Entertaining and INformative Like the many other books that now proceed in the Vickers Guide library, Vickers Guide: SIG Sauer Vol. 1 succeeds in being both a feast for the eyes and the mind. Leonardo Antaris and James Rupley’s sumptuous photography draws you in, and then you are hit with a wealth of facts and information […]
Today in our Photo Of The Day article we are looking at the Springfield Saint with the Aimpoint Comp M5. A great combination for a fun day at the range, and the CompM5 is Night Vision compatible so it should work at night as well. In these pictures you can see The Saint with various […]
This week on Wheelgun Wednesday I am excited at the opportunity to dissect a mystery with all you revolver lovers and appreciators. It has been a while since I was at the helm of a good old wheel gun article and I assure you I had been doing a ton of digging all this time to present […]
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Today, the Plaintiffs in an NRA-backed lawsuit challenging Maryland’s Handgun Qualification License law asked the court to rule that the law violates the Second Amendment.
The plaintiffs in an NRA-backed lawsuit today asked a federal court to declare Maryland’s handgun qualification license law unconstitutional.
Ocean State gun owners have grown accustomed to battling against a wave of gun control each session, and it appears the COVID pandemic is not going to alter that trend in 2021.
For hunters and anyone who spends a lot of time outdoors, the sound of bucks sparring in the fall and winter is quite the enjoyable symphony. From the light rattle of coastal blacktail to the baseball bat smack of moose, its great to listen to and even more enjoyable to witness. Unfortunately, especially with whitetail […]
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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!
Welcome if you are a newcomer to this fun biweekly segment of AllOutdoor.com. The last time around I covered the ArmaLite AR-7 Survival Rifle. Most people will probably recognize that design by Henry Repeating Arms‘ very own U.S. Survival AR-7. It may surprise some of you to know that in a window between ArmaLite and Henry was Charter Arms and they gave us the unique handgun featured in our article today. The Charter Arms Explorer II! Let’s dive right in.
The Charter Arms Explorer II Pistol was introduced in 1980 as an attempt to increase sales of the AR7 Survival Rifle design that Charter Arms had been producing since ArmaLite ceased manufacturing it in 1973. I have gone over this change of hands in both Curious Relics 003 and 004. The Charter Arms Explorer II was an AR7 receiver with a fixed pistol grip more or less. It uses the exact same internal parts and magazines. The elevation adjustable rear peep sight was swapped with a windage and elevation adjustable square notched iron sight since the front post was non-adjustable.
The Charter Arms Explorer II came stock with an 8-inch removable barrel, one 8 round magazine, had a “Shur-Hold simulated walnut” plastic grip, and later on, it came in various enameled finishes besides the standard black. Interestingly, Charter Arms had enough foresight to think that consumers may want to mount a scope on their Explorer II Pistol even though the top has a groove for 3/8 scope rings. On introducing the pistol itself, a scope mount that screwed into the left-hand side of the gun was made available, although they are extremely hard to find today.
The Charter Arms Explorer II was produced from 1980 to 1986 when it was discontinued. I attempted to find production numbers to no avail, although it would be fair to speculate that a fair amount were made given you see them here and there on the used market. These days the Explorer II has a following as an affordable clunky pistol that can be made to look like something out of Star Wars rather than going through the shameful effort of bastardizing an old Mauser C96. Looking at the Blue Book of Gun Values the Explorer II and all of its variations have been obviously put to the wayside since the approximate values have not changed since 2006.
One of the most notable and considerate engineering decisions in regards to our pistol today is that the barrels of its rifle counterpart and visa versa are not interchangeable. This intelligent choice on Charter Arms part was due to NFA regulations regarding barrel length on rifles. Charter Arms had enough foresight to make it so the pistol barrels could not be put on the rifle without illegal outright modification. Each firearm has a notch in the receiver threads and a corresponding pin on the barrel. The notches and pins on the pistols were not just larger than the rifle version but they also were indexed on the bottom rather than the top.
Variations of the Charter Arms Explorer II Pistol were very similar to the regular Explorer Rifle in that it was offered in black, silver, and camouflage finishes. The silver finish is the second most common after the black. Camouflage is scarce but not remotely close to a very brief option of a gold finish! The gold appears to be an extremely limited run and was discontinued before the firearm was. The Charter Arms Explorer II only came with one magazine but an additional was able to be stored in the pistol grip.
I personally own an Explorer II Pistol and I would like to note that my rear sight assembly itself is not complete/original. The sight blade and screws were missing when I acquired it and it took some doing to find temporary spare parts. For any poor soul out there missing a rear sight blade like I was, this one fits very well! The pistol used for any measurement stated below is my personal Explorer II with the standard 8-inch barrel and one empty 8 round magazine inserted.
As I mentioned in the previous AR7 articles both ArmaLite and Charter Arms did a pretty poor job explaining the proper care and maintenance required to ensure reliable feeding and ejection. For this reason, AR7 firearms have the unfair and unfortunate label of a jam master in the firearms community. Henry Repeating Arms AR7 free manual does a good job outlining some key details on cleaning for any interested. I went through my entire firearm and lubed, greased, or dried and cleaned certain parts and then took it to the range a few times.
Note: The condition of the magazines is an integral part of the reliable function of the firearm due to the feed ramp being built into the magazines themselves!
To make a point I ran the oldest poorly kept 22 long rifle I could find and I only had one failure to extract due to a crack/ruptured casing and fortunately, it was easy to get out by taking the barrel off. Some of the worst condition rounds were 50 round boxes of Winchester Xpert 40 grain lubricated lead and Federal Spitfire 31 grain plated hollow point. At 10-15 yards, this gun with its 8-inch barrel actually made a decent group. I won’t lie to you, this is one of the most fun 22 pistols I have ever shot. I went through probably 200 rounds on a single trip and I had other firearms I needed to review. Totally worth it!
Parts for this gun that are not interchangeable with the other AR7 variants are scarce. I have seen some front sights and some grip related parts available on AR-7.com and Numrich has some miscellaneous bits here and there but not much. This one is a tough one to search for since its name almost always pulls up the rifle. I have tested Henry Repeating Arms‘ U.S. Survival AR-7 8 round magazines and besides a tighter fit, they functioned fine. Higher-capacity magazines do exist and can be found on the used market here and there although they are usually paired with a used Explorer II!
I love this pistol and I do not agree with any negative reception that it had and has. Even though I completely understand people’s frustrations I always say to do the maintenance. Ninety-five percent of people buy something and never read the manual and the same goes for firearms manuals. It did not help this gun’s reputation that proper care was never explained well. As much as I would like to explain my process I do not recommend taking your gun apart whatsoever. All and all this pistol is a blast! I hope that in a world that loves itself some nostalgia, it may come back and even be improved upon.
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.
More reading on the AR7 Survival Rifle:
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The Benelli SuperNova shotgun is an impressive firearm and is used by many of the top competitors in sports shooting. As such it is always under scrutiny as competitors try to squeeze every last bit of performance out of the firearm, or make small modifications so that the ergonomics suit them better. Magload Ltd. in […]
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Millennium TU01 and TU02 turkey hunting seats (Image © Millennium Treestands)
In case you missed it, Millennium Treestands offers a couple of interesting portable turkey hunting seats. Millennium tree stands have nice comfortable seats, and people like them so much that Millennium has started selling seats for other uses, such as fishing boats and hunting blinds. When I think of springtime I don’t think about fishing, I think about turkey hunting… and I’m really hoping to try these seats this turkey season.
They have two models; one with a back rest and one without… and the smaller one has a really nice feature which allows you to adjust the angle of the base. Any turkey hunter who’s been around much knows that ground slopes, especially when you set up against a tree — and having an adjustable seat can be a real plus. I also like that the seat won’t sink down into the dirt, because instead of the usual 4 feet it has a couple skids to support your weight.
The folding back rest makes the TU01 really flexible, because it allows a hunter to sit comfortably when there aren’t any handy trees to set up against, and it shares the skid “no sink” feature. Both of these seats feature Millennium’s Comfortmax seat fabric in Mossy Oak Obsession Camo.
Here’s some more info on these turkey hunting seats:
The TU01 Millennium Field Pro looks like the one I’d use most often, because I love the flexibility of not having to hunt for a tree to lean on.
TU01 Millennium Field Pro turkey hunting seat. (Image © Millennium Treestands)
The TU02 Millennium Run N’ Gun looks nice for areas with plenty of trees, and the adjustable angle is a great touch — and a weight savings of 2.2 pounds as compared to the Field Pro is not to be ignored. This will probably be a great seat for those days when you have to cover a lot of ground.
TU02 Millennium Run N’ Gun turkey hunting seat. (Image © Millennium Treestands)
What do you think of these turkey hunting seats? Which looks best to you? In a perfect world, I think I’d have both of these in my flivver, so I could just grab one and run when that ol’ gobbler starts to holler. A man can dream…
On January 25th, the Firearms Subcommittee of the House Public Safety Committee deferred action on House Bill 2310 to Friday, January 29th. It allows those who have already taken online firearms training prior to the ban, to use it towards their carry permit application for a limited amount of time.
As the 2021 Nebraska Legislative Session ramps up, multiple gun bills have been introduced.
Zenbivy Dry Sack Bag and Compression Cap (Photo © Russ Chastain)
When I reviewed the Zenbivy Light Quilt last year, I showed it stored in its included drawstring net bag. That bag is larger than it needs to be, so when I learned about Zenbivy’s new Dry Sack compression-compatible bags, I decided to give them a try. The Zenbivy quilt is eminently compressible, as it’s filled with light, fluffy duck down.
These Dry Sacks have an air valve which allows air to escape, but if you compress it, seal it, and walk away you will come back to find that it’s expanded again; it’s simply not airtight. For that reason, Zenbivy also sells “Compression Caps,” which have straps that allow you smoosh that bag on down to size — and keep it there.
Zenbivy Dry Sack 10L Compressible Bag with Light Quilt inside (Photo © Russ Chastain)
In some photos, you will notice dark areas of the Dry Sack. That’s actually the blue of the quilt showing through, as the bags are somewhat transparent.
Here’s what Zenbivy has to say about the Dry Sacks:
Zenbivy Dry Sack 10L (Photo © Russ Chastain)
Three models are available:
These bags are well-made. I ended up with a 10L in Fire Red and a 15L in Mango (orange). Because my Zenbivy quilt is orange & blue, I first shoved it into the orange 15L Dry Sack, but the bag was far too roomy for the quilt so I swapped it to the red 10L Dry Sack. This was a better fit, and the quilt goes in with a little room to spare so I could toss in a small neck pillow or some of my clothes if I wanted to. Zenbivy actually recommends the 7L Dry Sack for the Light Quilt.
There’s a waterproof membrane inside. (Photo © Russ Chastain)
On the outside, the side material looks like simple rip-stop nylon, which is anything but waterproof — but the inside is lined with a flexible waterproof membrane. To test its waterproofness, I put my quilt-filled 10L bag under a running water spigot; the fabric became wet and darkened where it absorbed the moisture — but the quilt inside the bag remained perfectly dry thanks to the waterproof lining.
Running water darkened the bag but didn’t soak through. (Photo © Russ Chastain)
So don’t expect water to bead off the exterior of the Dry Sack, but it should keep your gear dry inside.
After putting your gear inside the bag, you flatten the open end and roll it as many times as you have room for, then buckle the two ends together to form a loop. The valve will release air pressure.
Preparing to seal the Dry Sack. (Photo © Russ Chastain)
There’s a plastic D-loop near one of the buckles, so you can clip it to your pack or hang it up.
Dry Sack sealed. (Photo © Russ Chastain)
A strap welded to the bottom of the bag creates a loop to which you can attach the Compression Cap if you opt for that.
So there I was, with my Zenbivy quilt safe & happy in the 10L Dry Sack. What to do with the 15L? For years, I’ve relied on some Russell brand cold-weather gear to keep me snug. The Primaloft insulation works great, but it also makes the jacket & pants a bit bulky. Primaloft compresses well, so I decided to see if they would fit into the 15L Dry Sack… and the answer is, “just barely.”
I used to store my cold-weather gear in a tote bag, but the Dry Sack 15L puts it in a smaller package. (Photo © Russ Chastain)
It’s a bit of a chore to store them inside the Dry Sack, but it makes them a lot easier to transport to & from camp. Despite working hard to shove the clothing into the bag on several occasions, the bag is showing no signs of wear. And this is a good time to start talking about the Compression Caps.
Because the Dry Sack will slowly reinflate after compression if it’s not restrained, Zenbivy came up with Compression Caps in compatible sizes. These add very little to the weight — all models weigh less than 3 ounces — but they allow you to easily smoosh the Dry Sack to a considerably smaller size, to conserve space in your pack or duffel bag.
“We’ve completely re-designed the compression sack from the ground up for increased durability and usability. When paired with our Zenbivy Dry Sack, you’ll have incredible compression in a waterproof package. Pack your Zenbivy Bed, extra clothes, or anything else you want to keep organized and compact.”
“Please select the size that corresponds to your Dry Sack.”
Zenbivy 10L Compression Cap. (Photo © Russ Chastain)
The end caps are made of 30D ripstop nylon with polyurethane coating while the straps are 20mm nylon webbing. Mine are dark gray on the ends, with black straps & buckles. A small velcro strap in the bottom end allows you to attach the Compression Cap to its corresponding Dry Sack, so it remains centered during compression — and doesn’t become separated from the Dry Sack after you unpack your gear.
Compression Cap attached to the Dry Sack. (Photo © Russ Chastain)
Cap in place and ready to compress. (Photo © Russ Chastain)
Compressing the Dry Sack. For full compression, it helps to push down with your other hand or a knee. (Photo © Russ Chastain)
Fully compressed, the Light Quilt in a 10L Dry Sack is only 7″ tall. (Photo © Russ Chastain)
There’s a flap on the bottom end which I suppose is meant to be a sorta-kinda handle, but it’s usually easier to grab it by one of the straps.
There’s a flap on one end of each Compression Cap. (Photo © Russ Chastain)
Side straps sometimes make good handles. (Photo © Russ Chastain)
MSRP on the Zenbivy Compression Cap is $19.00.
As always, the quality of Zenbivy gear is proven out; these items are not cheap, but they are well-made (in Taiwan). They also don’t weigh much.
The important thing to note is that the Dry Sack is not in itself a compression bag, so if you want it to stay compressed you will need to add a Compression Cap. Zenbivy bills this as a good thing; if you don’t want or need compression straps, you don’t have to mess with ’em.
I’m really glad I got these, and if Zenbivy comes out with a 20L size I will probably prefer that for my Primaloft cold-weather clothing… but these products are primarily designed for compressing and/or packing Zenbivy quilts and light beds, so 15L may be as big as they get — and for most purposes, that’s probably fine. I’m looking forward to many years of good use from my Zenbivy Dry Sacks and Compression Caps.
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Primary Arms have published their 2021 catalog which includes a number of new products. In this article, we’ll take a look at the new family of compact prism scopes called SLx MicroPrism. These scopes are designed from the ground up and according to Primary Arms, have passed extensive endurance testing during the development such as […]
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Taurus has stepped up big in the world of rimfire pistols in the last few years by making a departure from the diminutive PT-22 handgun and delivering the TX22, which boasts a surprising magazine capacity of 16 rounds. Now Taurus has kicked it up to another level by creating the TX22 Competition with even more features for all the serious target shooters out there. Taurus expounds on their freshly upgrade TX22 Competition below:
“Meet the all-new Taurus TX 22 Competition—a custom-tuned mod of our award-winning polymer sporting pistol. This full-size, semi-auto rimfire is painstakingly re-engineered to meet your most rigorous performance demands. The upgraded, red dot optics-ready slide and 5” threaded Bull Barrel assembly brings match-grade accuracy and versatility to any shooting discipline. Giving today’s competitive shooters the unique opportunity to shatter records without breaking the bank.“
The MSRP for the new TX22 Competition is benchmarked at $484.35 for the high-capacity (16-Round) or low-capacity (10-round) versions. As always, peace of mind comes standard with Taurus’ Limited Lifetime Warranty and industry leading customer service as well. The complete listing of its specifications can be read below as presented by Taurus:
With the ability to mount nearly all of today’s most popular micro red dots and an improved Competition-Grade barrel, the Taurus TX22 Competition makes a strong case to be everybody’s newest league or target pistol. I personally have not shot one, but who has in the reading audience? What were your experiences with them? As always, let us know all of your thoughts in the Comments below! We always appreciate your feedback.
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In the new products section of the SHOT Show On Demand, the virtual version of the world’s largest arms exhibition, I came across this rather interesting AR-15 lower receiver made by the U.S. Arms Company (USAC). What makes the USAC M-4 CLS UTAW lower receiver unique is the built-in mechanism that allows applying tension and tightening the upper […]
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Alongside their additions to their ETHOS line, Benelli have also introduced some new options to their classic Super Black Eagle 3 series of semi-auto waterfowl guns with new additions now available in 20 gauge and 3-Inch 12 gauge. Check out Benelli’s announcement below: Benelli forever changed the expectations of waterfowl hunters with the introduction of the […]
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When the SMLE was adopted by the British, it was to be the new universal rifle for all branches of service, including the Royal Navy. This suited the Navy just fine; they like the features of the new design. However, the Army quickly moved to update their rifles for the new MkVII Spitzer ammunition, and this was an issue. The Navy still had substantial stockpiles of the older round-nose MkVI cartridge, and did not go through it nearly as quickly as the Army. The Navy did not want to simply throw out their ammunition, but the differences in trajectory between the two types of ammunition was substantial. So the Navy opted to adopt its own unique rifle variation, the MkI**. This in effect was the new Army pattern rifle, but with the rear sight still calibrated for the trajectory of MkVI ammunition.
This pattern was first adopted in 1908, using rifles with the then-standard split charger guide. When the fixed charger bridge was adopted, the Navy (which still had plenty of MkVI ammunition) chose to update its MkI** rifles to fixed charger bridges, without making any change to their designation. Once they finally ran out of the older ammunition during World War One, the rifles were updated once again to what was then the standard MkI*** pattern. As a result, intact MkI** rifles – especially ones with the split charger guide – are extremely rare to find today. Many thanks to the owner of these two specimens for giving me access to share them with you!
Benelli have announced a couple of additions to their ETHOS line of semi-auto shotguns. The new guns were introduced at this year’s virtual SHOT Show. The ETHOS SuperSport is aimed at the competitive shotgun shooter market while the ETHOS Cordoba BE.S.T utilises Benelli’s BE.S.T. finish technology for rust and corrosion protection. Check out Benelli’s announcements below for more […]
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Photo Of The Day and we are looking at an SG-43 Goryunov Machine Gun. It uses the 7.62×54mmR cartridge and was introduced during the Second World War, in 1943, to replace the M1910 Maxim. Here we can see students who are assigned to the U. S. Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School […]
HUsh up your 320 New from SIG Sauer this year is the P320 XCarry Legion, a compact pistol set up with a threaded barrel, suppressor height night sights, and a flared magwell. In addition, it has the tungsten infused grip module for added weight and comes ready for a pistol optic. SIG has also equipped […]
Today, January 26th, House Bill 60 passed the Utah House with a minor amendment, by a vote of 54-19-2. The bill will now be transmitted to the Senate for further consideration.
Due to a delay last week, the Senate Judiciary Committee is now scheduled to consider preemption legislation, Senate Bill 2107, tomorrow.
Local gun control activists are actively supporting House Bill 102, sponsored by Rep. Gail Chasey (D-ABQ), given the relatively benign title "Violence Intervention Prevention Act."
The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission (NCWRC) is proposing to open 55 of the 92 game land areas to Sunday hunting.
The Savage Renegauge shotgun was released a year ago and it is now time for the Competition version. The Renegauge Competition looks delicious in black and red, don’t you think? The barrel is finished with Melonite, while the receiver, magazine tube and extended Skeet2 Light Modified choke are finished in Cerakote. Below you can see some of […]
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Red dot sights, especially when mounted on handguns, are advantageous over iron sights for rapid sight acquisition. Rapid, that is, once the user has invested time in figuring out just the right angle of presentation to quickly align the dot with the target. But for a new operator of a particular system, or for awkward positions while shooting, learning to use a red dot takes adjustment – and time. Primary Arms Vulcan ACSS reticle, when used in combination with Holosun’s reliable red dot design, largely solves that shortcoming. Enter the new HS507C-X2, an optic that marries the Vulcan with a handgun-friendly package.
While the HS507C-X2 can be mounted on the rail of a long gun with a Pic rail attachment, it is its applicability to handguns that is a game-changer. The mounting system is compatible with slides or plates milled to match the Trijicon RMR pattern. The flagship trait of this new combo is the Vulcan ACSS reticle by Primary Arms, which is a tiny chevron centered in a thin, roomy circle.
There are definite advantages of this reticle, one of which is not available in any other system. They are:
Rapid Aiming Guidance: Unique to the Vulcan ACSS, the circle around the chevron is roomy enough to appear on the periphery when the user aims the optic in the general direction of a target. Seeing only a partial arc of the circle serves as an intuitive and visual guide as to how to move the gun to find an accurate point of aim. This eliminates moving the gun around, searching for the dot, as is common for a new user/optic combination or when the user is deploying the gun in a non-standard position or using a non-customary method, i.e., shooting from prone or using one hand only.
Superb Visibility: The point of the dainty chevron serves as a natural zero for most combat- or competitive-style shooting. Not only does the open-style chevron prevent the dot from overpowering small or distant targets (as can happen with larger dots or solid chevrons), it opens up the possibility of holdover calculations that aren’t possible with any system other than a traditional scope. Which leads us to the last breakthrough trait of this system…
Ballistic Drop Compensation (BDC): Primary Arms took much of the work out of the equation here by publishing a chart showing common calibers and hold-overs with distances. Of course, these are subject to change depending on bullet weight and barrel length, but the chart is a time- and ammo-saving start. If the user decides he or she would rather not use the circle, it can be turned off with the push of a button on the right side of the housing.
As if the reticle wasn’t enough to love, Holosun made the outside of this optic all about practicality. Its 7075 aluminum housing is tough. The inner construction is tough, too — at least one user claims his original HS507C continued to work even after the optic suffered a fall onto concrete which cracked the glass.
Then there’s the battery, which is easy to change using a slide-out tray, no re-mounting necessary. The HS507C-X2 features Holosun’s Shake-Awake motion-activated technology, good for both battery life and tactical readiness. If the 50,000 hour battery fails, Holsun’s namesake, solar power, serves as backup so long as sufficient light is available.
Currently, the HS507-X2 is on pre-order status at a price of $309.99. Deliveries are projected to begin in April 2021.
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It doesn’t seem a full year since SHOT 2020 but at 2021’s virtual SHOT Benelli have announced the introduction of three new calibers to their Lupo bolt-action line. The new Benelli Lupo rifles are chambered in 6.5 Creedmoor, .308 Win. and .243 Win. The Lupo was launched at last year’s SHOT Show, check out our video […]
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(Image: Screenshot from “best epoxy putty” video)
If there’s one thing you can count on when it comes to outdoor gear, it’s that things break and wear out. And if you’re a mechanically-minded person who loves to fix things rather than scrapping them, you know there are times when you need a way to rebuild material and/or glue busted metal parts back together. Enter epoxy putty, that two-part adhesive designed to have more substance than the liquid stuff.
There are many such products on the market and I’ve used some of them with good success, and others not so much. Thankfully for us, our pal at Project Farm has spent the time and money to test a bunch of them and tell us what he found out.
In his search for the best epoxy putty, he tested these twelve:
He comes up with a number of ways to test them:
He also uses some QuikSteel to repair a hole in an engine cylinder head to see how long it lasts, and then goes a little nuts using dang near all of his leftover epoxy putty to goober a chain together, which he then tries to break by picking up his truck repeatedly (he fails to break it).
The QuikSteel held up great on the engine, showing no signs of degrading after running for 30 minutes.
So which is the best epoxy putty? I guess that depends on what you need to do. For something you need to drill & tap, KBS NuMetal tested the best, followed by J-B Weld SteelStik and Pro Poxy 20. If you’re fixing something that just might get crushed, J-B Weld SteelStik and PC-7 Paste run pretty close, followed by NuMetal. For the pressure-holding pipe, the PC-7 Paste did far better than its nearest competitors, which were J-B Weld SteelStik and QuikSteel.
Enjoy the video, and remember this when you need to fix something and ask yourself, “What is the best epoxy putty?”
In this episode of TFBTV, James Reeves speaks with Luis of Holosun about Holosun’s complete micro red dot optics for 2021, including the brand new 507k optic for ultra-compact pistols like the Glock 43X MOS, SIG P365, and other optic-ready micro-compacts. ««« GUN + GEAR GIVEAWAYS »»» TFBTV is viewer supported and does not accept […]
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Winchester struck gold amongst rimfire fans when they introduced their Wildcat rimfire rifle a few years ago. The multitude of features from being lightweight, affording the shooter good ergonomics, and being cross-compatible with Ruger 10/22 magazines made a definite hit among the 22 Long Rifle faithful. Now they have given that model a small yet valuable improvement by making it suppressor-ready with the introduction of the Wildcat SR.
Winchester goes over some of the highlights of that rifle in the Press Release statement below:
“The 22 LR rimfire Wildcat SR is suppressor ready with a threaded muzzle. A thread protector is included when not using a suppressor. Lightweight composite stock and construction keeps weight to 4 pounds. Shorter 16 1/2″ barrel. Rotary magazine features last round bolt hold open. The new Wildcat SR gives you all the advantages of the exciting Winchester Wildcat autoloading rifle in a version that is threaded to accept a 1/2″ x 28 TPI suppressor. A suppressor is not included with this rifle. Firearms suppressors offer significant hearing protection to the shooter and bystanders. They are currently legally available in 42 states from many different manufacturers and resellers in the United States.“
The only element about this rifle that trumps the impressiveness of the fit, feel, and function is the price-tag. At the full MSRP it only retails for $279, and they are more frequently than not, found for prices cheaper than that on store shelves. If the curb appeal and price-tag are not enough to draw you in then maybe some of the specs will. A complete specification listing can be read below as presented by Winchester:
Aside from this new suppressor ready offering in the Wildcat SR, Winchester actually has several new models for the Wildcat line-up which also include camouflage versions and factory-mounted combos that will come with a micro red dot. All of these new Wildcat models are currently live and viewable on the Winchester website HERE. Personally, I do not shoot a ton of rimfire, but I love that Winchester is making a phenomenal little rifle at such an affordable price-point. This should only drive more people to join the shooting sports, or at least add another firearm to their collection. As always, let us know all of your thoughts in the Comments below! We always appreciate your feedback.
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Kansas-based SmartGunz have announced that their Sentry 9mm pistol, the company’s first product, will begin shipping in the 2nd quarter of 2021. Physically the SmartGunz Sentry is a 9x19mm 1911 pistol, but it utilises RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) technology to enable the gun to be used by its designated user. SmartGunz LLC believes that one way […]
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Streamlight TLR-10 tactical rail-mounted lights (Image © Streamlight)
Streamlight has brought out some new lights for 2021, which would normally have been unveiled at the SHOT Show. The main news for EDC is the Wedge, which our own Eve Flanigan covered here last week; click or tap here to check it out.
Aside from that, Streamlight is bringing out some new tactical rail-mounted lights in their TLR lineup, for both handguns and long guns. Here’s the skinny on those, beginning with the handgun models:
The TLR-6 looks really nice. It’s a low-profile light which takes up very little space and provides 100 lumens of white light from an LED, and most models also include a red laser. One nice touch is that you can change batteries without using a tool, and without removing the light from your popper. Sweet!
Streamlight TLR-6 (Image © Streamlight)
For 2021, three new versions of the Streamlight TLR-6 are available:
Streamlight TLR-7 sub 500-lumen tactical rail-mounted lights are designed for subcompact handguns, included these models:
It has a “one-handed snap-on-and-tighten” interface which allows you to keep your hands away from the muzzle while you mount or remove it.
Streamlight TLR-7 sub (Image © Streamlight)
TLR-7® sub Features include:
The TLR-10 is a rail mounted tactical light with rear switch options and integrated red laser, designed to be used on full frame handguns. The rear-mounted switch is ambidextrous, and you can change out the buttons to match your shooting style; both high and low are included.
It’s designed to fit a “a broad range of full-sized handguns,” and has a “safe off” feature to save batteries. It also has a “fast rail clamp” which allows easy mounting or removal while keeping your hand away from the gun’s muzzle.
Streamlight TLR-10 (Image © Streamlight)
The Streamlight TLR RM 1 and RM 2 (RM = Rail Mount) light systems for long guns have been enhanced with the addition of a red aiming laser and toggle switch for mode selection, into new models logically called the TLR RM 1 Laser and the TLR RM 2 Laser.
Streamlight TLR RM 1 Laser (Image © Streamlight)
The two versions share many features, but the RM 2’s white light is twice as bright at 1,000 lumens vs 500 lumens for the RM 1. Each light comes as a kit with everything you need to mount it to a a long gun — provided the firearm already has a MIL Standard 1913 (picatinny) rail.
The RM 1 takes one CR123A Lithium battery, while the RM 2 takes two of them. Water resistance is rated at IPX4. This looks like a pretty sweet system from here.
Naturally, all of these lights are covered by Streamlight’s Limited Lifetime Warranty.
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At this year’s virtual SHOT Show, Franchi took the opportunity to unveil a pair of new 28 gauge over – under shotguns. Expanding their Instinct range they have added a new 28 gauge option to their Instinct LX and SLX lines. Here’s what Franchi have to say about the 28-Gauge LX: ACCOKEEK, Md. (January 19, 2021) – […]
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When the Gen5 Glocks were announced, reactions were a mixed bag. Some people welcomed changes like the flared magwell, while others either didn’t want it or thought it wasn’t enough. Well, for the people who wanted more flare in their lives, a new option now exists. True to themselves, Strike Industries has released a sharp, […]
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I had the chance to take a look at this Australian World War 2 Owen submachine gun, and it’s *very* bright camouflage paint. My initial reaction was that it was a poorly done restoration, because of just how neon-Mountain-Dew-green it was. However, as it turns out, the stock on this example came out of a sealed package as new old stock from an Australian parts warehouse. That bright paint is in fact original, having not been subjected to sunlight since it was painted at the factory in the 1940s. Remarkable!
Tomorrow at 9:00am, the Senate Judiciary is expected to take Executive Action on Permitless Carry Legislation, House Bill 102.
The VR series semi-automatic shotguns from Armscor International / Rock Island Armory get an addition with the 20 gauge version called VR82. The thumbhole stock design reminds me of the HERA Arms CQR stock, don’t you agree? The metal finish is black anodized, with a contoured 18″ shotgun barrel with Mobil chokes. The action is […]
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Tomorrow, January 26th, House Bill 60 will be eligible for a vote on the Utah state House floor.
Today’s Photo Of The Day features the Netherlands Korps Mariniers lead slinging sled! Unveiled a few months ago, the sled has an FN MAG 7.62x51mm general purpose machine gun mounted at its center. The Netherlands’ Korps Mariniers shared photos of a series of new sled equipment that was set to be used during the Joint Arctic […]
In this episode of TFBTV‘s #GunFest2021 coverage, James Reeves speaks with the Director of Medical Programming at Blue Force Gear about BFG’s trauma kits, FAKs, pouches, and the popular micro trauma kit. Guns are important, but so is first aid for gun guys. Check out today’s video. ««« GUN AND GEAR GIVEAWAYS »»» PLEASE check […]
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Blue Force Gear has been expanding their Trauma Kit NOW! medical pouch kit line, with six different sizes, each of which will be available in four different level fill options. Brad spoke with TFB about his task of bringing the medical pouches up to speed, which stems from his experience in the medical field, as […]
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Wheelgun lovers and cowboy action shooters alike will be happy to know that Uberti USA is expanding the Outlaws & Lawmen Series. In the SHOT Show 2021 days, Uberti USA released two new models and added a .357 Magnum option to two existing ones. Let’s first see the new models, called Hardin and Teddy, in […]
That’s correct. You are not seeing things or dreaming. Check out the photo once again. The price tag on that 38 Special +P+ ammunition is $110 a box of 50 rounds. Outrageous. This is just one example of current pricing of ammo at a recent arms show due to the ammo crisis.
At a recent gun show, I recently saw packages of 100 rounds of 22 LR ammo selling for $40 — and that was a good buy.
Ammo at inflated prices? That 22 rimfire ammo mentioned above only 9 months ago was selling for $15 a box. The ironic part is that any available ammo was flying off the tables once buyers got over the sticker shock and pried their wallets out of their pockets. Some buyers came by the tables two or three times before they bought. It took a while for the high-priced reality to settle in.
What’s the deal? To be honest, no one really seems to know. Dealer after dealer told me their suppliers and distributors were simply “out” of ammunition — and they were not accepting any back orders. Many felt like some suppliers were withholding stock to keep the prices high so they could cash in while the getting was good. We’ve seen that before as well.
There were no indications of when ammo supplies might be fulfilled in the future. Smaller dealers said they believed that ammo supplies were being allocated to their biggest dealers and the little guys were just left with nothing. It’s getting to be a dire situation if you are really in need of even just a few boxes of ammo. It’s getting to be the same with guns. One dealer told me he would be out of business in six months if firearms supplies did not open up.
Even common everyday hunting loads for the 30-06 Sprg, 270 Winchester, 30-30 Winchester, or the 243 Winchester were non-existent at this gun show. Deer hunting season is still open here and hunters were frantically searching for even one last box to close out the season. There was almost none to be had, and what was available was triple the price it would have cost twelve months ago.
The ammo crisis is hard to understand, given manufacturers’ reports that ammo production is at top capacity. There have been local news reports of the Winchester rimfire factory in Oxford, MS running full blast. If so, where in the heck is all the ammo going? Even the big box stores are out of ammo, too, including Walmart and Bass Pro Shops here locally.
What to do? All you can do is to keep searching every ammo outlet you know of. Search the internet suppliers, too, but many of them have been out like everybody else.
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In this episode of TFBTV, James Reeves interviews Adam with Century about the new Thunder Ranch edition VSKA AK. From Century and Davidson’s press release: Clint Smith, President and Director of Thunder Ranch®, is a Marine Corps veteran of two infantry and Combined Action Platoon tours in Vietnam. His experience includes seven years as a […]
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When it comes to firearms training schools, Thunder Ranch is among the foremost in the business. For almost 30 years, this premier institution now based in Oregon has served to provide top-level instruction for a variety of gun/shooting types and the full spectrum of students. Courses are offered for everyone from individual citizens looking to […]
The world’s highest-capacity micro-compact is officially on its way to California (and other restrictive states) with the introduction of a NEW Springfield Armory Hellcat that ships from the factory with a 10-round magazine. This includes both the standard Hellcat as well as the Hellcat OSP (Optical Sight Pistol). This new offering provides those in locales requiring restricted capacities an opportunity to own the most popular concealed carry pistol available. The specs do not differ wildly from the high-capacity Hellcats, but for those who might be unfamiliar they are listed below as presented by Springfield Armory:
The standard configured Hellcat with 10-round magazines has an MSRP of $569 while the Hellcat OSP is a touch more at $599. Again, the only difference we are seeing here in this new iteration of the Springfield Hellcat is a different capacity magazine. Steve Kramer, Vice President of Marketing for Springfield Armory, shared his thoughts on the rollout of this new offering from Springfield Armory:
“The Hellcat has proven to be extremely popular since its launch due to its quality, capabilities and performance. Now, with these new 10-round versions of the pistol in both standard and OSP versions, even more shooters have the chance to own the best concealed carry pistol on the market.“
I personally have owned a Hellcat since they were first introduced and authentically love mine. Anybody who has not had the opportunity to shoot one, let alone hold one, is genuinely missing out. The most important element that matters though is what do you think? If you happen to live in a more restrictive state is this a firearm you would be willing to purchase? As always, let us know all of your thoughts in the Comments below! We always appreciate your feedback.
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Big Green is in bankruptcy, again. This time it seems to be more serious from reading various reports coming in from a variety of outdoor industry sources. However, evidently the assets of Remington proper have been secured by a company titled Richmond Italia. Little else is known of them except their stated comments to keep Remington viable at some level. Some level? In 2017 the Ilion, New York plant employed some 700 personnel with 200 making the Marlin line up. Sturm & Ruger bought the Marlin line and hopefully will be producing it somewhere. Currently, Richmond Italia has retained 200 hourly employees to make Remington Arms. The catalog will be sporting arms exclusively. Firearms made for military contracts are not expected. This is good news that we all hope works out.
If Remington Arms were to eventually fade from existence, what would that mean? If you are a Remington fan as I am, then first off there would be no Model 700 rifles. What a void that would create in the hunting firearms market. I consider Model 700 rifles among the best ever made. Sure there have been some production glitches or less than stellar quality over the years, but then even the big auto makers have had repeated recalls so it is just part of manufacturing. It is a tough business in the best of times. Remington rifles are primo.
Next, on the list would be the most iconic, pump-action shotgun ever made: the Remington 870. Millions have been made in a wide variety of models from plain-jane Sportsman models to deluxe versions with high gloss stocks and shiny blued steel. Remington 870s have been made to tackle upland game, wild turkey, waterfowl from ducks to geese, and even slug barrels for deer hunting. This is the same shotguns seen in war trenches and in the lock housings of endless law enforcement cruisers across America.
Following the pump actions came the semi-auto shotguns, now the 11-87 models and more recently redesigned autos. These include the Versa Max and the V3 versions dedicated to any kind of shotgunning action afield. These are state-of-the-art guns designed for tough use. The list goes on including Tac 13 and 14 guns, rail designed bolt action tactical rifles, dedicated tactical bolt actions, muzzleloaders, and more. Remington has a whole selection of pistols including excellent 1911s in numerous configurations in multiple calibers including .45 ACP, 9mm, and 10mm. They have .380 pistols, too. There are all kinds of accessories, and everything else a shooting company usually supplies including comprehensive ammunition production. A loss of Remington Arms in the gunning world would be huge. Let’s hope they regain a strong footing even facing uncertain political times when it comes to firearms. We need Big Green.
Rock River Arms is well known for their quality AR-15 rifles, but they’ve just announced a brand new precision bolt action rifle, the RBG-1S series. RRA actually ran a soft launch of the RBG-1S at SHOT Show 2019 but took their time to hone it. Early examples featured a fluted barrel, but that was one […]
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Last year, the anti-Second Amendment majority in the Virginia legislature that was purchased by gun-ban extremists passed a number of anti-gun measures. Anti-gun activists even demanded an opportunity to gloat over what they had bought.
The New Mexico Legislature convened for its 2021 Regular Session on Tuesday, January 19. During the 60-day session, the Roundhouse will be closed to the public. Committee meetings will be webcast on http://www.nmlegis.gov and testimony for and against bills will be taken virtually via Zoom.
On January 21st, the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee voted unanimously to pass Senate Bill 309.
For most hunters, the name Winchester has been a household name for generations. I have personally used Winchester rifles and shotguns for decades. Now for 2021 Winchester has added a new variant to their well-known Model 70 line of rifles: the Model 70 Long Range MB. In the following press release Winchester outlines their most recent version of the Model 70.
“The newest Model 70 variant from Winchester Repeating Arms comes in the form of the new Model 70 Long Range MB (Muzzle Brake). This new rifle features a fluted, heavy sporter barrel with a 5/8″x 24 threaded muzzle and muzzle brake. The free-floating, matte blued barrel is 24″ long and has a recessed target crown. The Bell and Carlson tan synthetic stock features flow-through fore-end vents and black web finish. that provides a solid feel from the bench without being too heavy to be carried in the field. The fore-end is wider with a flat bottom for excellent stability and is vented to improve barrel cooling. It has a tan finish and the grip is textured for improved grip in adverse conditions. The thick Pachmayr Decelerator pad helps take the felt recoil bite out of high-performance magnum cartridges.“
“Like all Model 70s today, the Long Range MB features the Pre’-64 type claw extractor with Controlled Round Feed. The claw extractor locks onto the cartridge rim, making it easy to withdraw the cartridge from the chamber at any point after it leaves the magazine. The claw also aligns the cartridge with the chamber to reduce the chance of damaging the bullet tip. The cartridge feed lips are machined as part of the receiver for improved reliability in feeding.
The classic Three-Position Safety offers both on safe and fire positions, plus a middle position that locks the firing pin yet still allows the bolt to be operated, providing a greater margin of safety when checking the chamber condition or unloading.
The Long Range MB is equipped with a free-floating fluted barrel with a recessed target crown to protect the rifling. With quality optics, premium ammunition and good shooting conditions, 1 MOA accuracy can be expected — if you’re up to it. The fluted barrel provides additional stiffness without adding excessive weight. The caliber line-up is comprised of big game and varmint calibers.“
Meprolight is a division of the SK Group, and a well-known manufacturer and global supplier of electro-optical and optical sights. In this article, we’ll focus on their new self-illuminated backup sights designed for the AR platform. You know, the sights that you must have, but pray you never need? The Mepro FUBS folding back-up sights […]
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Century is importing affordable (well….*more* affordable) MP5 clones from MKE of Turkey. Many shooters don’t know that Heckler & Koch licensed certain factories to produce the MP5 in somewhat recent history. Licensee factories existed in places like Turkey, Mexico, France, Great Britain, and even Iran, and they produced copies of the MP5. MKE, a/k/a The […]
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Century Arms unveiled their new AP5 and AP5P pistols at TFB’s GunFest 2021. While the pistols themselves may not exactly be “new”, they do introduce new options into the US market for fans of the roller delayed blowback platform. New Century Arms AP5 and AP5P Pistols The two new pistols being offered are manufactured under […]
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Gun control advocates are once again pushing the entertainment industry to produce anti-gun propaganda with the explicit goal of advancing failed firearm legislation. The renewed overt effort will strike some as superfluous, given Hollywood’s lengthy track record of anti-gun agitprop and left-wing political monoculture.
Darne was a French gunmaker best known for sporting shotguns, but they entered the military arms field during World War One. The Lewis Gun was one of the best Entente aircraft guns, and Darne put a licensed copy into production in 1915, making a bit more than 3,000 of them by the end of the war. During this time they also developed their own machine gun design, which was ordered by the French military, but cancelled with the Armistice in November 1918. After further refinement, Darne’s design was formally adopted by the French Air Force in the 1920s. About 11,000 were made in total, about half for France and the other half for a variety of foreign clients including Brazil, Turkey, Italy, Yugoslavia, and Spain.
Darne hoped to market its machine gun design as more than just an aircraft armament. In its catalog, the same basic mechanism was offered as a light infantry gun, fortification gun, heavy machine gun, dual-mount antiaircraft gun, and vehicular gun. While some countries tested these other configurations, it was only the aircraft pattern that we are looking at today which was actually purchased in substantial quantities by anyone. Darne was just a bit too late to make substantial sales during World War One, and their gun was being eclipsed by better designs (like Browning aircraft guns) by the European rearmament of the 1930s.
Thanks to the Cody Firearms Museum for allowing me access to film this rare and interesting machine gun!
Joe Biden has unveiled his agenda for his first 100 days in the White House, and his list includes an initiative aimed at nothing less than the destruction of the U.S. firearms industry. This is what would happen if Biden succeeds in his pledge to repeal the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act.
Senior airman Marianique Santos, U.S. Air Force, got an honorable mention in the Combat Training category in the Defense Visual Information Awards 2015 with the photo above. The photo is called “The Drag”, and we see U.S. Army Soldiers from the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, as they carry an injured soldier during a […]
Photo Of The Day is back after an extremely busy week of Press Releases and Product Announcements and what a photo! Hille James won the “Combat Documentation Operational” in the Military Visual Awards 2019 with this entry, and it’s easy to see why. A soldier with two of his best friends – the issued firearm […]
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Good evening quiet friends and welcome back to another edition of TFB’s Silencer Saturday brought to you by Yankee Hill Machine, manufacturers of the YHM R9 multi-caliber suppressor. Last week we brought out the Innovative Arms DECEPTION 7.62 for a bit of a show and tell. This week we are going smaller with the Innovative […]
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On January 22nd, the Utah House Judiciary Committee passed House Bill 60 on an 8 - 3 vote.
In this episode of TFBTV, James Reeves talks with the guys at Blue Force Gear about their newest sling, the G.M.T. This is a type of sling that Blue Force has never done before, but Blue Force has responded to overwhelming customer demand and released a tail sling. The Blue Force crew talks about their […]
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Yesterday we took a look at the history and operation of the Wilkinson Arms Linda, and today I have it out at the BackUp Gun Match. Since I don’t have iron sights on mine, I fitted with with a period-correct Weaver Qwik-Point fiber optic red dot sight.
Overall, the Linda performed much better than I expected. All of my magazines were reliable, and the gun itself is quite accurate. This is to be expected, though, as it is a fixed barrel design with a similarly fixed optic (ie, not on a reciprocating slide) and it has a remarkably good trigger. It was so good that the match turned out to be a bit anticlimactic, as I only needed to fire 15 rounds in total. On the last stage, by the way, the targets were three paper silhouettes, and my penalty was for not shooting them in the required order (near to far). Whoops!
We will definitely be bringing this Linda back again, in a context better suited to it’s magazine capacity and overall not-crummy performance!
A timeless love affair continues. At this year’s somewhat unconventional virtual SHOT Show, SIG Sauer announced the new models of their popular ROMEO red dot sights and JULIET magnifiers. SIG Sauer say the ROMEO7S compact sight and the JULIET3-MICRO Magnifier will be ‘coming soon’. Features of SIG Sauer’s ROMEO7S: Offered in red or green 3 MOA Dot […]
Timney Triggers has released a new series of competition handgun triggers called Alpha. First in line in the Timney Alpha series is a new trigger for the Glock Gen 3 and Gen 4 pistols. Timney’s trigger bar and sear are Teflon nickel treated, with a pull weight of three pounds. All stock Glock parts and […]
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Officer encounters suspected armed robber, wins ensuing gunfight. It happened in Tampa.
On Wednesday, January 27, the House Committee on Federal and State Affairs is scheduled to consider permit recognition legislation, House Bill 2059.
A lot of us have the need to increase the amount or the extent of things and carry guns are no exception. So after the ZEV Z365 Octane, enter the Octane Z365XL. As you can imagine, it’s the “hot rod” version of the SIG Sauer 365XL, and mainly intended for 9×19 mm carry. The new […]
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2021 will bring us a bunch of new Buck knives. (Image © Buck Knives)
Buck knives is introducing a variety of new knives for 2021, and there’s quite a selection. From fixed blades to auto & assisted opening to EDC folders and a cool compact frame lock folder called Budgie, Buck is clearly moving forward with their product line.
These are mostly made in USA, and all of them are guaranteed forever.
Here’s the rundown, with links to the new stuff. Most is slated for availability in March 2021, but the imported EDC Folders are available now.
100 Series Buck knives are some of the most iconic and easily recognized fixed blade hunting knives ever made (shown in profile in their famous “knife chopping a nail” logo). Several models in this series will be available with S35VN steel and OD green canvas Micarta handles instead of the classic black handle. These are all made in the USA and should be available in March.
Buck 119 Special Pro (Image © Buck Knives)
Buck 105 Pathfinder Pro (Image © Buck Knives)
“This collection of knives has proven to be the bedrock of our product line for the past 50-80 years, proving the designs are functionally efficient and aesthetically timeless. To further maximize performance and responding to customer demand, we endeavored to provide the best of both worlds in this upgrade with premium steel and a resiliently attractive Micarta handle to create the next generation of classics,” said Chris Bourassa, Director of Marketing and Product Development for Buck Knives.
Buck says they’re reintroducing their Shift Mechanism bolster locking technology in two sweet Paradigm folders, one with assisted opening and one automatic knife. They say they are “redesigned with sleek lines, superior S35VN blades, G10 handles, and Cerakote® coated bolsters.” Both models can be had in black or brown. Made in the USA, available in March.
591 Paradigm Shift automatic knife (Image © Buck Knives)
The Budgie is a stumpy, wide-bladed framelock folder with 2″ blade and G10 handles in black or “green natural.” Features of this slim & handy EDC folder are belt/pocket clip, large thumb hole for opening, lanyard loop, and textured frame lock so your thumb won’t slip when it’s time to fold ‘er up. Made in the USA, available in March.
Buck 417 Budgie (Image © Buck Knives)
Buck has some newly-imported knives with some great features and nice prices. These include ball bearing flippers, an all stainless steel framelock, and a cleaver-shaped folder. All feature 7Cr steel and can be had right now. Here are some of the options:
The Buck 252 Trunk (Image © Buck Knives)
“Buck Knives continues to focus our energies toward products that meet a need, deliver exceptional performance, and maintain the underlying craftsmanship and authenticity our organization has stood on since 1902. We believe this class of everyday carry products communicates value, performance, and a level of innovation few can match and our customers will welcome,” said Bourassa.
What do you think of these knives? I see some pretty cool stuff.
Note: Prices on the Buck website may vary from MSRPs in this article, which were provided by Buck Knives.
Trijicon sent down Ryan with a new product for Gun Fest 2021 – the Trijicon DI (Dual Illuminated) pistol night sights. Trijicon already has a pretty extensive line of iron sights available for pistols, many of which feature tritium inserts. The Trijicon DI night sights feature both a dual illuminated front sight and a tritium only […]
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In this episode of TFBTV, James Reeves speaks with Ryan of Trijicon’s iron sights division about their new dual illuminated, modular, and user-customizable tritium night sights for Glock, Smith & Wesson, Springfield Armory, and SIG Sauer pistols. ««« GUN AND GEAR GIVEAWAYS »»» PLEASE check out our Patreon and Subscribe Star pages if you enjoy […]
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The Gripper Caddy can be a great portable gun rack. (Image © Gripper by Bauer)
Sometimes during a flurry of new product announcements and introductions, a good product that’s been around for years will pop up. That’s what happened to me recently, when I ran across a social media post for the Gripper Caddy, which is more or less a portable gun rack or fishing rod rack made by a small business called ‘Gripper by Bauer‘ right here in the good ol’ USA. This is exactly the type of product I love to discover at the SHOT Show, which is of course cancelled this year.
When I say it’s a portable gun rack, I don’t mean it entails everything you need to securely store a firearm — but you can give yourself a safe place to lean a long gun or fishing pole just by plopping this little thing on the tailgate of your truck or UTV, the edge of a table or shooting bench, a short wall or guard rail, or just about any horizontal surface that’s about 2.5-3 feet above the ground or floor.
The Gripper Caddy is made of a soft, flexible material that’s also tacky, so it tends to grab whatever surface you put it on. This also means it won’t damage your guns or fishing poles — nor will it hurt the surface you’re putting it on. It just clings to provide a steady spot to prop up your long guns.
There’s a metal counterweight inside the portion of the Gripper Caddy that sits on table or tailgate, and if you want to permanently mount a Gripper Caddy to a hunting blind or shooting bench, you can just drill through the metal. Heck, they say the metal is even thick enough that you can tap threads into it!
Gripper Caddy Original 3 and Original 5 models. (Image © Gripper by Bauer)
Here are some highlights from the website:
Here’s a nice short video demonstrating the Gripper Caddy:
Gripper Caddy offers quite a few products, but for the whole “portable gun rack” idea, these are probably the best choices — and they’re available in many colors:
I’m only guessing here, but I would imagine the Original would have the best spacing for firearms.
I hope to have the chance to try these for myself so I can do a proper review for y’all. In the meantime, take a look at their website and place an order if you feel the urge; it never hurts to buy American, especially now when so many small businesses are struggling. I think I need one or two of these for my office as well as my portable shooting bench…
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New Plano Frost Cooler line includes 14-quart (left) and 32-quart models. (Image © Plano)
Plano is bringing out a bunch of new products for 2021, including a line of heavy-duty coolers. The new Plano Frost coolers come in three sizes (14, 21, and 32 quarts) and are made using injection molding — which, of course, is what Plano has been doing for more than 70 years now.
Plano Frost cooler latch. (Image © Plano)
At first glance, I like the look of the latches but can’t say I’m a big fan of the end handles. The latches are more than just stretch-and-cram rubber thongs, and they’re recessed to prevent them snagging on things and getting damaged. Conversely, the handles appear to stick out from the sides, which means they may well become hangup points.
Plano Frost cooler bottle opener. (Image © Plano)
All models have a stainless steel bottle opener built into the lid, which is a wonderful thing in my opinion. Likewise, all three models come with a suspended basket to help you keep dry stuff up out of the ice melt. The only one with a drain, though, is the largest (32-quart) model.
Plano Frost cooler hinge. (Image © Plano)
The hinge ought to last forever, since it’s built into both the lid and the cooler body. The smallest model (14 quart) is pictured above.
Even the largest of these three models isn’t huge; the smallest cooler I regularly rely on for hunting & camping trips is rated at 48 quarts, and once I pack in some beer & grub, things get crowded in a hurry. I’d consider these new coolers as more for smaller jobs, like a day trip in a fishing or pleasure boat or making sure you have a cool place to put your birds while dove hunting.
Here are details on the new Plano Frost coolers, which are slated to become available this month.
Plano’s new Frost cooler is the newest addition to an excellent lineup of outdoor products for 2021. These shock resistant coolers come in 3 sizes: 14-quart, 21 quart, and 32-quart. Each is made from industrial strength injection molding and is something that Plano has been doing for 70 years. Plano’s production history and experience are leaps and bounds above competitors.
All three sizes share the same construction and 1″ industrial rated foam insulation throughout. Just like the rifle and pistol cases Plano has integrated a Dri-Loc® seal to keep dirt and debris out while retaining liquids inside. The heavy-duty ergonomic handle integrates some easy-to-use tie down slots. Being shock and drop resistant pushes the new Frost cooler line to the top of the pack and removed all worry from movement and travel. PROTECT YOUR PASSION® with Plano’s Frost cooler line.
This personal-sized cooler keeps ice cold for days with a 14-quart capacity.
Plano Frost 14-quart cooler (Image © Plano)
This small cooler holds up to 21 quarts in airtight, shock-resistant protection.
Plano Frost 21-quart cooler (Image © Plano)
This large 32-quart cooler includes a removable cutting board divider and built-in bottle opener. It is designed to hold ice for up to 5 days
Plano Frost 32-quart cooler (Image © Plano)
(I’ve inquired about the weights of these coolers because that can be an issue with today’s heavy-duty coolers which often focus on “heavy,” but so far my contacts haven’t gotten back to me; I’ll update this post when they do.)
Like I predicted, 2021 is going to be the year for Thermal Clip-on sights. TFB has already reported about the Pulsar KRYPTON FXG50, the Leica Calonox and several other manufacturers are ready to jump on the thermal train. ATN just released their latest version, the ATN TICO LT 320 50 mm – Thermal Clip-On Sight. […]
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Coming off a successful hunting season where additional Sunday hunting opportunities were permitted in Pennsylvania for the first time, the state game commission will have a discussion about expanding Sunday hunting for the 2021 season during its upcoming January meeting.
The new Mossberg over/under Gold Reserve and Silver Reserve are priced well. (Image © Mossberg)
Mossberg has just announced a new line of over/under shotguns22, which they’re calling the Mossberg Reserve Series. The new Mossberg over/under is currently listed on their website in both Gold and Silver Reserve Series, with different models & variations in each series. All Reserve Series guns have chrome-lined bores, dual-locking lugs, and tang safety/barrel selectors.
Here’s the rundown on each series and the variations currently listed.
“Reserve Series Over-and-Unders are equally at home in upland fields or shooting clays or 5-Stand. Durable, reliable, and affordable—these well-appointed break-actions are loaded with performance enhancing options and a set of refined details traditionally reserved for high-end double guns.”
Top to bottom: Gold Reserve Black Label 12 gauge, Gold Reserve 12 gauge, and Silver Reserve Synthetic 12 gauge. (Image © Mossberg)
All Gold Reserve models have ejectors, polished blue barrels, Grade-A Satin Black Walnut stock, and come with a set of 5 choke tubes.
Gold Reserve Models:
Silver Reserve features include: Shell Extractors, Logo Engraved Receivers (Satin Silver or Matte Blue), Matte Blue Barrels, and a set of 5 choke tubes.
Silver Reserve Models:
Well, there you have it. I gotta say, these new Mossberg over/under shotguns are priced well and have a really nice look. Being “International” means they’re imported rather than made in USA, but at an MSRP that generally stays well south of a grand, that’s a given. In this case, they’re made in Turkey.
I for one am looking forward to checking them out. How about you?
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With 120 years of experience in the development and production of riflescopes for hunting and sports shooting Kahles have a lot of tradition and experience within their company. Their line of K525i 5-25x56i riflescopes now has another star where the focus is dynamic long range competitions. The name is K525i Dynamic Long Range (DLR) with […]
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If you’re into 1911s and prefer to use a dot instead of the iron sights Ed Brown now has an updated version of their KC9 model which combines the old with the new. It’s a 9x19mm with an overall length of 7.5″, in black stainless steel. The capacity is 9+1, which should be plenty enough if […]
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In this episode of TFBTV‘s #GunFest2021 coverage, James meets with Kristen of @511Tactical to talk about the new 5.11 pants coming out for 2021. 5.11 has generously agreed to give away a pair of these new pants to one lucky viewer that watches this video. Check it out. ««« GUN + GEAR GIVEAWAYS »»» TFBTV […]
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The Linda is a semiauto 9mm pistol that just exudes 1980s aesthetics. It was made along with a carbine version called the Terry, by Wilkinson Arms of California (later Idaho). Both were named after daughters of the company founder, Ray Wilkinson. He would also later produce a Sherry pistol named after a third daughter and a Diane pistol, named after his second wife. The Linda uses a telescoping bolt similar in concept to the Uzi or its Czech predecessors, and it a surprisingly accurate gun, thanks to its fixed barrel and sights.
I found out this evening that Duane Liptak, Executive VP of Magpul, has resigned from the NRA Board of Directors effective January 19th. Other than knowing he resigned, I don’t know his reasons.
Liptak was one of the good guys on the NRA Board in my opinion. He was stripped of most of his committee assignments in 2019. I don’t know whether he ever got any of them back.
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Recently TFB broke the news about the Nox Thermal Monocular from N-Vision Optics, and since it’s that time of the year again there’s more to be revealed. The3 models of their new HALO-X series thermal sights combine a BAE Systems sensor and the most demanded features like video recording and WiFi connectivity. The top model, HALOXRF, also […]
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A few SHOT Shows back I stumbled upon the DryFireMag and gave it a try at their booth. I liked it so much I went out and bought one for myself. Back then it was only available for Glock pistols. Well, they now have training mags available for the Springfield XD, S&W M&P and SIG […]
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The US Commission on Civil Rights contends they exist, but Commissioner Gail Heriot takes that apart.
"This report should not have been published in this form. When the results of an empirical study don't come out the way Commission members hoped and expected that they would, the right thing to do is usually to publish those results anyway. Why hide useful information?
Instead, the Commission sat on the report for years. Then it decided to discard the draft written by our staff and publish instead a transcript of the witness testimony received at our briefing that took place on October 17, 2014 in Orlando, Florida (along with Commissioner Statements like this one). In that way, the staff's empirical findings could be buried forever.
. . . . . .
Yes, it is true that a disproportionate number of those killed in Florida in cases in which, correctly or incorrectly, the "Stand Your Ground" law has been invoked were African American. But it is also true that a similarly disproportionate number of those for whom that law has been invoked were African American.
Next week, anti-gun legislation, Senate Bill 5078 and Senate Bill 5038, are scheduled for hearings in the Senate Law and Justice Committee.
While the Capitol in Montpelier is atypically quiet for January, the COVID situation has not prevented the Legislature from moving forward with their business.
Tomorrow, January 22nd, the Utah House Judiciary Committee will hear House Bill 60.
Looking for a new over-and-under shotgun? With the new Mossberg Reserve Series Over-and-Under Shotguns you should be equally at home in upland fields or shooting clays in a competition. Priced from around $630 they should provide an affordable yet exclusive alternative. There are two main models to chose from, the Mossberg International Silver Reserve Field […]
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On January 18th, President Trump signed an “Executive Order on Protecting Law Enforcement Officers, Judges, Prosecutors, And Their Families.” The order aims to provide for more federal law enforcement officers, prosecutors, and judges to be able to carry firearms for personal protection.
While the gun industry is booming on the inside, many everyday shooters are improving their kit from the leftovers of their regular paychecks. SHOT Show 2021 is virtual this year, so I had some fun perusing new products from my living room instead of riding the Las Vegas shoe leather express. Here is the first installment of some interesting new goods I found. All seem appealing in terms of practicality.
Magpul adapted its legendary PMAG design into a magazine specialized for the 300 Blackout. This one is a real problem-solver, according to the official description:
The PMAG 20 for 300 BLK has the same features as our PMAG 30 AR 300 B, but its compact 20-round body allows for increased maneuverability and creates a more concealable package when used in small format firearms. Due to the wide variety of projectile weights and profiles, a dedicated 300 BLK magazine offers greater reliability and a safer way to feed your 300 BLK rifle. The PMAG 20’s distinct ribbed design and smoother upper-half texture also provide the shooter a distinct visual and tactile difference from any other PMAG to mitigate dangerous cross-loading issues. Along with optimized 300 BLK performance, the PMAG 20 also incorporates all of our advanced GEN M3 features.
Magpul does not disappoint with its Tootsie Roll Pop-style, retro educational/ad video about the new mag. The new mags are priced at $14.95 each.
Whether for lack of rail on the bottom or because the sling swivel is already occupied, attaching a bipod to a modern sporting rifle is often inconvenient—but so is not having a bipod. In steps NCStar with a solution: a two-piece bipod that attaches, one half at a time, to M-LOK, keymod, or Pic rail on the sides of the handguard.
The legs fold up for transport and have spring-loaded telescoping legs, all in customary bipod design. The side-mounted setup will add a bit of bulk on the front end, but what a boon for anyone whose modern sporting rifle travels between tactical and long range practice. The NCStar KPM Side Bipod is priced at $45.99.
Ever feel a pang of regret for not carrying a good flashlight because it was bulky? Streamlight just solved that problem, and took away that excuse. The Wedge is a flashlight that’s shaped kind of like a tongue depresser. It runs on a USB-rechargeable, lithium ion battery that can produce an astounding 1,000 lumens for a short time and can put out 300 lumens for hours. An indicator light reminds the user when a charge is due.
The Wedge’s aluminum housing, tempered glass lens, and charging port are waterproof. It has a matte black pocket clip to hold it at the ready in deep, discreet, concealment. It’s just over five inches long and weighs 3.3 ounces. It’s a winner of an EDC light for $149.95.
Exploring these new products has been so much fun, I might just do a second edition of the latest from the virtual SHOT Show 2021.
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Shadow Systems have released a new full sized pistol called the DR920. It is available in either Combat or Elite models, with the difference being in the slide features. One interesting feature is that it works with Glock G17 holsters and magazines. There is an option to mount most major brands of Red Dot sights directly to the […]
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If you’ve ever used a hammer to drive a screw, you understand the need for tools designed for specific tasks (you probably also ate a lot of lead paint chips). As popular as Stoeger’s M3500 shotgun is, they decided to take it a step further. If goose hunting is the screw, the new semi-automatic 12 gauge Stoeger Snow Goose shotgun is the power drill.
ACCOKEEK, Md. (January 19, 2021) –Stoeger combines the solid operating system of their flagship M3500 Waterfowl Special shotgun with the 922R-compliant extended magazine of the Freedom Series shotguns to create the Stoeger M3500 Snow Goose shotgun. The versatile shotgun eliminates the need to add U.S. manufactured components to gain the extra capacity demanded by serious snow goose hunters.
Operating any firearm in cold weather is difficult. Either your ungloved hands refuse to cooperate or the bulk of your gloves makes it difficult to activate levers, buttons, and switches. To negate this, Stoeger has implemented a few upgrades. Instead of some gimmick to make reloading easier, the Snow Goose simply makes it unnecessary. The extended magazine tube gives the shooter 10+1 rounds in the gun. It’s equipped with an oversized bolt handle and bolt release to aid operation while wearing gloves. The loading process is made easier with a machined and beveled loading port.
Just like other M3500 variants, the Inertia-Driven operating system is at the heart of the gun. The most apparent change is the distressed white Cerakote finish on the stock, forend, receiver, and barrel. The cherry on top of the icing-colored vented rib is a high visibility red-bar front sight. If that’s not enough, five extended choke tubes(IC/M/XFT/Close Range/Mid Range) and a choke wrench are included.
The MSRP for the Snow Goose Shotgun is $899. Take a look at it on the Stoeger website. Don’t be a silly goose by forgetting to check out Stoeger’s Pinterest, YouTube, Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook pages. Happy hunting!
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I must admit I do not own a FN (Fabrique National) firearm, but have shot many over the years and have never been disappointed. Now FN is introducing a brand-new carry pistol on the market, the FN 509 Compact in 9mm. The new pistol is definitely aimed at those folks wishing to carry concealed and ensures a discreet and high-capacity choice for everyday carry.
In a recent press release the company states the following:
“The FN 509 Compact, is designed to meet the needs of today’s concealed carry users and has been refined for deep concealment with low-profile rear blackout iron sights. A high-visibility front sight aids in low-light target acquisition. The snag-free sight set combined with the included 12-round and 15-round magazines, ensure a discreet and high-capacity choice for everyday carry. With two interchangeable backstraps and advanced grip texturing, users benefit from the proven ergonomics of the FN 509 family, in a more compact and concealable package. The FN 509 Compact model compliments the Compact MRD, equipped with our patented optics-mounting system, and offers users an all-new concealed carry option in the FN 509 family.”
Specifications of the FN 509 Compact are:
The 509 FN Compact ships with the following items:
FN Herstal is the Defense & Security entity of Herstal Group that also includes a Hunting & Sports Shooting entity (Browning and Winchester Firearms’ brand names) and operates globally. To learn more about the FN 509 Compact or other FN 509 pistols in the family, please visit www.fnamerica.com or find a retailer near you.
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For 2021, Browning Ammunition has a new personal defense handgun ammunition line dubbed X-Point Defense. This ammo is offered in the most popular pistol calibers – .380 Auto, 9mm, .40 S&W, .45 Auto and 10mm Auto. Let’s take a closer look. The X in the bullets of these cartridges is metallic, an extension of the […]
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Today, at 1PM, the House Judiciary Committee will hear House Study Bill 9 to propose an amendment to the state Constitution affirming and recognizing the right of Iowans’ to keep and bear arms as a fundamental individual right.
First hunt, first kill while squirrel hunting with Henry AR-7 Survival Rifle. (Photo © Russ Chastain)
Time really does fly, and now that I’m in my sixth decade of earthly existence, I find it goes by faster all the time. It’s hard to believe it’s been six months since I first posted here about the cool little Henry U.S. Survival AR-7 22 rifle I’d just received. This handy little odd-looking rifle has been exercised on several ranges with a variety of ammo and has always done well so I decided to tote the little guy to the squirrel woods when small game season opened earlier this month.
Heading afield to hunt with the Henry for the first time. (Photo © Russ Chastain)
At a weight of just 3.5 pounds and not quite a yard long, the Henry U.S. Survival AR-7 is a handy gun to carry. Despite its unusual appearance, it’s comfortable and quite accurate. The wide wrist and butt provide comfortable purchase on the rifle, and the peep sight, though admittedly crude, is quite functional and accurate.
After stoking up the two included 8-shot magazines with Federal BYOB 36-grain Champion hollowpoint ammo, I parked the old Jeep and slipped off into the woods. My first opportunity came swiftly, and I managed a clean miss from about 15 yards. Dang squirrels ain’t big!
After I moved on down the trail a ways and encountered several sprinting black bears, I hunkered on my uncle’s old folding stool to wait out the rodents… and less than an hour after walking away from Black Betty the Jeep, I’d bagged my first Henry squirrel; an offhand head shot at 25 yards! I’ll take it… the critter’s body looked about as wide as the AR-7’s front sight.
I bagged this young & tender squirrel with a 25-yard head shot. (Photo © Russ Chastain)
That was all I bagged on that outing, and a visit from yet another bear made it official: I’d seen more bears than squirrels!
Next morning, I headed to another spot where I’d had good luck in the past, which also has plenty of bear — you cannot get away from them in the Ocala forest — but which doesn’t seem to be quite as overrun with them. I didn’t have to wait long to start seeing squirrels
The Henry AR-7 Survival Rifle makes a good woods companion. (Photo © Russ Chastain)
Before long, the chances were coming fast and often — and unlike the previous evening, I couldn’t hit a dang thing! Heck, one particular squirrel gave me two or three different chances within a few minutes and I failed to connect every time. It finally got so bad that I tried the sights on an old Pepsi can and confirmed the rifle & ammo were just fine; the problem was all me.
I saw several squirrels, but only bagged one that morning. (Photo © Russ Chastain)
The overcast of the day helped keep the critters out a little later than usual, which is good because I needed to redeem myself. When I finally did find another squirrel that would hold still, I clobbered him with a shot through the neck. That would be my last squirrel hunting opportunity of the day.
The AR-7’s peep sight works well, and a peep or aperture sight really is the fastest & most accurate type of “iron sight” you can get.
I’m not gonna lie; I don’t usually hunt squirrels with a 22 LR rifle. I am usually a good shot, but getting a tree rat to hold still while I get steady can be tough — and unless it’s a good head/vitals hit, it’s easy for the little rascals to crawl up under a palmetto or hide in a hollow stump. But if you are a better squirrel shooter than I am, I don’t think you will be disappointed with the handy little Henry AR-7 Survival Rifle… and it’s so accurate, I think it would be well worth mounting a scope on the built-in picatinny rail for some good old-fashioned squirrel sniping.
If you can shoot, the Henry Survival makes a good squirrel hunting rifle. (Photo © Russ Chastain)
Happy squirrel hunting!
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Taking Striker Fired Sigs to the Max New from SIG Sauer Inc. this year is the SIG P320MAX. Replete with his logo on the side, this pistol seems to be the evolution of what Team Sig Captain, Top-Tier pistolero and US Army Veteran Max Michel has come up with. Based off the P320 X-Five Legion, […]
In this episode of TFBTV, James Reeves interviews Dead Air’s Field Marshal, Mike Pappas, about Dead Air’s new Nomad-LT (or Nomad-LTi) titanium suppressor, as well as the new Xeno mounting system from Dead Air. From Silencer Shop’s spec sheets: Exclusive to Silencer Shop, the Nomad-LT is Dead Air’s ultra-quiet and incredibly lightweight 30cal rifle suppressor. […]
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This year’s SHOT Show may be a little different, ok that’s an understatement but as usual, there’s a healthy range of new shotguns being released. Maryland-based Stoeger have announced the addition of a synthetic stocked version of their Condor over/under. The new synthetic Stoeger Condor comes in at $349 (MSRP) making it an interesting option for […]
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I am excited to have the opportunity to talk suppressors today with Kevin Brittingham. He has been working with them for more than 25 years, over that time founded Advanced Armament, sold it to Remington, and then founded his current company, Q. He was responsible for the commercial popularity of the .300 Blackout cartridge and his Honey Badger was adopted by various Special Forces units to replace the MP5SD – and that is only a small part of his contribution to the world of silencers. My visit with Kevin was prompted by a book project we are starting about the history of military silencers, which I am very excited about – but we will make a formal announcement of that later on in the process. For now, let’s answer some of your questions about silencers!
01:59 – Why are suppressors included in the NFA?
02:39 – How will additive manufacturing impact suppressor design?
06:48 – What is “first shot pop”, and can it be eliminated?
08:46 – Thoughts on universal military silencer use
14:02 – Measuring sound consistently
17:48 – Thoughts on USMC suppressor adoption
19:28 – Impact of a .30 caliber suppressor on a .22 caliber bore?
22:14 – Potential to use heat and pressure from a suppressor to power electronics?
23:48 – Shooting original Maxim Silencers
27:49 – “Generations” of suppressor design
31:18 – Volume vs number of baffles
32:56 – Suppressor cleaning
34:07 – “Silencer” vs “suppressor”
36:36 – First military suppressor use
37:33 – Effectiveness of multi-purpose muzzle devices (“Smuzzle”)
40:55 – Thoughts on Russian suppressed ammunition
42:25 – Are wipe-based designs held back by legal rulings?
Stoeger snow goose: a 10 round winter optimized hunting shotgun New for 2021 from Stoeger is a special winter optimized hunting shotgun with an eye towards snow geese hunting. With the addition of their 10 round magazine tube from their M3K 3Gun Freedom series model, plus other loading and operation features optimized for heavy gloved […]
As usual, in this very unusual SHOT Show, we are seeing not only new firearms being revealed, but also quite a few other tools and accessories. Here we take a brief look at the 2021 releases from the American knife brand SOG. Terminus XR LTE 30% lighter than a standard Terminus XR, the Light Edition […]
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Today, the House Committee on Privileges and Elections approved House Bill 2081 to mandate all polling places be gun-free zones, and sent it on to the full House of Delegates for further consideration.
In 1907, the British adopted the final major pattern in the evolution of the Short, Magazine, Lee Enfield. Designated the ShtLE MkIII (Short Lee Enfield) at the time, it would be retroactively renamed Rifle No1 MkIII in the 1920s. This new design was simpler and more durable than its predecessors while actually improving the practical accuracy of the rifle. The rear sight protector wings were substantially strengthened, the front sight became a square post, the front sight protectors were opened up to allow more light in, and the rear sight windage adjustment was simplified – while retailing 1 MOA adjustment clicks and 25m elevation adjustments. A new bayonet was also adopted in 1907 for the MkIII. The previous 1903 pattern bayonet was deemed too short, and the British essentially copied the Japanese Type 30 Arisaka bayonet as its new Pattern 1907 – hooked quillion and all.
The example we are looking at in today’s video is a fantastic specimen, as it was sold out of service to an Australian reservist in 1912 having not received any post-production modifications or updates. It is still sighted for the early MkVI round-nose ammunition, for example, and its bayonet retains the hooked quillion. The rifle’s owner died prior to World War One, and the gun remained stored away and forgotten through both World Wars, where virtually all existing service rifles were taken back into service and updated. Only in the 1960s was this one found, making it a pristine collector’s example to show how the MkIII was originally produced.
Winchester is expanding their Silvertip defensive ammunition line, which used to be only a handgun ammunition brand, to also include centerfire rifle and rimfire categories. The company has released three Silvertip rifle cartridges (.223 Remington, .300 Blackout and .308 Winchester) and one Silvertip .22 LR load. Let’s take a look at the features and specs of […]
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The Browning X-Bolt Mountain Pro in Tungsten Cerakote (top) and Burnt Bronze Cerakote. (Image © Browning)
Browning has just announced a new line of bolt action rifles, dubbed the X-Bolt Mountain Pro. As befits any rifle with “mountain” in its name, the X-Bolt Mountain Pro has been lightened up by the use of a carbon fiber stock which they say is a quarter-pound lighter than previous versions.
Also standard on the Browning X-Bolt Mountain Pro lineup is a new muzzle brake, which they’ve named the Browning Recoil Hawg. A thread protector is also included, should you wish to remove the brake from the muzzle; if so, simply screw on the thread protector so you don’t booger up the threads while hunting on that mountain.
Unlike many “mountain” rifles, the X-Bolt Mountain Pro doesn’t shorten the barrel to save you weight or to make the rifle more “handy” during those long hikes. They’ve clearly decided the advantage of higher velocity via a more complete powder burn is worth the tradeoff.
They say the Recoil Hawg muzzle brake reduced felt recoil up to 77%, depending on the cartridge… speaking of which, both versions of the X-Bolt Mountain Pro will be available in the following eleven (11) chamberings/barrel length configurations:
MSRP of these new rifles will range from $2,399.99 to $2,459.99.
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Zastava Arms USA will have a new M70 AKM configuration coming around in late February 2021. Zastava USA brought their new rifle to TFB’s GunFest 2021 for us to get a good look. The modernized M70 will have numerous new features coming from the factory, such as a specially made muzzle brake, full length, M-LOK […]
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It’s that time of year again, when the gun industry companies unveil their new wares. But with the annual Shooting, Hunting, and Outdoor Trades (SHOT) Show cancelled thanks to concerns about COVID-19, many companies are taking to the internet. Winchester is doing the slow-drip method of its big reveal, with the theme Primed for ’21. On January 13, the company rolled out one big new product: USA Ready Defense pistol ammo.
The new defense-purpose round is manufactured in three calibers. In 9mm Luger, the weight is 124 grain with a muzzle velocity of 1,200 feet per second. In this caliber only, the round is +P rated. In 40 S&W, the bullet weighs 170 grain. Velocity data is not yet published for this caliber. In 45 ACP, USA Ready Defense has a 200-grain bullet with a 1,000 feet per second rating.
Barrel lengths used for muzzle velocity ratings are not published. However, Winchester reps point out that USA Ready Defense is optimized for use in short-barreled guns. In a demo video shown during the product launch and now available for public viewing, the factory rep fires 9mm USA Ready Defense from a Glock 26 – a popular subcompact. The gel block used in the demo does not have barrier material on the outside per FBI testing specs. Regardless, the test goes well and shows the promised performance traits in terms of penetration, shedding the polymer filler, and expansion.
The hollow point bullet bears Winchester’s trademarked Hex-Vent. The company touts it as “law enforcement technology now available to consumers.” A red polymer insert protects the bullet tip from obstruction until around four inches of penetration, when the insert is shed, inviting fluid into the bullet to begin rapid expansion. In each caliber, a minimum of 12 inches penetration with 95 percent weight retention is built in, at least under test conditions.
In the past, Winchester has described the “need” for bonded bullets for defensive rounds. In bonded bullets, the lead is attached to the jacket at a molecular level, similar to welding two materials together. Hex Vent technology is a departure from the bonded bullet, reportedly eliminating the need for bonding.
On the outside is a nickel-plated brass case. Winchester chose match grade primers for the USA Ready line to ensure reliable firing. The rounds come packaged in a red, 20-round box with viewing window.
Perhaps in the current atmosphere of ammunition shortage and price inflation, it’s not surprising that the presser made no promises about price or availability. Whenever it’s ready, USA Ready Defense looks to be a functional new round for self-defense guns.
LMT Defense is bringing a civilian copy of the Estonian contract rifles to the US market for civilian purchase as the Estonian Reference Rifle. TFB first reported LMT’s selection by the Estonian military back in December 2018, the contract award was confirmed by LMT in May 2019 and the contract was officially signed in August […]
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Hunting and Browning are words that have gone hand in hand for longer than I’ve been alive. Because of this, it’s no surprise that the Utah-based company continues to announce new firearms. Keeping duck hunters at the front of their minds, Browning has introduced the 12 gauge Maxus II Camo.
Already a well-known name in duck blinds around the globe, the Browning Maxus ups the performance ante with a new moniker and a number of new features.
The Maxus II and Maxus II Camo are, of course, the continuation of the popular Maxus line. Just like the original Maxus, this successor is built on the Power Drive Gas System. The system features an enclosed seal design that helps keep the action cleaner and more reliable, even with lighter loads. Even for some experienced shotgun shooters, rapid shots with a 12 gauge can be rough. To combat this, Browning added the SoftFlex cheek pad and new Inflex recoil pad to subdue some of that recoil.
The stock and forearm feature rubber over-molding to enhance purchase, and the stock can be trimmed or lengthened using spacers to adjust the length of pull. Both the bolt release and bolt handle are oversized for ease of operation, especially with gloved hands. Along with the bolt, bolt slide, and shell carrier, they’ve also been finished with a Nickel Teflon coating. The new trigger guard is ramped to assist in loading the lightweight magazine tube. A departure from tradition, the front sight is a modern fiber optic, and the gun comes with three Invector-Plus choke tubes (full, modified, and improved cylinder).
The Maxus II Camo will be available with a variety of finishes:
Whether you want the 26″ or 28″ barrel, the MSRP on the Browning Maxus II Camo is $1,829.99. Check out the rest of the patterns on Browning’s website. They also run the gamut of social media platforms, so give them a like or follow for more updates. You can find them here:
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Winchester has expanded their Defender line of ammunition by introducing a new 5.56x45mm load, 20 and 12 gauge buckshot loads and by adding the .350 Legend cartridge to this defensive ammo family. Let’s take a quick look at each of the new Winchester Defender ammunition offerings. Winchester Defender .350 Legend Although it has always been marketed […]
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Cryo what? Cryobiology is the ability of organisms to withstand freezing. It normally refers to animal life out in the wilds. It refers to their ability to maintain life despite extreme weather and temperature conditions. We humans have managed to figure out ways to do this as well, at least up to a reasonable extent. We simply have learned how to stay warm and comfortable.
Wait, don’t pack away those wool socks just yet. Though most big game seasons are past now there are still many hunting pursuits worthy of trekking outside. The clink in the armor this time of year is the lousy winter weather. If you are going to hunt now, you have to adapt a few things to maintain essential body warmth.
First, hunt what? The big ticket is varmint hunting. On the menu are coyotes. These hardy creatures are numerous throughout this country. They wreak havoc on a long list of other creatures including devastations on turkey populations, white-tailed deer fawns as well as other animal groups. Their numbers need to be curtailed by hunting.
There are also seasons left for upland game hunting, upland birds, and waterfowl in some cases. Hardy hunters looking for action can certainly still find it. Double check your states’ seasons to see what is still open for the end of January and into February. You might be pleasantly surprised just how much hunting is left to enjoy, if only you embrace your cryobiology.
Once you decide on what is left to hunt, you have to prepare for the elements this time of year. It is going to be cold, windy, and likely mixed with all types of winter precipitation from freezing rain, black sleet, snow, and high winds. These are conditions for quickly losing body heat and core warmth. These bodily elements have to be protected and maintained in order to be comfortable hunting outside.
The modern human version of cryobiology is all about dressing the part. You know about layering, but the question is to layer what. There are some great synthetics on the market now designed into hunting clothing, so check those out. Forget anything cotton, except perhaps your briefs. Wool and wool blends make for good insulators and can be lightweight, perfect for layering.
Outer layers need an exterior fabric that will shed rain and snow quickly. A good hat is a must as are wool gloves perhaps with a nylon exterior to shed moisture. A facial covering is not a bad idea. The trick is to be able to move freely to operate your hunting gear and arms.
Buy boots for extreme conditions with maximum insulation and waterproofing. Light insulating socks should be covered with good wool socks, but not so tight that blood cannot circulate well. Try out different combinations that work well to keep you warm and protected.
Since prehistory, hunters have covered their bodies and faces in materials to camouflage themselves from their prey. When you’re putting food on the table, you want as many advantages as possible. Combining both of these ideas, Browning has introduced the 12 gauge Maxus II Camo, which comes in a variety of patterns and offers a number […]
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In this episode of TFBTV‘s #GunFest2021 coverage, James Reeves talks with Ranko of Zastava Arms about Zastava’s new modular 7.62x39mm M70 as well as new .223 polymer magazines for the M85 and M90 Zastava AKs in .223. Clarification: The M85/M90 polymer magazines have a steel reinforced rear locking tab. The front locking tab is not […]
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Looking for a high-end thermal spotter or thermal binocular? Pulsar keep pushing out new models with higher specifications and those looking for top performance should now be on the lookout for the word “Pro Series“. Two new models join the line-up: the Accolade LRF XP50 Pro (thermal binoculars with Laser Range Finder) and the Helion 2 […]
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For the first time in many years, the TFB staff are not on location in the Nevada desert for the third week of January. With all the work, logistics, headaches and potential disasters that come along with each SHOT Show, it really is a great time and we enjoy bringing you comprehensive coverage of all […]
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Biden issued this “pledge” in a January 8 tweet that falsely tried to suggest the men and women of the NRA were somehow implicated in an infamous crime that was committed a decade ago by a manifestly deranged individual with no clear motivation or political agenda.
As part of Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam and the General Assembly’s sweeping attack on gun rights in 2020, anti-gun lawmakers enacted legislation that made it more difficult for gun owners to obtain the required training for a Right-to-Carry permit.
The Winchester Model 70 is available in more configurations than there are flavors of Starburst. This year’s SHOT Show brings us a few more juicy flavors. This one, in particular, is the Winchester Model 70 Extreme TrueTimber VSX MB. The Rifleman’s rifle is now more equipped to tackle harsh conditions. Furnished with a Tungsten Cerakote, the […]
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Stoeger introduced the full-size STR-9 back in January 2019. For the virtual SHOT Show 2021, they have announced a fully-featured version called the STR-9S Combat Pistol. Their aim is for the new model to be an all-around solution for everyday carry, home defense or just some fun at the range. The STR-9S Combat Pistol has an overall […]
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Tomorrow, the House Committee on Privileges and Elections will hear House Bill 2081 to mandate all polling places be gun-free zones.
The Howa Mini Action Gets even lighter New from Legacy Sports International this year is the Howa Carbon Fiber Stalker. The stock itself comes from a collaboration between Howa and Stocky’s, an American gunstock maker. Stocky’s has this to say about their newest line up of ultralight carbon fiber stocks: Truly the Next Generation of […]
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Tomorrow, the Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled to consider Permitless Carry Legislation, House Bill 102.
Shadow Systems, based in Plano, Texas, has come up with a series of pistols made for using. I had a chance to meet with factory reps and learn more. The occasion was the Blue August Gun & Outdoor Writers’ Conference near Dallas in 2019. And Shadow Systems, a relatively new gun maker established in 2016, was on scene to show off the current and upcoming generations of their handguns.
At first glance, the profile of a Shadow Systems gun suggests “Glock,” but there is much more behind these unique pistols. Shadow Systems’ latest series is based around Model MR920, which has a compact size and Glock 19 profile. Like other modern striker-fired pistols, the MR920 Combat and its competition-flavor stablemate, the MR920 Elite, ship with two interchangeable backstraps. These backstraps are not simply bigger, they also change the grip angle to match the shooter’s natural point of aim. Old 1911 fans who want to make the transition to a polymer gun but hate the grip angle no longer have to settle, because the MR920 offers that just-right fit for virtually everyone.
Recoil management is built into the gun. A beavertail grip and gritty-but-not-abrasive texture that runs 360 degrees around the grip help manageability. Texturing and thinning were done at touch points on the frame, including the strongly undercut trigger guard. And on the Elite model, you’ll find one sizable cutout on each side of the slide.
High-performance construction continues with the action components. There’s a flat-face trigger with a familiar passive safety block. The pull is 4.0-4.5 pounds. A 416R stainless match grade barrel is traditionally rifled, and barrel threading is optional.
Shadow Systems engineers gave special consideration to solid mounting points for optics; MR920 slides have optic-milling as an option. Attachment points are reinforced and the holes are angled slightly forward to resist loosening when the optic is used as a racking lever. For those who want to avoid doing so, there are serrations on the front of the slide. Further stability for optics is achieved by universal drilling in the optic cuts, which can accommodate most currently popular brands of red dot without the added layer of a mounting plate.
Reliability of the product is a non-negotiable requirement of the Shadow Systems team. Their guns are made for high performance, but not at the expense of knowing a trigger press will produce the desired “bang” without fail.
One of the biggest frustrations of buying a gun that’s not being produced by the millions is a lack of holsters. That’s not a problem with the MR920 or the upcoming DR920; they should fit inside any holster made for Glock compact or full-size pistols.
At the conference, we got to handle and shoot Shadow Systems pistols, including the MR920 and a prototype of the DR920. They performed just as promised, with softened recoil and a very smooth trigger. As I used the front cocking serrations to rack one that was outfitted with a red dot, I realized the slide had become very warm, almost hot to the touch. That’s a side effect of lightened materials. The vendor pointed out that it’s rare to use a pistol as heavily as we were that day, with a dozen or more writers firing one five-round mag after another through the same gun.
Never did I observe a malfunction with these pistols.
If you’re looking for the perfect carry gun that nobody else has, and one that will always go “bang” when you want it to, Shadow Systems could be a perfect fit. Prices start in the mid-900s. The MR920 is available through retailers and via direct order. As of this writing, Shadow Systems is, fortunately for them and unfortunately for shoppers, backlogged and not accepting new orders.
MR920 MSRPs are currently listed as $799 for the Combat model, $969 for Elite, and $999 for the Elite Long Slide.
Specifications: MR920 (base model)
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In this episode of TFBTV, James Reeves speaks with Jeff Carson of Aero Precision about their new Breach charging handle, a charging handle that will be compatible with AR-15s. The breach will be fully ambidextrous and heavy-duty. It will be available in a small and large latch version. James used the Breach for a Thunder […]
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New for 2021 from Aero Precision is a product that was teased as a prototype back in 2020 – the Breach charging handle. The Breach takes a hard look at conventionally accepted charging handles and incorporates some unique and clever design decisions in order to make for a more effective, durable, and user-friendly charging handle […]
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Aero Precision will be making a move very soon from their current facility in Tacoma, Washington to a new and larger facility located in Lakewood, which is just a short hop down south to a more industrialized area. The reason for the move as stated by the press release below is to contend with the ever-increasing demand for firearms and accessories which Aero has been trying to meet.
Aero Precision is excited to announce that we have entered into an agreement for a new facility located in Lakewood, WA, home of Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM). The 268,000 sq/ft facility is located within the Lakewood Industrial Park.
“We are very excited to be working with the City of Lakewood on our relocation.” said Scott Dover, CEO and Founder. “The city representatives have been extremely welcoming, and we foresee Lakewood as the long-term home for Aero Precision as we continue to position ourselves as a top tier manufacturing facility in the State of Washington.”
“The substantial growth our business has achieved over the past several years has tested the limits of our current facilities. This move will allow a full company consolidation, bringing all Aero Precision operations under one roof. Expanding our footprint is important for the continued growth of our company and will allow us to create efficiencies that will benefit our customers and employees alike.”
Aero Precision currently employs a workforce of over 800 employees, including a very diverse population of minority, women and veterans. Relocating to Lakewood will allow us to further our goals of diversity and inclusion by recruiting from the surrounding community and JBLM. As Lakewood’s largest private employer, Aero Precision will also have a significant impact on the city’s economic vitality.
The relocation will be a phased approach beginning in February with the goal of having all business functions in the new Lakewood facility by end of year 2021.
For questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
As Aero Precision continues to grow I think we can expect to see more new products, improved order fulfillment, and sustained growth for the firearms industry in the pacific northwest.
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This Schrade 498 fixed blade hunting knife has sentimental value to me. (Photo © Russ Chastain)
Many moons ago — at least a quarter-century — I found a knife while surveying a long-abandoned industrial property. That was not unusual; I found stuff all the time, and that’s what I miss most about my days in the field. But anyhow, there this knife was… long forgotten, stuck into an old board with its blade covered in rust. I was struck by its graceful shape and attractive, practical handle so I took the old blade home with me.
Schrade 498 with homemade sheath. (Photo © Russ Chastain)
The rust has almost erased portions of the tang stamp, and what looks like “495” to the naked eye is actually “498.” I’ve talked some about this old knife here before, in my “6 favorite hunting knives” post.
Back home, I went to work removing rust from the blade with oil and steel wool; rub, wipe, repeat.
Tang stamp reads SCHRADE U.S.A. 498 . (Photo © Russ Chastain)
After I cleaned up the knife and restored its edge, I set about making a sheath for it. After all, I was young and poor and I liked to make things. Why buy? My first attempt at a sheath was made from pieces of an old leather work boot — no, I ain’t kidding — and it pretty much sucked. I took what I’d learned and built myself a new sheath using some brown suede cow hide left over from the sweet leather case I’d made for my muzzleloader.
I had no sheath, so I made this one. (Photo © Russ Chastain)
Homemade leather sheath. (Photo © Russ Chastain)
I didn’t get fancy… heck, I didn’t know how to get fancy. I whip-stitched the edges with some heavy-duty upholster’s thread, then added rivets in strategic locations. Did I use rivets intended for leather work? Heck no! First of all I didn’t have any, secondly I went with what I knew as the son of a metal worker: pop rivets. With some star lock washers and a bit of judicious peening, they did the job — and have held up pretty well for more than 25 years.
The original sheath looked like this. (Image source: eBay)
The 498 was part of Schrade’s “49ers Bench Made Collection” and was available in two configurations: my knife is the 498S with Staglon synthetic handle, and a 498L was also available with stacked leather handle.
The texture on the brass guard and pommel cap (which they call the butt plate) is meant to imitate that of a gold nugget. Not all Schrade 498s were marked on the butt plate, but one ad says to “Look for the Bench Mark on each knife, indicating the anvil is a “cutlers mark” and the other mark is for the year of manufacture. Mine has a flag to the left of the anvil, but I’m not certain just what that means. Maybe some of you knife guys can help me with that?
Brass butt plate and guard have “gold rush” texture. (Photo © Russ Chastain)
There are plenty of these 498s on eBay in amazing condition — some amazingly good, some amazingly terrible with much of the blade ground away. My 498 lives up to its original specs, with an overall length of 9-1/4″ and a five-inch blade. The weight is right at 6 ounces.
Classic lines and practical materials make the Schrade 498 a great hunting knife. (Photo © Russ Chastain)
Everything about this knife makes it a superb hunting knife: handle shape and texture, thumb spot with jimping, understated but perfectly-placed guard, blade shape, and the fine carbon steel blade that holds an edge like crazy. It’s no wonder I began to love it at first sight.
I think some photos make the knife appear worse than it is. (Photo © Russ Chastain)
When I showed Dad my “new” Schrade 498, he too fell in love straightaway. One reason was its strong resemblance in overall shape to the old Case knife his maw-in-law had given him years before, which had recently been stolen. I believe it was probably a Case XX 523-6, and if only I could put my hands on that knife now… well let’s just say that old Case knife meant a lot to me, and far more to Dad.
Dad had a certain way; he would want something you had, and set right out telling you how much he needed it and you didn’t. It was all in good fun and of course I gave him a hard time and told him I was going to keep this knife forever and maybe let him hold it sometimes if he said “please,” and all that.
The Staglon handle is fake antler; tough, practical, and (to me) good-looking.
Then deer season came, and I got a buck. It was just Dad and me at camp, and I happily set about the chore of dressing out my deer. Once I got my critter quartered up and into a cooler on ice, I cleaned up the knife, which had performed well. I dried it off, slipped it into its handmade sheath, and handed it to Dad.
The look on his face was priceless; he was speechless.
“I was always gonna give you the knife,” I told him. “I just wanted to shuck a buck with it first.”
The old Schrade 498 was instantly one of his most prized possessions, and remained so until he passed away more than a decade later. When I ran across this knife packed with some of Dad’s favorite hunting gear… well all I can say about that is, “Dang leaky eyes.”
Can a man love a knife? Oh yes… yes he can. (Photo © Russ Chastain)
I have used this nice old knife on several deer since my father’s passing and it continues to perform well, while bringing back strong memories of that first buck I skinned & quartered with it before handing it to Dad. That is likely to remain the only time I ever give this knife away.
I hope you have enjoyed this stroll down memory lane with me, a working-class hunting knife left to rust, and my much-missed father. Now I can’t wait until deer season rolls around again, so I can put this good old knife back to work again.
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Like their sister company Winchester which SHOT Show Special firearms we covered yesterday, Browning has also released a number of limited edition guns for the SHOT Show 2021. These guns differ from their standard, catalog counterparts by unique finishes, furniture and configuration options. In total, there are 106 Browning SHOT Show Special guns. Let’s see […]
Normally this is the time of year when many firearms, shooting, and hunting product manufacturers begin to release information about their new products for the year. Usually this would have also been a big event at the annual SHOT Show held in Las Vegas, but that biggest such product show will not be held this year due to COVID-19 concerns… so the new Hornady 6mm ARC is being announced virtually rather than in person.
Because of this situation with the largest gun related trade show in the world, information is starting to filter out to fill in the gaps. Hornady Manufacturing Company is a huge maker and supplier of loaded ammunition, reloading equipment, bullets, and other loading components. Their product line is ever expanding as well to include gun security vaults and related products.
Their new 6mm ARC (Advanced Rifle Cartridge) has just been announced and it promises to be quite an exciting cartridge with applications for hunting, match shooting, and certainly for personal and property protection missions. It might also ultimately serve some roles for the military and law enforcement uses.
This proprietary Hornady ammunition will be loaded under three different brand names including their Match ammunition, Black ammunition, and the Precision Hunter names. Each offering will be loaded with different bullet types and weights focusing on the specific mission of each type of ammunition.
In appearance the new Hornady 6mm ARC looks much like the old and now quite passé 243 WSSM (Winchester Super Short Magnum) in that it has the short-fat cartridge case profile with a short neck. The 243 WSSM has more ump and uses heavier weight bullets. Still they have some similarities of sort.
The 6mm ARC is loaded with 108 grain ELD Match bullets, 105 grain BTHP bullets or the 103 grain ELD-X with muzzle velocities of 2750 to 2800 fps. These bullets have very high ballistic coefficients making them very efficient for all range performance and barrel life. They deliver excellent terminal performance for their intended missions.
Oh, did I mention the 6mm ARC was created for the AR-15 platform? The 6mm ARC was put through trials by a specialized group as part of the U.S. DoD for a multipurpose combat rifle program. “The 6mm ARC achieved results never before delivered from the AR-15 platform with the ultimate blend of system, weight, performance and shootability”, reports Hornady.
The Hornady 6mm ARC is certainly going to be useful multi-tasking cartridge suitable for a wide range of targeting activities. It will make a whopper of a varmint rifle as well as hunting thin skinned game animals. Look for the 6mm ARC to be chambered for short or micro action bolt action rifles and ARs as well.
Pistols chambered in .22LR have been slaying tin cans in the backyard for decades. This, however, is not your Grandpappy’s .22. In the rimfire competition world, few names conjure the feeling of solid, sleek, and precise like Volquartsen. If you are a fan of their previous pistols, you’re going to want to pay attention. Black […]
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Today, the NRA announced a restructuring plan that positions us for the long-term and ensures our continued success as the nation’s leading advocate for constitutional freedom – free from the toxic political environment of New York.
For readers that are familiar with the German Army rifle trials, and the Haenel piston operated rifle submission, a pistol version of that rifle is being imported by B&T. Haenel’s pistol version, dubbed the B&T 15 for the importation, should be available by mid-2021. The B&T 15 will feature 100 percent German-made parts and will […]
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Yes, it’s true: B&T will be importing the Haenel CR-223 as the B&T-15. The CR-223 is a semi-automatic gas-operated 5.56×45mm NATO carbine designed by C.G. Haenel in Germany. It’s basically the semi-auto version of the MK556. The CR-223/MK-556 has been in use by law enforcement agencies and German military units since 2017. Now, B&T will […]
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Short recoil is the most common system used today in self-loading handguns, and it also used to be fairly popular in machine gun designs. The basic principle is that the bolt and barrel (in a handgun, slide and barrel) are locked together for an initial travel substantially less than the overall length of the cartridge. After typically a few millimeters of travel, the barrel stops and the bolt or slide is able to continue rearward to extract and eject the empty case. Short recoil can be paired with virtually any locking system, but today the Browning tilting barrel system is most common.
Short recoil has never been popular in shoulder rifle, as the reduction in mechanical accuracy from the moving barrel can be undesirable. In handguns and machine guns, this accuracy reduction is generally below the threshold of relevance.
Hello and welcome to a special edition of The Rimfire Report! As you can expect from the title of this article it will be on the American 180, specifically hands-on experience with the American 180 at TFB Gun Fest 2021. While at Gun Fest, Blue Force Gear Director of Medical Programs Brad Gilpin brought his own personal […]
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Lewis Machine & Tool’s Estonian rifle contract has been news for some time, of which TFB has covered, but the LMT Shot Counter technology that was also rolled out with that rifle hasn’t attracted much attention. One reason for the lack of coverage could be the lack of marketability for non-military and police users. However, […]
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Winchester Repeating Arms has released the list of their SHOT Show Special firearms. These are limited edition versions of their products that can’t be found in the company’s regular catalog. The dealers can order Winchester SHOT Show Special guns during the industry’s largest exhibition (Jan 18-22, 2021). Overall, this year Winchester offers 44 SHOT Show […]
(Image: Screenshot from “buck sheds antler” video)
YouTuber Justin Hoffman recently posted a cool video in which a whitetail buck sheds its only antler right in front of his game cam! Needless to say, this is pretty dang cool.
The antlers of Whitetail deer, like those of many other hoofed ungulates, fall off (or “shed;” think of a snake or lizard shedding its skin) every year, and grow back from literally nothing. During development, each antler is covered by “velvet,” which is a blood-rich substance with a hairy or furry appearance — and under the velvet, the antlers are actually malleable to a certain extent.
Once the miracle (what else can you call it?) of these amazing antlers developing and shaping themselves in the air above the buck’s head, the antlers harden. The velvet’s blood supply is cut off, then it’s rubbed off as the deer rubs his new antlers against small trees or saplings. The result is the “rack” of antlers we deer hunters are used to seeing in the deer woods.
Incidentally, antlers are not horns; horns continue to grow throughout life, much like hair, claws, or fingernails.
Back to the video: Justin had been observing this buck for months, and after its right antler was broken off while still in velvet last July he named it “One Side.”
The one side that remained was actually pretty nice, with one heck of a long brow tine and a good bit of mass.
In the video, Ol’ One Side stands perfectly before the camera, looking around alertly before lowering its head, then shaking it back & forth. I would imagine that when an antler starts to separate from a buck’s head, it probably itches or causes some other sensation which prompts a buck to shake its head. At any rate, he shakes his head violently enough that we hear a crack as the antler separates from its spot on the head (the pedicel), then hits the snowy ground nearby as the newly-bald buck trots off a little ways.
Fast forward to the next morning, and we see a younger buck, this one with two antlers, approach the camera site. Curiously, he approaches the shed antler, even touching it with his nose as he gives it a good sniffing before he strolls off into the woods.
Getting to watch as one buck sheds an antler on video is pretty dang neat, but seeing another buck checking out the discarded antler is even cooler. Thanks for sharing, Justin!
Until recently, not many subcompact carry guns came equipped with rails. Because of this, some people either carried a larger handgun, or opted to have no light. However, with the introduction of pistols like the SIG P365, Springfield Armory Hellcat, and Glock 43X and 48 MOS models, that has changed. A need for subcompact lights […]
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Deer hunting seasons are winding down all across the country, but a few are still open. Winter weather has its grip on most hunting areas. It used to be that cold, snow, etc caused deer to move about freely, but something has changed in some areas. After several days of hunting, not seeing deer move is becoming more common. But why?
This past week in the Deep South, Ma Winter had her grip on the region. Temps dropped below seasonal norms and such a jolt to the system causes most deer to huddle tight to their bedding areas only to stand up to relieve themselves or to grab a little browse to sustain themselves until a warm up. Such deer behavior is not uncommon here in Mississippi where I have deer hunted since 1983.
I recently spent parts of three days inside an insulated shooting house hunting stand. Though I left my little propane heater back in the cabin, I stayed relatively comfortable. I had to open three windows in case I got a shot, and a steady cold breeze kept the interior chilled down. My feet got cold. I saw absolutely not one single deer of any kind. There also was nothing else moving — no squirrels, no rabbits, very few birds or anything. I did see a big flock of wood ducks headed to the swamp, and six geese. So, why weren’t animals moving?
Mainly those few days the weather had everything shut down. I contacted two other deer hunters within a 100 mile radius and they also reported not seeing deer. Blame it on the cold at least temporarily. That was number one on the list. Also add into the equation the constant wind and prevailing wet with high humidity. Deer don’t fancy those conditions either.
The rut is over and there was no sign of a secondary rut. I saw no fresh ruts, and no active scrapes. Nada. Actually, I saw few deer tracks in the camp road mud. Signs of very little movement when normally there would be plenty of such sign. That’s a big part of it.
These are the end days of the three month long season. Hunting pressure has been moderate in the surrounding area, but new hunters came in south of us. Some shooting could be heard across the property line. This is another add in factor to deer holding tight.
Numerous heavy frosts decimated the planted food plots. Native browse was reduced, too. Deer have to be operating at lower than normal energy levels. Bucks were tired from the rut, and hungry. Food was their number one concern and there was little of it of any quality or quantity. Therefore, not seeing deer is typical end of the year status for deer hunting. Right now, deer just do not show. Hunt harder, stay in the woods to monitor any final signs of deer movement.
It’s that time of year where new ammunition offerings from big name companies abound. With SHOT Show 2021 not taking place in person due to COVID-19 these companies are anxious to get the word out on new and innovative products. This year Browning in conjunction with Winchester Olin have announced a wide array of new Browning ammo products that might just be on every outdoorsman’s wish list.
Browning’s new ammunition line is categorized as Marked for ‘21 on their website and breaks down into the following four groups.
The ultimate waterfowl shotshell for pattern density and knockdown power. This shotshell pairs precision round bismuth with precision round steel for a stacked payload and utilizes the Wicked Wad giving it an extended distance. All Wicked Blend shotshells are offered in a 25-round box and are available in the following gauges:
Additionally, two variations of steel shot only loads, Wicked Wing and Wicked Wing XD will be on the new shotshell offerings from Browning in 2021.
This defensive pistol ammunition features a formed metallic hollow point with X-Point technology providing toughness, consistency and rapid energy transfer. All X-Point Defense ammunition is offered in a 20-round box and available in the following calibers:
A bulk range pack of 60 rounds in the increasingly popular 350 Legend cartridge will be available soon. Touted as the world’s fastest straight walled cartridge this caliber has seen growing interest in the last year.
This centerfire rifle ammo is developed for popular long-range hunting and shooting cartridges. The hunting line of new Browning ammo utilizes popular the Sierra Tipped GameKing bullet that is renowned in the field. All Pro Hunter ammunition comes in 20 round boxes and is available in the following calibers:
A new cartridge is also debuting under the Long Range Pro Hunter line, the 6.8 Western. Features of this versatile cartridge include:
Well, that’s it folks… the new Browning ammo for 2021. For more information, check out the Browning Ammunition website at browningammo.com
There was a very interesting and informative blog post regarding the NRA’s bankruptcy filing on CreditSlips.org on Friday. The post was by Georgetown law professor Adam Levitin. Levitin is an expert on bankruptcy and business restructuring. His list of publications regarding bankruptcy includes both law books and multiple law review articles.
The post says there are many issues with the filing:
This is going to be one heck of an interesting case. There are already so many glaring issues (or should I say “targets”?): venue, good faith filing, disclosures, the automatic stay, the trustee question, fiduciary duties to pursue claims against insiders, executory employment contracts, the fate of Wayne LaPierre, and the generally overlooked governance provisions of the Bankruptcy Code.
Read the whole post. The gist of it is that by filing for bankruptcy, the NRA has opened a can of worms and there could be a lot of unintended consequences. For example, if as the NY Attorney General alleges, Wayne LaPierre has a contract that guarantees his salary for life even if removed, bankruptcy law limits that to one year’s salary.
I hope this is the last post I have to do on the NRA filing for bankruptcy for the time being. There are other important matters to write about such as the virtual Shot Show that starts today.
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If you missed your shot at purchasing Cabot’s twin meteorite 1911’s, there is still hope for you to buy a high-end pistol from the Pennsylvania-based company. Today we’re looking at the newly introduced Cabot Apocalypse. When the Apocalypse was first released, it sold out within 48 hours. With lead times of 18 months, it’s going […]
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Tomorrow, Senate Judiciary B Committee will take up preemption legislation, Senate Bill 2107
Primos Slide Bugle Elk Call (Photo © Primos)
For 2021, hunting gear giant Primos is rolling out a series of new products to help hunters get what they go after, and among those selections is this cool new Slide Bugle elk call which allows you to sound like a bull, a cow, and/or a calf. Brilliant!
When the mouthpiece is attached to the expandable tube, this call lets a hunter imitate a bull elk’s bugling and growls — or you can pull it apart to use the mouthpiece separately to make more bull sounds or to sound like a cow or calf. Changing the diaphragm in the mouthpiece alters the sound of the call, which adds greatly to its flexibility.
Enough from me… here’s what Primos has to say about it:
A must-have item for any elk hunter, the new Primos Slide Bugle Elk Call allows for easy control with minimal air to produce growls and high-pitched bugles. Simply apply more pressure with lip to increase pitch. Hunters can remove the mouthpiece and interchange the diaphragm to produce additional bull, cow, and calf calls.
The Primos Slide Bugle Elk Call sure packs in a lot of flexibility, and if I were fortunate enough to go on an elk hunt I think I’d want one in my pack. How about you?
Winchester Ammunition has announced the release of a new defensive handgun ammunition line called USA Ready Defense. Compared to the USA Ready training and practice ammunition that uses flat nose FMJ bullets, the USA Ready Defense ammo is loaded with jacketed hollow-point projectiles that have a design similar to the bullets used in Winchester Ranger One […]
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In this #GunFest2021 special episode, James is at Smith & Wesson headquarters in Springfield, MA to talk with Gemtech’s in-house guru, Anthony Proto, about the new Gemtech and Smith & Wesson collaboration: The Integra-15. This is an integrally suppressed M&P 15-22 upper for the S&W M&P-15-22 series of carbines fine tuned by Gemtech. Check out […]
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I always want to see the cool new tech that comes out of SHOT Show, and I think that’s the case for most of us. One thing that’s often overlooked is the basics. Iron sights have been around since the beginning of firearms history, and I don’t think that’s going to change. XS Sights is […]
Bent Agner Nielsen was a Danish tinkerer born in 1925, who studied art as a young man and worked as a painter. In the 1970s he became interested in firearms, beginning with engraving work. This soon evolved into an interest in mechanical design, and in 1978 he began work on the M80, an Olympic-style .22 rimfire target pistol. It was released on the commercial market in Denmark in 1980, and produced for most of the decade (including being exported to the US and elsewhere). It was a quite competent and well-made pistol, built from stainless steel and incorporating a few clever design elements. Most notably, it offered a way to easily cock the firing mechanism to allow dry fire practice without actually releasing the firing pin, thus allowing dry fire practice without risk of damaging the pistol.
With this reasonably successful design under his belt, Agner turned to the military and security market for his next effort in the early 1990s. He designed a pair of pistols for the Danish police and military, the M800 in .32ACP and the M900 in 9x19mm. They had a lineage from his target pistols, with fixed barrels and sights mounted to the frame instead of on a moving slide. Unfortunately for Agner, neither was adopted – the police opted to continue using their Walther PP/PPK pistols and the Army stuck with its SIG P210s. Only a small number of both were made; 16 or the M800 and and unknown number of the M900. After a much longer interlude, he returned to the .22 target pistol arena with his M5 design in 2005. Only about 100 of these were produced, and Agner passed away in 2011.
Many thanks to Hunter’s House in Copenhagen for giving me the opportunity to bring this selection of Agner pistols to you!
Photo Of The Day: Celebrities with firearms is always interesting and here we see them together with some of the U.S. Special Forces. Above you can see country singer Lee Brice, as he fires a rifle at various targets during the Special Forces Tactical Challenge. The location is the Miller Training Complex at Fort Bragg, […]
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I came across this pop-up ad from Cabela’s on Facebook a week or so ago. It popped up again this morning.
While I do have a few of these 40-round PMAGs because, you know, I can, my imagination is running wild over the sorts of adventures that might “start here” with them.
I’m too old and too slow to be running off to Afghanistan so that’s out.
The bush wars in Africa have pretty much settled down so I doubt I’d be up for joining Executive Outcomes.
The only other adventure I might imagine would put me on a no-fly list for advocating sedition and insurrection so I won’t go there.
Though, I must say if I owned a gun store and have multiple attackers rushing into the store after ramming the front door with a stolen car, I think this would come in handy.
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Like many of you, I am deeply concerned about the current state of both the nation and the world. In the past year we have suffered through a global pandemic, a massive economic shutdown, civil unrest and intense political campaigns that have left us all damaged in some way. And just when you thought it […]
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In this episode of #GUNFEST2021, James Reeves meets with his friend, Ranko, of Zastava Arms, to discuss the NEW (well, new to the US) Zastava M90. Importantly, the Zastava M90 is chambered in 5.56x45mm – the same good old round as the AR-15 – but has several other differences from the Zastava M70, including a […]
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Zastava Arms arrived at TFB’s GunFest 2021 with the brand new PAP M90 PS. The Serbian made Zastava M90 is being imported by Zastava USA to satisfy customer requests for a full size 5.56 AKM pattern rifle. In addition to its larger size, the Zastava M90 is packed with new features while maintaining the quality […]
Photo Of The Day and we take a closer look at Special Forces soldiers from the U.S. Army’s 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne). Above you can see them in a Polaris MRZR off-road utility vehicle at the Panzer Local Training area near Stuttgart, Germany in 2020. Special Forces Soldiers from the U.S. Army’s 10th Special […]
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Good morning can fans and welcome back to the 160th edition of TFB’s Silencer Saturday brought to you by Yankee Hill Machine, manufacturers of the new light and modular Nitro N20 suppressor. Last week we brought you a quick look at the Spikes Tactical Compressor suppressed upper receiver in 5.56x45mm. This week we dig into […]
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Attorney Sarah Rogers of Brewer, Attorneys and Counselors, filed a “Notice of Suggestion” before the US Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation yesterday. It was in regard to the NRA and Sea Girt LLC’s filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in the US Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Texas.
Section 362(a) (Automatic Stay) of the Bankruptcy Code automatically prohibits, inter alia, the following:
* the commencement or continuation, including the issuance or employment of process, of a judicial, administrative, or other action or proceeding against the debtor that was or could have been commenced before the commencement of the case under this title, or to recover a claim against the debtor that arose before the commencement of the case under this title;
* the enforcement, against the debtor or against property of the estate, of a judgment obtained before the commencement of the case under this title;
* any act to obtain possession of property of the estate or of property from the estate or to exercise control over property of the estate.
I think that tells you exactly what the legal strategy formulated by William Brewer III is for the NRA. It is to use bankruptcy as a means to stop or put a hold on the cases involving Ackerman McQueen, David Dell’Aquila, and the State of New York. That is, at least in Federal court.
It gets more interesting according to a book put out by the American Bankruptcy Institute entitled, Bankruptcy Issues for State Trial Court Judges Third Edition.
Federal law allows the removal of civil actions from state court to federal district court if jurisdiction exists under 28 U.S.C. §1334 (the federal jurisdictional provision that creates a bankruptcy case). The petition for
removal must be filed in the district court to which the matter is removed. Removal is to the federal district court for the jurisdiction in which the state court matter is pending, not to the district in which the bankruptcy case is pending. Consequently, if the bankruptcy case is in a different federal district, a motion for change of venue to that district may be filed after the matter is removed.
The book goes on to say that this applies to all courts, state and Federal. However, if you examine the case against the NRA by the Attorney General of New York Letitia James, it probably is stayed against the NRA but not against Wayne LaPierre, Woody Phillips, John Frazer, or Josh Powell. That is because a §362 stay applies to the property of the estate, property of the debtor, and the debtor. The individuals names by James in the dissolution lawsuit are not debtors in a bankruptcy filing.
However, there is an exception to a §362 that I’m sure the State of New York will seek to use:
The commencement or continuation of an action or proceeding by a governmental unit to enforce its police or regulatory power. Examples would be prosecution under a rubbish ordinance, an action to close a restaurant for health code violations, or litigation to determine the debtor’s liability for consumer protection violations and liquidation of the amounts owed for those violations. The exception extends to enforcement of a judgment, other than a money judgment, obtained by a governmental unit to enforce its police or regulatory power. Section 362(b)(4)
The regulatory power involving the NRA would that of New York’s ability to regulate charities which is the basis of the dissolution suit. It will be up to the judge hearing the dissolution lawsuit to decide whether the stay resulting from the bankruptcy filings apply. I’m sure that New York will argue that it doesn’t just as the NRA’s lawyers will argue that it does.
I should remind the reader that I’m not a lawyer and that case law usually is of greater importance than the how the law is written. In other words, how a law is interpreted by the courts trumps how the legislature wrote the law.
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In this episode of TFBTV‘s #GunFest 2021 Coverage, James Reeves looks at the new Daniel Defense Delta 5 Pro Chassis model precision rifle. According to Daniel Defense’s press release: DELTA 5 PRO is the ultimate package of performance, accuracy, and custom features that are rarely found on a production bolt gun. This bolt gun bridges […]
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In this episode of TFBTV, James Reeves speaks with Chad Enos of Kel-Tec about new parts, accessories, and models of some favorites, including a new version of the Kel-Tec SUB2000, an upgrade for the KS7 shotgun, and a new version of the RDB Survival. ««« GUN + GEAR GIVEAWAYS »»» TFBTV is viewer supported and […]
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Today, I thought it would be fun (or at least interesting) to shoot a 2-gun match in a reproduction World War One gas mask and helmet. Specifically, a French M2 pattern, which was used extensively by French, British, and American troops. I paired this with an Adrian helmet, a Lebel rifle, and a Modele 1892 revolver.
The match started out badly, as it was cool enough outside in the morning for the mask to fog up significantly. Combined with small targets, my shooting in the first (pistol-only) stage was…not very good. Things got worse on the second stage, where I simply could not see the targets at all. I opted to just abandon that stage, and it was quite frustrating. Not wanting to leave without any rifle shooting at all, I abandoned the gas mask and helmet for the third stage. That one ended up being quite satisfying, despite running out of time just before making my final shot.
It was an enlightening experience to try to engage targets in a period style gas mask. Between the total lack of peripheral vision and lens fogging, it was very difficult. I can’t imagine trying to do it in a real firefight where poison gas was being used.
An email went out at 4:01 pm EST this afternoon from NRA Secretary John Frazer to the Board of Directors announcing the bankruptcy filing and plans to reorganize in Texas. According to the time stamp on the bankruptcy filing, it was filed at 2:48 pm CST or less than 15 minutes earlier.
The email repeats much of what was reported in the press release.
Dear Board of Directors:
I am pleased to announce some exciting news about the NRA.
The NRA announced it will reorganize the Association as a Texas nonprofit to abandon the corrupt political and regulatory environment in New York. This action will ensure our continued success as the nation’s leading advocate for constitutional freedom.
To facilitate the reorganization, the NRA and one of its subsidiaries filed voluntary chapter 11 petitions in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Texas, Dallas Division. As you may know, chapter 11 proceedings are often utilized by businesses, nonprofits and organizations of all kinds to streamline legal and financial affairs.
Subject to court approval, the NRA’s new strategic plan involves “dumping New York” and reincorporating the Association in the State of Texas – home to more than 400,000 NRA members and site of the 2021 NRA Annual Meeting being held in Houston.
As many of you have observed, New York is no longer a welcome home to our Association, as its leaders have demonstrated their hostility to the constitutional freedoms in which we believe. Our filing today allows us to wisely seek protection from New York officials who illegally weaponized the powers they wield against the NRA and its members.
The NRA is not financially insolvent. In fact, this move comes at a time when the NRA is in its strongest financial condition in years.
The Association will continue with the forward advancement of the enterprise – confronting anti-Second Amendment activities, promoting firearms safety and training, and advancing public programs across the United States. No immediate changes are expected to the NRA’s operations or workforce.
The reorganization aims to help the NRA streamline costs and expenses, organize various litigation matters that involve related facts, and realize other financial and strategic advantages.
By exiting New York, the NRA abandons a state where elected officials have weaponized legal and regulatory power to penalize the Association and its members purely for political purposes.
The Battle in New York
As you will recall, in summer 2018, New York Attorney General candidate Letitia James vowed that, if elected, she would use the powers of her office to investigate the NRA. Without a shred of evidence supporting her claims, James called the Association a “terrorist organization” and a “criminal enterprise.” As promised, she commenced an “investigation” upon being elected to the Office of NYAG and, predictably, filed a lawsuit seeking to dissolve the NRA just prior to the November 2020 national election.
In response to the anti-freedom actions of the NYAG, the NRA filed a lawsuit in August 2020 against the NYAG similar to its lawsuit against New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Department of Financial Services, filed in 2018. The NRA pursues the defendants for attempting to “blacklist” the organization and its financial partners in violation of their First Amendment rights. The NRA will continue those legal actions.
I firmly believe this strategic plan represents a pathway to opportunity, growth and progress. One important part of the plan is reincorporating in a state that values the contributions of the NRA, celebrates our law-abiding members, and joins us as a partner in upholding constitutional freedom. This is a transformational moment in the history of the NRA.
The NRA’s day-to-day business operations will continue uninterrupted.
This proven mechanism is a positive for us, allowing our advisors to pursue strategic advantages for the NRA as our leadership team continues to advance our mission.
We will continue to promote our Second Amendment advocacy, firearms education and training, and public endeavors. We do not anticipate any measurable impacts to our staffing, public programs or Second Amendment advocacy.
We are forming a special committee to study the possibility of relocating key segments of our business operations to Texas or other states.
A new committee, under the direction of First Vice President Charles Cotton, will study opportunities for relocating segments of NRA business operations to Texas or other states. We are exploring any option that may work in the best interests of the NRA and its members.
In the meantime, the NRA’s general business operations will remain in Fairfax.
Building Our Strengths
I have added Marschall Smith as our Chief Restructuring Officer. Marschall is a former Senior Vice President and General Counsel of 3M Company and ADM, among others, and has more than 35 years of legal and business experience with an emphasis on compliance, corporate finance, and corporate governance.
A native Texan, Marschall served 10 years as a Marine Corps officer, including four years of active duty with combat service in Vietnam. He left the Marines with the rank of major. He was a member of the Carter/Mondale presidential transition team and served as a special assistant to the Director Designate of Central Intelligence. He received his bachelor’s degree, cum laude, from Princeton, followed by a Juris Doctor degree from The University of Virginia and an MBA from The University of Chicago.
Marschall will work closely with the NRA senior leadership team. I know he looks forward to meeting all of you – as we embark upon this journey together.
Do not believe everything you hear in the media. We fully expect our adversaries to try to gain some sort of perceived advantage over the NRA by mischaracterizing this strategic plan. They will portray a so-called “bankruptcy” as a negative and, once again, predict our demise.
The liberal media, anti-gun gadflies, and left-wing politicians will desperately try to advance another distorted truth about the NRA.
The NRA is financially strong and well-positioned on all fronts. I am confident our members, employees, and most loyal stakeholders will appreciate the extraordinary benefits of this plan and realize the value of the NRA charting its own path forward – on its own terms. (We are making immediate outreach to our members, instructors, donors, and other key stakeholders.)
Again, this plan allows us to streamline our legal and business affairs, escape a radicalized New York political environment, and position ourselves for the long-term. It is the first step of an ambitious and exciting blueprint for the future.
We will stay in regular communication with the board. In the meantime, please visit www.nra.org/forward for more information. If you receive any public inquiries, please refer them to Andrew Arulanandam, managing director of NRA Public Affairs, at email@example.com.
Thanks in advance for your loyalty and partnership. I’m confident we have never been better positioned in the history of our organization – or more prepared to keep winning the fight for freedom.
I think much of the Board was caught unawares by this legal move. My legal sources are casting some doubt that this will end the case in New York unlike the impression given by the happy, rah-rah tone of the letter and other press releases.
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Almost two years ago I wrote about the PAS-29 COTI. It is a clip-on thermal imager that projects a thermal image into the objective lens of your night vision goggles. Well, now there is a newcomer to the market – the Jerry-C aka Chinese ECOTI. It is smaller and higher resolution than the PAS-29. Let’s […]
In today’s Photo Of The Day, we take a look at the main firearm of the Swedish Home Guard (National Security Forces) in the hands of a U.S. Special Forces Group member. He uses the Swedish Ak 4B during FID training (Foreign Internal Defense) with the Swedish Home Guard late last year. The Home Guard’s standard […]
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Today, the NRA announced a restructuring plan that positions us for the long-term and ensures our continued success as the nation’s leading advocate for constitutional freedom – free from the toxic political environment of New York.
The latest version of the Carl Gustaf is called M4. Over five years ago the Slovak Republic became the first country to order the new Carl-Gustaf M4, and Norway is now the latest country to order it with a 7-year contract. The producer, SAAB, calls the Carl Gustaf a “man-portable multi-role weapon system.” All of the Carl-Gustaf […]
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The beleaguered gun rights organization, The National Rifle Association, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and plans to restructure in the state of Texas. Over the past few years, the NRA has come under fire for alleged financial mismanagement and the target of lawsuits and other civil actions. In August, the New York Attorney […]
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New York Attorney General Letitia James has responded to the legal moves by the National Rifle Association to reincorporate in Texas.
NEW YORK – New York Attorney General Letitia James today released the following statement after the National Rifle Association (NRA) declared it would seek bankruptcy protections in federal court, as well as sought to reincorporate its nonprofit status in the state of Texas:
“The NRA’s claimed financial status has finally met its moral status: bankrupt. While we review this filing, we will not allow the NRA to use this or any other tactic to evade accountability and my office’s oversight.”
In August, Attorney General James filed a lawsuit against the NRA, Executive Vice-President Wayne LaPierre, and three of LaPierre’s current or former top executives for failing to manage the NRA’s funds; failing to follow numerous state and federal laws, as well as the NRA’s own bylaws and policies; and contributing to the loss of more than $64 million in just three years for the NRA. The suit was filed against the NRA as a whole, LaPierre, as well as former Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer Wilson “Woody” Phillips, former Chief of Staff and the Executive Director of General Operations Joshua Powell, and Corporate Secretary and General Counsel John Frazer.
According to a story on the bankruptcy filing by Reuters, it is thought the move will put the New York lawsuit on hold and may remove James’ power over the NRA through the reincorporation. Maybe yes, maybe no.
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As Legislators begin to file bills for the 2021 Florida Legislative Session, we are getting questions about various bills due to media reports on gun bills. Below is a partial list of bills we will be dealing with during the 2021 Legislative Session. The bill filing deadline for the 2021 Session is March 2, 2021, so there will be many more bills filed
There are two major things of note in the National Rifle Association’s Chapter 11 bankruptcy petition. First, there is the resolution passed at the January 7, 2021 Board of Director’s meeting in Dallas giving Wayne LaPierre the authority to “reorganize or restructure the affairs of the Association.”
The second item of note contained in the bankruptcy petition is the list of unsecured creditors. At the top of that list is Ackerman McQueen with a disputed claim of $1,273,800.12. Also disputed are claims from Tony Makris’ Under Wild Skies and the Ack Mac subsidiary Mercury Group. The rest of the unsecured creditors are an assortment ranging from Google to UPS. Most seem to be related to fund raising or advertising.
What is most interesting in that list is what is not there. There is no mention of any legal bills due to William Brewer III’s firm Brewer, Attorneys and Counselors. This could mean that he is a secured creditor or that any monies due him have already been paid.
It seems obvious that this move has been in the works for many months. Sea Girt LLC was established in November 2020 according to the filing with the Texas Secretary of State’s office. Moreover, the litigation committee was set up in September and probably had been discussed many months in advance of that.
According to the letter from Wayne LaPierre, this move will not impact members as the NRA is simply leaving a toxic state for one that is welcoming.
NRA supporters will continue to enjoy all their full member benefits – from new members to Life Members to Benefactor Members. We will continue to publish and deliver your magazines. We will continue to train Americans and teach them firearm safety. We will continue to teach hunter safety. But most importantly, we will continue to fight for your freedom and the freedom of all Americans – as we have for all these years. In fact, we are expanding our national platform.
The plan aims to streamline costs and expenses, proceed with pending litigation in a coordinated and structured manner, and realize many financial and strategic advantages.
You know that our opponents will try to seize upon this news and distort the truth. Don’t believe what you read from our enemies. The NRA is not “bankrupt” or “going out of business.” The NRA is not insolvent. We are as financially strong as we have been in years. (emphasis his)
While I think it is good that the NRA ditches New York, I really wish that they had listened to Professor Joe Olson when, as a board member and expert in corporate law, he urged them to do it in 1991. Think of all the monies that would have been saved in litigation expenses that could have been used to promote the Second Amendment.
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During TFB Gunfest last week, Jon Canipe of Magpul brought out a smorgasbord of new Magpul goodies. There was one item he did not have on hand but he was gracious enough to let us in on the secret. Since the news is out: Magpul is bringing back the FMG-9 with the help of Zev […]
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After 150 years, the National Rifle Association is finally abandoning New York. They have filed a Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing in the US Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Texas and plan to reincorporate in Texas.
Here is the full press release sent out this afternoon by Wayne LaPierre. I will have more on the bankruptcy filing after I have had time to read it. Imagine how much time and legal expense they could have saved if they had listened to law professor Joseph Olson when he suggested as a board member in 1991.
NRA Leaves New York to Reincorporate in Texas, Announces New Strategic Plan
NRA Plans to Exit New York to Pursue Opportunity, Growth and Progress in Texas; Plan Benefits Association, Its Millions of Members, and All Supporters of the Second Amendment
Fairfax, VA – The National Rifle Association of America (“NRA”) today announced it will restructure the Association as a Texas nonprofit to exit what it believes is a corrupt political and regulatory environment in New York. The move will enable long-term, sustainable growth and ensure the NRA’s continued success as the nation’s leading advocate for constitutional freedom – free from the toxic political environment of New York.
The NRA plan, which involves utilizing the protection of the bankruptcy court, has the Association dumping New York and organizing its legal and regulatory matters in an efficient forum. The move comes at a time when the NRA is in its strongest financial condition in years.
The NRA will continue with the forward advancement of the enterprise – confronting anti-Second Amendment activities, promoting firearm safety and training, and advancing public programs across the United States. There will be no immediate changes to the NRA’s operations or workforce.
The Association will seek court approval to reincorporate the Association in the State of Texas – home to more than 400,000 NRA members and site of the 2021 NRA Annual Meeting in Houston.
“This strategic plan represents a pathway to opportunity, growth and progress,” says NRA CEO & EVP Wayne LaPierre. “Obviously, an important part of this plan is ‘dumping New York.’ The NRA is pursuing reincorporating in a state that values the contributions of the NRA, celebrates our law-abiding members, and will join us as a partner in upholding constitutional freedom. This is a transformational moment in the history of the NRA.”
The restructuring plan aims to streamline costs and expenses, proceed with pending litigation in a coordinated and structured manner, and realize many financial and strategic advantages.
The Path Forward
The NRA will move quickly through the restructuring process. Its day-to-day operations, training programs, and Second Amendment advocacy will continue as usual.
By exiting New York, where the NRA has been incorporated for approximately 150 years, the NRA abandons a state where elected officials have weaponized the legal and regulatory powers they wield to penalize the Association and its members for purely political purposes.
In the summer of 2018, then New York Attorney General candidate Letitia James vowed that, if elected, she would use the powers of her office to investigate the “legitimacy” of the NRA.
Without a shred of evidence to support the claim, she called the Association a “terrorist organization” and a “criminal enterprise.” As promised, she commenced an “investigation” upon being elected to the Office of NYAG and, predictably, filed a lawsuit seeking to dissolve the NRA just prior to the November 2020 national election.
The NRA filed a lawsuit in August 2020 against the NYAG similar to its lawsuit against New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Department of Financial Services, filed in 2018. The NRA pursues the defendants for attempting to “blacklist” the organization and its financial partners in violation of their First Amendment rights. The NRA will continue those legal actions.
“Under this plan, the Association wisely seeks protection from New York officials who it believes have illegally weaponized their powers against the NRA and its members,” says William A. Brewer III, counsel to the NRA in those cases. “The NRA will continue the fight to protect the interests of its members in New York – and all forums where the NRA is unlawfully singled out for its Second Amendment advocacy.”
With respect to its headquarters, the NRA has formed a committee to study opportunities for relocating segments of its business operations to Texas or other states. The Association will analyze whether a move of its headquarters, now located in Fairfax, Virginia, is in the best interests of its members. In the meantime, the NRA’s general business operations will remain in Fairfax.
To facilitate its strategic plan and restructuring, the NRA and one of its subsidiaries filed voluntary chapter 11 petitions in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Texas, Dallas Division. Chapter 11 proceedings are routinely utilized by businesses, nonprofits and organizations of all kinds to streamline legal and financial affairs.
The NRA also announced Marschall Smith will serve as Chief Restructuring Officer. A former Senior Vice President and General Counsel of 3M Company, Smith has more than 35 years of legal and business experience with an emphasis on compliance, corporate finance, and corporate governance.
“I am honored to join the nation’s oldest and largest civil rights organization during this important time,” Smith says. “Our goal is to work through the restructuring process efficiently and quickly – even as NRA leadership approaches 2021 with renewed energy and an expanding national platform. This plan has no impact on the NRA’s most important goal: serving its membership and protecting the Second Amendment.”
The NRA will propose a plan that provides for payment in full of all valid creditors’ claims. The Association expects to uphold commitments to employees, vendors, members, and other community stakeholders.
“The plan allows us to protect the NRA and go forward with a renewed focus on Second Amendment advocacy,” says NRA President Carolyn Meadows. “We will continue to honor the trust placed in us by employees, members and other stakeholders – following a blueprint that allows us to become the strongest NRA ever known.”
Patrick J. Neligan of Neligan LLP, Dallas, Texas, is serving as debtor’s counsel; William (Wit) Davis is counsel to the NRA Board of Directors and its Special Litigation Committee; Brewer, Attorneys & Counselors, Dallas, Texas, serves as special counsel to the NRA. To learn more, please visit www.nra.org/forward.
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On Tuesday, January 19, the Senate is scheduled to hold a floor vote on Stand Your Ground Legislation, Senate Bill 24.
NightForce has just added a new member to the ATACR family called the 4-20×50 F1. To be honest, this is probably my favorite magnification range as it suits almost every spectrum where your rifle can be used. The ATACR 4-20×50 F1 scope has the following four reticle options: Horus TREMOR3, MIL-XT, MOAR F1 and MIL-C […]
Welcome back to our recurring series of “Home on the Range.” Here, we would like to share all of our experiences for those who may be homesteading, living off the land, hunting, farming, ranching, and truly investing in nature and the great outdoors. The ability to provide for yourself and your family can be tremendously rewarding and simultaneously difficult at times. So, in “Home on the Range” we want to share our different exploits so you can learn and hopefully we can receive your feedback along the way as well.
Now you see why I didn’t title this “Open your eye to Mycorrhizae.” Impossible for me to spell from memory, and hard for me to say, Mycorrhizae (I’ll refer to it as “Myco”, from now on) are the little fungi that have a symbiotic (yet sometimes parasitic) relationship with the roots and rootlets of your plants. The word mycorrhizae is the combination of the greek words for “fungus” and “root”. While “root fungus” might sound like a bad thing on the surface, these fungi are very, very beneficial to the root systems of plants. In exchange for feeding upon the sugars created by the plants, they are essential for transporting minerals and water to the roots from the soil. The most prevalent Mycos in agriculture are known as Arbuscular Mycorrhizae, more commonly referred to by their umbrella term endomycorrhizae. These can penetrate the cell wall of the roots and provide for this important nutrient exchange. Ectomycorrhizae are only used in tree farming, and are largely a different subject.
But what does all this agricultural science mean in real life terms? Endo Myco aids plants in a number of ways. They can increase flowering and fruiting, root growth, and the rate of photosynthesis. This results in faster, more robust growth and better yields. Furthermore, the increased nutrient and water uptake from the soil renders one’s plants more drought and stress resistant. If you use fertilizer in your operations, the utilization of myco when seeding can reduce the amount of fertilizer necessary. If you have a lot of indoor starts that need to be transplanted later to your planter beds, the use of myco both when seeding and when transplanting greatly aids in transplantation success. Its like putting a support network in for your plants.
Mycos can be had in a mix with other soil additives (such items can be found at most ACE hardware stores), or as a standalone “inoculant”. Though largely safe to use, they can be harmful if swallowed right out of the bag, as they are, technically speaking, microbes and will imbalance your gut biome. Application is pretty simple. For speed starts, use 6oz of Myco for every 1.5 cubic feet of starting soil. For average vegetable gardening use, 5 – 10 Lbs per acre, and for field crops you can apply the same amount via seed drill. When transplanting starts, sprinkle approximately 1-2 tablespoons where you are going to re-plant the start.
The same benefits your produce and crops can glean from myco also can apply to your lawn. Fertilizer reduction, water use reduction, heat and drought resistance, enhanced color and improved texture are all the results I’ve seen in my own lawn after seeding with an application of myco. Its one way to actually get your grass greener! A thick base of myco in the root system of your grass also aids in weed exclusion. Myco has also been known to aid in the growth of record breaking giant produce, such as giant pumpkins.
Prices for mycorrhizae inoculant range from $8 – $40 per Lbs, so choose wisely. My advice is to steer clear of certain overpriced mycos that come in packaging clearly aimed at the “indoor growing” community, and hedge more towards those aimed at small farms and organic gardening. There’s an extremely wide range of endo myco to choose from, some aimed more at lawn seeding, and some aimed at produce cultivation. I’ve used the produce-geared myco on my lawn, however, and had excellent results.
Understanding the what, why, and how of mycos has aided me in better yields and healthier plants of all kinds. From simply understanding what the white fungus is underneath my lawn, to realizing excellent crop and produce yields, my utilization of mycorrhizae is just another piece of the interesting puzzle of how to grow and maintain bigger, better, and healthier plants. I know mycorrhizae are a rather dry subject, but the understanding and application of myco will greatly aid you in your quest for better produce and crop yields.
For everyone in our reading audience, have you ever used mycorrhizae before? Are there any other tips or tricks you use to make your plants grow better or your grass more green? As always, let us know all of your thoughts in the Comments below! We always appreciate your feedback, and thanks again for reading, until next time!
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This week has been a roller coaster of Magpul products. And the best is yet to come. To round out the extremely popular MP5 platform, Magpul will be making a collapsing brace. The Magpul MP5 Brace will be a must-have item for your H&K or clone MP5 pistols. The Magpul MP5 Brace is a single […]
As we get closer to the end of the year we are inevitably going to see more new products unveiled leading into SHOT Show season (SHOT Show 2021 has been cancelled due to COVID). One of the 1st major announcements is a NEW cartridge – 6.8 Western – which was produced as a collaborative effort between Browning and Winchester. Our sister-website of TheFirearmBlog caught wind of this back in early November when the 6.8 Western cartridge received SAAMI approval. The round itself is extremely similar in design to a traditional .270 Winchester Short Magnum, but with valuable improvements.
To start off with, Winchester and Browning will be producing a trio of ammunition offerings to support this new cartridge for shooters and hunters alike. When you look at the list below, you will notice that this round hosts much heavier bullets than a traditional .270 WSM round. All of these new ammunition offerings of 6.8 Western come in standard 20-count packaging from Browning and Winchester with their associated price-points listed below:
Between Browning and Winchester there will be 3 large series of rifles offered. Within Browning you will have the option of 8 different X-Bolt models chambered in 6.8 Western which will be some of the most premium offerings available. Through Winchester and their XPR series of more affordable bolt-action hunting rifles there are 7 selections that can be made. Finally, through the staple Winchester Model 70 series which blends both traditional and modern bolt-action hunting rifle styles with their legendary Model 70 action, you can pick from 5 new offerings. All of these rifles and their associated MSRPs are listed below:
So, in a world where the 6.5 Creedmoor has been king for awhile in both long-range hunting and target shooting, what do you think of this NEW 6.8 Western being brought to market by Winchester and Browning? They immediately brought to the table strong support through dozens of rifle offerings and kicked it off with 3 ammunition choices of their own. Will other ammo companies join the bandwagon and produce this round? As always, let us know all of your thoughts in the Comments below! We always appreciate your feedback.
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In this episode of TFBTV‘s GunFest 2021 coverage, James Reeves speaks with Magpul about a roundup of their new 2021 products including improvements to their older gear and completely new gun components. ««« GUN + GEAR GIVEAWAYS »»» TFBTV is viewer supported and does not accept money for positive reviews of products. Please visit our […]
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I've filed amicus briefs in them for Firearms Policy Foundation et al.:
Folajtar v. Rosen. Issue: 2A as applied to a person convicted of a nonviolent felony.
Holloway v. Rosen. Issue: 2A as applied to a person convicted of a state misdemeanor (DUI with a prior), which GCA treats as a felony (a state-designated misdemeanor, but carrying more than two years' potential imprisonment). Interesting aspect: under state law, his driving privileges were revoked for 18 months and firearms rights not affected at all, but under federal law he loses his firearm rights forever, for an offense that had nothing to do with firearms or violence).
Will Primos Turkey Hunting Vest (Photo © Primos)
Hunting gear giant Primos is bringing out a new turkey hunting vest for 2021 designed by the man himself — Will Primos. The new Will Primos turkey hunting vest is designed with a whole lot of places for your stuff, guaranteeing that although you will weigh considerably more than usual, you certainly won’t be stuck without something you need while you’re out in the field chasing longbeards this spring. Here’s what they have to say about this new turkey hunting vest:
“Designed by Will Primos himself, trust us when we say that every pocket has a job to do! The ultimate armory for going to war with even the toughest of gobblers out there. This lightweight, comfortable polyester vest comes with multiple features that will help you take your game to the next level. Don’t take it from us, try it yourself. You won’t believe your eyes!“
Dude… there’s even a special external pocket for your Thermacell! It would appear that Will thought of everything when he designed this here vest. Now I might feel plumb “nekkid” if I head out there without a Will Primos Turkey Hunting Vest.
With all these pockets and storage, will you be looking to buy this vest? We always appreciate your feedback in the comments below.
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In 2019 Brownells introduced their new MPO (Match Precision Optic) line of optics, with lenses made in Japan. It’s now time for an LPVO (Low Power Variable Optics) to join the lineup in the form of a 1-8x24mm. This type of riflescope is best suited for AR15s but can be used on other platforms too. There […]
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Yesterday, the Montana House passed self-defense legislation, House Bill 102, by a 66 to 31 vote.
New Primos Photoform Turkey Decoys for 2021 (Photo © Primos)
New 2021 hunting gear from major manufacturer Primos will include a couple new additions to their Photoform line of turkey decoys. Photoform is a proprietary process which uses actual photo imagery to create a 3D decoy that’s really, well, realistic. The Primos Photoform Strutter Decoy is collapsible and light enough to carry around all day. Their new decoys include a gobbler and a hen; here’s the rundown on ’em.
“The most realistic decoys on the market are now even more lifelike with the addition of Strutter and Leading Hen Decoys. Utilizing a proprietary process that allows an actual image of a turkey to be printed on a durable 3D-modeled lightweight foam, the new Photoform Decoys offer detailed realism that won’t chip or peel. Light enough to be carried around all day, the new decoys can be quickly setup to simulate the most realistic environment possible to help lure in unsuspecting toms.“
These decoys look great, and the light weight & portability really add to their usefulness. I’ve used a big bulky decoy before, and it just wasn’t any fun.
What do you think of these Primos Photoform turkey decoys? Is this something you would be willing to tote after turkeys? We’d appreciate hearing from you in the Comments below
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It was roughly one month ago that TFB broke the news that several companies were working on getting new cartridges approved by SAAMI – the Sporting Arms and Ammunition Manufacturers’ Institute, Inc. Two of those cartridges the general public was already aware of in the .277 SIG Fury (from SIG Sauer) and the 6.5 Weatherby […]
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On Monday, January 11, the social media giant Facebook unpublished the page owned by The Truth About Guns. As a media platform, TTAG is known for news, reviews, editorials and political discussions surrounding the ownership of firearms in the United States. At the moment, it is unclear why the TTAG Facebook page was removed or […]
I attended Swarovski’s online press conference and apart from various binoculars the only new riflescope was an updated version of the dS 5-25×52. This is already an amazing product as it is, but things can always be improved upon and that is what Swarovski has done. Apart from a slimmer design and a new battery […]
In this episode of TFBTV, James Reeves meets with Jason St. John of the SIG Defense Strategies Group to talk about SIG’s entry for the NGSW (“Next Generation Squad Weapon”) service rifle, the SIG MCX Spear in 6.8x51mm. In this video, we look at (and of course, shoot) the MCX Spear and talk about the […]
Today, courtesy of Mike Carrick from Arms Heritage magazine, we are taking a look at a quite old Indian matchlock “toradar”. Not just any matchlock, but one with a 4-shot revolving cylinder. Matchlocks appeared in India in the 1500s, and repeating ones like this appeared by the 1600s – firearms development was not the exclusive domain of Europe. This particular example shows influences from both east and west, with a typically Asian forward-moving match and a stock resembling an Afghan jezail.
In this episode of TFBTV, James Reeves visits B&T USA to talk about their reboot of the B&T VP-9: The Station SIX. The Station SIX is an integrally suppressed, magazine-fed, bolt action pistol that will be available in 9mm or .45ACP. It’s possible that this might be the quietest handgun ever made. Watch today’s video […]
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The Terrapin X Laser Range Finder (LRF) from Safran Vectronix of Switzerland has been on the market for a while, and they keep adding functions and supporting companies to their ecosystem. The Terrapin X is more than just a standard LRF – with a combination of sensors and connections it becomes a navigational, target spotting […]
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Instagram is for beginners. TFB’s Photo Of The Day is where you’ll find all the action. Today we’re located in Hawaii and the Lightning Academy East Range. Above you can see Spc. John Banks, from the 2nd Squadron, 14th Cavalry, 2nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, and Sgt. Joseph Miller, from the 2nd […]
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Over the last decade, handguns have been getting lighter and progressively improving. With lightweight polymer guns like the SIG Sauer P365 and Springfield Armory Hellcat dropping onto the market, things have changed. The days of carrying around a real heavy metal-framed handgun are over, or are they? There are plenty of arguments online about how […]
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On January 21st, the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission (NCWRC) is holding an online public hearing for the proposed 2021-2022 hunting, fishing, and trapping regulations. It is critical that sportsmen and women make their voices heard in the crafting of these regulations.
I was a guest on Armed Society Podcast with Paul Lathrop, Rob Morse, Amanda Suffecool, and Dianna Mueller. It was recorded on the evening of January 6th and you can guess the topic of our discussion. If you said anything other than protesters invading the Capitol, you’d be wrong.
I think we all understood the frustration of many but we also understood there is a line you shouldn’t cross.
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For most of you, today is a fairly normal day. You woke up, fed the dog, drank coffee, did some lunges and/or pull ups and headed out to your gig at ACME Bottle Company. For me, however, your beloved host of TFB’s Silencer Saturday, today marks an important occasion. B&T USA has announced the release […]
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A brand new magazine product for the AR-15 platform has come to the market from Magpul with the release of the Magpul PMAG 20 AR 300 B GEN M3 20 round magazine. The new 20 round magazine features a unique design and specialized follower suited for the 300 Blackout cartridge. [TFB GUNFEST] Magpul Introduces 20-Round […]
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New 2021 ‘Hen House’ line of Primos Turkey Calls (Photo © Primos)
For 2021, hunting gear giant Primos is rolling out a series of new products to help hunters get what they go after. The new Hen House series of mouth calls is designed to let you sounds like a full harem rather than a single lovelorn hen, and should soon be available in a five-pack.
I found only four of these new primos turkey calls listed on the Primos website, so I’m sure they’re like the rest of us in 2021 and will get ‘er done when they can. Meanwhile, here’s what they said in their press release, followed by descriptions & links to four of the five new Hen House mouth calls:
Does your hen act like a Karen? A Deb? Or maybe even a Veronica? Whatever the name, there’s a great story behind it with the new Hen House Series from Primos. Available in a five-call set with each name (The Karen, The Deb, The Blair, The Veronica, The Lucy) referencing a distinct calling sound, the Hen House Series is built off a three-reed design with plenty of variety to catch any gobbler’s attention.
MSRP on all models is $6.99, and I’m not sure what the price will be for the five-pack when that rolls out.
You’ll often find Karen asking to speak to a manager and this call has the superior attitude to go with it. Most gobblers oblige her just so they don’t end up sleeping in the guest tree. The Karen is built off of a 3 reed Double Ghost Cut Design, with plenty of attitude to make a gobbler wish he had never met her.
This hen is trouble, and everybody knows it. Blair is known for putting longbeards in bad situations, and there aren’t many who’ve lived to talk about it. Crafted on 3 latex reeds with a snaketongue cut, one thing is for certain: Blair is one wicked hen.
Veronica is a smokeshow, and she knows it. Tom doesn’t stand a chance against her charmin’ chit chat! She can frequently be seen walking away with your gobbler in pursuit. With the 3 reed latex Spur Cut, she will have every longbeard headed your direction.
Lucy is your All American hen next door. She’s often seen strolling through the woods, with charm no gobbler can resist. She is sweet as pie, and will get a gobbler in trouble before he even knows it. With a 3 reed bat cut design, Lucy is the perfect choice for “connecting” with a longbeard.
I gotta say, these new Primos turkey calls sound good from here. Will you be checking them out for the coming spring gobbler season?
Pulsar USA have just released the new Pulsar Thermion XM30 Thermal Riflescope. The product is Made in Europe but intended for the U.S. market. Pulsar Thermion looks like a traditional riflescope but offers thermal performance. Check here to see what it may look like when mounted on an AR-15. This thermal riflescope offers 3.5-14x magnification with […]
Some of the New 2021 Primos Hunting Blinds (Photo © Primos)
For 2021, hunting gear giant Primos is rolling out a series of new products to help hunters get what they go after. In this post, we will look at four new hunting blinds, ranging from big ol ‘Cadillac’ blinds to smaller ground blinds for portability while turkey hunting. Here they are:
As its name suggests, the new Double Bull SurroundView Double Wide blind includes the largest door in its class with silent entry, allowing hunters to enter and exit with ease — and a built-in sun visor to help maintain maximum vision when the sun is at its lowest.
The Double Bull SurroundView Max improves upon the original model with a full 180-degree one-way see-through port, built in sun visor, and an improved door with zipper and bungee closures for quieter entry and exit.
The Double Bull 3-Panel Stakeout in Mossy Oak Bottomland is a portable blind for more of a “run & gun” approach to hunting. Both of the new Stakeout blinds feature the same one-way see-through walls(!) made popular in the full-size ground blinds. Naturally, this 3-panel version provides more coverage.
Like the 3-panel version, the Double Bull SurroundView Stakeout in Mossy Oak Greenleaf has one-way see-through walls, but is lighter and smaller for portability. Either of these blinds would probably make a great addition to your turkey hunting gear. Both Stakeout Primos hunting blinds are designed for fast deployment.
What do you think of these Primos hunting blinds? They look pretty snazzy from here, especially with that see-through fabric. I might have to get me one for turkey season… and I do love the idea of a sun visor on the bigger ones.
FN Herstal has recently been commissioned by The German Bundeswehr to supply heavy machine guns for their fleet of NH90 helicopters. The NH Industries NH90 is a medium, twin-engined helicopter for multi-role military missions, and has seen combat in Mali, for instance. According to the Bundeswehr Procurement Office (BAAINBw), FN Herstal is going to deliver […]
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Burris Optics joined TFB (TheFirearmBlog) and AO (AllOutdoor) down in New Orleans for GunFest 2021 to show us all of their NEW Burris thermal optics. This ranged from handheld devices that could be used for spotting and recovering game; clip-on thermals that could be used in conjunction with optics you already have; and riflescopes to help you send a more precise shot when sighting game is difficult.
“Take night hunting to a new level with three game-changing thermal optics. The Thermal Handheld hot tracks targets out past 750 yards in the dead of night. The Thermal Clip-on lets you switch from standard to thermal in just seconds. The feature rich, 4x Thermal Scope offers unmatched performance and value as a dedicated night hunting optic.“
Between all of the new Burris thermal optic offerings that we got to see at GunFest 2021, I would have to say the one I am most excited to potentially use is the Burris thermal riflescope. That could be a gamechanger while hunting hogs at night seeing as the amount of pressure hunters are applying to them has forced them to become incredibly nocturnal. What do you think? As always, let us know all of your thoughts in the Comments below! We always appreciate your feedback.
(Image: Screenshot from ‘locked antlers separated by a gunshot’ video)
Almost one year ago, I told y’all about a video in which bucks with locked antlers were separated by a gunshot, when a deputy used his sidearm to shoot an antler in two to free a living buck from a dead one to which he was connected by their interlocked antlers.
This year, we see a similar incident, but in this case both the bucks were still alive and two wildlife officers worked together to separate them in much the same way. According to the article:
A bowhunter in Jackson County contacted a game warden after spotting two whitetail deer that appeared to be struggling to free themselves after their antlers had gotten locked. Two Game Wardens immediately responded. The first warden was unable to spot the deer from the road so he contacted the landowner, informed him of the incident, and began searching for the deer. Shortly after, the second warden arrived, searched for the deer and located them.
The game wardens didn’t know how long the bucks had been struggling to free themselves but noticed the deer still had enough energy to make approaching them difficult and potentially dangerous.
In the bodycam video, we see the bucks struggling energetically to free themselves in a wooded area, as a second game warden approaches the deer from the other side, carrying a blanket. The video then cuts to the deer in an open area, but before long we are thrust back into the woods while an officer approaches the deer carrying a large yellow tow strap in one hand and a blanket in the other.
He eases up to the bucks, which have momentarily calmed down; they move on again. But he finally gets the blanket over their locked-together heads as they struggle in a small creek bed. He then handles the strap, but finally decides not to try to use it.
When the bucks pause to stand nice and still, one of the officers sees his chance and tells his buddy that he has a good shot at one of the antler beams. He draws his sidearm, steadies up, and busts one of the antlers with one shot.
The bucks heave and leap into a fallen tree before they separate and each goes his own way. Nice shootin’!
Did you ever feel that you needed a vertical front grip for your Spuhr Interface handguard? Now you can, with the new R-100 Front Grip. Vertical front grips are controversial in my world, while I do like them and use them (always) on some firearms they are “forbidden” on others. It almost feels like cheating […]
On January 13th, House Bill 1799 to allow Sunday hunting on public lands received a vote of 6-16, failing to pass the House Agriculture, Chesapeake & Natural Resources Committee. It is unfortunate that the committee rejected this critical bill to expand hunting opportunities and ensure that public land may be enjoyed by those who fund it.
With the modularity of the AR-15, home builds are everywhere. Regardless of your skill level, with enough help from online resources (a blog about firearms, mayhaps?), almost anyone can build an AR-patterned rifle or pistol. But what happens if you want to build an AK? Well, thanks to the Rifle Dynamics Builder AKM receivers, you […]
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In light of the approaching Finnish Brutality: The Winter War match, I though we could take a look at the two rifles associated with the world’s most successful sniper: Simo Häyhä. Häyhä was born in 1905, joined the Civil Guard at the age of 17, and did his mandatory military service from 1925 to 1927. He was first issued an American-made New England Westinghouse M91 Mosin as a Guardsman. After being discharged form the Army in 1927, he returned to active Civil Guard membership while living and working on his family farm in Karelia. He developed a reputation as an excellent marksman, both in competitive shooting and as a hunter.
When the Civil Guard developed the M28-30 pattern of Mosin, Häyhä was once of many who opted to pay a part of the cost to have his own personal rifle to keep at home, and it is with his personal M28-30 (serial number 60974) that he went to war when the Soviet Union attacked in November 1939, starting the Winter War. The 28-30 featured a new style of sights to replace the Russian Konovalov pattern. Henry Chan from 9 Hole Reviews will give us some insight into why these sights were so excellent. In addition, the barrels were free-floated and the stocks made from two spliced pieces of wood to prevent changing temperatures and humidity from impacting rifle zero.
In his 95 days of active service during the Winter War, Simo Häyhä was credited with 542 enemy soldiers killed – mostly with his M28-30 Mosin Nagant (although he did also use the Suomi SMG and LS-26 LMG at times). He finally ran out of luck on March 6, 1940 when he was hit in the face by a Soviet exploding bullet. He was in a coma for 6 days, and spent several months in hospital, where some 26 surgeries were necessary to reconstruct his jaw – and he was permanently disfigured. His name is permanently linked to snipers worldwide, and also to the Winter War legacy “Kollaa kestää” – “Kollaa holds”. He lived a quiet bachelor life as a farmer after the war, breeding hunting dogs and occasionally doing things like taking the President of Finland moose hunting. He passed away peacefully in 2002 at the age of 96.
For much more detail on Häyhä’s life and practical shooting advice, I recommend “The White Sniper: Simo Häyhä” by Tapio Saarelainen:
In which I restore a 1952 Tula SKS to her original glory. Featuring adventures in international shipping, a brief history lesson, and more than you wanted to know about the different models of SKS bayonet adapters. Operation Rifle is Fine I like milsurp guns. Now that may be a “no shit” sort of thing to […]
Photo Of The Day and the topic is air defense from Russia. We’re looking at the 2K22 Tunguska (SA-19 “Grison”) which is a self-propelled anti-aircraft weapon, on tracks. It has both surface-to-air missiles and 30mm cannons to protect the environment from aircrafts, helicopters and drones. The pictures are from the Army-2018 forum, and is a […]
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Recently, Heritage Manufacturing Inc released an exciting yet petite-sized revolver in the Barkeep that we covered HERE. What few people do not realize is that the Barkeep is one wheelgun in a line of revolvers based off of a Colt Single-Action Army from the late 1800s. If you happened to be a business owner in […]
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In this #GunFest2021 episode of TFBTV, James Reeves chats with Jon Canipe of Magpul about their new D50 H&K MP5 drum magazine. This drum holds 50 rounds of 9mm and works in any number of H&K MP5s and clones like those from PTR, Century, Zenith, and others. The guys hit the details including a brief […]
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It is Magpul week and Magpul is releasing new products every day this week. Today they are releasing two new 9mm drum magazines. The Magpul MP5 drum and Magpul Glock 17 drum. Magpul Glock 17 Drum Just last month Magpul released their CZ Scorpion PMAG D-50 EV9. Their PMAG D-50 GL9 has yet to be […]
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In this #GunFest2021 episode of TFBTV, James Reeves chats with Jon Canipe of Magpul about their new D50 Glock drum. This drum holds 50 rounds of 9mm and works in several 9mm Glocks. The guys hit the details including a brief review of the features, cost, and release date, as well as the specs of […]
For those wanting to get yourself a vintage M1911/A1, CMP Sales is opening back up for round two of sales until March 4th of 2021. For those unfamiliar, in order to get your hands on many of the items from the CMP store, you must submit an order form and the CMP store is allowing […]
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!
Welcome back everyone to Part II of the ArmaLite AR7! Last time we covered a Condensed History, Notable Design Features, and Specifications. When I have a chance I will come back and link to Part I here if you are just tuning in. Today we are covering Variants, Range Time, After Market Parts & Accessories, and some Final Thoughts. Let us jump right in!
As I mentioned in Curious Relics #003, ArmaLite produced the AR7 from 1959 to 1973. In 1973 ArmaLite allowed Charter Arms to license and produce the design in order for ArmaLite to move onto bigger and better things. Charter Arms would end up producing the AR7 Explorer all the way up until 1990. After that, the design changed hands at short intervals from Survival Arms(1990-1997) to AR-7 Industries(1998-2004 when it got bought out by ArmaLite), and meanwhile, the design was produced and utilized by Henry Repeating Arms from 1998 to the present day. Notable variations over time are listed below:
Both Charter Arms AR7 Explorer guns were capable of having a scope mounted on them via 3/8 dovetail scope rings. The Explorer II Pistol featured a fully adjustable rear sight since the front post was not adjustable. Accessories such as wire collapsable stocks and heat shield looking barrel covers were produced here and there. This time in the AR7 lifespan was also the first introduction of higher-capacity magazines going from 8, 10, and 15 rounds. Ram-Line would eventually make plastic banana style 25 round magazines.
The final and important note on Charter Arms AR7 Explorer Rifle and the Explorer II Pistol is that although their internal parts are interchangeable, their barrels are not. Due to NFA regulations regarding barrel length on rifles Charter Arms had enough foresight to make it so the pistol barrels could not be put on the rifle without illegal outright modification. The AR7’s barrels have a peg(for lack of a better word) on the barrel and a corresponding notch in the receiver where the peg inserters and allows the barrel to be threaded on. The Explorer II Pistol barrels have the notch on the bottom rather than the top and the notch and peg are larger than on the rifles. Therefore if you attempted to put the pistol barrel on the rifle(even upside down) it still would not fit!
As far as actual range time goes with the AR7 design I have only gotten the chance to enjoy the Charter Arms Explorer II Pistol and the Henry Repeating Arms U.S. Survival .22 AR7. I have handled an older Charter Arms AR7 rifle and besides the improved efficiency in the stock and barrel material design changes the operation and sights are practically the exact same. The Henry Repeating Arms AR7 has the same rear adjustable peep as the older versions but the front sight is a bright orange wedge and it really helps in low light environments.
Accuracy was always a surprise on any of my woods walks with the Henry. I never felt like my point of impact shifted nor that the removable barrel had any bearing or striation on my accuracy. To put it plainly it impressed me with its consistency. Then enter the Charter Arms Explorer II! I always had this pistol on my list cause I admire unique older firearms. I had always heard tales of these older models being jam heavy and unreliable junk. Word to the wise: always do the maintenance. Take care of your guns and if they really are made well they will run well.
My research into the AR7 has brought to my attention that proper care for the design was always vague in most manuals. This can be extremely detrimental to the consistency of your firearm especially if it is a rimfire and prone to become dirty easily. Henry does an excellent job outlining maintenance steps and it can be applied to older AR7 designs. I cleaned and properly lubed my Charter Arms Explorer II Pistol and it functioned flawlessly and was a joy to work with. Also as I have mentioned before the magazines are a monumental part of the adequate function of this firearm. Take care of them!
A major factor in owning a firearm that is either out of production or an older design, in general, is the ability to find spare parts or even accessories to complete your personal gun. Excellent gun parts resources like Numrich or even CFNParts.com are out there for basic repairs or available replacement parts. A really cool resource for new production accessories like adjustable stocks, heavy or even threaded barrels, and even barrel shrouds can be found at AR-7.com! Henry Repeating Arms is also a valuable resource in that they sell magazines and have free PDF manuals available that can apply to your AR7.
The ArmaLite AR7 Survival Rifle is a lasting design and it shows. The idea of being able to pack up and carry a useful firearm whether you are off camping or ejecting out of an aircraft lives on. It is oddly attractive to the civilian market and the fact that the design as unchanged as it is, still exists today means it does what it is supposed to do: it survives! I hope to see its continuation live on and thrive.
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.
More reading on the AR7 Survival Rifle:
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Those of you in the sunny state of California who are fortunate enough to own ARs right now should be able to get these new Magpul PMAG 10/30 AR/M4 GEN M3 magazines shipped directly to you. Despite their appearance, these magazines feature a special spring, spacer, and riveted base plate that effectively limit the otherwise […]
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FN America just announced a new pistol in its popular 509 series, the 509 LS Edge. It’s a long-slide, performance rendition of the 509 9mm series. The new pistol sports numerous “race gun” features. Working from back to front, first there’s a flared, graphite-anodized aluminum magazine well. The grip has a choice of two backstrap inserts for a semi-custom fit. On the sides, the grip is more aggressively textured than earlier 509s. At the top of the grip is a reversible, oversized, knurled magazine release.
An elevated, plain black notch sight appears ready to co-witness through optical glass with the front sight, which has a fiber optic insert. The sight radius is a whopping 6.7 inches. FN’s trademarked Low-Profile Optics Mounting System is included. With a choice of four plates, which are included, the notch will accommodate most makers’ red dot pistol sights.
Keeping with market trends, the LS Edge has an easy-to-reach, ambidextrous slide-lock mechanism. The 509 trigger got a serious upgrade here. The 509 LS Edge sports a flat-face trigger set to break at 90 degrees. Inside, the striker’s been upgraded to deliver even more competition-ready flavor to the trigger, lightening the traditional 509 trigger pull by more than a pound, to net a sub-five pound pull.
Up front, the revamp of the slide continues. Sizable lightening cuts, four per side, have been made to reduce weight and dampen recoil. The slide is finished in PVD graphite. Inside the slide rests a five-inch, target-crowned barrel with a polished feed ramp. Each 509 LS Edge ships with three magazines holding either 10 or 17 rounds. The mags have graphite-anodized aluminum floor plates which helps with speedy reloads.
Currently the 509 LS Edge is available with a black frame, lending subtle contrast to the graphite-colored slide. If FN follows their own trend of 509 rollouts, expect a flat dark earth version to follow. FN fans no longer have to wait for aftermarket parts to have their comp gun. All those upgrades are accompanied by a commensurate suggested retail price, which is at premium level for the striker-fired class: $1,499.
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A genetically unique strain of brook trout has been discovered in remote streams of Northern New York State’s “Heart of Tug Hill” region. The group of citizen scientists responsible for the discovery collected fin-clip samples of the trout and then forwarded those samples to SUNY Albany for DNA analysis. The Tug Hill-Black River Chapter of Trout Unlimited coordinated with the Rome-based group Trout Power for the field study. Trout Power Board Member Paul Miller led coordination efforts.
“All of the fish were all caught by fly fishing anglers who took small DNA samples from 39 fish using a protocol developed and shared by Trout Power,” Miller said. “Once the fin clip was obtained the fish were released back into the wild.”
Trout Unlimited does not want to divulge the exact locations to protect the unique populations until the full extent of their distribution is known. More sampling is planned for the future. The samples all came from streams tributary to Lake Ontario where the State of New York holds Public Fishing Rights and so, are accessible by the general public, according to Miller.
The Heart of Tug Hill
The wild, undisturbed “Heart of the Tug Hill” is an area comprised of about 170,000 acres of remote forest at the center of Tug Hill and includes parts of the towns of Redfield in Oswego County, Worth in Jefferson County and Montague, Martinsburg, West Turin and Osceola in Lewis County.
Verifying the Genetics
Once the samples were obtained they were then turned over to Dr. Spencer Bruce at SUNY Albany. Bruce has extensive experience in analyzing brook trout DNA from across New York State. The collected DNA was compared the DNA of the three hatchery-raised strains of brook trout used by the New York State Department of Conservation (DEC) to stock streams. The samples were also compared to the other populations of brook trout that Bruce has worked with. The analysis showed that the Tug Hill samples were very unique and most were genetically pure. The majority of the samples showed no influence of interbreeding with other populations of brook trout.
“Based on the discoveries that Trout Power has made, it is safe to say that there are very likely other genetically distinct populations of brook trout in New York waters,” Miller said. “The more remote and under developed an area is, the greater the likelihood that unique fish populations exist.” Since the inception of Trout Power in 2016, the group has caught and released over 500 brook trout and has documented hundreds of tissue samples.
Why it Matters
Trout Power works closely with the NYS DEC providing information, strategic planning, and collaborative efforts to help alter and change trout management policy in New York State.
The discovery of these “heritage strains” of brook trout is significant. “The persistence of these unique populations indicates that the places and the fish have a resilience that holds hope for the future,” Miller said. “Brook trout are the state fish of New York and other eastern states and are an important part of our environmental heritage. Tug Hill, the Adirondacks and the Catskills are the most likely bastions of these unique populations where land use patterns and other protections have enabled their survival. Protecting the habitat for any species is the most effective conservation measure.”
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Short-barreled pistols and revolvers are just as interesting to me as carbines… I like ’em! Now Heritage Manufacturing has come out with a cool little 2″ barrel, rimfire revolver appropriately named the Barkeep. This pocket-sized revolver is a single-action for those of you with an old west affection and is just plain handsome to boot. So, who is Heritage Manufacturing? Founded in 1992, the company is based in Bainbridge, Georgia and produces quality handguns that pay homage to the Old West. They make both small-bore and big-bore single-action “Rough Rider” revolvers chambered in 22 LR, 22 Mag, 45 Colt, 357 Mag, 44-40 Win, and 38 Special +P. In the following press release Heritage Manufacturing discusses their newest release and all of the features of this Old West inspired wheelgun.
“Heritage Manufacturing, Inc., producers of classic-style single-action revolvers, is pleased to announce the newest member of the family—the Barkeep.
This pint-sized revolver has an Old West flair and was inspired by the 19th Century Colt “Storekeeper” model. The single-action Barkeep comes chambered and ships with the affordable .22 LR 6-shot rimfire cylinder and two-inch barrel. This revolver is also compatible and designed to work with an interchangeable .22 WMR 6-shot cylinder option.
Built for optimal concealability in a light and portable package, the Barkeep boasts fixed open sights for fast action and a clean sight picture. Several grip options deliver classic western styling to compliment the standard black oxide or case-hardened frame finish. With a two-inch barrel configuration, this compact carry revolver also includes a stylish ejector pin with a turned wood handle with an “H” logo on top to give it the full days of yore feel. The Barkeep checks all the boxes for form and function.“
Barkeep Giveaway from Heritage Manufacturing
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TFB has long followed the progress of the US Marine Corps effort to field suppressors across the board. At the end of December 2020, the Corps finally announced that they had begun the process of fielding thousands of rifle caliber suppressors to Marines for use with the M27, M38, M4 and M4A1 rifles and carbines. […]
A tiny handgun is great for concealment and comfort, but is your carry pistol too small to control?
Individuals that choose to carry a concealed handgun are increasing in numbers. With all the unsettledness of the world we live in these days, people are simply more afraid of being out in public without self-protection. Sales of classic carry handguns have skyrocketed in the past year, training courses for concealed carry are full, and applications for concealed carry permits/licenses have also increased dramatically.
Pistol manufacturers have answered the demand for small compact and super (sub) compact carry pistols as well. The market is now saturated with so many choices of pocket pistols that it is tough to choose among so many good options. While caliber choices are many as well, the 9mm still dominates the market, while the 380 ACP is strong as are other choices including the 32 ACP. Even the 22 Magnum receives token interest. Some bold and more confident shooters are even packing a 45 ACP on a daily basis.
So as not to ignore the revolver too, there are also available a good selection of quality revolvers designed for personal concealed carry protection. Most of these guns carry either five or six shot cylinders of the swing out type. Learning to shoot a revolver well also takes adequate training, but many find them easier to load, manipulate, and shoot. So, revolvers are still a carry option for many.
The downside? The individuals who opt for a compact or sub-contact semi-auto pistol for self-defense often find out too late just how challenging they can be to shoot well. A small compact 9mm handgun like a SIG 365 or Springfield Armory Hellcat for example can be quite a handful when it comes to actually putting them into shooting action at the range or on the street. This takes some good training and plenty of time on the range to master shooting such guns well.
This is not meant to deter a consumer from acquiring such a self-protection handgun, but to give ample warning about the realities of shooting such a small firearm. Before making a purchase, ask yourself: Is this carry pistol too small for my hands and abilities? A small lightweight pistol may be a dream to carry all day inside the waistband or behind the hip in a suitable holster, but shooting it accurately is another matter altogether.
It is widely reported that most self-defense encounters occur within ranges of less than seven feet, often as close as three feet. One would think a human-sized target at such short ranges would be easy to hit, but that is the fallacy of the thinking.
A peppy 9mm self-defense round can be difficult to control if you find yourself with a carry pistol too small for you. This is where the training becomes mandatory if you sincerely want effective self-protection.
Daniel Defense is a firearms manufacturer that needs no introduction. Since the company’s humble beginnings making small parts in the early 2000s, to their David-and-Goliath style successes in providing rail systems to SOCOM shortly after that, to the introduction of their first complete firearm (the DDM4, later referred to as the V1) in 2009, Daniel […]
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Recently we wrote about the Strike Industries M4 AR-15 Charging Handle. If you want to continue to pimp your firearm the time has now come for the internals: the buffer housing. The buffer pad is made of NBR rubber material to absorb the impact of the recoil and offers a possibility to fine-tune your gas system […]
In the aftermath of the Boer War, the British military needed to address critical issues of practical marksmanship with its troops. The Long Lee rifles it had deployed to South Africa suffered significant problems in making real-world hits on the battlefield. In addition to investing in better musketry training, the military chose to radically change its rifles.
In place of the Lee rifles and carbines, a single short rifle pattern would be issued for all branches of service (cavalry, artillery, and infantry). A stripper clip loading system was introduced to speed reloading and a full-length handguard for improving bayonet handling and reducing sight mirage. A windage adjustable rear sight was mandated, and a stout full protective hood added around the front sight. A new nosecap design was implemented to put the weight of the bayonet onto the stock, and not on the barrel where it would impact the rifle’s zero.
Two different patterns of rear sight were considered. The A pattern design was a tangent type sight like a Mauser, pinned at the front. The B pattern used a ladder sight, pinned at the rear. Five hundred of each were made, and put through a rigorous set of remarkably practical field trials. The testing involved not just static shooting for accuracy, but also shooting against timed disappearing targets, camouflaged targets, and snap shooting. The trial winner was the A pattern design, and it went into mass production in 1904 as the Short, Magazine, Lee Enfield Mark I – the first SMLE.
As adopted a few minor changes were made from the trials rifles, most notably a change from a full front sight hood to a pair of stout protective Ewings, to allow more light onto the sight. In addition, the design was almost immediately updated to a MkI* pattern, with a stronger rear sling swivel, rounded corners on the receiver, and a storage trap added to the buttplate.
The Springfield Armory Hellcat has been a supremely popular pistol ever since its introduction into the world less than 2 years ago – and for good reasons. It is the world’s highest capacity, micro-compact on the market for people who want a smaller gun for carry, but do not want to sacrifice their round-count to […]
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In today’s Photo Of The Day, we are looking at two brothers in arms from the New Zealand Defence Force firing a H.E.A.T missile (High Explosive Anti Tank) from an 84 mm Carl Gustav launcher. The soldiers are reservists from the New Zealand Army. This happened during the Exercise Ypres, a live field firing exercise set in the […]
Welcome everyone to the 79th 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 have […]
This time last year TFB and TFBTV cast and crew were busy making any last minute plans for SHOT Show 2020. With the COVID-19 shutdown of our favorite show, TFB and TFBTV set into motion what would become the event of a lifetime. Actually, it was just a bunch of guys snapping pictures, shooting video […]
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During TFB’s GunFest 2021, we had the chance to talk with KelTec about their new P50 pistol, chambered in 5.7×28. Despite its unveiling last month, we were able to ask some of the most frequently asked questions about this newly designed KelTec P50 pistol. KelTec also expounded on some of the design features they worked […]
In this special #GunFest2021 episode of TFBTV, James Reeves discusses the Kel-Tec P50, a 5.7 caliber pistol/carbine, with Chad Enos of Kel-Tec. James and Chad discuss the features, cost, and release date, as well as the specs of this innovative new platform. ««« GUN AND GEAR GIVEAWAYS »»» PLEASE check out our Patreon and Subscribe […]
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Tomorrow, the House Agriculture, Chesapeake & Natural Resources Committee is hearing House Bill 1799 to allow Sunday hunting on public lands.
At last week’s TFB GUNFEST, Magpul brought out a whole host of new products. This one caught my eye for my long-range precision gun. The Magpul QR Rail Grabber is a bipod mount for ARCA and Picatinny rail all in one. The original Magpul Bipod came out in 2018. It now comes in four variants. M-LOK, […]
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Federal Premium has been introducing plenty of hunting ammunition, but what about defensive loads? Coming from opposite ends of the power spectrum, the Federal Punch line adds two calibers to its catalog of personal defense ammunition. Introducing Federal Punch .22LR and 10mm Auto. Personal Defense – Federal Punch Line Adds .22LR and 10mm .22lr Punch 22 […]
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Savage IMPULSE Hog Hunter (Image © Savage Arms)
When it comes to bolt action rifles, Savage Arms is a definite giant. From their solid and sensible beginnings with the ugly-but-effective-and-affordable barrel locknut headspacing that allowed them to gain market share with the most reliably accurate rifles anyone could buy on a budget, they have only moved forward, continuing to raise the bar while adding features.
With their new IMPULSE line of straight-pull bolt action rifles, Savage has entered a new market previously reserved for rifles made outside the USA — and the bolt handle can be easily swapped to the other side for left-handed shooters, and the angle of the bolt handle can also be adjusted to the shooter’s taste. That, my friends, is cool.
Who cares about a straight-pull bolt action? Anyone who likes accuracy as well as speed; you can run the bolt much faster when all you have to do is pull back, then shove forward between shots. And that includes hunters — especially hog hunters, who are often faced with a large group of destructive porkers and need to shoot as many as possible as quickly as possible. Which brings us to the Savage IMPULSE Hog Hunter.
This model is available in short action rounds (308, 6.5 Creedmoor) as well as long action (30-06, 300 Win Mag) but as near as I can tell by comparison, they only offer one length of action. This means a 308 IMPULSE has a receiver just as long as heavy as a 300 Win Mag IMPULSE. Hmmm. The aluminum receiver material will help with weight, of course.
No sights are provided, and the Weaver/picatinny rail is machined directly onto the receiver. The muzzle is threaded (5/8″-24) for suppressor use, and a knurled thread protector is included.
The press release is below.
Savage Arms Debuts IMPULSE Hog Hunter
WESTFIELD, Massachusetts –- January, 2021 –- Savage Arms announces the new standard for hog guns: IMPULSE Hog Hunter. This straight-pull rifle is purpose built for thinning out wild boar. Hogs rarely appear alone, and the speed of the IMPULSE Hog Hunter’s straight-pull action and its exceptional balance will allow hunters to get back on target fast.
“Hunting hogs with a conventional bolt action rifle is highly effective, but when there is a large drove of pigs to clear out, the ability to take multiple shots is critical,” Jessica Treglia, Sr. Brand Manager at Savage Arms, said. “These new IMPULSE Hog Hunters will allow you to cycle the bolt with lightning-fast precision, stay on target without losing your sight picture, and the compact design is perfect for carrying in the dense brush hogs use for cover.”
The IMPULSE Hog Hunter is designed for efficiency. With barrel lengths as short as 18 inches, these rifles are as maneuverable as they are fast. Their heavy barrels manage heat effectively, ensuring accurate follow-up shots. And each of the new IMPULSE Hog Hunter models are chambered for proven .30 caliber cartridges.
The IMPULSE straight-pull action is bedded in an OD Green stock featuring AccuStock®. Savage’s AccuFit® technology makes adjusting length-of-pull and comb height almost as effortless as the IMPULSE’s bolt throw. And the user-adjustable AccuTrigger® can be set from 1.5 pounds to 6 pounds.
- Straight-pull bolt action rifle
- Matte black aluminum receiver and carbon steel barrel
- OD Green synthetic stock
- AccuStock® and AccuFit® adjustable length-of-pull and comb height
- User-adjustable AccuTrigger®
- Heavy barrel, threaded (5/8-24”)
- Round knob bolt handle
- Flush-fit detachable box magazine
- Integral 1-Piece 20 MOA Rail
Part No. / Description / MSRP
- 57653 / IMPULSE Hog Hunter 308 Win. 18-inch barrel / $1,379
- 57654 / IMPULSE Hog Hunter 6.5 Creedmoor 20-inch barrel / $1,379
- 57655 / IMPULSE HOG Hunter 30-06 Spfld. 20-inch barrel / $1,379
- 57656 / IMPULSE HOG Hunter 300 WIN MAG 24-inch barrel / $1,379
Next up from Magpul is something for the rear end of your rifle. We have already seen the MBUS 3 and their new K2 XL grip. Well alongside those Magpul is also releasing the new PRS LITE Stock. The PRS stock has been very popular with precision shooters and people who prefer a solid stock. Magpul’s […]
Stand Your Ground legislation, Senate Bill 24, has been introduced in the Land of Opportunity and is scheduled for a hearing by the Senate Judiciary Committee tomorrow.
(Image: Screenshot from ‘shoot a hangman’s rope’ video)
Jerry Miculek can usually make me smile, but this time he got so silly he made me literally laugh out loud. You owe it to yourself to check out this video from a few years back, in which Jerry explores the myth of cutting a hangman’s rope with a bullet.
The opening bit of the video is what tickled me so much. We hear some western movie music as Jerry approaches in his Clint Eastwood poncho to face the Naked Jelly Bandit, an utterly ridiculous creation consisting of a cowboy-hat-wearing cantaloupe sitting atop a headless and nude mannequin. When Jerry notices an empty jar nearby marked “Jerry’s Jelly,” he utters a G-rated “son of a bleep” before the “gunfight” ensues.
After saving his jelly jar he gets down to business, which in this case is trying to replicate the B-western movie feat of shooting a hangman’s rope to cut it in two in order to save someone from death by hanging. He rigs up a sisal rope with 200 pounds of weight and gets all set with a Colt single action revolver in 45 Colt.
I’m not sure why he didn’t actually raise the hanging “victim” up so the actual weight is placed on the rope, but it’s clearly resting on the wooden deck below his simulated gallows. Hmmm.
Anyhow, the 45 Colt (no Jerry, it’s not “long Colt” dang it) didn’t do the job in one shot, so he drags out a Sharps rifle in 45-70… which seems kinda silly, since the caliber is the same as his handgun and would seem to have an equal chance of cutting the rope. Which, by the way, is 3/4″ diameter — more than half again the diameter of these less-than-half-inch projectiles he’s testing.
Does the rifle do any better than the revolver? Well, I’ll just let you watch the video to find out. And you will definitely want to watch it, because otherwise you’ll miss seeing Jerry shoulder a 50 BMG to shoot a hangman’s rope!
I think you’re gonna enjoy this one.
(Image: Screenshot from ‘check a spark plug’ video)
Small engines are pretty great, and I have gotten a lot of use out of them. They can also be extremely frustrating when they don’t work as they should — and because I do a lot of work on Power King / Economy garden tractors as a hobby, I have run into more than my share of small engine problems.
Last summer I sold a tractor to a local guy, and pretty soon he was having trouble with intermittent spark. I wasn’t about to leave him hanging, so I loaded up a bunch of tools and headed over to sweat it out in his shed, where the tractor was stuck with a non-running engine. After I tried just about everything else, I made the drive to the closest NAPA store to buy a new spark plug, which cured the problem.
If only I’d known Steve’s little trick to check a spark plug, I probably could have saved everyone a lot of trouble by testing the plug even before I made the sale. Alas, the things I don’t know are many… but now, I know one more. Watch this video, and you will too.
It’s an easy way to test a small engine spark plug, to see whether it has too much resistance (and small engine plugs have different specs than vehicle plugs, FYI), has lost conductivity in the center electrode, or is shorted between the two electrodes. All you need is a multimeter, which you can get for cheap.
When you’re troubleshooting an engine that’s not getting spark, the spark plug isn’t always the problem; there are all sorts of things that could cause a lack of spark. Knowing how to check a spark plug can help you narrow things down more quickly to save your time, money, and sanity.
Now that you know how to check a spark plug, diagnosing your small engine’s problems will be a little easier. You’re welcome!
Federal Premium is no stranger to hunting ammunition. Countless four-legged creatures have become meals thanks to ever-improving ammunition technology. The Federal Swift A-Frame line is one of those improvements. Now, both .327 Federal and 10mm Auto have been added to the expanding list of cartridge options for handgun hunters. With a bonded front half and […]
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Yesterday, the House Judiciary Committee passed self-defense legislation, House Bill 102, by a 12 to 7 vote.
So, what exactly does “becoming a prepper” mean? What do you have to do to become a prepper or live a prepper lifestyle? Can you just declare myself a prepper and do little or nothing to fulfill the role? Are there specific tasks or preps that you have to do to become a prepper?
Being a prepper is a never-ending process. You cannot just declare yourself a prepper to be one. You have to live the role all the time, as everyday readiness is essential to really being a prepper. Yes, there are specific tasks to accomplish to be a prepper, but those are not always exactly the same for everyone. Prepping is both a state of mind as well as a physical state of preparedness for any threat or circumstance that might arise to harm you and your family’s safety and well-being. So, where to you start?
Education and study are the foundations for transitioning to becoming a prepper. You need to know the extent of the issues you may have to deal with in order to prepare for the survival of any threat. Modern day threats are many and highly varied. These are classified in many ways but can be narrowed to environmental threats such as all types of storms or natural disasters. Other types include personal assaults, home invasions, breaches of security and so forth.
Naturally you can Google any of these topics and read to understand the basic essentials of prepping and survival. Buy a related book or two especially ones that provide lists of categories of concern as well as suggestions for supplies, gear, and everything else needed to prep your life for survival regardless of the type of threat.
In general, you’ll need to stock up on plenty of reserves of staple foods, medical supplies, OTC meds and prescriptions, consumable items like paper products, personal hygiene items and such. As a guide, you’ll need “stuff” to get along for as long as six months as though all the stores were sold out completely or closed. They may be in such cases as a hurricane for instance.
You’ll need to learn how to secure your home and harden it against a break in. This could include a comprehensive security system, locks, window security screens and the like. You need to explore escape routes and alternative escape locations or bug out sites as they are termed in case an event forces an evacuation. A bug out can become a second home.
Self-defense is also a critical aspect of being a prepper. You will need to learn and equip yourself to handle firearms for personal and property defense. Training will be required to become proficient with all of this. This is not learned overnight. Becoming a prepper is a lifelong venture. Start now and get prepared. Learn to be safe, secure, and self-sufficient.
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Vortex Optics just announced their new line of tripods for shooting, spotting, bird watching or scouting for game. The new line of tripods has several different price points to meet varied budgets and purposes. There are five tripods for the new line, of which the three lower cost options all share the same maximum load […]
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Expanding upon their popular Syntech Range line of ammunition, Federal Premium has added three calibers for your shooting pleasure. The Syntech Range line now includes .38 SPL, 10mm Auto, and .380 ACP. If you’ve been hiding in the woods and are unfamiliar with Syntech, TFB has written numerous articles to bring you up to speed. […]
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Today I am chatting with Paul Levy of Brownells about their BRN-180 upper; a modernization of the original Armalite AR-180. This particular project is an interesting combination of recreating an older design but simultaneously modernizing it – so let’s pick Paul’s brain about some of the unexpected hurdles that came up! Thanks to RIA for hosting us.
The quote of the day is actually a double quote of the day. Both come from the Monster Hunter himself, Larry Correia, from his post yesterday entitled bow before AppGoogleZOn.
All those companies are allied with the political party that hates you and wants to see your kind utterly eradicated from society, because you are bad people who deserve it. And most of the “leadership” on our side says this is fine, and it’s more important to be polite and play by rules the other side forsook a long time ago. When they get around to throwing dissidents into gulags, I’m sure guys like Mitt Romney will still be chiding us for using impolite swear words during our executions.
The second quote reinforces my belief that censorship of conservatives by Big Tech serves to remove the safety valve. The unintended consequences of that move might make our worst nightmare pale by comparison.
When tens of millions of people are feeling fucked over and that the system is rigged against them, and the media who are assuring them that everything is in fine working order are the same untrustworthy media who’ve been caught lying to them about literally everything else daily for years, now feel like their voices are being squashed by the same cabal of mega companies that have been lying and manipulating all the information we are allowed to see for years… and an increasing number of these usually calm and responsible, but now angry and disenfranchised people (who are also the ones who make society work and keep the lights on) are starting to think that lefty style stupid political violence might be the only way to be heard… so go ahead and kick them while they are down.
I’m sure that will work out splendidly, with absolutely no long term negative consequences.
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For those with larger hands, Magpul Industries has doled out a brand new offering in the way of their MOE K2-XL grips which feature the same pattern as the standard K2 grip for the AR-15 rifle but upscaled by 25% in size to accommodate those with larger hands. [TFB GUN FEST] MOE K2-XL Grip from […]
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The 509 series of FN America handguns has become rather popular especially the tactical versions. Fans of the FNX-45 tactical have been clamoring for a 9mm version of their flagship handgun and the 509 Tactical delivered. Last November FN hosted a media event to unveil their new 509 pistol – the 509 LS Edge. FN […]
Another look at a snow-covered Russia in our Photo Of The Day. We look at anti-aircraft gunners of the Kantemirovskaya tank division of the Western Military District. They’re taking part in field exercises at the Golovenki training ground near Moscow, where they practiced what actions to take in the event of an air attack. During […]
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Magpul Industries came out swinging at TFB’s Gun Fest 2021 with some awesome new products and one of the first ones introduced to us during the new product showcase were the MBUS 3 next-gen polymer backup iron sights. The new sights are sleeker, lighter, and come in at an aggressively competitive price. [TFB GUN FEST] […]
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Hello and welcome back to another edition of The Rimfire Report! In this weekly series we discuss, explore, and review various firearms, ammunition, and trends within the rimfire firearm world. This week we’re going to take a gaze into the past and look up 5 of the best rimfire firearms of 2020. These will be the top […]
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Colt, one of the oldest and most venerable names in US firearms manufacturing may be on the verge of being acquired by one of Europe’s leading brands. Česká Zbrojovka better known as CZ are well regarded for for their classic CZ 75 pistols, their bolt actions and most recently their new assault rifle BREN series as […]
Greer v. US, docket. Issue: Whether, when applying plain-error review based on an intervening United States Supreme Court decision, Rehaif v. United States [which held that, in a felon in possession case, the government must prove the defendant knew he'd been convicted of a felony}, a circuit court of appeals may review matters outside the trial record to determine whether the error affected a defendant's substantial rights or impacted the fairness, integrity or public reputation of the trial.
US v. Gary, docket. Issue: Whether a defendant who pleaded guilty to possessing a firearm as a felon, is automatically entitled to plain-error relief if the district court did not advise him that one element of that offense is knowledge of his status as a felon, regardless of whether he can show that the district court's error affected the outcome of the proceedings.
These are the results from Friday's Conference, which must have been lively. Other cases then considered, with no results yet announced, include an abortion case, a church's challenge to Covid closures that it argues favor other gatherings over religious services, two challenges to mail-in voting in Pennsylvania, the death sentence for the Boston Marathon bomber, and a case seeking to determine whether President Trump can ban people from his Twitter account (which may now be moot). Most conferences are not so lively!
Members and other Second Amendment supporters, you may have seen that other Virginia gun rights groups recently mentioned last year's legislation and Governor Northam's gun ban bill, HB961, making at least one incorrect claim. We feel that it is critical to address this.
Fierce Firearms has released a new flagship version of their Rival bolt action rifle called CT Rival. The new rifle features a carbon fiber stock and titanium action which reduce the overall weight making it “the lightest hard-working rifle in the Fierce lineup” as described by Fierce Firearms. Depending on the caliber, CT Rival weighs 5.8 […]
A new attempt is underway to establish nationwide concealed carry reciprocity for licensees. HR 38, The Concealed Reciprocity Act of 2021, was introduced on January 4, 2021. It’s sponsored by Republican Richard Hudson of North Carolina’s 8th District.
HR38 would amend Title 18 of United States Code. The bill does not facilitate reciprocity at the scale its name implies. It does provide for recognition of non-resident licenses by states that already have a concealed carry permitting process or Constitutional (unregulated) carry. It would not alter existing state limitations on concealed handgun carry — visitors would have to comply with existing state terms to remain legal when traveling.
The bill does specify that carry would be permitted on federal lands administered by National Park Service, Bureau of Reclamation, US Fish & Wildlife Service, US Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, and Army Corps of Engineers. This has significant implications for exercising concealed carry in Washington, DC as well as other places which have significant outdoor areas under the auspices of one or more of these federal agencies.
This bill garnered an unusual number of co-sponsors right out of the gate; 154, three of whom are Democrat. Bill-tracking website govtrack.us currently lists the bill, but has not yet given it a rating for likelihood of passage.
There is some language of concern which may have potential for misinterpretation. Machine guns or destructive devices are excluded; that much is to be expected. The definition of “handgun” in HR38 is as follows: The term ‘handgun’ includes any magazine 4 for use in a handgun and any ammunition loaded into the handgun or its magazine. The bill repeatedly refers to “a” handgun, inferring coverage of a single gun. The presence of so-called backup guns or extra magazines/ammunition is apparently subject to laws of individual states.
Legal protections for concealed carriers are strongly present in the bill, which specifically bars the arrest or detention of anyone carrying concealed in accordance with its terms, puts the “beyond a reasonable doubt” standard of proof upon the state or other entity that charges a concealed carrier with violating its terms, and requires that the prosecuting party provide for attorney’s fees and damages to a plaintiff if a conviction is not reached.
This isn’t the first time Congressman Hudson has run this flag up the pole. His first attempt was in 2017. He’s been a stalwart advocate of Second Amendment causes, including primary authorship of a December 2020 letter to the US Attorney General and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) opposing the ATF’s looming threat to regulate pistol braces. That regulation would affect hundreds of thousands of currently legal brace owners and was proposed without citizen representation. After its delivery, the ATF pulled the proposed change, at least for the time being.
The concealed carry reciprocity bill is currently awaiting committee assignment.
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In June 2020, we reported that the Finnish Reservists were to receive a new rifle made by Dasan Machineries of South Korea. These new rifles have begun to arrive and are being fielded with Finland’s MPK. Eric wrote about the selection of the new rifles here. The rifles are not being issued to the Finnish Defence […]
(Image: Screenshots from ‘steel on steel’ video)
Steel targets are great things. They can provide instant sound feedback so you know whether you’ve hit or not, which is way more fun than punching holes in a sheet of paper — and many steel targets move when hit, which is another indicator of a hit and adds to the enjoyment. But steel can also be quite dangerous under the wrong conditions
Jerry Miculek is a well-respected shooter who’s also one of the most down-to-earth folks out there, and he likes to help educate shooters about possible hazards. About six months ago, we shared one of his videos about the dangers of steel targets; click here to check that out.
This time around, Jerry is talking about — and demonstrating — how steel shot from a shotgun can and will bounce off of steel targets and come right back at the firing line! I think we can all agree that we want our projos to go away from us and never towards us when we’re shooting. To that end, one should never, ever fire steel on steel.
He starts out with a run-of-the-mill Red Ryder BB gun — yes, it seems that even Jerry Miculek loves a Red Ryder — to show the BB bouncing off the steel plate target. Jerry doesn’t like to waste time, so from there he dives right into shooting the shotgun at the same plate.
The first shell contains lead shot, which naturally smashes to bits against the much harder steel… or in Jerry language, it turns into “fairy dust.” LOL!
The steel shot is number 4 bird shot, which is fairly large, and it bounces back off the plate. It also clobbered the heck out of the steel, even leaving dents… man, that’s some hard shot.
Moral of the story: Never shoot steel on steel — as Jerry says, “Leave it for the birds.”
The all-new CZ TS2 competition pistol. (Image © CZ-USA)
CZ-USA has just announced a new competition pistol, which they say “opens doors to competition shooting.” The Tactical Sport 2, or TS2, has been built from the ground up to be an affordable competition pistol for folks wishing to get into the sport on a budget. And even though they have redesigned the frame and improved the ergonomics, they’ve made sure that accessories from their original Tactical Sport model will work with the for the CZ TS2.
20-round magazines are standard for the CZ TS2, but the press release doesn’t say how many are included, just that it’s plural. Checkered blue aluminum grips are also standard, along with flared mag well and a mostly-straight trigger.
It’s so new that I couldn’t find it on their website yet, but the press release below contains specs and more info. Seems like a heck of a nice pistol… if you can find enough ammo to shoot competition these days!
Kansas City, KS (January 5, 2021) — The speed, precision and dynamic performance afforded by CZ-USA’s handguns have made it the leading name for practical shooting disciplines like IPSC, USPSA, 3-Gun and Steel Challenge, a position CZ is not planning to yield any time soon.
The sport-shooting world reveres the CZ Tactical Sport for its crisp single-action trigger and long sight radius. Now, the pistol has evolved into the Tactical Sport 2 (TS2), a brand-new, built-from-the-ground-up firearm that represents the next generation in tactical sport pistols.
The TS2 was designed and built for competition shooters in the tradition of the company’s highly successful Shadow 2, mimicking its slide profile with the reciprocating weight positioned as low as possible for smoother operation, less muzzle flip and faster follow-up shots. Additionally, the TS2’s redesigned frame and improved ergonomics also reduce muzzle flip so that it’s less noticeable than ever.
The steel-framed, 9mm TS2 is an outstanding and affordable entry-level competition handgun with a wide variety of compatible accessories already available, as the large aftermarket of custom parts already available for the original Tactical Sport pistol are fully compatible with the TS2!
The new pistol comes with 20-round standard magazines and distinctive blue aluminum grips with aggressive checkering above a healthily flared magwell.
Front and rear cocking serrations on the slide make racking this pistol easy for practically anyone, with or without gloves. With a fiber-optic front sight, the included set of fixed target sights are rugged enough to withstand rough competition use.
The adaptable pistol can be easily fine-tuned to an individual shooter to be faster and more precise at the firing line, with the aforementioned custom parts for the Tactical Sport platform.
This new pistol is sure to become a favorite among IPSC/USPSA shooters, as well as beginners looking to get into competition pistol shooting for the first time.
CZ TS2 Pistol Specifications:
- SKU: 91220
- Purpose: Competition
- Caliber: 9mm
- Magazine Capacity: 20 rounds
- Grips: Blue Aluminum
- Frame Material: Steel
- Action: Single Action
- Sights: Fixed Rear, Fiber Optic Front
- Barrel: Cold Hammer Forged
- Barrel Length: 5.23″
- Height: 5.8″
- Width: 1.57″
- Weight: 48 oz.
- Overall Length: 8.86″
- Safety: Ambidextrous Manual Safety
- MSRP: $1,699
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Waterfowlers rejoice! Browning has released the second generation of their Maxus semi-auto shotgun – the Maxus II. The new shotgun has a number of redesigned and restyled parts as well as new technologies incorporated into its design to improve over the previous generation. The main new features of this Browning autoloader include the restyled aluminum […]
Fifty or more years ago, deer hunting used to be just plain old basic sit-and-watch hunting, still hunting at a slow pace through the woods, or maybe running a well-organized deer drive over hill and dale to push the bucks out of hiding. As deer season comes to a close, are there any tricks left to get late season bucks?
Deer attractants work. They work most of the time, but the hunter has to be there to confirm its success. I have had my most successful use of products from Buck Warrior: ME2 and Buck Powder. These have unique scents that pull bucks to it. I’ve confirmed that with trail camera evidence over three seasons now. It’s a good bet for final days.
There are many other attractants on the market. The success is built on the enticement of the product via the scent factor and or taste of it. Apply these products near where you hunt along travel routes, funnels and feeding areas wherever deer travel. There are liquids to drip, limb soak, or sprays to apply, too. These can fool a deer’s nose and their curiosity.
The judicious use of specific deer scents like doe pee, buck urine and other such products along deer travel areas, around natural rubs and even late season scrapes. Scent drags still work especially well laying down a scent trail from the woods line right up to your hunting stands.
Various types of deer calls, doe calls, buck grunt calls, and such can work as well, but they are not automatic. I have had bucks completely ignore grunt calls at times, then other times stop them dead in their tracks. Be ready. Sometimes they come fast even in the last days of the annual hunt.
Rattling has mixed results on late season bucks. It does notify other bucks in the area that some buck action is underway. This can attract other bucks to investigate what is going on. Using rattling antlers does take some practice. Try mixing some rattles with some buck calls to see if there is any buck interest still alive.
And all hunters should use their own scent covers. Killing human scents of all kinds is one way to keep your hide a secret. Hide your own scent to fool a deer’s nose from discovering you. That is one trick to give you an added advantage over any buck.
There is always a luck factor working in the closing days of deer season. Late season bucks will be up and around, so get out there to hunt. Try these late season strategies to see if you can break a buck out of his hide. Deer are always curious. Keep alert.
The popular FN 509 series gets another addition to the platform with the new Long Slide Edge Tactical model. As you can see in the picture above, it comes with an optics-ready long slide with a 5” target-crowned, hammer forged barrel underneath. It also has a new frame texture that enhances the shooter’s grip and two […]
Oh, give me a home where the buffalo roam
Where the deer and the antelope play
Where seldom is heard a discouraging word
And the skies are not cloudy all day
Home, home on the range
Where the deer and the antelope play
Where seldom is heard a discouraging word
And the skies are not cloudy all day
Do we really want to live in a world where any contrary thought must be censored, stamped out, and prevented from seeing the light of day?
This is what I saw this morning when I went to open Parler. We knew that Amazon’s AWS service was planning to cut it off because they thought the content “dangerous”.
The effective disappearance of Parler shows the growing breadth and effect of efforts by big technology companies to restrict content they label as dangerous after last week’s mob attack on the U.S. Capitol. Amazon had said in a letter to Parler over the weekend that it had seen a steady increase in violent content on the site and said Parler’s efforts to remove it were inadequate.
Violent content, my ass! It is clearly a move to suppress any dissenting or contrarian voices. If your argument is so weak that it cannot stand up to criticism, then it isn’t that much of an argument to begin with.
What the Big Tech oligarchs need to fear, and indeed we all should fear, is that by removing ways for people to be heard that someone, anyone, who has nothing left to lose will engage in lone wolf attacks. Communication and the ability to be heard serves a moderating influence. With that gone, grievances fester and they harden putting all of us at risk.
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Americans didn’t wait for tragedy; they acted to make sure they were not part of the tragic tale of 2020. They applied for permits to obtain or carry a firearm. They purchased handguns and long guns at a rate no one could have imagined, and did so at a time when some states were trying to shut down permit offices and gun shops. The spike in demand led to inventory shortages that likely reduced sales.
The General Assembly starts its 2021 session this week and House Bill 175, a bill with California-style restrictions on ammunition sales, has already received a committee assignment.
Primary Arms shows no sign of slowing down. They have introduced several new optics this year, including the new budget-friendly SLx MD-20. Well, you can add another one to the list. Introducing the Primary Arms GLx 2.5-10×44 FFP Rifle Scope with an illuminated ACSS Griffin MIL reticle. The GLx 2.5-10×44 is built to enhance both agility […]
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In today’s episode of TFBTV, James Reeves looks back at the – uh, memorable year of 2020. While there were a lot of low points, there were also some HI-POINTS from the gun industry, including these 5 hot new releases. What do you think of this list of the top 5 new guns of 2020? […]
Steve Rau, of Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin, was named the recipient of the 2019 Jay M. Littlefield Memorial NRA-ILA Volunteer of the Year Award. This award recognizes an individual NRA member for his or her meritorious defense of the Second Amendment.
In the mid 1950s, the Winchester company designed a compact 9mm submachine gun for military use. It was internally called the. “NATO Burp Gun”, and according to Winchester historian Herbert House, was developed in part (or with the assistance of) Melvin Johnson. The design was a simple tubular receiver with a folding stock that doubled as a vertical front grip when folded. Instead of an external charging handle, it used serrations cur in the side of the bolt, making the gun sleek and compact (albeit more difficult to cock). Today we are looking at the N2 and M4 developmental patterns, both housed at the Cody Firearms Museum. The development program got little further than these prototypes before Winchester abandoned it.
Thanks to the Cody Firearms Museum for allowing me access to film these very interesting prototypes!
Photo Of The Day and we go to a snow-covered Russia to look for an operator of the 9K111 Fagot wire-guided anti-tank missile system as well as snipers. The 9K111 can be used either from ground or vehicle mounts. The units are from the special forces of the air defense in the Pskov region. Below […]
Freezing Cold in our Photo Of The Day as paratroopers assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 377th Parachute Field Artillery Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division, U.S. Army Alaska, fire an M2 machine gun. The location is the Grezelka range, Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Alaska and the pictures were taken in 2019. The […]
Welcome back to another edition of TFB’s Silencer Saturday brought to you by Yankee Hill Machine, manufacturer’s of the YHM Nitro N20 modular titanium suppressor. Last weekend was the final exam for my horse grooming certification, so Adam was nice enough to step in and take the reigns. If you missed it, he reviewed the […]
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What goes into preparing a gun for filming? Function checking, zeroing, and generally building some familiarity. Today we will go through that process with a Japanese Type 96 Nambu LMG. Rather like some French guns, Japanese small arms from World War Two have a thoroughly undeserved poor reputation. The Nambu is an excellent LMG design – Japanese machine guns are largely derived from Hotchkiss systems, although the Type 96 is several generations removed from any French-made Hotchkiss. It is chambered for the 6.5x50mm semi-rimmed cartridge, which is one of the softest-shooting cartridges used in WW2. The Type 99 is basically the same gun scaled up to use a 7.7mm round, and those are pretty nice to shoot. The Type 96 is downright fantastic, as you can see by my target at the end.
I am excited to get the chamber cleaned up and do a bunch more filming with it! The 6.5 Japanese is a caliber that is difficult to find ammunition for, and I am grateful to Steinel Ammunition for providing me a batch of theirs to use today!
If you remember, one of the items on my ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS post was a SKEETIRX. Well Christmas came early thanks to my friend Earl. He lent me an old BAE Systems SKEETIRX and it definitely works as advertised. Let’s take a closer look at this tiny thermal monocular that packs a punch […]
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TFB’s Photo Of The Day, the One And Only. Today we’re proud to show you some unique pictures. Please take your time to admire what’s on here. These firearms are owned by a private enthusiast, and I think it took some time, money, thinking and effort to get to this point. Dedication at its best. […]
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True Velocity have confirmed delivery of their final shipment of over 625,000 rounds of their 6.8mm hybrid ammunition for the U.S. Army’s Next Generation Squad Weapon program. True Velocity shared a photo of the shipment on pallets about to leave the factory with some of the production team posing next to it. True Velocity’s ammunition […]
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This week, Representative Walt Brooks (HD 75) filed House Bill 60. HB 60 allows a law-abiding adult to carry a concealed firearm in the State of Utah without first obtaining government permission, while keeping the existing Concealed Firearm Permit (CFP) system intact. This is the number one priority for NRA in Utah, which will hopefully join 16 other states in allowing permitless carry.
Vortex Optics has surprised the shooting industry by unveiling 4 new tripod models for 2021 to make glassing for game and shooting much more stable. There is a bit of a misconception (partially) within the shooting community where some firearm owners think tripods are only meant for photography while others understand the value and merits of utilizing them for hunting and shooting. The ability to more comfortably glass for game, shoot more stably on rough terrain, and watch impacts on targets at long distances are all phenomenal examples of how to deploy a tripod to your benefit. With Vortex Optics rolling out 4 new models of tripods we will jump right in and show you what they are all about.
The NEW High Country II tripod from Vortex Optics will be their most affordable option with an MSRP of $299.99 which includes a few accessories listed below. It is a lightweight aluminum construction with a 2-way pan head design that supports the Arca-Swiss system. Vortex Optics gives a better explanation of the High Country II tripod in their Press Release statement below:
“Need a tripod with the ideal combination of stability and packability? The High Country II delivers, with a machined aluminum design offering outstanding durability in a lightweight package. In-the-field adjustments are smooth and precise, thanks to a 2-way Pan Head, and you can switch out your long range tools with ease, thanks to the Arca-Swiss compatible quick-release system. Whether you’re working grasslands, forests, or mountains, the High Country II is rock-solid on any surface, with rubber feet for a non-slip grip. For reliable, packable performance, grab a High Country II and take the high ground with you.“
The Vortex Optics Summit Carbon II tripod is the smallest, or most compact, offering to come out where it weighs a totable 2.5 pounds. If someone is looking for the stability of a shooting tripod, but don’t want to burden themselves with a lot of extra weight then this is the tripod for you. The MSRP is $549.99 for the Summit Carbon II and Vortex Optics expands on what this little tripod is all about in their Press Release statement below:
“When every ounce in your pack out counts, count on the Summit Carbon II to keep you moving without sacrificing stability. Carbon fiber construction keeps it light and strong, while the four leg sections provide the ultimate in packability, letting the Summit Carbon II collapse to a smaller size, yet still go tall enough to get you the height you need. To cut down on weight even more, Summit Carbon II comes with a detachable center column to go taller when you need it and stow away for lower viewing and packability when you don’t. Make light work of your next adventure with Summit Carbon II.“
The claim-to-fame for the Ridgeview Carbon tripod model is that it is Vortex Optics’ tallest tripod out of the 4 new models being introduced. Of course, it is also lightweight being fabricated from carbon fiber as well. The MSRP of $649.99 puts it right in the middle as well for an asking price. A more in-depth explanation can be had through Vortex’s Press Release statement below:
“Ridgeview Carbon raises your long-range tools to new heights without sacrificing stability or strength. Our tallest tripod, the Ridgeview Carbon is perfect for stand-up glassing, and its built on a carbon frame for higher performance at higher heights. Adjustments are smooth and precise, thanks to a 2-way Pan Head, and you can quickly switch out your long-range tools with the Arca-Swiss compatible quick release system. When you need stability and strength you can stand behind, put Ridgeview Carbon in your pack.“
The most expensive tripod that Vortex Optics is unveiling is their Radian Carbon that comes in 2 different configurations. One has an MSRP of $1,099.99 for the Leveling Head version and an MSRP of $1,199.99 for the Ball Head variant. This model boasts the heaviest load bearing weight, is carbon fiber, and affords you the most freedom of movement out of all of the new tripod models. Vortex elaborates upon it more below:
“There’s no way something this precise should be this tough, but the Radian Carbon changes the rules when it comes to getting the utmost finesse out of a rock-solid platform. Fully carbon fiber legs and aluminum construction make for an extremely high strength-to-weight ratio, supporting heavy loads while keeping the Radian Carbon easy to pack. Along with great strength, you get great precision with an integrated level. Choose between a ball head or a leveling head so you can swap out all your long-range tools quickly with the features you need, including Arca-Swiss compatibility and quick release. Whether you’re calling shots, or looking for a solid base for your rifle, the Radian Carbon makes sure you’re ready.“
All of the tripods listed here today have Vortex’s VIP Lifetime Warranty where under any circumstance they stand behind you and will replace or repair your product. This is pretty exciting news to see a mainstream, household brand like Vortex Optics carrying tripods because it brings them centerstage into the shooting community and shines more light on exactly how valuable they are. I honestly would contemplate buying one of the more affordable options to learn and become more well-versed in tripod shooting. Would you? As always, let us know all of your thoughts in the Comments below! We always appreciate your feedback.
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Not satisfied with the infringements from last year, gun ban advocates are now going after private property rights. In an interview, Lori Haas of the so-called Coalition to Stop Gun Violence said that she plans to push for legislation to ban firearms from all polling locations and to make Capitol Square a permanent gun-free zone.
Vortex Optics has outdone themselves again by introducing the vastly improved Spitfire HD Gen II 3x and 5x Prism scopes for sporting rifles. Now the Spitfire HD Gen II is night vision compatible giving these prism scopes additional utility for hunters who might be chasing varmints, predators, and/or wild pigs in the night. The “HD” of the name also informs us that these two new offerings will be some of the highest definition prism optics they have produced to date. Some of the features for the Spitfire HD Gen II as well as the contents they ship with can be read below as presented by Vortex Optics:
The price-points that we are looking at for the Spitfire HD Gen II 3x and 5x Prism scopes are $549.99 and $649.99 respectively. They also carry Vortex’s VIP Lifetime Warranty in the rare event you should ever need service work or an optic replaced. With the always robust and durable nature of Vortex products coupled with the rubber lens covers they ship with it is fairly unlikely users will ever need to activate that warranty. Vortex provides additional reasons for shooters to add these optics to their arsenal through their Press Release below:
“Leaner, meaner, and featuring a redesigned HD optical system for a significantly smaller, lighter tactical solution, the new Spitfire HD Gen II 3x and 5x models let you choose your ideal mounting height while cutting inches and ounces off the original platform. Now with night vision compatibility, it’s a shooter’s dream come true, running on a BDC-style reticle designed to subtend with most popular 5.56 cartridges for quick holdovers at known distances to keep you locked on target. Plus, the prism design and etched reticle give you ultra-fast target while still functioning without illumination, and the turrets are exposed no more caps, no more snags. Admit it. You’re already picturing one on your go-to rifle.“
With the multiple included mounts – lower 1/3 co-witness and low mount – that these new Gen II prism scopes ship with, the Spitfire HD Gen II looks to authentically be a great new choice for hunters who may want to pursue game during both the day and night. The final question that remains is what does the market think? Is this something you would be willing to invest in? As always, let us know all of your thoughts in the Comments below! We always appreciate your feedback.
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New to the binocular lineup from Vortex Optics is the Fury HD 5000 AB. These binoculars come equipped with a laser rangefinder, incorporating two very important features in the long-range shooting and hunting worlds: magnification and the ability to quickly determine your distance from the target. It’s smart combining your binocular with your rangefinder, letting you […]
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Federal Premium Ammunition announced on January 04 the impending release of a number of new chamberings in existing product lines. The company is still fulfilling 2020 orders, so look for a slow release of the new ammunition from now through summer.
New ammo for both long guns and handguns was announced. They aren’t listed on the Federal website just yet. Here is a look at the handgun-specific product line additions that will soon be available to order or purchase from store shelves.
These defensive loads are designed to penetrate to and beyond the FBI-recommended 12 inches on gel tests. The new loads feature an improved center core and reliable primers.
MSRP per box of 20: $25.99 for 380 ACP; $31.99 for 38 Spl +P.
The open-minded folks at Federal listened to the segment of the market that, for their own valid reasons, use 22LR as a self-defense round. This new addition to the Punch line seeks to get the most out of these little bullets.
In 22LR, the Punch round uses a 29-grain lead core bullet that achieves velocities of 1,070 fps through 2-inch barrel handguns and 1,650 fps out of 24-inch rifle barrels. It’s nickel-plated for smooth extraction. Bullet configuration is made to optimize penetration when fired from short barrels. Look for boxes of 50 for $9.99.
A 10mm addition was made to the Punch lineup, too. Its hefty 200-grain, jacketed hollow point bullet traveled at 1,100 fps in testing. Its case is nickel-plated brass with a primer seal. Price: $30.99 for a 20-round box.
Swift A-Frame 327 Federal and 10mm Auto
Hunters were not forgotten in this product release. Two new additions to the Swift A-Frame line are suited for medium and large game. According to the Federal Premium press release, “the bullet’s bonded front half expands consistently across a broad velocity range, while the back half remains intact for deep penetration.”
The 327 Federal load is 100 grains. In 10mm Auto, the grain weight is 200. This specialty round has a “specially formulated propellant” and high-performance primers. A premium round is priced accordingly. Look for 20-round boxes of 327 Federal to be priced at $48.99. The same size 10mm Auto MSRP is $54.99.
Syntech 380 Auto, 38 Special, and 10mm Auto
For plinking and competition, the clean-burning, synthetic-jacketed, lead-free primer Syntech rounds are hard to beat. They’re competitively priced and safer to shoot on steel targets, making them desirable for range days.
New to the line are 95-grain 380 Auto, 148-grain 38 Special, and 205-grain 10mm choices. All carry the “TSJ,” or total synthetic jacket designation. The new Syntech selections are packaged in 50-roud boxes priced at $30.99 for 380 and 38 Special, or $36.99 for 10mm Auto.
Factory reps from Federal Premium have already publicized the company’s full-bore effort to get ammo out the door and into consumers’ hands at the end of 2020. While some delays can be expected in getting these new editions to market, it’s still exciting to know that more useful ammo choices are on the way.
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There are many types of optics on the market. While some companies focus on perfecting one, Vortex Optics has been running the gamut, while still striving for the same level of perfection. Here we have another example of just that. Applying some updates, Vortex Optics has just released the new Spitfire HD Gen II 3x & […]
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Today, during the first week of Indiana’s 2021 legislative session, Representatives Ben Smaltz, Matthew Lehman, and Timothy Wesco introduced House Bill 1369, to improve the ability of law-abiding citizens to defend themselves and their loved ones.
(Image: Screenshot from ‘drop deer instantly’ video)
When you’re hunting, you should strive for a clean kill — period. And like any hunter who has spent a lot of time out there killing whitetail deer, I have seen my share of tough recoveries as well as clean kills. I have shot deer in many different locations and situations, including head shots, neck shots, lung shots, heart shots, chest shots (deer facing me head-on), and numerous shoulder shots from high to low.
The one “drop deer instantly” shot that provides the best margin for error — because if you have never screwed up, you haven’t hunted much — is the high shoulder shot.
This past year, I had a stellar deer season, taking my two biggest bucks on consecutive mornings as well as two large mature does. All of them fell instantly; two from straight-on center-chest shots and two to broadside high shoulder shots.
I mentioned “margin for error” for a reason; if you aim for a medium-to-high shoulder shot, your bullet will penetrate the vitals and effectively harvest a deer even if it doesn’t hit the shoulder blade. There are many ways to screw up while hunting, and I’ve found many of them over the years — but by sticking with high-percentage shot placement, I have recovered 69 of the 71 deer I have hit. Neck and head shots are low-percentage shots (any small variation between point of aim and point of impact can mean a poor hit and a lost deer) and shouldn’t be relied upon.
For those who complain that shoulder shots waste meat, I simply reply I’d rather lose a couple pounds of meat than make an animal suffer and/or lose it entirely.
In the video below, Daniel E. Schmidt of Deer & Deer Hunting provides an anatomy lesson to explain just why the high shoulder shot works as well as it does. Early on, he states that a shot through the network of nerves known as the brachial plexus will instantly kill the deer:
“If you can disrupt that brachial plexus with the force of a bullet, that trauma basically will render that deer dead immediately.”
Yeah, nope. I mean, not always. A high shoulder shot will always drop deer instantly, but it will not always kill it instantly. I cite the 200-pound buck I clobbered broadside this past October, running a 165-grain Sierra GameKing bullet through his high shoulder at a range of 105 yards. He most certainly dropped instantly and was unable to go anywhere, but I did have to finish him off as he was still alive 20 minutes after the initial shot.
Back to the video: He says to think of the high shoulder as a “breaker box” where several major nerves come together; clobber that breaker box and you turn off the animal’s lights.
From my own observation I can attest that bits of shoulder bone add to the “shock wave” of the wound channel, and a bullet through the spine (which is right behind the shoulder blade) will always lay one down in its tracks.
And yeah, at 3:23 a gun’s barrel is shown being rested on the side of a stand before taking a shot; this is poor practice and I don’t recommend it. You should never rest a gun’s barrel while taking a shot; rest the stock instead. Aside from that, this video contains good info that any ethical deer hunter can appreciate.
It’s also nice and short; 4.5 minutes of informative video followed by 3 minutes of crossbow advertising.
Check it out, and let us know what you think in the comments below.
(Image: Screenshot from Tarn pistol video)
Way back when World War 2 was in its final days, our British buddies across the pond were trying to develop a decent pistol. Thanks to their lame policies on handguns among their populace, during the war the UK literally begged Americans to send their own privately-owned handguns across the Atlantic to help them fight the war… but that’s a subject for another day. Today, we join Ian as he looks over an experimental Tarn 9mm pistol.
In the intro, we learn the Tarn was conjured up by a Polish gun designer residing in the UK, and although it was kept simple, it didn’t even come close to being officially adopted by the British government. Heck, Ian goes so far as to call it terrible!
It looks a bit like a 1911 in overall shape and size, but because Europeans have long been deeply in love with the 9mm Luger, the Tarn was chambered for that cartridge.
Where did the name come from? The stamping on the left side of the slide is “TARN.” and that period suggests it’s an abbreviation for something, but Ian wonders what in tarnation that could be… until a knowledgeable commenter provides him with the information that the pistol was created by Teofil Tarnowski, therefore TARN. is an abbreviation of the designer’s surname.
It’s striker fired pistol, operated by blowback — and it’s a lot heavier than a 1911. And I can’t say I am a fan of the heel-type magazine release… actually, I kinda hate those.
We hear some of the results of the testing of the gun, and none of it is encouraging. The gun is heavy, with the recoil spring smooshed down to half its length just to assemble the pistol, and the testers also added that “the general arrangement of the safety and hammer axis is poor and requires a great deal of care in assembly to ensure that both… are operative.”
During shooting, they found the fired rounds to be “very violent,” whatever that means. Worse, cocking or recocking the pistol in the event of a misfire is “extremely difficult” and “accuracy was of a low standard.”
I totally don’t want a Tarn pistol now. You?
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The holster – where your gun is most likely going to stay most of the time when it’s outside the safe. It’s therefore quite important that you buy a holster that is made for your needs, and something you feel comfortable and overall happy with. If you compete in shooting sports you also know that […]
TrueTimber Neck Gaiters come in a variety of colors; Rift/Drizzle shown here (Image © TrueTimber)
TrueTimber has become a major mover in the camo world and they’re wasting no time in 2021, announcing the availability of some cool-looking neck gaiters designed for fishermen. These poly/Spandex gaiters are designed to protect one’s face and neck while fishing, but of course they could be used in any number of applications, from mowing or bushhogging to simply walking into a local store without being hassled for having an uncovered face.
I added that last bit… TrueTimber doesn’t market these as face covers, but if particle masks suffice I don’t see why these shouldn’t qualify.
Anyhow, they look pretty great from here and if you don’t like camo, they have some solid color options as well. Here’s the press release… I’m thinking of getting some of these to use while mowing or running a tractor here in the sunny South.
TrueTimber® Neck Gaiters Now Available in Multiple TrueTimber Camo Patterns
INMAN, S.C. – January 5, 2020 – TrueTimber has announced neck gaiters are now available for purchase from the TrueTimber online store. The new selection of neck gaiters is available in multiple TrueTimber camo patterns and color combinations including solid colors. Perfect for keeping the sun, wind, dust, and other light debris off the face and neck, TrueTimber neck gaiters are versatile and lightweight enough to be used for year-round protection.
“We have spent a lot of time developing and expanding our fishing line and we are thrilled about these neck gaiters,” said TrueTimber CEO Rusty Sellars. “They are perfect for all kinds of outdoor adventures and give users a serious advantage against the elements. The lightweight construction and comfortable nature of these makes them a great addition to any fishing wardrobe.”
TrueTimber Neck Gaiters
TrueTimber neck gaiters are constructed of a 90% polyester, 10% spandex blend making them very lightweight and comfortable with four-way stretch capabilities. Mesh over the nose and mouth increases breathability for even the hottest days. TrueTimber neck gaiters are available in eight color and camo combinations including TrueTimber Viper Urban, Rift, and Tundra camo patterns.
MSRP $14.99 (priced $12.99 at press time).
To learn more about the entire TrueTimber product line and see all available patterns, visit TrueTimber.com.
Founded in 2005, TrueTimber is based in Inman, South Carolina and is the most realistic, performance-driven camouflage brand in the industry. TrueTimber offers a wide variety of clothing items and accessories, featuring 27 distinct camo patterns that perfectly blend with their surroundings. The company spends countless hours researching, testing and seeking new technology to produce the most effective and lifelike camouflage patterns possible. TrueTimber products can be found in retailers across the United States and Canada, and it continues to be one of the fastest growing camouflage companies in the world. For more information about TrueTimber, visit TrueTimber.com.
Check ’em out… they look pretty tough from here.
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Do you love red dots? Are you sick of those pesky batteries? Vortex is! If you’re familiar with the Vortex SPARC AR, the new Vortex SPARC SOLAR Red Dot is a no-brainer. A clear next step, the SPARC SOLAR harnesses the power of our closest star, giving your battery a rest when it’s not needed. […]
Binoculars have fully jumped into the 21st century by blending technologies from multiple sources to give hunters and long-range shooters the edge of a lifetime. You now have range-finding capabilities, the ability to input wind speeds, pairing with Kestrel products, and the Applied Ballistics Elite Solver app – all in one binocular. It does nearly everything except make you coffee in the morning. All of the features and benefits to the New Fury HD 5000 AB binocular with Applied Ballistics Elite Solver can be read below as presented by Vortex Optics:
The MSRP is currently $1,999.99 for a pair of these binoculars which is definitely not cheap by any means, but shooters and hunters will need to bear in mind that you are receiving a whole host of tools neatly bundled into one. Also, like all Vortex Optics products, these binoculars carry the VIP Lifetime Warranty in the rare event you run over your binos or they fall down the side of a mountain. Vortex Optics goes on to explain these new, high-end binoculars a little further in their Press Release statement below:
“Carrying your binos and rangefinder in one package is smart. What’s smarter? The next generation Fury HD 5000 AB. This rangefinding binocular takes the guess work out of dialing long-range shots with in-display ballistic data and built-in environmental sensors, which means less time calculating ballistics and more time putting rounds down range. With the Applied Ballistics® Elite solver built right in, you can pair with the Fury HD App to create custom ballistic profiles, and with popular Kestrel® and Applied Ballistics® Garmin® devices for the ultimate in real-time precision. Put simply, it’s a smarter way to shoot.“
While the $2K asking price for the Fury HD 5000 AB binoculars with Applied Ballistics Elite Solver might scare some consumers away, these binos authentically boast a lot of tech and value in an extremely small package. As opposed to hauling multiple shooting items to the range or field with you, you can now carry less and accomplish more. The true question that needs to be answered though is what do you think? Could you find value in these binoculars? Would you be willing to pay the $2K asking price? As always, let us know all of your thoughts in the Comments below! We always appreciate your feedback.
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Some price increases are coming to the ammunition market from some of your favorite ammunition manufacturers. The 2021 price increases are coming directly from Federal, CCI, and Speer ammunition as indicated by a letter that was put out by Vista Outdoors on the 4th of January. 2021 Price Increases for Federal, CCI, and Speer Ammunition […]
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In this episode of TFBTV, James runs a Glock 43 + Glock 48 experiment: Does mating a Glock 43 frame with a Glock 48 upper give you Glock 19 performance with Glock 43 concealability? Watch today’s video to find out. ««« GUN AND GEAR GIVEAWAYS »»» PLEASE check out our Patreon and Subscribe Star pages […]
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When I posted my video last week about some of the problems with museum firearms collections, I touched on issues that Danny Michael and Ashley Hlebinsky deal with on a daily basis. They invited me onto their weekly podcast to discuss the subject, and we decided to record the discussion on video as well.
I’d like to apologize to the staff of the UK National Firearms Centre; they have all been extremely gracious and helpful to me despite the bureaucratic overhead they have to navigate. I would also like to highlight the efforts of Mathieu Willemsen at the Nationaal Militair Museum in the Netherlands for doing a great job of balancing the general interest and specialist accommodations of his museum, and having the time to publish books and articles on their collection at the same time. His is an excellent example for other museums to emulate!
If you enjoy listening to Danny and Ashley, make sure to check out the other episodes of History Unloaded. And hey, if you do have that $3 million check ready to endow a staff researcher position at Cody, Danny would love to hear from you at DannyM@centerofthewest.org !
Today, we will walk you through the elaborate process of installing an Apex Tactical Action Enhancement Trigger into a Springfield Armory Hellcat. This should not only improve your Hellcat’s trigger pull, but also help you become more deeply familiarized with your pistol’s internal workings. Full disclosure, I am not a gunsmith and I do not moonlight […]
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Since 2014, TFB has been publishing the Photo Of The Day (POTD) series of daily articles and many great photos and stories have passed over the years. Today we have a mixture of firearms from Italy: The Beretta 1301 Tactical Gen2 in 12 gauge and the Beretta APX in 9×19 mm, all in FDE. Schrombo, the […]
When taking a look at handguns for concealed carry, there are a few options most people will go towards. Most individuals will pick a semi-auto to carry daily and call it a day. Even though those are great options for the majority of situations, there are a number of places around the country where some […]
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Last week, Representative Richard Hudson (R-NC) reintroduced H.R. 38, the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act, which would give more meaningful effect to those rights by ensuring they stay intact as travelers crossed state lines.
President-elect Joe Biden announced he will nominate U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit Judge Merrick Garland for Attorney General. Biden’s choice of a noted Second Amendment opponent to lead the Department of Justice is an overt assault on gun rights and gun owners.
Vortex Optics might be making it rain with new products, but they are fully utilizing the power of the sun with one of their newest offerings. Vortex Optics has taken their Sparc Red Dot optic for shotguns, carbines, and modern sporting rifles and given it the power of the sun. They now have announced their New Sparc Solar Red Dot that boasts an insane 150,000 hour battery life (17+ Years) by utilizing both solar power and an actual CR2032 battery. The new tech built into this improved Sparc Solar will absolutely garner attention throughout 2021. Some of the highlights of the features can be read below as presented by Vortex Optics:
The previously stated battery life is not a typo. This dual solar/battery powered red dot optic has quite possibly the greatest battery life of any red dot optic on the market – by a long margin. The Sparc Solar’s Auto D-TEC technology automatically switches from solar to battery power when the sun can’t power the dot. It also features 10 daytime and 2 nighttime illumination settings with a 2 MOA dot size. For those who might be curious “What’s in the Box” with this product, it is as follows:
With the solar technology, multiple mounts to accommodate varying heights desired by shooters, and the Vortex VIP Lifetime Warranty you have a definite winner with the Sparc Solar if you are willing to pay the $399 MSRP asking price. With most Vortex Optics products they abound with features and benefits – like a laundry list – and this optic fits into that same category with 12 additional talking points:
The firearm industry has no end to the amount of red dots available for shooters to choose from, but it appears Vortex Optics has brought us something authentically ingenious with this compact solar powered red dot. I own quite a few Vortex optics personally and genuinely love them. It will be interesting to see the popularity of this new offering throughout 2021. What do you think? Would you purchase one? As always, let us know all of your thoughts in the Comments below! We appreciate your feedback.
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The .224 Valkyrie cartridge has been around for a few years now to give distance shooters a smaller cartridge offering in the MSR (modern sporting rifle) platform to compete with all of the larger cartridge AR-10 shooters. To feed that niche of long-range shooting, Federal Premium has debuted NEW Gold Medal Sierra Tipped Matchking ammunition […]
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As challenges across the country continue, many state legislatures are gearing up for active sessions. Several state legislatures have commenced their 2021 legislative sessions, or will be starting their sessions in the coming days. Your NRA-ILA team will be actively engaged in every state capital this year.
Gun Owners of America (GOA) is warning Floridians about a radical new anti gun bill just introduced in the Florida state senate, designated SB 186 and masquerading as “an act relating to domestic violence.”
Rather than preventing domestic/dating violence or enabling its victims to protect themselves, SB 186 instead allows — nay, mandates — that anyone convicted of misdemeanor domestic violence must have all of his or her firearms and ammunition stolen by government authorities, and further bars that person from owning or possessing firearms and ammunition!
GOA also warns that a midnight raid to seize guns & ammo could occur without any arrest or other due process.
The GOA call to action is to contact Wilton Simpson, president of the Florida Senate and ask him to ensure SB 186 doesn’t get a committee hearing; allowing it to essentially “die on the vine.” Click here to contact Senator Simpson via email. You can edit the message before sending it; I did.
GOA Florida Director Luis Valdes has this to say in warning about anti gun bill SB 186:
Introduced by Sen. Lori Berman (D-31st District of Palm Beach County), it is a wicked piece of legislation wrapped up in a false lie of security.
Titled “Domestic Violence,” this bill does nothing of the sort to stop such heinous crime or empower the victims of domestic violence to fight back against their attackers. No, instead this bill looks to strip the rights of honest Floridians with the support of flimsy accusation by an embittered ex-partners.
Section 1 of SB 186 mandates the seizure of all firearms and ammunition from any person who is accused of domestic or dating violence. Particularly with respect to the dating violence issue, this statute goes far beyond federal law, and dramatically expands the class of embittered acquaintances who could bring charges which would result in the permanent suspension of Second Amendment rights.
The bill makes clear that a person’s guns can be ordered seized on the basis of an ex parte hearing — that is, a hearing where only the accuser gets to present evidence to the judge.
Yes, you read right, an ex parte hearing can strip someone of their Second Amendment rights without the accused getting their day in court. The Fifth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution protects the right of the accused to get “due process” and defend themselves in court. But SB 186 runs totally contrary to that.
This bill also makes clear that the firearms are to be seized upon the service of the court’s order. This means that the 3 a.m. knock on the door can expand to whatever raid is necessary to achieve that purpose — and to whatever force is necessary to achieve the purpose.
Finally, if the raid doesn’t result in the seizure of every gun which the angry “ex” suspects is in the person’s possession, they may file an unsubstantiated affidavit in an ex parte proceeding which precipitates a subsequent middle-of-the-night raid.
All Floridians should strongly oppose this anti gun bill, and urge Wilton Simpson to kill it before it grows.
Please do take action, folks… after all, it’s been less than two years since the Republicans in Florida’s government passed sweeping gun control including “Red flag” laws which have led to the theft of guns from thousands of Florida citizens without due process. It is our duty to oppose this new anti gun bill while urging our state congress to repeal the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act.
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Heritage Manufacturing has added a new compact rimfire revolver to their line of small bore wheelguns. The new model is dubbed Barkeep. I assume it has a special significance for the company as this little six shooter has a dedicated website aside from being listed on Heritage Manufacturing’s website. Let’s see what features the Heritage Manufacturing Barkeep […]
In a move that just might mark the dawn of a new age of very compact red dot carry optics, Leupold, of Oregon, announced on January 04 its new Delta Point Micro, also called DP-Micro. This is a red dot intended to be mounted on the slide of a pistol.
This radically different optic is made to conceal. It’s set low on the slide, with a base made for mounting into the rear sight dovetail after a mounting plate is inserted. Two screws secure the sight to the mounting plate, and thus to the slide.
The low-profile dot aligns with the front sight, thus overcoming another common complaint about transitioning to a red dot—the shooter must learn a new sight plane for a high-set optic. Not so with the Delta Point Micro, which maintains the same height as the original rear iron sight. It has a 3 MOA dot.
It’s powered by a CR1632 battery, promising 3.5 years of continuous use on the medium-bright setting. Leupold applied motion detection technology to the DP-Micro. It shuts off automatically after five minutes of stillness, but activates when motion is detected. If the battery fails, the design of the optic serves as a backup sight. The lens aperture can be used like a ghost ring, with the front sight centered in its lower third, as well as aligning two milled holes on the sight.
Leupold used no-glare coating along with glass that’s touted as having excellent light transmission and little to no color distortion. The lens is treated for scratch resistance. The optic is waterproof and fogproof. The fully enclosed LED should be impervious to dirt and other contaminants. A tough housing aids in impact protection.
The sight is 2.25 inches long and 1.25 inches tall. The weight is only 1.1 ounces.
The first run of Delta Point Micros will fit Smith & Wesson’s M&P series guns as well as non-MOS Glocks. No word yet on what models will follow.
Leupold has posted an installation video on their website. This appears to be a beginner-friendly gunsmithing job, assuming one has the proper tools and know-how. The video does recommend installation by a pro. A user manual appears on the website, too.
There’s a zeroing video on the site, too. A hex wrench (provided) is needed to adjust elevation and windage. Adjustment screws are located on the left side of the housing.
Current price for both the Glock and M&P DP-Micros is the same: $519.99.
The DP-Micro represents a big step in the direction of optics companies meeting consumer demand by making an optic that’s built for concealed carry from the ground up.
I noticed he stopped sending emails a few months ago, and did not reply when I tried to reach him. I kept searching. This is all I can find on him. The Deming, New Mexico funeral home didn't know what got him, just recalled that no one attended his services.
We'd been in communication since the days of usenet and talk.politics.guns, in the early days of the internet. He made a couple of custom knives for me, and they are beauties. He was an expert in the martial arts, had once gone up against Bruce Lee's sparring partner, who said "compared to you, Bruce was a little stiff." (He didn't like that repeated, made him sound boastful, but now I can say it).
(Image: Screenshot from toy gun buyback video)
In a move purportedly designed “to teach youths that toy guns can be mistaken for real ones” but which could easily be seen as just another attempt to demonize firearms, wealthy activist Jean Shafiroff, founder of the New York Gun Exchange Program, reportedly donated toys to be used in a toy gun buyback event shortly before Christmas.
The toy gun buyback collected “about 100 toy guns” which were exchanged for “less provocative alternatives.” This is the fifth year of the gun-glomming program, which took place at Hempstead Village’s Brierley Park.
LaMont Johnson, a village trustee and school board president, said Monday marked the fifth year the event was held in Hempstead. Johnson said it’s important for children to learn at a young age the dangers of real guns.
“We don’t want a police officer to mistake a toy gun for a real gun. … Guns are for adults who are licensed. They are not for little kids.”
As if to attest that she is more interested in eliminating firearms than in making kids safe — which could be much better accomplished by teaching children about gun safety via NSSF and 4H programs, among others — Shafiroff is quoted as saying she feels good about taking the toy guns out of children’s hands, because they are “symbol[s] of violence.”
The goal of eliminating accidental deaths is good, of course… and we have all heard about police officers shooting children because they were holding toy guns. Will this toy gun buyback prevent further incidents of that kind? Some people think so.
Hempstead Mayor Don Ryan said preventing accidental shootings is one reason why the toy gun exchange is a critical event. He said toy guns, even if they look harmless, can be dangerous.
“We know the young people have play guns,” Ryan said. “Unfortunately, sometimes, in certain settings, people don’t realize they are play guns. And it can cause just as much chaos, confusion, and … even death. It’s frightening.”
Personally, I think it’s part of the long-running anti-gun propaganda campaign against firearms and firearms ownership. Change my mind?
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BULLMANN Tactical GmbH from Germany is offering a new Glock Trigger Safety. I first thought this product was intended to be used like a holster, but if seems that this bikini-style cover is intended as a safety device. The product has two wings that click into place encapsulating the trigger guard of the Glock. You […]
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Writer David Freeman at American Handgunner has postulated that “shooting is a perishable skill.” Indeed it is. Like staying on top of your game of golf, tennis, crossword puzzles, snag catching salmon on the Kenai, or other such life tasks, if you don’t keep doing it on a regular basis you are likely to forget how, or at least get real bad at it.
You know the line “If you don’t use it, you lose it.” That goes for onions left in the bottom drawer of the food pantry, or a pound of burger hiding behind the butter in the fridge. It also counts big time for shooting skills.
Shooting very well takes time and effort. Even if you do the right thing by taking a shooting course as a beginner to learn how to shoot correctly or advanced training to upgrade your shooting skills, you have to maintain an active regimen of practice so the skills are not dulled or lost altogether.
Shooting is not like riding a bike. You can let that bike rust up in the garage, then ten years later dust it off, air up the tires, and ride it down the driveway. Shooting any gun, rifle, shotgun, or particularly a handgun is not like that. When you learn to shoot a gun properly the first time, you learn a lot of coordination, mind and muscle skills that have to be maintained.
Shouldering a long run or gripping a pistol is more than just picking it up and holding on. Think about the breathing sequences you learn to adopt to shoot a rifle or handgun well. Getting those crosshairs to hold still on a way out there target is actually a learned skill. And it takes a while and a lot of ammo to get it right.
Consider trigger control for any gun but more precisely for a handgun. Positioning the trigger finger pad on the trigger has to be properly taught, and continually practiced to implant the skill into your physical and mental databank. Eventually it will become second nature for most people that practice and shoot regularly.
Shooting practice is paramount to attaining and retaining the skills to shoot well, so this “perishable skill” doesn’t perish. Without regular updating at the range with some formal and informal shooting, those hard earned shooting skills can easily go dormant or lost altogether. It’s too big an investment in time, energy and money to waste it away by a lack of use.
The German Short Range Sniper Rifle (G26) tender was cancelled and rescheduled a few months ago, but that hasn’t stopped the Federal Office responsible for the Bundeswehr equipment procurement (BAAINBw) to place an order with the riflescope specialist Schmidt & Bender. The order was placed on December 28, 2020, and there were two companies fighting […]
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CZ-USA continue their focus on the competitive shooting market with a new competition pistol, the Tactical Sport 2 (TS2). The new pistol was announced in Europe in November and is now available in the US. Designed with IPSC, USPSA, 3-Gun and Steel Challenge shooters in mind, the TS2 has a steel frame, aluminium grip panels and a […]
The Austro-Hungarian Empire went into World War One with the Steyr M95 straight-pull rifle as its standard infantry arm. Heavy losses in just the first few months of the war made it clear that the existing stockpiles of those M95 rifles would not suffice, however. Older guns were pulled out of inventory, including Werndl and early straight pull rifles of the M88 and M88/90 patterns. These rifles had been designed around a black powder 8mm cartridge, and by 1915 many had heavily corroded bores. Some of these were rebarreled for active service using new rear sights of the M95 type – and thus we get the M88/95 pattern (this is a collector designation, not an official Austro-Hungarian one).
In addition to the rear sight and new barrel, it appears that these rifles were also fitted with upper handguards held in place by spring clips. Those hand guards are often missing, including on this example and every other one I saw that was imported from Ethiopia.
Thanks to InterOrdnance and Royal Tiger Imports for providing this rifle for filming!
Ammunition is not only hard to come by these days but it is also extremely overpriced due to the numerous surrounding factors of this whirlwind of a year. While deals can be found here and there, it seems that for the time being, we are stuck with some grossly overinflated prices when it comes to […]
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In today’s Photo Of The Day we take a closer look at a group of U.S. Marine Corps infantry riflemen with 1st Battalion, 25th Marine Regiment, 4th Marine Division as they participate in an Integrated Training Exercise called 5-19. Location: Twentynine Palms, California, in the year 2019. ITX 5-19 was a live-fire and maneuver combined arms exercise designed […]
In this week’s Wheelgun Wednesday we will walk you down memory lane with a short synopsis of TFB’s coverage of the Chiappa Rhino over the past 11 years it has been in existence, and also cover Chiappa’s NEW Charging Rhino Gen II 60DS revolver chambered in 9mm. Chiappa Firearms and their lineup of Rhino revolvers […]
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When it comes to long-range .22 caliber rifle cartridges the typical podium finishers are always .223 Remington and .22-250 Remington. A new player to the game recently has been the Valkyrie round introduced by Federal Premium in the past couple years. Federal Premium has given Valkyrie owners something new to gush over with their Gold Medal Sierra Tipped Matchking 224 Valkyrie ammunition. The Sierra Tipped Matchking is easily Sierra’s best projectile and now it will be unleashed via the Valkyrie courtesy of Federal Premium. All of the specifications for this new ammunition can be read below as presented by Federal:
This new offering of Valkyrie ammunition comes in standard 20-count packaging with a factory MSRP of $36.99 each. With the Valkyrie being out on the market for a few years now there are quite a few offerings of boutique bolt-action and modern sporting rifles for shooters to choose from. Federal Premium gives a further explanation of their ammunition and what it offers to current and potential shooters in the Press Release statement below:
“Watch your name climb the leaderboard with the new Gold Medal® Sierra® Tipped MatchKing®. The bullet is built like the original MatchKing, with a streamlined profile, optimized boat-tail and concentric jacket, but its polymer tip reduces drag, boosts ballistic coefficient and improves feeding in magazine-fed firearms. Now available in 77-grain 224 Valkyrie.“
I am not one of the new, cool firearm owners who has a .224 Valkyrie in my safe, but the cartridge is definitely intriguing with its long bullet profile and fast velocity. For everyone in the reading audience, do you own a Valkyrie rifle? Would you be willing to feed your firearm with some of this ammunition? As always, let us know all of your thoughts in the Comments below! We always appreciate your feedback.
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One of the most popular firearms to come from Angstadt Arms is their 9mm UDP-9 AR pistol. The pistol comes equipped with all the features that make the AR-15 so easily customizable. Coating your AR, however, takes a certain degree of skill and patience not held by many of us. Angstadt Arms went ahead and […]
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Savage Arms has been around for a while now — 127 years to be exact, having been founded in 1894. I have owned and used Savage rifles for many years in the hunting field. So when Savage recently introduced a new straight-pull bolt action rifle, I think it’s worth paying attention to. In the following press release just out from Savage, the company describes the new Savage IMPULSE straight pull bolt rifle, the only such bolt action built in the USA.
Savage Arms, makers of the most trusted hunting and target rifles in the United States, is proud to introduce IMPULSE. The new American-made rifles feature a unique straight-pull action that refines the basic function of the conventional bolt into one fast and intuitive movement. The key to IMPULSE’s lightning-fast functionality is the new action, which is built around Hexlock, a robust lockup that allows for IMPULSE’s reliability, speed, safety and accuracy.
“IMPULSE will redefine the way you think about straight-pull rifles,” said Al Kasper, President and CEO of Savage Arms. “We’ve studied more than a century’s worth of straight-pull actions and kept running up against the same conundrum; straight pull actions are fast, but they don’t inspire confidence. Speed means nothing if you can’t hit what you’re aiming at. IMPULSE changes that. We’ve brought our tradition of accuracy into the mix to make the fastest, most accurate straight-pull rifles ever built.”
IMPULSE rifles are built for speed. The smooth bolt throw allows a shooter to cycle rounds intuitively, without the need for the standard four changes-of-direction common to a conventional bolt’s path-of-travel. When every second counts, IMPULSE reduces split times and allows for a shooter to manipulate the bolt without losing their cheek weld. The bolt travels out and back and shooters don’t have to take their eyes off the target. This increase in speed is essential to making effective follow-up shots.
At the heart of IMPULSE’s bolt is Hexlock. Six hardened steel bearings lock the bolt in place inside the receiver’s barrel extension. As pressure increases, Hexlock’s hold tightens, ensuring that there can be no rearward movement of the bolt. Once the round has left the barrel, the pressure subsides, and the action can safely open again with the straight pull of the bolt handle.
In addition to IMPULSE’s new features, these rifles draw upon decades of Savage innovation. Each model is equipped with AccuStock®, Accufit®, and AccuTrigger®.
IMPULSE is available in three model variations:
IMPULSE Big Game: From the versatility of 243 WIN to stopping power of 300 Win Mag, IMPULSE Big Game is ready for one-shot drops and fast follow-ups. MSRP $1449.00
IMPULSE Predator: From the speed of 22-250 REM. to the do-it-all potential of 6.5 Creedmoor, IMPULSE Predator provides an advantage to anyone hunting at the top of the food chain. MSRP $1377.00
IMPULSE Hog Hunter: From the ready availability of 308 to the long-range reach of 300 Win Mag, IMPULSE Hog Hunter offers efficient pest control in a variety of proven .30 caliber chamberings. MSRP $1377.00
Savage is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of hunting, competition and targeting shooting centerfire and rimfire rifles, and shotguns. Their firearms are best known for accuracy, performance and innovation. Learn more at www.savagearms.com.
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When it comes to AK upgrades, the average Kalashnikov aficionado is torn between American made accessories and Russian products that are often unavailable in the US and worldwide. For me, that seems odd, since, over the years, at least 30 countries produced different variants of the AK rifles. Why all those countries do not produce AK […]
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(Image: bird eating a gator, by Danny Gilliam)
The things you see in the great outdoors can be pretty amazing, which is why we encourage everyone to get outdoors where we belong. And if you have a good camera along, you can sometimes capture some of those amazing things to share with others.
That’s exactly what happened when Danny Gilliam recently spent some time around Lake Apopka, Florida and witnessed something few people will ever see in person: A bird eating a gator!
That’s right; Danny saw a great blue heron with a young alligator in its beak, and he proceeded to take a series of photos of the encounter. The big bird maneuvers its prey for a while, then gets the ‘gator lined up head-first in its mouth, and begins the not-so-speedy process of swallowing the reptile.
Naturally, the alligator wasn’t too happy about it, but the little guy was obviously powerless to protest with its feet, claws, and sharp teeth as the large heron got the best of it using nothing more than gravity and its beak.
The final photo of the series Danny published on Facebook (and generously gave me permission to share here) is super-cool, as you can make out where the gator’s rear leg is in the bird’s throat!
Next time I see a bird eating a gator, I’ll try to get some pictures as cool as these… but chances are good that’ll never happen, so I’ll just hape to enjoy Danny Gilliam’s great photography work. Thanks for sharing, Danny!
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The world has said “good riddance” to 2020 and ushered in a new year. Although 2020 was a year in which many people faced extraordinary challenges, it did come with a silver lining for advocates of a strong Second Amendment right—unprecedented growth in the number of Americans who embrace their right to keep and bear arms.
Primary Arms has come to be known in the firearms world as one of the most budget-friendly optics producers out there. Recently, the company announced their latest addition to the family: the SLx MD-20. The SLx MD-20 claims to have many premium performance characteristics as well as an ultra-competitive price that should make it a tempting option for those looking to add a micro red dot to their rifle.
Here’s the press release:
HOUSTON, TEXAS – Primary Arms Optics has announced the release of a new budget-friendly micro red dot: the SLx MD-20 (MPN: 810023). The SLx MD-20 improves on previous micro dots with an enhanced emitter, which provides an ultra-bright reticle with a 50,000-hour runtime on medium settings. Priced at $149.99, the SLx MD-20 Microdot is now available and shipping to customers.
Primary Arms Optics was founded on building better budget-friendly red dots, and the SLx MD-20 represents the latest technologies and innovations. The MD-20 is part of Primary Arms’ SLx product line, which built their reputation for innovation, reliability, and value. All SLx optics undergo rigorous field-testing during development to best serve customers in any environment, and the MD-20 goes one step further by integrating all new technologies like AutoLive, Primary Arms’ motion-controlled illumination system. Combined with a durable aluminum body, 50,000-hour battery life, a zero-parallax lens, and an ultra-bright emitter with night vision (NV) compatibility, the SLx MD-20 brings premium performance to a budget-friendly price point.
“Early in 2020, we retired one of our best-selling red dots, MD-ADS. The time has come to replace it with the all new MD-20,” says Terry Mears, Primary Arms’ Director of Product Marketing. “This time, we’ve included a super bright high efficiency LED that provides daylight bright illumination among the 11 push button settings. Users will be impressed to find that even at the brightest setting, the sight picture is clean with no reflection or glare.”
For more information on this optic and others, visit the Primary Arms website or your preferred Primary Arms Optics dealer.
Personally, I have some requirements of the SLx MD-20 before I’d consider it a serious alternative to more-expensive options. First, the optic should be able to stand up to some simple shock and abuse; if the optic can’t survive anything more than a slight bump, the low price might not be enough to rope me in. I’d also like to see that 50,000-hour battery life actually proven, and see how well the glass holds up to the elements in harsh or inclement conditions.
What do you think? Would you buy this new optic?
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A United States court has recently ruled that online retail giant Amazon.com must submit itself to an inventory inspection over claims by Maglula that Amazon has been a direct seller of Maglula counterfeits. Alleged Maglula Counterfeits Instigate Amazon Inventory Inspection For those who don’t know, Maglula is an Israeli-based company that makes various magazine loaders […]
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Ammunition manufacturers in America are held to very strict standards for quality control and reliability. Rarely these days do you ever hear of a misfire from a round made by one of the major American ammo makers. I cannot recall of one American round failing to fire in all my years of shooting, but it does happen. Some foreign ammo sources are not so fortunate. But can you find that level of reliability in remanufactured ammo?
During the current ammo shortage, we have seen a lot more remanufactured ammo coming up for sale. How do you verify the quality and safety of ammunition that is remanufactured — and what exactly is remanufactured ammo? In the generic sense, ammunition that is remanufactured is ammo that uses brass that’s been fired once (or more). This “dirty” brass is supposed to be cleaned, sorted, inspected, de-primed, re-sized, and loaded with fresh powder, primers, and bullets by a variety of companies and individuals.
Consumers can only rely on the reputation of each individual reloader when deciding whether to trust their remanufactured ammo. As you can imagine, this quality control could have a lot of variance. If the outfit has a website, you can research their background and statements about their business, quality control, and perhaps a list of references.
Email or call to find out about their dealer network. If you can find a dealer nearby, simply ask the dealer if there have been any reported issues with that ammunition. When buying off the shelf from a local dealer or at a gun show, ask the same question. Take their responses with a grain of salt though, because they are in the business of selling and making money. If they have had a problem with the ammo, then they may not be so willing to offer any information.
Likewise, ask around among your shooting friends. If you belong to a shooting range, inquire of shooters at the firing lines what types of remanufactured ammo they might be using. Always be nosy enough to look at the ammo boxes they have. That might well start a conversation that could lead to putting you onto some good ammo.
When you inspect remanufactured ammo, check several things. Feel the primer pockets to see if the primer is fully seated into the brass case. Check the head stamp on the brass. If there are several makers’ names on the brass — and likely there will be — note how mixed the loads are. Are the bullets fully seated and are the bullets all the same? Is the brass clean and shiny?
Normally there is nothing wrong with remanufactured ammo, especially for target practice, gun function tests, and plinking. For game hunting or personal protection, stick with factory fresh.
Magwell Mounts, a new company located in Sunman, Indiana, has recently introduced their first product – a polymer brass catcher/brass deflector device dubbed Brass Goat. Why Goat? Because the company believes that this brass catcher is the Greatest Of All Time as it will “‘eat’ your fired brass efficiently, and without the bulkiness of traditional bag catchers”. Magwell Mounts […]
Federal Premium keeps opening the flood gates on new products for 2021 and they continue that trend with additional offerings through their Hydra-Shok Deep line of ammunition with a 380 Auto Hydra-Shok Deep 99 Grain and 38 Special +P Hydra-Shok Deep 130 Grain. This will give concealed carry advocates of tiny handguns – snubby revolvers […]
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In our continuing series on the development of the British Lee Enfield rifles, we are looking at the CLLE conversions today. In 1907 the British adopted a new universal short rifle (the SMLE) that used charger (aka stripper) clips. Previous models of the Lee in British service had to be loaded one round at a time by hand. In order to make use of the hundreds of thousands of “Long Lee” (and Metford) rifles already manufactured, the British instituted a program to update them with charger guides. The began in 1908 and ran to 1914, although the majority were done in 1909 and 1910. In addition to removing the dust cover and fitting the charger guide, the front sight, rear sight, magazine, and volley sights were all updated. The new sights were windage-adjustable on both front and rear, and calibrated for Mk VI ammunition (although many were later updated again and re-re-calibrated for Mk VII ammunition).
These CLLE rifles would serve as second-line rifles in World War One and even through the end of World War Two.
Tomorrow, the House Judiciary Committee is scheduled to consider self-defense legislation, House Bill 102.
A bill prefiled in the new session of the South Carolina legislature would add knives to the existing state preemption of firearm laws and regulations. H. 3551 was introduced by Rep. W. Brian White (R-Anderson). It simply adds the word “knives” to the list of items reserved to the state.
What a simple fix!
Many states already have firearms preemption laws on the books. The addition of just that one word could protect knife owners and users from the patchwork of local regulations and ordinances that might exist.
Knife Rights notes a similar bill passed the SC House unanimously in 2015 but got bogged down in the SC Senate. They add this about preemption:
Preemption prevents a patchwork of local ordinances more restrictive than state law which only serve to confuse or entrap law-abiding citizens traveling within or through the state. Preemption ensures citizens can expect consistent enforcement of state knife laws everywhere in a state.
There are 12 states that currently have a knife preemption law on the books.
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Having the proper gear at the range can be the difference between having an enjoyable day out and cutting the day short because you’re so miserable. One thing that has always proved important at the range is high-quality boots. A few months ago I did my write up on the Johnny Combat range boots from […]
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The U.S. Navy calls their firearms whatever they like, so the MK38 (M242 Bushmaster), chambered in 25x137mm, is a Machine Gun and nothing else. That is the featured image in our Photo Of The Day taken on-board the USS Shiloh in the spring of 2020. Location: the Philippine Sea. The USS Shiloh (CG 67) is a […]
Some photos were posted in a Daewoo gun group on Facebook. They depict Korean SOF soldiers practicing some drills with their Daewoos and NODs. There are some very interesting equipment choices in these photos. The Ultimate Roof Koreans These soldiers appear to be using the Daewoo K1 with collapsing stocks and a red dot. I […]
When it comes to long-range target shooting, and long-distance hunting as well, two of the most popular cartridges on the block are from the Creedmoor family in 6.5 Creedmoor and 6mm Creedmoor. Keeping in step with those trends, Federal Premium has expanded their Gold Medal Berger lineup of ammunition to include more 6.5 Creedmoor and […]
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Request for concealed carry permits is at an all-time high. Gun sales, especially to first-time owners, have skyrocketed. It’s great that we live in a country where we can exercise our right of self-protection and the 2nd Amendment. Since many of these new gun owners have made their purchases with the intention of carrying a concealed handgun, I must ask the question: How many folks have really given serious thought to carrying a concealed handgun on a daily basis?
While I completely agree with concealed carry and support any law-abiding citizen who wishes to do so, few people have really thought about what it means to wear a gun for personal defense. Commonly I encounter people who only want to carry the gun in the vehicle, or when they travel out of town, or when some potential threat has received local publicity. The gun that’s not with you is useless to protect you.
Other people have decided they’re unable to change certain habits to accommodate a handgun. This is especially true for their manner of dress. Safe and efficient carry nearly always requires adjustment to at least one way of doing things, on a daily basis.
Let’s take a look at a few of the areas where I see concealed carry students struggling to make good choices:
I have long suggested to new concealed carry students that if the gun is not comfortable in its daily carry position on your person, then you will not carry it for long. If it is too heavy, too big, pokes you in a manner that is uncomfortable, etc., then you simply won’t carry it. Finding a carry method, or methods, that will be comfortable, accessible, and safe can be a daunting task. Invariably these challenges will be different from one person to the next based on body type, lifestyle, and determination to put some time into training to figure it all out.
Bottom line: the gun itself should be reliable and easy to operate. Bells and whistles, i.e., lasers, external safeties, added optics, and so on all require additional training time. The gun should also be one you’ve spent some serious range time with and can carry comfortably.
On body or off body, inside or outside the waistband (and location on the waistline), pocket carry, ankle carry, shoulder holsters, purse carry, and others are all methods of carry that responsibly armed citizens will ultimately have to decide on. All of these choices are of course, affected by body type and physical capability, and are lifestyle-dependent. Inside your carry holster as well as in hand, you must maintain control of your own gun, otherwise it could be turned against you or others.
Style of holster and the material are very pertinent questions. Should the holster be leather, kydex, or a blend of the two? How about a soft fabric holster for a pocket or waistline? There are a couple of absolutes you should consider; the holster and material should cover the trigger and trigger guard in their entirety, and keep the handgun securely in place. Carry of a pistol without a holster is a no-go in my book.
As most any experienced concealed carrier will tell you, you’re sure to give both carry location and holster types much trial and error before settling on any one carry method and holster type which suits your style of carrying a concealed handgun.
The requirements for concealed carry permits vary greatly from state to state. Some states, like Arizona and Vermont, have Constitutional carry and require no permit or license so long as you can legally possess a handgun. Other states require only an application and a background check. Others have training requirements that in some cases involve multiple days of training.
Considering that carrying a concealed weapon involves considerable knowledge of state and federal law, not to mention the emotional and legal aftermath of a use of deadly force incident, I would recommend intensive training both in the classroom and on the range. Also realize that in most states that issue concealed handgun licenses, there is a renewal process that may also mandate training.
Ask yourself is carrying a concealed firearm on my person on a day-to-day basis something I want to devote myself to and be willing to go the extra mile for training? It’s a question worthy of serious thought.
I believe in my right, and your right, to protect oneself and those around you. Having said that, do not take your decision to carry lightly. Once you have made this decision, be well-prepared and comfortable with your firearm and carry system. A fellow instructor once told me, “concealed carry has to become a lifestyle.” Carrying a concealed handgun requires commitment to that lifestyle, along with the hope that it is never needed.
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Primary Arms has just announced the release of their latest offering to the optics community – the SLx MD-20 Micro Red Dot sight. The SLx MD-20 aims to be one of the mmost budget-friendly red dot sights on the market and boasts some incredible features and specifications. SLx MD-20 Budget-Friendly Micro Red Dot from Primary […]
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A Colville man who found himself surrounded by wolves on Oct. 7 in the forest near Rocky Creek Road, just east of town, shot and killed a young male in the pack to escape.
“The man called us as soon as he managed to get back to a place where he had cell service, and the incident was investigated by the county's wildlife conflict specialist, Jeff Flood, and the state Department of Fish and Game,” said Stevens County Sheriff Brad Manke. “Investigators went to the scene and found the dead wolf. From the evidence, they confirmed the man's story and determined that he acted completely within the law because he was threatened.”
Manke said the identity of the man is being kept confidential to avoid making him a potential target for retaliation from wolf advocates. The incident occurred about 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 7, he said. According to Manke, the man had gone into the woods to check on his trail cameras. After walking through tall grass, he encountered multiple wolves in front of him. Manke said the man then began to slowly retreat, but looked behind to find other wolves flanking him.
As we usher in a New Year that we all hope is filled with more guns, bows, ammunition, and filled hunting tags there will undoubtedly be innumerable new products unveiled to tempt our wallets with. One of the 1st announcements for 2021 is some new rimfire ammunition coming from CCI. Their Clean-22 series features polymer bullets to reduce lead fouling and also mitigates against lead buildup in silencers by as much as 60% – 80%. That series of clean rimfire ammo is getting another entry with the debut of Clean-22 Realtree!
This ammunition not only boasts camouflage packaging, but the literal ammunition is camouflaged as well! The Green, Tan, and Black polymer bullets are a fun spin on traditional gray lead bullets and even a departure from CCI’s normal coloring of red polymer bullets. The MSRP of $43.99 is for their 400 Round camouflage bottle. A Press Release statement given by CCI further elaborating on this ammunition can be read below:
“Concealment meets clean. New CCI® Clean-22® Realtree® bottles hold 400 rounds, and their
exclusive green, tan and black polymer bullet coating greatly reduces copper and lead fouling in
the barrel. The coating doesn’t leave a residue and cuts lead buildup in suppressors 60 to 80
percent. The 40-grain round nose lead bullet’s geometry has been optimized for accuracy and
is ideal for both targets and small game.”
While this camouflage ammunition might not help you sneak up on squirrels any better, it is always welcomed news to see that CCI is producing more clean shooting ammunition with this offering of Clean-22 Realtree. Polymer bullets are looking like the future of ammunition – both rimfire and centerfire. So, is this something you would be willing to pump through your Ruger 10/22 of other rimfire firearm for sport or hunting? As always, let us know all of your thoughts in the Comments below! We always appreciate your feedback.
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If you have a regular range practice and carry concealed daily also, you might find yourself carrying around extra gear like belts, holsters, and magazine pouches that are appropriate for high-round count practice, while that everyday carry (EDC) gear is generally lighter in weight and more street-friendly. Time and trouble are spent carrying extra stuff and changing into and out of it. But here are two products I’ve found that make the transition from street to range easily.
ExtraCarry Magazine Pouch
This is a product I’d tested some time ago, but has undergone some improvements. It’s of course a good idea to pack an extra magazine when possible for EDC. And that’s the assumption this product was made for. It uses a clip, similar to any that would be on a pocket knife, to hold the magazine inside a pocket or waistband so it’s always indexed and ready. The ExtraCarry is made of carbon fiber reinforced nylon and between the currently available medium and large sizes, expands or contracts to accommodate most popular magazines. A small version for 380 ACP mags is in development.
With the ExtraCarry in a pocket, the business end of the mag is protected during carry. Nothing can get inside, and rounds are kept from working their way out. The angle of the clip can change to accommodate various clothing and body styles.
Ambidexterity is built in, and that makes the ExtraCarry a great backup for a normal belt- or paddle-mounted mag carrier. I went from wearing it concealed and holding a compact Sig Sauer P365 mag, to wearing it support-side, outside-waistband and holding a full size, 18-round Canik magazine. This is possible with the company’s new Universal Mag Pouch. There are model-specific mag carriers available too.
This is a super-handy and versatile addition to any pistolero’s gear collection. The cost is $55. At the time of this writing, the order page for the new universal model was down, but the model-specific ones are easily ordered. Contact the vendor for information on ordering the universal one.
Exos Gear Gun Belt
Talk about a belt that just works. Exos Gear makes a series of leather carry belts that are tough and all business when it comes to carrying a gun and maybe other gear, like a mag carrier. I’ve been wearing my brown one with contrasting white stitching as a special occasion belt for a couple years, and it still looks brand new. This belt is double-thickness, with a roller buckle to ease tightening. Holes are spaced closer than normal to get that holster riding just right, whether inside or outside the waistband.
A friend chose the unstitched, single-layer latigo belt and has used it for EDC and range wear for a couple of years. The belt has darkened with time as leather will, but he loves the highly adjustable fit and the buckle that’s sturdy but never pinches or feels too big in concealment.
Treat yourself or a gun-toting friend to this superb belt by ordering through Amazon, the outlet Exos Gear uses to keep down costs. It’s available in black, chocolate, or tan, stitched or unstitched, starting at $48.45.
Either of these accessories can make the armed life a little easier. I am pleased to use both, especially since they’re made in the USA.
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At the beginning of the past year, we reported about the prototype machined copper .22LR bullets that were being developed by Cutting Edge Bullets. Fast forward a year and the company has just released the first product in their new line of machined .22LR bullets dubbed CuRx. Let’s take a closer look. This first member […]
(Image: Screenshot from Hearing Protection With a Suppressor video)
Suppressors, sometimes called silencers, can really take a lot of the noise out of shooting firearms. Some of them make the gun so quiet that the cycling of the action is much louder than the actual shot… but maybe you really do need to use hearing protection with a suppressor.
That’s the subject of a recent “Smyth Busters” video by Brownells. It’s a series of short videos designed to answer popular questions about firearms… and their answer to this question, as with many others, is, “It depends.”
If you just want a yes or no answer, lean towards “yes.” Because incremental hearing loss is still hearing loss!
I have never gone to the shooting range without hearing protection, and I use it even when others don’t, such as when shooting skeet. I have used ear plugs since my teens when I worked in a noisy metal-working shop, and I keep a pair of Howard Leight TrustFit Pod earplugs in my pocket and wear them any time I am around loud noises (not freebies; I purchased them myself because they work best for me). But I have fired hundreds, if not thousands, of rounds in the field without wearing any kind of hearing protection… and my hearing tells the tale.
Shooting with a suppressor will do much the same; although it’s not super loud a time or two, if you’re exposed to that noise repeatedly it will certainly add up to some hearing loss.
Hunting with a suppressed gun? No, you don’t really need to wear hearing protection, because you’re not likely to fire that many shots.
That’s about the long and short of it. I always find it hard to understand how some folks can stand to go without hearing protection, because loud noises actually cause me pain… but even with all my years of protecting my hearing, I have noticeable hearing loss just past age 50.
Bottom line: Protect your ears. And enjoy the video.
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There are a lot of people who have joined the miniature 6.5 PRC (Precision Rifle Cartridge) revolution when it comes to long-distance big-game hunting as well as long-range target shooting. To cater to those precision rifle cartridge loyalists, Federal Premium has tailored a NEW Fusion 6.5 PRC load. It boasts the same Fusion bullet that […]
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Say hello to IMPULSE, Savage Arms’ new straight-pull action. Instead of a traditional bolt, the Savage IMPULSE uses a bolt called Hexlock which has six hardened steel bearings that lock the bolt into the barrel extension. Once you fire the rifle and the pressure increases there Hexlock’s hold tightens, making sure that the bolt cannot […]
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R.L. Wilson was a pillar of the firearms collecting community, and especially the Colt collecting community, in the 1970s and 80s. He wrote a slew of books on Colt, and was a major broker, dealer, and appraiser. He also betrayed the trust people put in him, as best exemplified by the “trade of the century”, in which he swindled 290 firearms out of the Connecticut State Library museum in exchange for 8 guns and a cane (including two stolen guns and two later generally accepted to be fakes). Today we will talk about that story…
If you want to hear more about Wilson’s work, I would encourage you to subscribe to support C&Rsenal on Patreon, and check out the two-hour podcast Othais and Cody Museum Associate Curator Danny Michael did on the topic.
You can also download a huge PDF of Connecticut State Police files on the investigation to read yourself:
Since buying entire guns has gone out of style for the time being most of us have had to find new ways to keep ourselves occupied in our favorite hobby. I’ve been recently taking a bit of time to try new accessories and upgrades on a few of my AR-15 pistols as well as some […]
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There are a lot of long-range rifle cartridges for hunters and shooters alike to pick from, but few are hotter than those that go by the name of Creedmoor. Understanding this, Federal Premium has expanded their offerings of 6.5 Creedmoor and 6mm Creedmoor in their Gold Medal Berger lineup for long-range shooters. Utilizing the high BC (ballistic coefficient) bullets produced by Berger Bullets, they have some of the most accurate boxed ammunition firearm owners can source for 6.5 Creedmoor and 6mm Creedmoor. All of the specifications for these new ammunition offerings can be read below as presented by Federal Premium:
Both of the new ammunition selections through the Gold Medal Berger line come in standard 20-round boxes with reasonable price-points for premium offerings of Creedmoor cartridges. While not many hunting seasons are open throughout the US currently being it is the middle of winter, one prey hunters could pursue with these rounds are fox and coyote for some predator control. Federal Premium goes on to elaborate about these new offerings through the Gold Medal Berger lineup:
“Federal has expanded the trusted Gold Medal® rifle ammunition line with new 140 grain 6.5 Creedmoor and 109-grain 6mm Creedmoor loads. These fast, flat-shooting cartridges have proven themselves in competition and earned the respect of elite long range shooters. Both rounds are loaded with the Gold Medal match primers, Federal® brass and specially formulated propellant.“
I have been a long fan of the 6.5 Creedmoor cartridge since it was introduced by Hornady a little over 10 years ago, but I have not had the pleasure to shoot its little brother yet in the 6mm Creedmoor. Who in the reading audience owns a 6mm Creedmoor? Would you shoot either of these new ammo offerings through your rifle? As always, let us know your thoughts below! We always appreciate your feedback.
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Photo Of The Day and time for some Russian Special Forces Competition at the Brestsky training ground. This was the first stage of the international competition called “Polar Star”. As part of the first stage of the competition, participants will pass a readiness test to perform combat training missions. As part of a special-purpose group, […]
Hello and welcome back to another edition of The Rimfire Report! The Rimfire Report is all about the guns, ammunition, and trends that surround the rimfire firearm world. On new year’s eve, I happened across a video from one of my favorite gun YouTubers – TAOFLEDERMAUS. Jeff often tests obscure and custom ammunition and he doesn’t neglect […]
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The National Rifle Association Institute for Legislative Action (NRA-ILA) thanks Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine for signing Senate Bill 175, important self-defense legislation that protects Ohioans should they ever be forced to defend themselves or their families while outside of their home.
Federal Premium has kicked off the new year of 2021 by offering NEW Fusion 6.5 PRC for the growing market of shooters chasing that cartridge. The 6.5 PRC (Precision Rifle Cartridge) is a round introduced by Hornady in recent years following the tremendous success of their re-introduction of the 6.5 Creedmoor cartridge. What the 6.5 PRC is known for is having long, dart-like projectiles which create a high BC (ballistic coefficient) and more bearing surface on your rifle’s rifling. In sum, it is an extremely accurate round that many target shooters and hunters have come to appreciate. The specifications for Federal’s New Fusion 6.5 PRC offering can be read below as presented by Federal Premium:
The MSRP is $30.95 for a standard box of 20 rounds. As previously mentioned, the 6.5 PRC is terrific for target shooting as well as big-game hunting. For those who live or journey out west and long-distance shots on game are the norm, the 6.5 PRC round paired with good ammunition could be a valuable team for humanely harvesting game. Federal Premium shares their thoughts on the New Fusion 6.5 PRC in this Press Release statement given below:
“Fusion® was the first rifle ammunition specifically built for deer hunting—and it’s still the best, offering the best expansion and weight retention in its class. It’s an ideal match for the new 6.5 PRC cartridge, which has quickly caught hunters’ attention thanks to its long-range accuracy, flat trajectory and manageable recoil. Paired with the Fusion bullet’s molecularly fused jacket and pressure-formed core, the new load provides tag-filling penetration and stopping power.“
While the 6.5 PRC is still a relatively new cartridge, it appears to have strong staying power and is unlikely to fade away any time soon. For all of the long-range shooters and hunters in the reading audience, what do you think of the 6.5 PRC cartridge? Is it something you would be willing to dive in on? Or have you already? As always, let us know all of your thoughts in the Comments below! We always appreciate your feedback.
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Just in time for TFB’s Gun Fest 2021 KelTec has dropped an interesting new pistol into the firearms market with the KelTec P50. The P50 is a unique looking pistol chambered in the 5.7×28mm cartridge and uses genuine FN P90 magazines, although in the P50 the magazines feed upside down! The KelTec P50 pistol will begin […]
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The Midnight Sky movie featured on Netflix isn’t really a “gun movie,” but the film’s main character utilizes a unique looking lever action rifle that’s worth taking a look at. The lever action rifle in question is clearly a stainless Marlin with a strange looking muzzle device and a slick looking skeletonized buttstock. Despite the […]
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Today, Governor Mike DeWine signed Senate Bill 175, legislation that was amended in the final days of session to include No Duty to Retreat.
(Image: Screenshot from Model 61 Winchester video)
Here’s a gun video of another stripe for you, in which popular YouTuber GunBlue490 pretends it’s the winter of 1932 and he’s managed to scrape together enough money and barter goods to get himself a brand-new cutting-edge rifle: The Model 61 Winchester pump-action hammerless takedown 22 rimfire rifle.
The old rifle in the video is closely related to the old Winchester 62A I shared here some years ago, but in much better shape… and the Model 61 is hammerless, which was not always the case with repeating long guns of the time.
Our video host strolls towards the camera up a snowy lane with his hunting dog by his side. Along the way, he takes a few shots at something off in the woods, before approaching the camera and talking about the tough times of the Great Depression and his new rifle.
It’s a unique way to present a classic rifle; by play-acting as if he’s really in 1932 and his rifle is brand spanking new. He even tells a tale of horse-trading for it with the local storekeeper. And he’s dressed the part, with shirt & tie as well as a sweater, all underneath a nice red & black plaid hunting coat… and the felt fedora hat is a fine way to top it off.
He describes the “new” Model 61 rifle and tells of its features, doing his best to stay in character all the while. When he’s done, he turns away with a wave to head back down the road with his canine companion. Then, the video ends with a nice message:
It’s a really nice, and different, way to present an interesting old rifle which hasn’t been made since the big 1963 shakeup at Winchester which resulted in lower-quality rifles than these old classics.
I’m pretty sure you’re going to enjoy this one… so here it is:
If you’ve been following the flurry of new products coming from Strike Industries lately, you have probably seen the Glock iron sights I wrote about previously. Well, the same option is now available for SIG P320 shooters. The Strike Industries P320 iron sights come in both standard and suppressor height, and are ready for your […]
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Zink polycarbonate duck calls (Image © Zink Game Calls)
A recent press release by Zink Game Calls highlights their line of polycarbonate duck calls, designed to be durable and easy to use — and more affordable than their original calls.
One nice thing about polycarbonate is its weatherproofness; damp weather or a dunk in the drink will be powerless to change its dimensions, unlike a call with a wooden body. Polycarbonate is also mighty tough and can resist breakage, which is why safety glasses are made of the stuff. All in all, I don’t see how you can go wrong with polycarbonate duck calls.
Four different calls are featured in the press release, which follows:
Grand Prairie, TX – Zink polycarbonate calls feature the same calling qualities and proven designs as the originals, in a budget-friendly format. Each comes equipped with an easy-blow sound system, so even novice callers can produce undeniably realistic sounds. Polycarb calls are available in a Power Pak with instructional DVDs or sold individually.
ATM GREEN MACHINE POLYCARB
The ATM Green Machine Polycarb, like its acrylic namesake, is a loud double reed call producing a clean sound through its range and includes a radically improved bottom-end feed chuckle. This innovative call features Zink’s Z-cut, no-stick tone channel – a ground-breaking design that permits a vast range of tones while virtually eliminating reed lock. Cash in on the mallard bounty this fall with the field-proven ATM Green Machine. Bank on the budget-friendly polycarb version getting the job done.
- Double reed
- High volume output
- Terrific bottom-end feeding chuckle
- Z-cut tone channel eliminates reed lock
- Available as a single call or in Power Pak with an instructional DVD
- Colors: gun smoke, lemon drop, custom hunter
- MSRP: $39.99
NOTHING BUT GREEN POLYCARB
In duck hunting, if green is your favorite color, Zink’s Nothing But Green Polycarb single-reed offers outstanding versatility and undeniably realistic mallard hen sounds. The polycarbonate version modeled after the original Nothing But Green acrylic call produces the natural sounds you’ve come to expect from Zink, but with the hunter’s budget in mind. The NBG captures the power of multiple hen mallards, unleashed in an irresistible cone of sound. Zink’s Z-cut, no-stick tone channel produces a wide range of tones while virtually eliminating stuck reeds – a common problem in lesser calls – and comes equipped with an easy-blow sound system. Even novice callers produce outstanding results with the Nothing But Green Polycarb.
- Single reed
- Designed specifically for mallard hunters
- Z-cut tone channel eliminates reed lock
- Incredible versatility and range
- Recreates sounds of multiple hens
- Available as a single call or in Power Pak with instructional DVD
- Colors: Gun Smoke, Lemon Drop, Custom Hunter
- MSRP: $79.99
POWER HEN 1 (PH-1) POLYCARB
Zink’s PH-1 Polycarb call creates loud, ultra-realistic duck sounds from its high, top end to the raspy bottom end. This single reed puts the power in your hands to do it all. The Polycarb version inherits all the PH-1 features duck hunters love in a budget-friendly package.
- Single reed
- In-your-face volume
- Great bottom-end feeding chuckle
- Z-cut tone channel eliminates reed lock
- Available as a single call or in Power Pak with an instructional DVD
- Color: Gun Smoke
- MSRP: Unavailable at press time
POWER HEN 2 (PH-2) POLYCARB
The PH-2 Polycarb is a double reed duck call for the hunters who like the sound of a single reed. Like all Zink polycarb calls, the PH-2 offers all the benefits of their acrylic counterparts at a lower price. It wrangles an impressive range of pure duck sounds without the “overblow squeak” single reeds often create. Seduce shy ducks with the soft, soothing sound of the PH-2 Polycarb.
- Double reed
- Perfect for soft finishing chuckles and clucks
- Z-cut tone channel eliminates reed lock
- Available as a single call or in Power Pak with instructional DVD
- Colors: Shadow Grass and Mallard Green
- MSRP: #24.99
(Image: Screenshot from JoergSprave Bug-A-Salt video)
Some years ago, I got one of those funky little plastic Bug-A-Salt guns that uses table salt to shoot bugs. It’s a cool gimmick, but they’re not cheap by any means — and worse, I shot many a pest without even really phasing the flies & spiders. Mine is probably still buried in a box from when I packed up to move a few years ago… it’s just not that useful.
But when I saw that JoergSprave of The Slingshot Channel had gotten his hands on one, I knew I was in for an interesting watch. As he says:
“That’s what it is: a toy. And this is The Slingshot Channel; we don’t stop at making toys.”
He ain’t kidding! From there he shows his own version of a salt shotgun, which uses an “unbreakable” coffee cup to fling one heck of a load of salt… using rubber of course, since that’s really his signature.
Instead of pouring in loose salt, he makes a payload package by wrapping aluminum foil around some rock salt. To ensure that the salt bits will spread like shotgun pellets, he uses a saw blade to split the pouch as it exits the gun. Brilliant!
His rock salt put a small hole in the poor innocent can of beer he used as a target, but that’s not good enough… so he graduates to steel balls. But lacking the barrel of the original Bug-A-Salt, his creation is a little too “shotgunny,” so he resorts to flinging an unbroken foil pouch of ball bearings.
It’s an older video and not one of his most exciting, but it’s still cool. Enjoy!
With the dawn of a New Year, it means lots of new products related to the firearms industry for gun lovers like ourselves. It’s like Christmas 2.0 as we see the cascade of new products announced and are contemplating whether we really need two kidneys or not (could probably get by with just one, right). One of […]
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The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency has proposed a regulation that would ensure fair access to banking and credit services. The regulation would ban things like the Obama Administration’s Operation Chokepoint which sought to cut off banking services to disfavored industries.
In the greater scheme of things, this regulation is more important for the health of the firearms industry than the recent ATF moves on pistol braces and 80% lowers/frames. Without access to credit and banking services, the firearms industry would have a hard time existing as would any business.
In its proposal, the OCC notes that certain non-quantitative risk measures have been used by banks to deny financial services.
The pressure on banks has come from both the for-profit and nonprofit sectors of the economy and targeted a wide and varied range of individuals, companies, organizations, and industries. For example, there have been calls for boycotts of banks that support certain health care and social service providers, including family planning organizations, and some banks have reportedly denied financial services to customers in these industries. (8) Some banks have reportedly ceased to provide financial services to owners of privately owned correctional facilities that operate under contracts with the Federal Government and various state governments. (9) Makers of shotguns and hunting rifles have reportedly been debanked in recent years. (10) Independent, nonbank automated teller machine operators that provide access to cash settlement and other operational accounts, particularly in low-income communities and thinly-populated rural areas, have been affected. (11) Globally, there have been calls to de-bank large farming operations and other agricultural business. (12) And companies that operate in industries important to local economies and the national economy have been cut off from access to financial services, including those that operate in sectors of the nation’s infrastructure “so vital to the United States that their incapacitation or destruction would have a debilitating effect on security, national economic security, national public health or safety, or any combination thereof.” (13)
The National Shooting Sports Foundation is fully in favor of this proposed regulation. They note it doesn’t force banks to do business with businesses. Traditional credit worthiness measures as debt ratio, payment history, and ability to pay will remain in place. They go on to say this proposal will level the playing field by forcing banks to treat all businesses equally and fairly without consideration of banking executives’ personal political preferences.
The rule will apply to the largest banks in the country that may exert significant pricing power or influence over sectors of the national economy. It would require those banks to make their products and services available to all customers in the community it serves, based on consideration of quantitative, impartial, risk-based standards established by the bank.
In other words, banks would be required to approve or deny their services based on merit and creditworthiness of individual borrowers. That would remove the “reputational risk” mask that banks hide behind when they force businesses to adopt gun control policies that are beyond the scope of federal, state and local laws or lose access to banking services.
Comments on OCC-2020-0042-0001 closes tonight at 11:59pm Eastern.
To make a comment, use this link: https://www.regulations.gov/comment?D=OCC-2020-0042-0001
As of this morning, they have received only 4,272 comments. There have been comments opposing it from gun control supporters as well as environmental groups such as the Natural Resources Defense Council.
I made a comment and I hope you take a few minutes to do so as well.
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Holiday travel, time on the range, hunting trips – whatever your adventure may be, you need a concealed carry backpack that protects and stores all of your gear. The number of tactical style bags as well as traditional backpacks and briefcases available is overwhelming.
I never put much thought into gear. I bought whatever was on sale, and soon discovered why. Tears and rips at the most inconvenient times, broken zippers, more time and effort spent on warranty claims than the product was worth. I realized that while I could get by with textbooks and some paper, but once I started toting around valuable items or walking long distances, I needed something I could trust.
Stories make up America, and I love this one. Flying Circle Inc., out of Boerne, Texas makes tactical and military bags and luggage in the United States of America. Family founded and owned with a commitment to veterans, each product stands for more than just quality.
I put the Flying Circle Brazos Concealed Carry Backpack to the test at the 2019 National Matches at Camp Perry, Ohio – a test no other backpack had previously survived. By the end of two weeks of competition, time in the elements and hot sun, and stuffed with gear ranging from lens wipes to camera lenses, it was no worse for wear.
Though on the larger size for my five-foot three frame, it had room for everything I needed and some to spare. The zippered pockets, molle straps, and mesh eliminated the frantic digging I was used to every time I thought I’d lost my camera lens, hearing protection, or keys. There is a place for everything.
I was especially impressed by the strength and quality of the zippers. I had zero issues with caught fabric or separation. I must admit that I loaded it too heavily at times, but was duly impressed that the bag could hold more weight than I was comfortable carrying. A waist strap eased the burden, but at times I found that strap got in the way. It is very secure, with Velcro on the inside making it hard to remove and replace, so I chose to fasten it around the front of the bag when I was not using it.
The pack also has a pass-through back pocket that can be opened and slipped over a suitcase handle or used as a concealed carry compartment.
This military design bag comes in black, coyote brown, or MultiCam and is full of features:
While for some adventures I opt for a smaller bag, for long days of shooting and photography the Brazos concealed carry backpack fits my needs. Regardless of what I have used it for, it is a rugged product that can stand up to much more than I put it through — and can store practically whatever someone wants/needs to carry.
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No Christmas season would be complete for me without a yearly rewatch of quite a few movies. The most important of which is of course Die Hard. Die Hard is probably the single biggest cause of millennial’s desire to own an MP5 submachine gun. However, technology has come a long way since the 1980s and […]
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In this episode of TFBTV, James Reeves compares the Beretta 92 to the SIG P226. Both of these guns are extremely well-made, reliable, successful pistols, but which one is the best? James digs into government reports and his own personal opinion to deliver this episode of TFBTV. ««« GUN AND GEAR GIVEAWAYS »»» PLEASE check […]
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The market for red dots has exploded in the last few years, yet the perfect red dot still does not exist. Most of the red dots available on the market look very similar to each other and you wonder where the power of innovation went. It’s therefore interesting to welcome Leupold’s new product, the DeltaPoint Micro […]
The Tarn was a 9x19mm pistol developed by a Polish ex=pat designer named Z. de Lubicz Bakanowski. It was a simple blowback design, with a quite heavy slide and recoil spring. It was manufactured by the Swift Rifle Company, and ten examples were made as prototypes. They were tested formally by the British in April 1945, and rejected on grounds of being overly violent in action, difficult to charge, and inaccurate. The FN High Power would be pursued instead, and the Tarn saw no further production or development.
Last month, we reported that the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, a significant banking regulator, issued a proposed rule that aims to end politically-motivated manipulation of the financial service industry and require large banks to provide fair access to all the products they offer law-abiding customers – including the firearms community.
According to a recent article in the New York Post, the New York Police Department (NYPD) License Division appears to be simply letting new firearm permit applications languish with little or no action and little or no way for the applicants to know where they stand in the process. And this is occurring during a period of soaring violent crime in the city and a correspondingly high volume of permit applications.
Today we visit Poland and the 15 Giżycka Brygada Zmechanizowana (Mechanized Brigade). They’re warming up the Orzysko training ground with a variety of toys. We have a cocktail of RPGs, anti-tank missiles and Main Battle Tanks in this Photo Of The Day. Zawiacy from 1 mechanized battalion perfected their skills during the integrated classes at […]
Let’s get things started for the new year! This Photo Of The Day should heat things up, with the muzzle blast almost looking like a flamethrower ready to melt some ice. We’re looking at M1A2 Abrams Main Battle Tanks from A Company, 2-116th Cavalry Brigade Combat Team (CBCT), Idaho Army National Guard as they run […]
Welcome back to another edition of Silencer Saturday as we have safely navigated the abominable year that is 2020, and peaked into the doorway of what shall be 2021! Hopefully, you had a rapturous New Year’s Eve filled with family, friends, and good times. I am not one to make New Year’s resolutions because I […]
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I have done several previous videos on the Boys antitank rifle, but never actually fired one – until today! We’re out at the range with a MkI Boys and five rounds of its .55 Boys ammunition. So let’s see if it’s an painful to shoot as people say…
The quote of the day comes from an op-ed in the Washington Times. In it, Mark Houser and Matthew Larosiere discuss the inclusion of short barreled rifles and shotguns in the National Firearms Act of 1934. As originally written, the bill would have effectively banned all small concealable firearms and especially handguns. That was going too far for Congress and the handgun portion was stripped from the eventual bill that passed. However, they never got around to removing the language on minimum lengths for rifles and shotguns.
Having minimum lengths was necessary if you were going to ban handguns to prevent people from just cutting down a rifle or shotgun. However, once handguns were removed from the bill, it really served no purpose.
But even in 1934, exempting handguns from the NFA was necessary to secure sufficient support for its passage. And with the demise of the handgun ban, the minimum size rules now serve about the same function as a cancer-prone vestigial organ: They don’t accomplish anything useful, but they sure can get you into trouble.
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Welcome back to our recurring series of “Home on the Range.” Here, we would like to share all of our experiences for those who may be homesteading, living off the land, hunting, farming, ranching, and truly investing in nature and the great outdoors. The ability to provide for yourself and your family can be tremendously rewarding and simultaneously difficult at times. So, in “Home on the Range” we want to share our different exploits so you can learn and hopefully we can receive your feedback along the way as well.
It was a few years back when I had my first encounter with a ultra high efficiency wood stove. It was in a fishing cabin we were renting in Norway, and we had bought some firewood from our neighbor for a few crowns. The firewood was of excellent quality, having a moisture content below 10%, and the stove burned so hot that it was igniting and heating the exhaust gases from the burning of the wood itself. The very air was aflame inside the little Jøtul stove, burning at about 650 degrees! Little did I know, I was “doing it wrong” and instead of my traditional American bottom-up burning method, I should have built a “top-down” burning fire. We also visited a few farms during the same trip, and got a real education of the time-consuming and precise process of wood drying that is necessary in a damp coastal environment (Something that I take for granted in my high desert environs). One farmer asked me how long it took me to dry firewood, and I shocked them when I replied that it only took a few months. This poor fellow has to precisely dry and season firewood for sometimes 18 months!
I knew that Scandinavia as a region is very much a wood-fire heating culture, but little did I know all of their secrets, traditions and methods of fire craft. However, that has changed. For Christmas this year, I received an excellent book expounding upon the Scandinavian method of woodcutting and wood fire heating a home: Norwegian Wood: Chopping, Stacking and Drying Wood The Scandinavian Way, by Lars Mytting.
In Norwegian Wood, Mytting lays out the history, methodology, and philosophy behind Scandinavian woodcutting and firewood heating culture. Mytting’s delivery is quintessentially Norwegian: Practical, clear, but with a good sense of humor and the ability to intertwine the pleasantries of woodfire heating with science, tips, and practical strategies to ultimately achieve the most efficient heating of one’s home.
Mytting scientifically breaks down each type of common firewood into how many kilowatt-hours of heat each type of wood can provide per cubic meter (Beech, for example, is the king of this calculation, providing over 3000 kilowatt-hours per cubic meters), as well as the relative densities of each type of wood. He also lays out how to grow your own renewable stand of wood, and provides a short, concise argument to prove that wood fire heating is always carbon neutral, and can be non-polluting when done properly in high efficiency stoves (Should one have to encounter those unpleasant useful idiots who assume that all woodfire burning is pollution and don’t release that trees rotting in the woods are less carbon-neutral than one that is burnt).
Mytting provides a wealth of information on different ultra-efficient stove types, both traditional (such as tile stoves) and modern. He also delves into the mechanics of how to fully utilize one’s wood stove to heat not only the immediate air in the room with the stove, but also one’s water, hydronic loops, and so forth.
Later on, Mytting relays excellent tips, tactics, and strategies relating to the use of different felling and splitting tools, and how to fell trees safely and efficiently. For example, depending on the gradient one is working on and trees being felled, he has felling patterns that can safely deliver multiple trees in a specific area for ease of processing and transportation. He also touches on an invention I am well familiar with, having used both the first and second generation designs: Heikki Kärnä’s Vipukirves Leveraxe.
Most importantly, being that damp wood is no good at all to burn for the purposes of heating one’s house, Mytting provides invaluable information on properly splitting, stacking, and drying wood to an ideal moisture content, using ancient, traditional, and modern techniques. For those of us who like to use as many natural materials as possible, he even has techniques using slabs of bark as the waterproof roof of one’s wood stack. In extremely snowy environments (like my own), he relays Sämi techniques to burn outdoor fires without them sinking into the snow.
Mytting’s Norwegian Wood stands head and shoulders above any other survival book I have in my personal library when it comes to wood fire heating from seed to fireplace. It’s concise at 191 pages, yet contains more valuable information than those three or four times its size. If you like fire in any form, outdoor or indoor, do yourself a favor and give Norwegian Wood a read. It’s hot stuff.
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Hunting with a beginner is rewarding and fun. (Photo © Russ Chastain)
Hunting with a beginner is not always easy, but it is usually the most rewarding thing any hunter can do — especially as he or she grows older. I add that last bit because I’m now in my 50s, but I have been introducing young folks to hunting and facilitating their resulting addiction to it since I was in my early 20s and barely had two nickels to rub together.
My latest inductee is my 14-year-old niece, to whom I first introduced the joy of shooting about a year ago. I wrote about that here; she was a natural markswoman at age 13. Since then, we have fired some more 22 rifles, and last weekend the time had come for her first hunt.
I’d previously broached the subject by simply asking: “Would you ever be interested in hunting with me?” I mean, hunting isn’t for everyone. Her answer was pretty great:
“Of course. Is that even a question?”
I decided she’d start out just as I had, by carrying the LeFever Nitro Special side by side double barrel 410 shotgun which had belonged to her great-grandfather, who’d once used it to slay a chickenhawk and greatly impress his son (my father). You can read more about the gun by clicking here. And the best way to start out any hunter is on small game, because it’s more plentiful and usually requires less time & skill to bag.
After teaching her how the old break-action scattergun works, I had her fire a couple shells. She did great, nailing the target both times. It was time to take to the woods.
We loaded into the truck one afternoon and drove a couple miles to a local WMA where I did some of my earliest hunting as a young ‘un. And to add to the nostalgia for the old guy of the group, I would be carrying my late father’s Browning Superposed over/under 12 gauge — just as he did when I started toting the little 410 LeFever.
The WMA was crowded that afternoon, and my first choice of a spot was populated with grommets illegally letting their pet dogs roam while also illegally zooming through the pines in a go-cart. Sigh. But we backtracked to my backup spot and slipped into the big hardwood hammock.
Absolutely zero squirrels were revealed, but we got to see some cool things, such as heaps of dirt and deep holes with large mature trees growing on and in them, where long ago someone had dug a test pit for mining. That’s something of a rarity in Florida, so it kept things interesting for my new hunter in the absence of game… and we also got to see a buck’s antler rub.
This deep old pond is actually an old mine pit. (Photo © Russ Chastain)
I kept the hunt short, and the interesting terrain features made up for the lack of game, although I did want her to feel some of that excitement when one’s quarry finally makes an appearance.
The cypress pond is cool. (Photo © Russ Chastain)
We decided to skip the next morning with its 20-something-degree temperatures, and tried again in the evening. Again we were skunked as far as squirrels, but the woods were beautiful and we did get to glimpse a couple tree rats. Again, some variety of terrain helped keep things interesting, and we slipped through different varieties of hardwood forest, a cypress stand surrounding an isolated pond, and a hiking trail that took us below a huge old fallen oak tree. Cool!
This big old oak tree was even more impressive in person. (Photo © Russ Chastain)
Again the hunt was short, but full of learning opportunities: What a barking squirrel sounds like from afar, how to spot a squirrel’s nest and that you can sometimes shake a limber tree to get a squirrel to hop out of a nest, how to spot an egret without spooking it. The time spent driving to and from the hunting spot was a great time to exchange stories and learn more about each other.
Having been skunked by the public-land critters, we decided to hunt my home property the following morning. Our squirrels are plentiful but wary, and we were out there soon after daybreak. We got a couple chances, but they were fleeting and she didn’t get a shot. After that, the squirrels went into ninja mode and we never spotted another.
Waiting for the squirrels to move. My old jacket is kinda big on her. (Photo © Russ Chastain)
But we did have a good time enjoying one another and she learned some things about patience while we were at it. Other lessons included safe gun handling, moving through the woods stealthily rather than just stomping along, and keeping as still as possible while waiting for game — and moving in slow motion when you do need to move.
We came home empty-handed, but not empty-headed; we made some great memories to cherish in days to come. Best of all, I foresee a future in which we will hunt together more often, and she may even catch the addiction so many others have experienced, and help spread the joy of the hunt to others someday. And isn’t that what hunting with a beginner is all about — sharing our joy and passion with others?
It’s enough to make an old hunter feel plumb good.
Making hunting memories with my youngest niece. (Photo © Russ Chastain)
Just two years ago AREX Defense from the country of Slovenia introduced the world to their bestselling firearm, the Delta. The AREX Delta is a true double-action striker-fired pistol that became popular in many circles. Today, the company is proud to announce the introduction of the AREX Delta Gen 2 Pistol, which comes with many improvements over the generation 1 Delta but carries over everything people loved.
AREX Delta Gen.2 short feature list:
•Available in three different sizes: M-compactslide and frame,L-longslide/tall frame,X-crossover compact slide /tall frame,
•Now available in Optics Ready configuration with pre-machined slides and 5 interface plates,
•Enhanced & exchangeable grip frame with full stippling, flared magwell and multi-slotted picatinny rail,
•Adoptable ergonomics with four user interchangeable grip back straps,
•Slender & fully ambidextrous design combined with high ammunitioncapacity,
•No-snag iron sights with optional tritium night sights available-SIG/XDM compatible dovetails,
•Optional ambidextrous manual safety-primarily for contract customers,•inherently drop safe withTriple Drop Safetysystem,
•Self-defense and CCW oriented with unique Striker Double Action firing mechanism,
•Easy to master two-stage,short reset trigger for quick and precise follow-up shots,
•Closed construction with no unwanted slide openings to allow ingress of debris
The original checkered grip texture of the first generation Delta pistol has been replaced with a new non-slip stippling that sports a sandpaper or grip tape style texture but also features smooth edges so that the grip does not snag on clothing. The optics ready slid will be able to accommodate some of the most popular types of carrying optics like the Trijicon RMR, Leupold Delta Point Pro, J-Point, and Vortex Razor as well as many more. In total there will be 5 different mounting plates included with the Delta Gen 2.
The Delta Gen 2 also comes in three different color variations and adds a new flared magazine well and a 2-slot Picatinny rail, and four interchangeable grip inserts. All-in-all AREX has brought a load of new features on the second generation of the Delta pistol and I feel like this one will be just as much of a hit as the first generation. What are your thoughts? Let us know in the comments below.
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Does an SBR brace negate SBR laws?
When it comes to SBRs or Short Barreled Rifles, there is considerable confusion about the need of a forearm brace to make the SBR legal. No, wait a minute, the issue is not with SBRs, it is with AR-15s that are classified as pistols. Those have an arm brace, too, but then is it legal to shoulder the “pistol” like a rifle without using the forearm brace? So, what the heck is that gosh awful brace good for anyway? See the confusion?
Frankly, I do not know how this arm brace contraption thingy got started anyway, but my guess is that it was some sort of a sneaky way to circumvent some BATF rule for a firearm that was shorter overall than legally allowed. Have you ever tried on one of those arm braces or even shot an AR with one installed? I have tried them on, and found no credible use for them what-so-ever. They are awkward, uncomfortable, and unnecessary, except maybe to comply with an otherwise ridiculous federal firearms ruling.
That’s just me. But I simply do not want a firearm much less an AR of any configuration dangling from my arm when I am done shooting. What if I needed to drop the firearm during any kind of an exchange or some condition in which I needed to leave the weapon behind or opt for another strategy, such as drawing a sidearm for some close quarters work?
Same if I were out in the field, say for example a prepper or survivalist conducting a patrol of property lines checking on poachers or trespassers. I’m riding on an ATV or inside of a UTV cab with an AR-15 designated pistol by my side, I certainly do not want it hook and loop strapped to my arm while I’m driving or bouncing around. That would be stupid trying to deploy a firearm on or inside a ride with that thing attached to my shooting arm.
So, to answer the question, “Does an SBR brace negate SBR laws?” — If your AR is designed and sold as a pistol with a collapsible stock which includes an arm brace, then legally, you can shoulder the stocked pistol without using the brace. Yeah, I know. The BATF has issued a letter explaining that the approval is based on the firearm being a “pistol.” If your AR-15 is a rifle, but with a shorter than allowed barrel length (16 inches), then you have to secure a permit stamp to register it as an SBR.
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Pro-gun author Nikki Goeser had a lunatic murder her husband in front of her; while serving an all too short prison term, he has been harassing her with love letters. He's now been charged with stalking, a federal offense that carries a max of five years, which I trust he will get.
Spain, like all European countries, has pretty extensive gun control even though it is the 7th largest exporter of firearms internationally. Every firearm and its owner is registered. This registry, controlled by the Central Inspectorate for Arms and Explosives, is updated monthly. It is estimated that there are 3 million firearms and 1.1 million owners registered with most being for either target shooting or hunting.
The Spanish gun rights organization ANARMA – Asociación Nacional del Arma de Espana – is concerned those numbers could be reduced even more if a proposal to prohibit certain calibers is adopted.
The Spanish Ministry of Defense maintains a list of calibers called “war calibers”. These are the calibers of rifles and ammunition that civilians are forbidden to own.
From LibreMercado (translated using Google translator):
The Government has just opened a new front against hunters and sports shooting fans. As denounced by the National Weapons Association (Anarma) , PSOE and Podemos threaten to confiscate thousands of rifles that, today, are legal, by classifying certain calibers as “war” and, therefore, prohibited for use by civilians. The popular .30-06 Springfield and 7.62x54R could enter that new black list , according to sources from the same association.
This new prohibition coincides in time with the new Arms Regulations , which came into force on November 5, and which has created great discontent in the field of hunting, sport shooting, arms collecting and historical recreation. Not in vain, several associations have filed an administrative contentious appeal in the Supreme Court against its entry into force.
Anarma denounces that, given the difficulties in prohibiting some weapons directly, the Government is studying expanding the current list of so-called “war calibers”, created in 1993 and which had not been touched for 27 years.
The ANARMA website goes into more detail on the calibers being proposed for addition to the prohibited list:
Well, presumably the ICAE has once again influenced the DGAM to expand the list of military calibers prohibited to civilians. These are as follows:
5.45×39 mm SOVIET
5.7×28 mm FN
4.6 x 30 mm
5.8×21 mm Chinese
5.8×42 mm Chinese
ANARMA is especially alarmed that 7.62x54R and .30-06 Springfield are on the list. The latter is the best selling caliber of rifles and ammo in Spain.
They go on to add –
In view of the list, we believe that behind it is a distraction strategy, which we call “Jack Reacher”. As in the movie, a lot of targets are attacked, in order to hide the motives of the one who really interests. In this case, the 7.62x54R, the cartridge that fires the Mossin-Nagant, the SVT-40, the Dragunov and the Izhmash Tiger. These last three semi-automatic rifles that have always been in the ICAE’s sights. As with the new regulation, you cannot prohibit them, since they have never been FUL-AUTO, so they intend to prohibit the caliber. Possibly some others of those proposed are rejected, thus giving the appearance of a process with some formality. In short, another tease of legitimate gun users and an attack on private property and our freedoms.
I think ANARMA is correct. This is a devious way to ban firearms. Instead of saying you can’t own a Winchester 70 in .30-06, just ban the caliber as a “war caliber”.
I wonder which came first for the anti-gun movement – “weapons of war” or “war caliber”? Either way, it is a deliberate attempt by the prohibitionists to confuse the un-informed.
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Online matchmaking is nothing new, but now there’s a new service to connect gun lovers with the people, places, and things they need. RangeRecon.com is a brand-new resource for the shooting community.
This website is designed as a national clearinghouse for local use, to locate and connect with gun stores, ranges, events, instructors, and firearms education. Like Shot Trackers, the gun records service we recently reported on, Range Recon appears to be targeted at the millions-strong population of new (or relatively new) gun owners. Unlike Shot Trackers, Range Recon is designed to be funded not by the end user, but by the businesses that serve new shooters. In the six weeks or so since I first became acquainted with this website, it’s picked up some well-known national sponsors.
The video/blog learning portions of the site are off to a strong start. There’s a basic introduction to what to expect at indoor ranges, definitions and demos of a few kinds of shooting matches, and some interviews with industry professionals regarding products and competitions.
The range, retailer, and instructor directories are set up on a searchable map. While it would be impossible to check every location against whatever search engine is being used to populate results, it serves as a good place to start a search and get connected to locals who know the real information. The retailer list for my area, for example, appears to use the ATF licensee directory. Most of the parties listed on the results are not public stores. However, a call to any one of them is likely enough to get a new resident or new shooter pointed in the direction of a good retailer. The range listing is accurate for my location and is one of the few that gets the exact location of the public range correct — it’s famously inaccurate on the map of that search engine company sometimes called ‘Big G.’
The instructor directory seems to be based on Range Recon membership. A search of my home area doesn’t produce state-licensed concealed carry or other instructors certified by NRA, US Concealed Carry Association, and the like.
Under “Matches,” the directory fails to yield a listing of area USPSA and SASS groups, which would be the sort of contacts to logically include here. Hopefully the completeness of the service will improve in this regard.
Range Recon is based in Texas, so their “Hunting Leases” directory uses a title that’s specific to the state vernacular. And unless one accepts cookies from the site, the map ALWAYS centers on Dallas. Still, no useful information came up here. Same for the “Women’s Groups” heading, which has me wondering if other sub-groups, i.e. Pink Pistols, as well as clubs without exclusive membership, will want their own special categories in this age where social identity seems to seep into everything. At least for this writer, the shedding of cultural labels and focus on the activity is a prime reason why range time is so enjoyable.
As a new effort to engage and educate newcomers, Range Recon is a good start. Its operators would benefit from providing information up front about what benefits may come from creating an account. Right now, there is no apparent reason for the log-in page. Extending a hand to sponsors and putting them in more prominent locations would surely help sustainability of the site and help users connect to advertisers’ wares. This is a site that needs to develop before it spreads its wings, but has the potential for great reach and influence if done well.
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(Image: Screenshot from pan lubing bullets video)
Last week, we posted a video from FortuneCookie45LC about buying toilet wax rings, which are super cheap, to use as bullet lube on cast bullets for reloading. You can check that out by clicking here.
Using toilet wax rings for bullet lube costs much less than buying “sure-nuff” bullet lubricant, but you have to deal with its ring shape, since it doesn’t come in the right configuration for feeding it through a bullet sizer/lubricator. We suggested cutting it into small bits to be shoved into a sizer/luber and compacted using the feed mechanism, or melting it to pour into a mold of the right configuration for the sizer/luber.
But what about other ways of lubricating bullets? Our video host doesn’t like pan lubing bullets, but he will do it in order to show how it’s done and answer a viewer’s question about it — and he does it using one of these el cheapo wax rings, along with some paraffin and candles.
Pan lubing bullets consists of placing bullets upright in a shallow pan, and pouring molten lubricant into the pan. It flows and fills the areas between bullets, and of course also fills the lube rings in the bullet’s body. You then have to get each bullet out of the lube while retaining the lube in the bullet’s grooves — and during the pour you also have to be really careful not to spill the melted wax, which can cause burns as well as being super messy.
He removes the “cake” of lube and bullets as one unit, and simply shoves each bullet out of the wax — at first. Then he experiences some lube loss, so he comes up with an alternative method in which he pushes from one direction to break the bullet loose, then pushes it out in the other direction.
He knows his stuff and is happy to share useful tips, but his camera work ain’t much… he keeps getting stuff out of focus. Oh well — we get the point.
So when it comes to pan lubing bullets, the answer is yes — you can do it with a toilet wax ring.
(Image: Screenshot from bulletproof Thermos video)
I’m sure you’ve been shopping for an insulated beverage container and noticed its claim to have survived speeding bullets… although the label shows a speeding cartridge, which is kind of weird. When this happens, it naturally sparks a question: Is this really a bulletproof Thermos?
Well, that’s what Demolition Ranch decided to find out. You can check it out in the video below but do yourself a favor and skip the first 2:15 unless you just like dumb stuff and/or shameless self-promotion.
When he tests the claims that the Stanley Thermos is truly bulletproof, he starts with 22 LR subsonic, then moves upwards to 9mm Luger, 45 ACP, and even a 12 gauge sabot slug… followed by 12 gauge 00 buck shot, of course.
Spoiler alert: The bulletproof Thermos ain’t. But naturally, penetration does vary according to what’s being used to shoot it.
In addition to buying dozens of Thermos bottles and Kel-Tec scatterguns for playing with in public (public videos anyhow), maybe Matt needs to save a buck or two so he can buy a Sharpie or a good ol’ Magic Marker. Then he could number the Thermos bottles so he knows which ones were lined up in first, second, third, and so on.
But you know how he is… silly, goofy, and flaky all apply. Also ‘successful,’ so he must be doing something right.
Well, check it out below… and if you enjoyed this post about the bulletproof Thermos, please share it with your friends.
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Under the categories of super-unique and highly unusual is the Polish RGA-86 smoke grenade launcher. The RGA is a rotary magazine shotgun-type launch vehicle used to disperse security smoke flares or other projectiles. To see one is to see one of the more rare and curious “firearms” to reach our shores.
Developed by the Wojskowa Akademia Techniczna in Poland by a team of engineers and weapons specialists, the RGA was manufactured from 1983 until 1986. Complete information on the RGA-86 is difficult to come by as one might imagine. Running a scan across the internet does not yield a whole lot in terms of its intended purpose and likely customer or user base.
Though only in production three years, one has to assume the firearm or grenade launcher was developed perhaps for law enforcement, foreign police agencies, and maybe for some military uses as well. Its projectiles seemed to be limited to smoke canisters. Again, if one assumes, it could have been used to disburse tear gas, but there is no mention of any explosive devices being launched by the RGA-86.
In Poland this device was classified as a shotgun. Its weight tips scales at 13.67 pounds. The one I was able to pick up and handle seemed quite heavy, but balanced front to rear. There is a rear grip and a forward vertical hand grip (AK-47 style). It has a heavy grab handle on top not unlike the original upper grab handles on M16s. The overall length of the launcher is 27.6 inches with the stock extended and 22.8 inches with the stock folded. The barrel is 8.9 inches in length.
The rotary magazine holds 30 rounds of 26.7 mm “shells.” The rotary magazine is loaded via a door that opens on the side of the magazine as it is turned from one cylinder chamber to the next. The door then latches down. The action of the shotgun is double action only after the side mounted charging handle is cocked.
The rate of fire for the RGA-86 is 30 rounds per minute with an effective range of 100 meters. The muzzle velocity of the shells is listed at 459 feet per second. Everyone asks if flare shells can be bought, and the answer is yes. In my research I found a source for the RGA-86 weapon and shells. Shells come in 10 round packs of red, blue, or green color for $35.99. This certainly would be cool for the 4th of July or a business/agency in need of dispersing colored smoke.
Have museums fundamentally changed since the advent of the internet? Does this impact decisions about whether artifacts like firearms are best held in museums versus private collections for the sake of study and understanding? How do creeping deactivation standards irreparably harm the community, and would any museum curator even consider deliberately destroying any other sort of artifact in their care? This and more, in today’s rambling discussion of guns and museums…
The National Rifle Association Institute for Legislative Action is pleased to announce the filing of NRA-backed legislation, Senate Bill 24, in Arkansas. This important piece of legislation would eliminate the duty to retreat for victims of a crime — if passed, a victim who is attacked will no longer be required by law to try and run away.
The National Rifle Association Institute for Legislative Action is pleased to announce the filing of NRA-backed legislation, Senate Bill 24, in Arkansas. This important piece of legislation would eliminate the duty to retreat for victims of a crime — if passed, a victim who is attacked will no longer be required by law to try and run away.
In the world of weapon lights, there are some pretty big names from SureFire to Streamlight. They both offer some great options for both pistol and rifle lights. I am a big fan of both the SureFire X300 line of weapon lights or Streamlight’s TLR-1 HL offerings. Inforce broke into the weapon-mounted light market a […]
Photo Of The Day – and we’re kicking off with a KSP58 Machine Gun in the hands of a Swedish Marine above. This machine gun has been in use by the Swedish Armed Forces since 1958 and is essentially an FN Herstal MAG. The gun is chambered in 7.62×51mm NATO. It’s a fun fact that […]
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Getting Fast with the S&W Model 53 I was taking a break at a hunting base camp resupplying to go after elk after a hard week of hunting mule deer in deep snow, when the camp cook brought out a revolver to show us after dinner. At first, I thought it was just a nice […]
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With no SHOT Show this coming year due to the pandemic, I think you are going to see a lot of line extensions of products with not many truly new products. Looking over the 2021 lineup of new knives from CRKT, you can see this. Knives like the Provoke folding karambit and the CEO flipper were introduced in past years and will be coming out in new colors.
The Ritual designed by Alan Folts might be the exception as it introduces a new mechanism along with a new knife.
The people at Knifecenter.com sat down with Ryan Pedersen of CRKT to go over the new introductions.
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Have you ever ordered a gun-related tool or accessory on Amazon only to have some assembly or modification required? Reading product reviews can be a good source of entertainment in some cases, and cringe-worthy in others, as people give products a bad review for not fitting the intended purpose of the buyer. In numerous instances, […]
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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! Like this AR7, for example.
Welcome back to anyone kind enough to tune in for #001 and #002! Also welcome if you are a newcomer to this fun biweekly segment of AllOutdoor. This time around I am going to cover the ArmaLite AR-7 Survival Rifle or AR7 for sake of word count. Most people will probably recognize this design by Henry Repeating Arms‘ very own U.S. Survival AR-7. It may surprise a few of you out there to know that this design dates back to the late 1950s and obvious or not by the name it was developed by ArmaLite who would go on to changing the firearm world with its AR-15.
Note: All photos of the silver AR7 are of a Charter Arms AR7s. The original ArmaLite AR7 Rifle was all black besides varying stock colors. I do only have one photo of a true ArmaLite AR7 and it will be labeled as such down the line. All others will only be extremely similar later variants.
Eugene Stoner is the father of many notable firearm-related engineering accomplishments and many will associate him with his AR-15. What some of you may not know is this all kicked off with him being Chief Engineer for ArmaLite Inc which was a division of Fairchild Engine & Airplane Corporation. Both entities would cease operation by the 1980s. During this time in the early 1950s, Eugene Stoner tinkered with various firearm designs which saw very little production or notoriety. The first initial inkling of success came via the ArmaLite AR-5, a survival-style bolt-action rifle that was chambered for 22 Hornet which was a popular cartridge at the time and perfectly suitable for a survival situation.
The AR-5 Survival rifle was adopted as the MA-1 by the US Airforce in 1956 and although it did not fully or formally phase out the over-under 410/22 Hornet M6 Survival rifle or the previous M4 collapsible wire stock bolt action(pictured above), it was in fact preferred for its five-round capacity, the capability of rapid-fire, and parts being able to be stored in the foam-lined plastic stock. The US Airforce had a large inventory of the M4 and M6, so the AR-5 rifle was rarely issued, but the contract was filled nonetheless! This rifle established ArmaLite in a big way and encouraged them to improve on their designs and shoot for more military contracts. Enter the ArmaLite AR7 in 1959!
A very surprising misconception is that the US Airforce officially adopted the AR7, but through my research, I have found this to be false. In fact, the AR7 though potentially used by the US military never saw any formal adoption. The AR7 was actually an effort by Eugene Stoner and ArmaLite to bring a survival style rifle to the civilian market. The AR7 was designed off the base fundamentals of the AR-5/MA-1 Survival rifle. It was to be chambered in a small caliber, be light enough to tote around, float if dropped in water, and collapse/be disassembled into the stock. ArmaLite would produce the AR7 (or marketed as the AR7 Explorer) from 1959 to 1973 but the design would be licensed and reproduced all the way up till now where Henry Repeating Arms currently makes one!
The original ArmaLite AR7 was produced in three different stock colors (black, brown, and green). The brown and green stocks tended to have an almost flowing pattern of different shades of colors. The receiver and barrel were always black. The AR7 was particularly light because the barrel itself was steel-lined aluminum. Some other notable features of the original AR7 are as follows:
For now, I am going to cover the specs of the original ArmaLite AR7. In part two (Curious Relics #004) I will try to include specs of a variant that came later; the Charter Arms Explorer II pistol! As far as the beginning of this incredible lasting design look to the specs below:
Well, ladies and gentlemen, we are closing out the first half of a two-part segment on the ArmaLite AR7. Soon enough Part II will come along and I will come back in and link to it here. Till then keep an eye out for some more information on a truly interesting firearm that does not get as much attention as it deserves. I hope to get the chance to go over some more juicy details on the AR7 soon!
In closing, we here at AllOutdoor hope you enjoyed the newest segment and maybe even learned something you did not know before. So what do you think of this design? Do you want to go out and find one to have for yourself? Did you know it was made long before Henry Repeating Arms brought it back? As always, let us know all of your thoughts in the Comments below! We always appreciate your feedback.
More reading on the AR7 Survival Rifle:
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In the brick ‘n mortar retail landscape for firearms and sporting goods, there are only so many options for hunters and shooters to choose from in buying their gear. If you want that in-person touch when purchasing your gear – aside from Mom ‘n Pop shops – you are likely looking at Cabela’s, Bass Pro, […]
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The Missouri Department of Conservation has approved a black bear hunt for 2021 and is finalizing the rules as to how the hunt, tentatively set for next fall, will play out. Right now the only things left to decide are the amount of permits the state will issue and also a harvest quota. Once those parameters are set Missouri residents will be able to apply for Permits roughly in May 2021 for an October 2021 hunt. A portion of the Missouri Department of Conservation’s (MDC) Press Release can be read below:
“JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Missouri Conservation Commission recently gave final approval to the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) for the state’s first black bear hunting season framework. The Commission finalized the hunting season framework and related regulations at its Dec. 11 open meeting in Jefferson City. The approved framework limits any future bear hunting to areas of southern Missouri and restricts bear hunting to Missouri residents only.“
The MDC has been tracking bear populations for the last 50 years and have noticed a steady incline in their numbers. Currently, the MDC estimates that Missouri holds between 540 – 840 black bear mainly in its southern regions. At the moment, they predict the bear population to double within the next 10 years at an average rate of 9% per year. A lot of the expected growth of the Missouri black bear population is due to booming populations in the neighboring states of Oklahoma and Arkansas. MDC Furbearer Biologist, Laura Conlee, further explained the intricacies of the upcoming black bear hunt:
“A bear-hunting season in our state will provide opportunities for Missourians to participate in the sustainable harvest of this valuable wildlife species. As our black bear population continues to grow, a highly regulated hunting season will be an essential part of population management in the future. The timing and length of the season, allowed hunting methods, and a limited permit allocation coupled with a limited harvest quota will ensure a sustainable harvest of our growing bear population.“
The Missouri black bear season is set to begin on the 3rd Monday of October and run for 10 days (or until the set Harvest Quota is met; whichever comes first). Personally, being a Minnesota resident where we have had regular black bear seasons for decades I can attest to the fact that black bear meat is delicious, and a uniquely challenging hunt. For everybody in our reading audience, is anyone from Missouri who may have a chance at hunting black bear for the 1st time? As always, let us know all of your thoughts in the Comments below! We always appreciate your feedback.
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With 2021 upon us, manufacturers are gearing up to open the flood gates on new product announcements and Bushnell is starting to trickle theirs out. To kick it off, Bushnell has debuted 7 NEW sets of binoculars that all retail for less than $100, making them very affordable. All of these new offerings come from their Powerview and Powerview 2 lines. All of the attributes and specifications for all of the new binoculars can be read below as presented by Bushnell:
All of these new binoculars from Bushnell are covered by their “Ironclad Warranty” which is a full lifetime warranty that covers the lifetime of your product. These new binos boast an all-metal chassis to support durability and have been tested from the scorching heat of summer to the bitter cold of winter to ensure that no deformation ever occurs. The Powerview 2 series also features an updated ergonomic feel with a “Rubber Armor” exterior. All of the different, new offerings and their associated price-points can be read below:
A couple things Bushnell has always been known for is manufacturing affordable products and having a stellar warranty, and that continues with these 7 new Powerview and Powerview 2 binoculars. The only question that remains is if these binos are something you are looking for? Or are you in the market for something more expensive? As always, let us know all of your thoughts in the Comments below! We always appreciate your feedback.
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Wilson Combat – based out of Berryville, Arkansas – has officially broke ground on expanding their facility an additional 16,000 square feet citing a surge in demand for their products. This will create a 20% increase in their workforce once the expansion is complete and operational. Right now, Wilson Combat employs 200 people so this […]
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Bighorn ram tags in North Dakota are as rare as hen’s teeth, so when people get drawn for them they try to make the most of that valuable opportunity. For the 2020 hunting season, there were 17,000 applicants with only 5 tags given out for a 0.02% chance of being drawn. A very young Grafton, ND hunter – 22 year old David Suda – took that once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and made it count by harvesting what should be a NEW North Dakota Bighorn Ram State Record.
If you could attempt to put a value on one of those nearly impossible to acquire tags the figure that comes to mind would be $83,000! The Midwest Chapter of Wild Sheep Foundation was able to auction off an additional 6th tag for charity and that is the price it fetched at auction. This only speaks to the rarity of these tags and to what lengths some people are willing to go to get one.
The monster bighorn ram that David Suda harvested occurred on the morning of October 30th and scored a kingly 190″ besting the previous state record of 179″ total. The North Dakota Game and Fish Department gave the official Green Score measurement, but there is still a mandatory 60-day “drying period” that must occur before the State Record is official. The ND Game and Fish Department aged the bighorn ram shot by David Suda as being 7 years old. Since 1975, there has been a total of 256 bighorn rams harvested in North Dakota through the management of the Game and Fish Department with a 99% success rate for hunters who draw a tag.
As if harvesting a North Dakota State Record Bighorn Ram was not enough for David Suda, he also had drawn a mule deer tag this year, and that animal was no slouch either. The mule deer Suda harvested was 170″ and is a wall-hanger as well! In a normal hunting season, that mule deer would be the highlight of the year for anyone, but when you punch your bighorn ram tag and it turns out to be a State Record, that mule deer will simply pale in comparison. Congratulations to David Suda on the 2 tremendous animals taken! If you have ever had the opportunity to hunt ram or mule deer out in North Dakota let us know your thoughts below! We always appreciate your feedback.
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Slovenian firearms manufacturer AREX Defense is pleased to announce the latest iteration of their bestselling pistol, the Delta. Three brand new models of the pistol will be introduced with the Delta Gen 2 series with new customization options as well as all the great legacy features from the original Delta series. AREX Defense Announces Delta […]
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The Tippmann Armory 9mm Gatling Gun has just received a huge upgrade in the way of an 8-monocore suppressor that is now available from Liberty Suppressors. The Gatling Gun Suppressor makes this already awesome looking 9mm Gatling gun look all that much better and now also has the benefit of making the entire rig more […]
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The Mousqueton Modele 1854, named for General Antoine Hector Thésée Treuille de Beaulieu, was the first breechloader adopted by the French military. It was issued to the Cent Gardes (personal bodyguard) of Emperor Napoleon III and used a 9x46mm copper-cased pinfire cartridge. The action is a unique dropping block style that fires from an open bolt. The carbine itself was very light and handy, and to make it more imposing for the guards, it was issued with a meter-long saber bayonet.
A version without the bayonet was considered for more widespread cavalry use, but not adopted. Later on in the 1860s, some of these carbines were rebuilt to use centerfire ammunition, replacing the mainspring with a more traditional trigger guard. The Cent Gardes were disbanded in 1870, and the Modele 1854 left service at that time.
This carbine is part of the Liege arms museum’s display of military arms, and I’d like to thanks them for taking it out of their display so I can show it to you! If you are in Liege, stop in and see the museum!
There are many suppressed rifles with permanently attached silencers on the market, but what exactly is an integrally suppressed rifle (ISR). When I think integrally suppressed, I think of the suppression system built directly into the barrel. A good example of this is the Curtis Tactical 9mm bolt gun that Pete reviewed for TFB’s Silencer […]
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Scharfschützen – snipers in German is the theme for this Photo Of The Day. The photo above is pretty cool, with the .300 Win Mag just leaving the muzzle on its journey. From the caption, written by Elisabeth Rabe, and machine translated: It is a strategy of the military: the enemy is at the mercy of […]
Welcome everyone to the 78th 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 have […]
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If you’re into curio and relic firearms from the WWII era, then a recent discovery in the stimulus/appropriations bill should be interesting to you as it may give way to the importation of South Korean M1 Carbines into the US firearms market. M1 Carbines still remain a highly sought after firearms for both collectors and […]
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If you have ever done any amount of upland bird hunting in your life you likely have tried out your fair share of game vests. Most are very simply designed and leave you wanting more. More pocket storage, easier access, and the ability to tune it specifically to the type of hunt you will be undergoing on a given day. Every different bird you could potentially hunt – pheasant, chukar, quail, rabbits or any other upland or small game – may require you to change your gear to make that day easier on yourself. Well, finally you can have the ability to tailor your game vest to your exacting needs with a Chief Upland hunting vest that is front-loading and customizable. All of the specifications can be read below as presented by Chief Upland:
The MSRP for this 1st ever customizable, front-loading hunting vest is $159 from Chief Upland. They have teamed up with strategic developers, gear designers, and apparel engineers across the globe to design and develop the Over/Under vest. No matter your mission or your stature, you can setup and equip yourself for the day ahead with this vest. Jake Lindemann, founder and CEO of Chief Upland, goes on to explain the hunting vest further:
“Our time is invested to help our customers keep up with their dogs in the field, stay organized and comfortable, and hunt until their hearts are content…rain or shine, prairie or mountain.
Through factory relationships with experts in the apparel industry, we’re able to produce and bring our market-disrupting gear to the hunting world at remarkably valuable and affordable prices.”
So, looking at the Chief Upland Over/Under Vest System it authentically looks well-designed, meticulous in its layout, and it truly boasts a lot of features… but is it deserving of the spendy $159 MSRP? The next time you go chasing pheasants, grouse, or other small game would you use this vest? As always, let us know all of your thoughts in the Comments below! We always appreciate your feedback.
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The Ruger Precision Rifle has been a popular choice for precision rifle shooters since its introduction. The Ruger Custom shop has decided to put out a new touched up 6mm Creedmoor version of the rifle with a few extra bells and whistles to enhance the performance and looks over the standard rifle. Ruger Custom Shop […]
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There are not many independent chain stores left in the US that sell sporting goods, firearms, and related accessories to hunters, shooters, and sportsmen/sportswomen. After a recent transaction among some industry giants, there is even one less. Sportsmans Warehouse has been officially bought by the Great American Outdoors Group – parent company to Bass Pro and Cabela’s. The newfound clout of these 3 large sporting good retailers is now unmatched compared to anyone else in the market. Their official Press Release can be read below:
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. and WEST JORDAN, Utah, Dec. 21, 2020 – In an effort to better serve its loyal customers, Sportsman’s Warehouse has entered into a definitive agreement to join the Great American Outdoors Group, parent company of Bass Pro Shops, Cabela’s, White River Marine Group and a collection of nature-based resorts. The Great American Outdoors Group will remain a private company with a long-term view to do what is best for its customers, team members and conservation initiatives. As part of the agreement, Sportsman’s Warehouse will be acquired for $18.00 per share in cash.
Between Cabela’s and Bass Pro, they have 169 retail stores total at last count. Then, when you add in the 112 stores that Sportsmans Warehouse has as well that brings the total for the Great American Outdoors Group to a whopping 281 retail locations! This new trio of retail giants could spell both positive and negative things for shoppers in the coming years.
One bad thing that could occur is there is now less competition in the marketplace. When more competition occurs that typically drives prices down for consumers. With Sportsmans Warehouse, Cabela’s, and Bass Pro all under the same portfolio there is less desire to lower prices because they are one in the same – adding sales and profits to the same pot, so to speak.
A positive to this new joint venture amongst 3 of the industry’s largest retailers is they now have more purchasing power and buying clout than ever. If you are searching for something that is difficult to obtain any of the stores from the Great American Outdoors Group could give you better odds of finding it. When they approach manufacturers and place orders for products money talks. Tremendously large orders draw more attention and have a higher likelihood of being filled because it is a bigger pay day for the manufacturer.
So, while Sportsmans Warehouse covers much of the western United States and Cabela’s and Bass Pro has much of the central and eastern regions blanketed, the Great American Outdoors Group now has ample coverage of nearly the entire Lower 48. Depending on where you live, these might be the only stores you are able to patronize for your archery, fishing, and hunting needs. What do you think of Sportsmans Warehouse being bought? Will it be a good thing? Or a bad thing? As always, let us know all of your thoughts in the Comments below! We always appreciate your feedback.
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When it comes to scouting your hunting area and taking an inventory of local wildlife that can be a yearlong process. Seasons change and so can the animals frequenting your land so a reliable game camera can be vital for gather data on your property. One company who can assist you with this task is Wildgame Innovations, and they have released two NEW Switch scouting cameras – the Switch Cam and Switch Cam Lightsout game cameras – that are now available.
“Grand Prairie, TX – Three buttons: that’s all it takes to get the Switch and Switch Lightsout cameras fully operational. This dummy-proof trail camera is the easiest setup we’ve ever created.
For over two decades, Wildgame Innovations has led the way in affordable trail cameras. With the Switch and Switch Lightsout cameras, we’ve addressed user comments by providing the simplest setup of any game camera on the market. Choose a capture mode, delay, setting and time zone and you’re done. The Switch and Switch Lightsout cameras capture crisp 12- megapixel images and 720p HD videos, and update the date and time automatically (even during Daylight Savings). Spend your time hunting, not setting up cameras, with the Switch and Switch Lightsout cameras.
The Switch is outfitted with high-intensity infrared LEDs, while the Switch Lightsout uses both invisible black infrared LEDs and the Lightsout invisible infrared LED flash. As a result, hunters will capture crisp and vivid high-definition photos and videos to help hone in on your next hunt.”
One of the shortcomings with most game cameras is that they are too complicated to effectively setup and use. Most of us simply want the date, time, and for photos or video to be taken. These rudimentary requests can be often difficult to program because so many game cameras are over-engineered with poor explanations in the Owner’s Manual. That is why Wildgame Innovations has sought out to make their game cameras more simple.
When many people are pulling their tree stands and hanging up their gear for the year now is the time to truly analyze the patterns of deer and other wildlife in your area. With the assistance of a game camera and a little bit of snow to show tracks you can better identify pinch-points on your property for better stand locations and areas for higher likelihood of success next year. Keep all those things in mind and potentially check out the new offerings from Wildgame Innovations the next time you are in the market for a game camera. As always, let us know all of your thoughts in the Comments below! We always appreciate your feedback.
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CMMG has finally released a .22LR rimfire version of their popular CCMG Banshee rifle/pistol rigs. The new CMMG 22LR Banshee is stated to be the shortest Banshee made available to date. The .22LR Banshee will also come in several different configurations with different end caps and QD sling options. Full details below in the press […]
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(Image: Alliant 410 powder; © 2020 Alliant Powder)
There are many factors to consider when it comes to reloading, and hand-loading shotgun shells is another animal entirely. And for shotgunners who prefer the diminutive 410 bore, ammo prices can sometimes be sky-high. It’s odd to think those little bitty shotshells cost quite a bit more than even 12 gauge shells, but they sure do.
Reloading can help reduce ammo cost as well as allowing a shooter to custom-tune his own loads — and Alliant Powder has recently come out with a smokeless powder which they say is the only one specifically made for reloading 410 shotgun shells for skeet shooting. Naturally, it’s called Alliant 410 powder.
Here’s some info from the press release:
RADFORD, Virginia — Alliant Powder, a leading manufacturer of smokeless powder, released a new propellant that is the only flake powder specifically designed for the demanding needs of 410 bore skeet and field loads. Shipments of improved 410 are being delivered to dealers.
The new 410 powder’s efficient formulation delivers low charge weights and optimum loading characteristics. The flake granulation yields excellent charging characteristics while minimizing annoying bar leakage. It all comes together for superior patterns and consistent performance—shot after shot, lot after lot.
- Clean burning
- Excellent charging flow
- Optimum loading characteristics
- Superior performance
- Excellent lot-to-lot consistency
- Made in the USA
For more Alliant Powder information and load data, visit www.alliantpowder.com
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A new uniform item is coming to the US army – the Combat Cloth Face Covering (CCFC) or, in civilian terms, a camouflage face mask. More than a year on since the Coronavirus swept the globe the US Army has finally moved to standardise a general issue mask. Starting next year, every new soldier can expect to […]
Have you ever been mag dumping and thought, “That 30 rounds went by too fast. I wish I had three more!”? Well, fortunately for you, the folks at Strike Industries have been in that exact situation. To remedy this issue, Strike has introduced their Strike AR-15 Magazine or Strike Mag, if you believe the packaging. […]
Ever since The Mandalorian chose a terrific prototype Bergmann pistol as the base for Mando’s blaster pistol, I’ve been asked to cover the real gun origins of the blasters form he original Star Wars film. This isn’t a particularly difficult thing to look up online, but hopefully I can bring a bit of additional context beyond the typical search engine results…
Indian small arms procurement is a complex business. Not only is the Indian Army extremely large, standing at around 1.2 million men, but it also has a complex procurement structure and an indigenous small arms manufacturing base that has failed to provide weapons that meet the Indian Army’s requirements. Combining the features from the tried […]
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This Photo Of The Day is a little different. It’s to show what TFB is about to review, call it a teaser if you like. We’re looking at a Schmidt & Bender 3-27×56 PMII riflescope and the Pulsar Krypton FXG50 Thermal Clip-On. In terms of optics, and software applications, we seem to live in a Golden Era. […]
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