Saturday, 26 May


Gevarm A6: An Open Bolt Semiauto .22 Sporting Rifle [Forgotten Weapons]

Gevarm, a gunmaking offshoot of the Gevelot cartridge company, produced a line of open-bolt semiautomatic rimfire sporting rifles from the early 1960s until 1995. This is an A6 model, the base type. It is chambered for .22LR, with an 8 round magazine and basic open sights. What makes these rifles unusual is the open bolt mechanism, which allows them to be extremely simple.

The bolt is a single part, with the firing “pin” in the form of a rib running all the way down the center of the bolt face. No extractor is built in, as chamber pressure alone is sufficient to extract cases in a simple blowback system like this one. Because it is an open-bolt firing design, one need not ever extract an unfired cartridge from the chamber.

Open bolt semiautomatic designs were prohibited in the US by ATF in the early 1980s, although existing guns in the country (like these) were grandfathered. They had never been popular sellers, though, because of their high price. The series produced included some with more sophisticated sights, one that simulated the look of an M1 carbine, some in .22 Short, and a takedown model.

Friday, 25 May


FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS: Thermal – Thorntail – Taran Tactical [The Firearm Blog]

ThermalWelcome back to TFB’s Friday Night Lights, where we illuminate the darkness with flashlights, night vision, lasers and thermal imaging solutions. We have been off for a few weeks, but TFB’s Richard L. has keeping you well-stocked with reviews, techniques and concepts when it comes to low light weapons use. Today we bring you Part One […]

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Watch: Loading and Firing Cap and Ball Revolvers []

Paul Harrell decided to take on this topic due to a massive amount of information and advice that was, in his words, “just plain wrong.” And that’s a good thing, because there are many misinformed people out there who tend to believe that they actually know what they’re doing.

If you crave accurate advice from someone who’s been at it for decades, this is the CBR video for you. (CBR being my late father’s acronym for “cap & ball revolver”). Paul bought one when he was 12 years of age, and he’s been at it for quite a long time.

Some of his pearls of wisdom:

Corn meal? Cream of wheat? “Wow, that’s just a hassle.”

“If you need a loading stand to load one of these, you’re really lacking in muscular coordination.

“If you need a loading stand ’cause you can’t manage to get this ball in there and keep the sprue up, go see your neurologist.”

I’ve loaded and fired many a CBR in my time, and I have never seated caps using the hammer… so here’s where I have to say Paul is wrong. If you can’t seat a cap with your thumb, there’s something wrong.

But he’s absolutely correct when he talks about chain fires and what causes them. I’d never even heard the nipple theory before, it’s so asinine.

His carbine looks mighty familiar, because as near as I can tell it’s identical to one I used in the late 1990s to slay a whitetail buck. And when he talks about his face burning, I am thrust back to a windy day at the range when the breeze consistently blew the embers of black powder into my face as I zeroed that popper, and I ended up with a speckling of black powder tattoo on my face (anybody remember the more dramatic black powder facial mark from the original True Grit movie?).

And yeah… I too have kept CBRs loaded for a mighty long time without any problems.

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Can Tick Bites Actually Lead to Beef Allergies? []

With summer weather officially upon the majority of the United States, insects and other weather-related nuisances are here. This year, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) is warning that tick-related illnesses are on the rise. As a result of larger areas of tick infestation, scientists now believe that bites from certain ticks can lead to an allergy to red meat.

How can someone develop an allergy to red meat from a tick bite?

According to an article from CBS:

The Lone Star tick, found in the South and the eastern half of the United States, carries a sugar called alpha-gal that humans don’t have. This sugar is also found in red meat — beef, pork, venison, rabbit, and some dairy products. When the tick bites, it can trigger a person’s immune system to create antibodies to the sugar that, in turn, cause their body to reject red meat, setting off a serious allergic reaction.

The CBS article goes on to suggest that by not having further contact or being bitten by ticks, that the allergy will diminish and eventually go away altogether. However, unlike other allergies, many people don’t even know they have anything wrong with them until 6, sometimes 8 hours after eating beef. Hives seem to be the most common response. Doctors warn that it can be worse.

UNC Chapel Hill researcher Dr. Scott Commins said, “This has become the biggest cause of new onset food allergy and anaphylaxis in adults throughout the South and largely in the East as well.”

The CDC is monitoring all illnesses caused by mosquitoes, ticks, and fleas closely. The agency has given some guidelines and best practices to avoid being bitten by ticks, and what to do if you find one on yourself or others.

The Center for Disease Control suggests looking for insect repellent with at least 20% Deet.

The Center for Disease Control suggests looking for insect repellent with at least 20% Deet.

The Best Defense is a Good Offense:

Here are a few ways to prevent tick bites and thus avoid a potential beef allergy as a result.

  • Tick repellent. Use a tick repellent that contains safe amounts of Deet when in a “risk area.” Remember, “risk area” is virtually anywhere outdoors where animals live. You’ll want at least 20% Deet in whichever repellent you choose. BugBand makes a wrist/ankle band if you don’t want to spray a chemical on your body. In 2017, Thermacell introduced a new product called Tick Control Tubes which kill ticks as they feed. Confined areas are easily treatable, giving a chemical-free alternative for hunters or anyone who enjoys being outdoors.
  • If possible, wear light colored clothing so the ticks stand out when they’re on your clothes. Specifically, wear long sleeved shirts. The more skin you are able to cover, the better. Wear long pants tucked into your socks. If you are unable to do so, then tape around the opening between your pants and socks/boots to prevent ticks from crawling inside your pants. Wear a hat. There’s a reason ticks like to attach to our pets – they thrive in hairy conditions and can hide easily. Cover your head when spending time outdoors.
  • Wear latex gloves when field dressing any kills from hunts. Bodily fluids (including blood) can transmit disease, this is especially important when handling wild animals. Your chances of contracting Lyme or another tick-related illness are very slim, but wearing gloves for cleaning game is a good practice anyway.
Thermacell's Tick Control Tubes which kill ticks as they feed.

Thermacell’s Tick Control Tubes which kill ticks as they feed.

Tick Detection and Removal tips:

  • Thoroughly check yourself and your pets as soon as you come in from the outdoors. Remember, some ticks you might be looking for are about the size of a period at the end of this sentence. While ticks may not necessarily bite the animal they are carried on, they can still get into your home and bite you.
  • If you find a tick, remove it with tweezers by grasping it on the mouth end and don’t mash it’s guts. You may be pushing the infected materials into your body. Don’t twist it, which might leave tick parts behind in the skin
  • Once you come in from outside, hit the showers. Not only will it be easier to locate any ticks this way, you can throw your close in the dryer on high heat for 10 minutes and kill any ticks trying to come in from outside with you.

Tick-related illnesses, specifically one caused by alpha-gal can be easily avoided with the implementation of a few specific guidelines and shouldn’t hinder your enjoyment of All Oudoors.

The CDC is monitoring all illnesses caused by mosquitoes, ticks, and fleas closely.

The CDC is monitoring all illnesses caused by mosquitoes, ticks, and fleas closely.

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Federal Premium’s Sierra MatchKing 224 Valkyrie []

Federal Premium gives long-distance shooters yet another reason to love their Sierra Matchking line. Enter the new 90 grain Gold Medal 224 Valkyrie. The boat tail design (boat-shaped in the front, tapered at the back) means it’ll shoot farther with more stability, leading to a more accurate shot. Bench rest shooters will truly benefit from the cartridge design when coupled with the Gold Medal primers.

About the .224 Valkyrie

The Valkyrie was already a popular caliber after it’s introduction by Federal recently, mainly for it’s ability to remain supersonic velocity at over 1,300 yards using 24″ barrels with a 1:7 twist on the AR-15 platform. Only the 6.5 Grendel round came close to the same numbers with supersonic velocities to 1,100 yards and subsonic out to 800 yards.

However, add in reduced recoil compared to other ammunition with the same abilities and the fact that any existing AR-15 lower with multi-caliber capabilities can be modified to accept a Valkyrie upper and Federal Premium has a winner on their hands.

Federal Premium's Sierra Matchking 90gr 224 Valkyrie offers as much as 127.88" less drop compared to other calibers on the AR-15 platform.

Federal Premium’s Sierra Matchking 90gr 224 Valkyrie offers as much as 127.88″ less drop compared to other calibers on the AR-15 platform.

Here’s Federal’s comparison video between the .224 Valkyrie, .22 Nosler, and .223 Remington:

Features & Benefits According to Federal Premium:

• All-new cartridge produces the least wind drift and drop in its class
• Supersonic past 1,300 yards
• Significantly less recoil than other cartridges with comparable ballistics
• Better ballistic performance than any other MSR 15 cartridge
• Superb accuracy and extreme long-range performance in bolt-action rifles

Federal Premium .224 Valkyrie showing to have half the felt-recoil of the 6.5 Creedmoor with the same ballistics capabilities.

Federal Premium .224 Valkyrie showing to have half the felt-recoil of the 6.5 Creedmoor.

Part No. / Description / MSRP

GM224VLK1 / 224 Valkyrie 90-grain Gold Medal Sierra MatchKing / $31.95

Federal Premium is a brand of Vista Outdoor Inc., an outdoor sports and recreation company. For more information on Federal Premium, go to Press release content provided by Federal Premium.

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TFBTV Beretta APX Review: 5000 rounds through the APX and a Mud Test [The Firearm Blog]

In this episode of TFBTV, James reviews the Beretta APX in 9mm. The Beretta APX was Beretta’s striker-fired entry into the MHS competition to replace the service pistol of the US Armed Forces. Now, it’s making its presence known in the civilian market. In addition to an overview, James looks at an APX with 5000 […]

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Lone Wolf Signature Series ROUND Glock Slide [The Firearm Blog]

Lone Wolf Signature Series ROUND Glock Slide (1)Lone Wolf Distributors, the renown aftermarket Glock pistol parts maker, manufactures a series of custom Glock slides called Signature Series slides. These series includes a number of custom machined slides with all kinds of cuts and ports and serrations. In general, this type of slide customization is not new in the industry and many companies […]

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NRA Releases Grades & Endorsements for June 12 Nevada Primary Election [NRA-ILA News]

On behalf of our six million members across the country, the National Rifle Association Political Victory Fund (NRA-PVF) is proud to endorse Adam Laxalt for governor, Michael Roberson for lieutenant governor, and Wes Duncan for attorney general in Nevada.


NINETEEN ELEVEN: The Remington R1 Tactical Series [The Firearm Blog]

R1 TacticalI am a hardcore polymer pistol guy, so forgive me if I ask an uneducated question. Are double stack 1911s a form of Browning Blasphemy? (Yes, I know about the hi-power). I can appreciate a solidly built steel pistol with a century’s worth of experience under its belt. But before I run my mouth about […]

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Oklahoma City shooting -- two "good guys with guns" stopped it. [Of Arms and the Law]

Originally it was reported that one armed civilian engaged the shooter, but now it is reported that that two men retrieved guns from their cars and did so.


West Coast Plutocrats Target Washington State Gun Owners… Again [NRA-ILA News]

Washington State’s would-be oligarchs are attempting to buy Evergreen Staters’ rights again. Four years after West Coast elites dumped $10 million into the campaign for Initiative 594, which criminalized the private transfer of firearms, some of the same plutocrats are spending big bucks to back I-1639, an even more restrictive anti-gun ballot measure.


Using Holidays as a Bug Out Trial Run []

Memorial Day is upon us, and people will be heading to various lakes, rivers, and camps all over the nation. Leaving home for two or three days could be a good time to practice and observe various prepping plans.

For example, there were times when my children got home from school on a Friday, they walked in the front door, I told them they have 30 minutes to pack, then and we are heading to the camp for the weekend.

The kids headed to their rooms, grabbed a backpack, and processed to fill the pack with various items. It is rather funny how children overlook everyday things. Before we left the house I went through their backpacks. One had nothing but shorts and a couple of shirts. I asked about stuff like tooth brush, underwear, socks… etc. He realized what had happened, went to the bathroom, and grabbed a few more things. After doing this a few times over the span of several years, the kids were able to pack a backpack with stuff they would need for a weekend.

Then came the routine of arriving at the camp. Each child was taught various responsibilities, such as opening the valve on the propane tank, or turning on the water pump. When we arrived, I would ask who wanted to do what, and they would pick the things they wanted to help with.

Once stuff like the hot water heater was lit, and the water turned on, then we would go about making the beds, wiping the countertops down, and a few other odds and ends.

The next day the pit would be fired up, or we may have a campfire to cook hot dogs. The kids would play in the creek, go 4-wheeler riding, do some target shooting, just typical stuff kids do at a camp off in the woods.

For the most part I tried to stay off the lake during the holidays. I felt the combination of boat traffic and people drinking while boating was an unsafe combination. If the boat was taken out on a holiday, it was mostly on the Angelina River

Something else the kids were learning was how to manage the camp if no adults were around. Eventually the kids would grow up to be adults, but they were taught these skills from the time they were children. In a worse case situation – pandemic, nuclear war… etc. – if the kids could make it to the camp, they would have food, water and shelter.

Besides all that, enjoy the holidays and have a great time with the family.

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Ultra Rare Vietnam-era CIA Deer Pistol Donated to NRA Museum [The Firearm Blog]

NRA gets CIA Deer GunOn May 22nd the NRA Museum, in Fairfax, Virginia, received a very special donation, a Vietnam War-era CIA Deer Gun. The pistol was donated to the museum by Thomas Ring, a former Master Armorer. Mr Ring donated both an original condition Deer pistol and a tool room prototype replica that he made himself. The Deer gun, designed […]

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TFB Review: Tyrant Designs S&W Shield +2 Magazine Extension [The Firearm Blog]

Tyrant DesignsConcealed carry pistols continue to be one of the consistent growing segments of the shooting industry. With the advent of more indoor ranges, more public discussion of firearms in the media and more people wanting to have a daily means of protection, concealed carry pistols are popular. A solid Top 3 in most regions of […]

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Review: Talarik Muzzle Covers []

Last deer season, I used a number of new-to-me products. Included among them was the Talarik “Safety Muzzle Cover,” which is essentially a little orange condom. Unroll it onto your gun’s muzzle to keep out rain water and debris, and to make your muzzle more visible to aid in awareness of where your muzzle is. Unlike electrical tape, they won’t leave sticky residue and they’re probably less likely to fall off as you hike through brush.

I must admit I had some reservations. After all, my gun’s muzzle moves around more than any other part of the gun. Why draw attention to it, possibly alerting critters to my presence? But naturally, I had to give it a fair shake. And so, during some long wet deer hunts when rain kept finding its way into my rifle’s barrel, I remembered them and tried them out.

Wrap that rascal.  (Photo © Russ Chastain)

Wrap that rascal.
(Photo © Russ Chastain)

I deployed one of the little rascals on Little Lotta, a Savage rifle I converted to 338-06. As expected, this blocked a bunch of rain from going down my barrel, which is always nice. Back at camp, I removed it and thought no more about it at the time. Unfortunately, a few days later my rifle had developed a considerable amount of rust where the Muzzle Cover contacted the blued steel. Argh!

Sadness.  (Photo © Russ Chastain)

(Photo © Russ Chastain)

A light touch with some fine steel wool and oil removed most of the rust, but the finish damage is permanent.

If you choose to use one of these muzzle covers, be sure to take the time to dry, clean, and oil your barrel when you get back to camp. As for me, I think I’d rather deal with electrical tape….

Talarik Safety Muzzle Covers come in a package of 10 for $7.99, which included USPS shipping, and you can order them here.

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Trump Administration’s Proposed Rulemakings a Win-Win for America's Firearms Industry, National Security [NRA-ILA News]

On Thursday, the Trump Administration published two rulemakings designed to enhance the competitiveness of American companies in the firearms and ammunition sectors, remove burdens for small businesses, and modernize export controls for the post-Cold War era.  The moves will benefit both the domestic firearms industry and improve national security. The publication of the proposals also triggered a 45-day comment period during which members of the public can provide feedback on the plans and share their own experiences with the underlying regulations.


Poll from Bloomberg-Bankrolled School Misleads on Support for Gun Control [NRA-ILA News]

Billionaire gun control benefactor Michael Bloomberg has paid a great deal of money to have is name grace Johns Hopkins University’s School of Public Health. Back in 2001, when the university announced that they were changing the name of the institution to the Bloomberg School of Public Health, Bloomberg had already given his alma mater more than $100 million. By 2013, Bloomberg had given more than $1 billion to Johns Hopkins. It’s curious then that both the Washington Post and have failed to give the aspiring oligarch his due credit for a new poll purporting to show a public consensus in favor of gun control.


Gun Rights Were Expanded: Once Again, No Problems [NRA-ILA News]

As readers of our legislative alerts are only too aware, whenever NRA efforts to create more freedoms for law-abiding gun owners, anti-gun lawmakers and activists immediately begin repeating their doom-and-gloom mantra that the streets will run red with the blood of innocents, or some other outrageous claim.  As readers are also aware, however, the predicted carnage or other negative impacts simply fail to materialize. Most frequently, the sky-is-falling nonsense erupts around the right to carry firearms for personal protection.


Bloomberg Schools Us on Honesty and Truth [NRA-ILA News]

Commencement speech season is upon us. College graduations provide this annual platform for the famous, the learned, or the highly successful to share their inspirations, life truths, and wisdom with those who are about to embark on the beginning of the rest of their lives. Michael Bloomberg, a former New York City mayor turned gun-control bankroller billionaire, recently delivered the commencement address at Rice University in Texas.


April 2018 NICS Report [NRA-ILA News]

We haven’t reported on the FBI NICS background check numbers for some time, but recent numbers show a sharp increase in checks. April 2018 was the busiest April ever (since NICS began in November 1998). March was the busiest March ever. February was the second-busiest February. More than 2.2 million background checks were conducted through NICS last month, and nearly 2.8 million were run the previous month. So far, 2018 is on track to be a very busy year for the FBI NICS Section. There have been 9,354,635 total NICS checks run through April; only 2016 had more checks run in the first four months of the year. The third busiest January-April was in 2017.


Oregon: Gun Ban Initiative Ballot Title Finalized [NRA-ILA News]

On May 23rd, the ballot title for Initiative Petition 43 was certified by the state Attorney General.  This final ballot title comes after over 1,000 comments were submitted on the previously proposed ballot title.  Initiative proponents will begin signature gathering on June 8th, or following the completion of any further review of the ballot title by the Oregon Supreme Court if it is challenged.  Proponents of Initiative Petition 43, which seeks to ban commonly owned semi-automatic firearms and standard capacity magazines, will have until July 6th to get 88,184 valid signatures to place this on the November ballot.


NEW AMMO: Federal Premium Gold Medal Sierra MatchKing 224 Valkyrie [The Firearm Blog]

MatchKing 224Federal Premium (part of Vista Outdoor) has just announced a new load for the .224 Valkyrie round that is rapidly gaining popularity with long range shooters. Topped with 90gr Sierra MatchKing bullets, the new round can stay supersonic our past 1300 yards with drastically reduced recoil compared to other calibers in its class. Additional information […]

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Republicans mock Elizabeth Warren's vow to reject nonexistent NRA donations [NRA-ILA News]

Sen. Elizabeth Warren provided an irresistible opening for her Republican campaign foes with her vow to turn down National Rifle Association contributions to her re-election effort, which are so far nonexistent.


Locking guns won't do anything to save lives [NRA-ILA News]

After Friday's attack at Santa Fe High School, Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick forcefully told people of their “responsibility” to lock up their guns. We all want to do something, but everyone locking up their guns will cost more lives than it saves.


The Doomsday Scenario: What if school walkouts don't work? [NRA-ILA News]

We can try the walkouts, rallies, moments of silence, media adulation, poems and fist salutes. But if the full arsenal of liberal disapprobation doesn't stop schizophrenics from going on shooting sprees, concealed carry laws will at least save a lot of lives.


Weasel of the Week: Educrat Arne Duncan [NRA-ILA News]

Beltway education bureaucrats abhor families who choose to keep their kids out of public schools – unless it’s to grandstand over gun control.


Delaware: Gun rights advocates file second lawsuit against weapons ban in state parks and forests [NRA-ILA News]

Gun rights advocates are back in court challenging the state's revised rules regarding where firearms are allowed in parks and forests.


Oregon: Attorney General Issues Ballot Title for Semi-Auto Ban [NRA-ILA News]

The title released Wednesday revises the draft caption following comments from the public and the chief petitioners, The Oregonian/OregonLive reported .


Armed bystander kills shooter at Oklahoma City restaurant [NRA-ILA News]

An armed bystander gunned down a shooter Thursday at an Oklahoma City restaurant, killing him, police said. A man walked into Louie's Grill & Bar and opened fire, striking two people, who are expected to survive. As the gunman ran from the scene, the bystander armed with a pistol confronted and fatally shot him outside the restaurant, Oklahoma City police Capt. Bo Mathews told reporters.


PTRD 41: The Simple Soviet Antitank Rifle of WWII [Forgotten Weapons]


The Soviet Union had originally eschewed the use of large numbers of antitank rifles, anticipating that any potential combat use of them would be largely against tanks impervious to AT rifle cartridges. However, when German forces came flooding across the border in 1941, the Soviet Union found themselves being attacked by quite large numbers of tanks which were in fact vulnerable to an antitank rifle cartridge. Stalin ordered an immediate development and production of such a weapon, and the designers responded with concepts. Simonov produced the PTRS-41, a semiautomatic 14.5mm weapon that was sophisticated, expensive, and effective. Degtyarev produced the PTRD-41, a single shot 14.5mm weapon which was simple, cheap, and also effective. Both used the same cartridge, which fires a 980gr armor piercing projectile at a remarkable 3320 fps.

Both the Simonov and Degtyarev rifles were ordered into production, with the PTRD-41 being available and fielded within a month because of its very simple nature. By the end of the war some 185,000 of these rifles had been made, and even after the new German tanks became impervious to them, they remained effective weapons for use on light armored vehicles, field guns, machine gun nests, pillboxes, and other hardened targets.

The PTRD-41 is a mechanically interesting and unusual weapon in that despite being only a single shot system, it is recoil operated. When fired, the entire barrel assembly recoils rearward, absorbing some of the immense recoil energy and also opening the bolt and ejecting the spent case. The shooter then need only drop a new cartridge into the action and close the bolt to be ready for a subsequent shot.


While I occasionally have “whoops!” moments during filming, it is rare for the camera to actually capture anything worthy of being considered a blooper reel. But today was different…


Russia Bans Guns for the Duration of 2018 World Cup [The Firearm Blog]

Russian World Cup Mascot & copsThe 2018 soccer World Cup begins in Russia on June 14th, this will see hundreds of thousands of fans from around the world descend on stadiums across Russia. In preparation for this the Russian Government has issued a blanket ban on firearms for a two month period surrounding the event. Taking effect on the May […]

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Sightmark Revamped Ultra Shot Reflex Sights [The Firearm Blog]

Sightmark Revamped Ultra Shot Reflex SightsWe first saw the release of the Sightmark Ultra Shot reflex sight line back in 2014, with an update every couple of years or so. Their latest generation of Ultra Shot reflex sights is now available with some upgrades and a fresh new design in three models; R, A, and M-Spec.  These sights have been used […]

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A Project For A Long Weekend [No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money]

Outdoor Life magazine just published a video on how to make your own ballistic gelatin. It involves Knox unflavored gelatin available in grocery stores everywhere and a loaf pan. The size shown is large enough for shotgun pellets and rimfire bullets.

This seems like a good project to do with your kids on this long Memorial Day weekend. It will be something you can do together and it will help emphasize the need for safety when handling a firearm.

Doing it yourself is certainly cheaper than buying pre-made ballistic gelatin. Prices I saw of pre-made blocks that meet the FBI 10% gelatin protocol start at over $100. Compare this to the price of a pound of Knox unflavored gelatin on Amazon which goes for $14.90.


Would A Local TV Station Obfuscate GRNC's Position On 80% Receivers? Duh! [No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money]

A volunteer for Grass Roots North Carolina was interviewed by Felicia Bolton of Raleigh's CBS 17 television station about "ghost guns" for the second part of their two-part story.

If you read what was attributed to Marc Erickson, you'd think GRNC was anti-80% receivers.

Some gun rights advocates like the director of Grass Roots North Carolina Marc Erickson stated these weapons do pose some concerns.

"I represent lawful gun owners. Lawful gun owners don't have to make their own firearms," said Marc Erickson.

He also stated that he believes the law should remain the same and the focus should be on prosecuting violent offenders.

"What concerns me is that violent people obtain firearms one way or another and are allowed to pursue their violent actions," said Erickson.
Of course there is more to the story as the alert from Grass Roots North Carolina below points out. Being quoted out of context or having the meat of your argument edited out is the risk you play when dealing with the media. They want sound bites that make their point. It is why whenever you are being interviewed you should have your own recorder. Even better is to have someone with you taking video of the interview so you won't be "Couric'ed" as Katie Couric did to the Virginia Citizens Defense League.

From GRNC:


Release date: May 24, 2018

In a heavily edited interview on CBS 17 yesterday, a GRNC volunteer’s remarks were taken out of context to imply that Grass Roots North Carolina opposes the sale of 80% lower receivers. That assertion is false. The position which the reporter avoided relaying was as follows:

“If gun ban advocates are worried about 80% lowers, they should be truly alarmed by the prospect of people using 3-D printers to make guns in their basements, because each underscores the fallacy of gun control; namely, that you can somehow control the behavior of violent individuals by restricting their access to potential implements of mayhem. Prohibition didn’t work for alcohol, it isn’t working for drugs, and it won’t work for guns.”


GeePlate – Enhanced Magazine Floor Plate for Glock Pistols [The Firearm Blog]

This is not a magazine extension, nor it is an extended pinky rest. The GeePlate (Gee stands for Glock Essential Enhancement) is an aftermarket magazine floor plate that extends over the pistol’s grip when the magazine is inserted. The GeePlate is designed for subcompact Glock pistols. The purpose of this accessory is to improve the drawing […]

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POTD: Full H&K Glory With A Chrome P7 And Rail [The Firearm Blog]

Chrome P7TFB Reader (and hopefully fan) ‘Valorius’ sent us this stunning picture of his custom H&K chrome P7 with rail. With a hard chrome finish by Customized Creationz and a one-of-a-kind accessory rail, this pistol is about as sexy as it gets. Nil wood grips finish off the build nicely. I, like every other die hard […]

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Thursday, 24 May


Confronting Multiple Home Invaders []

The news film clip was pretty clear. Three thugs took a huge brick from an outside wall and used it to crash through the back door of a residence. There was only one occupant at home at the time and she met with an ill fate. She was neither prepared nor able to defend herself, especially against multiple assailants. It would be tough enough for anybody who was prepared.

Are there effective strategies when overwhelmed by more than one attacker at a time? We’re not talking crowds or gangs here. In this situation we are focusing primarily on being at home, or maybe at work in a confined building when confronted by one or more threats, but not a whole gang assault.

The bottom line is that there is more than one target to deal with. Many other unfavorable conditions may exist. It could be night time with lights out. The multiple assailants might have breached the building from more than one entry point. You have no idea if they are armed or with what, but one has to assume so. But the main question is, are you armed and ready to respond to such a threat?
Always have a contingency plan in place and practiced. Have quick access to one or more guns of a variety with some extra ammo. Keep your cell phone close. Maintain a working flashlight in every room, charged or with fresh batteries at all times.

In your favor, you should know where they are, but they do not know where you are, initially. You know the layout of your house, doorways, exits, rooms, garage, lights, locks, an attic, or basement, closets, or other hiding spaces, etc. Use all this to your advantage. Ideally, get everybody out an exit and away from the structure as immediately as you can.

If this is not possible, quickly move to the safest space and barricade yourself in. Dial 9-11, then load up. You may already be in that room, or if not alone, quickly assemble everyone else into one room. This may not even be possible, as the intruders may move inside too quickly.

If this cannot be done, then you may be forced to stand your ground. Work from behind sturdy furniture or hardened doorway. There are training courses to practice such scenarios and hone the necessary survival skills. Take them, share them. Be ready.

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Initiative Based Prevention Strategies []

There is an element of people in this country beginning to take control of their own destinies. They are not waiting or relying on Uncle Sam to look after or supply their every need. These people have been labeled preppers and survivalists. To them it is just everyday common sense to have the self-reliant responsibility to take care of themselves.

This means to take action. It does not mean sitting around on their laurels waiting for somebody else to come take care of them. This requires a lot of common sense, a commodity that is suffering from a huge short supply in our society today. New generations of youth (because their parents don’t know either) have not learned even the very basics of everyday life maintenance.

It is so bad that many of them cannot even change a light bulb, unstop a clogged toilet, change a flat tire, fix a broken hinge on a cabinet door, run a lawn mower, remove a splinter, make a bank deposit, or protect themselves against a threat or attack. Is it too late to turn these things around for ourselves, our families, and friends, or members of a prepper team? The quick answer is, NO.

As the title suggests, initiative means to do something. This takes planning first, lots of forethought, then procedure. If you are lacking skills in a particular arena, then acquire them. Take a course at a local vo-tec school. They usually offer many hobby level courses from simple mechanics, welding, electricity, carpentry, first aid, cooking, personal finance, fitness, and a score of other useful subjects. Get started. Enroll with your wife, girlfriend, or kids. Start the process.

The same goes for personal protection. Please do not buy a gun and a box of ammo only to stick them in the night stand. Find a local range offering introductory courses in firearms safety, proper shooting techniques, and then advance to defensive shooting, adding rifles and shotguns as needed. Learn about optics and their use. Know how to disassemble your firearms for a thorough cleaning and simple maintenance. Then practice regularly.

Map out plans and strategies for survival during any kind of a SHTF. Bug In or Bug Out, plan for it. Stock up and maintain your supplies and gear. Know what to do if a hurricane or tornado is coming. Plan how to evacuate from a flood or forest fire. Again, the operative term is initiative.

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Gun Maker, FFL Included in School Shooting Victims Lawsuit []

The Sun Florida Sentinel reported recently that the families of 2 of the shooting victims from a deadly shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida are suing both the gun manufacturer (Smith & Wesson, now American Outdoor Brand – AOB) and the Federal Firearms Licensee (Sunrise Tactical Supply) who sold the firearm, stating that they should be held responsible for the actions of the shooter. This isn’t the first time that a firearms manufacturer has been taken to court over the actions of a deranged individual, nor will it be the last.

Parkland Shooting Victims (2018):

According to a lawsuit filed in Broward County, the victims’ families “seek to hold defendants legally responsible for their complicity in the entirely foreseeable, deadly use of the assault-style weapons that they place on the market“. However:

  • A Florida law enacted in 2001 prevents government agencies from filing this type of litigation, but it doesn’t seem to have stopped anyone from filing the lawsuit anyway.
  • Also involved in legal woes due to similar lawsuits are the school resource officer who allegedly refused to enter the school, Nicholas Cruz (the shooter), as well as the family who took in Cruz after his mother passed away.
  • Nicholas Cruz LEGALLY purchased the MP-15 a year before taking the lives of 17 people on Valentine’s Day earlier this year.

These types of lawsuits are frivolous in nature and don’t result in any real financial recourse for anyone involved (with the exception of the attorneys who file them).

Aurora, Colorado Movie Theater Shooting (2012):

Case in point – after the shooting at a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado in 2012, the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence filed a lawsuit against Lucky Gunner (as, Sportsman’s Guide and several others for providing the ammunition and other supplies that the shooter used.

Judge Richard P. Mastch found the lawsuit to be propaganda in nature and dismissed it. But not before the families convinced by the Brady Center to file the lawsuit were forced into bankruptcy after they were left holding the bag. Judge Mastch said of the case:

It is apparent that this case was filed to pursue the political purposes of the Brady Center and, given the failure to present any cognizable legal claim, bringing these defendants into the Colorado court where the prosecution of James Holmes was proceeding appears to be more of an opportunity to propagandize the public and stigmatize the defendants than to obtain a court order.

The Century 16 movie theater in Aurora, Colorado

The Century 16 movie theater in Aurora, Colorado

Sandy Hook (2012) and the DC Sniper (2002):

Remington (Bushmaster) was sued after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting from December, 2012 as well as in the “DC Sniper” incidents from 2002. According to Forbes, the ONLY reason that the “Sniper” suit was settled and a financial sum awarded to victims’ families was because the FFL who sold the firearm acted negligently. The Sandy Hook case was also originally dismissed for frivolity, but in November, 2017 was taken before the Connecticut Supreme Court and is still ongoing.

Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut

Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut

Negligent entrustment:

The Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms act passed by Congress in 2005 and signed into law by President GW Bush prohibits lawsuits against firearms manufacturers when the product created is used in a method other than it’s original intended purpose. (15 U.S.C. § 7901 – U.S. Code – Unannotated Title 15. Commerce and Trade § 7901. Findings; Purposes).

The reason that the lawsuits against gun manufacturers were filed, and the term that lawyers in the Parkland, Florida as well as Sandy Hook shootings are banking on is called “negligent entrustment“. It’s the “loophole” created by the Commerce in Arms Act and is typically used in lawsuits involving automobiles.

However, in the case of the Sandy Hook lawsuit, the attorneys are relying on a case that dates back to a 1977 case where a Michigan Supreme Court reversed a ruling that Chemtoy Corporation, the maker of “high velocity slingshots” was liable for the accidental discharge and subsequent injury of a boy being shot in the eye. It’s possible that the Parkland lawyers will use the same argument in their trial as well.

Not the exact same slingshot distributed by Chemtoy fo rthe 1977 lawsuit, but close.

Not the exact same slingshot distributed by Chemtoy fo rthe 1977 lawsuit, but close.

In Conclusion:

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not an attorney (nor do I play one on TV). I know that the court system has to allow the law suits to be filed in order to dismiss them. That’s how our legal system works.

When organizations like the Brady Center or attorneys with ulterior motives use the tragedies committed by individuals with mental illness for financial gain, surely there has to be some legal repercussion for gun manufacturers and gun stores. This isn’t just “the price of doing business in the firearms industry”.

Lawsuits like the ones named above will NOT bring the victims back. They won’t make the parents sleep any better at night. They cost the American taxpayer money (judges’ salaries, etc). They cost the gun manufacturer money. They cost the Federal Firearms Licensed gun store money…all of which leads back again to the cost on the American tax payer. When is it enough? How do we as firearms owners (and in my case, FFL/SOT) fight back without stooping to their level?

In the litigious society we live in, I realize there are no immediate answers to these questions. However, I also think that someone needs to start asking them and asking them loudly.

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TacStar’s Carbon Fiber Mag Extensions for Mossberg, Benelli []

Tacstar recently unveiled it’s new carbon fiber mag extentions for Mossberg and Benelli shotguns. According to Tacstar, the carbon fiber mag extensions are 4x lighter than steel extension tubes.

These extensions are about four times lighter than traditional steel tubes; however, they are much stronger,” TacStar said in a news release. “The carbon fiber offers durability and toughness to go along with lightweight, making it the perfect material for extension tubes.

Carbon fiber is traditionally known for it’s strength, durability, and lightweight enhancements, specifically in the firearms industry during recent years. Many manufacturers in the firearms industry have introduced handguards, pistol grips, and other accessories for the AR-15 platform. Carbon fiber-wrapped barrels have been very popular for both AR-15, AR-10 markets as well as bolt actions.

The lighter weight tubes will assist in hunting, home defense, and even at the range. Lightweight firearms are typically easier to hold for longer periods of time as well as making the function of the gun easier for some to handle.

Adding an additional two to five rounds for overall capacity, the extensions have a high visibility follower and are machines from solid aluminum. The carbon fiber mag extensions are currently available through Lyman with an MSRP of $79.

The carbon fiber offers durability and toughness to go along with lightweight, making it the perfect material for extension tubes.

The carbon fiber offers durability and toughness to go along with lightweight, making it the perfect material for extension tubes.

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Oklahoma City, OK [Civilian Gun Self-Defense Blog]

5/24/18 Washington Times:

A potential mass shooting in Oklahoma City was prevented by an armed citizen killing the gunman, the city’s police department reported Thursday evening.
Oklahoma City Police
⚠️ ALERT: The only confirmed fatality is the suspect. He was apparently shot-to-death by an armed citizen. Three citizens were injured, two of whom were shot. A large number of witnesses are detained. There is no indication of terrorismat this point.
 · The Village, OK


[SOFIC 2018] Franklin Armory’s New TR-4 Binary Goes Full Auto [The Firearm Blog]

Everyone knows about Binary Triggers by Franklin Armory by now. It is a clever design that allows your firearm to fire on pull and release of the trigger. This has been approved by ATF as two independent manipulations of the trigger and therefore considered semi-automatic. At SOFIC 2018, Franklin Armory debuted their latest Binary Trigger […]

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New Bolt-Action Rifle Stock by Krossdal Gunstock of Iceland [The Firearm Blog]

Hunting Rifle Stocks by Krossdal Gunstock of Iceland (10)Krossdal Gunstock is a rifle stock manufacturer located in Egilsstadir, Iceland. It is quite unusual to see gun-related products of Icelandic origin, isn’t it? In fact, Krossdal Gunstock claims to be the first ever rifle stock manufacturer from this country. Their first product was introduced at IWA 2018 arms exhibition held in Nuremberg, Germany. The […]

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NEW: Taran Tactical +2 P320 Magazine Basepads [The Firearm Blog]

P320 magazineOut of the 100+ pistol magazines I own for my handguns, the ones that I use and carry the most are all outfitted with Taran Tactical Innovations (TTI) basepads. They are smooth aluminum making them snag resistant for concealed carry, comfortable with any grip style, drop free easily with a little extra weight and of […]

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New Russian-Made AR-15 Called ADAR 2-15 [The Firearm Blog]

ADAR 2-15 Russian AR-15Last week we reported about the Russian ADAR company’s Ladoga straight pull bolt action rifle. Earlier, this company has been publishing images of an AR-15 pattern rifle called ADAR 2-15 that they were preparing to manufacture. And recently, the company announced that they had launched the rifle on the Russian market. As in the case of […]

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Survival Lilly: Why Batoning is Great and Why Lanyards Suck []

In a recent video, Survival Lilly shares her thoughts on a couple of popular knife topics: Batoning and lanyards.

Why Batoning is Great

In case you’ve been hiding under a rock for the past few years, batoning is basically beating on the spine of your knife with a heavy wooden club to drive it into something. Some folks use this method to split kindling and such, while others shudder at the thought — and will take every opportunity to berate those who employ it. I mean, why not use a light axe or hatchet to split kindling?

Lilly addresses this by pretty much saying, “Hatchets are great, but I don’t always carry one — but I usually do carry a tough knife.”

Survival is an unknown situation. You can have an axe with you… but sometimes you don’t have an axe with you. Than you have to take what you have with you, and that’s maybe — hopefully — a survival blade which is thick enough.

It can also be much easier to control a batoned knife while splitting wood, as opposed to chopping with a hatchet or axe.

Why Lanyards Suck

I fully agree with this concept. Most lanyards I have encountered for just about any purpose are either useless, more trouble than they’re worth, or actually detrimental to the use of the tool or object to which it’s attached. But some folks feel that everything needs a lanyard, and they’re willing to put up with the aggravation of trying to use them. That’s great for lanyard-makers, but I don’t have much patience for things that get in the way instead of helping me.

Her first example of why lanyards aren’t great is admittedly pretty weak. Say you’re sawing away contentedly, when a bear shows up and you take off running? Well gee, then your saw is hanging off your wrist flailing about as you run.


Next, though, is a fair point; if you slip and fall, you should have the option of tossing your knife or saw away so you don’t fall onto it. With a lanyard tying it to your wrist, you lose that option.

Have a lanyard but don’t put it over your wrist? That’s also dangerous, as she explains. Not to mention that lanyards can allow a rogue shrub to pluck your knife right out of its sheath…

She ends by saying that closed lanyards are fine by her, and adds that:

There are so many different opinions as there are people on this planet.

You can say that again, Lilly.

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Intuit Reverses Gunsite Academy Credit Card Charges []

In a Gun Talk Radio interview, Ken Campbell, Gunsite Academy COO revealed that Intuit (Quickbooks) credit card processors have indeed parted ways with the well-known firearms training facility after only a few months of working together. However, the credit card processor didn’t sever ties without some financially-damaging results.

Why Gunsite Academy and Intuit Parted Ways

According to the radio interview, Gunsite Academy made the decision to change credit card processors around March, 2018. Then, almost 2 weeks ago, an Intuit representative reached out to the Gunsite Academy accountant, referencing the online sale of firearms which violated Intuit company policy.

The Gunsite accountant explained how online sales of firearms works and that firearms aren’t shipped to a customer’s home, they are shipped to a Federal Firearms Licensee and a background check is performed to determine whether ownership of the firearm is permitted.

At that time, the representative from Quickbooks/Intuit seemed to understand the process and released a “considerable amount” of funds which were being held by the company.

Then according to Campbell, Intuit called Gunsite’s accountant again a few days later, claiming that the training facility and Pro Shop violated the company’s policy against online sales of firearms. CEO and Chairman of Gunsite Brad Smith even sent Intuit an email, stating:

The firearms business is one of the most heavily-regulated and -watched industries by the federal and state governments as well as the media. Your claim of business firearms sales other than face-to-face is plainly wrong and illegal … A sale of a firearm is made through a state and federally licensed firearms dealer, face-to-face, after checking the customer government-issued identification, completion of mandatory federal form 4473 (with felony penalties for improper completion and regular dealer scrutiny and audit by ATF), and a mandatory FBI NICS check. The verification of identity is far greater through this face-to-face transaction than for any other products your company may support.

The email was written to no avail, because Intuit, the makers of TurboTax also owned by Quickbooks, decided to sever ties with Gunsite. However, rather than release funds which were pending from the sales of merchandise and tuition on classes, the credit card processor reversed all charges, sending tens of thousands of dollars back to customers, most of which was for goods and services already provided.

Because the “online purchase policy” was indeed in the company’s fine print, Gunsite’s only course of action was to change their credit card processor, reach out to those affected customers for whom they have contact information, and begin again.

What’s In Your Wallet?

This isn’t the first time Intuit/Quickbooks has stepped in to take Second Amendment rights into their own hands. Square and Paypal have similar policies regarding the sales of firearms, mainly online but some in-person sales as well.

NRA Business Alliance offers a list of pro-gun credit card processors. EMS+, as well as McMillan Group offer pro-firearm credit card processing for businesses of all sizes — a tip Gunsite wishes it’d known beforehand.

I wish I could track all the man hours we have lost with myself, our owners Buz and Sonja Mills, our accountant, our IT consultant, the Pro Shop manager and assistant, and training coordinator,” Campbell explained. “We know our great Gunsite clients (family) will pay their bills once they learn from us and through the media of this and understand the issues. However, it may take us 30 to 45 days to obtain the new payment. Then there are the simple over-the-counter sales for miscellaneous items in the Pro Shop that we don’t keep detailed customer records on. We anticipate several thousand dollars in losses there that may not be recoverable.

Consumers Can Help

If you’ve enrolled in a Gunsite course with your credit card, contact Rikki Newell at If you’ve purchased any items online or in person through the Gunsite Pro Shop, you can reach out to them via email at

Gunsite also offers courses on Citizen Response to Active Shooter, introduced a Church Defense course this year, and on Monday May 21st announced a School Defense course coming in 2019.

Learn more about Gunsite via their website.

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Watch: Ultrasonic Rodent Repeller Test []

Rodents, especially mice and rats, cause a tremendous amount of damage each year. Traps are a hassle to use — not to mention unsanitary — and poisons also have their downsides. But what about simply repelling the critters? Can that even be done effectively? I’d love to think so, because once a mouse moves in, eviction can be next to impossible.

In this video, mouse man Shawn Woods tests the “Victor PESTCHASER Ultrasonic Rodent Repeller,” an electronic device that supposedly emits high-pitched sounds (it’s also a night light, oooooo) to deter critters.

I could have predicted the results of his test, considering my uncle’s experience in his hunt camp, but the entire video is less than 5 minutes long, so why not hear him out? And I have to say, the results are definitive.

Suffice it to say that I will not be spending any of my money on these things…

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[SOFIC 2018] Caseless Telescoping Non-Lethal Ammunition [The Firearm Blog]

Accurate-Mag, a division of Of BML Tool in Monroe, Connecticut announced at the Special Operations Forces Industry Conference (SOFIC) that their caseless telescoping Non-Lethal ammunition completed government testing. Tested on both pistol and rifle platforms, the ammunition can be adjusted to three different power levels depending on the target range. The Caseless Telescoping Non-Lethal System (CTNLS) held […]

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People Escaping Ebola Quarantine Zone []

Ebola has reared its ugly head once again.  This time the virus struck in the city of Mbandaka, which is in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The situation has not been bad enough for the World Health Organization to declare an emergency.

What has happened though, the city of Mbandaka was placed under a quarantine, and three patients escaped the quarantine area. Two of the three were found dead, and one was found alive.

Part of my prepping plan is to take history, and incorporate it into an overall survival plan. For example, how did people react when the Black Death was happening in 1348 – 1350? How did people act during the Plague of London in 1665 – 1666? What services broke down?  When people panicked what did they do?

Here we have a modern outbreak, a city under quarantine, and people are escaping the quarantine area.

From the Daily Star – Ebola patients ESCAPE quarantine in city of 350,000 people.

Three patients escaped from quarantine in the city of Mbandaka in north western Democratic Republic of Congo. Two of the three have been found dead, while a third patient has been found alive.

Medecins Sans Frontieres’ (MSF) mission in the city confirmed the incident as they work to treat cases of Ebola.

The death toll of the outbreak has reached 27 as health chiefs crackdown on the virus.

World Health Organization bosses have previously warned spread in the city could mean a repeat of the 2014 outbreak – which killed over 11,000.

The good news is the World Health Organization is trying a new Ebloa vaccine.


During outbreaks of the plague in Medieval Europe people would flee the cities. Sometimes it was in an attempt to distance themselves from the disease. While other times the people were starving and fled to the country side in an attempt to find food. There are numerous accounts of people dying along the roads, in the bushes, in the fields.. wherever they fell.

With the situation in Mbandaka, we have a modern example of people fleeing the cities. Though it was only three, we can guess two of them were infected as they were found dead. The big question is, how many people did they infect?

Let’s speculate a city such as Atlanta, Georgia were put under quarantine. Could we expect people to flee the city? Sure we could. We have historical and current examples of people doing just that.

With that knowledge could we expect the government to establish an effective quarantine zone?  Nope, not at all.  We have over 600 years of history, and modern examples, showing people will flee the quarantine areas.

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Illinois: House Considering New Bill to Shut Down Your Gun Store [NRA-ILA News]

Today, the Illinois state House Judiciary-Criminal Committee voted 8-3 to pass Senate Amendment 3 to Senate Bill 337, which would shut down your local gun stores with onerous red tape and regulations.  Governor Bruce Rauner has previously vetoed two of these egregious dealer licensing bills, but anti-gun legislators are not giving up.  The House of Representatives is now considering SA 3 to SB 337 and could vote on it soon.


KABOOM REPORTS: Egyptian Surplus In A Kel-Tec Edition [The Firearm Blog]

Kaboom reportsBefore we take a look at this week’s edition of KABOOM REPORTS, I just want to make you all aware that I am not placing blame or fault on either the firearm nor the ammunition seen here in this user-submitted event. Without getting too technical- sh*t happens – and without being a first-hand observer or […]

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Opinion: Is The 2nd Worth 33,000 Lives a Year? []

It was a simple question asked in a Facebook political group I am a member of, “Is the second amendment worth keeping if it cost more than 33,000 lives a year?”  For such a simple question the answer is a little more complicated.

My reply was, “Yes the 2nd is worth it. Ask the 100 million people communism killed what they think.”

First, rights do not come with a price tag.  Second, rights do not have to be justified.  We do not have to justify exercising our right to vote, or our right to religion, or any other right we have.  Therefore, we do not justify our right to keep and bear arms.

Regardless of those facts, the gun grabbers want gun owners to take the bait so the bodies of dead children can be used as leverage to promote a political agenda.  What the people who promote gun control ignore, is how gun control contributed to the death’s of over 100 million people in the 20th century alone.

In the 20th century, Communism (and the related ‘isms) caused the death of over 100 million people.  Think about that for a minute.  On average that is one million people killed, every year, for a century.

Yet, gun grabbers want to use 33,000 deaths, where an estimated 60% – 63% were suicides, to justify gun control.  The actual number of homicides in 2016 were along the lines of 11,000.

So we have:

11,000 murders a year living in a Republic.  The vast majority of those murders are caused by inner city gang warfare.

1,000,000 murders a year living under communism, socialism, fascism… etc.  That is not just one million, that is an average of one million a year for 100 years.

Even with those numbers in hand, young people favor socialism over capitalism.  If he fanfare of Bernie Sanders during the 2016 presidential elections taught us anything, it is young people are leaning towards socialism.

It does not take a rocket scientist to figure out what is going on.

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Obama advisers sought to 'tap people's emotions' for gun-control push after Sandy Hook: Emails [NRA-ILA News]

Rahm Emanuel famously said that “you never want a serious crisis to go to waste,” and apparently that included the 2012 Sandy Hook massacre.


Preppers: Having Everything Ready The Night Before []

As my wife was getting stuff ready for a company outing, I suggested she, “Have everything ready the night before.”  This is something I tried to teach my kids.  Whether it was hiking, camping, fishing or hunting, the kids were taught to have everything ready the night before.

Typically we would round up the gear we needed and place it by the front door.   If we were going fishing, the poles and tackle boxes were put in the boat the night before.

We can take these same principles and apply them to prepping.  If we know a certain situation is on the world stage, then we can work to have everything ready the night before.

The event does not even have to be on the world stage.  As a hurricane is approaching, have all of the preps ready to night before the storm makes landfall.

It never fails, when it looks like a hurricane is going to make landfall in a certain area, people rush to the store and buy everything they can think of.

When Hurricane Harvey was approaching the Texas coast, people were rushing to the local Walmart and filling their buggies full of food and supplies.  There were a couple of families with two buggies full of everything from food to Coleman camping stoves.

I just happened to be in the store to pick up some non-prepping related items while people were in the midst of panic buying.  Living on the gulf coast like we do, and being a prepper, my wife and I stay ready for events like Hurricane Harvey.

The only thing I did before Hurricane Harvey made landfall was to charge all of the batteries and LED lanterns.  When Harvey arrived and the power went out, the cooking station was set up and life went on pretty much as normal.

When a situation arises, I take inventory, size up the situation, and have everything ready the night before.

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To stop school shootings, use Israel's approach to fighting terror: Texas attorney general [NRA-ILA News]

American policymakers should look to Israel for guidance. Living constantly with the threat of terrorism, Israel solved the problem of school security long ago by hardening the target and tightening security practices. Every school with 100 or more students has at least one well-trained armed guard stationed at entrances to monitor who comes and goes.


Michael Bloomberg Takes On Trump, Pledges $42 Million To U.S. Cities [NRA-ILA News]

The charitable organization champions a “data-driven” approach to philanthropy. Its agenda includes curbing tobacco use, fighting climate change and promoting gun control. Following the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, this year, Bloomberg’s Everytown for Gun Safety nonprofit joined with Moms Demand Action to create a student-led gun control campaign.


United Air CEO grilled over NRA discount, workers rights at annual meeting [NRA-ILA News]

United Airlines executives faced questions about ending its discount for a gun rights group and how it treats its workers at the carrier’s annual shareholders meeting on Wednesday.


Gun control bill passes Massachusetts House [NRA-ILA News]

The bill was vague, poorly drafted and duplicates procedures that already allow local police chiefs to remove firearms from people who they consider dangerous, said the group’s executive director, Jim Wallace, in a statement.


Ohio: House panel OK's self-defense bill [NRA-ILA News]

The heavily contested legislation was introduced more than a year ago and has had seven committee hearings. The bill would shift the burden of proof in self-defense cases from the defendant to the prosecutor.


Strike Industries Enhanced Low Profile Steel Gas Block [The Firearm Blog]

Strike Industries Enhanced Low Profile Steel Gas Block (3)Strike Industries has announced that their new enhanced low profile AR-15 gas block is now available for purchase. The company advertises this gas block to be a robust, lightweight and affordable product. Let’s take a closer look. As in the case of many other Strike Industries products, they managed to combine the useful features with […]

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Illinois: House Passes Bill for Firearm Surrender Without Due Process [NRA-ILA News]

On May 23rd, the Illinois state House of Representatives voted 80-32 to pass House Amendment 2 to House Bill 2354 to allow Second Amendment rights to be revoked without due process.  HA 2 to HB 2354 now goes to the state Senate for further consideration.


Interview: Mathieu Willemsen, Curator of the Dutch National Military Museum [Forgotten Weapons]

Today we have a brief conversation with Mathieu Willemsen, Curator of the Dutch National Military Museum. This was shorter than I would have preferred, because it came right at the end of a long day of filming guns, and we only had a few minutes – but I would like to encourage anyone who happens to find themselves in the Netherlands to make time to visit the museum – it is well worth it!

Those who are particularly interested will enjoy and appreciate Mathieu’s book, “Trial And Experiment” on the Dutch collection of interested experimental firearms.


Brazilian Gun Laws Have Created a Nightmare []

Many of those in anti-gun circles like to point to foreign countries with strict gun control as examples of their ideal. But most of the time, reality is far different from their idyllic fantasy. This is true of Brazil, a nation which I nave never visited but to which I have family ties.

One of my aunts married a Brazilian man, and they lived in the USA for years. The photo above is my uncle with his son, taken during that time. In the late 1970s, they moved to Brazil with their young daughter and son, my cousins. They had a home in Rio de Janeiro as well as a rural ranch.

My family eventually moved back to the USA. My cousin Chris traveled back and forth between USA and Brazil regularly and recently, going to and from Rio maintaining relationships and conducting business. He has had to stop this travel because of increased violent crime in a place where he has no legal ability to protect himself.

Chris recently wrote the following, which I share here in hopes that some who still believe that banning guns will magically reduce or erase crime will see the light.

My father (from Ibicaraí, Bahia, Brazil) took me on my first hunt when I was about 4 years old. At 10, I was shooting skeet with a single-shot 410 shotgun. At 12, I was shooting skeet and hunting doves with a 12 gauge shotgun. I continued to shoot after I moved overseas to Brazil at age thirteen.

In 1977 just about anyone could own a gun in Brazil. My father and I did. As the years went by, Brazilian gun laws became more strict and at one point I couldn’t get a hold of ammo anymore.

After Lula came into power in 2003, the government convinced many to give up their guns in return for a small compensation. Now, fifteen years later, it’s almost impossible to purchase a firearm in that country. They took away most of the remaining firearms by passing even more stringent gun laws.

Today, Brazil has become one of the most violent and dangerous countries in the world.

Don’t be fooled, there are guns in Brazil. They are just in the hands of the bad guys — so millions of Brazilians live at the mercy of murderous bandits who go around unchallenged, robbing and killing hundreds of innocent people by the day (Chicago is child’s play compared to Rio). It’s a shame.

Many Brazilians really did (some fools still do) believe that getting rid of the guns would get rid of gun violence (a naive and delusional concept).

But back to being a child and shooting guns at an early age. If I had a son, I would most certainly share the same experiences that my father, my friend’s father, and my uncles all shared with me. I learned how to respect guns and how important they may become at any given time.

Today, I continue to own guns and shoot on a regular basis. I just don’t care to hunt anymore.

My takeaway from this: Disarming law-abiding people is never a good idea. Pass down the tradition of gun ownership and shooting skills. Enjoy your rights, and work to preserve them.

Future generations will thank everyone who stood up for civil rights — and despise all who fail to resist.

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New Rex Silentium “Potens” Rimfire Suppressor [The Firearm Blog]

Just like in the case of Rex Silentium suppressors designed for centerfire firearms (Honoris, Viribus, Fidelis), their new rimfire suppressor also has a Latin name – Potens. It means strong or powerful. Let’s see what features this new rimfire can has. Similar to its larger caliber siblings, there are spiral flutes on the Potens suppressor’s outer […]

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ATF Measuring OAL With Brace Folded? [The Firearm Blog]

Recently The Freedom Shoppe in Connecticut was visited by the ATF over possible NFA violations. According to Victor Benson, proprietor of The Freedom Shoppe, the ATF is measuring his firearms with the brace folded and declaring his firearms as illegal AOWs.   Based on this post it seems that the ATF may be interpreting NFA […]

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California AG Becerra And Cal DOJ Served With Petition By Firearms Policy Coalition [No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money]

I'll say right off the bat that I don't understand policies and procedures in California. While it is a beautiful state with bad roads and even worse gun laws, their legal and administrative procedures are a bit of a mystery to me. When I received the notice below from the Firearms Policy Coalition, I wondered why a petition with signatures was being served on the attorney general. After I started to read the petition - written by a North Carolina lawyer no less! - I started to understand that citizens and groups in California use petitions to put government officials on legal notice about their action. In this case, it has to do with underground and unpublished firearms regulations that the California Court of Appeals had enjoined AG Xavier Becerra (D-CA) from enforcing.

You can read the release along with the link to the petition below:

SACRAMENTO, CA (May 23, 2018) — Today, civil rights advocates at Firearms Policy Coalition have issued the following statement:
Recently, Attorney General Becerra said, “Here in California, we respect the Constitution and follow the law.” But neither is true. 
This morning, our Legislative Advocate, Craig DeLuz, served on California Attorney General Xavier Becerra and his Department of Justice a petition challenging their illegal underground regulation. This petition was also sent to the Office of Administrative Law, the state’s regulatory watchdog agency.
In spite of an unanimously-decided Court of Appeal published opinion issued in February, and a permanent injunction issued weeks ago, Becerra’s DOJ continues to promulgate and enforce that same illegal underground regulation. Their stunning and troubling disregard for lawful court orders is contrary to the rule of law. 
Becerra’s weaponized Department of Justice regularly attacks the fundamental rights and property of law-abiding gun owners in law enforcement actions, their lobbying of the Legislature, and litigation. 
Indeed, Becerra and his army of anti-gun DOJ lawyers and special agents ignore the text of the Constitution and California’s statutes, forcing their anti-gun agenda on millions of people—the law and civil rights be damned.
Becerra also recently said that, “in California, we believe our communities are safest when we have trust between our law enforcement & the communities they serve.” But such trust is impossible, and undeserved, when the state’s top law enforcement officer shows a total lack of regard for the People, their rights, and the laws he has a duty to follow and enforce fairly. 
If Attorney General Becerra and the Department of Justice want to build trust and be respected, they should start by being trust-worthy and giving respect to law-abiding gun owners and their fundamental, individual right to keep and bear arms.


NEW Long Range Gear: Grayboe Ridgeback Stock And DBM [The Firearm Blog]

RidgebackI’m not going to stand up here and pretend to be a long range or precision shooter. In fact, my idea of long range is lobbing .22LR at bottle caps from 100 yards out. But I do know that Grayboe is a well respected company in the precision rifle market and they have just released […]

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Wednesday, 23 May


TactiCALI: Mean Arms Magazine Loader for AR-10 [The Firearm Blog]

Not long ago, MEAN LLC, introduced a California Compliant Magazine Loader for the AR-15; The 10-round bullet loading device allows California gunners to reload a fixed magazine without the need to break down the firearm. The Firearm Blog featured it last year and you can read more here –   Yesterday, Mean Arms announced the […]

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Mayhem Syndicate CALI Compensator System [The Firearm Blog]

Mayhem Syndicate CALI Compensator System (1)A company called Mayhem Syndicate makes an interesting muzzle device system for Glock pistols. It is called CALI Compensator System and it consists of a custom Glock barrel and the Mayhem Syndicate Carry Compensator muzzle device attached to it. Let’s see what advantages this system offers. The main idea behind this system is to make […]

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TFBTV Mail Room #12: Strawberries, Summer, and Straps [The Firearm Blog]

In this episode of TFBTV, James opens more mail from viewers in the scorching New Orleans heat. Today, we receive packages from: – Justified Warfare Solutions – “High Quality and High Value Kydex Holsters” COUPON CODE FOR 10% OFF ALL ORDERS IS “TFBTV” – Social Media Decals – Social media friendly and gun-friendly stickers. […]

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Stoner’s Design Perfected: Comparing the Knight’s LAMG to the Stoner 86 [The Firearm Blog]

Last week we looked at the Stoner 86/ARES LMG-1 in depth while at the Institute of Military Technology in Florida. This week we are comparing the older design to the much more modern Knight’s Armament 5.56x45mm NATO Light Assualt Machine Gun (LAMG) that the company brought to SHOT Show last year and this year. In […]

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Discreet Break Down Rifle Cases []

When is the last time you carried your AR-15 rifle in a tennis racket case? The operative term these days for the well informed prepper, survivalist, or even those interested in low key personal defense is “concealed” or better yet, “discreet.” Concealed is obviously covered up from outside observation, but discreet implies hiding in plain sight.

Check out the official definition of discreet: Having or showing a judicious reserve; lacking ostentation or pretension; modest. That aptly describes a low profile demeanor which is what we are advised to do in our EDC, Every Day Carry. That is to blend in, not to stand out in public, be noticed, or make ourselves obvious.

Such should be the case, too, (no pun intended) when we carry our EDC weapons in public or even in a locked vehicle that could be observed from the outside. This means choosing carry bags that don’t look like weapons bags.

As good as they are in terms of weapons protection and durability, and carry capacity, the typical AR-AK, etc. platform rifle cases are much too militaristic in appearance. The copious external magazine pockets or even handgun sleeves are a dead giveaway, even in dark night city alley black. Virtually anyone would know what is inside that bag. So, what are the alternatives?

Several rifle case manufacturers have turned to producing rifle carry bags that do not play the part. These cases are made to look more like everyday sports bags carrying anything but a firearm. Many of these bags could easily be mistaken for tennis racket bags, golf equipment bags, baseball or softball bags, or other types of sports equipment carry bags, certainly not bags hiding an AR rifle.

Consumers can find various bags under the maker names of Leapers, SIG, Tuff Products, Hazard 4, Elite Survival Systems, HSP INGOG, and several others. Good outlets and selections of these cases and more can be found at Optics Planet, Midway USA, Sportsman’s Guide, and many other sources.

Some of the cases are designed for rifles such as the AR-15 to be taken down into upper and lower units to create a smaller package. Magazines and other items are stored inside the bags. Others may be shaped like guitar cases allowing fully assembled rifles to be toted discreetly.

If you want to carry a rifle in public or as an EDC even in a vehicle, then pick a protective case that looks like something it isn’t. Part of the prepper mystique is to remain discreet.

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Safe Space []

As the human race marches on toward whatever end we must endure, there has been over time the coinage of new terminology and social phrases of all kinds. Most recently or since the last presidential election in particular, the term “safe space” has come on the scene.

For the snowflakes (we call them the election losers), or as we define them the new corps of social elite leftists that have not been able to accept or deal psychologically with their candidate having blown the election, they now require a “safe space” in order to retreat from reality. Others use the term in a completely different manner.

For preppers, survivalists, and self-welfare preservationists, they refer to a “safe space” as a secure location in which to defend themselves against a variety of external threats from natural disasters, to social upheavals, grid meltdowns, or economic or supply line collapses. For them, a “safe space” is a secure room at the Bug In, or another site to Bug Out. It is a place well stocked, armed, defensible, and offering sustainability, at least for a while.

A “safe space” can be anything from a back room in a house, a self-contained garage, storm shelter, or similar area that can be locked down from outside intrusions. To the extreme think of the movie Panic Room in which Jodie Foster and her daughter locked themselves in a safe room to escape three home invaders. That was the ultimate with living quarters, sustenance supplies, and a complete security monitoring system. One has to assume, too, there were external power supply sources to support the panic room, but then it was just a movie. You get the point.

For most, a “safe space” is not just a hideout, but a functioning living escape space to maintain life and security during a period (hopefully to end) of time until calm and outside status quo is returned to relative normal. Some even think in these terms of their entire Bug In or Out facility as a safe space, which could be done with extensive planning, security and training.

We naturally invite AO readership their full participation in planning and execution thoughts on this subject. What are your contingent plans for a safe space? I favor the idea of a whole Bug In or other dwelling as a safe space with the capability of a last ditch escape route, should it be breeched or set on fire. I just don’t foresee a dark corner, a candle, and a Winnie the Poo coloring book for comfort against the outside world. How about you?

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California: Orange County Fairgrounds Board of Directors to Discuss Future of Gun Show [NRA-ILA News]

On Thursday, May 24th, the Board of Directors for the 32nd District Agricultural Association and the Orange County Fairgrounds has scheduled an “informational” item on their agenda to discuss the Crossroads of the West Gun show.


The Truth About Trump’s Rollback on “Extreme Predator Hunting” []

A recently-proposed rule credited to “the Trump administration” seeks to remove some federal bans on some methods of hunting in Alaska. This has been blasted by such sources as the Huffington Post, and one reading their article could very well be left with the impression that big bad Donald Trump is somehow encouraging people to kill bear cubs and wolf pups in their dens. But that’s simply not true.

The proposed rule is actually from the National Park Service (NPS) and it seeks to remove some government-mandated restrictions on hunting — but not for the reasons or goals suggested by the bleeding hearts.

If you actually take the time to read the document, you will find that one big reason for “rolling back” some of the rules is to simply improve the way wildlife is regulated between states and the federal government. Under Obama, the feds often acted alone and without regard for due process at state and local levels, and I see this new proposal as a continuation of a 2017 move to better work together.

From the doc:

The purpose of this proposed rule is to align sport hunting regulations in national preserves in Alaska with State of Alaska regulations and to enhance consistency with harvest regulations on surrounding non-federal lands and waters…

As for the proposed rule, here it is:

NPS proposes to remove paragraphs (f) and (g) of 36 CFR 13.42. Paragraph (f) states that State of Alaska management actions or laws or regulations that authorize taking of wildlife are not adopted in park areas if they are related to predator reduction efforts, which is defined as efforts with the intent or potential to alter or manipulate natural predator-prey dynamics and associated natural ecological processes, in order to increase harvest of ungulates by humans.

Paragraph (g) sets forth a table of prohibited methods of taking wildlife for sport purposes in national preserves in Alaska. Most of these prohibited methods are also prohibited by the State of Alaska. Some of them, however, conflict with authorizations by the State of Alaska as explained above.

The NPS believes that removing paragraphs (f) and (g) would implement the directive announced in Secretarial Orders 3347 and 3356 by increasing hunting opportunities in national preserves and promoting consistency between federal regulations and state wildlife harvest regulations. In addition, the proposed rule would remove the definitions of “Big game”, “Cub bear”, “Fur animal”, and “Furbearer” from section 13.1 because those terms are only used in paragraphs (f) and (g).

(emphasis added)

So no, the Trump admin is not seeking to create hunts in which crowds of rich white folks flock to the woods to kill baby critters. The NPS is simply making an attempt to remove one layer of bureaucracy and to return wildlife management to the state, which is where it belongs. If the state determines that certain predator populations are out of control, extreme measures may be exercised if necessary.

Regardless of whether you believe it should be illegal to bait bears or shoot wolves in a den, these are simply not activities which the federal government should be attempting to regulate.

And, although it’s hard to believe I’m about to type these words, it appears that the feds are trying to do something right this time. Too bad the process is so convoluted.

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Three Items To Help Make Hiking and Camping More Enjoyable []

Regardless if someone is counting ounces, there are three pieces of gear which can be justified for a lot of people.  These are comfort items which could help make the trip more enjoyable.

There is an old saying which goes something like this: “Ounces equals pounds, and pounds equals pain.”  With that term in mind, a lot of people look for ways to reduce pack weight.  I have heard of backpackers cutting tooth brushes in half, using only the most ultralight gear, and weighing every item going in the pack.

However, with the weight also goes some of the comfort.  So here are three of my favorite items to help making hiking or camping trips more enjoyable.


While a sleeping pad and sleeping bag are nice, a hammock provides a level of comfort which is difficult to deny.  There is something about laying in a hammock in the middle of the woods, with nothing but the sounds of birds and wind to keep you company.

There have been several times when I stopped for a rest break, strung up a hammock, took a short nap, then continued on my way.  On one such trip my nephew, my son and I strung our hammocks up next to a swimming hole in the middle of nowhere.

Getting off the ground and taking a nap make the whole trip more enjoyable.

Camping Pillow

This would apply to a camping trip that than a day hike.  A nice small pillow can make a world of difference on a camping trip.

For more than a decade my pillow was a spare pair of pants stuffed inside a shirt.  The older I got the more uncomfortable the pants and shirt became.  Eventually I caved and bought a small pillow that is around 12 inches across.  Just that one little item made a world of difference.

Cook Pot

In an effort to reduce my pack weight the size of the cook pot was reduced.  The current pot is a 550ml Toaks pot, which is too small.  It is too small to cook a bag of ramen noodles.  All the pot is large enough to do is boil water for freeze dried meals.  Even for boiling 12 ounces of water the pot is a little small.

To be able to cook noodles, and other items, the 550ml pot is being upgraded to a 750ml pot.

Besides cooking larger meals, the cook pot provides a physiological aspect of knowing someone can cook enough food to satisfy a hungry appetite.

Final Thoughts

There is a line when we cut so many items from the pack the trip quality starts to go down.  Take my mesh hammock for example; it is around 24 years old and weighs just 8.7 ounces.  The parachute hammock weighs 1 pound and 1.2 ounces.

I can justify 8.7 ounces on a day long hike.  Being able to stop for a rest break, get off the ground, cook a good meal, and take a nap would greatly increase the overall trip.

Question to the reader – what are some of the times you simply can not leave home without?


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Remington & Travis Tomasie Collaborate on Competition 1911 [The Firearm Blog]

Remington R1 Tomasie customRemington have introduced a new competition pistol. Developed in collaboration with their team captain Travis Tomasie, the new pistol is a 1911 chambered in .40S&W. Tomasie, the captain of Remington’s shooing team, is a former member of the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit and a gold medalist in both the IPSC Handgun World Shoot and the IPSC US Handgun Championship. […]

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DIY: Shortest 300BLK Gas Operated AR15? [The Firearm Blog]

ShortestAn innovative shooter/builder has just laid claim to what could be the the shortest 300BLK gas operated AR15 in existance. Measuring at a mere 3.75” inches, the barrel real estate is covered primarily by the gas block with just enough room for a threaded muzzle to attach a suppressor. After watching the below posted videos, […]

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Why Campus Shootings Are So Shocking: School Is the ‘Safest Place’ for a Child [NRA-ILA News]

“Especially in the younger grades, school is the safest place they can be,” said Melissa Sickmund, director of the National Center for Juvenile Justice.


Media more eager to defend MS-13 than NRA [NRA-ILA News]

It’d be nice if the media defended the NRA as fiercely as they defend MS-13.


The Problem With CNN’s School Shooting Count [NRA-ILA News]

CNN has been promoting its latest count of school shootings in the aftermath of Friday's tragedy in Santa Fe, Texas. But most of the included incidents bear no resemblance to that attack. While the news organization has not released details behind the incidents included in its report that 288 school shootings have occurred in the United States since 2009, it has detailed its count of 22 for this year. Their standard includes any incident where anyone was injured in any way anywhere on school grounds for any school from kindergarten to college.


Trump administration to publish proposed rule changes for gun exports: official [NRA-ILA News]

The Trump administration is preparing to publish on Thursday long-delayed proposed rule changes for the export of U.S. firearms, a State Department official said on Tuesday.


It’s always the guns and never the mess we’ve created [NRA-ILA News]

Focus on the guns. If we can just keep everyone’s attention on the guns and the homicides, we don’t have to think about all the children whose lives have been destroyed in Chicago by drugs.


Elizabeth Warren vows to refuse NRA money after never receiving such donations in the past [NRA-ILA News]

Sen. Elizabeth Warren has vowed to do something about mass shootings by refusing to accept campaign donations from the National Rifle Association, even though she’s never received any money from the organization in the past.


California: Gun show ban will not reduce gun violence [NRA-ILA News]

California laws regulating gun shows are the strictest in the nation. The proposed closure of the gun show at the Cow Palace, the state fairground for San Francisco, will have no effect on the reduction of gun violence.


Florida: Brevard County employees with concealed permits can bring gun to work — if they follow these rules [NRA-ILA News]

Brevard County commissioners have approved updated rules for county staff to carry weapons at work.


Ohio: House Committee Advances Pro-Gun Legislation to the Floor for Pending Vote [NRA-ILA News]

Yesterday, the Ohio House Federalism and Interstate Commerce Committee passed House Bill 228 by a party line vote.


Teaching Young People Why We Prep []

Over the past few decades there has been a shift in prepping education.  Before the end of the Cold War, the United States government ran public education programs on TV.  These were short infomercials talking about duck and cover.

Before TV, the government would publish posters and other educational material asking people to grow their own food.  This was especially true during World War I and II.  The more food people grew, the more food could be put towards wartime efforts.

Today, there is barely any talk about duck and cover, much less growing our own food.  Except for natural disasters, the federal government has removed itself from prepping.  The little bit of information that is published is a faint shadow of what used to be published.

For the most part, people have no reason to prep.  After all, the government will be there to take care of us, right?  The mindset of the government taking care of the people is a stark contrast of what people were taught from the early 1900s all the way to the fall of the Berlin Wall.

If the government is not going to tell people to prepare, and schools barely touch on history, who bears the burden of teaching the next generation reason to prep?

It is our responsibility to teach the next generation why we prep.

Who knows when the next Archduke Ferdinand will be assassinated, or when the next Pearl Harbor will be?  In other words, nobody knows what will trigger World War III.  With Iran furthering its nuclear program, who knows what the future has in store.

When will history repeat itself and humanity face another Black Death of 1348 – 1350?

Those are just three of the lessons of why we prep:

  • World War I
  • World War II
  • Black Death of 1348 – 1350

How many young people know how to fish, know how to hunt, know how to garden, or even know how to shoot a gun?

It is up to us to teach the younger generation those skills.

Final Thoughts

Several years ago, my daughter and I were fishing on the Angelina River near Jasper, Texas.  As we were heading back to the boat ramp we passed a camping site on the river.  A family had their tents set up, and were in their boat fishing.

On the bow of the families boat was a young man, maybe 10 years old, who was pulling foam noodles out of the water.  It is common to use foam noodles to fish along the Angelina River.  Several years ago my daughter and I caught a very nice High Fin Blue Catfish on the Angelina River.

Seeing the family camping and fishing made me think something along the lines of, “Those kids will know what to do if SHTF.”  If the time ever came where the government were to ration food, those kids would be ready to find their own food.


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M&P IN FDE: New M&P45 M2.0 in Flat Dark Earth [The Firearm Blog]

Flat dark earthSo, you thought the days of Flat Dark Earth were behind us? Not so fast, hot shot. I have recently fallen back in love with FDE guns and gear, building an AR15 in complete earthen glory. And I must not be the only one: Smith & Wesson just announced their newest edition to the M&P […]

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California: NRA-PVF Candidate Ratings and Endorsements are Now Posted for the Primary Election [NRA-ILA News]

Tuesday, June 5th, is Primary Election Day!  Your NRA Political Victory Fund has rated, and in some races, endorsed pro-gun/pro-hunting candidates for the upcoming primary election.


Russian AK-49 – The Type 2 Milled Receiver AK [Forgotten Weapons]


With recognition of the production problems of the original Type 1 AK-47, an alternative was needed. Russian engineer Valeriy Kharkov led a team of engineers who designed a replacement drop-forged and machined receiver for the AK. This was formally designated the AK-49 (a name which has not seen use in the US). This new receiver was not a technical challenge for Izhevsk to produce, and it added durability and potentially accuracy to the weapon, at the cost of an addition pound (half kilo) of weight and more manufacturing time/expense.

The Type 2 AK is distinctive for its rear socket used to attach the buttstock, which was done to simplify the receiver profile and to allow the same receiver to be used for both fixed and underfolding stocks. The Type 2 receiver also has a weight reduction scalloped cut on the right side which is parallel to the top surface of the receiver (on the later Type 3, this cut would be made parallel to the bottom of the receiver instead) as well as a few other smaller features.

While the Type 2 receiver solved the immediate problem for Kalashnikov’s team, it would only be in production for a short time. Introduced in 1949, production ceased in 1953 or 1954, being replaced by an improved iteration of milled receiver, the Type 3. The Type 3 would remain in production until the stamped receiver was finally perfected as the AKM in 1959, and the Type 3 would be produced by a significant number of nations outside the Soviet Union.

Today, the second pattern milled AK is an very rare weapon, and I am grateful to the private collector who allowed me to video this one for you!


Farewell, Caracal! Welcome, Rex firearms! [The Firearm Blog]

Announced with great fanfare in 2016 (, the plans of the United Arab Emirates’ Caracal company to establish a factory in Goiás State, Brazil, now seem to have all but gone. The concern, in fact, had a major stand at the 2017 LAAD – Latin America Aerospace and Defence exhibition in Rio de Janeiro, where […]

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US Army’s Proposed Rifle Qualification Course of Fire and Standard Changes [The Firearm Blog]

rifle training at ft benningSoldier Systems Daily recently shared a video purporting to outline the US Army’s new rifle qualification. The video posted by Circle Dog Production shows the 40-round course of fire that soldiers may soon have to shoot to qualify. Circle Dog Production, however, point out both in the video and in the video’s description that the video […]

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SIG SAUER Aiming for Zero Charity Match Benefiting Active Heroes Foundation [The Firearm Blog]

The Second Annual SIG SAUER Aiming for Zero Charity Match, a division of the Active Heroes Foundation is set to take place at the SIG SAUER Academy in Epping, New Hampshire, Friday, May 18th – Sunday, May 20th. The Active Heroes Foundation whose mission is to reduce veteran suicide and assist military families. SIG SAUER […]

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ISRA Needs Witness Slips As Illinois Gun Dealer Licensing Bill Rises Again [No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money]

The gun prohibitionists in Illinois never give up. They have brought back their gun dealer state licensing plan in another form and the Illinois State Rifle Association needs Illinois residents to send in witness slips.

Let's face it - the goal of this bill is to put the small gun dealer out of business. You may have the right to keep and bear arms but if you can't buy any arms the gun culture will shrink. That is the ultimate goal of these gun banners. Make it so hard for people to buy guns that they will just give up.

Details below:



Click on the following link Create a Witness Slip

I. IDENTIFICATION: Enter your personal information. Enter "NA" for the Firm/Business or Agency and Title fields unless you are officially representing an organization.

II. REPRESENTATION: Enter "Myself" unless representing an organization.

III. POSITION: Select Original Bill and choose Opponent.

IV. TESTIMONY: Select the "Record of Appearance Only" radio button.

If filing manually, complete the Captcha challenge and agree to the ILGA Terms of Agreement.

Then click Create Slip.


Click on the following link View a Witness Slip

Tuesday, 22 May


Will NC Republicans Let Permitless Carry Die In The State Senate? [No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money]

HB 746 passed the North Carolina State House in June of 2017. Entitled the Omnibus Gun Bill, the key feature of HB 746 was permitless concealed carry. As I've mentioned before, the North Carolina Supreme Court ruled back in 1922 that it was the right of North Carolinians to carry a firearm openly. Since the passage of HB 746 in the House there has been no action on the bill in the State Senate. It seems the Senate Republicans under the control of Majority Leader Phil Berger want the bill to die from inaction. They did nothing regarding the bill in 2017 and now it seems nothing more will happen regarding the bill in the 2018 short session.

It should be noted that it wasn't too long ago that both houses of the General Assembly were solidly Democratic. Thanks to the efforts of conservatives and especially gun owners, Republicans hold a super majority in both houses. Grass Roots North Carolina issued an alert this evening asking people to remind Majority Leader Phil Berger and the rest of the Senate Republicans just who brought them to the dance.

From GRNC:


Senate Republicans may be planning to sell out gun owners… again! 

Strong signals received from Senate leaders suggest that Republicans plan to wrap up 2018 without any action on pro-gun bill, HB 746! Yes, you read that right. After allowing the Permitless Concealed Carry bill (HB 746) to languish in committee for the duration of the 2017 session, Senate Republicans are now aiming to do precisely the same thing in 2018.Once again, it seems Republican Politicians have forgotten who brung ‘em to the dance.
They’re taking you and
your vote for granted!

2018 Campaign Promises Will Ring Hollow
As you know, 2018 is an election year. This means all the “pro-gun” Senators who are apparently planning to snub gun owners, will once again be out on the campaign trail, and as always, they’ll be leaning on the Second Amendment. Clearly, politicians have no sense of irony.
Should senators fail to pass HB 746 soon,
do not fall for their 2018 pro-gun campaign promises

Without obvious and immediate action where it is entirely possible and long overdue, any pro-gun campaign rhetoric can be chalked up to crafty but hollow misdirection. As candidates wistfully recall memories involving their daddy’s shotgun, they’ll be quietly hoping like heck that you didn’t read this alert and learn what they really think about protecting and expanding your right to keep and bear arms. Let’s just say, if actions speak louder than words, your gun rights are not their priority.

Don’t Let Senate Republicans Play You 
Republicans, seemingly bent on inaction, may think they have you fooled, but they don’t, and the smartest thing gun owners can do now is let them know. Below, see how you can contact Senate Republicans. Explain to them that you are aware of their plan to do nothing, and that “nothing” is not a reason for you to go out and vote for them. Insist they pass HB 746 this session, and soon.


  • EMAIL SENATE REPUBLICANSUse the copy/paste email address lists provided below, and the copy/paste text provided under ‘Deliver This Message.’
  • PHONE SENATE LEADERS PHIL BERGER & HARRY BROWN. PHONE YOUR REPUBLICAN SENATOR, TOOFind phone number information below and tell the Senators this simple thing: 
Hello, I am an active voter, and I vote on gun rights. I am calling to insist that the Senate pass HB 746 this session, or I will be sitting home in November. Thank you. 

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Suggested Subject: "Pass HB 746 Now or Lose My Vote"  

Dear Senator:

I am furious after learning that Senate Republicans, by all accounts, intend to allow another year to slip away while taking precisely zero action on pro-gun bill HB 746. It seems as though Republicans have forgotten who “brung ‘em” to the dance, and this is not an acceptable memory lapse.

While you are out on the 2018 campaign trail, be aware that all pro-Second Amendment rhetoric will ring hollow in the wake of the Senate’s inaction, particularly if that trend continues during the 2018 session. There are no carefully parsed words, no glossy campaign mailers, no slick radio ads that will outweigh action in the Senate where real action is entirely possible. Inaction on the other hand speaks volumes.

Pass HB 746 this session. If you don’t, you will lose my vote. And if you have any doubts about the significance of the gun vote, consider Congressman Pittenger’s narrow 2018 Primary loss, after GRNC recommended his opponent due to Mr. Pittenger’s recent anti-gun votes in the U.S. House.

The gun vote makes a difference, and gun owners pay attention to GRNC’s recommendations. Pass HB 746, or face a loss in November. I will be closely monitoring your actions on this issue through alerts from Grass Roots North Carolina.



POTD: Be Careful What You Wish For – M&P45 [The Firearm Blog]

M&P45Found this reposted in a gun group. Often some people get frustrated at their guns and gear. However rather than isolating and addressing the issue they like to lash out and blame the gun or gear. Here is a great example of someone eating humble pie over an M&P45. A disgruntled person attended a S&W […]

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Brazil Orders More 5.56 IMBEL IA2 Carbines [The Firearm Blog]

IA2 in JungleBrazil has moved to procure 4,000 new 5.56x45mm IMBEL IA2 Carbines. The state owned Indústria de Material Bélico do Brasil or IMBEL, has been awarded a contract worth over $7 million. Jane’s report that the Brazilian Army’s Logistics Command has confirmed the purchase of the new rifles as part of a contract worth R$25.64 million or […]

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Danish Nielsen Sonic GHOST Suppressors [The Firearm Blog]

Danish Nielsen Sonic GHOST Suppressors (5)Nielsen Gun Parts is a Danish company specialized in designing and manufacturing suppressors. Among their products, there is a family of multi-caliber hunting rifle suppressors called Sonic GHOST. These silencers utilize quite a simple system that allows to assemble them so that they perfectly fit any particular caliber. As you know, often times it is possible […]

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Google StreetView Interupts Kids Target Practice In Nicaea Ruins [The Firearm Blog]

NicaeaAn astute Internet sleuth from spotted a unique moment on Google’s StreetView road imaging service. In Iznik, Turkey (also known my the ancient name of Nicaea), four kids were caught doing what kids do – plinking targets with airguns. Using what appears to be break action, spring loaded airguns (aka “Springers”), Google’s camera-laden vehicle […]

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Soft & light: Hornady .38spl 90gr FTX Critical Defense gel test [The Firearm Blog]

Buy it at Ventura Munitions: We shoot Hornady .38spl 90gr FTX Critical Defense ammunition from a Smith & Wesson Model 638 with a 2″ barrel into Clearballistics ballistic gel to measure velocity, penetration, expansion/fragmentation, and retained weight. If you aren’t already subscribed to us, you’re missing great content! Click here to subscribe. ««« […]

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NRA’s Chris Cox to Serve on Hunting and Shooting Sports Conservation Council [NRA-ILA News]

The executive director of the National Rifle Association’s Institute for Legislative Action, Chris W. Cox, will represent the 6 million members of the NRA on a newly formed panel that will advise the Trump administration on public land use policies on hunting and recreational shooting.


Rhode Island: Committee Recommends Two Gun Control Bills for Passage [NRA-ILA News]

Last week, the Senate Judiciary Committee considered S.2292A and S.2492A, and recommended them for passage.


New Jersey Action Needed: Senate Committee Passes Multiple Gun Control Bills [NRA-ILA News]

Yesterday, the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee considered and passed multiple anti-gun measures.


Document Of The Day [No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money]

After the murders in Sutherland Springs, Texas by the former airman, the only record you could find about his court martial was a two page summary  The former airman was a prohibited person but the US Air Force neglected to forward the records on to the FBI's NICS System. As I noted at the time, if he had been charged with this crime in a civilian court not only would his records have been sent to the FBI but it was highly likely that he'd still be in prison.

Thanks to the efforts of David Codrea and attorney Stephen Stamboulieh the Air Force was forced to release the entire 610 page court transcript. Codrea had made a request for it under the Freedom of Information Act but the Air Force and the Department of Justice refused to release it. He sued in US District Court for the District of Columbia with the aid of Stephen Stamboulieh. The suit was filed in January of this year and the Air Force has finally released a record of the trial proceedings.

As Codrea noted in an article about the release:

The refusal to comply with the FOIA, forcing the filing of a complaint to obtain requested documents, points to a desire to cover up a record that shows the Air Force knew his crimes rose to the level of required reporting. (An attached motion alleging “illegal pretrial confinement and punishment” is also something they probably weren’t eager to see come to light).

This was clearly a damaged, a violent, and of relevance, a guilty young man, and as we’ve seen in similar cases, the government knew about him. They nonetheless failed to report to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, allowing the killer to purchase firearms from a Federal Firearms Licensee without the system flagging him.

What this and similar reporting failures acting as catalysts for “Fix NICS” and other legislation fail to account for is that ultimately, being a “prohibited person” cannot stop anyone so inclined from obtaining a gun. If it could, we wouldn’t see regular headlines about “gun violence” from places like Chicago.
I would urge readers to go to Ammoland and read the whole article. Then they should start scanning the trial transcript. It makes for interesting reading.

As a refresher, David Codrea and the late Mike Vanderboegh were the citizen journalists who broke the story on the Obama Administration's Operation Fast and Furious which allowed firearms to go to Mexican cartels and which resulted in the deaths of two Federal law enforcement officers and untold numbers of Mexican nationals.


Massachusetts: Anti-Second Amendment Bills Rolled into Committee Substitute [NRA-ILA News]

On May 23rd, the Massachusetts state House of Representatives will be voting on House Bill 4517, which would allow firearms to be seized from individuals following baseless accusations without proper due process.


Illinois: Gun Control Bills to be Heard This Week [NRA-ILA News]

The Illinois state House of Representatives can take action any day on House Amendment 1 to Senate Bill 2580 to expand the 72 hour waiting period to all firearms.  On May 24th, the Illinois state House Judiciary-Criminal Committee will be hearing Senate Amendment 3 to Senate Bill 337 to shut down your local gun stores with onerous red tape and regulations as well as Senate Amendment 3 to Senate Bill 2387 to make it a felony for the seller of a firearm to fail to verify the validity of the buyer’s FOID.


Legal issues regarding the "independent counsel" [Of Arms and the Law]

There do seem to be a lot of them. Mark Levin raises the question of whether an independent counsel is an "officer of the United States," which under the Constitution requires appointment.... which can be by a Departmental head (here, the acting AG) IF the Congress allows it. But the independent counsel statute (and the Justice Department regulations on it) expired back in 1999. The statute and regs required Justice to apply to a federal court, with the court choosing and commissioning the independent counsel. It does sound like the IC is an "officer" of the US. If every US Attorney is such an officer (indeed, one requiring Senate confirmation) it's hard to see how an IC is not.

There may be a simpler issue. An agency can't just hire someone out of the air. It has to be for a position authorized by Congress, with the Office of Personnel Management riding herd. Violate that, and it sounds like a violation of the Anti-Deficiency Act, spending money for a purpose not appropriated.

Finally, the entire rationale for having an IC is that the Department of Justice has an conflict of interest on the issue. But, looking at the team chosen, it appears a majority of them work for DoJ, and the rest (with two exceptions) formerly worked for Justice. Indeed, the list starts off with the current Deputy Solicitor General and the current head of Justice's Fraud Unit.

How can a person declare that the DoJ has a conflict of interest such that it cannot ethically handle a matter, and then hire current DoJ employees to staff it?


Nick Hanauer hates big money but just donated $1 million to anti-gun initiative [NRA-ILA News]

Yet again, despite decrying the evils of big money, progressive activist and venture capitalist Nick Hanauer is trying to buy an election. At this point, I should just create a Mad Libs version of Hanauer hypocrisy. Hanauer previously donated a hefty sum to the Honest Elections/Democracy Vouchers initiative, which aimed to get “wealthy and political elite” from having such influence over elections. Hanauer doesn’t practice what he preaches. He donated $1 million to Initiative 1639, which would raise the minimum age to purchase semi-automatic rifles to 21 and mandate training and waiting periods. It addresses a problem that doesn’t exist in Washington state and the latest from Progressives to weaken our Second Amendment rights.


Ingeniously Simple Caplock Mechanism Designed by Moses Babcock [The Firearm Blog]

Ingeniously Simple and Ambidextrous 8-Bore Muzzleloading Shotgun Moses Babcock (3)When I first saw the images of this mid 19th-century muzzle-loading firearm, I thought it is probably missing the side plates covering lock mechanism. But then I noticed the hammer spur which, as you know, is designed to make it possible to manually cock the hammer and you will barely see an internal hammer with a spur. […]

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May 22 [Of Arms and the Law]

May 22, 2009, my fourth and last cancer procedure.

Frances passed on.


Australian Outback Ammo Available In The U.S. [The Firearm Blog]

OutbackAustralian Outback Ammo is once again headed to the U.S. In a recovering ammunition and component market in America, the pricing differentials between imported and domestic made product is beginning to level off. Ten shipping containers full of the Aussie cartridges will arrive on the east coast next week and will be available at and […]

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Tucker Carlson takes on gun control lawmaker [NRA-ILA News]

Calif. congressman argues his gun control plan could prevent mass shootings and make our schools safer.


Dangers to Small Dogs in Rural Areas []

On a Facebook farming and homesteading group that I am a member of, someone posted a question about her chickens going missing.  The tip-off was the missing chickens were full grown.  Also, there was not a single sign of the missing chicken.

When a full grown chicken goes missing without a single sign, chances are it was a canine or bobcat. More likely a coyote than a bobcat.

While the lady was posting pictures of a wounded chicken, there was a Yorkshire Terrier in the background. I asked if the dog had killed the chickens, and the nice lady said no.

Now for the bad news, chances are the Yorkshire Terrier would be a victim of the coyote. If a coyote does not kill the dog, an owl might.

Think of it this way, anything the size of a cottontail rabbit can be carried off by an owl or large hawk. Some breeds of the Yorkshire Terrier are barely larger than a rabbit, while some are smaller than a cottontail. All a hungry owl or hawk sees is something the size of a rabbit.

If someone sees a cheeseburger, do we care if it is a 1/4 or 1/2 pound? Probably not. All we are thinking about is fitting that burger in our mouth. The same goes for a hungry hawk, owl or coyote.

Coyotes will kill a family dog and not look back. Small, fat, or slow moving dogs are an especially easy target. If a coyote were to run after a chicken, and a Yorkshire Terrier were to face off with the coyote, chances are the coyote would make short work of the Terrier. Then the hungry coyote would move onto the chicken flock.

On a personal note, I was visiting with an associate of mine a couple of years ago. His dog had been ravaged by a coyote. The poor animal had a good portion of his hide tore loose and had to be reattached with stitches.

What is the solution?

Have more than one medium-large sized dog. Predators are less likely to attack if they think they will be injured. There are various factors which affect their decisions, but for the most part, predators such as coyotes do not wish to risk injury.

Having two or more medium to large size dogs ups the ante. Rather than facing off against an 8 pound Yorkshire Terrier, the coyote would face off with two or three dogs weighing 30 – 50 pounds each.

Having lived on the farm going on four years, none of my dogs have been harmed by coyotes – knock on wood.  The farm I live on is surrounded by hunting leases totaling thousands of acres.  I have trail camera pictures of a coyote just 100 yards behind my house..

Living in a rural area my favorite dog breed are mutts.  Every so often someone will drop puppies off on the side of the road.  Because of that, five of my six dogs are rescues.  The dogs that were most starved when they were picked up turned out to be the most loving and thankful pets anyone could ever ask for.

My lab-mix will bay loud enough to wake the dead, or so it seems.

Both Black Mouth Cur dogs are loving and full of energy.

The Sheppard mix and his sister are loving, independent and wonderful.

I boils down to giving the family pet a chance against a coyote.  Like the old saying goes, “There is safety in numbers.”

We touched on some of these points in another article – Best Dog Breeds for Preppers.  However, not everyone is looking at the family dog from a prepping point of view.

Let’s go ahead and include the video from that other article.


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Obama’s Former Wildlife Chief Doesn’t Speak For America’s Millions Of Sportsmen [NRA-ILA News]

Dan Ashe, the director of the United States Fish and Wildlife Service under the Obama administration, recently penned an open letter on gun control measures he claims hunters support. He’s wrong. America’s hunters know that none of his recommendations would make us any safer, much less deter mass murderers or other violent criminals. As Ashe well knows, his proposals have nothing to do with hunting and everything to do with gun control.


Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen donates $1 million to Washington gun control initiative [NRA-ILA News]

Microsoft co-founder and Seattle Seahawks owner Paul Allen has donated $1 million to a campaign seeking to raise the age to purchase semi-automatic rifles from 18 to 21 in Washington state.


Important lesson of Firearm ownership – NEVER throw anything away, hoard it! [The Firearm Blog]

Y-man's modified EFE Falcon ShotgunLessons of firearm ownership. NEVER throw anything [ANYTHING!] away. Always obsessively hoard components when it comes to firearms… I am currently enjoying the result of this advice. I have a habit of keeping and saving any component I change out, even the items I modify – I hoard. Nothing is discarded: there is always a […]

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Wealthy Shell Out Big Bucks for Washington Gun Control Initiative [NRA-ILA News]

Backers of a proposed gun safety initiative announced two $1 million donations, and were headed toward the $1 million mark at a big-bucks Alliance for Gun Responsibility luncheon on Monday in Seattle.


Students safer in school than out despite shootings, statistics show [NRA-ILA News]

President Obama’s education secretary urged parents Monday to pull their children out of school to demand increased safety, but statistics show children are far safer in the classroom than out of it.


Ribeyrolles 1918 – France’s First Assault Rifle or a Failed Prototype? [Forgotten Weapons]

Paul Ribeyrolles was the manager of the Gladiator bicycle factory, and by 1918 he had significant experience in small arms design, having been a core member of the team that designed and built the 1915 CSRG Chauchat automatic rifle and the RSC-1917 semiautomatic rifle. These were forward-looking weapons, the first of their types ever to be successfully used in combat. Ribeyrolles continued to pursue the next generation of infantry small arms, and in the summer of 1918 he presented his 1918 automatic rifle for military testing at Versailles.

The model 1918 met most of the requirements to be considered an assault rifle by today’s standards – it used an intermediate cartridge, it could fire in both semiautomatic and fully automatic modes, and it was fed by detachable box magazines (with a capacity of 25 rounds). The cartridge it used was a modification of the .351 Winchester WSL cartridge, modified to be semi-rimmed and to use an 8mm Lebel armor-piercing bullet. Unlike modern weapons of this type, however, Ribeyrolles’ rifle used a simple blowback action and this required a quite heavy bolt to work properly. Unloaded, the weapon weighed 11.25 pounds (5.1kg), and the long receiver necessary for the bolt to effectively decelerate gave it an overall length of 1.09m (43 inches) – this was long and heavy for its capabilities. Still, it was conceptually pretty advanced for 1918.

The biggest problem which prevented the gun from seeing any military interest was reliability. At the 1918 trials, it was very unreliable – the one source I sound said that 53 malfunctions were had in 75 rounds of semiautomatic fire. That is definitely a sign of a design not ready for adoption!

Ribeyrolle brough the gun back for more testing in the summer of 1921 at Camp de Chalons, but it does not appear that he had fully cured the reliability problems. In addition, the gun’s futuristic concept left it out of place in the arms lineup envisioned by the French military. It was too heavy and bulky to fill the role of a personal weapon like a submachine gun (note that the SMG ultimately adopted by the French, the MAS-38, is one of the smallest and lightest such guns ever used by a military power). And because of its intermediate cartridge, with a 400 meter effective range, it was considered too underpowered to fill the role of an infantry rifle. And thus, it was rejected, never to be seen again.

I do not know how many examples of the Ribeyrolles 1918 were actually manufactured, but it was certainly only a few – apparently only 3000 rounds of its ammunition were made for the 1921 testing. To the best of my knowledge, no examples survive today – any that were preserved after the trials were lost or destroyed in the chaos of WWII occupation and liberation.


That Time the Ulti-Clip Blew My Mind [The Firearm Blog]

This article is about the Ulti-clip, which TFB’s own Ray covered at SHOT 2017. No Social Media, No Marketing Budget, No Problem: Every town has a place that doesn’t look like much from the curb, but locals will tell you that it’s worth checking out. It’s usually cash-only, probably uses a chalkboard menu or one […]

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Short and Deep: Federal 9mm Hydrashok Deep 135gr Short Barrel Gel Test [The Firearm Blog]

If you aren’t already subscribed to us, you’re missing great content! Click here to subscribe. Buy it at Ventura Munitions: We shoot Federal 9mm Hydrashok Deep 135gr ammunition from a S&W Shield with a 3.1″ barrel into Clearballistics ballistic gel to measure velocity, penetration, expansion/fragmentation, and retained weight. Bare gel data: Penetration: 19.5″, […]

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McMillan Recognizes Pro-Shooter Derek Rodgers’ 2017 Accomplishments [The Firearm Blog]

McMillan® Fiberglass Stocks, the industry leader in precision-driven custom fiberglass stocks, congratulates sponsored shooter Derek Rodgers for his long list of impressive accomplishments during the 2017 season.McMillan® Fiberglass Stocks, the industry leader in precision-driven custom fiberglass stocks, congratulates sponsored shooter Derek Rodgers for his long list of impressive accomplishments during the 2017 season. Rodgers, who is a member of the U.S. Shooting team, routinely competes throughout the country, primarily using McMillan stocks during training and competition. TFB recently covered the release […]

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Monday, 21 May


California: New Gut and Amend Aimed at Gun Shows [NRA-ILA News]

Late last week, Senate Bill 221, until recently dealt with “Criminal Fines: HIV Prevention and Education,” was gutted and amended to prohibit the sale of firearms and ammunition at the Cow Palace starting January 1, 2020.  Despite being a full time legislature that consistently pushes legislation to limit the rights of gun owners across the Golden State, the legislature continues to make procedural moves to sneak in additional restrictions.


FN Announces End of the Hi-Power []

Over the eons, there has been bad news forthcoming from the world of firearms manufacturing that leaves gun lovers depressed. Think back about Colt shutting down production of several great revolvers. Those included the Colt Detective, the Python, the Diamondback, the Trooper, and several others. Smith stopped producing a number of classics or features of other great handguns including pinned barrels, and recessed cylinder chambers. Many rifle and shotgun makers have dropped excellent models as well.

Unfortunately, such is the real world of firearms manufacturing, sales, and profits. If a particular model is no longer selling well, or finally becomes too expensive to make, then tough decisions have to be made. As the profile of gun owners changes over time, too, interest in certain models declines. Chalk it up to the reality of the gun business world today.

News came recently that Fabrique Nationale in Belgium will cease manufacture of the famed Browning Hi-Power designed in great part by John M. Browning. Browning actually died working on this pistol at FN before it was completely finished making the Hi-Power his last pistol project. Dieudonne Saive stepped in to finish the design to its final model.

I first saw a Browning Hi-Power when I was in college in Columbia, MO at a downtown Western Auto store in 1969. Though I was quite a study of guns back then, I was not familiar with the Hi-Power. When I saw it in the glass case, I asked to handle it. That was all it took. Among all the guns I have handled or owned in 50+ years, the Browning Hi-Power had the most comfortable grip for my hand. I paid $190 for the pistol. At some point with my collecting habits, it was sold. There were others though.

The Hi-Power is a single action, semi-auto pistol chambered for the 9mm Parabellum. It was the first pistol design using a staggered magazine increasing the capacity to 13 rounds, plus one in the chamber. Initial production began in 1935. It has been offered in various models.

The history of this pistol is long and worthy of dedicated study. Collecting the Hi-Power would create quite a quest. This pistol saw service in wars, military and police actions all over the world. The Hi-Power was adopted by some 68 different countries. Many copies and clones were produced.

Bearing the Browning name in America, the Hi-Power has always enjoyed a good following, but alas, newer, polymer framed pistols have taken the lead. It is sad to see the Hi-Power production end. If you find one new in the box, or a prime used specimen, I’d snap it up.

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Polymer bullets? Inceptor Ammo is a top company already! []

Yes, I said “polymer bullets” and I am not talking coated, I am talking about full molded polymer bullets with copper injected in the mixture! To be more specific I am talking about a “newer” company, Inceptor Ammo.

I was asked about this ammo and had never tried it, so I got a hold of the company and was able to get my hand on some. So I really wanted to put it through the test to really see what it can do!


The BEST way you can test any ammo is in a Ransom Rest. Not many people have this rest as it is not cheap, but if you really want to know what the ammo will do, this is how you test it. So Inceptor was about to be tested!

Now let me give you a little bit of info on Inceptor ammo, it is an injected polymer/copper mixture bullet. They make regular range/target ammo which is what I tested today and also personal defense ammo. It is American made ammo, not imported which is always a good thing.


The biggest claim is “FLATTER. FASTER. FRANGIBLE” and I can say in all honesty after shooting steel a few times with this and then after the accuracy testing today, it REALLY does what they say it will do! And it is flatter shooting, it is smokin’ fast out of the gun and yes you have not one issue with shooting steel with this Inceptor ammo! I have now shot a total of 1000 rounds of this 9mm RNP Inceptor Ammo and it works.


For the testing we did it indoors at our gun club so there was no wind interference what so ever and it can be a controlled environment. I set the Ransom Rest up in a stall and the target was set at 75 feet.  I shot 250 total between the rest and then outside at targets.


The Inceptor ammo, I was shooting the RNP made for Range/Target. Now my gun was not sighted in for this ammo but as you can see in the photo it was not far off! And not being worried about the sighting being on for testing I was more interested in the group size. After a few test groupings tightened up. Which I knew would happen as the gun had been scrubbed and sonic cleaned the night before. You all know about “fouling the barrel” right?

So as the testing went on the groups got better, again which is expected. Overall I was very impressed with how well this performed across the board of all the testing. This truly is my first time ever with polymer bullets. I really didn’t know what to expect in the final results. I have to give Inceptor a full 5 stars out of 5 because it really does what they claim, and in today’s world that is a rare thing.


If you do not reload (which you can fine tune ammo to your gun) and only buy new ammo to shoot for anything from just plinking to match shooting, click on the link below and check out everything Inceptor Ammo has to offer, I promise you will find any type of ammo you will need.


Click on the link to get your own Inceptor ammo:

I am also happy to report that Inceptor Ammo has become a sponsor of mine now for all my “New” ammo needs which is all ammo I need for classes I teach, Concealed Carry/Personal defense classes and advanced pistol classes. I use Inceptor for everything but my matches, I reload for those.

Hope to see you out there on the range!
Ron Gunner

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National Guard of Ukraine Purchases American-Made RPG-7 Launchers [The Firearm Blog]

National Guard of Ukraine Purchases AirTronic PSRL - US Made RPG-7s (1)Arsen Avakov, the Minister of Internal Affairs of Ukraine, has announced on his Facebook page that the first shipment of 500 American-made RPG-7 clone rocket-propelled grenade launchers has been received by the National Guard of Ukraine. These launchers are called PSRL which stands for Precision Shoulder-fired Rocket Launcher. They are manufactured by a US company called AirTronic […]

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Heckler & Koch on Trial for Selling Guns to Mexico Illegally [The Firearm Blog]

Mexican Army g3This month Heckler & Koch employees will face legal proceedings in Germany for illegally selling firearms to Mexico. Six former employees, including two former executives, are on trial in Stuttgart for the violation of Germany’s War Weapons Control Act and the Foreign Trade Act. It is alleged that the company sold approximately 4,500 G36 assault […]

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Russian Soldiers Report Issues with Ammo [The Firearm Blog], a Russian defence website, recently reported that the Russian Army is having quality issues with its ammunition. The issues range from primer misalignment to powder quality and quantity inconsistencies. Warhead’s report is based around the anonymous anecdotal evidence of an anonymous source referred to as the ‘Tired Machine Gunner’. He begins by describing an […]

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Sig Sauer Now Offering Brass Cartridge Cases for Reloading []

Sig Sauer has announced that they’re now in the brass-making business “for precision handloaders.” They’re listing a variety of handgun and rifle cartridges on their website, primed or unprimed. Here’s the press release:

Newington, N.H. (May 21, 2018) – SIG SAUER, Inc. is now manufacturing premium pistol and rifle ammunition components for precision handloaders at its state-of-the-art ammunition facility in Jacksonville, Arkansas. Elite Performance Ammunition shell cases are engineered to exacting tolerances and available for multiple pistol calibers (primed or unprimed) and rifle calibers (unprimed). The geometric consistency of these premium brass cases ensures each primer is held tightly in its pocket. Flash holes are precise with no burrs and the superior metallurgical properties of the SIG SAUER cases enable repeated reloading. All Elite Performance rifle shell cases are induction annealed for consistent bullet retention.

“Each brass case undergoes rigorous in-line and post production quality assurance testing to ensure a flawless casing,” said Brad Criner, Senior Director, Brand Management and Business Development, SIG SAUER Ammunition. “The result is unparalleled durability and dependability.”

Pistol component cases are available, primed or unprimed, in bags of 100 in the following calibers: 380 Auto, 9mm Luger, 357 SIG, 38 Spl, 357 Mag, 40 S&W, 10mm, 45 Auto.

Rifle component cases are unprimed and available in bags of 50 in the following calibers: 223 Rem, 22-250-Rem, 243 Win, 300 BLK, 300 Win Mag, 308 Win and 6.5 Creedmoor. Coming soon in: 270 Win and 30-06 SPRG.

All SIG SAUER Elite Performance Ammunition and Components are manufactured by SIG SAUER at its new state-of-the-art ammunition manufacturing facility in Jacksonville, Arkansas to the same exacting standards as the company’s premium pistols and rifles. For more information, visit

Prices appear a bit high on their website, but then again I haven’t priced new brass in a while. What do you think? Will you be trying this brass for your own reloading?

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Her Graduation Photos Brought Death Threats — Because She Had a Gun []

In the midst of the chaos and moronitude of everyday humanity, it’s refreshing to hear a voice of reason… and young Kaitlin Bennett is one of those voices. Sadly, though, her reward for exercising her rights has been a constant stream of death threats. But what did this young lady do to generate such enmity from complete strangers?

She toted an AR-style rifle in her graduation photos, and had the nerve to speak up about the need for self-defense.

Upon graduating from Kent State University (yes, *that* Kent State, where the U.S. government murdered students for protesting), Kaitlin found herself in a new situation… because she was no longer a student, she could legally carry a firearm on campus. And to underscore the idiocy of any rule which prohibits students from possessing effective means of self-defense, she carried legally and openly, posing for photos with “Come and Take it” clearly written on her graduation cap.

(Image: Kaitlin Bennett)

(Image: Kaitlin Bennett)

A nervy stand for freedom in today’s world, and in my opinion a worthwhile one. And predictably, fools have attacked her for stating her support for their right to keep and bear arms, especially on campus.

(Image: Kaitlin Bennett)

(Image: Kaitlin Bennett)

I won’t post here much of the filth she has received. It’s full of profanity, insults, and wishes for her violent death. You can see some of it on her Facebook timeline. She also has a Facebook page called Kait’s Unsafe Space.

Even the self-righteous actor Jim Carrey has slammed her, reportedly painting her likeness with a devil’s face filling the background and alleging that she is somehow responsible for the Santa Fe High School murders in Texas last Friday. I won’t post his repulsive painting here.

If someone had told me a week ago that freaking Jim Carrey would be blaming me for the next school shooting I would have laughed harder than I’ve ever laughed at his attempts of comedy.

But boy. Here we are.

Many of her new enemies attack her for being white. She responds:

(Image: Kaitlin Bennett)

(Image: Kaitlin Bennett)

I am not a victim of racism because I brought a rifle to campus. I am the victim of racism because racist leftists threatened to kill me because of my skin color. They also said I was a school shooter because I’m white & that “this is the sh– that makes me hate white people.”

But when I simply mentioned black on black gun crime stats they tell me I’M RACIST and call the black gun owners defending me an uncle tom.

Whether you agree with her or not, you have to admit she’s got guts and she’s willing to stand up for civil rights… which sadly is not all that common these days. Me, I say, “Kudos, Kait! Stay safe, and keep up the good work.”

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Walker Defense Research NERO 556 Muzzle Device [The Firearm Blog]

Walker Defense Research NERO 556 Muzzle Device (5)Walker Defense Research (WDR) is a new firearm accessories manufacturing company located in Mesa, Arizona. Right now they have one product – the NERO 556 muzzle device. By looking at the shape of this product you have probably guessed that this is a 3D printed part. Additive manufacturing or 3D printing allows making parts with complicated […]

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Is 2018 Really 'Deadlier For Schoolchildren Than Service Members'? [NRA-ILA News]

If the implication here is that being a student is riskier than joining the military—well, that's highly misleading, if not flat-out wrong. As The Washington Post admits, five paragraphs into the article, there are 50 million kids in American K-12 schools and just 1.3 million military service people. The raw school shooting casualty number is higher than the military fatality number at this particular point in 2018, but when we divide by the total number of people in each group, it remains the case that being a solider is 17 times more likely to result in death than being a student.


Ohio: Self-Defense Legislation to be Considered in House Committee Tomorrow [NRA-ILA News]

Tomorrow, the House Federalism and Interstate Relations Committee is scheduled to consider pro-gun legislation, House Bill 228.


U of Nebraska prof convicted of vandalizing NRA official's house [Of Arms and the Law]

Story here. Too bad it was only a misdemeanor. She's apparently part of a group that feels the other gun-hating organizations are insufficiently mentally disordered radical. So much for modern academia.


Preppers and Unrealistic Prepping Plans []

Prepping is divided into various categories.  There are the realistic preppers who prep for stuff like hurricanes and other natural disasters; the bug out preppers, who plan on bugging out to the wilderness; and the prepsteaders, such as myself who are working on developing a homestead.

Then there are the armchair preppers who talk about stuff that is so far off the wall their plans are unrealistic.  For example, in 2015 I posted a video on YouTube about trespassers scouting the bug out location.

The gist of the video was of people trespassing on private property.  Whoever it was crossed a creek, and walked up on my land far enough to see a shed and the back of a field.  Just a little further and they could have seen the back of my house.

Someone posted a comment on the video stating, “This why you do not have neighbors.”

Let me get this straight, preppers are not supposed to have neighbors? Are we supposed to live so far in the boonies nobody else wants to live near us? We talked about this in the forum – Survivalist Living Too Far in the Boonies.  There comes a point where someone is living so far in the boonies even driving to town is an all day affair.

Then there is the issue of urban creep.  Land bought today in the boonies may have neighbors in 10, 20 or 30 years.  Land has a way of changing hands.  Property may be seized for back taxes, then auctioned off.  Then the land my turn into someones home.  Elderly people pass away, and the kids sell the land.

The person who posted the comment, when someone buys land next to his, what would he be xpected to do?  Maybe sell his land and relocate?

It is unrealistic to buy land, then move when someone buys land next to you.  How is someone supposed to set down long term roots if they are relocating every few years?  How is someone supposed to develop an orchard, build anything… selling and relocating every year?

Anyway, here is the video mentioned earlier.

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Danger in overreacting to Santa Fe school shooting [NRA-ILA News]

Amidst the national mourning for the many innocent lives lost in these senseless shooting sprees, it is critical not to overreact and overrespond to the menacing acts of a few. It is, of course, of little comfort to those families and communities impacted in Santa Fe as well as Parkland, Florida, and Benton, Kentucky, but this is not routine. Schools are not under siege. Rather, this more likely reflects a short-term contagion effect in which angry dispirited youngsters are inspired by others whose violent outbursts serve as fodder for national attention. That should subside once we stop obsessing over the risk.


Commentary: The problem with "common-sense" gun laws [NRA-ILA News]

"Okay, gun haters—now what?" That's the question many Second Amendment supporters are asking in the wake of the horrific shooting at Santa Fe High School.  The carnage, the loss of life—it's all too familiar. And so are the responses from advocates for more restrictive gun laws, often couched by them as "common-sense gun laws." What's different this time is this shooting is inspiring more people to ask the question gun rights' supporters have been raising for years: What "common-sense gun laws" would have stopped this?


TFB Review: Explorer Cases 5833 for Airline Firearms Transport [The Firearm Blog]

Abloy Protec PL330 affixed to one of the metal-lined hasps on the Explorer Case 5833Regular TFB readers know me as the “Flying with Firearms” (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3) subject matter expert, and it comes as no surprise to most folk here that I have logged hundreds of thousands of air-travel miles with my luggage.  While this is typically an uneventful process, over the years I have had […]

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New Zealand Army Begins Fielding New Rifle: LMT MARS-L [The Firearm Blog]

Range time with the MARS-LOver the last few month the New Zealand Army has begun fielding its new standard issue infantry rifle, the LMT MARS-L. The MARS-L is replacing the F88 Austeyr which has been in service since 1988. The decision was made to replace the Stey AUG-based F88 in 2015, following performance concerns reported during operations in Afghanistan. The […]

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There Are Fewer School Shootings Now Than During the 1990s [NRA-ILA News]

Many observers will still point out that even a small number of school shootings is too many. That's true enough, but when the multi-decade trend is downward, it would hardly be honest to attempt to frame the current situation as a "crisis." Indeed the challenge should be to discover what factors have led to the decline in violence, and act accordingly. Given that gun ownership has greatly increased in recent decades, it may be that the answer lies somewhere beyond a simple government prohibition on guns.


Hard Reality: No Mainstream Gun Control Law Would Have Stopped the Texas High School Horror [NRA-ILA News]

Virginia Democratic Senator Mark Warner told CNN's State of the Union that he doesn't think "there's a single piece of legislation" that could have prevented last week's horrible killing at a Texas high school, adding that a more holistic "series of actions" are needed.  His other nod to reality was acknowledging, after being prodded by host Jake Tapper, that Democrats failed to act on gun control when they controlled all three elected levers of power in Washington, DC during the Obama years. "Perhaps, in retrospect, more should have been done," he said, amid various evasions and excuses.


Oregon: Special Session is Now Underway [NRA-ILA News]

Today, the Oregon Legislature convened for a Special Session at the request of Governor Kate Brown.


Knife Comparison: Gerber Big Rock and Gerber Profile []

In this article we are going to look at two Gerber knives of around the same size, and close to the same price point.  These are the Gerber Big Rock and the Gerber Profile The reader should not consider this a “versus” style article as both knives have their place.

The purpose of this article is to present the reader with information on both knives.  At the end of the article the author will share his opinion between the two.  From there, it will be left to the reader to determine which one would suit their needs.

Profile is a group of knives made by Gerber.  The knife in this article is the fixed blade Gerber Profile

Specifications are taken from the authors personal knife collection.

Blade Length

Gerber Big Rock: 4 3/8 inches

Gerber Profile: 3 5/8 inches

Blade Width

Measured around mid-length of the blade.

Big Rock: 1 1/4 inches

Profile: 1 1/4 inches

I was surprised both knives measured the same width.

Overall Length

Big Rock: 9 1/2 inches

Profile: 8 5/8 inches

Weight with Sheath

Profile: 8.10 ounces

Big Rock: 7.85 ounces

Lanyard Hole

Yes, both knives

Full tang

Yes, both knives

Blade Material

Profile: High-carbon stainless steel with a titanium coating (Can not find the exact type of stainless)

Big Rock: 440A stainless steel

Gerber Profile

The bad news about this knife, is seems to have been discontinued by Gerber.  However, they are easy to find on Ebay.  They were sold in mass numbers through Wal-Mart for maybe a decade or longer.

Gerber Profile fixed blade knife

The Gerber Profile has been part of my knife collection for around 12 years.  During that time is has been used to skin numerous whitetail deer and for various tasks around the farm.  The grip is textured, but not very aggressive.  When the hands get blood on them, or become wet, I found the Profile slips in the hand.

Between the blade material and the titanium coating, there is not a speck of rust anywhere n the knife.

Sharpening the Profile is not as easy as 1095 carbon, but easier than some of the other stainless blades on the market.

One thing I like about the profile, it has a large knob at the base of the blade which helps prevent fingers from moving forward and onto the blade.

Grip is not “that” comfortable as it has a large cut-out for the pointer finger.

At the base of the blade there is a ridge for the thumb to rest.

Gerber Big Rock

The Gerber Big Rock has been part of my collection for around 10 years.  During that time it has gone on numerous hiking and camping trips.

Gerber Big Rock camp knife

Sheath is typical nylon with a belt loop.

Grip is textured, but not overly aggressive.

Even though the blade is 440A stainless steel, I found it is fairly easy to sharpen.  For an economy knife, it holds an edge better than I expected.

Final Thoughts

Having used both knives on numerous occasions spanning a decade, I feel the Big Rock Edges out the Profile.

While the shorter blade of the Profile is easier to handle while skinning deer, the Big Rock seems easier to sharpen.

Both knives come with a nylon sheath which has a belt loop.  So both knives are equal in the sheath category.

The grip of the Big Rock is more comfortable than the Profile.  The notch for the pointer finger makes the handle feel a little awkward.  Left handed people need not worry, the notch is on both sides.

Let’s put it this way, when I head out on a hiking trip, hunting, or a day fishing on the river, the Big Rock goes in the pack, and the Profile stays at home.

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Esquire Writer: Okay, Now I Actually Do Want To Take Your Guns [NRA-ILA News]

Finally some honesty from the anti-gun left whose frequent refrain is they don't want to take away your guns.   Writing for Esquire, Dave Holmes admits it's not about background checks or AR15s but taking away all guns from law-abiding gun owners.


Gun Control and nonstop violence in Africa. [The Firearm Blog]

Locally made shotgun - NigeriaYeah, yeah – “Firearms, no Politics…” but this is AFRICA! We have a “Killer Bandit” problem. There is continuing debate on the usefulness of firearm restriction and gun control, especially in the repressed cultures of Africa, and specifically Nigeria. In recent times, there have been a LOT of terrible attacks and killings, on a daily […]

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Louisiana: Pro-Gun Legislation Heads to Governor’s Desk as Legislature Adjourns [NRA-ILA News]

Friday, the Louisiana Legislature adjourned from its 2018 regular Legislative Session.


Type 1 Russian AK: The Actual AK-47 [Forgotten Weapons]

The AK-47 rifle was formally adopted in 1947, as the name implies, and went into production in 1948. In this very first form, it used a stamped receiver with front and rear trunnions riveted in place. Unfortunately, while the hand-fitted preproduction guns were quite excellent, the manufacturing processes and quality control left a lot to be desired. The stamped receiver was relatively thin (especially compared to previous stamped Russian small arms like the PPS-43), and was very susceptible to warping during heat treating and other parts of the manufacturing process. The guns that met QC requirements were every bit as good as expected, but the high number of rejects nullified much of the point of having those stamped parts in the first place.

For this reason, AK-47 production ended in 1951, and a milled receiver was developed to allow rifles to continue being made while the engineering and production team worked to improve the receiver design and the manufacturing processes around it.

Today the first pattern AK47 is an extremely rare weapon, and I am grateful to the private collector who allowed me to video this one for you!


Iron Armi Ares MITO 410 Semi-Auto Shotgun [The Firearm Blog]

Iron Armi Ares MITO 410 Semi-Auto Shotgun (2)Iron Armi is an Italian arms manufacturer specialized in making shotguns. One of their latest products is a semi-automatic magazine fed 410 bore shotgun called Ares MITO 410. This shotgun is made in two configurations for shooting birdshot and slugs. The standard model of MITO 410 shotgun has a ventilated rib and a bead front sight. […]

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New Russian OTs-128 Prototype Belt-Fed Machine Gun [The Firearm Blog]

Russian Prototype OTs-128 Belt-Fed Machine Gun (1)About a year ago we reported about several new firearms that were designed or were in development by the Russian TsKIB SOO. Among these guns, there was a semi-auto marksman rifle called OTs-129. Apparently, that was one of the guns of a project called “Alatau” (Алатау). A couple of days ago, Kalashnikov Gun Magazine has published images […]

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Gun Industry Contributes $51.3B to Economic Growth [The Firearm Blog]

Economic Growth Impact of Firearms Industry by State. Source: GoBankingRates.comWhether employment opportunities, taxes, manufacturing, gun sales, or all points in between – there is little doubt that the firearms industry contributes significantly to the economic growth of the United States. In fact, a recent report compiled by the National Shooting Sports Foundation estimated that the Firearms Industry contributed $51.3B to the US economy in 2017. […]

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Sunday, 20 May


A real shocker.... [Of Arms and the Law]

Sen. Elizabeth Warren pledges not to accept any NRA contributions. I suppose people will now start to demand that Chuck Schumer and Hillary Clinton do the same.

It's probably significant that Fauxcahontas has not disavowed support from the Archery Trade Association.


A Book and a Rifle: The Vercors Resistance in WWII [Forgotten Weapons]

One of the single largest actions of the French Resistance during World War Two was Operation Montagnards – the plan to drop about 4,000 Allied paratroops onto the Vercors Massif when the resistance was activated in support of the Allied landings in Normandy and Provence. If you are scratching your head trying to figure out why you don’t remember that operation, it is because it never actually happened. The two Allied landings were originally intended to take place simultaneously, but logistical limitations forced the southern landings to be delayed about two months. In an deliberate decision to prevent the Germans from immediately understanding the nature of the Allied attack, the whole of the French Resistance was activated to support the Normandy landings in June 1944. The internal attacks in the south would force the Germans to keep significant forces in that area in expectation of a second landing, which would increase the chances of the Normandy landings succeeding. Unfortunately, the other result of this decision was that Resistance cells would come into the open in anticipation of imminent military support, which would not be coming. The southern elements of the Resistance were basically sacrificed in this gambit.

The Vercors Massif is a large geographical feature near Lyon and Grenoble which comprises basically a triangular sheer-walled plateau rising well above the surrounding plains. It offers an fantastically defensible redoubt, and that is what it was planned to be. Paratroops dropped onto the top of the massif  would reinforce a substantial force of Maquis fighters, and create a serious strong point behind the German lines to aid in the fight inland from the landing beaches. The plan was organized in Algiers by Resistance representatives from the Vercors and Free French officers earlier in the war. Some have argued that the lack of support was simply due to the compromises of the single-landing plan, while others fault de Gaulle for deliberately abandoning the men and women on Vercors as part of a strategy to consolidate post-war political support – but that debate is beyond the scope of today’s discussion.

The fighters and civilians on the massif ultimately held out for about 6 weeks – only just too little to still be there when the Allied armored columns reached Grenoble. The German commander in the area spent several weeks making small probing attacks before the final assault with about 10,000 veteran Wehrmacht soldiers, glider-borne infantry, and tanks. Once that attack came, the fate of the Vercors was sealed. With proper military backing they could have defended their redoubt, but instead they had only a smattering of small arms and not heavy weaponry at all. It was a fight that was gloriously courageous but hopelessly doomed to failure.

I am privileged to have in my own collection a Berthier carbine tied to the Vercors Resistance, as evidenced by the brass embellishments on its stock. While I cannot conclusively prove it came from the Resistance, it was sold to me without any premium attached to them, and I have no reason to believe it is fake. And, of course, since I have no plans to sell it, I am not really concerned about conclusively proving its veracity to others. For me, it is a poignant icon of a tremendously heroic group. I hope I would live up to the bar they set should I ever be in a comparable situation!

Saturday, 19 May


GLOCK America Wins São Paulo Military Police Solicitation [The Firearm Blog]

Glock AmericaGLOCK America has just announced that it has won the contract to supply the Military Police of São Paulo, Brazil with 5,000 G22 pistols. In a first for Brazilian law enforcement, the agencies solicited contenders from international sources. Tests included a 10,000 round endurance test without cleaning or lubrication, parts interchangeability, precision and drop testing. […]

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Florida Alert: NRA Fighting to Protect “Jane Doe” & “John Doe” in Florida [NRA-ILA News]

On May 9, 2018 Florida Governor Rick Scott signed SB-7026 into law.  The media gleefully reported SB-7026 as Florida’s first gun control bill in decades. Among other gun control restrictions, the bill violates the Second Amendment rights of persons between the ages of 18-21.  Within 2 hours after Governor Scott signed the gun control bill, the NRA filed a lawsuit against the State of Florida to overturn the 18-21 restriction.


SILENCER SATURDAY #20: The Joy Of Suppressed Rimfire [The Firearm Blog]

Suppressed RimfireWelcome back shooters, thanks for reading TFB’s Silencer Saturday. Today’s post marks episode 20 of the series that focuses on everything that is silencers, suppressors and mufflers. This Saturday we are going to discuss a topic that can be often overlooked as being almost childish or gimmicky. The joys of suppressed rimfire are nearly endless: […]

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M1918 Chauchat: First Shots (Will It Work?) [Forgotten Weapons]

This M1918 Chauchat is still awaiting NFA transfer, but my dealer was able to bring it out to a public range where I could do some initial testing on it. I was expecting to get extraction problems as soon as it got warm, as that is what the literature suggests will happen. The .30-06 American Chauchats were made with improperly cut chambers. However, I ended up finding no extraction problems at all – although I had lots of feed problems with my original magazines.

People expect that because they don’t have the big open cutouts, the American Chauchat magazines are much better than the semicircular French 8mm Lebel Chauchat magazines. This is not the case; the American mags are made of equally flimsy material, and their feed lips are actually worse that the French magazines. They are supposed to hold 16 rounds, but I could not get more than 13 into any of them before I started to get a worrying amount of mag body bulging and feed lip stress.

I have plans for arranging much more reliable magazines, and once I have those (and the gun is out of NFA jail) I am excited to do a lot more shooting with it!

Friday, 18 May


Very funny footnote in an 11th Circuit decision [Of Arms and the Law]

Some law professors submitted an amicus brief, and in the opinion got footnote 11:

"While we categorically reject the contention and supporting arguments of the amici, we do not mean to be unfair. The professors' brief does have good grammar, sound syntax, and correct citation form/"


The AK Perfected: The Galil ACE in .223/5.56mm In-Depth Review [The Firearm Blog]

In this episode of TFBTV, James reviews the Galil ACE in 5.56mm/.223. The Galil is Israel’s answer to the AK47, but a sleeker, more modernized version. Taken directly from IWI’s brochure: “The modernized Galil ACE is based upon the reliable mechanism of the original Galil rifle first developed by IMI in the late 1960’s. Drawing […]

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Large calibre Air Gun the Umarex 50cal Hammer – Potential for firearms restricted cultures? [The Firearm Blog]

Air Guns for firearms restricted cultures – A new hope? It is more obvious that there is hope for firearms restricted cultures: and we should eventually have access to higher calibre Air Rifles. These will be used for plinking and hunting primarily, and maybe for some sort of home defence also. I handled the Umarex […]

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NEW RELEASE: Ranger Point Precision Cloverleaf Peep Sights [The Firearm Blog]

CloverleafIf you are a lever gun addict, Ranger Point Precision has just announced a new line of sights that are both traditional and funtional. Dubbed the Cloverleaf Peep Sights, RPP has updated the age old rifle peep sight that sits lower with a custom aperture that allows for precision shots but maintains a larger field […]

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New Jersey: Senate Committee Resumes Gun Control Push Monday [NRA-ILA News]

The relentless attack on law-abiding gun owners continues next week in Trenton.  Despite New Jersey already having some of the harshest gun laws in the country, anti-gun politicians in Trenton keep coming back for more.


Minnesota: Contact Your Legislators in Opposition to Anti-Gun Legislation [NRA-ILA News]

The Minnesota Legislature is scheduled to adjourn from its 2018 Legislation Session on Monday, May 21.


Performing a Vessel Inspection on a Small Boat []

How many of the readers have launched a boat, only for something to be wrong?  Either the boat will not crank, life jacket (personal flotation device PFD) is missing, lights on the trailer do not work… etc.

Before we head out with the boat, let’s take a few minutes and perform a vessel inspection.

What exactly is a vessel inspection?

For around 19 months I worked on a tugboat.  One company was out of Houston and pushed barges,  The other comapny was out of Port Arthur and docked ships.  The type of tugs that dock ships are called harbor tugs.  The harbor tugs had a four man crew, and the boats I worked on had anywhere from 5,000 – 6,000 horse power.

Once a month I had to perform a vessel inspection report.  This was a check list around three pages long.  During the inspection everything from PFDs, to first aid kits, to fire extinguishers had to the checked.

For example, there was at least one type 1 PFD for everyone on boat.  Type 1 is designed to roll the wearer over if unconscious.  Then, there were type 1 PFDs in the wheelhouse and engine room.  Each type 1 had a whistle and water activated strobe light.

Every fire extinguisher had to have its inspection date checked.  If a fire extinguisher was near its inspection date, the captain had to be notified, and he would schedule an inspection from an outside source.  In all, we had 26 fire extinguishers on the boat.  This included a CO2 system to suppress an engine room fire.

Vessel Inspection

While type 1 PFDs and 26 fire extinguishers may be overkill for a river or lake fishing boat, the principle is the same.

  • Is the fire extinguisher in working order
  • Are the paddles in good shape
  • PFDs in good working order
  • At least one PFD for everyone on the boat
  • Some states require a throw-able PFD
  • Is the boat wiring in good shape?  Sometimes rodents chew the wires while the boat is not being used.
  • Boat lights on working order
  • Trailer lights working
  • Fairly new plug and spare
  • Spare parts, such as spare fuel line and spare bulb
  • Crank the boat before heading to the boat launch
  • How old is the fuel
  • Trailer tires in good shape
  • Is the battery fully charged
  • Does the boat trailer have a spare
  • Boat registration up to date
  • First aid kit

Survival Kit

On top of all that, I took an ammo box and turned it into a boat survival kit.

The kit has:

  • Pliers
  • Crescent wrench
  • Wire cutter
  • Screwdrivers
  • Cable ties
  • Electric tape
  • Knife
  • Mirror
  • Lighter
  • Fire starter
  • Mosquito repellent
  • Battery connectors
  • Allen wrenches
  • Toilet paper
  • Fuel line bulb
  • Multi-tool
  • Fuel line plugs
  • Hose clamps
  • Wire brush
  • Chemlight
  • Trolling motor replacement propeller

Something I would like to add is 550 cord and a rain poncho.  The goal of the survival kit is to be able to replace common parts that may wear out, just as the bulb and fuel line connectors.  If the boat is not fixable, then make it to land, build a fire and build a shelter.

Final Thoughts

The vessel inspection is to make sure the boat is in working order.  If something does fail, then have a backup plan.  On top of all of that, have a backup plan to the backup plan.

If the main motor stops working, there is the trolling motor.  Trolling motor stops working, there are the paddles.  In a worse case situation and I have to leave the boat, the ammo box has basic survival gear for building a shelter and fire.




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Backpack Armor: Shot Stop NIJ Level IIIA Ballistic Board test [The Firearm Blog]

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Top 5 PDW-Sized Pistol Caliber Carbines/SMGs [The Firearm Blog]

In this episode of TFBTV, James tackles what he believes to be the five best submachineguns, sub guns, pistol caliber carbines, and PDWs (personal defense weapons) in 9mm. It’s a tricky list with a thick field, but James brings his Top 5 choices for small 9mm carbines to you this week. 🔫🔫 GUNS IN THIS […]

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NRA Releases Grades & Endorsements for Alabama June 5 Primary Election [NRA-ILA News]

Endorses Ivey & Marshall for Re-election in Alabama On behalf of our nearly six million members across the country, the National Rifle Association Political Victory Fund (NRA-PVF) is proud to endorse Gov. Kay Ivey and Attorney General Steve Marshall for re-election in Alabama.


Parkland Student Emma Gonzalez Says ‘Go Join the Army’ if You Want to Shoot an AR-15 [NRA-ILA News]

Marjory Stoneman Douglas shooting survivor Emma Gonzalez has a message for assault weapons advocates: “Go join the Army if you want to have fun shooting off a weapon, and serve your f#***%g country.” “It’s just cheaper to take away the guns that aren’t imperative to living in America,” she argued. “You don’t need an AR-15 to protect yourself in bed from a robber at night.”


UK Police Discuss Arming Officers [The Firearm Blog]

British Transport Police armedBritish police chiefs continue to consider the general issue of firearms to police officers as a response to the escalating threat of terrorism. Officers in remote, rural communities could be routinely armed either with a sidearm or a vehicle-stored weapon. Back in December 2017, I wrote about rural UK police forces considering routinely arming officers in […]

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Madsen M1896 Flaadens Rekylgevær: The First Military Semiauto [Forgotten Weapons]

After losing out in the 1888 trials, Madsen and Rasmussen continued to refine their rifle. They reduced the overall length and weight, and replaced the feeding clip with a more modern enclosed magazine (although it was still gravity fed, without a spring or follower). The mechanism was refined for more reliable functioning, including changing it to more positively control the position of cartridges as they were fed. The Martini-like rear charging lever was replaced with a more modern rotary handle on the right side of the receiver. Still, the basic mechanism remained the same.

This 1896 Madsen-Rasmussen rifle was again considered by the Danish Military, and deemed reliable enough to limited use. A total of 60 rifles were purchased and issued by the Danish Navy for use in defending coastal fortifications. They were never used in anger, but remained in the Danish inventory until 1932.

With the success of the 1896 model’s sale to the Danish Navy, it was time to expand sales internationally. A company was formed in 1898, which would soon become known as the Danish Recoil Rifle Syndicate, and Madsen and Rasmussen sold their patent rights to it in exchange for royalties on future production. By 1899 the company manager was Lieutenant Jens Schouboe, and it is his name found on the subsequent Madsen LMG patents. For this reason, the Madsen is sometimes referred to as the Schouboe rifle.

In 1903, the US military tested one of the 1896 model rifles (which they identified as a Schouboe) chambered for the new US .30-03 cartridge. This appears to have proved too powerful for the rifle as it was built at the time, although further tests were conducted on the gun in 1905, 1906, 1909, and 1911. The final 1911 report on the rifle listed a number of faults. The arm lacked strenght and durability the report concluded: “It is inferior to our service rifle in accuracy, serviceability, and in rapidity, the competition had become very much keener and each invention showed the results of accumulated experience.”

I am looking for the full text of any of the testing reports, but have not yet found them. It appears that the US testing board saw better things being developed (they were quite fond of the Bang design, which was in its first tests in 1911) and lost interest in trying to perfect the Madsen rifle.

Many thanks to the Tøjhusmuseet (Royal Danish Armory Museum) for letting me have access to these very rare rifles!



[NRA 2018] Black Rain Ordnance BRO Predator 6.5 Creedmoor [The Firearm Blog]

The Black Rain Ordnance BRO Predator 6.5 Creedmoor is a new offering from this Missouri company that continues to build excellent AR15 and AR10 rifles. Black Rain Ordnance just moved into their new 27,000 square foot facility.  They manufacture almost every part of their rifles in-house with the exception of the Magpul Miad grip and […]

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SCI Honors NC State Senator Bill Rabon [No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money]

Safari Club International recognized NC State Senator Bill Rabon (R-Bladen, Brunswick, New Hanover, Pender) as their 2017 State Legislator of the Year. He was recognized for his work to preserve and protect hunting and especially for his role in expanding Sunday hunting.

From their release:

Safari Club International has recognized North Carolina State Senator Bill Rabon as SCI's 2017 State Legislator of the Year. We are appreciative of Senator Rabon's efforts to advance legislation promoting and protecting our outdoor heritage and tradition of hunting, our Second Amendment rights, and the valuable role hunting plays in wildlife management and conservation.

"We congratulate Senator Rabon for his outstanding leadership in the North Carolina State Senate, particularly for his tireless efforts to expand Sunday hunting in North Carolina and we are honored to present him with SCI's 2017 State Legislator of the Year award," said SCI President Paul Babaz. "Senator Rabon's work has resulted in great victories for sportsmen and women and we are proud to have him as a leader for SCI and for all hunters in the Tar Heel State."

Since his election to the North Carolina State Senate in 2010, Senator Rabon has been a champion for all sportsmen and women. He has advocated for countless pieces of legislation and has supported hunter recruitment, retention, and reactivation efforts – including expanding and repealing North Carolina's Sunday hunting laws and working to make the right to hunt and fish a part of the state's constitution.

"The rights of hunters are increasingly threatened and maligned today, but those rights are inextricably linked to the conservation of wildlife across the world," stated Senator Rabon. "Teddy Roosevelt said it best: 'In a civilized and cultivated country, wild animals only continue to exist at all when preserved by sportsmen... the genuine sportsman is by all odds the most important factor in keeping the larger and more valuable wild creatures from total extermination.' It's more important than ever to stay aggressive and diligent as we fight to protect hunters' rights. No one has done that as reliably and successfully as Safari Club International. I've long been proud to be a member, and today I'm tremendously honored to receive this prestigious award."

As Chairman of the Senate Rules Committee, Sen. Rabon was instrumenting in getting H559 passed which expanded Sunday hunting to include public lands.

Sen. Rabon is also a stalwart advocate for the Second Amendment and gun rights. He is rate 4 stars by Grass Roots North Carolina and has a 100% voting record on gun rights.


Concealed Carry Performance: Short Barrel Federal 9mm 147gr HST gel test [The Firearm Blog]

If you aren’t already subscribed to us, you’re missing great content! Click here to subscribe. Buy it at Ventura Munitions: We shoot Federal 9mm 147gr ammunition from a S&W Shield with a 3.1″ barrel into Clearballistics ballistic gel to measure velocity, penetration, expansion/fragmentation, and retained weight. Results: Bare gel: Penetration: 18.1″, 15.6″ Retained […]

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Federal Introduces Syntech Action Pistol Competition Handgun Ammunition [The Firearm Blog]

Federal Ammunition is pleased to introduce all-new Syntech Action Pistol, the official ammunition of the USPSA. Shooters who compete at the highest levels need ammunition built for the demands of their discipline. Syntech Action Pistol is specifically designed for the action shooting sports and loaded to power factor requirements with heavy, flatter-nosed bullets for more […]

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Thursday, 17 May


Two New Firearms Made in the Self-Proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic [The Firearm Blog]

Improvised Firearms Made in the Self-Proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic Shock (4)A local TV channel of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic has published a video telling about two domestically made firearms: an anti-materiel rifle and a twin-barreled machine gun. They adapted or used the parts of standard-issue guns to build weapon systems that could be used in different roles than the donor firearms. Let’s take a […]

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Federal Goes Deep: 9mm 135gr Hydrashok Deep Service Pistol Gel Test [The Firearm Blog]

  We shoot Federal 9mm 135gr Hydrashok Deep ammunition from a Glock Model 22 with a 4.5″ LWD 9mm conversion barrel into Clearballistics ballistic gel to measure velocity, penetration, expansion/fragmentation, and retained weight. Results: Bare gel: Penetration: 19.6″, 19.0″ Retained weight: 135.6gr, 135.8gr Max expansion: 0.559″, 0.532″ Min expansion: 0.457″, 0.458″ Heavy clothing: Penetration: 20.7″, […]

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Brownells BRN-22 Stripped and Barreled Receivers for Ruger 10/22 Rifles [The Firearm Blog]

Brownells BRN-22 Stripped and Barreled Receivers for Ruger 1022 Rifles (8)Brownells has announced that they are now making Ruger 10/22 receivers called BRN-22. The company offers both stripped receivers and barreled ones. Both the receivers and barrels also come in several different configurations. BRN-22 Stripped Receiver The Brownells BRN-22 receiver is machined out of a billet 6061 T6 aluminum and has a black hard coat […]

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NRA Releases Grades & Endorsements for June 12 Primary Election [NRA-ILA News]

On behalf of our nearly six million members across the country, the National Rifle Association Political Victory Fund (NRA-PVF) is proud to endorse Gov. Henry McMaster and Attorney General Alan Wilson for re-election in South Carolina.


BREAKING: Remington Emerges From Chapter 11 Bankruptcy [The Firearm Blog]

EmergesThe giant firearms and accessories conglomerate Remington Outdoor Company has just announced that it has successfully implemented a reorganization plan that brings it out of Chapter 11. The company announced on March 26, 2018 that it had filed for bankruptcy due in part to a “trump slump” firearms market. As it emerges from bankruptcy, Remington’s […]

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Gear Review: Etekcity Ultralight Camping Stove []

The Etekcity ultralight stove is one of the most popular stoves on Amazon. We know this because as of May 17, 2018, Amazon has it marked as a “Best Seller.” Let’s take a view minutes, look at the Etekcity ultralight stove, and try to figure out why it is so popular.

First, who is Etekcity? They are a multi-national company with offices in three regions – United States, Europe, and China. The comapny offers a selection of products ranging from home to outdoor gear. The Etekcity camp stove is just one of their many products.

One of the nice things about the stove is the carry case. This is a rigid plastic box the stove is shipping in and protects the stove from damage while being carried in a backpack.

The case measures:

  • 3 1/8 inches tall
  • 1 5/8 inches wide
  • 2 1/8 inches long

The top of the carry case slips on and off and there are no snaps.

Etekcity Stove Specifications

The specifications were taken from my personal stove.

Etekcity Stove with storage box

  • Weight: 3.30 ounces without carry case / 3.90 ounces with carry case
  • Height: 3 inches
  • Width: 2 inches, with arms folded / 3 5/8 inches with arms unfolded
  • Support arms: Four
  • Fuel: Blended fuel
  • Ignition: Push button
  • Price: As of May 17, 2018, a two pack cost $18.99 and is available with Amazon Prime shipping.  A single stove cost $14.99.

A lot of camp stoves on the market have three support arms.  The Etekcity ultralight stove bucks that trend with four support arms.

At the end of each arm is a small davit which rotates to extend the support arms by around 1/2 inch.

The Etekcity ultralight stove is also unique in that it has two o-ring seals which help seal the fuel canister.

Using the Etekcity Stove

The Etekcity Stove threads onto the fuel canister just like any other stove. However, the large o-ring at the base of the stove gives it a more solid feel than other comparable stoves of this size and price range.

Cooking with the Etekcity Stove

Turn the on/off knob to start the flow of fuel, then press the ignition switch. A small arm which extends over the edge of the stove provides a a small spark that looks very much like a vehicle spark plug spark. It usually takes just one or two quick presses of the ignition button to start the stove.

Once started, the flame has a nice uniform shape. Rather than fanning out, the flame is concentrated at the base of the cook pot.

The adjustment knob extends away from the stove body up to 1 1/2 inches.  While using the stove, the adjustment knob did not get overly hot.

Boil time for 16 ounces of water at 100 feet elevation, and 86 degrees outside temperature was around three minutes.

Final thoughts

For the price and performance, the Etekcity Stove is tough to beat.  There are lighter stoves on the market, and there are cheaper stoves on the market, but it seems the Etekcity Stove combines utility, weight and price into a single well rounded unit.

Etekcity stove close up

On a personal note, I have been using camping stoves since the 1990s.  Before then, meals would be warmed up using the camp fire.  My first stove was a single burner propane stove.  It served its purpose well for the better part of a decade.

In the mid-2000s, the propane stove was retired and replaced with a Coleman Max blended fuel stove.  Over the past decade I have purchased and tried various blended fuel stoves.

With over 20 years experience of using various camp stoves, I can honestly say I like the Etekcity ultralight stove.

The only real issue I have, I would not consider the stove “ultralight.”  Weighing in at a little over 3 ounces, it is more than three times the weight of a real ultralight stove.

So does the Etekcity ultralight stove live up to the hype? Besides the name being a little misleading, I feel the stove does live up to the hype.  Someone looking for a low cost lightweight stove should not be disappointing.


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NSWC Crane Develop Improved Takedown Precision Rifle [The Firearm Blog]

MK13 takedown rifleThe engineers at the Naval Surface Warfare Center in Crane, Indiana, have developed a new takedown system for precision rifles that does not require re-zeroing after disassembly and assembly. NSWC Crane built a prototype of the design using a modified Mk 13 precision rifle, which are currently in use with SOCOM and soon to be fielded […]

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Interesting thoughts on constitutional history and originalism [Of Arms and the Law]

From Law and Liberty, Part One and Part Two.

The point I have regarding non-originalists is more legal/political than historical. Federal judges are, of course, unelected and given life tenure. They do not stand for re-nomination at any time. Indeed, it's unconstitutional for Congress to reduce their salaries. What's the rationale for having officials chosen and kept in office in such an un-democratic manner? It's that the judges, in theory, only execute the will of the people as expressed by folks other than judges -- by Congress, or the President, or the Constitutional Convention and the states that ratified its creation. That is, judges are passive implementors of other people's decisions, and thus can be kept outside the democratic process. If judging is seen as something else -- implementing policy, deciding what is best for the country, implicitly amending the Constitution (a measure that otherwise requires super-majorities in both Congress and the state legislatures) -- is there any reason to have a judiciary so insulated from democratic forces? The "living Constitution" begs the question of which human beings make it "live." And thus why those human being should be people never elected by anyone and given lifetime tenures in power. We'd be outraged at designating a "president for life," and denounce it as monarchy. How can we justify a system in which the Constitution's content would be dictated and amended by "judges for life"?

Hat tip to Joe Olson...


New Secret Government Watch List Targets Uncooperative Travelers [NRA-ILA News]

The Transportation Security Administration has created a new secret watch list to monitor people who may be targeted as potential threats at airport checkpoints simply because they have swatted away security screeners’ hands or otherwise appeared unruly.


Review: Stern Defense MAG-AD9 Glock Magazine Adapter & 9mm Upper [The Firearm Blog]

At the last Big 3 East we met the great folks at Stern Defense. They have only been in the industry for a few months and showed off their Glock magazine adapter for use in Mil-Spec AR-15s. We got one of their MAG-AD9 and 9mm upper in for review. Not All Glock Magazine Adapters Are […]

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New York: Bill to ban high school rifle teams just makes NRA’s case [NRA-ILA News]

It is anti-gun zealots like this who make life so easy for the National Rifle Association. Every time you’re tempted to think the NRA is crying wolf to gin up support when it suggests "they" want to take away everyone’s guns, along comes more proof that the organization might be right.


Virginia: Congressional candidates say NRA a "terrorist organization" and that it should be disbanded [NRA-ILA News]

“I believe it’s a terrorist organization,” Santana, a former Marine Corps officer who is now a logistics analyst, said of the NRA.


Colorado: Boulder City Council passes semi-auto ban [NRA-ILA News]

The ordinance prohibits the sale and possession of assault weapons, as defined by the city. Also outlawed are high-capacity magazines and bump stocks.


Illinois considers changing gun transfer rules [NRA-ILA News]

The Illinois Senate on Wednesday advanced new rules about the transfer of firearms.


Minnesota: Eden Prairie leader presses gun shops to voluntarily restrict sales [NRA-ILA News]

Eden Prairie leaders know they can't stop gun sales, but one council member wants the city to formally ask gun sellers to stop selling military-style assault weapons and prohibit firearms sales to anyone younger than 21.


Communities need more programs that teach firearm safety [NRA-ILA News]

Every spring as daytime temperatures begin to climb, so do the chances that someone’s loved one will experience a drowning.The national average was almost 3,600 unintentional drowning deaths annually from 2005 through 2014, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That’s almost 10 deaths a day.


Kent State graduate celebrates by strolling campus with her AR-10 [NRA-ILA News]

Kaitlin Bennett, 22, wanted to make a statement after graduating so she shared pictures of herself on campus with an AR-10 slung over her shoulder and holding a graduation cap emblazoned with the words "come and take it."


Maintaining a Level of Physical Fitness []

One of the problems facing sportsmen and preppers is maintaining a level of physical fitness.  Decades ago, the majority of the population worked physically demanding jobs in factories, construction, or on the farm.

As demographics changed and more people opted for office jobs, the average weight increased.  Here we are in 2018 and obesity and its related diseases are at epidemic proportions.

Question to the readers:  Do you know how many people die from deer hunting every year?  Yeah, neither do I, but chances are it’s a bunch. How does someone die while deer hunting?  When the hunter sees a deer, their heart rate goes up.  In some cases the beats per minute goes enough to give the person a heart attack.

Physical Fitness

Then there are the cases of people working on the hunting lease and having a medical emergency.  Every year hunters go from sitting at a desk job, to the hunting lease doing physically demanding work.  The lack of acclimatation combined with being out of shape and overweight can drive the heart rate to unsafe levels.

On a personal note, one of the things I find changes with age is the ability to maintain a level of fitness.  It seems as I get older, the more difficult it becomes to get into shape, and the easier the fitness is lost.  While getting ready for an upcoming hiking trip, it takes almost a daily walk to maintain my gains.  If I miss a few days, it seems any endurance gained was lost.

However, when I was working a physically demanding job it was easy to keep the weight off as I was on my feet 10 hours a day.

Summer Acclimation

With summer approaching and sportsmen heading out to go fishing, hiking, camping… the summer heat has the possibility of straining the body.

To get ready for the hiking trips this summer, I am spending a couple of hours outside every day doing some kind of physical work.  This could be working in the garden, hauling water to the fig trees by hand, pulling weeds around the fence or garden… etc.

The goal of spending time outside is to acclimate to the summer heat, so when I do go on the summer hiking trips, things should not be so bad.

Final Thoughts

Chances are a lot of us could be a little more active.  Maybe go in for a doctors visit before going from the office to physically demanding outdoor activities?

Stay hydrated, do not get too hot, and stay safe.


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School Shooting Cut Short by On-Campus Armed Officer []

The presence of good guys (and gals) with guns in schools is absolutely the most effective way to fight against the evil of criminals who wish to commit murder… and this was re-proven just yesterday, when a police officer at Dixon high school in Illinois reportedly confronted, pursued, shot, and wounded the 19-year-old former student who “fired several shots near the school’s west gym.”

The current senior class was gathered at the gym for graduation rehearsal at the time. Officer Mark Dallas was the school resource officer who responded to the threat by confronting the crook.

The suspect fled the school and the officer pursued him, Howell said. The gunman then fired several shots toward the officer, who shot back, wounding the suspect.

The suspect was arrested just west of the school and was being treated for non-life-threatening injuries. No students or staff were injured, thanks to the actions of the officer…

The student had apparently been expelled from the school for drug-related reasons, and students described him as “smart and friendly, but sometimes erratic.”

Dixon police chief Steven Howell lauded the officer’s actions.

Because of his heroic actions countless lives were saved. We are forever indebted to him for his service and his bravery.

Until we can address the cultural problems indicated by such things as widespread mass murder, the best and most effective way to prevent armed criminals from doing their dirty deeds is to respond in kind. When a bad guy shoots, good guys must shoot back. And that can’t be done in “gun-free zones” where non-criminals remain unarmed.

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Oregon: NRA Files Comments Against Initiative to Restrict Your Right to Self-Defense [NRA-ILA News]

On May 15th, NRA filed comments with the Oregon Secretary of State opposing the proposed ballot title for Initiative Petition 44, which seeks to restrict the self-defense rights of Oregon’s law abiding citizens.  The state Attorney General will have until May 31st to review the comments and certify a final ballot title.  Proponents of the initiative have until July 6th to get 88,184 valid signatures to place the initiative on the November ballot.  The NRA also previously filed comments against Initiative Petition 43, which seeks to ban commonly owned semi-automatic firearms and standard capacity magazines.


Illinois House approves plan to replace armed officers in schools with mental health professionals [NRA-ILA News]

The Illinois House of Representatives on Friday approved a plan to replace armed police officers in schools with unarmed mental health professionals. The Democratic-led Illinois House voted 64-25 in favor of setting up a grant program that would reward schools for hiring social workers, according to The Associated Press.


Unions Sue Colt for Outsourcing Manufacturing [The Firearm Blog]

Two labour unions have launched a legal challenge against Colt’s Manufacturing Co. for outsourcing manufacture of primary components and laying off workers. Amalgamated Local No. 376 and United Automobile, Aerospace and Agricultural Implement Workers of America filed a civil lawsuit on 27 February, 2018 in the U.S. District Court District of Connecticut. The unions allege […]

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Washington: NRA Files Legal Challenge Against Misleading Ballot Title for Gun Control Initiative [NRA-ILA News]

Yesterday, NRA filed a legal challenge in the Thurston County Superior Court objecting to the misleading and inadequate ballot title for Initiative 1639, which seeks to further restrict the Second Amendment rights of Washington's law-abiding citizens.  The Thurston County Superior Court will review all legal challenges before the ballot title and summary can be finalized for the initiative.


Watch: Time Lapse Log Cabin Build With Hand Tools []

This is a cool, super-speeded-up video of a log cabin build. This guy did most of the work with hand-powered tools using trees he felled himself. He custom-fit each log to build the cabin — and then took it all apart and moved it to his property!

This video moves very quickly, but it’s not exactly time-lapse — except for the roofing. Watching him lay down two layers of planks was certainly impressive.

The roof was then dried in and horizontal one-by boards nailed down, and charred boards were placed in a board-and-batten fashion. I would be amazed if the roof doesn’t leak at least a little bit, because water can definitely find its way through the spaces between the boards.

From the log work to the chinking, and even a small cellar space for food storage, this is one cool build. And if you want more details, he has more-detailed videos on his YouTube channel.

Here’s what he says about it:

At the beginning of the video, I show a winter drone photo of the cabin in the snow in December. Then I flashback to the first balsam fir tree I cut down with a saw and axe near the cabin. I drag the trees into place and clear the cabin site. All summer, I cut the notches in the logs as I built the cabin up, offsite. Once I was finished notching the logs with a log scribe, saw, axe, adze and wood carving gouge, I loaded up the entire cabin of logs and moved them to my land near Algonquin Park, Ontario Canada.

Once on site, I spent a month reassembling the cabin on a foundation of sand and gravel. Once the log walls were up, I again used hand tools to shape every log, board and timber to erect the gable ends, the wood roof, the porch, the outhouse and a seemingly endless number of woodworking projects.

For the roof, I used an ancient primitive technology to waterproof and preserve the wood – shou sugi ban, a fire hardening wood preservation technique unique to Japan and other areas in northern climates.

Because the cabin is off-grid, I have used hand tools for most of the build and without power, I have no options on site regardless. The tiny house will continue to be operated with power, not even renewable energy for now, so I’m heating the cabin with a wood stove fire place, which I also cook on.

The cabin is made of cedar fence posts, twelve feet long and the cabin measures 10 feet x 20 feet inside with a one hundred square foot sleeping loft on the second floor.

The floor is made of two inch thick pine planks, torched to help repel water and to give them a rustic barn board appearance.

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Q&A 18: Ammunition Adventures (and more) [Forgotten Weapons]

00:30 – Belts or links, and why?
04:53 – What determines locations of gun manufacturing centers?
06:40 – Why did France not use 7.62 NATO?
09:38 – CMMG Guard, yea or nay?
12:32 – How do/did proof houses actually work?
15:45 – History of the 6mm Lee Navy (to be expanded into a standalone video later)
17:22 – 7.62mm NATO rifles in modern military applications?
19:42 – Why that straight trigger on French rifles?
23:00 – What Old West revolver would I carry?
24:37 – Why not lip-less magazines like the Madsen?
27:13 – Why did Germany not have a semiauto rifle before WWII?
30:33 – Would a modernized M1941 Johnson be a good thing?
32:49 – Is 5.56mm NATO due for replacement?
33:36 – Best gun-related gift I have ever received?
35:39 – Should the US Army have retained the .30-40 cartridge?
37:32 – Next international trip?
39:25 – Cool collectible guns for the Anglophile
43:20 – US intermediate cartridge development before WWII?
45:24 – Where do I get my surplus ammo?
47:42 – Why not more straight pull military rifles?
50:31 – How would I have improved the Mosin in the 20s or 30s?
52:11 – Inertial locking firearms?
53:35 – What about the FX-05 and Type 89 rifles?
54:50 – How to make a legal gun from an open-bolt SMG kit?
58:48 – What was the French problem with the Remington 07/15 rifles?

As always, questions came from Patrons at the $2/month level and above. Thanks to all of you for the support!


FBI’s Pro-2A Doc: Armed Citizens Save Lives []

Finally, the federal government is acknowledging the importance of armed citizens. In a document dated April 2018 entitled “Active Shooter Incidents in the United States in 2016 and 2017,” the FBI examined 50 crimes designated as “active shooter incidents.” The document, which has a Las Vegas scene as a cover photo, focuses only on these particular crimes.

As with past FBI active shooter-related publications, this report does not encompass all gun-related situations. Rather, it focuses on a specific type of shooting situation. The FBI defines an active shooter as one or more individuals actively engaged in killing or attempting to kill people in a populated area.

In a section titled “Citizen Engagement and Casualties,” we find the following:

In 10 incidents, citizens confronted the shooter. In eight of those incidents, one or more citizens safely and successfully acted to end the shooting.

  • In four incidents, unarmed citizens confronted or persuaded the shooter to end the shooting. In two incidents, school staff confronted and restrained the shooter. In one incident, the citizen used his car to thwart the shooter. In one incident, the citizen persuaded the shooter to surrender via telephone during a police chase; she ran up to the shooter’s car as he came to a stop and pulled him out of his seat, bringing the chase to an end.

  • In four incidents, citizens possessing valid firearms permits successfully stopped the shooter. In two incidents, citizens exchanged gunfire with the shooter. In two incidents, the citizens held the shooter at gunpoint until law enforcement arrived.

  • In one incident, a citizen possessing a valid firearms permit exchanged gunfire with the shooter, causing the shooter to flee to another scene and continue shooting.

  • In one incident, a citizen possessing a valid firearms permit was wounded before he could fire at the shooter.

I believe the numbers would be even higher if so-called “gun free zones” didn’t prevent law-abiding citizens from carrying guns in areas where so many of these crimes occur.

The FBI’s Conclusion:

Armed and unarmed citizens engaged the shooter in 10 incidents. They safely and successfully ended the shootings in eight of those incidents. Their selfless actions likely saved many lives.

And to further support an armed citizenry:

The enhanced threat posed by active shooters and the swiftness with which active shooter incidents unfold support the importance of preparation by law enforcement officers and citizens alike. (Emphasis added)

Clearly, armed citizens are an asset to our nation’s security, and their presence helps shorten and prevent crimes — including mass murder. Why, then, do so many citizens and politicians work so hard to disarm us?

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Istanbul Silah “Monza” Bolt Action Rifle [The Firearm Blog]

Istanbul Silah Monza Bolt Action Rifle (5)Turkish arms manufacturers, mostly known for making shotguns, started to explore the bolt action rifles market developing and releasing new rifles. One of the latest Turkish made bolt-action rifles is the Monza rifle made by a company called Istanbul Silah. The rifle was introduced at ProHunt 2018 arms exhibition held in Istanbul, Turkey. The Monza rifle […]

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Boulder City Council Sued In Federal Court [No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money]

Tuesday, May 15th, the Boulder City Council unanimously passed a ban on semi-automatic rifles with cosmetics they didn't like, a ban on standard capacity magazines, and bump fire stocks.

As the Denver Post reported:

The ordinance prohibits the sale and possession of assault weapons, as defined by the city. Also outlawed are magazines with high-capacity magazines and bump stocks.

Owners of the latter two items will have until July 15 to dispose of or sell them. Assault weapons will be grandfathered in; those in possession of such firearms have until the end of the year to receive a certificate proving prior ownership.

The grandfather clause was an olive branch to gun owners, said Councilman Sam Weaver, as was the abandonment of an early proposal to establish a registration system for assault weapons in the city.
Colorado has a state firearms preemption law that, on the face of it, forbids cities from adopting regulations which "prohibits the sale, purchase, or possession of a firearm that a person may lawfully sell, purchase, or possess under state or federal law." Firearms law is considered a matter of state concern. Denver, so far, is the only city in the state whose firearm regulations were upheld because it was considered a "special case" due to its size.

At the meeting where the Boulder City Council adopted their ban, representatives from the Mountain States Legal Foundation vowed that they would oppose the measure in court. They have kept their word.

In a release sent out late last night, the Mountain States Legal Foundation announced that they had filed suit in US District Court for the District of Colorado. The lead plaintiff is Jon Caldara who is a member of the Boulder Rifle Club. In addition, Caldara is the president of the Independence Institute, a libertarian think tank, based in Denver.

More on the lawsuit including a link to the complaint is below:
May 16, 2018 – DENVER, CO.  A group of Boulder residents who face heavy fines and jail time for the mere possession of firearms that are legal throughout Colorado and the United States filed a lawsuit yesterday challenging the Boulder City Council’s actions.  Represented by Mountain States Legal Foundation, the plaintiffs are taking a stand against the city council’s unconstitutional passage of a broad-sweeping ban of the most popular and widely-owned firearms and magazines in America.  In a blatant act of discrimination against a political minority, the city council also unconstitutionally raised the minimum age for firearm possession in Boulder city limits to twenty-one.  The lawsuit was filed in federal district court in Denver, Colorado.
Jon Caldara, a well-known, pillar of the community; the Boulder Rifle Club, which has been in existence since 1889; Bison Tactical, a small business in Boulder city limits; and Tyler Faye, a member of the University of Colorado Shooting Team, all seek to defend their rights and the rights of their fellow Boulder residents against the illegal, unconstitutional, and discriminatory actions of the City of Boulder.
“This ban is tantamount to Boulder attempting to stop drunk driving by banning Subarus,” said Cody J. Wisniewski, attorney with Mountain States Legal Foundation representing the plaintiffs.  “It accomplishes nothing other than making criminals of law-abiding citizens.”
“The West wasn’t won with a registered gun,” said William Perry Pendley, Mountain States Legal Foundation’s president.  “Colorado is not California; these laws have no place here.”
On May 15, 2018, the Boulder City Council passed Ordinance 8245, amending the Boulder Revised Code to ban many rifles, shotguns, pistols, and standard-capacity magazines, as well as raising the minimum age for firearm possession to twenty-one, within Boulder city limits. The ordinance was passed by a unanimous vote despite an overwhelming number of public comments, telephone calls, and emails expressing concerns with and opposition to the ordinance.  Mountain States Legal Foundation will be seeking a preliminary injunction to suspend enforcement of the ordinance pending the outcome of the litigation.  Without such an injunction, Boulder residents may be subject to up to $1,000 in fines and ninety (90) days in jail per violation.
Mountain States Legal Foundation, founded in 1977, is a nonprofit, public-interest legal foundation dedicated to individual liberty, the right to own and use property, limited and ethical government, and the free enterprise system. In 2012, Mountain States Legal Foundation, on behalf of its clients, prevailed in the Colorado Supreme Court in Regents of the University of Colorado v. Students for Concealed Carry on Campus. The Court’s unanimous decision in that case confirmed the right of concealed carry permit holders to possess concealed firearms on the public university’s campus.
For more information:  Caldara v. City of Boulder


Larry Vickers Takes a Look at Kalashnikov’s Latest: The AM-17 [The Firearm Blog]

LAV with the AM-17Kalashnikov Concerns Media site have shared a video of Larry Vickers testing out their latest carbine, the AM-17. Vickers recently visited Kalashnikov’s production facilities in Izhevsk, Russia and had the chance to handle and shoot some of their latest products. In the video Vickers puts a couple of magazines through the new carbine and discusses […]

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SIG SAUER TANGO6 1-6×24 Selected for US Army Designated Marksman Rifle [The Firearm Blog]

SIG SAUER TANGO6 1-6×24 Riflescope Selected for US Army Squad Designated Marksman RifleThe US Army has announced its selection of SIG SAUER’s TANGO6 1-6×24 riflescope for their Squad Designated Marksman Rifle (SDMR). The optic is the final component to be selected for the complete SDMR system that will be put into service for the US Army’s Designated Marksmen. This isn’t the first time the US Army has […]

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Wednesday, 16 May


Remington Takes on the RPR With the Model 700 PCR []

I missed this a while back, but better late than never: we’ve known since January’s SHOT show that Remington is getting into the budget precision rifle game and competing with the Ruger Precision Rifle with the Model 700 PCR, and now it’s out and available.

I don’t have an RPR, but I’d take one of these in a heartbeat. I’ve been hunting with and shooting the Remington 700 Magpul Edition in 6.5CM, and I can put shots on top of each other at 100 yards with it.

(I dropped a Timney Trigger and a killer new scope from Maven on it and took a trophy black buck a few weeks ago, and I’m behind on writing it up. So look for that story, soon.)

Anyway, that Magpul model shoots the lights out, and if this is even better then it’s definitely worth looking at.

MSRP is a very reasonable $1200, which puts it right there with the RPR.

Huntsville, AL – Why not use that tax return to add a fully optimized rifle system to your collection. The Remington Model 700 PCR (Precision Chassis Rifle) is now available at retail locations nationwide. Confirm that tack-driving superiority for yourself.

The new Model 700 PCR pairs the strongest action ever conceived – our legendary Model 700 – with exclusive aircraft grade aluminum alloy chassis of unmatched rigidity and atmospheric immunity to create the most stable and consistent platform possible for launching long distance hits on target. It’s a potent combination made even more effective with a host of accurizing upgrades that include a 24” barrel with 5R rifling, free-floated in an aluminum handguard, plus a completely user-configurable Magpul PRS Gen 3 stock for the ultimate in comfort from any shooting position. Its sub-MOA accuracy is confirmed using our advanced CATS (Computer Aided Targeting System) before it ever gets to you.

• Remington Chassis
• 24” barrel with 5R rifling
• Threaded muzzle with protector
• Tactical bolt knob, for swift, positive cycling
• X-Mark Pro externally adjustable trigger
• Aluminum handguard with SquareDrop
• Picatinny rail
• 5-round Magpul detachable magazine
• Adjustable Magpul® PRS Gen 3 stock
• Magpul pistol grip
• 3-shot sub-MOA confirmation

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EDC: You’re Probably Carrying More Than You Think []

Much is written about the EDC or Every Day Carry, but not all of us purposely carry heavy each and every day. This then implies the concealed carry of a firearm, some small pistol or revolver toted inside the waist band or outside of our pants or perhaps in a purse as the case may be. However, what else or other items might you be carrying right now that could be used in a self-defensive mode?

You might be surprised as to what you have access to right now on your person. But additionally here are also some suggestions for other items to carry with you on a daily basis just in case the need arises to defend yourself.

Naturally, a concealed carry handgun would be a top carry item. If you do not have a CCW firearm and the training to deploy it, then it might be time for you to step up to fully arm yourself. Everybody’s situation is different in terms of their daily routines, travel routes, or places of travel. If you have to go into less than desirable areas where you live or work then consider again a move to carry concealed.

So, empty your pockets and purses to see what you have. First on that list would be car or house keys, the longer, bigger the better. Held and gripped between your fingers, a metal key can be a formidable tool for jabbing. Holding one between each finger made into a fist thus becomes a bastion of jabbing and poking power. Try it in advance to get a feel for its potential.

What else? Your pocketbook or wallet may hold credit cards or I.D. cards with sharp edges for a slicing motion. A metal card would be all the better. If not, then consider carrying a folding knife designed for clipping onto a pocket or inside a purse. Pick a model that is easy to open or flips open with one hand or thumb. Small fixed bladed knives in a sheath can work, too.

Consider adding a tactical pen or even a combat spike pen. I have one made by Smith and Wesson that is just a spike with a pocket clip and a pointed end. Held in the hand with the thumb on the top, it can be a used for jabbing, and poking. I bet it would bust out glass, so I keep mine on the sun visor in the car.

Other pocket items to be used for a variety of means might be a small metal flashlight, a multi-tool, and certainly your cell phone. When pinch comes to shove, remember what you carry every day.

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New from Remington: Golden Saber Black Belt 45 Auto []

Remington’s new .45 flavor of Golden Saber Black Belt is out. I carry the regular Golden Saber 9mm in my P239, and have seen what it can do in gel tests. The name is a little cheesy, but the results aren’t. Anyway, press release, below:

Huntsville, AL – Engineered in conjunction with law enforcement professionals, for law enforcement professionals, the new Golden Saber Black Belt load is now shipping in 9mm Luger, 40 S&W and 45 Auto.

In tests measuring terminal performance through ordnance gelatin as well as ordnance gelatin with additional barriers such as heavy clothing, steel, wall board, auto lass and plywood, Remington Golden Saber Black Belt ammunition is a top performer in head-to-head testing. At the heart of the new line of ammunition is the ground-breaking Black Belt bullet—developed utilizing the stringent FBI Barrier Test Protocol for optimal performance.

Like the venerable Golden Saber, the Black Belt bullet is constructed of a brass jacket and hollow point cavity with spiral nose cuts. Additionally, this new product features the innovative Mechani-Lokt™ belt and hourglass shape that firmly locks the core and jacket together at the mid- and rear sections. A double measure to prevent core and jacket separation for high weight retention and predictable penetration even when encountering the toughest barriers. These key characteristics collectively provide consistent expansion, penetration and weight retention for absolute predictable terminal performance. Finally, the driving band located at the rear of the bullet insures proper alignment in the bore for maximum accuracy.

Additional benefits and features of Golden Saber Black Belt ammunition include:

  • Optimized primer for consistent ignition and reduced muzzle flash
  • Corrosion resistant nickel-plated cases for reliable feed and function
  • Flash suppressed powder for minimal muzzle flash
  • Waterproof seal at neck and primer pocket for added reliability

Initial offerings include loads for 9mm Luger (standard and +P), 40 S&W and 45 Auto cartridges.

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The Viper Sharp Sharpening System Review []

At some point, if you have a knife collection you also acquire a sharpening system collection. For me my system has evolved over the years into a three stage set up. For normal maintenance and stropping I used three different strops–a paddle with two smooth leather surfaces one coated in black compound and the other in green paired with a smaller suede leather strop with white compound. These give me a bit of flexibility in how I address a loss in edge retention.

If I need something to be touched up I have a Sharpmaker. In the event that’s not enough I step up to the motorized steel hogging system called the Ken Onion Worksharp. I strongly prefer the grinder attachment instead of the guide attachment. One of my high grit belts has green compound on it, giving me the ability to produce mirrored super sharp edges. That’s a lot of gear just to sharpen blades, but the results are something I really like.

Still, if it were possible to have one system that did all of this, I’d be quite happy. Until Mike from Viper Sharp sent me the system I had yet to use a fixed angle system (see also: Lansky, KME, Wicked Edge, Edge Pro). The precision and consistency of such systems always fascinated me. When Mike hit me up, I decided to take him up on the offer and see what these kinds of systems can do.



The Viper Sharp is very much like other fixed angle sharpeners. The Viper Sharp consists of five main components and a series of hex keys. The review sample also came in a carry case. It has a base, a stand, the knife blade brace, a sharpening arm, and a series of Viper Sharp plates. In many ways it is a very well build, very fancy version of the Lansky.

The base here is a made of a granite-type material, very much like what you’d find on a high end kitchen countertop. The brace is a pair of aluminum jaws and the inside of the jaws are padded so that it does not damage or scratch the blade of the knife being sharpened. The stand is machined aluminum. The sharpening arm is made of steel. The rod of the arm fits through an eyelet on the stand and moves smoothly through the eyelet. By adjusting the height of the eyelet in the stand you can change the bevel angle. At the end of the sharpening arm is a bracket. The bracket holds the Viper Sharp plates, which are actually sharpening media glued to a plastic backing bracket. This bracket mates with the bracket on the sharpening arm and snaps into place with an authoritative click. There are a number of different screws on the Viper Sharp, all of which use a hex key. There is a screw to hold the stand in place. There is one to hold the eyelet as it raises and lowers in the stand. There is a third in the knife blade brace. Unfortunately all of the screws are different sizes, though Viper was kind enough to include all of the necessary hex keys (though if you have built Ikea furniture you probably have all of them anyway).


Testing a sharpening system is quite addictive. I used the Viper Sharp to strop some of my folders. I also used it to reprofile a fixed blade after I dropped it on the cast iron table and took a sizable chip out of the edge.  As you can see, this was a real ding.


One of the other cool things that I did when testing the Viper Sharp, was I used the Viper Sharp plates to do all sorts of nice maintenance. By making them small yet rigid, they were very useful even when not snapped into the place on main system. I also used the Viper Sharp’s leather plate to freehand strop my axes as they are WAY too thick to fit into the blade brace.


Overall the design of the Viper Sharp is a fundamentally solid design.  It is easy to use and moderately intuitive.  The knife brace is solid, as is the the base and the stand.  Things get a little wonky with the sharpening arm.  As you use it, the eyelet on the top of the stand tends to loosen and come out of place.


The other issue with the Viper Sharp design is the fact that there are simply too many screws that need to be adjusted every time you use the system.  Adding to the problem is the fact that all of the screws use different sized hex keys.  Fiddling with screws is not a fun substitute for putting an edge on a knife.  Using thumb screw replacements or spring loaded jaws would make the system significantly better.


Despite these issues, the results, once everything is tuned and tweaked, are very, very consistent.  Time and again, I was able to achieve a clean, uniform edge.  Unlike other systems, like the Sharpmaker or the Worksharp, once you lock everything in place, its virtually impossible to screw up.  A quick second of inattentiveness on the Worksharp could ruin a knife.  Nothing like that could happen here.


The problem with that consistency is that it comes at the cost of speed.  Reprofiling an edge is painstakingly slow.  Going from sharp to gleaming isn’t bad at all, but if you have to hog out a bunch of material, set aside a half an hour or so.

One other nice touch is that the sharpening plates are quite useful on their own.  If you can freehand at all, its not inconceivable that you could use them independent of the system itself.  There are a bevy of options and the leather strop plate was especially handy.


Fixed angled sharpeners are exceptionally versatile. They offer quite a bit of control and very little concern about killing an edge. They have a much less steep learning curve compared to something like the Worksharp and the produce better results than other simple systems like the Sharpmaker.  The only real concerns I have are the screws, the eyelet coming loose during use, and the ponderous pace of reprofiling.  Only truly skilled grinders could get results like the Viper Sharp gives you on a stone or a belt system.

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Illinois: Senate Passes Another Bill to Shut Down Your Gun Store Despite Veto of Previous Two [NRA-ILA News]

Today, the Illinois state Senate voted 35-18 to pass Senate Amendment 3 to Senate Bill 337, which would shut down your local gun stores with onerous red tape and regulations.  Governor Bruce Rauner has previously vetoed two of these egregious dealer licensing bills, but anti-gun legislators are not giving up.  SA 3 to SB 337 will now go to the House of Representatives for further consideration, where anti-gun legislators are also attempting to override Gov. Rauner’s veto on a bill which would arbitrarily expand waiting periods for certain commonly owned semi-automatic firearms.


McMillan’s Tactical Hunter Stock [The Firearm Blog]

Hybrid Platform Meets Demands of Precision Long-Range Hunters with Tactical Hunter StockSpinning off the company’s M40A1 HTG stock originally developed for the Marine Sniper Rifle, McMillan® Fiberglass Stocks introduces the Tactical Hunter stock, a modified version of the M40A1 HTG that blends tactical DNA with a profile designed for long-range hunting applications. The signature feature of the Tactical Hunter stock is the forearm. It is wider, […]

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The Grenadier Returns: USMC to Deploy M320 at Fire Team Level [The Firearm Blog]

USMC with an M320Back in March we reported that the USMC order just over 600 M320 grenade launchers. The Marine Corps has now confirmed that each squad will be equipped with three M320s – issued to specialised grenadiers who will be attached to the Marine Corps new three-man fireteams. This comes as the Corps transitions to a new […]

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POTD: Do Bullets Fly Flat Or Do They Nosedive At Distance? [The Firearm Blog]

This started off with a Facebook post shared by my friends. A woman claims a .223 fired was from an “assault rifle” and the bullet penetrated her house. It went through some walls and the crib for her baby stopped the bullet. Well my friends and I were discussing the validity of this and bullet […]

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Recknagel NSB Banded Ramp Assembly [The Firearm Blog]

While doing a research for another article, I came across a quite an interesting combination device designed by a German company called Recknagel. This accessory is called NSB Banded Ramp Assembly. It is designed to be installed on hunting rifles as a front sight ramp, however, this device not only provides a front sight but also […]

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Brazilian G43 Cloning Attempts [The Firearm Blog]

Cloned Brazilian G43World War II, as well known, marked the actual in-combat debut of semi-automatic rifles by the main nations involved, such as the United States (with the .30-06 M1 Garand), the Soviet Union (the 7.62x54Rmm SVT-40), and Germany (the 7.92x57mm G43/K43). The deep influence of the subsequent 7.92x33mm MP43/MP44/StG44 family on the post-war “assault rifle” design […]

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'F*** the NRA' Candidate Endorsed by Moms Demand Action Doesn't Know a Thing About Guns, But Does Know What It's Like to Drive Drunk [NRA-ILA News]

A Democratic congressional candidate from the state of New Mexico, Pat Davis, has found himself in the national spotlight for his viral "F*** the NRA" advertisement. Davis is getting even more attention for his interview with Fox News' Tucker Carlson on Tuesday night over another one of his controversial, and false, advertisements where he claims an AR-15 can fire 150 rounds in 15 seconds. But Pat Davis' controversial gun control advertisements aren't the only controversial thing about the candidate and current Albuquerque city councilor. In 2013, while chairman of the Albuquerque Metro Crime Stoppers, Pat Davis was arrested on an aggravated DWI charge, where he blew a .16, twice the legal limit.


Vickers Tactical Slide Racker For Gen5 Glocks [The Firearm Blog]

Vickers Tactical GlockLarry Vickers and Tango Down have released their new Slide Racker for Gen5 Glock pistols. The new Vickers Tactical Glock accessory is called the GSR-04 and it features serrated wings on both sides. The wings are a bit wider than the factory Glock slide but not so wide that it would get in the way […]

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The Old Gun Markets of Kabul [The Firearm Blog]

Previously we looked at some of the very modern stores that sell numerous Turkish models in Kabul but in this episode, we look at some of the older small arms that are considered antiques but still legal to purchase (although ammunition is somewhat of a gray area). For that purpose, we went to one of […]

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Types of Seeds Preppers May Want to Stockpile []

The reader of this article decides they want to stockpile seeds.  They go to a local farm supply store, walk in, look at the seed selection, then what?

Any farm supply store worth their salt is going to have bins of seeds.  Some of the stores I have visited over the years, their seed bins around 24 inches long and 12 inches wide.  Each bin was full of corn, bean and pea seed.

Other types of seeds, such as okra, squash, spinach, watermelons… etc, were kept in quart sized jars.  The jars were refilled from seed bags that may have been three feet tall.

Some types of seeds are sold by the ounce, such as radish, squash, melons and okra.  Other types of seeds such a bean, pea and corn are sold by the pound.  If someone does not want a pound of seed, they are sold in 1/4 pound increments.

Types of Seeds

My personal seed stockpile is divided into a number of categories, such as spring and fall crops.  Then they are further divided into spices and main crops.

For the sake of this discussion let’s talk about storable and non-storable crops.

Storable are anything which can be dried or canned.  Examples include:

  • Tomatoes
  • Corn
  • Okra
  • Beans
  • Peas
  • Cucumbers

Non-storable are crops which can not be stored by artificial means:

  • Squash
  • Zuchinni
  • Greens
  • Radishes
  • Spinach
  • Rutabaga

Winter squash can be stored in a cool dry location for several months. I have seen acorn squash left on a kitchen counter for a couple of months and did not spoil.

Crop Planning

Growing a variety of crops not only offers a range of nutritional needs, it also combats food fatigue.

I recently bumped into a colleague who plants a nice sized garden very year. He told me he planted 50 rows of corn, each row was around 200 feet long. Then he also planted over 200 pepper and tomato plants.  Then there was the okra that was starting to come up.

Just about could be stored in one way or another.  Whether it was through canning or drying, most of his crops could be stored.  Having such a large garden also allows him to trade with other local farmers.

I would be willing to trade eggs for some of his crops.

This also opens up the possibility of trading some of my corn seed in exchange for part of the crop.

Once a certain amount of seed is stockpiled, then it could be used to barter for other needed items.  In a post-SHTF world, seeds would probably be worth their weight in silver.

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The NRA vs. Authoritarianism [NRA-ILA News]

Some leftist pundits are too busy claiming that Donald Trump’s reduction of federal power amounts to authoritarianism to notice the genuine article in the state of New York. Or maybe they don’t care.


Trump administration releases plan to shift gun export approvals [NRA-ILA News]

The Trump administration on Tuesday announced a long-awaited proposal to transfer the approval of certain small gun exports, including semi-automatic rifles and ammunition, from the State Department to the Commerce Department.


Debbie Wasserman Schultz: The NRA Is ‘Just Shy Of A Terrorist Organization’ [NRA-ILA News]

“The NRA is kind of just shy of a terrorist organization,” Schultz told HuffPost. “They have done everything they can to perpetuate the culture of violence that we have in our country with the spread of assault weapons across the nation.”


State lawmakers trying to license Illinois gun stores again after Gov. Rauner vetoed last attempt [NRA-ILA News]

Rauner, though, said Tuesday that he had yet to review the updated proposal but remains opposed to increasing costs on small businesses.“I vetoed the last bill,” he said. “I do not believe that attacking small business owners — putting red tape on small business owners in Illinois — is going to improve public safety in Illinois.”


Ohio Governor John Kasich enlists Parkland parent to push gun control [NRA-ILA News]

In Florida, lawmakers passed a sweeping school safety bill that raised the minimum age required to buy a rifle from 18 to 21 and also allows police to seize guns from people who are deemed a threat to themselves or others.


UK Press Targets Crossbows [NRA-ILA News]

Today the Daily Express launches a crusade calling on the Government to crack down on the sale of the potentially lethal weapons which can be bought without having to give details of identity or a reason for their use.


NEMO Arms DAKKAR Bolt Action Rifle [The Firearm Blog]

NEMO Arms DAKKAR Bolt Action Rifle (1)The recently introduced NEMO Arms Dakkar rifle is the result of the collaboration of NEMO Arms and Kinetic Research Group. It is a short action rifle available in .308 Winchester or 6.5mm Creedmoor caliber options. Let’s take a look at the features of this rifle. The Dakkar rifle features a folding stock which can be configured to […]

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Development of the SIG P220, aka the Swiss P75 Army Pistol [Forgotten Weapons]

The SIG 210, aka the P49, was a magnificent pistol, but really too expensive for a modern military sidearm. In the 1960s, the Swiss military began looking for a new service sidearm that would be a bit less costly, and SIG developed the 220 in response, which would ultimately be adopted as the P75. The P75 would maintain the basic structure of the P49, but used a folded sheet metal slide design and an alloy frame, significant departures from the all-milled construction of the P49. In today’s video, was have a fantastic set of P75 pistols to look at and see the whole developmental process. This includes two iterations of the first prototypes of the design, one of the very first production Army P75s, a standard late production P75 showing the final simplified features, and a Z-series border patrol example with its unique magazine release shield.



USMC NOT Evaluating Accessories for M27 Upgrade [The Firearm Blog]

Update for the M27s accessoriesIt has been suggested that the US Marine Corps’ Weapons Training Battalion at the Quantico Marine Corps Base is currently evaluating accessories for the M27 Infantry Automatic Rifle. The reality, however, is that the M27s, recently ordered by the Corps, will be identical to their first batches of rifles ordered back in 2007. Soldier Systems Daily […]

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Three New Russian Rifles Chambered in .366 TKM or 9.6x53mm Lancaster [The Firearm Blog]

Three New Russian Guns Chambered in .366 TKM and 9.6x53mm Lancaster (1)As predicted by many Russian experts, the .366 TKM and 9.6x53mm Lancaster cartridges quickly became highly popular in Russian civilian market. This success led Russian companies to develop new guns chambered in these calibers. In this article, we will take a look at three new Russian rifles chambered in .366 TKM or 9.6x53mm Lancaster. We […]

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PEPPERBALL® Introduces Lifelite™ For Non-Lethal Personal Defense [The Firearm Blog]

Riot control. SWAT operations. And now – personal defense. PepperBall® is the world leader in non-lethal defense, with more than 5,000 law enforcement agencies around the world using its products. For the first time ever, PepperBall® offers civilians that same level of protection with the LifeLite™ launcher. Simply stated, LifeLite™ conceals a signature PepperBall® launcher […]

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Tuesday, 15 May


How a Domestic Violence Victim Stood Up for Herself and the Second Amendment []

NOTE: This is a story about the law.  It is not legal advice.  If you need legal advice, consult a local lawyer.

This is a great story, one that is only possible here in America.  It is a sign that now, even in the mixed political climate, that one person, doing the right thing will get the right result.  It also happens to be a fascinating story from my home state and involves a lawyer who has dedicated his entire life to help the poor in court.  Finally, this story involves one of the best writers in the legal world, Samuel Alito, who, with this opinion (and others) is the clear heir to Antonin Scalia’s crown as the King of Zing.

Case Facts and Background

Jamie Caetano was a very small woman.  She had two children with her boyfriend.  Eventually they split up because of his cruel and abusive ways.  He was more than foot taller than she was and outweighed him by more than 100 pounds.  Toe to toe, she was no match.  But the instinct of self-defense and the capacity of a survivor provides infinite fuel.  One day the boyfriend approached her and turned on her.  His viciousness displayed, she decided enough was enough—she brandished her taser and the boyfriend thought better.  He walked away and left her alone.

Some time later Caetano and a friend were at a grocery store.  The store suspected that someone had been shoplifting and called the police.  The police came and searched Caetano.  She was cleared of the shoplifting, but during the search they found the taser she had used to protect herself.  She explained to them why she had it and what she had done with it and despite this, Caetano was arrested and charged with violating a Massachusetts state law banning the possession of tasers.

At the lower level, the State seems to have either stipulated to the facts above or did not really contest them.  In the end, despite Caetano’s good reasons, the Massachusetts court convicted her of possession of a taser.  Her lawyer, however, had bigger plans—he was going to take this to the US Supreme Court.

US Supreme Court Case

The Supreme Court case, Caetano v. Massachusetts, is, unfortunately, a per curium opinion.  This means that all of the justices agreed in the outcome.  Normally this is a good thing because per curium opinions provide clear direction as to the law.  Here, however, the court’s actual opinion was very short with no real guidance.  The meaningful part of the case is found in the concurrence written by Samuel Alito and concurrences (and dissents) are almost always persuasive but not binding authority.

That said, the language here is especially powerful. Alito’s main thrust is exceptionally good for knife owners–if Heller protects guns then certainly less lethal forms are protected as well.  Alito’s logic cuts sharply: “If Heller tells us anything, it is that firearms cannot be categorically prohibited just because they are dangerous. A fortiori, stun guns that the Commonwealth’s own witness described as ‘non-lethal force,’ cannot be banned on that basis.”

Alito goes on: “The reasoning of the Massachusetts court poses a grave threat to the fundamental right of self-defense.”  The problem here is an odd one, if, in the name of self-defense Caetano got a gun, Heller would protect her, but here, because her means of defense was a stun gun, she committed a crime.  This tension is truly strange and one that not only impacts the right of self-defense, but, according to the court, the right of an individual to choose how to exercise that right.  “Courts should not be in the business of demanding that citizens use more force for self-defense than they are comfortable wielding.”

In closing Alito reminds us why the Second Amendment is so important–“A State’s most basic responsibility is to keep its people safe.  The Commonwealth of Massachusetts was either unable or unwilling to do what was necessary to protect Jaime Caetano, so she was forced to protect herself.  To make matters worse, the Commonwealth chose to deploy its prosecutorial resources to prosecute and convict her of a criminal offense for arming herself with a nonlethal weapon that may well have saved her life.”

Why Caetano Matters to Knife Owners

Alito’s language, while only persuasive authority for lower courts, is powerful nonetheless.  It also opens a front for less lethal tools to be protected by the Second Amendment, something that until Caetano was decided, was entirely unclear.

In District of Columbia v. Heller the US Supreme Court held, for the first time, that the Second Amendment gives individuals a right to keep and bear arms.  In doing the historical analysis, the author of Heller, Scalia, determined that arms were guns (with a few technical cavaets that don’t matter here).  The result of Heller is simple—the federal government cannot entirely prohibit individuals from owning guns.  Heller left open two other questions: could individual states entirely prohibit individuals from owning guns and could the federal or state government entirely prohibit individuals from owning other means of self-defense?

The first of those two questions was answered in a case after Heller called McDonald v. City of Chicago.  There the US Supreme Court, this time with the very same Samuel Alito writing for the majority, held that the 2nd Amendment is an “incorporated” right, that is, it is enforceable against both the federal and the state government.  If you are constitutional scholar or history nerd, there is a long discourse in the opinion about which rights are incorporated and why, but frankly, its not that important for us.

The second of those two questions—are other means of self-defense protected—is answered in part by Caetano.  Tasers, it seems, are protected.  Prior to Caetano lots of courts had disagreed about whether the Second Amendment applied to knives (see here for more).  After Caetano the challenges are coming fast and furious across the country.  Alito’s logic is powerful and easy to extend to knives–just like the Second Amendment protects firearms it also, according to Caetano’s logic, applies to less lethal tools.  Arguably this includes knives as well.

Its too early to tell if Caetano will help clarify the Second Amendment as it applies to knives.  The opinion was issued in 2016 and less than 18 months is a blink of an eye in the legal world.  Hopefully, this is the beginning of the recognition of common sense–if guns are protected knives should be too.

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Are Inexpensive Weapons Inferior? []

In the old days, inexpensive used to mean cheap. A cheap product usually meant an inferior product. Have you ever heard your grandparents talk about that cheap junk from Japan back in the day? Those days are long gone. Now we even like most of the goods coming from China, and South Korea makes some of the best automobiles. Times have changed and worldwide standards are the new norm.

The same is almost true of firearms we average consumers can buy any day of the week. There are product tradenames we have come to know as representing very high quality at mostly reasonable prices depending on market demands. We trust names like Browning, Remington, Colt, Smith and Wesson, Ruger, Winchester, and so many others, even though every gun they sell may not be made in America.

Likewise we recognize and know the quality standards for such foreign arms as Glock, HK, Beretta, CZ, Steyr, Walther, and others. Lines are clouded somewhat now, because many of these well-known foreign gun makers now have factories in the United States.

But, what about the myriad of firearms, optics, ammo or other products bearing names that are not particularly familiar to us? They may cost considerably less than some of the known, well-established brand named guns. Does that make them inferior in quality?

Like so many other common products like appliances, electronics, hardware and so forth, the test is in the shopping and research. For gun owners just with the standard AR-15 rifles alone there are some 400+ brand choices with price points all over the charts. Similar with pistols, especially the packed market of 9mm handguns some bearing American names, but made overseas. What about their quality? Knowing, finding out, requires research on your part.

Internet searches from a world of other consumers of firearms can nearly tell you anything you want to know about any gun. Of course, much of this is opinion, but that does not invalidate the commentary or judgments of quality. Once you narrow down some models or brand names to look at, start a search to lay your hands on several chosen options to inspect them firsthand.

Start with fit and finish. Do they appear well made? Do the metal or synthetic parts fit and function? Is the firearm advertised as official Mil-Spec? Check the features in comparison to other similar models. There are many tradeoffs when it comes to guns. These days, inexpensive no longer implies inferior, but function and utility may overplay features and finish.

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Streamlight ProTac 1L-1AA Review []

Streamlights are not the first choice for flashlight fans. They tend to have awkward outputs, weird UIs, and below par lumens counts. But they are cheap, usually just a smidge more than a Maglight and significantly less than a Surefire. They also tend to have very good reflectors. Finally, they have a build quality that exceeds the price. None of that is particularly eye catching and no one would mistake a Streamlight for a spec beast, but they are reliable and in the world of emergency tools, reliable is a good thing.

Despite not being bleeding edge lots and lots of people like Streamlights. They are quite popular among LEO/EMS/Mil folks precisely because of their reliability. The Streamlight Microstream has long been a very popular EDC light because of its size and durability. But because of their quirkiness, it is hard to justify a Streamlight over something like an oLight or a Zebralight–similar prices but much better performance.

The ProTac 1L-1AA, however, has a trick that makes it worth considering even if you have a stable of high end lights–it can use two different widely available batteries. There have been a few lights that can do this, like the positively dreadful Gerber Omnivore, but the 1L-1AA does multi-battery compatibility right. In addition to having multiple batteries, it also has decent outputs and it is one of only handful of good entries in the 1xAA market. By putting all of these features in a single light the 1L-1AA is worth a look. The fact that it is around $35 only underscores the point.


The Streamlight ProTac 1L-1AA is a single cell, LED flashlight. A rear clicky turns on the light and switches modes. The rear clicky can also be used to program the light (more on that later). The comes with a friction fit pocket clip, which, like all such clips, is terrible.

The front end of the light includes a smooth reflector. The big trick to the 1L-1AA is the fact that it can use either a 1xAA or 1xCR123a battery to power the light. This gives the user a tremendous amount of flexibility. You can use the 1L-1AA as a CR123a light get decent output or you can opt for a 1xAA and basically guarantee that no matter where you are you will have batteries.

The light also allows the user to program the UI. Out of the box it comes in a High–>Low–>Strobe set up. After pressing the tailcap ten times you are switched over to programming mode. In addition to the out of the box setting, you can program the light to output in Low–>High or just straight High. My original 1L-1AA would not program no matter what I did, so I sent it back to Streamlight. Within a week I had a new light (a different light) that was easy to program. The 1L-1AA now exists in the Low–>High mode, which I believe to be the superior choice for non-tactical applications.

As a side note–Streamlight’s customer service was very good. Only Benchmade, in my experience, has better customer service (Benchmade’s CS is, so far as I can tell, the best in the gear business, hands down). Not only did I talk to a real person when I was trying to troubleshoot the light, but they were quick in getting me a working light back. Having had trouble with multiple other lights, this was a dream. My experience with Nitecore and Amazon was nowhere near as good (note: it is not good customer service to send me a broken replacement to an already broken light). It is clear to me that being headquartered in the USA made a major difference, both in terms of accessibility to customer service and shipping times.


The 1L-1AA arrived just before an annual midnight hike on what was the coldest day of the year and the coldest day in a decade. The hike was a trudge through the snow when the temperature was below zero. Being a flashlight fan I equipped my entire family with torches and used the 1L-1AA myself. I also used the 1L-1AA for regular “New England winter emergencies” like checking the oil tank levels and illuminating things during a late night mid-storm snow shoveling (which is pretty demoralizing, BTW). I have also used the 1L-1AA as an EDC, taking it work with me in dress pants and carrying it on the weekends in jeans.


The 1L-1AA has two major design drawbacks. First, the light cannot tailstand. Its very close to being able to do so, but the “bubble” of the switch cover makes it impossible.

A redesigned tailcap or a less puffy cover would make it possible. The ability to a ceiling bounce (aim the light at a white ceiling for diffuse, room illumination) is a big plus, especially for those times when the power goes out. Second, the pocket clip is awful. A washer style clip, one that goes over the threads of one piece and is sandwiched in place when the other piece is screwed in place, would be a tremendous upgrade–just as easy to remove but much better in use.

Those to drawbacks hold the 1L-1AA back from greatness, but there is still a lot to like here. First, the reflector is truly great. Lumens, as you may know, are perceived logarithmically meaning that twice as many lumens does not appear twice as bright. So the modest 250 lumen output here doesn’t seem all that dim compared to say the 600 lumen oLight S1R. In fact, the vastly superior reflector on the 1L-1AA gives you much better throw despite significantly less horsepower.

The beam is tight, travels a long way, and has no artifacting. If your a flashlight company trying to hit a modest price point, the reflector is a good place to spend your design pennies. Second, I really like the tailcap assembly. The click is loud and hard to miss. Its easy to use, even with gloves on, and once I got a fixed version, it was easy to program.

There are other things that I do not like, though I understand others may disagree. I’d prefer a three mode output with a moonlight low (around 1 lumen, bright enough to light up things at night, but not so bright that you lose your night vision), a medium around 30-50 lumens (the current output on low) for close work at night and conserving power, and the full high. This set up works better, in my opinion, than any mode available on the 1L-1AA. I’d also like to see micro-USB charging, like Streamlight implemented on their new version of the Microstream. This is the wave of the future, and it would give the 1L-1AA even more power source flexibility.


Overall, I am very impressed with the Streamlight’s build quality. Despite a significant difference in price, the Streamlight is nearly the equal to a Surefire (although the Surefire is much more advanced emitter-wise). Parts thread together nicely, the emitter is perfectly centered in a wonderfully designed reflector, and the switch is responsive. The Streamlight runs Type II anodizing, which is less durable than Type III found on most enthusiast grade lights, but it is is the best Type II anodizing I have used. If the cost is the reason why, I think Streamlight made a good choice here as they did not suffer much, if any, of a performance penalty.


The 1L-1AA has a few limitations, but even when then, the dual-fuel approach makes the light a worthy addition to any household. If it is a choice between this and the Mini Mag, which is about 2/3rds the price, opt for the 1L-1AA. Based on battery versatility alone, its worth it. But the incredible reflector and programmability also makes the Streamlight better. Its not up to snuff features-wise or output-wise with the best production lights, but it is not that far off either.

If Streamlight does a refresh on this light like they did with the Microstream, it would instantly become a top choice. The number of great 1xAA lights is very small–a Zebralight, an oLight, one Eagletac, and the hard to find Reylight Lan Ti–and a USA made entry would be great. Overall, even for a true flashaholic, there is enough here to like to make the 1L-1AA a worthwhile purchase. In an emergency it would be a great light, as you can use it or, due to its simple design and low cost, it would make an excellent lender. The customer service and country of origin are cherries on top.

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TFB REVIEW: B&T APC45-Swiss Subgun Precision [The Firearm Blog]

Pistol caliber (especially .45 caliber)  submachineguns are a lot of fun to shoot.  I personally have experience with the Thompson, M3/A1, MAC-10, the KRISS (Originally TDI) Super-V and the H&K UMP45.  While I have always been intrigued in the H&K UMP45, the ones I saw come up for sale from time to time were far […]

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Smith & Wesson Re-Introduces the Model 19 .357 Magnum & .38 Special+P [The Firearm Blog]

Model 19Smith & Wesson has slowly been re-introducing their revolvers of years gone by to the delight of many double-action wheelgun fans. The newest addition to this collection is the staple Model 19. It has been introduced again in two different offerings for consumers. One being the Model 19 Classic and the other a Performance Center […]

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When Air Guns became the King of Battle-Pneumatic Trench mortars in WWI [The Firearm Blog]

trench warfare on the top of the alps The Isonzo front between Italy and Austria-Hungary in World War I was a battlefield of extremes.  Fought amongst the Alps, rockslides, avalanches and frostbite were just as deadly as the bullets and shells.  One difficulty that the units that fought there faced was the employment of light […]

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DTF Industries “SAFE Space” Pistol Stand Off Device [The Firearm Blog]

DTF Industries SAFE Space Pistol Attachment (4)I think we are observing a growing trend here. Only within the last couple of weeks, we saw at least two new pistol standoff devices hitting the market (click here and here to read about them). Today we are looking at another such device made by DTF Industries and called SAFE Space. SAFE stands for Side Arm […]

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Iowa: General Assembly Adjourns Sine Die [NRA-ILA News]

On May 5th, the Iowa General Assembly adjourned sine die from the 2018 Legislative Session.  During this session, both chambers passed House Joint Resolution 2009 to propose an amendment to the state Constitution affirming and recognizing the right of Iowans’ to keep and bear arms as a fundamental individual right.


Knife Comparison: MoraKniv Companion and the Cold Steel Survival Edge []

In this article we will be comparing the Morakniv Heavy Duty Companion and the Cold Steel Survival Edge. Both are fixed blade knives of about the same size, and around the same price.  Both knives cost less than $20 and are available with Amazon Prime shipping.

The reader should not consider this a “versus” article as we are not trying to determine which knife is better than the other.  It will be left to the reader to determine which knife best suites their needs.  However, at the end of the author of the article will share his opinion on the two knives.

Blade Length

  • Survival Edge: 4 7/8 inches
  • Morakniv Heavy Duty Companion: 4 inches

Each blade was measured from the tip to where the blade connects with the handle.

Blade Width

  • Survival Edge: 15/16 inch
  • Morakniv Heavy Duty Companion: 13/16 inch

The width of the blades were measured at around half the length from the tip to the handle.

Blade Material

  • Survival Edge: German 4116 stainless steel
  • Morakniv Heavy Duty Companion: High quality carbon steel

Overall Length

  • Survival Edge: 9 3/16 inches
  • Morakniv Heavy Duty Companion: 8 3/4 inches

Weight, with sheath

  • Survival Edge: 5.45 ounces with survival kit.  4.40 ounces without kit.
  • Morakniv Heavy Duty Companion: 4.85 ounces


Both knives have a kydex sheath of similar design.  Each one has a belt clip which allows the knife to be clipped to a belt, or to MOLLE webbing.

Cold Steel Survival Edge

First impressions are a throw back to the 1980s Rambo style hollow handle survival knives.  Unlike the survival knives from the 1980s, the Survival Edge does not have a wire saw.

Cold Steel Survival Edge

Handle Contents:

  • Compass
  • Fish hooks
  • Weights
  • Fishing line
  • Whistle

On the outside of the sheath is a storage compartment for a fire starter.  However, this makes the sheath too wide to fit inside MOLE webbing,  The clip will attach to MOLLE webbing, but the sheath will not fit into the webbing.

Cold Steel Survival Edge survival kit

This means the sheath will attach to the webbing, but will be hanging loose outside the pack.  One solution is to remove the fire starter.

Unlike a lot of hollow handle survival knives where the blade attaches to the edge of the handle, it appears the blade of the Survival Edge extends into the handle about one inch.  Even extending into the handle about one inch, this is not the type of knife to use to pry on something with.

The handle has a nice texture which facilities a nice grip.

While handling the knife, the compass fell out of its housing from inside the cap.  There appeared to be no glue on the backside of the compass.  I will probably put some super glue on the compass and glue it inside the cap.

The compass does point north.

Morakniv Heavy Duty Companion

First impressions are that of a well rounded camp knife.  The Companion would be well suited in a hunting camp skinning deer, or in a fish camp.

Morakniv Heavy Duty Companion

I recently got to use my Morakniv Heavy Duty Companion to trim the fat off four briskets and five pork shoulder roast.  At the end of the job the knife was dull and needed to be resharpened. After a few minutes with a sharpening stone the knife was sharp and ready to go back to work.

While the blade steel claims to be “High quality carbon steel”, I feel it does not hold an edge as good as a good quality 1095 blade.

From what I have been able to find, the Heavy Duty Companion is around a 3/4 tang.  Which means the tang does not extend the full length of the handle.

Handle has as nice shape, but can get slippery.

Final Thoughts

This is how I see the two knives:

Cold Steel Survival Edge: Hiking / backpacking knife.

Morakniv Heavy Duty Companion: Hunting / camping knife.  The Morakniv would be my choice when camping for several days. Or if I were going to the hunting camp and expecting to skin a deer, the Mora would be my choice.

Morakniv and Cold Steel survival knives

However, if we take the survival kit and fire starter out of Survival Edge, it weighs just 4.40 ounces.  For people who count every ounce in their backpack, the Survival Edge weighs 1.45 ounces less than the Companion.

If nothing else, take the survival kit out of the Survival Edge, and replace it with dryer lint and a fire starter.  Chances are someone would need to build a fire more than they would need a fishing kit.  Rather than putting the fire starter that came with the knife in the handle, it was replaced with a 79 cent fire starter.

In this comparison I feel the MoraKniv Heavy Duty Companion edges out the Cold Steel Survival Edge.  While both knives seem well built, hollow handle knives have certain weaknesses which can not be overcome.

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ALERT! We’re Fighting Back – NRA Sues New York Governor Cuomo & New York [NRA-ILA News]

On Friday, May 11, 2018, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of New York, the NRA filed a lawsuit claiming  that Gov. Cuomo, and his Director of Financial Services (DFS) have engaged in a “campaign of selective prosecution, backroom exhortations, and public threats” designed to coerce banks and insurance companies to withhold services from the NRA.


California: Legislation Requiring Background Checks on Firearms Parts to Be Heard in Appropriations Committee [NRA-ILA News]

On Wednesday, May 16, the Assembly Appropriations Committee is scheduled to hear anti-gun bill AB 2382 at 9:00 am in State Capitol room 4202.  Please contact the Members of the Assembly Appropriations Committee and urge them to OPPOSE AB 2382.


Illinois: Committee to Hear Bill Again to Shut Down Your Gun Store [NRA-ILA News]

On May 15th, Senator Don Harmon (D-3) held a press conference to call for a vote on his Senate Amendment 2 to Senate Bill 337, which would shut down your local gun stores with onerous red tape and regulations.  Governor Bruce Rauner has previously vetoed two of these egregious dealer licensing bills, but anti-gun legislators are not giving up.


Guncrafter Industries Hellcat X2 Pistols [The Firearm Blog]

Guncrafter Industries Hellcat X2 Pistols (1)Guncrafter Industries has released new 1911-style pistols called Hellcat X2. Although being based on the 1911 design, these pistols are fed from double stack magazines. Pistols with such layout are also known as 2011 pistols. Another key difference from the classic 1911 is that the Hellcat X2 is chambered in 9x19mm or .40 S&W. The […]

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Magpul – Rifleman Loop Sling [The Firearm Blog]

Magpul – A company that seems set to make anyone that enters a gun store to walk out with at least one of their products. At only $19.95 the new Magpul RLS (Rifleman Loop Sling) is affordable, and if you don’t already own a sling (or two) you might walk out with this product, or […]

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NRA Sues New York for Punishing Financial Institutions Doing Business With Group [NRA-ILA News]

The National Rifle Association on Friday sued the state of New York for fining and coercing financial institutions until they severed their connections to the gun-rights group. Governor Andrew Cuomo and the Department of Financial Services, the state financial regulatory agency, engaged in a “blacklisting campaign” against banks and insurance companies who did business with the NRA, infringing upon the group’s constitutional right to “speak freely about gun-related issues and defend the Second Amendment,” the lawsuit alleges.


What is the Best Livestock for Prepsteaders []

For preppers who are interested in moving past stockpiling and getting into prepsteading, let’s take a few minutes and talk about livestock.

To help determine what is the best livestock for preppers, let’s look at history.  For those of you who read my blog, and my articles on the forum, and my articles here on AllOutdoor should know, I am a student of history.  We have talked numerous times about using history to shape our prepping plans.

While doing a YouTube live stream question and answer session, John asked “What was my favorite livestock.”  My answer was chickens, but also small farm animals.  The reason for my answer is based off historical examples from the Middle Ages.

When it comes to farm animals, people in the Middle Ages relied heavily on small livestock.


  • Goats
  • Sheep
  • Pigs
  • Geese
  • Ducks
  • Chickens

What about cattle?  Cattle were used for milk, cheese and butter production.  Rarely were cattle butchered.  The practice of smoking meat to turn it into jerky had not been developed in Europe.  This meat if a cow was butchered, chances are hundreds of pound of meat would go to waste.

Then, we want to look at livestock that does not have to die to produce food.

  • Goats
  • Sheep
  • Pigs
  • Ducks
  • Chickens


Why are pigs listed?  Because they reproduce like rats.  The adult pigs were kept for breeding purposes, and then the piglets were butchered.

According to Life in a Medieval Village by Joseph and Frances Gies, pigs were valued more than cattle.  Then there was storing salted pork in barrels.

In essence, pigs grow faster than cattle, reproduce faster, and can be stored as salted pork.

What about milk?  Cows milk can be replaced with goats milk.

What about rabbits?  Why keep rabbits, and spend time and resources on them, when they can be hunted?  For example, my 1/2 acre chicken yard is a safe haven for rabbits.  Since I built the chicken yard I have seen more rabbits around the farm than I have ever seen.

So what is the best livestock for prepsteaders?

Small livestock which can be butchered and eaten by a family, or by a small group of people, and very little go to waste.

Animals that produce some kind of food almost daily.  This could be eggs or milk.

Animals good at foraging: Ducks, chickens, goats, and guineas.

Hopefully this article has given the reader some ideas.

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Rhode Island: Committee Vote On Pair of Gun Control Bills Thursday [NRA-ILA News]

On Thursday, May 17th, the Rhode Island state Senate Judiciary Committee will meet to consider Senate Bill 2292 and Senate Bill 2492.


Dumb Idea of the Week: Bloomberg Should Buy Remington []

Here is an idea that Andrew Ross Sorkin, famous writer on all things finance, has seriously floated in the NY Times: Bloomberg or some coalition of “social responsible” financiers should buy Remington and turn it into a smart gun and pro-gun-control gun company.

A reimagined Remington with a new management and mandate could develop smart-gun technology. It could back fingerprint technology meant to prevent anyone who is not the gun’s owner from shooting it, a measure that could greatly reduce suicides and the potential for guns to be stolen. It could add an identity stamp to ammunition fired from any of its guns. It could also establish and standardize responsible sales policies for retailers to sell its firearms.

What would happen, for instance, if a consortium were to come together so that the banks offered the buyer a below-market loan, giving a socially responsible investor the advantage of a lower cost of capital? What would happen if one of the big retail chains like Walmart and Dick’s — both of which have already established that they only want to sell guns in a responsible way — were to guarantee distribution, sales and marketing support?

I actually hope somebody is dumb enough to try this. “Let’s take a gun company that Wall Street has already wrecked by saddling it with debt and reputational problems, and ‘turn it around’ by remaking it as the world’s first anti-gun gun company.”

Of course, banks aren’t totally insane, nor are they in the habit of lighting money on fire. So it won’t happen. But a man can dream.

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New NRA President Oliver North Supported the Assault Weapons Ban, Waco Raid []

Via Reddit comes word that way back in the 90’s, incoming NRA president Oliver North supported the Clinton-era Assault Weapon Ban, and told Larry King that anyone who wanted to shoot an “assaut weapon” should join the marines.

This is actually not at all surprising to me, given that the NRA itself backed the ban (with the sunset provision inserted). This was back in an age when black rifles were considered “commie guns” and weren’t loved by the NRA or the NSSF.

As I reported in my Wired piece on the AR-15, the NSSF didn’t really even want the tactical stuff on the show floor until the early aughts, and if you had an ad with an AR-15 in it then it had to be shown in a hunting context only. So North’s support for the AWB makes him nothing more than a creature of the 90’s, like LaPierre and Nugent. If you had any doubt that the old guard intends to maintain a tight grip on the org, then his appointment should disabuse you of that.

It’s also worth nothing, though, just how forcefully North came out in defense of the federal raid on the Branch Davidians at Waco. If you go down to the second page of this scan, you can see his claim that the Davidians shot first and hat it coming.

Basically, North is an old-school, 80’s-era Fudd. He has no doubt updated his act a bit to fit more with the current scene, but, like Nugent and LaPierre, he’s a creature of the 80’s and 90’s. I expect him to make a speech railing against the evils of violent video games, shortly. Maybe he’ll even crusade against “cop killer” bullets, warn of the link between Dungeons and Dragons and suicide, or speak out against Satanic Ritual Abuse.

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Ryan Cleckner On Head And Scope Position [No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money]

Ryan Cleckner is the author of the Long Range Shooting Handbook and a former Ranger sniper. His book is an excellent primer on getting started in long range shooting.

In this video for the National Shooting Sports Foundation, Cleckner discusses the proper positioning of your head and scope for prone long range shooting. He makes an excellent point when he says if it isn't right, change it. The scope and stock should adjust to you and not the other way around.


Rocking Out with the TNVC Mohawk [The Firearm Blog]

MohawkHelmets today are quickly becoming the latest accessory billboards, especially when used for night vision applications. The trend for the top helmet companies is to try to provide the lightest possible helmet. However, many users continually counteract this trend and seem to be adding as much gear as they can possibly attach. Some of the […]

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Illinois: Tell Your Representative Not to Override Veto on Waiting Period Bill [NRA-ILA News]

On May 14th, Governor Bruce Rauner vetoed House Bill 1468, which would arbitrarily expand waiting periods on certain commonly owned semi-automatic firearms.  Gov. Rauner also suggested expanding the waiting period for all firearms.  Now, anti-gun legislators are likely to reject these proposed changes and instead attempt to override the veto.


Trump administration moves to shift small arms gun export approval from State Department to Commerce [NRA-ILA News]

The Trump administration took a major formal step Monday toward officially shifting authority from the State Department to the Commerce Department over the approval of U.S. small arms exports.


Civilians with Guns Intervening in Active Shooter Incidents -- the 2016 and 2017 Data [NRA-ILA News]

Backers of laws that let pretty much all law-abiding people carry concealed guns in public places often argue that these laws will sometimes enable people to stop mass shootings. Opponents sometimes ask: If that's so, what examples can one give of civilians armed with guns stopping such shootings? Sometimes, I hear people asking if even one such example can be found, or saying that they haven't heard of even one such example. This prompted me to post in late 2015 about 10 such incidents that I had found in roughly the preceding 20 years.


NRA targets Austin-based Yeti Coolers with stickers, urges members to cover up logo [NRA-ILA News]

The National Rifle Association is urging people to cover Yeti Coolers' logo with stickers from the pro-gun organization.


2 New Court Decisions Are Quietly Eliminating Californians’ Second Amendment Rights [NRA-ILA News]

In the first case, decided yesterday, a district judge ruled against the National Rifle Association's state affiliate in a challenge to onerous new California rules targeting popular semi-automatic rifles. That 2016 law, signed by Gov. Jerry Brown (D), is called the Assault Weapons Control Act.


Colorado: Boulder's preparing to pass a new gun law. But can it be enforced? [NRA-ILA News]

The Boulder City Council is preparing to adopt a local ban on the sale and possession of assault weapons, bump stocks and high-capacity magazines.But city attorneys and police officers are under no delusion that the ban will be enforceable on any broad scale.


Florida: NRA must publicly name plaintiffs fighting anti-gun law, despite high risk of 'harassment,' judge rules [NRA-ILA News]

A federal judge ruled Sunday that anonymous teenage plaintiffs helping to challenge Florida's sweeping anti-gun law must identify themselves publicly, even as he acknowledged the order would probably expose them to intense leftist "vitriol" and "harassment."


Illinois Governor Issues Amendatory Veto Of Assault Weapons Bill [No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money]

Gov. Bruce Rauner (R-IL) issued an amendatory veto of Illinois HB 1468. An amendatory veto is when the governor replaces language in a bill passed by the Illinois General Assembly with his own language. The General Assembly has three options. First, do nothing and the bill will die. Second, override the veto with a three-fifths vote in each house and the original language becomes law. Finally, pass the law with the amended language with a simple majority.

IllinoisCarry has an extensive post on the amendatory veto which I am posting below. It does contains things that would be objectionable in a more pro-gun state but are seen as a compromise in Illinois. This would include things like a bumpstock and trigger crank ban as well as 72 hour waiting period on all gun sales.

From IllinoisCarry with links to their discussion forum and Gov. Rauner's veto message:

Gov. Rauner issued an amendatory veto yesterday of HB1468. The bill sent to the Governor's desk 60 days ago with a veto proof majority would have codified into law, for the first time in IL history, a broad brush definition of 'assault weapons'. As we had hoped, he stripped the 'assault' language out of the bill and instead opted for a 72 hr. waiting period on all gun sales rather than risk law abiding gun owners getting caught up in a felony trick bag set up by anti-Second Amendment democrats. In a surprising move, the amendatory veto also included instituting the death penalty for mass killers, freed up local revenue to fund resource officers and mental health workers in our schools, a ban on bump stocks, and set the framework for limiting people who are a danger to themselves or others from having access to firearms. 

With the veto, the Governor protects Illinois gun owners from a  gun grabbing scheme which would have made firearm restraining orders easy to obtain, virtually no-penalty for false testimony, and taking firearms away from nearly anyone by almost anybody for any reason. With the amendatory veto, it becomes a roadblock with a  felony penalty for false testimony,  prevents vindictive grudges being used to take firearms from lawful gun owners while providing a process to curb mentally ill respondents - like the Parkland High School and Waffle House killers - who are a danger to themselves or others from legally possessing firearms . It also provides a clear and timely process for restoration of  rights when a person is no longer a danger.

The full text of the veto can be viewed here.  Discussion of the veto can be found on IllinoisCarry's discussion forum.


Ken Hackathorn On The M1 Carbine [No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money]

Ian McCollum of Forgotten Weapons just published an interview with the legendary Ken Hackathorn. It is a quite interesting interview dealing with the myth versus the reality of the firearm. Ken said the WWII and Korean War veterans who actually used the M1 Carbine in combat generally liked it. They did acknowledge that the magazines were flimsy and they made a conscious effort to replace them on a regular basis.

I have an IBM-made M1 Carbine and love it. It is light and accurate. However, Hackathorn notes that many of the manufacturers had quality control problems in making these firearms. While the most common, the Inland Division of GM made carbines tended to be the most reliable. That somewhat surprised me.

The interview runs about 19 minutes and is really interesting especially if you like old US military firearms like I do. Now if I could only find a RockOla-made M1 Carbine with an Elmer Keith inspected cartouche like the one Hackathorn has, I'd be set.


Ken Hackathorn on the M1 Carbine: Reputation vs Reality [Forgotten Weapons]

The M1 Carbine has long been a bit of an enigma to me, because I have never had really good luck with the design, and yet they were extremely popular with Americna soldiers, German soldiers, Korean soldiers, Vietnamese soldiers, and a great many other countries. So what’s the deal? Is it as simple as just that the Carbine was light and thus popular mostly with people who never had to actually fire them? Or is there something more going on?

Today we are speaking to Ken Hackathorn about this question. He has a lot of experience with M1 Carbines himself, as well as discussing them with many first-hand military and law enforcement folks who used them.


Off The Shelf DIY Foliage Green Rattle Can [The Firearm Blog]

One of the hardest things to do is color match a rifle build. One such color is Magpul’s discontinued Foliage Green. Sure you can seek the help of a competent Cerakoter or similar weapons refinishing professional. But one of the joys of firearm ownership is making it your own by adding some personalized touches. I […]

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AK-50 Project: Progress and Current Status [The Firearm Blog]

We have been following the AK-50 project (AK chambered in .50 BMG) pretty much since its very beginning. Brandon Herrera (a.k.a. The AK Guy), the founder of AKG Industries, had started the project about two and a half years ago and ever since he has been continuously working on it gradually refining and perfecting the […]

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[NRA 2018] Gear Head Works Tail Hook [The Firearm Blog]

If you are a fan of the CZ Scorpion, the Sig MPX, pistol caliber AR15’s, or short barrel gas guns you will most likely be a fan of the new Gear Head Works Tail Hook.  The MOD One is a stand-alone end plate for your AR15 style pistol stock.  The MOD two is a complete kit […]

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Monday, 14 May


9mm Coffee Grinder – Epic Trick Shots [The Firearm Blog]

Jared Clawson aka @T1CS and Black Rifle Coffee filmed some spectacular footage. Jared performed some impressive trick shots involving guns and coffee. The 9mm Coffee Grinder was particularly impressive. The video starts off with easy trick shots and then each trick shot gets progressively harder. Their first shot was just a simple gallon jug of […]

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Colorado: Boulder City Council Prepares to Approve Gun Ban Ordinance [NRA-ILA News]

On Tuesday, the Boulder City Council is preparing to pass Ordinance 8245.  This gun control measure seeks to ban some of the most commonly-owned semi-automatic firearms used for self-defense, target shooting, and hunting, as well as ban magazines with a capacity over 10 rounds.


Tyrant Designs CNC Glock 43 Extended Magazine Release [The Firearm Blog]

Introducing their first product in a new & upcoming Glock component lineup, Tyrant Designs CNC has officially launched their Glock 43 Extended Magazine Release (G43 EMR). Boasting a very aesthetic chevron design on the front, and a pocket cut design on the rear, Tyrant’s Glock 43 Extended Mag Release is a great looking product. Machined […]

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The Czech Republic’s CZ85B Pistol []

It’s not like the name Ceska Zbrojovka is a household term. If you are not familiar with the name either, it simply means Czech weapons factory. By Czech is meant the Czech Republic that was previously the eastern bloc country of Czechoslovakia. The factory itself has been producing a wide variety of military, law enforcement and sporting weapons since 1936.

Today, Ceska Zbrojovka or CZ for short is still producing arms that are imported to CZ-USA in Kansas City, Kansas. They are making a comprehensive line of pistols, shotguns, and rifles. One of their hallmark semi-auto pistols is the Model 75/85 series. These two differ only in a few aspects, but primarily the 85B has ambidextrous controls.

The CZ85B is the updated and enhanced version of the stalwart CZ75. As mentioned the 85B series has safety and slide stop controls on both sides of the frame. The 85B model also has a feature that allows the magazine release to be reversed from one side to the other.

Though these upgrades were added with the Model 85B for left-handed shooters, it was understood that the 85B was mainly produced with patented features not incorporated on the 75. There was no patent on the CZ75. The CZ75 has been widely copied around the world. The CZ85B therefore established critical patent protection.

The 85B is like chambered in the 9x19mm with a magazine capacity of 16+1 rounds. The trigger mechanism is SA/DA in a short recoil design. The full sized pistol’s weight comes in at 33.6 ounces. It has a steel frame and slide, not polymer. The length is 8.1 inches with a 4.7 inch barrel. There was also a compact version.

The finish on the 85B is a black polycoat ideal for weather and use protection. The grips are black polymer. The sights are fixed with a 3-dot alignment system. The hammer is a classic “Commander” type. The grip and frame position allows for very firm and comfortable handling.

This pistol has received glowing reports from various firearms evaluation Blogs that average a 4.5/5 rating. The firepower factor is 4.3. The CZ85B gets a concealability factor of 2.48, because it is a large pistol. The overall concealment rating is 2.94, but realistically this is not a pistol for concealed carry, unless worn under a jacket.

Though the CZ85B was discontinued in 2016, they are still readily available. The CZ75 of course remains in the CZ catalog with 17 models available. CZ85B owners brag this is one of the finest pistols they have ever owned. Scan the on line gun outlets to find one.

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Bass Pro Shops Promotes Youth Fishing []

We hear it all the time. Too many kids just don’t get outdoors anymore. They don’t play outside in the yard anymore and parents don’t force them outside like ours used to do. Many organizations have programs to encourage youth to get outdoors to exercise and play. The NFL has such a program, but its recreational goals are different, but still a move in the right direction.

Today, Johnny Morris and his Bass Pro Shops are sponsoring a huge campaign to get kids outdoors to experience outdoor recreation, specifically fishing. Many, many kids today never have the chance to go fishing or even to visit a lake or stream to fish. A different generation of parents, too, have slacked off in their interest of the great outdoors. Maybe this BPS program will help turn things around.

Taking my own daughter to the Bass Pro Shops store in Pearl, Mississippi today, she had the chance to catch a bass in a “fish pond” and also to attend fishing seminars with young people in mind. The seminar presenter for the day was Bass Pro Team member Joel Ross of the Jackson, Mississippi area.

Ross presented three seminars on (1) Fishing Local Waters, (2) Fishing-Anyone Can do It, and (3) a Fishing Checklist. Ross gave freelance discussions on many aspects of fishing for kids including picking the right fishing equipment for kids and naturally showing samples of several fishing combo sets offered for sale at the Bass Pro Shops store. That comes with the territory.

Ross also gave some excellent tips to both kid anglers, but their parents as well. Mainly he focused on the idea of allowing kids to just have fun learning to fish, and encouraging parents (especially us dad’s) to show lots of patience and calm in teaching kids to fish. “You should just let kids do their own thing when it comes to fishing the first few times. They have to learn and just trying to cast and hold a rod may be enough for a trip or two,” says Ross.

He also brought up issues about using insect repellant, as well as applying sunscreen. “Having to deal with a child that has been eaten up by mosquitoes or is hurting from a sunburn is certainly no fun. They are not going to want to do that again,” Ross exclaimed. Boy is he right on that one.

So, come on parents take your kids fishing or on some other outdoors based recreational activities. It will be good for both of you.

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Trijicon new long range scopes for PRS and Benchrest shooters []


At NRA Annual Meeting 2018 last week, Trijicon quietly announced several new products designed for long range shooters. This has been in the works for several years as they’re lacking new products for precision rifles as their longest distance scope was the Accupoint 5-20x50mm SFP scope.

The main focus is the Accupower 4.5-30x56mm FFP (first focal plane) red/green illuminated scope in either MOA or MRAD with a Christmas tree or Horus-style reticle. This is mainly designed for PRS (Precision Rifle Series) shooters who needs more reach than a traditional 5x zoom, 5-25x scope. With modern features such as 34mm main tube, large 56mm objective and Extra Low Dispersion (HD) glass, this is expected to perform right against other popular high-end scopes from the likes of Nightforce, Vortex and Schmidt & Bender. MSRP is listed as $2,675.00 and it’s expected to ship in “Late Summer 2018”.



The same model in SFP (Second Focal Plane) is only $75 less so it’s a no brainer to go for the FFP model.

For Benchrest shooters who need even more reach, there is the Accupower 5-50x56mm SFP red/green illuminated scope. The reticle is optimized for extreme long range shooting which is less cluttered with a floating center dot. MSRP is listed as $2700.00 and it’s expected to ship in “Late Summer 2018”.




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Smith & Wesson Delivers a Performance Center SW22 Victory Target .22 Long Rifle [The Firearm Blog]

Performance Center SW22 VictorySmith & Wesson has upped the ante on their SW22 Victory pistols with some Performance Center loving. They now offer four new models of the Performance Center SW22 Victory pistol: two different barrel options with or without a Vortex Viper red dot. These will not only look like high-performance rimfire pistols, but should perform that way […]

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Norinco CQA M4 Commando 10.5″ SBR []

Norinco/Polytech rifles are banned from import into the US due to the Clinton Ban back in 1989. Here we have a rare close look of their AR15 clone, called the CQA, in 10.5″ a.k.a. M4 Commando configuration.

In this latest batch of guns, they have included ambi mag release, safety and even a bayonet lug. These rifles are available in the rest of the world such as Canada and South Africa. The guns come in sealed plastic bags drenched in preservative oil and the finishing is not the best even when compared to Tier-B or C AR manufacturers, but they are known to work without malfunctions provided they’re cleaned and lubed.

The cost of manufacturing have risen in the past few years in China, however, these are still popular among gun owners around the world. Would you like to add this to your collection? Comment below.

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Women May Now Lead In Obtaining Concealed Carry Permits [The Firearm Blog]

Photo courtesy of Off The Grid NewsThe dramatic increase in the number of firearms purchases made by women over the past decade is indisputable. One only need look at the number of “muddy girl” or “Tiffany blue (Robin’s egg) colored firearms on the market today for verification that the firearms industry has taken notice. However, recent studies are now showing that […]

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CMP Announces Surplus 1911 Prices [The Firearm Blog]

Back in February, we reported that the Civilian Marksmanship Program had received their first batch of surplus 1911 pistols from the US Army. The CMP has been busy sorting and grading this batch of 8,000 pistols and are almost ready to begin sales. While theoretically the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), passed back in November 2017, […]

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Putting Together a Hiking Food Bag []

One of the easiest ways to keep food organized is to keep the food in a bag.  This may sounds like a “Really?” statement.  Yea, really.

A lot of campers, hikers, backpackers… will toss their food in a backpack, head out, and then have to sift through the pack when meal time arrives.  Then there is the stove, cook pot and fuel all tossed in at random.

To organize the food in my backpacks, several nylon bags of different sizes were purchased.  Smaller bags for short trips, and larger bags for camping trips.

When meal time arrives, the bag is pulled out of the pack, opened, items sorted, stove set up, and a meal is cooked.

Food Bag Example:

  • Stove
  • Fuel
  • Cook pot
  • Utensils
  • Lighter / matches
  • Ramen noodles
  • Freeze dried meal
  • MRE main entree
  • Desert, such as toaster pastry or tootsie roll.

Some people may include packets of salt and pepper.  I use to pick up pepper packets from fast food places to keep in my food bag.  Also, when going to places like Taco Bell, I may pick up some plastic utensils.  However, those plastic utensils were phased out a long time ago for titanium.

The nice part is moving the food bag from backpack to backpack.  Rather than going through the backpacking, sorting through them, collecting various items, just grab the food bag, and move it to the desired backpack.

Maybe set different color bags for certain stoves, or food choices.

For example:

  • Blue bag – Just the bare essentials. Auch meal bars, protein bars, and a snack.
  • Red bag – Stove, fuel, utensils, and one meal.
  • Green bag – Stove, fuel, utensils, two pouches of freeze dried food, and desert.

Stoves such as the BRS ultralight cost less than $20.  To set u two or three food bags with a stove would cost less than $60.  Or, as I have done over the years, I have collected various stoves, such as the Coleman Max blended fuel stove.

The BRS goes in one bag, the Coleman Max goes in another bag and then Etekcity ultralight stove goes in yet a third bag. Since all three stoves use the same fuel, this streamlines the fuel.

From there it is a matter of grabbing the bag needed for the length of the hiking trip.


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[NRA 2018] Battle Arms Development Paratrooper, 3x Patented Charging Handle, and More [The Firearm Blog]

Battle Arms Development at NRA 2018Battle Arms Development (BAD) came to NRA 2018 with a handful of new items designed for form, versatility, and function as well as being aesthetically pleasing. George Huang, owner and CEO of BAD spent some time with TFB going over the assortment of AR and Glock accessories his company displayed at the show. The Paratrooper […]

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Thievery in the Best and Worst of Times []

To borrow and paraphrase a line from Charles Dickens, and then apply the phrase to prepping, “Thievery in the best of times, and in the worst of times.”

If people are willing to steal and not bat an eye when there is plenty, what would those people be willing to do during or after a disaster? This does not even have to a collapse of society, but something like a natural disaster.

After a hurricane makes landfall there are usually stores of generators being stolen in the middle of the night. After Hurricane Rita and Hurricane Ike, there were numerous stories of trucks backing up to a generator in the middle of the night, then speeding away with the generator in the back of the truck.

A lot of people have their generators sitting outside their house unsecured. After all, it’s not really safe to run a generator inside the house. During Hurricane Rita a whole family died here in southeast Texas. To protect their generator, the family ran it inside their apartment. We all know how that turned out.

Generators are just one small pixel of the big picture. Stores are broken into, looters carry out everything they can… we have all seen the news reports.

A personal example of thievery. A friend of mine called and asked if I would cook for a fishing tournament. Of course I said yes. The pit was pulled to location, canopy and tables set up, then the cooking started. The four briskets and 5 pork shoulders were put on at midnight. At 1:00 pm the next day the meat was pulled off the pit, prepared and laid out for everyone to eat.

Having reached the point of utter exhaustion, I drove the few miles home to get a nap. Rather than going back that evening, I told the guys I would be back the next day to get the pit.

The next morning I received a phone call informing me one of my ice chest had been stolen. On top of that, all of the uncooked meat had also been stolen.

Stolen uncooked meat:

  • 10 pounds of chicken legs.
  • 5 pounds of chicken thighs.
  • 3 pounds of sausage.
  • 12 pounds of pork loin, two loins weighing six pounds each.
  • Family sized pack of hot dogs.

All the meat was in an Igloo ice chest that was under a table, and behind the pit. Someone picked up the ice chest, loaded it up, and took off with it.  In all, maybe 30 – 35 pound of meat was stolen.  It was enough to cook Sunday lunch for some of the people in the fishing tournament.

If that was not enough, the hot dogs had been bought for the kids who had fished in the tournament.  We were going to put the hot dogs on the pit, cook them up, and give the kids hot dogs and chips.

So in effect, the thieves stole food from children.

Let’s think about this for a minute.  If certain people are willing to go crazy with the looting after a hurricane, and willing to commit petty theft when there is plenty, what would they do if a collapse were to happen?

It is just a matter of time before humanity faces another plague.  When something like that happens, those so willing to resort to petty theft  would probably have no sense of morality.  It is that sense of morality which helps bind society together.

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School district shuts down information after Stoneman Douglas shooting [NRA-ILA News]

Facing significant legal and political exposure over the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, the district has tried to keep information from the public and put out untrue and misleading statements, frustrating parents who say this is the time for maximum transparency.


No gun troubles yet, say Arkansas colleges [NRA-ILA News]

Guns on Arkansas college campuses haven't caused any notable problems during the first semester they've been allowed, a variety of administrators from the state's largest universities said at a legislative hearing Thursday on campus safety.


Oklahoma governor vetoes permitless carry bill [NRA-ILA News]

The Republican governor of Oklahoma, one of the nation's reddest states, vetoed a bill late Friday that would have permitted adults to carry firearms without a permit.


Dick’s walks risky line on guns [NRA-ILA News]

About the only merchandise Dick’s Sporting Goods sells that you can’t also find on Amazon are guns.And yet the major retailer of athletic and outdoor gear is turning on that captive customer base, throwing its lot in with advocates for tighter gun control laws.


NRA sues New York governor, alleging 'blacklisting campaign' [NRA-ILA News]

The National Rifle Association (NRA) filed a lawsuit on Friday against New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) and the state’s financial regulation agency, alleging a “blacklisting campaign” aimed at getting banks to cut ties with the gun group.


New Jersey: Quick release of gun data called trailblazing and troubling [NRA-ILA News]

Gun control advocates are hailing New Jersey’s release of near-real-time firearms trafficking data as a trailblazing use of federal information, but Second Amendment advocates and skeptical Republicans question whether the report amounts to a way around a federal limitation on the release of some data.


Review: Less-Lethal TASER Pulse [The Firearm Blog]

TASER is the name in the industry for less lethal tools. They provide electrical muscular override tools for Law Enforcement. The TASER Pulse is a “civilian legal” less lethal tool shaped like a subcompact handgun. Unfortunately, my editors told me I was not allowed to shoot the TASER Pulse at people or animals for this […]

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Hungarian KGPF-9: Kalashnikov Genetics in a 9mm SMG [Forgotten Weapons]


This modern Hungarian submachine gun bears a remarkable similarity to the Hungarian AKM rifle in many aspects, from the pistol grip to many of the manufacturing practices. In fact, the more we did into the gun, the more Kalashnikov influence we can see in it. This particular example is semiautomatic only, but the weapon is made as both a civilian carbine and as a fully automatic submachine gun for military sales. And no, it’s not available in the United States – my thanks to its anonymous owner outside the US for sharing it with us!



The Firearm Blog: Inside Daily Operations [The Firearm Blog]

For 11 years now, The Firearm Blog has prided itself on being an independent, unbiased source for news and reviews of guns and related gear. Our staff consists of intelligent and creative writers with diverse backgrounds and interests who work hard every day to bring you worthwhile content. But what we sometimes take for granted […]

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IMPROVISED: Homemade .22lr Revolver Project [The Firearm Blog]

Revolver ProjectHere is a simple .22 revolver project built by a reader from absolute scratch using basic tools while following the plans here. For a gun built at home from scrap steel it isn’t far off from looking like a commercially produced handgun, far flung from typical makeshift contraptions though still within the skill range of […]

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Taiwanese T91 Drone [The Firearm Blog]

I found this in a Facebook group. It seems that the Taiwan 205th Armory (the same people who make the T91 rifle) is experimenting with arming drones. The T91 drone is equipped with a T91 rifle while the other is a 40mm armed drone with three grenade launchers. We have seen armed drones before (e.g. Iraqi […]

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Sunday, 13 May


Book review: Experiment and Trial by Mathieu Willemsen [Forgotten Weapons]

Americans can order the book from Gun and Sword Collector, and Europeans should order from Verlag Militaria.

Experiment and Trial, by Mathieu Willemsen, is a catalogue of the 218 guns in the collection of the Dutch School of Musketry, which existed from 1855 until 1933. It includes a large number of very unusual prototypes, as the School was a testing ground for designs submitted by inventors hoping to receiver Dutch military contracts. In particular, these include a wide variety of magazine conversion of the Beaumont action – designs which I have not seen any reference to anywhere else. Not everything in the book is so exotic, though, as the collection includes plenty of entirely ordinary service arms from other nations as well as from the Netherlands.

This is a fairly expensive book (€99 plus shipping in Europe; $145.50 shipped in the US), and it is definitely for a narrow group of enthusiasts. But for those of us who are particularly interested in experimental arms from the transitional period between single shot and repeating rifles, it includes quite a lot of thoroughly unique information.


Saturday, 12 May


SILENCER SATURDAY #19: Suppressor Buyer’s Guide Part I [The Firearm Blog]

Guide partGood evening shooters. Thanks for joining us for episode #19 of TFB’s Silencer Saturday, where even your mother prefers to shoot suppressed. Today we will kick off the Suppressor Buyer’s Guide Part 1 with some basic information that may be a bit bland to our veteran silencer owners. So, if you have more than handful of NFA […]

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Massachusetts: Committees to Vote on Anti-Second Amendment Bills [NRA-ILA News]

As early as next week, the Massachusetts House Ways and Means Committee will be hearing House Bill 3610 to allow firearms to be seized from individuals following baseless accusations without proper due process.  The Senate Ways and Means Committee will also be hearing Senate Bill 2476 to restrict stun guns.  Please contact your committee members and urge them to OPPOSE H.3610 and S.2476.  Click the “Take Action” button below to contact committee members and also call the House Ways and Means Committee at (617) 722-2990 and the Senate Ways and Means Committee at (617) 722-1481.


GPMG Firing Comparison: PKM vs UK vz.59 [Forgotten Weapons]

Since I had the opportunity to do some shooting with both a Yugoslav PKM and a Czech vz.59 general-purpose machine gun, I thought it would be interesting to compare them side by side. Which is better as a proper machine gun? And, to make things interesting, which is better as a semiauto-only firearm, as they are both available in the US?

Thanks to Marstar for letting me examine and shoot their M84 PKM and UK vz.59!

Friday, 11 May


NRA v Cuomo [NRA-ILA News]

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Governor Fallin Vetoes Important Self-Defense Bill [NRA-ILA News]

FAIRFAX, Va. – The Executive Director of the National Rifle Association Institute for Legislative Action, Chris W. Cox, released the following statement on Friday in reaction to Gov. Mary Fallin’s veto of Senate Bill 1212:  “Gov. Fallin vetoed this important piece of self-defense legislation despite the state Legislature’s overwhelming approval of the bill and her commitment to NRA members to support constitutional carry when she ran for reelection. Make no mistake, this temporary setback will be rectified when Oklahoma residents elect a new, and genuinely pro-Second Amendment governor.”


PKDesign Lab Weaponlight Lego Map And New Pistol Light [The Firearm Blog]

weaponlight lego mapPaul Kim (PK) has posted an update of his new M52 weapon light which we posted about on April 24. PK posted up this weaponlight Lego map showng all the combination of setups you can have with his line of flashlights. There are some very interesting developments in that map. It seems he is making […]

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Surefire Dual Fuel Battery Requirements [The Firearm Blog]

Dual Fuel BatteryMany have been excited about the Surefire Fury (Dual Fuel Tactical) DFT and new M600 (Dual Fuel) DF Scout lights. These lights boast 1200 lumens with CR123s and 1500 lumens using 18650 batteries. Users may have experienced issues when running 18650s from other brands. In response to this issue, Surefire has offered a discount to […]

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Mosin Nagant in .500 Smith & Wesson [The Firearm Blog]

500 Smith & Wesson The .500 S&W Magnum (12.7×41mm SR) is a fifty-caliber semi-rimmed handgun cartridge developed by Cor-Bon in partnership with the Smith & Wesson engineering team. In an 8.38″ (21.3 cm) revolver with a .500 S&W Magnum cartridge it produces an astonishing 2600 ft/lb. of muzzle energy. The Model S&W500 is still the most […]

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Shooting Steel – Action Target’s PT Scout – “Everyday Carry” Steel Target [The Firearm Blog]

Shooting Steel Shooting steel targets is probably as intuitive as shooting can get. You get an immediate signal and reaction if you hit your target. Compared with shooting a paper target, where you might not see your hits at all. With steel you know if you hit, or missed, and can correct your grip, point […]

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Dem Congressional Candidate Says ‘F**k the NRA’ in New Campaign Ad [NRA-ILA News]

Pat Davis, a candidate for the Democratic nomination in New Mexico’s first district, says “F**k the NRA” in a new campaign ad set to air Friday afternoon.


The NRA Sues New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, New York State Department of Financial Services Over Alleged Attack on First Amendment Rights [NRA-ILA News]

NEW YORK CITY—The National Rifle Association of America (“NRA”) today announced that it filed a lawsuit against the New York State Department of Financial Services (“DFS”), New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, and DFS Superintendent Maria T. Vullo alleging violations of the NRA’s First Amendment rights.   Filed on May 11, 2018, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of New York, the lawsuit claims that Cuomo, Vullo, and DFS engaged in a “campaign of selective prosecution, backroom exhortations, and public threats” designed to coerce banks and insurance companies to withhold services from the NRA.  The NRA argues that such tactics vastly overstep DFS’s regulatory mandate, and seek to suppress the speech of Second Amendment supporters and retaliate against the NRA and others for their political advocacy. The lawsuit seeks millions of dollars in damages to redress harms inflicted by the DFS campaign.


One to Watch: Caswell Morphing Karambit []

The knife business, it is a-changin’. It used to be there was a very simple setup — custom makers would make knives and sell them directly to the public in incredibly small numbers, and production companies would make knives and sell them to distributors who would then sell them to retailers, and retailers would sell them to the public. That bifurcated model is going away. Powered by increasingly-sophisticated machining technology and direct-to-consumer platforms, custom makers can now make knives in relatively large runs and sell them to consumers quickly and easily.

Because of powerful new Internet-based product development sites like Kickstarter and Mass Drop, distribution — which used to be impossible without specialized wholesale channels — is now comparatively easy. Without that barrier to entry, creativity and specialization can thrive and knifemakers can release truly unusual designs which, because of their odd nature, would have never been made by production companies.

Such is the case with the Caswell Morphing Karambit, which met its funding goal within a few days after bring launched on Kickstarter. The Morphing Karambit is an unusual design from the mind of one of the knife industry’s leading designers, Joe Caswell. Caswell first made a name for himself in the custom world by making relatively traditional knives with spine-riding pocket clips that could retract into the handle. It was a small touch, but one that made his knives superior to regular clipped folders during use. Then Caswell came out with his first truly new product — the EDX. This was a stunningly-complex folder in which the clip retracted automatically as the knife was deployed. It also used an entirely-new locking mechanism of Caswell’s own design.

The EDX won an award at Blade Show for custom knives, and was released over a period of years in vanishingly small numbers. Even now, it is a highly-sought-after knife with a four-figure price tag when you can find one. Innovation is Caswell’s calling card.

As unusual as the EDX was, the Morphing Karambit is even stranger. This knife has a series of linkages that, when pushed forward, reveal a cutting edge. When fully deployed, the knife resembles a traditional karambit. It also has a unique inset clip that curls around the finger hole at the rear of the knife. By pressing the middle of the clip, the clip tip lifts up to allow the user to open the clip for easy clipping on the fabric of a pocket. When not in use, the clip retreats into a channel around the finger hole and is completely out of the way.

Teaming up with Millit Knives, an Idaho-based small-batch high-end machine shop, Caswell is offering the Morphing Karambit through a Kickstarter campaign. The design will eventually be sold through more traditional retail channels for $650, but is being sold on Kickstarter for $450. The knife itself has a 2.5-inch blade of coated 3V steel.

There is nothing else like the Morphing Karambit, and its complexity and specialized design would have never been possible in the old retail model. But with Kickstarter and the like, we now can get innovative and unique designs relatively easily.

Important Information:

  • What: Caswell Morphing Karambit on Kickstarter
  • When: Campaign ended April 18, 2018
  • Where: Kickstarter, where 706 backers have pledged $357,787 of the $23,000 goal
  • Made in the USA: Yes
  • Highlights: Unique design, high-end materials and fit and finish, first-of-its-kind pocket clip

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Louisiana: Your Action Needed on Pro-Gun Legislation [NRA-ILA News]

On Tuesday, the Senate Judiciary B Committee is scheduled to consider House Bill 602.


NRA sues New York governor, regulator for 'blacklisting campaign' [NRA-ILA News]

The National Rifle Association on Friday sued New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and the state’s financial regulator for engaging in what it said was a “blacklisting campaign” aimed at swaying banks and insurers to stop doing business with the gun advocacy group, according to a complaint.


Best Wood-Burning Camping Stoves for Backcountry Survival []

Nothing is quite as satisfying as a hot meal after a long day of roughing it. Thankfully, these five camping stoves have eliminated the need to pack cumbersome fuel tanks and can keep you cooking for longer. Light and compact, wood-burning stoves have become the tool of choice for many campers and backpackers on long excursions. Below are our favorite wood-burning camping stoves you should consider bringing along on your next outdoor trip.

BioLite CampStove 2 Bundle


The BioLite CampStove 2 can do so much more than just boil water to make your morning cup of java. The whole kit and caboodle weighs in at just under five pounds and the bundle includes a portable grill, a pot that not only boils one liter of water in under five minutes but also doubles as the stove’s carrying case, and a USB light for nighttime cooking. This camp stove has four fan speeds also generates three watts of electricity while cooking that it stores in an onboard battery so you can charge your device via a USB connection or use the power to keep the light on.

BioLite CampStove 2 Bundle, Amazon

VitalGrill Survival Stove


Due to its single purpose and rugged design, this portable stove has been highly praised by campers as being easy to travel with and use while on the move. The VitalGrill Survival Stove features an aluminum base and stainless steel fold-down sides to contain the fire. It is extremely light (weighing in at 1.5 pounds) and capable of holding anything from scraps of paper to thumb-sized twigs and wood to keep a steady flame going. The L-shaped stainless steel rods attached to the sides can hold anything from a pot to a kettle to make cooking a breeze. This stove can reach a powerful 20,000 BTU/h thanks to the attached blower fan powered by two AA batteries.

VitalGrill Survival Stove, Amazon

Ohuhu Portable Stainless Steel Camping Stove


The Ohuhu camping stove does not require a fan and batteries to bear a steady, easy-to-control flame perfect for cooking. It is comprised of five parts: a base with vents, a stove chamber, a stove base plate, a three-pronged pot supporter and a plate for use with solid fuel tablets. Not unlike the other camping stoves on this list, you’ll need to forage along your journey for fuel to keep the fire going, collecting biomass like small twigs or pinecones. But if none is available, you can also use alcohol tablets as fuel substitutes. The bottom vents allow for better circulation into the stove chamber and perching a small kettle or pot atop the supporter its easy thanks to its serrated metal arms.

Ohuhu portable stainless steel wood burning camping stove, Amazon

Solo Stove Titan and Solo Pot 180


If you’re worried about smoke, you should definitely consider purchasing the Solo Stove Titan. This efficient camping stove cooks the smoke out of the wood and heats the fumes not once but twice using its dual combustion technology. This not only keeps smoke to a minimum but also results in a hotter fire, cutting down on cooking time. While it does not fold away neatly like other stoves, it is praised for its quality, stability and durability. This combo pack comes with its own pot which can be used to boil water or make meals.

Solo Stove Titan and Pot 180 camp stove combo, Amazon

BioLite BaseCamp Wood Grill


The BioLite BaseCamp wood burning stove is the largest on the list but provides the most economical solution for groups traveling together. The pack contains the stove itself, a fuel rack, ashtray and a gooseneck USB light. Sitting just under 18 inches tall, this stove takes thick pieces of firewood and can either distribute the heat evenly for grilling or focus the heat in the center for a pot or kettle. Attached to the stove’s side is a power bank that takes the excess heat, converts it into electricity and stores it. It can be used to charge cell phones and other devices.

BioLite BaseCamp wood burning stove, Amazon

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A growing problem... [Of Arms and the Law]

especially when doctors study crime (gun crime), funded by grants from the antigun CDC:

"Many studies' results cannot be reproduced, scholars warn." They found that, of 53 medical studies, only 6 had reproducible results. "Not all irreproducible research is progressive advocacy; not all progressive advocacy is irreproducible; but the intersection between the two is very large. The intersection between the two is a map of much that is wrong with modern science."

From the executive summary: "Many common forms of improper scientic practice contribute to the crisis of reproducibility. Some researchers look for correlations until they find a spurious "statistically signicant" relationship. Many more have a poor understanding of statistical methodology, and thus routinely employ statistics improperly in their research. Researchers may consciously or unconsciously bias their data to produce desired outcomes, or combine data sets in such a way as to invalidate their conclusions. Researchers able to choose between multiple measures of a variable often decide to use the one which provides a statistically signicant result. Apparently legitimate procedures all too easily drift across a fuzzy line into illegitimate manipulations of research techniques."

Hat tip to Joe Olson.


Swiss Gun Rights Supporters Refuse to Capitulate to International Gun Controllers [NRA-ILA News]

As NRA-ILA reported on April 27, peaceful Switzerland is in the crosshairs of international and domestic gun control advocates who are intent on abolishing the idyllic nation’s tradition of an armed citizenry. Using the 2017 changes to the European Firearms Directive as justification, these foreign and home-grown forces are attempting to burden the tranquil republic with gun controls the Swiss people have continually rejected. However, as was pointed out in a recent Bloomberg article, many Swiss citizens are refusing to take this assault on their inalienable rights and national sovereignty lying down.


FBI Acknowledges Life-Saving Potential of Armed Citizens [NRA-ILA News]

“Armed and unarmed citizens engaged the shooter in 10 incidents. They safely and successfully ended the shootings in eight of those incidents. Their selfless actions likely saved many lives. The enhanced threat posed by active shooters and the swiftness with which active shooter incidents unfold support the importance of preparation by law enforcement officers and citizens alike.”


Gun Companies Won’t Sell to Field and Stream []

In a press release from MKS Supply, the marketing company behind Hi-Point Firearms and Inland Manufacturing stated:

MKS Supply, LLC, exclusive marketer for American-made Hi-Point Firearms and Inland Manufacturing, values the customers that it proudly serves and the God-given freedoms that they enjoy. Because the right to keep and bear arms was recognized by our founding fathers to be a fundamental right, they ensured its protection under the Second Amendment. Just as we show our commitment to our customers by standing behind our products, we believe it is equally important to show our commitment to our customers by standing behind their Second Amendment rights.

In recent months, Dick’s Sporting Goods and its subsidiary, Field & Stream, have shown themselves, in our opinion, to be no friend of Americans’ Second Amendment. We believe that refusing to sell long guns to adults under age 21, while many young adults in our military are not similarly restricted, is wrong. We believe that villainizing modern sporting rifles in response to pressure from uninformed, anti-gun voices is wrong. We believe that hiring lobbyists to oppose American citizens’ freedoms secured by the Second Amendment is wrong. Dick’s Sporting Goods and Field & Stream, in purportedly doing all of these things, have demonstrated that they do not share our values.

MKS Supply, Hi-Point Firearms and Inland Manufacturing are standing by the American people by refusing any further sales to Dick’s Sporting Goods & Field & Stream. We are proud of our products, we are proud of our customers, and we are especially proud of the freedoms secured by our great U.S. Constitution. We are committed to all three.

Charles Brown
President, MKS Supply, LLC

Press release content provided by MKS Supply.

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Magpul Bipod Coming Soon [The Firearm Blog]

Magpul Pibod deployed on a rockJust the other day, Magpul announced that they are releasing their own bipod. The Magpul Bipod is the perfect addition to their Pro 700 chassis but it is also a great addition to any rifle. Their bipod has features you see in more expensive bipods. Magpul Bipod The Magpul Bipod will retail for just $109.95. […]

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Bark River Mini Bushcrafter Review []

The knife in this review was provided by Blade HQ. If you would like to purchase this knife or one of the many thousands of other knives they stock, go on over to Blade HQ and take a look.

Bark River Knives made their name with well-made, high-performance fixed blades. The key to these knives was the Bark River convex grind. Other companies made knives with convex grinds, Fallkniven, for example, but in today’s market Bark River is synonymous with convex grinds moreso than any other company. Their strength, stability, and ease of maintenance make it difficult to find fault with these beautiful grinds.

They fact that they are all but impossible to make with machines alone gives convex grinds a human breath of craftsmanship missing from other types of grinds. The Bravo Series, the Fox River, the Canadian Series, and the Aurora were all quintessential Barkies and all sported wonderful almost-full-height convex grinds.

But Bark River, like everyone else, follows trends, even if they do so in their own particular way. The Bark River Bushcrafter was a nod to those trends. With its vaguely Woodlore knife shape, the Bushcrafter is still a Barkie because it has a partial-height convex grind (which Bark River calls the scandivex grind). As is the case with all successful knives, Bark River iterated on the Bushcrafter to create the Mini Bushcrafter. This is a knife designed for intense detail work. Given that mission and design purpose, how did it do? Let’s take a look.



The Mini Bushcrafter is a small fixed blade knife, small enough to fit in a pocket when sheathed, but only barely so. The review sample is made of straightforward materials–polished black G10 handles, Corby bolts, and a thin stock of Crucible’s CPM 3V. It comes with a thick, beefier black leather sheath with a belt loop. Oddly, the handle is shorter than the blade, giving even folks with medium-sized hands only a three-finger grip. The blade itself has both a belly to it and a bit of a swell along the spine. The spine is crisp enough to use as a scraping tool for fire starting. The knife has a partial-height convex grind — the so-called Scandivex grind.


The handle has a very modest palm swell and bird’s beak with no Coke bottling. The balance point for the blade is well behind the base of the cutting edge, giving the knife a very handle-heavy feel.


Because this is intended as an intense small outdoor blade, I did a wider variety of tasks with the knife than I do with a general use EDC style blade. In addition to the normal food prep and box opening, I also did quite a bit of whittling and debarking. Overall I spent about three to four hours on these tasks in two sessions. I also broke down very large, very heavy cardboard boxes with the Mini Bushcrafter. While the whittling and debarking was tough on the edge, the 3V held through the entire process, ending the ordeal shaving-sharp. The two massive boxes were tougher. I was able to finally kill the edge around the middle part of the second box. It would no longer cut, but instead tore the cardboard. A pair of minutes on two strops and the edge was back to slicing sharp, if not full-on shaving sharp. This is the blessing of a convex grind–easy mindless maintenance gets an edge back quickly.


The design here is a good one–simple, straightforward cutting with very little extraneous stuff. I’d prefer a longer handle, but that is just a preference.


The sheath is good, even if it is sin-ugly. The welt and edge are just terrible-looking, but in terms of actual performance, it is a solid design. The thin blade stock is absolutely 100% the right choice. I am not sure why this partial grind is better than a taller convex grind, but like the sheath even a 1/2-height hollow grind works well here.


There are a few very minor cosmetic blemishes on the Mini Bushcrafter. One of the plunge lines down to the ricasso gets a bit swervy.


The grind lines aren’t all that distinct, something I would like to see on a knife as pricey as the Mini Bushcrafter. And there is, of course, the sheath. But the overall feel of the knife is one of very high quality with good attention to detail. None of the fit and finish issues compromise performance, and many of them of just part and parcel with the way in which Bark Rivers are made — one at time, by hand, with a belt grinder.


This is not a knife that, in theory, I was set to like. The blade:handle ratio is just off for me. But gosh darn it, over and over again while testing and using the Mini Bushcrafter, I was proven wrong. The knife works exceptionally well in hand. It carves, slices, cuts, and does detail work with incredible proficiency.

This is why we still need to review knives in hand. Our first impressions often prove right, but when they don’t, the reason why is fascinating and here that reason is simple: Mike Stewart and company know more about knifemaking and knife design than I ever will.

They know what works and what doesn’t, even if it looks a little weird. If you need a small fixed blade, this is an excellent, excellent choice. I prefer the Lil’ Creek with its bigger handle, but both are superb. It might be time for me to venture into the Mini Canadian waters. In the end, it is probably sufficient to say that this is a Bark River. That alone, in my experience, is enough to ensure it’s a darn good knife.

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Shrunk Barrels: Smith & Wesson M&P M2.0 3.6″ Compact Series Now Available [The Firearm Blog]

3.6" CompactIf the Smith & Wesson M&P M2.0 Compact with a 4″ barrel was not your cup of tea make sure to keep your wallet out. Smith & Wesson now has available a NEW 3.6″ Compact Series available in .40 S&W or 9mm. Smith & Wesson is banking on the prospect of shaving that length down […]

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To November and Beyond! [NRA-ILA News]

On May 5th, 175 pro-Second Amendment patriots packed a meeting room in Dallas’s Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center to learn what more they can do to be a force multiplier in this year’s elections, and to learn from the next generation of Second Amendment leaders on how to further engage college and high school students in our efforts.


Anti-Gun Democrat's Proposal to Criminalize Existing Gun Owners [NRA-ILA News]

The headline of the USA Today op-ed said it all. Anti-gun Congressman Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.) last week advocated for legislation to ban an as-yet undetermined class of semi-automatic firearms and to “go after resisters” who refuse to relinquish their lawfully-acquired firearms.  Lest anyone mistake his intentions, Swalwell followed up with a lengthy NBC News interview this week in which he made clear that his own proposal is a departure from prior gun bans that allowed those who obtained the firearms when they were lawful to keep them. Swalwell said that after thinking “about the different ways to address it … I concluded the only way to do this is to get those weapons out of our communities.”

Anti-Gun Democrat Proposes Banning Semi-Autos and Taking Them by Force [NRA-ILA News]

The headline of the USA Today op-ed said it all. Anti-gun Congressman Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.) last week advocated for legislation to ban an as-yet undetermined class of semi-automatic firearms and to “go after resisters” who refuse to relinquish their lawfully-acquired firearms.  Lest anyone mistake his intentions, Swalwell followed up with a lengthy NBC News interview this week in which he made clear that his own proposal is a departure from prior gun bans that allowed those who obtained the firearms when they were lawful to keep them. Swalwell said that after thinking “about the different ways to address it … I concluded the only way to do this is to get those weapons out of our communities.”

Anti-Gun Democrat Proposes Banning Semi-Autos and Going After "Resisters" [NRA-ILA News]

The headline of the USA Today op-ed said it all. Anti-gun Congressman Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.) last week advocated for legislation to ban an as-yet undetermined class of semi-automatic firearms and to “go after resisters” who refuse to relinquish their lawfully-acquired firearms.  Lest anyone mistake his intentions, Swalwell followed up with a lengthy NBC News interview this week in which he made clear that his own proposal is a departure from prior gun bans that allowed those who obtained the firearms when they were lawful to keep them. Swalwell said that after thinking “about the different ways to address it … I concluded the only way to do this is to get those weapons out of our communities.”


Sorry, Alyssa, But We're Glad We Came [NRA-ILA News]

You likely recall we mentioned a new anti-gun organization recently formed, which was billed as the brainchild of actress Alyssa Milano.  You may also recall that we reported her group, NoRA, had made the vaguely threatening proclamation, “We’re going to show up at the NRA convention in Dallas and make them wish they stayed home.” So, what happened?


Hard Times for Dick's as Second Amendment Supporters Respond to Company’s Anti-Gun Bent [NRA-ILA News]

We have recently been reporting on the bizarre anti-gun activism of one of the nation’s larger firearm retailers, Dick’s Sporting Goods and its affiliated Field & Stream stores. First, the company announced it would stop selling most centerfire semi-automatic rifles at its stores, carry only limited capacity magazines for semi-automatic guns, and ban firearm sales to certain legally eligible adults. It then took the further step of declaring it would destroy its inventory of the newly-restricted firearms at company expense. And if that weren’t enough, the news also recently broke that the company had hired expensive D.C. lobbyists to push for gun control measures on Capitol Hill.


Guns, Hospitals, and Little Alfie Evans []

The news story of the late Alfie Evans was the perfect storm, highlighting official malfeasance of the British regulatory and law enforcement organizations. The first step of that tragedy was predictable: rationed socialized medicine assumes that heroic measures to save a gravely ill patient end when the cost becomes too high. So far, no surprises.

The surprise came when the kid’s parents secured transportation and possibly more-competent medical services for him in Italy at no cost to the British taxpayers. The hospital refused to release the child to his parents, taking him off ventilator support instead and then starving him to death when that didn’t kill the patient. The parents were blocked from traveling freely with their child. British police protected the decision-makers.

Kids die daily world-wide from murder and neglect, with nobody getting worked up about it. The case of Alfie Evans got massive attention because it was needless and was performed unapologetically and wantonly, in slow motion by the same people who were supposed to protect his life. His murderers gained nothing by their actions except bad publicity and the opportunity to teach the public a lesson.

The death of little Alfie was an object lesson about who really owns the lives of British subjects. By American ethical standards, failure to release the child to his parents is kidnapping. The subsequent denial of care is first degree premeditated murder. That made the British cops accessory to the conspiracy to murder a minor in a particularly gruesome fashion. In an ideal world, that would lead to criminal prosecutions with death penalty for some and prison for others. In the UK, the proles aren’t even permitted to voice their views on this topic. The police department that shielded the kidnappers warned about legal sanctions for free speech.

In the USA, parents usually bear a greater financial responsibility for the treatment of their kids. As a result, they also enjoy a greater say. And, in cases where the parents disagree with the doctors, they can force the decision, as happened recently in Texas, when a supposedly brain-dead patient turned out not to be brain-dead — and survived thanks to his father’s armed intervention.

Absent the personal weapons, the father would have been just removed by brute force, while in reality the hospital didn’t escalate. They could have defeated the father, but then they would have had a literal blood feud with the survivors — and in the USA, that means a lot more than it does in the subjugated UK.


People outside of the US are often unwilling to hold officials to the same standards as private individuals. They feel that the government sanction excuses certain unethical or criminal actions. Americans hold government officials to a higher standard than individuals, “committed under the color of the law” being an aggravating factor in sentencing rather than a mitigating circumstance. At least that’s how it should be, numerous exceptions granted to cops being an unfortunate reality even here.

A single armed individual cannot win against government enforcement organizations. However, armed as Americans are, we can make the conflict personally expensive to the decision makers who aren’t keen on putting themselves on the line just to victimize somebody. The porcupine doesn’t always win, but the quills make it less popular with predators than less spiky food.

This is where the US culture, at least in the ideal, is ahead of the more feudal Europe. We take the William Tell story as a good idea, while their culture has caught up with their laws… at best, their least domesticated residents can emigrate and improve the US by their presence. While the popular lore of the US may be a bit naive, the point remains that we can escalate a situation — granted, at grave personal risk — while the inmates of the late great Britain cannot.

The availability of small arms and the will to use them give our kids an extra chance that was denied to Alfie.



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Report: NY AG Schneiderman Mocked Gun Control Activists [NRA-ILA News]

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman might support gun control in public, but his ex-girlfriend claims he called activists “losers” in private. Manning Barish joined three other women to accuse Schneiderman of mental and physical abuse in an explosive report by the New Yorker Monday night.


Gun Industry Group Kicked Out Dick’s Sporting Goods Over “Unconstitutional” New Policies, Gun-Control Lobbying Effort [NRA-ILA News]

The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) told the Washington Free Beacon its recent decision to expel Dick's Sporting Goods was based on the company's decision to lobby for new gun-control legislation.


Oregon: NRA Files Comments Against Firearm Ban Initiative [NRA-ILA News]

On May 8th, the NRA filed comments with the Oregon Secretary of State opposing the misleading and inadequate ballot title prepared by the state Attorney General for Initiative Petition 43.  The Attorney General will now have until May 23rd to review comments and certify a final ballot title for IP 43, which seeks to ban commonly owned semi-automatic firearms and standard capacity magazines.


Press Release: Oregon Elk Country Gets $270K Upgrade []

(RMEF Press release dated May 8, 2018)

The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation awarded $270,840 in grant funding for 22 habitat enhancement and hunting heritage outreach projects across Oregon.

The conservation work directly benefits more than 21,000 acres of wildlife habitat in Baker, Benton, Crook, Douglas, Grant, Harney, Lake, Lane, Linn, Morrow, Umatilla, Union, Wallowa and Wheeler Counties.

Overly thick stands of trees and noxious weeds lead to poor habitat for elk and other wildlife. These grants will enhance that habitat through a wide variety of forest stewardship work,” said Blake Henning, RMEF chief conservation officer. “We appreciate our volunteers for their time, efforts and dedication in generating this funding to make these projects possible.

RMEF volunteers in Oregon raised the funding by carrying out banquets, membership drives and other events.

Since 1986, RMEF and its partners completed 889 conservation and hunting heritage outreach projects in Oregon with a combined value of more than $57.5 million. These projects protected or enhanced 795,604 acres of habitat and opened or improve public access to 133,569 acres.

Here is a sampling of projects, listed by county:

Grant County—Construct fencing around a one-acre aspen stand cleared of encroaching conifers, apply seed for native grass, plant riparian hardwood seedlings and purchase fencing materials to cage riparian hardwoods so they can become a future seed source to improve riparian habitat along Bear Creek on the Malheur National Forest.

Harney County—Seed/plant browse, forb and grass species across 15,554 acres, reconstruct or build 68 miles of fencing to manage livestock grazing and repair three water guzzlers on BLM land between Bend and Burns that burned in the 2017 Cinder Butte Wildfire.

Umatilla County—Apply noxious weed and seeding treatments on 600 acres of elk winter range on the Bridge Creek Wildlife Management Area.

Union County—Thin 612 acres of young, overstocked conifer stands to increase forage quality and quantity on yearlong elk habitat on the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest in the Blue Mountains plus improve decades-old road closures to help draw elk away from private lands (also benefits Baker County).

Oregon project partners include Fremont-Winema, Malheur, Ochoco, Umatilla, Wallowa-Whitman and Willamette National Forests, Bureau of Land Management, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, private landowners and various sportsmen, civic and outdoor industry and business groups.

For more information on the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, click here.

Photo courtesy of Texas Sporting Journal

Photo courtesy of Texas Sporting Journal

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Opinion: Why The Iran Situation Should be a Concern []

Unless the reader has been living under a rock, or in a bomb shelter, or both, it should be common knowledge President Trump pulled the United States out of the 2015 Iran Nuclear deal.

The Iran nuclear deal entered into by President Obama was supposed to curtail Iran’s nuclear ambitions.  Some of the nations taking part in the deal were the United States, France, United Kingdom, Germany, and of course Iran.

President Obama bypassed senate ratification and entered the agreement with what is called an “Executive Agreement.”

There is an old saying, “What can be done by the pen, can be undone by the pen.” President Trump decided to withdraw from the Iran agreement.

Everything up to this point is old news.

Within days of President Trump withdrawing from the 2015 agreement, the leaders of Iran started taunting enriching uranium.

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei stated:

“Mr Trump I tell you on behalf of the Iranian people: You’ve made a mistake.”

His comments come as Iran said it was ready to restart enriching uranium at “industrial levels” after Donald Trump pulled the US out of a nuclear deal.

Now for the bad news.

Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said Saudi Arabia will ‘do everything we can’ to obtain nuclear weapons if Iran acquires the capability.

Saudi Arabia will seek to develop its own nuclear weapons if Iran does, Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir told CNN on Wednesday, amid spiraling tension between the regional rivals.

Asked whether Riyadh would ‘build a bomb itself’ if Tehran seizes on Washington’s withdrawal from the 2015 Iran deal to resume a nuclear weapons program, Jubeir said: ‘If Iran acquires nuclear capability we will do everything we can to do the same.’

In other words, if it looks like Iran is developing a nuclear weapon, there will be an arms race in the middle east.

Shortly after the United States withdrew from the Iran nuclear agreement, Israel was attacked by rockets which were launched from Syria.  It has been claimed Iran supplied the rockets to the militants in Syria.


For the sake of discussion, let’s say Iran does develop a nuclear device.  Furthermore, let’s say Iran is supplying arms to militants who are attacking Israel.

What would stop Iran from supplying militants a nuclear device which could be used to attack Israel?

One thing is for sure.  If Iran did develop a nuclear weapon, it could possibly destabilize the middle east, an arms race would start with Saudi Arabia, and Israel may launch a preemptive strike against Iran.

Then again, all of this is speculation.

The only thing we can really do is wait and see.  Maybe Iran will come to the peace table like what North Korea has done?

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Smith & Wesson M&P M2.0 Compacts Get Dressed Up with a Crimson Trace Green Laserguard [The Firearm Blog]

Green LaserguardSmith & Wesson has thrown a little more Crimson Trace love at the M&P M2.0 Compact pistol. You can now purchase an M&P M2.0 Compact with a Crimson Trace Green Laserguard attached from the factory. This can be ordered either with an ambidextrous thumb safety or without one. It all depends where your comfort and […]

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Bank of America affirms anti-gun stance [NRA-ILA News]

Bank of America said on Thursday it was standing by its pledge to stop financing civilian assault weapons and suggested it may be preparing to exit a loan for gun maker Remington Outdoor Corp that sparked criticism of the lender.


New York: Bill targets school riflery teams, citing ‘gun culture’ [NRA-ILA News]

Jillian Zakrzeski’s skills with an air rifle earned her three New York state high school shooting championships, a berth in the Junior Olympics and even recruitment to a college rifle team.


Dick's Sporting Goods pulls a cynical, unsporting move [NRA-ILA News]

The calculation is obvious: Ending a particular product line will hurt Dick’s’ bottom line; it will lose market share, even if only marginally, to competitors. But if Dick’s can use the government to force its competitors to drop out of the semi-auto rifle market too, then it can insulate itself from the consequences of its own choice.


Georgia: Fannin County School Board unanimously voted to allow armed teachers [NRA-ILA News]

Under the new policy, teachers can have guns holstered. Guns in bags or purses are not allowed, Channel 2's Lori Wilson said. Fannin County is north of Atlanta and borders Tennessee.


Madsen M1888 Forsøgsrekylgevær: The Strangest Semiauto [Forgotten Weapons]

Development of the weapon that would eventually become the very successful 1902 Madsen light machine gun began many years earlier, in 1883. Two Danes, Madsen and Rasmussen, began working on a recoil-operated self loading rifle design that year, with Madsen developing the idea and Rasmussen fabricating the actual pieces. The project was made difficult by the black powder cartridges available at that time (black powder fouled intricate mechanics quickly, and also created a relatively poor recoil impulse compared to later smokeless powders), but by 1887 they had a workable gun completed. This rifle, designated the M1888 Forsøgsrekylgevær, was entered into Danish military testing, and went so far as to have 50 rifles field-tested by a battalion of troops. The conclusion was that the design wasn’t good enough for infantry use (although it was considered for fortress use, which would presumably be a cleaner environment that being in the hands of field infantry units), and the Krag-Jørgensen was selected instead for general issue.

Note the very small bayonet, typical of recoil-operated rifles in which too heavy a bayonet will cause the rifle to malfunction by increasing the weight of the reciprocating barrel assembly (the M1941 Johnson rifle was also recoil operated and used a similar style bayonet). As testing progressed, stacking swivels were added to the guns.

Many thanks to the Tøjhusmuseet (Royal Danish Armory Museum) for letting me have access to this very rare rifle!


SIG Sauer Introduces New SIG 365 9mm Ammunition [The Firearm Blog]

SIG Sauer Introduces New SIG 365 Ammunition (1)SIG Sauer has announced the addition of SIG 365 9mm loads to their ammunition line. The new ammo comes loaded with two 115 grain bullet options: FMJ or V-Crown (JHP). It is not a coincidence that the new ammunition is the namesake of the company’s newest carry pistol (SIG P365). The SIG 365 ammunition is designed […]

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TFB Review: L2D Combat Catalyst Slide Glock 17 Gen 4 [The Firearm Blog]

L2D CombatShooters love to modify, alter and make their firearms their own personal masterpieces. The number one platform that firearm enthusiasts modify is the AR-15, but a likely close 2nd place would be a Glock. There is an overflowing abundance of aftermarket parts for Glock firearms. Everything from barrels to slides to sights to frames and […]

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Brass Hole In One – Compensator Failure [The Firearm Blog]

Compensator FailureRemember those Roland Special malfunction spoofs? Well Nick Lui aka Ambergur Roselton on Facegook posted a video in his Facebook group, 3-Gun Calgary, of a rather spectacular compensator failure. He was shooting his compensated Glock but due to his focus on shooting he did not notice his comp had blown up. More importantly he did […]

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Thursday, 10 May


Team SIG Member Lena Miculek Wins Big at 2018 SIG SAUER USPSA Multi-Gun Nationals [The Firearm Blog]

SIG SAUER, Inc. congratulates Team SIG member Lena Miculek on placing first in the ladies category of the Open Division at the 2018 SIG SAUER USPSA Multi-Gun Nationals held April 18th through April 22nd.SIG SAUER, Inc. congratulates Team SIG member Lena Miculek on placing first in the ladies category of the Open Division at the 2018 SIG SAUER USPSA Multi-Gun Nationals held April 18th through April 22nd. Miculek competed for three days at The Pro Gun Club in Boulder City, Nevada through fourteen scored stages testing her shooting, […]

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NRA Shooting Illustrated Magazine Honors Four Savage MSRs with “2018 Rifle of the Year” Golden Bullseye Award [The Firearm Blog]

Shooting Illustrated is an NRA official journal with a focus on concealed carry, self-defense and tactical shooting. Golden Bullseye Awards acknowledge the finest products available in the shooting sports.The National Rifle Association’s (NRA) Shooting Illustrated magazine has selected four members of Savage’s new MSR line as Golden Bullseye Award recipients for “2018 Rifle of the Year.” The MSR 15 Patrol,  MSR 15 Recon, MSR 10 Hunter and MSR 10 Long Range were collectively tapped for the  honor, which Savage representatives will accept on […]

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[NRA 2018] HAVA Gets Wounded Veterans Back On The Hunt [The Firearm Blog]

HAVA at NRA 2018In 2007, 3 executives took several combat-wounded veterans on a successful hunt and realized that everyone had a good time on the hunt and wanted to do more. Shortly thereafter, a Committee of shooting sports industry executives founded Honored American Veterans Afield (HAVA), a 501c3 organization to help the healing and re-integration of disabled veterans […]

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[NRA 2018] Why Everyone Should Learn to “Shoot Like a Girl” [The Firearm Blog]

Shoot Like a Girl, NRA 2018Nestled in the very far, back corner of the NRA 2018 showroom, one might worry that the “Shoot Like a Girl” (SLG2) booth would resemble a barren wasteland…and they would be incorrect. Crowds of women packed the booth, waiting their turn to venture into the SLG2 trailer. TFB caught up with the president and founder […]

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The Best Solar Battery Chargers []

When the time comes to pack for your next outdoor adventure, consider bringing along a solar battery charger. They’re the perfect way to charge all your devices on the go by harnessing the power of the largest energy source available: the sun! Below are some of the best portable chargers available in today’s market to make sure your electronics stay loaded no matter where you are.

Anker PowerPort Solar Lite


Joining Anker’s ever-growing family of smart devices is a dual-paneled solar-powered battery charger. Weighing less than a pound, it delivers 15 watts to simultaneously charge up to two devices (including iPhones, iPads and Android phones) thanks to its dual multi-layer charging panels. It provides 21.5 to 23.5 percent of transitional efficiency and reviewers have reportedly obtained a full charge after just two hours of direct sunlight. The Anker PowerPort solar charger also features four elastic hooks on each corner to make charging easy whether you’re hanging it from a tree branch or hooking it to your backpack while hiking.

Anker PowerPort Solar Lite 2 Ports, Amazon

BioLite PowerLight Solar Kit


This adjustable single-paneled solar charger is yet another BioLite product built to make camping and backpacking that much easier. This particular solar panel works best placed on a stationary surface like a tabletop, secured to a tent or resting on the ground, as it can be adjusted to capture as much direct sunlight as possible. The BioLite power light solar panel boasts five watts of USB output to charge devices like cameras, tablets and phones in real time or you can opt to store the power in the included 4,400 mAh power bank. This solar battery charger also features a 250-lumen torch as well as a 200-lumen lantern to light up your way.

BioLite PowerLight Solar Kit solar panel and lantern bundle, Amazon

LuminAID PackLite Max


Perhaps one of the most backpack-friendly of the bunch, the LuminAid solar charger collapses into a tiny one-inch thick square and inflates into a six-inch lantern when in use. This solar panel boasts a 2,000 mAh lithium-ion battery that charges in 14 hours of direct outdoor sunlight or one to two hours via USB. It provides 150 lumens of LED light when inflated and provides a whopping 50 hours of light if on “low” mode (one of five brightness options) when fully charged. Its convenient carrying handle makes it easy to hang it on a tree branch, inside your tent or even on your backpack. Due to its collapsible nature, it is nearly impossible to shatter — plus it is 100 percent waterproof and dustproof.

LuminAID PackLite Max phone charger and lantern, Amazon

Eton Scorpion II


The Eton Scorpion II can be charged three ways: via a solar panel, USB or a manual crank. Its rugged body is ideal for on-the-road adventures or emergency situations, and unlike other battery chargers, its rubber exterior casing makes the Scorpion II drop-proof from a height of 3.3 feet. Features include an AM/FM tuner, an NOAA Weather Band receiver, a half-watt LED flashlight and a bottle opener in case of emergencies. While not completely waterproof, this device is IPX4 splash-proof and boasts an 800 mAh rechargeable lithium battery to charge small devices such as cell phones.

Eton Scorpion II, Amazon

Elzle portable solar power bank


Fitting in the palm of your hand, the Elzle solar-powered power bank holds an incredible 25,000 mAh of power — enough to fully charge an iPhone 6 or 7 almost 10 times over. It weighs just under a pound, has an LED light with three modes (steady/SOS/strobe) and indicates its charge status using a series of lights. Its tough outer shell (made of silicone, polycarbonate and ABS plastic) promises shock resistance and the dust plug ensures the protection of the micro USB input as well as its dual 2.1 amp USB outputs. Lastly, the Elzle power bank’s intelligent design protects from over-voltage and automatically stops once your device is fully charged so you can rest assured no electricity goes to waste.

Elzle 25,000 mAh portable solar power bank, Amazon

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The battle of ideas turns coercive [NRA-ILA News]

The government can’t go after the NRA or immigrant-rights groups directly. But it can try to silence them indirectly, by making it impossible for them to conduct their affairs. At bottom, there are only a few ways to change other people’s behavior: persuasion, coercion, and force. The freest societies rely chiefly on persuasion; the most tyrannical rely strictly on force. Coercion lies in the nebulous middle. Increasingly, it seems that those who find a given idea objectionable are no longer willing to fight it with persuasion alone. Which raises the question: How far down the scale toward force are they willing to go?


Marine Corps Quick Fix for Tight Pouches [The Firearm Blog]

That feel when you can't pull it out - PMAG woesEveryone knows there is nothing worse than a tight pouch, especially if it could mean the difference between life and death. The Marine Corps has reportedly been struggling with this issue since the adoption of the Gen 3 PMAG. The USMC’s standard issue magazine pouches have proven too small to fit two of the new […]

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Release: Hogue Knives Announces Line of SIG SAUER Branded Knives []

Hogue Knives has announced a partnership with SIG SAUER to produce knives with the “SIG” mark designed to match the grips, and finishes, of many of SIG SAUER’s popular firearms.

Display of Sig Sauer-branded knives available from Hogue.

Display of Sig Sauer-branded knives available from Hogue.

Hogue is the manufacturer of many of SIG SAUER’s firearm grips,” explained Hogue owner, Neil Hogue. “We use the same G10 material for the gripping on these knives as we use for the grips we produce for SIG SAUER firearms, which allows us to exactly match the dye and materials, and control quality. The blade is finished to replicate the coloring of the pistol coating which makes it a great companion to a SIG SAUER firearm.

SIG SAUER world renowned firearms are known for raising the bar when it comes to quality and innovation which has made it the brand of choice amongst the U.S. Military, the global defense community, law enforcement, competitive shooters, hunters, and responsible citizens. Like SIG SAUER, Hogue knives shares the same drive to be the best, love of freedom, and an unwillingness to compromise.

All of HOGUE’s “SIG” marked knives pair with the popular styles of the SIG SAUER firearms Hogue produces grips for. Each have the familiar “SIG” mark either machined in G10 or inlayed with a circular medallion. Hogue’s popular X5, EX-04, and EX-01 knives (both manual folding and automatic variations) are available to match SIG SAUER’s Emperor Scorpion and Exclusive Series Firearms including the Legion Series.

Hogue’s EX-02 flippers are available to match ASE, Extreme, Scorpion, and Emperor Scorpion firearms. Finally, the Hogue EX-F01 has matches to SIG SAUER’s Stainless Elite and Exclusive Series firearms.

Hogue knives are made in the USA. MSRP ranges between $199.95 and $279.95. Hogue is the exclusive manufacturer of SIG SAUER automatic knives. Hogue supports local dealers and encourages customers to purchase their SIG SAUER knives locally. For more information please call Hogue directly at 1800-438-4747 or visit

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Turns Out, Math Supports Gun Preppers []

I recently ran across an interesting article, authored by a stormwater hydrologist. Yeah, that’s right — someone who is trained to understand how water goes through its various cycles from evaporation to rainfall and back again. And it turns out that in the field of stormwater hydrology, there’s a lot of math. After all, these are the kinds of folks who determine where those squiggly lines are on flood maps, to indicate where a flood may or may not be likely to take place.

And so he applies this kind of math to the question of whether it is prudent (or not) to be a “gun prepper.” This would mean someone who operates at least partially under the notion that tyranny is real, and that violent nationwide revolutionary warfare is a very real possibility.

The opening lines of the article (titled “The Surprisingly Solid Mathematical Case of the Tin Foil Hat Gun Prepper” or “Who Needs an AR-15 Anyway?”) shows that BJ Campbell is one of the more thoughtful of gun policy observers.

As gun policy discussions unfold in the wake of mass shooter incidents, they routinely end in three buckets. There’s the “tyranny can never happen here” bucket, which the left has mostly abdicated in the wake of Trump winning after they called (and still call) him a tyrant. There’s the “you can’t fight the army with small arms” bucket, which is increasingly unsound given our ongoing decade-and-a-half war with Afghani tribal goat herders. And there’s the “what the hell do you need an AR-15 for anyway?” bucket, which, by its very language, eschews a fundamental lack of understanding of what those people are thinking.

And now to the math:

(Image: BJ Campbell)

(Image: BJ Campbell)

Stepping through this, the average year for colony establishment is 1678, which is 340 years ago. Two qualifying events in 340 years is a 0.5882% annual chance of nationwide violent revolution against the ruling government. Do the same math as we did above with the floodplains, in precisely the same way, and we see a 37% chance that any American of average life expectancy will experience at least one nationwide violent revolution.

This is a bigger chance than your floodplain-bound home flooding during your mortgage.

It’s noticeably bigger.

Following the same procedure, we can see that even over an 18-year span we have a 10% chance of violent revolution, which is an interesting thought experiment to entertain before you have kids. It’s also important to note that a violent nation-state transition doesn’t just affect people who live in a floodplain. It affects everyone stuck in the middle. Especially the poor and defenseless.

For doubters of his conclusion, he offers examination of nations around the world, most of which have seen more upheaval than we Americans have in recent years.

Two instances in 340 years is not a great data pool to work with, I will grant, but if you take a grab sample of other countries around the world you’ll see this could be much worse. Since our 1678 benchmark, Russia has had a two world wars, a civil war, a revolution, and at least half a dozen uprisings, depending on how you want to count them. Depending on when you start the clock, France had a 30-year war, a seven-year war, a particularly nasty revolution, a counter-revolution, that Napoleon thing, and a couple of world wars tacked on the end. China, North Korea, Vietnam, and basically most of the Pacific Rim has had some flavor of violent revolution in the last 100 years, sometimes more than one. With Africa, it’s hard to even conceive where to start and end the data points. Most Central and South American countries have had significant qualifying events in the time span. And honestly, if we were to widen our analysis to not only include nationwide violent civil wars, but also instances of slavery, internment, and taking of native lands, our own numbers go way up.

Farther down in the article, he notes some reliable signs of unstability which have been known to foreshadow revolutionary events in the past. Unsurprisingly, they all sound eerily familiar.

Pretend you’re someone with your eyes on the horizon. What would you be looking for, exactly? Increasing partisanship. Civil disorder. Coup rhetoric. A widening wealth gap. A further entrenching oligarchy. Dysfunctional governance. The rise of violent extremist ideologies such as Nazism and Communism. Violent street protests. People marching with masks and dressing like the Italian Blackshirts. Attempts at large scale political assassination. Any one of those might not necessarily be the canary in the coal mine, but all of them in aggregate might be alarming to someone with their eyes on the horizon.

Someone with disproportionate faith in the state is naturally inclined to disregard these sorts of events as a cognitive bias, while someone with little faith in the state might take these signs to mean they should buy a few more boxes of ammunition.

There’s much more to this article than I will include here, but I would be remiss if I didn’t present this salient bit:

There are certain things in the world you’d rather have and not need, than need and not have. And paramount among those things, given the state of the modern human condition, is a rifle.

So if you ask someone else on the opposite side of a culture war argument, “Why would you want to own one of those things, anyway?” please don’t be surprised if they simply respond, “Why wouldn’t you?”

Read the entire story here.

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Man Dies Trying to Take Selfie With Injured Bear []

As if to prove that Americans aren’t the only idiots when it comes to wildlife interaction, a man in India was reportedly mauled to death when he tried to take a “selfie” photo of himself with a bear.

According to the article, Prabhu Bhatara was returning from a wedding with some others when they stopped for a potty break. Spying an injured bear, he decided it would be a good idea to get close to it and take a photo.

Although the others in the vehicle cautioned him against doing so, Bhatara came perilously close to the bear which chased him and fatally mauled him. “Bhatara died on the spot,” forest ranger Dhanurjaya Mohapatra said.

There is a video, which I will embed below… use caution, because it shows the bear chewing and shaking this guy. There was quite a crowd there, but I saw only one person attempt to help the hapless victim. If the entire crowd had rushed the bear, chances are good that it would have stopped its attack. The only creature really trying to save this human life was a dog.

How sad.

The driver’s fellow passengers who watched the entire act, were busy in shooting the incident on their mobile phones instead of trying to rescue him. A stray dog tried to fight with the bear but failed to save the man from the bear’s grip, forest officials said.

Here’s the video; use discretion. I couldn’t watch the whole thing.

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ST Kinetics Singaporean ARIELE Future Soldier System [The Firearm Blog]

I found this on Facebook. ST Kinetics is Singapore’s main defense contractor. They are the ones who make the Ultimax and SAR21. Well it appears they are designing a futuristic soldier system for the Singapare Armed Forces called ARIELE. Prepare yourself for a gratuitous amount of acronyms. I am not even joking. These cringe worthy names […]

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Preppers: Finishing Up Loose Ends []

Guys and gals, does it seem like you have a list of loose ends a mile long?  How many of us start one project with the best intentions, only to start something else before it is complete?

Then we find some kind of justification to not finish the first project.  “It’s okay, I will get around to it one day”; only for “one day” never to arrive.

For example, in 2007 I built a barbecue pit out of a 250-gallon propane tank. In 2008 a smoker was added to the front of the pit. For the past decade I have been wanting to wrap up a few odds and ends on it. One of those was adding another assist spring to each lid.

The lids were designed to have two assist springs. When the pit was built, only one spring was put on. The springs were attached to the pit by pieces of chain link welded to the tank, then stainless steel shackles were used to attach the springs to the chain link.

The second assist springs were put off for a decade. Why? Because the pit worked well with one spring at that time. When the springs were new, the lids opened easily. However, over the years the springs have weakened and the lids have become more difficult to open.

A year ago, my wife and I were having a cookout when one of the lids fell forward and hit me in the head. Let’s just say it was a very unpleasant experience. The impact gave me a slight cut on the head, but nothing bad… but if a child had been under the lid, things could have been a lot different.

Rather than waiting for another accident to happen, I finally added the second assist springs. It took several hours to get the stuff from a local hardware store, then weld everything into place. The end result is that both lids are much easier to open, and will not fall closed.

Now that the barbecue pit project is almost finished, I keep asking myself, “Why did I wait so long?”  There are a few other things which need to be done to the pit before it will be considered “finished.”

Maybe we reach a point where we say, “That is good enough.”  Or maybe we say, “That is good for now.”  Who knows, maybe one day I will get around to building a shed and setting up the reloading bench again?

Okay reader. What projects have you been putting off?  Any records, such as beating my decade to weld something on the pit?

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California teacher pension system targets gun sellers [NRA-ILA News]

The $222.5 billion California State Teachers' Retirement System said it will try to unseat board members at companies that resist and could dump its stock in those retailers if they still refuse to conform to laws already in effect in California.


State officials object to woman's anonymity in NRA lawsuit against Florida [NRA-ILA News]

Lawyers for the NRA late last month asked U.S. District Judge Mark Walker to keep the identity of “Jane Doe” secret, based in large part on a declaration filed by the gun-rights group’s Florida lobbyist Marion Hammer, who detailed threatening emails she had received featuring derogatory words for parts of the female anatomy.


Panel hears bill to legalize stun guns in Rhode Island [NRA-ILA News]

Lawmakers are considering whether to allow adults in Rhode Island to buy stun guns, electrically-charged devices designed to shock and incapacitate people.


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

Late last night, the Colorado General Assembly adjourned from its 2018 Legislative Session.


Flashlight Optics, Part II []


While emitters, tint, and runtimes get all of the press, the way in which a light gathers and throws light photons is probably the single most important attribute of a flashlight.  Unfortunately, it is also the hardest attribute to reduce to a single number or measurement that you can put on a box (you know what Tommy Boy thinks of things you can put on a box, and in this instance I agree).

Still, it really matters and I am going to show you why in this article.  Part I of this series was an overview of optics and reflectors.  This piece will show you how those different kinds of optics impact a flashlight’s output.

Note: I did not mess with my camera settings, so all of the beams appear equally bright although they are not.  The BOSS 35, the last light, throws out 1200 lumens.  The Inova is lucky to toss out 30.  The point of these photos is to show the link between optic type and the beam pattern.  I have picked typical patterns for each type.

The Crappy Incan/Faceted Reflector


I am not sure exactly what this is supposed to do, but it distorts what you see to such a degree that it is almost certainly not worth carrying a light unless this is all you have and it’s an emergency.  For a run out to the trash or a check after a bump in the night, don’t bother.  Even if you light it up, you won’t be able to tell what it is.

Here is the wretched piece of crap which makes that beam pattern:


Yep, don’t bother.  And no, I did not buy this light.  I found it in our house after the previous owners left.  I keep it around solely to be the “look how crappy flashlights used to be” light for reviews and comparisons.

The Gold Standard: the McGizmo Haiku

If the first shot is to scare your eyes, this is to scare your wallet: the Haiku costs $500.  What you get is the best beam pattern/light field I have ever seen:


The silky smooth pattern with a nice hotspot and useful spill are the gold standard for torches… clean, round, and useful.  The optic here is an orange peel reflector and the best ever designed, in my opinion.  Here is the head that puts out this portable slice of light heaven:


A TIR Optic–oLight S1R

TIRs or Total Internal Reflectors are the new hotness in the production light world.  They are pure optics, with no reflector dish of any kind.  The beams tend to be a bit too short on throw for me, but they are clean and useful.  Just don’t expect to light up a car a half mile away.


Note the small spill here.  The S1R is a great light, but anything more than 50 feet away, even on high, is pretty hard to illuminate usefully.  I do like how durable and rugged these lights are.  Even a ding to the lens does little to disrupt the beam pattern.

Here is the business end of the S1R:


The Black Friday Light with its Sticker Reflector


It’s not great, but it is still tons better than the horrid Incan above.  Still, I’d like to see a bit more spill with much less artifacting.  Spinning this thing around or moving it makes you feel like someone’s shining a light at you through shutters.  It’s hard to see this when the image isn’t moving, but this thing is just too artifact-heavy.

Here is the “reflector”:


It’s literally a sticker.  The lens is just a thin piece of semi-rigid plastic.  Durability is not this thing’s strong suit, but it was 99 cents.  And I have a flashlight problem, so yes, it followed me home one day after Thanksgiving.  It now lives in my sons’ toy bin for use as a “laser cannon.”  Also included in the laser kit is a large marble and some tape.  They love it.

The Aspheric Lens–Klarus Mi1C


None of the marks in the lightfield are artifacts–they are dings on the wall.  The beam here is distinctly different than anything else we’ve looked at.  It is broad and diffuse.  Although turbo on most lights is basically just for fun, because of the lack of hotspot, turbo on the Klarus is actually useful.  If you have work to do, this is the best beam pattern.  It won’t kill your vision in close-up work, but it also illuminates a large enough area to make the light useful.

Here is the optic on the light:


With the aspheric lens doing all of the work, there is no reflector of any kind.  Quite interesting and a good way to round out your stash of illumination tools.

The Diffuser Beam–oLight H1R Nova

This takes the aspheric pattern to the next level–pure light haze.  Not only is there no hotspot, but even the edges of the spill are gone.


The huge light field makes normal use difficult, but in a headlamp (which the H1R is) this extra-broad field illuminates everything in front of you, just a little bit.

Here is the optic:


Multi Emitter Mule–a late 90s Inova


With just a naked array of weaksauce almost-20-year-old LEDs, there is not much in the way of output, but the pattern isn’t horrible up close.  The problem is, when you walk about ten feet away the whole thing just disappears like a split finger drops out of the strike zone.

Here is the array:


It’s so amazing that this light still works, but its lack of UI and primitive machining make me think this is like the second-grade art project from Picasso compared to what we have now.  And speaking of what we have now…

The High End–BOSS 35

What do you get when you have a light engine from the best light engine designer in the world? This:


It’s Hi CRI.  It outputs up to 1200 lumens.  It uses a TIR with an array of emitters.  The end result is a wonderfully-balanced beam pattern that rivals the Haiku’s.  I can’t think of much I would do to improve the BOSS 35, and tinkering with the beam pattern is certainly not on the list (the list, in its entirety is this: improve availability).  The state of the art emitter array can also have a secondary color LED added and it has the photo receptor for the light’s programming feature.  This is what the bleeding edge of light tech looks like.  Beautiful, right?

And here is the head:


It’s so damn good.  I love this light.

So there you have it — from wretched to great, and everything in between.  This is a good reference for beam patterns.  Hopefully we will be getting more BOSS 35 level wonders.  Maybe then someone will knock the Haiku off its perch.

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Mossberg Joins Push to Cut Off Dick’s Gun Supply []

In a recent post to their Facebook page, gunmaker O.F. Mossberg & Sons, Inc. stated they will not accept any future orders from Dick’s Sporting Goods, due to that company hiring anti-gun lobbyists to campaign against our civil rights. They also choose not to deal with Field & Stream, a subsidiary of Dick’s. In this, they join Springfield Armory, who made a similar announcement recently.

Here’s the text of the post:

It has come to our attention that Dick’s Sporting Goods recently hired lobbyists on Capitol Hill to promote additional gun control. Make no mistake, Mossberg is a staunch supporter of the U.S. Constitution and our Second Amendment rights, and we fully disagree with Dick’s Sporting Goods’ recent anti-Second Amendment actions.

Effective immediately, Mossberg will not accept any future orders from Dick’s Sporting Goods or Field & Stream, and is in the process of evaluating current contractual agreements.

The post links to a press release pdf, viewable here.

Want to buy some Mossbergs? That company offers a dealer locator:

Consumers are urged to visit one of the thousands of pro-Second Amendment firearm retailers to make their purchases of Mossberg and Maverick® firearms. Firearm retailers can be found through the Mossberg Dealer Locator by visiting

There are no words to adequately describe the utter moronitude of Dick’s decision to hire anti-gun lobbyists, and I’m glad to see they are experiencing severe backlash from it.

I for one respect Mossberg, and not just for this reason. They remain one of the only long-standing American gunmaking companies that hasn’t been bought up by a huge conglomerate.

Founded in 1919, O.F. Mossberg & Sons, Inc. is the oldest family-owned firearms manufacturer in America, and is the largest pump-action shotgun manufacturer in the world. Leading the way with over 100 design and utility patents to its credit, and standing as the first ISO 9001 Certified long-gun manufacturer, Mossberg is considered to be one of the most innovative firearms manufacturers in U.S. History. For more information on commercial, special purpose, law enforcement and military shotguns, rifles and accessories, please visit their website at

It’s only a matter of time until all reasonable gunmakers and ammo companies stop selling to companies like Dick’s — and good riddance, if you ask me.

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Watch: Tomahawks as Weapons []

Paul Harrell opens this video by talking about some “TV shows where people are prepping for doomsday,” and I really got a kick out of this:

There’s a guy on there that had his buckskins on, and he supposed to be some sort of kung-fu mountain man, showing you how to use a tomahawk as a weapon.”

My next laugh came after he’d thrown and stuck five tomahawks into a log.

Now I’m just just your average spaz. I’ve actually won a lot of competitions for tomahawk and knife throwing.

It’s always nice to know you’re not listening to an average spaz.

His final conclusion?

A tomahawk is a formidable weapon. Throwing it, that’s a parlor trick. Because what happens when you throw a tomahawk at somebody, then you don’t have a weapon because you threw it away, and now he’s got two: the gun he brought, and the tomahawk you just gave him.

Nothing like a little practical wisdom.

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NRA convention sets new record [Of Arms and the Law]

Over 87,000 attendees. No wonder the media were so reluctant to count, estimate, or image the hundred or so protestors outside (or to be more exact, about a quarter mile away).


COWBOY UP – Action Shooting On Horseback [The Firearm Blog]

shooting on horsebackI have seen videos of cowboy action shooting, which is a form of 3 gun using cowboy themed firearms. But I did not know there are people shooting while on horseback. I have certainly seen archery competitions on horseback but there is a Cowboy Mounted Shooting Association for people who like  shooting on horseback. Kenda […]

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French Rifle Markings Tutorial with Patrick Hernandez [Forgotten Weapons]


Patrick Hernandez is a noted collector of French rifles here in the US, and a moderator of several French firearm discussion channels – so when it comes to deciphering the markings on a French rifle he is an excellent person to ask. So today, we will go through each of the markings that is found on a typical French military rifle. We will be demonstrating on an 1890 Cuirassier Berthier carbine, but this information is applicable to all variations of the Chassepot, Gras, Berthier, Lebel, and RSC rifles.



NEW Ruger GP100 Match Champion 10mm Auto [The Firearm Blog]

10mm AutoIn what is becoming one of the most revitalized cartridges in the firearms industry, Ruger has announced their newest GP100 Match Champion chambered in 10mm Auto. This comes off the heels of Ruger unveiling a Super Redhawk in 10mm Auto at SHOT Show 2018. Now as we head into NRA Show 2018 we have another […]

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[NRA 2018] Taurus to End 700-Series Production Line and Replace With… [The Firearm Blog]

Taurus brought an end to the PT700 series at NRA 2018 with the introduction of the PT111 G2s and G2c single stack pistols. At the same time, the Raging Hunter announced at SHOT Show earlier this year made it’s first appearance to the general public. PT111 G2s and G2c The PT111 G2s and G2c (slim […]

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No Changes To What Ruger Makes And Sells [No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money]

A shareholder proposal put forth by Catholic Health Initiatives and the Northwest Coalition for Responsible Investment for a vote by Ruger shareholders passed. The proposal which was opposed by the board of directors requires the company to prepare a report on "on how it tracks violence associated with its firearms, what kind of research it is conducting related to so-called smart gun technology and its assessment of the risks that gun-related crimes pose to the company’s reputation and finances."

The measure was spearheaded by Colleen Scanlon who is the chief advocacy officer for Catholic Health Initiatives which is an organization of over 100 Catholic run hospitals.

From CNN Money:

The proposal was spearheaded by Colleen Scanlon, senior vice president and chief advocacy officer for Catholic Health Initiatives, a system of hospitals and academic institutions. Her organization was one of four shareholders who spoke at the meeting, and all of them asked the Ruger executives what they were going to do about gun violence and gun safety.

"We as shareholders are saying that gun violence is significant enough that you, as a gun company, need to address what your responsibility to gun safety is," said Scanlon to CNNMoney.

She said that hospitals within the Catholic health system have treated many patients with gunshot wounds, and she wants Ruger to focus on smart gun technology. She said that her institution was one of 11 religious shareholder organizations to draft the proposal

"Wouldn't it be wonderful to see them leading an effort about making a smarter gun, like fingerprint activated guns and tracking systems for finding lost or stolen guns, like with iPhones?" she said. "We know that gun owners are responsible and sensible people, but we know that guns can end up in the wrong hands."
You can read the shareholder proposal here along with the rationale given for its passage. I would note that any supporting documentation that relies on the Violence Policy Center is suspect. The firm Institutional Investor Services which advises on shareholder proposal urged passage which I assume is the reason some of the major institutional investors vote for it.

Ruger sent out an email this evening with their response to the passage of the shareholder proposal.

The same coalition that pushed this anti-gun nonsense on Ruger will be attempting to do the same thing to American Outdoor Brands Company aka Smith & Wesson. This is the danger that we should come to expect in the future for firearms companies and those that do business with them. I foresee a time in the not too distant future when you will see most of these public companies going private to avoid having to deal with this.

I think it is important that you know just which religious orders are behind these proposals. I'm Catholic but I'll be damned if I agree with any of these nuns. I certainly wouldn't be making any contributions to their orders.

Northwest Coalition for Responsible Investment

  • Adrian Dominican Sisters
  • Benedictine Sisters of Cottonwood, Idaho
  • Benedictine Sisters of Mt Angel
  • Congrégation des Soeurs des Saints Noms de Jésus et de Marie
  • Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace
  • Jesuits West
  • PeaceHealth
  • Providence Health & Services
  • Northwest Women Religious Investment Trust
  • Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary, U.S. Ontario Province
  • Sisters of Providence, Mother Joseph Province
  • Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia
  • Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon
  • Tacoma Dominicans

Catholic Health Initiatives

Thirteen congregations of women religious either founded or later joined Catholic Health Initiatives. These congregations support and influence the mission of Catholic Health Initiatives and its public juridic person, Catholic Health Care Federation. Each Congregation appoints a person to represent them at semi-annual meetings with the Board of Stewardship Trustees.

Esther Anderson, OSF, PhD
Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Alice Armata, OP
Congregation of the Dominican Sisters of St. Catherine of Siena
Taos, New Mexico

Nadine Heimann, OSF
Sisters of St. Francis of Colorado Springs
Colorado Springs, Colorado

Joanne Klinnert, OSF
Franciscan Sisters of Little Falls, Minnesota
Little Falls, Minnesota

Joan Elizabeth Cook, SC
Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati
Cincinnati, Ohio

Sharon Ford, RSM
Sisters of Mercy of the Americas, West Midwest Community
Omaha, Nebraska

Sally Marie Kiepura, CSFN
Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth
Des Plaines, Illinois

Mary Jo Lewis, MD
Associate Member
Sisters of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Fargo, North Dakota

Ann Marie Friederichs, OSF
Sisters of St. Francis of the Immaculate Heart of MaryHankinson, North Dakota
Hankinson, North Dakota

Susan Gatz, SCN
Sisters of Charity of Nazareth
Nazareth, Kentucky

Francis Schumacher, OSB
Benedictine Sisters of Mother of God Monastery
Watertown, South Dakota

Diane Traffas, OP
Dominican Sisters of Peace
Columbus, Ohio

Sr. Mary Jon Wagner, OSF
Sylvania Franciscans
Sylvania, Ohio

Representative of Partnering Congregations

Sr. Nancy Miller, OSB
Benedictine Sisters of Annunciation Monastery
Bismarck, ND

UPDATE: The full transcript of the Ruger annual meeting can be found here. You will note some of the nonsensical questions posed to Ruger CEO Chris Killoy by "religious leaders".

UPDATE II: For an excellent summary of the shareholder proposal accomplished, please read this editorial by Jim Shepherd of the Outdoor Wire. He compared it to a fly buzzing around a cow. It is pestering rather than the steering claimed by proponents.


[NRA 2018] An In-Depth Interview with Lena Miculek [The Firearm Blog]

Photo courtesy of Outdoor HubAfter several articles posted on TFB of whom the subject was Lena Miculek, readers began to ask for more information about the up-and-coming shooting star, her pedigree background with parents IPSC Revolver World Champion Jerry Miculek and Handgun Lady Open Champion Kay Clark Miculek, and what she does in her spare time. At NRA 2018, […]

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POTD: Glock 43 Double Tap [The Firearm Blog]

The Glock 43 is a pretty difficult handgun to shoot. And strong hand only shooting doesn’t make it easier. At least if you’re engaging targets further away than 15 yards with precision and you care about my opinion. In the main picture above, I think the G43 is probably empty and has locked back. But […]

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POTD: Weaponsmart HOLY ROLLER Receiver Set [The Firearm Blog]

Holy RollerOn this segment of Picture-of-the-Day (POTD), we take a look at an AR-15 receiver set. That statement alone sounds riveting, we know, but stick with us here. We have all seen skeletonized components before. Ones that have a little material trimmed to reduce weight while still maintaining rigidity and functionality. Well, this one might as […]

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Wednesday, 09 May


Iowa: Vote to be Held Tomorrow on Arbitrarily Restricting Hunting Firearms [NRA-ILA News]

On May 10th at 9:30AM, the Iowa state Natural Resource Commission will be voting on potential rule changes to Chapter 94, including Item 10 on the proposal to change subrule 106.7(2) in order to arbitrarily restrict handguns that may be used for hunting and set an arbitrary limit on the number of cartridges that may be loaded in a firearm.  The Commission previously heard the proposal on May 1st.  Please click the “Take Action” button below or email Tyler Harms directly at to submit a comment to the Natural Resource Commission opposing these changes.  In addition, supporters of our hunting heritage are invited to attend this meeting.  Details may be found here and below.


BACK TO SUBGUNS? US Army Releases RFI for Sub Compact Weapons [The Firearm Blog]

M3 SMG from Dirty DozenThe US Army’s PEO Soldier – Project Manager Soldier Weapons has issued an Request for Information (RFI) to obtain industry feedback on possible submissions to Sub Compact Weapons (SCW) evaluations. The specification details offered by the Project Manager Soldier Weapons (PMSW) are scant and extremely broad. Describing potential SCWs as being select fire weapons, chambered in […]

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[NRA 2018] Bullet Splat Turns Spent Ammo into Treasure [The Firearm Blog]

Bullet Splat on display at NRA 2018Bullet Splat debuted it’s line of ballistic jewelry at NRA 2018, displaying a variety of uses for spent bullets encased in precious metals. Mostly silver but with some gold as well, the jewelry ensures that after a day at the range, nothing goes to waste. Becky Arrants, owner at Bullet Splat says she created the […]

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CMP Releases Details of 1911 Pistol Prices, Grades, and Procedures []

The Civilian Marksmanship Program today released full details on the upcoming 1911 pistol sales program, including prices, grades, and sales dates.

CMP’s Chief Operating Officer Mark Johnson posted the details on the CMP’s 1911 pistol sales web page and in an email sent to the CMP’s mailing list subscribers.

The CMP has been authorized to sell 8,000 1911 pistols out of a maximum of 10,000 that could have been authorized in the first year. The CMP will accept orders from September 4, 2018, until October 4, 2018 with buyers determined by random drawing. Prices will be $1050 for Service Grade, $950 for Field Grade, and $850 for Rack Grade. An unknown number of pistols will also be auctioned off. Purchasers may only purchase one pistol, of any type, until all orders received have been filled.

The announcement also explains why the CMP is requiring a NICS check before shipping a pistol to the buyer’s FFL, why the receiving FFL has to run a second NICS check before releasing the pistol to the purchaser, and why the CMP will not ship pistols to C&R FFL holders.

Here is the complete text of the CMP 1911 sales announcement:

May 9, 2018

While the National Defense Authorization Act granted transfer of a maximum of 10,000 1911s per year to the CMP, the Secretary of the Army allowed only 8,000 1911s to be transferred to the CMP for sale and distribution this fiscal year. Some of those are anticipated to be unusual and worthy of being auctioned. The remaining number will be sold based on a computerized Random Number Generator.

The CMP does not know what next year’s allotment might be.

The procedures for purchasing 1911 type pistols from CMP 1911:

Every applicant will be treated as a new customer to CMP. Previous purchases or relationships with CMP create no advantage or disadvantage to the customer.

CMP 1911 is an FFL governed operation and is a separate entity from CMP and has its own record-keeping operation with no ties to the existing CMP records.

CMP 1911 customer purchase details:

1. CMP 1911 order form packet will be posted on the CMP website on 4 June 2018 for download – click on CMP 1911 icon.
2. CMP 1911 customer service number is 256-835-8455 extension 461.
3. CMP 1911 customer service email address
4. Only ONE CMP 1911 order form packet per customer may be submitted.
5. CMP 1911 order form packet must be mailed to the following address. This includes USPS, UPS, Fed Ex, etc. Orders must be postmarked NOT PRIOR TO 4 September 2018 and NOT AFTER 4 October 2018. Any orders received postmarked prior to September 4 will not be accepted. Hand delivered, emailed and faxed orders will not be accepted. Only orders sent to the following CMP 1911 address will be accepted:

CMP 1911
1800 Roberts Drive
Anniston, AL 36207

6. Customer names from complete CMP 1911 order form packets will be fed into a computerized Random Number Generator on 5 October 2018. The Random Number Generator will provide a list of names in sequential order through the random picking process. Customers will be contacted in the sequence provided by the Random Number Generator. The CMP 1911 customers will select their grade of pistol (Service, Field or Rack) from available inventory at the time of order notification. Customers with higher numbers may have fewer grades from which to choose. When this year’s allotment of 1911s is exhausted, the remaining orders will be held in the existing sequence for all future allotments of 1911s. The CMP does not know what future allotments might be.

CMP 1911 FFL contact information details:

All 1911’s will be shipped to a 01, 02 or 07 Federal Firearms License. Customers MUST provide a signed copy of the 01, 02 or 07 FFL.

1. CMP 1911 dedicated fax number 256-831-2354 for FFL dealers to fax their FFLs with the customer’s name attached.
2. CMP 1911 dedicated email address to send their FFLs with customer’s name attached.
3. CMP 1911 is currently accepting FFL contacts pursuant to FFL requirements.

CMP 1911 pricing:

CMP has priced the 1911 type pistols at fair market value in accordance with CMP’s enabling legislation.

Service Grade $1050. Pistol may exhibit minor pitting and wear on exterior surfaces and friction surfaces. Grips are complete with no cracks. Pistol is in issuable condition.

Field Grade $950. Pistol may exhibit minor rust, pitting, and wear on exterior surfaces and friction surfaces. Grips are complete with no cracks. Pistol is in issuable condition.

Rack Grade $850. Pistol will exhibit rust, pitting, and wear on exterior surfaces and friction surfaces. Grips may be incomplete and exhibit cracks. Pistol requires minor work to return to issuable condition.

Auction Grade (Sales will to be determined by auctioning the pistol). The condition of the auction pistol will be described when posted for auction. Note: If you have already purchased a 1911 from CMP you will not be allowed to purchase an auction 1911. If you purchase an auction 1911, your name will be pulled from the sequenced list. No repeat purchasers are allowed until all orders received have been filled.

The shipping cost is included in the price.

Additional CMP 1911 details:

1. Potential purchasers will have to provide CMP with a set of CMP 1911 documents exhibiting: 1) proof of U.S. Citizenship, 2) proof of membership in a CMP affiliated club, 3) proof of participation in a marksmanship activity, 4) a completed 1911 order form, including a new form 2A with notary, 5) a signed copy of the 01, or 02, or 07 Federal Firearms License in which the 1911 will be transferred to. All qualifying documents must be included in your order packet. No qualifying documents, other than the FFL, will be accepted without an order packet. Note: The signed copy of the FFL may be faxed or emailed to CMP 1911 with the customer name attached. CMP Eligibility Requirements for ordering may be viewed on the CMP website at
2. A NICS background check on each customer will be performed by the FBI to assure the customer is eligible to purchase prior to shipment to the FFL licensed dealer. The customer must receive a “proceed” from NICS prior to shipment of the pistol to the FFL licensed dealer.
3. The CMP customer will be required to complete a Form 4473 in person at the FFL dealer’s place of business and successfully pass a NICS check, in which the information is provided by the FFL holder to NICS, before the pistol can be transferred. This is a second NICS check performed on the customer. Note: The FFL licensed dealer in which the pistol is retrieved from will have to follow all federal, state, and local laws.
4. All orders by customers will have to be filled prior to any customer getting the opportunity to purchase a second CMP 1911.
5. No 1911s will be available in the CMP stores, or on-line. Only mail order sales will be accepted. All 1911 orders must be delivered via USPS, UPS, Fed EX, etc. to the CMP 1911 address listed above. No in store or at the door drop off orders will be accepted.
6. CMP will stop accepting orders at the end of business on 4 October 2018. Customer’s names will be loaded into the Random Number Generator. The sequenced order for customers will be established and each time CMP receives 1911s, customer orders will be filled in the originally established sequence. No one will be allowed to repeat purchase until all orders are filled.
7. The customer’s sequence number will be sent to the individual via email once such sequence number is established.
8. Customers will be contacted in the sequence provided by the Random Number Generator.
9. Pistol grade and payment arrangement will be established when the customer is contacted by CMP sales staff at time of purchase. DO NOT send payment with your 1911 order. Customers will have 5 days to submit payment once notified.
10. 1911s from CMP will be allowed in California because they meet the California definition of Curio and Relic. They will ship to 01, or 02, or 07 FFLs in California. At of the time of this release, only the state of Massachusetts will not allow the sale of the 1911/1911A1 pistol.
11. All required information is included in this release. If you have questions, please email the address listed above. If you choose to call the number listed, please be prepared for a long wait time.

Reasons for the two NICS checks:

First Reason: The first NICS conducted by the FBI for the CMP makes sure the customer can legally possess the 1911 type pistol prior to shipping it to the local 01, or 02, or 07 FFL dealer. The CMP, Congress, and the United States Army do not want the 1911 to have to be returned to CMP 1911 if the purchaser is not legal to possess. The more time the pistol is in transit, the more likely it is that it could be lost or stolen. The second NICS check is performed by the FBI for the local 01, or 02, or 07 FFL in accordance with their standard transfer procedures and all federal, state, and local laws.

Second Reason: CMP’s enabling legislation mandated by Congress specifies that the purchaser “successfully pass a thorough and complete background check”, i.e. NICS. CMP cannot turn any firearm over to the purchaser until it receives a “proceed” from NICS; the local FFL can turn the pistol over after 72 business hours have elapsed if they have not heard back from NICS. Turning the pistol over after 72 hours and not getting a “proceed” does not satisfy CMP’s enabling legislation mandated by Congress. This leaves CMP no choice but to have a NICS check performed by the FBI and to get a “proceed” to satisfy its enabling legislation, before shipping to the local 01, or 02, or 07 FFL dealer.

Note: 1911 type pistols purchased from CMP cannot be transferred to 03 FFL (curio and relic) license holders. CMP’s legislation contained in the 2018 NDAA specifies FFL licensed dealers. BATF and the United States Army prefer the second background check be performed by the FBI on an FFL licensed dealer’s premises.

Mark Johnson
Chief Operating Officer
Civilian Marksmanship Program

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[NRA 2018] G2Research Adds Long Colt and ACP to Telos Revolver Round Capability [The Firearm Blog]

G2Research bring additional revolver rounds to NRA 2018G2 Research originally released it’s Telos line of ammunition in 2017, after the popularity of the RIP fragmenting ammo offered by the company for semi-auto pistol use. The Telos line was originally designed for revolver use, but proved to be effective enough to release in semi-auto calibers as well. During NRA 2018, G2 Research announced […]

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Mossberg Ends Relationship with Dick’s Sporting Goods [NRA-ILA News]

Mossberg, the oldest family owned firearms manufacturer in America, and the largest pump-action shotgun manufacturer in the world, has issued a press release announcing it will no longer do business with Dick's Sporting Goods.


What Does It Say When Even Hi-Point Drops You As A Customer? [No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money]

Today's Shooting Wire contained a release from MKS Supply, LLC saying they would no longer do business with Dick's Sporting Goods and its Field and Stream subsidiary. MKS Supply is the exclusive distributor for Hi-Point Firearms and Inland Manufacturing.

In recent months, Dick's Sporting Goods and its subsidiary, Field & Stream, have shown themselves, in our opinion, to be no friend of Americans' Second Amendment. We believe that refusing to sell long guns to adults under age 21, while many young adults in our military are not similarly restricted, is wrong. We believe that villainizing modern sporting rifles in response to pressure from uninformed, anti-gun voices is wrong. We believe that hiring lobbyists to oppose American citizens' freedoms secured by the Second Amendment is wrong. Dick's Sporting Goods and Field & Stream, in purportedly doing all of these things, have demonstrated that they do not share our values.

MKS Supply, Hi-Point Firearms and Inland Manufacturing are standing by the American people by refusing any further sales to Dick's Sporting Goods & Field & Stream. We are proud of our products, we are proud of our customers, and we are especially proud of the freedoms secured by our great U.S. Constitution. We are committed to all three.
As I reported last week, Springfield Armory severed their ties with Dick's and the NSSF had expelled them from membership.

This afternoon it was announced that Mossberg was refusing any future orders and evaluating their current contractual agreements with Dick's and Field and Stream.
O.F. Mossberg & Sons, Inc., a leading American firearms manufacturer, announced today its decision to discontinue selling products to Dick’s Sporting Goods, and its subsidiary, Field & Stream, in response to their hiring of gun control lobbyists in April 2018.

Effective immediately, O.F. Mossberg & Sons will not accept any future orders from Dick’s Sporting Goods or Field & Stream, and is in the process of evaluating current contractual agreements.

“It has come to our attention that Dick’s Sporting Goods recently hired lobbyists on Capitol Hill to promote additional gun control.” said Iver Mossberg, Chief Executive Officer of O.F. Mossberg & Sons. “Make no mistake, Mossberg is a staunch supporter of the U.S. Constitution and our Second Amendment rights, and we fully disagree with Dick’s Sporting Goods’ recent anti-Second Amendment actions.”
Consumers are urged to visit one of the thousands of pro-Second Amendment firearm retailers to make their purchases of Mossberg and Maverick® firearms. Firearm retailers can be found through the Mossberg Dealer Locator by visiting
Dick's might not be hurt by this but Field and Stream is going to miss both Springfield and Mossberg. The average Field and Stream store devotes about one-third of its overall space to hunting and shooting. A few more of these announcements and they can kiss the hunting and shooting business goodbye.

Finally, when even a low-end producer like Hi-Point wants nothing to do with you, it says you suck and big time.


I Legally Carried a Gun at the NRA Annual Meeting [NRA-ILA News]

Last week the National Rifle Association had its 147th annual meeting in Dallas, and I legally carried my gun throughout the event. This shouldn't be particularly newsworthy since everything I did was perfectly legal—I never had to draw my firearm, and there were likely hundreds or thousands of other people there carrying guns. So many major media outlets, however, misreported the rules for gun carry at the convention that I felt compelled to set the record straight not just by words but by deeds. So, that's exactly what I did.


[NRA 2018] Beretta’s New and Improved 1301 Tactical Shotgun [The Firearm Blog]

Beretta's 1301 Tactical Shotgun series reintroduced at NRA 2018Beretta reintroduced the 1301 Tactical line of shotguns at NRA 2018. Additional colors (FDE, OD Green, and Marine) have been added to the already popular line of home defense and law enforcement shotguns, but that’s not where the reintroduction ends. Check out Nathan S’ original review to learn about the original 1301 series. Old vs. […]

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Louisiana Set To Consider Pro-Gun Legislation Tomorrow and Next Week [NRA-ILA News]

Tomorrow, the Louisiana House of Representatives is scheduled to consider Senate Bill 402 on the floor.


Buck Knives’ New 640XL Honors Longtime Employees []

Not every new knife is notable, but the story behind this one is unique. Six of Buck’s most faithful employees, each of whom has been working there for decades (tenures vary from 40 to 47 years), were given the opportunity to design a new blade in honor of their dedication and service to the company.

Billy, John, Steve, Danny, Ron, and Rick put their heads together to design the tool, asking themselves, “What would the perfect knife be that we all were excited about?” It was decided to base the design on the Buck Frontiersman, Model 124, because they’d each owned and worked on the 124 back in the day.

The Buck Frontiersman, Model 124, on which the new knife was based.  (Image © Buck Knives)

The Buck Frontiersman, Model 124, on which the new knife was based.
(Image © Buck Knives)

440C was the steel of choice, because that’s what Buck was using when these guys started working there. A chamfer was added to the top front of the blade, the handle was to be elk antler with water buffalo spacers, with the guard and pommel of nickel silver. The spine of the blade is scalloped for another unique touch.


The model number has significance, 640 for 6 employees with 40 years’ experience — and XL is 40 in Roman numerals. They added up their total years of employment with Buck to come up with 259, which is the total number of serialized 640s which will be produced in this limited run.

The 640 XL is a tribute to six employees who have devoted 40 or more years of service to Buck Knives. In the 1970’s, these young men were developing a product for Buck Knives and were an integral part in the move from California to Idaho to set up the new factory some 30 years later. Development of this unique, legacy knife was not rushed and was based on the 124 Frontiersman, a knife they all owned and worked on 40 years ago. A consensus among the six men needed to be met at every detail and aspect. It is created with one of the first steels ever used by Buck Knives, 440C, and custom filework was added to the spine. The handcrafted Elk handle was chosen as a timeless material and accentuated with nickel silver and buffalo spacers. This knife carries a deep-rooted Buck story and will be just as relevant in 40 years as it is today.

Representing the total number of years with the company these six men hold collectively, the XL is serialized with a total quantity of 259.

Manufacturer Specs

  • Blade Shape: Clip
  • Blade Thickness: 0.120″
  • Blade Length: 6 5/8″ (16.8 cm)
  • Weight: 18.3 oz (518.8 g)
  • Handle: Elk with Water Buffalo Spacers
  • Carry System: Pine Display Box
  • Origin: Made in the USA
  • MSRP: $650
  • *Please note: This knife may have a 4-6 week lead time.


There’s even a two-minute video to tell the story behind the blade.

Take a look behind the design of Buck Knives’ limited edition knife, the 640 XL. A knife designed and hatched from six Buck Knives’ employees; Billy, John, Steve, Danny, Ron, and Rick – all who have been with the company for more than 40 years each.

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[NRA 2018] Trigger Tech Diamond AR Trigger [The Firearm Blog]

One pound AR15 trigger!  Yes, you read that correctly. The Canadian company has been making quality AR15 triggers for some time now, but nothing that adjusts this low.  Continue reading for more on the Trigger Tech Diamond AR Trigger. The first thing many people notice about a trigger from Trigger Tech is how incredibly smooth […]

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[NRA 2018] Liberty Safes Modern Lincoln Series and Handgun Vaults [The Firearm Blog]

Liberty Safes at NRA 2018Liberty Safes celebrated their 30th Anniversary this year and honored their customer family of more than 2.1 Million people at NRA 2018. At Liberty, their motto is “Always Protected”. They showcased several safes, but were most excited about their new NRA-branded Modern Lincoln line of safes and Handgun Vaults. Modern Lincoln Series The Modern Lincoln […]

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How Many Backup Mags to Carry? []

Some will say you simply cannot carry enough ammo on your person. Others will say if you can’t solve an issue with the mag in your pistol plus maybe one more, the scenario needs to be quickly reassessed. Which is true for you? How many loaded backup magazines should you carry when you go concealed carry?

Any response is highly opinionated of course. We have chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry ice cream plus dozens of other flavors for a reason: What works for one person may not suit another. One’s line of business or profession may also play heavily into a decision about how many backup mags and ammo to carry every day.

Even law enforcement officers carrying openly usually carry a double mag pouch in addition to the one mag in their service pistol. Conservatively that is somewhere between 30 to 45 rounds if they are using a double-stack pistol. One would think that should be sufficient ammunition for a police officer to carry on a daily basis.

But what about you? Any pistol of your choosing. You have the proper holster and mag holder that fits you well and conceals well, and you are comfortable drawing and putting the pistol into action if required. You know how to make magazine changes in a hurry without looking and also in the dark. So, how many extra magazines do you carry with you?

This decision might also be based on your own inclination (or the lack thereof) to get involved in a self-defense event or a domestic situation. Know that the advised strategy is to get away from any such event, but there are times when this cannot be prevented.

Another factor in the mix is how good a shot you are under pressure. If you are as good as the average shooter, you are not that good. Again, the smart thing would be to back out of any situation that might not go well, especially if you are not directly involved.

However if you have to engage to defend yourself, family, colleagues, or friends, you want to be the best prepared you can be. In addition to the total rounds in your pistol, most plausible tactics call for one or two additional magazines. Most incidents are over very quickly. You may not even have time to change a magazine. But you should train for it and be prepared for it.

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[NRA 2018] Support Your Rifle With The Magpul Bipod [The Firearm Blog]

Magpul bipodIf you are a rifle shooter you may be interested in the new Magpul Bipod.  In case you’ve been living in a cave somewhere and aren’t familiar with Magpul, they are manufacturers of quality polymer accessories for firearms enthusiasts.  You can thank them for products like the P-Mag, the PRS stock, and the M-LOK rail […]

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[NRA 2018] UTG/Leaper’s Long-Awaited RDM-20, Mag Base Plates, and Sneak Peek at a Hot Release for Christmas [The Firearm Blog]

Leaper’s/UTG brought several new options to NRA 2018, including several handgun base plates, the RDM-20, and hints of a first focal plane scope on the horizon. UTG Pro +0 Base Pads The UTG Pro +0 magazine plates are designed for use in 8 different double stack handgun platforms, including: CZ P07/P10C Glock small frame pistols […]

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Flashlight Optics, Part I []

If the effectiveness of a knife blade comes down to grind, heat treat, and then steel, a flashlight’s effectiveness is similarly broken into three parts: optics, lumens, and color rendering.  I have written quite a bit about lumens and color rendering.  They are very straightforward: high numbers are better.  There is, of course, science behind this, but really for the consumer, it’s just about understanding the scale and what higher and lower numbers mean.  You want a lot of light? Opt for high lumens.  You want accurate colors? Get Hi CRI.

Reflectors are much, much more complicated.  There is not just a little bit of science behind reflectors, but a whole wing of physics here (optics).  People have been grinding lenses and reflecting light for science purposes for thousands of years.  Math, philosophy, and science converge here with both Spinoza and Kant doing a lot of work on optics hundreds of years ago and now, thanks to photography, the field of optics has exploded.

By way of disclaimer, there is simply no possibility that I can get into the physics and math behind high-end optics.  Just browsing the math behind stochastic processes for orange peel reflectors made my head explode.  Instead, this article is intended as an overview with an eye to what users see and need, rather than a comprehensive explanation of the math and science.  For simplicity’s sake I am calling all reflectors and optics “optics.”  I understand they are different, but they function similarly.

What do Optics Do in a Flashlight?

Simply put, a flashlight optic gathers and aims light in a flashlight.  The process is much more complicated than that on an optics/physics level and there is an exceptional amount of math involved in predicting how light is gathered and aimed out the front of a flashlight. Flashlight optics should ideally accomplish three things: gather photons, push them out cleanly, and focus them.

The first job of a reflector is to pick up as many photons as possible.  A cheap reflector (or god forbid–a silver sticker) will fail to get every photon going in the same direction.  Good reflectors clean up, getting about 97% of all photons.  Nothing can gather 100%, and ANSI standards don’t measure this but better technical reviews on Candlepower Forums do measure this.

After efficiently scooping up photons, optics should push them out in the same directions with as little junk as possible.  Some of the lesser reflectors, like those found on a Mini-Mag, have rings and dark spots.  The optic inside, a real reflector, doesn’t have a perfectly-smooth reflector, resulting in the splotchy output.

Finally, an optic should focus the photons.  Depending on the intended use of the flashlight, the focus could be very wide, (flood) or very tight (spot) for long “throw.”  Many flashlights do a bit of balancing to give you some throw and some spread at the same time.

An Overview of a Beam Pattern

The beam, or light field, of a flashlight usually has two major components — the bright spot in the middle, often referred to as a “hotspot,” and the less-bright ring around the hotspot, usually called the “spill.” Some lights, like Surefires, typically have a tight beam with a bright center and very little light in the spill.  Some lights’ spills are quite bright.  Generally, I prefer a balanced hotspot and spill.  For my money, the McGizmo Haiku represents the perfect beam pattern in a flashlight.  Here is the beam:


As you can see, there is a large-ish hotspot, compared to the spill (of course the size varies with target distance, but the percentage of the entire light field will remain the same).

The other thing to notice here is not just the hotspot and spill but the actual shape of the light field.  On the Haiku, the light field is perfectly round, and the spill is concentric with the hotspot. Generally, a round light field is less-disorienting when scanning things at night (the spill easing you into hostpot’s peak brightness also helps).  Finally, it is important to note that the entire light field is without spots, random dark or light portions, and shows no artifacts whatsoever.

If price is no object, the Haiku is really hard to beat.  I have had more-advanced lights and more-expensive lights, but to this day nothing beats McGizmo’s amazing reflector on the Haiku as evidenced by this incredible beam.  McGizmo uses a classic orange peel reflector to get this amazing, clean beam.

Throw is also an important consideration for optics.  The physics are pretty straightforward–the longer you want to throw photons, the larger and deeper the reflector needs to be.  I have yet to see a true “long throw” production light with an optic other than a reflector, but clearly it is possible, given how other optic devices work (see, for example, a lighthouse lens).

A Taxonomy of Optics

Flashlight optics come in a wide variety of designs from the dreaded Home Depot Black Friday special with a silver sticker, all the way up to custom optics found in lights like the Haiku or the SPY007.  In between are a huge variety of optics.  Here are a few:

Smooth: This is an optics design that has largely fallen out of favor due to the fact that it is very hard to execute a smooth reflector

Faceted (and Semi Faceted): In these lights, the reflector has a series of flat spots like the facets on a diamond.  When done well, a faceted reflector can produce a pleasing beam pattern.  The Surefire Titan Plus has an excellent beam pattern and uses a fully faceted reflector.

Orange Peel: A few years ago, all good lights ran an orange peel reflector.  They produce smooth beam patterns, but the distinction between the spill and hotspot can be a bit hazy.  They are so named because the silver surface of the reflector is mildly stippled, like the peel of an orange.

Mule: This is a light with no reflector at all.  The idea here is that you get the emitter and nothing else.  Generally, you only find a mule on a very cheap or very expensive light.  The McGizmo Sundrop was the first Hi CRI light and it ran a mule setup, basically to show off its emitter.  On the complete opposite end of the spectrum, you have crappy gas station lights that don’t even bother with an emitter.

Aspheric:  This is an optic (or lens) and not a reflector (which is usually made of silvered metal).  Here the idea is to alter the beam pattern completely.  So zoomie lights (which, as a rule, are terrible) run variable distance aspheric lenses and purport to “focus” light for better throw.  I prefer aspheric lenses for work lights as they throw a ton of photons as widely as possible.  The Klarus Mi1C has a good aspheric lens.  Some lights have both an aspheric lens and reflectors.

TIR: This is the new hotness in production lights.  It too is an optic and has generally replaced orange peel reflectors.  To a total outsider and non-optics person they seem to be easier to make, but only if you can do so in large batches.  Some customs like the BOSS 35 have a three-emitter array with mini-TIRs for each reflector.



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Review: LOWA Innox GTX Mid TF Boots []

Sometimes you need a nice light boot, offering a good sole and ankle support but without the added weight of insulation or thick fabric. The LOWA Innox GTX Mid TF is that boot.

The first thought I had when I saw the Innox GTX at the SHOT Show was, “This is a running boot!” It has a running shoe’s look and light weight, as well as the upturned front sole tip. And while I’m not one to run unless there’s a heck of a good reason to, I can certainly appreciate the value of a lightweight boot that doesn’t weigh you down.

(Photo © Russ Chastain)

(Photo © Russ Chastain)

Here’s what LOWA says about them:

A supportive, lightweight, multifunction boot for moving fast. Built on our injected DuraPU™ midsole and a PU MONOWRAP® frame construction for support and stability, it features a rugged NXT outsole for traction and durability. Named by Field & Stream as “Best Hunting Gear for 2017” for its running shoe feel and hiking ease. Durably waterproof/breathable.


  • Brand: LOWA
  • Model: Innox GTX Mid TF
  • Colors: Coyote tan and Black
  • Height: Above the ankle (about 6″)
  • Upper Material: Synthetic
  • Construction: Slip Lasted – Injected PU Midsole
  • Lining: GORE-TEX®
  • MONOWRAP® Stability Frame
  • Insole: Removable, ATC Footbed
  • Midsole: Double Injection DuraPU™ with DynaPU® shock absorbing zones
  • Sole: LOWA NXT
  • Stabilizer: Soft
  • Lacing: Fabric and metal eyelets
  • Weight per pair (manufacturer specs): 2.02 pounds
  • Weight per pair (size 12, measured by author): 2.45 pounds
  • Resolable: No
  • Made in Slovakia
  • MSRP: $230
(Photo © Russ Chastain)

(Photo © Russ Chastain)

Light But Supportive

As noted, these boots don’t weigh much, and the mid height (about 6 inches) provides good ankle support. In fact, I found it easy to give myself too much support by overtightening; pulling the boot laces as tightly as I usually do with other boots caused them to cinch at the top and partially cut off my circulation. After minor adjustments, they were comfortable and supportive during many tasks — including a re-roofing project which involved a lot of ladder-climbing and other footwork.

Don’t let the light weight fool you; these boots have some substance.


These boots are light and flexible, and I feel my feet are fairly well-protected in them, but they’re not my first choice for things like tree cutting etc. Activities like that might see hunks of tree falling near your feet, and I would want footwear with a bit more structure, such as the LOWA Renegade.

That said, the sides of the Innox GTX are pretty tough, and should do fairly well to protect against sticks and rocks while hiking.

(Photo © Russ Chastain)

(Photo © Russ Chastain)


No Speed Lacing

My main complaint about the Innox GTX Mid T is the lacing system. Most of the “eyelets” are fabric loops, and the laces don’t exactly slide through them as freely as they do in the top two pairs of eyelets, which are rigid metal. The result is that you need to loosen the laces a good deal when it’s time to take off the boots or put them on, and they’re not nearly as easy to don as something like the LOWA Renegade or even the 8″ Danner Vital, both of which offer speed lacing “hooks” above the first 4 sets of eyelets.

(Photo © Lowa Boots)

(Photo © Lowa Boots)


I’ve found my Innox GTX Mids to be comfortable, as long as I leave the laces just a little looser than I usually would. Arch support is sufficient, even though the removable insole doesn’t have any arch built into it — so it would be easy to add some if need be. But it’s plenty good enough for me, and I need arch support in all of my footwear.


I like my LOWA Innox GTX TF boots, and I’ll reach for them anytime I need a good lightweight boot. They’re comfortable, offer a good stable sole with a supportive heel cup, are made of durable materials, and they look good doing it.


A review sample was provided by the manufacturer. This doesn’t affect my review, which contains my honest opinion of the product.

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Giving Dogs a Break While Hiking []

Taking the family dog on a hiking trip is a wonderful way to get back to nature. Archaeology shows humans were using domesticated wolves to hunt mammoth around 30,000 years ago. While mammoths are long gone, dogs still retain their primitive instincts to hunt. Ask a wild hog hunter how much dogs enjoy chasing wild pigs and it should become evident how much dogs love being in nature.

As the weather warms up and people hit the hiking trails, we should pay attention to the needs of our canine friends. It’s not like the dog can say, “Hey, I am getting too hot.” It is up to us to observe the dog and make sure it does not get too hot or dehydrated.


Sometimes my dogs and I walk along pipelines or power lines that run through wilderness areas. Both are wide open and get plenty of sun. However, this also means the dogs are in direct sunlight while we are hiking.

From time to time, I will step into the woods and stop walking. The dogs will stop, sit in the shade for a little while, cool off, then we will continue on our way.


When the dogs and I arrive at a stream, I make sure to stop and let them cool off.  The dogs will lay down in the water and drink as much as they can.

Dog taking rest break in water

One of my dogs has a habit of drinking too fast, and he will start coughing because of it.

The dogs will cool off, start playing, then get in the water to cool off again.

Depending on heat, how long since our last rest break…, the dogs and I may sit at a creek until I see them starting to urinate.  When they urinate, I figure they are rehydrated and back on the trail we go.

Some Dogs Do Better Than Others

From my observations, it seems some dog breeds do better in the the heat than others.  My lab/hound mix has a rough time in the heat.  He also tires more easily than the other dogs.

The cur dog on the other hand, he rarely gets tired, and rarely stops for water.  Only during the hottest of days will the cur dog stop and lay down in the water.  When he does stop for a rest break, it is only for a couple of minutes.

My black female lab, she loves to get in the water whenever she can.

Final Thoughts

Let’s watch for signs such as heavy panting, fatigue and not urinating.  While the reader may not be hot or need a rest break, the dog may.

Dogs, which do not spend a lot of time outdoors, overweight dogs, and dogs who may not be adjusted to the heat may have issues on these warm/hot weather hiking trips.

Let’s be mindful and pay attention to our pets as we enjoy the outdoors.

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Oklahoma Action Needed: Constitutional Carry Legislation Awaits Governor Fallin’s Signature [NRA-ILA News]

Currently sitting on Governor Fallin’s desk is constitutional carry legislation, Senate Bill 1212.


Colt’s Pit of Snakes []

The name “Colt” sends shivers down the backs of most true aficionados of firearms and firearms history. Samuel Colt is a true icon in the world of firearms. Collectors still clamor for Colt’s guns as they have ever since Samuel came out with the first “six gun” all those years ago.

Interest in Colt firearms, especially the legendary handguns, remains at an all-time high. Proof enough is the upcoming Colt Collector’s Show in St. Louis. This entire gun show is dedicated to nothing but Colt guns. It should be something to see.

Among all the guns made by Colt, perhaps none has made its mark on handgun history quite like the “Colt Snakes.” This revolver line includes the Cobra, Diamondback, Viper, Python, Boa, King Cobra, and the Anaconda (and oddly enough, including a couple bears, too).

The Cobra (1950-1973) was an aluminum-alloy-framed model of the famed Detective Special. It was chambered for the 22 LR, 32, and 38 Special and weighed only 15 ounces. It came with a round or square butt, 4-inch barrel, and blue finish. Later a second issue came out with a 2-inch barrel in 38 Special.

The Diamondback(1966-1986) came with 2.5-, 4-, and 6-inch barrels, blue or nickel finish. It was chambered for the 38 Special or the 22 LR. It featured target sights, a deep blued finish on blue models, and a classic shrouded ejector rod that made this revolver stand out. It is still a highly-sought-after collector’s item and fetches amazing prices, especially the 22 model in the 2.5-inch barrel.

The Viper (1977-1984) was essentially a lightweight Police Positive in 38 Special. It had a blued finish, alloy frame, a 4-inch barrel, and plain wood grips.

The “Big Daddy” snake in terms of recognition and demand was the Colt Python (1955-1999). This was mainly a 357 Magnum, but there was a 38 Special version in 1955-56. It had barrels in 2.5, 3, 4, 6 and 8 inches. The finish was the exquisite Colt Royal Blue. It was also available in nickel and later in stainless steel, matte, and high polish stainless. Grips were a checkered walnut on the initial models, but later the Python wore rubber grips with a gold Colt emblem.

Other Python variations included the Python Elite in 2001. The Colt Custom Shop continued to produce the Python until 2003 in very limited numbers. In 1981, Colt produced a Python Hunter with an 8-inch barrel, neoprene Colt grips, and a 2x scope contained in a unique aluminum Halliburton gun case. In 1994 a Python Grizzly (a snake bear?) was produced in matte stainless, 6-inch barrel, unfluted cylinder. Only 2000 of these guns were made.

If the Colt Python interests you, you really should make an in-depth study of it. Many variations existed, some of which are not mentioned in every reference book you may check, even those dedicated solely to Colt guns. Some versions included the Python Silhouette, Python Target, and the Python Ten Pointer complete with a 3x Burris scope.

Of all the classic double action Colt revolvers, the Python was perhaps the most beautiful and well-made. Its action is like melted butter. The Colt Royal Blue is like looking into a mirror. Cycling the hammer to cock it reveals how slick the action is. And the Pythons shoot, too. Its full metal under-barrel lug is its classic trademark. Pythons today in excellent condition can bring high collector prices. I have seen them as high as $5000+ with box and papers.

The Boa (1985) is really a deluxe version of the Colt Trooper model. It too, has the under barrel lug and resembles a Python, so don’t be fooled. It was only made for the one year and 1200 were produced. It has the same Royal Blue finish as the Python. This double-action revolver was made by Colt specifically for Lew Horton Distributors. Such special runs were not an unusual business practice. In fact, Ruger is doing this now with Davidson’s Gallery of Guns and Lipsey’s.

The next snake was the King Cobra (1986-1994) in 357 Magnum. This model was more or less a stainless Python, but was also available in blue. It could be ordered with 4- or 6-inch barrels with a solid top rib, but special 2.5-inch models were made in 1990 only. The grips were black neoprene with finger grooves.

Finally, the “Super Big Daddy” of the Colt Snake series was the Anaconda (1990-2003). The Anaconda was made primarily in 44 Magnum, but some were also made in 45 Colt in 1993. Barrel lengths included 4, 6, and 8 inches and a 5-inch only for 1998. These were stainless steel handguns with black neoprene combat grips.

The Anaconda was produced in several variations including a Realtree Gray Camo model in 1996 with a Redfield 2.5x-7x scope. This model had Hogue rubber grips and an 8-inch barrel. There was also a bear model Anaconda named the Kodiak in 1994. This one had an unfluted cylinder in 44 Magnum and only 2000 were made. There were also Anaconda Hunter and Anaconda Custom Ported versions, brushed stainless, 6- or 8-inch barrel, and Mag-na-ported. These were made in three different manufacturing stints, 92-93, 95-96 and 2002-03.

As far as my research goes for the Colt Snake series this concludes what I found. You come away from a task like this thinking you missed something. I probably did. If you know of other Snake versions, be sure to let us know.

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[NRA 2018] Def Con Safes Create Modular Custom Options at NRA Debut [The Firearm Blog]

New to NRA 2018 comes the team at Def Con Safes. The semi-customizable and modular designs make affordable gun safes for any sized arsenal. Pictured above is the Def Con 1. Key Features Outside the Safe: The recessed lockblocks and shipwheels on the front of the safe doors allow for movement through standard door frames […]

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Steyr ACR: A Polymer Flechette-Firing Bullpup From the 90s [Forgotten Weapons]


The US Army ACR (Advanced Combat Rifle) program was an effort to find a new type of infantry rifle which could increase the practical accuracy of the M16 by a whopping 100% in the early 1990s. Building on a legacy of similar programs like SALVO and SPIW, the basic idea being tried were extremely high rates of burst fire, flechette rounds, and duplex cartridges as a way to increase hit probability mechanically. There were four final entries into the rifle trials – rifle from AAI, Colt, H&K (the G11), and this rifle from Steyr.

The Steyr ACR entry is a polymer-bodied weapon taking many basic cues from the AUG. It has a low power optic as its primary sighting device, translucent magazines (capacity only 24 round, though), a roughly 1200 rpm rate of fire, and full-hand trigger guard. Mechanically, uses an annular gas piston and fired from an open bolt, with semiauto and 3-round burst modes. The locking system is a unique vertically sliding chamber, using a similarly unique 10gr flechette cartridge with a polymer case and ring primer. It is quite the interesting an unusual rifle…but it failed meet the accuracy standards of the M16, much less substantially improve upon them. In the end, the ACR program was cancelled with none of the entrants meeting the goal.

For a fun look at the ACR program through the US Army’s PR lens, check out this video from the period:


NEW: 6mm Creedmoor From Prime Ammunition [The Firearm Blog]

6mm Creedmoor Prime AmmoPrime Ammunition has been hinting at a new offering to their rifle ammunition lineup for over a year now.  Finally, this week they have confirmed it will be the 6MM Creedmoor.  While their 6.5 Creedmoor factory offering has been extremely popular with competitive shooters in the NRL and PRS competitions, most of the competitors that […]

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[NRA 2018] Beretta Welcomes Centurion(s) to APX Family [The Firearm Blog]

Beretta's APX CenturionBeretta expanded the APX line with the addition of the APX Centurion at NRA 2018. Built to be a comfortable medium between the full and compact versions in the APX family, the Centurion is more concealable than the larger version, but with the functionality of the compact. Key Features of the APX Centurion: Trigger pull […]

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IR LASER ZERO with Telluric Group Targets [The Firearm Blog]

Zeroing a rifle can be a long and tedious process. Without a proper zero, capabilities are significantly diminished. When zeroing an IR laser it can be even more difficult as visibility is reduced throughout the process due to the process requiring night vision. When zeroing with NODs, shooting position is different than when using a […]

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[NRA 2018] Faxon Unleashes Hellfire and Patriot Slides [The Firearm Blog]

Faxon Firearms revealed their Hellfire and Patriot slides at NRA 2018. Currently made for the Smith & Wesson full-sized M&P pistol series, the slides are the first in a new line of accessories for Faxon. The optic cuts will allow for the direct-mounting of a Trijicon RMR, Holosun MRDS, plus the Burris Fastfire, Vortex Viper, […]

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Delaware: Magazine Ban Legislation to be Heard Today in House Committee [NRA-ILA News]

Tomorrow, the Delaware House Judiciary Committee is scheduled to consider Magazine Ban legislation, House Bill 375.


[NRA 2018] Law Tactical’s CSASS Folding Stock Adapter and Exclusive Winkler SURV Blade [The Firearm Blog]

After 3 successful years on the market with the Gen 3 folding stock adapter, Law Tactical brought their newest side-folding adapter, made specifically to fit the CSASS for display at NRAAM 2018. The limited-edition Winkler-Law Tactical SURV blade also made an appearance. The CSASS Folding Stock Adapter Similar to the original Gen 3 adapter, the […]

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Tuesday, 08 May


[NRA 2018] Polymer80 Now Shipping Sub-Compact Frames And AR Lowers [The Firearm Blog]

Polymer80, creators of the 80% Glock-style frame and 80% polymer AR-15 lower receivers, began shipping their newest addition to their 80% semi auto pistol family – the subcompact. Made to fit either a Glock 26 or 27, the polymer frame comes complete with all of the accoutrements that make the P80 receivers so easy to […]

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Watch: How Are Cartridges Named? []

Paul Harrell takes a look at cartridge names and designations in the video below.

45-70: 45 what? 70 what?

38 Special: What makes it special?

I learned early in life that cartridges are named in a most haphazard way. There’s not much that’s consistent or logical if you try to follow the thread of cartridge names through the ages. But in a way, that’s what makes them so great: Wildcatters and other cartridge developers have perfect freedom to name their rounds in whatever way pleases them most.

As he often does, Paul refers to his “speech impediment.” I have watched a passel of his videos and I have yet to detect any such thing.

There’s much more in the video than I can (or should) recap here. But suffice it to say that he explains the old hyphenated system (45-70, 44-40. etc), explores black powder handgun cartridges, verifies that there is NO SUCH THING AS A 45 LONG COLT, European (metric) method of measurement (7.62×39, 9×19, etc), and more.


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Planning for Common Everyday Disasters []

It’s not always the huge, full blown “SHTF” disasters that wreak havoc on everyday life, but sometimes it’s the little things. Petty annoyances which nevertheless have to be planned for and dealt with so life may go on relatively smoothly.

What are we talking about here? The list is long, and they usually happen without so much as a second’s notice, just “boom” and there you are. Among these everyday breakdowns is a power outage. Maybe it is a storm that knocked a tree limb onto a power line, some drunk who took out a power pole, or simply a transformer that decided it was time to give up the ghost and blow out.

So there you are in the dark. You have no power, no lights, no refrigerator, no air conditioning or heat — and the municipal water supply pumps may also be down. Are you planning for this? How is your stock of candles, flashlights and batteries, camp stove/lantern fuel, quick-fix foods, and drinking water? Think this through before it happens again.

And that water thing. No pressure at the kitchen sink? Count on the list of annoyances: no drinking water, cooking water, bathing water, no washing clothes, or flushing toilets. How much water reserve do you have? How long will it last? Is a shallow water well in the back yard worth the investment? What about a water filter or ways to catch rain water if it rains? Water is life. It is a must-have item.

Make sure your disaster plans include minor “disasters” like run-of-the-mill power outages. You will be glad you did!

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Drill Your Own Shallow Well []

There’s one thing we humans can’t go very long without, and that’s water. Whether the government has forced you to connect to a municipal water supply or you’re concerned that a lack of electrical power might prevent you from pumping water from your existing deep well, it’s certainly worthwhile to know how to create your own shallow well, should you ever need to.

I’m from Florida, where wells are not that complicated and many people have their own wells to supply water to their homes. In many, but not all, areas of Florida, groundwater can be found fairly close to the surface. This would be a great source of hand-pumped H2O in a pinch.

I recently ran across an article at Mother Earth News, in which Al Adams describes his experience designing and building “a do-it-myself shallow well.”

To begin the project, I dug a three-foot-square hole at a point where a natural spring (“seep” might be a more accurate term) was located. I was careful to position my pit back from, and a bit above, a nearby marshy area. (Ideally, a well hole should be dug in late summer, when the water table is at its lowest. At that season you’ll need to bail less while digging and can be reasonably sure of an adequate flow of water during the wetter parts of the year.) I was relieved to hit bedrock at a depth of 5 1/2 feet, since I would have had difficulty excavating deeper with hand tools.

Once the pick-and-shovel work was behind me, I obtained two 55-gallon drums (they had formerly held glue) with locking ring-sealed removable lids. A friend kindly volunteered the use of his oxyacetylene torch, and before long the bottoms of the two barrels were removed and I’d brazed the cylinders together end to end …producing a sturdy steel tube about two feet in diameter and six feet long.

He used a campfire to burn off the old glue and paint from the steel drums, and experienced something that would have ruined his day if he hadn’t been lucky during the torch-cutting process: intense burnoff of the glue residue.

Much to my surprise, a column of yellow flame was soon shooting some 15 feet into the air, accompanied by the earthquake—like rumble of a very violent draft. Within an hour the paint had been vaporized by the intense heat and—after waiting for the metal to cool—I wire-brushed the remaining residue from the metal and rolled the assembly down to the hole.

He next describes how he shoveled in some gravel to filter the water and made a mount for a hand-operated pitcher pump. After pumping out a bunch of mud, he chlorinated the well with bleach.

I also decided to chlorinate the water, to kill any bacteria that might have been introduced during the construction process. To do so, I mixed one quart of household bleach with an equal amount of water, making a solution capable of purifying 100 gallons of drinking liquid. The mixture was then dumped into the well and the system resealed with its locking ring and silicone caulk. I pumped until a strong smell of chlorine was evident at the hose outlet, then let the purifying chemical do its work overnight. On the following morning, I pumped the well out a few more times to remove all detectable traces of bleach. After that my low-cost shallow well was ready for use!

Here’s an addendum from the editors of that site:

Anyone duplicating Mr. Adams’s well might want to consider using only barrels — of heavy plastic or otherwise — that are approved for food storage. The author reports that his metal drums did eventually introduce some rust into the water, which forced him to install a filter. In addition, it’s best to have any new supply of water tested for purity if it’s to be used by humans, and to install a locking assembly on the lid to prevent curious children from opening the well and, perhaps, falling in.

This sounds like a reasonable way to approach the process of creating a shallow well. What do you think?

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NSWC Crane Looks to Extend Sole Source Contract For Combat Assault Rifle [The Firearm Blog]

On the April 27 Naval Surface Warfare Center Crane Division posted a sole source notice announcing their intention to extend the current Combat Assault Rifle (CAR) Indefinite Delivery-Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract for a further five years. The Combat Assault Rifle (CAR) contract is due to expire this month (May 2018) and the new contract will fund procurement of rifles, […]

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Muzzleloader vs Breechloader: Rates of Fire Compared – Video [The Firearm Blog]

muzzle loader vs breech loaderWhile it might seem like a foregone conclusion which would have the higher rate of fire, a muzzle loader or a breechloader, the results and implications are still interesting. In his most recent video Rob over at British Muzzleloaders pits a muzzle-loading Pattern 1853 against a breech-loading Snider-Enfield conversion. The Snider-Enfield was introduced by the British […]

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Marine Corps Confirms Adoption of Mk 13 Sniper Rifle [The Firearm Blog]

USMC's new Mk13 sniper rifleBack in April TFB reported that the USMC was finally moving to replace the venerable M40 Sniper Rifle. The Corps has confirmed this in a press release announcing the adoption of the Mk 13 Precision Sniper Rifle which will replace the M40A6 currently in service. The Marine Corps is set to begin fielding the Mk 13 […]

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[NRA 2018] Cole-TAC Precision Shooting Accessories [The Firearm Blog]

Cole-TAC is a manufacturer of tactical products for the shooting sports enthusiast or operator. They make barricade bags, rear bags, suppressor covers, shooting mats, brass bags, and quite a bit more. One product I would like to mention is the Cole-TAC cuddle bag.  It is a large “pillow” designed to be used by a rifle shooter anytime […]

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NRA Annual Meeting Attendance Sets New Record [No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money]

Thank you, Texas!

The attendance figures released for the 2018 NRA Annual Meeting have been released. 87,154 people attended this year which broke the record set in Houston in 2013.

Bitter at Shall Not Be Questioned posted a very good graph showing attendance at NRA Annual Meetings since 2004.

I was there each day and it didn't feel crowded. I think this might have to do with the layout of the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center. I will say the line to get into the Leadership Forum to see President Trump and VP Mike Pence was very, very long.


Rhode Island: House Judiciary to Consider Fix To Last Year's Domestic Violence Bill [NRA-ILA News]

On Wednesday, May 9, the House Judiciary Committee will be holding a hearing, and the agenda will contain an important gun bill.


[NRA 2018] Sport Ear Electronic Hearing Protection [The Firearm Blog]

What?  Sorry, I can’t hear you I’ve got hearing loss from all those years of shooting guns without hearing protection. If that sounds familiar then maybe it’s time to look at a set of electronic hearing protection inserts from Sport Ear Electronic Hearing Protection. Sport Ear started out as a hearing aid company.  They made […]

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Sweet irony [Of Arms and the Law]

Michael Moore's bodyguard got busted for unlicensed handgun possession. The guy walked up to a NYC airport, and said he wanted to carrying his unloaded handgun with him in his carry-on baggage. Mistakes were made.

(Moore's photo... is it just me, or does he look more and more like Janet Reno every day? Might she have faked her death, rubbed him out, and taken his place to enjoy his wealth?


[NRA 2018] Silent Legion Suppressors [The Firearm Blog]

Many companies are making multi caliber suppressors these days.  Those same companies are making rimfire and .556 specific suppressors, but only a few companies are making a suppressor specifically designed for the popular 6.5 Creedmoor cartridge. Silent Legion Suppressors is doing just that. Silent Legion created the SL-65 to meet the demands of precision rifle competitors […]

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ALERT! Can't Wait for Your YETI Cover Up Stickers? [NRA-ILA News]

Approximately 100,000 free stickers, proudly displaying the message "I STAND WITH THE NRA FOUNDATION," were distributed at the NRA Annual Meeting in Dallas, Texas last week.  These stickers were designed to cover up the YETI name on YETI coolers.  They show that you stand with the NRA Foundation after YETI made the political decision to stop doing business with the NRA Foundation.


Bold Illinois ‘sanctuary’ counties buck state on gun control [NRA-ILA News]

Several counties in Illinois have taken gun control matters into their own hands and told the state, in essence, sorry — you’re not stripping us of our Second Amendment rights.


New Jersey Governor Names Gun Control Adviser [NRA-ILA News]

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy named a long-time state government insider as his gun-safety adviser.The Democratic governor said that Bill Castner will serve as senior adviser on firearms. Murphy made the announcement Monday alongside former NASA astronaut Mark Kelly and one-time Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.


Oklahoma: Several GOP Governor Candidates Urge Fallin to Sign Gun Law [NRA-ILA News]

Several Republican candidates for governor of Oklahoma urged GOP Gov. Mary Fallin Monday to sign legislation allowing adults to carry handguns without a permit.


SRM’s Unique New “Next Generation” Shotgun []

New shotgun designs are far and few between, but the new SRM semi-auto shotgun is most definitely the result of out-of-the-box thinking. The SRM practically redefines the approach to tactical shotguns.

SRM Arms hails from St. George, Utah. This is hardly the type of locale one would think of for producing state-of-the-art weapons, but here they are. At first glance the SRM Model 1216 looks like a laser weapon out of a Star Wars or Galaxy movie. SRM calls it “The Next Generation Shotgun.”

Next generation indeed. The primary shock value to SRM’s new design appearance is the upfront view of its rotary, detachable, high-capacity magazine that holds 16 2 ¾ or 3-inch shells. There are actually three models of the SRM shotgun: 1216, 1212, and 1208 delineated respectively by the number of rounds they hold (16, 12, or 8).

The SRM is built around an ergonomic design that is easy to hold and shoot with its “AR” type pistol grip. As noted by the SRM marketing language, the SRM “provides unsurpassed firepower, force multiplication, and tactical advantages.” It certainly should.

The shotgun has a roller delayed action that provides a fast cycling time frame, with reduced felt recoil. It’s fed by the quad-tube, revolving magazine. This enables the shooter to stay on target to concentrate the firepower on the intended target.

As you can well imagine, being able to send 16 shotshells downrange in short order is quite an application of firepower. This shotgun can handle game loads, trap loads, slugs, 00 buck, and other loads.

Size-wise, the SRM 1216’s overall length is 34 inches, with an 18-inch barrel and a weight of 7.25 pounds. The top of the action includes an integrated picatinny rail with a three-face handguard rail for mounting accessories like optics, sights, lights, and other tactical goodies.

Disassembly is simple via pushpin takedown and break-open design to facilitate easy maintenance. Another nice feature is the ambidextrous receiver, with controls that can be set up to function on either side for right- or left-handed users.

More details can be found at and orders may be placed placed via email ( or phone (888-269-1885).

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One to Watch: Liong Mah Eraser II []

CRKT makes a lot of high value knives; meaning that if you want to spend $40 or less, they have a bunch of really stunning options.  But there are few high-end knives in their lineup, such as the S2 and the Hi Jinx.  Those knives were clearly aimed at a higher market.

In between the release of those two knives was the Liong Mah Eraser, his first collab with CRKT.  It ran AUS-8 steel, which is nothing extraordinary, but the fit and finish were superb.  The design, a classic Mah take on a big folder, was also superb.  And finally, the flipping action, thanks to great washers and a masterfully-designed flipper tab, was excellent.  It was a sneaky great knife and one that many people passed on.  Many in knife circles called it the “Poor Man’s Tilt,” a bit of praise referencing Kershaw’s amazing flipper produced around the same time.

In Germany in March of 2018 at IWA, Liong Mah showed off his sequel to this criminally underrated knife, which he calls the Slim Line Eraser.  The knife is produced by Reate for Mah and will be available through his site.  The overall look is quite stunning, though not as radical a departure as the original (or maybe it is and we are just more used to Mah’s unique style by now).

The knife runs a fully-sculpted titanium handle.  It also has a sculpted clip and a sculpted backspacer.  There are no slabs or flat surfaces on the handle.  The Slim Line Eraser was shown in two styles: a solid titanium piece and a piece with a black handle and bolster, very reminiscent of the CRKT original.

Aside from looks, Mah has emphasized the slim approach with a very thin blade — a sliver of M390 stock.  With the knife’s substantial blade length and tall blade height, starting with thinner stock should give the knife insane cutting power.  Having seen this in a few knives recently (the Chaparral and the LT version of the Bark River Bravo 1), I can tell you this small trend towards “slicier” knives is just great for users.

Maybe it was the maker.  Maybe it was due to a crowded field.  Maybe it was held back by the AUS-8 steel.  Whatever the reason, a lot of folks slept on the original Liong Mah Eraser, which is a shame because that knife was killer.  Now, with a new maker and top-shelf steel, there is no reason to miss this knife a second time around.

Important Info:

  • What: Liong Mah Slim Line Eraser
  • Cost: Unknown
  • When:  2018
  • Made overseas by Reate Knives for Liong Mah
  • Highlights: Unique design, high end production quality, super thin blade stock

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[NRA 2018] Vudoo Gun Works Custom .22LR [The Firearm Blog]

Can you imagine a .22LR shooting one minute of angle at 300 yards?  I couldn’t either, but I learned a few things I didn’t know from Cole Quarnberg, director of sales and marketing, about the Vudoo Gun Works custom .22LR. Vudoo Gun Works specializes in full custom, Remington 700 footprint, bolt action firearms chambered in .22 […]

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8 Ways to Know You’re a Turkey Hunter []

Most hunters are passionate about their pursuits, but turkey hunters are often even more so. It just takes a little something ‘special’ (insanity? stupidity?) to go after these birds the way we do. For many, it begins slowly; they may hunt turkeys once or twice a year, and can take it or leave it… but at some point, it becomes something more. Here are some ways to tell whether or not you’ve become a fully-vested turkey hunter.

When You Hear a Crow, You Freeze

One way to know whether you’re addicted to turkey hunting is to pay attention to your reactions to certain bird calls. When a crow flies overhead cawing, do you freeze and listen for gobbles? When a barred owl hoots out its “who cooks for you?” cadence, are Tom turkeys on your mind? If so, you might be a dyed-in-the-wool turkey hunter.

You Wake up Early on Purpose

For those of us who are not morning people, it can be a struggle to rise before dawn for days on end… but true turkey hunters willingly submit to the alarm clock day after grueling day, just for the chance to maybe, possibly, get a shot at a gobbler. It’s not easy, but we do it… because who wants to miss out on hearing those morning gobbles? Not this guy!

You Willingly Walk for Miles

Even folks who never exercise just for the sake of exercising will think nothing of hiking a mile or more on any given morning in the turkey woods. Heck, I’ve been known to hoof it that far before sunup just to get close to a gobbler hollering on its roost. And on more than one occasion, I’ve returned to my vehicle before noon with multiple miles under my belt. But walk just to walk? No, thanks.

You Will Crawl in the Dirt

I’ve done a lot of hunting, including stalking and sneaking around in pursuit of all kinds of different critters, but there’s only one species for which I’ve actually belly-crawled. You guessed it: Wild turkey. And no, I didn’t get that particular bird.

You Happily Tote Pounds of Gear

When I’m hunting deer, I generally take a pack to the woods with me. It usually has too much stuff in it, and at least once per season I will dump everything out of it and try to pare down the load. But during turkey season, my loaded turkey vest weighs ten pounds on its own, before adding a folding turkey seat, cushion, and shotgun to my load. And while all that stuff is hanging off of my shoulders, I don’t even think about it until it’s time to use the gear. Gobblers can do odd things to a man.

You Sit in Cramped Positions for Hours

Deer hunters often have fairly comfortable places from which to hunt their quarry; from climbing tree stands with soft seats to enclosed box blinds with padded swivel chairs. But turkey hunters must remain mobile and ready to move, and set up at a moment’s notice. “Setting up” generally means quickly unfolding a small seat that’s just a few inches tall and placing it next to a tree. Sitting down low isn’t comfortable; it cramps your legs, nags at your spine, and makes the tailbone sore. But we sure do a lot of it!

You Accept Defeat Because it Leads to Victory

Most turkey hunters have more failures than successes under their belts. It’s just the nature of the hunt; gobblers are fickle and flaky, and the majority of them will not react to your calls in the way you’d like. On top of that, turkey fever is real and powerful, so that even when the turkeys cooperate, your brain may not. I’ve certainly missed more than a few easy shots at longbeard gobblers, for no logical reason. And I’ve slow-stalked for more than an hour to get close to a roosted gobbler, only to have him fly down and walk the other way when I finally got set up and called.

At times like those, any hunter will be frustrated, upset, and downright disgusted… but if you’re a true turkey hunter, you just keep coming back for more, knowing that when things do go according to plan, the victory will be that much sweeter.

You Always Come Back for More

I don’t know any true turkey hunter who doesn’t feel a need to lick his wounds at the end of the season. The memories of each failure are still strong, and that can weigh on a hunter’s heart. But come next season, you can bet he will be itching to get up way too early, don too much gear, and stand shivering in the pre-dawn woods — all for the opportunity to be thrilled and humiliated by a bird.

I’ll be there. Will you?

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Colorado: Gun Control Legislation Dies in Senate Committee [NRA-ILA News]

Yesterday, the Senate State, Veterans, and Military Affairs Committee voted down House Bill 1436 by a 3 to 2 party-line vote.


Proof Mark Muzzle Stand-Off Device (MSD) for Glock 19 Pistols [The Firearm Blog]

Proof Mark Muzzle Stand-off Device (MSD) for Glock 19 Pistols (13)Last week we discussed pistol standoff devices in a couple of TFB articles. Continuing the subject, today we’ll take a look at another such device called Muzzle Stand-off Device (MSD). This product is made in the USA by a company called Proof Mark. As we discussed earlier, the idea behind the standoff devices is to […]

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Using a Book Bag as a Daypack []

Believe it or not, a book bag can make a great daypack.  Here is the great thing: if you time it right, sometimes China-Mart stores will mark book bags down shortly after school starts.  Sometimes shoppers can find great deals on Amazon, Ebay, Goodwill, garage sales… etc.

Sometime around 2003 I walked into a Wal-Mart in Montgomery, Texas.  The store had these boxes, probably three square, full of book bags.  The bags normally cost around $15, were marked down to around $3 – $5 each.

The deal was too good to pass up, so I dug through the boxes and found some green and black book bags.  I bought several for my kids just for them to use for day hikes.

Before the deal at Wal-Mart, for years I used a Jansport book bag as my warm weather hiking / overnight warm weather pack.  When my buddies and I would go camping near bayous, bogs or sloughs, the medium or large ALICE pack was used.  This was because I used a tent in low areas where the cottonmouth is common.

Carried in the Book Bag

  • Mesh hammock
  • Poncho liner
  • Poncho
  • Cord
  • Water filter
  • Either a canteen or a one liter bottle of water
  • TOPO map, compass and GPS
  • Change of underwear and socks
  • Mosquito repellent
  • Main entree from an MRE
  • Breakfast bar
  • Toilet paper

In other words, just the basics for an overnight warm weather camping trip.

The mesh hammock would leave marks on my skin, so it was replaced with a parachute hammock.

What about a knife?  A pocket knife is part of the everyday carry, so that is a given.


Book bags are not designed for hiking.  They are meant to carry books around school, and when they wear out, throw them away.

One of the problems I noticed on these book bags was the zipper may work loose.  This has happened on several book bags.  On one hiking trip, the zipper on my sons pack worked its way loose, some gear fell out, and he lost a camera.  It was a cheap point and shoot, but he still lost something that was important to him.

With heavy use the stitching may tear. One one bag, the stitching on the outside finally tore after almost a decade of use.

The shoulder straps are not designed to carry a lot of weight.  Eventually, the stitching holding the shoulder strap to the pack may tear.

Final Thoughts

After reading how the zipper may work its way loose, the reader may be having second thoughts.  Take a snap ring, put it through the zipper pulls, and the zippers should be held in place.

Keep in mind we are looking at low cost options.  When these pack can be found for less than $10 they are a cost affordable option to more expensive backpacks.

Keep an eye on the local China-Mart shortly after school starts, and sometimes stores will mark book bags down to clearance them out.

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Connecticut: Gun Control Bills Move as Deadline Approaches [NRA-ILA News]

Tonight, the Connecticut state Senate will be voting on House Bill 5542 to ban many common firearm modifications.  The state House of Representatives previously passed HB 5542 on May 1st.  With the May 9th adjournment deadline approaching, anti-gun legislators in Connecticut are in a final push to pass this bill as well as House Bill 5540 to essentially end the hobby making of firearms.  Please contact your state Senator to OPPOSE HBs 5540 and 5542 and your state Representative to OPPOSE HB 5540.  Click the “Take Action” button below to contact your state legislators.  In addition, you may click here to find your state legislators.


Henry X Series Concept Lever Action Rifle and Shotgun [The Firearm Blog]

Remember the Midwest Industries M-LOK Handguard we posted about last month for the Henry lever action rifle in 45-70? Well it looks like someone at the Henry Repeating Arms company saw it, because at NRAAM 2018 in Dallas they showed off their X series concept lever action rifle and shotgun which use the new Midwest Industries handguard. […]

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Maschinengewehr des Standshützen Hellriegel: A WW1 Phantom [Forgotten Weapons]

I have gotten quite a lot of questions about this experimental Austrian machine gun or submachine gun since it was included in the Battlefield One computer game. Unfortunately, the sum total of information we have on this weapon is three photographs found in an Austrian archive. Extrapolating from those photos, we can tell that it was a water-cooled, pistol caliber weapon fed by both stick magazines and drums. To the best of my knowledge, no example survives, as the weapon never went beyond an initial firing trial. For more information, I recommend Matthew Moss’s excellent article at


[NRA 2018] Seekins Precision Adds New BCG to Your Next AR-15 Build [The Firearm Blog]

In early May 2018, Seekins Precision launched it’s newest AR-15 accessory to bear the company’s logo – the NX15 BCG. With forward assist serrations, the magnetic particle inspected (MPI) and melonite finish make this bolt carrier group a no-brainer for the avid Seekins consumer. What is Meloniting? Simplified, the meloniting process is actually a quench-polish-quench […]

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[NRA 2018] Beretta Introduces Langdon Tactical 92 Elite LTT and PX4 Storm LTT [The Firearm Blog]

Ernest Langdon, best known for his mastery of Beretta handguns as well as his custom trigger jobs, has spent the past 5 years working with the Italian-born firearms manufacturer to create the “Ultimate 92”. Enter, the Beretta 92 Elite LTT. The Frame The M9A1 frame boasts checkered front and back straps with no lanyard loop, […]

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Monday, 07 May


Nothing like science! [Of Arms and the Law]

At, Kurt Schlichter writes "Why Science and Experience Command That You Buy an 'Assault Rifle'." His experience during the LA riots is instructive.


Ollie North To Be New NRA President [No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money]

An alternative headline might be "The Triumph of the Staff".

While I think Ollie North is an OK guy and a believer in the Second Amendment, I just don't think he is the right person to be the next president of the National Rifle Association. In the release below he is being compared to Charlton Heston. In other words he will be a figurehead. What the NRA needs is not a figurehead but an effective leader in the corporate chairman of the board mold who will hold the hired staff - Wayne LaPierre and Chris Cox - accountable. An effective president (or chairman of the board) would have slapped Wayne and Chris down when they sandbagged the board by suggesting regulation of bump fire stocks without consulting the board.

My second objection is North's age. He is 74 years old. I'm sure he is a very vigorous 74 years old but it reinforces the notion that the NRA is old, white, conservative, and bit out of touch. That's not the truth of many of the members but appearances matter. As Sebastian notes, "Exciting for whom?"

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Third, I think the gun control industry is jumping up and down with glee over the selection of Ollie North. Even though his convictions for gun running in the Iran-Contra scandal were thrown out, he will still be painted as a gun runner. This doesn't help our cause.

Finally, his attendance record at NRA Board meetings is not stellar. For the eight meetings from January 2015 through May 2017, North only attended three meetings. He had excused absences three times and two unexcused absences. Let's face it, it sucks.

The NRA has been in reactive mode since Parkland. We have lost more than we've gained since then and this is no way to win the war for the Second Amendment. We need to be proactive and I just don't see the elevation of Ollie North to the presidency of the NRA as going in that direction.

I could be wrong. I hope I'm wrong. But the reality that I'm seeing on the ground right now seems to be saying I'm not wrong.

The full announcement of the North selection:
DALLAS – Lt. Colonel Oliver North, USMC (Ret.) will become President of the National Rifle Association of America within a few weeks, a process the NRA Board of Directors initiated this morning.

“This is the most exciting news for our members since Charlton Heston became President of our Association,” said NRA Executive Vice President and CEO Wayne LaPierre. “Oliver North is a legendary warrior for American freedom, a gifted communicator and skilled leader. In these times, I can think of no one better suited to serve as our President.”

North said he was eager to take on this new role as soon as his business affairs were put in order. North is retiring from Fox News, effective immediately. “I am honored to have been selected by the NRA Board to soon serve as this great organization’s President,” North said. “I appreciate the board initiating a process that affords me a few weeks to set my affairs in order, and I am eager to hit the ground running as the new NRA President.”

The NRA Board acted quickly to begin the process for North to become President, after former NRA President Pete Brownell announced this morning that, in order to devote his full time and energy to his family business, he had decided not to seek election to a second term. In his letter to the Board, Brownell wholeheartedly endorsed North for President.

“Discussing this with Wayne LaPierre,” Brownell said in the letter, “he suggested we reach out to a warrior amongst our board members, Lt. Colonel Oliver North, to succeed me. Wayne and I feel that in these extraordinary times, a leader with his history as a communicator and resolute defender of the Second Amendment is precisely what the NRA needs. After consulting with NRA-ILA Executive Director Chris Cox, First Vice President Childress and Second Vice President Meadows, I can report there is extraordinary support for Lt. Colonel North.”

“Pete has served the NRA with great courage and distinction,” LaPierre said. “I am grateful that he joined me in enthusiastically recommending Oliver North to the Board of Directors.”

After the announcement, NRA First Vice President Richard Childress informed the board that he had multiple commitments in the next several weeks and was unable to be immediately available to serve as interim President. The Board then selected Second Vice President Carolyn Meadows to serve as its interim President. Meadows will step aside in a few weeks, when Lt. Colonel North is prepared to take on his new role as NRA President.

LaPierre congratulated the NRA Board for its action. “The board acted quickly and with great vision,” LaPierre said. “Oliver North is, hands down, the absolute best choice to lead our NRA Board, to fully engage with our members, and to unflinchingly stand and fight for the great freedoms he has defended his entire life.”

“Oliver North is a true hero and warrior for freedom,” LaPierre said, “and NRA members are proud to stand with him.”


Is the 32 ACP Enough for Self Defense? []

To go along with a recent post by John Woods about the 32 ACP and 1903 Colt pistol, here’s Paul Harrell’s take on the diminutive-but-enduring handgun round. As usual, Paul leans towards hands-on demonstration rather than simply relying on statistics.

Is [the 32 ACP] still a viable cartridge? Is it still a gun you should run out and purchase? Is it still something you can use effectively? Well, let’s shoot the 32 ACP alongside some other handguns, and see what we can learn about that.

He begins by comparing three popular pocket-pistol cartridges; 25 ACP, 32 ACP, and 380 ACP.

His next step, oddly enough, is to compare results of 125-grain defense ammo in 38 Special and 357 Mag revolvers.

He also shoots some “meat targets” with Speer Gold Dot ammo, which — spoiler alert — ain’t that impressive in 32 ACP.

The ultimate conclusion is this: If you want a tiny self-defense handgun, the smallest practical round is pretty much 380 ACP, a.k.a. 9mm short. But — “If that’s what you have, go with it… because it’s a whole lot better than nothing.”

The 32 in your pocket really beats the 45 you left at home.


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FASTER Program In Colorado [No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money]

My friend Laura Carno helped bring the FASTER program to Colorado in an effort to protect students there. Kelsey Harkness of The Daily Signal traveled to Colorado to find out more about their program. She produced a video of what she found out with interviews with Laura, a SWAT commander, and a charter school founder. I think it is a great overview of what they are doing in Colorado to protect students where school boards will allow it.


Paladin Custom Apex Modular Rig [The Firearm Blog]

Paladin Custom is an Australian Veteran based company. They make packs for the military and adventurers. Just a few days ago, Paladin Custom launched in the US and they are releasing their flagship Apex Modular Rig (AMR). It is a chest rig and belt system for carrying your hunting load as well as a patent […]

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Smith & Wesson Brings Back the Model 19 []

For several years now, Smith & Wesson has quietly brought back several classic models of handguns that ended production some time ago. With great gnashing of teeth and heartfelt mourning, the lovers of these revolvers remained in therapy until a few of them were slowly reintroduced. The new versions are not identical to the old versions, but they’ll get us by I guess.

The original Model 19 was the basic K-frame, light(er)-weight revolver in 357 Magnum/38 Special. I always called it the “Bill Jordan” model, because he was the lawman who truly made this handgun classic. Now, the new Model 19 comes as a “Classics” produced through the S&W Performance Center, two decades after it was removed from the Smith catalog. Welcome back!

The first Model 19 I owned back in the early 80’s was blued with a 2.5-inch barrel. It was a handful with full-strength 357 magnum loads, but a sweet puppy when I fired 38 Specials. For some reason, I talked myself into having that revolver coated with an electroless nickel. It was a matte finish and held up well. Another handgun I wish I still owned.

The new Classics Model 19 will be issued in two versions. First up will have a 4.25-inch barrel in blue finish, with custom-type walnut stocks similar to others being put on Classics models. It will have adjustable rear sights and a red ramp front sight, and a traditional thumbpiece to release the cylinder.

I feel certain this new model will be met with considerable enthusiasm because the 19 has been out of production so long. The MSRP is set at $826.

The other Classics Model 19 is a new version, the Model 19 Carry Comp. The front sight will be a tritium night sight. Grips will be unique custom wood and synthetic boot grips. The 3-inch barrel will be Power Port vented for maximum recoil control, and this 19 will feature a trigger overtravel stop and the action will be PC tuned for a smooth DA and a light SA pull. The MSRP on this one will be $1092.

New Model 19s will be a welcome sight. For more info check them out at

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The Great and Mysterious 32 ACP and the 1903 Colt []

If you are a student of firearm cartridges or even remotely curious about them, you could have the hobby of a lifetime. Many shooters are full-time collectors of cartridges of all kinds. There are just too many to ever cover the entire theater of study, but that does not make the attempt any less interesting.

By sheer accident, I came across an interest in the 32 ACP,  mainly because of a long (and not-yet-satisfied) search for a minty 1903 Colt Automatic Pistol. I have searched gun show tables for more than two decades to find a really pristine model of this pistol. I have seen many, but usually in pretty sad shape. And prices on such collectibles continue to increase all the time. Collecting is an expensive hobby.

Anyway, a couple of years ago it was announced that Colt had licensed another manufacturer to produce a limited number of brand-new Colt Automatic Pistols in 32 ACP. The designated maker is U.S. Armament Corporation. Incidentally, the former head of the Colt Custom Gun Shop is overseeing this production, so these new models ought to be faithful reproductions. I hope so. With luck, maybe I can locate one.

It is nearly impossible to discuss the 32 ACP without also talking about the Colt 1903. The pistol was created to provide a thin, lightweight, easy-to-carry sidearm for military officers. Apparently, the Generals just loved to carry a personal sidearm. It was perfect in this regard and sought after, even by foreign military officers.

Of curious interest, the M1903 Colt became a preferred weapon carried by Hollywood greats including actors Bob Hope and Humphrey Bogart. The defined the quintessential pocket pistol. Again, the platform and frame was thin, lightweight, and easy to hide in the overly large trousers pockets of popular outfits of the time.

Those on the other side of the law found great use for these pistols as well. Apparently a large number of noted gangsters of the day carried the 1903 in heavy wool coat pockets, too.

Even though the M1903 was exceedingly popular in so many sectors and applications, what made it so special? Good question. In today’s world, saturated with compact 380s and 9mms, the 32 ACP is pretty well considered underpowered, weak, and overall useless for self-protection, or much else. They would be wrong.

The 32 ACP was designed by the perennial gun and cartridge creator, John M. Browning in 1899. He created the cartridge design for his first semi-automatic pistol. The ammunition was initially manufactured in Belgium by FN, or Fabrique Nationale d’Herstal. It came to America when Colt manufactured the M1903 using this chambering. Thus the 32 ACP came ashore to start its long history here… one that is sustained even now.

Turns out, the little 32 ACP was one of the most popular pistol cartridges ever developed. Even today, it maintains a large following, and continues to be very popular in Europe where the proper cartridge designation there is the 7.65mm Browning.

As to the cartridge itself and its utility, for years the standard load featured a 71 grain FMJ (full metal jacket) bullet, which exited the muzzle at roughly 905 feet per second with a muzzle energy of about 129 foot pounds. One would think that hardly enough to be very effective, but it has proven otherwise, when applied with reason and respect.

Later Winchester loaded a 60 grain JHP with a muzzle velocity (MV) of 970 feet per second, creating 125 foot pounds of muzzle energy. Though this too appears as a relatively low powered round, the 32 ACP is useful for small game hunting. With proper compensation for range and careful bullet placement, the 32 ACP has proven its worth for self-defense and personal protection.

Currently there are numerous factory ammunition loads for the 32 ACP. Besides Winchester, 32 ACP can be obtained from Cor-Bon, Hornady, MagTech, Prvi Partizan, PMC, Remington, and Sellier & Bellot. These loads are offered in bullet weights including 60, 65, 71, and 73 grains. Bullet types include full metal jacket, jacketed hollow points, lead, hollow point, and the Hornady Custom XTP hollow point.

Curiously enough, back in the early days of the 1903 and the 32 ACP, anecdotal reports indicated the 32 had an uncanny ability to penetrate car bodies. It proved plenty adequate to stop a fight. In fact, even past World War II, many military men coming home and duty law enforcement officers carried the 1903 in 32 for years. They had confidence in the round as it had proven itself in real-life action. Alas, bigger and more powerful cartridges eventually overshadowed it. This never negated the effectiveness of the 32 ACP.

So, a diminutive load? Well, probably by today’s standards. For sure there are more effective loads available. However, in the format of a super-lightweight pocket gun even such as the Beretta Tomcat and others, the 32 ACP can still find a useful place with discretion.

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Christensen Arms Introduces Left Handed Versions of Mesa and Ridgeline Rifles [The Firearm Blog]

Christensen Arms Introduces Left Handed Versions of Mesa and Ridgeline Rifles (1)Christensen Arms has published a press release where they announced that they are now offering left-handed versions of Mesa and Ridgeline bolt action rifles. Other than the left side bolt handle, safety selector and ejection port, the rifles are otherwise identical to their standard counterparts. The company’s press release quotes Jason Christensen, the president of Christensen Arms, who […]

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Abandoned Gas Wells as a Bugout Location []

Spread throughout the United States are thousands, maybe even tens of thousands, of abandoned gas and oil wells.  Companies drill a well, pump out whatever they can, and when the well is no longer profitable, they abandon it.

However, there are numerous regulations on abandoned wells.

Decades ago it seemed companies would put a large valve on top of the well pipe, sometimes called a wellhead. Anyone with a large wrench could take the blinds off of the valve and open it.

Here in Texas, when a well is abandoned it is plugged with concrete.  This makes sure there is no chance of an accident.  This also eliminates the chance of someone tampering with the valve on top of the well.

A lot of abandoned gas and oil wells are in rural areas, and off the beaten path.

So what does this leave us with?

  • An area sometimes 100 yards wide.
  • Level ground.
  • Remote location.
  • Accessible by truck or ATV.
  • Sometimes wells have access to surface water.

If someone had a camper trailer, this could possibly be an ideal bug out location post collapse.

A Foundation To Build On

One of the unique features these abandoned gas and oil wells has to offer is packed ground, which is sometimes covered with slag or green rock.  Keep in mind, the oil companies did not have time to deal with equipment stuck in the mud.  So they would haul dump truck loads of rock to the site.  The rock was spread so equipment could drive on it.

Abandoned gas well area

What does this mean to survivalists?

It means this is a solid place where they can set up their tents, or pull an RV to.  The site is large enough for several, maybe even dozens of RVs to park on. This provides the opportunity to start a community.

Nearby forests could provide lumber for stuff like a smokehouse, etc.

Remote Location

Some of these wells are in remote locations.  They may take hours of driving to reach and may require a 4×4 truck or ATV to transverse the rough roads. Once the wells are abandoned, the roads are usually left to overgrow with only the occasional ATV to keep the path clear.

Typically, the rock that was brought in prevents the road from fully overgrowing.

All of this means isolation, which we talked about in the Lessons Learned from Outbreaks of the Bubonic Plague article.  In the event of a complete collapse, city dwellers will eventually flee.  The problem is, most people have nowhere to go.

Not Too Remote

Unless the location is a zillion miles from civilization, chances are someone will know about it.

Gate on rural road

Take these abandoned gas wells for example.  Local teenagers may use these remote sites to do what teenagers do.  There will typically be a place where a bonfire was held.  One may find a bunch of shell casings from target shooting, or a bunch of shotgun shells from skeet shooting.

To prevent this type of behavior, the oil company may put a fence with a gate around the well.  What would most teenagers do?  Chances are they would cut the fence and drive around the gate.

I have seen this dozens of times on numerous wells.  Teenagers will do teenager stuff.  They just want a place to hang out and have fun where they will not be found.

Access to Water

Human life cannot exist without water.  Thankfully, some of these wells were put in near creeks or streams.  The oil company would pump water from the creek and use it during the drilling process.  Regulations prevent the used water from going back into the creek.  We will talk about that in a minute.

Hiking along a creek

However, not all wells were put in near a water source.  So it may be hit and miss if there is water nearby.

Here in Southeast Texas, most of the abandoned gas and oil wells I know about are no more than a couple of hundred yards from a stream.  The streams are too far for the oil company to use.  These are typically natural springs which flow out of the side of a hill, or may be seasonal streams.

Some wells on the other hand are just a stones throw from a creek.

Storage Tanks

Since water used for drilling cannot be returned to the creek, it has to be held in storage tanks, loaded on a truck, and shipped off to be disposed of.

In some cases the storage tanks are left at the well site.  These could provide lookout towers.  Some of the wells I know about, the tanks have steps and a catwalk going to the top of them.  Once on top of the tanks they provide a nice vantage point.

However, not all storage tanks have a catwalk or a way to get on top of them.

Solar Panels

If the locations are so remote, how does stuff like electronics get power?  A lot of these wells have a solar panel.

Between the time when the well was abandoned and the time it was plugged, the oil company may keep sensors on the well head.

After the well was plugged and the equipment removed, the solar panels may have been left behind.

Final Thoughts

The bad thing: the survivalist would have to know where the well location is before SHTF.  Then, would the location be accessible to an RV / camper trailer?

If someone is planning on bugging out with nothing more than a bugout bag, then the more remote the better.

So what does the reader think?  In a complete collapse, would sites like this be a viable option?

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POTD: Rainbow Six Guy Is Actually An H&K Employee [The Firearm Blog]

Rainbow Six game coverBack in 1998, Tom Clancy released his fantastic counter terrorist novel, Rainbow Six. It was a story about an international counter terrorism team where they stop several attacks which we later learn are all linked to a much more dire scheme. The popularity of the book gave birth to a whole series of video games […]

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Colorado: Senate Committee Could Soon Consider Gun Control Legislation [NRA-ILA News]

As early as today, the Senate State, Veterans, and Military Affairs Committee could consider House Bill 1436.


Kansas: Pro-Gun Legislation Dies as Legislature Adjourns [NRA-ILA News]

Late Friday night, the Kansas Legislature adjourned from its 2018 Legislative Session.


Vista Outdoor Announces Strategic Business Transformation Plan [The Firearm Blog]

Vista OutdoorVista Outdoors, owners of Savage Arms, Stevens, Federal Premium, Bushnell and other major outdoor brands announced a Strategic Business Transformation Plan that explores the possibility of selling certain assets. As part of the Full-Year Operating Results for FY2018, the report announced today stated that the company is exploring “strategic options” for brands that fall outside of […]

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Lt. Col. Oliver North Poised to Become NRA President [NRA-ILA News]

"Most exciting news for NRA members since Charlton Heston Became President of Our Association," Wayne LaPierre said.


Elite Survival Systems Concealed Carry Active-Wear [The Firearm Blog]

Bryan Bogue, president of Elite Survival Systems brought several concealed carry options to the US Concealed Carry Association Expo (USCCAE) recently. Among the vast number of options in the ESS booth were the marathon gun bag and Smokescreen G2 backpack. Marathon Gunpack The patented Marathon GunPack (shown as the featured image above) is both a […]

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Oklahoma: Self-Defense Legislation Heads to Governor’s Desk as Legislature Adjourns [NRA-ILA News]

Last week, the Oklahoma Legislature adjourned from its 2018 Legislative Session. A day prior to its adjournment, the Oklahoma Senate concurred on constitutional carry legislation, Senate Bill 1212, and sent it to the desk of Governor Mary Fallin.


Tavor And Galil Rifles Plus Jericho Pistols Come to Senegal [The Firearm Blog]

Recent photographs have revealed that the Armed Forces of Senegal have acquired large amounts of 5.56x45mm NATO Tavor X95 rifles. Specifically, it appears that two distinct Senegalese forces are using the rifle at present. The first being a special operations component of the armed forces. This was first shown about a year or two ago […]

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Review: Remington 870 DM Predator Pump Shotgun []

Sunshine, blue skies, and a warm breeze met me in Abilene, Texas when I arrived at my destination. I’d been lucky enough to be invited on a Remington hunt at The Spike Box Ranch in Benjamin, Texas where I’d get some hunting time with their new shotgun, the 870 DM Predator.

I’ve been an avid turkey hunter for twenty years and most of my turkeys have been taken with the tried-and-true Remington 870. When I was 11 years old, it was the first shotgun I fired. As a new hunter, I took countless squirrels while accompanying my dad through the western Pennsylvania woods. And now, in Texas, I’d stepped into a whole new territory and turkeys weren’t the only thing on the menu. Hogs and coyotes were on the hit list and I was eager to get into the field and have some fun with the new design using a box magazine instead of the venerable tube-fed model.


Both 3- and 6-round magazines are available for the Remington 870 DM Predator. For the most part I stuck with the 3-round magazines, partly because I’m used to Pennsylvania’s capacity regulations, but also to keep less weight on the gun. It comes with a Kryptek Highlander finish which blended in extremely well with the central Texas landscape. The gun ships with a Trulock X-Full Turkey/Predator choke which patterned well at 25 yards. The factory XS Ghost Ring sights are precise, and the integral rail was useful for mounting an optic.

The XS Ghost Ring sights are a definite upgrade over the basic front bead sights on most shotguns, but I opted to run a mini-red dot, the AT3 Tactical’s RD-50. The shotgun was going to be used as a truck gun at night for hog  and coyote hunting, so I wanted the versatility of a red dot for fast-moving targets as well as the ability to dial in the pattern for turkey hunting.

Believe it or not, in Texas it’s legal to dispatch hogs and coyotes from a moving vehicle. The 18.5” barrel on the Predator proved it could move quickly within the confines of a truck cab and during the day it was handy inside a box blind while turkey hunting. The Remington ShurShot stock was ergonomic and carried well through the wheat fields and patches of mesquite, and the SuperCell Recoil Pad was also very comfortable even while shooting Remington’s 3” Nitro Turkey #4 and 3” Express Magnum 00 Buckshot loads.

At one point, I committed to a 500-yard stalk on a lone sow feeding in a wheat field. The ShurShot stock provided a comfortable grip on the shotgun even as I kept it at the ready. I closed the gap to 35 yards and was able to put multiple rounds of 00 buckshot on target, dropping the sow mid-stride, thanks in part to flawless feeding from the box magazine.


On the second morning we got skunked. After hours spent watching almost two dozen hens feed 20 yards from my seated position up against a mesquite, it became clear that no longbeards were going to come investigate. After regrouping over lunch, we decided to change gears and sit in a more productive box blind. Within three hours, I’d tripled on three longbeards, one of which had a 10” beard and 1.25” spurs. Every time a gobbler wandered in, he was met with a Remington 3” Nitro Turkey load of #4 shot. Ranges varied from 20 to 35 yards and the outcomes were all the same. The birds went down hard and with every shot my confidence in the new shotgun’s design grew.


The 870 DM Predator really proved a few things to me. I’d be lying if I said I didn’t expect small issues with feeding. After all, the old 870 design has been practically bulletproof in my experience. Changing the feeding system would be no simple task, but in my opinion, Remington succeeded. It appears the engineers at Remington essentially created an upgrade to allow shooters to use a box magazine, blocking off the old tubular magazine. Because the magazine tube is integral to the pump-action mechanism, it had to stay (at least in part).

After running the gun in Texas, I’m a fan of the new feeding system. I can honestly say I believe it has a place in the hunting and defensive shotgun worlds. Like many people who have gotten used to tube-fed magazines, I wondered if the detachable box magazine-fed design would be just a gimmick. This was affected somewhat by my time in the service when I was trained to top off a shotgun in combat situations. Not once in my life had I thought a box magazine-fed pump-action shotgun was warranted, but I’ve seen the light.

The shotgun shines at basic functions. It’s worth repeating that the cycling of shells was almost boringly regular. Clearing the shotgun when I returned to the ranch was a breeze, only requiring I drop the magazine and rack the action rearward to extract the chambered shell. Gone are the days of racking a pump back and forth to clear a shotgun. Another benefit was the ability to easily switch types of ammo, which came in handy hunting hogs, coyotes, and turkeys. Dropping the magazine, extracting the single chambered shell, and throwing in a new 6-round magazine of buckshot was quick and efficient. Also, the combination of the 18.5” barrel and X-Full choke worked well, providing a lethal grouping once it was dialed in.

The only issue was that it was hard to insert a loaded magazine with the action closed. The best way to properly seat a magazine in my shotgun was with the action open. While it isn’t necessarily a flaw, in my opinion, it is something to be aware of — because if the magazine isn’t fully seated, the bolt will not properly strip a shell from the magazine and chamber it.

By the end of the hunt, I didn’t want to give the shotgun back. Aesthetically, the Kryptek Highlander finish looks great. The ShurShot stock is functional and ergonomic. The trigger felt good even dirty with clay-colored Texas dust. The Predator fed and cycled flawlessly. Above all, it drops birds with ease. What else can you ask for?

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NRA Clarifies Yeti Position []

Well all right! Finally, someone in the NRA vs. Yeti conflict has provided a more thorough explanation of what happened… and it turns out that I was wrong.

This drama began when NRA announced that Yeti had essentially broken up with NRA. Folks got angry. Then Yeti published a statement saying that they’d simply eliminated a discounting program and “explained that we were offering them an alternative customization program broadly available to consumers and organizations, including the NRA Foundation.” Read more on that here.

In my post on the subject, I called for actual evidence from either side of the rift. I tended to lean towards Yeti’s side of things — because what company is going to lie so blatantly, knowing that if they are lying, people will find out and be even more unhappy with them? Turns out, that company is Yeti.

In a statement published on April 27 (apologies for the delay, I was on a turkey hunt), NRA-ILA said the following:

YETI severed ties with the NRA and is now engaging in damage control after a backlash from many of its customers. In early March, YETI refused to place a previously-negotiated order from NRA-ILA, citing ‘recent events’ as the reason – a clear reference to the tragedy in Parkland, Florida. YETI then delivered notice to the NRA Foundation that it was terminating a 7-year agreement and demanded that the NRA remove the YETI name and logo from all NRA digital assets, as well as refrain from using any YETI trademarks in future print material. YETI is trying to spin the story otherwise, those are the facts. While Yeti can change their story, but they can’t change the facts. Whether their changing story is due to the recent cancellation of the IPO from their New York City owners is a question only they can answer. — Marion P. Hammer.

Obviously, I was wrong about Yeti and their leadership. Not only did they make a decision to cut the NRA loose, they lacked the spine to stick with that decision when it began to affect their bottom line — and they flat-out lied about it. That ain’t good.

Still, don’t trash your Yeti stuff. Paint over the brand name (or slap an NRA sticker over it) if you must, but wear it out. You spent too much dough to just kiss it good-bye.

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Three Lessons from Outbreaks of Bubonic Plague in the Middle Ages []

Our old adversary, Bubonic Plague (Yersinia pestis), reared its ugly head in 2017 during an outbreak in Madagascar. From time to time the Bubonic Plague will make an appearance reaping, death an misery in its wake.  However, unlike in the Middle Ages, Yersinia pestis is treatable with antibiotics.

If nothing else, the outbreaks serve as a warning that diseases are still around and will never go away.  As science progresses and cures are found, something new comes along.  HIV has been with humanity for decades, and we still do not have a cure or vaccine.

Using examples set by Bubonic Plague, HIV, Swine Flu, Bird Flu… it is just a matter of time before humanity faces another epidemic.  Modern air travel and cities packed with millions of people provide the perfect opportunity for a new viral pathogen to rapidly spread.

Looking at the examples set by our ancestors in the Middle Ages, what can we learn from outbreaks of Bubonic Plague?

Shipping Collapses

One of the first groups usually are people who ship and handle goods.  In the Middle Ages these were ships which transported goods, and in numerous cases caravans.  It is speculated Bubonic Plague was picked up by caravans bringing goods to shipping ports.  From there, the ships brought the disease to various ports in the developed world.

In today’s world, this means air travel, truck drivers, warehouse workers… etc.

Once the people who move the goods become ill, shipping collapses.  This means no more trucks moving from the warehouses to the cities, no more warehouse workers, no more stockers to stock the grocery store shelves.

Those Who Can Isolate Will

During outbreaks of Bubonic Plague in the Middle Ages, land owners would usually isolate themselves on their property.  Communities may not allow travelers access.  Farmers would stop bringing their products to market.

In other words, those who were able to isolate themselves from the outside world would.

This isolation usually (but not always) kept the people safe from outbreaks.  There are stories dating to the Middle Ages of entire towns, except for a couple of people, decimated by the Bubonic Plague.  The outbreaks did not just affect people as all types of animals died.

Cities Collapse

With no food, and the dead piling up, cities became a cesspool of disease and starvation.  Eventually, those who were able to flee the cities did.

There are numerous accounts of people dying along the side of the road, and in the bushes, and in the fields while trying to flee the cities.  People died of starvation and from various diseases, and not just the plague.

Along with starvation came a weakened immune system, which opened the window for various diseases.  In their weakened state people fell to dysentery, the flu, and pneumonia, just to name a few.

People in desperation slaughtered dogs, cats, horses, everything they could get their hands on to eat.  In some cases, each other.

Final Thoughts

While some of the readers may be quick to dismiss the chance of a new viral plague striking humanity, let’s not forget about HIV.  If HIV had been airborne, chances are humanity would have been brought to its knees.

While the Black Death decimated Europe in the Middle Ages killing an estimated 1/3 of the population, the historical accounts provide us with a wealth of information.  We can take information and use it to shape our survival plans.

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Iron Claw Tactical Gen2 AK Magwell System [The Firearm Blog]

Iron Claw Tactical Gen2 AK Magwell System (1)Iron Claw Tactical has introduced the second generation of their AK magazine well. Once installed on AK rifles, this magazine well allows straight magazine insertion. The Gen2 magwell is compatible with AK-47 (both milled and stamped receivers) and AK-74 pattern rifles and magazines. This magwell has two installation modes: single tab and dual tab. The former is […]

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Reproduction RP-46 Belt-Feed Conversion from SMG Guns [Forgotten Weapons]

InRange TV Operator’s Guide to the RP-46:

You can order your own by contacting SMG Guns at or placing an order online at

It’s very exciting to have these available, as they are extremely difficult to find originals for sale – and these reproductions can be mounted on standard DP/DPM guns (semiauto or full auto) whereas the original require a couple permanent modifications to the host gun.

Full comparison video with an original RP-46 coming soon, I hope!


OPTION ZERO – Featureless AR15 Stock From Survivor Systems Inc. [The Firearm Blog]

option ZeroSurvivor Systems Inc, based out of Southern California offers a Featureless AR stock system that allows the end user easy access to an extra ten round magazine. Let’s check out the OPTION ZERO stock that has storage for a 10 round magazine. “Our CA compliant system, the OPTION ZERO is the most advanced “FEATURELESS” AR […]

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NEW Springfield Armory SAINT AR-15 Pistol in .300 Blackout [The Firearm Blog]

300 BlackoutSpringfield Armory has pulled away the curtain on another firearm before heading off to the NRA Annual Meeting last week. This NEW offering of a SAINT AR-15 Pistol is chambered in .300 Blackout and is suppressor ready. The 1st iteration of the SAINT AR-15 Pistol featured a blast diverter that was guarded underneath the handguard […]

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Lyman Sharps Carbine 140th Anniversary Model [The Firearm Blog]

Lyman Sharps Carbine 140th Anniversary Model (6)In celebration of the company’s 140th anniversary, Lyman has introduced a commemorative Sharps rifle replica. This rifle is made for Lyman by Pedersoli. It is the lighter version of Pedersoli’s rifle and comes chambered in .30-30 Winchester. These rifles will be made in quantity of 140 pieces with serial numbers from 1 to 140. The […]

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Sunday, 06 May


NRA convention and protests [Of Arms and the Law]

Just back from the NRA convention in Dallas. No word on attendance yet--that will be announced on Monday, after it's ended--but upwards of 70,000 were predicted.

I see the anticipated stories on "protests" -- here's one from the Virginian Pilot, (curiously showing a speaker with no one else visible) and here's one that claims there were two protests "across the street" from the meeting (illustrated with an image of five or six protestors).

Funny, I wandered all over looking for them, and here's a pic I took from the entryway into the convention center:


I wandered back several times, and there were only those two guys. A friend said he'd tried to find the protests, and finally found some about a quarter mile from the building, at Dallas City Hall.

Here's an interesting video report. It notes that antigun speaker Alyssa Milano showed up to speak, protected by at least two armed guards. You can see perhaps a couple of dozen in the audience (either protestors or media) and the calls and clapping are consistent with that estimate.


[NRA 2018] AAC Announces The TI-RAID 30 [The Firearm Blog]

Advanced Armament Corportation’s parent company, Remington, has been going through a bit of a rough patch lately. But AAC has still managed to push out some new products over the past few months – always a good sign. Last year we saw the edition of the modular .22 caliber Halcyon. Now the Huntsville, Alabama based team […]

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[NRA 2018] American Suppressor Association Media Day [The Firearm Blog]

American Suppressor AssociationThe American Suppressor Association held a media event one day prior to the NRAAM show.  Six manufacturers were on hand to display their wares for media attendees to shoot suppressed pistols and rifles. Company engineers and development teams were on hand to answer questions. On the firing line was everything from .22LR pistols and rifles to […]

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[NRA 2018] Glock to Give Away Millionth 43 Today [The Firearm Blog]

As NRAAM 2018 comes to a close on Sunday May 6th, it’s still not too late to register to win GLOCK’s One Millionth 43. How to Enter: Post a photo demonstrating what GLOCK means to you on Instagram or Twitter using #IamGLOCK. -OR- Stop by the GLOCK booth (#7802) at the 2018 NRA Annual Meeting […]

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Book Review: The Wipers Times [Forgotten Weapons]

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The Wipers Times was a satirical trench newspaper printed from February 1916 until December 1918 by British Captain F.J. Roberts and a crew of assistants. Such papers were not particularly uncommon, but the Wipers Times was particularly successful, well written, and long-lived, and it has survived in reprints today to a greater extent than any other similar work. A total of 23 issues were printed, and they consist of poetry, commentary, mock advertisements, advice columns, and short stories. While much of the humor is still quite accessible to us today, much of it also includes references, abbreviations, and inside jokes that are inscrutable to those who are not quite knowledgeable about life in the trenches.

Roberts and his cohorts were legitimate front-line soldiers, not writing as visiting journalists or from the safety of the rear echelons. Beyond its basic entertainment value, their writings also provide a rare and interesting view into the minds of men who were truly living the Great War.

Not that a book about the newspaper has also been printed, titled “The Wipers Times”, and with a very similar cover. If you want to buy a copy of the reprinted original issues, make sure you are not buying that book.

The BBC made a 90 minute program based on the Times, which is available in its entirely on YouTube here:


Saturday, 05 May


[NRA 2018] Armageddon Gear Game Changer [The Firearm Blog]

Howdy folks.  What I would like to do with this article is to give you hope.  Hope that your shot of a lifetime will not be missed due to an inability to stabilize your firearm.  Here at the 2018 NRA Annual Meeting I have found that source of hope (the Armageddon Gear Game Changer) and […]

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IWI Masada Striker-Fired Pistol Hands-On Preview *Online Exclusive* []

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I was lucky enough to be invited to visit IWI (Israeli Weapons Industry) in Israel back in November last year. I was able to get access to one of the few prototype Masada pistols. It’s named after the ancient fortress in southern Israel’s Judean Desert (not to be confused with the Magpul Masada concept rifle that later became the Remington ACR). It has 17+1 rounds capacity with 4.1″ long cold-hammer forged barrel. It features fully ambidextrous slide lock and magazine release with modular back straps in 3 different sizes. It has a trigger weight of approx. 5.5 lbs. The trigger guard is enlarged for use with gloves.

IWI US did not show this pistol at SHOT Show 2018 in Las Vegas and it was also not shown at NRA Annual Meeting 2018 in Dallas. We got word that the production has been delayed until early next year due to the factory reaching manufacturing capacity from receiving large orders globally especially with their newly announced Tavor 7 .308Win rifle that have yet to reach retailers as of when this article was written.

I was able to try it with the brand new Meprolight MicroRDS red-dot sight with its innovative quick-detach feature.

As a long time G17 shooter, the Masada feels right at home. With my medium size hand, I tried it with both the small and medium back straps and both felt comfortable with no difficulty for my thumb to reach the mag release.

Needless to say, IWI have lots of exciting products coming to store shelves for us! If only we can be more patient, the reward is very much worth it.

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SILENCER SATURDAY #18: MIL-STD & Commercial Suppressors [The Firearm Blog]

MIL-STDHello everyone, thanks for dropping in to TFB’s Silencer Saturday. This weekend marks the National Rifle Association’s Annual Meeting (NRAAM) In Dallas, Texas where manufacturers display their latest releases to shooters from across the country. We’ll take a look at some of the newest suppressors on the market in a minute. But first, let’s venture […]

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NSSF Expels Dick’s Sporting Goods [No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money]

The National Shooting Sports Foundation Board of Governors voted to expel Dick’s Sporting Goods from membership in the organization.  They were expelled for “conduct detrimental to the best interests of the Foundation.” The conduct was hiring a firm of anti-gun lobbyists to push more gun control.  If a company wanted to push away the hunters and shooters in their customer base, Dick’s is doing a damn good job of it.

The full release is below:

NEWTOWN, Conn. — The National Shooting Sports Foundation® (NSSF®), the trade association for the firearms, ammunition, hunting and shooting sports industries, Board of Governors today unanimously voted to expel Dick’s Sporting Goods from membership for conduct detrimental to the best interests of the Foundation.
Dick’s Sporting Goods recently hired a Washington D.C.-based government affairs firm, for “[l]obbying related to gun control.” Dick’s Sporting Goods CEO Edward W. Stack announced earlier this year the retail chain would end sales of modern sporting rifles, voluntarily raise the age to 21 to purchase firearms in their stores and called for more restrictive legislation. Dick’s later announced they would destroy the remaining modern sporting rifle inventory. NSSF responded that business decisions should be individually made, but was nonetheless disappointed and the decision does not reflect the reality of the vast majority of law-abiding gun owners.


Georgia: Spalding County Discharge Ordinance Vote Rescheduled [NRA-ILA News]

On May 7th, the Spalding County Board of Commissioners will be voting on 2018-ORD-07, after having tabled it during their April 16th meeting.  This proposed ordinance would severely restrict the discharge of firearms on private property in the county.  Please contact the county Commissioners and urge them to OPPOSE 2018-ORD-07.  Click the “Take Action” button below to contact your county Commissioner.


ALERT! FREE “I Stand with the NRA Foundation Sticker” for YETI Coolers [NRA-ILA News]

Put a big “I STAND WITH THE NRA FOUNDATION" sticker on your YETI cooler and keep using it. They cost too much money to destroy to make a statement.


Shooting the Yugoslav M49/57 Submachine Gun [Forgotten Weapons]

The Yugoslav M49/57 submachine gun looks very similar to the Soviet PPSh-41, but it constructed quite differently, and has a much larger recoil spring. The question is, how will it shoot? Will it be fast and controllable like the Papasha or slower like the Sudayev?

Thanks to Marstar for letting me examine and shoot their M49/57!


President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence Make History in Dallas [NRA-ILA News]

For the first time in the organization’s history, a sitting president and vice president both addressed NRA members at the 147th Annual Meetings in Dallas on Friday during the NRA-ILA Leadership Forum.

Friday, 04 May


NPR Interviews “A NRA Member” [No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money]

NPR covered the Leadership Forum at the NRA Annual Meeting today. In addition to the speeches by the various politicians, they sought out individual NRA members.. My friend and roommate at the NRA Annual Meeting Liston Matthews agreed to be interviewed. Liston gave what I think was a great, reasoned interview even though there were some “gotcha” questions by Mary Louise Kelly.

You can hear the whole interview embedded below.

Kudos to Liston for doing such a good job.


NEW: Crimson Trace LaserGuard for the Ruger EC9s, LC9s, LC9 & LC380 [The Firearm Blog]

EC9sCrimson Trace is continually adding in new models of pistols that are covered by their Laserguard series of red or green lasers. They now have expanded that portfolio to include multiple different yet closely related concealed carry pistols by Ruger. This newest offering will cover the Ruger EC9s, LC9s, LC9 and LC380. Between the 2 […]

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Soviet Influenced Heavy Machine Guns in Afghan Service [The Firearm Blog]

Similar to many small arms in use by Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF), the diversity of Soviet patterned Heavy Machine Guns is quite high among the ANSF forces of today. Almost to a point where every derivative and variant produced in other countries is represented within the ANSF ranks from the Afghan Uniformed Police (AUP), […]

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Quickloader Shotgun Shell Storage System for Hunters [The Firearm Blog]

Quickloader Shotgun Ammunition Storage System for Hunters (4)A Danish company called Quickloader makes shotgun ammunition storage system for hunters which provides quick access to pairs of shells thus decreasing the reload time of double-barreled shotguns. The product itself is called … Quickloader. While having an advantage of a fast second shot, the double-barrelled shotguns have a distinct disadvantage compared to semi-auto shotguns – the […]

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Details Emerge on IS Craft Produced Launcher from Mosul Fight [The Firearm Blog]

Conflict Armament Research has recently published a short but very comprehensive report detailing the craft produced anti-armor/personal launchers that we reported on in May of 2017. The findings that CAR has come up with are quite revealing about the launchers themselves, in addition to how the terrorist group conducted itself through manufacturing armaments and in […]

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Identifying the Hognose Snake []

The hognose (aka Spreading Adder) is a mildly venomous snake native to North America.

At first sight the serpent has a rather ominous look which may lead the observer to believe it is a cottonmouth.  Then again, the markings are “somewhat” reminiscent of a copperhead, though the hognose is considerably darker than a copperhead.

When the hognose feels threatened it will flatten its head and body out.  Markings on the back of the head may resemble that of a cobra.

Regardless of what the hognose looks like, its venom is only toxic to amphibians. Humans bit by the hognose may have an allergic reaction. As of when this article was published, there are no known cases of anyone dying from a hognose snake bite. However, this does not mean it is safe for someone to pick up and play with a hognose snake.

It seems every summer there is a certain place here on the farm where I see a hognose snake. The bad thing is, they lay very still and I do not see it until I almost step on it. Of course the first thoughts are, “Is a copperhead?”, as they have a habit of laying very still also. Then I step back, take a look and sure enough it is not a copperhead.

Texas hognose snake

The hognose snake also has a habit of playing dead and hissing. It seems to go out of its way to either scare you off, or make you think it is dead. All the snake wants is to be let alone so it can slither under something and hopefully find a meal.

  • Turned up nose.
  • Round pupils
  • Spreads head and body when threatened.
  • May play dead.
  • May have markings on back of head resembling a cobra.

From previous run ins with this snake, chances are it will be seen mostly in the early spring. As stated earlier, there is a certain place here on the farm it seems I see a hognose every year in early spring. Maybe is has a certain place it wants to lay eggs?

I remember the first time I saw a hognose, I may have been around 12 years old.  My dad called my brother and I over and he had a snake in his hands.  Dad explained to my brother and I what a hognose was and how it acted.  I think it may have even played dead when it was laid on the ground.  The snake my dad showed my brother and I around 1980 was no more than 40 feet from where I saw the snake pictured in this article.

If the reader sees a hognose, please do not harm it.  It is not going to hurt anything, well nothing but frogs that is.

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Hawaii: Legislature Adjourns Sine Die [NRA-ILA News]

Yesterday, the Hawaii Legislature adjourned the 2018 Legislative Session.  Senate Bill 2046 is still awaiting action by Governor Ige.  Please contact Gov. Ige and politely urge him to veto Senate Bill 2046!  Click the “Take Action” button and here to contact Gov. Ige.


Dick’s Keeps Digging [NRA-ILA News]

The first law of holes, sometimes attributed to cowboy philosopher Will Rogers, suggests, “If you find yourself in a hole, stop digging.”


All the “News” That Fits Our Agenda [NRA-ILA News]

In the 1890s, under the leadership of new owner Adolph Ochs, The New York Times began using the slogan “All the News That’s Fit to Print.” That phrase may have been intended to convey the impression that stories in the Times were carefully vetted, honest, and free of bias.


Bluntforce Mk 1 Savage Mod II Pistol Bayonet [The Firearm Blog]

I can’t believe I am writing a follow-up article about a pistol bayonet. But there is a reason. Looks like the feedback generated by our coverage of this device is what made Bluntforce scratch the previous versions and introduce a new, more affordable one. And this is not just my assumption, but actually what the […]

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IMI Defense KIDON Pistol to Carbine Conversion Kit [The Firearm Blog]

IMI Defense KIDON Pistol to Carbine Conversion Kit (1)The idea of converting the handguns into carbines is quite popular among Israeli firearm manufacturers. I am sure you know about the CAA Roni and Micro Roni as well as FAB Defense KPOS kits. However, there is another, less known conversion kit called Kidon which is made by a company called IMI Defense. It has been […]

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What To Do About Rarely Used Outdoor Gear? []

Surely just about everyone reading this article has some type of gear which rarely gets use.  The item may have been bought on a spur of the moment decision; or maybe it looked interesting?  No matter what the intentions were, for some reason the item has sat on a shelf collecting dust.

Years after the purchase we walk by, wipe the dust off, and wonder why we bought it. Then the justification kicks in, “It’s ok, it will get used… one day.”  Maybe I should just give it away?  Why?  One day it will be needed, and that one day comes around fewer times than Halley’s Comet.

Maybe I can leave it to the grandkids in my will?  If I didn’t use it, maybe they will.

Two such items in my collection is the Coleman 533 camp stove and the machetes.

Coleman 533 Camp Stove

The Coleman 533 was bought because it was dual fuel.  Meaning it can use Coleman fuel and unleaded gasoline.  Chances are the younger readers have no idea why gasoline is called “unleaded.”

This stove has sat in my collection for over a decade and has been used less than a dozen times.  The lack of use is because there is a two burner liquid fuel stove, single burner propane, and blended fuel stoves in my collection.  After a hurricane passes through (see my Hurricane Harvey After Action Review for an example), the two burner stove is used.

The blended fuel and propane stoves are much easier to use than a single burner liquid fuel stove.  Thus, the canister stoves get used more than liquid fuel.


In the 1990s I bought a Cold Steel Heavy Terrain Chopper (HTC).  A few years later Cold Steel discontinued the HTC.  Today, there are only a few references to them on the Internet.  Not wanting to lose or damage this collectors item I bought two more machetes.  One is a low end Cold Steel, and the other is a Gerber.

How many times has the Gerber been used over the past few years?  Rarely.  The second Cold Steel machete has been used even less.

I can not justify the weight of a machete on a hiking trip.  When some brush needs to be cut around the farm, I usually get the tractor and brush hog.

Final Thoughts

We did not even tough fishing gear.  Chances are a lot of the readers have more unused fishing gear than they can shake a stick at.

How many hats, boots, gloves, knives and compasses do we need?

Surely there is a point when we say, “I do not need any more gear.”?  Nope, we can always use more gear.  Let’s just leave it to the grandkids and let them deal with it.

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NRA AM 2018 Begins [No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money]

My first impressions of the NRA Annual Meeting is that there are a lot of people here. Moreover, there are more press and media here than normal. I had to wait about 45 minutes to get my media credentials this morning. In all the years since 2011 when I first got media credentials, I’ve never, ever had to wait to pick up my credentials.

I was in line with gun bloggers, a reporter from HuffPo, and lots of local media outlets. I don’t know whether it is because of President Trump being here or because of the potential for demonstrators post-Parkland but they are here.


ALERT! FREE “I Stand with the NRA Foundation Sticker” for YETI Coolers [NRA-ILA News]

Put a big “I STAND WITH THE NRA FOUNDATION" sticker on your YETI cooler and keep using it. They cost too much money to destroy to make a statement.


One to Watch: TOPS BOB Fieldcraft Folder []

TOPS Knives is a US-based knife company out of Idaho. They made their name in the fixed blade world. The recipe is pretty simple—1095, thick powder coat, good handles, and interesting designs. For a long time TOPS had two knives that caught the eye of knife knuts everywhere—the TOPS Tracker and the BOB Fieldcraft. Both show what kind of company TOPS is: they make knives for folks that work and/or play outdoors. The blades are tough, unusual and purpose built.

Like many folks, it was the Tracker that caught my eye years ago and got me watching TOPS’s line up. Based on a custom knife developed by noted outdoorsman Tom Brown, the Tracker is part axe, part saw, part knife, and part spokeshave. The end result is a distinctive looking knife, one eye catching enough to play a starting role in The Hunted alongside two human actors—Tommy Lee Jones and Benecio Del Toro. The TOPS production model captures the essence of the Tom Brown original and makes affordable enough that the masses can carry their own.

But if the Tracker is the knife that lures you into the TOPS line up, it is the BOB Fieldcraft that pulls hardest on your wallet. This was a knife developed in conjunction with a bushcraft group. After much debate (because, you know, debate and not bowl carving is the #1 most important bushcraft skill), the group members had reduced the design and features to its elemental form and the Fieldcraft was born. It is a medium sized fixed blade with a scandi ground 4.5 inch 1095 blade. The handle is a classic Coke bottle handle. The knife comes with a nice kydex sheath. You can get an upgraded version with 154CM steel and a leather sheath. In all, this knife has been praised by knife knuts of all stripes, bushcrafters or not, for years. The Tracker is the sizzle and the BOB Fieldcraft is the steak of the TOPS brand.

Over the years TOPS produced a smaller version of the BOB, the CUB. They also have a wide variety of handle materials and colors both on the 1095 version and the 154CM version. The BOB Fieldcraft also inspired a number of sheath makers including the amazing Hedgehog Leatherworks folks. Like the best fixed blades, the BOB Fieldcraft is more a platform for a survival kit than just a knife.

So when TOPS debuted the latest BOB variant—the folder version, it was a bit stunning. The whole idea of the BOB Fieldcraft was that of a fixed blade and now here is a version that, as Ethan Becker likes to say, is “prebroken.” Thanks to trends towards larger folders, the folder version looks quite stout. It uses a beefy linerlock and the same materials as the original BOB. It also comes with a nice leather belt sheath, though the knife also has a pocket clip. The knife opens via a thumb oval. If you loved the BOB but wanted something easier to carry, take a look at the BOB Fieldcraft Folder.

Important Info

  • What: TOPS Knives Brotherhood of Bushcraft Fieldcraft Folder
  • Cost: Around $190
  • Where: Blade HQ and other knife retailers
  • When: Available Now
  • Made in the USA: Yes
  • Highlight: BOB goodness, in folder form

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One to Watch: AG Russell Boxcar Jack []

During the Great Depression, America teetered on the edge of collapse. Unemployment was edging towards a staggering 25% while GDP was reduced by more than 25%. Things were tough and a lot of people made money by traveling for work.

In Great Depression parlance there were three classes of traveling bums: folks that bounced around by begged for money instead of working (tramps), folks that traveled and worked only when they had to, and hobos, true migrant workers who traveled for the exclusive purpose of finding work.

Hobos would travel the countryside, saving money by illegally hopping on freight trains to go from place to place searching for work. They would often send money home to their family and they even developed a complex symbology, left in places only other hobos would see, that altered others about jobs, warned against crossing certain property, or told of farmers that would allow hobos to sleep in their barns. Hobos had a lingo as well, some of which we still use today (both “cooties” as a term for body lice, and “main drag” as a term for a town’s main street trace their origins back to hobo lingo).

In this scary and tough existence, hobos had to travel light. They didn’t have much, and what they did have could be lost, stolen or damaged given their rough and tumble existence.

One tool that became synonymous with the hobo is the so-called hobo knife—a traditional folder with a knife blade and a fork. The knife sometimes had a spoon too. In the US, Case has produced a three-tool Hobo Knife for years, and, in fact, trademarked the name “Hobo Knife.” The design itself is an interesting one, a bit of a knife engineering challenge.

In multi-blade traditionals, the blades are actually crooked, bent (or in knife paralance cranked) so that they can fit into the handle and not touch each other. Including a spoon into a traditional knife makes cranking the blades difficult.

Second, integrating a fork into the design in a way that allows to safely hide under the scales, is also difficult. Having all of this in a single package makes the hobo-style knife difficult to make. Aside from the Case Hobo Knife, Canal Street Cutlery made a version of this pattern, but they closed. For a good long time, the Case had the only pattern available.

This year AG Russell revived the pattern, making a two-tool implement it calls the Boxcar Jack.   The design runs a 3.25 inch main blade and a 3 inch fork. It comes in three handle materials—white bone, G10, and the true hobo’s choice smooth brown bone. The blades are made of 8Cr13MoV and the knife is produced overseas. While it is not a typical pattern or a titanium framelock flipper, it is certainly a knife with a lot of history and quite a bit of utility.

Important Info

  • What: AG Russell Box Car Jack
  • Cost: Starts at $79.95 and goes up depending on handle material
  • Where:
  • When: Coming soon
  • Made in the USA: No, made in China
  • Highlight: Hobo style knife for cheap

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IDF’s Rubber Bullet Muzzle Extension for M4s, Tavors [The Firearm Blog]

Although not a new development, the recent Palestinian protests against Israel have once again showcased one of the IDF’s unique developments when it comes to crowd control and less-lethal armaments. In use by both the IDF and Israeli law enforcement elements on issued 5.56x45mm NATO M4 and M16 service rifles is a muzzle attachment that […]

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Yugoslavia’s PPSh Lookalike: The M49/57 [Forgotten Weapons]

Shortly after the end of World War Two, Yugoslavia adopted a submachine gun that looked very much like the Soviet PPSh-41, and was obviously inspired by it. However, the manufacturing methods were completely different, with the Yugoslav gun being of all milled construction and with internal parts far more similar to the Beretta 38 family of SMGs than to the PPSh. In fact, the original Yugoslav M49 used a captive recoil spring like the Beretta 38, which was simplified in the M49/57 variation just as is was simplified by Beretta during WW2.

The controls are similar to the PPSh, particularly the fire selector lever and the magazine release, which are basically identical in both guns. The Yugo uses a push-button safety in place of the PPSh’s bolt-mounted safety, and the disassembly procedure is entirely different because of the different construction technique.

The M49 and M49/57 were offered for export sale in both 7.62mm Tokarev and 9mm Parabellum, but I was not able to find evidence of any substantial sales. The gun was ultimately replaced in Yugoslav service by the M56 submachine gun – a gun with an interesting similarity to the German MP40.

Thanks to Marstar for letting me examine their M49/57!


Historical Small Arms in Action? Go to a Reenactment! [The Firearm Blog]

Viewers of TFB TV will be especially aware of a number of episodes that I completed with a local reenactor that represents elements of the 82nd Airborne Division all over the Midwest. To date we’ve filmed episodes about the BAR in the First World War, the M1A1 “Paratrooper” Carbine, 1903 Springfield rifle grenades, and even […]

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Springfield Armory Completely Cuts Off Dick’s []

You read that correctly. After Dick’s Sporting Goods has taken position after position against the 2nd Amendment and the very industry they try to profit from, Springfield Armory has had enough.

Can we get a standing ovation for Springfield Armory please!

First, Dick’s Sporting Goods tried to regulate firearms sales in all of their stores over-the-top of Federal laws that are in place by requiring all firearm sales that occur be for only individuals over the age of 21.

Second, they tried to virtue-signal by stating they would remove all modern sporting rifles (MSR) from their stores and destroy them. Not sell back to manufacturers or receive a credit, but completely destroy.

Finally, it has risen to the surface that Dick’s Sporting Goods literally employs and pays anti-gun lobbyists.

Enough is enough. Springfield Armory made this statement on their Facebook page yesterday and hours later sent it out to all of their valued customers.

GENESEO, IL, (05/03/18) – Springfield Armory is severing ties with Dick’s Sporting Goods and its subsidiary, Field & Stream, in response to their hiring a group for anti-Second Amendment lobbying.

This latest action follows Dick’s Sporting Goods’ decision to remove and destroy all modern sporting rifles (MSR) from their inventory. In addition, they have denied Second Amendment rights to Americans under the age of 21. We at Springfield Armory believe that all law abiding American citizens of adult age are guaranteed this sacred right under our Constitution.

It is clear where Dick’s Sporting Goods and its subsidiary, Field & Stream, stand on the Second Amendment, and we want to be clear about our message in response. Their position runs counter to what we stand for as a company. At Springfield Armory, we believe in the right and principles fought for and secured by American patriots and our founding forefathers, without question. We will not accept Dick’s Sporting Goods’ continued attempts to deny Second Amendment freedoms to our fellow Americans.

Often times, people dig their own graves. If Dick’s Sporting Goods starts to see quarterly losses and eventual financial ruin, they will have no one to blame, but themselves.

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Patrick Ferguson’s Rifle Recreated [The Firearm Blog]

In a Pennsylvania town not too far from Gettysburg there is a local outfit that has previously worked fascinating wonders when it comes to recreating historically significant muzzleloaders of the 18th and 19th Centuries. Great War Militaria, Custom Metal and Wood Fabrication, Ordnance Restoration and Repair is a long-winded name for a couple of fellows who […]

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New GRS “Bifrost” Adjustable Bolt Action Rifle Stock [The Firearm Blog]

New GRS Bifrost Adjustable Bolt Action Rifle Stock (1)The appearance of this Norwegian stock probably looks familiar to you because one of the earlier models of these stocks was used by Savage in their Model 10 GRS rifle. GRS makes a wide variety of such stocks. The latest iteration of their polymer stock called Bifrost was introduced at IWA 2018. The GRS Bifrost […]

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Thursday, 03 May


Chris W. Cox: 2018 NRA-ILA Leadership Forum [NRA-ILA News]

NRA-ILA Executive Director Chris W. Cox speaks at the NRA-ILA Leadership Forum in Dallas, Texas.

President Donald J. Trump: 2018 NRA-ILA Leadership Forum [NRA-ILA News]

President Donald J. Trump speaks at the NRA-ILA Leadership Forum in Dallas, Texas.

Vice President Mike Pence: 2018 NRA-ILA Leadership Forum [NRA-ILA News]

Vice President Mike Pence speaks at the NRA-ILA Leadership Forum in Dallas, Texas.

Wayne LaPierre: 2018 NRA-ILA Leadership Forum [NRA-ILA News]

NRA Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer Wayne LaPierre speaks at the NRA-ILA Leadership Forum in Dallas, Texas.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott: 2018 NRA-ILA Leadership Forum [NRA-ILA News]

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott speaks at the NRA-ILA Leadership Forum in Dallas, Texas.

Sen. John Cornyn: 2018 NRA-ILA Leadership Forum [NRA-ILA News]

Sen. John Cornyn speaks at the NRA-ILA Leadership Forum in Dallas, Texas.

Mark Robinson: 2018 NRA-ILA Leadership Forum [NRA-ILA News]

Second Amendment advocate Mark Robinson speaks at the NRA-ILA Leadership Forum in Dallas, Texas.

Matt Schlapp: 2018 NRA-ILA Leadership Forum [NRA-ILA News]

American Conservative Union chairman Matt Schlapp speaks at the NRA-ILA Leadership Forum in Dallas, Texas.

Sen. Ted Cruz: 2018 NRA-ILA Leadership Forum [NRA-ILA News]

Sen. Ted Cruz speaks at the NRA-ILA Leadership Forum in Dallas, Texas.

Diamond and Silk: 2018 NRA-ILA Leadership Forum [NRA-ILA News]

Popular Internet political commentators Diamond and Silk speak at the NRA-ILA Leadership Forum in Dallas, Texas.

Larry Potterfield: 2018 NRA-ILA Leadership Forum [NRA-ILA News]

Larry Potterfield of MidwayUSA presented a check to NRA-ILA at the NRA-ILA Leadership Forum in Dallas, Texas.

Mark Geist: 2018 NRA-ILA Leadership Forum [NRA-ILA News]

Benghazi survivor Mark "Oz" Geist speaks at the NRA-ILA Leadership Forum in Dallas, Texas.

Rep. Richard Hudson: 2018 NRA-ILA Leadership Forum [NRA-ILA News]

Rep. Richard Hudson speaks at the NRA-ILA Leadership Forum in Dallas, Texas.

Charlie Kirk: 2018 NRA-ILA Leadership Forum [NRA-ILA News]

Charlie Kirk, founder of Turning Point USA, speaks at the NRA-ILA Leadership Forum in Dallas, Texas.

Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts: 2018 NRA-ILA Leadership Forum [NRA-ILA News]

Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts speaks at the NRA-ILA Leadership Forum in Dallas, Texas.

Dana Loesch: 2018 NRA-ILA Leadership Forum [NRA-ILA News]

NRA spokesperson Dana Loesch speaks at the NRA-ILA Leadership Forum in Dallas, Texas.


Springfield Armory Severs Ties With Dick’s [No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money]

Springfield Armory issued a press release today saying that they will be severing all ties with Dick’s Sporting Goods as well as their Field and Stream subsidiary. The move comes as a result of Dick’s hiring anti-gun lobbyists to push for more gun control.

I say more firearms companies need to do like Springfield Armory.

From their release:

GENESEO, IL, (05/03/18) – Springfield Armory is severing ties with Dick’s Sporting Goods and its  subsidiary, Field & Stream, in response to their hiring a group for anti-Second Amendment  lobbying.This latest action follows Dick’s Sporting Goods’ decision to remove and destroy all modern sporting rifles (MSR) from their inventory. In addition, they have denied Second Amendment  rights to Americans under the age of 21. We at Springfield Armory believe that all law abiding American citizens of adult age are guaranteed this sacred right under our Constitution.It is clear where Dick’s Sporting Goods and its subsidiary, Field & Stream, stand on the Second Amendment, and we want to be clear about our message in response. Their position  runs counter to what we stand for as a company. At Springfield Armory, we believe in the right  and principles fought for and secured by American patriots and our founding forefathers,  without question. We will not accept Dick’s Sporting Goods’ continued attempts to deny  Second Amendment freedoms to our fellow Americans.


INSAS Malfunctions Caught on Video in Combat [The Firearm Blog]

A short video clip has recently emerged depicting an Indian soldier in contact with a distant enemy. It appears the soldier is suppressing the enemy positions more than his own bunker is receiving any fire throughout the video. The video was initially posted on an Indian Facebook page but was sent to TFB by an […]

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German Gun Stock “Ranger” Stock for Tikka T3x Rifles [The Firearm Blog]

Tikka T3x Ranger Stock by German Gun Stocks (4)German Gun Stock is a small company located in Mueglitztal, Germany. This company develops parts and accessories for precision rifles. Particularly, they are specialized in making products for Tikka T3x rifles. One of their latest products that was introduced at IWA 2018 exhibition is a stock called Ranger. One of the main advantages of the Ranger […]

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Federal Premium Awarded FBI Training Ammunition Contract for 9mm [The Firearm Blog]

Training AmmunitionVista Outdoor has been awarded a Training Ammunition Contract from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) along with several other government agencies that have not been named at this time. Federal Premium will be the company who specifically fills that contract for a 9mm handgun training round. The contract has been agreed upon with terms […]

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TFB & EOTECH Giveaway! Facebook LIVE @ NRAAM [The Firearm Blog]

Facebook liveJoin TFB and EOTech for an exclusive Facebook Live event at the NRA Annual Meeting. We will be broadcasting live this Saturday, May 5th at 12PM CST from The Firearm Blog Facebook Page. Our own TFBTV host Joel Wise will sit down for a Q&A with Aaron Hampton from EOTech. Joel will be accepting questions directly from the TFB […]

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Hornady Awarded FBI Service Ammunition Contract for 9mm+P [The Firearm Blog]

FBIHornady has recently been awarded an FBI Service Ammunition Contract for 9mm+P rounds. This is the 2nd contract that they have secured with the FBI in the last 2 years. The first being for their Critical Duty .40 S&W 175 Grain Flexlock ammunition in 2017. This newly acquired contract is for Critical Duty 9mm+P 135 […]

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Preppers: Stockpiling Seeds For Bartering []

To the preppers who are stockpiling seeds,  what seeds would you consider bartering with?  If so, which seeds are the first ones to come to mind?

First, we are going to need to have certain seeds stockpiled in excess.  Of course we are not going to trade seeds we have just a few of.  Nor would we want to trade for our best growing crops.

For a trade to work out both parties should be happy.  The people who get the seeds will want to grow food, and the reader should get something in return.


One easy example is the radish.  Soak the seeds before planting, make sure they have fertile soil, keep the plants watered, and about 30 days after planting the radish should be ready to pull up and eat.  The entire radish can be eaten.  The only thing wasted is the tap root on the bottom of the radish.

Plant some seeds, wait a week, plant some more seeds, wait a week, plant some more seeds…. and starting about 30 days later there should be a crop ready to harvest every week.

Trade for some radish seeds, tell the people how to grow them, and everyone should be happy.  The are not a labor intensive crop and are pretty easy to grow.

Beans / Peas

Bean and pea seed can be found just about anywhere in the spring months.   These grow well just about anywhere, will do well in sandy soil, and need just a little bit of fertilizer.

Home grown snap beans

The bad news, rabbits and deer will eat a pea patch down to the ground overnight.

To prevent deer from eating peas and beans, plant some squash and zucchini in with the peas and beans.  Deer will rarely eat squash plants.


Excellent leafy green crop which is packed full of nutrients.  Does well in a high nitrogen soil, such as manure.  Plant in in the fall or early spring.  Does not do well in the summer heat.

Spinach seeds can be bought at either farm supply stores, or the big box mart retail stores in the spring.

Seed Packets

Rather than trading for a pound of seed, or dividing up bulk seed, get some seed packets from retail stores at the end of spring.

Sometimes the big outlet stores will mark their seed packets do to something like two for a dollar, or three for a dollar.  Buy a bunch of them, put them in the freeze and save for a later time.

One of the good things about buying in packets, the packets usually have the date stamped on them.  This makes to see how old the seeds are.

Final Thoughts

Personally, I would avoid crops with a high fertilizer requirement, such as watermelons, for bartering.  The person getting the seeds may not understand the amount of labor and fertilizer needed to grow something like watermelons.

Maybe look for high producing crops which would grow good in a range of conditions.

A few examples would include:

  • Squash
  • Zucchini
  • Spinach
  • Peas
  • Beans
  • Peppers
  • Carrots
  • Onions

Most of those seeds can be bought in see packets towards the end of spring.

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CCI to Host Hunting and Shooting Sports Superstars at 2018 NRA Annual Meetings and Exhibits [The Firearm Blog]

CCI Ammunition invites attendees of the 2018 NRA  Meetings & Exhibits Show to the Vista Outdoor booth 7530, to meet online trick shooting supers