Saturday, 26 September


POTD: Thumbs-up for the Steyr AUG Bullpup? [The Firearm Blog]

POTD: Thumbs-up for the Steyr AUG Bullpup?Thumbs-up for the Steyr AUG Bullpup? Or the StG 77 (Sturmgewehr 77) as it’s called in the Austrian Army. The Steyr AUG uses a riflescope made by Swarovski. It has a 1.5x power magnification and is integrated into the receiver and there are some basic iron sights on top of the riflescope. You can also easily […]

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NRA Applauds Nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court [NRA-ILA News]

The National Rifle Association (NRA) fully supports President Trump’s nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to the United States Supreme Court. The Senate should act swiftly to confirm her.


SILENCER SATURDAY #144: Top 9mm Pistol Suppressor Hosts [The Firearm Blog]

SILENCER SATURDAY #144: Top 9mm Pistol Suppressor HostsGood afternoon fellow suppressor lovers and welcome to the pumpkin spice edition of TFB’s Silencer Saturday brought to you by Yankee Hill Machine, manufacturers of the new YHM R9 pistol, carbine and rifle suppressor. Last week we discussed the pros and cons of running a can underneath a handguard. The bottom line (for me) is that […]

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Gov. Murphy’s Gun Tax Falls Flat -- Again [NRA-ILA News]

New Jersey gun owners received a bit of good news recently when the Legislature sent the budget to Gov. Phil Murphy, and it did not contain the revenues from massive hikes the executive had earlier proposed on firearm permitting fees.


Taurus Curve: My Worst Backup Gun Match Yet! [Forgotten Weapons]

A little while back during the summer I went to our monthly Backup Gun Match with, of all things, a Taurus Curve. Why do I even own one of those? Well, I found one new in the box at a local gun show for less than $200. Because it is such an unusual gun in a bunch of ways, I figured it really deserved a place in the Forgotten Weapons Collection. So, I bought it, and just left it in the box. Several months later, debating what to run at the match, I realized I still had that Curve, still unfired in the box. Well, 90%+ of the people who bought one of those would have done nothing but load a magazine and stick it in a pocket, so why not run it just that way? All I did was check to make sure the laser’s batteries were still working.

…not that the laser ended up making any difference. This was my worst Backup Gun Match that I can remember. Hopefully all the failure is at least entertaining!

Also, thanks to Roger for rescuing me with his G1 Yeet Cannon on the last stage!

Friday, 25 September


Home On The Range #006: How to DOUBLE your Compost Heat Benefits []

Welcome to our reoccurring 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.

Turboboost your Soil with Compost Heat

Manure to boost the system, the rest of the energy comes from various vegetation off the farm

Naturally, compost piles are a great way to use up all that organic waste on one’s farm.  It makes for good fertilizer, but the heat generated by the process can provide an extra benefit when routed in the correct way.  A neat project proposed to me and implanted this year on my farm is a compost “heat well” connected to a hydronic system of pipes that routes the heat under various planting areas in order to keep my soil temperatures higher.  This in turn has reduced germination time, boosted yields, and provided resistance against unseasonal frost events (which can happen at any month in higher altitude farms).  Not only that, but it has allowed me to plant crops that normally do not grow well in my area due to the extreme diurnal temperature swings that one can encounter in higher altitude Northern climes.  How does it work?  Let’s take a look.

Pit dug for compost, heat pump, and hydronic coil with flex pipe in place

Get the Heat Where you Need It

Barrel and hydronic coil
Barrel and hydronic coil

So how does one harness and reroute the heat from a simple compost pile?  In our case, we used a solar powered water pump from Rural Power Systems (RPS).  The pump sits in a barrel of water in the middle of my compost pit.  This barrel is then hooked up to a circuit of flex pipe that runs underneath my planter beds.  The pump moves water heated by the compost pile through the flex pipe circuit, distributing the heat from the compost pile.

RPS Solar array in place
RPS Solar array in place

The layout of the flex pipe was done before we put the topsoil in place for the planting beds.  The pipe is layed in a coil around the bottom of the compost pit to maximize heat gain, and then has direct runs to each planting area.  Once under the planting area, a serpentine pattern or coil is used to maximize heat transfer to the soil, depending on the shape of the area.  Our hydronic circuit is played out in series, making for easier movement of the water along the circuit.  In the wintertime, the whole setup can be easily pumped out if the ground freezes in your area.

RPS Control box for solar panel and pump
RPS Control box for solar panel and pump

The results have been excellent.  I have been able to grow corn, cantaloupe, and watermelon in an area where it is extremely rare to see these outside of a greenhouse environment.  The Solar array from RPS has held up well to the 50 MPH+ wind events we can have in our area.  Overall, I am quite pleased with the results of this endeavor.  Should such a setup interest you, you can check out Rural Power Supply for many of your off-grid needs.

Extra heat can be absorbed by the PVC piping, holes are cut south-facing

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Trump’s Short, Short SCOTUS List []

Back when President Trump was planning to fill the seat of Justice Anthony Kennedy, I published short bios of all the people on his short list. He has since added to that list and it becomes important again as he plans to replace the late Justice Ginsburg with another woman.

I had planned to do a post on the five women that were on the “short, short” list. However, news broke this evening that the pick will be Judge Amy Coney Barrett.

Amy Coney Barrett

48 y.o., married to Jesse Barrett, an AUSA for Northern Indiana, 7 children. Roman Catholic. 

Current Position:Judge, 7th Circuit Court of Appeals, appointed by Pres. Donald Trump, confirmed Oct. 31, 2017 

Rhodes College, BA, 1994
Univ. of Notre Dame Law School, JD summa cum laude, law review, 1997 

Judge Laurence Silberman, US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit, 1997-1998
Justice Antonin Scalia, Supreme Court of the United States, 1998-1999 

Previous Positions:Associate, Miller, Cassidy, Larroca & Lewin, Washington, DC., 1999-2001
Adjunct Prof., George Washington University Law School, 2001-2002
John M. Olin Fellow in Law, 2001-2002
Prof. of Law, University of Notre Dame Law School, 2002-2017
Visiting Prof. of Law, University of Virgina Law School, 2007

Congressional Insiders and Outsiders, U.Chi. L. Rev. (forthcoming 2017).
Originalism and Stare Decisis, 92 Notre Dame L. Rev. 1921 (2017).
Congressional Originalism, 19 U. Penn. J. of Const. L. 1 (2017) (with John Copeland Nagle)
Countering the Majoritarian Difficulty, 31 Const. Comm. 61 (2017).
Statutory Interpretation in The Encyclopedia of American Governance (2016).
Federal Court Jurisdiction in The Encyclopedia of American Governance (2016).
Substantive Canons and Faithful Agency, 90 B.U. L. REV. 109 (2010).
Federal Jurisdiction in Encyclopedia of the Supreme Court of the United States.
Introduction: Stare Decisis and Nonjudicial Actors, 83 Notre Dame Law Review 1147 (2008).
Procedural Common Law, 94 Virginia L. Rev. 813-88 (2008).
The Supervisory Power of the Supreme Court, 103 Colum. L. Rev. 324 (2006).
Statutory Stare Decisis in the Courts of Appeals, 73 Geo. Wash. L. Rev. 317 (2005).
Stare Decisis and Due Process, 74 U. Colo. L. Rev. 1011 (2003).
Catholic Judges in Capital Cases, 81 Marquette L.Rev. 303 (1998) (with John H. Garvey) 

Judicial Opinions: In the short time Judge Barrett has been on the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals (written in 2018), she has authored eight majority opinions and one dissent. None of these had to do with issues surrounding either the First or Second Amendments. 

Opposition:Judge Barrett, a practicing Roman Catholic and mother of seven, is loved by evangelicals and hated by the Left. The former hopes she’ll vote to overturn Roe v. Wade and the latter expect her to do that and thus find her objectionable. According to the left-wing Alliance for Justice, she decried Roe due to the Supreme Court “creat[ed] through judicial fiat a framework of abortion on
demand.” “

Some updates from my original post on Judge Barrett in 2018. Since she has been on the 7th Circuit, she actually had participated in a Second Amendment case. The case was Kanter v. Barr and Judge Barrett dissented.

From the SCOTUS Blog:

In a story in the National Review in August 2020, conservative legal activist Carrie Severino described Barrett as a “champion of originalism” during her short tenure so far on the 7th Circuit. In the 2019 case Kanter v. Barr, the court of appeals upheld the mail fraud conviction of the owner of an orthopedic footwear company. He argued that federal and state laws that prohibit people convicted of felonies from having guns violate his Second Amendment right to bear arms. The majority rejected that argument. It explained that the government had shown that the laws are related to the government’s important goal of keeping guns away from people convicted of serious crimes.

Barrett dissented. At the time of the country’s founding, she said, legislatures took away the gun rights of people who were believed to be dangerous. But the laws at the heart of Kanter’s case are too broad, she argued, because they ban people like Kanter from having a gun without any evidence that they pose a risk. Barrett stressed that the Second Amendment “confers an individual right, intimately connected with the natural right of self-defense and not limited to civic participation.”

From Damon Root at about Barrett’s dissent in this case:

The categorical ban on gun possession by people with felony records is therefore “wildly overinclusive,” Barrett noted, quoting UCLA law professor Adam Winkler. “It includes everything from Kanter’s offense, mail fraud, to selling pigs without a license in Massachusetts, redeeming large quantities of out-of-state bottle deposits in Michigan, and countless other state and federal offenses,” she wrote. The ban is also underinclusive, she added, since people may reasonably be deemed dangerous even when they have not been convicted of a felony—for example, when they commit certain violent misdemeanors (another disqualification under federal law).

Given the poor fit between the ban’s scope and its ostensible purpose, Barrett said, it is not “substantially related to an important government interest”—the test under the “intermediate scrutiny” that the majority said it was applying in this case. “Neither Wisconsin nor the United States has introduced data sufficient to show that disarming all nonviolent felons substantially advances its interest in keeping the public safe,” she wrote. “Nor have they otherwise demonstrated that Kanter himself shows a proclivity for violence. Absent evidence that he either belongs to a dangerous category or bears individual markers of risk, permanently disqualifying Kanter from possessing a gun violates the Second Amendment.”

Barrett closed with a warning that will alarm gun control advocates but reassure people dismayed by the failure of federal courts to follow up on Heller and the Supreme Court’s 2010 decision in McDonald v. City of Chicago (which made it clear that the Second Amendment applies to state and local governments) by taking the right to arms as seriously as other constitutionally protected rights. “While both Wisconsin and the United States have an unquestionably strong interest in protecting the public from gun violence, they have failed to show, by either logic or data, that disarming Kanter substantially advances that interest,” she wrote. “On this record, holding that the ban is constitutional as applied to Kanter does not ‘put[] the government through its paces,’ but instead treats the Second Amendment as a ‘second-class right, subject to an entirely different body of rules than the other Bill of Rights guarantees.'”

All I can say here is that if Judge Barrett had been Justice Barrett at the beginning of the year, we would not have seen the Supreme Court deny certiorari in the multitude of Second Amendment cases before it. Chief Justice John Roberts and his potential negative vote would have been mooted.

Groups, both liberal and conservative, have quickly sent out releases both anti-Barrett and pro-Barrett.

From Aimee Allison of “She The People” which is a San Francisco-based “national network connecting women of color to transform our democracy.”:

“Today’s news is devastating. Judge Amy Coney Barrett in no way fills the immense void Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg left on our highest court. She is favored among Trump-loyal conservatives, and her judicial record makes it clear she would be solidly opposed to abortion rights and inclined, even eager, to reverse Roe v. Wade, and the Affordable Care Act.

“If confirmed, right-wing judicial activist Barrett would reshape the law and society for generations to come. She is a detriment to our democracy.

Conversely, the Club for Growth is quite pleased.

Club for Growth President David McIntosh praised President Trump’s nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the U.S. Supreme Court to fill the vacancy left by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death. 
“In the coming years, the Supreme Court will decide many critical cases on issues that will shape America’s economy. Either the Supreme Court will let the free-market operate without excessive government interference, or it will give the administrative state power it should never have. Judge Amy Coney Barrett is an excellent selection who has shown a rock-solid commitment to originalism and the Constitution.” McIntosh said. 
“Yet again, President Trump has nominated an extraordinary judge to the Supreme Court. This choice will shape America’s future, as the Court considers cases relating to issues like the constant unconstitutional growth of government and whether federal agencies should have free reign to enact arbitrary rules without Congressional approval. Judge Barrett is a principled originalist, and we have every confidence that she will rule appropriately on these vital issues. We urge the U.S. Senate to move quickly to confirm Judge Barrett.” 

It is going to be a war but a war I think we will win.

One last tidbit that I gleaned this evening from a little research. Judge Barrett and former NRA-ILA Director Chris Cox are both graduates of Rhodes College. I wondered if their times there overlapped and they did. Barrett was a 1994 graduate and Cox was a 1992 graduate. If Rhodes was anything like my alma mater Guilford, they may have had some classes together and most certainly would have seen one another on campus as both are small, liberal arts colleges.

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Friday Night Lights: DIY Modified Aurora – Digital Thermal Fusion [The Firearm Blog]

The SiOnyx Aurora is a digital night vision camera. It is relatively inexpensive and has potential. It has a sensor that is sensitive to low light and has the ability to see infrared light. While the Aurora is a pretty straight forward action camera, it has greater potential lying dormant inside. Thanks to astrophotography enthusiast […]

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POTD: FB MSBS Grot in Operation Masurian Lightning [The Firearm Blog]

TFB’s Photo Of The Day is back sharing great photos from around the World and the World of firearms. Today we look at pictures from NATO’s enhanced Forward Presence Battle Group Poland and their Operation Masurian Lightning from a few weeks ago. This was a platoon-level situational training exercise to increase readiness through multiple force on […]

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True Velocity Unveils Advanced Manufacturing Capabilities With Potential to Reinvent Ammunition Supply Chain [The Firearm Blog]

Following a discussion by the US House Armed Services Committee about the ‘Modernization of the Conventional Ammunition Production Industrial Base’ on 22nd September True Velocity released a statement explaining how their technology and processes can be leveraged to update ammunition manufacturing. During the hearing, General Edward M. Daly, Commanding General, Army Materiel Command explained that the Army is […]

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More People Hunting and Fishing in the Pandemic [NRA-ILA News]

More people appear to be picking up hunting as a hobby during the pandemic. Hunting license sales for May are up compared to the same time last year, and Arizona Game and Fish say sales have stayed steady since then.


The Armed Citizen® September 25, 2020 [NRA-ILA News]

A homeowner in Pico Rivera, Calif., defended himself with a firearm when two alleged gang members attempted to burglarize his home on Sept. 18, 2020. The incident occurred when the two individuals forced their way in early that Friday morning.


Amy Coney Barrett's Second Amendment position [Of Arms and the Law]

She's on the short list for the Supreme Court position, and she's very, VERY solid on the Second Amendment! She dissented in Kanter v. Barr, where the Seventh Circuit rejected an as-applied Second Amendment challenge, brought by a person who had been convicted of a nonviolent felony (mail fraud).

"History is consistent with common sense: it demonstrates that legislatures have the power to prohibit dangerous people from possessing guns. But that power extends only to people who are dangerous. Founding-era legislatures did not strip felons of the right to bear arms simply because of their status as felons. Nor have the parties introduced any evidence that founding-era legislatures imposed virtue-based restrictions on the right; such restrictions applied to civic rights like voting and jury service, not to individual rights like the right to possess a gun. In 1791--and for well more than a century afterward--legislatures disqualified categories of people from the right to bear arms only when they judged that doing so was necessary to protect the public safety."

"As I explain below, none of these rationales supports the proposition that the legislature can permanently deprive felons of the right to possess arms simply because of their status as felons. The historical evidence does, however, support a different proposition: that the legislature may disarm those who have demonstrated a proclivity for violence or whose possession of guns would otherwise threaten the public safety. This is a category simultaneously broader and narrower than "felons"--it includes dangerous people who have not been convicted of felonies but not felons lacking indicia of dangerousness."

"To be sure, the American experience does not map on exactly to the English one. For one thing, the right protected by the Second Amendment was decidedly broader than the one protected in the English Bill of Rights."

"In sum, the available evidence suggests that the right to arms differs from rights that depend on civic virtue for enjoyment. The Second Amendment confers an individual right, intimately connected with the natural right of self-defense, and not limited to civic participation (i.e., militia service)."

"If the Second Amendment were subject to a virtue limitation, there would be no need for the government to produce--or for the court to assess--evidence that nonviolent felons have a propensity for dangerous behavior. But Heller forecloses the "civic right" argument on which a virtue limitation depends. And while both Wisconsin and the United States have an unquestionably strong interest in protecting the public from gun violence, they have failed to show, by either logic or data, cf. Skoien , 614 F.3d at 642, that disarming Kanter substantially advances that interest. On this record, holding that the ban is constitutional as applied to Kanter does not "put[ ] the government through its paces," see Williams , 616 F.3d at 692, but instead treats the Second Amendment as a "second-class right, subject to an entirely different body of rules than the other Bill of Rights guarantees," McDonald v. City of Chicago , 561 U.S. 742, 780, 130 S.Ct. 3020, 177 L.Ed.2d 894 (2010) (plurality opinion). I therefore dissent."


Ohio: Legislation to Extend Current Concealed License Expiration Heads to the Governor [NRA-ILA News]

Currently heading to the desk of Governor Mike DeWine is House Bill 614, legislation that should help to relax the concerns of law-abiding Ohio gun owners whose CHLs are expiring soon.


Glock 19 With 3D Printed Parts Seized by Police in Sydney, Australia [The Firearm Blog]

Police in Sydney, Australia have seized a partially 3D printed Glock 19 pistol after a raid on a Newtown home which is believed to have also been assembled with illegally imported parts. As only the slide, barrel and trigger components need to be smuggled in through the postal service (which are unregulated and freely available […]

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American Tactical Unveils New FXH-45M Moxie 1911 [The Firearm Blog]

American Tactical Unveils New FXH-45M Moxie 1911American Tactical Inc, is a US manufacturer and worldwide importer of firearms, ammunition, and tactical equipment probably most famous for some of their 1911 pistols. They have just introduced the all-new FXH-45M Moxie 1911 pistol. The FXH-45M Moxie looks and feels different with an all-new barrel, slide, and sight set from a standard 1911 pistol. […]

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Jerry Miculek Proclaims Himself ‘King of Full Auto Friday’ []

(Image: Screenshot from video)

Jerry Miculek is well-known for shooting fast — even faster than some machineguns! But I guess he wanted to cement that claim, because now he’s decided to become machine gun royalty… here’s what he says about the video:

“Titles are being claimed all over YouTube with kings of this and queens of that. Laying my claim to the king of FULL AUTO FRIDAY!”

He blows through a variety of full-auto firearms one after the other, and when he gets to the M3 “Grease Gun” he once again does the old I’m-bored-look-at-the-camera thing.

After firing the final machinegun, he picks up a revolver… which he fires fairly quickly, but it seemed a tad slow for him. I’m thinking he’d gotten used to keeping the trigger mashed instead of exercising his digit to its full potential. After all, he did claim he was only going to pull each trigger once!

I recognized the background as Florida terrain, and looked up the Bradford Sportsmen’s Farm to discover it’s located in north Florida, not too awful far from some of my old stomping grounds. Sure looks like a fun place to be.

Enjoy! And make sure to keep watching after you think the video is over, for some bonus footage of a Tommy gun. As Jerry said:

“It’s a good day to be an American. Get some.”

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13,000 Rounds of Smuggled Ammunition Caught at Mexico Border [The Firearm Blog]

13,000 Rounds of Smuggled Ammunition Caught at Mexico BorderEarlier this week the Mexican government claimed that it has caught a United States Citizen attempting to bring 13,000 rounds of smuggled ammunition through the border crossing at Nogales which is right across from the State of Arizona. At the time of writing the perpetrator has been taken into custody by the Mexican government. 13,000 […]

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Into the Wild: 5 Extreme Places You Can Go with ARGO []

Remove the word “inaccessible” from your vocabulary

It’s no secret that an ARGO XTV can find its way into (and out of!) places that would scare the tires off most other off-road machines. Over the past five decades, ARGO’s amphibious extreme terrain vehicles have become synonymous with the word “tough” – and few machines jump into this lifestyle more eagerly than the 2021 ARGO Aurora Series.

The typical four-wheeler and side-by-side is no slouch when it comes to off-road prowess, but ARGO takes that capability and cranks it up a notch … several notches, actually. From rugged trail navigation to full-on amphibious operation, ARGO machines offer a unique mix of performance, payload capacity, and versatility, allowing riders to truly go anywhere, helping you reach spots that would be impossible to access on a traditional ATV.

Here are just a few of the previously-impassible places you can go with an ARGO XTV.


Argo XTV

ARGO’s main party trick? It’s fully amphibious. This year, new low-pressure 25-inch tires on ARGO Aurora models are custom engineered with a snazzy paddle design to help propel these 8x8s through water. Then, once you’re back on land, they’re able to seek traction on even the most extreme off-road terrain while applying just 1.5psi of ground pressure.

The rig’s one-piece high-density polyethylene lower body is smooth and durable, permitting ARGO to float over snags and stumps. Meanwhile, the hull design is intended to keep water hazards out while delivering stability and control to even novice drivers. Best of all? Thanks to powertrain and weight distribution improvements, most models in the eight-wheeled Aurora line can now ferry an equal number of passengers on water as it can on land.


Argo XTV

When trying to power your way through the mire of a swamp or that sticky muskeg, the last thing that should be on your mind is worrying about the engine in your off-road rig. ARGO Aurora XTVs have you covered in that department as well, powered by dependable V-twin 4-stroke EFI gas engines that are available in 33- or 40-horsepower outputs. Both are fan-cooled. Plus, ARGO’s left-hand driver cockpit configuration will be familiar to riders trading out of a side-by-side, while its raised flat floor means there’s room for the whole crew.


Argo XTV

Those who have traipsed through a cold bog in the pre-dawn fog in order to reach a dilapidated duck blind will know that navigating a real bog comes with its own set of challenges. ARGO permits riders to take these on with confidence, using the rig’s unique design to make the most out of otherwise tricky situations.

With the ARGO Aurora series’ weight spread out over eight tires, these machines can find grip in places where the wet and muddy ground would normally be too soft to support an ATV or side-by-side. The ergonomically correct handlebar controls include a driver friendly push-button start-in-gear convenience and a finger-pull throttle, allowing you to spend more time looking for wild game and less time worrying about navigating around, or over, the next obstacle.


ARGO is best known for being able to shrug off the wet stuff, but it’s no slouch in snow, either. Reversible, offset rims allow the wheel and tire assembly to mount either closer in or further out from the rig, changing the width of the wheel stance while simplifying the installation of a set of (optional) rugged tracks.

Thanks to this capability, your buddies might call your ARGO XTV a tank – but it won’t impact the terrain like one. A set of heavy-duty rubber tracks doesn’t just offer exceptional traction, it also presses into the earth with less than a single psi of ground pressure. That’s far less than a traditional all-terrain vehicle or side-by-side rig, allowing you to tread lightly and cross fragile terrain without adversely impacting it.

Deep Woods

Argo XTV

Serious off-road conditions require reliability and agility, which ARGO XTVs deliver in equal measure. That’s because ARGO Progressive Steering (APS) is smooth and responsive, reliably conquering the most challenging off-road environments, by delivering a dual rate steering system that results in an easy and smooth turning motion.

When driven in High Range, APS steers smoothly and in an arc, similar to a UTV. Placed in Low Range, it operates similar to a traditional skid steer vehicle, offering zero-radius turning. This means you’ll be able to skirt around trees and through tight spots while your buddies are still fumbling with steering angles and throttle control. Meanwhile, a solid 10 inches of ground clearance means you’ll sail over any troublesome stumps as well.

Want to be able to fearlessly tackle any terrain that Mother Nature can throw at you? Click here to find an ARGO dealer near you.

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Review of Streamlight Waypoint 300 Rechargeable Handheld Spotlight []

Streamlight Waypoint 300 rechargeable handheld spotlight.
(Photo © Russ Chastain)

At the 2020 SHOT Show, I took a look at some cool spotlights from Streamlight and told you about them here. Since then, I’ve had the chance to try their Waypoint 300 Rechargeable 1,000 lumen spotlight… and I’ve been quite pleased with it. Here’s the skinny.

There's a folding stand and steel eye on top of the light. (Photo © Russ Chastain)
There’s a folding stand and steel eye on top of the light.
(Photo © Russ Chastain)

First off, here are the manufacturer specs for the Waypoint 300:

  • Pistol-grip spotlight featuring a long-range targeting beam over 1000 meters
  • Provides portability with durability and long runtime (3+ days on Low mode)
  • IPX8 waterproof to 2 meters and it floats
  • 1 meter impact resistance tested
  • Unbreakable polycarbonate lens is O-ring sealed
  • Trigger-style switch for momentary or click on/off
  • Cushioned handle grip
  • Adjustable high-strength wrist lanyard
  • Integrated stand for hands-free scene lighting
  • High: 1,000 lumens/270,000 candela/1039 meters
  • Medium: 550 lumens/135,000 candela/735 meters
  • Low: 35 lumens/10,000 candela/200 meters
  • Runtime hours: 87 on low; 3.75 on high
  • Battery Type: Lithium Ion
  • Charge time: 4 hours
  • LED charging indicator
  • Length: 6.75 inches
  • Height: 7 inches
  • Weight: 24.30 ounces (mine weighs 25.7 ounces)
  • Colors: Yellow, Black
  • MSRP: $214.20
The plastic folding stand is "clicky" and has many adjustments. This is as far as it will pivot forward. (Photo © Russ Chastain)
The plastic folding stand is “clicky” and has many adjustments. This is as far as it will pivot forward.
(Photo © Russ Chastain)

This light is flexible, powerful, and easy to use. Holding it by the pistol grip, pull and release the trigger to power it on. A three-position power switch can be operated with your thumb to select low, medium, or high power — and there’s a notable difference between them. For instance, if you wanted to provide area light inside a room or tent, you do NOT want it on high power — that’s way too bright. Low power will work fine for that and other close-quarters tasks.

Prop or hang the light to illuminate what you need lit. (Photo © Russ Chastain)
Prop or hang the light to illuminate what you need lit.
(Photo © Russ Chastain)

You can prop the light or hang it to aim light where you need it. There are folding steel hanging eyes on the rear and top of the light, and the folding stand provides a good way to prop the light to shine up at an angle.

Power control, folding steel hanging eye, charging port, and charge status light are on the rear of the Waypoint 300. (Photo © Russ Chastain)
Power control, folding steel hanging eye, charging port, and charge status light are on the rear of the Waypoint 300.
(Photo © Russ Chastain)

The choice of power levels makes the Waypoint 300 much more useful than your typical spotlight, which are usually far too bright for most flashlight chores. The compact size and weight also help in this regard.

Tethered peg covers the charging port and this is as far as the hanging eye unfolds. Please forgive the tractor grease under my thumbnail. (Photo © Russ Chastain)
Tethered peg covers the charging port and this is as far as the hanging eye unfolds. Please forgive the tractor grease under my thumbnail.
(Photo © Russ Chastain)

There’s usually at least one thing to complain about with any product, and with the Waypoint 300 it’s the “peg” that covers the charging port. It does the job, but it’s not easy to grab & turn — a quarter-turn is required to remove or install it. I found removal to be easier than installation. I have pretty good hand strength but the “push and turn” motion required does cause me some pain… so keep that Leatherman handy, just in case.

Power level switch rotates to offer three options. It's set on High in the photo. (Photo © Russ Chastain)
Power level switch rotates to offer three options. It’s set on High in the photo.
(Photo © Russ Chastain)

This light has great balance and the handle is quite comfortable. It sits well in my hand and carries & aims easily and naturally.

A wall-mountable hanger with strap is included. Trigger is blocked when in this hanger. (Photo © Russ Chastain)
A wall-mountable hanger with strap is included. Trigger is blocked when in this hanger.
(Photo © Russ Chastain)

The wall-mountable hanger that’s included blocks trigger access so you won’t accidentally turn on the light while it’s stowed… but I could see this hanger mounted horizontally to the deck of a boat or the roof of a UTV, to hold the light while it’s switched on. It would be one heck of an auxiliary headlight.

"Bottom" of hanger is open. (Photo © Russ Chastain)
“Bottom” of hanger is open.
(Photo © Russ Chastain)

For charging, you’ll need a 120 volt AC wall plug (or a DC powered inverter) to plug in the included 44909 charger. You probably won’t need to charge it often; I found battery life to be quite long, and I don’t think I’ve had to charge it even a half-dozen times in the 7 months I’ve owned it.

Includes one charger for AC wall plug power. (Photo © Russ Chastain)
Includes one charger for AC wall plug power.
(Photo © Russ Chastain)

To remove doubt about charging, the recessed LED status light shines red while charging and turns green when the battery is full.

The wrist lanyard is easy to use — and easy to remove from the light if you wish to do so.

Charge status light is red while charging, green when fully charged. (Photo © Russ Chastain)
Charge status light is red while charging, green when fully charged.
(Photo © Russ Chastain)

Brightness on high power is really impressive. On a recent hog hunt, this became the camp’s choice for checking for game during the night. One guy took it out to the road to test its range, and we could clearly see objects a good quarter-mile away.

The rubberized front bezel for the light protects the lens when you set the light face-down on a table or shelf, and doesn’t mar the surface of the table. Any scratches on the lens are the products of my carelessness in tossing it into my truck with all my other junk.

The reflector is quite nice. (Photo © Russ Chastain)
The reflector is quite nice.
(Photo © Russ Chastain)

The Streamlight Waypoint 300 is a light, handy, well-made, rugged little spotlight — and it’s the best spotlight I’ve ever owned. If you need a good quality, bright, durable, rechargeable spotlight I don’t think you’ll go wrong with this one.

Despite the $214 and change MSRP, I see it available online for a bit more than $100, which feels like a great price to me.


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Danish Armed Forces Chose New Sniper Rifle – Colt Canada C20 DMR [The Firearm Blog]

The Danish Armed Forces have selected Colt Canada C20 Designated Marksman Rifle (DMR) in 7.62×51 mm as their new sniper rifle. The C20 DMR is intended to replace the current Heckler & Koch  HK417S (Sniper). The Danish name will be Finskyttegevaer, Kort (FINSKGV K). Roughly translated it means “fine shooting rifle, short”, and it will be introduced […]

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Inside the Mind of a Burglar:  UNC Study Shares Valuable Info for Home, Work []

2012 Study by the University of North Carolina at Charlotte is making fresh rounds on some gun influencers’ social media. Though its publication date is a bit old, the findings are still mostly applicable. Interviews with burglary convicts were done when security cameras, alarms, and stickers indicating the presence of these measures, were common, as they are today.

The study sought input from 422 convicted burglars from Kentucky, Ohio, and North Carolina. They completed a self-administered questionnaire that comprised the data for the study. Its purpose? To find out if burglar alarms are effective as a deterrent, and if so, how. But for the average person, the respondents’ answers to the study’s research questions are intriguing and useful. Those questions are:

  • What motivates offenders to commit burglary?
  • What factors are considered by burglars during target selection?
  • What deters burglars from burglarizing specific targets?
  • What techniques do burglars use when engaging in burglary?
  • Are their gender differences in burglary motivations, target selection, and techniques?

Here are the conclusions, condensed for brevity.

Motivation: In short, drugs. Most people in the study were users of numerous drugs, both as a habit and during commission of their crimes. A very large majority, 88%, said their burglaries were done in an attempt to obtain drugs, money to purchase drugs, or goods to sell and use the proceeds to obtain drugs.

Target Selection: Burglars are an impulsive lot. Spur-of-the-moment-only decisions to burgle were reported by 41% of convicts. Among the rest, 37% said they planned sometimes. Planning is a seemingly haphazard process, with most forethought occurring the same day as the crime.

Businesses were burgled less often than residences. Distances traveled to commit the crimes varied widely. Some burgled within two blocks of home. Others drove across state lines. Most were somewhere in between.

Best Deterrents: The presence of people around or inside the building was reported as a prime deterrent. Burglars said they took note of purposeful deterrents like alarms, big dogs, cameras, and signs touting the structure’s security system. These factors seem to play a big deterrent role, with 60% of burglars saying they took note of such features prior to committing larceny/theft. Not surprising is that those who reported pre-planning also said they are more likely to choose a location without these features.

Building/property structure also played a part with pre-burglary planning. Buildings with only one logical escape route are often passed over as being too risky.

Preferred Techniques:  The path of least resistance – open windows and doors – is the most frequent choice of building access. After that, crudely forced entry through doors or windows is preferred. The most common forced entry tool was a screwdriver, followed by a hammer and/or crowbar. Just one in eight resorted to picking locks or using a stolen key.

The rapid sale of stolen goods was the norm among the respondents. They sold their favorite targeted items including jewelry, illegal drugs, electronics, and prescription drugs, ASAP after their crimes, unless they’d acted to obtain cash or their own drugs of choice. When an immediate sale wasn’t in the works, most stored stolen goods in a friend’s home. Others had dedicated storage sites in the form of abandoned buildings.

Gender Differences: Women, at the rate of 70%, reported being motivated primarily by drugs, especially being interested in prescription medicines. They also were more likely to strike households during the day, while men were more likely to seek commercial locations after business hours. Neither group was disproportionally deterred by cameras and other obvious signs of surveillance, though women were slightly less likely to act on places with them.

Women acted on apparent impulse more often, taking goods and money without pre-planning. Men were more likely to be planners. Especially where alarms are concerned, some men devoted time to planning and  disarming alarms, while women avoided alarm-outfitted locations. Women often acted as secondary accomplices to a burglar friend, often citing a belief that they’d seem the less-guilty member of a criminal team. Stealing to get things for children was cited by some women, while no males gave this as a reason.

There are many more useful details in the report. These are general highlights. With astute profiling of their own property and community risk factors, a property owner or manager can use this report to plan their own burglary protections.

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Big-Bore Simplicity: the Serbu BFG-50A [Forgotten Weapons]

The Serbu BFG-50A is one of only a couple self-loading .50 caliber rifles manufactured in the US. Work on its design began in 2008, and the first finished examples were produced in 2011. A total of about 500 have been made to date. Mechanically, it is a direct gas impingement action with a 3-lug rotating bolt. Weighing in at 23 pounds, it is significantly lighter than its closest comparison, the Barrett M82A1.


NEW Aero Glock Mag Pistol Caliber Carbine: Full Review [The Firearm Blog]

In this episode of TFBTV, James visits Thunder Ranch and speaks with the guys from Aero about their big SHOT Show unveiling of their as-yet-unnamed pistol caliber carbine AR-15. As of right now, they have a prototype up and running with 20,000 rounds through it, and James got to try it out at the Thunder […]

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High Speed Gear Announces Production Increase [The Firearm Blog]

High Speed Gear, Inc. is increasing production in an attempt to meet current massive demand.High Speed Gear, Inc. (HSGI) produces some of the most popular shooting-related accessories in the business. From belts to bags, holsters, chest rigs, plate carriers and more, if you’re looking for a piece of gun gear there’s a decent chance they make something you could use. The products for which High Speed Gear is best […]

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Thursday, 24 September


TFB Review: Zeiss DTI 3/35 Thermal Spotting Camera [The Firearm Blog]

-“Would you like to review the Zeiss DTI 3/35? Zeiss brand new and first-ever thermal spotting camera?” (Me) -“For sure!” -“The good news is that you’ll be the first in the World. The bad news is that you can only have it over a long weekend and the forecast says it’s going to rain most […]

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POTD: Phoenix Weaponry Limited Edition AR-15 [The Firearm Blog]

In today’s Photo Of The Day, we take a look at a Limited Edition AR-15 from Phoenix Weaponry. Above you can see the rifle in full and below there are various pictures of the details. This is not your usual riflescope, but the new Pulsar Thermion XG50 (3-24×42) which uses the 640×480, 12-micron sensor made by BAE […]

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Concealed Carry Corner: Training for Concealed Carry [The Firearm Blog]

During the COVID-19 pandemic and civil unrest this year, there has been a nationwide rush on firearms and ammunition. We all can feel the struggles every time we go to the gun store or online dealer for ammo. Part of this is the fact there are more first-time gun owners in society now. These new […]

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Otis Partners with GoWild to Expand Product Availability []

Gun Maintenance gurus Otis Technology and their “smart gun care” branding and tools have just partnered up with GoWild to expand their product availability. GoWild is a Social marketing company that gathers up reputable brands from multiple sports and firearms-related industries to bring them directly to interested customers.

Otis Partners with GoWild to Expand Product Availability

Otis Partners with GoWild to Expand Product Availability

GoWild is interesting to Otis because it’s not just social media or eCommerce—hunters and shooters are using it to crowdsource gear research,” said Heather Pleskach, Director of Marketing for Otis. “Otis Technology is excited to partner with GoWild to tap into the social validation platform and eCommerce engine, and be a part of the conversation and consumers’ quest for the best.

Otis Technology has brought many useful products to the firearms world with various maintenance consumables and even a couple of tools. One of the coolest products I’ve seen is their Lead Remover hand wipes which help remove lead residue and work really well as field washing towelettes if you don’t have access to clean washing water.

Otis Partners with GoWild to Expand Product Availability

GoWild by proxy has not only welcomed Otis Technology and their vast array of firearms maintenance products into its family of brands but also brands like Federal, Arcus Hunting, and Polaris Adventures as well with many who are already in the firearms industry will recognize as staples of shooting and hunting sports.

We’ve poured our heart and soul into this platform, and having a premium manufacturer like Otis Technology step up to be involved is very rewarding,” said GoWild Director of Business Development, Jacob Knight. “Simply put, we are building the best place on the planet to find and talk about gear. You can’t do that without working with the best manufacturers, and Otis is certainly among that.

Otis Partners with GoWild to Expand Product Availability

For more information on Otis Technology’s products at or its other brands, and You can Join GoWild at and see the vast network of firearms-related and sporting brands available on their website.

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Don’t Screw Up the Opening Day of Bow Season! []

For most of us, the opening day of bow season is just days away. This means we should all be pretty much ready to go and are having a hard time sleeping at night due to the anticipation of another bow season enjoying the time spent in the woods. There are ways that can screw up your opening day experience (they can happen throughout the season, too). However, you can avoid the added drama of making one of these opening day archery season blunders with a few simple precautions. My father-in-law, from whom I’ve learned a lot from especially when it comes to bow season, has always reminded me that bowhunting is supposed to be fun and relaxing. Stupid stuff is going to happen, but you move on and learn from it. Hopefully it doesn’t screw up your opening day of bow season.

Don’t forget your safety harness!

Bow Hunting Safety Harness bow season
Make sure you use a safety line, too, so you can safely get down.                     Photo: Mossy Oak

Anyone out there ever forget a safety harness? The number one cause of hunter deaths in North America is falling out of a treestand. Let that sink in. How many of you have heard a report on the news about a hunter being found under a tree in the autumn after bow season? Every year we hear it multiple times, and even once is too many. Never, ever go up a tree without a safety harness. Period. It’s a screw up that can cost you your life.

We don’t care if you’re sick and tired of hearing this, too. We’d rather have you make it home safe. It’s a good idea to have a back-up harness, too, that you keep in the truck just in case you forget. I just got a new one from Hawk along with the safety line, which is equally important. I already have my old harness in a compartment under the seat in my truck in case I have a bonehead moment and forget my new one. A fall from any height can be deadly, and I want to come home to my family at night.

Forgetting your release/cocking rope

Release Aids bow season
Don’t forget your release this bow season. Have a back up plan!                                        Photo: Shutterstock/Yermolov

My buddy Trent announced on social media the other day that he’d already lost his release before the bow season, making it easier to not be able to find it opening morning. Man, have I been there, too. Nothing sucks more than to get out to the woods and realize you don’t have your release, or, for crossbow hunters, your cocking rope. That’s it; game over – no hunt for you. Sure, you can go fingers, but then your aiming point is off. And, I’m a big, strong guy, and I can’t cock a crossbow by hand. Not even close.

The easiest solution is to have two identical releases, and keep one in your archery case at all times, or, of course, the truck. Another way around it is to find a way to attach the release or cocking rope to the bow. For a long time, I have been in the habit of wrapping my  strap release back around the handle of my bow when I’m done shooting, or hunting. It is a practice that has come in handy for remembering where I put it.

Getting down too early

Running Whitetail Does bow season
Stay put so the deer don’t bolt!                                                          Photo: Shutterstock/Tatman

A few years ago, I was hunting the opening day of bow season on a chunk of private land between two huge leases in La Crosse county in Wisconsin. It had been a great morning, and I passed on several smaller bucks that would have been shooters just about anywhere else, but the trail camera photos off the land had me charged up for a bigger buck. I had the bright idea that I would hop down for a lunch break and to answer the call of the wild. I should have stayed put. I was halfway down the ladder when I heard the twig snap behind me. Twenty five yards away was a 170 class buck with a drop tine that would have walked right by my stand. I’m still sick to my stomach thinking about it. A drop tine!!!

Opening day, even during bow season, has more people in the woods than normal. This makes the deer move a little differently, so if you can, try sitting longer than you normally would. Make every move with caution and if you have to get down, try doing so after normal peak movement hours. Take a late lunch, or have food and drink with you. Stand up and move around a little to keep the blood flowing. I bought a new Yeti thermos with a magnetic cap just so I can sit a little longer and make a little less movement this season. The magnetic cap, I hope, will make it easier to NOT drop the cap out of the stand.

Have a scent-control plan

Does Nose bow season
A doe’s nose is hard to beat.                                                                                        Photo: Shutterstock/Lutz

I normally wash all my clothing with scent-free detergent, store them in a sealed plastic tote and get mostly dressed in the field for bow season. I’ve had great luck with Dead Down Wind spray, but there are other scent-control sprays out there that work great, too. I may try one of those ozone generators this year, too. When it comes down to it, though, there are two big factors that you can run afoul of for your season openers. You need to avoid the excessive sweat and body odor issues that can be a factor with the warmer weather you may encounter. Try to not get into your hunting clothes until you get to your stand. Not only does it create a bit of the B.O., but when the temperature starts cooling off, you can wind up very cold.

The other thing is the wind. I always hear about guys who just wear whatever they want and then they go out and shoot a big buck during bow season. I like to try to control my scent as much as I can, but really, it all comes down to the wind. You can’t block 100% of your odor, so you’d better play the wind. Have multiple stands you can sit in, if at all possible. This will give you a backup plan if the weather report for the day is wrong.

Don’t push the deer

Runaway Buck bow season
You don’t want to see this.                                                                                  Photo: Shutterstock/Cumming

This isn’t just a bow season opening day issue, it’s an every hunt foul up that can give you nightmares. After you take the shot, give the animal time to expire. It’s so very hard to do, too, especially if you’ve shot a big buck. Pushing the deer too soon and too hard can make it really hard to find later.

My cousin is about a hard core hunter as you’d ever meet. He was with me in Wisconsin on the hunt I mentioned earlier. He came strolling into the camp area while I was sitting there beating myself up over getting down too soon. When asked if he had seen anything, he cooly said he’d shot one about an hour beforehand. After we ate lunch, we went and looked for his deer, which we found with ease. No, it wasn’t the same buck I had met earlier, but it was a dandy. He was pretty sure it had laid down about 45 yards away. He told me he didn’t push it because years earlier, he had shot a nice one in North Dakota and went after it right away. After he kicked it up a few yards from where he’d shot it, it ran him for miles including crossing a river. We all know not to push the deer, but sometimes we get reminded as to why. You can avoid this screw up by taking a deep breath and waiting it out.

Beating yourself up

Missed shot bow season
Don’t worry if you miss!                                                                  Photo: Shutterstock/Geilfuss

Two seasons ago, I was trying to fill my doe tag from a wooden ground blind. I had a mature doe come in by itself and I drew back. I focused solely on my pin and her vitals, just as I would have from my treestands. At the release, there was a horrible, loud thud that seemed to echo around me. Anyone want to guess what happened? Yeah, I was so focused on making the shot that I wasn’t watching everything that I should have and I clipped the inside of the window in the blind. Here’s where it got odd. The doe heard the noise, but had no idea what it was or where it came from. She stood there looking around for a source, which let me nock a new arrow, draw back and shoot again. I missed on the second shot cleanly because I was too busy mentally kicking myself from the first one to make the second one. Laugh all you want, I know I do now.

Some screw ups are bound to happen. You can either recover and move on, or beat yourself up and possibly miss out on a second chance. Hopefully you have more than one day to hunt, but as a wise hunter once told me, make the very best out of every day you get to hunt, because you’re not guaranteed of a tomorrow.

Cover photo: Shutterstock/Winterman

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Glock Prevails in Lawsuit After More Than Six Years [The Firearm Blog]

Glock has been awarded more than $2M in a lawsuit dating back to 2014.Glock is no stranger to a good lawsuit. For many years now, this titan of the handgun world has made repeated headlines for a smorgasbord of litigation. They’ve filed suit against others, they’ve been sued, and numerous times members (or former members) of the operation have even gone after each other. Thankfully, TFB TV’s own […]

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Ohio: Senate Passes Emergency Powers Legislation – Bill Heads to the House [NRA-ILA News]

Last night, the Ohio Senate passed Senate Bill 360, important legislation that prevents the closure of federally licensed firearms dealers by public officials.


SSSF Awards Scholarships to Clay Target and Action Shooting Students [The Firearm Blog]

SSSF Awards Scholarships to Clay Target and Action Shooting StudentsThe Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation is a 501(c)(3) foundation that specializes in youth shooting and guidance programs. The SSSF contributes to the next generation of shooters in the United States by providing youth development programs with adult coaches to foster sportsmanship, responsibility, honesty, ethics, integrity, and teamwork among other valuable life skills. In addition, they […]

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Gov. Kristi Noem On Social Distancing []

This is fantastic.

And she got the pheasant.

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TACTACAM’s all New Spotter LR Spotting Camera []

TACTACAM has just released its new Spotter LR shooting camera that comes right out of the box ready to pair with your spotting scope. The lightweight, compact 4K resolution camera boasts unparalleled resolution and rugged field performance no matter what your shooting application is. This camera should prove to be up for the task of capturing that all-important shot.

TACTACAM's all New Spotter LR Spotting Camera

TACTACAM’s all New Spotter LR Spotting Camera

The Spotter LR is a lightweight option for those who want to get an eagle-eyed view on their targets while shooting and it comes loaded with features that will make your day out in the field better.  The flip-up LCD screen alleviates eye strain and is perfect for groups to watch the action in real-time.

Spotter LR:

  • Lightweight 9 oz camera
  • Easy quick-connect attachment
  • Adjustable HD screen eliminates eye strain
  • One-Touch recording in 4K
  • Optic and digital zoom
  • Wi-Fi with App for easy sharing
  • MSRP: $299.99

TACTACAM's all New Spotter LR Spotting Camera

With onboard 4x digital zoom, the Spotter LR brings your target closer than ever without degrading resolution. Long-lasting rechargeable/replaceable lithium-ion batteries allow for extended life in the field. Accepting up to a 128 GB micro SD, the memory will never be an issue again. With a dedicated app for smart devices and Wi-Fi capability, downloading and sharing files is easier than ever. Perfect for hunting, scouting, guides and outfitters, target shooters, and nature watchers.

Ben Stern, founder, and developer for TACTACAM said, “We at TACTACAM keep striving to create affordable and high-quality products for serious hunters, outdoorsmen and sportsmen alike while solving common POV camera problems. Filming is fun, rewarding, and preserves rare lifetime memories. In the moment of truth, you need professional-grade equipment that is super simple to use, and just plain works!

TACTACAM's all New Spotter LR Spotting Camera

The TACTACAM Spotter LR is available now from many online retailers like Optics Planet and begins at an MSRP of $299.99. Personally, I find camera equipment to be fascinating even though it is largely beyond my understanding but a 4K camera that is this small and lightweight is an innovation to be sure!

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More Bubbles From Spuhr Mounts [The Firearm Blog]

If you’re shooting long distances a bubble level is strongly recommended. It will help you keep your shooting platform at a horizontal level reducing the margin of error. Most of the scope mounts from Spuhr have a bubble level built-in at the bottom, shown towards the shooter. Due to its location, it can be a little […]

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Making Wax Slugs From Bird Shot Shells []

(Image: Screenshot from video)

In these times of ammo shortages, folks wonder how to procure ammunition that would be effective for defense… and when shotgun shells loaded with birdshot are what’s available, that’s what you use. But can the effectiveness of birdshot be enhanced by embedding the shot pellets in molten wax to create a “wax slug?” Hmmm…

Paul Harrell describes the “wax slugs” he’s made up for testing, and then talks about the four questions he wishes to address about them:

  • Will a wax slug break apart in flight, or remain intact until it reaches a target?
  • If it remains intact, will it be accurate?
  • What sort of effect will it have on whatever it hits — especially compared with birdshot, buckshot, or shotgun slugs?
  • Why? Why even make a wax slug?

And so, on to testing! At 15 yards, we see that the wax slugs do indeed hold together, and they are quite accurate. Nice. But when he tries another brand & shot size, accuracy really goes to pot.

On to effectiveness. He reels out the classic meat target, which he shoots with:

  • No. 7-1/2 birdshot at 5 yards (impressive)
  • No. 7-1/2 birdshot “wax slug” at 5 yards (even more impressive)
  • One-ounce rifled slug at 5 yards (devastating)

So… why make wax slugs? Here are a few answers:

  • Why not?
  • To extend the effective range of bird shot shells.
  • Can’t find any slugs to buy.
  • I’m a cheapskate or can’t afford slugs, which cost a lot more than birdshot.

Enjoy the video, and comment to let us know what you think.

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Germany’s Next Assault Rifle: More Details On The Future Deliveries [The Firearm Blog]

The German Federal Ministry of Defense (BMVg) have revealed further details on the tender as well as the future timeline for the procurement of the Bundeswehr’s next service rifle system. Almost a year ago, in November 2019, the benchmark testing between the submitted firearms ended. There were three different types of firearms submitted from two […]

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Book Review: U.S. Small Arms of World War II by Bruce Canfield [Forgotten Weapons]

Bruce Canfield’s newly released book, “U.S. Small Arms of World War II”, is a book that attempts to cover a huge amount of material from bayonets to mortars and recoilless rifles. Where most books of this type end up providing only a rather shallow view of a large number of subjects, what Canfield has done here is simply ignore the conventional wisdom about how long a book should be. Want to add more content? Just add more pages! The result is a huge 864-page tome that covers a large numbers of small arms in significant detail. This is not a true collectors guide (note that Canfield’s previous book – a true collector’s guide – was equally long and covered only the M1 Garand), but it is the most comprehensive and useful overview of this scale that I have found.

In addition to all the typical weapons you would expect to find, this work covers a great many uncommon and rare guns, including prototypes never fielded. This includes guns like the Winchester Automatic Rifle, the M2 Submachine Gun, the Johnson M1944 LMG, and so on. Many arms that made it into limited service – like the Boys antitank rifle or 2″ Victory Model revolver – are also covered. On top of that, the scope extends to several families of weapons generally not covered at all – field and specialty knives, bazookas, mortars, flamethrowers, and both rifle and hand grenades.

Perhaps my favorite aspect of the book is the extensive referencing of firsthand field accounts of weapon performance and use. How did troops really feel about their various weapons? No better way to find out than to ask them, and Canfield gives these opinions much more space in this book than most authors. I generally don’t looks for wide-coverage books like this one for my own library, but the sheer amount of context and information makes this one an exception that I am happy to have and will often reference.

“U.S. Small Arms of World War II” is printed by Mowbray and available direct from them for $95.99 plus shipping. Or via Amazon:


Southwestern Bird Die-Off: An Unsolved Mystery []

Birds collected by New Mexico ornithologists on September 14, 2020. Image courtesy of Jenna McCullough.

Reports began to pour in on September 9, 2020, and continued for more than a week. Scores of small dead birds, mostly songbirds and swallows, were being found across New Mexico, Arizona, west Texas, and southern Colorado. On social media, the topic became a hot one. Virtually every post posed the same question:  Why?

Many of the deceased birds were judged by experienced birders as being emaciated. There had also been environmental stress due to a rapid temperature drop of up to 60 degrees Fahrenheit across the region. Record cold temps were accompanied by gale-force winds, snow, and rain.

Wildfires rage up and down the west coast, fueling speculation that the birds were exhausted from avoiding smoke on their migration south. The timing and combination of events presented what appears to be a non-survivable migration for tiny fowl.

In the midst of exploring the problem, I happened upon an article presented from a scholarly perspective by ornithologist Jenna McCullough of the University of New Mexico. She and some colleagues hand-collected the corpses of more than 300 small migratory birds, mostly swallows, near Velarde in northern New Mexico. Her assessment? Lack of food.

The birds she and her colleague Nick Vinciguerra inspected carried no body fat, making them vulnerable to hypothermia. McCullough speculates the sudden change in weather killed or immobilized the flying insects most of these species eat, causing starvation during a time when migration and weather conditions were burning off calories.



Comparison of body mass of Violet-Green Swallows salvaged Sept 14, 2020 (left) with that of others of the same species collected across N. America during fall migration. Illustration by Jenna McCullough.

But there are more than just tiny insectivores and swallows dying. Small owls and wood ducks have also been found mysteriously dead across the region. Another ornithologist associated with the US Fish & Wildlife Service, Allison Salas, used Twitter to announce a reporting tool called the Southwest Avian Mortality Project. There, anyone can register a photo and the species of bird found. The site is getting inputs from across the western third of North America. Its map offers insight into hotspots. While the Rio Grande flyway in central New Mexico appears to be one such spot, it should be noted that urban areas will naturally have more people to find and report birds.

Salas draws a broader conclusion than McCullough, noting not only lack of fat but also inferior muscle in bird carcasses. She leans toward smoke avoidance — birds being driven into the Chihuahuan desert where food is scarce — and the very broad assumption of climate crisis as drivers of bird deaths. So while these conclusions might initially seem to be at odds, starvation does seem to be the common thread.

Many respondents on social media birding pages ask, “What can I do to help?” The most useful responses seem to be to provide water where there is none and to plant native plants, the latter being a long-term solution that doesn’t do much for birds migrating now. No one seems to be addressing shelter, which plants can provide to some extent. Manmade and natural sheltering spots are named by McCullough as something birds learn over time and adopt in groups to share body heat when temperatures drop dramatically.

I’ll keep an eye on this and report again on any practical resources to protect western bird habitat. Having been saddened to find three tiny Wilson’s Warblers that met their demise too soon, it’s the least I can do.

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NEW Bushnell RXS-100 and RXS-250 Reflex Sights [The Firearm Blog]

Bushnell RXS-250Bushnell has expanded their reflex sight product line by introducing the RXS series of red dot sights. This family of sights currently consists of two models: RXS-100 and RXS-250. At an MSRP of $99.99, the former is a more budget-friendly option whereas the RXS-250 has more advanced features at a higher price point of $249.99. […]

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Wednesday, 23 September


Key Statistics of Firearms Sales During COVID-19 in 2020 [The Firearm Blog]

Key Statistics of Firearms Sales During COVID-19There is no debate that COVID-19 has changed the world in a significant way. The firearms industry is often subject to the ebbs and flows of society but in particular, the situation surrounding COVID-19 has significantly impacted both firearms owners and the industry itself. The guys over at Bear Creek Arsenal have collected 10 key […]

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POTD: IWI NEGEV – The LMG of Israel Defense Forces [The Firearm Blog]

Picture by Oren Cohen.TFB’s Photo Of The Day is where you can discover the World of firearms through the lens of a camera. Every day we run a few selected pictures with a short story and a credit to the person behind the lens. Today we’re looking at soldiers with the Negev, a light machine gun in 5.56×45 mm, […]

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Wheelgun Wednesday: Will 2021 be the Rebirth of the Colt Anaconda? [The Firearm Blog]

colt anacondaWhen it comes to wheelguns we can all argue the merits of what is the best revolver… who makes the best revolvers… and what company is #1? A lot of those conversations are boiled down to opinions because everybody has something different that trips their trigger (pun intended). One opinion I am always willing to offer up to my wheelgun friends is […]

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GRNC Demonstration In Raleigh Canceled Due To Fears Of Violence []

Grass Roots North Carolina President Paul Valone sent out notice within the hour saying that the protest against Sheriff Baker for not doing the job for which he was elected is off. The GRNC office received tons of emails and calls from supporters saying since state law prevented them from being armed in the face of potential violence they just couldn’t be there.

The notice from Paul Valone:

Unfortunately, GRNC is cancelling the demonstration against Sheriff Gerald Baker over his refusal to comply with the law in issuing gun permits which was scheduled for September 26, and here is why.
     Our office has been receiving a regular string of emails and voice messages with variations of, “I’ve been a member and supporter of GRNC for years, but this demonstration is scheduled for a political environment in which crazies from the left are lobbing bricks and Molotov cocktails, and under North Carolina law, I’m not allowed to carry a firearm for self-protection at a demonstration.”
     To the thousands of GRNC members who have expressed those sentiments in either words or thoughts, I say: “I hear you.”
     It is a sad day when lawful citizens can’t peacefully assemble for a redress of political grievances without fear of radical Marxists attacking them for simply expressing their views, but unfortunately, that day is upon us.
GRNC will address your inability to protect yourself during a peaceful assembly in the next session of the legislation … if we win the election.
It is increasingly obvious that the only way out of this poisonous environment we face is a decisive victory in the 2020 elections – not just a victory, but an overwhelming victory.
Rigging the election
As I write this, Democrats are busy rigging the election, not just nationally, but right here in North Carolina.
Yesterday, the Democrat-dominated State Board of Elections decided to “help” all those poor voters who fail to properly complete or mail the absentee ballots Democrats insist they must use. In an election rife with voter fraud, this will be “hanging chads” times ten.
The point of all the mail-in ballot nonsense, of course, is to undermine the legitimacy of an election they expect Donald Trump and Republicans to win.
Why we must have overwhelming victory
By claiming a Trump victory “illegitimate” after a narrow win, leftists will look for any excuse to riot, burn and otherwise tear down our society in order to replace it with their “Great Socialist Utopia.”
A narrow victory will give Obama-appointed judges and “deep state” boards of elections an opportunity to manufacture enough “hanging chads” to declare victory.
And don’t forget that North Carolina is one of a handful of critical “battleground states.”
Decisive victory depends on YOU!
To win overwhelmingly, you must not only go to the polls, but also:

  • Check your voter registration to ensure it is updated and valid;

  • If you using an absentee ballot, check your ballot carefully and mail it early (rest assured you won’t get the same “help” Democrats will);
  • Distribute GRNC “Remember in November” voter guides to like-minded friends, family, acquaintances, and co-workers;

  • Bring like-minded voters to the polls; and finally

  • Help GRNC elect pro-gun candidates by contributing to the GRNC Political Victory Fund.

     As you know, GRNC is limited in using membership funds to impact elections. Accordingly, we created our federal PAC, GRNC-PVF, to elect candidates who will support your freedom.
Please contribute by going to:
With your help, we will decisively win the 2020 elections, and by so doing defeat the radical left and  end the poisonous political environment they have created.  

Armatissimi e liberissimi,

F. Paul Valone
President, Grass Roots North Carolina
Executive Director, Rights Watch International

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Ohio: Emergency Powers Legislation Passed Out of Senate Committee [NRA-ILA News]

Late yesterday, the Senate Government Oversight and Reform Committee passed legislation that prevents the closure of federally licensed firearms dealers by public officials, Senate Bill 360.


Everytown's assessment of the next Term [Of Arms and the Law]

Right here.

"Two cases out of New York should present the first opportunities for the Supreme Court to address the public-carry issue in its upcoming term.

● New York State Rifle and Pistol Association v. Beach , No. 18-280 (2d Cir.): The Second Circuit recently rejected this Second Amendment challenge to New York's public-carry licensing system in a summary decision relying on its own precedent. A petition for certiorari seeking Supreme Court review is currently due November 24. The lead plaintiff in the case is the NRA's New York affiliate.
● Libertarian Party v. Cuomo , No. 18-386 (2d Cir.): This is another Second Amendment challenge to New York's public-carry licensing laws that the Second Circuit recently rejected. The case also involved a challenge to New York's laws requiring a license to possess a firearm within the home, which the Second Circuit likewise rejected. Plaintiffs filed a petition for rehearing en banc on August 27. If the Second Circuit denies that rehearing petition (which we expect), a cert. petition to the Supreme Court would be due 90 days thereafter.

A bit further down the line is Young v. Hawaii , No. 12-17808 (9th Cir.), a Second Amendment challenge to Hawaii's public-carry licensing laws that is currently before an en banc panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, with oral argument scheduled for this week. Given the likely timeframe for a Ninth Circuit decision, it is possible that the Supreme Court could decide whether to grant any further review of the case late in its upcoming term."

Personally, I think Young is the most promising of the lot....


EAA Corp’s New Left-Handed Churchill 212 Field Shotgun [The Firearm Blog]

EAA Corp's New Left-Handed Churchill 212 Field ShotgunIf you’re a firearms enthusiast and are constantly frustrated with the lack of left-handed firearms available on the market then EAA Corp has your back with the recent release of their Churchill 212 Field Shotgun. The European American Armory Corporation built the Churchill 212 from the ground up to accommodate for left-handed shooters.   EAA […]

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Scarab II and Mini Troodon – The New Automatic Knives From Microtech [The Firearm Blog]

Microtech SCARAB 2On 19th September Microtech Knives held a Grand Opening in their new facility in North Carolina. The opening was also broadcasted live on the Internet, and customers had the possibility to purchase products directly from the show. That was until everything crashed due to popular demand, and judging by the comments on social media it left […]

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Jerry Miculek’s Trigger Finger is Faster Than This Full-Auto []

He’s firing in both views. (Image: Screenshot from video)

When you think of Jerry Miculek, you think fast shooting. And when you think of full auto, you think the same… but in this video, Jerry shoots a fully-automatic firearm that’s slower than he is with a semi-auto: The M3 “Grease Gun.”

Chambered for 45 ACP, the Grease Gun was a bargain-basement submachinegun conjured up in the USA during WW2, and built on the cheap out of stamped sheet metal parts. Overall, it’s a piece of junk… but this video proves that when they work, they can be accurate and controllable at the close ranges for which they were intended.

When Jerry fires the M3, he looks plumb bored. Something tells me he could make a sandwich while dumping the mag, and never miss a shot. He does raise his head while firing, then turn to look at the camera long before the mag runs dry.

It’s a fun little 3-minute video. Enjoy!

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New Double Alpha Academy Alpha-XiP Competition Magazine Pouches [The Firearm Blog]

For pistol competition, I’ve used the DAA Alpha-Xi aluminum magazine pouches since they became available. I’d recommend getting a magnet on the front pouch, in case you need to pick up a magazine on the way. There is now a more affordable version called the DAA Alpha-XiP, where the P stands for polymer, as they are […]

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Missouri to Allow Thermal and Night Vision for Hogs and Other Invasive Species []

For all of you landowners out there in Missouri who have constant issues with feral hogs and other invasive species, things just got a bit easier in the hunting game for you. The Missouri Department of Conservation has responded to citizen requests to change the regulations surrounding the use of thermal, infrared, and night vision for invasive species control.

MDC to Allow Thermal and Night Vision for Invasive Species Control
Image: Granview Outdoors

MDC to Allow Thermal and Night Vision for Invasive Species Control

These new changes to regulations will go into effect beginning November 30th, 2020. The changes to the regulations will allow the use of thermal, night vision, or infrared devices without prior approval for the hunting of invasive species like feral hogs. In addition, beginning February 1, properly licensed hunters will be able to use the same devices without prior approval through March 31.

The specific regulation was stated on the Missouri Department of Conservation’s website:

The revised regulations allow landowners who own property of any size and their authorized representatives to possess, control, and use night vision, infrared, and thermal imagery equipment to kill feral hogs on the landowner’s property while in possession of any implement where wildlife could be killed or taken. Landowners and their representative would be authorized to kill or take feral hogs using these methods without prior approval from a conservation agent throughout the year.

The regulations also allow properly licensed hunters to use artificial light, night vision, infrared, or thermal imagery equipment in conjunction with other legal hunting methods to pursue and take coyotes from Feb. 1 through March 31.

The regulations become effective Nov. 30.

MDC notes that property owners and their representatives can still use night vision, infrared, thermal imaging equipment, or artificial light to kill coyotes or other wildlife causing property damage at any time of the year with written authorization from a conservation agent.

MDC to Allow Thermal and Night Vision for Invasive Species Control

As most of us will know, night time is when most of these animals are active and out looking for food. Now with the ability to use night vision and other low-light optics and visual aids, keeping control of the invasive species population on your land should be a whole lot easier.

MDC to Allow Thermal and Night Vision for Invasive Species Control
Image: Grand View Outdoors

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SIG AIR Reflex Sight Now Shipping – Airgun Red Dot Under $50 [The Firearm Blog]

SIG AIR Reflex Sight Now Shipping (1)SIG Sauer has published a press release announcing that the SIG AIR Reflex Sight, which was introduced at the beginning of the year, is now shipping. At an MSRP of $49.99, this is an affordable red dot sight designed for use with airguns only, particularly, with optics-ready SIG AIR airguns such as the SIG AIR […]

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5.11 Tactical Debuts their New CALL TO SERVICE Podcast []

5.11 Tactical has recently started a new podcast dubbed “Call to Service” with discussions surrounding all of our service men and women. This can vary from medical professionals to people in the military to firefighters and law enforcement. It will be a weekly podcast covering a lot of different topics that would interest outdoors men and women, people in other lines of service work, and those who love their firearms. The full Press Release from 5.11 Tactical covering the Call to Service podcast can be read below:

Irvine, CA (September 17, 2020)5.11, Inc., the global innovator of purpose-built apparel, footwear and gear, has debuted a weekly podcast, “Call to Service” – Presented by 5.11. The mission of the podcast is to provide an inside look into the lives of public safety personnel and provide dialogue between professionals. Guests vary from an array of backgrounds including tactical operators, law enforcement, fire, emergency services, and active and veteran military personnel.

5.11 as a company was built on servicing the professional community through producing end-user-tested apparel and gear that meets the needs of life’s most demanding missions. Over the years, 5.11 has introduced several other initiatives to bridge the professional and civilian communities including programs like Quiet Warrior, Everyday Hero, and in-store ABR (Always Be Ready) Academies where 5.11 provides cost-free clinics for store patrons instructed by professionals in an effort to educate guests on areas of expertise such as trauma/first aid, fitness, and concealed carry.

“In trying to figure out a way to truly honor our first responders and frontline workers, we came to the conclusion as a team that telling their stories was the first step to doing that,” said 5.11’s Chief Marketing Officer, Debra Radcliff. “Our hope for “Call to Service” is that in learning about the professional community and what they endure on a daily basis.”

“Call to Service” has the opportunity to act as a platform to dive into current day trends from a larger collective of individuals,” said 5.11’s Director of Professional Marketing, Chris Skahill. “This process of sharing information between a strong mix of guests from a variety of assignments and backgrounds across regions will give visibility to different practices and comparisons allowing for opportunities for growth.”

“Call to Service” will be hosted by 5.11’s Director of Southwest Sales, Will Ayres. Ayres has been with 5.11 for 9 years. Working across the globe for 5.11 during his tenure, Ayres has spoken with countless public safety workers and understands the hardships these individuals face on a daily basis as well as the importance that dependable gear, like 5.11’s, carries for these men and women.

The first “Call to Service” podcast featured an interview with former US Navy SEAL and Tident Concepts, LLC President, Jeff Gonzalez, followed by ShivWorks founder and former law enforcement and SWAT officer, Craig Douglas. In the coming weeks, “Call to Service” will feature interviews with Mike Pannone, former operational member of U.S. Marine Reconnaissance, Army Special Forces (Green Beret) and 1st SFOD-D (Delta); Larry Zanoff, Israeli army combat veteran; a SWAT department from Southern California; Rick Hogg, 29-year US Army Special Operation Combat Veteran and owner of War HOGG Tactical; Ryan Starling, active San Bernardino County Firefighter and SWAT Engineer Paramedic.

All of the new Call to Service episodes from 5.11 Tactical will be available each Thursday, and can be found on a variety of platforms, including iTunes, Google, Spotify, Podcast Addict, Podchaser, Pocket Casts, Deezer, Castbox, Amazon and iHeart. For those who love to listen to podcasts when they work out, during their morning or evening commute, or even on lunch breaks, what do you think? Would you tune in? Let us know all of your thoughts in the Comments below! We always appreciate your feedback.

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Review: Pitbull Tactical Universal Magazine Carrier []

Sometimes, I have the luxury of testing a product over time, in multiple situations, with multiple shooters. This was the case with the Pitbull Tactical Universal Mag Carrier. This pouch is purported to fit any handgun magazine, as well as to be wearable inside or outside the waistband. After a summer of testing it, I’m happy to report that it delivers — albeit with some exceptions for rough duty.

The Pitbull is elegantly simple, and is one of those designs that makes me wonder why mag carriers haven’t always been like this. It’s made of plastic (ok, maybe it’s polymer—it’s something on the plastic spectrum), and the sides are separate pieces. It’s closed on the bottom. The whole works is held together by a three-dimensional, figure eight-shaped piece of what appears to be strong rubber. One wide flat side bears a typical belt clip that fits belts up to 1.5 inches. Available colors are black (with a grey band), olive drab, and flat dark earth.

During summer 2020, I regularly pulled out the Pitbull for use with students who wanted to try it or who showed up to class without a mag carrier. In three-hour class sessions, it functioned very well with magazines for 1911s as well as double-stack mags for the Glock 19, HK VP9, Canik TP series, and a couple others I can’t recall. One student wore the mag IWB; all others wore it on the support side OWB, generally at the 3:00 or 9:00 position.

In my opinion, this mag carrier positions the magazine for fast, flawless manipulations. Most mags are half-covered, allowing for a full, secure grip on reloads.

When doing combat reloads under the timer, using the Pitbull  was a seamless transition from my everyday carrier—I didn’t even notice the change, so well-positioned are the magazines. I only wish I had two in order to carry my usual two extra mags.

The carrier keeps mags ready for a solid grab during reloads. Here it is with the VP9 double-stack mag.

The culmination of this test was wearing it OWB myself with a double-stack 18-round Canik magazine for three ten-hour days at a shooters’ retreat at which I’m an instructor. There, the pouch was put through a fairly extreme trial. Shooting is a small part of my role at the retreat. Moving small boulders and large targets, frequent changes of position (squatting, standing, riding in an ATV) and navigating difficult terrain are the norm.

For two half-days, I carried my carbine on a sling, getting into prone and supine position repeatedly as I demonstrated exercises along with assisting students in navigating an intensive distance exercise on a V-Tac board. Bending to assist with equipment adjustments, take pictures, and frequent changes of firing side were the order of the day.

Under this rather extreme test, the Pitbull mostly did well. However, I did at one point find my pistol mag lying on the ground, having fallen out without my knowledge. One other time I found the magazine about halfway out of the pouch and at a funny angle. In both instances, I attribute this to the rifle sling interfering with it during the day’s constant activity — not something that would happen under most normal circumstances.

I remain in the fan camp for this pouch. It’s been a wonderful asset in my range bag as a quick fix. It would also do just fine under a shirt for concealed carry. The Pitbull Tactical Universal Mag Carrier retails for $24.99 and is available by direct order. The website offers multiple discount opportunities.

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Brazilian 1883 Nagant Revolver: The .44 Henry Rides Again! [Forgotten Weapons]

In 1883, the Brazilian government decided to purchase 3,000 new revolvers, and they chose the Mauser Model 1878 “Zigzag” to procure. The officer charged with making the purchase in Europe, however, appears to have done some of his own investigation and unilaterally decided to buy Nagant revolvers instead of Mausers. This naturally caused some scandal back in Brazil, but in hindsight it was clearly the right choice – and Brazil would go back and buy more Nagants in later years.

Specifically, Brazil purchased the Model 1878 Nagant, configured to their specifications. The guns were chambered for 11mm Nagant ammunition, which is actually just another name for .44 Henry Centerfire. Brazil had a significant number of 1866 Winchester rifles chambered for the Henry centerfire cartridge (having purchased them as late as 1891!) and wanted these revolvers to use the same ammunition. The first 3,000 were single action only, but later orders through both Nagant in Belgium and the Suhl consortium in Germany were double action. This particular example was issued to the Brazilian Navy.

Special thanks to Douglas de Souza Aguiar Jr, Curator of the Museu de Polícia Militar do Estado de São Paulo, for his gracious assistance with this video. Collectors and researchers looking for more information on Brazilian firearms should contact the museum through Old Steel Historical Firearms for letters of authentication.


Nightstick Introduces TSM-13G for Compact SIG Sauer Handguns [The Firearm Blog]

Nightstick Introduces TSM-13G for Compact Sig Sauer HandgunsThe new TSM-13G is Nightstick’s latest entry into the ever-growing market of weapon-mounted handgun lights. TSM-13G is a subcompact light meant to be mounted to SIG Sauer handguns like the SIG P365, 365XL, and P365 SAS. In addition to being compact, the TSM-13G also features an integrated laser and only adds 1.3 ounces to the […]

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Tell Sheriff Baker To Do His Job []

Do you live in the Piedmont of North Carolina? Or actually anywhere in NC? Are you sick of government officials blaming the pandemic for not doing their jobs? Do you have a few hours free on Saturday late morning? Looking for something to do?

Then Grass Roots North Carolina has just made your weekend!

There will be a peaceful demonstration in Raleigh on Saturday starting at 10am outside the Wake County Department of Public Safety.

The GRNC Alert below gives more details!

Demonstration is not just about Baker
You live in a world gone mad:

Cities refuse to protect you from violent mobs, as sheriffs like Gerald Baker refuse to grant you the permits you need to protect your family.

Schools radicalize your children, turning them against their own Republic.

And now Democrats threaten “Armageddon” if Trump and the Senate do their duty by appointing a Supreme Court Justice to replace Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

It is time for you to make your voice heard!
If you are
“Mad As Hell And Not Going To Take It Anymore,” we have just the activity for you: GRNC’s demonstration against Sheriff Gerald Baker and his refusal to issue pistol purchase and concealed handgun permits to lawful citizens.

But this isn’t just about Baker: GRNC plans to demonstrate to sheriffs and legislators across the state that we are “mad as hell” about both the widespread inability of citizens to obtain guns to protect their families and the collusion of leftist media and leftist politicians to undermine our rights … permanently, if they win the election.

No excuses: You have no excuses not to attend. It will be held on a Saturday (Sept. 26).

* If you are one of the hundreds who have contacted us to express utter frustration at Baker’s (and other sheriffs’)  refusal to issue gun permits as required by law at a time when national riots make it more important than ever … BE THERE!
* or even if you aren’t, BE THERE!  
*Regardless of where you live in NC: BE THERE!

What: A peaceful demonstration against Sheriff Baker, the inability to obtain firearms for self-protection, and the present state of affairs

When: Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020 at 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM

Where: Wake County Sheriff/Wake County Department of Public Safety, 330 S. Salisbury St., Raleigh, NC 

Why: Because it’s high time somebody did

Added bonus: GRNC will have “Remember in November” voter guides and JFP Judicial Voter Guides available in quantities for you to distribute to friends and acquaintances.

Please R.S.V.P.: Please confirm attendance, including name and approximate number of people attending by emailing: 

Guidelines for demonstrators:

* Under § 14-277.2(a), “It shall be unlawful for any person participating in, affiliated with, or present as a spectator at any …  demonstration upon any private health care facility or upon any public place owned or under the control of the State or any of its political subdivisions to willfully or intentionally possess or have immediate access to any dangerous weapon.”
* Please dress for the press: Please avoid clothing with inflammatory slogans, camouflage, or other items which would allow the media to dismiss us as a fringe element.
* Please show the world what a truly peaceful protest looks like.

UPDATE: Now this is interesting. I just tried to post a link to this post on my dedicated blog page on Facebook. It was denied because someone had reported this information as “abusive”.

Surrounded in all red, the message read:

Warning Your message couldn’t be sent because it includes content that other people on Facebook have reported as abusive.”

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Tuesday, 22 September


Suppressing the Springfield Armory M1A Tanker 308 Rifle [The Firearm Blog]

M1A TankerWhen the stars align you have to go for it. That was my thought when several review items and connections fell pleasantly into place. Along with that, there was encouragement at the idea of something not entirely difficult but somewhat time-consuming. I am referring to when a Springfield Armory M1A Tanker 308 Rifle, a Silencer […]

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POTD: UZI PRO Submachine Gun [The Firearm Blog]

Welcome back to TFB’s daily Photo Of The Day article series. In today’s edition, we are looking at the UZI PRO, submachine gun based on the legendary UZI design of 65 years back. From IWI’s website: Evolution of the iconic UZI SMG More ease-of-use, reliability and accuracy Light-weight, compact and concealable Looks like an UZI, […]

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HOT GAT or FUDD CRAP? Tactical Advantage or Jam Avalanche? [The Firearm Blog]

Hot Gat or Fudd CrapWelcome everyone to the 66th edition of ‘Hot Gat or Fudd Crap?’, one of our many series here on TFB. If you’re new to the series, this is where we look at the most obscure firearms that are actually for sale and ask the question – is this Gat a sweet deal or only has […]

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Michigan: Capitol Commission Votes Down Gun Ban [NRA-ILA News]

On Monday, September 14th, the Capitol Commission voted 4-2 against a proposal to ban all firearms from the Capitol and 3-3 against a proposal to ban open carry at the Capitol.


EAA Corp’s New Left-Handed Churchill 212 Field Shotgun []

If you’re a firearms enthusiast and are constantly frustrated with the lack of left-handed firearms available on the market then EAA Corp has your back. The European American Armory Corporation or EAA Corp has just unveiled their newest shotgun offering – the Left-Handed Churchill 212 Field Shotgun. The European American Armory Corporation has made a special shotgun specifically for the needs of the left-handed shooters of the world. The Churchill 212 has been built from the ground up to accommodate for left-handed use

EAA Corp's New Left-Handed Churchill 212 Field Shotgun

EAA Corp’s New Left-Handed Churchill 212 Field Shotgun

The Churchill 212 is based on the design of the Akkar field shotgun and from there designed for the left-handed shooter. Shooters will no longer have to worry about shells being ejected directly into their field of view or their face and the controls have similarly been modified to better suit left-handed shooters. EAA Corp’s full description of the new Churchill 212 Field Shotgun:

Churchill 212 Field Left-Hand Shotgun Specifications:

  • SKU:                                      111440 
  • Gauge:                                        12
  • Barrel Length:                             28”
  • LOP:                                           14.25”
  • Overall Length:                           47.7”
  • Weight:                                       6.3 lbs.
  • SRP:                                          $447.00

EAA Corp's New Left-Handed Churchill 212 Field Shotgun

Built on an aircraft aluminum receiver with a synthetic stock and forend, users will appreciate the excellent balance and feel. The 12 GA 3” single-action shotgun’s controls are all modified for left-hand users, including the ejection port, eliminating flying shotgun shells in the face. Available in a black finish with a 28” steel barrel with a Mobile choke tube thread, the EAA Corp.’s 212 Field Left-Hand shotgun keeps the hunting and shooting sports an equal playing field for both right and left-handed shooters.
EAA Corp's New Left-Handed Churchill 212 Field Shotgun
I think its great that more manufacturers are going this route by designing guns around the users they are meant for instead of users having to modify more piratical shooting stances or practices in order to accommodate for their natural grip and stance. While I personally am not a left-handed individual, my dad is and this is something he would have loved to have given the opportunity. Does this mean that more companies will start making left-hand specific firearms?

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Five Best New Cartridges for Deer Hunting []

Each and every year, the ammo and rifle manufacturers get together and at least one of them will release a hot, new deer cartridge that will revolutionize the deer hunting world – or so they say. As one reader put it before, it’s an answer to a question that no one was really asking. However, new calibers are fun because let’s face it, we all like guns and pouring over ballistics data is cool. And without a new caliber once and awhile, wouldn’t things get a little boring? There have been a few new calibers released in recent years. Some of them are not even really new, we’ve just taken a new shine to them for one reason or another. For the sake of argument, we’ll say that to make this list, the caliber has to be from the past few decades. Sound good to you? Let’s take a look at five best new calibers for deer hunting.

.350 Legend

The “tree-fiddy” is one of the newer kids on the block. It was released commercially by Winchester for 2019. Winchester always knows how to make a splash, and they went all-in for SHOT Show to make sure that the media and public were all hyped up on this new cartridge. The big deal with the Legend is that it is a straight-wall cartridge. For those of us who live out in the middle of nowhere with not many neighbors, straight-walled cartridges are interesting, but not really a concern. That doesn’t mean we won’t buy them or use them, but most of us don’t “have to.” That is the key thing here. Many states have a restriction on rifle calibers around population centers, and with good reason – to reduce the chances of a bullet going past its target and into something, or someone more important. Most limit deer hunters to shotguns with slugs, blackpowder rifles, or straight-wall cartridges. A-ha! This is a section of the market that is key.

Not everyone wants to use a pistol cartridge, like a .44 mag, to deer hunt with. That’s where the .350 Legend comes in. The design is rather simple. Winchester took a .357 diameter bullet and stuffed it into a 1.71 inch-long .223 case. With a 180-grain bullet, they got a muzzle velocity of 2,199fps and 1,762 ft. lbs of energy. Speed drops off to 1,466fps at 200 yards, so the bullet is still moving along well, giving the .350 Legend some decent oomph. This is one new deer hunting cartridge that was developed for the deer hunter, although I just had a buddy use a T/C Contender in .350 Legend to fill his bear tag. Judging by how well it’s going right now, the 350 will stick around. There are a lot of rifles being chambered in .350 Legend and you may just want to pick one up. This one is a lot of people’s pick for the best new deer hunting cartridge.
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6.5 Creedmoor

Man, it seems like it was just a year or two ago that we were all trying to get our hands on a 6.5 Creedmoor-chambered rifle, wasn’t it? Oh wait, we still are. The 6.5 was released commercially by Hornady in 2007. It was around well before that as a wildcat round, used by competition shooters. The cartridge was initially designed as a precision target shooting competition round in conjunction between Creedmoor Sports and Hornady. The goal was a magazine-length round with low recoil and great accuracy from the bullets with a high ballistic coefficient. Hornady blended in powders from across their line, including the LeverRevolution and Ruger short mag lines.

Initially, this was a match cartridge, so hunting wasn’t a priority. But hey, we’re gun people, right? We hunt. The notion of a flat-shooting, accurate round with low recoil sounded like a winner, and soon, hunting bullets were being used by hand loaders. This led to Hornady and other ammo companies following suit, and soon, if you wanted to have decent sales for your rifles, you’d better have at least one chambered in 6.5 Creedmoor. How well does it perform? A lot of friends of mine who are big names in the media really like the 6.5 for deer because it is highly versatile. You can effectively use it for longer-range hunting, but if a buck walks out at closer ranges, the 6.5 won’t blow them up. I’ve shot both target and hunting bullets through one at the range and like what I have seen. I can understand why this is a hot, new deer hunting cartridge.
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.450 Bushmaster

The 450 Bushmaster has ties to Col. Jeff Cooper and is an interesting cartridge. The original concept was to make a big-bullet cartridge that could be used in the AR-15 platform to make it a legit big-game rifle. Cooper had publically decried the .223/5.56 as a big-game cartridge, but liked the idea of the AR-platform as a hunting rifle. Enter Tim LeGendre of LeMag Firearms. LeGendre set out to develop a cartridge, using a .45-caliber bullet. His cartridge, the .45 Professional flat worked. It was the “thumper” cartridge Cooper envisioned. Bushmaster Firearms licensed the design and went to Hornady for a commercial cartridge. Hornady, hot on the heels of the LeverRevolution ammo with SST-Flex-Tip bullets, shortened the original cartridge and it became, with LeGendre’s approval, the 450 Bushmaster.

Back in 2007, I had the pleasure of getting my hands on one of the early 450 Bushmaster AR-15s to come off the line. It was fun to shoot, much like having a semi-automatic .45/70. Sadly, I let one of my coworkers buy the rifle instead of keeping it for myself. I honestly didn’t think it would truly make it in the competitive world of deer rifles, but then someone realized that it was, in fact, a straight-walled cartridge. Remember how hot those are right now? Here you had a big-bullet coming out with lower recoil. I started seeing bolt-action rifles and even single-shots chambered in 450 Bushmaster. Of the straight-walled cartridges, this truly is the thumper. It has serious knock-down power for deer hunting, and yes, you can still find AR-15s (not AR-10s, mind you) chambered in it.
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6mm Creedmoor

The little brother to the 6.5, the 6mm Creedmoor is, in my opinion, another of the answers to questions that not many of us had. However, there is no denying this cartridge’s growing popularity. It came about from gun writer John Snow asking Hornady to neck down a 6.5 for him to use in Precision Rifle Series competition. It’s fast, accurate and with low recoil, as you would expect. Popularity wise, the 6mm Creedmoor is riding the coattails of the 6.5 to an extent.

For deer hunters, it’s basically a .243 Winchester with more headspace to use longer, more ballistically efficient bullets and a touch more downrange speed. It’s cool and you’ll see more and more rifles chambered in it. Do I want one? Sure, but then again, I want a lot of guns. Do I need one? Probably not. It’s getting so much attention now, that I felt it should make this list. There will be deer that fall to the 6mm this autumn, so if you want one, get one. Personally, I think Hornady’s newer 6mm ARC is going to run right past the Creedmoor in longevity. We’ll see.
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6.5 PRC

I struggled over the last cartridge to include in this list, I’m not going to lie. There are a lot of interesting cartridges, including the Nosler numbered series. To include the 6.5 PRC, which is a little bit on the obscure side right now, it seemed like a stretch, but bear with me on this because it’s a cool option for deer hunters. The 6.5 PRC, or Precision Rifle Cartridge from Hornady is basically a magnum version of the 6.5 Creedmoor. Why make it? Because they can, I guess, but there’s some interesting data behind it. If you take the Precision Hunter load from Hornady in a 143-grain ELD-X bullet, you’re looking at a muzzle velocity of 2,960fps. That’s fast. The cool factor comes when you look at the 500-yrd velocity, which is cooking along at 2,248fps. That mid-range speed beats out my personal favorite, the 7mm Rem Mag. This makes the 6.5 PRC a cool option for hunting deer in the open reaches of the Midwest and western states.
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What other new cartridges are you fond of? Or, better, yet, what are your favorite deer cartridges in general? Debating what is the best deer hunting cartridge is a deer camp tradition, like debating trucks. You have your Ford, Chevy and Ram guys, as well as the Toyota and Nissan crowds. Everyone has an opinion and no one is really wrong.

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ABQ City Council Defeats Mandatory Gun Storage Ordinance & Ban on Firearms In City Buildings! [NRA-ILA News]

Thanks to your phone calls and emails in opposition to Ordinance O-19-82 (mandating locked storage requirements for any firearms outside your immediate possession or control) and Ordinance O-19-83 (banning firearms at any building owned or leased by the city for conducting business with the public), the Albuquerque City Council defeated both measures on a 6-3 vote Monday night.


Caracal Commits to Producing Indian Army Carbines In India [The Firearm Blog]

Back in 2018, the Indian Army began its latest effort to modernise its small arms. A tender for 5.56x45mm carbines was awarded to UAE-based Caracal. The tender called for 93,895 CAR 816 carbines but news of the contract has been scarce ever since. Now it seems that the company have made a commitment to fully […]

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Daiwa Unveils New and Improved Tatula CT Baitcaster []

Reading about Daiwa’s new bait casting reel — the Tatula CT — gets me fired up about bass fishing, having spent thousands of hours over the years fishing with my dad and then later fishing regional bass tournaments. Anything related to the fishing world, especially when it comes to largemouth and smallmouth bass, gets my adrenaline going.

Without a doubt, Daiwa reels have been center place in the fishing world for ages and now with a new compact reel that is affordable in the everyday realm of fishing, well it garners some attention. The Daiwa company has been around since 1955 and I have personally used their fishing rods and reels for years. In the following press release Daiwa outlines one of their newest offerings when it comes to quality baitcasting reels:

Daiwa has just launched another Tatula reel that promises anglers a wealth of performance and value. The reel was specifically designed and manufactured to bring anglers looking for an entry level baitcaster an entirely new standard of performance and aesthetics. Perfect for everything from plastics to cranks to Chatterbaits and more, the TATULA CT (Compact) brings versatility to anglers of all walks. Extremely palmable and a mere 7.2 ounces, the reel feels great in the hand and your choice of favorite rods.

Like the other higher priced reels in the Tatula family, what really makes The Daiwa TATULA CT so special is the inclusion of the T-Wing System level-wind. When you take the reel out of gear it allows for less resistance on the line, allowing the line to cast further. Daiwa’s spool lets anglers finely tune the spool tension while the T-Wing System level-wind opens up line feed, working together to cast longer, more accurately, and provide stress-free control when chunking into the wind, skipping baits or casting light lures. The T-Wing System is also very efficient at reducing backlashes. It does this by reducing the angle of the line coming off the spool and spool speed, providing efficient operation unlike anything on the market in this reel class.

The new Tatula CT also features Daiwa’s patented Magforce magnetic casting and braking system which is located on the exterior of the reel making adjustments easy to make depending on wind conditions, the rods you’re fishing, and overall aerodynamics of the baits you’re throwing. The dial extends from 0 to 20 (less resistance to greater resistance) so there’s lots of range for tweaking the best setting to match the particular fishing condition. Not only does the feature help maximize the length of casts, it helps reduce backlashes. With the dial on the side plate of the reel, external adjustments are easy to make in a split second.

Just one of the many Baitcasting Reels in the Daiwa Tatula lineup

The key features and offerings of the Tatula CT are described below:

Featuring an aluminum frame, the look of the reel is stunning. Comprised of a dark gray with anodized dark navy blue with metal accents, the reel features both the Daiwa logo and is tattooed on the Magforce side plate with the Tatula spider logo as a badge of pride.

On the drag side of things, anglers will be impressed with the Ultimate Tournament Drag (UTD™), which offers a maximum drag of 13.2 lbs at full spool line capacity.

Comfort and control is enhanced with Soft Touch handle rubber knobs and a large 90mm swept handle which provides a steady grip for all fishing scenarios.

Anglers will also notice how smooth the reel operates, thanks to seven regular shielded ball bearings and one anti-reverse bearing.

The Tatula CT is available in Standard (6.3:1), High Speed (7.1:1) and Hyper Speed (8.1:1). And all gear ratios come in both left- and right-hand models.

When you’re considering an entry level baitcaster, look no further than Daiwa’s new TATULA CT…a reel that is set to bring a whole new level of performance, value, and stunning good looks to anglers.

MSRP $129.99

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Philadelphia Residents Face Months-Long Wait to Apply for Gun-Carry Permits [NRA-ILA News]

Philadelphia residents say the city is forcing them to wait months to apply for gun-carry permits—far beyond the 45-day window required by law—at a time when gun sales are surging in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic and widespread rioting. The delays have left some Philadelphians fearing for their safety. James Tordella, a medical supply salesman, is caught in the permit backlog.


N-Vision Optics – New Nox Thermal Monocular [The Firearm Blog]

N-Vision Optics (Needham, MA) have developed a new product called the NOX Thermal Monocular The thermal sensor is made by BAE Systems and has specification with 12 micron 640×480, 60 Hz Core. You can use the devide either hand-held, on your firearm or your helmet. There will be two models available, 18 mm or 35 […]

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Women On Trump’s SCOTUS List, Intro []

With the death from cancer of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on September 18th, President Trump will have the chance to nominate her successor to the Supreme Court. The left has gone bonkers, the Democrats are promising court packing a’la FDR, and some progressives are mad that Justice Ginsburg didn’t retire sooner.

In remarks made yesterday, President Trump has indicated he will announce his choice either Friday or Saturday. He also has said it has come down to one of five women.

Or as the Babylon Bee humorously illustrated:

There are 12 women on President Trump’s short list of nominees. This includes those just named to the 2020 list and those on the earlier lists.

They are:

  • Judge Bridget Bade, 9th Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Judge Amy Coney Barrett, 7th Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Judge Allison Eid, 10th Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Judge Britt Grant, 11th Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Judge Barbara Lagoa, 11th Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Judge Joan Larsen, 6th Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Judge Martha Pacold, Northern District of Illinois
  • Judge Sarah Pitlyk, Eastern District of Missouri
  • Judge Allison Jones Rushing, 4th Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Judge Margaret “Meg” Ryan, Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces
  • Judge Diane Sykes, 7th Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Kathryn “Kate” Todd, Deputy White House Counsel

Rumor has it that the five on the short, short list are Amy Coney Barrett, Barbara Lagoa, Allison Jones Rushing, Joan Larsen, and Kate Todd with Barrett and Lagoa being the leading contenders.

As an aside, Allison Jones Rushing is from Hendersonville, NC which is just a few miles away. She is also the youngest on the list.

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Official Statement from Haenel Defence – The MK556 is 90% Made in Germany [The Firearm Blog]

One week after the German Ministry of Defence confirmed that the company C.G. Haenel and their MK556 Assault Rifle had been chosen we finally have an official statement from the company. The core message is that C.G. Haenel is a development specialist that have made huge investments in their German factory in the past 13 […]

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RMA Defense Introduces Rifle Plate Armor For Women [The Firearm Blog]

RMA Defense rifle plate armor for womenRMA Defense has recently announced their new level III+ rifle armor specifically cut for women, which they plan on making available next month.  Women in the military, law enforcement, security, and civilians that just want some extra protection against rifle calibers have had some difficulties using plate armor designed for men.  RMA Defense have developed […]

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What Guns Should I Collect? [Forgotten Weapons]

I have had a number of people email me saying that they are interested in starting a gun collection, and what would I say they should collect? I think this is a fundamentally erroneous approach to the question. There used to be a sort of understanding that “Gun Collecting” meant a specific group of community-approved  “collectible” guns, most notably Winchester lever actions, Colt and S&W revolvers, Mausers, and Luger pistols. I disagree with these artificial limitation in the strongest way. I think that the whole point of collecting firearms is to find a specific theme that you personally find interesting, and build a collection to gain a better understanding of it. That can mean shooting a thousand rounds a week or never firing the guns at all. It can mean collecting based on a country, a manufacturer, a time period, a mechanical action type, a specific conflict, a specific country in a specific conflict, a caliber, or really any other factor one can imagine. I have a friend who collects sporterized pre-1898 military rifles. I have another who collects guns all with the same serial number. The essential element is that a collection is based on your own personal interest. It is irrelevant whether your interest is shared by a million other collectors or by nobody at all.

If you want to begin collecting firearms, you need only consider what piques your curiosity and interest, and follow that thread. My apologies to your wallet in advance!

Also, buy books first. A few hundred dollars of books before you buy a single gun will save you a tremendous amount of money in the long run.


AllOutdoor Review: Banish 30 Suppressor from Silencer Central []

Hey all! Silencer Central was kind enough to give me the opportunity to use and review one of the suppressors in their Banish line, and I am excited to have the chance to go over the experience. I know the aspect of getting a gun muffler such as the Banish 30 we are covering today can be daunting, especially to people who may be new to the whole NFA process. Retailers like Silencer Central (formerly Dakota Silencer) have expedited that painful process and made it much easier for consumers to jump on the bandwagon of suppressor ownership. They offer many top name brands in the silencer industry as well as their own “Banish” series of suppressors. In this AllOutdoor Review, we take an in-depth look at the Banish 30 Suppressor from Silencer Central and see how it fares. Let’s hop down the rabbit hole!

Specifications: Banish 30 Suppressor from Silencer Central

One of the defining differences of this specific suppressor is that it is essentially available in two lengths for the price of one. The Banish 30 comes paired with an extension which takes it from a 7″ to a 9″ can. It also is self-serviceable in that it can be disassembled for any necessary cleaning. Both the main suppressor body can be disassembled and baffles removed as well as the extension with its own baffles that are different from the main body ones not to get mixed up.

  • CALIBER: 308/7.62
  • CALIBER RANGE: 17 to 300 Weatherby
  • MATERIAL: Titanium
  • COLOR: Black
  • FINISH: Gun Kote and Tribodone 41 DLC
  • MOUNT STYLE: Direct Thread
  • THREAD PITCH: 5/8×24

Silencer Central Banish 30

  • DIAMETER: 1-1/2”
  • LENGTH: 7” or 9” (depending on whether the tube extension is on or not)
  • WEIGHT: 10 oz (7”) or 13 oz (9”)
  • BAFFLES: 8
  • FULL AUTO RATED: Limited Full-Auto Rated

MSRP for the Banish 30 currently stands at $979 and holds Silencer Central’s Lifetime Warranty of the “Banish™ Better Suppressor Guarantee”. This is Silencer Central’s way of covering any defects in manufacturing along with the overall performance and quality of their suppressor. If your Banish Suppressor does not perform as it is intended by reducing report noise, felt recoil, or increased accuracy due to recoil reduction, Silencer Central will buy it back. Some more useful information and background on the Banish 30 can be read below thanks to Silencer Central:

“The most versatile suppressor in the Banish line, the Banish 30 works with your rimfire and rifle calibers from .17 to .300 Weatherby.

All Banish suppressors have been designed for unmatched sound suppression. Testing shows that Banish 30 reduces the report of a .308 by a whopping 34 decibels, or more!

Like all Banish suppressors, the Banish 30 is made from a strong, Titanium alloy for unmatched durability, at an extremely light weight. The Banish 30 comes as a 9-inch suppressor holding eight STifle™ baffles, yet for tighter shooting platforms or blinds, can easily break down and assemble into a 7-inch configuration. At seven inches, you’ll hardly notice the suppressor on the end of your rifle.

Perfect for the range, but also a plus for in-the-field while big game hunting, the Banish 30 will significantly reduce the report and recoil of large-caliber rifles, while still being effective on rifles down to rimfire calibers.”

Unboxing: Banish 30 Suppressor from Silencer Central

The Banish 30 comes in a very nice box that is magnetically sealed. The box includes a multitude of tools and extras to help you along with your ownership of a quality and unique suppressor. These include a star wrench that attaches to an included endcap removal tool to ensure that a fouled up suppressor can be taken apart and cleaned if need be. Along with those items they supply a spare end cap o-ring/rubber gasket and a stylish decal for all the people out there that enjoy representing their collections. Other components you might enjoy having that we had for testing are:

Adding the spare end cap o-ring/rubber gasket to the package you get with your suppressor shows the forethought and care that Silencer Central put into the quality item you get. O-rings/rubber gaskets in general have the tendency to degrade and decay over time and the addition of it being exposed to heat and possible fouling do not make it a stranger to breakage, though I would wager these would last a long while given the baffle design of the Banish 30. It keeps most of the mess away from the outer walls of the suppressor and even away from the threads and gasket.

Silencer Central Banish 30

As I mentioned earlier the Banish 30 is user-serviceable in that the silencer along with its extension can be disassembled for cleaning if at all necessary. When I say that I mean it in that with most centerfire suppressors the pressures are typically strong enough to blast all the fouling and carbon out the front and keep things clean enough to be used far more and far extensively in comparison to rimfire suppressors. That being said this suppressor can do that as well but there is always some stuff that hangs out on and it does not hurt to get your suppressor looking like new on the inside and out again.

Range Time: Banish 30 Suppressor from Silencer Central

Now when I got to get some range time with this suppressor it was a unique scenario in that I also had a Springfield Armory M1A Tanker 308 Rifle that I was reviewing for an article over at our sister site TheFirearmBlog (TFB). The stars felt like they had aligned so that I may pair that work of art with this one. I put together the necessary materials to make that happen and the process and results will appear in a future article to be published over at TheFirearmBlog (TFB). I have to say the experience of that pairing was very positive and I think a lot of that is owed to the Banish 30’s design.

Silencer Central Banish 30

When I say the design of this specific suppressor made the overall experience more positive it is because of its inclusion and style of expansion tube that sits at the back of the suppressor before any gas travels to the baffles. It is designed to catch the blast and direct gas down through all the baffles as it said in the disassembly/reassembly video earlier. The reason this matters is the M1A Tanker does not really have an adjustable gas plug or any way of managing the gas beyond its stock configuration. That being said the gas that would come out of the action and hit me in the forehead was quite probably far less than it could be on suppressors that do not have such an expansion chamber built-in.

Silencer Central Banish 30

One drawback I can attest to noticing about the suppressor was not in its performance but rather it’s capacity to heat up very quickly. This is by no means a flaw in its design since this suppressor is full-auto rated and would essentially be safe to fire until red hot and melting if it would even melt. I only see it as a drawback to someone shooting larger calibers and in rapid succession. Even the Suppressor cover was extremely hot to hold for too long. I would wager the rapid heat up is due to the lightweight design. After about 15 minutes the heat had dissipated after removing the cover.

Silencer Central Banish 30

Since this is a suppressor review, after all, I should let you all know about the noise or lack thereof. As for actual sound suppression, I was extremely happy with it. I was using all the miscellaneous 308 and 7.62 NATO I had on hand and no subsonic ammo given the current state of the world and lack of availability. This gun was hearing safe outdoors in the open with generic boxed ammo of all sorts. It did its job very well and I was happy with it overall.

Silencer Central Banish 30

Final Thoughts: Banish 30 Suppressor from Silencer Central

I think as far as suppressors go the Banish 30 should be in your top five if you are looking for a 30/multi caliber suppressor. It is very versatile which makes it appealing to me as I own multiple guns that would be cool to suppress. The design makes it competitive in its noise reduction and weight. It has a variable length depending on how compact you would like to stay. A feature that I appreciate as a rimfire suppressor owner is it is similar and easy to clean.

With the lifetime warranty and guarantee of a quality-made suppressor, I think it would be hard to go wrong picking one of these up. The folks over at Silencer Central seem very nice and attentive to their customers which in this day and age should make a suppressor owner feel comfortable and content knowing someone has their back. With the only drawback in regards to the Banish 30 being “it got hot quick” I think it is super forgivable since any suppressor would after 30-40 rounds of 308 flying through it. I would recommend the Banish 30 to anyone looking for extreme versatility in a centerfire suppressor.

In closing, I want to say thank you to Silencer Central for allowing AllOutdoor and myself the opportunity to try out their Banish 30 Suppressor. That is always greatly appreciated. The last question that remains is what do you think? Is the Banish 30 something you would be willing to invest your money in to go hunting? Would you use it for home defense? Help a new shooter learn to shoot with it? Let us know all of your thoughts in the Comments below! We always appreciate your feedback.

.Silencer Central Banish 30

Silencer Central Banish 30

Silencer Central Banish 30

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Single Stacks Suck [The Firearm Blog]

In this episode of TFBTV, Hop explains why you shouldn’t buy a single stack handgun for concealed carry. With the advent of high capacity slimline pistols like the SIG P365 or Springfield Hellcat, and increasing adoption of appendix carry, you don’t have to settle for 6 + 1 rounds of 9mm any more. ««« GUN […]

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The Polish VIS 100 M1 (Ragun, PR-15) Pistol Is Coming To America [The Firearm Blog]

VIS 100 M1 FB RadomFB Radom’s newest military sidearm has gone by several names, such as “Ragun”, “PR-15” and most recently, upon it’s official adoption by the Polish armed forces, the “VIS 100”. Followers of the development of this double action/single action (DA/SA) pistol have been hopeful that it would be imported into the U.S. at some point. Well, […]

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Why is Bow Hunting so Popular? []

This time of year with fall deer hunting seasons getting closer, I watch a considerable amount of deer hunting television. I mainly enjoy watching the behavior of the deer in the field, how they react and carry on. I find any clue is helpful in my own hunting. Some of the TV hosts actually know what they are talking about, so it can be instructional.

What I do notice with deer hunting television is that the majority of it is bow hunting. Admittedly, I tire of just watching bow hunters all the time, but that is secondary to my own interest in the programming. I had to quit using a bow years ago because of a shoulder injury when I slipped coming down from a ladder stand. I was never successful hunting with a bow anyway, and really don’t miss it. Bu still I wonder why bow hunting is so darn popular.

Even I admit that using archery equipment for deer hunting is quite a challenge. Bows are certainly more difficult to get set up correctly and to tune. The equipment takes a lot of adjustment and maintenance. Sights are finicky as well as other aspects. It requires regular practice to be really good at it. Perhaps that is a big part of the allure.

I have not seen any of the sales numbers recently for bow hunting equipment, but it has to be doing quite well. High-dollar bows and crossbows can easily run over $1000. Then add a quality sight, arrows, broadheads, stabilizers, releases, and all the other accessories and goodies, then you’re well on your way to spending another thousand or more. Of course, a good deer rifle, scope, and everything else can easily rival those expenses.

For certain, the big draw to using a bow (pun intended) is the challenge of taking on a live wild animal that is within a respectable bow range, say forty yards maximum. I know many bow hunters are now taking shots at deer well beyond fifty yards, but I am uncertain if that is ethical or not. It might be for an exceptionally good bow shot, but many are not, and many wounded deer are lost every year using a bow. That is part of the game, and is why regular practice is essential to success.

Bow hunting is certainly good for the hunting industry. Participation increases hunter numbers and that is good. One simply cannot argue with those facts. I’m pro hunting, no matter how it is legally done. Enjoying the great outdoors is the best part of it all. Carry on bow hunters.

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Monday, 21 September


TFB Review: Springfield Armory M1A Tanker 308 Rifle [The Firearm Blog]

M1A Tanker 308 RifleI have to admit that I am a sucker for nostalgia and even tributes to nostalgia. I had the honor to review and handle a piece of history in that of the M1A action and also the comfort and maneuverability of a shorter barrel and compact and sturdy stock. I of course am referring to […]

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Bloomberg and His Billions Just Won’t Go Away [NRA-ILA News]

There once was a time when the far left pretended that it was deeply offended by money being involved in politics. They still spent millions to win elections, with Democrat presidential candidates regularly outspending their Republican opponents. The last time a Republican candidate for President outspent his rival was in 2000.


Joe Biden Told Voters the Second Amendment DOES NOT Protect an Individual Right [NRA-ILA News]

During a September 2019 “townhall” hosted by New Hampshire ABC affiliate WMUR, Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden made clear that he does not believe the Second Amendment protects an individual right to keep and bear arms and that the U.S. Supreme Court decision in District of Columbia v. Heller was incorrect.


POTD: A-10 Thunderbolt II with GAU-8 Avenger 30mm Rotary Cannon [The Firearm Blog]

Photo Of The Day – Flying above is a U.S. Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt II assigned to the 51st Fighter Wing during a RED FLAG-Alaska over the Yukon Training Area in Alaska in 2019. As you may know, the A-10 Aircraft is what happens when you build a gun that you want to fly around with. In […]

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The Rimfire Report: Showing Some Love for Pump Action 22LR Rifles [The Firearm Blog]

The Rimfire Report: Showing Some Love for Pump Action 22LR RiflesHello and welcome back to another edition of The Rimfire Report! In this weekly series, we continue to discuss, explore, review, and remember the various firearms and trends surrounding the rimfire firearm world. This week I’m going to focus on some blasts from the past that I wish would come back with more popularity – the pump […]

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Harry’s Holsters Introduces New Contender Competition Holster [The Firearm Blog]

Harry's Holsters Introduces New Contender Competition HolsterHarry’s Holsters has released a new holster for the competition scene – the Contender. The new holster is purported to be one of the most durable competition holsters available now and perfectly suited for USPSA and IDPA style competitors with many styles of competition pistols. Harry’s Holsters Introduces New Contender Competition Holster Features Flared opening […]

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Surplus WWII M1 Carbine Cache from Royal Tiger Imports [The Firearm Blog]

Royal Tiger Imports has brought in a WWII surplus M1 Carbine cache from Ethiopia to sell in the US.Although they do sell some modern firearms, Royal Tiger Imports‘ bread and butter are historical and surplus guns. From British Lee Enfields and Italian Carcanos to German K98 Mausers and French rifles with unusually fun names, Chassepot Fusil Gras Artilery Muskatoons, if a gun is old and a bit patinated, odds are Royal Tiger has […]

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Big Game Brew: The Coffee Brand for Hunters []

Big aims, big game. There’s a brand new coffee label on the market, called Big Game Brew. The company was founded by a trio of outdoorsmen who share a love of hunting, the outdoors, and that muddy-water beverage that helps warm and fuel mornings in the wild.


Whitetail motif, Big Game Coffee

Big Game Brew takes a different twist on the increasingly common concept of online coffee procurement. But first, let’s examine the similarities. Like other brands, it’s available as a single purchase or as a regular order with a 5% discount. And like others, a selection of roasts and ground or whole-bean choices exist. Each roast has a written description to tantalize the most dedicated coffee connoisseur. For example, here’s the description of Dark Roast:

In this camp, we believe all dark roasts are not created equal. While our dark roast might be simple by name, it’s complex and calculated. Much like the marksman getting ready for the season, our master roaster ensures this tried-and-true brew will always be a mainstay. Other flavors and options will come and go, but like that ever-present alpha buck, this dark roast’s presence will always be known. A superior blend of beans from two continents means this coffee was made for those dedicated to outwaiting, outworking and outsmarting that traditional 8 no one else can seem to get in their sights. The color, flavor and aroma exude confidence and fuels the same. We didn’t select this roast for a quick drive to the front gate but made sure it would hold up for a 14-hour hunt a few miles from anywhere.

Unlike other brands, Big Game Brew allows buyers to choose the bag art. Attractive pen-and-ink drawings of antlered species from across the United States, including Whitetail, Mule Deer, Elk, and Caribou are featured as labels which are customized to match the consumer’s choice of coffee type. We’re not sure why Bullwinkle didn’t make the cut; maybe he’ll show up later.

A caribou is one of the brand’s artistic design choices.

The six primary coffee choices are light roast, dark roast, Rocky Mountain Roast (toffee bar), Woodlands Roast (toasted pecan), Arctic Tundra Roast (toasted marshmallow), and Grasslands Roast (sugar cookie). These selections are all $14.99 per 12-ounce bag. There’s also a Sampler Pack with one each of the roasts in a small package that makes a 12-cup pot. The Sampler features all the artwork as well.

A sampling of available bag designs for Big Game Brew’s coffee flavors.

Fall hunting season will soon be upon us. Big Game Brew offers comforting ambiance to ease the transition from a cozy bed or sleeping bag into the chill of a morning hunt. But the company promises to do more than supply hunters with energy. A portion of proceeds will go to yet-unnamed organizations that work for habitat and conservation of America’s big game animals.

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Davidson’s Exclusive Ruger 10/22 With Altamont Thumbhole Stock [The Firearm Blog]

Davidson's Exclusive Ruger 10/22 With Altamont Thumbhole StockThe Ruger firearms company has often worked pretty closely with Davidson’s to provide exclusive offerings of Ruger’s main lineup of firearms. Today is no different with the introduction of a truly ambidextrous 10/22 rifle complete with an Altamont laminate thumbhole stock. They have detailed the new addition in their September 17th press release below. Davidson’s […]

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Taurus Joins Partners for Patriotism Match Campaign [NRA-ILA News]

We would like to highlight one of our partners in the Partners for Patriotism campaign, Taurus! When asked about the campaign Bret Vorhees, President and CEO of Taurus Holdings, Inc., said “We are living in a period of unrest and unprecedented political manipulation. It is now more important than ever that the 2A community comes together to preserve the gun rights of all Americans. Taurus is proud to support the NRA, and all American gun owners, as we fight the anti-gun movement in this country.”


Assassin’s Way – The 23 Day Ultimate Firearms Competition [The Firearm Blog]

Assassin's Way - The 23 Day Ultimate Firearms CompetitionTaking place throughout the month of September 2021 is the massive Assassin’s Way competition that covers a broad section of the United States with its various tasks and locations. The Assassin’s Way competition has a wallet shrinking $25,000 entry fee but with an equally large cash payback of $500,000 for the sole victor of the […]

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Origins of the Lee Enfield Rifle: Lee Metford Updates [Forgotten Weapons]

The Lee Metford MkI had scarcely been introduced when it was modified into the MkI* pattern, This was quickly followed by the MkII and MkII*, the Lee Enfield MkI, and Lee Enfield MkI*. In essence, the changes were:

  • Lee Metford MkI*: Change of sights to traditional barleycorn and V-notch, and removal of the manual safety
  • Lee Metford MkII: Update to 10-round, double-feed magazine, move sling rearward, modify cleaning rod to clearing rod.
  • Lee Metford MkII*: Addition of safety lever on cocking piece
  • Lee Enfield MkI: Change from Metford rifling to Enfield
  • Lee Enfield MkI*: Clearing rod removed


Everytown’s Misleading NICS Report [NRA-ILA News]

What do you do when millions of Americans are lining up against your worldview?


1946 Short Film “The Making of a Shooter” []

(Image: Screenshot from video)

Ever heard of SAAMI? That’s the Sporting Arms and Ammunition Manufacturers’ Institute, which according to their website “was founded in 1926 at the request of the federal government and tasked with creating and publishing industry standards for safety, interchangeability, reliability and quality, coordinating technical data and promoting safe and responsible firearms use.” These days we most often see the SAAMI acronym in ammunition specs when discussing various cartridges. Well, they made an interesting film back in 1946 called “The Making of a Shooter.”

It opens with typical big-band music of the time and after a few credits shows some well-known shooters of the day: Ned Lilly, Dick Shaughnessy, Thurman Randle, and Fred Armstrong. The actual movie starts at 2:11, with a fellow in jacket & tie assembling a side-by-side shotgun in a fairly opulent-looking residence. Turns out, rich doctor dad is sending son Jimmy to the national shooting championships, in his words, “because I want you to learn how to shoot and how to handle a gun safely.”

Dad hands the young ‘un some letters of introduction which he can present to friends of his pops who will “look after” the bloke at each match. And away Jimmy goes with his sister Mary driving the family convertible!

First stop: Vandalia, Ohio for the Grand American Handicap Trap Tournament. Here Ned Lilly instructs little Jimmy on shooting without eye or ear protection, and how to swing the muzzle of his scattergun towards the camera man. After that we see some promo footage for the tournament.

At the National Skeet Championship Jimmy catches up with Dick Shaughnessy, who at least wears shooting glasses as he shows Jimmy the ropes on skeet.

From there he skedaddles to Camp Perry, Ohio for the national rifle matches, where his sister Mary will compete with a 22 rifle. Jimmy meets up with range school instructor Thurman Randle to learn about handling a bolt-action 22 rifle. Then it’s off to Mary’s match, where she (naturally) shoots perfectly, then waves the muzzle of her rifle hither & yon across her brother’s legs while leaving the firing line.

Jimmy’s “education” completed, it’s back home and then off to hunt with Daddy Warbucks. More gun safety talk and a pheasant hunt, followed by a duck hunt where pops takes off solo, leaving his spawn to hunt with guide Fred Armstrong and get his first duck.

Now we teleport to a cabin “deep in the north woods” for a big game hunt. Jimmy gets his new big game rifle — a Savage Model 99 lever-action — and learns all about it from Fred instead of his pappy.

On this hunt we again see posters hanging in the woods to remind hunters not to be idiots; this time telling them not to fire a shot unless they’re sure they’re shooting at actual game. Hmmm. Seems like a no-brainer.

Jimmy hunts again with Fred while dad wanders off with his buddy, and an incredibly conscientious messenger boy takes to the woods to find Dr. Preston (Jimmy’s dad).

As soon as Jimmy and Fred spot deer tracks, it’s okay to chamber a round. Errr….

Then the messenger boy sprains his ankle and goes to crawling along a deer trail, where Jimmy sits awaiting a deer. Oh lawdy! Well thank goodness for that poster, which prevents Jimmy from slaying the hapless telegram-toter. Whew!

A 3-shot distress signal brings dad running, and he checks out the kid’s sprained ankle before reading the telegram. Then he and Jimmy do the skedaddle on account of the medical emergency noted in the telegram, leaving the injured kid in the woods with the non-doctors. At the cabin they take plenty of time to neatly fold their clothes and talk things over… guess the telegram’s hospital emergency can wait.

Tongue-in-cheek comments aside, it’s a pretty cool flick, which helped spread the word that guns and hunting should be, and can be, safe and wholesome activities. Kinda like the new Harvest Movie these days (you can read about that by clicking here). And it’s fun to see the classic guns which were modern at that time.


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TFB DEBATE CLUB: The AR-15 For Home Defense – Point/Counterpoint [The Firearm Blog]

Welcome to The TFB Debate Club Dodecahedron – where two humans fight to the death in honor of Earth’s magnificence. Actually, it more like two middle school kids arguing over who is the NFL’s best quarterback. With the lack of presidential debates looming over the smoldering remains of the election season, we thought it might […]

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The Smith Model 10: Everybody’s Handgun []

If ever there was a generic specimen of the classic double action revolver, the Smith and Wesson Model 10 and its lineage has to be it. This 38 Special wheel gun has seen action in militaries and law enforcement agencies all over the world since its inception in 1899. Literally tens of thousands of Model 10s reside in the possession of private citizens for everyday shooting uses including personal defense, home defense, and just fun recreational shooting.

The Smith 10 got its start as the 38 Military and Police. The handgun is based on the Smith proven K-frame, just slightly smaller than the mid-frame L series. These cylinder revolvers are 6-shot loading for the time honored mid-range powered 38 Special. Since 1899 these guns started out as 5-screw models, then 4, then 3. There have been literally dozens of modifications or enhancements to the Model 10 over the years.

As with most Smith revolvers after model numbers were assigned rather than model names, the yoke is stamped with the model number and version. They began with just the “10”, then 10-1 and so forth as modifications were made to the subsequent models. Today, though the Model 10 is only currently produced in the “Classic” line of Smith handguns, the latest 10-dash designation is at 10-13.

Smith 10s came in barrel lengths of 2-4-5-6 inches as factory standard and some 3-inch by special order only. The grip butts can be found in round or square configurations. The finishes are either deep Smith blue or nickel. Never quite got interested in a shiny, reflective gun, but each to his own.

“Sights” on a Model 10 consist of a plain ramp front or a rounded half-moon on the oldest models. The rear “sight” is more of a channel milled down the center of the top strap. It causes the eye, though, to point naturally down the barrel. After all, such a handgun is for up close work, not long distance shooting. It was meant for armies, police officers, and us.

The six-shot cylinder releases from the frame with a push forward slide checkered thumb button on the left side of the frame just below the hammer. Pushing this release forward moves the cylinder pin forward through the cylinder pushing a lock up spring loaded catch pin forward under the barrel. Then the cylinder can be swung out to the left to load or unload.

The unload part comes simply by pushing the cylinder pin backwards releasing the star ejector pulling out the cartridges empty or loaded by their rims. Everything is mechanical on a Smith revolver. There is very little to go foul as long as everything is kept reasonably clean and lubricated occasionally.

One of the more critical changes in the Smith 10 series came with version 10-11 when the classic old hammer pivoting and pinned firing pin was replaced with a hammer that strikes a flat face to hit a floating firing pin inside the rear of the frame. The old style firing pins did get brittle after maybe 50 years or so. I guess they decided to upgrade that component.

Rare chambers in the Model 10 included a trial at the 357 Magnum, but apparently they eventually opted to create the Model 19 to handle those. That model, too, is worthy of a separate study, frankly as are most Smith revolvers. The Model 10 was also chambered for the 32 H&R Magnum for a while, but I have never seen one. If you do, buy it.

Lineage of the Model 10 includes the original Military and Police versions running from 1899 to 1902. The post WWII but pre-Model 10s were manufactured from 1946 until 1957. Post WWII Model 10s were made from 1957 until 2010. Then the Model 10 was officially discontinued from the Smith and Wesson catalog. As mentioned, a run of Model 10s have been made in Smith’s new Classic line to reintroduce some of the old models they previously quit making.

When you grab up an old Smith revolver like a Model 10, the heft comes from steel. Unlike the largely polymer guns of today, heavy metal has a reassuring feel to the grip. Crank back that hammer slowly to enjoy the engagement of finely made and tuned internal action parts. Different from the sounds of cocking a single action cowboy six gun, the double action revolver emits a sound of its own. It’s reassuring. Or just pull the trigger double action instead.

The Smith Model 10 is far from a fancy revolver. That’s the point. It is a utilitarian handgun that virtually anybody can learn to shoot well. That is probably to a great extent why these revolvers were and are so popular. The good part is, too, that you cannot walk through a gun show without seeing several examples for sale at fairly reasonable prices. They are fun to study and collect. Get one for yourself and start some shooting fun.

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Sunday, 20 September


The 2020 Gun Rights Policy Conference In Four Parts []

The 2020 Gun Rights Policy Conference is now history. Unlike the previous 34 years, this year’s conference was put on virtually as a result of the pandemic. The hotel in Orlando just couldn’t handle the number of visitors that GRPC attracts.

The conference usually opens with a reception on Friday night. This year that “reception” became a cocktail party hosted over Zoom. It was repeated on Saturday night, too.

Each day was divided into two videos. You can see the full agenda here.

Saturday started with an invocation delivered by my good friend Pastor Kenn Blanchard, “The Black Man with a Gun”.

The Sunday sessions started with a discussion on suicide and suicide awareness. Dr. Jennifer Stuber, founder and director of Forefront Suicide Prevention, kicked it off. I met Dr. Stuber for the first time at the GRPC held in Dallas when she spoke on this topic. There, she related how she lost her husband to suicide.

The conference concluded with a memorial to the late Joe Tartaro. He will be missed.

There is a ton of information here. If you didn’t have a chance to listen live, you can go through the whole conference in these four videos. Share these with friends but most importantly gain from the knowledge presented to advance our fight for freedom.

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POTD: The Machine Gun Mule [The Firearm Blog]

POTD: The Machine Gun MuleEach day a different image from the World of firearms. We call this POTD, short for Photo Of The Day, which is our daily article series where we go to great length trying to find the most interesting pictures for you out there. It’s easy to make fun of a mule, but once you start climbing […]

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Joe Biden used to be fearful of vote fraud [John Lott's Website]

Back in 1977, Biden wrote:

“Should Voters Be Allowed To Register On Election Day? No,” Biden wrote in an op-ed to a now-defunct Wilmington, Del. newspaper in 1977. He even chided President Carter for proposing it.

A “reservation I have and one that is apparently shared by some of the top officials within the Department of Justice is that the president’s proposal could lead to a serious increase in vote fraud,” Biden wrote. . . .

Saturday, 19 September


POTD: Finnish Brutality 2020 [The Firearm Blog]

Our Photo Of The Day, today comes from Finland. We are looking at a few shots sent to TFB by a team that took part in the Finnish Brutality 2 Gun competition, organized by the Finnish military store Varusteleka. The Covid-19 pandemic affected the event, surely impacting international participation, but on August 22 and 23 […]

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Hawaii: Gun Control Bills Become Law [NRA-ILA News]

This week was the deadline for Governor Ige to sign or veto legislation on his desk. Governor Ige signed SB 3054, and HB 2744 went into law without his signature, due to his failure to veto the measure. Both bills are effective upon approval and are now state law.


SILENCER SATURDAY #143: Suppressor Under Handguard – Should You? [The Firearm Blog]

SILENCER SATURDAY #143: Suppressor Under Handguard - Should You?Good afternoon everyone and welcome back to another Silencer Saturday brought to you by our friends at Yankee Hill Machine, manufacturers of the impressive little Turbo K 5.56mm suppressor. Last week we did a bit of POI shift testing with three of the most popular rimfire silencers on the market. We’ll get it to more […]

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The CETME-L and the CETME-LC at the Range [Forgotten Weapons]

Today I am out at the range to do some side-by-side shooting with the CETME-L and the CETME-LC. These are both MarColMar examples, in the original Spanish military configuration (ie, iron sights only). The LC model has a bit snappier recoil and more muzzle climb, which I suspect is due to the different recoil spring assembly it uses in order to accommodate a collapsing stock. The difference is small enough that it is not noticeable unless shooting both model side by side.

Still, the LC is my choice of the two. While is really doesn’t weigh significantly less than the full-size L model, I like the compactness and the better handling it gets as a result. Unfortunately, this comes at the cost of NFA registration.

Friday, 18 September


Friday Night Lights: Infrared Tracers [The Firearm Blog]

We all know that tracers exist. They have pragmatic uses, especially when shooting full auto at night. When used responsibly they can be fun. However, tracers are really bright. They are like miniature flares. While they help you see where your rounds are impacting they have an opposite effect for those under fire. The recipients […]

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POTD: Enhanced KRISS Vector SDP [The Firearm Blog]

Photo Of The Day – We take a look at the Enhanced KRISS Vector SDP. I had the opportunity to shoot it at the SHOT Show range day, but I have to admit that my memory is a bit faint since there was so much else going on at the same time in combination with […]

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SIG Sauer Releases “Empower the People” Video Series [The Firearm Blog]

SIG Sauer has released a six-part video series called "Empower the People".SIG Sauer is a worldwide leader in the design and production of firearms, and has been for many years. This is common knowledge. What is a bit less well-known is that SIG is also heavily involved in the training aspect of firearms, not just in manufacturing. They well understand that it isn’t good enough just […]

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Two Gun Control Ordinances Loom Ahead for Monday, September 21st ABQ City Council Meeting! [NRA-ILA News]

The City Council recently voted down Resolution R-20-68 that would have urged the New Mexico Legislature to rip the state firearms preemption language from the New Mexico Constitution.  That important language, found in Article II Section 6, provides that "No municipality or county shall regulate, in any way, an incident of the right to keep and bear arms."  Now, just two weeks later, the City Council is set to consider two ordinances which violate that very provision of the state constitution!


Sellmark Charity Auction for Texas Game Warden Association [The Firearm Blog]

Sellmark and their partners are conducting a charity auction to support Texas Game Wardens.Although you may not be too familiar with the Sellmark name itself, you are likely very familiar with some of the more customer-facing brands of which Sellmark is the parent company. Probably their best-known brand in the consumer market is Sightmark, a prolific manufacturer of inexpensive optics. If you are into the thermal/night vision game, […]

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Car Washing Becomes Fun Again – The DeBerti AR-Foam Cannon [The Firearm Blog]

Perhaps most known from the Discovery Channel “Twin Turbos” series Brad DeBerti from Mooresville NC has invented an AR-Foam Cannon that will make washing vehicles fun again. Basically, DeBerti mixed an AR15 with a Renegade Products foam cannon. The end result may make water illegal or at least only available to people in limited quantities, and not […]

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New Hampshire: House Sustains Veto of Firearm Confiscation Bill [NRA-ILA News]

Anti-gun Representatives tried and failed on Wednesday, September 16th to override Governor Chris Sununu’s veto of firearm seizure legislation, House Bill 687.


TFB’s Build Of The Week Series: Awesome 2020 Reboot Edition [The Firearm Blog]

Build Of The Week SeriesA little over two years ago, we started a little series called Build Of The Week. Many of you readers enthusiastically participated and we had a ton of submissions. Enough that we turned it into a contest with a chance to win real prizes – culminating in the giveaway of a rifle to Jim R […]

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Firearms School KR Training Launches Virtual Preparedness Conference [The Firearm Blog]

Firearms school KR Training and preparedness author Paul T. Martin have teamed up for a virtual preparedness conference.One of the few positives to come out of the dumpster fire year that has been 2020 is the fact that the last six months have started opening more peoples’ eyes. Whether due to pandemic panic, supply chain interruptions and goods shortages, or civil unrest, more Americans than ever are coming to realize that firearms […]

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Archer’s Delight: Leupold RX-Fulldraw 4 with DNA Laser Rangefinder []

A lot of the fall hunting seasons are beginning to open up across the United States and typically the first ones hunters can chase are archery seasons. This is perfect timing for the release of Leupold’s newly debuted RX-Fulldraw 4 with DNA Laser Rangefinder (LRF). Just in time for fall archery season, it can account for the precarious angles we as archers often find ourselves in while hunting and pursuing big game. Some of the hallmark traits that the RX-Fulldraw 4 has from Leupold can be read below:

  • 6X Magnification
  • Advanced OLED Technology
  • Archer‘s Advantage Software
  • Armor Coated
  • DNA (Digitally eNhanced Accuracy)
  • Flightpath Technology

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  • Fully Multi-coated Lens System
  • Line Of Sight Distance
  • Scan Mode
  • Select from three different reticles
  • Waterproof

The current MSRP is $714.99 in its one color offering of a Black and Olive finish. The new RX-Fulldraw Laser Rangefinder with DNA technology features the Leupold “Electronics Limited Two-Year Warranty” in the event that your product should ever need service. A further explanation as to what this new laser rangefinder is all about can be read below in the Press Release statement from Leupold:

Built with the bowhunter in mind, the new RX-FullDraw 4 gives you the advantage you need to tag out every season.

By combining lightning-fast ½ yard accuracy with the acclaimed Archer’s Advantage™ software, the RX-FullDraw 4 is the most ballistically advanced archery rangefinder on the market.

You can also take the guess work out of achieving the perfect shot thanks to the new Flightpath™ technology, which uses your bow’s ballistics to display the highest point of your arrow’s flight, so you can take tighter shots with more confidence.

This extremely fast rangefinder will range out to 1,200 yards, so even if you’re too far to take the shot, you’ll know how much distance you need to close in order to seal the deal.

With archery season right upon us, Leupold has impeccable timing with the release of their RX-Fulldraw 4 Laser Rangefinder with DNA Technology; impeccable timing like a well timed arrow released from your bow string. The only question that remains is what do you think? And would you be willing to spend $714 on this LRF? Let us know all of your thoughts in the Comments below! We always appreciate your feedback.

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New Book: “The PIAT: Britain’s Anti-Tank Weapon Of World War II” [The Firearm Blog]

New Book - The PIAT Britain's Anti-Tank Weapon Of World War II (11)A new Osprey Publishing book titled “The PIAT: Britain’s Anti-Tank Weapon Of World War II” written by none other than TFB’s own Matthew Moss has been published recently. As the title implies, the book tells about the history and design of PIAT (Projector, Infantry, Anti-Tank), an iconic British WW2 anti-tank weapon. Developed in a secret […]

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CETME LC: Last of the Roller-Delayed Carbines [Forgotten Weapons]

The Spanish adopted the 5.56mm CETME-L rifle in the mid 1980s, although they only used it until the late 1990s, when it was replaced by the G36. One of the sub variants made was the LC (“Corto”) shortened version with a 12.6″ (320mm) barrel and collapsing stock. This adaptation actually required substantial changes to the internals parts of the gun, as the standard CETME-L rifle has its recoil spring housed in the buttstock – something that obviously cannot be done with a collapsing stock design. Thus, the LC model has a different bolt carrier, recoil spring, stock, and charging handle than the regular rifle.

This example is a Marcolmar production one, registered as a short-barreled rifle.


Now Available: RCBS 6mm ARC Small Base Taper Crimp Die Sets []

For any of the people who have jumped onto Hornady’s new bandwagon for the NEW 6mm ARC cartridge, there is good news if you intend to reload your own ammunition. There is now available an RCBS 6mm ARC (Advanced Rifle Cartridge) Small Base (SB) Taper Crimp (T/C) die set for everyone who is looking to make ammunition for that new round! RCBS released this Press Release letting handloaders know the good news:

“OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – RCBS, the leading manufacturer of ammunition reloading equipment for rifles and pistols, announced today that it has begun shipping the 6mm ARC SB T/C Die Set, a new addition to the AR Series Dies line for progressive reloaders.

The 6mm ARC SB T/C Die Set (#28007), is specially designed for the versatile 6mm ARC cartridge, which utilizes efficient, high ballistic coefficient (BC) bullets to deliver top performance from AR-15 rifles. Each set features a Small Base sizing die that sizes the case to slightly below minimum specifications to ensure each round chambers in an AR-style rifle, and a Taper Crimp seating die to put the correct crimp on the case. This combination helps make reloading easier for shooters and ensures the cartridge will rechamber properly.

For those who might be unaware, the 6mm ARC cartridge is essentially a long-range round developed by Hornady to exhibit even better performance than the highly touted 6.5 Creedmoor which much of the shooting community is already enamored with. Jason Slinkard, Director of Shooting Accessories for Vista Outdoor, went on to further explain the New RCBS 6mm ARC SB T/C Die Set:

AR-15 fans are fired up about the versatility and performance of the 6mm ARC cartridge. This die set is a great example of how we are always working to anticipate customer demand and bring new dies to the market as needed.

Right now the shooting industry, as a whole, is in a bind where you cannot easily find ammunition for any cartridge you might have a handgun, rifle, or shotgun chambered in. It is a double-edged sword of an astronomical amount of new shooters getting into the sport, and veteran shooters buying ammo at an unprecedented rate. For those reasons, it is terrific to see RCBS coming out with more reloading die sets. The lone question is if you own a 6mm ARC, would you purchase this die set? Let us know all of your thoughts in the Comments below! We always appreciate your feedback.


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Gunwerks Lite SabR – Integrally Suppressed Bolt-Action Rifle Chambered in .338 RCM [The Firearm Blog]

Gunwerks Lite SabR (1)The Skunwerks custom firearms division of Gunwerks built a pretty interesting bolt-action rifle which they named Lite SabR. This rifle is chambered in .338 Ruger Compact Magnum (.338 RCM), has an integrally suppressed barrel and extensively utilizes light materials such as carbon fiber, titanium and magnesium. The result is an extremely lightweight yet potent, hard-hitting rig. […]

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New US-Made SIG P210 vs. Original Swiss P210 + Full Review [The Firearm Blog]

In this episode of TFBTV, James Reeves explores the SIG P210. James has a review copy of the SIG P210 Standard model, which is the new, all-stainless steel version made in the United States. Most P210 fans are well acquainted with and very fond of the carbon steel classic Swiss SIG P210, a hand-fitted masterwork. […]

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Thursday, 17 September


Handgun Showdown – Top 4 Glock Alternatives [The Firearm Blog]

There’s no denying, the Glock 19 is one of the most popular handguns among people carrying concealed on a daily basis. When it comes to comparing various guns, the Glock 19 is the gold standard for capacity, weight, functionality and ease of use. Over the last few decades, Glock has built a reputation of being […]

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POTD: Oberland Arms OA-15 Super Light Rifle [The Firearm Blog]

Photo Of The Day – We take a quick look at the Oberland Arms OA-15 SL14 (Super Light) M-LOK in caliber .223 Remington. It weighs only 2.8 kgs or 4.4 lbs. “Argh – another one of those boring black AR15 clones” you might think. But this is the first time German manufacturer Oberland Arms has […]

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Concealed Carry Corner: Real-World Stress Training [The Firearm Blog]

Last week, I talked about the importance of one-handed shooting and practicing with both your support and dominant hand. There were a few great debates in the comment section and I loved how you guys digested that. I went to the range early Saturday morning with three close friends who are all experienced shooters and […]

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Five Goose Hunting Decoy Spreads that Actually Work []

My wife always laughs when goose season is upon us. She says I can’t hear her ask me from the other end of the couch, to load the dishwasher, but I can hear a lone honk from the other end of the county. My mostly-clean truck is now cluttered with binoculars, call lanyards, a plat book for each county around us and an off-road GPS navigation system. The bed is full with a small decoy spread, waders and a couple layout blinds, too. Let’s just say, I take it seriously. Everyone likes to chime in with decoy spreads that work everywhere, and there are some that are generally considered to be the classic spread. However, not every decoy spread works for every occasion and field. Here are five spreads that I’ve used over the past 25+ years of hunting across North America that have actually worked.

X marks the spot

You can sit on one end, or in the middle, depending on your field and blind.

We’ll start off with the classic “X.” You often hear about hunters wanting to be on the X and there is good reason. You’ve done the work and scouted the field the geese want to be in and even have a pretty solid plan for where in the field they are going to drop in. If you were to look at your spread from above, the decoys form an “X” shape in the field, with you being positioned pretty much in the center, or to the bottom of the “X.” I did some hunting in Saskatchewan where we hunted out of blinds in the center of the X. We could then shoot from all directions depending on what open space of the X that the birds wanted to land in. That is the big thing with a decoy spread.

A properly brushed-in frame blind

Geese, like many other birds, seek safety in numbers. Where they see other birds feeding, they will be attracted to. A decoy spread is designed to give you void spaces within the decoys that the incoming birds will be drawn toward, and you’re there waiting to shoot them when they fly in. An X spread gives you four voids. A lot of hunters will sit with the four voids in front of them, but if you have the right situation and blind design, you can center yourself, spread the decoys out further into each direction and create a bigger overall footprint in the field with which to attract birds to. If you have a portable pit-style freestanding blind, you can pull this one off easily. The centered X spread is a great way to hunt multiple BIG flocks.

Pro Tip: Always mud your blinds and brush them in as much as possible. It can be all the difference.

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The Big Dipper

I named this spread after the constellation because it looks a lot like the Big Dipper from above. We started out with this spread through trial and error on a field that always produces geese, but man, was it hard to hunt for a while. It’s a long, rectangular field with multiple crops, several trees and a nasty swamp changing up the landscape. The spot that always seems to pull in birds is close to a fence line and a stump. The stump provided a spot where we could pivot a decoy spread around for the wind while still having good cover for blinds.

The plan is for the decoys to look like the Big Dipper, giving you multiple shooting angles

The Dipper spread gives you several voids, with your “honey hole” being right in the center. The hole in the center has proven to be a great way to draw in singles and doubles as the day wears on. Because of that, you need your best looking decoys around that void. I like to run Avian X decoys, and have a mix of feeders, relaxed uprights and some lessers around the center of the Dipper void. One trick I’ve picked up during the grind, is to move an entire spread around as the hunt winds down, so that if I’m running an X or another spread, I’ll switch it to something closer to the Dipper after we’ve seen the main flights. That center void is really enticing to single and doubles, especially younger birds. We’ve capped off a lot of limits this way.

Pro Tip: Make sure your decoys are visible and try to get some movement in them. Tie a string to one and yank on it if you have to to get it to move.

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The String

(Note: No, you’re not going to be facing away from the decoys)

I was hunting with one of my oldest and dearest friends, and we were out scouting geese. We came up on a field where I had permission to hunt and we watched the geese land in a way that gave me an idea for this spread. It was windy, and the first flock landed in kind of a line, and then the flocks that followed all seemed to dump to one side of the line. The land itself was the key, and is something that I have hunted other places as well.

Personally, I would have spent some time brushing this AlpZ OutdoorZ blind in.

The field was very hilly, and the birds seemed to follow the flock in, like a landing strip. We set up decoys with a long line going out and then a big cup on one end, with the wind hard to our back. The birds came in hard and we limited out quickly. As we were picking up, my buddy laughed that the birds came in on a string, and the name stuck. The key here is to be as brushed in as possible at the base of the void. I have a couple of large, oversized layout blinds that I have mudded and brushed so much I had grass growing on one during the off season. One things I did find out was that some of the blinds designed for bigger hunters actually have a lower profile, which is advantageous to this setup. Look at the Final Approach Pro-Guide XL or the Alps OutdoorZ Zero Gravity blinds.

Pro Tip: Coat your new blind with a thick mud and let it dry. Then knock the mud off. This cuts the UV glare and gives you a good base for brushing it in.

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The U

This is a quick and easy set-up for run-n-gun hunting

The U spread is shaped like a big horseshoe and works good for smaller spaces or where you have to set yourself up against something, like a tree or fence line. It’s quite effective in early seasons, when the flocks are smaller and naive. We had great luck going out and setting an arc of decoys with the wind and plunking down under a tree out in the field.

If there are cranes in a field, geese will move to be right with them.

If it’s legal in your area, a crane decoy at one of the ends is an amazing confidence decoy. Anyone who has ever seen cranes and geese in the same field knows that geese are drawn to be in the same vicinity as a wary crane. Have yourself positioned to be facing the void and you can have a great hunt.

Pro Tip: Crane decoys work amazing with duck hunting, too.

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The Y

It’s like a modified “X” and works great in uneven terrain.

The Y spread had me asking why I hadn’t done it sooner when we started using it years ago. I was hunting fields right off a big golf resort ( I know, major score!). The main field had a chunk of hardwoods in the middle that pushed the birds to one side or the other when they cupped and committed. We tried all kinds of spreads, and most would work to some degree, but the one day we were trying to get situated when it was clear that birds were in the air and we had to hustle. All we had set was a smaller V shape at the end and a longer line extending down. We had to set off to the side, and we hammered the geese. And I mean HAMMERED them. The spread looks like a Y with us, off to the side, almost like a Y. ( and we were the period). This has become my go-to spread for big flocks later in the season. I think it somewhat resembles what a migrating flock looks like as they drop in where some other birds already were down and eating.

I have several calls I use, but with this setup, only two ever seem to get used. I have a Zinks Long Neck Rocker that is killer on big flocks and when I’m in the open. I also have a Sure Shot Honker that has a great raspy tone that works great as a finishing call, or when I’m around that same field with the clump of trees. The honk bounces off the woods and gets a great echo.

Pro Tip: Switch up your calls and the angle you’re calling from as they birds fly. This makes your flock sound bigger.

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Pro Tip: The big takeaway from all of these types of decoy spreads is, don’t be too stuck in a rut. Be flexible and be ready to change things up, especially on the fly. Scouting is vital and try to set your spread to look like the birds do naturally. Happy Honker Hunting!

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Billings Gazette: Bullock's pharmaceutical claim misguided [John Lott's Website]

 I have an op-ed about the Senate race in Montana.

Steve Bullock’s Senate campaign is targeting greedy pharmaceutical companies and demanding that the government negotiate drug prices. It misleadingly claims that Sen. Steve Daines “gave billions in tax breaks to [big drug companies], while blocking lower prices to you.”

If Bullock wants to be altruistic, he ought to raise taxes to subsidize the costs of these drugs. Making the companies that develop these drugs pay for his altruism will mean fewer life-saving new treatments in the future.

Americans are understandably upset that Canadians buy drugs at a far lower price than Americans do, especially since nearly all of their prescription drugs are made in the U.S. in the first place. Canadians and Europeans are able to enforce price controls because they threaten the pharmaceutical companies with the loss of their patents. If pharmaceutical companies don't accept the price that these governments are willing to pay, they can't sell their drug there.

Under World Trade Organization rules, if the drugs aren't sold, for example, in Canada within two years of when they hit the U.S. market, the company loses its patent and Canadian companies can copy the drug. The company that created the drug is left with absolutely nothing.

These foreign countries use the threat of stealing patents to free ride on our investments. U.S.-based drug companies spend vast sums to develop new drugs, and Americans pay market prices for them to cover the R&D costs. Once developed, drugs are reasonably inexpensive to produce, and foreign countries force companies to sell the medicines at a price that is little more than the cost of manufacturing and distribution.

The American consumers thus cover the R&D costs. Over the long haul, companies will not keep developing new drugs unless they can recoup the massive costs of research and regulatory approval. In effect, the U.S. underwrites the cost of a critical chunk of the world's health care. If Americans paid the same price as Canadians, new drugs wouldn’t be made.

While American consumers would get the short-term windfall of lower prices under Bullock’s price controls, they would end up suffering and not living as long as they could have if promising new therapies had been developed.

Drug-price controls are particularly pernicious. While controls on oil and other products tend to be short-lived — voters eventually object to the resulting shortages — the effects of drug regulations are more difficult to observe since they prevent new medicines from being invented. Even if people realized that controls were preventing new drugs from being developed, it’d be hard to convince them to pay higher prices for benefits coming years down the road. Pharmaceutical companies would also have to be convinced new controls wouldn’t not be imposed as soon as the new drugs are released. 

The average cost of developing a new drug and overcoming the regulatory hurdles and bringing it to market are enormous: $2.87 billion. Even then, only 3 in 10 drugs that are brought to market generate enough revenues to cover these average costs.

In 2018, U.S. pharmaceutical R&D totaled $80 billion. Despite the high risks of not recouping these costs, drug companies in the past 30 years have developed powerful new therapies for conditions such as high cholesterol, sepsis, depression, Alzheimer's, HIV/AIDS, and asthma. These conditions had previously been difficult or impossible to treat.

Politicians such as Bullock like to promise cheap things that others have to pay for. The problems may not appear for many years, but they will be real. If you think we have all of the breakthrough drugs that we will ever need, Steve Bullock is your candidate.


NEW Vortex Optics Diamondback HD Spotting Scopes []

Vortex Optics has debuted a NEW set of Diamondback HD Spotting Scopes for everyone from big game hunters and shooters alike rolling into all of the fall hunting seasons. When it comes to western big game hunting simply finding your animal is half the battle with many hours and days that can be spent staring across hills and valleys peering through a spotting scope. The NEW Diamondback HD looks to make that task much easier.

  • An HD optical system delivering crisp resolution, brighter images, and edge-to-edge sharpness.
  • Exceptional low-light performance for clear glassing at dawn and dusk, right when you need it most.
  • A redesigned exterior including an Arca-Swiss Compatible foot, helical focus wheel, and a sleeker, snag-free profile.

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There currently are 4 different spotting scopes for hunters and shooters to choose from varying from Angled or Straight heads as well as 65mm and 85mm objective lenses. The “HD” comes from the spotting scope being optimized with select glass elements to deliver exceptional resolution, cut chromatic aberration and provide outstanding color fidelity, edge-to-edge sharpness and light transmission. Those options can be read below as presented by Vortex Optics:

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Looking at the pricing of the NEW Diamondback HD Spotting Scopes might lead you to believe they are a bit expensive when you think of the riflescope offerings from Vortex, but compared to other manufacturers’ offerings specifically for spotting scopes, they are actually quite affordable. A full Press Release statement can be read below to further outline what the Diamondback HD Spotting Scopes are all about:

“BARNEVELD, Wis. – The way you hunt demands more of an optic, whether you are picking a tine out of dense cover or seeing the telltale flick of an ear on the next ridge. In any scenario, the last thing you want is to doubt if your gear is up to the job.

The Diamondback® HD line of spotting scopes from Vortex® is taking the next step forward with two new configurations, the 16-48×65 and the 20-60×85, providing power and clarity in a redesigned package that’s high on performance and low on sticker shock.

The power behind the new Diamondback® HD spotters is an HD optical system that delivers crisp resolution, brighter images, and edge-to-edge sharpness, reducing eye strain during long glassing sessions. All air-to-glass surfaces are fully multi-coated for increased light transmission and powerful low-light performance, giving you an edge when you need it most.

In addition to rethinking the Diamondback® HD’s internal components, Vortex® took a fresh approach to the spotter’s exterior, introducing a streamlined, snag-free profile. The helical focus wheel provides fast, fine adjustments, and an Arca-Swiss compatible foot means the Diamondback® HD mounts quickly to compatible tripod heads without additional plates. Plus, a neoprene cover comes included, keeping your spotter protected in the field.

Again, as we start to see the temps drop daily and more hunting seasons open up across the US the announcement of the Diamondback HD Spotting Scopes could not be better. For hunters that are still in need of a good spotting scope for glassing valleys or even spotting long-range hits while target shooting, this could be a great fit. The most important question that still remains is what do you think? Is this a spotting scope you would be willing to spend money on? Let us know all of your thoughts in the Comments below! We always appreciate your feedback.

About Vortex Optics

American owned, veteran-owned, Wisconsin-based Vortex Optics designs, engineers, produces, and distributes a complete line of premium sport optics, accessories, and apparel. Dedicated to providing unrivaled customer service and exceptional quality, Vortex® backs its products with the unconditional, transferrable, lifetime VIP Warranty. Built on over 30 years of experience in the optics industry, Vortex® has emerged as a leader in the optics market.

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SIG Sauer Introduces “X-Change Kit” for P365 Pistols [The Firearm Blog]

SIG Sauer has introduced an X-Change kit to convert your P365 into a P365XL.When SIG Sauer released the original P365, it quickly became a hit. It made TFB’s “Prancer’s Perfect Pistols” list for Christmas 2018, it earned Reader’s Choice honors in 2019, it was listed as a “Best Summer Carry Gun”, and James “Sky’s Out Thighs Out” Reeves declared it a game-changer in his “Guns of the Decade” […]

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New Craftsman Collection Air Guns Designed by Benjamin Airguns [The Firearm Blog]

New Craftsman Collection Air Guns Designed by Benjamin AirgunsCrossman and Benjamin are two of the most recognizable names in the air rifle industry. Many people often do not realize that both actually belong to the Crossman family name as Crossman bought Benjamin back in 1992 with Crossman dating all the way back to 1924. The Craftsman Collection from Benjamin Air Guns has just […]

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AllOutdoor Review: Banish 223 Suppressor from Silencer Central []

If you are talking to any government authorities (ATF, FBI, NFA, etc) they want to call them silencers. If it is you and your buddies by the campfire, you more than likely say suppressor, muffler, can, shusher, or some other synonym to describe them. In any case, we all understand suppressors/silencers make the experience of shooting firearms much more enjoyable. The only begrudging part of silencer ownership is the act of submitting your paperwork. Retailers like Silencer Central (formerly Dakota Silencer) have expedited that painful process and made it much easier for consumers to jump on the bandwagon of suppressor ownership. They offer a lot of the top name brands in the silencer industry as well as their own under the flagship of the “Banish” series of suppressors. In this AllOutdoor Review, we take an in-depth look at the Banish 223 Suppressor from Silencer Central and see how it fares. Let’s dive in!

Specifications: Banish 223 Suppressor from Silencer Central

When it comes to suppressors there are a few measurements that some shooters really take to heart. They want to have a suppressor that is light, fairly compact for its category, and simultaneously be affordable. They want to have their cake, and eat it, too. For a .223 Rem/5.56mm NATO suppressor, the Banish 223 suppressor from Silencer Central fares pretty well on all fronts. The complete specification listing can be read below as presented by Silencer Central:

  • Length: 7″
  • Diameter: 1-1/2″
  • Number of Baffles: 7
  • Weight: 9 oz
  • Material: Titanium
  • Thread Pitch: 1/2×28
  • Self-Service: Yes

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  • Caliber: .223/5.56
  • Caliber Range: Rifles .224 and smaller
  • Color & Finish: Black Gun Kote
  • Mount Style: Conventional 1/2×28 (Class A) 0.625″ in length.
  • Full-Auto Rated: Limited Full-Auto Rated
  • Sound Reduction: 38 dB

The current MSRP is $849 for the Banish 223 Suppressor from Silencer Central and carries their Lifetime Warranty of the “Banish™ Better Suppressor Guarantee.” This entails an ironclad warranty against defects in manufacturing when it is shipped to you with a guarantee of satisfaction and performance from Silencer Central. If your Banish Suppressor does not significantly reduce the report and recoil of your firearm, Silencer Central will buy it back. Further details about the Banish 223 can be read below as presented by Silencer Central:

Designed for smaller, center-fire calibers used by predator hunters and target shooters, the BANISH 223 will fit all rifles .224 and smaller. This includes rimfire rifles. The reduced report will not only protect the shooter’s hearing but also keep it from spooking other predators.

While centerfire rounds are generally jacketed, buildup of the copper jackets in the baffles still occurs. Since there is more powder behind those centerfire predator rounds, there is greater carbon buildup than from rimfire guns. Like all Banish suppressors, the BANISH 223 easily disassembles for cleaning and maintenance. Seven STifle™ baffles designed to easily stack in any order make reassembly a breeze.

Unboxing: Banish 223 Suppressor from Silencer Central

The Banish 223 Suppressor comes with a few accessories to make your ownership run more smoothly, but Silencer Central was kind enough to send us additional pieces as well which you can order from their website if you so desire. Some of the basic essentials are your box, owner’s manual, front end cap tool, T-45 torx wrench, and a spare rubber gasket. Other components you might enjoy having that we had for testing are:

The front end cap tool and associated T-45 torx wrench that is included with the silencer mates up well to the front end cap and makes for an easy dis-assembly and removal of the baffles for cleaning. It is nice that they include a spare rubber gasket because regardless of their material make-up all gaskets can break down or degrade over time and may need replacing. So it is nice that is immediately included.

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As one would expect with a .22 caliber centerfire suppressor, the Banish 223 has an easy direct thread to all 1/2″ x 28 TPI (Thread per Inch) thread patterns. I personally prefer direct thread mounts versus quick connect ones because whenever I am using a suppressor I am not swapping them out between various firearms in a hurried manner. They are being deployed for a more enjoyable day at the range or a potential hunt where I want to be assured that once they are threaded on they will stay there.

Centerfire suppressors are significantly cleaner than rimfire ones because of the quality-control of the ammunition we shoot and as a result of the pressures centerfire rifle cartridges are loaded to (a lot of the carbon, debris, etc. is blown out of the suppressor through sheer force). For those who want to clean their suppressors, Silencer Central does a terrific job of explaining that through their YouTube video below:

Range Time: Banish 223 Suppressor from Silencer Central

When it came time to finally getting out to the range and sending some rounds down range I was excited to say the least. Who does not like shooting suppressors, seriously? The firearm I used for testing was a new Springfield Armory SAINT with B5 Systems furniture. We actually completed a thorough review of that rifle that can be read HERE. With the Banish 223 Suppressor mated up to the Springfield SAINT the contoured and angled edge of the rear cap made for an attractive aesthetic and nice lines from the silencer to the rifle’s barrel as opposed to silencers that have a 90° squared off rear cap. I mention it in almost every product I review that no one wants an ugly product that shoots great, and the Banish 223 is definitely sharp-looking in appearance.

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Since we were shooting a gas-driven rifle, it was expected to see a small amount of gas blowback from the ejection port, but it exhibited significantly less than other gas guns that I have shot suppressed in the past. This could be attributed to both the better quality suppressor from Silencer Central and the improved rifle from Springfield Armory. There also were no issues cycling cheap steel case ammunition or higher quality brass casings. No adjustable gas block or suppressed bolt-carrier group (BCG) were required to utilize the silencer which was nice.

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I was a bit surprised to see the silencer heat up fast. After 10 rounds it was too hot to touch with a bare hand. This could be indicative of the silencer being so light or something else to do with the material make-up. In any case, it was working fantastic in regards to suppressing noise and mitigating recoil so I simply put the Banish Suppressor Cover on the suppressor that was provided from Silencer Central. After shooting more rounds (closer to 100) the silencer became extremely hot even with the Banish Suppressor Cover on. Before heading home for the day I simply let the rifle and suppressor cool for 10 minutes while I retrieved my targets and collected my things.

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While I was shooting I did not deploy a decibel meter to measure the amount of decibels reduced by the silencer because legitimate ones range in the ballpark of thousands of dollars to truly test the decibel reduction of a suppressor. Cheaper ones on the internet that some other people might employ can be found for around $100, but they are not precise enough to truly trust. So, from an anecdotal perspective I can speak to the extent that the Banish 223 Suppressor reduced the noise considerably (within the advertised range of 30 decibels) and is definitely hearing safe. It did everything it advertised and then some – significantly less noise and recoil.

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The best results I got were from Norma Match ammunition during testing which exhibited even less gas blowback through the ejection port than all other ammunition tested. This included everything from junky Russian steel case to other premium brass cased brands. It almost goes without stating, but when you use higher quality ammunition like Norma, all aspects of your shooting experience are likely to improve: less report, less recoil, less wasted gas, and better groups.

Final Thoughts: Banish 223 Suppressor from Silencer Central

So, what are my final thoughts for the Banish 223 Suppressor from Silencer Central?… Overall, it performed as well as I could have hoped, if not better. The dis-assembly is very intuitive. The suppressor obviously comes with an owner’s manual for troubleshooting, but it was not necessary for me. The 1/2″ x 28 TPI threads made it a breeze to mate it up to any firearm I could have reasonably selected for shooting. The suppression of the report and the reduction in recoil allowed me to safely shoot my rifle without hearing protection (if I so desired for a magazine or two) and I could see my impacts in my optic no problem. The suppressor did heat up fast, but I have never had a suppressor remain cool after 100 rounds or more either at any rate of fire. At the suggested MSRP of $849 I would recommend this suppressor to anyone in the market for a dedicated .223 Rem/5.56mm NATO suppressor.

In closing, I want to say thank you to Silencer Central for allowing AllOutdoor and myself the opportunity to try out one of their Banish 223 Suppressors. Also, many thanks to Norma for providing high quality ammunition for this review. That is always greatly appreciated. The last question that remains is what do you think? Is the Banish 223 Suppressor something you would be willing to invest your money in to go hunting? Would you use it for home defense? Help a new shooter learn to shoot with it? Let us know all of your thoughts in the Comments below! We always appreciate your feedback.

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Davidson’s Adds Hoppe’s To Its Product Catalogue [The Firearm Blog]

Davidson's has added Hoppe's to the many brands they carry and distribute.Hoppe’s No. 9 – if you’re a firearms enthusiast, you almost certainly know it and love it. That familiar, pungent, acrid aroma is so ubiquitous in the gun world that you can even get candles and air fresheners scented like the classic 117-year-old cleaning concoction. It’s been one of the most popular firearms maintenance products […]

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NEW Lyman AR Reloading Handbook, 2nd Edition [The Firearm Blog]

Lyman AR Reloading Handbook - Second Edition (1)Lyman has announced that the second edition of their AR Reloading Handbook is now available. Compared to the first book, the 2nd edition Lyman AR Reloading Handbook has an expanded cartridge list that includes the latest AR cartridges such as .224 Valkyrie, .22 Nosler, .24 Nosler, and .350 Legend, as well as updated data on […]

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Q&A 45: Repros, Sporterization, and Guest Appearances by CMMG and Calico [Forgotten Weapons]

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01:15 – 20th Century weapon for medieval battle
02:44 – Viability of a reproduction repeating flintlock like a Lorenzoni or Kalthoff?
Lorenzoni system

05:21 – Hypothetical new gunpowder twice as powderful as today’s
08:00 – Early CMMG delayed systems. Guest answer by CMMG!
13:10 – WWSD 2020 content on Forgotten Weapons?
14:18 – Would I publish a series of video on making home-made guns?
15:29 – Good book on the M60?
16:20 – Why are Italian Old West reproductions economically viable?
20:51 – Worst sporterization I have seen
Mauser 1902 Long recoil prototype, sporterized

22:58 – Rimmed cartridge in a Calico magazine? Guest answer by Calico!
25:24 – Why did the US buy new 7.62mm precision rifles instead of using AR-10s or M14s?
27:24 – Guns that turned out much differently than I expected
29:27 – Have governments tried to reclaim vet bring-back trophy guns?
Polish wz.38M

32:34 – Military applications for the KP-15 / WWSD2020?
33:52 – Would the 1941 Johnson have been a better sniper than the M1 Garand?
35:12 – What is my filming process?
37:28 – Legal status of pistol-carbines in the US
41:12 – What bars did I work in, and my favorite gin cocktail
45:55 – Winchester 1873 vs 1892, why Karl and I have different opinions
47:45 – M1 Carbine vs SKS
49:13 – Examples of US small arms purchased by foreign militaries but not the US military
51:38 – Best and worst bayonets
US trowel bayonets

53:48 – Favorite citation style?
54:49 – Would I shave my beard and mustache for a gun? Which one?


US Land Use Infographic []

As they used to say on Monty Python, “And now for something totally different.”

If you have followed this blog over the years, you know I love a good infographic. Presenting data graphically makes it more accessible and more readily understandable.

I came across this infographic on land use in the United States. It divides a map of the US up into sections based upon land use. Pasturage for cows is the number one land use in America. Obviously, we like our beef and we like our dairy products.

I’m not sure where I found it but it seems to have originated with an article on Bloomberg from 2018.

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Trijicon Fires Back Re: Lawsuit Settlement with Holosun [The Firearm Blog]

Trijicon has issued their own statement about the settled patent infringement lawsuit against Holosun.If you’re a regular TFB reader, you will likely already be aware of the lawsuit that Trijicon filed against Holosun earlier this year. In short, the lawsuit alleged that Holosun infringed on Trijicon’s “Optical Sight” patent, #US8443541B2. You will likely also know that the suit has already been settled and that Holosun recently released a […]

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Wednesday, 16 September


Record Pre-Registration For Gun Rights Policy Conference []

The Second Amendment Foundation and the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms sent out an announcement regarding the record number of pre-registrations. Included in the release was mention of some of the “mystery” guests which include my own Sen. Thom Tillis (R-NC) and Kim Rhode.

Joe Bartozzi of NSSF and Jason Ouimet of the NRA-ILA will also be speakers. It is good to see these organizations participating. GOA and Knife Rights have been participants for years.

From SAF and CCRKBA:

BELLEVUE, WA – The largest-ever number of Second Amendment activists has pre-registered for this coming weekend’s 35th annual Gun Rights Policy Conference, which will be held entirely online Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 19-20, with more than 120 speakers, including several VIP guests.

Co-hosted by the Second Amendment Foundation and Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, this is the first time in history the event will be entirely online. According to SAF founder and Executive Vice President Alan M. Gottlieb, there is an “energy” for this year’s conference unlike anything he’s seen before. To register, go to

While the conference will be streamed on several platforms including YouTube and Facebook Live, you must pre-register in order to receive the Free Digital Second Amendment Library, Gottlieb noted. So far, more than 2,200 people have pre-registered.

“It takes more than a virus to dampen the spirits of grassroots gun rights activists,” Gottlieb stated. “We expect the event to be viewed by several hundred thousand people. It’s the biggest agenda we’ve ever had, with guest presentations from Louisiana Congressman Steve Scalise, Alaska Congressman Don Young, U.S. Senators Steve Daines (R-MT) and Thom Tillis (R-NC), and Olympic Gold Medalist Kim Rhode.”

The agenda includes a federal affairs briefing, two state legislative panels, updates on legal actions and court victories, a discussion on outreach to an estimated 5 million new gun owners, and the importance of this year’s presidential and congressional elections to advance the gun rights cause.

In addition to Gottlieb, this year’s speakers include National Shooting Sports Foundation President Joe Bartozzi; Jason Ouimet, executive director of the NRA Institute for Legislative Action; Erich Pratt, Gun Owners of America; Tom Gresham, host of Gun Talk radio; Mark Walters, host of Armed American radio; Charlie Cook, host of Riding Shotgun with Charlie; and Jim Shepherd, editor at The Outdoor Wire.

“We’ll also be hosting live events on Zoom both Friday and Saturday evening,” Gottlieb said. “We’re determined to make this year’s conference the best ever, despite the pandemic, and we are truly looking forward to what may become the most important weekend of the campaign season.

“We’re expecting gun owners from coast-to-coast to attend this virtual event,” he added. “Last year’s conference in Phoenix was live-streamed to more than 100,000 people and we hope to exceed that number. It’s going to be an event no gun owner will want to miss.”

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TFB Review: Swarovski Optik STR80 MRAD/MOA Spotting Scope [The Firearm Blog]

A spotting scope may not be an absolute must for long range hunters and competitors, but it sure is a nice addition to your setup. To be able to call your or your friend’s shots to give him impact point corrections you also need a reticle, a feature that most normal spotting scopes lack. The […]

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POTD: M32 Grenade Launcher [The Firearm Blog]

Photo Of The Day and time for some M32 Grenade Launcher action. I think you’ll agree that the M32 is a rather special firearm with its large cylinder. Below we look at a soldier in the Combined Joint Task Force – Horn of Africa, as he shoots an M32 Grenade Launcher during range training conducted […]

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Wheelgun Wednesday: Why do Revolver Iron Sights Suck SO MUCH? [The Firearm Blog]

revolver iron sightsAs a firearm enthusiast who is drunkenly in love with revolvers, and an especially strong affinity to double-action wheelguns, I have something that I need to get off my chest. I have been carrying around the burden of this secret for many years and I am ready to let the world know my opinion: revolver […]

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“Expedient Recoilless Launcher: Panzerfaust” Book now Available [The Firearm Blog]

Expedient Recoilless Launcher Panzerfaust Book now Available on AmazonA couple of weeks back we covered a great piece of Form 1 building by Jonathan Wild. Jonathan ended up constructing a From 1 Panzerfaust Recoiless Launcher at home which was capable of launching the projectiles up to 120 yards with pretty consistent results. Jonathan has now released his very own book Expedient Recoilless Launcher: Panzerfaust. The […]

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NRA Meeting Of Members Tickets! []

The bylaws of the National Rifle Association require an annual Meeting of Members. After many cancellations and postponements, it will be on Saturday, October 24th starting at 9am. The location will be the Loews Ventana Canyon Hotel.

Here is the critical thing. You will need a ticket which is free.

Tickets “sales” open today at 3pm EDT or 12 noon AZ time.

Here is the link. If you can be in the area, be there! I have made plans to fly from North Carolina to attend because I consider it critical.

If you listened to the Gangster Capitalism episode, you have heard how Wayne and his cronies used NRA money to stack the odds in favor of their selected candidate. Don’t let it happen this time.

Frank Tait is the only candidate who has announced he is running for the 76th Director seat. He is the “reform” candidate. I endorsed him in the regular election and I’m endorsing him again.

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The Agenda For Gun Rights Policy Conference []

The Second Amendment Foundation has released the agenda for the virtual 2020 Gun Rights Policy Conference. My group will start at 5:47pm on Sunday afternoon. It may be late in the afternoon but it is probably better than watching a game between two sets of millionaire SJWs.

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Register at this link so you don’t miss out on an amazing lineup of speakers.

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Armanov Stackable Gauge Boxes for .300 AAC Blackout [The Firearm Blog]

I don’t have any scientific data, but I would presume than 300 Blackout is one of the more popular rounds for reloading. I did jump on the 300 BLK train but don’t shoot it that much to justify my own reloading. As any reloader knows, most malfunctions are related to the ammunition. It could be deformed […]

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Gun Distributor RSR Group to Host 2020 Dealer E-Show [The Firearm Blog]

The RSR Group aims to help supply firearms dealers with an E-Show from September 15th to the 18th.Firearms dealers are having a crazy year. Whether you have a front-line brick-and-mortar storefront, a range that also sells products, you’re an online retailer, a home-based FFL, a distributor like RSR Group or pretty much any other gun-related business, 2020’s weirdness has almost certainly affected your business. Some of these effects have been positive – […]

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URGENT: Tune in to 2nd Amendment Virtual Rally Tonight with Sen. Martha McSally! [NRA-ILA News]

Join Sen. Martha McSally, Rep. Tim Dunn, Tiffany Shedd, and other freedom-loving patriots TONIGHT at 6 PM PDT for a Second Amendment Virtual Rally.


Pavlich: Biden is Still Out of Touch on Gun Control [NRA-ILA News]

During a Democratic primary debate in September 2019, former Texas Rep. Robert “Beto” O’Rourke made an astonishing, yet unsurprising, promise. “Hell yes, we’re going to take your AR-15,” O’Rourke touted, eventually printing the quote on t-shirts.


U.S. Marine Corps Select Multi-Spectral Weapon Night Sight from Elbit Systems [The Firearm Blog]

The ability to stay in the fight at night and at long distances is increasing in importance, and the United States Marine Corps is of course looking for competitive solutions in the area. For instance, the French Army selected the SCAR-H PR with a low variable power riflescopes from Schmidt & Bender (reviewed here) with thermal […]

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Deer Stand Improvement: Add Comfort and Concealment to Everyday Tree Stands []

Things have been more or less busy for me the past few years, and I hadn’t put any serious work into deer stands for a while — but that changed this summer. A few weeks ago I made a couple mock scrapes and moved a ladder stand to a new spot, and on a recent trip a lot of sweat went into building and erecting a tripod stand and improving it, as well as improving some other stands.

Concealment and comfort go a long way in making any hunting position effective. It’s well worth the effort to give yourself some cover — both from your prey’s sensitive eyesight and from the elements.

We just about wore out our brains figuring out the braces on this tripod stand. (Photo © Russ Chastain)
We just about wore out our brains figuring out the braces on this tripod stand.
(Photo © Russ Chastain)

We started by assembling the brand-new tripod stand, which was donated to the club by my nephew Ox. He wanted to show his appreciation for being allowed to hunt the property as a guest, and over the past few years he’d really come to love one of our food plots. So we got to work and a couple hours later, the tripod was standing.

It felt good to get it assembled and standing up. (Photo © Russ Chastain)
It felt good to get it assembled and standing up.
(Photo © Russ Chastain)

After moving it to just the right place, we went about the task of leveling it up and anchoring it to the ground.

Our friend Hunter helped screw in the ground anchor. (Photo © Russ Chastain)
Our friend Hunter helped screw in the ground anchor.
(Photo © Russ Chastain)

We were done for that day — but as you can tell, anyone perched in that stand would be easily spotted by game. So when everyone else had to go back home, I stayed behind to work on the stands.

Improving the Tripod

I started by working out how to make a roof — for protection from the sun as much as rain. Not only does it get plumb hot around here, the shining sun makes you stand out — and we can’t have that. To that end I’d brought along a bundle of 1/2″ EMT steel conduit and a bender, plus some other tools and an active imagination, which would come in handy.

After building the frame "freestyle," I covered it with recycled billboard vinyl. (Photo © Russ Chastain)
After building the frame “freestyle,” I covered it with recycled billboard vinyl.
(Photo © Russ Chastain)

I started just building a ring for the roof perimeter, and used up a full 10-foot “stick” of EMT before I’d made it all the way around the circle. I completed that hoop with a second stick, then bent the remainder of that stick down (up in the picture) to act as a leg. After some more cogitating, I decided to simply make a pair of arches to dome the roof and add 2 more legs to support the roof. Each arch & leg is one 10-foot stick of EMT.

This cover made an immediate difference in comfort and concealment, simply by adding some shade. (Photo © Russ Chastain)
This cover made an immediate difference in comfort and concealment, simply by adding some shade.
(Photo © Russ Chastain)

I had ordered a couple billboard vinyls on a whim, and decided to try them out as “skirts” for deer stands. The notion of using them as roofing came later, and is an experiment. I needed something light and durable, and this stuff is light enough. Time will tell how tough it is.

After testing the fit of the new roof, I bolted it to the existing upright supports for the shooting rail. This required a bit of bending “to fit” and some more nuts & bolts. I was glad I’d brought my cordless impact driver along on this trip to tighten all the bolts on this stand and my additions to it.

The addition of a "skirt" and roof made a huge difference to this deer stand. (Photo © Russ Chastain)
The addition of a “skirt” and roof made a huge difference to this deer stand.
(Photo © Russ Chastain)

For the skirt, I simply cut a rectangle of the billboard material — it’s printed on one side and black on the other — and screwed its top edge to the rail. Then I added some screws around the bottom of the skirt to prevent it from flapping in the breeze.

You'll still be exposed, but not nearly as much as before. (Photo © Russ Chastain)
You’ll still be exposed, but not nearly as much as before.
(Photo © Russ Chastain)

I finished this project with a couple cans of $0.96 flat black spray paint from Walmart, to get rid of light spots inside the billboard material. This makes it less likely to reveal a hunter’s presence, and feels better than sitting inside an ad for ambulance-chasing lawyers.

Now this stand is truly worthy of its name: The Ox Hide.

Skirting a Ladder Stand

After lunch I attacked the ladder I’d set up a few weeks earlier. I didn’t mess with a roof, but I wanted to mimic what some other folks had done by creating a covering around the stand to hide the hunter, with the bonus of a light rail to act as a shooting rest. This one was a real brain-bender, figuring out the best way to do what I needed to do with the hardware and material I had. I was learning that ten 10-foot sticks of EMT don’t do as far as one might expect.

Single ladder stand with rail & skirt added. (Photo © Russ Chastain)
Single ladder stand with rail & skirt added.
(Photo © Russ Chastain)

When I was done I had a reasonably decent shooting rest and excellent cover to hide my movements from critters.

There's one of Sturgis's "vine mock scrapes" down there in the distance. (Photo © Russ Chastain)
There’s one of Sturgis’s “vine mock scrapes” down there in the distance.
(Photo © Russ Chastain)

This stand overlooks one of those mock scrapes I made with a hanging vine a few weeks ago. And no, it would appear that no deer have used it at all.

Just to show you how I connected the conduit to the stand. (Photo © Russ Chastain)
Just to show you how I connected the conduit to the stand.
(Photo © Russ Chastain)

The rail is not particularly sturdy, but it should do the job.

Side rails connect to rear corners of the stand seat platform. (Photo © Russ Chastain)
Side rails connect to rear corners of the stand seat platform.
(Photo © Russ Chastain)

I just want to see and not be seen. I later hosed down the blue & white inside with more cheap flat black spray paint.

Homemade Tower Stand

Adding this skirt was a no-brainer, as the rail was already in place. I also added a diagonal brace and ratchet-strap tie-downs to steady it up. (Photo © Russ Chastain)
Adding this skirt was a no-brainer, as the rail was already in place. I also added a diagonal brace and ratchet-strap tie-downs to steady it up.
(Photo © Russ Chastain)

My next project was an old abandoned homemade tower stand which I’d relocated. After the other two conduit-bending projects, my brain was fried and I couldn’t decide how to do a roof, so I decided not to do one that day. Instead I simply added a brace and a skirt, and anchored it to the ground with a screw-in anchor and a pair of ratchet straps.

I had some ideas that night, and decided to forge ahead with inventing a roof for it.

I dreamed up a way to use my conduit efficiently and allow for overhang on all sides. (Photo © Russ Chastain)
I dreamed up a way to use my conduit efficiently and allow for overhang on all sides.
(Photo © Russ Chastain)

The rail on this stand had been made of larger conduit, and my 1/2″ stuff fit right inside of it. I conjured up this arch using one full stick of conduit, which allows the roof to overhang the sides of the stand. It’s then slipped into the rail, secured by self-drilling screws, and gently bent away from the stand, to provide overhang to the front.

Had to add some ribs. (Photo © Russ Chastain)
Had to add some ribs.
(Photo © Russ Chastain)

I made an identical arch for the back side of the stand, and ribs to connect them. After taking the photo below, I added a couple more ribs to support the outer edge of the roof.

Red lines show where I added side ribs after taking this photo. (Photo © Russ Chastain)
Red lines show where I added side ribs after taking this photo.
(Photo © Russ Chastain)

I then cut a hunk of billboard vinyl, draped it over my roof frame, and screwed it off with much cussing (the screws kept slipping and falling to the ground).

Pretty nice little hidey-hole. (Photo © Russ Chastain)
Pretty nice little hidey-hole.
(Photo © Russ Chastain)

The end result is a nice stand which should be comfortable in sun and rain while providing me with cover so the critters won’t see me before I see them — hopefully.

The Cost

This project was not costly. I didn’t use all of both of the billboard vinyls; I still have most of one left. The pair of them cost me about $84 shipped and was by far the largest expense. I’d be interested in hearing ideas for alternative materials to use in that role, in case this stuff doesn’t hold up in the long run.

A bundle of ten 10-foot lengths of 1/2″ EMT was about $30, and the cheapest flat black rattle-can spray paint you can buy can be had for about a buck a can. I believe I used a half-dozen cans.

Well, now you’ve seen some of my recent stand improvement projects. I hope this gave you some ideas about how you can make some good stands better.

Happy hunting!

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Mauser “Zigzag” Revolver Patent Model and its Unique Cartridge [Forgotten Weapons]

The Mauser brothers’ first handgun was the single shot C77, which they quickly followed with the C78 “zig zag” revolver, so named for the cam grooves on the circumference of its cylinder. What we are looking at today is the patent model submitted for the brothers’ patent on the hinged-frame version of the revolver. It has a number of variations from the later production model. Most significantly, it is chambered for the original Mauser revolver cartridge, which was a scaled-down version of the 11mm Mauser rifle round – bottleneck and all. After the German military expressed a preference for a straight-wall cartridge Mauser changed the design, and only a very few revolvers were made for that first round. We also have an example of the cartridge itself to show you, which is as rare as the revolver.

Thanks to the Liege Arms Museum for access to film this for you! If you are in Belgium, definitely plan to stop into the museum, part of the Grand Curtius. They have a very good selection of interesting and unusual arms on display. Further thanks to the Paul Mauser Archive for helping to arrange this filming! The Archive is a wealth of information for researchers, and make sure to check out the recent book on Mauser coauthored by Mauro Baudino and Gerben van Vlimmeren:



Samuel Colt Edition 1911 from Davidson’s, Colt, and Baron Engraving [The Firearm Blog]

Davidson's, Colt, and Baron Engraving have announced a new 1911 tribute to Samuel Colt.The venerable 1911: love it or hate it, view it as outdated or enduring, it’s hard to argue against the design’s historical importance. It served as the US military’s standard issue sidearm for the majority of the 20th century, through multiple conflicts including two World Wars (not that any 1911 fanboy would ever let you […]

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Trotlining for Big River Cats []

Believe it or not, rednecks make pretty good outdoorsmen. Two cases in point are my friends Kerry French and his son James of Ebenezer, Mississippi. They both grew up fishing and hunting all over the Magnolia State and elsewhere. Mostly Kerry was self-taught or learned outdoor skills by hanging out with other like-minded outdoors rednecks. James learned by going along for the ride with his dad.

It’s late summer in the south now, and with COVID-19 shutdowns still widely in place there is little else to do these days than to fish and dream of fall hunting seasons. Really it is too hot to fish, but if you love it like these guys you are going to find a way to go. Their latest passion is to run trot lines on local Central Mississippi Rivers like the Yazoo River and the Big Black River. Both produce huge catfish of different varieties. Trotline fishing is both a science and an art.

“We have been running lines on the Big Black and the Yazoo Rivers for years. These rivers are much alike and yet greatly different. When the water is low on the Big Black you cannot run a boat down the channel. It becomes choked with deadfall trees that fall into the river during spring floods. If the water is right, it is great catfishing, but if not, you have to move to the wider and deeper Yazoo,” says Kerry. “Our most recent trip was on the Yazoo.”

“Running a trotline simply (easier said than done) means to stretch a sturdy nylon line across the river tying both ends to opposite banks. Then you tie on drop lines of lengths according to the river depth to the trotline at roughly 5-6 feet intervals. The droplines carry a lead weight, and a hook of choice. We use circle hooks baited with goldfish. Goldfish will last longer in the water than most every type of bait,” notes French.

Once a trotline is “set” it is left to soak overnight. Sometimes French and his helpers will put out 2-3 lines as working a trotline is considerable back breaking work. After a 24-hour soak, the lines are “run” the following day. This amounts to boating to each dropline to see if a fish is hooked. Catfish size can vary greatly from five pounds to fifty. A good sized cat yielding good fish meat is 30-40 pounds.

After fishing the lines, then either rebaiting for another day, or pulling the lines out, the second phase is cleaning all the fish. It is not unusual to catch 5-20 fish. It takes most of a day to filet all the meat, bag, then freeze it. Some is always left for dipping in hot grease to fry. If you have a bit of redneck in you or not, you might want to gear up for some trotline fishing.

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Tuesday, 15 September


3DEO: The 3D Printing Marketers Don’t Tell You About [The Firearm Blog]

3DEO partsAdditive Manufacturing (AM) or 3D printing, although now over 30 years old, is still a relatively new family of processes. Indeed it is not yet fully integrated in many industries, and in firearms manufacturing, we tend to see it sparingly, mostly for niche products. Moreover, many customers, and manufacturers alike, tend to be fully aware […]

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POTD: Ambush! Lithuanian National Defence Volunteer Forces [The Firearm Blog]

Photo Of The Day – The location is Germany, where we have U.S. Special Forces in combination with Lithuanian National Defence Volunteer Forces (KASP) as they simulate an ambush on armored vehicles with anti-armor weapons. In the photo below there are National Defence Volunteer Forces (KASP) from Lithuania preparing for a mission alongside U.S. Army […]

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HOT GAT or FUDD CRAP? Ultimate Boomer Response Edition [The Firearm Blog]

Hot Gat or Fudd CrapWelcome everyone to the 65th 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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Five Archery Season Mistakes You Can Avoid []

Autumn is finally upon us and that means one thing to most of us – hunting season. If you’re like us, opening day of deer season is right up there with the truly important holidays. We save vacation time and sick days just to make sure we have enough time in the woods to satisfy our primal need to hunt. Filling the freezer and tagging a trophy all come in behind the need to be in the woods while the leaves are changing. Archery season gives most of us our first taste of deer hunting for the year, and many of us enjoy the traditional feeling of taking whatever form of archery equipment you may prefer afield (no judgements here, folks) in pursuit of deer and other game. We all can envision the perfect moment, too. That big buck you’ve been waiting a lifetime for walks cautiously out into range and stops, slightly quartering away at 28 yards. Your arrow releases and hits home and the buck runs 35 yards before piling up. Sounds great, doesn’t it? Be careful to avoid making one of these mistakes that can mess up your archery season.

Don’t skip the practice

Practice makes perfect, or as close as it gets during hunting season. Photo: Shutterstock/Stephan Malloch

This one gets to us. Archery is all about muscle memory and making that shot as effortlessly as possible. You need to be putting arrows downrange every day if possible. Not only are you training your body strength-wise to make the shot, but you want it to become second nature. At that moment that the deer or other game animal steps out, your nerves are going to take a 180-degree turn. You need training to kick in and help you make the shot. And you need to replicate hunting conditions as much as possible, too. Your two most important training tools are a good target and a rangefinder. Practice with your hunting equipment at all kinds of ranges, conditions, elevations and anything else you can think of. This is true whether you’re hunting with a longbow, recurve, compound, or yes, even a crossbow. The idea that you don’t need to practice as much with a crossbow is completely unfounded. Remember that we are all hunters and that means we have to respect the sport and the game we pursue, and we respect each other, too.

Pro Tip: When you set your stand, make sure you take your rangefinder and check some distances and elevations around your stand that look like good spots for an animal to walk out. Go home and try to recreate those conditions and practice away.

Practice with what you take afield

Your target bow you shoot 3D matches with is NOT the same as your hunting bow! Photo: Shutterstock/Marcel Jancovic

This goes hand in hand with the first mistake to avoid. Be sure you’re doing your fine-tuning practice shots with the same gear you hunt with. This means using the same hunting clothing, arrows and most importantly – use the same broadheads, or practice versions of them. Field tips are great for training your body to make the shot, but you need to practice with your hunting tips. We’re pretty fond of Swhackers, and they make practice tips that fly just like the real thing. There are other companies that do this, and it is vital to practice with the same equipment you use for the hunt.

Pro Tip: Buy extra broadheads and keep some just for practice if your favorite don’t include practice tips. We’ve scored some sweet deals buying clearance ones after the season ends. If you find a great deal, get enough for a couple seasons out and have them on hand.

Watch your scent

Photo: Shutterstock/Tom Reichner

We’ll just go right ahead and say it – you cannot eliminate all of your scent. No amount of marketing hype can change that either. The best thing you can do, however, is have a comprehensive scent plan. This should include washing your hunting clothing in scent-reducing detergent, and then storing it in a sealed bag or tote to reduce the chances of scent absorption. You should also wash your body in scent-reducing soap, and use scent reducing deodorant. Brushing with scent-reducing toothpaste is also a good idea. The thing is, you’re still going to produce some amount of odor. It is unavoidable. However, if you avoid the mistake of stinking too bad, it helps your odds of fooling a deer’s nose. This also means that you should do whatever you can to avoid excessive sweat when walking into your stand. Everything helps.

Pro Tip: Take your hunting jacket or shirt into the woods in your backpack, and inside a large plastic bag. Swap out what you wore for the hke in and seal it up. We also have a ritual of eating apples before we go out, so your breath smells a little more natural.

Have a back-up plan

Photo: Shutterstock/Neil Podoll

Ever have your hunt all planned out, with the stand you’re hunting and everything is just going to work out great and then you get out to the woods in the morning and the weather is not doing what you thought it would and everything is just shot? Ever have that? Happens to us all the time. Weather and wind are just about impossible to correctly predict regardless of what the weather forecasters say on the news. We can’t tell you how often we’ve planned the night before for a northwest wind, only to get to the stand and feel a steady southern breeze. That stand that would have been perfect is now the last place you want to be. Have more than one stand or blind to hunt from if possible. You may have that one perfect spot that the dominant buck is coming to, but if you scout thoroughly, you can probably find another location where you can hang a stand for a different wind. Scouting and trail cameras are key.

Pro Tip: If the weather does a major shift mid-hunt, don’t be afraid to ride it out. We’ve had it happen to us before, and on more than one occasion, what we were certain was a bad idea of staying in the stand had turned into an opportunity at a deer. Unless you’re putting yourself at risk, getting down can actually be a bad idea. Ever decided a hunt was a bust and started down, only to turn around and see a big buck? Yeah, happened to me.

Be sure of your shot


If everything comes together and a deer walks out and you get a shot, you can make a huge mistake not being sure of the shot. If you can’t make the shot, do not take it. A rushed shot, or a shot through conditions you’re not 100% sure you can make through, is not a shot worth taking. Who wants to take a shot at a trophy buck only to wound it and never recover it? No one does! You can always film your shot, too. And no, we don’t mean that you need a camera operator in a stand next to you. A GoPro, or similar camera can be mounted easily and can record your shot and the best moments of the hunt. This can allow you to review your shot to make sure it went where you thought it did. And as a side note, GoPro makes a new micro-sized light, the Zeus, that is amazing as a headlamp and as a light for in your stand.

Pro Tip: Don’t want to opt for a GoPro? Another option is to mount a trail camera at the base of your tree and set it to video. If things work out right, you can get some high-definition video of the deer and the moment of the shot that you can review while you’re waiting for the proper amount of time for the animal to expire. If everything works right, this can be something cool to share with your buddies later on, too.


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HK Style Left Side Charging Handle For Kalashnikov KP-9 [The Firearm Blog]

KP-9 HK Style Charging handleKalashnikov USA’s popular KP-9 pistol has made quite a splash in the pistol caliber carbine revival, which means that the aftermarket is starting to ramp up.  While browsing Reddit, I found a product made for the KP-9 that replaces the hollow gas tube with a left-side charging handle.  The “Vector 7.62 HK Style” charging handle […]

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Heckler & Koch Respond to Bundeswehr Selection of Haenel’s MK556 [The Firearm Blog]

Heckler & Koch released a statement earlier today addressing the Bundeswehr’s selection of the C.G. Haenel MK556 over HK’s HK416 and new HK433 rifles. The statement was released in German, below is a machine translation: Heckler & Koch was informed today that neither of its two offers should be included in the assault rifle tender […]

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Ohio: Senate Committee to Consider Emergency Powers Legislation Tomorrow [NRA-ILA News]

Tomorrow, the Senate Government Oversight and Reform Committee will consider legislation that prevents the closure of federally licensed firearms dealers by public officials, Senate Bill 360.


Primary Arms Optics Now Shipping SLx GEN III Prism Scopes [The Firearm Blog]

Primary Arms is now shipping new and improved versions of their SLx 3x and 5x prism scopes.Primary Arms Optics has been putting out solid scope options at a variety of price points for years now. Among their other popular products like red dots and variable-power scopes, you will find a selection of prism scopes. In July, TFB reviewed a new addition to the Primary Arms lineup: their SLx Gen III 5X […]

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Harrell: Bullet Resistance of Stuff in Your Pockets []

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In this video, Paul Harrell endeavors to demonstrate whether some random stuff that people may carry in their pockets can slow or stop a bullet.

His first example is a pocket calculator. Who knew this was even still a thing? Although I do prefer calculator keys to the sometimes-unreliable touch-screen version on my smart phone. Spoiler: Don’t rely on a calculator to protect you from even the lowly 25 ACP.

After a bit of other testing, he finds something that does stop bullets: a Ridge wallet. And for wallet testing, he conjured up a different sort of meat target. Most folks carry a wallet in their back pockets, so he bought a butt roast to serve as a butt cheek. Brilliant!

After this, he takes a stroll down memory lane to 1912, when someone attempted to kill Theodore Roosevelt and failed. The bullet passed through a steel eyeglass case and a 50-page speech and didn’t get far after that, apparently lodging in a rib.

Harrell simulates the conditions by using 50 pages of paper and a glasses case with glasses inside, and his firearm of choice is an old revolver chambered for 38 S&W (no, not 38 Special). He fires a pair of bullets at the “bull moose meat target” from 5 yards, and his results were pretty dang close to historical accounts…

Next he concludes that an old school flip phone will save you from buckshot! Er, kinda.

Enjoy the video.

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The Geissele ICON Rifle – “Freedom’s Remembrance” [The Firearm Blog]

Icon rifle geisseleI really liked the Geissele ICON Rifle of last month – “The Last Man Standing” – with the wooden details and I can only congratulate whoever won it. But as we have entered September, it is time for a new ICON Rifle from Geissele, and it’s called: “Freedom’s Remembrance”. Here’s how Geissele describes their ICON September Rifle. […]

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Ethiopian M90/95 Hybrid Mannlicher Carbine [Forgotten Weapons]

Today we are looking at a uniquely Ethiopian carbine, a hybrid M90/95 Mannlicher. It began life as an Austrian-issue M90 carbine proofed in 1892. It served through World War One, and was probably given to Italy as war reparations in the early 1920s. Italy then sent it to East Africa, where is served in the AOI during the Italian occupation of Ethiopia. After World War Two, it was retained by Ethiopia, and at some point its stock and associated hardware (and cocking piece) were replaced with M95 pattern parts. It ended up in storage in Ethiopia until just recently imported into the US by InterOrd/Royal Tiger.

You can check InterOrd/Royal Tiger’s web site for all sorts surplus rifles like this…


New Baby Desert Eagle by Magnum Research []

Over the last few years, I would occasionally have a small frame Desert Eagle handgun show up on the range during a concealed-carry class and always admired the compact Eagle. Recently Magnum Research announced exciting news for Baby Eagle fans with the return of these exceptional pistols to the market. In a recent press release Magnum Research describes the new model Eagle.

“The Baby Eagle has been an icon of the shooting world since the introduction of its ancestor, the Jericho pistol, in the 1980s. The Baby Eagle III series is the latest revision of the Magnum Research imported handgun, manufactured in Israel by BUL Transmark. The Baby Eagle III series steel frame guns feature the slimmest grip ever offered on a Baby Eagle handgun, making its double-stack frame easy to grip by any shooter. It also features a smoother profile than previous models, adding to the already sleek Baby Eagle appearance. The steel frame guns will be offered in 9mm and 45 ACP. Polymer framed models will also be available in 9mm and 40 S&W. Both steel and polymer guns will be offered in the full and semi-compact sizes. Joby Goerges, Director of Manufacturing and Engineering with Magnum Research, stated that the Baby Eagle ‘continues to be in high demand, and is very popular with fans. It is well known from appearances in popular movies, television shows, and video games. This gives the Baby Eagle a huge fan base, and in particular feeds big demand among younger shooters.’ Like its big brother, the Desert Eagle, the Baby Eagle is an icon of both popular culture and the shooting community.”

Reliable, Accurate, and Easy Shooting

“The Baby Eagle III series is well known in the shooting world for its exceptional shooting characteristics. All Baby Eagles are valued for their proven reliability. In addition, the full-length dust cover and weight of the steel guns make them very soft shooting. Each gun is manufactured on high precision modern machinery, making them very accurate. The double-stacked magazines provide extra ammo capacity just in case it is needed. Owning a Baby Eagle III means investing in a proven platform, with exceptional reliability, that will deliver performance on every trip to the range. MSRP starts at $646.”

If the new Baby Eagle III series is anything like the small frame Desert Eagle of the past, I am sure they will be sought after in today’s concealed carry and defensive pistol market. Check out the Magnum Research company at Magnum



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German Ministry of Defence Confirm C.G. Haenel is the Winner [The Firearm Blog]

C.G. Haenel MK556Following on from the surprising news of yesterday, that C.G. Haenel MK556 rifle had won the German Army tender to replace the Heckler & Koch G36, confirmation has now been officially announced. Below you can find the official Press Release and communication from the Federal Ministry of Defence in Germany. This is a machine translated text from […]

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Walther P99 vs Magnum Research MR9 Eagle [The Firearm Blog]

In this episode of TFBTV, Hop shoots the first generation Walther P99 and the Magnum Research MR9 Eagle. Is the Magnum Research clone better than a real P99? Should James Bond have switched back to the PPK after the Brosnan era? Does anybody remember the Smith & Wesson SW99? Probably not. ««« GUN AND GEAR […]

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Handgun Ammo Choices for Zombies []

We may not yet be in a full-blown zombie epidemic, but if you were to visit California or New York, you might think it was. There is even a gun writer physician down here in the Mississippi Delta who thinks it might be coming soon. Of course, he works in the emergency room of a local hospital, so there’s no wonder he is a gun writer on the side.

For purposes here, we’ll define a zombie as one of those drug-crazed, blown-out-minded derelicts high on PCP, uppers, downers, coke (not the drink) or whatever, whom you can see virtually anywhere these days on the inner city streets, downtown Seattle, or outside the fancy restaurants in San Francisco. A zombie could also be that un-ladylike type who didn’t get her morning coffee, or just found out her latest tattoo was put on upside down or misspelled. You know the type.

Then there are the everyday kinda thugs you see hanging in the shadows at gas stations, mall parking lots, cruising store front liquor stores or other locales of thuggery opportunity just waiting to assault you. So, all these types total, how do you stop them (hopefully in their tracks) if bodily threated? Here are some of the top ammo choices in the prime prepper, self-defense categories for concealed carry or personal protection. Penetration and expansion.

For the 380 ACP, which has made great gains in the realm of self-defense lately, consider the Federal 90 grain Hi-Shok JHP at 1000 fps and 200 ft. pounds, the Hornady 90 JHP/XTP rated the same, or the Winchester Silvertip HP, 85 grains at 1000/189. Range shoot at 3 and 7 yards with your personal carry weapon.

The 9mm has so many choices. Black Hills has a 115 grain JHP +P that goes 1300 fps with 431 ft/lbs of energy. Federal’s 115 grain Hi-Shok JHP travels at 1160 with 345 ft/lbs. Magtech has their 115 JHP +P at 1246/397. Remington’s 124 grain BJHP rolls out at 1125 with 349 ft/lbs. There are way too many other 9mm loads to mention, but stay with something flying at 1100 feet per second at least with a good expanding bullet design.

The 45 ACP is still the low and slow, but good to go round for self-defense, if you can handle the recoil. There is a Federal 165 HS-JHP at 1060/410, and a Hornady 200 HP/XTP+P at 1055/494. Remington and Winchester both have good self-defense rounds as well.

These aren’t the only choices, but the point is the same whether you use a 38 Special, 357 Magnum, 10mm Auto, 41 Magnum, 44 Special or others. When it comes to a zombie threat, you don’t want to get caught loaded with any puny round-nose plinking ammo. Pick the best round for protection, practice with it, and carry it.

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Monday, 14 September


TFB Review: Wilson Combat HD/+P 1911 Magazines [The Firearm Blog]

Throughout my testing of the Buy vs Build 1911 series, I have come to realize there are various levels of quality 1911 magazines. I treat my 1911 magazines like modern polymer magazines and will let them drop freely onto the concrete while jamming a fresh mag in and keeping the lead onslaught continuous for the […]

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POTD: Dragunov Sniper Rifles in “Sniper Frontier” [The Firearm Blog]

POTD, short for Photo Of The Day, is TFB’s recurring articles where we go to great length trying to find the best pictures and stories out there. There’s a lot of Dragunov sniper rifle content today, as we look at Russian troops as they conduct live fire in all sorts of situations. The trigger pack. Machine […]

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Virginia: Fairfax County Considering Gun Ban Tomorrow [NRA-ILA News]

Tomorrow, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors will consider banning firearms in certain public locations.


The Rimfire Report: The Songbird 3D Printed Pistol with a Nylon Barrel [The Firearm Blog]

The Rimfire Report: The Songbird 3D Printed Pistol with a Nylon BarrelHello and welcome back to The Rimfire Report! This weekly series focuses on the rimfire firearm world and its various ammunitions and sports in addition to the wealth of rimfire firearms out there. This week we’re taking a look at a 3D printed 22LR firearm  – The Songbird. The Songbird was created by 3D printers and is […]

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BREAKING: C.G. Haenel MK556 Wins German Army Tender To Replace G36 [The Firearm Blog]

C.G. Haenel MK556After almost six decades with Heckler & Koch, the German Bundeswehr appears to have selected a new supplier for its assault rifle. TFB has followed the process closely and while the decision had been delayed we knew that a decision from the was due this autumn. We also knew that regardless of the outcome of […]

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Coming to America: The GM6 Lynx .50-cal Reciprocating Bullpup [The Firearm Blog]

The Hungarian-made GM6 Lynx .50-cal is now being imported into the US.Over the years, TFB has brought you some occasional tidbits about the GM6 Lynx. In 2018 it featured in a “Picture of the Day” post, in 2016 Nick brought you some cool factory tour content, and in 2014 he gave you a cool video of this behemoth in action. This unusual rifle is almost undeniably […]

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Bump Stock Ban Voided – Will be Reheard in 10th Circuit Court [The Firearm Blog]

Bump Stock Ban Voided - Will be Reheard in 10th Circuit CourtThe federal government’s previous ban on bump stocks has been granted a petition for a rehearing after the earlier decision to uphold the bump stock ban was reached previously. The Original ban which went into effect in 2018 and made bump stock devices illegal to possess, will now be reheard by in the 10th Circuit […]

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TFBTV Mailroom #32 [The Firearm Blog]

Yet again, the TFBTV Mailroom series limps on as James receives his biggest package yet, drinks beer, and opens the mail. How has this not stopped yet after over 3 years? No one knows. GIVEAWAY WINNERS: (Feel free to email me at right away if you think this is you below, otherwise sit tight […]

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Swing States See Gun Sales Boon, Activists Look to Capitalize [NRA-ILA News]

Former mechanic Shawn Shriver bought a storefront about an hour outside Pittsburgh years ago. He created a 400-square-foot gun shop that he runs with his wife. They sell guns, ammo, and holsters to their neighbors.


Surprise! Prosecuting Violent Criminals Reduces Violent Crime [NRA-ILA News]

On July 22, President Donald Trump and Attorney General William Barr announced the expansion of the Department of Justice’s Operation Legend to Chicago in order to combat the increase in violent crime that has gripped the city in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, rioting, and sustained de-policing efforts. Describing the effort, a DOJ press release noted, “Operation Legend is a sustained, systematic and coordinated law enforcement initiative in which federal law enforcement agencies work in conjunction with state and local law enforcement officials to fight violent crime.” The release went on to explain that the move was necessary due to a 51 percent year over year increase in homicides in the Windy City.


Glimpse of Toy Gun in Student’s Home Prompts School Officials to Call out the Police [NRA-ILA News]

There is little “normal” about how students are returning to school this year, as online “distance learning” has replaced in-person instruction in many American localities. Yet at least one thing hasn’t changed: public school officials remain as determined as ever to harry and persecute any student who shows even the mildest interest in firearms, real or imagined.


Dove Hunt 2020 — How Was Yours? []

Each year, our group — meaning, the group of folks who co-own and manage 700+ acres of Georgia hunting land — holds a dove hunt. We till and fertilize fields, plant crops to attract the birds, and go to great lengths to prepare. Sometimes it pays off, and sometimes not.

This year, my nephew Ox was able to join me for his second dove hunt. We got to the property the day before the hunt and had a look around — but with scorching summer temperatures, neither of us had much energy after our long drives.

We met up with friends at the skeet range. (Photo © Russ Chastain)
We met up with friends at the skeet range.
(Photo © Russ Chastain)

The next morning found us on the skeet range with friends, and early on his new-to-him Remington 11-87 gimped up. My own Browning Superposed over/under also gave me trouble with occasional light primer strikes on the bottom barrel, so we were glad we’d brought backup guns; his a Mossberg 500 and mine a Benelli SuperNova.

I couldn't find an obvious problem with the old Browning Superposed. (Photo © Russ Chastain)
I couldn’t find an obvious problem with the old Browning Superposed.
(Photo © Russ Chastain)

Back at camp, we examined the Remington and diagnosed the problem — a slightly bent “leg” on a sheet metal part. That one cured, I turned to the old 1930s twin-stacker… but I was not able to find an obvious problem. I cleaned out some bits of crud that I found in the action, assuming the trouble was that something had gotten between the hammer and receiver to limit the hammer’s travel.

Nephew Ox is ready to start slingin' lead with his "new" 11-87. (Photo © Russ Chastain)
Nephew Ox is ready to start slingin’ lead with his “new” 11-87.
(Photo © Russ Chastain)

While waiting for the afternoon hunt, we assembled the top portion of the tripod stand Ox was donating to the club. When the time came, we gathered our gear and headed to the field. The birds weren’t doing much where we were, and when I finally got a shot at a dove my gun rewarded me with a resounding CLICK rather than a bang. Crap.

This is the same Browning scattergun for which I made a new top firing pin 5 years ago; I have a spare firing pin for the bottom, which I will probably be installing pretty soon.

Sure can't complain about the view. (Photo © Russ Chastain)
Sure can’t complain about the view.
(Photo © Russ Chastain)

After swapping out guns, I sat with the SuperNova, which is probably my favorite pump shotgun of all time — at least, out of the few pumps I’ve owned which have included a few Mossberg 500s, a Remington Model 12, and one or two oddballs of which I have no clear memories. And that’s what I used to bag my one and only bird of the day.

Truth be told, I could have taken more shots but I’ve stopped trying to hit birds that are flying over the woods. They’re just too difficult to find without a dog. And I was distracted with nostalgia, as I sat just a few yards away from the spot where my father sat with his old Browning — the same one that was now mine — on his last dove hunt more than a decade earlier. On that day I’d been hunting with the SuperNova, and Dad had been sick. What we didn’t yet know was that cancer was eating him up.

Taking Dad to the truck. Browning in gun rack, Benelli well under control in hand. (Photo © Russ Chastain)
Taking Dad to the truck. Browning in gun rack, Benelli well under control in hand.
(Photo © Russ Chastain)

Dad never took a shot at a bird that day; he just wanted to be out there with his friends. Then he asked me to take him to the truck so he could go lie down at camp. On the way, a friend snapped two of my favorite photos of my father and me as Dad left the dove field for the final time.

Best buddies. (Photo © Russ Chastain)
Best buddies.
(Photo © Russ Chastain)

Next morning Ox and I hit the field again, and did a little better. We had a good time, which is the main thing, and some friends gave us their birds so my nephew had some meat to take home.

Spending a morning on a field with friends and the chance to shoot a bird? Yes, please. (Photo © Russ Chastain)
Spending a morning on a field with friends and the chance to shoot a bird? Yes, please.
(Photo © Russ Chastain)

I’ve been frustrated on many a dove hunt… I’m not a great shotgunner and our fields have a lot of mediocre spots these days. But the older I get, the happier I am just to get out there and enjoy the experience — especially if I can do so with my favorite hunting buddy… as I did so often with Dad, and do these days with Ox.

Shotgun, ice water, some shells, and a comfortable seat. (Photo © Russ Chastain)
Shotgun, ice water, some shells, and a comfortable seat.
(Photo © Russ Chastain)

We didn’t kill much, but our dove hunt was a great success. How was yours?

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Gun Controllers Try to Hide Joe Biden’s Anti-gun Extremism [NRA-ILA News]

With Fall 2020 upon us it is time again for gun control advocates’ quadrennial tradition – dishonestly attempting to convince voters that a brazenly anti-gun presidential ticket does not pose a threat to gun owners. This year the deception is again being backed by longtime Massachusetts anti-gun advocate and wealthy businessman John Rosenthal. Despite both Joe Biden and Kamala Harris’s advocacy for gun confiscation and a host of other draconian gun measures, in a piece for Newsweek with the farcical title, “Individual Gun Ownership Is Not at Stake in This Election,” Rosenthal claimed “[p]rivate gun ownership for responsible citizens will remain unchanged” during a Biden presidency. The piece is in the same vein as others that have lied about the ticket’s anti-gun aims.


ATF Releases New Procedures on Certain Retail and Private-to-Private Transactions [NRA-ILA News]

Early this month, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) released two new procedure documents.


Otis Technology to Supply SHOT Show 2021 with Hand Sanitizer [The Firearm Blog]

SHOT Show 2021 will feature plenty of hand sanitizer, thanks to a new sponsorship from Otis Technologies.In January of this year, SHOT Show 2020 went on just as so many had before. Throngs of industry professionals milled about, discussing the next big things for firearms, ammo, optics, shooting accessories, and more. As the months of Coronavirus precautions have continued to extend well beyond the initial expected timeframe, it has lead some […]

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Breech-Loading Conversion of a Harper’s Ferry 1841 “Mississippi Rifle” []

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This is an interesting old rifle… it’s a breech-loading conversion of a Harper’s Ferry “Mississippi rifle,” made on the Merrill design.

If you like listing to Ian talk, you’ll have a solid 5 minutes of fun before you get to see the actual action, which is why I came.

Also disappointing is the fact that he spends more time lecturing about Jeff Davis than discussing the action, which appears quite well-designed and plenty strong… but like many YouTube commenters, I’m most curious about the ring on the “breech plug,” which most likely originally contained some sort of malleable material to act as a gas seal. Alas, Ian speeds on past this interesting mechanical function to discuss the brass fixtures on the stock.

Is it worth a watch? Most certainly!

This .58-caliber rifle was auctioned on September 12, 2020, but at the time of this writing the sale price hasn’t been entered on Rock Island’s website.

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New Hampshire: Urge Your Legislators to Sustain Governor Sununu’s Veto of Firearm Seizure Bill [NRA-ILA News]

As previously reported, Governor Sununu prevented the erosion of our Right to Keep and Bear Arms by vetoing firearm seizure legislation, House Bill 687.


N8 Tactical Combat Cut Holsters Now Available Online [The Firearm Blog]

N8 Tactical Combat Cut Holsters Now Available OnlineN8 Tactical has just debuted its latest additions to the IWB holster market – the N8 Tactical Combat Cut Holster series. The new holsters feature an adjustable cant, suede backing, and leather contact surfaces which are supposed to provide maximum durability. N8 Tactical Combat Cut Holsters Now Available Online N8 Tactical, a modern-day holster company […]

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Lee Metford MkI: Great Britain’s First Magazine Rifle [Forgotten Weapons]

The British went into the 1880s with plans to adopt the Enfield-Martini as its new rifle, a single shot Martini-action rifle with essentially a sidesaddle of ready-access cartridges on the side of the receiver. It would be chambered for a new .402 caliber black powder cartridge. However, the Small Arms Committee begin looking into the possibility of a magazine rifle instead, and trials of 40+ different systems found three worth considering: a Lee rifle with a box magazine, a Lee rifle with a Bethel Burton magazine, and the Owen Jones rifle. As these trials were concluding, the discovery of smokeless powder threw a wrench in the plans.

After study of the Swiss 7.5×53.5mm cartridge, the British opted to develop a small bore .30 caliber round themselves, which would be the .303 British. This round, originally loaded with compressed black powder before the use of cordite, rendered the plans for the .402 caliber Enfield Martini obsolete. What would have been a justifiable territorial and reserve rifle alongside a .402 magazine rifle was now an orphan. With the new rifle in .303 caliber, a .402 single shot Martini was just an added logistical overhead. Instead, existing Martini rifles would eventually be converted to .303 British.

At any rate, the Lee rifle and magazine were chosen as ideal, and in 1888 a batch was made for field trials across the British Empire. Widely positive reports led to its formal adoption and the beginning of production in 1889 as the Magazine Rifle MkI – later retroactively renamed the Lee Metford MkI and colloquially known as the Long Lee. The example we have today has two very rare original features; an intact manual safety and Lewes pattern sights. Both of these would be quickly removed or replaced in service, and a Mk I* and MkII pattern followed shortly after the adoption of the MkI.


Training for New or Veteran Gun Owners []

There have been more than 5 million new gun purchases so far in 2020. A high percentage of the purchases are first-time gun owners. In today’s world people are flocking to obtain their concealed carry license or to have a firearm for home and travel defense. Concerns over the changing political climate, the right to self-defense, the current riots, and pandemic are mostly responsible for the record level of new gun sales. With that in mind, whether you are a first-time gun owner or a veteran of gun ownership, a discussion of “beyond the minimum” gun training is appropriate.

Make no mistake — as human beings we all have the inherent right of self-defense. But as you begin the path towards everyday carry of a handgun (or any firearm for that matter) have you considered what training you may actually need? I would challenge you to take a more progressive training approach to the owning and carrying of a firearm on a day-to-day basis. My experience providing firearms training on a weekly basis for many years has taught me that for many folks, the most difficult aspect is learning the actual manipulation skills for running the gun itself.

When it comes to concealed carry of a handgun, many states require only a couple hours in a classroom or an online course to obtain a CCW license. Some simply require an application to the local law enforcement authority. Other states require two days of training and then renewal training every few years. Regardless of your state’s legal requirements to carry a handgun, I implore you to take your training to the next level.

A step-by-step approach for training is a good plan when teaching new students. Aside from the essential discussion of firearms safety and legal issues my initial training for students usually flows along a logical path as follows:

 Solid shooting fundamentals

Basic shooting fundamentals of stance, grip, sight alignment, sight picture, trigger control, breathing, and follow through need to be understood and taught at the earliest possible level. Working on accuracy, distance, and speed while shooting will be brought in the training regime when the student is ready.

 Drawing the pistol

Normally I start new students with a belt-mounted holster on their strong hand side. This is the appropriate beginning point for those not accustomed to carrying a pistol on the waistline. Concealed carry holster and draw techniques can come at a future time. Understand most accidents occur when drawing or re-holstering the handgun, so this step of training is critical.

Efficient reloads

There seems to be much debate today in the gun training world as to what reloads are necessary and should be taught. Suffice it to say if the gun runs empty in a fight for your life, you may want to reload it right now.  I believe every student of pistol shooting for self-defense should have the ability to perform a speed/emergency reload or a tactical reload depending on which is needed at the time. While some instructors have drifted away from the tactical load or magazine exchange, I still teach it and will continue to do so, as it yields a number of safety and preparedness benefits both on and off the range.

Malfunction clearances


If you’ve never had a malfunction while shooting your pistol, you have not been shooting very long or enough. Despite the reliability of today’s handguns, sooner or later you will experience a malfunction. These can include a failure to fire, failure to extract or eject, or a double feed. All of these can be cleared with immediate action taken on the shooter’s part. You should learn how to perform these actions early on in your training.

Alternate shooting positions

Self-defense encounters do not stay stationary for long. At some point your training should include shooting with lateral movement, shooting from a kneeling, sitting (from a table or while in a vehicle), prone, supine (on the flat of your back), and one-handed positions. Use of a barricade or simulated cover should be also added.

While these steps are not all-inclusive, I would submit to you that they are at the basis of good life-saving shooting skills and that you, as a responsible student of self-defense, should include these skills in your repertoire. Of course, a healthy awareness of your surroundings along with a strong mentality goes with all of the above.

Getting outside of your comfort level and challenging yourself is essential in my estimation. Continue your training no matter whether you’re a first-time gun owner or a veteran student, it may well be critical to your own survival one day.

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Boyds Adds Gunstock Support for Steyr Zephyr II Bolt-Action [The Firearm Blog]

Boyds Gunstocks now offers aftermarket furniture for the Steyr Zephyr II.When shooters hear the name Steyr Arms, most probably think of the AUG right away. The iconic Austrian bullpup’s distinctive aesthetics are hard to forget, after nearly half a century it’s still in use by a host of military and police units around the globe, and it enjoys a loyal fan base. Many people likely […]

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Sunday, 13 September


POTD: NATO enhanced Forward Presence Battle Group Latvia with CZ 858 [The Firearm Blog]

Welcome to TFB’s Photo Of The Day. Today we honor the CZ 858, or vz. 58 (model 58) as it’s also called. The caliber is 7.62×39mm and it was designed and manufactured in Czechoslovakia. It’s been around for a while, but is still active. It’s quite a “back to basics” rifle. The pictures are from […]

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Online again! [Of Arms and the Law]

My host suffered a cyberattack that took days to deal with.

Saturday, 12 September


POTD: L129A1 Sharpshooter Rifle [The Firearm Blog]

Nothing to do? Take a cup of coffee and enjoy the pictures and story of the United Kingdom’s L129A1 Sharpshooter Rifle. According to Wikipedia, over 3,000 units of the L129A1 had been supplied to UK forces by 2014. In the competition, the Lewis Machine and Tool Company was up against firearms like the FN Herstal SCAR-H, Heckler […]

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SILENCER SATURDAY #142: Precision Rimfire And Suppressor POI Shift [The Firearm Blog]

SILENCER SATURDAY #142: Precision Rimfire And Suppressor POI ShiftGood afternoon everyone and welcome back to another edition of TFB’s Silencer Saturday brought to you by our friends at Yankee Hill Machine, manufacturers of the high performing and very affordable YHM R9 suppressor. Last week we took a look at the FN509 Compact Tactical, a pistol that was born to be suppressed. This week […]

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Elbonian Prototype Hakim LMG [Forgotten Weapons]

Pre-order your Elbonian shirt or poster here!

Pre-orders will be open for two weeks before the shirts are printed and ship. Orders after that are subject to availability.

Elbonia had a brief partnership with Egypt in the mid 1950s through which they acquired some early-production Hakim rifles. These were used along with Israeli surplus MG-34 machine gun barrel jackets to build an experimental Hakim LMG for Elbonian service. The gun was fed by adapted German MG-13 25-round box magazines. Surprisingly, it remained semiautomatic only. The design was fatally flawed because the Hakim barrel was retained, which was far too light in profile to meet the requirements of sustained fire that a light machine gun would be used for. In addition, the Elbonians were apparently unable to acquire MG0-34 bipods and instead fabricated their own from RPD bipod legs. The result was a really quite awful bipod.

Note: Just to clarify, YouTube does not allow discussion of gunsmithing or “gun modifications”. So when I find neat or interesting gunsmith creations, I will present them as Elbonian guns. This is an end run around YouTube’s policy, and also a fun way to invent a whole narrative for poor unfortunate Elbonia…

Friday, 11 September


Friday Night Lights: Viridian HS1 Finger Stop Laser [The Firearm Blog]

Lasers on guns is nothing new. Most require a Picatinny rail to mount said laser or it is somehow integrated into the gun like Crimson Trace’s line of grip lasers. However Viridian has gone in a different direction with their latest and made a laser that actually fills a gap in the industry for low […]

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POTD: Barrett MRAD Sniper Rifles of New Zealand [The Firearm Blog]

MRAD Sniper Rifle NZBarrett MRAD rifles were introduced to the snipers of New Zealand in 2018 replacing their 7.62mm AI Arctic Warfare sniper rifles. That’s the topic of our Photo Of The Day. New Zealand acquired 42 MRAD sniper rifles. The MRAD has a fully adjustable match-grade 2 stage trigger, adjustable and folding stock and muzzle brake with external threads […]

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SAR USA Announces Production Increase to Meet Demand [The Firearm Blog]

SAR USA, the American partner for Turkey's Sarsilmaz, has announced a production increase.SAR USA is the exclusive American importer for 140-year-old Turkish gunmaker Sarsilmaz. Although they are not a major household name in the US, their parent company produces a significant number of firearms for many countries all over the world. Their catalogue includes a dozen handgun models chambered in 9mm and .45 ACP, and as you […]

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Boyds Gunstocks Awarded for Supporting People with Disabilities [The Firearm Blog]

Boyds Gunstocks is being recognized by South Dakota's state government for their commitment to provide employment for people with disabilities.Boyds Gunstocks has been in the firearms industry for nearly four decades, since their founding in 1981. The South Dakota-based shop specializes in aftermarket rifle and shotgun stocks made out of a variety of hardwoods. They have amassed an impressive amount of expertise in this niche over the years, and today they can make stocks […]

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Smith & Wesson Optics-Ready M&P9 M2.0 Compact Pistol [The Firearm Blog]

The interest for mounting optics on handguns continues to increase, and as a result, Smith & Wesson is expanding their line of M&P M2.0 Compact pistols to include optics-ready versions. Chambered in 9x19mm the two models feature a slide cut for optics and co-witnessed white-dot front and rear sights. There are also enlarged forward slide serrations. Below […]

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Pennsylvania: Emergency Powers Legislation Passes Senate Committee [NRA-ILA News]

In June, the Pennsylvania House passed Emergency Powers Legislation, House Bill 1747.  Earlier this week, the Senate Judiciary Committee inched this critical Second Amendment legislation one step closer to final passage through a 9 to 5 vote.


These 10 Examples of Defensive Gun Use Underscore Second Amendment’s True Purpose [NRA-ILA News]

In announcing the launch of “Sportsmen and Sportswomen for Biden,” the former vice president’s campaign demonstrated earlier this month how many gun control advocates misconstrue the purpose of the Second Amendment. The coalition of “50 prominent hunters and anglers” stated that Joe Biden would “protect the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding Americans to purchase and responsibly use firearms for hunting and sporting.”


The Armed Citizen® September 11, 2020 [NRA-ILA News]

A man in South St. Louis County, Mo., defended himself when two armed men attempted to carjack him in the early morning hours of Aug. 30, 2020. The man was cleaning his car in the stall of a drive-in car wash when two other men approached him armed with handguns.


Nighthawk Custom Shadow Hawk Long Slide Pistol [The Firearm Blog]

Nighthawk Custom has published a press release announcing the addition of a long slide pistol to their Shadow Hawk series of 1911-pattern handguns. In the description of this pistol, the company says: “Shadow Hawk Long Slide maintains all the features of its namesake, but in a 6” long slide configuration to create a supremely accurate […]

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Remember, GRPC 2020 Is Online []

Thanks to the pandemic and the restrictions in place in Orlando, this year’s Gun Rights Policy Conference will be 100% virtual and online.

The Second Amendment Foundation sent this announcement out yesterday.

BELLEVUE, WA – For the first time in its 35-year history, the annual Gun Rights Policy Conference will be a virtual event held online Sept. 19-20, hosted by the Second Amendment Foundation and Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms.

This year’s conference theme is “Elect Freedom.” With the crucial 2020 presidential and congressional elections less than two months away, this year’s event has added importance for gun rights activists across the country. To register, go to You will receive information to join the event, which will be presented on several different platforms.

The conference agenda includes 32 panel discussions covering such subjects as federal and state legislative affairs, grassroots activism, suicide prevention, legal actions in defense of the Second Amendment, media and corporate attacks on the right to keep and bear arms, women’s issues, advancing the run rights message, and much more. There will also be a panel memorial honoring the late Joe Tartaro, SAF president and longtime executive editor of

“Despite the problems relating to COVID-19,” SAF founder and Executive Vice President Alan Gottlieb acknowledged, “we’re really excited about this year’s event, and because it is online, we are going to reach a huge audience. The importance of that cannot be over-estimated.

“We’ve got a lineup of presentations that will educate, inform and even entertain our GRPC audience,” he added. “We will also have some special VIP appearances.”

“Since the first GRPC was held in Seattle in 1986,” Gottlieb noted, “the event has evolved from 20 speakers and 70 attendees to more than 90 speakers and 1,100 attendees in 2019. The GRPC has become a ‘must attend’ event for gun rights advocates and grassroots activists across the country. This year we anticipate having nearly 120 gun rights speakers.”

And because the event is entirely online, gun rights activists can attend from the comfort of their own home.

“This will be an awesome event,” Gottlieb predicted, “and gun owners from coast to coast can virtually attend.”

I will again be a speaker on the use of “New Media”. It was both easier and harder to my presentation that way. I think I took 8-10 tries to get it right. Alternatively, I didn’t have a moderator looking over my shoulder as the time to end approached and I didn’t have hundreds of people looking at me as I spoke.

One feature of GRPC that is not going away is the piles of gun rights books you will receive. The only difference is that this year it will be in the electronic PDF format and not paper.

As I understand it, GRPC will be broken down into four sessions. You can see the full agenda at the bottom of the sign-up page here.

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Testing Spray-on Bed Liners: Which is Best? []

Project Farm tested five different rattle-can spray products sold as truck bed liner — which as we all know, is often used for other things as well. The purpose is to provide a tough, durable coating to a surface. But do they perform as advertised? Let’s find out.

The products tested are:

  • Dupli-Color Truck Bed Coating ($12.95, 16.5 ounces)
  • EZ Liner Bedliner and Industrial Strength Coating ($18.96, 16.5 ounces)
  • Herculiner Do-it-Yourself Truck Bed Liner ($14.36, 15 ounces)
  • PlastiKote Valspar Truck Bed Liner ($14.85, 15 ounces)
  • Rust-Oleum Truck Bed Coating ($12.99, 15 ounces)

Things they’re tested for include:

  • Scratch resistance (winner: Rust-Oleum)
  • Impact resistance (winner: PlastiKote)
  • Chemical resistance (winner: EZ Liner)
  • Cold weather performance (winner: EZ Liner)
  • Hot weather performance (winner: PlastiKote)

Only one product held up to gasoline, and only one stayed durable in high heat (after sitting outside in hot sunshine for a while) — and those are different products. None of them are all-around impressive… but his personal choice is the mid-priced PlastiKote for his home in the midwestern USA.

Based on this, I don’t think I would spend the money on any spray-on bed liner. Would you? Check out the video and let us know.

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Holosun and Trijicon Announce Lawsuit Settlement [The Firearm Blog]

Trijicon's patent infringement lawsuit against Holosun has been settled.Competition in the firearms and firearms accessories market benefits consumers. It stands to reason, right? One of the best ways for a company to earn your business and make you a customer is to put out superior products. If they produce something that you want to buy more than you want to buy a different […]

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Testing the Duckbill Choke with Matt Haught [Forgotten Weapons]

Today I am out at the range with Matt Haught of Symtac Consulting to test out a duckbill choke. Also known as a spreader, this was a muzzle device used briefly by SEALs in Vietnam – the idea is to spread shot in a horizontal oval pattern instead of a circular pattern. This improves the likelihood of hitting a hidden or moving target at ground level. The original devices were not all that well made, and tended to crack and widen under the repeating impact of use. The one I have today is a hardened reproduction made by Chuck Madurski and Kevin Dockery many years ago. It was fitted to a Remington Model 11 barrel for me by Vang Comp (who also installed the extended magazine and handguard). Matt and I are going to try out three sizes of buckshot; #00, #1, and #4 at 10 yards to see if the duckbill actually does what people claim.

What we found was that the device works best with #4 shot, with marginal effectiveness using #1 and no effect with #00. We saw a shot pattern of rough 3:1 width to height, with the height being approximately equal to the diameter of a plain cylinder bore gun used as a control. At 25 yards, this resulted in a pattern more than 3 feet wide, hitting multiple side-by-side silhouettes.


Ed Brown Releases FX2 Carry Pistol with New Trijicon Optic []

Luxe 1911 maker Ed Brown Products recently announced the release of the FX2, their new concealment pistol. The FX2 is available in 9mm and 45 ACP. It carries Trijicon’s new RMRcc carry-size red dot optic as well as numerous upscale features as expected on an Ed Brown pistol, and should be a huge hit.

As the name implies, the FX2 is the descendant of the company’s FX1 model, a government-size 1911. Built on a bobtailed, commander-size frame, the FX2 sports a finely detailed “snakeskin” pattern on the front strap and mainspring housing. The black grips, made from G10, are formed in a staggered chevron pattern for good traction.

The stainless steel frame is finished in industrial gray, lending what the company describes as an “edgy” look. The takedown pin and skeletonized trigger offer contrast in black. In Ed Brown inventory, this pistol’s name is the FX2-SS. Perhaps that’s an indication that other finishes will be available in the future.

The slide is highly customized, with an American flag motif etched into the rear slide serrations. (In response to a social media comment about the flag appearing to be upside down flag in pictures, a company rep replied that the design is intended to look perfect in a holster.) The front of the slide has decorative cuts in the classic 1911 profile, also pulling double duty as cocking serrations — a good feature on an optic-bearing pistol.

There is a bushing over the flush shiny stainless steel barrel. Unlike the FX1’s barrel, this one isn’t ported.

One remarkable and functional feature of the FX2 is the depth at which the optic rests on the barrel. Ed Brown machined an unusually deep cut. This lowers the overall profile of the gun for concealment purposes and minimizes the sight-over-bore issue that can present occasional challenges to accuracy. Backing up the optic is an Ed Brown rear sight and an orange ring/white center Ameriglo front sight. They offer the shooter a constant co-witness.

Factory reps say the Trijicon optic was chosen not only for its low profile, but also its waterproof qualities. Since concealment guns are often exposed to sweat, it’s important to choose an optic that won’t quit when wet.

Specs on the 9mm aren’t published yet. The 45ACP version of the FX2 ships with a flush, 7-round magazine. It weighs 41 ounces with the empty mag. It’s 7.75 inches overall in length, and just 6.0 inches in height inclusive of the Trijicon sight. The slide is 4.25 inches. Capacity and weight in 9mm are not provided on the Ed Brown website.

The FX2 is offered at $4,295 in 45 ACP. The 9mm is $100 more. All Ed Brown pistols are covered by a lifetime warranty.

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Former SEAL Bill Rapier on How to Fight a Carjacker [The Firearm Blog]

In this episode of TFBTV, Bill Rapier, 20 year Navy SEAL and owner of AmTac Shooting ( teaches James Reeves, Seattle Cop Chris Tran (@christranfiveoh), Roger Barrera of QVO Tactical, and Andrew Wright of Surefire how to handle a carjacker who has entered your vehicle on the passenger side. It’s a quick and easy four-step […]

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9mm Altay – New Russian Cartridge Developed by Barnaul Cartridge Plant and Molot Arms [The Firearm Blog]

9mm Altay BarnaulRussian Barnaul Cartridge Plant in collaboration with Molot Arms has developed a new PCC cartridge called 9mm Altay. Like the .366 TKM, 9.6×53 Lancaster, .345 TK and .366 Magnum, this cartridge is also designed for the special breed of Russian guns that thanks to their rifling design legally qualify as shotguns yet provide performance close […]

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9-11 Plus 19 []

The question one often is asked on the anniversary of the 9-11 attack on the World Trade Towers and the Pentagon is, “Where were you?”

That clear September morning I was here at Swain County Hospital on business.

Swain County Hospital is a small rural hospital located in the Smoky Mountains of western North Carolina. Back in 2001, it had recently been re-licensed for 15 beds under the Critical Access Hospital program.

As I’ve noted before, I had arrived a little before 9am and found out that the North Tower of the World Trade Centers had been hit by a plane. The hospital administrator’s secretary suggested we go watch for more information on the TV in an unused patient room. The TV couldn’t have been more than 12 inches square. The hospital administrator, his secretary, and I watched in horror as the second plane was flown into the South Tower.

Needless to say, no work got done that day.

Just like with the assassination of JFK, I will always remember where I was that day.

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Thursday, 10 September


Kamala Harris lauds Jacob Blake and his family, prejudges police as being wrong in shooting [John Lott's Website]


From the New York Post:

The officer who took her statement said she “had a very difficult time telling him this and cried as she told how the defendant assaulted her.”

The alleged victim said Blake “penetrating her digitally caused her pain and humiliation and was done without her consent” and she was “very humiliated and upset by the sexual assault,” the record states.

Add to it that Jacob Blake

-violated restraining order

 -resisted arrest 

-Ignored orders to drop knife

Even if Kamala Harris thinks that the police somehow behaved improperly, why would she say that this is such "an incredible family"? Regarding Jacob Blake, why say "I'm proud of you"?  The father has a "long history of racist, antisemitic, and anti-Christian" comments.

Among his comments choice comments:

“A jew can’t tell me shit period”

“The same pink toe Jewish people that control the interest rate control the media the control Minds and money”

“The Jewish media picks and chooses who is a terrorists  and is not”


TFB Review: Pulsar Accolade 2 LRF XP50 Thermal Binoculars [The Firearm Blog]

Do you remember when mobile phones became common and new models with even better performance were released faster than you could apprehend? Thermal Imaging seems to be in a similar “zone” at the moment. A Golden era, which can be both good and challenging for the consumer. Good in the sense that there are always new, useful […]

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POTD: Slavic Brotherhood 2019 Exercise [The Firearm Blog]

Photo Of The Day – Looking for pictures of soldiers and their firearms? Look no further, TFB’s daily articles are where you will find these. Here we look at a joint Russian-Serbian-Belarusian exercise called the “Slavic Brotherhood 2019”. The paratroopers were dropped from a height of 2,000 meters and landed near a fictional terrorist base situated near […]

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ABQ City Council Votes Down Anti-Firearms Preemption Resolution! [NRA-ILA News]

On Wednesday evening, thanks to all of your calls and emails, the Albuquerque City Council voted down Resolution R-20-68 on a 5-4 vote.  This non-binding resolution would have urged the New Mexico Legislature to strip the firearms preemption clause from Article II, Section 6 (the Right to Keep and Bear Arms provision) of the State Constitution and put that revision to voters for approval.  Without preemption, cities like Albuquerque would be able to pass whatever firearms restrictions they want -- including gun bans, magazine limits, licensing and registration schemes and prohibitions on carrying firearms on your person or in your car.


Concealed Carry Corner: Being Well Rounded With Your Firearm [The Firearm Blog]

When going to the range to practice for carrying concealed, I’ve talked about the importance of practicing skills. Whether it’s drawing from your holster and firing or making your hits in a short amount of time, these skills will be invaluable if you’re ever caught in a situation where you need to defend yourself. What’s […]

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Five Pieces of Cold Weather Hunting Gear You Absolutely Need []

Oh, when the weather outside is frightful, but the tree stand is so delightful… For most all of us, it doesn’t really matter what the weather is doing, we’re going to go hunting regardless. This includes when the temperature drops down into frigid levels. What do we do? We gear up and go! SOmetimes the weather catches us off guard and we have to regroup a little. No worries, just remember these five cold-weather hunting gear pieces every hunter absolutely needs to enjoy the hunting season to its fullest.

Editor’s Pick – Base layers

It’s kind of funny. Before the hunting community got all technical, base layers were just referred to as long underwear. The thing is, base layers have become far more technical than your plain, old long underwear. Comfort levels have increased, as have warmth and scent prevention. After all, your layer of clothing closest to your skin is your first line of defense against odor.

The true reason you simply must have a good base layer is warmth. A good base layer helps retain body heat better than anything else and can make your hunt more enjoyable when the temperature drops. Having your set ready to go during any hunt, because the weather can change in an instant. One of our favorites around here is the ScentLok AMP base layer. They are heavy enough for cold weather and help absorb scent. The best thing with base layers is that you can wear them under your regular hunting clothing for slightly cold weather, or under your heavy-duty insulated stuff for much colder weather.

More Base Layer Info


If you didn’t already know, you lose a lot of body heat through your head. You should always have a proper winter beanie-style cap with you. I keep a Carhartt Greenfield reversible cap in my truck during the hunting months. It’s reversible, with a bright orange side, and a dark side. This makes it great for hunting from a ground blind. You can walk out with a bright, visible orange hat, and then switch to a darker version when you’re in the blind. I keep mine in a zip-lock style bag to help keep the scent down. The important thing here is that you have something to cover your head to help keep you warm. I like to wear a hooded jacket so I can add an extra layer of warmth to my head when it gets really cold. If you’ve ever sat in a treestand in late December, in one of the northern states, you know cold. This is when extra layers to your head are extremely important.

More Cold-Weather Cap Info

Heat Packs

I was at an event where the temperature dropped overnight. The next morning, folks who weren’t used to the cold were breaking out the disposable heat packs and sticking them all over in an effort to warm up. I already had a couple going. The little packs, which use a chemical reaction to create heat, can be a lifesaver when the temperature plummets during hunting season. Here’s a couple of tips to keep in mind. The reaction comes when you break the airtight seal of the packaging. The little pouch contains slightly moist iron power and salt. Adding air, which goes through the breathable membrane of the pouch, causes a rust to form and that exothermic reaction gives off heat. That is why you have to put the pouch in a spot that gets air. I like to have one in my hat, but be careful that it doesn’t get too hot. I also slip one inside the back of each glove.

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Pro Tip: Break the seal and let them warm up for a little while before you use them. I get them going before I leave to go hunting, and then they are nice and toasty when I get there. Also, if something comes up and you’re done early, you can always put them in a ziplock bag and get all the air out. This actually stops the reaction.


Heavy socks seem like a no-brainer for serious cold-weather hunting gear, but you can actually do more harm than good if you pick the wrong socks. Your feet perspire more than you think. If you don’t believe me, pick up your son’s sneakers and take a whiff. You absolutely must have socks with a wicking element to them. This helps draw moisture out and away from your feet and allows more warmth to stay by your skin. Socks, like Smartwool Hunt Socks, that have a blend of merino wool and nylon work great for keeping your feet warm, supporting your foot while you’re wearing them, and keeping the moisture away from your skin. Good socks should also have ample room in the toe area, so your feet can breathe.

More Warm Socks Info

You may not always need boots as warm as these, but when you do, you’ll be glad you have them on.

If you can’t stand thick socks, then you better get some super-warm boots. For the coldest adventures, try the Thorogood Endeavor Extreme boots. They have 2,400g of Thinsulate and are completely waterproof. They’re very comfortable, too.

More Warm Boot Info


Okay, maybe not exactly coffee, but something hot to drink is a must have for me. I know you may expect me to have gloves on this list, and that’s a great option you should have. But I can always find a way to keep my hands warm, especially with the chemical heat packs we already discussed. A nice, hot thermos of coffee makes a cold morning hunt 1,000% more enjoyable to me.

I currently use a Pelican 32oz. Bottle that keeps stuff hot for up to 12 hours and it is magnificent. During those cold morning waterfowl hunts where you get the decoys set and then sit in the blind for a while waiting for the birds to show, I fill it up full of strong coffee – like expresso strong. My father-in-law once said my hunting season coffee is so strong, it hurts your teeth when you drink it. The Pelican keeps it pretty hot, too, although it says it’ll keep it hot for 12 hours and I’ve yet to let my coffee sit that long to try it out. I’ve usually pounded through it all before the first flock shows up.

More Pelican Insulated Bottle Info

Pro Tip: Lighter coffee roasts have more caffeine than dark roasts. I currently drink a lot of Maxwell House Morning Boost, a light to medium roast with added caffeine goodness.

What are some of your favorite cold weather hunting gear essentials?

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Limited Edition SIG Sauer P220 LEGION Carry SAO Pistol in .45 Auto [The Firearm Blog]

SIG Sauer just announced that the newest member of the LEGION line of pistols, P220 LEGION Carry SAO chambered in .45 Auto, is now available. This limited edition pistol is an enhanced, everyday carry version of the original P220. The pistol has a custom flat trigger, black G10 grips, Cerakoted slide and frame (Elite Legion Gray color) […]

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Boyds Gunstocks Honored by Outstanding Large Private Employer Award []

In the tumultuous times of coronavirus, quarantine, and the hairy year that 2020 has panned out to be it is more difficult than ever to run a business. Even more so in the hot-button industry of firearms. That is why it is fantastic to see certain companies still making positive waves in their communities and states. Boyds Gunstocks was recently honored in their home state of South Dakota with an Outstanding Large Private Employer Award from Governor Kristi Noem. The complete Press Release can be read below:

“MITCHELL, S.D. – The South Dakota Board of Vocational Rehabilitation, Board of Service to the Blind and Visually Impaired and the Statewide Independent Living Council accepted nominations to recognize individuals and employers for their contributions to improving employment opportunities and independent living for people with disabilities.

September 15, 2020 Gov. Kristi Noem will recognize awarded businesses at the 2020 Governor’s Awards ceremony starting at 11 a.m. CDT.  The event will be held at the Capitol Rotunda inside the South Dakota State Capitol Building located in Pierre.

Gov. Noem will present awards to the following 2020 recipients:

  • Kendra Gottsleben of Sioux Falls – Outstanding Individual with a Disability
  • Chris Peterson of Ft. Pierre – Outstanding Employee with a Disability
  • The Fox Stop of Yankton – Outstanding Private Employer (Small Employer)
  • Boyds Gunstock Industries of Mitchell – Outstanding Private Employer (Large Employer)
  • Mitchell School District – Food Service Department of Mitchell – Outstanding Employer (Other)
  • Karen Schmeiser of Aberdeen – Outstanding Transition Services
  • Eugene “Gene” Murphy of Sioux Falls – Distinguished Service

Boyds Gunstocks est. 1981 is located in Mitchell, South Dakota, and delivers gunstocks worldwide.  With over 100 employees, Boyds dominates the aftermarket wood gunstock industry providing the largest selection of gunstocks to hundreds of gun brands and thousands of gun models worldwide. Products can be purchased through dealers or directly from Boyds

Boyds Gunstocks is known for making some superb aftermarket stocks for hunters, target shooters, manufacturers, and weekend warriors alike. It is great to see them getting some acknowledgment for their contributions to their home state of South Dakota. Do you happen to own a Boyds stock? Let us know all of your thoughts in the Comments below! We always appreciate your feedback.

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Nosler and Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation Expand Partnership [The Firearm Blog]

Nosler and Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation Expand Partnership (1)Nosler Inc. has announced that they are expanding the partnership with Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation (RMEF) by stepping up their support of the organization. Particularly, portions of proceeds from a much larger range of Nosler products now will be directed to support RMEF within the enhanced licensing partnership between the companies. Nosler’s press release quotes John R. […]

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Remington Selling Ammo Business To SC Company []

The Wall Street Journal reported yesterday that Remington Arms has agreed to sell its ammunition business for $65 million plus assumption of debt. The buyer is JJE Capital Holdings of Columbia, SC. You may not recognize JJE Capital but you will recognize one of their biggest portfolio companies – Palmetto State Armory.

From the WSJ:

Firearms maker Remington Outdoor Co. has agreed to sell its ammunition business out of bankruptcy to South Carolina-based investment firm JJE Capital Holdings LLC for $65 million plus the assumption of liabilities, subject to better offers.

The JJE offer came in the form of a stalking-horse bid, setting a floor on the sale price for Remington’s ammunition business, which the company has been marketing while in chapter 11. Remington filed for bankruptcy protection in July and has been open to selling its ammunition and firearms operations to pay off its debt.

JJE Capital is considered a “stalking horse bidder” meaning they were given the opportunity to make the first bid. This first bid then serves as a floor for the price of that asset in bankruptcy.

According to papers filed with the bankruptcy court in Alabama, JJE Capital would get Remington’s Arkansas plant, its lease on its Utah property (Barnes Bullets), any improvements made to the Utah property, all the equipment and machinery, all the existing contracts for ammunition, and all the intellectual property. All permits for things like storm water and all special licenses from ATF and the Department of State would be transferred as allowed by law.

As noted in the Wall Street Journal report, this all is subject to both court approval and to any potentially higher bids.

H/T Peter

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Smith & Wesson Launches M&P9 M2.0 Compact Optics Ready Pistol []

The newest craze in the firearms industry to is adapt red dots to every handgun possible. It provides a bevy of benefits like being able to shoot faster and it is an easier sight picture for people who may not have 20/20 vision anymore. With that all in mind, Smith & Wesson has launched a NEW M&P9 M2.0 Optics Ready Compact Pistol available for shooters with or without a thumb safety. The complete Press Release distributed by Smith & Wesson yesterday can be read below:

“SPRINGFIELD, Mass., (September 9, 2020) – Smith & Wesson today announced that it has expanded its line of M&P M2.0 Compact pistols to include an optics-ready variant, the M&P9 M2.0 Compact 4” OR.  Building on the award-winning M&P9 M2.0 Compact pistol series, the new models are chambered in 9mm and feature a slide cut for optics, co-witness white-dot front and rear sights, and enlarged forward slide serrations.

Vince Perreault, Smith & Wesson’s Brand Marketing Manager, said, “The use of optics has become increasingly popular as handgun owners look for ways to enhance their accuracy and shooting experience.  To meet the demands of our consumers, the M&P9 M2.0 Compact is now able to accept many popular slide-mounted optics, straight from the factory.”  

Purpose-built for both personal and professional use, the M&P9 M2.0 Compact pistols include the M2.0 feature set and are available with or without an ambidextrous manual thumb safety.  Chambered in 9mm with a 4” barrel, the M&P9 M2.0 Compact OR comes standard with seven mounting plates designed to fit popular slide-mounted optics, two 15-round magazines, four interchangeable palmswell grip inserts, and more.

The current MSRP for a Smith & Wesson M&P9 M2.0 Optics Ready Pistol with or without their Thumb Safety is set at $616 – very competitive to comparable offerings out on the market. Right now the firearms industry is not completely saturated with optics ready options, but there are a fair amount out in circulation right now. Is this one you would be willing to invest your money in? Let us know all of your thoughts in the Comments below! We always appreciate your feedback.

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Now Available – New Springfield Armory XD-M Elite Compact 3.8″ [The Firearm Blog]

xd-m elite compactThe fastest growing segment of the American handgun market undoubtedly has to be carry pistols. In an ever-changing and unpredictable world, more shooters are looking to conceal and carry to protect themselves. With that in mind, Springfield Armory has expanded out their line of XD-M Elite firearms by adding in an XD-M Elite Compact 3.8″ […]

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Comp-Tac eV2 Infidel Holster Added to AIWB Series of Holsters [The Firearm Blog]

Comp-Tac eV2 Infidel Holster Added to AIWB Series of Concealed Carry HolstersComp-Tac is a popular holster manufacturer specializing in Kydex holsters for everyday carry applications. Comp-Tach has just recently unveiled its newest Appendix Inside the Waist Band (AIWB) holster – the eV2 Infidel. The eV2 Infidel has a handy hybrid design that’s adjustable to different carry positions aside from AIWB. Comp-Tac eV2 Infidel Holster Added to AIWB […]

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Napoleonic Sphinxes: A Magnificent Boutet Carved Pistol Set [Forgotten Weapons]

Lot 252 in the September 2020 Premier RIA auction.

Nicolaus-Noël Boutet is one of the most significant gunsmith artists in the world. He was the “directeur-artiste” of the Manufacture d’Armes de Versailles, set up in 1792 and would remain in charge of the factory until is closed in 1818. Originally set up to make a variety of small arms, under Napoleon the factory produced exclusively embellished weapons. Napoleon like to use such things as awards to recognize acts of bravery in his army, and they were also used as presentation pieces for various diplomatic reasons as well as being made for commercial sale.

This particular pair of pocket pistols were made around 1803 as flintlocks, and converted to percussion at some later date (perhaps by Boutet, or perhaps not). They feature a selection of imagery form the classical world, in particular four large sphinxes. There was a major revival of interest in Egyptian classical history around this time, stemming from Napoleon’s campaign there in 1798. These classical motifs became a popular style during his years in power, as magnificently illustrated on these two pistols. Both the woodwork and the metal engraving are exquisitely high quality.


U.S. Army Awards Federal Premium $13.8 Million Ammunition Contract []

Federal Premium is known the world over for producing high-quality ammunition for law enforcement, military, and civilian groups alike. Quite frequently they will obtain a military ammunition contract for their tremendous capacity to fill large orders and still produce to tight tolerances. This has happened once again with a newly secured U.S. Army contract that is outlined in the complete Press Release from Federal Premium below:

ANOKA, Minnesota – Federal Ammunition was recently given a new $13.8 million delivery order based on its contract awarded in 2017 by the U.S. Army. The order is for 5.56 NATO MK311 Frangible Ammunition, which is better known by ordnance code AA40. This military-grade, training ammunition has a 50-grain frangible bullet comprised of a non-toxic, copper and tungsten powder matrix core, and a gilding metal jacket. It disintegrates into small fragments on impact, minimizing over-penetration and ricochet hazards.

“One of the differentiators of AA40 is the use of Federal’s exclusive Catalyst primer. It’s a lead-free technology that provides the most reliable, consistent ignition possible,” said VP of Law Enforcement, Government and International Sales David Leis. “Unlike many other lead-free primer formulations, Catalyst primers have unique properties that allow them to be effectively and safely used in service ammunition. Catalyst primers have been used in hundreds of millions of rounds of ammunition delivered to military, law enforcement and commercial customers to-date.”

“We have a long history of providing high quality specialty ammunition to multiple branches of the U.S. military. Their continued trust is of the utmost importance to us, and is something we are certainly most proud of,” said Federal Ammunition President Jason Vanderbrink. “With this, Federal Ammunition continues to demonstrate surety of supply, professional capability, the ability to meet all specifications, and reliable delivery on production expectations of our military contracts.” 

With Federal Premium bring awarded this $13.8 Million U.S. Army ammunition contract to produce 5.56 NATO MK311 Frangible Ammunition for the foreseeable future, they should be plenty busy if they were not running 24 hour shifts already. As always, let us know all of your thoughts in the Comments below. We love to receive you feedback.

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Black Collar Arms Forged Carbon Fiber Components [The Firearm Blog]

Black Collar Arms Forged Carbon Scope MountForged Carbon Fiber is a cool looking composite material that gained some notoriety for its use in supercars, fancy sports equipment and high-level watches. It was just a matter of time before we could see it applied to firearms and Black Collar Arms, of Pork Sword fame, are the first to bring it to us. […]

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Wednesday, 09 September


Antigun response to Trump's Supreme Court "shortlist" of nominations [Of Arms and the Law]

From Everytown:

:NEW YORK - Today, Everytown for Gun Safety released the following statements in response to President Donald Trump's newly released additions to his shortlist of potential Supreme Court nominees, should a vacancy arise. The additions to the shortlist notably include Judges Kyle Duncan and James Ho, both of whom espoused an extreme and dangerous interpretation of the Second Amendment in voting to reconsider the decision in Mance v. Sessions, which had upheld a federal gun safety statute, and said they would have struck the statute down; former U.S. Solicitor General Paul Clement, the attorney of choice for the NRA and its affiliates, including in McDonald v. Chicago, NYSRPA v. City of New York, and Peruta v. County of San Diego; and Senators Ted Cruz (R-TX), Tom Cotton (R-AR), and Josh Hawley (R-MO), all of whom have opposed common-sense gun safety laws like background checks on all gun sales throughout their time in the Senate:

"This list is a gift from President Trump to the gun lobby....""


TFB Review: Holosun 507K Mini Red Dot Sight [The Firearm Blog]

An in-depth, hands-on look at one of Holosun's new slimmer pistol red dots, the 507K.In the early days following their founding just seven years ago, Holosun’s optics sat firmly in the “budget” category. I think it’s fair to say that in general they were not particularly highly regarded. Although some shooters liked them just fine, others certainly did not, and at first, they didn’t appear to be a threat […]

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POTD: The AEROMECH APS-F1 Handgun System Concept [The Firearm Blog]

Each day TFB publishes one or more photographs from our fascinating world of firearms. Along with this comes a brief explanation. Today we look at renderings, not photographs, of a design made by Alex Senechal who is a Freelance Concept Designer in Berlin. He calls his creation The AEROMECH APS-F1 Handgun System. He started his handgun […]

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Wheelgun Wednesday: The ‘Boer War Model’ .455 Webley MkIV [The Firearm Blog]

There are few firearms more quintessentially British than the Webley revolver and a Lee-Enfield rifle. Today, we’re going to take a look at the Webley MkIV, adopted by the British Army right at the very end of the 19th Century. Entering service in October 1899 the majority that entered service were purchased in a five year […]

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President Trump Adds 20 To Supreme Court List []

President Donald Trump announced 20 new people to his list of potential Supreme Court nominees. These 20 join the existing list of potential nominees. He also challenged former VP Joe Biden to release his list.

The list is a mix of sitting Federal judges, three US Senators, an ambassador, a state attorney general, a state supreme court justice, two former Solicitors General, and a couple of attorneys in the White House.

The list in the order that I wrote them down with hopefully few misspellings.

  • Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX)
  • Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR)
  • Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO)
  • Kentucky AG Daniel Cameron
  • Paul Clement, former Solicitor General
  • Noel Francisco, former Solicitor General
  • Judge Allison Jones Rushing, 4th Circuit, NC
  • Judge Bridget Bade, 9th Circuit, AZ
  • Judge Stuart Kyle Duncan, 5th Circuit, LA
  • Stephen Engle, Trump Administration
  • Judge James Ho, 5th Circuit, TX
  • Judge Gregory Katsas, DC Circuit,
  • Judge Barbara Lagoa, 11th Circuit, FL
  • Amb. Christopher Landau, US Amb to Mexico, MD
  • Justice Carlos Muniz, Florida Supreme Court
  • Judge Martha Picold, N. Dis. of IL
  • Judge Peter Phipps, 3rd Circuit, PA
  • Judge Sarah Pitlyk, E. Dis. of MO
  • Kate Todd, Trump Administration
  • Judge Lawrence VanDyke, 9th Circuit, NV

I will be providing short vignettes about each potential nominee in the days ahead as I did earlier for the original list. There are several really good picks on the list in terms of the Second Amendment. I don’t think you’d have the denial of cert if a Justice Cruz or a Justice Clement or a Justice Ho were added to the Court.

You can see the announcement below. His reading of the names starts at approximately 4:15.

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Weatherby Mark V Cowpoke Edition Bolt-Action Rifle [The Firearm Blog]

Weatherby Mark V Cowpoke Edition (1)Continuing to expand the line of rifles dedicated to their new home, Wyoming, Weatherby has released another custom iteration of their iconic Mark V bolt action rifle called Mark V Cowpoke Edition. The rifle is painted in the colors of Wyoming Cowboys and also has the logo of the football team on the magazine floorplate. In […]

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Nelson Precision 44X Aluminum Slide for Glock 44 Pistols [The Firearm Blog]

Nelson Precision 44X Aluminum Slide for Glock 44 Pistols (4)Glock 44, the first rimfire pistol of the famous Austrian handgun manufacturer, was released right before SHOT Show 2020 and arguably was one of the most significant new products of the show. G44 has the same external dimensions as the G19 but it is a blowback pistol chambered in .22 LR. To have a proper […]

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New Escort SD-X Semi-Auto Shotgun from Hatsan [The Firearm Blog]

The New Escort SD-X Semi-Auto Shotgun from HatsanIf you’re looking to scratch that shotgun itch as we ease into the fall hunting season, then it might be worth taking a look at the new Escort SD-X magazine-fed shotgun from Hatsan. The new addition to Hatsan’s Versatile Tactical Shotgun series is available in both 12 gauge and .410 and comes in either black […]

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Trijicon’s AccuPoint Riflescope Series Expanded [The Firearm Blog]

It’s hunting season again, and Trijicon just announced an expansion of their AccuPoint riflescope series. The focus is on North American deer and big-game hunters, the newest AccuPoint models are now available with BAC Triangle Post and Standard Duplex reticles. The AccuPoint riflescope use glass which is multi-coated and anti reflective, and the scope body […]

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Deer Hunting Shot Placement: The Vital V []

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This may be the best video presentation I have seen on shot placement with large animals — especially for bowhunters. Most hunters aim too far back, and this shows exactly why that is a terrible idea.

This YouTuber, who calls himself Ranch Fairy (???), talks about “the vital V,” which is a sideways V (like a “less than” or “greater than” sign) in which all big game animals may be efficiently shot to be dispatched — essentially shooting them “in the shoulder” without actually shooting them through any shoulder bones… even if they “jump the string.”

But why not aim farther back? Because your margin of error is already getting into the liver or guts — and when the deer “jumps the string,” meaning it reacts to the sound of the shot before the arrow can get there, it will hunker down (they don’t actually “jump” at the sound of the shot). That hunker will put your likely hit spot way too high — as shown on the right side of the image above.

The preferred aiming point towards the bottom of the Vital V places your point of impact in the heart & lung area — and when the deer hunkers at the sound of the bow string, the arrow will still hit where the lungs are nice and big.

Another great point he makes is that blood vessels and airways are all larger towards the front of the lungs, which means a much more efficient kill than any hit towards the rear of the lung.

“You whistle it through there, and they don’t go anywhere.”

Yeah the guy is a bit full of himself, but when you’re right you’re right — and on this subject he is definitely right. Take it from a hunter who has shot 67 deer and recovered 65 of them… and yes, some of my shots sucked.

The same advice does of course apply to rifle hunting: Shoot ’em in the Vital V.

Anyhow, you’ll find lots of good info in this video. Good luck and happy hunting!

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Merrill Breechloading Conversion of the 1841 Mississippi Rifle [Forgotten Weapons]

Lot 1171 in the September 2020 RIA Premier auction.

James Merrill of Baltimore had his hands in several Civil War era firearms – rifles built from scratch, conversions of the Jenks carbines, and also conversions of 1841 Mississippi rifles done by the Harpers Ferry Arsenal. Merrill’s conversion involved a knee-joint type lever which could be opened to allow loading of a rifle from the breech. The system was relatively simple, and it was one of three (the others were the Lindner and Montstorm) made in small numbers for testing by Harpers Ferry. It appears that 300 Merrill conversions were done, 100 each of the 1841 Mississippi Rifle, 1842 musket, and 1847 musketoon.


NYC Gun Buyback Results in 44 Total Firearms Turned In [The Firearm Blog]

NYC Gun Buyback Results in 44 Total Firearms Turned InMany cities, including the one I most recently resided in, have tried and often failed to implement the “gun buyback” program concept – New York is no exception. Basically, the city will offer to buy firearms from citizens in exchange for a paltry sum of money – no questions asked. A recent NYC gun buyback […]

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Wonder-Nine Mania: How to Choose a 9mm Handgun []

During COVID-19 days, more people have become worried about personal security especially amidst all the civil unrest. Major cities are still experiencing rioting and it is pushing into residential areas with home invasions and assaults on residents. Gun sales have skyrocketed as have federal background checks to purchase legal guns.

Perhaps more than any type of firearm in history, the 9mm handgun remains the most popular firearm for self-defense and home protection. The trouble is, how does a neophyte to the use of handguns go about selecting which “wonder nine” is right for them? It is a puzzle even for those familiar with guns. There are dozens of models on the market at wide-ranging price points. It really takes some serious homework to choose the right one.

At a recent gun show, I examined one dealer’s tables with more than a hundred 9mm handguns for the buyers to pick from. Numerous brand names included Beretta, SIG, Colt, Smith and Wesson, CZ, Walther, Hi-Point, Browning, Bersa, Canik, Dan Wesson, FN, Glock, H&K,
Kahr, Kimber, Remington, Ruger, Springfield Armory, Steyr, Taurus, and some others. How in the world does a new-to-guns buyer pick from all those choices?

Recommendations from users and dealers alike can steer one in the right direction. Shopping at a fully stocked gun shop with an in house shooting range can also be a big help. That way you can pick out several guns to live fire on the range for a hands on exposure to different models. Let an experienced shooting instructor guide you through the process of narrowing down some choices for you, and not someone else. Ladies especially need professional advice and not a gun their husband or boyfriend likes. A firearm is a very personal choice.

Picking the right gun for you begins with how it fits in your hand. Everybody’s hands are different and what feels comfortable for one person may not fit at all for another. You need to be able to grasp a handgun grip firmly and completely. It should not be too small or too big in the palm. You want a secure fulfilling grip that feels good in the hand.

Grip the gun firmly and point it downrange in a safe direction. See how the sights line up. Does the pistol point naturally? Consider the weight of the gun taking into account the gun is likely unloaded. How many rounds do the magazines hold? Some models hold only 6-7, while others can carry up to 15-17. That is a big difference.

9mm handguns are excellent choices for self-defense and home protection. Owning a gun does require responsibility to learn to shoot it, handle it safely and to maintain it. Do your homework and buy the best pistol for your use.

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Tuesday, 08 September


TFB Review: Ghost Gunner 3 – Harder, Better, Faster Gun Making Robot [The Firearm Blog]

An opportunity arose to review the new Ghost Gunner 3 from Defense Distributed and I swooped on it like a boomer on a 1911. The Ghost Gunner 3 is a completely new machine from its predecessors. Like the Daft Punk song, the GG3 is Harder, Better, Faster. Besides completing AR-15 lowers, the Ghost Gunner can […]

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POTD: Hunting with a Winchester 1886 in .33 WCF [The Firearm Blog]

Winchester 1886 i .33 WCFPhoto Of The Day – We have a lot of hunters among our readers, and presumably most of you hunt with relatively modern firearms, optics and gear. Here’s an exception, with a Winchester 1886 chambered in .33 WCF. The dagger is homemade, and most likely the coffee as well. The Winchester 1886 is a lever-action repeating rifle […]

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HOT GAT or FUDD CRAP? Golden or Gaudy Custom Beretta? [The Firearm Blog]

Hot Gat or Fudd CrapWelcome everyone to the 64th 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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Anti-Gun ABQ City Councilmembers Triple Down Against Your Second Amendment Rights! [NRA-ILA News]

Not satisfied with restrictive gun control measures already enacted by the New Mexico Legislature, like the ban on private firearms transfers and a red flag gun confiscation law, the Albuquerque City Council is poised to consider three additional gun control measures in September:

Anti-Gun ABQ City Council members Triple Down Against Your Second Amendment Rights! [NRA-ILA News]

Not satisfied with restrictive gun control measures already enacted by the New Mexico Legislature, like the ban on private firearms transfers and a red flag gun confiscation law, the Albuquerque City Council is poised to consider three additional gun control measures in September:


Brownells: Putting Their Money Where Their Mouth Is []

A lot of companies talk a great game but rarely do they put their money where their mouth is. Brownells is an exception. Brownells both makes and sells standard capacity magazines. Now they are supporting the fight to overturn California’s ban on these magazines in a big way.

How big?

$50,000 big. They just donated $50,000 to the California Rifle and Pistol Association to help fund the legal bills for Duncan v. Becerra.

From their press release:

GRINNELL, Iowa (September 8, 2020) – Brownells is donating $50,000 to the California Rifle & Pistol Association to help fund the fight to restore freedom and standard-capacity magazines to California gun owners.

In August, a three-judge panel of the United States Court of Appeals Ninth Circuit upheld a previous decision against California’s ban on magazines in the Duncan v. Becerra case. The panel determined a ban on magazines with capacity of over 10 rounds violates the 2nd Amendment rights of Californians.

In an effort to delay striking down California’s draconian magazine ban, the California Attorney General’s office petitioned for an en banc review of panel’s ruling, extending the struggle for California gun owners to regain their Constitutionally-guaranteed rights.

To help see that struggle through to a victorious finish, Brownells is contributing $50,000 for CRPA’s efforts to the cause.

“The California Rifle & Pistol Association Foundation is proud of the partnership with Brownells to fight for the rights of all Americans to exercise their Second Amendment rights,” said CRPA Foundation Director of Development Rick Travis. “Brownells’ generous donation will be used 100% in the fight to see the Duncan v. Becerra case to a successful conclusion in restoring the Second Amendment in California.”

If the rulings against California’s magazine ban are upheld, they could serve as precedent in similar decisions against other similar bans enacted by anti-gun politicians in other states.

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This Was Supposed To Be The Big Day for Josh Powell []

If you had been paying any sort of attention to the mainstream media, you might know that today was the day that Josh Powell’s tell-all book was to be released. The book entitled, Inside the NRA: A Tell-All Account of Corruption, Greed, and Paranoia within the Most Powerful Political Group in America, is supposed to tell us the inside scoop about Wayne and company.

Amazon is running this as the blurb for the book:

A shocking exposé of rampant, decades-long incompetence at the National Rifle Association, as told by a former member of its senior leadership.

Joshua L. Powell is the NRA–a lifelong gun advocate, in 2016, he began his new role as a senior strategist and chief of staff to NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre.

What Powell uncovered was horrifying: “the waste and dysfunction at the NRA was staggering.”

INSIDE THE NRA reveals for the first time the rise and fall of the most powerful political organization in America–how the NRA became feared as the Death Star of Washington lobbies and so militant and extreme as “to create and fuel the toxicity of the gun debate until it became outright explosive.”

INSIDE THE NRA explains this intentional toxic messaging was wholly the product of LaPierre’s leadership and the extremist branding by his longtime PR puppet master Angus McQueen. In damning detail, Powell exposes the NRA’s plan to “pour gasoline” on the fire in the fight against gun control, to sow discord to fill its coffers, and to secure the presidency for Donald J. Trump.

ABC News’ Pierre Thomas had an exclusive interview with him. It was so earth-shattering that they ran it on Friday on World News Tonight, on Sunday with George Stephanopolous, and again on Monday on GMA.

Powell described himself as a “huge Second Amendment supporter” with a sizable gun collection and a lifelong passion for hunting and shooting. As the NRA’s “No. 2 guy,” he said he “worked side by side” with LaPierre over several years. An NRA spokesperson, in a statement, said that Powell “had zero input or influence on the NRA’s political or legislative strategy,” but Powell says he was involved in “every single important conversation that went on in the NRA.”

But he became disillusioned with the organization and LaPierre’s leadership, he said, as LaPierre’s alleged misuse of members’ money came into focus. Powell says his work became “soul-sucking,” and he now considers it a “low point in [his] life.”

Danny Hakim of the New York Times reported that Powell is now calling for red flag laws and universal background checks.

A hunter since childhood and former Chicago options and derivatives trader, Mr. Powell says that the N.R.A. has fundamentally lost its way, abandoning “its roots as an organization focused on gun safety and education.” That has led it to limit its own long-term membership growth, he argues, by turning its back on the majority of gun owners who support background checks.

With this kind of build up plus dishing all the dirt on Wayne LaPierre and the NRA, you would think the New York Times Review of Books would give it a glowing review just to get Powell’s narrative out there.

And…you would be mistaken.

The review of the book was brutal. It starts off with this:

This is a sad book, and a bad one, and you shouldn’t buy it. The thinking in it is poor; the writing is worse. The author “exposes” evils that, if you’ve been paying even scant attention, you already know. Expect it soon in a Walmart remainder bin near you.

I had always assumed that Powell had a ghostwriter. Given the review of the writing style, I might be mistaken on that. Either that or he had the worst ghostwriter that money could buy.

It gets worse.

The unrelenting barrage of clichés is worse. The N.R.A. has debased the American language, and Powell adds to the sludge. If you only skimmed this book, you would think it was about a fox in a henhouse who caught flak and was thrown under a bus for playing laser-focused hardball like gangbusters and getting the short end of the stick while sensing blood in the water.

It concludes:

Powell’s book is a mea culpa. About the N.R.A.’s Kool-Aid, he writes, “I sold it, stirred it, drank it every day.” He lost his soul, he writes, and became part of the swamp. He’d like, he claims, again unconvincingly, to see the N.R.A. largely return to its roots as an organization dedicated to gun safety.

The N.R.A., in this telling as in others, is an organization in free fall. About New York’s attorney general, Letitia James, who has taken existential aim at the N.R.A., he writes, “I’m not betting against her.”

Bearing in mind that Powell is one of the four named defendants in the suit brought by Letitia James and because he appears to be a sociopath willing to do anything to save his own skin, I’m guessing he has already rolled over and is providing James all the gossip.

You might remember I noted that Powell’s attorney is a partner at Akin Gump. I had wondered how a guy without a job could afford such an expensive attorney. Five years ago the reported partner billing rate for the firm was over $1,200 per hour and undoubtedly is higher now. I might have an explanation for that. A friend who is a DC attorney said that lots of the big DC firms will take cases like this pro bono in exchange for the publicity.

It is either that or perhaps a former big city mayor who hates the NRA enough has decided to foot the bill so that even more dirt about the NRA is released just prior to the election. Nah, that would make me look like a conspiracy theorist or something.

Finally, if you are wondering how such an incompetent grifter ever got hired to a high position at the NRA, my sources say that the blame falls on Pete Brownell and Wayne’s former BFF Tony Makris. Sometime after Powell was elected to the NRA Board of Directors, they pitched him to Wayne as someone for his executive team. The rest is history as the saying goes.

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The HERO 2020 Non-Lethal Self Defense Tool is Now Available [The Firearm Blog]

The HERO 2020 Non-Lethal Self Defense Tool is Now AvailableHERO Defense Systems is a Salt Lake City, UT based manufacturer specializing in non-lethal self-defense devices. Today they announced the re-release of their adaptable HERO 2020 device. The HERO 2020 is very similar in function to the Russian PB-4SP Osa traumatic pistol in that they are both aimed at having a less lethal option available […]

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Has India Sealed the Deal? 770,000 Kalashnikov AK-203s for Indian Armed Forces [The Firearm Blog]

India and Russia media reports suggest that the deal for India to procure and produce the AK-203 rifle has been agreed upon. The deal will provide the Indian Armed Forces with a much needed new service rifle. We have covered the trials and tribulations of India’s endeavours to procure a new service rifle and other […]

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NRA-ILA Announces Partnership with 8 Companies for $1 Million Match Campaign [NRA-ILA News]

The National Rifle Association Institute for Legislative Action (NRA-ILA) is proud to announce a new partnership with eight companies that have pledged to match $1 million in donations made to NRA-ILA through Nov. 15, Partners for Patriotism.


Surefire’s NEW Light for Ultracompact Carry Guns: The Surefire XSC [The Firearm Blog]

In this episode of TFBTV, James Reeves meets with Surefire to talk about their brand new light made SPECIFICALLY for ultra compacts like the Glock 43X, Glock 48, SIG P365XL, and Springfield Armory Hellcat. Is the new Surefire XSC the best ultracompact light on the market today? You be the judge today on TFBTV. Surefire’s […]

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SureFire XSC – 350 Lumens For Your Micro-Compact Handgun [The Firearm Blog]

The SureFire XSC - 350 Lumens For Your Micro-Compact HandgunSureFire is releasing a new series of micro-compact handgun weaponlights. The SureFire XSC comes in three different models to fit the following handguns: Glock 43X & 48, SIG SAUER P365 & P365 XL and Springfield Armory Hellcat. The body is made out of aluminum and the LED will give you 350 lumens with a concentrated hot-spot […]

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Reloading Tip: The Truth About Shell Holders []

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Sometimes a short video is all you need — and this 2-minute one from Brownells will probably help many reloaders. With more people becoming reloaders as ammo becomes more precious, this advice can help.

Most sizing/resizing dies include instructions related to the shell holder; screw down the die until it touches the shell holder, then back off a little, etc. But sometimes your shell holder may fully contact the sizing die but you still aren’t getting complete sizing of your brass. What’s the problem?

It could be as simple as your shell holder. Different companies make them to different specs (thicker, thinner, etc). I have encountered this before, because when I first started reloading I bought a set of Lyman shell holders instead of buying them one at a time… but most of my dies at that time were RCBS die sets I’d picked up second-hand. Sometimes they’re compatible, sometimes not so much.

This is one reason I love Lee dies — every Lee die set comes with a shell holder. Lee dies work well, cost less, and include more stuff. Nothing wrong with that!

Bottom line: If your shell holder is the same brand as the sizing die you’re using, you should be in good shape.

Anyhow, check out the video and happy reloading.

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The Composite Field Punch from Warren Innovative Technologies [The Firearm Blog]

The Composite Field Punch from Warren Innovative TechnologiesWarren Innovative Technologies has produced a new a handy little tool – the Composite Field Punch. This chopped carbon microfiber punch is made from a durable lightweight material that is said to be as strong as aluminum, making it lightweight enough to carry on your person without much hassle as well as being strong enough […]

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Webley-Kaufman: The Improved Government Pattern Revolver [Forgotten Weapons]

Lot 1328 in the September 2020 RIA Premier auction.

Michael Kaufman was a talented gunsmith who worked for the Webley company from 1878 until 1881. While there, he patented a substantially improved clockwork for the gun, removing 5 parts from the system and improving the trigger press. He was paid a royalty for this system, which was tracked by the stamping of “MK” numbers on each gun so equipped. Between 1882 and 1885 Webley made three iterations of revolver with his lockwork, continuously improving the the latch system that held the frame together while firing. This example is a third pattern, of which fewer than 100 were made. It is the first appearance of the classic stirrup latch locking system, which was patented by Webley himself and would be used in all future patterns.


Harrell’s Top Five Deer Hunting Tips []

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Three years ago, Paul Harrell posted a video called “Five tips for successful deer hunting.” Hmmm, whatever could they be? Let’s find out.

“Why ‘top five?’ Because people seem to love top five lists — and because I only know five things about deer hunting!”

1) Hunt deer where the deer are

Super obvious? Yep. But also something worth pointing out… because many a greenhorn hunter has spent days & days hunting where there just aren’t that many deer. Like Paul, it took me numerous seasons before I got my first deer, because back then there weren’t nearly as many deer in the world — and I didn’t know a heck of a lot about finding out where the deer liked to hang around. To that end, Paul offers some pointers:

  • Scout early for fresh deer sign
  • Use trail cameras
  • Look around at night

2) Use the right method for the area

Paul uses more words than that, but that’s what he meant. And he covers three methods of hunting and what sorts of conditions they are best suited to.

  • Still hunting. Unlike its name, “still hunting” is actually about a hunter moving through the woods or fields.
  • Stand hunting. You can sit while hunting from a stand… the stand itself is simply some sort of elevated platform from which a hunter may observe critters.
  • Driving deer. Some hunters or “drivers” walk through an area making noise to push or drive the deer ahead of them while other hunters select a place ahead of the “drivers” to patiently await any deer which may come by, spooked by the drivers.

3) Use the right firearm.

Use a cartridge and firearm that’s suited to the terrain and area in which you will be hunting — and above all, make sure you can shoot it accurately with the ammo you’ll be using.

4) Prepare for the hunt.

This means things like buying your hunting license & making sure you have it with you, sharp skinning knives/gear, flashlight, spare batteries, binoculars, etc. It also means preparing yourself physically if you don’t live an active lifestyle outside of deer season.

5) Be skeptical of deer hunting “experts.”

He’s right, you know. Most folks who claim to know it all are usually, well, know-it-alls. And as Paul points out, some hunters will lie to others intentionally just to throw them off.

Oddly enough, he really does stop at 5 this time. Enjoy the video.

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Capable to Defend – Springfield Armory Debuts XD-M Elite Compact 3.8″ []

Springfield Armory already boasts 4 different offerings through their XD-M Elite series of handguns, and now that family is about to grow even larger. Springfield has debuted a New XD-M Elite Compact 3.8″ pistol with a shorter grip and slightly lower capacity magazines (14+1 capacity) for all of the concealed carry faithful out there. This is to compliment their existing XD-M Elite 3.8″ offering with a full-size grip and frame (20+1 capacity). All of the specifications for the New XD-M Elite Compact 3.8″ can be read below as presented by Springfield Armory:

  • CALIBER: 9mm
  • COLOR: Black
  • BARREL: 3.8″ Hammer Forged Steel, Melonite® Finish, 1:10
  • SLIDE: Forged Steel, Melonite® Finish
  • FRAME: Black Polymer w/ Removable Extended and Flared “Short” Magwell
  • SIGHTS: Fiber Optic Front, Tactical Rack U-Dot™ Rear
  • TRIGGER: Match Enhanced Trigger Assembly (META™) System
  • RECOIL SYSTEM: One Piece w/ Full Length Guide Rod
  • MAGAZINES: (2) 14-Round

xd-m elite compact

If someone were to take a wager on this pistol the MSRP should be in a similar ballpark as its counterpart XD-M Elite 3.8″ with a full-size grip and frame which punches in at $559. Steve Kramer, Vice President of Marketing for Springfield Armory, had these words to share regarding the announcement of the NEW Springfield Armory XD-M Elite Compact 3.8″ offering:

“This newest addition to the XD-M® Elite line of pistols gives shooters and concealed carry users a great option for EDC. Features like the META™ trigger, fully ambidextrous controls and a funneled, removable magwell make the XD-M® Elite 3.8″ Compact a must-have for CCW.”

While there are many desirable characteristics about this pistol that shooters should appreciate, the most surprising might be found in the META™ System Trigger. I personally have had the pleasure of being able to review some of the other XD-M Elite models and the trigger is startlingly good for an out-of-the-box polymer handgun. The biggest contributing factor to this particular model’s success could be if Springfield can get them out into the public during this uncertainty of COVID. That alone could be quite the challenge to overcome, but what do you think? Is this something that trips your trigger and makes you want to buy it? Let us know all of your thoughts in the Comments below! We always appreciate your feedback.

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Galco Gunleather Introduces a New Optics Friendly 1911 Holster [The Firearm Blog]

Galco Gunleather Introduces a New Optics Friendly 1911 HolsterGalco Gunleather has often been at the forefront of this year’s new firearm releases. This time they’ve taken the old and mated it with the modern by introducing a new holster that is compatible with 1911’s that are equipped with red dot optics. The new 1911 Holster is on sale now and is only $49 […]

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Context for the Guns of 2020 [NRA-ILA News]

We’ve written extensively about NICS background checks records this year and the potential implications. Large numbers are now used routinely. There were 3,115,063 total NICS firearm background checks last month, but what does that actually mean?


Anti-gun Politicians Seek to Tax Your Second Amendment Rights Into Oblivion [NRA-ILA News]

In 1819, Chief Justice John Marshall of the U.S. Supreme Court famously wrote:  “the power to tax involves the power to destroy ….”


Steve Bullock and his Flip Flopping [NRA-ILA News]

Montana Governor Steve Bullock (D) has been very active during the long 2020 campaign season.  First, in May of 2019, he jumped into the race to be the Democrat nominee to face off against President Donald Trump (R) this November.  After several months, however, and failing to break 1% of support in any national polls, he jumped back out of the race in December 2019.


Improvised Shooting []

In the real world, shooting conditions are rarely ideal. We practice our shooting at an outdoor range, a commercial indoor shooting facility, or even an open area in the woods, down a powerline, or other safe place to lay out a short or long range opportunity. In a formal situation a shooting bench, standing lane, or table is available. This is not always the case “in the field.”

Preppers, survivalists, serious shooters, professionals, or amateurs need to learn to shoot, well, anytime and anyplace. This means making the most out of what is available regardless of the situation. What you need is a steady position to take good shots at a variety of targets as events unfold. Standing up to shoot ought to be a last resort if you can help it.

Hunters have long used a wide variety of available stances and shooting aids to assist them in making more-precise shots. Some of these aids are commercial shooting accessories, but many others can be provided by nature. Shooters need to learn to look around for such positions to steady their rifle or handgun shots. Usually such situations develop quickly, so finding stable shooting positions quickly is a good skill to acquire and practice.

The market offers many types of shooting sticks with one leg, bipod legs, or tripods. Some have hand grip adjustable releases to raise or lower the gun rest portion. Others use screw-in and -out legs to adjust height. Some are even like modern tent poles that pull apart with a shock cord inside the poles to steady them.

If you get any of these, learn to shoot with them and practice regularly. It is more difficult than you might think.

In the field, woods, yard, city, or wherever, learn to shoot from anything. In the woods or at a bugout location, learn to shoot from the rack or across of the seat of an ATV/UTV. Find a tree limb suitable for a quick rest in the field, a big rock, stump, old farm equipment, fence post, gate, or whatever else you can find. Fold up a jacket to shoot off the hood of your vehicle or out the opposite window from inside.

You get the point. Find a rest, shoot from a rest every time it is even remotely possible. Bring your own or improvise one from whatever the world around you provides.

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Monday, 07 September


AllOutdoor Field Strip: Springfield Armory 1911 Mil-Spec []

The Model 1911 pistol chambered in 45ACP is one of the most beloved and followed after handguns in history. Springfield Armory has made high-quality 1911s of their own for years and within the last few years, they introduced their Defender Series line up of quality crafted affordable handguns. Included in the line up is the Mil-Spec Defender 1911 which I had recently done a review on and was very impressed with. You can check out that review here over at our sister-website on TheFirearmBlog (TFB).

While this firearm is in my possession for review I had been thinking of useful and entertaining articles to put out on the internet. I was shocked to find that AllOutdoor had not yet done a field strip of a basic 1911. I am super happy to do it even if its a fairly easy process. I hope that it will be helpful to someone somewhere! I should mention there are some 1911 exceptions that will vary from this field stripping. Typically they will stray from the usual if they have a bull barrel and no barrel bushing or a recoil spring guide that must be rotated or unscrewed.

AllOutdoor Field Strip: Springfield Armory 1911 Mil-Spec

  1. First thing is first! Practice all the rules of gun safety. When disassembling a firearm you should always wear safety glasses due to multiple parts being under spring tension. Triple check that the 1911 is unloaded. Check the chamber, magazine, and the area in between. All set? Let us jump right into it!Springfield Armory Mil-Spec 1911
  2. Lock the slide to the rear and remove the magazine. Now that you have verified an empty gun you can release the slide. Some prefer the hammer to be cocked so as to not exert any pressure on the slide or get in the way. This is entirely preferential and the hammer will most likely be cocked regardless. Springfield Armory Mil-Spec 1911
  3. Next, move to the muzzle and note the barrel bushing (silver-colored part in this instance) and the textured and knurled recoil spring plug that is being retained by the bushing. The next step is where safety glasses and patience will come in handy.Springfield Armory Mil-Spec 1911
  4. There are some tools that help and ease this process but it is not impossible with your fingers. Firmly depress the recoil spring plug and rotate the barrel bushing to the left so it covers the plug. At this point, you can continue rotating until the bushing is completely out of the way and the plug is no longer retained by anything other than the pressure you are continuing to apply.Springfield Armory Mil-Spec 1911
  5. Now very carefully release pressure applied and the plug will come out to the front of the muzzle followed by the recoil spring shown in the picture below. Note that the plug can be removed and the spring can as well but the spring may be stuck and can be worked out later.Springfield Armory Mil-Spec 1911
  6. To remove the barrel bushing, rotate it in the opposite direction and pull it out. There is a cut in which the bushing has to find in order to be pulled out. If you have trouble continue rotating and pulling until it comes out the front.Springfield Armory Mil-Spec 1911
  7. Now that the business at the front of the handgun is over we can gently bring the slide to the rear just enough where the slide release lines up with the cut shown in the picture below. When lined up you are able to push the pin attached to the slide release on the opposite side of the gun. The slide release should lift out very easily.Springfield Armory Mil-Spec 1911
  8. Now that the slide release is removed you can move the slide off the front of the gun. Note that the slide can get snagged due to the free recoil spring guide inside. The recoil spring guide may fall free as soon as the slide comes off of the receiver.Springfield Armory Mil-Spec 1911
  9. As you can see the recoil spring guide in the picture below has fallen free now that the slide is off the receiver. Pictured is the correct orientation for later installation. The horns of the guide should face the barrel and hug it.Springfield Armory Mil-Spec 1911
  10. Shown in the picture below is the barrel still in the slide for the sake of mentioning the barrel link is where the slide release pin goes during proper reassembly. The barrel link should be placed facing forward and the barrel may now be pulled out the front of the slide.Springfield Armory Mil-Spec 1911
  11. Now the firearm is completely field stripped. Ensure all your parts are accounted for and clean and ready to be put back together. Reassembly is quite simple if you follow the steps in reverse.Springfield Armory Mil-Spec 1911

Big thank you to anyone who tuned in and followed along! I hope this was helpful and educational. Please always remember to practice proper gun safety and to be mindful of parts so that you do not lose any. Safe and happy field stripping!

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Slide-Action ‘Mystery’ Prototype Rifles Designed by Samuel McClean []

(Image: Rock Island Auction Co & Screenshot from video)

A couple years back, Forgotten Weapons took a look at a pair of interesting slide-action rifles, which he called “mystery rifles.” And thanks to an attentive viewer who commented on the video, it’s not that big a mystery anymore.

The rifles are funky and weird, and don’t look particularly comfortable to shoot — especially the one which requires you to slide an oblong steel loop which is shaped like the lever loop on many classic lever-action rifles. Where do you put your trigger-hand thumb? Can’t really wrap it around the top of the gun; that would block the sights… and holding your fingers that flat (crammed through that steel loop) looks awkward.

The other one has a checkered grip for sliding, but once again the nature of the action’s design puts the rear of the receiver in the way of your thumb.

These rifles were patented by Samuel McClean in patents US601842A and US723706A. McClean was a clever guy who loved designing firearms, although his forte was apparently not in keeping them simple — which may explain why his designs did not enjoy the the widespread acclaim and success of, say, John Browning’s guns. But there’s no doubting McClean’s creativity — and he did invent a prototype machinegun which would later morph into the well-known Lewis Gun.

Back to the slide-action rifles: Ian starts with the more-refined of the two rifles, which is a top-ejecting gun with a rotating bolt that features a pair of locking lugs up front. It appears to be a stout, strong action.

The magazine elevator is really clever, and controls the cartridge to be loaded by cradling the round inside a pair of curved guides when it’s raised into loading position. As the bolt moves forward, those two halves spread apart sideways to allow the bolt to shove the cartridge into the chamber. Cool!

The other rifle works in similar fashion, but with a less-practical design.

They’re pretty cool… and some collector thought so as well, since the nicer one sold for $12,650 and the earlier one brought a whopping $14,950.

Check ’em out.

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Hall Model 1819: A Rifle to Change the Industrial World [Forgotten Weapons]

Lot 1193 in the September 2020 RIA Premier auction.

John Hall designed the first breechloading rifle to be used by the United States military, and the first breechloader issued in substantial numbers by any military worldwide. His carbines would later be the first percussion arms adopted by any military force. Hall developed a breechloading flintlock rifle in 1811, had it tested by the military in 1818, and formally adopted as a specialty arm in 1819.

Hall’s contribution actually goes well beyond having a novel and advanced rifle design. He would be the first person to devise a system of machine tools capable of producing interchangeable parts without hand fitting, and this advance would be the foundation of the American system of manufacturing that would revolutionize industry worldwide. Hall did this work at the Harpers Ferry Arsenal, where he worked from 1819 until his death in 1841.

I plan to expand on the details of a variety of Hall rifle models in future videos, and today is meant to be an introduction to the system. Because it was never a primary arm in time of major war, Hall is much less well recognized than he should be among those interested in small arms history.


1 Year Review: 5.11 Tactical TacTec Plate Carrier – Shoot Better, Be Better []

One product that has quietly grown in popularity over the last decade are plate carriers. Some people view them as a tool for other equipment and storage (Ex: tourniquets, mag pouches, parashears, body armor plates, etc) while others utilize them as a training tool – an added burden to improve their physical preparedness for the unknown that life can throw at them. We will speak to the latter. They are widely utilized by law enforcement and firefighters for fitness training to prepare themselves for the rigors that their jobs demand. You might find them to be useful for your own fitness to become a better hunter, outdoorsman/outdoorswoman, and become generally more fit. In this AllOutdoor Review, we spent a full 365 days testing, working out in, reviewing, and assessing the 5.11 Tactical TacTec Plate Carrier. Let’s dive in and see what it is all about!

Specifications: 5.11 Tactical TacTec Plate Carrier

The 5.11 Tactical TacTec Plate Carrier has been out for a number of years, but possibly has never been more popular than it is right now. Within fitness circles, it is viewed as the benchmark for a quality plate carrier to add an additional burden to your workouts. In the firearms community, the TacTec Plate Carrier is regarded equally high for its modularity in adding accessories and tools we as shooters might need.  At the moment, it is being offered in your choice of Black, Tac OD (Olive Drab), Sandstone, and Dark Navy at an MSRP of $199. The complete specification listing for the TacTec Plate Carrier can be read below as presented by 5.11 Tactical:

  • Enhanced comfort and freedom of movement
  • Accommodates medium or large ballistic plates
  • Back yoke shoulder pads distribute weight evenly
  • Abrasion resistant 500D nylon
  • Adjustable waist and tensional bands (Sizes XS-XL)
  • Extendable GrabDrag handle for emergency exfiltration


  • One-handed quick-release
  • Water-resistant coating
  • Oversized airflow panels
  • Durable Duraflex® hardware
  • Web ID loop
  • Fits Rogue® Men’s and Women’s Weight Vest Plates


As stated above, the 5.11 Tactical TacTec Plate Carrier is simply a vest carrier for plates and other accessories (plates sold separately). They are compatible with a host of different manufacturer’s plates, but the most common ones people search out are from Rogue. I personally sourced my plates from a CNC machinist friend who works with AR500 metal on a daily basis. As long as you properly match up the dimensions and make sure there are no sharp edges to your homemade plates, you will be good to go. A further explanation of the TacTec Plate Carrier is given by 5.11 Tactical in this statement below:

The 5.11 Tactical® TacTec® Plate Carrier is constructed for the highest-level performance while remaining lightweight and mobile. Built out as a fully functional ballistic plate carrier or as a weighted fitness vest our patented TacTec® Plate Carrier is the most comfortable you’ll ever wear. Built with rugged, lightweight 500D nylon, it features padded yoke shoulder straps, perforated mesh, front and back padded panels with built-in airflow channels, and an innovative design for maximum range of motion. It holds two ballistic armor plates (medium/large), includes a low-profile Grab-Drag handle and a single-handed quick-release cable escape system. Secure, breathable, and exceptionally functional, the TacTec® Plate Carrier is ready for duty or for your next WOD.


Video Library: 5.11 Tactical TacTec Plate Carrier

When it comes to assembling, dis-assembling, inserting plates, removing plates, and simply the general anatomy of the TacTec Plate Carrier, nobody explains it better than 5.11 Tactical themselves. They have 14 unique and informative videos on their YouTube channel explaining how to best utilize their TacTec Plate Carrier as well as a week’s worth of workouts you can take a stab at if you are feeling ready for a challenge. All of those helpful videos are linked and can be watched below:



Training: 5.11 Tactical TacTec Plate Carrier

When it comes to training with a plate carrier and your end goal is to be more physically conditioned for hunting, shooting, and defense you want to keep it to the basics. While the internet and social media might suggest that donning a plate carrier means you need to be extraordinarily fit and do creative acrobatic movements, it is quite the contrary in reality. The aim of using a weighted plate carrier like the TacTec from 5.11 Tactical is to improve your threshold for fatigue and improve your cardio.

When all of us are fresh at the shooting range we likely are our most accurate and proficient in using firearms. Once we become fatigued or stressed though that is when the wheels can come off. If you are overly fatigued during the hunt-of-a-lifetime while pursuing a trophy elk you might miss your only opportunity at filling your tag. In regards to defense, if you become severely stressed when your family is surprisingly threatened you might not be prepared to adequately protect yourself and your loved ones. That is why going out of our way to stress ourselves can be beneficial.


When we become fatigued our skills start to break down to our most basic muscle memories of training or gross motor skills. So, to improve that odometer of skill and fitness in a positive direction, we can burden ourselves with a weighted plate carrier in a safe and controlled manner. This is often accomplished through simple body weight movements such as running, walking, push-ups, pull-ups, and sit-ups.

Throughout the 365 days I have used the TacTec Plate Carrier I did very simple things to improve my cardiovascular motor. I wore the weighted vest with 20 Lbs plates inside it while walking my dog, going for a hike checking trail cameras for deer hunting, and when checking field fences for my family’s cattle. All of these things are leisurely activities that I can dictate the pace and degree of difficulty. Once a weighted vest is added into the mix, everything is kicked up a notch. You burn more calories and feel a bit more fatigued, but the next time you do the same task without a plate carrier it feels like a walk in the park.


Other times I would go to my local gym with the mindset of doing bodyweight workouts like those common in CrossFit and wear my 5.11 Tactical TacTec Plate Carrier. Some people might be able to knock out large chunks of push-ups and pull-ups in one set with only their bodyweight, but add in a weighted vest and now we have ourselves a workout. Weighted push-ups and pull-ups are good stressors to work on because they tire out our upper body: biceps, triceps, deltoids, lats (latissimus dorsi), and pecs (pectoralis major/minor). Our upper body is primarily responsible for manipulating and operating a firearm so if we have a high level of fitness for those muscles our shooting is less likely to become affected when we slowly begin to fatigue for any reason.


As you gain confidence in your fitness and ability to use a plate carrier, you can engage in more difficult and advanced movements that require more technique, conditioning, and strength. An example would be rope climbs, box jumps, and powerlifting movements such as a barbell squat or power clean. These not only require more technique when done without a weight vest, but it becomes imperative to execute proper technique when you begin to get tired or wear a weighted vest. Once again, this can push your threshold for achieving correct technique while stressed and fatigued which directly translates into your handling a firearm properly while under duress.


If at any point your technique breaks while training you should dial back the weight you are using to a safer level. In our pursuit for fitness we should never do anything beyond our means that could result in an accident or injury – similar to if you are at a shooting range. It is important to test ourselves and push our boundaries safely, but never at the sacrifice of our well-being or health. Fitness, firearms, and training can be serious at times, but ultimately it should be safe and enjoyable at the end of the day.

Final Thoughts: 5.11 Tactical TacTec Plate Carrier

So, what are my final thoughts of the 5.11 Tactical TacTec Plate Carrier after a full year of use?… The conundrum that many of us shooters find ourselves in is that we do not make it to the shooting range to practice as frequently as we would like to. Other times, depending on where you live, you might not have easy access to an indoor or outdoor range. That is why being able to find ways to improve our skill sets in other ways is still important.

Being a younger guy of a decent fitness level, I found it very beneficial to supplement my training with the TacTec Plate Carrier. It is very easy to put on and off, plates (whether you make your own or not) are easy to source, and the amount of adjustment the TacTec Plate Carrier allows for is above and beyond any other carrier I have previously tried. Finally, through all of the varying movements and months of training I subjected this plate carrier to there was no stretching, sagging, or degrading of the material. It is still as crisply sewn and formed as the day I received it. For anyone looking to up the ante on their workouts in pursuit of greater fitness for shooting, their occupation, or everyday life you will very pleased if you choose the 5.11 Tactical TacTec Plate Carrier over other competitors in the market.


In closing, I want to say thank you to 5.11 Tactical for allowing AllOutdoor and myself the opportunity to try out the 5.11 Tactical TacTec Plate Carrier. Also, many thanks to Savannah Pierson of Savvy Photage for her tremendous photography for this article. Also, we would like to know what all of you guys and gals think? Do you believe that the 5.11 Tactical TacTec Plate Carrier is something worth spending your money on? Would you add it into your everyday workout routine? Go for a walk with your dog or family while sporting it? Let us know all of your thoughts in the Comments below! We always appreciate your feedback.

Wardrobe & Photography

All of the quality photography for this review was completed by the accomplished and wonderful Savannah Pierson of Savvy Photage at Integration Fitness in Waite Park, MN. Additional clothing items from 5.11 Tactical that were worn are their New A.T.L.A.S. Trainer shoes and a Recon Charge Short Sleeve Shirt. Those items can be found through their associated links below:




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Avoiding ‘The Mist:’ Building Prep Skills []

Preppers can call upon a wealth of information on every aspect of survival and prepper planning. A big part of prepping is obtaining, gaining, and absorbing knowledge. At the same time a huge variety of skills are needed to succeed when survival situations really get tough. This is especially the case if you join in with others to form a prepper group to share resources, knowledge, and tasks. This is when it can get super complicated.

Though some may disagree, some specific snippets of Hollywood movies or television programs depicting survival situations actually do offer some constructive information or lifelike scenarios. Programs such as Walking Dead, The Purge series, The Day After Tomorrow, World War Z, zombie apocalypses, health/medical emergencies such as Outbreak and related shows or movies can illustrate some dimensions of SHTF survival situations. Though fiction, these can still be worthwhile to watch to glean ideas and insights.

Another such movie depicting a survival situation from the aspects of managing people with the crowd mentality is the movie The Mist. The basis of the movie has little connection with real events, but the reactions, behaviors, and conduct of the characters forced together to survive is what is critical for preppers.

In this movie it quickly becomes evident that there is no command, no control, unleashed group dynamics, and general chaos. In fact it is a good movie to convince preppers not to join in with others to form a survival team or group. However, in reality you, your family, neighbors and others may be thrust into a situation in which you must join forces. In such cases you need to be prepared to take charge, support a strong leader, or help manage the team and the diverse personalities that will emerge.

If you happen to work in a field of management now and actually supervise a number of personnel, you know how difficult that is these days. Just imagine trying to corral a prep-survival team. Even if you work with co-workers, you know how difficult some people can be to agree on decisions, sharing tasks, and other such group relationships. Add the stress of a SHTF survival and all these factors multiply in complexity.

If you are not the type to play well with others, or you simply plan on managing your prep and survival alone with family, then stay away from groups. Use care when relating to others outside your bug in or out during an actual event. If the mist comes ashore, shelter in place.

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Sunday, 06 September


Three depressing stories of our times: Museum to review eliminating Charles Darwin collection, Public School Suspends kid for gun at home, and more [John Lott's Website]

1) "Natural History Museum to review potentially 'offensive' Charles Darwin collection

Ted Frank: "Museums are racist, Y’all. Fascinating how quickly “Black Lives Matter” has moved past police reform into basically trying to replicate Pol Pot and Mao."

2) Public schools monitor for toy guns in homes 

"12-year-old suspended after teacher spots toy gun during virtual class

"although the teacher thought it was a toy gun authorities still did a welfare check on Isaiah Elliott without parental notification." 

3) "San Francisco gym owners livid after discovering gyms in government buildings have been opened for months"ancisco gym owners livid after discovering gyms in government buildings have been opened for months


POTD: Heckler & Koch MR223 and Aimpoint CompM5s [The Firearm Blog]

Plinking steel with a Heckler & Koch MR223 and the new Aimpoint CompM5s is a dream – both eyes open of course! That’s the topic in our Photo Of The Day. Launched in 2019 the CompM5s is one of the newer red dots from Aimpoint, but has been difficult to source. I had to wait quite […]

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Saturday, 05 September


SILENCER SATURDAY #141: FN 509 Compact Tactical – 9mm Quiet Time [The Firearm Blog]

SILENCER SATURDAY #141: FN 509 Compact Tactical - 9mm Quiet TimeGood evening fellow hush lovers and thanks for joining us on the Labor Day weekend edition on TFB’s Silencer Saturday brought to you by the good people at Yankee Hill Machine- manufacturers of the R9 multipurpose suppressor. In fact, we got an initial look at the YHM R9 last week and we’ll be following it […]

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POTD: Suppressed Ruger Precision Rimfire with Thermal Riflescope [The Firearm Blog]

Pulsar Trail 2 USA 22LROur Photo Of The Day is very American today, with a Chevrolet truck and a suppressed rifle on the flatbed. The rifle is a Ruger Precision Rimfire in .22LR with the American flag painted and the suppressor is from SilencerCo. The Ruger Precision Rifle has gone from offering only the basic calibers, to anything from .22LR up […]

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10th Circuit grants en banc review in bump-stock case [Of Arms and the Law]

Order here, in Aposhian v. Barr.

This might be Supreme Court material, not as to 2A issues, but as to "Chevron deference," the degree to which a court should defer to an agency's interpretation of the statutes it enforces. Justice Gorsuch has taken particular difference with the idea of such deference. This might be a prime case, since ATF initially ruled that such stocks (at least those not using springs) were not NFA arms, then reversed that and ruled that they were. Why is the second position less worthy of deference than the first? Should court turn a 180 on their read of a law because an executive branch agency did the same?



Beautiful 16th Century Saxon Wheellock Pistols [Forgotten Weapons]

Lot 262 in the September 2020 RIA Premier auction.

Today, for your consideration and appreciation, a pair of late 16th century Saxon wheel lock pistols…

Friday, 04 September


Home On The Range #005: Livestock Proof Irrigation []

Welcome to our reoccurring 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.

When It’s Time To Pull out the Big Guns

Old wheel line

Livestock will never cease to surprise you at how adept they can be at breaking stuff.  Fences, pens, farm equipment, and especially irrigation equipment can all be targets of their wrath or boredom.  Whatever the motivation, its always frustrating when pasture irrigation infrastructure gets damaged by the very livestock you are trying to grow forage for.  At current operation, I had been left copious hand and (ancient) wheel line by the previous owner.  The acreage I have as fenced pasture is not very big, only about 20 acres total.  I did not want to deal with equipment constantly getting broken by my stock, or moving stock and irrigation equipment back and forth between divided pasture. Therefore, I settled on using long-throw sprinklers to cover the pasture while being all but impervious to livestock damage.

Hooked up and ready to run

Nelson Big Guns come in 4 different sizes, which are determined by gallons per minute flow rate.  After consulting with the local irrigation supply company, I chose the 100 Series Big Gun.  With the appropriate nozzle and pressure, the 100 series can cover an area up to 380ft in diameter.  That’s a range of 63 yards from the nozzle!  If you have the water pressure to do it, the Nelson 200 series can cover an area a whopping 620ft in diameter.

Operation and application

Limiter plates

The big gun heads are easy enough to attach and detach when using them in a solid-set role.  This gives you the flexibility of moving heads around easily if you don’t want to be running all stations at once.  The heads do pivot, and you can set their area of throw easily by attaching degree limiter plates to the head.  If using the big gun head to manually water a specific area, one can grab the drive arm and hold it down out of the way of the stream and use the drive arm to precisely aim the sprinkler at the same time.  One can also remove the drive arm for watering specific spots for longer periods of time.  The rotation speed can be set slower or faster by sliding a weight on the drive arm.  I have used the Big Guns in this manner to water in newly planted trees by saturating the tree well.

Rotation speed is adjustable
Drive arm actuator
Hooked up and ready to run
Drive arm can be held out of the way or removed

So far, the 100 series Big Gun series have been a real asset to our operation, saving us a lot of time and labor of moving lines around.  If the Big Gun sounds like something that might help you out with your irrigation needs, check them out at Nelson Irrigation.

Further protection afforded by fencing

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Friday Night Lights: QTNVG – Panos For The Masses [The Firearm Blog]

looking under QTNVGIn terms of night vision goggles, there is a hierarchy. The more tubes the better. The penultimate night vision goggle is the PNVG (panoramic night vision goggles) also known as Quad Tubes. Last year we got to take a look through ANVIS 10. Last June we got to check out the $40k GPNVGs. Well, now […]

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POTD: CZ Scorpion EVO III with Modifications [The Firearm Blog]

Photo Of The Day – The photo above may give the Social Media Girl over at another firearms brand a heart attack, but let’s hope not. We’re looking at a CZ Scorpion EVO III with a Yeti Wurks trigger, Switchback grip and Avalanche magazine release. The optics is a Vortex UH1 Gen 2 and the brace is […]

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An Open Letter: Ammo Manufacturers, Please List Your Test Barrel Lengths [The Firearm Blog]

test barrel lengthAs a consumer of commercially available ammunition, I’ve found that some manufacturers don’t care to list their test barrel length, which has at times, been a hindrance to my shooting experience. I would like to express my hope that all ammunition manufacturers will someday readily provide the information about what length of test barrel was […]

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NRA Supports Retired Law Enforcement Officers’ Right to Carry [NRA-ILA News]

Today the NRA and the Association of New Jersey Rifle & Pistol Clubs filed an amicus brief in support of retired, federal law enforcement officers, who brought suit against the state of New Jersey under the Law Enforcement Officer Safety Act (“LEOSA”).


Nightstick Introduces TSM-11G Weapon Light/Laser for Select Glocks [The Firearm Blog]

Meet the new Nightstick TSM-11G light/laser for certain Glocks.By now most shooters are familiar with the major players in the weapon light game. Surefire set the standard, Modlite and Cloud Defensive continue to push the envelope, Streamlight offers viable budget-friendly alternatives, and a host of other manufacturers position themselves at various levels of the market. Pistol lights are one area that has seen […]

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New 2020 Edition of Beretta 687 Silver Pigeon III O&U Shotgun [The Firearm Blog]

Beretta 687 Silver Pigeon III Over&Under Shotgun (2)Beretta has introduced the updated 2020 version of their 687 Silver Pigeon III over & under shotgun. This latest iteration of the Silver Pigeon III has improved over its predecessor thanks to the use of new manufacturing, quality control and laser engraving technologies. Let’s see what features Beretta offers in this new shotgun. The 2020 […]

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TFB Behind The Gun Podcast Episode #17: Jacob Witten From GLOCK [The Firearm Blog]

TFB Behind The Gun Podcast Episode #17: Jacob Witten From GLOCKHappy Friday listeners and readers. As we get ready to celebrate the unofficial end of Summer, I thought we should cap off GLOCK week (retro P80 and updated slimline guns) with our SHOT show interview with product manager Jacob Witten. In this episode, we talked about the G44 rimfire pistol and I put Jacob on […]

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Kalashnikov’s PPK-20 Submachine Gun In Action [The Firearm Blog]

Back in July, Hrachya reported on the newly modernized Vityaz 9x19mm submachine gun, the PPK-20. Now following the recent Army-2020 Expo in Moscow Kalashnikov have introduced a flurry of new weapons and shared some promotional videos of them in action. The latest is for the PPK-20. So far we’ve seen the AK-19, a new 5.56×45 […]

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Trijicon Rolls Out New Concealed Carry Reflex Optic []

Michigan-based Trijicon chose September 01 to announce a long-awaited product. It’s a concealed carry optic, which they call the RMRcc.

The company’s landmark RMR product line is so popular, the model name is often conflated with any brand’s reflex optic. Despite that, the company lagged behind many competitors in rolling out a compact edition appropriate for concealment-size guns.

Lightweight and low-profile aims were met with the new optic. It weighs just an ounce, battery included, with its 7075-T6 aluminum frame. Its dimensions come in at just under one inch in height and width. It’s also thinner overall than the original RMR. This new release has black finish; the finish treatment is not yet disclosed.

Though the construction is lightweight, Trijicon says the RMRcc will stand up to the stoutest recoil from even 45 ACP and 10mm. With one of the available mounting bases, it can be affixed to most any pistol including 1911s.

Ease of use is designed into the brightness buttons. Powering the optic is a common 2032 battery, which should deliver up to four years of illumination. Not as easy is replacing the battery through the bottom-located port—a disappointment for many who put off buying a concealment optic in anticipation of a miniaturized Trijicon RMR.

Two dot sizes are available, 3.25, suitable for general shooting, or 6.5 MOA, offering quick sight acquisition for close quarters work. There will surely be some who bemoan not having a range of dot sizes in a single optic. The company says the optic is parallax-free, offering the same point-and-shoot speed and convenience associated with other reflex optics.

Trijicon promises the dot to be bright and clearly visible in all light conditions. Here is where some custom options exist. There are eight pre-sets for the user to store his or her favorite brightness, with a lock-in button to prevent unintentional changes if the buttons come into contact with pressure. There’s also an ambient light auto-adjust, which can be the user’s setting of choice and always kicks on after 16.5 hours. This feature conserves battery life.

Just a coin is needed to adjust windage and elevation, so adjustments will be easy to make on the firing line.

The RMRcc is so new, it doesn’t yet appear on the Trijion website. Nor is there a published price as of this writing. Other RMR editions are priced $599 to $841 depending on features. With few options on the compact side of the reflex market, this new Trijicon optic should prove popular.

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Shield Sights Announces New Glock Edition RMSc [The Firearm Blog]

Shield Sights introduces an updated RMSc: their collaborative new Glock edition.More news in the world of pistol optics, as Shield Sights brings a new RMSc edition to the game. In the wake of Holosun’s notable success with their 507K and 407K red dots, and hot on the heels of the release of Trijicon’s long-awaited RMRcc, Shield is updating their OG slim-frame pistol sight. Given the […]

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Norinco 84S: China Makes a 5.56mm AK Specifically for the US [Forgotten Weapons]

Lot 1685 in the RIA September 2020 Premier auction.

With the commercial success of the semiauto Type 56S AK rifles in the US, Norinco looked for other options for export rifles to sell. Given the use of the 5.56x45mm cartridge in the US, an AK chambered for that round was an obvious answer. Norinco did not have the technical data package to make the AK-74, so instead they made their own conversion to adapt the design to the new cartridge (they did the same for the 5.45x39mm round as the Type 88, which was too late to be imported into the US). The result was a rifle with he unique Chinese Type 56 stamped features but chambered for 5.56mm. Six different versions were imported in the few brief years before the assault weapons import ban:

84S: Wood fixed stock and wood handguard

84-1: Underfolding stock and wooden handguard

84-2: Sidefolding stock and wood handguard

84-3: Extra-long polymer fixed stock

84-4: Sidefolding stock and polymer handguard

84-5: Sidefolding stock and black polymer handguard


Using a Lever-Action 44 Mag to Split Playing Cards []

(Image: Screenshot from video)

Here’s something a little different… YouTuber Target Suite, who certainly loves his 44 magnum long guns, decided to attempt to set a world record for splitting playing cards edgewise. And ya know what — he succeeded! Mainly because he was apparently the only guy who had ever tried to set such a record.

He first contacted a certain self-proclaimed keeper of all world records, which turned him down for being too specific… hmmm. Couldn’t have had anything to do with the fact that this record involves firearms, could it?

Anyhow, back to the fun subject: Shooting stuff! He brings out his Marlin 1894 lever-action 44 magnum and some handloaded 300-grain bullets.

He’s gone to some lengths to create a card-holding fixture and set things up, and it takes a good number of shots… but he finally does manage to shoot a bullet through a line of 13 (12?) playing cards to slice ’em all in two. But later on he finds out the “2” card was already split… hmmm.

He challenged others to beat his record by June 30, 2020, but it appears that nobody created a video of themselves doing that… so he apparently still rules the card-splitting world of lever guns.

Well, watch the video and comment to let me know how you like it (or not).

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New Product: Infitech Muzzle Thread Adapter [The Firearm Blog]

This product is perhaps not so sexy, but if and when you need it it’s going to be extremely useful. The main use I see is if you have a suppressor (or any other muzzle device) that you can use on several firearms that have different threads. Perhaps you can save a stamp or two? The new […]

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Should You Buy a Taurus G3C? [The Firearm Blog]

In this episode of TFBTV, Hop revisits the Taurus G3C for a proper review. After a few more months and a few hundred more rounds, Hop asks if the G3C is accurate, reliable, and worth buying compared to other budget pistols. ««« GUN AND GEAR GIVEAWAYS »»» PLEASE check out our Patreon and Subscribe Star […]

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Follow the Blue-Sky Rule for Dove Hunting []

Very soon all across the country, especially the south, the first official hunting seasons will be open for dove hunting. This is literally the first volley of fire for a true sporting bird for those who love a lot of shooting at these fast-darting game birds. There are some basic rules to follow to make dove hunting a safe sport. If you’ve ever been pelted by bird shot, you’ll appreciate these dove hunting safety rules.

Dove hunters should always adhere to the blue-sky rule — which is to say in the process of shooting flying doves, always make certain there is blue sky around the dove at the shot. This means no shooting at the level of the horizon or below. Gun barrels should be raised to shoot into the blue sky and no lower. This way there should not be any bird shot being fired toward any other hunter.

Years ago I attended one of the best dove hunts ever. It was located in Jones County, Mississippi known for excellent dove hunts. The field was a recently harvested corn crop that left plenty of corn residue on the ground for the doves to eat even though the field had been disked over. The weather that day was perfect, except for a low lying fog that covered the field for the first several hours.

Oddly enough the thick fog floated over the field but left open about five or six feet above the ground. The doves would dart and dance in and out of the low fog. In order to shoot, hunters had to kneel, sit down, or in a chair to shoot under the fog. This was dangerous to other hunters across the field, but shooters were widely dispersed around the perimeter. We still got pelted with lead shot as shotguns went to work. This setup was far from an optimal safety situation.

In order to conduct a reasonably safe dove hunt, a number of safety precautions need to take place. Primary to this is the placement of shooters in such a manner than no one is gunning in the direction of another hunter. If there is sufficient distance between opposite hunters, say across a large field, it may be deemed safe.

Remember, too, that doves are classified as migratory birds which are regulated by the federal authorities. Be sure to check with your state’s wildlife department concerning any special dove hunting regulations. And then shoot for the blue sky.

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Thursday, 03 September


TFB Review: The OTTE Gear Range Bag [The Firearm Blog]

When packing for the range, it can oftentimes become a real pain trying to fit all your gear into one or two bags when you have to take out multiple guns for long term testing without packing everything but the kitchen sink. About six months ago I started looking for a new range bag that […]

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POTD: U.S. Marines in Supersquad 2020 [The Firearm Blog]

Photo Of The Day – Here you get an insight into what firearms, optics, uniforms and equipment soldiers from various units use. In this case (above) we have a rifleman from the U.S. Marine Corps as he participates in military operations in urban terrain (MOUT). This happened during the Supersquad 2020 Competition at the Marine Corps […]

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Concealed Carry Corner: A Critical Look At Open Carrying [The Firearm Blog]

Last week, I went into the gas station to pick up some orange juice and a stick of gum. While I was waiting in line to check out, there was a gentleman in front of me who was exercising his right to open carry. I think it’s awesome when people want to exercise their right […]

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Five Valuable Guns You May Already Own []

We have all heard stories about the young couple who buy an old house and they happen to find a fortune stuffed into the walls while they are renovating it, or the kid who has some lady sell him her cheating husband’s mint-condition, vintage Corvette. Whether or not these urban myths of wealth and good luck have any truth to them is unknown for certain, but there remains a possibility that you have something of hidden value stashed away in your gun safe.

If you don’t already own a valuable firearm, keep in mind that you may happen to walk across a deal on one at an auction, garage or estate sale. If you’re at all like me, you get all twitterpated when you see a gun for sale somewhere. It may just be the one you want or need. (Truth be told, I want them all, and tell my wife I need them.)

Here are five pretty valuable guns you stand a decent chance of running across, or that you may already own. Keep in mind that value is pretty subjective and depends upon condition, rarity and, above all, what it means to you, or the person selling/buying it.

Let me give you a little backstory into my ideas of firearm values. As I’ve mentioned before, I used to work with a major firearms publication, and one of the guys I worked closely with was Dan Shideler. Dan was the senior editor of the publication and was an absolute treasure trove of firearms information. Sadly, Dan passed away in 2011; something that still stings when I think of it. He had a wicked sense of humor, often doing or saying something outlandish just to get a rise out of you, and he also scoured the countryside, going to every gun show he could, just to see what was out there and to learn about gun values. Dan was better than anyone I know at forecasting what guns were going to wind up being valuable and he specialized in the obscure. He’d talk about some firearm that others would call “cheap,” and he’d say that it would wind up being collectible, and he’d be right. One of the annual titles he poured his work into, The Standard Catalog of Firearms, lists values and history for the firearms. It is currently helmed by Jim Supica, the former director for the NRA Museums. If you’re interested in gun values, get a copy every year.

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Remington Nylon 66

Picture courtesy Rock Island Auctions.

It is pretty common today to see rifles with composite stocks, but in 1959 when Remington released the first Model Nylon 66, it was almost unheard of. These semi-automatic 22 rifles were made in various models up until 1989. Remington wanted to bring an inexpensive rifle to the market and worked with DuPont to develop a composite stock for a new 22. DuPont developed a material called Nylon Zytel-101 specifically for the project.

These little rifles have been gaining in value dramatically. Original brown-stocked models from the earliest runs are now fetching more than $1,000. I had one given to me many years ago. The person giving it to me said it was a decent little cheap 22 that he had paid $35 for at a yard sale. I eventually sold it for $750. Do any of you have one? You might be sitting on a little, plastic nest egg.

Early WWII 1911s

Picture courtesy Rock Island Auctions.

The 1911 is arguably the most popular pistol of all time, with many variations out there from a lot of different companies. When America’s war machine got rolling after entering WWII, there weren’t enough of the 45s rolling out of the factories. As we all know, companies that didn’t normally make firearms jumped in to do just that. This included the Remington-Rand Typewriter Company (not Remington Arms, BTW), Union Switch & Signal, and the Singer Sewing Machine Company. Of those, the Singer 1911s are the most valuable and rarest. They only produced about 500 pistols, but the quality was outstanding and if you can find one sitting in your attic, or in grandpa’s gun cabinet, they’re worth around a quarter of a million bucks. Others that were more mass-produced are worth much less, obviously. So if you have an old 1911 sitting around, look into who made it and when. You could have your new retirement plan in your gun safe.

Parker Shotguns

Picture courtesy Rock Island Auctions.

The Parker Bros. Firearms Co. Made exquisite side-by-side, break-action shotguns from 1867 to 1942. These shotguns are highly collectible and are one of those things people suddenly realize they have. I have a family member who found one in some stuff he inherited. At first he thought it was some cheap, old shotgun. It looked rough and had some serious patina on it. He took it to a gunsmith to have it refinished and was told not to. That is a cardinal rule with old firearms. Resist the urge the refinish!

This shotgun was valued at $11,000 as it was. Refinishing it would drop the value to around $3,500. Parker made shotguns as big as an 8 gauge down to the 410. The smaller-bore guns and the obscure bores are the most valuable. The later stages of Parker Shotguns, those made from 1934 to 1942 were made under the company ownership of Remington arms, who phased out the Parker brand by 42. These shotguns hold a lesser value, but are still great guns and if you have one, hold onto it. The value will be going up.

Winchester Model 73

Picture from Winchester Repeating Arms

The gun that won the west! Winchester Repeating Arms started producing these lever-action beauties in, obviously, 1873. They were an immediate success and gained a lot of fame. Jimmy Stewart starred in a movie, Winchester 73, that was essentially about the rifle. The original rifle was produced from 1873 to 1923. It was chambered from several different calibers, but the original and most prominent is the 44-40.

The movie referenced Winchester’s “One of One Thousand” series, which were extremely accurate rifles with test-fired barrels and set triggers. Winchester also made custom variations of the rifle, including one-off versions based on specific customer needs and requests. If you happen to have an old lever rifle sitting around, you might want to look into what it is. These firearms can be worth a mint, especially any of the special models mentioned here. This firearm is so popular, Winchester released new versions of it that are available today, and there are several companies making authentic reproductions of the 73 that you can get for decent prices.

Ruger Blackhawk (Flat Top)

Picture Courtesy of Rock Island Auctions

We’ve talked before about collectible Ruger firearms, and one we saved for this list is the original Ruger Blackhawk revolver from the 1950s. Also known as the Flat Top, these classic single-action revolvers were released in 1955 on the heels of the popularity of westerns in the movies and television. The first production models were available in 357 magnum, and 44 magnum was added the following year. From ‘55 to ‘62, the rear sight on the frame was unprotected, giving the handgun a flat top appearance, hence the nick-name.

Value on these revolvers is growing steadily, and if you have one in good condition, it’s currently worth $1,500-1,800. I wish I had one, but to be honest, if I did, I’d probably never sell it. I’d keep it and shoot it and enjoy it.

Lead image by Ollinka/Shutterstock Images

What other firearms do you feel are as collectible as these, or more? Leave us a comment about your favorite collectible gun. We’d love to hear from you.

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The most ironic headline in a long time.... [Of Arms and the Law]

This takes the cake: "Weary of NRA fear-mongering as schools brace for more violence" The author's, or editor's, lack of self-awareness is staggering.


Change in definitions [Of Arms and the Law]

I can remember a day when "vigilantes" meant members of a mob, attacking an individual. Under the current NewSpeak, it means an individual defending himself against members of a mob.

War is peace, freedom is slavery, victims are perpetrators....


Hawke Optics Introduces New Vantage IR Scope for Straight-Wall Guns [The Firearm Blog]

Hawke Optics Introduces New Vantage IR Scope for Straight-Wall GunsAs hunting season approaches Hawke Optics has unveiled its latest offering to the Straight-Wall, Slug, and Muzzleloader gun optics scene. The Hawke Vantage IR scope is a 3-9x40IR scope which is said to bring more accuracy to your muzzleloaders and other hunting guns. This should be especially popular in regions where the above guns have […]

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Comp-Tac Adds Holster Support for M&P9 Shield EZ [The Firearm Blog]

Comp-Tac has added Smith & Wesson M&P9 Shield EZ support to five of their holster models.Houston, Texas-based Comp-Tac Victory Gear had already been producing a variety of holster types, as well as other gun-related gear, for many years before they were purchased by HSGI in 2017. Since this merger, they have continued to expand their product lines and offer continually growing holster support for new handguns as the market’s demand […]

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Be a Good Victim []

Yes folks, you heard me right. Many leftist politicians are in the midst of doing everything they can to make it unlawful to defend yourself, much less your property. And it doesn’t stop there. Now even many law enforcement officials are suggesting you need to ‘be a good victim.’ Recently the Minneapolis Police Department (MPD) told residents they should “be prepared” to hand over their phones, wallets, and purses to robbers.

The MPD has reported a 46 percent increase in carjackings and a 36 percent increase in robberies compared to this same time last year, according to the local news agency WCCO. Police in the city’s Third Precinct alone have received more than 100 reports of robberies and 20 reports of carjackings in just the last month. The MPD suggested that citizens should listen to criminals and “do as they say.” The message warned that “some victims have been maced, dragged, assaulted, and some threatened with a gun.” Unbelievable that the recommendation is to just comply and let this behavior continue!

One need looks no further than recent events in Portland Oregon. The city council and mayor have decided to allow rioters to continue their acts of violence and property destruction. Since when is it acceptable for law enforcement to stand by and allow vandalism and looting to occur? In many cases it appears the police agencies are being directed to stand down by mayors or city councils. Shameful in my opinion, but it appears to be an ongoing trend in much of the country and it begins with the liberal left.

While I am a peaceful man and do not suggest use of deadly force over minor property is a wise course of action, I cannot help but ask: When does it stop? When is it enough? Give up your cell phone and the keys to your car without any resistance now, maybe next time it will be your significant other or your kids or your entire business. Let them burn and pillage your business or your home in the name of protesting for some injustice you may not even be aware of and had nothing to do with? I say no, I will not be a good victim.

Aside from the trend in expecting good and honest folks to just comply with violence, we are also facing continued assaults on our Second Amendment rights. There’s a big election coming that will determine the future of our nation like no other before. I hope all gun owners really understand the stakes. Or, do we? If you are unsure, the solution is as simple as checking Joe Biden’s website.

At the very top of the list, their “plan to end our gun violence epidemic,” which includes getting rid of the “Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act.” According to Biden’s website this is a “priority.” If you are not aware the 2005 “Protection” act prevents firearms producers from being sued when someone misuses their product while committing a crime. It’s the same protection applied to every other industry.

Rest assured there will be a ban on the manufacturing of “assault weapons” and “high capacity” magazines. According to the website you only need three rounds when hunting ducks so why do you need more? Well guess what, we are not hunting ducks when defending our home or business against looters and pillagers!

The potential exists for all “assault weapons” to be registered, like true Class III full auto assault rifles, suppressors and such. Or, you can sell your weapons and high capacity mags “to the government” through a mandatory buyback program.

After all of that you’ll only be able to buy one of the remaining approved firearms a month; they want to prevent “stockpiling.” But before you can buy, you’ll have to have a license, approving you to purchase firearms.

The now radical left wants to close all the “loopholes.” All firearms sales will require background checks – except for “gifts between close family members.” Online sales of firearms, ammo, kits and gun parts will be banned. No more “ghost guns” or 80% receivers. Looking towards the future – 100% of all guns sold will have to be “smart guns.”

So, what to do? Vote every leftist politician out of office or do everything you can to not let them in office. Know where the candidates for office in the upcoming elections stand. Be aware of legislation in your own state that is unconstitutional at both the state and national level. Support your local, state, and nation-wide gun rights groups. Keep your family and friends informed of the extremism we are now facing in this country. Get involved and stay involved.

It is past time that we take a serious look at these threats and understand the long-term implications on our freedoms. Our right to keep and bear arms is established by the Second Amendment. The right of self-protection is one that every human being on the planet possesses if they only accept it.

Be a good victim? No thank you… I will not comply.

Care to join me? Then click here, make sure you are registered to vote, and be certain to exercise that right.


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Icarus Precision ACE 320 Pro Competition SIG P320 Grip Module [The Firearm Blog]

Icarus Precision ACE 320 Pro Competition (10)Icarus Precision first entered the market of SIG Sauer pistol grip modules a little over a year ago with the introduction of their ACE 365 aluminum grip module for SIG P365 pistols. Since then, the company has been continuously expanding their line of machined aluminum SIG grip modules. They are also among the first vendors […]

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A Fishing Library: Outdoor-oriented, COVID-era Innovation for Kids []

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) has partnered with several libraries in coastal Lincoln County to give bored kids something to do while school, athletics, and civic activities are disrupted. A combination of learning, lending, and sponsored freebies is grooming a new generation of fishermen in the COVID era.

An existing lending library of fishing gear, sponsored by ODFW, has been relocated to local libraries, where youth 17 and younger can borrow the gear using curbside pickup. This program may be extended to adults in fall 2020, depending on its popularity with the younger set.

Licensure for fishing is a separate matter and is required in the state for anyone 12 or older. There is help available with this too, through one of the handful of state-certified angler education volunteers. These volunteers can also offer assistance to new fishermen of any age. Assistance can include in-person instruction with COVID-safe practices.

Kids can check out rods and reels for two weeks under the program. Also included for new participants is a starter angler kit with all supplies needed to start fishing.

There are even resources for learning before hitting the shoreline. Each library is also stocked (pun intended) with practice poles, outfitted with rubber casting plugs, used to reel in plastic fish, also available for checkout.

Free informational materials are available for anyone in the program. A brochure about angling, salmon and trout ID cards, and instructions on what to do after reeling in the catch are included.

Funding for these unique libraries was provided by ODFW’s Salmon and Trout Enhancement Program. “Many kids’ activities have been cancelled due to Covid-19 and families are spending more time outdoors instead,” said Christine Clapp, ODFW fish biologist in Newport. “We don’t want the lack of equipment to be a barrier to any child who wants to go fishing.”

With a preparatory call to reserve equipment and turn in a parental liability release, any kid in Lincoln County, Oregon can avail themselves of a new form of recreation and learning through fishing.

This innovative program appears to be a model that could be adapted in other communities—after all, most areas of the country have some sort of fishing available. It also seems that, with some added features from motivated parents or other home educators, the angling library concept could be a great opportunity to expand children’s official learning for nature, science, and life skills.

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Pulsar Thermion XG50 (3-24×42) – BAE Thermal Sensor with 2,400 yards Detection Range [The Firearm Blog]

Pulsar Thermion XGPulsar just announced a new thermal riflescope which is the first-ever to use the high-end 640×480, 12 micron sensor made by BAE (BAE Systems). The Pulsar Thermion XG50 (3-24×42) uses a 1024×768 HD AMOLED full-color display screen to transfer what the BAE sensor sees to your eyes. The detection range is 2,400 yards and the […]

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Rocket Ball Ammo! (Totally Not Kidding) []

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Way back in 1848 a guy by the name of Walter Hunt dreamed up a new way to load a firearm… that being a self-contained cartridge rather than the loose bullet, powder, and percussion cap (or the “paper cartridge”) commonly used at the time. He called it the Rocket Ball, and when Smith and Wesson formed the Volcanic Repeating Arms Company in 1855, they designed their guns around Hunt’s ammo, which by then had been somewhat improved.

Ian gets to look at — and show us — some of this ammunition, in the “No. 2” size, which was about .41 caliber.

Because it lacks a separate case for the powder — the powder charge and ignition system are contained inside the bullet itself — they were rather anemic due to the really low amount of powder that would fit in there.

If you know anything about black powder you’ll know just how wimpy 6.5 grains would be with a 100-grain .41-caliber bullet… and if you don’t, just realize that the 44-40 cartridge that came along later used 40 grains of black powder to propel a 200-grain bullet.

Lack of oomph aside, this old Rocket Ball stuff is really nifty because it was a precursor to the modern metallic cartridge.

The metal box originally contained 200 rounds of ammo, but I count 90 or so in the one we see in the video… I would assume there’s a divider lying above a bottom layer of 100. (Yep.)

The original cost for this box of ammo was about $2.40… and this box is expected to sell for about $20,000 when it comes up for auction on September 11, 2020.

Ammo just keeps getting harder and harder to find…

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Hopkins & Allen XL-6 Revolver with a Surprising Swing-Out Cylinder [Forgotten Weapons]

Lot 1104 in the September 2020 RIA Premier auction.

“XL” was a brand name used by Hopkins & Allen to cover several different styles of revolver, but the first were a series of rimfire, spur-hammer pocket guns made in the 1870s and 1880. These were mostly very simple, chambered for a range of cartridges from .22 rimfire to .41 rimfire. Some examples of the .41 caliber XL-6 have a quite interesting feature, however. When the cylinder axis pin is removed, the cylinder swings out about 45 degrees to the right, propelled by a captive spring. This makes the chambers easily accessible for reloading.

This system was originally patented by Samuel Hopkins in 1862 and 1864 while working for the Bacon Firearms Company. Bacon made about 300 revolvers using this system, but they were shut down by a patent infringement lawsuit from Smith & Wesson, as their revolver used bored-through chambers without having a license from Rollin White or S&W. When the Bacon Firearms Company lapsed into bankruptcy its remains formed the start of Hopkins & Allen. Having acquired both the legal patent rights and the employment of the original inventor (both Samuel Hopkins and his brother Charles were partners in the new firm), it should be no surprise that Hopkins & Allen would use the system once the Rollin White patent expired. What is a bit surprising is that they did not use it more extensively…


Anarchy Outdoors News – Thompson Center Compass and Venture Rifles upgrades [The Firearm Blog]

Anarchy Outdoors, from Northern Utah, have released several new products for the Thompson Center Compass and Venture Rifles. The products include a threaded bolt handle and a Picatinny scope base with a bubble level. The latter has a forward slope in either 20MOA or 30MOA, to help with long range shooting. I use a few […]

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Wednesday, 02 September


Battle Royale of the Mini Reflex: Trijicon RMR vs NEW Trijicon RMRcc [The Firearm Blog]

rmrWhen it comes to the growing category of micro red dots, whether they are being outfitted on handguns, shotguns, or even modern sporting rifles with a riser, the bar has always been set by the Trijicon RMR. Whether you lost your hammer and you need to build a deck this weekend, or you are using […]

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POTD: The New Aston Martin DBX in Top Gear Magazine [The Firearm Blog]

Guns and SUVs – that is the topic of today’s Photo Of The Day. Aston Martin’s new SUV is called the DBX. As part of the launch, the Top Gear Magazine went to the Silverstone Shooting Centre which is a privately owned commercial shooting range close to the Silverstone Racing Circuit (United Kingdom). They offer a modern shooting […]

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Wheelgun Wednesday: Cartridge Conundrum – What One is Just Right? [The Firearm Blog]

cartridge conundrumWhen it comes to revolvers and wheelguns of all sizes there are a lot of potential cartridges you could dive into. Some are common and predictable like .357 Magnum while others are so obsolete and weird like .38-40 Winchester that you probably have to “Google” them to figure out what they even are. In today’s […]

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Why Is Everytown Afraid To Mention Gun Control In Their Ads? []

If you are a gun control group running ads against pro-gun incumbents, why would you shy away from mentioning guns? Could it be that you know that gun control is not a winning issue given the massive number of new gun owners?

Mike Blomberg’s Everytown PAC is running negative ads in North Carolina and Iowa against Republican incumbent Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC) and Joni Ernst (R-IA).

Here is an ad that is running in Iowa against Joni Ernst. Nary a word about guns is mentioned.

While they do have one ad running in North Carolina that barely mentions firearms, here is their primary ad against Tillis.

The Free Beacon ran an article written by Stephen Gutowski about this today. One of the people he interviewed for the article is Miles Coleman of the University of Virginia’s Center for Politics.

Miles Coleman, associate editor of Sabato’s Crystal Ball at the University of Virginia’s Center for Politics, said Everytown’s attempt to appeal to issues beyond the Second Amendment could indicate that the group is not confident in gun control’s appeal in swing states.

“One reason Everytown brings up those other issues may be that the Democratic Senate candidates in Iowa and North Carolina will probably need some Trump voters to win,” Coleman told the Washington Free Beacon. “In both states, there were several Obama-to-Trump counties in rural areas. Hitting Republicans on gun control may not be enough to make them unacceptable to those voters.”

Given that it is obvious that Mike Bloomberg and his organization want to swing control of the US Senate from Republicans to Democrats, it would instructive to look at what the candidates who benefit from these ads think about gun control.

In Iowa, Democrat Theresa Greenfield had this on her website. It must not be an issue that she wants to publicize too much as it was somewhat hidden away. She lumped it under “public safety”.

In the Senate, Theresa will fight for legislation that keeps our kids and our communities safe. Whether it’s working to expand background checks, funding critical gun violence research, keeping guns out of the hands of domestic abusers and other criminals, such as those on the No Fly list, she will bring people together to find commonsense solutions to ensure we address gun violence. 

In North Carolina, Cal Cunningham, who you know won the Bronze Star, no V for Valor for his JAG work in Iraq, is a bit more obvious about it. He also touts that Everytown and Giffords have endorsed him.

Cal believes there are commonsense steps we can take to protect our communities from gun violence while protecting the rights of law-abiding citizens. Cal will work to keep our kids safe and to keep guns out of the hands of domestic abusers, criminals, and terrorists by supporting efforts to expand background checks, ban the sale of high-capacity magazines, pass extreme risk laws, and fund gun violence research on an issue that has become a public health crisis.

To be perfectly blunt, there is nothing moderate about their stances on gun control and that is exactly what Everytown wants to obfuscate in their advertising.

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August Shatters Another Gun Sales Record [NRA-ILA News]

August 2020 saw more gun sales than any other August on record as Americans continue to rush to gun stores at a record pace. A Washington Free Beacon analysis of FBI data released on Tuesday found a 57 percent increase in sales compared to August 2019. There were at least 1.6 million sales in August 2020.


Alleged Armed Robber Shot Dead by Car Wash Customer [NRA-ILA News]

An alleged armed robber in Roseville, Michigan, was shot dead by a car wash customer around 7 p.m. on Tuesday night.


Will Biden’s Plan to Mandate 'Smart Gun' Technology Make the US Safer? [NRA-ILA News]

Presidential candidate Joe Biden has promised to introduce some of the most sweeping gun control legislation in recent history if elected in November, with the notion of "smart guns" at the center of his policy aimed at reducing firearm violence. But what exactly is this technology, and is it likely to stop a weapon falling into the wrong hands?


Opinion: Trained, Armed Teachers Ready to Defend Kids [NRA-ILA News]

It is obvious to me that many people simply do not understand the concept behind armed teachers in the classroom. I am one of those teachers who has been trained to be armed in the classroom, and I can assure you that training is long, detailed and extensive.


The Armed Citizen® August 31, 2020 [NRA-ILA News]

A homeowner defended himself and his family in Lakeland, Fla., when a 6-ft. 250-lb. man forced his way into the home on the morning of Aug. 28, 2020.


Upgraded! Daniel Defense Delta 5 Pro [The Firearm Blog]

Daniel Defense DELTA 5 proAfter some time on the market, it’s now time for a new Daniel Defense Delta 5 model – the “Pro”. The Delta 5 Pro is aimed at competitors looking to get into precision long range rifle shooting. The Delta 5 Pro comes with a sub-half-MOA precision guarantee, and features the Area 419s ARCA rail. Daniel Defense claims […]

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New K-Frame Speedloader for your Favorite Revolvers from Zeta Industries [The Firearm Blog]

New K-Frame Speedloader for your Favorite Revolvers from Zeta IndustriesZeta Industries has just introduced a new and unique revolver speedloader that is specifically designed to work in tandem with your K-Frame sized revolvers. The Zeta Industries K-PAK is a K-Frame speedloader made from polymer and is small enough to fit in your pocket efficiently. New K-Frame Speedloader for your Favorite Revolvers from Zeta Industries […]

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Viridian FACT Gun Camera Adopted by Nye County, NV Sheriff [The Firearm Blog]

Nye County, Nevada's Sheriff's deputies will soon begin using Viridian's FACT cameras.Viridian Weapon Technologies has been in the weapon-mounted laser business for just shy of a decade and a half. In that time they’ve expanded their product lines to offer numerous other gun accessories as well, including a laser-integrated AR hand stop, holsters, and more. They’re also currently poised for additional future innovations based on a […]

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Archery Hunter Gored, Killed by Elk He’d Arrowed []

(Image by Oregon State Police)

Oregon State Police (OSP) recently reported that on Sunday, August 30, 2020 a hunter was killed by an elk he’d shot with an arrow the day before.

Here’s the news release from OSP:

“On Saturday, August 29, 2020 Mark David (66) from Hillsboro was archery hunting on private property in the area of Trask Road E in Tillamook, OR. David wounded a 5X5 bull elk but was unable to locate it before dark.

“David and the landowner attempted to find the wounded bull on the morning of Sunday, August 30, 2020 at approximately 9:15 A.M., David located the bull and attempted to kill it with his bow. The elk charged David and gored him in the neck with its antlers. The landowner attempted to help David but he sustained fatal injuries and died.

“The elk was killed and the meat was donated to the Tillamook County Jail following the investigation.

“OSP was assisted by the Tillamook County Sheriff’s Office, Tillamook Fire and Rescue and the Tillamook County Medical Examiner.”

Always use caution with wounded animals, folks! And if you want my opinion, don’t go hunting big animals without a firearm.

Stay safe, my friends.

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NEW Trijicon RMRcc Micro Red Dot for Concealed Carry Pistols []

One of the hottest trends within the firearm industry currently is adding red dots to our handguns. One deficiency in that trend is a severe lack of good quality, micro red dots that will fit a lot of today’s most popular concealed carry pistols. Thankfully, that problem has been remedied by Trjiicon with the debut of their New RMRcc — an RMR dedicated to concealed carry! The complete Press Release can be read below as presented by Trjiicon:

Wixom, MI – New for 2020, Trijicon, an industry leader in miniature reflex optics, has set a new standard for pistol optics with the introduction of the RMR®cc. Born from the legendary Trijicon RMR®, the thinner, lower profile RMRcc provides fast, both-eyes-open target acquisition, accurate aiming, and proven reliability for concealed carry pistols, and is a great addition to the extensive line of durable reflex optics offered by Trijicon.

Weighing a mere 1 ounce with battery installed and measuring less than 1 inch in width and height, the RMRcc is ready to pair with any pistol to provide the ultimate concealed carry setup. The RMRcc is constructed from 7075-T6 aluminum, tested to Military Standards and backed by The Science of Brilliant® testing methodology that Trijicon applies to every product. Its patented shape absorbs impacts and diverts stresses away from the lens and is designed to withstand the rigors of hard use under the most severe environmental conditions. ‘Trijicon is proud to offer pistol owners an optic designed around their needs and built to Trijicon’s standards for durability,’ said Chuck Wahr, Global Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Trijicon. ‘Users can have confidence in carrying a pistol equipped with the RMRcc.’


The RMRcc keeps all the great features of the RMR, including easy-to-use buttons, a common 2032 battery with up to 4 years of illumination, and a wide variety of mounts to fit today’s most popular concealed carry pistols. The RMRcc is available in either a 3.25 or 6.5 MOA dot size and provides a bright, illuminated aiming point under any condition. Best of all, the RMRcc is parallax-free, meaning simple “point and shoot” operation with superior accuracy.

The RMRcc is designed to be thinner than the RMR, making it ideal for mounting on popular single stack and subcompact pistols. The RMRcc is also well suited to mount to 1911 style pistols, and durable enough to stand up to the harsh recoil generated by the .45 ACP and 10 mm.

For the ultimate in confidence, the RMRcc features an automatic brightness mode and 8 manual positions for custom settings. A Button Lock-In Mode prevents accidental adjustments to your preferred brightness setting, while a Battery Conservation Mode adjusts the aiming dot to ambient lighting conditions after 16.5 hours without a button push to further extend battery life. Windage and elevation adjustments allow for quick and easy zeroing with no need for any special tools or devices.

Trijicon RMRcc (LEFT) vs Trijicon RMR (RIGHT) for comparison

One of the first questions many shooters have when discussing a new micro red dot is: will it fit my gun? Well, the Trijicon RMRcc right out of the gate fits a wide array of the most popular concealed carry pistols on the market through either directly mounting to the firearm (if it is an optics ready model), or through the simple addition of a mounting plate available from Trijicon. All of the makes and models that the RMRcc will currently fit are listed below as presented by Trijicon:

  • Smith & Wesson: M&P Shield M2.0, M&P Shield M2.0 CORE, M&P 380 Shield EZ, M&P 9mm Shield EZ, M&P Bodyguard 380
  • Glock: G19, G17, G22, G24, G32, G42, G43, G43X, G45, G48, etc | All MOS Guns
  • Walther: PPS
  • Kimber: 1911 and Ultra Carry, Micro 9
  • Springfield Armory: All XDS Models, Hellcat (Iron Sight Model), Hellcat OSP
  • SIG Sauer: P365, P365XL, P938


The current MSRP of the Trijicon RMRcc is benchmarked at $699 which is the same going rate as their original RMR. Also, the warranty is the same. The electronics are warranted to be free of defects in material and workmanship during normal use for a period of five (5) years from the date of original manufacture. It is incredibly rare that anyone has ever required warranty work on the original RMR red dot — it is basically the gold standard of durability — but it is good to know that Trijicon stands behind their product.

The size difference between the original RMR and the New RMRcc is pretty small. We are talking about tenths of an inch in dimensions, but sometimes that can make all of the difference in the world. The RMRcc for the close-to-30 firearms it can currently fit should have no unnecessary overhang of the slide, for an ideal holstering and concealed carry situation.

I personally have quite a few concealed carry pistols that are compatible with the RMRcc on which I would like to try it out. What do you guys and gals think? Is this something that you would be willing to invest your money in and try? Let us know all of your thoughts in the Comments below! We always appreciate your feedback.




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Ed Brown FX2 – The First Trijicon RMRcc 1911 [The Firearm Blog]

Ed Brown FX2 (10)Almost simultaneously with Trijicon’s introduction of the RMRcc micro red dot sight, Ed Brown announced the release of their new FX2 pistol – a 1911 fitted with an RMRcc sight. In fact, the company claims that their new pistol is “the first Trijicon RMRcc 1911“. Let’s see what features Ed Brown FX2 pistol packs. As Adam Scepaniak mentioned in […]

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Bowie Knife Bayonet and Bolo Bayonet for the US Krag [Forgotten Weapons]

Lot 164 (Bolo bayonet) and Lot 165 (Bowie bayonet) in the September 2020 RIA Premier auction.

When the US adopted the Krag rifle in 1892, a remarkably efficient and simple decision was made regarding its bayonet. The old spike socket bayonet was clearly obsolete; all the modern European armies were adopting knife bayonets; the Swiss knife bayonet was a really good example; so the US would simply copy the Swiss M1889 pattern bayonet for the Krag. They did, and it was a very good bayonet – clearly this decision could not last without a challenge!

In 1900, the Good Idea Fairy suggested that perhaps a combination bayonet and entrenching tool could be devised to reduce the amount of of gear issued to troops. Ignoring the failures of this idea in 1873 and 1880, Springfield Armory went ahead and designed a Bowie knife style bayonet and made 2,000 of them for field trial in 1900. It was a dismal failure; inefficient and awkward as a bayonet and nearly useless as a digging tool. In response, a US Captian named Hugh Long in the Philippines crafted his own concept of a useful bayonet for that theater, patterned after the local bolo knifes. This would at least be good for hacking through thick vegetation, which was a major issue for US soldiers on the islands. Captain Long sent his sample back to Springfield, where it 56 more were made for testing (50 in 1902 and 6 in 1903).

Development of the Krag bolo style bayonet was cut short by the adoption of the new 1903 Springfield rifle, which abandoned the detachable bayonet altogether in favor of a return to a rod bayonet. However, the bolo would make a brief comeback on the Springfield in 1915…but that’s a story for another video.


Harrell on Shooting in Low Light []

Paul sits in low light to talk about shooting in low light.
(Image: Screenshot from video)

Here’s an older video from Paul Harrell, back to his roots as a no-nonsense instructor type without a surplus of talk. This one is about shooting in low light — something that can be pretty tough to do.

His first technique is all about muscle memory, and involves drawing and pointing your firearm at a target with your eyes closed, adjusting, and training yourself to recognize the correct position. As he says, “Get the feel of that.”

Adding to this instruction is “flash fire,” which means you fire the first shot using the “natural point of aim” described above, then adjust your aim according to what the light of the muzzle flash reveals.

Another method? Shotgun. Simply because it shoots a pattern of multiple projectiles instead of a single bullet, which increases your odds of actually hitting something. But as he demonstrates, at close range (say in a home defense situation) the pattern isn’t usually all that big.

Next, he turns on the camera’s night mode and does some firing in the dark to test his methods. The results may surprise you… Paul isn’t invincible!

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USCCA’s New Emergency Preparedness Training Program [The Firearm Blog]

USCCA introduces a new emergency preparedness training program.For nearly two decades, the U.S. Concealed Carry Association, or USCCA, has sought to provide education, training, and legal protection for responsibly armed citizens. Their main focus is to support Americans who want to be prepared for possible self-defense and home-defense encounters, particularly in the area of legal protection after the fact. They style themselves […]

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Tuesday, 01 September


TFB Exclusive Review: Trijicon RMRcc for Concealed Carry Pistols [The Firearm Blog]

trijicon rmrccEarlier this morning we announced that the Trijicon RMRcc is now available to the public to fit all of the most popular concealed carry, full size, and optics ready pistols on the market. The want and desire by shooters for a dedicated micro red dot by a big-name manufacturer has been strong for a while […]

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POTD: The NASA Space Gun [The Firearm Blog]

Today’s Photo Of The Day is composed by Mr 5lade. The firearm is a CZ Bren, kindly displayed by the Droid and flight assistant Maggie. But in this POTD we pretend it’s the next NASA Gun. While you’re in your deep sleep, traveling into unknown and remote galaxies, Maggie will take care of the cleaning of your […]

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HOT GAT or FUDD CRAP? Arctic Warrior or Wood-Chipper Horror? [The Firearm Blog]

Hot Gat or Fudd CrapWelcome everyone to the 63rd 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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North Carolina: Holly Springs Open Carry Ban Considered Tonight [NRA-ILA News]

Tonight, the Holly Springs Town Council will consider banning the open carrying of firearms in certain public locations.


Five Diseases That Can Ruin Your Hunting Season []

No one ever wants to get sick, or come down with a condition that is uncomfortable and/or unhealthy. It’s worse when it happens during hunting season. This is the time of year when we want to take time off TO hunt, not BECAUSE we went hunting. There are so many illnesses, diseases and conditions we can come down with in our regular lives, let’s not add something we can get from going into the woods to the list. Not all of the diseases you can pick up in the woods can kill you, although some can. One thing is certain, one of them can definitely ruin your hunting season, so let’s try to avoid that.

Please note that information on these conditions comes from the CDC and the U.S. Forest Service. Find out more information on the CDC website.

Lyme Disease

For comparison, the one on the right is a deer tick and the one you need to look out for.

Some folks aren’t worried about Lyme disease at all, but you should be. This one hits home for me because my wife has it. What’s worse, we didn’t know she had it for a couple years. She just had serious health issues, but no one could figure it out. Let me scare you with this one. Lyme can cause muscle fatigue that can turn into loss of muscle control. It can cause mental fog leading to memory loss and worse conditions including anxiety, depression, heart conditions and it can be fatal. It is a tick-borne pathogen and the tick that carries it is usually only attached for a short time, like hours or less. The tick is usually round the size of a pinhead, too. Don’t have the bullseye rash? Well, only about 40-50 percent actually do. Lyme test came back negative? The test is only 30-percent accurate – and that is only for two panels, or markers of Lyme. There are more, as well as co-infections that can affect you. Once you have Lyme, it doesn’t go away. If caught early, the treatment is extremely effective and acts faster to get you going again. If it lingers, or you get misdiagnosed, it can take years to get you feeling normal. It is commonly misdiagnosed as Fibromyalgia, or even MS, but a good doctor will catch that. Our doctor specializes in Lyme and she has found that thousands of people have Lyme, but have been diagnosed with something else instead. Oh, and one more thing. It can be transmitted sexually to your partner. It really sucks.

So let’s talk about avoiding Lyme. You may want to start out by treating your clothing and gear with permethrin. Permethrin is an insecticide often used in agriculture. Spraying it directly on the skin can lead to irritation. However, hunters have learned that you can spray it on your hunting clothing before you head afield, and let it dry. Doing so reduces the chances of ticks and other biting insects from coming anywhere near you. If you spray it on and let it dry, it is often odorless and does not seem to spook deer and other game. You can also get tick-proof hunting clothing, like GameHide’s ElimiTick. One of the most common ways hunters get ticks is off the deer when the hunter is field dressing it. I have seen deer that are covered with ticks coming off after the deer was down.

West Nile

If there was ever one creature we could probably do without on this planet, it’d be the mosquito. I can’t think of a single person that doesn’t hate them. Besides being annoying and giving you an itchy spot when they bite, they are also the biggest carrier of disease out there. One of the bad ones right now, but not the only disease, is West Nile Virus. This particular nasty one can cause some varying symptoms. About 1 out of 5 people infected develop a fever with other symptoms such as headache, body aches, joint pains, vomiting, diarrhea, or rash. Most people with these symptoms recover completely, but fatigue and weakness can last long enough to ruin your entire hunting season. One out of 150 people who are infected develop a more severe condition that affects the central nervous system giving you issues like encephalitis, or inflammation of the brain, or meningitis, which is inflammation of the membranes that surround the brain and spinal cord. Those can be life threatening. Let’s just skip all of this, shall we?

Zika Virus

While we’re on mosquito-borne stuff, let’s chat about Zika Virus. This is another one that’s been in the news, and it has some pretty far-reaching implications. If infected with Zika, you usually develop symptoms within a week. Symptoms can be a rash, fever, joint pain, and red eyes. The real danger lies with pregnancy and birth defects, and yes, you can transmit the virus to your partner. Luckily only one every five people infected will have any signs or symptoms, and it’s uncommon to contract it.

Dengue Fever

Dengue is one out of the tropical regions, so for conditions to be ripe for it, the weather must be hot and humid, although it can travel into the northern regions if things go the wrong way. Symptoms usually show up within two weeks of being infected. They may include high fever, headache, vomiting, muscle and joint pains, and a pretty characteristic skin rash. There is a treatment and a cure, as well as an immunization. Very rarely Dengue can develop into Severe Dengue, or Dengue Hemorrhagic Fever. That condition causes bleeding, low levels of blood platelets and blood plasma leakage. You can also get what is called Dengue Shock Syndrome, where your blood pressure bottoms out to dangerously low levels. None of that sounds fun.

This only scratches the surface of what you can pick up from a mosquito, and we didn’t even touch on malaria or other nastiness. How about we skip right to prevention? You have three main types of defense against a mosquito while in the great outdoors. Sprays, like Deep Woods Off, use Deet, or Diethyltoluamide if you want to get all scientific. Sprays work very well to keep the little blood-sucking jerks away, but can be troublesome for hunters looking to keep scent issues from happening. Another option and one that is popular for traveling hunters and anglers, is the use of mosquito netting. The bugs can’t bite you if they can’t reach you, right? There are some hats and gloves that can keep the skeeters from getting to you. Another popular way is by use of a Thermacell device. These units use a small propane cylinder to feed a small burner that heats a medicated tab you replace before each use. It creates an odorless cloud around you that is harmless to you, but mosquitos and other insects don’t want to be near it.

Deadly Nightshade

Switching from diseases you can get from insects, to a poisonous plant that can kill you. Deadly Nightshade, or Belladonna as it is also known as, is a plant from the same family as potatoes. It has a colorful history and is part of much of Greek mythology. It was common throughout Asia and parts of Europe originally, but has now spread to much of the world, including pretty mcu all of North America. In sufficient doses, the poison part of the plant paralyzes nerve endings in the involuntary muscles of the body, such as the blood vessels, heart and gastrointestinal muscles. Symptoms include dilated pupils, sensitivity to light, blurred vision, headaches, confusion and convulsions. It is really harsh on kids, as the berries of the plant look edible and actually have a sweet taste, but two berries can be fatal. That is why knowing your berries is vital. You can also get sick from the plant if you come in contact with the leaves. If you eat a leaf, that is bad news. You can also have a rough time if you cut yourself and let a leaf come in contact with the open wound.

How can you beat this one? The obvious answer first off, is to not eat it. Get a book of wild, edible berries and plants and keep it handy if you plan on foraging. It’s also a good idea to teach your kids about it. Coming into contact with the leaves is yet another great reason to never go afield without a first aid kit. If you get a cut, patch it up so you reduce the risks of coming into contact with anything bad. Remember, you want to stay hunting, fishing and all the other great things we get to do outdoors.

For more information about these conditions or any others you may come in contact with, be sure to consult the CDC website and your local natural resources divisions to see what you may come into contact with. Be safe!

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California: Legislature Adjourns, Anti-Gun Bills Headed to the Governor! [NRA-ILA News]

Late last night, the California Legislature adjourned the 2020 Legislative Session. Three anti-gun bills, AB 2362, AB 2847, and SB 914, passed the Legislature and will now be enrolled to Governor Newsom for his consideration. It's important that gun owners contact the Governor and urge his veto of these measures. The deadline to sign or veto legislation is September 30th. Fortunately, SB 1175, legislation banning the importation of lawfully hunted African species, failed to receive a concurrence vote in the Senate and is dead for the year.


Strike Industries Angled Forward Grips with Cable Management Feature [The Firearm Blog]

Strike Industries Angled Vertical M-LOK Grip with Cable Management Feature (26)Hot on the heels of the release of Siegen M-LOK rail covers with cable management feature, Strike Industries has introduced two new angled M-LOK forward grips that also allow organizing the cables of light/laser pressure switches. The two grips share the same cable management solutions and differ in size, geometry and additional features. Let’s take a […]

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Lithuanian Armed Forces to Field the Heckler & Koch SFP9 [The Firearm Blog]

According to the German publication Soldat & Technik, the Lithuanian Ministry of Defense has chosen the German company Heckler & Koch GmbH for supplying their future service pistols. The handgun is the striker-fired SFP9 SF, which has the magazine release on the trigger guard. You can find the details and specifications below. The deal is worth around […]

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NRA-ILA Announces Partnership with 6 Companies for $1 Million Match Campaign [NRA-ILA News]

FAIRFAX, Va. — The National Rifle Association Institute for Legislative Action (NRA-ILA) is proud to announce a new partnership with six companies that have pledged to match $1 million in donations made to NRA-ILA through Nov. 15.


ELEY Ammunition Announces Introduction of ELEY Precision Club [The Firearm Blog]

ELEY Ammunition Announces Introduction of ELEY Precision ClubELEY Ammunition specializes in what some consider to be the most accurate 22LR rimfire loads available on the market. The company has just announced the start of its ELEY Precision Club. The club aims to unite competition shooters across the world by allowing them to compete for head to head from their own respective shooting […]

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New Study: USA Below Average in Mass Public Shootings []

Crime Prevention Research Institute, the nonprofit aggregator of crime- and gun-related statistics led by John Lott of Tennessee, just released a new data analysis that should be music to the ears of gun owners. With high and growing rates of gun ownership, the United States of America, according to this new study, enjoyed below-average incidents of mass public shootings from the two decades 1998-2017.

The abstract states:

Over the 20 years from 1998 to 2017, our list contains 2,772 attacks and at least 5,764 shooters outside the United States and 62 attacks and 66 shooters within our country.  By our count, the US makes up less than 1.13% of the mass public shooters, 1.77% of their murders, and 2.19% of their attacks. All these are much less than the US’s 4.6% share of the world population. Attacks in the US are not only less frequent than other countries, they are also much less deadly on average.

Out of the 101 countries where we have identified mass public shootings occurring, the United States ranks 66th in  per capita frequency of these attacks and 56th in the murder rate.

Not only have these attacks been much more common outside the USA, the USA’s share of these attacks has declined over time. There has been a much bigger increase over time in the number of mass shootings in the rest of the world compared to the USA.

The study uses the FBI definition of a mass shooting. It must have taken place in a public area, with at least four people killed, not including perpetrators. The data excludes gang-related killings, the sort of which have become commonplace in some American neighborhoods.

Gathering data on international incidents is not easy when other governments and organizations define crimes differently. To read this study is to gain a glimpse into the challenges statisticians face. Lott’s team opted for the useful distinction of mass murder attacks per 100,000 people, versus deaths per million.

The top 10 countries in the lists appear mostly as repeats, but with different ranks. Though the Northern Mariana Islands rarely appear in corporate news, they top the attacks list. The Central African Republic occupies the sad position of number one for deaths.

Where does the United States appear? We rank 59th for mass shooting murders, with a rate of 0.188. The USA stands in 66th place for attacks, with a rate of 0.021. Western Europe delivers some surprising data. Norway, Finland, France, and Switzerland have at least 49 percent higher rates of murder from mass public shootings than the United States. Indeed, France’s rate is 48.9 percent higher than that of the United States. Rates in Pakistan and India are respectively 470% and 13% higher than the USA rate.

Longtime gun owners won’t be surprised by this study. In terms of rates of private gun ownership, the United States of America rules, at least by official data, rules the planet. But our nation’s relatively obscure ranking on this chart is proof that so-called gun violence has little relationship to the presence of guns in citizens’ homes and hands.

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DIY Guns: Testing a 3D Printed Walther PPK 32ACP Frame [The Firearm Blog]

DIY Guns: Testing a 3D Printed Walther PPK 32ACP Frame3D printers never cease to amaze me. Both the technology and the people who are very passionate about it have found such ingenious ways to either alter or revive objects and mechanisms into completely new or restored items. Reddit user IvanTTroll has made a 3D printed Walther PPK frame which he is currently using as […]

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L.E. Tucker’s Confederate Texas Navy Pattern Revolver #1 [Forgotten Weapons]

Lot 1149 in RIA’s September 2020 Premier auction.

Laban E. Tucker and his sons Elihu and Argyle were several of the original partners in the Tucker & Sherrard Company, which contracted with the State of Texas to produce Colt-pattern revolvers during the Civil War. The company went through several different names, driven in part by the departure of Tucker and his sons shortly after the initial Taxes contract was signed. In addition to this revolver, there are two other known Tucker Navy (ie, .36 caliber) revolvers, numbers 59 and 79. This example is non-standard, bearing only a single serial number “1” on the loading lever and a barrel-mounted rear sight. It has no Tucker markings, but shares several very significant features with he other known Tucker Navy revolvers, including the rifling pattern (6 lands & grooves), lack of the standard loading notch, and dimpled loading lever screws.


The Right Way to Straighten a Bent Mower Shaft []

(Image: Screenshot from video)

Being an outdoors person often means using equipment to get stuff done… things like tractors, ATVs, UTVs, and lawnmowers. Knowing how to fix stuff goes a long way in helping a prepper (anyone, really) remain self-sufficient. Enter this video from a guy who knows his stuff about small engines and such.

His channel is Steve’s Small Engine Saloon, and I’ve come to respect this Canadian YouTuber, who sometimes comes off a bit wacky — but in the end, he has proven to be knowledgeable and experienced about the things in his videos. And we all know you can’t say that about every person who gets on YouTube to show people how to do stuff. He also gets to the point without a lot of worthless yakking.

Anyhow, back to the subject of this video, which is straightening a bent crankshaft on a lawnmower. Most of the time if a mower hits a rock or snag and gets bent, folks toss it in the trash… but the shaft can often be straightened.

To prep the mower, you remove the spark plug, disable the flywheel brake, tip it over (carburetor side up!), and remove the blade & adapter.

In his example machine, the shaft is really bent — so much so that I involuntarily said “Wow!” when he showed that to us at the 3-minute mark. Most folks would definitely consider this mower to be junk with a shaft bent that badly.

Machinists know how to use a dial indicator to make sure something is straight or centered, but if you don’t have one you can just copy his super-simple method involving a magnet and just about any steel object such as a spark plug wrench or screwdriver.

You slip a long stout pipe over the crankshaft and hunker down in his patented(?) shaft-straightening position, and get to straightening.

If you have ever straightened something, you know it doesn’t usually happen on the first try. Steve said it took him 14 bends (bend, check, bend, check, etc) to get this shaft trued up — but that only took him about 6 minutes. So it’s not an all-day deal by any means.

Is it perfect when he’s done? Not quite… but it is definitely much better than it was.

Why not use a hammer? Because you can ruin the oil seal, the engine bearing, or even break the engine block. There are all sorts of things that can go wrong when you apply a sudden shock to an engine… as I have learned by working on quite a few small engines myself over the years.

I use a push mower at my hunt camp and there are all sorts of things I might hit with the blade. Nice to know I can straighten up the shaft without a big hassle or ordeal if I hit the wrong thing with it.

Anyhow, I hope you enjoy the video.

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NEW Trijicon RMRcc for CCW Handguns – Accomplish MORE with LESS [The Firearm Blog]

rmrccThe flurry of new micro-compact handguns like the Springfield Armory Hellcat and SIG Sauer P365 to hit the market recently has people falling in love with carry guns all over again even if we allegedly own enough already (we know deep down inside that is never true). The one absent piece to the puzzle that is missing […]

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NEW! The Gen 1 Glock 17 is Coming Back [The Firearm Blog]

NEW GLOCK DAY! In this episode of TFBTV, James Reeves meets with the gang at Lipsey’s to talk about their exclusive, retro, throwback Gen 1 Glock 17, the Glock 17 P80. The P80 is a faithful replication of the original Gen 1 Glock 17 that has been thoughtfully planned out, down to a resurrection of […]

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Monday, 31 August


BACK TO THE FUTURE: The New GLOCK P80 Classic Edition From Lipsey’s [The Firearm Blog]

BACK TO THE FUTURE: The New GLOCK P80 Classic SeriesWe all have dreamed about having our own time machine. Some of us would travel back to witness historical events, visit with distant ancestors or to memorize next week’s winning lottery numbers. But those of us who are true firearms aficionados often drift off to a place where classic, rare or historic guns are actually […]

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Brewer Represents NRA But Not LaPierre? []

All the filings for the lawsuit brought by the Attorney General of New York seeking dissolution of the NRA are online. You can see when the individual defendants were served and in what manner.

Both Josh Powell and Wilson “Woody” Phillips had their attorneys file a “stipulation of service” which also granted them time to respond. This was done two weeks ago. Interestingly, they each have hired attorneys with big name firms. Powell’s attorney is Mark MacDougall who is a partner with Akin Gump in DC and was formerly a Federal prosecutor. Likewise, Phillips’ attorney Seth Farber, a partner with Winston Strawn in New York, was also a former Federal prosecutor.

John Frazer was personally served at home in Virginia two weeks ago. The description of the person accepting the service fits that of John Frazer himself.

Here is where it gets interesting. It seems Wayne LaPierre and/or his security guards not only refused service at both the office and his home in Great Falls, Virginia, but is not being represented by Bill Brewer.

Stephen Gutowski of the Free Beacon noticed that in this filing that was done this past Saturday. He posted about it on Twitter earlier this evening. If you double-click on the embedded tweet you can see the filing. Look at paragraph 2.

Regardless of who is or will be Wayne’s attorney, I really don’t think the judge presiding over the case will look too kindly on the petulant manner in which Wayne and his henchmen treated the process server. The other three individual defendants accepted service politely or had their attorneys reach out to accept it.

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TFB Review: Southern Cross Small Arms TSP X Rifle Chassis [The Firearm Blog]

Southern Cross Small Arms is an Australian company based in New South Wales. They specialize in manufacturing quality rifle chassis at an affordable price. We had a chance to review one such chassis offering from Southern Cross Small Arms, the TSP X (Tactical Shooting Platform). The Southern Cross Small Arms TSP X chassis is available in a […]

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POTD: Chris Costa’s Busy Day At The Office [The Firearm Blog]

To my knowledge this is the first time that Chris Costa appears on any of TFB’s Photo Of The Day, but what an entry! Above you can see him “C clamping” a suppressed B&T APC9 PRO (Advanced Police Carbine). You need fairly large hands to do that, but even I managed on mine. Below he’s on […]

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The Rimfire Report: Storing Rimfire Ammo Long Term [The Firearm Blog]

The Rimfire Report: Storing Rimfire Ammo Long TermHello and welcome back to The RImfire Report. In this weekly series, we explore, research, and discuss various topics surrounding the rimfire firearm world. This week we’ll be discussing storing rimfire ammo for long periods of time. It’s no secret that the current global climate has led to not only ammunition supply chain shortages but also a […]

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5 Million New Gun Owners in 2020 [Of Arms and the Law]

That's NSSF's estimate. Of course that doesn't mean five million new activists, but it might just mean one million, partway thru an election year.


Tell Loudoun County: No Gun Ban [NRA-ILA News]

During the Business Meeting tomorrow, the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors will consider whether to begin drafting a ban on firearms in certain public locations.


Ohio: Senate Committee to Consider School Security Legislation Tomorrow [NRA-ILA News]

Tomorrow, the Senate Government Oversight and Reform Committee has scheduled a hearing to consider Senate Bill 317.


Infitech AR15 Handguard Adapter for Ruger PC Carbine [The Firearm Blog]

Infitech have developed a new AR15 Handguard Adapter for the Ruger PC Carbine. Why not just buy the chassis model directly from Ruger some will say, but the issue is that in many countries the only version that is legal (for hunting) is the Non-Restricted 18″ Ruger PCC. So the only possibility to put an AR15 […]

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Nighthawk/KORTH Release the NXA Lightweight Revolver [The Firearm Blog]

Nighthawk/KORTH Releases the NXA Lightweight 357 Magnum RevolverKorth in tandem with their sole importer Nighthawk custom have released their latest addition to their revolver lineup – the NXA revolver. This new revolver is nearly 3 pounds lighter than their previously released NXS revolver. The revolver makes use of lightweight materials and also features a changeable cylinder so you can use the far […]

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Survivor Filter Now Offering DIY in-Home Filters []

(Image © Survivor Filter)

Survivor Filter, the same folks who made the Active Filtration Bottle that provided me with good drinking water out of a hotel tap in Las Vegas, recently announced the availability of water filters you can install on your sink to get the same great filtration in your own home.

Best of all, installation looks plumb easy.

They currently offer two different Home Filter Systems; a one-cartridge chlorine version and a two-cartridge fluoride and chlorine setup. Both versions connect easily into the flexible water supply lines usually used to connect your sink tap to the water supply. Both are made in USA and have a 100% Money Back Guarantee.

Installation of these filters looks super easy. (Image © Survivor Filter)
Installation of these filters looks super easy.
(Image © Survivor Filter)

Here are some specs:

SURVIVOR FILTER™ Pure 10K, Chlorine In-Line Home Filter

  • Single cartridge
  • Maintenance-free
  • Good for 10,000 gallons, or approximately three years’ worth of water
  • Removes 99.9% of chlorine, chloramine, lead, arsenic, aluminum, chromium, cadmium, VOC’s (Volatile Organic Compounds), mercury, lead and heavy metals
  • Removes unpleasant tastes & odors
  • Doesn’t remove valuable minerals
  • DIY, no plumber necessary
  • Includes two 3/8″ flex hoses and mounting bracket
  • Made in USA
  • Gold Seal Certified by the Water Quality Association to NSF 42 and 372 standards
  • 100% lifetime warranty
  • $100 delivered

SURVIVOR FILTER™ Max, 2-Stage Fluoride and Chlorine In-Line Home Filter

  • Dual cartridges
  • Maintenance-free
  • Good for 8,000 gallons, or approximately two years’ worth of water
  • Removes 95% of fluoride and 99.9% of lead, chlorine, and other toxic chemicals & heavy metals
  • Removes unpleasant tastes & odors
  • Doesn’t remove valuable minerals
  • DIY, no plumber necessary
  • Includes two 3/8″ flex hoses and mounting bracket
  • Made in USA
  • Gold Seal Certified by the Water Quality Association to NSF 42 and 372 standards
  • 100% lifetime warranty
  • $200 delivered

As for the warranty, they say this:

“If you ever run into any problems with any of our products, simply contact us and we will work to make it right.”

Here’s a quote from company owner Mark Zakaib:

“Whether in your home, apartment, office, store or cabin, this system will have an enormous impact on the quality and convenience of your water consumption. The Survivor Filter name has long been synonymous with some of the best water filters in the outdoor and adventure communities, and with this product we are bringing that same level of quality and passion to your home. During these unprecedented times with a global pandemic and now having hurricane season on the horizon, having the ability to access clean, safe water has never been more important. Survivor Filter Home Systems give users a convenient, safe, economical and less wasteful way to consume the water that is so valuable to healthy living.”

If these filters are as effective as the Survivor Filter bottle I reported on here, I’m already a fan.

Installation looks about as easy as can be — and this has got me wondering whether this simple system could even replace the large expensive chlorinator & charcoal filter at my mom’s house. Hmmmmm…

To order or just learn more about ’em, visit their home filter system page by clicking here.

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New PHLster & AXL Advanced Ascent Pouch Line [The Firearm Blog]

This release is the first of a series of upcoming collaborations between PHLster and AXL Advanced, where they aim to solve a number of problems with existing magazine carriers. According to the release, the Ascent pouches bring new materials, technology, and capability to concealed carry. Below is a detailed look at the materials and the design. […]

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Buck Releases a New Hunting Line of Pursuit Pro Knives []

If you’re reading this post you are no doubt an avid outdoors person and therefore by default a fan of knives. Most likely you have a knife in every pack and several in your vehicle at all times — not to mention the knives you have hidden away in a drawer or cabinet somewhere. Among all those blades there is most likely a Buck brand knife or two. In my case the first fixed-blade sheath knife I remember owning in my youth was the classic Buck design with black handle and silver pommel.

Buck Knives, established in 1902, is still going strong and providing innovative products for the outdoors enthusiast. One of the company’s most recent productions focuses on an alternative to traditional hunting knives.

In the following press release the company describes their new hunting line of Buck Pursuit Pro knives:

With a dedication to providing high performance products of uncompromising quality, Buck Knives is excited to introduce the new Pursuit Pro hunting line featuring fixed and folding knives designed for maximum field performance.

“Our new Pursuit Pro product line delivers the features hunters demand into a series that’s high value and high performance,” said Chris Bourassa, Director of Marketing and Product Development for Buck Knives. “We offer an extensive line of hunting products, but for the Pursuit Pros we wanted a very user oriented knife with superior visibility, sure grip, and unmatched edge retention thanks to our Bos heat treated S35VN Steel.”

New Buck Pursuit Pro Model 656 with sheath

Sized right for any user, the Pursuit Pro Series features two sizes of knives available in fixed and folding versions with standard or guthook skinning blades. Each S35VN blade is heat treated by Buck’s famous Bos system to ensure the perfect combination of steel properties for superior edge performance. Added detail was put into the design creating comfortable, non-slip and highly visible orange handles. Designed for the most vigorous field work, the Pursuit Pro Series is the preferred hunting line. The three fixed and folding versions include a black polyester sheath. MSRP for the new line upgraded hunting line of Pursuit Pro knives is $90-$120.

All knives in the Pursuit Pro Series line feature blades finished with Buck’s advanced Edge2x™ technology that makes them sharper out of the box, hold an edge longer, and easier to re-sharpen. All are made in the USA and backed by Buck’s respected Forever Warranty. For more information on the new Pursuit Pro and other Buck knives visit

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Ammo And Gun Shortage? Dry Fire Training With Practisim VR [The Firearm Blog]

Three years ago, Pete wrote about the Practisim VR shooting simulator. Well, it has popped up again in the hands of probably the best dryfire practitioner on the planet, Liku_Tactical. If you recall, exactly one year ago, Liku_Tactical was flown from Japan to shoot firearms for the first time in his life with his mentor Lucas of […]

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Peabody Sidehammer: The Best Martini Action You’ve Never Heard Of [Forgotten Weapons]

Lot 152 (long rifle) and lot 1164 (carbine) in the RIA September 2020 Premier auction.

Henry Peabody was one of the less-recognized American firearms designers. A machinist from the age of 17, he worked at the Watertown Arsenal and eventually took a job as foreman for the Spencer rifle company in 1862. That same year he patented a dropping-block rifle action, and began working on developing it for military use. He partnered with the Providence Tool Company in Rhode Island to manufacture his guns, and while he was not able to get it adopted by the US military they did begin getting a number of foreign military contracts by 1867 or so. His big break was a sale of 15,000 guns to Switzerland in the aftermath of the Austro-Prussian War. This was followed by a contract for Spain, and then an open-ended sale to the French Government of National Defense in 1871 following the military disaster of the Franco-Prussian War. In total, some 113,000 Peabody sidehammer rifles and carbines were made over just a few years – a remarkable success for the time by a small company and otherwise unknown inventor.

Peabody and Providence Tool would follow this with an even more successful period manufacturing the Peabody-Martini rifle, but that is a story for another video. Henry Peabody died a wealthy bachelor in Boston in 1903, and left his fortune ($350,000 at the time; about $9 million by today’s value) to founding a girls’ school in Norwood Massachusetts.

For more details on the development of the Peabody rifles and the various contracts manufactured, I highly recommend Edward Hull’s book “Peabody Firearms”:


Firearm Prohibitionists Shy Away From Gun Control in Senate Campaign Ads [NRA-ILA News]

How unpopular is gun control in states with contested Senate races? Ask Everytown for Gun Safety, a firearm prohibition lobby backed by billionaire Michael Bloomberg. They’re spending big piles of Bloomberg’s cash running campaign ads to flip Senate seats in Iowa and North Carolina. But for a gun control advocacy group, their messaging is suspiciously silent on … well … gun control.


CMMG Introduces Mk57 .22LR Conversion Kit [The Firearm Blog]

Do you own a CMMG 5.7x28mm upper? Are you a bit tired of sourcing that kind of caliber, but still want to shoot your gun? Now CMMG has added a .22LR Conversion kit, so you can enjoy shooting it with .22LR at a reduced cost. Here’s what CMMG had to say: CMMG® Unveils the First […]

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Nothing to See, Says Bloomberg’s Newsletter [NRA-ILA News]

Times are tough for the anti-gun crowd. Not financially tough, but tough in the sense that millions of Americans have chosen to acquire a firearm to defend themselves and their loved ones. The Trace is desperately claiming that the tangible increase in gun ownership will have no political significance.


Hoggwash [NRA-ILA News]

Anti-gun activist David Hogg is far from reluctant to share his thoughts. Earlier this year, Hogg posted a tweet that read: “This is a tweet for for [sic] the founders of the gun violence prevention movement started centuries ago by almost entirely black, brown and indigenous lgbtq women and non binary people that never got on the news or in most history books. We may not know all your names but thank you.”


Political Elite Value Their Own Safety, NOT YOURS [NRA-ILA News]

The hypocrisy of the pampered political elite on the topic of personal safety is reaching breathtaking new levels. No longer content to merely deprive the citizenry of the means with which to defend themselves, politicians in some jurisdictions are depriving residents of police protection as well. All the while, these contemptible figures have shown a keen interest in making arrangements to secure their own safety.

Sunday, 30 August


The Russian Shashka []

I’m addicted to watching the History Channel program Forged in Fire. One of the highlights for me from the 2020 SHOT Show was that I got to meet Doug Marcaida who is one of the judges.

Season 7 had a Super Champion Edition where a previous champion beat other champions to face show judge and historic weapons specialist David Baker. They had to make the Russian Cossack shashka saber.

I’d never heard of the shashka before and thought it was an interesting saber. It certainly will cut when wielded properly.

Then I stumbled across this Cossack shashka competition from Russia on Reddit. I especially liked the one competition which had a half dozen competitors racing down a lane cutting and hacking as they went.

After seeing that, I understand why the Cossacks were considered the terror of the steppes!

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Tell Holly Springs No []

The Town of Holly Springs, a suburb town in Wake County, North Carolina, is considering imposing restrictions on open carry. As a reminder, open carry is a constitutional right in the state of North Carolina. That was decided by the NC Supreme Court in 1922 in the case of State v. Kerner.

The Town Council will meet on Tuesday, September 1st to consider the proposal. The Bloomberg-funded North Carolinians Against Gun Violence (sic) is pushing it and they have an alert out on it.

Grass Roots North Carolina has been following this and the previous proposal concerning concealed carry on certain town properties from the start. Unlike NCGV, they were not caught flat-footed on either proposal.

An alert from GRNC was released yesterday asking for support on this. The Town Council will not be allowing speakers from the attendees so email and calls are key.

From GRNC:

Gun Rights Supporters, We Won a Partial Victory Last Month in Holly Springs.   Now We Need Your Help to Finish the Job on Tuesday, September 1st.  The Message:   GUNS SAVE LIVES and ‘Gun Free Zones’ DO NOT! 

Last month the Mayor and Town Council of Holly Springs heard loud and clear from the community it serves that Freedom and the 2nd Amendment are alive and well.  According to the Mayor, the level of engagement by the public on this issue exceeded anything he’s ever seen in 19 and a half years of public service.  The comments were overwhelmingly in favor of tabling BOTH of the two proposed town ordinances prohibiting lawful open and concealed carry in the Town of Holly Springs. 

However, while lawful concealed carry restrictions were indeed tabled, three members of the Council chose to delay a final decision on open carry.  Two, if not three, of the five Council Members desperately want to find a way to impose open carry restrictions and, hence, the matter reappears for a vote Tuesday night, September 1st.  

NO FIREARM ZONES are killing fields.

Time and time again, history has shown us that “no firearms allowed” signs DO NOT work. The criminal and the mob are only emboldened by such ignorance on the part of politicians believing these signs work. Law enforcement authorities will arrive in a minute or two of a call? Not likely at all.  In fact, think of ten to fifteen minutes at least.  How many lives could be destroyed in that time frame? The first responders to a tragedy are the people present.  If armed, they may prevent a calamity.  If unarmed, they can run, hide, or die.

As I write this alert, the businesses in Downtown Raleigh who earlier today boarded up their shops in anticipation of violence, rioting, looting, and worse to come Friday and Saturday nights pray that the mobs roaming the streets don’t use the bricks and stones conveniently left on street corners there.  Nowhere in the video are Raleigh Police enforcing the Mayor’s hastily called curfew for tonight. The need to protect ones’ self and loved ones is never more apparent than it is today We live in lawless times where progressive “Woke” political leadership demands law enforcement step down and let havoc wreck its toll.

Despite this rampant lawlessness, Holly Springs, in Southern Wake County and mere miles away from Raleigh, will readdress OPEN CARRY restrictions at a 2nd Town Council meeting on September 1st at 7 pm.  

Please attend the council meeting and email your opposition to banning freedom. One registered “Republican” who is leaning left may join the two Michael Bloomberg robots and pass the ban.  He needs a polite wakeup call and a reminder to back away from gun bans. We need more voices!  NOTE THAT THE COUNCIL WILL NOT ALLOW PUBLIC SPEAKERS FROM THE FLOOR SO YOUR EMAILS AND CALLS ARE MORE IMPORTANT THAN EVER!

Town of Holly Springs 128 S Main Street Holly Springs, NC 27540 Town Hall Phone: (919) 557-3901

Tuesday, September 1st 7 PM


* Councilman Villadsen’s public phone number is:  919 272-8540

* Councilman McGrath’s public phone number is:  919 914-1240 


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* EMAIL COUNCIL MEMBERS Peter Villadsen, Shaun McGrath and Town Clerk, Ms. Linda Mckinney:;;  

Suggested Subject:  “Do Not Endorse the Bloomberg Gun Ban Agenda”  
Dear Holly Springs Council members Villadsen and McGrath:
Posting a prohibition against lawful OPEN CARRY serves no purpose but to advance a gun banning agenda promoted by the left.  It will not save lives.

“NO FIREARM ZONES” are killing fields. Time and time again, history has shown us that no firearm signs DO NOT work. The criminal is only emboldened by such ignorance on our part believing these signs work.  The first responders to a tragedy are the people present.  Law Enforcement often arrives too late to do anything but merely take the report and clean up the damage done.  

What is your reason to now ban legal law-abiding residents the right to defend themselves where you feel appropriate? Is it really about safety? Is it your opinion that law enforcement will be present during an attack wherever evil might occur?  Two days after the August 18th meeting, a man was assaulted and killed on a Raleigh public greenway.  Speaking of Raleigh, have you watched the videos from Raleigh on Friday night? Do you anticipate a few bucks thrown toward your reelection campaign next year from the deep pockets of Michael Bloomberg or George Soros?  Or more ominously, do you just want to control the lives of others merely because you can?

Do you know that the emails you may have received in support of restrictions were prepared by a Michael Bloomberg funded organization “North Carolinians Against Gun Violence” and that they also demand the defunding of North Carolina Law Enforcement Agencies?  Will your next step be to defund the Holly Springs Police in accordance with their wishes?

Testimony presented at last month’s public hearing on this matter indicates this is merely political posturing presented by your left-leaning peers with no factual basis to claim any accident or incident detrimental to public health and safety in decades of responsible citizen behavior.  They want it banned merely because they want it banned.  Period. 

The reality is Wake County Sheriff Gerald Baker and others unlawfully continue to deny citizens, including residents of Holly Springs, permits to purchase handguns or permits to lawfully conceal carry handguns.  OPEN CARRY remains the ONLY lawful manner some citizens possess to protect themselves and loved ones.  The Right to Keep and Bear Arms is fundamental and must be honored by those who legislate law and order among us.

The businesses in Downtown Raleigh, mere miles from Holly Springs spent Friday busily boarding up their shops in anticipation of violence, rioting, looting, and worse to come Friday and Saturday nights. A hastily called-for curfew was not enforced.  The need to protect oneself and loved ones is never more apparent than it is today. We live in lawless times where progressive “Woke” political leadership demands law enforcement step down and let havoc wreak its toll. 

As the swing vote at Tuesday’s meeting YOU, Councilman Villadsen will be responsible if the unthinkable occurs in Holly Springs and your vote prevents citizens the right to protect themselves or loved ones. Give law-abiding citizens at least a fighting chance.  Carving out “exceptions” will do the public no good unless you concurrently propose to spend considerable sums ramping up law enforcement assets and locking down the town with checkpoints, metal detectors, and random search and frisks. 

On the 18th of August, you rightly concluded banning lawful concealed carry in Holly Springs served no purpose and voted against the proposed measure. Now I ask you to vote responsibly one more time and table this equally insane idea carving out open carry exclusion zones in and around Holly Springs.

I will be monitoring your actions through Grass Roots North Carolina legislative alerts.


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POTD: Heckler & Koch SP5K-PWD and Q Mini Fix [The Firearm Blog]

POTD, short for Photo Of The Day, is TFB’s recurring articles where we go to great length trying to find the best pictures and stories out there. Today we have a photo from Alabama Arsenal, including some highly interesting firearms like the Heckler & Koch SP5K-PDW with a Ghost suppressor from Dead Air Silencers. The firearm to […]

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Saturday, 29 August


POTD: HMS Argyll Night Gunnery Firing Exercises [The Firearm Blog]

Join the NAVY and see the World! Or just have a lazy look at TFB’s Photo Of The Day and share amazing experiences like this night photo of the HMS Argyll in the Far East. The Mark 8 Mod1 4.5-inch (114mm) gun was fitted in 2010, and almost looks like a laser gun. The new gun […]

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Everytown sues over ATF treatment of "receiver blanks" [Of Arms and the Law]

Press release and link to complaint here. On a quick read:

1) Venue is in NY since Everytown is located there? Federal venue, proper location of a suit, generally keys upon location of the defendant, not the plaintiff.

2) They tend to confute the definition of a firearm (which includes firearms that may readily be converted to fire a cartridge) with receiver (which has no such inclusion). The readily converted language is there because in 1968, some juveniles were making guns by converting starter pistols to fire .22s.

3) They don't to be able to define, any better than ATF has, the point at which an item becomes a "receiver" on its trip between a block of metal or a piece of sheet metal and a finished receiver ready to receive all the other parts.

4) This "ghost gun" stuff is a continuation of a trend dating back to the early 1970s: invent a cute name for a type of gun, and move to ban it. First it was "Saturday Night Specials," then "Snubbies" (snub nosed revolvers), now "Ghost Guns."


SILENCER SATURDAY #140: The New YHM R9 Suppressor – Your Golden Ticket? [The Firearm Blog]

SILENCER SATURDAY #140: The New YHM R9 Suppressor - Your Golden Ticket?Good morning substars (copyright 2020 – Pete) and welcome to another installment of TFB’s Silencer Saturday brought to you by Yankee Hill Machine, manufacturers of the new R9 suppressor. Which coincidentally is our topic today Last week we discussed damaged suppressors and the legal and regulatory hoops owners have to go through to make repairs. Repeal (and […]

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Toolroom Prototype Smith & Wesson No.3 Revolver [Forgotten Weapons]

Lot 3197 in the September 2020 RIA Premier auction.

Good inventors are always trying out new solutions to problems. Those solutions may or may not work (hence Thomas Edison’s 10,000 ways not to make a light bulb), but the attempts can often give us interesting insight into the designer’s intentions. In this case, we have a toolroom S&W No3 revolver with a different method of opening in which the action is fits rotated to the side, and then the barrel tipped forward. It is based on US Patent #136348, granted to Daniel Wesson in February of 1873, and in the patent he describes his intention to solve several theoretical shortcomings of the No3 design, both in handling and manufacture.

Friday, 28 August


Friday Night Lights: Night Vision Skullcrusher – Helmet Alternatives [The Firearm Blog]

Night vision is typically worn on the head. It allows for the most immersive experience and interaction with the world by having your night vision goggles in front of your face. Most people use a helmet, either a bump helmet or a ballistic helmet. Helmets are great but for some people, it is unnecessary for […]

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POTD: Over-The-Beach with the U.S. Navy SEALs [The Firearm Blog]

You only live once! If you do it right, once is enough. Photo Of The Day and we take a look at the U.S. NAVY SEALs. In this sequence of photos, we watch them coming out of the sea. The SEALs operate from a variety of small boats and crafts, and submarines of course. According to […]

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Real Avid Releases New Smart Torq Precision Driver [The Firearm Blog]

Introducing the new Smart Torq from Real Avid.Real Avid, some of the firearms industry’s top tool-masters, produce a host of excellent products to help home gunsmiths. These DIY gurus offer tools like the Master Sight Pusher, the Level-Right Pro precision reticle level, a comprehensive AR-15 armorer’s kit, and many more. Recently, they also announced a budding partnership with Viridian Weapon Technologies, another […]

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Most Democrats believe Biden lie about Trump supposedly praising neo-Nazis, Klansmen, and white supremacists [John Lott's Website]

Biden in his acceptance speech: 
"Just a week ago yesterday was the third anniversary of the events in Charlottesville. Close your eyes, remember what saw on television, and remember seeing those neo-Nazis and Klansmen and white supremacists, coming out of fields with lighted torches, veins bulging, spewing the same anti-Semitic bile heard across Europe in the ‘30s. Remember the violent clash that ensued between those spreading hate and those with the courage to stand against it. Remember what the President said when asked, he said there were, quote, “very fine people on both sides.” It was a wake-up call for us as a country.  And for me, a call to action.  At that moment I knew I had to run, My father taught us that silence was complicity.  And I could never remain silent or complicit."
59% of Democrats remember it the way Biden does, as do 19% of Republicans and 37% of unaffiliated voters.
49% of Democrats Think Trump Voters Are Racist

A constant theme of the Democratic National Convention on Thursday night was that Joe Biden is a decent and honest person. Someone who wants to heal the divisions in the country and bring people together. 
Well, in his acceptance speech at the convention, Biden completely blew up that narrative.
Biden couldn’t help telling whopping lies in accusing President Trump of racism. In recalling the horrors of racists rioting in Charlottesville in 2017, Biden claimed that Trump said that there were “very fine people on both sides,” among both the protesters — which included white supremacists and white nationalists — and the counter-protesters.
We must condemn racists. But what do you make of someone who repeatedly lies that someone else is racist?
Ever since the 2016 campaign, Democrats and the media have asserted that President Trump has failed to distance himself from white nationalists and neo-Nazis. The fact that White House staffers must answer these questions shows how far out of kilter the discussion has gone.
These media depictions are so extreme that they are easily proven false. If Trump “stayed silent” and really “refused to distance himself,” there shouldn’t be any statements. Yet, there are dozens of them.
Instead of taking a few words completely out of context, here is Trump’s statement where he referred to “very fine people.”
TRUMP: Excuse me, they didn’t put themselves down as neo-Nazis, and you had some very bad people in that group. But you also had people that were very fine people on both sides. . . . I’m not talking about the neo-Nazis and the white nationalists, because they should be condemned totally – but you had many people in that group other than neo-Nazis and white nationalists, okay? And the press has treated them absolutely unfairly. Now, in the other group also, you had some fine people, but you also had troublemakers and you see them come with the black outfits and with the helmets and with the baseball bats – you had a lot of bad people in the other group too.  
REPORTER: I just didn’t understand what you were saying. You were saying the press has treated white nationalists unfairly?  
TRUMP: No, no. There were people in that rally, and I looked the night before. If you look, they were people protesting very quietly, the taking down the statue of Robert E. Lee. . . .
So what exactly is unclear? It’s hard to see how any rational person could think that Trump wasn’t condemning neo-Nazis. Was “very bad people” not strong enough? Should he have said, “very, very bad people”?
Or how about another Trump statement in the aftermath of the riots? “Racism is evil, and those who cause violence in its name are criminals and thugs, including the KKK, neo-Nazis, white supremacists and other hate groups that are repugnant to everything we hold dear as Americans.”


In the Missoulian: Bullock Ads Claim Support For The Second Amendment [John Lott's Website]

I have a new piece in the Missoulian newspaper:
For the last couple of weeks, Steve Bullock has bombarded the airwaves with ads claiming that he supports gun ownership. “Bullock took on his own party to defend our Second Amendment rights,” claims one ad, while another features his young son, Cam, saying, “He was by my side when I got my first buck.” Ads over the weekend warned voters not to be fooled on this issue: “Out-of-state secret money groups can lie all they want, the truth is [Bullock] will always keep Montanans safe.”  
Those are just some ads that Bullock has run on gun control. 
But, with an F-rating from the NRA, it is no wonder that Bullock is spending so much money trying to convince Montanans that he shares their values. He just hopes that people will forget about his gun control stances when he ran for president last year.
When Bullock ran for president, he quickly came out in support of a long list of gun control laws: a ban on some semi-automatic guns based on their appearance, Red Flag laws that let judges take away people’s guns without a hearing, higher age limits on gun ownership, and bans on magazines that can hold more than 15 bullets. 
The “assault weapon ban” might fly in California and New York where people don’t know very much about guns, but that isn’t true in Montana. While Joe Biden and Kamala Harris call AR-15s “weapons of war,” Montanans understand that the semi-automatic AR-15 merely looks like the M-16 machine gun that was made famous in the Vietnam War. No military in the world uses the AR-15. 
The rest of the piece is available here


Heckler & Koch 2020 – Successful and Profitable Again [The Firearm Blog]

As you may know, Heckler & Koch is under new ownership. The Luxembourg-based financial holding company, Compagnie de Développement de l’Eau (CDE), took a majority stake in the company earlier this year. Today they release their first official press release and it’s a very optimistic one, including the promise for “new innovative products“. Unfortunately, the press release […]

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NSSF: 2020’s First-Time Gun Owner Count Nearing 5 Million [The Firearm Blog]

The NSSF reports that almost five million Americans have become first-time gun owners this year.By now we’re all painfully aware of it: nearly all makes and models of firearms and ammo are being sold at utterly blistering rates. In-stock inventory has become harder to find than TFB TV’s James Reeves sober at a wedding. TFB reported on this trend several months ago, and it has done nothing but continue […]

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Kim Rhode’s Shotgun Advice []

Everyone has heroes or role models, and if I had to pick a shotgun hero, it would most certainly be Kim Rhode. She began winning Olympic shotgun events in 1996 and hasn’t stopped yet, earning medals at six consecutive Olympic games — including three gold medals.

My affection for her is slightly greater than admiration for her superb shooting skills; after all she did draw my name as a winner of some RE Ranger shooting glasses at the 2007 SHOT Show and a few years later I got her autograph on a photo and a box of Winchester shotgun shells which bears her photo.

Oh, and she let me fondle her medals.

If you are going to take shotgun advice from anyone, Kim Rhode qualifies. So when I saw a recent post at the Winchester ammo blog titled, “Shooting Tips from Kim Rhode,” I knew I needed to share it with y’all.

I’ll just sum up her advice and let you read the full post for more details.

Practice Your Hardest Shot

Chances are, there’s one station in your skeet or trap routine that gives you more trouble than any other. Kim did, and she says you need to figure out which one it is and shoot that station until you can break the clay 10 times in a row — then 25 times in a row. When your hardest station becomes your easiest station, you can maybe start to think you’re a little bit like Kim.

Stand Upright

Remember when your mom scolded you to stand up straight? Well, she was only trying to help your shotgun skills. Kim says it’s more tiring to stand with squatting knees & bent waist — so just bend the knees slightly (not locked) and stand tall — like a champion. That way you can swing more smoothly and you won’t get as tired.

Follow Through

Like every other shotgunner who ever lived, I’ve been guilty of stopping my swing as I fire at flying objects — and like all the rest, I learned that is not the way to break clays. You need to keep the gun moving throughout the process.

Kim’s trick to encourage follow-through during practice is to bust the clay, then fire again at a piece of the clay. This practice forces a shooter to keep his or her head down and keep swinging that gun.


If you’re going to compete, you can’t let others (or their scores) get into your head. Kim says to ignore everyone else, set small attainable goals for yourself, and concentrate on doing what you came to do. Don’t worry about beating someone; just concentrate on everything you’ve practiced.

Have Fun!

As Kim says: “Most importantly enjoy the competitions, the places, and people.”

And that, my friends, is sound advice. I hope to take it with me to the dove field in a few weeks.

Read the full Winchester post by clicking here.

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Kalashnikov Concern’s New MP-155 ULTIMA Smart Shotgun [The Firearm Blog]

Kalashnikov Concern's New MP-155 ULTIMA Smart Shotgun (1)MP-155 is one of the most popular semi-auto hunting shotguns in Russia thanks to its robust construction and affordable price. It’s available in a variety of hunting configurations and Kalashnikov Concern also offers a sort of a tactical AR-shaped shotgun (TG1) based on the MP-155 action. At the ARMY 2020 exhibition, the company introduced another, […]

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1890 Tribuzio Squeeze Pistol With Ring Trigger []

(Image: Screenshot from video)

In this video, Ian takes a look at a funky “squeeze pistol.” You know, one of those little poppers you hold in your hand and squeeze rather than pulling a trigger with one finger. Except… this one has a ring-type trigger and you have to pull (squeeze!) it with a less-dominant finger. At least, I’m hoping you don’t use your middle finger so often that it’s more dominant than your index finger…

The cool thing is that this handgun was designed about 130 years ago, in Italy. The guy’s name was Catello Tribuzio (Trabuzio?), and he clearly knew his stuff.

Examination shows just how simple it is, and the clever way it was designed. The sear and ejector are the same part, and the magazine features a pair of springs that kinda-sorta act as feed lips.

Get in a fray but don’t need to actually shoot someone? The body is nickel-plated brass, so it’s weighty enough to clobber a foe if it comes down to fisticuffs.

The cartridge was a rather stumpy one, probably rimmed and probably loaded with black powder, and this pistol has a rifled bore which measures 7.65mm.

Perhaps this is where the designers got the inspiration for the “noisy cricket” in the film “Men in Black.” Hmmm?

Like what you see? Well fortunately for you it will soon (Sept 12, 2020) come up for auction at the Rock Island Auction Company. Good luck bidding!

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FN AR Barrels Are Now Available at Primary Arms [The Firearm Blog]

Primary Arms now offers a spectrum of FN America's AR barrels.FN America‘s current AR-15 lineup – dubbed the “FN-15 Series” – includes eighteen models, ranging from 5.56 and 300BLK pistols to a competition-purposed model to California-compliant versions and more. FN also provides variants of these fighting rifles to various military and law enforcement groups around the globe. Primary Arms already carries dozens of FN America […]

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Tribuzio Ring-Trigger Squeeze Pistol [Forgotten Weapons]

Lot 1235 in the September 2020 RIA Premier auction.

This palm-squeezer type pistol was designed by Catello Tribuzio (sometimes spelled Trabuzio) of Turin around 1890. It is a very simple design, including a clever dual purpose ejector that also acts as the sear for firing. This example has a 7.65mm bore, although sometimes these are described as 8mm – whether there were two versions or simply a repeated error in documentation (since there is no ammunition available and I doubt one of these has actually been fired in at least 50 years) is not clear.


The B.O.S.S. – A New Handheld Centrifugal Gun [The Firearm Blog]

Centrifugal projectile weapons have a long history dating back to the humble sling. The late 19th and 20th centuries saw a number of attempts to create an automatic weapon capable of projecting a string of projectiles without the need for cartridges containing propellant powder. The most recent, high profile, venture into the realm of centrifugal […]

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Thursday, 27 August


TFB Review: Schmidt & Bender 3-12×50 PMII Scope with Spuhr QD Mount [The Firearm Blog]

This riflescope was my first entry into the world of Schmidt & Bender, and I bought it second hand from a friend for a fair price. The box says 3-12×50 PMII LP P4F DT 1 cm, which means that it has an illuminated P4F reticle with 1 cm clicks. What makes the 3-12×50 PMII interesting is that […]

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POTD: Hatsan Escort BTS12 Bullpup Shotgun [The Firearm Blog]

Having a shotgun as an escort sounds comforting, and in our Photo Of The Day we’ll take a look at one. The Hatsan Escort BTS12 is a bullpup,  gas-operated and magazine-fed semi-automatic shotgun. It looks great in tan! If fires 12 gauge shells from a 76 mm chamber, and the box magazines are available in 2, 5 […]

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Concealed Carry Corner: Three Different Carry Bag Options [The Firearm Blog]

Last week, I wrote about various PDWs and there were a number of people asking about the Vertx bag I had in the background. I also had people ask about other types of carry bags that work well with carrying concealed for pistols and larger weapons as well. There are endless options for carrying and […]

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Five Ruger Handguns that Changed the World []

There are many iconic companies out there that have a loyal following. Just ask anyone on social media which truck is the best, and a war of words will ensue. Handgun manufacturers have a strong following with gun owners, too, although we tend to be a little more civil with each other. One of the best known handgun manufacturers in the industry is Ruger. Over the years, Ruger has developed and sold several handguns that have made a huge impact on the gun world. Some of these iconic firearms have a design that sets them apart from everything else on the market. Others have made a mark in history with how they were marketed. Here are five Ruger handguns that have changed the world.

The Ruger Standard

Every company has to start somewhere, and with Ruger, those beginning came with the Standard, a .22-caliber semi-automatic pistol that incorporated design elements from the German Luger, the popular Colt Woodsman and Japanese Nambu pistols that Bill Ruger was fond of. The first prototypes were crude, but the idea was strong enough to get the company rolling and Ruger developed a manufacturing process and design that allowed the Standard to be produced at a much lower cost than the competition. The initial price for the Standard when released in 1949 was just $37.50. Orders for the Standard rolled in, but Ruger would not cash a check until the pistol was produced. This did two things for Ruger. It set the company up for good financial strength in the future, but also set the stage for a reputation that took many years to shed – Ruger had a habit of unveiling firearms and taking orders when there was no production of the firearm. It came to be known that if you heard of a new Ruger, it would be months before you could actually get one for yourself.

The original 1949 ad for the Ruger Standard.

The Ruger Standard was sold for decades and many owners cherish it. These magazine-fed .22 pistols evolved into the MK II, MK III and the latest version, the Ruger MK IV. The pistol is fun to shoot, cheap to own and it has a reputation for accuracy. Other companies have tried to capture the same fire with their own rimfire pistols, but this is a category that Ruger remains king in.

Ruger Single Six

In the 1940s and 50s, westerns were the most popular films and TV shows. People wanted single-action revolvers like the ones the gunslingers on TV used, but manufacturers like Colt had discontinued producing most of them in favor of newer designs. In 1953, Ruger jumped into the single-action business with, as you would expect from Ruger, a .22 rimfire – the Single Six. The Single Six got its name by being a single-action, six-shot revolver that looked just like the sidearms of the old west, but chambered in the cheap and fun to shoot .22. The model was an immediate success and led Ruger to develop other firearms in the single-action realm.

The original Single Six was made from 1953 to 1973. In 1973, the design was changed to add a transfer bar mechanism that added safety for those carrying the revolver with all six cylinders loaded. The original design let the hammer rest on a loaded chamber. The models after 1973 were called New Model Single Six. There are variations of the New Model Single Six, including the popular convertible model that comes with two cylinders, a .22LR and a .22 Magnum, that can be swapped out quickly. The model line grew to include the Single 10, a ten-shot .22LR, the Single 9 in .22 Magnum and a .32 caliber that has evolved into the .327 Federal caliber. Who has a Single Six?

Ruger SR9

There will be gun guys out there who ask, why include the SR9 in this list? I have my reasons, for sure. Let’s start with the Beretta 92, the pistol that has been the standard-issue firearm of the U.S. Military. It became well known in the firearms world that the military was looking at replacing the 92, and that a polymer-framed pistol was considered ideal due to the popularity and reliability of the Glocks. It seemed that every gun company was quick to develop a high-capacity, polymer-framed 9mm to compete for the chance at the lucrative contract. Ruger had reliable 9mm pistols in the lineup, but the frames were metal. Would they enter into the “Tactical Tupperware” arena? The answer is yes, but that is not why the SR9 makes this list.

I was working with Gun Digest when we got a call that we all needed to sign a non-disclosure agreement that was strict enough, we had to have the legal department look them over. Once things were all signed and notarized, a box showed up with instructions that no one was to see what was inside except those of us who had signed off. What we had was a non-firing model of the SR9. Why was Ruger being so secretive? Yes, they were getting into the polymer-framed market, but that wasn’t it. Ruger was breaking a tradition the company started out with. No one, and I mean no one, was going to see anything about a new pistol until it was ready to ship to dealers. There would be no lag time from when people saw it for the first time, to when they could pick it up and buy it. It pushed other companies to follow suit, which was a major development for firearms. The SR-series has evolved into the American line although the SR22 is available, along with the SR1911, but that is a different animal altogether.

Ruger Super Redhawk

The Super Redhawk is a large-caliber, double-action revolver from Ruger developed to handle the pressures of big calibers and has a larger frame designed to accept a scope for hunting. Ruger even includes the rings with the handgun. Originally released in 1987, the Super Redhawk was chambered in .44 Mag and did well against the competition from Smith & Wesson for a large-caliber hunting revolver. In 1997, Ruger added the most powerful cartridge in handguns at the time, the .454 Casull. Where Ruger diverted from the norm with the Redhawk is that they offered the .454 in a six-shot version, while all of the competition only offered their revolvers with a five-shot cylinder due to the high pressures of the round.

The Ruger Super Redhawk led to another first for the company – the first cartridge to carry the Ruger name. In 2003, Ruger and Hornady teamed up to develop the .480 Ruger. The .480 is built on the same frame as the .454 Casull, but the pressures are lower. The .480 uses a .475-bore bullet, but the lower pressures make it easier to shoot than the Casull, and easier to chamber in a six-shot revolver. It’s very close to the .475 Linebaugh, and you can fire the .480 in a revolver chambered for the Linebaugh super magnum. The lower pressures of the .480 made it a great hunting round, which is exactly what Ruger wanted. It doesn’t have the kick of the .454 or .475. Hand loaders started reloading the .480 a little too hot, which caused a brief break in production of the Super Redhawk in the caliber until Ruger could insure the sidewalls could handle the pressures.


At this past SHOT Show, anybody who went to the Ruger booth was there to see one handgun in particular, the Ruger-57.

And while there are other Ruger handguns that could easily make this list (trust me – I know!), the 57 makes it because of the buzz around it. Everyone has been asking us if we got the chance to shoot it. It’s very cool and fun. Another reason to include it here has to do with how Ruger does things. Again going back to my Gun Digest days, we got a couple of FN Five-seveN pistols and cases of ammo to test. The caliber is FN’s 5.7x28mm FN, and is a high-power, smaller caliber round with excellent velocity and carrying capacity. Both the FN and Ruger-57 can hold 20 rounds in the magazine. The FN pistol and caliber were developed as a replacement to the 9mm for NATO usage, although production was halted due to political reasons in Europe. It is now used by police agencies and is the standard-issue pistol for the U.S. Secret Service. My own experience with the FN is that it’s accurate and stupid-fun to shoot. The only reason I don’t own one is cost.

Enter the new Ruger pistol.

Ruger enters the 5.7x28mm market with a pistol that is more than $300 cheaper than the FN, and Ruger has a wider distribution network. Ammunition is now becoming more widely accessible, too, with new offerings coming often. If what we’re hearing from retails is true, the Ruger-57 is being well-received and rumors are that other companies will soon join the market. Will the 5.7x28mm be a long-lasting pistol caliber? What do you think?

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Limited Edition Blackwater Iron Horse Thumb-Operated Lower [The Firearm Blog]

Blackwater has a limited edition of their Iron Horse Lower. As you may remember Blackwater Worldwide and Iron Horse Firearms announced a partnership earlier this year. This lower is very different from others. If you haven’t noticed yet, it doesn’t have a visible trigger as it’s hidden inside the pistol grip. This makes it a […]

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TFB Behind The Gun Podcast Episode #16: Andrew Wright And George Syrengelas From SureFire [The Firearm Blog]

TFB Behind The Gun Podcast Episode #16: Andrew Wright And George Syrengelas From SureFireWelcome back dear readers (and listeners) to our latest installment of TFB’s Behind The Gun podcast featuring informative conversations with firearms industry leaders and experts in their field. Today we welcome our friends at SureFire, Andrew Wright and George Syrengelas, to talk about illumination, lasers, suppressors and more. Both of these guys are a wealth […]

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Kalashnikov Concern Reveals The RPL-20 Belt-Fed 5.45x39mm LMG [The Firearm Blog]

Kalashnikov Concern RPL-20 LMG (1)During the ARMY 2020 exhibition, Kalashnikov Concern has revealed the prototype of a new belt-fed 5.45x39mm light machine gun called RPL-20. Earlier, in an interview given to RIA Novosti news agency, Dmitry Tarasov, the CEO of Kalashnikov Concern, said that that based on the field testing of RPK-16, the Russian military formed new requirements for an LMG which were the […]

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Trying Some Dove Season Preparation []

(Photo © Russ Chastain)

Most of the time, dove season sneaks up on me and finds me unprepared. I’ll shoot a round or two of skeet at the property the morning before the hunt, usually do poorly, and do about as well on the dove field that afternoon. But this year I decided to give myself a little bit of a chance by getting in some practice ahead of time.

I dug out the old manually-operated spring-powered clay target slinger and gave it some love. It hadn’t been used in years, so it needed some oil and some welding. I’d repaired the old steel frame before, and it was due for it again, along with a little reinforcement.

The old faithful clay slinger we've been using for years. (Photo © Russ Chastain)
The old faithful clay slinger we’ve been using for years.
(Photo © Russ Chastain)

Then I headed off to a nice clearing in the woods and set up shop. All I really did was park the UTV, drop the tailgate, and stomp the target launcher’s frame into the dirt. Then I tied a loop in a line & attached it to the slinger’s trigger. Dug out some shells and some clays, and got ready to rock.

Some clays, some shells, and my favorite old shotgun. (Photo © Russ Chastain)
Some clays, some shells, and my favorite old shotgun.
(Photo © Russ Chastain)

The biggest aggravation with this system is having to manually cock the target thrower before every shot. It’s not that difficult, but you have to bend over and fight a stiff spring to get it cocked. (I’m considering a modification to help out with that, though… if that happens you can expect more on that in a later post.)

They don't make 'em like this anymore. Or do they? (Photo © Russ Chastain)
They don’t make ’em like this anymore. Or do they?
(Photo © Russ Chastain)

After cocking, I’d back off a little ways with the trigger line around my left foot. Pull line with foot, clay pigeon goes flying, try to hit it. Easy, right?

After you do it 50 times in Florida’s muggy morning heat, it’s time to call it a day.

Nice thing about an over/under: I can eject my empties right into my UTV bed. (Photo © Russ Chastain)
Nice thing about an over/under: I can eject my empties right into my UTV bed.
(Photo © Russ Chastain)

I keep my bird vest at the hunt camp, so there’s not a lot of gear prep for me to do until I get there a day or so before the hunt. Mainly it’s me I need to get into shooting shape!

I didn’t do very well this time, even though the shooting should’ve been pretty easy as the targets were flying more or less straight away from me… some days, you’re just not in the groove.

Looks like the doves are safe from me so far — but I’m gonna keep trying.

What preps are you making for dove season?

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Illinois Leads Nation in total NICS Checks Heading into September [The Firearm Blog]

Illinois Leads Nation in total NICS Checks Heading into SeptemberIllinois has officially taken the number one spot in the nation for the total number of firearm background checks for 2020. However, despite these record numbers, it seems that there is a bit of unrest developing among those who are purchasing these firearms as they have yet to receive their firearm owner’s identification (FOID) cards […]

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Kalashnikov Unveils Product Improved AK-12 [The Firearm Blog]

Hot on the heels of Kalashnikov Concern’s brand new 5.56x45mm-chambered AK-19, Russia’s leading small arms company have introduced a new and improved AK-12. The new rifle includes a number of slightly tweaked ergonomic features that were developed in light of feedback from Russian service personnel. Hrachya took a look at the new AK-19 earlier this […]

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The First S&W .38: The “Baby Russian” [Forgotten Weapons]

Lot 1249 in the September 2020 RIA Premier auction.

Taking what they had learned in developing their series of large-frame .44 caliber revolvers, Smith & Wesson introduced the “Baby Russian” in 1876 as their first .38 caliber revolver. They actually developed the cartridge first (146 grains at 740 fps), and then designed the revolver around it. The result was a 5-shot, top-break action initially offered with 3.25 inch and 4 inch barrels. It used the same simultaneous extractor as the No.3 revolvers, though this would change after only about a year with the move to a 2nd variation. The first two variations used a single action spur trigger, but this was replaced by a normal trigger and trigger guard on the 3rd variation. In total, about 161,000 were made by the time production ended in 1911.


Ye Olde Pocket Shotgun: Chichester Revolving Shotgun []

(Image: Screenshot from video)

So you want a shotgun you can slip into a pocket, eh? Well… no dice. Turns out, “pocket shotgun” is only a name… kinda like “compact car.” It’s essentially a crazy-long-barrelled revolver handgun with a shoulder stock fitted on, and a funky sort of sheet metal shield behind the cylinder to protect your peepers from bits of burning powder & whatnot.

It was made by Hopkins & Allen for Chichester Rifle Company… Ian says:

“It’s spelled chy-chester, but because it’s British it’s pronounced chichistuh.”

…but actually the company was based in Jersey City, NJ.

This revolving rifle is chambered for — wait for it — 38 rimfire shotshells!

You heard me.

The cool sheet metal face shield doubles as an aperture (peep) sight, too. Nice!

Psssst, Ian… that rear sight is a groove, not a trough. It ain’t for feeding critters…

It’s an interesting old shootin’ iron… and he even shows us two different versions.

Here’s a link to the auction page for this gun (click here), slated to go up for auction on Sept. 12, 2020.

Ever seen anything like this? (No, the Taurus Judge doesn’t count.)

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5.11 Tactical’s Video – RUSH: ALPHA TEAM [The Firearm Blog]

A long list of companies partnered with Offensive Marketing Group to try to make a new and different take on commercials. Judging by the feedback I’ve read it seems they succeeded. In the video (see the bottom of this article) you can see the latest gear in action combined with firearms and other tactical products, […]

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Wednesday, 26 August


Cities And Everytown Sue BATFE Over “Ghost Guns” []

In a lawsuit supported by the Everytown Law, the cities of Syracuse, San Jose, Chicago, and Columbia, SC have sued the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives over 80% receivers. Of course, they characterize them as “ghost guns” and not semi-finished lumps of metal or polymer.

BATFE is accused of failing to follow the Gun Control Act of 1968.

From the lawsuit:

Defendants ATF and United States Department of Justice (“DOJ”) refuse to apply the clear terms of the Gun Control Act. That federal law defines regulated “firearms” to include not only operable weapons but also their core building blocks—frames for pistols, and receivers for long guns—so long as those core building blocks are designed to be or may be readily converted into operable weapons. See 18 U.S.C. § 921(a)(3). Notwithstanding that statutory language, Defendants have declined to regulate unfinished ghost gun frames and receivers as “firearms,” even though they are designed to be and may be readily converted into
operable weapons.

Instead, Defendants have issued rules and letter determinations—continuing to this day—giving the green light to the unregulated sale of unfinished ghost gun frames and receivers.

The cities and Everytown are seeking an injunction and a declaratory relief in the Federal lawsuit brought in the Southern District of New York. They want any and all determination letters set aside.

The Everytown press release makes these assertions:

A ghost gun is a do-it-yourself, homemade gun made from easy-to-get, building blocks that are unregulated under the ATF’s current interpretation of federal law. These guns are finished by an individual, not a federally licensed manufacturer or importer. Ghost guns are one of the fastest-growing gun safety problems facing our country. 

The ATF’s current interpretation of federal law — which the lawsuit seeks to have set aside as unlawful — allows people who can’t legally own a firearm to easily buy the parts for a ghost gun. In only a few hours, these self-made weapons become fully functioning, untraceable firearms. A person can buy the parts and assemble a ghost gun without even receiving a background check

Research by Everytown shows ghost guns are becoming a weapon of choice for people with felony convictions, gun traffickers, and other people legally prohibited from owning guns. 

I call BS on the assertion that “ghost guns” are the weapon of choice of criminals. Stolen guns and guns obtained through illegal straw purchases are much more likely to be found in the hands of a criminal than a completed Glock-ish Polymer80.

Former BATFE technical expert Rick Vasquez had this to say in a Reuters report:

But Rick Vasquez, a Virginia-based firearms consultant and former ATF technical expert who evaluated guns and gun products to help the bureau determine if they were legal, said anyone wanting to address the proliferation of kit guns should pass new laws in Congress.

There is no word if Everytown Law intends to demand that the plumbing department of Lowes, Home Depot, and Menards now be required to have a FFL. As Tam