Tuesday, 17 May

16:00

HOT GAT or FUDD CRAP? Is This Mauser a Wowser or just a Middlerbrow-ser? [The Firearm Blog]

Hot Gat or Fudd CrapWelcome everyone to the 143rd edition of ‘Hot Gat or Fudd Crap?’, one of our many series here on TFB. If you’re new to the series, this is where we look at the most obscure firearms that are actually for sale and ask the question – is this Gat a sweet deal or only has […]

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11:00

Converting Ruger American Ranch Rifles To Accept AK Magazines [The Firearm Blog]

AK Magazine Conversion For Ruger American Ranch RiflesIf you’ve been eyeing the Ruger American Ranch rifles, specifically the ones chambered in 7.62x39mm, you’ve probably noticed that Ruger opted to use their own proprietary magazine from the Mini-30 rifle. While no one seems to be complaining about reliability with the Mini-30 magazine, there have been complaints online that AK pattern magazines aren’t an […]

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10:00

AllOutdoor Review – Old Trapper Beef ‘n Cheese Zero Sugar Snack Sticks [AllOutdoor.com]

When it comes to exploring in the outdoors one of the first things we look to place in our packs are snacks. Depending on the amount of time we are spending in the wilderness and just how “lost” we are looking to get in nature, we might need anything from a handful of trail mix to packing out full-fledged meals. More often than not, we are simply reaching for grab-n-go type snacks like nuts, beef jerky, or fruit. Beef jerky is easily the most popular because it is stable and safe to eat for so long – nearly impervious to extreme heat or cold. One beef jerky snack we will be taking a look at here today is Old Trapper Beef ‘n Cheese Zero Sugar Snack Sticks in their Jalapeño flavor. Let’s dive in!

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About the Company – Old Trapper Beef ‘n Cheese Zero Sugar Snack Sticks

Old Trapper – like many great companies and how most good stories begin – started from humble means and grew into something much larger over time. Beef jerky of all kinds is a favorite snack among outdoor enthusiasts because it is shelf stable for a long time and once it is in your pack it remains resistant to extreme temps, adverse weather, and unpredictable conditions Mother Nature might throw at you for long periods of time. The origin story of Old Trapper is outlined below by the company itself:

“Our famous Old Fashioned beef jerky was born 50 years ago in the back of a small roadside grocery store on the outskirts of Tillamook, Oregon. After years of hard work and sacrifice, Old Trapper had grown to become a favorite among local jerky lovers and connoisseurs nationwide, but the best was still yet to come. 

Today, we’re the country’s second-largest beef jerky manufacturer, our new facility is fully operational, and we’re ready to take the next big step in a company story that began in a humble grocery store way back in 1969.”

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Photo Credit: Old Trapper

Specifications – Old Trapper Beef ‘n Cheese Zero Sugar Snack Sticks

This Jalapeño version of the Old Trapper Beef ‘n Cheese Zero Sugar Snack Sticks contain some natural meat and flavors as well as some artificial ingredients (preservatives to make it shelf stable longer). Overall, it is expectedly high in protein and fat while being low in carbs with zero sugar. All of this has upsides and downsides depending on how you look at it which we will discuss shortly. All of the ingredients can be read below as presented by Old Trapper:

  • Beef, Beef Hearts, Water, Reduced Lactose Whey (Contains Milk)
  • Hydrolyzed Corn Protein, Corn Syrup Solids, Salt, Flavorings
  • Monosodium Glutamate, Dextrose, Sodium Phosphate, Sodium Erythorbate
  • Lactic Acid Starter Culture, Sodium Nitrite, BHA, BHT

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The Jalapeno version of Old Trapper’s Snack Sticks are meant to add in a bit of spiciness with Jalapeño pepper flavor in the beef stick and a spicy Pepper Jack cheese to compliment it. These snack sticks are available in either an Original flavor or the Jalapeño kind we are reviewing here today. They are individually sold in grocery and convenience store checkout lines nationwide. The MSRP is $21 for a 14-count box if bought in bulk.

“Old Trapper’s Beef ‘n Cheese Zero Sugar Snack Sticks – a savory, zero sugar snack combo perfect for hunting and outdoor adventures. It is low in calories and carbohydrates and high in protein, as well as packed full of iron and zinc, which are essential minerals that help boost the immune system and fuel the body – a quick grab and go treat to pack for hunting trips.”

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Photo Credit: Old Trapper – 14 Count Box at an MSRP of $21

Field Use – Old Trapper Beef ‘n Cheese Zero Sugar Snack Sticks

When it came to using and consuming these snack sticks out in the field I had quite a few thoughts. The meat stick of this duo package had good texture, a firm yet soft bite into it, and its taste was on point. The meat tasted like it was of good quality and the Jalapeño flavor was a slight kick; nothing overpowering or unpleasant. So, for the meat stick in this package, I rate its taste and quality pretty high.

The cheese stick, that accompanied the Jalapeño beef stick, left me desiring something more. The cheese had a processed taste, was surprisingly dry, and simultaneously greasy in the packaging. The cheese by itself was uninspiring, but paired with the Jalapeño beef stick, they made a decent pair. I ate the Old Trapper Beef ‘n Cheese Zero Sugar Snack Sticks by chomping on a portion of cheese and beef together. In this fashion, they were a suitable snack for being out in nature.

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I brought them with while tending my family’s angus beef cattle and also while out on long walks with my two rambunctious corgis. I appreciated that there was no sugar in these beef sticks because I felt no “spike” or “crash” in energy from eating them. Simply, they satisfied my hunger temporarily until my next full meal. When it comes to beef snacks that is exactly what I am looking for; curbing satiety and keeping on the move.

Final Thoughts – Old Trapper Beef ‘n Cheese Zero Sugar Snack Sticks

So, what are my final thoughts on the Old Trapper Beef ‘n Cheese Zero Sugar Snack Sticks in their Jalapeño flavor?… Overall, I wasn’t as impressed with the cheese stick, but I thoroughly enjoyed the beef stick. When you also consider there is zero sugar and it is fortified and enriched with vitamins and minerals, it makes for a good on-the-go, outdoor snack. For anybody standing in line at a gas station wondering what to reach for on their next hiking trip, this is a solid option.

In closing, I want to say thank you to Old Trapper for allowing AllOutdoor and myself the opportunity to try out their Old Trapper Beef ‘n Cheese Zero Sugar Snack Sticks. That is greatly appreciated. Also, we would like to know what all of you guys and gals think? Do you believe that the Old Trapper Beef ‘n Cheese Zero Sugar Snack Sticks is something worth spending your money on as an outdoor or backpacking snack? As always, let us know all of your thoughts in the Comments below! We always appreciate your feedback.

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10:00

Beretta Launches New APX A1 Full Size Pistol [The Firearm Blog]

Beretta Launches New APX A1 Full Size PistolBeretta have unveiled their newest pistol, the APX A1 FS, evolving their APX platform and making some important improvements including new slide serrations, new trigger and springs, an MRDS optics cut and improved ergonomics. The APX A1 full size follows the APX A1 Carry which was introduced in October 2021. Our very own James Reeves […]

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09:30

POTD: So Much Potential – Colt Police Positive Special Prototype [AllOutdoor.com]

Welcome to today’s Photo of the Day! Here we have a Colt Police Positive Special Prototype. Tomorrow continues the trilogy of Colt Police Positive Special parts on the Curious Relics Segments. In the spirit of buildup, I thought this would be a neat look into what is ahead. There were five issues of Colt Police Positive revolvers and after the third issue they began to change into a more modern Colt revolver look. I do not know much about this particular Police Positive Special Prototype, but I would wager it was either pre-fourth issue or fifth. It features an original four-inch Police Positive Special barrel which makes me think it may be pre-fourth issue. This is because the fourth and fifth issues were renamed/lumped in with the Police Positive revolvers and simply named “Police Positive”.

Police Positive Special Prototype

“The included Colt factory letter identifies this revolver by its serial number (LW1) as a prototype and experimental revolver with low serial number kept by the Colt factory. The letter also confirms the caliber, barrel length, aluminum alloy frame, checkered black rubber wraparound finger groove grips with gold plated Rampant Colt medallions and with a “special matte finish”. The serial number is marked in electric pencil on the inside of the frame. The right side of the barrel has the one line Hartford address and the left side is marked “POLICE POSITIVE/38 SPECIAL CTG.”, with the Rampant Colt on the left side of the frame.”

Lot 2802: Documented Experimental Prototype Colt Police Positive. (n.d.). Rock Island Auction Company. photograph. Retrieved May 16, 2022, from https://www.rockislandauction.com/detail/75/2802/documented-experimental-prototype-colt-police-positive.

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09:00

Emerald Coast Pier Fishing Guide: Cobia – Prize of the Pier [AllOutdoor.com]

The Cobia (Rachycentron canadum) is the largest edible fish that is commonly caught on the pier. Also called ling and lemonfish on the pier. These fish are capable of reaching over 100 pounds and 6ft in length. With thick long bodies with a brown coloration on them except for their cream-white bellies, they have a broad bony head with a large mouth that has rough patches of small teeth.

Most of their fins are soft rayed except for 8 sharp spines where the dorsal fin normally is on other fish. These spines can be folded down or extended and can cut you easily, so do be careful. These fish are incredibly strong and because of that and their willingness to hit jigs, they are incredibly popular to target. While the main run starts around the end of March to the middle of May, they can be found hanging around the pier into the fall.

An odd thing about these fish is while they are the only species in their genus and family, their closest relative is the lowly shark sucking remora. Considered by many as a nuisance and trash fish the remora does look similar in coloration to young cobia and are often mistaken for them when in the water.

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Remora – Remora remora

Tackle

You need a large strong spinning reel for targeting cobia, something capable of holding either a 25lb monofilament line or a 60lb braid. I use a Penn 706z and a Daiwa Catalina 5000 when I fish for Cobia, but anything in that size range will work. Van Staal Spinning Reels, Shimano Saragosas, and Penn Spinfishers are all very popular choices on the pier. Because of the long-distance casting that might be needed, I recommend a rod that’s at least 8 feet long. The rod has to be able to cast a 2 – 4oz cobia jig easily and accurately. Many local tackle shops have cobia rods made by local rod makers, these are a great choice for starting out fishing the pier.

Van Staal Cobia Jig Pier Fishing
Cobia Rod with Van Staal Reel and a custom jig (Photo courtesy of Ana Edwards Photography)

For terminal tackle, you need a cobia jig or two. They are flashy jigs usually 2 – 4oz available in a variety of colors and materials. They come in a lot of different head varieties as well with people swearing by their favorite jig head pattern. This should be tied onto an 80lb fluorocarbon leader probably 18″ in length. While they aren’t very line shy, the fluorocarbon is a bit harder than mono and holds up better to the rough teeth during a fight.

Technique

A crowd of Cobia Fishermen on the rail (Photo courtesy of Ana Edwards Photography)

Cobia fishing from the pier is almost 100% a sight fishing technique. You scan the water to the east watching the farthest out you can see to look for a brown shape swimming down the beach towards you. You have to call “First Shot” on every Emerald Coast beach pier except Navarre. This tells everyone who’s fishing for cobia on the pier that you get to have the first throw on the fish. If you don’t follow the “First Shot” rule on the pier and cast on someone else’s fish expect a fight. And if you hook the fish, don’t expect any help landing the fish.

So, to aim the jig so it lands past the fish, if you drop the jig right on its head it will bolt. Then, work the jig near the surface of the water across the cobia’s path. If it’s hungry it’ll inhale the jig usually. Sometimes you’ll see the fish roll belly up on a jig. Then, set the hook and fight it to the pier. They don’t so much as run, but instead brawl and thrash when hooked.

Once the fight is done, and it’s by the pier, someone hopefully should have a cobia gaff or landing net ready. Listen to them, and work with them to land the fish. If they say point the rod this way or move a certain direction listen to them. Once it’s on the gaff or in the net, open up your bail in case the cobia flops off the tines of the gaff.

The other way cobia are caught on the pier is on a down rod on the west side of the pier. Sometimes cobia travel along the bottom out deep where they can’t be seen, then once they hit the pier they travel up and down the pier eating crabs and fish. So, you set a heavy combo with a live eel or crab on the bottom right next to the pier, and just hope a cobia comes by and eats it.

Cobia being flipped over the rail on the gaff (Photo courtesy of Ana Edwards Photography)

Table Fare

They are excellent for eating with firm white flesh that cooks up very nicely. They do well as sushi/sashimi, fried, blackened, baked, or broiled. Mild flavor except for the bloodline which takes whatever seasoning you use very well. Decent fat content in the meat, and breaks apart into very large flakes. Density is somewhat like that of salmon. A legal keeper-sized cobia will have plenty of meat left on the frame after it’s been filleted. So, please don’t throw it out, fry the bones. Broil the collars, use the head for stock or even broil the head.

Parting Words

Cobia is the most popular fish in spring for pier regulars. There are a lot of bragging rights and money involved in catching a pier cobia. Month-long tournaments for cobia with cash prizes and gear are held all over the gulf coast. The piers usually give a free year pass to whoever catches the first cobia on them. There are commercial guys out there who are catching cobia to sell. They have an incredible amount of pressure put on them. To the point where the spring cobia run is nowhere near what it used to be.

These fish are moving up the coast to reach their spawning grounds, and a lot are not making it, at least not along the gulf coast. The golden days of cobia fishing are behind us. If you ask any of the regulars who caught cobia back in the 90s and early 2000s, they’ll say the same. You would see wads of cobia running the beach, a bunch of 30 – 50lb fish following a 90 – 100lb fish. You could pass over a 50lb fish because you knew a big girl was out there. You’d never dream of doing that nowadays.

Captain David Plummer showing how it was done back in the day (Photo courtesy of Austin Plummer)

NOAA says the stock is in fine condition, but first-hand experience on the Emerald Coast is showing otherwise. Something has to be done for these fish and it has to be soon. I know it’s hypocritical of me to say this after killing two cobia this spring. But a moratorium might be the best option at this point. They are an incredibly rapidly growing fish, only needing a few years to get back on their feet.

So if you’re considering cobia fishing, just know please limit your kill. We want to have these monsters around for a long time so future generations can know what it’s like to see that brown log of fish swimming down the sandbar and shouting “FIRST SHOT” at the top of their lungs.

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08:00

TFBTV – NEW Beretta Pistol! The Ultra-Reliable APX A1 Full Size [AllOutdoor.com]

In this episode of TFBTV, James Reeves is at Beretta HQ in Italy to see the brand new Beretta APX A1 full-size pistol. The APX A1 is essentially a re-launch of the original Beretta APX. While the famously reliable core operating system is the same, the APX A1 has upgraded features. First, the gun will come optics ready out of the box. Second, the ergonomics including the grip, stippling, and the slide serrations have been completely overhauled. Third, the gun has been fine-tuned with new surface treatment and other tweaks to make it even more reliable than the already-trustworthy APX. James interviews Beretta’s COO and the Beretta engineer who designed this gun in this episode of TFBTV.

CONTENTS:
0:00 Intro
3:38 Interview with Beretta COO, C. Ferlito
13:31 Interview with APX A1’s Creator, G. Prandini
18:26 Interview with Danielle Valkyrie
20:34 James’ Review

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08:00

New Trijicon Quick Release Mounts with Q-LOC Technology [The Firearm Blog]

Trijicon Q-LOCTrijicon has a new series of optic mounts with their Q-LOC technology. These mounts can be used with Trijicon red dots, thermal optics, and a wide range of riflescopes. The mounts are made in the USA and are manufactured from 6061-T6 aluminum. According to Trijicon, it is possible to remove and re-mount your optic with a Q-LOC […]

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07:00

NEW 100th Anniversary Coffee Table Book From Federal [AllOutdoor.com]

Interest in the outdoors doesn’t just mean being outside. There are so many aspects of our world that many people don’t associate with outdoor living. It also means knowledge of animals, plants, and environments different from our own. The outdoors teaches us endless lessons about patience, cooking, vehicle maintenance, perseverance, and more. Federal Ammunition knows a thing or two about perseverance. Having just celebrated its 100th anniversary, the company is releasing something for us book worms and coffee drinkers. This is Federal Ammunition: The First Hundred Years, Federal’s new coffee table book.

NEW 100th Anniversary Coffee Table Book From Federal

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“A century of authority. Read about Federal’s first 100 years of business with this limited edition anniversary book that highlights Federal’s vast history of cartridge production and innovation over the past century. Broken down by decade, each section of the book covers the historical achievements by Federal through rich historical photos, vintage packaging, marketing materials and unique company images. This book is the reference standard for Federal’s next 100 years of business.”

NEW 100th Anniversary Coffee Table Book From Federal

NEW 100th Anniversary Coffee Table Book From Federal

As the title implies, the book recalls all of Federal’s accomplishments over the past 100 years and does so in 10-year increments. There are 244 pages to guide you from 1922 to our present day. The original factory from 1923 is painted on the front cover, and the back cover lands us in 2022 with their most current logo. There are only 5,000 copies being printed and I imagine they won’t be available for long.

NEW 100th Anniversary Coffee Table Book From Federal

SPECS

  • Dimensions: 8.5″ x 11″ (landscape)
  • Pages: 244
  • Copies printed: 5,000
  • MSRP: $59.99

NEW 100th Anniversary Coffee Table Book From Federal

If this looks like something you need on your coffee table, you can find them on Federal’s website. For more announcements. make sure you follow along on all of Federal’s social media accounts. They can be found on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube. Get some reading done!

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07:00

Shockwave Shadows by Smarter Everyday – Supersonic Vs. Subsonic Bullets [The Firearm Blog]

So I have been going down a slow-motion rabbit hole. I recently posted about the Slow Mo Guys’ recent video where they filmed eggs being shot by 9mm bullets and filmed them at various frame rates up to 1 million frames per second. Well, Destin of Smarter Every Day has a video he made back […]

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06:07

Missouri: General Assembly Adjourns from 2022 Legislative Session [NRA-ILA News]

On Friday, the Missouri General Assembly adjourned sine die from its 2022 legislative session. Once again, the General Assembly failed to pass legislation to reduce arbitrary “gun-free zones” where law-abiding citizens are left defenseless. The House passed this bill, House Bill 1462, as they have in previous years, but the Senate did not bring it to the floor for a vote.

06:02

South Carolina: Legislature Adjourns Sine Die from 2022 Session [NRA-ILA News]

Last Thursday, the South Carolina Legislature adjourned sine die from its 2022 legislative session. Constitutional carry once again failed to pass due to inaction by the Senate, despite the House having passed it in 2021. While the Legislature was in session this year, five more states passed constitutional carry, including neighboring Georgia, resulting in a total of 25 states having it.

06:00

NEW Beretta Pistol! The Ultra-Reliable APX A1 Full Size [The Firearm Blog]

In this episode of TFBTV, James Reeves is at Beretta HQ in Italy to see the brand new Beretta APX A1 full-size pistol. The APX A1 is essentially a re-launch of the original Beretta APX. While the famously reliable core operating system is the same, the APX A1 has upgraded features. First, the gun will […]

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Monday, 16 May

17:00

TFB Podcast Roundup 43: Double Actions, Rangefinders, and AKs [The Firearm Blog]

TFB Podcast Roundup 43: Double Actions, Rangefinders, and AKsHello and welcome to TFB Podcast Roundup 43. This week we’re getting back to a wider variety of subjects and tops from some of our favorite online podcasts. This week we’re featuring a newer writer for TFB, Tim C to talk about AK stuff and we’ve also got a good amount of episodes focusing on […]

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16:30

POTD: Marines, Soldiers and Airmen in Joint Terminal Attack Controllers [The Firearm Blog]

POTD: Marines, Soldiers and Airmen in Joint Terminal Attack ControllersDo you agree that the photo above is “great”? Or how would you describe it? It was taken by Sgt. Dana Beesley (I Marine Expeditionary Force) at Saylor Creek Range in Grasmere, Idaho. We can see U.S. Marine Corps 2nd Lt. Adam Niehoff, an infantry platoon commander with 1st Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, […]

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16:00

The Rimfire Report: CCI Velocitor As A 22LR Self-Defense Cartridge? [The Firearm Blog]

The Rimfire Report: CCI Velocitor As A 22LR Self Defense Cartridge?Hello and welcome back to another edition of The Rimfire Report! This ongoing series is all about the rimfire firearm world and its various firearms, trends, and ammunition. Last week we took another look at Federal’s CCI 22LR Punch Personal Defense ammunition to see if it behaved the same when put up against clothing and also when […]

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11:00

Magne-Tech Magnetic Weapon Accessory Attachment System [The Firearm Blog]

Magne-Tech, a Utah company, has designed a quick firearm accessory attachment system that utilizes rare earth magnets. This system consists of two parts with built-in magnets – the base mount, which must be attached to the weapon, and the detachable part, which is either attached to or built into the accessory. The Magne-Tech system is […]

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10:00

The Path Less Traveled #052: Homeless Camps In The Woods [AllOutdoor.com]

Taking short trips on local trails around my house while still recovering from a foot injury led me to an encampment of tarps and trash littered across the woods. In this moment, I wondered what others would think when finding homeless camps while backpacking and what they would do. I believe with some brief assessments and action, one can remain safe as well as help those possibly in need.


Welcome to our recurring series of “The Path Less Traveled.” In this series, we want to take you along for our exploits in the wilderness while hiking, camping, exploring, and general adventuring. This will include our small daily victories, foibles, tips, tricks, and reviews of gear we authentically appreciate and frequently utilize. While a well-worn trail can often be the pathway to a leisurely day, the paths less traveled can often spur on some of the greatest memories, misadventures, and fun we could imagine. Join us in the Comments as we share our travels and hopefully, we can all come together for a greater appreciation of the outdoors.


AllOutdoor Coverage of Encountering Homeless Camps and Transience

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Totally imagining this being an episode of NAKED & AFRAID: WEST VIRGINIA

Step 1: Assessment

For the uninitiated, some may not know the difference between whether Corporal’s Corner is doing a challenge overnight video on a local trail or whether there are people who have decided to live in the woods for one reason or another.

What Defines Homeless Camps in the Woods?

A homeless camp, better known as an encampment, is where an individual or individuals who are unsheltered reside temporarily, typically in standards lower than expected poverty guidelines display. Now, let’s get something clear, homeless camps typically indicate homelessness and poverty, but there are those who also just give up with modern society and escape to the woods. We are not going to classify those like that guy who lived in Lincoln, Montana as Homeless, per say…

Homeless camps or encampments found while hiking are often made from timber pieces, tarps, pieces or parts of discarded furniture and sometimes cardboard or forklift pallets. The longer the encampment is used, more often, the condition of the temporary residence improves, albeit the discarding of refuse in an irresponsible manner. Camps with worn out tarps, unused fire pit, and lack of newer trash has likely been abandoned.

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There’s some legit ingenuity in this bike trailer, NGL.

Step 2: Determining Action

Hiking trips more often than not are safer than city living in terms of human-to-human contact and interactions, according to AT’s data. After reading this, it does not mean you need to be a nervous nelly and make sure someone is watching your six, 24/7. Stay alert, make best judgements and stay educated.

The easiest thing to do once stumbling upon active homeless camps is to turn 180 degrees and peace out. While mental health concerns are not always correlated with homelessness and/or poverty, there is a strong relationship between them. An individual or individuals in the woods are not often seeking the medical, mental, or personal hygiene needed which can lead to further distress for the residents.

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Didn’t touch it, but I could tell the blade was duller than my ex’s personality.

I’m not saying you’re going to be stabbed to death just because you see homeless camps in the woods or on a trail, but there is still a greater than zero percent chance that something could occur if you continue onward, or loop back past this location again. I hate to bring up that incident on the AT that happened in 2019, along with rare others over the years.

After assessing whether the camp appears recently active, figure out whether you are comfortable with your skills and gear to continue. If not, go somewhere else.

Continuing on the path when comfortable, check whether you have cell service and let a friend/family know what you’ve seen and where you are in case of something happens. If you have an InReach or other satellite comm system, send your location and a quick note to someone.

Encounter with Transient Individuals?

When running across individuals who appear homeless, remain polite and brief and decide whether to continue or head back. If there is a confrontation, or communication begins, follow the following recommendations:

  • If things feel weird, or if anyone’s giving bad vibes… Get out in a way that does not aggravate the people living there.
  • Just like in the bedroom, have a safe word or phrase out on the trail that indicates to skedaddle. Make sure it’s not super awkward. People are going to know something is off when you say ROMEO TANGO FOXTROT, I REPEAT… ROMEO TANGO FOXTROT. Something that fits into everyday conversation, but is agreed upon works best.
    Examples:

    • “Did you leave the tree straps this morning?”, when you didn’t even have a hammock. 
    • “Are we having pineapples for (Lunch/Dinner/Snack)?”
    • “Dude, my scoliosis is really acting acting up right now.”
  • It is unlikely, but if someone is fit enough to follow you for distance and things get weird, drop weight and make haste if need be. Despite your pack probably having a value higher than your first car, ditch it and get out if anything becomes confrontational. The bag isn’t as important as your life, and it’ll act as a carrot to possibly prompt someone to stop and scrounge through it.
  • Go off trail if you know the area well enough to get back on, or back to your car/etc. Best way to do this is trying to remain parallel with the trail. Secondary to that, you can travel as the crow flies to the destination or nearest road if close enough
  • If you’re wise, you at least have a pack knife with you, likely LCP or something else if you’re reading this site. Don’t be afraid to protect yourself at any instance where someone displays any aggression. Stopping the aggression and the person displaying it is key. You’ve likely had the training whether you need to get the person to stop in their tracks and travel opposite of your direction or whether a Mozambique drill is necessary.
    • This is an action only you can choose and the consequences may not matter if your life is in danger, but do always be aware of the consequences of self defense in our litigious world.

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Step 3: After the Observation or Encounter

No matter what, if you have had an encounter that felt off or unsafe, let others know this has occurred to be able to let others know. This doesn’t mean you’re being a Karen, it means you’re increasing the likelihood others will not encounter similar or worse things than you did.

  • Let others know you’re okay and where you are. Hopefully you left a note in your car, but letting people know you’re A-ok is a good thing.
  • Simplest, maybe not best way: 911
  • If on public land, contact National Park Service 24-Hour Dispatch/Communications Center:  1.866.677.6677
  • If on the Appalachian Trail (AT), you can email their Incident Report account once comfortable/have service: incident@appalachiantrail.org

A lot of states have sites to report when homeless encampments of any sort are found. The sites are so varied, I have to recommend you seeking these resources yourself. If your location has homeless response units with crisis teams or social workers, this can be an option, too.

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What I Did…

Since there were signs of this location being an active encampment, and this area being historically known for substance users to squat here, I decided to help. It must be my old social work license rearing its head up or something…

As dumb as you guys may think I am for doing this, I went back the next day with a gallon zip lock bag with a printouts of community resources for homeless individuals. You can access a lot of local information on Find Help or Housing for Urban Development’s Homelessness page. While I know mental health and disabilities are tied very closely to those who are homeless, the solution can be call the cops, but I believe opportunities for getting help are just as important. If the camp is still active in a few weeks, I’ll likely let a city cop buddy of mine know about it and see if he knows who they are.

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I am not recommending anyone to return to a homeless encampment, but I felt secure enough doing so. If you’ve ever run across a homeless encampment in the woods, share in the comments!

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10:00

US Army Shares Details on Next Generation Squad Weapons [The Firearm Blog]

US Army Shares Details on Next Generation Squad WeaponsOn 19 April the US Army announced the selection of SIG Sauer’s entries into the Next Generation Squad Weapons program. Despite an official announcement and a media event to unveil the weapons to the press, details on weight, loadout and capabilities have been scarce. NGSW Program @ TFB: SIG Sauer Wins US Army Next Generation […]

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09:30

POTD: US Ready for Bolt Action? – Ward-Burton 1871 Trials Rifle [AllOutdoor.com]

Welcome to today’s Photo of the Day! Here we have the Springfield Armory Ward-Burton Trials Rifle of 1871. These rifles were submitted following the United States government voicing an interest in a bolt-action service rifle. These are single-shot .50-70 black powder rifles. They operate on a cock-on-close action and have six locking lugs in the rear. This is because black powder cartridges operate at a lower pressure than smokeless ones and black powder fouling and corrosion tended to clog up-front locking lugs. Apparently, from what I gather, the Ward-Burton was a pretty so-so rifle in trials and the Springfield Trapdoor rifle would end up winning the trial for a new service rifle for its simplicity. I guess we were not ready for the bolt action stuff just yet.

“The W.G. Ward and Bethel Burton designed rifles were the first true bolt action military rifles in the U.S. and were manufactured in a run of just 1,011 as the U.S. Model 1871 Ward-Burton. Most of the Model 1871s were sent West for testing and were tested against the elements and harsh nature of the battles during the Indian War era. Thus, few remain in good or better condition. It has the standard Springfield style bayonet stud/blade front and folding ladder rear sights, “U.S./SPRINGFIELD 1871” on the left side of the receiver, “WARD.BURTON. PATENT./DEC.20.1859 FEB.21.1871” on top of the bolt cover, a smooth straight wrist stock, a slotted metal ramrod, sling swivels, and a “US” marked buttplate.”

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Lot 197: U.S. Springfield Armory Ward-Burton Model 1871 Trials Rifle. (n.d.). Rock Island Auction Company. photograph. Retrieved May 15, 2022, from https://www.rockislandauction.com/detail/69/197/us-springfield-armory-wardburton-model-1871-trials-rifle.

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09:00

Federal & Remington Ammo Ukraine T-Shirt Sales Create $100K Donation [AllOutdoor.com]

The atrocities occurring in the Ukraine between Russia and the Ukraine are well documented in the media, and it is like the classic schoolyard bully picking on the little guy; its entirely unfounded and unfair. The firearms and ammunition industry has pulled together repeatedly to aid the Ukraine, and now Federal Premium and Remington Ammunition are helping out as well.

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Everyone has been trying to get creative to aid the Ukraine the best we can from 1/2 a world away. Some companies are shipping firearms, medical supplies, and even ammunition to the Ukraine. Often times though, simply a monetary donation is best so the Ukraine can utilize to the best of their needs. Jason Vanderbrink – President of Federal, Remington, CCI, and Speer Ammunition – had these words to share about the contribution they are looking to give:

“This campaign and the tremendous response exceeded our expectations forcing several re-orders of the t- shirts. I’m so proud of our loyal customers for being willing to pitch in and support the people of Ukraine who are suffering because of the horrors of war. Our ammunition brands are proud to do our part.”

If you would like to help contribute to the Ukraine fundraising efforts, there are two T-Shirt designs to pick from with 6 different sizes available from Small to 3XL. If your preferred size happens to sell out you can also sign up to receive notifications for when it will come back in stock.

The $100,000 donation will go to support the humanitarian relief efforts through Ukraine Crisis Relief Fund – GlobalGiving. Federal, along with sister ammunition brands CCI, Speer, and Remington, also donated a total of one million rounds to the Ukraine armed forces. As always, let us know all of your thoughts in the Comments below! We always appreciate your feedback.

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08:00

AllOutdoor Review: Fifth and Cherry F&C 14 Cutting Board [AllOutdoor.com]

As men and women who love the outdoors along with the plentiful resources it affords us – wild fruit, native plants, and indigenous game animals – we all need a way to prep and process this sustenance. Cutlery is another rabbit hole that can be explored on another day, but what we need as a starter is a good base; a platform to which we can prepare our meals. That foundation for meals, family, and memories is often a cutting board. Some are a dime-a-dozen while others can be passed down for generations. They often carry character and sturdiness to which we rely on. One company who reached out to AllOutdoor to share their cutting board is Fifth and Cherry. It has an elegant aesthetic that anyone would be proud to have in their kitchen, but we will share our experiences to see if it is right for you. Let’s dive in!

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About the Company – Fifth and Cherry F&C 14 Cutting Board

Fifth and Cherry is a company that was born out serendipity. An heirloom cutting board was almost destroyed by a simple washing mistake and that jettisoned them into starting a full-fledged company making the best cutting boards they could envision. They expand upon this below:

“In today’s disposable society, very few items have sentimental value. The truth is, time passes and memories fade. What we leave behind is all that remains.

The kitchen is the center of all activity; it’s where you’ll carve your first turkey, make cookies with your grandmother, teach your children to cook, laugh with your partner and cry to your best friend. The kitchen is where love, warmth, and memories live. Our boards are designed to keep those memories alive so every time you use it, you’re not alone.”

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Specifications – Fifth and Cherry F&C 14 Cutting Board

When it comes to cutting boards, in terms of quality, they are very unassuming. Like most things in life though, the simplest of items can have some of the deepest thought and engineering deployed into them without our knowing. While the Fifth and Cherry F&C 14 cutting board we received for review is stunning in appearance, it equally has had its design and construction poured over with meticulous care and thought. Fifth and Cherry better outlines that though their specifications listed below:

  • Steel Reinforced End-Grain Cherry Wood
  • Staggered Seams for Extra Strength
  • Proprietary 28-Step Process that includes Hand Clamping and Gluing to prevent Delamination
  • Dimensions: 14” Wide x 14” Deep x 1.75” High
  • Weight: 7 Lb
  • Care: Hand Wash ONLY, Do Not Wash in the Dishwasher, and Avoid using Harsh Chemicals

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All Fifth and Cherry cutting boards carry a Lifetime Warranty as well as an offer of a Free Refinishing should the cutting board incur excessive wear through extensive use. Also, there is Free Shipping on all of their cutting boards on their website. The MSRP for the F&C 14 cutting board we are reviewing here today is benchmarked at $299. As a whole, Fifth and Cherry offers cutting boards in varying sizes and custom boards can be made upon request as well.

“The F&C 14 features a generously sized reversible cutting surface, yet is compact enough for kitchens with smaller counter and/or storage space. Handcrafted in the USA from 100% responsibly sourced cherry wood. Each of our boards comes with a Lifetime Warranty that includes complimentary refinishing for life, which means this is the last cutting board you’ll ever have to buy.”

Food Prep – Fifth and Cherry F&C 14 Cutting Board

When it came to prepping food on our Fifth and Cherry cutting board we tried to use a diverse range of food as well as various different knives. A simple, but favorite meal for me is strips of steak cut into one inch in width that are appropriately seasoned and pan seared. This requires long, firm cuts into a cutting board. After my steak was prepped for the frying pan, there was no sign of cuts, marks, or streaking in the cutting board; it held its own.

I also used the F&C 14 cutting board as a prep station for a rather large roast that would be finished in a crockpot. For this portion of meat, I let the roast “rest” and be seasoned on the board for close to an hour before it found its home in a crockpot. Throughout that time, no juices or seasonings seeped into the board at all. With a damp cloth I could simply wipe the board clean and it continued to look and smell like a brand new cutting board.

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The F&C 14 cutting board we have had close to 4 months now and it has seen vegetables, roasts, steaks, and other delicious food on itself with varying cutlery being put to work. This has been everything from cleaver knives to pairing knives and even longer-edged blades like that used for making my favorite cuts of strip steak. While a cutting board is not something you use everyday in the kitchen, this one has seen a good volume of use throughout its time with us.

Final Thoughts – Fifth and Cherry F&C 14 Cutting Board

So, what are our final thoughts on the Fifth and Cherry F&C 14 Cutting board?… Overall, it has lived up to our expectations and then some. When placed on a counter it stays firm in one place. It is not shifting and/or sliding around while you are trying to work. Also, it has sustained essentially no visible wear at all in our condensed 4 month period of using it. While the price might invoke a bit of sticker shock at $299, I suggest people give it a try. It is better to add something of quality to your kitchen that will honestly last a lifetime as opposed to going through 3 – 4 cheaper iterations that break or are thrown away over the years.

In closing, I want to say thank you to Fifth and Cherry for allowing AllOutdoor and myself the opportunity to try out their Fifth and Cherry F&C 14 Cutting Board. That is greatly appreciated. Also, we would like to know what all of you guys and gals think? Do you believe that the Fifth and Cherry F&C 14 Cutting Board is something worth spending your money on? As always, let us know all of your thoughts in the Comments below! We always appreciate your feedback.

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08:00

Kalashnikov USA Website Fraud Alert [The Firearm Blog]

Kalashnikov USA Website Fraud AlertNo matter where you go or what you do, there’s always someone out there trying to swipe your hard-earned money. We, firearms enthusiasts, are no different from anyone else in this regard. In fact, it seems lately criminals are trying even harder, using the current situation to trick us into thinking we’re getting a deal […]

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07:00

TFBTV – 9 Rounds in a Glock 43? NEW Shield Arms Z9 Magazine Review [AllOutdoor.com]

In this episode of TFBTV, James Reeves reviews the new Shield Arms Z9 magazine for the Glock 43. Adding less than a half-inch of length to the G43, the Shield Arms Z9 magazines increase the Glock 43’s magazine capacity by 50%, with 9 rounds of 9mm instead of the 6 rounds provided by the factory magazine. Magazines are a critical piece of equipment: Are these Shield Arms Z9 mags reliable, or even worth your attention? James tests them out in today’s video.

According to Shield Arms’ Website:

The Z9 magazine is a 9 round magazine for the Glock® 43. The Z9 is a steel magazine, and is the same length as the OEM Glock® magazine with pinky extension, but holds an additional 3 rounds.

Increased Capacity, Same Reliability
Glock® pistols and magazines are known for reliability – the Z9 maintains that same Glock® reliability, while giving you a 50% increase in magazine capacity in the same overall footprint.

We accomplished this increased capacity with our patent-pending magazine geometry, allowing the rounds to stagger, thereby fitting more in the same amount of space.

Proudly made in the USA by Check-Mate.

Mag Catch Recommendation
We recommend swapping out your plastic OEM mag catch with either our standard steel mag catch or our premium steel mag catch. Here’s why. If you don’t swap your mag catch you may have reliability issues. If you use another manufacturer’s mag catch you may have reliability issues.

Specifications:
9 round capacity
Same length as an OEM Glock 43 magazine with pinky extension
Easy to remove, impact resistant base pad
High lubricity finish, Black Oxide coating
Made in the USA
Finish Options
Powercron
Powercron is a cationic epoxy coating that offers excellent corrosion resistance and low VOC in a lead-free film electrocoat surface finish. If you are in a humid or salt water environment, or if you sweat a lot, we recommend Powercron, Electroless Nickel, or Black Electroless Nickel finish.

Note: because we have multiple Powercron vendors, there may be slight cosmetic variations in the finish. This is cosmetic only and does not affect performance. If you are concerned about a “matching” finish from mag to mag, you might be happier with one of the electroless nickel finishes.

Warranty
Like all Shield Arms products, our S15 magazine comes with our 100% lifetime warranty against manufacturing defects. Additionally, we also offer a Spring for Life Guarantee – wear out your spring, get a new one for free, for life.

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07:00

Slow Mo Guys 1 Million FPS – 9mm vs Egg and Newton’s Cradle [The Firearm Blog]

I have been dabbling in slow motion with my entry-level slow-motion camera. But the Slow Mo Guys on YouTube have access to the good stuff, Phantom cameras. They can film as high as 1 million frames per second (FPS). They posted some videos recently where they shoot 9mm bullets at eggs at different frame rates […]

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06:36

Follow the Science, Unless it Leads Where You Don’t Want to Go [NRA-ILA News]

Researchers in California have published the results of a study evaluating the effectiveness of so-called “gun violence restraining orders” (a.k.a. “extreme risk protection orders” or “red flag” orders). Assembly Bill 1014, was enacted in California in 2014, and since then, 19 states and the District of Columbia have adopted similar laws.

06:27

Business Intrigue Gone Wrong: High Powers for Oman [Forgotten Weapons]

The story of the Browning High Power pistols with Omani national crests is and interesting one. It begins with a man named Paul Van Hee brokering a contract for Cadillac-Gage “Commando” armored cars for the Omani government in the late 1960s. These were to be equipped with FN MAG machine guns, and it came to Van Hee’s attention that Oman might also be interested in High Power pistols. He wasn’t an FN agent, but figured he could make that deal happen (and presumably make a nice profit on it).

Van Hee imported 36 new High Powers into the US, and then had them engraved with Omani crests (although the first 9 were accidentally engraved backwards). Around the time he was showing the guns to the Omani delegation, though, the deal fell apart. FN got wind of it and arranged the sale themselves, eventually shipping one 5,000 pistols to Oman (without any special markings).

The demonstration guns remained in the US, and were sold off onto the collector market having never actually seen Oman. Interestingly, they are exempted from the NFA when fitted with original Belgian shoulder stocks, like this one is.

06:23

DHS “Misinformation Governance Board” Could Seek to Sway Gun Debate [NRA-ILA News]

In late April, Alejandro Mayorkas, Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), made a bizarre announcement during a congressional hearing that DHS was forming what it called a “Mis- and Disinformation Governance Board.” The statement came in response to a question about how DHS was responding to supposed Russian interference in American elections. Mayorkas said the Board was intended to counter threats to both election security and “homeland security.”

06:00

TFB Weekly Web Deals 8: Shotguns for Clay Pigeon Shooting [The Firearm Blog]

TFB Weekly Web Deals 8: Best Shotguns for Clay Pigeon ShootingWelcome to TFB Weekly Web Deals 8. Skeet Shooting, 5 Stand, Trap Shooting, Sporting Clays, and more! Ever since the introduction of clay pigeons to replace real pigeons back in the late 19th century, shotgun sports involving the shooting of moving targets have grown beyond the interest of hunting experts and are more or less […]

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Sunday, 15 May

16:30

POTD: Green Beret with Machine Gun [The Firearm Blog]

Green Beret Machine GunThere are too many photographs to keep records of, but there can never be too many with a machine gun spitting fire. Here we try to collect and share them in our Photo Of The Day. Today we have Special Forces Training in Germany. There are U.S. soldiers from the 10th Special Forces Group participating […]

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06:00

9 Rounds in a Glock 43? NEW Shield Arms Z9 Magazine Review [The Firearm Blog]

In this episode of TFBTV, James Reeves reviews the new Shield Arms Z9 magazine for the Glock 43. Adding less than a half-inch of length to the G43, the Shield Arms Z9 magazines increase the Glock 43’s magazine capacity by 50%, with 9 rounds of 9mm instead of the 6 rounds provided by the factory […]

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Product Announcement: The Shield Arms Glock 43 Z9 Magazine [The Firearm Blog]

Glock 43 Z9Not too long ago Shield Arms released the S15 Magazine for the Glock 43X. This revolutionary little mag brought the 10rd capacity of the slim pistol to 15, in line with its fatter older brother, the Glock 19. On the 18th of May, Shield Arms will be adding the Glock 43 Z9 magazine to their […]

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05:00

TFB Armorer’s Bench: Closer Look – Frankford Arsenal Media Separator [The Firearm Blog]

Media SeparatorWelcome everyone to the TFB Armorer’s Bench! As mentioned in the little blurb, this series will focus on a lot of home armorer and gunsmith activities. In this article sponsored by Wheeler, Tipton, Caldwell, and Frankford Arsenal, I decided to take a closer look at the Frankford Arsenal Platinum Series Wet/Dry Media Separator. Recently, as you may well know, I have […]

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Saturday, 14 May

16:30

POTD: Ex Special Air Service Heckler & Koch MP5A3 [The Firearm Blog]

POTD: Ex Special Air Service Heckler & Koch MP5A3Photo Of The Day brings one of the most interesting and iconic firearms and anti-terrorism actions together. Above you can see the H&K MP5A3 from when the Special Air Service stormed the Iranian embassy in London in 1980. Remember this is over 42 years ago. Historian & curator Ian Kikuchi wrote in a Tweet: Bringing […]

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15:04

SILENCER SATURDAY #228: How To Mount-NATO! B&T ROTEX-X Rifle Suppressors [The Firearm Blog]

SILENCER SATURDAY #228: Mount-NATO! B&T ROTEX-X Rifle SuppressorsGood afternoon everyone and thank you for joining us for another Silencer Saturday brought to you by Yankee Hill Machine, manufacturers of the YHM R9 multi-host suppressor. Last week we brought you the first in a three part series of the AB Suppressor Raptor rifle silencers. This week we start our journey into the world […]

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08:17

Special Master’s Report From NY v. NRA []

One of the latest documents posted in the New York Attorney General’s case agains the NRA has an interesting tidbit in it. It is a report from the Special Master to the court. While most of the report deals with the length of the deposition scheduled for Wayne LaPierre, it notes that clarification is sought on whether Paul Payne is being represented by Brewer, Attorneys and Counselors.

Where have we heard that name before?

Oh, yes. It was in the bonus episode of Season 2 of Gangster Capitalism podcast. That episode described how Payne worked as a special assistant to Wayne LaPierre and how he was responsible for organizing the campaign to elect the Wayne-selected candidate for 76th Director. Monies from NRA dues were used to pay the travel and lodging expenses of “volunteers” to campaign for the candidate. I personally saw them in action at the NRA Annual Meeting in Dallas where they pushed Herb Lankford and in Tucson where they pushed Jim Wallace. Both succeeded against reform candidates.

You can listen to the episode in the embedded player. Note that both Dezarae Payne, his ex-wife, and Michael Schwartz are still active Second Amendment activists.

I fully expect these folks to be out in force in Houston campaigning for Isaac Demerest against Frank Tait. It was obvious in Tucson that, even after being exposed by the Gangster Capitalism podcast, Wayne and his cabal have no shame when it comes to their openly corrupt actions of using member’s dues to stack the board.

The complete Special Master’s report to the court is below. See item (iii) where Payne’s name is mentioned.

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06:27

Steyr’s Take on the Uzi: MPi-69 at the Range [Forgotten Weapons]

I expected the MPi-69 to be a rather difficult gun to shoot well, with its very simple construction and wire stock, but I was pleasantly surprised on the range. The rate of fire is quite low, and it was easy to hold on target. Furthermore, the intent of the cocking handle locking piece became clear when I tried shooting from the hip, as would have been common practice when this was in service. With the sling tensioned over the shoulder, that locking piece snaps right into place to prevent the sling from interfering with the bolt. Neat! (But still a good idea to replace it with a normal charging handle on the MPi-81)

06:00

TFBTV Mailroom #50 (NSFW Language) [The Firearm Blog]

NSFW language. In this episode of TFBTV Mailroom, James curses, complains and reads your awful mail. Want to send something in? TFBTV Mail Room: PO BOX 52288 New Orleans, LA 70152 Want the same look from this video? All TFBTV apparel is sponsored by 5.11 Tactical and you can get it here: www.511tactical.com ««« GUN […]

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Friday, 13 May

17:00

TFB Review: Lee Sporting Trigger Group – AR FCG For MP5! [The Firearm Blog]

Lee Sporting reached out to us to see if anyone at TFB would be interested in checking out their Sporting Trigger Group for the MP5. As an ardent fan of the MP5 platform, I volunteered as tribute. Lee Sporting has made their Sporting Trigger Group utilize an AR-15 FCG (Fire Control Group) which has secondary […]

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16:30

POTD: Netherlands Marine Corps in Belgian Sniper Competition ‘Snake ’22’ [The Firearm Blog]

Netherlands Marine CorpsPhoto Of The Day with a story from the Belgian Sniper Competition ‘Snake ’22’ and the Corps Mariniers or the Netherlands Marine Corps. Over the years, the Corps Mariniers have been using the Accuracy AWM, Accuracy International AXMC (like here) in .338 Lapua Magnum. They also have the Barrett M82 anti-materiel rifle. Below: To my […]

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16:00

Friday Night Lights: iRay RH25 Rico Micro – All-In-One Thermal Monocular, Clip-On, Weapon Sight [The Firearm Blog]

Friday the 13th is here but rather than consider it to be unlucky you have Friday Night Lights to shine a light and give you hope. Today we will take a close look at a thermal device that has got the thermal users all excited. The IRay USA RH25 Rico Micro. It is an all-in-one […]

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12:26

Oklahoma: Conference Committee Clears up Pro-Gun Measure – Contact Your Lawmakers! [NRA-ILA News]

Yesterday, a conference committee convened to iron out inconsistencies in the language of firearm discrimination prevention measure, House Bill 3144.

11:38

NRA Board Election Results []

The following was sent out to the NRA Board and to all the candidates running in the 2022 board election. As I understand it, these are still unofficial tallies as the election has to be certified by the Elections Committee. However, this is as close to official it is going to get until the meeting in Houston.

From John Frazer who sent this out:

The NRA mail ballot election results have been received. Formal notices were sent yesterday by e-mail and overnight Federal Express to each candidate.  The overall results are below, in rank order of votes received. Final vote tallies will be released at the Annual Meeting of Members in Houston.

Please join me in welcoming our newly elected and re-elected Board members.

ELECTED FOR A THREE-YEAR TERM ENDING IN 2025

  1. Sandra S. Froman
  2. Bob Barr
  3. Marion P. Hammer

[Don Young*]

  1. Joe M. Allbaugh
  2. Blaine Wade
  3. Matt Blunt
  4. Larry E. Craig
  5. Johnny Nugent
  6. Carol Frampton
  7. Dwight D. Van Horn
  8. Willes K. Lee
  9. Mitzy McCorvey
  10. James W. Porter
  11. Ronald L. Schmeits
  12. Danny Stowers
  13. Dave Butz
  14. Todd R. Ellis
  15. Cathy S. Wright
  16. Steven W. Dulan
  17. Tom King
  18. Al Hammond
  19. David Norcross
  20. Anthony P. Colandro
  21. Charles T. Hiltunen
  22. Paul D. Babaz

* Congressman Young ranked fourth in the vote count, but passed away during the election.

ELECTED FOR A TWO-YEAR TERM ENDING IN 2024

  1. Antonio A. Hernandez

ELECTED FOR A ONE-YEAR TERM ENDING IN 2023

  1. James Chapman

NOT ELECTED — ELIGIBLE TO RUN FOR 76TH DIRECTOR

  1. Frank C. Tait
  2. Isaac D. Demarest

In a real sense, there is no rhyme nor reason to this order of finish. You have people with minimal name recognition finishing well ahead of those who are fairly well known. For example, I would have expected the current 1st VP of the NRA Willes Lee to have finished ahead of most of those who finished higher. Likewise, you have a Danny Stowers whose career seems to have been in Human Resources at a couple of Texas companies finishing ahead of Tom King who heads the NYSRPA. Similarly, you have Cathy Wright who was ostensibly from North Carolina with virtually no name recognition in the Tar Heel State finishing ahead of Frank Tait who is a 3-time candidate and who has generated lots of press.

We still don’t know how many ballots were received nor how many got returned to sender due to the Zip+4 fiasco. We don’t know how many ballots were considered spoiled. Would a comment on the ballot saying, “Fire Wayne” or the other F word, cause a ballot to be “spoiled” and not counted?

Finally, there is the issue of bullet voting. If a good number of people did bullet vote as was urged for Frank Tait, then it stands to reason from a statistical point of view that votes for Frank should have weighed more than those where a voter filled out 20-25 spots. Yet, Frank finished next to last and people who no one had ever heard of before finished middle of the pack. Is the Nominations Committee endorsement that strong an endorsement? Are that many people really just zombies plodding along voting for whom they are told in a brain-dead manner?

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11:00

How To Show The World That You Are “Firearms Expert” [The Firearm Blog]

How To Show The World That You Are "Firearms Expert"So many of us are just bursting with knowledge about firearms and when we see that a popular blog or YouTube channel has posted about something we think we’re a firearms expert on, we just have to share with everyone right away! Below you’ll find some tips that can help you. More intellectual reading @ […]

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10:42

NRA-ILA Spring 2022 Litigation Newsletter [NRA-ILA News]

NRA-ILA’s Office of Litigation Counsel has been busy fighting for our members’ rights in courtrooms across the country. ILA has filed new cases, continued the fight in many existing cases, and scored some good wins. This newsletter covers ILA’s efforts to defend your freedoms in court over the first four months of 2022. In addition to this brief summary, updates on NRA-ILA’s efforts to defend America’s first freedom are available on our current litigation page.

10:00

Rebuilding a “Very Nice” Shimano Stradic FK Reel – Part 1 [AllOutdoor.com]

While having the latest and greatest fishing gear is nice, sometimes the newest model of a fishing reel isn’t something you’re particularly looking for. That’s the case for me, I like the previous model Shimano Stradic FK vs the newer Shimano Stradic FL. It’s a personal preference, I find the old Stradic FKs to be a bit more user-friendly for tear down and maintenance. But the problem is Shimano has discontinued the FK line of reels, so I have to look for one on the secondary market.

So after trying to find a 4000 size FK locally for a month, I finally gave in and went to eBay to try to find a used reel in good condition. And after a week of looking around on there, I found one, it looked to be in good condition and was described as “Very Nice” in condition with some cosmetic paint scratches by the seller. The price was just right at $150 with free shipping. They also had free returns, which is super important when buying used gear.  You want that option just in case the reel isn’t as described. And in this case, the reel was very not as described.

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Shimano Stradic FK – MSRP $210

The reason I avoided going to eBay for a month was because of one reason, you can’t try them out before buying them. Without having your hands on it hard to tell the condition of it besides cosmetically. Even then the pictures arent usually clear enough to tell the full extent of the damage. And this “Very Nice” stradic proved my point. While at first glance it looked fine, the more you looked at it the more you found. The cosmetic scratches in the paint were actually a lot worse than expected.  To the point of actually taking groves out of the rotor material.

So yeah it was a cosmetic issue technically, but it definitely wasn’t only the paint being taken off the rotor. But that problem was insignificant compared to the next one I found. After attaching the reel handle back into the reel body, I tried to crank the reel but it wouldn’t budge. I thought oh the line must be stuck and binding under the spool around the shaft. So I take the spool off and find no line wrapped around the shaft.

This is where I realize I have bigger problems than this reel being more beat up than expected. Something is very corroded inside the reel, causing the reel to be bound up and not spin. Taking off the rotor assembly I could already evidence of rust. There were streaks of dried rust and salt coating the inside of the rotor. Digging a little more, I saw the anti-reverse was shot. All the pins and clutch were completely rusted and pitted. So that left me up at a crossroads; I can return it and get my money back or I can try to negotiate with the seller to make the reel worth fixing.

Total Cost – $160 (Reel)

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Underside of the rusted assembled Antireverse from the Shimano Stradic

At $160 after-tax, this reel needs to be heavily discounted to be worth rebuilding. So I reached out to a tackle shop first to see the cost of repair and got quoted about $65 with labor. Then I reached out to the seller with this information and I asked if they would be willing to refund back $65 to make up for the repairs needed. If not I’d have to just return the reel. Luckily they were very apologetic and agreed to that partial refund. With that all done, we could get started to rebuild the reel.

Total Cost – $90 (Reel with Partial Refund)

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Cleaned the Anti-Reverse just to the extent of the damage. You can see the extent of the pitting in the parts.

From the initial tear down you could tell this fishing reel had been submerged underwater and then put away wet. The anti-reverse was rusted out, and the pinion bearing was rusted as well. These two parts were probably why the reel was seized up. So under the assumption that this reel has been dunked, it was better just to order a new set of bearings and an Anti-Reverse unit from the tackle shop for this reel. That was an additional $36 with shipping for parts

Total Cost – $126 (Reel – Partial Refund + Parts)

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The rusted pinion bearing that was sitting right under the anti-reverse

So now waiting on the parts to arrive it was time to disassemble the reel completely and strip the original grease. You can’t just replace the broken parts of the reel, because the rust and salt have made their way into the grease. This will just eat up any new bearings you put into the reel. While I won’t go into exact details on how to disassemble the Stradic FK there are many good tutorial videos out there. But if you do this yourself be very careful and organized, there are a lot of small parts that can easily get lost.

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Ultrasonic Cleaners are great for stripping grease from the reel body and parts

I used an ultrasonic cleaner with Simple Green for the cleaning solution to clean the reel. While you don’t have to go this far to clean a reel, it is easy and cleans very well. If you don’t have an ultrasonic cleaner, you can use a toothbrush, hot water, and dish detergent. Takes more time and requires some elbow grease but works well too. Either way, you go about it, you want to take the reel completely apart. Then dry all the pieces individually. The parts have a lot of small crevices that can hold water. If you don’t dry the parts and assemble there can be corrosion issues in the future.

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Rotor Assembly, taken apart for cleaning

Now all the parts are cleaned and dried. All there is left to do is wait for the bearings and anti-reverse unit to come in. If there is a chance that you might have an extended amount of time between being able to work on a fishing reel. I recommend having an egg crate for organizing your parts. That way you don’t risk losing a part while you wait. In the case of older reels particularly, extra care must be taken because of the limited part supply.

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Cleaned and dried body housing of the Shimano Stradic

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10:00

Rifle Is Not Fine! New Clawgear AK47 Slick M-LOK Handguards [The Firearm Blog]

Dear reader, your rifle is one of the millions. It is designed to be easy to manufacture, operate, and maintain. And it is battle proven through decades of conflicts in all types of terrain and climates. Your AK47 has everything you need to be victorious! Everything except for a way to attach that new capitalist […]

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09:30

POTD: Enfield No. 5 Mk. 1 Bolt Action “Jungle Carbine” [AllOutdoor.com]

Welcome to today’s Photo of the Day! Taking a break from the never-ending inventory of American Civil War-era small arms, we are jumping across the pond to post-war England. This is an Enfield No. 5 Mk. 1 Bolt Action “Jungle Carbine”. These slender shorties were designed in 1944 during World War Two and would go on to be produced until 1947. They were designed at the time because of conflicts in southeast Asia that England was taking part in and the dense vegetation or “jungles” of that area required a more handy service rifle. The result was the “Jungle Carbine” or at least that is what it is referred to today. It was similar to the then common Enfield rifle ( so many variations, I recommend checking them all out) but it sported a shorter barrel, flash hider, shorter stock and handguard, stamped sights (later addition), a rubber butt pad, and lightening cuts throughout to save on weight. These were barely issued or used and are considered one of  Great Britain’s shortest-serving small arms.

“Fixed blade front and elevation adjustable ladder and peep rear sight correctly graduated to 800 meters. The barrel has the correct conical flash hider and bayonet lug, as well as the correct lightening cuts just forward of the breech under the handguard. The bolt handle is hollow, and the body has the correct lightening cut on the right side. Receiver marked “No. 5 MKI ROF(F)/8/46 X1217″. Semi pistol grip stock with the correct rubber buttplate.”

Jungle Carbine

Lot 511: Fazakerley No 5 Mk I Carbine 303 British. (n.d.). Rock Island Auction Company. photograph. Retrieved May 12, 2022, from https://www.rockislandauction.com/detail/73/511/fazakerley-no-5-mk-i-carbine-303-british.

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09:00

Lessons from an Eagle: Conservation Out in the Field [AllOutdoor.com]

I come from a generation where nobody calls each other. Texts are the preferred way to communicate which makes it especially odd (or suspicious) to receive a phone call. Recently, I found myself getting a call from my Aunt Judi. The instant dread of ‘Who died?” set in and I picked up. I instantly recognized distress in Aunt Judi’s voice, then she hit me with the news. Everyone I knew was okay, but a dear friend to all Americans was not. Judi is an animal lover and spends her time volunteering with the Avian Wildlife Center. She was calling, frustrated, to let me know that a young bald eagle was in her care, sick with lead poisoning, and things didn’t look good. This made me ask myself what I could do to help conservation efforts while still in the field.

How Can I Help Conservation on the Front End?

Lessons From An Eagle: Conservation In The Field
Lessons From An Eagle: Conservation In The Field

Seeing that young bald eagle hurt on a deeper level. Seeing this animal, a symbol of our freedom, so negatively affected by our community was upsetting. Having ingested animals that had been shot, we could very well lose this eagle. After doing some research, I came up with three easy things that all of us can do to help.

Use Lead-Free Ammunition

Lessons From An Eagle: Conservation In The Field
Photo: SavvyPhotage

Before you turn the dial, I am not in favor of the laws of the state forcing people to use lead-free ammo. I’m counting more on the impossible-to-ignore laws of cause and effect. According to the Humane Society of the United States, an estimated 20 million animals are found with lead poisoning every year. Much of this lead enters the animals through them eating other critters that had been shot. 

Lessons From An Eagle: Conservation In The Field

One of the big problems seen with lead-free ammunition is the cost. Copper bullets and steel shotshells are more expensive, but what does it cost not to use them? With more attention being given to shooters and hunters every year, the last thing we need is to supply fuel to those who disagree with our way of life. Ignoring the issues facing our environment is the quickest way to enact legislation against us. While we’re on the subject of legislation, let’s tackle the gorilla in the room.

Lessons From An Eagle: Conservation In The Field

When we hear about saving the environment, it’s often in the form of some terror-filled speech given in front of a blue banner. Many people who enjoy hunting prefer another color and see environmental efforts as being a goal of their enemy. The truth is that we can all benefit from protecting our natural resources. Don’t get caught up in the narrative. Remember that our goal should be to protect our favorite activities so that future generations can enjoy them, as well.

Bio-Degradable Ammunition

Lessons From An Eagle: Conservation In The Field

So, what if you want to help but you also want to blast some geese? Simply pick up your hulls. Sometimes, though, it’s not that easy. Snow, trees, bushes, and dirt do a great job of making shells and casings vanish. What if you didn’t have to worry about a few missed hulls? I was recently made aware of a company called BioAmmo. Based in Spain, BioAmmo is focusing on creating biodegradable ammunition. Currently, they offer 12-gauge shotshells constructed of 0% plastic. The wads and cases are also biodegradable, as they’re made from a vegetable biopolymer.

Lessons From An Eagle: Conservation In The Field

This isn’t a common initiative with ammunition companies, but why shouldn’t it be? Ammunition technology is waiting on the next technological leap, and that leap will come in the form of new materials. If the goal of those materials included bio-friendly properties, everyone would benefit.

Pack It Out

Lessons From An Eagle: Conservation In The Field

I’m going to be blunt. The fact that not leaving trash everywhere is a relevant topic, even now, frustrates me to no end. I would think that this is common sense, yet over and over, I find trash (mostly masks and cans) left all over. A simple policy of “pack it in, pack it out” is the best way to combat this. Bring a bag to hold your trash and leave room in your pack to carry it back with you.

Lessons From An Eagle: Conservation In The Field

A few months ago, a local group of shooters had to organize the cleanup of a public shooting area near where I live. These people volunteered their time to pick up spent shells, cases, targets, and other trash. All of this could have been avoided if people simply cleaned up after themselves. Save me. I sound like my father.

It Costs Nothing to Care

Lessons From An Eagle: Conservation In The Field
Photo by Karen’s Nature & Family Photography

The single most important thing we can do is to care. I’m not asking you to change your life completely. I’m certainly not asking you to stop shooting and hunting. These are all activities that I enjoy and want to continue participating in. Yet, the image of that young eagle still affects me. Just keep the idea of conservation in your mind when enjoying nature. If you see some trash, pick it up. It costs nothing but can pay dividends in the long run.

Lessons From An Eagle: Conservation In The Field
Photo by Karen’s Nature & Family Photography

The young eagle, thankfully, made a full recovery. He was released almost three weeks later. However, not all animals are so lucky. I was overjoyed to hear of the eagle’s recovery, but that joy didn’t last. Not long after the young eagle’s release, an adult bald eagle was brought in after being hit by a car. After running tests, it was determined that this eagle was also suffering from lead poisoning. 

This one was hit on the road and suffered a fractured humerus and other injuries. Blood work for this bird showed lead at 9μg/dL. This beautiful bird, that had beat the odds to make it to full adult age (5 years or older), was crippled. As stated above, any lead in the blood can slow a bird’s ability to react and dull its senses. I cannot prove the lead was the cause for its injuries, but it was certainly a factor.

Lessons From An Eagle: Conservation In The Field

This is an ongoing problem, and ignoring it won’t make it vanish. If you’d like to know more about conservation, organizations like the American Bird Conservancy and the National Wildlife Federation will be happy to provide you with more information. Hunt smart, hunt safe, and go enjoy this beautiful planet.

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08:00

DIY: Building your 1st Fishing Bait Pen on a Budget [AllOutdoor.com]

A bait pen and fish cage are a great tool to have when you have permanent access to a dock. Being able to catch then store bait ahead of time before a fishing trip can mean you’re the first boat on a spot utilizing the whole day to catch your target, but the thing about these pens is the ones they sell at the store are expensive. Large commercially available bait pens usually start at around $300.

You can make your own for much cheaper, the whole project should cost at least 2/3 less than buying one. It’ll take a little work, but this is an easy project for a bad weather day when you can’t go out on the water. This project requires no expensive power tools, just a heat gun, shears or snips, and a PVC pipe cutter. If you don’t have a PVC pipe cutter, a saw works, but it’ll be messier and more work. The materials you need for this exact configuration

  • 4 – 10ft long 3/4″ PVC pipes
  • 14 – 3/4″ Tee Connectors
  • 2 – 3/4″ 90″ Elbow Connectors
  • 2 – 1″ to 3/4″ Reducing Tee Connectors
  • 3ft x 25ft 3/4″mesh plastic poultry mesh
  • minimum 50 zip ties
  • synthetic rope cordage
  • 1 pool noodle
Bait Pen
Clear shot of the bait pen’s PVC frame

For the PVC pipe, you want to cut it into these lengths

  • 6pc – 2ft
  • 4pc – 3.5ft
  • 10pc – 1ft
  • 2pc – 2ft 10in
  • 3pc – 6in

Once you have all these pieces cut out you can start the assembly of the frame. Start with the center square of the frame, 2 – 2ft PVC pieces, 4 – 1ft PVC pieces, and 6 – 3/4″ Tee- Connectors.

For the lid side, there will be a slight adjustment when assembling. You will need an additional 2 – 2ft PVC pieces, 2 – 1ft PVC pieces, 1 – 6inch PVC pieces, 2 – 90 degree 3/4″ elbows. 2 – 3/4″ Tee-Connectors, and 2 – 1″ to 3/4″ Reducing Tee Connectors.

Bait Pen
Closeup of connection for bait pen frame

Start by connecting 2 of the 1ft piece together with a Tee connector in the center, and then attach a Tee connector to each end. Use the picture for reference

Then, attach both assemblies together on both sides with a 2ft PVC piece to make a big square of PVC pipe. Then, using the heat gun gently heat a 3.5ft piece of PVC pipe and curve it and attach it to the square of PVC. Once you do this for both sides of the square you now have the bottom side of the bait pen done.

The top side of the bait pen assembly is pretty much the same except for one thing, you need to add the lid to that side. So, assemble it the same as before except don’t connect one side of the center square till the end. Preassemble the bait pen lid, out of 2 pieces of 2ft PVC, 2 elbow connectors, 1 3/4″ tee connector, and the two 1″ to 3/4″ reducing Tee connectors. You are making a U shape with the two reducing Tee connectors are the ends, these two 1″ connectors can fit the 3/4″ pipe through them. This will act as your thing for the bait pen lid. The single 3/4″ tee connector will have your lid handle attached to it.

Now both sides of the frame are done attach them to each other with the two 2′ 10″ pieces of pipe using the center tee connectors in the squares. Once everything has been pressure fit together once, and all adjustments are made you can use PVC glue to permanently attach everything. Or not it’s a personal preference, but a glued bait pen will hold up longer than a pressure fit one.

The very final step for the frame is to put a couple of holes in it to let the air out so the pen sinks. You can use an electric drill or if you don’t have one available a nail heated up with a lighter or the heat gun works too. Doesn’t matter what you use to make them, just make sure the bait pen frame has a couple of holes on both sides.

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Attaching the mesh to the bait pen using zip ties

Now the frame is done it’s pretty simple, just use the zip ties and plastic mesh to skin the frame. The more zip ties the better, it’ll help with the longevity of the bait pen. Also keeping the mesh tight helps keep the pen rigid and reduces the chance of bait getting stuck in a corner and dying. Also make sure to keep the zip tie tabs outside the pen, better to keep sharp corners out of the bait pen.

The final step is to add the pool noodles as floatation material at the top of the pen. Cut one of the pool noodles in half and then tie it to the frame inside the top of the bait pen. While not necessary you can also attach a couple of carry-handles to the frame of the bait pen. I used some extra cordage and two 6″ pieces of the PVC pipe to make the handles.

I have to say though, don’t think you have to follow this design exactly. You can adjust to better suit your needs, and wants. I needed a big pen to hold culled largemouth bass at the lake, if you’re only keeping something like choffers or crabs you don’t need a pen this big. Or if you’re wanting to keep more fragile baits like sardines, you might just want to go for a big circle-shaped bait pen instead of this oval shape. Adjust the design to your needs.

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Fish pen floating in the lake, we keep cull largemouth in it for people to come collect whenever they want fresh fish.

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08:00

Now Available: The Palmetto State Armory 5.7 Rock Pistol [The Firearm Blog]

Once upon a time 5.7x28mm was only chambered by two guns: the FN PS90 and the FN 5.7, a very niche round if there ever was one. Eventually, AR uppers were introduced, and Ruger introduced their 57 pistol. This of course broadened the market and made it easier and more affordable for anyone to own […]

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07:00

Windham Weaponry Releases 10th Anniversary Rifle [AllOutdoor.com]

Windham Weaponry, of Maine, just released a new rifle in celebration of their 10th anniversary. Logically named the “10th Anniversary Rifle,” this new offering continues the Windham tradition of building solid components and full rifles based on the Stoner design. Unlike the company’s other wares, this one sports just a little flash.

The 10th Anniversary Rifle is a 5.56 NATO/.223 Remington AR. Its 16-inch barrel has a 1:9 twist and is made of chrome moly vanadium steel. It’s chrome-lined and has a gold-tone titanium nitride finish, as does the matching A2 flash hider. Surrounding the barrel is Windham Weaponry’s distinctive 15-inch free-floating, railed handguard, which also supports a full-length rail. Flip-up rear and front sights from Kriss are included as well.

In the middle is a forged T6 7075 aluminum receiver with an aluminum trigger guard. It has a black anodized finish, but the castle nut, safety, and bolt catch have a gold-colored finish, too. On the right of the receiver is white 10th Anniversary branding in place of Windham’s standard imprint. The trigger is a standard Mil-Spec. A standard safety lever is included with visual position indicators on both sides of the lower. A Hogue Beavertail pistol grip helps maintain a classic A2 profile. Farther back, a minimalist stock by Mission First Tactical over a Mil-Spec buffer tube, adds a bit of modern flair. Swivel loops for a sling are included for the shooter, too.

Without the included 30-round magazine, the 10th Anniversary Rifle weighs 6.0 pounds. Its length is 32.75″ – 36.83″ depending on stock position. The rifle ships with a hard plastic case and web sling.

All the included accoutrements make this AR one that’s ready to enjoy right out of the box. At $1,199, this is a modestly-priced way to commemorate a decade of business, especially considering the inclusion of components that make it range-ready.

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07:00

Product Announcement: The New WBP Jack SR Rifle [The Firearm Blog]

WBP Jack SRI know what you’re thinking, “Didn’t TFB already cover the WBP Jack back in December?” Yes, we did. But this is a new version of that rifle. The WBP Jack SR deletes the side rail mount for optics bringing it in line with how the AKM was originally issued. So I see this more for […]

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06:32

What District Was That Congressman? []

I live in the 11th Congressional District of North Carolina. Our current congressman is Rep. Madison Cawthorn (R-NC) who is the youngest member of Congress.

Cawthorn is facing a stiff challenge in the Republican primary for a number of reasons. These include a poor voting record, doing dumb shit like trying to take a firearm on an airplane (twice), driving on a suspended license while speeding, lots of embarrassing videos coming to light, and crappy constituent service. Topping this all off is that before the Democrat-controlled NC Supreme Court threw out the General Assembly’s redistricting plan, Cawthorn had planned to ditch the 11th District for a new, more heavily Republican district, closer to Charlotte. The rationale was that he would gain more media attention from the Charlotte media than he could from the local Asheville media outlets.

I got an email today from Cawthorn trying to raise money. Here is how it concluded:

I’ll be traveling across my district here in North Carolina and hope to have your support as I make this critical push to stay in the race!
Thanks,  
Madison Cawthorn
Congressman, NC-14

I don’t know about you but I prefer a congressional representative who remembers what district he or she actually represents.

As an aside, Cawthorn still got the NRA-PVF endorsement given their pro-incumbent bias. Grass Roots North Carolina-PVF however has recommended St. Sen. Chuck Edwards (R-Henderson) who not only has helped pro-gun legislation in Raleigh but actually holds a FFL.

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06:27

Austria’s Take on the Uzi: Steyr MPi-69 [Forgotten Weapons]

Designed in the 1960s by Steyr and adopted by the Austrian Army in 1969 to replace it aging MP40s, the MPi-69 is an economical and simple 9x19mm SMG. It uses many features seen in the Uzi, including the dual sear lugs, similar barrel nut, magazine in the grip, and telescoping bolt (first used by the Czechoslovakian guns). It has a very simple square tube receiver combined with a molded polymer grip frame. The most unusual element of the design is the charging handle, which is actually operated by pulling back on the front sling attachment point.

The MPi-69 was replaced by the MPi-81 in 1981, which was essentially the same gun with a conventional charging handle. This was in turn replaced by the 9mm version of the Steyr AUG. This one is a very scarce C&R transferrable example of an MPi-69.

06:00

Volker Precision’s NEW VP33 Ruger 10/22 Magazine Conversion To CP33 Mags [The Firearm Blog]

Volker Precision VP33 10/22 Magazine ConversionVolker Precision recently announced an upcoming trigger housing for Ruger 10/22 rifles (and Charger pistols) that includes an updated magazine well profile that accepts KelTec CP33 magazines. Volker Precision’s owner, Chris, has stated that their VP33 Trigger Housing will be up for preorder in two weeks, but there’s no mention yet on pricing. Current 10/22 […]

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05:57

Supply Chain Issues? []

The tweet of the day illustrates the cognitive dissonance on the part of the Left with regard to the firearms industry. A Florida lawyer who devotes much of his time to researching “the right-wing” seems to think that the firearms industry has had no supply chain issues.

Rob Romano’s tweet humorously corrects that misapprehension.

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Thursday, 12 May

17:00

TFB Review: Savior Equipment Pro Touring Single Rifle Case [The Firearm Blog]

TFB Review: Savior Equipment Pro Touring Single Rifle CaseIf you’re looking to be discreet on the go, Savior Equipment has you covered with their new Pro Touring Single Rifle cases.  Designed to fool your neighbors into thinking you actually play tennis, these bags discreetly transport everything you need for a quick trip to the range. Savior was kind enough to send over both […]

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16:30

POTD: U.S. Marine Corps Weapons and Tactics Instructor Course [The Firearm Blog]

Weapons and Tactics Instructor CoursePhoto Of The Day at TFB. Fine-art photography seems far away when you’re deep in the desert. Still the guy behind the camera managed to nail it. Above you see U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Brandon Holliman, a native of Suffolk, Virginia, and a rifleman with 1st Battalion, 2d Marine Regiment, 2d Marine Division (MARDIV) […]

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16:00

Concealed Carry Corner: Top Maintenance Items For Concealed Carry [The Firearm Blog]

When the weather starts to finally become warm in the great north, it’s always time to start thinking about your carry options. Here in Michigan, you can typically carry a larger-sized pistol roughly 8-10 months out of the year, but on a rare occasion, it does actually get warm here. With the warm weather arriving, […]

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13:53

President Donald J. Trump to Address NRA Members at the 2022 NRA Annual Meetings and Exhibits in Houston, Texas [NRA-ILA News]

Former President Donald J. Trump will headline the 2022 NRA-ILA Leadership Forum on May 27, at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston.

13:00

Rhino-Rack Reconn-Deck: The perfect platform for Overlanding? [AllOutdoor.com]

If you’re into Overlanding, chances are you’ve spent time looking for the perfect platform to mount all of your gear on. Let’s take a closer look at Rhino-Rack’s Reconn-Deck and see if it could be the answer to your needs.

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The first build on my Tacoma was around an enclosed cap from AluCab. I wanted lockable storage with some built-in organizational capability, and the ability to eventually mount a rooftop tent.

I successfully ran that for several years until I decided to lighten up my load (a cap and rooftop tent are heavy) and reconfigure the build to be more robust. The original setup looked great but was ultimately unsound as a ton of weight (air compressors and storage bottle) was attached to a side cabinet mounted using a couple of small bolts into a rail system. I needed a more modular design that also was strong enough to mount what I needed.

Versatile Truck Bed System?

There is no such thing as a perfect system–at least I haven’t found one yet. There is always a compromise. A Tacoma is small and narrow, compared to a full-sized truck (like, say, a Power Wagon), and does not have a large cargo capacity. What I’ve started looking for in a cargo management system is easy installation (and removal) as well as the ability to change the configuration for whatever my current activity is so I can carry what I need. The Reconn-Deck has so far allowed me to do that.

view of hi-lift mounted on reconn-deck bars
I mounted my 60″ hi-lift extreme across my bars on the non-entry side of my tent. This keeps it easily accessible and makes use of what would otherwise be dead space.

Adding a bed rack system allows for a number of additional mounting options for stowing and securing gear and other accessories. The Reconn-Deck towers can support a number of different top components: the Reconn-Deck Bars (with or without the Reconn-Deck NS Bars), Pioneer Platform (if you want to maximize carry space), or Vortex Bars.

The towers have slots allowing you to mount components on them as well.

installing aluminum panels
I had some aluminum MOLLE compatible panels added to my truck. The Reconn-Deck towers have convenient slots to attach accessories.
aluminum molle panels installed
These panels (made by a local fabrication shop Mild to Wild) not only allow me to mount MOLLE compatible gear, but also provide some security for items in the bed.

You can mount any of their huge range of roof rack accessories on the bars–assuming the item can span the distance. The system is designed to suit users’ specific needs.

Reconn-Deck Bars

The Deck Bars are what I am running on my truck (I have a Rhino-Rack Pioneer Platform over my cab), and the Deck Bars will be the focus of the remainder of this post.

The Bars can accommodate 330 pounds dynamic load (while moving), and 826 pounds while static. The load rating is enough to mount a rooftop tent.

side-view of bed rack system
I have a 23Zero Walkabout rooftop tent mounted on top of the Reconn-Deck bars. The system can easily support the weight of the tent and a couple of people when the vehicle is not moving.

The Reconn-Deck bars have integrated channels on all four sides allowing you to mount items in a variety of ways. The underside channels are a good place to mount flat items like a folding table. The bars are made from powder-coated aluminum.

A Sleek and Rugged Design

The Rhino-Rack truck bed system is honestly pretty minimal. The towers mount to the rail system in your truck bed. There is no drilling or modification needed. It comes with all of the tools you need to do the install–their design team included a clever torque wrench and hex tool (this is becoming a more common trend among off-road gear companies it seems).

included torque wrench
The system comes with a clever torque wrench that helps you with the install.

Once you mount the towers, you simply mount the Reconn-deck bars (or whatever platform you want to use).

The biggest downside is that you have to have bed rails. Or install some. If you have existing bed rails, you can install the system in about an hour by yourself.

reconn-deck towers before being moved to final location
Install is super easy and can be done by one person in about an hour.
mounting nuts in bed rail system for reconn-deck
The Reconn-Deck system comes with mounting nuts for your rail system. They simply slide in and you bolt through to towers to them and then torque to spec.

The most challenging part of the installation is measuring the tower placement. Rhino-Rack provides a handy reference for most vehicles, giving you the distance between towers and the distance from the front of the bed. These are fairly important measurements because you want the towers to be parallel to each other and perpendicular to the bed. Aside from that, it is bolting things in and torquing to spec. (Bigger trucks can add a third tower if needed.)

reconn-deck towers with witness marks
Any time you torque something to spec, you should use witness marks to help you with the periodic inspections you should be doing. Bouncing down the trail can loosen things over time, and torque specs, are, well, important.

Rhino-Rack Reconn-Deck

The Reconn-Deck is a relatively new product from Rhino-Rack that has been designed for not only overlanding, but snow-sports, cycling, fishing/surfing, and contracting. It’s a great platform to mount all of your gear on (and the perfect platform for my needs right now).  It’s made from high-quality materials that will stand up to even the most extreme conditions.

side view without molle panels
I started out with no panels and had my hi-lift mounted on the towers.
rear angle view of installed bed rack system
My current setup.

The Reconn-Deck is adjustable, so you can customize it to fit your vehicle, and it comes with channels on the towers that provide multiple points to mount accessories. It’s quick and easy to install or dismantle, so you can reconfigure without a lot of hassle.

There are a few bed rack systems out there, and all have pros and cons. For my build, the Rhino-Rack system meets all of my current needs.  You can learn more about the Reconn-Deck at Rhino-Rack’s website.

If you are running a bed rack, what do you have?  Share your thoughts in the comments.

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12:09

The Drones Keep Listening To Big Brother []

Image from Apple “1984” ad

I have to wonder who votes in the election for the NRA Board of Directors. You have a few good candidates and you have a lot of hacks. You have mostly Friends of Wayne and the rare candidate who wants to do something worthwhile. Invariably, it is the hacks who are the Friends of Wayne who get elected.

Many of us thought this year might – and I emphasize might – see some change in this.

We were wrong.

Frank Tait got this message today from John Frazer who is the NRA Secretary and a named defendant in the NYAG lawsuit:

“Based on the draft report from Rogers & Company, you have not been elected to the NRA Board of Directors. In accordance with Article VIII, Sec, 4 of the NRA Bylaws, your name will be automatically placed on the ballot for one Director for a one-year term to be voted on by those members present and eligible to vote on the occasion of the Annual Meeting of Members.”

You have to wonder if Wayne and his cabal will be so bold this year as to again push their preferred candidate for 76th Director using so-called volunteers who have their expenses paid. In their arrogance, I would not be surprised to see them deployed.

I do think the postal issue had some impact even if this is routinely denied by the NRA. Until we see the actual vote numbers, it will be impossible to determine.

In the meantime, I feel it is as if too many voters are like those drones in the Apple 1984 commercial listening to Big Brother. Just substitute Wayne’s bespectacled face for that of Big Brother and you have the results we have been seeing for years.

From the Apple 1984 commercial

I do have one question to those of you in California. Have you seen or heard of “ballot harvesting” by the NRA Member Councils in California?

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11:00

Sauer 404 Silence XTC Bolt Action Rifle [The Firearm Blog]

Sauer 404 Silence XTC Bolt Action Rifle (1)The latest addition to J.P. Sauer & Sohn’s S 404 line of bolt action rifles is the Sauer 404 Silence XTC. As its name implies, it’s a suppressed rifle. It has an integrated silencer that almost completely encloses the barrel. This new version of the S 404 rifle combines the general design of the S 404 Synchro […]

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10:00

Springfield Armory Introduces the Emissary 4.25 [The Firearm Blog]

Emissary 4.25The 1911, despite being as old as Bilbo Baggins on the day he left the shire for Rivendell never to return, has somehow managed to remain one of the most popular handguns in the US. Springfield Armory has been producing this iconic handgun since it opened its doors in 1974, and with the introduction of […]

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09:30

POTD: Awkward and New – The Massachusetts Arms Co. Greene Carbine [AllOutdoor.com]

Welcome to today’s Photo of the Day! Here we have an interesting Frankenstein of a mid-19th-century carbine. This is the Greene Carbine patented in 1854 and manufactured by the Massachusetts Arms Company. Unlike the bulk of POTDs of late were not American Civil War small arms. These were produced initially for military testing, trials, and civilian guns before Great Britain put in order of 2000 of them. Little did they know the mechanism is a little complicated. These rifles used a percussion tape method of igniting paper cartridges. This I have talked about before in a previous POTD and it is called the Maynard Primer (think cap gun tape). The way this gun operates is via two triggers. the front-most trigger unlocked the action. While pulled the barrel can be rotated, pulled forward, and flipped to the right so a paper cartridge can be inserted before the barrel is replaced and locked. After this, the user would cock the hammer, mechanically feeding the percussion tape forward over the nipple. The rearmost trigger would drop the hammer and fire the rifle.

“Only 2,000 Greene carbines were manufactured by the Mass. Arms Co. in the mid-1850s for the British for use in the Crimean War. They differ from the American type in the larger caliber, the use of Queen Victoria’s “St. Edward’s Crown/VR” cipher behind hammer on the lock, the British proofmarks, shorter barrel, hexadecagon section ahead of the rear sight, sling ring on the trigger guard tang, and the use of casehardened steel for the butt and patch box instead of brass. All but a couple hundred are believed to have been scrapped for parts, and few are believed to have seen actual British military use. This example has the standard blade and folding ladder sights, “MASS ARM. CO./CHICOPEE FALLS/U.S.A. 1856″ behind the cipher on the lock, Maynard patent marking on the primer door, British proofs, the two-line Greene patent marking on the upper tang, and matching serial numbers.”

Greene Carbine

Lot 109: Massachusetts Arms Co. Greene Carbine. (n.d.). Rock Island Auction Company. photograph. Retrieved May 11, 2022, from https://www.rockislandauction.com/detail/69/109/massachusetts-arms-co-greene-carbine.

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09:00

Cook your Catch: Speckled Trout Almandine Recipe [AllOutdoor.com]

One of the most popular to target and to eat inshore fish in the south. The speckled trout (Cynoscion nebulosus) is a delicious white-fleshed fish with a medium flake. It is probably second only to the flounder in popularity as table fare. The speckled trout is a very versatile fish to use for cooking. The only real issues that can occur with this species is that the flesh can be mushy if overcooked and occasionally some fish will have spaghetti worms in the meat.

There are usually only one or two worms in a trout, but when filleting they get cut into multiple pieces. This makes people think the fish are loaded with worms. If you are really squeamish you can just toss the fillets out or cut the worms out. But I would recommend just picking the worms out, they are easy to remove and don’t affect the meat quality. Or, you could just leave them in, once cooked the spaghetti worms are not noticeable. There is no risk of human transmission and there never has been a reported case of fish to human transmission.

In this case, the fillets were worm-free and had excellent fat content. This speckled trout weighed about 2.5 pounds and did have roe. You can clean and pan fry the roe as well, bread with seasoned flour, and fry in butter. Good eating if fish roe is your thing.

Whole speckled trout, scaled but gut in.
Gutted and head taken off before filleting

Whenever you plan on keeping fish for the table, I really recommend bleeding the fish before it hits the ice. When you reach the boat ramp or dock, gut the fish as soon as possible. This will keep meat better, and drain the most blood out of the fish. Also if you’re planning to travel back with your catch or not eat it right away. It is better to keep the gutted fish whole, this reduces oxygen exposure to fillets and keeps them from going fishy.

One speckled trout fillet taken off the frame.

When filleting your catch, take the head and collars off before you fillet, it gives you a more level fish to cut. This will make filleting the fish easier on both sides.

Broken down speckled trout, belly fillets kept to be fried along with collars.

After you fillet your speckled trout, I like skin off fillets, but it is up to personal preference. Get all your ingredients together.

Speckled Trout Almandine Recipe

  • 1 Speckled Trout filleted and skin off
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 tablespoon creole seasoning
  • 1/4 cup fresh chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • 1 lemon juiced
All the ingredients needed for Speckled Trout Almandine (except butter)
Salt and pepper the speckled trout fillets

Prepare your fish by first liberally applying salt and fresh ground pepper, then put it aside while you prepare the other ingredients. Pre chop all the parsley and have the lemon juice and almonds ready. Once you start cooking things move fast.

Add creole seasoning to flour for dredge

On a plate or tray add the all-purpose flour and then add the creole seasoning. Mix both together evenly, put the prepared flour dredge aside.

Dip the seasoned fillets in milk
Dredge the speckled trout fillets in the seasoned flour

With another plate, pour the milk into then add the trout fillets to the milk. Coat the speckled trout fillets completely with the seasoned all-purpose flour.

Melt butter in your pan and add a little oil to lower the smoke point. Fry the speckled trout fillets until golden brown on both sides

In a pan large enough to hold the fillets, melt 3 tablespoons of butter over medium heat. Add the oil, preferably something with a higher smoke point. This is to keep from toasting the butter too quickly.  Once up to temp add the fillets of trout and fry both sides till golden.

After pulling the speckled trout fillets from the pan, add in more butter, and almonds. Toast the almonds till golden.

Once both fillets are cooked, pull them from the pan and place them on your presentation plate. In the pan then add the last 3 Tbsp of butter, and melt them. After the butter is all melted, add in the almonds and toast. Be careful when toasting almonds, they will end one shade darker than when you shut off the heat due to the residual heat in the butter.

Right before the almonds reach the color you want, add the lemon juice and fresh chopped parsley to the pan. Mix the pan sauce altogether, then spoon over the fillets.

Then serve, speckled trout almandine goes well with fresh steamed veggies or a wild rice pilaf if you’re wanting something starchier. A nice fresh loaf of french bread is also very good for dipping in the extra sauce. This is a relatively straightforward dish that can easily be cooked at home that has appearances of fine dining.

Great for keeping the other half happy, when you went fishing again instead of doing lawn work like you said you would.

Finished Speckled Trout Almandine

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08:53

Colorado: Legislature Adjourns from the 2022 Legislative Session [NRA-ILA News]

Yesterday, the Colorado Legislature adjourned from its 2022 Legislative Session, having passed some good, and some bad, legislation in the process.

08:00

The NEW Travel Prone Tri-Carry Bag From Elite Survival Systems [AllOutdoor.com]

I hate traveling. I love being at my destination, but packing, getting to the airport, and keeping my composure are difficult. One of the things that makes this worse is lame bags. With a wife, toddler, and baby on the way, there is no such thing as traveling light. I usually pack less than what I need just so I can just use a backpack. Now, I don’t have to choose. Elite Survival Systems has just introduced their Travel Prone Tri-Carry Bag. It’s a duffel that allows you to wear it on your back like a backpack.

Tri-carry Bag

Bag Coverage on AllOutdoor

“This sizable tactical duffel provides efficient use of space and can be carried as a backpack or standard duffel with multiple carry handles. Add this large tactical duffle bag with backpack straps to your toolkit today.”

The NEW Travel Prone Tri-carry Bag From Elite Survival Systems

Tri-carry Bag

The Travel Prone Tri-carry Bag features a large main pocket, accessed through a full perimeter zipper. All zippers are YKK. The side pockets are zippered as well and a front MOLLE panel allows for expansion and customization. On top of the main compartment lid is a zippered document pocket for easy access to passports or boarding passes. It includes a two-inch-wide shoulder strap and heavy-duty carry handles on the sides and top of the bag.

Tri-carry Bag

SPECS

  • Material: 1000 Denier nylon
  • Dimensions: 25″ x 14″ x 10″
  • Colors: Black, Coyote Tan
  • MSRP: $174.95

Tri-carry Bag

If you’re impressed by this bag and want to learn more, head over to the Elite Survival Systems website. You can also learn more by following along on social media. Elite Survival Systems can be found on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram. Don’t miss your flight!

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08:00

X-Vision Optics Announces Thermal Reflex Sight [The Firearm Blog]

X-Vision Optics have announced the introduction of their TR1 Thermal Reflex Sight. The sight has a range of around 1,000 yards and X-Vision say it “captures sharp thermal images and smoothly tracks rapid motion in the distance.” The TR1 has 1-4x magnification and a 23.6°×20.7° field of view. It can handle “over 53 ft/lb. of […]

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07:00

Springfield Armory Releases NEW 9mm Emissary 4.25″ [AllOutdoor.com]

For those who carry 1911s, the size and weight can become tiresome. Thankfully, we have variants with smaller frames and shorter barrels, but what if you want more capacity, too? One way to increase capacity is to change calibers. There has been a trend toward 9mm 1911 pistols in recent years. The smaller round increases capacity and the weight of an all-steel gun can make shooting 9mm feel like a BB gun. Now in a smaller commander size, welcome the newest in Springfield Armory’s Emissary line. This is the new 9mm Emissary 4.25″.

NEW 9mm Emissary

Springfield Armory Coverage on AllOutdoor

“The 9mm Emissary 4.25″ blends form and function seamlessly in a firearm built for defense and loaded with custom-grade features. It’s constructed with a forged stainless steel frame and forged carbon steel slide, with a beautiful two-tone finish. The blued carbon steel slide pairs with a stainless steel frame featuring a distinctive squared trigger guard with additional room for ease of operation with a gloved hand.”

Springfield Armory Releases NEW 9mm Emissary 4.25″

NEW 9mm Emissary

The Emissary 4.25″ is formed by linking a forged stainless steel frame with an aggressive-lined stainless slide. The slide features the same quick sights found on the Hellcat pistols and serrations for reducing glare. The grip has been engineered to grab your hand and keep the gun in place. The beavertail is extended and the manual safety is single-sided. The magazines hold nine rounds each and have extended base plates. The square, hard lines also continue into the square trigger guard and flat trigger.

NEW 9mm Emissary

SPECS

  • Barrel length: 4.25″
  • Materials: Forged stainless steel
  • Caliber: 9x19mm
  • Capacity: 9+1
  • Weight: 40 oz
  • MSRP: $1,349

NEW 9mm Emissary

If you want to take a closer look at the Emissary, you can find all of the details on the Springfield Armory website. Be sure to follow along on social media for more announcements. Springfield can be found on Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube. Stay safe out there!

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07:00

Mesa Tactical SureShell Carrier with RMR Mount [The Firearm Blog]

Nevada-based Mesa Tactical have introduced their latest shell carrier combined with an RMR mount. Machined from 6061-T6 aluminum, which is then anodized, the carrier can hold four or six shells and comes mounted with a Trijicon RMR. The mount is available for Remington, Mossberg, Beretta and Benelli tactical shotguns and has an MSRP ranging from $93 to […]

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06:00

TFB B-Side Podcast: AK Talk with TFB Writer Tim C [The Firearm Blog]

TFB B-Side Podcast: AK Talk with TFB Writer Tim CHey guys and thanks for tuning in to check out another episode of the TFB B-Side Podcast. In the last episode of TFB B-Side Podcast, we had on special guest Vladimir Onokoy and as always he is a treat to have on the show for his vast wealth of knowledge and experience in regards to foreign-made […]

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Wednesday, 11 May

17:00

TFB Review: Wilson Combat P320 Compact Grip Module [The Firearm Blog]

TFB Review: Wilson Combat P320 Compact Grip ModuleIn the world of modular handguns, nothing really is as customizable as the SIG Sauer P320 system. As many of you know, I am quite a fan of building up P320 handguns with different aftermarket parts. Just a couple of weeks ago, I posted about the new Micro Comp from Parker Mountain Machine. While testing […]

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16:30

POTD: Green Berets in Republic of Korea [The Firearm Blog]

Green Berets in Republic of KoreaEver since photography was invented in the early 1800s, it has been a medium of limitless possibilities Today most people have at least a smartphone to capture what’s going on around, and professionals use even more advanced cameras and optics. At TFB we’ve been running our Photo Of The Day for years, where we share […]

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16:00

Wheelgun Wednesday: Taurus 66 Review – .357 Magnum Seven-Shooter [The Firearm Blog]

Taurus 66 ReviewThanks for joining us for another Wheelgun Wednesday at TFB, where we cover all things related to revolvers. This week, we’ll take a look at the Taurus 66, with a satisfying 7-round capacity, chambered in .357 Magnum. The Taurus Model 66 was first introduced in 1978 as a six-shot revolver and gained its plus one […]

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11:00

Century Arms Issues Limited Recall for BFT47 [The Firearm Blog]

Century Arms BFT47Century Arms have announced a partial recall of BFT47 rifles after the discovery of some ‘durability issues’ which might ‘affect proper feeding and or chambering of ammunition’. Check out Century Arms’ notice below for further details and a full list of the rifles potentially impacted. Century Arms @ TFB: TFB Review: The Century Arms AP5-P […]

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10:00

AllOutdoor Review: Springfield Armory Emissary 4.25″ 9mm [AllOutdoor.com]

The Springfield Armory Emissary, a standout precision 1911, has until recently only been available in a traditional .45 ACP chambering. Today, the company released a commander-size 9mm edition of the pistol. I had the chance to test a pre-release copy, and here’s how it went! Before even seeing the Emissary, I was struck by its weight when my gun dealer handed over the box. It’s heavy for its size. Upon further inspection, it’s easy to see why with a solid steel construction and crowned bull barrel contributing to its 2.5 Lb unloaded weight.

Springfield Armory Emissary
The Springfield Armory Emissary and its 4.25-inch forged stainless steel bull barrel

This is an eye-catching gun. Its lines are futuristic with a square-ish trigger guard and angular slide that lend a profile that is unique in the handgun world. Also, unusual in both appearance and profile, are the grip panels. They are what I’ve been wishing for since I first started shooting 1911s – flat. Unlike most guns in the class, my medium hand has no difficulty keeping the grip safety fully depressed and I can even reach the standard-size slide lock with my thumb thanks to there being no excess bulk in the grip. For those who like a lot of traction, these grips have it. The grip texture is as rough as it gets thanks to aggressive sculpting on the G10 grip panels.

Springfield Armory Emissary
Flat grips, where have you been all my life?

Two nine-round magazines are included with the Springfield Armory Emissary. A little effort is needed to completely seat the last several rounds rearward; nothing painful. Since I had an Uplula Universal Magazine Loader on hand, I tested it on these magazines. It worked just fine without the 1911 extension needed for some mags, so those who rely on a standard Uplula – aka Maglula – can use it with the 9mm Emissary.

Springfield Armory Emissary

Lucky Gunner generously supplied a wide sampling of ammo for this test in weights ranging from 75 – 147 grains. My partner and I did rapid-fire mag dumps with:

  • Federal American Eagle Lead-Free 75 grain
  • TulAmmo 115 grain steel case FMJ
  • Hornady Critical Defense 115 grain FTX
  • Winchester USA Ready Defense 124 grain +P JHP
  • Sig Sauer M17 124 grain +P JHP
  • Federal Premium HST Tactical 147 grain

No issues were encountered during firing. The Sig Sauer ammo did require two attempts at loading the initial round which only half-fed on the first try from full compression of the recoil spring by the support hand; not from slide lock release. Both of us who tried the gun remarked that the slide feels sluggish upon loading the initial round, easing forward with less speed and force than most pistols. This did not seem to be the case during firing only upon loading.

The magazines drop free from the pistol when the mag release is pushed; in my book this is an important trait for efficient operation regardless of intended use. I dropped empty, partially full, and full mags; all released with zero resistance.

Springfield Armory Emissary

Sighting is easy with a U-shaped rear sight and a bright yellow front sight with tritium in the center. Both are drift-adjustable. The narrow “U” makes precise shots easy to attain. Grooves are molded into the length of the narrow top of the slide cut glare – and while it’s splitting hairs to say so – the angular, cut-away sides of the slide make the periphery of the target more visible when the gun is at eye level.

In an era when skeletonized, aluminum triggers are all the rage, Springfield did something different here. The trigger is solid black and lightweight compared to the rest of this gun. Apparently made of polymer or G10 with no skeletonized action here. It’s nestled inside a trigger guard that is square, but with a rounded front corner. It’s a highly unusual setup, but it works. The trigger’s operation is what one would expect from a premium Springfield 1911 with a short take-up, clean break, and short reset.

Springfield Armory Emissary

The Emissary’s weight and 9mm chambering make for negligible recoil. While the grip texture isn’t for everyone, this is a 1911 that can carry its user through a 1,000-round day without recoil fatigue.

Disassembly of the Emissary is, like the rest of the gun, a little different from your everyday 1911. An Allen wrench is included, or per the user manual, a thin paperclip folded into the approximate same shape will do. Takedown entails pulling the slide back to the clearly marked takedown notch and inserting the Allen wrench through the guide rod housing. This allows the recoil spring/captive guide rod to be removed from the inside of the slide, followed by the barrel. Reassembly is simply the reversal of this process. It’s not difficult once a body knows what to do. I found the pictures and description in the manual inadequate as there is more than one way to interpret them. Thankfully, others who have posted videos of earlier editions of the Emissary put me on the right path.

Springfield Armory Emissary
Disassembly requires inserting an Allen wrench through the recoil spring housing.

We didn’t bench the gun for formal accuracy testing. In windy conditions when targets won’t stay stationary, there’s not much to be learned from doing so. At the 10 – 12 yard maximum distances from which we fired the Emissary, it’s easy to drill tight groups. With its heavy barrel and some experimentation in ammunition, this could be an ideal bullseye, competition gun for a smaller-handed shooter. As a defensive gun, those who like to open carry will get plenty of admiring glances with a Springfield Armory Emissary on their hip. It’s a joy to shoot and looks good in any setting.

Precision

Specifications: Springfield Armory Emissary 4.25″ 9mm 1911

  • Chambering: 9mm Luger
  • Barrel: 4.25″ Forged Stainless Steel, Match Grade, Fully Supported Ramp, Bull, 1:16 Twist
  • Slide: Forged Carbon Steel, Blued
  • Frame: Forged Carbon Steel
  • Recoil System: Commander Length
  • Overall Length: 7.75″
  • Overall Height: 5.25″
  • Weight: 2.5 Lb
  • MSRP: $1,349

Precision

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10:00

22LR Ammo with CuRx Bullets Available from Aria Ballistic Engineering [The Firearm Blog]

22LR Ammo with CuRx Bullets Available from Aria Ballistic Engineering (1)Cutting Edge CuRx family of .22LR bullets are machined solid copper projectiles for precision long-range shooting allowing to push the capabilities of the humble .22LR in extreme long-range competitions. Besides the projectiles, Cutting Edge also sells reloading dies and primed cases for reloading .22LR ammunition with their CuRx bullets. However, not everyone is able or […]

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09:30

POTD: A Lesser Known Civil War Repeater – Ball Repeating Carbine [AllOutdoor.com]

Welcome to today’s Photo of the DayHere we have yet another small arm that was produced during the American Civil War for a very short period of time. This is the Ball Carbine. The Ball Repeating Carbine was a Union-produced rifle chambered for the 56-50 Spencer cartridge. It utilized a tubular magazine that was located under the handguard and loaded from the breech. 1000 of these repeating carbines were ordered by the Union but they were not delivered until just before the war ended. It is unknown exactly how many were produced in total but they are extremely rare today.

“This is an example of a Civil War era Ball Repeating Carbine that was manufactured by Lamson & Co. of Windsor, Vermont, between 1864 and 1865. The Ball carbine featured a lever action and 7-shot tube magazine. The carbine has a near full length walnut forearm secured by two barrel bands and has a steel cleaning rod mounted on the right side of the forearm. The barrel has a iron half-moon front sight and two leaf rear sight with sight notches marked “1”, “4” and “6.” A sling bar with ring is mounted on the left side of the receiver. The carbine has a brown finish on the barrel and color casehardened forearm cap, barrel band, receiver, breechblock, hammer, lever, trigger and buttplate. The screws and small components are niter blue. The stock and forearm are straight grain American walnut. The left side of the receiver is marked “E.G. LAMSON & CO./WINDSOR VT./U.S./BALLS PATENT/JUNE 23 1863/MARCH 15 1864″ ahead of the sling bar mount. These carbines were delivered in May 1865.”

Ball

Lot 91: Outstanding Civil War Ball Repeating Carbine. (n.d.). Rock Island Auction Company. photograph. Retrieved May 10, 2022, from https://www.rockislandauction.com/detail/69/91/outstanding-civil-war-ball-repeating-carbine.

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09:00

Florida FWC Commission Approves Redfish Rule Changes [AllOutdoor.com]

At their May meeting, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) approved proposed management regions and regulation changes for Redfish in all State Waters. The proposed rule changes would modify the redfish management regions.

Prohibit the captain and crew of charter trips from retaining a bag limit on top of the client’s bag limit. Reduce the max number of fish a person can have in possession off the water from six to four fish a person. The rules changes would also adjust vessel limits in many management regions.

FWC staff plans to continue to gather input on the proposed rules and will return later this year. At that point, the Commission will host a Final Rule Hearing and lock in the changes. All of these modifications in management regions and regulations will better work with all the regional differences in Florida. As well as improve angler satisfaction in the redfish fishery.

The proposed rule changes would:

  • Modify the redfish management regions.
  • Prohibit captain and crew from retaining a bag limit when on a for-hire trip.
  • Reduce the off-the-water transport limit from six to four fish per person.
  • Increase the bag limit for the Big Bend region from one to two fish per person
  • Reduce the eight-fish vessel limit in each of the proposed management regions:
    • Panhandle, Big Bend, Northeast: four fish.
    • Tampa Bay, Sarasota Bay, Charlotte Harbor, Southwest, Southeast: two fish.
  • Allow only catch-and-release fishing for redfish in the Indian River Lagoon region.

The modification of redfish management regions and regulations, as part of the new management approach, will better capture regional differences and improve angler satisfaction.

For more information, including the May 2022 Commission meeting presentation, visit MyFWC.com/Commission and click on “Commission Meetings.”

For current recreational redfish regulations, visit MyFWC.com/Marine and click on “Recreational Regulations” and “Redfish.” This page will be updated with the new regulations when they take effect.

Florida FWC Region Map Redfish
Florida FWC Management Region map for Redfish

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08:44

CZ 600 Recall []

The CZ 600 rifle was meant to replace the CZ 550. Unlike the CZ 550 which had a lot of dangerous game calibers such as the .375 H&H and the .416 Rigby, the CZ 600 topped out at the .300 Winchester Magnum. I know this caused some consternation in the African hunting circles as the CZ 550 was seen as a good safari rifle at an excellent price point.

Now, CZ-USA has announced a recall of the CZ 600 due to an issue with the barrel interchangeability feature.

From CZ-USA:

CZ-USA has recently learned of a potential safety issue with the CZ 600 bolt-action rifles.  CZ-USA is voluntarily initiating a recall of these rifles to protect the safety of its customers because of the potential for a catastrophic failure if the barrel is not installed correctly. 

To prevent the possibility of death or serious personal injury, you should immediately stop using your CZ 600 rifle and not load or fire it until it has been returned to CZ-USA to be inspected and modified.

CZ 600 rifles were designed to allow the users to replace the barrels themselves to change the caliber.  CZ-USA has learned that if the barrel is improperly installed, it is possible that the rifle could still be fired, but potentially result in a catastrophic failure.  CZ-USA will correct this issue by permanently installing the barrels in CZ 600 rifles.  As a result, the barrels on CZ 600 rifles will no longer be interchangeable.  CZ-USA understands that this solution may not be acceptable to some of our customers, in which case we will issue a full refund upon presentation of a valid receipt for the purchase of your rifle.

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At CZ-USA, we value our relationship with you and sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you. Your safety comes first.

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08:00

Father of Modern Bass Fishing – Ray Scott – Passes Away at 88 [AllOutdoor.com]

Ray Scott, the founder of the Bass Anglers Sportsman Society (B.A.S.S.) in 1967, passed away on Sunday, May 8. He died peacefully in his sleep of natural causes, he was 88 years old. With his vision of “building the sport of bass fishing to its rightful place in the first rank of American sports” back in 1967. He created the world’s largest fishing organization, the first bass tournament trail, and numerous publications.

In March of that year, Ray Scott has the idea for the first modern bass tournament while watching a basketball game in Jackson, Mississippi. He created the rules for competitive bass fishing that will foster the ideals of ethical angling, conservation, and safety. These same basic tournament rules and ideals of ethical angling still live to this day all around the world.

Ray Scott with a monster stringer of bass (photo courtesy of B.A.S.S.)

Scott created the first national tournament trail, the Bassmaster Tournament Trail. A three to a four-day tournament with prizes being awarded to the heaviest limit of bass. This was a catalyst that moved forward the advancement of bass boats, outboard engines, fishing tackle, lures, and electronics. Everyday anglers seeing what the pros were using followed suit. This spawned a massive bass fishing industry that today employs more than 800,000 people nationwide, and has an economic impact of over $125 billion per year.

Ray Scott with a good-sized largemouth (photo courtesy of B.A.S.S.)

Ray Scott’s will and vision for bass fishing birthed an entire industry. It has impacted how the modern angler fish no matter what species they target. Scott brought bass fishing from a sleepy sport in the South to one of the most popular forms of recreational angling nationwide. His legacy of conservation and preservation lives on today.  Through the standards, he set for the sport and for B.A.S.S. tournaments. As a result of his conservation efforts more than 90% of all bass anglers today release all or most of the bass they catch.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Scott Family, he will surely be missed.

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08:00

MDT Sporting Goods Acquires Long Range Arms (Send-iT) [The Firearm Blog]

Send-iT ProductsMDT Sporting Goods from Canada has acquired Long Range Arms, a company well known for their Send-iT electronic levels. If you’re a long-range precision shooter and not yet familiar with this anti-cant device, you should take a serious look. I bought mine a few years ago and it works very well helping me level my […]

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07:00

TFBTV – Is the Springfield Saint Edge ATC Worth the Money? [AllOutdoor.com]

The Springfield Armory Saint Edge ATC is an AR-15 with a monolithic lower. The price tag of the ATC is pretty high for what amounts to an AR and 4 lbs of bonus aluminum, so it better be accurate. In this episode of TFBTV, Hop tests the Saint Edge ATC for accuracy and gives his thoughts on the platform.

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07:00

Winchester Awarded NGSW Ammunition Manufacturing Facility Design Contract [The Firearm Blog]

Winchester Awarded NGSW Ammunition Manufacturing Facility Design ContractThe announcement of the winner of the US Army’s Next Generation Squad Weapons program means the Army can now ramp up preparation for mass production of the ammunition to feed the new weapon systems. Lake City has previously provided the 6.8mm GP projectiles for the NGSWs but in the future, it will become the prime […]

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06:27

Denmark’s Post-WW2 SMG: the Hovea m/49 [Forgotten Weapons]

The Hovea m/49 was adopted by Denmark, but was originally designed by Huqvarna for Swedish military trials. The first 10 prototype were made in 1944 and competed against the Carl Gustav Stads design – which ultimately won and was adopted by Sweden as the m/45. Both designs were very similar; simple blowback, open bolt, and made from tube and stampings.

Denmark adopted the Husqvarna design in 1949 as the Hovea m/49, with production licensed to a Danish state firm in Copenhagen. While this and the m/45 are very similar, the Hovea has the capability to use Suomi drums – which the m/45 does not. That appears to have been a significant factor in the Danish choice, although in service they initially used Finnish quad-stank magazine before switching to the more reliable Swedish double-stack m/45 box type.

A total of 15,750 m/49s were made, with an initial batch of 750 in 1950 and a main production run of 15,000 in 1952. It remained in Danish service into the 1990s, when it was replaced by the Diemaco C7 and the Hoveas were given to Lithuania.

06:00

Is the Springfield Saint Edge ATC Worth the Money? [The Firearm Blog]

The Springfield Armory Saint Edge ATC is an AR-15 with a monolithic lower. The price tag of the ATC is pretty high for what amounts to an AR and 4 lbs of bonus aluminum, so it better be accurate. In this episode of TFBTV, Hop tests the Saint Edge ATC for accuracy and gives his […]

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05:49

Grassroots Spotlight: Remembering Michael Omatsu [NRA-ILA News]

The term "I am the NRA" speaks truth and strength to those special NRA members that choose to be strong advocates in their communities. Michael Omatsu was a passionate NRA-ILA FrontLines Activist Leader (FAL) who went above and beyond the call to support and advance freedom in Kansas.

Tuesday, 10 May

17:00

Zastava M21 – The New Generation Kalashnikov Rifle From Serbia That Never Caught On [The Firearm Blog]

Mass production of the famous AK-47 started in 1949, and by 1959 the design was completely finalized. Many countries tried to modernize it, some were successful, like Poland with its “Beryl” program, and some unsuccessful, like Hungary, which ended up ditching all changes in the late 70s to just make a standard AKM rifle they […]

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16:30

POTD: US Paratroopers and Polish Allies in Combined Arms Live Fire Exercise [The Firearm Blog]

Combined Arms Live Fire ExerciseAbove we have Polish mortar systems, called M120 Rak, providing indirect fire support for U.S. and Polish forces during a Combined Arms Live Fire Exercise at Nowa Deba, Poland April 8. The 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division is deployed in support of the U.S. European Command to assure allies in the region and […]

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16:00

HOT GAT or FUDD CRAP? Saiga Bullpup Special [The Firearm Blog]

Hot Gat or Fudd CrapWelcome everyone to the 142nd edition of ‘Hot Gat or Fudd Crap?’, one of our many series here on TFB. If you’re new to the series, this is where we look at the most obscure firearms that are actually for sale and ask the question – is this Gat a sweet deal or only has […]

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11:41

Missouri: Self-Defense Bill Eligible for Senate Floor [NRA-ILA News]

Yesterday, the Senate Committee on Governmental Affairs and Fiscal Oversight voted to advance House Bill 1462, to reduce areas where law-abiding citizens are left defenseless. It is now eligible for debate on the Senate floor.

11:00

Underground Arms Watch – May 2022 [The Firearm Blog]

Underground Arms Watch – May 2022Dusting off the Underground Arms Watch series after a dormant start to the year, we return with a look at some recent examples of ‘ghost guns’. First up, here’s a curious Tokarev TT33 which appears to have a non-standard frame. It was seized along with a VZ61 and drugs by police in Queensland, Australia in […]

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10:00

Weaver Announces New Multi-Slot Bases for the Savage Axis Rifle [AllOutdoor.com]

One of the most affordable hunting rifles out there, the Savage Axis, has seen many updates and revisions that have changed caliber offerings and even changed the design and placement of their standard bases for mounting optics. Weaver has just announced the addition of their new Multi-Slot Bases that fit the newer Savage Axis receivers and these new multi-slot bases should allow for greater versatility when it comes to mounting and adjusting your optics rings to match your specific preferences.

Weaver Announces New Multi-Slot Bases for the Savage Axis Rifle

Weaver Announces New Multi-Slot Bases for the Savage Axis Rifle

“New models for the Savage Axis include a standard 0 MOA multi-slot base with 8-40 screws, a 0 MOA extended multi-slot base with 8-40 screws and a 20 MOA extended multi-slot base with 8-40 screws.”

The new multi-slot bases are made from lightweight yet tough aluminum and will accept all Weaver top mount rings as well as Picatinny style rings so that you can mount everything from traditional scopes all the way out to modern red dots and IR or visible laser devices for nighttime hunts. These new one-piece multi-slot bases also allow you to move your rings forward and backward on the rifle to allow for a better range of eye relief to accommodate for the different sizes and lengths of pull that shooters have. Each of these new scope bases will be sold for an MSRP of $17.45 from the Weaver website and are available for order and in stock at the time of writing.

Weaver Announces New Multi-Slot Bases for the Savage Axis Rifle

“The latest offerings from Weaver were specifically developed to be compatible with the Savage Axis rifles that feature the new receiver which requires a larger 8-40 screw,” said Monte Koenigs, product manager for Weaver. “These rifles are quite popular and now consumers have even more mounting options including a 20 MOA base that is canted down to allow for more elevation adjustments at extended ranges. Each scope base is made in the USA and makes for a great match for any Savage Axis rifle.”

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10:00

Anarchy Outdoors Remington 700 Clamp-On Bolt Knob [The Firearm Blog]

The Remington 700 Clamp-On Bolt Knob from Anarchy OutdoorsThe Remington 700 platform is a well-trusted and highly renowned rifle that has a ton of aftermarket parts developed for it. Anarchy Outdoors is adding to the long list of aftermarket parts by releasing their new No-Gunsmithing Clamp-On Bolt Knob. The unique clamp-on design allows the knob to be installed without having to modify the […]

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09:30

POTD: Richardson/Overman Gallager Civil War Carbine [AllOutdoor.com]

Welcome to today’s Photo of the Day! In the late 1850s and early 1860s, all sorts of firearm innovations and patents were flying around. One such patent would be the Gallager patent that led to our gun today the Richardson/Overman Gallager Carbine. Now, Dr. Mahlon J. Gallager patented and designed this nifty little cavalry carbine and licensed the manufacturing to the Richardson/Overman Manufacturing Company.

This was all done in South Carolina and ironically enough the guns were sold to the North during the American Civil War. This particular one pictured today is an early percussion cap version that would have used a percussion cap in tandem with a paper cartridge. Later these were redesigned to use a striker and a metallic cartridge.

“This example is the early production variation marked only with “GALLAGER’S PATENT/JULY 17TH 1860/2721” on the lock. It has a “pinched” blade front sight, notch and folding leaf rear sight, and a smooth stock with blued patch box, saddle ring bar, and ring. Matching serial numbers are found on several components. A spare nipple is in the patch box.”

Gallager

Lot 93: Richardson/Overman Gallagers Civil War Carbine. (n.d.). Rock Island Auction Company. photograph. Retrieved May 8, 2022, from https://www.rockislandauction.com/detail/69/93/richardsonoverman-gallager-civil-war-carbine.

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09:00

Florida FWC Commission Approves Cobia Rule Changes [AllOutdoor.com]

At their May meeting, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) approved regulation changes for Cobia in all State Waters. The changes, effective starting July 1, 2022, include the following. The minimum size limit increases from 33″ – 36″ fork length for all state waters, both Gulf and Atlantic side. The commercial bag limit on the Atlantic side state waters is being reduced from 2 fish to 1 fish per harvester per day, and the vessel limit for both commercial and recreational fishermen is being reduced from 6 fish to 2 fish per day in the Atlantic side waters.

These announced changes to the regulations are in line with pending federal water regulation changes in the Gulf and Atlantic federal waters. A recent stock assessment of cobia stocks has determined that cobia is undergoing overfishing at the moment. So as a result reduction of current harvest amounts of cobia is needed. These changes for commercial and recreational fishermen in both state and federal waters are necessary. This will help stop overfishing, improve stock abundance and ensure a future for cobia fishing.

While many say any additional regulations for fishing are never a good thing. I have to say that this has been needed for a long time now. If you ask anyone who fishes for cobia in the Florida Panhandle, they will say the glory days are behind them for the cobia fishery. Even as recently as in the 1990s and early 2000s the landscape was completely different. People would pass over 40-50lb fish because they knew they could find an 80-90lb fish. Now you’re lucky to find a 50lb fish. This will hopefully help but might not be enough.

Changes effective July 1, 2022, include:

  • Increasing the minimum size limit from 33 inches to 36 inches fork length for all state waters.
  • Reducing the commercial bag limit from two to one fish per harvester per day for Atlantic state waters.
  • Reducing the recreational and commercial vessel limit from six to two fish per vessel per day for Atlantic state waters.

These changes are consistent with pending regulations in Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic federal waters.

For more information, including the May 2022 Commission meeting presentation, visit MyFWC.com/Commission and click on “Commission Meetings.”

For current recreational cobia regulations, visit MyFWC.com/Marine and click on “Recreational Regulations” and “Cobia.” This page will be updated with the new regulations when they take effect.

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08:00

TFBTV – I Bought Mom This Gun for Mother’s Day [AllOutdoor.com]

In this episode of TFBTV, James Reeves takes his mom to the range with a new pistol that he got her for Mother’s Day because she was a fair-to-middlin’ mother to her children. What gun did I get her and why? Check the vid to find out.

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08:00

JP5 Production Models Delayed Until July Due to Heat Treat Issues [The Firearm Blog]

Originally meant to debut at Shot Show 2021, the JP5 is a unique roller delayed blowback 9mm AR carbine. Last year JP Enterprises started taking pre-orders for the JP5 production models intending them to be released 4th quarter of 2021/early 1st of 2022. In an update video posted to YouTube, JP Enterprises President John Paul […]

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07:00

TFBTV – Inexpensive Italian with Accuracy Guarantee: Franchi Momentum [AllOutdoor.com]

In this episode of TFBTV, James Reeves visits the Franchi Booth of EOS (European Outdoor Show) to check out the cookbooks, club music, women – oh yeah – and the guns. Bruno walks James through the Franchi Momentum series of bolt-action rifles, an inexpensive but well-made Italian bolt gun that still carries an MOA-accuracy guarantee.

According to Franchi’s materials on the rifle:

“The feature-rich Momentum represents the cutting edge of hunting rifle technology and performance. Ergonomic, light and fast-handling, its accuracy-enhancing, free-floating, coldhammer-forged barrel is threaded to accept a muzzle brake or suppressor (not included). Enjoy 1-MOA accuracy with premium factory ammunition. The bolt has a short 60-degree throw for fast cycling. A TSA recoil pad reduces felt recoil up to 50 percent. the single-stage trigger adjusts 2 to 4 lbs. Momentum takes the same scope bases as the Remington model 700 (two piece bases only).”

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07:00

The Kukrax Bent Axe Gets a Straightened Kukri Sibling: The 180 STBR [The Firearm Blog]

About two years ago, we introduced to TFB readers the Kukrax, a unique axe/kukri hybrid that was quick in polarizing opinions in the comments. Pearson Industries, the developer of the Kukrax, is back with a new model, a large camp knife introduced as a “straightened kukri”. More on Knives and Axes @ TFB: KUKRAX – […]

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06:00

New Multi-Slot Bases for Savage Axis Rifles from Weaver [The Firearm Blog]

New Multi-Slot Bases for Savage Axis Rifles from WeaverThe Savage Axis is an extremely popular hunting rifle for many across the nation. The trusty bolt action rifle comes in a wide variety of caliber options and styles including left-handed models, compact ones, and models with hardwood or synthetic stocks. All of these rifles are quite affordable, generally costing between $400 and $700. Newer […]

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Monday, 09 May

17:25

Allen West Agrees To Challenge Wayne []

Lt. Col. Allen West (USA-Retired) has agreed to challenge Wayne LaPierre for election as the Executive VP and CEO of the NRA.

Now do I think he will be successful?

No.

The reason is that too many members of the Board of Directors mistakenly believe their loyalty should be to Wayne and not to the NRA. They have long ago forgotten their fiduciary duty – if they ever learned it to begin with. I have read the attacks by David Keene and Marion Hammer on the idea of West being the next EVP and it is obvious that they think their loyalty should be to Wayne. More on that in a separate post.

As Rocky Marshall notes in the press release embedded below, the leadership of the NRA will be changed. The only question is whether it will be in Houston by the board or will it be in New York by the judge. When I say leadership I mean more than Wayne. Both Charles Cotton and David Coy, due to their chairing the Audit and Finance Committees respectively, are in too deep for the courts to allow them to remain in office. As to Willes Lee then moving up to be President of the NRA, I feel the same about that as I would about Kamala Harris moving up to be the President of the US.

Below is the press release sent out today announcing that West had agreed to challenge Wayne.

Allen-West-NRA-accept-05.09.22-press-release

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17:00

TFB Podcast Roundup 42: Angstadt Arms, and Gun Girls [The Firearm Blog]

TFB Podcast Roundup 43: Double Actions, Rangefinders, and AKsWelcome to TFB Podcast Roundup 42! Guns have been considered by many to be the “great equalizer”. President Ronald Regan is often quoted as saying this in reference to the 2nd Amendment and the rights of the citizens of this country. In that quote he specifically says “The gun has been called the great equalizer, […]

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16:30

POTD: Exercise Garnet Rattler [The Firearm Blog]

Exercise Garnet RattlerFor years we at TFB have been running the Photo Of The Day. It’s not a competition, it’s all about finding and sharing excellent pictures and giving the photographer credit for their work. The photo above is one of the best I’ve seen in a while, from the Exercise Garnet Rattler: Urban Complex Assault via […]

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16:00

The Rimfire Report: Federal 22LR Punch Out Of Ruger 10/22 – More Effective? [The Firearm Blog]

The Rimfire Report: Federal 22LR Punch Out of A 10/22 - More Effective?Hello and welcome back to another edition of The Rimfire Report! This ongoing series is all about the rimfire firearm world. Last week we did some testing with various pistols and Federal’s 22LR Punch personal defense ammunition. While the results demonstrated that Federal Punch performs quite well and achieves sufficient penetration, it did not expand. Beyond […]

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14:26

Oklahoma: FIND Act sent to Conference Committee to Iron Out Unnecessary Language [NRA-ILA News]

A conference committee has been put together to look at the Firearm Discrimination Prevention Measure, House Bill 3144.

11:00

Cabot Fountainhead OAK Collection Custom 1911 Pistol [The Firearm Blog]

Cabot Fountainhead OAK Collection Pistol (1)Added to the Cabot Guns OAK (One-of-A-Kind) Collection is a new masterpiece dubbed Fountainhead. This custom 1911 pistol is embellished with engraving motifs praising two American architects, Louis Sullivan and Frank Lloyd Wright, who are believed to be the inspiration for Ayn Rand to create the characters of her The Fountainhead novel. Hence the name of […]

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10:00

Florida FWC Modifies 2022 Blueline Tilefish Season [AllOutdoor.com]

At their May meeting, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) approved a temporary modification to the 2022 recreational Blueline Tilefish in Atlantic state waters. Typically the season for blueline tilefish season is open from May 1st to August 31st in the Atlantic state and federal waters. The new season for this year is only open from May 1st to July 25th in state waters, with the season closing on July 26th.

The reason for the shorter season in 2022 is due to NOAA Fisheries projections showing that the recreational catch quota limit for 2022 will be met by July 26th. So in turn, they are closing the fishery early this year to prevent overfishing and to protect the next year’s season and catch quota limit. These modifications of the recreational season in Atlantic state waters are in line with the recent changes in the Atlantic Federal waters. So for our readers who fish the Atlantic coast of Florida remember this summer, Blueline Tilefish are off-limits starting on the 26th of July this year.

It should be noted these modifications do not affect Gulf of Mexico state or federal waters. While in the Atlantic there is a daily bag limit of 1 per person within the 3 grouper/tilefish aggregate, and an annual fishing season. In the Gulf of Mexico, they are an unregulated species in state waters and in federal waters have no limit but part of the 20 reef fish aggregate. This means you are allowed up to twenty fish per day per person as long as you don’t keep any other reef fish.

For more information, including the May 2022 Commission meeting presentation, visit MyFWC.com/Commission and click on “Commission Meetings.”

For current recreational blueline tilefish regulations, visit MyFWC.com/Marine and click on “Recreational Regulations” and “Blueline tilefish.” This page will be updated with the new regulations when they take effect.

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10:00

The Calonox Trinity – Leica’s First-Ever Premium Riflescope [The Firearm Blog]

The Calonox Trinity - Leica's First Ever Premium RiflescopeLeica is well known German optics company that is probably more renowned for their cameras than its sports optics. However, the company has been slowly adding to its sport optics category, and today they are happy to announce their first-ever Premium riflescope with the introduction of the Calonox Trinity. This new riflescope is intended to […]

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09:30

POTD: Civil War Gwyn Campbell Type II “Grapevine” Carbine [AllOutdoor.com]

Welcome to today’s Photo of the Day! Here we have yet another odd American Civil War carbine in the form of the Gwyn Campbell (Gwyn & Campbell) Type II “Grapevine” Carbine. These particular carbines have a unique spot in history since they are Union-made firearms.

Most Civil War-era carbines can be both odd and crude since they came from the Confederacy which did not have a lot of manufacturing power. The Grapevine term was given to the Gwyn Campbell by the Ohio infantry it was issued to because of its loading lever’s vine-like appearance. These used a simple tilt forward block action, paper cartridges, and the ignition source of a percussion cap on top.

“Around 8,200 of these “Grapevine Carbines” were manufactured during 1863 and 1864 by Edward Gwyn and Abner Campbell in Hamilton, Ohio. They were manufactured in the same factory as the Cosmopolitan carbines upon which they are based. This example has a blade front sight, notch and folding ladder rear sight, “GWYN & CAMPBELL/PATENT/1862/HAMILTON” on the lock, “UNION RIFLE” on the right below the nipple, and government inspection markings, including a boxed cartouche on the stock. Many western/midwestern mounted units were issued these carbines during the war.”

Gwyn & Campbell

Lot 95: Civil War Gwyn & Campbell Type Ii Carbine. (n.d.). Rock Island Auction Company. photograph. Retrieved May 8, 2022, from https://www.rockislandauction.com/detail/69/95/civil-war-gwyn-campbell-type-ii-carbine.

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09:00

Introducing the New Clamp-On Bolt Knob from Anarchy Outdoors [AllOutdoor.com]

When it comes to upgrades for the Remington 700 rifle, you’re really spoiled for choice whether you’re a casual target shooter, competitive PRS shooter, or just someone who loves to hunt. Adding to the growing list of aftermarket upgrades for the Remington 700 platform is the new Clamp-On Bolt Knob from Anarchy Outdoors. This new bolt knob allows you to enhance the characteristics of the existing bolt knob without having to alter or remove any parts. Simply clamp on this new bolt knob and you’re good to go!

Introducing the New Clamp-On Bolt Knob from Anarchy Outdoors

Introducing the New Clamp-On Bolt Knob from Anarchy Outdoors

The hourglass shape should prove to be quite useful for getting a good grip on the handle with your index finger and thumb and the knurling (referred to as rivets) should provide you with better grip characteristics when cycling the bolt.

While there is nothing wrong with the standard Remington 700 Bolt Knob, the Anarchy Outdoors Clamp-On Bolt Knob should provide you, hunters, with a much better experience when it comes to follow-up shots during hunting or just as a nice upgrade for your trusty Remington 700. The Clamp-On bolt knob isn’t all that expensive at just $49.99 from the Anarchy Outdoors website and it also comes in a variety of anodized colors including Black, Red, Blue, Gold, Purple, and Clear anodize.

Introducing the New Clamp-On Bolt Knob from Anarchy Outdoors

“Anarchy Outdoor’s new Clamp On-Bolt Knob is made from 6061-T6 aluminum, making it durable, lightweight, and available in different colors including Black, Red, Blue, Gold, Purple, and Clear Anodized. The Clamp-On Bolt Knobs have an MSRP of $49.99 and are now available.

Inspired by the Big Bertha knob, Anarchy Outdoors created a bolt knob that clamps right over your factory handle for the Remington 700. This knob will fit over any standard Remington 700 knob and adds more grip and style to your Remington. Our knob is easy to install and ready to go as soon as it leaves the package. The hourglass shape increases dexterity for the shooter, and the diamond-shaped rivets increase grip.”

Features & Benefits

  • High quality
  • Produced from 6061 Aluminum
  • Lightweight & Durable
  • Rivets allow for better grip
  • Made in the USA

Introducing the New Clamp-On Bolt Knob from Anarchy Outdoors

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08:00

TFBTV – The Rare, No-Bullshit Tactical Watch: The Garmin Tactix 7 [AllOutdoor.com]

In this episode of TFBTV, James Reeves is at EOS, the European Outdoor Show, at the Garmin booth to talk about the only real, legit tactical watch out there: The Garmin Tactix 7. Some models include a ballistics calculator, night vision modes, and jumpmaster modes.

Per Garmin’s materials on these watches:

“The rugged tactix 7 Series is built to a military standard (MIL-STD-810) and water-rated to 10 ATM1. The new metal button guards with reinforced metal lugs are paired with a black DLC coated titanium bezel and rear cover, as well as black tactical nylon QuickFit bands on tactix 7 Pro Series, to create a watch as tough as its users. Available in three models, all tactix 7 units feature a large 1.4” display with a scratch-resistant sapphire lens. Users can feel confident knowing the sapphire used is considered one of the hardest materials on earth, ensuring the tactix 7 display remains operationally ready even in harsh environments.

New to the tactix 7 Series is a dual touchscreen and button user interface. The traditional button controls work in any environment and are matched with a responsive new touchscreen for direct access to selections and functions. The powerful 5-button and touchscreen interface enables quick and intuitive engagement with the topographical maps, offering confident “off-grid” situational awareness.

To lead the way during night operations, the tactix 7 Series provides a new built-in multi-LED flashlight providing quick access to a bright, steady light in either white or a dedicated green. Users will find the green light useful in maintaining their eyes’ natural night vision.

Tactix 7 Series customers can utilize stealth mode, which collects distances traveled and biometric data without recording location data, to physically train or during operations. Leveraging this security feature ensures customers can use tactix 7 – and even upload logged data – without concerns of revealing location information through popular mobile training apps. By not recording location data to the device, stealth mode also protects operational security should a device become lost.

The tactix 7 Series brings significant battery life gains to the rugged smartwatch family; tactix 7 – Standard Edition provides up to four weeks of battery life in smartwatch mode and – thanks to advancements in solar technology – tactix 7 – Pro Series can provide up to 37 days of battery life in smartwatch mode2.

Packed with dedicated features for tactical operations, the tactix 7 Series includes night-vision goggle compatibility mode, Jumpmaster, dual-position GPS formatting, projected waypoints, and the ability to erase all user data in a matter of seconds should the need arise. During airborne operations, individuals can use Jumpmaster for three jump types: HAHO, HALO, and Static. Set the watch to dual-positioning mode, and it will simultaneously display two sets of coordinate systems, such as MGRS and latitude/longitude, on a single data screen. When night-vision mode is activated, the backlight settings of the screen will reduce to a level that won’t interfere with the function of night-vision goggles.

Both civilian and service aviators will benefit from the tactix 7 Series Direct-To Navigation feature, which allows users to navigate straight to an airport in the world aeronautical database or use the “Nearest” function to activate a path to a nearby airport. Additionally, pilots can also access aviation weather, including NEXRAD radar, METARs and TAFs, to see winds, visibility, barometric pressure and more directly on their tactix 7 unit3.

Using multi-band GNSS support, customers can access multiple frequencies sent by navigation satellites for improved position accuracy in areas where GNSS signals are reflected, weak or typically don’t penetrate. All tactix 7 units come preloaded with multicontinent Topo maps from the customer’s regions and provide free access to download additional maps from around the world. For recreational uses, the tactix 7 Series come preloaded with Public Land Boundaries Maps, SkiView Maps, and more than 42,000 full-color golf courses around the world.

Customers needing the enhanced solutions provided by Applied Ballistics (AB) will be pleased to know the tactix 7 – Pro Ballistics Edition now integrates with the AB ecosystem, including the AB Synapse™ app and sensor integration.”

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08:00

The Science of Accuracy Academy Announced by Applied Ballistics [The Firearm Blog]

Located in Cedar Springs Michigan, Applied Ballistics is a well-known source for great information, education, and real-world training for long-range shooters. Applied Ballistics curates a lot of its own research and data to give long-range shooters the data and information they need to become more effective marksmen. All in all, Applied Ballistics has just about […]

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07:00

TFBTV – Zelensky’s Bodyguards Wearing New Beretta 2022 Gear? [AllOutdoor.com]

In this episode of TFBTV, James Reeves is at EOS, the European Outdoor Show. Fabio of Beretta shows James the new Beretta 2022 gear and clothing lineup, including a jacket famously worn by one of Zelensky’s bodyguards. Have you ever wanted to dress like an onion and stuff a pizza in your game bag? Then check out this ep from EOS.

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07:00

New Holster Fits for SIG Pistols from DeSantis Gunhide [The Firearm Blog]

A large supplier for both the private and professional firearms sectors, DeSantis Gunhide has a wide array of quality leather holsters that are adapted for modern pistols. Adding to this lineup are new fits from the DeSantis Vengeance Scabbard #201 for the SIG P320C and P250C. The non-traditional open-top leather holster allows for a wide […]

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06:30

Style Over Substance [NRA-ILA News]

Eric Adams, who was elected as mayor of New York City last November, appeared at the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art’s red carpet event last week in a tuxedo jacket emblazoned with “End Gun Violence” and a “no guns” logo. “Bringing a little swagger back to the Met Gala,” he tweeted, telling Bloomberg news that, “The goal is to end gun violence and save our children.”

06:27

Walther Prototype MP – A Missing Link From PP to P38 [Forgotten Weapons]

During the late 1920 and early 1930s, the Walther company worked on developing a military pistol in 9x19mm. They began from the basis of the PP/PPK design, and produced three separate designs, the first two designed “MP” (Military Pistol) and the third being the Armee Pistole (which was followed by an improved model called, once again, the MP). The first MP was simply a blowback PP called up to 9x19mm, and it was not successful. The second model began to look more like the eventual P38 design, and that is what we are looking at today.

This MP has an exposed barrel like the P38, but the barrel is fixed to the frame like the PP. It uses a very unusual locking system, with elements of the Pedersen system as well as elements of a tilting bolt, short recoil design. It uses a recoil spring in the frame, but only one – probably lessons learned on the gun led to the P38’s dual springs. This design was also not successful, but the third one was, and eventually became the P38.

Only two of this pattern of Walther MP are known to exist – serial numbers 105 (this one) and 101.

06:00

TFB Weekly Web Deals 7: Gifts for Your Gun-Loving Mom [The Firearm Blog]

TFB Weekly Web Deals 7: Gifts for Your Gun-Loving MomWelcome to TFB Weekly Web Deals 7. Okay, so you screwed up again and got your mom, wife, sister, or other mothers in your life something really lame from the corner store along with an overpriced hallmark card and she’s quietly but clearly giving you the stinkeye for your incompetence. Today I’ve got the perfect […]

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05:09

GRNC And GOA Win Against Mecklenburg Sheriff []

Pistol purchase permits in North Carolina should be you go to the sheriff’s office, fill out a form, pay your $5, wait 15 minutes while they run you against those in the databases, and you walk out with your permit. However, that was not the way it was happening in Charlotte and Mecklenburg County. Sheriff Gary McFadden was taking upwards of a year to process some purchase permits as well as on NC Concealed Handgun Permits. He was using the pandemic as an excuse.

As a result, McFadden got sued and now a preliminary injunction is forcing him to start processing permits without further delays. This is a great win for the combination of Grass Roots North Carolina and Gun Owners of America who worked together on this.

From GRNC:

Release date:            May 9, 2022


Judge Orders Mecklenburg Sheriff to Issue Handgun Permits  Sheriff Garry McFadden enjoined by Court from delaying handgun permits

[Charlotte] In response to litigation filed by Grass Roots North Carolina (GRNC) and Gun Owners of America (GOA) over delays in handgun permits, a Superior Court judge has issued a preliminary injunction enjoining Mecklenburg County Sheriff Garry McFadden from further delays.

Says the order:

“…the Court concludes as a matter of law Plaintiffs have shown a likelihood of success on the merits and are likely to suffer irreparable harm in the absence of injunctive relief…”

The order enjoins McFadden from: 1.    Failing to process pistol purchase permit applications within the 14 days required by North Carolina statute; 2.    Failing to process concealed handgun permit applications within the 45 days required by statute; 3.    Failing to request mental health records to process concealed handgun applications within 10 days as required by statute; and 4.    Failing to process fingerprints for concealed handgun permits within 5 business days.

To see the order, go to: https://www.grnc.org/documents/meck-prelim-injunction.pdf

Statement from GRNC president Paul Valone:

“In violation of North Carolina law, Sheriff Garry McFadden has been dragging his feet in processing North Carolina pistol purchase permits and concealed handgun permits, often taking up to a year to issue permits and preventing lawful North Carolinians from buying and carrying handguns for defense of themselves and their families.

“We believe this order sends a clear message to sheriffs in Guilford, Mecklenburg and Wake counties, among others, that obstructing lawful citizens from exercising the right to keep and bear arms will no longer be tolerated. To ensure compliance by a sheriff who has so far dragged his feet, Grass Roots North Carolina advises anyone whose fingerprints are not taken with five business days of completing a concealed handgun application to contact us immediately.”

“GRNC thanks Attorney Ron Shook for volunteering his time to litigate this case for our members. Ron is one of our ‘gun-friendly lawyers and helps people state-wide in fighting for their Second Amendment rights. Ron’s contact information can be found on our website under the ‘gun-friendly’ lawyers tab.”

Background:

For years, GRNC has received complaints from Mecklenburg County residents over unlawful delays in issuing pistol purchase permits and concealed handgun permits. Because all handgun transfers in North Carolina require either a pistol purchase permit or concealed handgun permit, lawful North Carolinians are being prevented from protecting their families at precisely the moment that violent crime is exploding around the country.

For more information: www.GRNC.org 

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Sunday, 08 May

16:30

POTD: SIG Sauers in Combat Pistol Program (CPP) [The Firearm Blog]

POTD: SIG Sauers in Combat Pistol Program (CPP)Looking for moments when a great photographer meets soldiers and their firearms? Look no further, TFB’s Photo Of The Day articles is where you will find these images on a daily basis. Today you can almost hear the calls from the command tower during the pistol drills of the Combat Pistol Program (CPP). Here we […]

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11:12

Lott on defensive gun uses [Of Arms and the Law]

John Lott has a study of press-reported defensive gun uses. (In my experience, defensive uses are very rarely reported in the press). I especially like this story:

"Young yelled at the deputies and then fired on them. The first deputy was hit in the head and dropped to the ground.

The second deputy stepped forward and returned fire in an effort to protect the deputy who had already been shot...

Police said that was when good Samaritans armed with their own weapons stepped forward and fired multiple shots in the direction of Young to provide cover for and protect the wounded deputies, the Bellingham Herald reported.

The good Samaritans told KING that they were military veterans and they weren't going to sit still and watch law enforcement officers be murdered so they took their children inside their homes and came back out with their own guns...

The sheriff wrote that ... "Second, we are extraordinarily blessed that several armed citizens came to the deputies' assistance at the critical moments when they were most vulnerable....""

06:00

I Bought Mom This Gun for Mother’s Day [The Firearm Blog]

In this episode of TFBTV, James Reeves takes his mom to the range with a new pistol that he got her for Mother’s Day because she was a fair-to-middlin’ mother to her children. What gun did I get her and why? Check the vid to find out. ««« HOW TO GET GEAR USED IN THIS […]

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05:00

TFB Armorer’s Bench: Using The Frankford Arsenal Rotary Tumbler Lite [The Firearm Blog]

Rotary TumblerWelcome everyone to the TFB Armorer’s Bench! As mentioned in the little blurb, this series will focus on a lot of home armorer and gunsmith activities. In this article sponsored by Wheeler, Tipton, Caldwell, and Frankford Arsenal, I decided to give the Frankford Arsenal Rotary Tumbler Lite a whirl since the weather here in Minnesota has turned to springtime and […]

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Saturday, 07 May

16:30

POTD: Heckler & Koch M110A1 Squad Designated Marksman Rifle [The Firearm Blog]

Heckler & Koch M110A1 Squad Designated Marksman RifleWelcome to the Photo Of The Day, an article series run by The Firearm Blog since 2014. To our knowledge, this is the most well-known place on the Internet for photos of firearms. Here we get to know the M110A1 SDMR (Squad Designated Marksman Rifle) a little better as U.S. Army National Guard Soldiers with […]

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14:35

SILENCER SATURDAY #227: AB Suppressor Raptor 556 – Light, Modular, Quiet [The Firearm Blog]

SILENCER SATURDAY #227: AB Suppressor Raptor 556 - Light, Modular, QuietGood afternoon everyone and welcome back to TFB’s Silencer Saturday brought to you by Yankee Hill Machine, manufacturers of the YHM R9 multi-caliber/multi-platform suppressor. Last week we got out our pocket protectors and explored the depths of MCX Virtus gas piston system. This week we get a look at the AB Suppressor Raptor 556 – a […]

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11:00

Inexpensive Italian Bolt Gun with an Accuracy Guarantee: The Franchi Momentum [The Firearm Blog]

In this episode of TFBTV, James Reeves visits the Franchi Booth of EOS (European Outdoor Show) to check out the cookbooks, club music, women – oh yeah – and the guns. Bruno walks James through the Franchi Momentum series of bolt-action rifles, an inexpensive but well-made Italian bolt gun that still carries an MOA-accuracy guarantee. […]

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06:27

M8C Spotting Rifle at the Range [Forgotten Weapons]

The M8C is a rifle that presents a whole lot of really intriguing possibilities. It is compact, with detachable magazines, a modular trigger system, and a neat cartridge that is a bit easier to handle than the full size .50 BMG. Also, it is ammunition which is still reasonably available – and all consisting of potter-tracer that is a heck of a lot of fun to shoot. We took this one out to the range mounted to a Bren tripod, and were quite taken with just how neat it really is…

Friday, 06 May

17:00

TFB Review: The New CZ Scorpion 3 Plus [The Firearm Blog]

TFB Review: The New CZ Scorpion 3 PlusRecently CZ has announced their new Scorpion PCC onto the market. The previous scorpion has been a favorite on the market since its release in 2014. With a fresh look and some control changes, the new Scorpion 3+ has people talking about the new variants of the popular Scorpion line. I managed to get my […]

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16:30

POTD: Norwegian FN Minimi in Bamako, Mali [The Firearm Blog]

Norwegian FN Minimi in BamakoA Norwegian soldier with the FN Minimi in Bamako, Mali. One of the purposes of TFB’s Photo Of The Day is to broaden the audience for the excellent work done by professionals in combat photography. A perfect picture may take everything from a split second to months of planning, and it would be sad to […]

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16:00

Friday Night Lights: iRay Clip 1 – Jerry CE2 C.O.T.I. [The Firearm Blog]

Oh hello there. Are you here to check out the InfiRay (iRay) Clip 1 clip-on thermal imager (COTI)? Well, you have come to the right place. Friday Night Lights is a weekly ongoing series dedicated to nocturnal technology. Those consist of night vision, thermal, lights and lasers. So without further ado, let us dive into […]

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15:58

The Rare, No-Bullshit Tactical Watch: The Garmin Tactix 7 [The Firearm Blog]

In this episode of TFBTV, James Reeves is at EOS, the European Outdoor Show, at the Garmin booth to talk about the only real, legit tactical watch out there: The Garmin Tactix 7. Some models include a ballistics calculator, night vision modes, and jumpmaster modes. Per Garmin’s materials on these watches: The rugged tactix 7 […]

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15:27

IWI Releases the Masada Slim 13-Round Micro Compact 9mm Pistol [The Firearm Blog]

IWI Releases the Masada Slim 13-Round Micro Compact 9mm PistolWell, that was sudden. Out of nowhere, it seems that IWI has released a new version of the IWI Masada handgun – the Masada Slim. This new pistol was announced via the company’s social media outlets on Friday and looks to be up to date with all the features and specifications that other major handgun […]

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12:00

Galco Holsters Releases NEW 1.5″ Nylon Trail Belt [AllOutdoor.com]

Keeping the weight of your loadout on your hips is ideal for comfort and to avoid back problems down the line. This means that one of the most valuable pieces of gear you can have is a sturdy belt. This belt will be in charge of carrying the burden of everything attached to it, as well as all of the items in your pockets. While there are other materials available, tubular nylon is known for its rigidity and strength. Capitalizing on that reputation, Galco Holsters has just released their new 1.5″ nylon Trail Belt.

Galco Holsters Releases NEW 1.5" Nylon Trail Belt

Galco Holsters Coverage on AllOutdoor

“Due to its tubular web construction, Galco’s Trail Belt is extremely comfortable, making it ideal for all-day hiking or long, active work-shift wear. While suitable for use as an IWB belt, this is our most flexible nylon web belt.”

Galco Holsters Releases NEW 1.5″ Nylon Trail Belt

Galco Holsters Releases NEW 1.5" Nylon Trail Belt

The new Trail Belt is 1.5″ wide and uses a quick-release Cobra Pro buckle with a D-ring. Its main feature is the four-stitch tubular nylon strap construction, which gives the belt its strength. As Galco’s most flexible nylon web belt, it’s made for the rigors of hiking and field use, while being comfortable enough for IWB carry. If your belt loops are on the smaller side, the male end of the 7075 aluminum alloy buckle is easily removed.

SPECS

  • Color: Black
  • Sizes: 30″ to 49″
  • Buckle: Quick-release Cobra Pro
  • Width: 1.5″
  • MSRP: $98.00

If you’re looking for a new nylon belt and this one looks like what you need, you can pick one up directly from Galco by visiting their website. You can also see more updates from Galco Holsters when you follow them on social media. They can be found on Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, and Pinterest. Stay safe!

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11:30

POTD: The Erma ET-22 – A Navy Style 22 Luger Pistol [AllOutdoor.com]

Welcome to today’s Photo of the Day! Here we have the Erma Werke Waffenfabrik ET-22 Navy Luger 22 Pistol. I have always been aware that Erma had made some 22 rimfire Luger pistols back in the 1960s but I guess I had no idea that they made the navy style Lugers as well. Erma Werke Waffenfabrik was a manufacturing company in Germany dating all the way back to the 1920s. During World War Two they manufactured all sorts of machine guns for the German military until they got bombed by the British. After the war, they were asked to perform maintenance on M1 Carbine rifles and would even manufacture their own 22 Caliber versions to help train soldiers. When the 1960s approached and the United States market began to import surplus firearms a bunch of brand new Erma 22 handguns made their appearance. First with standard luger style 22 pistols and then later with this navy style one. These came packaged in leatherette as you see in the photo and ones that survive today can be worth some money.

  • Manufacturer: Erma Werke Waffenfabrik
  • Model: ET-22
  • Type: Pistol
  • Gauge: 22 LR
  • Barrel: 11 3/4 inch round
  • Finish: blue
  • Grip: hardwood

“With black leatherette Erma box, small parts, and papers.”

ET-22
Erma Werke Waffenfabrik ET-22 with black leatherette

Lot 8: Erma Et-22 Pistol. (n.d.). Rock Island Auction Company. photograph. Retrieved May 5, 2022, from https://www.rockislandauction.com/detail/2012/8/erma-et22-pistol.

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11:00

NEW, Versatile Iron Decoy Steely Fishing Spoon Lures [AllOutdoor.com]

New to the fishing lure industry, Iron Decoy has entered with their new line of Steely fishing spoon lures. A family-owned and operated business Iron Decoy is dedicated to producing the finest quality fishing spoons in the industry. Their Steely series is available in five different weights: 1/12 oz, 1/10oz, 1/4oz, 1/2oz, and 1oz. This along with the many different available colors they offer equals 80 different lure combinations.

Along with the unique design of the spoon body, the Steely has a patent-pending ball chain trailer that creates a lure not seen before in the industry. The ball chain trailer adds an incredible side-to-side action in the spoon, that is adjustable. By trimming the chain you can modify the particular action of the Steely to meet your needs.

Iron Decoy Spoons Trout Salmon Steelhead Bass Pike Walleye
Nice Brown Trout with Iron Decoy Steely in Gold & Chartreuse

Their unique design should provide an ability to produce unequaled action. Designed to be a multi-species bait that is meant for catching all sorts of fish. Easy to use it can be simply cast and retrieved. Or for the more experienced angler be fished with a more technical retrieve. It’s a great trolling spoon and an excellent choice for jigging through the ice. It has a very distinct flutter which proves to be incredibly effective when vertical jigging.

Iron Decoy uses only premium components for building its lures. The hooks are all Eagle Claw Lazer Sharp 3X platinum black hooks. The colored accent material is WTP prism tape for fantastic vibrant colors. The main body of the spoons has a heavy-duty high gloss jewelry-type coating. This finish is to ensure a long-lasting productive fish-catching lure.

New Products: Iron Decoy Spoons

Iron Decoy Spoons Trout Salmon Steelhead Bass Pike Walleye
A trio of Iron Decoy Steely Spoons

With all their different sizes and colors, Iron Decoy spoons should work for bluegill, crappie, perch, trout, shad, smallmouth bass, walleye, steelhead, lake trout, northern pike, and salmon. While they only specify only freshwater fish, I personally feel like their larger-sized spoons would work great in the salt. Spanish Mackerel, redfish, speckled seatrout, and many other species would likely become easy prey for these spoons.

To learn more about Iron Decoy and the Steely line of lures visit them at www.irondecoy.com

Iron Decoy Spoons Trout Salmon Steelhead Bass Pike Walleye

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11:00

Ruger PC Carbine With Stealth Gray Magpul PC Backpacker Stock [The Firearm Blog]

The Ruger PC Carbine With Stealth Gray Magpul PC Backpacker StockThe Ruger PC Carbine is a deservedly venerated rifle that comes in a handful of core configurations and numerous other trims and styles. While Nicholas C has completely bastardized his own PC Carbine using a grab bag of Boyd’s Gunstock parts, Magpul and Ruger have teamed up once again to offer the PC Carbine, this […]

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10:00

Pocket Glock Maintenance – The New Birchwood Casey Glock Multi-Tool [AllOutdoor.com]

I really like keeping my home tools at home and my field tools in the field. However, sometimes I’m forced to take my prized specialized tools with me into the field either for range duty or for a competition day as coming to a competition without tools can often lead to a disaster or a premature exit from the event. That is why I’m happy to bring you the news that Birchwood Casey has just announced the release of their new Glock Multi-Tool.

Pocket Glock Maintenance - The New Birchwood Casey Glock Multi-Tool
Photo: Faxon Firearms

Pocket Glock Maintenance – The New Birchwood Casey Glock Multi-Tool

This new Glock Multi-tool joins the lineup of great dependable and high-quality gun tools that Birchwood Casey already offers. Much like its previous rifle multi-tools, the Glock Multi-tool is a pocket-sized piece of equipment that integrates all of the common tools you’d need to perform light maintenance on your Glock pistol. The new tool is also super affordable at just a hair under $30 in price making it about as expensive as a regular gun cleaning kit, although I think for someone like me I’d end up using this a lot more than most of my cleaning kits.

Pocket Glock Maintenance - The New Birchwood Casey Glock Multi-Tool

The Birchwood Casey GLOCK Multi-Tool includes four tools specially designed for the pistol’s pins, screws, and sights. It includes a magnetic 3/16″ hex driver that fits stock and aftermarket front sights, making upgrades or replacements quick and easy. The new GLOCK Multi-Tool also features a 3mm armorer’s pin punch that covers all GLOCK pin sizes. The .050″ Allen wrench is convenient for moving aftermarket rear sights with windage and elevation adjustment. Lastly, there is a flat-blade screwdriver for prying the slide lock spring, locking block, or for adjusting compatible aftermarket rear sights.

The ergonomic design of the Birchwood Casey GLOCK Multi-Tool provides maximum grip and leverage, and the compact size allows for convenient storage in a range bag, on-the-go toolbox, or even a back pocket.

Model: BC-GLMT

MSRP: $29.99

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10:00

Grey Man Tactical Takes a Stand Against Inflation – Cuts Prices [The Firearm Blog]

Grey Man Tactical Takes a Stand Against Inflation - Cuts PricesI’m sure most of you have noticed that the price of just about everything including, guns, ammunition, and gear is only getting more expensive as the year progresses. While the discussion on why that is happening can be had elsewhere, what hope do we gun owners have in updating or replacing our worn or used […]

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09:00

TFBTV – ULTRALIGHT Beretta Over Under: The “Ultraleggero” [AllOutdoor.com]

In this episode of TFBTV, James Reeves is at the EOS our European Outdoor Show visiting Beretta to see the new Beretta Ultraleggero.

Per Beretta’s materials on the Ultraleggero:

“The Ultraleggero begins a whole new chapter in the history of lightweight over-and-under shotguns, pushing the boundaries of design beyond all previous imagination; delivering the strength and reliability of a steel receiver but with an exceptionally low weight, something that had only previously been achieved with aluminium actions. Thanks to the use of state-of-the-art engineering techniques, Beretta has “skeletonised” the receiver, including only the structural elements that are essential for the resistance and performance of this shotgun.”

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08:00

The New Glock Multi-Tool from Birchwood Casey [The Firearm Blog]

Introducing The New Glock Multi-Tool from Birchwood CaseyWhile most gun owners probably have a nice large toolbox full of firearms cleaning and maintenance tools, there is a case to be made for smaller sets of tools that allow you to do simple field maintenance. In fact, I’ve become quite fond of some of the smaller pocket-sized toolsets that have been recently released […]

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07:00

Going Green – New Green Dot Powered Viridian Reflex Sights (RFX) [The Firearm Blog]

Going Green - New Green Dot Powered Viridian Reflex Sights (RFX)It is a scientific fact that the human eye is better suited for picking out the color green rather than the color red. So if that is the case, then why are most red dots, well, red? The simple fact is that red dots have a better battery life expectancy and are also more suitable for use […]

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06:27

A Gun For Aiming: M8C .50 Caliber Spotting Rifle [Forgotten Weapons]

The M8C is a .50 caliber self-loading rifle designed to mount on top of the 106mm M40 recoilless rifle. The recoilless rifle creates a massive signature when fired, and so it is imperative that operators move immediately after firing. In order to make accurate first-round hits, the M8C was built with a unique 12.7x77mm cartridge which matches the trajectory of the 106mm round. Using a tracer-spotter projectile, the M40 gunner is able to adjust aim with spotter rounds that will not be noticed by the target and ensure a good hit with the first 106mm shot.

This example has been fitted to a tripod for shooting, which its not historically appropriate – but is convenient.

06:00

Galco’s Flexible and Ambidextrous Nylon Trail Belt [The Firearm Blog]

Galco's Flexible, Durable, and Ambidextrous Nylon Trail BeltI really like rigid EDC belts that feature Cobra buckles. For the last 3 or 4 years, I’ve worn one pretty much every day. However, one major downside to these rigid belts is that they tend to be pretty uncomfortable to wear for long periods of time while hiking. That is why the Galco Trail […]

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05:33

Update On Move To Draft Allen West []

Stephen Gutowski at TheReload.com has an update on the move to draft Allen West to challenge Wayne LaPierre for the post of Executive VP and CEO of the NRA.

From The Reload:

West said he is “honored” by the call for him to run against LaPierre. He said he is considering the move and consulting with loved ones.

“It is deeply humbling and I am honored that these current and former NRA Board Members would put such trust and confidence in my abilities,” West told The Reload. “I have to pray and consult with my family. I love the NRA and my life has been defined by answering the call to serve, and my oath to the Constitution has no statute of limitations.”

While some who intensely dislike LaPierre wonder if this is a good move, Jeff Knox of the Firearms Coalition had this point to make about Lt. Col. West.

From a comment on Facebook where he points out that perfect is the enemy of good:

Folks, not having an alternative candidate that’s “perfect” is how we end up with LaPierre continuing in power. We must take out LaPierre, and that means running a candidate who has the potential to win, and who will actually run. He might not be your favorite candidate, but he is likely to be the candidate we have, so please don’t be disparaging him.

I think Jeff is correct in that the question comes down to this: do you want the perfect candidate for EVP/CEO or do you want Wayne ousted?

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Thursday, 05 May

17:00

TFB Review: XS Sights R3D Night Sights – Does the Glow Dot Work? [The Firearm Blog]

REVIEW: XS Sights R3D Night Sights - Does the Glow Dot Work?Iron sights for pistols are probably one of the most prevalent frequent upgrades seen within the firearms market. Stock sights are often just fine for range work and even precise shooting in some cases, but aftermarket options like the ones from XS Sights can often offer the end-user more flexibility when it comes to effectiveness […]

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16:30

POTD: Customized Grand Power Stribog SR9A3 Gen2 [The Firearm Blog]

POTD: Customized Grand Power Stribog SR9A3 Gen2Today in Photo Of The Day we have a customized Grand Power Stribog SR9A3 Gen2 with a strange coat of paint from Stjernelund Custom Rifles. The sight is a Holosun HS507C-X2. Furthermore, this Stribog has a TK Game Changer Pro Comp and a Kriss USA hand stop. The barrel length is 7.5″ and the safety […]

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16:00

Concealed Carry Corner: Constitutional Carry vs Permit Carry [The Firearm Blog]

Concealed Carry Corner: Constitutional Carry vs Permit CarryOftentimes, when people ask me various concealed carry questions, I get asked about what’s best when it comes to carry permits. With a number of states passing Constitutional Carry, more and more people are starting to wonder if going through the extra steps of carrying with a permit is worth it. Depending on where you […]

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14:48

Draft Allen West For NRA EVP []

I received a press release today seeking to draft former Congressman Allen West (R-FL) to stand against Wayne LaPierre in the election for Executive VP and CEO. Lt. Col. West is a former member of the NRA Board of Directors. He resigned in 2019 after refusing to hew the party line that all was well within the NRA. West now resides in Texas, has served as Chairman of the Texas GOP, and just placed second to Greg Abbott in the Texas GOP gubernatorial primary.

The effort to draft West is led by current NRA board member Judge Phil Journey, former board members Rocky Marshall and Bill Daley, and current board candidate Frank Tait (among others).

I have embedded their press release below:

Draft-West-NRA-press-release

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13:17

Florida Reports 2.5 Million Permit Holders in Latest Release [NRA-ILA News]

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services reports as of April 30, 2022, Florida now has over 2.5 million permit holders. This number has steadily risen every year and is more than double the number reported in 2012. This comes on the heals of Governor Ron DeSantis announcing last week that he plans to sign Constitutional Carry legislation into law while he is governor. NRA-ILA staunchly supports this effort and has been the leader in the constitutional carry movement across the country.

11:00

Vista Outdoor To Split Company []

Vista Outdoor, itself a spinoff from Alliant Techsystems or ATK in 2015, announced plans today to split itself into two separate publicly traded companies. One company will be devoted to the outdoor brands such as CamelBak, Camp Chef, and Bushnell while the other company will be composed of the ammunition companies including Federal, Remington, CCI, and Speer. The new names will be announced at a later date.

Chris Metz, Vista Outdoor’s current CEO, will be CEO of the new outdoor brand company which will be headquartered in Bozeman, Montana. Jason Vanderbrink, the current president of the sporting products division of Vista Outdoor, will be appointed CEO of the new ammunition-centric company upon the completion of the spinoff. That company will be headquartered in Federal’s hometown of Anoka, Minnesota.

Looking over the different brands within each division, it appears, if I understand it correctly, that both reloading and hunting products such as RCBS and Primos will remain with the outdoors products company.

From CEO Chris Metz on the decision to split into two companies:

“Over the past few years, we’ve made significant progress executing on our strategy to grow our leading portfolio of brands, driving operational efficiencies and delivering value to our shareholders,” said Chris Metz, Chief Executive Officer of Vista Outdoor. “As a result of our efforts, we have built strong businesses that are well-positioned for continued growth and success as independent companies. As a result of the separation, our Outdoor Products and Sporting Products businesses will have resources, management teams and capital allocation priorities tailored to their respective strategic goals. We are confident that this increased focus will better allow each company to deliver long-term value for its shareholders, employees, customers and other stakeholders. The Centers of Excellence we have built will reside within the Outdoor Products business and continue to provide meaningful industry differentiation.”

“Following a thorough assessment of Vista Outdoor’s businesses, operations and value creation opportunities, the Board determined that a spin-off of its Outdoor Products business would unlock significant value,” said Michael Callahan, Chairman of the Board of Directors. “We are committed to working together through this transformative process to ensure that each company is optimized with the right teams and resources in place so that it can continue to deliver innovative, quality products that enhance outdoor experiences and create value for its shareholders.”

One impact from this spinoff or split is that the sporting products component will be the only major, pure ammunition, publicly traded company in the US. Olin, which owns Winchester, is also a major industrial chemical company. Even AMMO, Inc. has other components such as gunbroker.com which are not involved in the manufacture of ammunition.

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11:00

Zelensky’s Bodyguards Wearing New Beretta 2022 Gear? [The Firearm Blog]

In this episode of TFBTV, James Reeves is at EOS, the European Outdoor Show. Fabio of Beretta shows James the new Beretta 2022 gear and clothing lineup, including a jacket famously worn by one of Zelensky’s bodyguards. Have you ever wanted to dress like an onion and stuff a pizza in your game bag? Then […]

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10:00

Overlanding: onX Quick Trip Planning Basics & Essentials [AllOutdoor.com]

When I first got into what is now overlanding, we had paper maps and/or handwritten directions. Getting lost was a thing, and if you even had a GPS device, they were a lot more primitive (you could set waypoints, but giant touch screens with detailed maps were not a thing). You had to have a good grasp of trip planning basics because you didn’t have the luxury of technology to bail you out. No cell phones, no 5G data to pull down maps.

Now we have a plethora of tools that make trails way more accessible. While some may disagree that making the backcountry easier to navigate is a good thing, I think having more people enjoying adventuring and (hopefully) learning good stewardship benefits us all.

Good day everyone and welcome to a new installment of AllOutdoor's Off-Road and Overlanding series brought to you by onX Offroad--mapping software for all your adventures.

Why I prefer Driving over Flying…

I frequently travel solo – mainly to courses all over the US. The majority of those courses are out West where we have the benefit of BLM land and lots of State and Federal forests. This means there are lots of opportunities to go exploring and wake up in interesting places. You can’t do that if you are traveling in a big metal tube hurtling through the air.

photo of wilderness and stream - planning basics
This is not the type of view you get from a plane.

You can even find some amazing diversions that allow you to bypass paved roads along the way. If I have the option, I try and build in some extra time on the way to courses so I can explore. It can be a budget-friendly way to have some extra fun on a trip.

What Tool to Use?

The navigation and planning tool I started using in my Tacoma was Gaia GPS. It is a fine tool, but I personally always found it to be more complex than I needed. I could never tune the layers to be efficient. It also behaved a lot more like a digital paper map that you could tag on.

Earlier last year I was introduced to onX while hunting (the “Hunt” variant of the service), and it was great. It really simplified communications and planning basics. Then, I started using onX Offroad (long before this sponsored series). onX Offroad has really changed the frequency I go exploring – even in its earlier versions – currently, it is pretty powerful without being overwhelming.

Import Maps?

If you are coming from another system, you can import maps in the popular KML or GPX files. Thank goodness because I had a ton of things saved for other apps. Once you import your existing files, you get all of the onX data cards in an easy-to-consume format. It will give you elevation gain/loss and total length.

onX imported map view - planning basics
Being able to import your saved routes and waypoints is basically a must. If your mapping app doesn’t allow you to import, I’d suggest a new app…

While I love exploring and finding new areas, there are several trails/routes that I’ve been on that are worthy of a repeat. Being able to have a favorite trail portable between devices is a must-have.

Some off-roaders like to protect areas they have found to camp, and won’t share details about those campsites. I believe in a different approach and so do most people in the groups I run with (when I roll with other people). The backcountry is not “exclusive content” for only a few. It is a resource to be respected and enjoyed by everyone that is able.

onX Trip Planning Basics

The trip planning basics don’t change when using the onX app – what it affords you is the ability to easily research trails in a local area you are going to (or crossing through).

Once I know where my final destination is, I plot that into Google Maps and let that give me an optimal route. Aside from a couple of random quirks, it has not led me to any place I can’t get out of. I get a rough idea of how long the overall trip will take me in days, and then try and factor in one or more exploratory trips. If I’m out west I plan multi-day stopping points in such a way that I can sleep on the trail.

I like to start planning my side trips using the onX website, rather than the mobile app. It is just easier to work with things in a larger format, and being able to use the mouse and keyboard is helpful. Anything you do on the website app reflects on the app on your mobile devices. I pull up the Google Map side by side with the onX map and start looking for trails near my route.

Upcoming Trip Example…

I have a class coming up in Couer d’Alene, Idaho that will start on a Tuesday, and I have to pick up an instructor in Salt Lake City, Utah. This means I get to travel through some of my favorite states and routes. I will go through northern New Mexico, clip the southwest corner of Colorado, push through Moab up to SLC, and follow the Snake River in Idaho for a bit before ultimately heading north. I can do this drive in two hard days (overnight in SLC). Or, I can take a third day and go play.

google map view of target area - planning basics
Good luck finding fun trails using Google Maps. Obviously not its purpose so you need to use an app suited for planning off-road trips

Previously, when I used Gaia GPS I had to do a lot more research to find trails. onX Offroad makes it easy.

map of featured trail near Price Utah - planning basics
onX Offroad makes it super easy to research trails in any area.

Normally, I would cut north from Moab and head to Price (and from there to Salt Lake City). Looking at the map, I can instead stay west on I-70 and then head off-road on the Buckhorn Draw to Wedge Overlook which boasts a 130-foot pictograph and dinosaur footprint. That will take me four hours. Looks like there are some good backpacking trails around there, too, but I won’t have *that* much time to explore.

map of county road 401 - planning basics
Looks like there is an easy way to pass all the way through the backcountry. I get to do some easy wheeling and then continue onto my original destination without having to backtrack.

Then, on my way out, I can continue west on County Road 401 (for a little over seven miles) which will take me to Castle Dale. There, I can refuel and head north on State Road 10 back up to Price. There is a minimal elevation gain.

Figuring that this little diversion will add on about six hours or so to the trip, I will plan on leaving Albuquerque around noon on Saturday. There are some good dispersed camping spots just north of Moab that I like so I will stay there for the night. On Sunday morning I will take my side trip to go visit pictographs and dinosaur footprints, before making my way to Salt Lake City.

Whether or not Weather is Important

onX weather details - planning basics
Being able to scout the weather near the routes is super helpful allowing you to make better-informed decisions BEFORE getting on the trail.

I can also check out the weather in the area through the app. The app gives me details like precipitation and sunrise/sunset. This makes a difference as the overview states accessible when “dry.” My vehicle is pretty capable, but I’ve also been in some gnarly Utah mud before and have no desire to turn a four (to six) hour diversion into a recovery slog.

I have to pick up the other instructor at 10am on Monday, and from there we will push up to Couer d’Alene. So, again, if the weather was looking to be wet, I might decide against the route just because I have a time hack that I cannot miss.

How much Food and Water should I pack?

Once you have an idea of how long you are going to be in the backcountry and how close you are to the nearest town, you can make an estimate for the amount of food and fuel you need to pack.

Food is such a variable thing and is based on your ability to carry it. Do you have a 12vdc fridge or an ice chest? Do you only carry dry foods? How much potable water do you carry? How many meals a day do you eat? How many people are you feeding? Are you bringing your four-legged friends? I personally like a simple breakfast (meaning minimal clean-up in the morning before hitting the trail), snacks for lunch, and a decent dinner.

Cooking breakfast in back of truck - planning basics
Sometimes I *do* want a better breakfast, especially if lunch is going to be challenging to break for. On this particular trip we were about to venture into Great Sand Dunes National Park, and we weren’t sure if there would be a good lunch spot.  Also, this was going to be a 6+ day trip so I opted to bring the big 95L Dometic fridge to carry more food.  The less time on pavement the better.

I carry a Front Runner Footwell Water Tank which holds about 10.5 gallons and lasts about five days. This gives me about two gallons per day for clean-up and hygiene (and putting out campfires left by idiots). I’m a snoot when it comes to drinking water and I pack bottled water for that. The tank is an emergency source, if needed.

For this trip, since I am planning an overnight and some playtime I will take a couple of extra days of food. My water tank will provide plenty of water for this trip.

How much Fuel should I bring?

I generally think of my fuel needs how aviators think about it – and factor in a point of no return. Whatever distance I want to go, I make sure I can reach that point with at least a half tank of gas (the reality is that I buffer that by an additional 10% minimum). That way I know I have enough fuel if I have to turn around. I don’t violate that rule. Ever.

If I am planning a through trail (rather than an out and back), I make sure I have enough to pass the whole distance with a margin of error. Sometimes I can do this with the fuel onboard, sometimes that means adding on some additional external fuel sources. Additionally, if there is going to be a challenging portion on a trail, I make sure to have enough gas to go back if the obstacle is impassable.

This route doesn’t appear to be super long, and as long as I fuel up in Moab and then in Castle Dale, I should be fine. I always bring at least a 5-gallon jerry can so I do have some backup (though I’ve used that to help out stranded people more than I have for myself).

Offline Maps – Don’t Forget to do this…

Even though cell service is great (especially with cell boosters like the Weboost OTR), and Mr. Musk is saturating the planet with Starlink, there are plenty of places where coverage is non-existent. That is why you should ALWAYS download maps to your devices for offline use.

offline map example - planning basics
When you select a new map area, you can easily see where to overlap the old area for continuous coverage.

Offline maps in onX are easy. You select your resolution, name the map (otherwise it will use date/time), and save it. If you want to save more areas, the app conveniently shows you the overlapping area with a green border. These will be saved on your account, but you will have to sync and download them on each device separately – it will not auto push to each device you use.

Paper Maps; Technology Fails

You should also carry paper map backups. Technology fails. Being prepared means being ready for when things don’t go to plan. I don’t think I have ever had a single trip that didn’t have something change. Trails get washed out. Vehicles take unexpected damage. You find that perfect spot and decide to spend a few days there instead of continuing on.

I carry the Delorme Atlases as my paper maps and will carry ones for each state I will travel through.

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Knock on wood, I have never created a plan that got me stuck or required me to abandon my vehicle to get help. I chalk this up to good planning. There is no reason to push the limits and put yourself or your equipment at risk – definitely not in the realm of overlanding. The point is to explore and travel. If you want to pop your rooftop tent above Hell’s Revenge, attempt Poughkeepsie Gulch in a top-heavy rig, or do other extreme stuff, you might be in a different class of off-roaders.

As you can see, in a very short amount of time, I was able to plan to take advantage of an available side route using the onX Offroad map. I did the search on the website app, saved the details, and those saved routes were copied to my phone and tablet. I saved trail maps for offline use. I checked the weather to make sure the trail was within my risk parameters for this trip.

Obviously, you will want to bring clothing appropriate for the environment, some other tools, and repair kit items.  This post is more about impromptu planning and some notes about consumables.

Assuming I can get out of town on time on Saturday, I have a fun diversion planned. I might even remember to get some good pics which I will post on social media – though I am terrible about “gramming” my trips. I’m usually to busy enjoying the journey to pose for some photos…

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10:00

The New Shield Arms Glock 43X/48 Premium Magwell [The Firearm Blog]

The New Shield Arms Glock 43X/48 Premium MagwellMost of you will know Shield Arms for their novel 15-round flush-fit magazines for the Glock 43X and 48 pistols. The S15 magazine took what was already a great handgun and turned it into a contender that could keep up with guns released shortly after that featured 12-rounds or more as standard magazine capacities. Now […]

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09:30

POTD: Beautiful and Rare Henry Pieper Seven Shot Volley Rifle [AllOutdoor.com]

Welcome to today’s Photo of the Day! Here we have a rather superb and beautiful volley rifle made by the brain of Henry Pieper. Pieper was a fairly prolific inventor in the early 20th century and a lot of his work gets tossed to the wayside. A volley gun is a gun made to shoot multiple shots by a single trigger pull. Yes, like a shotgun, but instead of a single dedicated barrel, it is one master barrel housing multiple barrels. This particular one has seven barrels and since they are all rifled this is technically a volley rifle. This one shoots seven rounds of 22 rimfire ammunition. These would have mainly been used for waterfowl hunting since it was thought the rifled barrels would aid in accuracy.

“Manufactured in the late 19th century in Belgium, this unique rolling block volley rifle (sometimes referred to as a goose gun) has a seven round barrel cluster housed in a single iron sleeve which is 1 inch across. The barrel cluster gauges at .22 caliber. These chambers all fire at the same time, thus propelling the lead bullets simultaneously toward their target. The rifle has a blade front sight and a two leaf rear sight (one folding, the other fixed) on a solid matte rib which is marked “H. PIEPER Bte LIEGE” behind the rear sight. The hammer, lever, breech block and receiver are casehardened with a matte type engraving on the receiver. Proofs are stamped on the left side of the receiver. The nicely figured pistol grip stock and forearm are checkered with a flat steel buttplate. Included with the rifle is a speed loader.”

Volley Rifle
Henry Pieper Volley Rifle

Lot 1251: Scarce Henry Pieper Seven Shot Volley Rifle. (n.d.). Rock Island Auction Company. photograph. Retrieved May 5, 2022, from https://www.rockislandauction.com/detail/59/1251/scarce-henry-pieper-seven-shot-volley-rifle.

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09:00

Emerald Coast Pier Fishing Guide – Red Drum (Redfish) [AllOutdoor.com]

Red Drum – also called Redfish (Reds) – and when larger Bull Reds, are the most sought-after drum species on the piers. One of the largest and hardest fighting fish on the pier are active through most of the colder months. These qualities make the Red Drum one of the top fish to go after on the Emerald Coast Piers.

Capable of reaching up to 61 inches and over 90 Lb, the red drum can be a bruiser to fight. They are copper-bronze colored on their back and sides with large scales covering their whole body. This fades to white color on their bellies, there will also be an eyespot or spots right at the base of their tail. Though occasionally they don’t have a spot at all. Equipped with a powerful underslung jaw with small teeth, they do most of their chewing with powerful pharyngeal teeth than can crush whatever they eat. To differentiate Red Drum from Black Drum, an easy tell is the lack of barbels on the Redfish’s lower jaw.

They are the true comeback story of conservation in the Gulf of Mexico. Before the 1980s outside of South Louisiana, there wasn’t much commercial demand for Red Drum. The biggest pressure they faced was from sports fishermen. That all changed when Blackened Redfish was introduced by Chef Paul and a craze of Cajun Cooking became popular all across the nation.

Commercial fishermen had known for decades where the large bull reds gathered offshore to spawn, but these large fish had a course flesh that wasn’t worth going after. But with Blackened redfish now in high demand, these spawning fish were caught and sold by the millions. Along with the pressure put on them by sportfishing, the red drum stocks collapsed. After closures and changing of regulations and 2 decades of work, the redfish stocks came back. Nowadays, it’s not an uncommon sight to see schools of these fish turning the water gold with the light shining off their scales.

Bull Red brought up in pier net

Tackle – Red Drum

Red drum from the pier needs a heavier set of gear than other fish off the pier. They are usually larger over 25″ in length and are often caught off the pilings or form in between them. So, you need that heavier gear to be able to muscle them out from the pier before they cut you off on a piling. You need a rod and reel capable of handling 15 Lb of drag. I recommend 30 Lb braid on a 4,000 – 5,000 size reel matched with a 7 ft medium-heavy rod. Then, have some 20 – 30 Lb monofilament or fluorocarbon leader. You will also need some egg weights and swivels to make Carolina rigs to target the Red Drum.

Freshly caught squid for Red Drum bait

Technique – Red Drum

Redfish tend to be a bit shallower and hug on the bottom, but can be found all the way to the end of the pier. Setting out a bait on a Carolina rig in the water around the first “T” of the pier is probably your best bet. Depending on water conditions you can actually see the schools of Red Drum milling about either under the pier or a ways out from it. You can actively sight cast for them and try to set a bait in front of their path, but they can be very spooky and will bolt if they sense something wrong. Or, you can find an area they are around and just set a bait out and wait for them to eventually show up.

Either way, you should use fresh bait. My favorite for the spring is freshly caught squid either from the night before or if you’re there early enough you can catch during the morning. You will need squid jigs and a bit of patience though. The next best bait would be larger live shrimp or very large sand fleas, the problem with these two baits is they can be picked apart easily by small fish. Redfish will also take live or dead baitfish like herring and cigar minnows. All of these should be rigged on a Carolina rig on an 18″ – 24″ leader. You can try to target them with artificial lures like jigs and spoons, but this isn’t the way most people will catch Redfish.

Live shrimp also work great for Red Drum

Table Fare – Red Drum

As table fare, they are a good choice. They have good quality white meat that is firm and have a larger flake. As their visit to the brink of extinction shows, they are excellent blackened or fried. Another popular method of cooking Red Drum is on the half shell. You leave the skin and scales on the fillet, and then season the meat side of the fillet. After which you throw the whole thing onto a grill or in the oven until done. This leaves the fish incredibly moist and tender.

Slot red Drum caught right after sundown

Parting Words – Red Drum

Red drum are incredibly fun to fight and great on the table, but a few things have to be known about them. Most gulf coast states have a slot size limit for redfish. In Florida you are only allowed to keep redfish that are over 18″ and under 27″, anything larger or smaller has to be let go. Most redfish you catch on the beach piers will usually be over the slot limit. I’ve had trips where we’ve caught ten redfish for all of them to be over the slot.

Another important thing is, to have a pier net if you plan to target redfish. They’re heavy and you’re not going to be able to winch them up 20ft with your fishing reel. You will need the net to lift the redfish up to the deck and as well as lower them back to the water. DO NOT DROP THEM OVER THE SIDE. It’s a long drop back to the water and the impact can rupture their swimbladders. I’ve seen too many reds die because someone is lazy and just drops them over the rail.

Other than that, expect to lose a lot of terminal tackle. Redfish are incredibly strong and will usually run the pier. So, don’t be discouraged if you lose fish to the pilings. It’s all part of red drum fishing on the pier.

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08:50

Save the Date for the Nevada NRA State Conference on June 4! [NRA-ILA News]

Make plans now to join NRA-ILA for its first Nevada NRA State Conference, to be held on Saturday, June 4th, 2022, in Las Vegas! Come out for a unique opportunity to gather, learn, and network in support of the Second Amendment. The conference will feature various dynamic speakers and panel discussions, and will showcase some of NRA’s strongest relationships in your local community.

08:14

Connecticut: Legislature Adjourns from its 2022 Legislative Session [NRA-ILA News]

Last night, the Connecticut General Assembly adjourned from its 2022 Regular Session.

08:00

New X-Sound Bluetooth-Enabled Hearing Protection from ATN Corp [AllOutdoor.com]

Hearing protection is an all-important piece of gear whether you’re training on the flat range for self-defense, or you’re sitting up in a tree stand waiting to take the shot on a buck you’ve been tracking for years. So, when it comes to hearing protection, having a lot of options is always a good thing. Speaking of options, ATN Corp has just announced its first venture into the hearing protection market with its new X-Sound Bluetooth-capable hearing protection.

New X-Sound Bluetooth-Enabled Hearing Protection from ATN CorpNew X-Sound Bluetooth-Enabled Hearing Protection from ATN Corp

New X-Sound Bluetooth-Enabled Hearing Protection from ATN Corp

So, what’s up with X-Sound? The ability to control both the external sound and internal sound levels is something that very few electronic hearing protection setups do well, if at all. ATN X-Sound earmuffs are priced a little higher than competing options, but without knowing what kind of drivers, mics, and other components X-Sound is using, it is hard to tell at the time of writing if these will be worth the price of admission.

New X-Sound Bluetooth-Enabled Hearing Protection from ATN Corp

The earmuffs have a lot of features like the ability to pair with a Bluetooth-enabled smartphone to make calls or just listen to music or other audio. The ATN X-Sound also features a compact folding design that most of you are probably familiar with from other popular hearing protection options, as well as two high-gain omnidirectional microphones, an audio input jack, and battery life of up to 300 hours using two AAA batteries. The new earmuffs will cost $119 from the ATN website and also only come in one color which is an OD green featuring a wolf on each of the headphone pieces.

New X-Sound Bluetooth-Enabled Hearing Protection from ATN Corp

Moving into the hearing protection market is an obvious choice for ATN,” James Munn, CEO of ATN Corp., explained. “Our X-Sound Hearing Protection ear muffs not only offer noise reduction, but provide the user with individual controls for adjusting the volume of the surrounding noise levels, and separately control your media volume. With the ATN X-Sound, you can listen to music and even take that office call while you are sitting in a tree stand.

New X-Sound Bluetooth-Enabled Hearing Protection from ATN Corp

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08:00

SinterFire Military and LE Ammunition Now Available for Commercial Sale [The Firearm Blog]

SinterFire Military and LE Ammunition Now Available for Commercial SaleThe brand name SinterFire is almost synonymous with frangible ammunition. Well known around the globe for their lead-free frangible projectiles, SinterFire normally caters directly to the Military and Law Enforcement sectors and their suppliers. For the last 24 years, SinterFire has supplied government and military customers with their ammunition with pride but is now excited […]

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07:50

NRA-ILA Appeals Court Order Denying its Intervention in Public Lands Lawsuit [NRA-ILA News]

In 2020, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service expanded hunting and fishing opportunities on 2.3 million acres of federal lands across the country. That decision was met with a lawsuit seeking to keep those lands closed to hunting and fishing.

07:00

NEW for Spring 2022 from 5.11: Women’s Apparel [AllOutdoor.com]

Whether you’re on duty, at the gym, or just out with friends, it pays to have durable and attractive clothing. Leave it to 5.11 to find the balance between fashion, function, and comfort. Here is the new women’s apparel for spring 2022 from 5.11.

NEW For Spring 2022 From 5.11: Women's Apparel
NEW For Spring 2022 From 5.11: Women’s Apparel

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There will be a number of new additions in Women’s Apparel ranging from casual wear to athletic wear.

Donna Hoodie

NEW For Spring 2022 From 5.11: Women's Apparel

The Donna Hoodie is a pullover sweater that features a large front pocket with access from both sides and thumbholes in the sleeve cuffs. It uses a crossover opening and soft, raglan sleeves. The MSRP is $58.

NEW For Spring 2022 From 5.11: Women's Apparel

Blayr Bomber Jacket

NEW For Spring 2022 From 5.11: Women's Apparel

The Blayr Bomber Jacket follows the lines of a classic bomber jacket, but adds some modern updates. The chest and hand pockets are secured with zippers. It’s made of Enduro-Flex material so you can stay warm without wearing a bulky jacket. The Blayr Bomber Jacket is available in Ranger Green or Black and costs $78.

NEW For Spring 2022 From 5.11: Women's Apparel

Women’s Marksman L/S

NEW For Spring 2022 From 5.11: Women's Apparel

The Marksman L/S has a 50+ UPF rating to keep your skin safe from the harmful UV rays of the sun. The left chest pocket includes a dedicated pen pocket. The armpits include mesh underarm gussets to keep those pit stains at bay. Available in Vanilla or Turbulence, the Marksman L/S has an MSRP of $68.

Spire Pant

NEW For Spring 2022 From 5.11: Women's Apparel

The Spire pant uses Enduro-Flex material for comfort and flexibility. They have a comfort waistband and eight pockets for plenty of storage options. To protect the pants, they wear a DWR finish. The MSRP is $90.

NEW For Spring 2022 From 5.11: Women's Apparel

Ashima Tight

NEW For Spring 2022 From 5.11: Women's Apparel

The Ashima tight reaches all the way to the ankle. It has built-in abrasion-resistant panels to keep them wearable for a long time. The side pockets are reinforced at the opening and use an envelope-style closure to keep your belongings secure. Flat-locked seams keep your skin comfortable and irritation-free. The MSRP is $75.

NEW For Spring 2022 From 5.11: Women's Apparel

Amelia Tight

NEW For Spring 2022 From 5.11: Women's Apparel

The Amelia Tight is available in Mountain Red, Sea Glass, or Black. They have a side pocket on each leg and feature a hidden pocket in the waistband. They are ankle length and use a contoured waistband for added shape and comfort. The Amelia Tight comes in at $70.

NEW For Spring 2022 From 5.11: Women's Apparel

Shauna Short

NEW For Spring 2022 From 5.11: Women's Apparel

The Shauna Short is made from a 67% polyester, 33% cotton Flex-Tac canvas. The Teflon finish gives these shorts waterproof properties and reinforced belt loops make these a prime option for the range. There are six pockets and an MSRP of $54.

Nell Short

Women's Apparel

The Nell Short focuses on comfort with its cotton/elastane-twill blend. There are four back pockets and two front pockets so you can keep all of your EDC gear. The MSRP is $52.

Women's Apparel

Attina Short

NEW For Spring 2022 From 5.11: Women's Apparel

The Attina Short is a pull-on short with a fake fly and a stretch drawcord to keep you comfortable and mobile. They are available in Flint, Khaki, or Black and cost $62.

NEW For Spring 2022 From 5.11: Women's Apparel

Sasha Skort

NEW For Spring 2022 From 5.11: Women's Apparel

The Sasha Skort uses perforated side panels to keep you cool and comfortable. The attached jersey liner has pockets built in, and the stretchy waistband means you don’t have to unbutton your fly after a large meal. The MSRP for the Sasha Skort is $54.

NEW For Spring 2022 From 5.11: Women's Apparel

If you want to learn more about the new women’s apparel from 5.11, head over to their website. While you’re there, be sure to follow along on all of their social media pages. You can find 5.11 on Pinterest, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube.

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07:00

ATN Introduces the New ATN X-Sound Hearing Protection [The Firearm Blog]

ATN Introduces their New ATN X-Sound Hearing ProtectionHearing protection isn’t a term I’d normally associate with ATN and their product lineup but it might start to be more common given that the company just announced the release of their new X-Sound hearing protection. X-Sound hearing protection comes with a standard noise reduction rating of 22 dB and also sports numerous Bluetooth-enabled features […]

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06:27

The Finnish RPK: Valmet 78 at the Range [Forgotten Weapons]

Valmet designed the M78 hoping to sell it to the Finnish military as an equivalent to the RPK, but it was not adopted. Instead, they were old a semiautos on the commercial market. Because this was before 1986, new machine guns could still be registered in the US. While the guns were all imported as semiautos, some were converted to fully automatic and registered as such, making them fully transferrable today.

06:00

TFB Behind The Gun Podcast Episode #42: Rich Angstadt [The Firearm Blog]

TFB Behind the Gun Ppdcast Episode #42: Rich AngstadtAngstadt Arms is well known for its high-quality personal defense-oriented firearms. Although most of their guns fetch a high price, Angstadt Arms is often well worth the price of purchase if you’re looking for a “buy once cry once” type of platform and today we’re showcasing a great interview between our Editor in Chief Pete […]

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Wednesday, 04 May

19:14

RIP John Ross [Of Arms and the Law]

Only Guns and Money reports that John Ross, author of "Unintended Consequences," has died of a heart attack while working on a sequel.

17:00

Rifle Dynamics Slow-Motion AK Rifles [The Firearm Blog]

Rifle Dynamics Slow-Motion AK RiflesLast month I helped Eric of Rifle Dynamics film some slow-motion AK rifles using my Chronos 1.4 high-speed camera. They wanted some slow-motion footage for research purposes but also for promotional and marketing use. Plus, who doesn’t want to see guns in slow motion? Rifle Dynamics @ TFB: Rifle Dynamics Quickhatch AK Pistol NEW Rifle […]

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16:30

POTD: Royal Marines with Heckler & Koch G36 and SA80 [The Firearm Blog]

Royal Marines with Heckler & Koch G36Have you taken your vitamins today? As you know vitamins have several important functions for our bodies. Some say they are almost as important as a daily dose of TFB’s Photo Of The Day, and we agree of course. Today we have some cracking pictures from the Royal Marines (United Kingdom) during an exercise in […]

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16:00

Wheelgun Wednesday: Civil War Lever Action Revolver [The Firearm Blog]

Savage Figure 8 Photo Credit: Collector's Firearms AuctionsPrior to the Civil War, firearms inventors were attempting various mechanisms and designs in order to enable revolvers to be fired faster without breaking the firing grip.  One of these designs, the Adams system, is a true double action.  Another design, the Starr, has a cocking trigger that contacts a frame-mounted external sear.  The design […]

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13:55

John Ross, RIP []

John Ross, author of Unintended Consequences, passed away of a heart attack on April 29th. I know the news has started to spread amongst the gun culture given the status of his book as a classic.

I bought a hardback copy a number of years ago. Fortunately, I’ve never lent it out as I understand lent copies sometimes fail to be returned and the hardback has become unobtainable unless you are willing to pay an extravagant amount. Softcover copies are reported to be available here.

I’m guessing I’ve read the book at least three times. Beyond the history of the gun culture and the later adventures of Henry Bowman in his war against the ATF, what I loved about the book was the setting in Saint Louis. As I’ve mentioned many times, I have relatives in the area including my older daughter. When Ross wrote about Barnes Hospital, I could relate as my daughter works for its successor as did my brother-in-law and son-in-law. When the Bowmans drove Hwy 40 through Saint Louis, I could picture it.

One thing I do regret is that Donald Trump didn’t take John on the offer to be Director of BATFE and take a $1 per year salary. That would have been fantastic. I can only imagine just how he would have screwed with the Deep State.

I came across his obituary today. It is from a Saint Louis funeral home which is where his memorial service will be held on Friday.

From Lupton Chapel, Inc.:

John Franklin Ross

April 29, 2022

Passed away unexpectedly on Friday, April 29th of natural causes, at his home in Richmond Heights. Mr. Ross is survived by his daughter Lucy Margaret Ross, of Boulder, Colorado, and his two sisters Helen Ross and Lucy Natkiel. John is the son of Walter Ross and Lucianna Gladney Ross, deceased, both of St. Louis, as well as the grandson of Frank Y. Gladney, a prominent attorney and businessman in St. Louis.

John graduated from John Burroughs High School in Ladue in 1974 and from Amherst College in 1979 with a B.A. in English, which he put to great use later in his career as a writer.

He was employed by E.F. Hutton for almost a decade as a broker, and later as an executive in the Clayton regional office. He later left the financial industry to concentrate on being a full-time writer. 

John was a world-class expert and instructor on shooting, firearms, and ammunition. Having been introduced to gun culture at a young age by his uncle Graves Gladney, also of St. Louis, John became a nationally recognized prodigy in shooting and designing firearms and ammunition by the time he graduated from high school. 

It was a lifelong passion for John, who as an adult became a world-renowned and highly respected expert in many different areas of the global firearms and ammunition industries. His dedication to gun culture and to the history of firearms in America led to his ongoing work as one of the tireless pro-Second Amendment lobbying activists in Jefferson City over a period of more than ten years. His work there was largely responsible for the State of Missouri’s ultimate reversal of its existing legislation and its subsequent adoption of the constitutional carry statute, and relaxed purchasing regulations for Missouri citizens.

Before that, in 1995, John published his first and best-known novel Unintended Consequences, which has sold over 100,000 copies as of 2022. The book iswithin the worldwide sociological sub-group known informally as “the Gun Culture”one of the most popular and influential books in the long history of that demographic, and the book has been published in several languages and sold in over 100 countries. 

John was working tirelessly on a sequel to Unintended Consequences when he passed, and the publishers have already committed to examining the unfinished work and doing everything they can to get it published within a year. 

John had an appetite for life and pursued his dreams and interests with intense abandon. Whether you found him barreling down the slopes of Aspen, Colorado; in the cockpit of his Pitts Model 12 biplane; setting up his famous over-the-top July 4th firework display; or regaling friends with an eccentric joke at any of his local Soulard haunts, John’s generosity of spirit allowed him to forge deep friendships over the decades of pursuing his passions. He loved sharing what he loved with the people that he loved.

The Memorial Service will be held at THE LUPTON CHAPEL, 7233 Delmar Blvd., University City, MO 63130 on Friday, May 6, 2022 at 3:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers the family ask that donations be made to either FreedomPrincipleSTL.org (an activist non-profit that works to defend, through events, lobbying and suggested legislation, the political principles John fought so hard for in Missouri all of his life) or ChallengeAspen.org (a non-profit based in Aspen that provides year-round adaptive outdoor experiences, such as skiing or snowboarding, for individuals faced with physical or cognitive disabilities).

I really do hope his unfinished manuscript that is the sequel to Unintended Consequences can be made into a book. According to Michael Bane, it was to be entitled Cold Resolve. I know I’d buy it as soon as it was published.

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11:00

ULTRALIGHT Beretta Over Under: The “Ultraleggero” [The Firearm Blog]

In this episode of TFBTV, James Reeves is at the EOS our European Outdoor Show visiting Beretta to see the new Beretta Ultraleggero. Per Beretta’s materials on the Ultraleggero: The Ultraleggero begins a whole new chapter in the history of lightweight over-and-under shotguns, pushing the boundaries of design beyond all previous imagination; delivering the strength […]

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10:10

Thoughts on NYSRPA v. Bruen [Of Arms and the Law]

Supreme Court oral arguments are divided into "sessions" aka "sittings," each lasting two weeks and encompassing 10-12 arguments. The custom is that each Justice gets at least one opinion to write from each session. Usually, that's not difficult: yes, every Term will have two or so really controversial cases, and about 50-60 that are mundane. Odds are a Justice won't often be in the dissent on ten cases in a row.

If you plot out the cases of a session vs. who has already written an opinion from it, you can often get an idea of who is writing the opinion(s) yet to be decided.

NYSRPA was one of ten cases argued in the session beginning November 1. Of the ten cases, Gorsuch got two, and everyone else has gotten one except for Justices Thomas and Barrett. So the author will likely be one of those two. This is, of course, great news for the 2A, as the two are great stalwarts for original public understanding. As far as the reasoning to be used, Barrett is very supportive of "text, history, and tradition," and Thomas is inclined that way.

Most First Amendment cases employ balancing tests as a basis, with the test weighted by standard of review -- strict scrutiny, intermediate review, rational basis, and sometimes a few more. Assess the purported need against the right being protected. But for rights outside the 1A, "text, history and tradition" tend to prevail. Right to a jury trial, or against self-incrimination -- don't talk to us about what need there is for restricting them, discuss whether this measure fits in with their text, history and tradition. One might even say, "what part of 'shall not be infringed' do you not understand?" By that standard, with a little pushing, restrictions on concealed but not open carry might pass muster, and anything more restrictive than that is going to be very doubtful.

10:00

Curious Relics #038: The Colt Police Positive Special [AllOutdoor.com]

Welcome, if you are a newcomer to this fun bi-weekly segment of AllOutdoor.com! Last time around we covered the pistol that killed millions, the FN 1910. We started out with Part OnePart Two, and Part Three all of which covered history, variations, specifications, range time, and aftermarket parts. Today we get to dive into the Colt double action that won everyone back, the Colt Police Positive Special. What led up to this pistol’s introduction into the Colt catalog? What makes it so special? Let’s dive right into the Colt Police Positive Special!


Welcome to our recurring series of “Curious Relics.” Here, we want to share all of our experiences, knowledge, misadventures, and passion for older firearms that one might categorize as a Curio & Relic  – any firearm that is at least 50 years old according to the ATF. Hopefully along the way you can garner a greater appreciation for older firearms like we do, and simultaneously you can teach us things as well through sharing your own expertise and thoughts in the Comments. Understanding the firearms of old, their importance, and their development which lead to many of the arms we now cherish today is incredibly fascinating and we hope you enjoy what we have to share, too!


History Abridged: Colt Police Positive Special

In the late 1890s, military and police institutions started to attempt to modernize their arsenals in order to compete with what they may potentially encounter out and about. This led all sorts of manufacturers to innovate and release new small arms particularly geared towards law enforcement. The much-respected Colt Manufacturing Company released their choice for lawmen and soldiers alike. Enter the Colt New Police. The Colt New Police was an updated double-action revolver chambered in a new 32 Colt New Police cartridge. This revolver was quickly eaten up by police forces around the country (New York Police as a notable example). Unfortunately, the New Police was not entirely perfect and its cartridge tended to be inadequate.

Colt Police Positive Special
Colt New Police

Lot 701: Colt New Police Revolver 32. (n.d.). Rock Island Auction Company. photograph. Retrieved May 3, 2022, from https://www.rockislandauction.com/detail/60/701/colt-new-police-revolver-32.

From there the next natural step was the Colt Police Positive. The Colt Police Positive was introduced around 1906 and boasted improved lock work. The new “positive lock” safety system (action will not allow the hammer to impact full force unless it is first pulled all the way to the rear) implemented gave the newest Colt its name. Unfortunately the new Colt Police Positive’s safety enhancement was not enough alone for it to be appealing so they also bumped up to the 38 Colt New Police cartridge (a copy of the 38 Smith and Wesson). After these necessary changes, the new Colt Police Positive gained a very good reputation and became a favorite amongst lawmen and outlaws all the same.

Colt Police Positive Special
Colt Police Positive

Lot 1683: Colt – Police Positive. (n.d.). Rock Island Auction Company. photograph. Retrieved May 3, 2022, from https://www.rockislandauction.com/detail/74/1683/colt-police-positive.

Just a few years after the Colt Police Positive was introduced, Colt wanted to further improve their design as well as answer the call for more power. This leads us to our gun today the Colt Police Positive Special. The Colt Police Positive Special was introduced in late 1907 or early 1908 and is identical to the regular Police Positive; however, its frame was strengthened and the cylinder was lengthened to accommodate the widely loved 38 Special cartridge. My personal Police Positive Special is chambered for the 38 New Police cartridge (38 Smith and Wesson can be used interchangeably). These widely were bought solely for the fact that many were chambered for 38 Special. This new cartridge offering opened a big door for Colt and the Police Positive Special became one of their best-selling revolvers of the early 20th century. Suddenly all across America police officers, prison guards, security officials, government officials, night watchmen, gangsters, and outlaws adopted the newest and coolest Colt double-action revolver. A notable enjoyer of the Colt Police Positive Special was Al Capone!

Colt Police Positive Special

As I mentioned earlier, my personal Police Positive Special is made to use the 38 Colt New Police (38 Smith and Wesson) cartridge. Besides providing a wider range of cartridge options, Colt was aware that foreign countries may not have adopted 38 Special in mass or it may just not be that popular. That is why my Colt (made in the 1970s) is in the cartridge it is. It was sold and issued to the Hong Kong police. I have no information on whether they liked or disliked the 38 Special cartridges, but I am sure the more anemic quality of the other 38 is why it was chosen. It is probably less likely to go through objects or people and hit unintended people or objects.

Colt Police Positive Special

The Colt Police Positive Special was made from around 1907/1908 until 1978, at least in the form that is similar to the one today. Later additions/variations were lumped in with and renamed Police Positive (as a vague umbrella term) and those were manufactured for a brief period in the 1990s. They are still considered Police Positive Special revolvers by many sources I have read through so I will make sure to cover those and more soon!

End of Part One: Colt Police Positive Special

You folks know the drill by now, that is all for today, unfortunately. I will continue to cover the Colt Police Positive Special in a couple more articles and make sure to give it some love and appreciation at the range. Make sure to share your own Police Positive Special stories in the comments below. Until next time, stay safe out there, and see you soon!

Colt Police Positive Special

In closing, I hope our Curious Relics segment informed as well as entertained. This all was written in hopes of continued firearm appreciation and preservation. We did not just realize how guns were supposed to look and function. It was a long and tedious process that has shaped the world we live in. So, I put it to you! Is there a firearm out there that you feel does not get much notoriety?  What should our next Curious Relics topic cover? As always, let us know all of your thoughts in the Comments below! We always appreciate your feedback.

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10:00

Aimpoint ACRO P2 Lens Guard Available Now From TangoDown [The Firearm Blog]

Aimpoint ACRO P2 Lens Guard Available Now From TangoDownThe Aimpoint ACRO P2 has been a very highly sought-after pistol red dot for people here in the states. While I still haven’t formed a concrete opinion on the mailbox-shaped optic, others out there are already making accessories for the optic to enhance its durability. TangoDown Inc is now offering a new ACRO P2 Lens […]

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09:30

POTD: Colt Police Positive Special – What is So Special? [AllOutdoor.com]

Welcome to today’s Photo of the Day! Here we have a 1970 Colt Police Positive Special. This little beauty will be the topic of today’s and the next few week’s Curious Relics. The Police Positive Special was the peak design iteration of both the Colt New Police and the Colt Police Positive. The Police Positive Special featured the “positive” safety system which made it so the hammer cannot be dropped unless the hammer was first pulled fully to the rear. Aside from boring safety improvements the thing that made this double-action revolver truly special is that the frame was strengthened and the cylinder was lengthened to accommodate the newly popular and more powerful 38 Special cartridge. My personal Colt Police Positive Special is chambered for the 38 New Police cartridge (same as 38 Smith and Wesson) since this revolver was exported and issued to the Hong Kong Police.

Colt Police Positive Special
Colt Police Positive Special

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09:00

NEW from 5.11 for Spring 2022: Women’s PT-R Workout Gear [AllOutdoor.com]

Springtime means warmer weather. Warmer weather means it is a lot more fun to exercise outdoors. When I work out at home, I’m in an old, stinky t-shirt, but when I’m in public, I like to look good. Thankfully, 5.11 has put some major effort into creating workout gear that performs and looks fresh. New for this year, 5.11 has released several additions to their line of women’s PT-R workout gear.

PT-R Workout Gear

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The Women’s PT-R offering is also expanding with many great products.

Valentina Sports Bra

PT-R Workout Gear

The Valentina Sports Bra is available in Peacoat or Black and in sizes XS to XL. It uses moisture-wicking and anti-odor material to keep your skin dry and stink-free. The compression fit gives medium support and the flatlock seams keep you comfortable during movement. The soft jacquard elastic bottom band stays in place while you don’t. The inside is fully lined with power mesh fabric and includes removable liner pads. MSRP is $36.00

PT-R Workout Gear

Catalyst 1/2 Zip

PT-R Workout Gear

The Catalyst 1/2 Zip is meant to be layered. The thin, 87% polyester, 13% elastane jersey blend is lightweight and includes moisture-wicking properties. There is a chin guard at the top of the zipper to reduce uncomfortable rubbing. Thumbholes are included in the sleeve cuffs. Available in Black, Cinder, or Turbulence, the Catalyst 1/2 Zip comes in at $52.00.

PT-R Workout Gear

Kaia Capri

PT-R Workout Gear

The Kaia Capri is a slight spin on the Kaia Tight, made for those who are looking for a capri length. It uses a skinny fit and is made of nylon and elastane jersey material. It uses moisture-wicking and anti-odor technology so you keep smelling fresh. The MSRP is $65.00.

PT-R Workout Gear

Layla Tight

PT-R Workout Gear

The Layla Tight is built to be tough like those who wear it. The construction includes a contoured waist, triangle gusset, and flat-locked seams to prevent chaffing. There is a hidden waist pocket for storing your I.D. or credit card. There are also two hip pockets so you can keep your jams playing while you exercise. They also feature an internal drawcord for easy adjustment. MSRP is $70.00

PT-R Workout Gear

If you like what you see from this new PT-R workout gear, you can find more information on the 5.11 website. Get more updates when you follow them on Pinterest, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube. Get those legs working!

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08:00

Summit Stands, Moultrie, and Code Blue – Mother’s Day Weekend Deals [AllOutdoor.com]

If you got caught by surprise (again) this year, Mother’s Day is fast approaching and you do not want to get caught off guard by not getting your Mother a gift. We all know that mothers may like flowers, chocolate, and a sweetly-written card, but why not be even more thoughtful?… If your mother is a master huntress help her get prepared for hunting this fall by surprising her with gifts from Summit Stands, Moultrie, and Code Blue! Now through this Sunday, May 8th all 3 brands are running specials for the equally-special mother in your life. Check them out this week before they end – or worse yet – become sold out!

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08:00

Springfield Armory’s New FIRSTLINE Discount Program [The Firearm Blog]

Springfield Armory's New FIRSTLINE Discount ProgramMany discount programs out there focus heavily on law enforcement and military personnel. However, Springfield Armory’s new FIRSTLINE discount program aims to extend its discounted deals to more than just MIL and LE personnel. The new FIRSTLINE program extends these discount benefits to firefighting, medical, judicial, and select aviation personnel specifically in regards to some […]

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07:00

TFBTV: No-Rust Benelli 828U Over-Under with BE.S.T. Finish [AllOutdoor.com]

In this episode of TFBTV, James Reeves is visiting the Benelli booth at EOS or the European Outdoor Show to speak with Benelli engineers about the new Benelli 828U featuring the BE.S.T. (Benelli Surface Treatment) finish, a remarkable new coating that is rustproof and guaranteed for 25 years.

According to Benelli’s marketing materials relative to the Benelli 828U:

‘828’ is the code that identifies Urbino, a UNESCO World Heritage site. The 828 U over & under firearm combines the experience of the past with the new technological era. The sleek lines of the dark-coloured receiver exude elegance and emphasize the sportiness of the shotgun in a perfect harmony of shapes and materials. The wood incorporates the Progressive Comfort system, the butt plate and the special polyurethane comb are the ideal combination to reduce perceived recoil and muzzle rise. The Benelli 828U is the epitome of lightweight and comfort, stability and adaptability. A shotgun with fast, yet extremely stable swinging, capable of adapting perfectly to the shape and shooting stance of the hunter. The only over & under shotgun that provides for fine-tuning of drop and deviation (Perfect fitting). The heart of the Benelli over & under shotgun is the Lock Plate locking system made from hardened steel. A simple and ingenious device that ensures strong and reliable locking and cancels mechanical stress. the aluminum receiver makes for a lightweight over & under (at less than 3 kg), yet extremely resistant and perfectly balanced. Another important element is the 828 U’s compact, removable, precise, practical, reliable cocking assembly with short percussion times. 828 U delivers optimal performance and comfort tailored to your needs.

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07:00

US Army Awards $1 Billion in Contracts for Individual Thermal Weapon Sights [The Firearm Blog]

US Army Awards $1 Billion in Contracts for Individual Thermal Weapon SightsThe Department of Defense has announced that Massachusetts-based FLIR Systems and Florida-based Leonardo DRS have been awarded firm fixed price contracts worth over $500 million to provide Family of Weapons Sights-Individual thermal imaging systems. FLIR have been awarded a contract worth $500,219,123 while Leonardo DRS have been awarded a $579,295,440 contract. According to US Army, the production locations and funding allocations for […]

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06:27

Rheinmetall MG42/59: The Slow-Fire Commercial MG42 [Forgotten Weapons]

After World War Two, when West Germany was allowed to reconstitute its army and join NATO, it needed small arms. The new Bundeswehr chose the MG42 as it’s standard GPMG, and the Rheinmetall firm undertook the project of recreating the technical data package to build them. The work was completed in 1958, and the company began making new MG42s in 7.62 NATO for the commercial export market as well as for the Bundeswehr (which designated the gun the MG1). Rheinmetall made a number of iterative improvements to the design, including nearly doubling the bolt weight (from 550g/1.2lb to 950g/2.1lb) for their MG42/59 model to bring the rate of fire down to a reasonable 700-900 rpm. The bolt (and its associated heavy buffer) was not adopted by the Bundeswehr, but was bought by one other clients.

The MG42/59 also includes many of the other upgrades that would be implemented on the final MG3 version adopted by the military. These include:

– Top cover hinge that holds the cover in a raised position
– Feed tray to mount modern belt boxes and prevent belts from falling out when opened
– Integrated AA rear sight
– New muzzle booster design

This particular one is a beautiful example made in 1964 and brought to the US early enough to be a registered, transferrable, C&R piece.

06:00

SIG Sauer and Hogue Introduce the New K320 AXG Knife Lineup [The Firearm Blog]

SIG Sauer is very well known for the many different variations and trims the P320 pistol platform can be found just on their website. The P320 offers customers almost any combination of grip module, trigger shoe, slide, barrel, magazines, and more so that nearly every aspect of your gun is tailored to you. Now SIG […]

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05:47

NRA-ILA Files Friend of the Court Brief in Ninth Circuit Case Challenging Hawaii’s Permit and Registration Laws [NRA-ILA News]

On Monday, NRA-ILA filed an amicus curiae (or friend of the court) brief in a case challenging Hawaii’s draconian permit-to-purchase and firearm-registration laws in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Tuesday, 03 May

17:00

TFB Review: ORYX Chassis for Remington 700 LA [The Firearm Blog]

The MDT ORYX Chassis appears to be a product that is gaining a lot of momentum. In my gunshop, I have had a couple customers mention it in conversations. Most were liking the price point and took a “wait and see” attitude. The chassis has been on the market for a few years so, many […]

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16:30

POTD: Royal Norwegian Air Force 339 Squadron [The Firearm Blog]

Royal Norwegian Air Force 339 SquadronSome use reindeer and some use K9 Belgian Malinois to travel in the snow. In our Photo Of The Day, we have Norwegian Coastal Rangers conducting an air mobile operation together with the Royal Norwegian Air Force 339 Squadron. This happened during exercise Arctic Hawk in Northern Norway. Apart from the dog, you can see […]

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16:00

HOT GAT or FUDD CRAP? Custom Chrome or Terrible Taste Syndrome? [The Firearm Blog]

Hot Gat or Fudd CrapWelcome everyone to the 141st edition of ‘Hot Gat or Fudd Crap?’, one of our many series here on TFB. If you’re new to the series, this is where we look at the most obscure firearms that are actually for sale and ask the question – is this Gat a sweet deal or only has […]

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11:23

NRA-PVF Endorses Gov. Kevin Stitt in Oklahoma Primary [NRA-ILA News]

The NRA is proud to announce its endorsement of Kevin Stitt for governor in the 2022 Oklahoma Republican Primary.

11:00

No-Rust Benelli 828U Over-Under with BE.S.T. Finish [The Firearm Blog]

In this episode of TFBTV, James Reeves is visiting the Benelli booth at EOS or the European Outdoor Show to speak with Benelli engineers about the new Benelli 828U featuring the BE.S.T. (Benelli Surface Treatment) finish, a remarkable new coating that is rustproof and guaranteed for 25 years. According to Benelli’s marketing materials relative to […]

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10:00

Fishing Basics – Introduction to Slow Pitch Jigging Gear [AllOutdoor.com]

The biggest rage nowadays for offshore bottom fishing has to be Slow Pitch Jigging. Many consider it the magic bullet for bottom fishing; although, I wouldn’t go so far as to claim that. I have had good luck with it, catching plenty of grouper, snapper, and the occasional pelagic fish on slow pitch jigs. Before this, the new hot thing was high-speed vertical jigging or speed-jigging for short. In speed-jigging, you’re trying to work a heavy jig as fast and erratically as possible through the water column. Triggering fish to strike what they think is a fleeing baitfish.

Slow pitch jigging goes the other way with working the jig, where the majority of the action is from the fall of the jig. You are not working the jig as fast as possible but going at a much more leisurely pace. Loading up the specialized rod so it whips the jig out to the side and lets it fall, shaking and darting the whole way down.

This action imitates a wounded or dying baitfish. Both methods of jigging can get strikes from actively feeding fish. But Slow Pitch jigging can trigger strikes from a more inactive fish that are not really wanting to chase down a fleeing baitfish. In Japan where this technique is originally from, there is a great deal of fishing pressure. So they needed a new technique to trigger more pressured and hook shy fish to attack a lure.

I won’t be covering everything about slow pitch jigging in this article though. The majority of this is just covering the gear and a little bit about how to implement them on the water. Slow pitch fishing gear is a bit more specialized than other techniques, needing particular equipment for it to be successful. In particular, the rods and jigs are very different from other offshore gear.

Leaf-shaped flatter slow pitch jigs produce more flutter

Slow Pitch Jigs

The standard for slow pitch jigs is the leaf-shaped flatter jigs. One side is flatter with the other having a keel, this gives it the flutter as falls. They can be symmetrical in shape or wider on the head or tail end of the jig. Some have scoops or ridges on them. All of these variances impart action onto the jig. Changing the way the jig falls and flutters. It also affects how they swing out to the side when worked by the rod. These jigs tend to be a bit smaller, usually maxing out around 300 – 350 grams. I personally use the 270 gram jigs the most in the Gulf of Mexico but if you can get away with a lighter jig I recommend it.

The biggest downside of these jigs is how they are affected by current. To be the most effective as possible while jigging you want to be directly above your jig. But current makes that difficult, you can cast up current to negate the effects somewhat. These wider jigs get caught in faster currents easily and can end up far away from you. So a different type of slow pitch jig is available for those conditions.

Long narrow shaped slow pitch jigs, are better for current and deep waters

Deep Slow Pitch Jigs

The solution for rough conditions and deep waters. Deep slow pitch jigs are purpose-made to cut through the current and sink as fast as possible. Long and skinny they have much less water resistance on the fall and when being worked. They still have one side flatter and one side with a keel, but they produce a much less pronounced side-to-side action and less flutter. Instead, they have more of a shimmering action when they fall. So while they move less, they are easier to stay in contact with in heavy current and very deep waters.

These jigs can reach up to 600 grams easily, but can be found as small as 100 grams. The largest of the jigs are usually used for targeting fish at very deep depths, such as tilefish at 1,400 ft. Not exactly the most fun way to fish but can be very productive in conditions that would be unfishable with standard jigs.

Traditional Diamond Jig and Squid shaped glow jig, both work even if they’re not slow pitch jigs

Traditional Jigs

While not conventional, you can use traditional diamond jigs on a slow pitch rod. They aren’t going to act any different than normal because of the rod but they still work. These jigs have stood the test of time for this long for a reason. And sometimes a diamond jig is the only thing a scamp will want.

DIY Jig Box to keep things organized on the water

Gear and Accessories

There are a few accessories you need for slow pitch jigging. You will need a jig box or jig bag, there are many commercial offerings out there. Or you can DIY a solution like this .50 Cal Ammo Can converted into a jig box. The right side of the box gives quick access to pre-rigged jigs. You will need a good set of split ring pliers, you need them for attaching hooks to the jigs with split rings. Or for attaching the jigs to your leader.

For a leader, you will be needing anywhere from 40 Lb – 60 Lb fluorocarbon leader. You should have about 6 – 8 ft of leader, I go a little longer so if I get cut off or have to re-rig I have plenty of leader material left. At the end of the leader have a high-quality ball bearing swivel tied on with a San Diego jam knot. I recommend having a split ring attached to that swivel so you can swap jigs and assist hooks easily.

High quality Ball Bearing Swivels are a must for slow pitch jigging
Split Ring Pliers are needed for quickly changing slow pitch jigs
You want to attach the ball-bearing swivel to your leader and then have a split ring attached to the swivel.

For the mainline, you will need a high-quality braid, something between 20 – 40 Lb test. Line scope is the enemy, so the thinner the better. Braided line will break a good percentage above the stated line rating for most manufacturers, so even if your running a 20 Lb line it’ll usually break at 30 Lb of force.

A Temple Reef Innovate Medium Heavy Slow Pitch Rod

Rod and Reel

The rod and reel for slow pitch jigging is one of the best parts of the technique. You will be using incredibly light gear for the size of fish you might pull up. A rod and reel combo weighs so much less than a conventional bottom rig, great for spending a full day on the rail.

For the reel you want something capable for holding at least 400meters of 40 Lb braid and capable of at least 45″ line retrieved per crank. You need that fast line retrieve rate for properly working the jig. I personally use a Saltiga 15 Star Drag with 520 meters of 30 Lb braid. I would recommend a two speed reel if your budget allows it though. That low gear setting is very useful for cranking up larger fish.

The rod for slow pitch fishing is the key item besides the jigs themselves in slow pitch jigging. They are very unique being a very parabolic rod capable of bending all the way to the rod but. You need this ultra slow action rod so that when you lift up, the rod loads up with the weight of the jig. Then at the end of the lift the rod will release and flick your jig out imparting that erratic action before it starts falling.

These rods are designed around working the lure more than fighting the fish, so most of the work is done by the reel and it’s drag system. When fighting larger fish you try to keep the rod lower towards the water and just crank when you can.

Close

For me this is a very rewarding technique, the gear is light weight and you stay a lot cleaner fishing than using live or cut bait. But the entry cost is steep, I have over $500 invested into just the rod and reel, which is considered a middle of the road quality gear. That total isn’t even considering the cost of all the jigs, hooks, and terminal tackle involved. While there are more wallet friendly tackle options, expect to spend at least $300 for a full combo with a few jigs. If you can handle the cost of a rig I really recommend trying this out, or ask around I do know some charters are starting to have a slow pitch combo on board. So maybe try one out and see if its for you.

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10:00

Nosler Limited-Run Model 48 Rifles for Boot Campaign [The Firearm Blog]

Nosler Produce Limited-Run Model 48 Rifles for Boot CampaignNosler has teamed up with Boot Campaign to help raise funds and awareness for injured veterans by producing 22 custom limited-run Model 48 rifles. And while they might be a little too rich for my blood, I’m sure some of you out there can spare the cash for a good and honorable cause like this. For […]

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09:30

POTD: Webley-Fosbery of The 2000s – The Mateba Revolver [AllOutdoor.com]

Welcome to today’s Photo of the Day! Here we have a 21st-century version of the Webley-Fosbery. This is the Italian Mateba Unica 6 semi-automatic revolver. These were introduced by the Mateba company which was known for very strange attempts at revolver design. They had under-cylinder (Olympic style) revolvers. They had revolvers with the barrel at the bottom rather than the top much like the modern Chiappa Rhino. This is the most desirable and sought-after design to come out of the company for its unique action that always makes the revolver have a nice and crisp single action trigger pull.

“Introduced in 2000 this auto-revolver has the standard markings and features a single-action trigger that has a reciprocating cylinder that fires from the bottom chamber rather that the top and adjustable rear and front sights. Fitted with one-piece checkered wooden grips. Made in Italy.”

Mateba

Lot 831: Mateba Semi-Automatic Revolver. (n.d.). Rock Island Auction Company. photograph. Retrieved May 2, 2022, from https://www.rockislandauction.com/detail/66/831/mateba-semiautomatic-revolver.

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09:00

5.11 Introduces Two NEW Watches To Their EDC Line [AllOutdoor.com]

I remember being taught how to tell the time with just my hand and the sun. While that’s a cool and useful trick, I think it’s much easier to bring along a durable watch. Whether you prefer digital or analog faces, 5.11 has released two new watches to their EDC line; the Division Digital Watch and the Outpost Chrono Watch.

NEW Watches

5.11 Coverage on AllOutdoor

“Two new watches are being added to the Everyday Carry and Accessories line to ensure customers are equipped and on time for any activity. Both watches feature a sturdy 44mm stainless steel case with IP finish, 22mm webbing band and mineral crystal glass for added durability and scratch resistance.”

Division Digital Watch

NEW Watches

The Division Digital Watch from 5.11 gives users a quick and easy-to-read display. The display includes the day and date at the top of the face. The time can be displayed using a 12 or 24-hour clock. Four buttons on the sides of the stainless steel housing allow you to control the light, modes, and other features. The Division is also capable of displaying dual timezones for all of you world travelers. The 22mm webbing band is removable if you prefer another kind of band. The watch also houses a backlight, chronograph, two timers, and four alarms, while also being water-resistant to 330 feet. Currently, the price on 5.11’s website is $105.00.

NEW Watches

Outpost Chrono Watch

NEW Watches

The Outpost Chrono Watch is for those who like a more traditional watch face. It uses a classic pull crown for changing the time. It also features start and stop buttons on its sides for using the stopwatch function. The main dial shows the time using the 12-hour clock, while a smaller dial shows the 24-hour clock for easy conversion. The hands and hour marks use luminous material so they’re easy to pick up in darker conditions. MSRP is $125.00.

NEW Watches

If you’re looking for some new watches and these fit the bill, head over to the 5.11 website for more information. Make sure you like and follow 5.11 on all of their social media pages. You can find them on Pinterest, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube. Don’t be late!

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08:00

TFBTV – NEW Beretta BRX-1 Straight Pull Rifle Coming to the U.S. [AllOutdoor.com]

In this episode of TFBTV, James Reeves interviews Ricardo, Project Manager and Engineer for Beretta, about the new BRX-1. The BRX-1 is a new straight-pull rifle designed to incredibly high standards in Italy by Beretta. The BRX-1 has been in production in Europe since late 2021, but because demand has far outstripped the production capability of the BRX-1, these guns have not previously been designated for the US. However, Beretta plans to proceed with importing the BRX-1 although it may not happen until 2023.

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08:00

Carbon K2 Stock Upgrades Announced by AG Composites [The Firearm Blog]

Carbon K2 Stock Upgrades Announced by AG CompositesComposite rifle stocks offer shooters a lot of upgrades in terms of durability and longevity over traditional wood stocks. While a traditional wood stock can last years and can be durable in its own right, exposure to the elements as well as years of bumps and scrapes can take a nice wooden stock and slowly […]

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07:00

Springfield Armory Firstline – Exclusive Discounts for Those Who Serve [AllOutdoor.com]

Springfield Armory has built a reputation on serving those who serve us; especially those in law enforcement and our military. Now, Springfield Armory has created an exclusive program – FIRSTLINE – to provide discounts for more of those who serve such as firefighters, first responders, and many more.

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Unlike other comparable programs, FIRSTLINE is designed to be as simple and non-cumbersome as possible, ensuring qualified first responders can access the benefits as easily as possibly. Rather than involving complicated rebates or post-purchase discounts, FIRSTLINE is designed to be dealer direct with immediate discounts and offerings. Qualified users can simply visit one of nearly 200 authorized dealer locations nationwide and purchase the firearm of their choice.

“Springfield Armory has strong connections to those that serve both our nation and its citizens. And with its FIRSTLINE program, it has a new way to thank them for their service. This program, open to a wide range of qualified professionals, is designed to offer a select listing of Springfield Armory firearms at discounted pricing in a simple, streamlined process. The select list of firearms includes 37 specific models and variants, and all pistols offered in the line come with three magazines. The products offered in the FIRSTLINE program come from the Hellcat, 1911, XD, SAINT, Hellion and M1A families of firearms.”

The select line of FIRSTLINE firearms from Springfield Armory includes 38 specific models and variants, and all pistols offered in the line come with three magazines. The products offered in the FIRSTLINE program come from the Hellcat, 1911, XD, SAINT, Hellion and M1A families of firearms. The individuals who would be applicable to these deep discounts are listed below:

  • Sworn Law Enforcement Officers (active and retired)
  • EMT’s, Fire Fighters, Volunteer Fire Fighters and Paramedics
  • Military personnel including Reservists and National Guard (active and retired)
  • Honorably Discharged Veterans
  • Corrections Officers, Parole and Probation Officers
  • State Licensed Armed Security Officers employed by State-Licensed Companies
  • Commercial Pilots and Federal Flight Deck Officers
  • Court Judges and Prosecutors
  • LE Academy Cadets

Many of those who serve our communities on a daily basis do so as a thankless job (a job that needs to be done) so it is phenomenal to see Springfield Armory stepping up to support them in a big way. Also, this is a great time to mention you, too, could be serving your community through volunteerism in many capacities: firefighting, food shelves, and much more. Look into serving your community today, and as always, let us know all of your thoughts in the Comments below! We always appreciate your feedback.

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07:00

New Grey Birch Solutions LaChassis T1X [The Firearm Blog]

The LaChassis T1X Announced by Grey Birch SolutionsJust a few days after the big announcement of the new LaChassis TKD for the Ruger 10/22 Takedown platform, Grey Birch is now offering the LaChassis for the Tikka T1X. Basically, if you like the features from either the Foundation or LaChassis options but just want them on a Tikka T1X, the LaChassis T1X is […]

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06:00

New XS Standard-Height Sights for HK VP9 OR Pistol [The Firearm Blog]

New XS Standard-Height Sights for HK VP9 OR PistolXS Sights is proud to announce the extension of their sight offerings for the Heckler & Koch VP9 Optics Ready Pistol platform. The newest offering is the XS Standard-Height R3D and DXT2 Big Dot sights. This latest addition is preceded by XS’s previous release of their Suppressor/RMR height sights as well as their minimalist sights. […]

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Monday, 02 May

17:00

TFB Podcast Roundup 41: Talking with TFB’s Vlad, and CCW Gun Choices [The Firearm Blog]

TFB Podcast Roundup 41: Talking with TFB's Vlad, and CCW Gun ChoicesWelcome to TFB Podcast Roundup 41. By now, some of you will have already heard our recent podcast conducted with TFB Writer Vladimir Onokoy. Once again I’d like to thank Vlad for sharing his wealth of knowledge and experience with all of us and also encourage all of you firearms nerds out there to give […]

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16:30

POTD: Serbian Police from the Special Anti-Terrorist Unit (SAJ) [The Firearm Blog]

Special Anti-terrorist UnitPhoto Of The Day is TFB’s place where you can unwind and just enjoy interesting pictures for a while. While the rest of this blog is stacked with new releases, information and reviews, you can just enjoy the tranquility and beautiful pictures here. We’ve been doing it since 2014 and keep on going, every day […]

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16:00

The Rimfire Report: Review of Federal Punch 22LR Personal Defense Ammunition [The Firearm Blog]

The Rimfire Report: A Review of Federal Punch 22LR Personal DefenseHello and welcome back to another edition of The Rimfire Report! This series is all about the rimfire firearm world and its various guns, gear, ammunition, and sports! Last week we talked a little bit about fixing up a High Standard Flite King using 3D printing to accomplish the task. So far it has worked out very […]

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11:00

NEW Beretta BRX-1 Straight Pull Rifle Coming to the U.S. [The Firearm Blog]

In this episode of TFBTV, James Reeves interviews Ricardo, Project Manager and Engineer for Beretta, about the new BRX-1. The BRX-1 is a new straight-pull rifle designed to incredibly high standards in Italy by Beretta. The BRX-1 has been in production in Europe since late 2021, but because demand has far outstripped the production capability […]

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10:00

The Path Less Traveled #051 – True Primal Soup Review [AllOutdoor.com]

I was contacted recently to see if I’d review a few products, one of them being True Primal’s soup variety pack. True Primal promotes their foods as wholesome, paleo friendly convenient soup pouches that can be eaten at home, the office or on the trail. With my family coming from Portugal, I feel like I’ve eaten more soups and stews than the average person.

Was I up to the challenge to try their grain free, gluten free foods? Are True Primal’s premium meat and veggies up to the task of my critical food preferences?

Read and see!


Welcome to our recurring series of “The Path Less Traveled.” In this series, we want to take you along for our exploits out in the wilderness while hiking, camping, exploring, and general adventuring. This will include our small daily victories, foibles, tips, tricks, and reviews of gear we authentically appreciate and frequently utilize. While a well-worn trail can often be the pathway to a leisurely day, the paths less traveled can often spur on some of the greatest memories, misadventures, and fun we could imagine. Join us in the Comments as we share our travels and hopefully, we can all come together for a greater appreciation of the outdoors.


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Company Info – True Primal

True Primal is a Paleo Friendly, all natural soup and stew company directed by John Wilkinson in Austin, Texas. The business has been in the Texas area since 2013, and seems to have picked up steam around 2016, as noted by their various social media posts.

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Original Image Source: True Primal’s Twitter Account. – Look at this OG can!

The company’s main focus is to make primal diet foods that are convenient and nutrient dense.

Primal is used as a term to emphasize a way of living that is fundamental or ancestral. Focusing on exercise, stress-reduction and nutrition to reach optimal health is the key goal.

WE BRING YOU THE HIGHEST QUALITY INGREDIENTS, AND NOTHING ARTIFICIAL.

Soups and stews that True Primal makes are devoid of additives and highly processed ingredients. They link to the Whole30 food movement as a good example of how they believe nutrition should work.

When eating their foods, you can be assured their foods are devoid of the following:

  • Gluten
  • Wheat
  • Corn syrup
  • Added sugar
  • Preservatives
  • Grains
  • Corn
  • Oats
  • rice
  • Artificial flavors
  • Artificial colors
  • Added MSG
  • Yeast or yeast extract
  • Soy or soybean oil
  • Canola oil
  • Hydrolyzed vegetable protein
  • Cellulose gum/gel/powder
  • Maltodextrin
  • Hormones/antibiotics
  • Pulses (dry beans)
  • Milk (dairy-free)

With their emphasis on wholesome, natural, minimally processed foods, True Primal only uses pastured and free range meats, broths; organic when possible.

Cattle are free-range, grass-fed without antibiotics or growth stimulants.

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ORIGINAL IMAGE SOURCE: TRUEPRIMAL.COM

Chickens are pastured by moving chicken tents daily to allow the birds to pick and peck at the bugs and grass they roam around on. While there is a tent around them, they still roam and graze in constantly fresh locations.

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ORIGINAL IMAGE SOURCE: TRUE PRIMAL

Lastly, True Primal adheres to a form of primal, paleo diet called AIP. Autoimmune Protocol paleo diets remove the foods that have a chance of causing problems, even with smaller groups of people who may still have reactions to things that an individual only allergic to gluten may experience. Think of it like them tending to Vegeta from Dragon Ball Z, but only gluten intolerant and his allergies get worse when going Super Saiyan.

Soups can be purchased at some local stores in Texas, but also at the following sites:

Product Info – True Primal Soup Reviews

There were seven soups sent to me by True Primal. Now, don’t get me wrong – I enjoy a good broth, but decided to let a few members of our Alloutdoor Discord (I’m telling y’all, this is where you get the scoop on the best deals and info before it hits the printing press blog.) try them out too.

Beef and Mushroom Organic Soup

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Image Contributed by Discord Member Paulwuzhere

with grass-fed beef, mushroom, carrot, onion, & chicken bone broth. Gluten-Free, Paleo, Grass-Fed Beef, AIP

(Review by Discord Member Paulwuzhere)

Appearance: True Primal’s use of all natural ingredients shows immediately. There are no signs of any off-putting colors or preservatives. Large pieces of beef, mushrooms, carrots, and onions immediately give the feeling that this is a hearty meal. If it were in any other container, you would swear it was a homemade soup. 3.5/4

Taste: Initial flavor is a well-balanced herb and garlic broth. First bite or two nearly felt that it needed salt, but I attribute that to canned salt heavy preprepared soups. Later in the meal I was glad that I didn’t add any. True Primal did an excellent job with their seasoning. There are no odd, sharp, or overpowering flavors that would be unappealing for most people. The beef, mushrooms, onions, and carrots all have their own flavor and do not disappear in the broth as most soups tend to. 3/4

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Image Contributed by Discord Member Paulwuzhere

Mouthfeel: Each ingredient has its own texture and does not suffer from becoming mush as a lot of prepackaged soups do. The broth is again well balanced here as well. It does not leave any unpleasant feeling or flavor between bites. The beef and mushrooms have a good texture while the carrots and onions are not overcooked. 4/4

Occasion: This meal would be a welcome addition on any backpacking, hiking, or camping trip. Even if you were not leaving for an outdoor adventure, this would be a nice easy to pack lunch for work. The packing seems durable enough to survive being in a backpack within reason. The packaging being BPA Free also removes the worry of the plastic leeching anything unwelcome to the food when exposed to higher temperatures. The gusset on the bottom of the bag is a nice touch often overlooked by similar meals. This style of meal is a great addition during fall or winter outings. This is the exact kind of meal I enjoy at camp to warm up. 4/4

Smell: Strong herb and garlic. While simmering over a fire it has the exact smell of a homemade soup. 3/4

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Image Contributed by Discord Member Paulwuzhere

Summary: Very surprising meal. I am often not impressed with a prepacked soup but True Primal delivers exactly as their marketing states, packed with all-natural ingredients and a very nice flavor that won’t dissuade most people. Preparing it couldn’t be easier, tear pouch, pour into pot and heat. I am impressed and will be adding some of their offerings to future camping and off-roading trips.

Overall: 17.5/20 🐄🍄🍲🧅


Beef & Vegetable Organic Soup

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Image Contributed by Eugene L

with grass-fed beef, tomato, green bean, carrot & onion. Gluten-Free, Paleo, Grass-Fed Beef

(Review by by Discord Member MrFish a.k.a. Eugene L)

Appearance: It’s soup nice pouch though.  3/4

Taste: Surprisingly bland and tart for how much salt it has. I don’t know, I feel like it’s oddly tart. 2/4
Mouthfeel: Very good texture for packaged soup beef and veg are all identifiable and have good bite. 4/4
Occasion:  Road-trips, light/car camping, work food. Its a good light summer veggie soup. 3/4
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Image Contributed by Eugene L
Smell: Good rich smell as soon as the pouch is opened. 4/4
Summary: Very good soup for being from a pouch, good quality ingredients, a bit heavy at 454g for the 300 calories. Also needed salt but also it contains 38% daily recommended salt already.
It’s good soup just I expected more flavor

Overall: 16/20 🐄🍅🍲🥕


Beef & Potato Soup

with organic grass-fed beef and organic potatoes in grass-fed beef broth. Gluten-Free, Paleo, Grass-Fed Beef

(Review by Discord Member Mabs)

Appearance: Not very appealing straight out of bag but after heating in pan it looks like a standard soup with nice assortment of herbs and vegetables scattered about.

Taste: Pretty good, can believe it has natural ingredients over all the artificial stuff other soups use.

Mouthfeel: Feels like soup. Beef and vegetables both had decent, distinct texture.

Occasion: No idea. This is something I’d personally keep in a cabinet for days I don’t want to cook or order delivery.

Smell: Smelled pretty amazing to be honest.

Summary: Good soup, easy to make, and didn’t trigger my celiac disease. If the price is right and the labels are accurate about the ingredients I’d probably buy this on my own.

(I was going to take pics but my kitchen is sad and also I accidentally boiled it for like 3 minutes while my roommate talked to me so not sure if it’s supposed to look how it turned out. still tasted good.)

Roasted Chicken Soup (by 3yo Airstream Rider)

with carrot, onion, celery & chicken bone broth. Gluten-Free, Paleo, Pastured Chicken, AIP

Appearance: Looks good

Taste: Great

Mouthfeel: Great

Occasion: For lunch with brother!

Smell: Great

Summary: This soup is great!

So, the review of this flavor is kind of light as I sent it off with a friend’s kid who goes on weekend trips with his grandparents in their Airstream every weekend. My buddy said it was difficult to get any adjectives out of the kid other than great or good as he was too focused on playing with his brother.


Tuscan-Style Chicken Soup

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with potato, onion, carrot, spinach & chicken bone broth. Gluten-Free, Paleo, Pastured Chicken

Appearance: The broth had a hazy, fatty layer to it that did not disappear, even after reaching a boil. Carrots were vibrant orange, spinach was as bright as cooked spinach could be! 3.5/4

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Taste: Despite having 1030mg of sodium per pouch, the fatty nature of the bone broth and beef gelatin seemed to have prevented me from tasting as much of the flavor as I was hoping. 2/4

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Mouthfeel: Potatoes had a bit of bite, chicken was formed into miniature meatballs and were the right size for chewing. Carrots were soft, but held together. Well cooked, and each ingredient seemed well prepared. Once again, while only having 8g of fat, the way the gelatin and fat in the broth coat everything was something I’ve never had with a canned soup or roast/soup I’ve ever made at home; it even coated the spoon after each bite. 2.5/4

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Occasion: I took this soup out with me for review on a short hike while I was still recovering from injuries and completing physical therapy. It was an ideal lunch after a 6km hike (4 miles) before turning back. Nothing in the soup was scorched in the pan, even with the fire turned all the way up. at 454g, I do not believe this would be in my multi-day backpacking bag, but for an overnight, hike, or left in the trunk for an unexpected food delay, this could temporarily satisfy a hungry stomach or two. 3/4

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Smell: While the chicken and mirepoix aromas came through, I was unable to sense the garlic, basil or thyme enough to make note of them. 3/4

Summary: I feel this soup has potential. the solid ingredients were all enjoyable, but the gloppy mouthfeel of the broth did nothing for me. I think this soup would do well with a touch of an acid to cut through the fats and allow my mouth to experience more than a coating of broth. Taking a packet of tabasco or taco bell sauce (mild or hot – meant solely for the vinegar) is something I tried with another soup and it solved the problem.

Overall: 14/20 🐔🍲🥕


Savory Wedding Organic Soup

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with grass-fed beef, spinach, onion, cauliflower & chicken bone broth. Gluten-Free, Paleo, Grass-Fed Beef

Appearance: The copious amount of paprika tricked me into thinking this soup had tomato in it while heating it up. beef, spinach and cauliflower bits were all enjoyable to chew on. Soup appeared a little thin, but once heated, you can tell this is a hearty soup that could cost an arm and a leg if anything else was added. 4/4

Taste: with 1140mg of sodium, I still wanted to add salt to have what I perceived as a bland flavor. Once again, I think the fats and gelatin were coating my taste buds and preventing all true flavors from reaching as many of the taste buds as they should. I ended up sticking two packets of Texas Pete hot sauce in the entire bowl of soup to cut the fats. Immediately, flavors started appearing. Garlic moved from being the page turner to the drummer in the film Whiplash (NSFW language in link). I’m not sure if anyone is allergic to something to add some pizazz to this soup, but man…. acetic acid solved it for me. 2/4

Mouthfeel: The fatty nature of this broth was not as apparent as the Tuscan Style Chicken, but the gelatin still was visible on the spoon. All the ingredients were good and while i had the highest hopes for this soup, I was not let down. 3.5/4

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Occasion: This is a work-lunch, glamping, or at home meal. I do not believe this would be in my multi-day backpacking bag, but for an overnight, hike, or left in the trunk for an unexpected food delay, this could temporarily satisfy a hungry stomach or two. 3/4

Smell: Nothing noteworthy, I think 5% more spices could really touch this soup up. 3.5/4

Summary: As stated in mouthfeel, I really wanted this soup to be great. Despite the premium ingredients, packaging, and price, it was a lackluster meal when heated up and eaten. When tweaked with a few things, this soup has the potential to beat the soups at that place that does unlimited soup and salad where all the white girls love to brag about going… and taking a handful of Andes mints on the way out the door.

Overall: 16/20 🐄🧅🐔🥬


Beef Chili

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with grass-fed beef, tomato, onion, and a little chili pepper. Gluten-Free, Paleo, Grass-Fed Beef

Appearance: I think James Reeves would talk shit on this chili for not having beans. Do Texas Chilis not have beans, or is it the Whole30 philosophy? I was able to recognize all the ingredients when opening this package and heating it up.  4/4

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Taste: Something went wrong here. There’s an overwhelming tanginess to this that I’ve never experienced before. Do you know how a dented can is able to impart a metallic taste to canned meat? That tangy astringent feeling of undercooked tomato sauce permeated the beef and was unable to get away from. I ended up adding nearly a teaspoon of sugar to cut the acidity, but the beef was already soaked in it and had an odd tangy metallic taste to each morsel’s core. But holy shit, 36 grams of protein! That’s something to call home about, no? There’s a ton of beef in this meal! 0/4

Mouthfeel: The beef has been ground a little too fine for my tastes and began having a grainy texture. If you think of this as a soup, rather than what you think of as a chili, I think you’d be okay. Makes me think of the Pace Picante commercials! 2.5/4

Occasion: With the amount of protein in this, I could see someone using it as a post-workout meal if still trying to avoid carbs. The pound of food relegates this to glamping, RV’ing, home eating or bring with you on a day-trip where you’ll have access to a stove (or microwave). 3/4

Smell: Aromas of beef, tomato, alliums, and cumin were present. Enjoyable, especially when taking it off the stove while still stirring. Made me hungry! 4/4

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Summary: This soup has so much potential. But we know what they say about potential, it is just wasted energy. Everything about this soup was great other than flavor and the ground beef being too ground. Good enough, even with those faults, it ranked just 0.4 lower than the Tuscan Style Chicken. While a paleo diet doesn’t permit added sugars, this chili needed it to mellow out the tangy taste. I bet a dollop of sour cream would have made this enjoyable, and I don’t even like sour cream. Despite the score, I cannot recommend the Beef Chili at this time.

If I try another in the future that changes my mind, I will amend these scores and make an update post. 

Overall: 13.5/20 🐄🍅🧅🌶

 

True Primal Soups – Specifications

Beef & Mushroom Organic Soup

Organic Chicken Bone Broth, Organic Onion, Organic Mushroom, Organic Chopped Beef (Organic Beef, Water, Salt), Organic Carrot, Organic Cauliflower, Beef Gelatin, Organic Onion Powder, Sea Salt, Organic Garlic, Organic Celery, Organic Thyme, Organic Dill Weed, Organic Parsley.

Calories Total Fat (g) Sat. Fat (g) Trans Fat (g) Cholesterol (mg) Sodium (mg) Total Carbs (g) Fiber (g) Sugars (g) Protein (g)
310 14 6 0 50 900 17 5 8 31

Beef & Potato Soup

Grass-Fed Beef Bone Broth, Organic Potato, Organic Carrot, Organic Chopped Grass-Fed Beef, Organic Onion, Organic Dried Potato, Organic Tomato Paste (Organic Tomato, Citric Acid), Organic Onion Powder, Organic Garlic, Salt, Organic Black Pepper, Celery, Organic Parsley, Organic Chile Pepper.

Calories Total Fat (g) Sat. Fat (g) Trans Fat (g) Cholesterol (mg) Sodium (mg) Total Carbs (g) Fiber (g) Sugars (g) Protein (g)
330 12 4.5 0 45 950 38 6 6 18

Beef & Vegetable Organic Soup

Water, Organic Diced Tomato (Organic Tomato, Organic Tomato Juice, Sea Salt, Calcium Chloride, Citric Acid), Organic Chopped Grass-Fed Beef, Organic Green Bean, Organic Carrot, Organic Onion, Organic Tomato Paste (Organic Tomato, Citric Acid), Beef Gelatin, Organic Paprika, Salt, Organic Garlic, Organic Rosemary, Organic Black Pepper, Organic Cayenne Pepper.

Calories Total Fat (g) Sat. Fat (g) Trans Fat (g) Cholesterol (mg) Sodium (mg) Total Carbs (g) Fiber (g) Sugars (g) Protein (g)
300 14 6 0 50 870 16 5 9 24

Beef Chili

Grass-Fed Beef, Organic Diced Tomato (Organic Tomato, Organic Tomato Juice, Calcium Chloride, Citric Acid), Organic Onion, Organic Tomato Paste (Organic Tomato, Citric Acid), Salt, Organic Paprika, Organic Onion Powder, Organic Cacao, Organic Garlic, Organic Celery, Organic Cumin, Organic Chile Pepper, Organic Oregano, Organic Coriander, Organic Allspice.

Calories Total Fat (g) Sat. Fat (g) Trans Fat (g) Cholesterol (mg) Sodium (mg) Total Carbs (g) Fiber (g) Sugars (g) Protein (g)
540 27 15 1.5 120 950 23 6 10 36

Roasted Chicken Soup

Organic Chicken Bone Broth, Organic Onion, Organic Carrot, Roasted Pastured Chicken (Natural Proportion Chicken With Skin, Water, Salt), Beef Gelatin, Organic Garlic, Sea Salt, Organic Onion Powder, Organic Celery, Organic Summer Savory, Organic Dill Weed, Organic Parsley, Organic Sage, Organic Oregano, Organic Rosemary, Organic Thyme.

Calories Total Fat (g) Sat. Fat (g) Trans Fat (g) Cholesterol (mg) Sodium (mg) Total Carbs (g) Fiber (g) Sugars (g) Protein (g)
240 8 2 0 65 1150 17 5 9 26

Savory Wedding Organic Soup

Organic Chicken Bone Broth, Organic Chopped Beef (Organic Beef, Water, Salt), Organic Onions, Organic Cauliflower, Organic Spinach, Beef Gelatin, Organic Garlic, Organic Onion Powder, Sea Salt, Organic Paprika, Organic Crushed Red Pepper, Organic Black Pepper.

Calories Total Fat (g) Sat. Fat (g) Trans Fat (g) Cholesterol (mg) Sodium (mg) Total Carbs (g) Fiber (g) Sugars (g) Protein (g)
290 14 6 0 50 1140 12 4 4 30

Tuscan-Style Chicken Soup

Organic Chicken Bone Broth, Organic Potato, Organic Onion, Roasted Pastured Chicken (Natural Proportion Chicken With Skin, Water, Salt), Organic Carrot, Organic Spinach, Beef Gelatin, Organic Garlic, Salt, Organic Celery, Organic Basil, Organic Thyme, Organic Parsley, Organic Onion Powder.

Calories Total Fat (g) Sat. Fat (g) Trans Fat (g) Cholesterol (mg) Sodium (mg) Total Carbs (g) Fiber (g) Sugars (g) Protein (g)
280 8 2 0 70 1030 23 4 5 28

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10:00

New Product Announcement: Blue Alpha Stock Sock [The Firearm Blog]

Blue Alpha Stock SockSometimes you might not have time to grab your plate carrier, battle belt, day pack, signed James Reeves short shorts, etc. You’ll have what’s in your pockets and what’s strapped to your rifle. The new Blue Alpha Stock Sock gives you the ability to strap a couple of essential items to your rifle so they’ll […]

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09:30

POTD: Twice as Rare as Last Time – The Cartridge Cofer [AllOutdoor.com]

Welcome to today’s Photo of the Day! Here we have another Confederate revolver that still is not a Colt-style one! This is the Cofer revolver…again. This time there is something different! This one is modified to use percussion cap cartridges! This makes this Particular Cofer the Cartridge Cofer. The Cartridge Cofer uses a two-piece cylinder much like modern conversion cylinders used for reproduction black powder revolvers. This revolver would use strange cartridges with built-in nipples to support a percussion cap. Very weird and inefficient so it is strange it was tried at all. I highly recommend checking out this PDF that poulinauctions.com put together here.

“The only Confederate firearms patent, “patent # 9” was granted August 12, 1861 to Thomas W. Cofer of Portsmouth Virginia. This Confederate revolver based on his patent has unique two-piece cylinder utilizing a specially made percussion cartridge. Top strap marked in two lines: “T.W. COFER’S PATENT / AUGUST 1861”. Cofer did sell at least 17 revolvers to the Confederate government as noted by a January 18, 1862 receipt and most likely issued to 5th Virginia cavalry. “NO 7” stamped on brass butt strap of the grip frame. Barrel marked in a single line: “PORTSMOUTH VA”. This revolver has survived with original finish due to catastrophic failure which broke the frame and blew off barrel early in its life. The revolver was beautifully restored by pioneer Confederate collector Berkley Lewis over 50 years ago. This revolver has a wonderful collection history being part of several of the finest Confederate arms collections in America till its current offering. There is a large file accompanying this gun showing its history and provenance. There are only examples of this ultimate confederate rarity and even restored is the best of the 2 survivors for completeness and condition.”

Cartridge Cofer

Extremely Rare Confederate Cofer Patent Cartridge Percussion Revolver. (n.d.). poulinauctions.com. photograph. Retrieved May 1, 2022, from https://www.poulinauctions.com/extremely-rare-confederate-cofer-patent-cartridge-percussion-revolver/.

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09:00

NEW From 5.11 For Spring 2022: Men’s PT-R Gear [AllOutdoor.com]

I know that I’m not the only one who’s guilty of putting on some winter weight. With Spring upon us, it’s time to get back into shape. For all of the fellas, 5.11 has expanded its line of men’s PT-R gear to help you move that bulge in your shirt from your belly to your arms.

PT-R Gear

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The Men’s Physical Training-Ready (PT-R) line is growing to offer additional technical apparel to training enthusiasts.

PT-R Catalyst Pro

PT-R Gear

The Catalyst Pro is made from 87% polyester and 13% elastane jersey. It has moisture-wicking properties to keep you dry while you run, hike, or work out. The 1/4 zip design should help reduce bunching when worn as a base or mid-layer. It has anti-odor tech built in and has an MSRP of $52.00.

PT-R Gear

PT-R Forged Hoodie

PT-R Gear

The Forged Hoodie is where fashion meets function. It maintains both anti-moisture and anti-odor properties to keep you smelling fresh. The 88% polyester/ 12% elastane jersey blend is light and comfortable and keeps it thin enough to be worn as a layer. The MSRP is $65.00.

PT-R Gear

PT-R Havoc Short

PT-R Gear

The Havoc short is equipped with an elasticized waistband with an internal drawcord. Mixed with a running gusset and Enduro-Flex properties, you can count on your shorts not binding up and holding you back. There are pockets for your hands, as well as a back zippered pocket and a hidden thigh pocket. MSRP is $52.00.

PT-R Gear

PT-R Havoc Pro Short

PT-R Gear

Similar to the Havoc Short, the Pro model adds a knit jersey liner for comfort. It also uses moisture and odor-negating technology to keep you fresh. They are available in Ranger Green, Volcanic, and Python. MSRP is set at $56.00.

PT-R Gear

PT-R Condition Knit Jogger

PT-R Gear

The Condition Knit Jogger is made for those cold, early morning runs. If you need to keep your legs warm while you train, these should do the trick. They’re made of 88% polyester and 12% elastane, making them flexible and light. There is an internal drawstring in the elastic waistband. MSRP is $65.00.

PT-R Gear

If you want to take a look at any of the new PT-R gear for yourself, head over to the 5.11 website. Be sure to also follow along on Pinterest, Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook. Get after it!

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08:00

TFBTV – BIG NEWS! The Beretta PMX Carbine is Coming to the USA [AllOutdoor.com]

In this episode of TFBTV, James Reeves is at EOS in Verona, Italy to cover an exciting announcement from Beretta: Finally, the Beretta PMX carbine is coming to the USA. This NATO-standard tested, Carabinieri-issued SMG/PCC is the modern evolution of the TEC-9 and the B&T P26. The PMX/PMXs is a straight blowback carbine that has been available in Europe for some time now, however, it is now coming to the USA. The Beretta PMX is pending BATFE approval and after it is approved – sometime between one month and one year from now – it will be available for US civilian purchase.

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08:00

Strike Industries AMBUSH 45-Degree Optic Mount [The Firearm Blog]

Strike Industries AMBUSH 45-Degree Optic Mount (1)Strike Industries have announced a new 45-degree offset reflex sight mount called Ambush. As you know, red dot sights mounted at an angle in relation to the main magnified optic are used for quick close-range engagements in a matter of tilting the gun sideways. The new Strike Industries Ambush 45-Degree Optic Mount has a modular design […]

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07:24

Gun Owners Must Stop (Another) Anti-Gun ATF Nominee [NRA-ILA News]

It’s been a while since we’ve heard from humiliated Biden nominee David Chipman. That is, of course, a good thing. After the anti-gun lobbyist was withdrawn as Biden’s nominee to head the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) last year, he popped up, occasionally, to blame others for his failure to convince enough U.S. Senators that he was little more than a gun ban proponent who was likely to abuse the office of ATF Director to harass the firearms industry and law-abiding gun owners.

07:02

DIY: Upgrading my Old Busted Cooler into a Bootleg Yeti [AllOutdoor.com]

With fishing trips and work, more cooler space is always welcome for me. I already have a nice 165qt Engel cooler chained down in the back of the truck, but having two coolers would be even better. Especially for keeping food and drinks separate from bloody fish and bait. Or, at work keeping meats and poultry away from vegetables and dairy, but the problem is I don’t want to spend another $600 dollars on another large rotomolded cooler. So, that’s where this busted old 150qt Rubbermaid Marine Cooler comes in. These old Rubbermaid Marine Coolers retailed about $100 back when we bought it 8 years ago. Made of blow-formed plastic with foam in both the body and lid, a decent cooler for the money, but this old Rubbermaid is definitely showing its age now. This thing has been used hard and put away wet. The lid straps are gone, the latch broken off, hinges missing screws, and cooler feet worn through. The foam in the lid is probably cracked at this point, you aren’t supposed to sit on coolers apparently. We definitely got our money’s worth out of it over the years, but now it’s time to give it new life. I will try to Frankenstein this thing on a budget and bring it back as a Bootleg Yeti.

Old Rubbermaid 150 Qt. Marine Cooler, latch gone, hinges busted, lid straps gone.

The broken but clean 150qt Rubbermaid Cooler

This old busted 150qt Rubbermaid Marine Cooler was stored outside on top of a storage container exposed to the elements. So, the thing needed a good cleaning. I recommend using a blend of 3-2-1 mix of water, bleach, and dish soap mix in a spray bottle. Spray down whatever cooler you want to clean and let it soak for a bit. DO NOT wear nice clothes for this, you will ruin them with the bleach in the mix. Give the cooler a good scrub and then rinse. Use a magic erasure for any tough stains usually, that will take care of them.

The clean and dried lid on the counter, prepped with isopropyl alcohol

DIY: Upgrading my Old Busted Cooler into a Bootleg Yeti

Installing the rubber weather stripping on the cooler lid.
The weatherstrip was a little short but the two pieces overlapped so it was alright.

Now the cooler wasn’t crusty anymore, time to add weather stripping to the lid to make a gasket. All the nicer rotomolded coolers have a gasket on their lids to create an air seal to keep that cold air in and warm air out. So for my Bootleg yeti, I bought some Black EPDM Cellular Rubber Weatherstrip Tape to make a gasket. It was two strips that were 8.5ft long each. I wiped the groove in the cooler lid with isopropyl alcohol first to degrease then applied both strips as smoothly as possible. Even though they were not long enough to reach the layers overlapped which should be good enough.

The next step for the cooler was to reattach the lid, which was relatively easy. While the original screws were torn out, just get some oversized stainless steel screws to replace them. That way they can bite into the lid and hold firm. Same with attaching the new lid strap as well, stick to stainless steel screws or they will rust.

Installing new metal latches onto the cooler.
Completed Bootleg Yeti V1, gasket installed, new latches, hinges fixed, and lid strap added.

The final step for the Bootleg yeti was to attach new latches for the cooler. The original latch was broken and long gone. That original design would not really work for this cooler with the gasket installed though. You want chest latches that can apply pressure to the lid to create the best seal possible when you close them.

Issues with original latches, Home Depot latches weren’t meant for this.
The latches bent at the notches which is why they failed.

But don’t use Home Depot Chest latches, or any chest latches that have this design. The hole that has the wire will warp and bend. These latches gave out while I was on a fishing trip, while they could still close. As soon as you opened them they dropped the wire into the truck bed. So those latches had to go, I got another pair from a local hardware store, these have held up much better and even have the benefit of being able to have a lock attached to it. So while I wouldn’t call this bear rated but definitely enough to keep nosy people out of your cooler if you lock it.

New sturdier latches, the wire holes have more material around them.

Total spent on this little project of reviving this old cooler, I spent about $20 dollars in materials and a couple of hours of time. During initial tests with this Bootleg Yeti, it did hold ice better than before we put it away. It was only getting a couple of days of holding ice at that point. With the gasket and latches though, I got about 4 days of it holding ice. That’s a substantial performance improvement compared to how it performed before.

There are a couple of things that could be done to cooler to possibly improve performance though. Injecting more spray foam into the lid could be something to be done. When screwing in the second set of latches I noticed the lid did not have insulating foam all the way to the edges. As well as redoing the gasket material so there are no gaps left.

While both of these could help with the ice retention, I feel like the additional effort and money might not be worth the results. I’d say just using a decent set of chest latches and adding a gasket is a very cost-effective method of improving an old cheaper cooler. I will have a side-by-side competition out soon of this Bootleg Yeti vs A Engel Cooler. That way we can see if this might be the ticket for you instead of spending so much on a rotomolded cooler.

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07:00

Custom Revolver Work & Sights From Dave Lauck At D&L Sports [The Firearm Blog]

Dave Lauck D&L Sports Custom Revolver SightsDave Lauck, from D&L Sports, has been offering custom work on revolvers, including a snag-free combat rear sight, and matching front sight. Revolver work is just one of Mr. Lauck’s specialties, we’ve actually featured his custom-made precision rifles on TFB as well. Today, we’ll take a look at his custom revolver sights, but some of […]

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06:54

More Crime, Same (Lame) Gun Control Proposals [NRA-ILA News]

On April 20, FBI Deputy Director Paul Abbate warned a meeting of law enforcement officers that “violence, homicides and aggravated assaults” are now “occurring at an appalling rate” in America: “We’re seeing a disturbing violent crime surge across the country.” The FBI’s National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS) data for 2020 (the most recent reporting year) shows that the rates of aggravated assaults, homicides, and overall violent crime jumped significantly between 2019 and 2020.

06:27

1930s German Rearmament: JP Sauer’s Pre-K98k Rifle [Forgotten Weapons]

When the German Army announced in 1934 that it would be adopting a new standard rifle, the JP Sauer company jumped at the chance to submit a model for consideration. Auger has a complete production line for the Mauser pattern rifles, having produced Gewehr 98s during World War One, and it had access to Mauser’s “Gewehr für Deutsches Reichspost” rifles that were clearly the basis for what the Army wanted. So Sauer didn’t just submit a model for Army consideration, they actually put it into full production without waiting for the Army’ decision (Mauser did the same).

As it turned out, the Sauer rifle differed from the final K98k standard only in its barrel band retention system. After this pattern was announced in June 1935, the company transitioned its production to meet those details. The rifles already made were still taken into military service, though.

This example is marked S/147/K, indicating Sauer production in 1934. It I the highest known serial number of this year, and a beautiful example. It is all matching, and still has very good finish and very nice stock markings. A really interesting piece of the story of German 1930s rearmament!

06:00

TFB Weekly Web Deals 6: 22LR Rimfire Ammunition [The Firearm Blog]

TFB Weekly Web Deals 6: 22LR Rimfire AmmunitionWelcome to TFB Weekly Web Deals 6. In the past, we didn’t have the same flexibility with Amazon deals to get the word out about ammunition deals and sales online. Now that we do, I figured it might be good to start off with some 22LR rimfire ammunition to help satisfy your plinking needs. Rimfire […]

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Sunday, 01 May

16:30

POTD: The LMT MARS-L in New Zealand [The Firearm Blog]

LMT MARS-LPhoto Of The Day and it’s time for a visit to New Zealand. Apart from the soldiers, the “star” here is the LMT MARS-L produced by Lewis Machine & Tool Company. Note the Monolithic Rail Platform. The rifle now serves as the standard service rifle of the New Zealand Army. It’s available in two different […]

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11:46

My latest paper on the 2A [Of Arms and the Law]

It's posted at SSRN. "What 'Text, History and Tradition' Matter in Construing the Constitution?"

Among other finds I made: a lot of the antis' arguments on the subject invoke the 1328 Statute of Northampton, which seemingly banned all carrying of arms. I found that (1) the notion that British common law applied in the colonies is mistaken. Colonial charters often commanded the colonies to apply common law insofar as it fit in with their conditions. The monarchs recognized that the colonies would be dealing with issues that didn't arise in Britain. (2) The Statute definitely didn't fit in with American conditions. The colonies commonly commanded their residents to be armed and to carry arms on certain occasions. (3) As Clayton Cramer first suggested, the Statute's command is probably a mis-translation of the original Law French, in which "armed" probably meant "wearing armor," not "carrying arms."

11:08

The Beretta PMXs 9mm Pistol Soon To Be Released In The USA [The Firearm Blog]

A few months ago Beretta released in Europe the semiautomatic version of its newest submachine gun, the PMX. This civilian version of the new main firearm of the Italian Carabinieri, named PMXs, had no known delivery schedule to the USA. We now have confirmation that it will soon reach the American market. Beretta @ TFB: […]

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11:00

BIG NEWS! The Beretta PMXs Carbine is Coming to the USA [The Firearm Blog]

In this episode of TFBTV, James Reeves is at EOS in Verona, Italy to cover an exciting announcement from Beretta: Finally, the Beretta PMXs carbine is coming to the USA. This NATO-standard tested, Carabinieri-issued SMG/PCC is the modern evolution of the TEC-9 and the B&T P26. The PMX/PMXs is a straight blowback carbine that has […]

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05:00

TFB Armorer’s Bench: Closer Look – Frankford Arsenal Rotary Tumbler Lite [The Firearm Blog]

Rotary Tumbler LiteWelcome everyone to the TFB Armorer’s Bench! As mentioned in the little blurb, this series will focus on a lot of home armorer and gunsmith activities. In this article sponsored by Wheeler, Tipton, Caldwell, and Frankford Arsenal, I decided to take a closer look at the Frankford Arsenal Rotary Tumbler Lite. Recently I have been preparing to work with a few of […]

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Saturday, 30 April

16:30

POTD: International Sniper Competition 2022 [The Firearm Blog]

International Sniper Competition 2022Over the years, TFB’s POTD has gathered thousands of interesting images from around the world. If you’re interested in a special subject, you can use our search function. For instance, if you’re looking for more photos of snipers just check here. But before you leave, check out these lovely images from International Sniper Competition 2022. […]

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11:57

Criminal Carry? []

The anti-rights lobby has now coined a new word. It is “criminal carry”. I learned it when I saw this tweet by the Demanding Mommy herself, Shannon Watts.

Of course, she has characterized permitless or constitutional carry by that epithet. As to the Demanding Moms actually stopping that bill in Tennessee, let’s just say that Mrs. Watts is never shy about taking credit when no credit is due her.

Given the right to keep and bear arms is an enumerated right, I’d like to take Mrs. Watts’ classification of one enumerated right to its illogical extreme by applying it to other enumerated rioghts.

So is it free speech or criminal speech that is protected by the First Amendment?

Is it the free exercise of religion or the criminal exercise of religion?

Is it due process of law or criminal process of law?

Is it a free press or a criminal press?

Is it the right to peaceably assemble or is it a right to criminally assemble?

The list could go on but you get what I’m saying. Someone may not like my right to exercise a constitutional right but to denigrate it diminishes all rights. Too bad Mrs. Watts is not smart enough to realize that.

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11:16

A First-Class Gunsmithing Program []

A couple of weeks ago I got to tour the workshops and classrooms of the gunsmithing program at Montgomery Community College in Troy, North Carolina. To say I was impressed by the facilities is an understatement.

I was given the tour by Len Fagan who is one of the instructors. He also teaches most of the Hunting and Shooting Sports Management classes. Prior to coming to MCC, Len was the lead gunsmith for Alexander Arms as well as was the owner of Old Lodge Armory in Willis, VA.

The first room I saw had both milling machines and metal lathes.

Adjacent to this workshop were both a couple of classrooms as well as another workshop with both milling machines and lathes. The classrooms are not your average classroom with desks. Rather, they have six to ten heavy duty worktables with one to two bench vises attached on each. Companies such as MidwayUSA and Brownells have been very supportive of this program.

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Mark Dye is the head of the program. Like Len, he is a graduate of the program himself. He also was a gunsmith with both Clark Guns in Louisiana and Bowen Classic Arms in Tennessee before going out on his own. In addition, he is the inventor of the Drop-In Trigger System for 1911s being marketed by Nighthawk Customs. It is essentially a drop-in trigger job.

Moving on, the equipment available for students includes:

  • 28 lathes
  • 13 Bridgeport type milling machines
  • 2 precision surface grinders
  • 1 CNC milling center
  • 3 commercial spray booths for Cerakote
  • Arms room with 350+ firearms for classroom examples and training aids
  • A myriad of bench and belt grinding equipment
  • Welding equipment 
  • Heat treating furnace
  • Hot bluing tanks

The MidwayUSA Arms Room has a wide assortment of firearms with which students can tinker.

If you work on firearms then you need a place to test them. They have two 100-yard ranges on campus which they share with the law enforcement program.

In addition to the regular degree and certificate program, they are one of four schools certified to offer NRA short-term gunsmithing classes and the only one east of the Mississippi. These classes range from an AR-15 armorer’s class up to building your own custom 1911 from a kit. They also will have classes on knife making, shooting, reloading, and finishing. I could easily see myself taking one or more of these classes.

Carolina All Out is a regional TV outdoor program available on cable in the Carolina as well as YouTube. They featured two episodes on the gunsmithing program at Montgomery Community College. The first featured rebarreling a Remington 700 and the second featured taking the rifle’s accuracy to the next stage by bedding and load development. Seen together, you get a good feel for the facilities and the expertise of instructors such as Len Fagan and Mark Dye.

If you are interested in learning more about gunsmithing as either a career or just because you want to tinker on your own firearms, I can recommend Montgomery Community College. In the interest of full disclosure, I will be graduating in less than two weeks from their Hunting and Shooting Sports Management program making me an alumnus of MCC. Nonetheless, I think they are one of the premier gunsmithing programs in the nation.

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06:42

SILENCER SATURDAY #226: The MCX Virtus Piston System [The Firearm Blog]

Good morning everyone and welcome back to TFB’s Silencer Saturday brought to you by Yankee Hill Machine, manufacturers of the YHM R9 multi-caliber rifle suppressor. Last week we got another look at the awesome B&T STATION SIX9 pistol and the seriously quiet wiped suppressor. This week we take a look at the MCX Virtus piston […]

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06:27

A Belgian Sten Replacement: Vigneron M2 at the Range [Forgotten Weapons]

The Vigneron was adopted to replace the Sten in Belgian service – so is it actually better than the Sten? In my opinion, yes. The sights and overall handling are better. The pistol grip is a welcome addition, although its contours make the grip safety a bit difficult for me to fully depress.

Friday, 29 April

17:00

TFB Review: Parker Mountain Machine’s P320 Micro Compensator [The Firearm Blog]

In the past, I have written up reviews on both the single and double port P320 compensators from Parker Mountain Machine. Like many of you, I almost always have different gun projects in the works and I wanted to test out some different products for my smaller P320s. One of the more recent things that […]

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16:30

POTD: Croatian BOV-3 with Triple M55A4B1 20mm Cannons [The Firearm Blog]

Croatian BOV-3Welcome back to the Photo Of The Day! Today we visit sunny Croatia and have a look (above) at Croatian Army soldiers engaging targets from their BOV-3 armored vehicles. According to Wikipedia, the BOV-3 is an air defense version of the BOV armored vehicle with triple M55A4B1 20mm cannons. You can find more info on the […]

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16:00

Friday Night Lights: Streamlight Sidewinder Stalk – Multi Spectrum Helmet Light [The Firearm Blog]

Welcome nocturnal aficionados to another installment of Friday Night Lights. Today we take a look at a relative newcomer to helmet mounted administrative lighting. Streamlight has expanded their Sidewinder series of military lights and made the Sidewinder Stalk. It is a helmet light that has a variety of attachment methods as well as being dual […]

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11:00

The Idahoan Show BR-15 – An Affordable Bullpup Conversion [The Firearm Blog]

AR-15 bullpup conversions are, for some, a unicorn. The available options are few, expensive, and generally short-lived. The Idahoan attempted to fix this with the BR-15. More on Bullpup AR-15 @ TFB: AR-15 Bullpup Conversion by Center Balanced Systems Bullpup AR Conversion WarFairy’s 3D Printable AR-15 Bullpup Homemade Bullpup AR-15 Longziz #1: An Interesting Homemade Bullpup with AR-15 Lower Receiver […]

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10:00

AllOutdoor Review: ATN Odin LT 320 2-4x Compact Thermal Monocular [AllOutdoor.com]

Thermal optics are coming of age like never before and ATN is leading the charge of ushering them into being a commonplace tool for hunting, scouting, and other recreational purposes. With new retail stores opening across the US, a new bolstered factory in Florida, and the technology becoming more affordable everyday thermal optics are no longer considered “Sci-Fi,” unobtainable tech. It is readily available and more user-friendly than one might imagine – especially if you are deploying thermals from ATN. So, for all those reasons, we are reviewing an ATN Odin LT 320 2-4x Compact Thermal Monocular today to see how it can benefit us in a multitude of applications. Let’s dive in!

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Specifications – ATN Odin LT 320 2-4x Compact Thermal Monocular

We have previously handled and reviewed another thermal monocular from ATN in their OTS LT 320 4-8x offering. That monocular we spoke very highly of so today we will see how this newest option from ATN in the Odin LT 320 2-4x compares. All of the specifications for the ATN Odin LT 320 2-4x Compact Thermal Monocular can be read below as presented by ATN:

  • Core: ATN Obsidian Core LT
  • Micro Display: 1280×960 px
  • Eye Relief: 25 mm
  • IP Rating: Weather resistant
  • Charging: USB, type C is on the Optional Rechargeable Battery
  • Color Modes: White Hot | Black Hot
  • Battery Life (Li-ion): 2.5 Hrs (or Optional Rechargeable Battery with 5 Hrs of Runtime)
  • Operating Temperature: -20°F to +120°F | -28°C to 48°C
  • Dimensions: 5.16″ x 2.18″ x 1.81″
  • Weight: 285 g

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  • Ergonomic Design – This Compact Thermal Monocular fits in one hand and is easily manipulated, giving the user versatility and easy access to the menu
  • Display – The Hi-Res 1280×960 display will provide clear and vivid images of the scene being observed
  • Head/Helmet Mount – This Compact Thermal Monocular can be: Hand held, Helmet or Head mounted for long term comfortable observation of the scene
  • Lightweight – Light weight and Ergonomic: this is one tool you’ll want at all times

The MSRP is $1,299 for the ATN Odin LT 320 2-4x Compact Thermal Monocular at the time of this writing. For those who are less familiar with thermal optics, ATN goes on to explain what their ATN Odin LT series is all about in their Press Release statement below:

“The ATN ODIN LT has been completely redesigned from top to bottom. This thermal handheld scanner is lighter and ergonomically designed to be hand held or mounted to a helmet or headgear for observation. Slim and ergonomic, fits perfectly in your hand. Using our new Obsidian LT Core and Cutting-Edge sensors for sharp crisp images and extended range. Now you can use single use CR123A batteries or the optional rechargeable battery in this device. Our handheld thermal monocular is one tool you’ll want with you at all times. Recovery efforts will seem effortless, finding game will no longer be frustrating or hard to find. Search and Rescue operations will be quicker and more efficient!”

Field Use – ATN Odin LT 320 2-4x Compact Thermal Monocular

When it came to practical field use for a Minnesotan like me we are in an unusual period of time right now between seasons. In the past, I have used ATN thermal optics to scout for whitetail deer hunting. Being as most of the winter snow has finally melted and deer are aggressively eating what the disappearing snow has now unveiled, the patterns of whitetail deer are inconsistent. Moreover, any “data” or information I could gather might significantly change 6 months from now when our season opens. So, chasing the footsteps of whitetail deer will have to wait.

A second application I have used an ATN thermal for in the past was to retrieve a lost/escaped angus heifer from our pasture. Thankfully, my family’s wily herd has been behaving themselves so no beef retrieval has been commanded of me as of late. The next best way I could utilize a thermal like the ATN Odin LT 320 2-4x Compact Monocular is to scout for turkey hunting.

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In Minnesota (check the local jurisdictions and laws where you reside), we can legally retrieve downed game as well as scout with thermal and night vision optics. We cannot actively hunt whitetail deer and turkey with such wonderful tools except for broadly-categorized “varmints” like coyotes, foxes, rabbits, etc. So, I set out to find where turkeys roost in my area so I would have a better plan-of-attack when setting up a spot to hunt (all in the dark) the subsequent morning.

Turkeys – Merriam, Eastern, Rio Grande, and Osceola – have not survived throughout North America for hundreds of years by not knowing their predators. Everything that wants to eat them is primarily on the ground. So, at night they roost high in tree tops for their safety. Then, once first light appears at dawn, they fly down to the ground and begin their day. If you can identify where turkeys commonly roost you can set yourself up for better success when hunting them. With the advantage of a thermal monocular like the ATN Odin LT, you can not only detect and recognize roosting turkeys at night, but you can positively identify the difference between young Jakes and hens plus the distinction between a large, healthy Tom and a young Jake. All of which is valuable information to gather when scouting.

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Some of the attributes I most appreciated about the ATN Odin LT 320 2-4x Compact Thermal Monocular was its simple and easy user-interface as well as its lightweight nature. With this thermal only weighing 285 grams, it is incredibly feathery to tote around in a hunting pack or simply carry in your hand. I am known for bringing wayyyy too much stuff with me out in the field (I believe many hunters are guilty of this), so I appreciate that ATN went to such great lengths to craft a handheld thermal that is so light yet capable.

Also, I like that the new ATN Odin LT makes use of a replaceable and rechargeable battery pack. This more than doubles the run time of the unit making for more use out in the field without the need of procuring a laptop or other device to charge the Odin LT. The more scouting or work I can accomplish in a given day makes that spent afield that much more valuable.

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Final Thoughts – ATN Odin LT 320 2-4x Compact Thermal Monocular

So, what are my final thoughts on the ATN Odin LT 320 2-4x Compact Thermal Monocular?… Overall, it is everything you need and nothing you don’t. Its simplicity is perfect for a first-time user of thermal optics or the long-tenured owner who wants “all speed, no drag” out in the field. The 2 – 4x magnification should easily allow for detection, recognition, and identification of general game out in the field. Also, the MSRP of $1,299 is a great, affordable entry point for anyone to get their feet wet with thermal optics. ATN always delivers and the Odin LT is no different. For anyone contemplating getting one, I would highly recommend it.

In closing, I want to say thank you to ATN for allowing AllOutdoor and myself the opportunity to try out their ATN Odin LT 320 2-4x Compact Thermal Monocular. That is greatly appreciated. Also, we would like to know what all of you guys and gals think? Do you believe that the ATN Odin LT 320 2-4x Compact Thermal Monocular is something worth spending your money on? As always, let us know all of your thoughts in the Comments below! We always appreciate your feedback.


Video and Photography

All of the quality photography for this review was completed by the accomplished and wonderful Savannah Pierson of Savvy Photage while the video work was achieved by the versatile and gifted Jens Kallgren of High Shine Media. They are both pinnacles of knowledge and expertise in their field, and their assistance was greatly appreciated.

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10:00

Product Announcement: New Vortex Laser Rangefinders [The Firearm Blog]

Vortex Laser RangefindersAdding to their already expansive line of optics, Vortex has announced a trio of budget-friendly feature-packed laser rangefinders. These new Vortex laser rangefinders come in three flavors, Crossfire HD 1400, Diamondback HD 2000, and Viper HD 3000. Read on below for specs features. More from Vortex @ TFB: POTD: Vortex on United States Army M110A1 […]

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09:30

POTD: Not a Confederate Colt – Cofer Confederate Percussion Revolver [AllOutdoor.com]

Welcome to today’s Photo of the Day! Here we have another Confederate necessity in the form of the Cofer Navy percussion revolver designed by Thomas W. Cofer. The Cofer revolver is a unique specimen in that it is one of the very few Confederate-made revolvers that is not a full-on rip-off of a colt design. This revolver rather borrows from the lesser-known Whitney patents. These have an almost unicorn status amongst American Civil War collectors since only 13 are known in existence. Sufficed to say these revolvers were not under military contract and these revolvers walked out of his shop as personal purchases by confederate soldiers.

“SN 11. Cal. 36. One of the true rarities and among the most coveted revolvers in Confederate collecting is the brass framed percussion revolver made in Portsmouth, Virginia by Thomas W. Cofer. There are 13 known percussion specimens plus an additional three made for special percussion cartridges. These percussion models were true martial Confederate pistols being contracted by the 5th Virginia Cavalry. 82 revolvers were contracted and delivered in January and May of 1862. Several of the few extant examples are heavily restored. Existing percussion Cofers are either uniquely numbered or lettered; existing authentic examples are 1, 11, 13, 59, F, L, M, N, T, V and three examples with no number or letter; 5 of 13 examples are in museums and one is unknown since 1934. An excavated frame SN 10 was found near Macon, GA in 1955.”

Cofer

Extremely Rare Cofer Portsmouth, Virginia, Percussion Confederate Revolver, Finest Example Known, With An Original Cofer Holster. (n.d.). Morphy Auctions. photograph. Retrieved April 28, 2022, from https://www.morphyauctions.com/jamesdjulia/item/51957-22-397/.

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08:43

New Hampshire: Senate Passes ATV Carry [NRA-ILA News]

Yesterday, the New Hampshire Senate voted to pass ATV Carry. Thanks to the strong support of NRA members and Second Amendment supporters, this important legislation will be enrolled and heads to the Governor’s desk for further consideration this session.

08:00

Ultegra 14000 XSE Surf Reel New from Shimano for 2022 [AllOutdoor.com]

Shimano has released the new Ultegra 14000 XSE surf reel. This reel is the newest iteration of their popular long-range surf reel. Packed full of Shimano engineering features this reel is meant to redefine the mid-priced long-range reel market. It features Shimano’s famous Hagane Drive Gear system, with its cold-forged gearing. This delivers a long-lasting smoothness, and strength to the gearing of the reel. Matched with the Hagane gear is the Infinity Drive. Which delivers powerful smooth gearing with no sliding resistance. It gives light winding of the reel in both load and no-load conditions. This is all housed in the new Ci4+ body and rotor, giving remarkable stiffness while still being incredibly light. The last main feature of the Ultegra XSE is the Rigid Cast technology to provide strength and lightness for the main shaft of the reel. The MSRP is set at $215.

“Feature-packed with extreme versatility and durability for the toughest of surf anglers, Shimano engineered the new Ultegra XSE surf reel for peak performance no matter the condition or situation. Whether throwing giant swimbaits from the rocks along the Cape Cod Canal, slinging eels in the surf in the shadow of Montauk Light, or launching chunks past the third breaker on the Outer Banks, Shimano engineers leveraged patented technologies to enhance overall angler performance to outperform the competition. Shimano’s Long Stroke Spool technology delivers anglers an extremely even line lay for added casting performance, enabling them to reach fish with casts like never before. Shimano’s Infinity Drive technology makes its debut in the surf reel category within Ultegra XSE, providing up to 30% more winding power under load for increased fish-fighting performance. The ultra-rigid CI4+ body eliminates all body flex and provides a lightweight yet solid foundation for better meshing of the cold-forged HAGANE Gear. Together, these unique features translate to exceptional smoothness and long-lasting gear durability. For added toughness in unforgiving saltwater environments, Ultegra XSE utilizes X-Protect labyrinth construction for increased water resistance. Cast further and fight harder with the new Ulegra XSE.”
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Shimano Ultegra 14000 XSE side view

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08:00

New Color Options for Masterpiece Arms DS9 Pistol [The Firearm Blog]

new DS9 pistol color optionsWhen someone mentions Masterpiece Arms a lot of people will instantly think of their MAC-11 clone pistols and carbines. MPA also sells precision rifle chassis systems as well as competition 2011-style pistols in their DS9 series. Up until recently the color pallet of said pistol offerings has left something to be desired, but now MPA […]

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07:00

3 NEW Vortex HD Rangefinders – 3000, 2000, and 1400 Yard Models [AllOutdoor.com]

Vortex Optics has just released three new laser rangefinders to their lineup, the Viper HD 3000, Diamondback HD 2000, and the Crossfire HD 1400. As you’ve probably guessed, the number in the model of the Vortex HD names reflect the maximum yardage each model is capable of, and by releasing three models, should cover most of the distance and budgets of hunters and outdoorsmen and women. Since prey doesn’t adhere to nice even distances like shooting ranges offer, knowing how far your unprocessed food is is helpful in making a well aimed and ethical shot. Let’s take a look at Vortex’s three new HD rangefinders.

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Vortex Viper HD 3000 Rangefinder

Vortex HD Rangefinders

We’ll start off big with the Vortex HD 3000 that can reach a maximum of 3000 yards on a reflective target, 2300 yards on trees, and deer out to 2000 yards. The Vortex HD 3000 has a fixed 7x magnification via a 25mm objective lens, and weighs 9.1 ounces. According to Vortex, it can give angle readings at “+/- 89 degrees,” and is tripod mountable. Vortex describes the new HD 3000 below:

Open country or in tall timber, precision and speed mean the difference between filling your freezer and tag soup. The Viper® HD 3000 laser rangefinder gives you the tools to act quickly and confidently, with a 3,000-yard max range and a stunning HD optical system that lets you pinpoint big game faster at distance. Four target modes (Normal, First, Last, ELR) and two ranging modes (LOS, HCD) mean you get the flexibility to range any shot on any hunt, making the Viper® HD 3000 perfect for the treestand and the mountains.

The Vortex HD 3000 is listed for $599.99

Vortex Diamondback HD 2000 Rangefinder

Vortex HD Rangefinders

 

Next up is Vortex’s HD 2000 laser rangefinder, which reaches out to 2000 yards on reflective targets, 1800 yards on trees, and up to 1400 yards on deer. The HD 2000 also has a 7x magnification with a 27mm objective lens. The Vortex HD 2000 weighs 7.6 ounces, and is capable of reading angles up to 60 degrees. Vortex’s description of the HD 2000 rangefinder follows:

When your hunt means ranging big game at 1,000 yards and beyond, your laser rangefinder needs the horsepower to go long and the toughness to stand up to the field. The Diamondback™ HD 2000 laser rangefinder gives hunters 2,000 yards max range, and 1,400 yards on game. 7x magnification helps you see farther, and an HD optical system means you can pick apart the landscape and stay pinpointed on your quarry. The red OLED display stays clear in low light, and to match any hunting environment, the Diamondback™ HD 2000 has two target modes (Normal and Last), two ranging modes (HCD and LOS), and is tripod adaptable.

The Vortex HD 2000 is listed at $449.99

Vortex Crossfire HD 1400 Rangefinder

Vortex HD Laser Rangefinders

 

Lastly, the new HD 1400 has a maximum range of 1400 yards, again, on reflective targets, 950 yards on trees, and 750 yards on deer, and boasts up to 89 degree angled readings. The magnification is 5x with a 21mm objective lens, and the overall weight of the Vortex HD 1400 is 4.8 ounces. Vortex does not mention any capacity to mount this model to a tripod. Vortex’s description is quoted below:

If you’re on the hunt for the perfect go-to laser rangefinder for bow and rifle hunters alike, you’ve found it in the Crossfire™ HD 1400. The Crossfire™ HD 1400 has everything you need and nothing you don’t. With a 1,400-yard max range (750 on deer), you get plenty of power to range and, thanks to the HD optical system, you’ll have the power to pick apart any landscape. To match any hunting environment, the Crossfire™ HD 1400 has three target modes (Normal, First, Last) and two ranging modes (HCD and LOS). A red TOLED display keeps the readout clear in any lighting conditions and, at just 4.8 ounces, the Crossfire™ HD 1400 hunts hard and carries light.

The Vortex HD 1400 is listed for $269.99.

Each link that includes the price will take you to each respective product page and you can view the full list of specifications. Or you can go to their main webpage at VortexOptics.com to see their full lineup of rifle and pistol scopes, red dots and spotting scopes. The following video is from Vortex Optics’ YouTube channel, and details each model and their features. Which model catches your eye, and how would you put it to use?

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07:00

Rifle Dynamics KP9 Short Stroke Buffer for 9mm AKs [The Firearm Blog]

Rifle Dynamics KP9 Short Stroke Buffer for 9mm AKsAfter 2 years of testing and over 10,000 rounds on a single buffer, Rifle Dynamics has released their KP9 Short Stroke Recoil Buffer. It’s designed to reduce split times in competition without the benefit of having a tuned gas system. More Kalashnikovs and Rifle Dynamics @ TFB: Rifle Dynamics Quickhatch AK Pistol Small Arms of […]

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06:27

Vigneron M2: Belgium’s Little-Known Post-War SMG [Forgotten Weapons]

After World War Two, the Belgian military wanted to replace its many Sten guns with a better standard SMG. The solution was designed by Colonel Georges Vigneron in 1953, and adopted by all branches of the Belgian military (as well as the Force Publique in the Belgian Congo) in 1954. This is a very simple blowback SMG, and cheap to manufacture. It has a 3-position combined safety/selector switch to allow semiauto fire, and a grip safety which locks the bolt in position when both cocked and uncocked. The M2 was a relatively minor improvement to the original M1, focused primarily on the sights, replacing a rear aperture with an open notch and adding a protective guard to the front. In total, more than 100,000 Vignerons were manufactured, and they remained in Belgian service into the 1990s. The gun was considered effective and reliable, and generally quite well regarded despite its inexpensive nature.

06:00

Midwest Industries Releases AK Receiver Maintenance Block [The Firearm Blog]

AK Receiver Maintenance BlockAK-specific maintenance tools aren’t all that common. Usually to prop your Kalashnikov upright in a vice one has to sacrifice a magazine or put the receiver itself inside the jaws. With the rising popularity of the AK, Midwest Industries has released their AK Receiver Maintenance Block to provide some much-needed help to this growing community. […]

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Thursday, 28 April

17:00

Overlanding Vehicle Management: Your Vehicle Cockpit [AllOutdoor.com]

We are going to jump ahead, putting the cart ahead of the horse so to speak and discuss the vehicle cockpit which can include many advanced components. If you are just getting started, realize that there are a lot of things that go into the equipment interfaces for things like a light bar, compressors, comms, etc. And before you even do any of those things, you should be familiar with your stock vehicle, and look at better tires, traction boards, and a way to inflate/deflate tires on the trail.

Good day everyone and welcome to a new installment of AllOutdoor's Off-Road and Overlanding series brought to you by onX Offroad--mapping software for all your adventures.

Roof rack, rooftop tent, or command center for your Overlanding rig?

Overlanding is one of those rabbit holes that can soak up a lot of time and money very quickly. Unless you are flush with a ton of cash, you will need to pick and choose what items you add and in what order. The ability to carry gear outside of your cab, or a tent you can quickly set up and camp with might take precedence over all of the latest electronic gizmos.

One of the first questions you need to ask when getting into “Overlanding” is what are you planning to do. If it is to look cooler than the other kids in the Lowes parking lot, then go forth and add “all-the-things”. If it is to get away and camp on a moment’s notice, or to have the ability to pull over and sleep nearly anywhere on long trips, then maybe you should first focus on getting a rooftop tent that can be quickly set up and stowed.

My build

When I built out my truck, I had a set of fairly specific use cases. At the time, I was traveling all over the country teaching wilderness medicine and doing so in some pretty remote areas. It could take me a few days to drive to and from a course, and hotel bills add up.

Many of my ending scenarios (for the courses) required me to drive in on some backcountry trails and also get back out, and the cost to get a recovery service would be prohibitive.

I also hunt and can be in some pretty remote places.

Because of the above, I had a number of components installed that would need controls that I could manage internally (lights, lockers, battery status, onboard air, etc). I also needed better navigation than what a stock 2017 Tacoma could provide, so I need the ability to mount a tablet.

A good setup or a great setup?

Sometimes you have to be willing to accept that you don’t need EVERYTHING or all the latest and greatest toys. Honestly, most vehicles are capable and amazing just as they come from the factory. It is worthwhile to get out and explore a bit (maybe go camping a couple of times) and see what you like and don’t like before spending tons of money.

In fact, I’ve recently been simplifying my setup and trying to declutter a bit. I’ve come to prize space, storage, and organization over bright lighting and other toys. I also like having everything already packed in the truck so I can hit the dirt at a moment’s notice.

A well-organized and accessible vehicle cockpit will allow you to more comfortably hit the trail since you will have most of what you need in your rig. All I need to add is food and water–navigation, communications, and recovery stuff is built-in, hooked up, and ready to go.

Accessing things from the driver’s seat

The most important aspect of operating vehicles is doing it safely. You are maneuvering a multi-thousand-pound hunk of metal moving at speed, and if you are distracted, terrible things can and will happen.  All of the things you need to operate should be in your vehicle cockpit within easy reach.  If you have to take your eyes off the road beyond a quick scan, you should rethink the placement.

The door is a great place to keep hand wipes and additional magazines for those times you might have to fight through a protest in the deep woods. Pepper spray can be a useful deterrent for people that talk crap about your rig in the parking lot of Home Depot.

If you already have a hard time focusing on the road and safe operation, either have a second rider that can manage the data and devices or plan to take breaks so you can play with your toys.  The driver’s first priority is driving–everything else is secondary.

My vehicle cockpit setup for Overlanding

One of my considerations is making sure that everything can also be accessed by my passenger. All of the electronics are on RAM mounts that allow for reorienting screens, etc.

seat organization panel and mesh between the seat organizer
The 5.11 Vehicle Ready Hexgrid panel keeps things I need organized while on the road. I have a road Monster in an ammo pouch (a tip I picked up from a military buddy of mine) and I have pouches for things like kleenex and caffeine.

I am also able to quickly reconfigure how things are set up to better accommodate having someone in the second seat. As an example, when I am solo, I have a 5.11 Vehicle Ready Hexgrid Seat on my passenger seat. On this, I carry kleenex, caffeine pills, and the all-important “road” Monster. It also has plenty of storage capacity when you add pouches. When I have a passenger, I can quickly disconnect it and put it in the back. This has been an organization game-changer when on long travel runs.

Switches

SPOD control unit in the vehicle cockpit
An SPOD switch gives the ability to have several powered items controlled from a single place and can also be remote-controlled from an app on a mobile device.

Above my steering wheel to the left is the switch panel for my SPOD. This allows me to control up to eight powered components, generally without leaving my steering wheel–though I’ve found it to be not as intuitive. I may install normal switches when I clean up my wiring one day soon. The SPOD controls the lights on my light bar (and rear lights), my lockers, and air compressors. It also has a switch for my cell booster (which is an awesome addition if you can swing it).

Visor

Zulu Nylon Gear organizer for documentation and stuff.  You can’t have too many pens since they like to disappear…

Over my visor, I have a Zulu Nylon Gear Visor Panel. It gives me a place to stash information like registration, insurance, etc. I also store a gate opener, a notepad, and some tools there. The PALS webbing is a convenient place to stash pens, a box opener, and a window breaker.

Footwell

My seat covers have a pouch that conveniently holds a pistol and magazines. Or a wallet. Yeah, a wallet.

foot well with comms and pouches
The Maxpedition pouch holds a seat belt clip, window breaker, and bubble level for making sure I am flat when setting up camp.  I run both a HAM radio and a GMRS for comms.  I also keep some protective devices close at hand.

Near my right leg are a couple of pouches that hold a window break took, and a couple of seat belt clips (these are useful for times in which you need to silence your seat belt warning. I also have both of the handsets for my HAM radio and Midland Micro Mobile MXT275 (which gets way more use than my HAM) mounted in easy reach.

Console

Just above the forward drink holders, I have my National Luna Dual Battery monitor, head unit for my Yaesu FTM-400DR/XDR, and gauge/controller for my Firestone airbags.

dual battery monitor, radio, and airbag controller
Covering the useless Qi charger cubby in the Tacoma is my dual battery monitor, Yaesu radio, and the gauge and controller for my airbags.  I also have a small 12VDC inverter and USB charger.

I replaced my factory stereo head unit with an Alpine iLX-F509 because I wanted Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability (something the 2017 Toyota Tacoma did not come with). My biggest issue with this is that it sticks out quite a bit. I’m always noodling on going with something flush mount. Aside from that, it works great, though I don’t have access to a lot of the built-in settings management of the Tacoma.

On the dash, I added Tacoma Beast’s TPAM to allow me to center mount accessories in a handy location. This is where I keep such expedition essentials as my phone and Inreach. It is powered with two high amp USB ports and accommodates RAM patterned mounts on the base plate. No more RAM suction mount for me…

Navigation

I’ve gone back and forth over mounting my primary navigation tablet on the TPAM and am currently considering back to the RAM seat mount. I think it overall is more secure, and I use a case that should protect it from theft (as much as possible anyway). Either way, I can run power from the TPAM. One benefit of a dedicated tablet is that I can do trip planning on my laptop at leisure and it will sync with the device in the cab. It makes it much more convenient. I’ll do a longer post on this later (how I plan for trips and the tools I use).

paper maps in a case
It is always a good idea to have paper maps as a backup. I also have a trash can for collecting garbage while on the road.

I also keep a set of paper maps wedged next to the passenger seat. I’d only use these while stopped (or have another occupant navigate).

General cab

I replaced the map lights with bright LEDs because the stock Toyota ones are just garbage.

A fire extinguisher is kept on a Grayman Tactical seatback panel as it provides rigid support for such things. I can reach this from the driver’s seat if needed. Same with a medical kit.

Miscellaneous

Between the seats, I have an elastic mesh organizer that is an easy place to stash a set of leather work gloves and microfiber cloths (an important use is cleaning off that weird oily film that gets on the inside of the window and you can only see when the sun hits just right). It is a unique type of storage that I’ve found to be way more useful than I thought it would be

How are you set up?

Everyone is set up a little bit differently because not everyone does the same things in the same way. One of the things I appreciate is seeing different configurations. Cookie-cutter builds are okay, but anyone that actually uses their vehicle will eventually set it up the way that is most efficient for them.

If you have a setup you would like to share, do so in the comments.

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17:00

TFB Review: Wilson Combat SFX9 15-Round Carry Pistol [The Firearm Blog]

TFB Review: Wilson Combat SFX9 15-Round Carry PistolWilson Combat has always been a company unafraid to let people know exactly what they produce as a company, with uncompromising quality and extreme precision.  They have also never been afraid to ask premium prices for their work.  Most Wilson firearms are 2500 dollars or more depending on how you spec them out.  So when […]

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16:30

POTD: National Guard & Reserve Forces in Live-Fire Battle Drills [The Firearm Blog]

Live-Fire Battle DrillsPhoto Of The Day here at The Firearm Blog with U.S Army Soldiers from Active Duty, National Guard, and Reserve forces conducting live-fire battle drills during the 254th Regional Training Institute’s Infantry Advanced Leaders Course 22-02 on Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey earlier in 2022. The “drone view” above is pretty unusual but works well […]

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16:00

Concealed Carry Corner: What You Should Carry Daily [The Firearm Blog]

Concealed Carry Corner: What You Should Carry DailyOver the years, I have changed my overall carry gear one way or another countless times, but through the years I have developed preferences. Finding what works best for you over time is no easy feat and although there are shortcuts for certain items like holsters, some of this gear physically takes you carrying it […]

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11:43

Oklahoma: Firearm Discrimination Prevention Measure Heads Back to the House [NRA-ILA News]

Yesterday, the Oklahoma Senate passed firearm discrimination prevention legislation, House Bill 3144.

11:33

Minnesota: Ask Your Representative to Support Pro-Hunting Amendment to House Omnibus Bill [NRA-ILA News]

Today, your State Representative will consider amending Senate File 4062 to include important pro-hunting, Amendment 14.

11:00

New SIG Sauer FOXTROT2 Programmable Weapon Mounted Light [The Firearm Blog]

The New SIG FOXTROT2 Weapon Mounted Light - Programmable WMLBuilding on the success of the original FOXTROT WML but now featuring more power and more versatility, the new SIG Sauer FOXTROT2 Weapon Mounted Light has just been announced by SIG’s Electro-Optics division. The new flashlight boasts 130 more lumens of total light output,13,000 peak candela, and 3 different user-programmable activation modes. The new light […]

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10:00

AllOutdoor Review: The GiantMouse Ace Farley Slipjoint Knife [AllOutdoor.com]

I remember my first pocket knife. I don’t remember how I got it, but I definitely remember the way it looked and felt. There’s something special about tools and we know this from an early age. A knife is one of the most useful tools and the most capable of eliciting pride-of-ownership. I’ve lived fast and loose with my pocket knives for a long time. I intentionally bought cheap knives, fully aware of the abuse I was about to impart on them. As I’ve grown, my taste in knives has followed my taste in whiskey. My palate is more refined and quality is a demand, not a bonus. When we think of quality, we often look to the past, and that’s exactly what I did when I grabbed a GiantMouse ACE Farley Slipjoint in brass; a modern folder with a classic lock.

GiantMouse Ace Farley

The GiantMouse Ace Farley: Specifications

GiantMouse Ace Farley

  • Overall length: 6.4”
  • Blade length: 2.75″
  • Blade material: Böhler M390 Microclean stainless steel
  • Blade thickness: 0.118”
  • Handle material: Brass
  • Weight: 3.5 oz.
  • MSRP: $165.00

Hey, Nice Brass!

GiantMouse Ace Farley

I received the knife in the mail, opened the box, and slipped the Farley into my pocket. The steel wire clip hugged the corner of my jeans and stayed there until I got home to inspect the knife further. When I pulled it into the light, the brass handle made itself known. Looking like a kitchen faucet but way more fun, the knife captured my excitement.

GiantMouse Ace Farley

The slip joint knife brought back thoughts of the past. I think every grandfather in history had a slip joint knife. If yours didn’t, the Farley makes you feel like he did, and had passed it down to you. Now, let’s not romanticize too much. The slip joint system is far from the quickest and easiest to deploy. This is not a defensive weapon. This knife is meant to function as a tool and look good doing it. 

GiantMouse Ace Farley

As expected, the blade was sharp, and made quick work of my steak the night I got it. The knife felt light enough to make sense but heavy enough to feel like it won’t fail you when you need it.

Keep It In Your Pants (Or Don’t)

GiantMouse Ace Farley

I’m not a master of using knives for defense, nor is that the purpose of this blade. To test the GiantMouse Ace Farley, I used it in some high-intensity daily tasks. I used it to open mail, cut plastic, and sometimes cut food. I also wanted to see how well it performed against its number one adversary, cardboard. I went through about 20 pieces of cardboard to see if I could dull the blade. I ended up too bored and tired to continue before the blade went dull.

GiantMouse Ace Farley

I’ve been carrying the knife every day for over a month now and it has handled every task I’ve thrown its way. Now, I haven’t been prying cans open or anything, but daily tasks like cutting paper, plastic, and opening beers are easily managed. I’m confident that the knife is more capable than what I’m using it for. 

GiantMouse Ace Farley

A Brass Act

GiantMouse Ace Farley

As with most things, expectations are key when evaluating this knife. I’m not expecting this knife to save me from a burning building or protect me from a charging bear. My expectations for this knife were for it to function well, be comfortable to use, and look good. It met or exceeded each of those requirements.

GiantMouse Ace Farley

Where it truly excelled was its positive and strong slip joint locking mechanism. No, a slip joint is not the most secure lock and can even be a pain to open and close if you’re used to only using tactical folders. However, at least on the Farley, I never felt that the knife would surprise me and close when I didn’t want it to. I also really love the clip. the wire design makes it less noticeable. This is nice for situations where you’re not trying to hide your knife, but you’d rather nobody notice. I sometimes feel eyes on me when I’m playing with my son around other children, like at a park. 

GiantMouse Ace Farley

The only downside that I could find with the GiantMouse Ace Farley was the type of blade. I know that the blade fits aesthetically with the knife, but I use the serrated part of my blades a lot. If we’re bringing a slip joint knife into a more practical EDC use, I think the option for a partially serrated one would be cool.

GiantMouse Ace Farley

Overall, this is a very nice knife. I wouldn’t recommend it as your first everyday carry folder, but for those with knife experience, it’s a winner. If you’re looking for a knife that will class you up a bit, this is the way to go. If you’d like to learn more about GiantMouse and how they operate, head to the GiantMouse website. You can also learn more by following them on social media. GiantMouse can be found on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube. Now, how do I get these chips open? Oh! I have a knife.

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10:00

Grey Birch Solutions LaChassis TKD Takedown Chassis [The Firearm Blog]

The LaChassis TKD Takedown Chassis from Grey Birch SolutionsYou guys will remember Grey Birch Solutions for their high-quality Canadian-made Foundation Chassis series. The Foundation was a modular chassis system that allowed you to completely customize your 10/22 rifle down to the type of stock, grip, and forend attachments that you wanted (if any). Now Grey Birch is proud to introduce their new LaChassis […]

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09:31

More on Alec Baldwin shooting [Of Arms and the Law]

Right here. The sheriff has released video of Baldwin during earlier segments of the filming. These show he wasn't worrying about having his finger inside the trigger guard and pressing the trigger while handling a cocked single-action. Of course, he's playing a gunman who's drawing and ready to fire, but all the more reason to follow the tightest safety procedures -- starting with making very, very, sure the gun isn't loaded and there isn't a live round anywhere in the area. And, of course, not pointing it at anyone. Plus a few other things that anyone who respects a gun's power would be doing.

More video here.

09:00

POTD: Very Scarce Haeussler Patented Adler Pistol [AllOutdoor.com]

Welcome to today’s Photo of the Day! Here we have a very scarce Adler Pistol. The Adler or Adlerwaffenwerke Pistol was a pistol designed by a gentleman by the name of Haeussler. Its aesthetic is very similar to that of a Borchart C93 and even a little hint of the Luger (which was based on the Borchart). These came onto the scene in the mid-nineteen-teens and basically got smoked by the commotion regardless of how nice, reliable, or affordable it was, mainly because it was not a gun marketed for military trials and they did not have the marketing power we have today. The Adler Pistol was a straight blowback-operated pistol featuring a top-mounted charging handle, and left-facing loaded chamber indicator, and uses a proprietary bottle-necked 7.25mm Adler cartridge.

“Developed around 1915, the Haeussler pistol is a straight blowback semi-automatic using a proprietary 7.25mm cartridge and a hinged dust cover assembly for easy field stripping and cleaning. Mechanically, the pistol shows a strong resemblance to the work of Hugo Borchardt and Georg Luger, especially in the sear striker assembly, the overall shape of the frame and the grip angle. Blade front and notch rear sights, with a tapered barrel, safety switch on the left side of the frame, and “PATENT HAEUSSLER/ADLERWAFFENWERK/ENGELBRECHT & WOLFF” on the right side. With a pair of checkered grips with imprinted eagle designs, a straw finished trigger, and one magazine with a matching partial number.”

Adler Pistol

Lot 3296: Adler Semi-Automatic Pistol 7.25 mm. (n.d.). Rock Island Auction Company. photograph. Retrieved April 27, 2022, from https://www.rockislandauction.com/detail/68/3296/adler-semiautomatic-pistol-725-mm.

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08:00

Two NEW Boost Concept Bass Lures from Shimano [AllOutdoor.com]

Shimano has released two new lures in their BOOST Concept line of bass lures. The brand new World Pop 69F Flash Boost and the World Crank 73F Flash Boost. Both lures have the Flash Boost and Scale Boost technologies. The World Crank 73F Flash Boost also has the Jet Boost Technology as well.

Fishing Coverage on AllOutdoor

Boost Concept – World Pop 69F Flash Boost

World Pop 69F Flash Boost

The Shimano World Pop 69F Flash Boost is one of their newest introductions with their BOOST CONCEPT technology. It is a multi-purpose popper unlike anything else on the market. With a cupped face to create a splash and commotion on the surface, the new World Pop FB is the only popper on the market with Shimano’s Flash Boost technology. This innovative and proprietary technology from Shimano suspends foil on micro springs within a chamber in the lure body. So even when sitting still the foil flashes in a way that mimics a wounded baitfish. There is also Scale Boost technology utilized in the World Pop FB. Scale Boost is a lifelike composite-pitch hologram to provide the World Pop FB with a natural scale pattern. This works along with the Flash Boost technology as a double whammy for triggering bites. Either walk the lure or chug it along with large pops, either way the World Pop 69F FB champions BOOST CONCEPT technology to draw aggressive strikes from trophy bass.

  • Check out the World Pop 69F FB here
  • MSRP – $19.99

Boost Concept – World Crank 73F Flash Boost

World Crank 73F Flash Boost

The Shimano World Crank 73F Flash Boost is their other new lure introduction with their BOOST CONCEPT technology. The World Crank 73F FB is a mid-depth crankbait designed with a distinct action to elicit bites from trophy fish. Again with Shimano’s Flash Boost technology, a piece of foil suspended on micro springs within the body of the lure, the World Crank FB emits a continuous flash that mimics a wounded baitfish, even when paused. With the lure’s large front lip, it swims down deep to 10 to 12ft with an aggressive action. The Flash Boost technology especially when deep, and when paused the Flash Boost will quiver as the lure slowly rises. The World Crank FB also incorporates Jet Boost and Scale Boost technology, for an increased casting distance and a lifelike holographic scale pattern to fool warry trophy bass. Dive deep with Shimano’s Boost Concept, fish the World Crank FB.

  • Check out the World Crank 73F FB here
  • MSRP – $19.99

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08:00

Walther PDP F-Series: Engineered for Women’s Hands [The Firearm Blog]

PDP F-SeriesWhat did that old deodorant ad say? “Strong enough for a man, made for a woman”. However you may feel about that, Walther has engineered the PDP F-Series specifically for female shooters and those out there with smaller hands. More from Walther @ TFB: [SHOT 2022] Walther Unveils PDP SD Pro TFB Review: Walther PDP Pistol […]

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07:00

New from Shimano Convergence D Series of Fishing Rods [AllOutdoor.com]

Shimano, known for their high-quality fishing equipment, has released their newly redesigned line of Convergence D fishing rods. They have engineered the Convergence series of casting and spinning rods to meet the needs of the multispecies anglers. Made from quality components and blanks to be versatile as possible. The new series of fishing rods feature a lightweight carbon blank for added sensitivity and power. This blank is matched with a high-quality Fuji reel seat for all-day comfort and increased sensitivity for the angler. Every model comes with SeaGuide Aluminum Oxide ceramic guides and comfortable cork grips. These factors combined make a fishing rod that is powerful but able to detect the lightest of bites.

New from Shimano – Convergence D Series of Fishing Rods

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The Convergence series of rods includes over 20 different models of fishing rods.  Within all these available models, there are many technique-specific models for more specialized approaches. Models of rods are available in both Spinning and Casting models and in one-piece, two-piece, and four-piece rods configurations. The four-piece travel rods come paired with a travel tube for added protection during travel to your fishing spots.

The versatility of this series of fishing rods makes it so they have something to offer for everyone. With the single-piece offerings, great for anyone who has the space and wants to avoid the downsides of multi-piece rods. The two-piece rods, for those who don’t have the space for a full-sized fishing rod in their cars. And finally, the four-piece travel rods, perfect for backpacking or just having a fishing rod under a car seat. These new rods from Shimano have everything you need, be it chasing panfish in farm ponds, redfish in the marsh, or trout high up in the mountains.

  • MSRP: $69.99 – $79.99
  • Check out these Shimano rods here
Full line of Convergence Fishing Rods

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07:00

America’s Rifle – New Retitled Edition of Black Rifle II Book [The Firearm Blog]

America's Rifle M16M4 late Cold War through Global War on TerrorChristopher Bartocci, the author of “Black Rifle II: The M16 Into the 21st Century” book has acquired the printing rights of the book and has announced its new edition which is retitled “America’s Rifle: M16/M4 late Cold War through Global War on Terror”. The book will be printed by Small Arms Publishing, a new division […]

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06:27

Reject Modernity; Embrace Tradition: The Type 95 Shin Gunto [Forgotten Weapons]

“Swords of the Emperor” still available for discounted preorder – get your copy today!

https://www.headstamppublishing.com/swords

When Japan opened up to the outside world and began to industrialize in the late 1800s, it instituted major military reforms. In place of the samurai tradition, the new Japanese Imperial armed forces emulated the major European powers – France, Germany, and the United Kingdom. One element of this was the replacement of traditional swords with European styles for officers and civil officials.

These swords remained until the mid 1930s, when a wave of nationalist sentiment ran through Japanese society. In 1934, a new model of officer’s sword was adopted, which took the style of a traditional katana. A similar (but less fancy) model was adopted in 1935 for non-commissioned officers. These were the Type 34 and Type 35 respectively, and they are some of the most common Japanese swords in the United States, as many were brought back as souvenirs by American soldiers.

Today we are looking at my Type 95, using Headstamp’s upcoming book “Swords of the Emperor” as a guide.

06:00

TFB B-Side Podcast: Pakistani Firearms with TFB Writer Vladimir Onokoy [The Firearm Blog]

TFB B-Side Podcast: Pakistani Firearms with TFB Writer Vladimir OnokoyTFB has a wide variety of writers on hand that span the entire globe. One writer I’ve followed closely even before I joined the TFB team has been fellow writer Vladimir Onokoy. Vladimir has a wealth of knowledge and experience when it comes to the guns of Europe and specifically the guns of the Middle […]

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Wednesday, 27 April

17:00

TFB Review: Upgrading the Taurus G3XL with Tyrant Designs Glock Sights [The Firearm Blog]

TFB Review: Upgrading the G3XL With Tyrant Designs Glock SightsThe Taurus G3XL is one of the latest offerings in the market of double-stack 9mm concealed carry pistols.  While the pistol isn’t as slim as the Glock 48 or as refined as the SIG P365XL, it’s extremely affordable and still reliable enough for concealed carry on a budget. Taurus made the correct decision to step away […]

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16:30

POTD: 3E EOS PARS Thermal Sight on Heckler & Koch HK417 [The Firearm Blog]

3E EOS - PARS 635 Thermal SightPhoto Of The Day: TFB’s favorite shots (pun intended) served on a daily basis. Today we have various images from 3E EOS, or 3E Elektro Optik Sistemler, from Turkey. Above you can see a “boosted” Heckler & Koch HK417 with a PARS thermal sight and a DLIRIL multifunction laser device. In our Recap: Enforce Tac and […]

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16:00

Wheelgun Wednesday: The “Other” Gatling Gun [The Firearm Blog]

Gatling Dimancea All Photos Credit: Galerie De MarsThis week’s Wheelgun Wednesday has us looking at an ungainly, unconventional late 19th century Romanian-designed and partially British produced revolver: The Gatling Dimancea. More Revolver Articles @ TFB: Wheelgun Wednesday: Colt 1851 Navy Revolver Attributed to Wild Bill Hickok What is the Best Cheap .38 Special Revolver? Wheelgun Wednesday: German Weihrauch Revolvers The Rimfire Report: […]

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11:00

CZ Tarantule Prototype Water Cannon [The Firearm Blog]

Continuing The CZ History Books series of posts dedicated to the company’s history and their most interesting firearm designs, Ceska Zbrojovka has published an article about an extremely obscure gun from the ’90s – the CZ Tarantule water cannon. Shooting a high-velocity jet of water, the CZ Tarantule was designed to be used in applications like destroying […]

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10:08

Missouri: Self-Defense Bill Referred to Another Senate Committee [NRA-ILA News]

House Bill 1462, to reduce areas where law-abiding citizens are left defenseless, has been referred to Senate Governmental Accountability and Fiscal Oversight Committee.

10:00

AllOutdoor Review: Mustad Addicted Bonk Em’ All Kill Bag [AllOutdoor.com]

So, this year in preparation for a fishing trip that never came to be, I bought a Mustad Addicted Bonk Em’ All Kill Bag. I was short on space in the truck bed to fit another hard cooler, but possibly needed more cold storage space. So, this collapsible bag that could fit into a tighter space than a traditional cooler seemed like a great solution for me. Along with that need, I thought it would be a great choice to take on the pier for king mackerel. Often you have to cut a king mackerel in half to fight it in a cooler, though FWC does frown on that practice. So, a longer bag like this could be a better choice than my usual hard coolers.

The Mustad Addicted Bonk Em’ All Kill Bag is their budget offering for a kill bag, a smaller kill bag at 38″ long. It’s not something you will be putting giant tuna in but it definitely is big enough for most catches. It is made of 500D PVC Tarpaulin material for the main body. For hardware, the bag has heavy-duty zippers and heavy-duty nylon carrying straps. As well as having a drain in the bottom corner of the bag for draining water and blood from your catch.

Review: Mustad Addicted Bonk Em’ All Kill Bag

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The temperature of the Mustad Kill Bag before adding ice

Before my trip, I ran an ice retention test on the Mustad Kill Bag just to see how it holds up. For this ice retention test, I did not prechill the bag with sacrificial ice or ice packs. I added 5 gallons of ice from a commercial ice machine to the bag, which was at room temp. I have to clarify that machine ice and ice from your freezer are different. Machine ice, while still frozen, tends to be slightly warmer than ice from your freezer. Then the bag was left outside in the bed of my truck. This would be the test area and the bag would be used for food transport for work.

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5 gallons of machine ice were added to the Mustad Kill Bag

During the test, the outdoor air temperature was around 75-80F during the day and around 50-55F at night. The kill bag also had food transported in it from the wholesale store to work. And was opened multiple times a day. This was to imitate real-world use conditions for when you’re fishing. Because opening any cooler or bag will cause more ice to melt than leaving it shut for the whole period. To leave a cooler closed all day without using it doesn’t give you a practical result. Also, it should be noted the zipper is not airtight or watertight as I’ll show later.

The ice stayed very solid for the first day of use, especially for a soft bag like this. I was honestly surprised by how well it held up to use and staying in a hot truck bed. But by the end of the first day, you could see meltwater starting to form under the ice. It was not enough water to be slush and completely dunk whatever item you had in the kill bag yet. But this was already a sign of what was to come.

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Middle of the afternoon Day 2 of testing the Mustad Kill Bag

As the picture tries to show, by the middle of Day 2 of the testing the meltwater was significant. There was more water than ice at this point. It was still cold in the kill bag so you could definitely keep your catch still in it. But for my testing purposes, this was enough. I got two days of use out of 5 gallons of ice in the bag.

Function wise this did about what I expected for it. It is a soft bag of not crazy thick material and does not have a proper seal in the zipper. The goal of the bag is to store some fish during a trip and maybe on the way back to the house. Not hold ice for 5 days on an Overlanding trip.

Pros

  • Quality Materials
  • Compact Storage
  • Good Quality Drain
  • Straps are attached to the bag body and run completely around the bag
  • Price

Cons

  • The finish is rough
  • Zipper tabs need something more to grab
  • The zipper has no seal
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The zipper leaks on the Kill Bag

Overall I would say this bag is definitely worth the $60 for the amount of bag you are getting. The bottom of the bag doesn’t leak, and the ice retention was honestly better than expected. While it does have some downsides with it being a bit roughly put together that is mostly cosmetic. My biggest grip is, with wet hands the zippers not having any sort of cord pull tabs will be a pain to use. But that is easily solved using some paracord. I look forward to using this bag on more pier fishing trips to really test it out. You can find this bag online here – MSRP $60.

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10:00

New CZ75B Competition Magazines Released by Mec-Gar USA [The Firearm Blog]

New CZ75B Competition Magazines Released by Mec-Gar USAJust after their 30th anniversary of being in business in the states, Mec-Gar USA is excited to announce the launch of their new 9mm 10 and 19-round CZ75B competition magazines. These new magazines make use of a 17-round magazine body with a pre-installed black aluminum +2 base pad. For the 10-round magazines (for use with […]

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09:00

POTD: Colt Sticking With Cowboys – Colt Stagecoach 22 Rifle [AllOutdoor.com]

Welcome to today’s Photo of the Day! Here we have a handy little 22-long rifle carbine in the form of the Colt Stagecoach. These 16.5″ barreled rifles debuted in 1965 along with their longer 19″ barreled Colteer rifles. They were sort of a cheap 22 from what I have read and they came at a time when westerns and anything to do with them were slowly fading out of fashion. They were tubular fed and had a capacity of 13 rounds of standard 22 long rifles. I have seen numerous websites and forums dedicated to the repair and maintenance of these rifles which leads me to believe they are either fragile or problematic, however, I have watched a few videos of them working flawlessly so perhaps they are just like any other 22 rifle. They were discontinued along with the Colt Colteer in the mid-1970s.

Colt Stagecoach

Lot 284: Colt Stagecoach-Carbine 22 Lr. (n.d.). Rock Island Auction Company. photograph. Retrieved April 26, 2022, from https://www.rockislandauction.com/detail/2011/284/colt-stagecoachcarbine-22-lr.

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08:00

Three Mother’s Day Gift Ideas for the Outdoorsy Mama [AllOutdoor.com]

Mother’s Day is right around the corner. If you are the grown up responsible for getting gifts for the outdoorsy mama in your life – I’m here to help. Read on for some expert recommendations from someone who would know – an outdoorsy mama herself.

Cool (or Hot) Sips

Does Mom like to unwind with a martini or a glass of her favorite red? ORCA has a line of drinkware that keeps her drinks icy cold on hot days. Try a 12 ounce Vino or a 8 ounce Chasertini. The Chasertini features the signature ORCA Whale Tail flip top lid for ease of portability. Lock it down and that drink is going nowhere. The Chasertini can pull double duty as an ice cream, or anything that needs to stay cold dish, too. The cup features double-walled, vacuum sealed, stainless steel durability with a clear, BPA-free lid, and interior copper for superior temperature retention. The Chasertini comes in lots of fun hues, including seafoam, dusty rose, pink, pearl, and sage. More of a coffee aficionado? ORCA has a line for that too. Try a 24 ounce Traveler mug in one of the many vibrant shades they offer, including red, navy blue, forest green, seafoam, blaze orange, charcoal, or black. ORCA products are designed in Nashville, Tennessee.

Book a Trip

Has she been talking about visiting a certain place for years? Does she have a bucket list hunt she wants to check off? Make a big impression this year and book it! Bonus points if it is a trip for just her – not the family. Family trips are fun and all, but for mothers they are an exercise in coordination and endurance. Not exactly time off. So, book her something for just her. Maybe the mama you know does not have a trip in mind – that is fine! Check out some organizations such as WildHERness, Wild Woman Expeditions, and Ladies Hunting Camp.

Relax on a Tarpestry

Mom needs a giant durable tarp/blanket to lay in the sun and off of the dirt. Enter Tarpestry. The Tarpestry is a soft yet strong and weather-resistant picnic blanket that provides protections from the elements by creating a barrier. The base fabric of each Tarpestry is a urethane-coated and heavy duty polyester. The upper fabric varies by style, ranging from 100% cotton to water-repellent polyester. The Tarpestry can be used as either a blanket or a tarp. There are four grommet rings included, one on each corner. Mom can hang it up for privacy or sun/rain/wind protection or stake the Tarpestry down in the grass or sand when windy. Tarpestry is perfect for picnics, camping, beach trips, outdoor concerts, sports and more. She can stash it in her trunk and always be ready for impromptu adventures. They come in a wide variety of fun and artistic designs featured in a variety of collections, including the epic collection, the rugged collection, and the classic collection. Tarpestry even has a line of dog bed duvet covers.

Mother’s day is Sunday, May 8th. Be sure to order gifts in plenty of time to ensure delivery.

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08:00

New SAR9 Compact X Pistol from SAR USA [The Firearm Blog]

SAR9 Compact XSAR USA has a new striker-fired pistol called the SAR9 Compact X. The SAR9 Compact X features a compact size for concealability, a polymer frame and a 4″ forged steel barrel and slide with lightening cuts. The “X package” features a Cerakoted slide with a matching color frame on some models. There is a choice of […]

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07:00

AllOutdoor Review: Killer Instinct Max View 36 & Lighted Hyprbolt Arrows [AllOutdoor.com]

Killer Instinct is rolling out two new products that I had the opportunity to extensively test. The new Killer Instinct Max View 36 2-7x36mm scope has impressive clarity and quality for a scope priced at an MSRP of $229. The Lighted HyprBolt arrows proved to be accurate and easy-to-use in my testing as well with an MSRP of $49.99 for a pack of 3 arrows.

Killer Instinct Coverage on AllOutdoor

Killer Instinct Max View 36 2-7x36mm Scope

Killer Instinct has raised the bar in the crossbow scope category with this offering. The Max View 36 features an adjustable speed ring for bow speeds between 270 and 450 FPS (Feet per Second). The optic features a 30mm tube and includes rings. The Max View 36 features a lighted Killer Instinct LDC reticle that is adjustable in intensity and can be switched between red and blue illumination. Holdover lines are on 10 yard increments from 20 – 70 yards. The LDC reticle has holdover lines every 5 yards from 70 – 150 yards. The optic is waterproof, fog proof, and shock proof. The Max View 36 also includes flip up scope caps.

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Killer Instinct LDC Reticle

A reoccurring problem with various crossbow scopes on the market is the hold over marks are not accurate past 40 – 50 yards. That fact is not a huge deal if you can remember that your 50 yard hold over line is actually 57 yards. Scopes with reticles configured like that drive me absolutely crazy. Killer Instinct has produced a scope that when used with their factory arrows, hold over marks are accurate to 150 yards. In full disclosure, I worked with KI on this project to get the reticle trued to the trajectory curve produced by their arrows. I wrote an article on how I built trajectory tables for my competition crossbows for AllOutdoor last year.

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The Max View Lighted Reticle has accurate hold overs to 150 yards.

After shooting and chronographing hundreds of shots in a multitude of bows we settled on a Ballistic Coefficient of .083 for the 390 – 400 grain Killer Instinct factory arrows. The Hyprbolt and Lighted Hyprbolt arrows work great with this reticle. Those two arrows were settled on for the basis of the research. The Lighted Hyperbolt has slightly less front of center, and I have not seen any appreciable decrease in accuracy. I am planning a rather extensive article of the effects of Front of Center on arrow flight, so stay tuned for that article. I have been experimenting with different arrow builds and my best measured B.C. build to date is 0.1138. The difference in B.C. does not have that great of an effect on point of impact at normal hunting ranges. The higher ballistic coefficient did show up in the point of impact approaching 100 yards and over.

Another pet peeve of mine is a speed ring that is off on the velocity marking. It is mildly annoying to me when I am setting up a scope and the bow is shooting 405 FPS and I have to set the speed ring to 425 FPS. The adjustable speed ring velocity settings on the Max View 36 were within 3 FPS of the Lab Radar Chronograph readings.

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My 10 year old daughter shooting at 100 yards.
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I am proud of this group. On a calm evening I shot this group at 150 yards using factory Hyprbolts.

Do You Need a Scope that has Hold-Overs to 150 Yards?…

I have been active on crossbow related forums for years. It is inevitable that crossbow enthusiasts bring up ethical shooting distances on game animals. The conversation always turns into a fight. One hunter will make the statement that no one should shoot a deer over 30 yards with any arrow. I have a good friend that routinely hunts over bait (which is legal in his state) and has harvested animals at over 100 yards. In a recent conversation he is over a 95% success rate on shots taken. He is also a highly accomplished shooter and has a very intimate knowledge of animal behavior.

I am not a fan of representing a crossbow as “my next rifle.” Crossbows are not rifles, not even close. In the development of this scope, my perspective has changed relative to effective range. I DO NOT condone trying to shoot a deer at 150 yards, but shooting arrows with lighted nocks at stationary targets at that range around dusk is about as much fun as a shooter can have! I think it is like owning a muscle car, you should not drive it 130 MPH on the street, but it sure is fun on the track.

The longest shot I personally have taken on a Whitetail Deer is 48 yards. I was comfortable with the shot and it was about to the edge of what I would take. After playing with the Max View 36, I might add a few yards to that number. My daughter who is 10 years old had a blast shooting at 100 yards with this scope using the lighted Hyprbolts. She said it reminded her of Star Wars. Shooting at ranges over 100 yards is great fun and really shows the flaws in your technique and follow through. Once again, I am not encouraging bombing long distance shots at game animals. I feel it is up to each individual hunter to honestly assess their abilities on distances. Ultimately, you have to live with not making a clean, ethical kill.

Killer Instinct Lighted Hyprbolts

Killer Instinct is rolling out 20″ lighted Hyprbolts. They have a moon nock and weigh in at 390 grains with a 100 grain point. The Lighted Hyprbolt has the same B.C. as the original Hyprbolt and shot to the same point of impact for me. I tested the Lighted Hyprbolt out to 150 yards using the Max View 36 scope and found the accuracy excellent for a factory arrow. The lighted nocks are activated by pushing the moon nock in and deactivated by pulling out on the moon nock. The lighted Hyprbolts have a MSRP of $49.99 for a 3 pack.

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Hyprbolt Moon Nock
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KI lighted nock at dusk.

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07:00

The New 9mm Garrison 1911 from Springfield Armory [The Firearm Blog]

The New 9mm Garrison 1911 from Springfield ArmorySpringfield Armory has announced the latest addition to their growing family of 1911 pistols – the 9mm Garrison 1911. This new configuration of the Springfield Garrison combines the classic 1911 look and feel with the more affordable and more popular 9mm cartridge. The new 9mm Garrison will be available in a stainless steel configuration as […]

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06:27

HK Zeilen Punkt Projektor: A Flashlight For Aiming [Forgotten Weapons]

In the late 1970s, H&K partnered with Hensoldt to create the ZP/AP (Zeilen/Aiming; Projektor/Projector) and then ZPP/APP (Zeilen/Aiming; Punkt/Point; Projektor/Projector). This was essentially a calibrated flashlight with an aiming point and pressure switch. It projected a beam of light that was specifically 2m wide at 50m distance, with a black spot in the center which would measure 30cm at 50m. This could be focused and zeroed o the black spot was a functional aiming point, allowing both target identification and engagement. The unit was attached to an H&K claw mount, and would fit any of the standard H&K small arms. Few of the items were imported into the US, as they were bulky, heavy (1.6kg / 2.6 lb) and expensive.

06:00

New Rizzini USA BR110 Sporter IPS (Improved Performance System) [The Firearm Blog]

New Rizzini USA BR110 Sporter IPS (Improved Performance System)Italian firearms are often nothing short of pieces of artwork as much as they are guns, especially when it comes to shotguns. Rizzini USA is the Utah-based importer of fine handcrafted Italian shotguns and rifles that range from legendary firearms like the Rhino Express chambered in .500 Nitro Express to their new BR110 Sporter IPS […]

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Tuesday, 26 April

17:00

US Army Discusses NGSW [The Firearm Blog]

US Army Discusses NGSWOn 19 April, the US Army announced that SIG Sauer had won the Next Generation Squad Weapons (NGSW) competition with its 6.8mm hybrid ammunition, MCX Spear and LMG-6.8 selected to equip the US Army’s close combat forces. The Department of Defense held a Media Round Table event at the Pentagon discussing the NGSW program and how the newly selected weapon […]

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16:30

POTD: Marine Corps Marksmanship Championship [The Firearm Blog]

Marine Corps Marksmanship ChampionshipPhoto Of The Day – established in 2014, this is TFB’s way to show carefully selected photographs on a daily basis. As a bonus, you get a short story and hopefully, you’ll learn something new. Today we have some “running and gunning” with the U.S. Marine Corps during the Marine Corps Marksmanship Championship. Personally, I find […]

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16:00

HOT GAT or FUDD CRAP? Superb Scout or Superfluous Spout? [The Firearm Blog]

Hot Gat or Fudd CrapWelcome everyone to the 140th edition of ‘Hot Gat or Fudd Crap?’, one of our many series here on TFB. If you’re new to the series, this is where we look at the most obscure firearms that are actually for sale and ask the question – is this Gat a sweet deal or only has […]

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13:42

Origins of a Book: Japanese Swords with Nic Jenzen-Jones & Stephen Weese [Forgotten Weapons]

Nic Jenzen-Jones and Stephen Weese talk today about some of the background of Headstamp Publications’ newest book, “SWORDS OF THE EMPEROR: A Guide to the Identification of Imperial Japanese Swords, 1873 – 1945”. Nic and Stephen were both contributors and editors to the work.

Discounted preorder for “Swords of the Emperor” still available!

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11:00

PSA: No, You Did Not Win A Gun From That YouTube Commenter [The Firearm Blog]

PSA: No, You Did Not Win A Gun From That YouTube CommenterI like winning. Winning is for winners. I will dunk on an eight-year-old if it means I can go home a winner. But one of the oldest lessons I learned from my father is that there is no free lunch. That means it is almost impossible to have free stuff drop in your lap for […]

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10:50

New Hampshire: Senate Set to Vote on ATV Carry Legislation [NRA-ILA News]

On Thursday, the New Hampshire Senate is scheduled to hold a floor vote on ATV Carry legislation, House Bill 1636.

10:00

AllOutdoor Review: Caverns Armory CA-9 PDW 9mm [AllOutdoor.com]

The city of Carlsbad, New Mexico is best known as the home of Carlsbad Caverns – and for the speleo-serious – Lechugilla Cave. A gun-making startup has adopted Carlsbad as its base and name. It’s called Caverns Armory, established by Dustin Farnsworth, who answered the call to make guns more than a hobby and to bring some new designs to market.

So far, Caverns Armory has turned out a prolific assortment of AR-platform rifles and pistols. The difference with this company is the availability of chamberings normally thought of as bolt gun fodder, i.e. 6mm Creedmoor and .224 Valkyrie. There are left hand-receiver models, too. All sport New Mexico pride in the form of the zia, an ancient symbol for the sun, stamped boldly into each lower receiver.

Caverns Armory

Farnsworth offered me my choice of a gun to test. Given that ammo is dear and Lucky Gunner had just shared a nice selection of 9mm ammo with me, I opted to try out the CA-9 PDW chambered in 9mm. It’s also offered in .308 Winchester, a popular choice among the Armory’s growing customer base. The PDW is a smart little pistol that wears an 8.5-inch chrome steel, nitride-finished barrel that’s topped with a recoil-dampening, birdcage style flash hider that’s only vented on the sides and top. A light, 6061 aluminum handguard offers plenty of room for attachments, even on this short package. The upper and lower are anodized 6061 aluminum. The bolt is 8620 steel with a black nitride finish. A Magpul MOE K2 grip offers good purchase and a little bit of storage. Bringing up the rear is an SB Tactical HB-PDW telescoping brace over a 7075-T6 aluminum buffer tube. Farnsworth notes that a padded buffer tube option will soon be available.

The pistol takes Glock-compatible magazines. It ships with a Magpul GL9 PMAG 27 with a capacity of 27 rounds. Buyers in “un-fun states” will receive a 10-round version of that mag. I was forewarned that the bolt doesn’t go to lock-back after the last round when using the 10-round magazine.

Caverns Armory

In this test, I didn’t incur a high round count, but I did run a wide range of ammunition through the pistol including mixing brands and grain weights in the same magazine to see if I could induce a malfunction. I am pleased to say the CA-9 PDW ran without a hiccup. Feeding, both upon the initial and auto loads, was smooth and consistent. With a nice Holosun sight on the top, installed and zeroed before the gun came into my possession, it was easy to ring steel at 175 yards from a standing position.

Caverns Armory

The following ammo was run through the gun in a single session, with no malfunctions or failures to feed the first round:

  • Federal American Eagle Indoor Range Lead-Free 75 grain
  • TulAmmo 115 grain steel case FMJ
  • Hornady Critical Defense 115 grain FTX
  • Winchester USA Ready Defense 124 grain +P JHP
  • Sig Sauer M17 124 grain +P JHP
  • Federal Premium HST Tactical 147 grain

The bolt stayed open upon firing the last round with consistency. Based on this short test, I’d give this pistol an “A” grade for reliability – even when setting up ammo to encourage inconsistent blowback, it just did its job.

Caverns Armory

Caverns Armory

I didn’t have a scale on hand, and the website says “varies” under the weight category of the spec list. Suffice to say, this is a super-lightweight carbine that’s easy to handle. There are some exercises I can no longer do with 10-pound dumbbells held at arm’s length, but I had no problem running through a magazine with the brace strapped on per its design for adaptive shooting, and firing without a pause at arm’s length. If I can handle it, most people can.

Caverns Armory

It never hurts for a gun to look good, and this one checks that box. In basic black anodized finish it’s all business, but of course, Cerakote is an option for anyone who wants a little more flash. The look is well-balanced with the shape of the brace visually balancing a profile that has a lot going on up front with a full-length handguard and rail. The trigger guard has a distinctive profile that’s practical for gloved use, but elegant as well. Like most PCCs, the CA-9 has no dust cover. The Zia symbol on the receiver makes this a little different from the other AR-style guns at the range or on the shelves of the gun store, where Caverns Armory products are showing up in increasing numbers. I asked Farnsworth to comment on his reasons for building this particular gun with his response below:

“For this particular model, we wanted something fun to shoot. Muzzle blast from a 5.56 is a bit too loud for all-day fun, where the 9mm isn’t going to blow out your eardrums. While we build a lot of precision ARs, we wanted something that we could go spend a day at the range and shoot several hundred rounds and not break the bank. We think we hit the nail on the head as it’s a perfect balance of fun and is still affordable to shoot even with today’s ammo prices.”

If you’re in the market for a pistol caliber carbine or a precision AR, Caverns Armory is worth checking out. You’ll get a level of personalized attention and the chance to include options that is simply not possible with the big producers.

Caverns Armory
MSRP on the CA-9 PDW is $859.99

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10:00

New Rules for the 2022 CMP Smallbore Rifle Competition [The Firearm Blog]

The CMP Smallbore Rifle Competition is a trendy discipline under the umbrella of the CMP’s vast array of matches and competition styles. Smallbore Rifle has slowly been going through the process of being refined and expanded to offer shooters more opportunities to compete at various levels. This task has been accomplished with both athletes and […]

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09:47

More guns, less crime? [Of Arms and the Law]

A report of an interesting study. A Memphis newspaper published data on concealed weapon permit holders, itemized by zip code. Someone set out to study what happened to burglary rates in the years after the publication. Answer: burglary rates for the areas with high populations of permit-holders fell, while those for areas with low populations of permit-holders rose. The newspaper had inadvertently pointed out where the safest burglary targets in the city were located.

09:30

POTD: The Ultra LeMat Revolver – Centerfire LeMat “Grapeshot” Revolver [AllOutdoor.com]

Welcome to today’s Photo of the Day! Here we have an absolute monstrosity of a revolver. This is the centerfire LeMat revolver designed by the Frenchman Dr. Jean Francois Alexander LeMat. During the American Civil War Dr. Jean Francois Alexander LeMat designed a nine-shot percussion cap revolver with a fixed 20 gauge barrel as the center pin. these were popular revolvers with the confederate calvary and have a small cult following in popular culture today for their unique look. This is a much later designed centerfire LeMat. These are incredibly rare because well they are gigantic and strange looking and that usually does not translate to record sales or high production.

“Dr. Jean Francois Alexander LeMat (1821-1895) is best remembered for the percussion version of his “Grapeshot” revolvers which were famously used by the Confederacy during the American Civil War, but he continued to pursue and alter his designs in the post-war era. The centerfire variation of LeMat’s famous revolvers were introduced in the late 1860s and modified and improved multiple times into the 1880s. This example is similar to the design shown in the 1871 French patent extension. Like their famous percussion predecessors, these centerfire revolvers have a combination of a rifled barrel fed by a revolving cylinder and a central shot barrel. There is a loading gate on the upper right for loading the cylinder and a larger loading gate with a firing pin on the back of the recoil plate for loading and unloading the shot barrel. The hammer has a pivoting arm to switch to the shot barrel. The upper barrel has a triangular front sight, “Colonel Le Mat Paris,” and the oval “EP” marking. A notch rear sight is on the top of the recoil plate. A lanyard ring secured by a cross-pin is on the butt. The upper barrel, cylinder, frame, trigger guard, and grips are marked “31.”

Centerfire LeMat

Lot 3082: LeMat Centerfire Single Action “Grapeshot” Revolver. (n.d.). Rock Island Auction Company. photograph. Retrieved April 25, 2022, from https://www.rockislandauction.com/detail/85/3082/lemat-centerfire-single-action-grapeshot-revolver.

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09:00

Cooking the Off-Cuts of Fish: Cobia Frames & Collars [AllOutdoor.com]

So, you’ve spent all that time and money, gone out, and caught your fish. Now you have it home and you got to cook it up, no point in killing something if you’re not going to eat. The usual thing is for you to fillet the fish and toss everything else out, but there’s so much more you can eat on a fish besides those boneless fillets. There are fish collars, the throats, the frame, the roe, and even the whole head.

Yes, they require some work to clean and dress, but if you’re already doing the work to fillet the fish what’s a little more work to utilize most of the fish. First thing off the bat, I’d recommend a heavier knife for cleaning the fish. Something in a breaker or deba style blade, a skinny fillet knife won’t be able to push through the bones around the head or spine. I personally use a stiff 9″ bubba blade, it has enough heft behind it to push through bones, but still can fillet fish easily.

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A cobia that was broken down into the fillet, frame, and head with collars attached.

For cleaning fish in general, I recommend gutting it before you fillet fish to keep any GI tract materials from touching the meat. Then taking the head off at the throat and collars to help make the filleting process easier. And then once you have the fillets off the frame, take a knife and trim off the fins and tail. Then, following the spine pop the joints in the backbone with a knife and cut the frame into smaller segments. Then you can bake or fry the frame pieces and eat the meat off the bones.

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Pieces of cobia bones that have been breaded and fried

For the fish throats and collars, take the gills out and remove them as a whole off the back of the skull. Then, trim off any of the membranes and bloodlines from the throat and collars. After that, you want to take the skin off the fish collars and throats. You can usually find a seam between the skin and meat where you split the throat of the fish. You can then use skinning pliers or your hands with a paper towel to peel the skin off the collars. Then depending on the size of the fish split the throats from the collars. That way they are more manageable to eat and will cook more evenly.

In this particular case, these collars that came off two cobia weighed over 6lbs, over half of that alone was just meat. Which most of the time will end up feeding the crabs in the marina. Because of their large size, I split the collars into two separate pieces. Then, breaded and fried them for staff dinner at work. Each piece was large enough to be a meal for a person. Same deal with the pieces of frames, just a couple of pieces held enough meat for a person to have a decent meal.

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These four cobia collars ended up weighing about 6.5lbs, a lot of meat that normally gets tossed.
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The Cobia collars and throats after being broken down and prepped for cooking

Because I do have access to commercial fryer units, I leave the fins on my collars, but you can trim them if you don’t have space in your fryer or pot. I do recommend frying the fins for most fish, they fry up crispy into a sort of fish cracker. The cobia nuggets from this meal came from the rib cage that I deboned. In this case, I also was able to pull the roe from both fish. While fish roe is not everyone’s cup of tea it is something to consider utilizing. It’s very rich and versatile and in the rest of the world a common food item. In this case, we dusted pieces of roe up in flour and fried it in butter. Then, served potatoes with a brown butter caper sauce.

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The finished product; fried cobia collars, throats, and rib nuggets.

I know that in this article I’m mainly cooking a big cobia which gives me a better return for all this effort. But even with smaller fish, there are ways you can use the offcuts. The bones and heads are excellent for a fish stock after you trim and wash the head and bones. Which you can use in turn to make a nice seafood chowder or cioppino. Or, for the frame of a smaller fish you can leave the fins on and bread and fry the thing whole. The frying will crisp up the fins and bones, and give you a sort of fish chip

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Fluke frames, collars, heads, and roe have been prepped for use to make fish broth.

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08:00

NEW SPRO Fishing Line Essential Series Bronzeye Braid 8x [AllOutdoor.com]

With summer right around the corner, bass fishing is in full swing. It’s about the time to start flipping frogs into heavy cover and vegetation, flip baits into timbers and brush, and punch jigs and Texas rigs through grass mats. SPRO has introduced the new Essential Series Bronzeye Braid 8x for just this purpose. It is available in moss green color, and in four different pound tests: 40 Lb, 50 Lb, 60 Lb, and 80 Lb test. Each pound test is available in 150-meter spools.

“Our Essential Bronzeye Braid 8x fits well into SPRO’s system approach to fishing, and in this case, we make it easy for anglers to select the right braided line to use when fishing frogs or flipping,” said Syd Rives with SPRO. “Whether a new angler to our sport or a seasoned pro competing in club events or on various tournament circuits, our ‘system approach’ is all about making all the tackle selection easy so you can concentrate on your time on the water.”

The new Essential Series Bronzeye Braid 8x is made in Japan to SPRO’s specifications for a line that gives a premium line performance at a budget line pricing. The eight carriers of this line make for a smooth casting and supple handling braid. It is perfect for the influx of new anglers who are starting to expand their technique repertoire into flipping frogs and jigs into heavy cover. The heavier weight of the braid gives it the thickness needed to stand up to rubbing up against the structure you will be fishing in. You can check out the new Spro Bronzeye Braid 8X here:

SPRO Fishing Line Essential Series Bronzeye Braid 8x Features

  • Essential Series Braid 8X
  • Premium Product at Affordable Price
  • Made in Japan 8X Braid
  • For Frogging and Flipping
  • Moss Green Color
  • 150m spools
  • MSRP – $19
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Spool of SPRO Essential Bronzeye Braid 8x

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08:00

DIY Zastava M70 Furniture Ready AK From Atlantic Firearms [The Firearm Blog]

DIY Zastava M70 Furniture Ready RiflesAtlantic Firearms has introduced the DIY Zastava M70 that you can add whatever M70 stock, pistol grip, and handguard set to, which allows the user to customize their rifle right off the bat. AKM rifles have become much more modular in recent years, including lots of options when it comes to furniture. The ability to […]

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07:02

TFBTV – The Top 6 Tux Guns: The Classiest European Carry Pistols [AllOutdoor.com]

In this episode of TFBTV, James Reeves discusses the Top 6 Tux Guns, or pistols that are…well-suited for carrying at formal events. These are not cheap, they aren’t even that practical, but when you’re at an Oscars after-party or the Shah’s Tent City of Persepolis, you can’t show up with a Casio and a Hi-Point. James discusses the most elegant European carry guns from your favorite manufacturers like Walther, SIG Sauer, Heckler & Koch, Beretta, and Manurhin. What are the six classiest carry pistols out there?

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07:00

Modernized Sten 2.0 by Dylan T. [The Firearm Blog]

Remember that .22LR X95 conversion that Dylan made? Well, that is not the extent of his DIY skills. He made his own Modernized Sten 2.0. If you recall, I posted about a modernized Sten over three years ago. Funny enough, Dylan says that build inspired him to make one with his own twist. DIY @ […]

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06:00

New B&T ROTEX-X Suppressor Now Shipping [The Firearm Blog]

The New B&T ROTEX-X Suppressor Has Begun ShippingSuppressor junkies rejoice! The latest 5.56 suppressor from B&T is finally shipping! The ROTEX-X Suppressor is a lightweight version of the ROTEX-V which is currently in use with NATO allies over in Europe. The ROTEX-X apparently maintains the same performance as its heavier predecessor but manages to somehow weigh 20% less than the ROTEX-V. This […]

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Monday, 25 April

17:12

California: Gun Control Legislation Continues to Move Through the Legislature [NRA-ILA News]

Last week, the California Legislature returned from spring recess and wasted no time in passing a number of anti-gun bills through their respective policy committees. This week, expect more of the same from the Legislature, as a number of committees will hear bills as outlined below:

17:00

TFB Podcast Roundup 40: The ATF, Primers, and Range Etiquette [The Firearm Blog]

TFB Podcast Roundup 40: The ATF, Primers, and Range EtiquetteWelcome to TFB Podcast Roundup 40. The firearms industry is quite an interesting place to me. Before I ever started writing for TFB, I basically only ever looked at firearms through the lens of self-defense, hunting, and mag dumping into the trash at the local clay pit. Working for TFB has greatly expanded the world […]

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16:30

POTD: Heckler & Koch 40mm Grenade Machine Gun in Poland [The Firearm Blog]

Heckler & Koch 40mm Grenade Machine Gun in PolandWelcome to TFB’s own Photo Of The Day. As the name implies, this page is dedicated to rare and unique pics which are updated daily. Behind the Heckler & Koch 40mm Grenade Machine Gun (GMG) we have British Army Pte. Warren from Poacher Troop waiting for a firing order. With a weight of almost 30 […]

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16:00

The Rimfire Report: How 3D Printing Saved My High Standard Flite King [The Firearm Blog]

The Rimfire Report: How 3D Printing Saved My High Standard Flite KingHello and welcome back to another edition of The Rimfire Report! This ongoing series is all about the rimfire firearm world and its various guns, gear, sports, ammunition, and trends. A couple months ago, you guys will remember that we took a look at the old school High Standard Flite King. In that article, we discovered […]

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14:38

NRA Endorses Gov. Brian Kemp in Georgia Primary [NRA-ILA News]

The National Rifle Association announced its endorsement of Brian Kemp for governor in the 2022 Georgia primary election.

12:20

Maine: Legislature Adjourns from 2022 Legislative Session [NRA-ILA News]

Last night, the Maine Legislature adjourned from the second session of the 130th Legislature.

11:00

New CCI Blazer Brass 30 Super Carry Ammunition [The Firearm Blog]

CCI Offers New Blazer Brass 30 Super Carry Cartridge to CustomersBlazer Brass is generally pretty affordable training ammunition that many people use to train and plink with for fun. As you can probably tell, the new 30 Super Carry cartridge has been getting a lot of attention on the ammunition side and now those who were early adopters of 30 Super Carry pistols will have […]

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10:00

TRUE Knives: Blades for Everything from Strings to Sinews [AllOutdoor.com]

Recently I’ve been carrying folding blades from emerging brand True Knives. There are three with different sizes and missions. The smallest – the Ball Bearing Flipper – is in True’s EDC lineup. The largest is called Swift Edge and has interchangeable blades for doing big field dressing or other jobs. In between is the Tactical EDC, the boldest-looking of the three with a skeletonized frame.

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L-R: Ball Bearing Flipper, Swift Edge, Tactical EDC

I carried each blade for at least a week, subjecting them to about the same amount of light chores, like cutting twine on hay bales, before testing each one on a ripe tomato to see which, if any, would yield a paper-thin, transparent slice. Here are the results.

True Knives – Ball Bearing Flipper

As for daily use, I personally rate this one at the top of the trio. This little knife has a black G10 handle that’s molded with a decent block on the bottom to prevent fingers slipping onto the blade. The blade itself is a non-serrated three-inch, drop point blade made of economical, but good-performing 8Cr13MoV stainless. When open, the overall length is 8-3/8 inches. Closed, it’s 4.38 inches long and 0.75 inches thick. The blade is treated with black oxide, making for an overall discreet look. A thumb knob helps, along with a flipping motion on the draw to deploy this knife in a way that nears the efficiency of a spring-assisted blade, but without the bulk and weight. A passive, frame block keeps it securely open until the job is done. I find the block easy to disengage and close with one hand, a convenience I prefer in a daily carry knife. If a person wanted to attach a lanyard, the Flipper has a hole for it.

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The Flipper made an outstanding paper-thin cut on the tomato test.

What I love most about this blade is its deep-set, black clip that keeps it secure even in shallow pockets. That same feature keeps it from knocking on narrow passages and makes it very discreet for EDC. However, the drop point blade is enough to do most any day-to-day blade task. So far, the black oxide finish hasn’t shown any dulling despite this knife riding around in my pocket for a month in dusty spring conditions. As the name suggests, the opening process is smooth. This lightweight knife carries easy!

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I love how the clip is set high enough that this knife is completely inside my pocket.

Out of the box, this blade is sharp! When slicing twine on a bale of hay, no sawing motion is required, just a bit of pressure and the blade breaks right through. On the tomato-slice test, it glided right through and made a transparent cut, though the relatively short blade length required a little finesse on my part to produce a full-size slice. For $29.99, I expect to do frequent re-sharpenings, but that’s a small price to pay, in my book, to have a very concealable yet useful EDC blade.

True Knives – Tactical EDC Knife

The version of this knife I have is branded “TRUE” on the clip, but the True website also indicates it might be co-branded under the Nebo name. Obviously still on the EDC spectrum, this is a heavier, bigger, and overall beefier piece than the Ball Bearing Flipper. I’ve been carrying it as part of my armed security uniform for about a month.

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Good for non-tactical jobs too.

While True describes the Tactical EDC Knife as lightweight, it’s substantially heavier and thicker compared to the Flipper. Some weight is saved with a skeletonized handle which is stainless with gray titanium coating—and adds major cool factor. That handle is big enough to deliver more leverage compared to the Flipper.  As a small/medium-handed person, the handle feels a bit big, and I get the feeling of having to reach to keep my index finger in the optimum position. While there is a gentle groove to hold the index finger but not the thumb in place, I hope I never have to use this blade defensively, as I feel it’d be easy for my hand to slip up onto the blade. A larger-handed person would likely feel more comfortable wielding the Tactical EDC for defense.

This blade was the standout in the tomato test. It yielded a lovely paper-thin slice with ease. Its sharpness is on par with the Flipper, but its longer blade made a smooth, whole-tomato cut easier.

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Tomato test standout

Other features of this blade include a 3.25-inch 8Cr13MoV, black oxide-coated, rear-serrated blade, a glass breaker end with lanyard hole, and reversible pocket clip. Like the Flipper, it has a frame lock to ensure it stays open when in use. It’s 5-7/8 inches long and just shy of half an inch thick when closed, not counting the clip.  It’s 8-1/16 inches long when open. It rides higher above the hem than the flipper, and is probably not the blade to carry if you want to be discreet. This is a sizable folder that’s ready for work, and is the most eye-catching of the three. Regular price:  $34.99.

True Knives – Swift Edge Replaceable Blade Knife

New in the True lineup is the Swift Edge, the largest of the three discussed here. It comes with four 3.5-inch fast-flip to open blades. Three of those blades are black oxide-coated 5cR13 steel, a common type for hunting and kitchen purposes. The designs are a partially serrated tanto and two drop points. Then there’s a saw blade for cutting small firewood or medium game bones. It’s made of hard, carbon-rich 65Mn steel, tough but requiring attention to prevent and control rust.

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You like choices? Swift Edge has you covered.

As a test, I performed three trade-outs of each blade, or 24 successive changes. It’s an easy, two-step process. After each insertion, I pressed sideways, up, and down on the blades. At no time was there any wobble or loose feeling. As iffy-sounding as changeable blades were to me at the beginning of this test, I’m convinced they’ll stay reasonably solid in the field, enough to work one’s way through a slew of game in one day.

Tanto blades are quicker to produce and optimized for stabbing first, then slicing. While that doesn’t matter under most circumstances, it’s not the best setup for testing sharpness on a tomato. A bit of squishing took place to get the blade inserted far enough into the veggie before slicing could commence. Once there, it went well. It’s plenty sharp; the problem in this test is related to blade type. I didn’t do the saw test on the tomato since that wouldn’t make sense for a sawtooth blade.

A tanto grind isn’t the best for some applications, including making smooth cuts on tomatoes.

The G10 handle is comfortable, but do some real work with this knife and you might be wishing for gloves. Its angles are great for preventing hand-slip, a great feature for a knife that’s made for field work. It measures 4.61 inches long and 0.73 inches thick, not counting the clip, when closed, and 8 and 1/16 inches long when open.

To store the spare blades, True provides a flip-top rubberized container that’s compact enough to slip into some MOLLE or a small pocket of a pack. $49.99

Summary

True blades may be budget knives, but they’re built to dive into whatever task is at hand. The folding mechanisms, lock-outs, and blade attachment points appear to be solid. With a bit of a flourish from the thumb or wrist, all three deploy impressively fast. Their styles span a range of appearance and function to fit in at the office, on property patrol, or in the hunt field.

The oxide-coated drop point blade is a theme repeated often in True’s products, but that’s not a bad thing. It’s a practical point for both boring and dangerous tasks, and the subtle color exudes class.

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Top: Tactical EDC; Middle: Ball Bearing Flipper; Bottom: Swift Edge

Are they made in China? Yes. But not everyone can afford a quality American-made knife every time they need a new one, and besides, if you take a look around most any room in the average home or office, a lot of other things probably hail from there. Consumer choice is a plus, eh?

A discount is offered for email opt-ins as of this writing. There’s no time like now to add one or more True blades to your knife collection.  Each is boxed tastefully in a package suitable for gifting.

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10:00

Homemade Drop-In IWI Tavor .22LR X95 Conversion [The Firearm Blog]

Yes, you read that right, a .22LR X95 conversion! So let’s back up a bit. On the IWI Tavor and IWI Tavor X95 groups on Facebook, a clever self-starter by the name of Dylan T. has been modifying his IWI Tavor X95. However, he is not your typical gun aficionado just bolting add-ons to the […]

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09:30

POTD: Another Confederate Colt – Dance Brothers Dragoon Style Revolver [AllOutdoor.com]

Welcome to today’s Photo of the Day! Here we have another Confederate Colt copy in the form of a Dance Brothers revolver. This particular model is an “Army” model given it is a .44 caliber revolver, they also made .36 caliber Navy revolvers. In the early 1860s, three brothers with the last name Dance got together and went to Texas to start a business. From what I have seen they tinkered in a little bit of everything, but mainly leaned toward manufacturing. When the American Civil War broke out the south was left with very few firearm manufacturers which is why you see a lot of “Confederate” revolvers. Many small manufacturing businesses were contracted by the Confederate government to make miscellaneous small arms, artillery pieces, and equipment to go with said artillery pieces. At the end of the day, the Dance Brothers were expected to churn out 50 of these revolvers a week. In reality, they only produced about 10 on average and as you can expect with a war on there were not any repercussions taken out on them for slacking. This is also why there are very few of these Dance Brothers revolvers today, a majority being in .44 caliber.

“Confederate Dragoon style revolver manufactured by J.H. Dance & Brothers of Columbia, Texas, c. 1864. The Dance & Brothers manufactured an estimated 275-350 .44 caliber revolvers during the Civil War. This revolver has the distinctive flat frame with no recoil shields, part-octagon barrel and nickel-silver front sight blade. The hammer spur is not knurled. The six-shot cylinder has rectangular stops. There are no safety pins in the rear face of the percussion cylinder. The revolver has a thick oval brass trigger guard and brass back strap. The one-piece grip is nicely figured walnut with a high polish finish. The revolver is not serial numbered but is stamped with a diamond with “O” on either side, the left side of the loading lever, bottom of the barrel lug, bottom of the frame, trigger guard, back strap and the left side of the hammer. All of the visible marks appear to be identical and matching. There are no other external markings on the revolver.”

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Lot 1106: Dance & Brothers Confederate Revolvers Percussion Revolver 44 pe. (n.d.). Rock Island Auction Company. photograph. Retrieved April 24, 2022, from https://www.rockislandauction.com/detail/58/1106/dance-brothers-confederate-revolvers-percussion-revolver-44-pe.

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08:13

California: Fish and Game Commission Rejects Bear Ban Petition [NRA-ILA News]

On Thursday, the California Fish and Game Commission held a meeting and rejected Petition 2021-027, a request made by the Humane Society to eliminate the black bear hunting season under the pretext of the black bear population being vulnerable and needing further study.

08:00

Cold Steel Introduces their NEW Razor Tek Fixed Blade Knives [AllOutdoor.com]

The hunting season has probably been pretty rough on your blade. Everything from trimming small limbs off that is in your way to peeling open that blister-packed optic you just bought for your turkey gun will take a toll on your favorite blade. If you think it’s time to pick up a new one to use just for hunting or you’re like me and you just like to collect knives, Cold steel has their new Razor Tek lineup which will come in three different lengths and come complete with their own dedicated sheath.

Cold Steel Introduces Its new Razor Tek Fixed Blade Knives

Cold Steel Introduces Its new Razor Tek Fixed Blade Knives

The largest of the three new knives comes in a 6.5″ configuration and is suited best for dedicated fieldwork where you don’t have to worry about being discreet. The 6.5″ Razor Tek – like the 5″ version – features a recurve blade, but in a slightly thicker 4.5mm configuration. This blade is intended to be used for wilderness survival by being a great chopping tool while still being extremely resistant to corrosion due to its stainless steel blade material. The large 6.5″ blade is $199.99 with its dedicated sheath.

Cold Steel Introduces Its new Razor Tek Fixed Blade Knives

Slightly longer and featuring a different blade style than its 4″ brother is the 5″ Razor Tek. This longer version still features a 3.2mm thick blade, but uses a recurve blade-style instead of a clip point. Recurve blades are often favored by many as they give you a similar function to blade serrations, but without the extra difficulty of sharpening them. The 5″ blade will be sold for $129.99.

Cold Steel Introduces Its new Razor Tek Fixed Blade Knives

Both the 5″ and 4″ blades feature a 3mm thick 4116 fine-grain stainless steel blade. The 4″ razor take takes on a clip point blade shape with no jimping along the length of the spine of the blade until after the sharpened portion ends. Cold Steel says this option is great for self-defense, bushcraft, and field dressing of small game animals. The Razor Tek 4″ Blade will be sold for $99.99.

Cold Steel Introduces Its new Razor Tek Fixed Blade Knives

All three knives feature an ergonomically designed GFN (Glass-Filled Nylon) handle that has what looks like a very aggressive texture which would be good for a secure grip even if your hands are a little sweaty or covered in other liquids that you encounter in the wild. All three blades are available now from the Cold Steel website and currently only come in one handle color at the time of writing. The most appealing one to me seems to be the smallest of the blades and hopefully the 4116 fine-grain stainless steel holds up like Cold Steel says it will!

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08:00

New Soft Plastics from SPRO: Pocket Tail Minnow, Pin Tail Minnow & Stick [AllOutdoor.com]

Three new soft plastic lure arrivals this week from SPRO: the Pocket Tail Minnow Swimbait, Pin Tail Minnow, and Pin Tail Stick. All three are poured from a premium Japanese soft plastic recipe, Dura-Tough. This new highly resilient elastomer material is super strong and durable to be able to handle multiple fish. While at the same time still supple and soft enough for great action in the water as well.

Along with these features, these new baits are infused with Amino Bite Scents. This amino technology creates a scent trail that fish can key in on, and helps trigger more strikes. Perfect for fishing in low visibility water and heavy cover to have that extra edge for fish to home in on.

SPRO Pocket Tail Minnow – MSRP $6.30 a Pack

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Spro Pocket Tail Minnow

The Spro Pocket Tail Minnow is a 3.75-inch swimbait-shaped stick of dynamite, perfect for a more finessed use of swimbaits. Such as for bass feeding on small forage or fishing the backwaters of a bay or wetlands. The tail on these small swimbaits has a pocket, hence the name, to create a harder thumping swimming action. This gives a different sound profile from other swimbaits to help in more pressured waters.

The body is heavily ribbed to push more water and create more turbulence in the water as it swims. This works to call in fish from further out in clear or dirty water. The swimbait is also infused with Amino Bite Scent to create a scent trail that fish key in on. The Amino Bite scent is a custom amino acid blend made to trigger strikes by activating fishes’ predatory instincts. The SPRO Pocket Tail Minnow comes in 16 different color patterns and is available here:

PRODUCT FEATURES

  • Size 3.75″ Inches
  • Quantity: Five per pack
  • Amino Bite Infused
  • Bulky Ribbed Body Displaces More Water- Good For Cloudy and Muddy Water
  • Pocket Tail Thumping Tail Action

SPRO Pin Tail Minnow – MSRP $6.40 a Pack

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Spro Pintail Minnow

The SPRO Pin Tail Minnow is made using high-quality Japanese Dura-Tough plastic. Tough and durable while at the same time still elastic and capable of producing great action. This makes for a bait than can stand up to multiple fish without breaking apart. As with the other baits, the pintail minnows are infused with Amino Bite Scent which creates a scent trail that leads fish to it. Along with. In addition, each bait is infused with salt, which makes them even more enticing to bass.

As with the other two new baits, these baits are infused with the Amino Bite Scent as well. So as you fish these stick baits a scent trail will be created to lead the fish to it. And again, that custom amino acid blend helps entice predatory fish to take a bite. These stick baits are also heavily salted to help get that bite from bass.

The Pintail Minnow provides double the action, with a pair of tails that offers more fluttering action. A key to the Pintail Minnow design is the whole in the tail section of the bait. It creates an even more tantalizing wiggle when the lure is worked. This unique action is deadly twitched on a dropshot rig or swam and popped on a jig head. The SPRO Pintail Minnow comes in 2 sizes and 14 different color patterns and is available here:

PRODUCT FEATURES

  • 3.75” size
  • High-quality Japanese plastic
  • Infused with Amino Bite Scent
  • Double Pin Tail for even more fluttering action
  • Hole in tail section creates even more tantalizing wiggle
  • Perfect for drop-shot rigs or on a jig head
  • Heavy salt for easy casting and fast sink rate
  • Sold 8 per pack in 2.75”
  • Sold 7 per pack in 3.75”

SPRO Pin Tail Stick – MSRP $6.70 a Pack

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Spro Pintail Stick

The SPRO Pin Tail Stick is made using the high-quality Japanese Dura-Tough plastic that provides lots of action while remaining durable enough to catch multiple fish. As with the other two new baits, these baits are infused with the Amino Bite Scent as well. So as you fish these stick baits a scent trail will be created to lead the fish to it. And again. that custom amino acid blend entices predatory fish to take a bite. These stick baits are also heavily salted to help get that bite from bass.

Besides the heavily salted Dura-Tough material and Amino Bite Scent, the single pintail design moves even when the bait is not having action imparted to it. Fluttering in the water to help finesse out a strike from even the pickiest bass. While there is no wrong way to fish it, the Pintail is perfect for Neko, Texas, or Wacky rigging. The SPRO Pintail Stick comes in two sizes and 13 different color patterns and is available here:

PRODUCT FEATURES

  • 3.75” and 5” sizes
  • High-quality Japanese plastic
  • Infused with Amino Bite Scent
  • Fluttering Pin Tail action
  • Heavy salt for easy casting and fast sink rate
  • Perfect for Neko, Texas or Whacky rigging
  • Sold 5 per pack in 3.75”

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08:00

Mec-Gar USA Celebrates Its 30th Anniversary [The Firearm Blog]

The Pearl: Mec-Gar USA Celebrates Its 30th AnniversaryYour favorite Italian-founded manufacturer of aftermarket and OEM magazines is excited to celebrate 30-years of US operations this year. Mec-Gar USA cracked the US market on April 20th, 1992 and fast became one of the largest distributors and importers of pistol magazines in the United States. 30-years later, Mec-Gar has become somewhat of a household […]

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07:00

Cruising the Gulf Coast & Fishing for Spring Cobia [AllOutdoor.com]

Throughout the Panhandle of Florida and most of the Gulf Coast, Cobia is the king of Spring. They are the biggest fish inshore besides the summer tarpon and sharks, capable of easily reaching over 100 Lb. Cobia will show up as the water temps reach about 69f, the cobia migrate up the coast from their wintering grounds in the Florida Keys. They swim up along the coast usually within a mile of the beach. These fish are on a mission to go north then west along the coast. Heading towards their spring and summer spawning grounds in the Northern Gulf. All the while the cobia are feeding heavily, especially the large females. Bulking up in preparation for the spawn.

This voracious nature makes them very willing to bite at anything presented to them. Be it a colorful cobia jig, a live eel, or a ruby lips. As long as the water temperature is right, the majority of the time they will eat anything you throw at them. The way to target cobia is to just look at the water and try to find them. This is almost purely a sight fishing endeavor. Either by boat or from the pier, you have to watch the water and try and find them swimming along the surface. This trip was on a boat, so I’ll cover pier tactics at another time in another article.

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Leaving Harbor Walk (Photo courtesy of Robert)

This trip was originally supposed to be a 48-hour Tuna trip with Captain Tyler of the Nothin Matters. But the weather and airlines had other plans for that day. So, as a consolation, we decided to go out looking for Cobia. The weather was windy and a bit cold with a front having just rolled through that week, but the water was still warm so the cobia should still be around, maybe out just a bit deeper than usual. For this weather, I would definitely recommend some Grundens and a good wind-resistant jacket. Especially if you’re going to be up in the tower all day getting blasted by the wind.

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Cruising out of Destin Pass

We had a late start due to the last-minute issues that happened with the original trip. So, after slowly coming out of the harbors in the no-wake zone. Captain Tyler opened her up and we started hauling out to the west to head to the most likely area to hold fish. The stretch of coast from Okaloosa Island Pier to Destin Pass is colloquially called the “Dead Sea.” So, to not waste any time we made a 10-mile run towards the Santa Rosa Island Tower. On that run, the mates were prepping and rigging to be ready to fish as soon as we got to the tower. There were several rods sent up to the tower, a couple with jigs and the rest rigged with live eels on circle hooks. A couple of rods were left rigged and ready down on the deck with circle hooks as well, ready to have a ruby lip put on and tossed at a fish.

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Daiwa Catalina with a Cobia Jig
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The winds were blowing a good deal and the water was a bit choppy. (Photo courtesy of Robert)
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The Santa Rosa Island Tower at Eglin Airforce Base. (Photo courtesy of Robert)

Once we reached the tower the hunt was on. The mates were ready and up in the tower looking for Cobia. They were all very eager for a Cobia today for they had lost one the week before right at the boat. They really wanted to have that first fish of the season under their belt. Down on the deck of the boat, we had a single trolling rod pulling a white Rapala X-Rap. Hoping for possibly a king or Spanish mackerel while we were out there. Anything to increase the chances of catching something that day. Because the fact of the matter is cobia fishing is pretty boring 98% of the time. You are out there just looking around trying to spot a brown spot out in the gulf. Catching a cobia is not a guaranteed thing.

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Trolling an X-Rap while looking for Cobia

We were instructed to reel in the trolling rig if a fish was spotted and we were off. For a long time of scenic sightseeing in the gulf. We spent about 5 hours just cruising before spotting the first fish. It was honestly incredibly odd to go that far trolling an X-Rap without running into anything.

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Live Baitwell for Cobia
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Premium Cobia baits, live Eels, and Ruby Lips
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Navarre Fishing Pier
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Another boat cruising the Sandbar looking for Cobia, both fishermen in the tower for a better vantage point.

From the Santa Rosa Island Tower, we cruised west at about 6 knots per hour. We passed other boats fishing as well, but didn’t see much going on. Even the piers we passed looked like nothing was going on. We went all the way west to almost the opening of Pensacola Pass, and from there we doubled back to the east. There was a false alarm when a big sea turtle surfaced, cobia follow other large marine animals such as sharks, turtles, and rays. But other than that it was uneventful until we were nearly back at the Navarre Pier. A cobia was spotted from the tower and an eel was pitched at it. But it didn’t eat it, so a jig was tossed next. The fish was interested in the jig and even followed it to almost the side of the boat, but it would not commit and strike the jig. So, a ruby lip was hooked up and thrown at it, and that was the ticket.

As soon as the ruby lip hit the water the cobia was on it and trying to inhale it. We saw the cobia go belly up swallowing the grunt and knew she had the bait. We kept the reel in free spool so the cobia had plenty of time to completely swallow the ruby lip. After just a bit the bail was flipped and the circle hook did its job. The first fish of the day was on and the fight was on. After feeling that hook in the corner of its jaw the fish bolted for the bottom, taking drag and dogging down deep. Before running straight back up to the surface with some headshakes. Then, immediately make a beeline towards the boat. Then, running around the transom of the boat to get gaffed by First Mate Jesse.

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Images of the fight from a video shot by Captain Tyler
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First Cobia of the day in the box, caught on a Ruby Lips

After all that excitement was done, it was back to more of the same. Cruising at a leisurely pace back east towards Destin. More trolling a lure with no hits and staring at the water. We passed by Navarre again and then the Santa Rosa Island Tower and entered the “Dead Sea.” A stretch of water that’s supposed to be not worth the effort to fish for cobia. but that wasn’t the case today. We finally had a hit on the trolling rod. Of course, though it hit right as I went to let some more line out, instantly making a giant bird’s nest of the reel. It was a 5 Lb axe-handle Spanish mackerel that had to be handlined in.

After the mackerel was on ice, we were on the move again. We ran into the second Cobia of the day a bit west of Okaloosa Island Pier, a larger fish in the mid-40s. This fish was more aggressive and hit the jig that was thrown at it by the First Mate Jesse. This was a much longer fight though, after an initial run this fish went deep. It kept digging towards the bottom and trying to get under the boat. We saw color a couple of times as the fish got near the boat, but as soon as it got close to the surface the fish would bolt and try to go deep and under the boat again. But finally, we got this big girl to the surface and stuck a gaff in her. We managed to get our two fish limit for the day, it was time to go home.

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The second Cobia of the day caught on a Cobia Jig
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First Mate Jesse with the second Cobia that he hooked on his jig.

Of course, there was some showboating and pictures being taken, maybe some bragging and taunting the other cobia fishermen on the Okaloosa Island Pier. Once that was all done, time to ice and clean up the boat. Packing away gear and putting live baits back in the well. We were off at full speed back to the harbor, to take some photos, clean some fish, and say goodbyes.

For a day that had started with such a low, finally catching a cobia after 10 years of trying was a good consolation prize. Not every trip is a slam dunk, some days you can be out there all day and not see a single fish. So, to get a vessel limit and the first fish of the year for the boat is about as good as it can get. I want to close out by thanking Captain Tyler, and the mates Jesse, Devin, and Pitt.

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07:00

$145M Army Pistol Ammunition Contract Awarded to Winchester [The Firearm Blog]

$145M USD Army Pistol Ammunition Contract Awarded to WinchesterWinchester is about to ramp up production in its facilities in Oxford, Mississippi and East Alton, Illinois in preparation for its latest military contract. The United States Army has officially awarded Winchester a hefty $145M Army Pistol Ammunition contract to produce .38 caliber. 45 caliber and 9mm ammunition over a five-year contract agreement. I was […]

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06:27

Swedish K Comparison: Model m/45 v m/45B [Forgotten Weapons]

https://youtu.be/gAPqM0M2Vec

Since I have the rather unusual opportunity to examine both the early Swedish m/45 and the improved m/45B at the same time, I figured this would be a good opportunity for a video. There were three substantial changes made to the m/45 when it was improved:

– Barrel proud holes made taller to make the shroud sturdier
– Magazine well guide was riveted permanently in place, as the quad-stack magazines were taken out of service.
– Receiver endcap and buffer were strengthened to better handle the new hotter m/39B AP ammunition

In addition, the m/45B guns were given a coat of heavy green paint over their parkerizing for better durability. Most of the early m/45 gun in service were updated to m/45B standard.

06:00

TFB Weekly Web Deals 5: Demo, Used, Blemished, & Refurbished Optics [The Firearm Blog]

TFB Weekly Web Deals 5: Demo, Used, Blemished, & Refurbished OpticsWelcome to TFB Weekly Web Deals 5! New firearms equipment can be expensive and a lot of the time our eyes are often quite bigger than our wallets. When it comes to optics, high-quality glass is just expensive and there is almost no way to avoid this, except for perhaps the methods that we’ll be […]

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05:52

After Countless Efforts to Eviscerate Second Amendment, Anti-Gun Activists Appear Ready to Turn on Anti-Gun Democrats [NRA-ILA News]

There are few who would disagree that Joe Biden is the most anti-gun president this country has ever experienced. He ran on an anti-gun platform, his campaign was supported by tens-of-millions of dollars from anti-gun extremists (although, fairly ineffectively), and whenever he tries to stem the hemorrhaging of his plummeting approval ratings, he usually turns to attacks on the Second Amendment. It’s often the same message over and over and over again.

05:46

Anti-gun D.C. Government to Hire “Life Coaches” for Criminals [NRA-ILA News]

Earlier this year there was some rare encouraging news out of the District of Columbia. It appeared that the federal enclave had uncovered a key insight into its increasingly outrageous violent crime problem – something that they could use to help protect the city’s law-abiding residents.

05:39

Victory in Washington Preemption Case [NRA-ILA News]

Yesterday, the Washington Supreme Court gave law-abiding Washington gun owners something to celebrate. In a unanimous opinion, the Court ruled that the City of Edmonds’ storage ordinances violated the state’s preemption law. These ordinances required firearms to be locked at all times within the home, and imposed liability on gun owners if their firearms were ever accessed by a prohibited person.

Sunday, 24 April

16:30

POTD: Heckler & Koch UMP 9mm FX [The Firearm Blog]

POTD: Heckler & Koch UMP 9mm FXWe have been publishing the Photo Of The Day articles for years. Our focus is on firearms, sometimes a new product, a classic or one in the hands of soldiers or sports shooters. Sometimes the pictures work just like pieces of art, and today is close and far away from another “black gun”. We have the […]

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05:00

TFB Armorer’s Bench: Closer Look – Platinum Series Precision Scale [The Firearm Blog]

Precision ScaleWelcome everyone to the TFB Armorer’s Bench! As mentioned in the little blurb, this series will focus on a lot of home armorer and gunsmith activities. In this article sponsored by Wheeler, Tipton, Caldwell, and Frankford Arsenal, I decided to take a closer look at the Frankford Arsenal Platinum Series Precision Scale. Recently I have been preparing to work with a few […]

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Saturday, 23 April

16:30

POTD: 105mm – M1 Abrams in Europe [The Firearm Blog]

POTD: 105mm - M1 Abrams in EuropeThe first online photograph is said to have been published by Tim Berners-Lee in 1992. It’s uncertain how many were actually able to see the image at that time, probably not that many. TFB’s Photo Of The Day is a lot more popular for sure. Here we do our best to focus on interesting high-quality […]

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14:59

SILENCER SATURDAY #225: Wiped Suppressors – POI Shift Concerns? [The Firearm Blog]

Good afternoon everyone and welcome back to TFB’s Silencer Saturday brought to you by Yankee Hill Machine, manufacturers of the awesome YHM Turbo K 5.56 rifle suppressor. Last week we stayed indoors for some light reading on industry news and current events – a little like 6th grade home room. This week we are back […]

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10:42

The Top 6 Tux Guns: The Classiest European Carry Pistols [The Firearm Blog]

In this episode of TFBTV, James Reeves discusses the Top 6 Tux Guns, or pistols that are…well-suited for carrying at formal events. These are not cheap, they aren’t even that practical, but when you’re at an Oscars after-party or the Shah’s Tent City of Persepolis, you can’t show up with a Casio and a Hi-Point. […]

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08:26

“Camera” Hogg Throws Everytown Under The Bus []

David “Camera” Hogg, the most famous non-victim from the Parkland school shootings, just threw Michael Bloomberg and Everytown for Gun Safety under the bus.

In the tweet below you can read him bemoaning the fact that gun control isn’t happening sooner and suggesting that every politician, Democrat or Republican, needs to be bought off.

I’m not sure what “hmu” means but he is called out on his tweet by someone named Ben Davis. Hogg’s response is to throw Bloomberg, Everytown, and probably Shannon Watts as well under the bus.

While I’m glad that Everytown is ineffective at their astroturfing, it is a bit unseemly to bite the hand that has been feeding you for so long.

Oh, what the heck, bite that hand Mr. Hogg. There is nothing I like better than to see disarray among the gun prohibitionists.

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06:27

Danish Madsen-Saetter GPMG at the Range [Forgotten Weapons]

https://youtu.be/JaIGwoTWmG4

The Madsen-Saetter is a general purpose machine gun that had the unfortunate luck to compete against the MG42/MG3 and FN MAG. It is a quite nice gun to shoot, but not quite up to the overall standard et by those other two guns, arguably the best of their type ever made in the West. This example is part of the ale to Indonesia, chambered for .30-06 and using German MG34/42 or DM1 belts.

Friday, 22 April

17:00

TFB Review: Athlon MIDAS HMR Scope, 2.5-15x50mm, HD, SFP [The Firearm Blog]

Athlon MIDAS HMR Scope ReviewThe Athlon MIDAS HMR rifle scope is in its own series with a 2.5 to 15 magnification range, which is a good start for up-close to medium range work. The MIDAS HMR is one of three scopes Athlon sent us to review, and of the three in this review series, is the cheapest option, but […]

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16:30

POTD: Swedish Platoon 1990 [The Firearm Blog]

Swedish Platoon 1990In our Photo Of The Day, we go back in time. This photo was taken on October 13, 1990, some 32 years ago. We have a collection of firearms used by the Swedish Army at the time – some are still going strong – like the Ak4 (H&K G3), Grg m/48 (Carl Gustaf recoilless rifle […]

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16:00

Friday Night Lights: L3 Warrior Systems CNVD-LR (PVS-24LR) [The Firearm Blog]

On this Friday Night Lights, we will take a look at an L3Harris Clip-On Night Vision Device – Long Range (CNVD-LR). Clip-on night vision devices are used for seeing farther at night than a typical NVG on your face. They are often mounted inline in front of a day optic like a rifle scope or […]

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14:34

New York: Senate Committee Adds Gun Control to The Agenda Next Week [NRA-ILA News]

New York is doing its best to unseat Chicago as the quintessential national example of why gun control is a failure.

12:46

Colorado: Governor Signs Hunter Education Legislation into Law [NRA-ILA News]

Today, Governor Jared Polis signed important Hunter Education Legislation, House Bill 22-1168.

12:00

AllOutdoor Review: Springfield Armory 9mm Garrison 1911 [AllOutdoor.com]

Back in November of last year, Springfield Armory announced a new 1911 was hitting shelves. This was the Springfield Armory Garrison 1911 in 45 ACP. The Garrison 1911s are nostalgic-style guns built with a modern spin and specifications.  They were released for the guy or gal out there that are old souls, but crave the reliability and quality of modern technology. Modern aspects being forged frames, slides, and barrels for durability as well as enhancements such as thinline grips, an extended right-hand manual thumb safety, and low-profile high-visibility sights. The Garrisons were released in both a matte blue with polished accents and a stainless finish with polished accents. Today they are rolling out the same style 1911s, but in the reliable and comfortable 9mm cartridge. Let’s jump right into the Springfield Armory 9mm Garrison 1911!

Springfield Armory Coverage on AllOutdoor

Specifications: Springfield Armory 9mm Garrison 1911

The Springfield Armory 9mm Garrison 1911 comes in the now-standard black Springfield Armory cardboard box. Within the box, the 1911 is enclosed inside of a minimalist soft case that features a single pouch for a spare magazine or whatever you decide to put in it. Besides a soft case, the Garrison also comes with one extra nine-round magazine. This is a nice addition considering the 45 ACP Garrison only comes with one magazine to my knowledge. Most 1911s regardless of brand or price-point tend to only come with a single magazine to save on cost. The box also contains the normal cable lock, manual, and warranty registration information. Lastly, a small hex key is included for the adjustable trigger on the Garrison.

  •  1911 Garrison Handgun
  •  9mm 
  • +1
  • Recoil System: Bushing-GI Style
  •  Matte Blue with Polished Accents or Stainless with Polished Accents
  •  Right Hand Extended Manual Thumb Safety
  •  8.6 Inches
  • Height: 5.5 Inches
  •  Dovetailed, Low Profile Combat Ramp, White Dot
  • Dovetailed, Low Profile Combat, White Dot
  •  Single Action
  • Thinline Wooden Grip Pannels
  •  Forged Stainless Steel, Match Grade, Fully Supported Ramp
  • Barrel Twist: 1:16
  • Forged Carbon Steel (Blued Model), Forged Stainless Steel (Stainless Model)
  • Forged Carbon Steel (Blued Model), Forged Stainless Steel (Stainless Model)
  •  5 Inches
  •  38 oz.

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The MSRP of the blued Springfield Armory 9mm Garrison 1911 is $849 and the stainless model is $899. I would say as far as model 1911 pistols go these days that is pretty fair since its in the middle of the road. You get a match-grade barrel, thoughtful finishes, an adjustable trigger, and an extra magazine.

“Featuring forged materials and heirloom-quality construction, the Garrison 1911 combines modern materials and design with a heritage spanning back more than a century. Available with classic hot salt blued carbon steel or rust-resistant stainless steel construction, the Garrison is a rock-solid 1911 that gives you a host of modern upgrades along with the strength to provide a lifetime of service. For those who respect tradition and demand the best, the Garrison stands ready.

With more than a century of service behind it, the 1911’s capabilities are beyond question. The Garrison builds upon that solid foundation with the features today’s shooters demand. Forged construction, low-profile yet high-visibility sights, skeletonized hammer, extended beavertail grip safety and much more define this modern take on the proven classic.

The forged frame and slide of the Garrison 1911 provides shooters with a durable foundation for the pistol. In addition, it is available with either hot salt blued carbon steel construction or rust-resistant stainless steel. Either way you choose, the Garrison will provide you with an attractive and durable take on this classic design.”

First Look: Springfield Armory 9mm Garrison 1911

Out of the box, my first big impression was being thankful that it came with another magazine. I don’t think the 9mm magazines are any cheaper per se it is probably more Springfield Armory adjusting to the fact that those magazines may be harder to find for the average Joe. The second thing I noticed while actually handling the gun was how smooth the slide felt. It was not wobbly nor did it rattle. It was genuinely very smooth and easy to work with. I am guessing it felt like that to me since I am used to a standard 45 ACP 1911 which offers a little more resistance. With that resistance taken away those tight tolerances that Springfield Armory is known for really show through.

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Mechanical feel aside, looking at the aesthetic, it is a very humble-looking gun. The whole sales pitch is classic looks plus modern features, but this is more than just classic looks, it is classy. This specific model (it will be the same setup for the stainless) is blued. It has polished accents on the side of the slide and frame and is a matte blue on the top of the slide to reduce glare which I find very thoughtful. The polished portions are very cool looking, but once you touch them they become caked in smudges very easily and you find yourself trying to wipe them off with your shirt or a rag.

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Range Time: Springfield Armory 9mm Garrison 1911

I have had the pleasure of shooting a Springfield Armory 1911 before in the form of their Mil-Spec model. I reviewed that over at our sister site TheFirearmBlog.com. I loved working with that gun so much that I ended up picking one up. It was a great shooter and as an old soul, it itched that nostalgic feel for me. The Mil-Spec is a 45 ACP 1911. This Garrison is in 9mm. I was extremely excited to feel the difference for the first time and give you my unbiased results.

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The target you see below is my very first 9 rounds of 9mm fired with the Garrison at 15 yards. My first five shots were basically a hole in the hole and at that point, I got a little loosey-goosey and cocky and my group got a bit bigger with some flyers. I was really surprised by its performance and my own. I do not go out and shoot pistols often so it was cool that this gun made me look good for five shots in a row.

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The handling was astonishing when comparing it to the jerky snap that 45 ACP can produce. It was a really comfortable shooter. The trigger was a crisp single-action trigger like most 1911 handguns. The reset was plenty obvious when doing a slow fire session. The magazine well was a tight fit when inserting a fresh magazine so at one point when I smacked the mag past the release it did not fully lock up. The top of the loaded magazine must have had enough spring pressure to force the magazine back down slightly so when I racked the slide and attempted to fire, well nothing happened.

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I fired a good mix of 9mm through the Garrison. I started with an old box of some 115 grain Federal American Eagle. I also had some Remington 115 grain Range, 147 grain Blazer, 115 grain Sig Sauer V-Crown, and a handful of 92 grain G2 Research R.I.P. 9mm. All shot fine through the Garrison without malfunction. I did have one of the Blazer rounds get caught on the top of the chamber when I racked and released the slide, but I blame this on user error. I racked the slide too slow since my hands were getting cold. That brings me to another point! I had not cleaned or lubricated this pistol since it entered my possession. It was around 25 degrees Fahrenheit out with a decent amount of wind. This gun did not fail, jam, or cause me grief once. It was a thoroughly enjoyable range experience! All said and done I had probably sent roughly 250 rounds through the Garrison before I packed up and headed home.

Final Thoughts: Springfield Armory 9mm Garrison 1911

So, here it is. I really like the Springfield Armory Garrison 9mm 1911. It is a neat idea to blend old looks with new modern features. This example of that attempt is excellent in my opinion. It looks and feels elegant and shoots very well. The recoil is perfect for someone who may be shy about rocking and rolling with the good ole 45 ACP and it is definitely more affordable shooting so no shame there. The price for the Garrison is very middle of the road and that is great because in a lot of ways it is an above-average model 1911. Match grade barrel, adjustable trigger, tight tolerances, and an extra magazine. It is hard to ask for more for that price and the package it all comes wrapped up in. The Springfield Armory Garrison 9mm 1911 has my seal of approval and I would recommend it to anyone!

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In closing, I want to say thank you to Springfield Armory for allowing AllOutdoor and myself the opportunity to try out their 9mm Garrison 1911. That is greatly appreciated. Also, we would like to know what all of you guys and gals think? Do you believe that this version of the Garrison is worth spending your money on? Would you take this out to the range? Would this be your go-to 1911 pistol? Let us know all of your thoughts in the Comments below! We always appreciate your feedback.

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11:38

Minnesota: Pro-Gun Omnibus Legislation Heads to the House [NRA-ILA News]

Yesterday, the Minnesota Senate passed pro-gun omnibus legislation, Senate File 4062, by a 37 to 29 vote.  The measure now heads over to the House for further consideration.

11:00

POTD: The Praga – Czechoslovakia’s First Military Semi-Automatic Pistol [AllOutdoor.com]

Welcome to today’s Photo of the DayHere we have Czechoslovakia’s very first martial handgun, the Praga! When Czechoslovakia gained its independence from the Austro-Hungarian Empire after the cessation of World War One they were left with a surplus bunch of Austrian small arms. Quantity alone made it clear that these guns were not enough to standardize new military small arms. Not to mention the cost of some of the guns like the Steyr 1912, the Roth Steyr, and outdated arms like the Gasser revolvers. That all being said they were tasked with finding a new pistol design to be the standard military issue handgun. This led to the government looking to the Zbrovka Praga gun company (more known for their sporting guns like drillings, double barrels, and bolt action rifles) to design and manufacture their first military issue pistol.

“With a Rampant Lion and “22” stamped on the slide and a matching numbered “FN” magazine.

  • Manufacturer: Zbrovka
  • Type: Pistol
  • Gauge: 32
  • Barrel: 3 3/4 inch round
  • Finish: blue
  • Grip: hardwood”

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Lot 4414: Praga Zbrovka 1921 Pistol 32. (n.d.). Rock Island Auction Company. photograph. Retrieved April 20, 2022, from https://www.rockislandauction.com/detail/1027/4414/praga-zbrovka-1921-pistol-32.

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11:00

New Razor Tek Fixed Blade Stainless Steel Knives from Cold Steel [The Firearm Blog]

New Razor Tek Fixed Blade Stainless Steel Knives from Cold SteelFixed blade knives seem to be back in vogue these days and I think that’s a good thing. Cold Steel has just unveiled their new Razor Tek fixed blade knives that will come in three different lengths ranging from smaller 4″ blades suitable for everyday carry all the way up to the larger 6.5″ Razor […]

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10:00

Holosun Introduces the New SCS-MOS-GR Solar Charging Sight [The Firearm Blog]

If you were all paying close attention to SHOT Show 2022, you’ll remember that Holosun introduced the SCS or Solar Charging Sight which uses the sun to power its diode and keep its internal 2-year capacity battery topped off. While red versions were initially proposed during SHOT Show 2022, Holosun just announced today that they […]

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09:59

Springfield Garrison 9mm 1911 – Timeless Aesthetic, Modern Features [AllOutdoor.com]

Springfield Armory is known the world over for their premium firearms ranging from the iconic M1A to modern AR-15s. Most notably, people seek out their 1911 pistols for the supremely tight tolerances as well as their forged materials. Now, Springfield has widened their line-up by adding in the Garrison 9mm 1911 being offered in both a blued and stainless finish.

Springfield Armory Coverage on AllOutdoor

The Garrison line of 1911s from Springfield Armory are known for their heirloom quality craftsmanship as well as their throwback aesthetic of a beautiful pistol with modern features. These desirable traits will continue with the Garrison 9mm offerings that have debuted today. Springfield Armory’s Vice President of Marketing, Steve Kramer, elaborates about some of the high points regarding the Garrison 9mm:

“The Garrison in 9mm is designed to appeal to those who respect tradition and appreciate the flat-shooting aspects of a full-size 9mm 1911. With a forged steel foundation for strength and heirloom-quality construction, this is a pistol that offers a modern take on a proven classic.”

Some of the more pronounced features surrounding the Garrison 9mm are their forged frames, slides, and barrels for durability. Also, you have low-profile yet high-visibility sights, an extended thumb safety, thinline grips, and much more.

The time of their release today, the MSRP for the blued version is $849 while it is $899 for stainless. Those classic looks of a classic hot salt blued carbon steel or rust-resistant stainless-steel should be appealing to any nostalgic 1911 lover. Be sure to check them out on Springfield Armory’s website today, and as always, let us know all of your thoughts in the Comments below! We always appreciate your feedback.

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09:11

Boomstick Starter Kit! Big Horn Armory Offers the AR500 Starter Kit [AllOutdoor.com]

Modern sporting rifles – or AR-15s – are becoming more commonplace every passing year in the realm of hunting. Not only are the traditional rounds of .223 Rem/5.56 NATO and .308 Win/7.62 NATO being chambered in AR-15s, but you also have companies like Big Horn Armory who are more creative and adventurous chambering such cartridges as .500 Auto Max. In fact, they have a special offer they are running to make diving on on the 500 Auto Max that much more appealing.

Big Horn Armory Coverage on AllOutdoor

We all know how difficult it is to source ammunition lately and that especially holds true to less common rounds like the 500 Auto Max. To help with that, this newly minted offer will give new buyers 500 Auto Max ammunition at a discounted price. For those who might be unfamiliar with the 500 Auto Max round entirely, this is the specification listing for the rifle being offered:

  • Caliber: 500 Auto Max
  • Rate of Twist: 1 in 24″
  • Barrel: 18″ with Threaded Muzzle Brake and Recessed Crown
  • Buttstock: Adjustable Buttstock
  • Forend: M-LOK Free Float Handguard
  • Action: 7075 Aluminum Hard Anodized
  • Metal: Hunter Black Nitride on Stainless Steel Parts
  • Swing Swivel Mounts: Integral Rear
  • Mag Capacity: Five (5) Round standard; Nine (9) Round Mags Available for Purchase
  • Weight: 9 Lb
  • MSRP: $1,999.99

Cody, Wyo. (April 2022) – Big Horn Armory (BHA), makers of big-bore firearms, is pleased to announce a special, limited-time “AR500 Starter Kit” offer. This deal includes 100 rounds of 500 Auto Max ammunition for only $2.00 per round with the purchase of an AR500 Rifle. While most ammunition manufacturers are currently selling this round from $2.50 – $4.50 per round, BHA is able to offer this reduced price as part of its unique Starter Kit. This is a time-sensitive offer. Once the supply runs out, this offer will not be repeated. Factory ammunition for the 500 Auto Max is available through Buffalo BoreSteinel Ammunition, and Underwood Ammunition. Call 307-586-3700 to learn more.”

Being able to tote around the power and force of the .500 S&W Magnum cartridge in the compact platform such as the AR-15 is pretty amazing and now sourcing ammunition became that much easier. Be sure to check this out on Big Horn Armory’s website and see if it might be perfect for you. As always, let us know all of your thoughts in the Comments below! We always appreciate your feedback.

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08:00

Remington’s New Sporting Clays Course and Inaugural Spring League [The Firearm Blog]

Remington's New Sporting Clays Course and Inaugural Spring LeagueThose who live in the Mid-South might be interested to hear that the Remington has just opened its new Gun Club and Sporting Clays Course to the public and is currently hosting its inaugural Spring League. This new sporting clays course and the gun club are located about two hours west of me in Lonoke, […]

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07:00

High Speed Gear Introduces New Double Rifle TACO Pouches [The Firearm Blog]

High Speed Gear Introduces New Double Rifle TACO PouchesTACO pouches are some of my favorite magazine retention accessories to run on either my plate carrier or gun belt. They really make re-indexing magazines a lot easier and they’re also made from high-quality materials right here in the USA. High Speed Gear has just announced that they’ve released new Double Rifle TACO pouches that […]

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06:59

Record Breaking 832 Lb Bluefin Caught in Destin, Florida [AllOutdoor.com]

A possible new state record Bluefin Tuna was caught this Easter Sunday, 2022. Captain Jake Matney of the boat No Name with deck mates Devin Sarver and Jett Tolbert reeled in an 832.2-pound bluefin tuna. They hooked up to and caught this fish 160 miles off the coast of Destin, Florida.

The team of three aboard the No Name launched out of the port of Destin the day before with plans to chase marlin far offshore. After steaming out 160 miles into the gulf they hooked into this monster and fought this fish for almost 5 hours. The fight was a team effort with the turns being taken to fight this giant. After the grueling fight and pulling the fish partially through the tuna door and covering and icing their catch They ran back into the Harbor Walk Marina in Destin to get a weight and photos of their record catch.

Posing with the potential record Bluefin on the docks (photo courtesy of April Sarver)

This bluefin tuna has yet to be certified as a state record. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has yet to announce that this fish is the new official state record. The current standing Florida state record bluefin tuna is held by an 826-pound fish that was also hooked off the Destin coast in 2017. Either way, if certified as the new state record or not this is the largest bluefin tuna that has been landed in Florida.

Uncertified state record at 832.2 pounds!!!Words cannot express how greatful I am! What happened to us the ups and downs of this battle make for a great story with great people! 5 hours before this fish was all said and done, THIS IS WHAT DREAMS ARE MADE OF! I’ve never had so much respect for a fish and to catch him in the Gulf of Mexico is a feat of it’s own!! this bluefin was as bad as they come, God is great! #epic #AllGloryToGod

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Bluefin tuna caught on the Noname after a 4 1/2 hour fight (photo courtesy of April Sarver)

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06:27

Madsen Saetter: Denmark’s Remarkable Unsuccessful GPMG [Forgotten Weapons]

The Maden-Saetter was the Madsen (DISA) company’s entry into the GPMG arena. It Wass developed by Eric Larsen-Saetter in the early 1950s, although it did not enter production until 1960. The design was heavily German-influenced, with an MG34-like receiver, MG42-like recoil mechanism and feed system, and G43-like locking system. Unfortunately for DISA, it was a bit too complicated and had to compete against some truly excellent GPMG alternative at the time; the FN MAG and MG42/59 (aka MG3). A total of just 11,500 were produced, and the only significant military contract was to the Indonesian Army.

06:00

Safety Recall Issued for Slim Frame Glock Apex Action Enhancement Kits [The Firearm Blog]

Safety Recall Issued for Slim Frame Glock Apex Action Enhancement KitsA mandatory safety recall was issued on April 19th, 2022 by Apex Tactical Specialties regarding a limited amount of their Apex Action Enhancement Kits for slim frame Glock pistols like the Glock 43, Glock 43X, and the Glock 48. The issue with these flawed trigger kits is that some of the trigger bars (which are […]

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Thursday, 21 April

17:00

Overlanding Trip Planning: Basic Concepts for Safe and Fun Multiday Trips [AllOutdoor.com]

Good day everyone and welcome to a new installment of AllOutdoor's Off-Road and Overlanding series brought to you by onX Offroad--mapping software for all your adventures.

If you’re like me, the allure of overlanding trips is irresistible. There’s something about driving into the unknown, sleeping under the stars, and living out of the truck that just calls to me. But before you can take your first overlanding trip, there are a few things you need to know; overlanding trip planning will make your experience more enjoyable.

In this article, we’ll discuss some basic concepts for safe and fun multiday trips in the backcountry by vehicle. We’ll cover topics like what tools you should use, what considerations to take into account when choosing a route, and whether or not you should go overlanding on your own or with a group.

So What is “Overlanding” Anyway?

Overlanding is a form of self-reliant travel in which the goal is to reach remote places by land. It’s usually done with mechanized, off-road-capable transport (could be bicycles, trucks, etc) and can span a few days to more lengthy periods of time (months to years – welcome to the rise of Sprinter vans on IG). Overlanding journeys can even cross national borders (like the Pan American Highway).

Your 1st Overland Trip

While it may seem sexy to cast away the trappings of domesticated life, start off simple. Instagram and TikTok make adventure travel seem 100% awesome all of the time. What you usually don’t get to see are the times it sucks – like when your vehicle breaks down, or the weather is wet for days on end and the trails are a mud bog.

Get your feet wet with a couple of nights out for your first trip. See if you even like this kind of thing before you commit significant time and resources to it and build out an “overland vehicle” and slap on that rooftop tent. Believe me, it can become a money-pit/rabbit hole very quickly.

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My current money pit.

To start you want to find a place relatively close by, and with services relatively close by. That way if something negative happens, you aren’t contemplating a second mortgage (or selling off your firstborn) to pay for the rescue. One of the awesome things about living in the West is the plethora of trails and routes on all of the open public lands. Conversely one of the downsides is you can find yourself very remote, pretty quickly.

How do you find a place? There are likely social media groups focused on your local area that have good information and experience. In my home state of NM, we have at least a dozen groups, all with different focuses. Some are more interested in technical trails, some like to explore new places, and some focus on full overlanding trip planning. You can also go it alone – part of the fun of adventuring is, well, adventuring.

Paper Maps or Digital?

When I first got started car camping… er… “Overlanding,” all we had were paper maps. Sometimes the map was a sketch and some notes scribbled on a napkin. Now we have all manner of gathered intelligence at our disposal.

You might think that the very nature of having documented areas eliminates the excitement of exploration and have a desire to forge your own path. But the reality is that you are unlikely to find a virgin trail. Many of these trails and locations have been known to off-roaders and hunters for years. The trick is trying to find times when other people are unlikely to be on them.

There are atlases and guide books for many areas that will highlight places local to that area. You can also use some of the digital tools out there like onX Offroad which will show you likely routes in your area, and allow you to download maps of vast areas for “on the fly” planning.

Be careful when using Google Maps, though. There have been plenty of times when Google has led people astray, including me. I was complacent when heading out to a hunting camp last season with Beyond Rubicon and the suggested best route ended up being what onX Offroad’s technical difficulty rated a 5 or 6.

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Assess the rating of a trail before you commit to a trip that might be outside your capabilty.

I recommend always having paper maps as a backup. Delorme Atlases are great and there is one for each state. I always take one for each state I am planning on crossing through. To protect them, I keep them in an Adventure Tool Company Expedition Map Case tucked next to the passenger seat.

Remaining Budget Friendly

Apart from the cost of your vehicle and upgrades, trips can be pretty affordable (not counting current fuel prices). With a little bit of planning, you can manage food and water pretty cheaply while still eating well. I am assuming you have the training/experience to safely drive off-road, and manage basic emergencies. Budget here refers more to expendables.

Budget-friendly doesn’t mean you have to subsist on ramen or Mountain House meals. If you know how to leverage your ingredients you can have great food anywhere. I carry a set of small recipe books from MONTyBOCA in my food box.

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Chef Corso’s trail cookbooks are the best ones I’ve found for use on the trail. They are small but packed with tons of great recipes you can make with simple ingredients. (photo credit: https://montyboca.com/)

I like to carry a Front Runner Wolf Pack (with the tall lid) to carry all of my staples. This includes things like oils, spices, rice, and beans. These items form the base of most meals and you can spend as little or as much as you want on them. Then, it is a matter of supplementing with perishables to round out the meals – things like fresh vegetables and meats.

Overland Trip Planning

It just comes down to being prepared. You should have the resources to get you into and out of any area you are traveling to. The amount of comfort you want while out there is entirely personal.

Like having enough fuel. I cannot tell you how many trips have been cut short because one idjit in the group started out low on fuel and didn’t bring a way to refuel. The lesson there always bring a few extra gallons of capacity. Plan your entry point to the backcountry so that you pass by gas stations, and make sure everyone fuels up and is topped off.

To go along with your maps, you should have a GPS device. If you are running mapping off your phone, make sure to download the maps. If you are paper-based, get a small GPS unit and learn how to use it – bring the manual. There are plenty of handheld devices that are pretty affordable, and an added benefit is that you can take them on foot as well.

Flat tires are a concern (and really you should be airing down anyway – but that is a topic for another article). You should bring a tire repair kit (and learn how to use it BEFORE you go on the trail). You also should bring an air compressor rated for your tires.

If you know me, you know that I have a background in austere medicine. So, can you guess what I’m going to suggest? Yeah, a first aid kit. Plan on injuries. The probability of an injury happening in town is about the same as on a trip. But the consequence of an injury when remote is much higher. Get some first aid training and at least carry the basics. No, you do not need a chest dart.

An overlooked component of trip planning is assessing the weather. Trails that are wet can be significantly harder than when dry. Get a weather forecast before you go and print out the details. Plenty of online sources out there can give you a pretty decent 10-day forecast. Some of the apps (like onX Offroad) even give you this information on the screen associated with the trail.

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Even the biggest, most capable vehicles can get stuck in the wrong conditions. Check the weather before you go.

The Overland Adventure

There are some amazing adventures to be had. The first step is getting out the door to explore your local areas. You don’t have to always go for an exotic destination. There are likely plenty of places you can go within a few hours of where you live (though the further west you are, the more is available).

Grab a few basic items to enhance your safety and start planning to go to that next great place. Don’t overcomplicate it – most people get analysis paralysis and don’t take the first step.  Let us know in the comments how you got started with “overlanding” and any basic tips you wish someone had given you.

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17:00

TFB Review: The Century Arms AP5-P [The Firearm Blog]

TFB Review: The Century Arms AP5-PA few months ago, I bought and tested the full-size AP5 from Century Arms. Made in Turkey by MKE, the full-size AP5 turned out to be a great clone if you wanted something to customize without worrying about ruining something like an original SP5 from HK. Last month, I decided to pick up its little […]

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16:30

POTD: French Marine Commando Snipers with Accuracy International [The Firearm Blog]

POTD: French Marine Commando Snipers with Accuracy InternationalEach day a different image from the world of firearms. We call this POTD, short for Photo Of The Day, and it is our daily article series where we go to great lengths trying to find the most interesting pictures for you out there. Today we have a French Marine Commando sniper supporting Operation Barkhane […]

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16:00

Concealed Carry Corner: New Items To Start Carrying [The Firearm Blog]

Concealed Carry Corner: New Items To Start CarryingOne of the best ways to look at common trends in the gun community is lurking around your local gun shop. Like a small troll sneaking around the gun shop, one of my favorite things to do is eavesdrop on what people say about new conceal carry options. Whether it’s gun or gear, I’ve heard […]

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11:44

NRA-PVF Endorses Sen. Mike Crapo in Idaho Primary [NRA-ILA News]

The NRA is proud to announce their endorsement for the reelection of Idaho Sen. Mike Crapo in the Idaho Republican Primary Elections.

11:00

A Synopsys of the 2022 Golden Bullseye Awards: Guns Optics and Gear [The Firearm Blog]

A Synopsys of the 2022 Golden Bullseye Awards: Guns Optics and GearThe firearms industry equivalent of the Oscars or the Grammys is undisputedly the Golden Bullseye Awards which is put on by the National Firearms Association (NRA) every year. The Golden Bullseye Awards picks their top choices every year for various categories including everything from pistols, rifles, and other firearms, all the way out to some […]

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10:00

Swiss KUGS FATBOY Single-Shot Rifle [The Firearm Blog]

KUGS FATBOY (8)KUGS is a firearms manufacturing company located in Geneva, Switzerland. The company was established in 2015 by a gun designer named Florian Kohli. Their latest product is a rather unusual-looking minimalistic single-shot rifle called FATBOY. The KUGS FATBOY rifle was designed to be a lightweight firearm for long-range shooting. Let’s take a closer look. Swiss Firearms @ […]

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09:30

POTD: Scarce Alkar Cartridge Counter Semi-Automatic Pistol [AllOutdoor.com]

Welcome to today’s Photo of the Day! Here we have a tiny Alkar Cartridge Counter Semi-Automatic Pistol. The Alkartasuna Fabrica De Armas company itself was founded by ex-employees of the famous Spanish Astra company. These employees decided they could make better guns than Astra was currently producing so they set up shop in the rich firearm manufacturing center of Spain: the Eibar region. Alkar and many other Spanish arms companies of the early 20th century were swept up in the small arms race of World War One. Countries would ask Spanish companies to produce copies of well-known designs in order to somewhat supply their militaries in this war of attrition. After the war ended all of these companies were basically in a sink or swim mode since they no longer had large buyers for their products. Alkar was no different and one idea was this Cartridge Counter Semi-Automatic Pistol. This little 25 ACP pistol was a generic straight blowback pistol with small yellow-tinted windows in the grip in order to give a view of the current cartridge count. The Alkartasuna Fabrica De Armas company would shortly go out of business in the early 1920s.

  • Manufacturer: Alkartasuna Fabrica De Armas
  • Type: Pistol
  • Gauge: 6.35
  • Barrel: 2 Inch Round
  • Finish: Blued
  • Grip: Horn

Alkar

Lot 4413: Alkartasuna Fabrica De Armas Alkar Pistol 6.35. (n.d.). Rock Island Auction Company. photograph. Retrieved April 19, 2022, from https://www.rockislandauction.com/detail/1027/4413/alkartasuna-fabrica-de-armas-alkar-pistol-635.

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08:07

Remington Reopens Gun Club and Adds New Sporting Clays Courses [AllOutdoor.com]

Central and Eastern Arkansas residents and outdoorsmen are probably very familiar with the fact that Remington’s Ammunition plant has been established there right off of Interstate 40 for quite some time. Seasoned trap shooters probably also know that Remington used to have a very popular gun club that was open to the public and was established in 1978. However, over the years Remington has changed hands and divided up on more than one occasion and these pressures led to the decision to close the gun club to the public. Now, Remington is excited to announce that they’ve not only reopened the Gun Club, but they’ve also added a new Sporting Clays course that will be open to the public and will be the home for their inaugural Spring League competition during April and May.

Remington Reopens Gun Club and Adds New Sporting Clays Courses

Remington Reopens Gun Club and Adds New Sporting Clays Courses

Two new sporting clays in total will be available to visitors to the Gun Club with one 13-station course already completed and being used by patrons and competitors, and the other being a 12-station course that is currently under construction. To celebrate this reopening of the gun club and to test out the new courses, Remington is hosting their first spring Sporting Clays League with divisions for both adults and youth (17 and under) sporting clays shooters. The league will last a total of six weeks and features a 300-target course with weekly cash prices and ammunition prizes being given away to competitors. The Remington spring league is currently underway and will last until May 22nd.

If you’re not in the competitive mood and you’re looking to visit the gun club and sporting clays course, regular customers can take advantage of the gun club’s expert instruction services, purchase Remington brand Premier STS, and Premier Nitro in their pro shop. The gun club and sporting clays course will also be made available for private events like corporate meetings, weekend getaways for groups, and fundraisers.

Remington Reopens Gun Club and Adds New Sporting Clays Courses

The Remington Gun Club is located at 1682 AR-15 Lonoke, AR 72086. For information regarding scheduling a visit or other information like operational hours, you can call 501-676-7961.

“Everyone at Remington is really excited to see some action on this course and put some Remington lead down range,” said Joel Hodgdon, Remington’s Director of Marketing. “This is a remarkable facility. We have a ton of exciting events and tournaments planned for Remington fans and pros to get out here and break some clays.”

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08:00

100th Anniversary Rifle Ammo Limited Edition Packaging from Federal [The Firearm Blog]

Limited Edition 100th Anniversary Rifle Ammo Packaging from FederalFederal Premium Ammunition was started by Charles L Horn on April 27th, 1922 in Anoka Minnesota. Fast forward 100 years and Federal Premium is one of the most prolific ammunition manufacturers in the United States offering a full lineup of training, self-defense, hunting, and competition ammunition to its customers. In honor of this 100-year achievement, […]

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07:00

New 30 Super Carry Gold Dot Added to Speer Ammunition Product Line [The Firearm Blog]

New 30 Super Carry Gold Dot Added to Speer Ammunition Product LineOne of the most popular concealed carry cartridges has been added to the Speer Ammunition product line. The new 30 Super Carry Gold Dot ammunition is now available and will come in the typical 20-round boxes. The new 30 Super Carry Gold Dot joins the popular personal protection ammunition lineup with other popular options like […]

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06:27

Historical Comparison: Finland’s Winter War vs Russian Invasion of Ukraine [Forgotten Weapons]

I have been reading about the Winter War in past few months as part of my work on a book about Finnish small arms, and I have been really struck by the similarity in images of that fighting and the current war in Ukraine. I’d like to take a few minutes today to talk about the similarities – and differences – between Ukraine and Finland’s fighting against Russian and Soviet invasion.

Both invasions were launched over Russian/Soviet concern over border security, and both with attempts at false flag attacks as justification. In both cases the Russian/Soviet forces were vastly overconfident in their ability to quickly defeat their opponents, and in both cases they expected to be met with significant Finnish.Ukrainian domestic support. In both cases, those assumptions were completely mistaken, and the invasions instead solidly unified the defenders instead of dividing them. In both cases the defending forces has significantly less air and armor strength that the invading forces.

In the end of the Winter War, Finland’s military managed to hold on just barely long enough to conclude an armistice – although they were days or weeks away from complete collapse on the Karelian Isthmus at the end. The treaty cost them about 10% of Finland’s sovereign territory, but they retained their independence. A similar outcome is a definite possibility in Ukraine, although Ukraine today has a few major advantages the Finns did not have.

First, international opinion has been massively unified behind Ukraine, and huge amounts of military aid have been send to Ukraine very quickly. In 1939/1940, European assistance was essentially limited to a few thousand volunteer troops from Sweden. France and Britain both talked about sending expeditionary forces to assist Finland, but these were really attempts to block German access to Swedish iron ore and not genuine attempts to assist Finland. In any case, they did not actually happen. Finland spent the entire war desperately short of antitank weapons, and depended on land mines and Molotov cocktails. Ukraine, on the other hand, has been supplied with thousands of modern antitank and antiaircraft missile systems and used them to great effect.

Second, Ukraine is a much larger country than Finland. With the retreat of Russian forces from Kyiv, Ukraine has strategic options that Finland did not. Finland was forced to defend the fixed defences of the Mannerheim Line in a type of warfare that allowed the Soviet forces to concentrate and exploit their advantages in artillery and armor. If the Mannerheim Line fell, Helsinki because essentially defenceless and the war would quickly be lost. Finland had much better military success in the north, where they could retreat and trade territory for time and ambush opportunities. Ukraine does not have an equivalent to the Mannerheim Line, and can be more flexible in its defense. This does not guarantee victory, of course, but it gives them options Finland did not have.

06:00

TFB B-Side Podcast: New Primers? Richie with Expansion Industries [The Firearm Blog]

TFB B-Side Podcast: New Primers? Richie with Expansion IndustriesThose who reload will know all too well the struggles we’ve faced over the last couple of years when it comes to finding primers for our home-rolled ammunition. Near the start of the global pandemic, a combination of factors led to a bum-rush on reloading components and while projectiles, powder, and press remained more or […]

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Wednesday, 20 April

17:00

DIY Guide to Making Your Own Affordable Ballistics Gel [The Firearm Blog]

A DIY Guide to Making Your Own Affordable Ballistics GelBallistics gel or ballistic gelatin is a fairly common and familiar substance that is often used to test the efficacy and performance of various projectile or bladed weapons. Ballistics gel is quite often used by independent persons and professionals alike to either test ammunition or view the effects of said ammunition on what amounts to […]

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16:45

Went To Troy; Saw This Guy []

I had to be at Montgomery Community College in Troy, North Carolina this afternoon. I am getting my Associates in Applied Science from there in Hunting and Shooting Sports Management. Graduation is next month and I needed to pick up my cap and gown. In addition, I wanted to meet a couple of the instructors in that program and in their well-regarded gunsmithing program.

The head of the gunsmithing program, Mark Dye, was delayed because he and the college president were giving a tour of their workshops and other facilities to a visiting “dignitary”. I happened to see the dignitary and thought he looked familiar.

From the Richmond County Daily Journal

He should!

It was Rep. Ted Budd (R-NC) who is the front runner in the GOP primary for the US Senate seat being vacated by retiring Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC).

Budd, who owns a gun shop and range, has the recommendation of the GRNC-PVF as well as the endorsement of Donald Trump and Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson (R-NC). I thought it was appropriate that the one area of the college that he wanted to visit was the gunsmithing workshops and classrooms. He may have visited other areas but this is where he was spending a good deal of time.

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16:30

POTD: German GSG9 Recruiting Poster with H&K MP5 SD [The Firearm Blog]

Gsg9 German GSG9This year has certainly started with a bang, and our Photo Of The Day has never been so diversified. We’ve been from Novosibirsk, driven hunts to the Japanese Jungle already. Today we have a recruiting poster from the German Special Forces unit called GSG9 (GrenzSchutzGruppe 9). You can see the H&K MP5 SD and a […]

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16:00

Wheelgun Wednesday: Colt 1851 Navy Revolver Attributed to Wild Bill Hickok [The Firearm Blog]

Colt 1851 Navy Revolver Attributed to Wild Bill HickokA couple of Wheelgun Wednesdays ago, we talked about the President Ulysses S. Grant’s Remington New Model Army revolvers that are consigned to the upcoming May 2022 Rock Island Premier Firearms Auction. Today, we’ll take a look at another amazing lot found in the same auction catalog, an engraved Colt 1851 Navy revolver that is attributed to […]

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13:27

Nebraska: Legislature Adjourns from 2022 Legislative Session [NRA-ILA News]

Today, the Nebraska Legislature adjourned from its 2022 Legislative Session.  This session saw the introduction and strong support of Constitutional Carry Legislation, Legislative Bill 773.

11:00

SIG Sauer Comment on NGSW Win [The Firearm Blog]

Yesterday, the US Army announced the selection of SIG Sauer’s weapons and 6.8 hybrid metallic cased ammunition as the Next Generation Squad Weapons System (NGSW). Read the US Army’s selection announcement and our round-up of the NGSW program in full here. SIG Sauer have shared their first public statement since the announcement of the contract […]

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10:00

Curious Relics #037: Is It Too Sleek? – The FN Model 1910 [AllOutdoor.com]

Welcome, if you are a newcomer to this fun bi-weekly segment of AllOutdoor.com! The last time around I covered the history, its variations, and how to date your personal FN Model 1910. Today we are jumping back into the FN Model 1910 and closing it out with some specifications, aftermarket parts/accessories, and a range trip. This was the first time I took my own personal FN Model 1910 to the range so I am happy to finally talk about the experience. Let’s dive right into the rabbit hole!


Welcome to our recurring series of “Curious Relics.” Here, we want to share all of our experiences, knowledge, misadventures, and passion for older firearms that one might categorize as a Curio & Relic  – any firearm that is at least 50 years old according to the ATF. Hopefully along the way you can garner a greater appreciation for older firearms like we do, and simultaneously you can teach us things as well through sharing your own expertise and thoughts in the Comments. Understanding the firearms of old, their importance, and their development which lead to many of the arms we now cherish today is incredibly fascinating and we hope you enjoy what we have to share, too!


Specifications: FN Model 1910

The FN 1910 is a straight blowback operating pistol with a uniquely low bore axis. Field stripping is something we can cover in a different article but a quick breakdown involves releasing the recoil spring via the knurled front cap, locking the slide to the rear, and rotating the barrel to allow the slide to be removed, from there the striker and spring can also be removed and cleaned. These pistols were designed to have interchangeable parts between two different cartridges and all it requires is a simple barrel change (also recoil spring if the current one is old).

  • Years Produced: From late 1911 to early 1912 until 1983
  • MSRP In 1912: Roughly $15 (about $$444.59 in 2022)
  • Number Manufactured: 701,266
  • Operating System: Straight Blowback
  • Chambering: 32 ACP or 380 ACP
  • Barrel Length: 3 7/16 Inches
  • Overall Length: 6.02 inches from heel to crown
  • Weight: Roughly 1.5 Pounds
  • Action: Single Action
  • Safety: Manual Right Handed Thumb Safety, Grip Safety
  • Capacity: 7 round box magazine (6 rounds in 380 acp)
  • Front Sight: Fixed Short Front Ramp
  • Rear Sight: Rear Shallow Gutter
  • Grip: Black Plastic, Black Horn

After Market Parts & Accessories: FN Model 1910

Aftermarket parts are not completely extinct for the good old FN 1910. There are plenty of resources for springs like eBay, Wolf Gun Springs, and buymilsurp.com. There are also brand new manufactured striker/firing pins out there on both eBay and Sarco Inc. Beyond those integral pieces the rest is a pretty scattered bunch. Numrich is definitely the most organized rundown out there. The grips can be found all over but are almost always reproductions. Barrels are hard to find and I myself have been trying to locate a 380 ACP. Barrel to no avail. Magazines are fairly easy to track down but expect to pay around $60 at the minimum for them. There are a few miscellaneous generic leather holsters out there as well but more so for the 1922 variation given it was an accepted military and police pistol.

FN Model 1910

Range Time: FN Model 1910

This trip to the range with the FN 1910 was the first-ever. I had held these guns, taken apart these guns, and cleaned these guns but never fired them. I have found that removing the magazine on my personal FN 1910 can be kind of cumbersome. It is in pretty good shape for its age and the heel release is very stiff. Loading the magazine is just as easy as any other.

My first ever shots with the FN 1910 are as you see below. Nothing to write home about but at 15 yards I would say it is completely adequate for a self-defense scenario like this gun was designed for. The sights are extremely hard to pick up even with a slow rhythm of firing. The rear sight is a shallow notch and the front sight is an almost nonexistent peg. I am sure with any real use in a holster the front sight would be worn down to nothing in under a decade. All of that being said about the sights I am perfectly happy with the group it gave although I would say I am also not surprised the Archduke was assassinated at around five feet away.

FN Model 1910

The feel while firing was surprisingly pleasant. This gun can fit in the palm of my hand yet the grip is comfortable and full enough to mitigate any snap that the 32 ACP cartridge might lend. The cycling was smooth and ejection was precise. I did not have a single jam or malfunction in the three magazines worth of ammunition I put through it.

FN Model 1910

Alas, now I must report one small unfortunate happening while at the range. After firing the first magazine of ammunition I noticed that the right-hand grip panel had formed a crack going through the grip screw hole. This is most likely because of the age of the original horn grips, the extent that which the previous owner tightened the screw and the introduction of turbulence via straight blowback recoil. A bit of patiently applied acraglass fixed it right up and it is barely noticeable but at the very least this leaves a last-minute teaching moment; when you get a new old gun and go through and clean it make sure that you check under the grips for rust (none on this beauty) and also torque the grips down to an adequate amount of tension and not a severe amount.

FN Model 1910

Final Thoughts: FN Model 1910

Well, this closes out the last of the FN 1910 for now. If I ever get my hands on its variations or have anything to add I will be pleased to return to it. It was an absolute pleasure to take out to the range and dissect it closely so we could all talk about it. It is a piece of history in a big way and I highly recommend everyone who has a love for history look into the factors that kicked off World War One. Until next time please make sure to be safe out there and let me know if there are any topics you want to be touched on in the future!

FN Model 1910

In closing, I hope our Curious Relics segment informed as well as entertained. This all was written in hopes of continued firearm appreciation and preservation. We did not just realize how guns were supposed to look and function. It was a long and tedious process that has shaped the world we live in. So, I put it to you! Is there a firearm out there that you feel does not get much notoriety? What should our next Curious Relics topic cover? As always, let us know all of your thoughts in the Comments below! We always appreciate your feedback.

FN Model 1910

FN Model 1910

FN Model 1910