The 2019 Gun Rights Policy Conference starts this Friday in Phoenix, Arizona. The event is jointly sponsored by the Second Amendment Foundation and the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms. This is the 34th annual event and may be the best attended yet. According to Alan Gottlieb, over 1,000 people have already pre-registered.
The 2019 GRPC is being held at the Sheraton Crescent Hotel located at 2620 W Dunlap Ave in Phoenix.
This will be the eighth GRPC that I’ve will have attended. Each and every one features a packed agenda. The speakers include both the well-known and the not-so-well known. Topics have ranged from what is going on in the states to international efforts at gun control.
This year’s draft agenda has been released. I don’t remember the last time the agenda was so packed. Virtually every minute is filled on Saturday from 8am until 6pm. Then it starts back up again on Sunday at 8:50am and runs until 1pm.
I have been invited back for the fifth time to be a speaker on “Using New Media to Advance Gun Rights.” I feel kind of like Sally Field when she won the Oscar.
11:45 p.m. Using New Media to Advance Gun Rights
Charlie Cook, YouTube host, Riding Shotgun with Charlie
Don Irvine, chair, Accuracy in Media
Paul Lathrop, Polite Society Podcast
John Richardson, blogger, Only Guns and Money Blog
Dean Weingarten, author and regular guest on Lock and Load Radio
Dan Zimmerman, TheTruthAboutGuns.com
There will be other events being held in conjunction with the Gun Rights Policy Conference.
On Thursday evening from 6-8pm, a fundraiser will be held for the DC Project at Pot of Gold Estate Liquidations & Auctions in Avondale, AZ.
Friday, from 8am until 5pm, the 3rd Annual AMM-Con (Alternative Mass Media Convention) Second Amendment Media Workshop will be held. It is sold out.
On Friday evening, a concealed carry fashion show will be put on at the Sheraton Crescent Hotel by Amanda Suffecool, Rob Campbell, and REALIZE Firearms Coalition. It will be held in conjunction with the opening reception.
Finally, at the conclusion of GRPC on Sunday, Forefront will provide a 90-minute training course for the LEARN/SAFER HOMES suicide prevention program. ” You will walk away from this practical and hands-on training feeling like you can play a proactive role in helping reduce and prevent firearms, drugs, and other methods of death by suicide.”
If you cannot attend the Gun Rights Policy Conference in person, you can still see and hear all the speakers. A livestream of the entire conference will be on Facebook on the SAF Page.
Be sure to like the page and turn on notifications so that you can get an alert the moment the conference starts. Here is the easiest way to do that:
Step 1: Click “Like”
Step 2: Click the bar that says “Following”
Step 3: Click “See First”
Step 4: Click “On (Highlight Posts)”
I never considered Robert Francis O’Rourke, the Hispanic cultural appropriator, to be particularly inspiring. Obviously, I was seriously mistaken.
The Hispanic cultural appropriator known as Beto inspires all sorts of artists.
Here is an example of how he has inspired street artists. The sample was provided by The Gun Writer.
He has also inspired those who work with metal. This particular piece of art will soon be available to the public from the Artist Known As PSA.
If you come across any more pieces of art inspired by Robert Francis, please put a link in the comments.
Over the last few years, I have been running the Aimpoint magnifier with their PRO and CompM4 red dots. When I bought the magnifier for my Aimpoint, I still had the factory mount that twisted off the mount. It was an early Aimpoint mount and I decided to purchase a LaRue swivel mount for my […]
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Picture Of The Day – we got to the Republic of Latvia, located in the Baltic region of Northern Europe. It’s a small country with only about 2 million inhabitants. Today we listen to Lieutenant General Leonīds Kalniņš (Chief of Defence of Latvia), and his words: The main skill of every soldier – it’s accurate shooting… […]
The 5.11 Norris Boot Review “I think you should try to put one in the cannon.” It’s not often that your mother-in-law is also your chief enabler-in-law. Before we left for the European in-law vacation, I told Debbie (of Thanksgiving Mailroom 2018 fame) that 5.11 sent me a pair of Norris boots to try out […]
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Among all the things sought by military collectors including military surplus gear, firearms, uniforms, and other collectibles, there is a great interest in original military leather and web gear items. As time continues to pass, such specimens of military history are ever dwindling.
In 1944 my father, then 24 years of age, was introduced to his crew of a B-24 Liberator in which they would complete 25 bombing raids over Germany. One of his first tasks was to hand out to each crew member from a cardboard box a 1911 45 ACP pistol housed in a US M3 leather shoulder holster. In those days, flight crew members retained possession of these guns after returning home. In an attached photo you can see that original Colt 1911 and dad’s M3 holster.
Many of those M3 leather holsters were manufactured in West Bend, Wisconsin by a company named Enger-Kress. Dad’s holster is so stamped, along with the rare date stamp of “44.” The Enger-Kress Pocketbook Company began business in America in 1882 by two German immigrants, George Enger and August Kress.
Imagine two Germans owning a company producing war materials for Americans. Their original factory was in Milwaukee, but it burned to the ground. The city of West Bend offered them $20,000 to move the factory there.
The history of the company is quite interesting in that they were among the first to hire women during the war. They also permitted the women to carry work home, which proved convenient for families at the time. The company also provided two beer breaks per day in which young boys brought cold beers on the factory floor. Quite innovative.
During WWII, Enger-Kress manufactured 800,000 pistol holsters, 500,000 machine gun cases, 1.7 million helmet liners, and 1.3 million helmet chin straps. The company finally closed in 2006 having succumbed to foreign products flooding the marketplace.
Another popular military leather holster from the WWII era is the Boyt 1911 holster for hip carry. In 1901 the Walter Boyt Saddlery Company made fine leather harnesses for buggies in their Iowa location. The company became the Boyt Harness Company in 1925.
As WWII beckoned, production turned to making their M1916 belt carry holsters for the 1911. They also produced the M3 holsters as well from 1941-1945. Boyt remains in business today making hunting and outdoor products under a variety of company names.
Military holsters made by Enger-Kress and Boyt can still be found for the collector in various conditions at various prices. Collecting military leather is just another interesting collector hobby.
If they really mean it when they say “Don’t sweat the small stuff,” they surely were not talking about gun and shooting accessories. Gun people, preppers, and survivalists thrive on accessories. There is little wonder there are literally millions of them.
We’ve been lucky enough over the years to field-test many firearm, shooting, and hunting accessories to determine their feasibility and value. Among the dozens of items we have tested afield and at the range, here are just a scant few that we selected to point out again.
If you own a classic Ruger 10-22 rimfire rifle (as every prepper should), you know the reliability of this rifle. Another plus is the myriad of accessories that can be bought for this rifle.
Some have found the standard 25-round “banana clip” magazine for the 10-22 a bit long for some applications. Ruger has brought out a shorter 15-round magazine for the 10-22, which I have found particularly handy for use with the break-down Charger pistol model — especially with a bipod mounted at the front.
Speaking of bipods, if you have an AR-15 with a lower Picatinny rail and want a solid bipod, consider the GG&G AR-Bipod. GG&G supplies many accessories to the military and their bipods are among the most robust in the industry. Their connection is solid with a thumb-screw lockdown to a rail. Each leg pops and locks firmly in place and the legs extend for shooting off vehicle hoods, walls, tables, or other such vantage points.
Magpul is another accessory supplier that cannot be beat. Add their Hand Stop Kit to the rifle to give extra hold and support. Their M-Lok rail sections are easy to mount to add a host of other accessories.
Having a hard time grasping the slide of your pistol? Add a stick-on Slide Spider by ArachniGrip. This custom-cut gritty stick-on gripper fits right over the top of the slide and its fingers fit down into the slide serrations for an extra grab surface. These are a must-have.
And to add further grip to a pistol, slip a Hogue Handall Grip Sleeve over the factory grip. This rubberized sleeve allows a better purchase on the grip, preventing slippage and slide during firing. This is a great accessory to aid in shooting and safe gun handling.
Federal Ammunition has announced their own answer to the Aguila Minishell, and they’re calling it the Shorty Shotshell.
Who wants little bitty shotgun shells? Lots of folks, apparently. Minishells have gained serious traction in the marketplace. I for one was pleasantly surprised at how many clay targets I broke with them at the SHOT Show, as I enjoyed their reduced noise and recoil. And as far as I know, Aguila has had that market all to themselves until now.
From the press release:
Federal unveils its new Shorty Shotshells, which deliver similar full-sized performance without the length of standard shells. Shipments of Federal Shorty Shotshells have been delivered to dealers.
Great things really do come in small packages. Although just 1 ¾-inch long, new Shorty shotshells offer similar patterns, energy and accuracy as full-size counterparts. Now available in 8 shot, 4 buck and rifled slug loads perfect for fun at the range.
Federal’s Shorty lineup currently includes three loads, No. 8 bird shot, No. 4 buck shot, or rifled slug:
Let’s compare the Shorty with the Minishell, per the manufacturer specs:
Federal: 15/16 ounce payload, 1145 fps MV
Aguila: 5/8 ounce payload, 1200 fps MV
Federal: 15/16 ounce payload, 15 pellets No. 4 buckshot, 1200 fps MV
Aguila: 5/8 ounce payload, 11 pellets total (7xNo. 4 and 4xNo. 1 buckshot), 1200 fps MV
Federal: 1 ounce slug, 1200 fps MV
Aguila: 7/8 ounce slug, 1300 fps MV
It’s clear that Federal is upping the ante as far as charge size, offering a full one-third (33%) increase in charge weight for both the birdshot and buckshot loads, and a slug that’s slightly heavier as compared with the Aguila’s Minishell.
Another factor: Federal ammo is made in USA while Aguila is made in Mexico.
As far as I can tell, the jury is out on whether the market for these small shells will stand the test of time. After all, the trend has been for standard shotshell length to steadily grow over time.
What do you think about these little short shotgun shells? What uses do you think they are suited for?
Here’s an interesting video from an unlikely-looking guy, who believes he has found a legal loophole allowing Californians to carry a concealed firearm without a permit.
It all started when a law enforcement officer told him about it, so he looked it up and learned more. Turns out, there’s a “hunting & fishing” exemption in CA state law which provides for licensed hunters and fishermen to tote a concealed firearm while engaging in those activities.
The catch? It has to be unloaded while going to and from your hunting and fishing “expedition.”
So you’re strolling down the street with your Ronco Pocket Fisherman in your hand, a fishing license in your pocket, and a popper on your hip. Are you legal? Well… maybe.
One YouTube commenter identified as “Joe Null” posted quite a long remark dissecting the law along with its caveats and requirements. Here’s what he said:
The “fishing exemption” only applies to CA conceal carry laws.
There is no “fishing exemption” to CA loaded firearm in public laws.
If you have a valid CA fishing license…
… it is legal to conceal carry an unloaded handgun while traveling to and from your fishing site.
… it is legal to conceal carry an unloaded handgun while fishing in an area that prohibits the discharge of firearms.
… it is legal to conceal carry a loaded handgun while fishing in an area that does not prohibit the discharge of firearms.
It is legal to open carry a loaded firearm or an unloaded firearm in an area where it is legal to discharge firearms.
It is legal to open carry an unloaded antique firearm.
This would be CA legal method of carrying, as a person with a valid CA fishing license and fishing in a place where it is legal to discharge firearms:
1. Exit residence and foot travel to vehicle = unloaded in locked container.
2. While in vehicle = unloaded in locked container.
3. Exit vehicle and foot travel to fishing site = unloaded conceal carry.
4. At fishing site, while fishing = loaded conceal carry.
5. Foot travel from fishing site to vehicle = unloaded conceal carry.
6. While in vehicle = unloaded in locked container.
7. Exit vehicle and foot travel to residence = unloaded in locked container.
This would be CA legal method of carrying, as a person with a valid CA fishing license and fishing in a place where it is illegal to discharge firearms:
1. Exit residence and foot travel to vehicle = unloaded in locked container.
2. While in vehicle = unloaded in locked container.
3. Exit vehicle and foot travel to fishing site = unloaded conceal carry.
4. At fishing site, while fishing = unloaded conceal carry.
5. Foot travel from fishing site to vehicle = unloaded conceal carry.
6. While in vehicle = unloaded in locked container.
7. Exit vehicle and foot travel to residence = unloaded in locked container.
As usual, government makes it far more complicated than it needs to be. But this info might allow come Californians to be a little safer, I suppose.
Take this all with several grains of salt… we are not offering legal advice here. Just passing along some interesting information to those unfortunate folks who call California ‘home.’
Moral: Even tie-dye-wearing long-hairs like to be free.
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Recently, a Redditor named Jordan bought a Keltec RDB bullpup rifle, which is chambered in 5.56 NATO. After the RDB’s 2 month birthday, Jordan found some FAMAS airsoft parts for sale and wondered if they could be mated to his RDB. One of his goals was to not permanently alter the RDB. I admire a […]
Fine Ballistic Tools, or FBT (three letters we hold dear), is a young Austrian company which many of our readers have likely never heard of. It is always interesting to go to an event such as ADIHEX and finding companies like FBT, bringing something new to the market. Core activities of FBT revolve around carbon […]
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The M1 Carbine was originally designed in the early days of World War 2 as a scaled-down version of the M1 Garand, the main battle rifle. The intent wasn’t to issue the Carbine to smaller people, but for those keeping the war machine logistics running. The idea was that people packaging or driving supplies for […]
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Thanks to an anonymous source for sending this cringeworthy content. On September 4, 2019, the 11 RGK (11th Special Forces Regiment) of Malaysia held a demonstration. This Malaysian body armor demonstration failure resulted in the death of a Major on his way to the hospital. We have seen similar tests and we always caution our […]
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Beretta Italy have just launched the new 694 over/under 12 gauge shotgun, replacing the 692 series that was released back in 2013. The new gun has a redesigned receiver, redesigned stock with more upright pistol grip, while still offering the superior Steelium Plus, cold-hammer forged barrel made in-house in Gardone Val Trompia factory in Italy. It also has a new forend design that uses a button instead of a lever release.
It will be initially offered in Sporting and Trap versions, and B-Fast adjustable stock is optional.
There is no information if there will be a 694 Black series with a black receiver, carbon fiber top rib and trigger, but we can all assume it will be available at a later date.
Juan Esperanza was one of the two partners who formed the Astra company (with Pedro Unceta). When the two had a falling-out in 1925 and parted ways, Esperanza formed his own company and went on something of a patenting binge. He made an unsuccessful attempt at designing a new machine gun for the Spanish army, and then settled down to make a family of pistols to compete with his former partner’s. These were all called the Ecia Model 1930, and there was a small frame .25 ACP (targeted at the Astra 200 market), a medium frame .32 ACP / .380 ACP (to compete with the Astra 300), and a large frame 9mm Largo model to match up against the Astra 400. The Ecia design was double action, and each size offered a magazine capacity one greater than the comparable Astra. They also have a nicer grip angle, and handle more nicely than the Astra.
Unfortunately for Esperanza, the Spanish military had already adopted the Astra in 1921, and the new Ecia was not sufficiently better to warrant replacing the guns already in service. The pistols were also relatively expensive, and there was minimal civilian interest. Total Ecia production was just 100-150 guns, with each frame size being numbered in a separate series. For more information on the Ecia as well as Astra and other Spanish handguns, I recommend Leonardo Antaris’ reference book “Astra Pistols and Selected Competitors”:
High Desert Rifle Works is a premier organization for not only long-range tutelage, but they are well known for their keen eye in quality optics. This discerning attention to detail has lead them to now carry Blackhound Optics; specifically, their Genesis Series. The founder and owner of High Desert Rifle Works, Thomas Gomez, is a […]
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We should all know what former Congresssman and current presidential candidate Robert Francis O’Rourke said by now. If you don’t, you can see it here.
Alan Gottlieb, wearing his Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms hat, had a good response to the mask coming off.
“Thanks to O’Rourke,” he noted, “Democrats have just graduated from being the ‘party of gun control’ to officially being the ‘party of gun confiscation,’ and nobody in the firearms community is going to forget that.
“From this moment forward,” he predicted, “when Democrats talk about ‘gun reform’ or ‘gun safety,’ the whole country will know they’re not just talking about gun control, they’re talking about taking firearms from law-abiding citizens who have committed no crime.
You can see Alan’s full release here.
Some might mock a Marine shooting a pistol one-handed. We all know that would be pretty unwise. Especially as this Marine is Sgt. Maj. John Canley – a recent Medal of Honor recipient. Canley claims “to always shoot a pistol with only one hand – he fires more accurately that way.” Sgt.Maj. Canley visited Marine Corps Base Quantico […]
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Mike Flynn has retained the formidable Sydney Powell, who is already hitting hard. She's first-rate when it comes to prying out hidden evidence, as she proved in the Ted Steven case, in Enron, and others. In Enron, the client had been convicted of amending a contract so as to take it from a legal to an illegal arrangement. Her client had been sentenced to, and was serving, prison time. She discovered the government had held back a document that showed to a certainty that someone else (who the government never charged) had made the change to the contract.
For details, get her book! Licensed to Lie.
A friend pointed out a Twitter post by a Nathan Rubin. His Twitter bio says he’s an “award winning” author and Democratic activist. His book, Boomers to Millennials: Moving America Forward, does have some awards but it doesn’t look like it sold too many copies. Amazon puts it in the top 1.9 million best sellers.
Here is what Rubin wrote on Twitter:
New Rule — you can’t call yourself a law abiding gun owner if your response to a mandatory gun buyback is “come and get it.”— Nathan H. Rubin (@NathanHRubin) September 14, 2019
Either you’d follow the law and turn it in (because that’d be the law), or you’re an irresponsible criminal who has no business owning an AK-47 or AR-15.
So unless I am a compliant sheep and turn in my ARs and AKs, I will be considered (by him) to be an irresponsible criminal. Hmm.
David Burkhead gave the best response to this nonsense on Facebook.
You can’t call yourself a law abiding American if you don’t return fugitive slaves to their owners. You can’t call yourself a law abiding Chinese if you don’t report any disagreement with Mao to the authorities. You can’t call yourself a law abiding German if you don’t report the presence of any hiding Jews.
See how that works?
The only one I’d add is that you couldn’t call yourself a law abiding Soviet citizen if you didn’t report someone criticizing the Communist Party to the KGB. In Stalin’s time, that was enough to either get you an ounce of lead along with an unmarked grave or a trip to the Gulag Archipelago.
I think that is the dream in the back of the minds of the authoritarian gun prohibitionists.
NRA-ILA’s Grassroots Programs and Campaign Field Operations Division hosted multiple seminars during the 2019 NRA Personal Protection Expo in Fort Worth,Texas to educate gun owners on the importance of getting involved in the 2020 Elections. It is no secret that the anti-gunners are fired up and well-funded, and if we are going to be victorious on Election Day, it will be because pro-Second Amendment voters start now to prepare for next year’s elections.
Stanford Law Professor John Donohue and Theodora Boulouta, a Stanford undergrad, wrote an opinion piece in the New York Times that claims their new research shows the 1994 “assault weapons” ban really did work. Their finding is that, “Compared with the decade before its adoption, the federal assault weapon ban in effect from September 1994 through 2004 was associated with a 25 percent drop in gun massacres (from eight to six) and a 40 percent drop in fatalities (from 81 to 49).”
Democrat Presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke continues to struggle to gain any sort of traction for his campaign. With some polls putting him in 10th place, and his average sitting around 7th, some might say that it is desperation time for the candidate who was once a darling with the far left and the legacy media while he was running his losing campaign to unseat U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-Tex.). A recent tweet from O’Rourke is just one clue that the candidate is, indeed, becoming desperate.
The Democrat Party is now so aligned with gun control that every major candidate running for its 2020 presidential nomination recently appeared in a propaganda video produced by one of the nation’s most active firearm prohibition groups. It should come as no surprise, then, that a bill introduced in the Democrat-controlled U.S. House of Representatives to ban most modern semi-automatic long guns, and the original-equipment magazines used with such firearms, is rapidly gaining steam. Your help is urgently needed to ensure this wide-ranging gun ban never becomes law.
As was continually threatened while Congress was on its six-week Summer break, House Democrats hastily convened a hearing on Tuesday to promote their latest batch of anti-gun bills. The House Judiciary Committee’s markup of three bills, with Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) controlling the process, went as one might expect. The anti-gun Democrat majority railed against guns, while Republicans demonstrated the innumerable flaws with each proposal.
On September 3, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors smeared millions of law-abiding Americans by unanimously adopting a resolution that designated NRA a “domestic terrorist organization.” Less than one week later, on September 9, NRA filed a federal lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California against the City and County of San Francisco and the Board of Supervisors to vindicate the political and First Amendment rights of NRA members and all Americans.
On the eve of 2020, everyone should be comfortable with the idea of adding weaponlights to pistols and rifles that are used as tools for protection. Forget the sun going down: walk into a building, into a parking garage, under a bridge or into the woods from bright daylight and a quality weaponlight may give […]
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The Royal North West Mounted Police (later merged with the Dominion Police to become the RCMP – Royal Canadian Mounted Police) are an interesting and often overlooked element of the western frontier. We Americans tend to only think about the Old West up to northern Montana and Idaho, but of course things were not that much different on the other side of the border in Alberta, Saskatchewan, Yukon, and the other western provinces. Starting with their founding in 1873, law enforcement in western Canada was the domain of the RNWMP, and they used an interesting mixture of British Empire arms and American arms – Colts and Adams; Winchesters and Sniders.
“Arms and Accoutrements of the Mounted Police, 1873-1973” covers the whole range or arms and accessories used by the Mounties. Handguns, rifles, shotguns, machine guns, swords, lances, and even artillery (yes, they had some artillery). This is a great book for any Canadian collector, and quite interesting for the rest of us as well – a window into a police agency we don’t often think about.
Portable and reusable, and one of the best known and iconic anti-tank (anti-whatever) rocket-propelled grenade launchers ever. That is the subject in TFB’s Photo Of The Day, and above you can see the grenade just leaving the launcher. The RPG-7 (РПГ-7) has been in use since the very early 1960, including the Vietnam War. RPG-7s […]
The Instapundit linked to a post on the OM Blog that digital camera sales are declining sharply. The reason, of course, is the rise of the smart phone and the improvement of its photo taking ability.
Camera sales are continuing to falling off a cliff. The latest data from the Camera & Imaging Products Association (CIPA) shows them in a swoon befitting a Bollywood roadside Romeo. All four big camera brands — Sony, Fuji, Canon, and Nikon — are reposting rapid declines. And it is not just the point and shoot cameras whose sales are collapsing. We also see sales of higher-end DSLR cameras stall. And — wait for it — even mirrorless cameras, which were supposed to be a panacea for all that ails the camera business, are heading south.
My first camera was a Kodak Instamatic 100 that used 126 film and flash bulbs. I eventually moved up to 35mm with a used Canon Canonet QL 17 rangefinder which I picked up for $10 in an antique store. My first single lens reflex didn’t get purchased until I was well into college. It was a Canon AE-1 with your standard 55mm prime lens. I think I paid somewhere in the neighborhood of $250 at one of the camera stores in New York City.
The really cool kids had Nikons. They were way out of my price range especially since I was just an amateur. Nonetheless, I lusted after them.
Today the Complementary Spouse and I went to a church bazaar in Hendersonville. By the time we arrived, prices had been cut 50%.
The first thing I saw was this Nikomat EL priced for $2 meaning I paid one whole US dollar for it! The Nikomat was the Japanese market version of the Nikkormat. It has one minor dent on the viewfinder housing, some brassing of the body, and a little dust. It came with the Nikkor 50mm f1.4 lens.
On the same table I saw another Nikon for sale. It was the Nikon FM which also cost me $1. Given I had picked up my last Nikon for $35 at Goodwill, I think I did damn good getting not one but two classic Nikons for $2.
I think if you need any proof that the film camera market is dead this was it.
I do have a couple of digital DSLRs (Canon and Olympus) but like most people I use my cell phone for the quick shots. I could upgrade them but, like most rifles in terms of accuracy, they can do more than I am capable of doing. Adding insult to injury, I took the pictures of my new Nikons using my iPhone.
I’ll leave the final word to Om Malik from his OM Blog.
But mostly, our pictures — even the best ones — function as glorified postcards on Instagram, Facebook, or some other messaging app. No one on WhatsApp cares if you made a photo in 50 megapixels or 12 megapixels Just as, in the cloud, no one gives two hoots if your server is Sun, Dell or HP.
I have a five-year old camera, and I can’t conceive of a convincing reason to get a new one. The one I own was very good at the start of its life, it cost me a lot of money, and I suspect it has a long life ahead of it. And to be clear, I am extremely fond of my camera. I find absolutely no joy in the demise of the standalone camera.
Good day lead slingers and welcome back to the 90th edition of TFB’s Silencer Saturday. Over the last 18 months we’ve covered a broad range of topics – from Hollywood movie silencer depictions, to using a MILSTD decibel meter to rate the newest and most unique suppressors available on the American market. Rimfire, pistol, […]
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A while back, I visited @CanadianGunLover, and we did a bit of shooting with an 1866 Chassepot. I lost track of the footage and only just now found where I had put it – so today is some Chassepot shooting! A couple things to note; the rifle sounds very quiet because my microphone was clipping it off, sorry. And yes, we are on a very short range bay – it’s what was available at the time. The ammo we are using was made by CGL, and was a bit longer than military spec, which led to the bolt getting tight to close more quickly that would have originally been the case. But even with that, the rapidity of fire offered by the Chassepot completely outclassed all the muzzleloaders still in service.
Just like firearms, there is a world of accessories for the night vision equipped shooter. In this week’s edition of Friday Night Lights, I will highlight some of the commonly used or interesting night vision helmet safety accessories that I have used or have seen other people use. Hopefully, you will discover something here that […]
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The Panzerfaust 3 looks like a futuristic, or at least modern, thing. But it was designed and developed by Dynamit Nobel AG in the late 1970s into the mid-1980s, and came into service in 1992. If you’ve seen the Memes you know what it does. It fausts Panzers! There is also a Bunkerfaust version. You […]
Hello and welcome back to another Featured Deals of the Week. I’m your host, Benjamin F, and this is the “I just got back from vacation” edition of DOTW. Colt LE6920 5.56 Carbine – $899.00 What the deal is: It’s the Colt LE6920. I mean there’s not much else to add, most everyone is familiar […]
Recently the US Army’s Next Generation Squad Weapons program moved into its next phase, with three companies down selected, one of these was SIG Sauer. We had the pleasure of sitting down to speak with SIG Sauer’s CEO, Ron Cohen, at the 2019 Defence & Security Equipment International (DSEI) exposition in London. We were able […]
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Created in 1953 Ian Fleming’s British Secret Agent James Bond continues to fascinate. In 2017 TFB visited The London Film Museum and the exhibition James Bond in Motion, with a focus on firearms of course. “007 Store” now have a Limited Edition of Francisco Scaramanga’s Golden Gun (prop) for sale. LIMITED EDITION GOLDEN GUN […]
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“Get down on your knees!” It’s not something a teacher ordinarily would shout during a summer training program, but this is no ordinary program. This teacher was participating in active shooter response training under Florida’s revamped Coach Aaron Feis Guardian Program at Southport Elementary School near Panama City.
Fayetteville police reported a home invasion Thursday evening that left one intruder dead and another at large after being shot by the homeowner. It comes less than 24 hours after another home invasion in the county.
In a recent press release, SIG SAUER announced a partnership with FLIR to improve their SIG SAUER Academy Night Vision Operators Course. They will utilize FLIR’s night vision and thermal imaging products to help familiarize and train their students. According to SIG Sauer Academy, their Night Vision Operators Course is limited to current LE and […]
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MSNBC host Chris Matthews suggested Thursday that former Rep. Beto O’Rourke’s proposed mandatory buyback of semi-automatic rifles is a losing issue. “I don’t know where you get away with that,” the liberal host said after Thursday night’s Democratic presidential primary debate.
Okay—we all knew that President Donald J. Trump broke the minds of liberal America. You see that with the ongoing myth peddling concerning Russian collusion.
When it comes to shotguns, there’s no such thing as “too many.” Sadly, though, there’s a government-defined term known as “too short” (can you say, “Ruby Ridge?”). Sometimes a handgun shotgun is just fine with the BATF and you can own one without fear of gummint agents battering down your door in the middle of the night; this one is legal as long as you pay the NFA bribe money for a short-barreled shotgun or “any other weapon” (AOW).
That said, this ain’t your standard stumpy scattergun. It’s actually a Defiance brand 20-gauge side-by-side double-barrel break-action shotgun which was 100% designed as a handgun — way back in the 1920s — and made by California Arms Company in San Francisco.
The grip and forend are made of cast aluminum, and are pretty robust.
The action is simple, and features a pair of strikers with round knurled handles at the rear which you grab and pull back to cock each one separately. This is very much like so many old single-shot rimfire rifles and some other types of guns, so it may look familiar.
If all this isn’t cool enough, consider the pair of trap doors on the bottom of the grip, providing in-grip storage for spare ammo.
The barrels are just a little longer than 12 inches, and this one has the low serial number of 25.
Only about 300 Defiance shotgun pistols were made. This one sold for $3,738 in December of last year.
It’s definitely cool.
Back in January ZEV Tech unveiled their first pistol, the O.Z-9. They have now introduced a compact version of the pistol – the O.Z-9 Compact. The new O.Z-9 C has similar dimensions to the Glock 19, with a 7.3″ overall length but with parts like ZEV’s PRO Magwell is slightly heavier at 26.25oz. Here’s what ZEV Tech […]
The legendary baseball manager Casey Stengel is reported to have said, “Can’t anybody here play this game”, in reference to the abysmal performance of the 1962 New York Mets. That became the name of a book by Jimmy Breslin telling the story of that season.
After reading of Rob Pincus’ experiences yesterday at the preliminaries of the NRA Board Meeting, the Stengel quote was the first thing that came to mind.
After checking in at the security desk around 12:30pm, Rob was removed from the meeting area…. not a meeting room, not from trying to steal a free lunch with the Directors… from the entire meeting area at the hotel. He was at first told that he could not come back until Saturday Morning for the main Board Meeting. After challenging that he believed that Members were allowed to attend Committee Meetings, security relented and said he could return at 1:30 on the afternoon, but would not provide any details about what committees were meeting or in which specific rooms.
Rob returned to the meeting area at 1:30pm, the scheduled time for the Legal Affairs Committee. He was greeted by the same security supervisor that escorted him out of the area less than an hour before. He was told specifically where to sit in the room… and a security guard at next to him.
It only gets worse in Rob’s own words.
“The thing that is bothering me right now: NRA claims 5 million Members. Members are ostensibly allowed to attend these meetings. Social media is on fire in regard to the crisis at the organization. There was only one committee meeting this afternoon, one of the most important ones, the Legal Affairs Committee.
There were less than 10 empty chairs in the room and I was basically given a personal security escort. The NRA wasn’t prepared for Members to attend, nor did they appear to want Members to attend.
After the meeting went into Executive Session, I went to the Secretary’s Office adjacent to the meeting room to request a schedule of the meetings scheduled for the next day and, as the staffer was writing them down for me, Security showed up and told me I needed to leave. Rudely. They would not even let the staffer provide me with the information. At that point, NRA Director Robert Brown came over to see what was going on and Security insisted that I leave the entire meeting area forcing the Director to walk out into the hallway to finish his conversation with me. Security was smug and increasingly aggressive as the short moment went on.”
This is NOT how to play the game. All it does is show fear and you never want to show fear.
Here is how it should have gone.
“Mr. Pincus, thank you for registering and attending. We rarely get members coming to these meetings. We are glad to have you here.”
“Here is a list of the committee meeting and times. Which committee meeting did you want to attend first? Oh, the Legal Affairs Committee? Bob (big security guard) here will show you how to get there. The room is somewhat out of the way.”
When the Legal Affairs Committee went into Executive Session, the Chairman should have said, “Mr. Pincus, we are going into Executive Session to discuss (whatever). I hate to do this but I’m going to have to ask you to leave the room. If you’ll head to the Secretary’s desk, I’m sure that they will be happy to point you to other committees. We really do hope to see you again tomorrow at the Board Meeting.”
The proper way to have done all of this was to kill Rob with kindness. Butter should not have melted in their mouths. Even if Rob was aggressive, which I don’t think he was, your goal was to disarm him with politeness.
Treating Rob like some interloper who had dog shit on his shoes was stupid. All it did was show fear and weakness which is the last thing any organization should want to do.
Whoever decided that this was the way to treat Rob or any NRA member who shows up to the meeting deserves to be fired. Immediately if not sooner. It was stupid, it was counterproductive, it was bullying, and it creates more bad PR and attention for the NRA at a time when they can least afford it.
Winchester is recalling two (2) lots of rimfire ammo, specifically Super-X 17 HMR 20 grain JHP (load/”symbol” number X17HMR1) with a lot number ending with NB51 or NB61. These images show you where to look for the numbers.
Their recall announcement is below. Please note that they use the term “symbol” for the code which I always refer to as the “load number.” It’s the code which indicates the specific “recipe” of cartridge/bullet/propellant/primer; in this case, it’s X17HMR1.
Winchester has determined the above lots of 17 HMR ammunition may contain no powder charges. Ammunition with no powder charges may result in a bullet remaining in the barrel (i.e., a bullet-in-bore obstruction). Firing a subsequent bullet into the bore obstruction could cause firearm damage, rendering the firearm inoperable and subjecting the shooter and bystanders to a risk of serious personal injury.
DO NOT USE WINCHESTER® 17 HMR 20 GRAIN JHP SYMBOL X17HMR1 THAT HAS A LOT NUMBER ENDING IN NB51 or NB61. The ammunition Lot Number is stamped on the top of the 1000-round case and the outside of the 50-round plastic box as indicated here.
To determine if your ammunition is subject to this notice, review the Symbol and Lot Number. If it is Symbol X17HMR1 and the last four characters of the Lot Number are NB51 or NB61, immediately discontinue use and contact Winchester toll-free at 844-653-8358 for free UPS pick-up of the recalled ammunition.
This notice applies only to Symbol X17HMR1 with Lot Numbers ending in NB51 and NB61. Other Symbols or Lot Numbers are not subject to this recall.
If you have any questions concerning this 17 HMR rimfire rifle ammunition recall, please call toll-free 844-653-8358, write to Winchester (600 Powder Mill Road, East Alton, IL 62024 | Attn: X17HMR1 Recall), or visit our website at www.winchester.com.
We apologize for this inconvenience.
September 12, 2019
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The National Rifle Association released the following statement on Friday regarding Texas Gov. Greg Abbott's Texas Safety Action Report:
Mossberg have announced the introduction of the Predator in 6.5 PRC to their Patriot range of bolt action rifles. The Patriot Predator is suppressor-ready with a 5/8” threaded muzzle and comes in a number of stock options – both the FDE and Strata Camo stocks are available. The Predator is now available in .243 Winchester, .308, 6.5 […]
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I partnered up with Military Historical Tours to guide a World War One battlefield tour this week, and I figured I’d give you a bit of a peek into it. We are looking at the war chronologically, starting with a day in Belgium to look at the German attack in 1914, visiting the remains of Fort de Loncin in Liege and the Mons cemetery. Next was a day in Ypres for the stagnation into trench warfare in 1915, seeing the Dodengang up on the Yser and then the Bayernwald trenches, Passchendaele Museum, and Kitchener’s Wood. The year of 1916 marks two of the huge Western Front offensives, and we took one day on the Somme (Beaumont-Hamel and Lochnagar Crater) and a day at Verdun (Driant’s command post and tomb, Fort Vaux, Fleury Village, and the Douaumont Ossuary). Today we move to the Chemin des Dames to look at the disastrous French Nivelle Offensives at the Plateau de Californie and the Caverne du Dragons, and tomorrow we will see the arrival of significant American forces and the Hundred Days Offensive the ended the war, through the sites of Les Mares Farm, Belleau Wood, and Blanc Mont. We have a great group of people along, and it’s been a lot of fun, if quite sobering at times. I hope to see you on a future tour!
In this episode of TFBTV, Hop tests the Taurus TX22 suppressed, and tests multiple types of subsonic ammo to find the best suppressor load. CCI Quiet Semi-Auto may live up to the name, but is it the best choice for use with a suppressor? Let’s find out! ««« PATREON GIVEAWAYS »»» TFBTV is giving away […]
When thinking about public ranges, typically, safe proficient training does not come to mind. Public ranges are a great resource when they are used properly. They give shooters a free area to go exercise their second amendment right which I completely love. I will occasionally go to public ranges to make sure a rifle or […]
If you saw the news yesterday, one of the biggest stories was that 145 corporate CEOs were calling on the Senate to enact gun control. The headlines made it seem like a good portion of the S&P 500 was calling for action on gun control.
Having read the list, the reality is much different.
Out of that list of 145 CEOs, only six are heads of S&P 500 companies. Those six companies are Ecolab, Gap, Interpublic, Omnicom, Royal Caribbean Cruises Lines, and Twitter.
Of the large non-S&P 500 companies on the list, you did have the usual suspects like Bloomberg LP, Levi Strauss, and DICK’S which wouldn’t have surprised anyone. The heads of Levi Strauss and DICK’S have been pretty vocal for a long time now. Moreover, could you have had such a list without Bloomberg LP? Not likely.
Only 47 out of the 145 companies have more than 500 employees. The rest are identified as being the CEO of companies with less than 500 employees. In other words, you aren’t talking about captains of industry.
You are talking about Jeff Sellinger who is listed as the founder and CEO of HipDot. You know! HipDot – the makers of cosmetics featuring Sponge Bob Square Pants.
OK. So maybe you don’t know about HipDot. I’m sure you know about Quartzy and SkySafe. The former is the maker of online lab management software and has 60 employees while the latter is an anti-drone company whose software prevents drones from entering secure airspace.
My point in all of this is that while these CEOs most certainly had the right to make their views known, they are no more significant than yours or mine. The media made it sound like corporate America was turning against the gun culture and the reality is that most of these companies are niche players located in gun control bastions like California.
You can read the letter and see the list of all the CEOs below:
Carrying a concealed weapon can be challenging and somewhat puzzling depending on certain situations. One thing I’ve noticed after years of carrying concealed is the fact we sometimes get comfortable with a particular loadout. This often tends to force a certain gun and holster combination into roles that may not be ideal. It’s an easy […]
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KS Arms (Canada) are specialists in precision quality, match-grade rifle products and services including actions and barrels, gunsmithing, and re-barreling. It is a family-owned business based in Edmonton, Canada. What you are looking into is a KS Arms SAR action, in caliber 6 Dasher. You can notice the Dasher round, low right. If you want […]
Last month I was invited out to West Valley City, Utah to visit SilencerCo Headquarters. As an owner of some SilencerCo cans and a fan of their products, I was extremely eager to go check out where my cans were made. Also since I am now behind enemy lines in California, I would get to […]
Save the Second is having a pre-NRA Board Meeting meet-up in Northern Virginia tomorrow evening. I have put their notice below:
The BoD Meeting is quickly approaching. Save The Second is planning a gathering with STS followers and fellow concerned NRA members at the Washington Dulles Airport Hilton on Friday, September 13th at 6:00pm. Yes, that is the same meeting location as the NRA Board of Directors meeting. Not only will you have a chance to meet and discuss NRA issues with like minded members, but we will also be discussing the plan for Saturday morning. Hopefully, we will have the chance to converse with a few NRA Directors of the Board as well. If you plan on attending the meet up on the eve of the BoD meeting, please RSVP on the official Facebook event. This is a night you will not want to miss.
What: Save The Second Meet-up at the Fall BoD Meeting
When: September, Friday 13, 6:00pm
Where: Hilton Washington Dulles Airport 13869 Park Center Road Herndon, VA 20171
Remember – Save the Second is the only organization that can reliably get Marion Hammer to show up for a NRA Board meeting!
And she would have you think that they are ineffective. I think not if they can do this!
Hakan Spuhr has been thinking about his new project off and on since 2012. Best known for his Spuhr optics mounts, accessory interfaces and the in-line G3 stock, recently adopted by the Portuguese Navy and the Swedish Army and Home Guard, Spuhr has now unveiled the concept model for his latest project, his attempt to […]
In this video, Ian takes a look at an old oddity known as a “duck’s foot pistol.” It’s a funky little handgun with four barrels arranged so they fan out rather than being parallel with one another… and all four barrels fire at once.
Yeah, that’s right.
One pull of the trigger = 4 projectiles flying away from the shooter at once, with the path of each one getting farther from its mates as it goes along.
Most often, we figure it’s the sort of thing that was favored by anyone who might find himself faced with a large group of folks who all need to be shot at once. Folks like prison guards, captains of sailing ships, bank guards and such. But Ian takes a notion to muse a little, wondering aloud whether that actually holds up.
He opines that such a gun could never be used for defense today, due to the potential for collateral damage. Hmmm. Seems like it doesn’t take that much imagination to picture a mugging or gang scene in which one person is being rushed by a group and the group are all “bad guys.” The ability to ventilate a few of them with one pull of the trigger would come in right handy.
It’s not the most concealable firearm of course, which also argues against it… and naturally I’m assuming a better ignition system than flintlock in my own pontification.
Enough of that… I hope you enjoy the video.
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) responded to 145 companies pushing for more gun laws by suggesting corporate gun control is “social signaling at the country club.” On September 12, Breitbart News reported the GAP, Levi Strauss, Pinterest, Twitter, Yelp, and 140 other companies sent a letter to Congress asking for universal background checks and legislation allowing court orders to seize firearms.
Sen. Ted Cruz warned Republicans not to pursue expanded background checks Thursday at an event sponsored by the Christian Science Monitor, saying that it could jeopardize their chances in 2020.
By now, we all know that Walmart has decided to stop selling certain types of ammunition because some people think it’s more scary than other kinds, which they will continue to sell… and many folks hail this as a victory of sorts for “Main Street America,” i.e. the small independent gun shops that will benefit from increased business as shooters buy ammo from them instead of Walmart.
Meanwhile, a shooting range in Texas has started to sell ammo by the pound and trolled Walmart about it.
Alpine Shooting Range decided to sell ammo from dispensers and charge by the pound. It more or less coincided with the Walmart announcement, so they decided to ride the wave of that story.
They started small with a pair of dispensers, but that didn’t satisfy.
On September 5, they posted, “Heavy metal ammo bar is almost complete,” along with these three photos.
Their next posted photo speaks for itself, and they tagged #walmart.
Behold how the banned Walmart ammo flows.
Ah me. Ain’t America cool?
And some people think I’m silly when I refer to ammo as groceries for your gun…
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Back in February of 2018, we published an article telling about a Sureshot Armament Group AK chassis/handguard system called MK2. The installation of MK2 required removal of the rear sight block and gas block and reinstallation of the latter. While it is not a difficult task if you have the proper tools and skills, for […]
Strike Industries has announced the release of another new product – the Optimus Modular Weight Buffer. This buffer provides a quick and easy access to the internal weights and comes with a set of different weights thus allowing to assemble a buffer with the overall weight optimal for any particular weapon system. Let’s first see […]
Pro-gunners are up in arms these days, mainly due to recent knee-jerk reactions by large retail companies in response to pressure by anti-gun organizations. I’m talking about Wal-Mart’s recent announcement to end sales of certain “scary” kinds of ammunition and their decision to ban the open carrying of firearms inside their stores. Numerous other retailers have also jumped on the “no open carry” bandwagon, including Aldi, Kroger, CVS, and Publix — and I’m sure there are others as well.
These announcements are met with applause by the ignorant and with outrage by stringent pro-gunners. I, on the other hand, simply shrug and keep on doing what I do: Concealed carry.
Here’s the thing: Nobody is forcing you to shop in any particular store. If you believe in property rights, and you probably do if you’re reading this, then you must also support the right of any establishment to make its own decisions — no matter how poor those decisions may be.
A government ban means government enforcers (police) can and will enforce it with violence or the threat thereof. And it’s government which is specifically limited via the Second Amendment, which says the government CANNOT ban guns or the use thereof. (Yes, I know government does restrict guns; I’m simply saying that only government bans are actual infringements.)
The Second Amendment is not about private companies. Just like private individuals in a free society, companies may choose what activities it deems appropriate by those who enter their buildings and walk around on their property. And you may choose not to set foot on their property. Simple.
Don’t wig out; I’m not talking about carrying openly while hunting or hiking in Alaska. I’m talking about the subject at hand: carrying a firearm openly inside a retail establishment. It just ain’t smart.
For example, there’s the guy who was attacked while open-carrying in a Walmart back in 2015. Some guy saw his gun, became upset, and attacked him with a baseball bat. Or the Oregon man who was proudly open-carrying his new handgun (albeit not inside a store) when he was targeted by armed thieves who got the drop on him and stole his brand-new popper.
These are just a couple examples off the top of my head. But with a little thought, you can see that carrying your piece in plain view is at the least unwise. If you cross paths with someone who has evil intentions, he will know you’re armed before you know he is… so you will likely be the first one killed if he decides to start dropping bodies in a “mass shooting.”
Here’s another viewpoint for ya… think back 20 or 30 years, and imagine one or more major retailers back then asking customers not to openly carry firearms inside of their stores.
If this had happened back then, I’m betting the general public’s reaction would be more along the lines of, “What? People are openly carrying guns in public?”
My point: Civilians openly carrying firearms in modern America is a fairly modern concept, as far as I know. And now some retailers have gotten scared or gotten pressured or whatever, and have asked people to stop doing it on their private property.
Folks, that’s really not a big deal. And today’s legal environment is fairly friendly to the concept of concealed carry, which is a good thing.
Am I saying not to carry a gun? Absolutely not! I wholeheartedly support concealed carry of firearms by any and all responsible citizens who are willing and able to use their firearms for self defense in the unlikely event they need to do so.
It’s better to have it and not need it than to need it and not have it. This mantra was taught to me as a young boy — not about guns in particular, but it certainly applies. And another pearl of wisdom from my late father:
A loaded gun is the finest insurance policy there is. And just like insurance, you hope you never need it — but if you do, you’re damn glad to have it.
If you want to boycott any company for any reason, by all means feel free to do so. But I’m just gonna keep my popper out of view and carry it legally wherever I go. If nobody knows I’m carrying, my day goes better and everybody’s happy. But it’s there if I need it, which is why I carry in the first place.
The first photo of AAI/Textron’s Next Generation Squad Weapon prototypes has emerged. The NGSW-Rifle and NGSW-Automatic Rifle were photographed at Fort Benning, Georgia, during the Annual Maneuver Conference at the Fort’s Maneuver Centre. The 2019 Maneuver Warfighter Conference was held over two days, 10-12 September, and was attended by dozens of vendors specialising in small […]
Savage Arms has restored some of their former glory of beautiful wood firearms by reintroducing the Model 110 Classic in 8 cartridges. While most companies are abandoning wood-stocked rifles in place of synthetic or plastic ones Savage Arms is bringing back some beautiful nostalgia for many shooters by modernizing yet retaining the artistic lines of this classic model. All of the specifications for the Model 110 Classic can be read below as presented by Savage Arms:
This rifle is chambered in a lot of the cartridges hunters and shooters would expect with everything from the bandwagon popular 6.5 Creedmoor to the thunderous .300 Winchester Magnum. It might surprise people that all 8 of the offered cartridges have the exact same MSRP. All of the chamberings, their barrel lengths, and the pricing can be read below:
While this rifle has an attractive piece of walnut boasting cut-checkering on the forearm and pistol grip, it also has an adjustable comb, adjustable length-of-pull, and the marquee Savage Arms adjustable AccuTrigger. By melding the old with the new it offers a lot to potential shooters and hunters who may be eyeing this rifle. A final statement from Savage Arms can be read below for anyone who might be sitting on the fence:
WESTFIELD, Massachusetts – September 10, 2019 – Savage is proud to introduce its new 110 Classic, a rifle that combines timeless looks of a walnut stock, complete with user adjustability and superior accuracy. The new bolt-action rifle is available in eight of the most popular hunting calibers. Shipments of these firearms have been delivered to dealers.
The new 110 Classic features a quality walnut stock with modern ergonomics similar to those of the new Model 110 design. The stock’s fully adjustable length-of-pull and comb height allow peak comfort, consistency and precision. The 110 Classic also features our user-adjustable AccuTrigger and a carbon steel barrel with a threaded muzzle.
As we head into the fall hunting seasons throughout much of the United States, this new Model 110 Classic from Savage Arms could not have better timing if they can get it on gun store shelves. If you came across one at your local gun store, would you be a buyer? Let us know all of your thoughts in the Comments below! We always appreciate your feedback.
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St. George, Utah’s own Vudoo Gun Works has been at the cutting edge of rimfire technology and engineering since bringing their V22 to the gun market back in 2017. The V-22, which is a patent-pending rimfire repeater action, matches the short action of the Remmington 700. This creates an extremely precise, “true-to-scale” precision rifle. The […]
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The story of the Austen submachine gun did not end when the Mk I guns were pulled from combat service in 1944. The manufacturer continued to work on an improved version, which would be ready in 1946, after the end of World War Two. Only 200 were made total, and they were both adopted and declared obsolete in August of 1946.
The changes made to the MkII Austen mostly involved increasing the use of die cast components, which fit the manufacturer’s tooling and experience. The front grip and magazine well casting was enlarged, and the whole rear assembly was made into a second cast part integrating the rear sight, stock mounting and latch, and fire control group. The one significant internal change was to remove the firing pin from the telescoping recoil spring assembly and make it an integral feature of the bolt face.
Many thanks to the Royal Armouries for allowing me to film this very rare artifact! The NFC collection there – perhaps the best military small arms collection in Western Europe – is available by appointment to researchers. However, you can browse the various Armouries collections online.
Swampfox is a relatively new company. They came out with their Kingslayer mini red dot sight for pistols last year. They have updated their Kingslayer and their Liberator red dots with circle dot reticles in both green or red. The Liberator is an enclosed micro red dot that is Aimpoint T1/T2 compatible. It has […]
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As we have recently reported the US Army’s Next Generation Squad Weapons program has moved into its next phase, with three companies downselected, one of these was SIG Sauer, who had their NGSW prototypes on display at this year’s 2019 Defence & Security Equipment International (DSEI) exposition in London. TFB were on-hand to get our […]
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They want him removed because he won't listen to their arguments as why he shouldn't seek the death penalty. The prosecutor even said the killer was worse than Ted Bundy. There may be something to that position.
In this article, we’re taking a closer look at the PMC Ammunition X-TAC .223 Remington 77 gr Sierra. PMC is short for Precision Manufactured Cartridges, and the cartridges are Made in South Korea by Poongsan. They also supply the Republic of Korea Armed Force. The PMC X-TAC Match ammunition is a combination of PMC’s X-TAC […]
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Today we take look at a Heckler & Koch MP7A2 with an Aimpoint Micro T2, mounted in a Spuhr. But the spotlight goes to the weapon light made by SR Tactical from Germany. This could be the ideal setup for Police intervention forces, that don’t want to carry a heavy rifle. For weapon light, it […]
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Welcome everyone to the 25th 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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We recently took a look at the old tried-and-true American all-wheel-drive two-wheeled motorcycle known as the Rokon Trailbreaker. Then a friend mentioned that a Russian version exists, and I had to look it up. It’s pretty impressive!
The engine is a 210 CC Chinese-built Honda clone rated at 7 horsepower, and offers both electric and manual start. You only get two forward speeds. The fuel tank holds 4 liters, which they say equates to “about 2-3 working hours.”
The weight of the machine is about 90 kg, or around 200 pounds. Maximum speed? 35 kph, or 21 mph.
The Tarus doesn’t have suspension, so rider comfort depends heavily on the big fat low-pressure tires and the spring-loaded seat.
This video shows the Tarus being used in all kinds of different terrain — and shows how it can be broken down into smaller pieces and placed inside zipper bags for easy transport INSIDE your vehicle. Cool.
From the forest to the beach to even climbing concrete stairs in an abandoned building, the Tarus is surefooted and nimble. It can be lifted right across barriers, or lifted and spun around to reverse direction in tight quarters.
Heck, he even uses it as a ladder to climb a steep slope — and then pulls it up after him to ride off into the sunset.
One thing I must admit: it’s apparently not for sull-size guys like myself. The demo rider’s legs are folded up like a jackknife when he rides the Tarus.
This next eight-and-a-half-minute video is difficult to understand, as the narrator has a heavy accent. It’s also difficult for me to tolerate because the music is awful. But It does provide some insight into the machine, and demonstrates its ability well.
Oddly, the narrator repeatedly refers to the Tarus as “four wheel drive.” Hmmm…
This guy looks more comfortable, with his legs in a more natural position. But we are told that it’s uncomfortable, with the caveat, “It’s better to ride uncomfortably than to walk in comfort.” And he makes sure to let us know it’s not easy riding. It’ll take you places no other machine can go (except a Rokon, right?), but you will work at it.
They say the price of the machine is less than $2000 USD — but they don’t export. So if you want a Tarus, you might need to do some international traveling.
I can’t say for sure how much the Tarus is like the venerable Rokon, but there’s no doubt it was inspired by the decades-old Rokon designs. The takedown feature is cool and a real plus for saving space and easing transport.
Check out the Tarus website for more info. And if you find out they’re available in the USA, give us a shout… we would love to try one for ourselves.
There is a concept in public relations called strategic silence. While normally you want to respond to critics, sometimes it is advisable to nothing. This is especially true when you are a large organization and the critic is small and not well-known. It is counterproductive.
Marion Hammer obviously never learned this.
Yesterday, the Washington Times ran a commentary by Ms. Hammer attacking Save the Second. It also had a condescending attack by her on Alan Gottlieb of SAF and CCRKBA as well as on the late Neal Knox. Her purpose in this op-ed seems to have been to defend Wayne LaPierre as well as position the NRA as the be all and end all of the Second Amendment.
Some attackers, including some of the NRA’s own members, have created an outfit that calls itself “Save the Second.”
The organization is most definitely not about saving the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
It is about destroying the National Rifle Association. Save the Second has never done anything to save the Second Amendment. It was created to oust NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre and take control of NRA.
There are many in the Second Amendment community who have not heard of Save the Second. They have now.
Save the Second is a 501(c)(3) non-profit established for the sole purpose of reforming the NRA so that it can be a more effective advocate for the Second Amendment and gun rights.
The two original founders – Ron Carter and Anthony Garcia – were the organizers of the successful recall effort in Colorado. The recall was to replace prominent Democrats who passed universal background checks and a magazine ban. Those Democrats had been funded by Michael Bloomberg and the opposition to their recall was funded by his millions as well. Both Senate President John Morse and Sen. Angela Giron were recalled and a third Democrat resigned before she could be recalled.
Ms. Hammer continues:
You may think they’re well-meaning but they likely couldn’t figure out how to run the NRA or a 50-state legislative operation, period.
From all appearances, Save the Second is just an extension of the 22-year-old failed coup attempt against Wayne by led by the late NRA board member Neal Knox, whose son is gun-rights supporter Jeff Knox of the Firearms Coalition.
Oh, I think they could figure out how to run a 50-state legislative operation. After all, the blueprint for the NRA’s grassroots efforts did come from former BOD members Tim Knight and Sean Maloney who just happened to work with Ron and Anthony in the Colorado recall effort.
As to the “failed coup attempt” of 1997, this is actually a rewriting of history. I have been going back and re-reading Neal Knox – The Gun Rights War. Just as now, there was a call for financial audits as well as a “management audit” ordered by the NRA Board of Directors in 1996. There were serious concerns about a decline in assets and a “failure to manage, poor internal controls, too much reliance on outside vendors, and too many multi-million dollar agreements without written contracts.” (As an aside, I really suggest buying the Kindle version of this book to learn more.)
Then, as now, the chief resistance to financial openness was Wayne LaPierre. Then, as now, his chief backer was Marion Hammer. The two have a long-term symbiotic relationship which seems to have little to do with protecting the Second Amendment and all about protecting their perks.
She is half right. We do need the NRA. However, we need an effective NRA with an effective Board focused on the Second Amendment. Unfortunately, it seems that the most effective people such as Chris Cox, Jennifer Baker, Emily Cummins, and David Lehman are all gone having been forced out due to Wayne’s paranoia fed by William Brewer III and Josh Powell.
Now that you know about Save the Second thanks to Ms. Hammer, they plan to be at the NRA Board of Director’s meeting this Saturday morning. It is being held at the Hilton Washington Dulles. Save the Second will be presenting the member’s petition calling for a vote on mandatory attendance at NRA Board meetings. If you are in the area, I hope you will attend.
Revolvers are pretty straight forward firearms. They are “simpler” to use and are all mechanical wonders. However, there are some that buck the norms of conventionality like the Chiappa Rhino. Shooting a Rhino is not completely different than your average revolver but you do have to be careful with them. It can be dangerous being […]
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Tommy Built is the company responsible for keeping the G36 fandom alive and well stocked with G36 style weapons in the US. For those of you not familiar with Tommy Built and his G36s, he started off converting the HK SL8 into G36s. Last year I posted about Tommy Built’s US-made T36 receivers. Well, Tom […]
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John J. Woods
Magnolia Outdoor Communications
FIVE BEST PREPPER POCKET GUNS
You’re looking at all the specifications, histories, run data, driver profiles, and track ratings. So, then tell me which NASCAR team is the best. No can do huh? It’s impossible regardless of how much information you have. Sometimes it is about the chemistry and how everything works on any given race day.
It is the same for picking one really good pocket handgun for concealed carry personal protection much less five of them. There are simply too many choices. Even so, after weighing in on two dozen or more handguns to fill the bill, here are the ones we settled on. They are not the only ones. Buy one or more of these, then keep shopping around.
SIG 365. The boys of summer are back. SIG keeps rolling them out like pizzas and they are good. The latest iteration is their Model 365 a Nitron finished pistol in 9mm rated +P. It is striker fired, has X-Ray night sights, stainless frame, stainless frame, 3.1 inch barrel, 17.8 ounces weight and ready to handle 11 rounds. Yep, eleven.
Glock 43. The world wanted a single stack 9 more than a Wendy’s. Glock accommodated with the 43. This sub-compact pistol is rather super compact with a 3.39 inch barrel, at 17.9 ounces. It manages 6+1 rounds in a regular magazine. The 43 points naturally, handles well and shoots better. It is one dandy prepper pocket pistol.
Beretta Nano. The Nano is a dark horse, but it should be a stable. This striker pistol in 9mm holds 8 rounds in a base magazine. The 3 inch barrel makes this one a micro-compact with low combat sights, changeable grip frames by color that are thermoplastic. The Nano weighs in at 19.8 ounces and is pure Beretta quality.
Ruger LCR. Semi-auto pistols are not for everyone. Revolvers like this LCR take care of that. The LCR is a 5 shot, .38 Special rated for +P ammunition. The Hogue soft grips take care of the recoil. Sights are a U-notch and ramp front, all finished in matte black. This revolver weighs only 13.5 ounces. It will carry well all day with a 1.87 inch barrel.
Smith M&P Bodyguard. Another DA only .38 Special +P with a 1.875 inch stainless barrel. The cylinder takes 5 rounds. Sights are designed for point and shoot. The polymer grips handle the recoil from the alloy frame. This will slip into an IWB holster and never be noticed until it needs to be.
There a lot of teams in NASCAR. There are a lot of choices for a prepper pocket guns. If you want to cut through the chafe, pick one of these five or two.
John J. Woods
Magnolia Outdoor Communications
FOREWARNED IS FOREARMED
Classic phrases in English-American literature and conversation often become the basis for some serious life lessons. Perhaps that is why they are so often repeated by so many people in so many diverse circumstances. Like the title of this treatise or the oft uttered like phrase, mostly by parents, “I told you so” are cornerstones of adopting the philosophy of prepping and survivalism.
For sure to be forewarned of any potential pending event, disaster, SHTF, or the like gives opportunity to be forearmed. Forearmed does not have to imply an escalated buildup of weaponry and shooting supplies either. It could mean practicing a ritual as simple as always putting gas in the tank of your vehicle every time it reaches half a tank. Just in case that is.
You may recall the old story that used to be attributed to moms of the world to “Always wear clean underwear in case you have to go to the hospital.” We all laughed, but the admonition is to expect the best, but be prepared for the worst. This is essentially what prepping is all about. We never know when or what the next SHTF might be or when it could come, so we need to be prepared and ready to face a wide spectrum of disaster events.
You turn on the nightly news to check on the weather and you see a front is building and heading your way. Remember the snow and ice storm that hit Boston a few years ago. People were caught almost totally unaware and likely unprepared with basic supplies to last a few days without power and rescue. I wonder how many now have made any prepper plans to prepare for the next storm.
If you happen to live in a tornado alley as I do, are you prepared? With the modern weather technologies we have today and the means to report news instantaneously there really is no excuse not to be ready for a disaster at least at some level. Preppers know to monitor the news and weather regularly, often several times a day. Keep posted on news, events, and weather warnings.
Keep basic supplies in stock and a supply bag ready to grab and go. Have water, food, meds, an AM/FM radio, weather radio, cash, travel bag, cell phone/charger, a defensive weapon, and other needs. Forewarned is forearmed is probably the single best piece of advice you can live by. Oh, and pack some clean underwear, too.
It is beginning to get cooler everywhere around the US, the morning air is more crisp, and most of us are plotting out how we are going to spend this fall hunting various game. Part of that game-planning process involves setting up trail cameras and taking inventory of our local wildlife. While game cameras are nothing new to outdoors men and women, finding one that is actually simple to use is like finding a 30 Point Buck; it is pretty dang hard! That is where the NEW Primos 16MP AutoPilot Trail Camera might save us all.
The new 16MP AutoPilot Trail Camera from Primos is now shipping to retailers, and is built on one founding premise for hunters: simplicity. Instead of a small, unintelligible computer screen Primos has done away with that outdated design and moved to 4 simple switches. Simply, turn it on, and slide the switches to your preferred settings and you are good to go! Primos Brand Manager, Eric Hughes, bluntly exclaims how easy to use the Primos 16MP Trail Camera really is:
This camera practically drives itself. Just put it out, flip a few switches and you are capturing amazing images.
This new trail camera from Primos is going to initially be offered in 2 different styles of Low Glow and No Glow. The 16MP AutoPilot Low Glow will sport an OD Green (Olive Drab Green) finish with an MSRP of $129.99 while the No Glow is covered in Mossy Oak Bottomland camo with the price set at $149.99 per unit. Some of the other specifications for the camera can be read below as presented by Primos:
One last thing that the AutoPilot offers to maintain the mantra of simplicity is a new AA-battery tray. Simply open the panel, press the eject button, and slide the whole tray out for quick and easy battery replacement. That is something that surely all hunters would be willing to appreciate. So as we all begin to dust off our bows, firearms, and muzzleloaders in pursuit of venison and trophies, is this new trail camera something you would be willing to add to your arsenal? Let us know all of your thoughts in the Comments below! We always appreciate your feedback.
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Cabot Guns has announced that their new NERO pistol is now available for preorder. According to Cabot, their customers have been asking for a tactical 1911 but making one was not in their plans until recently. The eight months of designing works led to the creation of NERO. As the company notes, for the first […]
Buck Knives has taken their popular Compadre Series of outdoor recreational tools and upgraded them with new Cerakote finishes and Micarta handles. These new engineering changes not only improve the curb appeal of these rugged outdoor tools, but they also increase the functionality. They specifically have received a Cobalt Cerakote finish which helps decrease the likelihood of rust and corrosion. The new Micarta handles boast a full tang construction which increases the durability and strength while the natural canvas appearance improves the overall aesthetic. This enhanced series is comprised of a camp knife, axe, and chopping froe. All of those can be seen below in greater detail.
With the full tang production of the Micarta handles, the Cobalt Cerakote finish on metal surfaces, and the enduring quality that Buck Knives always brings to the table, are you interested in these tools? Is there a different camping or outdoor tool you would like to see them do? Let us know all of your thoughts in the Comments below! We always appreciate your feedback.
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Wilson Combat has added new targets to their product line called Scorable Steel Targets. You have probably noticed that these targets are a bit different than your standard steel targets. They feature laser-cut dashed circles which are the score zones. The main advantage of Scorable Steel Targets is that not only you can have the […]
When World War Two began, Australia saw little threat of invasion from Germany (obviously), and sent a substantial number of firearms to Britain to help arm the Home Guard there, which was seriously concerned about the possibility of a German invasion. When Japan and Australia declared war in December 1941, the situation immediately became much more serious for Australia, and the government began looking for arms.
At the start of the war, there were effectively no submachine guns at all on the continent – just a couple examples. These included an MP38 somehow confiscated by Australian customs, which would take on a significant role. Australia looked to Britain for arms, and they were sent a technical data package to produce the Sten MkII – but found the design pretty underwhelming. Australian manufacturers decided to make their own improvements to it, using elements of the MP38 – specifically the sealed telescoping recoil spring system and underflowing stock. They also gave the gun a pair of pistol grips for improved handling.
The Owen SMG was going into production at this time, and had been in development for a while under private civilian supervision. The Australian Sten, called the Austen, lacked that developmental track record and it went into production without passing proper trials. It faced significant manufacturing delays and reliability problems, and was not well liked by troops – in contrast to the excellent Owen. The Austen was ultimately made in smaller numbers than the Owen (19,914 of the MkI guns) and pulled from combat use in August of 1944.
Many thanks to the Royal Armouries for allowing me to film this very rare artifact! The NFC collection there – perhaps the best military small arms collection in Western Europe – is available by appointment to researchers. However, you can browse the various Armouries collections online.
How about a Laser Range Finder with a ballistic “solver” that presents the data to you via an OLED screen? If that sounds interesting you should continue reading and/or make sure you visit FN Herstal at DSEI in London. FN Herstal claims this is the most compact, high performance ballistic calculator for squad weapons. It […]
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Forbes published an exclusive article titled Feds Demand Apple And Google Hand Over Names Of 10,000+ Users Of A Gun Scope App last week. To counter circulating rumors, ATN (American Technologies Network Corp.) have released the following official statement on Friday, September 6th:
American Technologies Network Corp. (“ATN”) today learned of the possible existence of a federal order issued to Apple and Google to provide usernames regarding one of our products, the ATN Obsidian 4. ATN was unaware of these allegations until the publication of a Forbes magazine article entitled, “Exclusive: Feds Order Apple And Google To Hand Over Names Of 10,000+ Users Of A Gun Scope App”.
ATN has not been contacted by the Department of Justice, Apple, or Google. ATN will protect its customers and their identifying data to the absolute extent possible under U.S. law. And, it will not provide any information regarding the identity of our customers to any third party unless specifically required by law.
There were concerns from the US military that Taliban forces have likely illegally exported consumer grade night vision/thermal scopes from the US and have used them against allied forces in Afghanistan.
It has been 18 years since a group of Islamofascists hijacked four planes bound for the West Coast. Two were crashed into the Twin Towers, one was crashed into the Pentagon, and the fourth never made it to its target thanks to the bravery of the passengers on Flight 93.
Our local news made the point in its evening broadcast that, with few exceptions, kids in school today have no memory of the event because they weren’t even born yet. I have vivid memories of that day. For me they are indelible yet these children will only learn of it through books, the media, and the memories of those of us old enough to remember.
We need to keep those memories alive for posterity.
One of the newest additions to the U.S. Optics lineup is the TS-20X. Built for both long-range hunters and precision shooters alike, the TS-20X features a broad magnification range. The 2.5-20 power scope aims to be just a cut above your average Low Power Variable Optic (LPVO). This higher magnification range is paired with an […]
Today we look at photos of the Lithuanian Armed Forces and Navy. Above, and the two pictures below show the Lithuanian rotation which takes part in the operation for fighting piracy and armed robbery in the Indian Ocean off the coasts of Somalia from mid-August to the end of the year 2019. The rotation is […]
In today’s modern society, there are a million different choices of red dots, LPVO’s and countless other optics to choose from. With an endless amount of choice when picking out an optic, most people don’t even consider running iron sights anymore as their main set up. There’s still a rather large market for back up […]
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Please plan to attend the FREE 2019 NRA-ILA Firearms Law & The Second Amendment Symposium on Saturday, October 5th, at the Doubletree Hilton Richmond-Midlothian in Virginia.
The National Rifle Association sued San Francisco on Monday for declaring the group a “domestic terrorist organization.” The gun rights group argues in the lawsuit, which was filed in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, that the city and county of San Francisco as well as the San Francisco Board of Supervisors infringed on the NRA’s free speech rights and is trying to blacklist those associated with the group.
You probably haven’t heard about this because no shots were fired. A 15-year-old boy showed up Aug. 28 at Great Crossing High School in Scott County, Kentucky, with a handgun. It was fully loaded.
We saw already a few items from EDIC Caracal at IDEX back in February, and again the UAE based company plays at home in ADIHEX. In this hunting oriented event, the German subsidiary Merkel was part of the Caracal booth as well, with some high-end models. While Merkel products were definitely fitting in the traditional […]
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All out lead ammunition ban proposed in the European Union The European Union in tandem with the ECHA – the European Chemicals Agency – is once again attempting to push through an all-out lead ammunition ban. Previously, this legislative proposal would have made it illegal to hunt with lead ammunition in wetlands, however, this time […]
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We have seen an amazing amount of progress in the world of red dot and reflex optics as firearm aiming solutions in the past five to ten years. From smaller form factors, insane battery lives, optical clarity, ruggedness, reticle sizes and shapes as well as competitive pricing – there is no better time to shop […]
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High Desert Rifle Works, based out of central New Mexico, has a tenured history of searching out and providing shooters with some of the best tools, components, and training possible. This reputation carries on as they now are carrying Blackhound Optics for shooters. More specifically, they are stocking 6 offerings from the Genesis series. These optics have been closely scrutinized to ensure proper tracking, quality of glass, and true adjustments in the field. As with anything, these new Blackhound Optics would not be associated with High Desert Rifle Works if they were not of the utmost quality. The complete Press Release statement High Desert Rifle Works can be read below:
CEDAR CREST, New Mexico – August 27, 2019 – High Desert Rifle Works has become an authorized Dealer for Blackhound Optics, and will immediately offer their customers six accurate, affordable and guaranteed rifle scopes from Blackhound Optics’ Genesis Series.
Blackhound Optics exceeded expectations during in-house testing, including reticles that tracked accurately, glass that outperformed its price class, and clear, communicative adjustment components. Due to these testing results, High Desert Rifle Works has concluded that Blackhound Optics provides reliable and affordable hunting and precision rifle opportunities for customers seeking to maximize the capabilities of their rifle – with the confidence and security of a fully-transferable, lifetime guarantee.
Between your 6 different choices in optics from the Blackhound Optics’ Genesis Series you are looking at pricing from $279 – $425 making these all very attainable for most shooters. Another valuable point about Blackhound Optics is their warranty. Try as we all might, sometimes our gear can get dinged up and Blackhound Optics has this warranty to stand by their customers:
No matter if you purchased your Blackhound Optic scope direct, or the auction off Hwy 6 – our fully-transferable lifetime guarantee carries our promise to replace your scope (free of charge) in the event of a defect or non-performance.
After extensive research into their quality and effectiveness in the field, High Desert Rifle Works is now stocking Blackhound Optics for any of us who may want to give them a shot. For all of our readers and shooters out there, what do you think? Have you used any Blackhound Optics before? Let us know all of your thoughts in the Comments below! We always appreciate your feedback.
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Faxon Firearms from Cincinnati, Ohio, engineers and manufactures parts for the AR15. The 350 Legend was announced at the 2019 SHOT Show in Las Vegas and is marketed as the “World’s Fastest Straight-Walled Hunting Cartridge“. Winchester’s legendary tradition of innovation continues with the 350 Legend, the fastest straight-walled hunting cartridge in the world. Built with […]
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Today we welcome back Max Popenker of ModernFirearms.net to discuss the Soviet and Russian development of the 9x39mm suppressed rifle cartridge. From the early unsuccessful and sidetracked efforts to replace the PBS suppressor through the AMB-17 currently in development by the Kalashnikov Concern, we will discuss the AS Val, VSS Vintorez, OTS-14 Groze, SR-3, SR-3M, VSK-94, and more!
Building on the success of their Radial Delayed Blowback system, CMMG has just dropped a 10mm Banshee into their pistol and short barrel rifle product lineup. The new “best millimeter” gun joins thirteen other Banshee caliber and magazine options, ranging from .22LR through .458 SOCOM. The patented Radial Delayed Blowback system works to help reduce […]
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In this episode of TFBTV, James Reeves gives viewers a first look at the CMMG Banshee Mk10, a 10mm pistol caliber carbine. According to CMMG’s marketing materials about the new “best millimeter” SMG: “CMMG Inc. is pleased to announce the highly anticipated 10mm BANSHEE with its (patent pending) Radial Delayed Blowback operating system and Last-Round […]
For some time I’ve been in the camp that says lighter and simpler is better when it comes to home defense shotguns, and today I wanted to test that. I grabbed two of my favorite shotguns, a timer, a ton of ammo, some clay pigeons, and hit the range.
Looking at the current state of tactical shotguns, we see them tend towards the heavier side. Guns like the Mossberg 590 with its heavy-walled barrel, ghost ring sights, bayonet lug, and 8-shot tube magazine tend to make it tip the scales. Then we might decide to attach lights, side saddles, and more stuff that will weigh it down even more.
To understand why I believe lighter is better, we should talk about the shotgun’s strengths. The shotgun is a weapon designed for use inside handgun ranges. Home defense shotguns fall firmly into this niche and unlike police and military applications, the use of slugs is not necessary. Within these close ranges the shotgun offers the ability to cause massive trauma to a home invader with just a single shot.
A shotgun can delivers a blast of buckshot to incapacitate most bad guys with a single shot. It’s a weapon that’s quick to get on target because they do not require fine aiming to be effective. This makes it more effective at hitting moving threats as well.
The shotgun offers a significant advantage in a quick moving gun fight, especially if the situation occurs in low light. The shotgun is also an excellent weapon if your home defense plan is just to point the gun at your bedroom door and call the police.
So why is a lighter gun better? You want a shotgun that’s quick and easy to move and allows you to get on target quickly. You also want a gun you can confidently hold up for a long period of time if you are waiting for the police. This makes lighter shotguns more advantageous.
For this test I chose two shotguns. The first is a Mossberg 590 with an 8-round magazine and a Speed Feed stock carrying four rounds of ammunition. This gun is also equipped with a Streamlight TL Racker lighting system. This shotgun also wears Ghost Ring sights and has the infamous bayonet lug. This is my heavy home defense shotgun.
The second shotgun is my 100-dollar Remington 870 Wingmaster. This shotgun has a 4-round tubular magazine, a Steiner MK7 Battle Light, a bead sight, and an AR-style stock and pistol grip. This is my light home defense shotgun.
Both shotguns are shorter guns, and have white lights. I believe a white light is a must-have on home defense shotguns.
For the test I loaded both tubes to the brim. Each tube would stay loaded and I would manually load a round into the chamber for every drill except those which require multiple rounds. My targets are clay pigeons positioned on a berm. I wanted small targets because they require me to aim rather than just pointing and pulling a trigger on a man-sized target. I utilized a Pocket Pro 2 to time each drill.
I ran 4 simple drills: snap shots, target transitions, a 3 clay transition, and reloads. I ran every drill but one three times and timed each. Each drill was fired at 15 yards. Ammo used was Federal Flight Control 00 buckshot.
Snap Shots are simple. I placed a clay at near-head-height on the berm and assumed the low ready with the shotgun, safety on. At the beep I’d raise the shotgun and engage the target. Simple, effective, and important to master. The faster you can go from low ready to hitting a small target the better. Here are the times:
As you can see, the lighter shotgun was faster — sometimes nearly a half-second faster. The lighter home defense shotgun felt more comfortable and natural, especially when I utilized the push-pull method of recoil management.
For my target transition drills I placed a clay pigeon to the far left of the berm at head height. At the bottom left corner of the range I positioned a concrete block. I’d start by aiming my shotgun at the block and at the timer beep, swing to the clay pigeon and fire.
Again we see the lighter shotgun faster on target. I also felt a lot more comfortable with the lighter shotgun. The heavier shotgun had much more momentum at the swing and would cause me to swing past the clay.
The 3 clay sprint consists of three targets placed at different heights and different locations horizontally. I placed one to the far left of the berm at head height, one to the far right at belly height, and the final one at calf height on the far left. It was a fun challenge and a drill I enjoyed quite a bit. Due to constraints on my time, ammo, and targets I only ran this drill once with my home defense shotguns.
Light Shotgun: 2.32 seconds
Heavy Shotgun: 2.97 seconds
Once more, our light home defense shotgun excelled by more than half a second. Again the transitions were quicker and I felt I could put my shots exactly where I wanted them. The heavier shotgun felt clumsier to move with.
Reloading the shotgun is a valuable skill. It may not be important for 95% of shotgun gunfights, but if it is necessary you want to be able to run with it. I started with each gun with empty tubes, and one round in the chamber. On the timer beep I’d load two rounds from my plate carrier into the magazine and fire the round in the chamber. Once the round was fired, the drill is over.
Here we see the biggest difference between the two guns. Reloading the lighter shotgun and then getting on target was much easier. The lighter shotgun was easier to hold up with the barrel pointed downrange. The heavier of the home defense shotguns dipped due to its weight.
I know there are many better shooters out there who could pick up that heavy Mossberg and make music with it much faster than me with my lighter shotgun. However, I’m betting that same skilled shooter could do better with the lighter shotgun than the heavy one.
It’s much more comfortable, much easier to mount, and quicker on target. Being quicker on target is critical when it comes to a shotgun. The faster you can get on target the faster you can end the fight.
The downsides are mostly tied to the fact the Mossberg has twice as much ammo in the tube. The big question I have is, is that extra ammo necessary? The shotgun as a weapon isn’t suited for high round count firefights, and a lighter shotgun is a faster shotgun. The faster you get a round of buckshot on target the quicker the fight will be over.
What are your thoughts? Did I make any flaws in my testing? What drills should I add? Let me know below.
This is an open letter to the CEO of CVS Health.
Dear Mr. Merlo:
I have been a customer of CVS and its predecessor chain Revco since the early 1980s. That is when I moved to Waynesville, North Carolina. I received fantastic service from Ken Holland, R.Ph., who has long since retired. The advice and consultation I received from Ken proved invaluable over the years.
Due to a change you announced on September 5th, I can no longer ethically or morally patronize your stores.
The announcement read:
We support the efforts of individuals and groups working to prevent gun violence (sic), and continually review our policies and procedures to ensure our stores remain a safe environment. We join a growing chorus of businesses in requesting that our customers, other than authorized law enforcement personnel, do not bring firearms into our stores.
This goes to the heart of my ability to provide for my own self-defense and that of my family. I am a law-abiding citizen with a North Carolina Concealed Handgun Permit. I have gone through multiple background checks including both criminal and mental health. I have been fingerprinted. I have had training.
My wife and I are the type people you want shopping in your stores and pharmacies. However, in an effort to curry favor with those who would put us at risk, you don’t want us in your establishments. That is your choice and it is our choice to move our patronage elsewhere.
I totaled the amount I spent on prescriptions alone with CVS this year. It amounts to $213.23 as of September 4th. I realize that this is only 0.00097% of your fiscal 2018 compensation of $21,939,098.
This is only a drop in the bucket compared to what you make as CEO of CVS Health. However, if just a fraction of the approximately 17 million plus concealed carry permit holders decide to shop elsewhere, that could impact your corporate bottom line. It is not like there aren’t other options outside the major chains.
I wish you the best as you try to explain to your board and others why you don’t want us, the most law-abiding citizens in the country, as your customers any longer.
We all invest a lot of money in different gear to improve our shooting ability, our organization at home and at the gun range, and to sometimes to do both on our person. While it might be a stretch to say clothing can make you a better shooter it can absolutely make you more comfortable […]
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Today’s Photo Of The Day is provided by VEREX Tactical, a company located in Oberalm, Austria. While the Marlin 1895 SBL depicted in the photos has a bunch of custom carvings, engravings and finishes, what really jumps out is the actual lever which is made of a bike chain. I contacted the company asking to tell […]
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Every year the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives dishes out a handy report to grade the gun community on its performance. What I mean is that they’re releasing cold hard facts about how many guns we buy, import, sell, and manufacture. This year’s commerce numbers look like they’re coming up just a little […]
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Poll finds that poll finds that 28% of Demos and 14% of Repubs believe it should be illegal to belong to the NRA or to any gun rights organization. At least they are consistent: they want to scrap the First Amendment as well as the Second.
A woman shot and wounded a suspected robber who reached for her purse, police say. It happened around 2:30 a.m. Tuesday on Creekbend at Fondren in southwest Houston.
Michael Bloomberg and his Mayors Against Illegal Guns can sure pick them. The newest member of his slate of illegal mayors is Jasiel Correia II of Fall River, Massachusetts.
The good mayor and his chief of staff Genoveva Andrade were just arrested on Federal charges. The indictments include bribery, extortion conspiracy, extortion and aiding and abetting, wire fraud, and filing false tax returns
The 27-year old mayor of Fall River, Massachusetts, was arrested Friday morning and charged with a slew of crimes, including extorting legal marijuana businesses for hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes, federal prosecutors said.
Jasiel F. Correia II, the mayor, was arrested along with his former chief of staff, Genoveva Andrade. Beyond the bribes, Correia has been accused of extorting a building owner for cash and a Rolex watch in exchange for activating the water supply to a commercial building, and demanding that his chief of staff give him half of her salary in return for appointing her and allowing her to keep her city job, according to prosecutors.
Correia would get anywhere from $100,000 to $250,000 in bribes to issue “non-opposition letters”. These letters are a Massachusetts requirement that marijuana businesses are required obtain from the local head of government. Without these “non-opposition letters”, they could not open for business. Correia has issued 14 of these letters.
As I’ve said many a time in the past, this organization should be renamed Mayor Bloomberg’s Illegal Mayors given their criminal activities.
Democrat presidential hopeful Joe Biden renewed his push for an “assault weapons” ban via a Sunday night tweet. Biden wrote: “The deadliest mass shootings all have one thing in common: assault weapons. It’s past time we get these weapons of war off our streets. I’ve banned them before, and I’ll ban them again in the White House.”
Welcome back to another edition of TFB’s Round Table sponsored by Ammunition To Go! For those who are first joining us, this is a multi-part series where TFB will discuss the characteristics of great ammunition for specific applications. This could vary from big game hunting, plinking, precision rifle matches, small game hunting, or even pistol competitions. Chances are there is someone here at TFB who can […]
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On SSRN: The Janus-faced Second Amendment: Looking Backward to the Renaissance, Forward to the Enlightenment. I've just started circulating it to law reviews. It has two themes:
1. The 2A has two clauses because it had two independent purposes, each with a different constituency. Classical Republicans wanted a guarantee against the militia, as a system, being neglected. Jeffersonians want a guarantee of an individual right to arms. For most of the Framing period, a person, group, or State chose one of the other. With the Virginia ratifying convention of 1788, someone finally realized they could do both and please both groups. To construe the right to arms as limited to militia service (as the Heller dissenters did) is to misconstrue the history. They were separate ideas, and to the extent we can assign importance, the right to arms was universally seen as more important.
2. In any event, the modern National Guard is emphatically not the militia of the Constitution. The militia were a local body, the citizenry, under command of the governor, and only able to be called into Federal service for three reasons, all designed to involve service within the U.S. (repel invasion, suppress insurrection, enforce the laws of the Union). Under the Constitution, they were to be trained by the States, and led by officers appointed by the States. As the Heller dissent (this time correctly) notes, the militia was meant to be a counterpoise to Congress's power to create an army. Madison in Federal No. 46 points this out clearly.
The modern NG was created by 20th century statutes as a Federal force, a reserve component of the Army, with Federal training and Federally-approved officers, able to be called into Federal service for any reason, including foreign service. It was specifically created pursuant to the Congressional power to create armies.
If you stopped by Springfield Armory’s website over the last few days you might have seen a pop up teasing a mysterious date. As you might guess it’s the build up towards a new product release and Springfield have now confirmed it to be what they describe as “a class-leading firearm” which has been in […]
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John J. Woods
Magnolia Outdoor Communications
HUNTING THE AMERICAN TSAVO
Unfortunate to my life I have never hunted in Africa, or even been there. That is except through the pages of many a book and story on the subject as well as a few movies that captured live action there along with some realistic hunting television shows. Each has provided some keen insights to hunting that still wild domain. Indeed, the Dark Continent must be some very special land if not a totally hostile place given the array of very dangerous game that possesses those harsh habitats.
I have been fortunate though to have shared campfires with an acquaintance who has hunted in Africa twice and is now planning his third safari. To say I am jealous would be an understatement. I try to quell his stories with those of my own exploits here in America and other locales on the globe. I suspect he scoffs at the comparison, but they are my memories to sustain me never-the-less.
In fact, I go so far as to suggest that America has its own Tsavo. Tsavo being the region in Kenya at the intersection of the Uganda Railway over the Tsavo River. This area in Africa is well known for populations of bush elephant, cape buffalo, leopard, and lion. All these are among the most dangerous animals to hunt on Earth. We may not have these species, but we have our own share of dangerous game to pursue right here in the 50 states.
America’s Tsavo? Dangerous game? Our list includes grizzly bears, brown bears, black bears, moose, and mountain lions. Other game our lands harbor in dangerous places to reach include all the rams, and mountain goats. To reach those is another kind of dangerous in its own respect. To be sure, though rare, hunters have been attacked by elk and deer.
I know, I know, our dangerous species pale in comparison to cape buff, elephants that can squash you in a single step, or lions that could drag you off through the thorns never to be seen again except for the red stains in the sand and remnants of flesh and bone. Gruesome for sure.
Even so, facing a giant grizzly in Alaska, an angry moose in a bog, or a mountain lion on an overhead ledge can be quite daunting. I recall elk hunting in Montana once riding a horse along a mountain trail when a rock came down the wall beside us. Looking up a huge mountain lion was peering down. It sent shivers down my back for sure.
So, America is not Africa, but Africa is not America either. We have great hunting opportunities here stateside. And if you want a thrill, just square up against a mean bear, or a pissed off moose, and you’ll get all the excitement you can handle I’m betting.
John J. Woods
Magnolia Outdoor Communications
KIMBER’S HERO CUSTOM 1911
Kimber America has added a new version of their Custom 1911 line with their Hero Custom Model. The Hero Custom includes special detailing but the highlight of this new model is that a portion of the sales proceeds will go to the Boot Campaign.
The Boot Campaign promotes patriotism, raises awareness, and provides assistance to help veterans restore health and reclaim the highest quality of life. Details of this veteran assistance movement can be found at www.bootcampaign.org. It is a great project for a company like Kimber to undertake by producing a special pistol to raise funds to support this work.
The Hero Custom is indeed a customized model from the Custom Models that Kimber regularly produces. The model specifications are similar including the .45 ACP chamber, stainless steel, match grade 1911 5-inch barrel, recoil operated, closed breech, single action, and semi-automatic function. Weight of the Hero Custom comes in at 38 ounces, height 5.25 inches, length 8.7 inches, stainless steel frame, magazine capacity set at 7 rounds. Safety mechanisms include the grip beavertail safety, thumb safety, sear disconnect, hammer safety notch, and Kimber’s Series II safety.
Custom features of this Hero Model include a stainless steel frame that is desert tan finished. The slide is Kimber Pro II black matte finished with tan engraving. Fixed combat type sights are fiber optic including a rear sight with two green dots and a red front optic sight. The rear sight is undercut with line checkering to reduce glare. The trigger is 3-hole aluminum factory set at 4-5 pounds of pull. The tan engraving includes the American flag on the right side up front, “Special Kimber Edition” on the left side of the frame and “Boot Campaign” on the top of the slide just to the rear of the ejection port. “Hero Custom” is rolled marked on the left side.
Other special edition features include Kryptek Highlander grip panels that are tan and dark brown scales configuration. The grips have a semi-soft rubberized feel that are very easy to grasp and grip. The slide is serrated cut both front and rear. The hammer is a commander type round loop, checkered affair.
The kit comes in a lockable plastic case with instructions and a lock. Also included are a package of magazine bottom bumpers to self-install with screws. This is truly a custom Kimber 1911. MSRP is set at $987.00.
While there is undoubtedly going to be collector value in this pistol, it begs to be shot as well. That will come soon with a little trigger time at the range. Check out Kimber at www.kimberamerica.com.
A little while back Walther Arms announced that they were going to begin US-based production of the iconic PPK in .380. Well, production is now underway and Walther are celebrating by offering a limited run of ‘First Edition’ PPK/S’. Just 1250 pistols will be available, exclusively via TALO Distributors Inc. The limited-edition guns have “First […]
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Langdon Tactical, of Gilbert, Arizona, has announced their new LTT 1301 Tactical shotgun, perfect for home defense and personal protection. Langdon Tactical has taken the smooth, quick cycling Beretta 1301 Tactical shotgun and is offering it with many great upgraded features straight from the box. This is great news for those wanting to have more […]
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Star produced 1911-style pistols in a wide variety of calibers and configurations for more than 50 years, including several models with shoulder stocks. Two of the later such models were the MMS and MB. These were standard 5 inch barreled pistols shipped with wooden combination holster stocks and three magazines – one 8-round, one 16-round, and one quite long 32-round. The MMS was chambered for .30 Mauser (7.63x25mm), and 1,174 of them were made between 1971 and 1985. The MB was in 9mm Parabellum, and 1,757 were made in two runs, 1956-1960 and 1972-1975. Both patterns have been added to the list of stocked pistols exempt from NFA requirements, happily.
For more information on these and all other Star handguns, I recommend Leonard Antaris’ book, Star Firearms:
A recent article from Forbes.com indicated some concerning issue regarding federal government overreach. The Department of Justice (DOJ) is demanding the names and data of Obsidian 4 App users from Apple and Google (Android). Obsidian 4 is a smartphone app available for download for Android and Apple phone users. The Obsidian 4 app was developed […]
At TACCOM Show in Toronto, Canada this past weekend, IWI brought out new color samples of the Masada 9mm striker-fired polymer pistol. The pistol is currently available in black but it will be coming in Grey, Green & Desert (or as we call Tan, or Flat Dark Earth (FDE)).
These colors will be offered soon in North American but in Canada it will only be offered as an accessory as the frame can be swapped out by the end-user in less than 60 seconds. The serialized part of the Masada is the inner modular metal frame which is not part of the polymer frame.
At TACCOM Show in Toronto, Canada this past weekend, IWI showcased the upcoming Jericho II 9mm pistol. This is an update to the Jericho 941 PL which is the polymer frame variant of the 941 series of pistols. It features a redesigned slide with aggressive front and rear serrations. It has a frame safety (not a decocker, although that might be available later on) similar to a 1911 and the front rail is now MIL-STD-1913 compatible. The grip has been optimized, offering improved texture and removing finger grooves from the previous version and it now features removable backstraps. The barrel length remains the same at 112mm (4.4″) as this is considered a full-size pistol.
This is the description from the IWI Canada brochure.
JERICHO II Pistols is one of the most popular and respected pistols
in the world. It combines design with a variety of features and models
to create a weapon that offers outstanding performance and reliability.
The JERICHO II is deployed in Israel by the Israeli Military & Police as well
as military and police units worldwide, thus, making the pistol suitable
for a variety of operations.
In many countries the JERICHO II is used as a personal weapon, and is one
of the most popular self-protection guns.
ADVANTAGES AND BENEFITS
• Reliable mechanism
• Designed for military and police operations
• Complies with Military Standard (MIL-STD)
• Ergonomic designed pistol grip
• Fixed front and rear sights
• Double action traditional (DA / SA) or single action only (SAO)
• Polygonal rifling
• Interchangeable back-strap
• MIL-STD-1913 Picatinny rail for accessories
• Rignt and left handed user magazine release
• 10 rds. magazine
• Front and rear cocking grooves on the slide
• Lanyard swivel
The pistol will be available in black, desert, green and gray frames.
It is expected to be available in 3-4 months with a Canadian MSRP of $729.
On September 3, the San Francisco Board of Supervisorsunanimously passed a resolution, “declaring that the National Rifle Association is a domestic terrorist organization and urging other cities, states, and the federal government to do the same.”The resolution was sponsored by District 2 Supervisor Catherine Stefani, who is described on the city’s website as a former prosecutor and “a leader and spokesperson for Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America.”
You rarely see this many Heckler & Koch MP5s in one picture, and these are all suppressed SD versions. A picture well worthy of becoming Photo Of The Day. I understand that these are Special Forces from Kazakhstan (Possibly “Arystan”). The Night Vision Goggles are most likely AN/PVS7, a single tube night vision. The MP5 […]
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Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick uses his political website to claim he is “leading the fight for life and liberty in Texas, including … standing up for the Second Amendment.” He also proudly notes his prior NRA endorsement. But when it comes to the right to keep and bear arms, Dan Patrick is showing himself to be all hat and no cattle. On Friday, for example, he appeared on Fox Newsto promote a federal mandate for expanded background checks. In doing so, he exposed himself as not just unprincipled on the Second Amendment, but ill-informed as well.
One of America’s largest big box retailers and a significant purveyor of firearms and ammunition is yielding to anti-gun hysteria by calling for action on gun control and adding extra-legal policies to its firearm and ammunition sales. Way to act like Dick’s, Walmart.
It’s hard to imagine that Joe Biden could outdo himself with a gun control proposal even more absurd than his DNA-activated smart gun, but our imagination is apparently more constrained by truth and facts than that of the former vice president.
Proving once again that ignorance is no bar to publication in the U.S. legacy press, former executive editor of the New York Times Howell Raines has offered his inane take on the current gun control debate in a piece for the Washington Post. According to the gun-control supporting newspaperman, the key to solving the political stalemate over firearms is to “revert to the gun laws that prevailed in the United States around 1960.” Raines claimed such a move would “break the maniacal hold of the National Rifle Association on the nation’s recreational shooters, not to mention Congress.”
Being a victim does not make you an expert. Further, being a victim does not make you morally superior. People need to remember this.
CBS Sunday Morning ran an editorial this morning from Shauna Saxton of Odessa, Texas. She “locked eyes” with the murderer in Texas. Fortunately for her and her family, she had the presence of mind to hit the accelerator and get out of there. Nonetheless, she is calling on Congress to take action.
I’m not sure how Mrs. Saxton has become the public face of the tragedy in Odessa and Midland. Neither she nor her family were injured and I’m thankful for that. A Google search on her name and Odessa pulls up many stories about her experience along with multiple interviews. In a sense, she has become the David Hogg of the Odessa tragedy – there but not injured.
Mrs. Saxton gave a tearful commentary intended to tug on your heartstrings. It is aimed at conservatives to make them agree that we need more gun control.
This awful experience has changed me. Things I once believed to be true have now been brought into question. Do private citizens need access to weapons as deadly as an assault rifle? This question and others like it are a hot topic here in Texas, and in other states around the nation. It is a very difficult question. How do we promote public safety whilst protecting the rights of people who choose to bear arms?
The problem, by necessity, will require compromise from both sides. No one is going to get exactly what they want; life just isn’t that way. (I learned this lesson as a young girl with six brothers.) But we can look for common ground and be willing to give and take.
There are two problems with this argument. First, the ideas being promoted – red flag laws, assault weapons (sic) bans, and mag restrictions – would not have changed a thing in Odessa and Midland or anywhere else. Dangerous people are going to use whatever tool is at their disposal. Red flag laws remove the weapon but not the dangerous person.
In this case, the murderer reportedly obtained his firearm from an illegal manufacturer making any sort of universal background check irrelevant.
The second problem with her argument is that the only side giving up anything will be gun owners. The gun prohibitionists will be getting something. The only compromise they make is not to take everything now.
Mrs. Saxton concludes:
As Congress reconvenes, I call on all its members to be men and women of action. I implore our leaders to recognize this growing danger for what it is, and act upon it. If we continue to do nothing, these tragedies will repeat themselves, and more innocent lives will be lost.
To the leaders of this great country, I say, take up the mantle of the responsibility you have been given. Be courageous. Stand for those who you represent. We pray daily for you that you will do the right thing, and that you will be honorable in your work, indeed, that you will find a solution by which all Americans can benefit.
We must take action. We must do something. Doing nothing is not an option.
Doing nothing is always an option. As a former student of public policy at the graduate level, doing nothing is always on the table. Indeed, doing nothing is often the best option. “Doing something” in response to a tragic event leads to bad and ineffective policies.
I’m afraid that in the current political climate politicians will agree with Mrs. Saxton and think they have “to do something”. It won’t save anyone but “they did something”.
“The Ross Rifle Story” is the Bible of Ross rifle collecting – it is the only substantial reference work on the subject and it has a tremendous amount of information about the development of the Ross. However, it is also one of the worst-edited firearms reference books I am aware of. It has a second Table of Contents on page 85 – need I say more than that?
Well, I will. The photographs are black and white and often too dark or too light. Beyond it really being two separate manuscripts printed back to back, the organization is really lacking. Finding information in the book is sometimes very difficult, as the subject matter jumps around a lot. The story of the Ross – especially separating the civilian and military development – is a pretty complicated one, and even a well-edited book on the subject might be a bit difficult to parse. This book is really bad at times.
But for all that, it *does* have the information (with only a few errors), and it’s the only book that does. If you are interested in the Ross, this is a must-have book despite its problems.
A second printing was run in 2002, and not much effort was put into marketing it. Despite the online prices all being $300+, the seller still has a couple dozen copies remaining as of this writing. To order one (for $100 plus shipping, via PayPal) email him at email@example.com .
Good evening everyone and thank you for joining us for a late edition of TFB’s Silencer Saturday. Last week we went into the world of adjustable gas blocks and offered up some insight by way of TFB staff favorites. This week we pay our respects the inventor and founder of the firearm silencer movement, Hiram […]
London: Three men sentenced for conspiracy to sell silenced, full-auto, Uzi to a violent criminal. There's always someone who doesn't get the message....
The USMC have shared some pretty arty photos from the recent Integrated Training Exercise 5-19 with 1st Battalion, 25th Marine Regiment, 4th Marine Division. The photos were taken at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, California at the beginning of August by Lance Cpl. Jose Gonzalez. The most striking images feature Lance Cpl. Eliott Wright, posing with his […]
A few months ago TFB was allowed an exclusive sneak peek at SIG Sauer’s newest iteration of the P365 subcompact pistol. Like the rest of the snag-free versions of SIG’s popular carry guns, the new P365 SAS features rounded edges, recessed controls, and an overall slick profile. However, this new CCW-focused gun goes several steps […]
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Arsenals of History is an annual symposium of firearms museum, and met this year at the newly renovated Cody Firearms Museum. The theme of this year’s symposium was social media and museums. This presentation was given by Scott Gausen, an Education Specialist for the Springfield Armory National Historic Site. He has been experimenting with the use of 3D scanning and 3D printing technology for museum and educational purposes.
You can find more information about Springfield Armory National Historic Site at their web site, including current special events, visiting hours, and more.
Imagine a free world where you could use Amazon Prime to order a dozen Magpul PMags, a case of 5.56mm ammo or a Geissele AR-15 trigger. And while I realize that it’s “their business, their rules” and that there are many other high-quality outlets that will ship you exactly what you want, there is still a […]
True Velocity has published a press release confirming that their 6.8mm composite-cased ammunition has been selected to the next phase of the US Army’s NGSW program as the cartridge of General Dynamics’ firearm submissions. Moreover, they showed their actual NGSW cartridge. As my colleague Matthew Moss noticed, the press release also revealed an interesting fact […]
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Back in June, we took a look at some FLIR handheld thermal imagers. Afterward, FLIR offered to send out their PTS536 ThermoSight Pro for review. We got a preview of the FLIR ThermoSight Pro weapon sights during SHOT Show range day last January. FLIR PTS536 The PTS536 has a 50mm germanium objective lens and […]
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Photo Of The Day – today we look at some amazing magazine-fed Shotguns. Dissident Arms is a manufacturer which specializes in the Molot VEPR-12 shotguns. They make some really cool competition grade Molot Vepr-12 shotguns, among other things. TFB did an interview with one of their sponsored shooters, the 2018 World Shoot Shotgun winner Josh […]
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I decided to pick up a P365 XL when they first dropped a couple months ago and since then I’ve had plenty of trigger time on the little concealed carry. I carried the regular P365 for about 18 months and the XL is a new variation of the original P365. Round Count So Far In […]
On Tuesday, September 10, the House Game and Fisheries Committee is scheduled to consider pro-hunting legislation, Senate Bill 147.
The National Rifle Association released a video on Wednesday in response to the city of San Francisco voting to label the gun rights group as a domestic terror organization. The city's Board of Supervisors adopted a resolution written by Supervisor Catherine Stefani at a Tuesday meeting.
FAIRFAX, Va.– The National Rifle Association Institute for Legislative Action released the following statement on Friday regarding Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick's recent comments on gun control proposals:
Scary moments in a quiet Eastern Shore neighborhood Thursday morning during a bizarre shooting incident. According to Baldwin County Sheriff's Officials, a woman taking a bath, confronts a female intruder, then opens fire, wounding her.
Earlier this week Textron was one of three companies down-selected by the US Army for the Next Generation Squad Weapon program. TFB had the chance to have a brief chat with Wayne Prender Textron Systems’ Senior Vice President of Applied Technologies & Advanced Programs about the program and their entry into the program. While Textron were unable […]
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Over the last few months, I’ve been asking friends and other shooters a question over dinner or drinks at the bar. I always start out by setting a foundation explaining the concept. Let’s say you had to sell every handgun you own and had an unlimited budget to buy one handgun. I always tell people […]
Innovative firearms manufacturer KelTec has just announced their latest release that is both feature rich as well as affordable. The KelTec P17 pistol holds 16+1 rounds of .22LR, weighs less than 14 ounces, features a threaded barrel and has an MSRP of $199. The P17 package also adds a light/laser accessory rail, three magazines and […]
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In 1965 the Finnish Army adopted the 7.62x39mm Valmet RK62, and it has been produced in volumes over 350,000 by Valmet and Sako in Finland. As with many “modern” firearms, the RK62s have been in need of upgrades and modernization, and after years of planning it is finally happening. One of the new versions is […]
ADIHEX, the Abu Dhabi International Hunting and Equestrian Exhibition, is an annual event towards the end of the, scorching hot, summer in Abu Dhabi, UAE. As the name implies, this is not firearms dedicated show, but the “hunting guns” area alone is usually worth a visit, if anything to understand what are the models which […]
Canada was the first country to formally adopt the FN FAL as its standard service rifle, and in 1958 it added the C2 light machine gun version of the FAL to its arsenal. The C2, later updated to C2A1, was a heavy-barreled version of the regular FAL rifle. It shared all the same basic action components, but with a dual-use bipod/handguard, a rear sight calibrated out to 1000 meters, and 30-round magazines as standard. The gun was mechanically fine, but not a great light support weapon, as its rifle lineage sacrificed handling and sustained fire capability. Only about 2700 were produced, and it was ultimately replaced by the C9 (FN Minimi) in the 1980s.
In the picture above we can see FN Herstal’s new full range of cartridges in the 5.56x45mm NATO caliber, these will be shown in London, at the Defense and Security Equipment International Exhibition. In total, four new FN Herstal cartridges will be unveiled at the DSEI 2019 exhibition. I am pretty sure that none of […]
In this episode, Miles goes to a local gun shop in Amman to check out what the local laws, trends, and interests are in the legal firearms market in Jordan. He interviews the store owner and is able to really get some hands-on time with the various handguns and shotguns in the store, seeing what […]
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On September 4, the California State Senate passed both AB 61, which will expand California's GVRO laws to allow more people to petition for a restraining order and AB 879 which will require background checks on "precursor" firearm parts. Both bills must go back to the Assembly for a concurrence vote before heading to the Governor's desk.
Do you appendix carry? Appendix holster position carrying is a really sensitive subject for a lot of people. It’s tough to grasp the idea that carrying a firearm pointed at your weiner is safe. The only time that ever becomes unsafe is when the end-user is unsafe. Complacency kills, or in this case, kills your […]
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This Russian Airborne crew seem to have misunderstood the meaning of being an Airborne force. They take their armored vehicles back into the air, going flat out over obstacles. To the best of my knowledge, this is a BMD-2 we see flying above. That’s 11.5 tonnes of tracked armor you see flying. The BMD-2 is […]
Tread with a smaller footprint: SIG Sauer has just released a new iteration of their TREAD line of 5.56 AR’s, this time in an 11.5″ barreled pistol configuration. TFB was lucky enough to briefly get our hands on one of these pistols for a quick review. Per SIG: The M400 TREAD pistol is an optics […]
Leupold has introduced custom shop exclusive versions of their VX-3i 2.5-8×36 scopes that have reticles tuned for the .350 Legend cartridge. Being custom shop products, these scopes can also be personalized with your initials, “Custom Built For” message or a variety of animal figures laser engraved on different areas of the scopes. Here is how Leupold […]
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On Tuesday, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors passed a resolution labeling the National Rifle Association a “domestic terrorist organization.” The resolution also states that “the City and County of San Francisco should take every reasonable step to limit those entities who do business with the City and County of San Francisco from doing business with this domestic terrorist organization.”
A Constitutional Amendment calling for an "assault weapons" ban is being proposed for the ballot in 2020. The definition of "assault weapon," in the amendment, includes ALL semi-automatic rifles and shotguns. If the amendment goes on the ballot and is passed, people will be required to either turn in those firearms or register them with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) -- so they can make you turn them in later.
Fox News' Laura Ingraham blasted Democrats Wednesday, claiming they are trying to infringe on American's Second Amendment right. "The Second Amendment be damned," Ingraham said on "The Ingraham Angle." "You see liberals don't really trust regular people. They prefer a system where a small set of elites in Washington make decisions for everybody else. Including on issues of self-defense."
Nighthawk Custom is introducing four new Korth revolvers in .357 Magnum. Whether or not you can afford the premium price tags, Korth revolvers are not easily forgotten. TFB has covered them in the past and they are known for more traditional designs as well as the tactical features on some of their recent models. Korth […]
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Can-Am makes a bunch of different outdoor vehicles, and they’ve recently announced that their 2020 lineup will feature Mossy Oak Break-Up Country camouflage, which has apparently become “America’s No. 1 Camo Pattern.”
I’ll admit that simplicity is a plus for hunting… just park your street flivver someplace, grab your gear, and get to hiking. After all, the ol’ shank’s mares can take you places no vehicle can roll… but at the same time, I have long enjoyed the convenience of using an ATV or side-by-side UTV as a runabout vehicle, people-mover, game-getter, and gear-hauler.
Many other folks are with me on that, I know… so here’s a quick look at the new 2020 line from Can-Am, according to the press release. Click the link for each model to view full specs on the Can-Am website
When the work is over, the Defender 6 X 6 DPS is perfect for the most dedicated hunters that never stop working on their hunting grounds. Sportsman can take advantage of the spacious cargo box that sports a 1,000-pound capacity when hauling food plot supplies, tree stands and when hauling out that trophy animal after a successful hunt. With a 13-inch ground clearance and easy handling capabilities there is no limit where the Defender 6 X 6 DPS can go.
Can-Am Outlander 650 Mossy Oak (Image: Can-Am)
The Defender Mossy Oak Edition is loaded with features that not only make the hunt more enjoyable, it has enough power and functions to be able to use while on the farm or while enjoying precious time in the outdoors.
Whether one is traveling through crop fields while bird hunting, driving to and from a tree stand location while deer hunting or sneaking into the general area of a gobbling tom turkey during the spring, the ability to do so quietly, comfortably and safely are big factors.
Wildgame Innovations is claiming they have “the most advanced trail camera technology,” and I have to say it looks pretty good. What they’re offering are two tiny “Micro Cam” game cameras that pack a passel of features into a small package. This makes them easier to carry — and less-detectable by potential camera thieves.
The two new cameras are only 3″x3″x2″, which is very small and really nice when you’re carrying them in and out — and when you wish to hide them from crooks.
Here’s what they have to say:
Both units feature Wildgame Innovations’ own Adaptive Illumination technology, which determines how far away game is from the unit and automatically adjusts the camera’s image exposure setting accordingly to get the perfect shot.
These units easily mount to a tree, fence post, or other surface thanks to Wildgame Innovations’ proprietary magnetic ball mounting bracket. In addition, these cameras operate virtually silent thanks to Wildgame Innovations’ Silent Shield technology. Photographs and videos are tagged with three display stamps: Time/Date, Location, and Moon Phase.
The Shadow Micro Cam is outfitted with high-intensity infrared LEDs, while the Shadow Micro Cam Lightsout uses both invisible black infrared LEDs and the Lightsout invisible infrared LED flash.
These cameras both offer “exclusive integration” with the HuntStand hunting app.
Illumination range for the standard Micro Cam is 80 feet; the Lightsout version says 75 feet. According to online user reviews, they only take one photo per trigger.
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The 2019 European IPSC Handgun Championship (EHC) is about to start. The people in the Pre-Match are busy shooting as this article goes live, and very soon it is time for the Main Match. Hopefully this match will be less wet and muddy than the previous Championships in Hungary in 2016. Regardless of the weather, TFB […]
There are few things more useless than an empty gun. After all, even a dull knife can perform some of its intended tasks… but without ammunition, a firearm is just a club, and not a very good one. You never want your shootin’ iron to run dry during a hunt, so carrying extra cartridges along is a must. Problem is, that can be inconvenient.
When I started deer hunting, I used an old Ruger 44 Magnum carbine, so carrying extra rounds of 44 magnum was easy — just slip them into a pocket. But once I moved on to 30-06 and 308, I learned the longer cartridges were less pocket-friendly. Years ago, I tried one of those elastic carriers that slip onto your rifle’s butt stock, and fell in love.
Sadly, the elastic in those things wears out. I’ve also used a neoprene model, but that’s not ideal either… and it soaks up moisture like a sponge when you hunt in wet conditions. And you have to buy one for each of your guns, because you have to remove the stock from the action (or remove your scope) to install or remove it. What to do?
Well, Versacarry has a cool option: Ammo Caddy, a tough cartridge carrier made of water buffalo hide that can be easily removed to swap it from one gun to another or to attach it to the included belt attachment for carrying your spare ammo on your waist.
The carrier itself is backed with “industrial strength aerospace Velcro.” What’s that I hear? People hesitating to put adhesive stuff on their rifle stock? Well, Versacarry assures us that “the rifle finish will be unharmed if the owner decides to remove the system.”
Each Ammo Caddy is hand-stitched in the USA and they’re available in 9 different sizes. Here’s how the sizes match up with popular hunting cartridges, according to their website:
Size 1 fits:
Size 2 fits:
Size 3 fits:
Size 4 fits:
Size 5 fits:
Size 6 fits:
Size 7 fits:
Size 8 fits:
Size 9 fits:
Each Ammo Caddy holds 5 rounds except the 12-gauge model, which holds 4.
Want to stick your Ammo Caddy to multiple guns? You can buy new adhesive Velcro from Versacarry by clicking here ($2.99 for one or $5.99 for a 3-pack).
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Looking a bit like Mjölnir, The Norse God Thor’s Hammer, Battle Arms Development have made a billet AR-rifle display stand. The aluminium stand can be custom painted and/or engraved with text or logotypes, if a dealer wants to have a a customer stand for their shop or exhibition. The stand could possibly be used when […]
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When East Germany received the technical data package for the 5.45x39mm cartridge, they began a program to make their own AK-74 model. Alongside, they also wanted a precision rifle using the new cartridge, and that became the SSG (Scharfschützengewehr) 82. It was developed for the internal security services rather than the army, however, and only about 2,000 appear to have been made, all the the Ernst Thälmann factory in Suhl.
The SSG82 is an interesting microcosm of East Germany – good engineering, but lousy finishing touches. The barrel is well made, and the gun is capable of pretty good accuracy when used with quality ammunition. The scope is a 4x Zeiss Jena model, with a simple German post reticle. The gun overall weighs in at 11 pounds, and handles like a nice precision rifle. Little else is known about these rifles here in the US, and the only reason we have examples of them like this is because eCentury International Arms imported about 600 around the year 2000.
Kestrel Instruments are releasing a Heads-Up Display for their 5 Series of Ballistics Meters. The big question is if this is another gadget that will just leave your long range shooting with even more confusion or the next “must-have-thing” to hit? The Kestrel HUD connects to your Kestrel wind meter wirelessly, to enable you to […]
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If anyone knows the small firearms retailer, it would be Brownells. They have worked with gunsmiths since time immemorial. Jim Shepherd of the Outdoor Wires had an editorial today on the implications of the Walmart decision which is well worth a read.
In the editorial, he quoted Pete Brownell regarding Walmart’s move.
“It’s really a time of opportunity for small retailers,” Pete Brownell of the eponymous Brownells told me yesterday, “the core of our industry, small retailers are going to have an opportunity to get back some of the business lost by a retailer that focuses on squeezing the margins, not selling based on knowledge, experience and affinity.”
“To me,” he says, “it’s actually good news, although it’s never all good news when any company starts to give in to social pressure.”
He’s right on both points. Granted, some consumers will lose the ability to hit a Walmart for a box of rifle shells, diapers, orange juice and sodas. But they’ll now have a valid reason to go back to the stores where the shelves and displays are full of products they actually enjoy.
Brownell is correct. This is an opportunity for the Mom and Pop gun stores. That is, if they play it right. By right, I mean have deals on bulk ammo and reasonable prices on the rest.
The ARAD, the first piston-driven AR15 from Israel Weapon Industries
The ARAD, named after a city of the same name in the Southern District of Israel, is the all-new AR15 from IWI. Development of this rifle has been rumored for many years, there was even a close-up photo of an AR lower receiver with IWI logo engraved circulated online.
Answering to demands of the end users, they have been tasked to produce a high quality AR15 that will work under harsh conditions. This simply calls for a piston driven action which works nicely with suppressors as well as offering OTB (Over The Beach) capability that direct gas impingement design cannot provide.
There is no question that the ARAD, currently offered in select fire only, is mainly designed for export. This means IWI can compete in military and law enforcement procurement contracts all over the world of which many favor the AR platform. Many end users are aware of the rifle used by SEAL Team Six on Osama Bin Laden in Operation Neptune Spear, the Heckler & Koch HK416. It is deemed by many to be the best piston driven AR in the market. However, the German government imply export restrictions to Heckler & Koch from selling their products only to “green countries”, of which it needs be membership of Nato or “Nato-equivalent” which includes countries like Japan, Switzerland, Australia and New Zealand as well has having sufficient scores in Transparency International’s corruption perceptions index and the Economist Intelligence Unit’s democracy index.
In addition, it’s often misunderstood that all military and police units in Israel use the X95. In fact, the YAMAM, Israeli’s most elite counter-terrorism unit, strictly uses AR15s.
The rifle feels very well built and solid in the hand. The handguard, upper and lower receivers have zero play unlike on many affordable AR15s. The barrel is cold hammer-forged and made in-house using GFM machines from Austria.
The upper receiver is monolithic which means the handguard and upper receiver is one piece and offers an uninterrupted picatinny rail at 12 o’clock for optics and lasers. It has M-Lok slots at 3, 6 and 9 o’clock for M-Lok accessories that are readily available in the market.
It features two adjustable gas settings, normal and suppressed. The gas settings can easily be changed by using a 5.56mm round fitted into the gas adjustment knob as it can get hot during use.
The rifle is completely ambidextrous, including the bolt lock/release lever right underneath the dust cover and above the magazine release on the right hand side. User of the HK416A5 will be very familiar with this setup.
Pistol grip features a more upright angle than the regular A2 grip which adds comfort when shooting with the stock retracted closer to body for more tactical or CQB (close-quarter combat) style shooting stance. The buttstock is GL-Core made by Fab Defense which features a slightly angled, rubberized buttpad with quick-detach mounting points on both sides.
It features a quick detach barrel that took the design out of Tavor/X95, using the barrel wrench the user can rotate the nut 180 degree to remove the barrel and switch out to calibers such as .300 Blackout. Right above the barrel nut there are quick-detach sling mounting points on both left and right sides.
Representative from IWI assured me that the rifle is built using the highest quality materials possible and it maintains an accuracy of 1 MOA or better using quality ammunition. As the rifle feature aluminum monolithic upper receiver, it can withstand hundreds of rounds fired even in fully automatic mode.
Shooting the ARAD and Carmel rifle back to back, the ARAD has a higher rate of fire at 700-1100 rounds per minute with the 11.5” barrel. Needless to say, the select fire ARAD requires good gun handling skill from the shooter in order to maintain muzzle control towards the target which is not dissimilar to the HK416 in full-auto. Keep in mind that this rifle is not designed to replace the X95 in the Israeli Defense Force as there are units that are waiting to transition from M4/M16 to X95 as well as due to higher manufacturing cost.
The trigger initial take-up weight is average at approximately 5-6 pounds, but becomes light as it breaks which feels safe but also can be used for accurate fire in semi-automatic mode. In semi-auto, one can precisely place head-shots at 75 yards in standing position.
This is the Israeli’s take on an AR and they have hit it out of the park. The only question everybody has now is how soon will be available commercially in semi-auto for the civilian market and what will the price be?
We have made it all the way into the month of September for 2019! This officially marks our 11th edition of the Reader’s Choice Awards where we choose firearm and related accessory categories, and let you vote on the BEST ones in the industry. For September, our category for discussion is the BEST Aftermarket Trigger! […]
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We have all seen dodgy work done to mil surp rifles. Some look tasteful, and others atrocious. There are bubba builds, and, well. Then there is this. One heavily home gunsmithed Mosin-Nagant takes the cake of home gunsmithing. Bubba would be very happy. Us Australians have to get creative after all. This artfully modified Mosin-Nagant […]
Welcome everyone to the 24th 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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The rumours have been doing the rounds for a while but Israel’s IWI has now announced the introduction of their new AR-pattern rifle, the ARAD. The ARAD uses a short-stroke gas piston operating system rather than the AR-15’s direct impingement system but shares many features with Stoner’s iconic rifle. The rifle is chambered in 5.56x45mm […]
CZ announced the limited edition Shadow 2 Canada, made specifically for Canucks yesterday on their social media pages. This is a follow-up to the SP-01 Shadow Canadian Edition they had made previously.
It has the following unique features compare to a regular Shadow 2.
It has a MSRP of $1799 and they will arrive in Canada around November/December of this year. Samples will be shown at TACCOM Show this weekend at the CZ booth #117.
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In 2017, Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., accused President Donald Trump of showing “a disdain for an independent judiciary that doesn’t always bend to his wishes” after Trump criticized a federal judge who ruled against his administration. Senate Democrats, by contrast, have launched an unprecedented attempt to actually bend the Supreme Court to their wishes — threatening to restructure the court if the justices do not rule as they see fit.
In a move that should surprise nobody, GOP Senator Rick Scott (R, Florida) has voiced hope for more national gun control.
This is the same jerk who crafted and enacted the worst gun control bill in the history of Florida — and then instead of being drummed out of politics he moved on to become Senator for no other reason than that he was not Bill Nelson (his possibly-even-worse opponent for the office, who held it for years).
Wearing a NAVY cap in order to appear patriotic, Scott reveals his utter lack of patriotism in a CNN interview below by saying he’s “hopeful” that more gun laws will be passed — quickly.
The CNN “reporter” opens by claiming that gun control is a “solution” for mass shootings. Then she asks:
Reporter: ‘Is gun reform legislation doable, this month, when you all come back to work here in Washington?’
Rick Scott: ‘I’m hopeful. I think they ought to do what we did… uh, what I did as soon as Parkland happened… the biggest thing that we did was the red flag law. Says that if you are threatening harm to yourself or somebody else, through due process, through the court system, you don’t have access to any weapons — not just a gun, but any weapons.’
His claim that due process is involved is pure politics; i.e. it’s simply not true. Just look at the case of Jonathan Edward Carpenter (click for details), the Florida man who had his concealed carry license revoked and all of his guns confiscated in a case of mistaken identity under this same law Rick Scott is touting.
We’ve got a fight on our hands, folks. Click here to learn what you can do to stop red flag laws.
The GOP wants to enact more Federal gun control THIS MONTH. Tell them NO.
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Loveland, CO — You may have seen this discussed here and there lately; a 16-year-old boy was visited by police and got kicked out of Loveland High School for going shooting with his mother and posting a video of some of the firearms.
What you may not have heard was that after he returned to school by means of a hastily-concluded “threat assessment hearing” that was over in five minutes due to public backlash over his ousting, young Nathan’s troubles were not over. Other students taunted him by calling him a “school shooter,” and Reason Magazine reports that “the mockery was bad enough that Nathan begged his parents to be homeschooled.”
It all started out fine: on August 27, 2019, a mother picks up her son from school and takes him to the range to shoot some guns. This they did, and all was well — or so they thought. Unfortunately, Nathan posted a short 7-second video to social media which briefly zoomed in on each of five handguns and one rifle case, with the caption, “Finna be lit.”
Personally, I find that language offensive — because it’s not English, dang it! But in youngspeak it means “About to have some fun.” Others decided it was scary and that maybe the kid was threatening someone, and reported it to a program called “Safe2Tell,” which is apparently a government-run program encouraging anybody to report bad things about anybody else.
By the time mother and son finished up at the range, police had already visited the boy’s father.
According to the police, a message was received through “Safe2Tell,” a Colorado-based reporting platform that allows individuals to submit anonymous tips to alert law enforcement of potential threats or risks. Once received, the reporting mechanism automatically triggers an immediate review by local law enforcement to assess the validity of the threat.
Loveland Police reviewed the video, interviewed the parents, and quickly determined that Nathan was not a threat.
“We thought it was done,” [his mother] tells Reason.
No such luck; Nathan was banned from his school until further notice. The school refused to listen to the mother’s explanation and instead scheduled a threat assessment hearing on August 29, telling her she would have to defend her son and his actions at the hearing.
Fortunately, word got out about this debacle thanks to an article from “Rally for our Rights.” School officials quickly ended the hearing in Nathan’s favor, allowing him back in school. A procedure that normally takes at least an hour was over in five minutes as they hastily okayed Nathan’s return to school.
After that began the young man’s taunting and harassment at school. A happy ending? Maybe, a little. But the middle of the story is what never should have happened.
In today’s world, it’s increasingly a bad idea to let the public know much about what you’re doing — especially when you’re doing it with guns. Just look at the moronitude that’s so rife these days; Walmart selling only select types of ammunition, and the GOP being “hopeful” that more gun control laws will soon be passed.
My message: he should never have posted the video.
But the “Safe2Tell” system that was used to report his video was also flawed, says Reason. School officials claimed they were not officially informed by police that Nathan was not a threat until 18 hours after the fact.
Founded in 2004, Safe2Tell was created in response to the Columbine High School shooting in April 1999, in order to ‘provide an anonymous venue for parents, students, teachers, school administrators, and law enforcement to share information,’ according to its website. Safe2Tell sought to break ‘the code of silence’ that leaves possible risks and threats unreported, as well remove the stigma that surrounds being a ‘snitch.’
They also say the program has been known to cause more harm than good.
According to the Colorado attorney general’s office, which oversees the program, use of Safe2Tell has steadily increased each year. During the 2018–2019 fiscal year, Safe2Tell recorded 19,861 “actionable” tips — 4,400 more than the previous year… The most frequently addressed issues include suicide (3,668), drugs (2,164), and bullying (1,871).
Despite the high volume of calls concerning suicide, Safe2Tell is not the ideal resource for those struggling with self-harm or depression. Colorado’s Department of Human Services also operates Colorado Crisis Services, a hotline that focuses primarily on mental health issues. The crisis line — which received 173,547 calls, texts, or chats last year — operates separately from Safe2Tell. Confusion among students, not only regarding which service they should use, but also the existence of either in the first place, is common, according to mental health professionals.
This confusion has resulted in incongruous responses to sensitive issues. Safe2Tell has been criticized for its inability to appropriately address the complicated situations occurring on the other end of the phone line. Sarah Davidson, research director for Mental Health Colorado, shared an anecdote with The Colorado Sun about a troubled student, who called Safe2Tell in need of mental health assistance. “She needed a crisis line,” said Davidson. Instead of deploying a mental health specialist to assist the troubled student, police were dispatched to her home.
Bringing law enforcement into the picture also increases the risk of “swatting,” or intentionally filing false reports with law enforcement as a means of harassing people. Of the total number of tips received last year, Safe2Tell estimates that 2.4 percent, or roughly 470 incidents, were intentionally false reports. (Sadly, Safe2Tell has earned the pejorative nickname “Safe2Swat” among Colorado students.)
This is yet another case in which people try to “do something” to combat crime such as murders in school, but end up “undermining the civil liberties of the falsely accused or, worse, dropping the ball when responding to an actual threat.”
What ever happened to common decency and common sense?
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As Beto O’Rourke put it: “This is f—ked up.” The Texas Democrat and mediocre presidential candidate offered these wise words in an effort to capitalize on tragedy this weekend to try and once again reboot his failing campaign. O’Rourke was responding to the tragic news of another mass shooting in Odessa, Texas, over the weekend that left at least seven dead and 25 injured.
It would be hard to top this tweet for a tweet of the day or even the week.
I considered selling my weapons “back” to the government, but after a background check and thorough investigation into the buyer, I determined the buyer has a history of violence and is mentally unstable. Big risk to everyone around it.— Justin Maloney (@JMaloneyLiberty) September 4, 2019
Just as a side note, how can you have a buy back when it was never owned by the buyer in the first place?
As predicted, IWI International (not to be confused with IWI US) have officially announced their AR15 called the Arad. We knew from earlier teaser photo that it will be a piston gun and not DI. Now we know it has 2 gas settings (normal & suppressed) as well as featuring a 11.5″ barrel.
They have shown a promo video on their social media channels.
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Here is the full specification below:
ADVANTAGES AND BENEFITS
OPTIMIZED ERGONOMIC DESIGN
IWI US is mum about US commercial availability, but we will provide an update once we hear more from them.
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Welcome to another edition of our weekly Wheelgun Wednesdays! Since Pete’s announcement about adding Wheelgun Wednesdays, I was eager to find something unique. The subject of this Wednesday’s Wheelgunnery is unique, not earth-shattering, but something you don’t see every day. A member of AR15.com recently stumbled into an interesting trade for an accurized Smith & […]
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It had already been a long and emotional day for the Virginia Beach man when he walked into a 7-Eleven store to buy a Big Gulp.
He’d just been involved in a heated argument with his stepfather, and police had been called to the house. After talking to officers, it took him more than an hour to walk back to his conversion van, which was parked near his work.
The vehicle wasn’t working at the time, but he’d been living in it for a few weeks. Once he got there, he realized his canteen was empty.
“I said, ‘Well, it looks like you’re going to 7-Eleven.’”
When he arrived, the 37-year-old headed to the fountain drink machine, paying little attention to the din of chatter inside the South Newtown Road store. After pouring his favorite strawberry-melon flavored iced tea into a cup, he walked toward the cash register on the other side of the counter.
“I’m sipping on my Big Gulp, and this red beam cuts into my drink,” said the man, who agreed to tell The Virginian-Pilot what happened July 25 on the condition he not be identified.
While one robber stuffed his pockets with money, the other leaned over the counter with his gun fixed on the store clerk....
While the robbers focused on the cash and the clerk, the man touched the 9 mm handgun hidden in a holster under his T-shirt with his pinkie. No one noticed. He knew he had about 10 rounds in the clip....
“I’m thinking about all of that and at the same time thinking, you’re supposed to have the right to bear arms, the right to protect yourself, the right to protect others if need be,” he said.
“I’m like 'Man, you say you believe in the Second Amendment. You say you believe in America. You know God’s got you.'”
Still holding his drink in one hand, he fired first at the robber behind the counter. He aimed for his shoulder, he said, but ended up hitting him in the neck.
“He hollered, and I think that distracted (the other gunman) because he wasn’t thinking that was going to happen," the man said. "Nobody thought that was going to happen. He’s probably emotional and distraught because he was in control up to that point.”
The robber behind the counter fell. The one who’d had his gun pointed at the clerk turned to see where the shot had come from. With that weapon now turned in his direction, the man fired two more shots. Both hit the second robber in his torso, killing him.
The NAA-22M-BTII is a new pocket handgun from North American Arms; a tiny 5-round revolver that almost resembles a derringer. It is the latest in their line of diminutive pocket handguns chambered in the 22 Magnum with a dual-cylinder model to handle the 22 Long Rifle.
North American Arms and its eagle-head logo has long been recognized for producing high-quality pocket guns. Their pieces are light and easy to carry for total concealment without issue, except maybe getting lost down in a pants pocket. These rimfire handguns are hardly bigger than a set of car keys and the print is much less obtrusive than many other pocket pistols.
The new North American Arms version is quite a departure from their previous designs and one in which I believe will be met with great interest.
Usually, NAA revolvers are loaded by removing the cylinder out of the frame. Not so with the new model; it is of the top-break design much like the old Schofield revolvers of the Jesse James era. The latch is on top of the frame behind the cylinder; simply release it and hinge the barrel & cylinder forward. In this position, a star extractor pulls the rounds out of the cylinder for easy finger extraction.
The base model is chambered for the 22 Magnum round, though as mentioned a second model will offer an extra cylinder to handle the 22 LR rimfire cartridge.
The NAA-22M sports a barrel 1 5/8 inch in length. Everything is stainless steel except the handsome rosewood bird’s-head grips.
Other specs include a total length of only 5.16 inches, a width just over an inch, and a weight of only 6.9 ounces. The action is single action, cocking required for each shot. The front sight is a small bead though “sighting” is basically looking down the barrel, but really it is point-and-shoot.
Let’s be realistic here. At an arm’s length, catching a 22 magnum bullet in the head or vitals is going to hurt. This gun is intended for face-to-face defense if it comes to that. The NAA-22M-BTII retails for $479 and the dual cylinder model goes for $574. Check them out at www.northamericanarms.com.
In discussions with preppers and those just wanting to be able to protect themselves with a firearm, most have not yet fully investigated proper gun handling and shooting basics. When I ask what type and how often they have taken shooting training and/or participated in active shooting practice, I get back few positive responses.
There is a whole lot more to owning a handgun (or other gun) than just buying a box of ammo and setting it up on a shelf in the house. Once you acquire a weapon for any use, it is your responsibility to learn everything about it: handling, maintenance, disassembly, loading, unloading, sighting in, shooting, handgun holstering, proper (legal) concealed carry, proper draw, range and field shooting practice, and all else.
If you are a neophyte to gun ownership and use, seek out proper training. Investigate shooting schools or range training in your area. Visit their sites and ask a lot of questions. You need to feel comfortable and confident in the instructors and the facility. If you have not yet selected a gun, ask for their input and request a handgun fitting. This will get you off to the right start.
Proper and effective use of a firearm, especially a handgun that might be used for self-defense, requires learning proper grip, shooting stances, trigger control, sight alignment, and adjusting to muzzle blast, noise, and recoil.
Just for example, proper stance is essential. I fault myself with this, too, but the proper standing position to shoot well is known as “nose over toes.” This simply means standing up straight with a slight lean forward. This varies of course for your own comfort. I see many handgun shooters leaning well forward, almost bending over. It is difficult for most to shoot well in that stance. Again, let shooting instructors teach you the correct ways to shoot properly and effectively.
Just as important (if not more critical) is learning the shooting psyche. Are you in fact “prepared to shoot” if facing an adversary or immediate threat? This may sound like a silly question, but in reality coming eye-to-eye with a potential deadly threat is no easy situation.
Again, shooting practice in “house” conditions against simulated deadly threats can condition you to perform quickly and appropriately. Training and practice is paramount.
A customer with a gun stopped a man with a knife at an Ohio McDonald’s over the weekend, police say.
A 22-year-old man made threats inside an area McDonald’s on Saturday with a knife in hand, Coshocton County Sheriff’s Office wrote in a Facebook post.
When a customer eating inside the restaurant noticed the man had a knife, he confronted him, ultimately drawing a gun he had on his person, police say. The customer had a concealed carry permit.
We are rolling into the cooler months of fall as we usher in the month of September which means hunting, hiking, exploring the outdoors, and tidying up our properties outside before we are bombarded with snow. All of these activities might have us searching for better footwear (what closet did I put them in last […]
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Weatherby Inc. has announced the release of a new cartridge called 6.5 Weatherby RPM (Rebated Precision Magnum) and two new Mark V rifles – Backcountry and Backcountry Ti. The cartridge and rifles were developed together with a goal of having a sub-5-pound magnum rifle/ammunition rig. Let’s take a closer look at each of the new […]
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Henry Repeating Arms has introduced yet another new lever gun to their already long list of quality firearms. New for 2019 is the Henry side gate lever action rifle. The Henry side gate comes in three classic calibers, 30-30, 38-55 and 35 Remington. All three of these calibers are on the shelves now with a MSRP of $1.045, however the rifle can be found at your local retailer in the $800 to $900 range.
What makes this new offering from Henry so unique is that side gate loading is now standard just like the original Henrys from the 1860s. But the real twist is that the design of this Henry lever gun allows for the best of both worlds, side gate loading and the removable tube magazine loading that Henry has long been known for.
Henry says it best in their when describing the new side gate: The hardened brass receiver is as reliable as it is handsome with the same yield and tensile strength as steel. The brass accents continue through the rifle with the butt plate and barrel band. The American walnut furniture is set off by intricate, deep checkering that will ensure a firm purchase on the stocks. A semi-buckhorn rear and ivory bead front sight accompanies a 20″ round blued steel barrel to deliver the accuracy you’ve come to expect from a Henry.
The specifications of the Henry Side Gate are as follows. Except for the twist rate, all specs are shared among the three currently offered chamberings:
Recently I was able to get my hands on the Henry side gate in 35 Remington. Since many reading this a probably not familiar with the 35 Remington cartridge it is worth diverting here to speak of its history. This Remington designed cartridge been around since 1906 and is most popular in a 200 grain bullet although other weight grain loads are currently available, primarily 150 and 220 grain by various ammo companies. Remington reportedly helped promote the advantage in power that the .35 Remington had over the .30-30 via a series of advertising campaigns in the early 1900s. In one of their advertisements Remington publicized the ability of the cartridge to penetrate a 5/16″ steel plate, which the .30-30 Winchester could not do.
Based on the Henry Big Boy platform the side gate receiver has a highly polished brass, butt plate, and barrel band with sling attachments fore and aft. A buckhorn rear sight with white diamond insert and a front ivory bead sight allows for easy sighting in low light. Stock is American Walnut with laser cut checkering on the forearm and pistol grip.
As with other Henry lever guns I found the new side gate run flawlessly. I did note that the shooter needs to assertively work the lever to eject a spent casing once fired. The 35 Remington is a bit of a thumper in the recoil department and would be good medicine for medium to large big game in the 200 yard range. Accuracy was more than acceptable as I found after firing five shots at 50 yards from a supported position with a spread of 1.5 inches using Hornady’s 200 grain LEVERevolution, generously provided by Lucky Gunner. I had no problem hitting steel targets offhand out to 200 yards. As mentioned earlier, the rear buckhorn sight with white diamond inset coupled with front ivory bead make sighting on a target quick and easy.
By adding the side gate feature Henry has brought back the nostalgia of an old west lever gun. Add to that the available classic cartridges (30-30, 38-55, 35 Remington), along with Henry quality and lifetime guarantee, it’s just hard to beat. Take a look at Henryusa.com.
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Only in San Francisco do you have widespread defecation on the streets.
Only in San Francisco do you have a five-time deported illegal alien found innocent of murder.
Only in San Francisco are convicted felons now called “justice-involved persons.”
Only in San Francisco do you have an organization dedicated to the advancement of an enumerated civil right declared a “domestic terrorist organization.”
Say what? The San Francisco Board of Supervisors unanimously adopted a resolution yesterday that brands the National Rifle Association a “domestic terrorist organization”.
The resolution was sponsored by Supervisor Catherine Stefani (D-SF). She is an attorney, former prosecutor, and, according to her official bio, a “leader and spokesperson for Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America.” Gee, no conflict of interest there, is there?
Reading the resolution is like reading some bizarre alternate reality short story. It claims that the NRA “incites gun owners to acts of violence” among other things. It goes on to claim that the NRA, by being advocates for gun rights, have armed those who have committed acts of terrorism.
You can read the whole thing at this link. Try not to gag when reading it.
Putting aftermarket grips on a handgun is one of the easiest ways to make a certain handgun more unique. Of course, there are always the options of cutting the slide and changing the color, but to make something a personalized piece without breaking the bank, aftermarket grips is one of the easiest ways to change […]
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Taurus USA have announced the introduction of a new full-size pistol, the latest entry into their G-series of pistols, the G3. Chambered in 9x19mm it feeds from 10, 15 or 17 round magazines, has a frame-mounted manual safety, weighs in at 25 oz. and has an MSRPs of $345.23. Here’s Taurus’ press release about […]
In 1983, Dennis Tippmann started a company making beautiful half-scale Browning machine guns, fully functional and chambered for the .22LR cartridge. This was a pretty cool idea, and the guns remain popular today because of their mechanics and easy transportation and cheap shooting cost – but the passage of the Hughes Amendment in 1986 cut off registration of new transferrable machine guns. Tippmann sold the company shortly thereafter (moving into paintball markers), and it was owned by Vollmer until 2001 when it was bought by Eric Graetz of Lakeside Machine.
The BF1 Vindicator was designed by Graetz as a way to make a fun recreational plinking machine gun using the tooling he already had for the Tippmann Brownings. The BF1 handles like a Mini-14, but is fed via a miniature Browning belt-fed system. A total of 61 were made, 50 in .22LR and 11 in .17 HM2 caliber – some as post-sample machine guns and some (including this one) as semi autos. They are long out of production now, but are a fun gun for the belt-fed enthusiast who wants something with less infrastructure and overhead than an M1919A4 or the like.
Do you own a Magpul Hunter Stock? Would you like to be able to add a Monopod to the back of your stock? Convex Machine from Burley, Idaho, has the answer with their new spacer. Just replace one of your plastic spacers with theirs made out of aluminum, which also has a small Picatinny rail at the […]
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If you have been following Facebook, Twitter, or the news today, you know that Walmart’s CEO just announced changes in their firearms policy. They will no longer carry handgun ammo. Also included in the change was “short-barrel rifle ammunition”. Finally, they will be stopping handgun sales in Alaska.
From Walmart CEO Doug McMillon’s memo:
Today, we’re sharing the decisions we’ve made that go further: After selling through our current inventory commitments, we will discontinue sales of short-barrel rifle ammunition such as the .223 caliber and 5.56 caliber that, while commonly used in some hunting rifles, can also be used in large capacity clips on military-style weapons; We will sell through and discontinue handgun ammunition; and We will discontinue handgun sales in Alaska, marking our complete exit from handguns.
Walmart currently has a 20% market share of the civilian ammunition market. McMillon wants to get it down to between 6% and 9%.
If McMillon had stopped there or just made the change without a big announcement, it would have been one thing. However, McMillon decided to go “full corporate virtue signaling”.
Finally, we encourage our nation’s leaders to move forward and strengthen background checks and to remove weapons from those who have been determined to pose an imminent danger. We do not sell military-style rifles, and we believe the reauthorization of the Assault Weapons ban should be debated to determine its effectiveness. We must also do more, as a country, to understand the root causes that lead to this type of violent behavior. Today, I’m sending letters to the White House and the Congressional leadership that call for action on these common sense measures. As we’ve seen before, these horrific events occur and then the spotlight fades. We should not allow that to happen. Congress and the administration should act. Given our decades of experience selling firearms, we are also offering to serve as a resource in the national debate on responsible gun sales.
McMillon then alludes to the late Sam Walton and his love for hunting in an appeal to the Fudds. McMillon then says his family raised bird dogs when he was growing up and, of course, the obligatory “I’m a gun owner myself .”
Doug McMillon can protest all he wants but he is just another Ed Stack. He wants to hang out with what he perceives to be the cool kids (who really aren’t that cool).
I am an affiliate of Lucky Gunner. They carry good handgun ammo. They carry good 5.56×45 and .223 ammo. They have good prices. They provide research on handgun ammo penetration. Most importantly, they stood up when it counted after being sued by the Brady Campaign. They won and dedicated a good part of their winnings to backing Second Amendment organizations.
Look at the bottom of my blog on the left side. There is a link to Luckygunner.com. If you buy through that link, I earn a commission. Making the move to WordPress and a dedicated domain was not free. Commissions earned will go to support the costs of this blog. Commissions over and above the blog costs are donated to Second Amendment organizations.
How To Shoot Long Range – The Guns Alright folks, with the introduction to How To Shoot Long Range out of the way, let’s begin discussing the gear necessary to make impacts at far distances. I do want to make it clear at the outset that nicer equipment doesn’t necessarily mean you will hit your […]
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Time for some action in the Indian Ocean in this Photo Of The Day. Here we see U.S Marine Corps Sgt. Christopher Sanders, a squad leader with Kilo Company, Battalion Landing Team 3/5, 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), as he posts the rear security during visit, board, search and seizure training. This took place aboard […]
Unfortunately a disability can prevent you from doing what you love most. If you’re one of our readers it is likely that that hobby is either hunting or shooting in some form or another, or even self-defense. Luckily there are solutions for people in wheelchairs to compete in target shooting. Of course there’s the Paralympic […]
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Just a quick laugh from the “derp” department: A police department in Long Island, NY reports that a man impersonating a police officer tried to pull over one of its vans.
The report says a van occupied by some of the department’s detectives was directed to pull over by a vehicle bearing emergency lights and an “air horn.” Detectives stopped for traffic, then emerged from the van and approached the black Nissan Sentra, identifying themselves as detectives.
The driver of the vehicle turned on the haul-ass:
The defendant then fled the scene, swerved into oncoming traffic and refused to stop. The defendant continued to drive at a high rate of speed onto the Long Island Expressway. Nassau County Highway Patrol officers were notified and soon spotted the defendant and initiated a traffic stop. [The driver] was placed under arrest without incident.
There’s no indication of what he intended to do once he pulled the van over, but we can rest assured he did not expect it to be chock full o’ cops.
The report says he was “charged with Criminal Impersonation 1st degree, Reckless Endangerment 2nd degree and Unlawful Fleeing from a Police Officer as well as multiple VTL violations.”
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A customer with a gun stopped a man with a knife at an Ohio McDonald’s over the weekend, police say. A 22-year-old man made threats inside an area McDonald’s on Saturday with a knife in hand, Coshocton County Sheriff’s Office wrote in a Facebook post.
A few decades back, my father and a friend of his went in together and purchased the necessary stuff to reline the barrels of a couple of small rifles. I was busy working for a living so I missed out on the process, but the end result was the resurrection of a couple old rifles whose rifling was long gone.
In Dad’s case, the gun was a little Stevens Favorite single-shot 22 rifle, perhaps the cutest and coolest little 22 single-banger I’ve ever known. The process is simple: You drill out the barrel to the correct diameter for the new barrel liner — he got his from Brownell’s — then you secure the liner inside the barrel using adhesive. The liner is rifled inside, so in essence you have just re-rifled a worn-out barrel!
Dad and his buddy used epoxy bedding compound as adhesive, but in the video below Larry Potterfield uses green Loctite.
Once the liner is in place, it’s cut off near the ends of the barrel and worked down to match the barrel. The muzzle end gets crowned, and the rear end gets chambered using a chamber reamer and then must be cut out for the extractor.
It’s a really cool option to breathe new life into a gun that’s otherwise in good condition. The Remington rolling block rifle in Larry’s video, like Dad’s old Stevens, is a small single-shot 22 rimfire rifle that’s in good shape except for the bore… and in both cases, black powder is a likely culprit.
Back in the day, cartridge ammo was loaded with black powder… and black powder residue is highly corrosive. 22 rimfire guns are fun to shoot but less fun to clean, so as you can imagine a lack of cleaning often led to heavy corrosion inside of the barrel. Even after the advent of smokeless powder, priming compounds were often corrosive as well. This is why so much ammunition from roughly the first half of the 1900s was advertised to be non-corrosive, smokeless, or even “semi-smokeless.” But I digress!
Neither Dad nor his pal had a lathe, so I’m sure their work was a bit less precise than what’s in this video… which is good news if you wish to reline a barrel and you’re latheless.
Enjoy the video… here’s hoping this info inspires at least one reader to bring a fine old popper back to life. Please comment below to let us know what you think.
Fairfax, Va.— The National Rifle Association released the following statement today regarding Walmart's decision to change its firearms and ammunition policies:"The strongest defense of freedom has always been our free-market economy. It is shameful to see Walmart succumb to the pressure of the anti-gun elites. Lines at Walmart will soon be replaced by lines at other retailers who are more supportive of America’s fundamental freedoms. The truth is Walmart’s actions today will not make us any safer. Rather than place the blame on the criminal, Walmart has chosen to victimize law-abiding Americans. Our leaders must be willing to approach the problems of crime, violence and mental health with sincerity and honesty."
For the month of August, we asked our readers the colossal question of what are some of the BEST Suppressors on the market today! Since that is such a blanket question when there are so many niche silencers out there, we divided the voting into 4 unique categories: rifle, rimfire, pistol and specialty. Your voting […]
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Walmart is set to end sales of handguns in Alaska and will discontinue the sale of short-barrel rifle and handgun ammunition in stores nationwide, the super chain's president and CEO announced Tuesday afternoon.
At Rifle World Shoot 2019, I managed to get a few words with Kim Leppänen and another shooter from Estonia who has started using the 7.62 TKO by Uronen Precision. Kim Leppänen is a member of the Finnish Semi-Auto Open Team (yeah, they won Gold as usual) and below he shares his first thoughts about […]
Walmart has announced today that they will discontinue sales of certain calibers of ammunition in a move that is meant to appease anti-gunners across the Country. When Dicks Sporting Goods stopped sales of AR-15s, they lost $150 million dollars in sales due to the backlash from the pro-gun community. Walmart’s move could sting even more as they currently hold a 20% market share on ammunition sales in the U.S.
The full scope of Walmart’s move says one thing, they are fine making money off of certain types of ammo, but others not so much. Their specific decision on ammo sales is that once their current supply hand gun and “short-barrel rifle” ammunition runs out, they will not restock. They will, however, continue to carry less scary ammo for shotguns and hunting rifles.
I can just hear the future conversations in homes across America:
Like anything being pushed by those who want guns and ammo out of the hands of law abiding citizens, this move is massively hypocritical. This is more virtue signaling from a big brand that is meant to penalize gun owners across America. What’s worse is that this move will reduce the options for those gun owners who live in rural areas.
Beyond the ammo decision, Walmart has decided to stop allowing open carry. They will however allow those with a concealed carry license to continue to do so in their stores. Gee, thanks Walmart!
Here is more from the Associated Press
Walmart says it will discontinue the sale of handgun ammunition and also publicly request that customers refrain from openly carrying firearms in stores even where state laws allow it.
The Bentonville, Arkansas-based discounter said Tuesday it will stop selling short-barrel and handgun ammunition after it runs out of its current inventory. It will also discontinue handgun sales in Alaska, marking its complete exit from handguns and allowing it to focus on hunting rifles and related ammunition only.
“We have a long heritage as a company of serving responsible hunters and sportsmen and women, and we’re going to continue doing so,” according to a memo by Walmart’s CEO Doug McMillon that will be circulated to employees Tuesday afternoon.
Marion Hammer, current NRA Board member and former President, has (or has had) a reputation for cowing legislators in Florida. She also expects subservience from those around her including NRA staffers. I think she may have met her match.
In a recent NRA-ILA alert for Florida by Ms. Hammer, she made a direct attack David Dell’Aguila who wants reform in the NRA.
Are David Dell’Aquila’s gun rights worth $100,000? Worth more than $100 million? Worth whatever it takes to defeat the anti-gun agitators and enemies of the Second Amendment? You’re damned right! Whether he donates money to NRA to fund the fight or not – NRA is fighting for his rights and yours.
This was in response to criticism of the $100,000 lost in fees and cancellation expenses to move the NRA Board meeting from Anchorage, AK back to the DC area.
Ms. Hammer is using Mr. Dell’Aquila as a foil for her fundraising appeal. Her letter includes 3 embedded donation links and another at the bottom.
It’s time to stop the lies, stop the attacks, stop manufacturing fake documents, stop cutting off your nose to spite your face. It’s time to focus on stopping the anti-gun, anti-freedom, hate-mongering enemies of our rights.
Hey, David Dell’Aquila! you may have abandoned the only organization capable of protecting your rights — shame on you — but nonetheless, we’ve got your back. We’re donating to the fight!
I’m of the opinion such a letter would never have gone out if Chris Cox and other NRA-ILA leadership were still there. It is too personal, too petty, and too spiteful. Indeed, it was counterproductive.
Ms. Hammer finds a worthy opponent in Mr. Dell’Aquila. Indeed, a worthy opponent that is not cowed by her reputation. He has responded with an open letter today which is embedded at the bottom of the page.
Here are a few quotes from it.
First, thank you for so prominently repeating my name in your recent fundraising appeal. I can’t tell you how many people have reached out to me, who didn’t know anything about the concerns of improper spending at the NRA that the grassroots organization has raised, or about my lawsuit and campaign to withhold donations until the NRA gets its house in order. So far donors are withholding over $162 million from the NRA until the organization adopts new management and more transparent accountability.
Had it not been for your fundraising letter about the value of my Second Amendment gun rights, these people might never have discovered the nearly 100 news articles (linked here and here) detailing the allegations of improper spending by NRA executives and the failure of the NRA Board of Directors to provide oversight and fiduciary prudence to address the situation.
Now he goes for the jugular.
The available records are not particularly clear. However, it is clear that NRA members have paid you something in excess of $2 million dollars. In 2018 alone, a year when NRA finances were reported to be exceptionally low, records show that you were paid $270,000. Would these payments have something to do with your current vigorous defense of Wayne LaPierre, and his open-purse spending practices at the NRA? This would appear to be a conflict of interest, regarding any Board vote concerning Mr. LaPierre’s continued stewardship of the organization.
In addition, according to Article V, Section 5 of the NRA’s bylaws, no director — such as yourself — is entitled to receive “any private benefit” from NRA unless payment is specifically authorized by a resolution of the Board of Directors or an authorized committee of the Board. I would be very curious to see whether the NRA’s board has approved these payments to you. If so, perhaps you could forward a copy of the written resolutions.
Mr. Dell’Aquila concludes by noting that Ms. Hammer has done good work over the years. He also notes that so have others on the Board and with state-level groups. The difference is that the others received no direct compensation from the NRA for their efforts.
I imagine this letter will make Ms. Hammer spitting mad. That is, if she ever reads it. Nonetheless, I’m sure fundraisers in Fairfax will read it and say, “Please God, no more alerts from Marion!”
AKs are not ARs. They are not as modular as the AR platform when it comes to the overall design of the weapon and how it is assembled. With really basic skills and a minimum amount of tools, you can put together an AR-15. That’s why oftentimes the AR-15 is referred to as a “Lego […]
Last week the US Army announced it had down selected three companies to supply prototypes for their Next Generation Squad Weapon program – to provide the Army’s next rifle (NGSW-R) and squad automatic weapon or automatic rifle (NGSW-AR). They have released the first photographs of the SIG NGSW prototype, with a box magazine fed rifle, […]
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The third seal is broken and another horseman has arrived – meet the FAMINE. Back in 2018 Meridian Defence Corporation announced a series of custom AK rifles themed after the four horsemen of the apocalypse – Pestilence, War, Famine, Death. They first released the PESTILENCE, then in May of 2019 they introduced an RPK pattern rifle, the […]
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I think it is safe to say that the 20 gauge is second in popularity after the ubiquitous 12 gauge. However, the amount of products made in 20 gauge (whether it’s firearms or ammunition) is not even close to that of 12 gauge. That’s why for the aficionados of the yellow shell, it is always […]
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In 1798, the US Congress allocated a huge sum of money – $800,000 – to the procurement of military equipment to supplement the output of the Springfield Armory. One of the first contracts placed with this money was for 500 .69 caliber flintlock pistols from Simeon North of Berlin, NH. These would actually be the first contract of pistols actually made in their entirety by the contractor for the US – previously the government had procured parts itself and then contracted simply for their final assembly.
North was instructed to basically copy the French model 1777 pistol, but with a slightly longer barrel. This pattern is rather distinctive, with a brass frame and no wooden front hand guard. Cheney was paid $6.50 per pistol, and his production was so satisfactory that before the contract was complete he was given a second contract for another 1,500 guns, at $6.00 each. All 2,000 were delivered by September of 1802, and the work would be the start of a long arms making career for North and his descendants. Today only a tiny number (20 or so) of these Model 1799 pistols survive, making them a very scarce and very interesting piece of US martial history.
This past weekend I went out with a few friends and had a very early range session. One of the guys I was with set up an extremely simple drill with nothing but a large piece of paper, index card and a can of spray paint. In the last few articles, I’ve found various targets […]
The cylindrical shaped piece at the bottom definitely looks like a safety. Can you identify the rest of the parts?
Beside scope mounts, Spuhr also makes night vision helmet mount, grenade launcher sight mount for Aimpoint T1/T2 and scope bases. They also have handguards with Spuhr interface and revised ergonomic buttstocks for H&K MP5 and G3.
He will unveil them next week at DESI London on September 10-13th.
On Thursday, all 53 Republican Senators signed onto a letter encouraging the Supreme Court to ignore an amicus curiae brief from five Democrat Senators that threatened the high court with restructuring if it did not rule the way those Senators wished.
Plaintiffs sued the government for having botched the background check on the shooter, who was thus able to buy his gun despite having had a drug bust six weeks before his purchase (Federal law prohibits gun possession by unlawful users of drugs). The Fourth Circuit recently ruled that the suit could go ahead on a single theory -- liability based on the fact that the examiner was told the identity of the arresting agency, the policy was to check with that agency, and the examiner did not. The Federal Tort Claims Act, which allows suit against the government, has an exception for "discretionary functions" -- you can't sue over those. The exception is broadly construed: you can only sue if you can find a government employee who did something not only negligent, but non-discretionary, that is, they violated a law, regulation, or policies or specific orders. So long as they have discretion to act or not, the government cannot be sued, no matter how negligent its people were.
If you want to see a real indictment of how the background check system is run in real life, read the District Court ruling that was appealed. On pp. 10-19 it covers all the problems. There is a newer and far more advanced Federal criminal history database, but NICS examiners are not allowed to use it. They may not consult the internet in general, even to look up a police department's phone number. They may make an inquiry to the arresting law enforcement agency only by fax, and only one fax is allowed. If the law enforcement agency does not respond to the fax, that is the end of the matter. But the District Court and the Fourth Circuit ruled that all those choices were discretionary with the agency, so suit was not allowed.
It's amusing that the Brady Act immunity (can't sue for failure to prevent a sale) didn't insulate the government because it only exempted Federal employees, and not the entire government, from suit, and suit here was against the government. Amusing because whoever drafted that didn't realize that since the Westfall Amendment (1988, I think, around six years before the Brady Act) suit under the FTCA must be brought against the government directly, and not name the employee who committed the wrong.
I wonder if the Fourth Circuit ruling could also be a basis for suing over a false positive (an indication a person was barred from buying a gun, when they were not)?
On August 30, both the Senate and Assembly Appropriations Committees took up their respective suspense files and passed anti-gun legislation that will now head to the floor in each chamber for votes. It's imperative that NRA members contact their legislators in the final weeks of session and urge their opposition to these anti-gun measures.
John J. Woods
Magnolia Outdoor Communications
ARE HIGHWAY REST STOPS SHTF SAFE?
On a recent extended highway trip on different interstate highways I opted to stop at several official state welcome centers or rest stops. I watched the array of people leaving their parked cars to avail themselves of the relief station, just to stretch a bit, exercise a pet, or grab a drink or nab.
Welcome centers are good stops to find local information, highway maps, housing availability, camping area info, restaurants, services, weather updates, notices of storms or unrest action news and such. But during a SHTF, would they be safe areas to stop or hold out for a while, maybe overnight?
Surveying the flow of people from the parking lots to the rest area facilities, certainly they looked like me, everyday people taking a short rest or break. The same could be said of people at the mall or a grocery store. How do we know who is who? Also the rest areas are popular stops for over-the-road drivers. They are from everywhere, going who knows where. Again, there is no way to know anything about them either, trustworthy or not.
Keep in mind that such rest areas are public venues, and open all the time, 24 hours a day. Some may have security personnel on hand, but I would not rely upon them to protect me or save my life. Also remember that all of these types of areas I have ever been into have one entry point and one exit point for vehicles to come and go. This could be an issue if you have to execute a speedy departure or escape.
As with any other captive area, your best bet is to proceed slowly, maintain a keen observation of the area and those coming and going. Park back from the easiest, up front parking spaces to maintain safe space. If you are alone, then proceed with caution. If other people are in the car, leave at least one person behind to watch the vehicle and its contents.
If you have a concealed gun permit or not, take your gun with you, though obviously keep it concealed. A low or no print weapon would be best so that it does not draw attention. Do your business quickly, watching around you, and then proceed back to your vehicle. If you stop to put money in a vending machine, then always watch your back.
A rest area might be safe enough for a short nap or overnight if somebody remains at guard. I would not tarry there any longer than necessary. During any SHTF it is best to move along and make planned stops short ones.
John J. Woods
Magnolia Outdoor Communications
MAGNUM RESEARCH’S 45-70 BFR
Several years ago I was able to participate in an old fashioned Kansas buffalo hunt. We lived in a dug in mud wall hut, rode horses and cooked on open fires. I hunted with a classic “buff” rifle an 1873 Sharps in 45-70, 30-inch barrel, and a tang peep sight. I took my bull after hand crawling to within 50 yards of the herd and took the shot sitting. That was quite an experience.
Using a 45-70 in the Sharps gave me a first hunt using that cartridge. I know it as a heck of a hard hitter, but with quite a rainbow trajectory. Some call using a 45-70 as “tossing pumpkins” at a game animal. Now imagine trying to get your head wrapped around a single action revolver that takes that same 45-70 cartridge.
This is exactly what you get with the Magnum Research BFR (Biggest Finest Revolver) handgun. You might be tempted to call this gun a classic “sixgun”, but the BFR 45-70’s cylinder only takes five rounds. That’s enough for a 45-70 cartridge. The 45-70 round is a thumb big brass cartridge with buck busting power at handgun hunting ranges.
The Magnum Research BFR 45-70 is one of several models with a half dozen or more long cartridges for hunting or recreational shooting. This model is referred to as a long cylinder model at the MR web site. This BFR comes in barrel lengths of 7.5 and 10 inches. The overall lengths are 15 to 17.5 inches, a big gun.
The finish on the BFR is a brushed stainless steel. Weight? It tips the scales at 80 ounces or roughly five pounds, a big gun. The front sight is a black fixed sight. The rear is an adjustable sight. Grip handle styles come in a standard type western revolver or the British originated Bisley grip. The Bisley will promote a rock back reaction to the 45-70 recoil.
As mentioned the BFR’s cylinder only handles five rounds rather than the usual six for a gun of this type. A fully loaded BFR would be quite a bit to tote. You’ll need a good holster or even a shoulder holster especially if you are going afield with this gun with the intent of hunting.
Magnum Research is now part of the Kahr Firearms Group, but the BFR models can be found at www.magnumresearch.com. Check out all the models, variations, and chamberings.
I don’t know whether it was due to pushback or due to Congress discussing gun control but the NRA has moved their September Board of Directors meeting back to Virginia. It was supposed to be held in Anchorage, Alaska. The location and expense of getting board members to Alaska at a time when the NRA is having financial difficulties caused quite a bit of controversy.
Notice of the change came from a Tweet by the New York Times reporter Danny Hakim. As noted before, he seems to be the new go-to guy for leaks.
In a note to the board this evening, the @NRA said “As the details of the congressional schedule were revealed today, it became apparent that a fight of historic proportions is going to begin during the time when we would have been in Alaska.”— Danny Hakim (@dannyhakim) August 28, 2019
UPDATE: The location of the NRA Board meeting will be the Hilton Washington Dulles Airport.
I came across this interesting animation of how the Browning Auto-5 shotgun works. It would also show how the Remington Model 11 and Savage 720/745 shotguns work. Interestingly, there were two Japanese made clones of the Auto-5 that were introduced in the 1970s: the Auto Pointer by Yamamoto of Tokyo and Herter’s SL-18.
I have a FN labeled Auto-5 in 16 gauge that was my father-in-law’s. I think he picked it up at an auction minus its stock. One of these days I’m going to get it restocked.
Grass Roots North Carolina reminds us that not one but two special elections are now under way here in North Carolina. The first is in the 3rd District to replace the late Rep. Walter Jones Jr. who passed away in February. The second is in the 9th District which includes parts of Charlotte and was a result of the Board of Elections ordering a new election. The first was tainted by vote harvesting which is illegal in North Carolina – though not in California it seems.
The GRNC-PVF has these recommendations:
US HOUSE 3 & US HOUSE 9
US HOUSE DISTRICT 3
GRNC Political Victory Fund recommends you vote for GREG MURPHY in this Special Election, which is fast approaching. Below, under ‘Voting Information,’ you’ll find information about early voting, which by the way, is already underway! Election Day is September 10.
US HOUSE DISTRICT 9
GRNC Political Victory Fund recommends you vote for DAN BISHOP in this Special Election, which is fast approaching. Below, under ‘Voting Information,’ you’ll find information about early voting, which by the way, is already underway! Election Day is September 10.
“One of these crazy white nationalist guys could just roll up into a gun show right here in North Carolina and buy all the assault weapons they want.”
– Dan McCready
To Dan McCready, as a gun owner you are a “crazy white nationalist” and he is trying to tell people that one can buy guns from dealers at gun shows without a background check. McCready WILL attack your rights if elected.
Read more here: https://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/article234460552.html#storylink=cpy
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Bishop’s and Murphy’s opponents are far left-wingers who can be counted on to support gun control. If victorious, they will surely be hanging with the likes of declared socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and other anti-gun, power-hungry leftists
. If the anti-gun candidates win, you can be sure they will be coming for your guns, which is bad enough, but ultimately, you can count on them coming for ALL of your rights. In short, vote like your rights depend on it—because they do. And, if you’ve kept up with the news, you know that these statements are not hyperbole.
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Please remember to call friends and family who live* in the 3rd or 9th District and remind them that GRNC Political Victory Fund recommends a vote for GREG MURPHY in the 3rd and DAN BISHOP in the 9th on or before September 10. If you’re receiving this message, and don’t live in one of these districts, please remind anyone you know who does live in one of them to vote.
* The 3rd District consists of the following counties
: Beaufort, Camden, Carteret,
Chowan, Craven, Currituck, Dare, Greene, Hyde, Lenoir, Jones, Onslow, Pamlico, Pasquotank,
Perquimans, part of Pitt (Pitt is split between District 3 and District 1) and Tyrrell.
*The 9th District covers all or parts of: Mecklenburg, Union, Anson, Richmond, Scotland, Robeson, Bladen, and Cumberland counties.
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. Check your county’s one-stop site information for specific times and locations. Election Day is Tuesday, September 10 from 6:30 AM to 7:30 PM. Click here to find your polling place on election day, or click here to find your One-Stop Early Voting location(s). Absentee ballots must be postmarked by Election Day (September 10) and received by 5 PM three days after Election Day (if by mail). Click here to check your voter registration.
Same-day voter registration: One-stop absentee voting (commonly known as “early voting”) allows any registered voter to cast an absentee ballot in person on select days prior to Election Day. In 2019, Special Election one-stop voting is happening right now, and it ends on Friday, September 6.
Unlike on Election Day, when registered voters can only vote at their specific precinct location, one-stop voting allows registered voters to vote at any one-stop absentee voting site in their county, but only during the early voting dates. One-stop sites will have all the ballot styles for a given election at each site.
A few weeks ago we relayed some staff pics for budget everyday carry (EDC) knives, an essential piece of kit for concealed carry and overall daily life. We’ll most likely revisit the blade topic again with suggestions for automatic/assisted openers, a $100 budget and fixed blade suggestions. But for today, I polled the staff for […]
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Rufus Nichols and Edward Childs had a partnership in Conway MA making revolving firearms in the late 1830s. Their patent was granted in 1838, for an indexing mechanism that linked the cylinder to the hammer. However, the guns also used a spring loaded cylinder with nested cones on the mouth of each chamber to prevent gas leakage. The cylinder had to be manually unlocked before it could be rotated, and then manually locked again before firing. Interestingly, some of their rifles (like this one) omitted the indexing mechanism entirely, leaving the shooter to line up the cylinder by hand. In total, the pair made 100-150 rifles in both .36 and .44 calibers, and about 2 dozen pistols.
In Virginia Beach.
"The robber behind the counter fell. The one who'd had his gun pointed at the clerk turned to see where the shot had come from. With that weapon now turned in his direction, the man fired two more shots. Both hit the second robber in his torso, killing him.
After kicking the gun away from the dead robber, the man told the clerk to call police, then checked on the one behind the counter to take his gun away and see if he needed first aid.
"He was like, 'How's my brother?'" the man said. "I remember answering him pretty coldly. I told him, 'You don't got a brother no more.'
"He looked at me like he wanted to do something and I immediately lost it. I was like, '(Expletive), no one points a gun at me and gets away with it.'"
Today’s subject here at Photo Of The Day is a Colt M1911 Mk IV Series 80. The perfect EDC for a Sunday! As I am sure you will notice there is also an automatic knife from Microtech knives and a knuckle, all themed up in pearl. There’s a patch too, but I’ll leave the comments […]
Virginia’s state motto is Sic Semper Tyrannis. Translated into English it means “Thus always to tyrannts”. I say those who would abridge your God-given right to self-defense as enshrined in the Second Amendment are indeed tyrannts.
Unlike John Wilkes Booth, I think there is a better way to deal with these petty tyrannts. Don’t vote for them.
But who are they you ask. Thanks to Brady United Against Gun Violence – formerly the Brady Campaign – we know at least 33 of them.
Washington, D.C., August 29 — Following its endorsements for Virginia’s General Assembly — which included Sen. Dick Saslaw for State Senate, and Dan Helmer and Sheila Bynum-Coleman for the House of Delegates — the gun violence prevention organization Brady is proud to announce its second set of endorsements in the Commonwealth. The organization has officially endorsed a diverse set of candidates that have made gun violence prevention a top-tier issue:
House of Delegates: Wendy Gooditis (House District 10), Sam Rasoul (House District 11), Chris Hurst (House District 12), Danica Roem (House District 13), Larry Barnett (House District 27), Joshua Cole (House District 28), Kathleen Murphy (House District 34), Eileen Filler-Corn (House District 41), Kathy Tran (House District 42), Alfonso Lopez (House District 49), Hala Ayala (House District 51), Marcus Simon (House District 53), Jeff Bourne (House District 71), Schuyler VanValkenburg (House District 72), Shelly Simonds (House District 94), and Phil Hernandez (House District 100)
State Senate: Mamie Locke (Senate District 2), Herb Jones (Senate District 3), Cheryl Turpin (Senate District 7), Missy Cotter Smasal (Senate District 8), Ghazala Hashmi (Senate District 10), Amanda Pohl (Senate District 11), Debra Rodman (Senate District 12), John Bell (Senate District 13), John Edwards (Senate District 21), Creigh Deeds (Senate District 25), Adam Ebbin (Senate District 30), Janet Howell (Senate District 32), Jennifer Boysko (Senate District 33), and Dave Marsden (Senate District 37)
Working on the enemy of my enemy is my friend doctrine, I have to assume that the opponents to these 33 are at least marginally better. I notice at least one of these candidates – Creigh Deeds – was at one time endorsed by the NRA.
These candidates are expected by Brady to support red flag laws, magazine bans, and a state “assault weapons ban” (sic). I’m sure both Brady and Gov. Ralph Northam (D-VA) have more on the drawing board.
Look to state-level gun rights organizations for evaluations of their opponents. These include the Virginia Citizens Defense League and the Virginia Shooting Sports Association. VCDL has a page with candidate evaluations from the 2019 primary. I think contributions made to state-level organizations like these go much further than to national organization. Both have ways to contribute online. I can’t speak for VSSA but I do know that VCDL does have their own PAC which endorses and supports candidates.
The bottom line here is to prevent Virginia from becoming another Maryland or worse for Constitutionally-enumerated rights. Moreover, as a North Carolinian, I don’t want the state next door to become a gun control haven. Stuff like that has a way of migrating.
I am still getting used to WordPress. The theme or template I chose is quite a bit different than what I was used to in Blogger. I couldn’t figure out how to transport my blogroll to the new site. Then I saw that pages were different than posts and it made sense.
Instead of having to worry about stuff in the sidebar, I could just make a new page for the blogroll. So I did. The picture shows where to find the blogroll.
I transported all the existing sites from the old onlygunsandmoney.blogspot.com site. I will be going through them to make sure that they still active.
If you know of a gun blog that should be in my blogroll, suggest it in the comments. I’ll check it out and add it.
The Liliput was made by the August Menz Company in Germany during the 1920s, in several variations. It was introduced in both 4.25mm and 6.35mm (.25 ACP) and also later offered in 7.65mm (.32ACP). These were typical defensive pistol chambering at the time, although the 6.35mm version was much more popular than the 4.25mm one. They are simple blowback pistols, and competed against similar but more successful designs like the FB Baby Browning, Walther Model 9, and Mauser 1910. For a detailed history of the Menz Company and its pistols, check out Ed Buffaloe’s page on the company.
IWI (Israel Weapon Industries) International social media pages have posted a second teaser photo this morning (Sunday is a working day in Israel) for their upcoming AR15 announcement.
Now we see that the rifle is piston driven design, with possible gas adjustment setting knob up front at the gas block.
We can also see the presumably the free-floating handguard has picatinny rail at 12 o’clock, and possible M-Lok slots covered by rail covers (appear to be Magpul covers) at 3 and 9 o’clock.
A forward assist is also visible at the rear of the upper receiver.
The rifle is shown with Meprolight M5 Pro red dot sight, also made in Israel.
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Photo Of The Day – Today we are looking at how the Schriever Air Force Base store some of their ammunition. The base is named after General Bernard Adolph Schriever. As you can see there is not a Magpul PMAG in sight, only steel magazines. I am not going to judge, it’s just something I […]
In this episode of TFBTV, James Reeves reviews one of his most favorite 9mm silencers, the Dead Air Odessa-9. Find out why James thinks this is possibly the best 9mm suppressor made today on TFBTV. ««« PATREON GIVEAWAYS »»» PLEASE check out our Patreon page if you enjoy our program, and consider helping us at […]
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Good afternoon everyone and thanks for coming back for yet another edition of TFB’s Silencer Saturday, where eye-stinging hot gas can be a way of life – much like working at Taco Bell. Which brings us to today’s topic: non-flatulence related gas regulation. We’ve discussed the issues surrounding suppressing a direct impingement (DI) AR-15 style […]
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The HK41 (designation: “paramilitary rifle”, caliber 7.62x51mm) was the first semiautomatic version of the G3 military rifle. It was made for the Bundeswehr reservist market; a rifle that could be privately owned in Germany but which would duplicate the handling of the G3 for reservists to practice with. It went into production in 1966, with a standard pinned lower and S-E semiautomatic trigger group. To comply with German laws, it would only accept a 5-round magazine and could not mount a bayonet or rifle grenades. In addition to German commercial sale, there was also interest form the US, and rifles were exported there.
In 1968, the Gun Control Act was passed int he US, which enacted stricter rules about what could be imported. In addition, in 1973 German law changed and made the HK41 effectively impossible to own in Germany. This prompted a change in the design, with a new pin-less power introduced to comply with US laws (and along with it a “S-F” semiauto fire control group). This model was imported into the US by SACO in 1974 in small numbers. In 1975 HK USA was formed, and in 1977 production of the HK41 ended, to be replaced with the HK91 designed specifically for export sale to the US and elsewhere. In total, only about 1350 HK41 rifles were made, and only about 400 of them imported into the US.
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For those who like to shoot in the dark with night vision, often it is easier to aim with a laser than try to look through your optic while wearing NODs on your face. Most night vision users tend to go to Steiner for their DBAL or L3 for their ATPIAL/PEQ15. While those two are […]
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Photo Of The Day takes us to the Coral Sea as Force Reconnaissance Marines with the Maritime Raid Force provide security while clearing a ship during a visit, board, search and seizure exercise. This took place earlier in 2019 aboard the amphibious dock landing ship USS Ashland. You can check more details about the ship here: […]
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Rumors of IWI producing an AR15 have been circulated for years. There was even a close-up photo of an AR15 lower receiver with the engraved IWI logo circulating online but it was quickly pulled by the manufacturer.
In a world where almost every single manufacturer is making an AR15, it is hard for them not to jump into the market heavily driven by customer demand. Will it be direct impingement or gas piston driven? Will it offer something that the HK416/MR556 doesn’t already offer? We heard from a reliable source that the official announcement is coming on either Tuesday September 3rd or the following day. Let’s stay tuned!
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When a firearm design is as old, and as popular, as the 1911, people are going to tinker with it to better suit it to their needs. This Colt Rail Gun is no exception. The Colt Rail Gun is the civilian version of the USMC’s M45. TFB’s Adam S. already covered the field strip for […]
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Usually when people speak of gun shows, they assume it typically takes place in the United States. There is a big gun show called TACCOM (TACtical COMpetition) to take place in Toronto, Canada next weekend at the International Center on September 6-8th. It is over 100,000 square feet with 450 booths with dealers, distributors and manufacturers coming from all over the world.
Manufacturers such as Hecker & Koch, FN America, IWI, Beretta, CZ, Smith & Wesson, Colt Canada and many more will have display booths there to showcase their latest products and to answer any customer’s questions.
While gun license holders can purchase firearms at the show, they cannot take the guns with them, instead they will be available for pickup at the local stores. Accessories such as magazines, optics, etc will be sold at the show since there is no regulation on them.
Will there be anti-gun protesters trying to interrupt the event? We will find out in a week’s time.
After its official unveiling at SHOT Show 2019, Meprolight’s all-new Foresight augmented sight is finally being shipped to distributors worldwide. The Meprolight app, which we had an exclusive preview on the Android platform last month, is now available for download at the Google Play Store. iOS version is slated to be released at a later date.
Canadian dealers have begin selling these sights. For the US market, the manufacturer’s suggested retail price is set at $714.
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In a state with the most repressive gun laws in the country, a person allegedly pushes a stranger. The stranger is carrying a baby; he pauses to hand off the child to another, then draws his gun, fatally shoots the person who pushed him, and for good measure shoots both the person's parents as well.
The consequence, we might think, would be immediate arrest and indictment for a murder and two attempted murders, with probably an outcry against "no retreat" laws. But not when LAPD is involved.
CAA Industries, famous for producing the Micro RONI conversion kit for Glock pistols, has recently filed suit against former exclusive distributor ME Technology over alleged trademark and patent violations. The RONI Stabilizer makes use of a normal Glock pistol by integrating it with a stabilizing brace and frame for more stability with one-handed shooting situations. […]
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Late last night TFB broke the news that the US Army had selected three companies to continue development of their Next Generation Squad Weapons prototypes. These companies include AAI Corporation Textron Systems, General Dynamics-OTS Inc. and SIG Sauer Inc. This morning we received further details from Textron about their NGSW team. Textron have confirmed that they are working in partnership […]
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Robar, renown for their self-lubricating NP3 finishes and has been in business for over 35 years, is officially closing their doors. Customers have received the following email below.
Today is the last day that we will be in business. When we put that notification up on the website, we had high hopes of someone either purchasing or investing in the company, but it fell through.
Robar Companies Customer Service
The ROBAR Companies, Inc.
Phone: (623) 581-2648
Robar was very popular back in the day before Cerakote became the standard for aftermarket gun finishes. It was also one of the earliest self-lubricating, proprietary finish on firearms that were favored by law enforcement and civilians alike. Unlike Cerakote where they certify and train other gunsmiths, customers had to send their guns to Robar located in Arizona to get the work done.
They did attempt to sell the company but sadly nothing came to fruition.
Last time we mentioned Sterk Shooting from “down under”, it was on the topic of Interesting Tikka T3 upgrades from Sterk Shooting. This time we take a look at their new upgrades for the Tikka T1x as well as the Sako Quad. The new parts released are as follows: Tikka T1x Swept Ball Handle Tikka T1x […]
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The German company IEA Mil-Optics GmbH have received another order from German Armed Forces (Bundeswehr). The size of the order is in the region of “a medium 3-digit number” and the product is L3Harris’ Ground Panoramic Night Vision Goggle, using the latest 3rd generation unfilmed black/white tubes. From the announcement: “The L3Harris GPNVG (Ground […]
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Duck’s foot pistols are one of the iconic classic “weird gun” categories. The one exemplifies the typical pattern, with four barrels arranged in a wedge, fired simultaneously with a single flintlock action. Traditionally, these are attributed to people like prison wardens and ships’ captains, who might have to confront mobs of prisoners or a mutinous crew. Whether this is actually supported by historical fact or is just apocryphal communal belief, I do not know…
Christensen Arms has announced that the chassis of their Modern Precision Rifle is now available separately. It is the company’s entry into the bolt action rifle chassis market. Their press release quotes Jason Christensen, President of Christensen Arms, who said: “Ever since we launched the Modern Precision Rifle, an independent chassis has been one of […]
TFB have been closely following developments in the US Army’s Next Generation Small Arms Program and it has been a while since we heard any major developments. On the evening of the 29th August, however, the Army Contracting Command posted an award notice for the NGSW program that signals progress in selecting the US Army’s […]
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I know many will disagree, but I think we live in a Golden Age of gun culture. Never before so much good (and bad) information was readily available. There are blogs, sites, forums, reviews, videos, manuals and training classes available to anyone who wants to learn about guns, shooting and concealed carry, and the amount […]
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A 25 mm (25×137mm) machine gun? Well, that is how the NAVY, a force used with much larger calibers, chose to define their Mark 38 (M242 Bushmaster). As you can see above and below, this is the subject of our Photo Of The Day. Below Caption: Gunner’s Mate 2nd Class Kris Fuentes checks the integrity […]
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Intro: Most shooters don’t really care where their stuff comes from or how it was made as long as it performs up to their standards. If this is you don’t waste your time reading this entire article, you just need to know that Preferred Barrel Blanks, out of Hurricane Utah, makes some darn good prefit/variable […]
Story here. The school has an anonymous tip line, and apparently reacts to claims made on them without stopping to investigate. Guess what happens when you give teens a way to harass someone anonymously?
Or, a way for an adult in a domestic case to harass the other spouse, if not anonymously, then without any consequences? Sure, pass "red flag laws," there won't be any problems...
The Texas Legislature Passed Ten Bills Protecting Your Second Amendment Rights During the 2019 Session. These Measures All Take Effect on September 1.
I can’t imagine any hunter glimpsing an ad for a Rokon motorbike and not stopping to admire the view… especially if, like myself, you admire rugged simplicity and couldn’t afford such toys (er, tools) for most of your life. Even as a kid leafing through outdoor magazines at hunt camp, I would stop and linger lustfully over the Rokon ads.
A quick a word about the name: Company reps told me at the SHOT Show that it’s pronounced ROK-on… as in “Rock on!” Even though, like the guy in the video, my first instinct was to give the first syllable the long “o” sound.
And the reason I’m writing this: I wandered across a video review of a Rokon Trail-Breaker, which was just posted a few days ago.
The best feature about these bikes is that they’re all-wheel-drive. They’re not speedy and they lack the suspension of other off-road motorcycles, but they are known for taking their riders just about anywhere they wish to go.
Another good feature, though pretty common among motorcycles, is dual start… use a battery or pull the rope on the engine. I mention this because Rokon includes a spare starter rope — that’s pretty awesome — and I really wish my Polaris Ranger had a pull rope to use in a pinch.
Another bonus that might not be so obvious is that you can ride across a steep slope while keeping the Rokon upright. Can’t get away with that on a 4-wheeler or UTV.
The reviewer shows how you can use the kick stand to pivot the entire machine 180 degrees for those times when you need to turn around in tight quarters. Again, none of my woods vehicles have ever had that ability.
It can carry — and tow — quite a bit of gear as well. And he mentions that after you’ve gotten used to rocking a Rokon, you will “start to see things differently” as far as where you can go with that bike and what route to take to get there.
My only problem is that after watching the video, now I’m back to wanting a Rokon again! I thought I’d gotten over that. Ah well.
Enjoy the video; it’s only 12 minutes.
Refining the Accuracy Test For those that have not yet read the full review, I recently did an article on the UIC ADM4 Mod2 that you can find HERE. In that article, I did a brief accuracy test using an Aimpoint T2 and Wolf Gold 55 grain ammunition. The rifle performed well considering the factors […]
FPC, or Firearms Policy Coalition, has put together a great page to help those of us who oppose so-called “Red Flag” laws, which allow an accuser to essentially sic the cops on you to take away all your guns.
Red flag laws stand for the proposition that gun owners can have their rights and property taken from them – by force – on the basis of allegations without the government having even reasonable suspicion, let alone probable cause or constitutionally sufficient adjudication.
Red flag firearm prohibition and confiscation laws are unconstitutional, unsound, and dangerous policies. They should and must be opposed – not rewarded with millions of taxpayer dollars.
These proposed laws do not increase access to mental healthcare or improve public safety. They rely on expanding federal powers through further abuse of the Commerce Clause and are unconstitutional, as well as dangerous.
Here’s what they ask you to do:
1) Write President Trump, Senate Leader McConnell, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Graham, and other key leaders using the FPC Take Action form below.
2) Call Senate Leader McConnell and your state’s U.S. Senators at 202-224-3121 (Senate switchboard) and tell them to OPPOSE “red flag” laws and federal gun control
3) Call President Trump at 202-456-1111 (White House comment line) and tell him to OPPOSE and VETO federal gun control and “red flag” laws
4) Multiply your impact by asking others to help you STOP “red flag” confiscation laws through email, text messaging, social media, and by sharing this important FPC Grassroots Alert
To understand more about these laws and why they are bad, FPC also includes some of their “Policy Positions & Arguments on ‘Red Flag’ Confiscation Order Laws.” Familiarizing yourself with these might be helpful when you’re writing texts or emails, or even sharing/commenting on social media. Check them out by clicking here.
There’s a form at the bottom of the page which allows you to quickly and easily send messages to Graham, McConnell, Trump, and in my case turncoat Marco Rubio.
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Just when you thought you had all the guns you need, Henry comes out with a handy and attractive lever-action 22 rimfire rifle — with a smoothbore barrel just for shooting “rat shot.” They’re calling it the Henry Garden Gun.
Why a smoothbore rimfire? Well, 22 LR shotshells have been available for ages and are widely used for controlling pests in confined areas — especially indoors where you don’t want big shot payloads or solid bullets flying about. And they say firing shotshells through a rifled barrel tends to open the shot pattern pretty wide, limiting the effective range.
Here’s a blurb from Henry:
The Henry Garden Gun is one that belongs right by your side as soon as you walk out the front door to start the day’s chores. Tuck it next to the seat of your tractor or riding mower and have it at the ready for when something slithers into view through the grass, dispatch those barn-dwelling birds without dispatching the barn around them, or exterminate the mice that are turning your garden into a buffet.
The use of 22 LR shotshells are favored for tight quarters or enclosed spaces due to their quieter report, negligible potential for harmful ricochet, and an impact that is unlikely to penetrate walls and roofs.
I gotta say, it’s a good-looking little gun… and the black-stained ash stocks let you know at a glance it’s the smoothbore and not your Henry 22 rifle.
I’ve known the time when a small shotshell was just what I needed for erasing a rat or venomous snake… but I’ve never had the need for a dedicated smoothbore smallbore.
If you do, this Henry’s for you.
Today Henry Repeating Arms is introducing, or re-introducing, the Henry Garden Gun Smoothbore .22. This .22 calibre shotgun is purpose-built for close-range pest control using .22 LR shotshell cartridges. According to Henry Repeating Arms it is “A Smoothbore Solution to Pest Control“. It’s also one of a handful of lever-action shotguns, the rest of the […]
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Most gearheads are familiar with the terms ATV and SxS. These acronyms for all-terrain vehicles and side-by-sides are well ingrained in the off-roader vernacular. But XTV? That’s not quite as common.
Short for Extreme Terrain Vehicles, XTVs take the concept of off-roading and crank it to eleven. Most crucially, they’re amphibious, allowing them to tackle obstacles that ATVs and Side-by-Sides cannot. Most XTVs cannot even be accurately described as a 4×4 since they generally have six, or even eight, wheels. In other words, these vehicles truly are in a class of their own.
ARGO, an XTV manufacturer headquartered in Canada, was first founded in 1967, naming its signature product after the Argonaut of Greek mythology for its stamina on both land and water. Its parent company, called “Ontario Drive & Gear Limited” or ODG, has certainly learned a thing or two about how off-road enthusiasts use their XTVs over the years, culminating in the new-for-2020 ARGO lineup of rigs that are designed to go anywhere and tackle any terrain.
Whether for use in a commercial application, the public sector, or personal utility, ARGOs fill the gap between recreational quads and heavy off-road equipment, going where other vehicles simply won’t, or can’t. Full skid plates come standard on most models, as does a bilge pump to help evacuate liquid after a water crossing. That means you can rely on these XTVs to climb, crawl, or swim to your destination, while hauling all the equipment and tools that need schlepping – making it the ideal vehicle whether you’re headed to the job site or out on your next fishing and hunting adventure. With the industry’s lowest center of gravity, ARGO XTVs are capable of traversing slopes and grades that would be inaccessible to traditional ATVs.
But how do they work, exactly? A multi-differential setup provides even torque to all of an ARGO’s tires – even the ability to turn 180-degrees in its own length. Called zero-turn, this feature is invaluable when one needs to get out of tight and tricky spots, helping you maneuver with ease no matter where you have to go.
XTVs boast impressive payload and towing capacities as well, with even entry-level models able to haul up to 1200 lbs. Logically, top speeds are much higher on land than on water, and models can carry more weight on dry ground compared to through an aquatic environment. Meanwhile, engines range from a simple-to-operate carbureted setup to a fuel injected fan-cooled v-twin mill cranking out gobs of torque.
Aside from its increased capabilities, driving an XTV is also slightly different than piloting a traditional four-wheeler or side-by-side. A handlebar is connected to a set of service brakes mounted inboard next to the drive axles. As the vehicle’s wheels are constantly connected to a drive system, the brakes slow the wheels on one side as a unit. In this respect, handling an XTV is a lot like maneuvering a skid-steer tractor. It also helps to explain why the machine can execute a zero-radius turn.
ARGO XTVs also benefit from a technological innovation called AGRO Progressive Steering (or APS), which provides smooth, confident handling. A spring linkage between the handlebars and brake system creates a progressive dual-rate steering system, resulting in a four-time increase in range of steering motion and smoother, more rounded turns – as opposed to the squared-off turns traditionally experienced while piloting multi-wheeled vehicles. First introduced for the 2019 model year, this UTV-inspired steering now comes standard on all Frontier models for 2020.
That 8×8 mobility combined with their strong-but-light construction give ARGOs the traction to traverse anything the great outdoors can throw at you, from muck to snow to swamp. Not to mention, their added water fording ability comes with no preparation required – so you don’t have to hit the pause button just because you’ve hit a water obstacle.
ARGO has just released its lineup of machines for the 2020 model year, all featuring a fresh new look and a lower introductory starting price of just $7,999 for their Frontier line, meaning one doesn’t have to go deep into debt in an effort to go deep into the water. There’s also the Aurora series, a top of its class, premium XTV with all the must-have features, including 25″ tires with 9″ Steel Offset AirLock rims and seriously impressive EFI horsepower, making it a top choice for those looking to get serious about their next off-road adventure. Thanks to ARGO, no location or worksite is too remote, so go ahead and take “inaccessible” out of your vocabulary.
If you’re in the market for a versatile off-road vehicle that can get you anywhere you need to go at a cost you can afford, head over to the ARGO website to find a dealer near you. Stay tuned for more on this innovative XTV brand and its next-level offerings.
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No this isn’t an edition of Austin’s Hot Gat or Fudd Crap series and I don’t think it was Bubba which got to this particular Short, Magazine, Lee-Enfield. No, this Obrez SMLE is probably a little more legitimate. I came across this rifle in a UK MoD collection and it was too unusual not to take […]
Zenith Firearms‘ booth at SHOT Show made quite an impression on me last year, with a lot of interesting firearms. One of their employees took a lot of time to walk me around and show me all the details, which I appreciated. Zenith Firearms is a family-owned company based in Afton, Virginia.They work closely with […]
The Jameson Raid in December 1895 was one of the key events in the lead to the second Boer War. Leander Jameson took a force of about 600 men on December 1895 to make a surprise attach on Johannesburg, incite support form the multitude of British miners who felt oppressed by the Boer government, and ultimately bring in British forces to take over. The plan failed in a complete and public manner, though, as Boer forces knew about it from the very beginning. The raiding party was ambushed at Doornkop outside Johannesburg and forced to surrender. It was a tremendous public relations setback for supporters of British intervention.
In addition, the Boers captured a nice selection of very modern arms, including half a dozen artillery pieces, a dozen Maxim machine guns, and about 500 Lee rifles. This Lee-Speed is one of them, given to a Boer burgher who used it in the war that eventually broke out in 1899. He carved his name into the stock, as was common for the Boers. This is one of only two known and documented surviving rifles form the Jameson Raid, and it is both a very cool piece of history for that reason as well as a great time capsule of the Lee-Metford MkI pattern of rifle. Most of the early Lees in British military service were updated and repurposed over the decades, and finding them in original configuration is quite difficult today.
Today we are taking a look at another artwork from the OAK Custom collection of Cabot Guns called Diablo Damascus. The OAK Collection includes the company’s top-grade one of a kind bespoke pistols. These are Cabot’s most exclusive, rare and unique 1911s. For example, the Big Bang Set of pistols that are almost completely made of a meteorite are OAK Collection handguns. Earlier we […]
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The NRA v. Ackerman-McQueen case had a hearing today in Virginia. Both sides won a little something in the judge’s rulings.
First, in the win for the NRA, Wayne LaPierre won’t have to appear for a deposition in early September. The judge ruled that it should be delayed until the week of September 23rd.
According to CNN, Michael Collins, a partner with Brewer, Attorneys and Counselers, said, “We are pleased to see the deposition of Mr. LaPierre will be scheduled in a manner that accommodates him and his many obligations to the NRA and its members.”
The other side of the coin was that the judge agreed with the attorneys for Ackerman McQueen and limited the documents that could be seen by William Brewer III and his PR staff.
In Wednesday’s hearing, Ackerman’s attorney, David Dickieson, argued that the communications shop within Brewer’s firm poses a direct competitive threat to Ackerman’s public affairs business and that handing over proprietary information to Brewer’s public relations team would allow them to siphon away business from Ackerman.
Ack-Mac also noted in court that they had laid off, furloughed, or terminated approximately 50 employees dedicated to the NRA account. They have also closed their Alexandria, Virginia office.
Cobalt Kinetics has published a news release announcing that in cooperation with MARS Inc. they have submitted a new carbine (NGSW-R), light machine gun (NGSW-AR) and 6.8mm cartridge to US Army’s NGSW (Next Generation Squad Weapons) program. The program is targeted to replacing the M4/M16 family of rifles and carbines as well as the M249 […]
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In Michigan, it is illegal to have a rifle in your vehicle unless there’s a specific purpose for it. With the current laws, I often will carry a 10.5 AR pistol in my truck locked in a vehicle safe. Usually, this is with me when I am going on trips or long distances. I will […]
Night Vision! That is our subject in Photo Of The Day. Or it should actually be Photo Of The Night! One of our European readers sent us this picture, taken via his new Pulsar Trail XP50. It has a High-Resolution 640×480 Thermal Imaging Sensor, which brings out a lot of the details of this animal. […]
Welcome everyone to the 23rd 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 does it […]
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Welcome back to another edition of Wheelgun Wednesday! I love handguns, I didn’t grow up shooting them and the first time I ever got my hands on one I was already 12 years old and knee-deep into shooting rifles. The first handgun I had ever fired happened to be a Uberti 1873 Cattleman, a 12 […]
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Believe it or not, not every prepper owns a firearm. That is by their choice and likely for a wide variety of reasons. Unlike us old guys who were raised in rural America where guns were as common as a garden hoe, generations since have not been exposed to guns, shooting, hunting, or such. Firearms are simply foreign to these people.
This is not necessarily good or bad, and we should not be judgmental of others about such things. When push comes to shove, every human wants to defeat whatever threatens them. Every prepper is the same in this regard. Yet how will those without firearms defend themselves during a SHTF event or other threat? Well… there are other options.
Weaponry of all sorts have been around since the first use of a jawbone to inflict terminal damage. What could non-gun preppers use? The list is endless. Start with knives, clubs, baseball bats, golf clubs, swords, walking sticks, fireplace tools, an assortment of garden tools like a hoe, rakes, trimmers, shovels, hammers, axes, hatchets, heavy pipe wrenches, sledge hammers, scythes, and so much more.
Any or all of these common hand tools could be used for self-defense. That is, if — and this is a big if — the person wielding such a tool has an inkling of what they are doing. At best, such tools come with a distinct disadvantage to an approaching threat.
Assuming some skill with using such weapons, the main limiting factor is reach. At best a long rake or shovel puts you five feet from an assailant. That is close. Most of these kinds of “weapons” put you even closer to the threat. Thank about that if you elect this course of action.
As with firearms, practice and orientation with such ageless weapons will be needed. Prep them for use by smoothing handles, wrapping with gripper tape, sharpening edges, whatever. Keep a few posted at doors or easy to reach locations as disaster events unfold.
Be wary, and be prepared, gun or not.
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This chronograph test should be of interest for those who already own, or are looking to get, a Ruger PC Carbine in 9×19 mm with the “hunting legal” 18.62″ barrel. Or the “non-restricted version“, as the term is in some places (Canada for instance). The chrono results can of course also be compared to your […]
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You won't read this in the mainstream media and we thought you should know that common sense and loyalty to the Constitution and the Bill of Rights is alive and well in the New Hampshire Governor's office.
FAIRFAX, Va. – The NRA Personal Protection Expo welcomes back the Concealed Carry Fashion Show on Friday, Sept. 6, 2019, at the Ft. Worth Convention Center in Ft. Worth, TX. This is no ordinary run-of-the-mill fashion show – models will showcase the Expo’s top concealed carry products – and demonstrate the features and benefits to an audience of firearm enthusiasts and international media.
God bless Paul Harrell. When he gets a request from a viewer about shooting werewolves and vampires with silver coins, he doesn’t just hit “delete” and hope the questioner’s not a stalker. Instead, he drags out his double-barrel side-by-side 12 gauge muzzleloading shotgun and stokes it up with stacks of dimes!
Ah me… ain’t guns fun?
After the intro, he explains the Meat Target for newbies. Then he tells us his scattergun is stoked with 100 grains of FFFg black powder and 18 pellets of 00 (double-ought) buckshot. This does a pretty good number on the target!
He then loads the front-stuffer with 100 grains of BP and a stack of 18 dimes. This payload weighs less than the buckshot did, roughly 900 grains of buckshot vs. 630 grains of dimes.
At 10 yards, the stack of dimes acted like a slug because they didn’t spread out after exiting the muzzle. So he backs off to 20 yards to try it again. Those results were inconclusive if you ask me… and not very effective on the ol’ Meat Target.
Conclusion: Dimes in a shotgun = not nearly as good as bird shot or buckshot beyond 10-15 yards.
Blackwater Ammunition are releasing a limited edition Microtech Ultratech Out-The-Front knife. The knife comes with Blackwater’s signature camouflage & logo engraved over the entire handle, then finished in a matte black coating. Judging by the picture, it looks like a surface finish where you can play with the reflection of the light over the knife […]
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Lt. Gov Tate Reeves will be the GOP nominee for governor in Mississippi after winning a Republican primary runoff on Tuesday. Reeves defeated former state Supreme Court Chief Justice Bill Waller in the runoff, 54 percent to 46 percent, according to The Associated Press, with nearly all precincts reporting. Reeves will now face Democratic state Attorney General Jim Hood in the Nov. 5 general election.
Earlier this year, Texas governor Greg Abbott reportedly signed a law repealing a ban on the carrying of certain items — including clubs, tomahawks, brass knuckles, and even trench knives with knuckle guards built into the handle. And on September 1, 2019, the new law will go into effect.
Now I’m not saying I want to stroll around every day toting my daddy’s old homemade tommy-hawk, but if I did it ought to be legal to do so. And in Texas, now it will be. Likewise a trench knife — although Ammoland reports there’s a 5.5″ blade length restriction in some locations. These include such sensible choices as nursing homes and racetracks; you can see a complete list by clicking here.
Alas, I don’t have a trench knife to cram in my cargo shorts — but then again, I don’t live in Texas anyhow. Those of you who do… enjoy!
Of course, I say the above with tongue in cheek. The good thing about this new development is: less government, more freedom. And fewer petty arrests for people carrying the wrong thing at the wrong time. And that is surely a good thing.
Dissident Arms specializes in Molot and Saiga shotguns. We have covered them a little bit before, for instance with the Lightning Review: Dissident Arms KL-12 Race Gun Vepr12. World Shoot Shotgun 2018 winner Josh Froelich (USA) used one of their shotguns to win in France last year. Below you can see Josh as he’s in the shoot-off […]
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The H&K Model 4 was named for the fact that it was offered in four different calibers – .22LR, .25 ACP, .32 ACP, and .380 ACP. The gun came with a complete set of spare barrels and magazines to allow conversion between all of them, and interesting feature not offered by any other pistols like it at the time. The design was by Alex Seidel, one of the founding engineers of H&K. He had familiarity with the Mauser HSc from his time working at Mauser, and it was the rough basis fo the HK4.
The changes between centerfire calibers required nothing more than swapping barrels (and recoil springs, which were pinned to the barrels) and magazines. Differing spring strength for each caliber were enough to make the gun both safe and reliable in the different chamberings. The convert too .22LR rimfire, it was also necessary to unscrew the removable breech face and flip it around. The breech face had two firing pin holes (one centerfire and one rimfire), and the firing pin could pivot enough house either one. When the breech face was removed, the firing pin could be positioned for whichever setting was desired.
The HK4 was interesting and reasonably successful, but never able to really compete with guns like the Walther PP and PPK. During a 16-year production run from 1968 until 1984 a total of 38,200 were made, including 12,400 for the German customs police.
According to the online publication This Week In Mormons, The Church of Jesus Christ Of Latter-Day Saints has updated its handbook to explicitly state that firearms are prohibited in Mormon meetinghouses. Prior to the change, the handbook had stated that carrying lethal weapons within the walls of a church was inappropriate. The new guideline also […]
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In this episode of TFBTV, Hop puts his job on the line to try to prove James wrong about the Taurus Judge. Is it just a meme? The ultimate snake stepper? A bit of both? Let’s find out. ««« PATREON GIVEAWAYS »»» TFBTV is giving away one gun per month to a randomly selected $5-level […]
Jim Shepherd of the Outdoor Wires posted an editorial today concerning corporate virtue signaling. The grist for his editorial was something that took place at the most recent meeting of the Business Roundtable. At that event, a number of mega-corporation CEOs signed a document pledging to shift corporate governance away from shareholder value.
Yep, they decided that being virtuous would be more important (to them) than the long-accepted dictum that the goal of a company is to make money for its owners. Granted, the document they signed was described as “high level and low on specifics” it is most assuredly indicative of the current social and business environment.
Not presuming to think along the high-minded ridges of such industry leaders, I’ve never known a company to suddenly decide business-as-usual was no longer acceptable. Honestly, this kind of talk seldom passes my personal “smell test”. It’s my experience that when someone who makes millions of dollars annually starts telling me what’s best for the rest of us, I start sniffing. Especially when I start hearing a mix of solid thinking interspersed with comments about “what type of society is possible.”
I agree with Jim on this. We have started to see high technology companies in the social media realm decide that advertising and posts of a conservative bent must be censored or rejected. We have seen certain large banks try to tell firearms manufacturers how to run their legitimate businesses. The list goes on.
I have always been something of a contrarian. Thus, it was refreshing to see a company that hasn’t bought on to the “guns are evil” mantra. Jim points out that a company called Defenseshield Inc. that has gone the opposite way.
Not everyone, fortunately, is cut from that same bland cloth. Yesterday, I was forwarded a release from Defenseshield, Inc., a “preeminent designer, manufacturer, and seller of armor systems to the US Military, Federal agencies, the nuclear industry, airports and courthouses.”
Their CEO, Collins White, irritated at the latest rounds of “virtue signaling” in corporate America, announced some “pro-constitutional measures for all Defenseshield employees:”
1. Every day is “Bring a gun to work” day.
2. 1-year membership in the NRA.
3. Lifetime membership to Gun Owners of America.
4. Free FFL firearms transfers.
5. Pay for firearms training.
6. Pay for any permits that allow you to own or carry a firearm.
7. Pay entry fees to any firearms competition
8. Pay entry fees to any gun show
9. Match contributions to NRA, GOA, USA (Olympic) Shooting, 4H shooting, Scouting shooting programs.
10. $100 annual match toward firearms range or club membership.
11. $20 for every pair of jeans you buy that aren’t Levi’s.
“The attack on the Constitution by elite left-wing billionaires cannot be tolerated,” White said, “I left New York when the so-called safe act made many of my guns, accessories and magazines illegal. I’ve relocated to Florida where the environment for business and the freedoms granted by the constitution is not under such a rabid assault. I invite all corporate leaders to stand with me in upholding the constitution, and to invest in the future of America.”
Collins White is my kind of CEO. While I am not in their customer base and have little need for their product, if I was I’d be looking to them to fulfill it.
I only wish more CEOs and more companies were like Mr. White of Defenseshield. If you would like to let them know you appreciate their standing up for what is right, you can contact them at info[@]defenshield.com
The online catalog of September 2019 Rock Island Premiere Firearms Auction is published and as always, we thoroughly browsed it to find the most unusual, rare and obscure firearms consigned to the auction. The premiere auctions of RIAC are some of the largest small arms auctions held in the United States (and in the world) that’s why […]
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Today’s Photo Of The Day is submitted by a TFB reader. It depicts an Indian marksman/sniper from a Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) unit with his Heckler & Koch PSG1 precision rifle. You can also spot a Glock 17 pistol in the drop leg holster. The Heckler & Koch PSG1 is a semi-automatic precision rifle chambered […]
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On Wednesday, August 28th, the Joint Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security will be holding a public hearing at 10:00 AM to discuss numerous bills pertaining to firearm laws in the state. It comes as no surprise that many of the proposals before the Committee are anti-gun measures that would place further burdens on law-abiding gun owners and sportsmen.
According to sources in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, and the Associated Press, a hostage situation unfolded inside a bus on an 8 mile-long bridge around 5:30am on August 20. The perpetrator was said to be armed with an unspecified gun, a knife and a lighter. The man held about 37 people hostage for four hours. […]
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How far will you go to minimize your scent while deer hunting? Maybe you tote your clothing in a special scent-free plastic tub with scent-absorbing stuff inside, or maybe you shell out big bucks for clothing to supposedly block your scent from reaching the air around you. Maybe, like most of us, you buy some scent-killer spray and play the wind just right in deciding where to hunt.
Or maybe you’re the kind of hunter who wants a special chamber in which to store and deodorize your gear using electrically-generated ozone. And if that’s you, then by golly you’re in luck.
Scentlok has just announced the availability of their “OZRenew & Gear Chamber,” a freestanding “closet” in which you store your hunting gear and then connect to electricity to power the OZRenew ozone generator.
The OZRenew & Gear Chamber is the perfect solution for keeping your gear fresh and deodorized, any place, any time. This closet was designed to quietly saturate your gear with ozone to seeks out and destroy odor and bacteria. Our innovative CycleClean technology allows the generator to moderate output by alternating between active and resting phases, which helps the OZRenew achieve maximum efficiency and battery life.
It runs off a rechargeable battery pack which can be taken afield to use as a mobile phone charger, and a wall charger is included for keeping it juiced up via household AC power.
Some item highlights according to the product page:
Although the PR photos show the chamber set up in the living area of a nice hunting lodge, they clearly warn you NOT to use this product in occupied spaces. What the? Well, here’s a quote from the user manual about that:
The ozone unit is designed to be used in unoccupied spaces only. Upon entering a room that was treated with ozone you should ventilate the area allowing any possible lingering ozone to be cleared out. Never aim ozone directly into your face; it may cause eye irritation or other side effects.
If entering a room where the unit was in use and the room is still filled with ozone (O3 has not fully reverted back to O2), it may cause mild headaches or irritation to the respiratory system. If this occurs, please exit the room immediately. If eyes continue to be irritated flush gently with water. If conditions continue seek medical attention.
So, there ya go. You come back from hunting, take off your gear, and put it in the chamber… making sure the chamber is in a vacant room that’s fairly air-tight… or maybe set it up in the outhouse? Just kidding on that last one…
The manual notes that “more than one cycle may be required to eradicate odors” and warns against using it on anything with elastic or rubber:
Exercise caution when using ozone on items with significant elastic or rubber content. Discontinue use on rubber or elastic items if you notice degradation or weakness to the structure of the items.
Moral: Don’t ozone your skivvies unless you like it when they droop.
The whole shebang packs up into the included travel bag. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to find out the size and weight of it when stowed.
If you think the OZRenew & Gear Chamber is for you, click here to visit the Scentlok site and buy it for just $379.99.
Well, here we go. Millions of NASCAR fans are about to get angry and boycott them! Well they should, but will they… or will they keep on feeding their money to NASCAR? What the heck is Russ jabbering on about? The fact that some advertisers who wish to purchase advertising from NASCAR are having their ads rejected because their guns look too mean. And this comes months after the advertising company approached many gun-related companies about advertising with NASCAR.
K-Var, a company self-described as “a premier supplier of high quality products for the outdoor and shooting sports industries,” recently reported in their blog that their ad was rejected by NASCAR four months after it was submitted.
From K-Var’s post:
In March and April 2019, several firearms retailers and manufacturers were contacted by National Event Publications, Official media sales agent for the NFL, NBA, NHL, MLB, NASCAR, PGA, NHRA, & USA Today Lifestyle. The pitch was to buy advertising in the official program for the last 26 races of the season. K-Var opted to advertise, as did at least 16 other manufacturers or retailers including CZ-USA, Beretta, Daniel Defense, and others. The deadline to have our artwork submitted for approval was April 19, 2019.
Then, on August 19, 2019 (four months later) we were contacted by National Event Publications with the following message:
“We just heard from NASCAR on a number of gun related ads and unfortunately, due a gradual shift in NASCAR’s position on guns, these ads must be edited/changed—especially those that are depicted as assault-style rifles/sniper rifles. NASCAR is still open to some of the less controversial gun accessories, concealed carry, or classes.”
Ballistic Magazine reports that after reading K-Var’s post they went searching for more bans and found an Instagram post from gunmaker Dark Storm Industries informing their fans that NASCAR had rejected their ad, again citing a “gradual shift” that is apparently not gradual at all.
Dark Storm decided to challenge the decision by adding a large bar across the ad to obscure the MSR it contained. Not surprisingly, NASCAR rejected that one as well. Per Dark Storm:
NASCAR decided to turn their back on their customer base, joining the likes of Yeti, Dick’s and Under Armour. We were approached by a NASCAR publication eager to earn our business, but after submitting our ad it was immediately rejected, stating that we cannot depict ‘assault weapons’ … whatever those are. We resubmitted the ad after adding a large ‘CENSORED’ bar over the rifle, with a tag reading ‘This publication rejected our ad.’ This too was rejected by NASCAR. They said they did not like that we called them out. We resubmitted a third time, with a tag line reading ‘Visit www.Dark-Storm.com to find out why!’ This was again rejected. They did not like the words ‘FIND OUT WHY.’
As we have learned, NASCAR has made a ‘gradual shift’ but this doesn’t seem very gradual to us. It seems as though NASCAR has turned their back on the overwhelming majority of their fan base in the most embarrassing way possible.
NASCAR seems to be forgetting their major fan base: Regular, down-to-earth people. The kinds of people who smoke the cigarettes and drink the beer they’ve advertised. And the kinds of people who buy guns and love them, and are fed up with people trying to infringe their rights even more.
Gradual shift? Not so much. Seems pretty abrupt from here.
Buh bye, NASCAR.
You guessed it, the coolest thing about the FIME Group Vepr 12-80 shotgun is its humongous muzzle brake. Other than that, it is a standard Russian Molot Vepr-12 semi-auto shotgun. With a barrel length of 12″, this configuration of Vepr-12 would be an SBS (Short Barreled Shotgun) hence an NFA item requiring a $200 tax […]
Above you can see the legend Jerry Miculek (USA) on one of the run and gun stages at the Rifle World Shoot. I saw him and the other Seniors of the American Team shoot this stage, and there’s still a lot of speed in their legs and shooting! Wherever Jerry goes he gets a lot […]
At last count, you could choose from 100 bazillion folding knives to serve whatever cutting needs your lifestyle demanded. Indeed, these are great days for knife users. Competition amongst knife manufacturers is fierce and that means choices abound for you and me as end users.
These days, folding knives seem to do almost everything. Some not only clip on but also spring out. Some offer multiple blades or add-on features such as seatbelt cutters and light sources. And these and other features are available on a seemingly unending variety of blade shapes, sizes, and handles.
While I love all the innovation and all the choices available to me, sometimes all I want in a folder is simplicity. Oh, I want a strong tool with great steel and ergonomics. And sometimes more is better. But sometimes just enough is perfect.
That’s where the CRKT Batum comes in.
A basic utility folder with a thumb slot deployment, satin finish and black G10 / stonewash stainless handle, the CRKT Batum sports an overall length of 7.9”. With a just-long-enough (3.2”) 8Cr13MoV plain-edge blade, the Batum weighs 6.9 oz. You can see it in my average-sized hands—robust but simple, plain yet functional.
Closed, the Batum measures 4.8” in length and clips to a pant pocket, tip up, with the G10 side of the handle toward your leg. It’s smooth and comfortable, rides securely, and comes out only if you’re purposeful about drawing it. Otherwise it stays put, just showing a bit of the handle and a clear “CRKT” logo on the clip. As you can see, it’s a shorter clip than most other knives; if desired, you can switch it to the opposite side for tip-down carry.
Despite the smallish dimensions of this knife, I call it robust for a couple reasons: First, the frame lock operates solidly and with precision. Second, the blade (when open) and handle features two detents for your index and middle fingers. Add your thumb on the back of the blade and you enjoy significant leverage to maneuver the 0.19” width blade into whatever you’re cutting.
Batum also offers a lanyard loop at the base of the handle. It’s very close to the end, where it should be, allowing you to add a paracord tassel or a key ring. And yes, Batum is small enough to serve as a key ring. In fact, with a key ring and keys hanging off the ring, you can actually wrap your pinky finger around the key ring for added leverage when holding the knife.
One other nice touch: When pulling Batum’s frame lock out of the way of the blade in order to close it, a small metal tab prevents you from pulling the frame lock too far away from the frame. This keeps you from overly fatiguing the steel of the frame lock.
Providing near perfect leverage for your hand to master all of the knife’s movements, this CRKT folder proves to be simple, yet profound. In fact, deploying and putting away the Batum’s blade is a simple, natural, one-handed operation.
Retailing for $59.99, the CRKT Batum is not too large or complicated, not too small or functionally difficult, but just enough — an almost perfect simplicity — for for most of the cutting tasks I face on a daily basis.
For more information on the CRKT Batum you can go to www.crkt.com/batum.html
Another new product from Strike Industries! And this time it is a Glock 19 Gen 3 slide called ARK Slide. This is a lightweight slide that also offers a lot of other useful features such as the optics cut, front serrations and angled surfaces designed to improve the performance and make the slide manipulations easier […]
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Things are happy in Fountain Valley Californina at SureFire, as a number of their products have been assigned NATO Stock Numbers (NSN). So what does it mean? Getting a NATO Stock Number means that your product gets a a 13-digit code and becomes a standardized material (“stock listed”) and recognized by all NATO countries including […]
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Made by the Cummings Gun Works of Boston late in World War One, this is a pseudo-firearm training device for teaching some aspects of marksmanship without the safety hazard of bullets actually flying around. This one appears to be intended to teach shooters to hold the rifle perfectly vertical. Equally interesting to me is the use of unfinished Mosin Nagant components, almost certainly procured from Remington when its Mosin Nagant contract was interrupted by the Russian Revolution.
The CZ 1012 is the next step in the continuing evolution of the CZ semi-auto shotgun line. The CZ 1012 makes use of a gas-less spring bolt operation. A “do everything shotgun” the CZ 1012 features a gas-less recoil system. The system uses a spring within the bolt to store energy during the recoil of […]
On August 27th, the Tacoma City Council will be hosting a study session to consider an ordinance that would allow the city to levy a tax on all firearms and ammunition sales.
Back in June, Lucas Botkin of TRex Arms and 37 freedom-loving Americans helped @liku_tactical achieve a dream. @liku_tactical is a Japanese citizen who loves guns in Japan. For the past three years, he has been soaking up videos off YouTube and practicing what he sees using Airsoft. TRex Arms helped bring him to America to […]
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Unfortunately, there are not enough good pictures of Miniguns to keep us going every week, but this Monday we’re back with our very own Photo Of The Day: Minigun Monday where we admire pictures of Miniguns in various places and spaces. This time we’re looking at the Profense M134 Minigun Weapon System. At SHOW Show […]
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A recent article by Lawrence W. Reed says something that really needs to be heard by most people — but most of them won’t hear it if they keep listening to traditional “news” outlets. Here’s the actual truth: Every day, guns save lives and prevent countless crimes.
Most of us know this, but in emotional times when some psychos have murdered multiple people in multiple places and there are suddenly numerous calls for EVEN MORE gun laws, it really needs to be said… because the average person believes that doing ANYTHING has to be better than doing nothing. And that’s dangerous when the “anything” involved means loss of liberty… which, says Reed, will also mean more lives lost.
Liberty isn’t the only thing likely to be lost when gun laws are passed to appease emotions over reason, evidence, logic, and rights. Lives will most assuredly be lost, too. Lots of them.
This raises a point amplified in another context almost two centuries ago by Frederic Bastiat in his famous essay with a title that sums it up, “That Which is Seen and That Which is Not Seen.”
How many lives are actually saved by gun ownership? This is a supremely important question that the grandstanders and ideologues usually—and conveniently—ignore.
Reed dug around at GunFacts.info and learned this:
He backs this up by citing CDC and JustFacts.org.
Moreover, he examines the link between “gun free zones” and crime:
By 66 percent to 32 percent, economists and criminologists answer that gun-free zones are ‘more likely to attract criminals than they are to deter them.’ A 60 percent to 40 percent margin thinks that guns in the home do not increase suicides. And a 62 percent to 35 percent spread says that guns are used in self-defense to stop crime more often than in the commission of crime. (From ‘More Guns, Less Crime’ by John Lott)
Spread the word, folks. Tell your friends and social media associates: We need MORE guns and LESS-RESTRICTIVE LAWS if we wish to shrink crime and better protect human life.
Buy a gun, get some training. Sounds like a no-brainer, doesn’t it? It should, but unfortunately so many people will buy a gun and then just store it away waiting on the S to HTF.
When the emergency sirens go off, they pull it out and immediately wonder how it works, how to load it, where the safety is and so forth. The owner’s manual now lost or misplaced into a black hole somewhere, but it’s way too late anyway.
Placing a value on shooting training is like putting a value on good health or health care. It’s essential. As another forgotten writer said long ago, “Training to shoot a gun well increases the odds of walking away.” What better way to explain the necessity for shooter training?
Like so many other acquired skills, the ability to shoot well, if left unattended, will likely become weak or be lost altogether. Shooting a gun with repeated successful accuracy is nothing like riding a bike. Once you learn the balance to master a bike, it seems to last a lifetime. This is not so with shooting a firearm.
This is why law enforcement officers and military troops are regularly required to shoot at a range to requalify with their firearms. If left unpracticed too long, they will decline or get rusty around the edges.
For some folks, shooting well may be an intuitive act, but for most of us training is mandatory as is practicing on a regular basis.
So, how much training is enough? Really, there will never be enough, but no gun owner should go without some level-one training followed by repeated practice. Those gun owners without even some rudimentary gun orientation training will never learn the fundamentals of correct shooting and gun handling. You can’t learn it from a book or get it by watching a video and never going to the range to pull a trigger.
For the everyday prepper, gun training should include a thorough introduction to the gun(s) you intend to use for protection and self-defense. Some skills may be transferable between a handgun, rifle, or shotgun, but each has unique operating features that they must be learned separately to be confident in their use.
The value of shooter training cannot be tallied until the results pay off one day in surviving an incident that required you to ply those skills. Remember, years later you might still fall off that bike.
It’s seems odd to me that, given the times in which we live, the general population is still no more prepared today for a disaster or SHTF event than ever. Despite knowledge and experience with multiple types of disasters over the years, the average citizen is still not ready for any type of catastrophic event. That is surely a sad state of affairs.
While most preppers are ever-watchful about news of pending disasters, storms, wildfires, and even civil unrest, the typical person on the street or at the mall has no idea whatsoever. This is why so many people get caught with their proverbial “pants down” wondering what happened.
How bad exactly is this general lack of preparedness in the USA? A recent survey conducted by MSN news provided some interesting insights. When asked how prepared they were for a disaster, the respondents replied that only 9% were very prepared, 46% were a little prepared, 40% were not prepared at all and 5% did not even have an opinion, thus unprepared as well. Basically 91% were not really prepared for any type of disaster event.
Question two was “Does your family have an emergency kit?” A whopping 66% said no with 32% replying yes, and 2% did not know. I mean first, how could you not know? So, two-thirds of those polled have no type of emergency kit packed and ready to go. Are these the people who will be knocking at your door for help, or threatening you for your supplies?
The next poll question was “Do you have a plan if a disaster forces you to leave your home?” A staggering 72% said they have no such plan. Some 26% indicated that they did have a plan in place for evacuating their home. The “don’t knows” included 2%. I wonder if this implies that only about 26% of these polled individuals would consider themselves a prepper.
There was no indication about the number of people polled for this survey. Likewise there is no way to estimate the statistical significance of such a survey or even the statistical margins of error. Despite that lack of information, the results are nevertheless revealing. Basically if the survey is an honest representation of Americans, clearly the majority are not prepared for any type of disaster.
So, what does this say for those of us trying to be prepared? In a sense it is scary to know so many people are unprepared, because those people could be a huge threat to we who are preparing. It also tells preppers to continue their plans in earnest.
Beka Garris is a hunter and bowfisher who’s also an outspoken proponent of gun rights. She takes her baby daughter Isabella hunting and bowfishing and was even slammed by the media about it — but she kept on doing what she does.
She recently posted a photo of herself and her little girl, stating “She is the reason I carry.” And she added this:
I got a message the other day asking if I still conceal carry with Isabella and if I had changed how I carry since having her. I could probably write a short article on this but in short, YES I still carry and no I haven’t changed anything. I have always felt most comfortable carrying my CCW on my body and rarely carry my CCW in a bag. Proper holster is important for safety, and make sure that you choose one that’s compatible with however you choose to conceal. If carrying on your body, be aware when also carrying your baby. I usually carry my CCW on the opposite side of my body if I’m holding Isabella. If she’s in a front carrier, I carry small of my back…that way it’s out of the way but still easily accessible.
I do try to carry everywhere these days (I actually carry way more now that Isabella is here), whether hiking public land, bowfishing, hunting or even at Walmart. It’s better to have a gun and not need it than to need a gun and not have it.
She’s right, you know.
Why do you carry?
Marketing to Law Enforcement in the 1970s – Apparently this is how it looked like in at least one instance, from The Law Enforcement Ordnance Company. Below you can get a closer look at the items marketed: As you can we have some very interesting firearms listed, with some great sample pictures. I typed all […]
American Defense Manufacturing has just announced that their Flik3 and Flik5 fixed power add-on magnifiers announced back in March of this year and the Spek Micro Red Dot are both being delivered to dealers and wholesalers now. Here is a bit about the Magnifier and Red Dot system offered by ADM: Flik3 and Flik5 The […]
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Although some news outlets have reported stories that have attempted to show that Marion Hammer did something wrong, we thought you should see one story that attempted to be fair and accurate.
Perun X16 Hailing from Cerkno, Slovenia, Tinck Arms, established in 2007, has just released its Perun X16. Meant to be a modular rifle kit, the X16 features a monolithic upper capable of being paired with any off the shelf AR parts. Modular rifle Kit The full description of the Perun X16 is as follows from […]
Hatsan USA has just released four new versatile shotguns on their Escort line. Whether the goal is hunting, personal defense or security detail there is now a wide array of options to meet every application. Below you’ll find short descriptions and specifications for each new Shotgun. Aimguard The Aimguard is available in 12- or 20-gauge chambering […]
John Parker Lindsay patented a superposed, 2-shot muzzleloading rifle action in 1860, and remarkably, was able to get a contract to sell them to the US Federal Army. The system was fairly simple, with two percussion caps and firehouse leading to a front and rear chamber. The rifle was loaded with two successive charges of 60 grains of black powder and 500 grain bullets, and a single trigger fired the two rounds in succession.
In August 1863 the rifle was tested at West Point by Captain S.V. Benet and found acceptable. In fact, Benet found that the pressure from firing the first round tended to very firmly seat the second round, which then cleared fouling from the bore better than a regular rifle when it was fired. A contract was signed in December of 1863 for Army purchase of 1,000 Lindsay rifles at $25 each, and they were delivered in August of 1864. The rifles were issued to the 16th Michigan Volunteer Infantry, and saw use in the Battle of Peeble’s Farm.
Both in battle and in extended testing, the rifles were found to be flawed in ways they had not been initially recognized. Troops complained of double shots, with a single trigger pull firing both charges. Testing also found that the front chamber fire tube tended to foul and plug too easily, rendering the front chamber impossible to fire. No additional Lindsay rifles were purchased by the military. Lindsay did also make several versions of handgun using his system – these sold better than the rifles, but were still not a commercial success by most standards.
With the increase of Pistol Caliber Carbine Competitions comes an increased need for the appropriate ammunition. Where there is a need there is a market, and Federal are now releasing the Syntech PCC to fill that gap. I have done some tests in my own Pistol Caliber Carbine, not with Federal’s new Syntech described below […]
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It is a fact that hunters are the world’s top conservationists and do more for wildlife than any other group. But what many people don’t know is how much we hunters care about our fellow man and how proactive we are in helping people in our own communities to fight hunger. For nearly 30 years, we have been helping to feed those less fortunate through the Hunters for the Hungry (HFTH) movement, sharing the wild game we harvest through state-based programs where we hunt and live. By donating and in many cases also paying to process the meat, we are providing a high-protein, low-cholesterol meat source to those who otherwise would go hungry.
Divide et impera; divide and rule; divide and conquer. For millennia political actors have understood that one of the most effective means of defeating your enemy is to divide them and set the component parts against each other. For what seems nearly as long, gun control supporters have sought to separate gun owners from their rights by using this strategy.
“Researchers from the University of California, Davis, have found that, in the three years since California implemented the nation’s first law allowing guns to be taken from individuals who pose an extreme risk, the so-called red flag orders have prevented at least 21 mass shootings.
This week, March for Our Lives – the gun control group that arose in the wake of the criminal mass attack at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. – released a lengthy plan outlining its vision for firearm regulation in America. Reduced to its essence, the plan is to discourage gun ownership through numerous layers of red tape, fees and government mandates.
The New York Daily News is not a fan of the NRA. They have made that very clear over the years. They make that very clear when they refer to the NRA’s defunct CarryGuard insurance program as “murder insurance”.
The context was that investigators with the New York Department of Financial Services served a subpoena upon NRA Executive VP Wayne LaPierre. They want to know what Wayne knows or knew about the marketing of CarryGuard. It should come as no surprise that New York officials would want to put Wayne on the record with a sworn deposition.
I can think of a number of reasons that they would do this. They would include harassment, payback for the Federal suit against Gov. Cuomo and former DFS head Maria Vullo, an opportunity to catch Wayne in a lie, and the list goes on.
What struck me about this article was this:
The gun-rights group’s top lawyer said it was “surprised” by the subpoena and noted that LaPierre has “virtually no information” beyond what others have already told investigators.
“The NRA believes the ‘investigation’ was blatantly political in its motivation,” said William A. Brewer III, lead counsel to the NRA, in a statement. “Nonetheless, the NRA has attempted to cooperate with reasonable requests by (New York).”
Any competent attorney should have expected this subpoena. To be surprised by what should have been a foregone conclusion indicates either Brewer is incompetent or that he is trying to create a smokescreen. I know which way I’m leaning but for the moment I’ll reserve judgement.
The quote of the day comes from the Firearms and Politics mailing list. C. D. Tavares, a longtime poster on the list, had this to say about Wayne LaPierre and the most recent purges.
When the henhouse needs guarding, should we be amazed to see the wolves throwing their support behind the lamest dog left on the farm?
Our enemies in the gun prohibition industry have seen this and have sent out lots of fundraising emails saying the NRA is in trouble. You just know they are secretly wishing that Wayne will keep holding on to his job until it is pried from his cold dead hands.
Are conquered enemy guns the best? In this case a German Schmeisser MP40 used by an allied forces soldier in the rubble. Well, that is the question as we go back to World War II in this Photo Of The Day. The caption reads: Infantryman of the Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry Highlanders armed with a […]
The Washington Post has more on the purges at the NRA. It includes comments from Wayne LaPierre, Carolyn Meadows, and Charles Cooper among others. The comments are actually more interesting than the supposed smoking gun texts that were reported in the New York Times.
“It disturbs me that the NRA’s supposed ‘friends’ — a man I personally recruited to be president of the NRA, our trusted ad agency of four decades, a couple of our attorneys, and a chief lieutenant — would engage in this obviously premeditated extortion scheme to harm our association,” LaPierre said.
Wayne continues to peddle the mythical “extortion” meme as well as pushing the supposed “coup” theme. As to the extortion claim, all we have is the word of Wayne and that of a convicted felon.
From NRA President Carolyn Meadows who thinks Wayne is just the bee’s knees or something like that:
Carolyn Meadows, the NRA’s current president, said in a statement there has been a “malicious smear campaign against the NRA and our leaders.”
“Kernels of ‘truth’ were stripped of context, wrapped in lies, and peddled to the media and unsuspecting audiences,” she said.
Remember that old legal saying that the truth is the absolute defense against libel? If all that has been reported had been a malicious smear (or libel), don’t you think William Brewer III would have started legal proceedings by now so as to earn even more money?
Charles Cooper of Cooper and Kirk did release a statement. He said in the Post:
He “adhered to the highest standards of professionalism and loyalty.”
He said his allegiance was to the nonprofit group, “not to any individual officers or directors of the organization.”
“At every turn, I have advised my client as to my best judgment of the steps that should be taken to advance and protect the best interest of the NRA itself,” Cooper added, declining to comment further.
Given Mr. Cooper’s past positions as both a Supreme Court clerk and as an Assistant Attorney General during the Reagan Administration, I would have expected nothing less from him. He has represented the NRA and fought for the Second Amendment for three decades. There are places his dismissal may well have dire consequences for gun rights.
On Mr. Cooper’s legal ability, Alan Gottlieb of the Second Amendment Foundation noted, ” Charles Cooper and his law firm have done excellent work on Second Amendment issues.”
The key thing to notice about these dismissals and departures is that the attorneys involved have in one way or another crossed William Brewer or are thought to have crossed him. Given he has Wayne’s ear and feeds his paranoid delusions, it is no wonder any possible competitor gets the boot. The worst part about this is that every one of these departures only weakens the NRA when it comes to its core mission of protecting the Second Amendment. It makes one wonder if former NRA Board attorney Steve Hart was correct in his speculation that Brewer could be a “Manchurian candidate”.
Larry Nelson's speech would strike a chord with the police I know around here:
"Columbus Police Officer Larry Nelson spoke slowly, pausing to make eye contact with those sitting in front of him and punching the air with a finger on every few words to make it perfectly clear that everyone should pay attention.
"The average law enforcement response time to an active shooting event is three minutes," he said. "For three minutes, you are your own first responders. Nobody's coming to save you in those three minutes so you better have a plan to keep yourself alive. Whatever you do, do something. Doing nothing is no longer an option. Ask yourself right now, not then, 'What will I do when confronted?'"
This appears to be a handmade prototype form one P. (or J. P.) Percy of Albany, NY, although I don’t have any information about who he was or when he built this. The gun itself is a .44/.45 caliber rimfire rifle, with three triggers. The first is actually a latch to release the tip-up barrel, and the other two and a sort of set trigger system. Inside, the whole trigger assembly is built as a removable unit, which is pretty interesting to see.
Simo Häyhä, the sniper from Finland, nicknamed “White Death” by the Russians during 1939–40 Winter War is the subject in this Photo Of The Day. According to Wikipedia, he is believed to have killed over 500 enemy soldiers during the 1939–40 Winter War. This is the highest number of sniper kills in any major war. Some […]
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Good afternoon everyone and thanks for joining us once again for TFB’s Silencer Saturday. I’m Pistol Pete and I’ll be your host for today’s show, which ironically will focus on the line of YHM Sidewinder pistol suppressors. About nine months ago I conceived a Silencer Saturday post asking “Are pistol cans worth it?”. Of course […]
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In this episode of TFBTV mailroom, James Reeves opens and reads your shitty email and packages before he flies to certain death in Medellin, Colombia. In this episode, we received items from: Bashtiya.eu – Awesome patches and shirts from Europe. H3dsolutions.com – 3D printed Glock nunchucks and other 3D printed items. Want to send something […]
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I debated whether or not to film this rifle, because I can’t say with 100% confidence that it is genuine. It really seems genuine to me though, and so I decided to use it as an example of the sort of conundrum that comes up in gun collecting. Here I will present the evidence that suggests that it is a rare hybrid training rifle circa 1910-1914, and also the evidence suggesting that it is a fantasy rifle – a “platypus”, as the British rifle collecting community calls it. Take a look, and let me know what you think!
If you believe the mainstream media, the current state of affairs in America has labeled firearms as public enemy number one. The result is that gun owners are left with one of two choices: either be labeled as one of those people or hide in the shadows as John or Jane “Clandestine” Doe. Where the […]
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World news outlets are reporting that GLOCK has won a Brazilian contract to supply the São Paulo Military Police (SP MP) with thousands of new pistols. The article below mentions 40,000 guns, but there is conflicting information between various news sources making the actual number unclear. The contract is reportedly worth R $53M or nearly […]
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This week we will take a look at an interesting thermal scope. When you think of thermal weapon sights they have a stereotypical look. The ATN Thor4 has a distinct thermal device look to it even though they tried to make parts of it compatible with traditional scope rings. It still screams thermal device. My […]
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So what does reloaded brass look like once it’s been fired six times over and over? In this Picture Of The Day, we give you the answer. This brass is from a .338 Lapua Magnum which has been fired six times and as you can see the walls are still even and good looking. Considering […]
FAB Defense have introduced their new handguard for AKs, the AK Vanguard. The new M-LOK compatible Vanguard has an integrated heat shield and comes with Picatinny rail sections which can be attached. Here’s what FAB Defense have to say about the Vanguard: FAB Defense is always pushing the limits of possibility with exceptional firearm accessories. The AK […]
Andrew Pollack, the outspoken father of one of the students killed during the Parkland, Florida, mass shooting, said Wednesday that he was never a big gun-rights supporter until he realized how defenseless his daughter was when she was gunned down at school last year.
Story here. Defendant drew but did not fire a gun in response to a threat to attack with ordinary force. The trial court instructed the jury that the defendant had used deadly force, which could only be justified by imminent danger from deadly force.
The court of appeals said, no, drawing a gun without shooting isn't "use" of deadly force, and thus can be justified by a threatened attack using ordinary force; drawing a gun to ward off non-deadly physical attack can be justified.
Here in AZ we have a statute to the effect.
Georgia-based DRD Tactical have announced a procurement contract with an unnamed US ally in Asia to provide an unspecified number of their APTUS(AMG) Rifles. The APTUS uses a patented internal recoil system that allows the rifle to have a folding stock and a quick change barrel. DRD Tactical will be shipping 5.56x45mm and .300BLK barrels along […]
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Ready for some history? In 1943, during the World War II, near the shores of Kildin Island (a small Russian island in the Barents Sea), the USS Ballot carried this American M3 Lee tank. Unfortunately USS Ballot sunk. Some say she was hit by a torpedo, some say she ran aground and was wrecked. According to Wikipedia, […]
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In the midst of an anti-gun media frenzy here in the USA — one of which we the people are as a rule not in favor — Trump has reportedly repeated that he has “an appetite for background checks” after talking with the NRA’s Wayne LaPierre.
I have an appetite for background checks. We’re going to be doing background checks. We’re working with Democrats. We’re working with Republicans. And we already have very strong background checks, but we’re going to be filling in some of the loopholes. So what happens is, with background checks, we’re dealing with Democrats, we’re dealing with Republicans, we’re dealing with the NRA, we’re dealing with gun owners, we’re dealing with everybody. And I think we’ll have something hopefully that’s meaningful.
About background checks and his talk with LaPierre:
I didn’t say anything about that. We had a great talk with Wayne yesterday. Didn’t say anything about that. We just talked about concepts. Wayne agrees things have to be done also. And we have areas where we can close and, for instance, we did “fix NICS” last time. We have a lot of background checks right now. Gun owners can tell you that. Others can tell you that. But there are certain weaknesses; we want to fix the weaknesses and I think that will happen. let’s see what happens.
Read this part again:
Wayne [LaPierre] agrees things have to be done also.
Trump said he was concerned Democrats would clamor for more gun control than what he and Republicans are currently willing to thrust upon us, but added:
Assuming that that’s not gonna take place, assuming they really wanna get this done, we can get it done.
He’s ready and willing to get more gun control done.
Trusting Trump, the GOP, and/or the NRA to defend your rights is a big mistake… and that’s becoming clearer with every passing day.
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I recently ran across a Facebook page for a gal named Lauren Hull who has a skull-cleaning business — named, naturally, Hull’s Skulls. And she has created something that’s pretty dang cool.
First, a little about skull cleaning. It’s a great way to preserve part of any animal after it’s dead. In fact, if you do a “European” deer mount, you are actually using a lot more of the deer skull than you would through traditional taxidermy. Cleaning skulls can be a hassle, which is why some enterprising folks — such as Lauren — do it for money.
She recently created a skull chandelier that’s truly breathtaking — composed of roughly 300 coyote skulls!
A couple months ago, she teased her Facebook fans with a short video, saying “Here’s a sneak peek of a project Christina and I are working on!”
Lauren said last week that there will be a video of them putting this beauty together; that should be cool. Stay tuned!
Century Arms has posted this photo on their social media pages accompanied with a caption that reads: “Long time no see!“. For most of the folks in the US AK community, this was a clear hint that they are going to resume the importation of Romanian WASR rifles chambered in 5.56x45mm NATO / .223 Remington. Many […]
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Earlier this year, I told you about the “Night Manager” from Choate Machine & Tool. It’s a handy-dandy add-on for tube-fed shotguns, and it extends magazine capacity while adding a sling mount and removable picatinny rail. Some readers lamented that it’s not available for the ever-popular Mossberg 500. Well, lament no more!
Back when I originally published the story, Fred Choate commented on the post to say they were already working on one for the 500. The problem with the 500, you see, is that the under-barrel lug used to attach the barrel to the mag tube only has a small hole in it, so the M500 Night Manager can’t extend the magazine capacity of the 500 — but it can provide a sling mount and indexable picatinny rail mount. They’ve now finalized the design and are shipping the M500 Night Manager.
Here’s some info from their press release:
The Night Manager Accessory Mount for the Mossberg 500 consists of a machined steel barrel nut/threaded adapter and an aluminum shroud. The aluminum shroud attaches to the adapter and is drilled and tapped along the bottom and sides for mounting Picatinny rail sections. Its unique design allows the shroud to rotate to orient the attached Picatinny rails where needed and then uses an AR-15 castle nut to lock it down in the desired location.
By mounting accessories on a tube extension, it allows use of the full length of the shotgun’s forend, which often can be short on law enforcement models. It also prevents accidentally turning lights and lasers on or off while firing the shotgun due to recoil. The Night Manager also includes a sling mounting plate that can be installed to attach the sling on the right, left or bottom of the shotgun.
The Night Manager Accessory Mount for Mossberg shotguns is available for the model 500 and Maverick model 88. Two models are available, one for standard mag tube length guns that use 18.5” barrels, and a longer version for Mossberg 500s with standard magazine tubes and 20” or greater length barrels.
The Night Manager Accessory Mount replaces the barrel retaining nut.*** Simply remove that barrel nut and replace with the Night Manager barrel nut, then install the aluminum shroud and lock down the desired accessory orientation with the AR style castle nut.
*** (I believe this should read “retaining bolt” rather than “nut,” because Mossberg 500s use a bolt for that function.)
This is a cool accessory and can allow you to easily add lights and other accessories to your scattergun without worrying about them interfering with the gun’s operation.
The MSRP for the M500 Night Manager is $97.77 and it “comes complete with everything needed to mount the extension and includes a 3-slot section of compatible Picatinny rail and fasteners.” I was unable to find this item listed for sale on their website, though.
Choate Machine and Tool products have a life time guarantee. Most orders will ship the day of the order or the next depending on when the order is placed. Full time gunsmiths are on staff to answer product questions. All Choate Machine and Tool parts are Made in the U.S.A.
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For the long range precision rifle shooter there seems to be two main ways of building the perfect rifle. Either make your rifle as light as possible, ultra-lightweight, or (within limits) as heavy as possible. I recently helped a friend carry his ultra-light competition AR15, and I have to say I like the idea but […]
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Sam Colt’s first foray into firearms manufacturing did not end well – after 6 years, he went broke and shut down production of Paterson revolvers and revolving long guns. His guns were too expensive, too fragile, and too underpowered to become a commercial success. They did make an impression on some people, however, and a few years later Colt would work with Captain Samuel Walker of the Texas Rangers to develop a much larger and more robust revolver. The US military purchased 1,000 of these Model 1847 “Walker” revolvers, and this set Colt back on the path to financial success.
Colt contracted with the Whitneyville Armory to produce his Walkers, and part of the contract was that Colt would own any tooling developed for the manufacturing process. The Walker was successful enough that it spurred a second 1,000-pistol order form the government, and Colt used the Walker tooling along with his newfound capital to set up shop in Hartford CT producing guns himself. He immediately made a number of changes to the Walker pattern, primarily making is a bit shorter and lighter (4lb 2oz, with a 7.5 inch barrel), reducing the powered charge to 50 grains (the Walker had used 60 grains), and improving the loading lever retention latch. This would become known as the Model 1848 Dragoon revolver.
Between 1848 and 1860, a total of 20,700 Dragoons were made, 8,390 of them for the US military. There would be three main variations, called the first, second and third types today. In today’s video, I will show you all three and explain how they differed from each other – and we will also take a look at a rare long-barreled version as well as one with an original shoulder stock.
Seekins Precision has introduced the second generation of the hunting version of their HAVAK bolt action rifles – the Professional Hunter 2 (PH2). These rifles are now equipped with carbon composite stocks with the company’s HAVAK action hand bedded into it. Although the PH2 rifle may look almost identical to its predecessor, the Pro Hunter […]
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The ascendancy of William Brewer and his law firm at the NRA is almost complete. Danny Hakim of the New York Times reported that Charles Cooper of Cooper and Kirk had been dismissed as an outside counsel to the NRA. Cooper and his firm had handled much of the NRA’s lawsuits in the past number of years.
Now Mr. LaPierre is continuing to purge opponents. On Thursday, the N.R.A. dismissed its longtime outside counsel, Charles J. Cooper, the chairman of the Washington law firm Cooper & Kirk, people with knowledge of the decision said. A second outside counsel and a top in-house counsel resigned. The departures come after an internal inquiry showed that the lawyers were involved in an effort to undermine Mr. LaPierre.
From what I have gathered from multiple sources, the “internal inquiry” consists of Josh Powell and William Brewer dragging people into a room and interrogating them for hours on end. If your inquiry team consists of a business failure and an attorney under an ethical cloud the results will be whatever is most likely to feed Wayne LaPierre’s paranoid fantasy of the day.
But as the informercial says, wait! It gets better.
The N.R.A. is also considering halting payments to its former second in command, Christopher Cox, who left in June but is still on the payroll, said the people, who insisted on anonymity to discuss internal matters.
The article continues with the assertion that Cooper, Cox, and others were secretly working with AckMac as part of the supposed coup to depose Wayne. Hakim in his story says he is working with documents that have come to light as a result of the NRA’s lawsuit against Oliver North. If I had to hazzard a guess, I’d say the documents came from Brewer and his firm as they seem to have Hakim on speed dial.
Hakim concludes his story by writing (and including a link to my blog’s namesake):
The unraveling of lawyers, guns and money coincides with the departures of half a dozen board members in recent weeks. But Mr. LaPierre remains center stage, as polarizing as ever.
“Donald Trump and Wayne LaPierre are made for each other,” said Peter Ambler, executive director of Giffords, the gun control group started by former Representative Gabrielle Giffords. He called them “mirror images” engulfed in “allegations of corruption and mismanagement.”
But Todd Rathner, a member of the N.R.A.’s board, said, “Wayne is leading and proving that he has the political juice to get the job done.”
Given the White House’s backtracking from what Wayne reported of his conversation with President Trump, I’d question Rathner’s last statement. He might have the juice to purge his supposed enemies within the NRA but I sincerely doubt his political effectiveness on the national scene anymore.
The ascendancy of William Brewer and his law firm at the NRA is almost complete. Danny Hakim of the New York Times reported that Charles Cooper of Cooper and Kirk had been dismissed as an outside counsel to the NRA. Cooper and his firm had handled much of the NRA's lawsuits in the past number of years.
Now Mr. LaPierre is continuing to purge opponents. On Thursday, the N.R.A. dismissed its longtime outside counsel, Charles J. Cooper, the chairman of the Washington law firm Cooper & Kirk, people with knowledge of the decision said. A second outside counsel and a top in-house counsel resigned. The departures come after an internal inquiry showed that the lawyers were involved in an effort to undermine Mr. LaPierre.From what I have gathered from multiple sources, the "internal inquiry" consists of Josh Powell and William Brewer dragging people into a room and interrogating them for hours on end. If your inquiry team consists of a business failure and an attorney under an ethical cloud the results will be whatever is most likely to feed Wayne LaPierre's paranoid fantasy of the day.
The N.R.A. is also considering halting payments to its former second in command, Christopher Cox, who left in June but is still on the payroll, said the people, who insisted on anonymity to discuss internal matters.The article continues with the assertion that Cooper, Cox, and others were secretly working with AckMac as part of the supposed coup to depose Wayne. Hakim in his story says he is working with documents that have come to light as a result of the NRA's lawsuit against Oliver North. If I had to hazzard a guess, I'd say the documents came from Brewer and his firm as they seem to have Hakim on speed dial.
The unraveling of lawyers, guns and money coincides with the departures of half a dozen board members in recent weeks. But Mr. LaPierre remains center stage, as polarizing as ever.Given the White House's backtracking from what Wayne reported of his conversation with President Trump, I'd question Rathner's last statement. He might have the juice to purge his supposed enemies within the NRA but I sincerely doubt his political effectiveness on the national scene anymore.
“Donald Trump and Wayne LaPierre are made for each other,” said Peter Ambler, executive director of Giffords, the gun control group started by former Representative Gabrielle Giffords. He called them “mirror images” engulfed in “allegations of corruption and mismanagement.”
But Todd Rathner, a member of the N.R.A.’s board, said, “Wayne is leading and proving that he has the political juice to get the job done.”
Sam Liccardo is the mayor of San Jose, California. He proposed that gun owners living in the city must buy gun liability insurance or pay a fee “to cover the emergency response and medical care for victims of ‘gun violence’ (sic).” San Jose would be the first city in the United States to require such insurance for the exercise of an enumerated civil right.
As reported by Insurance Business Magazine:
He likened his proposed mandatory gun liability insurance to state-enforced auto insurance requirements, stating: “We see in the context, for example, of auto insurance, how insurance can provide a motivator for safe conduct […] Similarly, we could do the same with gun ownership — how you might reduce your premium, for example, by taking a gun safety course or by having a gun safe or by ensuring that you only have guns with child-safe locks.” …
In the interview with FOX Business, Liccardo said the insurance is not intended to “seek [out and] identify all the gun owners” in the city. Rather, he hopes it will address the significant cost of gun violence to California taxpayers.
He said: “All public costs for everything from emergency response to emergency room treatment — all the costs that result from the human harm of gun violence. It seems to me that those costs should be properly allocated and distributed. Insurance is one way of doing that.”
In essence, what Mayor Liccardo is seeking to do is impose a tax on the right of self-defense paid for by the law-abiding. This becomes much clearer when you read the actual key elements of his plan from the city’s website.
For perspective on this from the insurance industry I went to the Insurance Information Institute to see what they had to say about “gun liability insurance”. They note first that insurers rarely offer separate “gun liability insurance”. A person would have some coverage for non-intentional acts from their homeowner’s insurance as well as from any supplemental or umbrella liability policies. This would cover negligence but might not cover acts of self-defense. Coverage for Mayor Liccardo’s “intentional acts of third parties” would most certainly not be covered.
Coverage for firearms is usually mentioned only in the property section of a homeowner’s policy. Since firearms are not mentioned in the liability section, it is implied that since it is not excluded that it would be covered.
There are exclusions:
Not all accidents are covered, per the terms of the policy. For example, if a relative living at the same home were accidentally shot, the accident would not appear to be covered.
The policy explicitly says it will not cover “expected or intended injury.” The policy is designed to cover accidents, not intentional, criminal actions, such as a homicide or an attempted homicide. A mass shooting would not appear to be covered. A critical point is that covering an intentional, illegal act like armed assault would violate standard underwriting principles.
Although acts that are intended or expected to cause harm are generally excluded, some policies restore coverage in cases where bodily injury or property damage results from the use of “reasonable force” by an insured to protect persons or property.
The Insurance Information Institute goes on to say you might get coverage through a group personal coverage policy with someone like, you know, the National Rifle Association. The unintended consequence of Mayor Liccardo’s attempt to kill gun ownership and, by extension, the gun culture could be an exponential growth in the number of NRA members in his community. I’ll bet you he didn’t consider that when he made this proposal!
Concealed carrying a handgun while hunting is viewed differently around the country depending on what part of the country you’re in. Carrying a handgun out west is pretty common due to the various wildlife but in the midwest, it is less common. I’ve been asked several times on social media about carrying a handgun while […]
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In this Photo Of The Day, you can see Sgt. Charles Schilling, from Port Angeles, Washington, assigned to the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) Battalion Landing Team 2nd Battalion, 1st Marines, as he provides security on the bridge wing of the amphibious transport dock ship USS Green Bay (LPD 20) during a visit, board, search […]
Not JUST a Mount Company American Defense Manufacturing (ADM) makes multiple lines of AR-15s and AR-10s. They recently sent me a Universal Improved Carbine (UIC) ADM4 Mod 2 to review. I did not get 5-10k rounds through it, but I did get approximately 750 rounds to get a good feel for the rifle. This testing […]
This week I was hanging out in Detroit which I try not to do very often, but when I’m there I always go into local gun shops. On his particular day, it was a rundown shop that would probably look more at home in a third world country than an inner-city area. The attendants buzzed […]
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After the devastating shooting that took place in an El Paso, Texas, Walmart that left 22 people dead and 24 injured, the left began to do its usual pattern of never letting a crisis go to waste. Instead of taking a moment to mourn the fallen, they immediately launched into the process of making it an agenda item.
Last year, I had an opportunity to work with Larry Vickers during his visit to Russia, when he and his co-author James Rupley were working on the “Vickers Guide: Kalashnikov” series of books. One day we were at a so-called “dungeon” – the basement of Central Armed Forces Museum, one of the largest military museums in […]
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In early November of 2018, I planted four small Dunstan chestnut trees near a permanent deer hunting stand in middle Georgia. Once mature, they should produce nuts that deer prefer much moreso than acorns.
After surviving the winter, the little trees looked pretty good when I checked on them in late April of this year. When I last saw them, however, they weren’t doing so well. After being absent for several months, I made it to the property in early August 2019. The summer had been pretty dry, and unfortunately it showed.
Tree 1 is dead, having never grown any larger than it was when I saw it last, almost 4 months earlier.
Tree 2 actually looked pretty great, having grown up to fill the protective grow tube. The bits of leaf that poked out the top had been eaten off by some sort of critter. It might be time for me to put a wire cage around it if animals are going to eat every bit of new growth that emerges.
As I approached tree 3, I was shocked to see the grow tube lying on the ground, and the tree mostly devastated. Only two leaves remained on the spindly twiglike trunks, and those leaves were perforated.
Who or what removed the grow tube? And why?
I replaced the grow tube in hopes this little guy will make it through and be even stronger next year.
Back in April, tree 4 was the tallest one… but alas, it is now dead.
My dreams of attracting deer in droves are somewhat dashed, and I might need to build some wire cages around the survivors next spring, to help get them through next summer. And I might need to visit Chestnut Hill Outdoors again, to replace the poor little soldiers who didn’t make it through the long hot summer of 2019.
I watered the two remaining trees on each of the three days I was on the property.
I’ll continue to post updates to my “food plot tree” experiment. Here’s hoping I’ll have better news next time. Thanks for reading.
With Australian gun laws, for the most part, banning self-loading rifles, options for those wanting something ‘close to an AR’ are very limited. Sure, you can spice up a Remington 7615 Pump Action, or drop a bolt gun in a chassis but it still felt a little lacking. Enter Warwick Firearms Australia. Warwick Firearms Australia, a […]
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Once upon a time, there was this Vertical Foregrip for the Heckler & Koch MP5K. If you are into the history of the Heckler & Koch MP5 I am sure you have seen it in pictures before. Now Custom Smith Manufacturing, Phoenix, AZ, has made the H&K Prototype VFG (Vertical Fore Grip) for the HK […]
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The US Navy held a trial in 1894 to adopt a new rifle, one to finally replace the .45-70 black powder Trapdoor Springfield. The rifle was to be chambered for the .236 Navy cartridge, a radically modern small bore round firing a 135 grain bullet at a remarkably fast 2500 fps. This was a lightweight cartridge which allowed sailors and Marines to carry more ammunition (standard load out was 180 rounds per man), and its high velocity provided a very flat trajectory and very good penetration.
For this round, James Paris Lee developed and patented an unusual straight-pull action. It was a tilting bolt type of system, with a bolt handle that calmed the bolt upward to unlock it (instead of the rotating bolt heads usually found on straight-pull rifles). He also developed an en bloc clip for loading in which the clip allowed 5 rounds to be loaded at once, but was not essential to the cycling of the action. Lee’s clip fell out as soon as the first round was chambered, and the rifle could be loaded with loose rounds, unlike Mannlicher’s clip system.
The Lee rifle ultimately won the trials, and a total of 15,000 were ordered in two batches by the US Navy (plus a few more supplied to replace guns destroyed in a New York dock fire). The rifle would only serve as standard for about 6 years, being replaced by the 1903 Springfield in order to unify Army and Navy ammunition logistics. During that time, however, it saw use in the Spanish-American War, in the Philippines, and in the international expedition to China. It was successful and well liked by the sailors and Marines who used it, despite a few design problems (like the extractor being easily lost when the bolt is removed). The gun was a commercial failure for Winchester, with a few thousand sales until 1902, when a large supply of cheap surplus captured Spanish Mausers dropped the bottom out of the modern small-bore rifle market in the United States. The last commercial sale was recorded in 1916.
In this episode of TFBTV, James Reeves reviews the Hush Puppy Project S&W M&P 2.0. What is the Hush Puppy Project? From their website: “The Hush Puppy Project® provides innovative solutions to reduce or remove noise signatures from gunshots. Guns produce three distinct sounds: the cartridge’s firing, the bullet’s sonic crack and the gun’s operational […]
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Just earlier this week Kalashnikov announced its own line of rifle cartridges. Well, actually the Tula factory will be packaging their ammunition into boxes with the Kalashnikov logo. It’s a marketing trick used by many other ammunition manufacturers as well, to develop a new market and offer types of ammunition they cannot make themselves. As […]
Back in June Enoch Industries announced their 10/22 Odin Chassis. I was excited and a little annoyed at the same time because I had just bought a PMACA chassis for my Ruger Charger. Well, an opportunity arrived and we got the Odin Chassis in for a review. Chassis All The Things I bought a Ruger […]
When the stuff really does hit the fan, you had better be ready. That means a lot of things to a lot of people including preppers and survivalists. The truth is, this is a bad world and it is getting worse all the time. In the final analysis you have to be responsible for yourself and your family’s welfare, economically and for self-preservation.
Among all the planning and execution tasks to fulfill the role as a prepper, one of the first tasks most undertake is building a classic SHTF survival bugout bag. The “BOB” is an essential first step. That kit contains all the most critical supplies to outlast the first 72 hours of a disaster or SHTF event.
Beyond the water, food, meds, first aid, communications, hygiene, and short term survival comes security. And that should not be very far behind the BOB.
Right after you build a BOB, next build a hurt locker. What is a hurt locker? Basically it is a bugout (or “bug in”) secure box, locker, packing case, or storage box stocked with everything needed for personal security, personal defense, property protection, and offensive action as needed or required.
Hurt lockers should be individualized to you, your family, and your situation. A well-stocked hurt locker can vary widely based on the needs of one person to the next. But it must be comprehensive enough to handle a wide variety of SHTF situations.
What are we talking about? A hurt locker is stocked with guns, ammo, multiple magazines, carry gear such as holsters, a cleaning kit, tool kit, spare parts as needed, optics, and other electronics. Add what you wish like a rangefinder, spotting scope, binoculars, holsters, bipods, collapsible shooting sticks, or whatever. How much to pack of any particular item will be determined by how many operators are in your group or family. Standardizing on weapons, calibers, magazines, and ammo is a smart bet.
A hurt locker can be one box or more, but two is probably sufficient. Don’t make them too heavy. They should be easy to grab along with your BOB. In one, place loaded handguns, loaded magazines, some carry gear and ammo. If the box is big enough for a collapsed AR and a Tac-14 shotgun, pack those too.
In box two, add additional ammo for everything and/or extra magazines. Load the other support security items in this box. Practice a few bugout trials to see how everything in your hurt locker works, then adjust.
Hurt lockers should do exactly what it sounds like. Security and protection will allow you to use everything else in your BOB bag inside the house or out.
For some semi-auto pistol shooters, the toughest part of shooting is just getting the slide cranked back to load a round off a magazine. Pistol slide springs on some gun models can be awfully tough to manipulate. This is especially true for older shooters, people with small or weak hands, or those with afflictions like arthritis.
But it is not limited to those select people. Many shooters of auto pistols struggle with finding a good grip on a slide surface to pull the slide back to load, clear, or eject a round from the chamber. Thankfully, there are some ways to help facilitate this very critical aspect of getting your semi-auto to function and into “Ready One” condition.
Most, if not all, pistol manufacturers today have machined various types of gripping surfaces into the flat sides of their pistol slides. These come in many different forms and fashions and are most often located at the rear of the slide just ahead of the hammer and/or on the front of the slide on either side of the front sight.
Sometimes they’re just for cosmetic appearance and offer little in the way of a true grip grab to pull the slide back. Others can be deep cut for the shooter to really get a firm grip to pull the slide to the rear.
Some gunmakers are starting to add slide grip enhancements that are very pronounced in an attempt to assist the shooter in hand cycling the pistol’s slide. Kimber for example has several models of their 1911 pistols and other models with “S” shaped millings in the side of the slide surface for an easier and more firm grab. Again, some models offer them rear only, or front and rear. Rarely do you see slide grip enhancements on just the front of the slide.
An easier slide pull? A couple tips include first cocking the hammer instead of using the slide pull to do this. Keep your finger out of the trigger guard, of course.
Another technique used by some is while pulling back on the slide with the offhand, use the pistol grip hand to push the pistol forward or away at the same time. This increases the force used to cycle the slide. It takes practice. Look for pistols with good slide gripping surfaces.
In today’s Photo Of The Day, we look (above) for a U.S. Special Forces soldier as he fires the Senegalese special forces’ Galil sniper rifle. This was as a part of an interoperability training during Exercise Flintlock 2019, near Po, Burkina Faso, in February 2019. Note Mk 17 behind the Galil. Yes, I had to […]
Welcome everyone to the 22nd 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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The idea that Americans have a constitutional right to own and possess firearms appalls today’s progressives. They believe that if they could just rid the nation of guns, then armed robberies, gang violence, mass shootings, rape, violent crime and maybe even suicide would vanish and we could all live peacefully ever after.
Gun control is not the answer; universal background checks will do nothing to stop these mass shootings. Joe Biden, when Vice-President admitted this and said so. In all the recent mass shootings, the killer purchased the weapon(s) legally with a background check. Likewise, so-called red flag laws would not have stopped these as well.
If you’re an American, how you think about guns is usually related to three factors: What part of our country you grew up in; what you learned from your parents, relatives and friends; and whether you served in the military. Whether you or your family may have also been a victim of violence can have “pro” or “con” effect on your view on guns, and it’s easy to understand either reaction.
Colt is expanding the revived snake family of revolvers with a new version of the recently released King Cobra. The .38 Cobra and its .357 sibling both appeared mostly targeted to users looking for revolvers for concealed carry, due to the relatively short barrels. The re-release of the Colt King Cobra will catch the eye […]
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Over a period of time, we’ll be sharing pictures, results and stories from Rifle World Shoot 2019. All the pictures are courtesy of Chris Jonkers of Studio BOJO. Above you can see Jojo Vidanes from USA’s Semi-Auto Open Senior Team, as he’s doing his best to run away from the Range Officer in one of […]
The good news: A gun shop in Katy, Texas held a “back to school” sale for guns, with “up to 50% off!”
The bad news? We missed it.
It was reported by ABC13 that Boyert Shooting Center faced “backlash” after they posted the sign advertising back-to-school specials on guns.
One woman quoted in the article said the sign was “jarring,” and her husband is a teacher who “feels for” his students “when his school district makes him teach his students about active shooter safety.”
The gun shop has a great reason for running the sale, though. They offer discounted training and merchandise during the summer months when educators have more time to exercise their rights. Here’s a statement from them:
We have friends and family who are teachers and our way of reaching out and saying thank you is by offering a summer long promotion of discounted training courses, firearms and accessories. A lot of Texans are not aware, but it is now legal to conceal carry in some colleges, and for teachers in certain school districts to conceal carry as well. We are wrapping up the program that we have been running since the beginning of June, with a huge sale to benefit everyone.
My only regret is that I missed the sale…
Sadly, most of us saw this coming: Buy “legal” marijuana and find yourself denied the right to purchase a firearm. Which is where retired Air Force veteran Kim Petters reportedly finds herself now.
Kim Petters served in the Air Force for ten years and deployed overseas, now retired in Delaware, she legally uses medical marijuana to help with PTSD.
Petters also wants to buy a gun. But that’s something she can’t do.
‘I follow doctors orders and state laws,’ Kim Petters said.
‘Cannabis is the only medication in the entire U.S. that makes you choose between medicine or second amendment rights, and that’s just not fair,’ Petters said.
Federal law still considers marijuana—even legalized by a state—a controlled substance and anybody applying to buy a gun have to say if they’re a user on the ATF’s background check form.
‘So if I lie on that form, and say no, I’ve created an entirely different felony, which could land me five years in jail. But if I say yes, I’m denied purchase,’ Petters said.
This is just one of the problems with a powerful centralized government — something our Founders understood all too well. It also illustrates the trouble with allowing government to regulate pretty much everything, rather than allowing citizens to live freely and make their own choices.
The heritage foundation’s Amy Swearer, a second amendment attorney, says lawsuits over this have never made it past lower-level courts because federal law supersedes state law.
‘I think ultimately it’s going to come down to a change in federal policy,’ Swearer said.
So far, Petters says she’s chosen the cannabis over a gun but hopes someday, she and so many other Americans won’t have to make that choice.
‘I want the right to feel safe, I want the right to defend myself, I want my second amendment rights that I fought for,’ Petters said.
Yeah, so do we. Don’t feel lonesome though; they’ll soon ban all our guns anyhow.
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Earlier this year at Triggercon 2019, TFB was able to get a close look at the new ZEV Technologies O.Z-9 modular pistols. The new pistols offer a singular steel receiver as their core, allowing for a vast array of modifications direct from Zev Technologies. Naturally, Galco has followed closely and released its latest line of […]
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One of the great things about the gun community is the variety of experiences you can have over time. Whether it’s sporting clays or tactical carbine classes there are always new techniques and skills to learn. Shooting drills and doing transitions while using night vision was one of the best experiences I’ve had in a […]
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Patented by Kiel V. Barnekov of New York in 1870, this is a toggle-locked, single shot, open bolt rifle. It was entered into the US 1872 rifle trials which would ultimately select the Allin “Trapdoor” conversion of the Springfield as the next US serve rifle.
Barnekov’s design was intended to be simple and foolproof, although it had real problems in terms of safely carrying and accurately shooting. One would cock the action open and manually insert a cartridge into the chamber. When the trigger was pulled, the action would slam shut, two extractors would ship over the cartridge rim, and it would fire. When the action was then manually re-cocked, the extractors would pull out the empty case and drop it through the open bottom of the receiver, and the gun would be ready to have another round loaded and fired.
Trial records show that the Barnekov rifle was withdrawn from the 1872 testing, and it never appeared elsewhere afterwards. This carbine appears to be a prototype of the system in .45 caliber – perhaps a pistol cartridge. In the formal trials, a full length rifle in .50-70 caliber was submitted.
Lage Manufacturing has been developing the MAX-11/15 upper receiver for several years. Earlier we talked about the progress of this project. Recently, they announced that this 5.56/223 upper receiver designed for M-11/9 submachine guns lower receivers is now available for purchase. M-11/9 and other SMGs of this family are some of the most affordable and […]
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NASCAR legend and NRA Board member Richard Childress has resigned from the NRA Board of Directors effective yesterday. He served as First VP until late April of this year. He along with Oliver North were asking the difficult questions about finance and the Brewer law firm. His resignation is the sixth this year if you count Pete Brownell.
His letter below says he needs to fully focus on his businesses which include his race team and a winery in North Carolina. His business acumen and his fund raising abilities will be missed by the NRA. It is my understanding that he is the reason Bass Pro Shops and their Cabelas subsidiary are such large sponsors especially at the Annual Meetings.
If what has been reported by CNN is correct, country music star Craig Morgan becomes the seventh NRA Director to resign since the 2018 NRA Annual Meeting in Dallas and the
sixth seventh this year . In addition, David Lehman, Deputy Executive Director and General Counsel of the NRA-ILA, is reported to have left.
Country music singer and NRA board member Craig Morgan has resigned, sources with knowledge of the matter tell CNN, and NASCAR team owner Richard Childress stepped down on Monday. David Lehman, the deputy executive director and general counsel at the NRA's Institute for Legislative Action, also is leaving the organization, the sources tell CNN.I predicted a while ago that I would not be surprised to see more of the celebrities resigning from the NRA Board of Directors. Craig Morgan fits this category if the report by CNN is accurate.
Stephen Gutowski of the Free Beacon alerted readers to this on Twitter. Shannon Watts, the head Demanding Mommie, intentionally misquoted Marion Hammer who was testifying on the proposed constitutional amendment in Florida that would effectively ban all semiautomatic firearms.
At a Tallahassee hearing on prohibiting assault weapons, @NRA lobbyist Marion Hammer said: “How do you tell a 10-year-old girl that the rifle she got for Christmas is an assault weapon and she has to give it up or risk arrest on felony charges?” #flapol https://t.co/aPVGTNYbx1— Shannon Watts (@shannonrwatts) August 16, 2019
Marion Hammer is not my favorite person as anyone who has read this blog knows. However, I happen to believe that you really should quote what the person says accurately regardless of whether you agree with her or not.
In this case, what Marion really said is much more innocuous. Indeed, I think only the true believer gun prohibitionists would object to it.
“How do you tell a 10-year-old little girl who got a Ruger 10/22 with a pink stock for her birthday that her rifle is an assault weapon and she has to turn it over to government or be arrested for felony possession?”
Shannon Watts knows how to play to an audience. If she has to lie as she plays the audience, so be it. Case in point -she was in Charlotte this past week for an event at Johnson C. Smith University billed as a “community conversation” on “gun violence” (sic). My friend Josette from Grass Roots North Carolina was in the audience and heard Watts say, ” there is NO background check to purchase an AR.” I’m sure some in the audience might believe that but it is an out and out lie. If called out on it by you or me, we’d be accused of bullying the “stay-at-home mom of five” which, by the way, is another of her inaccuracies.
Kriss USA is well known for their Kriss Vector. A few years ago they started another sister company called Defiance. This company designs and develops accessories for their Vectors as well as starting a line of .22lr rimfire rifles called the DMK22. We got a chance to review their DMK22 LVOA as well as their […]
The Slovenian Police Snipers wish to remain out of the picture and anonymous in Today’s Photo Of The Day. But they have recently officially adopted the SAKO TRG M10 in caliber .308 Win, and are proud of the fact. They are also using the brand new TRG 22A1. The scope is a Schmidt & Bender […]
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This is TFB – The Firearm Blog. We talk plenty about guns and gear that can be used to keep us alive in a defensive situation. But we should also have a discussion about the use of force and some equipment you may choose to defend against threats that don’t require a firearm. We’ve discussed […]
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NASCAR legend and NRA Board member Richard Childress has resigned from the NRA Board of Directors effective yesterday. He served as First VP until late April of this year. He along with Oliver North were asking the difficult questions about finance and the Brewer law firm. His resignation is the fifth this year and the sixth since the 2018 NRA Annual Meeting if you count Pete Brownell.
His letter below says he needs to fully focus on his businesses which include his race team and a winery in North Carolina. His business acumen and his fund raising abilities will be missed by the NRA. It is my understanding that he is the reason Bass Pro Shops and their Cabelas subsidiary are such large sponsors especially at the Annual Meetings.
Here’s a Paul Harrell video that goes back a few years… as will be obvious once you start watching. The video quality is rough, but the content is worth it. Paul talks about using side-by-side (SXS) double-barrel shotguns for home defense.
Reasons you might choose a double-barrel for home defense:
Can a double-barrel scattergun be effective? He answers that by savagely assaulting a couple of bottles of soda.
Comparing rapidity of firing six rounds as quickly as possible, we see him first use a pump gun followed by a side-by. This is where automatic ejectors would be nice, but they’re not truly necessary in order to rapidly reload the SXS. Heck, just look at the old video game DOOM if you want to see a fast reload on a side by side…
Then he examines the tendency of a double gun to shoot slugs in two different places relative to the bead, and kinda takes a side road by showing viewers a little something about “cut shells.”
What can you use that would hit like a slug, be a single projectile like a slug, and not overpenetrate so much? Lemme show ya something.
Using cut shells is no doubt considered questionable by many folks, but if you like them you’re better off using them in a break-action shotgun rather than a magazine-fed repeater.
His results in an accuracy test of cut shells? “Frankly, not worth a damn.”
And to sum it up:
Bottom line to the whole thing is, if your situation is dictated that a double-barrel is what you have, don’t despair — it’s probably gonna be plenty. And there can be no debate on the statement that ‘It sure beats the hell out of nothing.’
Enjoy the video.
Regular readers know what I’m about to type next: Stop relying on Republicans to protect your gun rights. This time I’m, talking about an enemy of liberty named Pete King, reported to be the first Republican to support the latest gun ban being pushed hard by House Democrats. Although it’s called an “assault weapons ban,” it would rule out all semi-automatic firearms (including your Glock) and even ban shotguns with revolving cylinders.
King represents Long Island and is quoted as having defined the guns to be banned as “weapons of mass slaughter.” I can only suppose he hasn’t bothered to read it (which you can do by clicking here). He joins a couple hundred Democrats in calling for most firearms to be banned right here in the good ol’ USA.
‘I don’t see any need for them in everyday society,’ King said.
Even though police carry them every day while facing the same threats you and I do? Even though men with fully-automatic firearms carry them every day to protect you? Hmmm.
He’s hoping his support will spur others to jump on board:
King stepping forward could encourage other Republicans to do so and prod Democrats in districts that have partisan makeups similar to King’s district, which leans only slightly Republican.
‘It might give cover to some other Republicans, it might give some incentive to Democrats,’ King said of his move.
King is not alone as a Republican who wants to take your guns.
Some other Republicans who have not signed on but have expressed support for the ban include Florida Rep. Brian Mast… and Ohio Rep. Mike Turner.
The bottom line here, as far as I can tell, is that we can trust no one in government to honor our rights. And frankly, that sucks.
I’ve made no secret of the fact that I disagree with the wide-reaching gun control laws that were passed in Florida last year. In only the first few months after the Republicans shoved that down our throats, more than 450 Floridians had lost their guns as a result of the Red Flag law, which allows law enforcement agencies to steal guns from anyone without due process. In such a terrible system, problems are bound to crop up — such as last week, when a law-abiding Floridian had his concealed handgun license revoked and firearms confiscated even though police knew they had the wrong man.
Ammoland reported that Jonathan Edward Carpenter of Osceola County, Florida received a certified letter from the state informing him that his concealed handgun license had been revoked, stating that, “On or about August 12th, 2019 in Osceola County, Florida, an injunction was entered restraining you from acts of domestic violence or acts of repeat violations.”
Carpenter was naturally shocked and confused, so he called the state to clear things up. Informed that he needed a form from the Clerk of Court in his county, he went to that office to obtain it.
When he got there, the Clerk informed him that there was an injunction against a Jonathan Edward Carpenter.
‘What do I have to do to prove that you have the wrong Jonathan Edward Carpenter?’ he asked the Clerk.
The Clerk instructed Carpenter to go downstairs to talk to the Osceola County Sheriff’s office to clear things up. Carpenter still figuring that it was just a mistake that the Sheriff’s office could quickly clear up went and spoke with him.
Carpenter soon learned that his rights had been stolen due to a statement from a woman who claimed she’d rented a room to someone named Jonathan Edward Carpenter, who dealt in illegal drugs, damaged her furniture, and sold some of her things without her permission. She claimed he had a gun and that she didn’t know whether it was legal, and that she feared for her life.
Carpenter had never met the woman in question and never lived at the address listed in the restraining order. Moreover, other than being white, he looked nothing like the [other] man.
The man in question is 5’8. Carpenter is 5’11. The alleged drug dealer is 110lbs. Carpenter is over 200. The man has black hair. Carpenter is completely bald. Last but not least, the man in question is covered in tattoos, and Carpenter only has a few.
It was apparent that the police had the wrong man, but Carpenter was in for his biggest shock yet. The Sheriff’s office told Carpenter he had to surrender his guns. Carpenter never even had as much as a hearing, yet he was losing his rights.
His firearms were surrendered under threat of arrest, and he was told that he will not be able to recover them until after a hearing where his accuser will hopefully verify they have the wrong man — and then he will have to spend money and time petitioning the courts to get his own firearms returned to him.
This is only one small example of why “Red Flag” laws are horrible and will inevitably be abused.
As to why the “system” decided our Mr. Carpenter was a bad guy, Ammoland surprisingly discovered from a police officer that it is “a common practice” for the courts to look through concealed handgun licensees for the name in the injunction, then target that individual with gun confiscation and loss of civil rights. This is likely what happened in this case. It’s also pretty stupid… what “drug dealer” is going to obey gun laws by obtaining a concealed handgun license?
When I pressed the officer of the likelihood of a drug dealer obeying Florida gun laws and getting a concealed handgun permit, he agreed that it probably isn’t likely. He then stated that police and courts do make mistakes all the time, but he insisted that it is better to make mistakes than not do anything. Many disagree with that point.
The result of this case remains to be seen, as Mr. Carpenter’s hearing will not even take place until August 27, after which he will have to commence begging his own government to return the property they wrongfully seized. I shudder to think what he will have to go through in order to receive a new concealed carry license.
Here’s hoping that once it’s over, he will never have to put up with such a thing ever again.
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American Tactical Inc., of Summerville, SC, have announced the launch of a new AR-based .410 shotgun. The MilSport AR 410 has an 18.5-inch barrel and a 13-inch custom Keymod rail with a full length 12 o’clock Picatinny rail. The MilSport AR 410 can feed from 5 or 15 round box magazines. Here’s American Tactical Inc.’s press release […]
This week, representatives of 180 nations are gathered in Geneva, Switzerland, for the 18th Conference of Parties (CoP) to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES.) Adopted in 1963, CITES globally governs the import and export of wildlife and wildlife products, including hunting trophies. The treaty is also the origin of implementing laws like the U.S. Endangered Species Act (ESA).
Ed Brown has added another pistol to their EVO line of 1911s. The new model is called E9-LW. It is a 4″ barreled pistol chambered in 9x19mm. This is an optics ready handgun and it actually comes with a Vortex Venom 6 MOA red dot sight installed. Here is how Ed Brown describes this new […]
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The Classic PT 92 with Walnut Grips Taurus has announced two new models in its PT 92 semi-auto pistol line. The enhanced model 92s deliver on the rich heritage and classic styling of this popular and venerated full-frame handgun – this time with beautiful Brazilian walnut wood grips. The PT 92 has been a popular […]
The ever-vigilant prepper is always thinking and planning ahead on a vast array of safety issues. These days, especially during holidays, home package theft is rampant. You have probably seen security videos of strangers walking right up to the front porch of a house and carrying away packages left by shipping delivery services. There are steps to take to reduce such theft potential.
It used to be the habit for mail order or online package delivery services to require a signature upon delivery, but those days are over. Whether USPS, UPS, FedEx, or whatever, the delivery personnel now just puts the package at the door and drives off. The custom of ringing the door bell is no longer a standard practice either.
First, monitor and track all of your expected deliveries so that arrival times are known. When a package is expected, especially something critical or important like medicines, desired prepper gear, or even items like shooting supplies, ammo, and the like, plan to be home to accept them. Check your front door or other delivery spot regularly. We have had packages left around the corner by the garage, where we least expect to find a package.
Most online businesses now provide information for tracking a delivery on your computer or cell phone. Again, know when a package is going to arrive. If one area is too visible, post a small sign by the door asking that packages be taken to the rear door or another safe place. Drivers may or may not heed such requests, as they are usually on tight schedules themselves.
Check your mailbox daily, as many small and soft packages are now delivered by the postal service and may not be left at your door. Thieves now hit mail boxes too, though that “ups the ante” for a federal offense. But since when did thieves obey the law?
Install a security camera with a recorder focused on your front door or wherever deliveries are most often left. This way you can monitor any deliveries or strangers coming and going. You’ll then have a record and a way to I.D. potential thieves.
If you plan to be away on a trip, ask a good neighbor to collect your mail, newspapers, and packages. This way thieves won’t see evidence of an absence. If you order products to be delivered to your house, keep track of them and watch for their delivery.
The 648? So what is that? The Smith and Wesson Model 648 is a double action revolver that has been out of production for some time. You may recall the older Model 48 as a blued, 4, 6, or 8-3/8 inch version, but the 648 is all stainless. It will be widely accepted with open arms for those really wanting a fine rimfire handgun with a lot more oomph than a plain 22 long rifle rimfire.
The 648 is chambered for the 22 WMR or better known as the 22 Winchester Magnum Rimfire. The “new” 648 comes with a 6-inch heavy barrel with a Smith under barrel full length lug. The 648 is constructed of stainless including the barrel, cylinder, and frame. The cylinder holds 8 rounds, which makes this handgun very handy in the field.
Tipping the scales at 46.2 ounces or 2.88 pounds it is no lightweight, but its heft certainly helps steady the piece for all types of shooting. Smith and Wesson specifically lists the 648 as designed for competitive shooting, recreational shooting, and shooting for the general handgun enthusiast. The 648 is built on the Smith K frame which makes it a medium-sized handgun.
I will add this handgun can certainly be used for small game hunting, pest control, and some predator work. The 22 Mag is no slouch when it comes to rimfire rounds and is certainly more able to handle jobs the regular 22 Long Rifle cannot. With its mild recoil and slightly reduced muzzle blast out of a six inch barrel, the 648 would find many uses around the farm, ranch, prepper camp, or for survival applications.
Sights on the Model 648 are designed for precision shooting, with a patridge front sight and a classic Smith and Wesson adjustable rear sight for elevation and windage. This handgun’s double action allows one to shoot with just a pull through of the trigger, or single action shooting by cocking the exposed hammer and then squeezing the trigger.
Control of the 648 is made easier by factory synthetic grips that permit a firm but comfortable handhold. Keeping the 6-inch barrel on the target is made much easier by using these grips along with the excellent sights. The weight and balance of the 648 makes it an ideal handgun for a lot of tasks and certainly for lots of fun recreational shooting. Check it out at www.smith-wesson.com.
A couple of weeks ago I started a series where I look at different paper targets and test them out at the range. There are a massive amount of free targets online anyone can print off and head to the range with to better themselves. This week I decided to take a look at the […]
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Sweden tested the Luger in 1904, along with all the major semiauto pistols available at the time. The Luger was found to be the most accurate gun in the trials, but expensive and not as reliable in cold weather as the Browning 1903 – which was formally adopted as the m/1907 a few years later and produced under license at Husqvarna. Fast-forward to the 1930s, and Sweden has begun to purchase batches of submachine guns in 9x19mm. Their Browning pistols are in 9×20 Browning, and it would make a lot of sense to standardize on just one 9mm pistol cartridge. In 1938/9, Sweden held a second set of trials with the Luger (the New Model this time) the Walther HP (P38) and the Finnish Lahti M35.
The Lugers in question were 300 guns purchased form Mauser. They were all 1938 dated, with 275 in 9mm Luger with 4 3/4 inch barrels and 25 guns with 4 inch barrel chambered for .30 Luger. They did not receive and specifically Swedish markings, and can be identified only by serial number – 5700v to 6000v. Interestingly, the 9mm ones have salt-blued barrels but the other parts rust-blued (except for the small parts that were normally strawed).
The late 1930s testing once again found the Luger to be the most accurate pistol, but it was still expensive. A purchase of 1500 Walther HP pistols was made, but the outbreak of war interrupted the supply from Germany. Instead, the Lahti was adopted at the m/40 pistol, and produced in large numbers at Husqvarna as the Browning had been before it.
Over a period of time, we share pictures, results and stories from Rifle World Shoot 2019. All the pictures are courtesy of Chris Jonkers of Studio BOJO. Dynamic Sports Shooting originated in the United States in the 1950s. World Championships in IPSC are held every three years and this year Sweden was the host country. […]
This is inspired by Fyooz's comment on the previous post, and merits its own. The brief I mentioned, threatening to pack the Supreme Court if it didn't rule against the 2A, was filed by Sen. Whitehouse of Rhode Island. Judicial Watch has discovered that his license to practice law is "inactive," meaning he's not supposed to file pleadings or other be practicing law. It's filed a complaint with the Rhode Island bar, Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee.
Why'd he go "inactive"? It has lower dues and you don't have to take Continuing Legal Education, around 15 hours of classes per year. But while you're skipping the classes, you aren't supposed to be filing things anywhere, let alone in the Supreme Court!
Selecting a good defensive round is one of the most overlooked but perhaps one of the most critical elements of selecting your tools for self-defense. Arguably, ammo selection is just as important, if not more important than selecting the gun itself. However, I would guess that most shooters simply go to their local Academy, plunk […]
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Photo Of The Day, today we go to Mindelo, Cape Verde, as members of the U.S. Coast Guard Tactical Law Enforcement Detachment Pacific train together with their Portuguese and Spanish colleagues. Above and below you can see Steyr AUG rifles used during a boarding practice Below caption: Cape Verdean coast guard patrol craft Badejo (P […]
Gather ’round dear readers, I’m going to tell you about the time I had to smuggle (kinda) a gun across the (state) border. Everything I’m about to tell you is true, and all of it was 100% legal, but it was sketchy as all get out – like running guns across the border. So without […]
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That is right up there with Shannon Watts discouraging active shooter drills because it might scare the children.
I used to be passionately anti-gun. I gave money to anti-gun organizations. So, I know full well the emotional drive to promote “common-sense gun laws.”
Whether you’re fighting rats at your barn, hunt camp, or bugout cabin or simply trying to combat ground squirrels undermining your building’s foundations, this trap looks to be a real winner. It’s called the Uhlik Repeater.
It’s a simple and clever live-catch trap. Critters walk up top, approach the bait, and trigger the trap door. It drops out from under them and they fall into the cage below. And this can repeat over and over, allowing you to capture a whole slew of critters in one sitting — without having to keep resetting the trap.
This could also be a great way to get yourself a little protein in a survival setting. Even city squirrels breed like crazy and taste good.
And, that’s about it, unless you want to see buzzards eating the rats — or hear about his plans to hunt pronghorn antelope using an 1862 muzzleloading rifle.
Want to buy one of these traps? Apparently, the only way to do it is to contact the inventor, Matthew Uhlik: firstname.lastname@example.org Tell him you heard about it on AllOutdoor.com.
Check it out.
Acrid gun smoke clouded the sunny entrance of a Texas church on a recent Sunday. Seven men wearing heavy vests and carrying pistols loaded with blanks ran toward the sound of the shots, stopping at the end of a long hallway. As one peeked into the foyer, the "bad guy" raised the muzzle of an AR-15, took aim and squeezed the trigger.
Palmetto State Armory has been equipping the frugally minded citizens of this country for years. Since PSA’s founding in 2008, the company has seen explosive growth. This growth is in part thanks to their constant addition of new products to both their online store and brick and mortar stores. This week Palmetto State Armory has […]
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Fabbrica Armi Fratelli Pietta, F.A.P. or, better, Pietta Firearms is lately particularly active in offering new variations of their Single Action Army models replicas. Distributed in the USA by the Early and Modern Firearms Company (EMF), Pietta revolvers are regarded among the most faithful reproductions of the Colt originals. Here the company is teasing us […]
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A friend recently sent me a link to this video, and this seems like a great thing to share with y’all, especially this time of year as deer season approaches. Although it’s specifically touting an app called “onX Hunt,” the method being applied is sound and I’ve used it myself using a handheld GPS.
Say you’ve wounded an animal and it runs away. This is far from ideal, but if you hunt long enough it will happen to you. It can be very helpful to store waypoints along that trail, so you can refer back to it when you need to regroup.
Paired with topo maps, this can sometimes illustrate whether the animal was strong or becoming more weak as it traveled along the trail you’re taking. If it’s climbing, it’s probably strong. Walking along the same elevation or contour, it may be weakening. And moving downhill may very well indicate that your prey is weakening and will soon expire.
Sometimes there’s little or no blood or other sign to follow — most experienced hunters have been in that situation. When you need to simply search for an animal because you have no way to track it, recording your path on a map can help ensure you get good coverage of the entire area. See a gap in your grid pattern? Go check there, just in case.
Check out the video and see what you think. I have not used this app; have you? I would love to hear what other hunters think of it.
Features of the Rock Island Armory BBR 3.10 in 45 ACP are as follows:
Recently, I was fortunate enough to get my hands on a BBR 3.10 for a tryout. During my testing, I utilized five different brands and types of 45ACP ammunition totaling about 100 rounds. Ammo tested included: Armscor 230 gr, JHP, Armscor 230 FMJ, Sig Sauer 230 gr V-Crown JHP, Sig Sauer 200 gr JHP, and Federal Syntech 220 gr TSJ (synthetic jacket). Distances varied from 15 yards and closer.
From 15 yards I was able to keep all rounds consistently within an eight-inch group from a bench rest and pistol supported position.
I then tested all five brands of ammo mentioned above from seven yards with the intent to fire five shots as accurately as possible from a standing, off-hand position. As you will see in the accompanying photos, most groups were five shots touching with perhaps a flyer that you can attribute to me, the shooter. Point being, the BBR 3.10 has more-than-sufficient accuracy in a very compact platform that will serve well as a defensive pistol.
Compactness is achieved, in part, through the design of the BBR magazine. RIA went from a single stack to what some would call a one-and-a-half stack, allowing for increased magazine capacity in a compact package.
During my testing I had one malfunction; a failure to feed. I was never able to get the malfunction to repeat itself. Recoil as one might expect for a small-frame 45 is noticeable but very manageable — and can be minimized with a proper selection of ammo. Federal’s Syntech is engineered for soft recoil, and it delivered noticeably less recoil than the other ammunition in this test.
The front sight is a highly visible fiber optic that would no doubt be an asset in a defensive situation and/or poor light conditions. I was surprised to see the BBR 3.10 comes with a steel adjustable rear sight for both windage and elevation, a nice feature to be sure. The rear sight is made by LPA of Italy and retails in the $75 to $100 range if purchased as a single component.
The grip on this little 1911 is a G10 material that is nicely textured along with a serrated front and back strap and is full in the hand due to the wider magazine for the increased round count. The magazine release is serrated and easy to reach with shooting hand thumb, and allows the magazine to drop freely.
The skeletonized trigger on the BBR 3.10 is crisp and breaks consistently in the three- to three-and-a-half-pound range. Reset is short and almost immediate, allowing for a quick follow-up shot.
The 45 ACP BBR 3.10 will not disappoint if you are a 1911 aficionado. The new Rock Island Armory 3.10 is an ideal choice for those wanting a concealed carry gun with the classic appeal of the 1911 while enjoying an increase from standard 1911 magazine capacity. All Rock Island Armory pistols come standard with one magazine… two would be nice.
The World Championship in IPSC Rifle 2019 was a great match and a huge success. Imagine 30 stages deep into a beautiful forest in Sweden, with not a single berm in sight. At least one stage included shooting “D Max” (distance maximum) at targets up in the (mostly) blue sky. Depending on your caliber the […]
If you own a Ruger PC Carbine you know there may be issues to get the carbine to return to zero after you disassemble it. Infitech of Sweden just released a solution for this, and the picture below probably offers the best explanation. Instead of using the Picatinny on the receiver end, you use the […]
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The so-called "assault weapons" ban that is proposed for a constitutional amendment to be on the 2020 Election Ballot bans the possession of: “any semiautomatic rifle or shotgun CAPABLE of holding more than ten (10) rounds of ammunition at once, either in a fixed or detachable magazine or other ammunition feeding device.”
Johann Nicolaus Dreyse, later promoted to the aristocracy as Nicolaus von Dreyse, designed the first mainstream military breechloading rifle. His rifle was adopted by Prussia and changed military history, but this was not his only work. Dreyse also endeavored to sell guns commercially, both rifles and handguns. This is an example of one of his first, the Model 1835. It is a single shot breechloader, with the chamber consisting of a rotating tumbler. The firing mechanism is identical in concept to that of his Model 1841 rifle, just scaled down for the smaller pistol. The piece uses a power charge of just 6 grains, but its breechloading action was quite advanced for the 1830s!
Reloaders take note! There is a new interesting reloading machine from Dillon Precision called the XL750. The new Dillon XL750 is a high-speed progressive reloading machine designed to load common rifle and handgun cartridges. Just to clarify, the XL750 is the blue thing in the picture above, not the red curtains nor the lady in […]
TFB’s Photo Of The Day – today we go back in time to between 1960 and 1965 and the Congo Crisis. The picture is probably taken in 1961. Soon after the Republic of the Congo (today the Democratic Republic of the Congo) became independent from Belgium, the crisis began which turned the country into a […]
William Marston was born in the UK in 1822 and emigrated to the US in the 1830s with his father, who was a gun smith. William became a naturalized citizen in 1843, and in 1844 went to work for his father in the family business. He would later open his own shop, and became successful making a wide variety of firearms – mostly concealable pocket pistols – until his death in 1872.
This is one of his 3-barrel derringers, with a pretty neat auto-indexing system. This one is in .32 rimfire with 3” barrels, although 4” barrels and .22 rimfire versions were also made. Production began in 1858, but really picked up with the addition of an extractor in 1864. That improved model would see some 3300 examples made.
Everyone should have a well-stocked medical kit. More-so, I think that all gun owners should have, at the very least, a small kit to deal with the injuries they have an increased chance of encountering. We all enjoy watching YouTube videos of “people doing dumb things and getting injured” but rarely do we see any […]
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Article here. She suggests that the real problem in mass shootings is "double-barreled extended magazine clips" and guns that will shoot thru walls and police "armories." I had to listen to the video to assure myself that, yes, she said it. And that committing the mentally ill who are dangerous to themselves or others is criminalizing mental illness. And a bunch of other things.
We all love rockets – so let’s fire away in this Photo Of The Day. There’s a lot of fire and smoke involved as rockets do what they do, so the pictures become quite spectacular. Above you can see Alpha Battery, 1-182 Field Artillery as they fire their High Mobility Artillery Rocket system in July […]
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In this episode of TFBTV, James Reeves discusses the best alternative and competitors to the Glock 19, as well as their shortcomings and what they do better than the Glock 19, if anything. These will all be 9mm compact polymer-framed handguns from reputable manufacturers. Any guesses? Read more at: https://www.thefirearmblog.com/blog/2019/08/16/5-glock-19-alternatives/ ««« PATREON GIVEAWAYS »»» TFBTV […]
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Good morning everyone and thank you for joining us for the 86th edition of Silencer Saturday. Last week we laid out some basic tips and advice for new silencer owners, prospective buyers and anyone else who gets their firearm information from mainstream media and Hollywood movies. Today, at the other end of the spectrum, we’ll […]
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During the Civil War, the Union purchased about 12,000 Spencer rifles and many tens of thousands of carbines, and the weapon became a standard arm for the Cavalry service. After the war, thousands of Spencers were in warehouses and arsenals in need of refit either from combat damage or just abuse and neglect. Springfield Armory took on the job of repairing these weapons after the war. In February of 1871, the Armory commandant suggested that he had received a batch of about 1,100 Spencer carbines from Fort Leavenworth, and that he could refit them into infantry rifles. This plan was approved by the Ordnance Department, and a total of 1,109 conversions were produced in 1871.
The conversion work was done by replacing the Spencer barrel with a new three-groove 1868 model rifle barrel (32.5 inches long) and 26 inch cleaning rod. Two barrel bands were used instead of the three on factory-original Spencer rifles. The wood and metal were refinished or repaired as necessary, and the receiver serial number (which could be anything from 1 to 34,000) was added to the left side of the barrel. If the carbine did not have a Stabler cutoff, one was added.
Every Day Carry – “EDC” – has expanded into it’s own sub-industry in recent years, blossoming from just “keys-phone-gun-wallet” to medical gear, flashlights and of course knives. While a trip through Instagram may have you believing that without a Rolex and a fancy inlaid mother of pearl auto opener you aren’t worthy to leave the […]
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For this week’s edition of Friday Night Lights, we will take a look at the various accessories to attach night observation devices (NODs) for helmet worn applications. There are quite a lot of options. Some are extremely basic while others have a whole host of features to adjust your NODs to your eyes. Let’s take […]
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Aguila’s stumpy little Minishell shotgun shells are a mere 1.75 inches long, but they work pretty well. Back at the 2017 SHOT Show, I fired several and hit more clay targets than I missed with them. Also nice was the reduced recoil and report. This leads some folks to wonder how well they would work in a home defense situation… and Paul Harrell takes a look at that in the video below.
For the record, Aguila company reps don’t pronounce the name the way Paul does. If you care, they place the stress on the first syllable, more or less “AG-will-uh.” Moving on…
Minishells are available in birdshot (No. 7.5, 8, or 9), buckshot, or slug (7/8-ounce). Paul uses the buckshot load that contains a combination of pellet sizes; 7 pellets of No. 4 and 4 pellets of No. 1, which add up to 5/8 of an ounce in total. He compares them with Federal Power-Shok 2.75-inch shells containing 27 pellets of No. 4 buckshot.
We’ll shoot these side-by-side and see just how much power we’re giving away with the Minishells and see if there’s any advantages to these short shells.
Pattern size was pretty much the same with both types of shells.
When it comes to velocity, the Minishells averaged 1130 FPS while the full-grown Federals move faster at 1258. For further comparison, he adds in a diminutive 410 No. 4 buckshot load that moves along at 1193 FPS. Point: Even the little 410 throws buckshot out there faster than the Minishells, and with almost as many pellets (9 vs. 11).
I have to agree with Paul when he says Minishells are totally inadequate for deer hunting — and that they were not designed for that. More likely, they were created with the intention of using them against humans in self-defense. Naturally, he next unveils the patented Paul Harrell Meat Target.
At five yards, he blasts away at his meat and produce, first with the 2.75-inch shell. My late father taught me number 4 buck is a great anti-personnel load and Paul’s results bear that out. On top of that, he concludes that it has “very little potential for overpenetration through the intended target.”
The Minishells perform just about the same, although (naturally) with fewer pellets.
The [Minishell] results, I’d have to say, are not bad at all.
Next, he examines one of the main “advantages” touted by proponents of Minishells: increased magazine capacity. He uses a semi-auto scattergun that normally holds 4 rounds, and is able to load 7 Minishells into it… which is moot because that gun won’t cycle with the short Minishells. This is a fair point… one must ensure proper functioning in whatever gun you choose to use the Minishells in.
With a Mossberg 500 & extended magazine, he shoves a full dozen Minishells into the mag that normally accepts seven 2.75-inch shells. But again, he gets a feed malfunction (and not the first one he had).
His ultimate conclusion, while more detailed than what I’m about to type, is that most folks will be better off with conventional shotgun ammo for home defense.
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Today’s Photo Of The Day features Australian Army soldiers from the 2nd Commando regiment conducting in a training exercise with their M4A5 rifles. In this photograph, taken by CPL Kyle Genner, we see Australian Army Commandos conducting in a series of counter-terrorism exercises earlier this year in May or 2019. On close inspection, we can […]
Alright folks, you know the drill. Wallets out, card balances paid off, let’s have another Featured Deals of the Week. As always let me know in the comments if you want me to go find some deals that just aren’t making it into the list for whatever reason. Beretta Cheetah (M81) .32 ACP, surplus – […]
Just when you thought your two-party government couldn’t get any worse, we find that almost 200 Democrats in the US House of Representatives have signed on to support a sweeping ban on the manufacture of all semi-automatic firearms and “large-capacity” magazines (more than 10 rounds is apparently “large.”
In a stunning moment of almost-honesty, we find the bill to be almost sorta-kinda accurately named for a change: Assault Weapons Ban of 2019. Although nothing it bans is actually an “assault weapon,” at least it’s not named the “Public Safety Act,” which would be the exact opposite of its real-world result.
Not only does it mean you won’t get any more Glocks, Kel-Tecs, or 1911s, it even bans shotgun revolvers!
This legislation is so thoroughly bad it would probably be easier to list what it DOESN’T ban… but I’m not going to list either. You can read it all by clicking here. The point is that half of the jerks whom we have decided to allow to make the laws you and I are forced to live by are really into passing this crap.
Even worse, the other half (Republicans) are the ones who passed and enacted “red flag” and worse laws in my home state of Florida — and who are happily gearing up to shove the same crap down the throats of all Americans. Oh, and Florida Republicans aren’t happy with stealing guns without due process and eliminating legal gun ownership of anyone younger than 21 — I read just yesterday that Florida Republicans are “ready and willing” to pass even worse laws in the near future.
All this, even though there is NO EVIDENCE AT ALL that we are under any impending threat of mass shootings; in fact gun violence is at or near historic lows in the USA.
It is high time to end the two-party duopoly here in the USA. Rs may be “better than” Ds on some issues, but they are plenty happy stealing your rights a little bit slower while both parties spend money like water and wage foreign wars with reckless abandon, squandering our soldiers’ lives and sanity in the process.
Will this insane gun ban pass this year? Highly doubtful. But it will very likely polarize many people into blindly supporting Republican candidates based on the letter by their name rather than actually considering the issues each candidate supports. And that, my friends, is not good at all… because as we have seen, the Rs are getting just as comfortable as the Ds with the idea of taking away your guns.
What a mess.
The guys over at S2 Delta gave me an opportunity to test out their two-point, fast adjustment rifle sling. The sling they sent was their padded version with a quick detach sling swivel. This was my first jaunt into fast adjust sling territory and I was glad for the chance to try one out. TFB […]
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Well, let’s start with the good news: “A new HK product is available on the civilian market!” and… it’s a knife. Or maybe, more correctly, 3/4 of a knife, as it appears to be lacking proper handle scales… however, we’ve seen worse in terms of product releases from the brand. We’re kidding, of course, as […]
Dan Haga Designs, a company known for creating parts and adapters for firearms that normally don’t have huge aftermarket support, has introduced another interesting accessory for one of such firearms – the Henry U.S. Survival AR-7 rifle. This adapter is designed to be installed in place of the original stock of Henry U.S. Survival AR-7 […]
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The US Army has announced that two companies have been selected to produce mounted machine gun optic mounts, with the companies competing for the various orders within a $48,800,000 firm-fixed-price contract for the optics. Back in July 2018, TFB reported that the Army was seeking new mounted machine gun optics for various weapon systems. US Army Contracting […]
The Norinco 313 is the semiauto commercial variation of the Type 81 LMG. The Type 81 was a small arms family of rifle and LMG developed to finally replace the SKS and RPD in Chinese military service. When the Chinese and Soviets parted ways, China was making milled AKs, but did not have the stamped AKM technical data package. They had adopted the AK in the submachine gun role, but had retained use of the SKS as an infantry standard rifle. The Type 63 AK/SKS hybrid was developed in the 1960s, but was not successful enough to replace the SKS. This situation finally came to a head in 1979 with the first Sino-Vietnamese War, and China decided it really had to modernize its small arms.
Under the lead of Wang Zi Jun, the Type 81 was developed. It started both AK and SKS design elements, with a rotating bolt and stamped receiver like the AKM, but a short stroke gas piston like the SKS. It was chambered for the 7.62x39mm cartridge, specifically to be an interim system until development of the 5.8x42mm cartridge could be completed. In particular, the Type 81 was developed to be more accurate than the AK – and it did this successfully, with trials showing it to be 40% more accurate at 300m in semiautomatic fire than the AK.
The Type 81 rifles were equipped with 30-round magazines, and the LMG variant could use those or a 75-round drum. The box magazines are very similar in appearance to AK magazines, but not directly interchangeable, as the Type 81 includes a hold open feature to lock the bolt open when the magazine is empty.
The Type 81 family would go into mass production in 1986, and serve as China’s standard rifle and LMG through the 1990s. It was also sold to a number of foreign countries including Algeria, Bangladesh, Burma, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka. Norinco imported a very small number of semiauto civilian versions into the United States in the late 1980s, of which this is one.
This week between August 13-14, Viridian Weapon Technologies will be featuring the FACT Duty Weapon-Mounted Camera (WMC™) at the Midwest Security and Police Conference Expo (MSPCE). At this event, law enforcement personnel will have an opportunity to get a hands-on feel for Viridian’s evidence gathering camera. More than 500 U.S. Law Enforcement Departments have used the WMC by […]
Being able to conceal carry a gun for the first time can give new guys mixed feelings. It’s definitely exciting to be able to legally carry and take personal safety into your own hands. There can also be a lot of anxiety and mistakes when learning how to carry a gun in public. One of […]
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Today’s Photo shows an AR15 with endless Atlas bipods mounted. This setup is perfect for when you have to roll around on the ground with your rifle perfectly supported in every angle. The shooter is from the Top Gun Rifle Team – and the rifle is unloaded. ”Because I was inverted” The B&T Industries Atlas […]
The Custom Revolver likely is not a new title to most of TFB readers, as it is a classic published almost 20 years ago. In its hardcover form, it quickly went out of stock and its qualities and rarity made it a collectible. It may seem an odd choice to review such a dated, albeit […]
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SB Tactical has become one of the larger brace manufacturers for the gun industry. They make braces for most of the popular firearm models available today. There are a few very common braces that are some of SB Tactical’s most popular called the SBM4 and SBA3. The SBM4 was a fixed brace that was one […]