 2566, introduced by state Representative Brad Witt (D-31), would increase the age limit for youth participating in the existing hunter mentoring program from 14 to 17 years of age.  This program allows a licensed hunter, 21 years or older, to mentor youth in order to introduce them to hunting.


TFB Visits the 44:th IWA OutdoorClassics (Germany) [The Firearm Blog]

IWA Outdoor Classics is a gigantic trade exhibition in Nürnberg, Germany. The first IWA started in 1973 and has kept on growing. This year there are over 1 500 exhibitors and a record of 49 000 people visited the show (trade visitors only). In comparison the SHOT Show has about 64 000 visitors. About 75% […]

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Ralf Dieckmann Interview [Forgotten Weapons]

Ralf Dieckmann is a German-born firearms designer who grew up as a small child in Berlin during World War II. His interest in firearms developed in the post-war years with war detritus literally lying about in the streets. He emigrated to Canada and enlisted in the Canadian military, where he first designed his P66 pistol. Using that pistol, he found himself work with a series of American gun companies, including Mossberg, Thompson Center, and Ruger (three times!).

Mr. Dieckmann was generous enough to take the time to tell us some of his story, and I found very interesting. I think designers today have a lot to learn from his experiences, and firearms enthusiasts will find his pistol design quite appealing as well.

Also, you may have seen some of his more recent work on the cover of the Collector Grade Publications book “Full Circle”…


US SOCOM Seeks New .300 Blackout M4A1 Personal Defense Weapon Conversion Kit [The Firearm Blog]

The US Special Operations Command (SOCOM) is seeking something a little smaller than its existing M4A1 and Mk.18 carbines: The command just released a request for information (RFI) to the industry seeking proposals for conversion kits for M4A1 Carbine receivers that turn the weapons into sub-6lb, sub-26″ .300 Blackout caliber weapons. The RFI was released […]

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A Different Sort Of Bracketology - Sink Or Swim 2017 [No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money]

With March Madness upon us, it is only natural that it be copied in other arenas. Thus, the Naval Historical Foundation developed their own round of 32. The call it Sink or Swim 2017 - Axis vs. Allies.

Every year, the Naval Historical Foundation likes to blend a little naval history into the spirit of NCAA March Madness. During the tournament, we have carefully selected thematic events, ships, and planes of the United States Navy for our fans on social media to vote as their favorite. This year, you will help us decide what our fans think is the most formidable ship of World War II. We are placing the Axis vs. Allies once again. Vote early and often to find out who reigns supreme!
In this first round, one side of the bracket pits the US Navy versus the Imperial Japanese Navy while the other side pits the Royal Navy against the Kriegsmarine.

Having entered my own picks, I will note that it takes a bit of research. Does airpower beat heavy armament, does speed matter more than the size and range of the main battery, and does stealth beat power are all questions you'll have to decide for yourself.

You can enter your picks here. You have until Friday, March 17th at noon, to enter your first round of picks.

Here is the full bracket:


The British Machine Carbine From 1940-1953, Courtesy Forgotten Weapons and ARES [The Firearm Blog]

The Sterling L2A3 was the iconic Cold War submachine gun of the British Army. Inexpensive to make, compact and rugged, it was a design that incorporated the experience from the Sten submachine gun, a weapon which though inexpensive really left a lot to be desired. In a recent video, Ian from Forgotten Weapons and working […]

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In America's 1st Freedom: Q&A: The Truth About Right To Carry [John Lott's Website]

Here is Dr. John Lott's interview in America's 1st Freedom.
John Lott, president of the Crime Prevention Research Center and author of the new book, The War On Guns: Arming Yourself Against Gun Control Lies, knows more than a thing or two about Right to Carry. In fact, he’s probably done more research on the topic than anyone else in the nation. 
This week we asked Lott to answer a few questions about Right to Carry and the current move to pass national reciprocity legislation. 
A1F Daily: With introduction of national Right-to-Carry reciprocity legislation, we’re starting to hear the same old horror stories about citizens carrying concealed firearms posing a danger to themselves and others. What does your research show? 
John Lott: Just as after Right-to-Carry laws have been passed before, a year or so after reciprocity is passed, everyone will wonder what all the fuss was about. The entire debate will disappear as an issue for gun control advocates. 
By any measure, permit holders are extremely law-abiding. Police officers are rarely convicted of any crimes, but permit holders are convicted at even lower rates. According to a study in the December 2010 issue of Police Quarterly, the rate that police officers are convicted of misdemeanors or felonies was 0.102 percent per year. For example, Texas in 2015, the latest available data for that state, with about 1 million concealed handgun permit holders, the rate that permit holders are convicted of these crimes was 0.01 percent. Thus, permit holders were convicted at about one-tenth the rate of police. 
If you look at firearm violations, Texas permit holders were convicted at a rate of one-seventh the rate of police officers. Other states show a similar pattern. More detailed discussions are available in my books, The War on Guns and More Guns, Less Crime. 
The main source of alternative information is the Violence Policy Center, which is frequently cited by publications such as The New York Times. Most recently they have claimed that over nine years and eight months there were 900 non-self-defense gun deaths nationwide by concealed handgun permit holders. These non-self-defense gun deaths, they say, include suicides, murder and accidental deaths. 
Suppose for the sake of argument that the Violence Policy Center has accurately identified the cases they refer to. With more than 14.5 million permit holders at the beginning of last year, the 19 pending homicide charges in 2016 implies an annual rate of 0.14 homicides per 100,000 permit holders. And the vast majority of these will be found to be in self-defense. 
Yet the 900 number is wildly inaccurate. Take Michigan, with supposedly 72 homicides and 286 suicides. For homicides, many non-cases are triple or quadruple counted. “Pending” and “conviction” numbers from the Michigan State Police reports are both counted in the total, though cases can be listed as pending for years before going to court, and most never result in a conviction. News stories of these same events are also counted separately. The correct number of homicides in that case is actually 14 over almost 10 years. 
For suicides, Michigan doesn’t collect information on how suicides were committed—just that permit holders committed suicide. Yet permit holders committed suicide at just 38 percent the rate of the adult Michigan population.
Despite being informed of these errors over the years, The New York Times refuses to publish letters to the editor discussing these problems and doesn’t acknowledge them in their articles.  
A1F: Why do people in anti-gun groups and the so-called mainstream” media continue to warn of going back to the “Wild, Wild West? 
Lott: I suppose that they think that they can scare people enough to prevent passage of laws that allow people to carry guns for protection. The risk for gun control advocates is that they keep making extreme claims that keep on being proven wrong. At least to some extent, it makes it more difficult for people to take seriously what they may say in the future. . . .
The rest of the interview is available here.


BENSHOT – Glasses For Serious Shooters Drinkers [The Firearm Blog]

Ok, let’s take a brief pause from all the breaking news, press releases and technical specifications. Last week I stumbled across BenShot, a small Wisconsin business making unique tumblers and rocks glasses for the discriminating drinker. Each one has been “shot” with a rifle round that is fused and melted into the side of the glass. […]

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Apex Brings a 40/9 Conversion Barrel To Market For M&P Owners [The Firearm Blog]

Much to the elation of M&P 40 police trade in guns like myself, Apex has released a conversion barrel that allows you to shoot 9mm. With the new M&P 2.0 being released this is a well-timed product launch because I imagine that many police departments that are still running the M&P 40 will likely trade […]

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American Outdoor Brands aka Smith & Wesson Shares Down [The Firearm Blog]

Several business news sources across the internet are reporting that Smith & Wesson’s, now branded American Outdoor Brands, shares have declined in value an additional 5% following the expected slowing of the firearms market and American Outdoor Brands’ third quarter sales reports. For those not familiar with such things American Outdoor Brands’ operates on a fiscal year ending […]

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Double Tap Trigger – Affordable Pull/Release Trigger [The Firearm Blog]

Double Tap Arms is making a pull/release for only $200. No they are not the ones who make the Double Tap pistol. Some of you may be familiar with the Fostech Echo trigger or the Franklin Armory Binary Trigger. Both of those are a three position trigger but they are around $500. The Echo requires […]

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Flying Shotgun [The Firearm Blog]

Some may recall Polenar Tactical’s Flying Shotgun. Well this is a little different. The shooter does not throw the shotgun in a fit of rage. Instead it flies out of the woman’s hands due to recoil. I am curious what ammo she was shooting. Typically indoor ranges do not allow bird shot so it might […]

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Monday, 13 March


Pistol Caliber Carbine Effective At Distance [The Firearm Blog]

Haley Strategic shows a pistol caliber SMG can get combat effective hits out to 300 yards. The 300 yard hits are a bit of a stretch but it can be done. Here is a screen capture of his hits using a 25 yard zero. 50 yards is a couple inches high and the 100 yard […]

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BREAKING: Russia will Adopt Both AK-12 and AEK-971 Assault Rifles [The Firearm Blog]

As you know, Russia hasn’t yet made a final decision which one of the new AK-12 and AEK-971 assault rifles to adopt. Both firearms are being extensively tested and issued in small quantities and both seem to be adequate to be adopted. Recently, Russian deputy prime minister Dmitry Rogozin giving an interview to Russian news agency […]

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Florida Urgent Alert! Open Carry & Church Carry Bills up in House Criminal Justice on Wednesday 3/15/2017 [NRA-ILA News]

HB-779 and HB-849 by Rep. Neil Combee will both be heard by the House Criminal Justice Committee on Wednesday, March 15, 2017 at 9:00am.  HB-779 Open Carry Protection by Rep. Neil Combee removes the criminal penalties for violations of the open carry law and prohibits a person who has a concealed firearms license from being arrested and charged with a crime if their firearm becomes temporarily exposed to sight of another person.  HB-849 Carry on Church Property by Rep. Neil Combee to eliminate restrictions that prevent churches from allowing firearms on church property if church property is ever used for any type of schooling.


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

Tomorrow, Senate Bill 1122 has been scheduled for a hearing in the House Federalism, Property Rights and Public Policy Committee at 2:00pm.  Sponsored by state Senator Gail Griffin (R-14), this important legislation would prevent the state of Arizona, a county, city or town government from requiring a person to access or facilitate access to any state, federal or third party database as a condition of selling, gifting, donating or transferring personal property.  This would include so-called “universal background checks” on the private transfer of firearms.


Nevada Reminder: Pro-Gun and Pro-Hunting Bills Scheduled for Hearings This Week [NRA-ILA News]

This week, two pro-gun bills, Senate Joint Resolution 11 and Assembly Bill 118, will be heard by their respective committees.   Please note, the hearing time for SJR 11 has been changed to 1:00pm tomorrow, March 14.  Please contact the committee members and urge them to support these two important measures!


Iowa: Omnibus Pro-Gun Bill Scheduled for Subcommittee Hearing Tomorrow [NRA-ILA News]

Tomorrow, March 14, the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on House File 517 will be holding a hearing on the bill.  HF 517 is theomnibus bill which would make many pro-gun reforms for Iowa gun owners.  It is imperative that NRA members and Second Amendment supporters attend the hearing to show immense support for this important bill!  Hearing details can be found below.  Also, please contact the subcommittee members, state Senators Dan Dawson (R-8), Brad Zaun (R-20) and Janet Petersen (D-18), in support of HF 517!


Firearm Industry Jobs: H&K Looking For Staff [The Firearm Blog]

Heckler & Koch are hiring! Heckler & Koch, a leading designer and manufacturer of small arms and light weapons, located in Columbus, GA, currently has immediate openings for the following positions: Senior Design Engineer Production Supervisor Quality Engineer Team Leader For a full job description and additional requirements, please visit our Company website, www.hk-usa.com. A […]

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New York: Outrageous Insurance Bill Headlines Long List of Anti-Gun Bills [NRA-ILA News]

The yearly onslaught of anti-gun legislation in the Empire State is concrete proof that anti-gun politicians will never be satisfied until guns are completely banned.  Even though Albany lawmakers passed arguably the nation’s harshest gun control bill in the 2013 SAFE Act, they come back every year for more.  This year is no exception with dozens of anti-gun bills having already been introduced.   One of the more egregious bills this year is A.2260.  Sponsored by Assemblyman Felix Ortiz, A.2260 would require gun owners to maintain $250,000 worth of liability insurance.  This is essentially a tax on a constitutional right.  The goal here is simply to make gun ownership so expensive that it prices ordinary citizens out of the market.  A.2260 is a backdoor gun ban, pure and simple.


South Dakota: Permitless/Constitutional Carry Needs Your Help [NRA-ILA News]

Last Week the South Dakota Senate passed House Bill 1072 by a 23-11 vote.  Sponsored by Representative Lynne DiSanto (R-35), HB 1072 would remove the requirement to obtain a permit in order to lawfully carry a firearm for self-defense.  This important pro-self-defense legislation is a big step forward in allowing South Dakotans to be better able to defend themselves and their loved ones without having to obtain a government issued permit.


Stockpiling Basic SHTF Survival Gear [AllOutdoor.com]

It is not a matter of if, but when there is a major disruption of society, have you taken your friends and family members into account?  When prepping, we can not just think of ourselves.

Let’s take a few minutes and talk about stockpiling basic survival gear for friends and family members who may show up at your door.  We are not talking about blankets, pillows or cots, those should be a given.

We are going to talk about stockpiling basic survival gear for a complete collapse of society.  This should allow friends and family members to hunt, fish, skin wild game and be able to carry basic gear.

Backpack – I use to recommend the medium ALICE pack, but they have gotten expensive and prices continue increase.

Wait until after school starts, and stores should put their “back to school” backpacks on clearance sale.  Several years ago, I found school backpacks for $5 each.  The store wanted to get rid of the overstock, so the packs were put into bins and put on sale.

Bedroll – Something like a fleece sleeping bag.  Prices range around $20.  Can double as a light blanket for around the house.

Canteen and cup – Military surplus, nothing expensive.  Why a canteen and cup over a water bottle?  The cup can be used to cook with.

Cord – I buy trotline string and use it for cord around the house.

Fire starter – Pill bottle with matches and striker.  Maybe another pill bottle with dryer lint.

Flashlight – Some kind of cheap flashlight.  Everyone should have their own personal flashlight and keep it close at hand.

Dogs start barking in the middle of the night, nobody should be asking where their flashlight is at.

Knife – There are a number of decent quality knives on the market at an affordable price. Sites like Ebay and Amazon are a good place to start.  Do not spend a lot of money.  Just something that can cut cord or skin small game.

I have been adding Survivor brand name knives to my stockpile. They are very affordable and have a wide selection.

Rain poncho – Nothing expensive, just something to build a hooch and keep the rain off.

Water filter – There are a wide range of affordable water filter options on the market.  A buddy kept telling me about the Sawyer mini water filter, so I bought one. If you keep it cleaned out, the filter is rated for 100,000 gallons. As of March 12, 2017 it has a price of $19.99.

Basic Gear

This should cover basic gear needed for someone to do recon around the bug out location or go on food gathering trips.

Food – foraging, hunting and fishing.

Water – water filter and canteen.

Shelter – poncho for hooch and bedroll



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Soft Sided Pocket Holsters [AllOutdoor.com]

There are many alternatives for carrying a pistol on the person. Choices abound for “inside the waist band”, or “outside the waist band”, as these are very popular modes of carry. The deal is you have to find a system that works for you, your style, what you wear, and how you like to carry.

I recently discovered during a holster search for a new lightweight, small pocket pistol another alternative approach. Why not wear the pistol inside the pocket? For me, I cannot stand a holster worn inside the pants belt. I am not comfortable with a bulky item inside the waist band. I do use and like many holsters worn outside the waist band. But, those can be obtrusive and noticeable unless a shirt is worn out to cover the gun.

So, I began to research available products to carry a pistol in the pants pocket. I came up with two great products, and I am now using both with excellent results. These are the Sticky Holster and the DeSantis Nemesis. While they are similar in mission and function, they do feel differently.

The Sticky holster is just that. It is a polymer type material that truly is sticky. When you run your hand across it, it grabs the skin. Inside the pants pocket it does the same thing. This “adhesive” characteristic is what keeps the pistol inside the slip pocket holster in place in the garment’s pocket. Walking, sitting, driving, climbing, etc, the Sticky Holster stays “stuck” inside your pocket.

The DeSantis Nemesis holster is similar but the material has more of a textured waffle design. It is sticky but has a different feel to it. It does not “grab” in the same way, but is just as effective to wear in the pocket. The pistol simply slides into the holster sleeve and is tightly held in place with the pistol grip easy to grab for a quick withdrawal.

Now, to be clear, when or if you need to withdraw your pocket pistol from either of these holsters, it might take two hands. Meaning one to grasp the pistol’s grip, and the other to hold the pants in place as the pistol withdrawal will likely bring the holster with it. This is ok, but something you have to work with and train for to practice the move. Practice with these holster types is essential to see how the draw works for you.

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Ducks Unlimited Recognizes Wade Bourne’s Conservation Efforts [AllOutdoor.com]

Ducks Unlimited announced the winners of the 2017 Wetland Conservation Achievement Awards during the 82nd North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference held in Spokane, Washington. This year’s recipient in the communications category is the late Wade Bourne.


Wade Bourne’s name is one of the most recognized in the outdoors. Bourne was a full-time outdoor writer/broadcaster whose works have appeared regularly before national reading, listening and viewing audiences over the past four decades. Bourne passed away in December.

“As a professional outdoor writer and broadcaster, Wade educated his audience about waterfowl and conservation issues and was extremely proud of his association with Ducks Unlimited. Wade described himself as being ‘eaten-up’ with duck and goose hunting for half a century,” said DU Chief Conservation Officer Paul Schmidt.


Bourne was the founder and host of the award-winning Wired2Fish/Hunt Radio, a syndicated fishing/hunting radio show that aired year-round throughout the U.S. on approximately 280 stations. Prior to that, Bourne hosted In-Fisherman Radio, the largest syndicated outdoor radio show in North America.

Bourne was a veteran contributor to the nation’s leading outdoor magazines, with more than 3,000 published articles. He served as an editor-at-large for Ducks Unlimited magazine and senior writer for Bassmaster Magazine. He also authored six books. In 2004, he began appearing on Ducks Unlimited TV, sharing his waterfowling exploits and expertise with viewers throughout North America.


Recognized as a pillar of outdoor communications, Bourne received the Southeastern Outdoor Press Association (SEOPA) Lifetime Achievement Award in 2014. This award recognizes those who contribute to the membership’s profession and craft and who make improvements to the organization. Bourne was only the seventh recipient of this award in SEOPA’s 50-year history. In 2016, he received the Homer Circle Fishing Communicator Award from the Professional Outdoor Media Association and the American Sportfishing Association.

“Through his work, generations of sportsmen and women learned to be better hunters and anglers,” said Ducks Unlimited Chief Communications Officer Tom Fulgham. “He taught them how to be more successful afield. But, more importantly, he taught them to be better stewards of our wildlife resources and our outdoor heritage.”

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Maryland Anglers Ready To “Rock” For Striped Bass [AllOutdoor.com]

The 2017 spring season for Maryland’s state fish, the striped bass begins on tax day, April 15 in Maryland’s portion of the Chesapeake Bay and its tidal tributaries.

Recreational fishing opportunities for rockfish – as striped bass are known there – will run from 5 a.m. April 15 through midnight May 15, with a catch limit of one fish per person, per day, 35 inches or larger.


“Nothing says spring is here like the first day of trophy rockfish season,” said Dave Blazer, of the Maryland Department of Natural Resources said. “For many Marylanders, it’s a tradition that spans generations.”

Regula, ions for the combined summer/fall season, running May 16 through Dec. 20, will remain the same as last year. Anglers can keep two fish per day greater than 20 inches, with one required to be less than 28 inches. Size is measured from the tip of the snout to the tip of the tail.


Striped bass fishing in the Atlantic Ocean and Maryland’s coastal bays and tributaries is open year-round with a two-fish daily limit. Striped bass on the coast must be between 28 and 38 inches or larger than 44 inches.

Maryland reservoirs such as Triadelphia, Conowingo, Jennings Randolph, Liberty, Piney Run, Bradford Lake and Rocky Gorge are also open to fishing year-round with an 18-inch minimum size, two-fish per day possession limit, with only one of the two fish being longer than 30 inches.

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West Virginia: Range Protection Bill Passes Committee [NRA-ILA News]

Last Week, the Senate Judiciary Committee passed Senate Bill 575.  Sponsored by state Senator Charles Trump (R-15) and state Senator Craig Blair (R-15), SB 575 protects sport shooting ranges from frivolous law suits and noise complaints.  SB 575 now awaits consideration by the full Senate.  Please contact your state Senator and urge them to SUPPORT SB 575.


Watch: How NOT to Shoot a Short-Barreled Gun [AllOutdoor.com]

Don’t let this happen to you!

Seriously, there are some really short guns in the world, and when you grab one with both hands, there is often a tendency to hold the gun farther forward than you should.

In this short video, Hickock45 gives some good advice about shooting stumpy guns, and he demonstrates with a sawed-off 12 gauge shotgun.

The cloud of meat spraying away from the muzzle could have been part of his anatomy, had he been less wise. Instead, it’s what used to be a hot dog.

Even for those of us who know better, this is a good graphic reminder of what not to do.

Let’s be careful out there, folks!

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Missouri: Updates on Pro-Gun and Anti-Gun Legislation [NRA-ILA News]

Several pro- and anti-gun bills were recently assigned to committees, while others are still pending committee assignments.  It is important that you continue to contact your state Senator and state Representative and urge them to support the pro-gun bills and oppose the anti-gun bills!


Illinois: Committees to Hear Anti-Gun Bills Tomorrow [NRA-ILA News]

Tomorrow, the Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled to hear Senate Bill 1291 and SB 1657.  Additionally, the House Judiciary Committee will hear the crossfile of SB 1291, HB 2354.  Please contact members of the Senate and House Judiciary Committees and strongly urge them to oppose these anti-gun bills.  Also, it’s important for members and Second Amendment supporters to fill out and submit a witness slip in order to be placed on the record in opposition to SB 1291/HB 2354 and SB 1657.


11 Unique and Vintage Snow Machines [AllOutdoor.com]

Check out these innovative and odd inventions for motorvating on snow.

How about a 1924 Ford Model T snowmobile?


Or an early Tucker Sno-Cat.


Something tells me this one might have been just a concept.




This Sno Runner seems unlikely… it also looks like fun!







Clearly a chick magnet.


A little cramped… and breezy.


Supposedly, this one is Russian. Nothing like sitting right next to the engine…



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Watch: America is Made of Guns [AllOutdoor.com]

Sculpture is cool, and there are numerous ways to create it. Recently I’ve seen a number of sculptures that were made so that a different shape is presented to the viewer depending viewing direction. In other words, looking from the front shows one scene, but walk 90 degrees or 1/4 of the way around the piece, and you will see a different object entirely.

This is one of those “perspective pieces.”

One version of the video has this info in the description:

Artist Michael Murphy is taking the opportunity to protest America’s killing power (and supremely piss off the NRA) with his new sculpture… Constructed of dozens of suspended black gun sculptures ranging from handguns to assault rifles, the installation is a perspective piece that changes in shape as the viewer walks around it.

Well, maybe this guy thought he was making a statement against guns, but he missed the intended target in my opinion — and yeah, I intended that pun.

A YouTube commenter says, “I’m pro gun and love this… So… Fail??”

Yeah, I’d say so.

What two things do most American gun owners have in common? 1) Love of the USA and 2) affection for guns and making them go bang.

So when you make a sculpture that combines our two favorite things, you’ve basically reinforced our pro-gun, pro-American beliefs.

So thanks for that, Michael Murphy.

Tech Insider’s version of the video is about the best quality I’ve found, so I’ve embedded it below. And although it foolishly attempts to connect “guns” with “violence,” it falls flat on that score.

It states that “Violence is not the answer,” and I agree. Where we differ is on defining firearms as violence. I’ve been a gun owner for decades, and none of my guns have ever been violent. They are merely tools which may be used for good or evil, depending on the user. Like a bomb, or a vehicle, or a machete…

Anyhow, here’s the video:

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Half-Dozen Texas Homes Evacuated for 75 Rounds of Ammo [AllOutdoor.com]

Just when I think humanity has sunk to the lowest low of moronitude, I am proven wrong.

The latest blow comes in the form of a news story reporting that a half-dozen homes in San Antonio, Texas were recently evacuated because of — wait for it — 75 rounds of ammunition that had been found “underneath the house.”

I know, right?

As usual, the newsies who created the story tried to make it sound scary:

The San Antonio Police Department’s Bomb Squad was called to a Southwest Side neighborhood Saturday after dozens of rounds of ammunition were found underneath a home.

LOL… “dozens.” I can’t think of any shooter who doesn’t own, transport, and fire “dozens” of rounds just about every time they go to the gun range.

They they make it seem extra-spooky by stating the age of the ammo.

He said the rounds were about 40 years old, based on a date written on the box.

I’ve fired older ammo plenty of times with no trouble at all.

Next we have some false information provided by a captain of the San Antonio Fire Department:

This is definitely a big danger, because they’ve been under there so long. They’ve rusted, they’ve been exposed to the weather, elements outside so we definitely want to get them disposed of as quickly as possible.

A big danger? Get real.

Sadly, this isn’t even the first time there’s been a similar overreaction at that address.

This is the second time old ammunition has been found at the home. Just last week, the bomb squad spent about half an hour disposing of shotgun shells found there.

Apparently the ammo was left behind by a recently-deceased military veteran who had lived at the home for more than 30 years. And I have to believe that he would be disappointed and disgusted by his heirs’ wimpy ways.

What is this nation coming to, when a small amount of ammunition is treated as if it’s a bomb?

The pessimist in me sees this as one more step towards creating a gutless general population that doesn’t have sense enough to take care of itself, relies on the government for protection from all threats real or imagined, and is even. scared. of. ammunition.

Heavy sigh.

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H&K MP7 Sub Machine Pistol Mini-Documentary (Battlefield Vegas) [The Firearm Blog]

In this episode of TFBTV, James and Patrick interview representatives of Battlefield Vegas and Heckler and Koch to get some basic information about the mysterious H&K MP7 Submachinegun. Of course, James and Patrick (as well as TFBTV’s camera guys, who had never shot a gun before SHOT 2017) get to cut loose with the MP7 […]

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Egyptian Man Finds Missile in Trash Outside Cairo Airport [The Firearm Blog]

An Egyptian man in Cairo found something unusual and worrying in/near Cairo International Airport: A 9K32 Strela-2 “SA-7 Grail” missile launcher, designed to take down aircraft at ranges of over 3 kilometers. The man, Ibrahim Yousry claims he found the missile launcher – launcher only, sans missile – about a mile from the airport, at the […]

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Watch: Double Wrecking Ball Shotgun Slug [AllOutdoor.com]

It’s been a while since I posted anything from Taofledermaus, but this looks interesting. It’s a steel slug that’s pretty much a tiny dumbbell, but is being called a “barbell slug” in the video.

It’s essentially a pair of steel balls joined by a short round section, all made in one piece on a CNC machine. The average lead 12 gauge shotgun slug weighs one ounce, but this steel creation weighs 1.4 ounces.

The first surprise was learning that it had sailed right on through a level 3A Kevlar vest. The second surprise was that they really didn’t tumble very much.

So in an attempt to destroy their stability, they drilled holes in the ends of a couple. That didn’t work…

These things sure do hit hard!

I don’t understand these people shooting without a backstop… there really needs to be a dirt embankment to stop any projectiles that make it past their targets.

And now, for your viewing pleasure:

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California: First Anti-Gun Bill Scheduled for a Hearing Tomorrow, Tuesday, March 14 [NRA-ILA News]

Tomorrow, Tuesday, March 14, Assembly Bill 424 will be heard in the Assembly Public Safety Committee at 9 a.m. in room 126 of the State Capitol building. Please use our TAKE ACTION button below to contact the members of the Assembly Public Safety Committee and respectfully urge them to OPPOSE AB 424.


Review: Bog-Pod DSS Dead Silent Standing Model 72″ Shooting Sticks [AllOutdoor.com]

As I noted in an earlier Bog-Pod review, there’s nothing like taking a rest to improve the accuracy of your shooting. Yes, it’s important to be able to make accurate offhand shots, but it makes sense to take every advantage you can, especially when you’re hunting and may be winded from exertion or all jazzed up with adrenaline. And speaking of exertion, it’s nice to be able to find a rest quickly when you’re walking or hiking, and the Bog-Pod DSS Dead Silent Standing Model 72″ Shooting Sticks can help with that.

What sets this Bog-Pod apart from the SB-2C bipod is that it can be deployed quickly, requires no twisting to secure the legs, and it’s long enough to double as a walking stick. Here’s what the manufacturer has to say about it:

The Dead Silent Shooting Sticks bring BOG-POD® stability and durability to a collapsible shooting stick platform. The DSS are made of robust 9/16″ diameter aluminum and nonmarring weather-resistant surfaces. The Leg Section Retention clips are movable and adjustable to allow the shooter to fold and clip a leg section to the Shooting Stick. This adjusts the platform to a lower height and keeps the folded leg sections secure and out of the way during transport.

Manufacturer Specs

  • 9/16″ diameter aluminum tubing
  • Elastic strap keeps collapsed sticks bound tight and quiet
  • Leg Section Retention Clip allows the shooter to lower the shooting height of the DSS for a kneeling or sitting position
  • Standing Extended Height: 72″ per manufacturer (my sticks measure 66.5 inches overall)
  • Weighs: 16.8 ounces
  • MSRP: $59.99 (currently available at Amazon for $26.99)

In the Woods

I hunted with the DSS Shooting Sticks, and they did the job. For sitting in ambush, I prefer a “sure-nuff” bipod over a pair of shooting sticks, but the DSS really shines for still-hunting or stalking. This product can act as a walking stick to help you keep your balance on uneven terrain, and when the need arises your walking stick can transform into a bipod within seconds to provide you with a steady gun rest.

You can adjust the height by pulling the shock-corded sections apart and folding them back. Five different lengths are possible: 15, 28, 40.5, 54, and 66.5 inches.

(Photo: Russ Chastain)

(Photo: Russ Chastain)

At every joint, a short and somewhat rubbery black plastic collar acts to keep each joint snug, so the sections don’t rattle or come loose easily as you walk.

The matte black finish is durable and unobtrusive. Overall quality is excellent, with my only complaint being that the elastic band (which holds it together when collapsed) has been known to “jump off” of its little plastic hook. But that’s been uncommon, and is not a major concern.

(Photo: Russ Chastain)

(Photo: Russ Chastain)

I like the feet on the shooting sticks. The rubber feet have threads inside of them, and by turning them you can expose or conceal sharp pointed steel spikes… in other words, you have spikes when you need extra grip, but you can easily extend the rubber to conceal them if the spikes aren’t appropriate for your location.

(Photo: Russ Chastain)

(Photo: Russ Chastain)

When folded, the DSS 72″ forms a bundle about 15 inches long and roughly 3 inches in dimeter.

(Photo: Russ Chastain)

(Photo: Russ Chastain)


Nothing is perfect, and for long sits I prefer an actual bipod… but to provide a shooting rest in a hurry while doubling as a walking stick, the Bog-Pod DSS Dead Silent Shooting Sticks Standing Model is tough to beat — especially for walking and stalking. And if you find a nice hidey hole in which to kick back and wait in ambush, the adjustable height will come in handy so you can use it while sitting or crouching.

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POTD: Landers, Kevin Landers [The Firearm Blog]

Kevin Landers of Kevin Landers Media, took this photo for Agency Arms. As you can see it evokes a James Bond 007 theme. The handgun is the new M&P by Agency Arms. It is sporting an RMR and a prototype suppressors coming soon.

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Can the Shooting Position Affect Muzzle Velocity? [The Firearm Blog]

The answer to the question in the title is “YES!”. Sniper’s Hide has recently released a video, where they experimentally prove that and explain why it happens. The host of the channel shows that shooting from the bench (sitting) results in 20 fps decrease of average muzzle velocity compared to shooting from the prone position. When shooting […]

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Modern Duplex Cartridges by David Tubb (Absolute 2-Hole Ammunition) [The Firearm Blog]

About a month ago, I was writing a post about David Tubb’s new rifle and while browsing in his website I came across this very unusual and interesting ammunition. With the subject of experimental ammunition being among my top interests (I am sure of many of our readers’ too), I couldn’t help but write about […]

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Wayward court rules for backdoor gun control [NRA-ILA News]

If ever there were justification to drug test the nation's judges, it would be the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals' decision upholding the People's Republic of Maryland's ban on most magazine-fed rifles, including the AR-15, calling them "exceptionally lethal weapons of war."


Colorado senator taking another shot at government-funded gun ranges [NRA-ILA News]

Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet, a Clintonite from Denver, is among a bipartisan quartet of senators behind legislation to use federal tax dollars to pay 90 percent of the cost for five years for states to build and run shooting ranges.States have been slow to bite on the current government-backed gun perk: 75 percent for two years.


Illinois: FOID requirements: Should they go away? [NRA-ILA News]

Since 1968, anyone wanting to legally purchase or possess a firearm or firearm ammunition in the State of Illinois had to apply for and receive a firearm owners identification card.


Indiana: Anti-gun group pushes private transfer restrictions in South Bend [NRA-ILA News]

Local advocates of universal background checks for all gun sales — including private sales and sales over the internet — are asking the South Bend City Council to pass a supporting resolution.


New York: Butler, Tedisco rally for repeal of SAFE Act [NRA-ILA News]

Assemblyman Marc Butler led a rally Thursday at the Holiday Inn in Johnstown in support of his bill that would work to significantly repeal the SAFE Act in upstate New York and Long Island.


Ohio: New law allows handguns on private property [NRA-ILA News]

Ohio has joined the nation’s stampede to loosen gun laws in recent years, approving laws allowing open- and concealed-carry, adopting a lethal self-defense “Castle Doctrine” measure, and now letting people bring guns onto company parking lots.


Second Amendment may be restored on Army Corps of Engineers land [NRA-ILA News]

You might think that a government unit called the “U.S. Army Corps of Engineers” would mainly perform projects such as building military forts and similar facilities. Yet the Corps of Engineers has acquired jurisdiction over many things that have nothing to do with the military. In particular, “The Corps of Engineers is the nation’s largest provider of water-based outdoor recreation. It administers 422 lake and river projects in 43 states, spanning 12 million acres, encompassing 55,000 miles of shoreline and 4,500 miles of trails, and including 90,000 campsites and 3,400 boat launch ramps. Waters under its control constitute 33 percent of all U.S. freshwater fishing.” (Here is a list of the Corps’ 1,969 recreational facilities.) Thanks to a lawsuit brought by the Mountain States Legal Foundation, the Corps has announced that it is reconsidering the gun ban on its outdoor property.


Vermont: Gun Control Bill Moving This Week [NRA-ILA News]

The House Judiciary Committee will vote Wednesday on a domestic violence bill that is nothing more than a front for gun control and a due process violation.  Friday, March 17, is an important legislative deadline known as “crossover.”  To meet the deadline, the bill must clear its committee of origin.  Your immediate assistance is needed because the committee is trying to slide this bill through quickly before the deadline expires.  Please contact members of the House Judiciary Committee today and respectfully urge them to oppose H.422.


Cottonwood Heights Police arrest burglary suspect with help from armed citizen [NRA-ILA News]

A man helped police stop some thieves who they say are responsible for dozens of vehicle burglaries. The man, who asked to only be identified as Ryan, says when he heard noises outside his house at four in the morning on Friday, he got suspicious and went outside.


New Jersey Action Needed: Anti-Gunners Launch Stealth Attack [NRA-ILA News]

Your immediate action is needed!  Anti-gun politicians in Trenton are quickly mobilizing against Governor Christie’s executive action.  Last week, the Governor announced implementation of his administrative regulations with respect to concealed carry reform and “justifiable need.”  It’s time for New Jersey to join the 43 other states which have permissive carry laws and the basic fundamental right to self-defense.  It’s imperative that you take action immediately to counter their stealth maneuver.  Please contact every state legislator and tell them to vote NO on SCR 149/ACR 234.


Strike Industries J-COMP 2.0 for 7.62 Caliber AK Rifles [The Firearm Blog]

Strike Industries now makes an improved version of their J-COMP muzzle device for AK rifles. The new J-COMP 2.0 comes with a 14×1 left-hand metric thread pitch, which is used in most AK-47 rifles and its derivatives chambered in 7.62x39mm caliber. The J-COMP 2.0 is actually a muzzle brake and compensator hybrid. It features two […]

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Ross Experimental A2 Prototype (Video) [Forgotten Weapons]

This is a very rare Ross automatic pistol, patented in 1903 by Charles Ross, of the Ross Rifle Company in Quebec. It is a short recoil, toggle locked design, made for the .45 Ross proprietary cartridge (although efforts were made, unsuccessfully, to make a .45 ACP version for the US 1907 pistol trials).

I have photos of a second example of this pistol as well!


Atactical A1S Flashlight Review [AllOutdoor.com]

The A1S lives up to the Atactical name and reputation.  It passed every test with flying colors.  In fact, I was left wondering if the tests were just too easy?

The first time I heard of Atactical was when a company representative asked if I would like to review their flashlight.  I enjoy doing flashlight reviews, so I said “Sure.”  They sent me an Atactical A1, which has turned into my go-to light here on the farm.

When I started the review, I was wondering if the A1S was going to replace the A1 as my favorite flashlight.


Brightness and estimated run time:

  • 24 lumens / 6 days
  • 140 lumens / 18 hours
  • 460 lumens / 5 hours
  • 1,150 lumens / 3 hours
  • Strobe 1,150 lumens / 4 hours
  • SOS mode 1,150 lumens / estimated run time not specified

Length: 5 1/2 inches.

Diameter: body 7/8 inch bezel 1 inch.

Battery: 3400 mAh, 3.6v, 12.24 Wh.  Rechargeable with built-in micro-usb port.

Weight with battery: 4.80 ounce.

No lanyard or carry pouch included.

Pocket clip included.


Atactical A1S flashlight review


Tail cap has an on/off button, and brightness settings are cycled by a button just behind the bezel.

A1S has memory so that it will go back to the last setting used.

Hold the setting button button down to activate the strobe.

The flashlight has an SOS mode where SOS is flashed in Morse code.

The beam had a good center, but there was also a good spread.  I took the flashlight behind my house and used to to look at the top of several pine and oak trees.  Visibility was excellent.

A1S Test

The flashlight was taped to a framing hammer and then used to drive two 12 penny nails through a pressure treated 2×4.

Dropped several times from a height of about 4 feet onto a railroad cross-tie.

Tossed into a creek for three hours.  It was tied to a small tree so it would not wash away.

Ran over by a Toyota truck several times.


I am very happy with the Atactical A1S,  It is tough, battery is rechargeable, has perfect brightness settings and the beam is excellent.

The lack of a carry pouch or lanyard does not bother me at all. The vast number of factory supplied lanyards are cheap and weak. I usually throw them away and make a lanyard out of trotline string.

If you are looking for a new flashlight, let this be the one.

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This And That [No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money]

I was out of town at the end of last week at a company meeting. I missed that the House Oversight and Government Affairs Committee was having a hearing regarding the death of ICE Special Agent Jaime Zapata. However, David Codrea didn't miss it nor the fact that two BATFE officials on their own accord skipped the meeting despite being "invited" to appear.

He (former Agent Vince Cefalu) was referring to Thursday’s appearance (video below) before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Activities by Thomas E. Brandon, Acting Director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. The hearing was held to further explore the ambush murder of Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agent Jaime Zapata by cartel operatives in Mexico, where “straw-purchased” guns allowed by ATF to “walk” across the border were recovered from the scene.

Two of Brandon's agents, Associate Deputy Director Ronald Turk and Dallas Field Division Special Agent in Charge William Temple, were no-shows to the hearing. They decided on their own not to come testify, and Brandon informed Committee Chair Jason Chaffetz that he agreed with their decision.

Recognizing a continuation of the stonewalling that was dragged on for years by ATF and the Department of Justice under the Obama administration, Chaffetz was having none of it. He immediately issued subpoenas for Temple and Turk to appear on March 22.
Ronald Turk, you may recall, is the one who wrote a white paper discussing, among other things, removing suppressors from the NFA. You'd think a guy who is clearly aiming to be named the new Director of BATFE would want some face time with Congress even if it wasn't going to be all favorable.

I also missed that Remington Arms Company is again laying off employees at their Ilion, New York plant due to slowing sales. My friend Rob Morse didn't miss it. He noted:
Remington Arms is moving out of anti-gun New York..one layoff at a time. They expand their production in Alabama during a market increase, and cut from the New York plant during the downturns. I guess elections have consequences as New York voters raised both the price of doing business and of owning a gun in NY.
If you listen to the news lately, you would think that the mainstream media has been teleported to the 1950s with all the hysteria over Russia. It is almost like that 60s move The Russians are Coming! The Russians are Coming! Lest you think that we in the gun culture are exempt from the Russian hysteria, Sebastian discusses a Daily Beast article trying to tie the NRA to Vlad (the Impaler) Putin.

I did work the GRNC booth Saturday morning at the Asheville Gun Show. While our business was a bit slow, the crowds seemed bigger than this time last year. I don't know whether it was bargain shopping on the part of attendees or because we were supposed to get snow Saturday night.

I didn't check the prices of ARs at the show but they did seem down at the Winston-Salem show I attended the preceding weekend. If anyone is looking for an AR15, now is as good a time as you'll ever get to buy one. I have seen Ruger AR-555s selling under $500 at multiple locations, off-brands for under $400, and the S&W M&P-15 in the low $500 range. If you want to look for deals, check the Reddit sub group called gun deals.


Six Defensive Gun Uses by People Legally Carrying Concealed Handguns over Six Day [John Lott's Website]

The stories that we collect don't include home invasions or cases on a person's property where they don't a permit to carry.  We also don't include cases where business owners or employees use their guns unless it is specifically mentioned that they had a concealed handgun permit and it was important to them carrying (such as being outside the business).
Arlington, Texas, February 22, 2017, Fort Worth Star-Telegram
A jogger carrying a concealed weapon shot a suspect who was trying to rob him at gunpoint early Wednesday in southwest Arlington, police said.
A man in his 20s was jogging about 6 a.m. from his home to LA Fitness, a part of his morning routine, when he noticed a pickup following him near the 6000 block of Poly Webb Road, said Lt. Chris Cook, Arlington police spokesman.
The truck circled in front of the jogger, then a juvenile suspect got out of the passenger side, pointed a gun at him and demanded his belongings. The jogger then pulled out his gun and began firing at the suspect, striking him at least once in the leg.
The suspect and a driver fled the scene and officers found the pickup truck abandoned nearby at Cedar Cove Court. The pickup was reported stolen in Arlington three days ago, Cook said. . . .

Miami, Florida, February 22, 2017, CBS Television Channel 4
. . . According to authorities, at approximately 11:30 p.m. on Friday, the victim was walking in the area of NW 2nd Court and NW 79th Street when he was approached by Bolanos, Palacio, and a third man, 18-year-old Alberto Medal.
At gunpoint, they then took the victim’s belongings.
However, a witness, who was also carrying a firearm, saw the crime unfold and shot at the three young men to stop the robbery, striking Medal.
“We do know that a Good Samaritan in the area saw the entire crime unfold, armed himself with a handgun and began to fire at the three robbers. One of them was struck,” said Miami Police Ofc. Kenia Fallat.
The three crooks fled the scene to seek medical attention, Miami Police added. . . .
Houston, Texas, February 28, 2017, Houston Chronicle
Police responding to a shooting about 8 p.m. Tuesday at a west Houston convenience store found a man with several gunshot wounds and another man who said he shot the first in self-defense.
The wounded man was taken to a hospital in serious condition but is expected to survive the shooting, Houston Police Lt. Larry Crowson said. A second man approached officers at the scene in the 9800 block of Beechnut near Club Creek to say he shot the wounded man to defend himself during an armed robbery.
The purported robbery victim did have a license to carry (LTC), Crowson said. There was a shootout between the two men but only the alleged robber was injured. . . .

Salisbury, North Carolina, February 24, 2017, Charlotte Observer
A Salisbury man was stabbed in the neck, head and back before he shot at the teenager trying to break into his car early Friday, police said.
The teen, Tyler Aaimer Spencer Nichols, 17, of Salisbury, turned himself in at the Salisbury Police Department later Friday and was charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury, four counts of breaking and entering of a motor vehicle and three counts of larceny. Nichols was jailed on $25,000 bail pending a court appearance on Tuesday. . . .
Police learned Falkner confronted the teen who was breaking into his car. Falkner was then stabbed, before he shot at the suspect. The teen then ran into woods. Several cars were broken into at the apartments, police said. Nichols was uninjured. . . .

Boise, Idaho, February 22, 2017, KBOI Television Channel 2
A woman saved herself from a dangerous situation with her pistol kept in her car Monday.
"I couldn't believe it, it was shock and fear," said the unidentified woman.
It happened at the corner of west Kootenai and south Hilton streets. A woman just dropped off her 9-year-old daughter Monday morning around 7:30 a.m. She was driving alone when a man jumped out in front of her car. She slammed on the brakes and it stalled.
"He came to the driver's side door of my car and opened it and demanded my keys and my purse and when I refused to give it to him he started hitting me in the head multiple times," the woman said. . . .

Spokane, Washington, February 24, 2017, KHQ Television Channel 6
The man says he shot the dog after he went to back up and was bit a second time.
Police told SCRAPS that the man who shot the dog had a license to carry, and have determined that the man acted appropriately in the situation. . . .


Winchester Ammunition Expands Hunting Lines [The Firearm Blog]

deer season xpWinchester Ammunition has been a trusted name in hunting rounds for many years. For 2017, the company expanded several of its hunting ammo lines including the Deer Season XP with a pair of new calibers and the Varmint X with the addition of lead free bullets. Deer Season XP This year, Winchester Ammunition will offer […]

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Tru-Spec’s Stealth XL Backpack [The Firearm Blog]

Tru-SpecTru-Spec is known for making clothing, but the company also makes other gear such as backpacks. One of the company’s newest products is the Stealth XL backpack. One of the popular trends in the bag and pack markets has been the development of concealment bags that do not look “tactical.” In other words, less PALS […]

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The PAF: Chile’s first indigenous submachine gun [The Firearm Blog]

Among the few South American countries that make firearms, Chile is generally well known for its SIG-based 7.62x51mm (SG 542-1) and 5.56x45mm (SG 540-1) rifles, plus  9x19mm and .40S&W submachine guns (SAF, Mini SAF, and SAF 200). The whole operation is in the hands of State-owned FAMAE – Fábricas y Maestranzas del Ejército (Army Factories […]

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Magnetomechanical Recoil Reduction System for Pistols [The Firearm Blog]

Greek company DPM Systems Technologies makes a very unique device called Magnetomechanical recoil reduction system. It attaches to the host pistol via the accessory rail and replaces the recoil spring assembly. The new spring except returning the moving parts to their initial position, also has a built-in recoil reduction system. And as the name implies, it […]

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Valkyrie Dynamics Skeletonized Handgun Grips [The Firearm Blog]

Valkyrie Dynamics manufactures aluminum grips for 1911-style pistols, Beretta FS 92 and SIG P238. Their grips have either deep machined textures or all the way cut through. The textures are mainly of honeycomb and what they call “Cobra” style resembling the snake’s scale pattern. They also come with various finishes and colors. Valkyrie Dynamics 1911 grips […]

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Sunday, 12 March


Testimony before the Minnesota state House Committee on Public Safety on Stand Your Ground bill [John Lott's Website]

Dr. John Lott testified to the Minnesota state House Committee on Public Safety and Security Policy on Stand Your Ground bill. See also his discussion on the op-ed page in the Minneapolis Star-Tribune available here.


Time To Step Up And Stop HB 548: Bloomberg’s Latest Gun Control Legislation That Has New Life at the Roundhouse [NRA-ILA News]

HB 548 Rescheduled For a Hearing On Monday in Santa Fe.  Make Sure You Attend and Stop Bloomberg's Latest Attempt to Re-Brand HB 50.


British Submachine Gun Overview: Lanchester, Sten, Sterling, and More! [Forgotten Weapons]

Armament Research Services (ARES) is a specialist technical intelligence consultancy, offering expertise and analysis to a range of government and non-government entities in the arms and munitions field. For detailed photos of the guns in this video, don’t miss the ARES companion blog post.

Great Britain was one of the few countries that went into World War Two with virtually no submachine gun development. Not every country had an issued SMG by 1939, but virtually everyone had at least been working on experimental concepts – except the British. It was only with the outbreak of hostilities that the need for such a weapon suddenly became apparent and its acquisition became a military priority.

This was solved by acquiring and copying the German MP28/II, which was quickly followed by a simplification program that would lead to the MkI, MkI*, and ultimately MkII and MkIII Sten guns. The Stens were truly exception studies in simplification, getting down to a mere 5.5 man-hours of production time. Only after the threat of immediate German land invasion had subsided was the Sten allowed to become a little bit user-friendly, in the MkV guise.

At the end of WW2, the British were finally able to scrap the Sten (known to be a compromise gun all along) and replace it with something with more finesse. Tests were run on the MCEM series, on BSA guns, on interesting prototypes like the double-stack-magazine Vesely V42 – but it was George Patchett’s much improved Sten which would be chosen and come to be known as the Sterling SMG (named after it’s manufacturer).


New Op-eds in the Hartford Courant and the Minneapolis Star Tribune, fees to price concealed handgun permits out of the hands of poor people and another on Stand Your Ground laws [John Lott's Website]

I have a new piece in the Hartford Courant on Connecticut Governor Malloy's push to raise the state's concealed handgun permit fee from $140 to $370.  The piece starts this way:
Why do Democrats, self-proclaimed champions of the poor, make it so difficult for poor people to defend themselves? Democrats oppose even free voter IDs as imposing too much of a burden on the poor, but when it comes to guns, they don't hesitate to impose fees, expensive training requirements and onerous background checks. These are precisely the things that can put guns out of reach for poor people. 
Connecticut already charges $140 in initial fees for handgun permits — twice the national average. Now Gov. Dannel P. Malloy wants to raise it to $370, with a $300 renewal fee required every five years. 
The proposed initial fee would be roughly 50 percent higher than California's concealed-carry fee, which is currently the highest among states. . . . 
I also testified before the Minnesota House Committee on Public Safety and Security Policy will hear testimony this past Wednesday on a Stand Your Ground bill.  In connection with my testimony, I had a new op-ed piece in the Star Tribune on Minnesota.  The piece starts this way:
In fact, as the Minnesota House Committee on Public Safety and Security Policy will hear in testimony today, Stand Your Ground laws do not allow the initiation of force. Since the response must be proportionate to the threat, a defendant cannot shoot unless he is in imminent danger of serious bodily harm or death. Or, at least, a reasonable person must have cause to perceive such a grave threat. 
Prior to Stand Your Ground, citizens have had to retreat as far as possible and then warn the criminal of their intention to shoot. The concept of “appropriate retreat” is vague and potentially confusing to a defendant who needs to take immediate, decisive action. Delay can sometimes be fatal. Overzealous prosecutors have sometimes argued that the defendant should have retreated even farther. These trials, even if they end in acquittal, are very costly and destroy defendants’ lives.
It stands to reason that the most likely victims of violent crime will benefit the most from Stand Your Ground laws. And who are the most likely victims? Poor blacks in high-crime, urban areas who definitely cannot count on the police to come to their rescue in time. . . .


The Silencing Continues: US SOCOM Restarts Suppressor Upper Receiver Group Upgrade Program for M4A1 [The Firearm Blog]

The US Special Operations Command (SOCOM) has revised its solicitation for the Suppressor Upper Receiver Ground (SURG) program (via FBO.gov). The SURG program is intended to provide an upper receiver for the M4A1 Carbine which would be designed for continuous suppressed use. Last year, SOCOM released the initial solicitation, but some of the original requirements were […]

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Saturday, 11 March


Presentation at the St. Mary School's Issue Day in San Antonio [John Lott's Website]

St. Mary's School in San Antonio has an issues day each year.  This year the issue was gun control.  This video below is a copy of Dr. John Lott's presentation at the event.  The presentation took place on March 3rd, 2017. The entire first part of the debate is available here (Dr. Lott's presentation starts at 51 minutes and 56 seconds into the video). Part 2 of the debate is available here. Part 3 of the debate with questions from the students is available here


Wheellock 101: History and Shooting (Video) [Forgotten Weapons]

The wheel lock was one of the first types of early gun or firearm, developed as an alternative to the simple but problematic matchlock musket. The wheellock uses an iron pyrite set against a spinning serrated wheel to produce sparks to fire a charge of black powder. The wheel lock was complex and expensive, but did not require the constant attention of a matchlock and its slow-burning fuse.

Today we will be discussing the history of the system, and then going through the process of loading and firing a wheel lock. Don’t miss the fantastic slow motion footage!


Update on Constitutional Carry Bills becoming Law this Year, with good chances in at least three more states [John Lott's Website]

After New Hampshire enacted Constitutional Carry, similar bills are still under consideration and a chance in Alabama, Indiana, North Dakota, and South Carolina.  The bill is still under consideration in South Dakota, but the governor in South Dakota has already indicated that he will veto the bill.  As of right now, there is still a chance for 16 to 17 states having Constitutional Carry by the end of the year.

Alabama: Will likely be voted on in the state Senate during the week of March 13th.  Senate Judiciary Committee approved the bill, SB 24, with a 6-3 vote on March 1.

Indiana:  Passed the Indiana state House by a 72 to 26 vote.

KentuckyUnlikely. The bill originally did look promising to pass.  But the bill's sponsor, Sen. Albert Robinson, R-London, said the bill was “on life support.”  And it will have to wait for another session to pass.

MontanaVetoed. The bill, HB262, passed the state House by 60 to 39 and the state Senate by 31 to 18.  The votes were largely along party lines.  However, Democratic Governor Steve Bullock vetoed the bill on February 23, 2017.

New HampshireEnacted. The legislation passed the state House by 200 to 97 after passing the state Senate on a party-line 13 to 10 vote.  Gov. Chris Sununu signed the bill into law.

North Dakota: On February 21 the state House passed the bill by an 83 to 9 vote.  However, in the past two sessions, the state Senate killed the bills.  Governor Dick Burgum has not stated a position on this issue.

South Carolina: Bill approved by a 3 to 0 vote in the state House Judiciary Committee on Thursday, March 9th.  The two Democrats on the committee were both either out of town or out of the country, but both said that they would have voted against the bill.  Republicans outnumber Democrats in the state House by 80 to 44 and the state Senate by 28 to 18.

South Dakota:  The state House passed the bill 37 to 30 and the state Senate by 23 to 11.  Gov. Dennis Daugaard vetoed a similar bill in 2012, and he promises that he will veto it again.  Supporters claim that they believe they may have the votes need to override the veto, but it isn't clear how that is possible.


INTERVIEW with Kori Phillips, Program Officer for LSAT and CTSAS, Part 1: Program History and Ammunition Technical Discussion [The Firearm Blog]

Not long after SHOT Show, I got the chance to interview Mrs. Kori Phillips, former program officer for the Army’s Lightweight Small Arms Technologies (LSAT) program, and current program officer for the Cased Telescoped Small Arms Systems (CTSAS) program. We talked at length about both programs, the technology they developed, and the state of lightweight […]

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Friday, 10 March


BREAKING: Gander Mountain Files Chapter 11 Bankruptcy & Will CLOSE 32 Stores [The Firearm Blog]

Gander MountainMany people predicted the fate of Gander Mountain and now more information is surfacing. By filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy it allows Gander Mountain to clean up their dirty laundry, consolidate as needed, and potentially sell the company without too much disruption for their customers. Gander Mountain‘s timeline is looking loosely like this: Solicit Bids […]

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Iowa: Omnibus Pro-Gun Bill Assigned to Senate Committee [NRA-ILA News]

After passing the House of Representatives earlier this week, House File 517, the omnibus bill which would make many pro-gun reforms for Iowa gun owners,has been referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee where it has received its subcommittee assignment.  State Senators Dan Dawson (R-8), Brad Zaun (R-20) and Janet Petersen (D-18) have been assigned to the subcommittee for HF 517; however, a date and time for the subcommittee hearing has not been set.  Your NRA-ILA will monitor HF 517 closely and keep you apprised of a subcommittee hearing date.  Please contact the members of the Senate Judiciary Committee and urge them to SUPPORT HF 517!


Nevada: Pro-Gun and Hunting Legislation to be Heard in Committees Next Week [NRA-ILA News]

Next week, two pro-gun bills, Senate Joint Resolution 11 and Assembly Bill 118, will be heard by their respective committees.  Please contact the committee members and urge them to support these two important measures!


West Virginia: Range Protection Bill to be Heard in Senate Committee Tomorrow [NRA-ILA News]

Tomorrow, the Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled to hear Senate Bill 575.


Pro-Gun Bills Pending in South Carolina Legislature [NRA-ILA News]

This week, state Representative Mike Pitts (R-14) introduced H. 3930, an NRA-supported permitless carry bill.  This bill was heard in the House Judiciary Constitutional Laws Subcommittee on Thursday where it was reported out with no opposition.  The bill will now go to the full House Judiciary Committee for consideration.  Please contact members of the House Judiciary Committee and urge them to support H. 3930, with no weakening amendments, when it is brought up for consideration!


The Letter of the Law: the Importance of Compliance with Parking Lot Storage Statutes [NRA-ILA News]

You can take your kids to work. You can take your pets to work. But you can’t always take your gun to work.

The Letter of the Law: Parking Lot Storage Statutes [NRA-ILA News]

You can take your kids to work. You can take your pets to work. But you can’t always take your gun to work.


Your Help Urgently Needed to Protect the Second Amendment Rights of America’s Veterans! [NRA-ILA News]

America’s veterans helped protect us. Now we can ensure they themselves are not arbitrarily denied the right of self-protection.


Decades after Firearm Confiscation, Australia Announces New Amnesty Program [NRA-ILA News]

In a tacit admission that criminals and scofflaws have had little trouble circumventing Australia’s National Firearms Agreement (NFA) and the government’s confiscation effort, Australian officials have set a date for another firearms amnesty program. The program is set to begin in July and last for three months. Despite offering no compensation for surrendered firearms, government officials hope that the plan will net 260,000 of an estimated 600,000 illegally possessed guns.


Top 5 Ways To Reload From Slide Lock Tested [The Firearm Blog]

Ever want to see the top 5 ways to reload from slide lock put to the test? You are in luck! Reloading your pistol faster from slide lock isn’t witchcraft, it only takes practice and the right method. In this episode of TFBTV, Patrick takes an analytical look at the 5 basic ways to reload a […]

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Anschutz 160-year Anniversary Rifles [The Firearm Blog]

Anschutz is celebrating its 160-year anniversary. They have announced last year that in celebration of that event they’ll release eight limited edition rifles each month starting from July 2016 to February 2017. The first of July is the day when the company was founded. The total amount of anniversary rifles is 160 (serial numbers: 160 0001 […]

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SHHHHH!!!… the Springfield Armory Silent Operator has Arrived [The Firearm Blog]

Silent OperatorA gun that was simply given away as a prize throughout the “Duel 3” sweepstakes back in 2015 has finally become available to the public. The Springfield Armory Master Class Silent Operator fills a void in the Springfield 1911 line-up since no stock models have threaded barrels. It also tips the scale on the tacti-cool […]

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NRA-ILA Grassroots State of the Union [NRA-ILA News]

Join NRA-ILA Grassroots Director Glen Caroline during NRA’s Annual Meetings and Exhibits in Atlanta, Georgia, for a FREE briefing on NRA-ILA’s grassroots successes in the 2016 elections and how those lessons learned can be applied to defending your rights moving ahead.  Glen will also be discussing modifications & improvements to NRA-ILA’s Grassroots programs to better meet the needs of today’s Second Amendment activists.


Attend NRA-ILA Collegiate Leadership Conference in Atlanta! [NRA-ILA News]

All college students and recent graduates are welcome to join NRA-ILA Grassroots staff for our third annual Collegiate Leadership Conference during NRA’s Annual Meetings and Exhibits in Atlanta, Georgia (admission is FREE). In addition to Grassroots staff, attendees will hear from a panel of pro-gun student activists who will share their successes in organizing in support of the Second Amendment on campus. Participants will also have the chance to network with other students, build a regional activism plan, and talk with NRA-ILA staff about job opportunities.


Wyoming: Pro-Carry Legislation Awaits Governor Mead's Signature [NRA-ILA News]

With only a week left for Governor Mead to sign House Bill 137 into law, it is more important than ever that NRA members and Second Amendment supporters immediately contact Governor Matt Mead at 307-777-7434 and politely urge him to sign House Bill 137 into law.


POTD: .300BLK SIG MCX Pistol [The Firearm Blog]

Looks like SB Tactical is making a new collapsing brace for the Sig MCX rifles. From what I have read online, the collapsing MPX brace is not compatible with the MCX. If you look at the photo above, the adapter that attaches the sliding bars to the MCX receiver is different than on the MPX. […]

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Pistol Pouch— A shooters personal creation [The Firearm Blog]

Eric Miller posted his creation in a FN owners group. He made this pistol pouch for carrying in a vehicle. This is the chest pack I sewed for my FNP 45 tactical. You can open carry or concealed carry with it. It’s very comfortable to wear. And it makes easy access when you’re sitting in […]

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Connecticut: Joint Judiciary Committee to Hear Gun Bills Next Week [NRA-ILA News]

Next Wednesday, March 15, the Joint Committee on the Judiciary is scheduled to consider House Bill 6200.  HB 6200 would require a person openly carrying a firearm to display their permit immediately upon demand by law enforcement.  Please contact the members of the Joint Committee on Judiciary and urge them to oppose this bill!  Also, you may submit your own opposition testimony to the committee by clicking “Public Hearing Testimony” on the committee’s page.


Maine: Several Gun Bills Scheduled for Committee Hearings Next Week [NRA-ILA News]

Next Friday, March 17, the Committee on Criminal Justice and Public Safety will be holding two public hearings on several pro- and anti-gun bills.  It is imperative that you attend these hearings to voice your support for the pro-gun bills and your opposition to the anti-gun bills.  Meeting details can be found below.  Also, please contact members of the Committee on Criminal Justice and Public Safety and urge them to support the following pro-gun bills and oppose the following anti-gun bills.


KGMade UDP Suppressed Pistol Caliber Carbine [The Firearm Blog]

Silencer manufacturer KGMade has teamed up with Angstadt Arms to make an integrally suppressed pistol caliber carbine. Taking cues from other suppressed platforms like the MP5SD, The UDP-9i series features a ported barrel to drop high velocity ammo down to subsonic speeds. In an added twist, however, KGMade has threaded all 15 of the barrel […]

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Czechs Seek Pro-gun Constitutional Amendment in Face of EU Gun Control [NRA-ILA News]

Officials from the Czech Republic have been among the most vocal critics of the European Union’s efforts to restrict the rights of law-abiding gun owners. Most recently, the Czech government has contemplated taking the drastic step of amending the country’s constitution in order to better protect the rights of Czech citizens to possess guns for self-defense.


Attend Firearms Law Seminar in Atlanta [NRA-ILA News]

The Annual National Firearms Law Seminar will be held on Friday, April 28, 2017 as part of the NRA Annual Meetings. The gold standard in firearms law classes, this day-long seminar provides legal instruction for attorneys and all others interested in Second Amendment law. CLE credit for all states is available.


Roosters: Double Edged Sword For Preppers [AllOutdoor.com]

Something happened during the winter of 2015 that sent up red flags.  I knew roosters can be heard for a long way, but this made me take a step back.

It was a typical Southeast Texas winter morning.  The skies were overcast, the wind was still and the air was cool.  I walked out on the deck of my house to enjoy the peace and quiet that country life has to offer.  While enjoying the fresh cool air, I heard the faint crow of a rooster in the distance.

I had an idea whose rooster it was.  I had met the guy a few months earlier at the local corner store.  The problem was, the rooster was about a mile from my house in a straight line.  I know pretty much the exact distance using Google earth, but OPSEC says I can not post that kind of information.

This is a rural area.  There are nothing but trees and a couple of small creeks between my house and the house where the rooster is at.

If there were ever a collapse of society (viral plague, nuclear war… whatever it may be), a crowing rooster would be a dinner bell.  A dinner bell that I know can be heard from a mile away.  This is a serious violation of OPSEC in a post-collapse world.

On the other side of the coin, if you want a sustainable chicken flock you have to have roosters.  Without a couple of roosters and several broody hens, no chicks will be hatched to the replace the chickens that are butchered or die from other causes.  Every year I lose a few chickens to predators.

If you want to have a self-sustaining chicken flock, you need at least two roosters.  That is two dinner bells with a one mile range that may attract hungry people.

Roosters Double Edged Sword

It is not if, but when, there is a major disruption of society, people will be looking for food.  Even the experts admit we are not prepared for a mutated Bird Flu.  If a new strain of the flu is able to infect chickens and other poultry, we would be in some serious trouble.

History has proven time and time again that societies will be disrupted. Whether it was the Plague of Justinian (541–542), Black Death (1348 – 1350), or the 1918 flu pandemic (1918 – 1920) human society is a house of cards waiting to fall.

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MGP-84 Mini: Peru’s short-lived compact SMG [The Firearm Blog]

A while ago, TFB posted (http://www.thefirearmblog.com/blog/2013/04/04/peruvian-mgp-87-grenade-launcher-submachine-gun/) a reprint  of one of my articles for the 1995 Edition of Harris Publications’ SPECIAL WEAPONS for Military & Police, in which full description was given of the MGP family of 9x19mm submachine guns produced during the 1970s and 1980s by Peruvian Navy’s SIMA-CEFAR (Servicios Industriales de la Marina-Centro […]

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Arkansas Senate passes expanded guns bill [NRA-ILA News]

Legislation that entered the Senate last month as a guns-on-campus bill left the chamber Thursday as a proposal to allow concealed carry of weapons at colleges, bars, churches and most public buildings, including the state Capitol.


Connecticut: Gun Rights Supporters Turn Out to Oppose Fee Increases [NRA-ILA News]

Gun rights supporters have turned out in force to oppose Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's plan to increase gun permit fees to help balance the state budget.


Florida: Gun Rights Groups Fire Back [NRA-ILA News]

National Rifle Association lobbyist Marion Hammer said it's too early to declare gun-related bills dead after an influential Miami senator this week appeared to shoot down a number of high-profile proposals."Everything is alive until it is killed by a vote of a committee or on the floor," Hammer, a past president of the NRA, said in an email Wednesday. "My job is not to wring my hands and whine, my job is to work hard for law-abiding gun owners and never quit. That's what I intend to do."


Kansas: Gun groups, educators debate restricting college policies on campus carry [NRA-ILA News]

Gun rights advocates and educators squared off Thursday over whether colleges should be able to regulate concealed handguns as the deadline for allowing campus carry approaches.


Utah: Senate OKs Bill Lowering Age for Right-to-Carry [NRA-ILA News]

State law currently allows those over 21 to get concealed carry permits. Those 18 to 20 years old can only openly carry a gun.Republican Rep. Karianne Lisonbee of Clearfield sponsors the bill and says younger college students should be able carry a concealed weapon to protect themselves from sexual assaults on campus just as older college students can.


“Trump Slump” Proved False by Strong Background Check Numbers [NRA-ILA News]

Rumors of the “Trump Slump” in gun sales have been exaggerated. Recent reports point to three consecutive months of declining NICS background checks (a proxy for gun sales, though not all background checks are connected to a purchase and a single purchase may include multiple firearms) as evidence that President Trump’s election marks the end in a period that saw background checks monthly records broken regularly.


INDUSTRY NEWS: 122 Layoffs At Remington Ilion Plant; 39 In Huntsville [The Firearm Blog]

Recently, it seems like I have had the job of delivering bad news, and unfortunately today is no different. Remington Arms has announced that the plant in Ilion, New York has laid off 122 employees. This is in addition to the 39 layoffs at the Huntsville, Alabama plant from the last quarter of 2016. Predictably, […]

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Schwarzlose 1901 Toggle-Delayed Prototype (Video) [Forgotten Weapons]

Andreas Schwarzlose was a German designer who created several very interesting and unusual handgun designs (in addition to his 1907 heavy machine gun, which was adopted as a standard arm of the Austro-Hungarian military). His first handgun was the 1898 Standard Model, a short recoil, rotating bolt pistol that was remarkably ahead of its time but failed to sell well. This was followed by this experimental toggled locked 1901 prototype design.

The 1901 Schwarzlose is a toggle-delayed blowback system, but not in the same way as the Luger or Pedersen. It has a unique set of arms that provide a major mechanical disadvantage to delay opening when fired, unlike anything else. It also uses a torsion type of mainspring, which is also quite unusual in handgun design. All in all, a fascinating pistol!

When it failed to become commercially successful, Schwarzlose moved on to his 1908 blow-forward pocket pistol, which (remarkably) was the most successful of all his handguns.


Fischer Development Suppressor for Glock 17 and 19 (Austria) [The Firearm Blog]

The desire to make gunfire silent is probably as old as the first pull of the trigger. At IWA and EnforceTac, in the Pol-Tec booth, we found a very interesting solution from Fischer Development. They’re based in Austria, so it’s a safe bet that their suppressor fits the Glock 17 and 19 and – at […]

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Honor Guard 9mm Review [The Firearm Blog]

Our sister blog All Outdoors our good friend Jon Stokes reviews the  Honor Guard Robar NP3 9mm pistol … Unless you’ve been living under a rock or you don’t follow the gun scene at all, you’ve heard of the Honor Guard. This is an American-made (actually, veteran-made) single stack, polymer-framed, striker-fired 9mm pistol in the $400 […]

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The SureFire Field Notes Video Series [The Firearm Blog]

The pros at SureFire have put together an outstanding video series comprised of short clips with gunfighters explaining how to better use illumination to gain tactical superiority. The short version? Bad*sses using guns and lights together to make low light shooting look simple. The ‘Field Notes’ series is up to episode eight, and none of them disappoint […]

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On The Real Side with Joe Messina talking about The War on Guns [John Lott's Website]

Dr. John Lott appeared on The Real Side with Joe Messina talking about The War on Guns -- what the result will be for all the new gun regulations. (Friday, February 24, 2017, from 11:45 to 11:54 AM) [audio available here]


Rogue One – A Tactical Analysis by a Staff Officer [The Firearm Blog]

Perhaps one of my favorite non-firearms blogs is Angry Staff Officer, a completely irreverent, passionate, off-kilter, and on-point blog of a US Army mustang who perhaps regrets the jump into officerdom. In his occasional musings, Star Wars frequently pops up as a favorite topic including his recent missive analyzing the Raid on Scariff as only […]

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BAR Action in Straight Pull Elegance – The Browning Maral [The Firearm Blog]

Its hard not to enjoy a good bolt-action rifle. The action is completely satisfying: unlock, pull, push, and close the action. With fine, smooth guns, it’s a therapy unto itself. However, the manually rotating bolt action is perhaps a vestige of the past, with countries noticing over 100 years that it was faster and more […]

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C&Rsenal Continues Excellent Primer Series with the Venerable SMLE [The Firearm Blog]

C&Rsenal, an utterly fantastic resource for the historically inept at firearms history, has released their latest Primer episode. The Primers are in-depth looks at the firearm including their history (often the result of a combination of conflict, technology, and politics) and their ultimate design, including excellent transparent models. The latest episode focuses on perhaps the […]

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Dispelling Post-Shooting Myths – Massad Ayoob Speaks the Truth [The Firearm Blog]

I carry a gun, everyday, to be prepared for an incident that may require it. However, I, like all firearms owners I know are loathe to use it. If my firearm breaks its holster, it’s because someone is being or will be seriously injured or killed shortly. The thought is not something I relish, but it is […]

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Thursday, 09 March


Ideal Conceal “Call Phone Pistol” Due Out in May or June 2017 [AllOutdoor.com]

If you’ve been waiting for Ideal Conceal to get their “cell phone gun” ready for production, here’s some info for you. They recently sent out an update email… while they say they’re “not there yet,” they add that they “are ready to begin the process of making molds and buying the parts we need to get to production.”

Ideal Conceal has missed out on more than one target date, but at this time they are “speculating the first production run will be in May with full production in June.”

They don’t hide from their mistakes, saying “I’m sorry that I’ve made mistakes in getting here, I know I haven’t delivered on the timeline I laid out. Yet, I am now in a place to produce a dependable tough, light, and reasonably priced pistol I dreamed of, one my wife would carry…”

And in case you pre-ordered and are now over it, you’re welcome to back out: “We can turn your frown upside down by canceling your order and refunding your money.”

Here’s the entire update:

Monday was a hallmark day in the development of this pistol!!

The final design criteria was approved and it was successfully fired, with no demonstrated weakness!  Huge!

This doesn’t mean we’re there, but it means we are ready to begin the process of making molds and buying the parts we need to get to production.  Until Monday, that was not possible, now it is.

You have all been so patient, kind and supportive and I want to thank you for that.

Many of the delays have been due to my total insistence that we only produce a high quality pistol.  One benefit of not having been from the gun business is that I didn’t know what I couldn’t do.

Building a high quality, light, totally custom pistol is not supposed to be affordable?  No one told me that and here we are.

Many people have wanted a specific production date from us, and rightfully so. WE OWE YOU GUNS!

However, I have also given you dates that I haven’t met.  Your trust is very important so the question is do I just throw another production date on the board?  At least now, we have the proven frame, firing control and receiver; THAT IS DONE RIGHT!

Given it can take 8-12 weeks to get injection molds made, I am speculating the first production run will be in May with full production in June.

I’m sorry that I’ve made mistakes in getting here, I know I haven’t delivered on the timeline I laid out.

Yet, I am now in a place to produce a dependable tough, light and reasonably priced pistol I dreamed of, one my wife would carry and one I know it’s done right… Done my way, no shortcuts.

As soon as the patent receipt is back, I will show you all why we ditched a “functional” firing control group for a “fantastic” one.

It cost a lot of time and money to do; but after all that is what makes the difference. Doesn’t matter what it looks like, you have to trust it to fire, every time.

As always, if you’re unhappy – just say so.  We can turn your frown upside down by canceling your order and refunding your money.  I want you to love this gun, so just let me know.

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How Can Deer See in the Dark? [AllOutdoor.com]

This strolled across my Facebook feed this morning, and I thought it was worth a post here.

It was posted to the Hunt Florida Facebook feed, which belongs to Florida’s FWC, which is tasked with managing Florida’s wildlife. Anyhow, here’s what it says about the night vision of whitetail deer:

How deer see in the dark

Not only do deer have a wide field of vision and an amazing ability to detect movement, they also have special adaptations for low light vision. Their eyes have a membrane called the tapetum lucidum, which reflects like a mirror and essentially doubles available light. Plus, deer are likely more sensitive than humans to the blue to blue-green portion of the light spectrum, which helps them see better at dawn and dusk.

And I gotta tell you… from a hunter’s perspective, dawn and dusk are tough times for a deer hunter. They can see well, but we cannot.

That’s when high-quality optics can help… get yourself a good rifle scope if you don’t want to find yourself wondering whether that deer is legal or not as day fades into night.

For more information on whitetails, the FWC has published a profile on their website; check it out when you get the chance.


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Watch: Save the Beaches by Drinking Beer? [AllOutdoor.com]

Okay… let me start by saying that this seems like a really small-scale thing, but it’s a concept that could be really great for our planet.

(Yeah, I know. I rarely use terms like “our planet,” but here it seems applicable.)

What we have is a small machine that turns beer bottles into sand. Why? Well, to reduce commercial dependence on natural sand.

Sand is required to make all kinds of things, and lots of it is dug up from beaches. Do I buy into the alarmist buzz that we are running out of sand? Not exactly… but it’s true that sand is finite. So why not reuse it when you can?

A New Zealand beer company called DB Export has come out with a machine which will pulverize a beer bottle and turn it into sand… or at least, a sandlike substance that will work just as well for construction and other commercial uses. The “beer bottle sand” is then collected and given (that’s right — they say “given,” not “sold”) to companies that can use it

This machine lets drinkers instantly crush their used bottles. A vacuum system removes silica dust and plastic labels, leaving behind pure glass sand.

Every bottle pulverized makes about 200 grams (7 ounces) of sand.


To make a difference, to help protect their beaches, New Zealanders can now drink a beer.

Of course, it’s a great marketing ploy. They never say that their machine will work for anyone else’s bottles… and the opening in the machine doesn’t allow anything other than beer bottles to be inserted. Wine bottles, pickle jars, and the like can all take a back seat. (Because DB Export makes beer…)

And it begs the question: What are their bottles made from? Should they instead be striving to wash and reuse the bottles to prevent their own bottles from using up precious natural resources?

Either way, it’s an interesting idea, and a well-made video. Enjoy.

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Utah: Senate Passes Pro-Carry Legislation on Last Day of Session [NRA-ILA News]

Thanks to your calls and emails, the Utah Senate passed House Bill 198 today with a 22-6 vote.


Arkansas: Campus Carry Legislation Passes Senate with NRA-Supported Amendment - Contact Representatives for Concurrence! [NRA-ILA News]

Today, the Arkansas Senate successfully extracted House Bill 1249 from the Senate Judiciary Committee, amended the bill with the NRA-supported Hendren amendment, and passed HB 1249 with an 18-9 vote!  HB 1249 will now go back to the House of Representatives, where it will likely be assigned to the House Judiciary Committee prior to going before the full House for concurrence.  Please contact the members of the House Judiciary Committee and urge them to support HB 1249, as amended.  Also, contact your state Representative and urge them to concur on this important legislation!


Watch: Heavy Machine Guns of the Great War [AllOutdoor.com]

In this video, Ian takes a look at three main machineguns of Big Rumble One (as my late father used to call it), also known as World War One or The Great War: the German MG08, French Hotchkiss Model of 1914, and a British Vickers gun.

Two of the three — and the majority of machineguns used in WWI — were invented by the American technical genius Hiram Maxim.

Ian takes a peek at Maxim’s history and details on the guns… including the fact that Maxim invented the belt feed in order to keep his guns running — and you’ll also get to find out where “the whole nine yards” phrase comes from.

The Vickers was proven reliable when it was kept firing without pause for more than a week! If only humans were as reliable.

The French Hotchkiss stands alone in this lineup as an air-cooled model, eliminating the need for a water jacket to prevent the barrel from overheating. And instead of using a belt feed, this model used metallic strips, which has both advantages and shortcomings as compared with the belt feed.

We further learn that, although these guns had been around for decades, the countries involved in the war didn’t truly have a good understanding of how to effectively use the guns in combat — nor of how devastating they could be.

They soon found out.

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Wisconsin: CCW Renewal Reform Bills Pass Assembly! [NRA-ILA News]

Today, the Wisconsin Assembly passed Assembly Bill 28, the CCW renewal reform bill, with a 92-7 vote.  Additionally, they voted concurrence on its companion bill, Senate Bill 7.  Senate Bill 7 will now go to Governor Scott Walker (R) for his approval.  Please contact Governor Walker and urge him to sign Senate Bill 7 into law!


Hawaii: Anti-Gun SB 898 Passes in the Senate [NRA-ILA News]

On Tuesday, March 7, anti-gun Senate Bill 898 passed the Senate by a 25-0 vote with three Senators voting “aye with reservations.”  The bill has been transmitted to the House where it is currently pending committee assignments.


Watch: Breakdown 9mm AR Deployed, Fired, and Re-Stowed in Less Than 30 Seconds [AllOutdoor.com]

This is a great, short video from HellHound Patriot.

He grabs the gun from the center console by its pistol grip with his right hand. With his left, he smoothly flips open the folding stock, and in the same motion removes the barrel assembly from its nest within the butt stock

Three seconds later, the barrel has been installed, quickly followed by the 9mm magazine.

He steps out of the vehicle, racks the action using the Devil Dog Concepts Hard Charger side charging handle, and fires off a few rounds.

Then he makes the gun safe and breaks it down again.

Oh, and the entire video is only 26 seconds long! That is fast work.

I think I want a dozen of these… but I’d settle for two.

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Top 5 Underrated and Obscure Concealed Carry Guns [The Firearm Blog]

In this episode of TFBTV, James talks about five guns that he believes are under the radar in terms of being viable concealed carry options.  While there are a lot of great concealed carry options out there (and while there are a lot more than five underrated concealed carry pistols, so…sequel?), all of these are […]

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The New OKC Cerberus Folder [The Firearm Blog]

OKC KnifeOntario Knife Company (OKC) announced a new folding knife called the Cerberus Folder. According to the company, this knife is suited for a range of duties: from every day carry (EDC) to hunting to tactical uses. OKC uses D2 tool steel for the blade. D2 is considered a high chromium steel, and depending on the […]

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“At least” 0.5 MOA: The New SLX-308 from Ritter & Stark [The Firearm Blog]

Ritter & Stark SLX RifleRitter & Stark announced a new rifle line that starts with the SLX-308. The new rifle will be formally introduced to the public at the March 3 opening of the IWA Classics in Nuremberg, Germany this week. The company is introducing a new line of short action precision rifles called the SLX. The SLX-308 will […]

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Binderup case makes SCOTUSBlog "petition of the day" [Of Arms and the Law]

Link here. Binderup is the Third Circuit case where the main issue was 2A as applied; since Alan Gura scored a divided victory in the Circuit, the government is the one now petitioning the Supremes, with amicus briefs from Brady, Everytown, and Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence.

Hat tip to Don Kilmer....


Five Reasons Not To Buy A Glock [AllOutdoor.com]

The Glock 17 was introduced in 1982.  In the following decades, various models of the Glock handgun have been adopted by military and police all over the world.

What is not to like about them?  They are affordable, reliable and have a wide range of aftermarket parts.

However, I am here to tell you there are numerous reasons not to buy a Glock.

Glock Reliability

How is someone supposed to practice clearing a malfunction if the handgun is super reliable?

Someone who has only shot Glocks probably has no idea how to clear a stove pipe, or what to do if there is a failure to feed.  If there ever is a malfunction, they will probably stand there wondering what to do.

Aftermarket Parts

Shortly after someone buys a Glock, they start buying aftermarket parts.  The amount of triggers, safeties, barrels.. etc on the market is stagging.

Maybe the people at the Glock factory put some kind of virus in the handgun that makes people lose all willpower when it comes to buying parts.  Before you know it, all of the families money has been spent on aftermarket parts.  Few months later the house is being foreclosed on.

Where is the family supposed to live?  Think of the children, they did not ask to lose their home for their parents Glock addiction.

Online Communities

Before the Glock owner realizes what has happened, they will be spending hours visiting various Glock forums.

The obsession of having to know about the latest new parts and modifications will consume their life.  Before long the obsession invades the office and work is not getting done.  Then the boss has to let the obsessed Glock owner go.

Magazines Obsession

How many magazines are enough?  Before long the closets are full, the attic is full, the basement is full, only place left is to stack boxes against the walls.

Just a few months after buying a Glock handgun, friends and family members start suggesting you may have a hoarding problem.  Before you know it, the TV show Hoarders is at your front door wanting to do a show.


The Glock is so fun to shoot that owners start stockpiling ammunition.  With every square inch of the floors, walls, attic and basement covered in Glock magazines, where is the ammunition.

Then the secrecy kicks in, the Glock owner rents a storage unit just for the ammunition.  As they start spending time at the storage building counting their ammo, the children are neglected.  Before long the kids start asking “where is mommy or daddy?”  The other parent can only comfort the children as they bravely hold back tears.

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Alabama: Constitutional/Permitless Carry Bill Could Be Considered on Floor Next Week [NRA-ILA News]

Senate Bill 24, the bill which would enable a law-abiding adult to carry a concealed firearm for self-defense without a government-issued permit, could be scheduled for a floor vote in the Senate as early as next week.   Please contact your state Senator and strongly urge them to support this important self-defense legislation!


Pennsylvania: Important NICS Background Check System Legislation Introduced [NRA-ILA News]

This week, two important bills, House Bill 763 and Senate Bill 224, have been introduced in the Pennsylvania General Assembly.  Sponsored by state Representative Jason Ortitay (R-46) and state Senator Camera Bartolotta (R-46), these bills would eliminate the current Pennsylvania Instant Check System (PICS), as well as the current handgun record of sale, and replace it with the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS), which is administered by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).


On the big WWL 870 AM in New Orleans to discuss permitted concealed handguns on College Campuses [John Lott's Website]

Dr. John Lott talked to Don Dubuc about allowing permitted concealed handguns on college campuses. (Friday March 3, 2017, 12:10 – 12:27 PM) [audio avaliable here]


POTD: Maxim 9 Exposed [The Firearm Blog]

I love photos like this. Disassembled guns with all the parts exposed. I wonder if this was photoshopped like J.W. Ramp’s AK47 or if they physically suspended all the parts like the Glock 43 and just photoshopped the strings away?  

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3D Printed Replica Guns Seized In Australia [The Firearm Blog]

A 27 year old Sci-Fi fan has been making 3D printed replicas of guns. He was caught trying to sell one on social media. Police located and seized four imitation pistols, including a 3D-manufactured small Glock, a 3D-manufactured Glock, a 3D-manufactured Sig 250, two air pistols, computer equipment, and two 3D printers I bet he […]

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François Hollande speech: Police Sniper accidentally opens fire, 2 injured [The Firearm Blog]

“J’espère qu’il n’y a rien de grave” – I hope nothing serious happened – those were the words as François Hollande heard a gun shot to his left. Monsieur Hollande was speaking to the public inside a tent, and then continued his speech. François Hollande is a French politician who used to be the President […]

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Utah: Last Chance for Senate to Pass Pro-Carry Legislation is TODAY! [NRA-ILA News]

The Utah Senate has until the end of today to pass pro-self-defense legislation, House Bill 198.


Homeowner justified in shooting [NRA-ILA News]

A homeowner reportedly shot and killed a suspected burglar at a home located near Highland Road. The district attorney’s office, although in the early stages of its investigation, said the homeowner who pulled the trigger isn't being charged. He’s protected by the "Stand Your Ground" law. According to officials, the incident happened at roughly 2 a.m. on Carr Alley. That’s located in the neighborhood behind the intersection of Terrace Avenue and Highland Road. The Baton Rouge Police Department identified the suspected burglar as Anthony Gordon Jr., 40, of Baton Rouge.


Burglar flees from home after homeowner pulls gun [NRA-ILA News]

A burglar who warned homeowners in central Fresno that he was armed ran from the house after a man inside pulled his own handgun Wednesday morning, police said. The incident took place at Dakota Avenue and Ninth Street. Sgt. Clayton Smith said two schools, Centennial Elementary and Duncan Polytecnic High School, were placed on lockdown search for the suspect, who was not located. Police said two women who live at the home saw the burglar trying to get in through a back door. They woke the brother of one of the women. As the man confronted the burglar, the suspect reached inside his clothing and warned that he was armed. The resident then presented his own firearm and the suspect fled. Police surrounded an apartment complex, but were unable to find the suspect.


Richmond man shoots neighbor who tried to invade home [NRA-ILA News]

In what police describe as an “extremely random” attack, a 42-year-old Richmond man was shot in the chest early Wednesday morning while allegedly attempting to break into a neighboring apartment on Post Road. Shad Hembree was taken to MaineGeneral Medical Center in Augusta with non life-threatening injuries. He was expected to be released and taken to Two Bridges Regional Jail in Wiscasset later on Wednesday to face charges including burglary, Richmond Police Chief Scott MacMaster said.


INDUSTRY NEWS: Layoffs At Howell Munitions & Technology [The Firearm Blog]

In yet another sign of changing times within the firearms industry, an anonymous source contacted TFB with the news that Howell Munitions & Technology laid off an unknown number of employees for a temporary two-week period. Apparently employees were also given the “option” to find employment elsewhere. After years of around-the-clock production schedules to keep […]

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Sessions tells prosecutors to toughen up on worst criminals [NRA-ILA News]

In a memo Wednesday, Sessions told the 94 U.S. attorneys to use "the substantial tools at their disposal" to pursue more prosecutions and seek harsh sentences for those who commit robberies and gun crimes. He acknowledged that U.S. attorneys already view this as a main part of their job, but said they must do more to see a drop in violence.


The right call — repealing Social Security gun rule [NRA-ILA News]

What do you call a regulation that summarily deprives law-abiding Americans of their Second Amendment rights without any evidence that they pose a danger to others?If you are a New York Times editorialist, you call it “sensible.”


Massachusetts: Gun control bill debated [NRA-ILA News]

Creem's legislation, SD.1884, calls for the establishment of a grant program for municipal violence prevention programs, funded by a new 4.75 percent tax on gun and ammunition sales. Guns and ammunition already are subject to the 6.25 percent state sales tax.The bill also calls for the adoption of personalized technology to prevent unauthorized users from firing a gun, and a ban on gun sales that aren't performed through a licensed firearms dealer.


Nebraska lawmaker pushes to keep gun registration info private [NRA-ILA News]

Nebraska lawmakers are considering legislation that would exempt gun registrations from public record and add new responsibilities for business owners who want to prohibit firearms in their shops.


Gun buy waiting period would go from three to five days under South Carolina bill [NRA-ILA News]

The extended background check period is one of several components in two bills filed by Sens. Greg Gregory, R-Lancaster; Marlon Kimpson, D-Charleston; and Greg Hembree, R-North Myrtle Beach.


Taurus Curve Review [The Firearm Blog]

When the Curve first came out, the two general reactions were either, “Wow, what a neat idea, conturing to the curve of a torso or waist”. Or, “Good Initiative, bad judgement”. Whatever camp your opinions fall in, we’ve taken an objective look at the Curve at TFB and will attempt to give as comprehensive review […]

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TravTac Onyx Sling Bag Review [AllOutdoor.com]

The TravTac Onyx is a sling bag that was designed with concealed carry in mind, and it makes a great daypack.

Awhile back a representative from Travtac reached out to me through my Youtube account and asked if I would like to do a review of their Travtac Onyx. While looking at the pack on-line, it looked like any other sling pack. Then I received the pack.

First Impressions

First impressions were very good.  Unlike other sling packs, the shoulder strap in the middle of the pack.  This means the pack can be switched from one shoulder to the other.

On a hiking trip in 2016, I used a pack with a shoulder strap that was designed to only be used on the left shoulder.  After around 7 or 8 miles the pain was so bad, that I was thinking about dropping the pack and then going back to get it later.  Even just 4 miles into the trip I had to take a bandanna and put it under the strap for extra padding.

TravTac Onyx review

Canteens not included.

The TravTac Onyx does not have that problem.  The shoulder strap is four inches wide, and is in the middle of the pack so it can be swapped from one shoulder to the other.

External webbing allows for canteens and/or extra pouches to be attached.  For my first hike with the TravTac Onyx, I attached two MOLLE canteen pouches.  One was for a canteen the other was for a dump pouch.

The sternum strap is completely adjustable and is not permanently attached.


From the TravTac Onyx wepage:

  • Made in the U.S.A.
  • Total Capacity (including rear pocket) – approx .397 cu ft. / 686 cubic inches
  • Main zippered compartment – 11.5”h x 9.5”w x 4”d – (8” wide TMC attachment area)
  • TMC and MOLLE attachments
  • True USA made 1050D ballistic fabric shell
  • Completely assembled in USA with double stitched construction
  • Lifetime material and workmanship warranty

Concealed Carry

The TravTac Onyx was designed with concealed carry in mind.  The small pouch has a velcro lining for attaching a velcro lined holster and magazine pouch.

However, I found the latch on the sternum strap slightly difficult to reach in a hurry.  There needs to be some kind of quick disconnect or buckle on the sternum strap.  This allows the sternum strap to be detached and the pack moved to the front where the weapon can be accessed.

I contacted the manufacturer and suggested a quick disconnect on the sternum strap.

TravTac Onyx As A Daypack

On my first hiking trip with the TravTac Onyx I was able to carry:

  • Water filter
  • Mountain House Pasta Primavera pouch
  • Coleman Max blended fuel stove
  • Stove fuel
  • Cook set
  • Cooking accessory pouch

In one of the canteen pouches I packed mosquito repellent and toilet paper.  Besides a rain poncho, I took everything I wanted for a day hike.

I hiked out to a creek a few miles from home, had lunch, then hiked back.  Overall, I was happy with how the pack carried.


The only changes I would make to this pack is to add a quick disconnect or a buckle to the sternum strap.

The velcro held my Glock 19 in place so that I knew exactly where it was at.  Magazine pouches are available through TravTac.

I could not find anything to dislike about this pack.  It did exactly what it was supposed to do, and that is carry my gear with a certain degree of comfort.


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Book Review: The Italian Vetterli Rifle by Robert Wilsey [Forgotten Weapons]

Here in the United States, the Italian Vetterli is overwhelmingly found in the 1870/87/15 guise, and considered unsafe to shoot. However, this is simply the final transformation of a rifle which saw substantial military service and deserves more respect than the often-haggard examples here usually bring.

Robery Wilsey’s new book “The Italian Vetterli Rifle: Development, Variants, and History in Service” does a very nice job documenting the many different iterations of the Vetterli, including the story of its initial adoption and the experimental work surrounds each progressive update. The design began as a single shot 10.35mm weapon, was then upgraded with Vitali’s magazine (after trials with many other types), becomes a 4-round repeater. In addition to the common long rifle, both types were made in a variety of different lengths and configurations for guards, cavalry, etc. These would be again converted to the 6.5mm Carcano cartridge and the 6-round Mannlicher type magazine for WW1 service. As these rebuilds took place, a variety of other changes were made to the sights, safety, receiver, and other elements of the guns – all of which are documented here.

In addition to technical information on the guns, Wilsey has sections covering the ammunition, bayonets, and accessories associated with the system. He has a section on the Italian factories involved in both the manufacture and repair of the guns, and also a section on the far-flung conflicts where the Vetterli saw service (including Russia, Spain, Ethiopia, Libya, Ireland, China, the Balkans, and more).

Cover price is $49.99, and the book is available through Mowbray (the publisher), Amazon, and independent booksellers.



News: Heckler & Koch G28 precision rifle called G28 Z. But what is it? [The Firearm Blog]

The G28 precision rifle will be available as the G28 Z. I would think that the “Z” stands for “Zivil”, or civilian. But as the G28 is the military version of the civilian semi automatic competition rifle named MR308, I’m a bit confused with the terminology (to say the least). If this is due to […]

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5.11 Tactical Teams Up with Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands Tactics [The Firearm Blog]

5.11“In the real world… there is no respawn.” In the newest Tom Clancy game “Ghost Recon Wildlands Tactics” a new level of realism and authenticity is reached for its gamers. Surprisingly, it is not because the firefights sound more realistic or the guns are more true to their origins. It is because of the clothing. […]

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It's Time Again For Floridians To Call Their Legislators [No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money]

The Florida Senate is considering SB 128 which would restore the immunity from prosecution in legitimate self-defense shootings. The original 2005 law had that but the Florida Supreme Court then placed the burden of proof on the defendant and not the prosecution. SB 128 would reverse this.

It should be noted that just because a legislator has a "R" after his or her name does not mean her or she is on our side. Lee Williams, The Gun Writer, illustrates this clearly in his posts about the treachery of Senate President Pro Temp Anitere Flores (R-Miami). She was for gun rights before she was against them. She is responsible for killing the bills that would allow campus carry.

More on the issue in this FloridaCarry alert:

SB 128 - Burden of Proof
Full Senate hears bill tomorrow!

Contact Senators Now!!!

Perhaps the single most important bill of the session, SB 128 - Burden of Proof, restores the
full effect of legislative immunity back to the lawful user of self-defense where it belongs!

When the first claims of immunity were made under the 2005 "stand your ground" bill package, the courts had no judicial procedure in place to deal with the legislative immunity created by the bill.

Chapter 776.032 Florida Statutes clearly states -

A person who uses or threatens to use force as permitted in s. 776.012, s. 776.013, or s.776.031 is justified in such conduct and is immune from criminal prosecution... 

As used in this subsection, the term "criminal prosecution" includes arresting, detaining in custody, and charging or prosecuting the defendant.

The Florida Supreme Court created a procedure, but ignored legislative intent. Under current case law -

1. The burden of proof that self-defense was necessary is on the defendant, not the State.

2. Any evidence or statements made by the defendant may be used against him in any ensuing action.

This great bill restores full effect to the Legislature's immunity statute, which the Court has improperly neutered.

Four amendments were filed today to dilute this bill!

Senators Simmons, Thurman, and Rodriguez have together filed four amendments today, all watering down certain provisions of this bill. These amendments must be defeated or the intent of the Legislature will continue to be ignored by the courts.

Florida Carry opposes the floor amendments filed today, and enthusiastically supports SB 128 as tendered.

important note on contacting your legislators:
We cannot stress enough the necessity of telling legislators how you feel they should vote. During the legislative sessions, we issue Action Alerts asking our members and supporters to take a few moments to contact legislators. Email addresses, subject line, and sample body are all included in these alerts to allow cut and paste into your email client.

Please take the few seconds it takes to send an email when you receive an Action Alert from Florida Carry. The failure or success of a bill can hinge on that simple act.

"The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing." - Edmund Burke

Please, take a few moments to ask the members of the Senate to support SB 128.

Remember that whether you contact the committee members either by email or by phone, to be courteous and respectful above all else. Be sure to keep your message brief, and thank them for their time.

In the subject line put:  SUPPORT SB 128 - Burden of Proof

(Copy and Paste All email addresses into the "Send To" box)

Sample Body:
Dear Senator,
In 2005, the Legislature approved immunity for those involved in lawful acts of self-defense. This immunity included protection from the expense and embarrassment of arrest and prosecution unless sufficient evidence existed to show the act was not in lawful self-defense. The Florida Supreme Court neutered legislative intent by not only placing the burden of proof on the defendant, but that testimony given in defense can be used against the defendant in later proceedings. This flies in the face of Fifth Amendment protection against self-incrimination and certainly is in contrast to the long held American legal principle one is innocent until proven guilty.

Please support SB 128.



Stag 10 Rifles: More Information [The Firearm Blog]

Back in January, I wrote about the new Stag 10 and 10S rifles that were introduced by Stag Arms. These guns are .308 Win/7.62×51 chambered rifles using the semi-automatic AR-style platform. Since that time, the company released additional information and specifications on the rifles. The following details are the most current information on the guns. Stag […]

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DSArms AR-15 Parts+Z Hawk Review [The Firearm Blog]

Having worked on antique firearms in the past, I really appreciate the modularity and ease of repair that modern firearms have.  This is especially true in the case of the AR-15 platform.  That being said, quality parts are needed when making repairs or modifications.  Though I come from a gunsmithing background, I  was not aware […]

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Online Accessory Retailer Sued by San Francisco. Help Support Him. [The Firearm Blog]

NOTE: This post is discussing a legal case, it is not political.  The City of San Francisco has sued three online firearm accessory retailers including Dylan Saunders who runs 7.62 Precision. Why you ask? For having California magazine repair kits listed on their website (illegal in SF and soon to be banned the rest of California) and […]

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On WMAL with Larry O'Connor: federal 4th Circuit upholding an assault weapon ban and gun control disarming the poor [John Lott's Website]

Dr. Lott talked to WMAL's Larry O'Connor about the federal 4th Circuit's decision upholding Maryland's assault weapon ban, Judge Neil Gorsuch's views on guns, the impact that gun control laws have on poor minorities being able to own guns, and the problems with background checks.  Unfortunately, the audio quality on Dr. Lott's microphone was pretty bad up until 6:45 minutes into the interview, though for some reason the quality of the sound on the radio was much better than what is recorded here. (Friday, February 24, 2017, from 3:15 to 3:30 PM) [audio available here]


Finally – Making the Base AR-15 Charging Handle Ambidextrous – Sintercore’s xRS [The Firearm Blog]

The standard AR-15 charging handle is both loved and hated. Often one of the most underappreciated pieces on the rifle (perhaps only behind the buffer retention pin or castle nut), the charging handle was designed for a very specific mode of operation, namely using two fingers and pulling to the rear over the buttstock. Few […]

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Suarex International Adds Another “Firearm” To Its Offerings [The Firearm Blog]

Suarez International, quick to recognize the market opening for “firearms”, has announced a new “firearm”, the Remington 870 Stakeout 12 Guage. The new shotshell shooting “firearm” features a 14″ barrel and a club-style grip bringing the overall length below the statutory definition of a “shotgun”, making it an unregulated “firearm” in the eyes of the […]

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Lancer Announces M-LOK OEM Handguard Updates [The Firearm Blog]

Lancer Systems, known for their fantastic* AWM magazines and advanced composite works, has announced an update to their OEM series of handgaurds for both SIG and HK firearms. The new update transitions the carbon fiber handguard offerings to Magpul’s M-LOK system for greater compatibility with accessories. The platforms included in this update include the Sig516, Sig716, and […]

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No, the Glock Protest is NOT likely to Derail Sig’s Win [The Firearm Blog]

I’ve rather enjoyed the hub-ub over the recent protest filed by Glock on the XM-17 Modular Handgun System award to Sig Sauer. The community is all abuzz with rumors and speculation, mostly centering on how Glock would not likely have a manual safety (they do for the submission) and how the MHS is the “only” […]

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Wednesday, 08 March


POTD: New Unfired Nickel Colt Python and Colt Diamondback [The Firearm Blog]

Most of us drop into local gunshops from time to time just to see what’s new. The fun part is you never know what you’ll find. When I visited this particular shop I was blown away by what I found. Let me preface this by saying I’ve always loved the Colt Python as well as […]

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Washington: Anti-Gun Bills Fail to Make Deadline [NRA-ILA News]

Today, at 5:00pm, marked the deadline for bills to be voted out of the House they originated in.


Review: Bog-Pod SB-2C Bipod [AllOutdoor.com]

Shooting is fun, and hunting is the greatest activity ever created… but both of them suck if you can’t hit your intended target. That’s where the benefit of taking a rest comes into play.

I’ve now got 34 deer seasons under my belt, and I started shooting targets and small game a few years before I first went after whitetails. I’m not the greatest rifle shot there is, but I hit a lot more often than I miss. One large factor in my success is that I’ve learned to prop up my rifle whenever I can. A steady rest can make all the difference… especially when you’re jazzed up and shaking from an overdose of adrenaline.

Enter the Bog-Pod SB-2C, an adjustable bipod designed with hunters in mind. To start out, I’ll let the manufacturer describe it:

Manufacturer Description

The SB-2C is a lightweight, compact bipod designed to provide sportsmen with a steady shooting platform in all conditions. The SB-2C can be used either kneeling or sitting. The added Camo pattern to the legs provide more concealment and a NEW rubber retention strap holds the SB-2C to the gun for quick gun and bipod repositioning.

(Photo: Battenfeld Technologies, Inc)

(Photo: Battenfeld Technologies, Inc)

Manufacturer Specs

  • Three-section, lightweight aluminum legs with matte camo finish
  • High-strength ABS plastic head and leg connectors
  • Rubber retention strap to attach the bipod to your gun
  • Rapid-adjust twist locks loosen or tighten legs with just a couple of turns
  • Removable rubber feet unscrew to a reveal carbide tips for better grip on ice
  • Height: 21-40 inches (measured from ground to yoke with bipod legs open)
  • Weight: 19 ounces per manufacturer (mine weighs 20.4 ounces)

In the Field

The Bog-Pod SB-2C looks good at home and in camp, but how does it perform in the woods? Naturally, I set out to discover the answer… and was pleased with the results. On one lengthy and interminably boring deer hunt, I abandoned my climbing stand and set up a folding chair on the ground at the base of a tree.

(Photo: Russ Chastain)

(Photo: Russ Chastain)

To keep my rifle at the ready, I strapped the Bog-Pod to its forend and propped the rifle butt in my right shirt pocket.

(Photo: Russ Chastain)

(Photo: Russ Chastain)

With the butt in that position, all that was needed to get the gun on target was to grab the pistol grip with my right hand and lift the butt a few inches. I also found that I could move the feet of the bipod away from me so it would transfer a touch of the gun’s weight back towards me, and the butt would stay right on my shoulder, reducing necessary movement even more.

(Photo: Russ Chastain)

(Photo: Russ Chastain)

This bipod did a nice job, and after hunting one afternoon with it, I liked it.

Having a bipod strapped to your gun is sometimes a hassle, but this one was pretty steady… and when I stood up to stretch or pee, I simply left the bipod right where it was, stood, and set the rifle’s butt on the seat of my chair. The SB-2C held it securely.

The legs are aluminum, with a camo finish… and each leg has a “handle” area of black foam near the top, about 8 inches long. This is helpful in cold weather, because aluminum can chill your fingers pretty quickly.

The rubber strap to hold it to your gun is heavy-duty and tough.

The top yoke (which they call a USR, or Universal Shooting Rest) is made of tough black plastic, with rubber molded to its inside where it cradles your rifle… and the yoke silently rotates 360 degrees.

The legs telescope and each leg consists of three sections. Twist the legs (not the plastic pieces) to lock or unlock a telescoping section, and generally the most you will have to turn it to lock or unlock is one full turn. When extending, watch for the triangular emblems that say “stop here” — and stop there. It’s possible to extend about an inch past those symbols, but you don’t want to do that.

And it’s worth noting that you can loosen a leg too much, to the point where it won’t lock no matter how much you turn it clockwise. The package includes instructions for dealing with that situation; you apply slight pressure to bow the leg, while turning the smaller section clockwise at the same time.

The feet are covered by plastic screw-on caps, which can be unscrewed to reveal non-pointed carbide tips that should help prevent it from slipping on ice or other hard surfaces.

The Bummers

What I didn’t like was that every time I lifted it up, the bipod legs want to close. So if I wanted to turn and look another direction, it required two hands. If the bipod legs had more friction and would stay open when lifted it, life would have been easier.

Also, the plastic covers for the feet can easily be lost because you have to remove them entirely to reveal the carbide tips.


All in all, the Bog-Pod SB-2C is a good product, and I can recommend it. It’s steadier than the shooting sticks that I’ve been using for years, although it’s also longer, bulkier, and a little heavier.

It’s also quite a bit more deluxe and does a better job of cradling my rifle stock. And if you have a wood stock that you care about, this is a great choice because it won’t tend to scratch or dent the forend.

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Prepper’s Stockpile Has 100 Knives & No Guns, But He Still Out-preps You [AllOutdoor.com]

There’s an article making the rounds about a “doomsday prepper” firefighter in NYC who has thrown all opsec to the wind and is showing off his stockpile for the press.

The response to this in the typical prepper hangouts is predictable, and the folks calling him out are not entirely wrong. Yeah, 100 knives is overkill, and no guns is sad. (But what’s he supposed to do? He’s in New York, not America.) And yes, his food and water situation seems iffy.

But I’m gonna tell you what I see when I look at this article: I see a guy who’s more prepared than 90% of the people laughing it up at his expense right now. How’s that? Just look at him. Dude is an NYC firefighter, and he’s in shape.

This guy can carry a full load that would make most armchair operators’ knees buckle, and he has experience working in dangerous situations under immense pressure.

I realize he’s not bulletproof, and a pencil neck with a cheap carry piece could ruin his day in a disaster, but I also don’t think he’s totally gunless. My bet is that he either has one stashed somewhere, or he knows where to get one in a pinch.

Regardless of how well he is or isn’t armed, the fact that I have yet to see a single prepper remark on his apparent physical condition and training, while everyone is virtually unanimous in ridiculing his choice of gear, tells me all I need to know about the modern prepper/survivalist movement.

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Only Three Guns: Pro Shooter Jerry Miculek Answers the Burning Question [AllOutdoor.com]

My recent post on the suitability (or, rather, lack thereof) of the .357 revolver as a primary SHTF sidearm stirred up quite hornet’s nest, and I’m not surprised. The .357 revolver is the “one handgun” choice of a previous generation of shooters, and you can almost predict someone’s answer to this popular question if you know their age. The older crowd prefers the .357, and the younger, Gun Culture 2.0 folks tend to prefer a Glock in 9mm.

My own preference is for a modern, striker-fired semi-auto in 9mm, but as I noted in that article, plenty of our own writers disagree and are all about the .357 revolver. They’re in good company, too, as shootist extraordinaire Jerry Miculek would also take an 8-shot .357 wheelgun — specifically a Smith & Wesson 627 — as his One Handgun for every situation. Take a look:

In a later video, he goes into the question of his favorite caliber, and it turns out it’s the .45 ACP:

Both of these caliber choices are about versatility — the fact that each of these two calibers lets you load a wide range of bullets weights and pressures.

As for Jerry’s other two guns, he picks a rifle in .22LR and a 12-gauge shotgun. I wholeheartedly agree with these picks, even though we do part ways on the handgun choice.

Now, why is there a picture of a bear at the top of this article? It’s a little joke for those of you who caught the earlier .357 article.

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Louisiana Youngster Catches 10-pound Bass from Bayou Bienvenue [AllOutdoor.com]

Bayou Bienvenue is near the famed south Louisiana coastal town of Chalmette. But unlike the coastal fishing there, Bienvenue is best known for giving up heavyweight largemouth bass, not redfish and seatrout like that in the saltwater marshes of Chalmette.

Brian and Brennan Silcio know that and target Bienvenue’s heavy bass, and have a solid record of catching 4 and 5 pounders. But 15-year old Brennan recently hooked and landed a 10-pound bass of a lifetime from Bienvenue, and it has made the Chalmette High School sophomore something of a hero, at least with his family and proud father Brian.

Brennan tossed a 3/8-ounce Bruiser Custom Jig to rocky spot near a wooden bulkhead one afternoon, and it got slammed by a fish. The fish hit and ran more like a redfish than a largemouth, but when the fish jumped, the father-and-son angling team realized the catch was much more rare than a similar size red.

Father Brian netted the bass, weighed and measured it, and realized they had to get it to an official scale fast for an accurate weight. On official scales it went precisely 10-pounds, measuring 26.3 inches in length.

It was one of only two fish the anglers caught all day. But it was a fish a lifetime for anyone, especially for a 15-year old.



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Bill Introduced: Background Checks For Unfinished Receivers [AllOutdoor.com]

Before we talk about the bill, let’s take a few minutes and discuss unfinished receivers.  There are unfinished receivers that can be bought without a background check and do not have a serial number.  Current law says the receivers can be no more than 80% finished.

The person who buys the receiver must then finish the machining process themselves.  This usually involves having some machinist tools and a drill press.

It is strictly prohibited for someone else to machine the part and then give it back to the owner.

H. R. 1278 was introduced into congress and states:

To amend title 18, United States Code, to require firearm
assembly kits to be considered to be firearms.
1 Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representa-
2 tives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,
4 This Act may be cited as the ‘‘Ghost Guns Are Guns
5 Act’’.
8 Section 921(a) of title 18, United States Code, is
9 amended—
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•HR 1278 IH
1 (1) in paragraph (3), by striking ‘‘or (D) any
2 destructive device’’ and inserting ‘‘; (D) any destruc-
3 tive device; or (E) any combination of parts designed
4 or intended for use in converting any device into a
5 firearm and from which a firearm may be readily as-
6 sembled’’; and
7 (2) in paragraph (4)—
8 (A) by adding ‘‘and’’ at the end of sub-
9 paragraph (A);
10 (B) by striking ‘‘and’’ at the end of sub-
11 paragraph (B) and inserting a period; and
12 (C) by striking subparagraph (C).

It appears that not only does the law target unfinished lower receivers, but also parts kits.

As of March 8, 2017 the law states,

Does an individual need a license to make a firearm for personal use?

No, a license is not required to make a firearm solely for personal use. However, a license is required to manufacture firearms for sale or distribution. The law prohibits a person from assembling a non–sporting semiautomatic rifle or shotgun from 10 or more imported parts, as well as firearms that cannot be detected by metal detectors or x–ray machines. In addition, the making of an NFA firearm requires a tax payment and advance approval by ATF.

[18 U.S.C. 922(o), (p) and (r); 26 U.S.C. 5822; 27 CFR 478.39, 479.62 and 479.105]

Why Is This Important

We have a natural right that has existed before the foundation of any form of government to fashion a weapon to defend ourselves.  All through history mankind has had the right to make our own weapons.  Whether it was a wooden spear, sword, lance or in this case a modern firearm, these rights predate all forms of government.

It is also very unlikely that a criminal would take the time to assemble a firearm from an 80% lower.  Why take the time to buy all the parts, machine and then assemble the firearm?

Gun grabbers are just looking for something to complain about.

Special thanks to Gun.com for running an article on the bill.

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TFB TV Goes to the UK! British Shooting Explained [The Firearm Blog]

TFB TV pairs up with Callum from English Shooting, a British Channel devoted to discussing the shooting sports in the United Kingdom. Callum talks about the differences between a Firearms and Shotgun Certificate, the various options out there when it comes to semi-automatic, pump action shotguns in addition to all things .22 LR which is […]

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Armasight AIM: Rethinking Civilian Night Vision Rifle Systems [The Firearm Blog]

I recently picked up an Armasight AIM, which is a novel way of outfitting a rifle with night vision capability. If you’re already intimately familiar with night vision systems (Say, if you know what the pots are and where to find them) and just want to hear about the AIM, scroll down to the first […]

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SilencerCo & Boresight Summit Glock Osprey Package [The Firearm Blog]

SilencerCo has just announced their newest run of the Summit Series custom firearm and silencer package. In collaboration with Boresight Solutions, SilencerCo is offering a highly modified Glock 19 in combination with an Osprey 9K. The new release is being listed for sale at $3,150 directly from Only The Best Firearms. If you’re a fan […]

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Five Tips For Moving Spring Chicks [AllOutdoor.com]

When are spring chicks supposed to be moved to the main flock?

You took the plunge, bought some spring chicks, they are growing like crazy, but you are unsure when they should be moved to the main flock.  This is a question that just about everyone who has an established chicken flock ask.

Let’s talk about some tips to help in your decision on when to move the chicks.

Location and Weather

A lot of it depends on location and weather.

I usually buy my chicks around the first of February, and they are usually ready to go out to the main flock around the middle of March.  Here in Southeast Texas, our chances of freezing weather and frost are almost gone by the Ides of March.

In the north where there is still snow on the ground, chicks may not go out to the main flock until much later.

Fully Feathered 

Before chicks go out, they should have their tail feathers and have well defined wing feathers.

In case there is a cold snap, being fully feathered will help the chicks deal with the cold weather.

Use A Fishing Net

Chicks at 6 weeks old will be very fast and agile.  Trying to grab them by hand can be dangerous to the chicks.

Rather than trying to grab the chicks by hand, get a fishing net.  Put the net over the chick, scoop it up, then take it out of the net.

Be Gentle

The chick may become tangled in the net.  Take your time and be gentle when removing the chick,

This is a traumatic experience, which will only be made worse if the chick is injured.

What To Expect With Spring Chicks

Released into the main chicken house the chicks will probably find somewhere to hide.  Chances are they will bunch up in a corner, or hide behind something like the feed barrel..

Give them their space.  The first couple of days will be spent exploring the chicken house and just outside the house.  The chicks will see the big chickens going through the door and will figure it out.

In no time they will be outside the chicken house digging around.




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California: Briefing Completed in Request for Supreme Court Review of Peruta Carry Case [NRA-ILA News]

On March 7, 2017, the NRA and CPRA, along with the other plaintiffs in the case, filed its reply brief in support of the petition for the Supreme Court to review Peruta v. San Diego, which seeks to confirm that the Second Amendment protects the right to carry a firearm for self-defense.


Florida Report: Sen. Anitere Flores Turns on Law-abiding Gun Owners [NRA-ILA News]

SB-646 Open Carry and SB-616 Courthouse Carry by Sen. Greg Steube were both scheduled to be heard by the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday, March 7, 2017, between 4:00-6:00pm.  However, when SB-616, the first of the two bills came up, committee member Sen. Anitere Flores conducted questioning of the Chairman and bill sponsor, Greg Steube, and then made her anti-gun statement declaring her intentions regarding pro-gun bills.


Oklahoma: Legislative Update on Pro-Gun Bills [NRA-ILA News]

Multiple pro-gun bills are currently awaiting consideration in both chambers of the Oklahoma Legislature after having been passed out of their respective committees:


POTD: Nighthawk Wheel Gun Wednesday [The Firearm Blog]

Photo credit goes to @Metalhead_1 The Rolls Royce of revolvers 💵💵💵@nighthawkcustom Mongoose 357 Magnum built by Korth, with a gorgeous @seanmarfione@anthonymarfione Tachyon III Damascus blade at @otbfirearms, and my new @rvlvrwatch A7B Gun Metal watch. That is a nice setup. I particularly like the revolver motif in the watch.

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Arkansas: Senate Moves to Bring Campus Carry to Floor - Action Needed [NRA-ILA News]

The Arkansas Senate Judiciary Committee failed to amend House Bill 1249 with NRA-supported language.


Royal Nonesuch Show Us How To Build Booby Traps! [The Firearm Blog]

Well. They are Booby Trap Alarms according to his Youtube video title but you could modify the design slightly and come up with something that undoubtedly violates some law here in the United States. Royal keeps it legit and has designed a trip wire notification device that uses cut down 12 gauge shot shells to […]

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Thrunite Archer 1A V3 Flashlight Review [AllOutdoor.com]

The Thrunite Archer is one of my favorite compact flashlights.  There are two different versions of the Archer:  1A uses a single AA battery,  2A uses two AA batteries.  In this review we will be looking at the 1A model.

Awhile back someone from Thrunite sent me an email through my Youtube account and asked if I would like to review some of their flashlights.  The first flashlight was the Thrunite TN12, then they sent me the Archer.

As soon as I opened the Thrunite Archer box, it looked like it was ready to go to work.

Thrunite Archer Specifications

  • Output and estimated run-time:
  • Firefly: 0.1 lumen (17 days)
  • Low: 17 lumen (22 hours)
  • Medium: 75 lumen (5 hours)
  • High: 200 lumen (115 minutes)
  • Strobe: 200 lumen (3.5 hours)

Thrunite Archer Review

Estimated run time of 22 hours on low with a single AA battery? That is very impressive, at least to me anyway.

Length: 4 1/8 inches

Diameter: 3/4 inch

Weight with battery: 2.45 ounces

Carry pouch and lanyard included.  The lanyard is rather small.  I suggest replacing it with some good quality cord, such a